Should a paper present, in the national interest, only the shining aspects of the nation? Why concentrate on the ugly as the Philippine press seems to be doing? What sort of an image does the Philippines have abroad? Personally, I do not care how we look abroad; what is important is how we look to ourselves. Let us publish what’s wrong with us—perhaps, enough indignation may be aroused to right it. Expose the evils—to stop them. What do they thing? [sic, think?] We know what’s wrong with them. Never mind what they think. We must make democracy work here—or lose it. That’s what is vital. The freedom of an editor rests, ultimately, on the success of freedom.
~ Teodoro M. Locsin 10 April 1965
By Joel Disini 21 May 2013 Facebook Notes
Something is not right with the way the Comelec is conducting the elections. If you go over to http://2013electionresults.comelec.gov.ph and check the ERs (Election Returns) from each precinct you will find that the digital signatures on each ER have been stripped. Digital signatures are absolutely necessary to ensure that the ERs are authentic and have not been tampered with.Read on…
the killing of the taiwanese fisherman by the philippine coast guard and the president’s refusal to apologize brings to mind the august 23 2010 luneta bloodbath that claimed the lives of 8 hong kong chinese. the president also refused to apologize then. a year later, the survivors and the families of the 8 who died came to manila to commemorate the deaths of their loved ones with a buddhist ritual at the scene of the crimes, and again, still, the president refused to meet with them. i blogged about it then, and reading it now, remember how offended i was for the hong kong chinese, and now that the president is adamant, all over again, in his refusal to personally formally apologize to the taiwanese, i can’t help wondering if this is a personality problem of sorts. a hang-up that has to do with the killing of his dad in ’83? maybe no one apologized to the family for that? okay, maybe it’s a stretch. maybe it’s just that the taiwanese demand for a formal apology is part of a package that includes paying compensation to the family of the victim and bringing the perpetrators to justice. the very same demands made by the hong kong chinese, a formal apology, reparations not just to the families of the victims who died but also to the victims who survived but are scarred for life, and appropriate punishment of the government authorities whose gross negligence caused the bloodbath. certainly, acceding to the taiwanese would mean finally acceding to the hong kong chinese, or else.
We welcome the chairman’s threat to sue us so all parties will be compelled to make public all vital information about the automated system provided by the foreign supplier, Smartmatic, which up to now continues to be kept secret by the Comelec itself.
~ Nelson Celis
and when the poll count stalled, the tv coverage stopped. anywhere else in the world, a stalled automated election count would have been grist for the mill, something that would have excited, perked up, broadcast media, given them something to pounce on and monitor non-stop, its extent and implications for 2016 elections to discuss and debate, in the service of the filipino electorate. instead, coverage petered out, pang newscast and regular programming na lang. soooo in the service of their bosses? bosses with vested interests in non-transparent automated elections?
o baka naman napakiusapan lang sila ni brillantes, as in, let’s not make a mountain out of a molehill, let’s not give gus lagman and the IT community a venue for venting, let’s not get the people agitated, let’s relax, take it easy. argh.