Pinoy Sounding Board » Election Issues http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com Commentaries l Socio-Political Issues l Blogging Issues Fri, 04 Dec 2009 08:52:07 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.1 en hourly 1 Congresswoman Gloria Arroyo? Leaves a Bad Taste in the Mouth http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/2009/12/congresswoman-gloria-arroyo-leaves-a-bad-taste-in-the-mouth/ http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/2009/12/congresswoman-gloria-arroyo-leaves-a-bad-taste-in-the-mouth/#comments Tue, 01 Dec 2009 08:24:11 +0000 elmot http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/?p=957

No more playing games and the serenade made by the mayors of Pampanga at the Palace urging President Gloria Arroyo to run for congress if not threatening her that they will do the filing of her candidacy themselves for her was no more than what eunuchs do best:  to add more air to the over-inflated ego of their master, or in this case, the hand that feeds them cold cash.

There are obviously people who are raising legal questions (one of them is Former President Erap Estrada himself whose running for the Presidency is also subject to a legal tussle) as to the legality of Mrs. Arroyo running for a lower government position as to the constitutional provision saying that the President is not allowed to run for any reelection with the word “any” spelling out the big difference.  No three-letter word in Philippine history could spell out a big difference for our country’s future and to more years of Lucifer dancing to the streets and painting the town of Pampanga bloody red.

I will leave though such complicated legal issue to those they refer as “the guys who knows better “on the constitution and its interpretation, though we are pretty sure that there is no such thing as a universal interpretation of our laws:  it is still all about personalities, individual belief systems, political powerplay and sometimes level of personal “emo” moments among those who decide about what the law really says.

I don’t care if GMA wins as a congresswoman of the second district of her most beloved province which I think is already a given.  I am actually doing my best already to train my tongue on saying Congresswoman Gloria Arroyo despite my tongue rebelling against my brain saying it would rather want to end up on a sizzling plate for a lengua estofada than speaking of heretical statements and end up excommunicated.  Speaking of martyrdom.

Here are my thoughts about the issue.  Good thing, I am not using my tongue to deliver these quick thoughts and typing on a computer keyboard has added on another reason for me to be grateful of living during the 21st century.

1.  GMA winning the congressional seat without much resistance is a given.  His son Mikey Arroyo therefore has to find some more suitable government position for him as he gives way for his beloved mother to invade his district.  If his mother, a President runs for a lower office, I think following the dictates of precedence, Mikey is set to run for a Barangay Kagawad.  But his biggest problem is how to justify a barangay kagawad owning a beach house in the U.S.  I am betting my 13th-month pay on this one.  Oh, that was my tongue doing the betting, not my brain.

2.  There are speculations and fear that this is only one way for GMA to avoid lawsuits and stage another big comeback to the palace by becoming a Prime Minister when the constitution is changed and maneuvered by all her allies in the lower house of congress, who by the way still compose a big chunk of legislators we continually elect to watch fist-fights in Vegas.  Pro-administration people will say that many have come to love fiction so much and the telenovelas.

Given that GMA is elected and many of her allies are still in the legislature, it will be definitely a different story when it comes to the people who are set to take the seat of the executive branch of the government after May 2010.  Most probably, it will be Noynoy Aquino or Manny Villar, but as sure as GMA cheated on the 2007 elections, it will not be Gilbert Teodoro.  To this, GMA will work co-equal with other legislators and will not have a free hand to government funds and machinery to bribe and allies and threaten oppositionists.  Her pork barrel is at the disposal of the new president.  Therefore, she can plan to return to power, but it will be a very difficult task that lies ahead of her.  Lots of political complexity at that time; different heads of government agencies like the PNP and AFP, and a different signature on government checks.  But we all know those nine years as a president has for sure earned for her a very fat check book, very FAT.  Hmmm…

3.  The next president will take a daily dose of Ibuprofen and become the new endorser of pain killers and sleeping pills.  GMA will give the next president the uneasiness he does not want as an executive.  GMA will still be a thorn on his throat – a little Cabalen thorn that does not paralyze its victim but rather give it a good sense of daily paranoia.  If Noynoy becomes the president, he will lose more hair (but I think Kris could handle this for him).  If it’s Manny Villar, an alliance with GMA is not impossible with both of them dancing “Igiling-giling” during the presidential ball.  If it is Erap Estrada, he should be wary when his second year in office comes near, he may once again end up fleeing away from the Presidential Palace through the Pasig River.

4.  GMA running for a lower office though may eventually be decided as legal (remember, almost 90% of all justices in the Supreme Court were all her appointees) speaks only of a further affirmation of the ill of her personhood and governance.  Her lapdogs will say that it is the people’s clamor for her to run, that she is still young and vibrant, that she can still serve more and continue her programs and she can still give the nation more reason for workers to leave the country; are all good words hiding hideous agenda.  I remembered also when it was the people’s clamor too for her to jump off presidential jet while it was gliding through the stratosphere with so many corruption issues raised against her.  She may have been busy listening to her I-pod that time playing “I Will Survive”.

She already had all the power and resources at her disposal as president to serve the people and provide the needs of the nation; now she is running for a lower post to serve the people and fully provide for their needs?  Therefore, she hasn’t actually served as a worthwhile President, nothing more, nothing less.  Her running for a lower post is definitely for survival and greed for power.  It may be legal, but it is not the wisest, most prudent and dignified decision for her.  Well, we have seen her having nothing of these sterling qualities the past years though she asked for our forgiveness.

Prodded about her motivation on seeking a much lower government position after becoming the President of this nation fro nine years, GMA said:

“I have come to realize that I can best serve the nation from a seat in Congress should I be elected.”

PoOf!!!  If all you can reason out is that you can best serve this nation by being a legislator, then you should have stepped down many years ago and spared all of the 90 million Filipinos the constant headache of senseless poverty, vomiting due induced shamelessness and the daily utterances of the French language that has easily earned for many of us a business class ticket down to the netherworld come the day of reckoning (with her?).

Again, I am not at all worried if ever she wins as a congresswoman.  But I am now sending out copies of my CVs to foreign employers.

How about you guys?  Any thoughts about President Gloria Arroyo running for congress on May 2010?  For Cabalens who visited and have read this post:  will you vote for her; why, why not?

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Maguindanao Massacre: The Apex of Evil Governance http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/2009/11/maguindanao-massacre-the-apex-of-evil-governance/ http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/2009/11/maguindanao-massacre-the-apex-of-evil-governance/#comments Thu, 26 Nov 2009 06:30:54 +0000 elmot http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/?p=943

WTF is happening to this country?!

I have been personally mourning since Monday. The Maguindanao massacre is for me so unimaginable; a barbaric and demonic act of violence that one sunny day happened to our nation, that unlike Iraq or Afghanistan, is not plunged into a daily bloodbath because of war.

Has life has been so cheap for the suspected Ampatuans, local demigods of Maguindanao that ordinary people; women, a life in a womb of a mother, journalists who are just doing their jobs of telling the truth as it happens, and those who were caught at the wrong place and the wrong time, could easily be ended in unparalleled brutality and shameless display of political and material arrogance?

 

Brutality of the Maguindanao Massacre

Women were raped; victims were tortured and shot at close range, shattering their skulls; the wife of Ishmael Mangudadatu was brutally killed by piercing her eyes, stabbing her body and shooting her sex organ; some where mutilated; buried in a empty pit together with cars that were smashed by an excavator owned by the provincial government; while other victims’ bodies were ran over by vehicles. The perpetrators easily beats the Abu Sayaff in notoriety.

Where in the world could a heinous crime on such a large scale of deaths and brutality happen in just a day? The scene of mutilated and tortured bodies of helpless victims is comparable to the tortures perpetrated by the Japanese and Nazi forces during the World War II. But for heaven’s sake, we are not even into war! Were the perpetrators and masterminds high on drugs or simply the embodiment of the gods and its minions coming from the darkest corner of the netherworld?

 

Maguindanao Massacre: Another Guinness Record for the Philippines

Today, death toll from the mass murder at Maguindanao stands at 57. Another feat for the Philippines: the most number of journalists killed in a single day at a single incident, and at least 18 journalists were killed at the massacre. This is for the statistics aside from always topping corruption rankings worldwide.

To this, our nation automatically became the “most dangerous place for journalists in the planet” even beating Iraq. And on the administration of Gloria Arroyo, the killing of journalists is one of the greatest highlight of her corrupted governance with 74 deaths and most of these unresolved.

Anyone so damn proud of these figures should go to hell.

 

The Suspected Ampatuans: DEMONS

So many things have been said already about this notorious local war lords: from being the saving grace of Gloria Arroyo during the 2004 elections delivering the goods for her and Sen. Zubiri; maintaining private armies which are by the way funded by taxpayers’ money (through GMA‘s EO 546 issued on July 2006); notoriety of their governance and corruption in Maguindanao with all their big mansions, vast holdings, convoys of luxury cars, public arrogance and gazillions of bodyguards clad in military uniforms and high-powered fire arms while Maguindanao stands as the 3rd poorest province in the country; and a clout of the political dynasty to so many government positions in the region of Mindanao. (read here for more about the Ampatuans)

But the best definition/description to the Ampatuans whose hands are full of blood from the lives of 57 innocent people that we all mourn for: DEMONS!

 

Double Standard Justice System Under GMA

But what is more glaring in the Maguindanao Massacre is the disturbing fact that the administration handled the case in a very extraordinary way as if so helpless and fearsome of the murderers’ wrath.

The Palace sent an envoy to the murderer’s lair early Tuesday to talk to them diplomatically and assure them that due process and all the nonsense stuffs will run their course and they should cooperate. For heaven’s sake! Where in the world will you see that the President sends an envoy to tell the murderers and blood-thirsty suspects from the war lord’s clan that everything is fine and that due diligence is being observed and at that due process is assured to them. WTF! No one was ever arrested; only today after 4 days when the massacre happened that someone was surrendered.

I could easily remember broadcaster Ted Failon’s case. When her wife committed suicide, police barraged into his home arresting him and everyone that they could find without even any solid evidence against these suspected individuals; sending them to jail for a couple of days detailing them as suspects.

When the son of an undersecretary of the Palace was shot dead due to a traffic altercation, police forces immediately mobilized to search the houses where the suspect is thought to have been hiding and were resolute to get him and send him to jail.

When an ordinary man is killed by gangsters or a alcoholic freak in a neighborhood; policemen automatically swoop down like hungry vultures to take on the alleged suspects and bring them to jail.

But when a powerful ally of the President and a very powerful political clan she is greatly indebted to is suspected and pointed out by some witnesses to have killed 57 people brutally; the President sends an envoy to assure murderers of due process and equal protection of the law and due diligence from authorities with no one being arrested, only until the suspected mastermind Datu Unsay Andal Ampatuan Jr. surrendered himself to authorities.

As if rendering the public inutile of the clear manifestation of the government in not only harboring a criminal, a murderer, but also circumventing the law to appease an ally.

That is justice in a country ruled by a corrupt and morally bankrupt government. The wheel of justice depends on who is on the steering wheel and who loads the gas full tank.

 

Governance of Evil Breeds Evil

Romulo Neri got it right: GMA is evil. And with an evil President forming, feeding, condoning, funding and protecting her evil broods well-positioned in all parts of the country, we are sure to see evil deeds and unimaginable crimes happening day in and day out.

Cito Beltran said it right too: the Ampatuans are GMA’s lapdogs. And when a dog bites a neighbor, its owner is the one who is being held accountable by the victim and its family. Unfortunately, GMA who is the patron of the wild dogs in this case is very much afraid that her dogs might bite her too.

Atrocities will continue to happen. Unimaginable acts against humanity will continue to be reported. And the rape of Lady Justice will perpetuate as long as an evil leader is seated on a highest position on the land breeding more evils on localities and condoning existing evils to plague our society and our poverty.

The National Day of Mourning issued by the Palace should be aptly be called a National Day of Adding Insult to Injury. Nothing more hurts than showing to the public how much the President loves a suspected murderer and turning a blind eye to all the killings of journalists, activists and unforced disappearances on those who fight for truth and justice for the longest time now.

“I wanted these Ampatuans to be beheaded“ I shouted out as a cry for justice bordering on a knee-jerk reaction (but I am pretty sure, many of you are thinking the same). But Cocoy hastily reminded me “No no no beheading! That will be too humane! They should be in pain for the rest of their natural life!”

But I fear sooner or later this suspected Ampatuan when after conviction will be back to his former glory if ever GMA or the allies of the clan grab the leadership; legally or illegally. It is still fresh in my memory how GMA took out of jail and pardoned convicted criminals like Tehankee and Jalosjos. They are her lapdogs, but she is damn scared they might bite her.

 

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Senator Loren Legarda and a Few More Political Chameleons http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/2009/11/senator-loren-legarda-and-a-few-more-political-chameleons/ http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/2009/11/senator-loren-legarda-and-a-few-more-political-chameleons/#comments Fri, 20 Nov 2009 09:34:11 +0000 elmot http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/?p=930

Election day is getting nearer and nearer.  We may just wake up soon and it is already the day of reckoning for us, for some and for the future.  Or even wake up one day with Erap as once again the president.  Oh  my, that will be the day I will look for a tora-tora and commit a hara-kiri attack on the Presidential Palace.

And what the last few days and weeks bring us is a great opportunity for the electorate to see people elected into public office turn from green into grey, grey into yellow, green into orange while others from white into a multi-colored politician, like a true seasoned traditional public servant trying to survive the harsh and dangerous jungles and plains of Africa.  These are just previews though of many more stupid, hilarious and mind-boggling things to come.

We saw how the star came down to be liberated, bringing with her her husband who by the way gave to us the burdensome expanded value added tax-that-will-solve-our-country’s-financial-crisis years ago.  But up to now, the added tax is still hurting our pockets and worse, the country is in a bigger financial crisis.  Double-talk.

From the administration party of Lakas-Kampi-CMD of President Arroyo, Gov. Vilma Santos and husband former senator Ralph Rector jumped ship and coalesced with Noynoy Aquino’s Liberal Party for next year’s polls.  The stars are now somewhat complete:  megastar and star for all seasons.  This is an unprecedented cosmic and astronomic event happening right at our country.

It was like an apparition they both said.  Suddenly, from the darkness of night in Lipa, Batangas, a gust of cold wind blew to where they stood while they were holding their glasses of milk (remember:  drink twice a day);  and the clouds opened up with the whole powerpoint presentation on the night sky revealing to the couple slide-by-slide a mystical message only they two could decode.  And from there, they experienced a metanoia, an instant change of heart, realizing that all this time their goals for their constituents; their aspirations for the people; their solemn promise to the electorate, their noble obligation to the masses, could only be achieved by leaving their old party and join Noynoy’s bandwagon.

Ok, we can now all give them a round of applause guys.  Bravo.  And I have to activate ASAP my blog’s anti-missile defense system for all the Vilmanians who will bombard me with nukes and rocked-propelled grenades.

Not to be left behind is Sen. Loren Legarda. Playing the real hard-to-get that she is, different political camps were said to have courted her to become their vice-presidentiable; from the administration party to Villar’s Nacionalista Party.  If I know, Legarda is the one who is really trying to sell herself hard to all these political parties who are ignoring her for being a true-bloodied political chameleon.  The saving grace for me though is the thought that the song tells of a “karma” for chameleons who come and go.

Where was I?  Ok.  Lo’ and behold, Sen. Legarda is now the standard partner of Sen. Villar for 2010.  With VIllar and LEgarda tandem for 2010, the Mr. Langdon in me decoded a secret message without sweat from their team-up = VILE for 2010.

They need to feed each other.  Only days ago, some 12 senators signed up a resolution trying to dismiss the ethics case against Villar.  Guess what, Sen. Legarda is one of those signed on the document saying the case should be dropped despite the fact that no final report and recommendations were yet made of the committee that has investigated the presidentiable for the alleged wrongdoing.  And what is more astonishing is that Sen. Legarda was one of those who first stood strongly against the C-5 controversy, denouncing it as a corrupt act and abuse of power.  Well, that was months ago.  Today is a different day and amnesia is a very contagious disease among our beloved politicians; except having amnesia of their bank accounts.

They are only some.

But as they say in politics; there are no permanent friends and enemies, except permanent interests.

That is why the old wise China man who spends the whole day meditating in front of a fast food chain near our place told me to be wary of those who changes colors and easily do so, they are political chameleons; and those who tells the public that they “suddenly” realized what is wrong from right for their people, they are big fat liars.  But he said be more afraid of those who says that they spoke with God and He told them to run for president; they nuts.

I will just then take comfort on singing Karma Chameleon.

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Ang Ladlad and Danton Remoto, A Bunch of Liars http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/2009/11/ang-ladlad-and-danton-remoto-a-bunch-of-liars/ http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/2009/11/ang-ladlad-and-danton-remoto-a-bunch-of-liars/#comments Thu, 19 Nov 2009 07:19:03 +0000 elmot http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/?p=922

marginalized = : to relegate to an unimportant or powerless position within a society or group

Ang Ladlad, a gay group representing Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) led by Prof. Danton Remoto is once again rebuffed – like little school boys being sent to the discipline office by their teacher for opining that her teaching sucks – by the Commission on Elections on its appeal for accreditation as a party-list group for the May 2010 elections saying that the group was,

“not being truthful when it said that it ‘or any of its nominees/party-list representatives have not violated or failed to comply with laws, rules, or regulations relating to elections.”

In short, Ang Ladlad are a bunch of liars. Isn’t it that they have gone out of their closets already, then what are they still lying about? That they are not really gay but are just a whole group of soul-searching individuals? Or they lied when they said they love Ding Dong Dantes more than Papa P?

Well, the specific law that these homophobic commissioners were fast to refer is the Crimes Against Public Morals on chapter II of the Penal Code which by the way was passed on 1930 when Gen. MacArthur and his troops were still busy on training young boys to become real men in time for war; left untouched until now when Fred Mercury, Boy Abunda, Adam Lambert and Piolo Pascual (oops, sorry, this is still a big debate in showbiz, until resolved by Piolo himself and skeptics become satisfied) to name a few has become household names of people who experienced a revelation on their road to Damascus.

The very decision therefore of the three commissioners that implicitly labels all LGBT being represented by Danton Remoto’s group as “criminals” (therefore should they be jailed?) is a clear sign of members of this minority group being marginalized and publicly ridiculed not only by this constitutional body but more so in a society where machismo is the standard of manhood measured by the number of extra marital affairs one can flaunt during drinking sessions, cock fighting and walking in the streets half naked with all sorts of ugly tattoos on their swelling bellies.

Wow, now I am beginning to fear for my little cousin of 9 who sports a white side wall but loves to play with his Barbie Doll after school soon ending up in a stinking jail. Don’t worry Jimmy Boy, if you will be jailed, Uncle will always visit you and bring you your favorite Barbie and Ken dolls for you to endure eternal boredom.

Commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer saying on the Ang Ladlad decision that “Actually [the group] is already being represented in the lower house and in the upper house…in the military…in the religious” is not only appalling to hear from a high official of a constitutional body that should have the full understanding of the basic rights of the citizens but also is an affirmation of his ignorance and discriminatory treatment of members of the third sex. Lemme ask, who are these elected people you are saying?

I am wondering really, who these people Mr. Ferrer are referring to. I am trying to play with my limited imagination. What if these are the people whom Mr. Ferrer is trying to describe: Rep. Jovito Palparan being gay apparently with his machine gun repainted in pink color with all the flowery designs on it? Or how about Sen. Bong Revilla a gay that is why he is close to many women because he actually envies them? Or Sen. Migz Zubiri a gay legislator that is why he first fell in love with the macho Vina Morales with all the bulging muscles and well-sculpted abs? Scary woman! Have I actually said she is a woman? Jesus! How about Gen. Versoza or Gen. Rosales of the PNP? Or how about Sec. Angelo Reyes and SSS President Romulo Neri?

That is the effect of the senseless and insensitive remarks of the homophobic commissioner: he opens up the floodgates of doubt, speculations, buzz and gossiping but on the one side even more raises a stronger case for the Ang Ladlad and all LGBT as a marginalized sector right from the very office of the accrediting body that has dismissed their arguments as non-sense trash.

There is no denying that LGBTs are still discriminated in our society: some gays lost their jobs or cannot get a job though qualified for being gay, some LGBTs were treated inhumanely by others and communities, LGBTs do not received the proper respect and opportunities that they so deserve. Many of us still have that Nicodemo Ferrer in us.

Going back. Surely, the fight is not yet over for Ang Ladlad, though they certainly are running out of time for hopefully being accredited and included on next year’s polls after pitching in their papers for reconsideration. I could even see it reaching the footsteps of the Supreme Court as a very controversial issue waiting for a final resolution for all stakeholders.

But for now, LGBTs should simply prepare themselves; they may be just fetched by police forces and sent into jail for violating the Crimes Against Public Morals of the Penal Code of 1930. Right Commissioners?  Well, their decision runs short of saying just that.  But more than the problem of jurisprudence that this decision raises is the issue of discrimination.

Want to hear from you guys? Are you for the accreditation of Ang Ladlad as a legitimate marginalized sector? Or the COMELEC Commissioners were right of their decision?

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Gilbert Teodoro’s Running Mate? — A Poll http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/2009/11/gilbert-teodoro-running-mate-a-poll/ http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/2009/11/gilbert-teodoro-running-mate-a-poll/#comments Wed, 11 Nov 2009 03:42:33 +0000 elmot http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/?p=876

The present political situation in lieu of the May 2010 elections is becoming more dynamic:  more positive for others whose ratings are soaring on surveys while scrounging into building a formidable winning formula for others.

And when we say a camp that is scrounging into building a formidable presidential powerhouse for next years’ national polls, what easily comes to mind is the administration party rallying behind the joined forces of the new political party of Lakas-Kampi-CMD which is by the way the biggest political party in the country to date despite the recent defections.

So far, it is Sec. Gilbert Teodoro who has been chosen as their standard-bearer for the presidential post that had sidelined or forced some aspirants to leave the party like cry babies,  Bayani Fernando and Hermogenes Ebadane to new a few.

But up to now, the administration party is still looking for that person who will become Teodoro’s running mate for May 2010 to form a perfect winning tandem.   Despite the obvious vast war chest of the administration, the lack of a vice-presidentiable for their campaign up to this moment floats the obvious manifestation of the administration’s political disintegration and desperation.

Some politicians that are being eyed to become Gilbert Teodoro’s running mate are Sen. Bong Revilla, former Senator Tito Sotto, Tourism Secretary Ace Durano and former Optical Media Board Chairman Edu Manzano.  Though the administration party said it has been making talks with Sen. Loren Legarda, it did not really flourish as she is now rumored to be going to Villar’s side.

And so, though this may become some non-sense exercise on my part  or even an insult on some  anti-administration readers to take a poll on this issue for surely many of us if not most of us will not vote for the administration’s highest two candidates; I would still want to ask you guys about your opinion about the fate of Gibo Teodoro.

Who are you rooting to become Sec. Gilbert Teodoro’s running mate on the May 2010 national elections?  Your votes could help us give some glimpse into what is going into the mind of the electorate or readers and bloggers as to the administration’s rallying and standing for the Presidential race next year.

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Noynoy Aquino’s Political Advertisement, a Station ID of Media Giants? http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/2009/11/noynoy-aquinos-political-advertisement-a-station-id-of-media-giants/ http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/2009/11/noynoy-aquinos-political-advertisement-a-station-id-of-media-giants/#comments Thu, 05 Nov 2009 06:33:34 +0000 elmot http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/?p=868

By now, many of us have already seen Noynoy Aquino’s political advertisement that has been running on TV stations trying to rival the political ads of his fellow presidentiables.

But what makes Noynoy Aquino’s political ad stand out among its competitors is that this guy who is rallying on a new dawn of politics in a country mired by decades of traditional politicians and dynamics is using the very traditional way of campaign on broadcast media.

With Regine Velasquez singing “Hindi Ka Nag-iisa” (lyrics here) as Noynoy Aquino’s campaign theme song, throngs of celebrities flocked his ad on yellow shirts carrying with them torches in a dramatic fashion.

Like a legendary messiah trying to bring a nation into the Promise Land, the climactic effects of his political advertisement is much measured though by the over-saturated emphasis of TV personalities and celebrities rallying behind him, if not becoming the real faces of the advertisement exposing its lack of depth in terms of what he really intends to do to the nation.

The vagueness, over-saturation of celebrities and mystified approach of Noynoy’s political ad brings me think of two things:

1.   I thought there is already perpetual peace between the two giant media outfit; that the ad is actually a station ID of both GMA and ABS-CBN made manifest by the big stars from both networks rallying on the ads with more exposure than that of the one who is running for the presidency.

2.  I am highly expecting that this is the first and the last kind of political ad by Noynoy Aquino that uses this type of strategy with telenovela effect and mystification trying to rival the creation of Tolkien of the Lord of the Rings, or to that effect.  Hopefully after this ad, a real political ad will be shown outlining straightforward political reforms, programs and policies that he will advocate and implement once elected into the highest office.

Watch Noynoy Aquino’s political adverstisement here:


So what is your opinion of Noynoy Aquino’s political ad?  Any thoughts?

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Sex Education with Paris Hilton. What about That? http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/2009/10/sex-education-with-paris-hilton-what-about-that/ http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/2009/10/sex-education-with-paris-hilton-what-about-that/#comments Tue, 27 Oct 2009 07:08:43 +0000 elmot http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/?p=842

One of the most crucial issues that Presidentiables will have to strongly face is regarding sex education that has obviously been ignored for so long a time by politicians who easily gets terrified from getting the ire of the pharisaic clergymen of the Catholic Church side-by-side the issue of Reproductive Health Bill which is also still in legislative limbo (this deserves a separate post though).

With our national population projected to reach 92 million this year, presidential aspirants, national institutions and individual families are faced with more complex challenges regarding food security, affordable quality education, health care, social services, employment, poverty, housing and national security.  But because the Catholic Church has since been exerting undue pressure threatening like an old powerful Italian mafia on lawmakers and top leaders of the government, sex education has not been given much attention and priority; letting it breed into pure ignorance of many uncontrollable forms.

Let Paris Hilton And Dr. Hayden KhoTeach Sex Education

Today, almost all of our youth have the easy access to the world wide web and many other forms of media.  Adult magazines, sexy and pornographic websites, cheap sexually-explicit tabloids, pirated pornographic CDs and pornographic videos on mobile phones are right at their fingertips.  Just a few buttons and clicks away.  These stuffs thereby expose them early into the wide array of pornography and the detailed human anatomy lessons on vivid amateur videos by Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears, Hayden Kho, Katrina Halili and Mahal.

Curiosity, hormonal exhilaration, personal emotional void and a clouded understanding of sex and sexuality ultimately lead many to unchartered sexual encounters and regrettable situations:  sexual diseases, teenage pregnancy, sexual addiction and an erroneous understanding of personal sexuality.

But who are there to teach the teens about sexuality and sex?  Or process their feelings towards themselves, towards the opposite and same sex and all the funny natural changes that are happening in them?

Well, the Catholic Church is quick to preach that sex education is the primary and sole responsibility of parents to their children and not of the government saying that parents know how and when the right time to teach sex and sexuality is.  Sex education in the curriculum according to them will only teach the youth to engage into pre-marital sex and sexual perversion.

But this idea of sex education from the ranks of those in robes who by the way should have never experienced sex after professing their vows and ordination (crossing fingers) is very simplistic.  And a simplistic understanding in a complex times will always not fit together but cause more problems.

What they have forgotten by appropriating sex education as the sole responsibility of parents is:

1.  Teenagers at this stage are mostly confiding to their peers instead of sharing thoughts to their parents.  There is somewhat some tension at this stage on this relationship with the teen wanting to be more independent and discover the world while the parent wants to exert some level of authority.  Topics like sex, feelings towards opposite sex, love, identity are quite a difficulty for the teens to share to their parents.

2.  Here in our province, many students have absentee parents who are either separated or working abroad giving no chance for parents to say to his child:  “Hey, come over here.  Want to talk about sex and what you are feeling?”

3.  Teens at this age spend more time in school, with peers and many forms of media than actually spending time at home or have a good conversation with parents.

4.  Most parents do not even know what is sex and sexuality with many of them afraid to talk about it with their children.  Proof is:  many parents turn off the TV or tell their children that it is bad or it is a sin when two people are kissing on a TV show and are quite afraid to show their marital affection to their children.

5.  The Church has instilled in the consciousness of many Filipinos that sex is a sin and talking about it is unbecoming of a faithful warranting you a seat on a confessional box for entertaining impure thoughts.

Then who is going to teach the young about sex and sexuality without sex education from school or from parents?  Surely, it is Ms. Paris Hilton and Dr. Hayden Kho.  Can we turn on now the aircon?

Political Will Against Coitophobic Churchmen

Sex education is very important to a society that wants to live in prosperity, order and security.  Waiving the right of the state on educating its citizen on key issues about sexuality, sex and responsibility to a prodding institution that is actually outside the active dynamics of governance is like swallowing a pill given by a quack doctor that will only give more problems than putting a cure to one of the biggest ill of the nation.

Presently, many top leaders of the Church in the Philippines are trying to discredit and withdraw their support from presidential aspirants (Sen. Noynoy Aquino and Sec. Gilbert Teodoro) who are supporting sex education and the Reproductive Health Bill like old traditional politicians in robes, staff and miter doing their own political manipulations and black mailing.

The Church and the state are separate; and it is the primary duty of the state to educate and lift its people from the pit of ignorance back to a responsible understanding of himself, his surroundings and world.  It will be a great opportunity of nation-building if parents and the educational system will help each other in giving the proper education and guidance needed by the youth.

Well, maybe our padres see Paris Hilton and Dr. Kho doing a great job on teaching sex education by sowing sexual ignorance and perversion instead of trained teachers doing it.

It is up to the presidential aspirants now to have the political will or political yield.

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Joseph Erap Estrada and Jueteng for 2010 http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/2009/10/joseph-erap-estrada-and-jueteng-for-2010/ http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/2009/10/joseph-erap-estrada-and-jueteng-for-2010/#comments Tue, 20 Oct 2009 22:00:34 +0000 elmot http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/?p=822

Here comes Joseph Erap Estrada again speaking what he is really made of with his usual coarse masculine voice, bouncing over sized belly and pomade-laden signature hair style:  that, he is a premiere patron of illegal numbers game.

As if the number of years he spent behind bars (oh, I forgot, he spent his time on a remodeled jail as if having a well-deserved vacation in the Bahamas) are not yet enough after being convicted on a plunder case for accepting tons of cash from jueteng kickbacks during his very short Presidency.  And up to this day, despite being pardoned by the present administration and enjoying the life of a free man, Mr. Estrada still denies having been involved in the proliferation of jueteng.  Talking about denials.

The Presidentiable of Illegal Numbers Game

Erap Estrada already declared his candidacy for next year’s presidential race as first signaled by his TV ad running like a man with a heavy metal ball chained right at his groin.  This despite some legal questions being raised by many camps especially from the very office that has given him the presidential pardon.

But what is he exactly to do when he becomes president?  Oh, my sheer thought of it makes me suicidal.

Of course he has lots of plans for us:  putting up more mansions for his burgeoning mistresses; bringing back the glory days of the Boracay Mansion by putting coral reefs and more white sand from Boracay Island; spend more time playing in the casino with Atong Ang; invite more bigtime spenders for mahjong games until the wee hours of the morning in the Palace; kill the on-going case of the Dacer-Corbito murder case; and maybe marry Mommy Dionesia for her to become the next First Lady of the republic.

Sounds exciting?

What is more exciting is of course his usual pro-poor stance and programs.  At last, we Filipinos will experience how it is to become rich citizens!  How?  To reach this penultimate goal of governing the nations as president, one step is to legalize the numbers game like jueteng to uplift the lives of the poor. Further he said:

“I’m not tolerating it but I”m for the legalization of jueteng…until we can find alternative jobs for the people.  “If you stop illegal gambling they might go to drugs.”

Wow!  Are we really having this guy who reasons out that if you stop X they might go to XXX as one of our choices for the presidency?  Man, that sucked up all the rationality I still have inside my brain.

Joseph Estrada really speaks up what he is made of.  And this is already one big reason for him not to be elected to the presidential office…once again.

Unless the jueteng lords and all their cohorts could outnumber us; or we are all getting afraid that our people might resort peddling illegal drugs if we stop jueteng.

Anyone who wants to have a president who is a premiere patron of illegal numbers game/jueteng, kindly raise your hand.  And John Rambo is gonna shoot you.

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Manny Villar and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s Generosity http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/2009/10/manny-villar-and-gloria-macapagal-arroyos-generosity/ http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/2009/10/manny-villar-and-gloria-macapagal-arroyos-generosity/#comments Thu, 15 Oct 2009 03:30:48 +0000 elmot http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/?p=796

After this post, I am done.

I have been barking like a mad dog all fangs and red burning eyes on my previous post regarding someone “ssshhhhhh-ing” me on the public timeline of Twitter by not tweeting political topics and issues during the surge of Typhoon Ondoy.

There were varied opinions regarding the issue from bloggers and friends all over.  And I really appreciate everyone who shared their ideas about the situation.  But this time, I say that that guy spent a great time telling the wrong person to shut up on Twitter.  I say, his efforts only ended on futility like firing bullets that only hit the thin air.

Was I the one who was insensitive to the plight of our fellow countrymen?  Certainly he is barking on the wrong tree.  Come on guys.

I think that there are people out there who should have received the real bullying if we were truly fighting for the plight of our fellow countrymen standing tall like Gat Andres Bonifacio or Daddy Joe Rizal

And there are those who are not only insensitive to the plight of the victims of typhoon but who found the rare guts of even taking advantage of the harrowing situation to pursue their personal selfish political ambitions.  The nerve guys!  The nerve, really.

Manny Villar and His Political Brand

Exhibit A.  The picture shows bottled water with the name and smiling face of Presidential aspirant Manny Villar. These were distributed to evacuation centers during the typhoon.  Now that is what you call maximizing the opportunity.  Hitting two birds with just one stone:  helping the victims and the same time early campaigning to make up for the lost popularity stashed away by the presidentiable late comer Noynoy Aquino.

manny villar mineral water

I wonder if Manny Villar’s bottled water tastes differently from what I buy in the nearby store.  Does it contain a secret potion that would make me vote for him come May 2010?  Or it gives me the super power to become a billionaire.  Well, my grade school teacher said every one of us is a billionaire-in-the-making.

How about his one?  Exhibit B.  This picture I got from PinoyGossipboy’s site.  You cannot just give out a Manny Villar bottled water with food in it!  And the ingenuous and resourceful instinct in Villar came out.  That is what you call, grace and creativity under pressure and calamity.

manny-villar2

Low and behold!  Food packed on styro containers with the tag “Tulong Mula Kay Manny Villar” (Help from Manny Villar) and of course the holy color of the billionaire senator on it:  orange sticker.

Ok, this could be faked and could be done by other detractors by the senator to tarnish his already-tarnished reputation. That quite puzzled me.  Anyways, saw the image on top of this post?  That is the headquarters of Senator Manny Villar repacking goodies on signatured Villar plastics.  To simply put it, he really took the effort and spent a good amount of money on producing all these signatured products.  That is political branding.  I am waiting for an orange underwear to be distributed with Villar’s face on and a big letter “V” at the back.  LOL!

You see the obvious guys.  Or just ask Aaron of PinoyGossipBoy regarding the authenticity of the styro containers (it is his finger on that anyway).  Or it could be a Happy Meal from Ronald McDonald.  Who knows?  LOL!

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s Signatured Clothes for Evacuees

But if there is someone who is the mother of all traditional politicians who has been trying her best to salvage her sagging trust and popularity rating that is our very own dear Madam President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

gloria arroyo ondoy

Here is the image posted on Reuters with relief good (clothes) being distributed to residents of northern Luzon who were affected by Typhoon Pepeng.  Noticed the ordinary plastic bags pasted with a slogan saying it came from our very own dear President Arroyo? And could we even call those clothes usable?  I thought those were Mike Arroyo’s pants and shirt full of stains.

What makes her worse compared to Villar is that what Mrs. Arroyo is distributing come from donations of concerned citizens and from the coffer of the government, then labeled it as something that came from the President as if the recipients owe what they received from this mother of all traditional politicians.

In every disaster and challenges new doors of opportunity are being opened.  And that is what these two politicians did during the destructive visits of Typhoons Pepeng and Ondoy.  Capitalize the rare opportunity of building up their political agenda at the same time helping the poor and desperate victims of typhoons.

These are the real people who should not only receive the “sshhhh-ing” but also the anger of all those claiming to have the real empathy for the poor victims of typhoons.

But I guess only a few people will take notice of this particular issue.  So long as victims of typhoons are being helped anyway, so they say.

Now, tell me who is the one who is politicking during calamities?

Now I am cool.  I am drinking bottled water with Manny Villar’s face on it anyway.  And the water smells like money.  Yeah!

Do you know other politicians who had shown the trademarks of being traditional politicians?  What is their style?  Share them here.  I will give Manny Villar bottled water to all commenters.  LOL

Images from PinoyGossipboy, Reuters, Tunay Na Lalake

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Noynoy Aquino, People Power III and Coffee http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/2009/09/noynoy-aquino-people-power-iii-and-coffee/ http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/2009/09/noynoy-aquino-people-power-iii-and-coffee/#comments Sat, 26 Sep 2009 09:26:07 +0000 elmot http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/?p=744

This is a dangerous idea.  No, this is not Sen. Lito Lapid’s idea.

I have heard about this a couple of times already during some casual conversations with coffee buddies and officemates.  And some people on Facebook have actually floated the idea as they commented on my very famous Noynoy Aquino post which has by the way landed on the top spot of Big G since I published it.  (Big G:  Are you under influence Elmot?)  Yes, got so much caffeine lately that I now think I am a coffee bean.

Going back, what if Noynoy Aquino loses his hair?  Oh, he already does.

Here: What if Noynoy Aquino is trounced on his bid for the presidency?

A couple of friends and a total stranger who looks like Angelina Jolie on his FB pic but with a name of Restituto actually resonated the same confident and overexcited answer:  “Eh di, People Power na uli!” (Well, that simply means another People Power!)  While the other one actually said, “Eh di mag-People Power tayo!” (Then let us mount another People Power!)

Like a boring telenovela on primetime with the same stupid recycled characters and predictable plots of killing all the good men brutally by hurling them from the 200th floor, we may simply push down the “off” button of the remote control and head without delay to a very tempting Facebook quiz about sex positions that tells your kind of character after hearing this idea.

This is simply a figment of one’s very fertile imagination some would immediately assert, and just kill the issue with kamikaze fighters flying out from Malacañang Palace.  But I think there is some little possibility for this one to happen.

How?

This is the real game of political spinsters and sinister plotters; one that has been perfected by only a select sect of ugly-looking politicians and political strategists lurking on dark street corners.

Step 1: Portray Noynoy Aquino as the heir, the crown Prince of Philippine democracy and root this to the euphoria of the people.  Attribute to him and his candidacy as the answer from the heavens to the collected litanies and prayers of a nation crying desperately for an overflowing supply of signature clothes and pirated CDs of sex scandals.  Inculcate to the minds and consciousness of the people that it is the “clamour of the nation” for him to run and save us from the pit of national damnation.  Make everyone believe that everyone is actually wanting for Noynoy, even the protesting farmers of Hacienda Luisita.

Step 2: Portray the administration as the “evil Step-Mom” that needs to be exorcised by Fr. Felmar; that there is no other way around but to put a stop to all the plundering, lies, deceit and Presidential boob jobs.  Float the idea that election fraud is being cooked all this time at the Presidential kitchen by bogus election chefs and over-obedient generals just for the bad guys to win the seemingly one-sided presidential race that favors Noynoy.

Step 3: When Noynoy Aquino is defeated on the presidential elections either squarely or due to election fraud, the public should be instigated and all his supporters that he simply was cheated by the bad guys and the menu they cooked was indeed aldente.  Inflame the public outrage and boredom; push the people to go out the streets handing over free fried chicken with rice on plastic containers and free movie pass for the screening of “All My Life Part 2”.  Invite the Sex Bomb Dancers during protests and rallies to keep the people heavily anchored on their seats.  Let your battle cry be for change and freedom from the oppression of hoodlum traditional politicians and incessant boob jobs, flawed butt augmentation and relentless mason work on Madam Auring’ poker face.  Call the people to go out the streets and protest and push for a People Power III like what his mother has led during the Marcos regime.

See?  It is not at all so impossible.

This is how one becomes when over caffeinated.

Care for a coffee on my comment form?  What do you think will the people’s reaction when Noynoy Aquino will not win the bid for the Presidency aside from maybe Kris getting pissed off for losing her house?  Is another People Power possible?

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