a Paradox of our Time

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The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, yet more problems; more medicine, but less wellness.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; big men and small character; steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce; fancier houses but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit “delete”.

Remember, spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember to say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember to say “I love you” to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Dr. Bob Moorehead is former pastor of Seattle’s Overlake Christian Church. He retired in 1998 after 29 years in that post. The essay appeared in ‘Words Aptly Spoken,’ Dr. Moorehead’s 1995 collection of prayers, homilies, and monologues used in his sermons and radio broadcasts.

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Philippines drops charges vs 2 massacre suspects

April 18 (4:30 pm) news item: Philippines drops charges vs 2 massacre suspects

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Mga aktibistang nagpapahayag laban sa makapangyarihang Ampatuan sa labas ng Department of Justice sa Maynila, Pilipinas sa Linggo, Abril 18, 2010. Ang mga Kagawaran ng Hustisya ay nagpapawang-sala sa pagpatay ng dalawang magkapatid na Ampatuan, dating gobernador Zaldy at Akhmad, na inakusahan ng pagpatay ng 57 kalaban sa pulitika at mamamahayag.

By JIM GOMEZ, Associated Press Writer

MANILA, Philippines| The Philippines’ Department of Justice has dropped murder charges against two members of a warlord clan accused in the massacre of 57 political rivals and journalists, sparking protests Sunday and bringing relatives of the victims to tears.

The Nov. 23 slaughter, which was condemned by the international community, was unprecedented even in a country known for election violence and political killings that have claimed hundreds of lives in the past decade.

Among the dead were more than 30 journalists and their staff- the deadliest known attack on media workers in the world. The killings elevated the Philippines to the top of a list of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists.

At least 198 suspects have been charged in court with multiple murder, including members of the powerful Ampatuan clan that has ruled over southern Maguindanao province for years. Several more suspects remain at large.

The Ampatuans have been close political allies of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for years, helping her win elections in 2004.

Justice Secretary Alberto Agra said he has ordered prosecutors to remove the names of Zaldy Ampatuan, a former governor of a Muslim autonomous region, and his brother-in-law Akhmad from the charge sheets for lack of strong evidence linking them to the planning and staging of the carnage in Maguindanao’s Ampatuan township.

“There is no evidence to prove conspiracy and there is evidence to support their alibi,” Agra told The Associated Press.

Zaldy Ampatuan provided cell phone bills and airline tickets showing he was not at a Nov. 22 meeting where the killings were allegedly planned, or at the crime scene the next day, Agra said. Akhmad presented witnesses and pictures showing he was at a medical mission when the killings occurred, he said.

However, Agra rejected petitions from the principal suspect, former Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr., and his father, Andal Ampatuan Sr., to be cleared of the murder charges. Witnesses have testified seeing Andal Ampatuan Jr. leading gunmen in killing the unarmed victims as they pleaded for their lives.

Prosecutors have filed murder charges against the Ampatuans in a Quezon City court. The justice secretary must ask the court to approve his decision to drop charges against Zaldy and Akhmad.

Several relatives of the victims wept after learning of Agra’s decision, according to Harry Roque, a lawyer for the victims, adding that they plan to appeal the ruling.

“They wept not only for this injustice but also out of fear for their safety,” Roque said. “They cannot sleep now that the Ampatuans are being cleared.”

Several student activists protested outside the Department of Justice, carrying placards that called Arroyo and the department “coddlers of murderers.”

A media watchdog, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, blamed Arroyo and Agra “for this massacre of … justice, the rule of law, our basic rights and democracy.”

The indictment says the clan leaders conspired to ambush and kill members of the rival Mangudadatu family and their supporters, who were gunned down on a hilltop in Maguindanao. The attack apparently was aimed at preventing a Mangudadatu politician from challenging the Ampatuans’ control of the province in a gubernatorial election in next month.

The Ampatuans have denied the charges, and most of their armed followers have fled a massive crackdown in the province, about 560 miles (900 kilometers) south of Manila. Thousands of militiamen loyal to the clan are still in hiding, triggering sporadic clashes with government troops.

Last month, another court dismissed separate rebellion charges against the Ampatuan patriarch, four of his sons and several followers for lack of evidence. They had been accused of plotting an uprising after the government launched a crackdown on the clan when it was linked to the killings.


**Resigned Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera received death threats during her incumbency.

**Alberto Agra served as the President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo laywer during impeachment proceedings at the House of Representatives in 2006.

**The Ampatuans are close political allies of PGMA.

We Filipinos are not as ‘tanga’ as they think we are! The innocence of these two suspects must be tried and decided by the courts of law and not by an office under the President. As I strongly condemned the Maguindanao Massacre, I likewise strongly condemned the Department of Justice for this move.

“There is no evidence to prove conspiracy and there is evidence to support their alibi,” Agra told The Associated Press but “Witnesses have testified seeing Andal Ampatuan Jr. leading gunmen in killing the unarmed victims as they pleaded for their lives.” Where are the testimonies of these witnesses? Are they gone with Devanadera?


Read also:
DOJ wants 2 Ampatuans freed; media, families hold protests


Noynoy Aquino: si Mama at si Papa

Noynoy Aquino: si Mama at si Papa

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Miyerkules, ika-30 ng Disyembre, 8:40 ng umaga. Habang nakikinig ako sa mga paborito kong mga himig ng dakada 70, biglang may tumunog na cellphone- tunog na hindi galing sa akin. Lumingon ako sa pinanggalingan ng tunog at nakita ko ang cellphone ni Kringkring, isa sa aking mga dalagita. Naiwan pala niya ito sa pagmamadali. Sumama kasi siya sa aking misis sa NCCC (isang mall dito sa Davao), nagsa-shopping.

Dali-dali ko itong kinuha at tinignan. Nalaman kong isang text message ang ipinadala. Binuksan ko ito upang mabasa sa pag-aakalang galing sa misis ko. Galing pala sa isa sa mga kaibigan ni Kringkring. Laking gulat ko nang mabasa ang nilalaman na message. Kahit tinatamad, naisip kong ilagay sa blog ko dahil sa ito’y may kabigatan.

Narito ang nilalaman ng text message na ‘yon:

Manny Villar: Sipag at Tiyaga
Gibo Teodoro: Galing at Talino
Noynoy Aquino: si Mama at si Papa

Bakit sinabi kong may kabigatan? Sa tatlo kasing tumakbong may chance na manalo sa pagka presidente ng ating bansa, si Noynoy lang ang walang nakakabit na tagline. Si Manny Villar ang ipinagmalaki ay ang kanyang sipag at tiyaga, si Gibo Teodoro ay ang kanyang galing at talino, si Noynoy Aquino ay wala. Kaya siguro naisip ng nag-compose ng text message na nabasa ko na ilagay bilang asset niya (Noynoy) si Ninoy at Tita Cory, na totoo naman.

Wala talagang maipagmalaking abilidad si Noynoy. Siya’y nakasandal lang sa anino ng pumanaw na niyang mga magulang; at sa kanyang kapatid na si Kris. Isa sa mga dahilan kung bakit nasabi ko ito ay makikita dito. Sa aking personal na opinyon, tila may kakulangan siya ng kompiyansa (na nakikita ko sa sa kanyang tindig), kawalan ng pokus (na nakikita sa kanyang mga matang palipatlipat ang tinitingnan), at tila kakulangan ng paniniwala. Sa performance bilang senador, nasa ibaba siya.

Ang listahang ito ay nagpapakita ng bilang ng naipasang bills at resolutions ng mga senador sa panahon ng 14th Congress break noong Marso.
1. Miriam Defensor-Santiago – 933
2. Manny Villar – 579
3. Jinggoy Estrada – 538
4. Loren Legarda – 299
5. Francis Escudero – 288
6. Antonio Trillanes – 261
7. Bong Revilla – 238
8. Lito Lapid – 196
9. Richard Gordon – 148
10. Manuel Roxas II -146
11. Edgardo Angara – 140
12. Juan Miguel Zubiri – 135
13. Aquilino Pimentel Jr – 121
14. Pia Cayetano – 114
15. Rodolfo Biazon – 107
16. Jamby Madrigal – 93
17. Francis Pangilinan – 87
18. Panfilo Lacson – 83
19. Gregorio Honasan – 73
20. Juan Ponce Enrile – 70
21. Noynoy Aquino – 46
22. Alan Peter Cayetano – 24
23. Joker Arroyo – 11

Marahil masasabi ng mga makakabasa nito na ako’y hindi boboto kay Noynoy. Tama sila. It is either Gibo or Villar for me. Not even Erap! At sabihin na rin nilang naninira ako. Dito mali sila. Ako’y naglalahad lang ng aking personal na paniniwala. Walang nanghihikayat sa akin kungdi ang text message na hindi naman para sa akin- ang message na pumukaw sa natutulog kong kamalayan.

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Together with the rest of the world, I strongly condemned the politically motivated November 23 abduction and killing of over 50 people, at least 25 of them journalists, in Maguindanao. It is a new low even for the Philippines. Not only its brutality, but the sheer senselessness of it as well qualify it for collective outrage and condemnation and the strongest call for the immediate apprehension, trial and punishment of those responsible.

The following journalists are the victims of savage killers:
1. Ian Sublang – Media/Gensan Newsprint
2. Lea Dalmacio – Media/Gensan Newsprint
3. Gina Dela Cruz – Media/Gensan Newsprint
4. Marites Cabunes – Media/Gensan Newsprint
5. Bart Maravilla – Media/Bombo Radyo
6. Jhoy Duhay – Media/Peoples Tonite
7. Henry Araneta – Media/DZRH Correspondent
8. Andy Teodoro – Media/Mindanao Inquirer
9. Neneng Montano – Media/Gensan Newsprint
10. Alejandro Bong Reblado – Media/UNTV
11. Victor Nuñez – Media/UNTV
12. Mac-mac Amola – Media/Gensan Newsprint
13. Jimmy Cabello – Media/Midland Review
14. Councilor Razul Daud – Media/SK Newspaper
15. Joel Parcon – Media/Prontera News
16. Val Cachuela – Media/Prontera News
17. John Caniban – Media/
18. Art Baloya – Media/Punto Periodico
19. Noel Decena – Media/Punto Periodico
20. Rany Razon – Media/Punto Periodico
21. Bienvenido Jun Legarta – Media/Punto Periodico
22. Jovy Legarta – Media/Punto Periodico
23. Rey Merisco – Media/Punto Periodico
24. Boyet Dela Cerna – Media/Escalera News
25. Art Mascardo – Media/GSC
May They All Rest In Peace…

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Malaysian tycoon buys networking site Friendster

Malaysian tycoon buys networking site Friendster

Most of us, if not all, have been members of FRIENDSTER. This item (taken from a news report) may shed light on why it has a new formatting scheme.

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian tycoon Vincent Tan announced a deal to buy Friendster, a social networking site that still retains a strong following in Southeast Asia after losing in global popularity to Facebook and MySpace.
Tan’s online payment systems business will buy 100 percent of Friendster through an affiliate company, according to a joint statement Thursday.
The two companies will be combined so Tan’s business empire can sell content such as games, movies, music and other products to Friendster’s 115 million members, using his company’s electronic payments system. Tan’s businesses include retail franchises in Southeast Asia such as Starbucks, 7-Eleven, Borders, Krispy Kreme, and Wendy’s.
The price for Friendster wasn’t disclosed but the combined entity will have annual revenue of about $110 million.
“We are creating a unique company that will be well positioned to provide content to a huge, regional user base here in Southeast Asia,” the statement said.
Launched in 2003, Friendster was among the first to establish online social networking as a hot trend. It soon faded in popularity, however, as Web users migrated to newer sites such as MySpace.com and Facebook.com.
Facebook is the world’s second most popular Web site, attracting almost 29 percent of Internet users, according to Web traffic monitor Alexa.com.
In contrast, only 0.4 percent of Internet users are visiting Friendster, ranking it the 164th most popular site globally.
Despite its demise in the U.S., Friendster has managed to build a strong following in Asia, particularly in the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. The three countries account for almost 60 percent of its users.
Friendster Chief Executive Richard Kimber said about 90 million of the site’s members are Asians and described the merger as an “industry-changing event.”
Associated Press Writer Tomoko A. Hosaka in Tokyo contributed to this report.


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