Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014: A Year of the Ts


My only son Raul and I are two lucky Pinoy-guys living in an equal opportunity environment. This is because throughout our lives (entirety for Raul and entire married life for me), we have been surrounded and guarded by three Angels or what is called in Greek mythodology as “Furies”. I describe them as the Triple “T” or Tina (my wife), Tanya (oldest) and Traci (second or middle).  They provide the strongest foundational support and shield against all tests and challenges befalling us mortal male beings.

2014 was a year that I would also call a Multi- “T“ season. As reflected in my columns and blogs, it was a year of Tragedy, Tributes, Troubles, Tribulations, Travails, Trials, Technologies, Tear-jerking Thoughts of the past, Triumphs, and Thanksgiving.


Five people who were very close to our hearts joined our Lord in 2014. In my Tributes, I called AVELINO HALAGAO a “Jolly Good Fellow”; MILA MAYNIGO DENTON GOLDBERG, my youngest sister, I distinguished as “An Amazing Woman With Structured Dreams”; ELLEN CARAG, I depicted as “A Loving Wife, A Superior Mother, A Community Leader; An Excellent Counselor; and A Freedom Fighter”; RAUL GOCO, I remembered His Excellency with great memories both professionally and personally; and ANABEL VELASQUEZ ALEJANDRINO, I described as uniquely “Beautiful Anabel” – who was the “envy of Angels”.

My Tribute to my youngest sister, MILA MAYNIGO DENTON GOLDBERG was one of the most widely read Tributes.  The only two that generated more were those of Raul S. Manglapus and Conrado F. Estrella.  The former was a Philippine Senator and Secretary of Foreign Affairs while the latter was Governor and Secretary of Agrarian Reform.


My articles on the Senate investigations of alleged over-pricing and bid rigging of the construction of the Makati Parking Building and other structures during Binay’s term as Mayor, plus the alleged ownership by him of a 350 hectare Hacienda in Batangas generated an unusual number of readers. The responses were comparable to my series of articles on the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani and Fake Medals/Fake Hero on Marcos; and those of my Columns and Blogs on the Senate Impeachment Trial of Ex-Chief Justice Renato Corona.

The troubles, tribulations, and travails that Binay faced from the relentless attacks brought by his former allies and current political foes led by Senator Trillanes generated media attention and caused Binay a substantial decline in his performance and satisfaction ratings. My writings on them also attracted substantial increase in my readership.

My analysis showing too many uncertainties on the Tiu Purchase Agreement was a hit. The document was supposed to prove that Tiu was not Binay’s dummy but I showed that it tended to bear out the opposite instead. The article generated one of the most accesses, likes, and shares among my blogs in the online editions of Asian Journal, BlogSpot, Facebook, and GMA News Online.


In one of my articles, I coined GPS as Grand Prosecution of the Sleazy or Guiding Path to be Straight. It is my way of reinforcing the Tuwid Na Daan program of PNoy.

Several articles were written on the Justice Secretary and Ombudsman’s efforts to go after the perpetrators of the Pork Barrel Scams.  Preliminary and bail trials put into detention some celebrities led by Senators Enrile, Estrada, and Revilla. It was historical and unprecedented.  

“Let Them Furies Be Furies” was to give all out support to the women who are aggressively prosecuting criminals and pushing for judicial reforms.

In some of my columns, I was able to express my legal views.  On DAP, for example, I opined that the Supreme Court should make clarifications amounting to a modification of their decision.


2014 was also about technologies.  I wrote about attending the International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada. I described “The Winning Mobile Apps” and “The Best of Innovations at CES 2014. I also met the CEO and had him demonstrate what I discussed in my column, “Social Radar: Revolution at the Planet of the Apps.”

I informed my readers about CAPTI Narrator – an Amazing App; the software “WhatsApp” that processed 64 Billion Messages in 24 hours; Internet Governance as a Leadership Challenge; and the growing strength of People Power in Cyberspace.


Writing and paying Tributes to a deceased loved one is something else but joining the surviving relatives and friends grieve and mourn is another. Listening to the Eulogies, conversing with relatives that you have not seen in ages, indeed elicited tear-jerking sad and happy thoughts of the past. 

There were my family reunions and there was my Huntington Beach High School Class ’64 50th or Golden Anniversary Reunion. Most of them were nostalgic as I recounted in my articles “my dreams, my early hopes, my youth, and my ambitions.” Traveling to the West and “California Dreaming”, I reunited with relatives and friends in Huntington Beach, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco under sad and happy times.


2014 was actually a year of triumphs as well if my articles were to be read. Filipino Boxing Champion Pacquiao continued his winning ways. My basketball idol Laker Kobe Bryant surpassed the greatest player of all time Michael Jordan in total career points.  

The initial successes of PNoy’s GPS (Grand Prosecution of the Sleazy) with the detention of some seemingly “untouchables” and the improvement of the economy should be added to “AYEs”.

“Recognizing, Recording, Reporting, Repairing, and Righting a Wrong” as I have written in discussing the law that provides for Reparation and Recognition of the victims of Marcos’ Martial Law, would come down as a great victory in the fight for democracy and freedom.


The article, “ My Lettered Thanksgiving: Gifts of ‘L’ and ‘F’ “ says it all.  It showed my appreciation to the LORD for the Gifts of Life, Liberty, Love, Luck, Logic, Laughter, Learning, Language, Literature, Law, Logarithm, Leadership, Luxury, Land, and Liquidity.

My greatest thanks should also go to the GOD Almighty  for the Gifts of Family, Friends, Folks, Followers, Fans, and the whole Flock.

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