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The True Obstruction of Justice

Friday, April 17th, 2009

OH. MY. GOD. I’ve been watching Bandila tonight, and seeing how our esteemed policemen handled (and handles) things absolutely DISGUSTED me. If I were to be killed by a murderer, I beg everyone not to let the fools investigate my case. I’d rather die without my killer getting caught rather than have them harass the people I care for!

It’s absolutely disgusting! Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? For eff’s sake, what happened to basic human rights??? The police, so self-important, deign to ignore the very laws they are supposed to enforce.

Dragging people away without warrants, throwing out “obstruction of justice” everywhere to justify their inhumane treatment of those people… Forcibly detaining them without warrants of arrest or any case or any reason above either a) certain payment or b) their belief in themselves stemming from watching one too many bad police movies. Just because you wear the uniform, dears, does not mean you’re above other people, above the law.

It’s disgusting. In this case, it’s so obvious how undertrained, under skilled (and on) our police force is. The problem is that they’re given power through guns and uniform, and their hapless victims are rendered defenceless. It’s a good thing this was so much under media scrutiny. Imagine how many people were not able to defend themselves because of the lack of record of harassment?

Imagine! Abducting people in front of a lawyer, ignoring her statements of their unlawful treatment of the helpers straight out! This girl’s been studying the laws for years! Can these policemen state TEN??? Obstruction of justice, obstruction of justice… I’d like to see a dozen of them that can define and explain that term without looking at a reference. And here’s an example of their justification of taking the driver… ‘We took him because he drove them to new era. And cleaned the car.’ – well duh, he’s a driver. It’s his job. So, maybe you wanted to look at the blood stains or whatnot, but dude they have no idea. I can understand that you take everyone for suspects, but that’s no excuse to treat them like dirt! Like they’ve really done it!

I can’t imagine what Ted Failon’s family must be going through. For Trina’s sisters, finding out your sister was in critical condition, wanting to be by her side at her final moments, to be dragged away from her at her worst hours and then finding out in (unjust) detainment that she died without you there.

For her husband and children, to suffer a wife and mother’s critical condition and subsequent death without the help of other family because of the inexcusable actions of supposed authority. I call them supposed because I don’t think they deserve it. To see her die without her complete family, to lose such a precious one while being continually harassed and disrespected (and on) by the very people that are supposed to help.

What hope is there for us of justice, if this is how the stewards of justice handle it?

Lions for Lambs

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

 

Okay. I knew that this movie was going to have political themes. So even if I’ve always sort of wanted to watch it, I also always had low expectations. After all, it’s politics… what’re the odds of it not being a festival of selfishness and self-justification? But!!! I was pleasantly surprised. It was actually pretty good! O_o And I’m only writing this short thing because I am Truly Gobsmacked that I ended up enjoying a politics-themed movie. It was still very utterly truly irrevocably omg mind numbingly American though. So I suppose some people might get turned off by all the American patriotism going around.

Hm. If only some Filipino manages to make a political film that cohesive and surprisingly open-ended (and miraculously not leaning too much in one direction). And if only Filipinos were even HALF as proud of their country as the Amercans in the film… *sigh*

And The Cover Up Begins…

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

 

So. Remember Katherine? Apparently, the culprit, Manuel Hernandez Jr., wasn’t the child of a SB justice - it was the nephew of one. Instead, the one who shot her is a Pasig City legal department lawyer - or something to that effect.

 

The facts of the matter, as stated by five people who have watched the ‘official news report’ (unfortunately, I was unable to see it myself) are these:

1) It took the press an entire day to relay the facts - and it happened in the form of a press release by Pasig City.

2) With the whole “Guy with Katherine, Edgardo Canizares, kicked culprit’s car”, there is now an accusation that said guy broke the glass of the window.

3) Katherine was described as “household help.”

 

For one, Katherine is not household help. The saddest thing about her death is that she came home to the Philippines from her job abroad, which, I reiterate, is not being “household help”. The fact that the ‘official report’ couldn’t even get this one little fact straight makes the integrity of the thing very questionable. The news report on the day itself never stated anything about broken glass (and hey, if I’m a witness, I’d sure as hell remember a guy breaking the glass way before remembering he kicked the car… and I would be very, very, afraid to find that car windows are so easily broken from a man’s punch that no one seems to notice it first). Oh, and all the new witnesses were residents of Pasig City. Now, The accident, as far as I have heard, did occur in Pasig City. So most witnesses should be residents from there. But usually, when accidents happen, a lot of motorists stop to see what all the fuss and hubub’s about - and usually, said motorists are from different residences; and a couple of them are bound to get interviewed. Although there is a chance of the witnesses being all from Pasig, and even if it is more convenient to ask the residents - you can’t really say that there’s a very good possibility that every single person the police interviewed on the spot, right after the shooting, was a Pasig resident. And by exprience, residents watch from distant vantage points - second floor windows and half behind their doorframes - and the motorists and sidewalk vendors are the ones who go close to the accident.

Now, I understand that I may be a bit biased regarding this, but… it does sound a bit fishy, doesn’t it? #3 is very important, and brings to light another point in our society that seems so very wrong. I’ve heard a couple of people say: “Ah, so it was just household help.”, upon hearing the “victim’s occupation”. So… let us say that it was true. What if the victim was household help? Does that make her any less of a human being? Just because we perceive her job to be “not noble”, we lessen the value of her life and work? Well, listen here, some “household help” earn more than teachers - some of these give more to our country than we do. Also, 90% of middle class and higher households can’t survive without the local help. What right have we to say “Ah, so it was just the help.” like it’s a justification for her death? It really is such a sad thing, for social stratification to encompass our thoughts and ideals so much that we no longer seem to think of those we perceive as “below” us to be human beings. #3 is important because it has, sadly, successfully made the deaths of two human beings a lot lighter than what people first considered it to be.

Because, in our world, “innocent domestic helper” is worth a hell of a lot less than “innocent person”.

 

Tsk. 2 serious posts in one week. Oh my.

Petition

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

 

To be honest, I haven’t seen the episode myself, but… Petition Re: 30/09/07 “Desperate Housewives” Episode

 

To:  ABC

To the producers of “Desperate Housewives” and ABC:
We are writing to express concern and hurt about a racially-discriminatory comment made in an episode of Desperate Housewives on 9/30/07. In a scene in which Susan was told by her gynecologist that she might be hitting menopause, she replied, “Can I just check those diplomas because I just want to make sure that they are not from some med school in the Philippines.”

As members and allies of the Filipino American community, we are writing to inform know that this type of derogatory remark was discriminatory and hurtful, and such a comment was not necessary to maintain any humor in the show. Additionally, a statement that devalues Filipinos in healthcare is extremely unfounded, considering the overwhelming presence of Filipinos and Filipino Americans in the medical field. Filipinos are the second largest immigrant population in the United States, with many entering the U.S. (and successfully passing their U.S. licensing boards!) as doctors, nurses, and medical technicians. In fact, the Philippines produces more U.S. nurses than any other country in the world. So, to belittle the education, experience, or value of Filipino Americans in health care is extremely disrespectful and plain and simply ignorant. Many of the hospitals in major metropolitan areas of the U.S. (and the world) would not be able to operate without its Filipino and Filipino American staff members.

As Filipino Americans and allies, we band together to ensure that this type of hateful message should not be allowed to continue on our television and radio airwaves. Given the recent amounts of media attention that has been given to Michael Richards (against African Americans), Isaiah Washington (against gays), and Rosie O’Donnell (against Asian/ Chinese Americans), it is ridiculous that this type of hateful speech made it through various screenwriters, the show’s producers, the show’s actors, and ABC itself.

We demand a public apology to the Filipino American community, and we demand the episode be edited to remove the ignorant and racist remark. We will not allow hateful messages against our community (or any other oppressed community) to continue.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

Does anyone remember that dictionary that said:

“Filipina (n) Domestic Helper”

Sigh. Bigotry abound.

Biased News

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

 

Fox News = Most Biased Ever. Worse than the local brand, even. O_o

Yesterday, 01 August 2007, 1600H (+8 GMT), there was a news report on a Connecticut rape/murder of a family. Apparently, the perpetrators are 2 guys that were given parole.

By the way, I’m only writing the gist of it — I was too busy to write it down word per word yesternight. I tried looking for the news in the Fox Official Website, but to no avail… :(

Newscaster: What I want to know is that why were these guys given parole? I mean, look at their rapsheets! Murder after rape, rape after theft… it’s obvious they’re going to do it again.

Me: O_o zomg.

Such bigots, I tell you. How can they say that in (inter)national television??? It’s just like saying
“drug rehab is useless” or “prison time is useless - they should all be killed so that they can’t do it again”.

In any case, they were basically dissing Senator Joseph Lieberman about it - not very effectively, though - they just kept rephrasing the abovementioned statement. -_-

Newscaster: Why were they given parole in the first place? Can’t the government do something about this injustice??? The government made a stupid decision and must now make amends. Who is responsible for this? Who can retract the parole order?

Lieberman: Well, the Governor has the power to give and retract parole orders. It’s up to her.

Newscaster: *long pause* *repeats above*

Cousin: Psh. They just don’t wanna slam her (M Jodi Rell) ’cause she’s republican.

Me: O_O!!!

… And I thought GMA and ABS-CBN were biased… O_o