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?

Share this to your profile
                 To view or post comments, please click here


Diokno Says Past Presidents Did Not Have ‘DAPs’


Share this to your profile
                 To view or post comments, please click here

DOJ Drops Charges vs Two Massacre Suspects

DOJ Drops Charges vs Two Massacre Suspects

Mga aktibistang nagpapahayag laban sa makapangyarihang Ampatuan sa labas ng Department of Justice sa Maynila, Pilipinas sa Linggo, Abril 18, 2010. Ang mga Kagawaran ng Hustisya ay nagpapawang-sala sa pagpatay ng dalawang magkapatid na Ampatuan, dating gobernador Zaldy at Akhmad, na inakusahan ng pagpatay ng 57 kalaban sa pulitika at mamamahayag.

By JIM GOMEZ, Associated Press Writer

MANILA, Philippines– The Philippines’ Department of Justice has dropped murder charges against two members of a warlord clan accused in the massacre of 57 political rivals and journalists, sparking protests Sunday and bringing relatives of the victims to tears.

The Nov. 23 slaughter, which was condemned by the international community, was unprecedented even in a country known for election violence and political killings that have claimed hundreds of lives in the past decade.

Among the dead were more than 30 journalists and their staff — the deadliest known attack on media workers in the world. The killings elevated the Philippines to the top of a list of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists.

At least 198 suspects have been charged in court with multiple murder, including members of the powerful Ampatuan clan that has ruled over southern Maguindanao province for years. Several more suspects remain at large.

The Ampatuans have been close political allies of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for years, helping her win elections in 2004.

Justice Secretary Alberto Agra said he has ordered prosecutors to remove the names of Zaldy Ampatuan, a former governor of a Muslim autonomous region, and his brother-in-law Akhmad from the charge sheets for lack of strong evidence linking them to the planning and staging of the carnage in Maguindanao’s Ampatuan township.

“There is no evidence to prove conspiracy and there is evidence to support their alibi,” Agra told The Associated Press.

Zaldy Ampatuan provided cell phone bills and airline tickets showing he was not at a Nov. 22 meeting where the killings were allegedly planned, or at the crime scene the next day, Agra said. Akhmad presented witnesses and pictures showing he was at a medical mission when the killings occurred, he said.

However, Agra rejected petitions from the principal suspect, former Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr., and his father, Andal Ampatuan Sr., to be cleared of the murder charges. Witnesses have testified seeing Andal Ampatuan Jr. leading gunmen in killing the unarmed victims as they pleaded for their lives.

Prosecutors have filed murder charges against the Ampatuans in a Quezon City court. The justice secretary must ask the court to approve his decision to drop charges against Zaldy and Akhmad.

Several relatives of the victims wept after learning of Agra’s decision, according to Harry Roque, a lawyer for the victims, adding that they plan to appeal the ruling.

“They wept not only for this injustice but also out of fear for their safety,” Roque said. “They cannot sleep now that the Ampatuans are being cleared.”

Several student activists protested outside the Department of Justice, carrying placards that called Arroyo and the department “coddlers of murderers.”

A media watchdog, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, blamed Arroyo and Agra “for this massacre of … justice, the rule of law, our basic rights and democracy.”

The indictment says the clan leaders conspired to ambush and kill members of the rival Mangudadatu family and their supporters, who were gunned down on a hilltop in Maguindanao. The attack apparently was aimed at preventing a Mangudadatu politician from challenging the Ampatuans’ control of the province in a gubernatorial election in next month.

The Ampatuans have denied the charges, and most of their armed followers have fled a massive crackdown in the province, about 560 miles (900 kilometers) south of Manila. Thousands of militiamen loyal to the clan are still in hiding, triggering sporadic clashes with government troops.

Last month, another court dismissed separate rebellion charges against the Ampatuan patriarch, four of his sons and several followers for lack of evidence. They had been accused of plotting an uprising after the government launched a crackdown on the clan when it was linked to the killings.


**Resigned Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera received death threats during her incumbency.

**Alberto Agra served as the President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo laywer during impeachment proceedings at the House of Representatives in 2006.

**The Ampatuans are close political allies of PGMA.

We Filipinos are not as ‘tanga’ as they think we are! The innocence of these two suspects must be tried and decided by the courts of law and not by an office under the President. As I strongly condemned the Maguindanao Massacre, I likewise strongly condemned the Department of Justice for this move.

“There is no evidence to prove conspiracy and there is evidence to support their alibi,” Agra told The Associated Press but “Witnesses have testified seeing Andal Ampatuan Jr. leading gunmen in killing the unarmed victims as they pleaded for their lives.” Where are the testimonies of these witnesses? Are they gone with Devanadera?


Read also:
DOJ wants 2 Ampatuans freed; media, families hold protests

Share this to your profile
                 To view or post comment, please click here

Noynoy Aquino: si Mama at si Papa

Noynoy Aquino: si Mama at si Papa

Miyerkules, ika-30 ng Disyembre, 9:40 ng umaga. Habang nakikinig ako sa mga paborito kong mga himig ng dakada 70, biglang may tumunog na cellphone- tunog na hindi galing sa akin. Lumingon ako sa pinanggalingan ng tunog at nakita ko ang cellphone ni Kringkring, isa sa aking mga dalagita. Naiwan pala niya ito sa pagmamadali. Sumama kasi siya sa aking misis sa NCCC (isang mall dito sa Davao), nagsa-shopping.

Dali-dali ko itong kinuha at tinignan. Nalaman kong isang text message ang ipinadala. Binuksan ko ito upang mabasa sa pag-aakalang galing sa misis ko. Galing pala sa isa sa mga kaibigan ni Kringkring. Laking gulat ko nang mabasa ang nilalaman na message. Kahit tinatamad, naisip kong ilagay sa blog ko dahil sa ito’y may kabigatan.

Narito ang nilalaman ng text message na ‘yon:

Manny Villar: Sipag at Tiyaga
Gibo Teodoro: Galing at Talino
Noynoy Aquino: si Mama at si Papa

Bakit sinabi kong may kabigatan? Sa tatlo kasing tumakbong may chance na manalo sa pagka presidente ng ating bansa, si Noynoy lang ang walang nakakabit na tagline. Si Manny Villar ang ipinagmalaki ay ang kanyang sipag at tiyaga, si Gibo Teodoro ay ang kanyang galing at talino, si Noynoy Aquino ay wala. Kaya siguro naisip ng nag-compose ng text message na nabasa ko na ilagay bilang asset niya (Noynoy) si Ninoy at Tita Cory, na totoo naman.

Wala talagang maipagmalaking abilidad si Noynoy. Siya’y nakasandal lang sa anino ng pumanaw na niyang mga magulang; at sa kanyang kapatid na si Kris. Isa sa mga dahilan kung bakit nasabi ko ito ay makikita dito. Sa aking personal na opinyon, tila may kakulangan siya ng kompiyansa (na nakikita ko sa sa kanyang tindig), kawalan ng pokus (na nakikita sa kanyang mga matang palipatlipat ang tinitingnan), at tila kakulangan ng paniniwala. Sa performance bilang senador, nasa ibaba siya.

Ang listahang ito ay nagpapakita ng bilang ng naipasang bills at resolutions ng mga senador sa panahon ng 14th Congress break noong Marso.

1. Miriam Defensor-Santiago – 933
2. Manny Villar – 579
3. Jinggoy Estrada – 538
4. Loren Legarda – 299
5. Francis Escudero – 288
6. Antonio Trillanes – 261
7. Bong Revilla – 238
8. Lito Lapid – 196
9. Richard Gordon – 148
10. Manuel Roxas II -146
11. Edgardo Angara – 140
12. Juan Miguel Zubiri – 135
13. Aquilino Pimentel Jr – 121
14. Pia Cayetano – 114
15. Rodolfo Biazon – 107
16. Jamby Madrigal – 93
17. Francis Pangilinan – 87
18. Panfilo Lacson – 83
19. Gregorio Honasan – 73
20. Juan Ponce Enrile – 70
21. Noynoy Aquino – 46
22. Alan Peter Cayetano – 24
23. Joker Arroyo – 11

Marahil masasabi ng mga makakabasa nito na ako’y hindi boboto kay Noynoy. Tama sila. It is either Gibo or Villar for me. Not even Erap! At sabihin na rin nilang naninira ako. Dito mali sila. Ako’y naglalahad lang ng aking personal na paniniwala. Walang nanghihikayat sa akin kungdi ang text message na hindi naman para sa akin- ang message na pumukaw sa natutulog kong kamalayan.


Share this to your profile
                 To view or post comment, please click here

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.
See here

image from

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.


Share this to your profile
                 To view or post comment, please click here



Together with the rest of the world, I strongly condemned the politically motivated November 23 abduction and killing of over 50 people, at least 25 of them journalists, in Maguindanao. It is a new low even for the Philippines. Not only its brutality, but the sheer senselessness of it as well qualify it for collective outrage and condemnation and the strongest call for the immediate apprehension, trial and punishment of those responsible.

The following journalists are the victims of savage killers:
1. Ian Sublang – Media/Gensan Newsprint
2. Lea Dalmacio – Media/Gensan Newsprint
3. Gina Dela Cruz – Media/Gensan Newsprint
4. Marites Cabunes – Media/Gensan Newsprint
5. Bart Maravilla – Media/Bombo Radyo
6. Jhoy Duhay – Media/Peoples Tonite
7. Henry Araneta – Media/DZRH Correspondent
8. Andy Teodoro – Media/Mindanao Inquirer
9. Neneng Montano – Media/Gensan Newsprint
10. Alejandro Bong Reblado – Media/UNTV
11. Victor Nuñez – Media/UNTV
12. Mac-mac Amola – Media/Gensan Newsprint
13. Jimmy Cabello – Media/Midland Review
14. Councilor Razul Daud – Media/SK Newspaper
15. Joel Parcon – Media/Prontera News
16. Val Cachuela – Media/Prontera News
17. John Caniban – Media/
18. Art Baloya – Media/Punto Periodico
19. Noel Decena – Media/Punto Periodico
20. Rany Razon – Media/Punto Periodico
21. Bienvenido Jun Legarta – Media/Punto Periodico
22. Jovy Legarta – Media/Punto Periodico
23. Rey Merisco – Media/Punto Periodico
24. Boyet Dela Cerna – Media/Escalera News
25. Art Mascardo – Media/GSC
May They All Rest In Peace…

Read this post in the following languages (translations by GOOGLE):
Spanish, simplified Chinese,
Filipino, Arabic, French, Portuguese, Japanese and Hindi

I have posted in this blog my Filipino poem about what journalists are. Read it here

For more images from TIME/CNN, click these letters:
a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, q

Share this to your profile
                 To view or post comment, please click here