September 5, 2013
From all appearances, our friends in the media are making a celebrity out of Mrs. Janet Lim Napoles. It is not President Aquino or Secretary Mar Roxas who are lionizing Mrs. Napoles, the newscasters and anchors of radio, specially AM radio (I have stopped watching TV) are giving her more coverage than Paris Hilton and Kate Middleton ever enjoyed.
Must we know what Mrs. Napoles had for breakfast, what she wore to sleep, how many people have cared to visit? Is it earth-shaking that there are food-tasters and armed guards? The hourly recycling and rehashing of Napoles news might just lead her to stardom (ready Mr. Caparas?) after which she can run for mayor of Manila in 2016, or for president, notwithstanding Jejomar Binay and Jinggoy Estrada.
There are feeble attempts from the public to take the discourse to a higher level, to no avail. Media wants reality show. Senator Miriam D. Santiago is right, Mrs. Napoles should be compelled to give a testimony before those diurnal anxiety attacks kill her, or before she is killed by one of the anxious many. Spill all and end this porcine business of filthy hogs.
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Many people were outraged that the Intramuros Administration put a torii and bonsais, in the “Bamboo Garden” dedicated to Filipinos who were tortured and killed in Fort Santiago by the Japanese during WW II. Even if the bonsai exhibit was not a permanent one, they were indignant and rightly so.
Among those incensed was Encarnacion Laurel Loewen who wrote,” It is a sacrilege, it is beyond me how these things can happen, nakakaiyak.” Tessie Fajardo said, “Terrible, what a shame,” while Ramon Faustmann opined it was not at all proper. June Dalisay suggested, “Intramuros should identify another place, in fact, a more beautiful spot within the Fort and plant new bamboo trees in honor of Fili[ino heroes.”
For her part, Josefina Locsin said, “How terrible that among other things there are many among us who have no sense of history.” And Virgilio Reyes agreed, “The Japanese are so good at remembering and we at forgetting. They even put a statue to honor a samurai in front of the Paco Station. That was [Lord Takayama, a Christian convert who fled from religious persecution in the 18th century – GCA]. In no other country would they allow occupiers who committed such atrocities to put up memorials There is even one in Bataan. I believe this cries to heaven for justice.”
Fe P. Koons asked, “Why are there bonsais and torii when it is a bamboo garden?” Phyllis Zaballero lamented, “This is heart-breaking and shocking, who is in charge now?” Peggy Vera said she is also properly horrified, like Bambi Harper. Elizabeth de la Fuente exclaimed, “Oh, my Lord what is happening? People in the Intramuros Administration should be more accountable.” Abbey Cheng observed, “It is quite sad how people could be so ignorant of a place’s history and significance. Sadly this attitude is rampant nowadays.”
Ignoring history, we commit the same mistakes, over and over again, ad nauseam. (email@example.com)