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Aftermath, One Small Step That Never Was

Eight tourists from Hong Kong lay dead or were fatally shot by the time the police seized control of the bus after a 12-hour standoff on Monday, during which the hostage taker also spoke by mobile phone with local radio stations.

That’s fact or factual.

“The fact that there was essentially live video was mistake number one,” said assistant professor John Harrison, a homeland security analyst at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

That is an opinion.

Maybe professor John Harrison should reiterate further and fully his opinion as he already sounds disgusting viewed from freedom of the press and viewed from rights of people to Information i.e. right of people to know what really is going on in the world. The fact that there was essentially live video was no mistake. It was very unfortunate. It was a misfortune. A case of bad luck to a group of tourist that day, to simplify the matter. Society cannot sacrifice the riding public and the whole world just because of one man holding a dozen or more hostages, denying people of information when they need them in what actually is happening.

Right now media is free to cover, as long as their own safety allows it, and as long they don’t hamper actual ground operations of authorities. Maybe Professor Harrison, especially in his stature, should be careful in what he is saying because he could actually be influencing a return of this country to fascism.

Today,  media can cover police precincts anywhere, any day, anytime. No, you don’t see names like Jake Maderazo, Mike Enriquez, Ted Failon, Erwin Tulfo, and many more of their kind hanging and speculating in there. But if you go in there, the odds are that you’ll find media rookies always hoping for some big break there. That’s how we got to learn  in our homes that a couple was charging their neighbor of molesting their child, or a carpenter stabbed an electrician with a chisel and got stabbed with  a screwdriver in return.

But, you see, police have nothing to hide and ought not to hide because what they always do is right [or they don’t do anything at all]. They have no closets stuffed with unwanted skeletons so to say. At least in principle. Surely there are things that they need to be privy and they have that in some quarters, like the privacy of their conference rooms.  And despite that kind of press freedom, we still saw in You Tube a suspect being tortured inside one police precinct. And I bet the suspect was reported to have died of something else, somewhere else! And if that dead felon did not even have a formal complaint or a warrant of arrest on him I doubt  if we can even call him a “suspect” of anything. Now, let’s imagine a law passed that could easily be invoked by any such criminal in police uniform to furtherance their acts.

He told AFP there should have been a media blackout to deny the hijacker feedback on what was going on around him.

Instead, he was able to follow events — including frenzied speculation by serving and former police chiefs appearing on Philippine networks — via the bus’s internal TV.

Surely Professor Harrison is not instigating a law to gag TV and radio right at or from the broadcasting stations. OK, maybe he means pushing reporters a few miles away from where they ought to cover. I think we should have a law that says media must cover right there where a hijacker and the police are negotiating face to face so we get a close up of their faces, instead.  But are  not they equally crazy?

OK, maybe Professor Harrison is saying No TV on board buses. That also must mean public transport in general, all public places, in fact everywhere, where hostage-taking might happen. Bus commuters – people,  won’t like that though it sounds better than all other implications of his thoughts.

But wait, the Professor means a law that will make it mandatory for bus operators to install bus television in such manner that they can be disabled or rendered useless from the outside. Now that sounds like the professor John Harrison and not any unthinking moron who does not know what he is talking about.

How about that folks?  An invention that will knock out any electronics as they are, inside a bus, or inside a building. I’m sure governments will pay handsomely for that than sacrifice freedom and democracy! You see, a free press and a free society are the pillars, the bastion, of democracy. We cannot talk of democracy without meaning the people, mind you.

A press that is subservient to a state is masked fascism. Maybe they can have that in My nm r but not in the Philippines, please. Because they are the initial points [attributed to] of the professor. And there is no such thing as a good fascist and a bad fascist because fascism is fascism. Democratic governments and states are by the people but power is something passing. They can be administered by the Pope one day and by Satan, chanting papal song while doing satanic deed, the next day.

Hong Kong newspapers bemoaned missed opportunities by police to end the siege much earlier, including a moment when the gunman waved from the bus door. Protestors Tuesday picketed the Chinese territory’s Philippine consulate.

Fostering hair-trigger mentality. Be trigger happy, some people will like that. Yeah, shoot at the first and earliest opportunity. Kill at the first hint of violence, which include hostage taking because the mere act  itself  is an act of violence. And hope it does not involve any foreign national gone nuts in Philippine territory or we will have an international row in our hands. Let’s imagine police did that. Now police is faced up with public out-roar why they did that when there were wide chances of resolving the crisis without any loss of life and property. Worst, the sniper grazed the hostage-taker in the ear and no square hole in between the eyes, so that it made him kill all his hostages before he was taken down! Damn!

You see Ex-police Rolando Mendoza was not a quacking duck like some people are telling themselves. I think he tried to be a respectable warrior – putting the act where the mouth is [or was it putting the mouth where the act is?] Whichever, or don’t open the mouth. They don’t talk peace and friendship while their fingers are in the trigger guards, or their holsters’ fly are open and with their fingers wriggling over their guns.

Ex-Captain Mendoza, by “carelessly” exposing himself, was clearly  and perfectly communicating by his actions. He knew police won’t shoot him that early and he was very well aware and in control of his own situation. He trusts so he should be trusted.  He means no harm so he should not be harmed.  A little back-step by him at that point would have put everything back to where they once belonged; he must have been thinking of that. But later he saw deceit that generated mistrust and distrust, and not even his shadow did he put in the skyline or put on anymore. Because, as some people know, lurking not far behind those tips is the thing called treachery, and yes, as we all saw, atrocity.

Dennis Wong Sing Wing, an associate professor of applied social studies at City University in Hong Kong, said the police operation was “really shocking” to watch as it unfolded live on TV.

“I am very angry about their unprofessional performance,” he said.

What we saw is what it was. I mean, the world saw reality. Focus seems to be in how police handled the operation. Some saw it as “ill-coordinated”. But it could also be ill-executed, ill-prepared and what might ills. I think SWAT, especially its assault teams, should be composed of field combat, battle tested, experienced personnel. I must be imagining too much of scenes in movies like Band of Brothers and comparing them to what we saw.

Looking back at them, just one small step  that never happened could have changed it all. And I think there was not one but more of them one small step, not any was realized, that converged to one sorry sad destiny mark in history that day.


Brewing Storm over the Horizon

Will truth set people free? Maybe they did and maybe they didn’t.

Case of Armando V. Sierra, Negros Oriental, Circa 70s to early 80s. Serial disappearances and murders. Principal accused  was not found guilty. State witness  claimed he killed and buried victims (recovered) . The victims were allegedly delivered to him [bound and sedated], that he killed  on orders of his master, the principal accused. Prosecution failed to establish their allegations against Mr. [Armando] Sierra based on the testimony of state witness.  Question now is who’s responsible for all the victims?

The state witness was a farmhand working for the Sierra family. The victims were ladies, at least 5 of them working as secretary one after another for the Sierras, that went missing whom police has found where witness said he had buried them.

Remembering the case of Mr. Armando Sierra also reminds me of the Dacer Corbito case. The cat has already been let out of the bag. I mean, a story is told and a case has been filed,  so who’s gonna be it … Aquino-Dumlao, Lacson, or Erap?

Would the brewing storm come or would it dissipate? While obviously there are fingers that would like to point to Erap behind the crime, so far its all hear-says as in the Cesar Mancao’s statement, which seems obvious reason why former President Erap is spared from  being named in the formal complaint.

So, who’s gonna be nailed? Former police officers Aquino and Dumlao the alleged operatives, Senator Ping Lacson who was then Chief, National Police…or why not former police officer Mancao himself.  He claims knowledge about it.

The case happened to have been filed during the approach of the May 10th Presidential polls. Was it really politically motivated that some have said?  What now as election is over. Where does that leave us, people, bombarded by all the drama and controversies that have come into our senses?

Should Filipinos always sleep with so many questions posed and left uncleared in mind?  Then I bet it is easy for everyone to make their own conclusion. That’s making things easy, necessary  for going on with daily life unperturbed. Problem there is that there are people who cant sleep with presumptions.

Sending In the Saints When Cats are Nowhere?

World Bank’s intervention in what ought to be obligation and duty of Philippine government stirred the nation lately. WB blacklisted some contractors engaged by Department of Public Works and Hi-ways [DPWH] for road projects that WB is funding.

I’ve been a civil construction worker. Project costs estimate is an exact science and not guesswork. Let’s take a simple house for example. In structural work, the total volume of concrete – cement, sand and gravel, can be approximated; likewise, the volume of all the steels needed for reinforcement. In electrical, there would be the quantities of wires, switches, circuit outlets, lighting units, breakers and panels, etc. And then there are the aspects of Plumbing and what more else provided with plans and details. With the lists of material completed, figures in money can be supplied in easy. Items like labor, consumables, rentals, insurance, social security, documentations, depreciation of equipments, profit, taxes, etc. are added to complete the total estimate.

There are other tested methods employed, shortcuts in costs’ estimation. But normally, they all come up to more or less the same. Now we can take the biggest and tallest building instead of the simple house – from ground, basement, up to tower… or, let’s take a stretch of road to be constructed. Nobody just can snatch figures from nowhere! [Except a crook in cohort with another crook like I once knew.]

It is elementary for a contractor to know how much it will cost, especially the bottom line of a project, before it will negotiate. It is also assumed that the owner or developer has its own Costs estimate as they are usually the origin of the approved plans where contractors base their independent estimates. Otherwise, project owners do not know if they are paying right and not being robbed. They needed an estimate before they have  even decided to look for a contractor.

In this case, it would be stupid to think that World Bank does not have its own people engaged in cost management, scrutinizing the same plans that all the parties are furnished. Thus it does not take intrigue or proof for them to determine that something is smelly, out of norms, or that needed a deeper look. That a contract for a certain road project in Basay, Negros, for example, is ridiculous!

Estimates of some items may be based on percentage, cost-on-material. Labor could be at minimum 40%, for example.  Then, a 30% profit on top of everything could be considered  high in this part of the world. Sometimes the winning bidder will arranged with sub-contractors, sharing his profit with them. General contractor  in that situation opts for less but sure profit free of any possible overrun, and free of sweat.  For sub-contractors, profit can sometimes be squeezed out of some items. You don’t want to know them.

But a 300% profit, or a 65% value-added on what possibly is a lucrative proposal, for example, would be absurd and a big cause for alarm especially when we are talking here of hundreds of millions and billions of pesos. Such is highly improbable where fair, free, healthy competition is in place wherein bidders would be trying to out-edge  and out-bid everyone else. No, there is no law governing profit.  There is only freedom of competition to follow. Something that cost a centavo that sold for a peso would be great! But a centavo that is fraudulent is a one-centavo-fraud that is  a fraud.

World Bank, by its act of blacklisting the contractors, is in effect saying that there is monopoly and cartel involving Philippine Public works. In that case, then the situation can be complicated than we think. 1. The contractors have agreed to play by orchestration. 2. For reward, they get guaranteed employment in a project to be assigned or shared by all of them. 3. They get what is due them for their share of work, perhaps better than if there will be free, tough competition. 4. They might not have robbed Juan dela Cruz but they are party to conspiracy by playing exactly as directed. 5. The contractors are just one side to it. We have masterminds to hunt, or does WB already know them?  Just a theory?

There Is No Fail Safe Measure against Corruption

The World Bank itself has already identified the following administrative remedies:

  • An independent permanent assessment and technical audit that strengthens transparency of the bidding process.

  • Enhanced processes for procurement, financial management, internal controls, and audit of the road management agencies.

  • Inclusion of a new and innovative coalition of citizen and road users group, called “Road Watch” in the project management setup.

I think bullets one and two, in principles, are nothing new. They are in places everywhere. Perhaps they are matters that need renewed or more focus, or needed to be strengthened. Sometimes a crook can penetrate a system. In that case owner-developer then sees right when it should be seeing wrong in his contract. His system is corrupted and rendered futile by virus!

Bullet three I think is something new. [In fact this is the manner by which World Bank  intervened, something I don’t remember it did before.]  It calls for formation of a watch group to watch the watch group, forming a second line of defense against crooks. The remedies must be in a manner and makeup so that it will be hard by crooks to hack thus disabling the system. And, it should be free of partisan politics or else it will be another futile thing itself.

It is obvious that the Senate probe of the World Bank blacklisted contractors will have little legislative value, because it has been overtaken by events. Pres. Arroyo has already ordered the Department of Trade and Industry to investigate the subject. The Ombudsman is already conducting preliminary investigation of the criminal cases, and she is scheduled to release the results in February.//excerpt, Senator Miriam D. Santiago, The Contractors, 26 January 09 archives

Now you see them, then you don’t. This is the Philippines. There is no effective measure against graft and corruption really in place or seriously tried yet. The issues involving Public work contracts are not new as far as I can remember which would be since the time of President Marcos. Filipinos simply became tired of them. Nothing usually came out of them, and there seemed nothing could be done about the problem. Or, maybe you have not heard about the corrupt being hard to persecute because of corruption.  Abangan na lang natin.

I grew up in a town where our house used to be at the gate of District engineering, Ministry of Public Works, or DPWH today. We had a canteen where everybody used to hang out. The place used to be a sort of a second office to some. A majong den by some of them lazy bureaucrats, sometimes. I’m familiar with them from managers, equipment operators, to ordinary laborers and local contractors. Yeah, [local] corruption down the grass roots that everybody is talking about was there like they’re nothing! [Even the night watchmen were not outdone!]

Graft and corruption could be from the top [bureaucracy] or it could be from below [the contractors]. It could be anywhere of the system. It could be the janitor generating it all and acting as go-between, which explains his life style was at par with the managers. Which also explains why sacking the manager or the contractor did not work! Sure, there were always good people around. I guess they shut their mouths most of the time if you call that good! But we are talking there about bread crumbs  at some lower level.

Talk with people long enough in the construction world. Public works is no place for a contractor who has no guts for corruption of any form. That’s been the playing field ever since. It could also be suicide for a whistle blower. They will tell you that.

Corruption does not always involve cash payola, by the way. A “damaged culture” as one foreign observer once summarized the nation that drew indignation from Filipinos like the chap Chip Chow now is reaping. [Mr. Chip is wrong for being not factual. The Philippines is not a nation of servants as he  said.  Factual is, The Philippines is a nation that is the top exporter of servants!]

Corruption as one “normal” way of life is not acceptable to the Filipino people. They have seen other nations that have managed theirs at very low level.  And I think  Philippine government must shape up while it has time.

Moral Renewal for Filipinos

There have come out louder calls for moral renewal or moral uplifting for Filipinos lately. I absolutely agree with that! Filipinos appear to be at the mercy of corruption. We seem to be in a situation wherein change can only come from the corrupt or corrupted themselves by their own free will!

With the election fever on the rise, we have heard names like Among Ed [Father Ed Panlilio], Bro Mike Villarde, Bro Ed Villanueva – heavyweights in religion, being pushed forward for President this 2010. Any of them to bring end to corruption? I think we can send all the Saints after them but I doubt very much if it will work. There are no devils to exorcise in the first place. There are only crooks to send to jail or better still – hang for all to see. Maybe then, and only then, will everybody make that change within them.

But, execution of heinous criminals is not the way of the religious as we know. In fact it was the Church that had influenced the abolition of death penalty in the country. Bro Ed Villanueva, claiming seven million followers, lost Presidential election in 2004. I guess he had failed to explain to three quarters of his flock how exactly he could make this nation great again, something many Filipinos could not quite imagine of him. But who knows if he won… or if they will win.

Well, since there was mention about virus and viral infestastion Take no action, Repair, Move to chest, Delete file… System restore… they are all the options.  Sometimes infection is serious that Security center and Virus protection, to include System restore were disabled.  That would leave no option. No more option except one recourse… Reformat of the system. And that’s a fact. Which of the situations, or which way now, folks?

Small Thing Everyone Talks About That Goes Nowhere

Palace exec cautions Senate vs moving to halt Hanjin ops.

Hanjin is in the Philippines and it employs thousands of Filipinos. That’s a fact. That it is there for profit is another fact. It is in the country to evade high necessary costs of production and strict law enforcements in Korea – Japan.  Their operation in the Philippines also gives them the edge to cut the throat of their kind somewhere else.  What more else is naked?

That Hanjin is in the country with nothing but all the good intentions,  therefore,  is something that one should tell to the communists or to the Philippine marines if they’ll believe.

Profit,  the Real motive

Fact is, business is business and profit is the objective. Other than that are hypocrisy, myth , merry-go-round ride and make believe rhetoric.  Fact is, when something is not profitable it goes out of business. Driving for best profit therefore is natural and perfectly in order of all business establishments.  And, only one thing is asked in there – compliance with laws and regulations, rules of the land. They are acts of goodliness, Godliness without saying the words. Words are cheap, anyway.

Threat of closure no longer works anywhere. It’s deemed childish. It’s like stumping feet and yelling at scattered mischievous monkeys that hear nothing. Fines are more effective. How about a $50,000.00 company insurance for every death, for example? Right now, one Filipino can die in there everyday and it’s nothing when all it costs is burial expenses!  Even that would be lucky considering that employers have battery of lawyers whose job is to see that company does not pay a single centavo. Now, that reminds us of the  700 death victims or so of the MV Princess of the Stars who until now have not been been paid their Php 200K insurance.  Filipinos simply are cheap.  Meanwhile

During Tuesday’s hearing on the rising number of reported deaths at the Hanjin Shipyard in Subic Bay Freeport, lawyer Ramon Ogregado of the Subic Bay Support Service Group said the unsafe acts of the workers caused their deaths and injuries.

Ogregado noted that there was a dramatic increase in the number of deaths in 2008 due to the simultaneous shipbuilding and construction activities.

Somewhere else in the world, looking at the deaths and accidents by Hanjin, Mr Ogregado surely must have  already been sacked. He is among whose mission is eradicating work related deaths and accidents and not rationalizing them. Facts point to him as a failure. Sacking the likes of him will also save  Senators and congressmen time and resources going to Hanjin, or to any work-place,  to oversee things themselves.

Health and safety people, government or private, are there because, indeed, some workers can be stupid to kill themselves if it comes to Mr Ogregado’s line of reasoning, or should we say tsubibo.  At least, they should send those stupid workers home if  workers cannot follow rules. And that exactly is the reason why  the need for safety people in there at the expense of taxpayers.

Acts of God; or, God killing people? – Whoa! There is always human lapse in every work related accident. Call them in-experience, stupidity, overconfidence, carelessness or what, by the victim or by another person besides. Ok, we call them accident, or something that happened which nobody wished. Otherwise, they are homicide if caused intentionally, or due to reckless imprudence.

Whatever, managements should be made to pay dearly for work related accidents. That’s for not policing or watching their own. That’s also about justice for the victims, which should be made easy for them.  [Even the Chief, Public Attorneys Office, found the latter frustrating.] And, if all profit goes down the drain because of violations of safety codes that could cause accident, and because of actual accidents, then that’s  louder than threat. Businesses naturally must pay serious attention to the rules and safety of their workers or they won’t make profit, which is the only language that business understands – shape up or fold down.

The number of workers in Hanjin and the ratio of reported deaths and accidents that happened over some specific period surely is outrageous and cannot be justified. It is only building construction, steel fabrication & erection and mechanical works in there, and not driving an army up the Normandy beach to say that 18 24 casualties are nothing.

[And Hanjin is the answerable party to government. Its business with its subcontractors is absolutely and purely its private business, or government must be derailed. ]

Accident, each of them, looks innocent. I remember a co-worker who shot himself with a Ramset. He saw it lying around in the workplace and thought he had the chance to get the feel of it. He thought it was malfunctioning until someone told him that the thing is impossible to fire accidentally. It’s got safety measure; it has to be pressed squarely hard against the object to be nailed, to operate. He pressed it against his palm,  pulled the trigger, and bang!  Indeed, the thing worked!

The thing can shoot a 3-inch nail through concrete, with a bang like they are sponge! Yeah, stupid worker, but that’s a case between him and management. Management had problem with the law. Ramset is handled only by authorized personnel covered by permit from government’s Firearms and Explosives – no ifs and no buts.

Back to Hanjin meanwhile, things will pass and morons like Mr. Ramon Ogregado goes on like nothing’s wrong. And, about all these talks of health and safety in work places go to their folder –  Political Grandstanding if not government neglect – since nothing was achieved.

Or, do we have Health and Safety rules, and safety people in the Philippines? I could probably be talking here of dreams, of things none-in-existence yet in the country.

I think the real problem is not Hanjin. The matter is about the little thing everyone talks about, which seems evasive in this side of the world,  called Good Governance.  And it always starts from the top.

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Is Social Evolution Pointed to Extinction of Mankind?

I have been to a site which suggested that mankind is probably making a mistake by doing away with polygamy instead of promoting it. I find it interesting especially for Filipinos that I decided to make a posting about it.

Filipinos see themselves as devout religious. Or, you have not seen them yet like in the rallies of the El Shaddai and the annual procession of the Black Nazarene that happened in Quiapo, Metro Manila, yesterday. The multitude, mostly made up of les miserables, are there hoping for prosperity and good luck.

I think, practices like trying to kill  the self just to get near the black Nazarene, just to touch or to wipe a cloth at it, is blind superstition and orgy. I don’t get it, Brother Mike Villarde can be seen and heard better in TV. One can also go to Quiapo Church any ordinary day to touch all the icons there if that‘s about it. Ah, Filipinos have always believed in talismans and amulets even before they have become Christians. I don’t think they’re what God has been telling man so they will have a better life. But, OK, only the great old man has the right to say what does or does not really please him.

Now, as we have seen how devout religious Filipinos are, they are also equally ignorant of the stand of their Churches. They have patronized, or should I say idolized, people who are publicly known to be polygamous. The star and king of comedy Dolphy, for example, is well known to have sired dozens of children by different mothers. They also made Joseph E. Estrada who has also been linked with different women besides legitimate wife Senator Loi Estrada, as their one time President.

It now appears that while many Filipinos are probably faithful spouses, they idolize those who have lived their fantasies! We have a situation here where there is tacit approval by society while officially the moral and legal codes of the land do not allow it. Indeed, man as has been observed, is naturally polygamous.

But let’s go back to the big question. Did mankind really make a mistake by deciding for monogamy instead of promoting Polygamy?

Humans, somewhere down our history, apparently acted no different from animals like pigs and dogs of today. Sows and bitches when they heat will do it with any. Males will fiercely battle it out with any when they want it. Primitive man and woman apparently did it also with anybody. It is not a monopoly of any sex. And, I guess, the same nature is still with humans today although it may be override by other things, by culture for example. Ah, the simple walking organism has developed into a thinking creature later called man [Homo erectus >> Homo sapiens >> modern man].

Polygamy was predominant during Slave societies spilling well into the era of Feudal societies. Those were the times when physical strength played dominant role in survival of the specie. Societies were male dominated sexist.

I think we need to examine the role of religions in the issue since more often man has imputed God to justify his polygamous way. Polygamy was practiced by early precursors of Christians as evident in the old testament. Christians today, except for the Mormons, no longer sanction it. The Roman Catholic Church is, in fact, against polygamy. Its influence like “till death do you part” is widely instituted in monogamous societies today. [Who says religion did not evolve with society!] It is also against divorce of those it united. While other Christian churches approve of divorce, they are never the less opposed to polygamy, too.

And since atheists Red China and Russia also practice the culture of monogamy, therefore, monogamy is simply [advanced modern] human social behavior independent of religion. Muslims incidentally lag behind everybody in social-cultural advancement.

Polygamy or polygyny, therefore, is more on sex and economics rather than a practice based on religion.  I think it is mostly economics. In a polygamous society, only a few can afford it, actually. To maintain more than one wife or mistress and family, costs.

I think it is normal and universal of people to like sex the same way they look at foods. But I guess some can discipline themselves while others are like obese and gluttons when it comes to sex. They can also afford it.

Another nature of animals is jealousy, which is in fact related but is conflicting with greed.  They can be present like two sides of the same coin sometimes.  And out of this conflict, humans, developing thinking creatures then, has synthesized what is known as fairness – equal rights for man and woman. What is allowed for him is also allowed for her – mutual respect between man and woman. Man has come to the time when it is now intelligence that plays a major role in survival. Unlike yesterday, sex has ceased to be an issue in moving tons and tons of dirt. It now takes a little strength to turn hydraulic wheels and throw or pull hydraulic levers to do such hard and complicated jobs. Wars are now fought by  both men and women as it takes a small strength to pull the trigger of a gun.

Maybe somebody can think of something more advanced about man’s procreation, but surely it cannot be polygamy or polygyny as we have known them. Otherwise it will be a move in the direction when man was called Homo erectus. It would be going forward to the past. [Monogamy >> polygamy >>primitive man >>animal]

Polygamy is no doubt natural of man though it may have become inert in peoples and societies  of today. Monogamy is a choice by modern man. I don’t think mankind will reinstate polygamy to where it was. Anyway, there is always legal separation, which advanced with monogamy for modern man if he or she thinks that they deserve better and another.

But, back to the heart of the issue, what about Monogamy destroying mankind by preventing the proliferation of the Alpha humans?

Alpha humans? I think the marked difference happened when man had split from the main branch – Gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans and others. Internal biological factors [genetics] in humans, I think, are almost absolutely equal. Genetic evolution must still be at work. Yes, I think genetic advancement has always been there but too small to be noticed. Mother Nature must still be in the act, promoting if not eliminating or refining, silently. Everyone we see today is product of evolution or they’re not there. Capacity to evolve is in all. I think, All men were created equal still holds sense in it.

And, with the internal factors set aside, I think, the rise of historical figures is then due to external factors. [What can hatch is in the egg – genetic. But, it is right environment that causes an egg to hatch when exactly the same egg under different settings surely won’t.]  Where are the lineages of the Alexander, the Caesar, the Napoleon, the Khan, the Einstein, the Mc Arthur, and the Mao Zedong today? It also shows that this so called “Alpha” can come from anywhere. Like:

Somebody rose in a rank to become a leader and later to become a king. As the king he was bugged by the idea of perpetuating the good things for his children. [Thus born the idea of extending “God’s given rights” for them] Most often, the progenies, this time reared in different environment or atmosphere, turned out to be dunghills – social degenerates, retardates and stagnates. The degeneration can go on until society realized, and the line is ended. Thus Feudal societies gradually receded while advanced the more progressive systems driven by the rise of new heated elements – the actual, true fittest hatched by the right environment.

[Rasputin was believed by many as the real power in the time of the Tsar who was believed to be under the whim of the Tsarina! Those “Alpha” who were in fact dunghills were controlled or manipulated by “Beta” or “Charlie” gathered around them!]

Maintaining a mate takes a lot. For those who can’t stand the thought of his mate probably doing it with anyone, here’s the tip. For one thing, give it in the morning, give it again at noon, and in the evening, as well as when you wake up in the morning. And every day too! Until came the complaints: “I’m tired”, “It’s not safe”, “don’t you get old?”, and yes “this is marital rape!” Or, any flimsy excuse, so you don’t make it. It means you are giving more than needed. [I wonder where had Senator Miriam D Santiago got her ideas when she authored the Anti-marital Rape Law!]  🙂

Anyway, I consider myself more than average hot, but I cannot imagine those sex starved women in a harem! The polygamous Kings did not probably know behind the smiles of those Beta, Gamma and Charlie around them! I am more inclined to believe one contention that the Ottoman Empire was later dominated by the progenies of the Zetas [slaves] instead of the Alphas’ of the empire!

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There are no subversives in the Philippines

Since the Philippine-China agreement over the Spratley Islands, and came the impeachment complaints against the President, and lately, the SC ruling on the legality of the GRP-MILF Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain, one word that has seemed become prominent is TREASON.

Trea·son [trz’n] (plural trea·sons)

1. Betrayal of country: violation of the allegiance owed by a person to his or her own country, for example, by aiding an enemy. See also high treason

2. Treachery: betrayal or disloyalty

3. Act of betrayal: an act of betrayal or disloyalty

[12th century. Via Anglo-Norman treisoun, “treacherous handing over, betrayal,” from the Latin stem tradition- , from tradere, “to hand over” (source of English traitor, betrayal, and tradition).]

In my previous post I threw in something relative and quite forgotten – the word SUBVERSION. In the Philippines, Subversion is not a crime.  Wait a minute, there must be some mistakes.  In 1980, during Martial Law, I myself had been slapped with RA 1700 and this is sounding too good to be true now! That’s right. Republic Act 1700 or the Anti- Subversion Law has been repealed since after the Edsa-I Revolution in 1986.

Sub·ver·sion [səb vúr’n, səb vúrsh’n] (plural sub·ver·sions)

1. Activity undermining government: an action, plan, or activity intended to undermine or overthrow a government or other institution

2. Overthrow of something: the destruction or ruining of something

[14th century. Directly or via French from the late Latin stem subversion, from, ultimately, subvertere (see subvert).]

Knowing universal nature of States, and taking the meaning of the word subversion, there must be some mistakes.  It appears we Filipinos made our own definition of the word.

While RA 1700 was obviously intended against the Communists it was also applied against the general democratic forces in the Philippines. Criticisms against President Marcos, the first family, government policies – matters that the world today would view as mere exercises of freedom of expression landed activists and people in jail during the time of Martial Law and RA 1700 (as amended by Presidential Decree 885).

Apparently, actual application of RA 1700 put new meanings to the word Subversion so that the new political order which ended the 2 decades of rule by the President, Dictator, and later President & Prime Minister, Ferdinand E. Marcos, totally threw away the Anti-Subversion Law. The post Marcos-era constitution put the internal defense of the State in the words Sedition and/or Rebellion. (?) I guess the essence of subversion is now assimilated by them.

Se·di·tion [sə dísh’n]

1. Rebellion or incitement: actions or words intended to provoke or incite rebellion against government authority, or such a rebellion

[14th century. Directly or via Old French from the Latin stem sedition- “civil disorder,” literally, “a going apart, separation,” from, ultimately, ire “to go.”]

Re·bel·lion [ri béllyən] (plural re·bel·lions)

1. Attempt to overthrow government: an organized attempt to overthrow a government or other authority by the use of violence

2. Defiance of authority: opposition or defiance of authority, accepted moral codes, or social conventions

There is a very thin, or is not it a wider than a mile-thick(?) line separating freedom of expression and subversion. Scrapping of RA 1700 stemmed from the belief, which prevailed, that subversion cannot be proven until it has spelled to treason, or sedition, and/or rebellion. But as we can see in the simple definitions of words, I believe something distinct, peculiar with the word subversion has been lost with the scrapping of RA 1700.

Treason may be, but an act of sedition or rebellion by those in control of the State? Now, that sounds funny ridiculous.  A treasonous or a seditious President, for example? That is how some see President Arroyo in  several of her recent moves.  Why not can’t that be. When Philippine constitution is being undermined by those in control of the state and replaced by rule of whims, then people are being deceived and robbed of their freedom and rights.  And the ensuing  rule is called tyranny aka dictatorship.

The law will not exempt anybody. That’s right, no one is above the law, some people never heard about that. But I still think that some times subversion might be the word,  nearest than any of them.

Block quotations are all from Encarta Reference Library.

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