A Manifesto: If We Don’t Act Now, Who Will?

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This is a manifesto of the millions of supporters of the Good Governance Program of President Noynoy Aquino.

The antis, although lacking in numbers, make it up with noisy rhetoric, and they count some in the media. Granted they are well-oiled in terms of funding from who knows where, we, the silent majority. can longer be silent. Therefore, we pronounce in no uncertain terms our full support for President Noynoy Aquino and his Administration.

Because of good governance and stellar economic performance, the Philippines is now ranked top notch in the world, second only to China. We cannot just sit idly by while the de-stabilizers are doing their thing to wreck what took so much to build. Enough is enough!

Enemies come in all shapes and forms. There is the termite who silently gnaw at our foundation, yet on the surface he purports to support us–beware of Trojan horses bearing gifts!

Kung hindi tayo kikilos, sino ang kikilos. Kung hindi ngayon, kailan?

#Noynoyparin

TBT: The 1986 EDSA People Power

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February 25, 1986 was a stunner–a fluke even–as everyone was on tenterhooks, tenseness and all, expecting the worst and hoping for the best–ambivalence personified. What if the Dictator bombed us to bits and pieces? It was most definitely a pee-in-your-pants moment.

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The sea of people, 1986 People Power Philippines

When EDSA 1 happened, I had this fresh job as manager of a Makati international trade office owned by someone close to the Dictator. In hindsight, it must have been my being a Media Specialist of Congressman Antonio Cuenco that got me the job. My new boss was ambivalent about EDSA, as it unfolded and witnessed by the world at large. Or could it have been that my new boss hired me to kowtow to the burgeoning powers that be?

Yikes, a chauffeur-driven limousine was a perk that I had with the new boss. The limo bit, though, was not part of my our volunteer work at EDSA, doling out pre-packed pan de sal to the sea of people. Other individuals and groups were into the act too, giving out from their hearts, from their pockets, from their livelihood. Well, everyone was a volunteer, everyone had something to share–water, pancit, soft drink, buco juice–anything–and that was the essence of EDSA. Yes, Virginia, EDSA was about sharing.

Tense and festive, is how to describe those moments. People were monitoring the goings on from their radios and would erupt into cheers and applause at any news, however false it might be.

It was around eight at night that it was announced that the Dictator and his family fled Manila. And there was much rejoicing and hullabaloo the whole night and into the morning of February 26, 1986.

And so history was made.

On Adversity

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The heavens are askew even as we speak. So don’t get surprised if human affairs get a beating too.

Adversities–a familiar terrain, as familiar as the rain, and no one escapes that, even the high and mighty, even the superpowers.

As I trudge the street, the guy before me bends over to pick up a nearly spent cigarette butt–that’s adversity.

When you are on a furlough and wonder where the next meal is coming from–that’s adversity.

When you have exhausted your savings and wonder what the morrow will bring–that’s adversity.

The question is where to go to when one finds himself in a pouring rain.

The best bet for me is to go inside myself, to commune with the self in silence, breathing in and breathing out, and listening to the wisdom that emanates from that place.

A place is also an organism and is subject to vicissitudes. When it is at war, adversity it is.

Keeping calm and collected and wishing for the best do wonders for the self as well as the soul–one’s soul and the soul of a place, the soul of a country.

The Quotables

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Navy Capt. James E. Fanell : “The strategic trend lines indicate the Communist Party of China is not only ‘rejuvenating’ itself for internal stability purposes, but has been and continues to prepare to use military force,”

 

From Jim Paredes:

I can understand why media wants to dig in and report corruption. What I cant understand is why NONE OF THEM report on media corruption. They all know who are on the take and from whom.

Pls explain.

My take: By and large, the Philippine media are instigators of hate and contempt. They are an irresponsible bunch. They would opine that the Philippines is one dangerous place to ply their trade, a number of them getting assassinated in the process.

Even as the populace is being agitated, the Chinese are poised to gobble up the Philippine archipelago.

Also from Jim Paredes:

Many social media ppl have been smelling their own butts most of the time on many issues and arriving at conclusions based on their own opinions which they pass on as facts. This is the way of the new ‘democracy’ . Memes made by haters are now considered valid and ‘truthful’ documents by many. Sus ginoo! Stop and pause. Think and ask yourself how easily you are manipulated. You may find yourself humbled and thanking God you are not in a position of power..

Research the facts. Learn and then make a fair judgment.

My take: Word! Just so they could hit the President, they would just type away nonsense, non sequiturs, ad hominems and blahs.

From Mariano Patalinjug:

US Navy Captain James E. Fanell’s warnings about China’s intentions in the South China Sea should be taken seriously by the United States and by those Asian countries–Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei– which have ongoing territorial disputes with China.

He happens to be the outgoing Intelligence Chief of the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet, and can be expected to know what he is warning about.

What China has been doing in some of those disputed islands can only mean that it is making preparations for an eventual military confrontation with the United States and with its Asian allies.

To simply ignore Captain James E. Fanell’s clear and urgent warning could spell disaster for the US and its Asian allies.

“Forewarned is forearmed!”

The Pope brought love. It lasted two weeks.

Joe America is just a Philippine transplant, yet he is more patriotic, more insightful and more knowledgeable on issues than most Filipinos.

The Society of Honor: the Philippines

aquino alone rappler A president abandoned by his nation. [Photo by Rappler] I am ignorant in my ways, of that I am convinced. People here and elsewhere have told me so. I agree, because my emotional and intellectual capacities do not comprehend.

The topic today is grief and compassion.

  • grief, ɡrēf/, noun, deep sorrow, especially that caused by someone’s death. Synonyms: sorrow, misery, sadness, anguish, pain, distress, heartache, heartbreak,agony, torment, affliction, suffering, woe, desolation, dejection, despair.

I am also an apologist for President Aquino. I’ve been threatened with that description, as if it made me a villain, but I frankly don’t see the shame of supporting one’s nation, or the president of one’s nation. Even if it is controversial. Just because people are loud doesn’t make them right.

  • a·pol·o·gist, əˈpäləjəst/, noun, a person who offers an argument in defense of something controversial. Synonyms: defender, supporter, upholder, advocate, proponent, exponent, propagandist, champion, campaigner.

It does not say jerk, half-wit, idiot…

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