Monday, August 3, 2009

Touch a blogger: Tie a yellow ribbon for Cory Aquino!

Thank you Tita Cory for the lasting legacy you have bequeathed to the Filipino nation which we shall always treasure: Democracy.

Words are not enough to express our gratitude for all the sacrifices you have made for the nation. You are indeed God's gift to the Filipino people.

During one of the most difficult moments in our great nation's history, you showed us how to be courageous and face the dark forces of dictatorship. You have helped to restore freedom to our land and power to the people, and for this we shall be forever grateful
May you rest in peace and may our Almighty God be with you
(Ribbon courtesy of Barrio Siete)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

My Thoughts on the "Right of Reply" Bill

here's the text of my post at attyatwork. com on the topic "Right of Reply" bill. The thread goes like this:

There are existing proposals in both chambers for a right of reply. In essence, the right of reply means that all persons who are accused directly or indirectly of committing or having committed or of intending to commit any crime or offense defined by law or are criticized by innuendo, suggestion or rumor for any lapse in behavior in public or private life shall have the right to reply to the charges published or printed in newspapers, magazines, newsletters or publications circulated commercially or for free, or to criticisms aired or broadcast over radio, television, websites, or through any electronic device.

The reply, which shall not be longer than the article/discussion replied to, shall be published in the same space free of charge. Penalties, including imprisonment, await violators.

Full text of both Senate Bill 2150 and House Bill 3306 is here.

So, any thoughts? Let’s discuss.

PussycatMar 5th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

no matter how i try to view it objectively, i can’t figure out how public policy can be best served by legislating a “right of reply” bill in the Congress. First of all the proposed legislation is curtailment of press freedom in disguise and has a “chilling effect” on the mass media. The point is we already have libel laws to protect those who are maligned or defamated through publicity, so why still require media at its own expense to provide an equal space for a reply, isn’t that asking too much? if the aggrieved party is a public figure then it’s tantamount to a double whammy because aside from the media being taxpayers paying taxes to the government, another burden would be added, that is, a complimentary space for a reply, for whatever its worth, courtesy of media. The resulting effect of this anomaly is that media would now disengage from its traditional role of being a watchdog particularly of public officials in order to avoid incurring concomitant costs should the aggrieved party decide to exercise this right. The bottom line is we have now a media afraid to speak its mind on critical issues and wrongdoings of public officials will go unreported. Sounds really scary, isn’t it? My conclusion is: a free press with its occasional aberrations is better than a muzzled press.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Sec. Dureza's Abominable Prayer

I wasn't able to watch the actual video footage on TV but i was able to watch the video in Youtube.  

My gosh!!! Pati ba naman ang Diyos eh isinasali pa nila sa kanila'ng makasariling interes? That prayer of Press Secretary Dureza (I wouldn't call him by his first name "Jesus" because he has already brought dishonor to that holy name of our Lord) was really abominable and outrageous.  At any rate, I do believe that such prayer was inefficacious, and God would certainly not listen to that prayer, but what we gather from such utterances (slip of the tongue) coming from Sec. Dureza only confirms our suspicions on intentions of the present dispensation to hold on to power beyond 2010.  It's now our turn to gather ourselves in prayer and ask Divine Providence for a miracle, that is, for an act of contrition from our present leaders to acknowledge their excesses in power and the humility to yield to the dictates of the Constitution. That at a definite point in time, they must relinquish power and not to desperately hold on to it, after all, this is the essence of a republican government.  For the meantime, I pray that our well-meaning Senators and Congressmen and all sectors of society join hands together in forming a formidable front to oppose these devious initiatives in the House of Representatives to convene itself into a constituent assembly, on the pretext of amending the economic provisions of the Constitution .  I am hopeful that the people's voice will prevail in the end.  It is very clear that majority (about 64%) of Filipinos oppose charter change (at least, during this administration) according to the latest survey conducted by the Social Weather Station (SWS).

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

One of the best photos i've seen this year

I can't believe this!!! Thank God he kept his word that he would endorse the impeachment complaint of his son and namesake, Joey de Venecia. This is a photo of the former House Speaker Jose De Venecia signing the impeachment complaint against President GMA at the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles. Finally... he has mustered the courage to take a stand against his former benefactor and put the people's interest over and above the dirty patronage politics. To former House Speaker De Venecia, I personally salute you turning your back away from the road to perdition and deciding instead to walk the paths of righteousness. (Photo courtesy of the Philippine Daily Inquirer).

Sunday, September 28, 2008

2008 Bar Exams

examination Sundays were relatively quiet (read: orderly) than the previous years. But i really do miss the revelry, confetti, the bands, ati-atihan and the like. it's really sad that they decided to make things this way. Here are a few photos which i have taken through my cellphone, which nonetheless captures the excitement and tension felt by the examinees (like myself just exactly a year ago!) :-)  

Wednesday, May 21, 2008