Myanmar crowd taunts soldiers and police

We salute the brave people of Myanmar fighting for freedom and democracy! We admire the monks who are leading the fight, risking their lives, against tyranny. What a far cry from our bishops, whose reaction to the Gloria Arroyo’s assault to democractic institutions is a defeaning silence.
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Authorities sealing-off central Yangon behind barbed-wire barricades

Update
:Myanmar cuts internet access; fires at crowd

From MSNBC:

YANGON, Myanmar – Crowds taunted soldiers and police sealing off central Yangon behind barbed-wire barricades on Friday in anticipation of fresh protests against 45 years of military rule in Myanmar and deepening economic hardship.

The city of 5 million people was unusually empty as people stayed off the streets, scared of soldiers who fired on crowds of protesters on Thursday in scenes reminiscent of the army’s ruthless crushing of an uprising in 1998.

Loudspeaker trucks toured the city of five million people warning against “protecting those fleeing arrest” after protesters were hidden by sympathizers enraged by violence against revered Buddhist monks and the shooting of demonstrators.
But crowds of people taunted soldiers in the city center, swearing at them and then running into side alleys when the troops feigned a charged, a witness said.

‘We only want democracy’
Men were shouting at the soldiers in English: “[Expletive] you, army. We only want democracy,” as truckloads of troops sealed off the area, moving wooden and barbed-wire barricades outwards block by block.

Activists said it would be almost impossible to stage demonstrations on the scale of those earlier in the week which prompted the crackdown, now in its third day.

The junta’s violent response to the peaceful demonstrations, despite worldwide calls for restraint, drew a cacophony of diplomatic protests.

Even China, the closest the generals have to a friend, said it was “extremely concerned” and called for restraint.

The Association of South East Asian Nations, one of the few international groupings to have Myanmar as a member, went much further.

ASEAN, which works by consensus and hardly ever criticizes a member directly, expressed “revulsion” at the crackdown, which has ominous echoes of 1988, when the army killed an estimated 3,000 people in crushing a nationwide uprising.

Protests across Asia
There were protests across Asia as the Myanmar generals appeared to have cut off public access to the Internet through which news of their bloody crackdown in the isolated country reached the rest of the world.

In Canberra, some protesters were detained after a group of around 100 clashed with police while trying to charge the Myanmar embassy there. There were protests outside Myanmar embassies in Taiwan, Bangkok, Manila and Jakarta.

Myanmar state media said nine people were killed in Yangon on Thursday, but Australian Ambassador Bob Davis said the real toll could be far higher.

Asked for an unofficial estimate of the number of those killed, Davis told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio: “Several multiples of the 10 acknowledged by the authorities.”

One of the dead was a Japanese photographer, shot point-blank according to video footage, when soldiers charged crowds

September 28, 2007 7:15 pm   Posted in: General

67 Responses

  1. Sampot - September 28, 2007 8:58 pm

    Ellen,

    Thanks for this article.

    You’re absolutely right, malayong malayo ang ating kaparian pagdating sa tunay na pakikibaka tungo sa isang matinong gobyerno.

    Nothing but a Band of Hypocrites, and Lip Service Specialists.

  2. pechanco - September 28, 2007 9:03 pm

    Question just came to my mind while reading this thread: Which is a better military, the Burmese or the RP? Who is more cruel? Sino ang mas mabagsik, ang mga militar at pulis ng Myanmar o Pilipinas? The Burmese crowd are able to taunt the soldiers and police. Do you think our local crowd could do the same to GMA’s soldiers and police? Hindi pa nga nakaporma ang mga demonstrators natin, ginugulpi na nga agad ng mga berdugo ni GMA. Myanmar that’s supposed to be led by the military surprisingly behave better than the ones in the Philippines. Even if that country has a history of violence, mas matino ang mga iyan kesa sa mga berdugo ni Gloria sa pangunguna ni Esperon.

  3. ystakei - September 28, 2007 9:04 pm

    With the death of a Japanese photographer, I hope our government will now be more cautious in helping governments led by criminals, as this SLORC or that of GLORC!!!

    Sampot, the Buddhists are more sincere, no doubt!

  4. AdeBrux - September 28, 2007 9:21 pm

    In a way, we are better off in Pinas than Myanmar – at least we have a faction of the military that’s honourable.

  5. ystakei - September 28, 2007 9:25 pm

    The name of the photo-journalist is Kenji Nagai. The Japanese government is intending (not just planning) to lodge a strong protest against the SLORC for this murder. Dapat lang as a matter of fact.

  6. ystakei - September 28, 2007 9:30 pm

    AdB: In a way, we are better off in Pinas than Myanmar – at least we have a faction of the military that’s honourable.

    *****
    For now, Anna, with the AFP still willing to have a civilian leading the government kahit plastikan lang because the truth is that most of the cabinet positions are now filled up by men from the AFP. OK lang sana if they are really competent and able, not just willing. Kaso willing to steal likewise together with “their president.”

    Saklap! Kawawang bansa!

  7. ystakei - September 28, 2007 9:37 pm

    This is going to be what the Philippines is going to be, Ellen, if Filipinos will not wake up now.

  8. ystakei - September 28, 2007 9:44 pm

    Frankly, as a show of sympathy for my Burmese friends, I don’t call their country “Myanmar” but “Burma” as my friends have told me I should. The name “Myanmar” was coined by the SLORC, the military junta ruling the country for decades now.

  9. TDC - September 28, 2007 9:55 pm

    We are all Burmese!

    Let’s express our solidarity with the brave people of Burma!

    Brutality and defiance marked the third day of an armed crackdown in Burma today as the military junta tried to crush a wave of nationwide protests in the face of harsh international condemnation.

    Express your outrage on the the brutality there.Burma today.Maybe Philippines tomorrow.

    Myanmar Embassy in Manila, Philippines
    Embassy of Myanmar in Manila, Philippines
    8th Floor, XANLAND Centre
    152, Amorsolo Street
    Legaspi Village
    Makati City
    Manila, Philippines
    City: Manila
    Phone: (0063-2) 817-2373, 812-9587
    Fax: (0063-2) 817-5895.
    Email: embmyanmnl@mindgate.net

  10. ystakei - September 28, 2007 10:02 pm

    Ellen,

    The SLORC I’m told has cut off Internet connections to prevent people there from transmitting pictures of the demos to the outside world. Baka iyan ang gawin sa blog mo when this kind of much-awaited demos will finally occur versus the kiriray and her generals, et al in the Philippines. Huwag naman sana!

    Hopefully, magising na rin ang mga pilipino.

  11. TDC - September 28, 2007 10:14 pm

    ELLEN:Thank you so much for this BLOG.One day others will do this for us!

    This is a song dedicated to those brave Buddhist monks:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZLVvSK0Peo&mode=related&search=

  12. luzviminda - September 28, 2007 10:19 pm

    “We salute the brave people of Myanmar fighting for freedom and democracy! We admire the monks who are leading the fight, risking their lives, against tyranny. What a far cry from our bishops, whose reaction to the Gloria Arroyo’s assault to democractic institutions is a defeaning silence.”

    Ate Ellen,

    The monks are miles away from our bishops of today when it comes to moral authority. The bishops have already lost their moral authority when they collaborated and played footsies with Demonic Gloria. And the monks, who live in modest conditions denying materialism and extravagance, compared to our bishops who live like kings, are willing to risk their lives for the sake of their people against tyranny. Not with the bishops like Rosales, Villegas and others CBCP priests. Let us hope that Myanmar people with their high moral monk leaders will get the freedom they aspire. And soon we will also have our day of freedom from tyrannic Gloria.

  13. Sampot - September 28, 2007 10:19 pm

    “…the Buddhists are more sincere, no doubt!”

    Agree.

    I would even propose that those who have lost confidence on the Roman Catholic Church, should go back to our ancestor’s religion- Anito [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anito].

    Mas malapit pa sa katotohanan yon.

  14. chi - September 28, 2007 10:54 pm

    Where are the Catholic priests, nagpapasarap sa pera ng bayan?! (Sori po, Archbishops Cruz, Labayen at iba pang hindi nabili ni Lucifera Gloria, hindi po kayo kasali sa hinahanap ko.)

    Nasaan si Gaudencio Rosales at Bishop Socrates Villegas, nagbibilang pa ng mga kahon ng pera na suhol ni Gloria sa kanila!

  15. chi - September 28, 2007 10:58 pm

    I’m very proud of my brother Buddhist monks!

    I despise what happened to my (used-to-be) brother Catholic priests! Mahiya naman kayo, ang layo ninyo sa mga “enlightened” Buddhist monks na ito!

  16. TDC - September 28, 2007 11:03 pm

    “President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo took pride in the Philippines “as the most democratic country in the region” as she reiterated a strong call for the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the democratization of Myanmar.

    Speaking at the 62nd United Nations General Assembly Friday, Arroyo said the Philippines has “no tolerance for human rights violations at home or abroad.”

    AMEN

  17. chi - September 28, 2007 11:23 pm

    Syet n’ya! Ipokrita, calling for a democratization of another country while Pinas is becoming like Myanmar!

    TDC,

    I remember you said that Gloria never understand the lever of power. It’s so very true…pakendeng-kendeng lang ‘sya sa harap ng mundo!

  18. pechanco - September 28, 2007 11:36 pm

    Are you a Buddhist, Chi? Buddhists believe in reincarnation, right? Hindi kaya malakas ang loob ng mga Buddhists sa Myanmar kasi alam nilang maganda ang katayuan nila sa kabilang buhay o kapag ipinanganak sila uli if they do good on this earth? That could have motivated them to make those sacrifices and remain brave.

  19. TDC - September 28, 2007 11:44 pm

    BUDDHISM

    *Buddhism is non-violent, non-dogmatic and meditative

    *Not centred on a god

    *Aimed at gaining insight into life’s true nature

    *There are two schools.

    One of them, Theravada (S, SE Asia), focuses on freedom from craving and suffering

    The other, Mahayana (NE Asia), emphasises helping others achieve that freedom

    Burmese observe the Theravada school

  20. ystakei - September 28, 2007 11:52 pm

    Kakakilabot ang kaplastikan ni kiriray, calling for the release of Aung Sang Suu Kyi. E bakit iyong mga ipinakulong niya, ayaw niyang palabasin! Tarantado din ano?

  21. jay cynikho - September 29, 2007 2:12 am

    On Myanmar merciless street murders: “The world is watching the people of Burma take to the streets to demand their freedom, and the American people stand in solidarity with these brave individuals,” Pres. Bush said in a statement.

    “brave individuals” As a Filipino, I cringed in shame.

    I am no admirer of Pres George Bush but as a leader he will do everything, suffer all criticisms and insults if only to maintain the US as the world’s economic and political empire. Because of Bush’s policies US citizens had to accept unparalleled hatred and wasted young lives in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and elsewhere. But Pres Bush speaks and acts for democracy, which you can not say the same for other world leaders from France, Canada, Japan, China, India, etc.

    In the case of Myanmar today only George W. Bush should have the guts (he is not the first because of Grenada) to order US troops to land in Myanmar, give the brave Burmese people the push to finish the job. Australian troops somewhat did that in East Timor. Two decades of oppression, poverty and hatred might even incite the Myanmar soldiers whose poor families were also victims to turn their guns on their superior officers and generals and politicians. Let the Burmese people show the ASEAN wimps and punks that they are also humans, not economic
    ingredients for ASEAN bull shit of barter, trading and business exchange.

    US marines should provide the spark and firepower so that the Burmese people with the help of their Buddhist monks will for the first time ever in history give Burma a taste of democracy. Burma is not Iraq where the four freedoms is not so desired or valued. If in Iraq oil is the sole reason for spilling a tanker of Marines’ blood, let President Bush prove to the world that in Burma democracy is reason enough to shed a few gallons of US soldiers blood.

  22. jay cynikho - September 29, 2007 2:34 am

    In Ellenville (ville means city in Montreal) I read, hear, smell no bomb for a long time now so I preferred to shut my trap for a while. amid the noisy rantings, yaking and yaking from technosphere. This time I shall offer something no less inferior: a whistle bomb.

    It is too much to expect of me to be better than Gloria, Esperon, Joker, or Neri. Etc. etc. Supot leaders come from supot people. I can shout to whole world I am not supot. And the world looks down at me and says: O Yeah?

    Anyway, here is the whistle bomb. If it explodes and kills me, for democracy. I will be happy even in hell.

    Pres. Bush should know that in the Philippines, No NEED for US Marines, two phantom jets and eight bombs will do it. One or two bombs each for Malacanang, Batasan, the Supreme Court. The Senate, Camp Crame, Camp Aguinaldo and Fort Bonifacio And that’s it. Camp Capinpin will go down, Fort Magsaysay will follow to finish the criminals. Ang Kapulisan in all the metro cities will join the people. Even kill their own bad ones.

    One jet and three direct hit bombs to Malacanang, Aguinaldo and Bonifacio might just do it, HELLO DUBYA ! YOU THERE? That should start the metro conflagration to sire true democracy. Filipinos do not loot, today so many are poor and hungry that they might just forget their Christianity, their cardinal, their bishops and priests and give themselves a bite of real food.

    When the bomb explodes:
    In the Visayas and Mindanao soldiers will disarm or put bullets to the skulls of their corrupt generals, colonels and majors (under Gloria corruption start to flourish from the rank of major). All over the country like the time of liberation army retirees, soldiers and generals will come out of their holes and guide the citizenry for a massive community cleansing for a new true and world class democracy.

    That’s what I mean nakakakilabot, pero sa mga supot whistle bomb lang yan. Phhhhpttt! IT WILL NOT HAPPEN. Not in a forty-year olds’ lifetime. Sa Myanmar baka una pang mangyari!

  23. Diego K. Guerrero - September 29, 2007 2:42 am

    Re: Gloria Arroyo said the Philippines has “no tolerance for human rights violations at home or abroad.” Believe it or Not!
    What the hell she is talking about? Para sa iyo Gloriang Putot: Multiple dirty fingers on your dirty puwit. Some Filipino Catholic Bishops are paid Gloria mercenaries. They are willing pawns of corruption. Amen

  24. jay cynikho - September 29, 2007 2:45 am

    AdeBrux Says:

    In a way, we are better off in Pinas than Myanmar – at least we have a faction of the military that’s honourable.

    Yes AdB there will always be a Querobin, Miranda, and Lim
    anywhere but not in a country run by a military junta, they will have no chance for integrity and valor for their people.

  25. TonGuE-tWisTeD - September 29, 2007 5:38 am

    At least in Burma, when the military decided they had to make the changes in society by their own actions, they decisively captured the seat of power and installed, and governed by, a junta.

    E, dito sa Pilipinas, naghihintayan pa kung dadami ba ang tao sa kalye, nagsalita na ba ng suporta ang simbahan, may mga nagresign na ba, papayag ba lahat ng generals, etc, ekek at chuva.

    Sa ibang bansa nag-junta na, dito nag-huhuntahan pa!

  26. TonGuE-tWisTeD - September 29, 2007 5:55 am

    Sa Thailand, pabiyahe-biyahe pa si Thaksin, ayun hindi na nakauwi. Bumagsak ba ekonomiya ng Thailand dahil sa coup/junta? Noong simula, siyempre, pero ngayon mas matibay pa rin kesa sa Pinas at lalong bumilib ang mga foeign investors nila dahil pati sila naprotektahan sa ginawang iyon ng Thai Army – pinatalsik ang isang lider na ginamit ang pwesto para sa negosyo ng pamilya niya.

    E, dito, sa dami ng tangka, wala ni isang nagtagumpay. Kasi nga VERY FEW ang good men!

  27. TonGuE-tWisTeD - September 29, 2007 6:04 am

    Ipinatigil ang paghi-hearing ni Sen. AT4 sa Marine Brig, yung mga maysakit sa Capinpin, hindi pinilalabas, bawal ang mga dalaw. Kapraningan!

    Kaya balisa ngayon ang mga heneral. Mainit kasi ang ulo ni Kuya Germs, nasa Amerika kasi yung syota niya, nakikipaglandian sa mga puti. Kapwa niya supot pero mas guwapo, mas matangkad, mas mahaba…ang pasensya.

    Di pa siya tinatawagan pero tumawag na si Luv kay Exec. Sec. sa Malacañang (Parang sa Hello Garci). Ninenerbiyos ang footah sa nangyayari sa ZTE scandal, baka matulad siya kay Thaksin:

    G: Hello, Ed.
    E: Yes, Mam.
    G: When I come back, will I still be president?
    E: Pipilitin po natin yan, Mam.
    G: Uh-huh.
    E: Iyan kasi sila Neri, hindi pa sila masyado marunong gumawa, yung pagpapataas po sa kuwan, komisyon ninyo…
    G: Oo, nga e. Yung dagdag…yung dagdag. (line cut)

  28. chi - September 29, 2007 7:06 am

    Pechanco,

    I was born Catholic and studied in Saint Marys’ College (RVM). I took refuge as a Buddhist in my early 20′s but has not renounced my birth religion because I love Mama Mary and Jesus, and find no difference as to the original goals and practices of both religions.

    Masyado akong disappointed kay Gaudencio Rosales, Socrates Villegas at iba pang pari katoliko na bayaran, kaya Buddhist muna ang aking practice ngayong mga araw na ito. heheh!

    I am a Mahayana practitioner.

  29. chi - September 29, 2007 7:15 am

    Diego K. Guerrero Says:

    September 29th, 2007 at 2:42 am

    Re: Gloria Arroyo said the Philippines has “no tolerance for human rights violations at home or abroad.” Believe it or Not!

    What the hell she is talking about?
    ****

    Same here, Ka Diego.

    Para sa iyo Gloriang Putot: Multiple dirty fingers on your dirty puwit.

    Grabe pa kay Imeldific kung magsalita si Gloriang Putot, deretsong tumingin at ipinangangalandakan pa sa publiko sa Pinas and abroad ang kasinungalingan.

  30. chi - September 29, 2007 7:17 am

    “Sa ibang bansa nag-junta na, dito nag-huhuntahan pa!”

    Hayyy naku, salamat naman at kahit na naiiyak ako sa lagay ni Gen. Miranda ay napapatawa ninyo ako. Thanks, Tongue.

  31. hawaiianguy - September 29, 2007 7:42 am

    Chi, Tongue: sigurista kasi ang pinoy, tantiyahan – kaya ayun, hihintayin muna na maliwanag na ang sikat ng araw sa umaga bago umaksiyon. Tulad ni Neri, kunwari meron siya bomba na pasasabugin sa senado, tapos ipot lang pala niya ang pinaputok sa mukha ni Abalos. Nakakadismaya, matapos mag vigil ang mga tao para sa kanya sa pag-aakalang meron itinatago na makakabuti, hindi naman pala. Pero pwede na rin simulan. Mula kay Abalos, dapat ay tuloy-tuloy na ito hanggang sa matapos na.

  32. chi - September 29, 2007 8:16 am

    HW,

    “sigurista kasi ang pinoy, tantiyahan – kaya ayun, hihintayin muna na maliwanag na ang sikat ng araw sa umaga bago umaksiyon.”

    ***
    Kaya palaging nauuna at nananalo si Gloria sa laban, kasi ay gabi kung umaksyon ang demonya at hindi na naghihintay ng umaga.

  33. ystakei - September 29, 2007 8:19 am

    Sigurista, HG, no way! “Sabik” pa siguro mas appropriate to use for them, because the truth is Filipinos are actually one of the most deprived people on earth.

    Saan ka naman nakakita ng bansa na ang mga citizens ay considered second-class sa sarili nilang bansa.

    When I was a little girl, I saw a Chinese kicked a Filipino boy he hired and slaved. Walang tumulong sa batang pilipino. Sa Japan gawin ng isang intsik ang ganoon, baka hindi na siya abutin ng bukas!

    Dito kasi, ang basic principle, “Japan is for the Japanese. All others are visitors only, and a visitor has to learn how to act properly as in when in Japan, do what the Japanese do.” Kaya nga nag-aaral silang magsalita ng Japanese. Sa Pilipinas, nahihiya pa ang mga pilipinong gamitin ang sarili nilang wika!

    And watching Philippine movies, one gets the impression that Taglish/English is for the rich and classy, and Pilipino is ONLY for the deprived and lowly!!! Kaya suya akong nanonood ng pelikulang pilipino!

    Hindi na ba talagang magbabago? At least, si Erap may pagka-patriotic. Ininsulto pa nga siya nina Fatso, et al na hindi marunong mag-ingles, e sa totoo pala, spokening Areneow English pa nga siya dahil doon siya nagtapos ng high school and spent 2 years in college there.

    Iyan din ang ipinagtataka ko sa totoo lang. Bakit ikinahihiya ng mga pilipino ang sariling kanila?

  34. AdeBrux - September 29, 2007 9:24 am

    Rangoon: ‘army mutiny’ reported
    Troops refuse to fire on crowds

    Reports from Rangoon suggest soldiers are mutinying. It is unclear the numbers involved. Reports cite heavy shooting in the former Burmese capital

    ‘Coup’ claimed in Rangoon
    Than Shwe ‘deposed by No 2’

    Military sources in Rangoon are claiming that the regime’s number two, General Maung Aye (right), has staged a coup against Than Shwe, and that his troops are now guarding Aung San Suu Kyi’s home. A meeting between him and Suu Kyi is expected. Maung Aye is army commander-in-chief and a renowned pragmatist.

    http://www.newsdeskspecial.co.uk/burma/

  35. ystakei - September 29, 2007 10:08 am

    I’m joining the rally in front of the Burmese Embassy tomorrow as a show of support for the people of Burma. Malapit lang kasi sa amin ang Burmese Embassy. I can bike there as a matter of fact. Mga 10 minutes lang. Sa kanila ako natoto in fact ng mga street demonstrations namin.

  36. ystakei - September 29, 2007 10:11 am

    The SLORC has reasoned out that the Japanese photo-journalist was mistaken for a Burmese. Japan is not taking that excuse lightly, and is lodging a strong protest against the SLORC. I bet the family of the photo-journalist will demand not just an apology but compensation for his death.

  37. pechanco - September 29, 2007 10:13 am

    Chi, maganda daw ang budhi ng mga Budh-ist (joke lang kahit corny). Yes, there are many similarities naman between Catholics and Buddhists like worshiping idols.

  38. Sampot - September 29, 2007 10:36 am

    Internet in Burma is cut-off, but bloggers presses on…

    Here’s one of them…

    http://ko-htike.blogspot.com/

  39. Ellen - September 29, 2007 10:57 am

    Thanks for this, sampot.

  40. Sampot - September 29, 2007 11:01 am

    no sweat.

  41. Sampot - September 29, 2007 11:50 am

    Pinoy endured 20 years of Marcos, and 8 years of Glueria [still counting]. While Burma has it [oppression] for 40+ years.

    Is it therefore right to say that the level of passiveness against abuses [tolerance] of the citizenry has something to do with its Religion?

    Kaya siguro mas maaga tayong nagising sa pagmamalabis e dahil ‘di naman tayo mahilig sa deep meditation.

    Para kasing naabuso masyado ng militar ang kanilang pagiging pasensyoso.

  42. pechanco - September 29, 2007 12:09 pm

    I’ve read an article written by Mr. Herman Laurel tracing the current crisis in Myanmar as another Western plot. The US is supporting the dissidents to overthrow the current government for her own financial interest. Also, it has something to do with drugs and opium. Tandaan natin na nandoon sa dakong iyon ang Golden Triangle. So there you go folks…it again proves that if there’s a conflict in one country, the West is often involved.

  43. pechanco - September 29, 2007 12:18 pm

    Today’s headline at PDI says “Arroyo to Myanmar: Restore Democracy”. Sagot ng Myanmar: Who are you to tell us? You restore your democracy first”. Kapal Muks talaga itong Impakta. Malakas ang loob na makialam at utusan ang ibang bansa samantalang ang mga nasa Pilipinas ay mas ayaw sa kanya.

  44. Valdemar - September 29, 2007 12:45 pm

    People in Myanmar should not follow the Philippine model of democracy. I note that they have a better life in their condition now. I tried to take a close look at the people in the rallies and outside of rallies, they are cleaner compared with our people who are generally unkempt. Even their surroundings are spic and span.

  45. TDC - September 29, 2007 12:55 pm

    “Arroyo urges Myanmar: Return to path of democracy
    Says RP has no tolerance for rights violations.INQUIRER”

    I hope Gloria Pidal starts believing her own words!

  46. Mrivera - September 29, 2007 2:23 pm

    meron na namang example si esPWEron.

    kunyari naman itong timang na si gloria, ayaw sa ginagawa ng mga abusado eh mas halos parehas lamang ang kanilang kawalanghiyaan!

    pwe!

  47. TDC - September 29, 2007 3:12 pm

    Brave blogger from Burma.

    http://ko-htike.blogspot.com/

  48. ystakei - September 29, 2007 4:25 pm

    Pero kahit anong sabihin, Tongue, galit ang mga kaibigan kong Burmese sa SLORC. Halos kasing tagal na rin ng rehimen ng mga palpak sa Pilipinas after Marcos. First time, I attended a gathering of the Burmese was in 1988.

    May mga kamag-anak si Aung San Suu Kyi dito na scholar at humingi ng political asylum. Araw-araw nasa harap ng embassy nila asking for the release of his cousin. Nasabak naman ako dahil sa mga members ng Oxford U Society sa Tokyo na tinutulungan ang asawa niyang si Dr. Aris na mapalaya siya. Ginaya ko ang ginagawa nila when the Aquino government tried to sell ALL the Philippine patrimonies in Japan, pero ang mga pilipino ang unang nabigyan ng permit to do street demonstrations in Tokyo. Ginaya ng iba afterward.

    Despite being under British rules for centuries likewise, iba rin ang mentality ng mga Burmese dahil siguro Buddhists sila, I don’t know. Mas may unity sila kesa sa mga pilipino. Alam ko walang pumupunta sa mga pakulo ng gobyerno nila sa Tokyo. Makipagkita man sila para sabihin sa mga dignitaries nila na bumaba.

    Ang mga pilipino, inis daw kay unano, pero nakapustura pang uma-attend ng mga pakulo ng unano. Nakakawalang gana parang katulad noong nagpunta ang unano sa meeting ng mga pilipino sa Hawaii. May nag-demonstrate doon pero mas marami pa ang bilang ng mga kano!!!

    Bakit ganoon? Hirap ispelengin talaga! Tapos sasabihin, iba daw ang mansanas sa manga!

  49. ystakei - September 29, 2007 4:26 pm

    …Despite being under British RULE…

  50. ystakei - September 29, 2007 4:27 pm

    “Arroyo urges Myanmar: Return to path of democracy
    Says RP has no tolerance for rights violations.INQUIRER”

    *****

    Susmaryosep, ang kapal!

  51. TDC - September 29, 2007 7:45 pm

    In The Quiet Land
    (By Daw Aung San Suu Kyi)

    In the Quiet Land, no one can tell
    if there’s someone who’s listening
    for secrets they can sell.
    The informers are paid in the blood of the land
    and no one dares speak what the tyrants won’t stand.

    In the quiet land of Burma,
    no one laughs and no one thinks out loud.
    In the quiet land of Burma,
    you can hear it in the silence of the crowd

    In the Quiet Land, no one can say
    when the soldiers are coming
    to carry them away.
    The Chinese want a road; the French want the oil;
    the Thais take the timber; and SLORC takes the spoils…

    In the Quiet Land….
    In the Quiet Land, no one can hear
    what is silenced by murder
    and covered up with fear.
    But, despite what is forced, freedom’s a sound
    that liars can’t fake and no shouting can drown.

  52. pechanco - September 29, 2007 9:05 pm

    Brave Buddhist Monks in Myanmar! When do we get to see our own priests and nuns go out in the streets to protest against GMA and restore our true democracy? Well, their leaders (Rosales et all) would say taimtim silang nagdarasal at walang panahon sa mga bagay tungkol sa pulitika. Mas mahalaga daw ang kapakanan ng kaluluwa ng mga kaanib kesa mga suliranin ng gobyerno. Susmaryosep !

  53. AdeBrux - September 29, 2007 10:09 pm

    Yuko,

    If I’m not mistaken British rule on Buurma lasted only 150 years or so.

  54. chi - September 29, 2007 10:19 pm

    Pechanco,

    Well, magdasal man ng magdasal ang mga pari tulad ni Gaudencio at Socrates ay sayang lang… napupunta sa impierno ang kanilang mga dasal dahil hindi naman totoo ang kanilang pagdarasal!

    Ang mga tao ay direktang apektado ng masamang pulitika ni Glori kaya ang kanilang kaluluwa ang unang nagsa-suffer! Ano ang pinagsasabi ng korap na Rosales na ito?!

  55. Diego K. Guerrero - September 30, 2007 12:38 am

    Re: Ano ang pinagsasabi ng korap na Rosales na ito?!

    Cardinal Rosales demanded punishment to all those involved in the $329-M ZTE scam and at the same decried lawmakers’ inability to put closure on congressional investigations. What closure Cardinal ‘hypocrite’ Rosales? He is singing Malacanang’s tune. Gloria Arroyo senator Miriam Santiago wants Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez to investigate alleged ZTE bribery and corrupt practices. Who is Malditas Gutierrez? She is a certified GMA lapdog and deliberately dragging the Joc-Joc Bolante’s fertilizer scam investigation. Joker Arroyo complained about too much time involved in ZTE scam investigation. Shameless Cardinal Rosales, Brenda Santiago and the Joker are in concert singing Gloria’s cover-up blues.

    The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee has discovered a smoking gun to pin down Gloria Arroyo. She gave a blanket of ‘special authority’ to Sec. Favila and Sec. Mendoza in the ZTE misdeal. Gloria authorized negotiations for the award of the NBN project to ZTE Corp., months before the NEDA started its evaluation of the NBN project and thereby by-passing normal procurement process. The die is cast including $200-M kickbacks thorough illicit backdoor negotiations.

  56. pechanco - September 30, 2007 2:03 am

    Diego, Rosales is playing stupid again. Instead of solely blaming those involved in the ZTE scam, he’s calling the attention of the lawmakers to put closure on the case. Tanga!
    Anong closure? Rosales should be the one to shed light on why he ordered Socrates and other priests to kidnap Doble from the seminary. Eto naman si Joker, tangna niya…the Senate is spending so much time on the ZTE case? Gago! Does he not know how serious the scandal is? Billions of pesos! It’s more important than any of the other bills pending in the Senate. Akala niya puro tanga ang mga tao. Your trick is as old as your age, you SOB !

  57. chi - September 30, 2007 3:11 am

    Pechanco,

    Tuliro pati si Gaudencio Rosales sa kaso ng ZTE. Hmmnn, meron din kaya s’ya diyan?! Who knows about the extent of corruption under Gloria, her tentacles are everywhere!

  58. pechanco - September 30, 2007 5:20 am

    Gloria’s tentacles are everywhere while Rosales’ testicles are in his room.

  59. martina - September 30, 2007 2:56 pm

    Kaya ganoon si JOker ay ayaw niya na masilip na beneficiary rin siya ng ABZTEFG deal. Hindi ba mayroong ibinigay na hundred millions of pesos for each of the admin candidates for senators in the 2007 election? Hindi ba nagpa-dagdag daw si Glue ng about $60 million for campaign funds on top of her orig dagdag for their conjugal share? Ayun, sa kada-dagdag, nabulilyaso ang last hurrah ni Abaloslos. Buti nga sa kanila.

  60. TonGuE-tWisTeD - October 1, 2007 1:31 am

    Ricky Razon’s name has cropped up again in the ZTE deal. Talks were, he was designated to raise funds for the admin slate for the May polls. Bidding would take long so instead of using Razon’s co-owned Broadband Phils., and fight it out with AHI and Arescom and ZTE, the ZTE tied loan would be the clincher. The commissions could be advanced from ZTE in time for elections, thus the hurry to sign the supply contract at DOUBLE the price.

    Pimentel was in the right direction when he asked Neri about Razon, but he did not pursue it. Neri hinted on it.

    Razon cannot influence Abalos. Abalos cannot influence Razon. The only connection there is FG.

    FG flew to Hong Kong with Razon before the “emergency vacation” in Europe.

    here’s one more businessman whose assets will be sequestered after this stolen regime is over.

  61. AdeBrux - October 1, 2007 1:39 am

    I sure hope so, Tongue, I sure hope so. The Filipino people must get back what these Mafia like businessmen have been taking away from them all these years.

  62. chi - October 1, 2007 2:48 am

    Ang dami nating assets na babantayan when Gloria regime has finally died.

  63. pechanco - October 1, 2007 3:38 am

    Aside from Neri, there’s another witness who can confirm Abalos’ bribe. This witness was present all the time during the meetings. Is he this Ricky Razon? How’s he related to newly promoted PNP Chief Razon? What about that media commentator Daniel Razon, member of Ang Dating Daan religious group? Former singer Darius Razon? Mestisuhin ang mga Razon at taga Pampanga pa yata.

  64. TonGuE-tWisTeD - October 1, 2007 7:26 am

    Pechanco, Razon is top golf buddy of FG. He accompanied FG during his first “exile” to the US, after the Hello Garci scandal. Read this link: http://www.money.inquirer.net/columns/view_columns.php?yyyy=2005&mon=07&dd=27&file=6

    I have discussed him too, here.

  65. pechanco - October 1, 2007 9:17 am

    Hindi ba masarap ang Razon Halo-Halo? I just thought about it. I’m graving for hal-halo at this moment.

  66. Ellen - October 1, 2007 1:23 pm

    I understand Ricky Razon was also with Mike Arroyo in his recent trip to Stwizerland (Zurich) and Munich. I was told Mike Arroyo’s company incleded Ricky Razon (of Manila Standard and ICTSI), Endika Aboitiz, Bomboy Araneta, Rey David of DBP and “E”.

    BtW, Mike Arroyo is arriving tomorrow morning, via Cathay Airways from Hongkong. He is in Hongkong now staying at Shangrila Hotel, Kowloon.

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