Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sunday Thoughts: Hypocrisy and Servant Leadership Do Not Go Together

I listened to an hour-long talk last night in our parish about Servant Leadership. It is a popular topic that stems from this passage in the Bible...

To me, the core message of the talk was... "HUMILITY is the key to effective servant leadership". The speaker spent no less than 10 minutes emphasizing that point.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Stupidity 101 - Comparing Mamasapano with Marawi

Dear Silent No More PH, ito po ay sagot sa comparison nyo betwen Mamasapano and Marawi. Kinumpleto ko lang po ang information...

With this more complete comparison, I hope it's now very clear how STUPID it is to just even think of comparing the two.

Friday, October 27, 2017

If Ninoy Were Alive Today

To the yellows, if this is any consolation, while clearly I've totally lost respect for P'Noy as a leader, I have not totally lost my respect for his father Ninoy Aquino.

After all, there are things he said that's really worth quoting. One of them is... drum roll.... this one:

"The great 'legitimizer' of government is the ballot not the bullet"

If Ninoy Aquino were alive today, I wonder what his message will be to the Liberal Party.

Then I wonder what his message will be to PDU30 who's the only leader we have today who, not by words but by actions, says the same thing as Ninoy said about Filipinos... that we're worth dying for.

Lastly I wonder what his words will be about the COMELEC, the Constitutionally mandated body to take care of the ballot, and about former COMELEC Chair Andy Bautista.

Friday, October 20, 2017

The Federal-Parliamentary System will KILL Feudalism, not feed it

Sa ngayon, ang ultimate na "Feudal Lord" ay ang mga naghahari-harian sa Manila at ang tingin sa mga taga-probinsya ay mga tanga.

Source: Rappler

When I was in government (specifically from an ad hoc office based in Malacanang), I was sent to speak in behalf of my boss in a training program for local leaders in Mindanao.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Of 2-Day Strikes and Strike Outs

PISTON had their say, their spokesman claimed to represent the interests of drivers, operators AND ... believe it or not ... commuters.

Now, what do we - the commuters - have to say?

Here's my piece of mind...

Take your cue from the Bishops in Mindanao

CBCP has not made any condemnation about the deaths of terrorists in Marawi. What they've issued though is a denial that they condemned the campaign, which is fair. I call on everyone to stop spreading fake news about this.

But neither did the CBCP officially laud the government for the success of the campaign against the Maute group (well, not until the fake news became viral, that is). So, I can't blame people for noticing this. I too find this unfortunate.

Anyhow, far in contrast with the silence we see in CBCP, at least two bishops in Mindanao rejoiced...

"Bishop Edwin dela Peña is hoping that the death of the terrorist leaders will finally bring an end to the hostilities in the city that erupted since last May." (

"Archbishop Martin Jumoad of Ozamiz said the death of the key terror is 'victory for peace and order in our society'."
These bishops are directly affected by the war in Marawi. If you must listen to any Bishop about this, listen to them.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Random Thoughts Under the Flag

My weekend's been busy and I'm buried deep under piles of work... so allow me to just share random thoughts about everything under the flag today.

🇵🇭  Salutes to the all the soldiers who fought in Marawi in the last 6 months. Every soldier's dream is to have the honor among his or her peers of going courageously deep into battle... and then coming out of it alive to tell the tale. You have that distinction... and more: the country's proud of you.

Army PFC Reymart Carloto receives a posthumous hero's welcome

🇵🇭   To those who died among the government forces and the civilian victims, may you rest in peace and may your families move on. You are heroes, and we are grateful for and humbled by your sacrifice. I don't know what else to say.