Ombudsman Sues Arroyo, Abalos Over NBN Deal | Inquirer News

The Office of the Ombudsman on Dec. 28 filed a graft case at the Sandiganbayan against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in connection with the scuttled National Broadband Network (NBN) deal with China, Philippine Daily Inquirer sources said. Read the rest here:

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A Brand New Queen Size Bed for a Plunderer!

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, extra-judicial killin...

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MANILA, Philippines – A brand-new queen-size bed awaits former President now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the presidential suite of the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC), where she will be detained pending her trial for electoral sabotage.

Arroyo will also have a newly-renovated bathroom with a new tub and water closet, and with wall-railings for her safety since she is suffering from a bone disease, VMMC director Nona Legaspi said on Thursday.Legaspi said the suite was ready for Arroyo, who is expected to transfer to VMMC from St Luke’s Medical Center in TYaguig City on Friday, as ordered by Judge Jesus Mupas of the Pasay City regional trial.

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A look into Arroyo’s suite at VMMC | Inquirer News

Personally, I think this is almost criminal, since millions of poor Filipino families have yet to experience equal access to quality health care services.
The National Health Insurance Program covers only about half of Filipinos (52%). In fact, 60% of the P200 billion spent by Filipinos for health care comes out of their own pockets!
Most public hospitals still suffer from inadequate staff and facilities leading to the provision of low-quality care.
Filipinos have long practiced a do-it-yourself healthcare, and here we are granting so many comforts to GMA that so many Filipinos don’t ever experience in their lives (who owns a queen size bed?), and allowing her to dictate the terms of her detention.

Saudi Gazette: She Called Me Mama the First Time She Ever Spoke–Filipina Nanny

Amy, a Filipino nanny, says that when she worked for a family in Riyadh she fell in love with their little girl. “I was so attached to her. She called me mama the first time she ever spoke but I wished her mother took a little better care of her. We nannies come and go, but a child’s parent is for ever” she said.

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Mistreated Filipina Maid Stabs Kuwaiti Youth Several Times in Revenge

“Police have arrested a Filipina housemaid for stabbing a Kuwaiti youth several times inside her sponsor’s home in Jaber Al-Ali, reports Al-Shahed daily.”

The youth has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital in the area. His condition has been described as critical.

During interrogation the maid admitted to stabbing the youth, reports said. She said she wanted to take revenge because the family was maltreating her.

Murder charges have been filed against the maid and she has been handed over to the public prosecutor’s office.

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Filipina Maid Asked to Queue Overnight for H& M Clothes

AsiaOne reports that a 25-year old female Singaporean student asked her Filipina maid  to queue overnight in a bid to get her hands on pieces from the latest Versace for H&M collection.

Lianhe Wanbao reported that the Filipino maid, who declined to be named, began to queue from 2pm a day before the collection was unveiled at the Orchard Road store.

She said her employer had given her a shopping list which stated the desired items and sizes, and handed her S$2,000 in cash to make the purchases. She also said she did not mind doing this for her employer, who was in the midst of preparing for her exams asked her maid to queue overnight on her behalf.

The Chinese evening daily reported that there were at least three maids in the queue since yesterday afternoon. Shoppers have been queuing to buy the Donatella Versace x H&M collection since yesterday afternoon. The launch of the collection was today.

Read the original report here: http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Singapore/Story/A1Story20111117-311249.html

United States in Asia

Visiting United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday faced a grilling from Filipino students, as the United States scrambles to counterbalance China’s growing power in Asia.

I thought this made it a good time to republish this piece by radical nationalist Joel P Garduce, as background.

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KEEP THE FIRE by Joel P. Garduce
(published in Cebu’s The Voice, February 5, 2010, page 6)

Yesterday, February 4, marked the 111th anniversary of the beginning of what still stands as the bloodiest war in the history of the Filipino people. On that day in 1899, open hostilities broke out between invading U.S. troops and soldiers of the first republic in Asia.

Uncle Sam at the turn of the 20th century

The war came to be known in history classes and textbooks as the Filipino-American War. It’s a misnomer, really. Calling the war this way invokes an image no different from a boxing fight, where protagonists do battle as an end in itself, where there are no aggressors to speak of and no justice to be had. Which is obviously not the case with this war.

It would be more accurate and honest to call it the First Great Patriotic War of the Filipino People. For indeed, it was the first war waged by a newly born nation, the first patriotic war in Asia in fact to defend a republic against an invading army of 20,000 imperial troops (that eventually ballooned to 120,000 throughout the war) intent on taking out so soon a people’s freedom freshly gained from centuries-long colonial rule.

It was a war that was as ugly as it could get, a signal tragedy where both the peoples of the Philippines and the US lost their respective republics. On the Filipino side, more than a million Filipinos were killed to regain colonial oppression, most as victims of the barbaric “scorched-earth” policy of the U.S. armed occupation, employed via torture, hamletting, food blockades, and massacres of entire towns, including children.

Wounded granny during the Philippine-American war

On the American side, the victorious U.S. subjugation of a new foreign race consolidated the vicious rule of the robber barons, at a cost of 8,000 American lives and racism, workplace abuse, corruption and oppression running rampant in the homeland. Through systematic indoctrination of succeeding generations, this war, “among the cruelest conflicts in the annals of Western imperialism” as one American author put it, would be gutted out of the historical memory of both Americans and Filipinos.

Filipino civilians being interrogated at the start of American colonial rule.

Well, almost. Were it not for the effort—among others—of Americans of conscience like historian Howard Zinn, who died last week, the outstanding war crimes against the Filipino people may well have been entirely forgotten. Thanks to him and his most popular book, “A People’s History of the United States”, arguably the biggest-selling book on the full U.S. history, today’s generation in the U.S. has been made aware of a bloody and disdainful history of U.S. empire, and of the continuing epochal class struggle of the American people against it.

“A People’s History” was hugely successful. By the time Zinn collapsed fatally from a heart attack last January 27, it had already sold two million copies and gone through six editions since it was first published in 1980 with only 5,000 copies.

A 2008 graphic adaptation he co-authored with Mike Konopacki and Paul Buhle, called “A People’s History of American Empire”, would go further and boldly parallel the U.S. atrocities against our forefathers more than a hundred years ago to the human rights outrages that attended the U.S.-led war of terrorism ongoing since 9/11.

A 2009 TV docu titled “The People Speak” and based on Zinn’s book brought his views to a far-wider audience. Narrated by actor and his former neighbor Matt Damon, it featured readings and performances by various U.S. celebrities, like Viggo Mortensen of the “Lord of the Rings” fame, black actors Morgan Freeman and Danny Glover, Oscar winner Marisa Tomei, and musicians Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Bob Dylan, Pink, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, and John Legend. That a nontraditional take of U.S. history would gain much mainstream acceptance and admiration proves that the time for Zinn’s progressive standpoint and viewpoint has clearly come.

Zinn’s work complements efforts by select Filipino historians to speak historical truth to power. Half a decade before “A People’s History” first came out, anti-imperialist author Renato Constantino had already made the case for a people’s perspective in writing history with his acclaimed twin history volumes “The Philippines: A Past Revisited” and “The Philippines: The Continuing Past”. Then there’s the seminal “Philippine Society and Revolution” (PSR) written by Professor Jose Maria Sison using his nom de guerre Amado Guerrero. What may well be the most well-known history book in the Philippines, specially among the majority who remain downtrodden, PSR came out a full decade before “A People’s History”. (This year marks the 40th year since its publication.) In it, Sison tersely outlined Philippine history and society from a standpoint of an oppressed people daring to make history and change society.

A picture of a “water detail,” reportedly taken in May, 1901, in Sual, the Philippines. “It is a terrible torture,” one soldier wrote. Picture found in “The Water Cure”, Paul Kramer, newyorker.com, Feb 25 2008. Original photograph attributed to Corporal George J. Vennage c/o Ohio State University Rare Books and Manuscripts Library.

Zinn, Constantino and Sison all firmly believe the authentic heroes of history are the unlettered masses and that we ought to champion their hopes and aspirations if we intend to usher in a world of justice and social progress. We are honored to have them remind us all the need to intensely study history to reexamine seemingly unwanted but terribly vital memories, and unearth its lessons pregnant with guidance towards a bright future bereft of ugly and unjust wars, empires of greed, widespread misery and shackled freedoms—a bright future Filipinos, Americans and humankind at large truly deserve. ##

Joel Garduce is with the Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP). This and previous contributions can be viewed online here.

View these historical photos:

http://jibrael.blogspot.com/2007/09/philippine-american-war-of-1899-1902.html

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(for the footages, but ignore some parts of the commentary, which can be wrong)

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