Happy news first: Teddy and Ruth’s second son Emilio Rafael was born 1:31 am last night via C-section after two days of induced labor. The proud papa says he’s steeling himself to replace Ruth in the hospital: he thinks he might get a heart attack when the final hospital bill is tallied. Congrats Ruth and Ted!
Please check out Walkie’s Friendster account – she has embedded a video tribute for her dad Engr. Manuel Mirana Sr.who passed away two months ago. It’s a real labor of love. He was much loved, especially by his second daughter, his middle child. The video is something Walkie worked really hard to produce with the help of Karl Ramirez, creative geek extraordinaire. She was really proud of her dad and his legacy to his family.
I wish I had thought of doing the same thing — putting together a video tribute- when my own dad died in 2003. I still miss my father deeply, and the pain never goes away or lessens. One can only get stronger, because the pain never relents.
The World Bank has stopped the release of multi-million infrastructure loans to the Philippines because of the widespread corruption in the country. Gad, ngayon lang napansin ng WB?!
But it’s not like loans from international multilateral finance agencies like the WB genuinely benefit the Philippines or the people. These loans are not utilized to establish industries that will strengthen and develop the economic foundations of the country. All foreign loans have strings attached to them, or rather steel ropes, that bind the Philippines to the donor country in a slave-master relationship. Sa taas pa lang ng interest at bigat ng mga nakakabit na loan preconditions, the country’s sunk. The Philippines has had a long history of financial borrowing from foreign donors and where did it all lead? Nowhere. We are still as backward as ever. And we haven’t even factored in the systemic level of corruption in the Philippine government.
One must have faith and trust in the government before one can rest easy as a citizen.
Gad, this has yet to happen; and I doubt that it will happen any time soon.
In the last month, the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Task Force Usig have been coming out with statements to the media about how a large number of the cases of extrajudicial killings of activists and human rights advocates have not been been perpetrated by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and paramilitary groups. They even try to pass off a certain number of cases as the doings of forces of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and its own forces.
These allegations are so very difficult to swallow given the victims, how they were killed, the statements of witnesses and other circumstances surrounding the case.