Euthanasia Obsolete…

Euthanasia Obsolete Say Dutch Docs

Take that Leslie Martin.

Some points about the new Tangata Whenua party

New Zealand News – – John Tamihere: Maori Party has lot of explaining to do

MP John Tamihere discusses the issues in the new Maori party.

Will this new party prosper and deliver its promise?

Get Real Philippines site, a review

Home: Get Real Philippines!

I saw this website on another blog’s links. I visited it before and visited it again just now when it appeared on the address bar while typing my club’s Yahoo! Geocities homepage. It was another adventure to weird and wacky sites…

This website seemed to be a repository of mostly articles from Filipino columnists. (The articles seemed to be illegally syndicated aka copyright infringement.) The author writes a few words too.

Does this give an accurate view of the Philippines? No. These are the works of radicalist and cynics hoping to win their agendas. The ideas and wordings are no different to left-wing or right-wing groups anywhere. Some of the complaints against Filipino society and culture are also observable in other cultures like Indian, Chinese, New Zealander, to name a few.

The view is rather simplistic probably parochial is much more fitting term.

Is it credible? Yes and No. The columnists whose works are posted there are credible but the author I do not think so. What is his credentials to declare such claims?

It seems that they have an on going discussion on various internet forums. (I was tempted to join and post comments on the forums but decided that my time and bandwidth not to mention my brain have better priorities. Anyway, I do not join internet discussion boards as a personal policy.) If the people who own this website are serious with their agenda to improve the Philippines why do they have to hide behind aliases? Why push their agendas only to internet forums only which have limited reach? I consider them as cowards.

I think my counter arguments to this site has been aired through the letters pages.

Visitors must read with caution as most of the ideas borders impossibility and short sightedness. If one disagrees with the content do not send an email to the webmaster. The author might even enjoy receiving hate mail.


About two days ago while eating at a fastfood restaurant I overheard a conversation between two friends “guy” and “gal.” They were sitting beside me and they were talking quite loud.

Guy was talking about seeing Gal’s other friend, X in his church last weekend. Gal said, “oh, really!” Guy said X really enjoyed the service. According to him, X loved the format and the friendly atmosphere of their church service. Guy also added that X will be in his church more often.

The pleasant conversation took a different turn when Gal asked if one goes to a particular church because the services is more entertaining than the other one. Guy said entertainment was not that important but it can encourage people to worship. Gal replied in these exact words, “you don’t go to church to watch a show or concert so that you are stimulated to worship, you go there because it is your obligation to your Creator in return for giving you life and blessings.”

My mobile phone rang, it was my dad calling me. After my five minute conversation Guy and Gal left…

So cold last nigh

It was so cold last night. The rain made the temperature to drop even further. I hope my power bill this month would be bearable.

Bilingual post

Ito ang aking unang beses na pagsulat na bilingual. Layon kong ipahayag ang akin nasaisip sa paggamit ng wikang Filipino at Ingles.

Sa aking matagal-tagal na pamumuhay dito sa Nueva Zelanda naramdaman kong mas malapit ako sa mundo kay sa ako ay nasa Pilipinas. Halos lahat ng lahi ay nandito sa dulo ng mundo. May mga Tsino, Indonesian, Polynesian, mga Europeo, Melanesian, mga Latino at kung anu-ano pang mga lahi. Sa tingin ko hindi na nagiging hadlang ang layo ng bansang ito para makipagugnayan sa mga ibang lahi, cultura at mga bansa. Siguro, ganito talaga ang kapalaran ng isang maliit at mayamang bansa na nagpapahintulot ng immigration.

Ang Salin / The Translation

This is my first time to write bilingual. I aim to express my ideas in both Filipino and English languages.

In my stay in New Zealand I felt that I am closer to the rest of the world than back in the Philippines. Almost all nationalities are represented in this country including the Chinese, Indonesia, Polynesians, Europeans, Melanesians, Latinos to name a few. I think New Zealand’s distance to the rest of the world is now no longer a problem to reach out and connect to other nations, races and cultures. Probably this multiculturalism in this episode of New Zealand history can only happen in rich nations with small populations and have active immigration programs.

You can never compare apples and oranges!

There are many uninformed people who are wrong to compare Philippine elections to other electoral exercises all over the world. They do not know a single thing about what they are talking about and not even knowing the right information. You cannot compare Philippine elections to other elections for many things. First, the Philippines does not have the same electoral system as India or the United States. Second, the Philippines is an archipelago which means that it will take time for electoral returns be sent to the head quarters of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC). Third, the Philippine electorate elects not only a president but also a legislature and local government which is about 20 names. Fourth, both houses of congress are mandated by the charter to canvass the president and vice-president votes.

The topic I so love to hate is comparing Philippine and Indian and Spanish elections. (As someone who watched every day of the BBC’s Indian election coverage and tackled some Spanish modern social history it is just right for me to write this.) First of all the Indians and the Spanish only have to elect a member of parliament or even a party for proportional representation. Once the MPs are elected in every electorate the majority party will become the new government and will determine the new prime minister or head of government. In the case of the Philippines, like what was mentioned above Filipinos have to elect about 20 people in various posts. Before congress counts the presidential and vice-presidential votes the ballots have to be counted in the local level first to determine the composition of the legislature and local governments common sense will suggest that this takes time to do.

If you compare the French presidential elections with the Philippine exercise it is still not the same thing since the French do not elect the same number of people as the Filipinos.

If the Philippines has the same system of government and electoral system as India, Spain or France it is right to compare if the results of elections is slow.

A lesson to be learned is to know the topic FIRST before opening one’s mouth or begin writing.

Some websites to visit and learn about things:

Elecciones – Ministry of Interior of Spain

Electoral Commission of India

Les Élections – Ministry of Interior of France

Commission on Elections, Philippines

Administration and Cost of Elections Project (has links to other election related websites)

Voting systems (a Wikipedia article)