Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Walking the talk

It is almost a year now since I started this blog. This blog has been my outlet in expressing my views and opinions on various political issues. But more importantly, this blog is the beginning, the foundation of a campaign that I have been wanting initiate as my share in helping my country. This I do simply because, INIIBIG KO ANG PILIPINAS.

My basic premise here is that we are all part of the problem. GMA is simply a reflection of the problem of what we are as a people. Removing her from office won't solve our problems. Things could turn to worse.

At the start, this campaign may appear to be governnmnet sponsored, but it is not. This is purely personal. If others will be willing to support this cause later, they will be most welcome as long as there is no hidden agenda. All for love of country.

An image designing company has been contacted and will be making the Iniibig ko ang Pilipnas logo. The final logo will be used as the standard logo throughout the campaign. This logo will be copyrighted to prevent others, specially the trapos, from hijacking the campaign.

I will be posting the developments on this blog as the campaign progresses.

Friday, February 8, 2008

The problem with Lozada

After hearing the statements of Lozada at the Senate, I have a problem calling what he did to be heroic. At best, I say, it's admirable. My judgment on Lozada is based on what I read and hear on the news. I learned about his person only because of involvement in this controversy.

Lozada never wanted to testify at the Senate. As he said, hindi niya gulo ito. But now all the anti GMA forces are calling him a hero.
The Inquirer lost no time in searching for his heroic deeds with the article Just a "probinsyanong intsik".

I believe that Lozada is sincere. That he is doing what he is doing to give honor to his father's name. That he is simply giving back to his country as what his father has told him. But my issue is, why do what he did only when pushed to the wall. If there was a legal option, where there is none according to the staff of a certain Gaite in Malacanang, would he still have testified? If he wasn't kidnapped at the airport, would he still be as emotional as he is at the press con and at the senate?

Lozada has his own "baho" and he admits to it. Malacanang is definitely going to squeeze all that it can to use Lozada's ghosts to their advantage.

On the other side, all the anti GMA forces will try to squeeze everything that they can from Lozada's revelations to link GMA to the controversy. Anti GMA forces has found a new ammunition to hit Malacanang. So what's new?

I posted the following on Manolo's blog.

This part of the controversy is what bothers me.

Questioned by Senator Loren Legarda, Lozada says he is privy to the contents of a conversation Neri had with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in which Neri reported Abalos' attempt to bribe him. Lozada, however, refused to divulge what he knew about the conversation, saying it had been given in confidence to him. link

Is his love for country below Neri's confidence in him?

If Lozada truly wants to be of service to this country, why do a Neri? Why not spill out all the beans out? I doubt if the anti GMA groups will force the issue. They would not want to put their hero on the spot. Malacanang, meanwhile, would also prefer to have Lozada keep his silence on this issue, Neri's conversation w/ GMA with regards to the bribery attempt. This is where GMA can be truly pinned down, that she knows about bribery and did nothing about it.

If Lozada is truly a hero, tell all. Don't be selective.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Why is our country poor

From the blog of PamagCUSA.

by Dr. Arsenio Martin
Fort Arthur , Texas

The difference between the poor countries and the rich ones is not the age of the country.

This can be shown by countries like India & Egypt that are more than 2000 years old, but are poor.

On the other hand, Canada , Australia & New Zealand, that 150 years ago were inexpressive, today are developed countries, and are rich.

The difference between poor & rich countries does not reside in the available natural resources.

Japan has a limited territory, 80% mountainous, inadequate for agriculture & cattle raising, but it is the second world economy. The country is like an immense floating factory, importing raw materials from the whole world and exporting manufactured products.

Another example is Switzerland, which does not plant cocoa but has the best chocolate in the world. In its little territory they raise animals and plant the soil during 4 months per year. Not enough, they produce dairy products of the best quality! It is a small country that transmits an image of security, order & labor, which made it the world's strongest, safest place.

Executives from rich countries who communicate with their counterparts in poor countries show that there is no significant intellectual difference.

Race or skin color are also not important: immigrants labeled lazy in their countries of origin are the productive power in rich European countries.

What is the difference then? The difference is the attitude of the people, framed along the years by the education & the culture & flawed tradition.

On analyzing the behavior of the people in rich & developed countries, we find that the great majority follow the following principles in their lives:

1. Ethics, as a basic principle.
2. Integrity.
3. Responsibility.
4. Respect to the laws & rules.
5. Respect to the rights of other citizens.
6. Work loving.
7. Strive for savings & investment.
8. Will of super action.
9. Punctuality.
10. and of course...Discipline

In poor countries, only a minority follow these basic principles in their daily life.

The Philippines is not poor because we lack natural resources or because nature was cruel to us. In fact, we are supposedly rich in natural resources.

We are poor because we lack the correct attitude. We lack the will to comply with and teach these functional principles of rich & developed societies.

If you do not forward this message nothing will happen to you. Your pet will not die, you will not be fired, you will not have bad luck for seven years, and also, you will not get sick or go hungry.

But those may happen because of your lack of discipline & laziness, your love for intrigue and politics, your indifference to saving for the future, your stubborn attitude.

If you love your country, let this message circulate so that many Filipinos could reflect about this, & CHANGE, ACT!


My comments - In as much as I agree 100% with the statement that we are poor because we lack the correct attitude, I just can' agree with the concept of the author of making the above essay to be another pass around email. We cannot change attitude by simply passing forwarded emails. Only very few takes those "pass around" seriously. If we truly want to achieve character change, again, it is all about capturing the imagination. Even us who want to make a difference for our beloved country has to change our mindset. We need to re invent the wheel.