I write better when I smoke. Don’t ask me to reduce it to a science.


This article made me think about the irony of ‘freedom parks.’ When the cops say that rallies will only be allowed at freedom parks, it implies very strongly that it is in only in those parks that freedom can be found. Everywhere else outside those parks would be a no-freedom zone, yes? Alright, so that’s a little smart-alecky, but I think in a country that prides itself on freedom, setting aside certain places as freedom reservations sends the wrong message. Freedom cannot be contained in a park, otherwise it is not freedom at all. Freedom cannot be like an animal in a zoo. Let them take Mendiola. The kids in the u-belt will be happy for it, and in any case, what is so wrong with taking one day off to celebrate freedom outside the confining margins of a park?


I don’t understand Ces Drilon when she says:

On January 11, another government head added to the chilling effect. DOJ [Department of Justice] Secretary Raul Gonzalez issued a Media Advisory to news organizations warning us that we face criminal charges if we disobey orders from authorities during “emergencies”. This so-called Media Advisory was quickly condemned by local and foreign journalists because this is again a threat not only to the legitimate exercise of our profession but also to the guaranteed Freedoms of Speech, Press, and the Right to Information.

Disobeying the lawful orders of persons in authority – most especially when those persons are actually in the performance of their duty – is a crime. How can disobeying a lawful order, given lawfully by a person authorized to give such an order be considered a “legitimate exercise of their profession?” When you commit a crime, there is no way that can be a legitimate exercise of anything.


“The public’s right to know is a right, with or without the government’s consent,” Maria Ressa says. True enough. But the threat of arrest for the commission of a crime does not significantly affect the public’s right to know it is not the news that is being suppressed, it is the unlawful behavior. What sort of arrogance presumes that the arrest of one or ten felonious journalists will lead to an encroachment of the public’s right to know. They’re not the only ones covering the story are they? And as long as the public still has a way of getting a fair and impartial report of the news, there is no constitutional affront. Someone, please tell Maria Ressa that.


Instead of striving so mightily to posture as freedom fighters, ABS-CBN’s news hounds should probably try to remember that basic tenet of their profession: report the news, don’t be the news.


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6 Responses

  1. omg, a fellow female smoker! you are so right about ces drilon and maria ressa. they carry it too far. really, as if they were indispensable. as if we care kung mawala sila.

  2. cvjugo says:

    I guess ‘freedom parks’ is one of those components of a ‘managed democracy’.

  3. rom says:

    stuart-santiago: golly. 😀 thanks for dropping by, angela (hope you don’t mind if i call you that). LOL. I, for one, don’t care if Ces or Maria cross-over to full-time advocacy work. 🙂

  4. rom says:

    cvj: LOL. Managed democracy? Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? 😀 😀 😀

  5. cvjugo says:

    Personally, i think it is, but that idea is popular in certain quarters.

  6. shiro says:

    foucault, this is all foucault…

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