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Sunday, September 5, 2010

It's about time to say something!

A forward message I received from my Aunt in N.Y. and it goes this way:
To the Hongkong and PRC People, 

You hate the Filipino people for the hostage fiasco that unfortunate incident that went out of control at the end. This was a hostage situation that was under control and which netted 7 Chinese tourists to be released upon the efforts of our policemen.

You appear and sound sanctimonious and have even stepped upon our sovereignty. You have demanded apology, the moon and the heavens. You hate the Filipino people as if we wanted this unfortunate incident to happen. First and foremost, we offer our condolences to the families of the 8 that were killed in this incident. Secondly, we are sorry for the bungled handling of this hostage taking. It was unfortunate, it was an accident, we never planned it that way. Is it fair to blame a whole nation for a situation that was never planned?

Let me ask you this question, "Should we hate you also for the lead poisoning caused by the paint you used in your baby furniture and toys for the children of the world? Should we hate you also for the use of cardboard in the "siopao" that you sell to tourists? Should we hate you also for the  melamine contamination wherein not 8, but hundreds, maybe even thousands have suffered and some even died?

Or, let us talk of Filipino casualties. A few years ago, 3 Filipino tourists, all surnamed Madrigal, a family of 5 were walking on Tienemen Square and Beijing. One Chinese stabbed the father and two of his children, killing all three. Were you even sorry for what this one Chinese did? Did the Filipino people even demand that China apologized for this unfortunate incident. This was PRE-MEDITATED MURDER.

Just as the use of lead, cardboard, melamine was pre-meditated - used because they were cheaper materials, in order to generate PROFITS for the Chinese businessmen. Did you pay damages the same way you are demanding damages from the Filipino nation and people?

Where was the anger of the Chinese and Hongkong people? Did you even apologize to the world? My God in the case of melanine, you even kept this information from the world, until you were exposed for what you are!!!

Enough! We symphatize but don't blame the Filipino people.

So you want to send our OFWs home, that take care of your children? They play an important part in your lives. Both spouses are able to work, earn money because of the tender loving care being heaped on your children by Filipino maids and yayas/amahs. While you pay our OFWs for the work they do, you earn more for the love and care they bestow on your children. Go ahead, send our OFWs home. Let us see how that will affect your family incomes.

If you love your country, please pass this on to all Filipinos you know.  Thanks!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

2 Foreigners Abducted...again?

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine National Police (PNP) has confirmed the kidnapping of two foreigners in Pasay City on Tuesday.
The two foreigners were kidnapped along Macapagal Avenue.
PNP spokesperson Sr. Supt. Agrimero Cruz said the identities of the abductors, or the motive behind the kidnapping, remains unknown.
He added the suspects, who were wearing police uniforms, have yet to make any demand.
Cruz said the PNP is closely following up the case since foreigners are involved. -- Report from Gretchen Malalad, ABS-CBN News; ABS-CBN News Channel

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sad Thing...Bad Hackers!

By Erwin Oliva

Yahoo! Southeast Asia

The website of the Philippine Information Agency got defaced Sunday.

The defaced site showed a Chinese flag and played a hip-hong song while a user was viewing it.
As of this writing, the defaced site has been taken down. But the government website is inaccessible.
The defaced site is indicated that it was cracked by “7z1.”

Monday, August 23, 2010

Miss Universe 2010

Mexico made it!

Asked by Olympic gold-medal figure skater Evan Lysacek how she felt about unsupervised Internet use, Navarrete said the Internet is important but parents need to be careful and watch over their kids.
"I do believe that Internet is an indispensable, necessary tool for the present time," she said through an interpreter. "We must be sure to teach them the values that we learned as a family."

Bloody Monday for Filipinos

An ex-policeman who hijacked a tourist bus, identified as Rolando Mendoza, speaks to a negotiator while a female hostage peers from the window of the bus in Manila. The dramatic hostage siege in the Philippine capital involving a busload of Hong Kong tourists has ended after 12 hours with several captives walking free but the fate of 11 others unknown.

The hostage crisis experienced by the Hong Kong tourist passengers of Hong Thai tourist bus on Monday morning, August 23, 2010 is one of the most horrible story made in the Philippine history under the present administration of Pres. Benigno "Noynoy" C. Aquino III.

Answer the following questions honestly:
  1. As a Filipino student, how it feels like being a citizen of this country watching the hostage crisis in a nationwide television coverage? 
  2. Do you feel ashamed of being a Filipino? 
  3. What is the first thing that comes in your mind right there seeing the live coverage of the hostage crisis? 
  4. What is the role of information communication technology in mass media during the hostage crisis?
  5. What is your message to the world who have witnessed the live hostage crisis?