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Senate inquiry – ZTE

Since I arrived home about 3 or 4 hours ago, I’ve been listening to the Senate hearing on the anomalous ZTE NBN Deal. Jun Lozada who was a technical consultant for the project is now up on what can be likened to a witness stand.

I’ll say a silent prayer for his safety, though I know he has nuns and priests guarding and supporting him since his ordeal started a couple of weeks ago, he’s probably in greater danger now that he’s spoken to the Senate, and it’s televised live on national cable TV.

A lot of people are caught up in that big mess and the subsequent efforts to cover it up. I believe that he really must be in grave danger. More so than JDV.

When the hearing was suspended for lunch, the Cabinet members and Malacanang personnel came out on a press conference, explaining/rebutting Lozada’s statements. It’s high time that deals like these are exposed because I am sure everyone knows this isn’t the only deal that’s padded with bribe money. It happens in small scale projects as well.

It’s just taking so long for this Senate inquiry to get to the point. Each senator has his/her own set of questions. So they are each piecing the puzzles together, but in segments. I wish they prepared better as a group so they can have a common strategy. Then maybe it wouldn’t take the whole day to finally get into specifics of the deal that I think should be the focus.

No, I don’t mean to criticize how the senators are doing their jobs. I just pity Lozada for having to endure the endless questions, sometimes he is asked the same question by another person. And though he now looks comfortable sitting in the middle of the hall, I’m sure he is anxious too.

I wonder if something will really come out of this?

Free Agent


I got me a Seagate FreeAgent Desktop – a USB External Hard Drive.

It’s just given me 320G of additional space for all our photos, files and most importantly – my digiscrap supplies.

I know that an EHD is also a hard drive and can get corrupted, so I’m not being complacent and I will still make backups on DVD. I’ve also been uploading some photos on online photo storage options (some remain private, of course).

I recently received some additional income via a project I was working on for my mom’s office, and it made sense to spend part of that on this. It now sits next to our wireless router and it’s neighbors with my printer. They all look cozy up there. Haha!

Anyhow, today was a very interesting day. Alfred picked me up from work and we went straight to Gilmore to make the purchase. He also had to drop off something that he needed to have fixed. We wanted to lunch at JT’s but it was too early. He then thought perhaps we could go for Thai food – but it would have also been too early for the place we were thinking of. Arianne confirmed that SR Thai was still in business, though they moved to a new place still along Katipunan (I don’t know how long ago they did, but at least they moved since I was there last). By the time I received the info, we had already decided to go for Pizza Hut Bistro along E.Rod.

Boy did we have a huge fight that started from something really, really petty.

I left the restaurant before he did, but he followed me home. There was much drama in the next 30 minutes or so – which involved cellphones flying all over the place – but then things got settled again.

All is well again. Whew.

My own digiscrap sites list

On my Mozilla browser on the desktop PC, I have a long Favorites/Bookmarked list of Digiscrapping blogs that I rotate visiting. It takes probably the whole week before I can finish one round of all those links – sometimes I don’t finish.

What makes it so long to make the rounds is that a bookmark doesn’t tell you whether the site has been updated or not. So I click on each one and wait to be suprised with a new post, or be disappointed that there’s nothing new. So I figured, perhaps I should get me the code to Hummie’s BlogRoll because it shows you which ones are updated, but then I don’t have the exact same list.

Now because Hummie has been ever so helpful to all digiscrappers, she has offered to maintain the Digiscrapping BlogRoll and has even mentioned in her site how she set it up. So I got it in me to set up my own links. Mind you, the blog/site owners don’t necessarily know that I got them in my list, and I don’t think they’d mind. I will add to this Blogroll which I’m placing on my sidebar, whenever I feel like. For now, there’s one link there – Susan’s Raspberry Road Designs blog. I’ll be adding Hummie’s link in too. That’s because those are the two links I have access to from this laptop I’m using. Once my desktop decides to pop back on again, I’ll copy my bookmarks so I can easily update my links, and more importantly, continue with my journey around the world through my favorite digiscrap sites.

House of Representatives

Last night, my parents were tuned to the live coverage of the plenary session of the lower house of the Philippine Congress. A motion was filed to declare the seat of the Speaker of the House vacant. We caught part of JDV’s privileged speech. As well as the tailend of the voting.

JDV sounded so, understandably, wounded. Betrayed. Because he was being ousted, his emotions got the better of him, and he gave the whole country some sort of confirmation, or inside information, on the anomalies that the administration (and the first family) were involved in. One can’t help but question his credibility, and his character. He knew of all those things as they were happening, yet he remained silent. Doesn’t that make him an accomplice? I’m sure he has reasons for being mum about it, just as he has his reasons for speaking out just now. But that’s it, he’s a little too late to be the hero.

But I won’t judge JDV. What they are doing to him is just what politics is about. It doesn’t really matter that it’s wrong.

We shouldn’t look at this for what it is: a personal attack on JDV, a war between him and the family who lives in Malacanang. I actually think that events like this should be the topic of discussions on Political Science or Governance classes. It’s a perfect example of how democracy has failed us.

Don’t get me wrong, I am for democracy – a government for the people, of the people and by the people (or something). But just like families can be dysfunctional, so has our government.

One, the Legislative branch is supposed to be separate from the Executive. Yet, it is clearly the hand of Malacanang at work here. Two, when given a chance to explain their votes, the congressmen/women cited that because of differences in principles, they were not granted funds to support projects in their localities. That’s bull. If not all congressional districts have a right to funds for infrastructure projects or social services, then why allocate such funds in the first place? Such funds should just be channeled straight to local governments and not to the lawmakers. JDV apparently, failed to look at and treat all representatives the same way.

The happenings last night should teach voters a lesson: choose a rep that can author the laws that matter to you. Road improvement is not the top priority project of legislator, it’s to amend laws and make new ones. Leave local projects to the Mayor’s office.

When will we ever survive and truly start to rebuild a genuine government for the people? We seem to be farther and farther from it.

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