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I am loving it. Didn’t I tell you that they have 9-9 sale until tomorrow?

Jovy taught me how to open a Lazada wallet which means that I can pay the items in advance. So it was a direct transfer from my bank account. No splurging, only necessities for the house (cheaper than supermarket prices) and a couple of gifts for Nissa and Nate’s birthdays.

Two items arrived today. I bought a gallon of dishwashing liquid so we won’t have to buy those 1-liter pack every now and then. Bought Nate a Whiz Kid Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs for his birthday in November. Aside from his Lego sets, he has lots of plastic dinosaur toys, he can even memorize their names. I make it a point to buy a book for him every year that he can enjoy reading while growing up.

Next month, on 10-10, there would another sale and I am looking forward to it. It is a big help to choose items you want without even having to mingle with the crowd in malls.

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Allow me this, at least for a while. I might look strong on the outside but my heart is bleeding in the inside.

I mourn, yes, I mourn for my country.

Yesterday, they nailed the coffin for good. The end of democracy. It’s supposedly the last bastion to protect the Filipino people and yet the Commision on Election chose to proclaim all the twelve administration bets despite the clamor for manual count, despite the various anomalies that happened a week ago – defective SD cards, videos of election registrars filling in and shading empty ballots, 7-hour glitch in transferring the results from various precincts, malfunctioning Vote Counting Machines and many, many more. This election is a farce. And I guess there is no legitimacy in an election where the commissioners themselves who are tasked to protect the ballots break the rules. Some people said that this is the first time in the history of the Philippines in an election where not even one opposition bet won. In the local level, the opposition won in various areas but in the national level, they all lost.  It makes no sense to me.

Instead of bringing back those millions of pesos back to the government, they allowed the thieves to come back to the Senate. Think of this – a senator who wholehearted supported those extra-judicial killings, a thief, a loyal photographer/selfie maker/follower  to a president with no previous experience in politics, not even in the barangay level, someone who started campaigning a year before the election was held and the Comelec turned a blind eye, a former president’s daughter whose credentials are all fake, a good-for-nothing come-backing senator who did practically nothing in the past. They are complete, complete crooks if I may say.

Allow me to quote a few words from other netizens who are equally concerned with what is happening in our country.

They’re written in the vernacular but let me just translate it in the simplest way. Bato dela Rosa on illegal chinese workers “if they are illegal, make them legal”. Bong Go (the famous alalay), “I will put up a department of OFW”.  Bong Revilla (the come-backing senator) “if not for that budots dance, I won’t win”.

There was this poem published by the Thinking Class of the Philippines. Philippines, it is hard to love you.

The president has been absent from the limelight since the day of the election last  May 13. There are rumors that he was rushed to the hospital because of heart attack. I wonder why they are keeping mum on this when it is stated in the Constitution that the people has the right to know the physical health of a governing person.

And I wonder, why hold on to power even when you are not fit enough to govern. I call that extreme greed.

 

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I can’t really believe the numbers I am seeing. This is just too crazy. Before I went to sleep, it was barely 1% count and they were not transmitting the results from different areas.  They said the transmission server was  having glitches. At around 2 am while we were all asleep, there was a sudden surge of vote counts. Something happened. More than 90% of the votes has already been transmitted. And none of the opposition candidates, yes, not one of them made it to the top twelve. How did this happen?

Prior to the close of the election, a lot of precincts in the whole voting areas of the country  complained about the procedures done. Some OFWs (Overseas Filipinos) were not able to vote because their OAV (Overseas Absentee Voting) did not arrive on time. Some were disenfranchised, no names appeared on the list of voters. Some who voted for a different candidate has his/her receipt rigged with the name of the administration candidates.  VCMs (Voters Counting Machine) were malfunctioning and the voters’ ballots were just put aside and the teachers said they’ll just be the ones to enter those ballots when the machines are fixed or replaced.

And now here comes the magic of it all. Even unknown candidates of the administration made it to the top 12 but those who are best qualified in the opposition like Mar Roxas, Atty. Chel Diokno or even Bam Aquino were swept aside.

Same old questions nagging at me since the campaign started. Where are we going Philippines? One man rule and every one of them follows like musicians relying on the batton of the musical conductor. Is there still hope for us? Have we never learned what the past taught us? Are we going to repeat the same mistakes done in the past?  I am almost losing hope. There is really something not right about the results. It’s either some voters are still of the belief  that this administration is doing it right or something in those missing hours in between, there was an anomaly.  In the local level, opposition candidates won. It just goes to show that people want change. Change for the better, change from this nightmare. And we should hold COMELEC accountable for all these glaring mistakes.

I am quoting two of  netizens’ comments on social media:

From Palomo Alpaca:  Let us not be fooled. The delay in transmitting results for several hours was not a technical glitch. The interface programs were put to work. What happened was digital dagdag bawas using an intermediate program between the transparency server and the servers of the election watchdogs and media. Madali lang po gawin yun. But you need to wait for the true results before you can do the digital dagdag bawas. That’s what they did. They waited first for the true results before they manipulated the numbers that will be transmitted. That is why there was no transmission for several hours except for a couple of hundred thousand votes from Northern Luzon.

And another from Allan Bernabe:

Computerized tally used to be a smooth, trouble-free process requiring minimal to zero human intervention, that’s already been done several times in our country’s election history.

Suddenly, this computerized system is inexplicably wrought with problems after problems, just to be able to keep on producing a “consistent” 12-0 lead of administration bets?

Something or somebody is so blatantly trying to choke the digital process to force it into deviating from its programmed algorithm.

A single minor adjustment to correct an error of not showing “ñ” in names in previous computerized tally was used as an excuse to inflame a firestorm to try to unseat a duly elected vice president. But now, it’s just “okay” to accept thousands of errors and major server problems in this years “record breaking” lopsided victory of infamous plunderers, liars and self-admitted know-nothing administration candidates?

Why are people suddenly indifferent to such in-your-face monumental anomaly?

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Actually, I don’t want to blog about the results of the election yet, it is still too early to predict who won the game. I voted very early this morning. I was at the polling precincts ten minutes before they  opened.  It was easier to vote that way, no long lines yet and the weather was still a little cool. Done in fifteen minutes.

I’d rather tell you about what happened today. Well, I just woke up and reading all the comments on social media.

I was third in line at the precinct where I voted, a line for senior citizens. The first two gentlemen were in conversation and the first showed his kodigo. The second one asked “bakit si Lito Lapid?”  (Why Lito Lapid?) The first one answered, “magaling ayan na actor sa Ang Provinciano”.  (a a good actor in the television series Ang Provinciano. ) My goodness, their  penchant for voting actors  and popular personalities during election  is still in place. I never watch the show so I really don’t know if Lapid is there. Good thing he also carried Bam Aquino, Samira Gutoc, Mar Roxas Chel Diokno, all oppositions and my candidates. As a backgrounder, Lapid was a former senator but you can’t even count on your fingers what bills he authored and were passed into law. Back in 2012, Lapid’s wife was arrested for smuggling $50,000.00 into the US. She is a green card holder. She didn’t report a series of dollar cash deposits made into her account.

When Nissa was done voting after an hour-long wait. We took a Grab car going to SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City. By way of conversation, I asked the driver if he has already voted, he said he was not a registered voter. He is from Mindanao, Davao to be exact…haha. Ah, I said, Duterte country. Nissa nudged me at the elbow, the driver just smiled. It was an uneventful trip.

Nissa has reserved lunch at 11 am at one of the restaurants there. They accepted it not knowing that the mall opens at 12 pm because of the election. We had no option but to seek another venue somewhere in Greenhills. We had a short Grab car ride going to the place. It was a Chinese restaurant. On our ten-minute ride there, the owner of the car was so talkative. He asked where we voted and we said Cainta. He said that he wished his family could transfer to our place because our incumbent mayor is so good and responsible. The former is from another town in Rizal.  We talked about the election going on, the cheatings by some candidates etc.  I brought home some food for dinner then slept.

I am still hoping and praying,  the election would have a favorable result.

 

 

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