A Year After: Is Justice Served Yet?

Time flies, but memories stay.

It has been a year since that tragic Quirino Grandstand hostage taking. I remember that day. It was a Monday. It was about noontime when news broke that a tourist bus containing Chinese nationals was held captive by a former police officer. Rolando Mendoza’s his name. It was only until the evening newscast when it occurred to me that this news was of national issue. OK. Let’s skip the details you would probably find online, shall we?

I was on Twitter when everything was happening. I was checking my timeline every now and then. I was actually feeling off about how everyone seem to know better than people on the field that time. Everybody knows something better than what the police was doing. Then everybody just started hating on the suspect. He’s the bad guy, anyways. And everybody hates the bad guy.

The outcome of that incident was tragic and pitiful. As rain covered the scene of the crime, gunshots were fired, lives were taken, cameras rolled and everything went downhill. Little did we know (or did we?) that that tragedy would scar the Philippines’ reputation. We were heavily criticized with the lack of competitiveness the people in authority showed when handling the crisis. Travel bans were issued. Non-complimentary articles were published. In-depth investigations were conducted. But everything boils down to one thing – justice and what seems to be an endless probe for it.

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“We win justice quickest by rendering justice to the other party.” -Mohandas Gandhi 

A year after that incident and the families of those who were killed are still seeking for justice. But when does one know when justice is served?

The Quirino Grandstand hostage taking incident started out from the disgruntled police officer Rolando Mendoza’s cry for justice. He was removed from service by the ombudsman’s ruling that he was guilty of a police-related crime. He said he wasn’t given a chance to air his side. Justice for him means getting his post back mainly because he wants his job back. He has mouths to feed and it was an injustice for him when he was fired. It was an injustice for him when his family mourned for his demise while everybody else calls him names for putting justice in his hands. Or is it?

It was an injustice for the tourists when a troubled man took them as hostages while they were having their holiday vacation in the Philippines. It was an injustice for them when Mendoza started shooting them one by one. It is an injustice when some people used their deaths to get media attention. It was an injustice when several lives were taken while some were scarred indefinitely by what took place inside that bus.

Justice, I believe, is something abstract. Something so big that it’s hard to have a full grasp of. Is it something that books tell us to be? Or is it of emotional standards?

Now that the violator’s dead, isn’t justice served? After all the investigations are over and done in due process and are found conclusive, is justice still out of the picture?

While the lack of apathy and remorse from some of the people  who were involved in the failure to prevent the tragic outcome of that incident is pure injustice and sheer cowardice, how sure are we that we have done justice to the offended party?

I guess justice is more of an emotional state than a thing of the law. Admit it or not, being bereft of justice is oftentimes a matter of emotional offense. And the seeking of justice is also a journey to finding emotional settlement. That’s the reason why some things go out of hand. And for a democratic country, our justice system here is more of a struggle than a journey.

I’m hoping for everyone to get the justice they deserve more than what they want, regardless of what form they want it.

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My prayers go out the spirits of the departed during last year’s hostage crisis. I hope that they find peace and hopefully they could transcend it to their families they left behind. Rest in peace.

 

*images from google

 

Because I can’t wait for FHM Philippines’ March 2011 issue..

 

FHM March 2011 teaser from the Bullpen

It is the last day of February and I was roaming the the nearest mall like a ghost (or anything you can relate to roaming, except cellphones *hwehwe*). Aside from doing some grocery shopping with my nanay, I always make it to a point to visit magazine stands/shops to check-out and buy the latest issue of FHM. I also check back issues just to get my hands on issues that I missed for some reasons.

My first stop on magazine-hunting moments is the magazine section of SM Hypermart which is situated on the entrance of the grocery. Then I check FILBAR’S, which is my favorite place to buy stuff. Maybe there is something with the feeling of being surrounded by printed words. On bad days, I also check Book Sale, National Bookstore and Watson’s (because they have the magazines earlier than the others). To cut this shit short, I failed to score the latest issue of FHM today. I wasn’t really disappointed because I already know that FHM 03/11 will be released tomorrow, March 1.

I shouldn’t be disappointed, but still.

Good thing I sc0red two back issues of FHM- June 2010 (#119) and August 2010 (#121)

FHM #119 (June 2010)

Max Eigenmann did the most for FHM for the year 2010. She was fearless. This issue gave Max Eigenmann ‘maximum exposure’. I commend the FHM team for doing a risky theme for someone whose name in the showbiz industry gives everyone a great recall. It was like Krista Ranillo‘s August 2008 FHM debut. Only riskier, braver, bolder and better (but less controversial).

We love the babes. (Ingrid Holm, Mic Salazar, Lisa Marie, Trisha Alvarez and Giane Sales)

We love the articles just the same. We have this guide on how to be famous in 15 minutes (Be Famous Now!), the explainer on El Niño and La Niña (Where Do All the Rain Go/Come From?), and an interview with TBLA participant Kevin Yue.

Here are some photos from Max Eigenmann’s cover story:

FHM #121 (August 2010)

This is FHM in 3D. Not really the whole magazine, but in some parts only. The good parts.

Priscilla Meirelles is this issue’s muse. Her photos were OK, so to speak. I find the shoot a bit bland although some of her black and white photos delivered. She is a Brazilian beauty queen. How can you go wrong with that? But the photos seem to be lacking of something, I just can’t put my finger on it. Maybe this is caused by some unfortunate events prior to their shoot.

Here are some photos of Priscilla from this issue’s cover story:

Other babes featured in this issue were Mocha Girls, Mae and Jhane, (it was really awkward typing the letter ‘H’. jejemuch) the Playgirls and Fil-Brit Margarita Hall.

Good articles in this issue are NSFW Pinoy Websites,  Life 2.0 or the guide on internet life and FHM duo SuperBonngg! and BA Borleo’s adventure to becoming male models good enough to make it to Cosmo’s Bachelor bash.

Did I mention that this issue (or some parts of it) is in 3D? Yes, FHM 3D-fied some of their hottest babes like Angel Locsin, Cristine Reyes, Katrina Halili and others. Check out some of the 3D-fied FHM babes below. *Click to enlarge. You know how this works.*

(more FHM 3D images from this blog)

But what made this FHM 3D thing a knockout were the 3D-fied Premiere Vixens in their wet nakedness. Check out the samples. (WARNING: the images are NSFW)

*NSFW IMAGES WERE REMOVED DUE TO SOME SELFISH REASONS*

BUT since I bought the back issue, there are no 3D glasses included on the purchase. BUMMER. No geek explosion for me.

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I hope these issues will be enough until I get my hands on FHM March 2011 probably on Sunday, after church. Plus each back issue costs 70 pesos (but Filbar’s sells their Max Eigenmann FHM’s for 90 pesos. I bought mine on Booksale) so these magazines cost like a current issue. Good deal, right?

UPDATE:

Here is Solenn Heussaff’s cover photo for FHM March 2011. I can’t wait to get my hands on her, er, FHM issue. Lucky horses.

 

Polished to Perfection

*images courtesy of FHM.com.ph

#127: Misa Campo on FHM February 2011

So it is the “love month” and FHM Philippines is featuring ‘happy camper’, extra terrestrial beauty that is Misa Campo.

Filipina-Canadian beauty Misa Campo is an international car show model and an internet sensation. Needless to say, she is a hot property.

And since my knowledge about Miss Campo is limited only to what little research I did after celebrity DJ KC Montero tweeted about her last October, I will just talk about the magazine itself and all the good stuff in it.

COVER

Did you see the cover? Of course you did. Did you take a second look at it and checked if it is FHM Philippines you are seeing? Hell yeah!

To say that the cover is stunning is an understatement. It is of international appeal. Just seeing Misa Campo do that pose makes you stop and stare (and ogle, if you want). But you also have to commend FHM for the colors they chose for the texts on the cover considering that the background is white and just any color would do.

And the cover is durable, just like last year’s February issue.

LAYOUT

(I know, I know. FHM launched their new layout last month but I missed that issue, so forgive me.) The new layout looks less confusing compared to the previous one. I used the term ‘confusing’ with reference to the layout used during August 2009 – February 2010 which is ‘less confusing’. Are you confused on what I am talking about? Yes reader, I really have nothing to say about the layout and I am as confused as you on why I am talking about it on the first place.

COVER STORY

The story on how FHM pulled-off the cover shoot was amazing. If you are the type who looks at the pictures first before reading the cover story, you’d be surprised by how they managed to produce such a wonderful shoot. If you are the type who just looks at the pictures and then goes back to business, I have nothing to say. What are the chances that you are reading this, anyway?

The interview helps us to get to know more about Misa Campo. From how she started as a model to how the internet helped her to be known worldwide.

If you are an avid reader or a collector of this magazine, you probably heard some cover stars say that they want their shoot to be sexy and classy. Yes, FHM Philippines is known for producing photos of sexiness and classiness. But I have to say that Misa’s photos were among the sexiest and classiest FHM has had.

Miss Campo’s 18 photos were all smoldering and equally inviting. Plus it’s Misa Campo. Plus the photos are all unique. Plus it’s Misa Campo. Plus she showed a lot while keeping the curiosity alive. And did I say it’s MISA CAMPO? Yes, it is Misa Campo.

Misa Campo knows how to work with the camera. Just look at the lower right photo on page 76. Ah, priceless. Who can resist that cute and inviting girl sitting there?

FEATURED GIRLS

We have starter Angel Smith, February girlfriend Kim Lee, former hot babe Sachie Sanders and 100% Hotties Kissa Kurdi of the Baywalk bodies and ‘bitch’ Aya Alonzo.

It’s a treat that FHM decided to allot more space for the GF of the Month. I find Sachie’s photos more attractive compared to her photos for the FHM Lingerie Special Volume 1. Ah, those lips. Aya Alonzo’s feature was ‘bitin’ but I guess they will feature her on FHM.com.ph in the future so the photos on the magazine are just ‘appetizers’. And yes, those photos of Miss Alonzo were appetizing. Plus brainy girls are sexy, aren’t they?

P.S.

Sam Pinto’s SanMig Light ad is so hot she deserves to do a cover again. Never mind if she wears that hot, blue two-piece all throughout the shoot. We’re not complaining. She just have to be on the cover again. I love the way she speaks, and acts, and walks, and.. and..

FEATURED READS

The articles in this issue are nice. Yes they are. Read them.

Since FHM is known for listing down good stuff (READ: 100 Sexiest Women among others), I always look forward to them listing down random things. And for this month, they listed down 45 ‘dick’ flicks. Dick flicks are the opposite of chick flicks, if you want to know. The dick flicks listed vary from The Hangover to Iron Man to Batman to The Godfather series but all testosterone-filled, nevertheless.

The articles on BO and the 13 Things We Don’t Know about Philippine History were a bit ‘bitin’ but informative, still.

My favorite story was that of ‘kuya’, the 47-year old virgin; kudos to B.A. Borleo for the great feature.

REGULARS

The Bar Room Jokes, Ladies’ Confessions, True Stories, Upgrade, Reviews, Fashion; always present, ever informative.

The Starter articles never fail to give knowledge we don’t really need, but is still worth the brain cells.

What I miss is the most is the advice column. Man, they should have Asia Agcaoili back.

And Premiere’s Erek Shawn has become an FHM icon and hero. He has been an FHM regular for only three years  or so and we have parents naming their babies after him. Amazing?

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FHM’s 15-peso cover price raise is just fair for everyone. It has been 5 years since FHM’s last price hike, yet FHM started to double the photos of the cover girls a couple f years back.

Yes, the issue may be thin but it is LOADED. It is so loaded that FHM released the issue four days before February started. It is that loaded that February’s 28 days is not enough.

This issue is one of the many issues of FHM you just can’t resist reading and re-reading (and ogling) over and over.

UPDATE:

Here are the photos of Misa Campo from the FHM Website (click and ogle)

PLUS

3D-fied Miss Campo made using make3dphotos.com

*images courtesy of FHM.com.ph