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Johnny and Jack Enrile

Many weeks ago, senatorial candidates Grace Poe and Alan Peter Cayetano had their lives featured in the longest running drama anthology, Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK), that is being hosted by Ms. Charo Santos.

Not to be outdone, two weeks just prior to the election, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile’s life drama was also featured in a mini-series. It will not only aired in one, but two Saturdays preceding election date. While SPJE is not running yet for re-election as he has remaining 3 years to his term, his son, Jack Enrile is. And by virtue of name recall, this hopes to boost the dropping rank of Jack Enrile during the recent SWS surveys.

On the eve of the declaration of Martial Law, JPE’s convoy was ambushed at Wack-wack, San Juan. This then justified the declaration of Martial Law. On 1986, while JPE and Fidel Ramos drifted to the side of Mrs Corazon Aquino during the snap election, JPE revealed that the his ambush then was staged, fake. (Read: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20060921-22225/Fake_ambush_of_Enrile_ushered_in_martial_law). However, in his memoirs, JPE recanted and claimed that the ambush on him was real. (Read: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/279806/enrile-on-fake-ambush-for-real).

I wonder, which version of the ambush will be aired during the MMK run of his bio-drama. Moreover, I never thought JPE was as handsome as Enrique. (teehee)

Reading my timeline yesterday, I came across a retweet from @doc4dead that said…Image

In response to this, @ChiliMedley said that another friend @NoOtherNicky was almost killed as well by the back-up vehicle of Jack Enrile few weeks ago.

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Few weeks ago, there was news that Jack Enrile’s convoy, while en route to Tagum City, unidentified gunmen fired at their vehicles while they were at Mawag, Compostela Valey. Fortunately, no one was hurt. (Read: http://www.philstar.com/nation/2013/03/19/921645/jack-enriles-convoy-ambushed-comval-province)… Hmmmm smells fishy, sounds familiar.

Jack Enrile was one of the top absentee during the 15th congress. He only attended 44 sessions, making him rank 4th of the congressmen with the most absences. Apparently he improved though. Because in the year 2011, he was 6th ranking among those with most number of absences.

Apparently he didn’t like his job of attending congressional sessions and prefer to be with his constituents. If this was his attitude when he was a congressman, why would I trust him to be a senator, especially while his father is there for three years? Did he have epiphany that his calling is to become a senator rather than be a congressman that this time around he won’t be a perennial absentee? (Read: http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2013/01/16/897527/pacman-mikey-ledesma-enrile-top-house-absentees. Also check: http://www.congress.gov.ph)

You.Are.Joking.Me.

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2013 in Personal, Politics

 

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On Maligno, Jojo and Nancy

MALIGNO

Once upon a time in the Middle Earth Kingdom of the Philippines, there lived several earth elements – tikbalang/kapre, dwende/nuno, tiyanaks, maligno, bampira and aswang. On that fateful day when they had to choose a leader, the maligno won the 2nd highest most coveted position in that kingdom. The leader of the kingdom created a policy never to usurp their power and violate rules, require privileges and special treatments. But in his few days in position, maligno was already seen being drunk with power. He was also noticed to be in eager anticipation of his rise the Number One position after 72 moons; he was already seen violating some even their simple broomstick rules. Not only did his convoy beat the red light, they turned on a no left turn lane.

Asked one time why he disregarded their broomstick rule, he said “wala namang wangwang e.” To which an irate aswang said… “Hindi literal ang ibig sabihin ng wangwang. Ang ibig sabihin ng “utak wangwang” walang special broomstick privileges porke opisyal ka ng lamang lupa, hindi lang yong pagpapatunog ng wangwang habang lumilipad ka sa broomstick mo. Shunga!”

NANCY BINAY

Why won’t I vote for Nancy Binay? Let me count the ways…

1. Her slogan in her TV ad said: Nancy Binay, ang Nanay de Pamilya sa senado. @rapplerdotcom: Nancy Binary: Parody on son most hurtful http://rplr.co/11j5WTu “‘Wag na nila isama yong pamilya ko, lalo na ‘yung mga anak ko.” #PHvote”. — Now will you explain what does it mean to be Nanay de Pamilya yet you refuse to have your family parodied? …. Oh, no answer?

2. @inquirerdotnet: Nancy Binay still won’t do debates bit.ly/187Cnqt” – ano gagawin niya sa senado, interpreter para sa deaf-mute?

Nancy Binay, “Nanay de Pamilya sa senado,” still won’t do debates. – Ano gagawin niya sa senado, magpapadede habang nag-iinterpret para sa deaf-mute?

What makes Nancy be qualified to run as a senator?

VP Jojo Binay: well, she is my daughter. – Ukim!

Nancy: I was my father’s executive assistant. I was qualified by COMELEC. – Nancy, you may be qualified by the COMELEC, but to us voters, you are incompetent. Two words, big difference.

Moreover…

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(I do not own this photo. Thanks to the one who created this meme.)

JOJO BINAY BEATS THE RED LIGHT (JULY 7 2010)

I had been trying to embed here the video clip from Saksi of that incident when he beat the red light, went against no left turn, but it cant seem get posted. I can post the link during editing but when I view the post, it does not appear. “Namaligno ata…” Anyway, this was the embed link I was trying to post:

JOJO vs BAYANI (2010)

Observe closely and find out who is blatantly lying.

If 2016 presidential election would be a choice between Jojo Binay and Kris Aquino, I would rather vote for Kris who pays her taxes well. She too is transparent enough, she can’t hide anything. Meanwhile, Binay violates traffic rules. He may have apologized then, but if you heard his explanation, it was full of bullshit.

The UNA 3 kings later instructed Gwen Garcia, Cebu’s governor accused of graft, to defy the orders of the Sandiganbayan and Ombudsman to step down from position as the case is being heard against her.

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2013 in Personal, Politics

 

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS DICK-SHUNARI

sotto (a) verb – copying one’s work and claim it as your own. (synonym: plagiarize); (b) noun, the act of crying on national television to claim a son died because of wife’s intake of contraceptive pills that came out to the public 3 years after the death of the son; (c) noun – a person who claims he was sent by God and whose mission in life is to oppose passage of reproductive health and responsible parenthood bill into law (synonym: bigot)

mitos magsawsaw (a) verb – the act of commenting on all administration-related issues; (b) noun – the state of denying once a close ally in order to advance own personal agenda (eg, “I am not close with GMA… we only see each other during house sessions”); (c) adjective – an attempt to sell yourself as feisty, fearless, ready to fight anyone. in other words, mongrel; (d) the act of claiming you follow the administration’s tuwid na daan but back lashes after being categorically denied of joining the administration bandwagon

enrile (a) noun, the act of claiming your ambush was staged to support passage of a martial law but in later life deny it in your memoir

lacson (a) noun – male with a macho first name but adapts a sissy nickname and categorically denies he is gay… and will never be gay; (b) adjective – a policeman who is cleared after being embroiled in rubout and deaths of people of influence

arroyo – (a) adjective, the butt of all misfortunes that beset’s a country; (b) noun – a petite woman who claims she will not run for election after unseating a popular president but still runs and wins through cheating; (c) noun – the original “amalayer”

dick (a) verb – to stand erect when stimulated…. by calamities, head a national organization, mobilize people and later on use this as a propaganda to woe votes during a national election; (b) noun – a tool used to penetrate an imperforate anus… just so your campaign slogan would rhyme

noynoy (a) noun – a balding head of the state; (b) verb – to delegate a task to your subordinates and take all the blame if they did not deliver; (c) adjective – someone who blames his fault to a predecessor, including the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus (via @hecklerforever)

miriam (a) noun – a person who asks God for a second life to be able to investigate erring public officials, including God; (b) noun – a person accused of using public funds to buy grocery, pay salary of maids and pay rent to own building

chiz (a) noun – an arrogant, alcoholic man who sprawls on his girlfriend’s house’s sofa; (b) adjective – an ambitious man who asks for a campaign fund but denies he needs a haciendero to be able to pursue a presidential campaign; (c) noun – a person who uses neuroleptic, hypnotic technique when talking in front of the press to captivate an audience; (d) adverb – talking in verbally-rich sentences that only translate to two to three English words after each sentences

llasos (a) adjective – a person who is gay but deprives himself of sexual gratification because of vow of purity and celibacy… ahhhhhh shet! adu la amin!

rh bill (a) noun – the reason for all the calamities in a Catholic country. (antonym – wrath of God)

nancy (a) noun – any person who served as an executive assistant of a parent that becomes instantly qualified for a senatorial seat

jamby (a) noun – a person who offers a contest with luxurious prizes (eg, ipad) to woe votes; (b) noun – someone who claims to be pro-poor but doesn’t know the prize of the food poor people eats

sonny (a) adjective – gwapo. ’nuff said. (hahaha bias… e definition ko to no, may angal?)

eric (a) verb – to dance as a campaign for any health related programs

DAKAY: IDOL!

Fr. Dakay of Cebu criticized the new pope for taking a bus,. He said the new pope (as a cardinal in Argentina) would cook his own food or take public transport. “just because he knows how to cook doesn’t mean he has to cook his food. And I don’t think Buenos Aires will allow him to take a bus. He has a car. Moreover he added that “sobra ra sab na kaayo nga pasakyon na lang mi tanan og Ceres (bus) — (It is too much to have us ride a bus. That is no longer right.) (From philstar the freeman editorial, March 18, 2013 12:00 am.)

Nang dahil sa yo Fr Dakay, mas lalo dadami pa ang magiging Katoliko. Nice job!

Have a solemn reflections on this Holy Week. In other words, enjoy your vacation.

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DICK-shunari, DAKAY

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2013 in Personal, Politics

 

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— Politics: Devil’s Game

Lucy Torres: “This strengthens my resolve to continue to fight, ganito talaga ang pulitika. Laro ng demonyo,”

Taning: hiyang hiya naman ako sa yo oy! Nananahimik ako dito, bakit na naman ako nadamay, porke nadethrone ka lang. E di ba champion ka?

— Collateral Damage

Magulang ni Heart Evangelista, pinakiusapan si Chiz, live on TV, na makipag cool-off sa anak.

Chiz Escudero: “Hindi ako showbiz indi ko pinagsasama at di ko pinaghahalo ang trabaho ko sa personal kong buhay at lalong hindi ko po pinapayagan na manghimasok ang personal kong buhay sa aking trabaho.”

Chiz Escudero, pinakiusapan ng mga Ongpauco na lubayan na si Heart Evangelista. Hiyang hiya naman kami sa standards nyo.

Halla! 28 na yang anak nyo, di pa ba nagme-mens at pinanghihimasukan ang love life? Pang-ilang relasyon na niya ang pinakialaman nyo? Mamaya, mag-faint ulit siya dahil sa makapal na usok. Charot!

— Award Winning

Eddie Garcia, hinirang na “People’s Choice Favorite Actor” (sa pelikulang Bwakaw) nitong nakaraang 7th Asian Film Awards sa Hongkong.

Samantala, si Nora Aunor naman ang nag-uwi ng Best Actress trophy para sa movie na Thy Womb.

Bravo!

— Ambush

Reliable source: Convoy of Jack Enrile in Nabunturan, Compostela Valley were fired at in Mawab, Davao Oriental | via @marizumali

Karamihan sa nagrereact, sinasabing peke ang ambush; like father, like son. (Me: Kawawa ka naman, di ka na pinaniniwalaan ng tao, kahit pa siguro totoo.)

Kris Files TPO vs James Yap

Kris Aquino, nagfile ng TPO laban kay James Yap dahil umano sa isidenteng nangyari sa bahay ni Kris noong Disyembre. Ayon sa reklamo ni Kris, umano ay gustong makatikim ng “human rights” aka “marital obligation” ni James kaso nabigo siya, dahilan na siya’y makapagbitaw ng mga salitang hindi katanggap-tanggap. Nakita raw ng kanilang anak ang pangyayaring ito at at pilit pinapaalis ang ama.

James Yap, pinabulaanan ang akusasyon ni Kris. Gusto lang daw niyang halikan siya ng bata bago umalis pero pag hindi niya ginawa, si Kris ang hahalikan niya. Noong umayaw si Bimby, saka niya nilapitan at tinangkang halikan si Bimby.

Chopsuey 2: Politics, Showbiz

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2013 in Personal, Politics, Showbiz

 

Good News, Bad News

Good News: In love kaming dalawa.

Bad News: In love ako sa kanya, in love siya sa iba.

Good News: Sharon Cuneta, nanahimik sa social media after ng new year’s greetings niya.

Bad News: Wala na siyang TV show.

Good News: Kaanib ng LGTB is Risa Hontiveros. “Wag mashokot, maki-warla!”

Bad News: Kumanta sila ni PNoy sa kanyang TV ad.

Good News: Cynthia Villar, nagsorry na sa mga nurses.

Bad News: Nasa top 12 pa rin siya.

Good News: Sabi ni Pope Francis: “do not condemn.”

Bad News: Nagkalat na ang Team Patay tarpaulins hanggang Baguio Cathedral.

Good News: Nancy Binay nag-alok ng dinner sa mga kasabayang Team PNoy na nangampanya sa Baguio.

Bad News: walang kumagat sa offer (baka di siya nakita).

Good News: bababa ang singil ng kuryente

Bad News: nek nek mo. Summer na. Mas malaki konsumo mo ng kuryente sa electric fan at air conditioner.

Good News: KC Concepcion, naka-move on na sa break up nila ni Piolo P.

Bad News: break na sila ng kanyang French boyfriend.

Good News: Lito Lapid, may bagong teleserye sa ABS-CBN na pinamagatang “Little Champ.”

Bad News: senador pa natin siya.

Good News: Team Una nilangaw ang sortie sa Baguio, less than 1% ng city population ang dumalo.

Bad News: Ganon din ang Team PNoy.

Good News: Mabenta pa rin ang political jokes ni Erap.

Bad News: buti na lang, di siya candidate ng national post. bleh!

Good News: Implementing Rules and Regulation ng RH Law, pirmado na!

Bad News: Kaso, Supreme Court, naglabas ng status quo ante order. ano daw?

Good News: Maliksi, pinapaalis ng Supreme Court at ng COMELEC sa pwesto.

Bad News: kaso, ayaw pa ring umalis e.

Bad News: Team ni Jack Enrile, tinambangan habang papunta sa Tagum City.

Good News: wala raw nasaktan. (deja vu? staged?)

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Posted by on March 18, 2013 in Politics

 

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Bromance, Anti-Gay

BROMANCE

We always keep on hearing about Koko Pimentel trading barbs against Migz Zubiri. And the issue that he keeps on harping is the cheating during the 2004 elections. Koko still can’t get over how he was deprived of 4 2/12 of being a senator and keeps on calling Migz “pekeng senador.” Even his tagline loudly speaks how bitter he was of his stolen tenure in the senate, “kapag walang madaya, buhay kay saya.”

Migz apparently already fed up has this to say: “Bakit ako ang laging tinitira mo? May crush ka ba sa akin?” I almost spewed out what  I was drinking when I read this article. It is just so immature for supposedly dignified men to utter. He added “Mukhang may crush ka sa akin, may gusto ka ba sa akin? ’Yan ang dating. Ako tinawatag niyang pekeng senator. Siya ang peke. Bakit? ’Yung paglabas ni Lanto as Comelec commissioner na bata ng kanilang campaign manager, ’di siya nag-react at nagsalita.”

(full story here: http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php/news/national/46575-migz-kay-koko-may-crush-ka-ba-sa-akin).

Uyyy, brokeback mountain / bromance na yan.

 

March: Women’s (and Anti-Gay) Month

It seems that March is not only the month dedicated to women. It seems that in the Philippines, it is also Anti-Gay month.

1. Few days ago, TV Host and Philstar columnist Christine Bersola-Babao wrote an article for parenting “Being Gay.” It described being gay as (1) a disorder, (2) a choice, (3) curable by re-orienting “misbehavior” during early childhood (eg, dolls are for girls, guns are for boys; you are girl, you should be liking a boy and vice versa). If all else fair, as a “consuelo de bobo,” the parents just have to accept their child who ended gay (as if they failed in their responsibility to groom the child.” Of course, there’s that famous line where Miriam Quiambao said homosexuality is a “lie from the devil.” Naturally, sound people and LGBT sympathizers hit the irresponsibly written article and gave the writer as well as interviewee Dr. Camille Garcia a dose of their own medicine.

What I loved of those who reacted was the statement by the Psychologists Association of the Philippines which reaffirmed its position borne from scientific knowledge that being gay is not a disease or disorder. Moreover, PAP enjoins Filipino psychologists to stand by their professional and ethical commitments to affirm the rights and wellbeing of all individuals.

PAP President Dr. Gina Hechanova said “the article presents a view of homosexuality that is clearly misinformed. We wish to invite the public to read more appropriate response to the same questions posed in the article. We also encourage media practitioners who wish to get professional psychological advice to see the list of certified psychologists in the PAP.

Which made me say, wow, Dra Camille, aray este OUCH!

(reference: http://www.interaksyon.com/article/57043/statement–ph-psychologists-speak-out-on-being-gay-its-not-a-disease–its-not-a-disorder)

2. On the very first day of the month, @greco_belgica, a senatorial candidate (DA WHO? I didn’t know we have such a candidate), has this to tweet:

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Okay, so the tweet was not entirely homophobic. But what was striking was that he equated “bakla” with weakness, cowardice. Napoleon Bonaparte was gay, yet he was a conqueror if you must know Belgica. Moreover, in the history of Philippine Cinema, (and may I paraphrase this line from Direk Joey Reyes) Vice Ganda, a known gay, cross dressers still holds the most grossing film ever. Not your straight guy Lito Lapid or Derek Ramsay, but Vice Ganda, GAY.  Just because you don’t fight head on against your enemy doesn’t mean you’re gay enough to pull the trigger.

3. And then came the new pope, Pope Francis, who is… (drum roll) anti-gay, who referred to adoption by gay parents as a form of “discrimination against children..”

(Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2013/03/is-there-hope-for-francis-on-gay-rights.html#ixzz2NWhh09rK)

4. Not to be outdone, one of the senatorial candidate from the Ang Kapatiran party, Marwil Llasos admitted that he has “same sex affection” but shuns same sex as he has taken a vow of celibacy and purity.

 

IN OTHER NEWS:

Hail storm hits Quezon City. To which @mitosmagsaysay said “heaven must be crying. What was done must be undone.”

Mayor Lim and Erap Estrada signed peace pact last month. But in their face-off, they were cat-fighting without the actual face scratching motions. So I guess, peace pact nowadays mean that.

“Hindi porke pangit ka, masisindak mo na ako.” — a facebook page

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Posted by on March 15, 2013 in Personal, Politics

 

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Chopsuey: Political Tidbits

Papa Fiiiiiiii ! Ay, Francis Pala

Few days before conclave began, a reporter asked Mario Jose Bergoglio what makes his son, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, qualify to be the next pope. Without a thought, Mario Jose quickly said, “well, he is my son.”

Nancy: DA WHO?

Apparently, Nancy Binay was not the only one who was dragged into politics after serving as executive assistant of her father. During the time of GMA, Jobo Magsaysay, son of senatorial candidate Mitos Magsaysay was also appointed as director of the SBMA at age 23 without any prior experience aside from being the personal assistant of his own mother.

Marwil Llasos: Handsome

Marwil Llasos said he has “same sex affection” but denies having consummated a male to male intercourse because he has vows of celibacy and purity. To which the pigs at the pigpen said, ikaw na ang endorser ng PURINA. (hashtag waley).

Marwil Llasos never had sex with men even if he so desires them. He vowed for celibacy and purity. And a gay viewer of the show said “O siya, hiyang hiya naman kami sa iyong pagkabanal, pagkadalisay, pagkamayumi. But I’m sure, if you were never in a threesome nor a twosome, then definitely you at least did a HANDSOME.” (Ang di makagets pupulutin sa row 10).

Mitos: Feisty?

Mitos Magsaysay says “kung gusto niyo ng senador na walang takot bumangga kahit sino, iboto nyo ako.” Miriam Defensor Santiago, known to be feisty senator herself said, “YOU DONT DO THAT TO ME. I’m still here as the most feisty lady senator. Anong sinabi ng hayahay mo sa mga pick-up lines ko?”

Migs vs Koko Anew

Migz Zubiri and Koko Pimentel quarrel has taken another level, below the belt level. Tired of being accused to have cheated and stole 4 years 2 months of Koko’s senatorial tenure, Migz revealed the alleged reason why Koko and beauty queen wife separated. Koko asked Migz to stop his allegations as this is unfounded rumor. Migz insisted that Koko’s wife was crying while confessing to Migz and his wife. Koko said that if Migz do not stop with this allegation, he might be forced to file libel case against Migz. And then someone said to Koko’s wife ” beauty queen ka tapos papayag kang ang bubugbog lang sa yo ay chaka?”

Oppa Gurang Style 

Erap and Maceda had been dancing Gangnam style during their sorties. Palace advised them to leave dancing ang skit to the circus.

Mitos’ Harlem Shake, Desperado?

Mitos Magsaysay gamely joined Alma Concepcion to dance Harlem Shake during one of the UNA’s sorties. Suddenly, my Westlife CD played “desperado, why don’t you come to your senses…”

SWS Survey: UNAs Bitterness

Toby Tiangco was highly critical of the latest SWS survey where 8 of 12 slots belonged to Team PNoy, with Bam Aquino as the biggest gainer. And the UNA candidates dropping off. He wanted the SWS to reveal who funded the survey.

Pag UNA ang leading, it’s the people’s will. Pag UNA ang talo, the survey is questionable. Asus!

Zubiri: Fake Senator, Fake Followers?

A website fakers.statuspeople.com revealed that among the senatorial candidates, Migz Zubiri has the most number of fake twitter followers with 86% of them fake, and twitteraudit.com revealed that he only has 2% real followers. Anobayan, peke na ngang senador, pati twitter followers, peke? Ano pa ba ang peke sa kanya. (Then “konsensiya” suddenly shouted “kasarian?”)

Dick and Anus (Ayyyyy!)

Dick Gordon’s TVC banners a child who was born with impeforate anus. Was it aimed to be dramatic to draw sympathy from watchers? In his TVC, a child poetically narrates “pinanganak akong may sakit, walang butas aking puwet. Sa kanya kami lumapit…” To which the imperforate anus said “hiyang hiya naman ako sa yo, Dick. Ikaw pa talaga dahilan na nagkabutas at lumuwag ako.”

Dirty Harry vs Dirty Finger

Mayor Lim and Joseph Estrada, before the elections have signed a peace pact for a peaceful campaign and elections. But few days ago, during their face off, Lim and Estrada had been throwing muds against each other.

After one of their face off, while Estrada was leaving the venue, a young voter, supporter of “Dirty Harry” was flashing the “L” sign. Estrada thought the L meant “Libog,” so in return, he flashed a “dirty finger.” Unfortunately that was caught on camera.

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Posted by on March 15, 2013 in Personal, Politics

 

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LP vs UNA, Bam Aquino

Yesterday, Headstart on ANC hosted by Karen Davila had the campaign managers of the leading political parties for the senatorial elections as hosts. They were Toby Tiangco for TeamUNA and Erin Tañada for TeamPNoy. I was not able to watch the show as my cable subscription do not have it, but reading through my timeline, here is what I got from some of my friends.

Team UNA vs Team PNoy

In observation of how the two campaign managers conduct themselves in answering questions, this was what Ramon Carrion (@rzc235 on twitter) said:

Comparing the attitude and the facial expressions alone of both spokespersons, LP and UNA, this morning says it all! One is new politics the other is bringing back the old.

One is vicious in attacking candidates of the opposite side, while the other remained calm and focused on issues rather than personal attacks.

NATIONAL YOUTH COMMISSION, BAM AQUINO

During the same interview, Bam Aquino, who was the biggest gainer in the last published SWS Survey done during the last week of February, Tiango has said a lot, including why he remained with the GMA administration despite knowing the latter is “corrupt.” On this issue, and it was my first time to know after a friend posted this in his facebook status:

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(photo courtesy of http://www.liberalparty.org.ph)

On HEADSTART this morning (going on as I write), UNA campaign manager really sounds like he’s clutching at straws as he tries to question Bam Aquino’s credentials. He cites Paul Aquino’s (Bam’s dad) being Gloria Arroyos campaign manager and Bam’s long standing service with the NYC. He then points to Bam’s near complicity in GMAs corruption by alluding that Bam, serving so long, should know if GMA was corrupt or not.

I suppose I’ll forgive Toby, not because hes a batch mate at Xavier, but more because he doesn’t know the facts about Bam’s stint and continuing stay in the National Youth Commission.

When the Hyatt 10 decided to leave the service of GMA (as they believed that she had cheated) Bam Aquino spoke to my mom, Vicky Garchitorena (Mrs. G), then head of the Presidential Management Staff if he should leave his post. Mrs. G, who was about to leave her position as well, told Bam that (and Im quoting from memory so I might be paraphrasing) “Bam if you can still serve and be effective in your position you should stay…”.

Now, You have to understand that the core Hyatt 10 left as they were being made INSTRUMENTS of the corruption, being so high in the bureaucratic hierarchy.

In my mom’s case, aside from having already told GMA that her (my mom’s) time in the govt would be limited to a year or so (our family couldnt afford TWO public servants in the family with my father being Presiding Justice of the Sandigan Bayan), also left (a little later) after the Hyatt 10 declaration.

So the question is, why a little later ,and why give Bam the option to stay.

This was actually the gigantic moral dilemma that plagued any person who was thinking to resign at the time. Do you stay and serve a cheating president if you can still be effective in your position. For many key players, they thought that their positions were so thoroughly compromised by the relationships GMA had made that they were going to become tools of GMA’s corruption.

As far as I can recall, the “ a little later” was due to the fact that even though certain cabinet secretaries had resigned from a moral perspective, each of them also STILL felt that certain ongoing projects could not be left hanging. So some left quickly (to avoid being a key part of the corruption) and some left a little later (as the could still be effective in their jobs).

Apparently taking this to heart as good advice Bam stayed in his position.

So that’s the answer (as far as I know) why Bam continued his stint at the NYC under the GMA regime.

And for Toby (sorry buddy) as Campaign Manager for UNA, to even use Bam’s long tenure as an indication of Bam’s complicity in GMA’s corruption is unfair and as close to character assassination as you can get.

Poor form.

I had not known this fact. Good thing I came across this status in my facebook timeline. At least for those of you reading this, that issue has now been rectified.

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Posted by on March 14, 2013 in Personal, Politics

 

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Senatorial Candidates: Fake vs Real Followers

Have you ever wondered how many fake twitter followers you were able to amass throughout your time in twitter?

There’s a website fakers.statuspeople.com where you can check how many of your followers are fake, inactive and good members. I tried checking my own account and here is the report that I got:

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Curiously, I checked about our senatorial candidates who among them have good vs fake followers using the same software. In a tabular form, I presented each of the account’s statuses. Please be warned that the status may change from time to time as one person acquires new followers.

Do take a look.

SENATORIAL CANDIDATES, FAKE TWITTER FOLLOWERS

March 14, 2013 as of 9:00 am

SENATORIAL CANDIDATES, FAKE TWITTER FOLLOWERS

March 14, 2013 as of 9:00 am

(fakers.statuspeople.com)

 

Senatorial Candidate’s Names

Twitter Account Name

No of Followers

FAKE (%)

Inactive (%)

 Good (%)

Alcantara, Samson @samsonalcantara

167

6

17

78

Angara, Juan @sonnyangara

36,001

68

17

15

Aquino, Bam @bamaquino

13,737

18

42

40

Belgica, Greco @greco_belgica

194

10

31

59

Binay, Nancy @nancybinay

969

18

42

40

Casiño, Teodoro @teddy_casino

12,174

24

44

32

Cayetano, Alan Peter @alanpcayetano

359

21

36

43

Cojuanco, Tingting @tingcojuangco

312

14

37

49

David, Rizalito @litoyapdavid

71

10

14

76

DelosReyes, John Carlos @jc_delosreyes

101

6

25

69

Ejercito, JV @jvejercito

24,271

47

35

18

Enrile, Jack @jackenrile

892

18

39

43

Escudero, Chiz @saychiz

100,253

28

43

29

Falcone, Borromeo (none)

 

 

 

Gordon, Richard @aksyon_gordon

5,308

17

34

49

Hagedorn, Edward @edwardhagedorn

434

15

33

52

Honasan, Gringo @gringo_honasan

7,018

23

46

31

Hontiveros-Baraquel, Risa @risahontiveros

51,760

25

46

29

Legarda, Loren @loren_legarda

26,316

34

41

25

Llasos, Marwil @iluvmarwilop

341

8

20

72

Maceda, Ernie @senmaceda

3,059

16

49

35

Madrigal, Jamby @therealjamby

945

19

46

35

Magsaysay, Ramon Jr @rmagsaysayjr

580

14

32

54

Magsaysay, Mitos @mitosmagsaysay

6923

20

49

31

Montano, Ramon  

 

 

 

Pengson, Ricardo  

 

 

 

Pimentel III,  Aquilino @koko_pimentel

7287

28

49

23

Poe-Llamanzares, Grace @gracepoe2013

2439

19

48

33

Seneres, Christian @seneres2013

67

9

18

73

Trillanes, Antonio IV @trillanessonny

10,597

20

30

50

Villanueva, Eddie @bro_eddie

11,226

17

37

46

Villar, Cynthia @cynthia_villar

3,155

17

45

38

Zubiri, Juan Miguel @migzzubiri

31,708

86

10

4

The free version of the software does not however show the definitions of what a faker, inactive and good followers.

The software shows us then that the number of followers the candidate has would always be tantamount to the number of their political supporters. The problem now is how to convert those inactive members to be active or good followers, and to convince them to be a supporter and in turn campaign for their candidacy.

On another website, twitteraudit.com, I tried to check on my number of real followers and this was my rating:

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Similarly, I audited each senatorial candidate’s account using the same application and yielded the following results:

SENATORIAL CANDIDATES, FAKE TWITTER FOLLOWERS

March 14, 2013 as of 3:55 pm

(via twitteraudit.com)

Party

Senatorial Candidate’s Names

Twitter Account Name

No of Followers

 REAL

(%)

Alcantara, Samson @samsonalcantara

167

95

LP Angara, Sonny @sonnyangara

36,011

23

LP Aquino, Bam @bamaquino

13,746

78

Belgica, Greco @greco_belgica

195

88

UNA Binay, Nancy @nancybinay

971

79

Makabayan Casiño, Teodoro @teddycasino

12,182

77

LP Cayetano, Alan Peter @alanpcayetano

371

83

UNA Cojuanco, Tingting @tingcojuangco

314

83

Ang Kapatiran David, Rizalito @litoyapdavid

71

86

Ang Kapatiran DelosReyes, John Carlos @jc_delosreyes

101

91

UNA Ejercito, JV @jvejercito

24,276

27

UNA Enrile, Jack @jackenrile

893

75

LP Escudero, Chiz @saychiz

100,290

70

Falcone, Borromeo (none)

 

 

UNA Gordon, Richard @aksyon_gordon

5,311

81

IND Hagedorn, Edward @edwardhagedorn

435

82

UNA Honasan, Gringo @gringo_honasan

7,025

74

LP Hontiveros-Baraquel, Risa @risahontiveros

51,785

62

LP Legarda, Loren @loren_legarda

26,316

53

Ang Kapatiran Llasos, Marwil @iluvmarwilop

344

85

UNA Maceda, Ernie @senmaceda

3,061

35

LP Madrigal, Jamby @therealjamby

944

79

LP Magsaysay, Ramon Jr @rmagsaysayjr

580

54

UNA Magsaysay, Mitos @mitosmagsaysay

6923

31

IND Montano, Ramon

 

 

IND Pengson, Ricardo

 

 

PDP-LABAN Pimentel III,  Aquilino @koko_pimentel

7291

71

LP Poe-Llamanzares, Grace @gracepoe2013

2446

80

Seneres, Christian @seneres2013

68

90

LP Trillanes, Antonio IV @trillanessonny

10,600

89

Villanueva, Eddie @bro_eddie

11,232

62

LP Villar, Cynthia @cynthia_villar

3,161

74

UNA Zubiri, Juan Miguel @migzzubiri

31,709

2

About TwitterAudit

Each audit takes a random sample of 5000 Twitter followers for a user and calculates a score for each follower. This score is based on number of tweetsdate of the last tweet, and ratio of followers to friends. We use these scores to determine whether any given user is real or fake. Of course, this scoring method is not perfect but it is a good way to tell if someone with lots of followers is likely to have increased their follower count by inorganic, fraudulent, or dishonest means.

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Posted by on March 13, 2013 in Personal, Politics

 

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Thumbs Down: JV Estrada and Mitos Magsaysay

My criteria for determining whom to vote for in the senate are: 1. principles, 2. conviction, 3. support for women’s right, very particularly RH Bill, 4. support for equality, ie, LGBT rights.

PRINCIPLE, CONVICTION, JOSEPH EJERCITO ESTRADA

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He hopes to be judged for who he is. He wants to be voted on for who he is. He wanted initially to be known as an EJERCITO, not as ESTRADA. Despite advice from his father he insisted to be known by himself. But when he saw that he had a better chance when he uses the name Estrada instead, “the hell with principle! (my own)” He ditched
Ejercito and rode on with the “bandwagon of name recall assures victory heck.”

(This was also discussed during his guesting stint in Karen Davila’s Headstart on ANC.) (Reference: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/371355/estradas-son-jv-wants-to-be-his-own-man)

During the heated debate on and passage of RH Bill, he voted no. I thought it was his own decision to vote for no, most importantly, it was the sentiments of his district that he represents. But then, he said, his father, the former president Erap Estrada is a supporter of the bill, but his mother is a rabid anti. He didn’t want to burn bridges with his mother and since the bill will win anyway without his additional vote, he voted NO. So, who is the person/people he represents as a congressman, his constituents? or his mother? Had he consulted his district what they think is best for them, as their REPRESENTATIVE?

I do not contest the fact that JV has vast achievements and awards. That’s commendable of a public servant. But as a voter too, what I cannot accept is the fact that he thinks of his “own” safety, of what’s advantageous/beneficial for him, sans the welfare of his constituents, sans his conviction. What if in the course of his term as a senator, and a controversial bill gets voted on, (eg, divorce) what if he is pro-divorce, but his mother is anti-divorce? So he will instead vote against divorce to appease his mother, and not the majority of Filipino wives who have been subjected to different abuses but cannot escape and afford annulment because of it’s tedious process and cost?

For a public servant, I always look for palabra de honor, delicadeza, strong will, principle. These I failed to see in him. Thus despite his many achievements, he can’t convince me to vote for him.

The hell with principles and conviction. (tosses papers on air!)

LYING, WAR FREAK, EPAL, MITOS MAGSAYSAY

MAGSAYSAY-MITOS

Months ago, when asked if she is Gloria Macapagal Arroyo apologist, she denied it. She said, they only see each other during sessions in congress but they are not close. Really now?

What is this?

GMA appointed Jesus Vicente “Jobo” Magsaysay, then 23 years old as SBMA director. Then Sen. Dick Gordon and Zambales Gov. Amor Deloso protested as he has never held a job prior to this appointment. Jobo quickly denied the allegation as he first worked as a political officer in the congressional office of his MOTHER, Mitos Magsaysay. (just like Nancy Binay, eh?) Besides this allegation, Gordon also said on Dec 15 that RA 7227, the Bases Conversion Law that created SBMA, was not followed in Magsaysay’s appointment.

If GMA and Mitos Magsaysay were NOT allies, then how the hell on earth would Jobo be appointed at such a young age, without necessary experience, to be a DIRECTOR? Had draw lots been the basis of appointment that time and out of millions of names, it was Jobo’s name picked by GMA?

She always claim in her credentials that she has been awarded as Emeritus Most Outstanding Congresswoman. During who’s presidency? Well, no less that GMA again. She has a lot to thank GMA for from that closeness, but when GMA was in custody and was asked if she is an apologist, she distanced herself saying she only sees her during sessions in the congress. Oh, what a great friend she makes! Worth-keeping indeed.

(full story here: http://www.inquirer.net/specialreports/inquirerpolitics/view.php?db=1&article=20071226-108899)

She calls herself a champion of the Magna Carta Law for women, according to the tweet of @jonasbagas. Then @jeffcrisostomo checked the http://congress.gov.ph if indeed it is true. Fortunately or unfortunately, Mitos Magsaysay was not a co-author nor was she ever mentioned. Well, maybe, you don’t have to be a co-author to be a champion of one advocacy then huh? But she was a congresswoman at the time this was passed in the congress (or am I wrong?).

According to her as well, the Magna Carta for Women was sufficient enough to address the reproductive health needs of the woman, thus the reason why she voted against it.

In our argument before, she said that instead of budget for contraceptives, the money should be rather used to build more schools, diverted to education. In some points, I agree. In reply, I said, the government cannot go on building schools. Besides, there’s no more available land to build schools as our population is expanding. The population density is already too much that we are already interfering even to agricultural and forest lands just have a place to live on. Rice fields are being converted into subdivisions (by Manny Villar, etc.). Climate change is a real threat and with such heavy population, the government cannot sustain much. The taxpayers’ money cannot always be used for dole outs. There comes a point when budget should be shifted to something else, such as security and intelligence, research and development, science and technology. She didn’t answer me. Then unknowingly, she blocked me in her twitter account.

When after voting for RH interpellations to be terminated, a storm visited the country. This was her tweet:

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Definitely, netizens reacted to such tweet.

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Of course, she denied that her tweet was pertaining to the rains as a wrath of God for having terminated the interpellation of the bill, and have it put to a vote.

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Her platform says “libreng pagamutan para healthy kayo.” Isn’t there already a functional government health centers where people can avail of free health services? Even before she decided to run, these are already in the running. Of course, there are areas not reached by such services but she cannot make this her platform, which is already existing.

“Scholarship sa kolehiyo, at skills training, para magkatrabaho kayo.” Hello TESDA? In short, her propaganda or platform is nothing new, it’s not unique, and all she is saying is just pure bull shit.

“Kung gusto niyo ng taong palaban at di natatakot banggain kahit sino, iboto nyo ako.” Is she insane? The senate is a place to create laws that will uphold the welfare of the citizens, not some arena where one will fight against each other. Of course there will be discourse and arguments but it is not a sports tournament. Well, well, well, Mitos, your negativistic aura and quips are not helping you. Look at the survey if you don’t even dare to believe me. I suggest she rather change her tagline as “Ang Senadorang Askal.” Suits her well.

How epal is Mitos? Just see them yourselves…

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And even her son, who is gunning for a congressional seat in her behalf sort of inherited her epal-ness.

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The NFA label on rice packages were changed to JOBO Rice. When asked is it right for such act to be done, her reply was…

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Follow me on twitter: @simply_clinton

Have a great day!

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2013 in Personal, Politics

 

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