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Have you noticed? All I did the past two or three weeks was blogged about my family’s health. It’s quite unfortunate that we have come to this. When anyone in the family is not healthy and fit, I worry but I am leaving it all to God. As I’ve always said before, God is a loving God and our trials are just that. How long we can endure defends on how well we believe that everything will be okay in the end. I’ve always believed that He is the greatest Healer of all. Our crosses may sometimes be heavy but we are able to carry them through.

I called Nissa this morning while she was at the UST Hospital. She went back to her endocrinologist. She has to undergo a one time treatment of  Radioactive Iodine Therapy at least a month or two after her surgery. Since that needs a three-day isolation, she has to stay at the hospital’s isolation room when that is done. There are preparations and things that she is not yet allowed to eat. seafood and eggs are a no, no.

When mom was given same radioactive medicine years ago because of her goiter, it was  an outpatient procedure but for a month she was not allowed to even kiss us or her grandkids. I am afraid  the cost of the medication for Nissa is expensive  and the remaining insurance for this year can no longer  cover it all. She still has to verify it with the insurance company. She may opt to shoulder the remaining balance since it is a per sickness/per year basis. And since it is the same sickness that will be covered, she has to shell out cash. Unless of course she will wait for January for the insurance’s renewal.

I also visited my internist this morning and he opted for additional medications for my BP. It was erratic. I’ll have a repeat FBS and urinalysis in a week. The urinalysis is normal except that there is a 2 + protein in it. Creatinine is at a normal range.  Really, when one is getting old, there are unavoidable things that crop up. Diet is one commodity that I have to watch. I don’t have much exercise though.

These things happening at BUCOR (Bureau of Corrections) or what we call Bureau of Prisons are getting out of hand. Those corrupt officials allow the rich prisoners to buy their freedom and the director claims that he does not know it? There seems to be a conspiracy  between those rich drug lords and BUCOR.  Such a shame, almost everyone appointed by this government is a failure. Do you think this Senate hearing is another waste of people’s money? Is it another distraction while most of us are waiting for the Election Tribunal to announce their findings on Marcos’ complaint that he won the VP position?  My goodness, we all  know that VP Leni Robredo is the legit Vice-President who won fair and square againsts Bongbong Marcos.

Kawawang Pilipinas at kawawang mga mamamayan. We are being trampled on and still some of us remain indifferent.

 

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Ah, sometimes I can’t help but post my own views with what is happening in our country at the moment. Of course you are probably aware on what happened last May 13 during election day here. Not one opposition candidate for senators made it to the top twelve considering that they are more experienced than some of those who won on the government’s side. There was a seven-hour glitch in transmitting the results. It is not yet resolved until now and our Commision on Elections is so quiet. Sad story.

But let’s look at the outcome of the local elections last May. Most of those who won belong to the opposition. It speaks for how the people voted. Maybe it’s true that the senatorial election was rigged from the very start.

Three people that stand out and whom I  really admire are our very own Mayor Atty. Kit Nieto, Isko Moreno and Vico Sotto. This is Mayor Kit’s third and last term as mayor of our town. Mayor Isko Moreno of  Manila  defeated the former president and mayor Joseph Estrada. He is doing really well, on his 5th day, there is a big improvement in the city. He wants to preserve our heritage sites which are mostly located in his turf. He will not allow those high-rise, photo-bomber buildings to be constructed near those lovely heritage sites.  Third is a bagito former councilor from Pasig City who defeated a more than two decades of only one name in the city, relatives, brothers, father etc. He is Vico Sotto, a son of a former television actress, television host and producer. He is only thirty years old but his vision is so very different from other local mayors in other cities and towns. He is a great admirer of the late Jessie Robredo, who was the husband of our present Vice-President  Leni Robredo. I watched his inaugural speech. He is so good.  On his first day, he has suspended the odd-even scheme of the former mayor where you can’t even pass through major streets to reach other towns and cities in the metropolis. In his speech at the flag raising ceremony last Sunday, he said that this scheme needs further study.

Would you believe, I am following the three of them in social media.  In one of my visits to Vico’s site, I saw this photo with our own Mayor Nieto. I stole it 🙂 The former visited the latter some months ago.

Mayor Vico is the one in a black jacket while the one in white t-shirt is Mayor Kit.

Mayor Isko of Manila

Admirable people. I hope they would stay true to their sworn statements and plans for their own cities and municipality.

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For the past two days, I was trying to lose myself from all these “ugly” events happening in our country. Sometimes though, because you have a sense of patriotism and that nationalistic attitude towards your beloved country, you just can’t help but react.

This actually happened more than a week ago when 22 Filipino fishermen at the Red Bank was rammed by a chinese vessel. It took a week for Duterte to react by saying it was an  “an ordinary maritime incident”, instead of investigating what happened and protecting the rights of the 22 fishermen.  He would not dare punish china for intentionally sinking that fishing boat. Now it can be told, he loves china more than he loves his country and his countrymen who he promised to serve.

Let me quote an  opinion of a netizen Allan Bernabe how these people from the government  coerced the fishermen to doubt themselves and eventually retract their own statements:

It’s so tragic that Duterte had to parade excessive force, to cower Insigne into submission. The poor fisherman-captain was taken down by shock and awe.

Piñol was sent to boat owner’s home, in the guise of bringing relief goods. But the real purpose was to force Insigne and his companions to change their story and apologize to Duterte.

When Piñol met Insigne, there’s no doubt that Insigne showed defiance.

But Piñol was ready. Duterte had anticipate Insigne will stand for principle. So he had assigned a battalion of fully armed policemen to go with Piñol, to do nothing else but scare Insigne. Once Insigne resisted, Piñol signalled the troops to surround the house in full battle gear, threatening arrest of the fisherboat captain.

Insigne, who had already received arrest “feelers” prior, must have broken down in fear.

After losing his command of the rammed boat, losing his right to fish in Philippine territories, losing his dignity to Duterte’s lies and fierce fanatics trolling, and almost losing his life to Chinese militia, he cannot afford to lose his freedom.

Not knowing the threat of arrest was only a Duterte’s bluff, Insigne surrendered to Duterte’s propaganda.

The most powerful tyrant of the country crushing the heart and soul of the poor beaten victims of China’s aggression, using the full might of a country’s resources.

Such unspeakable cruelty only a Duterte mind can produce.

Injustice can’t even begin to describe this.

Pinol is the present Agriculture Secretary sent by duterte.He conducted a closed-door meeting with the seafarers. When it was done, they were singing a different tune. You can see from their faces how conflicted they were of what happened, even having their photos taken with that hateful  fist sign like a Nazi salute.

First Lorenzana changed his tune, then here comes the captain of the Philippine vessel who says he is no longer sure whether it was a chinese ship who rammed them or not. What’s happening Philippines? Ganito na lang ba kababa ang tingin nila sa atin?Yung iba diyan, ang daling bumaliktad, may nabibili, may nasusuhulan, may madaling himukin. Yung iba tinatakot at binabantaan ang buhay nila. Which is which people? I am confused  . Or maybe to save your life and the lives of your family, you just follow blindfolded. We can’t really blame those poor fishermen.

(Lorenzana is the present Secretary of  National Defense).

 

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Hello everyone!

Just curious. Are you that type of blogger who only reads your reader’s newsfeed and  do not visit the sites of the bloggers you are reading and commenting on? I’ve done that for a number of years till I discovered that it is nicer to visit the sites than just commenting and reading on your feed. You will be able to discover how their blogs look like, how the blogs were customized to fit their themes, how photos were arranged for a better look and views. I used to see those votes in every blog post I write then it stopped but lately it is back again. Maybe some new bloggers  clicked the “vote” button at the lower portion of the title of each post which you can’t find if you are just reading your feed.

I have different photos on my header when you click different posts but I haven’t changed my theme. I just love the Sadish look. I love the clear lines and simple look of the customized site. I am using a free team and that won’t change because I don’t want to pay every year for a blog that is quite personal. It is not a business blog and I don’t earn anything from it.

I am quite sad that a friend who blogs in another platform has given up on blogging. He is retreating from being active on social media because he could not take the tragedy happening to our country day by day. He actually wished he could do anything actively like some of  our friends are doing but he is staying in another country so it is a bit hard for him to do so.

This is a blatant insult to us Filipinos. I saw some photos of people selling chinese flags at a public place like Luneta. I can’t help but react. We will be celebrating our Independence Day on Wednesday June 12 but why this? Who allowed them to sell those chinese flags? Ibinabandera nila ang hindi naman atin. Gosh, it gives me the shivers. There was a time when I felt so happy seeing everyone celebrates our Independence but it seems in all the three years that a certain individual took over, it has become so frustrating to see them ignore the importance of what our ancestors sacrificed for.

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Monday, here we go.

I was indisposed the whole day yesterday because of my knee. I have to force myself to attend mass online because I could not yet walk well. Good thing my right knee is finally getting better.

Yesterday, social media was full of news and videos on the graduation ceremonies of the Phil. Military Academy Mabalasik Class 2019. VP Leni was there early. The program was supposed to start at 9:00 am but they have to wait for the president who arrived late for almost two hours. He could barely walk,  he was like someone who drank too much and can’t control himself. From all angles, he surely is sick. Even his face is bloated.

Do you need to prove anything even if you are not well to do the job? We’re waiting he would just say, “I’m tired, I am passing the reign to the legit  VP, VP  Robredo”.  Imagine being in front of a graduating class of the prestigious PMA and you show to the world that you can’t even distribute their diplomas because you feel sleepy? What would those future defenders of the land think? Despite his frailty looking self, he managed to deliver those rape jokes which he was so good at. What a shame! And when the graduating class laughs, what kind of values and principles are we teaching them?  The new graduates laugh to please and don’t seem to know what is right. That should not be their reaction. Asan ang integridad? Asan ang values na natutunan nila for four years at the august halls of the academy?

Congratulations Ma’am VP Leni. The Office of the  Vice-President  gets the highest rating from the Commission on Audit on the performance of the institution despite the setbacks and lessened budget for 2018. Here’s your government official whose track record is worthy of emulation. And for the third term, our very own Mayor  Atty. Kit Nieto won here in our place. Thank you sir for not leaving Cainta.

Josef cleaned our roof gutter of debris yesterday. Then he gave me two ripe guavas which he got from one of the branches of our guava tree. Yum! Waiting for the others to ripen.

 

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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 haven’t blogged for a while. Just feeling lazy I guess. You know that lethargic feeling that you just want to rest in bed and you are afraid to venture out because of the heat. It always rains every day but they are just thunderstorms. After two hour we’re back boiling again. It’s 34 C degree at the moment.

The truth is I just want to be updated with the news. The results  of the mid-term election distracted me. Just imagine this, by July 1, duterte  will have held all the branches of government – executive, legislative and judiciary. What I am afraid of is the total domination by China in the West Philippines seas.  Duterte is bragging that China would not let him step down.

And for the first time too, it took me more than a week to finish the book that I recently read. It’s supposed to be a thriller. It’s a novel of deception, intrigue and human  weakness.  It took me half of the book to really grasp the story. There were so many characters which were sometimes not relevant at all.  I think this book is not just my cup of tea.

Sorry guys, I am really not so inspired.

 

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Yesterday, I went back to my doctor so he could interpret the results of my lab tests. He asked if I voted and I said yes. He looked at me, smiled a sad smile and uttered “talo”. We talked of the previous election maybe for about two or three minutes before he reviewed my files. “Maybe  it was rigged?“, I asked him.  “You’re right”, he said. His doctor wife stopped for a while on her way to her clinic and said, “92% counted and still zero for Otso Diretso”.

I have deficiency in Vitamin D so I have to take 2,000 I.U. of Vitamin D daily complimented by calcium supplements. Since the medicine could only be sourced at Healthy Options, I had no recourse but to go there yesterday afternoon.

I had a good chat with the manager of Healthy Options when she approved my senior citizen’s card and asked about the election in our place here in Cainta. She knows the present mayor who won for the third time this election. We touched on previous mayors here who did nothing to the town. Atty. Mayor Kit Nieto is loved by the Cainta residents, I told her. They don’t want him to go. He won hands down over his former Vice-Mayor as  his opponent.

Social media is still awashed with different opinions and comments on what is happening here. Those Duterte diehards say that we should respect the decisions of the voters. How could we do that when it is glaring that there seemed to be massive cheating in the senatorial level? The candidates were not actually the losers, we are.

Hoping the truth will come out fare and square. Some are suggesting and demanding to have manual counts of the senatorial votes all over the land.

You see how dirty politics is?

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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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