Wednesday, November 30, 2011

ConradoDeQ* is really, really great!


Not to be outdone, Edcel Lagman has come up with his two-cents’ worth too. There’s history, he says, to argue for putting his favorite non-president under house arrest. The list of famous and infamous people who met with that fate includes Augusto Pinochet, Paris Hilton, Nikita Khrushchev, Aung San Suu Kyi and Galileo Galilei.

Now, how weird is that?

At the very least, that’s so because as our Inquirer story pointed out, for every person you can name that got meted house arrest, you can name just as many or more who met with much harsher fates than being kept in a detention center. South Korean presidents Roh Tae-woo and Chun Doo-huan were summarily thrown in jail after being arrested for a variety of crimes, the former kept in solitary confinement for a time. The same was true of Taiwan’s president Chen Shui-bian.

That does not include the fate of hated leaders like Nicolae Ceausescu, Benito Mussolini and Mohammad Najibullah who were torn limb from limb by an irate mob. Najibullah in particular was castrated, dragged to death by a truck, and hung from a traffic light with his balls stuffed to his mouth. A pity Ferdinand Marcos did not stay around to see if Filipinos and their Christian charity were less given to these passions than Afghans and their Islamic sense of retribution.

At the very most, while Arroyo is in perfectly good company with Nikita Khrushchev, Augusto Pinochet and Paris Hilton, she is not with Galileo and Suu Kyi. I can imagine that for someone like the peripatetic and party-loving Hilton, being confined to one’s domicile must be torture of hideous proportions. And so richly deserves it. But Hilton was arrested for reckless driving, not for reckless robbing.

While at this, I don’t know where Lagman got the idea that Khrushchev was placed under house arrest. In fact, after Khruschev was ousted, he was given a dacha and 500 rubles a month. He went into a depression afterward and spent his last years writing his memoirs, but writing at home however that may seem like punishment to many people is not known to be a form of house arrest. Or else I would have been under it for the last 25 years.

What takes the cake, however, and reflects on the quality of mind of Arroyo’s defenders, is that Lagman should put her on the same footing as Galileo and Suu Kyi. How different is Arroyo from both?

Let me count the ways:

Galileo was arrested for saying that the earth revolved around the sun, going against the powerful Church which preached otherwise. Arroyo was arrested for believing that the world revolved around her, conscripting the powerful Church to aid her in preaching the notion. Galileo was a man of science who extolled truth and detested ignorance. Arroyo was a woman of ambition who extolled ignorance and detested truth. Galileo did publicly recant at some point, saying “I am sorry” for having stolen from people their comforting belief that they were the pinnacle of creation. Arroyo did publicly recant at some point, or gave a verisimilitude of it, saying “I… am…sorry,” but clung on anyway and strove even more to attain the pinnacle of power.

Galileo never wavered in his beliefs anyway, which were later proven to be true. Arroyo never wavered in her claims, which were forthwith proven to be false. Galileo told the truth and suffered the consequences of it. Arroyo told the lie, and enjoyed the benefactions of it. Galileo was persecuted wrongfully, Arroyo is being prosecuted rightfully. Galileo’s fate spoke of the terrors of the Inquisition. Arroyo’s fate speaks of the wonders of the Enlightenment. History shows that Galileo should never have been put under arrest, house or not. History will show Arroyo should have been arrested long ago, sick or not.

From the other end, Suu Kyi gained world renown for battling a repressive regime. Arroyo gained world renown for mounting a repressive regime. Suu Kyi has shown enormous courage in the face of the junta’s threats for her to stand down or be put down. Arroyo has shown enormous temerity in the face of the people’s demands for her to step down or be swept away. Suu Kyi’s resistance to tyranny has been a source of inspiration to her people. Arroyo’s resistance to jail has been a source of merriment to her people. Suu Kyi continues to fight heroically to gain freedom for her country. Arroyo continues to fight desperately to retain freedom for herself. Suu Kyi risks life and limb to champion the law. Arroyo risks laughter and derision to dodge the law.

Suu Kyi is the Cory of Burma. Arroyo is the junta of the Philippines. Suu Kyi is being persecuted viciously. Arroyo is being prosecuted fittingly. Suu Kyi’s fate reminds us of the terrors of repression. Arroyo’s fate teaches us a lesson in liberation. By all rights, Suu Kyi should be at the head of her government right now. By all rights Arroyo should be at the pit of a cell right now.

But in the end, it’s not a matter of precedent or what others have done, it is a matter of justice and what we ought to do. Giving Arroyo to enjoy the comforts of home while awaiting trial for a multitude of monstrosities merely gives her more of the “executive privilege” she has always claimed for herself. It is an insult to the Morong 43 who were arrested without warrant and languished in jail without being charged. It is an injury to Francisco Gudani and Alexander Balutan who were seized and jailed for telling the truth. It is an insult and injury to the hundreds of political activists who were made to argue their innocence only in the afterlife.

It’s not just Arroyo who’s on trial here, we are too. How we deal with her is the test of our mettle. What we do with her is the test of our character. Heaven forbid that we are judged and found:



And here's one of the numerous replies/comments posted:


Former Pres. Arroyo govt scandals, corruption and many more..

1. NBN ZTE Scandal

2. Millions of bribe money to Congressmen and Governors (October 2007)

3. Cheating in 2004 Elections (HELLO GARCI)

4. Joc Joc Bolante Case (Fertilizer Scam, P728 Million)

5. JOSE PIDAL Bank Account (Unexplained Wealth, P200 Million)

6. NANI PEREZ Power Plant Deal ($2 Million)

7. Use of Road User's Tax for Campaigning

8. Billion Peso Macapagal Boulevard (Overprice of P532 Million)

9. Juetengate? (Illegal Numbers game kickbacks)

10. Extra Judicial Killings

11. Arroyo Moneys in Germany (Exposed by Senator Cayetano)

12. General GARCIA and Other Military Men

13. Billion Peso Poll Automation contract to(Mega Pacific) (P1.3 Billion)

14. Northrail Project($503 Million)

15. Maguindanao Results of 2007 Elections (ZUBIRI, BEDOL)

16. NAIA-3

17. Venable Contract (Norberto Gonzales)

18. Swine Scam (Exposed by? Atty. Harry Roque

19. GLORIA Arroyo son hidden assets in united states



22. C-5 road controversy — Senator Manuel Villar

23.P550-million worth of funds from the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA).

24. P780-million LWUA funds-PROSPERO PICHAY

25. BISHOPS's SUV-Gloria Birthday gift

26. Arroyo linked in P325M lotto intelligence fund

27. Arroyo got P200M in kickbacks from govt projects-Zaldy Ampatuan

28. P200.41 billion or $4.6 billion in Malampaya royalties from 2002 to May this year.


30. 600,000 metric tons of Rotten rice imported from India.Kishore Hemlani, an Indian trader allegedly close to Arroyo, reportedly bagged the P9.5 billion contract for the rice importation.

31. DATO ARROYO wife bought the condo unit for $570,000,

70-square-meter one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit (Unit No. 533) at the luxury high-rise, full-service Gramercy Towers located at 1177 California St. in upscale downtown San

32.- P50-million bribe to FG for the president's veto of two franchise bills

33. The additional funding led to a 41-percent spike in advertising expenses, from P76.129 million in 2008 to P107.420 million in 2009, which went mostly to ads for Arroyo's achievements.

34. The report said the PIA received from the Department of Budget and Management a notice of cash allocations amounting to P344.789 million, even though only P222.488
million was appropriated for it under the national budget.

35.- Denial of pork barrel funds to Malacanang's political enemies

36.- Praises for Jovito Palparan, alleged mastermind of extra judicial killings of militants

37.- Removal of govt bodyguards for former pres and Arroyo critic, Cory Aquino

38.- Appointment of manicurist as a member of the board of Pag-Ibig

39. Appointment of gardener as deputy of the Luneta Park Administration.

40. MIDNIGHT APPOINTMENT of an Arroyo,RENATO CORONA, as SC Chief Justice

200+ other illegal midnight appointments

41.- MIKEY ARROYO's undeclared properties in California

42.- Pardon of controversial convicted criminals like Ninoy's murderers

43.- EO 464; requiring Cabinet members to seek presidential clearance before testifying in Congress hearings

44.- Promise (on Rizal Day) to not run for the presidency in 2004

45.- "Vote Buying" by giving away Philhealth cards

46.- Taxpayers' money for her giant billboards and and PCSO tv campaign ads[/b]

47- Appointment of Ben Abalos, a staunch GMA ally, as COMELEC chair

48.- Mikey Arroyo's importation of 32 thoroughbred horses from Australia worth P384 million.

49.Former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo used 2 choppers 16

times, son Mikey 69

50.PNoy: PAGCOR spent P1 BILLION on coffee

51.Jose Miguel Arroyo owned helicopters’
all Robinson R44 Raven Is with Series Nos. 1370 to 1374
A total of $1,423,025 was paid to Lionair for the five helicopters.

52.Pagcor ‘pabaon’ to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo: P345M

53.The godmother’s ties to the Pinedas(Jueteng lord)

54. Glorietta 2 and Batasan bombings

The Glorietta 2 bombing happened during the height of the bribery case which took place in Malacañang.

55. Misuse of Balikatan funds Navy Lt. Nancy Gadian revealed an alleged malversation of funds in 2007

56. Solon: Charge Gloria Arroyo for taking P98-M from PNoy's social fund


Former Armed Forces chiefs of staff Narciso Abaya, Dionisio Santiago, Generoso Senga, Hermogenes Esperon, and Alexander Yano,chiefs of staff – Angelo Reyes, Diomedio Villanueva, and Roy Cimatu and MANY MORE..

58.Colmenares: GMA had P488 billion in 'pork.

59. P1 BILLION down the drain in Arroyo-era jatropha project—DOST chief

60. President Arroyo and her group had an outlandish dinner in Le Cirque, a French restaurant in Manhattan, New York for the cost of $20,000 or P1,000,000 as reported in the New York Post.

61. GMA lying to SC saying we have extradiction treaty with Spain.


*I only follow INQ just to read CDQ`s column along with Randy David's and sometimes

Mareng Winnie's.....

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Pak! Pak!-yawa

On manny's latest track...Neal H. Cruz is right...again!

While we`re at it, I believe, even before his latest fight, that Pacquiao must concentrate on where he is good, and that is boxing. This reminds me of that parable about the story told many times by my Father:

There was a family of duck who lived near a pond.
Everyday, little ducklings followed mother duck to the pond to
practice swimming, after all, that is what they do best.
Anyway, some days saw one little duckling aim
his eyes on the numerous birds soaring into the sky as they pass by.
This little duckling decided he wanted to fly.
After all, swimming bores him.
So he asked mother duck if he could learn how to.
Mother duck, of course was hesitant.
So she asked Father duck for his approval.
As expected, father duck was angry!
"Why would you want to fly when you are a duck?!", he thundered.
Baby duck said he had always wanted to fly up above the vast sky.
Baby duckling went into his daily routine with sad countenance.
Soon Father duck relented and warned Baby duck that he must
not forget how to swim if he want to learn another skill.
Baby duck promised and soon enough, he was happy learning
with the birds how to fly. Learn he did until he became an expert.
He was so happy flying that he soon forgot all about swimming.
Then one day, there was a storm and a great wind destroyed their
barnyard home. A great flood came and soon all the ducks were
out in the water swimming for safety. With all the haste all
Mother duck could do was survey the area and bring her baby ducklings
out of danger. She started counting her ducklings and
soon realized that one was missing!
She went back and saw this Baby duck struggling in the water.
He couldn't fly because of the strong winds;  
all he could do to save himself is to swim...but he forgot how to go about it.
Mother duck carried her baby at her back and started to swim to join the others.
Lesson: IF you are a duck, be a duck!
God gave us gifts to harness and hone.
If God made you a teacher, be a teacher. Be good at it.
Do not aim for something you are not!

I always remember this and has posted the same parable a number of times in the past. I have shared the same one with students and friends who cared to listen. It has always made me think twice, thrice, and so many times before invading a "new territory" and endeavour. I'd like to think that becoming something is good...but oftentimes, I must think my good points first before I enter a "new horizon" in my life. That way, I lessen the unsavory outcome I may have to encounter if I didn't think better. Of course, there are struggles along the way, but if I see that a path isn`t that good for me, I retrace my steps and rectify steps for the best.

Pacquiao may be a good fighter, but just like an old tire, or an old car...there is what we call 'wear-and-tear' thing. He may be good but if people look at his face and body while he fought his latest encounter with JMM, I think he should retire and retire while he's on top {not so in his latest in Vegas!}.

He should also be happy and spend his life at ease with his billions[?] earned. He should also quit as Representative of Sarangani: there are better lawmakers than he can ever be. He is just wasting the country's coffer, just like his contemporaries in the "silent bench" like LL and his cohorts.

He should also stop singing. And voice experts know why. Someone in his circle who can boldly say the truth [at hindi takot na mawalan ng ambon] who has Manny's best interest should...., nah, must advice him to act appropriately as a mature individual to refrain from holding the mike in front of the public. A house party may be okay, especially kung sila-sila lang, baka ayos.........but as a pro? Naaaahhh!

So goodbye,pakyaw-----a!