My family celebrates Undas with customary visits to the cemetery, preparation of atang for the departed souls and putting up candles around the house at night. When we were kids, my two older siblings and I loved seeing the entire house lighted by white candles and their pointed red-orange flame that sway easily with the slightest gush of wind. The chill of the ‘ber months’, the wary tales of ghostly encounters by my Lolo Narding and the tall, dark, irregular silhouettes created by the candles always made this event extra special and spooky to me.
My fascination with the supernatural started with Lolo Narding. As far back as I can recall, he would tell me stories of aswangs, engkantos and mangkukulams every afternoon to scare me to sleep. You see, I despised taking afternoon naps as a child. ‘Tsa Lumen, my nanny, would have to chase me around the house, drag me inside the house and forcibly lull me to sleep. But I never fall asleep; in fact all I do is cry and throw tamtrums. Sometimes, I would sneak out of the house and play in the backyard. People always warned me that afternoons or tanghaling tapat is the time when engkantos come out and play. To a four or five year old child, that means nothing especially if she is used to scare tactics such the bombay who takes away kids who do not sleep, the police who arrests the kids who do not sleep, or even the bad neighbor who kidnaps kids who do not sleep. I mean, really.
I started to get sick almost everyday during those times. I’ll have fever in the afternoons but will quickly resolve at night. It was puzzling how my fever never goes down even with intake of meds. More interesting was the fact that I only get sick when I play in the backyard at afternoons. At night and in the morning after, I was as healthy as anyone in the house.
Lolo Narding came to stay with us then. He is my great grandmother’s second husband from my mother’s side in Bacolod City. My mother tells me that he fights with evil mumus and aswangs back home but to me, he was feeble, thin and old, barely able to walk as steadily as I can. With both my siblings in school during afternoons, Lolo Narding would beckon me to stay inside the house to listen to his stories. At first, I never really paid him much attention until he told me that I was not alone in the backyard. I remembered looking around me, going behind the two huge coconut trees to the kamias and the bayabas trees just to see if there was anyone hiding there. He smiled at me then, seemingly amused that he finally got my attention.
May dwending puti, anak.
Now that really caught my attention. Its as clear to me now as it was then when he told me those exact words. I remember it as Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men said, crystal. And from then onwards, I filled my afternoons with Lolo Narding’s amazing supernatural stories. Nevermind that they never got me to sleep but at least they were able to make me stay put. It usually takes us the entire afternoon and often until bedtime to finish just one story since he cannot speak fluent tagalog. Instead of scaring the hell out of me, our afternoon sessions made me more curious and more determined to see those lamang lupa for myself. But as Lolo said, you never wish for things like that, especially out of curiosity.
Since then, I have always been drawn towards movies, series, stories, or just about anything with spook. When Lolo passed away, his usual bevy of scary stories was eventually replaced by watching Magandang Gabi Bayan (MGB) Undas Specials on Saturday night. Literally, everyone I know would have to come home just to watch this special segment. And sure enough, everyone at school talks about the program for almost one week after. You’d almost feel like a big loser if you missed out on this.
The old arbularyo in this segment reminds me so much of my Lolo. =(
MGB was taken off the air some years ago but the following are some of the vintage MGB Undas specials I found on Youtube.
Last Sunday, ABS-CBN attempted to ressurect a pseudo MGB Undas special, titled KABABALAGHAN in their slot for Sunday’s Best at 10:45pm. Sadly, to me at least, it was terrifyingly boring to death. After the SANIB segment of the show, I called it quits. There’s something about the old MGB UNDAS format that I sorely miss. Maybe the new one lacked the authencity, that gritty, unedited, raw, in your face vibe the former one had in abundance.
Still, Undas should be practiced to remember the dead, to offer prayers and to pay respects to the departed. Not just to play dress up to terrorize your whole neighborhood for sweets and apples.
To all those people who expect to fall, laughing from their seats, I suggest you give this movie a wee bit slack but a lot more credit for being entertaining in a different way. This is not Eugene Domingo doing another Kimmy Dora nor is it about poverty and pedophilia and the Philippines being a 3rd world country. This movie is all about dreaming big, falling hard and then crawling your way out of your hole.
Chris Martinez wrote the script for the movie and I have to say, I just love, love, love this man. I love his Last Order sa Penguin and I love Kimmy Dora to death. He keeps everything neat and simple and his punchlines never go overboard. His characters are very real and when you try to read Last Order sa Penguin, its as if the characters are right in front of you. Galing, galing. For this Cinemalaya entry, Martinez teamed up with director Marlon Rivera, Eugene Domingo (as herself), Kean Cipriano (Director Rainier), JM de Guzman (Producer Bingbong), and Cai Cortez (Production Assistant Jocelyn).
GIST: Three indie filmmakers are dead set on making an Oscar-worthy film. They have the vision, the right script, the perfect location, the brains to make everything work, and the bankable leading actress in their hands but their fickle minds seem to put them astray from their original plans. The trio gets a reality check when they meet Domingo for the first time and realize that they have to do a major overhaul on their plans just to get her signed on. With authenticity in the movie seemingly gone, a load full of theatrical revisions and incredible diva demands from their lead force Rainier to accommodate her demands in exchange for a small hope of making it big. Although hesitant at first, Rainier caves in when tragedy strikes them and puts them in a tight spot.
The top star falling into the septic tank, to me, means that everyone is bound to have a shitty time and hit rock bottom. But life goes on and you have to find ways to go around your problems and make them work to your advantage. No one stays at the top or at the bottom for too long; you just have to endure, make the most or savor the moment while you can. You make the best out of your misfortunes by learning from them. And you just have to see the final scene to know what the hell I’m blabbering about.
Comic relief came from Eugene Domingo and the trio’s director-arch nemesis. GAWD. The scene in the coffee shop was really funny. As in WOW, ang galing. Galing…galing. That director-arch nemesis dude should get a slice of the credit. Darn it, give the dude some EXPRESSO. You were annoying and entertaining at the same time. Whoever you are, MORE POWERS to you. I totally enjoyed your scene. And of course, Eugene Domingo’s performance was CHECK na CHECK.
If the hype about Eugene Domingo winning Best Actress for her role in this movie is not enough reason for you to see this, then add Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Film and Audience Choice awardee to your list.
Its not just his face, his obnoxious voice or his extravagant display of wealth and influence on TV ratings that make me want to punch Revillame square in the face. Why is it that networks wage wars to get this prick on their sides? He’s not even funny. This man is disrespectful in every way and thinks too highly of himself. For all the mess that he has created over these past years, I have yet to hear him accept responsibility for his actions. He is arrogant, immature and is too afraid to admit his faults, perhaps even to himself.
I do not know WHY noontime shows were ever reformatted to their current state of tasteless entertainment. I understand the part of giving money and the games and the bevy of sexy dancers and kooky hosts, but I am completely clueless as to the why contestants have to perform or show whatever TALENTS they have before they play. With or without talent, contestants have to make do with whatever wares they have and bite down humiliation as they sing, dance or act in front of national tv. If people want to show what they are capable of, then they should join TALENT SHOWS instead of GAME SHOWS.
I get the fun in doing something silly as in drinking sprees and parties but to make someone do it for your amusement is not right. To begin with, people who are less fortunate flock to these game shows because they need easy money; not because they want to be artistas or the next singing/dancing sensation. Game shows mean to help, I know that, but they tend to exploit the players’ situation by making them perform when they obviously cannot. Actually, most of what we see on TV is geared towards presenting a challenge and then handing out cash to the victor. But every program has to have a selling point or else every program on TV will be boring and redundant. So do Philippine Game Shows bank on making their players look stupid? To a lot of people, I think they call this ‘entertainment’.
So who is at fault: the industry who feeds Revillame’s ego or Revillame himself?
Now that a lot of companies are pulling their ads from his show, Revillame will soon run out of endorsers who fund the prizes in his show. If the endorser are gone, money will go with them. And with money out, will people still go to Revillame’s side? I think not. You put someone else in Revillame’s shoes, have him throw out loads of cash and people might like him just the same. As I see it, people want him and will stay with him because of money and NOT because of his winning personality, brain-splitting humor and God-given hosting skills. Despite several calls that they have abused the 6 year old Jan Jan, TV5 is willing to back Revillame. And why not, the network has invested a ton of money to buy him on board; they’re still not done milking him.
Revillame has always been bastos and TV Execs are always seeking ways to keep their shows ENTERTAINING but Jan Jan’s parents should have been the primary ones to guard their son from abuse. In the first place, how could a 6 year old boy learn to dance ala macho dancer without anyone prodding or teaching him? The boy could have done something else on the show but that dance routine was probably the product of intensive training under the tutelage of whoever was so desperate and sick to make him dance so provocatively and inappropriately for his age.
Come to think of it, are we also to blame? Perhaps the networks think that we get easily turned on by these spectacles. Sometimes I think that we are also immature in terms of what we want as an audience. And its not just game shows, but the same goes for movies, series, telenovelas, fantaseryes, and actors and the other people we see on tv and tend to worship. I want variety, substance and originality but often we get repackaged, formulated and copied works that are just too annoying to watch. And I beg pardon if I am straying from the main issue here.
But alas, Jan Jan and his family recently confirmed that it was the boy himself who learned the routine. Apparently, the boy was mature enough to decide that he wants to be an artista. Even suggesting that he was supposed to use Careless Whisper as his background music on Willing Wilie. So what, Jan Jan wants to be Hayden Kho? Assuming of course that Jan Jan got the idea from Kho’s macho dancing routine with Katrina Halili. How in the world could a boy his age think of using Kho’s infamous dance? Really, a 6 year old child could do that?!?!? Wow, money does work wonders.
Silvestre Bello III, a former justice secretary, said that he is morally convinced that Anthony Nepomuceno, a call center agent accused of throwing an explosive during the Bar Exam last September 26, is innocent because ‘you can see it in his eyes’. And while the DOJ has an ongoing investigation regarding this matter, VP Jejomar Binay rushes in to claim that Nepomuceno is innocent according to their questioning. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says that the NBI has a strong case against Nepomuceno since his charge was backed by several witness accounts who definitely identified him.
Technically, Nepomuceno is innocent; that is, unless proven otherwise by the court. So why remind us that he is? No one is saying he is guilty. Well, not yet. And as of this moment, the APO is forming a legal team for Nepomuceno’s defense.
Binay, Bello and Nepomuceno belong to the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity and while it is understandable for ‘brods‘ to look out for each other, this endorsement of innocence thing is, at the same time, very reckless and premature. Binay stands to lose his credibility and impartiality if the DOJ finds his brod guilty. And for what? for the sake of keeping his fraternity look good or as an utang na loob gesture for helping him win last elections? Frat wars is an angle being looked at by the investigation and why not, since a lot of violence are fueled by this seemingly incomprehensible rift between warring fraternities.
First of all, Binay is the vice president and as such, he should have known better than to meddle in this affair. He should be impartial and he should have let other APO members escort Nepomuceno off to court. And being VP and Housing and Urban Development Coordination Council (HUDCC) chairman, shouldn’t he be concerned with more pressing matters such as the Globe Asiatique estafa case?
You do not go around telling someone is innocent because you believe he is: prove it, just like how the DOJ is busting its ass to make a case against Nepomuceno. And while I am scared that this case will take a turn for the worst in the days to come, I am hoping that the DOJ or the investigators or whoever are the ones in-charge will do a fine job collecting and prosecuting the criminals. WHOEVER THEY ARE.
A couple of years back, the bus that I was riding home from Laguna to Makati got held up by 10 armed men. Up to this day, I still find it hard to believe that it did happen; because not only was it the most terrifying 5 hour bus ride of my entire life but the whole thing happened like it was lifted straight from the movies.
That day, I remembered doing everything I do not usually do: going home late in the afternoon, taking the bus home and not staying for the festivities of our university. Straight from my 5pm class, I just took my bag, decided I want to go home and hopped on a bus 5 minutes later. Around 40 minutes into the ride, as the bus passed by the police check point and headed to the open high way, 2 men ran up front and started to shout and wave their guns at us. More men subsequently stood up, holding knives as they took our money and other valuables. Everything happened so fast that I could not do anything but hand them my bag and everything else I had. I looked around and saw disbelief on the faces of the other passengers. Some passengers were even laughing and looking for a camera, like the whole event was being shot for a gag show or something. As the minutes passed, it became clear to all of us that this was not a joke. One by one, the passengers grew quiet as the robbers started to force the men to the aisle and leave us women in our seats. As the robbers continued to shout and hurl curses at us, some started to cry, begging them not to hurt any of us. During this time, I felt like my body was going numb, I was scared, I was too afraid to even move or breathe heavily, I was crying as silently as possible because my head was filled with images of us being blown up to bits, beaten or left dead by the side of the road. I was anticipating for the worst yet I was hoping to get out of there alive.
Brillante Mendoza’s Kinatay (Butchered) reminded me of that long and grisly ride into the night. This movie won several awards back in 2009:
62nd Cannes International Film Festival, Best Director: Brillante Mendoza, “Kinatay”
42nd Sitges International Festival of Fantastic Cinema of Catalonia, Spain, Best Original Soundtrack: Teresa Barrozo, “Kinatay”
42nd Sitges International Festival of Fantastic Cinema of Catalonia, Spain, Best Director: Brillante Mendoza, “Kinatay”
Although many critics do not like this movie, for example Roger Ebert:
Here is a film that forces me to apologize to Vincent Gallo for calling “The Brown Bunny” the worst film in the history of the Cannes Film Festival… You mark my words. There will be critics who fancy themselves theoreticians, who will defend this unbearable experience, and lecture those plebians like me who missed the whole Idea. I will remain serene while my ignorance is excoriated. I am a human being with relatively reasonable tastes. And in that role, not in the role of film critic, I declare that there may not be ten people in the world who will buy a ticket to this movie and feel the money was well spent.
Or that Mendoza received boos during the awards night, I can say with much certainty that this movie is well worth your money and your time.
For a synopsis of the movie, go here.
The movie may not be as bloody as one would expect but the long anticipatory ride of Peping (Coco Martin) inside a van with a crying, gagged and beat up junkie (Isabel Lopez) and several ruthless men is just enough to cause you anxiety and discomfort throughout the movie. And for me, Mendoza did that well. Critics can always say what they want but for me, I just love the simplicity of the movie and how it makes you feel relieved that its Peping and not you who has to keep his fear hidden from the other men. I loved how Peping seemed dazed and helpless during his ordeal and how he became frustrated when he wanted to escape the men. Everything was raw and dark and very minimal. Its very close to reality for me since butchered or dismembered victims often show up here in the country and reach the news.
Kinatay may not be as grand (shot as an independent movie after all) and as gruesome as you would think but IT IS WORTH SPENDING YOUR MONEY AND TIME ON.
Although everyone in the house were up and ready to vote so damn early in the morning, I simply slept and let them be on their way. In all honesty, I had no desire to vote today because I simply did not know any of the candidates. And I will not succumb to the pressure of voting for the kumare or the kumpare of the family. Nor will I vote for the cutest SK candidate either.
In this country, there are people who make a living out of politics. In fact, most of these politicos cling to their posts as long as possible just so they could dip their sweaty hands into the forbidden pot of gold. They know close to nothing about the law, make no effort to hide their incompetence and would even have the nerve to watch Manny’s fights abroad. And how do these trapos get elected almost unendingly? I often ask this question myself and damn if the answer is charm.
The local elections are not spared by violence and vote buying as one would think that these two only happen during the national elections. Apparently, there are more perks now for the Barangay Captain such as having more control over the barangay’s internal revenue allotment (IRA) and having a much higher pay. Even for a small barangay the IRA could get up to millions and without anyone to audit and verify it, someone could simply walk away richer.
Let’s face it, nowadays people win by virtue of popularity and not by their capacity to lead. Not everyone, of course, but a majority of politicos use their TV presence or their being FRIENDLY to score votes. Being well known and being everyone’s friend maybe advantages but it cannot guarantee success. I have seen too many SK or Kagawad or Barangay Captain aspirants flash too many fake smiles and take too many pictures holding someone’s 2 month old baby by the side of the street while whispering to vote for them. Tacky.
Its just crazy when you hear news about a KAGAWAD candidate shot in front of his home by three unknown assailants or when four BARANGAY CAPTAIN candidates accuse each other of vote buying and hit each other in front of the people DURING ELECTIONS. I mean, the lengths to which these people will go to just to have power is truly, truly shameless. More than 2000 precincts around the country have had no elections due to violence or a delay in the arrival of the election paraphernalia. In Abra and in some parts of Mindanao, some would even attempt to steal the ballot boxes or carry guns inside the precincts and terrorize rival candidates. Needless to say, politics and elections go hand in hand with violence in this country. And that is not good.
Whether former Senior Police Inspector Rolando Mendoza was wrongfully accused of extortion or not is no longer the issue; rather his disregard for other people’s lives in selfish pursuit of justice.
Maybe he deserved to have his name cleared but what right does he have to take a handful of innocent people, use them as human shield, terrorize them for a good 11 hours, and then kill them? You do not right a mistake by making another. Certainly, you do not hostage a bus at gun-point and expect the country to believe you, more so have the government listen. That’s just stupid.
Its pretty obvious that Mendoza wanted attention but he could have had it without involving the Hong Kong tourists. I mean, he could have peddled his case to the media or have a newspaper print his piece. He could have contacted Mon Tulfo or XXX or Imbestigador to be on t.v. too. But really, hostage-taking? Wow.
This scenario not only reflects the sort of desperation Mendoza had on his mind but also of our justice system. Is our judicial system that bad that no one would dare believe in due process? Being a policeman should have made Mendoza believe more in the system but what the hell happened? All those years being in the service proved nothing. He should have filed a petition or a complaint, waited and even waited some more for a decision like a model citizen should have done.
I would not know how it feels to have your name tarnished, should Mendoza be right, but this I am sure: you do not put anyone in danger for your own personal gain.
Another migraine-inducing part of last night’s hostage disaster was the police, the SWAT or whoever was there to NEUTRALIZE the situation.
This is a statement from Manila police commander Leocadio Santiago regarding the hostage-taking. For one thing, why did the snipers wait 11 hours before attempting to shoot at Mendoza? They did not have to kill him but to disable him would have been enough. They could have shot at his arms or legs and then once he was down, the police could have swooped in and ended the crisis. I understand they needed time for negotiations but why wait a couple of hours more after the negotiations ended? If I have to say a reason, i would say its just normal, typical of our policemen to be incapable of handling such crises. And that’s saying something else.
And another thing, why blame the media for ‘leaking their tactics’ when the police could have opted to say nothing whenever interviewed? Why let the media in on their plans? The thing lacking here is procedure as Santiago mentioned in his statement.
Who is to blame for the deaths of 8 innocent people? My money is on the police because had they have acted wise enough, fast enough, the tragedy could have been prevented.
So to you PNP, may we see an end to your blunders soon. Do train hard, you obviously need it.
To be honest, I did not vote for you; not because I am irritated with your (first) sister or because I hate getting updates about you and your pretty girlfriend, nor is it because I frown upon your smoking habit. No, its just that I thought someone better deserved to be put in that position. But seeing as many of our countrymen clamored to make you president, I had to concede to the majority.
Before your mother’s death, no one ever considered you as a president-to-be. At least I did not. Because frankly, like your running mate, I thought you lacked charisma, personality and strength. You seemed too nice, too soft, to berate your colleagues in Congress. You seemed uninteresting. To me, the only reason you held that senate position was because you carried AQUINO in your name; the same way other second or third generation politicians get into politics. Its like name recall which some actor-politicos use to get them elected. You were some sort of celebrity and everyone knew who the Aquinos were. Problem was, for me, I did not know you really.
To say that you carry the torch of your parents’ ideals, for me right now, may be too much. You have yet to prove yourself and I hate to see you use your presidency as some sort of testing ground. You were raised well by your family, no doubt, but becoming president may call for something else. Besides, you still have that unresolved Hacienda Luisita issue; its a stark contrast from what you portray as being for the people.
I do not expect you to have PGMA and her royal dogs in jail ASAP (although putting her in jail sometime within your term would be awesome), nor do I expect you to rid the government completely of buwayas and trapos. Heck, I do not even expect you to bring Sen. Ping Lacson out from hiding! I guess, the only things I expect from you are that YOU KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOUR OWN POCKETS AND NEVER EVER LIE TO US. Please, do not promise us anything you cannot keep. We are sick and tired of that lame, stupid trick. Por fabor, we are not gullible. If you say that you are for the people, then by all means, be for the people.
I may not have voted for you but I am willing to put my trust on you. Do not let us down. PLEASE. It may seem daunting that everyone in this entire country is counting on you to make a difference but realize that you are not alone. WE all want to make difference; we just need someone to give us directions.
To you, president apparent only until June 15 2010, God bless.
With all that has happened – the 57 people butchered mercilessly in Maguindanao, the poor factory worker who was beheaded needlessly, the VP of Basilan State College being abducted, the 48 people held captive by the Perez clan – is it right to call this Christmas merry?
Andal Ampatuan Jr. is in jail and Maguindanao is under martial rule. Here’s a great question for PGMA and her advisers: why put Maguindanao under martial law?
There are only two things that require a call for martial law: invasion and rebellion. Are the paramilitary followers of the Ampatuans so hostile that their so-called uprising can be considered rebellion?
The crime of rebellion or insurrection is committed by rising publicly and taking arms against the Government for the purpose of removing from the allegiance to said Government or its laws, the territory of the Philippine Islands or any part thereof, of any body of land, naval or other armed forces, depriving the Chief Executive or the Legislature, wholly or partially, of any of their powers or prerogatives. (As amended by R.A. 6968).
Not that they are not hostile, but just like what Sen. Santiago said, maybe PGMA is just looking for a reason, anything, to make that decision. And after that, what else could stop her from putting the country under martial law too?
Then again, if PGMA is indeed not planning to put the country under martial law and if the Ampatuan followers were found to be planning a rebellion, then the Ampatuans would most likely be jailed for rebellion and not for murder. And considering that the punishment for rebellion is a bit lighter than murder, then the Arroyo administration is doing the clan a huge favor. I mean, where would PGMA be if not for the Ampatuans who orchestrated her win during the last elections in Mindanao?
Above all this, I believe PGMA’s desire to become Pampangga representative for 2010 is just awful. Her addiction to power is to us like breathing air to survive. The scariest part of it is that once she gains a seat in Congress, the Constitution may become endangered.
Another legitimate concern is the outpour of candidates for the 2010 elections. And again, as with all the previous elections, the main theme for this one is to choose the lesser evil. Everyone wants to become president and everyone is out there saying bad things about each other. Where is their delicadeza? I have always liked Mirriam Santiago but its her ‘balinmbing‘ qualities that makes me think twice.
Maybe there is something to look forward to this Christmas like that coveted QT with family and friends and maybe a vacation for a couple weeks; but when January comes, I bet its all going to be headaches and heart attacks. With the 2010 elections looming ever so near and the case of the Maguindanao massacre seeing no justice in sight yet, the prospect of having a happy new year is another question in my head.
But for what its worth, this Christmas can be merry if you can make it into one.
Back in 2006, the bus that I was on got robbed by ten to fifteen armed men.
Just last night, I almost drowned for wanting to STUDY on a Saturday.
It was not raining when I left my apartment for school. I arrived in the histology lab at around 9 am and only a handful of my classmates were there as many of them were in the gross lab. Class 2013A eventually grew in number as time passed. Since the histology lab had all its windows closed, I was not aware that rain was pouring ridiculously hard outside. One by one, I noticed that my classmates were coming inside the lab drenched from head to toe. It seemed obvious that the rain was getting heavier and I dared not ask since I was consumed with my slides.
At around 12 noon, Ivie and I decided to go home since (1) we were finished with the histology slides and (2) because we wanted to eat and then go home straight. As we were rolled the ends of our pants up, a classmate warned us that the water was already knee deep and that even the parking lots of the school and the hospital were getting flooded.
Afraid to get wet, we decided to just eat in the hospital cafe located in the basement floor of the medical and school building. The cafe was just several feet away from the parking lot and from the wall that separates UERM from Pasig River. Some of our classmates were already eating and were seated near the door. As we were lined up, a man in front of us shouted that the wall had collapsed. Almost immediately, all the people stood up and ran towards the door. The frenzy of seeing several cars being hurled at each other by the strong current was enough for everyone to panic. Of course, during times like this, one should not panic but even I was alarmed because the cold and murky water was rising fast. As I reached the door, the water was already at my thigh. I was helping an old woman walk towards the stairs when it suddenly hit me that I did not know how to swim. I felt chills running up my spine when I saw that we were still 6 to 7 meters away from safety and that I could not do anything for the old woman to quicken her pace. After much unnecessary pushing from the people behind us, I saw Christian held out his hand for me and with one big pull, I was safe.
Ivie and Fionna were waiting for us to go up the stairs. Everyone hurried up the third floor to watch in horror how the river consumed the school with her leptospirosis infested water.
We spent the night at the hospital in the PBL rooms. Honestly, I was not hungry at all but realized the need to stuff my stomach for fuel so I gladly ate whatever crackers the kind doctors and interns gave us to feed on. I could not sleep the entire night. Though the rain had ceased to pour, I cannot erase the thought that when I would wake up, there is a huge possibility that the water may have risen to the 3rd floor. And if that happened, I would really, really freeze in my tracks. But of course, nothing of that sort happened and I was glad that when I woke up, the water had subsided.
We got home safe, me and my classmates. We traversed the street together and parted ways, ironically, happy: happy that none of us got hurt and happy that we got through the ordeal as a whole.
I only pray that those who need help the most will exactly get what they need. And may I also implore the admin people of UERM to fix the break water and to make sure that it is STRONG and TALL ENOUGH to withstand situations like this.
I agree with Justice Puno when he said that we should not celebrate Independence Day. Its not because I belittle what our heroes have fought long and hard for but because I see that the country is still in shackles and enslaved by a corrupt woman president. It seems superficial to commemorate our Independence when we are being plagued by bad governance and an onslaught of evil public officials. What scares me the most is that if Con-Ass or House Resolution (HR) 1109 does happen in full circle, the entire country would have to suffer under PGMA for an indefinite number of years. If this happens, I think everyone would have wished they never let Erap go.
Does it not occur to the government that almost everyone is totally pissed off with their pursuance for Con-Ass? To amend the Constitution is not a bad thing but to do it before PGMA steps down is just ridiculously suspicious. Go here to see the Matrix House Proposed Charter Amendments as drafted by the House of Representatives in 2006.
Its like the House is scrambling in every direction to keep Her Shortness in power. They would also like the House and the Senate to jointly vote for the amendments in the 1987 Constitution. If the House and Senate should merge, there is an overwhelming probability that we get turned into PGMA’s Parliamentary wonderland. But the House cannot say that they are co-equal in a bicameral legislative body. The House is laden with PGMA fans while the Senate is the only remaining shield the people have against her evil plans. So as long as the Senate stands guard, we are still safe.
I have nothing against a parliamentary system but what worries me is that no good thing could ever come out from an innately corrupt President and her Government even if you change the system of governance. If the same Trapo people will stay in power, then expect not a grain of change. That would be asking for too much.
If power and stolen wealth is what these uber supportive Representatives stand to lose by not letting PGMA become Prime Minister, I often wonder if PGMA is the devil and if these Solons have already sold their souls to her in return for keeping her in power.
These are the Representatives who support Con-Ass and PGMA:
ABANTE, BIENVENIDO M. “BENNY” 6TH District Pandacan
ABLAN, ROQUE R. JR Ilocos Norte, 1st District
AGBAYANI, VICTOR AGUEDO E. Pangasinan, 2nd District
AGYAO, MANUEL, S Kalinga Province
ALBANO (III), RODOLFO T. Isabela, 1st District
ALFELOR, FELIX R. JR. 4th District, Camarines Sur
ALMARIO, THELMA Z. Davao Oriental, 2nd District
ALVAREZ, ANTONIO C. Palawan 1st District
ALVAREZ, GENARO RAFAEL M. JR. Negros Occidental, 6th District
AMANTE, EDELMIRO A. Agusan Del Norte, 2nd District
AMATONG, ROMMEL C. Compostela Valley, 2nd District
ANGPING, MARIA ZENAIDA B. Manila, 3rd District
ANTONINO, RODOLFO W. Nueva Ecija, 4th District
APOSTOL, TRINIDAD G. Leyte, 2nd District
AQUINO, JOSE S. (II) 1st District Agusan del Norte
ARAGO, MARIA EVITA R. 3rd district, Laguna
ARBISON, A MUNIR M. Sulu 2nd District
ARENAS, MA. RACHEL J. Pangasinan, 3rd District
ARROYO, DIOSDADO M. Camarines Sur, 1st District
ARROYO, IGNACIO T. 5th district Negros Occidental
ARROYO, JUAN MIGUEL M. 2nd District of Pampanga
BAGATSING, AMADO S. Manila 5th district
BALINDONG, PANGALIAN M. Lanao del Sur, 2nd District
BARZAGA, ELPIDIO F. JR. Cavite, 2nd District
BAUTISTA, FRANKLIN P. Davao Del Sur, 2nd District
BELMONTE, VICENTE F. JR. Lanao del Norte, 1st District
BICHARA, AL FRANCIS C. Albay, 2nd District
BIRON, FERJENEL G. Iloilo, 4th District
BONDOC, ANNA YORK P. Pampanga 4th District
BONOAN-DAVID, MA. THERESA B. Manila, 4th District
BRAVO, NARCISO R. JR. Masbate, 1st District
BRIONES, NICANOR M. AGAP Party list
BUHAIN, EILEEN ERMITA Batangas, 1st District
BULUT, ELIAS C. JR. Apayao Lone District
CAGAS (IV), MARC DOUGLAS C. Davao Del Sur, 1st District
CAJAYON, MARY MITZI L. Caloocan, 2nd District
CAJES, ROBERTO C. Bohol, 2nd District
CARI, CARMEN L. Leyte, 5th District
CASTRO, FREDENIL H. Capiz, 2nd District
CELESTE, ARTHUR F. Pangasinan, 1st District
CERILLES, ANTONIO H. Zamboanga Del Sur, 2nd District
CHATTO, EDGARDO M. Bohol, 1st District
CHONG, GLENN A. Biliran, Lone District
CHUNG-LAO, SOLOMON R. Ifugai, Lone District
CLARETE, MARINA C. Misamis Occidental, 1st District
CODILLA, EUFROCINO M. SR. Leyte, 4th District
COJUANCO, MARK O. Pangasinan, 5th District
COQUILA, TEODULO M. Eastern Samar, Lone District
CRISOLOGO, VINCENT P. Quezon City, 1st District
CUA, JUNIE E. Quirino, Lone District
CUENCO, ANTONIO V. Cebu City, 2nd District
DANGWA, SAMUEL M. Benguet, Lone District
DATUMANONG, SIMEON A. Maguindanao, Lone District
Dayanghirang, Nelson L. Davao Oriental, 1st District
DAZA, NANETTE C. Quezon City, 4th District
DAZA, PAUL R. Northern Samar, 1st District
DE GUZMAN, DEL R. Marikina City, 2nd District
DEFENSOR, ARTHUR D. SR. Iloilo, 3rd District
DEFENSOR, MATIAS V. JR. Quezon City, 3rd District
DEL MAR, RAUL V. Cebu City, 1st District
DIASNES, CARLO OLIVER D. (MD) Batanes, Lone District
DIMAPORO, ABDULLAH D. Lanao Del Norte, 2nd District
DOMOGAN, MAURICIO G. Baguio, Lone District
DUAVIT, MICHAEL JOHN R. Rizal, 1st District
DUENAS, HENRY M. JR. Taguig, 2nd District (2nd Councilor District)
DUMARPA, FAYSAH MRP. Lanao del Sur, 1st District
DUMPIT, THOMAS L. JR. La Union, 2nd District
DURANO (IV), RAMON H. 5th District, Cebu
ECLEO, GLENDA B. Dinagat Islands, Lone District
EMANO, YEVGENY VICENTE B. Misamis Oriental, 2nd District
ENVERGA, WILFRIDO MARK M. Quezon, 1st District
ESTRELLA, CONRADO M. (III) Pangasinan, 6th District
ESTRELLA, ROBERT RAYMUND M. ABONO Party List
FERRER, JEFFREY P. Negros Occidental, 4th District
GARAY, FLORENCIO C. Surigao Del Sur, 2nd District
GARCIA, ALBERT S. Bataan, 2nd District.
GARCIA, PABLO JOHN F. Cebu, 3rd District
GARCIA, PABLO P. Cebu, 2nd District
GARCIA, VINCENT J. Davao City, 2nd District
GARIN, JANETTE L. Iloilo, 1st District
GATCHALIAN, REXLON T. Valenzuela City, 1st District
GATLABAYAN, ANGELITO C. Antipolo City, 2nd District
GO, ARNULFO F. Sultan Kudarat, 2nd District
GONZALES, AURELIO D. JR. Pampanga 3rd District
GONZALES, RAUL T. JR. Ilo ilo City
GULLAS, EDUARDO R. Cebu, 1st District
GUNIGUNDO, MAGTANGGOL T. Valenzuela City 2nd District
HOFER, DULCE ANN K. Zamboanga Sibugay, 2nd District
JAAFAR, NUR G. Tawi-Tawi, Lone District
JALA, ADAM RELSON L. Bohol, 3rd District
JALOSJOS, CESAR G. Zamboanga del Norte, 3rd District
JALOSJOS-CARREON, CECILIA G. Zamboanga del Norte, 1st District
JIKIRI, YUSOP H. Sulu, 1st District
KHO, ANTONIO T. Masbate, 2nd District
LABADLABAD, ROSENDO S. Zamboanga del Norte, 2nd District
LACSON, JOSE CARLOS V. Negros Occidental, 3rd District
LAGDAMEO, ANTONIO F. JR. Davao del Norte, 2nd District
LAPUS, JECI A. Tarlac, 3rd District
LAZATIN, CARMELO F. Pampanga, 1st District
LIM, RENO G. Albay, 3rd District
LOPEZ, JAIME C. Manila, 2nd District
MADRONA, ELEANORA JESUS F. Romblon, Lone District
MAGSAYSAY, MARIA MILAGROS H. Zambales, 1st District
MALAPITAN, OSCAR G. Caloocan, 1st District
MAMBA, MANUEL N. Cagayan, 3rd District
MANGUDADATU, DATU PAKUNG S. Sultan Kudarat,
MARANON, ALFREDO D. III Negros Occidental, 2nd District
MATUGAS, FRANCISCO T. Surigao del Norte, 1st District
MENDOZA, MARK LEANDRO L. Batangas, 4th District
MERCADO, ROGER G. Southern Leyte, Lone District
MIRAFLORES, FLORENCIO T. Aklan, Lone District
NAVA, JOAQUIN CARLOS RAHMAN A. (MD) Guimaras, Lone District
NICOLAS, REYLINA G. Bulacan, 4th District
NOGRALES, PROSPERO C. Davao City, 1st District
OLAñO, ARREL R. Davao Del Norte, 1st District
ONG, EMIL L. Northern Samar, 2nd District
ORTEGA, VICTOR FRANCISCO C. La Union, 1st District
PABLO, ERNESTO C. APEC Party List
PANCHO, PEDRO M. Bulacan, 2nd District
PANCRUDO, CANDIDO P. JR. Bukidnon, 1st District
PICHAY, PHILIP A. Surigao Del Sur, 1st District
PIñOL, BERNARDO F. JR. North Cotabato, 2nd District
PUNO, ROBERTO V. Antipolo City, 1st District
RAMIRO, HERMINIA M. Misamis Occidental, 2nd District
REMULLA, JESUS CRISPIN C. Cavite, 3rd District
REYES, CARMENCITA O. Marinduque, Lone District
REYES, VICTORIA H. Batangas, 3rd District
ROBES, ARTURO G. San Jose Del Monte City, Lone District
Rodriguez-Zaldarriaga, Adelina Rizal, 2nd District
ROMAN, HERMINIA B. Bataan, 1st District
ROMARATE, GUILLERMO A. JR. Surigao del Norte, 2nd District
ROMUALDEZ, FERDINAND MARTIN G. Leyte, 1st District
ROMUALDO, PEDRO Camiguin, Lone District
ROMULO, ROMAN T. Pasig City, Lone District
ROXAS, JOSE ANTONIO F. Pasay City
SALIMBANGON, BENHUR L. Cebu, 4th District
SALVACION JR., ANDRES D. Leyte, 3rd District
SAN LUIS, EDGAR S. Laguna, 4th District
SANDOVAL, ALVIN S. Malabon-Navotas, Lone District
SANTIAGO, JOSEPH A. Catanduanes, Lone District
SANTIAGO, NARCISO D. (III) ARC Party List
SEACHON-LANETE, RIZALINA L. 3rd district of Masbate
SEARES-LUNA, CECILIA M. Abra, Lone District
SILVERIO, LORNA C. Bulacan, 3rd District
SINGSON, ERIC D. Ilocos Sur, 2nd District
SINGSON, RONALD V. Ilocos Sur, 1st District
SOLIS, JOSE G. Sorsogon, 2nd District
SOON-RUIZ, NERISSA CORAZON Cebu, 6th District
SUAREZ, DANILO E. Quezon, 3rd District
SUSANO, MARY ANN L. Quezon City, 2nd District
SY-ALVARADO, MA. VICTORIA R. Bulacan, 1st District
SYJUCO, JUDY J. 2nd Dsitrict, Iloilo
TALINO-MENDOZA, EMMYLOU J. North Cotabato, 1st District
TAN, SHAREE ANN T. Samar, 2nd District
TEODORO, MARCELINO R. Marikina City, 1st District
TEODORO, MONICA LOUISSE PRIETO Tarlac, 1st District
TEVES, PRYDE HENRY A. Negros Oriental, 3rd District
TUPAS, NEIL C. JR. Iloilo, 5th District
UNGAB, ISIDRO T. Davao City, 3rd District
UY, EDWIN C. Isabela, 2nd District
UY, REYNALDO S. Samar, 1st District
UY, ROLANDO A. Cagayan De Oro City, Lone District
VALDEZ, EDGAR L. APEC Party List
VALENCIA, RODOLFO G. Oriental Mindoro, 1st District
VARGAS, FLORENCIO L. Cagayan, 2nd District
VILLAFUERTE, LUIS R. Camarines Sur, 2nd District
VILLAROSA, MA. AMELITA C. Occidental Mindoro, Lone District
VIOLAGO, JOSEPH GILBERT F. Nueva Ecija, 2nd District
YAP, JOSE V. Tarlac, 2nd District
YU, VICTOR J. Zamboanga Del Sur, 1st District
ZAMORA, MANUEL E. 1st District, Compostela Valley
ZIALCITA, EDUARDO C. Parañaque, 1st District
I cannot really say that PGMA is a genie because she is not nice, she does not grant everyone’s wishes for free and she definitely does not have blue for her skin color.
Technically speaking, PGMA MAY NOT RUN FOR PRESIDENCY; that is if Con-Ass does happen. Because once she steps down, she could then run for Congress and be the country’s first Prime Minister. So when her camp says that she will not run for presidency, believe them.
The first few months of this show was okay but after finding out that JR (Anderson) and Dave (Cuenca) were really twins, I just lost it. Here I was thinking that the writers would not resort to this usual twist and become another unoriginal piece of something. And what has the two PMAers become? Dave has been dishonorably discharged and JR is still doing investigative work to find out who killed their dad. It’s only a good thing that Dave’s family is filthy rich because he is now a manager in their supermarket business or something.
Aside from this let down, Dave and JR now share something else other than Audrey (Chiu) and their parents: kidneys. Yes, Dave gave his kidney to his twin to have Audrey marry him in exchange. In the real world, I don’t think I’ve met someone who would actually agree to marry under this circumstance and I don’t think there is anyone insane enough to even attempt this sort of thing. I just don’t know, really, but you have to give the show some slack because it has to be a drama. And a drama is not a drama without the unnecessary pain and suffering of the characters.
And speaking of pain and suffering, Dave gets the most of the pie. I mean, he’s got one less kidney, his wife is in love with his twin and his half brother, Ramon, (Martin) was involved in the robbery that got his dad shot. Aside from being cheated on by Audrey and JR while being held captive by the enemies, it was JR’s fault why he got abducted in the first place: JR flew the chopper which could have lifted Dave to safety.If there is anyone in this show that needs sympathy, it should be Dave. And it’s no wonder he needed psych treatment.
I want to ditch this show and not watch it entirely but my mom insists in seeing this show till the end. Because of this, my sister and I had not watched any decent HBO or Star World movies since my mom got addicted to it. I have to admit that Marleen (Picache) and Ingrid (Isidro) are pretty entertaining to watch since they bicker on the slightest of reasons. Ramon (Martin), on the other hand, is now becoming EVIL-er and devilishly cuter than ever (Yehey!).
I’m just happy I wouldn’t be seeing the show for long since I have to go to med school this June 8.
Katorse? I’m not so keen on seeing this one since EJ Falcon (tama ba?) will be in it. He looks awful when he acts.
For the record, I am not a Kim-Gerald fan nor am I a Jake Cuenca groupie.
It all started when my brother saw the telenovela’s trailer on ABS-CBN and had a laugh about the network’s attempt in doing a show like that inside the holy PMA grounds. My kuya, being a PMMAer, was curious as to how the two male leads would act being a ‘plebo’ and toughen it out with the academy’s notorious training regimen. To be honest, we did not care about the plot because shows like this would always come out rehashed and half-baked.
To be honest the plot isn’t so bad at all; typical, yes, but quite realistic. The show is realistic in its storyline but not having Anderson and Cuenca play PMA cadets. Of course, the show wouldn’t revolve around PMA but the selective scenes e.g. the training and that awfully staged ambush while doing their military exercise, were just blah. Not awful, but lack-luster. The show had the opportunity to show the world how hard and exciting life is inside the academy but instead they showed us nothing. The PMA aspect of the show is too little, too insignificant to make the two male leads wear the PMA uniform in this ad material. I mean, making them wear those uniforms in the main campaign ad means that it is a vital part of the show when the truth is, it is not. The scenes with Anderson and Cuenca inside the academy were not enough to evoke any sympathy from me. They were just actors inside the academy; that’s all. I also find it funny that their upperclassmen were darn too nice to them. And those privileges Anderson kept on having even if he wasn’t a first class cadet. Goodness me. Even going around having a date with Kim Chiu in casual clothes. Oh well. If the academy wanted to recruit more people, then they should forget about using the show as an avenue for propaganda. The academy has done so well in the past without ‘Tayong Dalawa’ using her name.
But the redeeming factor of the show, ironically, is its cast. I think it had a lot to do with having the veteran actors do most of the heavy acting. Anderson, Cuenca and Chiu have a long way to go before they could deliver their lines with sparkle. I mean, they’re still newbies after all so let’s just give some space for them to improve. I also love the fact that the show has Coco Martin (insert screams and kilig-shaken hands and birit to the max sigaw ng ‘Ang cute mo!‘) to make me stay glued to the t.v.
I got this through an email a couple of weeks back. This is a compilation of quotes from UP profs from different campuses. There’s no way of verifying these quotes but some of it I do recognize from my UPLB profs. Some of the quotes poke fun at other universities but I hope everyone is okay with a little humor. I’ll apologize in advance if this post will offend anyone who would read it.
Have a kick Isko’t Iska! =)
*All caps not mine.
“you know, if you really wanted to pass this class, you have to appreciate real beauty… so look here in front rather than your seatmate’s low neckline..”
-spcm1 (comm3) prof, sir navera (uplb) to a classmate who kept looking at this pretty classmate
“kung iu-uno nyo subject na ‘to, mapupunta kayo sa World Bank at CitiBank NY… pag tinake 2 mo nmn, pwede ka ng maging congressman. ..” (referrring to now Senator Miguel Zubiri)
- prof jimmy williams from cem (uplb)
“I am a liar… if you believe me, you’ll go to hell.. “
-Prof Dwight Diestro (uplb)
“The aim of policy making is to invoke action! Because action speaks louder than words! You do not just say I love you. You say: If you love me, enter me! “
- Dr. Alfonso Pacquing
“Class, next week na lang ung result sa exam nyo. I am having a hard time checking it. I will seek first the divine guidance on what to do about it. Class dont worry about your grade. Let me worry about it.”
- Sir de jesus, envi sci 1
“Ano ba yan? Students ba kayo ng UP? Bakit ang bababa ng scores niyo? Siguro wala kayong date ngayong valentines kaya ganito kayo. Losers!!! When i was your age i had a date. Hindi ba naapektuhan ng UP FAIR
euphoria ng grades niyo? Parang di kayo masaya…”
(sabay matching tapon ng quizzes sa sahig)
“I won’t record this. Go find a date.”
(sabay walk out.)
- Sir Doliente, BA
Ma’am: Many people believe that we, psychology graduates can read minds…
Actually, we can.
Class: Weh.. Sample..
Ma’am: Right now, you think that I’m bluffin
- Ma’am Chei Billedo, Psych
“I don’t give surprise long exams. all exams are announced. Halimbawa, Class, mageexam tayo, NGAYON NA!”
- Ma’am Chei
“The human body is 70% water. Kaya wala kayong kasaysayan lahat. Pag may kaaway ka, sabihin mo sa kanya, TUBIG KA LANG!!!
- Dr. Recio
“Oo, nagpapaulan ako ng uno… baket? aanhin ko ba nun? di naman ako yayaman dun.”
- Sir Atoy Navarro, histo I (uplb)
(commenting on a thesis of a senior student)
‘Yang thesis mo? .. Mamamatay ka!! Mamamatay ka!!’
- Dr. llanes, UPM.
“Nasa bandang gilid ang fallopian tube. Kaya kung gusto niyong magka-anak ng asawa niyo, dapat nakatagilid kayo habang gumagawa.”
- Ma’am Meggie, Zoo 10
“Last sem was the first time that I gave a grade of 5, and it felt good!!!”
Prof Goldie, Comm II, circa 1998, first day of class
atheist ako, pero pag nasa bahay, nagro rosary kami ng Nanay ko, eh kung magalit sa kin yun.
- Socio 11 Prof
“you do not fall in love; you rise in love. That’s how you love rationally.”
- Dr. FG david
“Try to die! Try to die!”
- sir billones, on a student who is palpitating while taking the exam.
He claims that after incident refreshed na lagi yung estudyante. If I know, pag naaalala ng estudyanteng yun yung moment na yun, kaya siya laging refreshed, kasi natatawa siya pag naaalala niya iyon.
“Anong molars? You don’t say molars because it is an adjective! Do you say beautifuls?”
- ma’am ilao, to a student who said “n molars”
“Kahit magpakamatay ka pa di mo masasagot yang problem set na yan dahil pang-157 (phy chem II) yan!”
“Do not memorize! Analyze!”
- doc nic her students never to memorize reaction mechanisms
“Kaya nga ideal eh, hindi siya nangyayari sa totoong buhay. Pero an approximation is good enough”
- sir engle, on ideal and real systems
“Don’t take the BAR and yourselves too seriously. baka mabalitaan nalang namin na nag-o-oral summation kayo sa Luneta. O lumulutang-lutang sa Pasig River. Enjoy yourselves, relax, and read at least 15 hours a day. Nakakabobo ang sobrang tulog. MAg relax ka habang nagbabasa. Magrelax habang nagmi-memorize. “
“Pag nananaba ka sa oras ng exams, ibig sabihin di ka papasa.”
“Oh the BAR isn’t scary. It’s terrifying. It might even kill you.”
“Stand up Miss ___ so that I might see the contours of your body.”
“Mga engineers? Nako. Bihira pumapasa sa BAR.”
“UP ka nag-undergrad? Bright ka ba?”
“Sa mga taga-UP lang ako bilib eh. Pagpasok nila sa lawschool, hindi sila disoriented. Bilib ako sa study habits na meron yang mga batang yan. Some of them look like they eat kamote thrice a day, pero ang
utak, di ututin!” (ewan ko kung matutuwa ako dito o hindi)
sabi ng aming dean who is 80 yrs old, “class you’re laughing now, but i will predecease you all”
prof: O, meron na bang nakapunta sa inyong XXX
prof: (medyo nadisappoint) Ano?! Puro na lang ba kayo aral? Aral na
lang kayo ng aral, ha? Wala na kayong napupuntahan kakaaral niyo!
same prof: Nakita niyo na ba ang Hoover dam?
class: (tahimik uli)
prof: Hehehehe, ang yabang ko talaga!
Second day of classes
Same Prof: (kinuha ang box ng colored chalks) Ano ba naman ito…
(tapos iniitsa sa lamesa yung mga dark colored chalks)
class: (tahimik na nagmamasid)
Prof: Class, sulatan niyo ang manufacturer ng chalk na ito, at sabihing tanggalin na ang mga walang kwentang kulay na ito…. brown, green, violet. hindi makikita ito sa board. Convince them
class: (tahimik at gulat)
Prof: and .25 incentive sa final grade niyo!
terror prof after an exam (last day na din ng class..): ok class.. see you next sem!
“IE? Di naman engineering yun e”
Classmate: Ma’am, pwede po bang next week na kami mag report?
Ma’am: Alam mo, God is good. And I am God. So yes, pwede next week.
galing kay sir U eliserio during creative writing class…
“try everything once except incest”
one day pumasok ng room, galit na galit. hinagis ang bag sa table, nagwawala sa harap ng room dahil hindi daw nasagot ng previous class niya ang question niya. kaya dapat daw masagot namin, ang makasagot
may plus points. kapag walang makasagot, lagot kami. ang tanong….
“class, sinong lalaking artista dun sa TV show na wonder years”?
“Mamatay na mangopya…saka ang hindi maka-100, bobo!”.
“im gay. so gay i could show you my penis because it is but an accessory to my body”
- jean navera, spcm1 (uplb)
FIRST DAY OF CLASSES: “Kung may boyfriend o girlfriend kayo na hindi taga-UP, hiwalayan niyo na agad. Walang pupuntahan yan. Hindi kayo magkaka-intindihan. Tapos yung mga anak niyo, magiging bobo. Gusto
niyo ba yun?”
ANOTHER PROF: “Hoy girls, wag kayong kukuha ng boyfriend dito sa UP. Pare-parehas tayong mahirap dito. Kumuha kayo ng mayaman. 80% of the child’s intelligence comes from the Mother naman eh. Kayo guys, wag
kayo kukuha ng bobong babae. Kahit matalino kayo, magiging bobo anak niyo.”
sa PHILO: ”I THINK THEREFORE I AM FROM UP!”
“Class, kaya mahal ang bayad sa mga professors sa ibang school kasi ang bobobo ng mga estudyante dun. Dyuskoh, I used to teach there… at lumuluha talaga ako ng dugo bago maintindihan ng mga students yung
sinasabi ko. Ang mahal nga ng bayad, magkakasakit ka naman sa panga kakaulit ng lessons! Wag na lang! Dito na ko sa UP, at least nagkakaintindihan tayo. Diba?”
The following quotes are from Dr. David:
“Meanings we find are the meanings we make.”
“WHAT YOU LEARN IN UP IS TO GO ON AND NEVER GIVE UP. THAT IF THERE BE ONE PERSON LEFT STANDING, LET IT BE ME. LET ATENEO FALL FIRST BEFORE UP…”
“The measure of a man is how many doors he has opened to other people, especially to those he doesn’t know.”
“To be born is to die. In between they grow and multiply like flies.6.2 billion people in the world. Kadiri, ano?”
“Why not life? Why call it soul? Call a spade a spade.”
“Earth is the only heaven we can know.”
“religion is a successful economic institution”
“Do not live long enough to be worthless.”
“Domestication of the human male is one of the greatest achievement of the human race.”
“I do not know many. I only know enough to teach my classes.”
“We do not accept anyone here in class except for those who are members of a certain minority group. For example, gays are part of a minority group, bakla ka ba? If you admit to this class that you are gay, then I’ll admit you”
- Prof “hail to the chair”, to a guy student na nagpre-prerog
“kapatid ng sinungaling ang magnanakaw.
“ergo, gma’s marriage to mike arroyo is null and void ab initio.”
consti law class, 1st sem, AY 2005-06
“running for summa ka? mapapagod ka lang.”
“Si Miriam, crush ko ‘yun dati. Muntikan na maging kami, kaso nasiraan ng ulo, kaya ‘yun, iba ang asawa ko.”
“Class, gusto ko kayong i-train na mag-English, so when you’re here in class, magsalita kayo ng English! Ako lang ang exempted dahil matanda na ako at ako ang teacher!”
Ma’am Vitriolo (2nd to the last meeting)
Okay class, next week, we start the lecture proper.
more of Ma’am Ilao
“Hindi mahirap makakuha ng UNO sa class ko. yung gumradweeeyt last year na Magna Cum Laude ng Biochem, uno siya sakin sa Chem 18″
Sabi ng Prof dahil may kaklase akong recite ng recite w/o raising her hand
“I think this is the first time i have a student w/ tourette in my class…”
Recite parin ng recite yung student
“Wow the ejaculatory comments just don’t stop!”
from a socsci1 prof: “Birds of the same feather FLOCK together…don’ t forget the L”.
“I’ll strangle you, strangle you really hard, smack right in your jugular (pause ng mga 5 seconds), you do know where your jugular is?”
“Be ready with your speech because I am going to lambaste you!”
-sir navera spcm 1 (uplb)
‘bakit parang napakaligaya ng klase niyo? maging sad naman kayo, 5 mins.’ – prof ko sa math 100.
“well of course when you sell your soul you have to make an elaborate justification to make yourself feel good.”
-Sir Walden Bello, Socio 127,
“look at me i’m 43 years old pero ang lakas lakas ko pa. eh kung walang gulay eh di kakain na lang ako ng damo. kung wala eh di tubig, kung wala mag-ipon na lang ako ng laway.”
-Sir Tiamson, Italian 11
When you graduate, then you begin to live.
-Dr. Carmen Jimenez, Psych 118
Prof:”Mr. Gatbunton, why are you late?!”
Student:”Sorry Mam, galing pa ako Las Pinas.”
Prof: “Ladies, don’t marry somebody from Las Pinas because they have
bamboo organs!!” -Prof Soresca in spanish 1
“there are only two countries who still use Fahrenheit.. the United States of America and Liberia… a pathetic country in africa”
- Sir Argete
Marx is more Christian than Christ and Christ is more Marxist than Marx.
- Sir Lanuza.
Class: Sir, sa exams po ba nagbibigay kayo ng partial points?
Prof: Hmm, if I see partial wisdom.
“It’s okay to smoke inside my class. As long as you don’t breathe it out.”
-Dr. Obsioma, Biodiversity
“Oh, this is good. It’s poetic because it’s perfectly stupid.”
-Ricardo de Ungria last week on my classmate’s work.
Prof: Did I remind the class last meeting that we’re going to have an exam today?
Class: (dead air)
Prof: Ok, it seems I forgot to remind the class that we’re going to have an exam today. I’m giving you five minutes then to buy a bluebook. We’re going to have an exam today.
sir tiamson (span 11)
“ayan, di ka makasagot. yung bakal sa ngipin mo naapektuhan na yung pagsasalita mo”
Wish my sister and I could be there but since Marlboro backed out, the frenzy of ticket sales and venue resets were just too crazy for us. Good thing MTV Philippines stepped in when they did or else a riot of E-heads fans would have burned a Marlboro effigy everywhere in the country. The ticket prices were very reasonable, costing just around 800php and 1300php. But then again, I wish we were free from commitments that night or we could have been seen egging our way into the slam pits, if there were any.
It was very unfortunate that Ely Buendia had to be rushed to Makati Med because of chest pains he experienced in the middle of their performance. Fellow listers say that Ely just suddenly stopped playing, sat and bowed his head. Instantly, the lights went out and after a couple of minutes, his sister went up the stage to announce that he had been rushed to the hospital.
Along with their fans and family, I also pray for Ely’s full recovery.
The reunion concert, even if it was tragically cut short, was one mean feat. I mean, to be able to put those four cool demigods of Pinoy rock into one show, for one night, is an achievement alone. Everyone thought this event was never going to happen but lo and behold, the seemingly impossible did happen. Hordes of fans are certainly keeping their fingers crossed and keeping their breaths in for another reunion concert. And this time, we all hope and pray, everything will run smoothly.
Pinoys are so great with word play. We could invent a new word just by reversing or inserting certain syllables like ‘pa’ or ‘ga’ in between syllables. I loved doing the ‘pa’ and ‘ga’ game back in grade school. My mom would be horrified every time I said something like,
“Apalampam mopo bapa napa apakopo aypay hinpindipi papa kupumapakapainpin, Mapa?
You just have to take out the ‘pa-pe-pi-po-pu’ after every syllable and you have the exact translation. The ‘pa’ inserts depend on the vowel of the previous syllable so if you have ako, you say it as apakopo. The same goes for the ‘ga’ inserts only the ‘pa’ ones are easier to use.
We also make up new words by mere association. The infamous Jologs for Jolina’s Organization started when rumors about Jolen’s alleged transfer from UP to AMA was because of the former school’s lack of star treatment for her. Berks for barkada, as popularized by ABS-CBN’s teeny-bopper series with the same title, was originally used to refer to the brand Birkenstock: predecessor of Havaianas’s fame. Then we also have Granma which, when said nonchalantly sounds like grandma, actually refers to Grand Matador Brandy.
My favorite, I have to say, is word reversal. We’ve made tons of them from bokal (kalbo or skin head), olats (talo or losing at something), amats (tama which is the tagalog term for when you get drunk), and even yobab (baboy or pig or referring to someone fat).
Tongpats or patong is a relatively new term. It means two things: (1) to put on top of and (2) to augment. It’s not used in just your everyday conservations like,
Paki-tongpats naman ‘tong dyaryo sa mesa (Please put this newspaper on the table)
Oh no. It usually refers to the amount of money a politician or any government official or anyone can ‘take home’ – tax free. Tongpats can also be put in more legal terms such as arranger’s fee, broker’s fee or notarial fee just like in the cases of Ben Abalos, Jocjoc Bulante and now joining the list is the Speaker’s bro, Jose Nograles.
The Fertilizer Scam and the ZTE-NBN Deal are both out of season. The new thing in is the Swine Scam which allegedly put out 5B pesos for loan facilities for swine purchases in the LandBank. Jose Nograles was initially paid with a hefty 14M pesos for notarial fees through his ONL Consultancy firm but Quendancor president Nelson Buenaflor later said that Nograles was also paid 100M as tongpats or arranger’s fee to the project. Harry Roque said that the arranger’s fee was unjustified since the transaction was between two government entities and that the deal used government securities as collateral.
But Speaker Nograles says that his bro is not even a lawyer so why would he be paid notarial fees? For the Speaker, this is outright lies made by Sen. Jamby Madrigal to tarnish the Nograles name. But then again, when your name gets hitched into one of these fiascos, one cannot truly escape scrutiny: your bound to public distrust and humiliation. A perfect example would be new SSS president Romy Neri. I think the constant rallies in his office are enough proofs that his constituents are not on his side, more so trust him.
I hope this time the Blue Ribbon Committee can do something more concrete about this case: not just pa-kodak moment with the media especially for those 2010 presidentiables.
Last Monday’s SONA was breathtaking – it literally kills you with inconsistencies and bull shit.
To listen to PGMA go on and on about how she is concerned for the welfare of the people is, to say the least, rather damning:
(1) She insists that VAT cushions the world food and fuel crisis in the country;
(2) VAT is the fuel for government projects and such to help the poor;
(3) Poverty and unemployment has gone down;
(4) Sending more OFWs to other countries is a wonderful thing;
(5) Microfinance has gone up to help more people;
(6) There is an existent fuel subsidy for people who work in the transport sector;and
(7) The price of sending SMS has gone down to 50 cents.
To start with, VAT does not cushion anything other than the government’s revenue. You pay an extra amount for what, to shoulder government projects to help the poor? What help does this scheme offer the poor, no, us in general when we’re forced to pay more than we could afford? And what Pro-POOR projects was she referring to?
Consequently, when people can’t buy basic commodities due to VAT, more and more people will experience hunger and for that, won’t the poverty line go up? And what about employment rates inside the country? She says that more jobs were created in the country and yet more and more OFWs are still being sent out to work for other countries. The OFWs will not seek work outside the country if there are existing opportunities here.
Then there’s that microfinance thingy that she’s so proud of. Maybe, yes, this strategy has caught on with people but where are the benefits? This scheme is supposed to help set up businesses and lend financial support. If her figures are correct, why is poverty still prevalent? Maybe microfinance is missing its targets.
Transport groups are saying that the subsidy she mentioned is non-existent. Why am I not surprised? Along with the 50 centavos SMS and corruption alleviation in the government, these things are what I call illusions. She’s taking the world crisis as a blessing instead of properly addressing it and finding plausible solutions to truly help us.
Oh yes, and she’s putting her battle against corruption on top of everything else a.k.a. her battle with herself that is.
Someone quick, slap her and wake her up.
I don’t see why we should all get excited over this year’s SONA. If it’s all going to be lies and nothing else, why bother?
A report about the nation; that’s what this should be about: not propaganda, not white washing and certainly not weaving illusions. This country has had enough and we deserve to hear it straight without PGMA’s made up fantasies of how she’s doing such an excellent job in manning this country to greatness. If there’s anything she’s good at, its making this country sink even lower than it is.
Most corrupt in Asia – that says it all. This country, I believe, has always been a consistent runner up in that ‘most corrupt’ list since perhaps Erap’s time. But thanks to PGMA, she’s elevated this country’s image to new heights. What, with those unresolved murders of journalists and activists and with that cheating fiasco back in 2004? And let’s not forget about those corruption charges made against her and her better half, the countless impeachment cases against her and oh, her illegitimacy. Such awesomeness, don’t you think?
Poverty: still not solved nor relieved. Despite the Palace’s constant barrage of figures, which I doubt came from reliable sources, poverty is going up. Unemployment is also going up. Prices of basic commodities are also going up. Gas and fuel and tuition fee too. The only things going down are wages, the Sulpicio Lines and overall moral of this country.
If there’s anything amazing about PGMA, it’s her ability to make herself believe that she is moral. And we wonder why this country is screwed.
It makes me sad to write about my country in such a depressed tone. But we have to face it; we have to acknowledge the fact that our country is in deep shit. And that it needs us. If corruption has seeped into the very core of our political system, then let us not pin our entire hopes to the politicians. Instead, let’s start with ourselves and do good things for this country even in our small ways. I still have hope that our country will become better and rise above the excessive debris that the past and present administrations have buried it with. It is this hope that fuels my obsessive and incessant loyalty to my country.
Even if I know that the SONA on Monday will be 99% lies and 1% half-truths, I will still listen and examine it to the bone. I have to. I want to. Or else I’ll have nothing to rant about in this blog. It is this cyclic ranting and raving in the blogosphere that Pinoys connect, churn and critique this country’s state. Now that’s a start.
For the longest time yet, I have stopped writing, I have stopped visiting this page and I have stopped clicking Inquirer for its quirky PGMA et.al pictures altogether. Though I frequent my Multiply account for online shopping reasons, the usual thrill I get from simply hearing my laptop come to life, with its Windows Vista opening tune, and the weird delight I have over its pulsing blue illumination from beneath the keyboard seem to have dwindled. These days, I only exist for Multiply – the bags, the graphic tees and the dramatic blog entries of a few friends and some people close to my network. But even this, I fear, will not sustain my online breath for too long. I think.
So many events have happened over a short period of months in this country and frankly, nothing good came out. Well, except maybe for Pacman’s win which made the entire nation stop working to glue itself on a t.v. set. Pacman’s wins are always celebrated with so much extravagance that, really, it makes some politicians’ early campaigns for the 2010 elections so obvious. You see these wannabe presidentiables around him when he goes around the city in his motorcade. It’s not his fault his too darn good and I can’t hate him for being such a superstar but let’s face it, people are using Pacman’s fame to fuel their own agendas. These nitwit politicians, well some of them, only become famous by attaching themselves with other famous people; in other words, they’re leeches, parasites who know nothing but to suck their victim’s blood. But then again, I don’t think Pacman considers himself a victim here. Mutualism, not parasitism, would be more fitting if that’s the case.
Then let’s not forget about the continuous price hike in almost everything, including basic commodities. Fuel prices have gone up so much that I pity the drivers who have close to nothing to bring home to their families. The fuel subsidy should be reviewed more closely because I don’t think 2 pesos would give them enough comfort. I know the government is doing something to cushion this blow and I know the government is also looking out for the people’s interest, but can we not do something to utilize our own oil reserves? I’m no expert in this matter but could we lessen importing fuel and then maybe we could cut back in oil prices altogether? The last I heard, we have some sort of a tax or payment to use Malampaya’s oil which is weird because I think we’re the only country who charges for using our own oil reserves. I forgot the term but I think we do have that. And if I’m not mistaken, the charge for using Malampaya oil is quite high which makes it hard to compete against cheaper international oil resources. I’ll look for the article on this one as I’m not really sure.
The jeep fare is now P8.50 and soon, maybe, it can go up to P10.00. But some oil companies had a P1.00 roll back on their gas prices last night and it made transport groups think that the oil companies are just playing up the public; that they do control the prices. Some experts say that just temporarily scrap the tax from fuel and increase the collection on sin taxes instead. Some say just convert the cars to using LPG instead. But why not have the government invest in a Filipino scientist’s invention on a water-powered car? I’ve heard about it for years, being covered in several t.v. shows and stuff, but nothing happened. In Japan, they have hydrogen powered cars that are set for mass production after they’ve finished its test run. It won’t be soon though since the price of the said car is very prohibitive. Plus, you don’t get to have express hydrogen filling stations around yet. It’s a huge investment but if your thinking of a greener, more pollution-free future, then I believe this investment is worth it.
Prices go up but wages remain at their lowest. How could anyone, a minimum wage earner for example, get comfortably through a day: can he have three healthy meals a day, does he have enough to pay his bills, and can he even save? I’m rather surprised that the PNP claims that crime rates have gone down significantly since they became more ‘visible’ in public. Being visible, for me, isn’t enough to scare the bad guys away though. For all we know, some police are also involved in crimes themselves. I’m not saying their covering up for their incompetence or anything which is the usual thing we have all come to accept, but maybe the statistics are wrong. Because what would a poor and hungry and angry man do to feed himself: steal or look at some uniformed men? We cannot pacify a poor and hungry and angry man with promised help from the government which never comes. Maybe the stats are wrong or maybe I am. Maybe we also need to be vigilant ourselves and be less dependent on cops. I mean, if the RCBC bank had only a working CCTV, then the criminals would have been caught right away. Possibly. I don’t know if the RCBC massacre is closed because it’s been solved or closed because the investigation is going nowhere. I don’t know. Maybe we need to be more positive and trusting. I confess than I’m such a pessimist and that I have doubts in the government and in the capabilities of our cops, the entire system actually that runs this entire nation but somehow, deep inside, I know I want to trust them. And I guess, if we start being positive about it, then maybe we could do more change and good than dish out bad critique and harm to ourselves and to our society.
Then the latest, if not the saddest news yet, is the tragedy of the MV Princess of the Stars. Sulpicio Lines should be held accountable and I’m not aware if they’re doing what they’re supposed to do to the families of the victims. I think they’re more concerned with their ship, their multi-miliion loss, rather than the lives of hundreds of their passengers. Sulpicio Lines should be stopped or penalized or something for the many sea tragedies they have under their belt. And I’m not sure what to make of their lawsuit against Del Monte but if the latter had indeed tried to hide the contents of their containers, then sue away Sulpicio, sue away. In the first place, I find it mindboggling that the captain of the ship decided to proceed despite the raging storm. He placed the entire ship at risk, not to mention the sea, the marine life and the people who live in the coastal areas nearby because of the possible leak of endosulfan. The problem of retrieving the bodies of the victims poses another problem. Not only will it take 5-6 months but it will also take a huge amount of money to either (1) refloat the entire ship or (2) cut the ship into smaller pieces.
Everyday, you hear news like these on t.v. and it makes you lose your steam to write about it in your blog because the next day, you expect something worse to come up. Same old, same old. And I’d rather I write something positive, something happy and something less than the usual things I write. It makes me gloomy; it makes the already dark background of this blog seem even more ominous. But I guess old habits die hard and I’m not the type who writes about the latest trend in make-up, clothes, bags, shoes, and other kikay stuff. I’m very much addicted to them too (hence my almost always empty pocket), but I like to confine my girly tendencies in purchasing and wearing them. My head is already full to include more superficiality. My vanity is enough.
I watched Kung Fu Panda and I loved it. That very cute word, ‘awesomeness’ is stuck in head even after months since I’ve seen it. Currently, I’m enjoying Soul Eater: it’s funny, it’s cute and it’s entertaining. Well, so far it is. There are only 14 episodes of it as of this week. I’m not sure how long it will run but I definitely hope I get to see more of Death the Kid (the boy with three white stripes on his hair).
So much for a long and boring discourse on why and how I got myself almost completely erased from this blogging business.
To me, ‘welcome back’.
As far back as I can recall, the PNP said that there were six (6) suspects in the RCBC robbery-murder incident last May 16 according to their, uhmm, witnesses. Two out of the six were said to be uniformed men – one apparently was a former member of the AFP – while the remaining suspected suspects were members of a notorious organized crime syndicate operating in the Calabarzon area.
Several days later, four (4) men from Tanauan City were killed by the Task Force RCBC because they were, based on police intelligence (?), involved in the said crime. A couple of days more, one (1) man from Calamba City was also killed by the police in connection with the crime. Then two (2) men were placed under police custody for illegal possesion of firearms and one (1) former AFP and three (3) were arrested - all involved with the RCBC. And one (1) woman too is bound to get arrested.
I don’t know about you, but somehow the number of suspects doesn’t add up to six. But then again, I’m terrible at Math so what the hell should I know about simple addition, right? Gosh, the PNP must be using some kind of new math principle that is yet to be taught at school. Awesome dudes. Keep it up.
But by simple observation, I thought they said that there two (2) uniformed men involved? Hmm, dearest PNP, I think the remaining uniformed suspect is left unaccounted for.
Sec. Raul Gonzales and Atty. Leila de Lima are at it again. These two had been at odds since the previous elections because they represent the government and the opposition respectively and it seems just natural that they collide with so much friction since both are adamant to discredit each other’s side. For principle? Maybe but quite frankly I’m guessing it’s for the 2010 elections. Gonzales says his opinion – to shoot and kill the RCBC suspected suspects – is not the reason why the four men from Tanauan, Batangas ended up dead as opposed to De Lima’s insistence that his suggestion triggered the PNP to shoot and kill the men; hence the rob out scenario. Take note of Gonzales’ opinion from De Lima’s suggestion : whoever is taking the other one out of context is almost virtually impossible to detect.
The initial encounter a.k.a. rob out issue between the four men from Tanauan hasn’t even been cleared yet and now another shoot out in Brgy. Puting Lupa in Calamba, possibly a rob out incident again, has resulted in Montano Tolentino’s death, which the PNP Calabarzon believes is the leader of the famed Tolentino Liquido Group – a notorious organized crime syndicate operating in the said region. The family of Tolentino said it was a rob out but the PNP said otherwise. According to the PNP, they were there at Tolentino’s house with a search warrant but the man open fired at them and left the RCBC Task Force no choice but to retaliate.
In Batangas, two other men, also suspected to be part of the RCBC robbery-murder, were arrested: Gary Tumambing and Victorino Marasigan were both charged with illegal possesion of firearms. But according to the PNP themselves, they are still NOT sure whether these two men were involved with the RCBC incident but they assured the public that, like the four men in Tanauan Batangas, Montano Tolentino was.
It’s still hard to believe that the PNP has a witness to prove their claims about everything regarding this case. Besides, it’s freaking me out to think that the PNP is correct- like the world turned upside-down. Eow.
But at least, for now, one of the two uniformed suspected suspects – Ricardo Gomolon of the AFP – was placed under the PNP’s custody. Whether he’s in it or not, I do hope he doesn’t get beaten or anything to say that he truly is.
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR), with their newly appointed chair Atty. Leila De Lima, said that the Tanauan City encounter between four of the six RCBC robbery-murder suspects and the PNP last May 16 was a rob out. The CHR based their conclusion on (1) the lack of search warrants, (2) the lack of evidence that links the four men to the RCBC incident and (3) the precise bullet holes found in the houses of the slain men – because if the PNP and the men indeed had an encounter, then the bullet holes would have been plenty, found everywhere and not strategically and precisely clustered in specific areas.
The CHR now demands that the PNP give them, among others, the complete list of the cops who were present in that operation. The PNP, on the other hand, will cooperate with the CHR but they will stand by their initial report that it was not a summary execution a.k.a. rob out and that they have proof that the four men had indeed been involved with the RCBC incident. So far, the PNP still has no leads regarding the two uniformed men that are also suspects in the case.
With almost everything else in this country, the worn out phrase evil vs. lesser evil burns deeply in my head whenever I hear or read of crimes involving the cops, the army and the higher ups. It’s a huge disaster if you think about how little the people are able to trust the authorities with their lives. It’s even a question of whether you’d feel safe with them or not, of their competence and of their morality. Just a couple of hours back, as I was watching T.V. Patrol with my dad, two trainee cops were sent to jail for harassing and assaulting two female cellphone tinderas because the 20 peso cellphone load the two trainees bought took so long to arrive. The good news is that at least two would be evil cops were sent to jail before they could do more damage to society but the bad news is that they made the PNP look like sh*t AGAIN(raised to the nth power).
I think the PNP is drowning themselves in their fantasies that they are good and that the people love them. But most importantly, I believe the PNP is making an ass out of themselves when they think that they are even capable of thinking. Their collective intelligence is worth nothing more than white washing their incompetence with out-of-this-world lies and foolish ‘encounters’ with the suspects. They’re taking the queue from the government where we learn that the best way to solve any problem is to hide it, cover it up with a new and bigger problem and then sensationalize it by scaring the public out of their minds (hello, rice shortage, making the text service free and the death penalty c/o Kuya Migz!?).
Honestly, if the PNP is so damn confident that their intelligence was and is correct regarding the four men in Tanauan then why keep their so-called witness, if they do have any, under wraps? For security purposes? From who?! Would the two remaining uniformed suspects have the capacity to launch a surprise attack in your headquarters and take your witness away from under your nose? If that is the case, then OMG, you are incompetent.
Last May 16, six armed men stormed an isolated branch of RCBC at the Industrial Park in Cabuyao, Laguna. They took an approximate of 10-15M pesos from the bank and the lives of eight bank personnel, a security guard and a client. This incident has been tagged by the PNP as the ’bloodiest bank robbery-murder’ event in the history of the country. Everyone was shocked and horrified by the violent assault but you can’t say no one knew this would happen.
The PNP said they received information that a bank robbery would happen that day but didn’t expect it to happen inside an industrial park. I wasn’t dreaming when I heard Razon say this on T.V. Patrol. Then PGMA went furious and ordered the PNP to have a thorough investigation to capture the animals. And as a loyal puppet, Sec. Gonzales also went berserk and wanted the animals to die and rot in hell. But there will be no shoot to kill order says Razon.
Task Force RCBC was formed and days later, the team had an ‘encounter’ with 4 out of the 6 suspected robbers: Pepito Magsino, 35, Vivencio Javier, 55; Angelito Malabanan, 35; and Rolly Lachica, 50, who were all killed in the shootout in the village of Pagaspas, Tanauan City. At this point in the story, it is important to note that the PNP has a ‘witness’ and that the ‘witness’ was the one who identified the 6 suspects from police files. Razon said that the witness identified men possibly involved with organized syndicates that work in the Calabarzon area.
So with the 4 of the 6 suspects out, basically, everyone should be happy now. But it’s not the case since the kin of the RCBC victims have doubts regarding the legitimacy of the Task Force RCBC’s deed.
…Maria Fe Castro, widow of RCBC-Cabuyao branch manager Roberto Castro, said she hoped that those killed were “the ones who really murdered my husband and the nine others, so that they will get justice.”…Relatives of Bernard Lapaan Jr., who was the bank’s commercial manager, said they were aware of what happened in Tanauan but it was not clear to them if those killed were the perpetrators of the robbery-murders.
The family of the 4 men killed in Tanauan City cries out that this was a rob out. Even the Commission on Human Rights are out to investigate whether the Task Force was right or, as always, not.
I am partially paranoid that in the end the 4 men killed were merely used to white wash this whole event and that the culprits are still out there rejoicing their win. The bad thing is that the 2 remaining suspects are men in uniform but still unconfirmed whether they belong to the AFP or the PNP.
In this country, hearing news about police or military involvement in crimes such as robbery, kidnapping and killing are nothing new. Heck, it’s normal just like hearing about corruption in the government and cheating in polls and such. We have this culture and it’s sad, terribly, terribly sad. Frankly, I don’t want to label this as part of our culture but when something dark and twisted such as this becomes a norm in everyday activity, it means that society, our society, is sinking below moral grounds. Those in power, or in this case men in uniform, should be the ones whom the people can trust and turn to. I mean, c’mon, that’s basic. But in this country, it’s either they’re an accessory to a crime or they’re the geniuses behind it. And it makes you think: why would these fools do this? Would you send your child for 4 years to train in a police or military academy only to become a criminal in the end? Don’t tell me that government institutions are passing on a misguided syllabus to wannabe police or military men. That’s crazy. And when they get caught, they always blame poverty. Of course, lack of money is a factor but when your suppose to serve and protect the people, commiting a crime, however petty, is unforgivable sh*t.
This is possibly ‘the’ worst robbery-murder case in the country…that is if (1) the two uniformed suspects will remain at large, (2) the 4 men killed during an ‘encounter’ in Tanauan City are innocent, (3) the security in banks and other commercial establishments are not upgraded; equipped with a working CCTV, and (4) the ten victims of the RCBC will not have their justice.