Friday, August 27, 2010
Enough is enough. This is simply too much. We have been brutally ostracized as a nation because of the crime of one demented police officer and the incompetence of the police assault team of Manila. We have offered apologies and have bowed down our heads. But the people of Hong Kong and China want more. They disparaged our President and our country as a whole and even insulted our people. This is just too much. Our leaders must stop acting as if we are a vassal of China. When Pinoys became victims of unwarranted acid attacks in Hong Kong did we protest? When tons and tons of illegal drugs are unloaded in our shores from China and when those who were arrested maintaining shabu laboratories came from China, did we protest? And when Chinese illegal poachers raided our Philippine seas taking with them endangered species and when they are peremptorily released by local authorities due to pressures from China, did we protests? When China unilaterally occupied part of The Spratly islands and made incursions as deep as Palawan whom PGMA almost gave to China and Vietnam (presumably for oil exploration) did we protest? When Chinese businessmen regularly engaged in smuggling of all sorts of goods to the detriment of our local industry, did we protest? Let us stop behaving like we are a slave to China and Hong Kong. We have given all apologies and ask for their forgiveness and that is enough. Let us not let them bash our country and our people to the ground.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Trust is something so elusive in this world. It seems that we cannot fully trust everybody including ourselves. How many times have we been hurt because those we trusted with all our heart betrayed us? How we cried and spent sleepless nights because of the cruel betrayal of our trust? And how many times we were so disappointed with ourselves because we were not able to keep our promises? Why? Because we are finite beings, unable to be faithful in every way and in every circumstances. Because we have been swayed by the machinations of the evil one. And when we succumb to his temptations, we hurt ourselves and our loved ones as well. The only Being we can trust wholeheartedly, and who will never ever break our trust, is God. He is faithful and true to the very end and He never lies. He is always patient with us and understand our weaknesses and our proclivity to sin. That was why He sent His only begotten Son to save us from ourselves and from the corruption of this world. We must understand the weaknesses of man and must not expect 100% trust and confidence in him and in ourselves as well. Only God is truly trustworthy and is faithful to the very end.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Last night, nine people died in a drama laden hostage taking crisis in Manila, Philippines that was seen all over the world via the major news networks. A disgruntled Manila police officer- Rolando Mendoza, who was axed from his post as chief of Manila Police's Mobile Patrol Unit in 2008 after he was charged with robbery and extortion or the so called hulidap practice of some policemen of planting evidence and seeking pay off from the victims. The hostages were all children from Hong Kong accompanied by elderlies and parents for their overseas field trip. The hostage taker demanded that he be reinstated to his former job. The negotiations lasted from 10 in the morning to 8 in the evening when elements of the SWAT team stormed the parked tourist bus. After the smoke of gun fire cleared, the hostage taker plus 8 hostages were proclaimed dead. The survivors of the carnage are being treated at nearby hospitals. Hong Kong immediately issued a total travel ban advisory to its citizens against going to the Philippines. Just a couple of days ago, a Korean missionary was shot dead for refusing to open his car window during another robbery hold up. Oh shame on us. We are again at the forefront of negative news around the world. Let us all pray for the Philippines and the Filipinos.
Sourced at: GMA News.TV
Manila Hostage Crisis Video