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If President Benigno Aquino believed in transparency, he would  not have pushed for that  ridiculous Right of Reply (RoR)” rider smuggled into the Freedom of  Information (FOI) bill, Political Jaywalkers blogged.

The President repeatedly cartwheeled on  FOI, noted Viewpoint in “Indifference’s Penalty” (Philippine Daily Inquirer/Nov. 17). Aquino’s grudging  façade of support masked apathy. This spurred Nueva Ecija representative Rodolfo Antonino to insist his RoR bill—scavenged from measures discarded by the 14th Congress—be stitched into the long-stalled  information measure.

“There is no connection” between a bill broadening access to information and an RoR  that allows “dumb nuts to respond” to critics, Political Jaywalkers added. “Only idiots  in the Philippines” try that.

Like Sen. Tito Sotto? “He plagiarized  for his anti-reproductive health bill speeches—at least with good judgement,”  e-mailed engineer Leonor Lagsca fom Iloilo City. Sotto cribbed from the late senator Robert Kenndy and other reputable sources.

“Rep. Rodolfo Antonino, in contrast,  scoured his RoR from garbage bin of bills  scrubbed by the previous Congress, namely: Rep. Monico Puentebella’s HB3306 and Bong   Revilla’s Senate Bill 2150. Antonino  dolled up House Bill 4252 as a freedom of information measure.

“Section 10 is an RoR. Antonino hijacked it  without by-your-leave. The sources are discredited. No wonder, Rep. Antonino skipped attribution. To plagiarize from someone then make it worse is a rip off,”  Lagsca added.

Ang magtanim ng hangin, bagyo ang aanihin, “TinimbangNgunitKulang” e-mailed in reaction to the Viewpoint column “Unsought Legacy.” “He who sows the wind reaps the whirlwind.” “Man is doomed,” he said.

The PDI Nov. 13 column cited Science journal’s report that global warming could overshoot the 3.6-degreee Farenheit danger threshold. Consequences could range from shriveled rice harvests, dwarfed fish sizes to villages swamped by rising sea levels.  Too late to cut greenhouse emissions, some scientists argue. Countries should focus on “policies to mitigate harsh impacts of  altered weather.”

“Albert Einstein said ‘problems cannot be solved at the level of awareness that created them,’” commented “The Gum”: (He’d probably) “begin solving this daunting problem by saying  consume less, share more, and consider everyone as your equal.”

Indeed, “the signs are somewhat grim. I’m  worried about the arctic permafrost melting, leading to uncontrolled releases of previously trapped methane gases. Time to tax carbon usage and use that revenue to climate proof the world. But ours is a deaf world. What will we tell future generations? Sorry?”

“Those Pesky Proverbs” (PDI/Nov. 5)  discussed the US $345 contempt fine, clamped by the US Court of Appeals on Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos Jr. “The Marcoses tried to secretly ship out of the US paintings, etc. In exchange, they demanded a 25-percent tax free share. “Contumacious conduct,” the US magistrate fumed. The Marcoses attempted to bootleg estate assets under litigation. “This  caused direct harm to martial law  victims.” The court whacked the Marcoses with a daily fine of US $100,000.

“The bigger scandal is the Marcoses—Imelda, Bongbong, and Imee—still hold government positions,” Pert Cabatana e-mailed. “They dish out the same junk that they’ve been heaping on the Filipino people for decades.  We need Divine help to stand up against (such). This is urgent. Please note: the Binays are waiting in the wings.”

When Marcos won the presidency in 1964, our foreign debt totaled US $600,000. Within Asia, we were second to Japan economically,” Greg Andymar wrote. After almost 20 years, our foreign IOUs ballooned to about 33,333 times the original US $600,000.

In simpler terms, the Marcos presidency borrowed an average of about US$2.74 million everyday—for 20 years! This explains how the Marcoses and cronies become multi-billionaires. The very sad part is we are still paying up to now money borrowed by the Marcos presidency.”

Where did “the Marcoses  get the nerve to gripe and “adopt pathetic royalty postures,” wonders Lilia Firme “Pwede ba, sa Libya o Syria nga kayo tumira?” And  Romeo asks: “Bakit  walang “plunder case” laban sa kanila?

“It’s Cory’s fault,” says  TinimbangNgunitKulang. “She should have had them all executed during her rule. To make up for her shortcoming, her son should finish the job.”  Indeed, the Marcoses should be thankful that they reside in  a  civilized country, Domingo G says. If what they did happened in Libya , Iraq or Egypt “matagal na silang nadispacha.”

Viewpoint’s “Faces Not Forgotten”  was a moving piece,” writes Phoenix Political Party. The PDI Nov. 3 column remarked on the passing of Tom Palmeri. A former Jesuit scholastic, Palmeri and wife Dianne spent over 30 years feeding thousands of malnourished kids in Camiguin Island . “They treated wounds, got crutches for the lame, enrolled hundreds in schools—without self-seeking publicity.

When Palmeri wrote: They are no longer there, they are here.” Was he pointing to his heart?” asked Phoenix. “The poor will  always be there, pathetically struggling.  Look at the good things you got!” the musical Superstar (referring to Christ) says. In the movie Desiree, Napoleon addressed his defeated troops: “Though I love you all, I cannot embrace you all.”

“My heart goes to out to Palmeri’s wife and family. And on his final resting place in the island, may the winds sing a hero’s eternal song.”

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