Monday, June 26, 2017

AGAIN AND AGAIN: NO TO DEATH PENALTY!


“Indeed, nowadays the death penalty is unacceptable, however grave the crime of the convicted person is.  It is an offence to the inviolability of life and to the dignity of the human person... Nor is it consonant with any just purpose of punishment.  It does not really render justice to victims, but instead fosters vengeance.  The Commandment “Thou shall not kill.”  Has absolute value and applies both to the innocent and to the guilty.”  (Pope Francis, 21 June 2016, Oslo, 6th World Congress against Death Penalty).

First and foremost, it is not only right but also proper to take good note of the following key observations – specifically about the above-cited Fifth Commandment:  First, it has been expressly said and formally given precisely by the Author of Life itself some thousands of years ago and it remains exactly the same to these times – and those yet to come.  Second, it is short in its wording, simple in its meaning and straightforward in its understanding.  Third, it is absolute in content and spirit – no “If”, no “But” nor any conditionally at all of any kind thereto appended.

Those who dare say that the Penalty of Death is right and proper, the just and ethical response to any man or woman found guilty of any given heinous crime – be those who dare say so are kings or presidents, politicians or the so-called “Crime Watchers” of one kind or another – are not simply playing petty goods but are in effect convinced that they are better, wiser, and even mightier than God whose Sixth Commandment is absolute, viz., meant for all peoples, in all circumstances, at all times.  So it is that such pro-death and thus deadly individuals constitute a truly big liability for civilization in honest pursuit of truth, justice and peace.

Delusional individuals – specially those in command of secular power or in tenure of popular civil persuasion for one reason or another – infallibly think and consider themselves as some kind of special persons, distinct individuals.  They are convinced they know better and are thus even brighter and mightier than everybody else – God well-included.  To say that they are  a danger to their own selves, to their perceived enemies for one reason or another and to the people in general is an understatement.  There are even those who say that such individuals  do not really belong to civilized society.

The truth of the matter is that even killing oneself – suicide – in one form or another such as by hanging or shooting oneself, jumping from the rooftop or the like, is taboo as well.  Reason:  The person concerned did not give life to himself/herself.  The truth is that even the so-called “Mercy Killing” is still killing someone and thus remains well-covered by the Fifth Commandment.

Let it be herein expressly said and well noted that there is a whale of a difference between self-defense of one’s own life made possible only by killing someone precisely desirous of killing the former.  Such is precisely saving one’s own life made possible only by precisely doing away with the life of  his/her would-be killer.


By the way, if ever the Law on Death Penalty were passed, those responsible for its approval should be the ones who one after another should personally kill the convicts one by one.  This is fair.

Friday, June 23, 2017

THE GAMBLING INDUSTRY IN THE PHILIPPINES

Who says that  the Country is backward-looking, not modern enough and in step with the signs of the times?  Who dares even think that the Filipinos are poor and miserable precisely during these blooming times of money, of so much money coming in from foreigners and locals alike hooked and submerged in the big national gambling industry?  And who then would even think and say that Macau is the central gambling place in Asia and that the reality and spirit of Las Vegas of USA is not in the Philippines?  Behold the gambling institutions all over the land.


Casino Filipino Angeles
Casino Filipino Binondo
Casino Filipino Citystate
Casino Filipino Davao
Casino Filipino Hotel Bacolod
Casino Filipino L’Fisher Hotel
Casino Filipino Mimosa
Casino Filipino Olongapo
Casino Filipino Sta. Cruz, Manila
Casino Filipino Sta. Rosa
Casino Filipino Tagaytay
Casino Filipino VIP Club Sofitel
City of Dreams Manila
Club Tropicana Las PiƱas
Fiesta Resort Casino Binangonan
Fiesta Resort Casino Poro Point
Fontana Leisure Park and Casino
Fort Ilocandia Resort and Casino
Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila
Manila Bay Resorts
Manila Grand Opera Casino
Midas Hotel and Casino
Networld Hotel Spa and Casino
PAGCOR Club Cotabato
PAGCOR Club Tropicana Sta. Mesa
PAGCOR Malabon
PAGCOR VIP Club Universal
Pan Pacifico Casino
Resorts World Manila
Slot Machine Arcade Bacolod
Solaire Resort and Casino
Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino
Winford Hotel and Casino

The small shots in the Filipino community are by no means left out of the gambling industry:  Alpor.  Beto-Beto.  Biyaya. Bookies.  Cara y Cruz. Dice.  Ending.  First Ball.  Fruit Game.  Hataw.  Jueteng.  Loteng.  Last Two.  Lucky 9.  Majong.  Masiao.  Monte.  Partida.  Pares-Pares.  Polmol.  Pula o Puti.  Pusoy Dos.  Sakla.  Tupada.  Tong-its.  Video Karera.  There are many more.




Wednesday, June 21, 2017

WHAT IS LEGAL IS NOT NECESSARILY MORAL


It is not merely a question of what is legal.  The right question is what is ethically upright and morally sound.  That this and that gambling enterprises are “legal” – this is granted.  The same is in fact said of all the other downright Casinos.  That Casinos are “Ethically upright and morally sound” – this would be difficult to prove and futile to defend before decent people with sound moral values, upright ethical judgment.  If an old saying were still true, the answer to such ridiculous claims would simply be:  “Tell it to the marines!” - considering that the marines then seldom had their feet on the ground and the putrid realities thereon.

So it is that even simple people in the streets in their right senses say that Casinos deprive people of their hard-earned money, destroy family fortunes together with the families that own them, corrupt gamblers leading them to be dishonest employers or employees.  But one of the most deleterious potentials of untrammelled gambling is the “creation”  of pathological gamblers.  And no less than the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders states that said consummate gamblers have five (5) at least of the ten (10) following maladaptive behavioral manifestations:

(1) Are pre-occupied with gambling, e.g., preoccupied with re-living past gambling experiences, continuously planning the next gambling venture, or thinking of ways  how to get money to gamble with;

(2)  Need to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired progressively more excitement;

(3)  Have repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or to stop gambling;

(4)  Are restless or irritable when attempting to cut down on or to stop gambling;

(5) Gamble as a way of escaping from problems or of relieving a dysphoric mood just as in the feeling of helplessness, guilt, anxiety, depression;

(6)  After losing money in gambling, often return another day to get even – something like chasing one’s losses;

(7)  Lies to family members and friends, to therapists or others to conceal the extent  of their involvement with gambling;

(8) Commit illegal acts such as forgery, fraud, theft, or embezzlement to finance their vice of gambling;

(9)  Have jeopardized or lost significant relationships, these or those jobs, career opportunities included;

(10)  Rely on others to provide money to relieve desperate financial situations caused by gambling.  (Cf.  DSM-IV tm, 312.31, p. 618)

Who dares to say that gambling is OK?


Monday, June 19, 2017

P A G C O R


The title “Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation” – and so with all downright  Casinos with innocent names or titles – is in reality but an euphemism for downright institutional gambling unlimited – not simply innocent “Gaming” as  games are commonly and rightfully understood.  There is no such thing as “Amusement” for people who gamble their money away, who take risks with their family fortune, who expose themselves  to living in deceit and/or corruption to finance their  gambling fixation – in a good number of cases, even making themselves downright gambling addicts.  Finally, the title “Philippine” actually stands for the national government  itself that is wherefore the entity precisely protecting  and promoting the gambling industry and culture in the Country through a legal corporate creation called PAGCOR.  Open, public, official and institutional gambling – this is PAGCOR.  This is an eminent government-owned and controlled corporation.  This is how far the Philippine government has gone to propagate and inculcate the vice of gambling in the Country.  This is how much the national leaderships in the recent past have gone forward in cultivating the vice of downright gambling in place of the virtues of industry and toil.

PAGCOR stands for practically anything but something innocent and wholesome, noble and virtuous.  In fact it can readily stand for avarice and greed, shame and disrepute.  In a futile attempt to validate and legitimize its operational existence, it spends a sizable amount of money for extensive public relations and continuous self-praise advertisements – calling the attention of even foreign gamblers.  It loudly and repeatedly extols its so-called social welfare ventures while remaining  absolutely silent  about the individuals and families it has been breaking for long, the moral values  and sound social traits  it is continuously destroying.  In particular, it is practically impossible to trace the big funds  it funnels to whom and what for – comfortably forgetting  the truth that “The end does not justify the means”.


Considering the significance and implications of the above factors, it is understandable  that PAGCOR is a dangerous  corporate entity to confront, to quarrel with.  Say what it is in reality, speak of its deleterious effects, point out the serious social liabilities it causes and it fiercely fights back using the virtually unlimited funds in its command and putting to action the big money-influence it has.  For what it could be worth, this I have to say:  When I started waging counter-Jueteng moves, what were thrown in  my way were money baits and depreciating gossips.  But when I began moving against PAGCOR, there appeared shadowy surveillance characters, plus threats through phone calls and text messages.  Far it be for me to say that all these have PAGCOR as their origin.  One however cannot but have his own personal and strong suspicion as I did.  PAGCOR and Jueteng are not twins but close siblings they are, and each has its own way of assuring not only its self-preservation but also its own self-promotion – for one and only fundamental reason: Money, money and more money – and all the power and pride, pleasure and vices it brings.  How true is the saying that “Money is the root of all evil,” – specially on the part of those who adore it. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

WORLD OF AGRICULTURE


The world of agriculture with the presence of competent agricultural management plus capable labor force – the two pillars of really productive agribusiness which in reality becomes a composite one through genuine agricultural Land Reform – merits special attention, given the significance and implications of the combined  social, cultural, and economic role that agriculture assumes in the economic systems of many countries – as well as its growing significance in safeguarding the natural environment – with special relevance to the Philippines which to this date is rightfully considered as basically an agricultural Country.  This standing reality become quite evident when one leaves metropolitan areas and goes to provincial territories where agricultural lands appear boundless in extent and coverage and copious in agricultural produces.

Certain observations come to order:

1.  It would not be hard to think and conclude how peoples would live and how countries could develop in the utter absence of agriculture – agricultural ventures and consequent agricultural products.  Agriculture is that necessary and consequential that technology progressively protects its fruitfulness – such as in terms of water resources and other basic  environmental factors such as preventing Climate Change.

2.  Needless to say, it is agriculture – when not only wholesome to nature but also beneficial to man – that usually provides humanity  from food to eat, clothing to wear up to shelters to live in.  It is from agricultural  benefits that peoples make their living and Countries have their economic progress.  So it is that taking the standard benefits of agriculture as a matter of course, is anything but realistic nor  beneficial for all  peoples.

3.  It is usually the trio of avarice, carelessness, and callousness in particular, that waste agricultural wealth, that makes agriculture not only unproductive but even a natural liability.  Farming is not only a necessary work but also a noble endeavour.  This is why farmers have a rightful dignity of their own.  The truth of the matter is that when agricultural lands are left unprotected and unproductive, elementary logic says that it is humanity that is the loser.

4.  The lesson that man  should have learned many centuries since is  that the saying that man from earth he comes and to earth he will eventually go back to.  This is downright reality, not merely poetry.  It is from the fruits of the earth that man lives, and to earth he eventually ends up.  Earth is truly precious not only because it foments lives but also provides  a place to rest – eventually to feed the earth so that this in turn continues producing food for the living.

5.  it is becoming more and more a reality lesson that man should care for the environment so that this would care for him in return through productive farmland.  Climate change slowly but surely contributes to the detriment of humanity whereas it precisely lessens the quality and quantity of farm products.  And human greed plus carelessness have much to answer for wasting nature.