Mga Presumptions and Thought-Provoking Questions

Mga Presumptions and

Thought-Provoking Questions

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

BAKA GUSTO NG MGA LIFE ADVOCATES KUNO NA I-CONDEMN ANG PAGPATAY SA MGA MIYEMBRO NG MAUTE GROUP NA PUMASOK SA MARAWI CITY DAHIL SA KARAPATAN KUNO NILANG MABUHAY….O DI KAYA AY BAKA GUSTO NILANG IPA-IMBISTIGA SA UNCHR….O DI KAYA AY GUSTO NILANG IDAGDAG SA KASO NI DUTERTE NA ISINAMPA NILA SA INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE.

 

BAKA GUSTO RING SABIHIN NG ILANG GURANG NA OBISPO NA MAY KARAPATANG MABUHAY ANG MGA PINATAY NA MIYEMBRO NG MAUTE GROUP AT WALANG KARAPATAN ANG MGA SUNDALONG SILA AY PATAYIN DAHIL DIYOS LANG ANG MAY KARAPATANG GAWIN ITO.

 

KUNG ANG PARING NA-HOSTAGE NG MAUTE GROUP SA MARAWI AY NAGKATAONG BANGAG NA ADDICT ANG GUMAWA, HALIMBAWA, SA LOOB MISMO NG SIMBAHAN HABANG NAG-MIMISA ANG PARI, ANO KAYA ANG GAGAWIN NG SINASABI KONG ILANG OBISPO NA SAGAD-BUTO ANG GALIT KAY DUTERTE?….THESE OLD GUYS SHOULD REMEMBER THAT ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN UNDER THE SUN!…ANG NAKAKAHINDIK ISIPIN AY KUNG AAKALAIN NG ISANG BANGAG NA ADDICT, NA ISANG BABAENG NAKA-GOWN ANG NAKA-SOTANANG PARI AT KANYANG GAGAHASAIN….KUNG MANGYARI YAN, ANO KAYA ANG SASABIHIN NG ILANG MATANDANG OBISPO NA GALIT KAY DUTERTE?…MAGPAPASALAMAT KAYA SILA SA DIYOS DAHIL NAGING MARTYR ANG GINAHASANG PARI?

 

KUNG ANG ISANG INOSENTENG SANGGOL AY NAPAPAGKAMALANG TIYANAK NG ISANG BANGAG NA ADDICT KAYA PINAPATAY NIYA….O DI KAYA ANG ISANG LOLA AY INAAKALA NIYANG ISANG TIN-EDYER KAYA NIYA NAGAGAHASA, PARI PA KAYANG NAKA-MAHABANG SOTANA ANG HINDI NIYA PAGKAKAMALANG NAKA-GOWN NA BABAE…LALO PA KUNG WALANG BIGOTE O BALBAS?

 

Points to Ponder About the Martial Law for Mindanao

Points to Ponder About the Martial Law for Mindanao

By Apolinario Villalalobos

 

  • Political terrorism has become the issue in Mindanao, not religion, as even Muslims are saddened by the murderous spree committed by the Abu Sayyaf and Maute group.

 

  • There are parties or sectors that are against Federalism and the only way to derail the move is by creating a chaos to divert the attention of the government.

 

  • There are giant investors who are against the government’s move to stop logging and mining for the sake of nature conservation. The only way to make them go on with their spurious activities is by ousting Duterte from his post. They have initiated their plan by bringing out “witnesses” and by filing a case against him at the International Court of Justice. By doing so, they would like the world to view Duterte as a “murderer”. They even have the temerity to go back to historical heresies while he was still the mayor of Davao City, despite the fact that the courts in Davao City found him innocent.

 

  • Terrorism in the Phlippines is clearly rooted in Mindanao. If it will not be uprooted or at least checked by declaring Martial Law, it will definitely spread all over the Philippines, especially, Manila as shown by “test explosions” committed by terrorists who claim connection with ISIS, perhaps, to check the capability of the PNP and military. Terrorists in Mindanao are very vocal about their supposedly connection with the ISIS.

 

  • Many Filipinos who are not from Mindanao, hence, did not experience the harrowing experience of being caught between warring factions are so insensitive as to make them declare that Martial Law is against human rights!

 

  • Those who are afraid of the Martial Law are incorrigible law offenders: drug addicts, drug pushers, drug lords, hoarders of food items, employers who do not remit SSS contribution of their employees, employers who exploit their workers by not paying the right wage, arrogant drivers who are fund of dropping names of government officials when caught violating a traffic rule, robbers, pimps, child labor trafficker, illegal recruiters, etc…..and of course, terrorists!

 

  • It is just right for the PNP and the military to set up checkpoints and be strict in checking the motorists, especially, for their ID, as according to the media, members of the Maute group are allegedly going around without ID and easily meld with the local crowd as what they did in Marawi City. Now, expect the human rights advocates to cry foul due to the strict inspections!

 

  • Despite the glaring unrest in Marawi City due to the Maute group’s intrusion, Trillanes still have the gall to taunt Duterte as overly excited to declare Martial Law for Mindanao. With such kind of unbecoming reaction from the future ex-senator, will he still command respect from the Filipinos?….does not Trillanes ever contemplate on the possibility of the terrorism to overflow to other parts of the country?….or could it be that he and his group has a hand in it, as the group would never have such courage without sufficient funding and IMMORAL SUPPORT? ….JUST ASKING LANG NAMAN!

Napoles is the Most Appropriate State Witness in Pork Barrel Scam

Napoles is the Most Appropriate

State Witness in Pork Barrel Scam

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

If Duterte would like to dig up the roots of the pork barrel scam the investigation of which he would like to reopen, the most appropriate state witness is Napoles. Only she knows who were the government officials, lawmakers and the responsible agency staff who manipulated the “operation”, and likewise, benefited from the scam.

 

As a practice, government “commissioners” would come up with projects from which they could derive “fat commissions”. The project is complete with ways on how to circumvent restrictive laws and cohorts such as NGOs and sources of funding. The NGOs serve as “conduits” of funds from financiers which in the case of the pork barrel scam is Napoles. In other words, she was used by the government officials and knowledgeable agency staff, as they know when funds would be released for certain projects. These government people tell Napoles what to do to get hold of the fund. Meanwhile, in most cases, she may have already “advanced” the commission of the concerned government officials. The system literally makes Napoles, “buyer” of projects.

 

If Napoles shall surface as a prime state witness, the statements of government officials about their signature being forged shall definitely crumble. Although, it is true that concerned officials did not sign the documents personally, they may have given the authority to Napoles or her staff to forge their signature, as what Benhur Luy had been alleging, so that the processing of documents could be facilitated even without them (government officials) around. This is the technicality that “BRIGHT” lawyers of crook officials always use. Forging signatures in official documents is very prevalent….and everybody knows that!

 

Finally, if the scheme of making Napoles the principal witness in the reopening of the pork barrel scam cases would materialize, it will definitely make the world of erring government officials smaller day by day….

Ang Pag-abuso sa mga salitang “Karapatang Pangtao” (Human Rights)

Ang Pag-abuso sa mga salitang “ Karapatang Pangtao” (Human Rights)

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

Maraming Pilipino ang nagmamagaling at nagmamarunong tungkol sa “human rights” ganoong sila mismo ay hindi nagrerespeto nito. Sila ang mga ipokritong human rights advocates….mga walang hiyang mapagkunwari. Akala nila ang tinatawag na “human rights” ay hanggang sa karapatang mabuhay lamang. Ang hindi nila alam dahil sa kanilang katangahan, pati ang pambabarat kapag bumili ng isang bagay mula sa isang mahirap na tindera ay may kaakibat nang “human rights”. Ang isang may kaya sa buhay ay hindi na dapat tumatawad kapag bumili sa mga nagtitinda sa bangketa halimbawa, o di kaya ay mga nagtitinda na ang ginagamit ay kariton na nag-iikot sa mga subdivision. NAPAKARAMI kong alam na ganyan ang ugali, mga nakatira pa sa mga mararangyang subdivision pero kung baratin ang nagtitinda na maghapong nagtutulak ng kariton ay ganoon na lang. Tinatakot pa ang iba na kung hindi sila pagbibigyan ay irereklamo sila (mga nagtitinda) sa barangay upang hindi na papasukin. MGA WALA SILANG KONSIYENSIYA DAHIL KAKARAMPOT NA KIKITAIN SANA NG MALILIIT NA NAGTITINDA AY TILA NINANAKAW PA NILA!

 

Maraming saklaw o concern ang “human rights” at ang simpleng paalala tungkol sa mga ito ay, “nagtatapos ang karapatan ng isang tao, kapag lumampas siya sa kanyang hangganan at tumapak sa karapatan ng iba”….sa Ingles, “one’s rights end where the rights of others begin”. Para sa akin, ang isang magnanakaw na naaktuhan sa loob ng bahay kaya napatay ng may-ari ng bahay ay walang karapatang mabuhay….o di kaya ang isang drug pusher na sumira sa buhay ng maraming kabataan at gumawa pa ng ibang krimen tulad ng panggagahasa ay walang karapatang mabuhay. At, ang mga yudiputang mga kriminal na ito, kapag nahuli ay may lakas pa ng loob na humingi ng tulong sa Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), na ang mga abogado ay sinusuwelduhan ng taong bayan…all for the sake of “due process” na bukam-bibig naman ng mga ipokritong mga human rights advocates!

 

Ang hirap kasi sa iba, kapag nahuling nag-shoplift halimbawa sa grocery, ang idadahilan ay mga anak na nagugutom….ang tanong ko diyan ay kung bakit nag-anak sila ng marami ganoong hindi naman pala niya kayang buhayin….nagpakalibog sila at pagkatapos ay walang pakialam kung ang anak nila ay lumalaking nanlilimahid. Marami akong na-check na ganyan ang istilo ng pamumuhay at na-shock ako nang malaman ko na may mga mag-asawang ang “hanapbuhay” ay panloloko sa kapwa o swindling at pagnanakaw. At, habang lumalaki ang mga anak ay ginagamit  rin nila sa masama nilang gawain.

 

Ang mga nang-iiskwat ay abusado rin pagdating sa “human rights”. Alam nilang hindi kanila ang lupang iniiskwatan, subalit hindi sila naghahanda para sa susunod na gagawin kapag pinaalis na sila, at sa halip ay nagsisigaw ng “mayaman lang ba ang may karapatang mabuhay?” kapag pinaalis na. May mga bahay sa squatter’s area na aircon at kumpleto sa iba pang mga gamit tulad ng flat tv, 2-door ref, mga sala set at kamang mamahalin. Ibig sabihin, kaya ng ilang iskwater na mag-ipon ng perang pambili ng kahit 50sqm. na lupa sa mga bahagi ng Bulacan, Cavite, at Laguna. Ang pinakamasama pa ay ang pagiging “professional squatter” ng ilan. Nang-iiskwat sila kahit saan pwedeng iskwatan, patatayuan ng maliit na barung-barong at pauupahan. Ang isang uri pa ng pagiging professional squatter ay pagtanggap halimbawa ng offer ng gobyerno na mailipat sila sa relocation site. Pagkalipas ng ilang taon ay babalik sa lunsod at mang-iiskwat uli, samantalang ang bahay sa relocation site ay pauupahan.

 

Hindi ako anti-poor. Galit ako sa mga taong umaabuso ng “human rights” at mga puitikong gumagamit sa kanila. Galit din ako sa mga mapagkunwaring human rights advocate kuno, regular pang nagsisimba kung saan mang sambahan nila pero ang simpleng karapatan ng kanilang kasambahay ay hindi marespeto dahil palagi nilang minumura….at kung mamili sa mga sidewalk vendors ay daig pa ang timawa kung tumawad!

 

Paalala lang sa mga taong mahilig pumapel….bago magsisigaw ng human rights ng mga iskwater, drug pusher, magnanakaw, at iba pang kriminal ay mag-isip muna ng ilang daang beses para hindi magmukhang tanga! Alam ng mga kapitbahay ninyo ang ugali ninyo kaya siguradong pinagtatawanan kayo kapag nakabasa ng mga mapagkunwaring comments ninyo sa facebook tungkol sa bagay na ito.

 

AT, HIGIT SA LAHAT, ALAM NG NASA ITAAS KUNG ANO ANG MGA KATARANTADUHANG GINAGAWA NINYO AT PILIT NINYONG PINAGTATAKPAN NG PALUHUD-LUHOD SA SIMBAHAN, PAKOMUNYON-KUMONYON, PADASAL-DASAL NG ROSARYO, AT PASIGAW-SIGAW NG HUMAN RIGHTS NG MGA KAWATAN AT DRUG PUSHER DAHIL PARA SA INYO AY TAO DIN SILA AT MAY KARAPATANG MABUHAY…ISANG ADBOKASIYA NG BULAG, BINGI AT KAPALMUKS!…IBIG SABIHIN, WALANG KONSIYENSIYA!

 

 

Martial Law for Mindanao is Long Overdue

Martial Law for Mindanao is Long Overdue

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

The gruesome killings in Marawi, the encounter at Bagumbayan (Sultan Kudarat), between the MILF and the Philippine military, the pockets of bombings in southern Mindanao are all indications that the sitting president, Rodrigo Duterte is being challenged as to how far he can bend backward without straining his spine. He has been tolerant for some time and he did it more than enough. It is high time that he should flex his muscles.

 

When he took over the land’s highest position from a lenient president, he did not lose time in calling for cooperation. But because of his obvious plan to rid the country and the government in particular, of crooks, practically, everybody with selfish motives became apprehensive. Turncoats and opportunists who thought Duterte is no different from the past presidents are shocked by his steadfast and feisty moves, so now, they are having second thoughts if they would still support him or finance his detractors which some are already doing.

 

How can Martial be not applicable to a country like the Philippines, especially, Mindanao where unrest is already brewing? How can “due process” be applied to the case of a terrorist caught red-handed while about to detonate a bomb? How can “due process” be applied in the case of  drug-deranged and useless citizens who rape innocent young women, and even elders, fit to be their grandmother? How can “due process” be applied in the case of drug lords who have constructed drug laboratories right under the very nose of conniving law-enforcement agencies? How can “due process” be applied in Marawi City where gruesome killings are being committed by the Maute Group? The supposedly “due process” has just created animosity among the victims of criminals due to delayed application of justice.

 

HIHINTAYIN PA BA NA KUMALAT ANG TERORISMO SA VISAYAS AT LUZON…LALO NA SA MAYNILA?

 

Clearly, there is a concerted effort to oust Duterte from his post. And, those who have conceived this evil design could be the concerned parties whose selfish interests have been railroaded.  Again, Martial Law for Mindanao is long overdue. Why worry if you are not guilty?

 

And, obviously, the terrorism in Mindanao is no longer hinged on religion but politics and money!

 

 

Ang Sakit na “SCOOPOMITIS” ng Media

Ang Sakit na “SCOOPOMITIS” ng Media

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

HINDI DAPAT IPINAGYAYABANG NG MGA OPISYAL NG MILITARY ANG MGA ACTUAL OPERATIONS NILA SA PAMAMAGITAN NG PAG-IMBITA SA MGA TAGA-MEDIA NA MAG-COVER NG MGA ITO AT CLOSE RANGE O MALAPITAN, LALO NA ANG GINAGAWA NG MGA MAY HAWAK NG RADIO O COMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES NILA. DAPAT ISIPIN NG MGA OPISYAL NA NAKA-HOOK O NAKA-CONNECT DIRECTLY ANG MGA TAGA-MEDIA SA MGA PUBLIC MONITORS TULAD NG TV AT RADIO KAYA MARIRINIG KUNG ANO MAN ANG SABIHIN NG MGA NAG-RARADYO SA HEADQUARTERS O COMMAND POST. IBIG SABIHIN MARIRINIG NG BUONG BAYAN PATI NG MGA KALABAN ANG MGA IMPORMASYON TULAD NG LOCATION NILA, KAKULANGAN NG MGA GAMIT NA KAILANGAN NILA, ETC.

 

DAPAT GAMITING LEKSIYON ANG NANGYARI SA “LUNETA SIEGE”, NOONG KAUUPO PA LANG NI PNOY AQUINO BILANG PRESIDENTE NG PILIPINAS. NA-HOSTAGE ANG ISANG BUS NG MGA CHINESE TOURISTS AT SA LUNETA PINARADA ANG SASAKYAN. SA KATANGAHAN AT KAYABANGAN NG MGA TAGA-MEDIA, KINUNAN NILA ANG MGA GINAGAWA NG MGA PULIS SA LABAS NG BUS, BINOBRODKAST DIN NG MGA REPORTER ANG MGA SENSITIBONG IMPORMASYON TULAD NG IBA PANG LOKASYON NG MGA PULIS NA ANG IBA AY NAKADIKIT NA SA BUS AT MGA PLANO NILA DAHIL PATI INTERVIEW NILA SA “COMMANDER” NG PULIS AY PINARINIG DIN AT IPINAKITA SA PUBLIKO. NAKALIMUTAN NILANG MAY TV MONITOR SA LOOB NG BUS KAYA NARIRINIG AT NAKIKITA NG HOSTAGE-TAKER ANG LAHAT NG MGA GINAGAWA NG MGA PULIS!

 

YAN ANG SAKIT NG MEDIA – “SCOOPOMITIS” (SARILI KONG TERM)….NAG-UUNAHAN SILA PAGKUHA NG MGA SCOOP KAHIT HINDI VERIFIED KAYA KUNG MINSAN, NAPAPAHIYA SILA. HINDI NILA NAIISIP NA NAKO-COMPROMISE NILA ANG OPERATIONS NG PULIS MAN O MILITARY. ANG INIISIP LANG NILA AY PANSARILING LAYUNIN NA MAKA-SCOOP.

 

HINDI MASAMA ANG MAG-COVER NG PANG-SCOOP NA MGA PANGYAYARI SUBALIT ANG MGA ANCHORS NA NASA ISTASYON AY DAPAT MAGING MAINGAT SA PAG-RELAY NG MGA IMPORMASYON SA PUBLIKO. MAY KAKAYAHAN SILANG PUMILI KUNG ANO ANG IBOBRODKAST UPANG HINDI MA-COMPROMISE ANG MGA SENSITIBONG POLICE OR MILITARY OPERATION. ANG MASAKLAP LANG DAHIL SA COMPETITION, NAGPAPAGALINGAN ANG LAHAT NG MGA MEDIA OUTLETS, BROADCAST MAN O PRINT, SA PAGBABALITA. DAHIL DIYAN WALA SILANG PAKIALAM KUNG MA-COMPROMISE ANG SEGURIDAD NG MGA PULIS AT MILITARY, LALO NA NG BUONG BANSA!

 

AT, ANG PINAKAMATINDI AY KAPAG NAGAMIT ANG ILANG TAGA-MEDIA NG MGA PULITIKO O MGA KRIMINAL….NAGING BAYARAN O NAKALISTA SA PAYROLL.

 

UNSOLICITED NA PAYO KO SA MGA TAGA-MEDIA: HUWAG GAWING SHOOTING NG PELIKULA ANG PAG-COVER NG MAG SENSITIVE OPERATIONS NG PULIS AT MILITARY AT MAGING INTELIHENTE SA MGA GINAGAWA LALO NA SA MGA ISINISIWALAT TUNGKOL SA MGA NANGYAYARI SA GOBYERNO DAHIL KAPAG ANG ISANG BAGAY AY NAIBALITA NA, MAHIRAP NA ITONG BAWIIN O ITUWID DAHIL HINDI LAHAT NG MGA UNANG NAKARINIG AY MAKAKARINIG ULI NG PALIWANAG UPANG MAKOREK ANG PAGKAKAMALI!

The Elisa P. Bernardo Elementary School in New Passi, Tacurong City

The Elisa P. Bernardo Elementary School

In New Passi, Tacurong City

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

It was a scorching afternoon when I was invited by Judith Bernardo to New Passi, a barangay at the foot of Magon Hill, after we met at a party, hosted by a cousin. I deemed it another adventure, so I accepted her invitation as I was curious about her project or donation for the school named after their mother, Elisa Panizales Bernardo. As I had still time to be spent in the area, I thought it would be a worthwhile trip.

 

From the city of Tacurong, we drove over the paved highway, turning left at the junction where the San Lorenzo Ruiz parish church was located, just across the Cordero mango grove. Both sides of the road were shaded by the thickly-foliaged African palms. Very noticeable was the fast development of Baras, where the Bird Sanctuary and the Jarell Resort are located, as well as, Upper Katungal. Practically, houses of indigenous materials stood proudly side by side with colorful concrete ones which were made more interesting by their contemporary architecture. I even noticed a lodging inn with an obviously western block design. Very noticeable, too were the number of small convenience stores (sari-sari stores) and small stalls filled with wet market commodities, that lined both sides of the tidy road. Their presence manifested the affluence of the residents.

 

We dropped by the Barangay Hall of Baras where Judith delivered donated sets of aprons needed for a certain project. I learned that she has been engrossed in various projects in Baras and New Passi for several years now. When we reached New Passi, we went straight to the site at the back of the Principal’s office where a two-burner stove of concrete and bricks was being constructed. It was intended for the feeding program of the school for the children of poor farmers, and which was initiated by Judith’s elder sister, Nita. As a background, the feeding program was conceived by Nita when she learned about the heavy absences every Monday and Friday. She was told by the principal at the time, Charlie Braga, that many students are impoverished, so that most of them would go to school without taking breakfast at home. From then on, Nita regularly donated I sack of rice which volunteer mothers and teachers cooked into gruel.

 

On the other hand, the sight of teachers and mothers cooking gruel on makeshift stove on the ground made Judith decide to have a sturdy stove made for them. The design is such that combustible wastes except those made of rubber and plastic could be used as fuel. She personally looked around for able masons who could undertake the construction.

 

Adjacent to the school is a small parcel of rice field donated by the late Serafin Bernardo to the school so that it would be able to generate an income for projects. Since the time of Charlie Braga as principal, it was well-maintained.  Incidentally, Mr. Braga has been transferred to the neighboring school of Baras as a promotion. He was also responsible for the picturesque landscape of the school, the main avenue of which is lined with hardwood trees. Pockets of flower gardens are also distributed throughout the campus.

 

The other concern of both Judith and her sister, Nita is the lack of library. There had been plans for its construction but unexpected problems would always crop up. On our way back to the city, Judith confided her wish that someday the project would be realized, but realistic that I am, I told her that assistance from concerned sectors is necessary, First, a structure had to be built and second, books are needed to fill the shelves. The project would surely involve a considerable amount. I confided that I have the same wish….but with a hope that benevolent hands would “touch” the school someday.