The invitation was for a 10 am meeting with Bobi Tiglao on Wednesday in, the text message said, “Taal Vista Lodge”. It turns out that Waze traced this location not to Tagaytay as intended, but to an area on the outskirts of town actually ringing Nasugbu, Batangas. So, as I reached Tagaytay a good 30 minutes before the meeting time, after passing the mark to the Nasugbu limit, I was the last to arrive at the actual meeting place, not Taal. Vista Lodge but Taal Vista Hotel. Peter, the comrade who sent me the invitation, told me it’s all the same, Vista Lodge or Vista Hotel, but for Waze, it’s all a difference. You say it wrong, Waze is taking you to the wrong place.
Either way, all’s well that ends well. After a nomenclature change on the Waze mobile tracker from “Lodge” to “Hotel”, we finally succeeded. There, after getting out of my car, I made my way to the hotel entrance, confident to be on time as the doorman and receptionist refused entry because I didn’t have a notebook. vaccination. My blood pressure rose instantly (I have this built-in physical barometer that alerts me whenever I have high blood pressure, which is why I had a lovely nurse accompany me on the trip to confirm my blood pressure. blood pressure device at any time and administer the corresponding medication).
“I will never be admitted to this hotel!” I yelled at the guy who was handling the arrival of the guests at the meeting. “I will never get vaccinated.”
In fact, what attracted my goat was that I was there, a member of the Fourth Estate, who I believe was largely exempt from pandemic protocols in carrying out his task, and yet here is this booby who blocked my way so as not to have a vaccination card. From my high school years, it has remained in my mind that no law will be passed to restrict freedom of expression and assembly; in my octogenarian years, this teaching did not weaken in me. By what right has Taal Vista Hotel restricted my freedom to collect information about the meeting taking place in the hotel lobby? Had I not compromised this freedom enough by wearing a face mask according to protocol, although I continue to harbor this apprehension that face masks serve more to satisfy mercantilist desires than to prevent the coronavirus from entering your? system? Do viruses travel in a straight line to be blocked by pieces of tissue on your mouth and nose? One read showed me that a trillion viruses can be lodged in the tip of a pin, so why don’t they get into the fabric that face masks are made of? Besides, since viruses travel randomly in the air, can’t they infiltrate the free space between the textile and your skin?
One thing is clear, no definitive conclusion has been made so far on how Covid-19 started. And yet, here we are again, alerted to the emergence of several of its variants, such as Delta and Omicron. What is the use of vaccination against Covid-19 when this vaccination will not be good for combating successive variants of the disease? Do we have to undergo vaccinations over and over again?
We cannot be faced with the emergence of viruses indefinitely. It’s time to end this coronavirus masquerade. Recognize perhaps once and for all that viruses are an integral part of the creation of man, that they exist from the beginning of life and that they seem to threaten human life from time to time (the Spanish flu, SARS, MERS, etc.), it should be seen as part of the cycle of life and death.
Vaccination should take as a fundamental principle that life is immortal. There is no such thing. As Aristotle said, “The best thing after birth is to die.” The notion of a cure for the pandemic can only satisfy the desire to maximize profits from the pharmaceutical trade. Ultimately, those who get vaccinated in the hope of defeating Covid-19 will sooner or later meet their creator after all. Of course, no one wants to do it sooner rather than later. The pursuit of happiness is man’s primary concern after all. And for a journalist, being happy means having optimal latitude to do your job. This is what the Taal Vista Hotel denied to this writer this Wednesday morning. Good riddance then. The Taal Vista Hotel narrowly failed to host a historic event: the elucidation of the agenda of a man who would be President of the Republic of the Philippines – General Antonio Parlade Jr.
The general’s coterie included the quintessential Manila Times columnist Bobi Tiglao, Mon Mon Mitra Jr., son of the late Senator Ramon Mitra Sr. running for the Senate, and former senior Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) officials who have long carried out – and therefore rejected – the CPP-NPA (New People’s Army) insurgency as nothing but a grand design to advance Jose Maria Sison’s egotistical opportunist program to exercise absolute political power in the country . It was a singular honor for me that for this rejection by Taal Vista Hotel of my participation in the discussion already underway in the lobby, the group decided to snub the hotel and move to a more picturesque location anyway. where you get a very good view of Taal lake. No vaccination record required.
There was a lot of discussion at the meeting about why all of a sudden General Parlade decided to run for president. Since the General expanded on the discussion in his Friday column (“The long haul”, The Manila Times, December 3, 2021), I would rather refer readers to the article than venture into my own elaboration. What was not addressed in the general’s column was Mon Mon Mitra’s plan to press charges against Jose Maria Sison for the bombing in Plaza Miranda on August 21, 1971. In this incident, the father of Mon Mon was among more than a hundred injured. .
“What costs? ” I asked.
“Murder. Multiple homicides. It doesn’t matter,” replied the aspiring senator.
“I believe the statute of limitations for criminal cases is 20 years,” I said. “It’s been over 20 years since then.
“Then take a civil action,” Mon Mon said.
Speaking of civil damages, I reported an article by National Security Advisor Hermogenes Esperon in the December 1 issue of Pwersa, copies of which I had brought to the meeting. The article contains photos of top CPP-NPA leaders with a corresponding bounty on their heads.
Top of the line, surely, is Jose Maria Sison with a tag of over 10 million P.
I said I wouldn’t bother to file a civil complaint; I’m just going to go for the price of over 10 million pesos on his head.
As for the criminal aspect of the Plaza Miranda bombing, I don’t know if the International Criminal Court (ICC) has the same statute of limitations as the Philippine courts.
I know that the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflicts (NTF-Elcac) has already filed complaints with the United Nations about the atrocities committed in the Philippines by the CPP-NPA.
The bombing in Plaza Miranda may be an addition to previous charges filed with the UN and thus satisfy Mon Mon’s quest for justice as well as those whose loved ones were killed or maimed in the incident.
Bobi mentioned that he read in my column an account of the 1989 Senate investigation into the Plaza Miranda bombing and asked for copies of the minutes of the investigation cited in my article. So, I referred him to my Kamao blog (kamaopunch.blogspot.com) where an article titled “Knowing Ninoy” and posted on February 15, 18, 20 and 22, 2012 contained excerpts from the minutes of the investigation of the Senate which uncovered, through the testimonies of the former secretary general of the CPP Ruben Guevarra and a prominent member of the central committee of the CPP, Ariel Almendral, the fact that the bombing in the Plaza Miranda was the work of José Maria Sison in cahoots with Ninoy Aquino.
Towards the end of the discussion, I reminded General Parlade of his assertion in a previous column that the presidential competition was not a battle of inquiries but a marathon where the winner must be determined by whoever remains standing in the fields. Last 25 meters; he said he had only seen two standing at this point, one of which is, he said, “Si ako”.
In his Friday column on the Tagaytay interlude, General Parlade has this invigorating ending: “And I tell you, the last man standing might not be a woman.”