Friday, February 25, 2011

EDSA Peoples Bloodless Revolution

There are only a few of us who realize and finally have analyzed what the EDSA peoples revolution 1986 was about.  True, Ferdinand Marcos would have plundered the nation in his years in power.  But comparing to what the Philippines is in now and what it was then before 1986, I would have preferred it then.  There were unscrupulous people close to Marcos that time, that he was not able to control.  Former President Fidel Ramos would have been a better Chief of Staff than Fabian Ver!  There is a video on how Ver reacted during the EDSA Revolt and his actions obviously showed how he wanted to hang on to power.  It was Marcos cool head that was calming Ver!  That alone is a very good example on why and how the military abused the trust of Marcos.  Former Pres. Ramos knows that with Enrile, and would have been the real cause of their going against Marcos.

Having been close to a family of one of Marcoses trusted people in government, there was really no ill-intention from the side of Marcos.  It was just those kiss-ass people and those who wanted to get rich quick who ruined Marcos' plan for the Philippines.  He was simply 'handcuffed' by the people to whom he owed something, favor or whatever.  He could not control them anymore.  In my personal opinion, that was the case in the assasination of Benigno Aquino Jr.,  Marcos would not be that stupid to mastermind the assasination because he knows it will be against him.

Who was the culprit that masterminded the assasination?  Your guess is as good as mine.  To narrow down the guessing, who are those who would lose most if Benigno Aquino Jr. was able to live through?  Very few of them in government but it will be more of those business people living the luxury of their lives without Ninoy!  Just check who they were before during the Marcos years, what and where they are now.

Having been in business during the time of Marcos and now, is a far cry.  As long as you did not cross the line with the military then everything is good.  Now, cross any line between big business people and the military whatever you do will be in jeopardy!  Crimes before were not as how they are now.  Criminals now can get all kinds of firearms and do their thing!

The EDSA Peoples Bloodless Revolution just changed the people in power and doing the abuse.  A repeat of history has happened with Gloria Arroyo becoming president then Noynoy Aquino now.  My best bet to be the next president is Bong-bong Marcos.  The repeat of history with Bong-bong might just be the best after all the others.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Latest Earthquake events Feb. 16 to 24, 2011

After days of searching for information about the earthquakes that shook Baguio City, I finally found it at the Philvlocs website but I had to go through  USGS first navigating the site.  It makes me wonder why news about the tremors could not link us directly to the site with information and relevance.  Well, here I am and done it for those interested on information about earthquakes in the Philippines.

Below is what I copy/pasted from the Philvolcs site for the time frame as stated in the title:

Philippine Standard Time (PST) is eight hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). (PST = UTC + 8H) UTC is the time standard for which the world regulates clocks and time.
arthquakes in this list with their date and time underlined in blue have reported felt intensities. Intensity ratings are based on the PHIVOLCS Earthquake Intensity Scale.
Magnitudes in the list are color-coded: below magnitude 5.0 (M < 5.0) are in black, magnitudes 5.0 but below 6.0 (5.0
M < 6.0) are in blue,  magnitudes 6.0 and above (M 6.0) are in red.
(PST)                           ( °N )        ( °E )      ( km )      ( Ms )

24 Feb 2011 - 02:22 AM         08.96       126.60       040          2.6         045 km S 71° E of Tandag (Surigao del Sur)
23 Feb 2011 - 02:30 AM         17.48       119.73       033          2.6         074 km S 82° W of Vigan, Ilocos Sur
22 Feb 2011 - 09:55 PM         18.20       120.88       009          2.7         032 km S 89° E of Laoag City
22 Feb 2011 - 08:42 PM         12.56       122.57       022          2.0         002 km S 03° W of Romblon (Romblon)
22 Feb 2011 - 12:20 PM         14.09       120.41       112          2.6         024 km N 86° W of Nasugbu (Batangas)
22 Feb 2011 - 10:10 AM         14.13       120.39       108          4.7         028 km N 75° W of Nasugbu (Batangas)
22 Feb 2011 - 06:06 AM         06.14       126.14       021          2.9         089 km S 05° W of Mati (Davao Oriental)
22 Feb 2011 - 02:09 AM         17.65       120.05       011          2.9         038 km N 78° W of Vigan (Ilocos Sur)
20 Feb 2011 - 12:00 AM         09.48       125.21       004          3.2         036 km S 79° W of Mainit (Surigao Del Norte)
19 Feb 2011 - 10:20 PM         11.37       124.99       005          3.5         011 km S 32° E of Santa Rita (Samar)
19 Feb 2011 - 07:43 PM         18.59       119.38       012          3.3         137 km N 63° W of Currimao (Ilocos Norte)
19 Feb 2011 - 10:27 AM         08.30       123.31       007          1.5         032 km S 6° W of Dipolog City
19 Feb 2011 - 08:10 AM         14.32       120.29       113          4.5         049 km S 34° W of Balanga (Bataan)
19 Feb 2011 - 02:46 AM         12.94       123.46       016          2.9         014 km N 78° W of Dansol (Sorsogon)
18 Feb 2011 - 08:39 PM         11.63       124.26       001          3.7         013 km S 61° W of Kawayan (Biliran, Island)
18 Feb 2011 - 06:28 PM         09.96       125.90       034          3.1         027 km N 37° W of Dapa (Siargao)
18 Feb 2011 - 06:20 AM         16.49       120.53       014          5.0         009 km N 61° W of La Trinidad (Benguet)
18 Feb 2011 - 05:42 AM         09.54       125.26       010          3.5         036 km S 45° W of Surigao City
17 Feb 2011 - 02:25 PM         16.45       120.55       023          2.8         006 km N 83° W of La Trinidad (Benguet)
17 Feb 2011 - 02:25 PM         16.34       120.50       008          3.1         007 km S 12° E of Baguio City
17 Feb 2011 - 11:54 AM         16.40       120.53       009          3.3         008 km N 68° W of La Trinidad (Benguet)
17 Feb 2011 - 01:51 AM         12.22       121.82       007          2.3         063 km S 52° W of Romblon (Romblon)
16 Feb 2011 - 11:51 PM         11.85       125.46       001          3.6         027 km N 07° E of Borongan ( Eastern Samar)
16 Feb 2011 - 09:33 PM         08.41       122.34       032          3.4         113 km S 80° W of Dipolog City
16 Feb 2011 - 04:13 PM         03.44       126.59       075          4.5         337 km S 28° E of General Santos City

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Baguio Earthquakes - Feb. 17 & 18, 2011

Baguio City has been struck by quite strong earthquakes within 24 hours, from the afternoon of Thursday, February 17, 2011 and early morning of February 18, 2011.  A search I did on the USGS does not show any information on the two successive tremors on the afternoon of 02/17/2011.  What only shows is the one of 02/18/2011 and here are the details:

Magnitude    4.7
Date-Time    Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 22:20:53 UTC
                     Friday, February 18, 2011 at 06:20:53 AM at
Location      16.520°N, 120.410°E
Depth          52.8 km (32.8 miles)
Distances    25 km (15 miles) WNW of Baguio, Luzon, Phil.
                    55 km (35 miles) N of Dagupan, Luzon, Phil.
                    130 km (80 miles) NNW of Cabanatuan, Luzon,
                    220 km (135 miles) NNW of MANILA, Phil.

Mild intensity Earthquakes that occur in Baguio reminds those who experienced the devastating 7.4 tremor of July 16, 1990, the fear it has struck in their minds.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Suicide of Gen. Angelo Reyes

The events surrounding Gen. Angelo Reyes' death is a question to many of us.  Was it really because he was guilty or was he unable to sustain a military officers' sanity in the state of depression?  It is a difficult situation to say in what state of mind he was in.  Normally, a well schooled officer, dedicated and one who has made achievements in the military profession will not ever consider suicide in the worst of conditions.

My personal conclusion is this:  He wanted to give his family a convenient and good life that is why he did whatever he did, except suicide.  Military people don't get a decent income compared to sacrifices they have to do, so don't blame graft and corruption if ever they get into it.  A story told by my deceased geologist brother was about really hungry troops coming from a tedious patrol, wanted to buy produce bound for market.  They were willing to buy at the fair market price!  The vendors declined.  It was at that point that the military people pointed their guns at the vendors to sell!

WTF, is this what they say as military abuse? No!  It is the people who force them to do that!  Just imagine that they were protecting these same people who are now denying them food and nutrition!  In  Gen. Angelo Reyes case it might or could be the same except for the fact that he did not have the balls to get his act together.  His side of the story could be a similar story to what I have just narrated here.  It is really difficult to justify ones actions with suicide.

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