March 23, 2019
ON March 15, 2019, two mosques in New Zealand came under fire from an extremist who had what appears to be an anti-immigrant and extreme nationalist agenda, if his emailed manifesto is to be believed.
A total of 50 people died, and about 50 others wounded.
On Jan. 27, 2019, two bombs exploded at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral in Jolo, Sulu.
The perpetrators of the bombings were linked to the Islamic State, which took responsibility for the attack.
In the Jolo incident, 20 people were killed, with 102 others injured.
And yet, the global outcry for our poor people who died in Sulu was much less than that for New Zealand.
Both are horrific, disturbing and disgusting events.
Both show how dangerous religious and extremely nationalist sentiments can be, when turned towards violent ends.
In both cases, I say we should behead the perpetrators, and then throw their bodies in places where wild beasts can feast on their remains.
But I express outrage that the Jolo bombings have been given less importance.
Is it because the Philippines is a Third World nation, where it’s expected that bombings take place as a matter of fact?
Is it because we Filipinos just aren’t as important in the world’s estimate?
Make no mistake: I stand in solidarity with the citizens of New Zealand in their suffering.
But the Jolo bombings — there were two bombs that exploded in the church premises — should also be treated with equal attention by the whole world.
This twisted, extremist thinking of killing for the sake of religion, culture or nationality is abominable and must be condemned to the fullest extent.
It’s not about which is more important in the news.
All terrorism-driven tragedies must be given equal importance.
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As an aside, I’m reminded once again of my friend and spiritual mentor, George Sison, who passed away recently.
Religion, George said, divides people and is the cause of major wars.
And he was speaking the truth: Catholics vs Protestants; Islam vs Christianity; Sunni Muslims vs Shiite Muslims; Hinduism vs Islam, etc.
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The Philippine Army, until recently a man’s world — so to speak — has its first-ever female brigade commander, Col. Jocelyn Bandarlipe.
And since she’s leading an Army brigade, which is composed of 4,000 officers and men, she may be promoted to brigadier general soon.
Bandarlipe heads the 53rd Engineering Brigade.
“Col. Bandarlipe (now commands) the engineers, she has a role to play — to dig wells, to build communities,” said Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala, the Army spokesman.
You can be sure Bandarlipe will be up to the job.
I’m talking here from experience, as my staff at “Isumbong mo kay Tulfo” public service program is composed of women.
I couldn’t have made a better choice. My angels, as I call my “Isumbong” staff, are highly efficient and dedicated.
Based on my experience, women are better than their male counterparts in many respects, except when it comes to manual labor.
And they’re even more intelligent.
At the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), women outnumber their male counterparts in the “Top Ten” graduating cadets, 6:4.
The 10 topnotchers of the yearly Bar exams are mostly women.
Why is this so?
According to studies, up to 80 percent of a child’s IQ or intelligence quotient is acquired from the mother.
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If memory serves, the late Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew got into trouble with his constituents when he said that intelligent women in his city-state should have more offspring in that country where only married couples are allowed to have children.
Lee wanted to increase Singapore’s intelligent population by allowing women with high IQ to bear more children.
Here’s unsolicited advice to single men: Marry intelligent women, so you will have intelligent children.
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The Manila city government complains that it lacks funds in its coffers.
Why doesn’t the city look at a 3,800-square meter piece of real estate on Masangkay (formerly Magdalena) Street in Binondo?
The property is in the name of a corporation, composed of prominent Chinese-Filipino businessmen, which has converted it into a paid parking lot.
But the title to the property, my sources told me, is fake as there are no records at the Manila office of the Land Registration Authority (LRA).
The papers could have been made in Recto, a reference to a short stretch of shops on Claro M. Recto Avenue, Sta. Cruz, where forged documents like birth certificates, licenses, school of transcript of records, and even marriage certificate are made for a fee.
If the city government were to get hold of the property and sell it, City Hall could earn P600 million for it, at the very least.
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A man nicknamed Babe is so rich he travels abroad always on business class, lives in a mansion, and owns a stretch Mercedes Benz limo.
A former president and CEO of a large land development firm, he is married to the daughter of a former Cabinet member and a friend to a defeated presidential candidate, himself a filthy rich guy. Emphasis on “filthy” (read: stolen wealth).
This multimillionaire has a family name which is in Manila’s “Who’s Who” list.
But this very rich man has a reputation: he never pays his debts or loans.
He owes $10 million to a Malaysian company.
He owes a $2-million unpaid loan from his friend, Kenneth Fong, an American married to a Filipino and lives in Hawaii.
Fong was so stressed out he had a stroke because this guy, his friend, didn’t want to pay him.
When he visited Fong at the hospital, all he said was that he was going to pay him but that he didn’t have the money yet.
He kept on telling Fong that — “I have no money yet” — and it drove the poor fellow into a depression.
Being a lawyer, he knows that he can’t go to prison because under our laws one can’t be jailed for a debt.
Moral of the story: Don’t lend money to close relatives or close friends.
More likely than not, they’ll not pay you back.
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