Sen. Jamby Madrigal’s unparliamentary language and disorderly behavior

Cavite Rep. Gilbert Remulla is right in filing complaints to Senate ethics committee against Senator Ma. Ana Consuelo Madrigal.

On May 8, 2009, Sen. Jamby Madrigal told in a TV interview that Remulla is “corruption king of Cavite.” It was so disgusting to hear a Senator saying inappropriate language like Jamby’s. Even Senators are liable of uttering malicious and highly inappropriate language. The remarks of Jamby further destroy the already tinted reputation of the Senate.

The Senate ethics committee must seriously look into this issue as it equally give weight on complaints against Sen. Manny Villar. Both Villar and Madrigal have accountability to the Filipino nation.

What happen to some Philippine senators?
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Senate inquiry on sex video scandal: Out of direction, out of focus

Unless the Philippine Senate is a barber shop, the good senators should stop at once wading through the Hayden Kho – Katrina Halili sex video scandal.

On Thursday (May 28, 2009) a Senate committee led by Sen. Jamby Madrigal had an inquiry on the sex video scandal. This is after Senator Ramon Revilla Jr. delivered a privilege speech describing Dr. Hayden Kho as “a maniac, pervert of the highest kind, a predator who has no conscience nor respect for women.”

As expected Senators Ramon Revilla Jr., Jinggoy Estrada were present. These Senators, along with Jamby Madrigal are known to get into the center stage on issues with cinematic effect.

I was not surprised when Sen. Jinggoy Estrada and the committee insisted that the senate hearing must be publicly done. Lawyer of Dr. Hayden Kho appeal for a private (closed-door meeting). Of course the three senators who are all desperate to get close-up on camera will not allow to loss an opportunity to appear on national television.
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Manny Villar: Victim of political persecution?

Sen. Manuel Villar claimed that he is.

He complained that the ethics complaint filed against him is politically motivated. Obviously, whatever the politicians do are politically motivated. They are called politicians, aren’t they?

Let us make it clear the issue against Sen. Manny Villar is not only the double insertion of P200 million to an approved budget of C-5 road project. The biggest issue here is why C-5 road’s original plan was changed to traverse the properties of Villar. Because of this, Sen. Manny Villar and his wife, Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar gets benefited.

Of course, Senators Mar Roxas and Panfilo Lacson take this opportunity to put down Sen. Manny Villar as he is their biggest threat for their ambition in 2010. This is both about elections. This is also about exposing how politicians advanced their personal interest.

See? Elections benefit us in many ways. Political quarrels give us many opportunities to dissect politicians. At the same time, political war slows down our nation’s progress.

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Mass Media and Nanay Dionesia

Of course, Nanay Dionesia deserves to get some space and airtime as she shares the glamor her son, Manny Pacquiao‘s victory.

Dionesia Dapigran Pacquiao (Nanay Dionesia)

Dionesia Dapigran Pacquiao (Nanay Dionesia)

Lately, media attention to Nanay Dionesia has become nonsense.

I can forgive if reporters observe and report Nanay Dionesia’s camera-sought-after facial expressions during Manny’s fight  but I am disgusted with post-fight reports about Manny’s mother. There are even invitation, accordingly, to Nanay Dionesia, for TV program, movie, and product promotion.

Some reporters report rumor about Nanay Dionesia’s involvement to her DI (Dance Instructor).

There are talks about her outfit, Nanay Dionesia’s jewels, makeup, among others.

In summary, all are trivial, less important, and simply entertaining.

But why do Nanay Dionesia seemed happy with this extra-ordinary and annoying news coverage about her?

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Poets, Patriots, and the Trees

Trees teach me a hundred lessons – and still counting. I admire the strength of a tree. I am amazed at its patience, persistence, and perseverance. I honor its generosity to my race.

At home, I planted Molave Tree (Tugas) beside the fast-growing Narra which was planted by my father. The last time I visited home, I saw how Molave Tree which I planted four years ago grew. Its green leaves looked very gratifying.

Perhaps, trees are so inspiring that it nurtures and continuously nourish the poet’s spirit. Perhaps, trees is an epic that it motivates heroes to fearlessly shed their blood.

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RP to Myanmar: Release Aung San Suu Kyi immediately and unconditionally

At least the Philippines speaks its position on Myanmar‘s new charges filed against opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi just days before the expiration of her six-year detention.

The statement of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo on the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi at Insein Prison says, the Philippine Government is deeply troubled and outraged over the filing of trumped up charges against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her transfer to Insein prison, particularly when concerns have been raised regarding her health condition.

The Philippine government urge the government of Myanmar to resolve the matter speedily, and to release Aung San Suu Kyi immediately and unconditionally.

The new charges against Aung San Suu Kyi seems an indicator that Myanmar is not serious to carry out its own Roadmap for Democracy which has long been overdue.

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Ed Panlilio: from the Altar to Capitol and soon to the Palace?

Although expected, it was still surprising to see Gov. Ed Panlilio among five presidential aspirants during leader’s forum, Countdown 2010, hosted by ABS-CBN.

His presence had given me strong feeling that he has strong desire to be the next president. Gov. Ed Panlilio seemed to be inserting himself to the president-to-be short list.

Gov. Ed Panlilio

I thought the first Filipino Roman Catholic priest elected as provincial governor in the Philippines will continue to serve Pampanga, the province that gives him chance to get noticed in entire country. I imagined that Gov. Panlilio will campaign for his second term.  But I was fooled with my expectations that Among Ed will prove his worth in Pampanga provincial capitol and the worth of his suspension as priest.

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