Electric shock

During dear Tito Armand Fabella’s wake [ + 27 November 2008;  our Valdes de Pampanga patriarch ] on 28 November 2008 at the gym of the Fabellas’ JRU Jose Rizal University, I found myself seated with Cousin Butch Valdes, the late Tito Charlie’s [ CJV’s ] son.  I knew Butch and regarded him highly because he and my uncle Brother Andrew Gonzalez F.S.C. [ youngest brother of my father ] worked together at the “DepEd” Department of Education during the controversial Estrada presidency and they shared some downright difficult times as well.  But that’s another story worth telling on its own.

Butch told me that within two years there would be a power shortage of +- 2,000 megawatts…   We would again be suffering from those inconvenient blackouts and brownouts during the end of the Aquino presidency and the beginning of the Ramos.

He said that one solution — and indeed it would be imperative — would be the operation of the BNPP Bataan Nuclear Power Plant.  It could supply much of the power deficit.

The Philippines had one of the highest electric power rates in Asia because we still didn’t have the benefit of nuclear power.  I knew that well because my Korean sister-in-law kept on complaining how much cheaper, almost negligible, electricity was back in Seoul and Busan.

I hoped against hope that Cousin Butch’s prediction would not come true…  I remembered how business in general really slowed down during the big power shortage of 1992-93.

But, lo and behold, here it is staring at us in the face!!!

Be that as it may, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo should not be christened “The Queen of Darkness Part II”…


  1. Ipê Nazareno said,

    April 17, 2010 at 5:54 pm


  2. Ipê Nazareno said,

    April 13, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Recently, I came across a news report that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered the strengthening of protection for whale sharks. She issued Administrative Order 282 last March 24, directing concerned government agencies and local government units (LGUs) to intensify the protection efforts of whale sharks.

    The President felt empathy for the sharks. As they say…. it takes one to know one.

  3. April 11, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    IPE, spot on MURDERING Japanese collaborators who without trial would point there fingers, hustle the man to his garden and in front of his family, brutally killed

    Ninoy’s Noynoy is a NO NO..

  4. April 11, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Myles, brownouts everyday on the HOTTEST days of the year. Tell me, is it time I walk naked and hold up a placard. My parents happy in the Holy Land and Istambul and Egypt for a month BEGGED me not to.

    Cud it be conditioning for a failure of erections ?

    ELECT-ILE dysfunction ?

  5. Myles Garcia said,

    April 10, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Presy, true… They have other worse things in their tenets that polygamy. I actually have Indian & Fijian neighbors who are monogamous and have only 2 or 3 children each.

    In the RP though, the minority has always stayed at what? Under the 10% percentile? So for the several centuries they have been around, they may have propagated much (or not) but they always end up hacking each other to pieces. So thank God!! 🙂

  6. Presy Guevara said,

    April 9, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    It is not all that the Catholics are the probable cause of overpopulation. Other religions allow practice of polygamy. Having more than one wife breeds more people too. E-mails have been circulated on how fast the others propagate beyond their countries including France, England and the United States. In fact if all the data is reliable, it is scary that they could soon rule the Earth by majority.

  7. Myles Garcia said,

    April 9, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Mike Jugo…well, the insatiable demand for “juice” (electricity) and the Philippines’ hapless attempts to satisfy it is only but natural for a country whose population is nearing 100 million. And who’s to blame? The ridiculous CBCP and the Catholic Church.

    This is their legacy. Do not practice birth control and you will have millions of mouths grabbing for the limited resources of the country. And ordinary Filipinos are so naive as to swallow the Church’s misguided dicta hook, line and sinker. Hangal and naive talaga. Maybe it’s time to take the Church leaders to court and to trial.

  8. Mike V. Jugo said,

    April 8, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    A friend from MERALCO confirmed that the power situation of the country is really bad. Ever since GMA and the congress rescinded the contracts of the power plants, no one wants to invest in new power plants in the country. To make matters worse, the current power plants in the country are aging. For example, a 300MW power plant is set to be decommissioned soon. The power short fall doesn’t even consider the potential economic growth of the country.

    Mindanao is already experiencing 5-hour a day blackouts. Whoever will replace GMA will have a heck of a time solving this HUGE problem, and I’m sure there will be those who will blame the next president for the energy crisis instead of GMA.

  9. marco philippe araneta said,

    April 1, 2010 at 1:37 am

    Noy is now up by 13 points! yay! Its probably because they keep replaying the VP debates and Loren stumbling all over her bridal train of lies. It’s like watching video bloopers being replayed over and over again. She’s really the silliest. I think Miriam wouldve been a more reliable running mate than Loren.

  10. Mike V. Jugo said,

    March 30, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Lone survivor recalls Jabidah Massacre
    By Jocelyn Uy
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    First Posted 19:55:00 03/18/2008

    Filed Under: history, Conflicts (general), RP peace process
    CORREGIDOR ISLAND, Philippines — The atrocity that happened here 40 years ago had long receded from Jibin Arula’s consciousness.

    But when he set foot again on this island Tuesday to lead a caravan from Mindanao in commemorating the infamous “Jabidah Massacre,” memories of how his fellow Muslim youth were killed by military officers came rushing back to him like it all happened just Tuesday.

    Even the rough waves that punctuated the 30-minute boat ride from the shores of Mariveles, Bataan, to the island reminded him so much of the currents he fought against for four hours to swim to safety, Arula said.

    Out of the roughly 60 Muslim youth summarily executed, only Arula, then 27, survived to tell the story — which played a pivotal role in the war in Mindanao, giving birth to the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

    Arula recalled he and the other recruits were brought to the island on January 3, 1968 for training on guerrilla tactics in preparation for “Operation Merdeka,” then a top-secret plan of the Marcos administration to invade the east Malaysian state of Sabah which the Philippine claimed as part of its territory.

    Their training officers fired at them before dawn on March 18, 1968 after an attempt by the trainees to air their grievances against the officers to Malacañang. Arula, who was hit by a bullet on the left knee, swam for his life across Manila Bay.

    Looking back, the 67-year-old survivor admitted that his revelations, which triggered a full-blown Senate inquiry but led to nothing, ruined not only his future but also his children’s.

    His four children by his first wife did not finish their schooling while his three children by his second wife managed to get some although this was insufficient, he said.

    At one point, he became consultant to MNLF leader Nur Misuari, which allowed him to take home P7,000 monthly — enough to put food on the table and sustain some of the needs of his children in school.

    But the rest of his life, he said, was spent in fear and in hiding — mostly in Antique. For two years now, he has been living with his youngest child in Binondo, Manila for support.

    “So now, all I am asking is for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to help me and Mindanao as well. Though it wasn’t her fault, it is still the same Philippine government we are talking about,” he told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in an interview.

    If the Mindanao Peace Caucus (MPC), an organization that spearheaded the five-day peace caravan, had not sought him out, he would have not minded the occasion at all, he admitted.

    About 60 members of the MPC and other groups advocating peace came to Corregidor on Tuesday to end the five-day caravan that began in Mindanao, with calls for the government to immediately sign the peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

    “We are already in the crucial stage of the negotiations, with 90 percent of the points concerning the ancestral domain finished. So we are calling on the government to exercise its political will to sign the accord,” said Mary Ann Arnado, MPC secretary general.

    She added that the government should not wait for the centennial of the Jabidah Massacre to provide solution to the conflicts in Mindanao.

    The group’s peace journey culminated with the unveiling of a marker remembering the massacre, with Arula on hand.

    The emblem, donated by Anak Mindanao Representative Mujiv Hataman, was fixed on a partition of the World War II ammunition bank overlooking the grassy Kindley airfield, the site of the massacre.

    A portion of the marker read: “…this controversial incident sparked the Bangsamoro struggle for national self-determination which cause is sanctified by hundreds and thousands of lives of Moro men, women and children…. This marker serves as a remembrance and a beacon for us living to continue the struggle for justice that their deaths would not be lost in vain.”

    Upon reaching the airfield, Arula immediately climbed a small hill beside the old storage bank, which offered a view of Manila Bay and Cavite at a distance.

    There, he gave the group snippets of his ordeal that began with small grievances aired by his fellow Muslim recruits. At first he was hesitant, saying that it was his first time in years to talk to a large crowd about the tragedy.

    But he recounted the whole event in about 40 minutes, not sparing any detail and conversation he heard during the fusillade.

    He said among the complaints which they articulated in a letter to Malacañang were the kind of food they ate (mostly dried fish) and the women that their officers brought to the camp.

    However, the letter most likely was intercepted by the military officers, which led to the tragedy, he recalled.

    Going back for the first time in 40 years to the site where he lost his friends and relatives, Arula remained stoic.

    His face, now wrinkled by time, was devoid of any emotion as he identified the places and buildings on the island that were memorable to him — some of which had been given a facelift.

    But he did not regret accompanying the group to the site. Arula said he was happy because he was able to share a piece of history in Mindanao’s struggle, which the younger generation was not familiar with.

    “I am glad that somehow I was able to tell the history of the Bangsamoro. What I am asking for is help from the government and for the MNLF and MILF and the Christians and Muslims to unite,” he told the crowd.

    “We may pray differently, but we have the same God. We are brothers and sisters,” he said.

    Though he has remained silent for years and stopped working for Misuari in 2000, he said he still supported the call of the Moro rebels for a separate state.

    For a lasting peace in Mindanao, he said.

  11. Judith J Samson said,

    March 29, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Interesting stuff. The Jabidah incident happened before I was born so all this is news to me. I wonder how much has been lost in our collective memory.

    by Ed Malay

    Except for what I have written about Ninoy Aquino, I no longer want to add anything as I am one person who respects the soul of a person especially one who is long dead. But if there is something that I may say with regards to what the late Ninoy Aquino represents it is the word ambition written all over him.

    Prior to martial law, then Pres. Ferdinand Marcos launched what was then an ambitious plan to occupy Sabah which historically and ancestrally is part of the Philippines. Hundreds of Filipinos were recruited and trained. Many were already sent to Sabah as an advance force. While the plan may be unorthodox and which may constitute an act of war, the objective was noble for it was to regain a territory which in the first place belongs to the Philippines.

    The operation was to have been finalized when then Sen. Ninoy Aquino rose on the floor of the Senate and exposed the plan that was then labeled as Operation Jabidah. The plan came to public view when several men who were training escaped from the training facility and were shot while escaping and Ninoy Aquino used this as basis for his privilege speech. Again, this plot to regain Sabah may have been wrong but these men knew beforehand what they were getting into and knew the risks and took it. This is no different from similar training camps regardless of the kind of ideology under which such facilities are under.

    What happened following Aquino’s expose’ was that the Filipino soldiers who were already in Sabah numbering more than 1,000 were all rounded up by the Malaysian authorities and executed one by one. Some 1,000 Filipino soldiers lost their lives for a noble cause just because an irresponsible and ambitious politician exposed the plot without due regard to the lives of the Filipino soldiers.

    And if one were to do a research on the legislative record of this so-called national hero there is nothing in the archives that would even suggest that Ninoy came close to helping our countrymen except deliver brilliant privilege speeches that demonized then President Ferdinand Marcos while at the same time promoting himself as the messiah that this country needed. Remember too that it was during his time as Governor of Tarlac when the New People’s Army grew to such prominence that it became a serious threat to national security. We’re not saying that Ninoy had a hand in this. We’re just saying the coincidence is striking.

    Then came the historic and dreaded Plaza Miranda bombing during the political meeting of the Liberal Party. The party bigwigs were all there and were almost wiped out when two grenades were lobbed at the stage where the top LP leaders were seated. Senators Jovy Salonga, Gerry Roxas, Rep. Ramon Bagatsing. All the important and top leaders of the LP were there EXCEPT ONE – SEN. NINOY AQUINO. For some reason, Ninoy Aquino was not there, the ONLY ONE among the LP hierarchy who was not there when Plaza Miranda turned into a carnage.

    Pres. Ferdinand Marcos became the most convenient alibi and suspect. For good reason. The LP representing the mainstream Opposition at the time was becoming a thorn on the side of Marcos and eliminating the LP ranks would have been enough justification. But this was later ruled out when subsequent investigations and even a more recent court ruling said that the communist rebels were behind the mass assassination attempt on the LP leaders at Plaza Miranda.


    There were of course assumptions and assertions that the late Sen. Ninoy Aquino was more than just a friend to the leftist movement. In fact there were even some accounts claiming that Ninoy Aquino was particularly known to New People’s Army chief Kumander Dante although this was never verified.
    History has a way of rewriting itself.

    Sen. Noynoy Aquino is now running for President something that Sen. Ninoy Aquino wanted to do but wasn’t able to do. Sen. Mar Roxas whose father was one of those who suffered serious injury and was incapacitated at Plaza Miranda is now the vice presidential candidate of Noynoy Aquino.

    Fate? Forgiveness? Let bygones be bygones? No I don’t think so. It’s more about POLITICAL CONVENIENCE.

  12. Myles Garcia said,

    March 28, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    MPA, Oh? And Mr. Marcos has impeccable bloodlines? Please, Marco, don’t make us laugh.

    Well, we do know of the clandestine Romualdez-Araneta connections…New York, 70s, Park Avenue apartments…if that’s what you’re alluding too.

    Quit while you’re ahead, MPA. I’d say take a rest in a retreat house until May 10. 😉

  13. Marco Philippe Araneta said,

    March 28, 2010 at 1:56 am

    OOPS sorry, when i said other candidates have bad blood I meant all other candidates except Bong Marcos.

  14. Myles Garcia said,

    March 27, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Yeah, if I were young Master Araneta (or other obvious relation to the well-entrenched candidates coming from the perennial clans), I would downplay my connections here with same rather than trumpet it.

    Ever heard of backlash, Mr. A.? I mean here, you’re preaching to the choir. The readership of this blog is a fairly astute, educated, sophisticated one that can put two and two together; I believe, separate the grain from the chaff; and can or have made up their minds already. So no need to bludgeon the obvious to death…

  15. Ipê Nazareno said,

    March 26, 2010 at 9:34 am

    And may I add blood of greedy hacenderos who have lived off the blood, sweat, and tears of many generations of poor Filipinos.

  16. Ipê Nazareno said,

    March 26, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Martyrs and patriots? Hmmmm…. blood of Japanese collaborators more like it.

  17. Josh Moya said,

    March 25, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Let’s just vote for who we think is the best… May who ever the nation bestows its blessing prove himself/herself deserving for such honor.

  18. marco philippe araneta said,

    March 25, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Go NoyNoy and Mar! Be brave and proud that the blood that runs through your veins is the blood of martyrs and patriots! What runs through the veins of other candidates is liquified basura and bagoong balayan!

  19. Myles Garcia said,

    March 24, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Re Josh Moya’s comment…you can’t get stuck on a simple housewife’s very naive opinion. It really smacks of a third world mentality that the poor Philippines will never get out of.

  20. Ipê Nazareno said,

    March 24, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Josh posted: “I wish if Noynoy will win he might want to reconsider this against his mothers opinion against nuclear energy.”

    Ipê: I wish Noynoy will NOT win.

  21. Josh Moya said,

    March 23, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    I hope that they will be reviving BNPP soon. The goverment spent way too much money to have it built to just leave in ruins. I wish if Noynoy will win he might want to reconsider this against his mothers opinion against nuclear energy.

  22. tomas pablo san andres said,

    March 23, 2010 at 6:56 am

    Sir Larry
    very correct ang takot nyo, same as many fear.

    the AQUINOS are mala suerte,damay ang lahat!

    during her term, we had total disasters, the lahar, the earthquake, typhoons, brownouts, coups, brownouts, tumaas ang dollar, Mendiola massacre to name a few….

    si Kris nagwala, scandalo after scandalo.

    masaya naman po kami you voiced this out here, para warning sa lahat..

  23. Toffee Tionko said,

    March 22, 2010 at 6:41 am

    We have rotating power interruptions here in Davao almost daily. We are just lucky that often times, we usually have them for only a couple of hours. In other areas of Mindanao, they have 4-6 hours of power interruptions on a regular basis. You can just imagine how much havoc it has created in the business sector. Refrigeration costs for produce have gone thru the roof.

    While in church a couple of Sundays ago, I suddenly got depressed because I couldn’t believe that in the year 2010 we still have power interruptions. How 3rd world can that get?

  24. March 21, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    I had the strangest feeling many months back that voting for Aquino who bring BLACKOUTS back. This proves I am on track. It WILL happen again if we vote for that FAMILY !

  25. March 18, 2010 at 8:39 pm

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  26. Myles Garcia said,

    March 18, 2010 at 12:25 am

    The Philippines is not such a solvent country to let a billion-dollar project such as this just lie idle. 2 things need to be done:

    1. Have the whole Disini family work there for nothing;

    2. Put in fail-safe systems so that should a major quake hit the area; the whole operation shuts down safely. I am sure this is doable and considering everything already previously spent, affordable. Or send the bill to the Disinis.

  27. Mike V. Jugo said,

    March 17, 2010 at 5:04 am

    Hi Toto. 🙂

    Back in 1995, I worked for a Malaysian company that wanted to get into the power generation business here in the country. Back then, the ballpark cost per megawatt to put up a power plant (except hydro) was US$1Mn. On top of that, the cost of “facilitation” fees was at least 40% of total project cost. That doesn’t include the “other fees” during actual operation.

    Regarding the BNPP, I don’t think any of the ones running for public office in Bataan will endorse its opening. I wonder how the people of Ayala Land will feel about that since the BNPP is very near Anvaya Cove.

    Also, I don’t think there’s a final study on the cost of rehabilitating the BNPP. There are other safer alternatives, like this one: http://earth2tech.com/2008/08/01/hyperions-nuclear-in-a-box-ready-by-2013/

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