Friday, November 11, 2005

Presenation Zen

Just discovered this blog on how to make an effective presentation.

I like it. Its worht reading.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

KSP Government

Imagine... one day you are as pogi as Bin Laden. Suddenly, the police storm your house and arrest you because they believe you are the real Bin Laden. And not only that, the President of the Philippines broadcast you face to the media saying "Bin Laden is captured!!!" .

Well, it may happen to anybody.

Last week Antonio Gara, a Subanon, was mistaken to be Radulan Sahiron the Abu Sayyaf chief of staff. The special anti-terror team from Manila captured the indigenous person and immediately informed the PNP chief which in turn told GMA. GMA without hesitation announced it to the whole wide world.

What's wrong with this.

First, assuming the Sahiron was indeed captured, GMA should not, immediately, announce the capture of a terrorist to the whole world. The captive should, first, be identifed and then interrogated for vital information will lead to the arrest of other terrorists. After no more information is extracted and other terrorist is already captured or the information is no longer useful, the terrorist may now be presented to the media. Its very basic. But the President immediately announced it.

Second, the capturing of Sahiron is already a two-year operation.Yet they still don't how the real Sahiron look like and which part of his hand is amputated. The "hardworking intelligence operatives spent days and nights" inq7 for this operation. Yet, they captured the wrong Sahiron. What if they shoot Gara? Will they just say sorry? No wonder they were not able to capture Sahiron. They are not sure how he looks like now.

And lastly, GMA no longer know which information is ready for release to the media and which is not. She listen to gossips and believe in flimsy evidence.

I believe the president is an intellegent person. She got a PhD from UP. But she seems to be very hungry for good news from her government. She has become very desperate for information that will divert the attention of the media from her. Ironically, she gave the wrong news.

One good piece of advice, make sure you don't look like any of the terrorist. You may be in the President's TV program.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

I'm Back

I haven't blogged for more than a month regarding the issues that confronts my country and my people. The reason is, I prefer to listen and be silent.

What I learn during those silent days is that, many if not most of my kababayan believe that we are in a hopeless situation. They are convinced that there is nowhere to go but down into the hopeless state of poverty and chaos.

I don't think its true. Instead I believe that we are in the right path. You may say I'm crazy. How come we are in the right path when we are now is a state of chaos and desperation?

I agree that we are in a desperate situation. But what makes this situation the right path is that we are passing a period in our history where we as a people become fully convinced the real importance of selecting the right leader. We learn that we will pay the consequence if we don't select the right leader. Secondly, we also become united in demanding for a government who will propel or economy upward. There is no period in history where the Filipinos are more united in demanding for a better economy.

If only we undergo this situation 50 years ago, we should have been the most developed nation in Asia today.

Country learn by experience. I believe that with the experinece we have now, we are in the path of progress and political stability. I'm may not come too soon... but I believe it will.

Maybe I'm just too optimistic. But thats what we need now....Optimists. I still believe that we can overcome this, what they call, hopeless state... that's why I'm back.

Friday, September 23, 2005

"Handbook for Blogger and Cyber-Dissidents"

I just got a copy of "Handbook for Blogger and Cyber-Dissidents".

The handbook is partly financed by the French government and includes technical advice on how to remain anonymous online. The advice varies depending on the user's level of paranoia -- from changing cyber cafes to sending cryptographically signed messages via specially formatted e-mail.

The guide explains circumvention technologies that can break through government filters but warns bloggers to check how severe the penalty will be if they are caught using them.

The freely available handbook advises bloggers to be ethical and warns that the tips are not intended for terrorists, racketeers or pedophiles who use the Internet to commit crimes.

It can be downloaded at

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

"Degenerated" Political System

Again and again GMA has pointed out the country was not able to move forward because we have a "degenerated" political system. There is truth on that... indeed our political system has degenerated to a point that the people are losing hope of having a good one.

Although she reiterated that issue, there is one thing she missed. She failed to accept that what degenerates this political system is not the system itself. The policiticians make it degenerate into what it is now. And the hard truth is, she is also responsible for its degeneration.

There is no such thing as good system for worst implementors. No matter how good a political system is, it won't work unless it is ran by good politicians. But the problem is, we have a shortage of such kind of people as of this moment.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Not Me

Four political leaders admitted that they received email from either former police Senior Supt. Michael Ray Aquino or Filipino-American Leandro Aragoncillo. All of them also denied they recieved classified information.

Erap said he had no knowledge of any illegal activity by Aragoncillo and that what he received are"non-classified documents" Although he admitted that he receive information from Argoncillo also he said "Alam mo pag preso lahat babasahin at tatanggapin mo kahit pambalot ng tinapa." (I hope Erap will include reading documents which will teach him what are classified documents and what are not.)

Pimentel said that he received voluminous e-mails on his mobile phone, but had yet to open them. He don't say he received classified documents from Aquino or Argoncillo.

Cong. Roilo Golez said he receive email from Aquino but "found them all clean." He don't believe he is the second level official stated in the FBI complaint.

Lacson said what he receive are "pieces of information from Aquino but said these were accounts of developments in the Philippines that had been reported in the media" Inq7.

The questions is, if they think they are not the one who receive the classified information why do they deny it before September 22 when the name of the three officials will be divulged? If they are not guilty, what's the use of telling to the whole planet... I'M NOT GUILTY!

We have a saying "Kung sino ang pumutak ay siyang nangitlog."

In this case I think merong pumutak dahil may nanginginig ang itlog...

Its too early to really know who the three politicians are. But those polticians will surely deny it like the Erap, Pimentel, Lacson and Golez.

Only three are stated in the charge of FBI. Four already admitted to have received email from Aquino and Argoncillo.

I hope FBI will not add one more politician in its charge.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Spirit lifter

I now believe that it will only take one man to lift the spirit of a country (but it takes a couple of corrupt leaders to put the country in chaos).

The common Filipinos started watching the fight with silence then... Bira! Bira! Taposin mo na! Taposin mo na! then it ended with a loudl Yeahhhhhhhhhhhh! and a wild Yeheeee! For only six rounds of professional boxing I'm again proud I'm a Filipino.

People from all walks of life are united to support Manny Macquiao. Robbers, religious people, drunkard, gamblers, nuns, teachers, barbers, security guards, policemen, soldiers, rebels, pro-impeachment, anti-impeachment, christian, muslim, young, old, fat, slim and even the blind and the lame are supporing Manny during his fight.

I don't believe that Filipinos can't be united at this momenn in our history. We are united by Pacquiao in believing that we can win a fight. If he can, why can't our leaders make us believe that we can avert looming economic and poltical crisis we have now? The irony is that, a mere mention of our "well educated" politician will make us ashame that we are Filipinos while we become a proud as a nation when an elementary school dropout stand in the ring even if he speak broken english.

I hope our next leaders will be, like Manny, lift our spirit and make us proud as nation. And I pray it will never be like what we have now that cast spell on my beloved land.