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Mai Mislang, Assistant Secretary for Communications (Noynoy’s speechwriter), made sure she has a spot in the Top 10 things you should not do with social media when she tweeted the following:

The wine sucks

Sorry pero walang pogi dito #vietnam.

Crossing the speedy motorcycle laden streets of Hanoi is one of the easiest ways to die.

Your wine sucks, huh? So are you!

Normally, these tweets are harmless. But when you are in an official delegation and your host has been so kind to you (or even if they are not), this is a no-no!

@maimislang in Twitter is no longer active. According to some news reports, she apologized already via Facebook: “I apologize for my comments. If I offended anybody, please know that was never the intention. I feel extremely blessed to be in a beautiful country blessed with warm hospitable people.” Arrrrrrrghhh!!!

I was just thinking: Do you really need a training (sensitivity or whatever), a formal document or guidelines, or a code of conduct just to realize that being a part of a state/national delegation, you cannot issue the above statements ESPECIALLY when you are currently in the country concerned? That’s BS!

What’s worse is that Noynoy’s senior staff are even saying there is nothing wrong with those tweets! I say it again, Noynoy’s presidency is one of the biggest mistakes of the Filipino people.

Just a few weeks after his hulabaloo in the hostage taking crisis in quirino, a series of administration boo-boos immediately followed:

  • clearing Puno from jueteng allegations (even before any investigation was initiated);
  • releasing the IRRC report to the Chinese first instead of informing his “bosses” first;
  • not following the INDEPENDENT commission’s findings (e para saan pa ang pagigig INDEPENDENT nun kung ganun?!)
  • the very funny hotdog lunch in the streets of New York (comm’n, who would believe him it’s not a show?!);
  • bragging that he was able to bring home millions of dollars worth of investment and pledges when in fact, it was the previous administration who worked on those pledges;
  • offering amnesty to the Magdalo soldiers even before a verdict was issued by the courts (what happened to the search for truth if you are not going to allow appropriate institutions to do its job?); and
  • just a few days ago, this lady Mislang.

Hay… I am not really sure if there is any limit on this administration’s stupidity, but per Einstein’s philosophy says there is none.

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Noynoy is the complete embodiment of how I do not want my president to be. He is arrogant, inexperienced (dangerous combination!), and incompetent.

He did not pass any bill that he authored (I am not sure, by the way, if he authored any — my apologies for the this poor research skills of mine).

He doesn’t know anything. He listens to his sisters… especially to the youngest one. I just hate that girl. He do not respect social institutions.

He is incompetent (did I say that already?).

And most important of all: Wala siyang “b”!

Let me just say that I am so proud I am not part of this election. And now, please allow me to practice my right as a tax payer:

noynoy-kaboom


UMAYOS KA NOYNOY!!

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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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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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57 people. Mothers. Brothers. Sisters. Friends. Citizens. Helplessly Massacred. Morbidly Mutilated. Shamelessly buried and left to rot in some abandoned jungle crossroad in Maguindanao. The height of impunity. The abyss of human depravity.

We, the people, do not and will not treat them as mere statistics in the persistent problem of electoral violence in our country whose law and order are at breaking point. We, the people, angrier by the day and burning with righteous hatred like a thousand indignant suns, will not take this most recent act of brutality sitting down, as the agents of our plutocratic system glaze the eyes of justice with half-truths, disinformation and political spin-doctoring. 57 people were ruthlessly killed with government-supplied weapons by a state-sponsored warlord clan. 57 lives were cut short because the government failed and continues to fail in its most basic responsibility to assert the rule of law in our land. 57 passersby became mangled murder victims in the hands of vicious thugs.

A State that cannot protect its own citizens has no reason to exist. A Government that cannot secure the welfare of its people has no right to persist. A Democracy that sustains itself with the rotting gunk from the corpses of its victims is not worth defending. It is, thus, the right and obligation of all citizens to take all necessary means to retake their dignity and freedom from those forces that deny them.

The Maguindanao massacre is the failure of the system – the plutocratic system of privilege, impunity, abuse and blatant power-grab. The military under whose command the militia supposedly operates has miserably failed to protect the citizens. The police – some of whom took part in the killing spree – has no moral and institutional ascendancy to lead in the investigation. The government is completely morally bankrupt and accountable for nurturing this kind of monster in our midst.

The Injustice stops right here, right now. The moment of half-steps and foolish caution has long passed. Time now to act. Boldly. Daringly. And dangerously, if necessary.

We, the people, demand death for those responsible for the Maguindanao Massacre. No less than death penalty! No more and never again.

Short Link: http://wp.me/pp039-2M

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Yesterday (21 October), Joseph “Erap” Estrada finally declared/proclaimed his intention to run for the presidency. Well, of course, he has always hinted this possibility — he even has his Arthro commercial before the most recent one. Anyone who is surprised to hear this proclamation is probably living inside a cave for years already.

But the question is:

Is he eligible to run for President? Or any other public office for that matter?

There are only three concerns that keep on lingering in my head with regard to this proclamation.
First: The constitutional prohibition against reelection. Now, I am not a lawyer and definitely not a constitutionalist. But I had the chance to read that part of the Constitution which says the president is banned for any reelection. (Don’t know if that is the exact construction of words but I think it is basically like that.) Erap has been elected once already (AND IT’S A MISTAKE, FOR GOD’S SAKE!), and any reelection is already unconstitutional. Now, some Erap supporters are saying the intent of that provision is not applicable to Erap. Wow! Now, I am not about to argue about whether it is applicable to Erpa or not because I am not an expert. I’d leave that to the experts.
Second: The executive clemency provided by GMA after Erap was convicted of Plunder. Somewhere there is stated: Erap won’r run or pursue any public post or office ever again. Or something like that. I thought this is actually the ultimate safeguard for the deposed president to run again, but to my surprise, two lawyers with oppposing views in the constitutionality of Erap’s bid for presidency actually both agree that such condition in the clemency is not THAT binding at all. Darn! They were saying that the dispositive clause where Erap was given back his political and civil rights is the one that will take more weight over the condition that he should not run for any public office! (We’re screwed, people.) What else is left to bar the ex-President from running again? (Arthritis?)
And finally: The actual fear that Erap will run again. This concern haunts me whenever the Erap for President (again) discussion surfaces. Why are we even having this discussion? Why are we afraid that he is actually legally allowed to run? It is because we are afraid he might win. That possibility is the most fearful of all. No, not the actual winning, the possibility he wins. Why? Because we have already thrown him out of office. He was already convicted of a crime. We have already decided once that he cannot lead this country. The possibility that Erap might win this 2010 is like eating your own vomit… your own sh#t.
Erap being allowed to run again will make us Filipinos the ultimate laughing-stock in the whole world. And Erap winning this election will be the end of the Filipino nation.
Erap, Joseph Estrada, reelection, constitutionality, legality.

There are only three concerns that keep on lingering in my head with regard to this proclamation.

erap-mugshot

First: The constitutional prohibition against reelection. Now, I am not a lawyer and definitely not a constitutionalist. But I had the chance to read that part of the Constitution which says the president is banned for any reelection. (Don’t know if that is the exact construction of words but I think it is basically like that.) Erap has been elected once already (AND IT’S A MISTAKE, FOR GOD’S SAKE!), and any reelection is already unconstitutional. Now, some Erap supporters are saying the intent of that provision is not applicable to Erap. Wow! Now, I am not about to argue about whether it is applicable to Erap or not because I am not an expert. I’d leave that to the experts.

Second: The executive clemency provided by GMA after Erap was convicted of Plunder. Somewhere there is stated: Erap won’r run or pursue any public post or office ever again. Or something like that. I thought this is actually the ultimate safeguard for the deposed president to run again, but to my surprise, two lawyers with oppposing views in the constitutionality of Erap’s bid for presidency actually both agree that such condition in the clemency is not THAT binding at all. Darn! They were saying that the dispositive clause where Erap was given back his political and civil rights is the one that will take more weight over the condition that he should not run for any public office! (We’re screwed, people.) What else is left to bar the ex-President from running again? (Arthritis?)

And finally: The actual fear that Erap will run again. This concern haunts me whenever the Erap for President (again) discussion surfaces. Why are we even having this discussion? Why are we afraid that he is actually legally allowed to run? It is because we are afraid he might win. That possibility is the most fearful of all. No, not the actual winning, the possibility he wins. Why? Because we have already thrown him out of office. He was already convicted of a crime. We have already decided once that he cannot lead this country. The possibility that Erap might win this 2010 is like eating your own vomit… your own sh#t.

Erap being allowed to run again will make us Filipinos the ultimate laughing-stock in the whole world. And Erap winning this election will be the end of the Filipino nation.

A related reading: Absolute versus conditional pardon

This is what Erap should be doing instead:

erap-relax

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