Saturday, August 22, 2009

Ninoy’s alleged ‘Undelivered speech’

a repost from Thea Alberto Yahoo! Philippines

(This is the entire statement as it appears (all-caps, italicized quote, and all) in “A Testimony by Ninoy,” a pamphlet published on September 1, 1983 by the Human Development Research and Documentation office of the La Ignaciana Apostolic Center as Human Society No. 21)

I have returned on my free will to join the ranks of those struggling to restore our rights and freedoms through nonviolence.

I seek no confrontation. I only pray and will strive for a genuine national reconciliation founded on justice.

I am prepared for the worst, and have decided against the advice of my mother, my spiritual adviser, many of my tested friends and a few of my most valued political mentors.

A death sentence awaits me. Two more subversion charges, both calling for death penalties, have been filed since I left three years ago and are now pending with the courts.

I could have opted to seek political asylum in America, but I feel it is my duty, as it is the duty of every Filipino, to suffer with his people especially in time of crisis.

I never sought nor have I been given assurances or promise of leniency by the regime. I return voluntarily armed only with a clear conscience and fortified in the faith that in the end justice will emerge triumphant.

According to Gandhi, the WILLING sacrifice of the innocent is the most powerful answer to insolent tyranny that has yet been conceived by God and man.

Three years ago when I left for an emergency heart bypass operation, I hoped and prayed that the rights and freedoms of our people would soon be restored, that living conditions would improve and that blood-letting would stop.

Rather than move forward, we have moved backward. The killings have increased, the economy has taken a turn for the worse and the human rights situation has deteriorated.

During the martial law period, the Supreme Court heard petitions for Habeas Corpus. It is most ironic, after martial law has allegedly been lifted, that the Supreme Court last April ruled it can no longer entertain petitions for Habeas Corpus for persons detained under a Presidential Commitment Order, which covers all so-called national security cases and which under present circumstances can cover almost anything.

The country is far advanced in her times of trouble. Economic, social and political problems bedevil the Filipino. These problems may be surmounted if we are united. But we can be united only if all the rights and freedoms enjoyed before September 21, 1972 are fully restored.

The Filipino asks for nothing more, but will surely accept nothing less, than all the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the 1935 Constitution — the most sacred legacies from the Founding Fathers.

Yes, the Filipino is patient, but there is a limit to his patience. Must we wait until that patience snaps?

The nation-wide rebellion is escalating and threatens to explode into a bloody revolution. There is a growing cadre of young Filipinos who have finally come to realize that freedom is never granted, it is taken. Must we relive the agonies and the blood-letting of the past that brought forth our Republic or can we sit down as brothers and sisters and discuss our differences with reason and goodwill?

I have often wondered how many disputes could have been settled easily had the disputants only dared to define their terms.

So as to leave no room for misunderstanding, I shall define my terms:

1. Six years ago, I was sentenced to die before a firing squad by a Military Tribunal whose jurisdiction I steadfastly refused to recognize. It is now time for the regime to decide. Order my IMMEDIATE EXECUTION OR SET ME FREE.

I was sentenced to die for allegedly being the leading communist leader. I am not a communist, never was and never will be.

2. National reconciliation and unity can be achieved but only with justice, including justice for our Muslim and Ifugao brothers. There can be no deal with a Dictator. No compromise with Dictatorship.

3. In a revolution there can really be no victors, only victims. We do not have to destroy in order to build.

4. Subversion stems from economic, social and political causes and will not be solved by purely military solutions; it can be curbed not with ever increasing repression but with a more equitable distribution of wealth, more democracy and more freedom, and

5. For the economy to get going once again, the workingman must be given his just and rightful share of his labor, and to the owners and managers must be restored the hope where there is so much uncertainty if not despair.

On one of the long corridors of Harvard University are carved in granite the words of Archibald Macleish:

“How shall freedom be defended? By arms when it is attacked by arms; by truth when it is attacked by lies; by democratic faith when it is attacked by authoritarian dogma. Always, and in the final act, by determination and faith.”

I return from exile and to an uncertain future with only determination and faith to offer — faith in our people and faith in God.

Sir Joel <3 Dimple

best wishes to sir joel and dimple!! ^_^ (august 8, 2009 @ sta. ana church, reception @ grand regal hotel)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Save Tamugan River

The Tamugan River in Baguio Disrtict is currently under serious environmental threat. Being Davao City’s last remaining source of drinking water, Tamugan should be spared from industrial uses that may compromise its capacity to provide Davawenos with clean water supply in the near future.

With plans of Hedcor, Inc. to set up a P6 billion hydropower plant within the Tipolog-Tamugan watershed, the mighty river’s reliability as our future’s drinking water source is put at risk.

This site aims to provide helpful information on our SAVE TAMUGAN RIVER CAMPAIGN. You may download our primer, slides, Citizens Manifesto, and other materials for your reference.

To join the campaign, download the manifesto, print and sign it, circulate to as many people as you can, and fax/mail to:

The General Manager
Davao City Water District
J.P. Laurel Ave., Bajada, Davao City 8000
Tel No. (82) 221-9400 loc. 268, 276, 227
Fax (82) 226-4885

Spare Tamugan!
A Primer on DCWD’s Opposition to
Hedcor’s Hydropower Project

What is the DCWD Tamugan Surface Water Development Project?

The TSWD is a proactive initiative of the Davao City Water District (DCWD) aimed at addressing the long-term water requirements of Davao City. Its expected daily production of 200,000 cubic meters will increase the number of barangays that can be served by the water district since the proposed project will cover several areas that are not presently served by DCWD.

DCWD will draw water from Tamugan River in Baguio District 400 meters above mean sea level. With an infiltration gallery positioned at this exact elevation, water will flow through 60 kilometers of transmission pipelines to the water treatment plant at Barangay Gumalang at Elevation 325, and the DCWD reservoir at Mayahayay, Tugbok, all of District 3, to Lasang in District 2.

What was the basis of conceiving the TSWD project?

The anticipation of increasing demands in the future, considering population growth and urbanization trends, necessitates the DCWD to look for alternative water sources that will supplement the current sources and help curtail the rate of groundwater depletion. The use of alternative water sources will also save on energy usage since groundwater extraction is a power-intensive operation. In 2007 alone, DCWD spent PhP211 million in electricity for this purpose, or about 24 percent of its total operating revenue. Granting there are no power rate increases in the future, this figure could go as high as PhP314 million in five years.

Why Tamugan River?

Based on several independent studies of all other rivers in the city, Tamugan River is the only remaining source that has the required quality, quantity and viability for the city’s long-term water supply. The confluence of Panigan and Tamugan rivers discharges sufficient quantity of water at an acceptable water quality.

Moreover, the precise location of the TSWD intake is favorable to a gravity fall of water at sufficient pressure, thus, considerably reducing the amount of electricity needed for its operation. Consequently, its long term effect will enable DCWD to be less dependent on energy. The other surface water sources considered either lack in flow rate necessary to supply the projected demands of the city, or fall short of the national standards for the quality of drinking water.

But why insist on developing surface water? Don’t we have enough groundwater resources?

Not anymore. Davao City, reputed to have one of the best potable waters in the world, currently derives more than 99 percent of its water from groundwater sources to provide potable water to over 165,000 homes and businesses all over the city. A total of 212,000 cubic meters are being extracted daily. Total volume of groundwater extracted reached 78 million cubic meters in 2007, increasing annually by 5.06 percent over the past two decades. By 2012, total extractions are expected to reach over 115 million cubic meters, or 314,000 cubic meters daily. In addition, large industrial users and private well owners have been withdrawing from groundwater sources for their own use.

Groundwater, contrary to popular belief, is finite and must be utilized wisely and managed carefully to be able to sustain it for future generations.

Does the DCWD have a permit for this purpose?

Yes. As early as May 1997, a water permit was already issued by NWRB to DCWD to use water from Tamugan River. In fact, it has already been conducting community development activities in the said area, such as watershed rehabilitation and river bank protection efforts, in preparation for the TSWD.

What is Hedcor Tamugan, Inc.?

Hedcor Tamugan Inc. (HTI) is a power generation company planning on establishing a PhP6 billion, 20 megawatt hydropower plant in Tamugan, Baguio District. HTI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Aboitiz Power Corporation, the publicly listed holding company of all Aboitiz assets in the power generation and distribution industries.

Why is DCWD opposing HEDCOR’s proposed hydropower project in Tamugan?

The DCWD is strongly opposing Hedcor’s project because it compromises the city’s future source of safe drinking water.

This assessment is contained in a study conducted by NJS Consultants Co., Ltd., which concluded that water from Tamugan River is the “best in terms of quality, quantity, and viability for Davao City’s long term water supply requirements.”

Davao City is one of the nine water-critical urbanized areas in the Philippines where water is consumed intensively. The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) confirmed that the underground water supply in many densely populated areas in the country is already on a critical level due to unabated extraction of groundwater. This fate could well be Davao City’s if no drastic measures are undertaken within the immediate future. –Master Plan Study on Water Resources Management in the Republic of the Philippines

*** SAVE TAMUGAN RIVER CAMPAIGN @ Brokenshire College ***