In a stroke of genius marine navigation, the USS Guardian, an Avenger class Minesweeper,
took it’s class seriously and rammed into the Southern portion of what used to be part of one of the world’s most beautiful reefs and a World Heritage Site. Of course, there was a short blurb about it on the news, and now a news blackout on the incident. Problem is, the USS Guardian is still stuck, and continues to destroy more coral each day it remain there. So far, it still remains a mystery how this Minesweeper could detect, despite all it’s hi-tech equipment, the depth of the water it is sailing over. Philippine Park Rangers on speedboats attempted to warn the boat, but was instead met by the sounding by the USS Guardian’s crew of General Quarters, putting the ship on red alert as it continued on to park itself on the defenseless reef. Luckily, the coral, did not attack the boat (USS Guardian/Banca). Instead, the US government is trying to resolve the matter of damage to the reef by their SOP, i.e. throwing money at the Philippine government. It is amazing to see how the Yanquis are already giving the PH government  a figure to to cover the yet unknown damage, ironic considering the final assessment of damage has yet to be determined by marine biologists from the PH government and the World Heritage Site. It is amazing to see how strong the ESP of the US government is, as they already seem to know the value of the damage they continue to wreak on the reef goes on. Also, a representative from the World Heritage Site was reportedly barred from making his own damage assessment.  I guess they can tell that to the Marine(s) Reserve. Well, they better get off their butts and start dismantling their ship, before it destroys the entire reef. As usual, the reef may be held responsible for the incident, as it failed to move as quickly as the USS Guardian ordered it to in order to give them safe passage and the fact that it existed. The only damage to the US Navy is to the ego of the ship’s captain, whose next assignment will probably be to row the USS Enterprise (wishful thinking on our part. We know he will be promoted and awarded a medal for valor in the face of an attack from a World Heritage Site).  ArayManila  posted a photo taken from above the boat that kills thousands of years-old reefs. Also, we recommend a refresher course to all US Navy boat captains on navigating around reefs, considering that there is a 30 kilometer wide gap of deep water between the North reef and the South reef in Tubbataha, an option the USS Banca could have taken in order to avert this disaster. But that would have been too easy.

See the clearing operations being undertaken by this boat to clear a path in the coral? Damage grows larger by the day.

See the clearing operations being undertaken by this boat to clear a path in the coral? Damage grows larger by the day.

In what they call a show of force, China used it’s Air Force to buzz fishing boats off Scarbourough Shoal, or Panatag Shoal in Filipino. It was a dazzling display of air superiority, considering they were up against fishermen with nets.  In what they now claim to have owned that preciously, but have no United Nations
backing for it, oh, I forgot, they are also supporting the Syrian dictator as well as the North Koreans, so they aren’t looked at too keenly at the UN. They have fielded ten fishing boats with one naval craft for “security”. although the Philippines have pulled out of the area.  Point: If this is  or was indeed theirs, why wait till now to bully the Philippines into leaving the area?  Here is a report by New America Media:

MANILA, Phils. – China has asked all Philippine vessels to leave “Panatag” [International name: Scarborough] Shoal immediately and sent a second aircraft buzzing over the area to scare away Filipino fishermen, officials said Tuesday.
On Monday night, the Chinese Embassy in Manila insisted that Panatag, which it calls Huangyan Island and which is internationally known as Scarborough Shoal, belongs to Beijing.
“As of now we still have a standoff because we are told to leave but we won’t leave, and we tell them to leave but they don’t want to leave,” Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said. He admitted the presence of the Chinese ships was affecting activities of Filipino fishermen.
Gazmin said the Philippines will not give ground. “We will fight for what is ours. We are in the area and we will not leave while we continue the talks between our Department of Foreign Affairs and Chinese authorities,” he said.
“It is China that first discovered this island, gave it the name, incorporated it into its territory, and exercised jurisdiction over it,” the embassy said.
“The Philippine territory is set by a series of international treaties, including the Treaty of Paris (1898), the Treaty of Washington (1900) and the treaty with Great Britain (1930), none of which ever referred to Huangyan Island or included this island into its territory.”
Raul Hernandez, Department of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, insisted that Panatag Shoal is part of the coastal town of Masinloc in Zambales. He also told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that the DFA would “continue to reach a diplomatic solution to the problem.”
Gazmin told reporters on Tuesday that an aircraft flew low over a Filipino fishing vessel in Panatag on Monday afternoon.
“We could not identify the aircraft but we are certain that it was a Chinese aircraft that went buzzing,” he said. “They were told to leave the area.” Buzzing in military terms means flying less than 500 feet over a target.
It was the second such incident since April 10 when the Philippine Navy flagship BRP Gregorio del Pilar was dispatched to the area to investigate illegal poaching by eight Chinese fishing boats but was stopped by two Chinese maritime vessels.
Diplomatic Protest
The Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest over the Chinese buzzing of a Philippine-commissioned vessel, the MY Sarangani, while it was conducting an archeological survey in Panatag on Saturday.
Gazmin said a Chinese fishing vessel had arrived in the shoal to join two Chinese maritime surveillance ships, which sailed into the area after the eight Chinese fishing boats departed at the weekend with their cargo of poached marine life.
The Philippine Coast Guard has a search and rescue vessel in the area, where the Sarangani and a fishing boat remained.
“Until now, tension remains high at Scarborough Shoal,” Gazmin said.
The Chinese Embassy said that since 1997, the Philippines had never disputed China’s jurisdiction and development of Huangyan Island, which the DFA said is located 120 nautical miles (220 kilometers) west of Zambales, well within the country’s 200 nautical mile (370 km) exclusive economic zone.
“On the other hand, the Philippines indicated on a number of occasions that Huangyan Island was beyond its territory,” the embassy said.
“According to international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos), the Philippines’ claim of jurisdiction and sovereignty rights over Huangyan Island with the arguments of Exclusive Economic Zone is groundless. Unclos allows coastal states to claim a 200-nautical mile EEZ, but coastal states have no right to infringe on the inherent territory and sovereignty of other countries.” it said.
“The Philippines asserts that Huangyan Island is closer to its territory, but in fact ‘geographical proximity’ has long been dismissed by international law and practice as the principle of the solution of territory ownership,” the embassy said.
Diplomatic Solution
However, it said that China was “ready to engage in further discussions with the Philippine side and try our best to settle the incident properly.” The embassy said that the fishing boats left on April 13 “to help defuse the situation,” but that the Philippines had not withdrawn, noting that as of April 12, “there were still boats remaining at that area.”
“In accordance with relevant international conventions and Chinese laws, it is illegal to conduct salvage activities without the permission of the Chinese government. We urge the archeological vessel (to) leave the area immediately,” it said.
“Chinese public service vessels are conducting legitimate patrols for law enforcement in the Huangyan Island area. The incident resulted from the infringement by the Philippine Navy flagship (BRP) Gregorio del Pilar and Philippine Coast Guard vessels [which] still remain there.”
“In this context, the Chinese public service vessels have to stay there to watch the situation,” the embassy said. It urged “the Philippine side to withdraw all of their vessels from [the] Huangyan Island area and restore peace and stability there.”
The Coast Guard search and rescue vessel, BRP Edsa, on April 16 replaced the BRP Pampanga, which took over from Gregorio del Pilar last April 12.
After Gregorio del Pilar left, the eight Chinese fishing vessels fled with their illegal catch of endangered marine resources like giant clams, live sharks and corals, Gazmin said.
“Actually we did not let them go. They got away in the darkness and because of the inability of our forces to monitor them. They were able to get past our guards,” he said. “I guess that was an action to ease the tension somehow, when they were able to leave.”
No US Aid Sought
Gazmin said negotiations and the filing of a diplomatic protest were the only way to resolve the territorial conflict peacefully.
“That is the most peaceful means so we can resolve the problem. Any action other than that will not be peaceful, and we do not want to go into that,” the retired Army commanding general said.
He said through a diplomatic protest, “(we) let the whole world know that even if we are (a) small nation, we are fighting for our right.”
Gazmin denied that the Philippines had sought assistance from the United States. “We should not be relying on anyone. We should stand on our own and right now we are on the process of trying to diplomatically settle the issue,” he said.
“If they will help, they should do so voluntarily. We do not need to ask for help from them because this area is ours. It is very, very clear that this is ours. And in any law, we will prevail,” Gazmin said.
Repeating the DFA line, Gazmin said the resolution lies in bringing the issue before an international tribunal “but they (China) do not want to do that.”
“I am very optimistic that we will reach a peaceful conclusion. I’m sure China will not go to war because of this. We cannot afford a war at this time,” Gazmin added.
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If there is anything that I find irritating, it is when ignorant people pretending to know everything to show their customers that they are smart when they are not. I speak of the History Channel’s Show “Pawn Stars”. Just saw an episode at 630-700AM Sunday, 18 March Manila time. The owner of the store was buying a used 1900′s soldiers coat, and when the seller said that it was used by his grandfather in the Philippine American War, he jumped right in and said there was no such thing as a Philippine American War, just an American-Spanish War that lasted only 10 weeks. Well, our war with the Americans lasted from 1899-1902, hence showing the Americans that just because they are all white people, other races do not count. . We all know, at least on this side of the Pacific, that there indeed was a Fil-Am war. We know where it started and how long it lasted. The bald guy got a reaction from their expert on War Memorabilia who this time mentioned the Fil-Am “Insurrection”. During the same show he also claimed that Isaac Newton discovered gunpowder. Dang, this show used to be fun. But sorry,no banana. China discovered gunpowder. Well I guess if you are trying to get the get precious items from people and shake them down for the best price the store can get, which gives them more profits. SO I guess History as we know it is slightly twisted to the advantage to the store owners, who tries to portray himself like a waling encyclopedia. Well, he , as the show shows, shows that the store is making lot of money off their fellow American. The thing with the store is that they do not show us how much the store resells the items they wrangled from their poor customers bringing them amazing pieces of history by hovering about them like sharks and slightly “twist history in order to make the seller think his item is of no good but buying it nonetheless, for as low as tiny percentage of the items true value. Sure, I agree that history gets to be written by the winners, but in these modern days of the Internet and everyone being able to speak their minds, I find it shameful that a Channel that has the guts to call itself the “History Channel” is unaware of the truth. Or chooses to side with the Yanquis and conceal the truth. Here are a few links that may help to enlighten them:
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Philippine–American War – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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The Philippine–American War, also known as the Philippine War of Independence or the Philippine Insurrection (1899–1902), was an armed conflict between the United …
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Philippine-American War – New World Encyclopedia
The Philippine-American War was an armed military conflict between the United States of America and the nascent First Philippine Republic, fought between 1899 until …
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The History Guy: Philippine American War
A brief description of the war between the United States and the Philippines which began in 1899. Designed as a resource for students, researchers and history buffs.
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Philippine-american War – Image Results
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The Philippine-American War: Introduction
The Philippine-American War. On February 4, 1899, an American soldier, Private William …
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Philippine-American War, 1899-1902 | by Arnaldo Dumindin
Pictorial history of the Philippine-American War … CASUALTIES, February 4, 1899 – July 4, 1902: Filipinos : 20,000 soldiers killed in action; 200,000 civilians died
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Philippine-American War: Information from Answers.com
Philippine-American War (1899 – 1902) War between the U.S. and Filipino revolutionaries, which may be seen as a continuation of the Philippine Revolution
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Philippine-American War – Wikiquote
God tells McKinley to keep the Philippines. Hold a moment longer! Not quite yet, gentlemen! Before you go I would like to say just a word about the Philippine business.
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Philippine-American War – Definition | WordIQ.com
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Philippine-American War (Filipino history) — Britannica …
Philippine-American War (Filipino history), a war between the United States and Filipino revolutionaries from 1899 to 1902; the insurrection may be seen as a …
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Now of this stuff from www.Britannica.com, Answers.com, A casualty rate where 20,000 soldiers killed in action; 200,000 civilians died is referred to as a simple insurrection, I think it is about time the Americans start waking up to the truth, and not what their “history” books say. These guys should learn
and fast, as from being a country that allowed itself to be fooled by someone called GW Bush into losing 500 billion dollars in their wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Wall Street now becoming a side street, their status as the world’s strongest nation is coming to an end. My two cents on mentally dishonest and ignorant people making statements that are heard in dozens of countries but the truth not being corrected as it should be, and the truth being told.

en.wikipedia.org

The Philippine–American War, also known as the Philippine War of Independence or the Philippine Insurrection (1899–1902),[12] was an armed conflict between the United States and Filipino revolutionaries. The conflict arose from the struggle of the First Philippine Republic to gain independence follo…

Open Letter to Sister Flory Basa

An Open Letter to Sister Flory Basa

March 10, 2012

Dear Sister Flory,
I almost gave up on the impeachment process. I thought it was going nowhere. The defense team was succeeding in their suppression of evidences. The prosecution was fumbling all over the place. Some Senator-Judges were openly showing their dogged resolve to literally look the other way as the impeached pretender to the position of Chief Justice trampled on the very basic tenets of integrity and honesty. Like you, I had left it to the Good Lord to do justice in His own time.

But then your family, most especially you, came along. God indeed works in mysterious ways! The lawyers of Mr Corona and their misguided followers have done and will continue to do everything to discredit you, short of calling you a lying senile and disgruntled relative who wants more money. I saw your interview on TV, and you have that serenity about you. It is a peace of mind and soul that only true forgiveness can bring about. But you also have that resoluteness in your voice – firm, truthful and honest. You said charity made you forgive the Coronas, but truth and justice compels you to speak up and let the people confront the truth about Mr Renato Corona.

God has not only been good to you, He has shown even more compassion to us the Filipino people. While a lot of people your age would have been beset with illnesses of both body and mind, you have been blest with good health and a mind still so sharp and lucid. It is not so for no reason, I am sure. When the battle seemed lost, you came forth like a shining star to remind us not to lose hope. God allowed you to outlive your siblings so that the truth may be proclaimed in all its brutal glory, and not in the convoluted version being peddled to us by those who seek to block our nation’s search for justice.

Thank you for your courage in proclaiming the truth. Mr Corona might have succeeded in having his character flaws overlooked by the Judicial and Bar Council when he was planted by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the Supreme Court. He might have pushed his luck too far when he got his minions in the SC to legitimize his midnight appointment. I do not think he will be able to shut out the flames of truth that you now so resolutely hold in your hands. While they have everything to lose and will do anything and everything to cover up their lies, you only have your faith in God and his abiding fidelity to his promise that His justice will be supreme over all human frailties.

If it is not too much to ask, we will be forever grateful if you will do us a great favour – please take the witness stand. Please tell this nation how this man who claims the exalted position of Chief Justice as his unalienable right has done injustice to his own kin for more than 30 years. Please tell our Senators, who have been vested by our sovereign will with power in order to protect our nation’s interest, how the same power when wielded by someone who do not have the probity, integrity and moral uprightness not to be drowned by it can abuse the same to inflict harm on the very people he is supposed to serve and protect. You, who are old and weak, you whose only weapon is the truth, can teach our power-tripping Senators a most valuable lesson in humility and fairness.

I know it might be too much to ask from a frail, 90 year old servant of the Lord. But the stakes are too high – our future and those of the generations to come. If we allow this travesty to pass, we would have sold our souls to the devil. What are we teaching to our children? That as long as you can justify it in the rules of court, it is okay to be to be dishonest? That it is okay to do wrong as long as you can win it in court? That it is okay to do away with morals and the sense of what is right and what is wrong as long as there are good lawyers that you can pay to twist the facts and suppress the truth? Is this what we want for our country? Please say it isn’t so Sister Flory. For your family’s and for our country’s sake, please say it isn’t so.

And before I end this rather long letter, I would like to assure you that in case you do decide to take the witness stand and if Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago dare try to scare you off with her histrionics and self-serving plaudits to her perceived superior intelligence, and God forbids that something bad happens to you, I will march on the street even if I should do it by my lonesome self, and demand that God open up the ocean and swallow the entire Senate and everyone else who have dragged this country into the dark abyss.God is with you. We are with you. All right thinking Filipinos should be with you. Let us not stay in the dark. You have the light. Lead us to our redemption as a nation. God Bless you Sister Flory.



Sincerely,

Den

http://muntingtinigngpateros.blogspot.com/2012/03/open-letter-to-sister-flory-basa.html

How the Supreme Vourt can provide the besieged Chief of the Gloria Arroyo Supreme Court has managed to throw all the roadblocks that they can
on the Filipino people’s quest for the truth behind why the Supreme Court Chief isd so bloody rich, or so the presented evidence shows. They have managed ny scaring/bribing witnesses to put aside even the Philippine Senate Impeachment Court. The only reason this is being done is so that the more stonewalling that is done, the more protection Gloria Macapagal Arroyo can stay safely tucked in a comfortable suite in a Presidential suite in a government hospital, of all places. That, and the fact that GMA’s “midnight” appointee, read: illegally,
done in order to prtect her in cases such as this. She will stonewall for as long as she can to stay out of jail. She, is the person who can possibly pay 100 million pesos to certain influential people involved in a case that has her future at bay. So we can count on her sending her liaisons to rouse the military to rise up against this civilian government to reinstall her, buy as many judges as she can, hire the most expensive lawyers in town, and try to use all the favors owed her to build up support for her forthcoming trial.

And a hearty unwelcome mat is placed on the doorstep to the Philippine bases, which our former rulers, the Americans, wish to revive in their bid to once again expand their power base in Asia. This after losing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now they wish to set up house again. So the rape cases will once again rise, our women again be prostituted, and all for a couple of hundred million. NOW, if the Amercians throw many at us in the same manner that they do with Israel, where for the right to use Israeli Highways as landing tarmacs for the amount of one billion dollars a year.
And that, only for the right to land in the Israeli Highways. Now if our people knew how to negotiate, and charge the Americans the proper fees (and I have ideas in how much should be charged for what) for what it is they want. Also, unlike any other country, where if an American soldier breaks the Philippine law, why is it that he cannot be jailed in a Philippine jail? Are we still under the John Wayne syndrome, where we bow to the rednecks and kiss the ground they walk on, or are we ready to treat those who break our laws in the same manner as other criminals? There will be many who will object to the white man coming to rule again. Shall we or won’t we? Let us know, please, before selling the people out. *How much is Cuevas charging this besieged Corona? and why does Corona, if he is innocent, need such a high-powered legal panel, who have the gumption to accuse the entire Senate Judges of accepting 100 Million pesos, A real low blow, and one done in
their fristration as their case is slowly going down the drain. How this Atty Roy can put his face in front of the very sane senate he vilified and merely shrug off their reactions to his claims that they are all corrupt has all the colors of a Gloria Arroyo move. Yet, they fail to prove their case, but merely state hearsay. Oh my poor Philippines.

NAIA Terminal 1, deemed the “Worst Airport in the World”
On Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 0 Comments | By Nathan Buenaventura
MANILA, Philippines – Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 is declared as the “worst airport in the world” today.
According to a travel website, a poll was purportedly performed on security, facility and service offered by all airports around the world. On that poll, NAIA terminal 1 of the Philippines appeared to be the worst among other airports worldwide.
Reportedly, a tourist had once said he lost his cellphone during a security check at the airport but when he reported the incident to the authorities, he was just neglected.
Among other poor factors emphasized by the aforesaid website poll about the NAIA terminal 1 are the restrooms without water, without any tissue or toilet papers and worst, the bad smell.
NAIA though admitted that until now the terminal’s water supply is still deficient as their pipes are already deteriorating but then again, the management has guaranteed that Maynilad is already fixing that matter.
According to the NAIA Terminal 1 manager Danta Bosanta, these are only isolated incidents.

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Secret U.S. Memo Made Legal Case to Kill a Citizen

The Obama administration’s secret legal memorandum that opened the door to the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born radical Muslim cleric hiding in Yemen, found that it would be lawful only if it were not feasible to take him alive, according to people who have read the document.

The memo, written last year, followed months of extensive deliberations and offers a glimpse into the legal debate that led to one of the most significant decisions made by President Obama — to move ahead with the killing of an American citizen without a trial.

The memo provided the justification for acting despite an executive order banning assassinations, a federal law against murder, protections in the Bill of Rights and various strictures of the international laws of war, according to people familiar with the analysis. The memo, however, was narrowly drawn to the specifics of Mr. Awlaki’s case and did not establish a broad new legal doctrine.

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The Obama administration’s secret legal memorandum that opened the door to the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born radical Muslim cleric hiding in Yemen, found that it would be lawful only if it were not feasible to take him alive, according to people who have read the document.

The memo, written last year, followed months of extensive deliberations and offers a glimpse into the legal debate that led to one of the most significant decisions made by President Obama — to move ahead with the killing of an American citizen without a trial.

The memo provided the justification for acting despite an executive order banning assassinations, a federal law against murder, protections in the Bill of Rights and various strictures of the international laws of war, according to people familiar with the analysis. The memo, however, was narrowly drawn to the specifics of Mr. Awlaki’s case and did not establish a broad new legal doctrine.

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