Can’t kill a myth if it’s not one

A comment I made to a blog post “Killing the myth that taxes are anti-democratic” by Greg Stevens.

spoonerWrong. Going over the speed limit and stealing from another are acts that are coercive and aggressive, which makes it undemocratic. Once it interferes another in a harmful way, it’s worth to be penalized. No need to have these acts be agreed upon because they clearly violate someone’s space, security and safety. The laws are there to reinforce its importance and specify the type of penalty for it.

In the case of taxation, it is claimed to be one of those “standards in our society” that is set, which makes it democratic. Whose standards is it? By a handful of lawmakers (either mindless, with an agenda, helpless or just-go-with-the-flow type)? If we say it’s democratic — the “of the people, by the people, for the people” address — what is the face of that people? A people with a State-defined face but not by the individual. Continue reading


Tricksters of law and order

death_of_the_justice_by_quadraro-d6sapo4It’s difficult to stand for the law and fight the dark personalities who undermine it. But let’s take the entire field of law implementation, considering the different kinds of people within this arena. Taking it this way, my opening remark will somehow encompass only those who stand for the law. But mind you, and this is not new, there are those who are well-bred on it, so much so that they’ve made it their sphere of play.

Just two days ago, the Senate summoned again the presence of the Aegis Juris frat men who are suspects in the hazing and death of Atio Castillo III. It was attended too by the parents of the deceased UST law student. It was a very emotional scene for parents of the aggrieved to come face-to-face with the accused parties. How the latter could muster all the strength to look at the grieving parents straight in the eyes for just a second while the harrowing experience of that fatal hazing kept looming in their minds. What conscience can they show? Continue reading

When fakery becomes a norm

maxresdefaultCould fakery be the latest norm in media news casting and journalism? I found myself whipping this question around, not at somebody, but at the Philippine media system. I’m no journalist but I think we have an issue on how the FACTS are being acquired, handled, organized and delivered. And it’s infectious!

Even by merely showing just one side or a part of the story can affect the viewers’ perception of the truth of a certain event. How much more if an item, a photo or a captured video of that story is replaced, photoshopped or falsified and — hell breaks loose — delivered professionally to innocent eyes. Continue reading

Talking from the tower

mauteSomething is not in place here. This is my gut reaction to a Twitter feed from GMA News regarding the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines’ (CBCP) statement on the deaths of Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon, 2 terrorist leaders who staged a siege in Marawi that lasted for almost 6 months. With a statement like that from a Roman Catholic Church official is darn out-of-place.

Is their statement solicited? No. (Butterflies in their heads, I guess.) Or does this so-called “religious” group just feel they are losing clout if they don’t open their mouths? I think the latter is closer to the truth. Power calls for popularity, and popularity needs to have a voice on everything that will redound to its gaining more power. (Read story here.) Continue reading

Who do you stand for, Vatican?

maxresdefault.jpgIf Jesus was meek, humble and poor, who preached love and compassion, what do we have to say of His predecessors, the Roman Pontiffs, and the Vatican which the latter have so defended?

I don’t know with many, but it’s shocking to see how powerful and rich is the Vatican, a far cry from the life and preaching of Jesus the Christ whom they professed. Sadly, this is not a new item. The cardinals, bishops, down to the priests and even laity all knew that this is not a new item on the net. Everyone knows it, and the Pontiffs keep their lips zipped on the issue. Continue reading