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SaNA 2011 by Teddy Casino July 30, 2011

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In my dream, the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) went this way:

Noon isang taon, sinabi kong walang wang wang. Natupad na po ang pangako kong iyon kayat hindi ko na uulit-ulitin pa, baka sabihin ninyong OA. Nais kong sabihin ngayon na higit sa usping wang wang, marami pang ibang nagawa ang aking administrasyon.

Una, bilang bahagi ng ating pagtahak sa daang matuwid, naipakulong na natin si dating Pangulong Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at dating First Gentleman Mike Arroyo sa mga salang plunder, graft at malversation of public funds. Nagpapatuloy pa ang kanyang mga kaso kaugnay ng electoral fraud, human rights violations at iba pa.

Nasa kulungan na rin sina Joc-Joc Bolante, Cito Lorenzo at ibang kasangkot sa GMA fertilizer fund scam; sina Ben Abalos, Virgilio Garcillano, Lintang Bedol, Zaldy Ampatuan at iba pang sangkot sa dayaan noong halalan ng 2004; sina Manoling Morato, Rosario Uriarte at mga nagpasasa sa pondo ng PCSO; at sina Efraim Genuino at kanyang mga alipores sa dating management ng PAGCOR.

Patuloy nating tinutugis ang mga may pananagutan sa pandarambong na naganap noong nakaraang administrasyon. Hindi natin sila tatantanan.

Ano naman ang hinaharap ng tuwid na daan?

Pinirmahan ko na bilang batas ang Freedom of Information Act at ang Whistleblowers Protection and Rewards Act. Itong dalawang batas na ito ang magtitiyak na hindi na mauulit ang karumal-dumal na nakawan at pang-aabuso noong mga nagdaang administrasyon. Ito ang magbibigay ng kakayanan sa ordinaryong mamamayan, ang aking mga boss, na bantayan ang sarili nilang gobyerno.

Sinibak ko na rin sa pwesto ang aking mga abusadong kaibigan, kaklase at kabarilan. Mantakin ninyo, gusto lang pala nilang palitan ang supplier ng kape sa PAGCOR na nagkakahalaga ng isang bilyong piso bawat taon. Yung isa nama’y gustong humalili sa Stradcom bilang eksklusibong kontratista ng LTO.

Natanto ko na rin na hindi porke’t walang korap ay wala nang mahirap. Kayat marami rin akong ginawa para baguhin ang sistema ng ekonomiya.

Tinanggal na natin ang VAT sa kuryente at langis. Epektibong naibaba ang presyo ng mga produktong ito at naidagdag sa bulsa ng mamamayan ang pera. Higit pa riyan, bumaba ang cost of production at nakaalwan sa presyo ng iba pang mga bilihin at serbisyo.

Sa kuryente ay binago na natin ang performance-based regulation ng Energy Regulatory Commission para ang konsyumer ay magbabayad ayon lamang sa aktwal na presyo ng kuryenteng ginagamit niya at hindi para mag-ambag ng kapital sa Meralco at iba pang distribution utilities.

Nananawagan ako sa Kongreso na madaliin ang batas para i-regulate ang power generation at ibalik sa kontrol ng pamahalaan ang TRANSCO. Kailangang ibalik sa ating mga kamay ang pagmamay-ari at kontrol sa napakahalagang sektor ng enerhiya. Inatasan ko na ang NAPOCOR na muling magtayo ng mga planta na magbibigay ng murang kuryente para sa lahat.

Tungkol naman sa langis, napabuksan na natin ang mga libro ng oil companies at napatunayang dinadaya nila tayo sa presyo at sa buwis. Dahil dito’y bumaba ng bahagya ang presyo. Napakababa pala ng ibinabayad nila sa income tax kumpara sa bilyun-bilyon nilang kinikita. Naman.

Hindi natin pinansin ang mga credit-rating agencies na wala namang ginawang tama. Kinausap ko isa-isa ang ating mga creditors at ipinaunawa ang pangangailangang ilimita ang pagbabayad ng ating utang batay sa ating kakayanan. Ngayon ay may sapat na tayong pondo para igugol sa pagpapaunlad ng sariling ekonomiya at pagbigay ng sapat at de-kalidad na serbisyo.

Pinahahalagahan ko ang pagtaguyod ng industriyang Pilipino. Sa ngayon, 90% na ng mga gamit na binibili ng gobyerno ay gawa sa Pilipinas, resulta ng ating bagong Filipino-first procurement policy. Dahil dito at sa iba pang programa ay lumalago ang pagmamanupaktura at napapahusay ang kalidad ng kanilang mga produkto.

May mga nagsasabing pinepersonal ko raw ang pag-angat ng kabuhayan ng ating mga magsasaka. Totoo po: Personal talaga sa akin ito. Kayat napakiusapan ko ang aking pamilya na ipamigay na ang Hacienda Luisita sa mga magsasaka, tutal ilang dekada na kaming nakinabang doon. Ngayon, maunlad at masaya na ang ating mga magsasaka.

Sa aking mga boss, kung may gusto pa kayong ipagawa, sabihin n’yo lang. Gusto ko, happy ka.#

FULL ARTICLE HERE

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The In-Glorious 2004 & 2007 Elections: The Militants Were Right July 29, 2011

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Seven years after the controversial and fraud-ridden 2004 Presidential Elections, the skeletons are again coming out of the closet– a purported deluge of truths and facts preserved in the heads of suspended ARMM governor Zaldy Ampatuan and former Maguindanao Election Supervisor Lentang Bedol, among others. They alleged and corroborated the events and the conspiracy leading to the 2004 and 2007 elections and ensuring that Gloria Arroyo and Miguel Zubiri in 2007 win the race.

Just the other day, several police officers floated and affirmed the truth behind the massive fraud claiming that they were directly involved in the switching of ballots inside the Batasan Complex where the Presidential Board of Canvassers convened and proclaimed Arroyo, et. al.

Without the benefit of judicial trial, public opinion again was refreshed by the idea that indeed there was fraud in 2004 and media commentaries fall on this hype. But seven years, hence, Arroyo is still in power and sits as representative of Pampanga, and still free of any charges initiated by government.

With these new exposes, our honorable senators and congressmen, with the exception of a few, right away pushed for investigations left and right for the sake of truth. But if you look closely, they are the same faces who in one way or another out-rightly defended Arroyo or played it safe, abstained, or preserved their asses from political complications then and decided to stay out of the picture, including the Liberal Party.

While in the streets, the militants and progressive groups led by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) are consistently calling for GMA’s ouster as against resignation calls by the late Cory Aquino and some social democrats. But some quarters suggested to just let Arroyo finish her term. While other people dismissed them. Despite public clout for her ouster, the trapos, the reactionary police and armed forces, including the CBCP were silent and in fact were made instruments of fraud and apathy.

And so seven year, hence, the Aquino regime is overwhelmed by the magnitude of corruption and shenanigans left by the previous regime. Those Filipinos who fall victim to complacency and apathy at the height of the call for Arroyo’s ouster couldn’t blame anything or anyone but themselves, for deliberately tolerating Arroyo’s abuses in power. For staying at home and just be updated of the news and posting updates in their Friendster and Facebook pages. They let history come to pass. For now, the reality is that the Filipinos was robbed of a genuine president, a senator and billions of pesos in corruption.

Move on. It’s easier said than done, when everyday people die in hunger or succumbed to treatable illnesses and children couldn’t go to school because of mis-allocation of budget and of course, corruption, you can’t just move on, and forgive and forget.

For the militants and progressive, social justice means accountability and prosecution. On the first day of PNoy’s term, BAYAN and other groups filed plunder cases against Arroyo, while other private individual and groups followed suit. One year after PNoy in office, no cases were pursued against the honorable representative of Pampanga. I don’t know what is timing for Ombudsman or DOJ, or maybe they are still hoping for a new kind of Truth Commission. But with the resources at his disposal, PNoy should once and for all, prioritize the prosecution and ensure conviction of Arroyo and her cohorts.

But until then, one thing is certain that seven years after the 2004 elections, the militants and progressive groups were right.

ROOKIE PLANKER July 23, 2011

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Verbatim: Hacienda Luisita row July 14, 2011

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Our action here today is not simply about Hacienda Luisita or a particular stock distribution plan. Our recognition of the right under the Constitution of those who till the land to steward it is the Court’s marching order to dismantle the feudal tenurial relations that for centuries have shackled them to the soil in exchange for a pitiful share in the fruits, and install them as the direct or collective masters of the domain of their labor. It is not legal, nor moral, to replace their shackles with mere stock certificates or any other superficial alternative.

Chief Justice Renato Corona, in his dissenting opinion in Hda. Lusita, Inc. vs PARC/DAR/AMBALA

Lord is Lord, not Lourd July 7, 2011

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This made my day! Screencap via my Tumblr: lordnomore.tumblr.com Really, the lady is a fan of Lourd De Veyra regardless of other’s profile and profile picture.

Press Release: Award winning Brazilian filmmaker-activist to attend 1st AGITPROP Film Festival in Metro Manila July 1, 2011

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With her film “Cultures of Resistance” to headline the 1st AGITPROP film fest, Brazilian filmmaker and activist Iara Lee confirmed earlier today that she would be personally attending the Metro Manila-based film festival.

As an activist, Iara works on peace and justice initiatives around the world (Click here for more info on Iara Lee). Notably, she was among the passengers of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, which was attacked by the Israeli navy last year after attempting to bring humanitarian aid to Palestinian refugees. She and her crew where the only ones to hide and preserve the recorded footage of the attack. The footage would be later released worldwide after a screening at the United Nations. (click here for the video)

Iara is currently working with the activist network, CULTURES OF RESISTANCE where her film of the same name is the central project.

Cultures of Resistance is the featured film at the 1st AGITPROP Film Festival’s opening night. The film is a documentary on different artists and cultural groups from around the world that take part in social movements by means of their art works. The film won several wards including Best Documentary at the Tiburon International Film Festival and Best Documentary on Human Rights at the Steps International Film Festival.

Meanwhile, other foreign filmmakers who have confirmed their attendance to the festival’s opening day are Malcolm Guy and Marie Boti of Canada’s Productions Multi-Monde; journalist and filmmaker Mustafa Kilinc of Germany; and Filipino-American filmmaker-activist Eric Tandoc.

According to AGITPROP Festival Director RJ Mabilin, they were surprised and overwhelmed at the turnout of the filmmakers who will be attending the festival. He said that they had little resources and are unable to fund the travel expenses of the filmmakers.

“This just shows how deep the solidarity is between the filmmakers who promote the same cause of social justice and change. This is one of the objectives of AGITPROP, to create a venue to consolidate filmmakers around the world that have taken the role of making films for genuine social change,” he said.

The 1st AGITPROP International Film Festival on Peoples’ Struggles will run from July 2-4 at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. The festival is being organized by the Southern Tagalog Exposure, along with other multimedia and cultural groups Mayday Productions, Tudla Prodcutions, and Concerned Artists of the Philippines, Free Jonas Burgos Movement, the Artists’ Arrest and Kodao Productions.