Never trust a
A Press Statement by
Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD)
December 08, 2006
They haven’t learned
from the lessons of the past particularly in dealing with the Maoist
This is the reaction
of the Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD) to Cebu City
Mayor Tomas Osmeña’s statement that he felt betrayed by the Maoist
communist sectoral front organizations masquerading as ‘militant’
groups when the latter kicked-off their “festival of protests” by
trying to hold separate rallies in front of the Cebu International
Convention Center (CICC), in Mandaue City; and the Malacañang Sa Sugbo,
near the famous Plaza Independencia, in Cebu City.
In the past ANAD has
warned the Filipino people, including local government units and
officials particularly City Mayor Osmeña, that these Maoist communist
sectoral front organizations cannot be trusted even with a single
word. Deception and lies is what they mastered and have skillfully
weaved all throughout within the 38 years waging an insurgency against
They will use every
right and freedom, guaranteed by our constitution, to destroy the very
fibers of the democratic and free government of our country. Theirs is
not a simple protest action but to embarrass our government through
chaos and trouble, which they are bent on staging, once the 12th ASEAN
Summit meeting formally begins.
What is happening now
is an unequivocal proof of what the famous peace advocate Mahatma
Gandhi once said – “One cannot shake the hands of peace with a
person with a clinched fist!” Mayor Osmeña must now realize the
truism in Gandhi’s statement.
True and real is the
determination and commitment of these Maoist communist personalities
to use democracy to destroy democracy, use our freedoms to destroy
freedom itself, use nationalism to destroy nationalism, and use
parliament to destroy parliament.
ANAD is not against
the expression of one’s right if these are made within the purview of
our laws. But what is happening now is that these Maoist communist
sectoral front organizations are totally disregarding our laws as they
constantly taunt government and its security forces using the very
freedoms and rights afforded by our constitution.
Cebu’s hosting of the
12th ASEAN meeting is a golden opportunity that must not go to waste.
Every Cebuano must now stand proud and united in ensuring a peaceful
and productive hosting of the meeting of heads of state from the 11
member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
into the status of the project: “Rehabilitation of Capitol Park”
of Board of Member MINANDRO “BOY” Q. TIOPES
November 9, 2006
Good Morning Mr.
Chairman, Madame Majority Floor Leader, and my Colleagues.
Please bear with me
again, as I have to rise as a matter of privilege, to initiate
appropriate action to correct some misappreciation of facts relative
to the implementation of the now “not-on-going anymore” project which
is the “Rehabilitation of the Capitol Park”, the same Park fronting
this Capitol Building where we incidentally hold our regular session.
Mr. Chairman, it is
incumbent upon this representation to put the record straight to
dispel rumors that the said project has already exhausted its fund,
yet said project is obviously not yet 100% accomplished. If my memory
serves me right, not very long ago, radio commentators and even on
print media, made mention that an alleged offer to share the cost of
the “rehabilitation of the Capitol Park” from no less than the
Honorable Congressman Catalino V. Figueroa from his Country-Side
Development Fund (CDF) was rejected by the Local Chief Executive. For
what reason? I do not wish to venture a guess. But, should the offer
been accepted, Mr. Chairman, I think the same rehabilitation works
would have been completed already… not probably because of the
additional funding, but because proper monitoring and evaluation of
the supposed activities involved would have been put in-place.
Perhaps, the reason why there was an alleged outright rejection of the
offer to share the cost, precisely, was to avoid the monitoring
Mr. Chairman, please
allow me to go back to the issue of exhaustion of fund for the project
I mentioned this because I have been receiving text messages coming
from unknown sources inquiring into what happened to the “how much”
fund allotted to the said project, considering the lapse of several
months after the rehabilitation works have been prosecuted. At the
early implementation stage of the project, the Capitol Park area was
enclosed throughout its perimeter, as if to conceal what was being
undertaken inside the enclosure. That was alright, then, because the
works was still going-on. But now, that the enclosure is gone,
persistent queries are pouring-in as to the real score of the project
because it is no longer on-going.
Mr. Chairman, my
Colleagues, please allow me to re-fresh your memory. Our Provincial
Budget for the year 2005 included an amount of P5.0 Million allotted
for the “rehabilitation of Capitol Park, Phase I”. And on June 23,
2005, per request of the Honorable Governor, we have approved an
additional appropriation of P5.0 Million, for Phase II. So, all in
all, the total amount appropriated for the said project, Phase I &
Phase II is P10.0 Million, Mr. Chairman.
Mr. Chairman, there
are allegations and insinuations that the “true Contractor” of the
subject project as in other big and small provincial projects are
somebody, Big Fishes in the provincial government itself using a
borrowed PCAB License and a Dummy to shield the true identity of the
“Real Contractor”, and the real implementor of the projects. However,
Mr. Chairman, despite claims to the contrary, I would like to believe
that these allegations are inaccurate and not correct. However, again,
considering that the implementation of the subject project is put
under a cloud of doubt, we have the moral obligation, as a Body, to
clear the air of doubting opinions and instead legislate measures to
correct the deficiency committed in the procurement processes. To me,
Mr. Chairman, I would propose an inquiry into the status of the
subject project, so that once and for all, the truth shall be known
and questions be answered with acceptable details and figures, after
all, what was spent for this abandoned project is “Juan dela Cruz’s
Mr. Chairman, in aide
of our legislative works and because of the seemingly abandonment of
the subject project, it is again, incumbent upon this Body to inquire
and put forward the following questions to the individual or office
concerned and some requirements to submit for the next Sangguniang
Panlalawigan Session, to wit:
The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) c/o The Chairman - to submit certified true copies of complete set of contract
The Provincial Accountant - to submit certified true copies of vouchers and/or proof of
payment documents including attachments.
The Provincial Engineering Office - to submit certified true copies of Approved Program of Work.
Is the implementation of the project: Rehabilitation of
Capitol Park undertaken by “Contract” or by “Administration”?
If the answer to number 4 is By Contract, Who is the
During the implementation period, who was the representing
Again, during the implementation period, who was the Project
In-Charge or Project Engineer/Architect assigned by the Provincial
Government to oversee the rehabilitation works?
What was the latest percentage of accomplishment paid?
Mr. Chairman, My
Colleagues, again, in view of the above circumstances and in pursuit
of good governance and to promote transparency in the implementation
of programs and projects of the Provincial Government of Samar, I
would like to move for the suspension of the house rules on referral
and move further for the adoption of a resolution to conduct a
“FACT-FINDING INQUIRY INTO THE STATUS OF THE PROJECT: REHABILITATION
OF CAPITOL PARK”, accordingly, therefore, I would like to move for
the creation of a Committee of the Whole to be chaired by the
presiding officer to conduct the said fact-finding inquiry on November
23, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. after the SP regular session. The contractor of
the subject project shall likewise be invited to be present during the
of the P10M capitol park rehabilitation project of the Samar
province in Catbalogan that was temporarily suspended for
several months taken November 16, 2006. It resumed its
rehabilitation work several days after the sponsorship statement
of Board Member Minandro Tiopes questioning this anomalous
Who’s Killing Who?
By 1Lt. MARIO JOSE M. CHICO, (QMS) PA
November 28, 2006
When someone was
killed, expect the legal fronts of the CPP-NPA-NDF such as KARAPATAN,
BAYAN, and the likes to immediately point their accusing fingers to
the military as the culprit. We cannot blame them from doing so simply
because that is what they are tasked to do as instructed by the
hierarchy of the communist terrorist movement. This is being done in
order to blame and subsequently discredit our democratic government in
the wake of the senseless killings taking place in our society
But really, who’s
Let me discuss some
salient points embedded in every action that occur in our society
hoping that it will give us a better point of view in assessing what
or whose group to blame. First, who benefits from the pointless
killings of people, be it identified with the left, center, or right.
Secondly, let us take a more conscious look into the organizations
being singled out as perpetrators. And lastly, what we should do in
order to prevent such thing to happen.
The legal fronts of
the communists automatically blame the military organization whenever
a personality identified with the left was killed. We should ask, what
will the military gain in doing so? The Philippine Army’s dictum is
“Winning the Hearts and Minds of the Populace”. In doing so, we have
been doing the best we can, with all the available resources we have,
in order to bring the soldiers closer to the people. Activities like
Medical/Dental Civac, Livelihood trainings, infrastructure
developments are but just some of the many community development
projects that the Army has been undertaking in coordination with the
concerned government agencies, LGUs and NGOs. And if ever the Army
will engage itself in the senseless killings, for sure we will never
And so, who’s
benefiting from the killings? Politically, it is very obvious that the
CPP-NPA-NDF has been benefiting a lot via their legal fronts. They
have issues to exploit, media-hyped publicity, and a lot of propaganda
CPP-NPA-NDF had established its Armadong Yunit Partisano (Armed
Partisan Unit) or popularly known in the eighties as the dreaded
“Sparrow Unit”. Its mission is very specific, to kill! It is created
purposely to murder military personnel and counter-revolutionaries. We
have a long list of killings perpetrated by the said communist unit
but one thing is certain, KARAPATAN (or KATUNGOD-SB) does not have
them on their list of alleged 783 ‘political killings’ that the said
group has recorded since 2001. Moreso, this alleged “Human Rights
Activist group” does not even lift a finger to denounce the senseless,
ruthless killings perpetrated by CPP-NPA-NDF. Not to mention further
the numerous ‘Mass Graves” wickedly designed by the communist
terrorist as part of their ‘Cleansing Drive”.
During the eighties,
the communist terrorist movement has done their ‘Cleansing operations’
in the form of Mass Graves. How do they do it nowadays? Are they just
pricking the nose and ears of their comrades suspected of being a spy?
Or if their members committed grave offense, how do they impose
punishments in their so-called revolutionary justice? By means of
Come to think of it.
What if the killings of personalities aligned with the left is the
“Modern Way” of instilling revolutionary justice? It is like hitting
two birds in just one stone. Imposing revolutionary punishment for the
offenders, and using the issue by blaming the government for the kill!
killings must be stopped. Revolutionary Justice is but a sham! Our
society should not tolerate such barbaric way of imposing justice. We
have our justice system and all we need is to help let the system
work. We should all take an active stance in denouncing the killings
perpetrated by the CPP-NPA-NDF assassins!
Every Filipino should
be extra vigilant to report suspicious looking personalities in your
area. You can do so by texting 0918-4446533 / 0917-6207663. By your
vigilance, we can prevent crime before it will happen. A vigilant
community is a home of peace loving populace. Let’s do our share!
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Media not Morales made
Pacquiao a larger than life hero
By ALEX P. VIDAL / PNS
There is nothing wrong
if Filipinos will lionize like demigod boxing icon Emmanuel “The
Pacman” Pacquiao for his scintillating three-round shellacking of Erik
“El Terrible” Morales for the World Boxing council (WBC)
superfeatherweight international crown in Las Vegas last November 19.
I join the millions of
Filipinos who celebrate until today his fantastic victory which could
be compared in terms of national euphoria when Ceferino “The Bolo
Punch” Garcia bagged the world middleweight crown on October 2, 1939
with a smashing 9th round disposal of Fred Apostoli in
Square Garden in New York.
cemented the reputation of Filipino boxers campaigning abroad as the
“Might Atoms” of the orient.
Technology, Cable TV coverage
Credit goes to the
advent of technology; the cable TV which made possible the showing of
the megabuck duel “live” direct from the Thomas and Mack Center in Las
Vegas through the magnificent “pay per view” (PPV).
If not for the “live”
boxing coverage direct from the
many Filipinos would not know what TKO (technical knockout), KO
(knockout), unanimous decision, split decision, majority decision,
majority draw, technical draw are all about.
Because of the Pacman
mania, almost all Filipinos from all walks of life are now talking
about the sports that first came into national consciousness on June
18, 1921 when Francisco Guilledo also known as “Pancho Villa” of Ilog,
Kabankalan, Negros Occidental toppled Welshman Jimmy Wilde in the 7th
round to capture the world flyweight championship, the first tiara
pocketed by an Asian prizefighter.
It is the media, the
wonders of technology that helped prop up Pacquiao as a global
sporting icon. Media brought Pacquiao’s electrifying victories to the
households making him an overnight sensation and a national
First grandfather world champ
was not yet at a fanatical level when Dado Marino, a Hawaii-born
Filipino, became the first grandfather world champion in boxing
history at 34 years old in 1950 when he lifted the world flyweight
bauble from Great Britain’s Terry Allen.
When Gabriel “Flash”
Elorde tore down Harold Gomes in seven rounds for the world junior
lightweight championship on March 16, 1960 in Araneta Coliseum, only
boxing fans that trooped to the newly inaugurated “biggest stadium in
the world” in Cubao witnessed the historic event while the rest of the
country had to wait for the newspapers to chronicle the bout the next
morning and to have a glimpse of the fistic glory scored by a poor man
from Bogo, Cebu.
The Villa-Wilde fracas
was itself the biggest fisticuffs in the world in that era witnessed
by more than 20,000 fans (the Pacquiao-Morales III otherwise known as
“The Grand Finale” generated only 18,276 ticket sales) according to
PPV was not even an
imagination when Villa, who stood only 5 feet and one inch, cut to
shreds the taller Wilde who was adjudged by The Ring Magazine (the
same magazine that conferred to Pacquiao the “People’s Champion”
title) as “the best flyweight champion of all time.”
No PPV in Villa's and Elorde's exploits
With a ring record of
88 wins, 9 defeat, 5 draw (22 KOs), Villa, the Ilonggo-speaking ring
immortal, died at 23 ten days after losing on points on July 12, 1923
to the heavier Jimmy McLarnin who would become one of the best
welterweight champions in the world. It was tooth infection that
killed Villa, by the way, not McLarnin’s fists. With PPV coverage in
his ring exploits, Villa would have outfoxed any popular politician in
Manila at that time for any position due to his skyrocketing
Elorde’s reign as
world junior lightweight champion stretched to a record seven years
from March 16, 1960 until June 15, 1967 when he yielded the crown to
Yoshiaki Numata on points in Tokyo. In all his title defenses against
10 deadly ribcrackers (not only Mexicans Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan
Manuel Marquez, Hector Velasquez, Oscar Larios, Erik Morales), there
was no PPV to bring the action “live” directly from the Filipinos’
black and white boob tubes.
Had PPV commenced
during that period, Elorde, a plebian and champion of the masses non
pareil, could have whipped Ferdinand Marcos and Diosdado Macapagal for
the presidency as his popularity among the hoi polloi and middle class
would undoubtedly plummet to a dizzying height.
In a nutshell,
Pacquiao owes his fortune and stardom in one way or the other to the