Daily Archives: 07/28/2003

The Philippine Question

Yesterday’s excitement in Manila raised concerns on Guam about the stability of the island nation’s government and the safety of relatives. Guam is tightly bound to the Philippines by bonds of history, geography, and family. Fully 40% of Guam’s population is Filipino, and they contribute immensely to the life and diversity of the island.

This latest unrest in the Philippines underscores long running problems in that nation. The continuing insurgency in Mindanao and the southern islands is sapping the nation’s sense of security and pride. Filipinos never forget they were once a colony of the United States, and the presence of U.S. military advisors on Filipino soil deeply rankles many in the government and military. Add to that a long history of abuse and corruption by the military and national police, and the government of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo seems a little unsteady. She has already survived a several crises though, and it appears that yesterday’s situation was resolved peacefully.

Random Thoughts

  • Did I mention my parents saw the Archbishop of the Archdioceses of Agana in St. Louis last month? Well they did. Hell, I probably mentioned it last month already. Just thought I’d bring it up again.
  • Read Whale Rider today. For a small book, it was chock full of cogent thoughts and insights. I hope the film comes to Guam.
  • Watched 28 days Later today as well. Not a terribly bad film, overall about what I expected from a zombie movie. The lead actress, Naomie Harris, was quite good. A real scene-stealer, she nailed her performance dead to rights. I’ll keep an eye out for her in the future.
  • Took the new PT Cruiser round for a spin today. It’s nice owning a new car. It looks good, it runs good, it smells new. I think the best part is the freedom from worry and anxiety that the old Isuzu injected into my life. “Will it break down or get me in an accident? What’s it going to cost me this time to get it running again?” And the worst part? Well I am a lot poorer now, and I will be making payments for a few years. That always sucks. But I am glad I did it. No regrets, no worries.
  • I’m actually looking forward to going into work tomorrow. The onus of dealing with the important projects is off for the rest of the year. It will start up again next year, but I’ve got about five months now to work on projects that really interest me, instead of running an endless series of analyses on healthcare costs and trends, producing claim triangles, or calculating IBNR lag files. We’re doing some major upgrades to our core business software, and also upgrading our servers. We’ve also gotten the green light to build a data warehouse, something I’ve been hollering about for over a year now. It’s time to have some fun and try some new stuff.