Monthly Archives: December 2011

A New Year Message from One of your Bosses, P-NOY

Sa Pinaka naming Presidenteng NOY,

Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon!

Kumusta na po? Iniisip ko kung bakit pa ako sumusulat ng liham sa iyo. Pero naisip ko na bilang isa sa mga “boss” mo, kailangan kita paalalahanan sa mga dapat mong gawin. Ginagamit ko rin ang freedom of speech ko ngayon na bilang anak ng babaeng nagbalik raw ng demokrasya sa Pilipinas, naiintindihan mo ang paggamit ko ngayon sa karapatang iyon. Siyempre, naiintindihan ko rin na mas malaki ang pagkakataon na hindi mo ito mababasa. Ngunit, puede naman sa gitna ng paglalaro mo ng PSP, naumay ka sa paglalaro at biglang maisipan mo mag-Internet. Wala akong PSP pero sigurado akong Wi-Fi ready yan.

Una sa lahat, inaabot ko ang aking pagbati. Ang tayog ng approval ratings mo sa surveys ay maikukumpara sa taas ng PBCom Tower sa Makati. Naipakita mo rin na hindi lang sa hindi mo lang hawak ang ehekutibo. Hawak mo rin sa leeg ang karamihan ng mambabatas sa nakakababang kapulungan. Sa isang pitik, na-impeach nila si Punong Mahistradong Corona. Ang galing lang kasi, hindi na nila kinailangan basahin man lang ang articles of impeachment, na kung tuluyang ma-iimpeach ay malamang sa malamang, hawak mo na pati ang hudikatura. Kung tunay silang patas at nakikinig muna sa mga daing ng mga tao sa kanilang mga sinasakupang distrito, hindi ba dapat ay binasa at pinag-aralan muna nila ang mga dokumento bago bumoto agad? Pero grabe, ang bilis talaga. Sana ganoon kabilis umaksyon ang gobyerno niyo lagi. Kaso kulang sa consistency. Pagdating noong Sendong, nasaan kayo? Sige na, alam kong puma-party ka noong kasagsagan noon pero bakit ilang araw ka pa pumunta para lang magpaabot ng tulong? Hindi rin ito ang unang beses na tila biglang nawawala ka sa eksena samantalang kailangan na kailangan ka. Sa hostage-taking nga mga Tsinong turista sa Luneta, nawawala ka na rin. Salamat sa iyo at mga tauhan mo ay namura tayong lahat ng mga Tsino noong gabing iyon. Isang tao lang, hindi pa kaya talunin ng mga tauhan mo? Ang nakatatawa pa, sinisi mo na naman si ex-PGMA. Ano nga bang bago, kung tutuuisin? Kakandidato ka pa lang ay sinisisi mo na sa kanya ang lahat.

Nabanggit na nga rin si ex-PGMA, pupunta na ako sa susunod kong punto, binabati rin kita sa agaran mong pagpapakulong kay ex-PGMA. Masyadong naging mahaba ang pananatili niya sa puesto bilang pangulo. Marami ring kontrobersya sa panunungkulan niya. Sa loob ng siyam na taon, napakaraming nangyari rin na tila nagpapagod at nagpagalit sa mga tao sa rehimeng Arroyo. Nagamit mo ito para mailuklok ka sa puesto, aminin mo yun. Wala ka naman masyadong maipagmamalaki sa résumé mo. Kaya kung wala ka ng maipagmamalaki, umpisa na para manira ng iba. Noong nagdaang eleksyon, maliban kay Senadora Jamby ay ikaw ang pinakamasigasig sa negative campaigning. Ngayon, suerte mo talaga sapagkat hindi na siya makaaalis, lagi na lang siya nandiyan para masisi mo. Pero anak ng tokwa naman, labingwalong buwan ka na diyan sa puesto mo. Sa labingwalong buwan dapat nakagawa ka na ng mga economic policies at mga reformang sa iyo talaga nagmula. Hanggang ngayon ba ay tila nangangapa ka pa rin sa pagiging pangulo mo? Sana naman ay hindi totoo ang bali-balitang iyon. Kailangan naming ikaw upang maging tunay na pinuno namin. Ang barko ay lulubog kung walang kapitan. Ang eroplano ay babagsak kung walang piloto. Ang sasakyan ay babangga o mahuhulog sa bangin kung walang drayber kahit na sa pinakatuwid na daan pa siya tumatahak. Simple lang naman ang ibig ko ipahiwatig: Kung hindi ka aastang pinuno, ikababagsak yun ng Pilipinas. Sana alam naiintindihan mo kung anong bigat ang responsibilidad mo.

Inuulit ko, kailangan ka namin. Hindi ko alam kung naiintindihan mo ang bigat ng posisyon mo subalit kailangan na kailangan ka namin. Kailangan naming ng isang pinuno na talagang tutulong na iangat ang bansang ito sa kahirapan. Hindi lamang sa kahirapan ng salapi o material na bagay pero pati kahirapan sa pagkakaisa, oportunidad at kapayapaan. Napakarami po nating suliranin. Kung talagang nagkasala si dating Pangulong Arroyo, magpapasalamat ako kung mapaparusahan siya. Subalit siguraduhin mo na mabibigyan siya ng patas na paglilitis. Pero huwag mo lalo rin ibaling lahat ng enerhiya mo para lamang sa kanya. Mas alalahanin mo kami sa kanya. Kailangan namin ng mga trabaho, mga tahanan at mga infrastraktura. Kailangan naming ng mataas na ekonomiya na laging mataas ang paglaki dahil ito ang pinakamabilis na paraan para maraming makaangat sa kabuhayan. Kailangan na mahilom na ang sugat ng hindi pagkakaunawaan ng Kristyano sa Muslim, mga hidwaan sa politika at maging ang relasyon natin sa bansang Tsina at iba pa dahil sa Kalaayaan Group of Islands. Kailangan ng mga kabataan ng edukasyon, oportunidad para mailabas lahat ng potensyal nila at kasiguraduhan na maiiwanan pa natin sila ng Pilipinas na may malinis na hangin, malawak na kagubatan at malinis na tubig.

Sa darating na 2012, sana maging mas masigasig at seryoso na tayo sa pagharap at pagresolba sa mga isyung ito. Tama na ang pagsentro lamang sa mga kapwa mo politiko. Sa totoo lang, marami na kaming umay na umay at sukang-suka kakakita ng iskandalo na naman sa politika. Kami naman. Alalahanin mo naman kami, ang mga nasasakupan mo. Ang mga taong tinatawag mong “boss” mo. Bigyan mo kami ng konkretong mga plano. Hindi mga pangmalawakan na mga pangako na baka hindi mo rin naman matutupad. Kung gugustuhin mo talaga, makakaahon ang bansang ito.

Umaasa na mas maunlad na Pilipinas sa pamumuno mo,
Maica Ayuyao

P.S.: Sa totoo lang, wala kaming paki-alam sa love life mo kaya naman ibinibigay namin sa iyo lahat ng privacy na gusto mo diyan. Pero sana’y nawa’y makahanap ka ng babaeng tatanggap sa iyo ng buong puso bilang ikaw at hindi dahil sa titulo mo. Nawa’y di rin siya mahilig mag-twitter kasi madulas lang siya ng onti kung nasaan ka habang may kaguluhan, patay ka sa mga tao lalo na sa mga kritiko mo. Sadyang seloso ang mga mamamayan sa atensyon mo dahil sa totoo lang, sila ang rason kung bakit nandiyan ka sa puesto mo.

The Power is in the People: No, P-NOY, we never forget what you promised us when you said, "Kayo ang boss ko, kaya't hindi maaaring hindi ako makinig sa mga utos ninyo!" So please now go work for us as a real president who has a real vision for our country.

xxx                                                         xxx                                                         xxx

Thank you, Ate Layla Medina, for a blog entry on her thoughts on about this blog. It makes my heart very happy. Go read her blog, too. It’s about those little slices of life on being a law student and other interesting things. Her entries are short but meaningful. We may have different writing styles but the important thing is we write with our hearts. Thank you again, Ate Layla! 🙂

We Don’t Need to go “Namamasko” Anymore

If a foreigner would ask me, “What is ‘namamasko’ in English?” I would be the most puzzled person in the universe.

Don’t get me wrong. Christmas 2011 is one of the simplest yet one of the best Christmases that I have ever had. I realized who really matters. I appreciated what I have. I felt the love emanating from my family and friends. I made new memories with new friends. I reconnected with old friends. It’s a memorable Christmas for me.

But there is one thing that I hate the most during Christmas besides wrapping gifts and that is those people who are “namamasko.” If you, my dear reader, cannot understand Filipino, I’ll explain the word the best that I could. Namamasko comes from the root word, Pasko, which means Christmas. Additional letters that you see make the word Christmas a verb. However, the big question is, what exactly are you doing if you are acting on the word Christmas?

Sad to say, a lot of Filipinos act on the word to ask money or gifts from another persons in the “spirit of Christmas”.  Some sing Christmas carols. The usual ones like “Ang Pasko ay Sumapit” or “Sa Maybahay ang Aming Bati.” I wish they would sing more new songs because those were the songs I keep on hearing for twenty-three Christmases that I had celebrated. Nonetheless, I liked them way better than those who just knock on our house or our car doing nothing but extending their palms saying “Namamasko po.

It’s really revolting and nauseating seeing them beg like that especially during the Christmas Eve and on the Christmas Day where the entire family get together—and then someone knocks on the door carrying a kid and ‘namamasko’. It saddens me the most that a lot parents even encourages their children to go from house to house to ask for money for their Noche Buena, or the meal shared when the clock struck twelve during December 25. Some kids were even as young as two years old. Personally, eating something scrumptious for Noche Buena is way too overrated. Actually, in our house, we do not even celebrate Noche Buena until last year. It’s enough that we are together in our house safe and sleeping soundly. We only celebrated in for these past two years because our cousins invites us to their place after hearing in shock that we never had Noche Buena.

Still, this pamamasko mentality gives an important and alarming message. It shows how we view Christmas nowadays which is a time of materiality. We view Christmas now as Santa Claus who gives gifts to us, not the birth of Jesus who died and save all of us. It’s unhappy seeing even those well-off people become very frustrated because the material things that they ask for in their wish list like the new iPhone 4s or Blackberry Curve or new laptop was not given to them. It disgusts me too, seeing some people eat during the Christmas season looking like it’s the first time they are going to eat well in three months. I cannot comprehend how excited they are seeing five times what they are eating in an ordinary dinner in one sitting. They give the excuse that it’s Christmas anyway, a time for merry-making and enjoyment. But must you eat that excessive? Must you compromise your health because it is Christmas season? No wonder health care and funeral services businesses increase during the Christmas to New Year season. Some people literally died of eating during those days.

I do not want to wake up one day when children and adults had already forgotten Jesus as the main cause for Christmas. If only we put Christ in the midst of the Christmas season, we shall understand that all those excessive food, decorations, lights, glitter and presents are unnecessary. Jesus Christ is born in a simple manger without all of those flashy things. However, Mother Mary and Saint Joseph were the happiest persons on earth at that time because they found happiness in what they have. They found that great love with each other knowing that together they faced our savior for the first time. They hardly have anything in them but since they have this great love, they already have quite more than all the riches in the world.

Christmas should be about thanksgiving. The problem with us is we complain before we count our blessings. We may have a lot of failures on our lives for the past year and that’s all we see. However, we fail to see that God sent us angels through our loved ones that help us stand again after our falls. We fail seeing opportunities that He had made but we failed to perceive because we dwell too much time and energy to our failures. We only see what others have but not what we have now.

We are all blessed. That’s a fact.

That’s why we do not need to beg for grace or go namamasko. God gives us all we need. Rather than asking, we need to give. It need not be material but charity work. For example, one could volunteer for packing the goods for the disheartening tragedy in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City due to typhoon Sendong or Washi. Or one could go caroling or raise funds for the victims’ sakes and not for personal enjoyment. Give. We can never know how much we have until we give.

One more thing before I end this. I do not like hearing people greet each other “Happy Holidays!” This is Christmas, not just any other holidays. Holiday is a way to general term and there are so many holidays we celebrate in a year. Araw ng Kagitingan is a holiday. Andres Bonifacio Day is a holiday. Heck, next year, even Chinese New Year is a holiday. And since they are all holidays, we could greet each other, “Happy Holidays!” on those days, right? Let Christmas shine and become more meaningful in our lives compared to other holidays. After all, this is the most wonderful time of the year.

Let me end this entry from a line from How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss.

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas.

" And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth." ---Philippians 2:8-10. Thank you Jesus, for saving us!

Love, Sex, Law and Philippine Showbiz

Let me get one thing straight: I’m very much interested in Philippine politics every since I was a little child. I stay up for it, I analyze it, and I talk about it. I even write about it. Heck, when I first went on-line when I was eleven, the first website that I looked for was the ABS-CBN news website. But these months, my life took a 180-degree turn. I no longer care about politics. I’m sick and tired hearing the bullying of this administration. Now they even want to impeach the Chief Justice for no real reason at all. Before I go on and rant on how frustrated I am with this administration, let’s just talk about the next worst thing—the Philippine show business.

To start off, let us talk about the breakup of Piolo Pascual and KC Concepcion. I find it amazing how much KC can say without revealing anything with her reveal-all interview with the newly crowned Asia’s King of Talk, Boy Abunda. She just cried there ranting on how she accepted Piolo for what he is. He even accepted the fact that he has lovechild with an unknown woman. But what really intrigued as again is Piolo Pascual’s sexual orientation. Their breakup sparked rumors again that Piolo is indeed a gay man. Ludicrously, ABS-CBN quickly released an article that Maricar Reyes may be the one who caused their breakup. Come on, just leave her alone. Wasn’t it enough that she suffered so much with that Hayden Kho sex video scandal? Let’s focus on the real issue here on whether or not Piolo Pascual is gay.

Then again, what if he’s really gay? Would that make him less of an actor? I don’t think that it would really be an issue. Actually, my professors in University of Santo Tomas, the school where Piolo entered into but didn’t graduate, told us that indeed he is a gay man. We were told that he is a drama club freak being a proud member of Teatro Tomasino and in there everyone knows he is gay. But in entering show business, he needed to toughen up and act as a man. Every woman and gay absolutely adored him on the big screen. And who wouldn’t? He appeared to be chiseled to perfection from the purest white marble. His features are wonderfully crafted that you couldn’t see a flaw on any of its form. He is tall, muscular, gorgeous and well, he knows how to sing. He could live in anybody’s fantasy. Surely you wouldn’t waste someone like him to just do gay roles that will not fit him at all.

But you cannot completely hide your true self. There are many sightings of him having delightful moments on the arms of other men, some of which are well known in showbiz. Probably some the news was true but others were just mere allegations which were accepted as gospel truth. Nonetheless, who are we to judge a person? To criticize one who seems like perfect on the eyes of public may seem to be fun but it is still not right.

Moral of the story: Just because he is drop-dead handsome does not mean that he is the man for you. Also, men, whether straight or not, will never change.

Speaking of which, let me move to another issue—DJ Mo Twister’s video. In his infamous video we could see him speaking in monologue about him and the hot, young star, Rhian Ramos and their baby who is about to be aborted at that time. He says that they are in Singapore’s Carlton Hotel and it was about July 2010 and at any time soon he’s going to accompany Rhian to an abortion clinic there and even showed the pregnancy test kit with two lines visible from it. He blamed her family, her management and the Philippine show business for influencing her to make the choice to abort their baby. Nevertheless, he said that he still love Rhian, that’s why he respects and supports her decision to get rid of the baby.

Everyone was definitely too shocked or surprised after seeing the video. Some people were asking me if abortion is a crime. DEFINITELY. There are several types of abortion crimes under the Revised Penal Code under Title 8 (Crimes Against Persons):

Art. 256. Intentional abortion. — Any person who shall intentionally cause an abortion shall suffer:

  1. The penalty of reclusion temporal, if he shall use any violence upon the person of the pregnant woman.
  2. The penalty of prision mayor if, without using violence, he shall act without the consent of the woman.
  3. The penalty of prision correccional in its medium and maximum periods, if the woman shall have consented.

Art. 257. Unintentional abortion. — The penalty of prision correccional in its minimum and medium period shall be imposed upon any person who shall cause an abortion by violence, but unintentionally.

Art. 258. Abortion practiced by the woman herself of by her parents. — The penalty of prision correccional in its medium and maximum periods shall be imposed upon a woman who shall practice abortion upon herself or shall consent that any other person should do so.
Any woman who shall commit this offense to conceal her dishonor, shall suffer the penalty of prision correccional in its minimum and medium periods.
If this crime be committed by the parents of the pregnant woman or either of them, and they act with the consent of said woman for the purpose of concealing her dishonor, the offenders shall suffer the penalty of prision correccional in its medium and maximum periods.

Art. 259. Abortion practiced by a physician or midwife and dispensing of abortives. — The penalties provided in Article 256 shall be imposed in its maximum period, respectively, upon any physician or midwife who, taking advantage of their scientific knowledge or skill, shall cause an abortion or assist in causing the same.
Any pharmacist who, without the proper prescription from a physician, shall dispense any abortive shall suffer arresto mayor and a fine not exceeding 1,000 pesos.

But why is no one filing a crime or at least investigating Rhian Ramos or her parents to find out of that abortion issue is true? Our crime laws are generally territorial. It means that our laws shall only apply on crimes made on the Philippine archipelago. There are several exceptions under Section 2 of the Revised Penal Code; however abortion is not one of them. In Singapore, abortion is legal up to 24 weeks. According to DJ Mo’s twitter account, Rhian was 3 months pregnant when they had the abortion. Thus, she and her parents did not commit any crime. So, yeah.

Anyway, going back to the real issue, I believe that it was really DJ Mo who uploaded the video. His allegation that he just sold his computer with the file in it is unbelievable. He is known for being a techie. He would not have done something stupid like sell his computer like that without even reformatting it. Second, see the timing. The video went viral the day before he set foot to America. Of course, if I had the file, I would have uploaded it way ahead of time to make sure it had enough time to impugn the reputation of Mo and to make things interesting like Rhian Ramos filing a case to him and Mo of course would file for counterclaim. But with the timing like that, only Rhian would lose everything while Mo would find himself free on the other side of the globe. Third, he has all the motive and intent to do that. Remember how many ridiculed him when he posted very emotional tweets about their breakup? He obviously wants the best revenge story which is more dramatic, more intense and more destructive than the movies Kill Bill or Oldboy or Katya Santos’ Keka. Yes, ikaw na talaga Mo!

Blame Game Over: What now?

But then again, those are my theories. Those won’t really weigh much it court. Heh.

But does Rhian have any remedy? According to her camp, yes—under the infamous (to the point na gasgas na) Republic Act 9262 or Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act. Under that said act, a woman could file a case against a man for economic and psychological abuse. Well, indeed she suffered those things. However, to prove without reasonable doubt that Mo is behind this is another story. Another problem would be summoning him back to the Philippines to answer for the charges. Even with extradition treaty with the United States, it would be very tricky to bring him back here.

I extremely pity Rhian Ramos. She is young, beautiful and talented but the spread of her alleged crime made her ugly and fatigued. Assuming the abortion issue is real then the sin of not facing your true responsibility as a parent made you ugly and fatigued at age twenty. I do not know whether she could stand up once again after this issue as GMA Network made her rest and all her projects went straight to Carla Abellana whose acting skills improved. One winner of this issue is Andi Eigenmann who just gave birth to a daughter last November 23. On-line, I saw a lot of people who were against her initially suddenly praise her for facing responsibility for keeping her child even though she’ll have to be a single mother and even though like Rhian, she’s on the peak of her young career.

But who are we to judge them? Who are we to speak ill against any of them? They are humans, too. They err. They sin. They have emotions. Just like every one of us even they are part of our show business. They need respect and understanding more than ever. We, spectators, are not saints to quickly said things about them and judge them over the top.

I’ll end this blog entry with a much neglected crime under the Revised Penal Code:

Art. 364. Intriguing against honor. The penalty of arresto menor or fine not exceeding 200 pesos shall be imposed for any intrigue which has for its principal purpose to blemish the honor or reputation of a person.

It’s easy to talk harshly, judge without basis and criticize a person’s dignity without any guilt especially if they are part of the show business. But such act is a crime under the Revised Penal Code. You are obviously intriguing another against his honor by passing hurtful things about them. If this law is imposed strictly then I believe that almost all Filipinos would deserve a life sentence in jail. Some may even deserve two life sentences. Remember:  Before you judge, listen. Before you listen, see. That’s why we have two eyes and two ears, cause there are always two sides of every story.