Manganese, Copper… and
By ALICE NICART
"...many of the people
Eastern Samar are not aware of a mining operation in the province."
Tacloban-Borongan land trip was not as irksome as it was last Monday,
March 15 but I was thankful to have catched up that 5pm trip.
Seated at the center
of the passenger van, I was a complete listener to the long phone
conversations made by two passengers. Meanwhile, many of us Filipinos
are not in anyway, sensitive at the presence of others inside a
narrow, secluded place like a van for public transport; they talk
lengthily in a volume, God knows, as though they are the only ones who
But the man to my left
interested me at the start, as he made calls through his expensive
unit. I heard he talked to a “padre” whom he informed he was on his
way to the site in Samar; but the next call almost dismayed me as he
addressed with all respect, a “sister”: “Yes, sister…yes,
sister…actually I’m in Samar…I’m going to inspect and ensure the stock
of ten tons of manganese…there is copper…don’t worry”, he continued.
“Don’t worry, the profit will be divided into three equal parts, one
for you, …around 3.4M..”
Having heard of the
“profit”, I went outrageous in silence, as I felt some forms of
unfairness for my people. Look at this man, who is not from my
province, yet he is about to plunder and benefit in millions what God
supposed had given only for its inhabitants’ food and protection?
Also, I am not sure if
like me, many of the people in
Eastern Samar are not aware of a mining operation in the province. In all
honesty, I thought all these years, that because of the strong church
opposition, mining had been terminated in my province, as it has
damaged some parts of the earth and its people in this part of the
To silence my
uproaring thoughts, I texted a friend who is a strong environment
advocate, and inquired if she is aware of any mining company that
operates locally; my inquiry was answered in the affirmative; and like
me, she texted that she is also discouraged at the turn of events, and
being inside the system she could not do otherwise but be gagged.
O, God, I sulked in my
seat as the man continued to be making calls in English, even if I was
certain he must have to review his English 101…and went on a litany of
questions in my mind: were the names “padre” and “sister” mentioned in
the calls, genuine religious people? Who owns that mine? Where is it?
Who ever gave the permit? How? Do the people of the province likewise
receive millions? Where have gone our beloved priests who in the
recent past were our supporters in our cry to protect our land in
I am not sure also,
if our local leaders are aware of this either, because otherwise, they
will not remain in silence because they too love this third largest
island of the country, where more pristine seas and mountains can
still be found and where God has spared it of natural calamities….and
where the precious rain still happen, while others suffer the El Niño
Pres. Arroyo has used ‘pork’ as a political tool
By HENRY M. LAGRIMAS
Macapagal-Arroyo has been exercising her power to corner or impound
“pork” as a political tool for the past five years, according to our
reliable sources from Malacañang and the Senate. The apparent has now
become obvious that she has been exercising her power to impound pork
not because of any lofty purpose but to give out or withhold political
favor to help her allies and to strangle her political opponents.
She will continue to
do so, and with more reason in 2010, for the result of the coming
elections could shape her political future,” our sources said.
conference committee had recently inserted a provision that would make
it difficult for Arroyo to impound certain portions of the
P1.542-trillion national budget, particularly the allocations for
We have learned, for
instance, that pork barrel of opposition Senator Francis “Chiz”
Escudero was withheld from him since 2005 after he played a key leader
in the impeachment complaints against Arroyo.
Because of the abuses
by this government, Escudero filed a resolution in 2008 urging the
Senate committee on Finance proposing the repeal or amendment of
Presidential Decree No. 1177 and Book VI of Executive Order No. 292
“with the end in view of reverting to Congress the power of the purse
as prescribed by the Constitution.”
Escudero has also
openly called for the abolition of the pork barrel and proposed
substantial increase in the share of the IRA of local governments.
“Now that political
loyalties have become uncertain, she will make use the power of the
purse in making sure that her allies will continue to toe the line and
her enemies won’t have the resources to wage an effective campaign
against her,” Escudero said.
But there are limits
to what this government can do to try to retain power. We are
definitely sure that the people will know what to do when the time
comes (or when the elections come)!
Day: Their Day or Ours?
By ADOR LEANDA HURTADO, WARAYA/FPOP, UNFPA YAP/Y-Peer
Almost all significant
elements in our society are commemorated. Numerous celebrations are
being recognized annually to honor women, mothers, fathers, teachers,
youth, the earth, animals, the environment, and the list goes on. Even
shortening the event to hours or extending it to weeks, months or even
whole year round. But what is so significant about these “day”
celebrations or commemorative schedules when most people are not aware
of it and some doesn’t even care.
Well, I do; and some
The United Nations in
1977, two years after the International Women's Year celebration,
adopted a resolution during the General Assembly proclaiming a United
Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace as it has been
first observed on March 8 of 1975. Since then, the 8th of March has
been known as the International Women’s Day.
So why dedicate a day
exclusively to the celebration of the world's women? In adopting its
resolution on the observance of Women's Day, the General Assembly
cited two reasons. One was to recognize the fact that securing peace
and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and
fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality and
development of women. Second was to acknowledge the contribution of
women to the strengthening of international peace and security.
For the women of the
world, the Day's symbolism has a bigger meaning. Apart from the sole
recognition, it is an occasion to review how far they have come in
their struggle for equality, peace and development. And an opportunity
as well to unite, network and mobilize for a meaningful change.
This year’s theme for
the International Women’s Day is “Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities:
Progress for All”. As shared by United Nations Secretary General Ban
Ki-moon, “Gender equality and women’s empowerment are fundamental to
the global mission of the United Nations to achieve equal rights and
dignity for all... But equality for women and girls is also an
economic and social imperative. Until women and girls are liberated
from poverty and injustice, all our goals – peace, security,
sustainable development – stand in jeopardy."
Indeed, women are
facing developmental and societal issues in parts of the world.
Mothers, young ladies, girls, and women are struggling for equality
and equity over opportunities and meaning that hinders their
development as well as ours. Until we do not respect their identity,
their roles, and their significance in our society and in our lives,
we have not fully attained the true meaning of progress and
development. Be it in our communities or in our society, in our
employment or in our families, we must treat them with respect and
with dignity much as we do with ourselves.
As a youth advocate
and a person of respect, I am one with the many who acknowledges this
day not just as the International Women’s Day but a day for change!
Equal rights, Equal Opportunities so as to achieve progress for all!
So, is it their day or
“A woman without love
wilts like a flower without sun.”
fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, 2001
Statement of Senator Pia S. Cayetano
Issue: Awarding of
Bronze Cross Medal to Col. Aurelio Baladad of the Army’s 202nd
brigade, and Lt. Col. Jaime Abawag, Commander, 16th Infantry
Battalion, who led the illegal arrest and detention of 43 health
workers attending a seminar in Morong, Rizal
February 23, 2010
seriously wrong when a government institution commends its personnel
for committing an illegal act, in this case, the two military officers
who led the illegal arrest and detention of the Morong 43. I’m
appalled at how the military keeps announcing mere membership or
affiliation with the NPA constitutes a crime.
Let me remind them the
Anti-Subversion Law has long been repealed. Membership in a Leftist
organization in itself is not a crime. But what is punished is the act
of rebellion or overthrowing government thru violent means, and other
acts defined in the Revised Penal Code. Doesn’t the Department of
National Defense (DND) leadership realize it’s the
AFP which commits a crime in wantonly tagging as criminals
activists and NPA suspects?
arrest can’t be treated as a purely military action because it
involves a Constitutional issue and there was no gunfight or military
encounter involved. Sec. Norberto Gonzales must invoke supremacy of
civilian laws over military affairs. He should subject the two erring
officers (Col. Aurelio Baladad and Lt. Col. Jaime Abawag) to a human
rights refreshment course instead.”
How to deal with the
energy crisis and drought in the Philippines!
By DANIEL ESCUREL OCCENO
It will not help the
immediate problem, but to prevent future power shortages: We can use
CANDLE WAX BOILERS to replace burning diesel or buying coal or
starting nuclear power plants.
We can do steam energy
using the candle wax boiler. The price of diesel would drop.
plants’ reservoirs decrease to critical levels in
Mindanao, we are told by worldwide agencies dealing with Climate
Change we will have future flooding from rising coastlines.
Drought from tropical
radiation one season is followed by possible flooding weeks later,
another year in paradise.
Drought is expected and so is flooding
Consuming the water
with steam energy using rainfall collected by rooftops of buildings
and Pacific Ocean water during overflow of high tide to stockpile in
water tankers would lessen the chances of flooding. The idea of
stockpiling water in tankers would prevent water shortages and crop
damage from lack of water.
When I saw PETRON
Corporation’s tankers of stockpiled gasoline to supply the country, I
imagined the tankers filled with rainwater to prevent millions of
dollars of crop damage from drought and no more power blackouts
because a dam was low on water, candle wax boilers.
The semi trucks
delivering diesel to gas stations could have stockpiled rainwater
being delivered to areas stricken by drought. Wake me up when it
happens. I am tired of reading about disasters that have solutions and
nothing is done.
Ocean water purified
by layers and layers of ceramic pebble beds might prove to be a better
way to provide drinking water than WASTE WATER Recycling Treatment
Plants with all the urine, solid waste, detergents, cleansers, illegal
drugs, harsh chemicals, toilet paper, smoked cigarettes, and
everything else dumped into a toilet seat to recycle the water to be
acceptable drinking water with a wastewater treatment plant and
chemical additives so the water will be good enough to drink.
wax candles are safe for the environment
An experiment you can
do to witness an energy source we have for the future, but please be
careful and have adult supervision. Take an empty steel can like a
cylindrical can of sardines or canned corn and melt candles inside or
one-fourth filled with wax.
Then drop drops of
kerosene and drop a lit burning crumpled into a ball of paper inside
to ignite the wax to liquid. See how long the fire last and how hot it
gets, but be careful because the steel can will get hot so make sure
the bottom was placed in a safe location.
You can extinguish the
fire by placing a cover on top to choke the fire that can be used to
boil collected rainwater for controlled and safer steam energy for
unlimited electricity in the future.
Magnify the candle wax
boiler to produce the same energy of a nuclear power plant, but candle
wax has no nuclear waste. We might need to grow more soy beans and
sugar cane nationally. But I know how to irrigate the crops all year
even during drought seasons.
Low population causes
By Fr. ROY CIMAGALA
February 12, 2010
THAT was the drift of
an article I read recently. The president of the Institute for the
Works of Religion, aka Vatican Bank, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, claimed
that bankers are not the cause of the current global economic crisis,
but rather the low birth rate obtaining in many countries these days.
“The true cause of the
crisis is the decline in the birth rate,” he said. The cause is
ordinary people who do not “believe in the future,” and have few or no
children. The bankers and other economic players are only agents and
tools of an ailing social structure that needs to be transformed.
The Vatican economist
said that since people are not anymore interested in having children,
we are creating a negative economic context that can only lead to
He noted that in
Western developed countries, the birth rate has fallen to 0%, i.e., 2
children or less per family. This can only mean impending disaster to
I personally feel
there is at least a correlation between low birth rate and recession.
I won’t go so far as to affirm a cause-and-effect link, since there
are just so many factors affecting the dynamics to isolate low birth
rate as the cause of recession.
But I also believe
that low birth rate is a significant factor, if not the defining one.
We in the end are the ultimate resource responsible for our economic
growth. Of course, it’s not just numbers that matter, but also the
quality. Just the same, all things considered equal, the more we are
the better we are going to be.
We just have to make
the necessary investment, the necessary sacrifice, trying to make it
effective and productive, so that we can put everyone in his best
condition to be assets not liabilities to our economic development, as
well as in the other aspects of our growth. Education and continuing
formation should be a prime concern.
My exposure to
different families leads me to conclude that the bigger family more
than the smaller one is better able to fend off all sorts of
difficulties and to tackle all sorts of challenges.
Of course, this is
easier said than done. In real time, the dynamics can be so
complicated to dare to simplify it with some theoretical guidelines.
For sure, there are moments, when a smaller family would have the
advantage over the bigger one.
But we can’t stop
there. There are short-term and long-term considerations to be made,
and a proper blending and scheduling of these aspects is important. In
any event, some amount of sacrifice is unavoidable, and we should be
ready for it.
To me this question of
the relationship between population level and our economic status
should not be framed only within purely economic and financial terms.
That would impoverish the analysis of the issue.
We always have to
consider the moral and spiritual dimension, since we are not only
economic entities, but firstly and lastly, moral and spiritual
persons. Much of the economic crisis we are suffering can be traced to
moral and spiritual causes – vices, laziness, greed, lack of care for
the others, and worse, lack of faith and charity.
There are now many
studies that reinforce the thesis that in the end the main cause of
our current global crisis is precisely our crisis in the spiritual and
moral life. We are spending more than we earn. There’s a lot of
imprudence in our spending behavior, focusing more on instant comfort
and pleasure than on productive investments, on self-seeking than on
What happened in the
States regarding the sub-prime crisis, what is happening in Dubai and
in Greece now, are all indicative of a lifestyle that is more wasteful
than productive. Perhaps, we can say they are getting what they
deserve, a comeuppance they have been building up themselves.
It’s a lifestyle that
is afraid of the authentic responsibilities and sacrifices in life. It
tends to create a fictional world, its own version of the land of milk
and honey. It luxuriates in consumerism and all forms of hedonism and
intemperance. It is allergic to having children, to caring and
bringing children up to maturity. They even kill babies.
It is this sick
mindset that needs to be broken and replaced with a healthy one. Now,
do we like to get into that anti-life culture? Let’s be very careful
with things like the RH bill. Let’s elect leaders who are truly
competent, with integrity and pro-life, pro-God, pro-country.
The bigger picture of
By Fr. ROY CIMAGALA
OUR main problem with
respect to our understanding and attitude toward human sexuality is
that this has been reduced to a purely biological and human aspect of
hormones, passions, urges, instincts, sensual stimuli and genital
activity, and a naturalistic sense of decency and nothing more.
This is giving it an
incomplete, inadequate if not distorted and dangerous treatment. We
need to bring it to the terra firma of its true nature and character,
its authentic beginning, purpose and end, away from the swamps and
marshes of the sensually, if not genitally, dominated aspect.
Sexuality is reduced
to sex. Worse, sex is made the climax and end-all of our sexuality.
All other considerations are made secondary, and even ignored,
ridiculed and finally rejected. Thus, there is that growing, headlong
drift toward an erotic and pornographic culture, at first hidden and
Because of this
phenomenon, sexuality is not anymore inspired by reason, let alone, by
faith and love. Instead the savagery of the passions and urges is
given free rein, with the matching fruits of all kinds of anomalies
Many people are
abandoning even the basic natural idea of masculinity and femininity.
That our sexuality is first of all a gift from God, meant to enable
men and women to complement each other not only for human development
but ultimately for the final communion among ourselves and with God,
Our sexuality is a
necessary condition of our humanity. Since we are not pure spirits,
since we are what may be called as body-persons, our nature has been
endowed with sexuality for a variety of reasons and purposes.
Among them would be
the obvious differences between the masculine and feminine qualities
in their varying degrees and levels that are meant to enrich
everyone’s development and growth to maturity in the human and
Christian sense, in the material and spiritual sense, etc.
For example, one can
see the differences between masculinity and femininity in the way a
room is cleaned, the food is cooked, the car is driven, clothes are
worn, etc. And yet, in all these differences everyone can always
derive something for his own good.
Truth is we all need
both toughness and gentleness, action and contemplation, farm and
home, etc., and these are contributed in different ways by the
masculinity and femininity of our sexuality.
Of course, given our
subjectivity, we can also get wrong in our understanding of our
sexuality and misuse or abuse it, with the corresponding evil effects.
That’s why we have to be vigilant and help one another live our
One time in a family
reunion, a sister of mine, in her 50s, said that she found it odd that
when she visited a place frequented by call center agents, she found
the girls quite dressed up like “kikays” while their male companions
were kind of rugged, unkempt with beard and all, and she could not
figure out how they could be together and even quite cozy with each
I kept my thoughts to
myself, but in my mind, with what I’ve read, seen and heard, what
sprang was the suspicion that these youngsters are playing a game very
different from what youngsters of our generation played. I just told
my sister to pray.
Among the big
challenges in this area is the spreading of the bigger, if not the
full picture of sexuality to everyone. It’s a delicate topic, I know,
but it simply cannot be marginalized, especially given its character
of immediacy, vulnerability and obstinacy.
This has to be handled
with utmost care, relying first of all on spiritual and supernatural
means of prayer, sacrifice, penance, sacraments, devotions, etc.,
without neglecting the appropriate human means of discipline,
self-control, work, the art of sublimation, etc.
A lot of clarification
need to be done, especially on the doctrinal level. The theology of
the body has to be explained well, giving both its temporal and
eternal dimensions. But the practical aspects of developing chastity,
modesty, prudence, self-giving, etc. should not be neglected. This is
the real challenge.
Besides, we really
need to do a lot of cleaning up in our environment—in the media, the
billboards, entertainment centers, malls, internet cafes, sport
facilities, wellness hubs, etc. We have to break down the wall of
biases that prevent us from giving ethical considerations to sexual
With these things
done, we can hope that more people understand the true meaning of
virginity and marriage, and that in the end, we all are meant to be
celibate in heaven.
By DANIEL ESCUREL OCCENO
It will be almost
impossible to provide all the people with food, water, and a living
standard acceptable for human dignity unless an energy source that
every country can generate cost efficiently and effectively as the
world’s developing countries with rates of natural increase continue
to struggle because of the growth of population.
Generation is the scheme of rainwater channels on the roof of
buildings for carrying away water to turbines coupled to a generator
that will convert the falling or running water into electricity with
the water eventually flowing to tankers to be stockpiled and vacuum
pumped back to the roof during non rainy days, instead of pipes
carrying water to the sewage, with the excess stockpiled rainwater to
be used to irrigate plants and gardens.
with the appropriate architectural engineering design, rooftop
hydroelectric power will save the world from the potential of
devastation or at least reduce human suffering.
generation, which can be designed with a water cycle continuous loop,
is a perpetual energy source that will meet the future of unlimited
demands even with overpopulated developing countries in the billions.
hydroelectricity depends on large natural water storage. Reservoirs
upstream of dams or rivers flowing down from mountain tops where the
water flow can be controlled to have constant water level to assure
power provided for a populated community.
power generation from rooftops of buildings the Philippines, a country
with an average rainfall of more than 80 inches or more than 2000 mm
of rain each year, can have a perpetual energy source simply by
designing a Rooftop Hydroelectric Power Generator emplaced in
structures of high rises, schools, and homes providing the possibility
of electricity in all the provinces with (barangays) villages of
people currently living without power.
buildings, depending on the square area of the rooftops and
gravitational flow of the rainwater, will be classified as small to
mini or micro hydro in capacity of providing the energy.
An industrial rooftop
hydroelectric power generation to provide electricity in metropolises,
entire provinces, or new developments that can have the infrastructure
of poles and wires will provide electricity in a world worried about
Climate Change and Global Warming destruction with no worries of
accidental flooding associated with existing hydroelectric power
plants, but the idea of individual buildings can provided wireless
electricity in a planned community and independent from the problems
linked with power plants like during typhoon seasons of uprooted poles
and dislodged wires.
For the duration of
dry seasons or non rainy days, vacuumed pumped to the rooftop from
stockpiled rainwater in tankers on ground level can produce
electricity even during high peak demands instead of a loop, but
during tropical storms electricity will be naturally created from
raindrops and gravity for an energy source provided by Mother Nature,
every rainy day perpetually.
If President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo needs a suggestion on how to spend the $310 million
worth of funds for “green projects”, how about ROOFTOP HYDROELECTRIC
POWER GENERATORS with the turbines for buildings in the poor provinces
with barangay elementary and national high schools like in Gubat.
Coins for the future
By CHITO DELA TORRE
The title for today’s
entry here is taken from my own blog at Yahoo. I posted it last
January 17 as my second attempt at blogging on Yahoo. My first
attempt runs under the title “Pasuway Tikang Anay” by which I wanted
to convey my first trial at blogging. My attempts between March and
June last year failed, because I wasn’t anymore able to locate them on
different blog hosting sites. Actually, even with my current
successful blog attempts, I still find it difficult to access my own
entries in the Yahoo blog service. Thus, I copied them to another
bank on my desktop as at once as I got an access to them via My
Let me share with you
what I entered in that blog 7 days ago: Fifteen minutes ago, I got the
last information I wanted. "P1,283.00!", said Jasmin. Jasmin, a
recently promoted teacher in Kapangian central school in Tacloban
highly urbanized city, just finished counting the coins that she
shelled out from the pink plastic piggy bank of her 2-year-4-month old
only child, Joschine. Joschine at first helped "count" the one-, five-
and ten-peso coins that were rolling out of the "pig's" mouth. She
soon turned her back upon noticing a first communion medallion that
came out with the coins, picked it up and began playing with it. At 4
p.m. yesterday (Jan. 16, 2010), Niño, Jasmin's big brother-in-law,
came to tell me that her older daughter Gladys (5 years 2 months 15
days old) amassed P1,864.00 from her yellow plastic piggy bank while
her younger daughter Faith (2 yrs 8 months old) had P1,482.00 in her
own white plastic piggy bank.
There was a fourth
blue plastic piggy bank, belonging to Lee-an (older than Joschine),
only child of Charisse, younger first cousin of Niño. I just surmised
it contained much fewer coins than those of Joschine's. Joschine
started first dropping coins in February, 2009. Gladys and Faith began
simultaneously in April. Lee-an started late, in June. Everyone
thought that Joschine's bank would have more coins saved when it would
have been opened by
January 16, 2010, not only because the chinese-faced little girl was
the earliest starter of the four cute little kids, but also because
her three single titas were taking turns in inserting coins each time
they would notice her piggy bank. The parents and relatives of her
cousins very seldom turned up to drop coins.
All the four piggy
banks were kept in the house of their Grammy Cione. Monthly, they were
weighed. Weighing spurred excitement among all those witnessing.
Weights were recorded and compared against the previous month's to
estimate the difference. The kids just didn't bother about the
weighing. They just loved inserting their saved coins. Often, each
would drop her own coin into her cousins' banks, and everyone would
roar into laughter. Gladys and Faith have their own tube banks in
their own homes, almost full, like their previous year's. Their mommy
Gay kept them aside for their future. The original rule which elders
set was to drop only the ten and five peso coins that looked brand
new. Soon they realized that other elders in other families in Leyte
and Samar were also saving the same pieces and dropping them into
their children's or grandchildren's banks which came in various forms
and makes - tubes, coconut shells, bamboo shells, cans, dolls,
etcetera. This meant, these coins were now vanishing in Tacloban.
Then, like them,
others had already been noticing that even small, medium and big
stores in the HUC were not anymore as keen as in 2008 to give change
in coins. Some cashiers were even taking out from their drawers or
cash registers the 5- and 10-peso coins and making long rolls out of
them then bringing them to another container elsewhere. This more than
confirmed suspicions that these Philippine currencies were destined to
disappear slowly, at least in the HUC.
Were the businesses
also keeping their own piggy banks? Between mid-2004 and mid-2006,
only 10-peso coins - whether old or new - were losing out from
circulation in Eastern Visayas. Ladies used to save them. One
explanation for that practice: there was "gold" in the coin and there
were buyers who would pay between P25.00 and P100.00 for each coin. I
was skeptic about it. By July, 2006, some of the ladies told me they
never were able to sell their coins, as there were no buyers. So, it
was hoax? They believed it was.
Since my assignment
back to Catbalogan, Samar more than five years before it got its
citihood status, I made it a habit to save my brand new P5 and P10
coins. By 6 p.m. of each December 24 since then, until 2008, I would turn
them over to my one and only wife as my wedding anniversary present.
Over the years, found out that each year, I could keep between P1,800
and P2,500. No, I didn't maintain a piggy bank or a coco shell bank. I
just kept my coins in places where no one would suspect some valuables
were there. I stopped saving for my lovely better half when I became
one of the depositors of my granddaughters' piggy banks. This year,
the four lovely girls want a new piggy bank and more coins. The
problem now begins. How could we plow in the coins that are vanishing?
* * * * * * * * * *
Just to give you an
inkling as to how I went about with my first attempt at blogging, here
are some excerpts of my post for that:
Anyway, Engr. Ray P.
Gaspay told me sometime in 2005 that he had prepared a blog site for
me, for inclusion in his website, the world-accessed www.samarnews.com.
I told him I didn't know anything about it. He said I just needed to
encode my day-to-day observations, experiences, thoughts, and others,
on the Microsoft Word and he would take care of the rest. I had not
been able to produce any for that blog site, yes, despite his
proddings. Not only had I weird imaginations about blogging, I also
lacked material time. I was engrossed in other activities most of
which entailed either thinking and writing, or traveling. That lack
had in fact slowly and gradually pulled me out of my commitment to the
Waray-Waray La cable television mini-magazine format program which the
Service Cooperative of Media Practitioners originally put out as one
of its special projects – thanks to SCMP chairman Justenry Mendoza
Lagrimas for his active and full support that lasted for quite a time
besides getting it realized, together with his having baptized the
program as such. Waray-Waray La was being shown on the local community
channel of Decobeam Cable TV in Catbalogan, Samar, an outfit of which
Engr. Gaspay himself was chief of operations.
Until I learned how to
use the internet sometime only last year (2008), I was actually still
having a nebulous background about maintaining a blog site. Not long
ago, I did try at one, through Yahoo!Mail's assistance, but I was only
wondering what I could get out of that try. In fact, I didn't know how
to access that myself. Thus, I have no idea whatever was sent to that,
if any, from anybody who could have possibly read it. I didn't care. I
wasn't ready for it. Perhaps, it would be all right if I can just
request any one who can make himself or herself into this site to
suggest what else should this contain and display.
Yes, I do have
several ideas in my mind. But I don't know how to pick them up from
the viewpoint of blog searchers and readers. In fact, too, I've also
been thinking of posting here some of the photographs that I have
taken – mostly in my hometown of Basey in the province of Samar, here
in the Philippines. Yes, I did just open the website of my admired
spelunker, Joni Abesamis Bonifacio of Catbalogan, and mused whether I
was viewing his website. It contained photographs of the
Langun-Gobingob cave system in Calbiga, Samar, personal travelogue of
Howie Severino who made his first trek into that mountain-nestling
cave solitarily distant from the town proper, and Joni's reproduction
of my own article on Howie's adventure to the depths of the cave, plus
comments or reactions. I wondered how I could do the way Joni did for
an international public audience.
Tim Smith ducked the
Pacquiao-Clottey press conference
By RYAN ARGUELLES /
Tim Smith, the sports
columnist of The New York Daily News was a no-show at the
Pacquiao-Clottey press conference this week in
at Madison Square Garden.
Filipino mediamen and
press are looking for a chance to get an answer from Tim Smith about
his article on Dec.25, 2009 where he wrote that he has a source
familiar to the talks that a Pacquiao representative asked what
penalties Pacquiao would face if he tested dirty and also if dirty
results could be kept secret so that the integrity of the sport
wouldn’t be ruined in the public eye.
Reporters are also
eager to get some answers from Tim Smith about where did he get his
information that Manny Pacquiao is afraid of needles. There is no
interview where Manny Pacquiao said that he is afraid of needles
except from the press release coming from the Golden Boy Promotion,
where they put words in the mouth of Manny Pacquiao.
A number of Filipino
press, including myself, were looking around if there was a visibility
of the noted columnist of The New York Daily News since the press
conference is in his backyard and he writes for one of the biggest
newspapers in New York City and the United States. Instead, Tim Smith
was nowhere to be found within the surroundings of the WAMU Theatre
where the press conference took place.
Tim Smith, until now,
has not produced facts even with the request and challenge coming from
Manny Pacquiao himself in his own Kumbinasyon column titled, “Innocent
Until Proven Guilty” posted at Philippine Boxing.com. Together with
Teddy Atlas and ESPN, Tim Smith was issued a challenge coming from the
number one pound-for-pound champion in the world – to show facts about
a certain representative from within the Pacquiao camp, to show facts
before you write something false.
afternoon at the Pacquiao-Clottey press conference was the chance for
a respected journalist and columnist like Tim Smith to actually gather
his facts and evidence and SHOW IT, because Manny Pacquiao came to
visit his home territory in
New York City.
Manny Pacquiao was ready to face the facts.
Tim Smith backed down.
Tim Smith didn’t show up for this kind of conference to obtain facts
from Pacquiao himself, instead he relied on a source for his facts.
And what I can’t fathom on this is that Smith writes for a major
newspaper in New York that has a large readership in the tri-state
area. New York
readers deserve to be told the story with the truth accompanied by
Does Tim Smith
underestimate Manny Pacquiao because he came from Philippines and
Pacquiao is not an American, so that’s why he can write things in his
article without facts? Does Tim Smith have the superior ego because he
is a New York sports columnist and that he can write without basis and
facts to a person who is not American like Manny Pacquiao? Are you
trying to bully a Filipino like what the Mayweathers and Golden Boy
Promotion is trying to do to Manny Pacquiao? These are the words from
Bob Arum in his introduction of Manny Pacquiao. Are you a bully Tim
Manny Pacquiao refused
to be bullied as Bob Arum suggested, “Filipinos refused to be bullied
by the Japanese Occupation Forces in World War II”. We also refused to
be bullied by a writer like you Tim Smith, who does not present facts.
He knows writing
against an individual is accepted as long as you present your facts,
what is not proper conduct from a writer is when you do write against
a person without presenting real facts because you happen to write for
the Dailly News newpaper in New York.
Tim Smith could have
all the excuses by not attending the press conference, such as he is
on vacation, he has an important meeting, he has to interview a Jets
player, he is attending another more important press conference, his
dog is sick, it’s too cold to go out, he’s not feeling well on that
day, he had a doctor’s appointment. Whatever it is, he should be right
there in that press conference, studiously and objectively taking
notes from Manny Pacquiao if he still believes in the real value of
journalism. FACTS are required in a career of proper journalism – not
relying on some source that never existed or some fraudulent source
that came from the Mayweather camp.
By not coming to the
press conference of the Pacquaio-Clottey fight, Tim Smith ducked and
avoided to see Manny Pacquaio eye to eye, because he is guilty of
fabrication, like Bob Arum stated. Because if Tim Smith is not guilty
of fabrication, then he could have and should have shown Manny
Pacquiao and the fight fans across the globe, his source and the facts
that are related to it. Tim Smith has failed to do so.