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Thursday, December 11th, 2008

I read with a heavy heart today’s youngblood article by Tamara Dominado (”What’s there to fear?”, PDI, 12/11/08) whose mother Maria Luisa Posa-Dominado, a Bayan Muna leader, was abducted in April 2007.

I feel for her, and all other children who have had the ultimate misfortune of having to live such a significant amount of time motherless, but hers is a pain so extreme I couldn’t even begin to wrap my head around it.

And I quote:

Whoever did this to my mom and “tito” [uncle] and countless others should be ashamed of themselves. They don’t need a 15-year-old to tell them that what they did was wrong. Will they tell me that what they did was for the good of the nation? I cannot see any good in abducting innocent people who are helping others.

Couldn’t have said it better.

should you support the reproductive health bill?

Friday, October 17th, 2008

I wrote with utmost joy on the latest survey findings from the Social Weather Stations, which said that majority of Filipinos are in favor of passing the controversial Reproductive Health and Population Development Act of 2008 (HB No. 5043).

The survey can be read in full at, but to summarize, it found that around seven in every 10 adult Filipinos said they favored the passage of the RH bill (71 percent), and about three in every four (76 percent) agreeing with the statement, “There should be a law that requires government to teach family planning to the youth.”

Quoting SWS: “Support for both family planning education and for passage of the RH Bill is very high among both Catholics and non-Catholics. Regularity of church-going and trust in the Catholic church have no effect on support for the RH bill.”

The survey was conducted from Sept. 24 to Sept. 27 this year. It used face-to-face interviews a total of 1,500 respondents (even more than the usual 1,200 respondents in other surveys from SWS). It had a margin of error of plus-minus 2.5 percentage points. (Unfortunately, this vital paragraph was cut from my story that came out this morning in the paper for lack of space.)

Of course, surveys are surveys, and people have varied opinions as to how to view survey results. Some people use favorable survey results to further their causes, and I am doing exactly that - this time, to bat for the passage of the Reproductive Health bill.

Ayway, I would like to finally tackle THAT ad from a well-known group actively campaigning against the passage of the RH bill. I have nothing personal against their group, but I have noticed the horrible and misleading angle in which their ad has been cast. I’m sure you’ve seen it in a major broadsheet. It’s in the form of a checklist.


casualties of war

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Bilib talaga ako kay Jiggy Manicad at sa tapang niya sa mga ganitong tipo ng coverage. Sukat bang dapat magcocover ka lang ng eleksyon, pero instead e naipit ka sa giyera. Ang tibay at ang tapang.

Bukod pa diyan, nakapag-file pa siya ng istoryang nakakagalit talaga: yung pagkamatay ni Marine Cpl. Angelo Abeto. (basa dito: TV reporter recounts 4-hour dying of a Marine corporal)


Manicad found himself witnessing the agony of the severely wounded Marine Cpl. Angelo Abeto, begging for a “medivac” as he lay bleeding for four long hours.

No Philippine Air Force (PAF) helicopter arrived to evacuate Abeto and three other wounded Marines and a militiaman, Manicad said. …

“We learned that on the way to Zamboanga, Corporal Abeto died,” Manicad said on the phone from Lamitan, Basilan.

The way he saw it, the Marine, who was hit by shrapnel from mortar fire, had bled to death.

“His whole body was already pale when I saw him lying on the gurney at the Marines camp. He kept on shouting, ‘Ang sakit na ng ulo ko! Hindi ako makahinga! (I have such a headache! I can’t breathe!) Medivac! Medivac!’” Manicad recounted.

Four of Abeto’s fellow soldiers stayed by his side, rallying him to hang on and fight for his life.

Manicad said he had heard a number of Marines complain that military choppers were immediately available when generals needed them but that it was often a futile wait for wounded soldiers.

On the phone, however, Marine Lt. Gen. Nelson Allaga, chief of the AFP Western Mindanao Command, denied that Abeto had died from loss of blood and that the PAF had not sent choppers to Tipo-Tipo.

“[Abeto] did not die because of loss of blood. He was hit in the head and back. He was seriously wounded,” Allaga told the Inquirer. Quoting military doctors, he said Abeto would not have survived his injuries.

(emphasis mine)

tapos na ang eleksyon sa ARMM – abangan ko na lang kwento ni jobert. pero mukhang mahaba-haba pang usapan ang Bangsamoro, lalo na’t mukhang madadagdagan ito ng ugong ng Cha-cha. Hayyyyy. Sana may magandang balita ang Olympics para masaya naman.

communion and options

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Caught an interesting replay of “Straight Talk” on ANC, a show hosted by Pia Hontiveros, the other day. The topic of the debate: The controversial reproductive health bill. Her panel of guests featured Rep. Janette Garin of Iloilo, who solely defended the bill against a representative from the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines and former BIR head Liwayway Vinzons Chato.

Things came to a head earlier this week when a bishop announced that solons who endorsed the bill should not be given communion because supporting the bill was immoral because it endorsed abortion. Garin, a medical doctor by profession, reiterated that the bill also condemns abortion and that the use of contraceptives was not equivalent to abortion.

Of course, we all know the Catholic Church has always opposed artificial methods such as the use of condoms and pills, among others. The government, despite the supposed separation of Church and State enshrined in the Constitution, has refused to take a progressive stance on population control.

What is even more shocking is the fact that, apparently, the Church believes that the Philippine population is actually decreasing, thus there is no need for population control, much less family planning. I regret not having taken out my phone for a quick picture; I really should have taken a screen grab of that quote when it was flashed on ANC the other day.


i saw this coming from day one

Friday, March 28th, 2008

sorry mr gorrell, but the Newsbreak article interviewing legal experts on their opinion whether the contents of your blog are libelous or not is in itself not libelous. (erroneous perhaps, but not libelous — wala, ate carla, mabuhay ka!) i think ms fonbuena here did us great service by writing this.

at the outset, i’ve been worried whether gorrell’s blog, dubbed by many as a v.close-to-home version of gossip girl, would eventually lead to the expansion of the libel law to cover cyberspace — considering the “size” of the people involved and allegedly maligned. of course, this is a scary possibility that would probably change the face of internet usage in the country. kudos to tere for thinking about the other forms of expression that might be curtailed in the event of filing a libel case on cyberspace slurs — and winning. talk about setting a precedent. thank goodness she was smart enough to think of the possibilities of unintended precedents. :)

good luck na lang mr gorrell. i hope you get your money back, i sincerely do, but i hope you keep these people who are just doing their jobs out of your blog. k?

supreme court votes 9-6 to uphold neri’s petition

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

mahabang kwento kaya quote na lang galing sa dissenting opinion ni chief justice puno:

When there is abuse of power by any of the branches, there is no victor, for a distortion of power works to the detriment of the whole government, which is constitutionally designed to function as an organic whole.


buong dissenting opinion dito.

the long and winding valentine’s post

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

first off, hope you all had a fantabulous valentine’s day celeb, single or no :)

spent better part of last night/early morning at the University Student Council-sponsored Friday edition of this year’s (centennial) UP Fair. less than stellar band line up, i admit, but nothing beats Sunken Garden grass and the company of friends, old and new. feels a lot like coming home =)

it’s overwhelming actually, walking around the booths, inhaling all that is familiar - the mixed scents of grass, cigarettes and isaw and other inihaws everywhere - and getting all these calls and hugs from people i once knew. old friends and orgmates i hadn’t seen in a while, hugged in a while. it’s absolutely amazing. (”ate kate?” my girlfriend would rib me every now and then. what could i do, they were kids once, you know.) trust the UP fair to be a somewhat venue for catching up. heh. plus: PERYA! haha.


and the race is on

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008


talk about presidential races is EVERYWHERE. so hillary wins in new hampshire after losing to obama in iowa. so chuck norris is supporting a republican. so erap is thinking of running for president.

small news compared to this.

pare sagot ko na campaign materials mo online. yung tipong di na lalaban pa si obama o hillary sayo.


cois sa 2010


patikim pa lang yan.

and now, for your news roundup

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

i don’t have enough time to write something pretty about this heartbreak, now that Dulce Saguisag has been laid to rest, and her husband of almost half a century was not even well enough to take a look at her one last time. the report on her final rites brought tears to my eyes. (kamusta naman yun mga mareng alli at tarra, diba? hagulgulan nation, come on) hits way too close to home, i suppose.

as their eldest son, rebo, put it: why do bad things happen to good people? makes me wonder too. i was 12 when i delivered my mother’s eulogy ten years ago. can’t remember what i said, everything was kind of hazy. i wish i had the foresight to keep that paper i had written it on.


and now for this: We’re not gay -Sam and Piolo.

okay. suppose it’s true. suppose sam and piolo *are* straight. then the fact that they have been accused wrongly of something may perhaps justify the libel charge against lolit solis.

here’s the thing that bothers me though. when people go about accusing other people of being geniuses, for example — even if they really weren’t — would anybody bother filing a libel case, granted that this was technically a wrong accusation? of course not.

which brings me to another thing that bothers me - why is being labeled gay automatically taken as a negative imputation of sorts? i mean, eto na lang eh, i think i’d really have high respect for a public figure who would openly admit to homosexuality. seriously. aminin na lang kasi para wala nang intriga, igagalang pa kita.

you are all the air around me

Friday, November 9th, 2007

Or, alternatively, the art of (not) holding back

Rene Saguisag’s wife died yesterday. It was a car accident. It was dark because that’s how the wee hours of the morning are, and then there was a truck. They had just come from a night of dancing. The impact killed Dulce Saguisag on the spot. At the time of writing, the former senator is still in the hospital.

I can’t help but wonder, how does one live after surviving alone from such tragedy? I remember Carlo Cruz, whose wife died in last month’s Glorietta 2 blast. I remember reading the email he sent that e-group to inform them that his wife had been one of the fatalities. I remember him writing his many “I should have’s.” The thing left tears in my eyes and a billion questions in my head.

I wonder how they spent their last mornings together. Was it better they did not know it was ending that day, that night? Or would they have preferred to have had at least a clue?

How does one live after being with someone for so long, and then having to wake up one day without that person?