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Edsa 1 – people power

A defining moment for filipinos or just a footnote in history? I could barely recall the accounts that led to these events for I was a youngster then. So I searched the net for edsa revolt and voila here is my version of edsa revolution or a sum of stories pics. Much have been said of “People Power” that ousted Ferdinand Marcos in 1986. It was a series of nonviolent and prayerful mass street demonstrations in the Philippines from February 21 to 25 in 1986. The demonstrations took place at Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), over a million Filipinos was involved. For the first time, poor Filipinos and rich Filipinos, Communists and Church leaders, classes which would never have associated in the past, gathered together in national unity and put their lives at stake to fight for a common cause, to overthrow their dictator of more than 20 years, Ferdinand Marcos, who had held power of the Philippines under martial law. So 22 years has passed and what now? Do we still remember the essence and significance of it. I think not, it was just an event that occured and now just a footnote of the past. But to continue further to my research here are some more details about it. Well I must first tell you this by searching edsa 1, I stumbled upon this website www.calaveracomics.com.
The people power poster was made by them aside from many other things. Anyways back to my story.
Let’s get back to them one by one.

FERDINAND MARCOS
Ferdinand E. Marcos, born September 11, 1917, was the eldest of the four children of Mariano Marcos and Josefa Edralin. In 1965, Marcos won the Presidential Election from incumbent president Diosdado Macapagal. He later sought and won an unprecedented second term in 1969 against Liberal Party Senator Sergio Osmeña, Jr. Through a series of Constitutional changes, Marcos found a way for himself to hold power until 1986. President Marcos and his wife Imelda managed to extract approximately ten bullion dollars, or three times the annual Gross National Product – a sum that won them recognition in the Guinness Book of World Records as the planet’s premier thieves.

CORY AQUINO
Maria Corazón Sumulong Cojuangco, born on January 25, 1933, to a Chinese Filipino father and an ethnic Filipina mother, in 1955 she married Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino. Ninoy Aquino rose to be governor and senator, then under the Marcos regime was arrested, sentenced to death, and exiled. Cory accompanied him into exile in 1980. After his death she entered politics as head of the Laban coalition, and stood against Ferdinand Marcos in the presidential election of February 1986. She is considered to have been the voice of the Revolution

BENIGNO AQUINO
Born in Concepción in Tarlac province on November 27, 1932, Aquino became mayor of the town in 1955 at the age of only 22. In the same year he married Corazón Cojuangco . He became governor of Tarlac in 1961, secretary-general of the Liberal Party in 1966, and a senator in 1967. Aquino was a leading opposition politician in the Philippines during the dictatorship of President Ferdinand Marcos. When President Marcos declared martial law in 1972 Aquino was imprisoned on charges of murder and subversion. He was sentenced to death in 1977. This was commuted into exile to allow medical treatment in the United States in 1980. On August 21, 1983, Aquino was assassinated at the Manila International Airport on returning home from exile, and widow Corazon Aquino became the focus of the opposition and eventually replaced Marcos as president.

JUAN PONCE ENRILE
Minster of Defense, Enrile was a child born out of wedlock grew under impoverishe
d circumstances to become an undaunted fighter for the guerrilla movement during World War II. As a young military man, he rose in the ranks of the Philippine Military. After the assassination of Benigno Aquino in 1983, he retracted his support for the dictatorship of Marcos to join the revolutionary forces. Alongside Fidel V. Ramos, they gave the revolution a boost from the military to support the rising revolution against Ferdinand Marcos

FIDEL V. RAMOS
Ramos was the Vice Chief-of-Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and headed thePhilippine Constabulary (now known as the Philippine National Police) during the Ferdinand Marcos regime, but he eventually turned sides for the revolutionary movement along with Juan Ponce Enrile. Ramos eventually became the 12th president of the Philippines in 1992 with the support of then-president Corazon Aquino.

GREGORIO “GRINGO” HONASAN
Honasan was a young militaryman assigned as chief security officer for Juan Ponce Enrile during the revolution. His role in the success of the revolution earned him numerous medals for his bravery and valor.

JAIME CARDINAL SIN
Archbishop Cardinal Sin was one of the influential voices of the Philippine Catholic Church. He was able to turn the tide in favor of the revolution with the belief that God was on their side. His voice bound the Philippine people, a predominantly Catholic people, and turned them into a force to topple the Marcos’ dictatorship

EVENTS

Martial Law

Using the wave of lawlessness and the threat of a Communist insurgency as justification, Marcos declared martial law on September 21, 1972 by virtue of Proclamation No. 1081. Under the proclamation, press freedom and other civil liberties were curtailed, Congress and media establishments were closed down, and the arrest of opposition leaders and militant activists, including his staunchest critic Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. were ordered.

Constitutionally barred from seeking another term beyond 1973 and with his political enemies in jail, Marcos reconvened and maneuvered the proceedings of the Constitutional Convention to adopt a parliamentary form of government to pave the way for him to stay in power beyond 1973. Sensing that the constitution would be rejected in a nationwide plebiscite, Marcos decreed the creation of citizen’s assemblies which anomalously ratified the constitution. Even before the Constitution could be fully implemented, Marcos added several amendments to it including the prolonging of martial law and permitting himself to be President and concurrent Prime Minister.

The assassination

The assassination of Ninoy Aquino, Marcos’ main opposition leader, upon his return to the Philippines in August 21, 1983, after a long period of exile transformed the opposition movement overnight from a small isolated movement to a mass movement involving people across all classes of society in Metro Manila. The middle class was involved, the lower class was involved, and business leaders whom Marcos irked during martial law supported the movement.

The assassination showed the increasing incapacity of the Marcos regime—Ferdinand was mortally ill when the assassination occurred while his cronies mismanaged the country in his absence—and outraged Aquino’s supporters that he would allow the assassination of a key figure of the opposition to happen.
Defections

The events of the revolution started when two key leaders of Marcos’ military, through which the dictator exercised his power, withdrew their support for Marcos. On 6:45 p.m., February 22, 1986, Saturday, The Minister of Defense Juan Ponce Enrile and the Vice Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Lt. Gen. Fidel Ramos announced at a press conference their withdrawal of support and accusing Marcos of cheating in the snap presidential elections. They declared that Corazon Aquino was the rightful president.Subsequently, they barricaded themselves in two military camps: Ramos at Camp Crame and Enrile at the Ministry of National Defense in Camp Aguinaldo. Both camps faced each other across EDSA. With only a few hundred troops behind them, Enrile and Ramos prepared for the inevitable attack by Marcos-loyal troops led by General Fabian Ver, the Armed Forces Chief of Staff
The Catholic Church

Within one hour, in a message aired over Radio Veritas, the only non–government-controlled radio station, the highly influential Catholic Archbishop of Manila Jaime Cardinal Sin exhorted the Filipinos to come to the aid of the rebelling leaders by going to EDSA between Camp Crame and Aguinaldo and giving emotional support, food and other supplies. Many people, especially the priests and nuns, headed in troops to EDSA.

People Power

People went to EDSA until the numbers of people swelled up to the hundred thousands. Many of these people claimed that they came only with prayers and many came carrying statues of the Virgin Mary. The mood in the street was actually very festive, with many bringing whole families. The spirit despite the circumstances is a facet of Philippine culture, which celebrates good taym (“good time”) and festivity. Performers entertained the crowds, nuns and priests led prayer vigils, and people set up barricades—makeshift sandbags, trees, and vehicles—in several places along EDSA and intersecting streets.
Everywhere, people listened to Radio Veritas on their radios. Several groups sang Bayan Ko (My Land), which, since 1980, had become a patriotic anthem of the opposition. People frequently flashed the LABAN (fight) sign, which is an L formed with their thumb and index fingerShortly after lunch of February 23, Enrile and Ramos decided to consolidate their positions. Enrile crossed EDSA from Camp Aguinaldo to Camp Crame amidst cheers from the crowd.n the mid-afternoon, Radio Veritas relayed reports of the Marines massing near the camps in the east and tanks approaching in from the north and south. A contingent of Marines with tanks and armored vans, led by Brigadier General Artemio Tadiar, were stopped along Ortigas Avenue, about two kilometers from the camps, by tens of thousands of people. Nuns holding rosaries knelt in front of the tanks and men and women linked arms together to block the troops. Tadiar threathened the crowds but they did not budge. In the end, the troops were forced to retreat, surprisingly with no shot fired.

Channel 4

At around that time, June Keithley of Radio Veritas received reports that Marcos had left Malacañang Palace. His report was broadcasted to the people at EDSA. The crowd celebrated and even Ramos and Enrile went out from Crame to appear to the crowds. The jubilation was however short-lived as Marcos later appeared on television on the government-controlled Channel 4, declaring that he would not step down.

During this broadcast, Channel 4 suddenly went off the air. A contingent of reformist soldiers (the rebels), under Colonel Mariano Santiago was able to capture the Channel 4 station. Channel 4 was put back online, shortly after noon, with a voice declaring “This is Channel 4 serving the people again.” By this time, the crowds at EDSA had swelled to over a million. (Some estimates place them at two million.)

The Inaugurations

On the morning of February 25, Tuesday, at around 7 a.m., a minor clash occurred between loyal government troops and the reformists. Snipers stationed atop the government-owned Channel 9 tower near Channel 4 began shooting at the reformists. Many rebel soldiers surged to the station.

Later in the morning, Cory Aquino was inaugurated as the President of the Philippines in a simple ceremony at Club Filipino in Greenhills about a kilometer from Camp Crame. She was sworn in as President by Senior Associate Justice Claudio Teehankee and Laurel as Vice-President by Justice Vicente Abad Santos. The bible on which Aquino swore was held by Aurora Aquino, the mother of Ninoy Aquino. Attending the ceremonies were Ramos, who was then promoted to General, Enrile, and many politicians.

Outside Club Filipino all the way to EDSA, about two million people cheer and celebrate. Bayan Ko was sung after the Aquino’s oath-taking. Many people wore yellow, the color of Aquino’s campaign for presidency.An hour later, Marcos conducted his own inauguration at Malacañang. Hundreds of loyalist civilians attend the ceremony, shouting “Marcos, Marcos, Marcos pa rin! (We want Marcos!)”. On the Palace balcony, Marcos took his oath as President of the Philippines and broadcasted by the remaining government television channels. None of the invited foreign dignitaries attended the ceremony.
It was a Shakespearean moment, a king shorn of his power as he took his oath. Imelda Marcos sang one more rendition of Dahil Sa Iyo (Because of You), the couple’s theme song. After the inauguration, the Marcos family and their close associates hurriedly rushed to leave the Palace. The broadcast of the event was also cut off as rebel troops successfully capture the other stations.

By this time, tens of thousands of people massed at the barricades along Mendiola, only a hundred meters away from Malacañang. They were prevented from storming the Palace by loyal government troops securing the area. The angry demonstrators were pacified by priests who warned them not to be violent.

Marcos Flees

Marcos later talked to U.S. Senator Paul Laxalt asking for advice from the White House. Laxalt advises him to step down. In the afternoon, Marcos talks to Enrile asking for safe passage for him and his family. Finally, at 9:00 p.m., the Marcoses were transported by four American helicopters to Clark Air Base in Pampanga, before heading on to Guam, and finally to Hawaii.
When the news of Marcos’ departure reached the people, many rejoiced and danced. Over at Mendiola, the demonstrators were finally able to enter Malacañang, long denied to the Filipinos in the past decade. Some looting by overly angry protesters occurred, but mostly people wandered inside looking at the place where all the decisions which changed the course of Philippine history were made.

All over the world, people rejoiced and congratulated Filipinos they know. Almost overnight, the Philippines became a source of inspiration and admiration. Bob Simon, an anchorman at CBS declared: “We Americans like to think we taught the Filipinos democracy—well, tonight they are teaching the world.”

“Marcos’ finest hour”

The actual dialogue on TV went as follows:

Fabian Ver: We have to immobilize the helicopters they’ve got. We have two fighter planes flying now to strike at any time, sir.
Ferdinand Marcos: My order is not to attack.
Ver: They are massing civilians near our troops and we cannot keep on withdrawing. You asked me to withdraw yesterday….
Marcos (interrupting): My order is to disperse [them] without shooting them.
Ver: We cannot withdraw all the time…
Marcos: No, no, no! Hold on. You disperse the crowds without shooting them. You may use any other weapon…

via www.mtholyoke.edu and wikipedia

“. . . We are doing so at a time when the nation is torn, anguished, and bleeding,
when 54 million Filipinos cry for succor, when our countrymen are fast losing hope that nonviolent means can restore those freedoms . . .”
Joaquin “Chino” Roces
Chairman, Cory Aquino for President Movement
(from a speech delivered on October 15 1985)

Spolarium


The Spoliarium is a painting by Filipino artist Juan Luna. The painting was submitted by Luna to the Exposicion Nacional de Bellas Artes in 1884, where it garnered a gold medal. In 1886, it was sold to the Diputacion Provincial de Barcelona for 20000 pesetas. It is hanged in the main gallery at the ground floor of the National Museum of the Philippines.
The Spoliarium measures four meters in height and seven meters in width. The canvas depicts a chamber beneath a Roman arena, where bodies of dead gladiators are being dragged into a shadowy area, presumably to be put in a bigger pile of dead bodies.

Juan Luna’s famous painting Spoliarium was painted in a very large canvas and is more or less life size. His painting portrays defeated gladiators in the arena being dragged into a pile of other corpses. On the left side, there are many spectators viewing the spectacle with a variety of expressions. While on the far right side of the painting, is a very notable grieving woman in torn and shabby clothing. Horizontal lines are seen in the walls and the people watching the scene. But diagonal lines that denote movement are very obvious and can be seen in the gladiators’ slain bodies, in the men dragging them and in the floor tiles. There is a dominant use of contour lines as shown in the muscles of the arms, legs and backs of the gladiators. In the use of color, there is a governing use of red mostly seen in the center that attracts attention of the viewers at first sight. The use of green on the weeping lady’s dress creates contrast against the gladiators’ red dresses. The intensity of the color red is very overwhelming. Almost all of the colors used are warm colors which he think it is intentional. Luna used the colors in a way that he injects his own symbolism in them.
Well anyways that’s Spoliarium… and I meant by the title Spolarium by ERASERHEADS

song: Spolarium
artist: eraserheads
album: sticker happy

A D
Dumilim ang paligid
G E A
May tumawag sa pangalan ko
D
Labing-isang palapag
G E F
Tinanong kung okey lang ako
C
Sabay abot ng baso
F C
May naghihintay
F C F
At bakit ba ‘pag nagsawa na ako
E
Biglang ayoko na…

Chorus

A C#m Bm
At ngayon di pa rin alam
D A
Kung ba’t tayo nandito
C#m Bm
Puwede bang itigil mo na
D D
Ang pag-ikot ng mundo.

Lumiwanag ng buwan
San Juan Di ko na nasasakyan
Ang lahat ng bagay ay
Gumuguhit na lang
Sa ‘king lalamunan.

Refrain

F C F
Ewan mo at ewan natin (kung)
C F
Sinong (may/nag)pakana?
C F
At bakit ba tumilapon ang
C E
(Gintong alak/Spoliarium) diyan sa paligid mo?

Repeat Chorus

Adlib: A-D-F#m-E-D-A-F#m-E-E

Umiyak ang umaga
Anong sinulat ni Enteng at Joey diyan
Sa pintong salamin
Di ko na mabasa
Pagkat merong nagbura-aah, haa
Aah-hah-aah.

Repeat Refrain

Repeat Chorus except last line

Coda

Ang pag-ikot ng mundo
Puwede bang itigil mo na
Ang pag-ikot ng mundo
Puwede bang itigil mo na
Ang pag-ikot ng mundo… (15x and fade)

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eraserheads

A dozen years ago four brilliant but then underrated musicians cast rocjs into a pond. Then lo and behold! Instead causing of ripples, it created a tsunami that swallowed everything in sight. They were The Eraserheads. The pone was original Pilipino Music. And the tsunami? Pop alternative- proudly pinoy, made flesh then and has dwelt among us since. The end. not. Years after Ely Buendia, Raymund Marasigan, Buddy Zabala and Marcus Adoro aka Eraserheads have parted ways, the music of the acknowledged flag bearer of Pinoy pop alternative music continues to course through the veins of the generation they left defined. It’s all because they made nine groundbreaking studio albums that collectively sold more than a million copies; churned out, oh, only more than two dozen hit singles that composed the collective soundtrack of a nation and won every imaginable award the industry could give them. “The Beatles of the Philippines”,
The Eraserheads still serves as shining example for today’s new artists, whether they admit it or not.
They mostly admit-hence “ultraelectromagneticjam.”
Slated to become the biggest OPM album of 2005, the 17 track album produced by Jam 88.3 and distributed by Sony BMG Music Entertainment is composed of refurbished Eraserheads tunes done by an all-star roster tapped from diverse genres in the current OPM umbrella.
The album was launched Nov 29, 2005 in UP Theater in UP Diliman, their Alma Mater.

HISTORY
In 1989, two college bands from the University of the Philippines, Diliman were both in search of new members for a new group. Curfew, which consisted of Buddy Zabala on bass and Marcus Adoro on guitars, met up with Sunday School, which consisted of Ely Buendia on vocals and Raimund Marasigan on drums, in December of the same year. The four decided to form a new group, calling themselves The Eraserheads. The band took their name from the movie “Eraserhead” by surrealist director David Lynch, which they picked up while reading a magazine. They did mostly covers, playing at every gig in their school that they’ve managed to get into. Eventually, they did the rounds of Manila’s rock club circuit, achieving little success.’Eraserheads Database’.

The band found that they weren’t good at covering other people’s hits, so they concentrated on writing their own materials instead. “After all, if we committed a mistake, no one would recognize it since they don’t know the song, right?” Buendia explained.

Their original songs live soon earned them a cult following in their school, which gradually spread outside the campus. One of the songs, a pop song entitled, “Pare Ko,” became very popular, partly because of its lyrics that included a few obscenities.

The band recorded a cheap, nine-song demo tape in Marasigan’s garage on January 6, 1991. Eraserheads Database, n.d. Accessed last February 25, 2007. They then shopped the demo around record labels, clubs and radio stations, hoping to have their songs reach the public. However, they were rejected at every turn, with a recording studio deeming that their demo was “not pop enough. In May 1991, a friend professor from their school, Humanities professor Robin Rivera, helped them record and mix a better version of the demo on a four-track recorder.The demo was named Pop-U!, in response to those who turned them down.

Meanwhile, Buendia was employed as a student copywriter by BMG Records Pilipinas (now part of Sony BMG Music Entertainment). He worked with BMG during the day and wrote songs with the band during the night. Eventually, the songs of Buendia and the band caught the attention of BMG A&R Director Vic Valenciano. Valenciano listened to the songs and then commented that they were very raw technically, but that there was something promising in them. Subsequently, BMG gave the Eraserheads’ songs a try. In 1992, BMG signed up the Eraserheads for a three-year record deal.

via hot n cool and wikipedia

jun lozada

Probably the most talked about person now in the Philippines because of his expose on the ZTE broadband deal.

Here is his transcipt from a morning conference held at Lasalle Greenhills.

I’d like to start by thanking a lot of people who expressed their sincere sympathy for the family. I’d like to thank them first, so many of them. And in Tagalog, nagpapasalamat po ako sa lahat ng nagpahayag ng pag-aalala sa akin at sa sampu ng aking pamilya.

Ako po’y nagtawag sa pagpupulong na ito upang mabigayan ng liwanag. Madami kasing mga katanungan ang bayan ukol sa proyekto ng NBN-ZTE na ito.

At upang huwag na sanang mapilitan pa yung iba, marami nang mabubuting taong napilitan pang magsinungaling dahil sa akin. Hindi naman sila kasama rito, napipilitan pa silang magsinungaling. Ayokong maging dahilan na magkasala sa Diyos at sa bayan kahit sinoman. Ayoko ho iyon.

Mabigat po sa aking damdamin ito at isipan, ang aking gagawin. Ngunit kailangan kong gawin ito para sa kaunawaan, para maliwanag na ang isipan ng bayang ito na lubhang makaka-apekto doon sa kinabukasan nila.

Ang aking ilalahad na mga salaysay ngayon tungkol sa ZTE-NBN ay yung mga bagay na ako’y may personal na ginampanan, the things that I’m involved with. And I’m going to say this with malice to no one.

Wala ho akong malisya kahit kanino man. Ang sasabihin ko ay kung ano lang ginawa namin, at kung ano ang nangyari.

Introduced to Abalos

To my recollection of events, I’ll start off the first time I was introduced to this project by Secretary Neri, monitored action to Chairman Ben Abalos. I guess if it was not late September, early October I was introduced by Secretary Neri to Chairman Ben Abalos in Wack-Wack together with his entourage sina Ruben Reyes…and the ZTE president Yu Yong and Fan Yang. We had lunch in Wack-Wack wherein we talked about the NBN-ZTE.

I remember that the Secretary told Chairman Abalos to course his project proposal to the proper channel. NEDA received the first copy sometime in October…prepared by…All questions were referred back to Asec Formoso.

When the Secretary gave me a copy for me to review, the first three that really caught my attention, when I was reviewing the financial cost, the financial projection were based on… September 20, 2006 issue wherein they were quoting how much government was spending for telecom expenses…

…So, I told the Abalos group, through their guy Leo San Miguel, that they should revise their proposal. They should fix it and try to avoid the education part of it, because there’s already a cyber-education project.

Abalos wanted $130 million

Sometime in November, that was the time that I also met Joey de Venecia, to see the presentation on a similar project but on a BOT basis. And at that time, the Secretary asked me if the project was appropriate for NBN.

Until we presented the project proposal for the NBN. And the Secretary asked If I think it was appropriate and I said yes, so he encouraged Joey to push through the project development further.

And when the Secretary asked me if there was a synergy between the two projects I said, yes. But both of them were pitching for the same project. The Secretary told me to reconcile the two proponents. And at that point, it was really a good project.

At that point, when the Secretary told me to reconcile the two proponents, I immediately went to work and proposed one tool for the two proponents wherein both of them can achieve both of their objectives. Joey’s objective was to do a BOT with government, which was completely above board, and then Chairman Abalos’s objective was to do a loan, a project on a loan basis.

So the project structure that I proposed was that Joey becomes the lead contracting party to the government, it’s on a BOT basis anyway. And that Abalos, to achieve his objective of supplying, becomes supplier to Joey’s project.

I thought at that point it was already a win-win situation for everyone involved. The government gets its NBN project, Joey gets his BOT project, and then Abalos gets his supply comes up.

So, at one point I got them already to do their own thing. It’s finished. But I guess the trouble started when Chairman Abalos wanted to protect his $130-million… how shall I put this…commission on the project. So dapat daw proteksyonan ‘yong $130 million, (before) we agree that Joey become the main proponent.

‘Bubukol po ito’

At that point, I just felt that…it might be a little too big, in the vernacular sabi ko bubukol po ito, sabi ko siguro kalahati pupuwede. But nonetheless I relayed the information to Joey, because it’s going to be Joey’s project anyway.

And Joey’s reaction was really like ballistic, parang he was worried, saan n’ya kukunin itong $130 million na ‘to, because the project cost is $262 million, and Abalos wanted $130 million na komisyon. So sabi ko sa kanila, hindi ko problema ‘yan, that’s your problem.

So at that point, I don’t know if the listener can realize how much money all of these are na pinag-uusapan…$130 million…At that point, I was telling them na problema n’yo na ito basta you make sure you’ll get this thing together because we don’t want another Atong Ang or Chavit Singson scandal to rock this country. I also made it very clear…na basta maayos lang.

ZTE’s advances to Abalos

Sometime in December, the ZTE rep, si Yu Yong at saka si Fan Yang, who get quite close to me, along the progress of the work, were already getting frantic and talking to me about developments in the project, because they’d already gave enough advances daw to Chairman Abalos. So, sabi ko sa kanila, the project is moving along, they should not be alarmed.

So, it was also at this point because of Joey’s hesitance to agree on the $130-million commission, that Chairman Abalos started considering doing the project on his own, deretso na siya.

Ang sabi ko ho sa kanya na hindi ho puwedeng de-deretcho kayo, kasi ang kabilin-bilinan ni Secretray Neri, na yun din ata ang utos ng Presidente, na this project can only be done through a BOT basis, hindi puwedeng utang.

‘Tawagan natin si FG’

So I was standing firm on that, na hindi talaga pupuwede. At that point, that was the time that Chairman Abalos said, halika, tawagan natin si FG. So, sabi niya, nung tinawagan niya, pare nandito yung taga NEDA sa tabi ko, hindi raw puwedeng i-utang yung project ko.

I cannot hear the voice from the other end, pero sabi n’ya, kung ganyan kayong kausap, and the Chairman continues, kung ganyan kayong kausap, ang hirap n’yo palang kausap, kalimutan n’yo na lang ang usapan natin.

I don’t know what that meant. But the following day, totoo nga, a letter from the Chinese ambassador came addressed to the government, and… with Mike, stating that this is already December.

‘Moderate their greed’

You can check this with the records. I’m just doing this through my own recollection. But if you can check sometime December, a letter addressed to Mike yata, came in from the Chinese ambassador saying that there is now money available for a loan, for the NBN project, independent of the cyber-education project.

Kasi yung cyber-education yun ang napag-agree-han na ilo-loan na. Ngayon there’s another loan na naman na puwede na rin yung NBN i-loan, it was sometime early December.

So, I told the Secretary about it, Secretary Neri. And his instruction to me was very clear, sabi n’ya, Jun, you moderate their greed. I was naive to accept that order. I do not know what moderating greed means, but I followed Secretary Neri.

‘Pare, okay na kami sa NEDA’

And due to the insistence naman nitong mga taga ZTE that the project gets going, Chairman Abalos invited us sometime on the third week of December, I’m pretty sure of the timing, over dinner in Makati Shang-rila. He asked to invite Joey as well, kasi si FG will be there with us.

Actually the First Gentlemen did not say much, except that Chairman Abalos told him na pare okay na kami nina Joey, ok na kami sa NEDA. (and the FG answered) Ah, ganon, mabuti naman, okay na , okay na.

So, I’m just narrating to you with no malice intended. Whatever that means, kayo na po ang bahalang umano.

And on their trip to China, I did not join them anymore, and I guess Joey can speak omn what happened in China.

Like the North Rail

Sometime in early January naman, Secretray Neri again invited us for lunch with Abalos in Edsa, in Makati-Shangrila in a Chinese restaurant together with Yu Yong and Fan Yang, the ZTE, and the Chinese commercial councilor. At that point, the Chairman again was making the impression that the project is already a go. May be there was parallel trust…because…(but) it was not yet a go.

So there was some negative reaction from the ZTE person, and the Secretary noticed some awkward moments there, and then he immediately ask a leave, and said that he had to go, and asked me to stay behind.

Chairman Abalos and the ZTE guy were in curious exchange of words, because the ZTE people were like demanding from Chairman Abalos that he promised that the ZTE deal will be done on a loan project under the North Rail. I don’t know why they speak about the North Rail. I don’t know why they speak about the North Rail. They keep on mentioning ala North Rail terms loan agreement.

‘Alam mo bang…?’

So, that was last meeting I had with the Chairman. And on January 18, I remember the date very well. This is the only date that I can remember because this was the date I said bye to the project.

I was then in Dumaguete in Negros, together with Henry Teves, when Chairman Abalos called me up, to some like early evening, and asked me questions like, “Alam ba ni Neri yung ginagawa mo, (I said) Opo. Alam ba ni Neri yung ginawa mo. Opo. Alam mo bang malapit ako sa military. Opo. Alam mong malapit ako sa intelligence. Opo. Alam mo namang malapit ako…

And then he started cursing. Mura siya nang mura in Tagalog, lahat-lahat. At ang sabi niya, nandito sa akin yung CD lahat ng phone conversations ninyo nina Joey, mga hayop kayo, tina-traydor n’yo ko.

I don’t know what gave him that impression..but the fact, that they said I know the week 17 in ISAPF can do that, which Chairman Abalos and Ruben Reyes are …close to, I was not surprised.

So, I just took with a grain, and then Chairman Abalos ended up…his words with, “Huwag kang magpapakita sa aking hayop ka sa Wack –Wack o sa Mandaluyong at ipapapatay kita.”

That’s when all my troubles started. So, I quit the project. I told the Secretary that I don;lt think this project is worth risking my life for. All I did was trying to help the Secretary understand it.

So on February 2007, the executive order was issued. So this is now my personal participation ended and where it ended for the project concept.

From $262M to $329M

In February 2007, an EO was issued by the Office of the President, transferring the telos, the implementing agency to DOTC. And on April, the project… the NBN was approved…at $329 million.

When I quit the project, the project cost was $262 million. So it was approved. I don’t know what happened then. I’m not imputing anything now. But when it was approved, it was already approved at $329 million. And the day after it was approved, the President together with other officials, went to China to witness the signing of the agreement.

This project for me is one transactional example of a dysfunctional government procurement, a systemic dysfunction on how we procure projects. There are other more that have escaped scrutiny, but ganun din ang sistema. And I have agonized over this decision…

Ang dasal ko lang sana maintindihan n’yo yung dusang dinananas ng pamilya ko ngayon. Ang dasal ko lang sana matutunan na natin after nito na ang salitang Pilpino ay hindi lang tumutkoy sa isang pamilya. Ang salitang Pilipino ay tumutukoy sa isang bansa, ang bansang Pilipino. And sometimes, it’s worth taking a risk for this country.