Trust is supposed to be an essential element in an election. You vote for a candidate that you trust will serve the country well. You vote for a candidate that you trust will not steal the people’s money. You vote for a candidate that you trust will help stop abuse and violations of the law. You vote for a candidate that you trust will fulfill the promises they made during the elections. Trust is what you have when you go to the polling place and cast your vote. You trust that your vote will be counted. You trust that the Commission on Elections will be competent to safeguard all the votes cast and the winners are really the ones that the people voted for. Elections today, in general, are a far cry from the days of guns, goons, and gold that ruled the electoral exercise when even the “birds and the bees” were able to vote. Philippine electoral history is filled with stories that make the country the Oriental version of the Wild, Wild West. Right off we can … [Read more...] about News OPINION: Trust and elections
The medical and physical condition of ex-President Marcos at the beginning of 1989, and as well, the status of his mental faculties, can best gleaned from several extant sources. The January 5, 1989 discharge summary of Dr. Livingston Wong releasing Marcos from his hospitalization ended with the following notations: “At the time of discharge, the patient was able to sit up and eat and was able to get up and walk around his room with assistance.” “The patient was advised to ambulate frequently and sit up frequently with much exercise both in bed and out of bed. The patient had been advised that if this is not continued he would not improve.” “The patient was also advised with his physicians not to treat patient’s rales as congestive heart failure since the rales were probably secondary to that of bed rest and stasis.” And as it turns out, leaving the hospital and returning home to Makiki was the at the insistence and behest of the patient … [Read more...] about News OPINION: The last soiree of Marcos
During the press conference of Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo last Wednesday, he twice mispronounced my name as “Tortillas.” My friend said, ”Panelo must be hungry, he must be thinking of Mexican food.” I know that hunger clouds the mind. My sympathies to Panelo. In presenting that silly diagram, sillier than the April 22 matrix, Panelo gave a timeline of my commentary of the Bikoy video supposedly to support their lie that I am part of their imagined Oust Duterte plot. This is what he said: “What is important now is it appears from this diagram that the Liberal Party, the Magdalo and the other the groups indicated in the matrix are working hand-in-hand. “Alright. If you will look at this, this is the development: On April 2nd, you recall that ‘Ang Totoong Narcolist Episode’ first surfaced online, on Metro Balita and it pointed to Paolo Duterte being the first major principal of the drug syndicate. And then three days later … [Read more...] about News OPINION: Recommended reading for Panelo
The clock ticked down to 2:30 in the morning Monday and I found myself cooking for my first suhoor (pre-dawn meal) for the first day of the month-long fast. This week marks the start of Ramadan, the holiest month on the Islamic calendar. This is when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, taking nothing, not even water, during the daylight hours. The first 10 days of the fast are, arguably the toughest: Our bodies must adjust to the fasting so we can focus on prayer and reflection, and work at overcoming the demands of our bodies to nourish our souls. While we deny ourselves material nourishment during our fasting, Ramadan is not simple abstention from food and drink. During Ramadan, Muslims from all walks of life are equal—we suffer the same daytime hunger and thirst. We all pray to sustain ourselves through this self-denial. We are united as a religious community across the world in this prayer and fasting. Muslims also refrain from indulging vices, speaking ill of other people … [Read more...] about News OPINION: Beyond fasting
The words “affective” and “factitious” must have made such an impression on Judge Keenan that after Dr. Weld’s examination report, the postponed October 31 arraignment of Marcos was rescheduled to January 19, 1989. To repeat and rephrase Dr. Weld’s conclusions: there was no medical justification preventing the indictee, Ferdie, from travelling to New York City and face his day in court. The Marcos medical maneuvers (1) The Marcos medical maneuvers (2) Then followed the two admissions to St. Francis Medical Center. December 9, 1988 and released on December 18; and again entering St Francis on December 29 and released on January 5, 1989. While there may have been valid reasons for those hospitalizations, such validity was diminished and became suspect simply because the ailments and corresponding hospital stays also turned out to be orchestrated anticipatory events announced in advance to media both in Honolulu and in Manila. It had … [Read more...] about News OPINION: Marcos could have lived longer but…..