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Ang Lihim ng Hacienda Luisita

Pagtiyagaan lamang po nating basahin ito.

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Marahil ay paulit-ulit na nating narinig itong makulay at kontrobersyal na kwento:

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Kinupit diumano ni Gen.Antonio Luna ang malaking halaga ng yaman na naipon ng mga Katipunero upang sana ay maipangtustos para sa rebolusyon laban sa Espanya nguni’t ito’y kanyang kinulimbat upang ibigay sa kanyang nabuntis na kasintahang nagngangalang Ysidra na anak-anakan ni Don Pepe Cojuangco, at dahil sa tawag ng pagkakataon ay pinamahaginan na rin ang batang ina ng apilyidong Cojuangco. Kalaunan daw ay nagamit ang kayamanang ito ng mga lahing intsik upang sila’y magpayaman sa probinsiya ng Tarlac.

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Ito’y atin nang narinig, inusisa, inurirat at pinagtalunan sa matagal na panahon… nguni’t ano pa ba ang ibang nakatagong #LihimNgHaciendaLuisita???

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Nakalipas ang tatlumpu’t-isang taon mula nang naitaboy ang diktador na si Marcos ay bakit mayroon pang bulung-bulungan na hanggang ngayon ay may umiiral na batas militar sa dakong ito?

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Hmm…

Tignan po natin kung totoo nga ang bali-balitang mayroong ganito sa loob ng kanilang mga bakuran.

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Una sa lahat, narinig na po ba ninyo ang “#YellowArmy” ng mga Cojuangco? Guni-guni lamang kaya natin ito?

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Marahil ay may nagsalaysay na sa atin na ang #CojuangcoYellowArmy ay ang pribadong hukbong sandatahan ng pamilya na nagsanay sa tulong mga israeli commando at silang lahat ay armado ng maliit nguni’t mapamuksang #UziMachinePistol na gawa rin ng Israel. Sa bawa’t kanto at sulok daw ng Hacienda Luisita ay nagbabantay ang magkapares o tigdalawang miyembro nito na may radio contact sa kanilang Command Center sa lahat ng oras.

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Naibalita din sa media na BAWAL PUMASOK DITO KAHIT NA ANG PULIS AT MILITAR. Opo, noong naganap ang malagim na #HaciendaLuisitaMassacre ay lumipas pa ang tatlong (3) araw bago pinahintulutan nitong militar ng mga Cojuangco na pumasok ang mga pulis na imbestigador. Huh? Talagang ganun nga ba?

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Agad kong tinanong ang tatay-tatayan kong naglalaro ng golf na hindi naniwala sa mga tsismis na ito at nang siya’y nagkataong nakapaglaro sa Luisita Golf Course ay minabuti niyang usisain ang kwento. Ang kanyang mga sumunod na salaysay ay totoo namang punung-puno ng galit at pagmumura.

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Malamang ay marami sa ating nakakarinig ng ganito ay nag-aakalang kwentong-kutsero ang lahat kaya’t marapat lamang na tayo ay magpunta sa loob ng Hacienda upang tahasan nating masuri ang mga istorya, kaya’t bago tayo maglakbay papuntang Tarlac, ano po ba ang mga bagay-bagay na nararapat muna nating malaman?

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Sa matagal na nakaraan, marami na tayong naging batas sa pagmamay-ari mga lupaing sakahan at ang pinakabago ay ang #BatasNgLupangAgraryo 6657 ay naisabatas noong Hunyo 10, 1988 matapos lagdaan ng walang-iba kundi si Pangulo noon na si Cory Aquino.

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Ito ay malinaw nagtakda sa lahat ng mga may-ari ng mga bukirin na kung ang kanilang lupang sakahan ay higit sa pitong (7) ektarya ang sukat ay nararapat silang makipag-ugnayan sa #KagawaranNgLupaingAgraryo (Department of Agrarian Reform) upang isuko ang labis dito upang maipamahagi naman ang lupain sa mga nagsasakang walang sariling pag-aari. Ang #NatitirangPitongEktaryaLamang ang mananatili sa dating may-ari upang kanyang sakahin. Hindi pwersahang aagawin ng pamahalaan ang mga bukirin at inatasan ng batas na magbigay ang Pamahalaan ng karampatang bayad sa mga lupang isinuko.

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Ang Hacienda Luisita ay may kabuoang 6,453 ektarya.

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May malinaw po ba tayong ideya kung gaano kalawak ang lupaing ito na sumasaklaw sa pitong (7) barangay sa Lungsod ng Tarlac, dalawang (2) barangay ng Concepcion, at isang (1) barangay ng La Paz sa probinsya ng Tarlac?

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Ikumpara po agad natin sa Lungsod ng Maynila sa Metro-Manila na nagmumula sa Luneta sa Kanluran at lagpas pa ng lugar ng Sampaloc sa Silangan, at mula naman sa paligid ng Tondo sa Hilaga ay sumasakop ito hanggang sa Malate at Sta.Ana sa Timugan. Ang Hacienda Luisita ay higit na malawak sa Lungsod ng Maynila sa sukat na 4,880 ektarya. Sa buong National Capital Region, ang Lungsod ng Quezon lamang ang mas malaki kaysa Hacienda Luisita.

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#PagtanggiNgCojuangcoSaBatas

Maliban sa kanilang pagtutol sa nakaraang dalawampung taon na isuko ng lupain sa #DepartmentOfAgrarianReform, marami pong pagsasamantala ang kanilang ginawa.

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Ang sikat na arkitektong si #RobertTrentJones na taga Inglatera sa Gran Britanya na nagdisenyo din ng mga pinaka-mamahaling golf courses sa buong mundo katulad ng #StAndrewsGolfCourse kung saan itinatatag ang #BritishOpen kada taon, ang kinuha ng mga Cojuangco upang itayo ang #LuisitaGolfCourse na kumain ng mahigit na 200 ektarya. Ibawas natin ang sukat ng lupaing ito sa dapat sana ay ipapamahagi sa mga nagsasaka dito.

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Itinatag din ng mga Cojuangco ang #LuisitaIndustrialPark para pagtayuan ng mga dayuhang kumpanya ng kanilang mga pabrika. Ang #SanyoElectronics ang pinakamalaking locator dito. Ang lawak nitong 270 ektarya ay ibawas din natin sa kabuoan.

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Mukhang napakaganda ang nangyari nang maitatag ng mga Cojuangco ng isang korporasyon na ayon sa mga dokumento na sinasaad ng pagbuo dito ay ang korporasyon ang mamamahala ng lupain, lalu na’t ang mga magsasaka ay may-ari din ng korporasyon. Sa wakas ay makakabahagi na din sa pakinabang ang mga magbubukid ng Hacienda!

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Huh? hindi rin? Hindi po kasali ang mga magbubukid na may-ari din ng lupain sa Luisita. Bakit?

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Ang bawat magbubukid na may-ari din ng korporasyon ay tumanggap ng dibidendo o parte ng kita na nagkakahalaga ng tumataginting na TATLUMPUNG PISO kada buwan.

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Ang sumunod na naisipan din ng pamilyang Cojuangco ay ang magtayo ng mga mamahaling subdivision kaya’t nakipagkasundo sila sa #StaLuciaRealty upang maglagay ng limang (5) first-class na subdivision para lamang sa mayayaman sa paligid ng golf course. Kumain na naman ito ng higit sa 200 ektarya mula sa lupaing nakatoka na dapat ay maipapamahagi sa mga magsasaka.

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Nang kami ay nakatakdang dumalo sa pagpapasinaya o “inauguration” ng limang “exclusive subdivisions” na ito, nagtanong kami:

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Kakasya ba kaming lahat na mahigit sa 3,000 kataong binubuo ng 1,500 na ahente at broker at kasama ang kanya-kanyang 1,500 kliyente sa “Bahay Kubo” na nakatakdang pagdausan ng piging?

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Natural na ninais naming matiyak ito at isaayos ang lahat para sa mga mayayamang nakatakdang bumili ng lupa sa subdivision lalu na’t “sit-down dinner” ang nakasaad sa mga pormal na imbitasyon. Sinabihan kami ng mga intsik na kahit na 5,000 tao pa ay kasyang kumain at mag-party doon! Hmm…

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Naisip namin na #ItoNaAngPagkakataon upang #MagUsisaAtMatanong sa mga magsasaka.

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Nang kami’y naglakbay na patungo doon, namangha kaming lahat sa ganda, sa lawak at sa kinis ng kanilang main avenue papasok sa Hacienda. May matatayog na mga pine trees magkabila at nagsasalubong ang mga sanga nito sa dakong itaas na nag-anyong mga arko… nguni’t teka muna… bakit maputik, baku-bako at parang lubluban ng kalabaw ang kabilang lane ng highway?

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Nakakaawa ang nakita naming mga magsasaka na nagpupumilit itinawid ang kanilang mga kariton sa napakasamang kalye! Hiniling ko sa aking mga kasama na kami’y tumigil panandali at nagdahilang ji-jingle lamang muna sa tabi nguni’t ang aking totoong pakay ay ang makipag-usap sa mga magsasaka… Oppss.. Nagsilayo agad ang lahat ng mga magsasaka dahil may naka-bantay na #GuardiaCivil…

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Bawal pala sa mga magbubukid na tumungtong sa napakagandang kalye na aming binagtas!

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Sa paligid at sa bawa’t sulok ay may armadong kawal na naka-uniporme nguni’t hindi naman tunay na sundalo kundi ang kinakatakutang “Yellow Army”. Sa bawat kanto din ay may checkpoint at pinigil ang aming sasakyan upang usisain kami sa aming pakay. Ang bawa’t isa sa mga nagtanong ay matatas magsalita habang ang kasama niya ay nag-report sa kanilang radyo ng tungkol sa sasakyan namin, ang numero ng plaka, kung ilan kami, at iba pang bagay na hindi na namin naulinigan.

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Kapansin-pansin din na ang kanilang daliring hintuturo ay nakadikit sa gatilyo ng hawak nilang Uzi sa lahat ng panahong kaharap kami.

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Inisip kaya nilang kami ay mga terorista kung kaya’t kami ay banta sa seguridad ng Hacienda Luisita?

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Matapos kaming makalagpas sa siguro’y mga isang dosenang checkpoint, hindi na pinayagang magpatuloy ang aming mga sasakyan. Sinabihan kaming pumarada na lamang sa kanilang malaking parking lot at sumakay na lamang sa kanilang naghihintay na #LuxuryAirconditionedCoaches.
Ha?

Bongga!

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Sa mga nagpumilit na tumuloy lulan ng kanilang sari-sariling sasakyan, pati na yung mga kliyente na nagdala ng mga mamahaling kotse ay walang pinahintilutan. May ilang kliyente na napikon at tumanggi upang umuwi na lamang.

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Opo, ganito ang ipinaiiral sa Hacienda kaya’t ipagpatuloy po natin ang aking paglalahad.

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Wow! Totoo namang napakalaki ang #BahayKubo na napapaligiran ng mga tennis courts at iba’t-iba pang sports facilities.

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Nagpamalas sa amin ng isang mahabang programa na parang “television variety show hosted by no less than #MickeyCojuangco”… Teka, napa-English po ako dahil sa wikang ito nagsalita ang ating artista… At biglang tumahimik ang lahat at tumugtog ang mga drums… Drumroll po…

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Mga ika-6 ng gabi noon at kumagat na ang dilim kaya’t ang malakas na spotlight ay tumutok sa isang sasakyang dumating. Lumabas dito ang reyna… este, si #TingtingCojuangco na inalalayan agad ng kanyang security escort.

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Madilim na nga at wala nang araw noon at wala din namang kahit na kauntinh ambon man lamang nguni’t biglang lumabas ang isang makulay na payong Muslim kumpleto sa mga nakasabit na palamuting borloloy at pinayungan ang reyna. 🙂

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Agad ding binuhat at inilagay ang baon-baon niyang upuan na mukhang isang magarang trono at ang reynang si Tingting ay lumuklok sa kanyang trono upang nanood sa kanyang hija na nagpatuloy ng pagtatanghal na tinampukan ni Jay Cayuca sa violin, sumayaw ang Adrenaline Dancers, at umawit ang ilang recording artists…

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Buhay pa noon si Cory Aquino nguni’t wala silang dalawa ni Kristeta kaya’t naitanong ko sa aking sarili kung sayang na wala akong masasaksihang kababalaghan… 🙂

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Nang kami’y nagsimulang kumain ng aming hapunan, nagtaka kami ng lubos dahil sa kabila ng kanilang nag-uumapaw na kayamanan ay sobrang palpak ang mga putahe at siguradong mas masarap pa ang ulam na galing sa carinderia ni Aling Toyang sa kanto. Napansin naming magkakasama na hindi kumain si Mickey at si Tingting. Okay. Ganun pala.

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Kamakailan ay lumabas sa balita ang #OccupyLuisita nang lusubin ng mga magsasaka at wasakin ang pader ng diumano ay gusali na pagaari ng mga Cojuangco. Ang mainstream media ay sobrang inutil na hindi man lamang nag-usisa sa katotohanan sapagka’t ang gusali ay pagmamay-ari ng Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC).

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Aha! Bakit nasangkot ang isang pribadong bangko sa sigalot ng lupang agraryo? May plano bang magtanim ang mga kawani ng RCBC?j

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Ayun, naipagbili pala ng ng mga Cojuangco sa RCBC ang 200 ektarya sa loob ng Hacienda Luisita na labag sa batas dahil ito ay nararapat na ipamahagi sa mga magsasaka. Teka muna, may pahintulot ba ang DAR sa land conversion? May nalagyan ba sa kanila?

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Ang may-ari ng RCBC ay ang pamilyang intsik na Yuchengco na pinamumunuan ni Vivian Yuchengco at nagsimula ang negosasyon noong panahon ni Pangulong Gloria Arroyo.

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Teka muna, hindi ba’t itong Vivian Yuchengco rin yung nabanggit na “golf partner” at kalaguyo daw ni First Gentleman Mike Arroyo? Hmm…

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At bakit nakalusot sa DAR itong LAND CONVERSION kahit na bawal ito sa batas?
Ah kaya naman pala. Natapos daw ang transaksyon noong #PanguloPaSiPanotsky…

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Marami pang ibang kababalaghan ang ginawa ng mga oligarch na Cojuangco dahil sa kabuoang 6,453 ektarya ng Hacienda Luisita, 4,099 ektarya na lamang ang naiwan ngayon upang paghati-hatian ng mahigit na 6,000 magsasaka.

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Bakit naging 6,000 samantalang ang #OfficialCensus na ginawa ng DAR ng tatlong beses ay di hamak na mas mababa dito?

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Ayun pala! Maraming pangalan ang naidagdag sa orihinal na listahan kaya’t mariing tinututulan ito ng mga magsasaka. Sa maraming taon nilang pagbabanat ng buto sa bukid ay ni hindi man lamang nila nakita ang kahit na anino ng mga tao na idinagdag dito. May umugong na balitang ang mga Cojuangco din ang nagdagdag ng mga pangalan at ang mga taong ito ay mistulang multo lamang hanggang ngayon.

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Mukhang ito ring inimbentong grupo ang naunanang nabahaginan ng 200 ektarya na sa misteryosong paraan ay ang pinagbilhan ng RCBC.

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#GanyanKungPaanoMakapangdaya ang mga #BastosNaCojuangco.
#DaangMatuwadParaSaGanid

#MagnanakawDinSiMarcos pero hindi ganyan kagarapal.

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Ngayo’y patuloy na tinututulan pa rin ng #FamiliaCojuangco ang pamamahagi at sa napakatagal na panahon ay nasa korte pa rin ang kaso nguni’t #NawayMaremedyuhanNiPRRD

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Thank you TAGA-ILOG-NEWS-BLOG

http://blog-by-taga-ilog-news.blogspot.com/2010/08/hacienda-luisita.html?m=1 

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Call Center Pointers for Applicants and Newbies

For anyone aspiring to be a call center agent, I recently revised and edited this short piece of advice that I earlier gave to a female applicant, so kindly find out if this would answer any of your own concerns:

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“If you have repeatedly failed to pass your job application, it simply means that you have not really understood what you had been doing, and have not prepared your mind for unforseen eventualities.

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Case in point:

Michael Del Gallego is a probinsyano who went to a small college in Butuan City for only two years and because he did not earn a college degree, he could not find any good job there. He gambled on his future and came to Manila only to earn peanuts as a tennis ballboy at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Courts, but now, even with his thick Visayan accent, he is gainfully employed as a Debt Collector for a large American bank at Convergys, netting some P27,000 every month.

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Here are a few valuable lessons that he has learned early enough. All these you MUST ALSO DO as early as when you apply for the job inasmuch as you have to conduct yourself in the very same manner when you start working on the production floor:

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Photo is owned by Philstar

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1. ALWAYS SPEAK IN ENGLISH.

Your post here was written in Tagalog instead of English which is a good indicator that you have not prepared well for the job. English should have been your language of choice inasmuch as you had the intention of working in a BPO where you will, at all times, have to carry a lively conversations with foreigners with various foreign accents;

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Not only is the maxim “PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT” applicable, but if you avoid the use of English, you won’t discover your weaknesses and shortcomings, and this lack of knowledge won’t allow you to improve your communications skills.

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I will repeat this very, very important reminder: YOU MUST ENGAGE YOURSELF IN AN ENGLISH ONLY PROTOCOL (EOP) ALL THE TIME whenever you talk to your friends, your brothers and sisters, parents and relatives. They would likely start thinking that you have lost your marbles but you must tell them that you are striving hard to learn to be conversant in English. In all probability, they would jokingly sneer and guffaw at you, so when you hear their catcalls, simply ignore them;

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2. NEVER watch television shows where Tagalog is spoken but instead, watch CNN, Fox News, or any US news broadcasts or entertainment shows that you can find. You won’t need cable services because these same shows can also be found on channels 9,  or 21, or 29, or 31, etc. so COPY THE MANNER that these Americans speak. Take note and learn the meaning of their idiomatic expressions or what we call “talinghaga” in Tagalog;

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3. READ ALOUD all English articles in magazines, books, newspapers, etc that you can get hold of so you can listen to yourself and sharpen your pronunciation;

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4. BE AN ACTRESS. Yes, you read it correctly — an actress!
#PsychoCyberneticsNow

Close your eyes now and imagine this for a moment:

You are an actress, perhaps even a star, in front of a videocam shooting a live show being watched by millions, and you must therefore ACT, THINK, SPEAK, LAUGH, SHOUT, WHISPER, DREAM, ARGUE, GROAN, CRY, SING, GIGGLE, and if need be, even SMELL like an American. You must BELIEVE that you are doing all these successfully, and if you have doubts, you can PRETEND that you are coping very well. This is called “psycho cybernetics”, scientifically taught in elite business schools as an effective learning technique proving that you can learn effectively in a very short span of time when you are able to enter into this mindset on your specified role.

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#PsychoCyberneticsAgain

TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND SAY THIS ALOUD RIGHT NOW:

“i AM AN ACTRESS AND A STAR”. It will surely help you immensely to say this aloud and for you to hear what you said. Do this REPEATEDLY on every opportunity that you can find;

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5. VISUALIZE YOURSELF. Avail of a small mirror so you can WATCH yourself and EXAMINE everything that you are doing. SMILE even if the people on the other end of the line cannot see you as this merry attitude will PROJECT ENTHUSIASM in your speech;”
Whew! Isn’t this fun?

There’s more!

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Make sure that you can:

“6. Change your name.

#YouMustTrulyPonderOnThis
ALL, and I mean ALL, call center agents must change their Filipino names into something that SOUNDS very American.
How does “Charmaine McIntyre” suit you? Or would “Maggie Owens” be more apt?

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When you have doubts on the importance of changing your name, you shall be in for a big surprise when you are already working in the production floor and unexpectedly, your ethnicity as a person is questioned by the caller. You shall learn soon enough that this matter had been thoroughly studied by experts in Psychology to avoid the pitfalls that may disrupt a conversation.

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Our American trainors repeatedly emphasized that, when sharing personal or financial information, Americans are always wary of strangers, especially foreigners, and engaging them in a conversation for them to reveal their problems becomes more difficult when agents are tasked to resolve the concerns that they called about.

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When your client presumes that you are a familiar American residing in the USA, he would tend to feel more at ease, removing any suspicion on divulging his most-valued financial information on his social security and more specially when he pays with a credit card / debit card for dues on his accounts.

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But if his doubts persist, you must not take it against him especially because he may be in a position of weakness having debts that he cannot pay, and if he knows that you are a foreigner whose culture is totally different from his own, he would often assume that you wouldn’t be capable to help him on resolving his problem.

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In most cases, you will be able to handle this dilemma as you shall be taught more diligentl in training.  The only time you have to tell him that you are not an American is when he asks you pointblank;

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7. NEVER address your client by saying “sir” or “ma’am” as using this is a giveaway that you are not from the USA. While it is true that Americans also say these words, it is often used for emphasis or as a figure of speech.If you think that you must be polite as we Filipinos had always been taught to be hospitable and friendly, Americans regard this as a weakness.

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Call them by their name like “Mister Smith” or “Miss Chambers” and remember that their names are the sweetest sounds that they would always want to hear;

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8. LISTEN very well to what the client is saying so that when he is done, you can ASK QUESTIONS more intelligently, and to clarify what the issue may be, so that you can address his concerns correctly.

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Whenever you ask, you always get the opportunity to get more information to know the problem better;

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9. BE BRIEF & GO STRAIGHT TO THE POINT.  PLEASE do not explain all the details about yourself, your life, your family, your love life, etc. because Americans NEVER want to hear your own drama, unless they specifically ask for it.

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#KissEverything

“KISS” is the acronym of “Keep It Short & Simple”, or if you are really hardheaded, it should be “Keep It Simple, Stupid”. This practise will help you in your job interview as HR is always tasked to monitor the time you consumed in answering a question, and this shall be more important later in your job because your Average Handling Time (AHT) should be at the lowest possible duration. AHT is always one of the most crucial metrics in your scorecard;

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10. TAKE CONTROL. Your must provide the needed information to satisfy the interviewer’s concern, and hopefully, you shall be equally effective when you are already on the job, solving the client’s problem. Remember that clients call because they have a problem, and they are calling you because they need your help.  Yes, YOU ARE EXPECTED TO BE THE EXPERT in handling their predicament, so study well and give your best during training;

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11. SLEEP ENOUGH, preferably 7 to 8 hours of REM or deep sleep.

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#TheMostImportantPointer

This might be the most important pointer in this post.  Why?

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If you had proper sleep, your mind would function efficiently, and you could easily think beyond the box. You may even notice that your speech becomes more creative. You will notice that your client is likewise engaging you in a cheerful demeanor while conversing with you.

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Even if you had item #1 to item #10 close to heart, and if you had been performing very well all week long, your performance will drastically suffer because your brain won’t function properly if you lack the much-needed sleep.

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Before you know it, you will begin to say incoherent statements, and you will tend to grope for words, and your errors will snowball.

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Mistakes will subconsciously make you start to worry on your metrics, raising your level of anxiety, triggering the release of stress hormones. This will inevitably take it’s toll on your health.

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Perhaps, you have heard hundreds of tales on this particular issue.

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Trust me on this, you cannot fix this problem by drinking coffee.

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Your call center job requires you to perform at your peak, and you are expected to do so.

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Never forget that several QA / TME people are listening on each call, checking if you are adhering to more than two (2) dozen set guidelines, and they are tasked to mark each of your missed points. The quality of your call handling is the most important aspect in their evaluation.

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In most accounts, your scorecard is the major factor that affects your bonuses.
Working in a call center is comparable to taking a final exam on each call, so sleep enough if you want to gain good results on your metrics. Do you know that even after you have secured your regularization, you can still be easily terminated from work if your metrics are perennially low?

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Forget that invitation for a boisterous night out with the gang. You can have more of merrymaking than that because on many occassions after your shift on the last day before your rest day, your whole team would most likely go out of town and bask in the sun at the beach where you would often enjoy these rewarding occasions to your heart’s delight, and experience your team-building activities as well.

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Like the fictional spy James Bond, being an agent is literally acting out an exciting role when going to war, and the war starts when you apply for the job;

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12. You must realize that YOU ARE IMPORTANT. You are applying for this job because you are offering a solution to their problem of getting employees to do the needed tasks.

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YES, THE BPO COMPANY NEEDS YOU. They want to hire a competent person and you are the answer. When you finally get employed, you will be trained properly to satisfactorily accomplish the job at hand.

From the viewpoint of your BPO company’s client whom you represent, you are their James Bond agent who shall provide the solutions to their clients’ problems. No, you do not represent Accenture, or Teleperformance, or Convergys, or Concentrix, BUT you are an agent of Citibank, or Google, or Telstar, or whatever account you may have.

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Hoping that this short snippet has made you smile.”

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Okay, #TakeADeepBreath now, and #KeepSmiling!

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Arms NOT For Sale?

​A certain Filipino-American advocate wrote,

“I’m sorry for him na hindi niya ma-kontrol yung bibig niya tsaka yung utak niya kasi it gives us a bad image as a nation.”

“Bad image for the Philippines”?

If anyone of those half-baked pseudo-Pinoys is so concerned about the Filipino image being “tarnished” in the eyes of his ilk, let us see then just how the USA has been treating our own Armed Forces amid our looming dispute with one of our neighbors:
US arms manufacturers Colt, Smith & Wesson, Ruger and Remington have supplied armaments to the US military for more than a century, but in 1985, Pentagon decided to start making drastic changes: first to replace the standard issue .45-caliber Colt-1911 pistol with the Beretta M9 from Italy and began using the 9mm NATO standard used in the whole of Europe; and they also went on to procure various types of armaments as well.
The American manufacturers went up in arms and launched a massive campaign to prevent this shift but failed as hundreds of thousands of handguns were bought from Italy, as well as from the famous brand Glock of Austria for the simple reason that their guns were not only cheaper but were much more efficient in the battlefield.
Until now, the standard gun issued to the US Special Forces is still foreign, the latest is the Glock9 from Austria, and a dozen more European models, while the Special Forces are awaiting the even better Glock19 and the Beretta XM-17.
After more than 20 years, the Philippines must be very lucky because my buddy generals in the Camp Aguinaldo Tennis Club who were the military officers tasked to evaluate and procure arms for the military were prohibited by the US to get any of these beauties from either Glock or Beretta, or from other reputable manufacturers.
SIG Sauer from Switzerland has supplied very good assault rifles to the NATO for many years; Heckler & Koch P11 underwater pistol made in Germany is much coveted; and the legendary Uzi machine pistol made by Israel is one of the most sought after; but if the majority of Congressmen acquired these guns, why does the US refuse our military to get these as well?
QUESTION: Just why were hundreds of these modern guns supplied to Yemen, not by the arms manufacturers, but by the US military? Hmm… Interesting indeed.
Since the time of the deposed President Marcos, our military forces have been attempting to get any of the SUPERIOR and CHEAPER Italian, Austrian, Swiss, German and Israeli rifles and handguns but of late, the very benevolent Uncle Sam has allowed us to buy only the inferior brand Taurus made in Brazil.
The MILF, MNLF and even the NPA are better equipped, with the Abu Sayyaf having recently upgraded its arsenal with the feared assault rifle AR-15.
As to the formidable Chinese armaments, let us refrain from discussing that for now so that we can possibly sleep more soundly tonight.

#GeopoliticsAtWork

Perhaps, we can heave a sigh when my ordnance expert and armaments supplier Vin Lava said:

“The PNP is upgrading to Glock 17’s. Our local arms industry produces M-16 variants for the AFP. The larger calibered rifles come from abroad.


Actually, we have the talent, the knowhow, and the resources to produce top quality armaments. Getting them to market is another thing.”


#ThanksVinLava

FYI: Majority of the lawmakers mentioned above are no longer in office BUT they never returned those guns which were bought with people’s money and are therefore officially booked as government property.

#CorruptLegislators

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What was the Makati Financial District Then?

The name “Makati” came from the swamp grass “zacate” that was abundantly growing in the area serving as fodder for horses at the nearby Sta. Ana racetrack.

What was the prime Ayala Avenue used for in the 50’s way before Makati became a financial center?

Ayala Avenue and Makati Avenue were once the two crisscrossing airstrips in swampy surroundings with the Nielson Tower as the airport control tower.

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Photo shows the Nielson Tower then.

But how did Makati develop into what it is now?

After the war, fellow pilots laughed at the intrepid Australian pilot Colonel Joseph Ralph McMicking who was married to Mercedes Zobel de Ayala when he bought the swampy land around the airport at a very cheap price.

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Nielson Tower still stands today at Makati Avenue near the MSE Building and is presently the site of a high-end restaurant.

Little did they imagine that he was to turn this area into the progressive Makati Business District. The Ayala Corporation was then named as the Ayala y Cia which owned the similarly swampy Palanan area.

Makati became the financial center of the country in the late 60’s and early 70’s after the 25-year development program of Colonel McMicking was launched in 1950.

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Ayala Avenue is the main artery of the Makati Financial District.

Unfortunately, former Makati Mayor and now VP Jojo Binay recently claimed that HE MADE MAKATI RICH? Oh dear…

Where was Jojo Binay in the 70’s? Have we ever ever heard of him?

Defying the various threats of authoritarian rule under Martial Law, the Movement of Attorneys for Brotherhood, Integrity and Nationalism, Inc. (MABINI), was a well-known group of progressive lawyers that included Senators Lorenzo Tañada, Wigberto Tañada, Rene Saguisag, and Joker Arroyo who were then defending the detainees but Jojo Binay was never mentioned as he must have been a mere errand boy for these lawyers.

#VisionaryPilot #Philippines #MakatiDevelopment #CreditGrabber #TraditionalPolitician

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What Does This Architect Say On How VP Binay Operates?

Wow!!
He has worked on Makati City development projects for many years and he surely knows this person, but…

Even if Urban Planner Architect Nathaniel von Einsiedel has been involved in many of Makati’s development projects and has known the VP since their college days, HE IS NOW CAMPAIGNING AGAINST JOJO BINAY. Why?

Hmm… Very interesting indeed…

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Nathaniel “Dinky” von Einsiedel is not a foreigner as his surname might suggest but is of mixed lineage and is certified as 100% Filipino.

From his younger brother Kuya Albert, I had known about him since my school days at the University of the Philippines High School in Diliman where he came from as he was already in the College of Architecture then and being “tisoy”, he was readily the “crush” of my adolescent classmates. We often heard them say that, aside from his good scholastic records, he was a person of substance worthy to emulate.

However, I have never heard of anyone having said the same about VP Binay who also studied in the University of the Philippines High School, and he further enrolled in college at the University of the Philippines in Diliman which we all have been very proud of. I admit that on a few occasions, I had wished to deny that he ever studied there.
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It might have crossed your mind to ask:
IS THIS URBAN PLANNER A RELIABLE PERSON?
OR DOES HE SIMPLY WANT THE PUBLICITY BECAUSE HE IS RUNNING FOR PUBLIC OFFICE?
Kindly read his personal information and credentials at the last part of this article.

For those who have not read his inside story, here is the full text that guarantees reading this is well worth your precious time:

“WHY I WILL NOT VOTE FOR JOJO BINAY

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by Nathaniel von Einsiedel:

The recent columns of Randy David and Sara Soliven de Guzman in the major dailies give us a pretty good picture of what a Binay presidency would be like — it will be a disaster. The problem, however, is that the average Filipino does not read or understand their analytical writings. Anyway, I agree with them a hundred percent, not just because I believe in their analysis, but because I had worked directly with Binay in the past and, therefore, have personal knowledge of how he thinks and does things. And it is based on this that I will not vote for him come 2016.

I have known Jojo Binay personally since we were in college at UP Diliman. He was a fraternity brother of one of our neighbors in Area 1 where I grew up. He frequented our neighbor’s house and that’s how we got to know each other. After college, it was already in 1986 when I saw Binay again, when he was appointed by then President Cory Aquino as acting mayor of Makati and later on as Governor of Metro Manila in a concurrent capacity. Because of my job at the Metro Manila Commission, I got to meet with Binay on a regular basis, often assisting him in his meetings with the Metro Manila mayors and senior officials of national agencies. On many occasions, I had to join him on early morning site inspections and even late evening meetings.

My working relations with Binay took a break when I resigned from government accepted the invitation of the United Nations and worked abroad from 1990 to 2004. When I returned home, we revived our relationship. From 2004 up to a few years ago, my consulting firm, CONCEP, was engaged by Makati City for a number of projects, such as the Makati Pabahay Project, Makati Development Agenda for the 21st Century, the Jupiter Street Urban Renewal Plan, the MACDA Housing Project, the Barangay Rizal Disaster Oriented Urban Redevelopment, and the Makati Poblacion Heritage Conservation Program. In the course of working on these projects, I had to confer with Binay frequently and thus developed a deeper insight on how he thinks and operates as a public official.

It is based on this that I’ve become convinced that Binay is not the kind of president I would vote for president in 2016. My reasons are as follows:

1. He will befriend you if you can help him achieve his personal objectives, and will not hesitate to dump you when you’re no longer useful to him. He is a master of charming people whom he can use to further his personal ambitions. But once they’re of no use to him, or don’t like to work with him anymore, he will readily get rid of them and fabricate a story on the reasons why.

2. He is a congenital liar. He has perfected the practice of looking you straight in the eye and lie without blinking an eyelash. His political ads project a lie. By claiming that he will do to the country what he did in Makati, he creates an expectation that is intended to mislead people. Common public perception of Makati is that of a first world city — high rise offices and condos, glitzy malls, beautiful parks and myriad jobs. But that is Ayala’s Makati, covering only 6 of the city’s total of 33 barangays. He makes people believe that he can transform the whole country into Ayala Makati’s likeness. He knows that is not true. He had no hand in Ayala Makati’s development, and he knows he cannot replicate this anywhere.

3. He wants to perpetuate people’s dependency on him, especially the poor. He doesn’t believe in genuine development that uplifts the living and working conditions of the poor. This is reflected in Makati’s dole-out approach to urban management, for example, its education and health programs. His political ads project the message that this dole-out system can be replicated throughout the country. He knows that the only reason he can do that in Makati is because the city has the biggest revenue among LGUs, all due to the thousands of the biggest firms located in the Ayala part of the city.

4. He wants complete control over all programs and projects. The programs and projects of Makati city’s departments have to be approved by him directly. Thus, in Makati’s annual budget, most if not all programs and projects are listed under the Office of the Mayor, and only he can authorize budget releases. Binay also established a system that consolidates the incomes of all of Makati’s barangays and directly controls the approval of and budget releases for all barangay projects. But look at the majority of the barangays — from Kasilawan, Tejeros, Sta. Cruz, Singkamas, Bangkal, Guadalupe Viejo, Pitogo, Pinagkaisahan, Guadalupe Nuevo, all the EMBO barangays, and even his own San Antonio. There is so much poverty in these areas that no amount of dole outs throughout his as well as his wife and son’s terms of office have been able to diminish much less eradicate poverty. The incidence of poverty in the premier and richest city in the country is appalling.

5. His pro-poor actions are all for show. He actually loathes the poor. On a number of occasions when we were discussing in private the housing projects for the poor, he used the term “salaula” (Tagalog for “uncouth” or “uncivilized”) to describe them. He has perfected the act of conveying his “concern” for the poor by, for example, setting aside time and a percentage of the city’s budget for the poor’s “KBL” — kasal (weddings), burol (wakes), and libing (burial). When we were planning the MACDA housing project, he’s approach to the issue of relocating the informal settlers was to pay them off without caring where they were to be resettled as long as they vacated the site.

When we proposed a massive workforce development program to include the poor in the productive milieu and benefit from the jobs available in the city, Binay turned it down, criticising it as “small-time.” But he did not offer any alternative. It was obvious that he did not want the poor to improve their economic well-being and status. He wants them to be perpetually beholden to and dependent on him, and therefore, under his complete control.

7. His management style is 101% patronage politics. There is absolutely nothing developmental in his system of management. He may have introduced some innovations, but these have been mainly for his and his family’s benefit rather than for the good of the people. He criticizes the Aquino administration as being inept, lazy, and slow. But what has he done, as Chairman of the Housing & Urban Development Coordinating Council for the past 5 years, to reduce the housing backlog? What has he done in the barangays of Makati to address poverty? Are the living and working conditions in the poorer barangays any better than before he first became mayor?

When my team and I started consultancy projects in Makati in 2004, its incidence of poverty was higher than the national average. Binay was not alarmed by this and, in fact, seemed to be pleased with it. Perhaps because it meant he could easily manipulate the poor. Today, after almost three decades under the Binays, Makati’s overall quality of life, especially in the 27 poorer barangays, isn’t much better.

Is this the kind of person who will be our next president? I certainly don’t think so.”

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Name: NATHANIEL VON EINSIEDEL

Name of Firm: Consultants for Comprehensive Environmental Planning, Inc. (CONCEP, Inc.)

Contract Data: 1856 Asuncion St., Santiago Village, Makati City Philippines 1208

Telephone Number: (632)895-1812 / 896-1902

Fax Number: (632) 890-2480

Email Address: concepinc@skyinet.net

Position in Firm: Chairman/Managing Director

Profession: Urban Planner / Architect

Birth Data: 19 December 1944; Manila, Philippines

Nationality: Filipino

CREBA President, 1979 & 1980

CREBA Director, 2005

President, CREBALAND

KEY QUALIFICATIONS

Nathaniel von Einsiedel is an Urban Management Specialist as well as a licensed Urban Environmental Planner and Architect in the Philippines. He has over 30 years experience in urban development planning and management in government and the private sector as well as in technical assistance programs in developing countries. His government experience includes urban development policy, land use planning, housing for low-income families, and capital investments programming. His private sector projects have involved master-planned mixed-use communities, residential, institutional, and recreational developments. He also has served as an urban development consultant to international development agencies such as the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, USAID, UNCRD, and UN-ESCAP. From 1990 to 2003, he focused on capacity building for urban management as the Regional Coordinator for Asia-Pacific of the United Nations Urban Management Programme. He has been conferred the status of Fellow by both the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) and the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners (PIEP). He has a bachelors degree in architecture from the University of the Philippines, a masters in urban planning from Columbia University (New York, USA), and a PhD in public administration from the Pacific Western University (Hawaii, USA).”

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Is China After Our Oil and Gas Fields? written by Raissa Robles

If you are familiar with the song “Exodus”, it should go like this —

“These island are ours…
GOD gave these islands to us!”

Assuming that we finally acceed to bilateral talks with the Chinese, is there any chance of peace even after negotiations are concluded? What can our current or the next President do about our dilemma?

First, do we really know what has been happening in the West Philippine Sea or even in our Spratly Island group?

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In 2014 when Sen Antonio Trillanes III was made a backdoor negotiator by Pres Pnoy on the Spratly Islands conflict, he had a meeting with US Ambassador Sonia Brady and he was reported by media with the leakage of the “confidential” and infamous “Brady Notes” to have berated, cursed and used very foul language against the lady Ambassador.

Local media was surely quick to cover the tiff between the then Senate Pres Johnny Ponce Enrile who lambasted Senator Trillanes for various offenses in handling his job, and in one mighty sweep, the seasoned JPE exonerated Manny V. Pangilinan to prevent the young Senator from requiring the businessman to appear in a Senate inquiry. But did media explain what caused this heated exchange?

As to why MVP would be asked to appear in a Senate inquiry, let us tackle that on some other opportune time because that would require a lengthy discussion of epic proportions.

Let’s get back to business and ask: Just why did the good-looking Senator act brazenly wild in that meeting with Ambassador Brady?

While we were all in the thick of territorial debates, Sen Trillanes discovered that China had completed building one natural gas well in each year beginning 2011, and at that time in 2014, all three (3) natural gas wells were not only operational but were already successfully drawing natural gas.

That’s correct. In the early 2014, China had been drawing natural gas FOR THE LAST THREE (3) YEARS!

And who were the partners of China? The giant Bechtel of USA contructed all the engineering works, while all of the three gas wells were being operated by Chevron of USA and Husky Energy of Canada which is also owned by a US conglomerate.

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Woe to us. While the Philippines was ignorant of all this, our dear and loyal ally, the benevolent US of A whom we have always trusted, was surreptitiously sleeping with our enemy.

Trillanes further discovered that as early as fifteen (15) years ago, China announced in their daily newspapers that a total of TWELVE GAS WELLS were to be built in this area.

Now, what is next in the pipeline?

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Could our Reed Bank be a part of this expansion?
Kindly read Raisa Robles’ article in its entirety.

Is China after the Philippines’ oil & gas fields?
http://raissarobles.com/2012/05/01/is-china-after-the-philippines-oil-gas-fields/

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A Game of Shark and Minnow by Jim Himmelman

We don’t really need to repair or refurbish our rusty ship in the West Philippine Sea.

Why?

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The ship BRP Sierra Madre was intentionally ran aground to mark the Ayungin Shoal which is below sea level. This ship now has a large hole in its hull as a result of having been grounded.

The presence of this ship serves as a symbolic marker, tactically giving the Philippines its legal claim on this shoal as any attempt by China or any other foreign country to remove or even touch this derelict ship shall by international law technically and legally mean an act of war.

Wikipedia also knows why the former USS Harnett County was rammed into the Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) in 1999:

“After the Vietnam War, Harnett County was transferred to the Philippine Navy, which named her BRP Sierra Madre (LT-57). In 1999 the Philippine government deliberately had her run aground on Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratly Islands to serve as an outpost of the Philippine Marine Corps to assert Philippine sovereignty in the country’s dispute with China over the ownership of the Spratly Islands. She still serves that function.”

The Philippine press corps has ostensively been brought to the Spratly Islands by the military officers on many occasions but where’s the real news? Why don’t they have detailed accounts on television, on radio, in print, or even in the worldwide web? Why do we continue to get simple snippets that have miserably failed to inform the public?

Does this indicate how inept or even possibly muzzled the local media has become?

I initially read this article a year ago through a link in a Facebook post of the political analyst Dr Popoy De Vera but at that time, although the Philippines-China conflict was something to worry about, events then were not as alarming as they are today. After almost two (2) years and a dozen political developments, Jim Himmelman’s piece is still the best write-up about the Spratlys simply because NOBODY ELSE HAS WRITTEN EXTENSIVELY about it.

Himmelman boarded the BRP Sierra Madre in the Ayungin Shoal and slept there for three (3) days to talk to our soldiers and thereby savored not only the mild dangers posed by nature but more of the likely threats from our aggressors who lurked just a few hundred meters away. He also went to the other God-forsaken islands and reefs and talked to our kababayans before writing about the Philippines – China territorial dispute in the Spratly Islands on 27 October 2013 for the New York Times.

The unfolding drama on these pristinely beautiful islands continues today with the gathering of more Chinese ships both civilian and military; the completion of garrison-like structures ready for a seeming confrontation; the heightened saber-rattling of China; and the refusal of Beijing to recognize the mediation of the UN; all of which have moved this paradise of tropical islands, coves and cays in an eerie position, seemingly waiting for the impending onslaught of something more powerful than any super storm.

Though quite lengthy, kindly read this article in its entirety as we may be able to glean on some valuable insights of an outsider who has seen conflicts of similar nature in other parts of the world.

A GAME OF SHARK AND MINNOW
http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2013/10/27/south-china-sea/
Beautiful photographs and video are by Ashley Gilbertson

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