Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Bang-Bang versus The WangWang

These past two weeks, I have it up to my eyeballs about news of wang-wangs confiscated, who was late and who was not, who stopped for the red traffic light and who did not. And it was Noynoy who started it all.

In a bid to clearly differentiate himself from the previous unpopular administration, he sought to endear himself to the public by connecting with them on a more realistic level, traffic pet peeves.
Who hasn't experienced being pushed aside by those self-proclaimed VIPs who put in wang-wangs in their car to provide the public a sense of importance and urgency whenever they pass by?

But, my goodness, the novelty of this news has worn off for me! With only two weeks into the Aquino administration and already with 5 activists and a journalist killed, this is not a good sign. Not a good sign at all.

"In the past two weeks, five activists have already been killed. Fernando Baldomero, 61, a municipal councilor in Lezo, Aklan and Bayan Muna provincial chairperson, was shot dead in front of his son July 5. Pascual Guevarra, 78, was killed by a lone gunman inside his house in Bgy. San Isidro, Laur, Nueva Ecija. His grandson was also wounded. Three days after, on July 9, public school teachers in Masbate, Mark Francisco, 27 and Edgar Fernandez, 44, were gunned down in separate incidents.

After the elections, the killings never stopped. On May 19, Jim Galez, a member of Bayan Muna in Panabo City in Davao was shot dead. On June 2, union leader Edward Panganiban was killed on his way to work in Sta. Cruz, Laguna. On June 14, Karapatan member Benjamin Bayles was also killed in Himaymalayan City, Negros Occidental. On June 22, human rights lawyer Ernesto Salunat was slain." (From Bulatlat)

And what has Noynoy said about this, a simple and, quite honestly, a naive statement that the AFP should observe human rights while investigating these matters. Hah!

Oplan Bantay Laya II, the very same operations condemned by UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston in his report on the human rights situation in the Philippines, has not been scrapped by this newly installed "pro-people" administration. OBL II has been one of the deadliest campaigns against perceived enemies of the state as it DOES NOT distinguish between an armed combatant and a non-combatant, which will explain why most victims have been unarmed activists.

Noynoy's sincerity to put an end to these extrajudicial killings have further been doubted when Etta Rosales announced that she is waiting for official word from the Malacanang to give her the CHR post. Acckk! Notwithstanding the gall of Etta to announce this herself, as if making insinuations that Noynoy has been remiss in his "promise", the very thought that Noynoy made this proposal to her makes me cringe.

For a very thorough discussion on this, please visit my this blog.

And so now, please, please join me in shaking some sense into the administration and news reporters as well to stop making such a mountain out of a molehill of wang-wangs when more pressing things, like extrajudicial killings, have to be addressed.

And also, no Etta in CHR please.

Read more about this by clicking the Read More Link below. Like this post? Click the button and let the whole world know! You can also subscribe to my feeds and follow my blog so you'll never miss a thing. Smiles!

Thursday, July 1, 2010


know I should be posting more articles relevant to the recent presidential inauguration but I HAVE to take a break first and post this.


I know I've said some things about the first movie, but the second one I liked! I've read the entire series and while I wasn't impressed by the over the top teenage love thing going on, I appreciate a new and fresh view at these timeless creatures of lore. And to the fans of eclipse, Powerbooks is having a contest from June 30 until July 31, 2010.

Read on.

Eclipse Fan Art Facebook Promo
Promo period: June 30 to July 31, 2010
Submission of Entries: June 30 to July 14, 2010
Voting Period: July 15 to July 31, 2010
Announcement of Winners: August 4, 2010


1. Be a Fan of Powerbooks Facebook Fanpage
2. Submit a fan art inspired by Stephenie Meyer's Eclipse and get a chance to win a copy of the Eclipse Movie Companion book plus The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner.
3. Fan Art Terms & Conditions:

  • Create an Eclipse-themed, digital artwork using different approaches like vectors, collages, traditional art, cartoons, 3D graphics, or combination of any of these techniques. You may use any image editing software.
  • Traditional art such as illustrations/drawings/paintings, etc. will also be accepted as long as these are scanned by the Participant. Powerbooks will not accept hard copy files.
  • All entries should be the participant's original interpretation of the contest theme and not lifted from other sources. Powerbooks will not be held liable for any copyright infringement committed by the participant.
  • Participants have the freedom to interpret the contest theme as creative and imaginatively possible provided that they stay true to the theme.
  • The entry should not have been previously entered into any other competition.
  • Participants give Powerbooks the right to upload their artworks for the website & other promotional activities.
4. E-mail your fan art to
5. Artworks will be uploaded in Facebook on July 15, 2010 for voting. The three (3) winners will each win an Eclipse Movie Companion + The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner.
6. Criteria for Judging:
  • 50%: number of "likes" votes from the fan page
  • 50%: overall appeal of submitted artwork (from judges' votes)
7. Three (3) winners will be chosen at the end of the promo and will be announced in the Powerbooks Facebook Fan site.

Claiming of prizes:

1. To claim their prizes, winners will have to proceed to Powerbooks Greenbelt 4 and present a valid ID.
2. The prizes will be given to the winners for FREE provided that these terms are met:
  • The winners must personally claim the prize.
  • The prizes are non-transferable and not convertible to cash.
For more Powerbooks promos, click here.

Read more about this by clicking the Read More Link below. Like this post? Click the button and let the whole world know! You can also subscribe to my feeds and follow my blog so you'll never miss a thing. Smiles!


Related Posts with Thumbnails