Vol. II No. 72
October 24-30, 2011
RONALDO E. RENTA
TOTO C. CAUSING
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IT’S THE GLORY OF DEATH
−196 °C (the boiling point
of liquid nitrogen) – onlya semen sample has sur-vived in 22 years.After 22 years, that se-men sample has to breatheits last and is no use for human fertilization.Marcos’ remains will
denitely look fresh seem
-ingly sleeping tight notlike semen that should bethrashed after 22 years.But for the dead body of Marcos, he should be giv-
en a dignied burial even
as a simple man, not onlyfor the fact that he was a part of the nation’s histo-ry, no matter how bad that part was.The stand of
is, if indeed theMarcoses want to burytheir dead, let it be buriedto his kingdom come: inIlocos Norte.There, no one andnothing would be of-fended. There, he will be judged. Whether he wason the wrong side of his-tory, let all the childrensomeday learn and say so.Bongbong is now asenator and he is the sena-tor of the whole State. Sothat means he should actfor the State and not for his family’s sake.Be a statesman, Bong- bong. By becoming oneis to ensure that one’s actsare in congruence with theinterest of the State for a peaceful country.Bongbong knows thatabout half of the Filipino population is against the proposal to bury his father at the Libingan ng mgaBayani.As a statesman, heshould look at the entiresituation not on strengthor weakness of the argu-ment that his father did amorally and legally dig-
nied job to the country.He should listen to the
passion against his father.Bongbong should notforce the issue of whether his father is a hero or not.
He should rather let others
say so. After all, a personis a hero or not dependson the reputation of that person. Reputation meanswhat others say of that person; it is not what per-son says of his self.Bongbong should notinsist on whether P-Noyhas no word of honor for refusing to bury FerdinandSr. at the Libingan ng mga
Bayani. He should listen
to the word of the peoplethat is always honor-able because they are thevoice of God. After all, itis the word of the peoplethat matters and not of P- Noy’s.The bad blood betweenthe Marcoses and theAquinos are not materialhere.Bongbong should not be swayed by the pain of
their hearts. He should
listen to others’ hearts.Most importantly,Bongbong should remem- ber that he is a senator. Assuch, he is not only a sena-tor of those who voted for
him. He should know he
is also a senator of thosewho did not vote for himand who are still angry athis father.Being a statesman hasnever been to wipe awaythe pain in one’s self. Itis for one not to cause dis-turbance to the peace andquiet of the State even tothe point of pain to one’sself.The better rule of pru-dence is for him to do ei-ther of the two things: (a)to bury his father in Ilocos Norte; or (b) to keep thatdead body refrigeratedforever.After all, the better actof a statesman is to give
a sacrice. So why notmake a sacrice if you re
-ally love the Filipino andnot only the “loyalists”?Presidents ManuelLuis Quezon, Sergio Os-meña and Ramon Mag-saysay were buried some-where else. People look high on them.The real 14th PresidentFernando Poe Jr. was bur-ied only at the North Cem-etery. But he is revered as“The King.” Ninoy Aquino was bur-ied at the Loyola Memo-rial Park beside another president, President Cory.But he is called a hero andhis wife a democracy icon.Jose Rizal was buriedat the Luneta. But we alllook at him as the Nation-
Andres Bonifacio waskilled and buried in themountains of Maragon-don, Cavite. But we alsoagree that without Rizalhe is undisputedly the
“King of Heroes.”
Lapu-lapu was buriedin the place we do noteven know. But history
makes him the First Hero.
Sultan Kudarat was buried in an unknown place. But he is our hero,too, for giving his life for the country just to driveaway the Spanish coloniz-ers.
Hashim Salamat was
buried in the hills wedon’t know. But he isundoubtedly the hero of the Bangsamoro peoplewho are also the country’s people.Turn back the page of time and know whether Bongbong’s father de-serves to enter the gateof the Libingan ng mgaBayani that says: “I do notknow the dignity of his birth, but I do know theglory of his death.”Ferdinand Marcos is best or worst rememberedas the late strongman andhis wife Imelda as the
“Iron buttery.” Their
powers are best memo-rized by the phrase“con- jugal dic-tatorship.”The late strong-man declared martial lawon September 21, 1972 by virtue of Proclamation No. 1081 that he twistedand tweaked to his likingand he succeeded by usingthe law of force and notManila International Air- port upon his returnfrom a long exilein the UnitedStates.The wors-ening politicalturmoil that fol-lowed forcedBongbong’sfather to call asnap electionthe force of law.The stronghold of theMarcoses, including theyoung Bongbong then,shook hard when Benigno“Ninoy” Aquino was as-sassinated on August 21,1983 at the tarmac of thethat he won in February1986. But the massiveelection fraud drove themasses to install Corazon“Cory” Aquino to power.It is not the burial place. It is the glory of death.
Kwok diamonds looted!
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diamonds, other precious pieces of jewelry and loosestones.The PASG raidedKwok’s condominium
unit at Pacic Place Con
-dominium, Amethyst St.,Pearl Drive, Ortigas Cen-ter, Pasig City.Kwok, a British nation-al, was said to have beencaught red-handed as shewas going about her busi-ness of selling and trad-ing diamonds and other precious stones in OrtigasCenter, Pasig City.The PASG said the bust came after a PASGoperative pretended to bea buyer of diamonds whilesurveying the place of business of Kwok.The PASG further saidthat with a search war-rant issued by the ManilaRegional Trial Court, itsteam led by Police Senior Inspector Carl Joseph B.
Jaucian and Police Ofcer
III Florante Azur raidedthe condominium units of Kwok and seized assorteddiamonds, precious stonesand pieces of jewelrysecured in two securityvaults.The PASG said it wasdiscovered that Kwok didnot have any business per-mit from the barangay or the Business Permit’s Of-
ce of Pasig City.
The PASG added thatshe also did not issue re-ceipts for all her sale trans-actions.The PASG said its veri-
cation with the Depart
-ment of Labor and Em- ployment established thatMs. Kwok had no Work-ing Permit, making hereviolate her visa.
It was reported thatKwok slipped through theeyes of PASG agents be-cause their hands were fullat the diamonds and their eyes were amazed seeingthe brilliance they never saw before.It was also reported thatthe PASG was only lucky because the Bureau of Im-migration (BI) was timelyalerted that its agents man-age to apprehended her onimmigration violations.When she was arrested,Kwok posted bail beforethe BI.In other words, she wasarrested two times.Through his lawyer Bonifacio Alentajan, Al-
pha Kwok led a com
plaint before the Ofce of
the Ombudsman against
PASG ofcers led by now
Dangerous Drugs BoardChairman Antonio “Be- bot” Villar, Jr.This even led to accu-sation of Alentajan that hewas mauled by a deputy
ofcer of Villar.
These reported eventswere culled from newspa- pers’ and columnists’ ac-counts.
Doing business by reer-rals
It was known thatKwok did business only by referrals.During her stay inthe country for 17 years,Kwok traveled more than170 times to and from
In all those years, her
business must have our
-ished because she man-aged to stay that long andlive in a high-end lifestyle.
Devaluation o values oseized diamonds
To dertemine the genu-iness of the seized pre-cious gems, a licensedgemologist was hired bythe PASG to help in theinventory of the seizeddiamonds.It was learned that the
value was pegged at rst at
half a billion pesos.On August 14, 2009,the PASG claimed that theappraisal of less than onethird of the whole lot wasP100 million pesos.Thus, the diamondslost their luster.From that claim of theappraiser, the PASG de-clared that the total valuewas only P250 million.
Looting pieces o smalldiamonds
It was reported thatthe reason the values of the diamonds seized werereduced in terms of thenumber of carats was thatagents of PASG pocketedsmall pieces.Some of them thereafter acquired luxury sports util-ity vehicles.Actually, supportingthe report that agents stolesome pieces of the dia-monds is the fact that thePASG had been reportedto be involved in raids andarrests that were intenselyquestioned.The PASG was alsoquestioned for the escapeof the owner of the bigchunks of shabu worth bil-lions of pesos seized insidethe Subic Freeport.That was so, althoughthere were reports point-
ing to SBMA ofcials as
the culprits who allowedthe captured shabu bearer to escape.In many other inci-dents, there were groups of importers and brokers whorose against the PASG for being robbers and raiderswithout any legal basis.It was also gathered by
top ofcials of the PASG
nearly came to duel over acts of one protecting an-other’s catch.In one incident, one of-
cial went inside Villar’sofce, shouted at another ofcial being talked to by
This incoming ofcial
shocked Villar and this of-
cial with the shout: “Bu
-munot ka, barilan na langtayo!”After recovering fromthe surprise, Villar told the
two ofcers to allow himto leave rst and let them
settle their scores at eachother inside with only thetwo of them.It was learned thatwhen one of the two of-
cials raided and appre
-hended smugglers andsmuggled goods, the other
ofcer would order thesame agents on the eld to
let go of the arrested per-sons and goods.In other incident, the
other ofcer would arrest
the smugglers protected by
that ofcer who made the
challenge to a duel.It was not known how
Villar pacied his two of
Kwok was perceived asa true-blooded smuggler.She was said to haveadmitted she was alsothe same Kwok Siu Tingcaught for unlawful impor-tation of assorted jewelry atthe Ninoy Aquino Interna-tional Airport on March 8,1997.She was also said tohave also admitted shewas apprehended and in-vestigated by NAIA Cus-