The Filipino American Community's Appeal to Stop the media killings in the Philippines now
MEDIA practitioners and concerned citizens in the Greater Chicago Area of the U.S. endorse the demand made in the May 26th editorial of the Philippine Daily Inquirer to "Stop the media killings" in the Philippines. We are making its demands on our own.
We are making this appeal to President Benigno Aquino III through the top officials of our local Consulate General in Chicago, Philippine Ambassador to the U.S., Jose Cuisia, Jr. and a copy of this petition is being furnished to the officers of the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility.
The full text of the editorial follows:
The killing of Digos, Davao del Sur radio journalist Sammy Oliverio last May 23, by an unknown gunmen, is another brutal reminder that journalism in the Philippines remains a very risky trade—and that the Aquino administration has failed to stop the national catastrophe of media killings.
Oliverio, who was riding his motorcycle on his way home, died the instant he was shot in the head. According to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, he was the 28th journalist or media worker killed during the Aquino presidency; the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility's tally lists him as the 24th.
(Barely two weeks after Oliverio was murdered, another media man was killed. The Inquirer story follows:
Journalist Nilo Baculo Sr, 67, was gunned June 9 in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro while working on a story allegedly involving a "big transaction" of illegal drugs inside the provincial jail.
Baculo was shot dead by gunmen aboard a motorcycle near his house in Barangay (village) Lalud.
He was shot dead by gunmen aboard a motorcycle near his house in Barangay (village) Lalud. Baculo, who worked as a radio blocktimer and publisher of at least three local newspapers in Mindoro, was a media worker of 25 years.
Baculo is the 33rd media worker slain during President Benigno Aquino's administration according to the count of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.)
Pictured are the 15 essayists OF THE PIWC ESSAY WRITING CONTEST with chairperson Jo Wee Sit (seated center): Florence Almeda, Francine Almeda, Michaella Aloba, Illor Aves, Caitlin Daza, Camille Anne Capispisan Fajardo, Juliana Furigay, Junina Furigay, Christian Luciano, Frevelyn Nava, Anjelica Hope Cusi Perez, Joel Anthony Ramos, Joshua Patrick Ramos, David Michael Rivas, and Janine Urgello. Shown kneeling are Tony & Susan Silvano.
PIWC Awards its 2014 Essay Writing Contest Grand Prize Winners
A record of ten high schools were represented by fifteen Chicagoland Filipino American students who participated in the Philippine Independence Week Committee's (PIWC) 2014 essay writing contest in May. The topic of the essay was on immigration struggles. The chosen top five essayists will receive a prize award at the PIWC Gala Night/ Dinner on June 7 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare.
First Prize ($250) was awarded to Francine Almeda, an 11th grader at the University of Chicago Laboratory School; Second Prize ($150) was awarded to Junina Furigay, an 11th grader at Northside College Preparatory High School; Third Prize ($100) went to Christian Luciano, a 10th grader at Northside College Preparatory High School; Fourth Prize ($50) was awarded to Illor Aves, a 12th grader at Northside College Preparatory High School; and Fifth Prize ($40) was awarded to Juliana Furigay, a 7th grader at Hitch Elementary School.
Not a short-lived Independence if only Aguinaldo listened to Mabini
By Mariano “Anong” Santos
Left: Mabini advises Aguinaldo to protect Philippine interests.
Among National Heroes, Apolinario M. Mabini is known as the "Brain of the Revolution." He is also known with the moniker, "Sublime Paralytic."
When Mabini died on May 13, 1903, his funeral procession drew hundreds of thousands of Filipinos along the streets of Manila—unprecedented at that time and a testimony to his great influence on freedom-loving Filipinos who long for independence for their country.
While serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs and as head of the cabinet of the newly-formed First Philippine Republic, he emphatically advised President Emilio F. Aguinaldo to protect the self-interest of the Filipinos from the imperialist designs of the Americans.
If only Aguinaldo heeded Mabini's well-reasoned arguments, there was a great chance that the First Republic could have survived. Mabini was for a genuine independence—believing in ourselves, through actual experience of self-governance, the Filipinos would flourish as a strong nation.
The wealthy advisers, a faction led by the treacherous Pedro Paterno, were for collaborating with the new colonialists. They used intrigues to win the day. They spread rumors like Mabini's paralysis was caused not by polio but by syphilis. In no time, Mabini was eased out by Paterno as head of the cabinet.
Stalled Philippine Independence
THE corruption of (Philippine) presidents effectively extended the era of colonial masters when the Filipino people and their natural wealth were looted legally. Colonial rule was done by Spain and the United States for primarily one reason – to take what belonged to the natives, whether these be their slave labor, the fruit of that, or the hordes of gold and silver of our land. Japan would have done the same had it been given more time.
Independence, then, was what corrupt presidents stalled from growing in the hearts and minds of Filipinos after 1946. Because societal leaders became as rapacious as the colonial masters they replaced, the majority of Filipinos have felt no difference in their impoverished state. The wealth of the land was denied them, especially as the land that was first grabbed by Spain from our ancestors has not been returned to the rightful owners.
(Glimpses By Jose Ma. Montelibano, PDI, 04/25/14 Montelibano is a Gawad Kalinga advocate.)
(Read more Editorial)
Of Presidents and Popes
By Jon Melegrito / Letter from Washington
Cardinal Luis Antonio "Chito" Tagle, Archbishop of Manila presided over a mass at the Rockford Diocese.
Two very important people came to Washington recently. One aspires to be the next President of the Philippines. The other may well be the next Pope.
Vice President Jejomar C. Binay is looking to 2016 to replace the current occupant of Malacanang Palace. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle is not looking to replace Pope Francis anytime soon, but the man who could be Pope is now widely known as the Asian Pope Francis and, at 56, the fourth-youngest cardinal in the world.
Washington D.C.'s Filipino and Filipino American community had a chance to listen to both men share their messages at public gatherings last month.
Binay as 2016 presidential candidate
On May 1, the Vice President spoke at a forum hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and attended by diplomats, policy makers and business leaders. His speech was basically a campaign platform and he wasted no time confirming rumors that, yes, he is indeed a presidential candidate. He has been dreaming of becoming one since his election as Mayor of Makati in 1988. "Makati was my laboratory," he said, explaining why his 20 years of executive experience qualifies him to lead the country after President Aquino steps down. He boasted of accomplishments, from "alleviation of poverty" to "enhanced delivery of services in education, health and social welfare."
He says he's in favor of "changing the constitution to make the country more attractive to local and foreign investors." This was in response to a question about "seducing foreign capital" by making the country much more than tourism's slogan, "It's much more fun in the Philippines.(Read more Cardinal Tagle visits Chicago)