Vizconde Massacred Again

This time, the perpetrators are members of the Philippine Supreme Court who voted for the acquittal of the suspects — Hubert Webb (son of a former senator, Freddie Webb), Antonio Lejano II (related to actress Pinky de Leon and actor Christopher de Leon), Hospicio Fernandez (son of a retired commodore), Michael Gatchalian and Miguel Rodriguez (sons of prominent lawyers), Peter Estrada (son of a wealthy businessman), Joey Filart.

The problem here, according the SC decision, is the failure of the prosecution to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the suspects did commit the crime. The SC questions the quality of the evidences. Of course, when over 15 years have passed already, how the fuck can evidences and testaments even still bear meaning after all those years. Gravitas has been lost.

The justice system simply moves too slow. And perhaps, there is outright ineptness in investigating and collating evidences and keeping the integrity of the evidences. Lastly, with briberies and political powerplays aside, there is a question on how competent the prosecutors are/were. All these separate elements combine to build how people trust (or lack thereof) our justice system.

Read the decision here.

Pilipinas Kay Ganda

That’s the new slogan that the Department of Tourism wants to use to promote the Philippines. Quite a mouthful compared to the recently retired “Wow Philippines”. And honestly, I find it a bit difficult to swallow when you look around.

But that’s not the real problem. It appears that the logo that goes with the slogan is not entirely original. Take a look at the logo being used to promote Poland’s own tourism. It’s hard to deny the similarities, if not exact replicas, of some elements in both logos. The letter “P” for examples looks exactly the same. The wave illustration is the same although separated and repositioned. Except for the extra letters and the tree, sun, and tarsier illustrations and the color scheme, it is easy to see conclude that either the same person made the logos or whoever the DoT commissioned to create the logo thought nobody would notice.

If the second case turns out to be true — which I think is more likely — it’s going to be another international embarrassment following a recent decision by a Supreme Court justice that plagiarized international sources. I hope they won’t make excuses this time. But I doubt it.

Anthony Nepomuceno and His Protectors

In this news article, Anthony Nepomuceno the suspect in the bar exams bombing surrendered himself to the NBI. Voluntarily. And yet we have VP Binay and former Justice Sec Bello claiming innocence. WTF?

“Due process” (whatever it means in this country) hasn’t even begun yet and we already have high ranking public officials blurting out their judgement. Why? Because Nepomuceno is their “bro” in Alpha Phi Omega, or APO, fraternity. (Recall that APO members were involved in the hazing and eventual death of EJ Karl Intia, but were later freed. See what special connections can do?)

And he seems to be getting some special treatment as well — being safeguarded from the media “as respect to his right to presumption of innocence.” Wow. If it were a common suspect without the backings of high ranking officials, his face would have been all over the tri-media outlets already.

If Nepomuceno’s really innocent, why come out only now? I suspect he’s been trying to seek the protection of his fellow brods all this time. Which seems to have succeeded in getting.

This manifestation of a twisted sense of brotherhood is turning out to be a really big problem for this country.

Charice gets a Botox

In preparation for the her debut appearance on Glee, Charice Pempengco decided to alter her looks by getting a Botox and an anti-aging procedure – even before she was set to start her voice and acting lessons.

It’s one thing to get a facial to rejuvenate the skin and it’s another to get a cosmetic procedure. What the fuck was she thinking?? First of all, the procedures are usually done on 20-30 year olds Americans mainly because their skin age much faster, I am told. But for the skin-tightening procedure to be done on an Asian 18 year old kids is just bizarre!

Second, was she required by the producers of Glee to undergo the procedures? I don’t think so. So who ever pushed her into this (mom? publicist? manager?) must have made a big mistake. Charice, hija, we don’t care that much about how you’ll look on tv. We have make-up artists and hair stylists for that. We’re only concerned about your performance as an artist.

And lastly, so much for the idea of her being “natural” because this totally ruins it. It sends the message that it doesn’t matter how talented or how hard working you are because you won’t make it big if you don’t look pretty — which I don’t think she wasn’t.

So to Charice and Vicky Belo: hooray! Hooray for further propagating the Pinoy insecurity and low self-esteem. As if it wasn’t bad enough that women of all ages are consuming skin whitening products like softdrinks and jumping from one diet fad to another, you two just had to take it to another level.

Nakakahiya.

EDIT: Here’s a simple yet direct write-up