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Jun 13

Bedol the Incredible

Newsbreak asks, How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maguindanao? and discovers that Bedol Collected Poll Documents Before ‘Losing’ Them. But why wasn’t theft reported immediately? As the Inquirer editorial points out, it’s all like a farcical scene straight out of “Casablanca.” The Comelec’s waffling, after all.

But, well, it’s all worth it, because Zubiri can still make it. Whee!

Speaking of the Comelec, no wonder his fellow commissioners fed Sarmiento to the wolves by assigning him Muslim Mindanao’s polls: Comelec official moves for revival of ‘Hello Garci’ probe.

The President, at least for public relations purposes, is disappointed, cranky, and in a firing mood. And it’s time for new favors to be paid. The first round of hires and fires is being leaked.

Meanwhile, Arroyo vows to certify CARP extension. She also gives Jalosjos a new lease on life. And here’s a sneak peek at the next budget: Palace eyes P1.227-trillion ’08 budget.

Pots call the kettle black. And third time the charm?

Overseas, in the USA, Bush hobbled without Congress’ support (check out, too, Adrian Cristobal’s interesting take on developments, politically, in the 2008 presidential race); and this view: The End of National Currency. Also, Thailand’s Coup Fallout and Hard lessons from the Thaksin era.

My Arab News column for this week is Philippine Army Officers and Democracy. Two other perspectives are from Ellen Tordesillas, who isn’t worried by the emerging “Cavalier Club” in the Senate, and Gail Ilagan,who thinks Antonio Trillanes is a pied piper.

Amando Doronila remembers Diosdado Macapagal.

In the blogosphere, Jim Paredes is furious over the killing of Musa Dimasidsing. Patsada Karajaw and Marichu Lambino vent their ire on Bedol.

Philippine Commentary wonders if the President will move the date for observing Christmas, too.

www.soriano-ph.com on the new tax amnesty law.

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  1. rego

    Devils,

    He he he oo nganaman. So this is the reason why you want to be a law breaker , Because you wanted to be a hero. Pero may nakalimutan ka. Ang mga taong nababangit mo namatay muna bago tinanghal na hero. Ni wtalking about melodramtic.

    Furthermore, take a look at the situtation of the nation today. Can we honestly say that Rizal, Bonifacio, and Ninoy DID NOT DIE IN VAIN? Yes people declared them heroes but are they really WINNERS and make the nation and our people winners. Then how come our country is stil poor as ever?. Do you think one more hero from you will make this nation better and will ease out our people miseries? Or maybe hundred more heroes? Ilang heroes ba talga ang kailangan ng bayan eto para umusad? Padamihan ba talga ng bayani ang isang bansa para umunlad ng husto.

    O baka naman inaabuso na lang natin ang word na HERO na katulad ng sinasabi ni Bencard….

    Teka nga pala, si Chavit hero din daw, Si Erap hero din dahil nag pakulong. Si trillanes hero din kasi nakulong dahil. ( mmmmm doesn’t this explains why, Gringo and Triallnes won, people have hero mentality just like you) Eh si Gloria kaya kelan nating tatangahalin na hero? Pag katapos ng term nya at naipakulong. O kaya sumalangat sya sa lahat ng gagawin ng sa paplitan na administrasyon at maging law breaker na rin.

    Oh yes definitely I love to be a winner!. I wanted to be a winner and I will always be a winner. I deserve it . God create us to be winners. So being a loser is against our nature. Kaya losers are unhappy, unfulfilled, …..

  2. rego

    Oh funny becuase etong usapang hero reminds me of a proposal before to change the country’s name to Republic of Bayani…( translation: Republic of Lawbreakers) . Di kaya eto lang ang kailngan para umunlad na talaga ang bansa natin?????

  3. Bencard

    devilsadvoca8, with the name you carry, i’m sure you know that hell celebrates when a victim of evil becomes evil him/herself, don’t you? the devil’s cardinal objectives are to promote disputes among men, to sow war and discord where there is peace, vengeance where there is forgiveness and healing, anarchy where there is order, hate where there is love, until a great many, if not all , of the souls in this world go to hell.

    justice requires for a victim of wrongful act to submit to an authority outside of himself (except in self-defense to prevent harm to himself at the moment of the act). rendering “justice” personally is taking the law into your own hands – an act of revenge, not justice.

    this may sound elementary, even “insulting”, to say here but no one should ever be the “prosecutor”, the “judge” and the EXECUTIONER all rolled into one at the same time, in the same case, even if he/she happens to be the “victim”.

  4. Bencard

    and by the way, devils, Jesus Christ was crucified for preaching love, peace and non-violence, i.e., turn the other cheek, use bread, not stone to hit your enemy.

    rizal, bonifacio, and aquino all committed, directly or indirectly, overt acts of defiance against established authority. i’m not sure if each of them had a “personal” ax to grind.

    is there a difference?

  5. devilsadvc8

    guys, im glad you get my message.
    rego understood it perfectly. well, almost.
    he observed that it’s all abt perceptions.
    which is quite true. he thinks im being a lawbreaker by advocating the ouster of Gloria, while i think im just restoring the law. he questions dead men’s motives and thinks they may not be heroes after all, while i — well, i think they only died in vain bec. we made it so.
    going back to my point. history shows that bad men viewed good men as lawbreakers. lololol. they thought they were the winners for being alive while the “lawbreakers” where either killed or sentenced to death. yes, they thought good guys finish last.
    again, our interpretation of what’s a hero and what’s not, who’s a winner and who’s not differs. which is why we think the other is sillier than a sap. well, at least a i think ur sillier than a silly sap.

    “the devil’s cardinal objectives are to promote disputes among men, to sow war and discord where there is peace, vengeance where there is forgiveness and healing, anarchy where there is order, hate where there is love, until a great many, if not all , of the souls in this world go to hell.”

    man! your litany makes me think of someone…
    oh, no. dnt be too hard on urself. it’s not u im thinking of.

    “i’m sure you know that hell celebrates when a victim of evil becomes evil him/herself, don’t you?”

    so why aren’t u partying yet? lololol. jk.
    seriously, thanks for reminding me. you caught me just in time before i grew horns and a tail. henceforth, i now pronounce Bencard to be my eternal spiritual and moral advisor! Ben, do remind me once in a while if u see horns and a tail starting to stick out of me, ok?

    whew! that was a relief! for a brief moment, i turned machiavellian and — wow! no wonder GMA and gang thinks it such a joy-joy feeling. it is!

  6. rego

    “he thinks im being a lawbreaker by advocating the ouster of Gloria, while i think im just restoring the law.”

    Alright devils, you want to restore the law just like everybody else. But the disagreement actually lies on the method you wanted to apply in achieving such goal. And that is to go beyond or above the law but never the law itself. Exactly the same way that make you accused the current administration. Everybody such seems to rationalize the their breaking of the law. Gloria gives out her reason which you happened not to believe and you give your reason that everybody doesn’t agree too. Why cant we just stick to the the constitution and the law itself? And if anyone violated the law then bring her to court? I just dont believe that going beyond the law will do it. Its just messe up the whole problem. That why I believe it a losing strategy. Patalo!

    Alright you may be able to overthrow Gloria by extra constitutional means. But how are we going to tell te people after Gloria never to resort to extra consitutional means? What is actually happening now is that we overthrow Marcos through that route, the same way we did to Estrada, And now we want to do the same to Gloria. So when is this going to end? Ganito na lang ba tayo lagi, everytime we have a difficult problem we use extra constitutional means? Eh did ibasura na natin ang consitution at ang mga existing laws kung ganyan ganyan na rin lang.

    Yung reference kay Rizal, Bonifacio at Ninoy is way way off. Noong panahon ni Rizal at ni Bonifacio, more than hundred years, wala talaga maayos na batas noon. Even doon kay Ninoy dahil gawa gawa lang ni Marcos ang mga batas noon. We are were never free then to create our own laws that is benficial to. Pero etong present constitution ngayon. Inaaprubahan natin eto lahat during Corys term eh.

    O baka talaga culture na natin yung laging lulusot sa batas hanggang makakalusot. Lagi tayong may magagandang rason for breaking the law. Karaniwan mag tuturo tayo na ibang tao: lagi na lang eh bakit sila pinalusot eh di dapat ako rin. Kung laging ganito tayo eh wala, talagang talo ang bansa.

    So where do we start restoring the law? Its in ourselves. Because that where we have total conrol of. It would be very difficult to start with Gloria or anybody else because we dont have that much control over them.

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