The Meat of the Matter
SEVERAL NEEDED IN THE SENATE. The Makabayan Bloc of Congressmen serving in the House of Representatives (HR), have shown to the whole nation that, they are, indeed, after the people’s interests that they deserve to continue to sit in office in the Lower House and what’s more in the Upper House, specifically in the Senate where they could bat and push for the nation’s interests- national interests, to be exact.
Among national issues, the Makabayan (nationalist) bloc tackled included graft and corruption, early on taking a stand against the Janet Lim Napoles-type corruption and other possible corruption activities which have taken place for decades on end; plus introducing a bill on genuine land reform, grave human rights violations such as torture, missing and disappearance cases, taking a militant position against charter change which is now being revived with no less than speaker Feliciano Belmonte in the lead.
CRAMMING COULD ENSURE. Reaching out to Marcos’ martial law victims after the approval by Congress and signed into law by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, has indeed been a difficult task and at the moment doubly difficult, because volunteers have to act speedily with the limited period of two years within which to find out who the victims are and how they could be documented. Sworn to affidavits are to be produced, while without any proof of having been victimized one has to also look for credible witnesses. But indeed, how this is to be done would be a thankless job, with even various speculations being bandied about.
QUESTION OF BASIC REFORMS, CHANGES. Now that the so-called EDSA Revolt is now more being observed and it is just around the corner, February 26, every year to be exact, questions have once again, been raised about the intended changes of basic reforms which could have been implemented many, many years ago after it took effect, but have not been.
The militants of the national democratic system for one believed that genuine agrarian reform as was the objective of the old national democratic revolution led by the Katipunan, was to be carried out then. Aside from genuine and deep-seated change in land ownership from the feudal set-up imposed by the Spanish colonizers’ encomienda, later hacienda system which was the basis for the historical ascendancy of the landlords, the US colonizers perpetuated the system to gain the political loyalty of the feudal class.
INDICATIONS OF GLOBAL WARMING OCCURRENCE. The country, our nation is exhibiting all concrete indications of global warming with the unnatural weather and climatic occurrences we are experiencing. The US, too, of all temperature areas, on the one hand, has also exhibited these.
To review, what by the way is global warming? It is defined as the phenomenon of heating up of the earth due to the increase of carbon dioxide, a poisonous chemical in the atmosphere way, way up the air. This causes the evaporation of huge volumes of water from the earth’s ocean. With water vapor’s concentration in the air, the planet, our earth will become warmer. In terms of analysis when the carbon dioxide becomes heavier or triple in the air, the warming effect also increases because the sun’s heat shining into the earth won’t easily dissipate. The warming effect is also tripled or it increases in intensity as scientists have bared.
OR IS IT? The surprising, bombshell-like turn-around of Jinggoy Estrada’s secretary, Ruby Tuason, who practically fled to the US when her involvement in the scam was bared by whistleblowers led by Benhur Luy and company, with an airtight basis or evidence against those involved in the pork barrel or priority Development Assistant commonly known as the pork barrel scam.
With her turn-around after she practically fled to the US and one could conclude she testifies against her former boss, Estrada, one could conclude that the senators’ goose would be cooked.
RUBY CHAN TUAZON IS THE COOK. The two senators involved in the now infamous pork barrel scam as linked to Janet Lim-Napoles who established fake NGOs to justify the release of P10-B worth of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to several senators particularly former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. and dozens of representatives could be considered a dish cooked already and by the latest whistleblower who primarily returned from the US to now testify against senators involved in the pork barrel scam primarily Estrada and Enrile.
And yet of course, as shown by developments and by the accused response, they are trying to make it appear that Tuazon is lying because according to Estrada she asked for amounts from him but he was not able to give it to her. That Tuazon said was a brazen lie which is always resorted to by those caught in the act whose "hands are caught in the cookie jar" so to speak.
OR LOSES ITS CREDIBILITY. We are now pushed to make commentaries on the Negros Press Club (NPC), because there are several observations we should, we believe, bring out or else renege on our role or become ineffective as a fiscalizer, a stalwart of people’s interests who act as if it is over above all in Negros or in Philippine society.
We were appalled when we learned that regional hospital, administrator Dr. Julius Drilon was reported to have tendered a luncheon for not only a few media practitioners but for the whole press club officialship lately. There are also other things we know which would weaken people’s or the public’s trust in the fourth estate especially to include promoting the interests of public utility establishments which are government-owned and further in our own experience, tolerating criminal acts, but subtly, unmindful of the threats against other journalists and media practitioners, because of connections with these people as PR men.
WELL, WELL, WELL. A former president of the BACIWA Employees’ Union (BEU) augmented by another ex-union president, expressed his dismay at present union leader who, he said, are involved in issues which, in its Constitution and by–laws is not within its mandate and has not raised its voice against 40-50 former retirees who were not granted their retirement pay, as well as allegations of unacceptable graft and corruption even a present official of the water corporation has publicly exposed.
DOCUMENTS SHOW. The performance in terms of achieving much in the anti-drug campaign in the areas of Metro Manila, nearby Luzon provinces and in other places but outside of the province and the city is laudable. And clearly the public owes the fine, laudable performance to law enforcement authorities such as the anti-drug agency, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Police’s anti-drug units, CAIDSOFT.
The latest excellent accomplishment of these law enforcement authorities is the billion-peso illegal drug busts which included shabu, cocaine, ecstacy and MDMA which is similar to ecstacy. The drug bust was carried out in Parañaque City, on a van with four suspects including two Chinese nationals and two Filipino accomplices. The drug bust took place Friday, January 24. Plus the many others carried out lately.
DEEP-ROOTED PROBLEMS AREN’T SOLVED AND REMAIN. There have been many questions posed regarding the Philippine insurgency as carried out by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). New People’s Army (NPA) and the united front of the revolutionary movement, the National Democratic Front (NDF).
As a way of saying that the insurgency cannot prosper, the government announces that the armed component of the insurgency has dwindled drastically and that timetables are always given for the insurgency’s demise.