WHAT is wrong with Senators Miriam Defensor Santiago and Gregorio Honasan? I can’t believe them saying that keeping Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in jail while she is awaiting trial would damage democracy and our government institutions and that we would economically suffer.

When Japan and Korea imprisoned their former presidents for corruption their government surely did not suffer nor did the investors avoided them. Of course Arroyo’s incarceration would cause an effect worldwide, a positive one, for now the world will know we are serious in doing what is right.

Based on the reaction of the people I met and talk with about the graft cases hurled against Arroyo and her ilk, we are prouder now than ever to be Filipinos because finally it can be said that the wheels of justice although slow is moving in our country.

Everybody is in agreement that prosecuting Arroyo would strengthen and not damage government institutions. Her being a former Malacañang tenant doesn’t make her different from any of us so why should she be given a different treatment? Perhaps Santiago and Honasan should be reminded that Arroyo is being prosecuted and not persecuted and that they are still on planet Earth and not in some God forsaken part of the universe.

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It is about time that actor-comedian Rodolfo “Dolphy” Vera Quizon be given the recognition he deserve by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. He should be made a national artist now not because he is fighting for his life but for his quality contribution throughout the years to Philippine cinema.

The NCCA’s prestige suffered when it allowed itself to be politicized by Arroyo by giving awards to her favored ones although they are truly undeserving of the accolade. I respectfully submit that giving Dolphy, the comedy king, the due recognition is a means for the NCCA to make amends to the people for its past indiscretion.

Dolphy deserved to be recognized as a national artist.

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The Department of Education should learn from Finland and apply its egalitarian system of education to our own.

According to the Free Encyclopedia “the present Finnish education system consists of well-funded and carefully thought out daycare programs (for babies and toddlers) and a one-year “pre-school” (or kindergarten for six-year old); a nine-year compulsory basic comprehensive school (starting at age seven and ending at the age of sixteen); post-compulsory secondary general academic and vocational education; higher education (University and Polytechnical); and adult (lifelong, continuing) education.”

It is a system where emphasis is placed on learning how to learn, cooperation, instead of competition, and the giving of “opportunities for increased independence is to enable all children to take care of themselves as “becoming adults,” to be capable of making responsible decisions, to participate productively in society as an active citizen, and to take care of other people who will need his [or her] help.”
I will discuss more of this in my future columns.
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Does boredom wear you down or is there just a nagging feeling that you want to get away from the metropolis and be with mother-nature? Then go and visit Bato Springs in Barangay San Cristobal, San Pablo City.

Located at the foot of the mystical Mt. Banahaw, Bato Springs is just one hour and 30 minute drive from Manila. You have a spacious parking space that could even accommodate tourist buses and first class amenities for all your business and pleasure needs.

For more information call Ms. Elaine Garchitorena at 0495620976 or (0916) 372-3926.

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