Imbak para sa Agosto, 2011

Apology or no?

Posted in Gulo ng buhay with tags , , , , , , , on Agosto 26, 2011 by Blue Dela Kanluran

Debate sparked anew in the Philippine online world earlier this week when Noynoy refused quite stubbornly to give the surviving relatives of slain Hong Kong nationals in what is called and being remembered internationally as the Manila massacre (locally as the Bus hostage crisis) an apology.

There are of course those on the sympathetic side in favor of the apology. There are also those who are adamant that the Philippines and the government owe the tourists no apology and that the country has gone over and beyond its responsibilities to appease the HK nationals and an additional apology from no less than the President himself is too much and is tantamount to displaying weak will. Apparently, the party line went as Noynoy said it himself:

“We deeply regret what has transpired. An apology connotes that the state did them grievous harm. I don’t think that’s correct. This was the act of one man, the same token that some of our citizens have been affected elsewhere in the world, we do not blame the entire population. We know that there are criminal elements, there are mentally deranged individuals that pose a threat to anybody regardless of race or country of origin…We sympathize and continue to sympathize with them. We really wish it did not happen. We hope we had performed better at that point. But in the same token that in Norway, there was this tragedy that could not have been prevented because of a lone, solitary deranged gunman, so can we really be faulted that there was such a rapid turn of events that I don’t think any force in the world could have prevented it.”

I am with the first group.

I don’t think the Philippine government went over and beyond its responsibilities in ensuring protection and justice for international guests, in fact they have been irritatingly unable to meet even the most minimal of criterion to even be considered as serving justice.

A couple of things extremely wrong with P-Noys statement. Firstly, turn your attention to the first three sentences. It starts off with him saying that he feels really bad about what happened, just not enough to say he’s sorry. Secondly, P-Noy makes the assumption that everyone wants him to apologize for not being able to foresee an attack by a deranged lunatic and prevent it before it happened (and this has turned into a general consensus). Nobody’s saying that, this isn’t the Minority Report. What they are asking you to apologize for is the “rescue” of the PNP and the lack of leadership that should have been there (P-Noy) that actually resulted in all the deaths and how there was a severe lack of justice served regarding those that were deemed responsible but not held responsible afterwards.

Did he really compare the hostage crisis to the Norway shootings? If he did P-Noy must be vastly misinformed of how Brevik operated with the mad intent to kill everything that moved or else he was misinformed on the details of the hostage crisis. I find the latter to be a bit more believable since he wasn’t even there and was completely missing until four hours after it ended.

Long explanation short, Anton Brevick attacked without warning killing everything in sight and the authorities subdued him in a matter of hours quickly responding with alert competence and efficiency. Rolando Mendoza held a bus of tourists hostage, the media became waaaay too close to the story, the PNP bungled the entire rescue with idiocy that was almost comedic effectively getting eight people killed because of their own ineptitude.

Yesterday, a columnist from the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Randy David, posted an article on why the government and the President shouldn’t give the hostage crisis survivors an apology for what happened to them. (It’s probably no secret that PDI likes to kiss P-Noys ass but I decided not to mention that.) I like Randy David (really I do) but that doesn’t stop me from disagreeing with him (vehemently) on this point, and I really think he dropped the ball on this one.

http://ph.news.yahoo.com/opinion-philippine-govt-apologise-hk-hostage-victims-041003169.html;_ylt=AiOgeZSeSvS5g5OcysfNgJPoV8d_;_ylu=X3oDMTM1bTNybWF2BHBrZwNmMDJjZGM4Ny1hMjA5LTM0ODMtODdmMC03ZDIxNzBmYWUyM2EEcG9zAzcEc2VjA3RvcF9zdG9yeQR2ZXIDNmU2MDAxZTAtY2VkMC0xMWUwLWJmOTctYzM0OWI5M2Y3ZDdh;_ylg=X3oDMTI3NGhzbzMwBGludGwDcGgEbGFuZwNlbi1waARwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANwaGlsaXBwaW5lc3xvcGluaW9uBHB0A3NlY3Rpb25zBHRlc3QD;_ylv=3

He starts off his article by first describing how shocking and traumatic the events of  August 23, 2010 were. But on the third paragraph in a seeming imitation to P-Noys logic, the shock and trauma (and eventual deaths) experienced by the hostages apparently weren’t enough to require an apology.

“You demand justice. In your view, justice must come in four ways: first, a formal apology from no less than the President of the Philippines; second, just compensation for the victims; third, sanctions for the public officials who bungled the rescue; and finally, an assurance from the government that everything will be done to prevent such tragedies from happening again. Something is not quite right about these demands.”

Really? These sound minimally reasonable to me when a loved one dies in a tragedy like this.

“Never mind that their tone is arrogant. But, they also suggest that Philippine authorities have done nothing to express sympathy and solidarity with the victims of this unfortunate incident. They paint a picture of official indifference and callousness, of a government that is ignorant of its functions, and of a country that is unconcerned about its relations with other nations. This is far from the truth. Manifestations of sympathy and regret, both from government and the private sector, over this shocking incident poured instantly.”

I completely agree.

That’s just two kids. You can’t really make a case about insensitivity with just…


Ok, even more kids. But these are just students they don’t really know the gravity of what they’re…

Mother of–! Fuck it. Defending these guys are a bigger pain in the ass than defending the contradictions in the Bible. You think the victims call for an apology was arrogant, wait ’till you see the comments of the Chinese on the website I got these pics from.

“The Manila police received the most scathing criticisms from the Filipino public itself. No institution in recent memory has ever been so mocked and humiliated.”

And no one will deny that they deserved every part of it. But the question remains did anyone actually apologize (officially) to the bereaved? I mean I can mock a security guard for falling asleep on the job all I want but that’s not going to console the people who invested their life savings in the bank that was just robbed.

“A transparent and free media reported everything they considered newsworthy,”

As they should.

“completely unmindful of the damage such openness could do to the country’s image.”

Well, a damaged image is what you expect to get when your police force was proven to be completely and utterly incompetent on an international stage.

“The government quickly launched a comprehensive investigation of the incident to pinpoint lapses in the handling of the hostage-taking incident, as well as to assign responsibility and culpability. The inquiry was broadcast live on national television, and was concluded in record time. A number of high-ranking officials were recommended for sanctions. Some of the charges were dismissed or downgraded in accordance with due process.”

Some?! Try almost all of them. No less than 12 government officials were found liable to be charged in the bungled operation as well as police and media personnel during the first submitted IIRC report. The list included:

  • then Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Jesus Verzosa;
  • then Manila Police District chief Rodolfo Magtibay, who served as ground commander;
  • National Capital Region Police office chief Leocadio Santiago;
  • hostage negotiator Manila Superintendent Orlando Yebra;
  • DILG Undersecretary Rico Puno;
  • Chief Inspector Santiago Pascual, head of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team;
  • Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez;
  • Deputy Ombudsman Emilio Gonzalez III;
  • TV5’s Erwin Tulfo;
  • Radio Mo Nationwide’s (RMN) Michael Rogas;
  • Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim
  • Manila Vice-Mayor Isko Moreno
  • 3 broadcast networks.
Can anyone guess how many of these people were taken out of the list after P-Noy was done with it? All of them! Oh wait, no Emilio Gonzalez was sacked, which was convenient since he was an ally of Merceditas Gutierrez, and we all know what happened to her. Every single person who mattered on that list was taken out. But I will agree that they were removed because of due process. The process is called cronyism. And this is the biggest beef (I think) the survivors have with how the situation was handled.
“The Aquino administration, which assumed the reins of government barely two months before the incident, offered to dispatch a top delegation to China to offer its sympathies and to explain what happened. Unfortunately, the official delegation could not be received. But before the year ended, the tourism secretary went to Hong Kong to reiterate the Filipino nation¿s sympathies, as well as to offer financial assistance to the victims and their families.”
The tourism secretary? The Head of the Department with the least manner of involvement in the matter was the only one who had enough balls to go to Hong Kong to try to make amends. It’s easy to forget that almost a hundred Filipino witnesses were invited to testify for the investigative trial at Hong Kong, including government officials, police officers and the Justice Secretary herself, all of whom declined to attend. This wonderful opportunity for closure after the callous watering down of the IIRC report was shrugged off and people wonder why the Chinese think the Philippine government and police aren’t interested or concerned with delivering justice. And bringing up P-Noys inexperience by including that his administration was only a couple of months old is a little late since we already know he was inexperienced during the campaigns just by looking at his Senate career.
An another thing that displayed P-Noys apparent disregard for the entire crisis was the fact that he was completely invisible and missing when it all went down. Appearing only four hours after the hostages were killed, with virtually no excuse as to his whereabouts (at least not one that makes sense). I know Metro Manila is a big place and traffic can be hard at times, but four hours?! Did he decide to walk there from Antipolo? And what demonstrated his complete lack of appreciation that eight people just died and the image on the country he was supposed to lead was completely mangled was his smiling face while giving a press briefing. No, not a brave we-can-get-through-this smile, A happy I’m-not-sure-what-everyone’s-so-worked-up-about smile. Back then his defenders explained this away by saying that a President shouldn’t concern himself with every little drama that unfolds in the country and that he couldn’t be expected to be present to give orders during a police operation. Well, it looks like it’s a pretty big concern now doesn’t it.
“Both sides must reach out to one another in full respect for the dignity of the other. Like an open wound that can be infected, this gap can be exacerbated by opportunistic elements on both sides. Particularly dangerous are those that exploit unexamined racist feelings that feed off the lowly position Filipino maids occupy in Hong Kong society. Chauvinism and resentment are corrosive and must be resolutely discouraged.”
Whoa! Hold the phone. Who ever mentioned anything about Filipino maids? Who mentioned anything about race or country? Who ever said anything about making the entire country apologize when they are only making one man make a sincere and formal apology for the ineptitude of his subordinates in carrying out their sworn duties? The government is not the country, the President is not the people. It seems to me that people (not just Mr. David) are conflating two vastly different situations. It seems to me the one who cried race when race wasn’t being discussed is the only one concerned with the topic of race, making race a relevant issue when it is irrelevant is borderline racist. And I don’t normally care for the topic of race, it’s a stupid thing to argue about to be perfectly honest.
I agree, Chauvinism and resentment should be put aside. How can we do that? Deliver justice! No? We can’t do that? Ok, then maybe a simple apology from someone who matters will do. What? We can’t do that either? Geez, you guys aren’t making this repairing relations easy are you?
“We have many weaknesses as a people, but lack of compassion has never been one of them, particularly where foreign guests are concerned. “
Sorry, did I hear say never? You want to scroll back up again and look at the pictures one more time.
“We go out of our way to accommodate, serve and entertain visitors, even when some of them act as if they have left their manners at home.”
Speak for yourselves. I never lifted a finger to accommodate, serve or entertain any foreigners in my life. In fact, I go out of my way to ignore and get away from them.
“The Philippine government did not organise that ill-fated tour. As in most countries, tourist travel is arranged by private companies, many of them usually in partnership with foreign firms. What the state strives to do is create an environment in which tourists and locals alike can feel secure. Yet, no travel is ever risk-free. A tourist can be mugged, swindled, raped, kidnapped, or even murdered anywhere in the world. Because of one sad experience in a country, one may swear never to come back. That is perfectly understandable.”
How many times do I have to say this? Nobody said they did. There was no way they could have arranged or foreseen any of the events that transpired that day but that’s not the issue here. The issue is the state spectacularly failed in creating a safe environment for tourists in the form of rescuing them with no one getting killed. Yes tourists get mugged and raped and killed and kidnapped everyday in every part of the world but in almost all of them the state tries its hardest and most earnest to give them justice.
By relieving himself of this responsibility P-Noy and his government are basically saying that they cannot perform the duties of protecting foreign visitors because the forces of resolving such matters are apparently beyond their control. Tourists are not safe in the Philippines so much so that the country has been dubbed “The Kidnapping Capital of the World”. The state should not and cannot be held responsible and accountable for their failures at doing their jobs. Therefore, whenever P-Noys government encourages foreign tourism they basically tell them to come at their own risk since the state is not responsible for their protection and cannot be held accountable for failure in enforcing such protection. The same goes for the local population as well.
“But, you can’t blame an entire nation for the act of one deranged individual or criminal, or for the failure of the police to stop him. Nor can you demand an official apology or compensation from government for the misfortune that fell on you as a tourist.”
No you can’t blame the country for the failure of the police, but you can blame the state that controls them. Actually, within reason they could, especially if they lost a relative resulting from the ineptitude and idiocy of the police in failing to do their jobs with competence.
“Every country aspires to draw tourists to come for a visit. But gone are the days when governments could take responsibility for everything that happens in their territories. Today¿s nations are more complex. In their highly differentiated systems, no single part can represent and speak for the whole on all matters.”
I agree, except again when the matter directly concerns the state and the ineffectiveness of its police force.
I really hope Mr. Davids article is a satire.

The mafia on the world stage

Posted in Gulo ng buhay with tags , , , , , , on Agosto 24, 2011 by Blue Dela Kanluran

Yesterday (or was it the day before that?) Libyan rebels invaded the capital of Tripoli where Libyan strongman Moammar Ghadaffi was directing his forces and served as the center for the regime loyalist Libyans. No doubt this is a big step for the rebels in overthrowing the decades long regime. It is the stage of the last battle, the boss fight that will decide the fate of a country and its people. Some people are even viewing this recent development as an end to an oppressive totalitarian force in the African Atlantic, and everlasting peace will be attained after its ultimate defeat.

Heh.

You are so wrong.

Think about it. What would the rebels winning this Civil War actually entail for the rest of the world? Nothing. All we get is another unstable Islamic country that is ruled by rebels who were formerly (and for the most part still) connected with terror cells like Al-Qaida who rose to power with the aid (weapons and training) from the Western powers. It’s like Afghanistan never even happened.

And if history can relied on as an accurate predictor of future events (and it most certainly is) this is just going to be another war for everyone in the future (with the Libyans better armed and better trained.)

So why in God’s green earth are NATO forces even helping the rebels? Your guess is as good as mine. Seriously, we really have no idea. This entire fiasco started when Egypt toppled Mubarak in a non-military campaign not unlike People Power and the entire domino of Islamic states under totalitarian governments imitated them. Needless to say some leaders decided not to go with the flow and established crackdowns on dissident groups.

What really turned the world on its ear was when Obama, the Democrat President of the US, decided to aid rebels fighting against the government in Libya. Why Libya? Why not Bahrain or Syria who also established crackdowns in their respective territories and are currently in conflict? Why did America and NATO decide to aid the rebels fighting a government of an oil-rich country that did not do business with them? I don’t know.

Seriously, the attack on Libya was so out of the blue that for the first few weeks not even Americans were sure why they were there and were constantly calling for the government to pull out. Hell, they were supposed to be pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan by now. And again, why Libya all of a sudden? It’s no secret that the worlds greatest threat to its safety is North Korea (working missiles or not). Why isn’t anyone attacking them?

And no one can say that NATO is helping the Libyan people establish their own system and help govern themselves because they were under an oppressive government because North Korea and Zimbabwe top the list on human rights violations and oppression. And the line about helping the Libyan people decide their own fates is complete bullshit. The country was split in the middle, there was no majority of oppressed, there was no general dissent among the Libyan people. If you go to Benghazi you’ll see loads of rebel supporters, if you go to Tripoli you’ll see loads of regime supporters. Ghadaffi isn’t as unanimously hated as the international audience would assume. Surely more people hate Mugabe but no ones protecting anyone from him.

But the biggest load of bull ever to come out of the NATO side (besides their bombs) is the party line : “Their protecting Libyans”  bullshit!

How many hospitals, homes, and other civilian buildings have they bombed, all because the rebels said those places held Ghadaffi troops. They’ve killed way too many of them to ever claim they were ever protecting them.

I remember a Washington analyst say (right around the time when this was all starting) that there have been talk that this was something about oil. Really? You think? How did you come up with that conclusion? Yes they’re after the oil anyone who’s even bothering to look at this situation automatically knows it’s about the oil. Why else would NATO and America decide to declare war on a country that (compared to others) was a relatively benign and economically forward presence in N. Africa.

It simply amazes me how many people (on Yahoo) somehow agree with whats going on. As if the result of the conflict will inexplicably affect them. If and when the rebels they can feel their false sense of achievement and they’ll get their effects. When they’re fighting the exact same people because they’re (I don’t know) funding terror cells or something.

Note: I have this nagging feeling I spelled Ghadaffi wrong.

That’s not a negotiation, that’s surrender

Posted in Gulo ng buhay with tags , , , , , on Agosto 23, 2011 by Blue Dela Kanluran

Yesterday, the Government offered the largest Islamic militant group in the Philippines the possibility of autonomy in exchange for laying down their arms.

WHAT THE HELL IS THIS?!

So, after almost 30 years of war and struggle we’re just gonna give them want they wanted in the first place? That sounds more like a conditional surrender than a peace negotiation. To rebels! Rebels who have done nothing, I repeat NOTHING good to the stability of the economy and national standing.

Has the government conveniently forgotten how these Islamic extremist groups have been the reason the Philippines earned the embarrassing title “Kidnapping Capital of the World”?

Has the government conveniently forgotten how many people these Islamic extremist groups have killed?

Has the government conveniently forgotten how many families have been displaced because these Islamic extremist groups destroyed their homes for no other reason than to forward their agenda?

Has the government conveniently forgotten how many womens lives these Islamic terrorist groups destroyed with rape?

In an ideal world the wicked are punished and the good are rewarded.

We should hunt down these bastards into their filthy holes and kill every single raping, murdering one of them! Not give them what they want!

It’s like a fucking a reward for being terrorists:
“Oh, good job on killing at least 150,000 people in the last 30 or so years. Here’s some land you can run freely run so you can train more people to kill more people to pressure us into giving you more land.”

or

“A terrorist! Please steal every piece of property I own. And feel free to rape my wife, kidnap and sell my children and kill me afterwards”

(That’s apparently a peaceful negotiation)

It’s absolutely stupid.

Not to mention that the MILF  was merely a splinter group that seceded from the MNLF which already has the ARMM, and look how well that worked out. Noynoy himself called the region a ‘failed experiment’ well, what the fuck does he think he’s doing now?!

I agreed with Aquino on the point that the ARMM was indeed a failed experiment. it was nothing but a hive of private armies and mob mentalities conveniently tucked under the blanket of sub-state autonomy

When PGMA proposed virtually the same thing almost three years ago with the Bangsamoro Ancestral Land Agreement it was meet with violent derision and eloquent argumentation for nationalism and so forth. We need to hear the same again because another sub-state deal isn’t going to work.

The sub-state tactic was not only tried by the Philippines in the Mindanao situation but also by Serbia in their territorial dispute with their version of the MILF (though they weren’t Islamic). Needless to say the sub-state failed and the fighting is worse than ever.

And just recently the MILF (again) as if following tradition, ousted one of their commanders who then formed his own splinter group who the government will probably be fighting with for another 30 years after they surrender autonomy to terrorists. Is anyone seeing a pattern here? You should because it’s bleeding obvious.

Why don’t we just give them the entire island of Mindanao and get it over with, that’s what they’ll be asking for in a few years anyway.

Note: The majority of the population in Mindanao is Catholic. Even in their own supposed lands they are a minority. Is the government really going to hand over power simply to the noisiest and most troublesome group (no matter how small) just because they’re a band of murdering rapists who think with their dicks and never with an ounce of common sense, logic, or intelligence?

(They’ve done it before, why stop now?)

Returning…

Posted in Gulo ng buhay on Agosto 21, 2011 by Blue Dela Kanluran

Ok I haven’t had the time to post in the last few weeks and I still don’t so I’m just going to list a few things I’ve missed here and comment on them as I would have if I had the time to write about them.

1.) Christopher Lao and the floating car- Idiot A+. No, I’m not insulting your character I’m insulting your intelligence. Apology? Boo. You  were interesting with your name trending on yahoo News and twitter, now you’re a boring nobody again.

2.) Mideo Cruz and “Kulo”- Fuck you Philistines. Your being offended means nothing. Yes the art is shocking, yes it may be sacrilegious, yes it may be blasphemy, yes it is definitely offensive but your right to offense ends when you try to legislate your offense to banning things you don’t agree with or like. No I don’t respect your religion because it doesn’t deserve any kind of respect especially after how you displayed your true colors when someone criticizes your institution that is or never was above rebuke. The only way there is even debate about this is because of the irritatingly strong foothold of religion in politics that the Church can muscle legislation and push unconstitutional laws for their advantage, and no one questions this. Based on nothing but offense! Mideo Cruz never broke the law. He was practicing his basic human right to free speech and nothing else, if that speech steps on the toes of religious leaders so be it. As long as no one is harmed the right to freedom is absolute.

What’s that saying “My right to punch you ends when my fist hits your face”. In fact there are more reasons to punish the Christians who vandalized his exhibit because that is against the law.

3.) Noynoy and the Mindanao ‘substate’- Just don’t do it. Unless you want to give up Mindanao that badly.

4. Pacquiao and Paris- It’s official. I’m surrounded by morons. Why? It takes a really big one to like Paris Hilton. Who is basically famous for having lots of money and lacking in any form of self-respect, talent, or any means to actually become recognized in society. Come on, she become famous because she made a sex tape and a reality show that showed her ineptitude, stupidity, and complete vapidness to working conditions endured by people who live with less than $10 billion dollars in their bank account.

5.) ‘Witch’-shooting in Cotabato- When the hell did our society relegate back to the Middle Ages? Shooting someone because she was rumored to be a witch?! That’s the most disturbing and idiotic thing I’ve ever heard. Basic logic extremely needed.