Friday, July 31, 2009

Former Pres. Corazon "Cory" Aquino

At 3:18 this morning (Saturday), former Pres. Corazon "Cory" Aquino passed away after her bout with cancer of the colon stage 4. She succumbed to cardio-respitatory arrest, according to the official statement of her son Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III with the media.

Mrs. Aquino was confined at the Makati Medical Hospital for a month before she finally succumbed to her illness. Many sectors in the country were moved upon knowing of the state of health of Mrs Aquino whom they looked up as the "icon of democracy" in the country. Prayer sessions and masses poured out from those who love her since the Aquino Family told the media of her bout with the cancer in March 2008.

Mrs. Aquino was catapulted into power as transition president at the height of the Marcos dictatorship via the much-touted "people power" in 1986. The bloodless revolution, as many would call it, esteemed from the assassination of her husband Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, prominent political opposition, on August 21, 1983 upon his arrival at the airport from political exile. Blamed on the Marcos Regime, his death fomented social unrest forcing the Marcos regime to call for a snap election in 1986. Popular demand fell on Mrs. Aquino to run against the dictator.

Mrs. Aquino had 46 percent versus Marcos' 54 percent votes of the about 20 million voters. Heavily accused as rigged, that election further fueled continuing mass protests that scaled up to the Edsa Revolution or People Power in 1986. With the Marcoses fleeing to Hawaii, Mrs Aquino was immediately sworn in as the first woman president of a transition government (1986 - 1992) with all democratic spaces returning back to every Filipino citizen.

Today, Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared a ten-day national mourning. Our condolences to the Aquino Family. RIP Mrs. Aquino.

Thursday, July 30, 2009


This is another editorial cartoon I drew on the continuing tug-of-war between the Davao City Water District (DCWD) and Hedcor that plans to put up a power project on the Panigan-Tamugan River. You will know that the area is considered as watershed area the reason that it was declared as protected area. One of the river systems in this area, Panigan-Tamugan river contributes to the city's acquifer that in turn provides the best water supply for the entire city of Davao under the management of DCWD.

Environmental groups have opposed the project of Hedcor on environmental grounds while the DCWD has its own plan to implement a project that will benefit city's users. Ironically, the National Water Regulatory Board gave a go signal to Hedcor's project. In other cartoon I drew, I presented the dissenting positions of the players: Hedcor (grabbing DCWD by the neck): Power! DCWD (gasping for breath): water, please....

Apparently, the city council sided with DCWD when it went to a "silent protest" on this concern recently. While I cannot at all say that the power project of Hedcor will endanger the acquifer of Davao City, perhaps, Hedcor should rethink. What if the project will have repercussion on the water source of Davao City even when it has the much needed economental compliance certificate (ECC)? I am saying that all things should be considered if we want to protect and preserve the most important necessity in our life - the water.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

God's Calling?

This editorial cartoon was my take on the statement of the militant groups that the alleged brain of the spate of bombings in Mindanao is no other than Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo herself.

They said that the bombings were carried out to create the scenario to pave the way for the declaration of Martial Law or Martial Rule and thereby she could extend her term in office as a result. I don't buy this analysis. While her government may have implemented some policies that are anti-poor, nobody believes that PGMA is capable of designing such evil handiwork for her own benefits. That's unfair. Let us stop from giving false and baseless statements...

On Fr. Ed Panlilio...

I don't buy the "revelation" of Fr. Ed Panlillo where he said that his decision to seek for the highest office in the country is God's calling. He left priesthood for the higher service and that as the president of this country. That is his opinion to backup his bid for the presidency but I know that you know that Fr. Panlilio is not saying the truth when he said that. Because saving soul from eternal perdition, like he used to know, is the highest service that anyone could do and not as a politician or president. Want a proof lest he forget one of the biblical bases? In Mark 8:36: For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?

Harping on "God's calling" line is understandable as Fr. Panlilio knows too well of the deep religiosity of the Filipino people. He thinks he can bank on that line for his political bid. Pray for him.

Monday, July 20, 2009

INC 95th Year Anniversary

INC is considered one of the most progressive sects established in the Philippines in 1914. Its continues growth can be observed from its a humble beginning to over 90 countries/territories or 5,400 locales worldwide.

To recognize its supposed contribution, the government has declared the July 27 as Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) Day. But this is apart from what the church would always want to do - to celebrate this most important event even without government declaration. 

To all INC brethren worldwide, happy 95th year anniversary!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Transport Strike

Last Monday, July 13, the transport sector declared a nationwide transport strike to press for their demand concerning oil price roll-back. But unlike in the past where it would easily paralyze the transportation in key cities, the latest transport strike failed to get support from all the public utility jeep drivers. Reports claimed that only about 30 percent joined the strike. What happened? I don't know whether it indicated for the cold response of the people to the issue or strategies but drivers who were interviewed said they needed the day's income for their daily needs. Loud and clear.

Sideline.These past days, we heard of another brainless suggestion that easily earned a flak from the public - give the dreaded Abu Sayyaf group an amnesty. The group has been engaged in kidnap for ransom operations and has been tagged as perpetrators of some bombing activities in the country. It was also responsible for the killing of some of their captives. While we are thankful that the three Red Cross volunteers were released alive, I don’t think they deserve amnesty. The proposal is totally outlandish.

ASG is not a political group. It has no respect for human rights. It is but a bunch of criminals lurking in the hinterlands of Sulu. Whoever suggested that idea is totally insane and out of his mind. Maayo ra nga ang nagsugyot ipakaon sa pating (The proponent deserves to be fed to the shark).

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Congress' Con-Ass

I did this semi-animated editorial cartoon on the constituents assembly (Con-Ass) as proposed by Congress via their House Resolution 1109 vis-a-vis charter change. Of course, as we all know, it earned criticisms from the people specially the organized sectors which have vowed to stage series of con-ass protests and rallies.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

On Recent Bombings

The spate of bombings in Jolo and Iligan City last yesterday (Tuesday) and Cotabato City (last Sunday) once again has indicated the murderous frenzy of the terrorist groups lurking in Mindanao.

We hope that appropriate and consistent security measures will be in place as prime concern by the authorities and all the communities in Mindanao. Security should not be lenient as terrorism is awake and alive waiting for every chance to strike in order to wreak havoc on Mindanao's peace and order. But this is a dosage they think will serve whatever cause these terrorists are fighting for will only boomerang to them sooner or later.

The acts have no place in a civilized society more especially when they have victimized the defenseless innocent civilians.