Today, i finished my tasks early. And this being Friday, orders were slackening.

So i thought i should check the online Philippine newspapers just to keep abreast of what is going on in my native land.

But first, just an ‘offline’ news.

Amb. Roy Cimatu is finally coming to Nigeria on March 5 to meet with various Nigerian government ministers, and then meet with Filipino associations in Abuja and Lagos, to assess the situation in Nigeria, in the light of the OFWs’ petition for the lifting of the total work and travel ban to Nigeria.

Now on to the ‘online’ news.

Here are today’s highlights from Phil. Daily Inquirer online :

malacanang_palaceGov’t inaction blamed for RP corruption, says a US State Department report.

“the report described the culture of corruption in government agencies and the judiciary as among the reasons why violations of basic human rights persist in the country.”

And Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno responded to the report saying there is “nothing new” to the report.

philippine_supreme_courtIn other words, my friend, nothing really changed in the Philippines. Not even in the Judiciary. Despite the appointment of the likes CJ Davide, CJ Panganiban, and CJ Puno.

And nothing really changed in Philippine politics. So we should not expect any changes after the 2010 election. Because the electorate themselves haven’t changed. Money talks.

NPA SCOFFS AT AFP OFFENSIVES, says Inquirer’s Southern Luzon report.

Which reminded me of recent events in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan government grudgingly accepted a Norway-mediated truce between the Sinhala government and the separatist Tamil Tigers.

During the ceasefire, Tamil guerrillas intensified their campaign to expand their territory and attack government posts. So finally, Sri Lankan government said “Enough”. They official ly ended the ceasefire and vowed to defeat the Tamil Tigers.

And so they did. The way the Sri Lankan army analyze the situation and put the result to battlefield tactics, they were unstoppable.  Very impressive battlefield tactics. Im sure that they also made ‘intelligent’  intelligence assessments and analyses.MILF rebels

Unlike our AFP and PNP and their Commander-in-Chief. All talk and nothing more.

Despite superiority in numbers and armaments, the AFP could not even reduce the threat of the NPA, MILF and Abu Sayyaf. All it can do is to co-habit with the enemy. And all the government can do to save face for failing to finish the enemies of the state is to hide behind the skirt of ‘peace talks’ that are designed to fail from the start.

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End killings, CHR chief dares cops

You ever wondered why the Commission on Human Rights is only obssessed about the killings allegedly perpetrated by the goverment security apparatus?

It is because the CHR was created to protect the citizens from th excesses of the government, considering the nation’s experience with Martial Law, and the institutionalizing of ‘summary execution’ by the AFP and PNP (c’mon, admit it). Part of this chorus against the military and police’s salvaging is the Catholic Church.

My take is that, is there anybody, as in ANY BODY, who can equally condemn and bring to justice those people outside the law (like MNLF, MILF, Abu Sayyaf) who commit barbaric acts of kidnappings, beheadings, and massacres of innocent civilians.

salvaging victimWhen military/police kills civilians or criminals, either by legitimate firefight or ‘otherwise’, everyone cries foul. When outlaws and rebels massacres civilians, only the victims relatives are crying for justice..

This is the irony of it all.

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Wanted: Anti-poverty workers for DSWD

This is a misleading banner, i think. But if i am wrong, then DSWD should browse the Marvel comics or Heroes.com websites for volunteers.

In relation to this, an Australian volunteer for the government’s program on streetkids said that the government’s operations to rescue street children in Manila are ineffective, indiscriminate, involuntary, done for the wrong reasons, and seen by the supposed beneficiaries as arrests.

Scerri noted that government solutions are not long-term. “They do not address the reasons why the children are in the streets in the first place,” she said.

protest-against-corruptionWell, the streetkids problem in the Philippines is just the same, or even pales in comparison, to the Austrlian aborigine problem on absence of gainful employment, alcoholism, dependence on govt doleouts and aborigenes child sexual abuse.

Nevertheless, we thank Ms. Scerri for being honest with his appraisal of the program.

Like this post’s title today, nothing will change. Unless the Filipinos will change — come 2010.

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