The reprieve or stay of execution of #MaryJaneVeloso issued by Indonesian President JokoWi makes perfect sense.
             Maraming salamat (many thanks) to everyone who contributed to this effort: Every worker, president, boxer, lawyer, rallyist, organizer, reporter, gambler, world leader,  netizen who participated thru a  picket, rally,  statement, appearance, research, phone call, vigil, tweet — thru every prayer,  pleading, poetry, and practice: All gave of themselves.

           (as early as 2011, the solution of making a state witness out of those who appear to be not the most guilty in order to get more evidence to bust the drug ring was proposed here at:

       The President hasn’t  made an appearance as of noon today  and  allowed his DFA Secretary issue a statesman’s message of thanks and support.

      That’s PNoy for you, he did not epal.

       embedded here are three songs,  in the widgets: The first is one of PNoy’s favorite songs (hey, a life was saved, let the widgets play 🙂  ) — it’s a simple, breezy folk-rock song. (Based on my research, this is one of his favorite songs). hope i got it right….  it goes like so… (pls click the play arrow, soundcloud embedded below):

(i really don’t know what these lyrics mean, you ask him;  it seems like… it was written by someone who was driving on a free way,  on a bright, windy day,  with the car roof down, and he liked how the sun shimmered on the ocean…)


“Cause the free wind is blowin’ through
your hair
And the days surround your daylight
Seasons crying no despair
Alligator lizards in the air

Wishin’ on a falling star
Watchin’ for the early train
Sorry boy, but I’ve been hit by
Purple rain
Aw, come on Joe, you can always
Change your name
Thanks a lot son, just the same

Ventura Highway
In the sunshine
Where the days are longer
The nights are stronger
Than moonshine
You’re gonna go …. I know -oh-ow-ow-ow

     The second is an OPM of the same genre (this song is circa late 1960s or early 1970s Philippines — think Gloria Diaz and Margie Moran when you hear the soft refrain…)

(the third is a song for all of us. (i hope you have time to listen, just minimize your window and surf the net while it plays….

      Mr. President, your quick thinking, quiet introspection, scenario-building analysis, and  masterful move yesterday, and how you maximized your goodwill with President JokoWi the day before that, is probably one of your finest moments  and it was not video-recorded, photographed or documented — you made your parents proud.

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