Heart Evangelista for Vice President!


A lot of Filipino voters do not really believe that Vice Presidentiable Chiz Escudero is genuinely a good guy.

For one, he is allegedly closely linked to Danding Cojuangco and other power tycoons.  This makes him a probable puppet with strings that dictate his every move and position in government.

As the Office of the Vice President is nothing but a spare tire, we might as well be entertained in the next six (6) long years.  As such, why do we petition Chiz to substitute his sexy wife Heart Evangelista to replace him in the VP race.

Surely, a scantily-dressed Heart Evangelista in the Office of the Vice President will be extraordinary entertainment (well, for the Filipino male population for sure).

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Dirty Duterte.


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Imagine its already July 1, 2015. President-elect Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte issues his first Presidential Proclaimation: go on an all-out war against crime with a very intriguing proviso: dissolve the Commission on Human Rights!

 

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In succeeding months, the resurrected Metrocom and PC Constabulary units of the Marcos Martial Law years barreled through criminality. With Gestapo-like tactics and invincibility, these packed jails with criminals – both from the private sector (drugs, gambling, etc.) and government (graft and corruption, etc.).  Some of the suspects dying under similar suspicious circumstances along the way (like suspects grabbing the police escort’s gun).   The sweeping results left the “Madlang People” in awe.   The once untouchable crime lords are losing business overnight.   People can now  go out peacefully in the streets at night without fear of being robbed or knifed to death. The Duterte administration made crime extinct in the Philippines.

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This is what a lot of Duterte supporters are envisioning. They see Digong as a “panacea” for our society’s ills.  This image is, however, far from reality.

 

 

Duterte is no super crime buster. He is just a hot-headed person.  Undoubtedly,  Mayor Duterte solved several criminal cases in Davao city. But other Filipino city mayors were able to do the same without  the media fanfare.  They did make boastful statements of extrajudicial killings and summary executions.  What actually makes Duterte different is that he is a textbook definition of street bully.   Lady luck must have regretted in letting him pass the bar and practice law as he is the antithesis of the criminal justice system –  Duterte disregarding the very tenets of human rights that he as an officer of the court should observe.   In reality,  he is nothing but a hot-headed man whose actions are dictated by  temper and cowboy machismo. A trait that was seemingly passed on to his daughter Sarah Duterte who punched her way to national notoriety (and being able to get away with it).  Hell, even the pious Pope Francis was not spared from Duterte’s wrath.

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Duterte may turn the country into a police and vigilante state. To make good  his promises, Duterte may likely re-organize the police and the military into a super anti-criminality force .    To side step constitutional limitations, it is likely that   shadowy counter-criminality para-military forces like the urban legend Davao Death Squad (DDS) may re-emerge to conduct vigilante activities and spare the police force from red tape.

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Mind you, this “total war” effort of the Duterte administration will not be one-sided. The Legion of Doom (drug dealers, smugglers,gambling lords, kidnap for ransom and other illegal syndicates) is also packed to the teeth and will not yield any inch of their lucrative crime territory without a fight. Just like the unsolvable puzzle called the Abu Sayaff that lords over a billion peso kidnapping business in the South, these criminals will shoot it out to the death! What will it turn the country into? A narco-police state like Colombia or Mexico?

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Duterte will be the nemesis of Bill of Rights. This early, Duterte does not mince his words about his  disdain for the constitutional watchdog Commission on Human Rights (CHR). In fact, he takes pride in boasting the number of persons he killed or ordered killed.  If he becomes President, the CHR could be the first government agency to shutdown.  If this is the kind of President the Filipinos want, they might as well shutdown all courts of justice.  The “eye for an eye” brand of justice that Duterte is seemingly pushing is a mockery of the due process of law.

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Duterte will have dozens of enemies, from all sides. By making good his promise to fight criminality, Duterte will earn enemies from all sides.  This will be a big problem for him  as he  does not have enough“spotless” political and military allies to  sustain a credible campaign.  Furthermore, he badly lacks the fountain of youth to lead a protracted and multi-pronged campaign. Criminality in government, for example, that has been deeply-engrained by decades of apathy (and financial success for corrupt politicians) cannot be solved by jailing all the politicians. Surely, nobody will be left to man the government if Duterte will have his way.

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Duterte will just do whatever he wants – voters wanted him to do just that. Right now political observers see a Donald Trump in Duterte. Just like the rogue Republican front runner, Duterte proudly banners a bold statement: “You know I am crazy but you still like me!”   Duterte who has repeatedly announce that he was not running for Presidency is now saying that there is a clamour for him to run.  He says  the people just wanted him to run despite his well-known unorthodox ways.

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Duterte is never the Presidential timber. A self-confessed womanizer, cold-hearted killer of criminal suspects and an incorrigible foul mouth, do Filipinos really want Duterte in Malacanang stated otherwise be dubbed the “Father of Filipinos?”

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Hell, no!

 

 

Pablo Escobar of the Philippines.


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In one city in the Philippines, the number one man in the order battle of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is an ex-convict.  According to reports, this notorious personality has ventured into legitimate businesses after serving time at the National Penitentiary.    However, there are deafening whispers of a resurgence of a mighty illegal drug empire that has been strengthened by several crooked politicians and law enforcers.

Mr. Ex-convict has remained under the radar although  his nom de guerre “The Dragon” is repeatedly (and desperately) linked to several drug related crimes.  It seems nobody can pin him down.    In this situation, the PDEA seemed contented in going after small time  neighbourhood drug pushers.  Small time, no big time instead of “One time Big time” as aptly put by the media.

Then came a recent incident that catapulted Mr. Ex-convict back to the limelight along with questions about his supposed grant of parole.  News reports claim that no record of such parole can be found.  Some say he got out of prison sometime  2011 in a questionable manner.

Really?

All this time the PDEA has not checked the issue of Mr. Ex-convict’s parole?

The public enemy number 1 of drug enforcement roaming free with a cloud of doubt over the legitimacy of his parole.

Really now?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why I will not vote for Grace Poe.


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First, I think she is not a NATURAL BORN Filipino.

I agree with the decision of the learned Justices of the Supreme Court like Justice Antonio Carpio.  According to him the majority opinion of the five senators in the nine-member Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) that Poe should be considered a natural-born Filipino despite being a foundling is erroneous.

“The citizenship requirement under the Constitution to qualify as a member of the Senate must be complied with strictly. To rule otherwise amounts to a patent violation of the Constitution. Being sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution, the members of this tribunal have no other choice but to apply the clear letter and intent of the Constitution,” Carpio said.

 

Justice Carpio also said the majority erred in basing their decision on customary international laws providing right of every human being to a nationality and the state’s obligations to avoid statelessness and to facilitate the naturalization of foundlings.

“There is no treaty, customary international law or a general principle of international law granting automatically Philippine citizenship to a foundling at birth. Respondent failed to prove that there is such a customary international law. At best, there exists a presumption that foundling is domiciled and born in the country where the foundling is found,” Carpio said.

If a Senior Justice of the Supreme Court and two of his colleagues have dissented, what more can you say about the legality of the SET decision?

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Second, I think that she will be worse than President “Pnoy” Aquino.

Without any credible political back-up and grassroots machinery, Poe will likely spend her first years in Malacanang to court the various political groups in order that she is able to push her political agendas.

She would have a herculian task of reconciling with various political stalwarts who supported equally powerful Presidentiables.

She would also have to touch base with a demoralised and corrupt military and police force.  That in itself is a mission impossible given her detachment from this group.

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Third, I think she will not be able to do a lot of progress in six years.  

If Poe is advocating for a better administration than Pnoy, how can she do that in 6 years when she has no political experience to convert her promises into action.

She would have to recruit capable individuals to man vital government posts like the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Bureau of Customs (BOC) and Department of Budget.  To do so, she has to do better than recruiting those who have served under past Presidents.  She has to convince private sector bigwigs to join her administration – a task has become frustrating as confidence in public administration has gone down through out the years.

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Fourth, I do not think she has the nerve to continue the task of controlling  criminal syndicates (Jueteng Lords, Kidnap for Ransom), armed groups (like the MILF, NPA) or terrorists (like Abu Sayyaf and Jemaya Islamiya).

What can a former kindergarten teacher do? Unlike Cory Aquino who has the backing of General Ramos and Defense Secretary Enrile during her early years, Grace Poe may only have movielandia baddies like Rex Cortez and Philip Salvador to do battles for her.

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Lastly, she has become a TRAPO this early.

With the election campaign period so far away, Poe who is supposedly basking in the popularity of her Action King Father should worry less about violating the ban on political advertisement.  But look at what she has been doing-   hogging the limelight via all that is humanly possible.  Through cheap gimmicks like riding the MRT to political posters that nearly covers a 5 storey building (the one along Ortigas Avenue is just too big!) , Poe has inevitably embraced traditional politics!

 

 

 

 

Why Binay could still win: The Legion of Doom Strategy.


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After an unceasing salvo of attack on his reputation,  the once high flying Jejomar “Jojo” Binay is not in a downward spiral  in the popularity contest.  Binay is losing allies and supporters as days go by. One by one, political opportunism made the country’s top politicians and political dynasties to distance themselves from the ugly duckling.

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But in the Philippines, Binay’s forsaken image could actually be his silver bullet to win  the electoral race. It is in this country, where  being tagged as corrupt, accused of plunder, overpricing and abuse of authority places one in the winner’s table. Why? Because there are a lot of politicians and warlords  who are also being tagged as corrupt, accused of plunder, overpricing and abuse of authority. These people who are in a similar bind as Binay could help each other reach a common goal: be cleared of the charges against them – either by hook or by crook. If this happens, tuloy ang ligaya! (the happiness continues!).

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If only Binay can harness the so-called Legion of Doom (or at least those politicians who have pending graft charges at the Ombudsman or Sandiganbayan and promise them “justice from political harassment” during his administration.

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This “His enemy is my friend” strategy  can deliver the votes for Binay if we are going to consider that around 15 million votes to bag the Presidency (President Benigno “Pnoy”  Aquino III only got around that number in 2010) and that this can be easily provided by troubled “villains” in the vote rich provinces.

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Let us start with the two former Presidents who really hate President Benigno C. Aquino : Joseph “Erap” Estrada (for disgracing his Senator son Jinggoy Estrada) and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (who up to know is on hospital arrest).   No wonder Binay has allied himself with these two political heavyweights at this crucial time. ERAP and GMA undoubtedly had invincible political machineries during their prime, the Lakas Kampi and the PMP. Even if their political power has weakened considerably, about 20% of it remains (the so-called ERAP and GMA loyalists). Also count the politicians who took advantage during their administrations and are now being prosecuted, the members of government including the armed services and the judiciary who were appointed by these two past presidents, these are vital sources of support.

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Likewise,  If Binay has to court equally controversial politicians (also having graft cases) all he should do is target those who comes from the vote rich provinces:

Cebu (2.5 million voters) – Governor Gwen Garcia has a graft case for the irregular acquisition of the 1 billion pesos Balili Estate;

Cavite (1.7 million voters) – Senator Bong Revilla is in the same boat as Jinggoy so any benefit that the latter gets the former also receives;

Pangasinan (1.6 million voters) Governor Amado Espino has a graft case for blacksand mining;

Negros Occidental (1.5 million voters) Silay City Mayor Jose Montelibano has a graft case for illegal purchase of diesel fuel;

Laguna (1.5 million voters) Aside from the fact that Gov. E.R. Ejercito was unceremoniously unseated, Mayor Guera of Majayjay town was recently indicted for graft;

Bulacan (1.49 million voters)- Governor Sy has been charged with graft for illegal procurement of medicines and materials worth over a billion pesos;

Davao del Sur (1.49 million voters) – Congressman Marc Cagas has been indicted for the PDAF scam;

Batangas (1.4 million voters) – Mayor Meynard Sabili of Lipa City was indicted for alleged landgrabbing while Lemery Mayor Raul Bedana is charged with graft for illegal procurement of computers;

Rizal (1.3 million voters) – Pililia Mayor Leandro Masikip is charged with graft in connection with a road project;

Nueva Ecija (1.3 million voters)– Governor is charged for graft in connection with the PDAF Scam.

Iloilo ( 1.27 million voters) – Governor Neil Tupas and City Mayor Jed Mabilo have their troubles with the Ombudsman.

Pampaga ( 1.23 million voters) – Pampanga has and always been GMA country.  Freeing her from her hospital jail will surely be a good thing for her Kabalens.

And there are ton of others who just want to be spared from the claws of the Ombudsman and Sandiganbayan.

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Hala kayo…mananalo pa yata si Negro!

Solving Mass Shooting Menace.


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Based on the mass shooting deaths in the United States, perpetrators are usually lonely and confused individuals living in their own deranged world. A recent report by CNN reveals that most of the shooters had either been diagnosed with a serious mental illness, or showed signs of one. The most common illness associated with mass public shootings was paranoid schizophrenia, a type of schizophrenia in which the person has delusions of being plotted against or persecuted. In simple parlance, people with loose screws in their heads are most likely to commit senseless mass murders at a drop of the hat. Why is this so? Why is this prevalent in an advance society such as the United States?

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The simple answer is that most Americans, although spoiled by technology and high standard of living are not getting a lot of moral support when they encounter problems. This is not the case in the Philippines where anybody having a truckload problem can easily seek refuge in his family, barkada or let it all come out in a beer drinking spree. There is no such thing in the USA as Sabado Nights or Tambay sa Kanto where problems can be let go for no cost at all.

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People in advanced societies even have to pay for somebody to listen to their problems. Yet the appointment with a shrink does not guarantee a remedy. Deranged people who find this approach long and boring are most likely to worsen (and pay a lot for therapy). In third world countries, you may also pay but the liquor (or beer) comes along with it. After a drinking spree, an immediate (yet temporary) relief is achieved when the alcohol kicks in. Waking with a hang-over is, however, another story. But then, this is way better than not being able to talk about the problem.

Why Not Leni Robredo for President?


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From the looks of it, the 2016 Presidential race in the Philippines has been narrowed down to just three viable candidates:  Liberal Party’s bet Mar Roxas, survey topnotcher Senator Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay.  Among the three, it is Senator Grace Poe who will emerge victorious.

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For some Grace Poe’s impending victory is good news. More especially to those who would like to be in the “good graces” of Grace – a political neophyte who will surely depend on veteran politicians for guide and support.  She is seen as somebody who will return the favor to those who extended political support.  For others, however, this is the same danger akin to a debuting Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during the early 2000s – a willing prey easily twisted by political debt of gratitude and dictates of her cronies. And who says Grace is free from this eventuality?

So Is there nobody who can challenge Grace Poe?

How about Leni Robredo?

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Many seems to forget Leni but she is actually better than Grace Poe if we are to compare them moral value for moral value, charm for charm and sincerity for sincerity.

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Leni who was catapulted from utter simplicity to being a hardworking legislator after the death of her husband Jess Robredo – has exhibited same qualities of her husband by being leader by example.   She is simple yet capable. Quiet but qualified.  Bereft of any political gimmick, at most Leni could only be crucified for her occasional posts on Instagram and other social media sites showing her simple ways like waiting for a bus ride back to her native Naga City or her recent escape from the SONA red carpet.  But who does not resort to these near innocent tricks?  At least, Leni’s trap episodes are unlike Grace Poe’s riding the MRT for photo-ops.

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What more –  Leni is smart (not that we are saying that Grace is not smart, she is a so-so).  Leni is a lawyer (Grace is not).  Leni has a political bailiwick in the Bicol region (Grace -maybe the showbiz industry) And most of all, Leni has  experienced  public service as the wife and confidante of a well-loved  mayor of Naga City.  Grace, on the other hand, can be classified as a flash in a pan – a political sui generis concocted by her father’s political frustrations and political backer’s self-interest.  Aside from her face and the ton of media gimmickry, Grace is yet to prove that she is politically capable and genuinely sincere to render public service.

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So a Leni for your Grace?

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