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Thursday, March 31, 2011

God wants to restore everything that's been stolen from you

Verse: Joel 2:25

And I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten

God is a god of restoration!

You may have had some disappointments or unfair things happen in your life, but instead of dwelling on the past and living defeated, take a stand and focus on God's promise of restoration.

Draw a line in the sand and say, "I am a child of the Most High God, and I'm not going to live my life negative and defeated. This is a new day, and I’m taking back what belongs to me!"

God wants to restore everything that's been stolen from you.

He wants to restore your joy, restore your peace, restore your health, and restore your finances.

Get your hopes up. Get your thoughts and words going in the right direction. Focus on the future and release past hurts through forgiveness.

Decide today to get up every morning hoping, expecting, and believing.

Know that God is going to pay you back.

Thank Him for restoring everything that the enemy has stolen from you!

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank You for choosing to restore my life. Thank You for the truth of Your Word that sets me free. Fill me with Your power today so that I may stand strong and move forward on the path You have for me today. I love You and bless Your Name. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Enjoy your Thursday.


Filipinos’ Prayers to Save Drug Mules Are USELESS!

The Philippines made another show of how Asia’s only Catholic country is screwed up by religion. Yesterday, Filipinos displayed a wowowee-esque display of religiosity.

Luhod at dasal si Juan habang binibitay ang mga kabayan. Subalit hindi na po batas ng Pilipinas ang hinaharap natin – batas na po ng Tsina. Kung ang batas ng Pilpinas ay maaring baliin ng “Diyos”. Sa Tsina – walang “Dyos” – kung kaya’t mas mainam na wag suwayin ang batas nito sapagkat walang kiyemeng tinutupad ang batas dito.

Useless Public Displays of “Attempts to Save the Three”

It’s not surprising how all these public displays of piousness, Pontius Pilates, and “I hate China” moments that will be added to the pantheon of the Filipino’s hate list – Hate Singapore (for hanging Flor Contemplacion), Hate Chip Tsao (for the “nation of servants” comment), Hate Teri Hatcher (for the “fake diploma” comment), Hate Adam Carolla (for the “brain damage” comments, and what not.

Thus when the Inquirer reported that

3 Filipino drug mules executed in China

Three Filipinos convicted of drug smuggling were executed in China Wednesday, triggering condemnation in the Catholic Philippines and despair for family members who shared their final moments.

“It is a sad day for all of us,” Vice President Jejomar Binay said as he confirmed that the three were put to death by lethal injection.

“Until the last moment, we did everything we could to save the three,” Binay, who was in Qatar, said in a television interview.

Sally Ordinario-Villanueva, 32, and Ramon Credo, 42, met their families for the last time early Wednesday before they were executed in Xiamen, said Philippine Consul Noel Novicio. Elizabeth Batain, 38, was allowed to meet with her relatives hours ahead of her execution in Shenzhen, Novicio said.

The executions came after repeated pleas by the Philippine government for their sentences to be commuted were turned down, and ended vigils in the country where supporters of the trio had prayed for a miracle.

The three were arrested separately in 2008 carrying packages containing at least four kilograms of heroin and were convicted the following year. Smuggling more than 50 grams of heroin or other drugs is punishable by death in China.

What Else Is New

It wasn’t news at all. It’s old hat. C’mon – how many OFWs are in China’s chopping block? The list of headlines goes like this.

* Church, lawmakers mourn deaths of Pinoy drug mules

* Aquino prays for executed Filipino drug mules

* After executions of drug mules, Robredo orders LGUs to weed out illegal recruiters

Susmaryosep – is this the best that we can do? OFWs are fucked! Which of course, is old hat in the Philippines.

Are these actions useful or helpful at all? Sure it makes people feel good that somehow the politicans and the church “care”. Gimme a break – if the church and the politicians really “cared” – they will address the root causes of the OFW phenomena. That OFWs will get into trouble sooner or later is a foregone conclusion.

Given the overall scheme of things in the Philippines – OFWs already know the trouble that awaits them in the Philippines – impunity, lack of jobs, corruption. Therefore, OFWs are willing to take the risk of going overseas because staying in the Philippines just plain sucks. This was the message of OFWs in Libya and Egypt. Being stuck in a scenario where bombs are blowing up and people are being shot with impunity while earning DOLLARS is a lot better than being in the same scenario but not having a job. Plain and pure pathetic – but yes, that’s the stark naked reality folks.

Should we limit our options on the OFW issue to praying, running after illegal recruiters, turning embassies into remittance centers, and what have you? After all, while the China execution is a formal death sentence – OFWs are being executed by overseas circumstances whether it’s due a criminal offense, mishap in a disaster, or collateral damage – more OFWs will die due to an increase in exposure to risk. It also glosses over the potential bubble of relying on OFW remittances. When are Filipinos going to act? When overseas economies can no longer absorb OFWs and OFWs have to return to the Philippines? Instead of focusing our priorities in getting our economy in order so we can afford to pay for health, education, and all the good stuff – we indulge in demanding for entitlements that we have not earned – CCT, contraceptives, more pork barrel, more taxes, and more free lunch.

The adage of “don’t give fish, teach people how to fish” does not work in the Philippines because frankly, people just want the fish – and messiahs and misguided enablers abound who are more than willing to provide the fish. Typical retarded response from Da Pinoy kaya hanggang ngayon ang Pinas amoy malansang isda – and if we don’t shape up and step up – more fried OFWs made in China.

Why Are OFWs In Harms Way?

Let’s use a method called “The Five-Whys”. It goes something like this:

1. Why were the OFW drug mules executed?

Cause #1 – Because they were caught carrying drugs knowingly or unknowingly, into China.

2. Why did they allow the items to be in their possession?

Cause #2 – Pakikisama, nadala sa pakiusap; Make a quick buck; Enjoy “free lunch”; Did not check luggage for contraband before boarding.

3. Why were they traveling to China in the first place?

Cause #3 – To find jobs.

4. Why were they looking for jobs in China?

Cause #4 – Because there are limited job opportunities in the Philippines.

5. Why are there limited job opportunities in the Philippines?

Cause #5 – Because the economy sucks.

6. Why does the Philippine economy suck?

Cause #6 – Because it has a protectionist economy that protects Filipino business monopolies.

7. Why is the economy protectionist?

Cause #7 – Because the constitution says so. Only Filpinos can do business in the Philippines – or companies with Filipino majority shares (60%) can do business.

GROW UP Philippines

Cause #7 is a potential cause that can be acted on. The solution of weeding out illegal recruiters addresses Cause #3. But it does not address the main factor that drives increased risk due to increased exposure overseas.

Prayers are USELESS! Poking fun at misery can only do so much. Will it get the problem fixed because people got embarrassed? Sa haba ng prosesyon at dasal – tuloy pa rin ang bitay.

Get that darn constitution fixed – before the next execution snowballs into a death sentence for the Aquino regime – and the entire country. If that ain’t happening – oh well, fight or flight? Fight after flight?

Oh well there’s always – FREE CONDOMS. “Elite” or “non-elite” same clueless, hopeless, moronic bunch of Da Pinoys.

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34 Comments on “Filipinos’ Prayers to Save Drug Mules Are USELESS!”
  • palebluedot_ wrote on 30 March, 2011, 11:15

    @ suggest you write another version of this article in pure tagalog (as what the other AP article writers did). the type of people you want to reach with this idea can only understand your point (that should have been realized by the i-am-proud-to-be-pinoy emo crowd by now, if they only remove their blindfolds provided by abs-cbn etc.) if it is written in tagalog.

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    Hyden Toro Reply:

    Somebody can translate, some good Blogs in AP; and put it on a Pilipino version.Blogsite..some of the Bloggers can communicate better in English…I write in Taglish…

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    palebluedot_ Reply:

    i myself have a hard time reading tagalog. but observing other articles in AP written in tagalog (e.g rafterman’s), there are more people (not just the usual AP crowd) commenting, compared to articles which are written in english. after reading AP for months, it seems like the content of this article is one of the basic solutions to all the problems in this country. translating this in tagalog will surely entice others to join the discussion.

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  • Hyden Toro wrote on 30 March, 2011, 11:56

    Prayer is just talking to God; if you believe in God. Meditation is listening to God…if praying to the Universe, works for you….or praying to “Anitos”; or praying to Allah…then, I respect it. However, let us talk about what we typically believe as God…Prayers should be used to Change Ourselves; not to change God’s mind.
    You can see the useless display of religion; by those hypocritical Bishops; along with the helplessness of an imbecile President…We refuse to accept responsibility…we lack the Maturity, to look at ourselves, and accept our Faults…so, we remain, where we are for years….believing on, an economic/political system that does not work…politicians who are self serving. and a religious faith, that is absurd in this digital age…Grow Up! Filipinos…

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    chayo Reply:

    You hit the nail on the head. What are people praying for?-Miss this and the whole outlook on religion is screwed.

    I’m not a religionist. I’m not a Filipino. Just a spiritual person who is amazed by the hypocrisy so blatantly displayed–and accepted–in this Nether Land you call a republic.

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  • Pop wrote on 30 March, 2011, 11:57

    Hate it when flips comment on the fate of the 3 drug mules. One said, “He who is without sin let cast the first stone.. Even God forgives, who are you China to take someone’s life?” After reading it I commented “They are a country who implement their laws firmly. And besides, China doesn’t believe in Jesus. They believe in Karma.”

    Maybe God works in “mysterious” ways, but Karma works in “logical” ways. Philippines, where is your GOD now? =)

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    tessie Reply:

    Oh, we still have our God Jesus, who may not be your god. I thought the Hindus believe in karma, not the communists.

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    Pop Reply:

    Buddhism (China’s dominant religion) also teaches Karma. Look it up.

    I’m sorry but did you hear Jesus whispering in the air lately? He said “F@CK YOU PHILIPPINES. You don’t deserve my free lunch!”

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    Hyden Toro Reply:

    Karma means your Work, here on Earth…this is the reason Buddhism, like the Tibetan version believes in Reincarnation…we reincarnate to Perfect our Souls…when our Souls are perfected, we join God….
    Reincarnation is being born again in another body; another family; another parent; another life, another race..to learn lessons in life, here on Earth….
    The Dhalai Lama, who is in exile in India; the 14th Dhalai Lama ; his believers, believe he is the last of the reincarnated Dhalai Lama…I respect whatever, you believe…

    Pop Reply:

    China executed those three so that they may “reincarnate” and perfect their miserable lives! Hahaha!! I do hope they don’t reincarnate as Filipinos again though… That would suck big time…

    Jay Reply:

    @

    See, my god doesn’t tell me to sympathize with people who made egregious mistakes that would lead to their own deaths. In fact, I don’t pray to divinity to give me knowledge to see where the real problem lies. Its right under our fekkin noses. The problem is how to act, NOT react.

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  • tessie wrote on 30 March, 2011, 12:26

    Well, not entirely useless. Believing in prayer is still the good part that is essential in our life here in the Philippines. For what else could give us hope that this government will somehow move heaven and earth to address the important issues and solve the colossal problems that seem to elude his attention, if not his mind. But I agree with you in most of issues you raised. I think for one that instead of going after the ombudsman and wasting energy in that circus of an impeachment go after unemployment which is ballooning whether we want it or not. Why couldn’t these public officials show concern for the people who are hungry and who are poor, unemployed, sickly and uneducated? They have been looking the other way for so long, it’s now time to turn your heads and look intently at how the majority of FILIPINOS live here and how some die in foreign countries. Our leaders could not care less. Because if they did, they would open the debate for constitutional change, they will enact the freedom of information act, they will stop thinking of enriching themselves with money they do not deserve to have. PRAY FOR THEM….perchance a miracle might happen yet.

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    Tarsier Reply:

    It’s a matter of form and substance. Praying is the form. Doing is the substance. It’s performing what we pray for. Some people pray for one thing but do another thing. Still others pray when death or disaster is already at the doorstep. Since the time of Magellan when Christianity was introduced to us, we only absorbed the prayer rituals and rites but not the living with Christian values.

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  • rafterman wrote on 30 March, 2011, 12:30

    Paano naman pakikinggan ng isang Diyos (however he, she, they or it is/are conceived to be) ang Pinoy eh wala naman silang qualities na dapat ikatuwa ng diyos bilang mga tao. Mabuti pa Hapon, kung ako Diyos bibiyayaan ko talaga sila dahil buo ang kanilang pagkatao. At least their existence has good value and they make use of what God has given them for the betterment of humanity. Ang Pinoy they just squandered all the blessings given to them by nature. Sino ba namang Diyos ang matutuwa dun. Kung gugunawin ng Diyos ang mundo, siguro mauuna ang Pilipinas by billions of years. Accelerated apocalypse dahil sa sobrang kawalang kuwenta.

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  • Clouie wrote on 30 March, 2011, 12:55

    I think your reason number seven is incorrect, the Philippine economy is controlled by the oligarchs comprised of a number of families who managed to gain control of the lands and industries after the Spaniards left the country. The transition of power from the foreign oppressors to local elites made it impossible for the common Juan de la Cruz to participate in an open market. While the economy is said to grow (they said GDP increased in the Philippines in 2010) it couldn’t reach majority of the Filipinos because they don’t have any access to the exclusive market for goods and services which is mainly controlled by these families. Distribution of wealth is very one sided in the Philippines that’s why the economy sucks. As long as the status quo is continually maintained and the oligarchs are in control, it would never change even if you allow foreigners to own lands and buy properties locally or give them the ability to control local companies. It would only give way to exploitation. While economic policies would matter, the main problem in the Philippines is the institutions and the mindset of the people. We just need to weed out the greedy people who don’t want to share wealth…

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    BongV

    BongV Reply:

    clouie – oligarch control needs to be legitimized – the only way to do that is through laws. without laws that legitimize the control of foreign investment inflows – the oligarchs will get a dose of competition. they either shape up and improve the service – or lower the price differentials on their lousy products and services. as it stands – the constitution prevents FDI and ergo – competition against the Filipino oligarchy.

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    Clouie Reply:

    The Philippines already receives huge volumes of FDI through the OFW’s, there are enough foreign investors investing in the country, even the MRT and LRT lines plus the major roads (NLEX, SLEX) are partly owned by foreigners. It’s not really the problem. Our economic policies are already liberal with regards to foreign investments. As I understand, the constitution prohibits the foreigners from owning lands and local companies because we need to protect our sovereignty. We can’t compete with other currencies because the peso is weak. The Westerners and some of our Asian neighbors like China can easily buy shares and own majority of the local companies and that would include the small medium sized firms. The monopoly would just be transferred to another set of capitalists. Yes, you are correct, most of the policies are in favor of the Oligarchs because they also control the government therefore directly influencing how laws are formed. Look at the politicians in power? Even the president is part of the Cojuangco Clan. Changing the law that states foreigners can’t own lands and local companies would only lead to the Philippines being owned by foreigners instead of the Filipinos themselves. That’s why I totally disagree with reason number 7 because it’s very misleading!

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    palebluedot_ Reply:

    “the constitution prohibits the foreigners from owning lands and local companies because we need to protect our sovereignty. “

    are you trying to equate 60% ownership of companies by foreigners to handing in 60% of our sovereignty to them? i don’t think ownership of companies/lands = ownership of the philippines by foreigners. these foreigners, even if they own large lands, are still subject to the laws of our land. unless if we allow these foreigners to vote, unless if we allow these foreigners to run for public office, they can never take Filipino sovereignty.

    Jay Reply:

    As I understand, the constitution prohibits the foreigners from owning lands and local companies because we need to protect our sovereignty. We can’t compete with other currencies because the peso is weak. The Westerners and some of our Asian neighbors like China can easily buy shares and own majority of the local companies and that would include the small medium sized firms.

    You don’t understand sovereignty do you, considering you seem open to the idea but still keen on the fact that old laws will still exist. BongV is proposing the end of 60/40 but NEW LAWS implemented to otherwise keep everything fair. The lack of competition and the oligarch monopoly is what is contributing to the lack of opportunities in the economy and THEIR exploitation on how the land is used, which by the way is totally inefficient.

  • Brownman wrote on 30 March, 2011, 17:46

    Prayer is a useless medium unless it’s accompanied by hardwork and proper mind set which the media fails to potray. From my what i’ve seen praying only works for cute children it would be better if they’ll replace the character with a strong bulky not so good looking and one that looks like brad pitt and if they are going to wonder where would they get their profit, if they are smart enough they will know and if they are succesful that would change the game.

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  • Auriga wrote on 30 March, 2011, 20:04

    Ah, the 5 why analysis. Just to clarify, “5″ is just an expression that means you should keep asking “why” until you arrive at the root cause of the problem. So it’s okay if you stop at 3 “whys” or exceed 5. Point of the activity is to arrive at the root cause so that you could be able to address all or most of your problems using minimal but effective action.

    Root cause, damn it. ROOT CAUSE. The problem with Da Pinoy is that he is far too short-sighted to understand that his problems are all interconnected and most probably stem from one source. So yeah, way to waste time solving the individual problems while failing to see – or worse, ignoring – the one causing them all.

    Kudos to BongV for this article. We should probably feature the 5 why analysis in more articles. It’s a simple practice but it would definitely go a long way if every Filipino is indoctrinated with it.

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  • anon wrote on 30 March, 2011, 20:50

    poverty drives the drug trade.
    corruption facilitates it.
    rather than blaming china the question is why and how can drug traffickers leave philippines undetected.
    and senators evading justice travel without being stopped.
    whether it is drugs, children, sex slaves or counterfeit products there are too many people at high level making money to stop it simply make the right noises now and again.

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  • Tarsier wrote on 30 March, 2011, 21:08

    We need drastic steps to address our crisis after crisis situation. One is change our constitution. Then let congress pass the bills on freedom of information, the RH bill, the bill on national ID, the bill against family political dynasty. These are the most urgent laws that need to be passed to lick corruption, tax evasion, criminality and reform of our electoral process where most of those elected are corrupt instead of the deserving leaders.

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  • Aegis-Judex wrote on 30 March, 2011, 22:08

    ‎”Pray as if everything depended on God. Work as if everything depended on you.”
    How hard can it be to follow that adage?

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  • Avid reader wrote on 30 March, 2011, 22:49

    The why-why analysis is incorrect. The 3rd why does not connect to the identified cause in the 2nd why. The 3rd why begins a whole new why-why analysis. And that leaves the 1st why and the 5th why to be incongruent.

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    BongV

    BongV Reply:

    “Credo was convicted for smuggling 4,113 grams (g) of heroin in Xiamen; Villanueva for smuggling 4,110g of heroin in Xiamen; and Batain for smuggling 6,800g of heroin in Shenzhen.

    In China’s criminal code, possessing at least 50 grams of heroine or any forbidden drug is punishable by death.”

    ***

    Kalinga OFW shares how she resisted being a drug mule PDF Print E-mail
    Friday, 25 February 2011 17:20

    by Peter A. Balocnit

    TINGLAYAN, Kalinga, Feb. 22 (PIA) – A single, female overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who hails from Tinglayan shared how she was almost duped of becoming a drug courier.

    The OFW, who requested anonymity for fear of repercussion on her employment, narrated that while she was at a recruitment agency in Manila sometime in 2009 preparing her papers for her flight to China, she was approached by two persons who tried to convince her to swallow five pieces of capsule-size drug and offered her P200,000.

    The lady, who earlier worked as a factory worker in Taiwan before deciding to transfer to China, rejected the offer outright.

    The OFW, a college graduate,knows the bounds of law and did not want to become an accomplice of illegal activities. “This is an irony that Tinglayan produces marijuana but not all its people are involved in the illegal trade or lured to become drug couriers despite of the need for cash,” PCI Charles Domallig, the concurrent head of the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Task Group (PAIDSTF) said.

    Domallig said the persons luring the woman to become a drug mule could be members of drug syndicates who

    prey on OFWs to become drug couriers by hiding drugs inside their body in exchange for money.

    $2 – quick buck

    Based on Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency records, from two in 1993, there are now 689 cases of drug couriers in 2011 of which 431 are females and 258 males.

    A total of 79 Filipinos are facing death penalty in China;six with no reprieve including the three who were sentenced to die last Monday but has been postponed on the intervention of the government.

    Domallig said the OFW from Tinglayan should serve as an example and an inspiration for other OFWs to be wise enough to resist any attempt of drug syndicates to make them drug couriers even in consideration of an irresistible amount. Once caught, it is their life and their future that is at stake and money won’t save them.

    Domallig also warned OFWs to be vigilant against persons who approach them to take baggage, big or small for some one abroad. “Be suspicious and check first the content in the presence of the person who requests a thing be included in their baggage,” he said. (PIA-CAR-Kalinga)

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  • Avid reader wrote on 30 March, 2011, 22:56

    My bad… I meant the 7th why. Just used to doing it until the 5th.

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    BongV

    BongV Reply:

    the five is just an arbitrary number – you can even end at 2 or 3 if a root cause is identified. and it can go beyond five too.

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    Avid reader Reply:

    That’s right… The usual practice for manufacturing industries especially in electronics and automotive would end at the 5th why.

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  • Jack wrote on 30 March, 2011, 23:12

    Another great article by bongv. I feel very sorry for the filipinos. Church is a curse, all religion are a tool to control humanity.

    I would go one step further to the last

    7. Why is the economy protectionist?
    Cause #7 – Because the constitution says so. Only Filpinos can do business in the Philippines – or companies with Filipino majority shares (60%) can do business.

    8. Why are laws made this way, when its obvious that it is the core issue but does not ring a bell to politicians and church leaders.

    Answer >> There is a power structure that is above politicians and church leaders all over the world…We are made to believe that Obama and the white house are the ultimate rulers of the world….can’t be any further from the truth…..There is a power structure that is above all governments of the world….what we know them as freemasons and jesuits. Obama is a no body…as is China or Japan etc…they take orders from shadow power who rules this world.

    Please Please do research, main stream media lies, its all controlled by these guys…Google freemaons, vatican assasins etc Thanks

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    Jay Reply:

    I wished the oligarchs deserve the mantle of freemasons. They are nothing more than generations of families who have followed the feudal system and kept the money to themselves. They don’t even deserve the mantle of real oligarchs considering if they are the real elite of the country, they have yet to prove the standard that they deserve that title. Not the ones you can put on paper and mount on your office, but stuff that affects everyday life.

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  • John Christian Canda wrote on 31 March, 2011, 1:33

    We should not be surprised if the Big Media is martyrising the just executed three Filipino drug couriers and if a film will be made on them, like what happened after the execution of Mrs. Flor Contemplación in 1995.

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Philippines' corruption score worsens

BusinessWorld
Posted at 03/30/2011 7:55 AM | Updated as of 03/30/2011 7:55 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines continues to be viewed as having a serious corruption problem, with its overall score in a regional survey worsening even though it did not slip in a ranking of 16 economies.

On a scale of one to 10 -- with 10 being the worst -- the country garnered a score of 8.9, poorer than 2010’s 8.25, in Hong Kong-based Political & Economic Risk Consultancy, Ltd.’s (PERC) latest Asian Intelligence report.

Similar dips for Cambodia (9.27 from 8.30) and Indonesia (9.25 from 9.07), however, allowed the Philippines to stay in third place.

Seen as the least corrupt was Singapore with a score of 0.37, followed by Hong Kong (1.10) and Australia (1.39).

The Asian average, which excludes the grades of Australia and the United States, worsened to 6.08 from 5.90 in 2011.

Faring little better after the Philippines were India (8.67), Vietnam (8.30), China (7.93) and Thailand (7.55).

Rounding out the list with scores superior to the regional average were South Korea (5.90), Malaysia (5.70), Taiwan (5.65), Macau (4.68), the US (2.39) and Japan (1.90).

PERC, which polled respondents on their views on political, institutional and private sector corruption, said the magnitude of the Philippines’ problem was "definitely not so large that it has many cross-border implications".

Corruption, however, was said to have taken a large toll.

"The Philippines is, perhaps, the Asian country that has been hurt most by corruption,"

PERC said in the report.
"If one looked at the end of World War II as the starting point for modern Asia, the Philippines today should be the richest economy on a per capita basis in Asia and a leader in many fields...," it added.

The latest survey put the country fourth in terms of political corruption with a rating of 8.27. Civil servants at the city level were deemed most corrupt (8.89), followed by city and other-local level political leaders (8.51), civil servants at the national level (8.10) and national-level leaders (7.57).

In terms of institutional corruption, the country was the third-worst with a score of 8.50. The military had the worst grade (9.25), followed by the tax bureau (8.97) and the police (8.89). The institution viewed as the least corrupt was the stock market, which had a 6.57 score.

With a grade of 8.50, meanwhile, the Philippines was tied in third place with Cambodia in terms of private sector corruption.

Asked as to how effective the system was in terms of prosecuting and punishing individuals involved in corruption, respondents scored the country a 9.75. The government’s seriousness in addressing the problem was scored a slightly less worse 8.10.

Filipinos were seen as very tolerant of corruption, with a score of 9.21.

Bribery among private sector parties was rated an 8.50 and the difficulty in dealing with corruption received an 8.25.

Asked to what extent corruption detracted from the attractiveness of the overall business environment, respondents gave the country an 8.9.

A significantly better score of 6.70 was given with respect to how easy was it to build an internal culture in an organization to ensure that standards are met.

This latest survey -- conducted from November 2010 to February 2011 -- covered 1,725 middle and senior expatriate business executives working in Asia, the US and Australia. The expatriates were asked to provide scores only for the country where they were working and their country of origin.

Sought for comment, a Palace official said the
Philippines had at least maintained gains against corruption.

"The ranking of the Philippines shows that we have maintained the improvement from the time in 2007-2008 when we were ranked as the most corrupt in our region," Undersecretary Manuel L. Quezon III of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office said.

As for the military being perceived most corrupt, he blamed recent highly-publicized Congress probes.

"[It] shows that the expat business community has attentively been following the investigations...," Mr. Quezon said.

He gave assurances that the government would continue working to eradicate corruption.

"This (the PERC survey) can be a tool and it will be taken seriously... it shows us that we have to recover that sense of optimism," Mr. Quezon said.

-- JDP
, BusinessWorld

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

China executes 3 Filipino drug mules

By Hrvoje Hranjski, Associated Press – 1 hr 31 mins ago

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government said China on Wednesday executed three Filipinos convicted of drug smuggling despite last-minute appeals for clemency and political concessions by the Southeast Asian country's leaders.

Sally Ordinario-Villanueva, 32, and Ramon Credo, 42, met their families for the last time early Wednesday before they were put to death by lethal injection in Xiamen city in southeastern China, said Philippine Consul Noel Novicio. Elizabeth Batain, 38, was allowed to meet with her relatives hours ahead of her execution in southeastern Shenzhen city, Novicio said.

The three were not aware they would be executed Wednesday, although their sentences were promulgated early in the day, Novicio said. It was the first time that Philippine citizens were executed in China.

China normally does not announce executions. Amnesty International says China is the world's biggest executioner, with thousands of convicts killed every year. The Philippines has abolished the death penalty.

"They already gave us (her) things. It's too much, they gave us only one hour (with her). They have no mercy," Ordinario-Villanueva's sister, Maylene Ordinario, said in a text message from Xiamen to her family in the Philippines.

She said that her sister was blessed by a priest and "she said she wants to be forgiven for all her sins, but she insisted that she was a victim."

"She asked us to take care of her children, to take care of each other and to help one another. I have not accepted what will happen. We are forcing ourselves to accept it, but I can't," she told Manila radio station DZBB.

Neighbors, relatives and activists held overnight vigils at the homes of the condemned, offering prayers to the distraught family members. The dominant Roman Catholic Church, which opposes the death penalty, held special Mass in Manila.

The three were arrested separately in 2008 carrying packages containing at least 8 pounds (4 kilograms) of heroin. They were convicted and sentenced in 2009.

In its appeal for clemency — which included three letters by Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to his Chinese counterpart and a February visit to Beijing by the vice president, which prompted China to postpone the executions by a month — the government said it was able to prove that a drug syndicate took advantage of the Filipinos. It said that Philippine authorities had succeeded in identifying and arresting some members of the syndicate.

Jayson Ordinario, Ordinario-Villanueva's younger brother, said last week that his sister was hired as a cellphone dealer in Xiamen and was tricked into carrying a bag that had a secret compartment loaded with heroin, allegedly by her job recruiter.

China defended the executions.

"Drug trafficking is universally recognized as a severe crime," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told reporters at a regular news conference Tuesday in Beijing. "In China, our judicial authorities handled the case independently and we grant equal treatment to foreign drug traffickers. The involved individuals rights and treatment are ensured and safeguarded according to the law. China has fulfilled its international obligations in the process."

She added, "We'd like to stress this is an isolated individual case. We would not like to see any impact on bilateral relations."

Smuggling more than 50 grams of heroin or other drugs is punishable by death in China.

In another move seeking to spare the Filipinos, Aquino decided not to send a representative to the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in December in Oslo, Norway, honoring a jailed Chinese dissident. Manila also deported to Beijing last month 14 Taiwanese facing fraud charges in China despite protests from Taipei.

China and the Philippines also are facing off in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, one of the world's busiest sea lanes, where a Philippine oil exploration ship last month reported being harassed by two Chinese patrol boats. They left after the Philippine military deployed two aircraft.

The Chinese ambassador in Manila said earlier that the executions had nothing to do with the territorial spat.

The plight of Filipinos overseas is an emotional issue in the Philippines and one of the pillars of the country's foreign policy. About 10 percent of the Philippines' 94 million people toil abroad to escape widespread poverty and unemployment at home.

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Associated Press writers Teresa Cerojano in Manila and Tini Tran in Beijing contributed to this report

NO TO MARCOS BURIAL AT LIBINGAN NG MGA BAYANI!

By Randy David
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:20:00 03/27/2011


THE CORPSE of Ferdinand Marcos, who died in exile in Hawaii in 1989, lies unburied in a family museum in Batac, Ilocos Norte. Imelda Marcos, now a member of the House of Representatives, insists that she will allow nothing less than a hero’s burial for her husband’s waxen remains.

More than 200 of her fellow representatives have signed a resolution asking President Aquino, whose father was murdered by the regime, to authorize the late dictator’s burial at the nation’s Libingan ng mga Bayani.

This congressional action stinks. It seeks not merely to legislate collective amnesia but to re-write history. In effect, it revises the meaning of the heroic people power events that culminated in the termination of the dictatorship in February 1986. It is perhaps not a coincidence that this congressional initiative is being launched in the wake of the 25th anniversary of the Edsa revolution. They’re testing the waters. And, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is not even president yet!

Note that the Marcos family never expressed any remorse over the abuses and crimes of the regime. Hence, they do not seek forgiveness. Not a single Marcos has been jailed for crimes committed against the Filipino people. Yet, instead of viewing this as the achievement of clever lawyers in a dysfunctional justice system, they treat it as a vindication of their innocence. Hence, they want Ferdinand Marcos to take an honored place among the nation’s heroes. Clearly, they are not asking the nation to forget the past; they want the nation to revise its remembrance of the past.

This move requires a radical re-wiring of our collective memory. We cannot honor Marcos as a hero without implying that overthrowing him was a mistake. We cannot give him a hero’s burial without signifying at the same time that the thousands who were made to disappear or killed by his henchmen deserve to rot in the unmarked graves into which they were dumped. We cannot positively remember Marcos today without spitting on the courage of those who fought his dictatorial rule. Those who think that this issue is all about laying a corpse to rest in a remote corner of this country are mistaken. A program of myth-making that aims to supplant memory has already been set in motion. Its end-point is not the burial, but the resurrection of Marcos.

Unfortunately, culture is on the side of those who signed the resolution. Indeed, our religious traditions prompt us to forgive and to forget. Diverse and sometimes contradictory emotions are being tapped in order to make burying Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani the most worthy thing the nation can do. By focusing on the request to bury him in a cemetery reserved for war veterans, the Marcos family and their congressional supporters are trying to simplify what is in reality a complex decision filled with many ramifications. For now, we are being cued to think simply of Marcos as the brave war hero who deserves to lie in the company of his World War II comrades. Whatever you might say of him, the argument goes, it cannot be denied that Marcos fought for his country during the war. There is no reference to what he did to the Filipino people after he placed the country under martial law in 1972.

It is natural for us to feel resentful when somebody has wronged us. But in time we outgrow our resentment and we manifest this by not being vengeful in our actions. We call this forgiveness. But two things must be said in this regard. One, we may forgive not because we excuse the offense committed against us, but because we don’t want to be the prisoners of hate. Thus, we view forgiveness as something we owe to ourselves. Two, we may forgive, but forgiving does not require that we also forget. “There is no general duty to forget, not even in the truncated sense of duty to ourselves, since who we are depends on our not forgetting things that happened and that are important in our lives,” writes the Jewish philosopher Avishai Margalit.

In his brilliant book, “The ethics of memory,” Margalit ponders the memory of the Holocaust with the urgency of someone who wishes to overcome resentment over past hurts without forgetting the past. “What ought to be blotted out,” he says, “is the memory of the emotion in the sense of reliving it, not in the sense of remembering it.”

If a survey were taken today, it may show that a majority of our people have forgiven Marcos. But those who suffered personal injury under his regime may not be inclined to do so. It is upon them that the burden of forgiveness weighs most heavily. The ethics of forgiveness is a very demanding one. It commands us to forgive, even when there is no repentance, as a duty to ourselves. It admonishes us to forget the humiliation and the suffering we associate with the past, even as we continue to remember the past. Can we override the deep injury done to us and the nation, and forgive, so we can get on with our lives—without blotting out the past? And, assuming we have forgiven Marcos, does this oblige us to honor him with a hero’s burial?

My view, like Margalit’s, is that we must learn to forgive, but we must not forget. We must continue to remember not because we cannot leave the past behind, but because, living in the present, we have a duty to see to it that the seductions of authoritarianism do not ever again take root in our nation’s psyche. To forgive Marcos is one thing, but to honor him with a hero’s burial is to tell our people that it’s all right for another adventurer in the future to trample upon democracy and seize power for himself.

NO HERO


Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 23:29:00 03/27/2011

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Ferdinand Marcos was a fraud. He ran for every higher office as a democrat, but killed democracy when he imposed martial rule. He promised to make the nation “great again,” but burdened the country with behest loans, crony economics and epic corruption, turning it under all that weight into “the sick man of Asia.” He presented himself as a lawyer serving the law, but prostituted the legal system (defenders like the journalist Teodoro Valencia were happy to parrot the line about “constitutional authoritarianism”) to make it serve what the rest of the world remembers as a “conjugal dictatorship.”

Also, and perhaps above all, he pretended to be a World War II hero, but in fact the opposite was true. He was anything but.

On Jan. 23, 1986, or two weeks before the crucial snap election he was forced to call took place, the New York Times ran a front-page article that began: “The U.S. Army concluded after World War II that Ferdinand Marcos’ claims of heading a guerrilla resistance unit during the Japanese occupation of his country were ‘fraudulent’ and ‘absurd.’” The article, based in part on the historian Alfred McCoy’s groundbreaking research on US military archives, summed up the matter raised by other news organizations, such as the San Jose Mercury News, thus: “Between 1945 and 1948 various U.S. Army officers rejected Marcos’ two requests for official recognition of the unit, calling his claims distorted, exaggerated, fraudulent, contradictory and absurd. Army investigators finally concluded that Maharlika was a fictitious creation and that ‘no such unit ever existed’ as a guerrilla organization during the war.”

To the scheming, ruthless, extraordinarily ambitious founder of this fictitious creation, some 204 congressmen now propose to offer the final accolade: burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. To the perpetrator of this “absurd” and unconscionable fraud, the great majority of congressmen, almost as many as those who voted to impeach Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, now propose to offer belated redemption. To the dictator who caused the death and torture of (literally) tens of thousands of Filipinos, and whom millions of Filipinos (quite literally) chased out of Malacañang Palace through the revolution on EDSA, 204 members of a restored Congress now propose to offer, not an accounting, but closure.

For shame.

After acquitting themselves honorably in the matter of the Gutierrez impeachment, treating the case with due diligence and all deliberate speed, many of the same congressmen have disgraced themselves by hastily signing the House resolution endorsing a Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

None of the reasons that have been advanced even remotely does justice, either to the horrors of the martial law experience or to the elaborate fraud the fake guerrilla leader of a fake guerrilla unit perpetrated on the Filipino people.

It will not do to forget or even to forgive the Marcoses for the brutality of their martial regime—because they have refused, until now, to ask for forgiveness or to admit the brute truth. It will not do to equate the situation of former defense secretary Angelo Reyes with that of Marcos—because the allegations against Reyes had not been proven, but the many charges against Marcos have been proven again and again, most recently by the symbolic turnover of token checks for thousands of human rights victims. It will not do to follow the 25th anniversary of the first people power revolution, the template for peaceful uprisings that came after, by honoring the man ousted by that revolution with a hero’s burial—because to do so is to spit on the sacrifice of the assassinated Ninoy Aquino and many other victims of the Marcos dictatorship, whose spilt blood led, inexorably, to EDSA.

Above all, it will not do to remember Marcos as a military hero—because his claims, and his many war medals, were as fake as his “adherence to democracy.”

There is no question that the Mt. Samat memorial pays much-deserved tribute to the “battling bastards” of Bataan. Unfortunately for our own sense of history, that same memorial, so closely identified with Marcos’ own political career, has served to cover Marcos’ questionable activity during World War II with the borrowed aura of real heroes. To bury Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani is to make that outrageous borrowing a permanent scandal.


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Russians recall Filipinos' undying spirit of kindness

By Virgil B. Lopez
Saturday, March 26, 2011


PHILIPPINE history books shall accommodate new facts as a heart-warming diaspora that took place 62 years ago continues to be remembered by people who were never part of it.

In a sunny afternoon last March 22, Russians and Filipinos alike trooped to the lobby of the Philippine Trade Training Center in Pasay City to witness the unveiling of the bronze portrait of a man whose kindness reverberated thousands of miles away from home.


Crafted by renowned Russian sculptor Gregory Pototsky, the rectangular bronze artwork shows the image of the late President Elpidio Quirino as if being blessed by St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco, who joined the Russian refugees in their journey from China in 1949.


"St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco represents the Russian people who are forever thankful to the kindness of Quirino. I am very grateful to the Philippines. I would like to show how indebted the Russians are to Filipinos who gave shelter to our elders decades ago," Pototsky told Sun.Star.

The portrait, which was handed to the heirs of the deceased leader, actually contains the engraved message of solidarity: "From grateful Russia to the Philippines."

But how did the so-called "White Russians" or those who went against the tide of the communist Red, make it to Philippine shores?


Perhaps, a trip down the memory lane will do.

At the height of the communist movement in China, some 5,500 Russians were pressed to ditch the world's second largest nation and find a new life elsewhere. This, however, proved to be an uneasy climb as neighboring Southeast Asian countries snubbed the request of the United Nations International Refugee Organization in deference to the growing Chinese clout.

Only the Philippines, a former colony of communism's strongest critic United States, responded to the call through Quirino.

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MANILA. The bronze portrait shows the Russians' long-time gratitude to the late President Elpidio Quirino, who allowed them to relocate from communist China in 1949. (Virgil Lopez)

Braving the cold waters of Shanghai, the Russians led by a Cossack Grigory Bologoff traveled in droves to reach the small island of Tubabao, which is part of the Pacific town of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

For months, the sleepy village became the sanctuary of people who escaped the shackles of the communist movement, until they could be admitted to prosperous countries such as the United States, Australia and France.

Olga Berger, now on her late 70s, recounted in a blog post her experiences living in the island together with her mom and sister, where as teenager she learned how to literally swim and weather the difficulties in life.

"Our most serious problem proved to be the lack of fresh water. The men had to get it from a little spring and carried it back to camp in metal containers. Water was rationed, about three cups per person, per day," she related.

Staying only for nine months, Olga and her family also find ways to survive.
"The Filipinos soon became business minded and knowing that there were 5,000 Russians on the island, they set up a hairdressing salon and an ice cream parlor. Mum used to wash clothes for people to be able to give me and my sister a treat such as a bottle of Coca Cola, an ice cream, lollies (lollipop) and a few cigarettes for herself," she said.

Russians also brought with them their culture and religion as St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco, then an archbishop of the Orthodox Christian Church set up two places of worship in the island, namely: the Church of St. Seraphim and the Church of St. Michael the Archangel.

Known for his compassion, Michael Borisovitch Maximovitch (St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco) lobbied for the entry of Russians to the US soil in 1949. His prayers were answered and in the early 1950s, majority of the Russians were already relocated to the US.

Spirit of Kindness
Meantime, the 56-year-old Pototsky shared he was also a victim of the excesses of communist authorities during his childhood.

"I was born and spent my early years in (ex-Soviet Union leader) Joseph Stalin's gulag (prison) in Siberia. I was with my family then. Amid the hardships inside that boot camp, people were still able to survive just by being kind to each other," he said.

Years later, they were released and at the age 14, he underwent sculpture training in Moldova. Decades later, he reaped successes for his artworks, consisting of a series of nudes and some still life using bold abstract style.

Resiliency and determination to build a new life were the key ingredients for the Russian immigrants, so as the Filipinos whom Pototsky admired for standing tall despite adversities.

"Both Philippines and Russia have been in difficult times in the past, from wars to shaky political leaderships. Amid all these, people in these countries remain tough and kind," he said, who is also founder and president of the Moscow-based International Academy of Kindness.

Life imitates art
Pototsky related that he fell in love with the Philippines due to its unquestionable hospitality, as he donated "monuments of kindness" of Russian playwright Alexander Pushkin and Leo Tolstoy in Manila and Cebu, respectively.

"Art makes us human. There is happiness when people like what you do because they know that you dedicated a part of your life into it," he said.

While admitting that people pay expensively for his art pieces, Pototsky said the proceeds normally do not go straight to his pocket because he uses it to create and donate monuments across the globe.

"I lead a very simple life. I'm not showering myself with material things. But I felt like a billionaire already because I have shared my artworks to the world, especially in 35 countries," Pototsky said, adding he might soon create a monument in honor of Russians who are now living in the Philippines.

Now that the world centers its attention to the ongoing political strife in the Middle East and Libya, the grey-haired art legend hoped that cool heads and compassionate hearts will prevail in the end.

"All difficult problems must be decided with the principle of kindness. There should be no borders for expressing it," Pototsky concluded. (Sunnex)

Monday, March 28, 2011

SAUDI STOPS HIRING DOMESTIC WORKERS

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/global-filipino/03/26/11/saudi-stops-hiring-domestic-workers-report

Saudi stops hiring domestic workers--report

abs-cbnNEWS.com
Posted at 03/26/2011 11:10 AM | Updated as of 03/26/2011 11:10 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Saudi Arabia has stopped accepting domestic workers from the Philippines.
A source showed ABS-CBN a letter from the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh which states that there would be no processing of household service workers until further notice.
According to an association of recruitment agencies, the notice has been posted at the embassy since March 3. However, the Department of Foreign Affairs has yet to confirm this.
“Nagpaparamdam na sila. Parang sinasabi nila hindi lang naman kayo ang source nito,” said Victor Fernandez, president of the Philippine Association of Service Exporters, Inc. (PASEI)
They suspected that this may have something to do with the increase in wages of Filipino workers from US$200 to US$400, and a report by the House of Representatives baring supposed abuses by Saudi nationals.
“Maso-solusyonan ito. I think it's only a question of discussing it, magkapaliwanagan,” said Vice President Jejomar Binay.
“'Yung description na nangyayari sa ating domestic workers ay talagang harsh doon sa ating report. Pero sa tingin namin, katotohanan 'yun,” said Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello.
Some 1.4 million OFWs are based in Saudi Arabia, the biggest number of Pinoy workers in the Middle East.

Report from Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News

Guyabano - 10,000X Stronger Than Chemo


THE SOUR SOP (Guyabano)

The Sour Sop or the fruit from the graviola tree is a miraculous natural cancer cell killer
10,000 times stronger than Chemo ...
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The next time you have a fruit juice, ask for a sour sop.

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