January 14, 2008

 

Voluntarily flew back to Manila without waiting for BUCOR Officials to fetch him
Jalosjos dismayed over court decision

Former congressman Romeo ‘Nonong’ Jalosjos left San Ramon Penal Farm, Zamboanga City last Friday with a heavy heart when RTC Branch 16 Judge Jesus Carbon Jr. handed a decision which returned him to New Bilibid Prison, Muntinlupa City. The Judge’s 16-pages decision came about at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 3.

The former congressman’s lawyers believed the judge failed to delve into the issue whether Jalosjos’s leaving the New Bilibid Prison based on the Certificate of Discharge was legal or not and other important issues which they claimed the judge evaded to treat. Instead, the lawyers pointed out, Judge Carbon cited issues whether the former congressman secured a permission from the NBP based on the release order signed by Penal Superintendent Juanito Leapando, whether he escaped, whether his arrest in Dapitan was lawful-all issues which could not have been treated sicne they could not help resolve the habeas corpus filed by them, lawyers protested.

Former congressman Romeo ‘Nonong’ Jalosjos voluntarily flew back to Manila without waiting for BUCOR Officials to fetch him.

It was only the “lawful detention” of the former congressman at San Ramon that the judge was deciding about, lawyers pointed out. Although they agreed with the judge’s decision that Nonong’s commuted sentence is 16 years but this, they said, was not yet deducted with the Good Conduct Time Allowance and Additional Time Allowance which the former congressman could have enjoyed paving for his release on December 16, 2007. The cited computation was questioned by Justice Secretary Raul Gonzales who ordered its cancellation considering the alleged error committed by the Bureau of Corrections.

Atty. Cres Palpagan, Jr. disclosed that the lawyers decided to appeal and to ask reconsideration as regards the decision but Nonong himself called off the plan since he already foresaw another defeat under the presiding judge. The legal counsel disclosed that his client had already accepted his fate of not getting true justice from the court. He felt that the presiding judge seemed unsure of his decision and was never deciding on issues they had placed before the court.

It was learned that the former congressman voluntarily flew back to Manila last Friday with his escorts on a private plane without waiting for the officials of the Bureau of Corrections to fetch him from Zamboanga City. On the other hand, Gov. Rolando Yebes who was at the Penal Farm when the decision was handed down felt that Judge Carbon’s decision was an ‘old man’s decision. He claimed the judge did not really treat the vital issues the petition for habeas corpus was resting upon.

“The judge was under pressure so he failed to hand down a true decision which could protect the constitutional rights of a citizen,” the governor said adding that the former congressman has still many options to choose from in order to protect his rights. He recalled how disgusted the former congressman was when the decision reached him but easily recovered. For the meantime, the governor disclosed, Nonong weighed down the suggestions of his lawyers and supporters as to what proper action he would opt.  Recently, the governor disclosed, he had sent PGMA a letter appealing for the release of the former congressman whom he believed as a free man already. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 12)

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 Prayer rally for Nonong condemns Sec.Gonzales

It could have been an impromptu rally considering the short time it was organized but it was packed with protest marchers. This was the reaction of Gov. Rolando Yebes who disclosed he was deeply touched by the presence of Nonong Jalosjos’s supporters who joined the prayer rally held around Dipolog City on January 2. The march rally was organized by the League of Municipalities-ZaNorte Chapter to denounce the order of Justice Secretary Raul Gonzales to bring back former congressman Romeo ‘Nonong’ Jalosjos to New Bilibid Prison.

The prayer and march rally was organized by the League of Municipalities-ZaNorte Chapter to denounce the order of Justice Secretary Raul Gonzales to bring back former congressman Romeo ‘Nonong’ Jalosjos to New Bilibid Prison.

Jalosjos’s supporters claimed the Secretary’s order was an apparent murder of the justice system in this side of the country as the former congressman had already a release order from the Bureau of Corrections. It was learned the rally was represented by the municipal and baragnay officials of the 25 municipalities of the province. The presence of Roxas Mayor Carlito Feras who was reportedly a prominent non-ally of Gov. Yebes and former congressman Nonong surprised the supporters of the former congressman.

“Kini ang akong bugti sa akong pasalamat kang Cong. Jalosjos, kay kun dili pa tungod kaniya, dili ako mamahimong mayor sa lungsod sa Roxas,” Mayor Feras declared as he spoke about his attendance in the rally. Considered by local political leaders as ‘adopted’ sons of the province, Tungawan Mayor Randy Climaco of Zamboanga Sibugay and Ipil Mayor Eldwin Alibutdan of ZS also joined the rally. However, the absence of Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn Uy during the prayer rally offended the former congress-man’s allies as she earlier met with him to pledge her support for his party.

“This is the defining moment of her character and personality,” one of the supporters was heard condemning her present stand with regard the issue. It was learned that she was invited by Mayor Jesus Lim himself, president of the League of Municipalities-ZaNorte Chapter but he was dismayed when she did not show up. Even the rally permit was not issued by the city mayor, Sibuco Mayor Norbi Edding pointed out, but it was issued by the City Budget Officer. “Taphaw lang diay ang pagduol-duol sa mayor sa Dipolog kang Nonong,” the mayors under the Alliance of Parites for Progress declared. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 12)

 

DOH: Local permit no longer needed for hospital operation

To many, the completion of ZaNorte Medical Center was not enough as it continued to loom as white elephant when the Dipolog City Government still refused to issue an occupancy permit. It was learned such permit could have allowed the hospital to start in its operation. Recently however, Gov. Rolando Yebes announced that under the new implementing guidelines issued by the Department of Health, such local permit required by the city government is no longer a requisite for the hospital’s operation.

He pointed out that DOH Assistant Regional Director Edgardo Gonzaga clarified that what is needed is to secure the license from DOH Central Office and the hospital could begin its operation. “He (Gonzaga) assures us to help so that we could operate before the end of January 2008,” Gov. Yebes happily disclosed. As the regional office had already issued the Certificate of Needs and its licensing team showing that the hospital has complied all the needed requirements, the provincial governor was confident that ZaNorte Medical Center can come up with the better health service delivery it promised the people of Zamboanga del Norte.

With the recent pronouncements of the DOH Regional Office, Gov. Yebes disclosed that he had ordered the transfer of the old Provincial Hospital to the new medical center by department. This means, he explained, the out-patient Department will open this month which will be followed by the Dialysis department later. The 15 dialysis machines, it was learned, shall be put up by a private company and which shall run its operation through percentage basis.

Meanwhile, Provincial Attorney Jes Gal Sarmiento, Jr. recently represented the provincial government to receive the P488T from the DOH Regional Office, Zamboanga City. The amount was taken from PGMA Priority Program of the DOH and personally handed over by DOH Assistant RD Gonzaga. In an interview with the Zamboanga del Norte United Correspondents, ARD Gonzaga disclosed that the fund was taken from the Center for Health Development-Zamboanga Peninsula.

“We have seen the drive of the provincial government to construct a new hospital, so we have to answer also the needs of that new hospital,” ARD Gonzaga stressed as he congratulated the provincial governor for his endeavor to improve the health services of the people. The fund will be used to develop the Hospital Information System to put up an Electronic Library which Gov. Yebes believed could enhance the hospital Management Information System. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 12)

   

 PPA drives out ticketing offices

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) recently ordered all ticketing offices of shipping lines to vacate their office from the compound of the Pulauan Port in Dapitan. It was learned that Port Management Office of PPA, Cagayan de Oro City which has jurisdiction over PPA Pulauan, Dapitan had issued the order. Under this new directive, all passengers have to go to the shipping lines ticketing office in Dipolog to secure their tickets.

The Philippine Ports Authority recently ordered all ticketing offices of shipping lines to vacate their office from the compound of the Pulauan Port in Dapitan City.

However, shipping lines and passengers vehemently objected to the new policy adopted by the PPA main office. Recently, they sent a letter of complaint to Gov. Rolando Yebes urging him to help them.  “I don’t see the logic of driving out the ticketing office from the port compound,” Gov. Yebes declared his confusion over the PPA’s new policy.

Meanwhile, the provincial governor expressed his disgust over the delay of the construction of the facilities at the Pulauan Port. He recalled he had already called the attention of the management office at Pulauan during the Mindanao Economic Development Council Meeting at Dapitan as regards the slow construction work. “They started the work even before I was elected governor.  This is my second term already and yet, they were not done yet,” Gov. Yebes dismayingly said.

He reasoned however that it might be because it is still under the jurisdiction of PPA Cagayan de Oro that caused the delay of the construction work. “Of course, charity begins at home and Pulauan, Dapitan is too far from home,” the governor pointed out. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 12)

  

Yebes to PAO: I am disgusted

As emphatic as his statements, Gov. Rolando Yebes facial expression did not betray what he felt when he gave a failing mark to the Provincial Agriculture Office as he disclosed its performance during the Kapihan sa 1948 Cafeteria recently. When asked about the passing year’s performance of the different provincial offices, Gov. Yebes prided himself of the performance of Provincial Engineering Office which finished 2,500 projects last year.

Both the Integrated Provincial Health Office under Dr. Carmencita Icao and Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office under Mrs. Marylen Grace Sabal earned his nod of approval as well. The governor pointed out that the Agriculture Office’s Hi-Green Program was been the only program that pleased him. “… no others,” he stressed, commenting frankly that said office was always seen planning all the time but had no concrete output of its action.

“I wish the office would learn much from Sergio Osmeña Mayor Agustines Magsalay’s swine and poultry farm… walay daghang arte kabahin sa tubig ug lawog apan malamboon,” the governor stressed, admiring the mayor’s concrete output. To effect a good performance this 2008, Gov. Yebes decided to assign four special deputy agriculturists who would take charge of each congressional district for CD 1 and 2 and two deputies for CD III.

“With this new assignment, I will know who are working and who are not.  I will also know whoa re accountable…,” Gov. Yebes reasoned. Since the PAO has no chief of office, he challenged anyone, experienced or fresh graduate, as long as he is hardworking and committed to apply for the position. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 12)

  

Sec. GONZALES’ old tricks…again?
Engr. Ric Tenorio

I have a gut feel that Madam Belen and Abay Lando will be singing the same tune this year. The tug of war between these two executives is not helping them any. The longer they play this game the greater damage it will bring. A lot of political observers believed that Madam Belen is a tenderfoot in politics. If that is so, then she must learn the ropes already this early. Her being a Kumare to the Big Brother Nonong is a ticket to political indulgence. For a good start, Nonong should broker a peace accord between these two warring titans.

DOJ Sec. Raul Gonzales is at his old tricks again. A pity that Nonong was not spared from his arrogance in the midst of bureaucratic incompetence. I wouldn’t be surprised if many heads will roll from the chopping board. Oh mirror mirror on the wall who’s head is next to fall? I was told that a close political ally of Roxas town mayor abandoned him at the time when he needed full support from his council. Now his plan to construct a new municipal building from a 52 million pesos loan has gone kaputttt.

Surprisingly a greater number of hospital patients at the ZN Integrated Provincial Hospital are from the city of Dipolog. But I was told that the city is not giving a share of the burden in its operation. But the saddest part of it, the city leadership has turned on a shoulder in issuing the occupancy permit, a requirement for the new hospital to operate. Ano ba yan maam. Please have a heart naman. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 12)

  

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Gov. Yebes: “Decision sa usa ka huwes nga hapit nang mo-retire”
zamboanga judge nanghunaw sa desisyon ni jalosjos -atty.jimenez

Wala hatagi ug gibug-aton sa hukmanan sa Zamboanga City ang gipresentar nga mga ebidensiya sa giduso nga petisyon samtang nanghunaw kini sa gipakanaug nga desisyon aron ibasura ang Writ of Habeas Corpus nga gipasaka sa kampo ni kanhi Congressman Romeo

Niadtung Biyernes si kanhi Congressman Romeo “Nonong” Jalosjos nakadisisyon nga mobalik nalang sa National Bilibid Prison sa Muntinlupa ug dili na maghulat nga ipakuha siya ug polis ni Justice Secretary Raul Gonzales.

“Nonong” Jalosjos. Kini ang reaksiyon ni Atty. Alfredo M. Jimenez, lead councel ni Jalosjos sa giduso nga Habeas Corpus sa dihang iyang nadawat ang desisyon nga gipakanaug ni RTC Presiding Judge Jesus C. Carbon, Jr. niadtung Huwebes sa hapon.

“RISING ABOVE POLITICS”
By Ike Señeres (iseneres@yahoo.com)

Some people might object to my advocacy of paying taxes, due perhaps to their political views. As far as I am concerned however, I believe that the government belongs to the people of this country, and to no one else. Whoever sits in the administration are just people who come and go, but what is important is that the State itself, and not just the government, is strengthened and sustained by the taxes paid by the people. This is not to say that I am not opposed to the imposition of certain taxes, which is beside the point and is actually another issue.

Politics and development would often clash in ideas and approaches, but what is important for people who are working for development is to rise above politics, in order to stay focused on long term goals, instead of being derailed or misdirected by short term political dynamics. This is also not to say that I am for or against the administration, which is also beside the point.

The initiative of the United National Integrated Development Alliance (UNIDA) to collect official receipts and copies of their tax returns from its members is actually a fund raising project also, because it is also intended to collect market data and consumer information from the entries submitted. It may sound amusing, but it will also collect a lot of recyclable paper that could also be sold to raise more funds.

Two sets of data could actually be gathered from the project. The market data will be useful for private companies, whereas the consumer information will be useful for the economic agencies of the government that are monitoring consumer prices. For whatever it may be worth, we might just develop a system that could parallel or support the computation of the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

On the issue of ownership, it could also be argued that no one ones the environment, except the people who live in this country. The waste segregation project of the UNIDA might redound to a good image on the part of the government, but that too is beside the point, because the people will be the first to benefit from better solid waste management.

Needless to say, the waste segregation project of UNIDA is also a means to raise funds. As an added benefit, it will also collect raw materials for another UNIDA project that will produce low cost building materials for shelter and education purposes. A corporate partner of UNIDA is already putting up a plant for this purpose, yet another example of integration. (ESSAYS IN DEVELOPMENT SERIES- 14 January 2008)

 

   DIPOLOGNON TODAY

PRESS FREEDOM:


Thanks to Coco Lumber Dealer

GMA assures public that the next COMELEC chairman is acceptable to all. It is an admission that the previous chairman is only acceptable to her.

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Politicians cite Manalo of INC for his role in the country. Pag sa iyo si Manalo, panalo ka.

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PNP claims that firecracker victims down and New Year revelry is peaceful. Only 11 were hit by stray bullets. Yes, peaceful.

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City Health employees are in silent protest for not receiving their hazard fee. It’s very hazardous to make it public, they say.

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As  I seriously reflect this New Year, here are my anticipation and fearless forecast for 2008:

1. Mayor Evelyn Uy will affiliate with Nonong Jalosjos provided the latter will not rock the boat in Dipolog. Gov. Lando will look at it with skepticism. The lady mayor had her step-in twice in Muntinlupa and stood as Ninang to Nonong’s child baptism last November.
2. Ed Yebes will station himself in Roxas town in preparation for 2010 polls.
3. Politicians who are in business will continue to corner government contracts and supplies.
4. Senator Mar Roxas will tap the Amatongs as his core group in the province. Mar like his father has
high respect for academecian politician than shrewd businessman.
5. Atty. Uldarico Mejorada will hang his political gloves and will be replaced by his son Ricky.
Hopefully he can navigate at the capitol sea. It’s full of sharks and intrigues.
6. Mayor Adaza will remain loyal to Labadlabad group but Mayor Feras will go for a more “moneyed”
candidate.
7. Gov. Lando will be caught by crossfires between the Jalosjos group and the Eguias of Katipunan.
8. A city councilor will bolt from Belen’s camp and will join Lando’s bibo. 

That’s my forecast for 2008 in the meantime . . .

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So, a friend Alton Ratificar is now confirmed as City Tourism Officer. He deserves it being a well-rounded person with a well-rounded head . . . I mean – talent. Alton had one time entertained his Silliman crowd with his one-man concert. Alton John Special at Luce Auditorium . .  he he he . . .  He too served as staff of the late Assemblyman Lood in 1984 and of course he headed the Marcos KBL headquarters in 1986. Now people will believe me when I say baldness is a sign of intelligence but not necessarily sexy. Congratulations Bay, and let’s dance the Pearly Shells.

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Matoy had already announced his desire to regain the congressional slot of the Second District goading the support of Lando and Nonong and for sure Dodoy can not be outdone. His homecourt is Sindangan but Belen’s decision is crucial. That’s woman power. This time the woman is already in front not behind. Abangan . . .

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The price of copra is now pegged at P24.00 a kilo. Thanks to coco lumber dealer.

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For so many months the public was bombarded with not so pleasant issues that a Lando’s hospital is ready for operation but Belen blocked it by refusing to issue certificate of occupancy. This time Lando’s boys are singing a different tune claiming that they don’t need the occupancy permit. What they need is only a license from DOH. Why did Lando’s boys take it so long to secure a license? I thought the hospital was already turned-over to the province and no less than GMA cut the ceremonial ribbon five or six months ago? Why that long? (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 12)

 

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NEWSPIX   

 

His body was put to rest last January 8, 2008 at the Dohinob Cemetery. Rest in peace, Christmalben ‘Clint’ Legados, you will always be a ZNSAT ‘95 Batch mate.

 

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 The Turning Point
Edwin G. Bernido
Scriptures to ponder for 2008!

I encourage you to speak these God’s word daily over your life. No matter what shape you are in financially, God has a plan for your financial blessing. Even if you are in the middle of an overwhelming financial crisis, there is hope, there is help, there is victory in the life-altering power of speaking God’s word. Be faithful to speak His word. Release your faith as you speak, and say these declarations boldly.  Speak with power and authority.  Release your faith and lay claim to the prosperity that is rightfully yours.

God is our source! In Philippians 4:19, says, “My God supplies all my needs according to His riches in Glory. It is God’s will that I prosper. He is Jehovah Jirah, my provider. Jesus was made poor that I might become rich. In 2 Corinthians 8:9, says, ye know the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, that though He was rich,. Yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich. I am blessed by the Lord, and if I honor Him, He will honor me, wealth and riches are in my house. The Lord is my shepherd, He takes care of me, and therefore, I shall not suffer from want or lack anything. I do not fear, I am not troubled or anxious, and I do not worry about my finances.

I know that God takes care of the birds and the flowers, and I am much more important to Him than they are. And since I know that He takes care of them, then for sure I know He will take good care of me. In Luke12:7, says, “Even the very hair of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Which means, that I do not worry about my finances. I will not worry about where I will get the money I need for the necessities of life such as food, rent, clothes or lending payments. My job is not my source, my relatives are not my source, and my credit cards are not my source. God is my source of supply, and He will never let me down. In Proverbs 22:4, says, “Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life.

Bible Bites!!!

So, many friends, welcome the New Year full of joy, hope, thanksgiving and worship to our God, Jesus Christ, and celebrate it this abundant season of new beginning by blowing heaven’s trumpet sound of worship! SHALOM! (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 12)

 

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OBITUARY
 

LOURDES CYNTHIA LACHICA-JUMALON
Born: Sept. 29, 1956
Died: Jan. 27, 2008



Her body lies at Cebu Rolling Hills Memorial Chapel, Fortuna, Mandaue Cebu
interment: Feb. 3, 2008 9:00 a.m. Mass at Rolling Hills Chapel then proceed to Manila Memorial Park, Liloan, Cebu

She is survived by her husband Berney, daughter Kira Khrista, mother Estrella (nanay inday), brothers Daniel (nonoy) & Roberto (toto), sister Susan, Sisters-in-law Loida & Chari & brother-in-law Tony.

There will be a mass for Lilit on Feb. 3, 2008-Sunday 10:30 a.m. at 2380 E. Dempster St. Des Plaines, IL. 60016 (Holy Family Nursing & Rehab Center Chapel). For more information please call Des 773-875-8338

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IS NONONG USED OF BEING USED?

Human history is replete of stories about man using another man for the former’s personal interest and advantage. This is rooted even in earlier Biblical times. Delilah used her beauty to disgrace Samson, the strongest man in his time. John the Baptist was beheaded by his chief captor because his paramour wanted his (John’s) head. President Peron of Argentina used her wife, Evita, to stabilize the political turmoil in his country. 

The thing that happened to former congressman Romeo “Nonong” Jalosjos is nothing new. It is the product of men using another man to promote their own interests, especially political!  Now, let’s face these facts: President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her own political associates have been using Nonong for a long time. They used, use and will be using Nonong to ensure that heap of votes in their favor. They all knew that Nonong has strong political machinery that can deliver the number of votes they want.

How can they be able to use Nonong if they will release him from prison now on the basis of that Certificate of Discharge from Prison the competent authorities of the Bureau of Corrections had correctly issued? Well, using their own rule, they have to use Justice Secretary Raul Gonzales to peg the rights of Nonong as a freeman. And the willing Gonzales just did it like that! Gonzales was willing to be used, too, for his own selfish interest, that is to stay in Gloria’s Cabinet. He is willing to be used to prolong the use of Nonong for his (Gonzales’) benefactors’ own selfish political interests. Remember? 2010 is a presidential election year. And curtailing Nonong’s freedom is one way of forcing him to help them (again) in this coming election, OR ELSE…

But, Nonong must be witty this time and be selective as to whom he and his political machinery should support this coming presidential election! Those groups who were instrumental in putting him to jail must not be supported. Those groups who showed no temerity to help him being declared as a complete freeman must be junked. Getting even is the name of the game. A tooth for a tooth; and eye for an eye!

Brilliant as he is, Nonong should device ways (if he has not started doing this yet) to manipulate those who manipulated him! He has strong political machinery, and it should be used against those who are addicted of using him. Nonong should make this device quickly. Or else, he would end up being use by his users forever; no, not to his own political advantage, but for his users’!!! (The New Nandau, Vol. XVII No.26)

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Press Freedom Editorial
The man

The former congressman Romeo ‘Nonong’ Jalosjos is no doubt the country’s man of the hour today. He brings Zamboanga del Norte back into the national papers and over the national television again. . . .After the province was being cited as the poorest in the country during the early 2000 survey. . . .After the alarming number of capillariasis victims were discovered in Barangay Moyo, Siayan, Z.N. Now the papers and TV networks are at it again when the man was cited to have left the prison and gone home to Dapitan, was arrested again and detained in San Ramon, Zamboanga City and now back to NBP, Muntinlupa City.

That short segment in the life of the former congressman is something that his supporters, even his detractors have seen as admirable. With the money and the political power he enormously possesses, he could have resisted arrest when regional police authorities came to fetch him in Dapitan. He could have exhorted people power in Dapitan, his so-called ‘baluarte’ and where brother Mayor Jun could have whisked him to a secret place that authorities could never reach. When the decision unfavorable to him came, he and his buddies could have staged a great escape.

Zamboanga City could have been a very ideal place to have ‘back-door’ exit to Malaysia and then lose himself somewhere out there. But the recent events brought out a new side of the man. His willing submission to authorities and his restraint from the use of force to which his name was always synonymous with spelled out to many the good conduct that the Bureau of Corrections has recognized as good reason for his sentence commutation. We can call him any names we like and denounce his name to heaven’s roof.  We can resign him to a place of absolute destitution, alright. But who would cast the first stone? (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 12)

 

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