Sunday, January 27, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
William Hung, move over. Here comes the fcuking messiah! Dayum, pimp it, man.
Look, within hours, the song's already spawned different covers.
The karaoke piece.
The kiddie version.
The oldies remix.
The girl power edition.
Brilliant, man. Absolutely brilliant. Mabuhay ang Lahing Kayumanggi!
Monday, January 14, 2008
"A mischief-maker known as the “Filipino Monkey” who listens in on ship-to-ship radio traffic in the Gulf and jams the network with obscenities and threats might have been behind the “bomb warning” that nearly triggered a military confrontation between the US Navy and the Iranians last week... Read more"
Already, Pepito is asserting his innocence.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Mabuhay Fr. Ed! May you continue to inspire, not only the people of Pampanga but the whole Philippines as well, to do good. You've shown us that good governance and transparency can triumph in the world of dirty politics.
Read schumey's article about him here.
Monday, January 07, 2008
Q: What can travel around the world but always stays in the corner?
Q: What do a racecar and kayak have in common?
Q: What can run but never walks, has a mouth but never talks, has a bed but never sleeps?
Q: What can you catch but not throw?
Can you guess the words?
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Top spot goes to Honda for coming up with a very original and uber cool presentation.
The Lexus advert, however, is intelligent, slick and classy.
Whilst Skoda's is clever and nice.
What are your favorite adverts?
Friday, January 04, 2008
Because we don't have it in the Philippines, I always look forward to this weather phenomenon. Together with autumn leaves falling from the trees, I think it's one of the most beautiful things in this world. I remember the first time I experienced snow almost five years ago. I was in Texas (I participated in a 12 month International training program with Marriott hotels) and was working on a grave yard shift. Around one-thirty in the morning, the phone rang and it was the night auditor telling me that it was snowing.
I quickly ran outside the hotel and I found myself in awe with what was happening. The freezing air greeted me and there it was. Magic! It was quite a heavy snow fall, possibly at least a couple of inches. Everything was white. I felt peace. Calls were made to my parents and siblings and friends who cared to listen to me ramble on about the amazing experience. I stayed outside, in the middle of the car park, grinning and running like an idiot for at least thirty minutes.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
1) Sumilao farmers are LANDLESS as defined in RA 6657 "One is
considered landless if he/she owns less than 3 hectares of
a. The 66-hectare Carlos Estate was distributed to 78 farmers
belonging to the MAPALAD Multi-Purpose Cooperative who received
between .4 to .9 hectares per family.
i. This means that those who benefited in the Carlos estate ARE
STILL QUALIFIED to become beneficiaries under the agrarian reform program.
ii. The point of the agrarian reform program is to distribute
lands to help landless farmers have sustainable livelihood. This is
why the law provides that a family size farm which is around 3
hectares is necessary to fulfil the program's objective of improving
the lives of farmer-beneficiaries. To say that the Sumilao farmers
who own land sizes far less than what is provided by law are no longer
qualified beneficiaries is to violate the very spirit of the agrarian
b. The other group that joined the Sumilao march is the San
Vicente Landless Farmers Association (SALFA) and NOBODY IN THIS
ORGANIZATION OWN ANY PARCEL OF LAND.
2) Tenancy is NOT a requirement to become a beneficiary under
CARP. R.A. 6657 provides: "The lands covered by the CARP shall be
distributed as much as possible to landless residents of the same
barangay, or in the absence thereof, landless residents of the same
municipality in the following order of priority: agricultural lessees
and share tenants, regular farmworkers, seasonal farmworkers, other
farmworkers, actual tillers or occupants of public lands, collectives
or cooperatives of the above beneficiaries; and others directly
working on the land.
a. Most of these farmers were already screened and named in the
title/CLOA (Certificate of Land Ownership Award) that means they were
already deemed rightful beneficiaries under the agrarian reform
program in general and in the 144 hectares in particular.
b. Even so, we are still in the pre-coverage stage and who would
become beneficiaries or the inclusion/exclusion process is still
another step after the issuance of the Notice of Coverage. The
Sumilao farmers are very much willing to undergo this process. Their
more than 10 years of faithful and peaceful cooperation with the law
should be a glaring proof of that.
3) CLEAR VIOLATIONS OF SMFI rendering current operations as ILLEGAL:
a. From the Office of the President's Order ( December 18, 2007
): "Apparently, the unilateral development of subject landholdings
into a hog farm by SMFI is NOT one of the purposes for which the
conversion order has been issued. This clearly deviates from and
constitutes a VIOLATION of the conversion order issued to the
b. SMFI claims they made consultations but the resolution
referred to by San Miguel Foods Incorporated was a bogus resolution.
No such barangay council session favourably endorsing the piggery
project happened. Assuming without conceding that the Sangguniang
Barangay unanimously approved and endorsed the project, it cannot be
denied that it remains to be in violation of the law because Local
Government Units have NO POWER OF CONVERSION under the law as that
prerogative solely belongs to the Department of Agrarian Reform.
4) 144-hectare land is CARPable:
a. Sec 4 of RA 6657 provides that "The Comprehensive Agrarian
Reform Law of 1988 shall cover, regardless of tenurial arrangement and
commodity produced, all public and private agricultural lands as
provided in proclamation no. 131 and Executive Order no. 229,
including other lands of the public domain suitable for agriculture.
b. The area is considered prime agricultural land that is
traversed by an irrigation facility. (A basis for the Order denying
the conversion from agricultural to agro-industrial issued by DAR
Secretary Ernesto Garilao on Nov. 14, 1994).
c. 144-hectare land is adjacent to the constantly quoted Carlos
Estate that was already CARPed. In fact, the 2 sections of the one
big CARPable land are just divided by barbed wires.
5) 144-hectare land is Higaonons' ANCESTRAL LAND
a. The forefathers of the Higaonon Indigenous Cultural
Communities led by tribal leaders Apo Manuagay Anlicao and Apo
Mangganiahon were the early settlers.
b. The land was considered "balaang yuta" for the Higaonons, at
the same time, the seat of the government for the tribal leaders where
the traditional "pamuhat" and "paghusay" were conducted.
6) The Sumilao farmers are the LEGAL and MORAL OWNERS of the 144
a. This is the first and foremost reality that should not be
evaded by stating availability of other idle government lands. The
144-hectare land is their holy and ancestral land being Higaonons.
Why should they be given other lands when they are the rightful owners
of the 144-hectare land?
b. If SMFI knows that there are other lands available, why did it
have to displace indigenous peoples who are qualified to claim the 144
hectares of land?
7) Strong support from CREDIBLE, INTELLIGENT, EXPERIENCED,
AUTHORITATIVE and HIGHLY RESPECTED individuals and institutions who
also studied the case:
a. Former DAR Secretaries and Undersecretaries. Sec. Abad even
said that "DAR should always stand beside the farmers. In the case
of Sumilao, the facts are very clear." (PDI, 12/08/07 )
b. Legal luminaries, various lawyers' groups and law schools.
Constitutionalist Fr. Joaquin Bernas, SJ said "The welfare of the
underprivileged need not be achieved the big business way. Let the
little people decide what is best for themselves and for their dignity
as human beings – especially since they have the law on their side! "
c. Church Authorities, several Bishops, Dioceses, religious
organizations including Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan, Catholic
Educational Association of the Philippines, Association of Major
Religious Superiors of the Philippines, and countless others.
Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales emphasized the higher moral principle that
called for kindness, love, sympathy and compassion for the poor. (PDI,
8) SMFI Legal Counsel is DAR's former Assistant Secretary for
Legal Affairs who knows too well that the 144-hectare land is
CARPable, that the Sumilao farmers are qualified beneficiaries and
that the Supreme Court's approval of the conversion is subject to
conditions. Furthermore, one may also simply look at the following
documents to see the truth:
a. Tax declaration clearly stating the land is AGRICULTURAL;
b. History of the title;
c. Deed of Sale .
As regards development, The Church through the Vatican's Pontifical
Council for Justice and Peace issued the official document last month
(November 23, 2007) entitled "Towards a Better Distribution of Land:
The Challenge of Agrarian Reform." Here are some salient points:
o Many developing countries have sought to modernize their
economies as quickly as possible by basing themselves for the most
part on the often unjustified belief that rapid industrialization can
bring about an improvement in general economic well-being, even if
agriculture suffers in the process.
o Imbalances in the division of land ownership and the
policies giving rise to and sustaining them are the source of serious
obstacles to economic development. Such imbalances and policies can
have economic consequences which affect the majority of the population.
o Agrarian reform is one of the most urgent reforms and
cannot be delayed. In many situations, radical and urgent changes
are therefore needed in order to restore to agriculture – and to rural
people – their just value as the basis for a healthy economy, within
the social community's development as a whole.
Furthermore, Economists from Ateneo de Manila University stated that
"In economic development, it is widely recognized that effective land
reform is a sine qua non of agricultural change and rapid economic
growth. Countries that have undertaken effective land reform not only
have had more robust agricultural growth and productivity, they also
have enjoyed a better distribution of income and lower rates of poverty. "
The effect on growth and development will be much greater if CARP was
implemented more decisively.
We end with SALFA President Napoleon Merida, Jr.'s sentiments:
"The very point of our 1,700 kilometer walk was to make our rights of
the land very compelling and difficult to ignore. We chose a very
peaceful way of asserting our rights even if it meant a big sacrifice
for us. We succeeded in gaining a recognition of our rightful claim
over the land and the injustices that we have endured over the last
decade. For once, the public, the Church and even the Office of the
President have seen our side and have recognized that the law is on
our side. Now, through their expensive full-page ad SMFI is trying to
paint a picture of itself as the savior of the farmers of Bukidnon and
that we have no right over our land. What is the price of justice
then? Is it worth P2.4B in investments? "
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
The only times I made a list of New Year's resolutions were in school. And it only took me a few days to break them all. If not for the extra points in English class, I wouldn't have bothered.
This year, I 've decided to make a list, not for myself but for other people instead. Here goes:
1. When inside the cinema, theatre, places of worship, etc., remember to turn that bloody cellphone off! Or if you don't want to, put it in silent mode, at least. It is rude to interrupt one's viewing experience by the blaring sound caused by your mobile phone.
2. Read a book. And if you like it, buy me a copy.
3. Pull those trousers up, nobody wants to see your butt crack.
4. Quit smoking. You know it's a bad habit.
5. Do us a favor by keeping the volume of your Ipod low. If you want to break your eardrums, suit yourself. But for world peace, spare us My Humps.
6. If you can, walk. By doing so, you're hitting two birds with one stone. Not only is it friendly to the environment, it also helps keep the body fit.
7. It's bad enough that you don't shower when you come to work, but could you at least put some deodorant on. And brushing your teeth is not a bad idea, either.
8. Conserve water. Shower with a friend. If you haven't one, a pet. And if you're that lucky, with your friend who is also your pet.
9. It's 2008, open your mind to new ideas. Your beliefs shouldn't put you back in the middle ages. Reading in dim lights doesn't damage your eyes.
10. Sometime this year, pack your bags and travel to some place nice. I personally invite you (if you're not Filipino) to visit the Philippines. Despite its flaws, it's still a wonderful place to visit. And to my kababayans, re-discover our 7,107 islands. Pandan Island in Mindoro Occidental is one place to start.
Seize all the fantastic opportunities that the new year will bring. And may all of us be good. Your Merry Christmas may depend on what others do for you, but your Happy New Year depends on what you do for others.