By Raïssa Robles
It’s now all set.
The book launch of Marcos Martial Law: Never Again, a brief history of torture and atrocity under the New Society is on April 4 Monday afternoon at Balay Kalinaw, otherwise known as Ikeda Hall.
Here’s a link on how to get to Balay Kalinaw.
I will be there starting 1:30 PM for book signing and of course meeting all my friends from Cyber Plaza Miranda, Facebook and Twitter. All those who have direct messaged me saying they want multiple copies, please come early :)
Each hardbound, fully-illustrated book will cost P2,500.00.
During the launch day only, all those who will buy one copy of the hardbound book will be entitled to get two paperback versions free. The paperbacks, however, are not yet available, so these will be couriered to the buyer later. so please don’t forget to leave your addresses and contact numbers.
The bulk discounts on launch day are as follows:
Two to five copies – 5% discount off the selling price.
Six to 10 copies – 10% discount
11 to 15 copies – 15% discount
The program proper will start at 3 PM to 6 PM.
I will soon post what the program will contain.
P.S. I can understand why Ateneo needed to put stringent security measures in place. The safety of the students is the paramount concern.
I hope teachers and students from Ateneo might be able to drop by on Monday for the book launch. Ateneo is close to my heart. It is where I started honing my craft in writing under Fr. Joseph Galdon.
P.P.S. sorry, I forgot.
For pre-orders, pls deposit payment to:
Imee Marcos is one in the list mentioned to have an account/accounts in this massive corruption and tax avoidance… anyone know about this please … this could be the billions we were looking for..
Imee most probably transferred their money to other banks to avoid being recovered by the Philippine Government.
On hiding their money…
Yung mga Ampatuan eh walang tiwala sa mga banko, kaya sa vault nila nilalagay ang bilyones na mg nakaw.
Si Enrile, wais, halos lahat laundered na sa kanilang legit corporations.
Si Sotto nasa pangalan ng mga anak.
Si Recto ay isa sa pinaka magaling magtago ng pera… kahit AMLA eh di yan matukoy…
Si Duterte nasa pangalan ng mga anak nya…
Si Binay eh na kay Baloloy at Limlingan pero meron din nakila Abi at Nancy. Yung kay Junjun eh nasa ibang pangalan kasi Binay din apelyido eh red flag agad yun dahil Binay=Magnanakaw…
Yung kay Roxas eh nasa corporation nila…pero dahil legit karamihan yung ibang kita sa mga kontrata dahil sa infuence eh legit na rin…
Yung kay Poe eh nagsisimula pa lang magsubi si Neil…
Kay Miriam eh nasa Tagaytay na bahay nila, bullet proof yun at may malaking vault.
Kay Bongbong eh nailipat na ng mga bankong mas mahigpit sa Swiss ang secrecy…
Kay Abad eh spread…
Kay Drilon eh nakapangalan sa iba atyung karamihan eh numbered accounts lang…
Kay Lito Lapid eh cash karamihan at yung iba ay nasa pangalan ng mga anak…
Kay Cayetano eh nasa Germany daw yung iba, pero yung kay Pia eh nasa cayman’s ata yun…Yung sa asawa ni Alan eh nasa pamilya nila…
Kila Speaker Belmonte eh nakaimbak sa mga corporations…
Kay Paquito Ochoa ay nakiimbak sa mga corporation ni Belmonte, at naka-invest sa mga mamahaling alak…at mga night clubs…meron din investment dati kay Jenny Napoles, at ngayon ay kay Kim Wong…
Yung kay Alcala eh naitago ng maigi sa mga kapamilya…
Yung kay Jun Abaya eh puro cash at di pa laundered…
Yung kay Andaya eh invested at karamihan eh nasa offshore accounts din..,
Yung kay Villafuerte eh naka invest sa Caramoan na mga resorts at mga trading companies na managed ng asawa…
Yung kay Ping Lacson eh naka invest kay Kim Wong at iba pang mga intsik…
Yung kay chavit eh nasa Baluarte at may bantay na tigre. Cash yan karamihan at yung iba eh nasa Macau at HK…
Yung sa mga Pineda eh halos cash karamihan at nasa mga legit na business tulad ng lotto outlets kuno at mga remittance, para naman laundered na kuno yung jueteng money…
Sa Panama accounts,
May lalabas pa dyan na mga pangalan ng mga pinoy na mayayaman na di natin alam kung saan galing ang pera kinita…
Since ICIJ (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists) is on top of this, makikihingi lang sana ng more info about this news. Specially on how this news has impacted to our very own Pilipinas. Meron din tayong mga mamamayan na naibalitang itinakbo ang pera ng bayan… this could be it… e.g. Imee Marcos is on that list.. If we can ask how much was there… kahit pa sabihing wala na at nai transfer na sa ibang banko… at least we will know the figure kung how much was it there.. because Imee could just not grow that money in there backyard and deposit it to Mossack Fanseca.. And if it is that big (to have Mossak Fanseca handled it), she is not that magician to have that all of a sudden.. sana po. humingi lang kaunting info..
The PNP released the statistics on cities with the highest crime index which placed Davao City in fourth place, implying that Davao City is the fourth most dangerous city in the country. Far from it. The PNP has now joined the political game and becomes a political tool of Roxas.
The true indicator of criminality is the monthly crime rate using the index crime numbers. MCR in a year is determined by the formula: (crime volume/12) x (100,000/population). Total crime volume in six years must be divided by 72 (6×12). For the example, Davao City had about 37,000 index crimes for six years from 2010-15 with a population of 1.4M. Using the MCR formula, Davao City (DC) would have MCR of 36.
Now, let’s compare DC’s MCR with Cebu (3rd), Bacolod (10th) and Mandaue 15th using the PNP statistics on crimes and Wikipedia on population. Computation would show that Cebu had MCR of 66, Bacolod got 38 and Mandaue garnered 46. Clearly, Davao City is the safest among the four cities, even safer or less dangerous than Mandaue – the safest or the least dangerous according to PNP statistics.
Let’s compare also the police patrol area. DC has 2,400 km2 area of responsibility. Cebu, Bacolod and Mandaue have 315 km2, 162 km2 and 35 km2, respectively. There is no comparison really.
NUMBERS DON’T LIE !!!
Tama ka Atty. Numbers don’t lie. So may crime pa rin talaga sa Davao City. So paano tayo maniniwala sa sinasabi ni Duterte and Cayetano na in 3-6 months mawawala ang crime sa Pinas kung sa mismong pinamumunuan nya ay may mataas na incidence of crime? Duterte’s whole candidacy is anchored on the promise that he will rid our country with crime.
Du30 promised to get rid of drug lords and minimize attendant crimes by running after pushers. Illegal drug addiction is one problem that won’t be easily solved, like cigarette craving, and has already taken roots in the four corners of the country, New Bilibid Prison not excluded courtesy of the lackluster performance of the daang matuwid administration whose “lambat sibat” operation is netting only the pushers and not the sources of the menacing drugs.
One sure formula is destroying/incarcerating drug labs and their financiers whose whereabouts are already known and cut the flow of supply to the addicted populace.
Have trust on Du30 and help him make drastic changes in our beleaguered society which other candidates lack the guts, derring-do and political will to undertake.
Please provide the link of what you are telling us.
O ayan Atty. for your reading pleasure. http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/02/21/1555349/duterte-vows-end-criminality-3-months
So, you took the meaning of “rid” literally. Sorry, I don’t read that way. To my understanding and I think to the understanding of many, Duterte meant ridding our country of crimes to a large extent. In Singapore some protesters also complain of the presence of crime therein. These protesters said “low volume of crime does not mean no crime.” These are people who merely nitpick.
Ha? And do you think every Filipinos read the way you do? The truth is, Dutertes message was meant to deceive people. That he is the only solution to the problem of criminality. In short, nangloloko lang talaga sya. Ikaw na rin nagsabi he can not achieve it. Wala syang ginawa kung hindi ang manakot and send the message that we are a hopeless nation. A Hugo Chavez in the making. Don’t make excuses for him.
P.S. ko today…
In PDI link you provided…
@Baycas. LOL. More than that Apo Lakay would most likely be buried finally sa Libingan ng mga Bayani. Both Duterte and Grace Poe are for it. Duterte even says that Marcos is the best President the Philippines ever had. Mapapakamot ka na lang talaga sa ulo.
MLBaby, you were not around before martial law was declared by Marcos.
I voted for Marcos against Osmeña in 1969. Meaning that he was doing well then in my perception. Martial law was welcomed by many in 1972 because it instilled discipline among the people. But Marcos abused it later and the rest is history.
I was a personal witness to pre and posts martial law. How about you?
BTW You are entitled to your own opinion that I am making excuses for Duterte. Far from it. I am also entitled to my own opinion. Take it or leave it. Bigotry has no place in this blog.
What is the law violated if Marcos is buried in the LNB? How about any tradition, custom or public policy?
I also voted for Marcos against Macapagal in 1965.
Slow down with the bigotry allegation torney. People are just exposing you for your irrationality and lack of ethics. You taking offense does not does not give you the right to call your detractors bigots. You’ll have to prove that bigotry first. Because if you can’t, you’re just being what the millennials call “butthurt” and spewing out the most emotionally/politically loaded word you have in your arsenal in the hope of silencing your critics.
You are recommending burying Makoy in Taguig in a blog post celebrating the launch of a book that’s vehemently against the idea. When I say that’s tone deaf, I’m not exhibiting unfair intolerance of your ideas or opinions. I’m just stating a fact.
Your opinions are always welcome.
i totally agree with you, martial law baby, duterte is best in deceiving people. i am a NBFC my birth certicate can attest to that aside from the doctor, nurse and midwife who assisted my mom when she gave birth to me.
look what’s happening in kidapawan. why robin padilla is there? very fast in answering his own question “why I am here? because I am a filipino” he never said because i am duterte’s supporter. look, where is one of his brothers now? isn’t he is prison?
You know what? While the PNP statistics say that QC is the most dangerous among the 10 cities with the highest index crimes, it appears that QC has the lowest MCR. QC had 65,000 index crimes from 2010 to 2015 with a population of 2.7M. Meaning that QC is safer than DC and Zamboanga City which have MCR of 36 both. The most dangerous in the PNP list is actually the safest among the 10 cities cited by PNP. Here is the MCR of the top 10 cities in the number of index crimes from 2010-15.
1. QC – 33
2. MLA – 47
3. Cebu – 66
4. DC – 36
5. CDO – 71
6. Baguio – 125
7. ZC – 36
8. Iloilo – 69
9. Gensan – 50
10. Bacolod – 38
NUMBERS DON’T LIE !!!
Uh no. This is more like I’M TRYING TO FUDGE STATS SO DAVAO CITY LOOKS BETTER !!!
i wonder what your comment is when Duterte says:
I. when he went to Cavite to campaign, he promised the family of Bongbong Revilla that he will set his brother free if elected President
2. he will allow the burial of Marcos at Libingan ng Bayan and if he dies, Bongbong Marcos can take over as President if he and Marcos were elected as P. and VP, when he went to Ilocos to campaign (ano ngayon ang role ni Cayetano suportado niya pala si Bongbong?)
3. When he went to Pampanga he told the followers of Arroyo that he will set GMA free if elected President.
They would be alright if done IAW law. Your comments are misleading because they are taken out of context. Is any law violated if Revilla is freed on bail, Marcos is buried in LNB and GMA freed on bail? Is it not the logical consequence that Bongbong becomes president if they were both elected and Duterte died in office?
nasa news na nilaglag ng anak ni duterte si a. cayetano ang pinalit ay si ESCUDERO
Maybe, Duterte did not “dictate” on him to support Cayetano. I, myself, don’t dictate or even convince my children and my wife whom to vote as president. They have minds of their own which may be better than mine.
you are right. he did not dictate his son but now angry what his son did. thay have also a political problem even inside their very own household.
i respect your view and i totally understand it because kahit kami hindi din pinakialaman ng aming mga magulang at mga kapatid whom to vote. but we were enlightened whom to vote
Saan mo nakuha na MCR ang true indicator of criminality?
How about this? Use the per capita metric to determine the probability of the population being a part of the crime.
QC population (2010): 2.8 million
Total index crimes: 65,514
Total index crimes per capita: 0.0234
Davao City population (2010): 1.4 million
Total index crimes: 37,684
Total index crimes per capita: 0.0269
4th safest city in the country ladies and gentlemen. Murder capital of the Philippines. 1st runner up pagdating sa rape.
NUMBERS DON’T LIE!!! (Gayahin ko all caps mo kasi pag all caps it must be true right?)
When bragging about Davao City, Duts usually says that compared to the evil, immoral, crime-ridden cities of imperial manila, In Davao, people can walk free knowing that they won’t be a victim of criminality – that there’s no need to fear of getting raped or murdered.
But based on the numbers, there’s a higher likelihood that a person gets molested or killed in Davao City than in any of the cities in metro manila.
Duts and his family has been in power for a long time. If he really is as effective and as efficient a leader as he claims to be, he should have cleaned up Davao City by now.
But as you said, NUMBERS DON’T LIE!!! The perception of a clean and just DC is just as fantastical as the claim that Mar didn’t graduate from Wharton.
Onga pala di ba sabi mo dati yung numbers ng PNP ay manipulated and untrustworthy? Ano tong biglang NUMBERS DON’T LIE na post na to while citing PNP’s stats? Joke lang ba to or sarcasm lang tulad ng style ni Duts?
PNP is a government agency being used, among others, to destroy the credibility of roxas’ competitors through their phoney stats with the hope of boosting his ratings from the usual 4th place which he has been occupying since early December last year until now. (Pulse Asia poll December 4 to 11, 2015)
It’s so easy to declare that the numbers are phony but do you have proof of the manipulation? So far your statements have been as empty and as illusory as Duts’ assertion that DC has no drug problem.
Circumstantial evidence relies on an inference to connect it to a conclusion of fact – like the presence of gun powder in the hand of the hungry and UNARMED Kidapawan farmer killed by the PNP to justify the massacre
Your assertion that my statements have been as empty and as illusory as Dut’s assertion that DC has no drug problem is liken to a sea-sick sailor of the sinking MV Roxas caught by the fury of super typhoon Yolanda for 2 weeks in Tacloban supposedly to save lives and ease the pains of the survivors but in reality did nothing except endless meetings and burying 200 rotten sacks of rice in Leyte presumably for distribution to Tacloban, whose mayor is a political opponent of PNoy.
So where’s your proof of manipulation (circumstantial or otherwise)? Bakit ka biglang napunta sa Kidapawan?
Sinabi ng PNP may droga sa DC, sabi ng anak ni Duts may droga sa DC, inamin din ni Duts na may droga sa DC pero sabi mo walang droga sa DC kasi tulad nung nangyari sa Yolanda na nag meeting lang si Mar at nagbaon ng panis na bigas kasi kalaban ni Pnoy yung mayor.
I had no idea that reasoning can get this fanciful and creative.
It’s no worse than saying that “Naglakad ang mga higante sa tambutso ng kambing, yan ang dahilan kung bakit may gilagid ang tao.”
Next time when you’re structuring your refutations, sprinkle in a bit of whimsical powder but leave out the bucketfuls of insane behind.
Kalahari, I agree that many PNP stats are phoney. Many also believe that PNP stats are manipulated. I made my comments above assuming that the PNP stats are correct merely to show that PNP is now a tool of Roxas in putting Davao City down.
“In an August 2015 Senate investigation , PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Chief Benjamin Magalong admitted that Oplan Lambat-Sibat exerts severe pressure on each local police station to lower their crime rates.
“We are now turning the heat on stations that reported high crime rate. We ask: where is your crime prevention program?,” Magalong told the Senate panel.
“Local police stations, especially those within crime-prone jurisdictions, desperately avoided the DILG Secretary’s wrath by making sure that the crime volume went down, no matter what.
“Because of the ingenuity of Filipino policemen, there still existed some level of inaccurate reporting, which prompted higher authority to send put Red Teams randomly to check on how complaints were being recorded, investigated and solved,” admitted Magalong.”
Ancient Mariner says
As far as I can remember the Davao City safest nonsense was based around a survey by Numbeo.
Numbeo has since proved to be easier to fix than breaking eggs.
I think that realistically Davao City is just a normal Phiippine city complete with no go areas, safe areas and enough drug pushers to fill a cruise ship.
In any case whether it is safest or not is now largely irrelevant. The magic of the first story worked and Dugong has now moved on from banging that drum.
On SWS mobile survey.
Our country’s socioeconomic class distribution comprises of 10 percent ABC, 60 percent D and 30 percent E. But according to SWS the mobile phone distribution is as follows:
“Its socioeconomic class distribution is 5 percent ABC, 81 percent D, and 14 percent E.”
Read more: http://opinion.inquirer.net/94099/the-bilang-pilipino-sws-mobile-survey#ixzz44ccUqVm3
This means an skewed sampling of the survey population because whoever got the D Class would have a much higher score than what the norm dictates. The candidate favored by the D Class would have a runaway win.
Maybe such situation occurs because the ABC class were not interested in the survey methodology and in the promised prize of owning the provided mobile phone after the May elections. Most of the ABC people own sophisticated mobile phones. Many of them even own two phones at a time.
As to the E class, I guess many, if not most, of them do not bother to participate because they are busy looking for a living. Many of them are even illiterate.
It simply means that the population of the SWS mobile survey does NOT represent the country’s population. But I still trust the old or usual survey methodology used by SWS and PA.
The poor as a category is variously defined. According to official statistics, 39.5 percent of Filipinos, or more than 5 million families, lived below the poverty threshold in 2000. Survey organizations, however, refer to lower-income groups as belonging to “D” and “E” classes that are estimated to make up as much as 93 percent of some 43 million Filipino voters. According to SWS, the D class, which makes up 60 percent of all voters, comprises lower-middle class households “who have some comfort and means but basically thrive on a hand-to-mouth existence.” The E class, comprising 33 percent of the households, is the extremely lower class “who evidently face great difficulty in meeting their basic survival needs.”
Do you really think that a federal form of government will help us lift our nation from this rut of dynastic families or will it just exacerbate and further perpetuate one’s family’s hold on a city, province or region due the very nature of federalism?
Just to start the debate on this form of government.
Federalism is the true essence of decentralisation and devolution of power from the central government to local governments.
For example, just compare NCR CBDs with the CBDs of the rest of the regions or the prospective federal states, i.e., Cebu, Iloilo, Naga, CDO, Davao, etc. How I wish the Philippines would have a Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Chicago, LA, LV, Houston, Boston, etc.
This is merely a simplistic illustration. Discussions about the economy, traffic, population, peace and order, environment, employment, justice, legislation, etc. would need much more time.
BFD, maybe you can enlighten me how federalism would enhance political dynasties and lead to poor economy, peace and order, environment, governance, etc.
bfd, anne curtis is from melbourne, australia, but seems happier living in the philippines maybe because there’s more fun.
australian federal government is bit complicated dahil part sila of the commonwealth of nations with the queen of england, elizabeth the 2nd, as head of state. australians had been wanting to become republic and break away from the commonwealth, pero bigo tuwing plebicite.
one time australian prime minister, tony abbot, was born in england. he stayed only 2yrs on the job, before power was taken from him by kaparatido, malcolm turnbull, the current prime minster. there is constant power struggle in federal govt. rarely an incumbent stayed for the duration of tenure, and can easily be deposed.
With the current setup of dynastic families in every local and national positions, I’m afraid federalism will only enhance warlordism and easy break away from the republic if that strongman from the North or South will emerge and not take orders from Malacanang.
That’s why federalism is being embraced in Mindanao because and other dynasty-infested areas because of this scenario. We are not like Americans or the British who have a sense of nation. What we have is a sense of familial affiliation. You can hear it from everywhere, from OFWs working abroad, from contestants in singing contests, but most glaringly on our dynastic families, it is for them being alpha in a land of oppressed people.
No, I say that we have to strengthen our laws, pass the anti-dynasty bill first, repeal the Bank Secrecy Law, give more teeth to the investigative bodies of the state and instill in our people a sense of nationhood.
Also, we are regionalistic, which will feed negatively on the federalism movement, which will in turn strengthen the hold of the leading families of the region.
What we should do is to make the Senate more representative of the people. Have the senators come from Regions 1 to 12 so that each region is representative of the nation, not the present Senate composition where sometimes we don’t have representations from Mindanao.
when gloria arroyo was in power, there was talk of forming a parliamentary system of government. nothing came out of it though, thank the lord. now, this talk of federalism . . . I can think of pakistan and its federal form of government. the country is bogged down with problems, and not exactly much better than us.
I think, our current form of government is fine, though it needs fine tuning in some areas.
Exactly my point, moonie.
I agree – to what moonie says – “fine tuning,’ the “parts” where it is much needed.
Of course, ‘amendments’ or ‘revisions’ will have to be done to the hurriedly drafted/approved 1987 Constitution. . . because of the times and situation it was done.
In so doing of ‘fine tuning the parts’ we will achieve what really should be the appropriate political structure of our Republican form of government will be without confusion because ‘each parts fine tuned’ will be according to the ‘whole.’
Time to fine tune after 29 years since 1987 our imperfect Constitution. No constitution will be perfect by imperfect men/women. Then much later ‘amendments’ may be done like other constitutions, the US Constitution for one.
Let us hope the next in coming government will study and proposed ‘FINE TUNING’ if this is right. An outright changing from the present to something NEW might or will entail so much efforts, etc., without forgetting the possibility of encountering so much divisiveness to the country.
Six years time might be enough time. The draft if proposed and approved will be the new constitution effective sometime and somewhere in Year 2023.
Let our delegates to this matter be with patriotism to the country.
The pros and cons of shifting to federalism.
All the pros and cons would be for naught if the local leadership is of a dynastic kind. We must first level the playing field and do away with the dynasties and warlordism in our midst before we can accomplish anything for that matter.
the above link by rappler talks only of united states, malaysia (riddle with corruption under prime minister najib) australia (has wanted to become a republic, but lost out in referendum), germany,etc. the article failed to talk about our asian neighbors, india and pakistan, both muslim nations having federal govt, and why is that?
both india and pakistan have dynastic families accused of corruption and nepotism, despite federalism, the gandhis and the bhuttos, thrived and ruled their respective country for decades. crime is high, specially crime against women, gang raped on the streets, maimed and killed. young girls like malala, nobel laureate, are denied education. young women, and girls barely into puberty, are married off to men sometimes 3x their age. there are bombings and threats of growing terrorism, traffic is congested, human rights violation is rampant.
the grass is not always greener in federalism. it might even be dryer than drought.
On federalism and political dynasties. The author wants federalism but warns about political dynasties especially in the bangsamoro areas and suggests the proper approach.
On this one, the author and I agree. We cannot be espouse federalism until we strengthen our laws against dynastic families. Also, don’t you find it odd that the one who espouses federalism is the one who has a dynasty in Davao?
I can’t reconcile this one fact alone. Is he agreeable to pass the Anti-dynasty bill if elected? Me nagtanong na ba sa kanya dito?
my comment jumps up, nasa itaas na.
I’m not for federalism for that will only create more problems. there will be massive overhaul in education when people are already opposed to the k2 common in most federal countries. as well, there will be changes made to text books, oaths and laws will have to be changed, the president maybe called prime minister. so much money will be spent on educating people all over the countr, aligning them to federal ideas, issues and nuances.
and there is no guarantee that corruption will be gone under federalism. pit against one another and hard pressed for funds, regions may impose more taxes and higher vats on its own people, or become tax havens to criminals. take your pick.
enterprising citizens may opt out to live in other regions where laws are less stringent.
Grace Poe is vehemently opposed to federalism due to political dynasties. Duterte thinks that she has distorted concept of federalism.
Philstar columnist Chit Pedrosa says that there is no way to go but federalism. Here is why.
Every time I see Pedrosa I see GMA.
Chit Pedrosa has been espousing federalism since over a scad ago.
Correction : over a decade ago.
i wonder which rings not true to raissa. not true that Pedrosa thinks our govt. has no choice but to resort to federalism or she doesn’t agree that Pedrosa is a lackey of GMA. or may be BFD thinks, Pedrosa looks like GMA. LOL! in fairness to GMA, mas maganda naman siya kay Pedrosa ng konti.
Enforcement. Enforcement. Enforcement! Other countries have noted that we have the best laws yet we are not totally implementing them.
I must admit some laws are flawed and needs to be updated like an app that is informing you that there is a new update for you to install.
Federalism will not galvanize a nation. The Philippine style of Federalism enhances a mini-authoritarian rule in their respective regions since they can now enact their own laws.
However, federalism may lessen migration to NCR since progress will become faster outside Manila.