the bar exam bombing at la salle taft has turned a corner, the suspect has been identified, a certain anthony nepomuceno who works for a call center and is a member of the alpha phi omega (APO) fraternity.
the suspect surfaced and went to government authorities together with vice president jejomar binay and former DOJ secretary silvestre bello. binay and bello are both members of APO. the suspect apparently went to binay and bello to seek help.
binay as we found out in the last election is a prominent member of the APO fraternity. he claimed psot-election that he won the vice presidential post mostly due to the help of his brothers and sisters at APO. maany had wondered during the election how binay was able to overtake and eventually win the election over erstwhile leader mar roxas. binay’s secret weapon apparently is APO, according to him.
binay claims the suspect is innocent. the suspect apparently has said he was not even at la salle taft when the bombing happened. he claims he was in marikina where he bought a pair of shoes.
the police authorities have not arrested the suspect as they were still preparing the case. they said however the suspect was identified by 4 witnesses and was identified by a witness in a police line-up.
we now have a case of 4 witnesses identifying the suspect versus VP binay’s words of absolution giving strength to the alibi of the suspect. is an alibi stronger than eye witnesses?
we are now wondering, with binay’s intense loyalty to APO did the vice president make APO as a rope around his neck?
given his position in government, we think binay should have remained neutral and not pre-judge the case. he should have just “surrendered” the suspect, his ka-brod but say the proper investigation should be made to determine innocence or guilt. binay has come out to say the suspect is innocent. a big pie will be thrown on his face if the suspect is later on found guilty.
“zero casualty” – that was often repeated in the news as president aquino’s goal during the onslaught of super typhoon juan across northern luzon. nice words to hear but these are words doomed for failure. president aquino had set himself for failure.
and fail president aquino did – at least 12 died at the wake of the storm. in fact, on the day he announced this goal, one already died – this farmer who went after his carabao who slipped and was taken away by strong water current.
we think it was a foolish goal to set up to begin with. we do not know why president aquino even said it. you set goals like that when you know it is at least an achievable goal. aquino was dealing with mother nature and no one can control mother nature. you set goals based on what you can achieve and most of that is dependent on the amount of control you have on the variables that determine the outcome.
there is no way president aquino can nor his entire government can control mother nature. super typhoon juan had a mind of its own. it will do what it pleases regardless of what you do or do not do. as far as the storm is concerned, it can pretty much do what it wants at whatever time it wants to. all that the government and the people can do is wait until the storm finish its thing. we are literally at the mercy of the storm.
the main variable here is the storm. it is the one that will cause casualties. if it decides to go to highly populated areas, many will suffer. but no one can dictate to the storm where it is supposed to go to. we just have to wait and track its path after the fact.
the other variable but in a much less prominence are the people. if the people stay indoors, the less likely will there be casualties. we are talking of the whole of northern luzon, aquino will not be able to control everyone who lives there. in fact looking at the kind of strong winds it had, staying indoors does not mean people are totally safe. roofs have been blown away and homes toppled.
aquino in saying “zero casualty” is going over his head there. it is not based on any logical thought process nor a product of any semblance of analysis. it is pure whim, just a collection of words that are nice to say and hear.
aquino set a goal that was destined for failure in meeting it.
aquino has a large communication group in the palace, we wonder what they were doing when aquino delivered these lines.
we are highlighting this position paper released by ateneo professors on the RH BIll. we think it is important that catholics read this position paper.
read homily of bishop lagdameo on humanae vitae here: https://2010presidentiables.wordpress.com/reproductive-health-bill-5043/homily-on-humanae-vitae-by-bishop-lagdameo/
from wikepedia (click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanae_Vitae)
Humanae Vitae (Latin “Of Human Life”) is an encyclical written by Pope Paul VI and promulgated on July 25, 1968. Subtitled “On the Regulation of Birth”, it re-affirms the traditional teaching of the Catholic Church regarding abo
Mainly because of its prohibition of all forms of artificial contraception, the encyclical has been controversial. Pope Paul VI did not issue any additional encyclicals in the remaining ten years of his pontificate. In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI called this topic “so controversial, yet so crucial for humanity’s future.” Humanae Vitae became “a sign of contradiction but also of continuity of the Church’s doctrine and tradition… What was true yesterday is true also today.”
the catholic church through the CBCP has started to bully president noynoy aquino on the use of birth control. aquino has announced he supports free and open choice of contraceptive method by couples with the government providing information on both modern or artificial method of contraception and traditional or natural method of contraception. the catholic church favors only the use of natural methods and prohibits the use of modern methods.
the catholic church first started to bully aquino with it’s threat to excommunicate aquino if he continues on his stand on also promoting modern methods of contraception as stated by bishop odchimar, president of the CBCP.
a day after he announced the threat to excommunicate aquino, the same bishop took back his words saying no threat of excommunication was made and that media has made a mistake about it. it did not help the bishop at all that the Philippine Daily Inquirer published the transcript of the interview where the bishop said aquino might be excommunicated. radio veritas, a catholic radio station had distributed the transcript of an interview of bishop odchimar to media outlets which was the basis for the excommunication threat on aquino.
the bully tactic of an excommunication threat has been used before by bishops, priests and catholic lay leaders on a local level against local leaders when the leaders declare support on the reproductive health bill which is still pending in congress. this is not the first time it has been used. and just like in the case of aquino, it is usually withdrawn within a few days it is said.
the next and latest bully tactic the catholic church is using is the threat of civil disobedience which was announced yesterday. this is a not so subtle attempt to remind people the last time civil disobedience was used on issues which was the successful people power revolution that removed ferdinand marcos from power.
it will be hard for the catholic church to pull through its threat of civil disobedience as a high 71% of catholics themselves support the RH Bill. any civil disobedience effort to tek effect need to be in high numbers. at the moment the catholic church does not have the numbers.
with bully tactic #1 taken back and bully tactic #2 potentially weak, we await bully tactic #3.
based on research, families are saying their actual number of children exceed the desired number of children which indicates a high incidence of unwanted pregnancy. this says pinoy families need help not just on spacing of their children but also on the number of children they want to have.