Friday, May 24, 2013

A poem for Dan Brown's 'Inferno'

Dan Brown’s choosing and vivid description of Manila, in all the cities of the world, through a character in his latest novel "Inferno" saying about the city capital of the Philippines to be the Gates of Hell, have sparked anger in the Philippines. Philippine government officials especially that of the tourism department have denounced Brown's novel for it can only create a bad impression of the city to the world. He (Dan Brown) may or may have not been to the Philippines, but he sure has all the freedom to create a world for what his mind is capable of describing through the written words. But, the truth is and in reality, Gates of Hell is not Manila and vice versa; he only needs to see the beauty of the place for what his fiction cannot quite appreciate. There's no such thing as a perfect city but there are places/cities in the world which are far more worse than what the Gates of Hell that is Manila being portrayed: Mogadishu in Somalia, Syria, Afghanistan, North Korea, Monrovia in Liberia, and many more. It only supports the fact that the Inferno's Gates of Hell, after all, is just an exaggeration in fiction. This novel may have told the truth about the city and its people but it's only focusing on the negative sides of it. Manila is a beautiful city with rich history and culture and one that the Filipino people can be proud of. Dan Brown, who also authored the highly controversial The Da Vinci Code, Demons and Angels, and many more, is, of course, just a fictionist who would like to sell out his books. The creator of Gates of Hell in this Far Eastern city of the doomed, trying to blip away from my radar screen to escape, cannot go unscathed. I have prepared something for him to deal with what, I think, is his fiction’s antidote: A poem for Dan Brown’s Inferno:

Gone are the Gates of Hell published--
A flaw it was, indeed;
But someone thinks what he had wished:
The hell that he has made.

So much for telling truths and lies
And deep imaginings;
The Gates of Hell seen through his eyes
Is one hell best of things.

The Gates of Hell resides in us
If we would let it be;
Not in a place we think it was
But where we drift away.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Time to defend our national pride and dignity

What happened on the 9th of May 2013 when the patrolling coast guard of the Republic of the Philippines intercepted foreign vessels sailing within Philippine waters and accidentally killed one person, which were later known to be Taiwanese fishing boats, should have served a lesson from both sides. For these Taiwanese poachers, they should have been aware of the fact that what they’re doing is illegal. Some of these poachers, taking advantage of the poorly equipped Philippine navy and coast guard, have been entering and going out of Philippine territory so many times already without getting caught. And, in some instances, when they are caught they will just say as an excuse, “We’re having engine trouble and while we’re doing repair the current of the sea brought us here.” But the incident on May 9th is a different one as the coast guard reported that one of the foreign boats tried to ram their vessel. Of course, I believe, the rules of engagement have been observed by our coast guard. But after several warning shots have been done and ignored, and upon seeing one of the boats heading towards their direction, they decided to open fire again this time aimed at the engine area of the incoming boat to disable it. The boat did stop, and so is the life of a 65-year-old Taiwanese fisherman inside. It was an accident.

The rage of the Taiwanese people erupted after that incident. Taiwanese government demanded a Philippine government apology and compensation to the family of the accidentally slain fisherman. But while the Philippine government was apologizing, Taiwan rejects it. The lives of almost 90,000 Filipinos working in Taiwan could be in great jeopardy if the situation gets worse. According to a report in the news, some Filipinos in Taiwan were attacked by some Taiwanese gangsters and sympathizers. Some of them were even hospitalized due to the severity of the injury absorbed. They even threatened about going to war against the Philippines if their demands won’t be met. Damn, who are these Taiwanese people to dictate us what we shall do by the way? Their arrogance, no doubt, reflects that of their cousins from the mainland.

The president of the Republic of the Philippines, being the commander in chief, should be tough on this issue. We've had been so much trodden as a people. They show us no respect. I think it’s about time to defend our national pride and dignity for that matter. The Philippine government should never have apologized to the Taiwanese people in the first place. Apologize, for what? These poachers violated laws and the coast guard naturally is just doing its job. To compensate, out of humanitarian reason is, for me, okay. But to apologize to a violator is a big joke. If they want to go to war against us, then let them. We as a free people should fight them with what we have; our battle-hardened soldiers could give them a good fight. We have to show to these arrogant race of people that we're not afraid of them. As a preparation, president Pnoy should create more industries in the soonest possible time to accommodate the displaced Filipinos in Taiwan should the war occur. More industries mean more jobs. 

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