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Monday, August 1, 2016

"Change" is Coming

Nagbayad ka sa eleksyon sa Mayo gamit ang boto mo, pero sabi ng tindero, ang "sukli ay paparating"

Critical Thinking 

Before you read the rest of this entry, I want the readers to know about critical thinking. Something that is missing in today's society be it in the West or in the Western wannabe countries such as the Philippines. Critical thinking is the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgement.[1] An "objective opinion", is the opinion of someone who doesn't already have strong feelings about a subject, and who won't gain or lose anything because of the decision.[2]

In a society where hero-worshiping, bandwagonism, political turncoats, patronage system, and "machismo" culture rolled into one, I really doubt that "critical opposition" or "objective opinions" will ever get a chance to voice their opinion simply because the majority doesn’t know what true democracy is, doesn’t know what their fundamental rights and have no idea what is written in the Constitution.

As in the case today in the Philippines, if you say something that is critical to President Rodrigo Duterte, the fanatics will label you as pro-criminals, pro-drug pushers rather than someone who is entitled to an opinion. To them, freedom of speech only applies to those who share the same beliefs or ideologies. It's very much the same as in the West, modern liberals are the biggest practitioners of double standard hypocrisy that promotes free-thinking but very intolerant to anybody that doesn't share their opinions.

“In case of dissension, never dare to judge till you've heard the other side.” ~Euripides, The Children of Herakles

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” ~Aristotle, Metaphysics

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"Change" is Coming

Like the old saying, "Rome wasn't built in a day!"

I don't believe that the new President will be able to eliminate criminality and corruption within 3-6 months but I do believe he will be able to reduce crime and corruption for the next six years. No man is perfect, corruption is part of human nature even the richest countries in the world have some form of corruption in their own societies and cultures. We don't get to see it of course simply because of the high quality of life of those countries compare to the Third World and we are too blind with our Western wannabeism culture. Corruption in morality is quite rampant in the Western world and we are trying too hard to be the most westernized country in the Asian region.

I also don't believe in hero-worshiping like what some of Duterte's hardcore supporters and fanatics has been doing on-line who felt proud of themselves on small trivial matters such as the president buying a new pair shoes or eating food in cariendera. A lot of them are just the typical bandwagon-type that supported the winning candidate or the winning team and I wouldn't be surprise if a lot of them are former yellowtards (Aquino worshipers) themselves. A lot of these bandwagon-type of supporters are quite sensitive and defensive. They find it offensive whenever a person or an organization asked a simple question or anything that is critical to their leader. These are the kinds of supporters that were the loudest in triumph but the first to turn their backs when the team is down.

The term that triggers these fanatics is "human rights". The moment a person or an organization mention "human rights", it instantly triggers the fanatics to childishly call out the person or the organization and accusing them of being pro-criminals. Human rights is not just for the victims... definitely not just for criminals but human rights is for everyone. Unfortunately, many of these ignoramus doesn't even know their own rights be it man-made and natural rights. Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.[3] A Natural Right is based on a political theory that every person has basic rights that the government cannot deny. These basic rights include the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is important to point out that the word 'natural' can take on a few different meanings depending on the context. 'Natural' can mean being independent from society or, from a theological perspective, based on the obligations God has given man, such as the right to life based on the commandment 'thou shall not kill.' No matter what context the word 'natural' is derived from, the government or society cannot deny these rights based on any discriminatory factors such as age, gender, race, or nationality.[4]

Anyway, to be honest, I don't agree with some of Duterte's policies:

- Death Penalty should not be in the hand of the State especially in a fragile democracy. Although, I'm only partially against it because I believe heinous criminals such as rape-and-murder, human trafficking and slavery deserve a death penalty.

- Surveillance: If there's a one thing that I'm going to disagree with the Duterte administration -- it's surveillance. George Orwell's 1984 is supposed to be a warning, not an instruction manual.

"Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security deserve neither liberty nor security" ~Benjamin Franklin 

"Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you got nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say." ~Edward Snowden

- Communist Party: I got no problem with the President working with the left but to give them free reins in the cabinet without earning it is just plain, wrong. We basically spitting on the graves of every Filipino soldier who fought against and died in the hands of that terrorist organization. They basically earn those government positions by killing Filipino soldiers who we need more for national security instead of policing the provinces fighting these terrorists. There are much better alternative than those who advance their ideology through violence. We got moderate leftists who went through democratic processes that deserve to get those positions than these extremist criminals.


Extrajudicial Killing
 
"If a drug dealer resists arrest or refuses to be brought to a police station and threatens a citizen with a gun or a knife, you can kill him, shoot him and I’ll give you a medal." ~Rodrigo Duterte
 
 The most controversial of Duterte's policies is the bloody War on Drugs. The president has identified the drug problem is one of the main causes of poverty in the country and he is using the full extent of the Office of the President to eradicate drugs in the country.
 
One problem though is the encouragement of vigilante killings. Since the conclusion of the presidential election, long before the Porsche driver ended his term, there over 400 deaths related to the War on Drugs and many were done by vigilante killers. [See The KILL LIST]
 
These vigilante killers are either state-sponsored/hired assassins, hardcore Duterte fanatics who are dumb enough to misinterpret and took the words of Duterte out of context, drug syndicate assassins who are taking care of the loose ends to avoid traceability, and/or criminal themselves who are smart enough to take advantage of the "cardboard" system. They are getting out of control. Some of those that were shot dead were not in position to fight back. In Capas, Tarlac, a young mother was shot dead inside a jeepney by two motorcycle-riding cowards right in front of her children. She was not in any position to fight back. It was not even an attempt for citizen arrest she was just simply murdered. In Lapu-Lapu City, resort manager was shot dead by motorcycle tandem before taking her belongings away. In Manaoag, Pangasinan, a graduating college honor student, who had no history of drugs used, was kidnapped and shot dead by vigilantes (#JusticeForRowena). In Malabon Public Cemetery, a mother and her son were shot dead while celebrating the son's birthday. Even akyat-bahay victims were shot dead simply because a drug pusher hides inside their house without their knowledge.
 
Before Duterte becomes president, criminals ride motorcycles in tandem waiting for people to come out of the banks or ATM before killing and robbing them of their money. Now that Duterte issued a citizen arrest with order to kill if THEY FIGHT BACK, criminals use that statement as an excuse to legitimize crime and kill people. All they need to do is bring a cardboard that says "Huwag niyong tularan..." and the ignorant populace will just bought that crap.

We should let the Philippine National Police (PNP) do their job like arrest the criminals and bring peace and order. They are trained and paid to do that instead of letting vigilantes killing people left and right. We're solving a problem by creating another one.

This is not a dig against the President simply pointing out that not every corpse with a cardboard are criminals/drug pushers/dealers/addicts and not all vigilantes are legit nor represented the Duterte administration. Duterte himself is against it, "There will be killings. There will be a lot of blood. I’m up against criminals and criminal syndicates but I will assure you there will be no extrajudicial killing. I cannot gun down a kneeling man. There is no honor in it."

 


Charter Change

In order for the Charter Change to work, the government needs to take one step at a time instead of changing the political system in a hurry. First the government needs to pass the Anti-Political Dynasty Law and educate the people on why we need to change the constitution in the first place.

The main reason why a lot of people opposed charter change during the previous administrations was because of ignorance. Charter Change movements’ sole focus back then was to change the top without educating the people on why we need to change the charter. As a result, the traditional politicians, who were and are the main beneficiaries of the 1987 Constitution, were able to manipulate the people into believing that changing the charter means going back to the Marcos dictatorship.

It is important that we have to change the political mindset of the people especially when it comes to voting before changing the political system to federalism. There's no point changing it to federalism if we just ended up voting the same group of traditional politicians and the people keep treating elections as popularity contests or getting paid to vote. Corrupt politicians don't elect themselves, but the people are. In other words, corrupt people always vote for corrupt politicians.

Right now, the traditional politicians' main political party, the Liberal Party, are jumping on the Duterte bandwagon and are very much active in promoting federalism. The sooner that they change the system without educating the people, the easier for them to create a new federal constitution that protects their interests just like the 1987 Constitution. Without the Anti-Political Dynasty Law to stop those guys from hijacking true reforms we're just basically putting a blanket over the flaws of the 1987 Constitution instead of fixing the damn thing.

The faster they implement Charter Change the easier for them to get rid of President Rodrigo Duterte. We could've a Prime Minister under a Parliamentary Federalism that would demote the Office of the President into a ceremonial role without executive power or if we stick to American Federalism, Duterte will be force to abdicate the presidency and cut short his term since his mandate is not under the new constitution.

Let's educate the people first... let's educate ourselves instead of in a hurry to change a very flawed system with a blanketed one. You want to end corruption in our country then let's start with ourselves, with the people. Take responsibility and work hard to improve ourselves instead of relying on our political leaders to change our lives, to bring change. Leaders can only point you to the right direction or open the opportunity but it's up to you to step up! To take the first step!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Presidents of the Philippines

President Rodrigo Duterte
To commemorate the inauguration of the 16th President of the Philippines, Rodrigo "Digong" Duterte, I'm going to post here the line of succession to the Philippine Presidency from 1898.

Of course, there are some people who would like to argue and want to include Gat Andres Bonifacio, Macario Sakay and General Miguel Malvar to the list of Filipino presidents. That would make the list even more interesting and as a revisionist myself, I would love to. Except that, none of them shouldn't be in the list simply because they were not elected nor they were under a constitution. Personally, for me, the First Republic falls when Emilio Aguinaldo was captured in Palanan, Isabela. Andres Bonifacio and Macario Sakay only wants a "Tagalog Republic" and that means Ilocanos, Pampangos, Bicolanos, Cebuanos, and Maranaos were excluded. Plus, if we include the Presidents of the Tagalog Republics to the list, then we might as well include the President of the "Negros Republic" during the War of Independence. Lets make it more complicated, since at the time of the founding of Katipunan, the authority was the Spanish Colonial Government and if we recognized Bonifacio as President parallel with the Spanish Governor-General then we might as well include the president or whatever the NPA's appointing in their own "parallel government" in the Philippines.

Revising history is all right but revising it too much is not right. Next thing we know, Jose Rizal becomes the first President of the Philippines because La Liga Filipina inspired Bonifacio's Katipunan. Excluding them from the list of Presidents does not diminish their role in our history. Rizal and Bonifacio will always be among the founding fathers in our first attempts of nation building and they are certainly much greater heroes than anyone before and after them but to be a president, they must be elected. Heck, if I am going to revised the list of Presidents, Aguinaldo and Jose P. Laurel will not be in my list since the Filipino people did not democratically elect them and I don't believe in bullshits that we should have a "Filipino George Washington" but just as I said before, such extent of revision is just too much.

Anyway, here is the “Unofficial List of Philippine Presidents” (as of June 30, 2016, 12:00PM):

President Emilio Aguinaldo
Tagalog Republic (1896-1906)
  • Andres Bonifacio (August 1896-March 1897) not recognized
  • Emilio Aguinaldo (March 1897-November 1897) unofficial
  • Macario Sakay (May 1902-July 1906) not recognized

Biak-na-Bato Republic (1897)
  • Emilio Aguinaldo (November 1897-December 1897)

First Dictatorial Government (1898)
  • Emilio Aguinaldo (May 1898-June 1898) unofficial

Philippine Revolutionary Government (1898-1899)
  • Emilio Aguinaldo (June 1898-January 1899) unofficial

Negros Republic [American Protectorate] (1898-1899)
  • Aniceto Lacson (November 1898-July 1899) not recognized
  • Demetrio Larena (November 1898) not recognized

Republic of Zamboanga [Revolutionary and later American Protectorate] (1898-1899)
  • Vicente Alvarez (May 1899-November 1899) not recognized
  • Isidoro Midel (November 1899-March 1901) not recognized
  • Mariano Arquiza (March 1901-March 1903) not recognized
  • Isidoro Midel (March 1903) not recognized

First Philippine Republic [Malolos Republic] (1899-1901)
  • Emilio Aguinaldo (January 1899-April 1901)
  • Miguel Malvar (April 1901-April 1902) not recognized
President Manuel L. Quezon

American Commonwealth of the Philippines (1935-1946)

  • Manuel L. Quezon (November 1935-August 1944) re-elected in November 1941, term extended due to war, died in office
  • Jose Abad Santos (March 1942-May 1942) appointed by Quezon as ‘acting president’, unofficial
  • Sergio Osmeña (August 1944 -May 1946)
  • Manuel A. Roxas (May 1946-July 1946)

President Ramon Magsaysay
Second Philippine Republic [Japanese-sponsored] (1942-1945)
  • Jose P. Laurel (October 1943-August 1945) unofficial but recognized

Third Philippine Republic (1946-1972)
  • Manuel A. Roxas (July 1946-April 1948) died in office
  • Elpidio Quirino (April 1948-December 1953) also elected in November 1949
  • Ramon Magsaysay (December 1953-March 1957) died in office
  • Carlos P. Garcia (March 1957-December 1961) also elected in November 1957
  • Diosdado Macapagal (December 1961-December 1965)
  • Ferdinand E. Marcos (December 1965-September 1972) re-elected in November 1969

Martial Law [Second Dictatorial Government] (1972-1981)
  • Ferdinand E. Marcos (September 1972-June 1981) although martial law was lifted on January 1981

Fourth Republic of the Philippines [Second Dictatorial Government] (1981-1986)
  • Ferdinand E. Marcos (June 1981-February 1986) ousted by People Power I
  • Corazon C. Aquino (February 1986-March 1986)
President Fidel V. Ramos

Philippine Revolutionary Government (1986-1987)

  • Corazon C. Aquino (March 1986-February 1987)

Fifth Republic of the Philippines [People Power Republic] (1987-present)
  • Corazon C. Aquino (February 1987-June 1992)
  • Fidel V. Ramos (June 1992-June 1998)
  • Joseph Ejercito Estrada (June 1998-January 2001) ousted by People Power II
  • Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (January 2001-June 2010) also elected in May 2004
  • Benigno S. Aquino III (June 2010-June 2016)
  • Rodrigo R. Duterte (June 2016-present)






Philippine Presidents by Constitution:

Constitution of Biak-na-Bato (1897)
  • Emilio Aguinaldo (1897)

Malolos Constitution (1899)
  • Emilio Aguinaldo (1899-1901)

President Carlos P. Garcia
Commonwealth Constitution (1935)
  • Manuel L. Quezon (1935-1944)
  • Sergio Osmeña (1944 -1946)
  • Manuel Roxas (1946-1948)
  • Elpidio Quirino (1948-1953)
  • Ramon Magsaysay (1953-1957)
  • Carlos P. Garcia (1957-1961)
  • Diosdado Macapagal (1961-1965)
  • Ferdinand Marcos (1965-1972)

Philippine Constitution (1943)
  • Jose P. Laurel (1943-1945)

Philippine Constitution (1973)
  • Ferdinand Marcos (1973-1986)
  • Corazon Aquino (1986)

Provisional "Freedom" Constitution (1986)
  • Corazon Aquino (1986-1987)

Philippine Constitution (1987)
  • Corazon Aquino (1987-1992)
  • Fidel V. Ramos (1992-1998)
  • Joseph Ejercito Estrada (1998-2001)
  • Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2001-2010)
  • Benigno S. Aquino III (2010-2016)
  • Rodrigo R. Duterte (2016-present)

That’s the list of Philippine Presidents. Here is the “Official List of Philippine Presidents” (as of June 30, 2016, 12:00PM) without all the complication and technical stuffs from the above lists.
  1. Emilio Aguinaldo (1899-1901) [Magdalo]
  2. Manuel L. Quezon (1935-1944) [Nacionalista]
  3. Jose P. Laurel (1943-1945) [KALIBAPI]
  4. Sergio Osmeña (1944 -1946) [Nacionalista]
  5. Manuel Roxas (1946-1948) [Liberal]
  6. Elpidio Quirino (1948-1953) [Liberal]
  7. Ramon Magsaysay (1953-1957) [Nacionalista]
  8. Carlos P. Garcia (1957-1961) [Nacionalista]
  9. Diosdado Macapagal (1961-1965) [Liberal]
  10. Ferdinand Marcos (1965-1986) [Nacionalista/KBL]
  11. Corazon Aquino (1986-1992) [UNIDO]
  12. Fidel V. Ramos (1992-1998) [Lakas-CMD]
  13. Joseph Ejercito Estrada (1998-2001) [PMP]
  14. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2001-2010) [Lakas-CMD]
  15. Benigno S. Aquino III (2010-2016) [Liberal]
  16. Rodrigo R. Duterte (2016-present) [PDP-Laban]

As for the best presidents we never had, I could name a few people: Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Carlos P. Romulo, Jose Diokno, Ninoy Aquino, Jovito Salonga, Raul Roco, Richard Gordon and Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

#Brexit and the Hypocrisy of the Left

Ironic how the leftists/liberals, who professed to fight against income inequality and corporatism, protest the ‪#‎Brexit‬ in favor of bankers, big corporations and globalism. Then used "immigration" and the "race card" as excuses to cover their hypocrisy. Democratic processes such as referendum are only acceptable to them if it fits their agenda. Bunch of double standard hypocrites!






Note: I don't own any of these photos. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Wolf Lake TV Series (2001-2002)

Before Vampire Diaries, True Blood and whatever . . . there was Wolf Lake. It's a 9-episode series that was cancelled before they could finish the season. Some people might like it while others don't. I don't really care.

Seattle police detective John Kanin (Lou Diamond Phillips) finds his world turned upside down when his girlfriend Ruby (Mia Kirshner) mysteriously disappears one night after leaving his apartment. After months of searching, an anonymous tip leads Kanin back to Ruby's hometown Wolf Lake, a place where the residents are hiding a dark secret...

Episodes:

1. Meat the Parents
2. The Changing
3. Soup to Nuts
4. Tastes Like Chicken
5. Excitable Boy
6. Four Feet Under
7. Leader of the Pack
8. Legend of Lost Lenore
9. Unaired Pilot
10.If These Wolves Could Talk

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Gilas Pilipinas 3.0: The Road to Rio (2016 Olympic Games)

This is basically following the progress of the third generation of Gilas Pilipinas National Team Program (just like the original Road to London and Road to Spain articles). Unlike the original Gilas, the new team was mainly composed of professional players and some of them have already had international experience in the past. The new coach is the American-New Zealander Tab Baldwin who previously coached multiple national teams including the New Zealand Tall Blacks who finished 4th in the 2002 FIBA World Championship.

Anyway, some idiots in the Philippine media and public forums insist in calling the new batch that will play in the upcoming FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament as Gilas 4.0 but that is just bullshit and lack of common sense. We Filipinos just love to label everything. No wonder the country is... nevermind. Both 2015 and 2016 teams composed of the same core of players and national pool, under the same coach, and most importantly, got the same goal (that is to qualify to the 2016 Olympic Games). Gilas 1.0 was basically the Toroman era aiming for the 2012 London Olympic Games and likewise, the Gilas 2.0 was basically the Reyes era aiming for the 2014 FIBA World Cup. This time around is the Balwin era aiming for the 2016 Olympic Games... simple as that.

I have a lot to say about the team but if you are a fan of the Philippine national team and international basketball then there is no need for me to talk about it here.

National Head Coach: Tab Baldwin (USA/New Zealand)
Assistant Coaches: Jong Uichico, Norman Black (USA), Josh Reyes, Patrick Gregorio, Jimmy Alapag
Team Consultants: Tim Cone (USA) (unofficial), Chot Reyes (unofficial)
Team Captain: Dondon Hontiveros (2015), Jayson Castro (2016)
National Pool: Andray Blatche, Jordan Clarkson (withdrawn), Jayson Castro, Calvin Abueva, Gabe Norwood, Terrence Bill Romeo, June Mar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter, Jean Marc Pingris, Jeffrei Chan, Paul Lee, Lewis Alfred Tenorio, Troy Rosario, Greg Slaughter (injured), Ryan Jay Reyes, Matthew Allen Ganuelas (injured), Japeth Aguilar, Ranidel de Ocampo, Ian Sangalang, Moala Tautuaa, JC Intal, Sonny Thoss, Dondon Hontiveros (retired), Pauliasi Taulava (retired), Jimmy Alapag (retired), Aldrech Ramos, Gary David, Kiefer Ravena, Bobby Ray Parks Jr., Kelly Williams.

The Road to Rio (Schedule):
2015 South East Asia Basketball Association [SEABA] (Singapore), champions [Gilas cadets]
2015 Southeast Asian Games (Singapore), champions [Gilas cadets]
2015 Toyota Four Nations Cup (Tallinn, Estonia), 4th place
2015 William Jones Cup (Taipei, Taiwan), 2nd place (silver)
2015 MVP Invitational Cup* (Manila, Philippines), 1st place (gold)
2015 FIBA Asia Championship (Changsha, China), 2nd place (silver)
2016 SEABA Cup (Bangkok, Thailand), 1st place (gold) [Gilas cadets]
2016 Tune-Up (June 7): Philippines 81 - 70 Iran (Quezon City, Philippines) 
2016 European Tour Tune-Up (June 21): Turkey 103 - 68 Philippines (Istanbul, Turkey)
2016 Four Nations Imperial Basketball City Tournament (Bologna, Italy), third place
2016 Tune Up (July 1): Philippines 76 - 84 Turkey (Pasay City, Philippines)

2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Manila, Philippines), TBD
2016 FIBA Asia Challenge (Iran), TBD
2016 William Jones Cup (Taipei, Taiwan), TBD
2016 Olympic Games (Rio de Janiero, Brazil), TBD
[*] vs. Pro-Clubs
[Bolded] vs. National Teams

[*] vs. Pro-Clubs
[Bolded] vs. National Teams

Individual Honors:
  • Jayson Castro: 2015 William Jones Cup Mythical Five Award, 2015 FIBA Asia Championship Mythical Five Award
  • Matthew Ganuelas: Eighth in the Top 10 Alley-Oop Dunks of the 2015 FIBA Continental Championships
  • Andray Blatche: Tenth in the Top 10 Assists of the 2015 FIBA Continental Championships

 For more infos and healthy (intelligent... no crabbing) discussions of Philippine Basketball visit the Interbasket Forum (Philippines Section).

See Also:

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This is basically following the progress of the second generation of Smart Gilas Pilipinas (just like the original's Road to London article). Unlike the original Gilas, the new team was mainly composed of professional players and some of them have already had international experience in the past. Anyway, national team head coach Vincent "Chot" Reyes wisely used younger players from the college and PBA D-League level to play in minor tournaments.

I have a lot to say about the team but if you are a fan of the Philippine national team and international basketball then there is no need for me to talk about it here.
- See more at: http://theunknowngazette.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/gilas-pilipinas-20-road-to-spain.html#sthash.VdiJRvcw.dpuf
This is basically following the progress of the second generation of Smart Gilas Pilipinas (just like the original's Road to London article). Unlike the original Gilas, the new team was mainly composed of professional players and some of them have already had international experience in the past. Anyway, national team head coach Vincent "Chot" Reyes wisely used younger players from the college and PBA D-League level to play in minor tournaments.

I have a lot to say about the team but if you are a fan of the Philippine national team and international basketball then there is no need for me to talk about it here.
- See more at: http://theunknowngazette.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/gilas-pilipinas-20-road-to-spain.html#sthash.VdiJRvcw.dpuf
This is basically following the progress of the second generation of Smart Gilas Pilipinas (just like the original's Road to London article). Unlike the original Gilas, the new team was mainly composed of professional players and some of them have already had international experience in the past. Anyway, national team head coach Vincent "Chot" Reyes wisely used younger players from the college and PBA D-League level to play in minor tournaments.

I have a lot to say about the team but if you are a fan of the Philippine national team and international basketball then there is no need for me to talk about it here.
- See more at: http://theunknowngazette.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/gilas-pilipinas-20-road-to-spain.html#sthash.VdiJRvcw.dpuf

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Review: America's Dream Team: The Quest for Olympic Gold

 I read this when I was still in high school . . .  I stumbled upon it while browsing the local library for some other reason I can't remember.

Anyway, this book is basically the story of the greatest and most dominant basketball team ever assembled, the Original Dream Team. Everything you want to know, you already know, you didn't know about the team is in this book.

The team was composed of some of the greatest players ever to play in the NBA including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Almost every single one of them is either in the NBA 50 Greatest Players list or inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Heck, even the team itself was also inducted in the Hall of Fame back in 2010.

Definitely recommended to all basketball fans and collectors out there! #RIPChuckDaly

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Today is actually the 6th anniversary of this blog (I think?) but instead of celebrating it, I ended with a series of unfortunate events:

- Light bulb in my room killed itself off just when I'm getting ready for work.
- Measured product parts at work thinking it's the same job number all along only to realized just before home time that it's not. Ended up staying late and transferring measurement results from one sheet to another.
- My car doesn’t want to start. Tried to jumpstart it. Doesn't work. Co-worker tried to jumpstart it through his car. That too doesn’t work. 
- My phone thought that it's a good idea to kill itself off as well. Have to wait for it to be recharge before I can contact home.
- Tied the damn car to my dad's car and dragged it across Hornby with no lights on. Only positive thing about is my non-engine one hand maneuvering skills... lucky to missed out the morning rush though.


Update: At least I won the meat raffle at work the next day.

*****

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Filipino "Game of Thrones" is over!

The Filipino "Game of Thrones" is over!


With 16,601,997 votes, Rodrigo Duterte will not only become the first Mindanaoan president in history but also has the highest mandate to a president since 1981 when former President Ferdinand Marcos was "reelected" to the presidency with 18,309,360 votes over war hero Alejo Santos. Duterte’s closest rival, Mar Roxas garnered himself the second highest votes (9,978,175) by a losing presidential candidate in history after Fernando Poe Jr. (11,782,232). FPJ's daughter, Grace Poe, also featured with the fifth highest vote (9,100,991) garnered by a losing presidential candidate in history.

Here’s the final, official tally of votes for President, based on all 167 certificates of canvass (COCs), are:

Duterte - 16,601,997
Roxas - 9,978,175
Poe - 9,100,991
Binay - 5,416,140
Defensor Santiago - 1,455,532
Seneres 25,779

The 2016 election is also the fifth closest election result between the two leading vice-presidential candidates (1961, 1965, 2004, 2010 and 2016) and the third successive presidential election that the losing vice presidential candidate accused the winner of cheating. Leni Roberdo will become the country's second female vice-president after Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Here’s the final, official tally of votes for Vice-President, based on all 167 COCs, are:

Robredo - 14,418,817
Marcos - 14,155,344
Cayetano - 5,903,379
Escudero - 4,931,962
Trillanes - 868,501
Honasan - 788,881

As for the automated election? It's a work-in-progress.. the more we use the system the better that we get to improve and fix the flaws. 

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, 16th President of the Philippines

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Battle of Hill Eerie (64th Anniversary)

In May 18-21, 1952, the Philippine 20th Battalion Combat Team fought one of their greatest battles in the Peninsula. The Battle of Hill Eerie was a seven-part battle between the United Nations Forces and the CCP. The Filipinos fought and won the last two battles in the Outpost of Eerie Hill. One to take the outpost for the final time and another to successfully defended the outpost for the last time. One of the heroes of the  successful assault was Lieutenant Fidel V. Ramos, future President of the Philippines.

 For more info: Philippines in the Korean War (60th Anniversary)

Lieutenant Fidel V. Ramos (right) and his colleagues in the Philippine 20th Battalion Combat Team, Korean War


Monday, May 16, 2016

Review: The Boys From The Barracks: The Philippine Military After Edsa


This is one of my favorite books I read concerning the Philippine military in post-Martial Law era (1981-onwards). I was working on a research paper several years ago and my topic was about the rise of military adventurism and the series of military coup attempts that started on February 1986 all the way to 1990. It's a great source for those of you who are studying the history of the Philippine military.

The book presented both sides of the military (the pro-government and the anti-government factions). The book pointed out that the Reformed Armed Forces Movement (RAM) did not start at Camp Aguinaldo but actually started in Camp Crame. Fidel Ramos' influence in the military was and is far greater than what the media and historians gave him credit for. Cory Aquino and her traditional political allies owed El Tabako the current status quo. The bias 1987 Constitution that protects the elites interests and control of the economy wouldn’t have existed today if Honasan and his boys got their way. Ironically, Ramos wanted to get rid of that monopoly when he attempts to change the charter during his presidency.

Anyway, there's more to this book than what I wrote here. Especially about Gringo Honasan.

To conclude this review, I always remembered that bad-ass quote Ramos made to the shill-media that smeared his name and questioned his military combat record:

“I fought the communists as part of the battalion combat teams, I went up the ladder. Battalion staff officer. Company commander. Task Force commander. Special Forces group commander. Brigade commander. All in different periods in our country. Huk campaign. Korean War campaign. The Vietnam War, and I was the head of the advance party of the PHILCAG (Philippine Civil Action Group to Vietnam) that went to a tiny province at the Cambodian border – the so-called Alligator Jaw – War Zone Z where even Max Soliven said ‘The Viet-Cong will eat us up.’ Of course, we were physically there as non-combat troops. But you try to be a non-combat troop in a combat area – that is the toughest kind of assignment.

Korea – as a platoon leader. Recon leader. What is the job of a recon leader? To recon the front line – no man’s land. And what did we do? I had to assault a fortified position of the Chinese communists and wiped them out. And what is this Special Forces group that we commanded in the Army – '62–'65? That was the only remaining combat unit in the Philippine Army. The rest were training in a division set-up. We were in Luzon. We were in Sulu. And then, during the previous regime, Marawi incident. Who was sent there? Ramos. We defended the camp, being besieged by 400 rebels.

So next time, look at the man’s record, don't just write and write. You said, no combat experience, no combat experience. Look around you who comes from the platoon, who rose to battalion staff, company commander, group commander, which is like a battalion, brigade commander, here and abroad. Abroad, I never had an abroad assignment that was not combat. NO SOFT JOBS FOR RAMOS. Thirty-seven years in the Armed Forces. REMEMBER THAT. You’re only writing about the fringe, but do not allow yourself to destroy the armed forces by those guys. You write about the majority of the Armed Forces who are on the job.

That's why we're here enjoying our freedom, ladies and gentlemen. You are here. If the majority of the Armed Forces did not do their job, I doubt very much if you’d all be here.”


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