Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ordinario, Credo and Batain

This morning, three OFWs convicted of drug trafficking were meted death by lethal injection by the Chinese government despite efforts of the Philippine government and other sectors that pleaded for a lower sentence. This is the lowest point of the lives of their families, relatives and friends and we hope that they can recover soon from this tragic moment. 

We also hope that the media will soon end their respective coverage so that the grief and sufferings of the individuals affected by their deaths will not be exacerbated. The families of the OFWs need our understanding and prayers.

We really don't know what brought them to such a situation. What is clear to us is that they became victims of international drug syndicates. So long as these syndicates are not eliminated, we will continue to have cases like this. For Sally, Ramon and Elizabeth, RIP.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

26 March 2011 Earth Hour

Last night, we participated in the 4th year Earth Hour from 8:30 to 9:30 in the evening. Of course as a family, that was our small way of saying we agree with the vision of EH when it kicked off in Australia last 2007. For Davao, the power utility Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC) actively joined the EH campaign as per report like blowing its siren to kick off the EH at 8:30 pm.

EH is one way of reminding us that we really need to play our part in relation to the global issue on climate change. That is an awareness that is going to be part of our system. In our small way, we really tried to reduce our power consumption by seeing to it that we only use electricity when necessary. Say, we would switch our refrigerator off regularly for hours. That significantly reduced our monthly energy consumption.  

Local tv reports claimed that the EH event last Saturday in Davao alone was able to save around 12.3 MW of power consumption. Nice one.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Quo Vadis, Philippine Economy?

With the growing tension in Middle East region and troubled country like Japan, remittances that boost the Philippine economy, would be affected greatly. While only the OFWs in Japan and Libya ( (after the devastating Tsunami and nuclear disaster and high-level tension in Libya) are affected so far, it is feared that more OFWs would be dislocated if political upheavals in the Middle East countries will continue. 

And who said it would not affect the economy? Five-year historical data showed that 15 percent of the total remittances came from the middle east region. That's a lot of money not only for the Philippine government but also to the families at home who rely on these remittances. 

Friday, March 18, 2011

What about this?

I lifted the photo from yahoo news on Japanese evacuees in shelters. As news would have it, the victims really need help. How about google adsense putting a donation button that will allow conversion of small income to support the victims instead?  I would be glad to donate my small earnings via google adsense!

Gutierrez Impeachment

Merceditas Gutierrez is facing impeachment complaint after she was charged with inaction on a number of controversial graft cases such as the plunder case of former Armed Forces comptroller Carlos Garcia. The case involved is Php300-million worth of supposed ill-gotten wealth and other graft cases that linked former Pres. Gloria Arroyo. Other controversial cases included the multi-million fertilizer scam and multi-billion election-automation transaction.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


With all bad news we have everywhere, short vid of funny man Charlie Chaplin like the one I posted from Youtube is redeeming... For you who have yet to see this vid, enjoy...

Friday, March 11, 2011

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

This is the biggest earthquake to hit Japan in 100 years this Friday, reports claimed. Following the earthquake, a ten-meter high Tsunami also hit the coastal areas of the northeastern Pacific region of Japan. Here in Mindanao as in some parts of the Philippines, coastal areas fronting the direction of the Tsunami are also warned of the possible rise in seawater to one meter.

The 8.9-magnitude earthquake was caused by the movement of the fault line in the northern part of Japan, according to experts. Japan is situated in the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire making it prone to tremors.

Wikipedia has this to say about the Pacific Ring of Fire: 

The Pacific Ring of Fire (or sometimes just the Ring of Fire) is an area where large numbers of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur in the basin of the Pacific Ocean. In a 40,000 km (25,000 mi) horseshoe shape, it is associated with a nearly continuous series of oceanic trenches, volcanic arcs and volcanic belts and/or plate movements. The Ring of Fire has 452 volcanoes and is home to over 75% of the world's active and dormant volcanoes. It is sometimes called the circum-Pacific belt or the circum-Pacific seismic belt.

Wikipedia also noted that there are about 500,000 earthquakes each year but only 100,000 of these tremors are felt. As far as major earthquakes are concerned, it is recorded in Wikipedia that the worst disaster ocurred in Hua Shan (Shaanxi Province of China) in 1556. It killed a total of 830,000 person. The second worst quake occurred in 1976, still, in China (Tangshan) which claimed about 240,000 to 655,000 people.

Despite advanced technologies we have in this 21st century, earthquake is a disaster that we cannot predict with accuracy to at least minimize impact on humanity.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Quick Note on Pnoy's Ordeal in SIngapore

Ok, this is a quick post while rushing up a project. The news is everywhere about Pnoy's "ordeal" during his visit in Singapore recently. The group was inspecting a water treatment facility (Changi Water Reclamation Plant). But as the elevator broke down, they had to climb up the 24 floors of the building. It was his first stop in Singapore and most probably his first to climb that height at 51! Ok, remove the exclamation point.

Bet the nostrils of Pnoy and DFA Sec. Alberto Romulo (who is 71 years old by the way) were like pumping up the air. LOL. But that's a good exercise if you ask the fitness buffs - blessing in this guise.  

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Unemployment Problem

The number of repatriated OFWs is obviously adding pressure to the unemployment problem the country is facing in addition to the impact that the middle east crisis will have on the remittance-dependent economy of the Philippines. Our government officials should be now spending sleepless nights. Joke.

But the political developments that started in Egypt are issues that should move the government to undertake a comprehensive preparation more especially that the region where there are OFWs is facing unrest due to political movements. There are over half million Filipino workers in the middle east who stand to be affected if political situation should worsen there. 

BTW, the cartoon was another repartee on Edsa celebration.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Libyan Crisis and Oil Price Increase

One of the topics that I tackled in my editorial cartoons, almost on a regular basis, is oil price situation. I want to stop for a while to give myself a break :-D. But how can I knowing that I am also affected or that everyone is affected. This cartoon was done before the Libyan Crisis. Meaning before the crisis in the middle east, the oil companies were already bombarding us with series of oil price increases. 

Now the oil companies are in the mode again to impose increases pointing to the domino effect of the political turmoil in Libya. What's new?