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Archive for October, 2011

Oo Nga Naman 49

I thought this would fall under the “Oo Nga Naman” category after watching it. I’m sure you’ll agree. So for your viewing and listening pleasure you, we bring you an archive episode from Bill Cosby’s “Kids Say the Darndest Things.”


The Height of Ruthless Inhumanity

I was tuned in to the radio yesterday afternoon when I heard about an incident in China where a two-year old girl was run-over by a van, and hardly anyone passing her by cared enough to stop and help her.

At first I dismissed the story as “just another incident in China.” It was only this morning that I got a chance to see it in youtube for myself.

I cannot even find the appropriate word to describe the ruthless inhumanity I just saw.

The girl getting hit was already painful for me to see. As a father of a daughter who will one day get to learn to walk, I was grimacing just as I saw the van hit the girl. But seeing that the van did not even stop and even went on to run over the girl was too much to handle for me–I cried. This cannot be happening, I said to myself.

But what even gets to my nerves is the fact that hardly anyone cared enough to help the girl. Seeing all those people just passing by on her as if she was just a dead dog on the street was just infuriating. It was after a very long while before someone cared enough (if that was enough) to lift her up and just place her on the side. And then a few more minutes before someone actually lifted her up to provide the needed medical attention.

She was still alive when she was brought to the hospital. But she slipped into coma after incurring severe brain injuries, plus the fact that a second van also ran over her. The fact that she was ignored by 18 passersby easily aggravated her situation.

She died yesterday.

I was watching this in youtube, and I read several of the comments there explaining why no one among the passersby cared enough to stop and help the two-year old girl. They said that “in their culture” passersby who help has to pay deposits and stuffs like such before the victim can be cared for. Some are even saying helping someone can get you sued as well.

I’m not buying all these explanations.

I don’t think–or at least I don’t want to think–that cultural norms or restrictions can overpower the heart of a human being. What I saw right in the video clip was the height of inhumanity, to say the least. And no matter what kind of justification be offered for the insensitivity that was displayed in that clip, I cannot and perhaps will not understand why people were like that. It just doesn’t make sense that the sight of a dying little girl who was just so helpless she could not even cry for help, was not powerful enough to move 18 people to action. And to think that it took a 19th passerby before the girl was attended to is something that’s just beyond me.

I’m not saying I’m perfect, neither am I judging those who didn’t care enough to help the girl. It’s just that I cannot understand why it had to be that way. Maybe my being a father of a daughter has changed me into something else. But I’m quite sure, even if I am not a father, I still wouldn’t understand why such things would happen in real life.

If you want to know firsthand what I’m talking about, here’s a clip of the incident:

(Warning: this video is not for the fainthearted. Be sure you have a strong gut before you watch this.)

Napag-uusapan Lang Naman 29

It’s been a very long while since I vented out on social issues. In fact, it’s been a while since I actually decided to blog purely out of the will to do it, and not merely because that something that will probably earn decent hits deserves to have a write-up here.

And since I started off this opinion with an “It’s been a while…” statement, let me, for good measure, officially begin my ranting by saying that…

…it’s been a while since I’ve been tuned in to the AM band.

I don’t know exactly what got into me, but I’m quite sure I started tuning in to AM since the storm season started. The habit started out as a necessary precaution to avoid traffic. Eventually, it became a mainstay in my car. I would still regularly switch back to FM (and only to RX), but I guess it’s safe to say, I’ve been tuned in more to AM radio stations 7 out of the 10 times I turn the radio on.

It is to this that I blame the resurrection of my opinionated side.

And for starters, let me begin with my take on Presidential Political Affairs main man Ronald Llamas and the AK-47’s that were caught by media cameras in his car.

I’m not a psychiatrist, but I think I’m not far off to reading Secretary Llamas’ actions as out of place, most especially whenever you catch him on TV explaining about the incident that involved his high-powered guns being “escorted” out of the scene. It’s not that I disagree with him having a gun, or even a high-powered one for that matter. And it’s not even the fact that he had it “stashed” somewhere underneath his car, at a time that he wasn’t even in the Philippines, and his vehicle figuring in a road accident. For me, the most irritating scene was seeing it being taken “into custody,” or, putting it in an honest way, out of the crime scene. The act seemed to say “I’m hiding something,” pretty much uncharacteristic of the image that this administration has been peddling for over a year now. And it actually highlighted the fact that it was a high-powered firearm. At first, it wasn’t really much about whether or not it was an AK-47. But because someone nondescript suddenly appeared from out of nowhere and taking it away from the location of the incident puts a big question mark on both the gun and its owner.

I’m sorry, but I’m not buying whatever alibi is being offered to the public as to what that gun was doing there, or why was it being removed from the scene. And, I don’t know if I’m just being hard, but I’m not buying either the suspension meted on the secretary’s guns. This is one of the very few times I am taking the side of Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago–to get down to the bottom of this scandal, and precisely pinpoint whoever’s liable on this one.

And thus, I found for myself another reason to stay glued to AM radio for a while.

Heads Up From A House Break-In Victim

They say there’s always a first time for everything.

Well, this is one of the “first times” I wish never happened.

Our house got robbed last Saturday early morning at around 1:30 to 2:00 AM. I was actually not home (I was in Cavite), when our barangay chairwoman, who also was our landowner called me up. when I answered the phone, it was my wife’s voice I was hearing. With her breaking voice, Cess told me the incident that happened while she, my daughter and our house maid were fast asleep.

It was a relief, though, that it was my wife’s voice on the other end of the line.

If things took for the worse, I’d be coming home seeing a worse tragedy that would have been unimaginable.

We lost more than 15K worth of items and cash. Cess lost her entire bag, which included her wallet, ID’s, Chelsey’s baby book, cell phones, and her gold necklace.

The incident is under investigation right now. But so far, we learned a few very important details regarding incidents such as this. I’m blogging to give you guys a heads up on what these kind of house break-ins have now become these days:

1. Based from testimonies of other victims, a common thread has been that these break-ins usually happen during hard rains early in the morning. Community police forces take it slow in their regular patrols whenever it rains. Unwary residents usually fall deeper into sleep whenever it rains, plus the fact that the raindrops on the roof create a noise that usually deafens any unusual creaks caused by robbers while carrying out their plan. So, be very alert whenever rains pour early in the morning;

2. These guys usually work in threes. One of them serves as the look-out along the streets. The other guy is inside the house performing the thievery, while the other one is usually outside of the house, serving as the “quick-catch” who takes the items as the guy inside hands them over to him;

3. Ever wonder why some of the victims testify that “they never woke up?” Some say that the thieves bring with them some sort of scent that further deepens the victim’s shallow sleep. Sort of sleeping fume, if you may say;

Thus far, these are all I gathered in the last two days we’ve been trying to figure out how things went. Folks around us have their respective theories. I have mine, as well. For now, no one can really tell who did it. Apparently, this first time for me and Cess is also the first time ever in our barangay. It was the first time since the barangay became a barangay. Seriously.

Hopefully, there won’t be a second time.

Ateneo Bags Fourth Straight Crown

As the clock wound down to its dying seconds, the score on the tally board said it all–a FOURgone conclusion.

The Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles convincingly edged the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, 82-69, to claim their fourth straight title in the senior men’s basketball tournament of the UAAP Season 74.

Recently named Rookie of the Year Kiefer Ravena exploded for 18 points to lead the Blue Eagles to their fourth consecutive trophy, a feat that only three other teams–UST, La Salle and UE–can brag about. Nico Salva trailed “the phenom” with a phenomenal performance of his own with 15 points, and was adjudged MVP of the Finals, most notably for his 100% clip from both free throw line and field goal area during game one of the series.

The win was also the last for the backcourt duo of Emman Monfort, Kirk Long, and Bacon Austria, all members of the three previous championships of Ateneo. This also places Norman Black among the list of four-peaters, namely Baby Dalupan for UE, Aric del Rosario for UST and Franz Pumaren for La Salle.

FEU’s Aldrech Ramos finished his college ball career with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Along with him, JR Cawaling, Pipo Noundou, Jens Knuttel and Chris Exciminiano will be exiting from the Tamaraws basketball program that saw them go through playoff heartbreaks and two finals appearances. A rebuilding season for FEU is expected to revolve around RR Garcia, Terence Romeo, and the supporting cast of Arvie Bringas and Mike Tolomia.

Awards were also handed out to players before game two kicked off. Bobby Ray Parks of NU was hailed MVP for this season, and was named to the Mythical Five team, along with Greg Slaughter, Ravena, Ramos and Alex Nuyles of Adamson. UP’s Jett Manuel earned this year’s Most Improved Player of the Year award.