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71.77% of Death Penalty Cases

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Acquitting the Guilty - and Condemning the Innocent, the LORD Detests them Both ~Proverbs 17:15 

Wrongful Conviction and the Case for Forensic Evidence in the Philippine Criminal Justice System ‪* Albert Lee G. Angeles

#‎NOTODEATHPENALTY‬

Source: The Ateneo Law Journal
Source: People vs. Mateo 433 SCRA 640 (2004)
Source:http://www.ateneolawjournal.com/Media/uploads/aa90f8e6a3754c2c9a445e3bfa6c8828.pdf

"Away"

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I wonder how it would be like to put up a house over there. I guess water would be a problem. I would have to go down with a bucket in hand, slide down the stones and go to the river farther below. From here, I could trace a path. But then again, everything looks smaller than they probably are. The trees for one, look like they're tiny broccolis. They could be as high as 20 to 30 feet. So getting a bucket of water would probably take half the day. By the time I'd get back up, it would have been useless.
The winds might be too strong. So the house would have to be shaped like an igloo. I came up with the idea after Glenda the typhoon hit us. Oh yes, Glenda. She felled not less than fifteen of our biggest trees. Winds that strong are becoming more common. But that's another life. Right now, is all that matters. Maybe, I'd build a house here. Raise a family and have a job as a writer.
"Tale weaver" does sound better.

Duterte Supporters: You Might as Well Do it Right, Well, Sort of... /s

If you really want a self-professed vigilante iron fist cum dictator ubermensch for president, you might as well do it right, well, sort of... /s
First of all, what you ideally want is a police state under Federalism. At least, that is what I am assuming because what I really see is the anarchical tendencies of espousing vigilantism.
Sa Tagalog, kung hindi anarchy o military dictatorship ang gusto niyo, Police State ang angkop na deskripsyon sa inyong adhikain. Not unless you really want a military dictatorship, which does not make sense because that would mean Duterte has to form his own military junta, if he hasn’t already. Kung gayon, e wag na lang tayo magkaroon ng eleksyon dahil aanuhin pa natin ang Demokrasya kung ganon lang naman pala ang gusto ninyo.
BUT...

Every Writer's Dream Job

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A crow visited me again. Fearful though it was, it squawked nevertheless. Obeying the bidding of its master, it came perchance to see my state of affairs. Choice morsels bedazzling its eyes, fear brought it hunger and hunger brought it fear.

Restrained my hand though it was, with calm demeanor I spoke to it. Fire glistening in my eyes. I'd love to see those black come to roast.

But I spoke to it instead.

It squawked.

Wanting, wanting, obeying its master.

Religion in the Top 12 Best - and Worst Countries to Live in the World

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Where would you like to live?What is the ideal life?Does belief/religion play a central role in answering these questions?
CNN's World's Top 12 Places to Live according to London Based Legatum Index

I added religious information on each country and tried to fit them in one chart. The methodology is very very very crude. This would not pass academic standards by any means. I collated the data on December 21, 2015. Half a day's work of gathering data which is very jumbled and heavily biased (wikipedia).

I strongly suggest that you do your own research. Don't be lazy. Research, verify and form your own opinion.

Mortem Rationis? The End Does Not Justify the Means

Break the Law to Enforce the Rule of Law?

The question is moot and academic as the majority (at least in the polls and in the media) have voiced their antagonizing fanaticism with a resounding 'Yes, crucify him! Crucify him!'.

I can only watch in grave dismay as people even rationalize the very thought. 

Have we really deteriorated, degenerated to such an extent of low level intellectual discourse? Basing from the viewpoints I see on social media and in the dank and putrid comment sections of major dailies, there is not even a hint of 'discourse' to speak of. There's only irrational vitriol, death threats, blind fanaticism and macabre blood thirst. Maybe, this populace has seen too much 'Walking Dead' or 'Game of Thrones'.
"We need 'X' because he loves the country so much."
"X may be a murderer, but X is 'our murderer!"
"We love you X!!!"
I can only bow my head and shudder.  

Elon Musk's Ark Forgot This in His Doomsday Mars Colonization Project

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Tech visionary, billionaire, CEO, innovator and real world Iron Man Elon Musk, neglected one crucial aspect of his ambitious and somewhat apocalyptic Mars Colonization project: the humans he would be sending to Mars, well, are still humans.

The SpaceX founder is set to unveil plans to Colonize Mars within the year and hopefully, undertake the mission before "radical extremism and World War III" makes it impossible (Daily Mail UK)Musk, along with Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking also believe that Artificial Intelligence pose a big threat to mankind's survival (Observer.com)Musk believes that World War III will set the world back technologically and would therefore make it harder if not impossible to achieve the mission. The backdrop of several ships carrying millions of people out of Earth amidst a raging nuclear war instigated by radical extremists is reminiscent of a movie with one glaring plot hole: free will and man's destructive nature. Politics is politics whether…

Rich Church Poor Church

*Before everything, bagyo nanaman. Expect power failure and water supply interruption. We only have rice until the next two days and vegetables until three days. Our LPG gas has run out sana hindi magbrown out.
Another typhoon another lesson...?

I'm publishing this incompletely because I feel that baka magbrownout. As usual my very slow Internet connection is slowing me down. Don't judge the text before I reach my conclusion.  ----
Were churches ever meant to become this monolithic, influential and rich? 
Some congregations actually feel like they’re “franchised” and "branded" in the same manner as businesses. One moment, there was nothing or just a small 'humble' group, the next pops out a brand new building with all the shiny bells, whistles and air-conditioning. Then another. Then another. Parang jollibee.
But again let’s delve back on the definition of 'church'. News Advent, a ‘Catholic Encyclopedia’ website defines it as: The term church (A…

When Everyone's a Writer...

Everyone has a story to tell.

As I obsessed about the bleeding of the world on a daily basis, I noticed one thing. It's like a macabre craving. Reading, processing, imagining and falling through the sand pit of making sense with all that's going on right now.

World news doesn't just make sense anymore. We seem to be engrossed with its trappings like a nicotine fix.

Nations rise and fight each other, with sordid tales of horror and macabre transgressions.

Everyone collectively gasps and swipes through every detail. In every swipe you'll find a crime against humanity.

Paris, San Bernardino, Syria...

Meanwhile, life goes on.

Everybody seems to be needing a real estate writer.

How about writing Syrian real estate? Get paid $10. Write a 500 word essay about that. The economy's on the uptick, with all the oil sales. Prospectors are hungry. Arms sales are up. And the Jihadi government is making strides in establishing foreign policy.

A Merry ISIS Christmas.

Is Religion a Business? The Answer May Surprise You

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One pleasant afternoon, I was drinking coffee and speaking with the president of an organization.

"Religion is a business you know." the man told me.

I was not able to reply because I knew that I wouldn't be able to go inside the intricacies of the matter. Talking is cumbersome and prone to error. I would not be able to proofread a delicate matter on the fly.

Tribulation

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44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

*UPDATED: Citizens Crime Watch Solicitation for Christmas Party

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Magandang araw din po,

Maligayang pasko!

Nais ko po sanang ipukaw sa pansin ang isyu tungkol sa Christmas party ninyo. Nawa'y sana ay magkaintindihan tayo at sana'y maging maaliwalas ang ating kuro kuro.

Gusto ko po sanang ipaalam din sa inyo na sa ngayon ay hindi ko alam kung makakapag Christmas party ang aking sariling pamilya.

Ang hanapbuhay ko po ay isang real estate broker ngunit wala pa akong naibebenta. Kasalukuyang umaasa sa tulong ng aking ina.

Anim po ang anak ko. Lima ang babae. Isa ang lalaki.  Lahat sila ay maliliit pa.

Siguro at dahil naimprenta ninyo ang aking pangalan dito sa papel ay kilala ninyo ako bagamat hindi ko kayo kilala.


Bagamat gipit po ang aming pamilya mula ng mamatay ang aking ama na si Atty. Reynaldo C. Garcia, kami'y nangangarap na isaayos itong munting lupang namana namin na sa kasalukuyan ay hindi nasa magandang kaayusan. Maraming kadahilanan, maraming problema.



Nagbabayad po kami ng buwis sa mga awtoridad ng ameliar, sa city hall, sa BI…

Love is Not Possible Without Free Will: Atheism, Religion, Christianity

"We've known each other for how long?" I asked. 
 "Ever since I met your father and I saw you mopping the floor in his office." 
"I know it sounds a little off-character, and I do understand it will affect our relationship, but I need help. Anyway, the Bible says, 'Seek and ye shall find, ask and it shall be given...' So, I'm just asking, I just need to buy a few goats, maybe some sheep and a grass cutter so I can fix the farm. I need help, and I'm asking you to invest in the farm." 
"Yes, the bible says that. But, I'm sorry, it's just not there, I'm sorry." he said. "Have you ever tried this dish?" 
"Nope." I said. 
 "It's called, 'fool' a Mediterranean dish. Would you like to try it?" 
Life is complicated
We can only know the things that we have been made to know. We usually think in terms of A + B + C = D where:
A is equals to "thing/event/knowledge" we know for su…

The Road to Calvary

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44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, 
bless them that curse you, 
do good to them that hate you, 
and pray for them which despitefully use you, 
and persecute you;

Now More Than Ever...

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43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[i] and hate your enemy.’44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?

Matthew 5:44 

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There's a Duterte in All of Us

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...and why it must be stopped.



Pain. Rage. Anger. Fury. Justice.

They are familiar companions. As I lit a huge fire made of dried twigs and leaves, I shouted at the top of my lungs at the darkness. My throat hurt and my voice grew hoarse, the flames emboldened. Smoke from the fire I made went inside my lungs. Fury demanded an answer. This was its moment. Time passed, the embers glowed.

Still nothing replied.

The darkness smirked silently with its eyes aglow at the display of raw anger, pain and vehemence. Yet it did not dare to come and show itself.

I doused some more gasoline on the fire, the flames roared. The skin on my body tingled with searing heat. That was the angriest moment of my entire life.

Furious at these... sorry excuses. They who did things in dark corners. They who brag about their travails of darkness. Everything about them repulsed my being.

As Duterte said, "I can see no redeeming factor - not a single iota of redemption..."

Of this, I can write nothing go…

The World Spiritual Crisis

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Religion is about control over people's beliefs. 
**Hello..... I am not anti religion!!!!

So, if any entity wants to punish me for writing go ahead. Take away my land. Take away my home. Take away all the 'blessings'. Take away all the things that prevent the scourge that plagues my crops. Go ahead and starve me. My children. My future and their future. Go ahead.

I am writing because it's the truth. It's my truth. If you want to punish me for doing that, THY WILL BE DONE.
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Belief is the most powerful thing on Earth.

It can push people to do amazing wonderful good works / "miracles" / sacrificial charity. But it can also push people to become suicide bombers - soldiers willing to kill and die for something.

That's the sole reason why it is being used by groups like ISIS.

Wars and conflicts are not solely caused by religion. I repeat, wars that sounded like they're about religion isnot solely about religion.

Religion was meant to be a tool. Get peo…

Part III of "The Day God Got Bored" - "This is Justice"

I've started practicing my hand on fiction. I don't know what genre to put it on, so I just put it at random. The general gist of the story is existential and thoughtful. It's part of my spiritual journey as I grappled with some things in my personal life - and some truths that I have seen. 

Basically the idea is yes, God got bored. If you think about reality in terms of the universe, you'd know that there are no mistakes mathematically. We're just beginning to master the laws of physics and right now I can see God as the ultimate astro-physicist, programmer, chemist and all. So, in the millions of stars in the supposed to be perfect universe - there lies a problem: man. 

Why is there evil? 

Free will right? 

Why were we given free will in the first place? 

I hope you join me in this journey as I begin to piece together 'things' in my head.

Praying for You Digong Duterte

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I know what it means to seek absolute justice, I know how it is to seek a God that does not answer. I know how it is to seek Veritas - the truth when all vestiges of it cannot be found.

You were angry as a child. Abused by men of God. They were preaching His laws, preaching His good Word while they did what they did in the dark corners of their churches.

You grew powerful as a man. Rove the streets seeking justice. Became a lawyer. Could not find justice still.

You realized, human justice is an illusion.

So you took it in your own hands. You became justice personified. The bringer of death to those whom you deem to be evil. 

Because I know, you wanted to ask the rapist, the thief, the murderer, the drug pusher, why they did what they did. You did not get a reply. No bright trumpets heralding the arrival of the truth you so desperately craved.

You only saw animals begging for your mercy. There was no God in that scenario. You were god in that scenario.

Still you looked and asked for…