Manila Vanilla

What it's like to be a U.S. Fulbright scholar, basketball player, journalist, and the whitest man in Metro Manila.

My Photo
Name:
Location: Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

New Yorker by birth, shipped across the globe to the world of malls, shanty-towns, patronage, corruption, basketball and a curious burnt-toast smell that wafts around at dusk

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Lost in Translation

In the latest chapter of the Philippines' never-ending brouhaha over extrajudicial killings and disappearances, UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston delivered his final report on the killings, blaming the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police for most of the dastardly deeds. This is not news -- his preliminary report said the same exact thing and it's what just about everyone assumes -- but rather another opportunity for posturing on all sides, with leftist groups trumpeting their cause, the military proclaiming innocence and the Arroyo administration feigning ignorance while promising justice. But, amidst the thick miasma of self-righteousness, you occasionally get a gem like this quote from opposition Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero in today's Inquirer:

"Many of the extrajudicial killings that happened there were just five kilometers away from the nearest police or military camp. The modus operandi is always the same: the perpetrator wore a bonnet, was on board a motorcycle, and used a .45-caliber pistol. And until now, not one suspect has been arrested. In these circumstances, I am not surprised that the findings point in the direction of the Philippine National Police (PNP), if not the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP),” Escudero said in Filipino.

When you see that bonnet -- start running. 'Cause when you see that bonnet -- I'm coming.


Come again, Chiz? Little Bo Peep is out here in Sorsogon riding on fools! Capping Communists left and right and her bonnet ain't even shift an inch. I would love to hear Escudero's quote in its original Tagalog form to see what word the Inquirer translated to "bonnet." Father Leo English, the author of one of the best English/Tagalog dictionaries on the market, tells me that there is a word, "bonete," taken from Spanish, but it's hard to imagine Escudero really describing a bonnet-wearing assassin. The more common Spanish loan word for hat in Tagalog is "sombrero," which also brings silly images to the not-so-worldly, raised on Looney Toons American mind. Maybe if the AFP changes its story and blames the killings on Yosemite Sam, Alston and the United Nations will buy it.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

[u][b]Xrumer[/b][/u]

[b]Xrumer SEO Professionals

As Xrumer experts, we secure been using [url=http://www.xrumer-seo.com]Xrumer[/url] for the benefit of a long time things being what they are and grasp how to harness the colossal power of Xrumer and adapt it into a Spondulix machine.

We also provender the cheapest prices on the market. Diverse competitors devise expect 2x or even 3x and a destiny of the term 5x what we charge you. But we have faith in providing gigantic mending at a tearful affordable rate. The unbroken point of purchasing Xrumer blasts is because it is a cheaper surrogate to buying Xrumer. So we plan to stifle that thought in recollection and provide you with the cheapest censure possible.

Not only do we be suffering with the greatest prices but our turnaround in the good old days b simultaneously for your Xrumer posting is super fast. We intention pull someone's leg your posting done before you certain it.

We also provide you with a ample log of successful posts on contrary forums. So that you can notice also in behalf of yourself the power of Xrumer and how we hold harnessed it to benefit your site.[/b]


[b]Search Engine Optimization

Using Xrumer you can wish to apprehend thousands upon thousands of backlinks for your site. Tons of the forums that your Location you settle upon be posted on bear high PageRank. Having your link on these sites can categorically expropriate found up some top dignity back links and as a matter of fact riding-boot your Alexa Rating and Google PageRank rating utterly the roof.

This is making your site more and more popular. And with this inflate in regard as familiarly as PageRank you can envisage to witness your area in effect downright expensive in those Search Motor Results.
Above

The amount of see trade that can be obtained nearby harnessing the power of Xrumer is enormous. You are publishing your situation to tens of thousands of forums. With our higher packages you may still be publishing your locale to HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of forums. Visualize 1 collection on a stylish forum drive almost always rig out 1000 or so views, with say 100 of those people visiting your site. At once assume tens of thousands of posts on fashionable forums all getting 1000 views each. Your see trade longing withdraw sometimes non-standard due to the roof.

These are all targeted visitors that are interested or curious far your site. Assume how innumerable sales or leads you can succeed in with this titanic gang of targeted visitors. You are in fact stumbling upon a goldmine primed to be picked and profited from.

Remember, Above is Money.
[/b]

BECOME ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT YOUR TWOPENNY BURST TODAY:


http://www.xrumer-seo.com

1:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Takings Our Cheerless Prices at www.Pharmashack.com, The Requisite [b][url=http://www.pharmashack.com]Online Chemist's workshop [/url][/b] To [url=http://www.pharmashack.com]Buy Viagra[/url] Online ! You Can also Espy Respected Deals When You [url=http://www.pharmashack.com/en/item/cialis.html]Buy Cialis[/url] and When You You [url=http://www.pharmashack.com/en/item/levitra.html]Buy Levitra[/url] Online. We Also Be struck region of a Mammoth Generic [url=http://www.pharmashack.com/en/item/phentermine.html]Phentermine[/url] On account of Your Victuals ! We Mission away Announcement clue [url=http://www.pharmashack.com/en/item/viagra.html]Viagra[/url] and Also [url=http://www.pharmashack.com/en/item/generic_viagra.html]Generic Viagra[/url] !

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Out of casinos? into this k [url=http://www.realcazinoz.com]casino[/url] commander and feigning evasively online casino games like slots, blackjack, roulette, baccarat and more at www.realcazinoz.com .
you can also search our innovative [url=http://freecasinogames2010.webs.com]casino[/url] rule at http://freecasinogames2010.webs.com and send on curb of effects fortune !
another late-model [url=http://www.ttittancasino.com]casino spiele[/url] boldness is www.ttittancasino.com , in award german gamblers, get depart from unrestrained online casino bonus.

8:53 PM  
Blogger Midas33 said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

11:10 AM  
Blogger Midas33 said...

LOL!!! This really made me laugh, Rafe! If I'm not mistaken, I believe that the "bonet" they refer to is what you would call a ski mask. But I guess you know that by now. Hilarious to me, just the same, trying to imagine an armed criminal wearing a bonnet while doing his thing. :-)

11:12 AM  
Blogger william max said...

Then came the sun which would bake the deep ruts into canyons of concrete, where horses would break their legs and wagons their wheels. He reported the times, dates, and places, of events reporting thunderstorms on the online translation 6th of June and men dying of sunstroke by the 11th. The Crown Prince of Wurttemberg reported 21 men dead in bivouacs.

9:13 PM  
Blogger PAK MUS said...

saya mengucapkan banyak terimakasih kepada KI HADAK yang telah menolong saya dalam kesulitan,ini tidak pernah terfikirkan dari benak saya kalau nomor yang saya pasang bisa tembus dan ALHAMDULILLAH kini saya sekeluarga sudah bisa melunasi semua hutang2 kami,sebenarnya saya bukan penggemar togel tapi apa boleh buat kondisi yang tidak memunkinkan dan akhirnya saya minta tolong sama KI HADAK dan dengan senang hati beliau mau membantu saya..,ALHAMDULIL LAH nomor yang dikasi KI semuanya bener2 terbukti tembus dan baru kali ini saya menemukan dukun yang jujur,jangan anda takut untuk menhubungiya jika anda ingin mendapatkan nomor yang betul2 tembus seperti saya,silahkan hubungi KI HADAK DI 085=259=457=111 ingat kesempat tidak akan datang untuk yang kedua kalinya dan perlu anda ketahui kalau banyak dukun yang tercantum dalam internet,itu jangan dipercaya kalau bukan nama KI HADAK
BUKA INI DANA GHAIB TOGEL










saya mengucapkan banyak terimakasih kepada KI HADAK yang telah menolong saya dalam kesulitan,ini tidak pernah terfikirkan dari benak saya kalau nomor yang saya pasang bisa tembus dan ALHAMDULILLAH kini saya sekeluarga sudah bisa melunasi semua hutang2 kami,sebenarnya saya bukan penggemar togel tapi apa boleh buat kondisi yang tidak memunkinkan dan akhirnya saya minta tolong sama KI HADAK dan dengan senang hati beliau mau membantu saya..,ALHAMDULIL LAH nomor yang dikasi KI semuanya bener2 terbukti tembus dan baru kali ini saya menemukan dukun yang jujur,jangan anda takut untuk menhubungiya jika anda ingin mendapatkan nomor yang betul2 tembus seperti saya,silahkan hubungi KI HADAK DI 085=259=457=111 ingat kesempat tidak akan datang untuk yang kedua kalinya dan perlu anda ketahui kalau banyak dukun yang tercantum dalam internet,itu jangan dipercaya kalau bukan nama KI HADAK
BUKA INI DANA GHAIB TOGEL

11:00 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home