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I love mudslinging, but exert some extra effort please!

Here is an e-mail I received from a colleague. I am copying it in here verbatim. I’d make a few comments but that would be all for now.

(WARNING: The sender/originator of the e-mail is stupid!)

i hope the Pinoy voter chooses wisely and if this is talagang kawawa ang bansa natin. please pass on.
vote wisely please and pray for our country!!
FACT— VILLAR HAS A MINIMUM OF 40 TV SPOTS A DAY AT A COST OF P10 MILLION EVERY DAY THE PAST 5 MONTHS FOR A TOTAL COST OF P1.5 BILLION – AND THAT IS NOT COUNTING HIS EXPENSES ON RADIO, DOLPHY, WILLLIE REVILLAME ETC, ETC AND THE ELECTION OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN PERIOD HAS NOT EVEN STARTED – THEY  SAY HIS BUDGET IS P20 BILLION AND ALL FOR A JOB THAT PAYS P200 THOUSAND A YEAR!
LEADING NEWSPAPERS MENTIONED THAT THIS LEVEL OF SPENDING HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE IN PHILIPPINE POLITICS, IT IS OUTRAGEOUS AND SHAMEFUL.  THIS IS NOT ALSO NATIONALISTA PARTY MONEY THIS IS JUST VILLAR’S MONEY, SO WHAT WE ARE REALLY LOOKING AT HERE IS ONE SINGLE INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS A PERSONAL BUDGET OF 20 BILLION JUST TO BECOME A PRESIDENT.  THE REST OF THE CAST OF THE SO CALLED NATIONALISTA BANDWAGON ARE MERE HIGHLY PAID ROLE PLAYERS, THAT’S WHY ITS A POLITICAL CIRCUS, WITH ALL POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES AND COLORS (LEFTIST, FACIST, IDEALISTS, RED, WHITE, BLUE, ORANGE , ETC) PACKAGED IN ONE BASKET.
QUESTION – —-HE SAYS HE IS A GOOD BUSINESSMAN – AND IF HE IS, I  WONDER WHERE HE EXPECTS TO GET HIS RETURN ON HIS AT LEAST P20 BILLIION  INVESTMENT.   WHAT KIND OF RETURN WILL VILLAR EXPECT – – —GIVEN THE  HIGH RISK OF THIS UNDERTAKING,  HE PROBABLY EXPECTS A GOOD RETURN – MAYBE  DOUBLE OR TRIPLE HIS MONEY IN SIX YEARS SAY TO P60 BILLION.
DO YOU BELIEVE VILLAR WHEN HE SAYS THAT HIS INTENTION IS JUST TO SERVE.  FIRST OF ALL IF HE DOES NOT INTEND TO RECOVER THE 20 BILLION HE SPENT, THEN HE IS NOT A GOOD BUSINESSMAN AFTER ALL.  SECOND.. WHAT IS SO SPECIAL AND MOTIVATING ABOUT BEING THE HIGHEST RANKED PUBLIC SERVANT THAT YOU NEED TO SPEND 20 BILLION JUST TO GET IT – THE ONLY BELIEVABLE AND LOGICAL ANSWER IS THAT YOU WILL GET BACK WHAT YOU SPENT TEN TIMES BY CONSERVATIVE ESTIMATE.  IF THIS IS NOT THE CASE THEN VILLAR IS NOT FIT TO BECOME PRESIDENT, HE IS MENTALLY IMBALANCED.
THE RETURN —- TOTAL ESTIMATED BUDGET OF THE GOVERNMENT OVER THE NEXT 6 years IS P10 TRILLION WITH ABOUT P1 TRILLION  DISCRETIONARY – IF VILLAR MAKES C5 AND TAGA ON THE P1TRILLIO OF 20% … hmmmm THATS P200 BILLION ON AN INVESTMENT OF P20 BILLION – HMMM VILLAR IS  ONE SMART BUSINESSMAN.
BUT WAIT A MINUTE, THIS IS JUST VILLAR’S SHARE WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THE CAST AND ROLE PLAYERS DO YOU THINK THEY WILL JUST BE HAPPY AND CONTENTED JUST LOOKING AT VILLAR WITH 200 BILLION IN HIS POCKET.  OF COURSE MEYRON DIN SILA.  LET’S NOT FORGET THAT THE ARROYOS AND MACAPAGALS WILL STIL BE AROUND, THIS IS 100% SURE.  THEREFORE, TULOY ANG CORRUPTION HOLIDAY , GUARANTEED 6 YEARS AND MAYBE INDEFINITELY SHOULD THEY SUCCEED IN AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION.  DIOS KO PO, MAAWA NAMAN KAYO SA BANSA NATIN, SA SARILI NATIN, SA MGA ANAK NATIN, WAG NAMAN NATING HAYAAN MANGYARI ANG BANGUNGOT NA TO.
WHAT’S THE IMPACT ON THE POOR? – P200 BILLION THAT WILL CONSERVATIVELY BE LOST TO CORRUPTION AS A PAYBACK TO VILLAR’s CAMPAIGN  EXPENSES  CAN PAY FOR 40,000 CLASSROOMS TO SOLVE THE SHORTAGE PLUS, CREATE A MICRO LENDING FUND THAT CAN GENERATE 3.2 million jobs – CORRUPTION IS THE CAUSE OF POVERTY!
IT DOES NOT TAKE A GENIUS TO FIGURE THIS OUT.
PLEASE PASS…. PARA DI NA TAYO MALOKO ULIT.
i hope the Pinoy voter chooses wisely and if this is talagang kawawa ang bansa natin. please pass on. vote wisely please and pray for our country!!

Just a quick note on the above e-mail:

  1. I hate people sending unsubstantiated e-mails. It’s just frustrating.
  2. 2. Unsubstantiated e-mails are one thing, and erroneous e-mails are even another! Check out the very glaring errors in the e-mail: PHP200,000 annual salary for the president, “Nationalista” party, “the C5 and Taga” argument, and all the logical fallacies one can ever commit. FYI: Executive Order 611 authorises a 10% increase on the salary of government employees including the President of the Republic of the Philippines. EO 611 amends Republic Act 6758, and provides a monthly salary for Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of PHP 63,525. Multiply this figure by 13 (including the 13th month pay of all employees) is waaaaaaay more than 200,000. Stupid.
  3. I could probably toelarate 1 and 2, but the ALL-CAPS is just unforgivable! If you want a credible article, observe grammar rules, or at least try to pretend you do!

Guys, I would love to witness and participate in mudslinging (this is just fun!) but at the very least, I hope there is some sort of quality and sense. The e-mail above is not only unsubstantiated, it’s glaringly erroneous!

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I once like Conrado de Quiros as a writer. He is a principled man, a very good writer, but when he started summoning the fellowship of the rings, when he started calling out and asking for the powers and miracles that the heaven can permit, I started to hate him, at the very least. No, hate is not the term, but I started not to like him anymore.

It felt like he is about to do a rain dance in public anytime soon with the hope that with the rain falling, Noynoy’s ratings will go up again. He became so… wordy… unnecessarily wordy. (Even wordier than Chiz here!). Take the case of the quotation below from his article today.

Challenged to keep the campaign high, the campaign responded by making it low. Challenged to make the campaign lofty, the campaign responded my making it dull. Challenged to make the choice sublime, the campaign responded by making it paralytic.

But like I said yesterday, it’s not the end of the line, it’s just the beginning of things. It’s just a question of going back to roots, of knowing where you came from so that you can get to where you’re going.

It’s just a question of the Aquino campaign seeing not with the smugness of still attainable victory but with the shock of remembrance that this is not a battle to win the presidency, this is a struggle to liberate the country. It’s just a question of the Aquino campaign realizing not with the fear of a rival closing in but with the ardor of a heart inflamed that this is not a battle to reverse the tides of fortune, it is a war to change the earthly lot of the Filipino from the hell that is to the heaven it can be. It’s just a question of the Aquino campaign rediscovering not with the eyes of the exalted but with the grace of the humble that in the end, it is not just bearing on its shoulders like Atlas the legacy of Cory, it is carrying on its shoulders like Aeneas the trust and faith and mandate of a people.

It’s just a question of showing the trusted can be trusted.

http://opinion.inquirer.net/inquireropinion/columns/view/20100209-252090/Trust

I can rephrase it in a sentence: Noynoy’s campaign strategists didn’t do their job well, but there is still some hope.

Di ba? What’s wrong with the guy?

http://wp.me/pp039-3r

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When the Election Automation law was enacted, everybody was so optimistic that this will revolutionize the democracy here in the Philippines. And theoretically, indeed it will. As I see it, the following are the clear benefits of the election automation:

  1. It will avoid cheating as everything will be done electronically.
  2. It will make the counting and canvassing of votes really fast. It will significantly cut down the period of counting and canvassing.

But those who do nothing but complain are now saying the automation law is not a good idea after all. Why?

  1. Election automation is going to automate cheating.
  2. The people are not properly informed by the COMELEC regarding the new system.

The issue on automated cheating is already addressed by the law itself – the source code will be validated by an internationally accredited IT company and the same will be open to public (or whoever is interested) for their scrutiny. If the source code is bugged with an automated cheater code (or something like that), it will be exposed to the public, if that was not spotted by the accrediting company in the first place. And once validated, the code cannot go wrong because it is run by logic – the typical IF-THEN blah-blah, right? Some “concerned individuals” are saying, how can we be so sure that the source code that they will install is the one validated? Hayyzzzz… And to them I say, are you really sure you are the son or daughter of your mother or father? How can you be so sure that the hospital’s staff didn’t switch you and another baby when you were born?

As for the information campaign regarding the new system, concerned individuals are attacking the COMELEC for not doing its part. They are saying that there might be a failure of election because people are not aware of the new system. What? Are they saying a voter cannot shade the circle opposite the candidate’s name if he or she will not be informed properly of what to do, i.e., to “shade the circle opposite the candidate’s name” of his or her choice? Do this really people think the voters are that stupid? That information campaign can even be done on the election day itself! COMELEC can just put a sign in the precinct’s entrance like this:

A pre-school child can follow instructions like “trace the name of the animal that you like most” or shade the picture of the animal that do not belong to the group. ANYONE WHO CANNOT FOLLOW THE SIMPLE INSTRUCTION ABOVE DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE!

An instance wherein the machine will invalidate a ballot is when a ballot has more votes casted on a certain position than what is required. For example, if a voter shaded two circles in the presidential level, I believe the machine will invalidate the ballot. So what? Any voter who thinks he can vote two presidents at any given election does not have the right to vote in the first place. And anyone who would defend this stupidity does not have the right to be a citizen.

But then again, these are unlikely scenarios. Those who want to sabotage the election, as well as this very significant improvement in our election, are making scenarios that are far-fetched! We are on our way to another level of democracy and yet, some people are trying to reverse the process. And this is probably why we are lagging in development compared to our neighbors. I just hate this.

Short link: http://wp.me/pp039-3o

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Arrogance + Ignorance (+/- Power) = Dangerous!

Proof A

Noynoy Aquino on the Chief Justice Succession Issue
Sen. Benigno S. Aquino III on the Chief Justice Succession Issue

If elected president, I will not recognize a Chief Justice appointed by the outgoing President, contrary to the constitutional ban on appointments during the wee hours of her presidency, and contrary to propriety and delicadeza and long-standing precedence of prohibition against appointments two months before the outgoing president’s term expires.

Let me forewarn any member of the Supreme Court who shall accept to be Chief Justice by appointment of the outgoing President, that not only shall he not be recognized, but he risks even his presence in the Court as an associate member.

http://www.noynoy.ph/blog/2010/01/14/noynoy-aquino-on-the-chief-justice-succession-issue/

Proofs B and C: Here and here.

No, I am not about to argue that GMA is constitutionally mandated to make an appointment–that I leave to the experts. I just want to say how stupid and arrogant it is for Noynoy to make such stupid statements. How can you issue those statements purely based on a hypothetical scenario? He’s politicking!

Working on the hypothetical scenario he has just presented, I can only assume of course that the JBC deemed it necessary for them to make a recommendation. And with that recommendation comes the need for the President’s appointment. So, should you attack the president or the JBC?

PS: Kris Aquino (Noynoy’s sister in case you don’t know) walked out temporarily, I think, of her relationship with James Yap because of a domestic/personal problem. If Noynoy can do nothing about that, what can you expect from him when he gets elected and the whole Philippines becomes his family? Maybe Noynoy will just walkout of Malacanang if he cannot solve the problem of increasing sugar and oil prices…

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An Open Letter to Congress and the Next President:

SOLVE POVERTY AND FOOD SECURITY BY “NEUTRALIZING” HOMELESS BEGGARS AND STREET CHILDREN AMONG OTHERS

I have had enough of empty promises and fang-less laws. I was eating a while ago at a fast food restaurant and a beggar approached me… three beggars in fact. They were asking for alms and it took me some time to convince them to leave me alone. After that, they crossed the street without even looking at the traffic lights causing minimal traffic mess in that part of the road.

Don’t you just hate it? These people do not have any tangible or intangible contribution (perhaps with the exception of being a topic for academic discourse) in the society and they are even causing problems and discomfort to many of us. I am being taxed for almost a third of my salary and a hefty portion of this is dedicated to poverty alleviation. Hell, the government even provides for housing projects to illegal settlers! I HATE IT! I HATE IT! I HATE IT! For me to have a house, I needed to apply for a loan and save for the down payment. I will be paying my loan in decades. But for some lucky homeless illegal settlers, they can probably have their houses for free courtesy of public taxes… and I am a tax payer. Is that fair?

Even jailed criminals get some portion of our taxes. I really cannot understand why we have to spend on them. Reformation? BS. Statistics show that many had-core criminals are actually second-time offenders. Why allow them to make the second chance to commit a crime? Spending millions of pesos from our taxes (jails, personnel, maintenance, etc) just to make sure the convicted criminals are treated properly is just absurd.

So, what do I suggest to eradicate these problems? I can only think of two things: Either eradicate these parasites (by killing/gassing them or something) or simply making them slaves or government properties.

One — kill the parasites. My first question is: What have we got to lose? They don’t contribute to the society. If we are to lose anything at all, it’s probably criminality and ‘social burdens’. Don’t you just hate beggars walking in the busy streets of the metro knocking on your car’s window and asking for alms? or when you are eating in a restaurant and they are bugging you? What will be the loss of the society if we kill all these parasites?

Let’s include the convicted criminals. Are we losing anything socially significant if we just gas or burn the inmates in city jails? I mean, these people have violated the laws of the land and are even potentially capable of committing them again if we let them free (and that’s according to statistics). Imagine, we spend for their health care, food, electricity, and salaries of those managing the penal systems. And for what? So we can be “humane” to criminals?

Two — if #1 is too harsh, then, let’s make all these insignificant people government properties. Let’s make them government slaves. The government can use them to mine oil, natural gas, gold, etc for free. Hell we can even make an electric company powered by these government slaves.

My point is simple: zero-out these liabilities (option 1 above) or turn them into something productive or useful (option 2). In doing so, the government can even divert the budget allocation from poverty alleviation and related social services to something more significant (as far as the taxpayers are concerned) — more roads connecting farms to market or cities to other rural areas; efficient waste management procedures; environment friendly ways of generating cheaper electricity, etc.

(We can even address food security if we push option #1 a step further…)

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