Aside from #ReliefPH, #TracingPH and other social media-based disaster-related efforts, the netizens’ response to Yolanda now includes a laudable crowdsourcing project called #AidMonitorPH.
The objectives of #AidMonitorPH are pretty straightforward: To identify and list of foreign aid donations and pledges and to monitor how these would be used and spent.
#AidMonitorPH is clearly an offshoot of the ongoing anti-pork barrel campaign and an expression of netizens’ determination to make sure that each dollar donated for Yolanda relief and rehabilitation would actually be spent wisely and transparently. Continue reading
Super typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda, brought havoc and devastation across Central Philippines. (Image from Wikimedia)
Five days since the world’s strongest typhoon first rammed through Guiuan and the the rest of a big area in central Philippines, we are all thankful for the nationwide and worldwide outpouring of sympathy and support for the Visayas.
The nation and the world watched in horror the reports of widespread devastation and misery in Tacloban City and several other places where Yolanda wreaked havoc. Citizens swiftly took action with relief aid campaigns, while our friends abroad mobilized ships and rescue teams, emergency food and financial aid. Thanks to the media, we are able to see snapshots of the miserable situation in Tacloban and other areas they manage to cover.
If you wish to help, the grassroots-based Citizen Disaster Response Center accepts donations in cash or kind. It is part of a network of community-based relief agencies across the country.
But five days after Yolanda, disappointment is rising because there are a growing number of questions left unanswered, questions whose answers cannot wait a day, a week or a month more because more lives could be at stake. Continue reading
Fr. Joe Dizon helped convene and organize the #ForwardMarch event against pork barrel last Sept. 13, 2013. (Photo grabbed from Enteng Bautista’s Facebook timeline.)
In honor of Fr. Jose “Joe” P. Dizon (Sept. 29, 1948-November 4, 2013), a father to Filipino workers and to cause-oriented coalitions and alliances, and a veteran of the Parliament of the Streets:
The last time I saw and talked with Fr. Joe was on September 13, 2013, during the #AbolishPork Movement’s #ForwardMarch at the Luneta. He was in his element and happy to be in the streets again. If he was already sick then, he did not show it. He was happy to receive the news about former Chief Justice Reynato Puno’s speech at the nearby Methodist church along T.M. Kalaw, one of the twin Protestant and Catholic events in support of the march.
President Aquino shakes hands with congressmen after delivering his State of the Nation Address during a joint session of the 16th Congress in Quezon City on 22 July 2013. Photo from Yahoo! News by EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA.
Nakakagulat naman na ang sikat at pinagkakatiwalaang presidente namin – ayon sa mga survey – ay magsasalita ngayong gabi. At sa sobrang napakaimportante pa yata, mukhang ipe-preempt ninyo ang mga paborito naming telenovela at iba pang palabas sa TV.
Sana ay worth it itong gagawin niyo. Pakisugurado pong kapani-paniwala yung mga sasabihin niyo. Sana ay di mala-telepantasya yung script na babasahin ninyo para sulit naman yung pag-preempt niyo sa mga telenovela. (Sana maging Honesto kayo at ‘wag kontrabida, ok?)
Di po namin alam kung ganoon na kayo kakabado kaya gusto niyong maging Primetime King. Anyway, buhay po ninyo yan. Sana ay basahin niyo ito para magkalinawan. Continue reading
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President Benigno Aquino III (Photo from cegp.org)
The title of this piece is one of the ultimate conversation spoilers when we talk politics, especially these times when we wish to hold the President, senators, congressmen and their fake NGOs accountable for the outrageous amount of pork barrel funds they abused or plundered.
The mostly educated fall prey for this rather simplistic and erroneous phrase and in the process let the crooks and plunderers with murder. It is a not-so-smart smartass retort that we should pin down and take out from our political vocabulary. Continue reading