Saturday, December 31, 2011

Year 2012!

For the Filipino-Chinese, Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Some 2011 Editorial Cartoons

Time flies, so to speak. I remember that it was during this time last year that I though of my resolutions for the coming year. One of them was to improve my craft. But as usual, it was not that easy. Reviewing my works, I could not say I succeeded in improving them. So guess what? It will be one of my resolutions for 2012. By the way, happy new year and hope you will have a very fruitful new year. Year 2012 is an exciting year for all of us. Well, for me. And no, it has nothing to do with the Mayan Calendar. LOL. This current year, 2011, is good to us (my family) and perhaps to some Filipinos. Although not all are lucky this year if we talk about some issues and tragic events which hit some people and the country in general. The latest of course was Sendong that brought so much miseries to other fellowmen in Iligan City, Zamboanga del Norte, Cagayan de Oro City, Negros Oriental, etc. Lately, the flashflood in Bukidnon, etc. Those were bad news really. The good news is that there are good Filipinos everywhere who helped the victims by donating. Other countries also gave their donations to the victims. I saw it on tv that the United Nations also sent their assistance to the evacuees. Prayers I know were also outpouring for the victims to recover from this tragedy and that they would realize that life must go on. Anyways, we all know that one of the qualities of the Filipino people is that being resilient. Just look at those smiling faces in light of tragic events. We bounce back. It is in our genes. for instance, we have many street children who survive hunger. They keep multiplying courtesy of irresponsible parents. LOL. NOw they are turning into hardened criminals because we have laws which say they could not be jailed if they commit crimes. We fight. We are all Manny Pacquiaos!

What I have here were editorial cartoons drawn during the last quarter of 2011. I was just too lazy to update this site these past months. So in a way, this is some sort of wholesale. Some issues that caught my attention included the tax scheme that would allegedly hit hardly the savings of labor sector. I have here three drawings on that topic. Well, visual ideas kept popping up in my mind, that is why. Many reacted to the scheme but it appears that the government, through the Bureau of Internal Revenues (BIR), is determined to slash those savings. Well, try to be in the shoes of the government facing fiscal problems.

Then I drew about the effort of Pnoy administration to prevent Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo from leaving the country for a supposed medical appointment with a prestigious hospital in Singapore. PGMA was unlucky. Her wealth and influence did not matter under the Aquino government after she was charged with electoral fraud. Some talked about "karma" because it was under her administration that Erap Estrada was jailed for plunder charge. Hmm, I don't believe in "karma."  

One of my favorite topics is human rights. This is one of the countless cartoons I drew eversince the world began. Hehehe. HRD or December 10 is a memorable day for me. OK leave it to me. It was during this day, under the Cory Aquino  administration, how some armed morons sprayed on a peace protest in Davao City.  

Yearend reports reminded us how the country suffered from various tragedies in 2011. Major natural calamities were mind-boggling - we had landslides, flashfloods, etc. that claimed lives and properties. Guess, I mentioned this already. Anyways, by 2012, hope we can really have a good disaster preparedness plan. Let us say that it will be a bible for all communities to follow in a situation where a disaster i feared to occur. Then redefine the parameters like preparedness is not to act during the onslaught of a disaster but to act much ahead of a disaster. For instance, we already identified those flashflood-prone areas. So what is next?

See you in 2012!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Sendong's Wrath Along it's Path

It is unfortunate that we again suffered from the wrath of natural disaster. Tropical storm Sendong unleashed its wrath in Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Zamboanga del Norte in Mindanao and visayan region killing three scores of lives in one of the worst flashfloods in the Philippine disaster record. Cagayan de Oro City was hardest hit in the tragedy that occurred at dawn Saturday. Homes and properties were rendered useless afterwards. Drowned residents filed up in funeral homes. 

This is tremendous losses to the people. And we pray that they can recover easily. My uncle and cousins who lived in Carmen were not spared. Their homes of light materials have to be rebuilt. 

Heavy rain during the onslaught of the storm was blamed but we cannot set aside the contribution of us humans. Experts told reporters that the area had turned into as a catchment area where rainwater could easily accumulate given that fact that there are no trees in the mountains surrounding the worst affected areas. The presence of thick forest could have spelled the difference during heavy rain as in the case of the tragedy that struck Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City.

Knowing his decision to rebuild his house there, I told my uncle that it is a risk to stick to the place. If memory serves me right, it was 2003 when a flashflood occurred in our subdivision here in Davao City. Our house was close to a creek -  obviously a natural waterway developed million years ago. The floodwater was almost at the level of the ceiling of our home. We were spared because months earlier, I insisted to sell the house after that alarming floodwater that entered our home. I told my wife we had to vacate the place by all means. We had small kids then and we were always away for work. We were able to sell the property months before the flashflood. Good thing that it only ruined the properties of the residents and I could not remember if it claimed a single life.

There is no point of going back to the place. But my uncle appears adamant to continue with his plan to rebuild his house there. I told him this is not a wise decision. He has to move his family somewhere else - a decision I did in 2003.

Note: the photo is lifted from the site Sun-Star