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I shall be writing topics as it comes to mind. It could be topics, past or present, but relative to the times. I shall also be reacting to articles published, whether domestic or foreign, and voicing my opinion. My views shall always be objective.

Every now and then I shall also be sharing with you videos, photos, sayings and graphics of people, animals, places, etc., that I find interesting, which I hope you will appreciate.

Also, there are times when I will be posting articles about facts – why it happened that way or what could have been if something else happened.

I welcome you to my blog site and I look forward to inter-acting with you. Your participation, your thoughts and commentaries, either for or against, will be very much appreciated. We may have differences in opinion but that is the essence of being rational, to be able to agree to disagree. It is my aim that as we go along we enlighten not only ourselves but also those that finds the opportunity/chance to visit this site. Let us enrich each other in knowledge and build each other up in friendship. Thank you. Jesus Sievert a.k.a  Quierosaber

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¡Hola mundo!

Escribiré temas como estos vienen a la mente. Esto podría ser temas, pasadas o presentes, pero con relación a los tiempos. También reaccionaré a artículos publicados, doméstico o extranjero, y expresaré mi opinión. Mis vistas siempre serán objetivo.

De vez en cuando también compartiré con ustedes vídeos, fotos, refranes y gráficos de la gente, animales, lugares, etc., que encuentro interesante y espero que lo aprecian.

También, hay tiempos cuando fijaré artículos sobre hechos – por qué pasó así o lo que podría haber sido si algo más pasara.

Bienvenidos a mi sitio de blog y espero colaborar con Vd. en el futuro.

Su participación, sus pensamientos y comentarios, para o contra, serán muy apreciados. Podemos tener diferencias en la opinión pero eso es la esencia de ser racional, ser capaz de consentir en discrepar. Esto es mi objetivo que como continuamos, aclaramos no sólo nosotros mismos sino también aquellos  que encuentran  la oportunidad/posibilidad de visitar este sitio. Déjenos enriquecer el uno al otro en el conocimiento y en la amistad. Gracias. Jesus Sievert alias Quierosaber

Enrile’s baneful advice

 

Senator Juan Ponce Enrile

Senator Juan Ponce Enrile

I do not know how much longer the foxy Senate Minority Leader, Juan Ponce Enrile, has to live after he turns 92 on February 14.

Not that I wish him ill, but at this stage in his life Enrile should stop being deceitful by using his influence and self-serving ideas in urging people to vote for Vice President Jejomar Binay to succeed President Aquino in the presidential election in May.

Just like him, Enrile described Binay as “experienced”, thus the latter’s long years in public service and as a politician should serve him well, if and when he becomes president.

What a phony and sanctimonious statement!

“Experienced” is relative in the eyes of people these days.

Yes, both Enrile and Binay pride themselves of being “experienced”, and honorable at that, and this is what they want people to know about them, but look what they have gotten into!

Shame and scandal of outrageous proportions!

Enrile and two other senators face plunder and graft charges over the biggest corruption scandal in recent Philippine history. They are accused of pocketing millions in public money and diverting development funds to fake non-governmental organizations allegedly controlled by Janet Lim-Napoles.

If not for his advanced age and failing health, Enrile could have been detained longer like his cohorts, Jinggoy Estrada aand Bong Revilla, and that would have served him right instead of peddling lies now and giving baneful advice.

Binay on the other hand was the subject of a Senate Blue Ribbon Subcommittee probe over graft and corruption charges during his stint as mayor of Makati City that lasted for nearly one and a half years.

There is nothing more appalling and dangerous than one old, sly and corrupt politician supporting and urging people to vote for president another sly and corrupt, but younger politician, to save us from living a miserable life.

Certainly, Enrile wants Binay to win not because it is good for the country and its people, but rather, it is an assurance that Enrile retains his freedom and that his former chief of staff, Gigi Reyes, should not languish in jail more than necessary.

Talking about ulterior motives and making a pact with the devil himself!

Minion visits PCMC

 

pcmcThis is actually an e-mail I received from my daughter, Angie, that I am sharing with you. She works with Kythe Foundation, Inc., a non-profit, non-stock organization aimed towards improving the quality of life among hospitalized children with cancer and other chronic illness (http://kythe.org/site/about-us/who-we-are/). Angie is a Certified Specialist in Counseling and Developmental Pyschology, and concurrently Kythe’s Child Life Program Manager.

The reason why I am sharing this with you is for you to know and feel that life can sometimes be unfair to those who are already suffering, yet, unbelievably and with God’s grace, the victims and their love ones still continue to possess the courage, determination and the hope that their misfortune can be reversed.

This is just one of the many agonizing stories we hear from Angie, who, despite the anguish she also goes through, continues to be passionate in her work just so these kids can get the assurance that they are taken care of and that life could get better – God willing.

Minion mascot custume

Minion mascot custume

wanted to share this with you.

i was sitting early morning with 2 patients a couple weeks back outside the treatment room in PCMC (Philippine Childrem’s Medical Center) and i got to talking to this 13yo boy and his brother. the 13yo patient has AML, a very aggressive form of leukaemia which generally wins the battle. The kuya gave me this background: their father was shot, hitting the spine and made him bed ridden for 11years before passing away late 2014. In March 2015, Joshua, the 13yo, was diagnosed with AML and it steadily progressed. he relapsed and a very strong chemo protocol might actually do more harm than good. so they opted not to do strong chemo anymore and do comfort/ palliative care instead. In June 2015, their other brother, a special child, was diagnosed with a nephro illness and now does 2x/wk dialysis. their mother works in a factory, sewing, as she can’t handle the stress, the emotional turmoil of seeing her sons sick. so the older brother takes care of them, sewing on the side and selling masks to children and their parents in the hospital. when we got to talking, he mentioned how he sewed a minions mascot and he wanted to bring it to pcmc to make children happy. i linked him with our coordinator to ensure he gets the chance, without any paper work and trouble. and look… he did it. despite the hardships he and his family face, he still has it in him to spread cheer to the children in the hospital. this is what a good human being is made of.
p.s.
pap, that day i talked to them, i made sure they were given roundtrip
pamasahe (cavite) and a little extra from your monthly donation. just to show
that there is never anything as “too little” when it comes to giving as it is still something to others.

(Too bad that the politician’s PDAF or pork barrel allocation has already been stopped for, indeed, this is one Foundation that deserves to be earnestly supported and funded. These innocent children are worthy of our help. – Quierosaber)

Marcos’ vice presidential bid meets resistance

 

Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos

Of all the election brouhaha going on in the country today nothing is more significant, reassuring and, therefore, welcomed than the report saying that the “victims of martial law have launched a movement to stop Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. from winning the vice presidential race.”

The movement called CARMMA or Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacañang was formed by members belonging to organizations like SELDA (Samahan ng Ex-detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto), , Desaparecidos, Bayan, Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), and other victims of human rights abuses.

The resistance shown by these groups and many other concerned individuals, most of whom are now senior citizens, augurs well for the country, and this should be acknowledged as a meaningful gesture, especially by the younger generation of Filipinos, who are credulous and have no clear knowledge of the notorious conjugal dictatorship of Bongbong’s parents, one of whom is still very much alive and back in political power – the scandalous Imelda.

“Only in the Philippines could a leader like Ferdinand Marcos, who pillaged his country for over 20 years, still be considered for a national burial. Insignificant amounts of the loot have been recovered, yet his wife and children were allowed to return and engage in politics.”

I did not say that, but this is a universal observation stated by one of the world’s indomitable leader, the late Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew in his book “From Third World to First.”

The fact that Bongbong refuses to apologize for the atrocities committed by the conjugal dictatorship, for which he is aware that it happened based on his pronouncements in his campaign sorties, makes it even more ominous for the son to follow the footsteps of his despotic father.

Observe closely and you will see that the son is trying very hard to imitate the mannerisms and the way his father talks. Needless to say that even the ideas and programs of his father, Bongbong is bringing it up and suggesting it to the people – the latest of which is the revival of the Kadiwa Store system.

Talking also about the stalled Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), his arguments are just like that of the despot Marcos.

CARMMA believes that Bongbong and his family have a bottomless war chest that he can use to win the vice presidency.

Whoever doubts is being hoodwinked and Bongbong will continue hoodwinking the Filipinos, especially the younger and the more gullible ones, all the way to the presidency, God forbids, if he wins the race he is into now.

The fate of corrupt politicians in the PDAF scam

pork barrelLet us recall first what the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam, more popularly known as pork barrel scam, is all about before it loses its meaning and importance to the vast number of Filipinos who have come to appreciate the prosecution of corrupt politicians in government.

The pork barrel scam is a political scandal of the highest order involving the alleged misuse by several members of Congress of their lump sum discretionary fund granted to them for spending on priority development projects, most especially on the local level.

It is estimated that the Philippine government was defrauded of some P10-billion in the course of the scam, reportedly from 2003 to 2013, and at the expense of the poor and marginalized Filipinos.

Going after noted corrupt government officials, the likes of retired chief justice Renator Corona and the high-profile senators in the PDAF scam, Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla for plunder has given many Filipinos hope that we can be a better country yet.

Though Enrile was granted bail by the Supreme Court and is back in the Senate throwing barbs at President Aquino still many people believe that he should have remained detained together with Estrada and Revilla at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City until such time that they can prove themselves innocent of the crimes charged against them.

The reason why I am bringing this up is my fear that people might forget the significance of this political will exercised by Aquino in bringing these corrupt politicians to face justice and instead elect someone who will just willingly open the gates to free these unscrupulous individuals.

What I am saying is that there are still many more of their ilk out there who should be prosecuted, but because the man who would be the next president in 2016 is against everything that Aquino has done, that everything also will come to naught.

I don’t think this is acceptable.

Many are in favor of what Aquino has done along this path, given the circumstances. It has to be sustained and pursued even more to the hilt if that is the way the poor of this country can attain justice. Servants of the people these arrogant politicians are not.

I am sure Enrile, Estrada, Revilla and the many more politicians in the Ombudsman’s list to be prosecuted are hoping that Jejomar Binay would win. Birds of the same feather, so to say.

Or maybe Grace Poe and Rody Duterte who will easily show nothing but kindness and sympathy to movie stars and politicians now expressing their support for them with their ulterior motives.

I don’t think Estrada, Revilla, and especially Enrile, would want Miriam Santiago or Mar Roxas to win. The same goes with the politicians in the Ombudsman’s list. No easy way out for them.

Thus, it really matters who we elect to succeed Aquino if Filipinos consider the downfall of a Supreme Court chief justice and the arrest and detention of three notable senators of the realm to be a milestone in the democratic history of this country.

The alarming spread of the Zika virus

 

Zika virus carrier mosquito

Zika virus carrier mosquito

The reason why I am writing about this health menace called Zika virus is not to sound alarmist, although this mosquito-borne virus is now plaguing Central and South America, after having been found mainly in tropical settings in Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands.

But more than that, it is important to be aware, especially in the Philippines, that the Zika virus is transmitted mainly through the bite of the Aedes aegypti species of mosquito, the same type of mosquito that spreads dengue fever, chikungunya and yellow fever.

Global health authorities are warning that the Zika virus is predicted to most likely reach all countries and territories where the Aedes mosquitoes are found.

Zika virus disease outbreaks were reported for the first time from the Pacific in 2007 and 2013 (Yap and French Polynesia, respectively), and in 2015 from the Americas (Brazil and Colombia) and Africa (Cape Verde). In addition, more than 13 countries in the Americas have reported sporadic Zika virus infections indicating rapid geographic expansion of Zika virus.

The Zika virus is said to have ravaged Brazil, which has had more than 1 million cases in the past several months.

The symptoms are similar to other arbovirus infections such as dengue, and include fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, and headache. These symptoms are usually mild and last for 2-7 days.

sika1What is devastating and heartbreaking about the Zika virus is that it has also been associated with a rise of microcephaly birth defect cases. The birth defect is characterized by a malformed or smaller head and brain and can result in serious developmental delays.

Brazilian authorities, with help from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are investigating the possible link between Zika and microcephaly. Although health experts have not established a concrete connection, the CDC has confirmed that the Zika virus was found in two newborns who had microcephaly and later died, as well as in the placentas of two women who miscarried children with microcephaly.

The WHO-affiliated Pan American Health Organization has issued the following instructions to prevent the Zika virus spread:

• Mosquito populations should be reduced and controlled by eliminating breeding sites. Containers that can hold even small amounts of water where mosquitoes can breed, such as buckets, flowerpots or tires, should be emptied, cleaned or covered to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in them. This will also help to control dengue and chikungunya, which are also transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. Other measures include using larvicide to treat standing water.

• All people living in or visiting areas with Aedes mosquitoes should protect themselves from mosquito bites by using insect repellent; wearing clothes (preferably light-colored) that cover as much of the body as possible; using physical barriers such as screens, closed doors and windows; and sleeping under mosquito nets, especially during the day when Aedes mosquitoes are most active.

• Pregnant women should be especially careful to avoid mosquito bites. Although Zika typically causes only mild symptoms, outbreaks in Brazil have coincided with a marked increase in microcephaly — or unusually small head size — in newborns. Women planning to travel to areas where Zika is circulating should consult a health-care provider before traveling and upon return. Women who think they have been exposed to Zika virus should consult with their health-care provider for close monitoring of their pregnancy. Any decision to defer pregnancy is an individual one between a woman, her partner and her health-care provider.

Enrile’s bombshell in Mamasapano reinvestigation a dud

 

Senator Juan Ponce Enrile

Senator Juan Ponce Enrile

On January 11, 2016 I wrote and asked whether or not the reinvestigation of the Mamasapano carnage, as strongly suggested by Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, was boon or bane for the country (https://quierosaber.wordpress.com/2016/01/11/reopening-of-the-mamasapano-massacre-inquiry-a-boon-or-bane/).

Now it can be told that it was nothing but a mad dog attack at President Benigno Aquino (PNoy) personally, from which Enrile tried to gain credibility and self-satisfaction hoping that it would change the perception of people about his corrupt ways and/or marred reputation over his involvement in the scandalous PDAF (pork barrel) scam.

Enrile cited new evidences that he was able to dig up which he promised would exposed PNoy’s culpability behind the ill-fated police operation that claimed the lives of more than 60 people, including 44 SAF commandos.

Apparently Enrile’s bombshell was a dud and what came out as a success instead was his outrageous grandstanding that only showed his blatant spitefulness and hatred at PNoy.

Since Enrile’s expose was a bummer, which expressed nothing new that can even be called significant, Senator Grace Poe, chairman of the Senate committee on public order, who acceded to Enrile’s request to have the deadly Mamasapano incident reopened for investigation, decided and deemed it right that the report submitted by her committee stays as is.

“We tried and gave Senator Juan Ponce Enrile a chance to be enlightened as to what happened on January 25, 2015. I think we gave him enough time to ask questions. I was also able to ask but I think nothing will change in the committee report at this point”, Poe said.

Suffice to say that the reopening of the Mamasapano massacre inquiry was bane for the country, but more so for the family of the victims who had to suffer once more the pain, the anguish and the continued uncertainty of the future because of Enrile’s folly.

The buck stops at PNoy’s table.

Everybody knew it from the investigations conducted and various reports submitted.

That is all there is to it.

Humor despues de mucho barullo politico (Humor after much political brouhaha)

Compartiendo con ustedes lo que debemos tener como un respiro del mucho ruido sobre la locura política – especialmente en Filipinas.  (Sharing with you what we should have as a respite from too much noise over crazy politics – especially in the Philippines.)