Miriam…A Tribute to the late Filipino senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago

MIRIAM

(Tribute to Miriam Defensor-Santiago)

by Apolinario Villalobos

 

She is such a colorful lady ever, who I have read and heard about. She is feisty and weighed down her words with piercing look and if in the mood with matching finger- pointing, yet. Known as the “Iron Lady of Asia”, she doesn’t give a damn, as to who she was berating because of their misdoings…she was ready to die anyway, and in fact she declared many times that she “takes bullets for breakfast”. And, her legacy is the courage to face death, especially, if one has a scheduled expiration based on medical findings…wisdom that has not a single speck of hypocrisy and fear. She was most thankful, however, that her “schedule” was delayed.

 

She is best known for her witty “hugot” or pick up lines, some of which were extemporaneously composed and delivered on the spot to spice up her speeches. Another known part of her person was her shapely pair of million-dollar legs! She was featured once in the cover of Panorama Magazine in bathing suit sitting by the pool side of the Intercontinental Hotel in Makati, with extended legs that showed their gorgeous shape.

 

She entered the Michigan University to hone her innate intelligence which finally brought her to fame as a lawyer and law maker. But before that, she was also a teacher and a judge. A graduate of the University of the Philippines with a degree of Political Science, she did it as Magna cum Laude. To top it all, she was also the speech writer of Ferdinand Marcos. And, to think that many thought, those fiery speeches that Marcos delivered, and who was admired for eloquence were from his own thoughts!

 

A Visayan who hailed from Iloilo City, she proudly declared that she was an Ilongga every time she had the opportunity. She sparked the spirit of the EDSA3 that led to the expulsion of Erap Estrada from Malacaἧan Palace. It was during her early years at the Senate, that both the spectators and fellow senators first heard her colorful remarks. She hated giggling, cell phones and unnecessary whispers when she had the floor.  The current DOJ secretary had his share of colorful admonition when he was ordered to step out of the court room during a hearing, because she caught him covering his ears while she was delivering her piece of argument. Vitaliano Aguirre was so gentleman enough to meekly follow the order, instead of giving an alibi, such that the he was just trying to keep the sideburns of his toupee in place. She was ahead of Duterte in declaring that her life was in danger ever since she became a lawmaker. But her tough demeanor melted at the death of her son.

 

She desperately tried her best to give back to her country whatever strand of strength left with her during the twilight years of her life by even attempting to run as president in tandem with Bongbong Marcos as her running mate. Her courage and positive outlook showed their best every time she was on the road during the campaign period during which she was all smiles despite her heavy breathing every time she delivered a campaign speech. She must have known that she was nearing the “finish line” of her life because her messages were filled with premonitions.

 

Her utmost gratitude to God for having been given a fruitful, albeit chromatic and thrill-filled life must have been acknowledged when He gave her a peaceful eternal repose…..while asleep.

 

 

 

 

7 Days a Week

 7 Days A Week

By: Kevin Norbert G. Lopez

 

Monday,

I start anew today.

Today, the sun’s the first thing I was able to see,

Oh Monday, a great day to start for me.

 

Tuesday,

I start anew today.

Today, the morning birds sing a song.

Oh Tuesday, the week is still long.

 

Wednesday,

I start anew today.

Today, the afternoon’s so relaxing,

Oh Wednesday, life is a blessing.

 

Thursday,

I start anew today.

Today, the week is almost to an end.

Oh Thursday, a time to meet people and befriend.

 

Friday,

I start anew today.

Today, we rejoice the last day of work.

Oh Friday, it’s time for us to perk.

 

Saturday,

I start anew today.

Today, I lay on my bed and stay to rest.

Oh Saturday, a day I enjoy, a day with my guest.

 

Sunday,

I start anew today.

Today, the last day I’m at peace.

Oh Sunday, the last day I am at ease.

 

 

Here I state all days of the week.

All things I do, all I said was true.

New things to do I seek,

Cycle of the week, I shall get through.

Davao Food Adventures 2016

A Sweet Chili Love

Don’t know where to dine or spend a lazy afternoon with your significant other? Here are a number of cafes, dessert shops and restaurants around Metro Davao to choose from.

During my short visit in sunny and humid Davao, I managed to visit quite a lot of the newest gastronomic destinations around my hometown with friends and family. I’ve also included a couple from my last year’s food spotting. Today, I’ll be sharing them to you all. These newly opened restos (and not so new ones) varies from Filipino, Chinese, Indian, Spanish, Italian to American cuisines. Pretty much anything my palate could handle. So, shall we start?

Note: These reviews are based on my own honest opinion and personal experiences only. If you want to know more about these restaurants mentioned here, please feel free to search them on Facebook.

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Balik Bukid

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Marcos in perspective following Miriam’s passing

Quierosaber's Blog

miriam-santiagoThe nation today mourns the passing of former Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago – she of the fiery temper and the blazing tongue.

She was many things to many people and, undeniably to some, she was the best of friends and the worst of enemies.

I don’t know if we will ever see again the likes of Miriam in public service – brilliant, dedicated, reliable, forceful, excitable, incorruptible, passionate for her love of country, defender of the Constitution and stickler for the rule of law.

What I see now, however, is the male version of Miriam in the realm of politics and he is no other than President Rodrigo Duterte himself, sans the brilliance and eloquence of Miriam.

No wonder both are excellent blogging material.

I have posted around 20 blogs about Miriam, notable of which are:

https://quierosaber.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/miriam-for-president-in-2016/

https://quierosaber.wordpress.com/2015/07/22/miriams-candidacy-is-a-breath-of-fresh-air/

Frankly, I was for Miriam in the last presidential race but I…

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The Gentleman in President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines

THE GENTLEMAN IN PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

 

JUST BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT APOLOGIZED TO THE PERSONALITIES WHOSE CONNECTION HE COULD NOT SEE IN THE LATEST DRUG MATRIX PRESENTED TO HIM, DOES NOT MEAN THAT HE COULD HAVE ERRED IN HIS PAST PRONOUNCEMENTS THAT IMPLICATED MANY OFFICIALS BASED ON THE PREVIOUS LISTS.

 

HIS BRAVE AND GENTLEMANLY APOLOGIES JUST SHOW THAT HE IS SERIOUSLY ANALYSING REPORTS GIVEN TO HIM….THAT HE IS NOT THE TYPE WHO EASILY BELIEVES IN EVERYTHING REPORTED TO HIM. WHAT HE HAS NOT DIVULGED IS, PERHAPS, HIS BARRAGE OF REPRIMAND TO THE GUYS WHO GAVE HIM THE ERRONEOUS REPORT AND HIS WARNING TO THEM TO BE EXTRA CAREFUL NEXT TIME WHICH IS A NORMAL REACTION OF A SUPERIOR TO HIS SUBORDINATE.

 

HE SHOULD BE CREDITED FOR BEING TRANSPARENT IN TELLING THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE RESULT OF HIS ANALYSIS, AS HE COULD JUST HAVE KEPT IT TO HIMSELF, TREATING IT AS A CONFIDENTIAL MATTER BETWEEN HIM AND THOSE WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE. WHAT IS VERY COMMENDABLE IS HIS OUTRIGHT DECLARATION THAT HE IS ASSUMING THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE COMMITED THE MISTAKE.

 

HIS APOLOGETIC STANCE BROUGHT TO MY MIND THE FORMER PRESIDENT PNOY AQUINO, WHO DESPITE BLUNDERS WAS NEVER HEARD TO HAVE UTTERED A SINGLE APOLOGY. AQUINO’S PREDECESSOR, GLORIA ARROYO DESPITE THE DOUBTS IN HER SINCERITY, SAID HER FAMOUS,  “ I AM SORRY” ADDRESSED TO THE FILIPINOS, AS REGARDS THE “GARCI ISSUE” THAT REINSTATED HER AS PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES.

 

IN HIS DEPARTURE SPEECH AT THE MANILA INTERNATIONAL AIPORT TERMINAL 2 PRIOR TO HIS FLIGHT TO VIETNAM ON THE SAME DAY THAT DE LIMA CALLED THE PRESSCON, DUTERTE ALSO SINCERELY MENTIONED ABOUT HIS BEING A PERSON OF MANY FAULTS. HOW MANY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS CAN DO THAT? ON THE CONTRARY THERE IS A GENERAL ATTITUDE AMONG THE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ABOUT THEIR BEING “IMMACULATELY HONEST” DESPITE MANIFESTATIONS, COVERT AND BLATANTLY DISPLAYED… OF THEIR REPUGNANT DISHONESTY!

The Hystirics of de Lima during the 28 September morning Presscon

THE HYSTIRICS OF DE LIMA

DURING THE 28 SEPTEMBER MORNING PRESSCON

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

The hysterical antics of de Lima during a presscon at the Senate in the morning of 28 September could have been another attempt to show her innocence of the drug crimes thrown at her. Obviously she was trying to pinch the heart of those who took time in listening to her emotional presentations.

 

She did not take the presscon opportunity to explain what happened to the millions and various jewelries turned over to her after a raid of NBP, in which only 1.6M pesos was reported. Those involved in the turnover are asking where the more than 300M pesos went. She even presented a text message which for her implied that Sebastian was being forced to testify against her, when the message was a simple plea from the wife of the subject detainee to tell everything he knows to end his ordeal as practically, fingers of the detainee/resource persons were all pointing at him. That being alleged, Sebastian is being viewed as the direct connect to de Lima who could further pin her down. In that case, who would “desire” to eliminate him?

 

In her dire effort to defend herself, de Lima put the life of Sebastian in jeopardy when she said that he is a government “asset”. But then, this allegation has raised many eyebrows, as how can an “asset” whose activities are supposed to be covert, meet with a government official in full view of other inmates? One witness even testified that Sebastian bragged about his close connection with de Lima, emphasizing such arrogance with an assurance that de Lima would come at a certain time to visit him which indeed happen during which she had a grand couple or more hours with him in his luxurious “kubol. If he is a witness as de Lima is alleging, all she could have done was summon him secretly for a meeting at one of the offices of NBP. The publicly exposed allegations are what de Lima should refute instead of being hysterical during the presscon in the morning of September 28. The hystirics of de Lima according to Duterte are signs of her ominous breakdown.

 

Overall, though, I surmised that de Lima could be a very very fine coach for elocutions and declamations. She did a very good performance which deserves a gold medal, had it been done during an inter-collegiate literary competition.