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    If all your life you have always aspired and you think the one on top is no good, you must think again. Maybe you are no better. Or maybe you look worse!.. Or, why not think God. You're good but he loves you. You could end up that egotist stooge you hate in the mirror.
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Everybody Is an Aspiring Zookeeper.

CIA suspects Russia’s President Putin to have Asperger’s syndrome. I put a comment in there. I find the matter interesting, being part of a more interesting subject which is human characteristics, social and human natural, so that I decided to make a post about it.

Everybody is a jail warden. Everybody is a zookeeper. People should be good.

What’s that? A good warden lets people out in the yard for relaxation and play. He should know when and who to let out, and when and who to lock in.

Now, everyone is doing that to all the characters in him, he is aware of it or not. One will be surprised he has Hitler to Pope Francis inside in him. Each person is a complete jungle of characters within himself.

Hitler and Pope Francis

Lifted from Google search: Hitler, Pope Francis. Arranged by RLTJ’s

Human characteristics are generally universal. Sure, they vary in degree, from person to person. And the differentials make the thing called Personality. Other wise, humans are all boringly the same – they all can be tickled, pleased, irritated, angered, what else.

Sometimes Hitler might be good let out when Pope Francis might be good suppressed in, or the other way around. It’s a matter of doing the right thing in the right time.

That is why Solomon is considered as the icon for most gifted. Wisdom is deemed the greatest of all virtues.

There are differences between the real world and the world of virtual reality or that which exists only in the mind, though. In the real world, characters to mean persons, can die. In virtual reality, they cannot be killed. The most unwanted of them are always there, only shackled, arrested, held in a dungeon sit for life. Because nobody wants them out. Ooh, Sometimes they do escape a warden.

This post has nothing really particular to Vladimir Putin. In fact, we all have him inside each one of us. When we get irritated we all react the same. :-)

This Ought to Be a really Real New Year

Hi friends,

Its January 14, 2015 and I still do not know what to say in my site. This ought to be a really real new year, I keep telling myself that. I have no idea. I mean, there are many things I want to write but I feel they’re all fragmented.

OK, here is something that really amused my morning. I was reviewing world current events… it’s mostly about Paris attack by alleged Muslim extremists, when I stumbled on it.

It is a picture of a man under arrest. No, it is not a failed suicide bombing attempt. It is not what I thought it was. Guess what it is all about. :-) 150113162342-china-iphone-crop-large-169

But, why ‘really real’ to new year? As we all know, every year that comes is new and they  are all real.

What I meant is, every year that came seems to be the same. This year ought to be different. Also, I hope this year would be happier, or happy if it has not been.

Its 2015!

The Quick Fox and the Lazy Dog

This article has been published in this site, in the Posts section, before. Because of some critical issues, I decided to re-post the article, this time in the Page section. Posts are syndicated while Pages are each stand-alone.

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Push and shove in the South China Sea. Lifted from Google search: chinese warship/philippine warship [Picture is of old decommissioned vessel scuttled by the Philippines in the Spratleys]

The issue is: Should media journalism be pushing for any political cause? I have always maintained that the answer is NO. That the rule of journalism is to push for the truth. That truths and facts are almost one and the same. Click for the full article >>

New Year!

It’s  2014 !

We’ve got a new year!  Thanks be to God, you and me made it this far! And we thank God as well for the year that was, good or bad.

About The Title

It was supposed to say “Happy New Year!”

Lifted from Google search: typhoon yolanda

Merry in “merry Christmas”, and Happy added to “new year” were reserved words for people I knew had had merry and happy celebrations.

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And the dead, many remained unclaimed and uncollected after a month, stank. Lifted from Google search

December this year for Filipinos, was total destruction of the Waray provinces by super typhoon Yolanda. Thirty-six thousand [36,000] casualties might be one over-bloated estimate. Sixteen thousand [16,000] casualties might be one too many than authorities have counted and listed.

Around 10,000 people died or missing, leaving a sea of homeless people.

Happy? You’re nuts!

Classroom Backlog, Rice Importation, Final Peace in Mindanao

Widely varied matters all-in-one that might appear one weird composition. Again and again we have been feed good news about them.

And every time, I can’t help it, I might appear rude in my reactions, but I feel I am being feed preposterous information that I wish are true. I sense distortion, I sense deception – the common denominators.

Classroom, rice shortage gone by 2013

But that’s what they are – wishful thinking at least, which makes them ridiculous.  The most revolting side of it is that we are getting them from people who are supposed to be telling no-nonsense. Skip the craps, this government can survive without it hoodwinking the people.

Classroom backlog: I am a product of public school. Lack of classrooms in our public schools has always been a problem since my time. And that has been since more than 50 years ago. The problem is more acute today than in my days. In my time there were average of 45 pupils per room, whole day [morning and afternoon] session for one class.  Today it’s something like 70 pupils per room at start of school year, to taper down as time progresses due to drop-outs, two or three shifts [classes] per classroom, per teacher, per day. Common in urban areas and lesser or better as we look farther in the countryside. Out there the problems concerning education are a bit different. Like, some places need schools  and teachers where there is none.

And it would be wrong to assume that all the public school administrators that came and went, never thought of putting an end to that. To say it simply, I think the problem is money. The Philippines is not rich to slash dead the problem in a single stroke. Government needs to deliver many other [legitimate] services, and funds can only be allocated and divided, meager and inadequately it will seem, for each of all those needs. Any allegation of neglect in there appears nothing but politics and political squabble, actually. Who of all the administrators who came and went never dreamed of being hailed a hero?  Nobody. OK, maybe priority is an issue. Sure,  sound priority makes some difference. But I don’t think that the difference can be considered revolutionary in regard to the scope of the problem. Indeed notable improvement in there could be awesome.

The Philippine public school system is no place to talk about success. I know how parents feel in there. I have 7 children who went through there. Those who capitalized on the public education system for higher positions did not win elections: Secretary Raul S. Roco for President and former Senator Teresa Aquino Oreta for re-election.

OK, there must be an end to this problem. But looking at present government resources and needs, I don’t think we will see that happening in President Benigno Simeon Aquino’s time. The problem appears perennial that could be marginalized to its barest minimum. Again, I don’t think that it is possible under the present administration without putting itself into a very difficult situation.

Like, one solution being tried with the private sector right now, as reported, which is Build and Lease – is actually a dig deeper into a hole dug for the taxpayers. We are dealing there with debt, interest and rent, charged on the Filipino people. And it is not good news like they make it appear. It is a bitter pill forced on the people hoping it will do them better in the end.

Another is for government to push for more revenues. Former President Gloria Arroyo was criticized and attacked for pushing Value added taxation [VAT] from 10 percent to 20 percent. The present administration not only maintained them, it actually pushed for more like the added hundred percent [increased] taxation called “Sin tax” on consumer products like cigarettes and alcoholic drinks. No, my figure may not be real. But “sin tax” has caused consumer products like cigarettes to sell double the cost they used to be at the retail end, as a result.

While the authors of this “sin tax ” can praise themselves as progressives, I think the nation is actually reeling back in its push forward. We are killing there industries and jobs at a time when we need more of them. More industries and jobs can also mean more revenues.

Done is done. I think Filipinos prefer to hear sympathy instead, something not in the vocabulary of much-disliked-ex-President Gloria M. Arroyo, rarely heard in her State of the nation addresses. Personally, I rated her as the most egotistic president who went in this republic, for anybody to grab that title from her.

Rice self-sufficiency

Ancient Rice Terraces, Philippines

The Banaue rice terraces, Mountain Province, Philippines. Lifted from Google search: riceland philippines.

Department of Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap, in the time of President Arroyo assured rice self-sufficiency for the Philippines starting 2010. Where does that put him now that we are 2013?  So we see, what works in paper does not always work in the real world. And sad to say, sometimes we get to see technocrats who seem do not know what they are talking about.

Now Filipinos are being told that we are soon to become a rice exporter country. Indeed, rice produced in the Philippines to be shipped out will qualify as “export”. But in the situation where the country is a traditional net importer of rice, I think the nearest description is plunder of Philippine resources by foreigners. Like, when foreign nationals invest in rice production, clouted under assistance or cooperation, or disguised as local capital and the product is shipped out when there is shortage of rice in the Philippines.  Chinese capitals for one have been investing significantly in rice production in the Philippines. No, nationality behind investment in agriculture is not really an issue. There are government regulations regarding foreign ownership in the country, if anybody would like to make an issue of them. It is the shortage of rice in the Philippines that is the issue.

I remember during the rice crisis of 1972, local government units were empowered to restrict or regulate movement of rice in their municipalities.

I think Filipinos need to review their values of  bad and good. OK, lets upgrade that to good and better. Like, it is good that our neighbors from Malaysia, China, Taiwan and Korea are buying out the Filipinos. But is not it better if it is the Filipinos who are buying into Malaysia, China, Taiwan and Korea? So we see that the Filipinos are not really better than their neighbors, for them to prate anything about when it comes to the economy.

But we are going a-side, where were we… ah, the awesome great leap from being a rice importer to becoming a rice exporter country just around the corner for the Filipinos.

Malacañang has announced a drastic drop in rice importation by the National Foods Authority this year. No, there is no revolutionary leap in rice production if that was the impression.

The [projected] importation by NFA this year will be an impressive drop from previous figures due to “over importation” by National Foods Authority [NFA] done last year. Or, the buffer stock of the NFA has been considered a glut. Importation can only be approximated because typhoons and drought conditions that are among the causes to them cannot accurately be predicted.

I really feel this “rice exporter” talks is mental conditioning and  a pa-consuelo de bobo for Juan dela Cruz while he is being plundered – my nearest word of choice, when that happensThis dashing convergence of bigger-than-reality good news could not be by chance.

Preposterous issues like in the world of showbiz do not really work. They affect more the people engaging them than their intended audience – the masses, actually. Like, should Presidential sister Chris Aquino be endorsing political candidates for the May 2013 election? Remembering her as a Presidential problem-daughter, and also looking at people around me, I think she has more dislikes than likes, to even be endorsing anything.

The Philippine entertainment world is a different world by itself. It is a syndicated world with its own established order. What their mafias in there think become their reality. They affect little the world of politics.

In politics, leaders stay because masses see no better. And masses know better when they see them. Oh, OK, this is a free country, anybody has the right to campaign for, or even against anybody.

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Killing a myth. Endorsers of Sen Manny Villar for President in 2010 election, clockwise top to bottom: Willie Revillame, Manny Pacquiao and Dolphy. Politics has its own rules. One, people are sold by their own merits and not really of who are selling them.
Lifted from Google search: willie revillame, manny pacquiao, dolphy. Pictures arranged by rltjs.

If the trend lives on, tomorrow’s elections might even be costlier for candidates as expenses could include endorsement by big names –  a becoming must-spend-for by those seeking elective public office. Talents and their handlers cost.  It is business, and nothing is free – binabayaran ng pera kung di utang na loob.

But we are going a-side, where were we… ah, 10 tons average harvest, per hectare, for Filipinos. The Philippines is not in the Mekong or in the Yangtze for a 10 metric-tons-per-hectare large-scale projection, to douse the over-expectations and the hope of becoming a rice exporter country. A harvest of one kg of rice is achievable in one square meter experimental plot. It means, a hectare which is 10,000 square meters, could produce 10 tons per harvest or 30 tons in a three-crops year. Ten tons per hectare,  times area,  times three, works only in paper.

Where 3 cropping is possible, 15 tons per hectare per year is achievable. That has been the Filipino computation. But considering upland and rain-fed rice-lands, and considering Philippine weather or seasons, the total national  average in rice production is way, way down 100 cavans, or 5 tons per hectare. And that is per year and not per harvest. That’s about Philippine reality at present.

There has been an anti-landlord culture in the country that has discouraged large-scale agriculture by Filipinos, actually, adding to the situation. You can thank the Maoist revolutionaries for that if you think it is good. But I think they need to update their politics to be in the mainstream. Three quarters century has brought many changes to the Philippine and world political landscapes.

Anyway, I think we have a prospect of free trade coming into heads with national food security – the looming issue.

Bangsamoro Entity – the so-called Final Peace in Mindanao

“Final Peace” is too big a phrase to use and  it is actually baseless at this point in time.

Secession, like any rebellion, has its own bases that determine it. Say, poverty. Say, government neglect. Whatever, there is social-political-economic discontent by a people for their government. Discontent becomes dissension that in turn further develops to organized armed rebellion.

Eliminate all those causes and rebellion will be floating on air with nothing to stand on. That would be next to lasting peace.  But the situation is far from that.

Moreover, the Mindanao conflict is quite complicated than that. Add in there Bangsamoro nationalism and religious Islamism and that would be more like it – the Mindanao war.

In 2007, President Gloria M. Arroyo actually announced the end to Moro Secession and NPA rebellion by year 2010. Well, if she knew what she was talking about, as we are now 2013.

Right now we have a ceasefire or cessation of hostilities – peace that is good while it lasts, between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front  and the Philippine government.

The Bangsamoro Entity to replace ARMM:  MILF to govern a [Moro nation] within the folds of the Republic of the Philippines. It has to be real, genuine and never token, or else the romance and honeymoon between rebels and this administration, like with the ARMM under the MNLF, will come to an early end.  Philippine government must deliver the agreement, which is a contradiction with itself.

It smells like Federalism between the Bangsamoro and the Philippines but it cannot be a federal form of government that Malacañang is creating over there since it has no power to do that over the Constitutions. Chief architect for the Mindanao peace process, Marvic Leonen, who negotiated this Bangsamoro Entity for Philippine government, and who has since there been promoted as one of the justices of the Supreme Court, surely would assure us more on that.

Bangsamoro Entity is bringing us just a step away to “Final” peace? Come on, give us a break, that’s another crap. It is just another name for ARMM which was a failure in the views of Muslim rebels. Frankly, I see Bangsamoro Entity more in the side of Moro independence should it veer that way. For one thing, it brought cognizance to Bangsamoro as a different people or nation giving it an international legal personality. Bangsamoro means Moro nation. The mere word alone serves as a concrete divide between the Moros  and all other Filipinos.

I am of western Visayas. Ilonggos do not call themselves as BanwangIlonggo. They are comfortable being Filipinos, co-equal rightful owners of what is entire Philippines.

I think anything that divides any Philippine tribe with the rest of the Filipino nation, which cannot be reconciled, should be pulled down, dismantled, or eliminated.

Probably, a little near to “Final peace” in Mindanao is when or if the Moro rebels will cease to see themselves as a different nation fighting for a different state. That has not been easy, though we see progress,  as it is very deeply rooted in their culture. The lingering animosity between ethnic groups comprising Bangsamoro and all the others that make up the Philippines stretches back since Spanish colonization of the archipelago in the 16th century, or probably even before that in old Borneo.

Or, if Republic of the Philippines will surrender part of its territory to this Bangsamoro.

We don’t see any of that, or any of that happening soon, to expect that kind of peace.

The CJ Got Looped

Finally it is over. The chief justice of the Philippine Supreme Court was finally impeached by the Philippine Senate today. He was impeached for failing to include in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net-worth [SAL-N]  his Dollar-bank account with some “substantial” amount deposited in it .

It can be put differently. That the CJ was impeached for his wrong personal interpretation of a law. He says he is free not to include his dollar account in his SAL-Ns as it is covered by the Bank Secrecy law.

They are culpable violation of the constitutions and betrayal of public trust, the Senate ruled.

The chief justice of the supreme court, Renato Corona. Lifted from Google search: Renato corona.

I have not really been following up the impeachment case, the local news actually, after a couple of weeks that it started, except in some instances.

As I remember it then,  the lower House of Congress has impeached the Chief Justice for non-disclosure to the public of his SAL-N, among other articles. The other articles were laid aside in the Senate later. They were about the Chief Justice charged by the lower house for acts, acts that to them are questionable, which  were actually acts of the Supreme Court and not acts of one person. One article questioned the manner the  CJ voted  in the SC, which is his freedom of prerogative.

But impeachment is what it is  – a political exercise. What is needed is numbers. Getting enough  votes, the resolution becomes an act of Congress or of the Senate. The act is legal and apparently cannot be questioned.  Articles for impeachment, as demonstrated, may be mere formality. It’s been unlike in ordinary courts of law where a fiscal’s office determines prima facie evidence first before the case can be elevated to court. That ought to be the role of the lower house of congress in impeachment cases, are they not? In principle, they ought to be. The lower house has thrown out a case once, for lack of substance. But in practice, as we just saw, they don’t always do.

An impeachment is more of a one way street. They have always gone naturally in favor of Malacañang. There is a long story to that, but we are going a side.

When the Senate received the case from the lower house, it appeared that the CJ has been complying with the filing and submission of his SAL-Ns.  It is the Supreme Court that ruled on non-disclosure of SAL-Ns unless a request for copy is approved by the Supreme Court.  And that ruling has been there since before Corona became chief. Technically, Justice Corona has been disclosing his SAL-Ns to the public. SAL-Ns are public property. They are public documents under the care of government.

It should be noted that until the Senate subpoenaed the clerk of court for copies of the SAL-Ns, prosecutors did not have anything real to possibly base any argument. Later, when the SAL-Ns became open matter in the impeachment court, I remember the issue shifted from non-disclosure of SAL-N to non-inclusion of properties in the SAL-Ns. And next instances they were arguing about bank accounts allegedly not disclosed or included in the SAL-Ns. But the indignant part of them is that those kind of information ought to appear in court only upon order or subpoena of appropriate court.

Obviously, the prosecutors under Congressman Neil Tupas started their moves with the assumption that nobody is perfect.  Lahat na tao kung hahanapan ng butas, ay may butas. They had almost limitless resources and boundless means behind them, for that.

It is obvious by the shoddy work of Congress that the strategy was simply to pass an impeachment resolution that could be rammed against the CJ by rule of numbers in the Senate. The congressman from Ilo-ilo can celebrate their victory but I think he took most of the dirt upon his face than he came out handsomer.

I have watched the Senate in TV when the verdict was read. I stayed until Senator Enrile was finished. I think only he made sense…non-disclosure of “substantial amount”  in the SAL -N, was that the right phrase? The other speakers sounded more like hot rhetoric meant for the consumption of a hungry mob. They were saying that they are clean, in different words, is my summary of them. Fine.

“Substantial amount”. That is interesting.  Because I am dead-sure 100% of people there in the impeachment court did not file a perfect SAL-N. Given all resources I can prove that. But right now you can call my idea a rotten fish because it is a conclusion I made before the facts.

The Senate president has steered the impeachment court past its difficult times.

CJ Corona must be ousted. That is my impression of it since the beginning. I guess he got tangled. And the irony of it all now is that prosecution is nowhere near proving that the impeached Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court stole a peso from the Filipino people, much more a plunderer that prosecution propaganda has successfully painted  him.

Now, that settles it. Ang buhay ay weather-weather langWhat the President wants, the President gets – that is  where former  President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was for 9 long years, except in the case of the MOA-AD. She was the most unpopular President that went in this republic.  And for one who appeared to be  in full control of the state I guess that’s how she became the fertilizer scam, the ZTE-NBN anomalous deal, the executioner of  800 or more victims of human rights violations. Amen.

The big problem of CJ Corona is that he happened to be the former President’s appointee and her former associate.

Personally, I think the President was rid of some protection, which he saw was thorn in his side, in the person of justice Corona. But that is a long story and it looks like the President knows best his own business for himself.

OK, now, with no one in the way, maybe Filipinos can move forward and be brought out of the quagmires they’ve been in.  But maybe next time, before any talk of any removal from office, a public official should be tried of direct violation. And once proven of offense that will constitute  say, treason,  they can be removed for culpable violation of the constitution based on that. That simplifies matter. Like, say, instead of trying to impeach PGMA for betrayal of public trust based on the “fertilizer scam”, why had not they proven first that there was a fertilizer scam which will constitute betrayal of public trust. More than half a decade later, Filipinos are not even sure if there was indeed that scam or not.

A special investigation and a conclusive report by Congress could perform a preliminary work of establishing facts. That in turn may provide something undeniably solid for further actions.

An allegation based on another un-established allegation is actually crazy. It is speculative. When acts that constitute culpable violation of the constitutions and or betrayal of public trust appear clear enough, then I guess that justifies filing them outright.

Otherwise it might also be wasting everybody’s time. Because arguments will be whether or not there was a violation that spells to say treason, anyway, so why should not people limit to direct violations, first? Congress and Senate have lots of important things to do. In the case of this impeachment, constrained by time, Senate had been rigid with the time frame. There is a negative side to that if everybody is talking about justice.  Bitin ang maraming Filipino sa katotohanan.

In politics, crazy things can happen. As we have seen, the lower house impeached the Chief Justice, among other things for always voting in favor of then President Gloria Arroyo. Not only the allegation proved untrue but there is also no law that says he cannot vote in favor of what the President of the Republic of the Philippines stood for. If it was a case filed in the fiscal’s office, the case might have been dismissed. Because while in the lower house of Congress “nondisclosure” of SAL-N  would have proven baseless. The CJ has a case of bad luck. What started to be ridiculous and speculative ended in his conviction. Still, I think impeachment needs refinement.

Impeached for an erroneous interpretation of a law, that sounds funny. That could not be a violation of the constitutions and by laws. Or else everybody who loses a case in court can automatically be called a criminal. A betrayal of public trust, well, maybe it can be squeezed into that. I think, Lawyer – International judge – Senator Miriam Santiago, said it better. In another time, this could have probably called for no serious than warning or reprimand.

They cannot even charge him now of direct offense, real or imagined. Because chances are he might be acquitted. And if that happens, it will appear that he was impeached over nothing.

And to the many of the  blood thirsty mobs in  the streets, probably it was just a case of plunderers killing one of their kind for sacrifice. And the mob’s lust for blood is insatiable; so, who’s gonna be their next food, folks?

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