n online article a week ago
concluded that the reason that Deniece Cornejo the vixen in the Vhong
Navarro mauling incident
being mercilessly vilified was because Philippine society tends to treat
women that way (LINK). The writer a certain Tricia Aquino in collaboration with
Judy Taguiwalo a University of the Philippines professor in the Department
of Women and Development Studies, try to paint a bleak picture of Filipina
women as persecuted second-class citizens who end up being blamed for the
troubles that befall them.
Ms. Aquino writes,
Professor Taguiwalo ”acknowledges that to this day, misogyny, the hatred or
dislike of women, continues to inform how many Filipinos -- including women
themselves -- see women.” This of course is the furthest thing from the
truth and pure hogwash! It is a scenario concocted by a writer who it seems
hasn’t matured enough to truly understand Philippine society, and a
professor of women’s studies who apparently knows next to nothing about
Filipina women. If Ms. Taguiwalo exemplifies the caliber of its current
faculty, it is no wonder then why UP has fallen significantly in rank
compared to other universities around the world.
The Philippines in fact is
seen by many as a matriarchal society. Women run the country, not overtly
mind you, but make no mistake as to who truly wields power from Aparri to
Jolo. From the family unit to the largest family corporations, women usually
call the shots or are the power behind the throne. For instance, in a 2002
article by Wilson Lee Flores (LINK),
he points out that “it was matriarch Mercedes Zobel McMicking who made the
family of her nephew Jaime Zobel de Ayala gain control of the Ayala business
empire by taking away power from her other nephew Enrique Zobel.” Over and
over again—from Diego Silang’s widow Gabriela, to Imelda Marcos, to Cory
Aquino, to Kris Aquino who more than anyone was responsible for putting her
brother Noynoy in Malacañang—Filipinas are the ones calling the shots in the
Philippines. In fact most married Filipinos acknowledge this fact by
jokingly referring to their wives as their “commanders.”
Look at the Philippine
Senate as an example. No one dares step on Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s
"toes." She is a firebrand who despite medical ailments introduced more pieces legislation last year than any of her male
Senators Joker Arroyo, Gringo Honasan, and the rest of the men may think
they’re the hotshots but all pale in comparison to Defensor-Santiago.
And why shouldn’t Filipinas
be calling the shots? Their male counterparts sadly leave much to be
desired. Pinoy males who belong to the middle-class on upwards have yayas
(nurses) who dress them, feed them, and attend to their needs from birth all
the way to adolescence. Then these "boys" continue living with "mommy"
well into their thirties or forties. They have housemaids, houseboys, and
drivers who do all the heavy lifting for them. Thus compared to men from
other countries, Filipino males are just plain wusses. There are exceptions
of course, but those exceptions are very few and very, very far between.
So, the little secret
everyone seems to be in on—except for Tricia Aquino and Judy Taguiwalo—is that behind the macho façade, it is Pinays not
Pinoys who run the country. Now back to the question: Why then are people so
incensed with Deniece Cornejo? The reason is simple: what people hate more
than anything else is treachery. And this is what plastic-surgery
enhanced, angelic-looking Cornejo appears guilty of. Now if that indeed
turns out to be the case, then we hope they lock her up and throw the key to
her jail cell into the murky, stinking, waters of the Pasig River.
It is incomprehensible to many that despite all the negatives piling up against it, the Aquino administration is still pushing for Congress to ratify the Bangasamoro Basic Law (BBL). First and foremost, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front with whom the Philippine government entered into an agreement with, massacred 44 Special Action Force (SAF)
policemen who were serving an arrest warrant on an international
Doctor Expedito Castillo, a retired internist with training in sports medicine thinks so. Castillo who lives in New York points out that Los Angeles—where Manny Pacquiao now trains for his May 2nd fight, and Las Vegas—where Floyd Mayweather trains and where the boxing match will take place, have enormous differences in terms of elevation. Los Angeles is just 233 feet above sea-level, while Las Vegas is a whopping 2,000 feet above sea-level.
Just When You Thought Filipino Cops Were the Worst, Here Come US Cops
What in the world has happened to cops in the United States? It seems that today only psychotic, unstable, individuals are joining the U.S. police force this days. People from all across the globe were more than willing to give American cops the benefit of the doubt, at first. But in instance after instance, from Ferguson, MS and the killing of Michael Brown, a young black man who witnesses say was unarmed and posed no threat at all to police; to today’s cold-blooded murder of Walter F. Scott, 50 by South Carolina police officer Michael T. Slager,
NPA Celebrates 46 Years of Destroying the Philippines
Founded by Bernabe Buscayno, or “Kumander Dante” as he was more commonly known, the New People’s Army established on March 29, 1969 marks its 46th year of existence. From less than 40 founding members and a handful of firearms, the NPA grew to over 26,000 members in the 1980s. Today however the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) places NPA membership at less than 5,000 nationwide. That number is expected to dwindle even further as progress and education creep in to the far-flung towns and barrios that were once breeding grounds for recruits.
Lee Kuan Yew and Ferdinand Marcos, What a Difference!
An Australian living in the Philippines published a book titled: “The Unlucky Country. The Republic of the Philippines in the 21st Century.” The author Duncan McKenzie came up with the title as the counterpoint to “The Lucky Country” a book written in the mid-sixties that refers to Australia. In his book McKenzie explains that the Philippines is unlucky because, for starters, it is an archipelago and therefore naturally fragmented.
Will the Philippines Ever Speed Up Its Glacially-Slow Justice System?
We’ve all heard the saying “justice delayed is justice denied.” That maxim has been around since time immemorial. In fact the Pirkei Avot (Hebrew for “Ethics of the Fathers”) which dates back to the 1st century B.C. mentions an old rabbi saying that goes: “the sword comes into the world, because of justice delayed and justice denied." In 1215 A.D. a clause from the Magna Carta similarly declares that “to no one will we refuse or delay, right or justice."
Amal Alamuddin Clooney Wants to Defend Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ...Why?
Okay so she's George Clooney's wife, she's got great looks, a law degree and ambitious enough to make a name for herself apart from that of her superstar husband. Fair enough. So Amal Alamuddin Clooney decides to take on high profile cases of injustice around the world. Even better. But filing a complaint with the United Nations Human Rights Council on behalf of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo? What's up with that? Better do your homework Mrs. Clooney. It won't take long for you to realize that Arroyo is getting exactly what she deserves.
Manny Pacquiao Should Not Be Given a Tax Exemption
Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III has proposed a bill to grant Manny Pacquiao a special tax exemption for the income he will earn from his May 2nd boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Pimentel justifies his bill as a "fitting tribute" to the Filipino eight-division world champion adding that "Manny is now part of our history and of world sports history. Let’s give him this tax incentive in recognition to his invaluable efforts to promote boxing and the country around the world."
With Negotiators Like These on Our Team, Who Needs an Opposing Side?
What on earth happened to these two women—supposedly handpicked by the president himself to argue on behalf of the Philippine government in peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front—who now seem to be mouthpieces for the Moros? Have Secretary Teresita Deles, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, chair of the negotiating panel become mesmerized by the tough "macho" image the rebels project?