Monthly Archives: January 2012

Lucky color…GREED

Kung Hei Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year! Yes, I will join the band wagon of happy Chinese new year celebration greetings. Greetings lang naman can’t afford to join the buying of lucky charms and feng sui items for the celebration. Hehehe! And also, just can’t ignore the most talked about year of the water dragon and the good lucks and bad lucks that come with it.  It’s better than the “end of the world” paranoia.  Hahaha!

Usong-uso nanaman ang mga horoscope at feng shui. Lucky charms and tikoys.  Siyempre hindi naman ito bago sa ‘tin at hindi rin off para sa mga Pinoys.  Kung paanong tayo ay may halo-halong pamahiin at paniniwala na dinala sa atin ng mga sumakop na mga dayuhan kaya no wonder we adapt effortless.

Our mokong team invited a mokong expert to give us some mokong lucky and not so lucky tips for 2012 or the year of the water dragon and things to do to make kontra the malas. We are addressing these tips siyempre pa sa ating mga masusuwerteng business tycoons.

Here is our Mokong’s fearless HRScope…

According to this mokong expert this year is going to be a transformational life-changing year! It’s a good year to improve oneself, take calculated risks and to build wealth.  The year 2012 holds much promise and a major transition is in store for everyone. Whether it turns extremely good or really bad, depends on how a person rides the mighty dragon.

Mokong: Paano nga kaya sumakay sa isang dragon? Senator Judge Panday knows.

Hindi ba’t nang maimbento ata ang salitang swerte ay ang mga pulitikong ito ang agad na nakaalam at nakasalo. Akalain mong 2012 is a good year for them to improve… their wealth!

Good year din daw ang year na ito for business dragons like Lucio Tan and Henry Sy. But again, according to Chinese forecast, whether it turns extremely good or really bad, depends on how a person rides the mighty dragon.

Mokong: Maaring hindi man sila swerte pero alam naman nila ang pangontra sa malas.

Mokong na expert: Lucio Tan will attract luck because buwaya looks like a dragon.  But take extra caution on declaring na lugi negosyo, baka magkatotoo, don’t tell a lie, ‘wag mag-deny.  Para naman sa mga manggagawa ng PAL.  You may not be as lucky as Lucio Tan, but you are the mighty dragon in the forecast na, “…whether it turns extremely good or really bad, depends on how a person rides the mighty dragon.” Pahabol sa mga sasakay ng PAL, remember water dragon… baka sa water kayo pulutin.

Mokong: Buti na lang boycott ako sa PAL! Hehehe!

Mokong na expert: Henry Sy will see.  Gold from green equals GREED.  Cutting trees will bring you malas. Sige ka SM baguio will slide down the slope if trees will be cut.  Maswerte sayo ang kulay na gold, but the water dragon will send you water kung ipapuputol mo ang mga puno.

Mokong: Occupy!

Mokong na expert: Pahabol sa dalawang Chinese, what is common among the two? Besides being Chinese.

Mokong: Greed ba ‘yan?

Imagine playing Pinoy henyo. The secret word will be “GREED” and the contestants will be asking…

Contestant1: Hayop ba to?

Contestant2: Oo. Oo!

Contestant1: Sa hangin?

Contestant2: Pwede! Pwede!

Contestant1: Sa lupa?

Contestant2: Pwede! Pwede!

Contestant1: Lucio Tan! Henry Sy?

Contestant2: Oo! Oo!

Pero hindi pa titigil ang orasan…

{Repost} PHL bloggers group: SOPA, PIPA to hurt promotion of human rights – GMA News

PHL bloggers group: SOPA, PIPA to hurt promotion of human rights.

Saying the Internet has become a vital tool in the free sharing of ideas, a human rights group on Sunday said the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) bills of the US pose a threat to the exercise of the right to freedom of speech.

A group of Filipino human rights defenders and bloggers also said the SOPA and the PIPA, if approved by the US Congress, could jeopardize the promotion and protection of human rights in the Philippines.

Earlier reports said that due to inernational pressure, the US backed down on the two anti-piracy bills.

In a statement, the Human Rights Online Philippines (HROnlinePH) said, “we use Internet as a platform in the promotion and protection of human rights in the Philippines. Limitations on this vital tool would jeopardize our work.”

A report on GMA News Online said “These two pieces of legislation, both of which supposedly aim to protect intellectual property rights, have far-reaching implications on the Internet as we know it —potentially affecting the Philippines’ 30 million web users, or one out of every five Pinoys.”

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Protect and Defend Freedom of Expression Everywhere, including in Cyberspace

January 20, 2012
Human Rights Online Philippines

Protect and Defend Freedom of Expression Everywhere, including in Cyberspace

The Internet has become a vital communications tool which individuals can use to exercise their right to freedom of expression and exchange information and ideas.

We at the Human Rights Online Philippines (HROnlinePH) use Internet as viable platform in the promotion and protection of human rights in the Philippines. The HROnlinePH features articles, blogs, news information and photos on human rights. Our site also offers current urgent action and list of links to other human rights online resources.

The U.S. Congress, however, is poised to pass a law infringing on freedom of expression. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) would allow the U.S. government officials and Internet providers to censor access to any website around the world. These dual pieces of anti-online piracy legislation moving through U.S. Congress threaten the core of what we and other free media websites do like blocking any of us from accessing sites like YouTube, Google or Facebook.

SOPA is designed to go after foreign websites that offer copies of music, movies and TV shows with impunity. Even without the provision allowing sites to be blocked, the bill would give authority to the U.S. Department of Justice and copyright holders to demand that search engines delete links to sites “dedicated” to copyright infringement. Ad networks and payment processors would be prohibited from doing business with the sites.

This legislation would make the U.S. one of the worst Internet censors in the world joining China and Iran. We all know that these governments are using increasing sophisticated technologies and tactics which are often hidden from the public censor online content, and monitor and identify individuals who disseminate sensitive information about the government and engage in political activities critical to state affairs, which more often than not lead to arbitrary arrests and detention of individuals.

We at the HROnlinePH recognized that freedom of expression can be restricted in “very exceptional cases” like expression involving child pornography, violence against women, incitement to genocide, advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence and incitement to terrorism are all prohibited under international laws and statutes.

But the attempt to restrict Internet access and to cracking down online piracy must be established by law and be in accordance with international human rights standards and must pursue legitimate grounds for such restriction as set forth in Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), that “(e)veryone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice” and be proven to be necessary and proportionate.

Every State must ensure that everyone enjoys his or her right to freedom of opinion and expression by maintaining free flow of information on the Internet, and ensuring that the Internet is available, accessible and affordable to all.

We should amplify our voice and increase our ranks in putting SOPA and PIPA back from the brink.

The SOPA and PIPA not only dilute and threaten the right to freedom of expression of all Americans and other persons living in the U.S. but everyone around the world.

Protect our Right to Freedom of Expression. Stop Internet Censorship!

Human Rights Online Philippines
January 20, 2012

{Repost} Join Our Censorship Protest!

Join Our Censorship Protest!.

by Jane Wells

Have you been paying attention to all the hubbub online about the proposed U.S. legislation (SOPA/PIPA) that threatens internet freedom? I wrote about it last week over on, but the gist is this: there’s a bill in the U.S. Senate that if passed would put publishing freedom severely at risk, and could shut down entire sites at the whim of media companies. Fight for the Future created this nifty video to sum it up better than I can.

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Stand for Human Rights, Defend Internet Freedom! – Dakila

Stand for Human Rights, Defend Internet Freedom!

January 19, 2012

We cannot deny the power internet has brought upon every individual – suddenly we all have a say; suddenly we can influence many; suddenly, earning knowledge is a click away. As Dakila pointed out in its Digital Activism Program, the extensive reach of social media and digital applications have facilitated the spread of social advocacies by exponential numbers in ways we have never imagined before.

Civil society has no doubt been empowered through the internet. We see this evidently in the latest uprisings and revolutions that have been happening around the world. And the internet has been instrumental in communication and knowledge sharing which has eventually lead to the success of many of these revolutions.

As an organization composed of artists, Dakila understands the need for a law to stop piracy and copyright infringement and to protect intellectual property rights but not at the expense of free speech and integrity of the internet. Simply put, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) are poorly constructed bills that threaten free speech on the internet more than it protects intellectual property rights.

Although SOPA and PIPA are American legislations, its effects will not stop at American borders. The internet is a global village, where physical geographical borders are blurred and where people share information and knowledge among each other regardless of geographical location. With SOPA and PIPA, information and knowledge sharing not only threatens America, but threatens the world as a whole.

Dakila opposes SOPA and PIPA. The internet has been one of the keys to the democratization of several countries, has helped the fight of the 99%, has aided in bringing human rights violations to light. Now more than ever we see its importance in the role to uphold human rights and people’s dignity. The internet, an activist’s tool for revolution and social change, should not be bound by laws that harm more than they benefit.

We have been more empowered and have done things which, ten years ago, we would not have thought we were capable of doing. Let’s us not let an ill-conceived bill take these away from us.

Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism
19 January 2012