Tuesday, June 27, 2017
It is quite rich that the venerable Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) would so pompously issue a list of Websites Carrying False or Verified Contents [sic]. This is coming from a clique of renowned Filipino “thought leaders” who endorse medieval ideas like creationism and, as a matter of policy, apply only circular logic in the manner with which they process information and disseminate it.
So here we go… circular logic versus the Scientific Method. Fasten your seatbelts…
The CBCP and the broader Roman Catholic mafia to which it belongs isn’t exactly renowned for bodies of work open to scrutiny and challenge. In fact, much of what it purports to be “true” about the world was the starting point for a vast “knowledgebase” of backward-engineered “theology”. The Catholic Church’s most revered “thought leader”, medieval philosopher and theologian St. Thomas Aquinas (the father of “theology”), wrote out volumes of convoluted reasoning that he attempted to shoehorn through the narrow channel of orthodoxy that Christendom allows of the “thinkers” it endorses. Tragic. Countless Filipino parents likely took out second mortgages to have their kids educated on this so-called “theology” at chi-chi private Catholic schools like the Ateneo de Manila University.
Contrast the Catholic approach to “thinking” with that seminal breakthrough in human enlightenment, the scientific method. Working with the scientific method, theories are formulated from the bottom up (not from a top-down divinely-mandated belief framework). Scientific theories are crystallised from “first principles” that rely on zero human (or divine) bias. An example of such first principles are the building blocks of geometry — e.g., a line is formed by plotting the shortest distance between two points in space, a surface is a cross-section of space that traces the wake of a line moving through it, etc. Self-evident non-reducible axioms and postulates like these form the building blocks of every scientific and mathematical theory that we take for granted today. Without the scientific method, the very devices we use to publish lists of “fake news” sites today would not exist.
Indeed, in the scientific method, human beings finally found the intellectual tools to take on the Church’s “fake ideas” (creditto Mr. Oscar Franklin Tan for the term) head-on. The fake ideas peddled — and defended by the Church at the cost of millions of human lives — are things that even first grade kids would consider to be moronic today. Early scientists, for example, battled the idea that the sun (and, for that matter, the whole universe) revolved around the Earth. It took centuries to win that battle. Even today, 100 million Filipinos are held hostage by the Roman Catholic Church’s fake ideas — the idea that using contraceptives will lead to eternal damnation and the idea that a marriage can only be ended by an “annulment”. The battle rages on between the forces of enlightenment and Catholic dogma in the Philippines of the 21st Century, much the same way that it did in Europe in the 15th to 17th Centuries.
So the short of it is quite straightforward. The thing at work in the way Filipinos have turned the CBCP “fake news” list into a today’s pre-eminent talking point is the very same intellectual disease at work in the spread of “fake news”. We latch on to such lists and the propagator of such lists (in this case, the CBCP) for the very same reason people share “fake news” on their social media timelines. See the irony here? The CBCP said so, so Imma Gonna Retweet It or click on the “Share” button. Doing things that way, of course, is easier than applying the scientific method before you click on “Retweet” or “Share”.
What escapes many here is that the CBCP who they regard as an authority figure that legitimises this “fake news” list is, itself, a propagator of fake ideas that kept humanity in the Dark Ages for centuries (and continues that tradition of breeding ignoramuses in the Philippines today).
You wonder then, is “fake news” really that bad? When considering that question, think of how Yellowtard propaganda was baked into Filipino school kids’ textbooks by 30 years of “liberal” governments beholden to the Aquino-Cojuangco “Laban” narrative. I wrote about a particularly creepy case of this a while back. You’d think cases such as this and this recent “fake news” circus launched by the CBCP would by now motivate supposedly “freedom-loving” Filipinos to pause and reflect on how trustworthy their sources of information are.
At least “FilipiKnows” and “PinoyTrendingNews” content land on our social media feeds where each of us have the option to ignore them. The real outrage is around the way “trusted” organisations abuse supposedly sacred channels — Sunday masses and pastoral letters, kids’ schoolbooks, and mainstream news outlets — to peddle fake ideas that ordinary Filipinos cannot ignore.
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Philippine “senator” Antonio Trillanes’s epic choke during an interview with Stephen Sackur in the BBC’s HARDtalkprogramme last week all but highlighted the sad disarray of the Philippine Opposition. Indeed, last week was a perfect storm as it saw the coming together of insight into just how inutile the Philippine Opposition of today has become. For people who seek to prematurely depose the president (presumably with that favourite extrajudicial method of theirs that they call “people power”), Sackur’s torpedoeing of the Trillanes brand couldn’t have come at a worse time. On that same week, journalist Bea Cupin’s recent article The fall of the ‘dilawang’ Liberal Party (LP) came online viaRappler and chronicled in grinding detail the “descent of the once all-powerful party”.
In light of these developments (specifically on Cupin’s article) House Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr (LP) wistfully tweeted, “What LP should do though is reflect on our mistakes and missed opportunities. And embrace our role as a fiscalizer, critical collaborator.” Interestingly, the congressman evidently recognises the core essence of the LP (presuming, of course, that it actually does represent the ideals of the so-called “liberals”) as can be gleaned from another one of his tweets…
We’re d favorite whipping boys of critics and pundits but ultimately when forces conspire to limit our freedoms, who ya gonna call? Liberals
Unfortunately for Baguilat, the battle cry he recommends as a response to the question “Who ya gonna call?” is not shared by members of his own camp. That’s because many in his Yellow Camp would not even know what he means when he refers to the term liberals in the true sense he applies when invoking it. Rather, to most in his camp, the answer to “Who ya gonna call?” will be a resounding LENI ROBREDO! To Filipinos, after all, it’s all about people and less about ideas. To the average dilawan, Robredo is the Liberal Party and, they presume, the leader of the broader Philippine Opposition itself. On the latter point, Baguilat agrees, “We’re [the] only organized political opposition,” he tweets in reference to the LP.
Thus, in this regard, it is a monumental tragedy for the Opposition that they were sunk by Trillanes who many do not see as the leader of the Opposition. Indeed, if anybody should have been on Sackur’s hot seat, it should have been the supreme leader of the Opposition herself.
But it’s not too late. Robredo could still step up and redeem Trillanes’s crushed dignity. After all, some Filipinos still want her to be president someday and see her as eminently qualified for the job. What better way to prove that she is president material than by subjecting herself to a real journalist’s grilling. What does she have to lose? She will perform way better than Duterte in any Q&A — or so the dilawans believe.
The problem with Robredo, however, is that she can’t speak English. That’s a real show-stopper considering that those who defend Trillanes’s performance in the heat of Sackur’s grilling are convinced he “did well” only on the low-bar basis of his being able to “respond to all of Sackur’s questions”. In short, Trillanes’s having a rudimentary enough understanding of a question articulated in English and being able to respond to it in a way that the predominantly monolingual English-speaking audience that Sackur’s show attracts can understand is good enough. In other words, pwede na yan.
Unfortunately for Robredo, her command of the English language is way below pwede na yan. Halfway through each sentence Robredo cobbles together on the fly, Sackur would surely cut her to pieces. Robredo’s colegiala act simply won’t fly in a cutthroat world of important people who have very little time. Time and again she has proven not just her verbal ineptness but her hopelessly inappropriate body language, first in the girly manner that she wrapped herself around Duterte’s finger during her first few weeks in office and in the whimsical way she presented herself in a pre-recorded videoplayed at the 60th annual meeting of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, Austria.
Suffice to say, the Opposition does not only suffer from a crisis of leadership, it suffers from a crisis of competentstatesmanship. This is why, for the sake of the Opposition’s future, it is important that Trillanes’s appalling snafu be redeemed. Who ya gonna call??
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Published June 26, 2017 12:13pm
Senator Risa Hontiveros on Monday urged people not to discriminate against displaced Marawi City residents who are seeking shelter in nearby areas after fleeing from the war-torn city.
"I appeal to the public not to stoke the flames of Islamophobia. Discrimination breeds hate. It builds walls. It sustains unjust wars," Hontiveros said in a statement.
Hontiveros made the call after receiving reports that some house and apartment owners have refused to accommodate Maranaos after learning where they came from.
While she understands the concerns of the public for their security, Hontiveros said this should not be a cause for discrimination.
"This is the time for unity and solidarity. Amid these challenging times, we should not give in to our fears and prejudice. Let us not play into the script of the Maute terrorists, who want to sow fear and hate between Christians and Muslims," she said.
Hontiveros called on appropriate government agencies to ensure that the displaced Marawi City residents are given proper assistance and protection.
"The Duterte government must ensure that the well-being of all internally displaced persons are taken care of, including their protection from all forms of discrimination. They have suffered so much. Let us not add to their pain," she said.
Hontiveros, meanwhile, commended the military for implementing an eight-hour truce to allow Muslims in Marawi City to observe Eid’l Fitr on Sunday.
"I laud the AFP for exercising religious sensitivity even as it continues with its effort to defeat the Maute terrorist group. I hope that this series of good gestures from the military will extend to heeding the Filipino-Muslim community's call for an end to the indiscriminate aerial bombings," Hontiveros said.
"Even without Martial Law, I am confident that our brave and professional soldiers will be able to eliminate the terrorist threat in Marawi while respecting the cultural and religious sensitivities of our Muslim sisters and brothers," she added.
Five Marawi City residents were rescued during the “humanitarian pause,” which started at 6 a.m.
The ceasefire was supposed to end at 2 p.m., but the military agreed to extend it for two more hours to allow a humanitarian group led by Ulamas or Islamic religious leaders to look for more trapped civilians.
More than 300 people, mostly militants, have been killed in the ongoing conflict. It started with the attack of the Maute group on May 23, which prompted President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of martial law in Mindanao. —Erwin Colcol/ALG/KVD, GMA News
It is often said, and we are often reminded, that children are amongst the most vulnerable members of our society. They look up to their elders and are keen to learn and please — sponges that have many spaces in their minds and psyches to fill. As adults, we are responsible for the shaping of the future generations and, as such, are accountable for how future adults turn out.
It is unfortunate that, in the Philippines, the youth are politicised at a very early age. In a photo shared by Facebook activist MJ Quiambao Reyes, a page from a textbook used in a Grade 2 social studies class shows the extent to which the Yellow Camp would go to disseminate its propaganda.
Accompanying images of the late former Senator Benigno ‘Ninoy’ Aquino Jr and his son and former President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III are text and imagery singing praises about the former’s martyrdom, his relationship with the latter, and a series of leading questions designed to hammer in who they are into the readers’ young minds.
The most disturbing is a poem with the title (translated in English) “Do you know Ninoy?”. The following is the full poem translated in English…
Do you know Ninoy?He is the father of NoynoyHe gave his lifeFor his belived country.
He worked and sacrificedEven while he was imprisoned.Fighting for changeEven at risk of death.
The heavens mournedWhen he was buried.Thunder rumbled loudlyLightning clapped sharply.
An important iniative concerned parents and citizens should mount is to begin to evaluate just how much damage had been done to Philippine society by these textbooks.
Observers have long warned that Philippine society suffers a bad case of intellectual bankruptcy. “An admired Filipino economist, based in New York” long ago lamented this deficit in thinking and had this to say about the Philippines’ political “debate”.
When the issues are of some significance, it’s the wrong arguments that prevail, the wrong side wins. Logic and common sense take the backseat to political arguments and the views of the poorly-educated.
Indeed it is less about how much education Filipinos receive and more about the quality of this education. The most highly-regarded skills today (or for that matter, over much of history) mainly involve problem-solving acumen. Professions like engineering and the sciences employ rigourous problem solving frameworks hinged on the scientific method where an objective mind regards and defines problems through un-coloured perspectives. In the arts, it is original and ground-breaking work that delivers the biggest bucks — not re-hashes and, in the case of the Philippines’ popular arts, poor copies of Western concepts.
The trouble with the way Filipino youngsters are raised is that they are taught what to think and not how to think.
Herein this example lies Exhibit A — but one brick in what is likely to be a vast foundation of mediocrity upon which Philippine society has been built and continues to be built.
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Trillanes Plans to Request Google, Facebook to Delete BBC Interview With Stephen Sackur (Video) Must Watch!
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is planning to request Google and Facebook to delete the video of his interview with BBC's HARDtalk host Stephen Sackur last Wednesday, June 21 on their respective platforms. This is after he felt that the said interview could ruin his reputation, and that the host was biased against him. Watch the full interview video below.
In that BBC interview with Stephen Sackur, Sen. Trillanes was asked if he thinks that his negative comments against President Rodrigo Duterte were "out of tune with ordinary Filipino opinion." The HARDtalk host then pointed that the president had 75 percent approval rating despite strong objections of his critics in his intensified war against drugs.
"Believe me, Senator... If a Western politician had a 75% approval rating, they would regard that as the best day of their life.” Sackur told Trillanes. However, the latter said that the bulk of Filipinos people are not really aware of what is happening on the ground, and that he believes the figure will drop once the public will know the real situation.
Sackur then reminded Sen. Trillanes of his two failed coup attempts against then-president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, in 2003 and in 2007. He then asked the senator if another coup attempt is a solution against President Duterte. Trillanes said, "No," and that filing a case against him the president at the ICC (International Criminal Court) is a better solution.
But as a summary, tons of Filipinos who watched the controversial BBC interview said they believed that Stephen Sackur strongly disagrees with Sen. Trillanes. For this reason, the anti-Duterte senator is now being heavily mocked on social media. This then led him in planning to request Google and Facebook to take down the devastating video interview.
“Yes, I've been thinking about that lately. I really felt humiliated in that interview, and Filipinos who have watched it might think I'm stupid. Another problem here is that the host sounds like another Duterte troll.” Sen. Trillanes told reporters when asked about his thoughts after the BBC interview, adding that he also plans to sue the host, Stephen Sackur.
Here is the Full Interview of Trillianes on BBC News
Monday, June 26, 2017
Sunday, June 25, 2017
You focus on trivial matters and matters which you believe can sell your stories You magnify things and demonize the President because it is in accord with the wishes of your Masters and it will sell your convoluted stories.
If we cannot rally behind the President, if we cannot realize how special this man is to the Philippines and if we fail to acknowledge why the Lord moved his hands to place him in power, then let us be human enough to let President Duterte go back to his private life because it is unfair for him to be assassinated or for him to lose his health just because he wanted a better nation for us. Let us not be selfish. Let the man go and let us all be resigned to the fact that we are a doomed nation and the perpetual doormat of Asia and the world.
During the oral justification last June 13, the petitioners presented their arguments to nullify the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao.
The lawyers of the petitioners stated that what Maute and other extremist groups did in Marawi was considered terrorism but it does not mean to be treated as rebellion or invasion, which the 1987 Constitution requires for the declaration of Martial Law.
Lagman said this, " Acts of terrorism are not necessarily equivalent to actual rebellion and the consequent requirement of securing public safety." He also said that the reasons of Duterte in declaring martial law "may not be arbitrary or capricious in appreciation of facts."
Lagman also claims the absence of culpable purpose in Marawi, which is, 'removing the Philippines or a part thereof from allegiance to the Republic or preventing the President or Legislature from exercising their powers and prerogatives,'manx in addition, Lagman said that Duterte's factual assertions to justify martial law was inaccurate or hyperbolic.
However, Justice Mariano del Castillo isn't swayed by Lagman's statement. Justice del Castillo said, "The military casualty count as of last Sunday is already 58 soldiers, Congressman. Dead soldiers of ours. And there are 25,000 evacuees now in Iligan City. So, for Martial Law to … I mean, Martial Law will only be with us for 60 days, assuming that he (Duterte) won't lift the proclamation earlier. With all the safeguards, I don't know why you are so worried."
Lagman reacted to Justice del Castillo statement and said that the killings of civilians and children were the aftermath of the ill-conceived declaration of Martial Law.
"Your honor, all of these subsequent killings, including civilians and children, we commiserate with the government with respect to the deaths of many soldiers. But these are all circumstances after the fact of the declaration of an ill-conceived declaration," Lagman said.
When our soldiers in Marawi fought against the notorious terrorists groups, several casualties from the military and civilians, the public enterprises burnt and devastated by the rebels, 25,000 displaced and distressed residents, and constant crossfire between the troops and rebels yet these incredulous lawyers and parties find it hard to believe that there is a need for Marital Law in Mindanao. Are they waiting for these rebels to torch the whole island of Mindanao, eh?
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MANILA- Philippines Senator Antonio Trillanes says he going to file a lawsuit against British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) for a recent interview he had with Stephen Sackur of ‘Hardtalk.’
During that live interview, a video of which has now gone viral across the globe, Sackur pulverized every comment and response Trillanes made regarding questions about the Philippines and President Rodrigo Duterte.
See Full Interview:
The wide-ranging interview covered topics from Martial Law, to Coups to Crystal Meth (which Trillanes seemed to have mistaken to be marijuana.)
“BBC is nothing but fake news,” Trillanes said, “and they must have been paid by Duterte supporters to have me insulted over and over by Sackur.”
Since Trillanes cannot sue Sackur because the latter is not a Filipino citizen, the senator says he will fly to The Hague to file his complaint before the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Filipino netizens were so grateful for Stephen Sackur who exposed Sen. Trillanes in the international community showing despite the face there is NO Duterte propaganda machine, only a motley crew of patriotic, hopeful Filipinos who see Duterte's vision and appreciates it.
Senator Trillaes just can't handle the fact that his own propaganda machine against Duterte is now working despiute the fact that they have poured so much money to run it to no avail.
Veteran BBC host Stephen Sackur got accolades and commendations from the online Filipino community particularly to all Pro-Duterte.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
We have had more civilian, police and military casualties in Marawi than the Brits had in London but the British government is taking strong measures against terrorism and ignoring human rights to protect its people, while here at home we have a subversive Opposition and CHR that only think of ousting the president and giving aid and comfort to terrorists.
I say let's haul them to jail for subversion and treason. The people are fed up with this nonsense that only contributes to more destabilization and killings by terrorists.
And we taxpayers are paying the salaries of those S-o-Bs to make our lives miserable?
By: Jose Alejandrino
Those guilty of heinous crimes like the plunderers, druglords, terrorists, are afraid of martial law.
Why? Because they'll be brought to a swift trial, and, if convicted, hanged. That is why Congress, which has been called a den of thieves, wanted to limit the death penalty.
I'm not afraid of martial law because I intend to remain a law-abiding citizen. I see martial law as a means of protecting me and my family from harm by evil doers.
Those against martial law talk of the death of democracy, of abuses committed by Marcos.
Democracy? It has never existed in our country. This is the usual crap brandished by oligarchs to continue to perpetuate rule by a few. It is a bogus argument.
Abuses? Today we have a highly professional military aware of their responsibilities. They showed it in Marawi by giving priority to the safety of civilians. I trust the AFP. This being said, the possibility of a few scalawags existing cannot be discounted. I'm more worried by scalawags in the bureaucracy. They must be weeded out and punished. Martial law will facilitate that. Netizens must remain on guard and expose them.
We have millions of OFWs abroad. The overwhelming majority abide by the law. Why? Because of the severity of punishment. Go to Saudi Arabia where crime is practically non-existent. Go to the Gulf States. In Dubai where I was not long ago, I could leave my watch and wallet at a table while swimming in the pool and nobody touched them. Of course there may be exceptions but the exceptions are few. I'm talking in general.
This is the kind of law and order we need in the Philippines. At my school in England, we were taught discipline. If we misbehaved, we were whipped. Military training and compulsory sports reinforced and built our character. When I was in college in the US, students were smoking 'weed' which were marijuana sticks. Because of discipline and character instilled in England, I refused even to try them.
Here at home we are infected by excessive liberalism to the point where liberals like Leni Robredo favor the legalization and decriminalization of drug use. In a country where we already have 4 million addicts walking like zombies? What idiocy!
Our soldiers and police are dying fighting terrorists. Liberals like Risa Hontiveros and Edcel Lagman want the Supreme Court to strike down martial law on the ground there is no rebellion or invasion. Where did these liberals come from? Lalaland? It is idiots like them that precisely prove we need martial law. So they can be locked up in a mental asylum. Already we have other insanes roaming Congress like Antonio Trillanes and Gary Alejano. It makes one wonder whether we need a Congress.
There are other institutions full of insanes. Chito Gascon of CHR is a fine example. All that is needed to put an icing on the cake is the Supreme Court. Wait for its decision. Then we'll find out who are the insane there.
In addition to the corrupt, druglords, terrorists and zombies, we have the problem of the insane. How do we protect ourselves from this scourge except by martial law?