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Yes We Will Because We Can!

(An Essay on Faith to a Man of History)

The American President, while in the revered company of other presidents from other democracies, is wholly set apart as he is the sworn and approved envoy of all. Not a king as he is the antithesis of a king, voted in a democracy by a freedom-loving majority, yet so akin to a monarch as he is, for reasons immortal, an inscrutable consequence of destiny and legacy.

It is, therefore, with good reason why Americans, as a custom, evaluate the new president’s inaugural address: to somehow catch a foretaste, no matter how vague or unequivocal, not only of a people’s charted course, but in what manner of spirit this course would be set for all to follow and from which to benefit.

Usually however, what a president declares at one’s inaugural address, as a matter of policy, is never penned in stone. As seasons meander and circumstances change, choices and decisions likewise take differing routes, and a naturally anticipated variance follows between what has been promised during an inaugural address and what has been done after that. That as it may, presidential inaugural addresses are by and large about the elected president’s declaration of policy as to how current and future problems should be initially addressed and thereafter dealt with during the term of office. In this sense, we could say that the inaugural address of President Barack Hussein Obama on 20 January 2009 at Washington D.C. possessed all the tradition inherent in the American political frame of mind: A stable future for the United States through a strong and indubitable national policy.

On the other hand, the inaugural address of the 44th American president is, in more ways than any, a cut above the rest. Perhaps it is for the reason that the president’s inaugural address was given by a man of color, a total impossibility eight months ago, yet an achievement of monumental proportions following a run of 222 years of American history; then again, there was an audience of nearly two million people, the largest and most diverse assemblage ever of Americans of all color, age, gender, station in life, creed from the East to the West Coast in a distinctly single occasion—to witness that bitterly cold day of January 20, 2009 at Washington the inauguration of America’s 44th head of state.

Or perhaps, the inaugural address of President Barack Obama was tendered in the same vein as all distinctly renowned American speeches had been given: At a time when the world is in turmoil from sectarian violence, from parochial greed for power, or from the madness of terrorism, and amid a raging international economic meltdown that affects all countries in the world, America no less, all of which somehow undermine the Americans’ sense of peace and security at home and abroad. From Patrick Henry’s Liberty or Death delivered in the year before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, George Washington’s first inaugural piece at the Federal Hall in New York, which paid homage to the “Great Author of public and private good”, to Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural address at the Capitol, when he had to deal with the idea of slavery while advancing a free nation; and John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address given beneath a looming cold war crisis and nuclear test ban treaties—all were delivered for the pursuit of peace in a world whirling in crisis after crisis.

Or somehow, like any other form of American oration, President Obama’s inaugural address was by all standard a brave and hopeful reminder to all Americans, as well as the people of the world, that while the most powerful and wealthiest nation ever to exist under God—the United States—is under threat from the terrorism of arms and fiscal uncertainty, it shall, in the same breath, remain heroic and courageous in the face of this ambiguous hour all because from the heirs of liberty, the men and women, who met successfully and overcame far worst adversaries in their lives with all but their self-confidence in their God-given rights and their indubitable faith in the values laid out by the founding fathers of this country, expect nothing more or anything less.

Or may be, it is that I, too, am a man proud and honored by his color, yet an equally proud American citizen, born and raised in the Philippines of Filipino parents, who somehow could empathize with his experience and dreams. Possibly, it was the combination of all these reasons, including those I missed to state here, that made this inaugural speech of US President Barack Hussein Obama primus inter pares, to my mind.

At the onset, one would observe that the inaugural speech of President Obama is prescient of the paradigm of his leadership and ideas on governance. The novelty of this new style of leadership is that while it is forward looking as it clearly allows a creative frame of thought, it is, just the same, emphatically anchored on the ideals and virtues—the great American traditions—laid long ago and upon which the American nation was first established. Needless to say, in President Obama one can discover a fresh swathe of ideas as well as rediscover the glade of American tradition, the fusion of which forms the blueprint of a national journey, which will interminably guide Americans in the effort to remake America.

From this early stage, President Obama is already telling us three things of import to his administration: Firstly, that even at this very modern time, tradition is a source of wisdom to the present; secondly, that his leadership includes the American people and is not, therefore, exclusive; and thirdly, that both the American people and its government carry a debt of duty to restore, recreate, and even reengineer the glory that is America’s destiny. And seemingly aware of the truism that the sum total of those who are led defines the quality of the one that leads, he likewise, enjoins the American people not to look far for solutions to their own problems. They need only to look into their own experience and find inspiration from those same historical ideals just as their forebears had done during their watch. Thus, he said at the beginning of his speech:

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbears, and true to our founding documents. So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.
That the success of his paradigm of leadership and the effectiveness of the old American values as inspirations for the remaking of America hinge on the shoulders of every American and not only on its government is all the more underscored when President Obama, later on in his speech, categorically said:
For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies.
As we traverse through the speech, we are constantly made to look back at the past by frequent reference, directly or indirectly, to our founding ideals and documents and their ineluctable relationship with the experience of our American forebears as we face the crises of our times. This reference to our history and past—the Great American Experience—is as meaningful a memoir of our national lineage as the Declaration of Independence is to the spirit of that lineage. After all’s been said and done, the sacrifices of the American people, from past to present, are made only to bear upon us as they were anchored on the rule of law, the American Constitution, on the primacy of liberty, equality of opportunity, and American justice, on the nobility of human dignity regardless of color, creed, gender political persuasion, and economic status. In short, we are who we are as Americans all because there is an America that has stood and still stands on these noble ideals.

As we move profoundly further and farther through the prose of the speech, President Obama’s challenge to the American people actually rests upon his strong belief that only through adherence to these old but tested ideals could America regain her national confidence to resolve the current problems confronting it, forge a better, more peaceful and prosperous tomorrow for Americans and reclaim its somewhat eroded standing before the international society of nations. This is what he calls The New Era of Responsibility, wherein the price and promise of citizenship is innate. To the president, we ought to be guided again by these ideals if we are to make our way through the “dark clouds and raging storms” before us, as one people from one nation. In this new journey to remake America, our fidelity to these old ideals becomes an integral part of our vocation as American citizens. As such, it behooves us to heed the unwritten counsel of our forebears’ experience as we face our current problems, He said:
Our challenges may be new, the instruments with which we meet them may be new, but those values upon which our success depends, honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism -- these things are old.

These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history.

What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility -- a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character than giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.
The constant reference in his speech to the past obviously reveals by now how much premium President Obama sets on history and its lessons. This revelation is helpful in our understanding of his leadership now and the years to come. It is no wonder then that aside from pointing to us his belief that the linchpin of America and her people in confronting their current problems is a return to the ideals of the founding fathers of America, President Obama also tells us by strong implication that he is keenly aware of the importance of his legacy as a leader. With his penchant to refer to the past as the touchstone of his leadership in the currency of remaking America, he is actually telling us, indirectly, that he expects generations after him to look upon his legacy for guidance, as he also does with those before him, now that he leads this nation. What then could be more assuring to us at this moment of uncertainty in our national future than to have a leader who, aside from his other great qualifications, is also mindful of what legacy he could leave to later generations?

All presidents of United States, President Obama included, are aware of the classic American idea of a government of the people, for the people and by the people, and that the powers of the office of the president are powers held in-trust for the people by the chief executive. Yet I find the inaugural speech of President Obama, more than any other inaugural speech given by an elected president of America, to vest an important niche to the dynamics of power held in-trust by a leader for those he leads. Implied, yet strongly, he assures the American people that he is fully aware of the same dynamics, and that the power of his office emanates from the people, that he holds these powers in trust for them, and that he will respect this sacred trust from them. This is quite evident from President Obama’s unique use in the inaugural speech of the first-person pronouns - I and WE.

In his inaugural speech, consisting of some 2,404 words, President Obama used the pronoun “I” only three times and never at any moment to refer to his use of the power of his office. On the other hand, he used the collective pronoun, “WE” eighty-nine times, referring to anything he could or would do as the new president of America. This, for me, is resorted to by this speaker not only as a matter of literary license to refer merely to his idea of inclusiveness in his leadership, but as a lucid, if not patent, indication of his acute and transcendent awareness of the source, proper exercise and limitation of presidential power.

Being a lawyer and a community worker for many years for underserved people in South Central in Chicago before he landed at the premier office in the land, Barack Obama appears to have developed a profound reverence for the source of these powers and a keen awareness for whom these powers ought to be exercised– the American people. This active role of the American people in the dynamics of executive power during the presidency of Barack Obama, and the return to the basic ideals of our founding documents presage in no mean terms the end of constitutional adventurism in the exercise of executive prerogatives, a bane of public confidence from a recent past, and elevate the paramount importance of accountability in public office and transparency in national governance as vehicles for the return of public trust to national government. Thus, we fully know what he meant when he said:
And those of us who manage the public's knowledge will be held to account, to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day, because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.
The underlying treatise why President Obama would stay on course is his own core principles upon which he bases his leadership in the remaking of America. Albeit problems may appear to him under challenging circumstances and his solutions to these problems may also vary in their content and approach, he will not veer away from the principles upon which he rest his leadership—the American values as found in our fundamental documents, the American people, and the role of his legacy to future generations. This, for me, is not only a matter of hope but also one of deep faith and allegiance to this man of history, knowing fully well where he came from and what it made of him.

In fine, President Obama’s call for a return to the great American political and social values, his constant reference to America’s experience in surmounting past obstacles, his implied declaration of his awareness that his powers as president of America are powers held in trust for the American people, his experience as a lawyer for the underserved in Chicago, his being the first man of color to have broken the highest glass ceiling in the storied history of America on matters of intolerance to people of color, and his unspoken quest for a legacy in office that generations may look upon for lessons, spare us with no other conclusion but that his speech is a declaration to the American people and to the whole world that the 44th president of America as such will be a JUST and RESPONSIBLE steward of power, and that he would use them with fairness, guided by the principles upon which America was founded. Thus, he declares, with such confidence that only a man of firm conviction could say:
America, in the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words; with hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come; let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.
I was listening to him when he delivered his inaugural address, hearing with both ears and heart the challenge to all Americans. As a man of color myself, I could not help but be moved by President Obama’s passionate delivery of that challenge. I knew the gift of his success, and those whose footsteps he followed, to people similarly situated, including my family and me. We are fully aware that the rights we are totally enjoying now would have been mere privileges at best had it not been for the struggle and sacrifices of the many generations of men and women, people of color and otherwise, many of whom gave the full measure of their devotion to their conviction that in America, all men are born equal, free and ought to live with human dignity. To live our lives NOW, inspired and guided by the ideals that bear our fundamental virtues to posterity for all mankind is too small a price to pay for the quality of life we now have in America.

We, Filipinos are not aliens to these values and virtues. They are neither far-flung, nor remote to our souls all because the ends of these values are no different from the ends of those virtues we learned from our parents. As a nation, the Philippines knew what it was like to fight for its liberty, to bleed both our veins and the ground from which we were born for the promise of a better life, to struggle under the weight of unrelenting tyranny, from both foreign and domestic enemies of freedom, and even now, while the Philippines whirls beneath the weight of a global recession, fettered as she already is in the grip of corruption, Filipinos all over the world stand fearless on the same ideals America had professed and lived out for centuries. Hence, their truism is one and the same. They are substantially similar values although spoken in a different tongue, at different times by different people from a different place. They are actually the same values that save our own forebears during their own moments of peril, and they are the same values that later on became the foundation of our own time and gave us good company when we set foot in America to charter a new destiny for our family and ourselves.

That is why the inaugural speech of President Obama resonates to me as though I am a natural born American, as well as to numerous émigrés, citizens now of America, who were born and raised in different lands yet had known the pain of what it was like to bleed and suffer for liberty.

For these reasons, let the whole world know that we are honored to commit to President Obama that:
“We are with you in this journey to remake America, and so shall everyone in our family. We have faith in you on the lead!

And by the grace of God, somewhere, sometime in our journey, a bright new dawn for America shall surely greet us all.”

Yes, We Will because We Can.”

Emerito F. Salud,Esq.
Director For Advocacy,
NaFFAA Region One.
January 29,2009.
Emerito F. Salud - A lawyer from the Ateneo law School ' 73, a member of the NY Bar since 1994, a FILAM community activist, a radio-commentator of RadioPinoy USA, he is currently the Director for Advocacy of NaFFAA REgion 1. He is also a member of the NJ Chapter-Movement for Free Philippines, founded by the late Senator Raul Manglapus, and a founding member of Kaibigan Inc., based at the Port of Newark, NJ, a support group for Filipino merchant mariners (seamen).

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Filipina educator-columnist in LA for book-signing

"Forty Years of Writing in America," just off the press, dwells on the reflections, perspectives and insights of Ludy Astraquillo Ongkeko, Ph.D., growing out of a plethora of experiences and more than four decades of living, writing and teaching in the U.S.

Major themes are embodied in the seven chapters of the book that weigh on her adopted land's influences and offer compelling alternatives not only for her own ethnicity to mull over, but also to others who similarly left their original homelands in the quest of a new life in America.

Now based in Reno, Dr. Ongkeko will be in Los Angeles, her longtime place of residence, for a book-signing event 2-6 p.m. on Saturday, February 14, at the SIPA Multi-Purpose Room, 3200 West Temple Street corner Robinson, Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles 90026. The entrance is through the SIPA parking lot.

The author is a product of two educational systems: the University of the Philippines (public) where she completed her bachelor degrees as a college scholar and the Graduate School, University of Southern California (private) where she was awarded graduate degrees in journalism and communication.

Before she migrated to the U.S. with her family in the sixties, Ludy Ongkeko was a reporter on beat at the Manila Daily Bulletin. She was also a contributor to the following metropolitan publications: Sunday Times Magazine, Manila Times Magazine, Saturday Mirror, Weekly Women's Magazine, Freedom Magazine, Kislap-Graphic, and The Nation.

For close to 30 years Dr. Ongkeko held a tenured faculty position at USC, during which period she also was an editor of an academic publication in that university. In 1971, spurred by her strong commitment to "give back to my community," she became the first columnist of the Philippine News, the first Filipino American weekly distributed coast-to-coast in America. She also has served in various capacities as president, board member, and adviser of many civic and community organizations in the Los Angeles area.

In the book's preface Ambassador Edgardo Espiritu, the principal envoy of the Philippines to the United Kingdom, says:
"While in the U.S., Ludy consistently and tirelessly battled for the recognition and upliftment of the Filipino -- pushed herself to the brim to make her country of origin proud of her. That daunting task will never be enough to say and put across the countless things Ludy has accomplished for her countrymen in the U.S., and the Philippines as a whole. We have in her a jewel of a woman, gifted, caring, and a real treasure of the Philippines and her adopted country. It will take another volume of a book like this to know about this amazing Filipino American."
"Forty Years of Writing in America" is a 450-page hard-cover with color photos. The price is set at $32.95.

Photo: Ludy A. Ongkeko, Ph.D

Dionesio C. Grava - Part-time community journalist based in Los Angeles and editorial writer at Forum Asia.

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Ensign Phillip Andrew A. Pestaño & the Governments' Anti-Illegal Drugs Stance

Czarina of Anti-Drugs Garcified President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is at the forefront in the campaign against illegal drugs but is she really serious or is this another one of her empty posturing to lull the gullible public into false hopes?

Most likely the later in a justice system that is perceived to be corrupt where verdicts and decisions tilts towards the highest bidder. This is a president who catapulted into power exploiting evil errr civil society and the church's disdain for illegal numbers game of Jueteng. The outcome as soon as she sets foot in the palace by the murky Pasig River, Pampanga her hometown and turf earned the much coveted title of Jueteng capital of the Philippines. Judging from her past performance and seeing her Napoleonic complex every step of the way in her Garcified presidency what are the chances that her propensity for grander things may find the Philippines to be the center of Illegal drugs in the South East Asia region?

Ok, I must admit that we are speculating and it is unfair to pre-judge La Napoleona de Gloria this early. In order to be credible should this eager beaver Czarina and her equally sound byte attention grabber running dogs errr underlings dispense justice to the victims of drug lords such as what happened to Ensign Phillip Andrew A. Pestaño, murdered on September 27, 1995, as described in a prayer email brigade of Fr. James Reuters:
Phillip Andrew A. Pestaño graduated from the Ateneo de Manila High School in 1989, entered the Philippine Military Academy, and became an Ensign in the Philippine Navy in 1993. He was assigned as cargo master, on a Navy ship.

He discovered that the cargo being loaded onto his vessel included logs that were cut down illegally, were carried to the ship illegally, and were destined to be sold, illegally. Then there were 50 sacks of flour, which were not flour, but shabu - worth billions. Literally, billions. And there were military weapons which were destined for sale to the Abu Sayyaf.

He felt that he could not approve this cargo.

Superior officers came to him and said: "Please! Be reasonable! This is big business. It involves many important people. Approve this cargo." But Phillip could not, in conscience, sign approval.

Then his parents received two phone calls, saying: "Get your son off that ship! He is going to be killed!" When Phillip was given leave at home, his family begged him not to go back. Their efforts at persuasion continued until his last night at home, when Phillip was already in bed.

His father came to him and said: "Please, son, resign your commission. Give up your military career. Don't go back. We want you alive. If you go back to that ship, it will be the end of you!" But Phillip said to his father: "Kawawa ang bayan!" And he went back to the ship.

The scheduled trip was very brief - from Cavite to Roxas Boulevard - it usually took only 45 minutes. But on September 27, 1995 , it took one hour and a half. When the ship arrived at Roxas Boulevard, Ensign Pestaño was dead.

The body was in his stateroom, with a pistol, and a letter saying that he was committing suicide. The family realized at once that the letter was forged. They tried desperately for justice, carrying the case right up to the Senate.

The Senatorial Investigation Committee examined all the evidence, carefully. Then they issued an official statement, saying among other things: Ensign Phillip Pestaño did not commit suicide. He was murdered. He was shot through the head, somewhere outside of his stateroom, and the body was carried to his room and placed in the bed. The crime was committed by more than one person. In spite of these findings, by the Senate, the family could not get justice. The case is still recorded, by the Navy, as suicide.
For 14 years they have been knocking at the doors of those in power, to no avail. Now they realize that they should knock on the door of Him who said: "Knock, and it shall be opened to you. Ask and you shall receive. Seek, and you shall find." So they are asking all of the friends of Phillip from the Ateneo, from the PMA, friends of the family - including the girl he was engaged to marry - to say this prayer: Lord, we know that Phillip is safe with you, and will be safe forever, because he gave up his life, as You gave up Your life - for justice. If it is Your will, please let the truth be known of his heroic courage and strength and love of country. Let justice be rendered here on earth. But if it is not Your will that justice be rendered here, give each of us the grace to live and die as he did - following in Your footsteps.

And at the last judgment, Lord, when all that is hidden will be known, let Phillip be seen as he really is - a brave young man who gave his life for honesty, truth, and justice."
Sad and revolting to see how knuckleheads try to gain sound bytes like conquering heroes in full regalia when they are more of a fox guarding the chicken house. The email prayer ended with the following:
Phillip Pestaño died at the age of 24. He was scheduled to be married in January of 1996, four months after he was murdered. He was a martyr. A martyr is one who dies for the faith or for a Christian virtue. Phillip died for a Christian virtue - justice. It is not likely that he will ever be canonized, but he takes his place among the Unknown Saints.

Some military men are killed in battle. They are given a hero's burial. But Phillip died for a much deeper cause - he was trying to preserve the integrity of our Armed Forces. He died out of loyalty to the Philippines, in an effort to keep the oath that he made when he graduated from the Military Academy.

Graft and corruption are the curse of this nation. But when they take root in the heart of our Armed Forces, they threaten our existence as an independent, democratic country.

The family of Phillip Pestaño is doing the right thing. They are turning to God. They are praying that justice will be administered here, in our country, in our day. But if this is not God's will, then let us at least try to preserve the ideal of integrity in every mind and heart and soul.

Let's forward this message to every freedom-loving Pinoy in our list.

Thank you.
For 14 long years justice has been denied to Ensign Phillip Andrew A. Pestaño in trying to prevent the despicable of the lowest degree criminal activities of greedy people in high places. The events that unfolded after Pestaño’s staged suicide is like a script from a Mafiosi film but this dastardly act happens in a land where corruption has been so ingrained in the very depths of murderous criminal soul leaving behind trails of unexplained deaths.

Rodel Rodis citing then Senator Alfredo Lim’s privilege speech named Lt. Carlito Amoroso (PMA class 1994), a close-in security for Admiral Carranza who was not a crew member of the ship, as the possible gunman. So much for camaraderie when it comes to illegal activities if this proven and is this why Major Frederick Marcelino (Alabang Boys Fame) does not want to taint the “refutation” of his “mistah” (brother-in-arms) out of fear of the consequence? It does not make sense that one who portrays himself to have integrity does not have the honesty or was it cajones to name a criminal who offered him a bribe after all that is still a crime even though the bribe did not take place.

Sen. Lim also linked Ensign Joselito Colico to the crime as he admitted before the Senate that he removed the magazine from the .45 caliber pistol and wiped off fingerprints. Calico was never charged, even with tampering with evidence.

In 1997, the Philippine Senate deliberated, and thru the pro bono legal representation of then Ex Senator, Senator Aquilino Pimentel (re-elected anew in 2002 ), concluded that it was indeed murder.

The inept Department of Justice (DOJ) was asked to conduct a deeper investigation on Ens Pestaño’s murder case. Another equally inept government agency the Office of the Ombudsman, thru the Philippine Department of Justice (DOJ), despite conclusive findings that Ens Phillip Pestaño’s death was a murder case, resolved it closed and terminated in 2000, asserting that “the conduct of further investigation in order to find out the identity of the perpetrator and his accomplices, if any, will only be a waste of time considering that the physical evidence has already been tampered with not to mention the lapse of time.”

With this kind of justice system how do we expect murder case involving illegal drugs, gunrunning with a terrorist Abu Sayaff as the buyer gets resolved. The circumstance prior to the death of Phillip Pestaño and the trail of death afterwards truly makes movie plots pale in comparison.

There was also Ensign Alvin Parone, who was apparently the officer who called Pestaño’s parents to warn them of plans to kill their son. He was also killed, Sen. Lim said, “a victim of another unsolved murder.”

Also missing and presumed dead is Petty Officer (PO3) Fidel Tagaytay, who was the duty officer on board Pestaño’s ship. When he was summoned to testify before the Senate, he disappeared. His wife Leonila has been desperately searching for him, begging the authorities to investigate his disappearance. He is “absent without leave” is all the Navy brass would tell her.

Off heels and bridges an article written by Juan Mercado on the people on board BRP Bacolod on the day of the incident:

Justice and national interest required reinvestigation, insisted Pestaño’s Ateneo and PMA classmates. And the parents filed charges on October 27, 2005 against seven aboard BRP Bacolod City. Of the seven, four have vanished.

Police Officer 1 Carlito Amoroso “retired.” Letters to this PMA graduate are returned with the post office notation: “Address Unknown.” He was not an “organic member” of the ship’s crew, e.g. a hitchhiker. Yet, “strong evidence linked him to the crime as possible gunman, Lim said.

Lieutenant Junior Grade Joselito Colico unloaded the gun and wiped it. He should answer charges of tampering with evidence. But “inquiries with the Navy revealed that Lieutenant Colico has been missing for more than a year.” The ship’s executive officer, Lieutenant Ruben Roque, skipped to the US.

“Many respondents have been promoted and traveled abroad as if nothing happened at all,” Pestaño’s parents observe. “Their common answer is: the Senate cannot do anything to them, much less their careers.” Nonetheless, they press on to vindicate the name of a son.
If Ens Pestaño’s death and the death of those after his cannot be resolved by our "competent" investigative and court systems, how will they fare in this "renewed" posturing against illegal drugs. I say in the interest of justice if indeed we have justice, instead of dangling a notorious General Jovito Palparan known as the butcher on board the fight against illegal drugs, a re-investigation to resolve the case of Ens Pestaño is long overdue to show their sincere effort to combat the menace of drug abuse.
UPDATE:  1/11/12

Leila Salaverria of Inquirer News reports on Ombudsman files murder raps vs 10 Navy officials for Pestaño murder

Charged with the nonbailable crime of murder were Capt. Ricardo Ordoñez; Cmdr. Reynaldo Lopez, Hospital Man 2 Welmenio Aquino, Lt. Cmdr. Luidegar Casis, Lt. Cmdr. Alfrederick Alba, Machinery Repairman 2 Sandy Miranda, Lt. Cmdr. Joselito Colico, Lt. Cmdr. Ruben Roque, PO1 Carlito Amoroso and PO2 Leonor Igcasan.

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Parliamentary Brawl, South Korea’s Democratic Birthing Pains

Job Position Openings in South Korea and neighboring Asian countries for up and coming brawlers, mix martial arts fighters, boxers etc. no experience necessary on the job training available for aspiring parliamentarians.

  • Must have a fighting spirit and trained in the arts of brawling preferably of the GOOFball errr golfing brawler of the Nasser Pangandaman type.
  • Confrontational and willing to debate all the way through physical violence
  • Strong and steady arm in handling Sledgehammer a must.
  • Moving and stacking furniture for barricading purpose a plus.
  • Handy with fire extinguisher to hold back raging political opposition out to disrupt party voting a necessity
  • If you have all the or some of the above qualifications you may be eligible to join the majority Fire Extinguisher Party (FEP) or the opposition Sledgehammer Party (SP) of South Korea.
If ruining err running for parliamentary position is not your cup of Asian tea, but just wanted to be a spectator, then this is for you. Forget about those reality TV shows and since we rarely see our favorite character played by Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live, there is nothing really that funny on the idiot box nowadays. This is the new sensational reality comedy show with political flavor to boot, what more can you ask for? Or you can join or watch the Philippine Congress comedy series while they don't indulge in brawling they tend to mangle the institution they belong such as this comedic probe on the contractors banned by the UN for collusion.

South Korean Parliament Free Trade Brawl

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Iran’s Kobra Najjar, Stoning Sentenced Commuted!

A welcome development but since she has suffered enough languishing in harsh Iranian jail for 8 long years as an “accomplish” for the death of her abusive husband who acted as her pimp and sustaining her drug habit to perpetuate her prostitution, the Iranian court has converted the sentence to inhumane canning of 100 lashes. A punishment she may not survive as she has recently suffered a stroke.

Below is an email from Equality Now:
Equality Now welcomes news of the commutation of Kobra Najjar’s stoning but condemns the sentence of 100 lashings to take its place

The Iranian government has commuted the execution of Kobra Najjar, an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery - a judgment based on the prostitution her abusive husband forced upon her in order to sustain his heroin addiction. Kobra requested clemency from the Head of the Judiciary, Ayatollah Shahroudi, after her appeal for amnesty was rejected three times by the Iranian Commission of Amnesty. Ayatollah Shahroudi has recently ruled for the stoning sentence to be converted into 100 lashes.

Kobra has already served eight years in prison as an accomplice to the murder of her husband who was killed by a sympathetic client, plus a further three years awaiting execution. Kobra has recently suffered from a stroke whilst in prison and has been spending her days under very difficult conditions. Subjecting her to lashes not only violates the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to which Iran is a party, as it clearly prohibits torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and punishment, but could cause serious harm and potentially be life-threatening.

News reports in Iran have also indicated that two sisters, Zohreh and Azar Kabiri, who had previously been lashed as punishment for adultery and subsequently recharged and sentenced to stoning, have had their sentences for stoning overturned due to insufficient evidence and will shortly be released. Please click here for Equality Now’s Action calling for the release of Zohreh and Azar.

Please immediately contact Iran’s Head of Judiciary Ayatollah Shahroudi* welcoming news of Zohreh and Azr Kabiri’s pending release and urging him to commute Kobra’s sentence for lashing and call for her immediate and unconditional release from prison. Call on him to do all that he can to end the cruel punishment of stoning once and for all.

*The contact information below functioned when previously tested, but you may encounter delivery problems so please keep trying to send your message. Thank you for taking action!

His Excellency Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi Head of the Judiciary c/o Ministry of Justice Park-e Shahr Teheran Islamic Republic of Iran Email: iripr@iranjudiciary.org, irjpr@iranjudiciary.com and info@dadgostary-tehran.ir Phone: +98 21 22741002, +98 21 22741003, +98 21 22741004, +98 21 22741005

Please also contact the Iranian embassy in your country. The following link may help you find the contact information: http://www.embassyworld.com/embassy/Iran/Iran.html

In the United States please contact:

Interests Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran (Housed in the Embassy of Pakistan) 2209 Wisconsin Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20007 Phone: (202) 965-4990, (202) 965-4992, (202) 965-4993, (202) 965-4994, (202) 965-4999 Fax: (202) 965-1073 Email: requests@daftar.org

In the United Kingdom please contact: Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran 16 Prince's Gate London SW7 1PT Phone: 0207 225 3000 Fax: 0207 589 4440 Email: info@iran-embassy.org.uk

Sample letter

Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi Head of the Judiciary c/o Ministry of Justice Park-e Shahr Teheran Islamic Republic of Iran


Your Excellency,

I am writing to you in regard to the case of Kobra Najjar, a woman abused and forced into prostitution by her drug addicted husband and subsequently sentenced to stoning for adultery.

While I welcome the recent news that you have commuted Kobra’s sentence so that she will no longer be stoned, I remain deeply concerned that she will now be subjected to 100 lashes. Kobra has already suffered enough. She has served an eight years prison sentence for her conviction as an accomplice in her husband’s murder and a further three years awaiting execution. I ask you also to consider the purpose of punishing further a victim of abuse. In addition, Kobra has recently had a stroke and if the lashing sentence were carried out this could have potentially fatal consequences. Such a sentence is also in breach of Iran’s obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights not to use cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and punishment. I would urge you to extend your clemency further by commuting Kobra’s sentence of lashing and release her immediately and unconditionally.

Finally, I welcome the recent news that you have overturned the decision to stone to death two sisters, Zohreh and Azar Kabiri. I acknowledge with appreciation your moratorium on stoning and would respectfully request that you do all that you can to abolish this cruel punishment once and for all.

I thank you for your attention.

Yours faithfully
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The fight against Drug Menace & the Menacing Philippine Dysfunction

The recent brouhaha over the Alabang Boys in the nations’ “fight” against the menace of drug addiction has again given us a circus freak side show where posturing and dysfunction is the order of the day. Yeah, not to be upstaged the Garcified President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has declared herself the “Drugs Czarina” hopefully not following the fate of the Czar and his family executed by the Bolsheviks but going successfully after the drug lords.

Ruffy Biazon a member of the House of Representative in his facebook describes the development in the scandal where a notorious military man known as the “butcher” General Jovito Palparan is dangled in the public to quench the lynch mob mentality of a populace so sick and tired of the Drug menace, to quote:

Once again, prudence and sensitivity to public opinion has taken a back seat in the appointment of another controversial figure to a government post.

Retired General Jovito Palparan, who has earned the nickname “The Butcher” owing to his aggressive strategies in dealing with communist insurgents which coincided with suspected rebels turning up as dead bodies, will join the Dangerous Drugs Board in what appears to be an effort by government to show that it is serious in its campaign against illegal drugs.

In the wake of tarnished reputations of the DOJ and the PDEA due to allegations of bribery, case manipulation and incompetent law enforcement, the government now attempts to remedy the situation with the appointment of someone who has quite a colorful reputation himself, having been implicated in the abduction, torture and killing of the Manalo brothers ( Read it here and here ).

Will his reputation of employing extra-judicial methods be the cure for the ailing reputations of the DOJ and PDEA? Instead of gaining the confidence of the people, the Palparan appointment will only draw criticism and dilute whatever public support the government has in the fight against illegal drugs. Naturally, human rights and other progressive groups will raise a howl about the appointment. The grant of a position for Palparan will seem to them as a reward and condonation for the brutal acts being attributed to the retired general.

ON the other hand, it seems that the government is indeed harping on the reputation of Palparan as The Butcher in bolstering its campaign against illegal drugs. In other words, they are employing the scare tactic, sending a message to the drug traffickers that they better watch out, The Butcher is coming to town. “You wouldn’t want to end up dead floating in a creek with your fingernails removed and a bullet hole in your head", seems to be the message.
What is troubling is if indeed there is merit to the incompetent gathering of evidence of Major Fedinand Marcelino while being portrayed for his honesty that seems so rare nowadays it is not and should not justify a Machiavellian dictum of the end justify the means. Nor should one hurl bribery attempt and yet refuse to name his “mistah” who offered him the bribe smacks of dishonesty in itself and not exactly being honest..... and then we have the Butcher added to the mix truly makes you wonder what in the name of kurdapya are they thinking?

If we can only gather and collect those charges and counter-charges like a gold mine we would be rich by now and sadly that is the state of dysfunction that we see in a nation where disorder seems to be a constant in abnormalities of an abnormal situation truly makes it business as usual as normal as you can get.

Now what’s up with short cuts and a little “massage” here and there to run after drug dealers? It was obvious that PDEA’s Director Dionisio Santiago who once “joked” about planting evidence to keep drug dealers off the streets may have been taken seriously by his agents thus they have a problem prosecuting those they apprehend. The PDEA has one of the strictest rules on accountability imposed on their agents. Instead of finding ways to strictly abide by it for which they seem to be failing miserably actor turned Senator Bong Revilla wanted to introduce a bill that hopefully does not give them more leeway to “massage” their case. A bill that propose the creation of a special prosecutorial office within the PDEA that would be empowered to directly prosecute offenders involved in “no-bail” drug cases to give them prosecutor powers. How about just going back to your day job since you are doing great as an actor and leave the lawmaking to people who understand the law?

We have a problem and from an injustice secretary to comedian turned politician Tito Sotto they are dangling a notorious general who somehow gets linked to cases of disappeared activist, here is Ellen Tordesillas apt description of Sotto:

Sotto, bless his mental vacuity, welcomed Palparan to his turf. “If that is his image (butcher), then that will work well for us. It’s the drug traffickers who should fear him, not the public.”
I say Tito Sotto should just stay as a comedian because in public office his jokes are laughable yet with deadly implications. Is it not that one of the contention of the prosecutors on the weakness of the case against the Alabang Boys with Fedinand Marcelino was their failure to follow the rules of gathering evidence, so why give them prosecutorial powers and appointing one who is perceived to be the police, judge, and executioner? Oh well, we may have sink further down the quagmire of desolation and it pains me to see some sectors the so-called proponents of "due process" defending the likes of Palparan, lucky for him he has people defending his innocence until proven guilty and yet those who disapeared are suffering in silence unable to defend themselves in the proper court or forums because they have been arrested if they luckily surfaced or politically abducted without a trace, tried, and executed by rouge military elements.

Exploiting the people’s frustration it now appears that some sectors in congress wanted to re-impose the death penalty but in a justice system that is perceived as corrupt the re-imposition of the death penalty while it sends shivers to the criminals also gives corrupt law enforcers and court personnel more leveraged in reaping a windfall like lotto winnings for the taking.

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LA County has first flu case, reminds on vaccine

LOS ANGELES - The Director of Public Health and Health Officer of Los Angeles County is urging residents to get a flu shot or the FluMist nasal spray vaccine. This developed even as a 55 year old woman was identified by the county Department of Public Health Laboratory to have the first culture confirmed case of influenza this flu season.The woman was diagnosed as having influenza type A (H1), which is one of the strains covered by the flu vaccine.

"It is not unusual to confirm flu cases at this time of year. For the past several years, influenza peaks in Los Angeles County have occurred after January first," said Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH. Influenza accounts for up to 200,000 hospitalizations, and between 20,000 and 40,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.

Getting the flu vaccine is the most effective way to prevent the flu and its complications, which include pneumonia, it was said. Symptoms of flu include fever, cough, headache, and muscle ache within the first three to five days of illness.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention stress the importance of flu vaccine for the following:
  • Adults 50 years of age and older,
  • Individuals with chronic conditions such as diabetes or asthma that put them at risk for serious complications,
  • Healthcare workers,
  • Pregnant women,
  • Caretakers of those at greatest risk for complication, and
  • All children over 6 months of age.

Meanwhile, Alvin Nelson El Amin, MD, MPH, Medical Director for Public Health's Immunization Program, said that while flu is extremely contagious, "everyone can help prevent its spread by covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, washing your hands frequently with soap and water, and staying home if you are sick."

Residents are encouraged to first contact their regular doctor for recommended vaccinations. Those who do not have a regular doctor or insurance coverage for vaccines may be eligible for reduced-cost or no-cost vaccines. Free flu vaccines are readily available in LA County, and the traditional shot, FluMist nasal spray vaccine, and thimerosal-free (preservative-free) vaccine continues to be offered through Public Health clinics.

To find the nearest Public Health clinic, contact LA County's information line at 2-1-1 from any land line or cell phone. You may also visit the Public Health Immunization Program's website at http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/ip or www.findaflushot.com for additional information.

PHOTO: Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding

Dionesio C. Grava - Part-time community journalist based in Los Angeles and editorial writer at Forum Asia.

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Filipinos Unite, Bloggers Prayer for Unity

This happens when “Traditional Politicians” (TraPo) in the Philippines just don’t get it. Delusional as ever so dense and so drunk with power that they refuse to see reality staring them right smack their face has the temerity to brag that President Barack Obama has more to learn from Gloria Makapal errr Macapagal Arroyo than learn from the American defining historical moment. Why even my “favorite” senator Lady Miriam Santiago was aghast in disbelief an ally of the Garcified administration on Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita’s statement calling it hyperbole and far from the truth.

Political Jaywalker is not the religious type and seldom set foot in church for fear he might explode is now forced to pray with fellow Filipino bloggers. Now how is that for a typical victim mentality as in you forced me to do things I normally am not inclined to do. This is probably annoying to those with strong religious belief so even in somewhat peaceful action you get some sectors not happy with what you do. Flash back to Asar errr GOOFing ooops golfing brawlers Father and sons Nasser Pangadaman, if you look at the lies errr affidavit it appears that because the elder Delfin De La Paz was being a “jerk” (according to some GOOFing errr golfing circles daw) by “poking” or “pummeling” (witnesses conflicting account probably seeing things as in a mirage when one is stranded in the middle of the desert) the thug errr younger Nasser with an umbrella thus he and his allege jueteng bagman companion together with their armed bodyguards was “forced” to beat the daylights out of the father and son. Then you have an instigation errr “investigation” conducted by the Valley Golf and Country Club that clearly justifies the victim mentality of being forced to beat people up gave the people behaving like a thug a slap on the wrist while expelling the ones who got beat up. Are you annoyed yet? You should be because that was the intent, lol.

We definitely need change not just in leathership errr leadership but a comprehensive change to level the political playing field that will encourage genuine leaders with integrity and do away with the present dysfunctional political system that encourages thievery and thuggery to perpetuate them in power. Public servants in the truest form and not "benevolent" at times tyrannical but always greedy feudal masters whose motivation to be a public official is to protect and enhance their illegal and legal vested interest forsaking the common good or the interest of the people.

If you are a Filipino blogger, you are welcome to join the prayer movement for blogger unity, copy and paste the instructions in your blogs, add your name, location, blog name, and url at the end of the list.

…. ................. Start Copying below....................


This is a prayer tag and link for the Philippines and the Filipinos. You are enjoined to utter this prayer for nine (9) consecutive days and to tag as many bloggers as you can with preference for Filipinos. But only bona fide Filipinos shall be included in the official registry of Filipino bloggers in this blog. Each time a new blogger makes a link, be sure to send me an email of the entire link through melalarilla@gmail.com so that the official list will be consolidated in a master list in this blog. For our Muslim brothers, you may make your own special prayer formula but you must never deviate from the formula of this entire post.

Dear heavenly Father, we consecrate to you our beloved country- the Philippines and all the Filipinos around the world. We acknowledge Father that apart from You, we can do nothing and it is only your divine providence and grace that can unite all Filipinos as one nation. We therefore humble ourselves before your throne. We confess all our sins to you individually and collectively as a nation. Forgive us our sins Father and wash us clean by the precious blood of Your beloved Son- Jesus Christ. Mend our wicked ways and let us experience a strong and genuine spiritual revival for ourselves and for our country. Let the Holy Spirit imbibe us with power, love and wisdom to return to Your path of holiness and righteousness. Bless our country, heavenly father. Bless all Filipinos wherever they maybe. Let progress, unity, harmony, stability, justice, peace and prosperity reign in our country.

Bless our leaders, from the President down to the lowest Barangay official. Touch their hearts that they may serve our country with all honesty and with love and integrity. Bless our children and our future generation. And bless us all Father in all aspects of our lives. This we pray to You heavenly Father, in the mighty name of Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

Name Address Name of Blog URL
  1. Mel Alarilla Bulacan, Philippines - Filipinos Unite!!! url - http://filipinosunite.blogspot.com/
  2. Angel Cuala Batangas, Philippines Father Blogger dot com url - http://fatherblogger.com/
  3. Lavern Tan Las Pinas City, Philippines Pinoy Ambisyoso url- http://pinoyambisyoso.com
  4. Francis Daniel Maning Cebu, Philippines Istayl Sugbo url- http://istaylsugbo.blogspot.com
  5. Snow Philippines Dear Bloggery url- http://dearbloggery.com/
  6. Bloggista - Marikina, Philippines - Bloggista - url- http://www.bloggista.com/
  7. Chris A. - Cavite, Philippines - CMAQuest - url- http://cmaquest.blogspot.com/
  8. Aisha - Eugene, Oregon, USA - The Holley Herald - url - http://www.theholleyherald.com/
  9. Rowena - Davao City, Philippines - All Out My Naked Truth- Rowena - url - http://rowenabongabong.blogspot.com/
  10. Icymar Tagimacruz - Cebu, Philippines - Kreative Myndz - url- http://www.icymartagimacruz.blogspot.com/
  11. Pat Mangubat - Philippines - New Philippine Revolution - url- http://newphilrevolution.blogspot.com/
  12. Empress - Cebu, Philippines - Empress of Drac.Com - url- http://www.empressofdrac.com/
  13. Marilou Domingo - Philippines - Ibanag in the City - url- http://ibanaginthecity.blogspot.com/
  14. Ester Besmonde - Canada - Walk Through Money Online Journal - url- http://www.teyonlinejournal.com/
  15. Ramon Paulino - Quezon City, Philippines - FatherlYours.com - u rl - http://www.fatherlyours.com/
  16. Mindanaoan - Mindanao, Philippines - Mindanaoan - url- http://www.maindaoan.com/
  17. Bloggie - Davao City, Philippines - Davao Bloggers Network - url- http://www.davaoblogs.net/
  18. Xerendipity - Dumaguete City, Philippines - Obnoxious Queer - url- http://obnoxiousqueer.com/
  19. Viviene C. (Bingkee) - Connecticut, USA - I Love/Hate America - url- http://www.fliploveusa.typepad.com/
  20. Roy - Angeles City, Philippines - The Struggling Blogger - url- http://thestrugglingblogger.168center.com/
  21. Janette Toral (Ada) - Marikina City, Philippines - Blogging From Home - url- http://www.bloggingfromhome.com/
  22. Milton Coyne III (Bluedreamer27) - Cavite City, Philippines - Bluedreamer's Top Five - url- http://bluedreamer27.blogspot.com/
  23. Marites dlR - Davao City, Philippines - Me, the islands and the world - url - http://www.pinaylighterside.com/
  24. Mauie Flores - Cainta, Rizal, Philippines - Living a Sugar-free Sweet Life! - url- http://www.maureenflores.com/
  25. MsRay - Bacolod City, Philippines - Woman on a Journey - url - http://www.msray2008.com/
  26. Pia Go Olano - Philippines - My Life's Journey - url - http://myblog2002.blogspot.com/
  27. Jena Isle - Pampanga, Philippines - Random Thoughts - url - http://jenaisle-candidthoughts.blogspot.com/
  28. Caca - Mindanao, Philippines - Mood Swings - url- http://blogecca.blogspot.com/
  29. Pinoy Apache - Cebu City, Philippines - Pinoy Apache - url - http://pinoyapache.blogspot.com/
  30. Jessie Simbulan - Philippines - The Reporter - url - http://www.jessie-simbulan.com/
  31. Tony Roda - Manila, Philippines - MENstream - url - http://www.menstream.blogspot.com/
  32. Fingertalks - Philippines - Fingertalks - url - http://www.fingetalks.com/
  33. Wendy Lopez-Redaon - Quezon City, Philippines - From The Eyes of My Heart - url - http://wenlopred.blogspot.com/
  34. Marlene - Davao City, Philippines - Potpourri of Ramblings - url - http://www.lemback.com/
  35. Liza Cochico - Quezon City, Philippines - A Simple Life - url - http://mlizcochico.com/
  36. Tricia Mazo-Galvez - Las Pinas City, Philippines - Proud Mommy - url - http://monliam.blogspot.com/
  37. Wayne - New Zealand - Affiliate Crunch - url - http://www.affiliatecrunch.com/
  38. Shiera Delusa - Osaka, Japan - Bisdak Babbles - url - http://bisdakbabbles.com/
  39. Madz - Lunda Norte, Angola - Things I Did Not Know Before - url - http://madzlifesknowledge.blogspot.com/
  40. Kcee - Makati City, Philippines - Barefooted Me - url - http://www.barefootedme.com/
  41. Yani - Davao City, Philippines - Banicmanic - url - http://www.banicmanic.blogspot.com/
  42. Rodaflip - Ontario, Canada - FlipAntasticWeb - url - http://flipantasticweb.blogspot.com/
  43. Ramvie Santiago - Philippines - Philippine Blog For All - url - http://pinoyblogko.wordpress.com/
  44. Russell Bravo - Caloocan City, Philippines - Russell Dot Com - url - http://www.russelldotcom.com/
  45. Michelle Valenzuela - San Francisco, California, USA - Tumawa K Kabayan - url - http://twangpinoy.blogspot.com/
  46. Pinay Wife - Cambodia - Pinay Wife Speaks - url - http://pinaywifespeaks.com/
  47. Lei - Pasig City, Philippines - Moon Goddess Lae - url - http://moongoddesslae.com/
  48. Shawie Gick - Orange County, California, USA - A Grateful Heart - url - http://anemptycup.blogspot.com/
  49. Hariette Wendam - Iloilo City, Philippines - Praning's Shoutout - url - http://www.praningshoutout.com/
  50. Joan Joyce Absalon - Navotas City, Philippines - Joan Joyce dot com - url - http://joanjoyce.com/blog/
  51. Rashieka Estelle Absalon - Navotas City, Philippines - My Name Is Rashieka - url - http://rashieka.com/
  52. Darlyn - Gen. Santos City, Philippines - Touched By An Angel With Love - url - http://darlyngemwords.blogs.com/
  53. Kate Cancio - Marikina City, Philippines - Becoming Kate Cancio - url - http://katecancio.blogspot.com/
  54. Ria - United Kingdom - Continental Fairy - url - http://www.continentalfairy.com/
  55. Ginoray - Cainta, Rizal, Philippines - Profound Matters - url - http://profoundmatters.wordpress.com/
  56. Penlighted - New York, USA - Light It Up (Blogging for Jesus) - url - http://lightedpen.blogspot.com/
  57. Lyn (Moccalyn - Manila, Philippines - Life Spices - url - http//moccalyn.blogspot.com/
  58. Ana Lindenhann - Denmark - The Filipina Mom in Denmark - url - http://www.filipinamom.com/
  59. Chris Red - Philippines - Christinchen's Soapbox - url - http://christinchen184.blogspot.com/
  60. Richies 2Ts Inspires - Stockholm, Sweden - Richies Inspirational Designs - url - http://simchieinspires.blogspot.com/
  61. Island Angel - Davao City, Philippines - Seashells Of Island Angel - url - http://seashellsofislandangel.blogspot.com/
  62. Manilyn Tingcang - Iligan City, Philippines - LinGZ.spot - url - http://lingzspot.blogspot.com/
  63. Joyoz Obsioma - Melbourne, Australia - Everyday Life...Generally Speaking - url - http://www.joydob.com/
  64. Gladita - Bacolod City, Philippines - PromdiLiving - url - http://promdiliving.com/
  65. Lesley Cucal - Tarlac City, Philippines - Bottomless Coffee - url - http://men-tality.blogspot.com/
  66. Rose Cottrill - West Virginia, USA - Rose's Obstacles and Glory - url - http://www.obstaclesandglories.com/
  67. Mys Lyke Meeh - Toronto, Canada - Mys Lyke Meeh - url - http://myslykemeeh.blogspot.com/
  68. Gloria (Goyz) - Calamba City, Philippines - Good Health - url - http://goyz-greenapple.blogspot.com/
  69. Mitch (Annay Butakal) - Cebu, Philippines - Ramble Baboy - url - http://annaybutakal.blogspot.com/
  70. Ria Coleto - Cervantes - Dubai, UAE - It's My Party - url - http://www.riablahgs.com/
  71. Luna Miranda - Makati City, Philippines - Miranda - url - http://bilogangbuwanniluna.blogspot.com/
  72. Kit (Suplado) - Makati City, Philippines - Suplado Reviews - url - http://supladoonline.blogspot.com/
  73. Rachel - Philippines - Heart of Rachel - url - http://mysoulfulthoughts.blogspot.com/
  74. Josie Santos - Sydney, Australia - Fragments of My Soul - url - http://josie-santos.blogspot.com/
  75. Wella Jane - Misamis Occidental, Philippines - Thinking Pen- Blogging For A Cause - url - http://thinkingpen.freeo.net/
  76. Kelvin Requiroso (Kebelle) - Quezon City, Philippines - Spirituality Page - url - http://spirituality-page.blogspot.com/
  77. Pusang Gala - Mandaluyong City, Philippines - Pusang - Gala - url - http://pakaleklalawak.blogspot.com/
  78. Jason - Paranaque, Philippines - Pinoy Updates - url - http://www.pinoyupdates.com/
  79. Onatdonuts - Taguig City, Philippines - OnatDonuts - url - http://www.onatdonuts.blogspot.com/
  80. Ibyang - NSW, Australia - A Wife's Charmed Life - url - http://awifescharmedlife.blogspot.com/
  81. Mike Avenue - Philippines - Mga Tagalog Na Tula Sa Filipinas - url - http://tagalog-tula-pilipinas.blogspot.com/
  82. Jhay Gamba - Cainta, Rizal, Philippines - I Blog Mo! - url -http://jdesignzwww.jdesignz.blogspot.com/
  83. Carla Farnesyl Fundales Idago - Malabon City, Philippines - Heterotripper: Anong Maskara Mo Today - url - http://lacarotica.blogspot.com/
  84. Tet Garchitorena - Naga City, Philippines - The Life Of An Oregano Addict - url - http://www.piebuko.blogspot.com/
  85. Rael Denoman - Imus, Cavite, Philippines - Manikang Papel - url - http://myblogjazzryl.blogspot.com/
  86. Liezl F. - Valenzuela City, Philippines - Breezing My Confined Emotions - url - http://microporetape.blogspot.com/
  87. Kengkay - Germany - Kwentong Kengkay - url - http://kengkay.wordpress.com/
  88. Earthlingorgeous - Manila, Philippines - Earthlingorgeous.com - url - http://www.earthlingorgeous.com/
  89. Pinay Key Point - Tarlac City, Philippines - PinayKeyPoint - url - http://pinaykeypoint.wordpress.com/
  90. Ria Stevenson - Texas, USA - Live Love Laugh - url - http://www.riastevenson.com/
  91. Pajay - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - Klasrum Ni Pajay - url - http://propesorpa-jay.blogspot.com/
  92. Texas Sweetie - Texas, USA - My Virtual Diary - url - http://www.texas-sweetie.blogspot.com/
  93. Aquamarine - Hongkong - Aquamarine - url - http://jhole22.blogspot.com/
  94. Shemistry - Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines - Foolishly Overacting - url - http://shemshemistry.blogspot.com/
  95. Dines - Winona, Minnesotta, USA - Kalei Dines Scope - url - http://paul-dina-kaleidoscope.blogspot.com/
  96. Che (Chorva) - Philippines - Chorva Entertainment Blog - url - http://www.chorva.net/
  97. Arnel Gara Artes - Cebu City, Philippines - A Hunter - url - http://www.arnelgaraartes.blogspot.com/
  98. Donald Pal (Dhon) - Cebu, Philippines - Life Love Lust - url - http://dhonpal.blogspot.com/
  99. Fermin Absalon - Navotas, Metro Manila, Philippines - Beyond Feron Dot Com - url - http://www.beyondferon.com/
  100. Dzerom - Calamba, Laguna, Philippines - Blogging Without A Cause - url - http://blogging-without-a-cause.blogspot.com/
  101. K (Knoizki) - Hongkong - A Dialogue With K - url - http://www.knoizki.net/
  102. Orville Hitadle - Cebu City, Philippines - Downloader's Stuffs and Freebies for All - url - http://www.iamdownloader.com/
  103. Cindyrella - Hongkong - Cindyrella From Hongkong - url - http://cindyrella-stories.blogspot.com/
  104. Rimewire - Cavite, Philippines - Disproving the Genius - url - http://rimewire.wordpress.com/
  105. Edelweiza Mabalay - Manila, Philippines - The Life of a Breadwinner - url - http://www.edelweiza.com/
  106. Manolito Montala - Philippines - The Filipino Enterpreneur - url - http://www.thefilipinoenterpreneur.com/
  107. Leona Khan - Pasig City, Philippines - Vanidosang Panda - url - http://ms-panda.blogspot.com/
  108. Pepe Mckunat - Philippines - Life is Tough, but prove You are Tougher - url - http://katchupoy.wordpress.com/
  109. Batopik - Taguig City, Philippines - Batopik - url - http://batopik.wordpress.com/
  110. Gin E - Manila, Philippines - Mommy in Manila - url - http://mommyinmanila.blogspot.com/
  111. B'ley Villones (Dyosa) - Paranaque City, Philippines - Blagalag - url - http://www.bl;agalag.com/
  112. Donald Serrano (don_ser) - Philippines - don_ser The Feeling ProBlogger - url - http://www.doanldserrano.com/donser/
  113. Love Lot - San Francisco, California, USA - Lov-A-Lot - url - http://lov-a-lot.blogspot.com/
  114. Enchie - Manila, Philippines - Sweet Nothings - url - http//xtraordinarymom.blogspot.com/
  115. Iceah Marie - Gen. Santos City, Philippines - Chicken Heart - url - http://www.pinay-chicken-heart.com/
  116. Mee*I Velasco - Antipolo City, Rizal, Philippines - Waiting On The World To Change - url - http://mekinudolsoup.blogspot.com/
  117. Kuyanin - Philippines - Kuyanin: Starting Afresh - url - http://www.kuyanin.com/
  118. Chyng Reyes - Manila, Philippines - No Spam, No Virus, No Kiddin'! - url - http://riandrew.blogspot.com/
  119. JuanDerPul - Philippines - JuanDerPul Pinoy - url - http://juanderpulpinoy.com/
  120. Kenneth Mendoza - Laguna, Philippines - Kenneth Mendoza- Speaking Out, Blogging, Ranting and Fooling Around - url - http://www.kmendoza.net/
  121. Grace - Michigan, USA - We Live To Tell God's "Amazing Grace" - url - http://grace1331.blogspot.com/
  122. Carnation - Antique, Philippines - Carnation - url - http://sweetcarnation.blogspot.com/
  123. Jed Chua - Mandaluyong City, Philippines - Reel Advice - url - http://reeladvice.blogspot.com/
  124. Pammyboo83 - Dumaguete City, Philippines - Filipino Lifestyle - url - http://filipinotaste.blogspot.com/
  125. Sagada- Igorot - Mountain Province, Philippines/Chicago, USA - Blog of The Sagada-Igorot - url - http://blog.sagada-igorot.com/
  126. Bai Maleiha Candao - Cotabato City, Philippines - Soulful Images - url - http://princessmaleiha.blogspot.com/
  127. Jehzeel Laurente - Philippines - Jehzlau Concepts - url - Http://www.jehzlau-concepts.com/
  128. Poohgahk - Philippines - Shout Out - Url - http://poohgahk.blogspot.com/
  129. Norman Novio - Occidental Mindoro, Philippines - Pamatok - url - http:///nanovio.blogspot.com/
  130. Bien Nillos - Negros Occidental, Philippines - The Freudian Slip - url - http://bayenn.blogspot.com/
  131. Madelyn Basalo-Sells - Cafunfo, Lunda Norte, Angola - "The Pride of Hingotanan, Bohol"- My Life's Journey To Success - url - http://madzlifesdiary.blogspot.com/
  132. Jannesse - Las Pinas City, Philippines - The Wifey Diaries - url - http://thewifeydiaries.blogspot.com/
  133. Willa Stock - Ontario, Canada - Fickle Minded- A Life That Is Less Ordinary - url - http://fickleminded.net/
  134. Aihara (Tessah) Ramintessah Sanchez - Japan - The Economics of Life - url - http://lifesmatterandeconomics.blogspot.com/
  135. Ron Albert - Quezon City, Philippines - A Slice of Turon - url - http://ron-turon.blogspot.com/
  136. Elyong - Davao City, Philippines - Elyong - url - http://elyong.blogspot.com/
  137. Kokoi - Baguio City, Philippines - Blog ni Kokoi - url - http://blognikokoi.blogspot.com/
  138. Fat - Japan - Anything Goes - url - http://247diary.blogspot.com/
  139. Mye De Leon - Rizal, Philippines - Blog Appetite - url - http://blogappetite.blogspot.com/
  140. Jan Geronimo - Oriental Mindoro, Philippines - salabasngmandaluyong (Rx For A Better Life) - url - http://salabasngmandaluyong.blogspot.com/
  141. Chuva - Philippines - Chizmizan With Chuva - url - http://chuvachienes.com/
  142. E. J. Bautista - Quezon City, Philippines - Bogcess - url - http://bogcess.blogspot.com/
  143. Maree Tee - Philippines - I Am Mrs. Tee - url - http://mareetee.blogspot.com/
  144. Alma Cafe - Davao oriental, Philippines - Reach Beyond Your Limits - url - http://luponfirehouse.blogspot.com/
  145. Arlene Collado - Philippines - Joys in Life - url - http://sunshineleneforlife.com/
  146. Juvy - Philippines - Pinoy Portals - url - http://pinoyportals.blogspot.com/
  147. Jan Mckingley Hilado - Cebu City, Philippines - The Ultralife of Student Nurses - url - http://nursester.blogspot.com/
  148. Carlos - Davao City, Philippines - Carlos Ideas - url - http://carlos-ideas.blogspot.com/
  149. Mentor - Cebu, Philippines - The Image of Cebu - url - http://cebuimage.blogspot.com/
  150. Emma Ballada - Laguna, Philippines - Life Momento - url - http://lifemomento.blogspot.com/
  151. Darkspark - Philippines - Papermills - url - http://papermills.blogspot.com/
  152. Jes - Philippines - My Little Angels - url - http://ishiethan.blogspot.com/
  153. Mike Pamero - Laguna, Philippines - Such were some of you - url - http://www.mikepamero.blogspot.com/
  154. Jerome - Calamba, Laguna, Philippines - Pinoy Blogger Online - url - http://blogging-without-a-cause.blogspot.com/
  155. Mary Grace - Tennessee, USA - My World is My Family - url - http://graceodraper.blogspot.com/
  156. Luzviminda Gadon (Vhing F) - Israel - Survivor: the Reality of my Life - url - http://vhing4all-il-ph.blogspot.com/
  157. Marlon Celso - Manila, Philippines - Marlon of Manila - url - http://marlonofmanila.blogspot.com/
  158. Political Jaywalker - USA - Pedestrian Observer GB url - http://pedestrianobserver.blogspot.com/
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