What the F!?!? — Freedom, Flower, and some Falling stories

Freedom

BISHOP BRODERICK Pabillo from the National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice, and Peace Chair of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) challenged President Benigno Aquino III (PNoy) to push for the passage of the “Freedom of Information Bill” on Thursday, 22 September 2011.

He reiterated that rampant corruption involving the unliquidated cash advances made by the previous president may have been prevented by the bill. “All citizens should have such a right [to access public documents]. The fight against corruption is not just his fight. It’s also the citizens’ fight. But the citizens can’t do it without tools. A freedom of information law is their tool,” the bishop said on an Inquirer interview.

There are unverified leaks that Pabillo was asked if Church documents would also become available to the public should the bill be passed. The bishop allegedly responded, “It is clearly written in our constitution that the separation of the Church and State should be inviolable!” To which the reporters walked out. ‘Nuff said.

Flower

Mary “Rosebud” Ong, Antinarcotics civilian agent turned state witness against former Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Panfilo Lacson appeals for the government, thru Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, to reinstate her under the “Witness Protection Program” (WPP) as she fears from alleged threats against her life.

She has until 1 October 2011, after which she will be released from the custody of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) after its Intelligence Service division assessed that there exists no threats against her anymore.

There are unconfirmed reports that Rosebud and the president were seen together on a cosy restaurant in Makati. Reporters were not shocked after hearing the president crack another hint on his lovelife, “Kung dati sinabi kong Coke ang aking lovelife dahil Zero; ngayon eh para na siyang Palmolive shampoo [Before, I said my lovelife is like Coke because it’s Zero; now it’s like Palmolive Shampoo], it has 100% natural rose petal extracts!” Back-off, Iza Calzado!

Some Falling stories

The 6.5-ton satellite Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) travelled over the Indian Ocean and Africa before splashing onto a remote section of the Pacific Ocean, the American-based agency NASA officials confirmed on 25 September 2011. The satellite, which has been “uncontrolled” for 32 years, appeared to have crashed onto the wide ocean but the precise spot may never be pinpointed. Reports say that there is 1 out of 3,200 chances that a person can get hit by falling debris. “NASA is not aware of any reports of injury or property damage,” officials released in a statement. There is however a surfacing report through an anonymous informant that former First Gentleman Miguel “Mike” Arroyo would not be able to further attend Senate hearings regarding the Philippine National Police (PNP) helicopter scandal. According to the source, “He was fishing on a remote area of the Pacific until an accident occured.” Alam na!

Valenzuela City Councilor and ex-girlfriend of President Noynoy Aquino (PNoy), Shalani Soledad, is now engaged with Pasig City Representative Roman Romulo. Fallen in love Romulo, 44, said he and his fiancé, 31, are planning to tie down the knot early 2012. “Some may say it is too soon, but I think we’re both old enough to know what we want in life,” Romulo said, adding that he had found “the one,” in an interview with Inquirer. Soledad is PNoy’s girlfriend for a little over a year, breaking up after the hectic schedule of the President which made the relationship difficult to maintain. When sought for his reaction, there has been a circulating reports where he said, “Keribels lang!”

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Better than Revenge [Cover]

The story starts when it was hot and it was summer
And I had it all, I had her right there where I wanted her
He came along, got her alone, and let’s hear the applause
He took her faster than you can say sabotage

I never saw it coming, wouldn’t have suspected it
I underestimated just who I was dealing with
He had to know the pain was beating on me like a drum
He underestimated just who he was stealing from

He’s not a saint, and he’s not what you think
He’s an actor, whoa
He’s better known for the game that he played
He never loved her, whoa

Soon he’s gonna find stealing other people’s toys
On the playground won’t make you any friends
He should keep in mind, he should keep in mind
There is nothing I do better than revenge

They looks at life like it’s a party and they’re on the list.
They looks at me like I’m a trend and they’re so over it
I think their ever present frown is a little troubling
They thinks I’m psycho ’cause I like to rhyme their name with things but

Sophistication isn’t what you wear or who you know
Or pushing people down to get you where you wanna go
Oh, they didn’t teach you that in prep school, so it’s up to me
But no amount of vintage dresses gives you dignity

He’s not a saint, and he’s not what you think
He’s an actor, whoa
He’s better known for the game that he played
He never loved her, whoa

Soon he’s gonna find stealing other people’s toys
On the playground won’t make you any friends
He should keep in mind, he should keep in mind
There is nothing I do better than revenge…

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Si Paulo, São Paulo, Atbp. Sakit ng Ulo

Nasaan ka, Paulo?

A WOMAN shot her husband in SM North Edsa on Wednesday, 14 September 2011 after he left her for another woman. Another shooting incident inside an SM mall, now in Pampanga, was reported on 20 September. A 13-year-old boy used a .22 pistol to shoot his alleged 16-year-old boyfriend in the head, after which he shot himself.

On a report from Bandila on Tuesday night, a certain “Paulo” (surname was broadcasted on the report but #breakingthesilence opts not to disclose full name) surfaced on the suicide note, to which investigating police say he might be the third-party who triggered the whole “love triangle” scenario.

This is the third shooting incident inside an SM mall this year, first of which happened July 29 when a security guard was killed on a shootout with Games and Amusement Board employee inside SM Delgado in Iloilo. This chain of events prompted the critically-acclaimed and well-thought poll question on TVPatrol on Tuesday night: “Sa harap  ng panibagong insidente ng pamamaril, dapat bang mas higpitan ang seguridad?” [With the new shooting incident, do you think it’s time to tighten the security?] Nine percent of viewers voted for “No.” Surprising!

São Paolo and the Cross

São Paolo, Brazil is home to the 2011 Miss Universe pageant where Miss Angola Leila Lopes reigned. Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup landed as third runner-up but Pinoys local and abroad celebrated her seemingly religion-inclined answer.

She was asked, “Would you change your religious belief to marry the person that you love?”

“I would not marry the person I love because the first person I love is my God and [if] the person loves me, he should also love my God,” said Miss Philippines.

Allegedly, Miss Philippines did not win because the pageant was televised by ABS-CBN, broadcasting station owned by the Lopezes. Hello,  Leila! Talk about bloodlines?

On related news, the Salinggawi Dance Troupe of the University of Santo Tomas (UST), which celebrates its 400th Founding Anniversary, also landed third runner-up on the recently concluded UAAP Samsung Cheerdance Competition. Unconfirmed reports say this is due to their religion-themed routines, including the human UST formation wherein letter T was spelled in lower case that resembles a “cross,” the most common symbol associated with Catholics.

 Atbp Sakit ng Ulo

On other mind-boggling stories, animal rights advocate group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) called for the release of 8.4m giant crocodile ‘Lolong’ into the wild after reports surfaced that the croc is not eating since held captive. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) would agree only if Lolong be released on PETA office grounds. PETA is yet to issue a statement.

Quezon City representative Winston “Winnie” Castelo filed a bill which bans planking as a means of protest. Dubbed as the “Anti-Planking Act of 2011,” it was filed after a group of students disrupted traffic during the national transport strike to junk the “Oil Deregulation Law” and call for a reasonable fare hike on Monday, 19 September 2011. Unverified reports say that Castelo’s next bill include the “Anti-Grand Fans’ Day Act of 2011” as this type of social gathering can be used to hold rallies against the government.

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