Posts Tagged ‘Philippine Politics’

Yesterday,  I experienced the slowest connection to our internet browsers. Tried Chromium, Opera and Mozilla Firefox without success. Lately, I’ve noticed the so-slow connection while browsing and it sort of gave up on me yesterday. Josef has to back up all my files to my hard-drive and he made a clean slate of our Windows and re-install everything but the problem was since the connection was too slow, he could not install new browsers to my PC. I tried it a few minutes ago and surprisingly,Windows explorer was a bit fast compared to last night.  I’ve been using my tab to visit Facebook and WordPress but it was kind of weird typing on a smaller gadget compared to my 16″ Ganzklar screen.

I tried installing the latest version of Mozilla Firefox and what do you know – success! Can’t help that smile on my face. Browsing now is a bit faster than before and since almost all files on my documents were empty, there is no reason why it should not be.  I am afraid to install  the Zoom Browser EX of my Canon camera though since I am not familiar with it. I guess I have to use my hard-drive to browse those saved photos for my blog.

Electronic gadgets and such –  sometimes it makes us insecure that we could not access social media and be updated on what’s happening around. They have become such a necessity instead of being just lucky that we have them for daily use at all hours of the day.

I am one of those who read news online. I react (silently in front of my PC) when I read those dreadful and nasty comments from netizens  who won’t think twice in lambasting a particular would-be candidate for the 2016 presidential election. It’s something like getting the pulse of everyone who has internet access. I hope their complaints and shocking comments would translate to a vote for someone who spells good governance, not corrupt, and has the good of the entire country in his/her agenda. I miss those previous election periods where every candidate is required to have public debates on television and show their platforms of government. Let’s see how the Filipino electorate have grown in their choices and let those voices translate to a clean and honest election. I hope we will all learn from our mistakes in the past.

I am digressing again. Just happy to tell you internet access is quite good now :)

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Sometimes, listening to news on the radio  or watching news on television give you that feeling that all they ever discuss is about the Bangsamoro Basic Law and  the Binays. I seldom write political blogs except for that time when Supreme Court Justice  Corona was impeached a few years ago. It was one event that I religiously followed, watching the procedures with mom  from 2pm until about 6pm every day for 41 days until the final verdict by the Senate. He was found guilty.

It’s early yet for presidential election 2016 but then all you see in the news are the exchange of ugly words from the Binay camp and some political figures who have plans to run. Binay is our VP, two of his daughters are in the Senate and Congress respectively, a son is the incumbent mayor of Makati City. Their official spokespersons are caught in their own mud by hurling insults to a neophyte senator questioning her integrity, her qualifications to run for the presidency (if she runs in 2016). It’s way too soon to attack a person who hasn’t even declared she is running.Now they are questioning the validity of her citizenship and just because she was one of those 10 senators who signed an early report/investigation in the Senate stating that there are valid reasons of ill-gotten wealth and corruption  and plunder charges.  The Binays always say that this is just mere “politicking” on the part of the people who don’t want him to be president.  Why don’t they just answer all those questions that are troubling  the people’s minds instead of those evasive tactics that they are doing?  The voters and the people have a right to know the truth. Why would you vote for someone who had questionable dealings in the past? Can they explain their vast wealth  which was allegedly acquired through corruption?

When it comes to choosing a candidate, most Filipino voters go by this, they vote for someone who is popular and who has a fat envelope to give out. Some of us never learn   from the past and some of us are so passive as long as the unfolding of events does not affect us on a personal level.  Perhaps it is about time that we consider those who are honest enough to serve and whose track record is beyond questionable.  Be selective and select the best no matter what his /her political affiliation is. There is a standing joke between my friends and I (this is a fact), some of these dirty politicians  always end up in wheelchairs.

On a positive note, I am so looking forward to the opening of our municipal library. It is now under construction. My son jokingly said that when it opens, I’ll be the first one to visit it. About a year ago, I asked our Mayor if having a library for the people of Cainta was in the can and I was surprised  when he replied that they will start it soon.  We’ve been here for almost twenty years and it’s the first time that we are seeing a new face of our town via countless projects that are now being done. When a politician has a sincere desire to serve his people, we’ll  all be on the right track.

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I lost my muse.

Seriously though, for two days, I was a bit busy gardening and it was not even half-way done. I wonder  when I’ll be able to finish , what  with listening to the news or watching the news and reading in between. A lot of things are happening in our country. It is barely two weeks since millions of people went to the streets and shouted Pope Francis’ name with joy and gladness but now I think, people are divided.

I don’t normally do political blogs except those times when elections are coming near. I am getting tired of all these brouhaha happening here. Blogging about it alone would tax your strength. People have become self-righteous and opinionated and as always hiding behind social media. They act like they are so perfect and could run the government perfectly too. They have lost the meaning of the word RESPECT –  respect for others, respect for authority, respect for themselves. It is so sad really. We have become a nation of judgmental people.  I will just pray  for those whose opinions and ideas are contrary to what I believe in. I was reading some comments on Facebook on the headline news and one commenter has written  every evil word that she thinks would describe the President. She wrote in badly written English with so many errors in grammar and she was so passionate about lambasting the former. I can’t help but comment back like this, “Okay, I get it you are so perfect that you are capable of running the government your own way but have you ever thought that you can’t even spell properly? Are you so proud of yourself that you are writing in English? Magtagalog ka na lang”  or something to that effect. I could be a bitch too, sometimes :) It is so easy to tell the President to resign but have they ever thought of the outcome  if that happens? Who would benefit from it, definitely not us, ordinary citizens. I found this column by Winnie Monsod from the Philippine Inquirer and I am asking the same question. Like her, I would rather choose a lesser evil.

I am catching up on my reading, done three books in a week and I am advanced by four books in my reading challenge at Goodreads.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to meet the challenge. I am finding new authors and interesting books. I miss taking pics though because my camera has this message “memory card error”. I tried changing the SD card but the same message showed.  I  am planning to bring it tomorrow to the service center of Canon.

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“The Filipino is worth dying for.”

Proclamation 1081 (Martial Law) was signed by then Pres. Marcos on September 21, 972. I was in high school.  Ninoy Aquino was assassinated on August 21, 1983 (31 years ago today), I was a young mother then with an eleven-month old daughter.  February 25, 1986 was the highlight of the return to democracy when Marcos and his family left Malacanang Palace for good after more than two decades of governing the land.

Watching the two-hour documentary today on the assassination of Ninoy  and the presidency of Cory Aquino made me remember the dark days of Philippine history. I remember the  bloody student demonstrations and rallies  before martial law was declared. I remember the day when we could not even listen to news because radio and television channels were closed. The glorious days of a dictator just started, the ambitious dream of a man to rule by military power. He incarcerated his enemies including Ninoy Aquino, the man who could have been the greatest president of the Republic of the Philippines, the only powerful enemy that Marcos had. I watched the documentary with my son who kept asking questions what life was like during the martial law years and how the Filipino people were affected by Ninoy’s death. I wrote a blog about this before.

Prior to what we know now in history as the People Power Revolution, I was part of the crowd at Ayala Avenue throwing confetti and yellow flowers made of crepe paper every time there was a rally scheduled in Makati. Bank of PI  (located at Ayala Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas) was at the center of those rallies and demonstration since the stage’s set-up was always facing our office building.  Now, that area is occupied by a statue of Ninoy Aquino, a tribute to a hero.Photo courtesy of ayalatriangle.comI remember collecting issues of the tabloid Malaya which was the only newspaper having regular reports of the assassination and how people reacted to it. I remember keeping a copy of a newspaper when the Marcos family left Malacanang to be exiled later in Hawaii. It was the day that ended a dictatorship.

Ah, those moments of happy celebration when all Ayala employees and their subsidiaries joined the merry dance at Ayala Avenue led by our big boss, Don Jaime Zobel de Ayala. You can just imagine people in corporate attires  dancing to the tune of Tie a Yellow Ribbon and laughing  out loud – the days when democracy was truly restored in our land.

He said, ” I believe that the Filipino will respond to the call to greatness not by coercion but by persuasion, not by intimidation but through the ways of freedom”. May his  legacy lives on and may the youth of today appreciates and remember what he did for our country.

Ninoy Aquino, my own personal hero.



Photo courtesy of ayalatriangle.com


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I am not a political analyst, neither am I into politics but I appreciate President Obama’s visit here in our country. They say he is the most powerful man in the world on account of the USA being the most powerful country. I won’t delve into the nitty-gritty of the whys and the hows of his visit here because I am not qualified to do so. What I saw of the warm welcome, the warm smiles, the wonderful speeches that both leaders delivered yesterday are enough to gladden the hearts of the Filipino people who believe that peace could only be achieved not by arms and golds but through  a sincere dialogue and communication.

It was the second straight two days that I allowed myself to stay in front of the television to watch the canonization of  Saints John Paul II and Saint John XXIII in Rome the other day and the arrival of President Obama yesterday.  I enjoyed watching both. I found some pictures posted by the Gazette of the Republic of the Phils. on Facebook which I follow.

I love this.  he took his time shaking hands with the ordinary Malacanang employees, smiling and looks truly glad to step foot in the Philippines.

I love this. He took his time shaking hands with the ordinary Malacanan employees, smiling and looks truly glad to step foot in the Philippines.


U.S. President Barack Obama's inscription in the official guestbook of Malacañan Palace: "I thank President Aquino and the people of the Philippines welcoming me. May America's oldest alliance in Asia always be renewed by our friendship and mutual respect."

U.S. President Barack Obama’s inscription in the official guest book of Malacañan Palace: “I thank President Aquino and the people of the Philippines welcoming me. May America’s oldest alliance in Asia always be renewed by our friendship and mutual respect.”


The welcome ceremony at the Malacanan Palace grounds.

The welcome ceremony at the Palace grounds.


It was short (not even a twenty-four hour visit) but I saw a glimpse of the man who is so polite  and knows what he is talking about.  Report says this is the eight visit of a President of the United States to the Philippines.


(photo credits: Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines)

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Everyone of us has followed the development of Napoles’ pork barrel scam.  The Million People March in Luneta last Monday showed everyone that the people mean business, that is, to get to the truth behind this scam that involves P10B siphoned off from the coffers of the  Philippine government which, technically translated, belongs to  all Filipinos who are diligently paying their taxes no matter how miniscule their income is.

Last night, Napoles finally surrendered to no less than the President himself.  And everyone following the news of her surrender rejoiced at least for a while. She was then transferred to Camp Crame. What I can’t understand is why are they giving her preferential treatment and even considering her to be a state’s witness?  It’s appalling to even think of her as a state’s witness, don’t you think?  Justice Secretary de Lima said that as far as the evidence shows, she is the central figure in this scam. Gosh, what is happening to our country? What’s the hidden agenda?   We can’t help but think that there is something fishy going on here.  I would not be surprised if we will see her in one of the hospitals here also on a wheelchair. The latest news says that she might remain at Camp Crame  or be transferred to Camp Bagong Diwa  and not at Makati City jail  as previously planned because she must be protected at all cost. What about those whistleblowers who also risked their lives to tell the truth so the people may know? Eh bakit ang isang magnanakaw, na nang snatch lang ng cellphone, derecho sa kulungan?

I am an ordinary citizen religiously paying taxes and I demand to know the truth and nothing but. As I have said in my earlier blog, I hope they are not just paying lip service to us all. And I can’t help but think that this is just the tip of the iceberg.  There are bigger fish involved and Napoles is now scared stiff for her life. I’m sharing a picture posted by one of my friends at Facebook and it clearly shows the”true picture”. Thank you to whoever made this cartoon,  the message is clear.


And here’s one more picture I found on Butch Abella’s timeline.   Such is what some of our politicians have become.  Greed for money and lust for power.


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I am not sure if that word porky is appropriate here but this is just to show you how tiring it is to see and read news on the pork barrel every day. All of a sudden, I am tired of seeing Napoles’ face everywhere on the net, I am tired of reading her daughter’s blog freely flaunting her signature shoes, bags, and everything else she wears from head to foot, an ostentatious display of wealth while majority of the Filipino people are  living below the poverty line. I am tired of those shameless politicians denying that they didn’t get anything from their share of the “drums” and “barrels” of  people’s money  and those who entered politics just because they want to get their share too.  One  senator even said that it is not their responsibility where their pork barrel goes, if I may say, what an irresponsible and irrelevant statement coming from someone who was supposed to be intelligent enough to understand that it is not their money but hard-earned by Juan dela Cruz.  As they say in Tagalog, dugo’t pawis ang puhunan. Or are they swimming in the quagmire of their deceit, lies  and more lies?  Do they still have conscience ?  Don’t they possess any shame? Where did the P10B go, in the pockets of a few?

Today, finally, Pres. Aquino issued a statement on the abolition of PDAF  (Priority Development Assistance Fund).  Some senators have filed resolutions too  (or at least around 15 of them)  believe that it should be abolished.  I hope it is not just mere lip service since the Filipino people are getting  angry and we have the right to be.  Let  justice prevail and punish those who are guilty of this sabotage.  Corona’s impeachment is nothing compared to this.

I am just tired of it all.

So I’ll spend a little of my time getting acquainted with new authors and new books. Sometimes, you’ll get a nice surprise. I have just  watched the trailer of the movie adaptation of The Book Thief,  one of the best books I encountered a few years ago.  (A favorite read, obviously but I don’t have my copy yet).  Just can’t wait.  And here’s something from Roger Housden  which might inspire you too.

When I write I fall by the wayside and pick myself up and stumble and bumble along the line hoping that any moment, this moment, I’ll find my way home and there is a moment and then another moment when I almost catch the inexpressible by the tail and it slips away again just out of reach but I’m on the scent now and I can see the letters almost forming into words and the words into sentences but then I see a cup of tea floating between me and the screen and my body is already half out of the chair when I remember again what I’m sitting here in search of and I fall in, I fall in and the words come bubbling up from below onto the line and I can’t stop now nothing can stop what wants to take shape and all this despite myself.

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