Friday, October 26, 2007

Pardoning Estrada

When the only things that matter is power and staying in power, there will be no room to consider questions of right and wrong. Those who hold it desperately because of their greed for what power brings and their fear of their enemies' reprisal will do everything to keep it -- regardless of who or how many they need to intimidate, bribe or kill.

It took me over an hour to drive from Pinaglabanan to V. Mapa along N. Domingo. Both sides of this narrow street, that winds through San Juan and brings one in front of the Munisipyo, were overflowing with Estrada's adoring supporters -- people who make no difference between Erap the actor and Erap the jailed leader. 'Welcome home Erap!' reads one banner, as if Erap had really been gone and been out of their sight all these six years. (For a man jailed and charged with plunder, he was able to move in and out of his confinement -- we can't even say he is behind bars, because there were no bars surrounding him and the police assigned to guard him could hardly be considered his jailors as there was no jail but a mansion.)

I don't know if all these people understand or even care what a pardon is and under what circumstances it had been given.

Yesterday, after watching Acting Executive Secretary Ignacio Bunye read the Grant of Pardon, I went out of my office building and rode a cab home. The cab driver was listening to the early evening newscast on the radio and so I asked him what he thought about Gloria's act of pardoning Estrada. The cabbie said, "Tama lang iyan, talagang wala namang kasalanan iyang si Erap eh."

My neighbor, who was drinking his fifth bottle of Red Horse on the sidewalk infront of his house, offered me this opinion. "Sa pagpapalaya kay Erap, inamin na rin ni Gloria na nagkamali sila nuong inagaw nila ang kapangyarihan kay Estrada. Si Erap, walang ninakaw sa kaban ng bayan pero si Gloria at ang kanyang mga kakampi, gaya niyang si Chavit, eh lahat magnanakaw."

Friday, October 12, 2007

Beware of Quirino cnr. Osmena Highway

FORWARDED MESSAGE, pardon the grammar....
For the general commuting public, maging driver ka man o hindi....

Three days ago my driver had an encounter in this area. After dropping me off at work, the driver was on the south bound lane of South Super Highway near the home along the riles housing (near Sunday Machine Works and Designer Depot). As he came to a full stop at the San Andres intersection stoplight, a man approached the car's rear passenger side, grabbed the car's antenna and broke it. The man remained beside the car, apparently waiting for the driver to get down and confront him. Fortunately, the driver remembered my dad's warnings regarding these types of M.O.s and remained in the car. As the driver sped away, he noticed a group of men on the center island. It pays to be praning,
Yes, I have witnessed a similar incident, maybe about a month ago, and reported it immediately to Police 117. A young man tried to open the passenger door of the taxi in front of me. About three or four girls were inside the taxi at that time. Fortunately, the door was locked. I pass this route coming from Malacanang every night. Fortunately for me too, my car is heavily tinted so I am not easy prey. I shall call 117 again. I suggest you do the same. Although I don't know if that would really help.
Atty. Dara C. Acusar Assistant Secretary
Office of the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel
A similar incident happened to me along Quirino Avenue somew here between the Flying V gas station and Iglesia ni Kristo. 3 men approached my car IN BROAD DAYLIGHT! and SLOW TRAFFIC! and tried to open the back doors. Bumusina ako ng tuloy tuloy to BR ward them off. It's scary 'coz that area has no patrolling policemen. When they failed to open my car, they tried the other cars naman. I don't know kung may nabuksan sila. Then yesterday, while the PMAP rally was going on along Buendia cor. Ayala, as I was about to cross that intersection, two of the rallyists tried to open my car doors again. Again in BROAD DAYLIGHT! WITH A POLICEMAN AROUND! Hay, what the world has come to. I suggest you lock up and make a lot of noise to at least rattle those thieves.
mga tsong this really happend last wednesday, September sept. 10.... and i hope u would take time in reading this........ I came from makati and was driving along south super highway (osmena hiway) going towards manila area, nung dumating ako sa maliit na bridge before the DESIGNER DEPOT, ung maliit na bazaar of clothes (corner quirino ave and osmena hiway) , if ur coming from makati and u took bu endia or pablo ocampo, mauuna ung bridge before DESIGNER DEPOT ung nasa harap ko is a gold honda civic, all of a sudden may mga lumabas na around 6 or 7 guys who obviously look like squatters who reside along the riles and biglang tinambangan ung civic, pinagsisipa, pinagyug-yug, pinagkukutkot ung susian and they were successful in opening the doors, tapos nagulat na lang ako isa isa nilang nilabas ung mga gamit na nasa loob nung civic cds, bags, etc. im not sure kung ung driver is a girl or a boy , pero ung driver tinutukan ng kutsilyo... in short parang kinuyob ung civic, btw, ako and ung civic during that time(mga 830 - 9 pm) ay nasa right most ng lane... meaning right side lang namin ung lakaran ng tao..... after robbing... they immediately jump off the bridge and went away..... dami nakakita nun pero isang taxi driver lang ang tumigil to check ung condition ng driver.... nga pala, may oner na nasa harap ng katabi ng civic, sakay ay mga pulis, 2 lang ata yun,,, naka purple na uniform (manila police)...... i dont know kung nakita nila yung incident na yun....pero sa tingin ko naman makikita nila yun... natakot lang dahil 2 lang sila eh and their rusty pistols.... just a friendly warning mga tsong..... kung mag-isa kayo and mejo kita kayo sa loob ng kotse nyo (kahit ano pa yang kotse nyo, luma or bago) try to avoid muna if possible ung osmena hiway at night or better yet try to have another route kasi mejo nagpaparamdam na naman ung mga modus operandi na tulad nun dahil pasko na ulet. if any of u guys have contact sa manila police, paki inform naman sila or just spread this news.... its for all us naman eh... peace! *************************
Ingat kayo when passing through south super highway cor quirino ave. On our way home from Makati, we took buendia then turn right to south superhighway, it was only 8pm and it was drizzling. we were cruising fine but it was a slow moving traffic. right after san andres st, there are these buildings which are modern version of home along the riles (near the designers depot), my wife screamed because somebody was trying to open the car from her side. sensing that it was locked he moved to the back door and tried to open it likewise, we were stocked in traffic and i was stunned that i could not think of anything to do but just look at him. so when finally the traffic moved he also moved away casually tucking the gun in his belly and staring at me as if saying you are lucky you locked your door. thank GOD my wife is so makulit in reminding me to lock the door evertime we go. kaya to all you people beware of that place. Actually you should be alert & be cautious when passing through south superhighway all the way to nagtahan.
Karla Vanessa M. Redor
Always better safe than sorry... forewarned is forearmed... mga bro ingat kayo run, malapit lang ako nakatira dun kaya talagang totoo yung mga sinasabi rito, karamihan ng mga tarantado diyan nde mismo taga ilalim ng tulay (tapat ng sunday machine works) ginagawa lang nila taguan yun at takasan, mostly ng tulisan diyan mga taga-riles from Fabie, taga-Texas, taga-Muñoz, taga-Mataas na Lupa at mismo taga-riles (batangas line). uso rin ang agaw cellphone jan tsaka holdapan sa jeep lalo na sa riles ingat din kayo sa parking lot ng Designer's Depot kse yung iba doon naghahanap ng biktima (kase talagang madilim dun!) yan din ang isa sa mga reason kung bakit walang nakatira d un sa mga housing project na malapit dun dun sa tawiran sa kabila ng designers depot (yung maraming bata at totoy na nakatambay at yung iba nagbebenta ng sampaguita) wag din kayo tatawid dun dahil puro rugby boys and girls ang nakaupo run! ang masakit, walang ginagawa yung police detachment diyan! sana makatulong ng konti
KUNG KAYA NG BUDGET, around Php 2,000, palagay kayo ng SIREN HORN (Police Flasher lights bawal). Just sound the siren when passing along these areas.

Always Keep Safe and Healthy !
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