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Reviewing ML

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ALLOWING a thousand flowers to bloom, a phraseology from Mao Zedong, makes for all voices to be raised both “for” and “against” the historical judgment, albeit evolving and hence pending, on “Martial Law” (ML). Contributing my own debutante thoughts on what is clearly a highly emotional issue when the name Marcos is part of the hardened psychosis of activism in a previous era, and which to this day, continue to raise its fist of rabidity over claims of historical revisionism.

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Miriam’s way

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IT was hard, nay, verily impossible for reporters to mention her name without preceding it with the adjective they could not do without, so much so that Feisty Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago sounded like the name she was born to carry.

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She was known as a feisty senator, spirited, pugnacious, thus difficult for those who faced her and her probing questions. With her solid background on law, particularly constitutional law, her mastery of the language, and her intuitive grasp of human nature, she was a formidable foe to anyone who tangled with her in Congress and elsewhere in the halls of public service.

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The seventy-two disciples returned rejoicing, and said, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.” Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Behold, I have given you the power ‘to tread upon serpents’ and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

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The so-called maker movement of do-it-yourself continues to expand at a global level. Recent technological developments such as 3-D printers, laser cutters, milling machines, inexpensive software systems, open source microcontroller boards, and more are facilitating the maker movement by making it possible for individuals or small groups to design and build things. There are numerous makerspaces, hackerspaces, TechShops, FabLabs that popped up all over the world where makers can access all types of digital fabrication tools and also meet other people to exchange information and knowledge to turn an idea into a marketable product.

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A small and medium-size ship builder has urged Filipino entrepreneurs and seafarers to invest in the production of sea-worthy vessels to serve the transport needs of the country’s island communities and tourism.

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