Nov 26, 2009

Of Ampatuan.

On the morning of November 23 2009, representatives of Esmael Mangudadatu - vice mayor of Maguindanao, Mindanao in the Philippines - were reported missing after contact with the convoy was lost. Later that day in Ampatuan, Maguindanao, a mass grave containing the bodies of the convoy's members was found. Among the them were 12 journalists, Mangudadatu's wife and 2 sisters, lawyers and aides. As of November 25, 2009, 57 bodies have been uncovered in what has been dubbed as one of the most brutal politically-motivated killings in Philippine history, and has led Reporters Without Borders to dub this incident as a "dark day for press freedom". At this time, Maguindanao governor Datu Andal Ampatuan - a close ally of incumbent president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and whom Mangudadatu is running against in the 2010 Philippine Elections - is alleged to have some part in the commission of the massacre but has yet to release a statement denying his or his clan's involvement in the case.

Nov 23, 2009

Tomorrow, I begin anew.

It's been about a month since I attended post-traumatic stress debriefing, and just about as long since I've been getting on my feet. I managed to get out of my funk last week thanks to the pressing deadline that UP had for late registration, and beginning tomorrow I'll be back in UP for my first day of classes. While I certainly hope that I'll be able to register tomorrow, what I worry about more is the fact that while psychologically speaking I'm on the way back to normalcy, the state of my political and social paradigm is another thing altogether. Since the events of Ondoy and Pepeng, I've felt nothing but unbridled hatred for any and all politicians who promise to bring about change while being hypocrites in their own way. Noynoy - what about Luisita? Fernando - the street merchants and the urban poor? Villar - the landless ethnic minorities? Bro. Eddie and JC de los Reyes - your constituents and your stands on RH? Erap - graft and corruption during your term? Teodoro - your lack of commitment towards transparency and accountability in government? And Perlas - the unorthodoxy of your economic and social development ideas?

As of now, this is just a rant. But given how things are going in the blogosphere, people will have to think about these same issues in the run-up to the 2010 elections. More importantly, while we are giving so much focus to the national candidates, what about our local candidates? There are some candidates who have shameless posted promiscuous adverts already, and yet we've not reacted with as much as a batting of an eyelash towards them.

If this is the way that we think and act, what will we come to expect in 2010 and beyond?

Nov 1, 2009

Kahel OS - A Pinoy Gnu/Linux OS

Spread Kahel OS
Just taking a few minutes of my time to tell you about Kahel OS. It's a GNU/Linux operating system based on Arch, which has the reputation of being very streamlined and slick (at the price of being not at newbie-friendly as say, Ubuntu). Kahel is developed by the team at 8layertech, a Filipino company that works on Free and Open Source Software development and software as a service (SAAS).