Strike out

Those praying for divine intervention to oust the Malacanang occupant via the Catholic bishops should seek guidance from somewhere else.

For the third time, the bishops are a big disappointment to them.

First, at the height of the Hello Garci election fraud in 2005, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines did not support calls for GMA’s ouster.

Second, at the height of renewed calls to open up the Hello Garci scandal in the wake of the 2007 elections, the CBCP again refused to support such move preferring to help hide the truth.

And now, for a 0-3 at the bat, the CBCP once more rejected calls for GMA to resign amid the NBN-ZTE multibillion scandal.

I say change in this country lies in peoples’, not in bishops’, hands.

Amen.

(5:40 a.m.)

Playing God

That’s the whole trouble of playing God.

When one takes the life of another, can a mere apology bring back the life of the victim? Will the New People’s Army saying “we’re sorry for killing Vicente Ferrazini” be enough?

Something is truly fundamentally wrong when rebels claim they wage a so-called “just revolutionary war” yet targets unarmed civilians.

No, your apology is not accepted.

(6:50 a.m.)

3rd in the World

This is another slap on the face of Save Our Skies (SOS) coalition which is opposing the entry of foreign air carriers in the country via the “open skies” regime. SOS raises the bogey that this would kill the domestic airlines.

Well, here’s another proof that SOS is lying like the Palace occupant.

The Philippines ranked 3rd in the world in air travel growth after India and Mexico. Our No. 1 airline Cebu Pacific recorded a whooping 47 percent growth rate. And this happened in spite of four years already of the Clark experiment on “open skies.”

Proves once more that the fears of SOS are unfounded.

See related posts under “Open Skies

(6:20 a.m.)

Topnotchers

Cheers to three schools in Davao for producing more topnotchers in the recent nursing board exams, namely:

No. 3 – Joanna Kaye Binoya Remolar – San Pedro College;

No. 4 – Neil Nino Sugitarios Navarra – San Pedro College;

No. 6 – Richard Baguio Saavedra – Ateneo de Davao University;

No. 7 – Cristine Valen Mendez – Davao Doctor’s College;

No. 9 – Ayn Portia De Luna Galamgam – San Pedro College; and

No. 9 – Mary Lenin Pepito Talisic – San Pedro College

(7:40 a.m.)

People power fatigue?

Protest actions are in fashion again these days with renewed calls for the Malacanang Palace occupant to quit over rampant corruption scandals in government.

For the first time since I became an activist since high school, I am not taking an active part in these recent mass actions.

I fully concur with Akbayan that this fresh crisis calls for system, rather than just personality, change. What our nation need, and very badly, is a thoroughgoing system reform. Changing leaders at the top would not have a dent at all as shown by our experiences since Edsa 1 and 2. We had new leaders in Cory instead of Marcos, and Gloria instead of Erap but nothing changed because the system that breeds corruption remained.

Am I one of those afflicted with “people power fatigue?”

Well, I am actually busy building rooms for my children, and I strongly feel that this work is much more important that raising my fist again.

(7:12 a.m.)

Erratic signal

I am having erratic internet signal in my house which explains my erratic postings. I cannot access my mails too because of this problem. I apologize to those who are expecting me to reply to their emails.

In fact, I wrote the previous post on Ambassador Kenney’s visit to a MILF camp last Tuesday yet but I can only post it today due to the same weak signal.

My wife is mulling to cut this PLDT DSL connection. We are paying for a broadband service and gets slower than dial up if, luckily, there is one at all.

Hohum.

(5:02 a.m.)

Defiant diplomat

The ink on the most recent US travel warning to the country’s troubled south had hardly dried up when no less than its top official here defied it.

Ambassador Kristie Kenney went last weekend into the “lion’s den.” Thus, she became the first US top official to ever visit Moro separatists at its stronghold in Shariff Kabunsuan in Mindanao.

The visit was “private” yet the diplomat urged leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, blamed for many violent incidents in the south, to resume peace talks with the Manila government.

Her visit proves that it is safe to travel to even the most “feared areas” in the Moro heartland.

I say those officials at the US State Department issuing travel advisories should go back to their drawing boards. Their envoy here is one of the frequent travelers to Mindanao.

Incidentally, this Indonesian consul feels safer in Davao and Mindanao than in Jakarta, Los Angeles or New York.