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  • GeneralGranger: it is a well-followed rule in events organization that the organizer takes care of everything and the coordination and possible participation of government agencies. the concerned government agencies will only act upon the instruction or the request of the organizer.

    in the Wowowee Stampede case, it was clear in the facts presented to Task Force ULTRA that ABS-CBN did delimit the role of the Pasig PNP, Barangay Oranbo and the Pasig City Government into mere peacekeeping roles while the organizer took charge of overall crime and crowd control and security DURING THE ENTIRE DURATION OF THE EVENT in the area by assigning hundreds of Goldlink security guards. it was also stated in the facts that ABS-CBN did actually sought the assistance of the said government agencies for the Wowowee anniversary event but it deliberately did not invite them at the production meetings leading up to the event. in short, ABS-CBN took everything in its own hands and left the PNP, the LGU and the Barangay hanging. such delimitation was also confirmed by Rene Luspo during his appearance before a hearing of Task Force ULTRA.

    there was a sufficient number of PNP personnel manning the area at that time but they simply followed what ABS-CBN has instructed them- stop snatching and other petty crimes and prevent rumbles from erupting. there was also no formal request for assistance from ABS-CBN staff at the site when they saw the crowd growing in numbers because these staffers stuck themselves to the plan drafted by Rene Luspo and Wowowee organizers wherein ABS-CBN security guards will be in-charge of overall security, crime control and crowd control and THEY WILL ONLY CALL THE ASSISTANCE OF THE PNP AND OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES WHEN NEEDED. therefore, the role of the PNP, Pasig City Government and Barangay Oranbo were merely dispensible as far as ABS-CBN was concerned.


    lastly, ABS-CBN said before the panel that it was expecting a 25,000- to 30,000-strong crowd of people to attend the Wowowee first anniversary at the ULTRA complex, which only had an actual capacity of 17,000 (combined seating capacity of the Philsports Arena and the ULTRA football field bleachers). given such fact, how come ABS-CBN insisted in having the event held at the ULTRA complex when it should have held the event at an open air park that can accomodate a huge number of people such as the Quezon Memorial Circle (Luneta was not available then because it was being used as the venue for the Franklin Graham rally) or in a large stadium such as the 30,000-seat Rizal Memorial Stadium in Malate?
  • bluetheherobluethehero PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    hay naku male22maroon, be careful in your first paragraph.
    GeneralGranger: it is a well-followed rule in events organization that the organizer takes care of everything and the coordination and possible participation of government agencies. the concerned government agencies will only act upon the instruction or the request of the organizer.

    I will leave na lang in the proper courts in deeming whether there is truth to this claim. napaka no-brainer kasi nito especially nung last sentence. if there is such law, then such law is really a bent one. in short, the police of pasig violated the basic law which is to protect the welfare of the populace at all times.

    such will be a negative pogi points to the police because, imagine the local or national police's duty or mandate can actually be revoked by private organizers of an event that will be held in a public place.

    e pano pala kung halimbawa solohin ng unilever ang lahat ng aspeto sa organization ng lova palooza sa baywalk, pati security kunwari solohin nila at maghire ng security agency without consulting the police, tapos may sumabog na bomba sa lugar o mangyari rin ang stampede, tapos mas malaki ang number of attendees, say 100,000, mag-aantay pa rin ba ang police sa instruction ng organizer?

    and again, ano na naman ang definition ng "entire duration of the event?" kasama ba ang wednesday-friday before the actual stampede dyan?
    there was a sufficient number of PNP personnel manning the area at that time but they simply followed what ABS-CBN has instructed them- stop snatching and other petty crimes and prevent rumbles from erupting. there was also no formal request for assistance from ABS-CBN staff at the site when they saw the crowd growing in numbers because these staffers stuck themselves to the plan drafted by Rene Luspo and Wowowee organizers wherein ABS-CBN security guards will be in-charge of overall security, crime control and crowd control and THEY WILL ONLY CALL THE ASSISTANCE OF THE PNP AND OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES WHEN NEEDED. therefore, the role of the PNP, Pasig City Government and Barangay Oranbo were merely dispensible as far as ABS-CBN was concerned.

    ill give my answer with the aid of maximo soliven's column.
    lambchop wrote:
    As for the police, whatever General Oscar Valenzuela says, the PNP cannot wash its hands of blame. From 4 a.m. on that ill-fated Saturday, the ABS-CBN managers claim, they were asking the police to come "control" what was becoming an unruly mob. Ultimately, it is the duty of the police to maintain order, not just solve crime. That nobody "coordinated" or told the police what to do cannot be trotted out as an excuse for inability to tame a mob. Are they good only in dispersing anti-GMA demonstrations or riots?

    The fact is that roughnecks on both sides tried to crash into the gate and grab the first "tickets" ahead of those who had been queuing patiently and legitimately – some of them even camping on the spot days before the event. If our cops had only been properly tasked to wade in and bash a few heads (knocking sense into pushing and shoving bullies), the grief of that cruel stampede might have been avoided.

    lastly, ABS-CBN said before the panel that it was expecting a 25,000- to 30,000-strong crowd of people to attend the Wowowee first anniversary at the ULTRA complex, which only had an actual capacity of 17,000 (combined seating capacity of the Philsports Arena and the ULTRA football field bleachers). given such fact, how come ABS-CBN insisted in having the event held at the ULTRA complex when it should have held the event at an open air park that can accomodate a huge number of people such as the Quezon Memorial Circle (Luneta was not available then because it was being used as the venue for the Franklin Graham rally) or in a large stadium such as the 30,000-seat Rizal Memorial Stadium in Malate?

    ill leave this to the legitimate courts as well. but if you ask me, even if the network anticipated such number, it is still their mandate not to change venues especially if there are no options left, because even though they expected 25,000 people to come, they did not announce on national tv that they are accommodating 25,000 people. just in my opinion.
  • An accident waiting to happen .. J. De la Cruz (Malaya On line)

    Of course, anything said about the tragic ULTRA incident last Saturday save for the stage-managed ones of the do-gooders would all fall under the category of "would or should have beens".

    But there is no question that the stampede, the first ever involving people going in instead of going out of danger as my radio program co-host Makati Rep. Teddy Boy Locsin correctly noted, which resulted in the death of more than 70 people was an accident waiting to happen.

    Days before the unfortunate tragedy everybody, from the people who were cajoled or invited to line up as early as Monday via the non-stop urging of the organizers to the ULTRA management to the police to the local government to people in Malaca?ang and Congress to ordinary passersby, were aware of the huge crowd gathering and camping around the entire block. The day before that fateful Saturday morning I even asked a member of our news staff at DWIZ what was happening at the ULTRA after being treated for the third day in a row with the sight of people sleeping on the sidewalks, putting up tents and generally, holding their own ground against any potential "invader" of their slice of real estate in and around the complex.

    It was a show or an organizer?s dream, to say the least, seeing a year?s work of wooing TV viewers reciprocated with such an adoring, close to fanatical following. But it sure was a nightmare-in-the-making to anybody who had the welfare of the people in mind or even a taciturn security guy such as ABS CBN security chief

    Rene Luspo and the ULTRA security crew saw the crowd was not only primed and expectant, but also listless and sleepless with each and every one ready to defend his right to be with their beloved Wowowee host Willie Revillame and the promise of prizes and memories to bring home.

    What was clear was pure and simple negligence, even insensitivity to the plight of the gathering crowd, on the part of Luspo and the show?s production group headed by Marilou Almaden based on the investigation conducted by the Inter-Agency ULTRA Fact Finding Committee headed by DILG Undersecretary Marius Corpuz.

    Summing up the committee?s findings, Corpuz could not contain himself when he noted that "the crowd in ULTRA was enticed and made to suffer all sorts of inconveniences, it was exploited, manipulated and treated like animals." Now, one may not agree with the conclusion that the people were "treated like animals" (some people associated with the organizers complained that it was an exaggeration) or get outraged by the characterization as ABS-CBN Chairman and CEO Gabby Lopez was, but it cannot be denied that indeed the situation at the ULTRA in the run up to Saturday?s big event was far from normal much less convenient or even healthy. It was an invitation to a tragedy.

    Which is why Lopez took full responsibility for the tragedy and held himself accountable should the "justice system so determine in the future." This was a most welcome gesture. That he vowed there would be no whitewash at all was definitely manly and courageous of him. He should have limited himself to that mea culpa. Instead, he allowed himself to be sucked into another round of debatable posturings with that expression of outrage over Corpuz? recollection of some of the witnesses? testimony. But that kind of righteous indignation would have been better appreciated had Lopez fired Luspo, Almaden and their crews immediately after the tragedy. That would have been the more proper and decidedly courageous act to do under the circumstances. In any event, it is not too late for Lopez and the network management to do just that as an act of contrition and to insure that no whitewash will ever occur at all as they do their own internal cleansing after this unfortunate development. Having done that then Lopez and company can face up to any and all badgering, contrived or otherwise, from any sector or force which will likely happen as the DOJ starts to assign responsibilities for what happened.
    Quite apart from such cleansing by the network and, of course, all the government instrumentalities who should have (yes, this is part of that Monday morning quarter-backing) actively participated in preventing this tragedy from happening should come around and finally put together an integrated plan meant precisely to prevent another ULTRA stampede. The Corpuz committee has attached to its findings a set of recommendations for the purpose. It will be most welcome should ABS-CBN, the appropriate government agencies and other people of goodwill contribute to the development of such a guidebook for immediate use by all concerned. That is the least that we can do for those who died from this tragic incident apart from praying and taking care of those they left behind.


    :okay: right.. He should have fired all those connected leading to the ULTRA Tragedy..
  • http://news.inq7.net/breaking/index.php?index=2&story_id=65617


    ABS-CBN asking stampede victims to sign waiver--VACC head
    First posted 03:07pm (Mla time) Feb 09, 2006
    By Lira Dalangin-Fernandez
    INQ7.net


    TELEVISION network ABS-CBN has been asking victims of a deadly stampede on February 4 to sign a waiver in exchange for financial assistance, a top official of an anti-crime group revealed.

    In an interview in Malaca?ang, Lauro Vizconde, chairman of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), said his group had a copy of the waiver stating that the victims would not press charges against the network after receiving money.

    "This waiver states that they will receive a specific amount, but it also contained a paragraph that said that they would not file [a] suit against them [ABS-CBN]," Vizconde said.

    Quoting the victims, Vizconde said the financial aid ranged from 5,000 pesos to 50,000 pesos.


    When asked by INQ7.net for comment, ABS-CBN said there would be a press conference later this Thursday.

    Vizconde said they feared that after receiving the money, some victims would just sign the waiver even if they did not understand its implications.

    VACC president Martine Dino, in a separate interview, confirmed Vizconde's statement, saying that some of the victims have admitted that they were asked to sign a waiver after receiving the cash assistance.

    VACC founding chairman Dante Jimenez reiterated that they were considering filing a class suit against ABS-CBN in behalf of the victims of the stampede at the PhilSports Arena (formerly ULTRA) where at least 74 people were killed and more than 100 were injured.

    He said they were evaluating the complaints of some of the victims that sought legal assistance from their group in filing the case.

    "It should be a class suit, that's our advice [to the victims], this is better because this is faster," Jimenez said.

    The VACC had won class suits filed by fire victims at the Ozone disco club in Quezon City and in an orphanage in Manila.
  • http://news.inq7.net/breaking/index.php?index=2&story_id=65624


    ABS-CBN skirts 'waiver' allegations
    First posted 05:26pm (Mla time) Feb 09, 2006
    By Joel Francis Guinto
    INQ7.net


    TELEVISION station ABS-CBN has skirted allegations that it was forcing victims of a deadly stampede to sign a waiver in exchange for financial assistance.

    Tina Monzon-Palma, program director of the network's Bantay Bata Foundation, said on Thursday that the documents the victims signed were an "acknowledgement of receipt" for the assistance that was given although she did not elaborate.

    "You help us interpret what you think, because our intention was to make them receive it [assistance] but if at all lawyers crafted it in a way that protects the network, that is something that forms part of the way corporations respond to situations like this," Palma told a news conference aired at the network's cable station ANC.

    "But it was never meant to fool them. It was properly explained to them by the social worker. But if the sound bite [from the victims] is that 'I don't understand,' it's really hard to [understand] when you're going through a process of grieving," she added.

    Earlier Thursday, Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) chairman Lauro Vizconde claimed to have obtained a copy of the alleged waiver from one of the victims.

    Palma also welcomed plans by cause-oriented groups to file a class suit against the network.

    "We welcome that. In fact, it is better for them to get together so [that] they can exercise their rights," she said.

    Interior and Local Government undersecretary Marius Corpus, head of an inter-agency fact-finding committee, had said that ABS-CBN allegedly treated "like animals" the thousands who lined up for the first anniversary celebration of its noontime show "Wowowee" in the hope of winning some of the huge prizes that were being offered.

    He said the network's inability to control the crowd whom he described as a "pack of wolves being offered slices of meat," triggered the stampede that killed more than 70 people and injured about 600 others.

    ABS-CBN Chairman and chief executive officer Eugenio Lopez III was outraged by Corpus' statement, which prompted the investigator to apologize.

    The Lopez-owned station also appealed for an impartial investigation into the incident although he had claimed responsibility for the tragedy and would do so again “should our justice system so determine in the future."
  • Game shows promote mendicancy, dependence
    by Emil Jurado

    TRAGEDY after tragedy. That’s what’s happening with the aftermath of that stampede at the Ultra (Philsports) that killed 74, mostly elderly women and a four-year-old child, and injured more than 350.

    Now there’s a lot of politicizing about the incident, blaming even the President for the existence of desperate and needy people who trooped to the Ultra with the hope of getting a chance at rich cash prizes and other rewards. There was even this silly notion of a columnist that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo should share the blame.

    Alas, it has become a fingerpointing exercise. To me, that’s worst tragedy of all since it reflects our damaged culture of not owning up to anything, but would assign the fault to others.

    ***

    Even as the government investigators are still collating pieces of evidence to show where the responsibility lies, it’s now clear that the onus or the burden rests with the Wowowee organizers and the ABS-CBN security, since it was shown by the testimony of those who were there that the stampede was triggered by security people, telling those lining up to enter the venue that there were only 300 raffle tickets available.

    With that announcement, what did they expect the 30,000 people, who were camped there two days earlier, some of them urinating or doing other things on the spot, without food or water, to do? Nothing, but sit back and relax? That’s what triggered the stampede.

    Since Ultra could accommodate only 17,000 both inside the stadium and outside, why didn’t the program organizers inform the crowd beforehand? I can’t blame DILG Undersecretary Marius Corpus, head of the DILG task force involved in fact-finding, to remark that ABS-CBN treated the crowd “like animals,” and the announcement that only 300 raffle tickets were available was like “throwing a slice of meat to a pack of hungry wolves.” Corpus had nothing to apologize to ABS-CBN because that’s what really happened.

    Legally speaking, the principle of “proximate cause” applies in this case, where an event happens through negligence and fault, resulting in damage or death, like when a speeding vehicle crashes on another vehicle, and the latter rams and kills a pedestrian on the spot. The proximate cause is the speeding vehicle, and the driver of that vehicle is guilty of reckless imprudence with homicide. In the Ultra stampede, it was a case of reckless imprudence with multiple homicide and multiple injuries.

    Coming right down to it, the blame could go all the way up to the executives that tolerated the Ultra stampede. Their share of the blame may not be as large as that of the program organizers and security, but it’s a blame, nevertheless.

    ***

    ABS-CBN, obviously in an attempt to escape culpability, claims there’s a conflict of interest in the Corpus task force with the presence of the police, representatives of the Pasig mayor’s office and the DILG.

    ABS-CBN claims, for instance, that the police should also share the blame since they should have managed and controlled the crowd. Likewise, the mayor’s office should also share the blame because it should have also provided security and crowd-control measures. But, how can you get facts without the presence of everybody involved testifying to events?

    It’s a copout, a palusot, on the part of the ABS-CBN management. Yes, the police should have done this or that, but, the show was unmistakably an ABS-CBN affair. Even the Ultra security was instructed by the ABS-CBN program organizers to just help. Which simply means that the program organizers of Wowowee were totally in control.

    That’s the bottomline, my dear Watson.

    ***

    What should be done now to prevent a repetition of this tragedy?

    The government has given a long list on what to do, and what should be done to manage and control crowds like those that queued for two to three days for the Wowowee first anniversary. They may appear cumbersome, but that’s a little sacrifice for program organizers to save lives and prevent another tragedy.

    As for game shows that have enticed so many, especially the poor to attend with the hope to go home with the bacon in the form of rich prizes and rewards, it’s time that government should call television network managers and owners to a dialogue on what to do. To my mind, game shows over television, be they ABS-CBN or GMA-7, are getting out of control.

    I can only cite the 1978-vintage and popular program weekly show of Pepe Pimentel, Kuarta o Kahon, which also gave out rich prizes and rewards to the lucky ones. Pimentel raffled off the names of winners beforehand, who were then invited to the game show and try out for Kuarta o Kahon. And there never was a single incident of unruly crowd, much less a stampede like that what happened at Ultra.

    The program of host Willie Revillame and ABS-CBN program organizers was that Wowowee became a daily game show and he kept on enticing the crowd to attend to try out their luck, and providing entertainment as an excuse.

    What made me almost puke about ABS-CBN trying to justify the big crowd at Ultra numbering over 30,000 for a venue that could accommodate only 17,000 was that Wowowee provided entertainment. Providing entertainment, my foot. Wowowee is a game show where the network makes oodles and oodles of money in the name of crass consumerism and commercialism with the poor as victims.

    ***

    The move of the justice department to task the NBI to conduct a more thorough probe of the Ultra stampede, saying that the findings of the special task force are incomplete, is a step in the right direction.

    For how can the justice department act on the findings of the special task force, which had no affidavit of testimonies, no death certificate, no medical findings of the dead and injured, and no clear picture of the incident on which to base an action of probable cause for a preliminary investigation.

    The findings of the special task force, if at all, can only serve to be a basis for further collation of facts. Thus, while we know what triggered the stampede — the shortcomings of Wowowee program organizers, the security and the network itself — there’s need for further investigation by the NBI to recommend action that can stand in court for whatever liabilities can be thrown at those who are to blame.

    It’s well though that Gabby Lopez III, ABS-CBN chairman/CEO admitted full responsibility since that places the entire incident on a proper perspective.

    But, the problem is that in case the NBI inquiry puts the blame on the program organizers and security, will Lopez also assume full responsibility? And if the NBI findings will also show the culpability of the ABS-CBN management, how will the government act?

    Since the Lopez network works on a government franchise like any other broadcast entity, what will government do if the culpability of the tragedy goes all the way to ABS-CBN management, meaning that the head of a Lopez will be the chopping block.

    It will be interesting to know how this will develop. Abangan, as they say.

    ***

    Whether we like it or not, whether we admit it or not, the Ultra tragedy is an indictment of our kind of society where the poor and the desperate are enticed by rich doleouts and handouts through game shows and legalized gaming like sweepstakes and lotto.

    If you wonder why jueteng thrives in spite of attempts to stop it or control it, it’s the Filipino psyche of taking it easy. Instead of working hard and sacrificing, you can have a better life by winning prizes and rewards.

    Through all these, the poor, which comprise the greater majority of our people have imbibed the culture of mendicancy and dependency. Note how many of our people always expect the government to improve their lives. Thus, when game shows put up rich prizes at stake, the crowd goes for them.

    I have gone to China, to Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan, and I have nothing but praises for their work ethic. Even children work.

    Just go to the squatter colonies in Metro Manila and see able-bodied men and women just sitting around doing nothing. Much of the problem of poverty can be traced to pure indolence, a trait of the Malay race. The colonizers used to call us the “indolent Indios.”

    This label hurts, but it’s a fact. And this fact was best illustrated when the poor were packed at the Ultra just to witness a game show with rich rewards and prizes.
  • Methinks Mr. Corpus had nothing to apologize for. It was his opinion and he's entitled to one. Whether we like it or not, the crowd in ULTRA acted like a pack of rabid dogs waiting for the opportunity to strike. It's just that nobody will say similar opinions on tv because the tragedy is already hard enough for the victims.

    If you see an episode of Wowowee, they dole out a truckload of money not because of altruism, but because they needed to fill the ratings. Look, the money that is used in the program is basically bait and thus a crowd suddenly rushes towards it. As ABS-CBN proudly promotes it, thousands of people queue up for hours just for the mere opportunity to get in the show and perhaps, get spotted by Willie and earn a few hundred bucks for a single corny joke. As for those lucky enough to win a jeep or a house or a million bucks, Willie points out the obvious that these poor people are so-called "natulungan ng Wowowee." This spiel is heard everyday and the show tries to utilize every hard-luck story it can get (matching with sentimental music) and turn it into a promotional machine. Let's face it: Wowowee wasn't shown on air to help people. It was put up because ABS-CBN has had no luck in the noontime ratings.

    Sure the victims cry for justice, but the culture of "trying out their luck" was one of the reasons these people died. They were chasing a dream and in some twisted sense, they were luckier than most of us.

    The hammer will fall. Obviously, ABS-CBN will be getting most of the blame, but the cops and ULTRA management can also share the piece of the cake. Should Wowowee return to air? Maybe, but it can't be the same show as it used to be.
  • bluetheherobluethehero PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    kinetic_soldier: though mr corpuz is entitled for his opinion, he should have reserved his opinion because he is heading an investigating panel, and he is expected to find out the facts in their best capacity. he isn;t expected to give such remark because that will influence the starting point of DOJ's further investigation. also, the exact time that corpuz gave his remark prevents him from doing so because that time, he is expected to give the content of their investigation to the media, and it isn't obviously his privilege speech time. buti sana kung ganon kabuti at kaperpekto ang dilg.

    ----

    i watched Debate kanina. according to Mayor Eusebio, sa request ng ABS-CBN, they anticipated 30,000 na pupunta. medyo delikado nga ang abs-cbn dito, coz they knew then that they cant fit in sa ultra, at since walang representative ang Ultra sa debate, hindi sigurado kung pinayagan ng ultra ang abs-cbn na gamitin ang field, pero delikado rin ang pasig government, police, and even ultra.

    ika nga ni mareng winnie, alam na pala nila na 30,000 ang anticipated crowd ng abs-cbn, which is obviously more than 50-60% of the actual capacity of ultra, then why did the pasig government, police and barangay allow the network to continue in their intention to use the venue?

    and indeed, hilaw ang backup plan na pineresenta ng abs-cbn sa office ni mayor eusebio [if indeed, mayor eusebio was truthful in his description of abs-cbn's assurance and plans]

    the absence of a contingency plan is one aspect where abs-cbn is really guilty however, as mareng winnie said, corpuz is barking on the contingency plan, when in fact abs-cbn gave an assurance that they can handle it with presentation of their plans for the show [disclaimer: plans for the show, not contingency plan], yet no one actually looked at abs-cbn's plan as oscar orbos said.

    also, though not so relevant but helpful, if in such scenario, a contingency plan is basic, how come they failed [ police and barangay] to ask or remind the network to come-up with a contingency plan. it is only the office of the pasig mayor who asked for a contingency plan, yet mayor eusebio relied on the confidence of this certain wowowee staff and also mel feliciano. since contingency plan is a basic requirement for security, syempre mas expected ang government at police na mas nakakaalala sa aspetong ito kaysa sa abs-cbn, especially the police because it is part pala of their mandate.

    lastly, oscar orbos on debate raised a point that all parties are supposed to act with the diligence of a good father of a family. on the case of abs-cbn, the tickets can give negative points on that diligence point. pero the mere fact that abs-cbn anticipated a really really huge number of participants [which already flocked days before the show] and the gov't and police let it all happen also gives these institutions several negative points as far as the diligence of a good father of a family is concerned. abs-cbn "anticipated" the number, but they did not announce over national tv that they will accommodate such huge crowd.

    at ang masaklap pa, bagamat pilit niraraise ng police na hindi raw sinama ang police sa mga meetings ng abs-cbn at ultra [the police lessened arguing that abs-cbn failed to coordinate with them because it turned out abs-cbn didn't fail], e tila may 100+ na local police at may 50+ na national police na dumating, at 25+ from the barangay tanods, so summing it up, may almost 300 na mga tao na nakatalaga to safeguard the people [including the guards of abs-cbn working within their area of responsibility]. so that means on the part of the local and national police, may lack of diligence din.

    tapos matagal na palang nagrequest ng additional police ang abs-cbn, pero inamin din sa debate na dumating ang national police na 50+ 3am na ng saturday.

    buti na lang di nagpadala ng representatives ang abs-cbn sa debate, bukod sa consistent na nabara sina mayor eusebio, corpuz at police representative na umatend sa debate, tila implicit self-incrimination ang ginawa nila. yan kasi, talking too much.

    buti pa nga abs-cbn, they are even welcoming a class suit. pero ang police at pasig mayor, turo lang ng turo, ni hindi yata ako nakarinig ng pagbanggit man lng ng kanilang responsibilidad. tapos mahilig pa sa laban-bawi at urong-sulong at biglang kambyo comments gaya ni corpuz, raul gonzales at ntc head. buti pa abs-cbn hindi bumabaliktad at nagreretroact so far ng kahit anong sinabi nila.

    at isa pang masaklap, si mayor eusebio, hindi sinagot ang inquiry ni congressman jaworski kung bakit sya bahagi ng panel at kung ano ang basehan ng pagiging bahagi nya sa panel ng task force ultra, ang sinagot lang ni mayor eusebio "tigilan na natin ang pamumulitika" :lol:

    kaya natatawa na lang si mareng winnie kina corpuz at mayor eusebio.
  • On the ABS-CBN stampede at the ULTRA
    by Martin Soriano (Panay News)

    <This opinion is posted on the Pinoy Exchange as a resopnse to those who doubt the sincerity of the Lopez Family to public service: To Don Eugenio Lopez,Sr. as we remember his 105th Birth Anniversary, may your sacrifices continue to live on and inspire ordinary Filipinos to become truly world class.>


    "If to say were as easy as to do, then paupers would be kings and humble cottages great palaces"
    ---William Shakespeare

    When you are big, you make big mistakes. If the Lopezes were squatters and uneducated and living in the North Harbor they would never be capable of making these mistakes that you are alluding to. To those of you who criticize the Lopez family for their insensitivity, nothing could be farther from the truth. Let the facts speak for themselves. Ever since El Tiempo in the 1890s (the precursor of ABS-CBN) of Kapitan Eugenio, the Iloilo Times of Don Benito and his sons then onwards to the Manila Chronicle before Martial Law to the now ABS-CBN, no one and no one could accuse the Lopezes of insensitivity. In fact the very reason for BEING of ABS-CBN is truly for the service of the Filipino people. Did you like Martial Law? Those dark times when Don Eugenio was bounded by the Marcoses? So Martial Law bound you too---your right to free speech. There was no ABS-CBN to run to then, to complain to as the military trampled on your constitutional right of free speech.

    It would be hard to argue with a lot of you because a lot of you do not KNOW what is in the hearts of the Lopez Family. All I can say is this: Manolo, Oscar and Geny were ALL Harvard graduates. Don Eugenio Lopez, Sr. graduated ***** LAUDE from the Ateneo in 1919 before proceeding to Harvard. Gabby Lopez is a Harvard graduate too. They KNOW what they are doing and being INSENSITIVE to people is not one of them. If you guys were in Gabby's shoes, you have a network to run, you have ratings to catch up to with GMA 7, you get hounded by President GMA, you have deadlines for stockholders to meet---then you will realize how difficult it is to BALANCE economics and public service. Let me tell you that the intent is still there as it has always been. Let the history of ABS-CBN speak for itself. The truth is this: When Iloilo Governor Don Benito Lopez fell from an assassin's bullet on the Capitol of Iloilo City in 1907, Don Eugenio Lopez, Sr. and his brrother Vice-President Don Nanding Lopez could have just forgotten about "public service" and not reopen Iloilo Times (now ABS-CBN)---since "public service" were the cause of their father's early demise (both boys were aged 6 and 1 years old respectively). The Lopez family was rich even from the times of Don Basilio Lopez in the 1800s. When the Spanish Government stopped the Galleon trade in the Philippines in 1815 and encouraged Sinamay weaving in Iloilo, the Lopezes were exporting Sinamay fibers to the France and the rest of Europe in record quantities, that the family was already rich even then. When Sinamay weaving in Iloilo declined because of the Industrial Revolution in England, which produced Manchester cotton in cheap quantities, the Lopezes shifted to sugar and led the rise of Iloilo and Negros as one of the top dollar earners in sugar for the Philippines. They did not need to operate the media outfit El Tiempo and Iloilo Times (precursor of ABS-CBN), but they did.

    Accidents do happen and occur. Mistakes do happen. People are responsible. There is no escaping this. But insensitivity to people is not one of them. The genuine intent is there. The principles are there. Public service is already in the blood of the Lopez Family, though imperfect---they strive for perfection, just like the rest of learned humanity.

    (Don Eugenio,Sr. this is for you)
  • bluetheherobluethehero PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    ABS-CBN: No playing
    down of stampede stories


    THE ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs yesterday said it has been trying to be accurate and balanced in reporting stories about the Saturday stampede that killed 74 people, even if the stories could be perceived as critical of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp.

    "There was a very conscious effort not to downplay the news about the tragedy. In fact our attitude in the newsroom is that we wanted to give them (the victims) voice because that’s our job," said Maria Ressa, head of ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs.

    The network airs the noontime TV program "Wowowee." The stampede occurred before the start of the show’s first anniversary special, which was supposed to be held at the Philsports Arena (formerly Ultra) in Pasig City.

    A team from the justice department is reviewing the report of the Task Force Ultra which looked into the tragedy. The inter-agency fact finding body, headed by Interior Undersecretary Marius Corpus, said at least four ABS-CBN executives could be held liable for the tragedy.

    Ressa said the network’s news group functions as a separate and independent entity from its parent network.

    "The principle we in the newsroom are all working under is simple. We will treat this story, this tragedy, as we would any other story because we are journalists first," said the statement.

    "A tragedy like this can bring out the best and the worst in a news organization, particularly for those who have something to gain or lose – like ABS-CBN or GMA7. News has so much power to shape public opinion, and times like these are when we have to step up to the plate and rise above all interests – except that of the public."

    Ressa said the network airs criticisms because these deserve to be aired.

    "If you’re doing a piece critical of ABS-CBN, that same piece should be in ABS-CBN," she said.

    She said the tragedy is a test of character that the network has been subjected to every day since the tragedy happened.

    "It will be up to the viewers to say if we passed that test. All I can say is we are trying to deserve their trust… and yours, our peers in the media too," she said.

    Ressa said that in general, the coverage of the other media institutions has been "very fair and accurate."

    The network said it will put up a long-term assistance program for the victims.

    Fr. Carmelo Caluag, a member of the ABS-CBN board of directors and officer-in-charge of rehabilitation, said the program will begin with the families of fatalities.

    The network said the program would run for three years and provide holistic support, including financial, psychological and emotional assistance.

    "We’d like to enter the context of every family and respond accordingly. We’ll try to respond to the actual long-term needs and each family," he said. – Reinir Padua

    http://www.malaya.com.ph/feb11/news5.htm


    Manila Moods : Tragedy at Ultra: Making money off people's desperation

    First posted 01:18am (Mla time) Feb 11, 2006
    By Rasheed Abou-Alsamh
    INQ7.net



    THE HORRIBLE tragedy that took place at the Ultra (now named PhilSports Arena) last Saturday when a stampede killed more than 70 people and injured 500 others who were participating in the noontime television show "Wowowee" should not be surprising, given the track record of the show's host Willie Revillame and the ABS-CBN Broadcasting network in producing shows that exploit the desperation of poor Filipinos.

    I have often written of the stupidity inherent in the games of chance that have always made TV noontime shows such a hit with audiences of all income groups. They have long been a staple of variety shows on all channels, promising housing lots, cars, furniture, appliances and cash prizes to a population starved of enough income to lead a decent life. That the contestants have miniscule chances of winning any of the big prizes is irrelevant to the psyche of those participating, or those wanting to participate.

    It's the old mindset of gambling addicts who believe that one time
    or another they will hit the proverbial jackpot. And the Philippines, let's face it, is a nation of gamblers addicted to the dream of easy money.

    There are millions of Filipinos who are always ready to give their best shot by betting some money on the illegal lottery "jueteng," on the slot machines in casinos or on TV game shows in the belief borne of economic desperation that winning will solve all of their financial problems without having had to work for it.

    That "Wowowee" took this phenomenon to new heights is undeniable. Day after day, the whole show revolved around the circus of Revillame dancing around and singing his signature "Wowowee" song to a cheering studio audience, all the while collecting "donations" from wealthy, vacationing "balikbayan" [visiting overseas-based Filipinos]. While this collection of US dollars looked unseemly to many, prompting ABS-CBN to post a clarification before each show that the donations were purely voluntary, the host began doling the money out on air to poor participants.

    This is where the equally unseemly voyeurism of watching Revillame night after night consoling contestants -- who break down and cry while recounting their sad life stories -- took place. Not only that, but he required them to perform like circus monkeys, dancing or singing in silly fashion, to the obvious delight of studio and home audiences alike, for a few meager handouts of 10 or 20 dollars each. It's what should be called voyeuristic pornography, as we could all watch these small moments of anguish and sadness, shed a few tears in solidarity and then safely return to our own lives feeling better for ourselves and the people we just watched on "Wowowee."

    The slinging match that is currently going on between ABS-CBN management and the Department of Interior and Local Government is ridiculous and scandalous. Paying the funeral expenses of those who perished is hardly enough to get ABS-CBN off the hook of responsibility. If the network were serious about reforming itself it would cancel "Wowowee" and launch its own internal investigation of what went wrong and who is responsible. Those found lacking should be fired and the network should implement a new standard of crowd management and control that it will use at all public events it hosts in the future.

    But most importantly, ABS-CBN and other networks should refrain from offering limited chances for only a few people to win huge prizes. This is what triggered the rush of humanity at the Ultra in the first place. It is similar to the stampede that happened in Jeddah in August 2004 at the opening of the new IKEA furniture store. Ads in newspapers promised coupons worth 1,000 Saudi rial (14,000 pesos) each to the first 100 shoppers through its doors on opening day. The result: Hundreds of people showed up, some camping overnight, and three people died in the resulting rush to get into the store. I know, because I was there.

    Filipinos should also be weaned off this hope of one day winning the jackpot and having all of their money problems solved. This only happens to an extremely miniscule number of people. Instead, working hard and saving money should be encouraged for those Filipinos who already make enough money to stay above the poverty line. This culture of gambling only enriches the "jueteng" lords and impoverishes millions of Filipinos who can barely afford to be losing money through gambling.

    http://news.inq7.net/viewpoints/index.php?index=2&story_id=65772&col=67




    NBI feels pressure on Wow-wow-wee tragedy probe

    By Jun P. Yap

    02/11/2006

    Just as expected and feared, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is now finding itself caught between a rock and a hard place in probing the PhilSports Arena tragedy last Feb. 4.

    NBI agents are beginning to suspect their lines are bugged, courtesy of Malacañang and ABS-CBN crews are hounding them in their own backyard.

    “We are not surprised that both sides will make themselves felt. What amazes us is that the measures they took would be so intrusive,” an NBI agent handling the case said.

    According to the agent who spoke in exchange for anonymity, the land lines in their office became “choppy-sounding” starting Thursday and they had trouble using the phone lines for faxing or dial up Internet connections.

    One agent said his Internet connection using the office land line suddenly got cut off. Even his cellphone would “lose signal” in some areas of the building.

    “Normally that part of the NBI building isn’t a dead spot for cellphones,” he said.

    When asked if Malacañang ordered the monitoring of the phone lines to make sure the NBI exonerates its agencies of liability in the tragedy, he merely said “kayo ang nagsabi niyan (You said it).”

    Another agent noted the presence of TV network ABS-CBN outside-broadcast (OB) van inside the NBI compound in Manila. ABS-CBN is the producer of the “Wow-wow-wee” game show that was at the center of the Feb. 4 tragedy.

    More than 70 would-be contestants died last Saturday after jostling for tickets to take part in the show’s “Pera o Bayong” portion which promised millions of pesos in prizes.

    As early as Thursday morning, an outside-broadcast van of the network was parked right in front of the NBI main building and news crews stopped virtually every NBI agent for “interviews.”

    “We can understand that ABS-CBN is an interested party in this case. But parking an OB van and going after NBI officials can be interpreted as a sign of muscling us into exonerating it,” the agent said.

    Earlier, a senior career official had said they felt they were caught between a rock and a hard place when the justice department ordered the NBI to handle the case.

    The source who requested anonymity said the NBI will likely end up the “sacrificial lamb” regardless of who it will point to as liable for the tragedy.

    “If we say the fault is with ABS-CBN, we get clobbered on its radio and TV stations. If we say the police were at fault, we get disowned by Malacañang which already backed the findings of Task Force Ultra,” the source, a senior career official, said.

    Malacañang has been accused of trying to bully the Lopez family, which owns the giant media network, to toe the Palace line on various national issues.

    The NBI source said ABS-CBN has been taking an “aggressive” stance lately, putting everyone criticizing it in a bad light.

    The source added the network has already shown its “might” since late last year when it utilized its TV, radio and cable units to promote its reality show Pinoy Big Brother.

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  • bluetheherobluethehero PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    The real reality TV

    the Ultra stampede has facilitated endless finger-wagging and fingerpointing among the media and government in equal measure. It’s to be expected on account of just how absurd the tragedy was. When more than 70 people lose their lives over a raffle ticket, we rightfully assume that some dope has to be behind it. The cause of the misfortune is just too mundane to blame on fate or nature or the gods or whatever nameless power that we believe directs the lives of human beings.

    Everybody seems culpable. The TV station that allegedly capitalized on the poor’s misery, the government that has failed to address poverty, the disorganized organizers of the event, the power-tripping security people, even the apparently foresight-challenged architects of the venue who never thought that the pathway they designed was too sharply inclined to support a heaving throng of raffle ticket-hungry gameshow participants.

    Probably the only people left to point a finger at are the victims themselves. Why did they have to be so desperate? Why did they have to be so poor? Couldn’t they have grabbed what is for them a life-or death opportunity in a more orderly fashion?

    Of course I jest. What can one do in the face of such absurdity? The quest for the guilty has spun an unstoppable cyclone of press conferences, investigations, hearings, discussions, and lest we forget, concerts in honor of the departed.

    Let’s admit it. It makes for very good TV. This is but a part of a continuing saga in our nation’s search for the next high-concept entertainment fix. It’s a bit callous to be cynical about such things, I know. But like any accomplished couch potato out there, I value function over form. I don’t really care if it’s a coconut bobbing up and down the Pacific Ocean or people getting trampled on to take part in a gameshow, if it can make me forget my own futile existence even just for a second, I’m a captive audience.

    And like everyone else, I really can’t tell what reality and what fiction is anymore. Reality shows are, for the most part, scripted, and the fictional ones are alarmingly resembling life everyday. When something like the Ultra stampede comes along, the desperate entertainment hound in me must thank the high heavens for his good fortune.

    You simply cannot dream this up. There is drama, suspense, action, intrigue, musical numbers, and even a little comedy. Host Willy’s Herculean attempt to cry during his speech at the venue is noteworthy for its humorous effect. And who can blame him? I’d feel a little funny too if my hit TV show was suddenly cancelled because 70 people died trying to take part in its anniversary celebrations.

    The Greeks turned tragedy into an art form. Misery was the wellspring from which the theater derived its inspiration. Awards are mostly given to works that deal with difficult and painful subjects. The most celebrated artists lived difficult, tortured lives. Even our local cinema achieved its own golden age in a time of struggle and repression (the 70s and early 80s.)

    And as we continue to be fascinated by our own anguish, the show, as they say, must go on. It’s all well and good. The danger is when we lose our bearings and fail to take notice when reality bites us in the ***. This should be a sobering experience, but it’s ultimately easier to pull the wool over our eyes.

    I can see now why my dad abhorred the entertainment business. He considered it lacking in any practical use. I don’t really feel any desire anymore to prove to him otherwise; in fact the more time I spend in the business the more I’m convinced he’s right. What the hell. It’s a dirty job but somebody’s gotta do it.

    http://www.mb.com.ph/ENTR2006021156055.html

    ----

    To probe is not to persecute
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    Breakfast Table: Adrian Cristobal

    A COLUMNIST observed that the task force head who "investigated" the Ultra disaster obviously wanted to be a columnist himself, for instead of getting the facts like Sergeant Friday, he chose to be a raving Cicero. Delinda est ABS-CBN! if he had a little Latin and more good sense.

    But to be fair, he seemed to have apologized for his language although at the same time he stood by his assertion that the crowds were treated like animals. He also said that he did not mean to be offensive. He probably hasn’t decided which side of the mouth he wanted to speak from.

    Unfortunately, the toleration for such vituperation was thrown back by some schoolteachers at his president when they castigated her for "teaching" public school pupils. They questioned her right to do so because she’s not a good role-model for honesty, even as they complained about much-delayed teachers’ salaries.

    Moreover, the havoc the task force head raised failed to shed light on the circumstances around the death and injuries from the Ultra "stampede" as shown by the Secretary of Justice’s decision to order another investigation. This is the proper step since establishing facts should precede conclusions, especially conclusions of a vituperative kind.

    For this reason, ABS-CBN pleads for an investigation to be conducted by an independent body. The question, however, is where do you find an independent body to do so? Perhaps, an independent commission. Who will create it, the executive, the legislature, or the judicial authority?

    If the consultative commission for Charter change is an example of independence, it’s not exactly a model of independence and intelligence. An investigative agency like the NBI might be more trustworthy except that it’s under a department whose chief had already speculated on "levels of liability."

    In a well-ordered society, professionals in the middle bureaucracy would have conducted a proper investigation. Everyone will be waiting for the outcome before making any conclusions.

    Not that this will prevent the public from making them. Nor columnists for putting in their two-cents’ worth. But this is not a privilege granted to responsible public officials.

    http://www.mb.com.ph/OPED2006021156030.html


    Contrary findings
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    Willie N Ng

    UNDERSECRETARY of the Interior Marius Corpus damned the ABS-CBN for the Wowowee stampede last Saturday with two scorching accusations:

    1. Those who spend days outside the Ultra waiting for the Wowowee raffle "were treated like animals."

    2. To offer so few tickets to such a large crowd was like "throwing a small piece of meat to a pack of hungry wolves."

    He apologized for his crudeness the next day, but said that was how he felt. As the chief investigator, he colored the facts with his feelings for the poor who fouled the streets with excrement and subsisted on minimal food.

    * * *

    That thing about treating the people like animals hit the headlines, but aroused no public indignation.

    Neither did that statement about throwing a piece of meat to a pack of wolves. If Corpus must say it, he should have sense enough not to compare the poor people to wolves. Did he know what "wolves" stand for?

    With the Corpus report, Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez’ stated determination to pin down ABS-CBN as the culprit and the National Telecommunications Commission to remove ABS-CBN from the airlanes, what else is needed to punish the TV station that calls a spade a spade?

    * * *

    Refusing to play politics, the Commission on Human Rights declared that the police should be blamed for the stampede: "They should command the security force of ABS-CBN because they are the prime law enforcement agency."

    The station discussed security arrangements with the police long before last Saturday. The police never went to the Ultra as the crowds built up there. On that fateful Saturday, ABS-CBN, alarmed at the huge crowds, called the police for reinforcements, which came too late.

    The human rights commission should know better than to denigrate the police, the favorite agency of the powers-that-be.

    http://www.mb.com.ph/OPED2006021156032.html

  • There is no such thing as a free lunch. To get rich right now in the Philippines is pretty much hyped nowadays since Manny Pacquiao won in Las Vegas, TV always shows what he bought and what he did with the money, parang na influence na ang tao to get in par with Pacquiao in the way of his lifestyle. This is one of the effects.
  • from: jojo Gabinete.. Abante on line

    From Neil Oliver ([email protected] yahoo.com) na nagsabi na duda siya kung ipa-publish namin ang kanyang email:

    "Sana, natatandaan mo pa ako, regular reader mo ako at fan na fan ako nina Diana Zubiri at Juliana Palermo. But this email is about the stampede. Let me clarify first na avid viewer ako ng Wowowee and I have nothing against Willie Revillame pero ito ang observation ko.

    "December 2005 pa lang, sinabi ko na ito sa email ko sa ibang columnists kaso mukhang maka-Willie sila at ayaw nila na tumanggap ng constructive criticism from a viewer kaya di na nila ipinarating sa kinauukulan.

    "Last December, a week before the Wowowee Christmas presentation, may episode sila na may contestant sa BIGAT-10 portion na taga-Bataan, isang babae na pangit, mahirap at nagpapatawa. Noong siya na ang isalang, pa-komedi ito na bumati at naglambing kay Willie. Alam mo kung ano ang naging reaksyon ni Willie (again I admired him ha, constructive criticism lang ito), pa-suplado na binara niya ang babae at sinabi na "Kung maglalaro kayo dito, magbigay lang kayo ng statement sa makakalaban ninyo, wala nang bati-bati!"

    "Okey na sana ‘yon, kaso ang sumunod na mga maglalaro ay from TFC subscribers group, isang maganda, mayaman at Fil-Am na babae. Bumati ito paghawak pa lang sa microphone at binati ang mga kasama sa studio, pati ang mga nasa abroad. Ano ang naging reaction ni Willie? Hindi niya binara, hindi sinupladuhan o pinagalitan bagkus he entertained that beautiful woman. Is that fair, Jojo?

    "They can review the tapes of their show, I forgot lang the date of that episode but it was aired days before December 24. Ang pangit, mahirap at mukhang mabahong babae from Bataan, binara niya noong bumati samantalang ang galing sa US na maganda, mabango at mayaman, in-entertain pa niya. Ito ba ang maka-masa talaga?

    "Siguro, ang nangyari sa stampede, eye-opener kay Willie na ang pagtulong sa kapwa dapat ay sinsero, kahit wala sa camera. Tingnan mo, dahil siguro alam ng Diyos ang totoong nasa puso ng mga taong sangkot sa show, ito ang naging bunga. Karma ba ito ng show na buhay ng mga tao ang naging kapalit?

    "I don’t know pero ayaw kong magduda sa pagiging matulungin ni Willie pero kapag naaalala ko ang episode na ‘yon dahil ako mismo, napanood ko ‘yon ay nagdadalawang isip ako. Isa pa, inamin ni Willie sa interview na Wednesday (Feb. 2) pa lang, palihim siyang nag-o-observe sa ULTRA at na-touch siya nang makitang maraming mga nakapila, hindi ba niya naisip man lang na magpalagay ng mga portable toilet para sa fans na nakapila gayong alam niya na ilang araw pa na nakapila doon ang mga tao? Thanks, Jojo."


    *okay* tama ka dyan..
  • Originally Posted by frax2002
    source: zenn29

    Here's what JDL says on Startalk last Saturday...

    "Isang linggo kong tiniis ito.. Itong nga luhang ito, totoo ito... Hindi ito fake.. Tandaan ninyo ito ha? Ginagawa ko lang ito dahil sa anak ko..."

    "Tatlong punto lang ang sasampolin ko... Isang linggo, nag-bu-Bulaga pa lang kami... yung BEBOT... kumakalat na yung mga text na iyan... KUNG MATAPANG KAYO, mga ANIMAL kayo, LUMABAS yung MATAPANG diyan at magpakita ng kahit tape kahit na ano na may sinabi ako na masama habang nangyayari yung sakuna... yun lang ang hinihingi ko... kung may ilalabas kayo na ganyan, HINDI NINYO NA AKO MAKIKITA SA TV KAHIT KAILAN... KAHIT SAAN..."

    "Pinigilan ko po ang sarili ko sa loob ng isang linggo... pinagbawalan akong magsalita sa Bulaga na huwag akong magsasalita... mahirap pala... mahirap... pinagbigyan ko sila... pagalitan nyo na ako Bulaga, tanggalin nyo na ako, WALA AKONG PAKIALAM... dahil sinuway ko kayo... sarili ko ito, PINAGTATANGGOL ko ito... itong anak ko, nahirapan sa Amerika, kung pwede lang daw umuwi siya, ipagtatanggol niya ako... MATAPANG yun..."

    "Una, WALA AKONG SINABING GANUN, di nga ako dapat magpaliwanag... NAPAKAWALANG HIYA KO NAMAN PAG GINAWA KO IYUN... PILYO AKO, MANUNUKSO AKO pero HINDI AKO GANUNG KASAMANG TAO... never akong PUMAPEL na ako ay DIYOS at magiging SAGOT sa KAHIRAPAN ng taong bayan... HINDI AKO GANUNG KAWALANG HIYA... *okay* HINDI KO PO GINAWA IYUN..."

    "Pangalawa, yung mga naulila, ako po ay NAKIKIRAMAY sa inyo... Ngayon, pwede kong sabihin sa inyo, sa pagpasok ninyo sa langit, WALA PONG RAFFLE TICKET doon... dire-diretso kayo... kaya nakakasiguro kayo..."

    "Pangatlo, NAKIKIRAMAY uli ako sa inyo... dahil kayo pa nga ang nasisisi... *okay* LAHAT NG BAGAY, MAY DAHILAN... PERO ANG DAHILAN NG LAHAT NG BAGAY, MAY DAHILAN PA... ano yung DAHILAN ng DAHILAN nila? KUNG IKAW ANG NAKAPATAY, KUNG SI PEDRO NAKAPATAY, HUWAG MONG ITURO KAY JUAN... AMININ MO, HUWAG KANG MAGTURO... huwag mong i-maddle ang isyu para maligaw ang tao... SALBAHE yun... NANANAHIMIK kami..."

    "KUNG MATAPANG KAYO, HINAHAMON KO KAYO, MAGLABAS KAYO..."
  • j42002 wrote:
    from: jojo Gabinete.. Abante on line

    From Neil Oliver ([email protected] yahoo.com) na nagsabi na duda siya kung ipa-publish namin ang kanyang email:

    "Sana, natatandaan mo pa ako, regular reader mo ako at fan na fan ako nina Diana Zubiri at Juliana Palermo. But this email is about the stampede. Let me clarify first na avid viewer ako ng Wowowee and I have nothing against Willie Revillame pero ito ang observation ko.

    "December 2005 pa lang, sinabi ko na ito sa email ko sa ibang columnists kaso mukhang maka-Willie sila at ayaw nila na tumanggap ng constructive criticism from a viewer kaya di na nila ipinarating sa kinauukulan.

    "Last December, a week before the Wowowee Christmas presentation, may episode sila na may contestant sa BIGAT-10 portion na taga-Bataan, isang babae na pangit, mahirap at nagpapatawa. Noong siya na ang isalang, pa-komedi ito na bumati at naglambing kay Willie. Alam mo kung ano ang naging reaksyon ni Willie (again I admired him ha, constructive criticism lang ito), pa-suplado na binara niya ang babae at sinabi na "Kung maglalaro kayo dito, magbigay lang kayo ng statement sa makakalaban ninyo, wala nang bati-bati!"

    "Okey na sana ‘yon, kaso ang sumunod na mga maglalaro ay from TFC subscribers group, isang maganda, mayaman at Fil-Am na babae. Bumati ito paghawak pa lang sa microphone at binati ang mga kasama sa studio, pati ang mga nasa abroad. Ano ang naging reaction ni Willie? Hindi niya binara, hindi sinupladuhan o pinagalitan bagkus he entertained that beautiful woman. Is that fair, Jojo?

    "They can review the tapes of their show, I forgot lang the date of that episode but it was aired days before December 24. Ang pangit, mahirap at mukhang mabahong babae from Bataan, binara niya noong bumati samantalang ang galing sa US na maganda, mabango at mayaman, in-entertain pa niya. Ito ba ang maka-masa talaga?

    "Siguro, ang nangyari sa stampede, eye-opener kay Willie na ang pagtulong sa kapwa dapat ay sinsero, kahit wala sa camera. Tingnan mo, dahil siguro alam ng Diyos ang totoong nasa puso ng mga taong sangkot sa show, ito ang naging bunga. Karma ba ito ng show na buhay ng mga tao ang naging kapalit?

    "I don’t know pero ayaw kong magduda sa pagiging matulungin ni Willie pero kapag naaalala ko ang episode na ‘yon dahil ako mismo, napanood ko ‘yon ay nagdadalawang isip ako. Isa pa, inamin ni Willie sa interview na Wednesday (Feb. 2) pa lang, palihim siyang nag-o-observe sa ULTRA at na-touch siya nang makitang maraming mga nakapila, hindi ba niya naisip man lang na magpalagay ng mga portable toilet para sa fans na nakapila gayong alam niya na ilang araw pa na nakapila doon ang mga tao? Thanks, Jojo."


    *okay* tama ka dyan..




    sana mabasa 'to ni Willie at mga kampon nya!



    mga kapamilya pexers... comments nyo tungkol dito??


    mga t.a.n.g.a kayo!
  • bastos talaga yang si willie sa mga tao sa show nya pag gusto nya yung tao pababatiin nya pag ayaw nya hindi pwede ang bati... kaya pag sya nagshow pa bukas... isa lang ibig sabihin nyan... kapal ng mukha nya kasi masisikmura pa nyang sumaya araw araw kahit alam na nya na may namamatay pala sa show nya...

    sana palitan na lang sya at magpahinga sya at tulungan ang mga pamilya na mga namatayan at mga nasugatan tutal yun naman ang lagi nyang sinasabi gusto nyang makatulong... un na lang gawin nya ng hindi sya humaharap sa TV...

    ako pinapanuod ko din ang wowowee, ang totoong nakakapagpasaya dun ay ang mga tao at hindi si willie... bastos pa nga sya minsan sa ibang contestant e... palitan na lang host...
  • tingin ko 'di naman siguro kasalanan talaga ni willie yon, pero i think staff ng abs-cbn siguro pati na rin yung security ng ultra saka mga pulis ang nagkaro'n ng pagkukulang, anyways, sinagot naman ng network yung mga gastusin yata eh, yona ng lumalabas sa mga balita, i also take my hat off to those people in the rival network and rival show who joined also showed their grief on the untoward incident, kinalimutan nila ang competition, so tingin ko, dapat tayo rin na mga nandito 'di na natin siguro dapat pag-usapan ang network wars 'di ba? dami na namatay eh...

    sinabi nya mismo na araw araw patago siyang pumupunta doon para ma ***** ang pag hahanda at nakikialam pa mismo sa organizer at management mismo ng abs, e bakit hindi niya ginawan ng paraan ang paghihirap ng tao sa pila sa labas kundi ang pag aasikaso lamang sa stage ang inaayos niya.
    Dapat kumandidato narin siya sa pagka presidente ng pilipinas! pareho siya ni gloria bobo!
  • sa ginagawa nating pag bibintang sa network ,police at security ng ultra ,parang pinga tatakpan na natin yung mga totoong salarin,stamped po ang nangyari kaya malamang sa tao nag umpisa ang trahedya...kung tungkol naman sa game show ,bakit hindi natin bilangin yung mga taong naging milyonaryo simula ng nag umpisa yung game show na yun ,siguro hindi lang 74 na katao ang nabiyayaan ng game show na yun kaya marami ding nag bakasakali..kaya lang ang nakakalungkot ,kahit saan kulang sa displina ang mga pilipino .
  • Just got this in my e-mail, don't know if this was posted here already :


    When I was having breakfast last Saturday, my sister told me that
    > there was a stampede at the PSC-Ultra for the 1st Anniversary of
    > Wowowee. I dismissed the comment as I thought it was just ABS
    > exaggerating the public interest in the show. But my sis said: "More
    > than 60 people died".
    >
    > The statement was enough to shake me up and wake me
    > up: Sixty people!?!
    >
    > I turned on the television. Both ABS and GMA were covering the event.

    > The footages were haunting. It was a tragic disaster. There's no other

    > way to
    > describe it.
    >
    > Similar to the Payatas Tragedy that happened years back, the Ultra
    > Stampede is one we can label as:
    > Only in the Philippines. The label is meant to be an insult, BTW. And
    > it is an insult to each and every Filipino reading this piece of
    > material... and yes that includes me. I share in the guilt and shame.
    >
    > Two things that probably led to such a tragedy are as follows:
    >
    > 1. CULTURE OF POVERTY
    >
    > The poverty level in the Philippines is at an all time low. The last
    > time I checked, 91% of Filipinos live below poverty line.
    > Unemployment rate remains high, the population continues to grow, and
    > wages have not increased from 5 years ago. The forex improved, but
    > only as a result of dollar remittances.
    >
    > TV shows have romanticized poverty. Movie themes, human-interest
    > shows, and magazine-type shows quote those heart-stabbing lines like:
    > "Ganyan talaga ang buhay. Kung sino pa ang mahirap siya ang lalong
    > naghihirap."
    >
    > One time I was driving along Quezon Avenue, this kid was begging on
    > the street under the rain. I rolled down the window and told the kid
    > to go home to his parents and let his parents work to provide for him.
    > He told me his parents do not have work. When I insisted that he
    > shouldn't be working, he threw such lines to me. And this kid looked
    > like he was 5 years old!!! Where did he learn to speak those lines?
    > From
    > TV? From his parents?
    >
    > What are we teaching the children? That it's good to be poor because
    > people are sympathetic to you? It's good to be poor because the
    > artistas are helping the poor. It's good to be poor because GMA only
    > cares about the poor.
    >
    > Instead of teaching our children to work hard to rise above poverty.
    > We, the elders, with the help of Mass Media, are teaching them to
    > EMBRACE poverty!
    >
    >
    > What we have are more people staying at home, not having jobs, but
    > having a lot of children to feed.
    > They entertain themselves with television. Some of them join raffles
    > and game shows. Others write to "Grant your Wish" type shows. But
    > half of them cannot even afford to join those game shows: they do not
    > have product labels they can drop to join Laban o Bawi, they do not
    > have costumes they can use for the games.
    >
    > Then came the show Wowowee... a game show that exists to dole-out cash

    > to the poor of Metro Manila.
    >
    >
    > 2. EXPLOITATION OF THE POOR
    >
    > Wowowee is not your ordinary game show. Unlike Eat Bulaga's Laban o
    > Bawi, you don't have to send product labels to participate in the
    > games of Wowowee. You don't have to wear a costume.
    >
    > Unlike Starstruck or Star in a Million, you don't need to have talent
    > to join Wowowee. Unlike Game Ka Na Ba?, you don't need to be
    > intelligent.
    >
    > All one has to do, as I've been told, was to fall in line outside
    > ABS-CBN. If host Willie Revillame spots you, then you are in luck.
    > You may be part of the Bigat-10 where you win at least P1,000. Or you
    > can tell a joke on air. If he likes your joke, you get Php500. If your

    > joke is corny, you get Php100. Still not bad for doing nothing but
    > fall in line.
    >
    > If host Willie fails to spot you, at the very least you got fed with
    > biscuits from sponsors, which is not at all bad considering you have
    > nothing at home.
    > Add to that, you were entertained by the celebrities. For a moment,
    > you forgot your troubles at home and tomorrow is another day.
    >
    > Whenever a certain poor fellow wins a prize, Willie would then ask the

    > person to talk about the sad story of his life. And then the host
    > gives a spiel on how HE and the SHOW exist to HELP THE POOR.
    >
    > Thus, "the poors" fascination for the show, adulation towards Willie,
    > and interest to go to the show's first year anniversary is quite
    > understandable.
    >
    > When we combine those two factors together, a PSC-Ultra Disaster is
    > bound to happen.
    >
    > As of last night, 75 people have died and scores were injured. Dead
    > bodies lying on the pavement, lined up like fish being dried under the

    > sun. Most of them were elderly women; women who should've been home,
    > resting. But because their children could not find jobs to feed the
    > grandchildren, they felt the need to take their chances via the game
    > show. I feel for the people and I cannot blame them for coming there.

    > I cannot help but feel disgusted towards some people involved in the
    > whole drama.
    >
    > Early on, people were crowding the entrance where the stampede took
    > place. Some people still wanted to go inside the arena to join the
    > raffle, not caring about those who died. The Red Cross, headed by
    > Richard Gordon had a hard time getting the ambulances to the venue.
    > He had to scream at the people to make some space, as some of the
    > people lying there were still breathing.
    >
    > In the afternoon, a reporter of ABS-CBN was interviewing mothers whose

    > children were missing.
    > One guy told the reporter he wanted to make a public service
    > announcement. When the reporter gave the guy the microphone, they guy
    > said he came to Ultra to ask the help of host Willie to send him to
    > school.
    > And that he was appealing to Willie to send him to school so he can be

    > an actor and fend for his family. If I were the reporter, I would've
    > grabbed the microphone from the guy and slapped it right across the
    > guy's face.
    >
    > Has poverty gotten the best of us, Filipinos, that we have forgotten
    > our spirit of Bayanihan and care?
    >
    > Some of the people at Ultra were saying that they do not have money
    > for fare. Some came from as far as Bicol. At first I thought these
    > people probably lost their bags in the commotion, thus the need for
    > cash.
    > But some of the women there said: they came to Manila in the hopes of

    > winning money and they really didn't allocate return-fare.
    >
    > Why on earth would anyone travel more than 300 kilometers, without
    > money for return fare? Were they expecting manna from heaven?
    >
    > Suddenly, I heard another tidbit that really got into my nerves. One
    > of the women there said (in Tagalog, but translated here): I came all
    > the way from Tarlac. They told us that once you get a ticket to go
    > inside, you automatically get Php20,000. I was hoping to get
    > Php20,000.
    >
    > No wonder people were scrambling to get inside and get a ticket.
    > Imagine telling a person who needs to feed a family of 7 that he can
    > automatically get a Php20,000! That's probably the most money they can

    > hold in their lifetime!
    >
    > But what disgusts me is the continuing exploitation of ABS-CBN of the
    > poor, presenting these stories in the news-shows, saying that the
    > people "loved Willie." The management says they feel sorry for the
    > victims, but "accidents do happen." And that they did everything
    > possible to prevent this but "accidents happen."
    >
    > Add to that were the crocodile tears shed by Willie Revillame. [Maybe
    > I am just judgmental]. He said he was circling around Ultra the night
    > before watching the people. He said his heart sank because he
    > "wanted to help" them all.
    >
    > If he did so, why didn't he stop and feed those people? Why didn't he

    > tell his staff to ensure enough Ambulance and Crowd Control Measures
    > and
    > Disaster plans?
    >
    > As early as Thursday ABS-CBN news reported 5,000 people had already
    > lined up outside Ultra. The production staff knew the maximum capacity

    > of ULTRA.
    > They should've started distributing tickets as early as Thursday so
    > these people can go home and freshen up before the Saturday show.
    > Another 5,000 people or more added up on Friday and a multitude more
    > on Saturday morning. Had they distributed tickets early on, these
    > people wouldn't have crowded there with no food and no proper
    > ventilation. Other stations have held big events such as these, but
    > they pre-distribute tickets. Had ABS-CBN done this, there would've
    > been two lines that Saturday morning:
    > The entrance for those who already had tickets and another line for
    > those still wanting to get tickets.
    > The crowd could've been controlled.
    >
    > But No, ABS-CBN wanted to showcase the popularity of WOWOWEE...never
    > mind the inconvenience of those poor people. On Friday night, they
    > boasted about the number of people outside Ultra via their news
    > program, TV Patrol. They hailed the popularity of the show Wowowee.
    >
    > But the strategy backfired on Saturday morning. As a result, 75 people

    > are dead (according to the NDCC).
    >
    > There is no one person to blame. Everyone has a share of the blame.
    >
    > But ABS-CBN should take more of the load. We must not let them get
    > away with this, via their appeal to masses emotions: "All we wanted to

    > do was help..."
    > While poverty is an underlying issue, the real cause of the stampede
    > is the NEGLIGENCE and POOR PLANNING of ABS-CBN's production staff.
    >
    > I do hope that ABS-CBN makes good with it's promise to help the
    > victims and their families. And am not just talking about those 75
    > people that died and
    > 400++ that got injured, but the tens and thousands
    > who were inconvenienced and traumatized.
    >
    > I do hope that the government institute reforms to really uplift the
    > lives of 91% of the Filipinos.
    >
    > That the media will stop exploiting the poor...
    >
    > That those who are fortunate enough to have food on their plate would
    > not dismiss the poverty levels as mere statistic. That they saw the
    > faces of those who are so poor and desperate, who would fight for life

    > for a chance to win in a game show...
    >
    > That those who are involved in marketing and promotions, those who
    > stage shows like these, take time to prepare a disaster plan...
    >
    > That those who society considers as "poor" may also learn to rely on
    > faith and hard work, and not on dole-outs and luck...
    >
    > And I do hope that something good comes out of this.
    > May God have mercy on this nation.
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