Wednesday, September 27, 2006

1 The Idiot Box 2

Unexpectedly, yesterday I bought the Philippine Daily Inquirer for no reason. My feet carried me to the newstand and bought it. Again, unexpectedly there was an article written by the well-known director Jose Javier Reyes that again talked about television; but this time about sitcoms (situation comedy).

He said that slowly sitcoms are dying: the shows are now placed at the wee hours of the morning and sometimes they only act as fillers for that particular time slot unlike on the yesteryears where the sitcoms are on the primetime like John and Marsha, Abangan ang Susunod na Kabanata, etc.

He said that then, was the "Real Golden Age of Philippine Television."

Not in this time of ours where the koreanovelas and the flying mutants-with-magical powers rule.

Not in this time where Kris Aquino's pregnancy news is as big as the recent coup in Thailand.

Not in this time where the ratings matters and so-what-if-my-show-doesn't-have-sense-as-long-as-it-has-high-ratings.

Not in this time where the commercials are sometimes better than the actual program being shown.

Not in this time where commercials are longer than the shows and you wouldn't know if you are watching the program or the commercials.

Not in this time where there are a lot of artists out there looking for a particular program where they could fit in.

Not in this time.. Not today.. But yesterday..

I wasn't born during that time but given the fact that most of the programs that are being shown on the TV now doesn't make any sense, I do believe that TV shows are much better before.

But right now, these shows are just giving people false hopes.

Going back again to the telepantasya syndrome that infected television.. and so what that we have seen how Sabina discovered that her real mother was Eloida not Ayesa, and so what that Inggo was chosen to be the next super hero and needs to be trained in an Academy for Superheroes?

And so what?

Stop claiming that these are the "Golden Years of Philippine T.V. unless they started putting those "trash" programs to where they belong.

Make the people think. Don't make them dumb.

Create programs that make the masses 'intelligent' and stop the "bobofication" of the people, as Jose Javier Reyes said.

Gotta go.. Majika is on its final week..

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0 The Egg Throwing Incident

In support and gratituide to the organization whom assisted me in the first few days of my college life here in UP, and whom they have earned from me trust and respect, I would like to repost their statement so that all may know their position about the said incident.

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Sunday, September 24, 2006

2 The Idiot Box

Nitong mga nakaraang araw, medyo naging mainit ang ulo ko, lalo na nang nanonood ako ng TV. Para bang asar na asar na ako sa mga ipinapalabas ng mga TV stations. Halos isumpa ko na ang kaluluwa noong mga 'brains' sa likod ng mga nasabing programa. Pintas dito, pintas doon. Bakit?

Ito siguro marahil ay epekto noong mga natutunan ko sa aming J18 class. Well, ipapakilala ko muna sa inyo kung ano ba itong J18 class ko?

Noong unang nagenlistment ako sa CRS dito sa UP, isa ito sa mga subjects na napili ko at hanggang noong enrollment, ito lamang ang bukod tangi sa lahat ng mga G.E. courses na pinili ko ang naibigay sa akin iyung iba nawala na. Hindi ko na nga matandaan kung anu-ano iyon.

Pero masasabi ko na blessing in disguise pa rin ang nasabing pangyayari dahil sa pagmamanual enlistment ko ay naging maganda ang mga napili kong G.E. courses at unknowingly, isang klase lang ng sked ang meron ako sa araw-araw.

Anyway, ang course title ng J18 namin ay "News in the New Century." Sa title nito, naengganyo ako. Naisip ko, mahahasa pa dito ang aking skills sa pagsusulat lalo na sa larangan ng Journalism. Pero higit pa pala doon ang mga bagay na matutunan ko.

Hindi kaagad iyun ang itinuro sa amin. Siyempre andyan muna ang Journalism Code of Ethics at saka ung mga framing mechanisms ng mga balita pati na mga terms na madalas ginagamit ng mga journalists. Madalas kami ding magfilm viewing gaya noong "The Paper" na tungkol sa isang tabloid na nasa bingit na ng pagsasara. Ang fave line ko doon na hindi ko alam kung sino ang nagsabi ay "Never let truth come in the way of a good story." Iyung isa pa ay iyung "Wag the Dog." Dito ipinakita kung paano nakagawa ang mga media companies sa Amerika ng isang digmaan sa Albania na hindi naman talaga nangyari at nagamit pa ito ng Pangulo ng Amerika sa kanyang kampanya para manalo sa eleksyon. Fave line: "Don't change horses in midstream." - Ito ang campaign 'slogan' noong Pangulo ng US. At lately ay iyung "Reporters at War." Tungkol naman sa mga war correspondents na ikinukwento ang mga karansan nila sa iba't ibang giyera na nangyari sa mundo.

Okay, enough of all that stuff. Sa mga nasabing palabas, namulat kami sa kung paano namamanipula ng mga nasa media ang pag-iisip ng mga tao. Nakita namin kung paano nila nakakayang lokohin ang mga manonood sa pagpapakita ng mga larawan o bidyo na hindi naman talaga totoo. Nakita namin kung gaano ka-bias ang mga nasa media sa pagbibigay ng balita.

Pero sa kabila nito, hindi pa rin naman nawawala ang tiwala ko sa mga media companies. Kaya lang hindi talaga maiiwasan na mapansin ko ang ilan o madami nilang biases. Kahit pa ano ang sabihin nila sa kanilang mga slogan gaya ng Panig sa Katotohanan o Just News, may bias pa din sila. Bakit meron silang bias? Una na lamang ay sa kung sino ang nagmamayari ng mga nasabing istasyon gaya ng ABS-CBN ang mga Lopezes. Madami silang mga businesses kaya kung meron mang mga balita na may kinalaman gaya ng sa Meralco, medyo toned down ang kanilang balita para naman hindi masira ang kanilang interests. Iyung GMA, si Felipe Gozon, lingid sa kaalaman ng lahat isa siyang Marcos Crony, kaya kung may mga balita sa mga Marcoses ay ganoon din, medyo magaan ang balita.

Doon palang masyado nang malakas ang ebidensya ng biases. Paano pa kaya iyung mga mismong nasa newsroom o ang mga reporters mismo at marami pang kachokaran diyan.

Doon naman tayo sa mga palabas na nasa primetime.

Tingnan mo na lang ang line-up ng kanilang mga programa. Noon si Darna, ngayon si Sabina, nandyan din si Krystala na naging Super Inggo. Masyadong napakaraming mga 'telepantasya' series sa TV ngayon. Isama mo pa dyan ang mga Koreanovela. Iyung Dos at Siyete ay nagaagawan sa mga nasabing palabas. Iyung Dos, "the first and true home of Asianovelas" etong siyete naman e, "The Heart of Asia." Hanep sa paggawa ng bandwagon.

Madalas napakaganda ng mga trailer nila at may mga kino-quote pa silang mga critics o mga 'viewers' kuno dahil hindi naman natin alam kung talagang nageexist sila. Balik tayo dun sa trailer, ang ganda. Sobra sa mga special effects at pati na ang mga ipinapakitang teasers. Pero kapag pinanood mo na e eeengggk.. ang panget.

Isa pa a iyang mga special effects na iyan. Nakupo, ay grabe talaga sa paggamit ng mga special effects na iyan. Minsan sobrang hindi na angkop sa eksena e pilit na nilalagyan ng effects.

Haay naku sumasakit na ulo sa kakaisip pa diyan.

Basta. Gumawa naman sila ng mga me sense na palabas. Eto ang aking suggestions.

  1. Alisin ang showbiz news sa mga news programs. Pabayaan niyo nang may The Buzz at S-Files tuwing Linggo.
  2. Muling ibalik ang mga educational programs gaya ng Knowledge Power. Kung irereplay lang, forget about it.
  3. Umisip naman ng mga original concepts at hindi na lang puro love story na may naaapi tapos happy ending. Gumawa naman kayo nang makatotohanan hindi puro kathang isip na nagbibigay ng mga 'false hopes' sa mga tao.
  4. Ilagay ang mga TV documentaries sa primetime. Gumawa pa kayo niyan kung sa hatinggabi niyo lang ilalagay. Sino pa kaya sa tingin niyo ang mamumulat sa mga nasabing palabas? O baka talagang ayaw niyo lang mamulat ang mga tao.
  5. Huwag na huwag papakialaman ng mga may-ari ng mga nasabing media companies ang paglalabas ng balita. Ilabas ang nararapat. Kung kailangan na makita sa mga bidyo ang mga pugot na ulo ipakita nang maramdaman talaga ng mga tao kung ano ba talaga ang nangyari sa mga nasabing balita.
  6. Tigilan na at tantanan na ang paggawa ng mga reality shows. Wala naman talaga saysay iyun kundi nakikita mo lang kung ano ang totoong kulay ng tao at ipinapakita lang kung paano sila mangulangot.
  7. Tantanan na ang sobrang pagyayabang ng mga ratings. Hindi naman iyan sukatan kung talagang magandang ang nasabing programa o puro ka-cheapan lang.

Iyun lang. Manonood pa kasi ako ng TV.

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Thursday, September 21, 2006

0 Campus Journalism Act of 1991

Republic Act No. 7079

An Act Providing for the Development and Promotion of Campus Journalism and for Other Purposes

Section 1. Title. — This Act shall be known and referred to as the "Campus Journalism Act of 1991."

Sec. 2. Declaration of Policy. — It is the declared policy of the State to uphold and protect the freedom of the press even at the campus level and to promote the development and growth of campus journalism as a means of strengthening ethical values, encouraging critical and creative thinking, and developing moral character and personal discipline of the Filipino youth.In furtherance of this policy, the State shall undertake various programs and projects aimed at improving the journalistic skills of students concerned and promoting responsible and free journalism.

Sec. 3. Definition of Terms. —
(a) School. — An institution for learning in the elementary, secondary or tertiary level comprised of the studentry, administration, faculty and non-faculty personnel;

(b) Student Publication. — The issue of any printed material that is independently published by, and which meets the needs and interests of, the studentry;

(c) Student Journalist. — Any bona fide student enrolled for the current semester or term, who was passed or met the qualification and standards of the editorial board.He must likewise maintain a satisfactory academic standing.

(d) Editorial Board. — In the tertiary level, the editorial board shall be composed of student journalists who have qualified in placement examinations. In the case of elementary and high school levels, the editorial board shall be composed of a duly appointed faculty adviser, the editor who qualified and a representative of the Parents-Teachers' Association, who will determine the editorial policies to be implemented by the editor and staff members of the student publication concerned.

At the tertiary level, the editorial board may include a publication adviser at the option of its members.

(e) Editorial Policies. — A set of guidelines by which a student publication is operated and managed, taking into account pertinent laws as well as the school administration's policies.Said guidelines shall determine the frequency of the publication, the manner of selecting articles and features and other similar matters.

Sec. 4. Student Publication. — A student publication is published by the student body through an editorial board and publication staff composed of students selected but fair and competitive examinations. Once the publication is established, its editorial board shall freely determine its editorial policies and manage the publication's funds.

Sec. 5. Funding of Student Publication. — Funding for the student publication may include the savings of the respective school's appropriations, student subscriptions, donations, and other sources of funds.

In no instance shall the Department of Education, Culture and Sports or the school administration concerned withhold the release of funds sourced from the savings of the appropriations of the respective schools and other sources intended for the student publication. Subscription fees collected by the school administration.

Sec. 6. Publication Adviser. — The publication adviser shall be selected by the school administration from a list of recommendees submitted by the publication staff.The function of the adviser shall be limited to one of technical guidance.

Sec. 7. Security of Tenure. — A member of the publication staff must maintain his or her status as student in order to retain membership in the publication staff. A student shall not be expelled or suspended solely on the basis of articles he or she has written, or on the basis of the performance of his or her duties in the student publication.

Sec. 8. Press Conferences and Training Seminar. — The Department of Education, Culture and Sports shall sponsor periodic competitions, press conferences and training seminars in which student-editors/writers and teacher-adviser of student publications in the elementary, secondary and tertiary levels shall participate. Such competitions, conferences and seminars shall be held at the institutional, divisional, and regional levels, culminating with the holding of the annual national elementary, secondary or tertiary School Press Conferences in places of historical and/or cultural interest in the country.

Sec. 9. Rules and Regulations. — The Department of Education, Culture and Sports, in coordination with the officers of the national elementary, secondary or tertiary organizations or official advisers of student publications, together with student journalists at the tertiary level and existing organizations of student journalists, shall promulgate the rules and regulations necessary for the effective implementation of this Act.

Sec. 10. Tax Exemption. — Pursuant to paragraph 4, Section 4, Article XIV of the Constitution, all grants, endowments, donations, or contributions used actually, directly and exclusively for the promotion of campus journalism as provided for in this Act shall be exempt from donor's or gift tax.

Sec. 11. Appropriations. — For the initial year of implementation, the sum of Five million pesos (P5,000,000.00) is hereby authorized to be charged against the savings from the current appropriations of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports. Thereafter, such amount as may be necessary shall be included in the General Appropriations Act.

Sec. 12. Effectivity. — This Act shall take effect after fifteen (15) days following the completion of its publication in the Official Gazette or in at least two (2) newspapers of general circulation.

Approved: July 5, 1991

Source: Philippine Collegian.net

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0 Chronology of the Assault

A Timeline on the Collegian Controversy

April 20: The Office of the Chancellor issues a memorandum on the procurement of supplies and services. Mandated by the Government Procurement Reform Act or RA 9184, it states that procurement by government units amounting to P250,000 and above shall be done through a bidding process administered by the UP administration.

June 11: As is the practice of previous terms, the Collegian, selects its printing press autonomously after canvassing price quotations from various presses. The cost per copy is P3.

June 15: Supplies and Property Management (SPMO) officer in charge Prof. Virginia Yap calls the attention of the Collegian editorial board (EB). In a meeting, she explains the necessity of the Collegian to undergo a bidding process to be facilitated by the UP admin based on the Chancellor Sergio Cao’s memo deriving mandate from RA 9184. The editors reiterated their stance that the Collegian does not fall under the UP admin or any other government unit, which Yap questions.

June 24: Recognizing the publication's deficit accumulated from the previous terms, which amounts to more than P200,000, and with pressure from the UP admin for the current term to pay for this deficit, the EB again canvasses for a cheaper printing press. The new press complies with the Collegian’s adjusted budget of P2.85 per copy.

July 8: The Collegian, again with pressure from the UP admin, submitted to the Chancellor two budget projections deliberated by the EB, one reflecting actual projected expenses, which amounts to P2,431,000; the other showing reduced expenses to comply with the tight budget and to partially offset the accumulated deficit, which amounts to P2,059,850. The Chancellor then recognizes the latter.

July 18: Since the UP admin still holds the release of the payment for the publication’s printing expenses, the Collegian requests the admin to recognize the EB’s autonomous selection of its printing press. The EB reasons that the canvassing was properly done, even according to the processes mentioned in the Chancellor's memo, except that it was not facilitated by the admin.
The Collegian then begins to conduct its autonomous bidding process to undertake greater scrutiny in selecting a permanent printing press.

July 27: In a letter, the SPMO states that the question on the Collegian's independence still has to be addressed, while reiterating that the publication should comply with the admin’s facilitation of the printing press selection.

August 25: The EB informs the UP admin of the result of its autonomous bidding process. The new printing press, which the Collegian has sealed a contract with, still conforms to the P2.85 per copy and was required to submit pertinent documents such as DTI registration, Mayor’s permit, etc. The EB also reiterates its position that the Collegian is an independent student institution, with funds directly and solely coming from the students, and is thus not covered by the Chancellor's memo or RA 9184. The EB also invoked a provision in the implementing rules of the Campus Journalism Act saying that the selection of the printing press shall be conducted by the editorial staff either through canvass or public bidding.

August 25: Student Regent Raffy Jones Sanchez raises the Collegian's concerns in the Board of Regents’ meeting, where, according to Sanchez, Roman commented that the Collegian staff should collect its own funds if it were to assert its autonomy. Roman then refers the Collegian's concerns to Chancellor Cao and Vice President for Administration Martin Gregorio.

August 28: The Collegian requests for an immediate dialogue with Roman, after learning that payments for printing expenses incurred since its first issue was still denied.

September 1: The Collegian meets with Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Elizabeth Enriquez, together with Diliman Legal Officer Atty. Percival Cortez, as well as officers from the SPMO, Diliman Accounting Office, and Office of Student Activities. In the meeting, Cortez staunchly declares that the Collegian does not have fiscal autonomy, given that its funds paid for solely by the students are completely handled by the admin. Enriquez advises the EB that unless the publication agrees to the admin-facilitated bidding, its funds will never be released.

September 3: In the 10th Systemwide Students' Congress, student organizations from all UP units nationwide who attended the congress co-sponsored and approved a resolution opposing the implementation of RA 9184 to all student institutions and formations.

September 4: The Collegian writes to Cao to endorse the immediate release of the payment for the printing of all the Collegian’s released issues, as without such payment and without guarantee for payment of subsequent issues, the printing press can no longer proceed with the printing of subsequent issues. Cao replied the same day, and implicitly denied the release of funds as he questions the autonomy of the publication.

Excerpts from the Campus Journalism Act (CJA) of 1991

Sec. 4. Student Publication – “...editorial board shall freely determine its editorial policies and manage the publication's funds.” Sec. 5. Funding of Student Publication – “In no instance shall... the school administration concerned withhold the release of funds sourced from the savings of the appropriations of the respective schools and other sources intended for the student publication. Subscription fees collected by the school administration shall be released automatically to the student publication concerned.”

Excerpt from CJA’s implementing rules and regulation

Rule IV, Section 4: Printing of the Student Publication – The printing of the student publication by a private printer shall be conducted by the editoriboard and the student publication staff through canvass or public bidding.”

Source: Philippine Collegian.net

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0 UP student publication under siege

Autonomy Under Siege

The Philippine Collegian and RA 9184

(As seen in their site: http://www.philippinecollegian.net/index.htm)

The Philippine Collegian bears witness to a lasting tradition of independence as a student institution. It is a publication funded solely by the students, and for years has served as a salient representation of academic freedom and democratic rights. Throughout history, UP students have vigilantly fought for the publication's autonomy from all forms of administration intervention.

Once again, the Collegian's autonomy is under siege.

Using Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act, the UP administration since June 2006 has blocked the release of the Collegian's printing funds. According to the administration's interpretation of RA 9184, all fees collected by the university are government funds—including the Collegian's funds. Under this false assumption, the UP administration insists that the bidding and selection of the publication’s printing press be facilitated not by the Collegian editorial board, but by the administration itself.

However, the Collegian firmly asserts that it is exempt from RA 9184. It is not a government unit, as it is funded only by the students. Moreover, the Campus Journalism Act of 1991 stipulates that the editorial board should facilitate the selection of the publication’s printing press. The administration’s sole task is to collect the publication fee during registration, and thereafter give full discretion of handling of Collegian fund to the duly selected editorial board. The administration may not intervene in any of the publication’s operations.

In response to the Collegian’s arguments against RA 9184, the UP administration continues to deny the institution of its right to bidding autonomy. In our dialogues, the administration even questions the publication’s “independence” as basis for its exemption from the particular law.

We, from the Collegian, cannot accept this kind of reasoning. To allow the Collegian to subject itself to RA 9184 is tantamount to surrendering its autonomy as a student institution. Even now that the publication’s inclusion in the law is still in question, the UP administration is withholding the publication’s printing fund to coerce the Collegian to submission. Such is why the previous Collegian issues were delayed, while pending issues have not been printed. RA 9184 thus compromises the publication’s fiscal autonomy.

Moreover, allowing the Collegian to subject itself to RA 9184 would set a precedent for the UP administration to thereafter inflict the same law and intervene in the operations of publications and other student institutions in all UP units. In fact, the UP Diliman University Student Council’s publication Oblation is also being subjected to this law.

We from the Collegian view the administration’s insistence to subject the publication to RA 9184 as an assault against the publication’s autonomy. We call on the administration to recognize fully the independence of the Collegian as a student publication. We demand that the administration uphold the Collegian’s fiscal autonomy, specifically its right to facilitate the bidding process.

The Collegian is accountable only to the students, who are its sole publishers. Thus, we call on all students to protect the autonomy of the publication. This issue is a clear manifestation of administration intervention, and a direct attack on campus press freedom.

Uphold the Collegian’s autonomy!

Defend campus press freedom!

Protect the independence of all student institutions and organizations!

Support the campaign!

Visit: http://www.philippinecollegian.net/sign.php

Source: Philippine Collegian.net

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Autonomy Image: Katipunero

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

0 Comic Relief: Garfield

Relax muna. One of my favorite comic character, si Garfield.





Images/Comic Strips Taken from Garfield.com

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

0 Giyera: Walang Kwenta Talaga

Gusto ko lang na ibahagi sa inyo ang aking nararamdaman ngayon matapos kong mapanood ang isang kahindik-hindik na dokumentaryo tungkol sa mga reporters na madalas na nagco-cover ng mga giyera. Pero higit pa sa mga napapatay na mga reporter mas nanindig ang aking balahibo sa mga larawan at video na ipinakita sa nasabing dokumentaryo.

Una ay ang World War I at II. Ito ang dalawa sa pinakamalaking digmaan sa buong mundo na kinasangkutan ng maraming mga bansa. Alam natin ang nangyari na Holocaust o ang sinasabing "The Final Solution" ni Adolf Hitler para lipulin ang lahat ng mga Hudyo. Pero hindi natin nakita kung ano ang nangyari doon sa Japan, lalo na ang Nagasaki at Hiroshima nang bombahin sila ng 'atomic bomb.'

Ipinakita ba sa atin ang mga video na kung saan madaming mga tao ang naputulan ng paa at kamay, ang mga bata na sunog na sunog ang mga balat, ang isang lalake na nabutas ang tiyan at lumabas ang bituka. Nakita din ba natin ang mga taong halos natunaw at nagkadikit-dikit na? Umpisa pa lang iyan.

Sumunod ang Vietnam War. Walang kaalam-alam ang mga mamamayan ng Vietnam sa kung anong nagawa nila at bakit sila inaatake ng Amerika. Kitang-kita sa mga video kung paano sinira ng mga pambobomba ng mga Amerikano ang mga palayan, mga gubat, mga kabahayan at pati ang pambobomba sa mga sibilyan na lumilikas lamang palayo sa gulo. Kitang-kita mo kung paano magkalasug-lasog ang kanilang katawan.

Isa pa sa maituturing na hindi isang giyera kundi sobrang paninikil sa karapatang pantao ay ang Tianmen Square Massacre sa China noong taong 1989. Libu-libong mga estudyante ang noo'y matahimik na nagpoprotesta nang bigla nagpadala ng mga sundalo ang Chinese gov't upang supilin ang nasabing kilos-protesta. Ang mga sundalo ay kung saan-saan bumabaril at kita mo kung paano bigla na lamang bumubulagta ang mga nagpo-protesta habang patuloy sa pagpapaputok ang mga sundalo. Wala namang magawa ang mga estudaynte kundi tumakbo. Imbis na tumigil pa ang mga sundalo sa pagbaril, hinabol pa nila ang mga ito at parang mga laruang pinagbabaril.

Ang isa pa sa isang 'di ko malilimutan sa dokumentaryo na hindi pa namin natatapos ay ang digmaang sibil na nangyari sa Rwanda. Isang genocide na ang nangyari kung saan nag-uubusan ang dalawang lahi sa bansang ito. Kitang-kita mo ang mga bangkay na nagkalat sa daan. Ang mga batang nalaslas ang tenga habang tumatakbo. At ang mga sundalo, imbes na pigilin ang nasabing kaguluhan, may kinampihan din sila at siyempre ito ay ang kanilang sariling pinanggalingang lahi. Nagba-bahay bahay sila at pinapasok ito at doon pinagbabaril nila ang mga nakatira doon, walang ititira ni-isa.

Hindi pa namin natapos ang dokumentaryo pero naging sapat na ang mga napanood namin para talagang kamuhian ko ang digmaan. Sa aking pagmumuni-muni, sa mga halimbawa ng giyera na nasa taas, halos lahat ng ito ay sinimulan ng mga Kanluraning bansa.

Unahiin ko na ang Rwanda. Ayon sa aming propesora, ang mga bansa talaga sa Africa ay wala iyan noon. May mga iba't ibang kaharian doon na may sarili nang pamahalaan. Nang dumating ang mga Europeo, gumawa sila ng mapa at pinaghati-hatian ang mga lugar dati at gumawa ng mga borders. Itong Rwanda ay bansa na binubuo ng dalawang tribo. Dati sila ay namumuhay ng tahimik. Hindi sila nagkakaroon ng digmaan. Ngunit sa pagdating ng mga Europeo pinagsama sila bilang isang bansa at ang inilagay nilang pinuno ay nagmula sa isang tribo at halos lahat ng nasa pamahalaan nila ay galing sa tribo na iyon. Ngayon ano pa ang inaasahan mo kung hindi siyempre mas pabor ang mga namumuno sa kanilang pamahalaan sa kanilang pinanggalingang tribo. Doon nagsimula ang away.

Ngayon, sa kwento ng bansang Rwanda. Sino ang naging ugat ng matinding hidwaan na nangyari sa kanila? Ang mga Kanluraning bansa. Sila ang gumulo sa mundo. Gumawa sila ng sinasabi nilang New World Order pero ang 'order' na ito ay naging sobrang pabor para sa kanila. Sila lamang ang nakikinabang. Habang tayo na mga bansang naghihirap, patuloy nilang ginagamit tayo para sa sarili nilang kapakanan.

Ginagamit nila ang mga mahihirap na bansa bilang 'stage' upang ipkita sa lahat ang kanilang military power gaya ng nangyari sa Vietnam. Nanahimik ang mga mamamayan doon. Wala silang kaalam-alam kung bakit may giyera sa kanila. Sinasabi nga na ito ang pinaka-baboy o napakaduming klase ng digmaan sa buong mundo sunod sa WWII. Mga inosenteng bata ang biktima. Mga likas na yaman ay niyurakan.

Magaling din ang mga bansang ito na pagtakpan ang mga kababuyan na kanilang ginawa. Palagi silang may dahilan sa bawat ginagawa nila kahit na hindi naman talaga balido ang dahilan nila.

Hanggang kailan tayo magpapagamit? Hanggang kailan tayo magbubulag-bulagan? Hanggang kailan tayo maniniwala sa mga pinagsasabi nila? Hanggang kailan tayo maniniwala sa FOX News, CNN at mga Western media companies? Hanggang kailan tayo maniniwala sa mga magiging Pangulo ng Amerika?

Ako. Hindi na naniniwala sa kanila. Ikaw?

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0 Pangulong Dennio

Hmmm.. Mukhang medyo dumadami na ang aking supporters.. hehe..

Dahil iyan sa aking report sa PolSci 11. Ganito kasi ang nangyari.

Ang aming irereport ay tungkol sa Charter Change. I-pipresent namin ang dalawang sides ng issue na ito. Napagkasunduan namin na parang debate ang gagawin namin pero hindi iyung sagutan. Iyung ipipresent namin ang aming side at paninindigan ito. Ang side ko ay ang Anti- ChaCha.

Sinimulan ko ang aking presentation sa pagsasabi ng aking napakapersonal na dahilan kung bakit ayaw ko ng ChaCha. Sabi ko, pangarap ko kasi na maging Pangulo ng Pilipinas. Iyun lang sinabi ko iyon at pagkatapos ay kung tumingin na sila ay parang ang laki ng expectation sa akin.

Tapos ginatungan pa iyan ni Joemar, iyung ka-group ko. Sabi niya sa opening statement niya. "Ladies and gentlemen.. you have just heard the speech of our future president.."

Nung kinahapunan na, nakasalubong ko sa aking paglalakad ang isang kong kaklase. Itago natin siya sa pangalang "Via." Nang makita niya ako, eh bigla na lang ba nagsisigaw na "Uy, si Pangulong Dennio!" For the pers taym sa UP, me tumawag sa akin na ganun. Parang naiskandalo ako noon dahil ang daming tao dun sa lobby at parang tinitingnan at hinahanap nila kung sino iyung Dennio na iyun. Anyway, nilapitan ko na lang para medyo matahimik. Me kasama pa pala siya nun. Sabi niya "ayan may isang boto ka na."

Oo nga pala, dun din sa Comm3 class namin nasabi ko na iyun.

Wala lang na-ishare ko lang.

Ako nga pala si Pangulong Dennio.

Walang kokontra.

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