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I won!!! NOTHING FOLLOWS! *cartwheels* October 14, 2006

Posted by benj in National Issues.

August 14, 2006

Dear Mr. Espina,


You are one of the lucky winners of P500.00 worth of National Book Store Gift Certificate from the recently-concluded 2006 Textciting Matuto! Textciting Manalo! electronic raffle draw of the National Book Store. The draw was heldlast July 14, 2006 at the head office of National Book Store Inc. as witnessed by the Department of Trade and Industry representative.

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I got this letter from the mail today. I won! But wait, I already lost the receipt! Draughts. And yeah, the 60 day period ended today.

October 16, 2006 

Hey, look at this!

JUSTICE October 8, 2006

Posted by benj in National Issues.

Last October 4, we had just come back from a preceptorial in Endocrinology when our class was devastated by news that absolutely threw us in a loop. One of our classmates’ fathers was in critical condition due to an ambush attempt. I’m not particularly close to this colleague, but of course, in the face of such developments, there’s an absolute sense of gloom that just consumes everyone in proximity. Someone is going through hell and you as an individual can’t do anything to stop the bleeding. You’re utterly powerless to what is happening and despite your intentions, there are no words nor actions that could even approximate something that would make things better.

Atty. Arnel Datukon, an adviser to the ARMM Governor and member of the academe in Mindanao was ambushed by scoundrels on two motorcycles. The culprits were allegedly clad in army fatigues and wielded automatic rifles. As of posting, there are still no leads to the case.

Is this really the type of country that we have? In a time wherein unity is essential in an area that is under threat from extrinsic forces, we have cowardly individuals who choose to murder helpless people who are simply trying to making a difference. It makes me sick, really – and the ambivalence of Imperial Manila to what’s going on in the South just doubles that.

Clarification: Army fatigues and police uniform mock-ups are all over the ARMM black market. It is widely believed that those responsible where not really from the military.

When Retards Attack! volume 1 September 18, 2006

Posted by benj in National Issues.

In the past days, we have been entertained with two really inane news issues that have made it into the teleprompters of major television stations.

Attack number 1: Wild ride turns tragic for teenager

Inquirer Article

Last monday, a 13-year old girl fell to her death after losing her balance atop Star City’s “Wild River” attraction. Star City has long been an attraction for kids since the early 90s being the site of countless fieldtrip destinations like “Whimpols on Ice” and “Dinosaurs Alive”.

It’s sad to see someone die so young, but when that person stands up on top of a ride that takes your more than forty feet into the air and holds on to the railing, that person’s absolutely being a retard. Asking for seatbelts to be installed is just as similar illogical. I’ve been to similar rides at Enchanted Kingdom, Universal Studios and Jerudong (that’s Brunei Darussalam’s 100% free theme park) and none of them had seat belts. If you’ve been to Universal Studios Hollywood, you’d realize that the Jurassic Park ride there has an intense incline and it actually drops 80 freaking feet and you only get to have a bar across your lap.

Attack number 2: The People of the Flag
Has anyone seen these retards? They were stepping all over the flag when they made it. They left the flag on the ground while being torn up and battered. Both of those are major offenses as far respecting the flag goes. Let’s not forget that they’re a cult.

Extrajudicial justice? August 7, 2006

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Bayan Muna official killed in Kalinga, husband critical
By Villamor Visaya
Last updated 01:36pm (Mla time) 07/31/2006

(UPDATE) QUEZON, Isabela — A Bayan Muna official in Kalinga was killed while her husband and child were wounded when masked armed men aboard a black van ambushed them early Monday along the national highway in Barangay (village) Bulanao in the town of Tabuk, in the province, police said.

Superintendent Pedro Ramos, Kalinga police director, said Bayan Muna-Kalinga chairman Dr. Constancio “Chandu” Claver, his wife Alice, Bayan Muna coordinator, and Sandy, 11, were attacked at 7 a.m. by two men armed with an Armalite and caliber .45 guns in front of the Saint Toni’s College.

They were brought to the Kalinga Provincial Hospital, according to Inquirer reports.

The same reports said that contrary to a statement by Ramos earlier on Monday that Alice was declared dead on arrival, the Bayan Muna coordinator was still alive when she was brought to the hospital where she died at 12:45 p.m.

Gkachay Claver, a cousin of the Dr. Claver, gave a similar report to INQ7.net following the shooting.

Constancio is in critical condition while Sandy has sustained a minor injury, the Inquirer reports said.

Ramos said the suspects alighted from their black van, without a plate number, and shot the Clavers.

With a report from Thea Alberto; Inquirer Northern Luzon Bureau

You all know how I feel about the political left.

I could go on for paragraphs, but for the interest of saving real estate in cyberspace, let me just say that left reminds me a lot of one of nature’s most enduring and sturdy survivors – the cockroach. Just like roaches, the left seems to be never fully exterminated no matter what measures are undertaken by the government.

The leftists seems to have had it with the current bias of ruling bodies in all countries to veer towards globalization – a potentially disastrous setup for the Philippines but one that is virtually inevitably inescapable. Whereas the opposition towards globalization and the status quo in general would’ve sufficed, people actually go the extra mile and align themselves with a far more obsolete concept in Communism. Aside from the fact that most formerly communist states have already turned their back on this outdated paradigm, aligning oneself on a much-maligned and charged ideology just draws attention from the powers that be. It’s nothing short of suicide.

That’s why when things like the one in the write up happen, most people hardly bat an eyelash. Seriously, can you feel the UP community up in arms about the abduction of two female senior college students from Bulacan? Is the UP College of Medicine simmering in its own wrath as news of a defenseless doctor’s family was gunned down?

No. Is it apathy? I really wouldn’t think so. Sure, people would feel bad the moment they read the propaganda poster on the wall, but after that, what would does people do? Do they take action? Hell no. Most people no that joining a leftist organization is an unnecessary burden to oneself. Why is opposition needed to be done in such a grandiose fashion? By joining such an organization, there is a calculated risk taken by the individual. You put your own safety (and your family’s) in jeopardy by doing so. Thinking that it wouldn’t is just plain naive.

Yes, I feel sorry for them.

But they had it coming.