Aug 31, 2006


Hodge-podge No. 310806

Fr. Joe Dizon blamed Ferdinand Marcos for the shortage of pro-people, righteous and progressive leaders today.

"Pinagpapatay ni Marcos ang isang henerasyon ng mga lider gaya nina Edgar Jopson at Bobby dela Paz, kaya kakaunti ang mga lider ngayon na maaaring mamuno," said Fr. Joe. "Ngayon, dapat tayong magalit din at ipatigil ang mga pagpaslang sa panahong ito dahil nanalalagay sa peligro ang pag-usbong ng mga lider para sa kinabukasan."


In a privilege speech at the House, anti-communist legislator Etta Rosales blasted the New People's Army and the Communist Party of the Philippines over alleged extortion by the communists.

Ho-hum. For a moment, I forgot she was speaking for Akbayan and believed she was reading a PR piece written by Jun Alcover of the brain-blasting, brain-eating and brainless ANAD/ANAD.


Jovito Palparan is duwag, according to Mrs. Erlinda Cadapan, the grieving but militant mother of abducted UP student Sherlyn Cadapan.

Mrs. Cadapan said that Palparan is scared of the court and of her presence in the court.


Mrs. Cadapan also that Palparan always told the courts he was sick each time he is summoned to appear regarding the writ of habeas corpus petitions seeking to surface Sherlyn and fellow UP student Karen EmpeƱo.

The proud mother of Sherlyn said: I pray that Palparan never gets well from being "sick" and that he dies of whatever sickness he has.


Palparan has boasted of making Central Luzon almost 100-percent Reds-free.

Sa totoo lang, mga sibilyan lang ang kinakaya ni Palparan. The NPAs continue to thrive in Central Luzon, and the brutality of Palparan is expected to compel many more to become Red fighters.


Gloria was reported to be "in excelsis" after the House killed the impeachment complaint against her.

To Gloria: Only the process was killed by JDV, Lagman, et al. The truth survives.


Gloria's all-out war, by the numbers: As of today, Aug. 31, Mrs. Arroyo's generals and soldiers have executed 744 individuals and forcibly disappeared (abducted) 181 others.

The catch? Victims were all civilians, unarmed and perceived to be anti-Gloria.


Benjaline "Beng" Hernandez
, then incumbent vice president for Mindanao of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines and deputy secretary-general of Karapatan-Southern Mindanao Region was murdered on April 5, 2002 by government soldiers as she was documenting an alleged massacre of peasants.

Today, her parents have joined Karapatan themselves, leading a movement composed of families of persons like Beng. True, the Arroyo government snuffed out Beng's life, but the dastardly terrorist act only inspired many to carry on her fight and produced more Beng's.


Beng's name -- Benjaline -- comes from her parents' own: Benjamin and Evangeline.

Benjamin and Evangeline have stepped up the plate and raring to do battle against murderers who have killed their daughter and the sons and daughters of many others.


Warning to all: Terrorists continue to roam the countryside. Last thing they did was burn the house of an activist.


Good news: Washington Post features fellow TXTPower convenor Mong Palatino in a story on texting and Pinoy protests.


Greetings corner: Belated happy birthday to Aaron and Cyrus. Advanced 29th anniversary to the League of Filipino Students. Long live LFS!

Aug 10, 2006


Kapalmuks sa Kongreso (a.k.a. Mana sa Nanay at Tatay, Mana sa Amo)

The first two hearings of the House justice committee on the impeachment complaints against President Arroyo proceeded as expected: Her loyalists naturally tried all possible means to smother all the complaints through sheer kakapalan ng mukha and legal gobbledygook.

First of all, how can any decent Filipino accept the reasoning of President Arroyo's son not to inhibit himself in the House justice committee proceedings? Mikey Arroyo says he was elected to Congress to represent his constituents and he has a right not to inhibit himself from a congressional hearing. Kakapalan ng pagmumukha talaga. Walang delicadeza at walang dangal. Nanay na nga niya ang nakasalang sa impeachment pero walang problemang ligal at moral siyang nakikita kung kasama siya sa magpapasya kung i-impeach o hindi ang Presidente. Mana sa nanay at tatay.

The other congresspersons who were reported by the Commission on Audit as beneficiaries of the Ginintuang Masaganang Ani fertilizer scandal did not inhibit themselves -- except for minority solon Ompong Plaza of Mindanao. Mana sa amo ang mga hindot.

Thanks to the foresight of the many people's organizations and people's lawyers, the tactic of filing copies of the same complaint on several days paid off. The tactic was aimed at covering all possible dates when the pro-Arroyo majority in the House could so decide as the proper date to file such pleading against the President. All complainants have long realized that such a tactic is required if only to defeat the legalistic stumbling blocks that the pro-Arroyo congressmen may put up.

We should applaud all the citizen-complainants of the eight complaints. Coming forward to ask Congress to impeach the President is not a simple chore but a moral and political obligation. Thanks to all of you, fellow complainants!

Those of us Filipinos who want to know the truth should follow closely the House justice committee proceedings, help lobby with the congresspersons, and ask others to do the same. Bantayan natin ang mga kaganapan at huwag hayaang babuyin ng mga mambabatas ang prosesong konstitusyunal na ito.

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