Make the Right Choice

Tomorrow 31 October 2006 is the last day for Overseas Filipinos to register as Absentee Voter. Comelec estimated that half a million Overseas Filipinos are set to vote in the coming May 2007 election. If we exercise our right to vote sincerely and wisely, then these figures are substantial enough to change the course of the history of Philippine politics.


Political issues, old or new may still be just around the corner, it maybe gone forever or not but for now we should focus ourselves into whom among these leaders worthy for our votes.    


David L. is right, let’s move on and set aside partisan politics for a moment and concentrate more on identifying whose the best one, after all it is our heart that dictates our right of choice.



Yes! Filipino people are divided on what we believe in for the good of our country but to sum it all, we have only one thing in common and that is “for the better Philippines”.

5th Quran Reading Contest

Press Release No. NNP-53-2006 28 October 2006


28 Oct 2006 – The Philippine Embassy announced the successful conduct of the 5th Qur’an Reading Contest, a much anticipated annual event held during the Holy Month of Ramadhan.

Held on 20 Ramadhan 1427 (12 October 2006), the 5th Qur’an Reading Contest was participated in by 11 Filipino Muslim brothers from the Maguindanao, Maranaw and Tausug tribes and the Balik Islam group.

Phil. Embassy Charge de Affaires Nestor Padalhin

Phil. Embassy Charge de Affaires Nestor Padalhin

In his message to the guests and participants of the event, Charge d’Affaires, a. i. Nestor N. Padalhin said that the contest is an important, fitting and meaningful celebration of Ramadhan. He thanked the members of the Filipino Muslim community in the Kingdom for their support and more importantly, he extended his gratitude for the support given by a significant number of Saudi businessmen who generously provided prizes to all the winners and participants.

The Firm

I read interesting news item today in the Philippine Daily Inquirer titled “The Firm“. It is all about how Justice Antonio Carpio voted for a NO in the Charter Change issue.


Contrary to the famous novel by John Grisham  “The Firm”  in which the book shows that deception is everywhere, including the legal system, Justice Carpio on the other hand expresses his action that legal system in our country still works.  Being a Presidential appointee and having professional attachment with the Arroyo’s with his previous Law Firm does not hinder his belief in search for justice.  



Speaking of Law Firms, there are many Law Firms in our country that can produce good Judges and Justices in the future, to name a few like: a) Romulo, Mabanta, Buenaventura, Sayoc & De Los Angeles, b) Tanjuatco, Oreta, Factoran and Berenguer; and Oreta, Suarez and Narvasa c) Chan, Robles   d) Jaromay, Laurente, Pamaos  e) Mamangun & Juco f) Sycip, Salazar, Hernandez, Gatmaitan Law Firm and many more in the provinces.


Though abovementioned law firms are prominent and long time practicing lawyers in the Philippines, I added in the list new law offices of young energetic lawyers. 

Justice Prevails

“The Constitution being the fundamental law of the land deserves the utmost respect and obedience of all the citizens of this nation. No one can trivialize the Constitution by cavalierly amending or revising it in blatant violation of the clearly specified modes of amendment and revision laid down in the Constitution itself”.


“If this Court allows today a cavalier change in the Constitution outside the constitutionally prescribed modes, tomorrow the new dominant political group that comes will demand its own set of changes in the same cavalier and unconstitutional fashion. A revolving-door Constitution does not augur well for the rule of law in this country”. – The High Tribunal

500,000 Pinoys abroad expected to vote in next year’s polls

By: Mayen Jaymalin, Philippine Star: 10/16/2006

Half a million Filipinos abroad, including undocumented workers, are set to vote in the 2007 senatorial and party-list elections, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said yesterday.

An estimated 150,000 Filipinos are expected to register for the overseas absentee voting which is ongoing until Oct. 31, Comelec Commissioner Florentino Tuason said.

In an interview, Tuason said, “500,000 is already substantial, it can make the difference on who will sit as the new senators.”

The poll official said a portion of those who registered for the coming elections are undocumented workers. “I don’t know the exact figure but we were able to encourage a number of undocumented Filipino workers to register,” he said.

Tuason noted that by registering for the coming elections, undocumented workers would not only be able to vote, but also legalize their stay abroad.

In the 2004 presidential elections, only 350,000 Filipinos abroad registered and participated in the polls.

Earlier, Tuason reported that about 5,000 Filipino migrants in the United States will be voting by mail in next year’s elections. He said the Comelec has decided to allow voting by mail in the US because it would be faster and cheaper.

Happy Eid L Fitr

Yesterday was the start of EID L FITR, the end of Ramadhan, the holy month of Islamic world. Usually, companies in Saudi Arabia are closed for a week in observance of the feast.

"Eid Mubarak"

"Eid Mubarak"

However, due to the urgency of work and company commitments with our clients, we have only one day, the 23rd of October declared a non-working day. We can’t refuse to come to work because it will be paid, normal working day, plus a day overtime and a day paid bonus – Not so bad at all.

I spent my half day (23 October) in the hospital morgue where my late co-employee laid to rest (died due to stroke) temporarily waiting completion of his documents going back home.

But my one day vacation was not really a good one. I regret visited the city proper just to experience a horrible scene like in the movie, a disturb lady jump into the hood of my friend car pretending like Lito Lapid in his action stunt flick movies. Though the car was idle she was not hurt, I trembled because the law in Saudi Arabia in this kind of situation is in contrast at home. Our friend at the back seat of the car giggled and said “Pare nakarating si Darna sa Saudi ang layo ng lipad“.

Oh What a Day! Anyway, “HAPPY EID L FITR” to everyone!

Rule by Law and Rule of Law

What is the difference between Rule “by” Law and Rule “of” Law?

The difference between “rule by law” and “rule of law” is important. Under the rule “by” law, law is an instrument of the government, and the government is above the law. In contrast, under the rule “of” law, no one is above the law, not even the government. The core of “rule of law” is an autonomous legal order. Under rule of law, the authority of law does not depend so much on law’s instrumental capabilities, but on its degree of autonomy, that is, the degree to which law is distinct and separate from other normative structures such as politics and religion. As an autonomous legal order, rule of law has at least three meanings. First, rule of law is a regulator of government power. Second, rule of law means equality before law. Third, rule of law means procedural and formal justice. By: Bo Li, What is Rule Of Law.

But the rule of law is not strengthened when it is wielded like a weapon against our enemies. It is reinforced by universally and consistently applying it. Indeed, in societies like ours, we add to the law’s majesty by letting its axe fall in the first instance on those to whom we are closest. Nothing erodes the rule of law more than when it is invoked by the very ones who brazenly and routinely manipulate it. By: Randy David

OFW Empowerment Forum

To: Fellow Overseas Filipino Workers/Filipino Migrant Workers,


VERY SOON “OFW Empowerment Forum” will be available where we can discuss OFWs issues and concerns and “Empowering Overseas Filipinos through Economic and Political means”. 



To many migrant NGO activists, “migrant empowerment means consciousness raising”. It means enabling the migrant workers “to appreciate the causes and effects of migration on macro and microlevels; to enable them to understand the problems that migrants face in the work place and at home; and to enable them to respond to those problems by mobilizing personal and collective resources that are available to them”


Page 18 of ILO, Empowering Filipino Migrant Workers, Policy Issues and Challenges, The Challenge of Empowering Filipino Migrant Workers.