Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Peoples Tonight (April 17, 2010)
There are fraternities, clubs, Rotaries, Lions, Masons, Jaycees, Knights of Columbus and so on and so forth. These are formally organized groups in which members are bound together either by their belief, their objectives or their mission or simply because of mutual understanding and cooperation.
In sabong, there are no initiations; no membership; no fees; no restrictions; no written code except the fact that a sabungero should be a gentleman that honours his commitments and obligations. He should maintain fairness and cheating as well as not paying a bet is a mortal sin.
However, despite the informality and loose set-up, sabungeros is strongly bound by their passion…cockfighting.
Cockers would readily support a candidate who “belongs” or who is an insider, without reservation. Sabungeros unconsciously make themselves members of a community and would usually vote as one for one of their own. Maybe, this was the reason why many sectors or individuals immediately growled in protest when we filed our application for the Alyansa Sabungero party list. They are afraid because they know that a party list of and for the sabungero would easiy gather enough votes to be entitled to three congressional seats.
The solid sabungero vote is the reason why a big majority of elected local leaders are cockers or gamefowl breeders, like Mayor Bobby Clemente of Paoay and Mayor Nalupta of Batac in Ilocos Norte; Mayor Jesry Palmares of Passi City; Mayor Cito Albereto of Virac, Catanduanes; Gov. Rio Salceda of Albay; Cong. Tony Kho of Masbate; Gov. Manny Piñol of North Cotabato; Gov. Chungkee Uy of Compostella Valley; Cong. Claude Bautista of Davao; Vice Gov. Odie Fausto of Cagayan; Cong. Baham Mitra of Palawan (running for Governor); former Cong. Rudy Albano of Isabela; Sec. Ronnie Puno of DILG et al.
In fact, some non-cocker politicians entered the Sport to be able to woo in the cockers’ vote.
In the coming local and national elections, hundreds of candidates for local position and several national candidates are already assured of the patronage of sabungeros who numbers in the millions. With due advantage are senatorial candidates Ramon Mitra – son of the late House Speaker Monching Mitra who is regarded as one of the greatest Filipino cockers that ever lived. The name Mitra is simply synonymous to sabong. When a sabungero hear the name Mitra, instantly what comes to mind are the phenomenal Mitra 56 or the Mitra Blues or the parawakans, gamefowl strains who despite their lack in beauty are regarded as among the Royal Bloods of Philippine cockfighting.
Ramon Mitra III or simply Monmon, including his brother Baham were immersed in their father’s love for the fightingcock, from childhood. The old Mitra, never denied or hid his passion for sabong just to advance his political career. Instead, he openly displayed his love for cockfighting even during the time that he was running for the presidency. His pride for sabong is very obvious in campaign slogans such as Mitra, manok ng masa or Mitra ang Matibay.
“ A cock’s code of conduct”
Cock’s are well-disciplined lot, observing good and right conduct in the following manner :
Barring accidents, they do not peck at each other’s eyes even if they keep on fighting the whole day. This is sportsmanship on the part of the cocks. What about men?
A cock will never hit while the opponent is in the process of moving his bowels. Try to verify this fact
A cock will not relieve itself while being held in hand but the moment he is set down the ground he will do so at once. Good etiquette. After one or two hours of traveling, put him down in the ground and in a minute he will move his bowels and flap his wings for the needed relief and rest.
At the sight of the morsel of food or any kind of insect, he will call for the opposite sex to share it with her. Noble breed and gallantry. Men do this, too.
Birds communicate to each other any impending trouble and danger by a loud cackle and this signal is relayed to all of their kind in far surrounding places, in a natural spirit of mutual cooperation.
All birds sleep early at sundown but get easily awaken by the slightest noise, movement or sight. They comply to a strict discipline; so don’t disturb your ace fighter at night when preparing for an important fight.
excerpts from Angel Lansang’s COCKFIGHTING IN THE PHILIPPINES
Thursday, April 15, 2010
CARREO by Rolando S. Luzong
Peoples Tonight (April 14, 2010)
AIRLINE SEATS FOR
With my regular sorties to Tacloban over the last three months, as well as travels to Cagayan de Oro,
In my last take-off from Tacloban just this past Saturday, the long lines of passengers waiting to get their boarding passes were so much that they almost extended pass the airport doors. And the chance passengers hoping that listed passengers don’t show up were a lot more than the regular. There was this guy begging another passenger before him on the line, to give him the slot because he has an international flight to catch in
But wait, why on earth is Philippine Airlines, with all the money coming in, came up with the most stupid income generating idea ever, to be able to add a few pesos more to their millions by SELLING THE EXIT ROW SEATS.
Yes…you read it right, PAL is asking for a fee of P300.00 if you want an EXIT ROW SEAT.
With my long legs and huge frame I would always ask for an EXIT ROW SEAT every time I line up for a boarding pass. And I see to it that I am at the airport much earlier than the others just to get that EXIT ROW SEAT because it is simply much more comfortable for me to seat there. The airline personnel would normally look at me first, to see if I’m capable enough to open the exit doors in case of emergency which is actually what is expected and is required of any person seating on an EXIT ROW SEAT. Almost always, if an EXIT ROW is available I will get it. Then inside the plane, the stewardess will explain to me that considering that I am seating in the EXIT ROW then I should be ready to lend a hand in case I will be asked to.
Nowadays, things have changed. When boarding a PAL plane and you ask for the EXIT ROW SEAT you will have to shell out P300.00 and because very few are willing to spend P300.00 more for a seat then the EXIT ROW SEATS are always left vacant. One time there was one passenger who has an excess P300.00 to spare and she got the EXIT ROW SEAT. She’s probably 65 years old, about 4 feet tall and definitely doesn’t look capable of opening the doors in case of emergency.
In my Manila-Iloilo flight last Sunday, I asked the stewardess if I can transfer to the all vacant EXIT ROW SEATS, she said no. I asked who will open the door in case of emergency she said they will decide on that when the time comes. I said, “don’t call me.”
Don’t laugh, I am not joking.
KILL THE ROOSTERS THAT WILL BE SENT
In one of our interviews last Monday in Iloilo, one balikbayan farm owner from Miami told us that the PETA people in the U.S. are running amok raiding rooster farms. One game farm raided wherein more than 100 cocks were euthanized was in
Crazy is it not? But I am not surprised because I know how these animal rights wackos operate. They just have to continue advancing so their donors continue sending money.
Like what I wrote last Sunday, let us join hands to kick this PETA and HSUS people out of the
Don’t just raise and fight roosters. We also have an obligation to teach, orient and explain to non-cockers and the uninitiated what sabong is and the many good things derived from it.
And like the advice of my friend Speedy Gonzales of California, let us bring the whole family to the cockpit and make it a family affair just like watching the movies or going shopping.
Would you rather bring them to the cockpit or allow animal rights people to contaminate their minds that sabong is cruelty and it should be stopped.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH for the warm welcome accorded to us by the distinguished breeders of