Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy New Year 2011!

Definitely, we are facing a year - the year of the rabbit -  that is so challenging not only for our country Philippines but for the entire world as well. In our own country, we have socioeconomic and political issues like peace concern in Mindanao to address. With the year 2011, we want to see the administration of Pnoy to troubleshoot urgent concerns facing the country.  We are optimistic that in the face of these challenges, we will able to survive. 

Let us hope for the best to come especially in the issue of global warming that has a transboundary impact, other peace crises, poverty concerns in some regions of the world and the economic crunch that has gripped some of the biggest economies in the world.  

Happy New Year to you!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Peace and DOH Cartoons


"Don't worry, sir, it's the same rice porridge for the whole family..." would likely be the answer to the warning of the Department of Health on what to eat these holidays. Pnoy has still a long way to go to overhaul major major problems of the country put under one hackneyed term "change." Meaning, majority of the Filipino people still live under the poverty scale. I am afraid he can't resolve this aspect same thing that he has difficulty in finding a partner in life. :-)

The second cartoon is on the 18-day suspension of military operations or SOMO that the Armed Forces of the Philippine implemented in time for the yuletide spirit. SOMO will end by January 3 next year. If I am not mistaken, the National Democratic Front (NDF) also declared their version of SOMO.

In Davao City, the local government invited as guests prominent NPA leaders to come down to the city and to sup with them. (Davao is having the Pasko Fiesta celebration.) And then there's the rub, so to speak, that the military would arrest rebels who have pending criminal cases.  This story incensed the vice mayor warning those who would arrest his guests that he would take side with his guests in case. Well, it is far-fetched because NPA's Ka Parago declined and instead invited Mayor Inday Sara Duterte and Vice Mayor Rody Duterte to trek to their lairs for the same spirit they offered the rebels for the season.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Meri Krisismas!

That's Santa Claus from North Pole with his laughing all-the-way ho-ho-ho. But this time instead of the usual Merry Christmas greeting, SC cries Merry Crisis-mas! Philippines holds as one of the countries that holds the longest yuletide season. For instance, some radio stations would start airing Christmas jingles as early as September reminding everyone that Christmas season is just around the corner. Although some business establishments and homes would start decorating in December. Of course, you would then casually hear Christmas greetings in the neighborhood and workplaces.

I take this Christmas exceptional or different from the past Decembers I observed although there are homes and offices that decorate for the season, there seems to be a lack of jubilation now compared to what we used to have in the past Christmas celebrations. Perhaps, the news about prices of some basic commodities this season going up is one factor to consider. So maybe maybe many Pinoys are not happy to celebrate this season over oil price hike, liquified petroleum gas price hike, rice price hike, impending fare hike, toll fee hike in the case of Luzon, etc. All these explain the editorial cartoon on crisis-mas.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Supreme Court vs President Noynoy

The most recent indication that this government will not be smoothly moving onward at all is when the Supreme Court decided that the Executive Order # 1 creating the so-called Truth Commission of Pnoy is unconstitutional. The reason is that the order, SC said, violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution as it only singled out for investigation the alleged anomalies of past administration of Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Needless to say that this showed the unpleasant relation of the SC and MalacaƱang Palace. Earlier, SC blocked by issuing Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on the move of Pnoy to deal with past administration's midnight appointees. Interestingly, the current Chief Justice was one of those described here as one of the midnight appointees. So whether this recent issue resulted from pure dissenting opinion of the two highest bodies on the land or not, I really don't know. 

But if you ask the people - those of us who want to know the real scores of various scandals allegedly committed during the past administration, you would get an impression that there really is a need to create an independent body to dig deeper and probably make those involved in the scams answer accordingly. And to know the truth, by the way, is also constitutional.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Extra-judicial Killings

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is definitely facing a big challenge on how to address the reported extra-judicial killings in the country. We know for sure this is a difficult task for CHR since the phenomenon, in opinion, results from a number of factors including the slow justice system and weak law enforcement in the country.