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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Fittingly, a benighted nation is mired with an issue of heroism even as it continues to struggle to change...
But who is to say if one is indeed a hero when somebody else disputes it?
Ever since we seemed to be cursed with this dilemma. Lapu lapu is supposed to be a liberator but in the eyes of our spanish colonizers, he is nothing but a murderer of a great navigator.
Our national hero Dr Jose Rizal is a genius. However, if FB and instagram were in place in the 1800s, all we might be talking about is his womanizing and fetish even for relatives.
Today we celebrate the legacy of Andres Bonifacio, our great plebeian. Unfortunately, his standing in history is shockingly diminished no less courtesy of another supposedly hero, the first president of our republic Emilio Aguinaldo.
This Bonifacio-Aguinaldo tiff, I believe is the precursor of our horrible politics, wherein respect and magnanimity are all thrown out the window, and losing a mandate is simply a reason to build a new one, albeit forcibly and with willful ignorance of the real sentiment of the people.
Just like what Ferdinand Marcos did when he lost the nomination of the Liberal Party and bolted to the Nacionalistas to be its presidential candidate in the 1965 presidential race.
Just like what Fidel Valdez Ramos did when he lost the nomination of the Laban party to Ramon Mitra, and went on to win the 1992 presidential election under a new party coalition, Lakas UCD.
These and other turncoatism practices have become SOP in politics so much so that in Philippine elections, no one really loses but were merely cheated.
And if we continue to wonder why a trapo like Franklin Drilon continue to win every time, all we need to know is that Balimbing is not the official fruit of the country, it is the fruit of choice of epals like Mr Big Man himself.
Going back to heroism, let me proffer these perspectives:
Ferdinand Marcos is not a hero no matter how many times he is buried at LNMB. He will always be best remembered for his legacy of plunder and greed and the propagation of a culture of impunity.
Ninoy Aquino could have been a genuine hero when he offered his life just to make us realize how bad Marcos was. Unfortunately, what Ninoy left behind set us back another 30 years, including a most clueless wife and a most inept son who only became presidents out of sympathy and not capability.
Fidel Ramos, Juan Ponce Enrile and Cardinal Sin are not heroes but merely opportunistic, power hungry tyrants who did not effect genuine change, but only managed to effect regime change because they are becoming irrelevant and neutered.
As we celebrate Heroes Day, perhaps it is high time that we Filipinos reflect deeply on this concept, and no longer allow ourselves to be enslaved by the thought of any one man who can save us from perdition or ruin.
All significant upheavals, whether by mass movement along EDSA or by the ballot, is the result of the collective effort and action of the people.
Let's therefore stop looking for heroes, nor giving importance to those who feel they are. It is not heroism which will bring us out of the rut, and catapult our nation to greatness.
What we need is strong, dedicated and resolute leadership.
While the rest is up to all of us.
Mark Lopez as posted on Facebook.
By Rudy Santos (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 29, 2016 - 12:00am
MANILA, Philippines - Starting March 2017, overseas Filipino workers no longer have to pay the P550 airport terminal fee.
Manila International Airport Authority general manager Ed Monreal announced this yesterday in a news forum at the Manila Hotel.
Monreal said his office is working on technical details and coordinating with international airlines to eliminate the airport terminal fee imposed by the previous management of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on OFWs in February 2015.
OFWs are required to pay the P550 airport terminal fee when they buy tickets online or in airline ticket offices. They can claim their refund upon departure at the airport terminals.
But since OFWs are busy individuals, many failed to claim their refund.
Total collections of the airport terminal fee has reached more than a billion pesos and half of this amount remains unclaimed by OFWs. The unclaimed amount remains in the general fund of the NAIA.
Monreal said his office is ready to refund the fees to OFWs as long as they possess the E-ticket, boarding pass and passport they used even several years ago.
Air traffic to improve
Air congestion at NAIA is also expected to be greatly reduced in the first quarter of 2017 as aviation agencies prepare projects for more efficient management of air traffic.
Antonio Manuel Tamayo, deputy director general of Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said the much-delayed Communication and Navigation System (CNS) and Air Traffic Management (ATM) would be operational soon as these have been installed near the NAIA runway.
The CNS/ATM system is comprised of a computer-based flight data processing system that will enable aircraft operators to meet their scheduled departure and arrival and stick to their preferred flight plans with minimum constraints and without compromising agreed levels of safety.
It will also extend surveillance of aircraft and improve navigational accuracy.
“The government had constructed 12 radar stations across the Philippines as adjunct to the CNS/ATM to monitor each arriving and departing flight, and these would greatly speed up the landing and takeoff, contributing to the efficiency of the NAIA,” Tamayo said.
Air traffic controllers and other technical experts are being trained as part of the CNS/ATM system.
“Right now, they are doing shadow training, comparing the airplanes they see on the current radar system with this next generation system that is also linked to satellite in space,” Tamayo said.
It is just about time Calling All DUTERTE Supporters: We have a TRAITOR in which is Senator KoKo Pimentel. We ignored WHY He appointed Delima as Justice Chair Before but today HIS TRUE color is YELLOW Favoring Delima despite all the evidence presented.
He is describe as a sheep but he is a wolve in sheep clothing. A very Notorious Yellow Wolve that needs to be removed in the Senate Chair.
We need every support from all source of duterte follower to pin down and put a complete STOP the evil of this Koko Pimentel We are very BITTER of His Betrayal and no wonder his wife left him.
By: John R. Petalcorin (MNLF)
Senator Aspirant for 2016 (COC filed 12 Oct 2015)
Kapayapaan at progress ang gusto ng lahat na Pilipino pero hindi natin nakakamit kasi merong invisible hand na sadyang nanggugulo, which is Malaysia. Ang Malaysia po ay matagal (simula pa panahon ni Sen Ninoy Aquino in 1968) nang nakikipagsabwatan sa Aquino sa panggugulo sa Pilipinas para tayo ay maging mahinang bansa at mapanatili ng Malaysia ang kanyang pag-land-grab sa ating teritoryong Sabah.
There are days when I feel like a ton of bricks have fallen on me for something I learn about him. How he thinks, for instance, that Ferdinand Marcos, unparalleled plunderer and murderer of a president, is our best president.
And how defends this family of thieves. It feels like my scalp gets scraped with sharpened tongs every time I hear him give such laughably weak reasons for why the Marcoses aren’t all that bad.
Because I know he is a brilliant man and so I wonder what game this dude is playing. I look at his face when he says all that crap and –do I imagine it?—but it looks like he’s not even convinced himself. Ang daming hangin when he talks this way.
And then there are days—like today – when it’s all I can do not to text his secretary and ask where Da Man is because I want to throw my arms around his neck and kiss his funkeh face all over.
Because I found out that the first batch of Yolanda victims who have been living in evacuation centers for the past 3 years have been given homes. Real ones. With electricity and running water and bathrooms.
Not the dog houses the past administration of the heartless elitist bastards, Noynoy and Mar provided. Spotty at less than 1% the number of homes they should have built and when they finally found a trickle of motivation to build homes, what did they build but dog houses where 50 or so families shared one toilet/bathroom?
I know this. I saw the shit they built and when I saw those hovels, the first words out of my mouth were, “You have got to be fucking kidding me..”, endless shaking of head. Shake shake shake.
Hovels that were a little bit wider than one arms’ length and maybe, at most 2 arms’ length at its widest with paper thin plyboards between each unit.
My dogs live so much more luxuriously.
Something that most of us will not be able to live in for one night, they lived in for over 3 yrs.
And just like that. JUST LIKE THAT. And because the president ordered it. The poor, the grieving, the beaten down and defeated have been given a leg up.
The president visited them earlier this month and he saw the same shit others (me included) saw and it grieved him. And this is where he provided the muscle needed to get our kababayans out of the nightmare they were in for the past 3 yrs.
The poor cannot tolerate setbacks as much as we, who are a bit better off, can.
One illness in the family, a typhoon that destroys their homes, takes their livelihoods away- can send them into a downward spin they can’t get out of. And this is where generational poverty starts. It’s just too hard for them to get out of this vicious trap. They need our help—over and beyond what most of us need.
And I hear that on top of these homes, transportation to and from school for the children will be provided for. And then of course, there’s the rice subsidy on top of the conditional cash transfer they will get. And I hear public school kids are going to be given carabao milk every day. In this place where I see so much malnourished children and where children who go to school hungry, day in, day out.
I could cry. Really I could–from this man’s kindness. And how his heart is so clearly for the poor and how he serves them in all ways.
The kind of service I have not seen for the poor from a sitting president in a very long time.
And so today I learned the most powerful man in our country has reached out and given his hand to some of our least powerful.
And today I learned that so much of what I ached for for the people of Samar and Leyte will finally come to pass.
Today is a good day, my friends.
I hug you guys. TIGHT. With gladness and great rejoicing!
Todos saludos, Mr. President!
Noynoy Aquino is going to go down in history as the Philippines WORST PRESIDENT ever having been the most anti-reform president who refused to make any progress towards causing absolutely necessary constitutional reforms to happen, and plus his riding on his predecessors achievements despite his constant badmouthing and blaming her.
And this takes the cake....He was also the worst when it came to dealing with hostage situations.
Just barely a few weeks into his term, he was hit by the Luneta Bus Hostage Crisis which turned into a massacre when it shouldn't have! It should have been really easy to fix that issue...
The hostage-taker wasn't asking for money. He just wanted to know that his case was going to be looked into. That was it. Very easy to solve.
There was absolutely no gesture on the part of Noynoy to show that he cared about trying to save their lives and get them all free. Nothing like that whatsoever.
And theres the brouhaha about how Typhoon Haiyan was handled and the SAF 44 too. And there are many more.
The guy really was the most incompetent person ever to become President of the Philippines and even Erap Estrada was way better than Noynoy because at least Erap tried hard to get the anti-FDI restrictions of the 1987 Constitution removed through his CONCORD (CONstitutional CORrection for Development) initiative.
And whats ironic is that I USED TO BE A YELLOW. Yup. I used to be a die-hard Ninoy-Cory fan whod wear yellow and fanatically flash the Laban sign.
It was NOYNOY who made all that go away. Yes, Cory did a lot of crazy things too that diminished her standing in my eyes, like her anti-constitutional reform stance and a few other acts.
But when she died, on the day of her funeral, I forgot all about that and remembered the euphoria of Feb 25/26, 1986. On the day of Cory's funeral, for the last time, I wore yellow and flashed the Laban sign.
And then some idiots decided to float the idea of getting the incompetent Noynoy to run for office to capitalize on Cory's passing.
That's where the magic totally ended. No more yellow for me.