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October 3 2013 5 03 /10 /October /2013 16:14

This is going to be short, but not the least sweet!

Just the other day - that it's still clear in my mind - a distressed friend of mine had this story to tell:

She said she had brought her teen-aged son, who was bent with chest pain and rocking cough, to Iligan City Hospital, late morning last month. As she narrated to me her horrible experience at the Iligan City Hospital, she became livid with anger:

"I asked the attending X-Ray technician, who seemed camatose before his office door, why he wasn't 'moving' to prepare my son for X-Ray, seeing my son suffering before his eyes." - Here, I saw her turn more livid - "You know what was his reply? ... 'You've to buy first an X-Ray film...just outside our gate. The hospital has no X-Ray film, ma'am.'"

No X-Ray film!

... Hearing this, I too turned livid. How was it possible for a city, enriched with so many factories, and with hydro-electrical power supplying nearby towns, be so penniless/way cuarta she can't afford a sheet of X-Ray film?

Then I quickly realized the culprit, who has made Iligan City Hospital so destitude: Porky Napoles (full participation of some of our congressmen and senators) fattening herself with the pork barrel, from which a tiny-winy part should have gone to the hospital.

Iligan City Hospital certainly would have a mount of of X-Rays in stock, as high as her rafters,for Iligan folks and give it out for free!


Ay, and to think it is our money (taxes) - Porky and not a few 'honorables' themselves have been salivating on the pork's cholesterol fat.

Greed ... thus, they denied the sick child's urgent need for a single sheet of X-Ray, for a few pesos, and the delay to get a laboratory result, could have endangered the teen-aged child's life, and as well as other child's in the future!





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September 23 2013 2 23 /09 /September /2013 22:26

Lets hav dis strayd: did former President & former layt Dictator Marcos's police chief, Mr Ramos, say he handed over da solution to da Mindanao Moro insurgency problem to impeached President Arroyo, and den passed it on to present President Aquino - 'on a silver platter'? Da corect phrase shud be: handed over Mindanao to Misuari on a silver platter! Why do you think Misuari is now claiming Zamboanga as his autonomous territory? Why did he blatantly attack peaceful Zamboanga Hermosa? Because Mr Ramos handed her over to him on a 'silver platter' per aggreement made between da two of dem in 2006! He thinks Zamboanga & Mindanao is his, dats why!   

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July 27 2012 6 27 /07 /July /2012 04:48



CopyrightCon Most Vile-Help Appeal: Philippine PEN International and UMPHIL: member of both.


My historical novel 'The Revolt of Gueremon Tenorio' and short stories were posted in Zamboanga.com-webmaster.zamboanga.com, 2006. This vile deed was done without my permission and webmaster has been selling the novel 'in my behalf',' and filling his pocket what I had sweated and blooded for years. Not a centavo came my way nor a coin jiggled in my pocket since over half a decade ago. I need your help t stop this villain, and to stop him from farther coning other writers. Buen salud, Tony Enriquez

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February 19 2012 1 19 /02 /February /2012 10:34

Note:Files are drying up faster than expected; so, we maybe able to put in our materials without having to miss a day or two.


The Waterlogged Files #03


“Philippine Opposition Leader Assassinated”


The Dallas Morning News, Associated Press, Zamboanga City, Philippines, Thursday, November 15,1984 ¾A gunman shot and killed the popular mayor of Zamboanga City Wednesday, the fourth assassination of a government opponent in the Mindanao region in two months.

Cesar Climaco, 68,  a leader of the Philippines’ biggest opposition coalition, the United Nationalist Democratic Organization, was about to climb onto his motorcycle after visiting the scene of a fire when a unidentified man came up from behind and shot him below the right ear, police said.

The gunman fled on foot into a field of tall grass, where he eluded scores of pursuing soldiers and policemen, fire trucks and an armored car.

No motive for the attack was known.

“A major blow has again been struck against the tranquility and decency of our public life,” President Ferdinand E. Marcos said in a statement in Manila. Marcos ordered the acting armed forces chief, Lt. Gen. Fidel Ramos, to go to Zamboanga, 540 miles southeast of Manila, to take charge of the manhunt.

­     “One by one our leaders are being killed and eliminated,’ said former senator Salvador Laurel, head of UNIDO. He condemned the slaying as part of “‘an emerging pattern to decimate the moderate non-violent opposition.”

Climaco, a member of the UNIDO council of leaders, was known for his honesty. He bombarded Marcos with almost daily telegrams criticizing the president’s policies, alleging military abuses and Marcos imposed martial law and extended his rule. Even though Marcos lifted martial law in 1981, Climaco said the president still retained authoritarian powers.

Climaco was the fourth opposition member in eight weeks to be shot down in the streets of the troubled Mindanao region, where the government is fighting Moslem separatist insurgents and communist rebels. end      


                                                                                                       Available: Graphic Books, with our illustration.



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February 18 2012 7 18 /02 /February /2012 01:56

NoteNOTE: Clipping was still a bit damp, so we miss a word. Is it ‘courageous’?


Enriquez Collection: Lapuyan Subanon Giant Phingi. Drawing Estarte


The Waterlogged Files #02


“Death Squads Cross the Pacific”


New York Times, Monday, November 19, 1984. Not one but three treacherous murders: first Benigno Aquino, then Alexander Orgullo, now Cesar Climaco. It maybe that each crime came as a shock to Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos. But for these and other killings, no one has been punished. It’s as if Central American’s death-squads were taking distant root.

Death squads are an especially ugly instrument of terror. Recruited by security forces, the killers pretend to operate on their own. Thus government can disavow the marauders yet by protecting them still intimate opponents.

Is that what’s happening in the Philippines? When Mr. Aquino was killed at Manila airport in August 1983, the President blamed a lone Communist gunman. His own inquiry has now found otherwise and accused high military officers. The promise of swift, impartial trials is not yet kept.

The latest victims, too, are prominent critics of Mr. Marcos. Mr. Orcullo, the regional secretary of an opposition party in Mindanao, was shot on Oct. 19 by men in military fatigues. His family suspects gunmen belonging to a paramilitary group trained by the army. There have been no arrests.

Last Tuesday, in what Mr. Marcos calls “a major blow’ against decency, a __ (unreadable) mayor in the same province was shot by a single gunman. Mayor Cesar Climaco is not an obscure victim. When martial law was imposed in 1972, he vowed not to cut his hair until it was lifted. Nine years later, when Mr. Marcos yielded a bit, Mayor Climaco cut his locks accordingly, to shoulder length. He was known for such flair but also for effective campaigns against crime.


President Marcos has ordered yet another high-level inquiry. But the United States, bound to the Philippines by history and strategic interest, needs to do more than join in the hand-wringing. El Salvador makes the point: “When the Reagan Administration finally passed a blunt warning to its military, the death-squad killings dropped off dramatically.

The United States’ influence in Manila is almost as great. A blunt warning about America’s deepening concern stop the bloodletting.



Next: The Waterlogged Files #03: “Philippine Opposition Leader Assassinated”


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February 15 2012 4 15 /02 /February /2012 12:06


                                           Enriquez collection: painting Saudi       





Did Mayor Cesar Climaco Foresee His Assassination?                       


Here is a letter written by the late Mayor Climaco to his vice-mayor, Manuel Dalipe, before he was gunned down in the heart of the city before he was gunned down!  .       


                                                                                        January 8, 1982


Hon. Manuel A. Dalipe


City of Zamboanga

Dear Manny:

With reference to the intelligence report which I transmitted by telephone to you at about 9:30 last night, please be informed that the same has been confirmed early this morning by reliable official sources.

Against a determined assassin, no amount of vigilance or evasive action can save a target ¾ hence in the event of my death, I am hereby alerting you to immediately take over the Mayorship and, hopefully, to try your best to ascertain and apprehend the killers.

I do pray, however, that you will comply wit my wish to be buried immediately: not exceeding two hours after death; or within two hours after sun-rise, if death takes place at sun-down.  It is my further wish that no coffin be used and that I be interred in the very same clothes in which I had been gunned down.

It is also my fervent wish that I be buried at the Sta. Maria Catholic Cemetery ¾for which arrangements have already been made with the Sta. Maria Parish Priest, and that the services would be simple and inexpensive.

                                                             Very truly yours,

                                                              (SGD) CESAR C. CLIMACO            


P. S.

Enclosed is a xeroxed copy of our letter of even date to

Maj. [General] Delfin Castro, which is self-explanatory.

A true copy:


Senior clerk



  Next week: Waterlogged Files #02, "Death Squads Cross the Pacific," New York Times, Nov. 19, 1984. 


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September 5 2011 2 05 /09 /September /2011 18:54
Copyright © 2006 by A. R. Enriquez.



Jambangan: the “Garden of Flowers” never was!


My compoblano and I were talking about the original name of Zamboanga or its root. So,  to him, a media practitioner himself, whom I’d known for years, I said,

“Zamboanga, as a ‘garden of flowers’ never existed. So, why call it ‘city of flowers?’”

He  said, “Verdad—?What you said?

In Chabacano, I replied, “Si, es verdad –it’s true.

He said, “How? Why don’t you write about it?”

I said, “I will.”

So I — kind of thinking it as a challenge — wrote:

I only heard that Zamboanga, the ciudad where I was born and initialized to manhood in its bars and dancing halls, was the progeny of the Indonesian word “jambangan,” when I was already in high school, in the early ‘50s. Before that never! The common word was “sambuan,” meaning the long pole Samals used to fasten their sailing-canoes to as anchor, when they go down to barter in the old port town of Masinloc.  Samboangan, as spelled on the map of Murillo Velarde sketch of Fort Pilar, published in 1734, was the unchallenged name then; it definitely wasn’t “Jambangan”; as early (or late) as in the 18th century. And a historical novel I later wrote had “Samboangan,” with “S” instead of “Z” and an affix “an” in its title: Samboangan: the Cult of War , UP Press, 2006.

Back to “Jambangan.” In his book, Roots of Zamboanga Hermosa,             ex-Jesuit Father Hilario Lim y Atilano wrote, “To dispose of this myth, once and for all, let us set the record straight.”

Faithfully, I followed his track, untrodden until then, but fairly a good path. None of the Subanon “apostoles,” he claimed there, like the Italians Sanctini and Paliola, who spoke Subanon like natives do, ever mentioned jambangan, the “garden of flowers,” nor Combes in his book, who wrote of almost everything he saw. While on a mission with the Subanons, he wrote of fishes that ate the slime of the huge tree and excreted ambergris (ME ambregris, fr. MF ambre gris, gray); the school of tiny fish which metamorphosized into shape of huge monsters to fool their predators; of pearl divers who cleared their eyes with blood of white cocks before diving to the floor of the sea. He wrote of fruits, vegetables, and minerals but never once scribbled of the garden of flowers in the forest of Zamboanga.

Majul and de la Costa had ransacked the archives of the world, but did not find the mythical jambangan of flowers, as referrence to Zamboanga’s root name.

In Blair & Roberson, 55 volumes, Zamboanga is spelled 18 different ways (two are missing, according to Fr. Lim: “San Buagan” and “Samboungam”), no one historian ever spelled it jambangan to refer it to the myth or legend.

Then there was this story told to me by the late Adolfo Navarro, known faithfully as “Cabonegro,” then retired Zamboanga City tourism commissioner. He had authenticated our interview by signing on every page. This to me, “wraps it up” — excuse the mundane expression. The story he told me went something like this:

A couple of Indonesian guests came to Zamboanga, and while the late Mayor Cesar Climco and Adolfo Navarro were entertaining the Indonesians, the latter mentioned about the familiarity of the word Zamboanga to their Indonesian word “jambangan.” Mr. Navarro recalled the four of them were standing there under the veranda looking out  toward the sea. “The word ‘jambangan’ to us in our language means ‘flowers,’ they said. Immediately, Mayor Climaco, an energetic and quick-witted person, who was then anxiously promoting Zamboanga for tourism, picked it up as a monicker to promote Zamboanga. “Jambangan” then was found everywhere: Jambangan coffee shop, Jambangan restaurant, Jambangan hotel, Jambangan everywhere—until it ended up as the pretentious ancient and original derivative of “Zamboanga” — because of its multitudinous usages and repetitions.  A couple of years later, I met an Indonesian woman, wife of a protestant minister, who said the word “jambangan” doesn’t even mean flowers, rather it is the ‘vase in which we put  flowers...a flower vase.’”              

So, compoblano, take this as a reply to your “how,” but don’t throw the flower vase.



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