13 - 19 december 2010Volume XXVIII
Issue no. 30
cial Welfare Sec. Dinky Soliman has been the implemen
tor of the very same program since the Arroyo adminis
tration.As far as addressing corruption is concerned, Presi
-dent Aquino seems to be encountering a lot of difcul-ties. Sure, he has exposed during his State of the Nation
Address and later to the media, alleged anomalies his
new Cabinet has unearthed, but the publichas yet to see one big sh prosecuted.
His other moves such as the revocationof midnight appointments of the Arroyoadministration and the creation of a TruthCommission have been blocked by the Supreme Court.
Worse, his close friend Interior Undersecretary RicoPuno was linked to jueteng payoffs and President Aquinorefused to have him removed. This was followed bythe bungling of the August 23 hostage-taking incident,which exposed the ineptness and corruption plaguing the
country’s police forces.
President Aquino made his rst act forward con-cerning human rights only this December 10 when heordered the withdrawal of charges against 43 detainedhealth workers collectively called as the Morong 43. Butthis was only after the Morong 43 staged a hunger strike
and calls for their release from local and international
groups were intensifying. Before that, President Aquino
adamantly refused to lift a hand to effect their release bysaying that it is up to the courts to decide. The last time
he was hounded by the issue of the Morong 43, President
Aquino, visibly irked, told journalists to please stop ask
ing him about the issue.
But the practice of extrajudicial, summary andarbitrary killings continues, claiming the lives of 22
more activists. The military’s latest victim Leonard Co,
a renowned botanist, and his two companions who weredoing a research on tree varieties, were killed just for be-ing in an area where soldiers were supposedly conduct-
ing their operations.As for social justice issues, the attitude of the Aqui
-no administration toward the Hacienda Luisita agrar-ian dispute, which involves President Aquino’s family,speaks for itself. Likewise, the government’s handling of the Philippine Airlines and the ABS-CBN labor disputesshows that nothing much has changed.
President Aquino is still enjoying a net satisfaction
rating of +64, according to a November 27-30 Social
Weather Station (SWS) survey. This, said the SWS,
shows that the Aquino administration is “having a nor-mal honeymoon period,” which was also enjoyed by his predecessors. Another way of interpreting this is that theFilipino people are still expecting a change in their lives.
Pessimism and frustration have not yet crept in.
But if things do not change from the way they are,and the Aquino administration would still take the sametrack as his predecessors, a lot would change next year,
especially because of the impending hikes in toll fees,
MRT-LRT train fares, the continuous rise in oil prices,
and the piling up of cases of human rights violations and
social injustices. And this change would not come from
the Aquino administration, but in the people’s attitude
toward the government and the way the people would
react to issues affecting them.
By BenJie oliVeros
t Pc, a Ca gaCma l
After suffering for nine yeArs
administration of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the Filipino people went out en masse to trashher candidates and reject what she represents when theyvoted last May 2010. When the result of the May 2010elections was announced, a collective sigh of relief was
felt throughout the country.
Who would not feel relief after nine
years of being bombarded by corrup
tion and bribery scandals left and right,after hearing so many cries for justice
of victims and relatives of extrajudicial
killings, enforced disappearances, torture and other hu
-man rights violations, after constantly ghting for our civil liberties lest it be taken away by the Arroyo admin-istration, and after seeing and feeling how the people’sincomes have eroded and poverty has worsened amidthe glowing economic statistics being churned out by the
Arroyo government’s spin doctors?
The trashing could have been sweeter if not for the
plethora of opposition candidates. Benigno Aquino III
won by a clear plurality of votes from his nearest rivalformer president Joseph E. Estrada. It would have been poetic justice if Arroyo’s chosen one was defeated by a
clear majority of votes cast. Nevertheless, the changing
of guards was a most welcome development.Benigno Aquino III was able to ride on the people’sanger against former president Gloria Macapagal-Ar-
royo. And the fact that his father the late senator BenignoAquino Jr. and mother former president Cory Aquino
were known for standing up to the late dictator Ferdi-
nand E. Marcos catapulted him to the presidency. Aquinodeclared his presidency at the most opportune time, after his mother Cory’s death. Thus, his campaign slogan of
change and his promise that his administration would bethe direct opposite of the much-hated Arroyo administra-
tion earned him the votes.During his inaugural address, President BenignoAquino III made some bold promises of stamping out
corruption and abuse of power, seeking justice, and of addressing the concerns of the poor, who he calls his“boss.” What was sorely lacking then was a policy dec-
laration concerning human rights. President Aquino even
made a show of making his convoy stop at stoplights and
not use sirens.During his State of the Nation Address, President
Aquino declared his “solution” to the ailing economyand the cash-strapped government: engaging in “Public-Private Partnerships” (PPP). This is no different from the“Build-Operate-Transfer” (BOT) and concession agree-
ments entered into by previous administrations, since thetime of the Cory Aquino administration, or the Financialor Technical, Assistance Agreements (FTAA) provided by the Mining Act of 1995. These agreements merely
circumvent the patrimony provisions of the 1987 Consti-tution to be able to open up otherwise protected sectors
of the economy such as mining, infrastructure, commu
nication and transportation, basic utilities and services,among others to foreign investments.He also unveiled his program to address poverty:Conditional Cash Transfers (CCT). The CCT program
was started by the previous Arroyo administration. So-
This is the rst coloring and activity book on the devotion to Our Lady of Penafrancia. It introduces the history, tradition and meaningof the devotion in a way suited to young hearts and minds. It is alsofor parents and teachers to help them share the devotion to the nextgeneration.Devotees have the solemn duty to nourish, preserve and sharethe devotion to all peoples. This book is a means to promote thedevotion not only across borders, but also across age groups. Thefuture lies in the hands of children and what better way to ensure thecontinuous growth of the devotion but through them.The illustrations and activities, specially designed for the veryyoung, invite children to recognize the relationship between one’sfaith in God and the devotion to Ina. The activities usher them to anunderstanding of the devotion’s role in their young lives. Parents’ as
sistance is recommended in some activities.It is hoped that this book assists children to nd the devotionas a way to deepen one’s faith and to appreciate the devotion as amoral compass in their daily experience.Written and published in celebration of the tercentenary of thedevotion to Our Lady of Penafrancia during the episcopacy of MostRev. Leonardo Z. Legaspi, O.P., D.D., Archbishop of Caceres.
MAGPARTISIPAR SA MGA ouTReAch AcTIvITIeS.
Kadakol kan mga outreach activities ngunyan na panahon.
Puwedeng magbisita sa mga may kahelangan, o idtong mga nasa presohan. Puwede man na makikawat sa mga aki sa orphanage
o mga gurang sa home for the aged. Kadakol sainda an dai nanakakaibahan an mga partidaryo o mahal sa buhay asin an imbong
nin simpleng pagbisita sainda nagdodolot man nin labi-labing
Makikanta sa para-karol.
Maginsiring sa mga akisa panahon nin pagkamundagkan Kagurangnan.
sa pagkanta kan mga
aki sa mga harong. Alagad dai naman maki-amot sa panao o sa
pisong tinatao kan mga kagharong. Kun matibay ka o hilig mong
magkanta, puwede mo man tabangan magpraktis tanganing dai
bilot, sala sa tono, sala an lyrics asin siriblagan an mga kanta.
Magtabang sa paglinig asin pagdekorar sa sadiring harong.
Makiheras sa pag-setup kan Christmas tree, belen, mga krismaslights, wreaths, asin manlaen-laen pang dekorasyon. Siguraduhonna de-kalidad an mga de-kuryenteng decors tanganing malikayanan katibaadan sa panahon na dapat kuta nang nag-oorogma. Dai namagpirit magbugtak nin snow ta dagdag saná iyan sa ati sa harong.Mayo man pating snow sa Pilipinas. An pagdekorar sa harong puwedeng magin creative exploration, basta dai saná magin over.
Mag-misa de gallo sa laog nin siyam na aldaw.
ini sa mga maykahagadan—gustong magka-girlfriend, boyfriend,
foreigner na partner, makapasar sa board, gustong magkacellphone,iPad, laptop, asin huring regalo ni Santa Claus. Kun nasasakitan
magmatá sa maagahon, puwede man makibayle nguna sa mga plasa.
Dai ini required pero tibaad makatabang; kun dai nakakatabangasin nakakaraot pa logod, hare. Hinanyogon an sinasabi kan padi,
maghorop-horop, bakong si kataid na nagpupungâ iyo an pagpasa-
Magbasa nin nobela o ano man na gibong arte.
Huruhalawigan bakasyon sa Pasko, puwedeng gamiton an panahon paramagrelax-relax. Alagad masakit an magbeach o excursion ta
medyo nakakatakig an lipot sa baybayon, orog na masakit kun
mag-uran pa nin makosog. Puwedeng magbasa nin mga nobela.Puwedeng balikan an mga klasik, poon ki Dickens sagkod ki Joyce, puwede man mga maoorag na nobelang Filipino poon ki SionilJose sagkod ki Alvin Yapan. Magayon na igwang nababasa-basa,nakakatuninong nin isip, nakakapa-isip, nagdodolot nin mga bagong
Mag-ala Santa Claus sa mga aki.
Kun may katabaan na arog
ko, puwedeng magpatahi nin Santa Claus outt. Dawa dai nang barabas ta minsan rinarabnot man saná kan mga aki. Mamakal ninmga dulse, sitsiriya, mga kurukawatan, mga librong pang-aki, asiniba pa; puwede ining ipanao sa mga aking nagbabaray-basay. Imbesna kuwarta, mas marhay na gamit o kakanon na saná, siguradong
may padudumanan. Dai na maglusot sa mga chimney. Mayo man pati digding chimney sato. Tibaad mamaluan pang parahabon.
Ipasyar an mga aki sa harong (o sa kataid na harong).
Puwedeng maghatod kaogmahan sa pirang kaakian an pagdarasainda sa sinehan. Siguraduhon na pang-aking pelikula man andadalanon, bakong si mga baradilan asin horror. Kadakol pang-
aking movies ngunyan ta panahon nin Pasko. Bakalan naman sindanin popcorn and juice, bakong bubblegum ta ipapadukot yan sa
tukawan. Herak man kan masunod na madalan.
Pasyaran an mga magurang kun sinda dai kaibahan saharong.
Sinasabing an Pasko panahon na magtiripon an mga pamilya. Kun dai kaibahan sa harong an mga magurang o mgakagugurangan sa pamilya, maogmang bisitahon sinda. Nagtataosainda ini nin maogmang panahon. Bako idtong pagmateng garo
nagkarilingawan na. Bakalan nin kakanon, handaán. Siguraduhon
na malulumoy na kakanon, idtong pasil sapaón, ta an makarakan
may-edad na. Ipamate sainda an pagkamoot, minsan saná man, biyo-biyoon na.
Magdalan nin mga feel-good na pelikula.
Tandaan, feel-good. Bako idtong mga pelikulang nakakawara kan espiritu ninKapaskuhan, halimbawa, bako idtong mga pelikula ni Caparas. Puro
masaker idto, mabuyong may eksenang Pasko, masaker pa mangiraray. Pilion man idtong mga pelikulang nagdadara nin magian na
pagmate, lipot, magaya-gayang disposisyon sa buhay, positibong
paghiling sa maabot na panahon—idto ining mga pelikulang pagdinadalan kun summer, feeling Pasko pa giraray.
Paghorop-horopan an mga nangyari sa nakaaging taon asinman an mga puwedeng mangyari sa masunod na taon.
Magbalik-tanaw sa nakaagi. Arin an mga bagay-bagay an muya mongipadagos, arin si mga dai na. Halimabawa, ipapadagos mong mag-
amay sa trabaho, magbalon pangudtuhan, magdagdag kaaraman,magin malinig, asin iba pang nakakatabang sa sadiri. Asin ontokonnaman an pagigin maurí, matumang, pusikit na pakitsismis,
parapang-atum sa pagtaraid, pag-ikit, asin iba pa. Puwede man pag-
isipan an mga bagong bagay na boot mong gibohon, arog baga kan
pagtipon kuwarta tanganing makapag-space tour, o makapag-voice
lesson para sa planong youtube video.An mga ini sampolo sana, in fact, daing kaseryosohan. Tinuyo
tanganing tawan nin ganan an kagianan asin gayon nin pagmatengdara kan Kapaskuhan. In short, mag-enjoy kita. Sarong panahonsa halawig na taon saná. Itolod an karahayan huli ta an omboy nanamundag sa Kapaskuhan sarong marhayon na Dios asin tawo.Maogmang Pasko sa gabos!
Si Vic Nierva nagba-blog sa http://aponihandiong.blogspot.com asin minasuporta sa http://lupikontradam.blogspot.com.