Dear FIBA Asia, please review referees’ calls

INTEGRITY MATTERS. With all due respect, are these the kind of international officiating referees you have? Considering all the bad calls made, who would have not questioned? 

China played well. They shoot well; they performed better. But the game could have ended a better and justifying way.

Entering as an underdog, we are all expecting that championship is going to be  physical and tough. Bahrami of Iran once said on the interview that Gilas needs luck to win the game. (Read: Gilas needs all luck it can get in Fiba Asia final vs China, says Iran’s Bahrami)

So we waited for intense plays and whatsoever, but all throughout we have only seen bad calls. It was like a desperate move for a gigantic team facing an underdog team.

I read from my facebook friend who traveled to China just to watch the game that he wasn’t able to enter the stadium for the game because he is a Filipino.


Covered the name of my facebook friend to protect him.

Another from the management of Gilas Pilipinas or no less than Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan posted several tweets updating the appaling situations happened hours before the ball game. (Read: Dirty tricks? Gilas runs late for FIBA Asia Final asteam bus left discharged)

Grabbed from my facebook friend

Grabbed from my facebook friend

There’s something wrong. We are after a clean game even if you justify that bad calls are always present every game (but I think this is the worst bad calls!)

Ending on the silver medal isn’t the issue here, it is the game itself. After all, we don’t have to prove something because being on the #FIBAAsiaChampionship2015 already means much. (Read: Gallant Gilas Pilipinas falls short in Olympic dream, yields to mighty China in FIBA Asia final)

grabbed from Sports Inquirer

The kind of play – considering an international match – and the ruling that happened on the game shouldn’t be tolerated or at least an investigation must be conducted. Of course, China’s victory is irrevocable. But by ruling, a proper sanction must be imposed if proven that there are irregularities made by the referees on the match. FIBA Asia must review the game. 

We were labeled the underdog and yet we felt like we were a threat. Getting the title is useless at all if a lot of people are complaining about the game. The heart of all Gilas players who have extended their efforts and have shown their heart to represent the country couldn’t be measured by just a title.

Our road to Rio is not yet over! There’s still the wildcard tournament next year.Thank you Gilas! Despite all boundaries, you have shown how huge your heart to represent our country #Puso #SaTamangPanahon 

Thank you and Sorry Heneral Luna

Heneral Luna will let you feel sorry
for our country
for what it has turned over the years
for how we are still longing to be free.
And the most heartbreaking of all, for Filipinos have remained divided.

Grabbed from Heneral Luna’s Facebook Page. From Erad Crowley Source:

The empathy for our sacrificial lambs who fought and died for our freedom rises as Jerrold Tarog’s Heneral Luna hit the screen for its third week already. To label Heneral Luna as a good movie is such an understatement. The team behind the movie did more than that. Kudos!

Heneral Luna is a great awakening to all sleeping Filipinos on their own Homeland. It challenged us to do something NOW and learn from our past mistakes.

In the midst of issues like corruption, serious traffic jam and the upcoming 2016 election, Tarog showed what we can do and what we can contribute. The message was blatantly strong but it was delivered soft and comically that a normal Juan can grasp. Tarog did not choose a particular audience for his message, but he chose everyone of us – whether students, businessman, leaders. etc.

The movie slapped all trapo leaders and politicians who’ve been running the government for years or decades already. Perhaps Heneral Luna would straightly tell on their face, “Bayan o sarili? Pumili ka!” And it is also a smacked to all Filipinos who have embraced colonial mentality and have let themselves alienated to their own country.

It will throw you questions like, what have you contributed to your country? Were you part of those people who just complained and never made an action? Or were you just part of those who settle and just accepted the harsh situations?

It’s been a long time since I last got struck by a Filipino movie. I was struck and was challenged to revisit the history that was seemed to be forgotten by many. Indeed, we can learn from our history and once more appreciate it.

My heart for national transformation gets burned once more and reminded me that we can still do something. It’s not yet too late to raise another generation who will take the national leadership. There is a cry and hope in my heart that it is not yet too late.

Tarog implied through his movie on how we should choose on the upcoming 2016 election. And here are the leadership values I learned from the movie:

  1. A leader is a strength of his follower
    When situations get tough, the leader gets tougher. There is no room for faintness when you are in the middle of war. As the leader, you have to show how valiant you are to your followers and you have to be with them come hell and high water. Because when followers are discouraged, you role is to boost their confidence and  encourage them.
  2. Leader must have an ardent heart for his purpose
    If you have that zealous heart, you can do something more than what you can imagine. The leader must have purpose higher than himself so that he is always after for other people.
  3. A leader must be wise and strategic
    It’s not enough that you have the heart and the vision, you must be wise and strategic enough to carry out what you have seen.
  4. Build other leaders
    If you want to keep the legacy, you must learn how to build successors. This is the reason why our country turned to be like this (if you know what I mean), the reason why there are still remaining trapo leaders in the country.

When will be the time that we will encounter another set of leaders like Heneral Luna, Jose Rizal, and Andres Bonifacio? Do we have to wait for the sequel of Heneral Luna to do something for our country? Let’s not be the problem but let’s be a solution.

Grabbed from Heneral Luna’s Facebook page. From From @somemidnights Source:

Mabuhay Pilipinas!

To our Heroes, Fallen 44


Being a soldier is a tough and dangerous job.

No one can ever explain how it was difficult to stay away from their families and go to the most dangerous area on the country where you are clueless if you can go back home or not.

It is not an easy profession. It requires a servant heart and a dedicated spirit. It takes passion for your work and a compassion for other people.

The SAF 44, who ended their lives on an encounter at Mamasapano, Maguindanao with the MILF and BIFF in search for an international terrorist Marwan, will never be forgotten.

To our fallen heroes, we will always salute and honor your bravery. We can never payback what you have done on our country just to attain peace.

And to the leader who is behind this operation – still unknown as of this moment, I condemned your action! A leader has its essential role to lead the troops. This operation was made into secret to prevent the MILF from getting any hint regarding their plan. They did not even inform the AFP regarding their operation.

I just hope that leaders who do not pursue their personal agenda will rise up! We need strong and effective leaders who don’t mind if his name will be recognized or not.

A leader is not after the distinction or praises of other people, his always after serving his fellow countrymen.

But when are we going to have this kind of leader?
When another soldiers will sacrifice their lives?
When another operation will fail its mission?
Or when we have a mature leader on the government who would not answer safe but admit his shotcomings?

I still wonder when are we going to have this kind of leader?

The fallen 44 should have not been killed if not for a leader who allowed the operation without considering the worst and coordinating with the AFP.

May this event serve as a lesson for each of us.

I demand the government to take an immediate action regarding this.

Let’s not be apathetic about this. They deserve Justice!