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Making Roads Unsafe: Stupidity from the MMDA June 27, 2007

Posted by Maddog in Politics and Law.
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alice_dodo_bird.jpgIt looks like the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and its Chairman, Bayani Fernando, now want to join in our national leaders’ pastime of creating unbelievably stupid laws and regulations.

As reported by GMANews.TV and Sunstar, the MMDA wants to impose impractical and dangerous new rules on motorcycle owners and riders:

Under the “Dual Motorcycle and Helmet License Plate Numbers Policy,” the license plate numbers on the helmet should be on a water-proof sticker permanently placed on both sides of the headgear and should be large enough to be seen by the public

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The resolution adopted MMDA Resolution No. 07-07 passed in February implementing the “No Face Shield” policy for back riders of motorcycles plying main roads and secondary streets.

Let’s see what these rules will mean to the motorcycle-riding public.



Where is the Honor? June 13, 2007

Posted by Maddog in Religion and Social Issues.
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In his recent Independence Day speech, Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno said:

Let us ask, what is the true condition of the Filipino now? Does he have what we could call honor? Is it true he could hold his head up high? Because our heroes did not fight for an abstract idea, we should be living with honor.

Freedom presupposes honor, that is true. Honor, however, comes with being honorable. To be honorable is to engage in actions that hold fast to high moral principles; it is to put the greater good over selfish preoccupations. How then can we aspire to be an honorable people when we Filipinos, as a nation, put the dishonorable in power and then do nothing to fight their depravities?

isaiah.jpgA terrible evil stalks our beloved land. It knows no borders, spares not even the most helpless, and cares nothing about God, principles, integrity. or the truth. It is an evil that deceives our people. It tries to convince the masses that the causes of their poverty are such lies like “overpopulation,” or an “unmet demand for contraception,” or a “dogmatic Church”, “meddling priests,” or some other nonsense that will serve as a cheap excuse. It is the evil that tries to hide the real cause of the numbing, crushing poverty that robs our people of dignity, health, their rights, and even their lives every single day.

We are a people terribly oppressed by our very own: by those who steal our votes, waste our tax money buying the political loyalty of community leaders, and use the police to do their dirty work. They sit in high places and make boring, platitudinous speeches extolling their hollow achievements. The trophies of their mindless bad governance and unquenchable greed are the dead Everymen that work and toil only to leave behind grieving families without enough money to bury their departed loved ones.