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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Hostage Drama - Manila Philippines

After the hostage drama held early this morning at the Manila City Hall; our country are on the center of discussion in every part of the world this is after the hostage taking of Mr. Jun Ducat to the 32 Day Care Students and Two teachers of Parola Tondo Manila together with the other two guys.

According to Deogracias Bugaran (Driver of the Hot Car that used during the hostage taking) while they are on their way to Tagaytay the hostage taker told him to stop for awhile at the Manila City Hall to pick up the other two Councilor who will accompanied with them during the tour. When the bus are totally stop at P. Burgos in front of Monument of Bonifacio which is beside the City Hall, the bus driver ask for permission to take a cigarette, but after he totally leave the bus, he heard Mr. Ducat telling him that this is a Hostage and he did not waste any single time but to leave the children to Mr. Ducat.

At exactly 9 o'clock in the morning the hostage taker post a message in front of the Wind Shield of the Bus telling the people that they are taking the 32 Students and 2 Teachers as their hostage. The hostage taker Jun Ducat asked the Media to give a call to Senator Revilla and he wanted to talk to him regarding the demands asked by Jun Ducat. The negotiation last for almost 30 Minutes and after that Mr. Revilla come out and he says that the hostage taker wanted to took the attention of the government and he just wanted to ask for help for the poor people, and he insist that he just doing this just for the poor people who needs Education, Shelter Foods and other demands.

Marami ang nagulat sa ipinahayag ni DUCAT nang mabigyan ito ng pagkakataon na ihayag ang kanyang mga hinaing. And one of his statement says "HUWAG IASA ANG KINABUKASAN SA MGA PULITIKO. Sa mga pulitikong walang ginawa kundi MANGAKO! Sa mga pulitikong napakalaki ng ginagastos sa kampanya…sa mga pulitikong magkakamag-anak.

There are so many things that he wanted to let us know, and he wanted us to become aware on different crisis that we are facing right now, one of this is the corruption, poverty and the political crisis.

Kung tutuusin, ang demands - edukasyon, pabahay at lupa, ng hostage-taker ay palasak na dahil matagal na itong problema sa bansa. Besides, hindi ito nalulunasan sa kabila ng kaliwa’t kanang panawagan ng iba’t ibang sektor ng Gobyerno.

Maganda ang layunin ni DUCAT pero mali ang paraan na kanyang napili para mahayag sa buong mundo ang hindi nasosolusyunang problema ng bansa. Kaawa-awa naman ang mga inosenteng bata na isinusulong niyang makapagtapos lahat ng kolehiyo lalo na kung humantong sa hindi inaasahan ang pangyayari.

Sa kabilang banda, kung hindi ganito ang kanyang naging aksiyon, may MAKIKINIG nga ba sa kanyang hinaing? Sa naganap kasi, nakatutok hindi lamang ang mamamayang Pinoy o mga pulitiko sa kanyang ginawa kundi maging ang mga tao sa buong mundo.

Friday, March 9, 2007

Do you really love your country?

While surfing the net i've seen this post at one blog (no need to mention it) while reading this letter i feel the truth beyond the election, the truth that all political candidates are using their power in their own aspects.

Dear Fellow Filipino,

Good day to all of you! Before I begin my letter... just a disclaimer, for people who know me they know that I love the Philippines very much and I am not really one who rants and complaints to high heavens about what is happening to our country and does nothing about it, in fact, I feel that at my relatively young age of 27, I have done much service to the Philippines by setting up Pathways to Higher Education which has sent more than 500 poor but deserving students to college and AHON Foundation which has already built two public elementary school libraries that have benefitted more than 3,500 students. Yet, after seeing how events in our nation have transpired the past few weeks and talking with some friends, I feel the urge to share with you my own thoughts and feelings.

Over the weekend, we saw the completion of two major political alliances for this coming Senate Elections that has just began here in the Philippines . Now we have two political forces with familiar faces nonetheless on opposite sides of the fences. On one end, you have Tito Sotto and Tessie Aquino-Oreta who were two major stalwarts of the opposition and the FPJ Campaign in 2004 hobnobbing with the woman (Pres. GMA) whom they claimed to have cheated FPJ in the last Presidential Elections.On the other side of the fence, you see Manny Villar, the former house speaker who was actually responsible for impeaching Erap now part of the United Opposition who is led by no less than... Erap himself. Now if you don't see anything wrong with this picture then you must be one of the many Filipinos who have accepted this very sad reality that there is indeed no permanent ideals that our government leaders stand up for but rather they just go where there self-interests can best be served. It is this kind of politics why I no longer wonder why good people like Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Mayor Jesse Robredo of Naga City or outstanding Bulacan Governor Josie Dela Cruz will find it hard or worse, never be elected to national positions.

It is with these in mind that I'd like to share with you what are events this coming May elections that will make me consider leaving the Philippines :

1.) If former COMELEC Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano of Hello Garci fame wins in his bid to become Congressman of Bukidnon...seeking to replace a good man no less in incumbent Cong. Neric Acosta... We would really be the laughing stock of the whole world if we allow a man with the reputation of Garci to be one of our so called "Honorable Gentlemen".

2.) If Dancing Queen Tessie Aquino Oreta reclaims her seat at the Senate... I hope that all of us would still remember that dance that she did during the 2001 impeachment hearings after they voted to overrule the decision of then Chief Justice Davide... let us make sure that people like her never make it to the Senate again.

3.) If Richard Gomez becomes a senator... what does he know about making laws? We already have the likes of Bong Revilla and Lito Lapid in the Senate and their performance or lack of it would be reason enough not to elect another actor who has no prior experience in government to the distinguished halls of the Senate.

4.) If Gringo Honasan wins again.... have we not learned our lesson? I cannot believe that just because someone is charismatic then we will just elect him to become one of our senators despite the fact that he has time and again caused so much instability in our country... if we want a military junta similar to that of Thailand ... then lets all vote for this guy....

5.) If Manny Pacquiao becomes Congressman of General Santos City... everybody loves Manny the Boxing Champ but Manny the Lawmaker? Lets be realistic here, Manny is our Hero alright but I think it takes more than just great boxing skills and a desire to serve to be able to make appropriate laws that would help uplift the lives of the many Filipinos who live in Poverty.

6.) If Lito Lapid wins for Mayor of Makati City... I don't like Jojo Binay as well but Lito Lapid as city mayor of the country's finance and business center?!?! And do you really think he is from Makati and has good plans for the city? The Arroyos asking someone like him to run just goes to show you how much love and concern this government has for our country.

7.) If Chavit Singson becomes a Senator, Illegal Gambling = Chavit... enough said.

Now if all of these 7 things happen during this coming elections then don't be surprised if I decide to leave this country that I love dearly. Like I said during the first part of my letter, I feel that I have done much for this country but I think its time that Filipinos become more vigilant and critical in selecting our leaders for the sake of our future and the generations that will go beyond us. So I appeal to every Filipino who asks what can I actually do for my country... Choose and vote for the right people this coming elections, huwag na tayong magpaloko sa mga kandidatong maganda lang ang jingle o gwapo lang sa mga poster. Let us choose leaders who have a good track record for service and who are genuinely committed towards serving our country.

Manindigan naman tayong lahat para sa ating Kinabukasan at para sa Kapakanan ng ating Bayan!

Thank you very much for your time in reading this letter.


Harvey S. Keh
Email: harveykeh@gmail. com

Million of Passports distributed by the Department of Foreign Affairs

Millions of Passports are issued last Saturday at the Bulwagan ng Kapayaan under the supervision of the Department of Foreign Affairs, it is one of the projects of the Governor of Bataan Enrique Tet Garcia as one of his Serbilis program. The residents of Bataan benefits a lot from this project, because in this project there's no need for you to travel to Manila just to renew your passport "Thank you Governor for that job well done". We're waiting for your next projects.