Friday, January 29, 2010
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We interrupt this blog-blackout with a statement from the AIM Policy Center, through its Executive Director, my cousin and counsel, Prof. Ma. Lourdes Punzalan Aranal-Sereno, a former professor of the UP College of Law and one of its valedictorians:


The Philippines’ Long-Term Economic Interests Demand These

It does not take a legal luminary to conclude that the prohibition against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo appointing any future Member of the Supreme Court, whether as Chief Justice or Associate Justice, is absolute beginning March 11, 2010 and subsists until the end of her term on June 30, 2010. The Constitution in unequivocal language imposes this ban under Article VII, Section 15 and in the same section admits of only one exception when three conditions simultaneously concur:

(1) the appointment is to an executive position,
(2) the appointment is temporary, and
(3) the continued vacancy will prejudice public service or public safety.

No argument can be produced from the most strenuous interpretation of the law that the first two requirements of the above provision are present. The third requirement – that continued vacancy in the Office of the Chief Justice during the electoral ban will prejudice public service or public safety - is also totally absent. The Constitution itself by implication, and the Supreme Court’s standing rules and tradition since its founding, provide the solution to the temporary vacancy – automatic assumption of the office by an Acting Chief Justice. Only the most twisted logic can propose that the Constitution’s and Supreme Court’s long-observed solution in case of
a temporary vacancy is itself the ill, and thus must be negated.

Further, there is no such thing in law as a “Chief-Justice-in-Waiting” in the same manner that there is no such thing as a “public-officer-in-waiting.” No appointment to the judiciary can ever be temporary, and no proposal is more ludicrous than that President Arroyo can appoint Chief Justice Puno’s future successor even while he still occupies the office. No appointment of whatever nature can be made to an office that is not vacant. Article VIII, Section 4 (1) does not provide any support to Congressman Defensor’s proposal.

In addition to the legal clarity of the relevant Constitutional provisions, there is an even bigger imperative why the country collectively must put a stop to this attempt to defeat the Constitution.

The two most credible survey institutions in the country – the Social Weather Station (SWS) and Pulse Asia – and three of the most highly-reputed international institutions that survey national perceptions - Transparency International, the International Institute for Management and Development and the World Economic Forum, show a Filipino people that is tired of corruption, desperate for change, and in the case of the SWS survey, fearful enough that if change does not come if the May 2010 elections fail, will probably take to the streets once again.

The Defensor proposal is an attack on the judiciary. Instead of allowing a peaceful and orderly transition from the incumbent Chief Justice to his successor, the proposal, if successful, will taint the Office of the Chief Justice as nothing has. The SWS survey identifies the incumbent President as the most distrusted President post- Marcos, and the First Gentleman persistently as the most distrusted Philippine personality, private or public. Whoever accepts the appointment from President Arroyo as next Chief Justice will in all likelihood be perceived as benefiting from a clearly illegal act by the most distrusted President in the Philippines; someone willing to risk throwing the country into chaos for his or her personal advantage.

Chief Justice Puno is likewise under attack on two fronts. First, a clean constitutional solution to allow President Arroyo to appoint the next Chief Justice requires that Chief Justice Puno retire prematurely and it is not inconceivable that all kinds of pressure are being devised to deny him the pleasure of living out his time in the judiciary in peace until his 70th birthday. Second, pressure is being brought to make him change his mind and refuse refuge in his vote in the case of In Re Valenzuela. In that case, the Supreme Court unanimously declared that the ban on President Ramos’ power to make appointments to the judiciary from two months before the elections until the end of his term is absolute. There is no material distinction between an Associate Justice and the Chief Justice that will allow a departure from the said precedent. Indeed, this Chief Justice has voting power equal to each of his colleagues such that he often found himself in the minority even while Chief Justice. Modest, scholarly and hardworking, Chief Justice Puno ascended his seat through sheer hard work and determination. He has shown independence of mind at great personal cost. It is time that Filipinos recognize his courage and support the man who has spent the past year publicly leading a movement for internal and societal revolutions through the force of moral convictions.

Should the incumbent President actually appoint the next Chief Justice, it proves two suspicions about her correct – her proclivity to overreach into forbidden territory, and that she fears that the rule of law, post-Arroyo, will not produce her desired outcomes. Both attitudes in turn will explain the perception that, by pushing the country into constitutional crises many times over, she has wittingly or unwittingly been destroying its institutions. Our economic future depends on the viability of our institutions. We must believe they can be saved and rebuilt. Let us do our utmost to preserve that hope.


Executive Director
892-4011 local 2108

(This statement may be freely distributed and published subject to the usual requirement of accuracy and attribution.)

Friday, January 08, 2010
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Steve Pyke for Time Magazine

Actually, this is the set-up I most drool about. This is Al Gore's three-monitor Mac Pro. He's using a Mac because serves in Apple's Board as one of its directors.

Friday, January 01, 2010
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Gadget List into 2010

It's already a tradition for me to update my gadget list at the beginning of the year. This year is no exception, blog blackout and all.

And it has been a so-so year for me insofar as gadgets are concerned, with only a few major acquisitions. So here it is (again, the ones with an asterisk I acquired in 2009):

Nokia© E90 (now my main phone) with:
Kingmax 2Gb Micro SD card
various cases

Nokia© 9500 (now holds my second Globe Sim) with:

Muse 512 Mb MMC
Brando Aluminum Hard Case
Capdase Leather Case
Extra Xpress-on cover
Kingcom Bluetooth headset

Nokia© N80 Internet Edition with 1Gb MiniSD memory

Nokia© 3220 (still works but I did not put a SIM card on it anymore)

Panasonic© A100 tri-band phone (still working but no SIM also)

A WiFi local area network with DSL Internet Connection consisting of the following:

1. HP© iPaq© 2210 with the following accessories:

Muse 128 MB SD Card
Astone 256 MB SD Card
Billionton CF Modem with PC Card adapter
Ambicom CF WiFi [802.11b] Card
AVL 128 MB CF Card
Extra Li-on Battery

2. Apple© MacBook© Unibody "Olivia"* [Intel Core @ Duo 2.5 Mhz, 2 Gb RAM, 250Gb Hard Drive, 8X Superdrive], and upgraded to 10.6 OSX ("Snow Leopard") with the following accessories:

Samsung 633NW 15" LCD monitor (Olivia on a dual-monitor setup at home)*
500 Gb Seagate external hard disk (I was thinking of swapping this for the stock 250Gb in Olivia but decided against it for warranty considerations)*
500 Gb Iomega USB 2.0 external hard disk
Two (2) 60Gb external hard disks
Ridata 4 GB Flashdisk
Logitech V450 Laser Cordless Mouse
Logitech V470 Laser Bluetooth Mouse
Aten USB 2.0 Hi-speed 4-port hub
Iomega USB Floppy Disk Drive
Belkin MacBook Sleeve
Targus Laptop Bag
Samsonite Sahora Laptop Backpack (medium)
Crumpler Hee-goer Notebook Bag
RadTech Notebook ScreenSavrz
Cable lock
MacBook Keyboard Silicone Shield*
Capdase Leather Magnetic Keyboard rest*
Two (2) Speck See-thru polycarbonate laptop covers*
Mini Display Port to VGA Cable*
Mini Display Port to DVI Cable*
Two (2) DVI to HDMI Cables*

3. Acer© Travelmate 506DX, "Amber" [Celeron 433 Mhz, 160 Mb RAM, 8 Gb Hard Drive, 24X CD-ROM Drive], currently loaned to a friend

4. Dell© Vostro 200 Desktop Computer, (no codename) [Intel Core2Duo 1.6Ghz, 1 Gb RAM, 160 Gb Hard Drive] with:

Samsung 633NW 15" LCD monitor*
Aten© USB 1.1 4-port Hub
Edimax© USB 802.11g dongle
Acer© Scan Prisa 620p Scanner (out of commission, no LPT1 interfaces left)
Samsung© CLP 310 Color Laser Printer*
Canon© i320 Printer (broken already)
Canon© MP450 All-in-one Printer
Canon© BJC-2665 Printer (out of commission)

5. Apple© iMac G5, "Lindsay," [1.6 Ghz, 768 Mb RAM upgraded from 256 Mb RAM, with Combo Drive, 80 Mb hard drive with Mighty Mouse and a 4-port USB 2.0 Hub, external boxed Shuttle DVD-R/RW, and Mandy's 40Gb Hard Drive in a generic HD USB 2.0 Box]

6. Sony© Vaio© laptop, (no codename) [Intel Core2Duo 1.8 Ghz, 2Gb, with DVD-R Drive, 200 Mb hard drive]

7. Linksys© WRT54G wireless router with 5 additional 10baseT lan ports (upgraded to larger antennae)

Korg© X5D Keyboard Synthesizer with accessories:

Damper and expression pedals
Alesis© RA-100 Monitor Amplifier
Two (2) Alesis© Monitor One Speakers
Roland© KC-100 Keyboard Amplifier
Two [2] Fender© California Instrument Cables
Yamaha© UX16 USB MIDI interface cable to connect the Macs to the synth
Two [2] Korg© PCIF MIDI cables to connect X5D to PCs with serial ports

Canon© EOS© 450D DLSR camera w/ PQI 8 GB SDHC card©, Battery Grip BG-E5 and additional battery with the following lenses:

50mm f/1.8 II (backup prime lens)
50mm f/1.4 USM (main prime lens), with lens hood*
18-55mm, f/4-5.6 kit lens
55-250mm, f/4-5.6 (zoom lens), with lens hood
UV and CPL Filters

additional memory cards:
Patriot 2 GB SD card
SanDisk© 2 GB SD card
PQI 4Gb SDHC card*

a generic tripod, a monopod and some generic desk tripods
Sumdex© small camera bag and Lowepro© medium lens case

Canon© Powershot© A420 w/ 16 MB MMC card and Powershot© A620 included with the following additional memory cards:
Ridata 64 MB CF card
AVL 128 MB CF cards
Two (2) Portable SD/MMC card readers
Ridata 256 (66x) SD Card
Nokia MiniSD 512 Mb card (with SD adapter)
PQI 1Gb Flashdrive

Samsung 7.1 MP S730 Digicam

Generic Wireless Headphones

Samsung 32" LCD TV (up to 1080p on the dual HDMI connection)*
Sansui© 32" LCD TV (up to 1080i on the single HDMI connection) with Sansui Home Theater System

Sony© Wega 43" projection TV [HDTV ready] with Sony DVD home theater system

Sony© Wega 25" with subwoofer

Sony© Playstation 3© with:

One Sixaxis wireless game controller
One DualShock 3 wireless game controller
Bluetooth Blu-ray© Remote Control
PS2 Card Reader
Generic Keyboard and Mouse
Upgraded to 120Gb Hard Drive from 60Gb
Several Blu-ray© Games and Movies
HDMI Connection to Samsung LCD TV
Pioneer© Home Theater System with optical in and optical out ports
Optical Connection through Monster© Cables to Pioneer Home Theater System

Sony© PlayStation Portable 3000 series (silver-gray) with UMD games, 1 and 4 Gb Memory Stick Duo and a UMD movie
Nintendo© Gameboy Advance
Nintendo© Gameboy Micro
Nintendo© DS Lite

Two [2] Motorola© T5100 FRS radios

Armstrong© 104 nickel silver-plated flute

Yamaha© YFL-221 silver-plated flute

Yamaha© YFL-471 sterling silver intermediate flute with French (open) keys

Fernando Alto Saxophone
Fernando Soprano Saxophone
Yamaha© YCL-250 Clarinet

Apple© iPod© 5G, 80Gb [White] with:

Case Logic 3-in-1 neoprene carrying case
Pivot silicon OAD skin
Sumajin Smartwraps
Griffin Ear Jams
Sennheiser MX 250 headphones
Altec Lansing InMotion neckphones
Wireless FM transmitter
replacement A/V cables
61+Gb of content [music, photos and videos]*
Jabra BT 620S Bluetooth (wireless) headset with iPod adapter
Sennheiser PX100 (White) headphones
iPod© Radio Remote
Bose© Soundock
iPod© Camera Connector

Apple© iPod© Nano 2G, 8Gb [Green]

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Lord Jesus,
Teach me to be generous,
Teach me to serve You as You deserve
To give and not to count the cost,
To fight and not to heed the wounds,
To toil and not to seek for rest,
To labor and not to ask for reward,
except that of knowing
That I do Your Holy Will. Amen

May every word I speak be from Your Truth...
I ask come from Your Wisdom...
May every case I handle receive Your Guidance...
May every heart, every life I touch, feel Your Love.

And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying,
"Oh, that You would bless me indeed,
and enlarge my territory,
that Your Hand be with me,
that You would keep me from evil,
that I may not cause pain."

So God granted him what he requested.

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I will support its Constitution
and obey the laws as well as
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duly constituted authorities therein;
I will do no falsehood,
nor consent to the doing of any in court;
I will not wittingly or willingly
promote or sue any groundless,
false or unlawful suit,
nor give aid nor consent to the same;
I will delay no man for money or malice,
and will conduct myself as a lawyer
according to the best of my knowledge
and discretion with all good fidelity
as well to the courts as to my clients;
and I impose upon myself this voluntary obligation
without any mental reservation
or purpose of evasion.
So help me God.

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