Sunday, February 27, 2011

Troubling Developments in the Middle East

The massive political protests gripping Libya,Bahrain and Yemen, no doubt alarm long serving rulers.Emboldened by successful protest actions in the neighboring Tunisia,angry citizens apparently fed-up by corruption, economic difficulties and inefficiencies by their long serving leaders, now demand radical political reforms and greater freedom sparing not even their monarchy. These should serve as a lesson to dictators and ruling monarchies. 
My salute and smypathy to the people in the middle east nations who have awakened at last. These brave people will not be cowed anymore. And unless wide ranging political reforms are instituted, government headed by dictators and monarchies will face crippling protest actions. and unrests.
No doubt the rest of the  world wants the  middle east to normalize as soon as possible. Oil dependent and labor exporting nations like the Philippines would be hit hard economically should the current upheavals in these nations are not resolved soonest.

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Last Salute to General Angelo Reyes

I am not a fan of General Angelo Reyes but I find his supreme sacrifice of taking his own life admirable. Some may say he is not man enough to face the consequences of his alleged involvement in the corruption of the Philippine Armed forces. But surely it takes great courage to take one's life.

Would we rather have generals or politicians who "bravely" face the same situation but actually cowering behind the phalanx of lawyers and legal maneuvers? In the past and currently, we have had high profile trials and senate and congress hearings of alleged corrupt politicians. These personalities were too severely humiliated and in the perception of the many Filipinos guilty as hell. Some were even incarcerated.Yet did we hear any one of them committing suicide? On the contrary,some even made political comebacks.

No matter What hislevel of involment is or if he is at all involved in the alleged corruption in the Armed Forces, what General Reyes did certainly put him a rung higher in the eyes of ordinary Filipinos. Here is a military man who clearly values honor and who is willing to die for it.