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He should be in for life

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Farmer faces 12 years jail for shooting, eating Philippine eagle

Not to mention there is a fine of P1 Million pesos for doing so. I wouldn’t even call him a farmer since he poached on an endangered animal.

Stupid as well. He didn’t know what it looked like and he’s 22 years old!?!?! Living on a farm nonetheless. He buried the transmitter affixed to the eagle on his property. Did he think he could get away with murder?!? He and his friends should be charged of the same crime as well.

I doubt that he pay the million peso fine for the crime he committed. He then should be kept behind bars for life. It would interesting in jail like the conversation would go, “I killed five people and robbed a bank. What are you in here for?” He would reply, “I killed a bird.”



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July 23, 2008 at 2:37 pm

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Photographers should stand up for their rights

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A abs-cbnNEWS.com photographer questioned by Ombudsman security

In other related news other than oil prices and the President’s State of the Nation address on Monday, a photographer for a magazine and news website was harassed by security at the Office of the Ombudsman for taking pictures of Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez at a flag raising ceremony of the office which is held every Monday.

Editor in Chief Maritess Vitug is right in calling the attention of the Ombudsman security in harassing a photographer and worse yet in a public place where a public event is being held.

Why is this wrong? Do they have something to hide there? Click on the link which leads to the abs-cbnnews.com website above to see the picture. She should’ve put on some make up before stepping into public looking like that.

Had this been a TV crew would they have acted differently? It was clear that the photographer had clearly identified himself as a photojournalist. If they have a problem on how the photographer conducted himself, the complainant should have just sent a letter to his employers about it.

Interesting to see government offices acting like they were in the mob. Someone’s been watching too many organized crime movies.

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July 23, 2008 at 2:11 pm

What if I shot you, dressed you and ate you?

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Farmer arrested for killing, eating rare Philippines eagle: officials

This just infuriates me. The question is what is going to happen to the poacher? I wouldn’t even want to call him a farmer since he’s supposed to be farming things and not poaching and hunting things for food?!?!

Punishment should be harsh. They just deprived the future another Philippine eagle.

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July 18, 2008 at 2:25 pm


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These are the days I like to see happen everyday. Not much to rant about the Philippines until tomorrow or Friday when gas prices are going up again. If this country was actually working I wouldn’t have this blog at all.

Sigh. Let’s just hope this lasts for a while.

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July 2, 2008 at 9:10 am

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Where does all that money go to then?

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Sea tragedy exposes ageing ships, dismal Coast Guard budget

For a country with more than 7 thousand islands to patrol and protect, you’d think that we’d have a large naval force.
That is not the case for the Philippines.

Very little budget is given to protect our waters. This opens up the whole country for tons of illegal activities. Human-trafficking, drug trafficking, pirates (yes sea pirates), illegal fishing and many more. Basically, the Philippines is unable to protect it’s waters.

But what will happen now after this tragedy? The Senate and Congress will hold inquiries and investigations “in aid of legislation” on who is to blame for this. They will waste hundreds of hours on and off television to point fingers and show to the viewers that they are doing their job. In the end they will accomplish nothing.

Some aide will discover that there are laws against this already and just move on to the next issue at hand. Anything to put their face on television or on newspapers. The issue will forgotten until the next ferry or ship sinks to the bottom of the sea and the cycle repeats itself again.

Are we doomed to repeat our mistakes over and over again?

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June 26, 2008 at 12:33 pm

Does congress actually do anything?

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Congress not seen to pass ‘CARP with reforms bill’

Cyber crime law urgent, but stalled in Congress

These are important laws that apparently will barely make it before congress ends it session on Friday. What are they doing over there?

CARP or Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program which was implemented in 1987, was meant to re-distribute farmland from land owners to the farmers. What happened was entirely different. Land owners found loop holes in the law which allowed them to distribute stocks instead of land to the farmers. If the “corporation” of the farmers go bankrupt for whatever reason, the ownership of the land returns to the original land owners. Others made lucrative deals with land developers to re zone the farmland into golf courses which is not covered by the land reform program.

One must also understand that the Philippines was under Spanish colonial rule for 300 years and this relationship of landowner and peasant never went away. It has actually remained for the past 100 years since then.

What about cyber crime? The Philippines lack laws that protect persons and businesses from crimes committed on the internet such as identity theft, hacking and intellectual copyright violations. There are no laws that protect us from online scams, spams, phising, DDoS attacks, trojans, worms, viruses and so on.

Our banks and businesses rely on laws such as these to get passed for them to operate properly.

These two laws have some similarities in their lack of movement in congress. One is that those congressmen preventing the passing of the CARP are they themselves land owners or related to land owners. Funny who voted them. The same farmers who are asking for this law. Another is that cyber crimes do not make front page news in the Philippine. Unless it’s about some homebrew hacker who unleashes a destructive virus and gets global fame and attention, we wouldn’t bother. With elections coming up in 2010, why should some congressman vote on a bill that won’t get him re-elected the next time around.

So a note to the voters. Find out what your congressional representative is up to and vote wisely.

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June 11, 2008 at 9:04 am

So? It’s probably the bus driver’s fault anyway

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Bus driver in EDSA road rage shooting dies

It happens. It happens not only in the Philippines but in other countries as well. The courts have convicted two to life imprisonment for road rage. What made those cases really sad was that they were the ones who were committing the traffic offense and not the victim. But what about in this case?

If you’ve read any of my previous posts in this blog is that I have no love for public transportation in the Philippines, most especially buses and jeeps. Their blatant disrespect for other drivers, lanes, and total lack of road courtesy is what makes driving in Manila a real pain. You can ask any private vehicle driver in Manila that public vehicles are a menace on the streets. It’s actually great when they go on strike. The roads are clear of these irresponsible drivers.

Of course this entire case could be something else other than road rage. But the fact remains, if the traffic cops will not apprehend and discipline drivers on the streets. People will take the law in their own hands. This would not happen if the traffic cops or whoever should be issuing tickets and revoking drivers licenses actually did their job.

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June 9, 2008 at 10:42 am

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