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Mabuhay Issue No. 931

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Vol. 30, Issue No. 31 July 31- August 6, 2009
Vol. 30, Issue No. 31 July 31- August 6, 2009

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Mabuhay
LINGGUHANG PILIPINO MULA PA NOONG 1980
ISSN–1655-3853 • JULY 31 - AUGUST 6, 2009 • VOL. 30, NO. 31 • 12 PAHINA • P10.00
SALAMAT AT PAALAM
Ama ng dating Panguloisinilang sa Malolos
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I WANT to believe that my enthu-siasm for history was due to thefact that my parents saw the pass-ing of Ninoy Aquino’s funeral cor-tege near Monumento while I wasstill in my mother’s womb. But it’smore believable to think that it isbecause I grew up during the timeof the downfall of the dictatorshipand the so-called “new democracy.”This period in our history was em-bedded in my consciousness becausethe important events of People Poweralways played on television. Becauseof this, I became a great fan of thepresident of People Power, carrying her photograph and shouting hername, “Coree! Coree!”. And then, as a second year studentat the University of the PhilippinesDiliman, I finally got a chance to meetand interview Former PresidentCorazon C. Aquino for our Commu-nication III under Prof. MelanieMoraga-Leaño. With HendersonGercio, Bryan Clark Hernandezand Emmalyn Sagum, I inter-viewed Mrs. Aquino on March 12,2009 in her office at the 7th Floorof the Jose Cojuangco and SonsBldg.in Makati City. Excerpts:
Life as former president
I come to the office everyday. And meet with people and do myletters here. … Then I also look
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“Nagpapasalamat ako sa inyonglahat, lalo na sa Panginoong Diyos,at ikinararangal ko na ginawa niyaakong Pilipino na katulad niyo.” — Cory Aquino
NILISAN na tayo ni Tita Cory!Ito ang maling balita na na-tanggap ko mula sa isang estudyanteko habang ako ay nagtuturo noong 24 Hulyo 2009. Sa araw na iyon,marami ang umiyak. Mali ang balita,pero may nasilip akong bagong pag-asa sa sama-samang pananalanginpara sa kalusugan ng dating pangulo.Noong hapon na iyon, nakasakay akong taxi sa Vito Cruz nang makakita ako ng isang padyak na may mala-laking dilaw na ribbon. Naiyak ako.Hindi pa pala nakakalimot ang mga tao.Kanina, sa ganap na 5:48 ng umaga, ang aking kaibigang si Ayshia ay ginising ako sa telepono ng isang masamang balita — Nilisan na tayong tuluyan ni Tita Cory sa oras na 3:18 ng umaga. Nakapaligid ang kanyang pamilyang nagdadasal ng rosaro, sa ikalimang misteryo ng Hapis.Habang isinusulat ko ito mula ditosa Tarlac, at maging sa Maynila,makulimlim at panaka-naka ang ulan, maging ang langit ay nag-luluksa sa kanyang pagkawala.Bilang isang batang lumaki sa panahon ng Kapangyarihang Bayan(People Power), inspirasyon ko si Tita Cory. Sinisigaw ko ang kanyang 
sundan sa pahina 9
“KAKAMPI po ako ng katotohanan,” ani Pangulong Cory Aquino sa kanyangmensahe nang dumalo siya sa misa’t panalangin sa parokya ng Birheng MedalyaMilagrosa sa Project 4, Quezon City noong Oktubre 7, 2005. Basahin angkabuoang mensahe ng dating pangulo sa pahina 2.
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MALOLOS — Sa lalawigan ng Tarlac isinilang ang yumaong si Pangulong Corazon “Cory”Cojuangco-Aquino noong Enero 25, 1933,ngunit kinilala siya bilang isang Bulakenya atpinagkalooban ng parangal na “Natatanging Dangal ng Lipi” ng Bulacan noong 1988.
Batay sa tala ng Provin-cial Planning and Develop-ment Office (PPDO), uma-abot na sa halos 200 Bula-kenyo ang pinagkaloobanng parangal na “GawadDangal ng Lipi.” Ngunittatlo pa lang ang tumang-gap ng parangal na “Nata-tanging Dangal ng Lipi”kaugnay ng taunang para-ngal na “Dangal ng Lipi.” Ang “Natatanging Da-ngal ng Lipi” ang pinaka-mataas na pagkilalang ipi-nagkakaloob ng pamaha-laang panglalawigan ng Bulacan sa kanyang mga anak. Kung walang naka-abot sa pamantayang iti-nakda sa nasabing para-ngal, “Gawad Dangal ng Lipi” ang ipinagkakaloobng Kapitolyo.Bukod kay Pangulong Cory na pinarangalan no-ong 1988, ang dalawa pang 
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Ala-ala sa pagpanaw ni Cory Aquino
ENERO 23 ng taong 1989 nang ipagdiwang ni Pangulong Cory Aquino ang kanyang ika-56 taong kaarawan sa lalawigan ng Bu-lacan. Narito ang aking naisulatsa aking kolum sa isyu ng 
Mabuhay 
noong Enero 25, 1989.
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HANDANG-HANDA na ang ba- yan ng Malolos sa pagdating niPangulong Corazon C. Aquinongayong araw na ito (Miyerkules)upang bisitahin ang mga liveli-hood project sa lalawigan ng Bulacan.Maging ang pamahalaang pan-lalawigan sa pangunguna ni Gob.Roberto M. Pagdanganan ay aba-lang-abala sa pagdalaw ni Pangu-long Cory na nagkataong nagdi-riwang ng ika-56 na kaarawan.Sa makasaysayang simbahanng Barasoain magsisimba si Pa-ngulong Cory kasama ang kan- yang mga anak at cabinet mem-ber sa ganap na ika-8:00 ng umaga.Pagkaraan ng misa ay dada-lawin ng Pangulo ang lumang bahay ng mga Cojuangco sa Pob-lacion ng Malolos kung saanisinilang ang kanyang amang si Jose Cojuangco Sr. at ayon sa ilang matatanda ay bininyagan sa Simbahan ng Barasoain.Makikipag-dialogue ang Pa-ngulo sa mga businessmen ng lalawigan na gaganapinsa HiyasConvention Center at tuloy maki-kipag-usap kay Gobernador Pag-danganan tungkol sa mga pro- yektong bayan ng lalawigan.Tutuloy ang Pangulo sa bayan ng Hagonoy kung saan bibisitahinniya ang mga garment factory,Bulacan Garden at ang PrawnProcessing Plant sa BaranggayHangga. Talagang masipag itong si Pangulong Cory, kahit kaara-wan niya ay hindi nakakalig-taang bisitahin ang kanyang nasasakupan.Sana naman ay tularan siya ng mga taong nakapaligid sa kanya upang tuluyang umunladanga ting bansa.Maligayang Kaarawan po,Mahal na Pangulo, nawa’y lagikayong tugaygayan ng pagpapala ng Ating Poong Lumikha.
Pagdalaw ni Cory sa Bulacan
 ALAS-SAIS pa lamang ng umaga abala na ang mga namumuno sa lalawigan ng Bulacan sa paghi-hintay ng pagdating ni Pangu-long Corazon C. Aquino. Alas-otso pasado na ng umaga nang lumapag ang helicopter na kinalululanan niya at tumuloy sa simbahan ng Barasoain kung saan siya nakikinig ng misa.Pagkatapos ng misa ay nag-tuloy ang Pangulo sa Hiyas Con-vention Center kasama ang ha-los lahat ng kayang Kabinete atnakipag-dialogue sa mga chair-man ng Regional DevelopmentCouncil sa buong bansa, mga businessmen, at ng pamunuan ng Philippine Chamber of Com-merce and Industry. Sa pagsasali-ta ng Pangulo ay kaniyang sinabina pinili niyang Bulacan ang pag-dausan ng kanyang kaarawanupang alamin ang mga suliraning bayan ng kanyang ama at bisi-tahin ang mga small business atpaunlarin ang mga ito sa tulong ng pamahalaan. Bakas sa kan- yang anyo ang kasiyahan.Ipinagbigay alam ng pangulona may dala siyang P3 milyong tseke para sa lalawigan upang ma-gamit sa mga proyekto, kasama na ang P1.2 milyon na nauukol sa mga kooperatiba at livelihood pro- ject ng may mahigit na 100 nag-sisipagbalik-loob na mga rebelde.Kanya ring pinasalamatan ang mga investor sa lalawigan na siyang pinakamalaki sa buong Gitnang Luzon sa taong 1988.Binigyang-diin ng Pangulo ang kanyang hangaring magkaroon ng isang milyong trabaho para sa taong 1989. Ito’y para lamang sa nasa labas ng Kalakhang Maynila.Sa dami ng kasama ng pangu-lo ay ilan lamang ang aming naki-lala. Sila ay sina Defence Secre-tary Fidel V. Ramos, Trade Sec-retary Jose Concepcion Jr., Natu-ral Resources Secretary Fulgen-cio Factoran, Health Secretary Alfredo Bengson, Social WelfareSecretary Mita Pardo-De Tavera at Cabinet Secretary Ping De Jesus.
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Sa pagpanaw ng dating pa-ngulong Cory Aquino, nagluluksa rin ang mga Bulakenyo. Mana-natili siyang nasa puso at diwa ng mga Bulakenyo.Paalam, Tita Cory.
Cory: Kakampi poako ng katotohanan
BALIKTANAW
: Narito ang mensahe ni Dating Pangulong Cory Aquino na kanyangibinahagi nang paunlakan niya ang paanyaya ni Fr. Robert Reyes na dumalo samisa’t panalangin sa kanyang parokya sa Project 4, Quezon City, sapagdiriwang ng kaarawan ng Birhen ng Banal na Rosaryo, ika-7 ng Oktubre.Una itong inilimbag sa sipi ng
Mabuhay
noong Oktubre 7-13, 2005.
 — Patnugot 
FIRST of all let me thank Father Robert Reyes for inviting meto join you in this evening of prayer for peace and enlighten-ment.During these difficult times it is fitting that we Filipinos cometogether at the spiritual level. Individually and collectively, weneed to re-affirm — before God, before ourselves and before ourfamilies — the fundamental values that we hold and cherish,the values that define us as Christians and as Filipinos.In the current state of social conflict, we hear many voicesand viewpoints. To see through the confusion, we have to beclear about “what” we believe before we can determine “who” tobelieve. Unfortunately. This is not as simple or as easy as it soundsthese days. Discerning right from wrong, good from evil, is nolonger as clear as telling black from white. For example, in a situation where several choices present themselves, how manyof us would be content with opting for the “lesser evil.” Whenmany people routinely do something that we know to be wrong.Does that make it right? If we believe that an objective is good,would we accept any means — including vile methods — toachieve it?If we resign ourselves to a value system where everything isrelative, then our nation is condemned to perdition. Forget aboutpolitical stability or economic progress. As Rizal said over a hun-dred years ago, any society built on weak moral foundations can-not last.Through gatherings such as this, let us aspire to achieve moralclarity through prayer, introspection and discernment.
 Magdasal po tayo upang ating matamo ang kalinawan ng pag-iisip at kalinisan ng loob. Lahat po tayo ay mga tao lamang namay kanya-kanyang pagkukulang. Walang sino man sa atin angmakapagsasabing alam niya ang lahat ng kasagutan sa ating mga suliranin. Kailangan natin ang tulong ng Maykapal upang ilawanang ating landas.Sikapin nating wastuhin ang pinatutunguhan ng ating bayan sa pamamagitan ng tamang salita, diwa at gawa. Kapag tumagalang kasalukuyang krisis, alam natin na ang mga mahihirap angtiyak na pinakamabibigatan sa kanilang pamumuhay. Kaya’tmahalaga na ang may higit na biyaya sa atin ay magpamalas nghigit na pagmamalasakit sa mga naghihikahos nating mga kaba-bayan. Sa pamamagitan ng Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Foundation,nakikipagtulungan ako sa iba’t ibang sektor upang lumawak angmga micro-finance projects at ibang inisyatibo upang lumago angmga pagkakataon para makapaghanap-buhay ang mga mahihirap.Sa akin pong palagay, dito natin dapat dalhin ang People Power:manumbalik tayo sa Diyos at ating tulungan ang mahihirap upangmatulungan nila ang kanilang sarili.
The days of EDSA 1 and EDSA Dos are glorious moments toremember in our recent history, but we have to move forward.People Power would be meaningless unless the poorest Filipinosare empowered to uplift their lives and thereby strengthen ourdemocracy at its roots.Unfortunately, some quarters insist that I am trying to whipup another “People Power” revolution to oust the President. Thisis a gross misreading of my intentions. As I have said over and over again,
 I am not demanding the President’s resignation
.
 Hindi ko po pinipilit ang Pangulo na
sundan sa pahina 4
Doon po sa amin lalawigan ng BulacanMga kabanatang hindi malilimutanLunes pa lamang, si Cory ay ipinagpamisaEmpleyado’t opisyal ng Kapitolyo’y nagkaisa.Di pa natatapos ang misa’y may protesta namanDoon sa harapan ng gusaling panglalawiganMagsasakay nagpahayag ng pagtutolSa North Food Exchange di sila patol.Kahit iilan, maingay na nagsisigawAanhin pa daw ang damo kung patayna ang kalabawSabi ng Kapitolyo, mga iskawater iyanMagsasaka daw kanilang binayaran.Matapos ang protesta, agad na lumisanDoon sa Kongreso tumuloy nang pawisanSumanib sa mga kasamang nandoonBinatikos ang pahayag sa State of the Nation.Doon naman sa panglalawigang piitanIbinalik ang pagdalaw sa mga nasa piitanMga bilanggong maysakit nagsigaling naSakit na A H1N1 napigilan.Ngunit pagdalaw ay may limitasyonLabing limang minuto lamang bawat sesyonMaging mga bata’y ipinagbabawalNa dumalaw lalo na kung walang salawal.Kinabukasan, araw ng MartesMga Bulakenyo hindi nakatiisSONA ni Arroyong PanguloSa pananaw nila’y ang gulo-gulo.Sabi ng 14 sa 15 BulakenyoHindi raw sila magogoyoKaunlarang ipinagmalaki’y kasinungalinganDahil daw patuloy ang kahirapanPresyo ng bilihin ’di pa raw bumababaKaya’t mamamaya’y nakukubaKung hindi raw magtitiis sila matutumbaDahil sa pamamahalaang malatuba.Sumunod na araw, Miyerkoles na kasiya-siyaKinondena dalawang opisyal ng pulisyaNanindigan Bulakenyong mamamahayagSa diwa ng malayang pamamahayag.Hamak na mamamahayag inakusahanSangkot daw sa video karerahanNa minsa’y inutos ni Gob na rendahanMakina’y dinurog pa sa harap ng bayan.Sabi ng mamamahayag walang basehanAkusasyon sa kabaro’y patunayanOperasyon ng video karera’y duruginHamak na mamamahayag ’wag usigin.
sundan sa pahina 8
Promdi
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Makasaysayang isang linggo
BALIKTANAW: Narito ang komen-taryo ni Gracianus R. Reyes sa kanyang pitak na may pamagat na 
Tabi-Tabi
na unang inilimbag sa siping 
Mabuhay 
noong Agosto 7, 1983.
 —
 Patnugot
 ANG mukha ng pamahalaan aymay dungis, kaya kinakailanganang paghihilamos. Mula noong panahon ng Kastila hanggang sa ngayon, ang tingin ng taong bayan sa pamahalaan ay ma-rungis. Ang salitang pulitika aynaging marumi, sapagkat kapag binanggit ang salitang iyan, ang kahulugang sumasaisip ay pagsa-samantala.Ngunit kung tutuusin, ang pagsasamantala ay laro lamang ng mga oligarkiya na kasabwatng mga pulitiko. Ginagamit nila ang pamahalaan upang mapagsa-mantalahan ang taong bayan. Ang taong bayan naman ayhindi galit sa sistema ng pama-
Paglilinis sa pamahalaan
halaan kundi sa nagsasaman-talang opisyales o mga kawani na naroroon sa kanlungan ng pama-halaan. Kaya hindi makuhang buwagin ang sistema; at sa halipna baguhin iyan, pinapalitan na lamang ang mga opisyales sa pamamagitan ng halalan.Ngunit sa halalan, mayroonding kalokohan na gawa ng mga ambisyosong mayayaman, atito’y walang patid na dayaanhanggang humantong sa pata- yan. Kaya kanya-kanya sila ng mamamatay-tao. Taong bayanang nahihirapan. Pati inosente aynadadamay.Bago ibinaba ang 
martial law,
ang halalan ay larawan ng dig-maan ng mga dambuhala. Ang maliliit ay naaapakan na lamang na parang damo at nayuyurakanpa kung nakatatalisod.Malaking kabawasan sa ka-lokohan ang nagawa ng martiallaw. At hindi lang iyan, ang sistema ng pamahalaan ay na-bago. Maaaring hindi pa nain-tindihan ng balana, ngunit sa bandang huli, maiintindihan din.Ngayon, gaya ng nabanggit sa simula, mayroon pa ring karu-ngisan ang pamahalaan sa tinginng taong bayan.Habang unti-unting naghi-hilamos ang pamahalaan — nili-linis ang sariling bakuran, inaalisang hindi karapat-dapat na ma-nungkulan, at sinisikap na big- yan ng pagkakataon ang mga maliliit — unti-unti rin ang pagbabago ng pagtingin ng taong bayan sa pamahalaan.Dahan-dahan naiintindihanna ang pamahalaan pala ay naka-gagawa rin ng kabutihan para sa balana. At gaya ng nasabi, nawala ang mga awayan ng mga dam-buhala, at nawala ang kanilang sistemang paggamit ng taong bayan upang sila ay makapag-
sundan sa pahina 11
 
JULY 31 - AUGUST 6, 2009
Mabuhay
LINGGUHANG PILIPINO MULA PA NOONG 1980
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Stark irony
Regarding Henry
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Cebu Calling
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Virtues and celebritiesThe making of salted eggs
SAN FRANCISCO — Filipino- Americans fret over a stark irony.Martial law fears have resurgedprecisely when Corazon Aquino,who sparked “People Power” intosmashing Marcos dictatorship,battles cancer.This irony will dog PresidentGloria Macapagal Arroyo whenshe meets President BarackObama on July 30. So will Fil- American activist Melissa Roxas’abduction.Under Leila De Lima, theonce-flabby Commission on Hu-man Rights pieced together thesix-day snatch and torture of Roxas. The evidence confirms theState Department’s annual hu-man rights reports of impunitythat cloaks abductors and tortur-ers, both military and insurgents.Majority (58%) of Fil-Ameri-cans voted for Obama. The 2007census tallied 3.1 million Filipi-nos in the U.S. They’re the sec-ond largest Asian Americangroup. Almost half of Filipino im-migrants cluster in this state.Hawaii, New York, Illinois andNew Jersey account for smallerTHIS is still a dream struggling hard to become a crisp reality.Imagine if our celebrities, insteadof showing off their inanities, fri-volity and the like, become mod-els of virtues, showcasing themany aspects of these ideal hu-man qualities! At the moment, it sounds veryunbelievable, quixotic, even im-possible, but there’s always hopein our world. We need to put teethinto that hope by making a con-certed and sustained effort to cre-ate a culture of virtues in ourworld of media, entertainmentand showbiz.Of course, all this should bepursued on the basis first of allof spiritual and supernaturalmeans of prayer, sacrifice, sacra-ments, doctrine. But all the hu-man means, like the virtues andall the way to the art and skill of making war, should not be ne-glected either.Perhaps, an immediate task isto do some thorough houseclean-ing, especially in the papers, TV and other major media outlets.By now, we should be aware of therotten excuse that because of freedom, right of expression, cre-I STUMBLED over this wonder-ful commentary about how we’reraising our tech-savvy childrentoday. Although it was in my e-mail archive dated 2005, I believeit is still very timely.I have yet to discover the au-thor of such an intellectuallychallenging work. The commen-tary is entitled: PEOPLE OVER35 SHOULD BE DEAD NOW. Ithink it would be appropriate tochange 35 to 40 by now, but themessage will be clearly much thesame and here’s why.* * *“According to today’s regula-tors and bureaucrats, those of uswho were kids in the 40’s, 50’s,60’s, or even the early 70’s prob-ably shouldn’t have survived.Our baby cribs were covered withbright colored lead-based paint. We had no childproof lids onmedicine bottles, doors or cabi-nets, and when we rode our bikes,
Forward to Basics
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‘Unplugging our kids’
I AM very much inspired by thewarm response of my readers tomy offer of teaching local commu-nities about computerizing thedelivery of public services by wayof low cost hardware and soft-ware. To those who are not tech-nologically savvy, I would like toexplain that in my offer, I wastalking about using open sourcesoftware like Linux, and free ap-plications software that will bedonated by some advanced localgovernment units (LGU).In reality, the computerizationof public services delivery doesnot really require rocket science.Most of the LGUs could actuallyafford it, except for those at thelow end, the fourth class and thethird class municipalities. Most of the barangay units could not af-ford it however, and this is wherelow cost machines and freewarecould be most useful.Linux and all the otherfreeware have been around for a long time, but it was previouslyvery difficult to maintain thesesystems, because these were nottoo user friendly. Over the yearshowever, these freeware haveevolved to a point wherein ordi-nary users could actually main-tain these on their own. In addi-tion to that, online tech supportis now available.
Fair & Square
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ative and artistic rights, etc., wecan just show anything in themedia.No, sir! These rights and free-dom need a clear foundation of truth and sense of responsibilityto spring from. Otherwise, theybecome a spout of licentiousness,a source of malice and evil in alltheir varied expressions andsubtle forms.There has to be a better un-derstanding of these human pow-ers and privileges that have of-ten been misused and abused. Atthis time, with all that we haveaccomplished as well as the direlessons learned from sad experi-ences, we should already knowthe delicate character of theseprivileges.They have at least dual effects,good or bad, and in betweenthem, endless possibilities andvariations and combinations thatwe should try our best to rein in,control and direct properly.There are signs we have lostcontrol of these crucial humanelements, and we just allow our-selves to be at the mercy of chance. This latter thinking isnaïve, because things are neverhappen purely by chance. Theyare ruled, if not by us, then byhigher spirits, that is, either byGod or the devil, to be simplisticabout it.I cannot understand, for ex-ample, why everyday newspapersshould highlight the escapades of so-called sex-kittens and brutehunks, their strange peculiaritiesand idiosyncracies, etc.They seem to glorify vanityand to flaunt a certain disturb-ing notion that at some point,certain people, precisely the ce-lebrities, can be above moral con-siderations. They can do any-thing in public and for public con-sumption without having to ac-count for it.One time, while in a taxi, Iheard over the radio the driverwas listening to, songs withclearly risqué lyrics embedded indouble-meaning words. And theannouncer was reeking with flip-pant commentaries soaked withsexual innuendoes. All this, donewith an air of impunity!Ok, it’s all very easy to com-plain, and we should not stopthere. We need to build, to con-
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we had no helmets. (Not to men-tion the risks we took hitch-hik-ing.) As children, we would ridein cars with no seatbelts or airbags. Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day wasalways a special treat. We drankwater from the garden hose andnot from a bottle. Horrors! We atecupcakes, bread and butter, anddrank soda pop with sugar in it,but we were never overweightbecause we were always outsideplaying. We shared one soft drinkwith four friends, from one bottle,and no one actually died fromthis.”“We would spend hours build-ing our go-carts out of scraps andthen rode down the hill, only tofind out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve theproblem. We would leave home inthe morning and play all day, aslong as we were back when thestreetlights came on. No one wasable to reach us all day.”“NO CELL PHONES!!!!! Un-thinkable! We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes,no video games at all, no 399channels on cable, movies on vid-eotape or DVD, surround sound,personal cell phones, personalcomputers, or Internet chatrooms. We knew how to chatwithout the Internet. We hadfriends! We went outside andfound them.”“We played dodge ball, andsometimes, the ball would reallyhurt. We fell out of trees, got cutand broke bones and teeth, andthere were no lawsuits from theseaccidents. They were accidents.No one was to blame but us. Re-member accidents? We had fightsand punched each other and gotblack and blue and learned to getover it.”
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Computerization is not the beall and end all of local public ser-vices delivery. Computers aresimply just tools for people to use,so it is very important that theusers of these tools are alsoequipped to use these tools, andthat should start with the appre-ciation of what these tools coulddo. The fact is, there should ac-tually be manual systems inplace. If there are no manual sys-tems, there is nothing to comput-erize.Due to the response that I gotfrom my offer to help, I am going to make sure that we could sus-tain this upgrade program assoon as we start it. Yes you readme right; this is really just a pro-gram to upgrade the quality of governance in the LGUs, down tothe lowest level of the barangay.I think however that the key tothe sustainability will be thepeople, the people who will usethese systems, and the peoplewho will maintain these.Having identified people asthe key, I will now talk to the or-ganizations that will be helping us in this upgrade program, mak-ing sure that the time tested bal-ance of resources in computeriza-tion will be in place, referring tothe balance of manpower, infra-
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Upgrade Philippines
numbers.“We fought the Marcos Con- jugal Dictatorship,” three womenleaders said over dinner.”Whatmakes the Arroyo Conjugal Au-tocracy think it can undo whatCory stands for?”They oppose scrubbing 2010elections, martial law or panickycharter change. They scoffed atthe idea of installing Ms. Arroyoas
 caudillo
in a “transition revo-lutionary government”.Security Advisor NorbertoGonzales peddled the transitory junta idea to the Supreme Courtchief justice. But Justice ReynatoPuno rebuffed him and, by impli-cation, Gonzales’ shadowy prin-cipal — the President.How deeply do Fil-Americansfeel about these issues? Scientificstudies are few and far between.Kids here are like youngstersback home. They have no memo-ries of martial law. Their worldis of anchored freedoms. A 
des-aparecido
, like Jonas Burgos, isbeyond them.Ranks of those who foughtMarcos are thinning. Those whosign up with the Overseas Absen-tee Voting Secretariat are few butarticulate. Ex-defense secretary Avelino Cruz’s July 22 warning,before the Integrated Bar, how-ever, stoked concerns of many.Leading presidential aspirantsvow “to prosecute President Ar-royo and First Gentleman Mike Arroyo after she steps down,”Cruz noted. A president, whostays too long, is tempted to re-sist leaving. She fears losing con-stitutional immunity. What aboutthe First Gentleman’s de-factoimmunity? Cruz didn’t delve intothat. Will the President snip termsfor today’s heads of key ArmedForces services?, Cruz asked.That’d “pave the way for the riseof PMA Class of 1978. They could“run the security apparatustasked to secure the 2010 elec-tions?” Armed Forces leaders assureus PMA class 1978 will be spit n’polish professionals. Did they for-get the “Rolex 12”? Or MilitaryCommission No 1?
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 ALTHOUGH it ranks secondonly to chicken for egg and meatproduction, duck is also an impor-tant sub sector of the Philippinepoultry industry. It provides em-ployment and income-generating opportunities for Filipinos, par-ticularly those in the rural andmarginal areas. Among the avian species,ducks are considered the mostadaptable because they thrivewell on almost all kinds of envi-ronmental conditions. They needsimple, less expensive, and non-elaborate housing and rearing facilities.Ducks can be fed a variety of foods, such as rice, cassava, copra,corn and fruits; they have thenatural tendency on foraging ongreen legumes, algae, aquaticweeds, fungi, snails, earthworms,maggots and insects, which re-duce feed cost. They can also beused to control golden applesnails, which serve as pest to riceplants in some parts of the coun-try. And, since they live longerthan chicken, farmers can al-ready make a profit in the second year of laying (the Mallard duckor
itik
lays an average of 250 eggsin one year of laying). Anotheradvantage is the longer intervalrequired for the replacement of stock.Duck production is one of themost profitable livestock indus-tries in the Philippines mainlybecause of its egg which can bemarketed through differentchannels. But one disadvantageof duck eggs is that the have a fishy odor and flavor which mostpeople don’t like. This is the rea-son why most duck eggs are pro-cessed into two major Filipinodelicacies:
balut
(a fertilized egg with a nearly-developed embryoinside that is boiled and eaten inthe shell) and salted egg (
itlog namaalat
). Although
balut
is very popu-lar not only in the Philippines butin other parts of the world as well,salted egg is now well accepted byconsumers. In fact, it is a com-mon feature in Filipino dining table especially during breakfast.It can be eaten along or withsteamed rice or mixed in saladstyle with diced tomatoes and on-ions.Salted egg is also used as aningredient in pastries and top-pings on breads and other bak-ery products, especially bibingka.In China (where it is eaten withcongee), the yolk of salted egg ishighly prized as it is used inmooncakes to symbolize themoon.Eggs contain nutrients essen-tial to our body’s growth and de-velopment. Salted egg is packedwith nutrients. Compared tofresh egg,
balut
,
 penoy
, or centuryegg, salted egg is highest in cal-cium (120 milligrams), carbohy-drates (4.4 milligrams), ash (202milligrams), and thiamin (0.74milligram).So popular is salted egg thatFilipinos who are now living orworking abroad are looking for it. A study conducted by Dr. Jovita M. Datuin, of the Don MarianoMarcos State University showedthe Philippines is already export-ing processed duck products in-cluding salted eggs to Kuwait, Arabia, Peninsula, Bahrain, andeven the Trust Territory in thePacific Islands.Traditionally, salted eggs aremade from duck eggs and couldtake up to 3 weeks to prepare.They may be processed using a salt and brine solution, or saltand clay. In brine solution, themixing proportion is one and one-fourth cups of table salt dissolvedin one liter of water.Salted egg makers boil thewater with salt. After boiling,they allow the solution to cool.Then, they pour it over the duckeggs in a container until all theeggs are submerged. They then
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