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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!!

xxx

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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.

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No, Mesdames and Sirs, this is not going to be a Why I Will Not Vote for Noynoy chronicle. I just feel like I need to make a part 2 of my previous post covering the same topic.

So, on to the next set of reasons.

(1) Did you know that a day after the wrath of Ondoy, Noynoy and Estrada was talking about politics, specifically, the possible union of their camps for the 2010 elections?

While the public’s attention was focused on tropical storm “Ondoy,” it was politics as usual for presidential aspirants Senator Benigno Aquino III and former President Joseph Estrada as they quietly met Sunday night to discuss next year’s elections.

Interviewed on Monday, Aquino said the meeting lasted for three hours but refused to give further details on its results. He said they would release a joint statement about it.

“Maganda ang resulta ng pag-uusap namin kagabi (Our meeting last night went fine), not on a personal basis, but as far as the country is concerned,” said the only son of the late President Corazon Aquino and slain senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.

http://www.gmanews.tv/story/173331/noynoy-erap-talk-about-unified-opposition

How evil-er can you get than this? People are suffering from floods, and Noynoy is politicking?

(2) He is a trapo. Have you seen his star-studded political ad? I saw it at Youtube but I believe this is being played already in his network — ABS-CBN. Why would he make such a move even before the actual campaign period starts? He cannot say he is just playing the rules of the game of politics because no matter how you look at the Election Code, you cannot campaign as of yet. Other politicians are doing it, too. But he cannot use that reason — what happened to evil versus good mantra of his? And he cannot say it is not a political ad; because only trapos do that.

(3) Poor legislative performance. I saw in an article that he wasn’t able to pass any single law that he authored. Huh? Then what did he do in the Senate? Nagbutas ng upuan? Supporters of Noynoy say just because he did not perform well in the legislative branch doesn’t mean that he will automatically perform the same way in the executive branch. Maybe. But we should not look at the legislative-executive performance comparison. They are both public service posts regardless of the branch of government involved. If he didn’t perform well in his post now, there is a very high probability that he won’t perform well in the presidency. Even if legislative and executive are co-equal branches, we know that the presidency is the highest post of the land. Why would you gamble “promoting” an inefficient senator to a president?

(4) He doesn’t even know what he is saying. He always says he is a fiscalizer and will always be a fiscalizer even if he becomes the president. What the f— is he thinking (if at all he is thinking)? A president cannot be fiscalizer — as a head of the state, a president is the one that will be fiscalized (http://antipinoy.com/want-to-run-for-president-start-by-buying-a-dictionary/). He is like an irritating corporate executive babbling industry buzz words without knowing what they really mean.

(5) He doesn’t even have a clear platform of government! And much as I want to fill this up with supporting evidence, I just can’t because he really doesn’t have any.

Hayyzzz… It’s just sad that with the support of celebrities and a big network like ABS-CBN, Noynoy might just win. (What is it for the ABS-CBN by the way?)

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I know I once said that the 2010 elections is going to be a circus in the making but I really did not think it’s going to be so cheesy! Sobra na!

By now, everybody is probably aware of Sen. Chiz Escudero’s resignation from the Nationalist People’s Coalition. Formerly a congressman of Sorsogon, Chiz joined NPC in 1998. He made this announcement at the Club Filipino a few days after the other contender for the party’s presidential bid for 2010 – Sen. Loren Legarda – declared that she is instead running for vice president.

Part of his speech is as follows:

Isang maganda at pinagpalang umaga at maraming salamat po sa pagdalo niyo sa umagang ito.

Madalas ko pong sinasabi na ang desisyon, o pagkakaugnay sa pagtakbo o di pagtakbo, o pagtakbo sa partikular o ano mang posisyon dapat personal sa isang tao at hindi dapat pinapasa o inaasa kanino man.

Let that be the first test of leadership of any putative candidate –for that person to decide on his own whether or not he will run, and what position he will run for.

Hayaan niyo pong patunayan ko yan sa araw na ito. Nais ko pong ipabatid na ako po ay nagpaalam na at nagresign na bilang miyembro ng Nationalist People’s Coalition o NPC.

Una, sino man po ang nagpapaplanong tumakbo bilang pangulo, dapat wala pong partidong kinabibilangan –NPC, LP , NP, Lakas o ano pa man. Ang dapat na partidong kinabibilangan ng sino mang nagpaplanong tumakbo, dapat po Pilipinas.

Pangalawang rason, sino mang tumatakbo, o tatakbo o magiging pangulo ng ating bansa, hindi po pwedeng nakakadena ang kamay at paa sa partido.

Pangatlo po at higit sa lahat, ako’y lumilisan sa aking partido dahil naniniwala po ako na mas matatanaw ko ang dapat kong gawin at papel na dapat kong gampanan kaugnay sa darating na halalan.

http://www.chizescudero.com/story/464/escudero-announces-decision-to-leave-npc/

What was he thinking?! Is he saying any person who is a part of any organization cannot think independently? Because only an irrational people can say that. Also, if that is the case, then, he has just admitted that he has not been thinking on his own since he became a member of the party. Poor Chiz.

The decision to resign is just so untimely. If this is really a matter of principle, why did he join the party in the first place? In an interview with Tonying in Umagang Kay Ganda, he was asked why he resigned only now if it is really a matter of principle. He says it’s because he never considered running for the presidency before. Poor Chiz… Is he saying the presidency has a different set of principles that he or she has to adhere to than other public post? I thought public officials have the “public” as its boss? Is his principles tied with the party when he was still a congressman? And now as a senator? Because that is the implication that I can get based from his reasoning.

There is more to this than just his nonsense speech about his resignation.

In my opinion, something went wrong. He always say it is not about the money; he says the funds have never been an issue. Yeah right. No one can run with only a hundred million in his pocket if he or she does not have an Obama-like following. (In our case, Noynoy might be able to pull out his campaign with the help of those who are blindly – BLINDLY!!! – supporting him.) But Chiz is far from having that charisma or circumstances. He cannot make it without enough funds for the campaign. So, I think what really happened is either if the two:

  1. Cojuangco does not want to support Chiz’s campaign. And without that support, we know Chiz is going nowhere.
  2. Cojuangco wants to support someone else and wants Chiz to be a VP to whoever he is supporting. And Chiz is not about to be another clown who will just gove up his political ambitions.

This resignation is not about principles. If this is about principles, then, Chiz should have been an independent politician since the start of his political career.

I wonder if there would be more intermission numbers before the main event in 2010. This is getting so exciting every passing moment!

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Last Monday, a forum attended by the four leading presidential aspirants, around 100 local government champions, and some more was held in Asian Institute of Management, Makati City. I was just a few blocks away from that place and had I known this in advance, I am sure I’ll do my best to find my way there (although the event was probably by invitation only). Well, short story is I wasn’t able to watch it at AIM nor at ANC. But the good things is, it was replayed last night.

The presidential aspirants who attended the forum were Noynoy Aquino, Chiz Escudero, Manuel Villar, and Gibo Teodoro. They were asked about the following issues (I copied this from http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/anc/10/05/09/local-execs-grill-noynoy-chiz-gibo-manny):
changing the sharing scheme between the national and local governments in the internal revenue allotment (IRA), from 60-40 to 50-50, and changing the current formula of computing the share of each level of local government unit (LGU);
changing the rules in utilizing the calamity funds of LGUs which, at present, limits it to relief and rescue, and prohibits allocating the fund for disaster preparedness activities;
changes in the pork barrel system, which currently leads to duplication in the programs of the local governments and the congressmen;
handling the Mindanao peace process; and
addressing the reproductive health issue.
If I were to make a ranking on how they answered the questions posted, I’d say Gibo is number 1, then, Escudero, Noynoy, and finally, Villar. IF they will perform based on how they answered, I’d probably campaign for Gibo. Thing is, knowing something has to be done and actually implementing it through political will are two different things. Gibo is specific about what he wants, why he believes in it, and how he plans to do it. Chiz is a classic “man of a few words” — he says something in Filipino, then, translates it in English. (Why would he do that?) Noynoy only shows his lack of experience and knowledge on most questions thrown to him — pag-aaralan pa daw niya ang mga bagay-bagay. And Villar is not fit for such public forum (I can only imagine how he would fare in a presidential debate).
I hope this kind of event becomes a regular thing in Philippine politics. In fact, I hope a presidential debate weeks before the 2010 election will be conducted. This blog (http://idioticfilipinos.wordpress.com/2009/09/17/a-debaters-wet-dream/) has summarized what I want to happen:
all the candidates running for the office of the President of the Republic;
on air over free TV and major AM radio stations;
live, with no assistants;
for three hours and with no commercial breaks;
each candidate will have 8-10 minutes to introduce his/her platform;
then be interpellated by one randomly picked co-candidate for three minutes on the speech for the platform; and
once all candidates have spoken about their platform, an impartial moderator will then ask pertinent questions about the Presidency, and shall give five minutes for each candidate to formulate a response to each question.
Wow. Imagine if this happens next year.

(My apologies for this late post.)

Last Monday (05-Oct), a forum attended by the four leading presidential aspirants, around 100 local government champions, and some more was held in Asian Institute of Management, Makati City. I was just a few blocks away from that place and had I known this in advance, I am sure I’ll do my best to find my way there (although the event was probably by invitation only). Well, short story is I wasn’t able to watch it at AIM nor at ANC. I was in front of my PC trying to catchup with whatever is happening via TweetDeck.

But the good things is, it was replayed last Wednesday — but unfortunately, I was only able to draft this a while ago.

The presidential aspirants who attended the forum were Noynoy Aquino, Chiz Escudero, Manuel Villar, and Gibo Teodoro. They were asked about the following issues (I copied this from http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/anc/10/05/09/local-execs-grill-noynoy-chiz-gibo-manny):

  1. changing the sharing scheme between the national and local governments in the internal revenue allotment (IRA), from 60-40 to 50-50, and changing the current formula of computing the share of each level of local government unit (LGU);
  2. changing the rules in utilizing the calamity funds of LGUs which, at present, limits it to relief and rescue, and prohibits allocating the fund for disaster preparedness activities;
  3. changes in the pork barrel system, which currently leads to duplication in the programs of the local governments and the congressmen;
  4. handling the Mindanao peace process; and
  5. addressing the reproductive health issue.

If I were to make a ranking on how they answered the questions posted, I’d say Gibo is number 1, then, Escudero, Noynoy, and finally, Villar. IF they will perform based on how they answered, I’d probably campaign for Gibo. Thing is, knowing something has to be done and actually implementing it through political will are two different things.

Gibo is specific about what he wants, why he believes in it, and how he plans to do it. He was clear on how he wants to solve the problem in Mindanao (focus on disarmament, then, multisectoral approach to development).  He is also very clear on his stand on Charter Change — the provisions needing amendment, when the amendment will be done, and how this amendment should be done.

Chiz is a classic “man of a few words” — he says something in Filipino, then, translates it in English. (Why would he do that?) He is very vague in most of his answers. I have to admit though that he is a good public speaker — but nothing more than that.

Noynoy only shows his lack of experience and knowledge on most questions thrown to him — pag-aaralan pa daw niya ang mga bagay-bagay. He also keeps on saying he is an economist (so?). I am really, really convinced that Noynoy’s time is not yet this 2010. (Don’t vote for Noynoy, please.) This is supposed to be Mar’s time…

And Villar is not fit for such public forum (I can only imagine how he would fare in a presidential debate). Oh, yeah, he is a textbook case of a trapo. Increasing revenue is not the answer; proper allocation is the answer!

I hope this kind of event becomes a regular thing in Philippine politics. In fact, I hope a presidential debate weeks before the 2010 election will be conducted. This blog (http://idioticfilipinos.wordpress.com/2009/09/17/a-debaters-wet-dream/) has summarized what I want to happen:

  • all the candidates running for the office of the President of the Republic;
  • on air over free TV and major AM radio stations;
  • live, with no assistants;
  • for three hours and with no commercial breaks;
  • each candidate will have 8-10 minutes to introduce his/her platform;
  • then be interpellated by one randomly picked co-candidate for three minutes on the speech for the platform; and
  • once all candidates have spoken about their platform, an impartial moderator will then ask pertinent questions about the Presidency, and shall give five minutes for each candidate to formulate a response to each question.

Wow. Imagine if this happens next year…

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There are so many reasons I will not vote for Noynoy. You may share some of these; or maybe hate me for saying them.

Foremost of all reasons: I don’t vote. So, yeah, I will not vote for anyone, anyway. But if ever I will have to choose between death and casting a vote this 2010, I will definitely not choose Noynoy.

I won't vote for Noynoy.

I won't vote for Noynoy.

Why?

(1) His mediocre performance as congressman and a senator, and as a statesman in general. When you think of Noynoy, what really comes into your mind as far as his legislative performance is concerned? Nada. Mar Roxas has Cheaper Medicines Act to boast for; Gibo is a bar topnotcher; Villar has a classic rags-to-riches story. But Noynoy? He is just the son of Ninoy and Cory, and nothing more — which brings me to my next reason why I will not vote for him.

(2) He may be a son of Ninoy, but along with this feudalistic heritage is the Hacienda Luisita issue — wait, Hacienda Luisita Massacre (Google it!). I have no doubts in Ninoy‘s capacity to lead the nation (he’s one of my idols, in fact). But look at what happened when we thought someone close to Ninoy will be a good replacement (Cory, that is): power shortage, coup attempts, executive-legislative deadlocks, CARP which didn’t apply to the Cojuangcos by the way, and of course, the Mendiola and Hacienda Luisita massacres. Yeah, massacres.

(Corollary: They say voting for Gibo is just like voting for GMA — which I don’t really agree with — then, voting for Noynoy is just voting for Cory, a textbook case of political dynasty at the very least.)

(3) His messianic complex (…a messiah complex is a state of mind in which the individual believes he/she is, or is destined to become, a savior). He is saying this is a battle of good and evil, and of course, he is the “good” part of that equation. (Review #2 above.) If the 2010 election is a battle between something and something, well, it is at most a battle of evils and lesser evils. (Unless of course Willie Revillame joins the presidential race, in which case, this would become a battle among evils, lesser evils, and a comedian.)

(4) He is indecisive. There are two things I would like to share in the matter of his indecisiveness. When a group of people made the initiative to convince him to run, Noynoy even has to go to a retreat to ask for divine guidance. What the–?! It’s not the divine guidance that I am doubting here, but his indecisiveness. Other presidentiables have long decided that they would want to run. And it’s good. You cannot just go on a retreat and then say you’ll ask for divine guidance before you do something. PLUS, I think he is just being pretentious there. When Mar Roxas made his announcement that he is backing out of the race and will just support Noynoy’s bid for the presidency, Mar said it was a result of their (Noynoy and Mar’s) series of conversations. Meaning, a decision has been made already. Why then would he still go to that retreat only if not to feel how the masses would react in Mar’s announcement? Pretentious, manipulative, evil.

So, before I get criticized by writing this article without providing a good alternative, let me say here who I want to be the president:

PaPi!
yeah, PaPi for President!

Vote for me, yeah?

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If you are feeling depressed or down and you are in need of a good laugh, I suggest you resort to the best source of laughter with comedic proportions (whatever that means!) — the Philippine political arena. Yes, the Philippine politics is probably one of the best sources of a good laugh, or at the very least, a good way to temporarily escape from the complexities of life.

Remember how busy the Filipinos became during Erap’s impeachment trial? The quotabilities (only in this blog, hehehe) of witnesses’ statements and lawyers’ and senators’ questioning are just amazing. I liked watching the televised impeachment trial more than I liked watching a Korean telenovela. Oh, and let me not forget how funny Jun Lozada’s testimony was. Imagine, he’s saying the government or the police is threatening his life through text messages! Hehehe. He even called a press conference for that. (What was funny about this is not just he being threatened through text messages but when he was asked by the press to show the message, he told them he already deleted them. Right!)

Anyway, the fast-approaching 2010 elections is just a comic relief in this very serious world. Look at the following:

  • The COMELEC is making a fuss out of the ruling party’s declaration of Gilbert Teodoro as it’s standard bearer. They are saying, it’s not yet in the election calendar, i.e., a party is not yet allowed to make such decisions. BUT look at Noynoy Aquino’s announcement that he will run for the presidency… nope, COMELEC is mum about it. What the f— ?! Also, didn’t LP already declared the Aquino-Roxas tandem? Why are they not making any issues on that? Just funny…
  • The opposition is afraid of the possibility of a failure of elections. And because of this, they are thinking of passing a law that will make a provision for a transition president in case a failure of election indeed is realized. Grabe, saan ka pa?!
  • Romulo, the DFA secretary, apparently expressed his support, through text, to Noynoy’s candidacy. Noynoy, who’s so eager to say administration people are supporting him announced to the public that Romulo is indeed supporting him. (Hay naku…) And because of that, Malacanang announced that those in the Cabinet who’s not supporting the administration’s bet should resign. (Makes sense — if you are in the Cabinet, it only makes sense that you should support it’s bet because you are suppose to be carrying and upholding the same policies.) E kasi naman… Why you be expressing your support to your opposition if you are actively serving the administration? As for Noynoy, why would he have to announce something in public if the statement was made in confidence?

Sa election pa lang yan! The totality of Philippine politics is even funnier.

  1. Erap and Lacson who were once side-by-side in politics are now the most celebrated foes in the arena.
  2. Wowowee is thinking if he is going to enter politics.
  3. Poe’s daughter is being eyed by the opposition to run for the Senate.
  4. Erap is reaaaally serious on running for reelection. (And the administration is saying he can’t because he resigned — and that he was not coerced nor  intimidated by anyone. Hehehe.)

philpol

Politics…

  • social relations involving intrigue to gain authority or power; “office politics is often counterproductive”
  • the study of government of states and other political units
  • the profession devoted to governing and to political affairs
  • the opinion you hold with respect to political questions
  • the activities and affairs involved in managing a state or a government; “unemployment dominated the politics of the inter-war years”; “government agencies multiplied beyond the control of representative politics”

Bow.

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