No dearth of honorable men

Commenting on the arrest of former Sen. Gregorio Honasan, Gloria Arroyo, through her spokesman Ignacio Bunye, said “No one can make a mockery of the law… and get away with it.”

She should tell that to herself. She has been making a mockery of the law, beginning with her power grab in February 2001, to her cheating in the 2004 elections, to her EO 464 destroying the government’s check and balance mechanism; to her Calibrated Pre-emptive Response, to her Proclamation 1017 which was martial law in disguise. We are just mentioning a few because the list is long.

She also said Honasan’s arrest “brings to a close a broad conspiracy to destabilize the government and is a harbinger of growing political stability underlying steady economic growth.”

She is dreaming. She should have been there at Department of Justice during the preliminary investigation of 49 persons charged with rebellion last Monday.

In our conversation of some of the officers there, we sensed that months of detention have not extinguished the fire of idealism in them. None of them regretted having done what they did, which was to manifest their abhorrence to being used as cheating operators in an election as what happened in the 2004 election.

The gathering of those honorable men in one room was an inspiring sight. It was a reminder that there is no dearth of people who are willing to sacrifice for truth and justice in this country.

They are:

Those in the military and police officers in active service: Maj. Gen. Renato Miranda; Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim; Col. Ariel Querubin; Col. Orlando de Leon; Col. Januario Caringal; Lt. Col. Armando Bañez; Lt. Col. Custodio Parcon; Lt. Col. Achilles Segumalian; Lt. Col. Nestor Flordeliza; Lt. Col. Edmundo Malabanjot;

Maj. Jason Laureano Aquino; Maj. Jose Leomar Doctolero; Maj. Oriel Pangcog; Capt. James Sabahan; Capt. Danilo Langkit;

1Lt. Englebert Gay; 1Lt. Nathaniel Rabonza; 1Lt. Sonny Sarmiento; 1Lt. Lawrence San Juan; 1Lt. Patricio Bumidang; 2Lt. Aldrin Baldonado;

PNP Chief Supt. Marcelino Franco; SSupt. Supt. Benjamin Magalong.

Retired military and police officers:

Lt. Col. Reynaldo Cabautan; Navy Capt. Felix Turingan; Col. Jake Malajacan; Col. Rafael Galvez; Col. Mel Acosta; CSupt. Victor Batac;

Civilians:

Former Sen. Gregorio Honasan; Francisco Nemenzo; Renato Constantino Jr.; Rafael Pulido; Christopher Belmonte; Pastor Saycon; former Ambassador Roy Señeres; Pepe Araneta; Jaime Regalario; Michel Yangson;

Jess Fernandez; Allan Paje; Jay Malajacan; Mauie Constantino; Cristina Antonio; Bettina Balderama; Prudencio Calubid; Leo Velasco; Edelberto Silva; Tirso Alcantara.

Not all of the 49 were present last Monday but with so many lawyers and reporters in one room, State Prosecutor Dina Perez had a hard time maintaining order.

It was not without light moments. There was laughter when the name Prudencio “Dodong” Nemenzo was called and former UP President Francisco “Dodong” Nemenzo stood up to denounce the “sloppy job” of those who are charging him with the crime rebellion.(Click here for his full statement.)

“They did such a sloppy job that they could not even get my name right. In the subpoena I am listed as ‘Prudencio Dodong Nemenzo.’ Everyone in UP knows my real name. A call to Diliman or a visit to UP Manila (the NBI’s next door neighbor) would have spared them from this embarrassing error,” Nemenzo said.

The government lawyers were at a loss to respond to Nemenzo’s complaint about his name. One of them asked me, “What’s his correct name?” I told him “Francisco Nemenzo.”

I added, “You merged UP and PUP.” His facial expression showed that he didn’t get it. So I explained, “The former president of PUP (Polytechnic University of the Philippines) is Nemesio Prudente. He (as I pointed to Nemenzo) is Francisco Nemenzo, former president of UP, University of the Philippines.”

That’s when he understood their mistake. He tried to justify it by explaining to me, “We just take down the narration of the witness. That was probably the name that he mentioned so that was the one printed in the complaint. Like, if somebody identifies you as Nora Aunor…”

Immediately I reacted, “I don’t like Nora Aunor. But I would not mind being mistaken as Angelina Jolie.”

It was a fun morning.

November 17, 2006 12:11 am   Posted in: Malaya, Military

203 Responses

  1. ystakei - November 17, 2006 12:34 am

    What kind of justice do they have in the Philippines, Ellen? I’ll get raise brows if I tell this story to a group of judges in Japan.

    Over here, it will be dismissed by the court. Any such charge with a different name will immediately dismissed and considered a closed case when such error is committed by a prosecutor in Japan indicting someone he cannot even get the name right! What a crap!

    Glad I am no Professor Nemenzo, and I am Japanese!!! I doubt if I need to worry going through such apparent case of injustice in Japan. Thank God!

    That’s what happens when a country has a Dorobo for a president! :-(

  2. ystakei - November 17, 2006 12:35 am

    This should read: “I’ll get RAISED brows if I tell this story to a group of judges in Japan.”

  3. Ellen - November 17, 2006 12:39 am

    As you have seen, there were porn postings that were able to get through in the previous titles. My administrator said those are spams. he said Akismet, my anti-spam mechanism blocks 97 percent of them. Those are part of the three percent na nakakalusot.

    I’m sorry that I can’t immediately erase it because I’m not in front of the computer 24 hours a day.

    pagpasensyahan nyo na.

  4. chi - November 17, 2006 12:43 am

    The kumader-in-thief said, “No one can make a mockery of the law… and get away with it.”

    MAGHANTAY S’YA! Pagbaligtad ng bola, the pinoys will not let go of her.

    On Gringo’s capture, the evil woman says, “brings to a close a broad conspiracy to destabilize the government and is a harbinger of growing political stability underlying steady economic growth.”

    Sabi mo nga Ellen, “she’s dreaming”.
    Well, Glue will forever keep on dreaming, libre naman ang mangarap lalo na sa mga mentally remote!

    Ellen says ‘Immediately I reacted,’ “I don’t like Nora Aunor. But I would not mind being mistaken as Angelina Jolie.”

    Tumpak Ellen, Nora Aunor is a traitor, “NOT ONLY ONCE, BUT TWICE”. Ikaw ay Never!
    Saka laos na iyang Aunor na ‘yan, sa blog mo lang wala ng comparison.

    Si Angelina Jolie, matapang and compassionate, like you. (like her, too! :))

  5. hawaiianguy - November 17, 2006 12:48 am

    Chi, am glad to see you blogging. it means, you were not affected by that storm in NC.

  6. Chabeli - November 17, 2006 12:53 am

    These honorable men have addded to the meaning of HOPE, most especially in the Philippines. One thing for sure, history will judge them well.

    No matter what Gloria and her Legions do to destroy these men, they will not be able to tarnish them, because people can tell a FAKE from the real thing.

  7. ocayvalle - November 17, 2006 1:04 am

    when you have a fake president..who will do anything to stay in power..even putting the law into their hand..this GMA`s administration is more worst that the mob`s,the only law and rules they follow is the gangster law..they cheat,lie,murder innocent people,circumvent the law of the land,they ransacked any goverment agency for their own selfish needs,uses God`s name in vain to give hell to the filipino people,uses afp,pnp and any law agency to employ criminals to suit their needs by killing and arresting people who expose their criminals act opposition or administration..and since we filipinos are so religious they bribe religious elders to lie for them so that they will be in power for a long long time.those who go against,ether end up dead.abuse the patience of the filipino people and pretend that they are legally right and following the rules and law of the land!!this people from GMA,FG and their evil minions and mr bunye the spokeman of the devils must be now feeling the heat..
    maybe mr bunye is talking to the mirror and speaking to himself!!what a clown this mr bunye!!

  8. chi - November 17, 2006 1:55 am

    hawiianguy,
    all night and early this a.m. the storm was strong. but we live between mountains and coasts, so no probs. thanks, safe ka dito :).

  9. anna de brux - November 17, 2006 2:05 am

    Pity! Prof Nemenzo should have just let those guys fry in their own fat, i.e., not replied or acknowledged his presence after all they were calling out another name.

    Should just have let them run around like headless chickens.

    Why make it easier for the persecutors (not prosecutors)?

  10. apoy - November 17, 2006 2:10 am

    maam ellen,
    pwedeng paki-submit na rin ang pangalan ko in fairness to my comrades in uniform, i will join them

  11. anna de brux - November 17, 2006 2:21 am

    Apoy,

    Unsolicited advice which I hope you won’t take too badly…

    DON’T GO IN THE OPEN. It’s not worth having you in JAILED or marked when your comrades who are in trouble may need you outside.

    Treat this mess today as a battle front.

    Good luck to you.

  12. anna de brux - November 17, 2006 2:23 am

    DON’T SUBMIT YOUR NAME IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN MARKED YET…

    THERE IS NOTHING TO BE GAINED TODAY BY BEING LOCKED UP.

    YOUR COURAGE WILL SERVE THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN CAUHGT AND IN FAIRNESS TO THEM, YOU MUST BE FREE TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE!!!!

  13. anna de brux - November 17, 2006 2:24 am

    I know General R Miranda personally. He’s a typical Marine but he’s a good man!

  14. anna de brux - November 17, 2006 2:25 am

    Ellen, I know Major Aquino too and he knows me. Sorry to hear that he is in the line of enemy fire: Gloria’s fire!

  15. anna de brux - November 17, 2006 2:26 am

    Colonel Boycee Pangilinan must be having a field day! He was responsible for spying on his own for Gloria!

    What jerk!

  16. anna de brux - November 17, 2006 2:37 am

    Ellen,

    Just going over the names of the officers! (oops sorry Ellen) but Gloria is really following the tricks in the book on not how to be toppled.

    She’s gunning after Lt Colonels… She knows (or someome in the military told her so) that the Lt Colonel or colonel rankq are the riskiest in terms of coup d’états – so she’s moved to stop them…

    These are the military ranks that could make the difference if the military does become restive, they are the ones that are in direct operational command of the troops so to speak (general or star rank is virtually just a prop when it comes to a realistic coup d’état)…as they say in Somerset, “bludy ‘el!”

  17. anna de brux - November 17, 2006 3:07 am

    Ellen,

    Would have been better had the Malaya banner, instead of

    “Gloria: Time to put plotters behind bars”

    should have been:

    “Time to put plotters behind bars – Gloria”

    A reader would have paused there for a second (with the second type of banner), you know just to annoy Bansot Sr.

  18. chi - November 17, 2006 3:46 am

    From Mr. Ronald Roy’s column (Tribune)

    “The Sovereign touché of the week gives way to recent flash reports, as follows: (1) Rosebud has been let loose to resume her demolition of Manila mayoralty candidate Ping Lacson; (2) Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez is reportedly making a deal with Charlie “Atong” Ang, whereby the latter can enjoy a reduction of penalty from life to six years imprisonment, in exchange for what he knows about the dismissed Kuratong Baleleng and Bentain cases; (3) Mr. Miguel Tuason Arroyo is on an anti-media libel rampage; and (4) Gringo Honasan, one of the Sovereign’s authentic heroes, has been nabbed severely wounded in the feet and the neck area.

    Well, well, well! I sense paranoia and panic in their midst! Yes, this could be it: The acceleration of battles and the start of our winning the war! So, hang in there, country!”

  19. chi - November 17, 2006 3:58 am

    Anna,

    Bilib talaga ako dito ke Prof. Nemenzo. Pwede naman niya talagang taasan ng kilay ang kanyang “persecutors” , but he chose instead to stand up and be one of our “Men of Honor”.

    Iyan ang TUNAY NA LALAKI! May prinsipyo, may paninindigan, nagmamahal sa bayan, at hindi pikon gaya noong dambuhala sa stinking palace na bato lang ng bato ng libel kahit kanino na nakakasakit sa kanyang super ego.

  20. chi - November 17, 2006 4:02 am

    Anna, I would prefer this headline:

    “Time to put Gloria behind bars -Plotters”

  21. anna de brux - November 17, 2006 4:12 am

    Chi, That would have been great but Jake Macasaet might find himself in boiling waters! Heheheh!

    Re Tribune news: Lacson should nip Rosebud in the bud… and nip that rotten bud badly to get rid of that tiresome little cement powdered face Mike Arroyo wh*re!

  22. ocayvalle - November 17, 2006 4:25 am

    this people led by their mob boss GMA think they will last forever..their spokeman mr bunye and all the evil minions to appease themself together all the evil cabals of GMA and FG,keep on lying day by day to the filipino people..everyday they invent lies and more lies..they are so rude and so evil..they never learn their lesson..anytime soon they will be ousted..no amount of harassment,arrest or killing of people who go against them..they can kill all the journalist who writes and expose their crimes and wrong doing..but there will always be others to take the right path and expose their crimes..they can arrest gringgo,erap,the honorable men in uniform,the journalist etc..but they can never stop the filipino people in ousting them..GMA and FG and their evil minions are now feeling the heat and they know that their end is coming!!

  23. chi - November 17, 2006 4:40 am

    Anna,

    This KABUKI Rosebud is nothing like a budding rose. This powdered face ass-whole is a trying hard has-been playing “show me the money” with Mike Pidal.

    Seriously, a chinese friend visiting us says that this Rosebud is “isinusuka” in the chinese community. She should know as she’s a very active businesswoman. Binondo is Ping’s, that’s for sure she said, as they believe that he’s the only person to end kidnapping of chinese-pinoys and other crimes affecting their community. Bilib sila kay Ping.

  24. schumey - November 17, 2006 4:49 am

    Esperon, Col. Pangilinan, Rosebud and Chavit are in the same league. All ratted on their peers to save their skins.

  25. anna de brux - November 17, 2006 4:56 am

    For your info: Just dispatched the following message to daniellaperez80

    —– Original Message —–
    From: anna-de-brux
    To: OFW-Vote@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Thursday, November 16, 2006 9:45 PM
    Subject: Re: [OFW-Vote] Re: Leading by example/URGENT!

    Begging the group’s disgression:

    Calling the attention of daniellaperez80 !

    It has come to the attention of a group friendly to (and morally supporting) Ellen Tordesillas, columnist in Malaya, Abante and in other print media in the Philippines that a letter was sent to Ms Tordesillas containing a blunt threat to her life.

    The e-mail was signed danie11aperez80@yahoo.com an ID which closely resembles one of the frequent commenters’ ID (daniellaperez80 ) in OFW-Vote yahoogroups.

    The contents of the e-mailed letter are serious enough that I thought it would do us all well to raise the issue here so I took the liberty of personally sending this message attention of daniellaperez80 so that whoever owns the daniellaperez80 ID could come forward to either confirm or deny that he/she and the sender of the threatening e-mail are one and the same or not at all.

    It would be difficult to continue in an atmosphere of constructive exchanges in this cybergroup while such doubt hangs in the balance so I do hope that people in the OFW-Vote@yahoogroups.com would understand.

    For your information, here’s the contents of the e-mail from danie11aperez80@yahoo.com
    (Please access http://www.ellentordesillas.com/?p=639 if you are not aware of this yet):

    “What kind of death do you prefer? To die of cancer? To die of accident? To die of ambush? To die of heart attack due to your libel suit? Masyado kang matapang ha? Puro banat mo sa Pangulo dahil hindi ka napartehan ng gracia kahit kaunti. Your days are numbered.”

    Thank you very much and would appreciate prompt reply from daniellaperez80

    A.

  26. anna de brux - November 17, 2006 5:07 am

    My dear chi,

    I agree with you totally, without any reservation re “This KABUKI Rosebud is nothing like a budding rose.”… heheheh!

  27. ocayvalle - November 17, 2006 5:59 am

    very interesting!!
    a friend of mine emailed me with this message..
    “buddy,thanks for everything and all the prayers..
    God knows how i appreciate all you have done to me
    and my family..i miss all our disscussions of what is
    happening to our country..
    buddy,have a big surprise to you.. i was able to visit
    personally ki gendeng pamungkas..as i promise you!!
    the evil will be detroyed by an evil..”
    pa wakas na yang si aling glue..!! he.he.he.
    thanks again buddy..

  28. chi - November 17, 2006 6:18 am

    paki tsimis naman Ocayvalle, sino si gendeng pamungkas :).

  29. ystakei - November 17, 2006 7:53 am

    Anna: Would have been better had the Malaya banner, instead of
    “Gloria: Time to put plotters behind bars”should have been:
    “Time to put plotters behind bars – Gloria”
    *****

    Anna, Malaya cannot afford to have another libel suit and have the Bansot order if closed or seize it to be another of her propaganda newspapers. Iyan ang gustong gawin ni Pandak.

    Did you see her pictures in the newspapers and lambasting media people she cannot dictate upon in front of their fellow media people, and you see this crook deliberately trying to create an intrigue between the broadcasters and those of the broadsheets? Golly mukhang baboy na dugong aso!

  30. ystakei - November 17, 2006 8:00 am

    Apparently, Atong Ang was brought back to the Philippines even when the Americans had already given the go signal for the Philippines to take him back long before this year because the crooks at the palace by the murky river want to thwart Lacson’s ambition to run for Mayor of Manila, and as usual have as many candidates there to make it easier for them to cheat as what they did in the presidential election.

    If I were a Manila voter, I will vote for Lim!

  31. ystakei - November 17, 2006 8:04 am

    This should be: “…. I WOULD vote for Lim!” No good choice kasi. Gosh, guguluhin na naman ni Pandak ang eleksyon! Daya galore na naman. Puede ba patalsikin na iyan!

    I feel like puking every time I see her pictures in the newspapers. I wish Tribune and Malaya would stop showing her pictures until the time she could be pulled out of Malacanang and sent to jail, or they have those pictures like the one take by a Manila Bulletin photographer showing how this wannabe queen sits and be sent to a finishing school and learn some manners!

  32. ystakei - November 17, 2006 8:10 am

    Chi,

    Rosebud is Chinese, and is made up like those Chinese opera performers.

    You say, “KABUKI,” but it is something honorable in Japan. Changing the “B” to “P” is more appropriate though in reference to this wanton woman!

  33. ystakei - November 17, 2006 8:13 am

    Chi: She should know as she’s a very active businesswoman.
    *****

    Hmmmm. What’s she selling? Monay and hopia of the other kind ba, Chi? Pwe! Talaga naman itong si Pandak, napaligiran na ng mga scums of the world katulad nilang mag-asawa!

  34. chi - November 17, 2006 8:16 am

    Hahaha!!! ystakei, you have the exact word. ikaw talaga!

  35. ystakei - November 17, 2006 8:17 am

    Ooops, “scums of the earth” pala…You know, iyong mga bulate, etc.!

  36. chi - November 17, 2006 8:29 am

    ystakei, I was referring to a visiting female pinoy-chinese friend who is engaged in real estate, owns a can factory in valenzuela, and a dealer of luxury cars.

    Si Rosebud, I don’t know her business except mandurugas, hehehe.

  37. TonGuE-tWisTeD - November 17, 2006 8:48 am

    Chi, si Ki Gendeng Pamungkas ay Indonesian voodoo priest na galit sa mga Chinese. Mangkukulam ito at ang kukulamin niya ngayon ay si Bush.

    Hot issue siya ngayon sa Indonesia. Alam ko may friendster account pa nga siya.

  38. chi - November 17, 2006 9:03 am

    Ay, baka na-voodoo na si Bush kaya nanalo ang Dems :). OK sa akin kung ang kulamin naman niya ay iyang Pidal woman, siguruhin lang n’ya!

  39. Ellen - November 17, 2006 9:23 am

    Anna, thanks for following up daniella perez.

  40. ocayvalle - November 17, 2006 9:34 am

    right ka togue-twisted!!sana matapos na pahirap sa atin ng mga pidals..ung manyika na binigay kay ki gendeng pamukas.. pidal na pidal ang itsura…sabi ko!! thank you Lord.. sobra na sila pidal..sana e pidal mo na..ng sumemplang na!!

  41. florry - November 17, 2006 10:55 am

    Gloria through Bunye said: “No one can make a mockery of the law… and get away with it.” I can’t believe she said that. She has no right to issue such a statement. We know that she and her minions are the most brazen and blatant violators who make a mockery not only the laws but the constitution which is the very basic foundation of Philippine laws. Baka naman na-mis-quote siya at ang sinabi ay ganito: “No one except me, Mike and Mikey can make a mockery of the law and get away with it”. Talaga naming napaka-kapal ng mukha, naka-kasuka at naka-ka-depress itong si Aling Glue. Mabuti na lang at may isang pang-anti-depressant na iniwan si Ellen, at least, nakuha ko pang ngumiti kahit na nainis sa demonyang si glue. OK yong banat mo Ellen, I loved the way you said it:
    “I don’t like Nora Aunor. But I would not mind being mistaken as Angelina Jolie

  42. Ellen - November 17, 2006 11:11 am

    E-mail from an officer in the field:

    Mabuhay ang ating Inang Bayan! Mabuhay ang mga tulad nyo na walang takot mag sulong ng pagbabago at kaginhawaan para sa nakararami nating kababayan.

    I am an AFP officer currently serving as a tactical unit commander deployed in Eastern Mindanao. Like most well-meaning Filipinos, I long to see that day when we can truly live in a peaceful, progressive and efficiently governed Philippines!

    Nais ko lang po magbahagi ng ilang pananaw hingil sa ating AFP. I am a PMA graduate and really proud to have come from that institution whose motto is: Courage, Integrity and Loyalty. In the Academy, we lived a very regimented life under very ideal environment and set of rules centered on our Honor Code, “A cadet does not lie, cheat or tolerate among us those who do”. But no sooner after graduating from PMA did we start witnessing PMA’ers partaking in all sorts of graft and corrupt practices and other disgraceful acts….One wonders if in fact, those are just mere reflections of the kind of society that we have become – no sense of nationhood at all where oligarchs who are themselves the bureacrat capitalists continue to rule while majority of the people are living in dire poverty!

    Lubhang napakalaki po ang hamon ng pagkakataon sa ating mga nais pa ng tunay na pagbabago. Ang masasabi ko lang po, ako’y naniniwala na mas lubos pa rin ang nakararami sa hanay ng AFP officers (PMAers man o hindi) na matitino at tunay na nagmamahal sa ating bayan at walang ibang hangarin kundi ang isang tunay na malawakang pagbabago sa ating bansa!

    We have a critical mass of progressive minded officers who can no longer stand the “preservation of status quo”. We believe change will inevitably come but we cannot on the other hand, allow those scheming individuals/groups with selfish motives to deceive us anymore. Our tragic experience in those EDSA uprisings and even the Oakwood incident offer very hard lessons learned.

    We strongly encourage you to continue your advocacy of reform, truth and justice. Condemn individual soldiers or officers who commit abuses, who allow themselves to be instruments of oppression or who are oppressors themselves but please, spare the institution – your AFP.

  43. ystakei - November 17, 2006 12:26 pm

    The Bansot knows for a fact the growing dissent among these men of honor, Ellen, and reason for the recruitment being announced at all the barangay for new volunteers—pang tapal sa mga kanyon na gagamitin nila sa mga rebels kung sakali! I’m told of the 300,000 stronghold being planned out by the Bansot and Company, including the extra battalion for their own personal safety according to my source. This should be examined and investigated as a matter of fact in fairness to those who have been in the service and are in for a chopping before their retirement age so they cannot get any pension.

    Point is when are these decent and gallant men of honor going to toe the line?

  44. florry - November 17, 2006 1:10 pm

    To AFP Officer,
    I admire and appreciate your candidness, admittimg that there really exists graft and corruption in the military organization. Me too I believe that there are more honest men than corrupt in the service. The problem is how can you separate the good ones from the bad ones? Ang nangyayari sa military at mga pulis ngayon ay para bang katulad ng mga kamatis na nakalagay sa isang kaing, halo-halo ang mga magaganda at mga bulok, at yong bulok ang nakikita at tuloy nadadamay lahat, at kundi man, yong bulok ay hahawaan lahat yong magaganda at ang mangyayari lahat ay magiging bulok. Papaano ang solusyon para ma-spare ang AFP, dahil habang may mga corrupt na servicemen and officers ang tingin at assumption ng mga tao ay kinukunsinti sila ng AFP leadership, kaya buong AFP organization ang nasisira ang image.
    The present leadership of the AFP is nothing but a big joke. Esperon for one as the COS, is known to be a conspirator or one of the major players in the massive cheating during the last elections. This is an open secret, and where were the good men of the AFP, why didn’t the register their non-approval by coming together to block his appointment? Of course, if majority of the officers and soldiers voiced their opposition to this man, the appointing power may have to think twice before going through. And how do you and your comrade in arms feel being led by corrupt, liar and cheater COS, and not to mention the unlady bogus president. I know you have to follow the military rules, kahit na masakit at labag sa kalooban, but up to what extent? Kailan natin makakamit ang mga reform na hinahanap natin sa ating pamahalaan. Tuloy nga ang pag-advocate natin ng reform through peaceful means, but those in power ay mga manhid, tuloy ang panluluko nila, pang-aapi at pambababoy sa mga tao at tuloy din ang mga pangungurakot sa kaban ng bayan. Ganyan na lang ba buhay ng mga Pilipino? Hindi naman natin alam kung hanggang kailan silang nakaupo, dahil ang gusto nila habang-buhay silang nasa poder, so anong dapat gawin ng mga tao. Hindi ba dapat na kung hindi makuha sa peaceful means, subukan naman ang ibang paraan. Ang hinihintay lang naman ng mga tao ay yong mga natitira pang matitinong tao sa service ang mamuno, kaya, lang, palagay ko kakaunti lang ang mga matatapang at malalakas ang loob na lumaban sa establishment. Nakakalungkot at nakakaawa ang mga tao at ang Pilipinas.

  45. Mrivera - November 17, 2006 1:16 pm

    nagdurugo’t nagdurusa ang puso ko sa pighati
    sa dulot na walang humpay na inhustisyang di mawari
    kasalukuyang administrasyong walang puso walang budhi
    lahat ay ginagawa upang tayo’y mapalungi
    parang ipinagmamalaki pa’t sa buong mundo’y pinamarali.

    mula’ng sa palasyo ay maluklok itong pekeng mandaraya
    bawat araw pagdurusa, kagutuman at dalita
    ‘yan ang ating dinaranas kailan matatapos kaya
    kailan masisilayan ang ginhawang nawawala
    na ninakaw nitong ganid, buhong, gahaman at sugapa?

    katiwasayan ng paligid di na natin maramdaman
    lalong itong kaligtasa’y hindi na rin masumpungan
    kapag ikaw ay umalma’t binigyang pansin ang pagkukulang
    asahan mong kriminal kang saan mang sala’y isasakdal
    walang oras, walang sino’ng sa kanila’y maaring humadlang!

  46. Mrivera - November 17, 2006 1:24 pm

    to the AFP officer in the field,

    ginoo, salamat at meron pa ring ilang katulad mo na nabubuhay sa lantay na diwa ng tunay na kawal – paglilingkod, katapatan at kagitingan.

    katulad ng battle cry namin sa 24th infantry battalion, philippine army – be ON GUARD!

    mabuhay kayo!

  47. hawaiianguy - November 17, 2006 5:18 pm

    Mr. AFP officer,

    I salute you for the statements you made through Ellen. I hope you are able to read the reactions of people here, and how they appreciate people like you who want to speak out for the truth. My only HOPE is this: the many good men (and women) in the AFP should do something to make a difference, and the time is NOW. As the saying goes, evil triumphs if the few bad guys continue doing what they want to do, while the majority do nothing to stop them. Surely, we don’t want to see the day when the AFP, as an institution, is fully wrecked by those who are obssessed and devoured by power.

  48. Chabeli - November 17, 2006 6:35 pm

    To the AFP Officer (on field):
    You say that “…In the Academy, we lived a very regimented life under very ideal environment and set of rules centered on our Honor Code, “A cadet does not lie, cheat or tolerate among us those who do”.” It must be TOUGH then to have a Commander-In-Chief who is a CHEATER, LIAR and THIEF!!!

    “We have a critical mass of progressive minded officers who can no longer stand the “preservation of status quo”. We believe change will inevitably come but we cannot on the other hand, allow those scheming individuals/groups with selfish motives to deceive us anymore. Our tragic experience in those EDSA uprisings and even the Oakwood incident offer very hard lessons learned.” Well, said, Sir!

    In light of this, all voters then should choose those who posses “Courage, Integrity and Loyalty” in the 2007 Election! DO NOT VOTE A SINGLE KAMPI (The Midget’s party) politician into office!!!!!
    —————————–

    Ms. Ellen, I saw you on Dong Puno’s show. You expressed yourself very well. I just have to say, though, na ang sarap sampalin si Atty. Rondain (?), the lawyer of FG! Antipatiko ang dating. What did he mean by “just for tonight, let us assume that FG is a public official????” Tama po kayo Ms. Ellen, if FG’s Chief of Staff is a Usec., how can the FG be a private person? Simply put, the Pig is even a bully! Keep up the fight, Ms. Ellen. You have your bloggers behind you!

    Sinong tinatakot nitong Lawyer na “everything that is being said on this show can be taken against them (in the show)”? Kick the ass of this lawyer-of-the-mob!!!!!

  49. anna de brux - November 17, 2006 6:42 pm

    Re Chabeli’s “In light of this, all voters then should choose those who posses “Courage, Integrity and Loyalty” in the 2007 Election! DO NOT VOTE A SINGLE KAMPI (The Midget’s party) politician into office!!!!!”

    I support Chabeli’s call… DO NOT VOTE A SINGLE KAMPI (The Midget’s party) politician into office!

  50. anna de brux - November 17, 2006 6:55 pm

    To Officer in the field,

    It is very difficult not to include the institution leaders and many members of an institution are seen to have failed and are failing the high expectations of the Republic and the people they serve.

    For the institution to be spared in the people’s attack on Gloria and her government, the good members of that institution should accept that for so long a time now, that institution has not performed its duty wholly in keeping with traditions.

    If civilians – who have real cause or reasons to resent the damage that members, leaders of the same institution have inflicted on their own institution – do not speak up, you the younger members of that institution will eventually pay for its wanton, senseless moral destruction.

    While I understand how you feel, you must also accept that the institution that you speak of belongs to the people, it belongs to the Republic and the citizens of this nation have as much right as any of the uniformed members of the institution to hold that very institution accountable.

  51. anna de brux - November 17, 2006 6:57 pm

    Darn, here’s the first paragraph again:

    “It is very difficult not to include the institution, its leaders and members when many members of the said institution are seen to have failed and are failing the high expectations of the Republic and the people they serve.”

  52. anna de brux - November 17, 2006 7:11 pm

    Ellen,

    I mentioned to my friends who were visiting yesterday that I was planning to go to Manila this Christmas, I was advised by one of them (a member of the embassy here) not to use the name that is known to the embassy here because I might be put “in a spot” at the immigrations counter. (I’ve already told you in my earlier blog that they know my real family name.) He was not trying to unduly alarm me but he said that my name is already in Manila and I’m considered, well, a “destabilizer.”

    Unfortunately, the name they know is the one I have in my passport and can’t change it because it IS my legal name.

    Incredible, isn’t it? Anyway, we’ll see but they had better be good about it because my own would fight back.

  53. ystakei - November 17, 2006 9:46 pm

    Anna,

    I have the same apprehension about going to the Philippines that is why the Daniella here is bold enough to say that we cannot go back to the Philippines. Fortunately, I don’t have my immediate family to celebrate Christmas with over there. That is why I’m US-bound this Christmas. Would love to hear of your trip over there. Maghalo ang balat sa tinalupan ba?

    I’m still trying to squeeze the Hawaii confab introduced by Hawaiianguy because I originally planned to go to Mexico in fact to see about the construction of my vacation house in Mexico before Christmas. I intended that for the trip with my Mother to UK but since she does not want to go, I need to stay with her in SFO all through my short vacation as I need to get back to Tokyo for the New Year’s holiday.

    Ang hirap talaga ng iisang katawan! Ingat!

    Ellen, ingat!

  54. npongco - November 17, 2006 10:29 pm

    There was a tornado at North Carolina. I think Chi lives there. I hope you’re okay, Chi.

  55. chi - November 17, 2006 10:58 pm

    thanks, npongco. we’re OK. malayo sa amin. :).

  56. Chabeli - November 17, 2006 11:26 pm

    Anna de Brux,
    We and those who can help (definitely, the more the merrier) should “campaign” against Glue’s party mates, or even those identified with her; after all VOTING FOR ANY OF GLUE’S PARTY MATES SPELLS: GLORIA FOR LIFE! Puke! Whacha think?

  57. chi - November 17, 2006 11:32 pm

    I’m with you , Chabeli.

  58. anna de brux - November 17, 2006 11:35 pm

    Chabeli,

    You are spot on! Let’s start by ridding the Philippines of Gloria and her party mates – they are today’s enemies of the republic, they must be annihilated by voting them out, dumping them with the forgotten (if that is at all possible).

  59. anna de brux - November 17, 2006 11:52 pm

    I was pretty sure that ISG’s Boycee Pangilinan and his “troops”, “spooks” and “civilian” assets played a great role in the capture of Honasan.

    The Philippine Star report mentioned the following in a report today, “Honasan’s capture was a result of human intelligence with some technical support both coming from the ISAFP and the Army’s Intelligence Service Group (ISG), the source said.”

    Traydoran na lang silang lahat.

    TO: Officer in the field, and Apoy: a suggestion, DO NOT UNDERSTIMATE THE ISG’s RESOLVE TO CAPTURE, PUNISH, and even commit attrition among the AFP from the ranks upwards.

    Pangilinan lives and breathes Gloria Macapagal Arroyo… He’s ruthless despite the amiable façade.

    You know very well that the ISG was created on the eve of Gen Abu CSAFP’s retirement to spy on its own for the glory of Gloria.

  60. Chabeli - November 18, 2006 12:21 am

    Chi, Anna de Brux:
    Super! Lemme get the list…

  61. ystakei - November 18, 2006 12:34 am

    The Pidal allies are singing “Boycott” daw so they can substitute filled up ballots for those that the boycotters are not casting with the claim by the Daniella that there are many registrants.

    This is actually a lie as far as the OFWs are concerned. Over in Japan, those who were disenfranchised for example in the 2004 election with their IDs incomplete or not produced at all are actually not interested to re-register. Others just feel it is useless since the votes would be be manipulated again especially with the same manipulators still there, and even running for positions like the vote-rigger, Garcillano.

    Nevertheless, I am encouraging my friends to exercise their right to vote and boot out the Midget with their votes ala-democrats in the USA.

    PATALSIKIN NA, NOW NA! With more oppositions winning in 2007, then Pidal will know Filipinos are fed up of their lies, and want them to go to jail for life if not executed to pay for their crimes against the people of the Republic of the Philippines, for cheating in the election is a crime, and so is electioneering, plundering, bribery, etc.

  62. ystakei - November 18, 2006 12:41 am

    Anna: You know very well that the ISG was created on the eve of Gen Abu CSAFP’s retirement to spy on its own for the glory of Gloria.

    ******
    Suka, suka, suka! This is nauseating indeed! Buti na lang hindi ako sundalo ng RP. Knowing this, Anna, how can these soldiers not feel demoralized and still can pledge allegiance to this bogus president? Kahit na ako makulong, if I were one of them, I would not give her a salute. She does not deserve it as a matter of fact. Sabay-sabay nilang gawin iyan, tignan lang natin kung hindi maduwag ang mandudurong pandak! Kakakulo ng dugo! :-x

  63. ystakei - November 18, 2006 12:50 am

    Did you see her picture waving goodbye to her minions? Kamukhang-kamukha ng asawa! Ang pangit!!! Tama ang tawag ninyo, guys! Tababoy!!! :-P

  64. anna de brux - November 18, 2006 12:55 am

    Yuko,

    Amazing! That’s exactly what I thought – the impression was instant.

    The person in that front page pic was the female version of the First Baboy!

  65. anna de brux - November 18, 2006 12:57 am

    the bansot or the dwarfed female version – heh!

  66. chi - November 18, 2006 12:59 am

    ystakei, Anna:

    Hehehe, Hahaha! Bakit tight lip ang ngiwi, e ngiti pala? Baka nagbabasa si Lupita ng blog ni Ellen!

  67. anna de brux - November 18, 2006 1:06 am

    Yuko,

    Natawa ako nga malakas ng basahin ko ulit iyong entry mo “Buti na lang hindi ako sundalo ng RP.”

    Sabi ko sa sarili ko, kung si Yuko ang commander diyan baka mag-sepuku ang mga generals diyan sa AFP!

    Hahahah!

  68. anna de brux - November 18, 2006 1:15 am

    Btw Ellen,

    Manila Times insists “Arroyo, Bush to hold one-on-one in Hanoi” in its Saturday, November 18, 2006 edition.

    Well, propaganda at its best.

  69. anna de brux - November 18, 2006 1:16 am

    “I embark for Hanoi bearing the banner of Philippine excellence and growing prestige in the world,” Arroyo said.

    Excuse me while I puke…

  70. chi - November 18, 2006 1:28 am

    Oh, NABAKLA NA RIN YATA SI CRUZ!
    *******
    ABS-CBN says
    Cruz denies Cabinet wrangling

    The former chief of the Department of National Defense denied Friday that Cabinet wrangling had anything to do with his resignation early this month, ABS-CBN reported.

    Cruz, who attended the UP College of Law Grand Alumni Homecoming at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel, said he was in the process of completing a report on his unfinished projects.

    “We’re completing our report, so there will be a guide for whoever takes over the department and the transition,” he said.

    Cruz also denied having any disagreement with President Arroyo.

    Speculations have been brewing since Cruz resigned from office. One of these pointed to the alleged pressure by other cabinet secretaries, blaming Cruz for his failure to convince his former law firm partner, Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, to support the petition for Charter change.

    Reports said that Cruz, who served as a public official for six years, is planning to take a vacation to think about what to do with his life. “I will rest for a while,” said Cruz.

    Earlier, Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez speculated that Cruz’s sudden resignation “showed that he might be harboring some ill will towards somebody.”

    “But I think that if he had any grudges, for example, against some Cabinet members, he shouldn’t take that against the president because all the Cabinet members are loyal to the president,” he told DZMM.

    Gonzalez said Cruz’s departure was a loss to the government. “I see him as a good manager. In the years of his service as Secretary of Defense, it looks like there is a positive outlook about the reforms he implemented for the Armed Forces, especially the modernization program,” he said.

    He denied lobbying for Cruz’s removal, adding that Cruz might have resigned after the Supreme Court

    Cruz earlier said three Cabinet secretaries were pushing for his removal after the Supreme Court junked a Malacañan-backed petition to change the Charter. He said the secretaries blamed him for failing to convince his former law firm partner, Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, to support the petition.

    Cruz submitted his resignation after meeting with Mrs. Arroyo for 45 minutes at Malacañan’s Music Room last November 7.

  71. Chabeli - November 18, 2006 1:44 am

    Anna de Brux & Chi,
    I based the following information on reports in PCIJ’s, “Impeachment 2005 and 2006: How the Congressmen Voted” by Avigail Olarte, as well as from another report done by the same, “Arroyo escapes another impeachment try”. Both reports were dated 24 August 2006. In a nutshell, in 2005 the results were “158-51 to dismiss the first impeachment complaint filed against Arroyo…there were six abstentions and 21 lawmakers…absent.” In 2006, “Voting 173-32, with one abstention, the Lower House adopted the justice committee’s report endorsing the dismissal of the complaint for lack of substance…”

    So as not to make the list too long, and for lack of a better idea, here’s the list of those who possess the “Courage, Integrity and Loyalty” TO THE PEOPLE because they took a stand despite the odds they were up against:

    NAME – PARTY – TERM
    Abad, Henedina—LP—1
    Acosta, J.R. Nereus—LP—3
    Agarao, Benjamin Jr. —LDP—1
    Angara, Juan Edgardo—LDP—1
    Aguja, Mario—AKBAYAN—2
    Antonino-Custodio, Darlene—NPC—2
    Aquino, Agapito—LDP—3
    Aquino, Benigno Simeon III—LP—3
    Casiño, Teodoro—BAYAN MUNA—1
    Cayetano, Alan Peter—NP—3
    Chipeco, Justin—NP—1
    Escudero, Francis—NPC—3
    Golez, Roilo—KAMPI—1
    Guingona, Teofisto III—NP—1
    Hataman, Mujiv—AMIN—2
    Hontiveros-Baraquel, Anna Theresia—AKBAYAN—1
    Lopez, Ruy Elias—NPC—3
    Magtubo, Renato—PARTIDO NG MANGGAGAWA—3
    Mamba, Manuel—LP—2
    Marcos, Imee—KBL—3
    Mariano, Rafael—ANAKPAWIS—1
    Maza, Liza—GABRIELA—1
    Noel, Florencio Gabriel—AN WARAY—1
    Ocampo, Satur—BAYAN MUNA—2
    Plaza, Rodolfo—NPC—2
    Remulla, Gilbert—NP—2
    Rosales, Loreta Ann—AKBAYAN—3
    Suplico, Rolex—LDP—3
    Tañada, Lorenzo III—LP—1
    Villanueva, Joel—CIBAC—2
    Virador, Joel—BAYAN MUNA—2
    Zamora, Ronaldo—PMP—2

    From what I understand 3rd termers cannot run anymore.

  72. Chabeli - November 18, 2006 1:50 am

    …3rd Termers cannot run as Congressmen anymore. Some 3rd termers can run for the Senate, though. Maybe it would be best to stick to these names and of course, others who refreshing ones (whoever they may be). We must avoid at all cost ANY KAMPI politician! Bear in mind, that KAMPI is the Gloria’s party, and a VOTE FOR KAMPI IS A VOTE FOR LIFE FOR GLORIA.

    Let’s BUSHWHACK GLORIA!

  73. Chabeli - November 18, 2006 1:53 am

    …Maybe Imee Marcos would be a hard sell, though.

  74. Chabeli - November 18, 2006 1:57 am

    …Oh my, maybe Roilo Golez should bolt out from KAMPI.

  75. miron - November 18, 2006 2:49 am

    Mr Officer: May your tribe increase. Please be careful so you can continue your valuable work within the military establishment. As the topic says, there is no dearth of honorable men who have already been captured by the administration. I hope you won’t be added to that number.

  76. artsee - November 18, 2006 3:17 am

    Officer ba itong si Apoy? Anong rango? Kapag nakita niya ako kailangan sumaludo siya. Baka arsonist iyan kaya Apoy ang pangalan.

  77. pandawan - November 18, 2006 4:49 am

    Ang nakapagtataka Ellen ay Gloria has been making a mockery of the laws of the land and so far is getting away with it.And she is getting bolder and bolder because of it.

    Look how Gonzles look so smug when he pontificates on the law as DOJ wants it. And look how this government regards the oppposition with disdain. Na para bagang kayang-kayang ni Gloria ang kahit na sino. Wala nang sinasanto, laht na ay tinatalo.

    Can we have a credible election in 2007. I personally think not. But if it is a bitter pill to swallow to make GMA and their cohorts realize that the people wont let them get away with everything, so be it.

  78. pandawan - November 18, 2006 5:13 am

    Ellen, The Chilling effect of the libel suits filed by the bloated man against you and your kabaro comes from GMA’s control of the courts. I just hope that the courts will prove themselve equal to the task of winnowing the chaff from the grain. The Supreme Court has been full of chaff, with a grain once in a while, perhaps “para hindi masyadong garapal at para hindi mahalata.”

    But the people are wise to them. Halatang-halata ang leanings ng Supreme Court.

    I am so chilled that I believe that Gloria will try to make a mockery of the 2007 elections and perhaps try to get away with it. But May 2007 will be hot in every meaning of the word and I believe nobody can control it.Pagdating ng araw na iyon MAINIT ANG ULO NG LAHAT NG TAO. I hope Gloria and his cohorts will not revive Garci because the people will surely respond accordingly in a way unseen before.

  79. TonGuE-tWisTeD - November 18, 2006 5:25 am

    Ellen, favor please. I would like you or your staff to forward the replies to Mr. Officer email, from Florry’s down to Anna’s. It would be worthwhile to share with our officers the true sentiments of the people, and not exclusive propaganda fed them by their superiors. We’re not sure if he reads this blog and we can’t just let this opportunity pass.

    General Anna, again I salute you for your enlightening words that I’m sure would inject some sense into him. I couldn’t have said it any better myself. Ang galing nito:

    “If civilians – who have real cause or reasons to resent the damage that members, leaders of the same institution have inflicted on their own institution – do not speak up, you the younger members of that institution will eventually pay for its wanton, senseless moral destruction.”

  80. TonGuE-tWisTeD - November 18, 2006 5:49 am

    Chabeli, others: Alam nyo na bang 17 out of 22 mayors from Pampanga have just bolted Lakas to join KAMPI?

    The reason? The Pampanga Mayors’ League endorsed their crown prince, Mayor Dennis Pineda of Lubao, to be Mark Lapid’s running mate in the provincial posts, which the young Lapid rejected. Sino si Dennis Pineda? You’re right! Ito nga yung Lubao Mayor na anak ng Jueteng King na si Bong Pineda at inaanak ni Ate Glue.

    Minsan lang ako pumuri ng Lapid (naiilang kasi ako sa spelling, anagram kasi ng “Pidal”) pero mabuti na sana’t tinanggihan ni Mark ang Prince in-Jueteng, eto’t ginagawan ng paraan ng mga walanghiyang mga meyor. Garapalan na talaga, wala nang tago-tago!

    Sa isang banda, unti-unti nang nalalagasan ang partido ni Garfield ng mga lokal, at maarahil ito na ang katapusan ng isa pang ulol na politikong nais makaisa sa taumbayan. Kaya nga lang, mula sa ulol, lumipat sa ganid.

    Hindi bagay sa partido nila ang pangalang “KAMPI”.

    Dapat, “KAMPON”!!

  81. ystakei - November 18, 2006 6:43 am

    You bet, Anna, I will order them to commit harakiri for all the BS that they have been doing. They actually do not have the right to call them soldiers and defenders of the country and its people. Gosh, sila nga ang berdugo!

    Come to think of it, Anna, the Philippines is what it is that the pitiful soldier wrote about because the Philippines has been unlucky to have lousy leaders from day one that the Americans granted it its independence in 1946 compared to the leaders of Japan who helped the Americans draft Japan’s Constitution and laws, and in their defeat in fact bore the unbearable as the emperor had requested his people to bear. I have actually wondered if the Philippines could have been better with a king or a queen when it started all over again, but not the kind of lunatic like Mrs. Pidal who is imagining herself to be a queen about to enslave all those who have clung to their Philippine passports with a ChaCha she is maneuvering with some crooks calling themselves “legions” ironically patterned after the Biblical disembodied bodies that possessed someone Christ exorcised, and drowned when they entered a herd of pigs in the meadows!

    E kundi ba naman lunatic, why is she putting the blame of the death of the 750 victims of her ambition and cruelty to the very same people who are now crying for justice for their death? Ang tawag diyan, Anna, ay “TARANTADO”! I have capitalized this word that my father, the Japanese mestiso, used to describe the “tarantado” there who finally convinced him to leave the Philippines for good that actually broke his heart, because he truly and really love the country of his birth so that he made it a point to bring up his children remembering the good things that made them to be good Filipinos.

  82. chi - November 18, 2006 6:47 am

    copy chabeli. good suggestions.

    ****

    TongueT, ang sarap pakinggan na katapusan na ni Garfield. Kailangan ay mawala na rin ‘yong Tenga.

  83. Diego K. Guerrero - November 18, 2006 6:48 am

    Palagay ko masyadong macho si Dennis Pineda sa Lakas ticket. Baka ma-IN LOVE si Mark Lapid. Ay naku! sarap kurutin!

  84. artsee - November 18, 2006 6:50 am

    Ano ba ang ibig sabihin na harakiki? Etong si Japayuko puro Hapon na lang ang laman ng sulat. Kailan kaya niya babanggitin ang Tsina na walang halong insulto?

  85. ystakei - November 18, 2006 6:51 am

    Anna,

    Sabi siguro ni Bush, “Again? Why is this woman so obsessed of me? I don’t even care about how she runs her country like hell and purgatory! OK, Condie, she’s yours!”

    Colonial mentality pa rin si Fatsa (husband kasi Fatso!)! Yuck! And then, she says she’s powerful? I bet you the Americans are asking for a sitting arrangement with Bush sitting far from this stalker, which the Fatsa is becoming to look like! Yuck, yuck, yuck!!! Kakadiri na kakahiya pa! :-x

  86. anna de brux - November 18, 2006 8:00 am

    Inquirer commentary:

    “Mighty Mike has been flexing his muscles lately, although he has denied ordering the police to serve the warrant on Gonzalez. His lawyers have been busy filing 13 libel cases, involving a total of 43 reporters, columnists, editors and publishers, including 10 from the Inquirer. He is asking a total of P70 million in compensation.”

    My comment:

    Inquirer is being very diplomatic and quite subdued when its editor says that Mike has been flexing his muscles lately… First of all, Mike is a slob of the worst variety who looks like he can barely carry his 250 pounds of pure pig fat and a man with that kind of fat content, in reality cannot “flex muscles.”

    In ordinary, normal times, Inquirer’s term for Mike Fatso’s flexing his muscles is a polite way of pointing out the obvious but in today’s scheme of things, Mike is pushing his fat around would be the more appropirate term.

    Secondly, to say that his lawyers are busy filing xxx number of cases is forcing a reader to push his/her imagination. What could they mean by “busy”? Busy should an adjective best suited to those poor people, thousand and thousands from among the incredibly impoverished 26 million Filipinos who are busy, very busy, digging up rubbish dumps to find something to eat while these lawyers, trollops of the worst category mill around their fat greasy king squatting in Malacanang.

    Lastly, while I find that the Inquirer is proving itself combative, I would be very happy if the Inquirer could up the ante and allow its readers to read a commentary, an editorial prose worthy of a heavy, fat, dirty pig, more accurate, even picturesque when it comes to describing the pigs in the political pig pen and the transactional whorehouse we all call Malacanang.

  87. Toney Cuevas - November 18, 2006 8:12 am

    Most obvious point to be made. It’s safe to assume that the wrong people are being arrested, detained and jailed. Those lunatics who should be prosecuted, arrested and jailed and perhaps shot in Luneta are instead running the country. Such a perfect system designed for crooks, corrupt and illegitimate bunch of liars and thieves. Obviously the institution is tilted to favor the existing illegitimate evil regime and there is not much anyone can do but watch the Philippines being destroyed, slowly but surely.

    I’m still waiting and be watching with must enthusiasm of the “One Milllion Pinoys March” in front of Malacanang. It’s the only way out, if we want the country back from illegitimacy.

  88. anna de brux - November 18, 2006 8:43 am

    Yuko,

    ““Again? Why is this woman so obsessed of me?”

    Baka sa kakaiwas sa kanya ni Bush, matapakan pa niya si punggok! Sana matapilok sa kahahabol kay Bush; mahilig pa naman siyang mag hi-heels. Heheh!

  89. npongco - November 18, 2006 9:03 am

    The Phil. Star paper today featured a large photo of Gringo and Ingrid Ramos taken together in a Cebu beach 10 years ago. Assuming they are or used to be lovers, what’s the problem? Aren’t many of the government officials and politicians like that? Worse, they are having relations with their own sex. Erap has many mistresses; yet, he was elected as Mayor, Vice-President and President with a very convincing number of votes.

  90. apoy - November 18, 2006 9:08 am

    ARTSEE,
    hindi naman ako arsonista..sigarilyo lang ang kaya kong sindihan..at ang kaya ko lang sunugin ay ang baga ko…

    TO THE OFFICER ON THE FIELD,
    Sir, with all due respects I sympatyze with you..I admire your courage to bring out what you feel..Sana tindigan ang pinaglalaban mong prinsipyo..Marami na sa inyo ang nabulag,tumahimik dahil nasupalpalan ng salapi..

  91. anna de brux - November 18, 2006 9:39 am

    Apoy,

    What percentage of the Air Force do you reckon is restive?

    Damn! Don’t answer that question… damn, damn, damn!

    If you guys want to succeed, you guys should steal the VSHORADs in Malacanang. They’re heat seaking and can easily be launched. There are in two cylinders from each pod.

    Meanwhile, I will advice you to make sure that before you move, you must have something in the air. Without air cover, your movement by land will be useless.

    Two of the JPCVs that you have there are aready SAT tested – well equipped with state of the art fire control systems and the guns are operational. Seizing one to pound the enemies would be easy.

  92. anna de brux - November 18, 2006 9:47 am

    Oakwood mutineers failed because they were only land forces.

    In January 2001, Gloria thought that the aircraft flying over Edsa was meant to protect her but little did she know that it was awaiting orders whether to launch an attack (Gloria was waiting for gungong, Taiwan helmet expert Espinoza who threatened to march with the Marines and storm Malacanang if Erap didn’t vacate it.)

    Unfortunately, Benjie Defensor lots his balls and instead climbed the stage to be with the chief mutineer, Angie Reyes.

  93. we-will-never-learn - November 18, 2006 9:47 am

    Anna:
    With your earlier comment as they would say in Somerset ‘bludy ‘ell’ made me smile, mainly because I’m sure that this comment went over many heads. It took me by surprise and I’m still Laffin.

  94. anna de brux - November 18, 2006 9:51 am

    Are you from there?

  95. we-will-never-learn - November 18, 2006 10:00 am

    Anna:
    No but I knew somebody who came from there, kept saying ‘bugger to ‘ell’ buuuuy’

  96. anna de brux - November 18, 2006 10:19 am

    Hehe! Yeah, it’s typical of the region. Could’ve be worse when someone is from Yorkshire… If your friend says that again, tell him, “Wut wuz that milov?”

  97. chi - November 18, 2006 10:45 am

    Naku Anna, why oh why did you remind me of Somerset :)?
    Ahhhh, the home of King Arthur with his camelot, Glastonbury Abbey, Dunster, Isle of Avalon, its legends and mysteries.
    Stayed there for a week with hubby (both students then).
    Never caught a word they uttered, but loved the place. Ayan, magbabago yata ako ng plano, it’s all because of you :).

    ****
    Sorry guys, off topic but lightens my kunsumisyon sa mga nangyayari sa Pinas kong mahal.

  98. Ellen - November 18, 2006 10:47 am


    Chabeli Says:

    November 18th, 2006 at 1:57 am

    …Oh my, maybe Roilo Golez should bolt out from KAMPI.

    Chabeli, Golez left Kampi last year immediately after Hello Garci tapes came out.

  99. Ellen - November 18, 2006 10:49 am

    Anna, I was told by the DFA Arroyo was able to get a one-on-one meeting wth Bush. Umubra rin ang sobrang kakulitan. Pinagbigyan siguro. Besides,lameduck Bush needs admirers these days.

  100. Ellen - November 18, 2006 10:51 am

    TonGuE-tWisTeD Says:

    November 18th, 2006 at 5:25 am (Edit this comment)

    Ellen, favor please. I would like you or your staff to forward the replies to Mr. Officer email, from Florry’s down to Anna’s. It would be worthwhile to share with our officers the true sentiments of the people, and not exclusive propaganda fed them by their superiors. We’re not sure if he reads this blog and we can’t just let this opportunity pass.

    He reads this blog.

  101. chi - November 18, 2006 10:55 am

    Di bale Ellen, nagmamakaawa na rin dito si Bush kay Pelosi at Reid. Ang agila ay biglang naging pipit!

  102. npongco - November 18, 2006 11:10 am

    Why be surprised if the world’s two greatest liars finally got to meet and talk? They talked and shared about their evil plans.

  103. ystakei - November 18, 2006 11:13 am

    Yes, Anna, when I was in UK I used to wonder why the working class would oftentimes talk without the “h,” parang Spanish.

    My foster Dad’s name was “Graham” and he corrected me when I pronounced it with the h between the a’s. Same with the city next to Oxford called “Birmingham.”

  104. Chabeli - November 18, 2006 11:18 am

    Ms. Ellen,
    Thank you for letting me know about Rep. Golez, however, in the official web site of the House of Representatives it still says that the party Rep. Roilo Golez is with is KAMPI. That’s where I got that info. They should change it then. Thanks again.

  105. chi - November 18, 2006 11:28 am

    Chabeli, did you get Golez current affiliation? Anyone here knows? thanks.

  106. we-will-never-learn - November 18, 2006 11:39 am

    Ellen:
    Thanks for the visit to:
    http://philippine-corruption.blogspot.com/
    Had a few teething troubles at first but just have to get used to the moderator Phew!

  107. ystakei - November 18, 2006 11:41 am

    Ellen: Anna, I was told by the DFA Arroyo was able to get a one-on-one meeting wth Bush. Umubra rin ang sobrang kakulitan. Pinagbigyan siguro. Besides,lameduck Bush needs admirers these days.

    *****
    Wow, talaga ha Ellen?! But I’ll believe this when I see a picture.

    Baka iyong one-on-one naman na sinasabi e sumabit lang si Pandak like when she was here on a summit with other biggies in ASEAN, and she sabit with Mahatir for an audience with Japanese officials who were avoiding her because of her continiuous pleas for Japanese ODA sinabihan na siyang maghintay. Or napatabi lang ng upuan, one-on-one na! Trying hard talagang sumikat, pero palpak naman!

    Whatever, she deserves what she gets! Bulok na itlog dapat lang!

  108. chi - November 18, 2006 11:52 am

    Oopps, MUKHANG HINDI NAKASINGIT SI MRS. PIDAL SA USAPAN NG MABIBIGAT!
    ******

    World (as of 11:22 AM)

    Bush, SKorea, Japan discuss N. Korea

    HANOI – US President George W. Bush has launched a series of meetings with Asian leaders aimed at keeping pressure on North Korea over its nuclear weapons programs.

    Bush, here for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum summit, met with South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun and was to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before holding rare three-way talks.

    It was to be the US president’s first face-to-face exchange with Abe since the Japanese prime minister took office in late September.

    The meetings came as US officials privately expressed concerns that South Korea was not doing enough to enforce UN sanctions imposed on North Korea following its October 9 nuclear test.

    “I’ll, of course, talk to the South Korean president about implementing the United Nations Security Council resolution,” Bush told reporters Friday after meeting with Australian Prime Minister John Howard.

    “We have a chance to solve this issue peacefully and diplomatically. It’s important for the world to see that the Security Council resolutions which were passed are implemented,” he said.

    Bush wants to ensure that the United States and its partners in six-party talks on North Korea — China, Japan, Russia and South Korea — are on the same page when the stalled negotiations resume, probably next month.

    On Sunday, Bush was to meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, as US diplomats attempted to forge a consensus on an APEC statement on North Korea.

    One senior US official said Friday that Washington might simply seek to recycle the wording of a UN Security Council resolution condemning Pyongyang’s nuclear test last month. AFP

  109. ystakei - November 18, 2006 11:54 am

    I should add Ellen that if the US media like CNN does not follow up the above lead by the DFA, walang sinabi ang one-on-one na iyan. Baka mapahiya lang si Tsunano.

  110. ystakei - November 18, 2006 11:58 am

    Now, we know, Chi, why the Tsunano was trying to get the limelight when Nokor blasted its first nuke bomb. Gustong makasama sa tri-state talk among USA, Japan and Sokor. Hindi niya naisip na hindi naman siya kailangan dahil wala naman siyang alam. Ang alam lang niya mangutang at mamalimos, pero iyong tipong nagpapalimos na mas mataas pa siya doon sa nagbibigay ng limos!

  111. chi - November 18, 2006 12:05 pm

    SAMANTALANG SI GLUE AY NANGUNGULIT MAG ONE-ON-ONE KAY BUSH,
    HETO AT NI-REJECT NAMAN NI SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT ROH-MOO-hyun SI BUSH. “Yan ang lider, hindi takot at sipsip kay Bush!
    *****
    S. Korea won’t back Bush on inspections

    By TERENCE HUNT, AP White House Correspondent 38 minutes ago

    HANOI, Vietnam -
    President Bush, trying to stiffen global resolve to confront
    North Korea, failed to win
    South Korea’s support Saturday for a tough inspection program to intercept ships suspected of carrying supplies for Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and missiles.

    Bush sought to persuade South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun to fully implement U.N. sanctions imposed on North Korea for testing nuclear weapons. He also sought South Korea’s support in the Proliferation Security Initiative, a voluntary international program that calls for stopping ships suspected of trafficking in weapons of mass destruction.

    Roh said his country “is not taking part in the full scope” of the security initiative, but that it would “support the principles and goals of the PSI,” and would cooperate in preventing the transfer of materiel for weapons of mass destruction in northeast Asia.

    Bush met with Roh before the opening of a summit of 21 Pacific Rim leaders. The president tried to put the best face on the disagreement, saying he and Roh have a mutual desire to “effectively enforce the will of the world” through U.N. sanctions imposed on North Korea for its nuclear test.

  112. ystakei - November 18, 2006 12:25 pm

    Chi:

    What a creep this Tsunano is. Iyong nga pilipinang dapat nilang tinutulungan, ginawan pa ng porno propaganda to weaken her case against the horny US soldiers. Unbelievable! Nakakawalang gana sa totoo lang na maging pilipino. Kaya hats off ako sa mga ayaw pakawalan ang mga Philippine passport nila kahit na mismong gobyerno nila dini-discriminate sila!

    PATALSIKIN NA, NOW NA! HINDI MAISIGAW NG MGA B&W IYAN KAYA I’M SHOUTING THEIR SLOGAN FOR THEM! BAKIT SINO BA ANG NAGREREKLAMO DITO! TUTA NI TSUNANO・

  113. ystakei - November 18, 2006 12:35 pm

    Naputol! I needed to clean up the computer because I got an alarm that some creepy thing is trying to get to my registry. 3 unwanted cookies, mind you! Kaya naka-activate ang virus buster at adware ko. Ingat!

  114. ystakei - November 18, 2006 12:46 pm

    Of course, Chi, Roh is not keen about full sanction because I understand that a lot many Koreans who voted for him have relatives in the North. He definitely cannot afford to antagonize them.

    Japan is all for the sanction that has been asked of Koizumi long before the Nokor Nuke Test because of the arrogant attitude of the Nokor toward Japan, especially regarding Japanese nationals abducted by them. People here have been asking the government to take stricter action against Nokor kasi naman parang nakakaloko talaga.

    Philippine officials lang naman ang hindi marunong makipaglaban sa kapakanan ng mga kapwa nila pilipino. Ibinubugaw pa nga sa totoo lang. I have a file of Filipinos in Japan for instance not getting proper assistance from the Philippine Embassy unless I get hold of the Congen who is a great help as a matter of fact, but he’s one in a million concerned I guess.

    PATALSIKIN NA, NOW NA! SI PANDAK, SI PANDAK!

  115. Mrivera - November 18, 2006 1:12 pm

    Sa dako pa roo’y may banaag ng pag-asang tinatanaw
    May pangako nitong bukas pagbabagong inaasam
    Ang bigkis ng pagkakaisa, paglilingkod, pagmamahal
    Siyang nagsisilbing isang lakas upang ipagtanggol itong bayan
    Upang huwag na mabulid sa pagkawatak nang tuluyan.

    Mapaniil na gobyernong walang pangimi ang pagyurak
    Sa dangal ng bayang sintang pinag-alayan ng angking lahat
    Di namin hahayaan iwing buhay man ay malagas
    Kapalit man ng pagsugpo sa layunin nilang sukab
    Ligaya na ang mabuwal sa larangang hinaharap.

    Kapit kamay, kapit bisig, magkayakap, walang takot
    Sama sama nating harapin ang lahat ng pagsubok
    Magkaisang ipagtanggol huwag tanggapin na malugmok
    Huwag mangiming ipaglaban ang karapatan na matalos
    Makamit ang katarunga’t makawala sa pagkagapos.

  116. hawaiianguy - November 18, 2006 2:26 pm

    Cool, Mrivera! Galing niyan, may katapat pala si Alitaptap dito.

  117. ystakei - November 18, 2006 4:26 pm

    Alitaptap and Mrivera are not the only makatas here, Hawaiianguy. Cory by the Sea is good, too. In fact, I am now reviewing the archives in this blog and saving the poems to keep as memento of our fiery blogging here for love of the land of our birth sans the Internet Brigaders and whoever are monitoring this blog for a fee, etc.

  118. Mrivera - November 18, 2006 6:17 pm

    in another thread, the names of lawrence san judas and patricio nawindang should not be included by ellen with list of men of honor as they now belong to the wicked circle of glutonia’s.

  119. Mrivera - November 18, 2006 6:36 pm

    sa itaas pala.

  120. npongco - November 18, 2006 8:39 pm

    Rep. Roilo Golez’s name was mentioned here. Golez’s used to be a Marcos man; but a very efficient one. He did a good job as Post Master General. However, his personal ambition prevailed. At the outset of Edsa Revolt, he was among the Marcos officials to have jumped to the other side. He joined the rebel forces at Camp Aguinaldo. That was the start of his political career. From an effective government official to politician. He has become a Trapo. Wasn’t he also part of the Edsa Dos groups that ousted Erap? Wasn’t he with GMA’s administration. His previous background was the reason why he was not on Erap’s or the opposition’s ticket. Otherwise, he could be a good senator.

  121. chi - November 18, 2006 11:24 pm

    Mrivera,

    Kapag wala na ang mapang-aping Glueria, ilalaban kita sa Palanca! :)

  122. Ellen - November 18, 2006 11:28 pm

    I’m not ready to condemn San Juan and Bumidang. I can imagine the torture that they went through.

  123. anna de brux - November 18, 2006 11:47 pm

    I’m hard on men in military uniform but like Ellen, I don’t believe we should condemn San Juan right away.

    Two things come to mind if we decide not to condemn him right away:

    1. could be a ploy to play in the hands of the military but there could be a “noble” intention behind San Juan’s turnaround

    2. could be that he was tortured – even the most gallant and bravest of men will give in

    I’ve met some men in uniform in the AFP who are avowed torturers (what Geneva convention?) and it is very likely that they are capable of doing the same on their very own.

  124. anna de brux - November 18, 2006 11:49 pm

    Besides, there could be some truth that San Juan is a “leftist” (however, no military man has the right, moral and legal to inflict torture on anyone.)

  125. Diego K. Guerrero - November 19, 2006 12:01 am

    Tama ka chi, nakasingit si Pandak. What’s the big deal with 10 minutes “pull-aside” meeting? Of course, Pandak “inserted” her discredited script war on terror. US Pres. Bush was more interested about White House Filipina cook. Ten minutes meeting is over! Mabuti nakasingit pa.

    chi said: “Oopps, MUKHANG HINDI NAKASINGIT SI MRS. PIDAL SA USAPAN NG MABIBIGAT!”

    HANOI, Vietnam — Saying Mindanao could be the next theater in the global crusade to defeat terrorism, President Macapagal-Arroyo on Saturday called for a “deeper and broader” role by the United States in the peace process and counter-terror campaign on the island.

    During a 10-minute “pull-aside” meeting on the sidelines of the 14th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, Ms. Arroyo talked with Bush about the situation in North Korea, a proposed RP-US free trade agreement, and a more comprehensive US involvement in Mindanao.

    “The President would like to invite a deeper and broader involvement (for the United States) in the Mindanao peace process alongside our fight against terror. This, she said, is an alliance that will benefit Asia and the whole world,” Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye said in a briefing about the meeting. INQ7.net

  126. chi - November 19, 2006 1:03 am

    Diego KG,

    “yan ang one-on-one para kay Glue, Bunyeta et al. Hatak sa sulok si Dubya ang CLIK! Pathetic talaga.

    Ystakei was right that the only reason why this Pidal woman made a lot of ingay re Nokor nuke was for Dubya to notice her at isali siya sa usapan ng mga BIGATIN na lider. Apparently, she was set aside for a tasteless dessert.

  127. hawaiianguy - November 19, 2006 3:31 am

    “Mindanao could be the next theater in the global crusade to defeat terrorism, President Macapagal-Arroyo on Saturday called for a “deeper and broader” role by the United States in the peace process and counter-terror campaign on the island.”

    Naku po! Mindanao na naman ang pinagdiskitahan. Wawa na naman mga tao dun, lalo na ang mga Muslims. Asking a foreign power and a supposed ally during distress is like a little brother (sister?) who now calls upon his big brother for help. Kasi hindi na niya kaya.

    Truth is, Arroyo wanted greater involvement by the U.S. because the Phil. govt. now looks stupid for not having solved the 35-year old “Muslim problem.” Unless she or her henchmen are after the bounty (or booty) than comes with so-called war on terror.

    Briefly, this is how the problem appears to me. First the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) of the 70′s, 80′s until Ramos coopted it in 1996. Then, its rival faction (Moro Islamic Liberation Front or MILF) started making more noise from that time on to the present. Together, RP and MILF have been talking about peace for ten years. This is what Arroyo calls the “peace process,” which is a continuing effort that began during Marcos time, I believe, in 1975.

    Meanwhile, the Abu Sayyaf group (ASG) has gone on a rampage in 1995 until now. A small ragtag of young extremists (maybe not exceeding 200), the ASG is what RP is now after, even asking Uncle Sam to do the chasing and capturing. This is part of Arroyo’s share of the “global war on terror.” Remember, she once said in public: “Isang bala lang kayo!”

    “Next theater?” “Global crusade?”

    Only a careless Islamophobic could say that. “Crusade” is a most objectionable word that should now be relegated to the dustbin of history. If it carries over to our time, it’s because some leaders don’t learn, or stick to their old biases against Muslims.

    Even George W. Bush was almost caught off guard, when he mentioned the word “crusade” as he dragged the whole world after Osama Bin Laden’s neck after the 9/11. Good he realized it, and retracted it by saying, he meant “war.”

    To refresh our memory, the crusade was first launched in 1095 by Pope Urban II (a Frenchman) to drive out the Muslims from Jerusalem, the Christians’ Holy Land. It continued in varying efforts through the century – seven crusades altogether – before it ended as a failure in 1270 when its last advocate, also a Frenchman, King Louis IX, died without attaining his mission.

  128. artsee - November 19, 2006 5:24 am

    Nakasingit si tiyanak dahil maraming pangako na naman kay Bush. Welcome daw ang mga sundalong Kano sa Mindanao para sugpuin ang mga terorista. Kung ganoon ang sasabihin, bakit hindi siya haharapin ni Bush di ba?

  129. chi - November 19, 2006 6:21 am

    hawaiianguy,

    That word crusade as we all by now was the very word that sent Bush to the sidelines of the recent US elections. He’s now very careful using that word again. Tapos, sa yabang nitong si Glue ay siya naman ang gumagamit. SIPSIP!

    In the south, which used to be Bush bastion of power, Republicans was buried in votes, except in Texas of course. Americans, though still some support the Iraq war, already came to their senses that Bush has to be cut in order not to inflict anymore damages to soldiers’ families and nation as a whole.

    I think that pinagbigyan lang niya si Glue for some minutes of kaligayan. Bush hands are now tied up with Dems ruling both houses. Majority leader Pelosi, in her latest statement emphasized that they will review Bush policy of Iraq war as their priority. Bush, immediately invited Pelosi to a sumptous lunch in act of reconciliation. He also right away called up House Speaker Reid, who before the elections called him “loser”. Democrats do not like war and Bush is only two years away from gone…gone…gone. Time is not on Glue’s side. Kailangan lang niyang pumorma sa Hanoi to earn some pogi points for publicity. SUCKER!

    Pakulo lang iyang ni Glue para makuha ang pansin ni Dubya. Ibinala ang Mindanao just to partake of that tiny portion of Hanoi stage! Bush knew very well that he’s now a lameduck president, thus no concrete promises was made back to Glue.

    Mindanao? Kailan ba natalo at napasailalim ng mga dayuhan ang Mindanao? Feel free to fill in, but Americans invented the COLT 45 para lang sa mga sumusugod na mga kapatid na muslims noon sa Mindanao. Hindi pa rin napasuko!

    Pwede ba, tama na ang yabang, bistado na siya ng buong mundo. Masyado niyang ginawang dramatic ang announcement ng regalo niya kay Bush.

    Mahal ko ang Mindanao, kaya ayaw ko ng gera-gerahan doon!

  130. Ellen - November 19, 2006 10:16 am

    Bush and Gloria Arroyo indeed met for 10 minutes on the sidelines of APEC. Oh di, pinagbigyan nga. I can imagine Palace minions jumping up and down with joy.

    Did you see Inquirer’s account of it as reported by Foreign Undersecretary Erlinda Basilio?

    “The two (Bush and Arroyo) looked very affable. They just pulled a chair and said, let’s have our meeting here.

    “As Bush and Ms. Arroyo, in hot pink maxi suit, sat down to talk, their officials remained standing around them including Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo and his counterpart, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.

    “The President told Bush, “you look rested’ (after the gruelling US midterm elections), and Bush replied, “I’m going back to the ranch (in Texas) for Thanksgiving.”

    “After their one-on-one meeting, Bush patted Ms Arroyo on the back as the two leaders were walking away.”

    Big deal, di ba?

  131. Ellen - November 19, 2006 10:23 am

    Diego, do you believe Bunye’s claim that they talked about all that in 10 minutes?

  132. ystakei - November 19, 2006 10:52 am

    Ellen:

    I’m interested to see the look on Rice’s face. Maasim ba ang ngiti? Hehehe!

  133. ystakei - November 19, 2006 11:51 am

    Wow, Undersec na pala si Erlinda Basilio! Is she your friend, Ellen?

    Japan was her first foreign assignment. She was here as a Vice-Consul some 25 or 30 years ago. Pretty hard working, and well deserving of her position, I guess. It is just too bad when people think she is in league with the incompetent and the bogus because she is in fact a very competent public servant who will serve whoever is at Malacanang regardless of where her real loyalty is. As they say, “Bayan muna!”

    She is in fact two or three years my senior at UP. Matalino and very efficient. She had a good reputation as a diplomat when she was here. Way to go Linda! I don’t know about the husband who is also in the service.

  134. Ellen - November 19, 2006 12:32 pm

    The last time I met Linda Basilio in a diplomatic reception, I sensed she was wary of me. Maybe because I had criticized her husband, who violated DFA rules by having himself posted to Bangladesh a few months before his retirement when DFA rules and regulation specifically state that one should not be posted abroad two years before his or her retirement. As expected, he was extended. His case was mentioned in my article “Age-rule violations have foreign service going gray.”

  135. norpil - November 19, 2006 1:21 pm

    if this is same basilio who was ambassador here in scandi navia stationed in stockholm about 10 years ago, she is also pandak and dull.nothing new came out of her here.

  136. Mrivera - November 19, 2006 1:30 pm

    anna, ellen,

    kung ang isang taong may prinsipyo, lalo pa at opisyal ng hukbo na humikayat sa kanyang mga tauhan upang (hindi man tuwirang mag-aklas) maipabatid sa nakataas ang kanilang mga karaingan ukol sa katiwaliang nagsisilbing anay na sumisira sa morale partilular na ng mga combat unit personnel, aakuin ang lahat ng responsibilidad sa kanyang aksiyon at hindi magdadamay ng ibang tao, may kinalaman man o wala.

    ang pinag-uusapan sa kasong ganito ay ang command responsibility ng isang opisyal. ang kanyang accountability sa kanyang posisyon. ang integridad ng kanyang pagiging isang commanding officer na masisira kung lalabas na nagpapakasangkapan siya sa pansariling layunin ng iba, kung meron man.

  137. Mrivera - November 19, 2006 1:45 pm

    anna, ellen,

    kung kayo ang nasa katayuan ng mga kawal na hinikayat ni san juan, bilang mga tauhan niya, magtitiwala at maniniwala pa kaya kayo? igagalang pa ba at susundin ninyo ang ganitong klaseng opisyal na hindi kayang ipanindigan ang kapakanan ng kanyang mga tauhan? na kung ordinaryong kawal ang nalagay sa katulad na katayuan, kapag bumigay sa gusto ng pumipiga, sasabihin walang bayag? duwag? incompetent? subalit kung opisyal, okey lang?

    kawawang kawal!

  138. ystakei - November 19, 2006 2:26 pm

    Ellen:

    Yes, I remember you writing about the husband, whom everyone said was no goody-goody as Linda. May anomalya nga iyong husband dito and reason for the hurried packing up of bags to another post para hindi mabisto. Still, it does not diminish the fact that Linda WAS a good public servant. That was my impression in fact. I don’t know if she is still such a good public servant. Sayang kung corrupted na rin siya.

  139. ystakei - November 19, 2006 2:30 pm

    Mrivera:

    I can understand your point. Dito kasi, minsan ka lang magkamali, with or without the torture, tapos ka na. Hindi puede and balimbing. Kaya kung nagtraydor si San Juan at saka iyong isa pang kasama nila, burado na sila sa listahan ko ng few good men.

    Kawawang bansa! Kapag nagka-guerra, kapapasok pa lang ng kalaban, I bet you, suko agad ang mga ungas at mamahamak na lalo na kung ang pinuno katulad ni Bakyang Bansot!

  140. Diego K. Guerrero - November 19, 2006 3:28 pm

    Ellen, I don’t believe Secy. Bunye’s claim. There’s nothing substantial can be achieved in 10 minutes “singit” talk. Yes, it’s a big deal for Malacanang propagandists.

  141. Mrivera - November 19, 2006 6:52 pm

    ystakei, bawat isang kawal, opisyal man pangkaraniwan ay dumadaan sa matitinding pagsasanay sa alinmang field of specialization. san juan and his men were trained scout rangers, paratroopers and also undergone light reaction tactics training requiring steeled determination. they were trained not to succumb to any pressure even during captivity. kaya walang dahilan si san juan upang maibalik niya ang paniniwala, tiwala at paggalang sa kanya ng kanyang mga tauhan.

  142. Mrivera - November 19, 2006 6:54 pm

    ..opisyal man o pangkaraniwan ay dumadaan……

  143. ystakei - November 19, 2006 7:52 pm

    Mrivera: kaya walang dahilan si san juan upang maibalik niya ang paniniwala, tiwala at paggalang sa kanya ng kanyang mga tauhan.

    *****
    Iyan din ang paniniwala ko, Mrivera. Sa totoo lang iyong mga taga-Samar, mahirap paaminin ng kasalanan kaya sabi ko nga, kung kukuha sila ng mga sundalo, doon sila mag-recruit sa Samar. Iyan ang naobserbahan ko sa pag-iimbestiga namin ng mga pilipino nadarakip ng mga pulis dito gaya noong seamen na nadakip sa pag-i-smuggle ng mga baril.

    Ang kaso, naunahan na sila ng mga NPA kaya siguro marami ang mga biktima ng extrajudicial killings, mga Samareno according to my friends. Ano sa palagay mo?

  144. chi - November 19, 2006 8:49 pm

    HERE IT IS AGAIN! THE FOUR BIGGIES WITH ONE-ON-ONE SESSIONS WITH BUSH DEFINITELY DID NOT INCLUDE THE DWARF!

    Bush seeks help on North Korea, trade

    By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 1 minute ago

    HANOI, Vietnam -
    President Bush sought Chinese President
    Hu Jintao’s help on dual fronts Sunday, aiming to rein in
    North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and encourage the Chinese people to buy more U.S. goods.

    Capping a three-day stay in Vietnam’s capital, Bush also asked for help from Moscow in the North Korea nuclear dispute and celebrated a deal allowing Russia to join the
    World Trade Organization.

    Here for an economic summit of 21 Pacific Rim nations, BUSN COORDINATED STRATEGY ON NORTH KOREA IN ONE-ON-ONE SESSIONS WITH ALL FOUR OF AMERICAS PARTNERS IN THE EFFORT TO RID PYONGYANG OF ITS NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAMS.
    ******

    Sino-sino ang apat na ito: Russia, China, Japan, South Korea. Tama ba?
    Meron ba namang one-on-one na 5-10 minutes? Hibang!

  145. chi - November 19, 2006 8:51 pm

    norpil, you are talking my friend! heheheh!

  146. Mrivera - November 19, 2006 10:14 pm

    ang nangyari kay glutonia, para siyang batang gusgusin
    na naghahanap ng damay nagtatakaw pansin. subalit dahil sa sira na ang kanyang mga antiks, wala man ni isang magtapon ng tingin kaya ang ginawa umupo sa isang sulok at duon ibinuhos kasinungalingang kimkim.

  147. chi - November 19, 2006 10:28 pm

    hahahah! Mrivera, ngayon ay nararamdaman ni glutonia ang sakit ng hindi kasali sa laro!

  148. ystakei - November 19, 2006 10:48 pm

    Chi,

    Maski si Putin hindi pumapel. Ang pinag-uusapan kasi ang Nokor kaya mas interesado si Dubya ma-convince ang China at Sokor na pahirapan ang Nokor. Iyong apat na bida ngayon sa ASEAN ay US, China, Sokor at Japan dahil sa Nokor, which is not a member of this organization. Natabunan na nga iyong mga SEA countries di katulad noong PM ng Malaya si Mahatir na talagang bumibira. Pero mabuti na rin wala si Mahatir kasi pihado doon bubuntot si Bansot the way she did before. Tapos paglabas sa Inquirer siya ang bida!

  149. chi - November 19, 2006 11:22 pm

    ystakei,

    here’s the entire news story. ang haba kasi kaya pinutol ko. ni wala ngang mention sa 10 minute one-on-one between glue and dubya! hindi rin covered ng international wires which she was praying.

    anyway, si Putin ay binigyan talaga ni Bush ng respeto at pagpapahalaga. si glue, baka sabi ni Bush, ano ba itong kutong-lupa na ito at hindi matanggal sa dikit?

    huh, hindi na ako nagbabasa ng Inquirer ngayon!

    ***********
    Bush asks China for aid with North Korea

    By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer 46 minutes ago

    HANOI, Vietnam -
    President Bush sought Chinese President
    Hu Jintao’s help on dual fronts Sunday, aiming to rein in
    North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and encourage the Chinese people to buy more U.S. goods.

    Capping a three-day stay in Vietnam’s capital, Bush also asked for help from Moscow in the North Korea nuclear dispute and celebrated a deal allowing Russia to join the
    World Trade Organization.

    Here for an economic summit of 21 Pacific Rim nations, Bush coordinated strategy on North Korea in one-on-one sessions with all four of America’s partners in the effort to rid Pyongyang of its nuclear weapons programs.

    All the while, he feted America’s new footing with host Vietnam, a communist country in an economic boom. Later Sunday, the president arrived in Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s economic heart, for a day of events there.

    The crowds that greeted Bush were larger and happier than any he saw in Hanoi. Locals laughed, waved and cheered, and some held American flags alongside Vietnamese ones. After landing, the Bushes met Australian Prime Minister John Howard and his wife for dinner.

    National Security Council official David McCormick said Bush and Hu reached “an agreement on direction and next steps” on North Korea in a lengthy and specific discussion.

    McCormick refused to characterize what the two leaders decided must happen next, saying only: “Both leaders are in a very similar position in terms of their views on this issue and next steps.”

    National Security Adviser
    Stephen Hadley has said the North Koreans “cannot come back just to talk,” but must take concrete steps to implement a year-old agreement to abandon its nuclear program.

    In a pitch for U.S. manufacturers and farmers, Bush told his Chinese counterpart: “I strongly support your vision, Mr. President, of encouraging your country to become a nation of consumers and not savers.”

    This gentle nudge represented a change from past meetings, where last year’s record and rising $202 billion trade deficit between the two countries — and complaints over lax Chinese enforcement of intellectual property rights — have produced more acrimonious exchanges.

    The landscape is different now.

    China has shown some support for enforcing U.N. sanctions enacted against North Korea after it tested a nuclear bomb last month, and was instrumental in persuading Pyongyang to agree to return to stalled six-party nuclear negotiations, perhaps by next month.

    And in general, the administration has evolved from trying to arm-twist China on its economic policies to a less confrontational approach.

    Among the perennial U.S. demands on China, most aimed at addressing the trade deficit: adopt a more flexible currency and promote more growth to encourage Chinese families to reduce extremely high savings rates and spend more.

    “Obviously, with as much commerce between our countries as there is, there’s going to be trade difficulties,” Bush said. “But nevertheless, we both adopt a spirit of mutual respect and the desire to work through our problems.”

    The Chinese leader declared that trade was “expanding very rapidly” and offered Bush what he said was “a piece of good news to share.” This turned out to be a recitation of four-month-old U.S. statistics the president had no doubt already heard, showing a 35 percent jump in exports to China in 2006, through July.

    Bush met later with Russian President
    Vladimir Putin — their second gathering in a week. The two had a social visit at a Moscow airport as Bush flew to Asia.

    The Sunday meeting followed the two countries’ top trade officials signing of an agreement on Moscow’s ascension into the WTO. Bush called it “good for the United States and good for Russia.”

    Russia has been the largest economy outside the 149-member WTO, which sets rules for global trade.

    The deal took 12 years, after delays that had become a sore point on Moscow’s side in the sometimes-frosty U.S.-Russian relationship. The Bush administration, meanwhile, has been critical of democratic erosions under Putin’s leadership.

    Also on Bush and Putin’s agenda were the nuclear standoffs with North Korea and
    Iran.

    Russia is a party with the United States and China to the nuclear talks with Pyongyang. Bush also met here Saturday with the leaders of the other participants,
    South Korea and Japan.

    Much to the United States’ delight, Russia voted for U.S.-backed
    United Nations sanctions on the nuclear test. Now Washington is seeking to overcome Russian reluctance toward an upcoming vote on U.N. sanctions against Iran over its disputed nuclear program.

    The threat from North Korea rated a statement by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum — but one that was only read out loud, falling short of what the United States sought. McCormick said the statement, read by Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet at the end of the closed-door summit, said North Korea must return to talks and stop developing nuclear weapons, while urging nations to enforce sanctions against Pyongyang.

    “The statement was very firm,” McCormick said. “What was important was that the members of
    APEC came together on a common statement.”

    The White House also pronounced APEC language on trade a victory. The leaders declared fresh resolve to revive stalled talks on a global free-trade accord and agreed to look into a region-wide free trade zone, a priority of Bush’s that has received little enthusiasm.

    A White House statement on the summit said leaders “responded with characteristic courage” to Bush’s call for a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific.

  150. npongco - November 19, 2006 11:24 pm

    This GMA is very sick (in mind). What can she and RP do to mediate between Nokor and the rest of the world? Even within the Asian or ASEAN group, RP is so backward that it has become a small shit compared to our progressing neighbors. Look at Vietnam. Vietnam has now surpassed RP economically. RP would remain the same and become worse under this cruel and evil Arroyo government !

  151. chi - November 19, 2006 11:37 pm

    npongco,

    i was still in Pinas when I told my boss years ago that Vietnam will overrun Pinas in progress. humalakhak pa siya and said “never, why made you think so ?” sabi ko, hunch lang. we put money on it, kung baga ay nasa banko. now, my boss is visiting her doctor daughter in new york and just sent me the money! huh! pinakinabangan ko ang Pidal woman!

    my staff did not forget the bet, ayan at humihingi ng balato! this is true, i’m not joking.

  152. npongco - November 20, 2006 1:04 am

    Who was your boss, Chi? Yea, very few expected Vietnam to progress so fast. Of course corruption is also rampant in Vietnam. But at least there’s some economic progress. In the Philippines, there’s nothing we can be proud of.

  153. ystakei - November 20, 2006 2:48 am

    I’m watching CNN and BBC. No mention of Bansot. Iyong 10 minutes meeting na binabanggit niya, Chi, no pansin kasi irrelevant at wala namang agenda si Dubya kay Pandak. He is not even interested in knowing what the Pandak is doing now kasi alam naman ni Dubya ang report ng CIA sa kaniya that the Bansot is not popular, and majority of the Filipinos want her to step down.

    Maingat si Dubya ngayon, and he cannot afford antagonize the Filipino people, huwag na si Bansot. Kaya courtesy lang ang ginawa nila dahil nga mapilit si Pandak. Buti nga sa kaniya! Ang walanghiya, isinisingit pa yata ang Mindanao para pumapel. :-P

  154. chi - November 20, 2006 7:22 am

    ystakei,

    News re Hanoi events were carried by all tv network news for three days, but did not see any about that insignificant 10 minute brasuhan meet with Pandakekang and Dubya. The way I sized up Bush, he didn’t even understand what this midget was offering him. Sabi siguro, O sige na nga at ng matigil ka na. Hay naku!

  155. anna de brux - November 20, 2006 7:28 am

    Oh well!

    Chi, she has 10 minutes of glory. She got to be useful – Bush used her head as a coaster.

  156. chi - November 20, 2006 8:32 am

    ystakei, anna:

    Yeah, 10 minutes of glory for the midget, hilong-talilong naman si Dubya! hahahah!

  157. ystakei - November 20, 2006 9:30 am

    Chi, suyang-suya pihado si Dubya. Nagplastikan lang sila ni Pandak. Ihing-ihi na siguro iyong tao hindi pa pinakawalan ni Bansot para may maipagyabang. Sinadya pang magtanong para mabanggit ang Texas ranch, but I doubt if she got an invitation!

    I pity Erlinda Basilio, who must have been given the difficult task of getting a slot with Bush. Now, she must have been tasked to get an invitation to the Bush ranch in Texas. She has to do her best. Mawawalan siya ng pension kung hindi niya susundin si bogus president. Kawawang mga nilalang! Kawawang bansa!

  158. ystakei - November 20, 2006 9:43 am

    Chi, you were right! Na-corner lang si Dubya. Hindi na makahindi dahil makulit talaga si Bansot! Kakahiya ang asal!

    This reminds me of a story I’ve heard of this Bansot. Someone close to the family has told me of a trip they made to the US with the other children of Dadong. Aba, nag-tantrum daw si Bru, nagwala sa corridor ng hotel. Naglupasay, nagngangawa doon at nagkikisay. Kesa mapahiya ang mga magulang, inamo ang hinayupak at sinunod ang gusto. Ayaw daw niyang kasama ang mga kapatid sa ama sa suite nila. Napilitan ang ama na ihiwalay ang mga kapatid ng palalong ungas! Ganyan kawalanghiya daw iyan.

    Sa Assumption nga madalas ma-bully ng mga kaklase. Ang panakot niya, “My father is the President of the Philippines!”

    Over here, ang bukang bibig ng ungas, “The emperor and the empress are the personal friend of my family,” just because the Imperial couple happened to go to the Philippines when Dadong was president not because they were friends with the Macapagals but because it was incidental. Trying hard pa to become royalty ang hinayupak! Natatawa lang ang mga kausap na hapon because everybody knows the emperor and empress live in their own cloistered world.

    Descended from the gods nga sila. Kaya itong si Pandak gustong sabihin she is a friend of the gods!

  159. npongco - November 20, 2006 11:11 am

    In hell, Gloria would brag “Lucifer is my best friend.”

  160. ystakei - November 20, 2006 1:16 pm

    I forgot to add the tidbits about Clinton. Over here, Bansot gave the impression that Clinton was her boyfriend and that they went dating when they were at Georgetown U.

    Isang malokong kano tuloy ang sabi, “Now I know where Monica learned her trick and style!” Kasi kasing taas lang daw ng beywang ni Clinton si Bansot. Hindi na luluhod katulad ni Monica! Yuck! Bastos!

  161. ystakei - November 20, 2006 1:17 pm

    Anna,

    Hindi coaster, coffee stand! :-P

  162. Mrivera - November 20, 2006 1:53 pm

    ystakei Says: “Iyan din ang paniniwala ko, Mrivera. Sa totoo lang iyong mga taga-Samar, mahirap paaminin ng kasalanan kaya sabi ko nga, kung kukuha sila ng mga sundalo, doon sila mag-recruit sa Samar.”

    ystakei, hindi sa lugar na pinanggalingan ng isang tao ang batayan ng prinsipyo kundi ang mismong paninindigan ng may katawan.

    ang prinsipyo ay inaalagaan, ipinaglalaban, pinananagutan at hindi tinatalikuran. kung hindi kayang labanan nang harapan ang sistema, maraming paraan upang maipaabot sa mga kinauukulan ang mga katiwalian. hindi iyong manghihikayat sila ng mga tauhan at kasamahan, subalit kapag nagkagipitan na ay isa isang ilaglag at uunahin ang pansariling kaligtasan.

  163. chi - November 20, 2006 9:30 pm

    “The emperor and the empress are the personal friend of my family,”

    ystakei, next time, ito ang sasabihin niya… Queen Elizabeth is a personal friend of mine because I’ve been infront of the Buckingham Palace, “not only once but twice”. Hayy, buti lang nakakatawa pa ang mga pinoy.

  164. chi - November 20, 2006 9:32 pm

    Huh, Clinton made patol to Tiyanak kuno? Wow, that’s the greatest joke of all!

  165. TonGuE-tWisTeD - November 20, 2006 11:30 pm

    I wonder why Bush blames Cristeta for his tummy, when his heart and stomach have been joined. God, is this man confused! Look here: http://www.emailjokes.co.za/files/39010bush-stomach_42777_39010_1.jpg

  166. ystakei - November 21, 2006 12:01 am

    Chi,

    She brazenly told of that lie about her and Clinton to everyone she met here. Paniwala naman ang lahat, but a Filipino publisher in LA asked for a clarification from Clinton, who vehemently denied he knew Pandak before she became a Philippine president.

    Ganoon katindi ang riding on ng kapalmuks na ito.

  167. ystakei - November 21, 2006 12:06 am

    Chi,

    Ang sabihin mo baka sabihin ng ungas na iyan may gusto sa kaniya si Prince Andrew kasi nakipagkita sa kaniya. One-on-one kuno sila sa Buckingham Palace.

    Ang hindi ko alam ay kung binigyan naman siya ng parada like one I saw a long time ago when an African president visited UK and there was a change of the guards and he was on a carriage with the Queen. Parada Royal! Wala akong nakita sa Inquirer. Ang nakita ko ang meeting niya doon sa head ng Amnesty International sa London.

  168. chi - November 21, 2006 4:36 am

    ystakei, Nakita ko ang photo ni midget at Prince Andrew in one of the UK tabloids online, magkaharap na nakaupo lang! Ang liit ng balita, non-entity talaga! I am not sure if it was taken inside Buckingham baka BUKINGham!

  169. npongco - November 21, 2006 9:31 pm

    Gloria or the midget if you want to call her might be feeling like a Princess beside Prince Andrew. She’s the Princess of the Aeta Tribe.

  170. Mrivera - November 21, 2006 10:13 pm

    princess of the aeta tribe? bumaba na pala ang royal title niya? alam ko kasi, reyna si glutonia sa kaharian ng mga anay!!

  171. ystakei - November 22, 2006 1:43 am

    Mrivera:

    Si Boba ay sabik kahit na anong title, matupad lang niya ang pangarap niyang maging royalty. Noong 2001, nagpunta iyan sa Brunei at binigyan ng title ng King of Brunei na “Princess Laila.”

    Dahil sa sinabi ng kaklase niya sa Assumption sa akin na mahilig iyang mag-pretend na prinsesa siya, at alam kong may toyo sa ulo, sinabi ko sa isang pilipina na dadalo sa reception sa kaniya nang unang punta niya dito after grabbing power na tawagin siyang “Princess Laila.” Kaya nang lumapit sa kaniya ang ungas, nag-curtsy pa siya at tinawag si kumag nang “Princess Laila.” Gosh, nasarapan! Tuwang-tuwang inakap ang pilipina at niyaya pang umupo sa tabi niya. Kilig na kilig daw kaya iyong pinagsabihan ko ay na-realize na may tupak nga sa ulo ang ungas. Gustong-gusto talagang maging prinsesa. Ngayon pa nga ang gusto yata ay maging reyna siya. Sabi ni Chi, Reyna Pandakekang! :-P

  172. nelbar - November 22, 2006 3:41 am

    Huwag nyo namang insultuhin ang mga Aeta.

    Hindi magnanakaw, ganid, sinungaling at mandaraya ang mga Aeta.

    Siya ang prinsesa ng mga sindikato! TERMITE QUEEN!
    “Pedigreedy” na mangagahantso! Halang ang kaluluwa na nag-aanyong ekonomista(kuno)!

     

  173. anna de brux - November 22, 2006 5:33 am

    Agree with nelbar! Heheh! (Also said it in a previous post.)

  174. artsee - November 22, 2006 10:06 am

    Di hamak na mas maganda ang mga Aeta kay tiyanak. Kapag magkatabi sila, parang tae ng mga Aeta si tiyanak. Pangit na mabaho pa.

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