I won’t miss the sun,
     it’s light nor it’s warmth
I won’t miss the pale dawn
     nor the grey dusk
Nor the starry nights with the breeze
     so mild and soothing
That penetrates through the breasts
     where hearts are aching

I won’t care if flowers fade,
     in them there’ll be no beauty
I won’t care if the birds will sing
     not the song of liberty
If the seas will run dry
     and skies will turn to black
And man will have the all the wars
     and peace they lack

          if they’ll make me hungry
               the bread I’ll bit not
          if they’ll make me thirsty
               the wine I’ll sip not
          if they’ll make me lifeless
               I’ll be living
          if they’ll make me motionless
               I’ll be moving

          I can’t be scented
               I’ll have no odor
          I won’t fade
               I’ll have no color
          I can’t be molded
               I’ll be shapeless
          I won’t grow old
               I’ll be ageless

          They’ll make me dumb
               but I can loudly shout
          That the seeds I’ve sown
               all began to sprout
          Then there’ll be no yesterday
               there’ll be no tomorrow
          There’ll be pure joy
               there’ll be no sorrow

          At last I’ll find all the glories
               no more life’s storm
          I’ll remember not my sad stories
               only my long-dreamt rainbows form

I’m tired of being alive, and who is not?
Who’ll watch the play when performers rot?
We all saw it but only few like to stare
And the characters said they don’t care
As long as they can show to us who they are
By changing love stories into stories of war
They can’t hear us with our soft whisper
For their dreams are as deafening as thunder
We have the preacher’s music but it’s all in vain
All of us heard but only a few cared to listen
When shall we learn to stick to the words?
shall we when we’ll be pierced with swords?

                                            by doroastig
                                            sometime in the mid’75

I wrote this almost forty years ago when the time was so harsh. When I did this, my vision was blurred that I was not able to see lightnings, only the roar of thunder. That was the time I was transmuted.

Now I am awaken and can clearly see the lightning and hear its roaring thunder. The thunder I heard forty years ago was just a drum beaten to make people believe there was a storm, unlike the present situation when the storm is a real one. If I was transmuted by a man-made storm then, how much more with a real one now?

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Kung Tayo’y Magiging Iisa

Kung Tayo’y Magiging Iisa

            Kung Tayo’y Magiging Iisa

                                                    ni doroastig

kung gitara mo’t gitara ko’y pagsasamahin ang tinig
at sabaysabay tayong aawit ng iisang himig
kung sabaysabay din tayo sa pagkalabit at pagtipa
pakingga’t tunog nating dalawa’y magiging iisa

kung kita’y hahayaang mag-iisa sa iyong pag-awit
wala kang madamang kasiyahan kahit sansaglit
ang papasanin mo’y ga-mundong paghihirap
sa mga pangangailangan sa iyo’y walang lilingap

kung sa pag-awit ako’y hahayaan mong mag-iisa
pagtipa’t pagkalabit ko’y walang kasigla-sigla
tunog na magawa ko’y magiging matamlay
sa mga pagkakamali sa aki’y walang aagapay

ngunit kung sa pag-awit tayo’y magkasabay
tunog nating dalawa’y mapupuno ng buhay
at kung sa mapang-aping hanay ito’y ating iparirinig
mga puso nila’y maguguluha’t maliligalig

Ikaw ba’y handa nang makikiisa sa mga awiting dapat nating iparinig sa mga kinauukulan?

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Pakikipaglaban sa Kahirapan


Dahil sa mga batikos ng media noong kabataan ko, akala ko, si FM na ang pinakamasamang pangulo kaya naisulat ko ang tulang ito. Na-brainwash lang pala ako. Hindi pala siya ang tunay na KAHIRAPAN kungdi ang kasalukuyang namamahala sa pinakamataas na pwesto ng ating bayan, si Pnoy!

Pakikipaglaban Sa Kahirapan

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Gumising Magmasid Kumilos


Ang tulang ito ay naisulat ko noong panahon pa ng diktadurya mahigit na tatlumpung taon na ang nakaraan. Wala na ang diktador ngunit ang mensaheng napapaloob ay angkop na angkop pa rin sa kasalukuyang panahon. Kaya kaya itong tuldokan ni P’noy? HINDING-HINDI!

habang ipinapaskil ko ito (Pebrero 8, 2011), si dating defense secretary Angelo Reyes ay nagbaril sa sarili sa harap ng puntod ng kanyang mga magulang. naalala ko tuloy ang mga hapones sa kanilang hara-kiri

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Philippines: Politics of Popularity

Philippines: Politics of Popularity

Philippines: Politics of Popularity

Do you think Sen. Noynoy Aquino will win in his bid for presidency if his parents, Sen. Ninoy Aquino and Tita Cory who are now both deceased, are not popular? He will not! Politics in our country today tend to favor popularity rather than performance. It is evident in what the Liberal Party did. They fielded the more popular Noynoy for the presidency instead of Mar Roxas who is a far better senator in terms of performance. Of course, legislation is different from management; running the country as the chief executive is different from legislating laws but both require high level of performance.

In my high school days, the saying ‘I don’t care whether you like me or not as long as I’m popular’ was found in most of the slum books my classmates have. Today that adage is applied to Philippine politics. Look how Erap rated in the election polls. He scored second to Noynoy because he is popular. But is he not a convicted plunderer? A gambler? A womanizer? A good leader must be a good example to his followers. It is sad to think why this happened, but it is true; it is reality. Most of our countrymen prefer popular figures than less-known ones, they be criminals or poor performers.

How many of those who rated in the political polls are popular movie actors/actresses? Name a position and they are there: president, senator, congressman, governor down to the lowest local ones. I am not saying all of them are not capable of performing their real-life roles. As Richard Gordon observed- Lito Lapid is a better senator than Noynoy. The only thing why they have the courage to run for the position is because they are popular.

It is the same with those who ran because their fathers are popular senators/congressman. They have courage to run because of their forebears’ popularity even though they themselves have not even inscribed their names in the minds of the Filipino people. Funny, isn’t it?

Here are some examples of how popularity is being utilized:

**a mother ran for congress in a district which is/was held by her son. She won.
**a mayor/father ran as vice-mayor of his incumbent vice-mayor daughter who, in turn, ran for mayor (it the father’s last term as mayor). Both won. The daughter defeating no other than the Speaker of the House.
**a mayoralty candidate ran as governor after the gubernatorial candidate husband died during campaign period. Unluckily, she lost.
**an actor who ran as congressman who was later disqualified due to lack of residency urged his wife to run in place of him and she won.

We may seem to deviate from what we are talking about: popularity. Why? I am only trying, as much as I can, to illustrate what drove these men/women, who use popularity as one of their undeclared flatforms.

So, what these men/women are after for? First we must find the definition of politics, especially partisan one because that is what we are in. As defined in the dictionary: Partisan politics– Intrigue or maneuvering within a political unit or group in order to gain control or power. (Partisan politics is often an obstruction to good government) If the definition is right, it is POWER! That is what these men/women are going after while setting aside delicadeza.

The 70’s adage ‘I don’t care whether you like me or not as long as I’m popular’ is thriving in their minds. I only wish that, in our next political exercise, this will be lessened- and this only happen if our countrymen will become much more enlightened. Popularity of a candidate is not the gauge why he/she should be voted for. It is only PERFORMANCE and not the other way around!

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Andres Bonifacio, The Great Plebeian

Andres Bonifacio, The Great Plebeian

ple·be·ian [pli-bee-uhn]
1. belonging or pertaining to the common people.
2. of, pertaining to, or belonging to the ancient Roman plebs.
3. common, commonplace, or vulgar: a plebeian joke.
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Today, Nov. 30 is Bonifacio Day

Many Filipino nationalists think Andres Bonifacio, the Father of the Philippine Revolution, is a greater national hero than the intellectual, physician, poet, essayist and novelist Jose Rizal. An auto-didact, Bonifacio founded the Katipunan and was its Supremo. He started the revolution against Spain, against the advice of Rizal who wanted the revolutionaries to be better trained and armed.

Bonifacio launched a nationwide revolution anyway. He called for mobilization and simultaneous raids on Spanish installations. He declared the transformation of the Katipunan into a revolutionary government, with himself as president and commander in chief of the army. He formed a Cabinet. He appointed the Katipunan military leaders as generals.

Bonifacio won battles and lost some. Until the point when there were three major centers of revolt. Cavite was under the upper-class, educated Katipunero, Emilio Aguinaldo. Bulacan was under Mariano Llanera of the skull flag. And Morong was under Andres Bonifacio. Morong consisted of the present Rizal province and most of the present Metro Manila (except the Walled City and the present city of Manila).

To the careless observer, the revolt appeared to be most successful in Cavite, because the province had virtually fallen under the control of Aguinaldo’s forces. But this happened only because the colonial government had withdrawn the Spanish soldiers from Cavite and other provinces to defend Manila from Bonifacio and his mostly bolo-wielding Katipunan army. Still, the Cavite revolutionaries looked like better soldiers led by better commanders. All the provinces, including Cavite, accepted Bonifacio as the supreme leader. But every time he lost a battle, Bonifacio’s reputation fell and Aguinaldo’s star rose.

Magdiwang vs. Magdalo

In Cavite rebels loyal to Bonifacio belonged to the Magdiwang faction. Its chief was Mariano Alvarez, an uncle of Bonifacio’s wife, the heroine Gregoria de Jesus. Emilio Aguinaldo’s brother, Baldomero, led the rival faction, the Magdalo.

To divide and weaken the revolutionary forces, the Spaniards made a show of being more impressed with Aguinaldo. They tried to initiate peace talks with him. This was of course insulting to Bonifacio.

As Emilio Aguinaldo won victory after victory, in relatively smaller battles than those that Bonifacio fought in Manila and Morong, the enmity between the Magdalo and Magdiwang grew. The rivals did not help each other in their military campaigns. The clash so heated up as to require the Supremo to go to Cavite to mediate between the two factions.

With only a few troops, Bonifacio entered Cavite province with his wife, his brothers Procopio and Ciriaco. Aguinaldo’s superior attitude irked the Supremo. The Magdalo men were so disrespectful, in anger he nearly shot one of them, Daniel Tirona.

But Aguinaldo also resented Bonifacio for acting “as if he were a king.” The meeting to end the rivalry between the Magdalo and Magdiwang factions was held in Imus. The Magdalo people spoke of rumors, unfounded allegations and the leadership of the Katipunan itself. Soon Bonifacio found himself having to prove that he was not running the revolutionary government like a monarch, that his government was republican and democratic. He told his detractors each Katipunero, no matter how lowly his rank, had a vote equal to that of any other man.

Political trap he did not see

Bonifacio was in a political trap he did not recognize. He agreed to resolve the Magdalo-Magdiwang rivalry and the leadership issue through an election—in Tejeros, Cavite. Despite the arrogance and rudeness of Aguinaldo’s men, despite his realization that the election was not proper because there were no Katipunan members from the other provinces, despite warnings that the balloting would be rigged, the Supremo remained so confident of winning. Before voting began, he solemnly asked everyone to respect the election results gracefully. Then he presided over the election.

Of course, Bonifacio lost to Emilio Aguinaldo, who was not even there. Someone suggested that Bonifacio be made the vice president. No one seconded the motion.

The election for lesser offices continued. Mariano Trias, who was supposed to be a Magdiwang and therefore pro-Bonifacio, was elected vice president. Position by position, other officers of the revolutionary government were elected, until Bonifacio was chosen director of the Interior. Before he could be proclaimed in that position, Daniel Tirona, the man Bonifacio had almost shot days, spoke up. He said the position could not possibly be held by a non-lawyer. He then nominated a prominent lawyer for the position.

Bonifacio demanded an apology from Tirona, who turned his back to the leave the hall. Bonifacio drew his gun and was about to shot Tirona but Artemio Ricarte, another Magdiwang man, who had been elected Captain-General, stopped the ousted Supremo.

People were walking out of the hall as Bonifacio cried out: “I am the president of this assembly and as president of the Supreme Council of the Katipunan, as all of you do not deny, I declare this assembly dissolved, and I annul all that has been approved and resolved.”

That next day, President Aguinaldo took his oath of office.

The tragedy of the revolution

Bonifacio and his supporters wrote the Acta de Tejeros, denouncing the election for being fraudulent. They accused Aguinaldo of treason because he was negotiating with the Spaniards. President Aguinaldo had Bonifacio arrested, tried—and executed.

Read Adrian Cristobal’s book, The Tragedy of the Revolution. It’s an artistic analysis of the life and meaning of Andres Bonifacio. It will make you wish the Supremo had listened to Jose Rizal.


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Quick Guide to the Automated Election

Quick Guide to the Automated Election

****Comelec issues 2010 election guidelines
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) issued on Tuesday a Seven-Point Policy Directions aimed at insuring the successful implementation of the Automated Election System (AES) in the May 10, 2010 presidential, congressional, and local polls.
The Seven-Point Policy Directions, contained in en banc Resolution No. 8698, were approved upon the recommendation of the Comelec Advisory Council, a body created by Republic Act 9369 or the Poll Automation Law to recommend the most appropriate, secure, applicable, and cost-cutting effective technology to be applied in the AES, in whole or in part, at that specific form in time.
The Seven-Point Policy Directions are:
• The ballot box shall have only one compartment and rejected ballots will be returned to the voter, who will in turn give it to the Board of Election Inspectors.
• The voter will not be issued a replacement ballot.
• A vote is considered valid if the mark or shade on the oval reaches the threshold of 50 percent.
• The ballot shall contain the name of the candidate, stage name/nickname and political party affiliation. For every position, each candidate shall be in sequential order beginning with the number “1” in accordance with their alphabetical listing.
• Party-list groups shall be listed on the ballot by their acronym. Each party-list group shall also be assigned a number which shall be in sequential order beginning with number “1” in accordance with their alphabetical listing.
• The procurement of ballot boxes shall be through any of the applicable alternative methods of procurement authorized under RA 9184. To expedite the manufacturing process, the contract may be multi-sourced, provided such fact of multi-sourcing shall be disclosed in the Request for Proposal.
The Finance Services Department will prepare the necessary documentation for the realignment of funds intended for the procurement of the ballot boxes.

Here is a video on what automated election is all about:
Ang video na ito ay magpapakita kung papaano tayo boboto gamit ang PCOS o Precinct Count Optical Scan na isa sa mga features ng Automated Election na naaayon sa REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8436 na inamendahan ng Senate Bill No. 2231 (13th Congress) at pinondohan ng P11.9 billion.

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