01 May 2008

we know that they won't win...

title is from a line of the song "don't dream it's over" which is my fourth favorite song of all time. can you guess the first three? but that's another blog entry...

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i have a zillion things to say about that cebu rectal surgery fiasco shebang. but i won't muna. mahirap magsulat if you're still infuriated. nawawala ang focus at objectivity. every other line na masusulat ko e mura, if ever. not good. hay.

good thing our peeps at LAGABLAB and ANGLADLAD have been prominent in the media with these issues. go mga kafatid!

at dahil hindi kasi tayo makakasabak ng pare-parehas, minsan sa ibang paraan na lang muna sumusubok tumulong ang ibang tao.

when i got home last april24, i was able to catch the early primetime news telecast ng 24ORAS sa GMA-7. natuwa ako at nakita ko ang coverage nila sa presscon where lagablab and angladlad were speaking about this issue. but i was super-bothered, yet again, when the news reporter called homosexuals as "THIRD SEX." i thought, oh no, here we go again.

since i became a journalist in 2000, talagang natauhan ako how words could have grave implications when broadcast over media talaga. kaya part of my advocacy back then, and even up to now, is to have media correct their own presentation of us. hirap kasi minsan to police the police, y'know what i mean, especially if you find yourself in a sexist and homophobic newsroom or media work environment, which i have found myself in several times already. nakakapagod minsan pero dahil kelangang gawin, kelangang kumilos. kadalasan naman, karamihan sa kanila e bukas pa ring makinig.

bakit mali ang THIRD SEX? usaping biology at sociology ito.

homophobic siya, for one. nilalagay ang mga LGBTs sa ikatlong sex category na hindi naman nag-e-exist. ang lesbiyana ay may puki pa rin tulad ng ibang babae riyan, at ang bakla ay may titi pa rin tulad ng ibang lalaki riyan. so nasaan ang third sex na sinasabi? wala sa biology ito. hindi pa tayo nag-e-evolve muli bilang species.

second, mali dahil sexist siya. sa social construct na ang males ay man at females ay women, napagtuunan ng isang patriarchal society na ang man ang FIRST SEX dahil sila daw ang mas chever sa earth, samantalang ang women ang SECOND SEX lamang dahil sa maraming reasons na mali mula sa patriarchal and sexist society. to relegate lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders sa THIRD SEX label only denotes that we are far below this patriarchally sexist hierarchy of specimens. hindi dapat pumayag ang kababaihan dito at lalong di papayag ang LGBT people.

when i told my friends sa abscbn news dati about this prevalent usage of the term "third sex" sa tv patrol, they all said it was hopeless to correct. why? kahit daw kasi politically correct ang pagsusulat nila, nababago sa delivery, especially noong time na si noli pa ang anchor. sabi nila, talagang everything you learn about good journalism is thrown out the window. nalungkot ako sa mga friends ko dito when i heard that -- at binuyo kong lumipat na sila ng programa hahaha! cheka!

pero 2008 na. wala naman akong prublema sa kapuso dahil di ko naririnig ang term na ito (o dahil bihira ako manood ng tv?) pero nang mataunan ko nga itong report last week, siyempre i had to do something dahil nanggagalaiti talaga ako sa term na yan.

i texted the director of 24oras because he's my colleague. sinabi ko lang na sana maabisuhan ang news writers nila sa tamang usage ng terms. nag-text back naman ang kuya at makakarating daw. after the show, hala, nakarating nga, dahil nagtanong agad siya kung ano daw ang correct terms to use, sabi ng news writers nila. so sinabi ko, okay naman ang "homosexuals" para mas inclusive, o kaya "gays and lesbians" kung talagang kelangang i-spell out. i also told him the LGBT acronym pero nahahabaan ata sila. pati sa tagalog, ano daw ba ang tama. apparently, problemado pala sila sa bading, bakla, tomboy daw ba? sabi ko, bading and bakla okay na, pero sana lesbiyana na lang pag babae kasi sabi ko marami na ring negative baggage sa society natin ang terminong tomboy. okay naman daw. so ayun, solved na sila. at solved na rin ako.

masaya naman dahil sa maliit na mga patumpik-tumpik na chever na ito, kahit papaano ay nakakatulong na rin ako sa lgbt community kahit hindi ako maka-fulltime sa advocacy work with them sometimes. like nung angladlad event na tinext ni danton sa akin last week, padala daw coverage. ayun, tinext brigade ko ulit mga friendships sa abscbn, na tunawag pa dahil they want to be correct in their description daw of angladlad. tama naman ang description, so go na sila sa report hehe.

it pays to have a lot of friends, colleagues and acquaintances in the media kasi. kaya nga over the years, happy ako na solid pa rin ang networks ko sa mga taong ito, and vice versa din naman pala ang turing nila sa akin. nakakataba ng heart itey, sa totoo lang.

so happy ang life.

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pero sa hindi nga happy, eto yun:

mula sa angladlad egroup ang info na ito. walang mawawala sa inyo kung tutulong kayo. this was also part of my job before in an NGO as campaigns associate, so i'm also doing this here now.

send letters of protest, request and thanks for lgbt support sa mga cast of characters na ito. regarding the cebu scandal pa rin. if you don't think letter-writing works, believe me, IT DOES. nara-rattle sila sa mga nagpapadala. such was the experience we had at isis when we decided to create a letter-writing campaign against destileria limtuaco's infamous kinse anyos ad before. yes, ang inyong lingkod po ang nag-draft ng letter na kina-cut and paste ng mga tao para ipadala sa mga destileria peeps. ako rin ang nag-investigative chever dati to get the contact details of the destileria peeps na pinapadalhan ng letters. nakakatawa nga lang dahil yung initial and original effort namin sa isis nito e ni-lift na lang verbatim ng isang mas kilalang women's org... and passed it on as their campaign. yung sinulat ko ha! nakakatawa talaga minsan ang adbokasya work... oh well...

teka na-segue pa tuloy ako. here are the details. send them letters!


tell this dude that pocha, they need to revamp!

Dr. Gerardo Aquino
Hospital Chief
Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center
B. Rodrigues Street, Sambag I, Cebu City, Philippines 6000
vsmmc@cvis.net.ph
www.cvis.net.ph/vsmmc/


tell this dude that pocha, they need to revamp that hospital!

Sec. Francisco Duque III
Department of Health
San Lazaro Compound, Sta. Cruz, Manila
Email: ftduque@co.doh.gov.ph
F: 7431829
M: TEXT DOH: Type doh or dohsec [space] [message] & send to 2960 for
all line
www.doh.gov.ph


tell this dude that pocha, they need to revamp [revoke the licence!] their members na nasa ospital na yun!

Dr. Jose Asa Sabili (outgoing)/Dr. Rey Santos (incoming)
President
Philippine Medical Association
PMA Building, North Avenue, Quezon City
1100
T: (from E Yellow Pages) 928-2132; 929-49-47; (from PMA website) 929-
6366
M: 0917-828-2468
Email: philmedas@yahoo.com
www.pma.com.ph

Philippine Nurses¢ Association
1663 F. T. Benitez Street
Malate, Manila 1004
T: 521-0937; 400-4430
Telefax: 525-1596
Email: philippinenursesassociation@yahoo.com.ph
www.pna-ph.org

Dr. Teresita I. Barcelo
Governor, NCR Zone 1
Philippine Nurses Association
T: 523-1494
Email: tbarcelo2003@yahoo.com

Mr. Roland Fermo
Governor, Region VII
Philippine Nurses Association
Asian College of Technology
Cor. P. Del Rosario & Leon Kilat St., Cebu City 6000
T: (032) 238-230
Email: rl_fermo@yahoo.com

Hon. Cesar D. Buenaflor
Acting Chairperson
Civil Service Commission of Philippines
T: 931-7996
Fax: 931-4145
Email: cdb@csc.gov.ph
www.csc.gov.ph

Director IV Judith D. Chicano
Director III Editha D. Luzano
Civil Service Regional Office 7
Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City 6000
T: (032) 414-7676; (032) 414-7488
Telefax: (032) 253-9050

Professional Regulatory Commission
T: 741-6061; 735-1535
www.prc.gov.ph


tell this ale that pocha, they need to look at this issue closely as a gross gross gross violation of human rights ng isang tao!

Hon. Purificacion C. Valera Quisumbing
Commission on Human Rights Philippines (CHRP)
T/F: 928-5655;
T: 926-6188; 929-0102
Email: drpvq@yahoo.com
www.chr.gov.ph

Atty. Gilbert Boiser
Comission on Human Rights Philippines (CHRP), NCR
SAAC Building
Commonwealth Avenue
UP Complex, Diliman, Quezon City
T: 928-7098; 925-3881; 928-7099

Atty. Alejandro P. Alonzo
Commission on Human Rights Philippines (CHRP), Region VII
Rosal Apartment, Llorente & Rosal Sts.
Capitol Site 6000
Cebu City
T: (032) 253-5403; (032) 254-6921

Feliciano M. Bautista
Chairperson
Integrated Bar of the Philippines
IBP Building, No. 15 Julia Vargas Avenue
Ortigas Center, Pasig City
T: 631-3018; 631-3014; 634-4697
Fax: 631-3014; 634-4697
Email: sec@ibp.org.ph
www.ibp.org.ph

email would do, guys. go!


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