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Dead Woman Walking

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It was with a sigh of relief that I received the news that last week’s execution of Mary Jane Veloso for drug trafficking in Indonesia was postponed. This was after an appeal from Philippine President Benigno Aquino was granted to enable her to testify against the woman who allegedly duped her into carrying 2.6 kilos of heroin hidden in her luggage.

Veloso is among more than 80 Filipinos in death row around the world mostly for drug-related crimes. As drug mules, they succumb to the thrill of free travel and easy money transporting illegal drugs from one country to another.

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May 4, 2015 at 10:58 am 5 comments

Philippine Corruption at a Glance

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It used to be that the Philippines was at the top of the heap. In the 50s, it was second only to Japan in East Asia. Those were the good old days. A decade later and decades that follow, it began its spiral downward. In 2014, it’s ranked 114 out of 125 countries in the Good Country Index published by Simon Anholt based on 35 data points mostly provided by the United Nations.

It doesn’t take rocket science to figure out how it happened. Political corruption did it. Wikipedia defines it as “the use of powers by government officials for illegitimate private gain.”

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April 20, 2015 at 3:16 pm 11 comments

weekly photo challenge: early bird

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location: dinadiawan, dipaculao, aurora, philippines
emily bronte once said that the best time of the day is over by 10 a.m. intimating that we should arise early so as not to miss it.

although she’s one of my favorite poets so much so that i went to west yorkshire, england just to walk around her beloved moors, i’m unlikely to follow her advice.

i confess that i’m not what you can call an early bird or a morning person. on my free days, i find it a welcome treat to sleep in and stay in bed for as long as i want. of course, there are exceptions. one of them is when i go on vacation to places i’ve never been before.

the above picture was taken one early morning in dinadiawan beach, dipaculao, aurora, philippines. everything was quiet except for a few bird calls and the sound of the waves coming ashore. it was a moment in time just before the sun rose to brighten up the world with its colors. poets often referred to it as the chiaroscuro of dawn.

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April 17, 2015 at 3:51 pm 12 comments

Only In The Philippines

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Vice President Jejomar Binay (Photo Credit: Philippine Inquirer)

In a little more than a year, President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines will complete his 6-year term in office. His critics, however, can’t wait for his successor to be elected. They want him to step down now. It doesn’t help that his approval rating has gone down to its lowest level since he assumed the presidency, according to the latest survey.

President Aquino isn’t perfect. But it’s his stance against corruption that made him many enemies. He has put former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as well as three popular senators in detention for plunder. It could only be expected that their allies will try to throw everything at him including the kitchen sink.

If President Aquino is forced out of office, he’ll be replaced by Vice President Jejomar Binay. It’ll be a nightmare for the country, a step back in the fight against corruption, bringing it back deeper into the dark ages.

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April 14, 2015 at 10:19 am Leave a comment

A Divine Mission

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When Pope Francis visited the Philippines in 2015, he was treated like a rock star. Millions of Filipinos flocked to see him wherever he went. The scene could be compared to the enthusiastic crowd that Kim Jung Un attracts in North Korea. In this case, however, the display of affection was genuine and not made for the camera.

In return, Pope Francis rewarded the Filipinos with the divine mission of spreading Christianity in Asia. Personally, I don’t see the point. All religions are equal in the eyes of God. But then I digress.

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April 4, 2015 at 7:22 pm 10 comments

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