Petty Aquinos

Last Friday, two out of twelve convicts in the Aquin0-Galman double-murder case were released after their sentences were commuted by Malacanang.

My heart has always bled for these men.  Having served as a prison volunteer in the past, I met the news with much happiness and relief.

Whether or not they killed Ninoy is now out of the question.  They have suffered long enough and they have always shown remarkably virtuous behavior under incarceration.  Their kids grew up without a father, their families struggled in pain.

Rolando de Guzman, 0ne of the freed convicts, was already bedridden after suffering from four strokes.  I was teary-eyed while watching videos of him being brought of jail on a stretcher.  Felizardo Taran, the other guy, was likewise sickly.

But Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, speaking on his family’s behalf, condemned the move “in the strongest possible terms”.  He accused President Gloria Arroyo of “petty vindictiveness” for the commutation.  Noynoy contends that it was meant “to increase the hurt” and as “a way to get back” at their family’s anti-administration stance.

It escapes me why Cory Aquino and her kids Continue reading “Petty Aquinos”

Legalize Marijuana

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So, Michael Phelps, that guy who won eight gold medals in the Beijing Olympics, the most in human history, was caught on photo in an apparent act of smoking pot.

The photo (which I am not posting here out respect for him) was met by mixed reactions of disappointment, dismay, and puzzlement.  For why would a legendary athlete, who has the world on his hands and history on his side, resort to Marijuana?

Michael did not disown the picture and in an admirable fashion atypical of real drug users (like the Philippines’ Alabang Boys), he says: Continue reading “Legalize Marijuana”