The morality of Sen. Bong Revilla

Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. – Star of “Alyas Pogi” (1990) “Alyas Pogi 2” (1992) and “Alyas Pogi: The Return” (1999) – has a penchant for roles that demand bandanas, screaming half-naked females and paint-by-number tattoos. The boyish superman with the plastic M14 can take on a gang of mustached and bearded hoods – hoods, we assume, by virtue of the mustaches – all while heroically sucking in the gut under the tucked-in T-shirt. This is the man whose defining moment in his role as Leon in the 2000 film “Ang Kilabot at ang Kembot” has three women accusing him (accurately) of pretending loyalty to each of them, while all the while attempting to get a virgin into bed. And so the women stride in, big brothers in tow, all of whom launch themselves at the man with a hand on another woman’s behind. And then the action starts, elbow to gut, fist to face, a knee to the groin, the whining Casanova suddenly Zorro. The men fall bleeding at his feet, and so do the women, all four trying to squirm their half-naked selves into his arms while Leon rolls his eyes. Another day in the life of a real man.
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May 31, 2009 under Opinions, Politics | 1 comment

Bad Girls

You know the story, about the girl who goes for a night out, who is carried off, drunk and helpless, to be raped in a waiting van. You know what happens after, and where she is found: along a pier, disoriented, her pants down around her feet. You know where the story takes a different turn, because the girl, unlike the woman who is raped every hour in this country, goes to court and testifies that she was raped on the night of Nov. 1, 2005. This is what she said in a July 2006 hearing: “They took away my dignity … Smith raped me and his companions even encouraged him. They were enjoying it as if they were watching a private show. Then they just unloaded me [from the van] like a pig.” Court evidence established the lacerations and tenderness of her vagina as consistent with rape. Nicole testified in court that she was drunk and too weak to stop the assault. The trial court, in a decision that made international headlines, declared Lance Cpl. Daniel J. Smith guilty of raping the girl the nation knew as simply “Nicole.”
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May 26, 2009 under Opinions | 7 comments

Jose Melo’s nightmare

SOME call it a youth revolution, the impulse to stand up and be counted in the year before the 2010 elections. The “Register and Vote” campaign is not the first of its kind, there have been many others, but it is arguably one of the most star-studded. The campaign was launched with a rock-concert-rally on May 14 in the depressed urban area of Barangay Tatalon, Quezon City. Over 1,000 people attended the event, whose musical showcase had crooners Cooky Chua and Luke Mijares and bands Kamikaze and MYMP romancing the half-barefoot residents of clapboard and tin homes in the village where Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan first won as councilor at the age of 23.
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May 26, 2009 under Elections | 3 comments

Blonde and Blue Eyes

When I was little, I wanted what many Filipino children all over the
country wanted. I wanted to be blond, blue-eyed, and white. I thought-if I just wished hard enough and was good enough, I’d wake up on Christmas morning with snow outside my window and freckles across my nose!

More than four centuries under western domination does that to you. I
have sixteen cousins. In a couple of years, there will just be five of us left in the Philippines, the rest will have gone abroad in search of “greener pastures.” It’s not just an anomaly; it’s a trend; the Filipino diaspora. Today, about eight million Filipinos are scattered around the world.
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May 26, 2009 under Speeches | 71 comments

The warrant for Cheche Lazaro

Branch 47 of the Pasay City Metropolitan Trial Court is on the second floor of the Hall of Justice, a short walk from the Municipal Office. Outside its door is a torn paper sign, gone brittle with age, the branch number printed with graying ink. Inside, at half-past noon on a Friday, there is an air of expectation. The floors are white and spotless; untidy piles of paper are being marshaled into order, and a little girl in purple is having her hair brushed by a doting mama. Is she here, they ask, is she coming?
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May 10, 2009 under General | no comment

A world without Manny Pacquiao

The man who stepped out of the bus in Las Vegas “dapper in khaki slacks, dark coat and Kangol cap” is the one they call a working-class hero. He is one of Time Magazine’s most influential people, whose singing – roughly the same style and tone of the yearly penitential bible-reading popular among old women with spare skin hanging from their necks – made number one on the most wanted lists, and established Manny Pacquiao as a recording star.
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May 2, 2009 under Sports | 1 comment