Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Yippee!

The MRI scan cleared me out of the suspected aneurysm.

YEY! Will continue being the Ranting Hatter. :D
Another blog's being cooked up,,, :D
watch out. :)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Hats Off.

Have you ever wondered why they say the Mad Hatter is MAD?

This blog was supposed to be named the mad hatter site. I was taking care of a reasonable, responsible anger problem at that time and all I wanted to do was put out my rants in this blog. Eventually, it changed me as I have learned more self-control and stuff like that. But going back to the question:

They say the Mad Hatter (from Alice in Wonderland) is a representation of hat makers from a certain time frame. They say because these hatters used to put chemicals on the hats for style and beautification, it eventually affected their thinking and they became "mad" or crazy.

I thought this was relevant to me because I am a "mad" person.

Turns out, I might be having the same fate as a real hatter.

A few days ago, while at work, I experienced a throbbing pain at the back of my head which was usually a sign that I'd be having headache soon. Because i was working, i just texted my mom to buy a pain reliever for me so that i can take it when I get home. The pain rapidly grew and by the time I was on my way home, I was already feeling dizzy and I can't really watch the road. I got home safely but I went straight to the bed to lie myself down in sheer pain due to the terrible headache. I wanted to vomit but I just can't. 

I tried to eat dinner that night but my headache just stopped me from doing so. I went back to bed in hopes that with dinner taken and with meds taken, I can go to sleep and the headache will go away.

It did not.

I woke up at around 3AM or 4Am the next day crunched at the bed because I was feeling a terrible headache, so painful I was awaken from my sleep. It was an excruciating pain that I was crying already... I hate it when headaches do that, you know, stay overnight and piss you like that. I tried to sleep but I already can't, and therefore I just waited til the time I have to get up and went to the office with the terrible pain.

When I reached the office, I took pain relievers... but it was there also that I was feeling the need to vomit again and so I did... but nothing came out...

Soon, the pain was relieved and I just had a little throbbing pain somewhere there in my head that lasted many days, until the day I went to the doctor for medical check-up. To tell you frankly, the headaches that succeeded the worst headache were minor, and I was able to go through many stuff at work because the pain was tolerable.

When I went to the doctor for check-up and told him I recently had the "worst headache ever", he asked me questions about having migraines. I told him I know migraine when I have one, it's just that this worst headache was different as it woke me up in the middle of the night because of intolerable pain. He asked me if I eat a lot of cheese, I said no. Lots of chocolates? I said no. Preservatives? In chips, yes.

He then told me I have to undergo CT Scan and later changed it to MRI. I requested him to refer me to an eye doctor as well because the headache might just be due to my eyes... 

But my eyes were clear of any problem whatsoever.

My MRI is scheduled next week. 

The doctor's initial diagnosis?
Brain Aneurysm.


Now if that was due to the Ranting Hatter's hat, well, hats off guys. I just earned myself a valid reason to be THE Ranting Hatter. :) 

But seriously. May I just say that I'm a bit worried? The MRI is expensive, and I hope it shows something. A lead as to why I'm having the series of headaches. A reason for that troubling worst headache. I don't wish that it would be Aneurysm, as I have read many stuff that proves it's a dangerous case. But I just wish it can tell us something.

Well, whatever happens, I just wish in whatever way God is glorified, 
let it be.

If it's aneurysm, I know He'll heal. Or not, depending on the purpose.
If it's not, then I know it was Him teaching me just a little lesson.

Your Ranting Hatter just created this post to rant about my feelings.
It's not easy to wait for a week for MRI that will tell you if you have the dreaded case or not.
It's not easy pretending you are okay at work and at home.
The truth is, I'm worried. And the other truth is, while I am afraid,
I'm excited to see what the results could be.

Whatever it says, it will relieve me.
So at the meantime,
I'll just distract myself from thinking about it.

It will all be okay. :D

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Real Game of Thrones Part 3



Part 3: A Battle Won by Grave Mistakes

The game changed when Chief Justice Renato Corona appeared in the Impeachment Court in a highly dramatized stint filled with rhetoric, mud slinging, scripted opening speech which he himself requested he should give... and the Senate, in due respect, obliged. It was one mistake, for by doing so he opened many points for discussion, and in the end, even proved he has a moral issue as he walked out of the proceeding mainly because he was Chief Justice and that he wishes to be excused.

Later on we saw Corona run to a hospital, got sick and had to be confined. A usual eskapo for GMA minions. 
Either you get hospitalized, or you die.
Their game play has been very clear. But the game of thrones will always put someone in the losing side.
It was their time to taste defeat.

As he was brought back after this, Corona made his next mistake: admitting that he did not disclose his 2.4 million dollar account and his 80 million peso co-mingled funds. Following this was another mistake – he quoted R.A. 6426, The Foreign Currency Deposit Act of the Philippines, as his sole defense on why it was legal for him not to put into his SALN the dollar account. His stand? SALN was never an impeachable offense. His conscience, as he said, was CLEAN.

On that fateful day of May 29 2012, 23 Senator-Judges decided.

Ed Angara voted to CONVICT. He said it was Corona who "removed the iota of doubt" when he admitted he did not disclose his dollar account. Alan Cayetano voted to CONVICT, citing "lack of counter evidence" to answer the testimonies of Ombudsman Carpio Morales, and that he cannot accept Corona's "interpretation of law" as a defense. He posed a question: if that was not Corona, will we accept that reason? Joker Arroyo voted to ACQUIT, saying, in perhaps the most wonderfully articulated speech, "I cannot imagine we'll remove the Chief Justice on a (miswritten) SALN". Pia Cayetano cited Code of Conduct, encapsulated in R.A. 6713 as the standard of her decision. Said she, "corrections are allowed, but the failure to cite 2.4 million $ and 80 million pesos is NOT MINOR." She voted to CONVICT.

All eyes and ears were stolen by famed senator judge Miriam Defensor Santiago, who, again, fuming with oratorical delivery and cursing here and there, lambasted the thinking of those who were not like her. The burden of proof, according to her, is on the prosecution, and they were not able to produce it. On citing impeachable offenses in the Constitution (Article XI, Sec 2), she believes a correctable SALN cannot be an impeachable reason. 

Frank Drilon as expected, voted to CONVICT, saying Corona had no evidence to support his claims. Chiz Escudero voted to CONVICT, also ending with a statement that he submitted his waiver to the Ombudsman and that he was open for transparency. His explanation, like the others, made sense, saying that the Secrecy Clause of R.A. 6426 allows depositor to look into his own account, therefore equipping him to include this in his SALN. 

All the next Senator-Judges voted to CONVICT: Jinggoy Estrada on being "not convinced" by Corona's use of a 6426 for his defense, TJ Guingona on asking "Nasaan ito sa kanyang SALN?", Gringo Honasan saying "we have not proven that Corona is corrupt" but "no longer fit to preside the highest court in the land", Panfilo Lacson speaking of "half truths are lies", Lito Lapid in a rare opportunity where as a mere high school graduate and novice in lawmaking, said pasensiya na po as he voted according to his conscience.

Bongbong Marcos expectedly voted to ACQUIT. he was famously quoted for his speech, saying "when the furor has died down... we shall find solace in fact that this decision... is fair." Marcos was Corona's last hope. For after him came the barrage of votes to CONVICT.

Serge Osmeña said justice should be applied equally. Kiko Pangilinan cited systematic concealment of Corona's assets. Koko Pimentel again cited R.A. 6713. Ralph Recto saying it is mandatory to submit a true document under oath. Bong Revilla, the surprise swing vote who completed the required 16 votes, quoted "Chudor" Roosevelt, cited divine "frovidence", and said he heard directly from Corona the admittance that led to his decision. Tito Sotto and Antonio Trillanes followed suit, and Tunay na Mahirap Tindero ng Hipon Nakaligo sa Dagat ng Basura his Emminence, great business tycoon Manny Villar obviously just took the opportunity to talk about HIMSELF. He voted to CONVICT, by the way, reiterating Corona is a good man.

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile completed the overwhelming 20 votes to CONVICT, and in his long speech of recapping the process, he proved he is a man of REASON. His point? The prosecution never really proved anything. The May 25 2012 hearing compelled him to form his decision, with a rude CJ speaking for himself without presenting hard evidence, and quoting the law that exempts him from true declaration of SALN. To Enrile, Corona was still DUTY BOUND, and that Corona's reasoning was "GROSSLY MISPLACED". 

For me, convicting Corona based on his miswritten SALN constitutes to this:

Culpable violation of the constitution
For purposes of impeachment, "culpable violation of the Constitution" is defined as "the deliberate and wrongful breach of the Constitution." Further, "Violation of the Constitution made unintentionally, in good faith, and mere mistakes in the proper construction of the Constitution, do not constitute an impeachable offense."

It was Corona's intention not to disclose his foreign accounts. 
It was a breach of the constitution, most especially of Article XI, Section 2.
As the highest magistrate of the land, he should have known better.
The law should not be breached.

That was how GMA's lasting formidable wall came to end. It goes down in history as the first successful Impeachment ever done by the country. it was done with much beauty and elegance. it was decided upon by a landslide vote. It was a fair trial, only that because Corona made his own mistakes, he eventually got a taste of his own medicine. 

And that medicine proved bitter, not only to him and his family,
but to the Queen who once held the Iron Throne despite the pronouncement of a new King.
And now, when the furor subsides as Sen. Marcos implicated, the Queen shall know she's next.

Only God knows where this game of thrones would lead us to. The game of thrones is dynamic – it may end on one's victory and another's loss, but the game never ends. An election is steaming, a new CJ will come into place, and the president I voted for may do something wrong along the way. Let's be watchful, for this Real Game of Thrones provide us with more episodes– realistic ones, never-ending plots, and most of all, a game where we can find our own individual selves in; caught between all these things, with only the power of democracy being our dragons, us waiting for the Filipino People to gain true hold of the Iron Throne.


The Real Game of Thrones Part 2



Part 2: Taking Down the Walls

The House of Representatives. The delegation tasked of collecting enough reasons for certain officials' impeachment. Once, in my younger years, that same house previously led by Manny Villar impeached former president Joseph Estrada. Hearing went on in the Impeachment Court: The Senate. This was the former game of thrones. It shaped our future, and it brought us to where we are today. It never ended, as it was disrupted by a walk-out, a dancing scene, a crying scene, and to cap it all off, an EDSA DOS who's celebratory person was Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, crowned owner of the Iron Throne. That same person whom millions have proclaimed as the next Cory Aquino adopted graft and corruption in her plate. The public despised her.

Slowly, the new administration made efforts to bring down her walls. The Truth Commission was established, but later on abolished by the Supreme Court, CJ Renato Corona at the helm. Any corruption charges were blocked by her other minion, Merceditas Gutierrez, Ombudsman of the country.

GMA made several futile attempts to avoid justice. As she was being held captive in one hospital, travel ban from DOJ enforced by Sec. Leila De Lima forbade her to seek medical treatment abroad. CJ Corona, in capping an SC Decision, released TRO for this ban which sent GMA to the the airport, on wheelchair and with other spine-correcting tools, prepped to go abroad for treatment (and for others, it was escape). Leila De Lima fought for the ban, and GMA was stopped from leaving.

GMA was a mere participant in the Congress, and with the Congress running side by side with the current administration, impeachment complaints were the clear solutions. One was made for the Ombudsman, who, later on, resigned and did not undergo proceedings. She was replaced by one key person who once stood her ground on a moral rule called delicadeza – Conchita Carpio Morales. The other was for the Chief Justice, and it did push through under lead prosecutor Niel Tupas and the Congress led by Sonny Belmonte.

It was this House of Representatives that brought the Impeachment to the deciding court, the Senate, led by Juan Ponce Enrile and is, opposite the Congress, a delegation filled with 23 minds that altogether answer to no one, admin or opposition alike.

Only 5 were solid administration supporters – Drilon, Pangilinan, Guingona, Recto, and Osmeña. Staunch opposition were Marcos and Arroyo. Defensor Santiago, an ICC Judge, stood for nothing other than the rule of law. Villar and Legarda were former election opponents of PNOY. With them are siblings Pia Cayetano and Alan Cayatano, the latter ending his term in 2013 and might possibly run again. Lacson was MIA until he met with PNOY and participated once again in the Senate. Escudero was aligned with the PNOY's plans on defeating corruption. Angara had his son in the prosecution panel. Estrada, Sotto, Revilla, and Lapid were former actors, but also were part of the Senate for a long time. Honasan and Trillanes both came from the military and both had histories of coup attempts. Enrile, once called Bastard Son of Malabon (just like Ned Stark's bastards), most senior of all, leads the pack.

As the battle in court began, we see two faces of opposing sides: One was filled with people from the administration, congressmen acting as prosecutors, Niel Tupas at the lead. The other face was a face of expertise – the defense, composed of elite lawyers with former Associate Justice Serafin Cuevas as the head.

Clearly, the battle was one-sided. The prosecution team did not stand any chance on winning, most especially because of two things: first, the articles of impeachment were flawed, and second, their evidences were proven wrong. It was a battle to be won by the defense, whose ride throughout most of the forty days of trial were smooth and loved by many. Of the 8 articles of impeachment, only 3 were valid for decision: 

ARTICLE II, Non-disclosure of correct SALN
ARTICLE III, Wife Accepting a Government Post
ARTICLE VII, Release of TRO on GMA's Travel BAN

We know what happened in the court proceedings. Prosecution loses, Defense wins. But nothing is ever final if the verdict has not been handed over. The 23 judges would still have to decide. In a mere twist of fate, unexpected and simply bludgeoning enough to shake all things, Chief Justice Renato Corona made a crucial mistake. Add to that a prior witness, brought in by the defense as hostile witness, placed the country's attention to Corona's dollar accounts and undisclosed wealth. It was Ombudsman Carpio Morales, the same lady whose delicadeza brought her to stand her ground and do not accept the nomination for GMA's midnight appointment.

The game has changed.

The Real Game of Thrones Part 1



Part 1: Who Sits on the Iron Throne?

Who sits on the country's Iron Throne?  It was not the current King. It was the former Queen.

Chilling. If ghosts really did exist and have the hobby of creeping up behind us, tickling our spines with icy airs of death, it is the same chilling effect. Chills when former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, in all her last strides to barricade herself with protective strategies, appointed Associate Justice Renato Corona as the new Chief Justice of the Republic of the Philippines. The country has voted a new president. Democracy ruled in the game-changing election, when people looked forward to an election not controlled by the administration, and the evidence was when many of the admin bets slipped down the tally in a painful loss and received damaging stabs of truth. The people didn't want one more moment with GMA nor her cronies. It was time to move on.

But that midnight appointment spelled out it was not going to happen.

As the JBC nominated the next justices in line to replace CJ Puno following his retirement, two stood their grounds in believing it was not for an outgoing president to decide on who the next administration's CJ would be. They are Associate Justices Antonio Carpio and Conchita Carpio-Morales. Their opposite, Renato Corona, gleefully accepted GMA's decision.

Constitution experts believe this is wrong and is an impeachable offense.

Article VII Section 15 spells out the truth. There's a Constitutional Ban on GMA's appointing powers, and that began March of 2010. Corona's appointment was made days after the election, May of 2010. From the very start, Corona's post was flawed.

Our laws do not spell out one rule which might have stopped GMA from doing all these things. That ONE RULE, I believe, is a moral virtue one has to uphold at times like this – it's something we call delicadeza.

It was chilling because GMA was able to put all barricades into place. Her Ombudsman appointee cannot be removed from office other than reasons of impeachment or resignation. Same goes for her Chief Justice. And because she does not possess that ONE RULE of higher moral standard, she breached delicadeza and secured a post in the Congress, representing her District in Pampanga. It was chilling because SHE IS UNTOUCHABLE.

And she played the game with such expertise. She holds the Iron Throne.

Yes, I voted for President Noynoy Aquino. With me are millions of other "fools" who believed he can lead us away from these trends in corruption. We are millions of "yellow army", "yellow brigade", and just plainly speaking, stupid people voting for a dead president's son. I beg to defer. Stupid as I am to have voted for PNOY, my intellect is firm. And my choice is something I am proud of, but at the same time I am most watchful of.

My wish? That he would make GMA touchable once again. That he would, as the country's leader, get us through all the barricades GMA had set and reach her, snatch her out of her comfort, and like a thief in the night surprise her with pulled out resources, dead-end corners, and ferret out the truth out of her, if there remains any.

All of these he should do while saving the country's ass from many other factors. Poverty. Territorial Battles. Economy. Law and Order. Peace. Education or lack of it. Jobs or lack of it. But most of all, the choice was driven because of one thing – that even if he fails in others, I just want to see an honest president.

On May 29, 2012, I believe another one of GMA's formidable walls had fallen. It was not an easy thing to do, and as a mere 22 year-old young man looking at the wars for the throne, it did not even look as bright and wise. It was a dirty little game, blown up to bigger proportions.. but in that dirty little game, I had hoped the lesser evil would emerge the victor... 

It took 44 days for that formidable wall to fall. In about 40 of those days, GMA still secures the Iron Throne. How was it taken away from her? Who was the culprit? Who was the victor? 

And by taking the throne away from her, will the political game of thrones end?

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Hello guys!

Hi everyone! I've taken a more... subdued approach on some stuff given that my work requires me not to explode but more so to think about and plan about certain things including my reactions and comments... :) so, let me train on that.


meanwhile, if you may, kindly visit and add to the blogs that you follow the blog I've just created.

It is called Life with Mochi, our Pom puppy who just got home today. it will be filled with a lot of stories, and hopefully some lessons too!


follow it!


see you guys!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Biblical Perspectives (Alam dapat to ng Katoliko)

We can go on defending our causes and I could go on and post pro-art statements, but I thought I should at least post something that speaks of this issue in a biblical perspective. Even the religious ones complaining about the issue weren't so keen in stating as to how they were violated based on biblical principles.

PROBABLY BECAUSE, AND THIS IS THE FIRST POINT,
it was not a biblical tradition to have statues and posters to represent Christ or God.

The BIBLE should always be referred to in times like this, because what we hold on to as religion may in fact have different teachings that are apart from what God has given or ruled or said. Here's my effort of putting in a biblical perspective.

EXODUS 34:17 "Do not make any idols."
EXODUS 34: 14 "Do not worship any other gods, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a Jealous God."

EXODUS 20: 4-5

"“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments."

IN context of these biblical scriptures, the tradition of having idols, santos, Jesus pictures, etc. which I respect can, in black and white, be wrong. Our God is a jealous God. If we pray, depend, and uplift man-made idols--these representations--wouldn't that make God angry?

And if so, once defiled, will the destruction of these idols be of greater worth?

An argument can be made.

"These are our intercessors... Together with the Virgin Mary who will pray for us... and the specific saints that will send our messages to God depending on what we need"----- Catholic Tradition

In the Bible, however,

HEBREWS 7:25 "Therefore he is able to save completely[a] those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them."

God intercedes between man and Himself? YES. To clear things up, we should remember the Trinity: Three Persons, One God. It is the Holy Spirit that intercedes for us. In the Bible again,

ROMANS 8:27 "And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God."

So we now know that when we pray and open our hearts to God, it is the Holy Spirit that intercedes... Meaning, it's a direct connection to that One God that we praise and love and adore and respect. Who now needs an intercessor apart from the God we intend to talk to?!

So enough about that. It's clear. Now the issue is, an artist called Mideo Cruz created an ARTWORK, AN INSTALLATION ART, involving wood-carved penises and idols and posters of the so-called "look of Christ". Media sensationalized it, and did not show the other components, like our idols in music or pop culture. There's Britney, there's F4, there's money and piggy banks, there's even pictures of Marcos.

I don't know about Cruz's intention, but from what I actually get from it, it's about our current idols--the things that control us the most.... The message is simple: Amongst all these majors in our lives today, we are still connected by our belief of God, or to some, of a god that reigns somewhere out there... But this is tainted, because humans continued the mistakes of the past and carved an image of God in woods and marbles and what not, and it is of the same material that we carve Penis figures, dirty toy objects, it is the same paper, the paper where we print "HIS FACE", that we print on when we want F4 or Britney or any other stars like Lady Gaga...

So what are the supreme religious sectors crying out for? Disrespecting their tradition?

They disrespected God in the first place. and Our God is a jealous God.
But it does not justify. IN biblical perspectives of respect, Cruz did blatant mistakes.
However, I leave it to the "religious" ones to find scriptures for it.

If they were really rooted in the scriptures, this is what they should have done:

1) Pray and love their enemies.

>>>> Luke 6 : 35 says "But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked."

>>>>Also, in Matthew 5:43 to 45, "43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous."

2) They should not have felt disrespected, because it is a blessing to be persecuted for the name of the Lord.

>>>> Matthew 5:10 says "Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

>>>> 1st Corinthians 4:12 says "We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it..."

3) They should have corrected with a gentle spirit, not like the so-called religious who posts malicious reactions.

>>>> Apostle Paul had asked, "21 What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod of discipline, or shall I come in love and with a gentle spirit?" in 1 Corinthians 4:21, in correcting the people.

They should have used this not as a grand stage for showing their prowess, power, and might, but they should at least have prayed and let God do the rest. Apparently, with all the rules I've previously stated, our good Lord would have told them "You made idols. You made representations. it is apt to destroy them."

The artist maybe wrong, after all. And he is accountable to God, not to men. Why then should the religious hypocrites pretend that they are fighting a good cause? If it was wrong, He will receive the wrath of God. He is not to be judged. It is the same Christ, the same Christ you and I have, that once saved a woman from being stoned to death by asking someone who did not sin throw the first stone. NO ONE THRE A STONE. We were all sinners, and apart from God’s grace we remain to be.

However, popes and the rest of them hate it. All their traditions would go to waste. Where in the Bible did God say craft out an idol? Have his picture painted? Have Rosary with beads? Talk to a priest when you have sinned? At least art has a rich line of history so you can trace where it all began. New Testament ended without even mentioning Catholicism.

I know that there are wrong things that the Bible wants to correct. RH Bill is a topic that is forever attached to the pro-life stand of the Church. To this we quote the Bible. “Give unto Caesar what is due to Caesar.” It means, that as God has placed a leader, a government amongst us, the government decides. We could only pray that the government will uphold the values of the Bible—NOT of the popes—and continue the righteousness we all should emulate. Then again, art is out of this context. Art is an entirely different conversation: It cannot be repressed by any rules, apart from a Government Code or Law. But as humans we are permitted to speak and express. Even Jesus contradicted Pharisees or HIGH PRIESTS, right?

So tell me. These people who called us artists stupid and immoral---
Were they Christians? Or we’re all in the same tight spot?