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By mlq3 Posted in Daily Dose on March 23, 2006 58 Comments 8 min read
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Where to get your Black T-Shirt in case you want to wear one or wipe your ass with it.

Details on the upcoming Black Friday Protest Movement activity.

In today’s news:

Garci’s passport was, well, not up to standards (well, one of them, anyway): Garci passport faked, says central bank.

Economist Ciel Habito’s account of how signatures are being gathered for Charter Change (and a photo of a Barangay assembly banner). Malaya reports, Cha-cha campaign shifts to People’s Initiative. In Mindanews, Patricio Diaz says forget about a timetable, it’s better for the Palace to keep everybody guessing. Palace seeks middle ground on Charter change impasse.

Yesterday, as he was giving a press briefing, Sec. Mike Defensor was startled when the Malacañan Palace sign behind him fell off the wall. Immediate response of those who saw it, live or on TV: ominous.

So which is it? Hagedorn out: All systems go for Small Town Lottery to kill ‘jueteng’ says the Inquirer; Palace Explains freeze on lottery says the Manila Times; Local lotteries to be allowed, eventually, says Manila Standard-Today.

P10b worth of defective P1,000 notes in BSP vault

Congressmen restore P70-M pork barrel

Senga warns of more coup attempts by Left, Right, rebels

Expect higher palay and corn production due to La Niña

In the Nation of Thailand, Suthichai Yoon says of Premier Thaksin, Don’t listen to his words, just read his trembling lips: He means “yes” when he says “no”. When he says: “Trust me, I am telling you the truth”, that’s when you should reach for a lie detector.

In the punditocracy, my column for today is Reconciliation.

Gail Ilagan says its clownish for the opposition to demand to talk to the troops. I agree.

Tony Abaya points out the built-in futility of the political alliances that have formed in the opposition -and what would happen if they won.

Manuel Buencamino wonders why some witnesses are more credible than others.

Connie Veneracion writes an exegesis and apologia for column-writing. Ben Lim tackles the ideal role of the National Telecommunications Commission.

The Inquirer editorial comments on witness-snatching.

Catch S.G. Austero tonight on Ricky Carandang’s show, “The big Picture,” on ANC at 9 p.m (Ricky might be in a bad mood because of Juan Mercado’s column today, though). Incidentally, I really, really, liked this entry by Bong Austero. He has a four-point recommendation which is great:

I think that first, we should get commitment from everyone – and I mean everyone – pro or anti, leftist or rightist, opposition or government – to respect democratic processes. No more extra constitutional solutions. No more coups. No more conspiracies to topple the government through extra-constitutional means. No more arrests without warrants.

Second, I think it is time to bring the discussion to the level of what is “the common good.” We can disagree on how to get there, we can disagree on what is the right course of action, but we should all focus on a more strategic goal – a better country in say, three or four year’s time…

Third and necessarily, I think that it is time to come to the table with a little more sincerity. I ranted about vested interests and selfish intentions in that letter. It is time to come clean and this is only possible in an environment that is free from moralizing and judging. For example, let us stop obfuscating about whether there was a conspiracy or an attempted coup last February because as the no-nonsense Professor Solita Monsod said on public television: meron talaga coup! And since the threats to stability has been reduced and it has been proven that the people are not wont to support such moves anyway, it is best for government to come clean now, rectify the mistakes, and stop all this senseless posturing.

Fourth, it is time for ordinary Filipinos to take the discussion and the crafting of the solution out of the hands of the politicians. For crying out loud, who actually listens to them? I know I reach for the remote control everytime someone of their ilk comes on television.

This is the sort of thing that helps push forward the idea that there remains more to unite us than divides us (if you look beyond the President). The difficulty though, is that it requires everyone’s cooperation (what happens, for example, if the arrests without warrants don’t cease? obviously, more of the kind of protests that drive those who disagree with them, nuts).

A couple of blog entries also worth devoting some quality reading time to. the first is by Big Mango, who starts with a review of “V for Vendetta” and suggests what we need is to seriously reconsider the existing structures of our country. In a sense, thought not always when it comes to particulars, we see eye to eye on this. My personal frustration with what’s going on now, is that the present administration is like an accident victim on life support, with everyone desperately trying to postpone the decision on when to pull the plug. It does neither the patient, potential recipients of organs, or the family, any good.

The necessary and urgent changes are being postponed. A proper debate as to what those changes should be -though I think in many ways, there is actually a kind of consensus on what those changes should be, the difficult part is the speed and extent to adopt- can’t take place because it’s hopelessly muddled by the frantic desire to keep the patient artificially alive. The result is an artificial and unhealthy disconnect between those already moving forward in the provinces, and those reduced to trench warfare in Metro Manila. That patient, of course, is the President, and postponing the pulling of the plug is all that’s been accomplished by her in the past months. In fact, Big Mango’s thoughts have a lot in common with those expressed by Bong Austero.

The second is courtesy of Coffee with Amee, in Concerns of a Bystander, thoughts on what democracy is and should be about. Great quotes, some provocative thoughts.

Carlos Celdran thoughtfully responds to Howie Severino’s thoughts on Filipino and English. The problem is really quite complicated and requires a rethinking of existing language policy, such as it is. In the first place, existing Philippine languages are either dying out, or are being displaced by Filipino; on the other hand, English is becoming far more of an elite language than at any other time previously. Both Filipino and English are also in danger of ceasing to be living languages, in that neither are fully stepping up to the plate as being vehicles for intellectual discourse -or if it is, it’s only serving this purpose among a dwindling few. Of course these statements are, to a certain extent, generalizations, but it should be of concern in a country which has high levels of literacy but which might not have such a high level of functional literacy. Carlos Celdran says we should promote bilingualism; I agree; a further effort should be made to bring back the original goal, long since lost and perverted, when a national language was proposed and adopted: trilingualism, competency in one’s native language, the national language, and a foreign language. The mistake of the past two generations has been to displace English with Filipino; and now, displacing other Philippine languages with Filipino, too. Is the solution abolishing Filipino? I doubt it. It is integrating Filipino in the teaching of English, and other Philippine languages in teaching Filipino and English -and diverting some of our meager government resources into making all these languages truly living ones (I would even go as far as supporting an already moderate proposal, considering how emotional the language debate becomes, to require Tagalogs to learn a non-Tagalog Philippine language, since non-Tagalogs have to learn Filipino which is basically Metro Manila Tagalog).

Two readings from the Philippines Free Press Online: And the January 30 Insurrection by Pete Lacaba (republished in his book, Days of Disquiet, Nights of Rage), and The Long Week, by Kerima Polotan, both from 1970, about the First Quarter Storm. Many of the figures and institutions in the articles are still familiar to present-day readers. Lacaba takes a sympathetic, even romantic, view of the protesters; Polotan casts a skeptical glare at everyone and everything. Incidentally, both writers would incur Marcos’s ire during martial law: Lacaba was imprisoned, and Polotan had to go into exile for writing a biography of Mrs. Marcos that displeased the Palace.

[email protected] tackles Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and the Social Contract.

This, I didn’t notice: Philippine Politics 04 points to People Power in Belarus.

This, I found startling: Torn & Frayed says the Brits have very little national pride.

baratillo books [email protected] poetizes about Dinky.

And this, I just found funny (by captainaqua):
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  1. TIME to be COUNTED

    Here are excerpts from the text of that e-mail sent out by one belonging to the middle class:

    “I am glad that the military incident and the subsequent proclamation of PP 1017 emboldened those of you who previously stayed on the sidelines to share your convictions…

    “I felt the same way during the days prior to Edsa 1. I was a middle manager at the time, trying to build a career, and when I saw the likes of Cory (Aquino) side by side with the reds pushing the economy to the brink as they began calling for civil disobedience, I was indignant.

    “I told everyone I knew who participated in such exercise that it was sheer foolishness (and) that it was bringing the economy down. And that if they would only stop, we can go about our business of building up our careers, our personal fortunes, and by extension the economy. Hard work is the key. Politics was just a necessary evil.

    “I did not know and didn’t mind the extent of pillage of our national treasury that Marcos and his cronies committed …really it did not affect me directly, so I did not care.

    “And then Edsa1 happened. People, led mostly by the middle class, came out. I was there, too… celebrating with the rest of the nation the end to dictatorship, conveniently forgetting that only a few days before, I was all too willing to let Marcos rule forever…

    “Edsa 2 followed a similar path. While a committed few fanned the flames of discontent, the middle class waited on the sidelines until the opportune time to push the envelope proving once again that people power is a middle class act. Edsa 3 only reinforced the idea. It failed because the middle class was conspicuously absent.

    “And now you tell us to stop the protests because you have no intention of coming out to the streets and therefore people power will fail. You may be right that people power could fail. But that should not give you comfort, for it only opens up other forms of revolt — a peasant revolution, a military rebellion, or a communist takeover. When you have more than half of the people living in abject poverty, a restive military, and an oppressive regime, it’s a social volcano just waiting to erupt. And this time it could be bloody…

    “You accuse us of being fools for allowing ourselves to be used by the leftists, Erap and Marcos forces, and other unscrupulous politicians to advance their agenda. We are not as naïve as you think. We recognize that it is Erap’s right to dream of one day regaining his lost glory just as it is the leftists’ right to push their ideology within the bounds of the law.

    “In the same manner, we recognize it is your right to express your willingness for your basic rights and freedom to be curtailed or to settle for a president who is a cheat, a thief, and an oppressor. We may not agree with any of you, but we do not get angry like you do when people espouse views different from ours. Such is the way of democracy. It is the same democracy that gives us the right to think of you as the bigger fools, for allowing yourselves to be used by GMA to prop up her repressive regime.

    “And now that you have finally decided to speak up, you claim to represent the silent majority. Where did you get this idea? The majority could be silent, but they do not necessarily share your sentiments.

    “At least we claim that 80 % of our people believe GMA cheated and 54 % want her out, we have the surveys to back our claim. Whether or not they will act on what they believe in is another story. Soon, when the flurry of mail forwards bottoms out, you will discover as we have that this nation is hopelessly divided. And that GMA intends to keep it in order to cling to power.

    “If you, the middle class, sincerely believe that the future of this nation is in your hands, then I urge you to rise now, be heard and take the lead. If you believe GMA staying in power is the best option for our county today, then I call your leaders to rise with you and organize yourselves to act on your belief.

    “If, on the other hand, you share our convictions that GMA must go, then join us now and be counted.

    “Whichever side you are in, the important thing is to come out and be counted. The time to act is now. For if you continue exercising your right to remain silent, pretty soon it will be the only right left for us citizens.”

    Indeed, in the words of Edmund Burke, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for some good men to do nothing!

  2. Indeed, in the words of Edmund Burke, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for some good men to do nothing!”

    Thats exactly why i will not sit back and let you commit the evil you will do..

    That is why the Military stayed in line and obeyed the correct chain of command just because of one or two evil people they will not be forced to bring down the government.

    Being a sheep is as good as doing nothing..

    Once again goes back to the Senate Pass the laws and make the inforced.. The bank Law Lacson proposed is a good start, Dont sit back and let the corruption hide in the dark.

    Show us all that you have the balls to stand up to the Marcose’s, Aquino’s, Estrada’s, and others who are hell bent in stealling more money from the country.

  3. Lacson admits he sat back and watched Estrada take money from illegal gambling..

    A person is as bad if they sit back and watch a crime occur.

    BE NOT AFRAID..

    Open the bank accounts and let us clear the innocent…

    At the moment all the Government officals are branded guilty…

    Let us prove the truth..

  4. Why is little missy worried about taking Enrile to court for Libel..

    Facts going to come out.. (Who Cheated?)

    Be not afraid.. (UNLESS YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO HIDE..)

  5. Mlq3, re. Austero’s “respect for democratic processes” please,

    Please don’t fail to mention that adherents of free speech (and free everything) ironically benefits even those who don’t uphold this belief. This is a bitter, unswallowable disconnect.

    P.S. I don’t understand your and Austero’s reluctance to discuss things in terms of morality, when you seek the solace of morality at the same time. Please explain yourselves further.

  6. Just to remind you mlq3, your comics is expressing seditious thoughts. You could be guilty of thinking seditious. Do not make naman DOJ Sec Gonzales go through another creativity exercise baka kung ano na naman ang maisip hehe.

  7. Austero is coming from this let’s-stop-moralizing direction that I don’t understand, which I thought you now find okay. I think Austero is wrong, for what else are you left to do if you are not fighting about what’s fundamentally right or wrong here? It’s not as if you’re not risking life and limb here. Austero and company are playing it too safe. That’s not fair, and then he goes on accusing those who are ‘noisy’ (understandably with a lot of opportunistic bacteria riding on them) as being too hypocritical and whatnot. Hello, nasan ang logic nun? Prinsipyo ang pinaguusapan dito hindi self-interest. What will protesters get from protesting? Is it right to just be silent about it? See, the issue is reducible to a morality, wrong-and-right issue, which Austero and company won’t buy, and accuse as being hypocritical as well. Well, I say, duh.

  8. Where to get your Black T-Shirt in case you want to wear one or wipe your ass with it.

    wipe your ass with it? is there a rift now between mlq3 and BnW?

  9. john, it’s a joke. you know, the anti bnw might want to do that with the shirt, for symbolic purposes.

    resty, it’s the only way to counter those who are involved.

  10. Well, if they think that’s an Aristotelian way to do, sorry it’s awful; it doesn’t flow. Reread Aristotle’s rules, I’d say.

  11. what’s being questioned goes to the heart of law enforcement. the “everyone cheats so why persecute one cheater” argument is flawed for the same reason that not every thief, rapist, etc. is caught, but those that are, should be prosecuted. otherwise, there is no reason to consider those acts crimes, not to mention that those caught should be made examples of by the state.

    not to mention that if everyone cheats, why prosecute the cheater overlooks two things. first, how can one say everyone cheats? and even if they do, is cheating wrong or not? not even according to religious morality, but the morality of the state. besides which, when will it ever stop if you don’t go after some, if not all?

  12. it’s strange what is happening to the opposition.first it was jpe versus jamby.
    now it’s lacson versus jinggoy.
    i’m wondering what is lacson up to.what is he trying to project?he did not care much for jueteng money maybe because he had other sources anyway?

  13. i’m troubled with dinky’s and the romano’s actuation on that day that they were apprehended. why can’t bnw just say it’s a protest rally? everbody knows it is! the silent protest is a noble cause, take pride in it! if they can’t stand by what they are advocating, stop talking about morality.

  14. “Sources said the defective P1,000 notes fade or turn yellow compared with the authentic ones which are predominantly blue in color.

    from glory to a cory…color of money attunes to the times?

  15. jpe was never an opposition; he’s a player!
    with jinggoy and lacson, isn’t it good that we’ll be able see the extent of their folly? i hope they will subpoena lacson.
    gma’s time will come!

  16. “is that the present administration is like an accident victim on life support, with everyone desperately trying to postpone the decision on when to pull the plug. It does neither the patient, potential recipients of organs, or the family, any good.”

    now why is everyone desperately trying to postpone the pulling of the plug?

  17. i agree w/ gail illagan.the opposition is really being rediculos to insist on meeting w/ military people just like the president will.
    i think they don’t understand what commander-in-chief means.
    they seem to see things as a form of compitition.
    in a way, it’s all the more reason why the present opposition is anything but credible.

  18. that is the problem w/ dinky & the gang.everybody knows they are protesting,silent or whatever.but they still act so fake na pa innocent look pa sila.
    i think they are making themselves look rediculos.nothing worst then being so trying hard!
    if they really want to attract attention.why don’t they just dress-up like clowns.at least there is some entertainment value.
    drop the moralizing!their human beings to, as imperfect as everybody else.

  19. Yeah, MLQ3… Austero did a “fine” thing of putting a 4-point stand but let’s not fool ourselves too quickly, shall we? Those four points are doable when a government is in GOOD FAITH. Or I don’t see the Gloria and her government expressing or doing anything at all in good faith. What I see is that there’s a proliferation of words and deeds in BAD FAITH.

    You can’t expect Austero’s 4-point rule or whatever one wants to call it unless the person in the top end of the hierarchy shows positive and moral cognizance of the Rule of Law. When that person or persons in the top end of the hierarchy continually obstruct the law, how can you expect the guys at the mid or bottom end of the totem pole to abide by the law or to see the fine points in Austero’s list?

    To be more credible, Austero should have exacted ACCOUNTABILITY from this government as proof of Gloria’s good faith. The painful process MUST start at the top.

    When he says: “No more coups. No more conspiracies to topple the government through extra-constitutional means. No more arrests without warrants.” I’m personally all for it! But for starters, he’s got to get it in his head that technically, there was NO coup d’état! (Austero belief that there was indeed a coup d’état based on the mere say of Monsod has made him less credible to me.)

    As for conspiracy to topple GMA? He’s not being practical here because there will always be a ‘conspiracy’ to topple her unless Gloria comes clean.

    When he says ” I think it is time to bring the discussion to the level of what is “the common good.”” Isn’t everybody trying to do that, NGOs, politicians, media columnists, political pundits, bloggers, sympathizers, Dinky, Enteng, etc.? They’ve all been rallying people for the country’s common good? Or is he talking about some kind of ‘peace talk’? How does he propose to do better when the most important segment of the discussion board, i.e., Gloria, her cabinet, etc. is not being truthful, is being deceitful, is subverting all acts of good goverance? Shall we first oust that segment by force in order to realistically be able to sit down and tackle the “discussion of the common good”?

    Anyway, granting that Austero’s “rantings” sound ok on paper and seem idealistic enough for people to take them seriously but what exactly do we, the ordinary Filipinos, do now? Sit back and enjoy the show?

  20. MLQ3I would like very much for Toting Bunye or Ed Ermita to answer your questions.

    “But if Zuce peddled a pack of lies at the Senate, why is the administration buying him now? To put it charitably, if his testimony was so worthless, why are some administration lawmakers rejoicing over his defection and hailing it as a setback to the opposition? Or to put it more bluntly, why did Hagedorn, the President’s handpicked anti-jueteng czar, buy him off with a key position in what promises to be a lucrative agency? And was Hagedorn really acting on his own?”

    But I guess it will be like reaching for the moon thing… I don’t think Bunye and Ermita will have the moral courage to answer your questions.

  21. although i don’t think erap diverted or stole gov’t money, i believe he did take jueteng money.

    and it’s not hard to believe considering the fact that the catholic church in rp have also taken jueteng money from juetenglords, after leading a campaign to remove erap over juetengate in 2001.

    and don’t forget mike arroyo and mikey too of juetengate 2.

  22. MLQ3,

    General Generoso Senga, CSAFP said in a speech before members of the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa) on Tuesday on Tuesday, “We may have not seen the last of the attempts at a power grab,”. http://news.inq7.net/nation/index.php?index=1&story_id=70273

    Well, well, well… It is his command responsibility to make sure that coup d’état attempts don’t occur. How he does this is not for the civilians to know.

    It his command responsibility to keep the AFP solidly behind the Constitution and how he does this is not by crying out loud “More coup d’état attempts coming! More coup d’état attempts in the making! More coup d’état in the offing!”. Well, booo hooo! Does he think he is building a solid AFP by whining that way in public?

    It is his command responsibility to check any coup d’état attempt whatsoever right on his doorstep so that NOT ONE coup salvo against the Republic can be launched. If ever a coup d’état attempt happens reaching the media first, Senga SHOULD BE BLAMED entirely. No ifs, no buts! He either knows how the armed forces should be run or not. If he does, he should stop blabbering about more coup d’état attempts to the public.

    He, as Chief of Staff AFP must take the brunt if ever a loose AFP cannon ball reaches the gates of media.

    And if for the sake of argument, the same cannon balls got loose and ended up being media headliners, i.e., Lim’s mutiny, coup d’état pretext for an SOE declaration, SENGA must be held personally accountable and must be stripped of his command and responsibilities, dispatched to civilian life so that he could enjoy the golf course in Boracay which was built for the military. Let others who can do the job professionally take over!

    How extraordinary but Senga is proving more amateurish than ever as his CSAFP stint is reaching its end.

  23. Whatever people say about Bong Austero, the fact remains that he has expressed the sentiments of a large portion, if not the majority, of middle class Filipinos. And the reality bears him out.

  24. Carl, i don’t dispute your first sentence but what do you mean by ‘the reality bears him out’?

  25. Carl,

    Oh yeah?

    How could you make such sweeping, blanket statement, “the fact remains that he has expressed the sentiments of a large portion, if not the majority, of middle class Filipinos. And the reality bears him out.”?

    The fact is he has expressed the sentiments of a SMALL portion but NOT the majority of middle class Filipinos is more like it.

    Have you considered that the majority of middle class Filipinos have not aired their sentiments or are being silent not because they feel the same way but because they cannot articulate their own sentiments in the same manner that Austero can?

    What about the poorest of the poor who have no access to media, the blog, etc., the undereducated segment of the nation who cannot physically articulate their thoughts? Should they – because they are not from the middle class – be counted out in this round table of “discussion for the common good” that Austero proposes?

    I mean, look at it this way, in my family alone, only I speak out openly while the majority talk between themselves all against Gloria but don’t articulate their sentiments publicly. I consider them a part of the country’s “silent majority”.

    However, to give credit where credit is due, there are indeed certain sentiments contained in his 4-point discussion board which both anti-arroyo and pro-arroyo forces have espoused for a long, long time.

    But I must point out that it’s because Austero chose to downplay Gloria’s and her government’s MORAL RESPONSIBILITY to come clean first through a proper, open, public ACCOUNTABILITY check which makes his 4-point discussion board proposal not totally credible – that Austero is keen to save Arroyo’s ass first and foremost, more than he is keen to discuss the common good.

  26. i see, so that’s what you meant by ‘reality’. i would have characterized it more as your personal opinion.

  27. Yeah, Carl…I agree with you completely.

    Fortunately, I am only pissed off with Gloria and her government in the Philippines.

    Philippines in the world context makes a world of difference, I tell you.

    What about you? Done anything at all?

  28. Sleeping, you really is a GMA’s MOUTHPIECE.
    You see the WRONG in ERAP, BUT was BLIND to
    the EVIL that your Fake President do.

    They are the SAME, clip GMA her powers and she
    will NOT BE ABLE to HIDE the TRUTH from us.

    God save the Philippines … Hoping that just one
    soldier will do the NOBLEST and most HEROIC thing
    come PMA graduation, that is to ANNIHILATE the QUEEN.
    The Source of the divisiveness and the corruption
    of all institutions.

  29. Garcillano passport found fake !!! care to comment
    sleeping ? How about the Fertilizer Scam ? The
    video in Bello’s residence ?

  30. GMA DEBATE POLL

    Poll Question :
    Kabilang ka ba sa 65% ng mga Pilipino na ayaw na raw kay Pangulong Arroyo? (Are you among the 65% of Filipinos who no longer want President Arroyo to govern?)

    Oo / Yes
    Hindi / No

    Registration required. If you have registered, enter your registered e-mail address below. If not, register to vote in the polls.

    Let us BEAT Luli Arroyo’s INTERNET BRIGADE
    VOTE YES and be COUNTED …

  31. Ayaw ko na.

    Sa tingin ko nandaya si Gloria. Pero walang pakialam ang middle class at naniniwala lahat kay Austero, while Mike Arroyo and Mike Defensor laugh their way to the bank.

    Bahala na middle-class sa buhay nila. I’m just going to do my job, raise my family at sorry na lang sa susunod na tamaan tayo ng krisis na talagan masakit sa bulsa ng middle class.

    However, I’m still reserving my final sigaw for Tutang Bunye.

  32. Out of curiosity, I caught a glimpse of Ricky Carandang’s interview with the popular/unpopular (depending on which side you’re on) letter-writer Bong Austero.

    Honestly, he was more “eloquent” and “convincing” in his controversial letter — if that should be the appropriate terms to describe his “lesser evil” stance. It was a monumental blunder on his part for allowing himself to be interviewed point blank by a probing reporter such as Ricky Carandang. His rants on TV only showed the loopholes of his arguments which were relatively “covert” in his written version of the “let’s move on” mentality.

    Does he really represent the legitimate sentiments of the silent majority? The last time I checked the surveys, 65% of Filipinos want GMA out.

  33. I guess he represents the sentiments of a significant portion (if not outright majority) of the middle class which is, of course, still a minority of Filipinos.

  34. I caught the Austero interview… did he actually say he was Anti-arroyo? or was I dreaming?!.. because you wouldn’t know from his letter. and yes, he just kept quoting from his previous writings in response to some of Ricky’s questions. His proposals are so cliche… let’s start with ourselves. How can he start with himself if he condones the biggest act of immorality against not just a person but to a whole country and society. And I thought he was being too apologetic for his views. Now he’s saying he did not mean that people should stop going to the streets. Well, his letter meant exactly that.

  35. Yeah, the let’s start with ourselves is a banality. The social and economic structure of this country is shot; a farmer can work his back off 18 hours a day and he’ll have a snowball’s chance in hell of improving his family’s life. It’s like blaming a victim for his misery. Yeah. let’s start with ourselves, while Mike Arroyo and Genuino use Pagcor as they wish.

    But the fact that his letter did get the play that it did among the middle-class means many people think like him.

  36. “Congressmen restore P70-M pork barrel.”

    Oh my!

    The congressmen are having fun right now. That is 30 million pesos per congressmen.

    That is 7 trillion pesos (30 times 236 congressmen) of our taxes going into the pocket of congressmen this year.

    Not far behind will be the senate to restore its pork barrel from 120 to 200 million. That is 2 trillion (80 times 24 senators) of our taxes.

    The President and the legislators were in one to push the bitter pill of swallowing down our throat the EVAT.

    Our EVAT worth 9 trillion pesos is going into the very cunning legislators.

  37. The mantra by congress for this pork barrel funds is to benefit the poorest of the poor.

    The 7 trillion pesos will undoubtedly make the poorest of the majority poor who paid the EVAT while giving each congressmen their luxury projects.

  38. sorry! billions not trillions…

    got carried away by the huge amount that congressmen are feasting right now while we ended up paying the EVAT!

  39. “Survival is the Most Basic Instinct!”

    They casted Sharon Stone because GMA was not available.

  40. “Someday, people who are mad at the world will learn that honey is oftentimes more effective than bile.”

    A quotation from Carl Inting.

    Someday…. when people know that you are actually talking about curing” accute pancreatitis”

  41. Another quotation from a movie

    “You are innocent until investigated!”

    by those standards alone GMA can no longer claim she is Innocent

  42. I like that one Francis!

    all I remeber from the Simpson’s is “Eat my shorts!”

    and your “damned if you…….

  43. sorry #15 pala…

    Favorite ko ke bart:

    “If I am in a forest and I scream and no ones listening…
    Did I make a sound?”

    parang I cheat and no one knows about it, did I really cheat?

  44. The word according to Connie the Sassy

    “Opinions are opinions—they are not dogma. Opinions are best served as starting points for reflection and discussions, and not as a self-proclaimed authority on anything. ”

    Try reading her blog and try to comment and see for your self…..
    DI ba the bystander?

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