to Ederic@CyberSpace. It is now located at www.ederic.com.
never drink vodka again. I won't tell you why, but let me give you a
clue. Browse the member's
area forums of Peyups.com--an
online community for students and alumni of the University of the Philippines--and
you might find something. There's even a picture of myself in the forums,
courtesy of the Peyups people. Peyups.com is one of the semi-finalists
in this year's Philippine
Web Awards. Why don't we all help the site make it to the People's
my pet project, is now listed on Yahoo!
friend Pon has a new web
site. Her site has a cool design, and content, of course and it
uses a user friend online journal publishing utility provided by Blogger.com.
I'll surely use the same in the future to update Ederic@CyberSpace.
online buddy Pao also has a new web
page. He discusses the issue of terrorism and tries to answer the
question "Who is the real terrorist?" Pao presents an alternative
idea to the "war against terrorism" crap that is being thrown
to us all the time by the foreign--and even local--media and the Philippine
number of texters has joined Txtm8s.org.
Wanna join, too?
be away for a few days. During the "Undas" break, I'll have
ample time to rest from work and be away from CyberSpace for a while.
this week, I had to go to the Kyodo office everyday. There are no big
stories to cover, however. The local and foreign media are still focused
on the so-called war against terrorism by the United States. Despite
the war's effect on the life of the long-suffering Afghan civilians,
the Philippine government, like most governments in the world--decided
to support this war. It seems funny for a government to get very excited
in supporting an international "war against terrorism" when
it cannot even contain home-grown Abu Sayyaf bandits in Mindanao. Speaking
of the ASG, its members have just captured and beheaded a civilian volunteer
of the Philippine Armed Forces this morning, according to a radio report.
check out my new links page as well as the Tinig.com
21 , 2001
years ago on this day, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos placed the
entire Philippines under Martial Law, which is considered as one of
the darkest periods in the country's history.
1999, I participated in "Memory, Truth-telling and the Pursuit
of Justice," a conference on the legacies of Martial Law. NeverAgain.net
is one of the results of this conference. The site seeks to keep alive
the dark memory of martial rule in the Philippines.
favorite mentor, Dean Luis V. Teodoro, said in his speech
during the Legacies conference, said:"Remembrance is indeed the
only antidote to the return of authoritarian rule." Also
in 1999, I wrote the article "Remembering
the Press During Martial Law" for
the Philippine Journalism Review.
I wish to be able to join today's rallies in commemoration of this event.
Telecoms and Smart Communications implemented a cut in the free text
messages of their subscribers. These cellphone companies did that despite
the obvious increase in their profits this year. They said they need
more money to finance their network expansion. And they did not even
consult us, their subscribers, before doing it.
believe that these companies should not burden us with their expansion
expenses. We demand better and fair service. Sadly, the government agency
National Telecommunications Commission seems to favor these companies
over us. Despite this, we have decided to fight and advance our rights
recently joined TXTPower, an organization
of texters opposed to text reduction. We came up with a Texters'
Declaration and are currently planning for more activities. Meanwhile,
we continue to enjoy the support of consumer rights advocates such as
the Philippine League
for Democratic Telecommunications, Inc.
am currently working as part-time reporter for teh Manila Bureau of
Kyodo News, a Japanese news agency. Latest news posted regularly at
the Kyodo News website.
the past two weeks, I've been actively writing for CyberDyaryo,
an online publication that offers alternative
news and features. It has veteran journalist Paulynn P. Sicam as editor-in-chief.
Check out my latest article, "Mahirap
gisingin ang gising! SC hears Estrada petition on the constitutionality
of Plunder Law."
Online magazine for the Filipino youth. It contains personal essays,
features and commentaries on current national issues written by young
Filipino writers, journalists and activists. Tinig.com
also welcomes contributions from its readers.
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