Dick Malay: The Rebel Finds Love

Dean Malay and Paula Malay with their brood in the 1950s: Bobbie the eldest, Buddy and Dick, the youngest.

By Wilfredo G. Villanueva

(First of Two Parts)

(A dramatization based on a true story: Stones began raining on Sonny and the rest of the American kids as they were playing in JUSMAG—Joint U.S. Military Advisory Group—compound in Quezon City beside West Avenue in the summer of ‘52. They looked where the stones were coming from, beyond the barbed wire fence that divided the Americans from Filipinos in the same subdivision (now Heroes Hills) and saw a lean Filipino boy about their age hurling expletives and stones at them, his gang following suit. It was a sustained attack, effective in its surprise, stunning in its being out of character. Sonny sustained a lump on his head, so with the other boys in his group in varying places and degrees, suddenly realizing that Filipinos, unlike the servile sergeant that guarded them, are courageous, not always docile, not always tiptoeing around foreigners. A realization he would bring home with him to the United States when the tour of his father ended. That’s the Philippines, Sonny thought. They’re not pushovers. Respect. As for the boy who led the pack of marauders, he knew he had to do something about the injustice. Why would the Americans be guarded by a military detail and they not? Why should they be separated by barbed wire from the rest of the community? Whose country is this anyway?)

That Filipino boy grew up to become Ricardo Santos Malay, known as Dick Malay of the Manila Chronicle, China and MV Karagatan fame, and oh, of Communist Party of the Philippines fame.

He is the son of Chronicle co-founder Armando de Jesus Malay, called Dean Malay by UP Diliman students of the seventies. Beloved academician, patrician in bearing, towering in stature not only physically but intellectually. Dick’s mom, Paula, an economics professor, marched on the streets also with her husband Dean Malay, with Mamita Pardo de Tavera and Nini Quezon-Avanceña. They were known as the white-haired grannies of the protest movement. Dick’s sister is Bobbie, the wife of Satur Ocampo. Needs no introduction.

“We were brought up by liberal-minded parents, and we always thought outside the norm,” Dick said. He would be schooled in St. Mary’s College across the street where they lived, a Catholic school, in the early years, honors, then transferred to University of the Philippines in Diliman for the rest of elementary, high school and college. After university, he enjoyed the perks of public relations work, but hegemony was hard to resist, so he joined the Manila Chronicle, a newspaper owned by Geny Lopez of Meralco and ABS-CBN.

In 1970, just when Dick was in the Chronicle, students threw cardboard emblems of a coffin and a crocodile at the car of President Ferdinand Marcos after he delivered the State of the Nation for the opening of the Seventh Congress. This was the beginning of the First Quarter Storm, January to March 1970, when demonstrations rose to fever pitch. It was widely known in the newsroom that Dick was left-leaning, a true patriot and revolutionary. It came to a point when his editor asked if he was covering a rally event or taking part in it.

He co-founded the militant Kabataang Makabayan, dreadful to Marcos forces, a legend to the Left. Joma Sison was a colleague, an elder by a few years in UP. When Dick was in the foreign affairs beat, he would carry messages to the Communist Party of the Philippines representative in China—various messages to update or to ask for support.

Courier service was not the only item in Dick’s to-do list in the Chronicle. Sensitive to popular sentiment like the boy he was in JUSMAG, he organized the labor union that would challenge the yellow union or management union of his newspaper, almost winning the election if not for a handful of votes. Management did all it could to crush opposition. It did trounce Dick’s union by a whisker, feisty and outspoken as it was. But the union campaign and elections were instructional to the young Dick Malay: his worldview was validated, that people needed to be treated fair and square and not lied to or manipulated for personal gain.

He drove a Taunus at that time, German-made, good engine and suspension. His group pretended picnic, bringing along girlfriends, driving on mountain roads over boulders, carrying weapons for rebels. When the operation was cracked wide open, his name appeared in the order of battle. It was opportune that he was assigned by the politburo to plant the Philippine flag in China, for the fledgling movement to be under its tutelage. That was before 1081, the declaration of martial law. Talk about a charmed life.

China at that time was a closed society, its practices and culture an enigma to the world, and it was in this prism that Dick viewed commune life. And so it was that Dick and family were first to land in China as advance party to the CPP politburo member who would come later as head of delegation. First, as guests housed in comfortable quarters with a driver, servants, interpreter, free board and lodging, cigarettes and time to lounge around in easy chairs, dissecting ideology between puffs of smoke and contented stomachs. A year after his arrival in China, he would organize the failed MV Karagatan episode, where a Philippine-registered ship laden with M14 rifles, ammo, grenade launchers were supposed to be landed in a beach in Isabela, backstopped on land by defector Victor Corpuz from the Philippine Military Academy, tipped off, intercepted by Marcos military, most of the shipment intended for rebels falling in government hands, rebels empty-handed except for 200 of the 1,200 M14s intended for them, which they managed to spirit out.

Two years after, there was a second attempt to land arms. The ship was MV Doña Andrea which also met a setback when it hit an atoll in the Pratas island near Hainan island of China.

Two shipments that ended in failure. Two strikes. There won’t be a third.

Acting leader Deng Xiaoping considered the Filipino comrades as clumsy and unfit for the job, and when the Marcos couple and children visited Beijing in a charm offensive—the Marcos sun being at zenith—China lost its taste for the rebels and instead chose to align itself with the Marcos government.

It was all downhill from there. The failed MV Karagatan and MV Doña Andrea deliveries of armaments coupled with economic reforms of Deng Xiaoping all but made the deployment of Filipino communists in China irrelevant. They have become historical artifacts. But it is to the credit of China that it continued to treat them as privileged comrades when they were in Beijing, stateless as they were, for they had become fugitives of the law in home country.

Their request to experience Chinese peasant life was granted. They were shunted to communal life, although their privileges were not suspended. All to themselves—at full panoply, there were 18 of them—they had exclusive access to a two-acre compound and brand-new housing units costing a tidy sum in yuan, they were told. But no more servants. They put their shoulders to the wheel as comrade peasants, doing everything locals did, from planting rice to washing clothes—no more free lunches for them. The hard life probably, plus the fact that Dick had first-hand info on Joma’s role in Plaza Miranda—damning!—his belief in the movement gradually dissipated by the day like stormy skies turning from somber gray to sea blue.


94 Responses to “Dick Malay: The Rebel Finds Love”
  1. karlgarcia says:

    Thanks for the backgrounders i Victor Corpuz, Plaza Miranda etc
    Thanks for the story because dates,numbers,stats,and other factoids won’t mean a thing without the stories you bring.

    • This is what I mean by history coming alive, connecting to people. Thanks also Will.

      That is of course exactly the opposite perspective to Manong Sonny’s and Popoy’s tales. Exactly what is needed for the 360-degree view I look for. Abangan ang kabanata 2.

      • Wilfredo G. Villanueva says:

        You’re welcome, Irineo. Dick was pleasantly surprised with your parentage. Met you in social media separate from your father who he met in UP days of yore.

      • popoy says:

        I don’t know what Ireneo B.R.Salazar meant with his 360 degree view that is “exactly the opposite perspective to Manong Sonny and Popoy’s tales. Here’s a tall tale view :


        Can’t remember the year now and why I was there; I was may be mid twenties. I was making shortcut walking across Univ Ave to a Bldg where a conference is being held. A taller man wearing long sleeved shirt man joined me, asked me what I was doing there. He said his name was Dean Armando Malay. I said I know you, read you and read about you. The field was grassy and dewy but we didn’t mind for our pants to get slightly wet. It turned out we are both going to the same building to attend the conference organized by the Commission on National Integration. I remember receiving a certificate of Attendance from the CNI.

        What’s etched unforgettable is that both Dean Malay (of the Malay race) and I heard guest speaker Ninoy harangued the seeming inequality happening in treating our cultural minorities. He began his speech asking whether there are reps of the Cordillera tribes, the Manobos, the Aetas, Ilongots, etc. He said all Filipinos are minorities: the Mekinis este Kapampangans, the GIs este genuine Ilocanos, the Tagalogs, were there delegates to represent them? . He asked why the CNI was so Muslim focused? Young Senator Ninoy was in character as young journalist attracting trouble. He was adamant almost angry: WE ARE ALL CULTURAL MINORITIES.

        I got busy with all sorts of things in the decades after that conference and don’t know now what happened to CNI. Could be water under the bridge.

        Now, now why does Tigulang tales always mention names even names of those who passed, the dates, the places? So that the living survivors, descendants or friends can fact check Popoy to clarify and set right his eche bucheche of yesterday. Accuracy more than Clarity is a quality of truth.

        Now, now about 180 or 360 degree view or whatever perspective is desired. It is not the hen or egg or the birds and the bees’ thing. Could be faulty but may be vaguer to say it’s elementary Dr. Watson: It is the forest and the trees. Taller trees have at least four panorama views or 360 degrees perspective. Than shorter trees. While shorter trees prefer ground’s view with their detailed inductions the taller trees prefer to make lazy deductions based on (stats-wise) parameters.

        Don’t ask Tigulang how come he spent more than three nights in the convent with and under the hospitality of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Baguio City. The Sisters are known to make the country’s best strawberry jam. I was with two trainors alalays who became UP-NCPAG Deans Jose Endriga and Chit Tapales. Google Dr.Leonard Nadler and Dr. Josefina Patron, they were there in the convent too.

        • popoy says:

          Ah yes, google also Beauty Queen looking Aline Samson of Asian Social Institute (ASI) who stayed in the Good Shepherd convent too. There were at the time more than 30 government and private sector agencies pushing MCH (maternal and child health) Policy and Programs. Why in God’s name should population-family planning training conference be held of all places in a Convent of the Sisters of Good Shepherd? Well, may be the belligerence of the Pro-Life group wasn’t there yet; Senator Sotto was still a scholar in Skol Bukol.

        • sonny says:

          The 360-deg perspective is a sidebar conversation going parallel to Wil’s blog installment on the CPP and JUSMAG and the beginnings of the 1946 Philippine Republic. This installment-to-be hopefully will fill some informational gaps and is still to be proposed to JoeAm for inclusion in TSoH blog.

          • Diametrically opposed to your stories of the early Philippine military and the closeness to the USA, sonny. Less to popoy’s UPLB background, only to his Camp McKinley stories.

            Of course for many in UP, ABC meant three camps during Martial Law. But the differences of old pale against today’s challenges. Hence the need for 360°.

            • sonny says:

              Yes for sure, Irineo.

              For now a tidbit of trivia, the home of the Aquinos (Dona Aurora, Ninoy & sibs) at the corner of Timog Ave & Highway 54 was practically a stone’s throw from the JUSMAG compound. I often wondered what went on behind the walls of that compound. The area at the West Triangle was still pristine during the days of Magsaysay and Lansdale and Taruc and Jesus Lava. I don’t recall if Bob Stewart’s radio station was already transmitting at the time. Going to UP or JUSMAG, one had to be really intending to go to either. Public transportation was “madalang” for those destinations.

    • Wilfredo G. Villanueva says:

      You’re welcome, Karl. Learned many things from Dick. He is both actor in and chronicler of Philippine history from the 50s to the present.

  2. Sabtang Basco says:

    Was Marcos the savior of Philippines from communism?
    What if Philippines became communists?
    Would Philippines have had cobblestone streets and brick sidewalks like Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Burma?
    Would Philippines have had bright colorful cuisine ?
    Would they be Roman Catholic? Or, Buddhist?
    Would there be Muslim problem in Mindanao?

    Would the USA allow China to dominate Philippines?
    They gave up Vietnam. Others say USA retreated.
    Or, would Philippines had replaced Vietnam as the last frontier of democracy in Asia?

    If Karagatan landed, can 1,000 arms it carried defeat 38million Filipinos?
    By turning into Marcosian killings, torture and disappearances that Filipinos hated Marcos for.

    So, NPA-Karagatan? Or Marcos?

    It is the devil and the deep blue sea.

    • Sabtang Basco says:

      Marcos killed so majority of others may live free. Scary thought.
      It is like saying …

      Duterte kills drug addicts so the streets will be safe. Alternative thought.

      Bongbong anyone? Why are they still living in opulence flaunting their wealth? Did they follow the money trail? Or, the money followed those who followed the money trail? To this day, they are still rich. Why? How? Where money came from?

      Sometimes I come to think looking back China may be good alternative at that time if ONLY THE FILIPINOS WERE ABLE TO TELL THEIR FUTURE IF THEY WERE UNDER MARCOS.

    • Wilfredo G. Villanueva says:

      Too many questions, too many what ifs, Sabtang Basco. Maybe that’s why I will never leave Ninoy Aquino’s column. He simplified the equation. It became good vs. bad. The lines were clear. Today, the lines bleed into one another, no more primary colors.

  3. josephivo says:

    Legal and illegal, what’s the difference? But the difference between motivations, common good or personal profits, are often crystal clear.

    Just read about the Paradise Papers, after the Panama Papers they give new insides on who is avoiding taxes and how. In the back of my mind a statement from Jordan Belfort in “The Wolf of Wall Street”: the difference between legal and illegal tax fraud are lawyers. Each country and especially each offshore tax shelter has different loopholes in its tax regulations, it is up to specialized lawyers to map legal routes for tax exemption and anonymity. Some countries have special exemptions for taxes specific investments, others on specific profits, others on specific anonymity, bead them properly together and every tax evasion becomes legal.

    Reading then this article makes me wonder how decent people can keep the belief in the rule of law or change without violence. Waiting for David to defeat Goliath with a simple stone… ?

  4. Micha says:

    Bitin Kuya Will. It’s a rather short article, why make two installments?

    • Wilfredo G. Villanueva says:

      Hi Micha! Over 2,500 words would have been unwieldy, so I had to cut somewhere in the middle. Sorry about being bitin.

      • Micha says:

        It’s an interesting profile on a former revolutionary, bayaw ni Satur, kapatid ni Bobbie, at anak ni Dean. I would have loved consuming the whole article in one go. Then again it’s your call so I look forward to the second part, maybe a week from now?

    • I feel toward your remark the same way I feel toward grammar police. Why are you trying to do the editor’s job. I grant author’s who have proven their professionalism the right to judge how to present their work. Your job is to comment on the article, or not. Mine is to edit the blog.

      • Edgar Lores says:

        There are different perspectives here. Pros and cons.

        Without enumerating the pros and cons, I would say:

        o The job of the writer is to present as best as he can.
        o The job of the reader is to understand.

        I can sense the trajectory of Will’s piece, but I feel I cannot formulate my reaction until I know the whole story.

        Perhaps this is because I am unfamiliar with the subject.

        • Classic cliffhanger… more details I think and hope will follow on Dick Malay’s suspicion of Joma re Plaza Miranda.. and of course the rift/schism/apostasy in the Communist Party…

          What I read for the first time is that Dick Malay’s sister is/was Satur Ocampo’s wife (is he still alive or not?) – reminds me of something Stanley Karnow wrote in his book in our image, that Filipinos are tribal/familistic, even within the Communist Party…

          What also would interest me is if Mila Aguilar left the same time as Malay, or independently.

          • Sabtang Basco says:

            I am fond of Robert Ludlum & Tom Clancy for espionage, John Grisham whom I learned about jurisprudence, Dan Brown religious thriller and so many others … I read first 5 chapters jump to last 5 and read back … NO CLIFFHANGER.

            Mr. Salazar, if you are at the edge of the cliff hike down and look up where you were perched … it is exhilarating … others are exhilarated at the edge of the cliff … I am opposite … Let us wait for the next and last chapter.

            This I can tell Dick Malay, from my Google searches, experimented with communism after the failed arms transport. Went to China. Lived in commune. He realized communism was his figment of his utopian imagination.

            Graduated University of the Philippines, a cesspool of communists. I take being a communist is a rite-of-passage in U.P. It was romantic at that time according to my readings. Corpus. Miss Philippines joining Sison. Kent University massacre. Neil Young Ohio. Joan Baez. They want to live the drama evolving at that time. Ho Chi Minh victory in Dien Bien Pho smothered the French hegemony. Philippines never won a war. Where Philippines failed they experiment with communism.

            And they failed.

            They went to live with communist realized they rather be a Sison than working in the farm under Sison.

            Ferdinand Marcos, SR. either the calling from Americans or calling from his person The Philippines would be better off live in democracy than in communism. The communists died as necessary evil so the Filipinos of today can live under Duterte’s regime. At least Duterte is elected by popular demand not thru 1,000 garand rifles to force the 38 million Filipinos under communism.

            • Good reading list, although leaving out the middle leaves out most of the lessons, I fear. Please add Charles Dickens to your list. He is sometimes a slog, but he is good at developing humanitarians from the hardest of souls.

              • Sabtang Basco says:

                The only Charles Dickens I read was Oliver Twist … and … a Christmas Carol. I had to because it was required reading in High School.

        • And there is a certain drama to serialization, eh? And I try not to nitpick the primary guest contributors. If anyone here has earned the right to do his own thing, it is Will. This is not a commercial publication. No one gets paid. We allow personality to emerge. If there are mistakes, they are the editor’s, not the writer’s. If you need part 2, great. I hope you comment then.

          • popoy says:

            Hey, Hey, Hey so says the song: pati ba naman yung gandang sinulat, gandang komento nagbunga, nanganak ng eche bucheche (pardon yung espanyol payatas) baka mapaglihihan ng mga buntis. Nagke-kenkoy lang ako eh.

      • Micha says:

        Good morning groucho. 🙂

    • Edgar Lores says:

      Same here. I cannot get a sense of the subject, so I cannot comment.

    • madlanglupa says:

      Unfortunately, all other issues have prevented any proper investigation of this duopoly.

    • Sabtang Basco says:

      English-snob Philippines is overtaken by internet speed by English-challenged neighboring countries.

      BPOs must be asking the “IFs” as businesses usually do. What IF these English-challenged countries were “good” English speakers like Philippines? Would they put up BPOs in the Philippines that has the slowest internet speed?

      OK, a “tad” slowest.

    • popoy says:

      Mga Karliwete, mga Karlwatan, mga wakarang sa takaw.

  5. NHerrera says:

    I like the cliffhanger.

    My comments::

    1. My feeling is that men who are able to contribute to some fields, say, the welfare of the country in the socio-econ-political area go through thinking and experiencing a wide spectrum of possible experiences, either in slow motion or compressed. Then armed with that, a later rethinking brings forth the fruit, so to speak from a synthesis or consolidation of selected ideas.

    2. A narrow though deep thinking/experiences though fruitful too may not give the same weight and remarkable effect.

    3. This phenomenon happens in the scientific-technical field.

    4. That is why, like the others, I am eagerly awaiting to read Wil’s Part 2 article — the delicious fruit of the Dick Malay story, I believe, is most probably in there.

  6. “But no more servants. They put their shoulders to the wheel as comrade peasants, doing everything locals did, from planting rice to washing clothes—no more free lunches for them. The hard life probably, plus the fact that Dick had first-hand info on Joma’s role in Plaza Miranda—damning!—his belief in the movement gradually dissipated by the day like stormy skies turning from somber gray to sea blue.”

    I’m reminded by what Ireneo said awhile back here, that most Filipino see “sweat” as something to be avoided.

    I guess this is the reason most ex- or current Communist Filipinos move instead to North America and West Europe, and not Russia & China. Great part 1 , Wil, I’m looking forward to part 2, and hoping this Dick fella ended up opening a condo and/or golf course in the Philippines, or at the very least sent his progeny

    West, and now are enjoying careers in Finance , representing American firms in say HK, Beijing or Singapore. That would be Greek tragedy , comedy or both, Wil. The irony.

    Wil, I’ve always wondered about these Russian refugees sent to the Philippines. Was there ever a USSR connection to the Philippines? Thanks!

    • Sabtang Basco says:

      Sir, it is good to be communist if they are the leader not the peasant in a commune ! The ones holding the whip doing the beating than being whipped. You and the rest of the Filipinos would have been toiling the fields, reporting to work on carabao express and sending letters in the mail instead of the internet if Corpus & Sison had the Philippines under their grip.

      Shouldn’t Filipinos thank Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. for nipping communism in the most despotic way possible than Corpus, Sison and Dick with whips on their hand so Lance wouldn’t miss a beat at the field?

      I am not fond of Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. or Duterte … Philippines is in the crossroads when French were brutal to their prisoners as told by Henri Charriere and Australian prisoners that made Australia what is now today … maybe the crossroads is still the fickle light at the end of the tunnel …

      • “Shouldn’t Filipinos thank Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. for nipping communism in the most despotic way possible than Corpus, Sison and Dick with whips on their hand so Lance wouldn’t miss a beat at the field?”

        EXACTLY, MRP (I mean Sabtang 😉 )!!! The Philippines could’ve just as easily been another Vietnam for us. So maybe a blessing in disguise?

        • Sabtang Basco says:

          If Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. followed the rule of law the Corpuses and NPAs would have nibbled at the fabric of justice before it can mete out its verdict. Philippines would have by now an atheist country. Who would have adored Sison as their supreme leader. And Lt Corpus a disciplinarian. Philippines would have allied with North Korea and the Philippines would have nuclear capability.

          I am not big on Ferdinand, Sr. This article enlightened me that if you are freedom-loving citizen you should thank Ferdinand, Sr. otherwise, Lance would be living in a communal nipa hut in Baguio Rice Terraces planting rice for his comrades.

          If you were born in communism from day one you’d hate democracy. I love democracy because that is what I was born with.

        • chemrock says:

          for those who argue that killing some bad hats may have the benefits to the rest of the population….

          Strange that when you google with a question like that google comes up with a few that has got the word “pyschopath” somewhere.

          • The Cultural Revolution was I think an important factor that tipped Malay away from the CPP, even if he did not experience it himself.

            I also wonder about the effect of the CPP purges of the late 80s on Malay.

            Lots of stuff to cover.

            • Sabtang Basco says:

              Mr. Salazar, you mean Malay exercised his human liberty by questioning CPP that he wanted to join and emulate that does not allow human liberty?

              I am confused about this Malay chap. Guess Malay just wanted Philippines a communist country PROVIDED he be the despot and the rest are his subjects without verbs and nouns.

              … Malay got a taste of his bitter medicine … provided he is the doctor prescribing his bitter medicine?

              I do not like the intent of this Malay guy. My medicine for those self-styled Philippine communist is send them to China first. Maybe when they return, they might become like Malay a journalist writing about the good the bad and the ugly in union with magnificent 7 and the wild bunch out to get McKennas gold in the high noon for a fistful of dollars

              • I guess we have to wait for Chapter 2. Guess that there are indeed University people in general who concentrate to much on theory to see the practical implications.

                That includes those who think the 1987 Constitution is reality even in the crowded QC jail if you have been there for years without proper trial – it becomes useless.

              • Wilfredo G. Villanueva says:

                Sabtang Basco guy, the only person with a pseudonym I am willing to engage with is Joe America. He writes thoughtfully, civilly, in clear, literary tones and he does not have to hide behind a pen name because he obviously means no harm and he is on the lookout for all good things for our country. Do you get the drift? You’d better.

          • Edgar Lores says:

            Consequentialism, anyone?

            • What question did you ask Google exactly, chemp?

              “killing some people to save many” and Google’s first find is this for me (then a bunch of Utilitarian links listed), or maybe search results vary by region or even search history?

              • “The dual process account first grew out of fMRI experiments showing that moral dilemmas such as the trolley problem engaged areas of the brain corresponding to emotional processing when the context involved “personal” moral violations (such as direct bodily force). When the context of the dilemma was more “impersonal” (the decision maker pulls a switch rather than use bodily force) areas corresponding to working memory and controlled reasoning were engaged instead.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dual_process_theory_(moral_psychology)

                Ireneo: “The Cultural Revolution was I think an important factor that tipped Malay away from the CPP, even if he did not experience it himself.” Thus, impersonal, no?

                I just stumbled on this Trolley Dilemma , Googling chempo’s question to see what Google gives me, no Psychopath links/results for me. But this Moral Psychology is all very interesting.

        • Sabtang Basco says:

          Could this be MRP at DPReview ? It is missing an “R” . Couldn’t be. https://www.dpreview.com/members/7963681774/overview

      • Wilfredo G. Villanueva says:

        Did former President Marcos save us from the communists for our own sake, or did he save us so he can loot our public treasury untrammeled? I will still not bestow sainthood or heroism on the man the consequences of whose evil acts we still feel today three decades hence as if he were still around.

    • MRP, do they read 1984 in U.P.?

    • Wilfredo G. Villanueva says:

      Dick never mentioned USSR in his ruminations, Lance.

      • I think the old Huks had a USSR connection, if I remember right Lava was there, of the old Taruc-Lava duo.

        With Russian refugees LCPL means White (anti-Red, conservative) Russians the Philippines once gave refuge to.

    • karlgarcia says:

      USSR connection with the Philippines.
      Take a look, Lance

      • karlgarcia says:

        The shoe banging was not so dramatic at the beginning of the footage, so here is a compilation.

        • I know there were American communists in the Philippines, karl. I was wondering more if there were Russian communist operating in the Philippines, I figured of those Russian refugees maybe some were communists.

          the Chinese unlike Russians and Cubans didn’t seem particularly interested in spreading their communism, but I’ve not read Russians and Cubans in the Philippines, nor Chinese… though there were American communists in the Philippines.

          If I remember correctly, most of the small arms came from Qaddafi, maybe after this MV Karagtan. Qaddafi was also supplying the MNLF i believe, who were also getting stuff from KSA.

          What’s also particularly interesting is how there are so many Israelis that visit, for official or holiday reasons, the Philippines. They weren’t peddling ideology, though they were more socialist in thought, but more studying war in all its form.

          It’s just weird that Qaddafi was the most prominent around this time.

          before he gained a knack for fashion, LOL!

  7. karlgarcia says:

    The good point in Sabtang Basco’s “we should thank” comment is without the absolutists losing their absoluteness, no one would say,”never again”.

    • As long as the Filipino goal is to sit pretty and let others sweat, all forms of leadership whatever the name will be similar I think.

      A haciendero with an ideological badge, dispensing favors according to personal loyalty is just a trapo with a Red Star. The experience in China kept Dick Malay from going down that wrong path, I think.

      • The Vietnamese will be ahead of Filipinos because they don’t always take the path of least resistance (collaboration, consumerism, debt) and slog it through with patience as opposed to Filipino impatience.

        Add humility, not needing immediately the flashiest cars, not living beyond their means to put down their neighbors.

        In fact this has applied to most successful Asian countries, in terms of the movie 300, be Sparta and not Persia.

      • karlgarcia says:

        That is no different from labeling pinoy as juan tamad waiting for the guava to fall off.
        You know the Filipinos are hard workers and it is not true that they do not work smart, that is why we call our selves wais and madiskarte….and diskarte is a pilosopo named rene.

        But we always blame the leaders, not because we sit pretty that is because we demand so much, our blaming is of the destructive kind.

        Are we really uto-uto, not really,we just never learn.

  8. NHerrera says:


    I have not abandoned the general sentiment of TSH. It is still the “planet” that has the greater gravitational pull to my spaceship. But lately Wil’s planet, with the series of blog articles he has posted, has drawn me closer to his way of looking at things. There is in the Filipino something that my gut tells me will find a way out of this frustrating maze of a forest. Perhaps we have to experience all that we have experienced and add to that what we are currently experiencing. So that in keeping with my note above in


    we will have enough from which to rethink things to a better way. From a different perspective, that is probably why Joe, our TSH host, continue with this non-paying hard-work of a blog. That there is a still a gem there in the big mass of dirt.

    • sonny says:

      Likewise I will put my “pamato” here as reminder to participate in the same search, NH. Thus I wait here w/your kind indulgence.

    • Wilfredo G. Villanueva says:

      Thanks, NH. I see love, although I am disappointed with myself for the harshness I bestowed upon Sabtang Basco. My apologies to Sabtang Basco for words that wound.

  9. popoy says:

    Tall Tales from the Tigulang:

    If Presidents Duterte and Trump had already met, shook hands and exchanged diplomatic eche bucheches, I will bet my non-existent (of little value) peso bill they had discussed something about CONTROL management of illegal drugs; which both had made serious promises dished out during their presidential campaign.

    Droga and Opioids may not be as holocaustic as the problem of China (for Dutete) and NOKOR (for Trump). Yet the problem of illegal drugs claimed by snoozers to have no solutions whatsoever, is slowly and surely ZAPPING the blood and souls of the common people of both countries. I would have used the article as Case Study No. 1 in the link below if asked to teach a masteral course as 201 Control Management of Droga and Opioids.

    The US is far advanced in the problem and the Philippines should learn from the US experience of unexpected helplessness and futility. Read the link to be touched and be unpleasantly surprised.


    • sonny says:

      The article, IMO, begs that principles of EMS (Emergency Medical Systems) triage be applied to replace EJK practices posthaste. It’s intuitive that this is the way to go.

      For starters from Wiki: Triage is the process of determining the priority of patients’ treatments based on the severity of their condition. This rations patient treatment efficiently when resources are insufficient for all to be treated immediately.

      Meantime we do:
      1.0 Acknowledge we have a problem
      2.0 We define & size the problem
      3.0 To be determined
      ‘ ”
      ‘ ”
      ‘ ”
      n.0 To be determined

      • sonny,

        The difference is akin to crack in the 80s vs. heroine/opioid (illicit and pharmaceuticals) in the 00s, to now, over here.

        It was actually meth too in the 00s, but since they stopped selling over the market precursors, meth was effectively “controlled”.

        But meth and crack over here, then as now, are poor peoples’ drugs, blacks, browns and white trash; i guess like your lowly C-D-E folks in the Philippines. so treated with extreme prejudice from the git-go from law enforcement to sentencing to corrections.

        The opioid “epidemic”, Trump’s pet project now, is largely affecting suburban kids, who start out getting prescriptions , then addiction, eventually getting into heroin , now these days synthetics fentanyl (ODs are up).

        So here I guess you could say it’s affecting B-high C kids (the A kids are doing coke and other fancy high grade stuff from Europe), where our D-E kids are stuck with crack and meth (shabu).

        Trump, though I’m sure he’s salivating over DU30 EJKs, cannot follow suit since B-C parents will want humane treatment, hence kid gloves and Trump’s preference for an ad campaign.

        DU30 EJKs will persist because in the end no one cares (except TSOH of course) about D-E kids, selling and using and abusing shabu in the Philippines, its seen as culling. But we’ll see what Trump says about DU30 ‘s EJKs soon enough, LOL! 😉

        • sonny says:

          LC, a little exposure to book learning on the mechanics of human immunology tells us how anti-bodies are created by assigned organs to recognize foreign and harmful invaders to the physiological functions and engulf and dismantle them to render them innocuous. The harm is done at the quantum level and the antidote is also overcome at the same level.

          • sonny says:

            As the article points out: deal with the poison at its own game and prepare the macro-environ, social level with the tools of prevention against recurrence and follow-up by the larger agencies for compliance and vigilance.

    • Sabtang Basco says:

      Amsterdam gives out free heroin to addicts.
      Like the US, they, too, have recreational marijuana

      Amsterdam is 17th happiest city on earth. Netherlands is 6th happiest place in the world.

      Countries that tamp down on illegal drugs are least happy.

      • popoy says:

        Thanks Lcpl, Sonny, and S Basco for the pansin. all positives for the
        TSoH mission (how to get there or somewhere).

  10. Dick Malay says:

    To the disemboweled voices who called me this Dick chap, this Malay guy, this Malay fella —
    legally its questionably, morally disgusting. Personally, I like it.

  11. http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php/Armando_Malay

    So Dean Malay and Armando Malay are the same person..

    @LCPL_X: Khadaffi was more on supporting Misuari (MNLF)

    But Joma and Misuari knew each other, both UP (let MRP bang his head)

    Check out Tripoli Agreement 1976 also, plus juicy Khadaffi/Imelda rumors.

    • Sabtang Basco says:

      The Philippine government taxes their people so it can socially subsidize tuition for students in University of the Philippines to produce communists “of note” to bring down the very government that sends them to school to subjugate the freedom and corrupt loving free-wheeling Filipinos.

      Communism is not the cure of the malady that is plaguing the Philippines. The only cure … THE ABSOLUTE CURE … is for the foreign governments to give Filipinos VISAS of their colonist of choice.

      It is clear as day when Filipinos leave Philippines to their country of choice they become law abiding upright citizens. They know to stop at a STOP sign. They stand behind the yellow line. When police cruisers flash their Christmas lights Filipinos over and politely asked, “What seems to be the problem officer?” instead of “DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?” “DO YOU KNOW WHO MY PARENTS ARE?” Living abroad is also a dead cure of their Alzheimers. They would know their place in the society.

      There is one notable person who went abroad and came back: Dick Malay. EXCEPT, Joma Sison. He loves it in Netherlands. Without working he is given stipend by Netherlands government while Netherlanders toil to give Sison a good life “under exile”. ISN’T THAT WHAT COMMUNIST LEADERS DO? Let others work? While leaders are taking it easy?

      I LOVE COMMUNISM provided I am the SUPREME LEADER.

  12. Sabtang Basco says:

    “Russia’s Communists, dwindling in numbers and sidelined by the authorities, on Tuesday marked the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution, the uprising led by Vladimir Lenin and his Bolshevik party in 1917, that led to the creation of the Soviet Union and commenced the spread of Communism around the world.” – ABCNews

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