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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?


Written by pinoypatrol

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.

Written by pinoypatrol

June 11, 2008 at 9:04 am

They should have been doing this in the first place

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TMG revs up ‘no plate, no travel’ drive

This is something that they should have been doing in the first place! Just because there has been a dramatic increase in crime these past few months that they will only begin apprehending vehicles with no license plates or expired stickers. Why only do it now? It’s the law. It’s been there since we had drivers licenses and they only think of implementing it now?

But I want them to get all those fake “8” plates. “8” plates are the vehicle designation of the members of congress. There have been a lot of “fakes” popping up including plates of former members of congress who lost in the last election have not relinquished their plates.

Why should they have numbered plates in the first place? That makes them an easier target for assassins. We tax payers pay for those plates. Pay their salaries and pay the security detail that tell us to f**k off because we’re in their way.

I only give way if it’s an ambulance, fire truck or the president. Other than that they can all kiss my @$$.

Written by pinoypatrol

May 26, 2008 at 3:25 am

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