"Shocked" and "awed" in Imperial Manila

Here now lies the whole trouble with the inbred Philippine Media community and its boys’ club of mutually high-fiving Establishment “bloggers”. While so much ire, speculation, and hearsay “reporting” directed at a who’s-who of bozos in Imperial Manila (revolving around, who else, President Gloria Arroyo) is given so much profile, a whole class of feudal chieftains and carpetbaggers enrich and entrench themselves in the hinterlands of Imperial Manila’s satellite provinces.

Thus it is hardly surprising that the Philippines’ premier online mouthpiece is “shocked and awed“…

ALREADY SHOCKED BY THE ENORMITY OF THE Nov. 23 massacre in Ampatuan, Maguindanao, Filipinos have been stunned by the size of the war arsenal the Ampatuan clan have built and awed by the wealth they have amassed.

The government crackdown on the warlord clan, believed to be behind the mass murder and mutilation of 57 unarmed civilians, has led to the discovery of hundreds of high-powered firearms, including assault rifles, grenade launchers, machine guns, mortars, anti-tank missiles and armored vehicles, as well as hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition. A raid on a vacant lot in the provincial capital, Shariff Aguak, on Dec. 3 yielded enough firearms and ammunition to equip an entire battalion, according to the chief of the Philippine National Police, Director-General Jesus Verzosa. Last Tuesday, a raid on a warehouse owned by the clan patriarch, Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr., led to the discovery of guns, missiles and ammunition which military officials said packed enough power to blow up a small town.

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Like everything else in the Philippines, whether it be disastrous flooding, or armed-to-the-teeth warlords, the Philippine Media — that supposed bastion of enlightenment, truth, and (get this), “information”, simply fails to lead the way in helping the public focus on what is important. To be “shocked” and “awed” by a problem that is largely the result of an obvious rot left to fester for decades is a bit of a laugh.

Sensational “news” should never be confused with important information. And if it is useful information we seek, it seems that no amount of “press freedom” will help us identify the relevant issues that determine what our calls to action should prioritise. In the same way that irresponsible property development and garbage disposal failed to make headline news — until Ondoy did it for us — warlords in Mindanao and the rest of the Philippines’ hinterlands amassed their wealth and arms under the radar — until the Maguindanao Massacre turned it to today’s talk of the town.

The irony that escapes the Inquirer.net‘s Editor’s expression of “shock and awe” is that by doing so, he merely highlights the failure of his industry to live up to its duty to the Filipino people.

Amidst the anguish surrounding the banal realities of being Filipino in the 21st Century, there is a small handful of elites laughing all the way to the Bank — and the Philippine Media is among them.

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35 Responses to "Shocked" and "awed" in Imperial Manila

  1. FreeSince09 says:

    Methinks the PCIJ has the informative soundbytes ur looking for.

  2. Joe America says:

    Where’d you get the photo of my ex-wife? I think that was the day I forgot to take out the trash.

    The television media here are indeed in a sorry state, basically tied up with the ruling elite and spreading about an image of tthe Philippines as star-glazed, dancing and singing happy community. There is more hope for the print-press, which generally has an editorial or two worth reflecting on. News coverage and investigative coverage is indeed weak. I suppose it may have something to do with budgets. Most seems to go to the entertainment sections.

    Joe

    • FreeSince09 says:

      That’s because they are owned by the ruling elite spreading about an image of tthe Philippines as star-glazed, dancing and singing happy community. Also because people just lap another NNNN(entertainment news na naman) that comes by their laps.

      Still viewers just don’t wish to be reminded by trash. They already live in it. Escape, provided by mass media and the massive conglomerates laughing their way to the bank. Try to change it and you’ll be laughed at as a heretic or dare-i-say it a “radical”.

    • Chino says:

      Really sucks to be in a country where your grandmother encourages you to watch Santino instead of Sesame Street. Hehe.

      • Joe America says:

        Grover is ‘da man,
        and has more brain than all legislators combined,
        US and Philippines together,
        except for Barney Frank,
        who,
        come to think of it,
        reminds me a little of Oscar the Grouch.

        Joe

      • Chino says:

        How many messed up countries do we have?

        One! One messed up country! Ah Ah Ah!

        – The Count

    • allanram says:

      Ex-wife? Never heard of “Psycho”? Does “Alfred Hitchcock” ring any bells?

  3. Conyo says:

    Benny,

    You are preaching to the choir here. Everyone knows the Pinoy Media cannot be trusted.

    So I find this article of yours not very enlightening—alam na natin to pardz.

    Perhaps if the discussion was expanded to include any proposed solutions to address our dysfunctional Philippine Media, this article of yours may be taken to the next level.

    Are you up to it?

    Let me start:

    1. How about the creation of a well capitalized (mucho dinero) non-profit publishing company (preferably ran by a journalism school) dedicated on reporting the truth. The model I am looking at is the St. Petersburg Times which happens to also run PolitiFact.com. Of course this will require a lot of money and organization. Perhaps Mr. Taporco’s son, the Pinoy Warren Buffet, may do a “Warren” and give his enormous wealth to such a noble endeavor.

    2. What about the PBS (Public Broadcasting) model? Well, its good in theory but it can be easily manipulated by the government/politicians.

    3. Do nothing. I get most of my news from the Internet anyway.

    See you at Starbucks 🙂

    • RunlikehellbyQuezon says:

      Conyo,

      I think this website wasn’t meant for your consumption or for others who do know that Pinoy Media cannot be trusted.

      That being said, I disagree with you that “everyone knows the Pinoy Media cannot be trusted.” If that were so, then why do ordinary Pinoys (even members of the middle class) still gobble up the propaganda and sensationalism that’s fed to them by Pinoy Media? Obviously, they don’t really know that it’s dysfunctional.

      So many supposedly intelligent people like to read and believe the shit your best friend Manolo likes to write. So, there you go: not EVERYONE knows that Pinoy Media cannot be trusted, because many people still trust it. Heck, they still trust Manolo’s shit.

      • Conyo says:

        Hey, that’s the problem when you cut sentences and take it out of context.

        I said:

        You are preaching to the choir here. Everyone knows the Pinoy Media cannot be trusted.

        With “EVERYONE”, THE CHOIR HERE—I meant Get Realist Crowd.

        C’mon dude, even Benign0 got my train of thought.

        As for Manolo, like I said before, idol ko siya. So don’t badmouth him please 🙂

        The funny thing is you are so dense that you cant read behind my hero worship praise for him–like he will divide the Universe Into Black and White. If you didn’t get that…. well…. never mind.

        See you at Starbucks 🙂

    • BongV says:

      Let me start:

      1. How about the creation of a well capitalized (mucho dinero) non-profit publishing company (preferably ran by a journalism school) dedicated on reporting the truth. The model I am looking at is the St. Petersburg Times which happens to also run PolitiFact.com. Of course this will require a lot of money and organization. Perhaps Mr. Taporco’s son, the Pinoy Warren Buffet, may do a “Warren” and give his enormous wealth to such a noble endeavor.

      2. What about the PBS (Public Broadcasting) model? Well, its good in theory but it can be easily manipulated by the government/politicians.

      Also, good in practice – NPR.ORG  – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Public_Radio –  a privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization that serves as a national syndicator to 797 public radio stations in the United States.[1] NPR was created in 1970, following congressional passage of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, which established the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and also led to the creation of the Public Broadcasting Service. The network was founded in 1970 with 30 employees and 90 public radio stations as charter members.

      NPR produces and distributes news and cultural programming. Individual public radio stations are not required to broadcast all NPR programs that are produced. Most public radio stations broadcast a mixture of NPR programs, content from rival providers American Public Media and Public Radio International, and locally produced programs. NPR’s flagships are two drive time news broadcasts, Morning Edition and the afternoon All Things Considered; both are carried by most NPR member stations, and from 2002–2008 they were the second and third most popular radio programs in the country.[2][3] In a Harris poll conducted in 2005, NPR was voted the most trusted news source in the U.S.[4]

      NPR manages the Public Radio Satellite System, which distributes NPR programs and other programming from independent producers and networks such as American Public Media and Public Radio International.

      *****

      In fall 2008, NPR programming reached a record 27.5 million people weekly, according to Arbitron ratings figures. NPR stations reach 32.7 million listeners overall. [9]

      Governance

      NPR is a membership corporation. Member stations are required to be noncommercial or educational radio stations, have at least five full-time professional employees, operate for at least 18 hours per day, and not be designed solely to further a religious philosophy or be used for classroom programming. Each member station receives one vote at the annual NPR board meetings—exercised by its designated Authorized Station Representative (“A-Rep”).

      To oversee the day to day operations and prepare its budget, members elect a Board of Directors. This board is composed of ten A-Reps, five members of the general public, and the chair of the NPR Foundation. Terms are for three years and rotate such that some stand for election every year.

      The original purposes of NPR, as ratified by the Board of Directors, are the following:

          * Provide an identifiable daily product which is consistent and reflects the highest standards of broadcast journalism.
          * Provide extended coverage of public events, issues and ideas, and to acquire and produce special public affairs programs.
          * Acquire and produce cultural programs which can be scheduled individually by stations.
          * Provide access to the intellectual and cultural resources of cities, universities and rural districts through a system of cooperative program development with member public radio stations.
          * Develop and distribute programs for specific groups (adult education, instruction, modular units for local productions) which may meet needs of individual regions or groups, but may not have general national relevance.
          * Establish liaison with foreign broadcasters for a program exchange service.
          * Produce materials specifically intended to develop the art and technical potential of radio.[10]

      As of May 2008, the Board of Directors of NPR included the following members:

      NPR Member Station Managers

          * Tim Eby; Radio Manager, The WOSU Stations (WOSU, WOSU-FM)
          * Dave Edwards; Vice-Chair of the Board, NPR; Director/General Manager, WUWM
          * Rob Gordon; President & General Manager, WPLN
          * Scott Hanley; Director/General Manager, WDUQ
          * Ellen Rocco; Station Manager, North Country Public Radio
          * John Stark; General Manager, KNAU
          * JoAnn Urofsky; General Manager, WUSF Public Broadcasting
          * Mark Vogelzang; President and General Manager, Vermont Public Radio

      President of NPR

          * Vivian Schiller; President as of January 5, 2009

      Chair of the NPR Foundation

          * Antoine W. van Agtmael; Chair, NPR Foundation; Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, Emerging Markets Management, LLP

      Public Members of the Board

          * Carol A. Cartwright; President, Kent State University
          * John A. Herrmann, Jr.; Vice Chairman, Lincoln International
          * Howard H. Stevenson; Chair of the Board, NPR; Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration at Harvard University
          * Lyle Logan; Senior Vice President, Personal Financial Services
          * Eduardo A. Hauser; Chief Executive Officer, DailyMe, Inc. Daily Me

      On March 6, 2008, Ken Stern left his position as CEO by mutual agreement, after having led NPR during its most lucrative decade. He was replaced on an interim basis by Dennis L. Haarsager.[11]

      Funding

      According to the 2005 financial statement, NPR makes just over half of its money from the fees and dues it charges member stations to receive programming, although some of this money originated at the CPB itself, in the form of pass-through grants to member stations.[12] About 2% of NPR’s funding comes from bidding on government grants and programs, chiefly the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; the remainder comes from member station dues, foundation grants, and corporate underwriting. Typically, NPR member stations raise funds through on-air pledge drives, corporate underwriting, and grants from state governments, universities, and the CPB itself.

      Over the years, the portion of the total NPR budget that comes from government has been decreasing. During the 1970s and early 1980s, the majority of NPR funding came from the federal government. Steps were being taken during the 1980s to completely wean NPR from government support, but the 1983 funding crisis forced the network to make immediate changes. More money to fund the NPR network was raised from listeners, charitable foundations and corporations, and less from the federal government. Major donors are listed on the NPR web site.[13]
       Underwriting spots vs. commercials

      In contrast with commercial radio, NPR does not carry traditional commercials, but has advertising in the form of brief statements from major donors, such as Allstate, Merck, and Archer Daniels Midland. These statements are called “underwriting spots”, not commercials, and unlike commercials are governed by FCC restrictions; they cannot advocate a product or contain any “call to action”. In 2005, corporate sponsorship made up 23% of the NPR budget.[14] NPR is not as dependent on revenue from underwriting spots as commercial stations are on revenue from advertising.

      3. Do nothing. I get most of my news from the Internet anyway.

      Then, the top providers start providing detailed news to paying subscribers only.

      Rupert Murdoch says News Corp. Web sites will charge for content within year

      Murdoch’s newspapers include New York Post, UK’s Sun, Times

      Wall Street Journal proves users can be charged for content, Murdoch says

      Murdoch: “The current days of the Internet will soon be over”

      • Chino says:

        NPR comes out with really nice talks. Really informative topics. Their radio talks are often used in school papers and projects.

        How about PBS.ORG?

      • BongV says:

        Hi Chino,

        PBS.ORG is to TV what NPR.ORG is to Radio.

        PBS: AN OVERVIEW

        PBS Core Purpose/Mission

        PBS is a membership organization that in partnership with its member stations serves the American public with programming and services of the highest quality, using media to educate, inspire, entertain, and express the diversity of perspectives. PBS empowers individuals to achieve their potential and strengthens the social, democratic, and cultural health of the U.S.

        PBS in Brief

        * PBS is a private, nonprofit corporation, founded in 1969, whose members are America’s public TV stations.

        * PBS provides quality TV programming and related services to 356 noncommercial stations serving all 50 states, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa.

        * PBS oversees program acquisition and provides program distribution and promotion; education services; new media ventures; fundraising support; engineering and technology development; and video marketing.

        PBS Member Stations

        * 168 noncommercial, educational licensees operate 356 PBS member stations.

        * Of the 168 licensees, 87 are community organizations, 56 are colleges/universities, 20 are state authorities and five are local educational or municipal authorities.

        PBS Programming Activities

        The National Programming Service (NPS) is the major package of programs that PBS distributes to its member stations. It features television’s best children’s, cultural, educational, history, nature, news, public affairs and science programming.

        Programs distributed on the NPS are produced by PBS stations, independent producers and other sources around the world. PBS does not produce programs.

        The Public Television Audience

        * PBS averaged a 1.2 primetime rating during the 2007-2008.**

        * More than 61 million people in 39 million households watch public television on-air during an average week. More than 124 million people access PBS content either on-air or online in a typical month.

        **Source: Nielsen Media Research. Public television prime time AA rating and full day weekly cume averages from October 2007-September 2008, and monthly cume and online unique visitors (Google Analytics) from October 08.

        * PBS’ primetime audience is significantly larger than many of the commercial channels frequently cited as competitors, including HBO (0.8), History Channel (0.8), Discovery Channel (0.7), CNN (0.7), The Learning Channel (0.6) and Bravo (0.5).

        Demographics

        The demographic breakdown of PBS’ audience reflects the overall U.S. population with respect to race/ethnicity, education and income.
        Race/Ethnicity of HOH* % of US Population % of PBS Audience
        Black 12.1% 12.1%
        Spanish Origin 10.8% 10.8%
        Education of HOH*
        <4 Yrs. High School 13.9% 14.0%
        High School Grad. 30.3% 29.2%
        1-3 Yrs. College 27.9% 26.1%
        4+ Yrs. College 27.9% 30.5%
        Household Income
        <$20,000 20.4% 19.9%
        $20-$39,999 22.3% 21.9%
        $40-$59,999 17.5% 16.7%
        $60,000+ 39.8% 41.5%

        *HOH = Head of Household Source: Nielsen Media Research. Public television full day weekly cume, average from October 2007-May 2008

        – PBS –

        A few things to consider:

        * The concept of paying for programming on a non-profit TV is a novel idea.
        * The purchasing power and disposable income of the target market.
        * The viewing preferences of the target market.
        * The near-monopoly dominance of oligarch-owned media.

      • Chino says:

        npr.org and pbs.org. Worth visiting, people. These websites have a lot of pertinent information. 🙂

  4. benign0 says:

    You are preaching to the choir here. Everyone knows the Pinoy Media cannot be trusted.

    So I find this article of yours not very enlightening—alam na natin to pardz.

    Don’t worry dude. You and the rest of the choir were the last thing I had in my mind when I published this (there are others who come here that remain largely silent).

    But I do like your solutions — specially considering that No. 3 is a very practical option. As to your option No. 1, I suggest you visit Sentro ng Katotohanan and get in touch with Mr. Arnel Endrinal. He will most likely be interested in that proposal. Catch the show every 8.30-9.30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays on DWBL 1242 KHz. We’d be quite interested in hearing any suggestions about how to move forward with that show that you might have. 😉

    Then again, ultimately it is the consumers of the horsemanure routinely delivered by their Media that can influence what they get.

  5. Res Ipsa says:

    does this blog count as one of those shocked and awed? the “info” here are from the same exaggerated and sensationalized sources.

    • Friend says:

      Awwww. 😛

    • Conyo says:

      Yeah.

      Kay Celestino pa lang–shock and awe na talaga ako!

      Pa CIA-CIA pa daw siya. Ano ba yan? Virtual sindak?

      See you at Starbucks 🙂

    • Chino says:

      For me, this is old news. I guess the “shocking” thing is how media comes out with this pretty late and when much damage is already done (since this Maguindanao is said to have the most number killed at one time so far). Or not. It comes out late because that’s when it becomes sensational. Media in this country has been so sensationalist and corporate-controlled ever since that they’re not really the hope against the “corrupt regime.” It’s sad though that most people would still consider media the “only hope” or best check and balance against a corrupt government. Although I do agree media should be used that way… but it’s just not happening now.

  6. ilda says:

    Bengn0

    It’s really shocking that Filipinos are shocked to discover the size of the arsenal of the Ampatuans when in fact, every mayor in the country is surrounded by an army of hired guns.

    Like everything else, things have to go way out of control before people notice something is amiss. A classic example is the existence of squatters near railroad tracks. How come the Barangay tanod or any of the media outlets never took notice of the first squatter who set up shop there? It had to take millions of squatters living in squalor before anyone noticed and said “Grabe na ang dami ng squatter duon sa riles!” And then they are going to thank Efren Penaflorida for highlighting the existence of the underprivileged. Has everyone been living under a rock or something?!

    The Philippine media help ensure that Filipinos continue to live in a fantasy world. They hire writers who sometimes sugar-coat the problems in the country and those who are chummy-chummy with the elite and the powerful. This is why we hardly see articles with real substance.

    One thing I hate about the news program Bandila for instance is that, they have been counting the days ’till Christmas since September and have been encouraging people to spend. I don’t know how this is related to current affairs. They promote over consumption and distract people from facing reality. They are so showbizzy.

    • benign0 says:

      How come the Barangay tanod or any of the media outlets never took notice of the first squatter who set up shop there? It had to take millions of squatters living in squalor before anyone noticed and said “Grabe na ang dami ng squatter duon sa riles!” And then they are going to thank Efren Penaflorida for highlighting the existence of the underprivileged. Has everyone been living under a rock or something?!

      What you say above, Ms ilda reminds me of an article I once wrote on FV, “National Combover“, where I liken to the phenomenon of the comb-over how the Philippines got to where it is via a series of small incremental escalations in denial over a mounting problem and a delusion over the effectiveness of unsustainable solutions to address each increment in the problem; thus:

      How does one single out a specific set of strands to grow to an abnormal length and then consciously apply these to the onerous task that is the subject of this article?

      Indeed, when one realises how long it takes for a strand of hair to triple or quadruple in length (relative to the rest that are trimmed to normal lengths regularly), a comb-over scalp architecture does not just happen. Setting one’s scalp up for a comb-over ‘do seems to be a carefully planned and measured undertaking.

      But is it?

      This brings us to the third question:

      How does one get to such a point?

      The second question above comes from the thinking that comb-overs come about by design. And I purposely answered the above question in a way that further propagates this line of thinking.

      Comb-overs don’t just happen.

      The Philippines, indeed, is the product of an inability to take a long view in implementing decisive solutions at the systemic layer of its problems.

      • Cancerous Tumors says:

        That’s exactly how cancerous tumors turn out to be. Instead of taking the small incremental steps of eating and living healthy and having regular check-ups, you have people acting like real slobs, just letting things slide, eating the wrong food, doing the wrong things. They don’t realize that what they do actually weakens their cells’ ability to “police their own ranks” and prevent “perverted” cells from forming.

        A really healthy individual’s cells (and immune system) regularly police their own ranks so that cells that seem to exhibit perverted qualities are either corrected or eliminated so as not to multiply. But a person whose system is weakened therefore ends up with cells who do not police their own ranks and thus, “bad cells” are tolerated.

        When such bad cells are tolerated, they reproduce, and when they reproduce enough, they end up forming tumors which appear as huge clusters of such cancerous cells. They become lumps or other distorted-looking areas of the affected part.

        But then again, how did that all start? Because the cells were too TOLERANT. They allowed perverted cells to flourish and thus multiplied and formed tumors. Now that they’re so many, they’re hard to get rid of.

        The same happens with society. The Philippines is a society which has far too many cancerous tumors because the people in its society are generally unwilling to “police their own ranks” the way normally-functioning cells usually would. The situation would have been much easier if Filipinos “did the right thing” as much as they could, but due to laziness, sloth, and complacency, Filipinos let things be. Without such controls, undesirable behavior becomes rampant as people with undesirable tendencies are spawned yet not corrected. In the end, the undesirable behavior becomes pervasive and thus becomes almost impossible to correct.

        Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere was not really a piece against Spanish occupation, but instead generally highlighted the lethargic nature of the people in Philippine Society at the time and is partly the reason why one popular translation of the Latin title “Noli Me Tangere” in English is “The Social Cancer.”

        What are squatter areas? Cancerous tumors.

        Huge manifestations of Pinoy problems: CANCEROUS TUMORS

        Cancer is nothing but a long-term manifestation of a person’s cells’ inability to police its own ranks, usually owing to some health problem caused by wrong diet, exposure to harmful substances, etc. But if everyday, people fight it from the beginning by simply living healthy lives eating the right food, etc, thereby keeping the cells healthy enough to police their own ranks properly, then there’s no need for “drastic actions” like chemotherapy or surgery to get rid of tumors. Those short-term drastic actions are likened to the Efrenesque “heroic acts” that Pinoys are so desperately infatuated with.

      • ilda says:

        Some cancerous cells are also inherited from parents or grandparents who have the same DNA make-up. Think Erap and Jingoy Estrada; Ampatuan Sr and Ampatuan Jr; etc, etc.

      • Chino says:

        Cancer is so apt an analogy for what happens in the Philippines. I only hope that the “incurable” part of the analogy ain’t that true. If it is, that’s scary.

  7. Initially, Lead Philippines was set out to help search for good Leaders which the country is now lacking. However,we realized that with the level of discussions in our mass media today, the search for leadership is impossible (or greatly hindered, at least).

    That is why now, Lead Philippines is set out to produce different mass media content that could provide an alternative. We hope to create a news organization that will be a source of credible information. At present, we have a small program, Sentro ng Katotohanan, aired twice a week (DWBL, 1242KHz, TTH, 8.30-9.30PM, as mentioned by Benign0). It is a start, but we are not that well a capitalized venture (described by Conyo) as everyone would realize.

    Any big time investors here willing to go against the big networks and willing to exchange ideas on how to do it?

    lead.philippines@yahoo.com

    • OK. Say you found a GOOT LEADER. Then what? When 99.9999% of Filipinos are just NATURALLY CORRUPT? What goot is a GOOT LEADER?

      Change the culture and society and YOU CHANGE THE LANDSCAPE OF POLITICS.

      Let us start with the idiot stupid media.

      PROFESSIONALIZE! PROFESSIONALIZE! PROFESSIONALIZE!

  8. Jayvee says:

    Will the entry of foreign broadcasting companies in the country help in the promulgation of nonpartisan newscasting?

    Para nang showbiz news ang mga national news ngayon.

  9. Renato Pacifico says:

    The defense Attorney of Ampatuan will call on IDIOT PERYODISTAS as first witness. How in the friggin’ world the idiot peryodistas knew it was Ampatuan. Who were their sources? Who were their witnesses … WHEN THE INVISTIBISYION HAS NOT EVEN STARTED?

    Why is it that witnesses of idiot peryodistas were never brought to the wintess stand?

    The defense Attorney of Ampatuan calls on the backhoe. The backhoe was used to excavate the 30 other cadavers totally destroying and contaminating evidence …. Did they dust it for prints? Shouldn’t the Quantico-trained NBI and WEst-point trained PMAyers gingerly layer-by-layer take out the cadaver so as not to disturb evidences?

    Why would Ampatuan bring in the backhoe bury 30 victims and leave behind 52 others?

    THEREFORE, MY CLIENT, AMPATUAN, HEREBY MOVE THAT THE CASE IS DISMISSED DUE TO PROSECUTORIAL AND DISCOVERY MISCONDUCT.

    I HEREBY MOVE THE TRIAL IN BRUSSELS BEFORE INTERNATIONAL COURT BECAUSE THE IDIOT FOREIGN-EDUCATED-IVY-SCHOOL PROSECUTORS WHOS PEAKENGESE GOOT ENGLISCHTZES AND PERPEKT SPELLING CANNOT KNOW SIMPLE CONDUCT OF PROSEKYUSION AND DISCOVERY OF EVIDENCES.

  10. Renato Pacifico says:

    My client, Ampatuan-the-massacrer, has applied for Writ of Amparing for violation of his constitutional rights. IT IS BETTER FOR AMERICANS AND EUROPEANSESES even before their children are born their constitutional rights are already protected even while in the womb.

    In FlippLand, you have to apply for Writ of Amparing for the constitutional rights to be protected! DUH! EXTRA DUH! DUHMB!~

  11. Renato Pacifico says:

    Dat is why i do not involve myself in Politics. Politics are nothing but suggestive innuendoes and not fact-based. It depends on the biases of idiot peryodistas. I just cannot imagine myself indulging in Politics whose only source are from idiot peryodistas.

    How can I trust idiot peryodistas when they have not answered my simple question: WHY DID THEY IMPOSE A NEWS BLACKOUT ON CES DRILON KIDNAPPING?

    According to idiot peryodistas, they imposed Ces Drilon kidnapping news blackout so as not to anger Abu Sayaff.!!!! HA!HA!HA!HA!HA! WHAT A DISINGENIOUS ORIGINAL FU*CK UP EXCUSE!!!!!

    HEY, YO! IDIOT PERYODISTAS!!!! ABU SAYAFF FEEDS ON PUBLICITY!!!! I THOUGHTED THE IDIOT PERYODISTAS KNEW THIS ALL ALONG!!!!!!

    HA!HA!HA!HA!HA! MUCH SO POLITICS!!!!!!! HA!HA!HA!HA!

    AMPATUANIZED PERYODISTAS!!!!!!!!

  12. A Goot Leader has that cancerous DNA lurking in his/her cells waiting to be unleashed in the seat of power.

  13. maikimai says:

    I made a comparison on Japanese media and Philippine media. Let’s say, there is a news about a murder incident. Even if the victim is some random person, it will be the headline today and still be the headline tomorrow, it can even last for a whole week, in Japan. In the Philippines, “Nursing student pinatay sa Tondo” (reports for less than 1 minute) then to the next item, and there won’t be any follow-up on that story.

    It made me wonder are the Japanese people too exaggerated or they just lack bad news? Or probably I got used to no less than 3 homicide/murder news items everyday in the Philippine media? Anyway, it just proved the saying “Bad News is Good News” to me.

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