Sunday, October 29, 2006

walastik, wala akong masabi kundi, sakto. hay, kailan pa kaya magbasa ng inquirer si gloria?

Still the greatest nation
INQ7.netLast updated 03:24am (Mla time) 10/24/2006
I WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree with Mel Lualhati's comments about America ("The place to be," Viewpoints - Letters, Oct. 3, 2006). Despite the negative news people get, the innuendos created, and the hatred of other nations and races toward it, America is still the greatest nation on Earth to live in.
One has only to live and experience life in America to fully understand and grasp why it is the richest, most giving and most powerful nation in the world. I think one of the main reasons is that its citizens can thrive and prosper with just enough work and effort. Everyone is given a level playing field with abundant resources and assistance to ensure its citizens that strive to achieve can reach their goals. Luahati's niece is one good example.

Now, let's contrast that with the situation back there in the Philippines. You want to get higher education? You need X amount of pesos from your own pocket to attain that. Very few options are available, short of being rich or really being brainy, you could as well forgo those aspirations. If you're one of the lucky few that get to finish college, the tight labor market does not give you a lot of opportunities to look forward to.
One major cause is that foreign investors are shying away from the country because of the rampant corruption and massive red tape in our government, and choose to go to other countries that offer similarly low labor costs with fewer headaches, like Thailand and Malaysia.
There is also a huge chasm of disparity between justice being dispensed in America and that in the Philippines. A recent rash of corporate scandals has sent a few high-powered executives to jail in America. Enron's Ken Lay, who even had close ties to President Bush, MCI's Bernie Ebbers, and a slew of others from Fortune 500 companies have been given harsh sentences for bilking their investors and defrauding the public at large.
Compare that again with the Philippines. There, we have Lucio Tan and Danding Cojuangco, two of Ferdinand Marcos' well-known cronies who have greatly profited from their association with the former strongman by being handed lucrative deals and perks at the expense of coconut farmers and ordinary hard-working people. Up to this day, they continue to reap the benefits of their past association with Marcos, running some of the most profitable companies, with no consequences being meted out for playing an active part in the looting of the Philippine treasury.
The bleak picture people are painting of America is severely disproportionate to reality. America does have faults, but due to its strong adherence to the rule of law and steadfast morals, it will continue to thrive as the greatest nation on Earth, much to the chagrin of other nations and peoples.
BERT LAZO, San Diego, California (via e-mail)

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Tragic, but what can we do? haaay....

napanood ko kagabi sa 24 oras news sa gma ang isang istorya tungkol sa nanay na namatay sa calamba dahil allegedly, hindi raw inadmit ng ospital (calamba doctors yata) para paanakin. wala raw kasing pang deposito na 10,000 ang pamilya dahil 2,000 lang ang dala nung lalaki. tearfully, humihingi ng hustisya ang asawa dahil namatay ang asawa nya at bunso, leaving him with their four other kids.

nung kinuha ang side ng ospital, sabi nung isang babaing doctor, hindi totoo ang allegation. pagdating daw sa kanila, patay na ang bata. kailangan na lang raw operahan ang nanay para matanggal ang bata. ineesplika nya lang daw sa lalaki na private hospital sila at kailangan daw ang depositong 10,000 para sa operasyon. kung hindi naman daw nila kaya ang presyo, ilipat na lang daw nila sa provincial hospital ang pasyente, which they (the family) did.


then kinuha ng news reporter ang side ng provincial hospital. sabi ng isang doctor doon, namatay daw ang nanay kasi matagal bago naasikaso dahil sa paglipat lipat. MOREOVER, MANIPIS NA RAW ANG MATRIS NG NANAY DAHIL GAMIT NA GAMIT DAW ITO. APPARENTLY, 1 MONTH PA LANG SYA NA NANGANAK AT NABUNTIS ULI KAYA YUNG BUNSO NILA, WALA PANG 1 YEAR OLD. At hindi pa sya naka pag paprenatal bago yung delivery date nya.

nung simula kong napanood ang headline ng news item, asar ako sa ospital syempre kaya pinanood ko ang buong news. nung narinig ko na ang lahat ng side, lumabas na naman ang galit ko sa catholic church. sabi ko sana dinala na lang nila ang mag ina sa isang catholic hospital gaya ng ust. para makita ng mga pari at obispo ang epekto ng pagtutol nila sa family planning. sana napanood din ng pro-life ang news na yun. kung naturuan sana nang tama ang mag asawang iyon, e di sana na exercise nila mga options nila. gusto ko mang sabihin na "gago ang tatay. may 9 months sya para mag prepare ng pera para sa panganganak ng asawa nya, tapos nung manganganak na, 2 thou lang pera nya. gago pala sya e" ay hindi ko magawa kasi malaki ang probability na hindi nya alam ang ibang options nya pag hindi nya mapigil ang libog nya. ganun din ang nanay. kung alam nya lang na maari syang mamatay sa ginagawa nyang buntis ng buntis, e di sana nalaman nya paano makipag kantutan na hindi nabubuntis. e ungas ang simbahang katoliko, (except sa iilan gaya ni Fr. Percy Juan Bacani: see my previous post) kaya ganito tayo. di kaya sadyang ginagago ng simbahan ang mga tao nila kasi di ba, pag mahirap ang tao at wala na halos nakikitang pag asa, dasal na lang ang ginagawa sabay sabi "Bahala na"? well, ungas din ang gobyerno na natatakot banggain ang simbahan. e wala naman talagang masasabing catholic vote e. hay, kailan pa kaya mag presidente si lacson?

Monday, October 23, 2006

Mabuhay ka Father!

nabasa ko sa inquirer ngayung araw. ang galing ng pari na to. matapang! bilib ako.
For this priest, sex ‘a good thing,’ Church made it ‘bad’
By Vincent CabrezaInquirerLast updated 05:39am (Mla time) 10/23/2006
Published on page A4 of the October 23, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer
BAGUIO CITY -- There are a handful of Catholic priests in the Philippines who will tell you sex is a “good thing.” A few will even admit it’s the Church’s fault for making sex “a bad thing.”
Teachers and pastors here met one of these outspoken priests last week during a training retreat sponsored by the Institute of Women’s Studies that was devoted to gender sensitivity.
Some of the participants appeared surprised to hear a priest reveal how the Church had propagated sexism in Philippine society.
Fr. Percy Juan Bacani, a moral theologist and superintendent of high schools operated by the Diocese of Baguio, said the Catholic doctrine on “guilt” had very much eroded Filipinos’ appreciation for, and even enjoyment of, sex.


The Church, he said, is a male-dominated power center where the female plays a far diminutive role. It is this ideological foundation which explains why Filipino women today are less valued than women of an ancient Filipino culture where they were revered.
Women who shine in Catholic societies only achieve their ambition by imbibing the male culture, or by sustaining the myth “that the only good women are virgins,” Bacani said.
President ‘man-like’
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, he said, is more “man-like” in her shrewdness at politics.
More were surprised when the priest suggested that the devoted turn back to the spiritual nature of indigenous Filipino worship in order to unlearn the Christian dogma that has made some religious Filipinos abhor sex.
Bacani cautioned his audience that his lessons about religion and sex were based on “my struggles to be a man in the right way.”
It is an ongoing struggle, he later told the Inquirer.
Bacani, 49, is one of the outspoken members of the “Missionaries for Jesus,” a group of Filipino priests who broke away from the Society of Jesus, citing “principled” issues.
He said only 10 to 15 priests in the country had been advocating gender rights aggressively since 2004 when sex scandals implicating priests surfaced.
Evaluation of sex concepts
Bacani said sex scandals fueled a campaign among young priests to evaluate Church-dictated concepts of sexuality, but the hierarchy discouraged them.
Society’s strong reaction to these scandals were too brief, he said, citing a local priest who was convicted by a Baguio court of sexual misconduct but who still won the mayoral race in a Benguet town.Bacani said he had been asking Baguio Bishop Carlito Cenzon to allow him to counsel local priests about sexuality, using his radical module, but has yet to receive a response.
“I taught some priests about gender rights, and I spoke about it in my lectures at a seminary, but some seminarians protested the direction these discussions would take,” Bacani said.
A pastor challenged some of Bacani’s core message by stressing that the country progressed better under the Church compared to the period when Filipinos revered a matriarchal leadership.
Subverting age-old principles
Raymundo Rovillos, a history professor at the University of the Philippines-Baguio, described Bacani’s advocacy as “a hard path” and said he was subverting centuries-old principles.
Bacani said being tolerant of all sexual preferences meant accepting homosexuality.
He said that while the Church acknowledged homosexual orientation, it frowned on homosexual acts. He said this view was deceptive.
Modern Christianity, he said, had fashioned its concepts about life, society, women and power around the patriarchy or a society run by males.
Historically, Bacani said, the Church’s ideological foundation is defined by the gender of Jesus Christ, who is male.
The Church’s language reveals this bias, he said, because God is always “The Father,” and the Church’s roster of saints is composed mostly of men.
Patriarchal conceit
Sexuality also follows a patriarchal conceit, Bacani said.
“The male orientation is to procreate … Masturbation and homosexuality are taboo because these sexual acts do not produce children,” he said.
Virginity is a doctrine that has no real value to society, but it persists under Church teachings, the priest said.
Bacani said this had made society frown at men who are aroused by a naked woman. Real sin, he said, takes place when a man obsesses and objectifies the woman.
He said his lessons were not attacks on Christianity, but were discussion points for the faithful “because we need to revisit our religion … we need to review our faith.”
The Episcopal Church is closer to emancipating all gender when it allows homosexuals and women to become part of its clergy, Bacani said.
Cordillera more advanced
He said indigenous Filipino concepts in the Cordillera taught the faithful about sex far better than theological books could because Cordillera society allowed women a say in communal decisions and were not afraid of nudity.
Rovillos said Cordillera women had a far healthier concept of sex.
“They do not have a word for ‘rape’ or ‘incest’ because that just never happens. But rape and incest now occur in the modern Cordillera world, and that is tragic,” he said.
hehe, try ko nga mag blog at masubukan na ilabas ang mga nasa isip ko. di kaya ako malasin nito?