Dutch government fascist?

Oh, come on Ka Bel.

I know the Netherlands to be one of the most democratic, one of the most liberal in the world that is why communist leaders prefer to hide there than in the mountains of Samar or Quezon.

Just because one of them got arrested, the Dutch government is now labeled “fascist!”

Hmm … I disagree.

(The Netherlands ranked 3rd in the world democratic index; the US 17th, and the Philippines 63rd. North Korea where Filipino communists sought links in the past is at the bottom at 167th.)

AP Photo featured at the Manila Standard Today (August 30)

(7:45 a.m.)

Culture of peace

This move is long overdue.

Given the culture of violence in our society, peace education among our children in school is a must.

AFRIM where I sit as board member since the 1980s has piloted peace education in several schools in Davao City.

A consortium of government and civil society groups are now mainstreaming peace education to help build a culture of peace in Mindanao.

While my friend Congressman Vince Garcia of the city’s 2nd district wants to promote peace building through our society’s basic unit – the family.

(6:08 a.m.)

Smart words

This was forwarded to me through email:

“What do these words have in common….

Give this PLENTY of thought, and don’t cheat!

I am only sending this to my smart friends. I couldn’t figure it out till I saw the answers, so see if you can figure out what these words have in common … ??








Are You Peeking Or Have You Already Given Up?

Give It Another Try….

You’ll kick yourself when you discover the answer. Go back and look at them again. Think hard.

OK… Here You Go.. Hope You Didn’t Cheat. This Is Cool!!

Answer . . . .

In all of the words listed, if you take the first letter, place it at the end of the word, and then spell the word backwards, it will be the same word!!! Told ya it was cool!

Did you figure it out? Yeah, me, neither.”

(6:48 a.m.)

Joma Sison

The arrest of communist leader Joma Sison in the Netherlands has revived interests in the Plaza Miranda bombing in 1971 which led to martial law in the country for the next 15 years.

Sison, taken into custody for the murders of his former comrades, is also being tagged as the brains of the infamous bombing.

One of the surviving victims of the bombing of the Liberal Party rally – former Senate President Jovito Salonga – “could have been the greatest president we never had.

500% hike in airport fee

I just drafted a Resolution for consideration at the City Council session today regarding the increase in the airport terminal fee at the Davao (Bangoy) International Airport.

From Forty Pesos (P 40.00), the Department of Transportation & Communication has mandated the increase to Two Hundred Pesos (P 200.00) or 500 % hike starting today.

This is a clear added burden on passengers and a dis-incentive for travel, which is being promoted by the government.

Since the opening of the new airport in 2003, I have been saying all along that the blame for the failure of the government to attract more airlines to serve the airport would be passed on to consumers.

Well, here it is. Because no new airlines have come to Davao, therefore, no added revenue for the airport, they now bleed the passengers dry with this airport fee increase.

(6:28 a.m.)

Voices in Congress

There’s so much noise lately about the so-called Mindanao bloc of solons in the House. But most of these I heard were about money, money, money for the island region.

I really do not know if the funds they seek are for the people or for themselves.

Here is a “gentle – if not melodious” voice in Congress that appears to have a much better advocacy. The Ilongo bloc and their attempts to craft a law to lower the costs of medicines.

(2:54 a.m.)


The census taker of the on-going population count in the country has finally arrived in our house last Saturday.

I checked the census form and I immediately reacted to an error in it. It placed Davao City under the Province of Davao del Sur.

Davao City was chartered in 1936 and it is very much older than the province which was created only in 1967 when the old Davao Province was divided into three. The two other provinces were Davao Oriental and Davao del Norte. The latter was also subsequently split into Davao Province and Compostela Valley.

Davao City is a highly-urbanized local government unit similar to many cities in Metro Manila and is not under or a component city of any province.

Unless this error is immediately corrected, the current efforts to gather new statistics would be flawed, to say the least, as it lumps together the data of the city with that of Davao del Sur.

(6:41 a.m)