Political dynasties and the Maguindanao massacre

Just my opinion

By Raïssa Robles

Assassinations seem to be an accepted part of our political culture. Every election season brings a body count, sometimes high, sometimes low. But always, ALWAYS, someone dies during election season.

Three years ago, 58 people in Ampatuan, Maguindanao including 33  journalists, died. Today, the massacre case is hardly moving.

A soldier guards the massacre site. My thanks to Jason Phillip Gutierrez of AFP for allowing me to share his photo, taken in November 2010.

The fact that the nation’s two biggest political parties have now adopted candidates from the Ampatuan family partly shows the reason why. For the nation’s politicians, the massacre is just part of the political game they play. Please recall that the accused murderers and many of the slain victims came from two political dynasties which were both allied to the political party in power then. The refusal of one dynasty to give way to the other was the root cause of the carnage.

And the slain  media men and women? Pawns and victims of that conflict.

Our elections are littered with the bodies of dead political rivals. And why not? Accused assassins are rewarded with political power. Remember that the young Ferdinand Marcos was accused of killing his father’s political rival and the nation’s top judge was so impressed with Marcos’ brilliant defense that he had him acquitted.

The political killing, Marcos’ arrest and acquittal catapulted him to national prominence and to the presidency. Ironically, another assassination of  a political rival – Benigno Aquino Jr.  - brought Marcos down 43 years later.

As I said, our post-war political history continues to be marked with killings. We’ve had no election season where no one died. It’s unheard of.

The fact that someone always dies every election season was brought home to me as highly unacceptable by a German political analyst. He asked me for a briefing on our politics. In turn, I asked him curiously what the body count was in a German election.

He looked at me oddly and exclaimed – “Of course we don’t have killings during elections. It’s not allowed.”

This led me to thinking why a largely Catholic nation has killings during elections even if these are not allowed by law and condemned by this religion.  And why many such killings remain unsolved to this day.

I think it’s because few want to give up political power. It’s because we have the rule of clans and of dynasties who have weapons, assassins, armed goons, and state-paid civilian militia men at their disposal.

One way to reduce political killings is to impose the constitutional ban on political dynasties. A ban will not stop killings altogether. But  I believe it will reduce killings greatly.

And guess what – all our political parties don’t want to do that because in reality they are groupings of dynasties and to them, dynasties are good. Their families are God’s gifts to the nation.

That’s the heart of our political problem.

Why not have a law where, if one politician is killed during election season (defined as starting on the last day of filing of certificates of candidacies until election day) all those contesting the same office would automatically be disqualified and new candidates allowed to run instead? That way, they will guard each other’s back. Just a thought, I know. Suntok sa buwan.

[Note: In remembrance of the massacre, I would like to share with you a piece I wrote for South China Morning Post three months ago entitled “Case of the Vanishing Witnesses”:

When a widow of one of the 58 victims of the Maguindanao massacre told Philippine President Benigno Aquino that she feared for her life, Aquino ordered she be given protection.
The first bodyguard assigned to Myrna Reblando appeared to be reliable, until one day he apologetically told her he had asked for a transfer, because ‘I’m not Superman who can deflect all the bullets of the enemy’.

Another bodyguard was assigned.

It wasn’t long before she discovered, through casual conversation, that he was a former security escort of Zaldy Ampatuan, the governor of the Muslim Autonomous Region of Maguindanao, who is alleged to have conspired to commit the massacre November 23, 2009.

Reblando has good reason to be scared.

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  1. 48
    Johnny Lin says:

    Latest Inquirer News:
    “Enrile says, If I Don’t Believe in my own Son, Who Will”

    In the interview, hae also said he trained his son since his birth!

    Jackie Enrile was prominent as a bully, abusive and alleged killer during martial law era.
    Enrile as the Enforcer of Martial Law trained Jackie well.

    “Lemon fruit does not fall far from the tree” affirms Enrile!

    • 48.1
      duquemarino says:

      @Johnny lin
      I agree. As the song goes, “….lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet, but the fruit of that poor lemon is impossible to eat.”

  2. 47
    Johnny Lin says:

    Latest News ABS CBN

    OKADA gave $30 million to Rodolfo Soriano former Pagcor consultant, friend Genuino and Mike Arroyo.
    Here is the big deal.
    OKADA gaming casino in Philippines obtained its license in 2008.

    Since then Okada was trying to get corporate discount to maximize casino profit more than their income in Macau or Las Vegas.

    GMA in March 2010 3 months before leaving office approved silently to grant the corporate discount on Okada casino.

    Do the math, no brainer, someone got a big bribe thru government influence. How much went to Mike and GMA? To Genuino? to Soriano?

  3. 46
    yeheywater says:

    A foreign TV nightly news forecast an hour ago that a storm is brewing and specifically stated that it is heading to the Philippines. The synopsis shows, it will be coming from the southeast (Micronesia and Palau area), and will be felt by Monday.

    Looking at the map, General Santos City and Davao is on its path. Be prepared Pilipinas…take care, you all.

  4. 45
    leona says:

    In Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office, good news! Off-topic but good for internet users.

    The libel case vs Annabelle Rama was dismissed by the Office. Among others, the resolution says “there is no such thing as libel in the Rev. Penal Code via Internet.” The Code never had such intent to punish libel through Internet.

    The link is here …

    http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/383496/amalia-fuentes-libel-charge-vs-annabelle-rama-bianca-gonzales-junked#.ULeg8Wf_LCs

    • 45.1
      leona says:

      Maybe Ms. Esperlita Garcia of Casiguran, Isabela, can use for persuasiveness the libel Resolution vs Annabelle Rama by the City Prosecutor’s Office of Quezon City on that libel case filed by the Mayor Pentescostes, Jr.! She is charged under the Revised Penal Code I believe.

  5. 44
    leona says:

    On the RH bill, the CBCP and its bishops are utterly divided and just as confused! No official letter from the Catholic Church here will be pro or anti on the RH bill. It says:

    It is up to the individual to decide.

    Shut-Shup Arguell admits that it is a myth…the Catholic block votes!…but that it will [ daw ] be the opposite in the near future [ kaiilan? ]

    These antis say they are for the sanctity of life. There is no life that is exterminated in the RH bill! Without the RB bill in fact, more lives will surely be exterminated, young, adults and olds!

    Support the RH bill ang kailangan ngayon! See the link of the news

    http://manilastandardtoday.com/2012/11/29/church-puts-clout-on-the-line-with-drive-vs-rh/

    • 44.1
      Cha says:

      Hah! Leona, did you see the Inquirer piece today about the CBCP endorsement of the vampire movie Breaking Dawn Part 2 because of its pro-life message? I am not familiar with the storyline of the movie but I think they are referring to the birth of the vampire’s child.

      OMG, those bishops have really lost their minds. The movie has been clasified M in Australia, meaning for mature audience only because of the supernatural theme, violence and sex scenes. Not to mention that in 2009 when the first movie in this vampire series (Twilight) first came out, the vatican condemned it saying “The film is nothing more than a moral vacuum with a deviant message, And as such should be of concern.”

      Do these bishops even really think anymore?

      • 44.1.1
        Cha says:

        Here’s the news item I was referring to:

        CBCP’s Cinema endorses ‘Breaking Dawn Part 2’ for its pro-life message

        Home > Entertainment > Latest Entertainment Stories > CBCP’s Cinema endorses ‘Breaking Dawn Part 2’ for its pro-life message
        By Philip C. Tubeza
        Philippine Daily Inquirer
        November 29, 2012 | 7:01 am

        PATTINSON AND STEWART. Expect the unexpected.

        MANILA, Philippines — The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) movie ratings board has found a “pro-life” message in the vampires and werewolves movie “Breaking Dawn 2.”

        In fact, the CBCP-Catholic Initiative for Enlightened Movie Appreciation (CINEMA) has recommended that the faithful watch the movie—the last installment of the Twilight series—and read the novel on which it was based.

        The board gave it a “moral assessment” rating of “3.5 stars” or halfway between acceptable (three stars) and wholesome (four stars).

        “CINEMA recommends both the novel and the movie for teenagers as it brings into focus the value of marriage, the need to protect life in the womb and the importance of family,” the ratings board said.

        “If there is one thing Breaking Dawn 2, emphasizes it is the importance of family and how one’s love for them would compel us to sacrifice, fight and risk everything for their sake. The film also shows that a family not only means one blood relative,” the board said.

        “Breaking Dawn 2—and perhaps the entire Twilight series—is not a vampire story where the creatures kill or are hunted but a story about love, acceptance, family and sacrifice set in a time where vampires and werewolves existed,” it added.

        While giving the film an “average” rating for its technical aspects, the board was quick to point out that it was “remarkably clean and enjoyable.”

        “There is that seamless overlapping of real action and CGIs that audience can easily get lost inside the fantasy world. Storywise, it did stay faithful to the book but interpreted it a tad too slow and trite with too much sentimentality and MTV-moments,” CINEMA said.

        “However, it was a good directorial call to include the battle scene between the two groups as it added the much needed action and recaptured the audiences’ sympathy towards the characters,” it said.

        The board noted that Breaking Dawn 2 picked up the story from the last sequel and “sees a fully transformed mother and vampire in Bella (Kristen Stewart), who embraces this new life with great happiness. Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), Bella and Edward’s daughter, is special.”

        “Not only is she half vampire—gifted with superhuman speed and strength and the ability to penetrate mental shields and project her thoughts to another; she is also half human—warm blooded and with the ability to grow and mature,” CINEMA said.

        “But Bella’s fairytale is doused with stinging cold waters when Irina, a vampire from the Denali clan tells the Volturi that the couple violated one of the most important laws and created an immortal child,” it said.

        “Now, Bella realizes she has to protect her child from the Volturi. So the Cullens gather witnesses from foreign covens and Jacob’s new pack in the hope of standing up against the Volturi,” it added.

        The board said that while the actors “displayed understanding and chemistry of both their roles and with and one another’s characters,” Bella still had “that irritating insecure awkwardness as a vampire—a far comparison to the mysterious iciness of the rest.”

        “But, of course, of all of them Bella is the only one who wanted to become a vampire,” CINEMA said.

        “There had been critics of Bella’s immaturity in the previous films as well as disdain towards a story that centers on a girl chasing a boy the last installments.  Here a more mature and selfless Bella emerges and shifts her attention from herself and her heartaches to her family and loved ones,” it added.

        • 44.1.1.1
          leona says:

          hehehe @Cha…the creator of that movie went deep deep into the dungeons and saw…v a m p i r e s, with drops of l o v e …for human blood! [ an imagination to its heights! ] A nice way to make a movie on that. A clean shot for entertainment…of course pay first before seeing it!

      • 44.1.2
        leona says:

        @Cha…many including my partner says with these vampire and zombies movies, the planet will be like that someday. Maybe these religious leaders are scared they could turn into vampires or zombies after seeing those “MOVIES!”

        They are losing their imaginations! So, how can they even be thinking straight? I am sorry to say I don’t watch anymore vampires or zombies since after 1960s, high school pa noon, sawa na ako sa cine na yan! hahaha. Except that Dracula by Stoker. Now, even Pres. Abe Lincoln daw is or was a zombie killer! hohoho! Next, Barry Obama!

        Moral vacuum with deviant message? That’s movie entertainment only! Did they see the old Boris Karloff movies too! Dr. Jykll & Mr. Hyde? Frankenstein? Mga killjoy yun mga yan …yet they go to see such movies! What do they expect to see…Moses killing zombies?

      • 44.1.3
        leona says:

        @Cha…Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, arrives from Rome! The news report says the Cardinal only wants to be ‘a Humble Listener.’ But some of the same cloth are not but humbug speakers!

        The Cardinal says the Pope calls us “the Great Church of the Philippines!” That’s so good! Not “our church” as some in the same cloth claims. The Cardinal also says Filipinos are with deep sense of God but warns not to be God-less as it maybe diminishing [ how is this, He does not yet explain ]. Just watch and go every Sunday Mass in all Catholic churches, the flowing attendance runs up to outside the doors!

        The Cardinal says he wants to “deal with the truth.” No explanation yet what he means with this. What about the RH bill, what is the truth? A real concern it is. He also wants us Filipinos to “continue valuing our families.” Is their still some value when many families can hardly eat and live in the Philippines?

        He also says “he cries easily.” Well, let’s hope he does cry more when he really sees many families cannot eat, live and take good care of its members!

        The news link

        http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/315477/cardinal-tagle-vows-to-be-humble-listener

      • 44.1.4
        baycas says:

        @Cha and @leona,

        The endorsement is billed as…

        The Twisted Saga: Breaking Down, Part 1

    • 44.2
      leona says:

      Here’s more reason vs Dogma on the RH bill…

      Letter: Reason vs. Dogma
      Posted on Nov 28, 2012 – 12:35 PM Printer Friendly View

      Editor, Gazette-Journal:

      It wasn’t until 1965 that the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the right of married people to possess contraception in this country. It wasn’t extended to unmarried people until 1972. Two hundred and twenty-two million women in the developing world lack access to reliable family planning. This alone leads to 63 million unintended pregnancies every year.

      And most important, if all of the world’s family planning needs were met, there would be 26 million fewer abortions. And if women in developing countries could space their pregnancies three to five years apart, it could reduce infant deaths by 46 percent and many children who die before the age of 6 years.

      James Kenley

      Port Haywood and Richmond, Va.

      • 44.2.1
        leona says:

        Here a news report re Sen. JPE’s stand on the RH bill. Among others, he confuses himself…he says “the Catholic effort” effect. I remember in the past that he never gave credit for that after EDSA 1. He even did not want to attend EDSA anniversaries on that claiming the “People” did not save him et. al., etc. Now, he says the opposite, that Cardinal Sin’s call to the people is worth considering. Yea, but it was not a call for votes for a good reason Mr. Senator! . And later, recently he changed his mind on that, by being “in” some anniversaries.

        Comparing EDSA 1′s reasons or details of reasons now with the RH bill is not a proper analogy for all intents and purposes. There’s no proper correlation of similarity for relevancy.

        He proposes “his amendments” to the RH bill but will not vote for its approval even if his proposed amendments are all adopted! And gives his “reasons.” He says the RH bill, if approved, will “contract” [ as reported by the newspaper... my word is constrict, but same meaning anyway ] the population. In short, JPE prefers population explosion to its uncontrollable numbers!

        Un-reason, confused and forgetful na! The news link…

        http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/315473/be-wary-of-catholic-effort-enrile-tells-rh-backers

        • 44.2.1.1
          leona says:

          This is link about the sewage system in NY and NJ, USA. We do not have [ I think ] this kind of system for our wastes, etc. What we have are independendt septic tanks for each home/house throughout.

          But how about our informal dwellers or squatters along the rivers, creeks and other waterways? Do they have septic tanks for their wastes? Tell me if anyone can prove even one informal dweller! There are thousands of them! Where do these dwellers then “flash” their wastes? Down the riversides, creeks atbpa!

          And finally, since all rivers, etc. reaches its end, to the Pasig River and then Manila Bay, the sea. Are are any fish swimming in the Pasig River? Even the Piranha will not survive for long!

          Our population explosion, in Metro Manila and elsewhere, has this issue of sewage problem, feces, floods, name it, we have it. No to RH bill? C’mon folks, try some reasons for a break! Vote into law the RH bill na!

          Read the sewage debacle here in NY and NJ for some idea.

          http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/30/nyregion/sewage-flows-after-hurricane-sandy-exposing-flaws-in-system.html?pagewanted=2&_r=0&hp

          • 44.2.1.1.1
            leona says:

            Maybe using “flash” is correct that “flush”…flash is showing the wastes in open waters, floods, etc. Tama na rin!

          • 44.2.1.1.2
            Rigo says:

            Bingo..you hit the jackpot. Now we are talking sanitation here.Can anyone in the Local or the national government body tell where all the sewage goes for these squatters? By the way, which government department does this “Sewage” system falls into? Accountability, anyone?I guess,We should be talking more about this topic and to enlighten the madlang people. Expose the saga of Floating excreta in the Pasig River..

        • 44.2.1.2
          duquemarino says:

          @leona
          Let’s call him Senator Flip-flop or Senator Atras-abante.

  6. 43
    leona says:

    Off-topic, kaya lang kailangan pag ma-aga pa! Scam Scam Scam! Promises are made to be Scam [ broken ] !

    Ingat! Walang 50% ‘o 100% profit ‘o gana sa mga SCAM investments! Impossible ito! If there is, banks would have gone into such things centuries ago.

    Sa una, matamis ang salita! Matulis ang dila! To lure and entrap the naive and tangi. If one is not just as “greedy” one will not be a victim.

    Ingat uli! Wag na Wag! Keep your money where it is. The saying is “When things are so good to be true, it is ROTTEN, bulok! Lusot! SCAM!”

    Here is a link it is happening even at barangay entity level

    Barangay league prexy accused of running scam
    By Nancy C. Carvajal
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    4:35 am | Thursday, November 29th, 2012
    2 2

    The top official of the Barangay Councilors League of the Philippines (BCLP) has been accused of running a multimillion-peso investment scam that has defrauded people across the country.

    A source in the National Bureau of Investigation told the Inquirer on Wednesday that the complainants claimed BCLP president Julio Jaime duped them and their friends into investing millions of pesos in Pilipinas Productions and Entertainment and Pilipinas Entrepreneurial Economic Development Corp. (PEEDC).

    The Inquirer contacted Jaime’s office on Jamboree Street in Quezon City but was told by a woman named Sharipa that Jaime had not showed up for some time and she did not know where he was.

    “We had no idea where he is and when he is coming to the office,” she said.

    Jaime founded Pilipinas Production in 2010, and PEEDC in October last year, according to the NBI source, who asked not to be named as the investigation was in progress.

    The source said most of the victims were young businessmen.

    “The victims said they were encouraged to come out after the Aman Futures Group and Jachob Rasuman were exposed,” the source said, referring to two Ponzi schemes that went bust and were exposed earlier this month.

    According to one of the victims reached by the Inquirer, the scam is “similar to Aman Futures Group.”

    “We were enticed to invest for a 50 to 100 percent return on investment in 60 days,” said the victim, who asked not to be identified.

    The victims also said the scam started last year and collapsed five months ago.

    “We estimate the victims to reach at least 300 nationwide,” the complainant said.

    Supermarket scheme

    In the beginning, the complainant said, Jaime was able to lure investors through a group that offered discounts to members in selected supermarkets.

    Apart from discounts, the members also could earn points when they shopped and the points could be converted to cash and added to their investment.

    The victims said Jaime promised to put up supermarkets to cater to investors in various part of Metro Manila.

    The NBI source said Jaime also produced concerts and recordings and asked people to invest in those ventures, promising them big profits.

  7. 42
    delta says:

    Generations come and generations go, there is unique way of remembering Andres Bonifacio! Happy National Heroes Day, Madlang Philippines!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrgQrlMxmFw

  8. 41
    gayyem says:

    Off topic: Question: Who is the most emotional country in the world? Ans: The country whose people say it’s more fun in theirs.

    According to a Gallup poll (source below least I’ll be charged of plagiarism), the Philippines topped 150 countries surveyed.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/11/21/most-emotional-countries_n_2170853.html#slide=1788256

    According to the article which quoted Alan C. Robles (I believe he’s Raissa’s husband), what Filipinos feel is “learned emotion” conditioned by “Hundreds of years of bad government (which) have taught us to expect little from impersonal institutions…”

    • 41.1
      raissa says:

      I did not see the article. Pls. provide link.

      Alan was interviewed by the BBC on this :)

      • 41.1.1
        • 41.1.1.1
          leona says:

          @gayyem…it is true Filipinos are emotional. @laymancanuck’s long good explanation of emotionality shortened by @Alan Robles, shows the truth.

          What is a well known proof Filipinos are excellently emotional? Guess? Read and grasp Jose P. Rizal’s Mi Ultimo Adios…the poem of our National Hero translated into no less than 25 languages! Whether in Spanish or English, or other language, one can hear the emotion of the man, 33 years of age, married, very educated, well-traveled to other countries, who lived and died in an atmosphere that gave out his emotions.

          The poem is very emotional. A story of his life and his country, Pilipinas Kung Mahal. Our Kundiman songs are proofs of cultural emotions too! Our looks, the ways of how our eyes moves, our smiles and laughs, signs of a culture filled with so much emotions. Human emotions. We smile with pains. We are born with it and die with it.

          At least, this cultural emotions we have can never be taken away from us by our corrupt politicians! No matter what. It will always remain with us to our last.

          Mabuhay ang Pilipinas Kung Mahal!

  9. 40
    raissa says:

    I’d like to share with you all my hubby Alan’s latest humor column.

    Here’s an excerpt:

    1. What’s so special about being a journalist?

    For one thing, it allows a writer (like me) to use the plural pronoun and morph into the dreaded “Editorial We”

    2. What’s so special about this “we” thing?

    Aside from me (that is, “us”), only three other types of people can use it: Emperors, the Pope and people with tapeworm

    To read more, go to the link below –

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/blogs/insights/11/28/12/journalism-philippines

    • 40.1
      joseph says:

      … And other (Alan’s) materials before this.

    • 40.2
      leona says:

      @Raissa or @Alan…just wondering…33 journalists were slaughtered in one day in Maguindanao. Not one journalist was saved or spared. Could it be the Ampatuans did not know any journalist(s) under their payroll, or in sympathy with them, or their friend? It looked like “all journalists dies today! Friend or no friend.” Can you share with us here why, if you know?

      • 40.2.1
        raissa says:

        Actually, REblando, the Manila Bulletin correspondent, was personally known by some of the Ampatuans.

        And yet he was killed .

        • 40.2.1.1
          leona says:

          Raissa, smiles between him and the Ampatuans must have been exchanged before that day, but sad to know he was slain also. RIP Reblando. Thanks for this.

    • 40.3
      Johnny Lin says:

      Based on Alan’s distinction between a blogger and a journalist, between Raissa and Alan who is the blogger and who is the journalist?

      The answer is in your fingertips!

      • 40.3.1
        leona says:

        …what about a special one who has no hands but still blogging here? Btw, there are some people who can “bite their elbows”…anyone tried it? Try it if you can…corny old joke but true!

  10. 39
    Rene-Ipil says:

    Good news!!

    Philippine economy grows 7.1% in third quarter
    By Riza T. Olchondra
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    1:50 pm | Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
    142 106

    Source: ncsb.gov.ph

    MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine economy expanded by 7.1 percent in the third quarter, according to government officials. Thus, the economy is poised to meet the 7 to 8 percent average annual growth rate that government targeted in its medium-term plan to curb poverty.
    “We posted the fastest economic growth within ASEAN,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said at a news briefing Wednesday on the country’s third-quarter performance.

    He noted that year-to-date growth was already 6.5 percent, which means full-year growth would likely beat the target of 5 to 6 percent and move toward the previously “asirational” 7 to 8 percent range.

    “Next year we expect this momentum to continue,” Balisacan said.
    National Statistical Coordination Board Secretary-General Jose Ramon G. Albert said, “Increased consumer and government spending, increased investments in construction, and the third consecutive quarter of growth in external trade contributed to the highest quarterly growth since the third quarter of 2010.

    Albert credited the services sector, especially transport, storage and communication, financial inter mediation and real estate.

    Albert said the third quarter figure was a sharp improvement from the 3.2 percent growth posted in the same period last year. With report from AFP

    • 39.1
      Johnny Lin says:

      Economy improved. Rentals going up in Metromanila. Is Peso appreciation below 40 to the dollar good for the economy? Is it real economic growth or superficial effect of coming local election and the coming Christmas season? Compare this economic indicators with the same circumstances before the 2010, 2007, 2004 elections and time frame. Comparing the growth with same quarter last year might not not be accurate growth with different factors involved.

      One economist predicted that further appreciation of peso, recession and real estate bubble will cause recession.
      Dependence of PHL economy to foreign remittance will stunt local growth and development unless local jobs created will sustain the loss of OFW spending money. Loss of spending power of OFW currencies will cause them to default on condos or refrain buying other valuable goods due to lower value of remitted currencies. Without replacement buyers for condos housing bubble will collapse real estate market, manufacturing will suffer loss selling products, consumer confidence will suffer.

      BSP has to devise means to control dollar slide according to one expert to prevent acute economic downturn.

      Definitely, investors confidence has returned due to good governance but cautious is in line because of volatile values of OFW remittances.

      Overall, something to appreciate but not yet to celebrate.

      • 39.1.1
        Rene-Ipil says:

        BSP must have a ready solution to the steady appreciation of PHP not only for the sake of the OFWs and their dependents but the exporters as well.

    • 39.2
      macspeed says:

      I dont know the details of OFW income send to Philippines, for my part, not to mention my current rate, say 400US$ a month since i started in 1982 till now is 30 years x 12months x 400US$=144,000 (excluding overtimes). If there are 1,000,000 OFW (this is a bit small), that would be 144 billion US$ shares to Philippine economy in 30years.

      A term called Homesick VS dollar were always marked on our helmet during those years. of blood, sweat and tears, because a lot of these OFW gone broken homes, either the woman lives with another man while her husband is in the hot and cold desert or the man got his fake marriage license and live with his mistress usually a nurse in cities…forgets his original family….and a lot does masturbate to ease their longings for their wife, may God forgive us….

      That is why during Pres Erap, we were declared new heroes. No need to file income tax return…

      Well, i dont need to be called hero, i choose this work here, somehow, i am happy to see these so called growth, P-Noy should continue breaking corruptions, for my future apo’s and other future children of yours and them. I hope to continue insha Allah to work as long as 60+, i am 56years at the moment….

      …i got some pain on my knees,
      yet, i pretend good for my monthly fees,
      …working like a horse, 7 days a week;
      running on a dusty course, 3hours a week…
      to stay fit and heathy, burning those calories,
      i got from fatty and salty meat…

      Dati, 1 week before each OFW can read letters from their beloved ones. I remember, one of my workmate got no letters for about 3 months, then one day, the postmaster of our company came and shouted “Mr. Batosalem a leeter from you” wow, his eyes were teary and we were happy seeing him as he walked to take his letter, suddenly, the teary eyed were replaced by a shocked dull eyes, “sulat ko to bay?, bumalik, dumaan gid ng japan, malaysia, singapore, thailand then back to Iraq, bakit gid i dumaan ng negros!!!” He shouted and we controlled our laughter he he he he, i still want to shout out loud laughing he he he he…

      Anyways…goodnite to all, i am just homesick, now its different, no more long queu, no more post office, just yahoo or gmail, presto brand new message he he he

      • 39.2.1
        pinay710 says:

        @mcspeed, nararamdaman ko po ang damdamin nyo. konting tiis lang po at dasal lang po ang kailangan nyong kapitan. kahit na ano pa man ang relihyon nyo magdasal lang po kayo at maaalwan ang kalungkutan sa inyong kalooban. ipagdadasal ko po kayo gabi gabi. ganyan din po ang nararanasan naming magasawa. at huwag po nyo kalimutan ang ngumiti kung may problema kayo at kung may pagkakataon tumawa at higit sa lahat makinig po sa musica. makinig din po kayo ng mga himno ng panalangin makakatulong po sa paglluwag ng damdamin. ingat po kayo dyan

      • 39.2.2
        leona says:

        @macspeed…so with your pains on your knees, you can’t speed up anymore walking? Quackie doc here…take Guyabano leaves 16+ pcs…boil it with water good for 1 big Coke Zero 2 liter…drink 3-4x a day. If the pains don’t disappear, other pains will! My partner does that, no more pain and can walk, stand and even kick….

        You said “masturbate” a lot by some of those OFWs…is it a sin to do that? Bishup Arguell, is it against RH bill?

        Pray and forget homesickness as it won’t help you. Right, cyberspace internet tayo now. All post offices, even in USA, is bankrupt already! …for the moment. GN…!

    • 39.3
      Rene-Ipil says:

      To have a better understanding on the reported growth of Philippine economy, I am posting an article written by Cielito Habito, former NEDA chief.

      http://opinion.inquirer.net/39268/what-is-driving-the-economy

      • 39.3.1
        Johnny Lin says:

        His theory that increase economic growth is due to increase local consumption. Only explanation- because of increasing OFW remittance secondary to manageable foreign currency/peso value. Factor increase spending due to early election expenses.

        Therefore, Internal economy is directly proportional to extra spending money from OFWs. The equation would be then – Stable or high Peso/dollar exchange equals increase extra spending/ increase local growth of consumer products/ construction/ manufacturing products coupled with increase export leading to economic growth.

        Funny, Habito did not mention anyword where the money from internal spending comes mostly from. The answer is OFW remittance. he did not talk about peso/foreign currency exchange values.

        1. He talked about construction boom, that is from OFW asset acquisition which is – dollar/peso value dependent

        2. Tourism, domestic travel increased from locals, source OFW which is – dollar/peso value dependent

        3. Export slight growth related to stable peso, appreciated peso/ lower dollar value is not good for exporters since their finished products become expensive abroad aking it dollar/peso value dependent

        Look at Latest News at ABS CBN online yesterday “Appreciated Peso worrisome to Exporters and OFWs” – dollar dependent.

        Following the equation above: lower dollar/ peso value equals Less OFW extra spending money – less internal spending – less export- less economic growth. Coming election spending may tilt the equation. The problem is after the election and the peoso continues to appreciate to 39 peso level.

        Solution to less OFW remittance/ appreciated peso is to increase foreign investments in all sectors leading to increase export leading to increase local jobs coupled with increase tourism by twofold and increase government infrastructure spending leading to stable or increase economic growth.

        law of supply and demand is still the simple basis of an economy.

  11. 38
    leona says:

    Apeco, for Casiguran,m Aurora, is disliked by the people of Casiguran. Farmers are aching that they were “forced” to sell their lands there for an Ecozone. Sen. Osmena opposes and will block this plan of Sen. Angara. The people in that town will vote against the son of Sen. Angara for senator to give him a zero vote. No political dynasty according to them. Here is the link

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/314349/osmena-vows-to-block-budget-for-aurora-port

    The governor of Aurora is the wife of the senator, who wiil run for the congressional seat of the son, while the senator will run for governor of the province. POLITICAL DYNASTY!

    I hope the voice of the people of Aurora province will be heard and “copied” throughout the country against political dynasty!

    Vote No for Political Dynasty! Zero Votes for Them! A clear message.

    • 38.1
      Johnny Lin says:

      Sonny Angara is qualified, much more than Grace Poe or others. The problem is in the present crop of candidates, Angara, Ejercito, Binay, Enrile, Cayetano and Villar have one common problem, Dynasty. Angara is typical because there are 3 in the family targeting very high positions.

      Posted before, Dynasty is the only reason I would not vote the names above. The new charge of Sen Osmena on Aurora province ecozone is added reason I will not vote Angara. Only a uneducated voter, Brenda’s stereotyping, will be the only ones devoting these kind of candidates!

      • 38.1.1
        leona says:

        @johnny lin…let’s do it No Vote For Them before we regret it! Sen. Osmena said P2B have already been spent in Casiguran, Aurora and still no locators for that white elephant zone. Though how much qualified or etc. a family kin is for a public elective office, BASTA KASAMA SA POLITICAL DYNASTY…NO VOTE!

        Tingnan natin or imagine, this country will become the Country of Family Kingdoms!

        Pag may kingdoms, walang freedom! No democracy! Only pampa FAMILIA interests!

        Kawawa tayong lahat! Isang example na lang: Maguindanaro – the kingdom of the AMPATUANS! What happened? Massacre! 57 innocent people! 37 Journalists! No respect for the law these kingdoms to come!

        Only the Kingdom of God Jesus Christ in Heaven exists. The Catholic Church is not a kingdom. It is just a City in Rome.

        To repeat: Vote No Political Dynasties!

        • 38.1.1.1
          pinay710 says:

          mam leona, jinkee paquiao for vice governor of saranggani. political dynasty dinito kasama pa yung ibang kapatid ni manny sa bayan nila. GISING MGA KABABAYAN HUAG KAYONG MGA TANGA SA HALALAN.

          • 38.1.1.1.1
            leona says:

            @Pinay…ERAP to administer oath to PMP members who will support him for mayor of Manila. The news link also reports the senatoriables of UNA and PDP-Laban parties.

            Why I bring this news here is…the BLOGs down below …you see an unbelievable tangi-S …hahaha. No one one says the opposite!

            http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2012/11/30/876887/erap-administer-oath-pmp-members

          • 38.1.1.1.2
            leona says:

            @pinay..si SENORA DIONE, saan pwesto siya? They might change the name to Gen Pac! [general Pacman ] not Gen San anymore…

            • pinay710 says:

              @mam leona, ang halalan sa atin bayan ay parang pelikula, may comedy. may tragedy at may horror. ang mga manonood dito at papatol ay talagang wala nang katinuan sa isip. sana naman taasan ang kualipikasyon ng mga kandidato. nakaka high blood talaga ang nangyayari sa bansa natin. NAKAKAHIYAAAAAA! PURO KAPAL MUKS!!

  12. 37
    Annie von Nebenan says:

    I will be doing the opposite of what this Bishop Arguelles has called for! I will urge all my relatives and friends to vote for those candidates who are for the RH bill!
    These anti.RH bill bishops never do anything to help the poor ones in their parishes. But look how they behave come election time!

    • 37.1
      leona says:

      @Annie…you are doing the right thing! Rep. Rufus Rodriguez from the South, an Ateneo product opposes approval of the RH bill. My understanding is the leadership in Ateneo was supportive of this bill contrary to the stand of the Catholic Church. A Jesuit clashes with Dominic friars class. The news link is

      http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/313675/lawmakers-to-work-on-substitute-rh-bill

    • 37.2
      jorge bernas says:

      I will do the same Annie, Tama ka wala naman silang ginagawang tulong para mapabuti ang kalagayan nang mga mamamayan bagkus dagdag pahirap pa sila dahil sa mga dagdag bayad tuwing may kailangan ang kanilang nasasakupan. Maliwanag sa bibliya na ibinigay sa inyo nang walang bayad kaya magserbisyo kayo nang walang bayad mga bishop at mga Pari. At higit sa lahat TAYO AY HUHUSGAHAN SA MGA BAGAY NA ATING GINAWA NOONG TAYO AY NABUBUHAY PA…

  13. 36
    macspeed says:

    Killing innocent human is not allowed by Allah except if you fight for self defense to save your own life.

    All lawyers who stand to defend the killers are guilty of crimes the same way their client did.

    Muslims or not, nobody has the right to kill, what they did is equivalent to what satan did to Allah>>disobidience<<they wil be burned in hell repeatedly.

    In Islam, 4 witnesses are enough to convict a person or group of persons. Witnessess means those who saw the actual crimes. Hence, those who participated in the crime and then turned as witness is acceptable, i dont know the details of the counts of witnesses.

    There are sayings "… when theres smoke there is fire…", "…one cannot start a fire without a spark…", in hydrocarbon technology, combustion begins when the ratio of air to volume of gas is reach even without a spark…called Low Explosive Limit, these were the attributes of the relatives and friends of those victims that the killers were the ampatuans. true enough even without witnessess, the ampatuans are guilty, i am not a witness nor i dont have any relatives on the victims, but if i have power to kill by a magic wand, i would have done immediately to ease my hatred among killers.

    Sometimes i asked myself, why does God or Allah allowed killing things to happen? The calamities? The hunger on some areas? The rape of youngster and innocent? The kidnap me or the framed-up victim? The answer goes back to myself, God allowed us to see these things so we may put effort to put things in order. If we cannot do direct manifestations to give justice to the victims, somehow our effort in each of our own territory or area is always in order or righteous that does not harm humans or the mother earth.

    I got not internet for days he he he reason? The owner, one of the eight OFW here in my company has resigned, now remaining seven shared the bills for new connections, alas, here i am, good day….salam

    • 36.1
      springwoodman says:

      Alaikum Salaam

      Thank you for enlightening us.

    • 36.2
      David says:

      @ macspeed

      “Sometimes i asked myself, why does God or Allah allowed killing things to happen? The calamities? The hunger on some areas? The rape of youngster and innocent? The kidnap me or the framed-up victim? The answer goes back to myself, God allowed us to see these things so we may put effort to put things in order.”

      I have asked these same questions and was taught that all good things come from God, and all bad things come from Satan. To blame the almighty for bad things is blasphemous. I am not saying I am correct, just food for thought. Perhaps instead of blaming God, we should focus on recognizing and correcting evil.

      • 36.2.1
        macspeed says:

        Dear David,

        God created everything from a single electron to the biggest milky way, God is worthy of all praise, no other God but He…so how can i blamed God, i know God or Allah created you and me…and we are lucky that we are not those who participated with the killings, it means, our minds are in order, aligned with the purpose of God.

        For me, my current life is my mission to fulfil without complaint nor misery, i have to do it in order and with patience and be thankful for every morning sun and good nite sleep to God or Allah.

        If we are in order on our own turf, it is automatic if everyone is doing the same, the world will be a nice place to live in.

        Each one has an appointed time to fulfil ones mission, if one fails, one can correct the mistake and go on…

        Blaming God are only those who do not know God. Once i click “submit” this message will be converted to an electron which travels as fast the speed of light 300million meters per seconds throught the intricate fiberoptic system and switches then to your laptop and LCD screen to your eyes and to your brain>>this is my knowledge about God or Allah, get it?

        • 36.2.1.1
          David says:

          I tried to get it, read your comment twice, three times, but do not get the part about blaming God. I never blamed God, I simply said I was taught; whether right or wrong, that all good things come from God and all bad things come from Satan. I agree that if our heart, mind, soul and spirit are in the right place, we are on more stable footing to recognize and root out evil, sometimes doing simple things like casting a vote for the betterment of the mankind, and not the betterment of a politician. Another way is perhaps donating to a college fund for a well deserving, promising student. The list goes on and on, towards the path of infinity.
          Yes, if my God can create something as small as sub atomic particles within an atom, things we will never see, and from that concept develop a whole field of study, called chemistry, and if HE can build billions of galaxies like the Milky Way, within a universe or multiverse, it clearly demonstrates HE created an order within the universe or multiverse.
          Recognizing such an order leads me to believe that HE has already put everything here for us to make it work, and the rest is up to us.
          Unfortunately we fall in the trap of believing in a religion, knowing full well that religions are just mankind’s concept of GOD. If you do not believe what I believe, then you go your way, worship in your religion and I go mine. Personally I do not declare a religion and will not until there is enough religion in the world to teach us to love one another as opposed to trying to destroy each other, after all, what religion was God? Again, just sharing some personal thoughts. I prefer a personal relationship with my God outside of the influence of a religion.
          In saying that, I do respect your comments and feel you we are both on a common path, which is working in a spirit of accomplishment towards a common goal which is peace and harmony on Mother Earth. Hope my photons excite your electrons and you receive my message. Get it??

      • 36.2.2
        leona says:

        @David…ask the killers of people why they kill people. Asking God such question is very dangerous…but He is merciful and will not surely kill you right away but He will let you (and us) die just the same in due time.

        • 36.2.2.1
          David says:

          @ Leona… Again, whether I am right or wrong, twice now I have made the statement that I was taught all good things come from God and all bad things come from Satan. I have even made the comment that blaming God for bad things is blasphemous and yes, can be dangerous. My God is a loving God. Let HIS will be done.
          Why don’t you ask him if you are so curious? Do you think by asking the killers, thieves and thugs, you will learn the truth as to why they kill or commit other heinous crimes?

          • 36.2.2.1.1
            leona says:

            @David, sorrry I blogged you on it…and not even @Macspeed for that. Anyway, sometimes killers do give reasons why. I had that chance to ask a would-be killer [ his victims-soldiers pa, they survived fortunately despite shooting them on the heads…the shooter said “My mission!”. Thanks.

    • 36.3
      leona says:

      @macspeed…lawyers, clever ones, never ask killer clients if they did the crime! For failing to ask, they are guilty only of accepting payment for their fees while sitting and not “standing” for their clients!

      • 36.3.1
        David says:

        Thank God I am an engineer and not a lawyer. And thank God for providing a higher court to which the killers will someday have to answer to.

        • 36.3.1.1
          leona says:

          @David…I admire engineers! They are exact and perfect to the last decimals. Lawyers can put “commas, question marks, exclamation points, atbpa” to decimals! Mysterious creatures!

          • 36.3.1.1.1
            David says:

            Trust me, engineers, or any profession, relying on science, exist as a concerted, team effort. Science is based on the truth and the truth must always be told, any deviation from the truth can produce catastrophic results. Just look at the NASA Space Shuttle program, which consisted of over 5,000 engineers from many countries all working towards a common goal. It is truth that has to be exact and perfect as people are fallible.. How we digest it, manipulate it, define it, and use it is the key element to any functional design or mathematical model.

            I hope there is no misunderstanding, we all want to live in a better world and that requires effort by everyone. My rewards have been earning enough money to put 8 girls and 1 boy thru nursing school, a mechanical and an electrical engineer, many HMR students and one CPA. This has been my way of honoring my 8 month, 23 day old baby who died in the states. We relocated to the Philippines and my efforts continue even after a heart bypass 8 yrs ago and kidney transplant 2 yrs ago. My son is no longer here to spend money on, love, cherish, and educate so in his honor, I chose to help others. I know very well what it feels like to be blessed. I personally judge my wealth by the number of people I can educate, not by some silly number representing a quantity of pesos, usd, ringits, or what ever currency may be stored in a bank.

            I believe all religions have attributes, most importantly leading people towards a common golden rule, or what ever they wish to call good will. It disturbs me to see criminals walk free, or any type of injustice inflicted upon a civilization.

            The only point I was trying to make was centered on what I was taught. I am not saying it is perfect, or even correct. My faith allows me to believe all good things come from God, and all bad things come from Satan and it is my most honest and sincere wish that God continues to bestow the blessings upon you, and the other readers, which you all so well deserve, and that the Almighty administers his own justice for those who betray his wishes, no matter what his wishes may be.

            It really is true, the only way to possess anything of value, it to simply give it away, be it a math lecture, time to change a flat tire or render aid, or just a pleasant thought. I do not remember where I just recently heard that education was the real currency of the universe. True or not, it sounds good and something I will continue to do.

            God bless you and hope you enjoy your day.

            • Victin Luz says:

              @David …….since science was based on truth then evolution can never reconcile nor harmonize with the bible.

              And youn can not embraced them both to conclude your opinion in an aspect like the RH BILL.

              • David says:

                @ Victim Luz…..thanks, but as previously mentioned, “My faith allows me to believe”…until proven otherwise. There are a lot of theories, some move convincing than others, on the concept of evolution, but until otherwise proven, I will continue to rely upon my faith and believe as I chose.
                Yes, I can embrace both, perhaps one out of scientific fact, (like a concrete issue) and the other out of faith or consciousness (like any abstract issue). It is not up to me to make a decision for someone else. We can however provide education and the tools for those directly involved in the decision making process and let them make their own decision.

              • Victin Luz says:

                Tell me how can you embrace evolution and the bible dually or at the same time pertaining to the RH BILL @ David ?

            • yeheywater says:

              nice one!!! Good on you. May the blessings come your way tenfold.

              “Better to give than to receive”…ang kasabihang singtanda ng katauhan ay mananatiling tumpak sa habang panahon.

              Am truly sorry for your lost.

            • pinay710 says:

              @sir david, hanga po ako sa inyo. TOTOO po kayong nilalang ng DIOS. nakikiramay po ako sa nangyari sa anak nyo. saludo po ako sa inyo. tama po kayo sa inyong layunin sa buhay. sana po maraming sumunod sa inyong mga bakas. kahit na po hindi kayo politiko daig po ninyo ang mga politiko natin. marami na kayong accomplishment pagharap nyo sa PANGINOON NATIN DIOS.

            • Victin Luz says:

              Pro Bill or Anti Bill @ David….?

            • leona says:

              @David…thanks for the blessing greetings! This is a joke coming to you…8 CHILDREN! you’re a “factory”! [ as I always say ]. You’re blessed too!

              @victin luz…asks you science and evolution…bible. I get the impression whether the two topics can stand side-by-side supporting the other one.

              Evolution, says many, man evolved from “monkeys”…but why do monkeys still exists? Dapat, no more monkeys! Or is it that many corrupt politicians are still evolving from monkeys? Kaya, monkeys are still in need?

              The Bible re creation of man is not literally accurate. It is just written in such a way to make the reader wants a faith, to understand God and not how man really came out, from dusts, fish, bird, or monkey, atpba.

              God bless you both!

              • David says:

                @Leona,

                Hehe, not my children, I only had one child and he is no longer with us. These are less fortunate children, whom the wife and I offered a little boost so they could achieve their goals.

                Thanks and God bless you as well.

              • David says:

                @ Leona,

                Remember this, When God made man, SHE was only joking, hehe

              • leona says:

                @David, anyway, there’s only common thing man and monkey do have, both got “TAILS!”…hahaha…man’s “short” though…HAHAHA!

                Same greetings!

    • 36.4
      curveball says:

      My faith helps me to think of doing things based on the following considerations:
      1. Will it make me a better person?
      2. Will it do good to others (family, relatives, friends and others)?
      Because if I follow these I know I will make my God happy.
      And I also know that my God is an understanding God.

      • 36.4.1
        pinay710 says:

        @lsir curveball, ang pananalig nyo po ay adhikain, layunin o motto ng isang samahan na international. layuning MAKATAO at maka DIOS.isa po kayo dyan.hanga po ako sa inyo sir.marami pa ding PILIPINO na makatao.

  14. 35
    Bayonic says:

    Never Again …. Really, ever!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6YIsF-o11A

    • 35.1
      leona says:

      @Bayonic…what more can I say to this…maybe GMA expected such things beforehand to happen, thus signed repealing the Death Penalty law…can happen again when a corrupt regime reigns. Absolute corruptness! Death is always around and applied by the corrupts.

      Like in the old times, Caiphas decreed to slaughter all new born male babies!

      More than ever, now no death penalty, itt can happen again and again…when corruption reigns!

      We can only stop this by never electing pampa pamilya dynasties! Stop Political Dynasty! If Congress refuses to enact an anti-political dynasty law, WE USE THE BALLOT!

      Campaign against such dynasties! They are candidates now. Target them. Drop them and DON’T VOTE FOR THEM! To do so is OUR DEATH again and again.

      Thanks @Bayonic and CPMers here.

  15. 34
    joseph says:

    Hi Raissa,

    Your blog has 2 Josephs now.

    Of course, you could differentiate us from the other.
    But how about the others?

    • 34.1
      raissa says:

      How do you want to be distinguished from the other?

    • 34.2
      leona says:

      @Josephs!…one of you I will know…as “I need help on my English writing he can’t understand” as he keeps saying! Pray, there will be only two and not three or more!

    • 34.3
      DaveofBacolod says:

      @joseph I think you need to upload an avatar or something

    • 34.4
      raissa says:

      Hi,

      I’ve asked the other Joseph to change his name handle since you came to the site first.

      • 34.4.1
        joseph says:

        No big deal, actually.
        But Thanks, Raissa.

      • 34.4.2
        Rolly says:

        @ raissa

        Other blog site like disqus, which is also hosted by *Wordpress* knew instantly if a newcomer’s username is identical to what they already have on their database. They will inform you that such a username is no longer available.

        They’re using some kind of a PLUG-IN, I don’t know which one, and I have a zero knowledge of computer programming, and could not help either.

        I copied and pasted this internet forum below and related links…might help your programmer.

        Registration allows email duplicates in database (5 posts)
        http://wordpress.org/support/topic/registration-allows-email-duplicates-in-database

        seblap

        Posted 6 years ago
        I run a worpress blog to which people can subscribe to post comments. I’m having the following problem with registration: people can subscribe twice with the same email, or even the same username, thus creating duplicates in the database.
        I’m quite surprised duplicates-checking isn’t implemented in WordPress.
        Any idea how to fix this problem?

        moshu

        Posted 6 years ago
        Which version?
        I know WP checks for duplicate username and email and doesn’t let happen what you described…

        seblap

        Posted 6 years ago
        I’m running WP 1.5.2
        It does happen on my blog, though I haven’t changed anything related to the registration functions.

        seblap

        Posted 6 years ago
        I’ve double-checked the problem. It actually only arises for EMAILS duplicates. No duplicate username is accepted during registration.
        How come I can register twice with the same email (with different usernames)?
        Any help welcome.

        moshu
        Posted 6 years ago
        I don’t remember how it was in 1.5.2 – though I might check if I have time.
        In 2.x you cannot register twice witht he same email, for sure.

        http://stackoverflow.com/questions/9599163/how-to-prevent-duplicate-usernames-in-php-mysql

        http://stackoverflow.com/questions/12768144/prevent-duplicate-usernames-adding-a-sequence-number-after-username

  16. 33
    raissa says:

    Hi guys,

    Just to say good night and hello to all of you.

    I just finished something long for my work.

    I can soon write here.

    Thanks for coming back and coming back.

    We have lots of things to talk about.

    Raissa

  17. 32
    raissa says:

    My piece on the Faecbook libel suit of Esperlita Garcia by Mayor Carlito Petecostes Jr. in SCMP (HK) –

    Philippine mayor sues activist over Facebook posting

    Gongaza town leader files defamation lawsuit over post relating to mining operations, calling defendant a ‘crazy woman who tells lies’

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1090788/philippine-mayor-sues-activist-over-facebook-posting

    • 32.1
      leona says:

      Beautiful! Raissa this will be a K.O. for the mayor! Looking at photo of “crazy woman” smiling [ @Joe Am...see what I was saying..."they smile with pain" ] and the photo of a man creepy staring…who is crazy here?

      He must really have been mad at the crazy woman despite all the “improvement, etc.” he said he put in that town. Even a “swimming pool”! Near the sea and a swimining pool? Asyong Aksaya yata ito! That’s too much of a luxury, bathing in the sea and diving in the pool!

      Crazy woman using the FB to attack the mayor! How many crazy women in the mental asylum in Mandaluyong are using the FaceBook? I’ll like to ask the mayor.

      Now, the crazy woman is running for mayor in that town. He must be again so mad mad mad! What if she wins? Well, the town will have a crazy woman mayor then.

      My question is where will the sane mayor go after that? Work in the mines? Ganda!

      But those mines will be closed after the crazy woman mayor takes her post. So, no mines no work! Ka pangit naman!

      Good luck crazy woman to your quest. May You Win the post! Stay cool now mayor.

    • 32.2
      Joe America says:

      Power is intoxicating, and I’d say the mayor was (is?) plenty drunk. (That is a personal characterization, and I could certainly be wrong . . . Mr Mayor. ) What damages has he sustained, I wonder. What malice is there in a complaint about heavy-handed civic behavior on a semi-private FACEBOOK site. My understanding of libel is something more material than this, where dollar losses can be added up. But I have learned never to try to figure out Philippine judicial outcomes. If they are detached from Western logic, I can only say, “well, that’s certainly different.”

      I root for the rabble rousing lady, too. She has character.

    • 32.3
      springwoodman says:

      in the article, the Mayor said, “Why will I deprive my people of the progress and development that comes with mining,”

      He owns the people.

    • 32.4
      baycas says:

      GONZAGA, Cagayan, Philippines—The antimining activist, who was arrested here for libel arising from a Facebook post, has declined offers by the Catholic Church to provide her sanctuary despite threats to her life supposedly due to her opposition to black-sand mining here.

      Esperlita Garcia, 62, said she did not want people to think that she had gone into hiding, which might embolden her enemies to silence other antimining activists.

      “[Seeking refuge] may lead my enemies to claim victory and publicly announce that they have succeeded in frightening me. I am very grateful for the show of concern, but I have to decline it,” she said, referring to the offer made by priests in the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao.

      Garcia, who is out on bail for libel charges filed by Mayor Carlito Pentecostes Jr., said she feels safe staying in her house in Calayan village here.

      Garcia, who is running for mayor against Pentecostes, said she has been taking safety precautions whenever she leaves her house. “I make it a point that my allies know that I am just around, but at the same time, not make myself an easy target for criminals,” she said.

      She also declined to seek the help of police. Former Cagayan Rep. Manuel Mamba, head of the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office, said security measures are in place for Garcia when she is arraigned today at the Regional Trial Court Branch 9 in Aparri town.

      ‘Cyber-Perling’ declines Church refuge
      By Melvin Gascon
      Inquirer Northern Luzon
      9:55 pm | Thursday, November 1st, 2012

      • 32.4.1
        leona says:

        @Mayor!…don’t even think about it! You’ll lose “your people!” and suffer for it.

      • 32.4.2
        Victin Luz says:

        She doesn’t want to compromise her other convictions that might be different from the Church. Opinion kulang ha , sir.

      • 32.4.3
        Rigo says:

        I guess, Media coverage by the country’s biggest tabloid on this libel case would be one of the effective way of protecting the woman’s life well being. What more, internationalizing and sensationalizing the matter would even be a better form of protection..if only..perhaps, if it happens, I could probably see the story told on ABC’s Asia Pacific Forum..

  18. 31
    Tomas Gomez III says:

    If, indeed, cleanliness is next to godliness, Bishop Arguelles, supposedly a man of God, is best advised to instead attend to the sanitation, environmental and health requirements of the parishes he supervises. En vez na maki-alam sa politica at sa halalan, mas may pakinabang ang obispong ito kung mag basurero at sanidad na lang siya!

    • 31.1
      jorge bernas says:

      @ Tomas,

      Tama ka Tomas, Bagay sa kanya mag basurero pakialamero kasi sa politika kahit alam na hindi dapat makialam… Linisin muna ninyo bakuran ninyo bishop S.U.V. Arguelles???

    • 31.2
      pinay710 says:

      sir tomas, yan pong obispong yan ang sinsabi ng mga pinoy “BULOK NA KAMATIS NAISAMA SA BAKOL” kaya hindi lahat ng naka sutana ay bulok. mas marami pa din ang matinong naka sutana.

  19. 30
    Martial Bonifacio says:

    Nakakalungkot marinig sa radio na isang paraan para maharang at mabagal ang paghatol ng hustisya ay sa pamamagitan ng pag appeal at paghahain ng napakaraming motion ng depensa.

    Sana lang maayos talaga ni sereno ang justice system ng pilipinas, Kasi nalaman natin lahat kung gaano kadami ang mga perks ng mga tiga judiciary through impeachment trial of corona. Sa bagal ng justice system parang hindi sila worth it sa mga sobrang perks along with the congressman and senators who are afraid to stand and vote regarding important bills. While others are trying to stall the process.

    Off-topic: Regarding Panatag shoal
    Sec. Hernandez at Sec. Del Rosario Sana po gayahin nyo ang plano ng india or vietnam, taiwan.

    Hindi po nila tatanggapin at tatatakan sa immigration ang passport ng mga chinese nationals na papasok sa mga bansa nila.

    Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/313243/vietnam-wont-stamp-controversial-china-passports

    Nagaalala po ako na baka gamitin pa ng instik yan against the Philippines. Please lang po reconsider nyo na yung decision nyo.

    http://globalnation.inquirer.net/57609/dfa-to-honor-chinese-e-passports-despite-map

    • 30.1
      leona says:

      @Bonifacio…that is a good suggestion. A thought for Pres. PNoy! Imagine to allow such “new” Chinese passports with such picture or symbols! Tricky! Sly! Misleading! Greedy in thought! And takaw sa LUGAW! In my informal Chinese saying…Wa Ka Nga!

      Re our justice system, the new CJ and the remaining GMA justices can help: One – delimit “motions” specially intended to delay and part of dilatory tactics. Cut down such motions!

      Two – all or any motions [ if still allowed ] should be made or filed before the trial is scheduled. First 30 or 45 days, all motions will be entertained and resolved immediately by the trial judge. After such period, no more motions. Any counsel who further file any motion is held in contempt, fined and if warranted, sent to jail.

      Three – After all motions are resolved, trial as scheduled, proceeds without let up, no pause, etc. If defense is a law firm, other counsel in that firm must try their case if principal or lead counsel fails to appear. If not a law firm, counsel de oficio is appointed or PAO lawyer takes over.

      Fourth – strictly enforce a period of 12 months upon which to finish the case and a decision within that period is mandatory. If the judge fails to do this, judge is replaced, another is designated with the same task within 30 days from designation.

      Fifth – corroborative evidence, testimonies of witnesses on the same or similar points should be limited, like not more than 10 witnesses. The Maguindanao case has, I think more, much more than this. A useless effort for the judge to be repeatedly reading the transcripts of no less than 100 witnesses on the same or similar points.

      Sixth – if the judge gets sick for longer than 30 days, the pairing judge takes over.

      Seventh – now we have a new requirement, Judicial Affidavit rule, for direct testimony of witnesses. A good innovation to cut short delays. Why not not apply the same to the defense simultaneously with the prosec’s or plaintiff’s complaince? This will further shorten the delays.

      Eight – since we do not have a jury system, can it be possible, after the submission of the case for decision, both contending counsel prepares a “draft” of a decision for the trial judge to adopt with discretion of course, etc.? This is like some practice in courts of other countries, one is NJ in the USA. We can modify the practice but make it happen. This will again help the judge and shorten any delay.

      Ninth – petition for bail should be resolved only by the trial court and not to any appellate court or supreme court. In the Maguindanao case, two Ampatuans, senor and Zaldy’s pet. for bail is pending in the SC, thus, both accused have not yet been arraigned until now! And yet the other portion of this case is being tried already. This will cut short further delay, etc. also.

      Tenth – this is the big one…allow the prosec or State to “appeal” the whole decision of the case in case of “acquittal” of the accused only to the SC. A review. If accused is granted to appeal, why not the State? The rule on Double Jeopardy is US version of US jurisprudence because of their jury system. We do not have jury system. Ours is by a judge ever since. We are not bound to keep following US jurisprudence. The SC can, under our Constitution on Double Jeopardy, change this unfair rule applicable only because we copied it from USA under their jury system style. In fact, one of our rules in the Rules of Court says the State can appeal but by US interpretation, State cannot appeal an acquittal if and WHEN the Double Jeopardy rule is violated. This is something the rule is there but not there to apply…a mystery difficulty to grasp!

      My opinion.

      • 30.1.1
        AnuBayan! says:

        I think it would be easier for the Supreme Court (subject to the availability of funds of course) to appoint at least ten (10) assisting judges (with complete court staff for every judge) in the Ampatuan massacre case who will hear and decide all the motions/manifestations filed by both parties. That way, the present presiding judge can concentrate more on the hearing of the main case. If the main case is submitted for decision and a decision is actually issued before all the motions/pending incidents are resolved, then the court need not resolve all the motions/pending incidents in view of the decision of the court in the main case. A court strategy that may be appealed by the accused but is truly effective in the swift administration of justice if the Supreme Court backs it up.

  20. 29
    joseph says:

    why is my comment awaiting moderation? if it does not contain profanities let it through even if its pro or con to anyone’s opinion unless there is there is CENSORSHIP in your website then there is no freedom of speech that you are trying to advocate.

    • 29.1
      raissa says:

      Bec the system seems to think it’s spam. Sometimes it goes haywire.

    • 29.2
      Joe America says:

      @joseph, bloggers rely upon filters to extract out the spam that arrives relentlessly. You don’t see it in the threads because the filters do a good job. Sometimes they miss and spam gets through, or sometimes a legitimate comment gets dumped to spam. E-mail systems have the same shortcoming. The system does not like the format or combination of words. It has nothing to do with Raissa and her views on censorship. I think perhaps you are not aware of how much spam is sent to blog sites and are rather taking the matter as a personal attack. The problem is spammers, not Raissa.

      • 29.2.1
        raissa says:

        Thanks for explaining, Joe.

        I see to be getting a lot of spam lately.

        A whole lot.

      • 29.2.2
        DaveofBacolod says:

        I think he is trolling though not that much of a troll compared during the Corona and Robredo heyday

    • 29.3
      chit navarro says:

      Hi Joseph,

      cool man…. there is no censorship here… patience is a virtue we all must learn to cultivate.

      i have noticed that if you attach a http://www.com to your post, it will come back with “awatiing moderation”….

    • 29.4
      vander anievas says:

      @joseph,
      be patient amigo.
      everyone experiences just the same. but never did i complain. not only us have the freedom, even the blogger too, i wont mind if she’ll block my post.
      i can post it again anyway. i used to copy/paste my comments in such case it goes somewhere else…:) keep posting…

    • 29.5
      raissa says:

      Joseph,

      There’s another Joseph who came to this site first.

      Could you change your handle “joseph” please, so others can distinguish you both?

      Thanks.

  21. 28
    pordoy says:

    The entire problem of political dynasty and all political killings reduces to the lack of a functioning police system.

    • 28.1
      leona says:

      @pordoy…like @Joseph above and below but here, I cannot understand also [ not your English ] but the statement…a lack of a functioning police system will reduce the problem of political dynasty and political killings?…Or you meant more effective police system will reduce the problem? If I am wrong, totally in this, pardon me to the minimum penalty available. Thanks.

      • 28.1.1
        pordoy says:

        If the police system functioned adequately there would be no private armies or rebels. There would be much less political killings. Remember the PNP and AFP assisted the Ampatuans? A working police would also be required to maintain peace and order during elections including violence, bribery and voting irregularities with arrests as required.

        • 28.1.1.1
          leona says:

          @pordoy…now I got it! Salamat din. Yes, I remember and still know now that when a corrupt regime reigns in any place, local or national, kasama ang pulis and army!

          The latter two cannot help to be the opposite of a corrupt regime. They are like uncut umbilical cords to the former. The law when it comes around against them is worded like this: “conspiring and helping one another”…

          It’s really a very sorry situation of our government agencies…conspiring and helping one another!

          Thanks for the clarification.

  22. 27
    Johnny Lin says:

    LatestNews ABS CBN ONLINE

    CBCP WARNS OF CATHOLIC VOTE AGAINST RH ADVOCATES

    Bishop Arguelles advised people not to vote for candidates supportingRH bill. They are guilty oF “Ethnic Cleansing” he says.

    A Catholic Bishop is a public Liar!
    Ethnic cleansing was the crime of Hitler and Saddam.

    Malicious Rumor mongering committed by a Bishop to push a political agenda.
    About time, intelligent Filipinos would make a stand and stop tithing to churches every Sunday.

    To the Catholic vote movement of Bishop Rosales we should respond with
    STOP GIVING DONATIONS TO CHURCHES UNTIL AFTER ELECTION!
    STOP RUMOR MONGERING BY CBCP!

    Decent Filipinos must distinguish what is right or wrong issued by CBCP. Their outright false advocacy is worst than Marcos declaration of Martial Law.

    Ninoy Aquino said: I am one domino tile, hoping two will follow my lead”
    Starting next week, the First Day of Advent, I will stop tithing my meager 500 pesos a week sacrifice.

    Matter of principle to pass the word around social media in the Philippines.

    • 27.1
      raissa says:

      So you are saying –

      Citizens warn of CATHOLIC VOTE against ANTI-RH ADVOCATES?

      Would that reflect accurately what you just said?

      • 27.1.1
        Johnny Lin says:

        Its the other way around
        Bishop Arguelles warns of Catholic bloc voting like INC against RH bill advocates.

        He is saying candidates like Alan Cayetano if he is for RH bill must be wary that Catholic vote will vote against him. he is saying that Catholics must unite against “ethnic cleansers”

        Maybe connect the link from ABS CBN Online publish couple of hours ago.

        Pro RH Catholics must unite against Arguelles movement, withold tithing till after election, a silent protest against false information of a Bishop that open minded Catholics are ethnic cleansers in the category of Hitler and Saddam.

        What Arguelles said was an insult to Filipinos, Catholic or non Catholics supporting RH bill. Cardinal Tagle must denounce this statement of Arguelles.

        • 27.1.1.1
          Johnny Lin says:

          Silent protest against CBCP will prosper only if everyone will circulate message thru Social media.

          Making it clearer, my protest as RH bill supporter is against Bishop Arguelles statement. I am not advocating to vote only for RH bill supporters, that to me is individual choice.

          The statement of Arguelles must not be condoned by poor or rich, Catholic or non Catholic RH bill supporters

          • 27.1.1.1.1
            leona says:

            I will stop tithing too! This time, I support and will vote for candidates who support to vote and pass the RH bill into a law! I listen to my clear conscience only.

        • 27.1.1.2
          joseph says:

          you said right johnny boy.

        • 27.1.1.3
          Coco says:

          It is so painful as the church missed to condemn the ethnic cleansing of Armenians, the ethnic cleansing of Jews, the ethnic cleansing of Rwandans, just to name a few counting for more than 10 million dead. Shameful misuse of the term ethnic and the term cleansing by the Most Reverent Bishop.

          • 27.1.1.3.1
            leona says:

            @coco…”reverent” means deserving to be treated with respect…but if he says voting for RH bill by lawmakers and contra to many Filipinos is ethnic cleansing, a strong inappropriate words, he does not inspire but should be scorned!

          • 27.1.1.3.2
            jorge bernas says:

            @ Johnny Lin,

            Tama ka Johnny, Dapat hindi nalang nakialam sa PUlitika si arguelles, Dumagdag pa ito sa kahihiyan nang mga Pari at Obispo dahil balita ko humingi din ito nang SUV noon diba? Kapal nang Mukha….

    • 27.2
      Rene-Ipil says:

      I fully agree. I will ask my wife to also stop her donations to the church – whatever small amount it may be. It is time to put these misguided bishops to their proper places.

      Bishop Arguelles remains a loyal supporter of GMA and Corona. Kahiya-hiya ang taong ito. Naturingan pa namang mataas na alagad ng simbahan.

      • 27.2.1
        jorge bernas says:

        Huwag na nga natin tawagin bishop itong si arguelles dahil hindi siya deserve to be called, Maliwanag sa batas na “hindi dapat makialam ang relihiyon sa gobyerno” ewan kong naintindihan nila ito….

    • 27.3
      springwoodman says:

      So who is the true face of the Church? Is it power-hungry Arguelles or humble Tagle?

    • 27.4
      Rochie says:

      They must be joking! What catholic vote are they talking about? The people, predominantly catholic, have elected a protestant president (Ramos) years back. We have had a very vicious ( Erap, the womanizer, drinker and gambler) president who was placed in power by predominantly catholic voters. If by catholic they mean the popular choice, then there is such a catholic vote. But if by catholic they mean intelligent, moral and value-guided vote, they must be dreaming. The church has failed in so many ways in recent years. I am just holding on to my faith, but I can see my church leaders failing me in so many ways.

      • 27.4.1
        Johnny Lin says:

        Argument is not about Catholic vote nor it is about faith.
        Evil is calling Pro-RH as ethnic cleansers.
        Coming from a Bishop is disenchanting.
        Is this how low the mentality of Bishops. The way Arguelles talks, Sotto discourses, Lito Lapid is the most intellectual high school graduate.

      • 27.4.2
        joseph says:

        cathlic church had been failing everyone since christ was a corporal.

    • 27.5
      andrew lim says:

      Just to refresh memories, this Bishop Arguelles is the rabid pro-GMA, pro-Corona one. The one who justified GMA’s electoral cheating, since “everyone does it anyway.”

      As for ethnic cleansing, it was Pedro Calungsod who participated in a real one, when the Spaniard missionaries led by Diego Luis de San Vitores arrived in the Chamorro Islands. Accompanied by the Spanish military, they presented the natives two choices: submit or die fighting. And thousands of Chamorros died defending their land and culture.

      Similar to what happened in the Philippines. The Catholic church did not respect indigenous cultures in the past!

      And now he has the gall to warn of ethnic cleansing!

      Resist the right wing Catholic extremists!

      • 27.5.1
        filipino_mom says:

        @andrew – not to mention the inquisition.

        kahit anong pag-iisip na gawin ko, d ko talaga ma-konek yung “ethnic cleansing” sa pagiging pro-RH. dahil kaya mahina at mabagal ang aking pag-iisip? seems to me they must know what they’re talking about. the church has a lot of experience annihilating races they don’t agree with.

        • 27.5.1.1
          leona says:

          @filipino mom..the Church abandoned long ago “annihilating races. They engages now in absurd pretences…charades, in politics just like any other political organizations. Have you come across the name Cardinal Siri [ the Red Cardinal ], an Italian who was elected “pope” twice but was never made to assume the seat? He was so anti-communist that other cardinals opposed him for that, to have good relations at that time with the Soviets, now Russia. Check Google on it. It is a very interesting old topic.

    • 27.6
      joseph says:

      the problem is is there is no REAL intelligent filipino. if you know what i mean.its hurts but it is the truth.

      • 27.6.1
        Rene-Ipil says:

        Joseph@27.6
        How about our (Filipinos’) emotional IQ? Are we not the most emotional people in the world, according to survey?

      • 27.6.2
        leona says:

        @joseph…does that comment include you?…But it is not the truth! If, a big IF, it is true, then Bishop Arguelles’ remark is true though it is in truth a big lie.

    • 27.7
      DaveofBacolod says:

      HUH? What Catholic Vote? Is it the same Catholic Vote in the US that voted for Obama despite the support thrown by the US’ version of our beloved CBCP towards the pro-life candidate Mitt Romney? Ha good luck with that delusion.

    • 27.8
      Joe America says:

      Here is the link to the article without the http colon backslash backslash www dot that always gets me dumped to moderation when providing a link abs-cbnnews.com/nation/11/25/12/cbcp-warns-%E2%80%98catholic-vote%E2%80%99-vs-rh-bill-advocates

    • 27.9
      Rasec3 says:

      The CBCP is way way too late of this ( Ethnic cleansing ) accusation, it should be done during world war II that Pope Pius XII according to most historians that Pius XII turn a blind eye when Hitler start sending Jews to be exterminated. Fact- a lots of people’s accounts of different faiths ( including catholics ) who help the persecuted there was no mention of cardinals, bishop and pope… I guess most of the CPM people have anything againths catholics but catholic heirarchy is another matter….

    • 27.10
      Tomas Gomez III says:

      It is obvious that Bishop Arguelles believes that he is advancing the cause of the Catholic Church in the Philippines by pronouncing his own personal version of a “fatwa” against candidates who support the RH bill. Imbeciles usually do not realize the consequence of their behavior and their words. Such is the instance of Bishop Arguelles. Meddlesome is a very tame description. For a man of the cloth, he appears obscene and vulgar. He has only succeeded in turning off legions of our brethren, away from faithful devotion to the religion most of us were born under.

      • 27.10.1
        leona says:

        @Tomas…the bishop is not really “advancing” the cause of the Church, we are the Church! He does not “own” the Church. Without us, there is no Church!

        If he can, I’m sure he did, imagine, we all stop giving tiths and money, the Church will close shop! The Church lives and exists because “WE” live and exists! It just has been the practice of these religious leaders that they think they are the Church! They forget us 99% of their moments. They will only remember us 100% when we stop supporting the Church! And this can happen to all other churches too!

        These bishops, et. al., should stop lying and abusing us, we are the Church! I really would like to see in actual experience of my life for a moment when [let's say] 90% of the people, rich and poor, stop giving money, MONEY AND MONEY, to the Church. The result is catastrophic…people continue to live but our “instrument” – the Church dies, and dead! Bishops and priest jobless! Nowwhere to turn to. “No money no honey” !

    • 27.11
      Ella Tovara says:

      Ay naku nagsalita na naman nag Bishop na ito. Ay bakit wala siyang statement against political dynasties, maguindanao massacre, corruption and etc lalong lalo na sa pamimigay na pera sa mga obispo ni GMA.

      Selective naman ang pangungusinsiya ng Bishop na ito ah. Sa tingin ko wala na sa mga Pilipino ang maniniwala sa mga Obispo ng Catholic church sa Pinas.

      Mabuhay ang nag-iisip na Pilipino!

      • 27.11.1
        leona says:

        @Ella Tovara…the shut-shup Arguell is lucky, walang si Andres Bonif…’di sila magkikita, mapag sabihan siya “Isa ka pang “kastilyan na frog-squat nose, eh! Punitin kita katulag yun cedula ko!”

        He’s so lucky…tsk tsk tsk…

    • 27.12
      curveball says:

      Bakit hindi ang mga pari ang manguna kasama na ng obispo ang magsermon oras oras araw-araw sa lahat ng misa ang tungkol sa mabilis na paglilitis sa maguindanao massacre? Dahil ito ay karumal-dumal at mukhang hindi nabibigyan ng panhon at importansya. Hindi ang tungkol sa election dahil ito ay pwede na bigyan lang ng gabay ang mga katoliko sa tamang pagpili. Hindi yung pilitin ka na iboto ang isang politiko dahil sya ay pro RH bill. Paano kung ang pulitiko na ito ay kabilang sa dynasty? Isasawalang bahala na ba sya dahil lang sa pro-RH bill sya? Para naman wala sa ayos ang ganito.
      Ako man din ay nawawalan na ng gana na sumunod sa sinasabi ng simbahan.

    • 27.13
      jorge bernas says:

      @ Johnny Lin,

      Sana hindi nalang nakialam ang taga simbahan lalo na si bishop arguelles dahil kong titingnan mabuti ay para naman sa nakararaming mamamamyan ang RH Bill na ito kong maipasa? Marami mga mamamayan ang matutulungan lalo na yong mga walang alam kong paano magplano nang pamilya o magtaguyod nang pamilya? Ano kaya masasabi ni Bishop sa mga humingi noon nang SUV kay GMA? Sana sundin nalang nila ang batas na BAWAL MAKIALAM ANG SIMBAHAN SA GOBYERNO ??? mahirap bang intindihin ito mga padre damaso??? saka yong sinasabi ninyong mga Pari na pabor ang RH Bill sa aborsiyon ay napakalaking kasinungalingan. Sana ang katutuhanan lang ang kanilang sasabihin…saka huwag sana nilang diktahan kong ano ang IBOBOTO nang mamamayan pabor man sila sa RH Bill o hindi… Maging makaTAO sana sila sa lahat….

    • 27.14
      vander anievas says:

      i will vote for all rhbill advocates. and to any candidate of my choice. not theirs. tired of corrupt clergies in “abitos”…

  23. 26
    leona says:

    JPE to enter our cyberspace internet now! Wants to learn daw! Will be reading the antis here and there. Could be also blogging here…watch out! Off topic but a reminder, be ready in the next few weeks, he’ll be here! Link

    http://philnews.com/headlines/2012/headline_news_1124ad.htm

    • 26.1
      vander anievas says:

      @leona,
      great!
      jpe, welcome!!!
      i’ll be more glad posting my grievances here…:)

      • 26.1.1
        leona says:

        @vander…JPE if he’s truly a lover of truth, he’ll love it here! I’m sure he has a lot to share blogging here and might even forget or relinquish his post as senator once he’s in here!

        …like you, JPE WELCOME!

  24. 25
    curveball says:

    Kaya di ako magtataka kung magkaroon ng mga vigilantes dahil sa mga ganitong pangyayari. Kung ang mga kamaganak mismo ang gumawa ng kanilang sariling hustiya. Bakit si Pnoy nasabi nya na priority ang isang bill bakit ito hindi nya maipilit o mabigyan ng priority? Sabihin ba na bilisan naman dapat matapos sa loob ng 2yrs (abswelto o may hatol) At least magkaroon ng resulta.
    Nakakaawa ang mga pamilya ng namatay at nakakainis ang mga tao na dapat na kumilos (pulis, hukom, politiko, etc) pero parang baliwala lang. Baka naman busy silang lahat….sa paghanda sa darating na election. At isasama nila ito sa plataporma nila…ang lutasin ito pag sila na ang nakaupo. Maniniwala kaya tayo?
    Nakaka frustrate na hustisya ito. Mawawalan ka talaga ng tiwala at pasensya.
    Bakit di umuusad? Gusto ng lahat na magtagal ito kasi may sarili silang pakinabang pag inabot ng 50yrs ito. Ang akusado kahit nakakulong ay may pagasa (malamang lamang nga) na mapawalang sala. Ang abogado (ng depensa) dahil tuloy tuloy ang bayad (per oras ba, appearance o lump sum pag abswelto in millions of pesos ha).
    Ang lugi ay ang nagsakdal o biktima kasama na tayo kasi tayo din ang nagbabayad ng sweldo ng prosecutor at judge. Dahil sa walang pera lalo na at taga probinsya pa. Ang pasahe, baon, nawawalang sweldo sa pagabsent sa trabaho. Sino ang tatagal sa ganitong situation? Lalo na kung ikaw ay mahirap lamang? Ano ang itatapat mo sa kalaban mo na milyon milyon ang pera?
    Hustisya para sa mayaman at may kapangyarihan lang ata dito sa pinas.

    • 25.1
      joseph says:

      because pnoy aquino is self-serving interest politician. actually ALL filipino politicians. tell me who is not self-serving interest politician?

      • 25.1.1
        curveball says:

        Si Sec Jesse Robredo (RIP)
        Isang huwaran na politiko para sa aking opinion.

      • 25.1.2
        raissa says:

        Joseph,

        There’s another Joseph who came to this site first.

        Could you change your handle “joseph” please, so others can distinguish you both?

        Thanks.

  25. 24
    DannyG says:

    … “Political power grows out of the barrel of gun !”, once said by a great philosopher. Kung sino ang may hawak ng sandata, siya ang panginoon, siya ang masusunod. Siya ang may hawak ng kapalaran ng kanyang teritoryo. Ang kasalukuyang kaganapan sa ating bayan ay manipestasyon ng ganoong realidad. Mula sa mababang antas hanggang sa kataas-taasang level ng ating lipunan, marami dito ang tumatangan bilang instrumento ng panglalamang at pang-aapi sa mamamayan at maging ng buong sambayanan. Ang mga sagadsaring kriminal ay gumagamit ng sandata upang pagnakawan at abusuhin o kaya’y patayin ang walang kalaban-labang biktima. Ang mga corrupt na politiko ay may mga private armies na armado ng malalakas na armas upang takutin ang mga botante. Ang mga bayaran at sadistang pulis, militar at pwersa ng para-militar ay gamit ang armory ng pamahalaan upang proteksyunan ang mga anti-mamamayang proyekto ng mga ilang ganid at tusong negosyante at dayuhan tulad sa area ng illegal logging, pagmimina at land-grabbing. Bakit nagkaganito ang ating bayan, tumatangan sa armas hindi bilang proteksyon kundi panupil at pang-aapi sa mamamayan.? Dahil ba sa minana lamang ang ugaling ito mula sa gawi ng nauna nating mga ninununo ? O, ginagamit ang dictum na ito
    upang mas supilin at pagsamantalahan ang sambayan para sa kanilang interes at ng mga amo nito.
    Malinaw ang panawagan- sa aspetong-micro solution, magkaroon ng agaran at istriktong pagpapatupad ng total gun ban, i-dismantle ang mga private armies at kumpiskahin ang mga loose firearms. At upang matugunan ang dinaranas na kahirapan sa buhay ng ating maraming kababayan na nagtutulak sa mga ito na maging anti-sosyal sa lipunan – magsagawa ng komprehensibong polisiyang-pambayan tulad ng “honest implementation” ng “genuine land reform” at “nationalist industrialization” program. At kapag naipatupad ang mga panawagang ito, nakasisiguro tayong sa ating bayan, wala ng gagamit ng sandata bilang instrumento ng karahasan at pang-aapi tulad ng nararanasan sa ibang malaya at progresibong bansa. Ang nalalabi na lamang ay ang sandata ng mga nag-aabisyong maging political power na hahadlang upang manatiling matagumpay ang dakilang adhikain ng mamamayang Pilipino. Well, hindi naman magiging hopeless sapagka’t nariyan ang sambayannang Pilipino bilang sandata na poprotekta sa kanilang napagwagiang political power!!

    • 24.1
      leona says:

      @DannyG…yun mga tanong mo ay umpisa pa lang. Tingnan mo ang nangyari sa Maguindanao…pampaFAMILIA dynasty…abuso, walang galang sa Batas, mama-matay ng mga tao, atbpa!

      Lalago ito pag mayroon na lahat “little kingdoms” sa Bansa natin! Political dynasty. Sila ang Batas! Tayo ang mga alipin.

      Tandaan…Walang IBOTO sa lahat ng Kamag-Anak Sakop Ng Political Dynasty! No Vote for them! Zero lang puede.

  26. 23
    pinay710 says:

    58 ang patay????/, 33 mga journalists???? 3 taon na ang nakakalipas wala pang HUSTISYA?????? NAKAKABALIW NA SYSTEMA HUSTISYANG PILIPINO, hindi na ito JUSTICE DELAYED, JUSTICE DENIED, THIS IS JUSTICE CLOSED EYES. NASAAN ANG MGAGAALING NA MGA MAMBABATAS? ANG MAGAGALING NA KAPULISAN, MGA SUNDALO? MGAGAALING LANG PUMURI PAGKA WALA KRIMEN PAG MERON NA AKTUAL NA KRIMEN PURO BAHAG ANG MGA BAYAG!!! SAYANG ANG BUWIS NAMING MAMAMAYAN AT PAGPAPASUELDO SA INYO!!!! PAGWALA NA SI NOYNOY SA PUESTO SIGURADO WALA NA DIN ITONG KASONG ITO.
    NAKIKIRAMAY PO AKO NG TAOS PUSO SA MGA NAULILA. HUWAG NA PO KAYONG LUBUSANG UMASA NA MALULUTAS ANG KASO NYO. ITULOY NA LANG PO NYO ANG BUHAY NYO. ISIPIN NYO NA LANG NA MASAMANG PANAGINIP ANG NANGYARI SA MGA KAMAGANAK NYO DAHIL SA PANAGINIP NA LANG MALULUTAS ITO.

  27. 22
    bengo says:

    Let us just NOT VOTE anyone belonging to a political clan. Likewise, we have to campaign for this idea so others will follow suit.

    • 22.1
      leona says:

      @bengo…start looking for a PRINTING PRESS to have those FLYERS as you want to for our VOTERS on 2013 ELECTIONS…pagandahin mo ang naka sulat! Let’s hope you get to no payment but free for it. Good Luck!

  28. 21
    leona says:

    Raissa, your suggestion of a law to disqualify the political opponents of one when a political killing happens is impressive.

    How about law automatically declaring that in that area when a killing takes place, all elective positions from highest to lowest ELECTIONS ARE CLOSED until after 3 years and the higher authority is mandated to appoint an OIC instead?

    There’s no need anymore for contending candidates to “Watch Each Other’s Back!”

    • 21.1
      raissa says:

      Hmmm. That could be considered as well.

      Provided that the OICs do not belong to the same party as the appointing president.

      • 21.1.1
        leona says:

        Raissa, one suggestion to solve is the president interviews 5 people for the post. The 4 who are willing to accept and 1 not willing, appoint the Mr. or Mrs. 1.

        If a second round is needed, change the “game” but always for the right person the president thinks can be the right one.

        Constant Rule, acc to you: No one belonging to the same party of the appointing power should be designated. Fair enough.

  29. 20
    Coco says:

    I do not understand journalists. How can they report as normal as 38 of there colleagues are raped, tortured and massacred? How can the owner of a newspaper allow writing about anything else then about this massacre? How can the owner of a TV station allow telenovelas after this massacre? How can a blog site discuss anything else? This should not be just a fait divers. This should stop, can stop if all journalists pull at the same rope and wake up the Pilipino people. Go in strike, refuse to write about something else. Repeat the gruesome facts. Show the horrific pictures. Expose the mechanism behind this. Don’t stop until the last suspect is condemned and in jail.

    I do not understand priests or imams. Pro-live but accepting murder? How can the preach about anything else then the 5e commandment? Don’t they have to educate people that this is not acceptable? That Mohamed and Jesus are unhappy seeing Filipinos going on with their lives as nothing happened?

    I do not understand the judiciary. How can a judge, a prosecutor have other priorities then getting these butchers and all their associates in jail for good. How can the spent time on a annulment, a traffic violation? Shouldn’t they all work 24/7 at the same case?

    I do not understand the military. They found hundreds of reasons to plot in the past. Shouldn
    ‘t they stand on the side of the people and do not accept political murders in this civilised country? Are there not enough soldiers willing to protect every witness day and night?

    If 58 brutal murders are not shocking enough as a wake-up call that the old politics are no more acceptable, what will be, an atom bomb like on Hiroshima?

    • 20.1
      Rasec3 says:

      @Coco, I really loved you commentary in this issue, I remember Mr. Bennett book titled ( Death of an Outrage ) * honestly I was not able to read it* :) but it summarize your good point here..You articulated it very well and I hope every body will read these and spread the burning desire….

    • 20.2
      JJ says:

      @Coco…it’s all about money.

    • 20.3
      leona says:

      @coco…giving answers to your hypo the ti cal questions is like our own…write your side based on what is happening as a reality…not on what “could” or “would have.” the “IFs” doesn’t help. Try something like Broadwell’s “All In”….for petraeus…

    • 20.4
      vander anievas says:

      @coco,
      you do not understand what you stated above.
      then, understand power and money, once you did, you already understand the meaning of all you listed above.
      and would you believe: we filipinos have a culture of walang pakialam?

  30. 19
    leona says:

    On corruption but not dynastion…high and low ranks cops gets sacked…DISMISSALS and suspension without pay for that 2 heli cops purchases! I love to read things like this. The link
    is

    http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2012/11/24/872187/court-affirms-dismissal-cops-helicopter-deal

  31. 18
    Johnny Lin says:

    Latest News
    Ongoing Media Nation Summit in Tagaytay Tackle Issue of Corruption in Their Ranks

    How come Raissa was not an invited Speaker on this subject?
    She is qualified being independent investigator, unbeholden to local news meduim being a foreign correspondent.

    Just Curious?

  32. 17
    Parekoy says:

    Sana pag pinatay yong isang pulitko, mahigante rin yung isa, basta sila sila lang wala ng media at mga usisero. Positivevang results nyan, mababawasan ang mga PU!

  33. 16
    parengtony says:

    GMA’s most often cited biggest sins against the Filipino people are stealing, lying, and cheating. I disagree. The Maguindanao Massacre is. Because it is more damaging than all the billions that she and Mike stole, than the illegitimacy of her 9 year rule, than all the falsehoods that she and her minions imposed and continue to impose on the public. The Maguindanao Massacre is a concrete representation of GMA’s near complete destruction of the institutions that safeguard the interest of We the People… including the justice system.

    • 16.1
      Victin Luz says:

      @parengtony………I agree with you….the murder of 58 people especially the 33 journalist can not be compared to anything ” kahit anong ginto ” It almost destroyed everything ,…..but why other journalist are not active in everything about the CASE… Why only mam RAISSA’s blog……….It should be an uninterrupted protest from the day of the slaying to date and further tomorrow until justice will be given. Appari to Tawi Tawi sana diba.

      • 16.1.1
        Gellybeans says:

        The National Press Club is actively pursuing this everyday, with Jerry Yap and Atty. Causing at the forefront! They have done this since the massacre 3 years ago!

        • 16.1.1.1
          leona says:

          The SC has rules on trial courts on periods to render decisions on cases pending in their salas. But the rules are there for violations, not for enforcement.

          What is the Court Administrator of the SC doing on this Maguindanao case? Or the SC for that?

          They cannot hear? They cannot see? They cannot move? They cannot do anything? Why?

          What are they there for? To receive their monthly salaries and perks? To keep their seats warm for the 8 hours a day sitting? To gossip, chat and dreaming of the future?

          Do they need a 10.99 Reichter scale earthquake in their buildings? A 100 feet ala Phuket Tsunami wave from Manila Bay up to the Q.C. Welcome Monument?

          What is needed to finish the Maguindanao case really? 58 Thunders and Lightnings invented by the great-grand kin of Thomas Edison?

          Sulpuric Fires from the heavens sent by God. FIFTY EIGHT lives were unmercilessly and brutally taken away by Ampatuans juramintados! Nobody senses to care? Not even the lady judge handling the case?

          THREE YEARS now! Not yet finished. Not half-way reached. More legalism taking place about “rights of accused” and putting aside rights of those poor souls who never had any inkling they would be subjected to inhuman killing by rabid dog-like wolves in the persons of public officials, a governor, a mayor, PNP policemen and militia private army!

          Where is the decision? What is it that cannot be delivered? Is there really a judge and prosecutors handling this case? The noise is coming from the outside and not from the inside of the courtroom! There is apparent silence.

          It’s like there just ghosts in the whole haunting event.

          THREE YEARS! Thirty Six Long Months! One Thousand and Nine Days since the sound of that Backhoe, Armalite rifles cracking, bullets piercing those human flesh, rifle butts smashing heads, faces, shoulders and body parts. All the birds and earthly animals scampered away upon seeing what was happening. Ghastly! Horrible! Only violent men can do such things!

          JUSTICE! Oh JUSTICE! Where art thou! 58 Forsaken Souls! 33 Journalists! No governor, no mayor, no policeman and no militia died in this. Only these 58 !

          All the Bible, All the law books, All words and writings cannot help! What is this?

          Is Time standing still for and in this Maguindanao case? The hands of the Clock has stopped? Is it because the stone of Lady Justice is really blind, deaf and mute? Just made of stone and nothing more?

          Does the country need Fifty Eight Million Words to make sounds of protest for Justice? To Wails and Cries for Three Years on this?

          Justice where art thou? Justice, are you running away? Hiding? But where art thou?

          …nothing! …silence…so quiet…no wind…no sways of the leaves of the trees…

          sullen…darkness…

          WHAM! …sudden shouts of the souls…WE PROTESTS! says the love ones…WHAM! WHAM!

        • 16.1.1.2
          Rudy Portugal says:

          The National Press Club is not doing enough! They should muster enough public opinion to make this a number 1 priority. This is massacre ! Three years of waiting for justice is just too long. The Maguindanao Massacre should have been concluded long time ago.

          • 16.1.1.2.1
            leona says:

            @Rudy…also the president of the IBP…lawyers of the Philippines! Please have something good done in this long delayed horrible case!

    • 16.2
      docbebot says:

      Kung walang Massacre hindi bibitiw si GMA.

      • 16.2.1
        leona says:

        @docbebot…she would have been forcibly “extracted” by UFOs as there are no more American Clark or Subic 24-hour helicops now! That process would be always in YOUTUBE…use Google!

    • 16.3
      leona says:

      @parentony….re justice system…former chairperson Abalos granted to travel to Taiwan but failed due to invalidated passport. His travel reason is “to study new methods on fish fingerlings” etc. He wants to know the new tech. Thus, allowed to travel by the courts, Pasay court and Sandiganbayan court.

      From this, any accused under custody, can use such reasons, study new tech abroad; participate new tech abroad; participate new tech on dancing abroad; watch how new tech on planting on okra seeds; atbpa! to travel abroad! Something new in our justice system @parentony!

      It’s only now I came across such “grounds” for a motion to be allowed to travel despite being an accused in a crime punishable by life imprisonment. SUSMA!

  34. 15
    moonie says:

    now, about the 33 journos that went with mangudadatu’s convoy and got massacred, I have been wondering why none of the journos waited at the destination, went straight to the munisipyo/office of registry, and interview officials there about how they feel as regards the new kid on the block, while waiting for the convoy to arrive. maybe, if some have been at the registry, the number of jornous killed would have been less. or, if the feeling was not right at the registry, they might have texted their counterparts to pull out of the convoy, or alert the convoy to abort their grand plan and reroute, and so on.

    dynastic war is much like feudal wars of yesteryears. might is right.

    • 15.1
      Victin Luz says:

      Mahirap siguro kasi , if they will be identified with Mangudatu then , nauna pa silang kinatay doon without a trace. Baka mas madaming nadamay , halimbawa mga kausap nila sa COMELEC kaya or other friends who were around at that time. Running berserk ang AMPATUAN diba.

    • 15.2
      leona says:

      @moonie…no joke here, if you were one of the journalists in that group on that fateful day, you wouldn’t be around writing above about all this…am I right? or wrong? 97% you wanted the good news scop for it for the next day…but that day was your last.

  35. 14
    kindredsiprit says:

    absolutely like this CALL TO GREATNESS. while there is evidence everywhere of this and that bad filipino trait, we have also produced great people and we are capable of rising to the “call to greatness”. i do not want to stop believing in our potential to become better than who we are now. that is what the future is for: a chance to get up again, to.try again, to redeem ourselves again. the cpm commenters provide evidence over and over again of sharp minds, brave hearts, and noble ideals that are in our midst.. it will be a very long journey but we will get there. so glad raissa robles and her blog exist. let us broadcast to all this call to greatness.

  36. 13
    Tomas Gomez III says:

    Let us not forget that “the young Ferdinand Marcos” was not only accused of “killing his father’s political rival,” he was in fact convicted! He was convicted by Judge Roman Cruz, Sr. of the Court of First Instance in Laoag, Ilocos Norte, where Marcos was jailed and tried. ( Judge Cruz is the father of JV Cruz and Jun Cruz….both favorites of the Marcoses.) It was on appeal with the Supreme Court, where the Ponente, Justice Jose P. Laurel, reversed the CFI decision and allowed him to go scotfree. Questions remain to be asked about that controversial Supreme Court decision. In other words, when the Philippines elected Marcos President in 1965, an ex-convict was voted in to become our duly elected Chief Executive. BTW, in Beatriz Romualdez Francia’s book, “Imelda…a Story of the Philippines” (3rd edition…page 170) Marcos was quoted as saying “dala lang ng kabataan ko ‘yon” when queried by Imelda’s cousin-in-law, Dr. Domingo Abella, about the Nalundasan murder case. Not only was Marcos a convicted murderer, he also admitted it during a family gathering of the Romualdez clan.

    • 13.1
      leona says:

      @Tomas…Like the Vizconde massacre, na reversed!

      • 13.1.1
        Victin Luz says:

        Mam @Leona ….. How does jury system works in our judiciary. Can we apply the jury system in the Philipppines . Will it be effective here mam? Please lecture us briefly , including it’s amendments to our constitution. Baka mam pwede tayo ditong systema.

        • 13.1.1.1
          leona says:

          @victin luz…a good thought!

          First, a jury system is more in US as provided in their Constitution. Also in Europe. By history, we did not ever have it even during the Spanish regime and under the Americans, etc. In England, some cases do not anymore require a jury [ maybe small cases like small claims, etc.] but high profile a jury is required. I hope I am right on this.

          Jury system is being tried by one’s “peers.” In US, in criminal cases, mostly mandatory. In Civil cases, optional and the party plaintiff, etc. needs to pay to empanel a jury. But in criminal cases there, an accused can opt to be tried by a judge only [ no jury ].

          Should we in our country have a jury system? Our Constitution does not have this. Before having it, a deep and good study should be made. If favorable, amend the Constitution for that.

          Pros – to have a jury system:
          1.) No single judge can try the facts of a case, civil or criminal, but only to expound the law. Good, so corruption is avoided.

          2.) Twelve jurors or less? Like 12 Apostles. In US, 50 States for State cases, varies: unanimity, all 12 jurors votes. Some requires less than that, 10 or 9 jurors, criminal or civil cases. We can have 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10. Majority votes governs. Again, corruption is avoided.

          3.) Qualifications of jurors: age, 18, citizen, not biased or involved with any party or counsel, etc. Not much education needed. Here, we have to modify it, like we should have college graduates. Pag elementary lang or no read no write, difficult for one like that to listen to something coming from “Mars planet,” etc;

          But no lawyer I have heard in those countries became a juror. Why? He/She knows too much of nothing more than an ordinary juror! So, no lawyer.

          4.) We will have to “pay jurors for such duty.” Do we have funds? It has to be budgeted by State, etc. Since it will be something new here, will our citizens be willing to be a juror? Absent from one’s work during trial sessions of the cases? Can they be depended upon to decide the cases?

          5.) How to avoid corruption upon or by jurors: we call it subornation of a juror. One is biased, paid, threatened or anything against the law or norms. Can we do this? Remains to be seen [ if we cannot even provide sufficient protection under the Witness Protection Program, should we have a jury system? ]

          The above is not complete. But the above can be done. It will help avoiding a corrupt judge acquitting a guilty accused, etc, which is the worst thing that can happen in a cases, specially criminal cases.

          Contra -
          1.) The difficulty “how,” “who,” “what,” etc. our jury and jurors will come out if we have such a system. Shall it be in all cases on criminal cases, all in civil cases or depending on the value or nature of the case?

          2.) Remember all jurors in a criminal case, a high profile case, might not be allowed to go home but required to stay together either in a hotel [gastos ito by the State0, food [ expense again ] and protection [ expenses again ]. Money is required. In US a juror is not paid like what he/she receives in the usual work of employment. Very insignificant is the pay or allowance because it is a CITIZEN’S DUTY. Will a citizen here like that? Private companies cannot block their employees or workers when undergoing jury duty. If one is daily paid, a juror might lose that daily wage. Will he/she be willing to serve as a juror? Big question.

          3.) There is a yearly “list of names” of potential jurors in the city, etc. How will our listing system be done? City, town or province? Such entity will have to should all expenses involved. Where’s the money for small towns? Small cities? Budgets concern again.

          4.) Now, if ever we will really have a lot of family or political dynasties, will a jury system effectively work here? Big question again. Why? A family in power may have 1/3 of the small town or city, are their relatives, by blood or by other ties. Will it work? We have a bad and notorious trait [ if we call it that ] PAKIKISAMA system. This thing will get into a jury system for sure in the first few decades with such a system. Will we find the system working or not? Or after 2 decades, we decide to abolish the jury system for reason “It can’t work here!”

          5.) Who has control of a jury system, the SC or the Executive Department? Mostly, it is the Judiciary. Is it good in US and European countries? Why not both departments like a Commission or Committee on that? We cannot just “copy” others as defects may already be there. So, we modify or avoid the ineffective procedures, etc. Or the “Regional Judicial Districts” controls the respective jury systems of their areas with just a supervision by the highest Court?

          From my personal opinion, as suggested by @victim luz, I think a jury system, overall might be good for us. First, our judicial system is going nowwhere now. Corruptions is flagrant in our courts, yes not all, but a lot many that it lowers people’s faith in our judicial system.

          We have at present a good “theoritical or ideal” judicial system but what is actually happening is different from that.

          Another thing, if the rule of Double Jeopardy is made not to apply in acquittals in criminal cases with finality until a review or appeal by the State is made to the SC, maybe we don’t need a jury system. An accused is allowed to appeal. The prosecution is not if Double Jeopardy will take place.; This is unfair. Under the Spanish Code of Criminal Procedure, the government was allowed to appeal in acquittals in criminal cases up to the Philippine Supreme Court, even to the highest Court of Spain, the Audencia I think. After the Americans came here, that remedy favorable to victims of crimes and the State, was removed based on US Constitution and jurisprudence. I think the case was People v Burns who was acquitted for corruption by the CFI [ old name of our RTC courts] of Manila. The fiscal [ prosecs now ] appeal the acquittal. The SC here reversed, affirming the CFI conviction. Accused brought the case to the US Supreme Court. That Court held the appeal by the fiscal was in violation of the rule on Double Jeopardy. The accused was set free!

          So, this is just something of what I know. I invite the others to put in some other relevant information. Thanks @victim luz!

          • 13.1.1.1.1
            Victin Luz says:

            Thanks mam@ Leona…….. I am still reading and learning to what had you written and it will be a great help for us the comparison you had made and giving factual basis on our and US , European court procedures . We were again educated about LAWs by you , thanks mam.

          • 13.1.1.1.2
            leona says:

            sorry, correction, “the SC reversed the acquittal and gave it’s own decision, convicting the accused”…

          • 13.1.1.1.3
            joseph says:

            @ leona – im sorry. i can not understand the message you want to convey or explain. can someone who really speak english edits leona message. i do not think she can express her idea in an english speaking environment. please help her.

          • 13.1.1.1.4
            DaveofBacolod says:

            In my opinion a Jury System in the Philippines might only prolong the back load of Cases being handled by the courts. All an interested party will do is simply to win/bribe/blackmail (hey our politicians and those who have the means can practically do anything) one of the 12 jurors and the lawyer of whatever party will simply declare a mistrial. The trial circus will begin again and again until the public loses interest (with regards to high profile cases) and in the end, the Judicial system will be worse than what is today.

            One solution that the country can apply is that we can follow the US court system and establish courts with specific jurisdiction. Example US Tax Courts, US Bankruptcy Courts etc. It will cut the work load of our Courts since some Civil cases need not be handled by our RTC Judges and they can concentrate on mostly criminal cases.

          • 13.1.1.1.5
            filipino_mom says:

            with the speed at which our justice system plods on, dun pa lang patay na ang jury system. imagine having to wait and wait and wait until its your assigned case’s turn to be heard. you’re only on government allowance, staying in a fleabag motel and being guarded by security who might turn on you lalo pa if you’re assigned to a high-profile case. no way. we’ll have people lawyering up to get out of jury duty.

        • 13.1.1.2
          jj villamor says:

          There is nothing wrong exploring alternatives to improve our judicial system. But my personal belief is that it will not work for us. We first need to overhaul our mentaility as well as our political system.

          At the rate court cases are progressing we will soon run out of jurors. The slow pace of court cases, and attendance as juror, is too much a sacrifice to pay for most of us. I could be wrong though.

          In relation to the number of cases filed in the courts each month, multiply it by 12, do we have that much qualified jurors? many of us are not even familiar with the rules of court or rules on evidence.

          With businesses closing left and right, can companies afford to have their employees attend jury duty? Or self employed people for that matter.

          etc, etc

          Maybe some modified form of jury system for specified criminal cases where a trimmed down number of jury are tasked to hand down the verdict instead to minimize the influence of corrupt judges?.

          But I’ll pin my hope on new laws to facilitate court cases and prevent delays due to minor technicalities or procedural pleadings.

          BTW, has this case started? What is the development?

          • 13.1.1.2.1
            leona says:

            @jj…the rabid-wolves haven’t started howling yet! Tagal pa! You’re right, you can’t hear anything ’cause it’s all QUIET!

          • 13.1.1.2.2
            leona says:

            @JJ…we can provide only “5 jurors” like a division of the court of appeals, 5 justices. That would enough, to save expenses, etc.

            Yes, a modified jury system, applicable only to heinous crimes, etc. punishable by life imprisonment or death [if re-instated. ]

            Yes, problem of juror attendances. Courts appear not to be able to imposed attendance even of ordinary witnesses, lawyers, etc. This causes further delays in the trials hearings. I suggest a form of penalty for the absent juror if warranted…fine, replaced after 2 absences. Btw, alternative jurors are also required in case replacements are made.

            @rallie…has a good point. Killing of jurors like prosec witnesses can happen. In USA, subornation or whatever, is another separate crime for interfering with jurors, etc. But it seems it may not be enough or sufficient to stop or avoid such thing happening. I don’t know what remedy to this particular problem.

            @rallie…you’re saying something about “3 big Islands, etc.”…the PAKIKISAMA system as I said, may compete with a jury system. Btw, there are only 50 States of the USA. Alaska – 49th and Hawaii – 50th.

            You’re right again…in short, as prodded by @Victin Luz here…a jury system is a very LONG SHOT IN THE DARK or LIGHTS! Our Congress is not even interested in enacting an ANTI-DYNASTY law as mandated by our Constitution since 1987!

            My opinion now is, sana mag ubusan sila ng lahi this coming 2013 elections. That’s the killing game they appear to enjoy every elections time.

            Are you with me on this? Sound off ! ….1,2,3,4,5….THREE FIVE! [ still remember the marching song ]

        • 13.1.1.3
          rallie florencio says:

          @Victin, jury system is ideal but I believe if done in the Philippines, we will be more worried about further lives being killed. If witnesses gets paid to vanish or killed, if security guard being assigned to protect an state witness would fear for his life. it is not remote the same thing will happen to the lives of the jury.
          The USA is composed of 57 States united together to protect their citizens by having a law being made strong and firm. Of course, they have lawmakers too who go out of the way to circumvent it but their kind never last. Our country is composed of three big islands whose mentality of equal sharing is only applicable among relatives and close friends and not for what is right and what is just for all.
          Someone mentioned about Marcos being the best lawyers by making himself free from a murder case. It is never because of his brilliancy but because it was held in a place where they have control over the political and justice system.

          • 13.1.1.3.1
            leona says:

            @jury system…5 out of 6 bloggers believes jury system won’t work here. 1 blogger has not yet been able to blog kasi can’t yet understand what’s it all about! Jury sys is dead! End of it.

      • 13.1.2
        JJ says:

        May be this is what “It’s more fun in the Philippines” meant.

    • 13.2

      On / From MS Raissa:

      Why not have a law where, if one politician is killed during election season (defined as starting on the last day of filing of certificates of candidacies until election day) all those contesting the same office would automatically be disqualified and new candidates allowed to run instead? That way, they will guard each other’s back. Just a thought, I know. Suntok sa buwan.

      Pinoys laging merong PALUSOT, walang hindi NAAAREGLO, kahit murder:
      Hypothesis: Two local family dynasties, Liberals and UNA, agrees on their tuta fall guy candidates, one is sacrificed, assassinated; all registered candidates had been disqualified by law. RIGHT ON, now Liberals and UNA families field their sons and daughters, wives and husbands, and uncles and in-laws contest the available elected positions. Result? The lowest of the low LAW becomes a joke, with the dynasties laughing all the way to their foreign banks.

      WORTHY OF MENTION TOO:

      Monching Magsaysay was catapulted to the Presidency by the killing (NOT of his own doing) of Moises Padilla. When Monching was pictured holding aloft the dead body of Moises Padilla, Monching said he was holding Democracy in his arms.

      • 13.2.1
        jj villamor says:

        Problem 1: Contenders 1-n would no longer contest the candidacy of any opponent. Just kill that SOB.

        Problem 2: If Contender 2 filed a disqualification case against contender 1 in a 3 way contest. Then contender 3 can kill 2 birds with 1 stone by killing contender 1 which automatically disqualifies contender 2.

      • 13.2.2
        leona says:

        @Alizarin…I remember Moises Padilla was candidate in his town for mayor. I am concerned, I hope the Media too, about Esperlita Garcia in the North, on that mining squabble on FB. She’s a candidate for mayor vs Pentescostes, Jr. Gets mo?

        Raissa gave a link here above. Let’s pray altogether for her safety.

    • 13.3
      JJ says:

      @Tomas Gomez III. Then it just proved that no matter how true the evidences , if you can defend yourself in the court of law convincingly, you’ll be set free. I wonder where the justice is for the victim.

    • 13.4
      leona says:

      @Tomas…when justice Jose P. Laurel heard the “admission remarks -dala lang ng kabataan ko yun”…the former might have [could have] retorted: Ha, ganoon! Babalikan kita! Binalikan nga! ” Na exile nga! Na lupus nga! Walang nakaka palusot pag isang spiritu ang hahabol sa yo!

  37. 12
    Johnny Lin says:

    You asked how come we have political killings and in Germany the German answered you quite quizzical.

    The answer is our bad trait, Spiteful. In Joe America blog I posted top ten bad traits of Filipinos along with specific reasoning. Among the ten my number one bad trait of Filipinos is being spiteful. Wish Joe America could attach the link.

    The root cause of thisMaguindanao massacre was lack ofrespect to power and disrespect of importance to a man of stature by Magundadatu. The only response is to spitethefamily for embarassment sustained by Ampatuan family.

    Remember, the Ampatuans and Mangundadatus are relatives. Enviness played a part too. Nauseating bad traits expressed violently. What a shame!

    Reiterating what was posted in previous Raissa blog, the media must attack the slow response to judicial abjudication. Unfair to the Mangandadtu and the people resolving g this issue by diplomatic means.

    • 12.1
      • 12.1.1
        leona says:

        @Joe Am and @johnny lin…I read the blog site of @Joe Am. Very interesting in many, many and good for learning!

        Blog sites: Raissa, @baycas and @Joe Am, are so educating. If our DEPED could, make these sites as part of Gr 4 o 5 and High School students everyday, as a course in what…Sociology? or…?, with WiFi computers to access them everyday, the contents will open the eyes of our Youth! The contents, I am sure, is not found in their school books! Here, life is discussed. They will learn a lot from it without actually experience them.

        The “list” made by @johnny lin is very good as I said. The blogs that followed from there is just as good too! No comparison to school books if interesting topics are what will interest the students.

        I like to say more, but I guess you know what I mean here. A point of starting to help our Youth in school. Learning something from good blog Sites! as a course or subject.

        Thanks for those who have these Sites! I hope our DEPED people will think about this.

    • 12.2
      Joe America says:

      Link is in moderation.

      • 12.2.1
        Joe America says:

        In moderation 3 1/2 hours. Readers can find Johnny’s list by going to my blog (click on the link), finding the article entitled “The Obey or Pay Industry” and scroll through to the comments to Johnny’s itemized list. The other comments there are also good reading.

    • 12.3
      leona says:

      And the Ampatuans say they “have” a religion…Islam.

      Or kulam? Or kulang?

      They were “used” and taken advantaged of by GMA adm but went “wet & wild” that GMA had to pretend declaring Martial Law in the area just to protect them more or be able to get hold and stop them of their running berserk! Nag juramintado sila!

      Allowed to “well-armed themselves to the hilt!” To be able to “get zero votes” for the enemies and maintain their hold on all elective posts!

      A bad lesson in history on political dynasty. Well, since our politicians cannot see the end picture of this dynasty system, let’s hope they really finish each others “LAHI” without hurting the innocents bystanders!

      If that’s the way things will be…Mag ubusan na sila ng lahi nila!

      Another battle royal on 2013! Select your targets politicians vs politicians! Zero ‘em bulls-eye with your rifle scopes!

      • 12.3.1
        joseph says:

        i really can not understand what you are trying to say or express in english. get some help.

        • 12.3.1.1
          leona says:

          @joseph…you’re too far much TOO far already from me here..I’ve been traveling so fast and furious. Try catching up as I can’t wait for you! RUN!

        • 12.3.1.2
          pinay710 says:

          @joseph, basahin mo 3x paulit ulit tulad ng ginagawa ko at maiintindihan mo ang mga komento ni mam leona, or talgaa lang hindi ka makaintindi ng english? meron dictionary sa website. englishg tagalog dicitonary.

          • 12.3.1.2.1
            leona says:

            @pinay…binasa nya anim na beses! He has 2 problem.s..can’t understand the saying, or my English is not good for him. Next time I’ll tag-lish it!

            • leona says:

              @pinay…I’ll recommend him to read Joe Am’s….blogs. Joe, what’s the name of that wine again? Good to shake’n one’s nut, I’d love the taste!

  38. 11
    baycas says:

    Comelec lists 180 incidents of poll-related violence

    By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News
    Posted at 11/19/2012 3:40 PM | Updated as of 11/20/2012 8:24 AM

    MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED/CORRECTED) – The Commission on Elections and the Philippine National Police have noted a total of 180 election-related violent incidents for the first half of 2010.

    Figures released by Comelec and PNP showed a total of 277 incidents reported from January 10 to June 9, 2010. Of this number, 97 violent incidents were later on determined to be not related to the 2010 elections.

    Authorities said a total of 4 candidates were killed in the runup to the 2010 polls. They include 1 candidate for board member, 1 candidate for mayor, and 2 candidates for municipal councilor.

    The list also included 31 civilian fatalities whose deaths were deemed election-related.

    Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez explained a thorough investigation is done at the local level before an incident can be declared election-related.

    Many of those involved were civilians, barangay officials and mayors.

    Poll executives and PNP officials met at Camp Crame earlier today for their command conference on the preparations for the 2013 midterm elections.

    • 11.1
    • 11.2
      baycas says:

      2013 Midterm Elections…

      A test for Roxas in terms of peace and order…

      • 11.2.1
        leona says:

        @baycas, bakit parang tahimik now sa galaw-gaw ni Sec. Roxas? I do not see much news nowadays about him. Do you know the reason why? DLIG is a sensitive big Cabinet post!

    • 11.3
      Joe America says:

      That is a significant improvement over prior elections. The number 168 killed sticks in my mind from previously. But of course all kinds of crap sticks in my mind these days, some of it actually factual.

    • 11.4
      leona says:

      @baycas…I saw on TV every now and then…Nancy Binay for “better healthy life!, etc. etc.” What’s this, early campaigning? What’s the Comelec doing? Can this be legally done? I know that a SC decision said about this that it becomes illegal when the period for campaigns starts, etc. Another misunderstood thing or the law is wrong!

      So confusing for so many! Too much legality resulting in more raised-eye brows surprises!

      • 11.4.1
        baycas says:

        If that’s premature campaigning then charge Loren, Alan, Cynthia, and other candidates for premature campaigning as well because all of them already filed their COCs way ahead of the intended period. (The early filing is to give way for the Comelec to finalize early the printing of the ballots in time for the May 13, 2013 polls.)

        J. Antonio Carpio penned the SC decision you’re referring to. Please read the man behind the legalization of the apparent premature campaigning disguised as a benign public service ad. I provided the link to his ponencia before.

        • 11.4.1.1
          leona says:

          Thanks a lot @baycas…

          • 11.4.1.1.1
          • 11.4.1.1.2
            baycas says:

            @leona,

            You said…

            Another misunderstood thing or the law is wrong!

            The law is not wrong if it is self-serving, that’s the way it is here in Fun Philippines.

            That’s what the Congress did when they enacted that there is no unlawful premature campaigning if partisan political acts are committed BEFORE the start of the campaign period.

            …And the SC is not the venue for questioning such self-serving law. J. Carpio wrote:

            Congress has laid down the law — a candidate is liable for election offenses only upon the start of the campaign period. This Court has no power to ignore the clear and express mandate of the law that “any person who files his certificate of candidacy within [the filing] period shall only be considered a candidate at the start of the campaign period for which he filed his certificate of candidacy.

            Neither can this Court turn a blind eye to the express and clear language of the law that “any unlawful act or omission applicable to a candidate shall take effect only upon the start of the campaign period.

            The forum for examining the wisdom of the law, and enacting remedial measures, is not this Court but the Legislature.

            This Court has no recourse but to apply a law that is as clear, concise and express as the second sentence, and its immediately succeeding proviso, as written in the third paragraph of Section 15 of RA 8436, as amended by RA 9369.

            http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/jurisprudence/2009/november2009/181613.htm

            • leona says:

              @baycas…again, thanks a lot! You prompted me to make a total recall of the above. Yes, a law was interpreted by the SC via J. Carpio on the matter.

              The bold citations extracted from the decision refers to “any unlawful act xxx” re acts constituting “during” the campaign period. There seems to be no “unlawful acts” outside of this period, by “any person,” or even “by a candidate.”

              Palusot! How right you are @baycas! Yes, I wrote and understood…”or the thing is misunderstood or the law is wrong.”

              So, in the case of Ms. Nancy Binay’s “early acts” outside the campaign period, as per SC decision by J. Carpio, it is not a violation, etc., as she is not considered “a candidate” but only a “person” making “advertising acts” about herself and the “health of everybody,” etc. The decision says “no campaigning” yet is involved.

              When I first read the decision, I was really surprised [ so to say ]. There was something “misunderstood or wrong about the law” I guess it should have been more of “misinterpretation” of the law. Why?

              On Article IX, Constitutional Commissions, portion C on the Commission on Elections, SEC. 4 provides among others [ a long provision at that ] says:

              “Such provision or regulation SHALL AIM TO ENSURE equal
              opportunity, time, and space, and the right to reply, including
              reasonable, equal rates therefor, for PUBLIC INFORMATION
              CAMPAIGNS and forum among CANDIDATES in connection
              with the objective of holding free, orderly, HONEST, peaceful,
              and CREDIBLE elections.” [ I supplied the capitalizations ].

              SEC. 4 says “honest” and “credible” peaceful elections. From the decision penned by J. Carpio, the Court believes “early campaigning” by Ms. Binay “honest”? Or “credible”? I guess not. She is, for all
              intents and purposes, having filed a Cert.of Candidacy, a candidate.
              Also, since the law silently worded the law to cover “a person” and
              not “a candidate,” Ms. Binay, is both a “person” and “a candidate” doing acts of early campaigning, not in “honesty” and “credible” per
              SEC. 4 of the provision cited.

              The reasoning of the decision, for me, run short, disregarding
              SECTION 4 on honesty and credibility meanings. Section 4 plays
              for fairness, orderly, free, or is “aimed to ensure equal opportunity.”
              Some “persons” or “de jure candidates” are “early campaigning”
              versus others who have no funds available yet, etc., outside
              of the campaign period of the election. Unfair. Unequal opportunity.
              The intent of SEC. 4 is misinterpreted in the decision as based
              on the law RA 6369. I believe the law is not in accordance with
              SEC. 4 Article IX of the Constitution. Anyway, that’s it, there is a
              SC decision promoting unfairness and inequality to other
              candidates or persons.

              Thank you for giving me this space and to Raissa and
              CPMers here. More power!

              • vander anievas says:

                everything in the phl is used and abused. palusot here, palusot there. our justices are used and misused. with or w/out pay(now or later) or payback in the future. reasons why a lot were abnormally silent during TJ’s impeachment trials.
                nobody seems to be doing wrong in the eyes of our laws/enforcers. though we ordinary citizens cry of foul play. of unfair practices of the privileged.
                anybody can do early campaigning with the laws as their shield.

            • leona says:

              The SC applied that law but did not the provisions of SEC. 2 No. 7 Article IX of the Constitution on “election malpractices.” There is no “election period” yet but many are actually campaigning “in disguise.” Sec. 4. Unfair and not ensuring equal opportunity to other candidates.The public is misled also.

              • leona says:

                Sorry, I thought the one I wrote at 10:30 a.m. would not be here anymore. So, I blogged the other one at 4:02 pm. Thanks anyway, Raissa.

      • 11.4.2
        jj villamor says:

        How about Mrs Cynthia Villar’s “hanap buhay”?

        Both are kins of presidentiables. They are not violating any law – only skirting them. Just shows their lack of delicadeza. Nice future we got here.

        • 11.4.2.1
          jj villamor says:

          I mean:

          They are not violating any law – only skirting them. Just shows their(the presidentiables’) lack of delicadeza. Nice future we got here.

          • 11.4.2.1.1
            baycas says:

            Congress has laid down the law — a candidate is liable for election offenses only upon the start of the campaign period. This Court has no power to ignore the clear and express mandate of the law that “any person who files his certificate of candidacy within [the filing] period shall only be considered a candidate at the start of the campaign period for which he filed his certificate of candidacy.

            Neither can this Court turn a blind eye to the express and clear language of the law that “any unlawful act or omission applicable to a candidate shall take effect only upon the start of the campaign period.

            http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/jurisprudence/2009/november2009/181613.htm

  39. 10
    andrew lim says:

    You may be interested in the American point of view on political dynasties:

    http://www.politico.com/arena/archive/are-politicial-dynasties-good-for-america.html

    No one is advocating banning it. But I think it doesnt get too bad in their case because economic power is not concentrated in a few families. Here, some political dynasties own almost everything in their town.

    So it goes back to income inequalites.

    • 10.1
      baycas says:

      I wonder who among the dynasts will admit that dynastic politics really gives them the edge…

      The Dynasty Advantage: Family Ties in Congressional Elections

      I guess they will just say that the study above may not apply locally.

      Will somebody do a Feinstein here?

      • 10.1.1
        baycas says:

        Here’s the abstract of Feinstein’s work as linked above…

        Political dynasties, families in which multiple members have held elected office, commonly feature in the U.s. Congress. i explored the electoral origins of this phenomenon and determined that members of political dynasties have a significant advantage over first-generation politicians in open-seat House elections.

        Using an original dataset containing candidate- and district-level covariates for all candidates in open-seat House contests between 1994 and 2006, i found that dynastic politicians enjoy “brand name advantages,” giving them a significant edge over comparable nondynastic opponents. in contrast, hypotheses concerning potential advantages stemming from past political experience and fundraising ability yield null results.

  40. 9
    baycas says:

    There is wide agreement among various authors about the most intractable problems confronting elections and parties in the Philippines: electoral exercises that have been overwhelmingly dominated by powerful political families (Gutierrez et al. 1992; Rivera 2002; Simbulan 2005); poor electoral governance as shown by the organizational ineptitude and lack of institutional autonomy of the Commission on Elections (Calimbahin 2010; CenPEG 2010); and weakly institutionalized, personalistic, and unstable political parties driven mainly by clientelistic rather than programmatic concerns (Montinola 1999; Hutchcroft and Rocamora 2003; Manacsa and Tan 2005; Teehankee 2002; Velasco 2006; Kasuya 2009).

    In Search of Credible Elections and Parties: The Philippine Paradox

    by Temario C. Rivera

  41. 8
    baycas says:

    Sun, Aug 05, 2012

    Illegal gunsmiths eye Philippine election season

    By Manuel Mogato  /  Reuters, MANDAUE CITY, Philippines

    • 8.1
      raissa says:

      Manny Mogato has been covering defense and military like forever.

      We were together in Manila Chronicle before. He has deep sources.

    • 8.2
      leona says:

      @baycas…I did enjoy reading the gun article you gave here. Before, so many years back, I loved guns and ammo, sleeping with it at night like my second spouse. Now, I don’t know if I need a hand gun or a shotgun. The dangerous times in Metro Manila is scary. Akyat Bahay gangs atbpa on the loose. How can we good citizens protect ourselves without guns?

      To get special permit to carry is a bit so expensive. In Texas [ they say kuno ] a gun tooter can display it inside his cowboy holster and walk in public…??? Texans love guns!

      Gun licensing should include “fatality Bonds” to answer for death or injuries when misused by gun owners. De-centralize gun licensing and issuance of permits to carry outside of the home. Would this be good rather than centralization [ somewhat obsolete & ineffective] at Camp Crame?

      Check-ups for loose firearms, determining late payments of fees and ownership, etc. would be more effective at local Chiefs of Police offices, provincial or city levels.

      So, hey days for gunsmiths now. Stricter laws and regulations needed really on this subject matter.

  42. 7
    andrew lim says:

    NOT SURE OF A CORRELATION BETWEEN ELECTION VIOLENCE AND CATHOLICISM, BUT WAIT….

    Raissa’s comments on a seeming paradox why a deeply “religious” country like ours have a serious problem with politically motivated killings like the Ampatuan massacre (why refer to the place- refer to the family!) got me thinking again. After all, Im the guy here who has been studying the correlation of pervasive corruption with Catholicism, and my previous posts reflect that. There is evidence that points in that direction, largely due to faults in doctrine, in my view.

    Then Joe America comments, and puts half of the blame on the dominant religion here, for its failure to effectively form consciences among its followers. Incoming Cardinal Tagle at least has been humble enough to admit their shortcomings:

    http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2012/02/corruption-in-philippines-is-like.html

    I’ll look deeper into this subject.

    But offhand, isn’t violence part and parcel of how they propagated Catholicism? I was just watching this beautiful program on the History Channel- Mankind: The Story of All of Us. On the Crusades, Pope Urban promised all soldiers who enlisted eternal salvation and all the earthly riches they can plunder from their victims – in this case, the Moslems in Jerusalem.

    And then I remember also, wasn’t Pedro Calungsod involved (tangentially, not directly) in a brutal subjugation of an indigenous culture – the Chamorros? To get their land and resources, and to turn the natives into slave labor, didnt they use the propagation of Catholicism as a cover? And now he’s a saint!

    Hmmm…. is it integral to the survival of the faith, as long as you win and you get to write history yourself? (BTW, are the Ampatuans Catholics?)

    • 7.1
      raissa says:

      They’re Muslims.

    • 7.2
      gayyem says:

      May I add, if my knowledge of Philippine history is correct, that it was through the confession of a woman Catholic that the Spanish authorities have known about the existence of Andres Bonifacio’s Katipunan which led to the persecution of their members.

      • 7.2.1
        leona says:

        It it was through “woman’s confession” inside that “confessional box that led to the Katipunan’s existence, SEE!…the wrath of that woman! who did not know how to LIE to the Spanish priest! Calling @Joe Am…hello hello hello!

        Never reveal such secrets to a woman! She’ll do you in! @Joe Am…you’re right!

  43. 6
    vander anievas says:

    this is a sad state of our political and justice system. as joe america says, “The Philippines, by and large, is happy with crappy values.” seems holding water.

    Philippine standard, in every field or discipline is going downward.

    Christian teachings is not taken seriously by the majority.

    patriotism and nationalism is only shown on a very rare occasion.

    as of present time, i can see no solution to this tragedy. my simple being is not capable of suggesting even an iota of cure to reverse the trajectory of this system.

  44. 5
    leona says:

    @leona…ako yun! Mukhang una ako nga! ???

    Raissa, about time this case be juggled up for the finish line! Bagal talaga!

    I can say that all elective positions in ‘Pinas, from president to barangay, are “private property” and not “public trust” as kuno understood.

    That’s why we have political killings during every election times. Ubusan ng lahi [sabi ng marami ].

    Una, all politicians have private armies. AFP and PNP do not enforce the law on this. Inutile. Sorry, they cannot do the job.

    Secondo. Many politicians and their political families now political dynasties, are supported by others like them up there in the high, higher and highest posts in the government. So, they keep their private armies. They keep their strength. They spread the fears. They do their violence against their political enemies. Raissa, tama ka dito. Thanks.

    Thirdly…with all powers that be and money side of things, justice is bought by these corrupt politicians. They can buy prosecs. They can buy judges. They can buy even appellate judges. And so on and on to the top rung.

    Pang Apat….before the pang tatlo sa itaas, they can also delay all criminal and civil cases with no end in time. Get effective lawyers [not really honest and good] who can cause delays. If a lawyer like that can even question how a counsel should conduct his presentation of the case in-chief like how many witness will be still presented [ mind you, that lawyer has no business on this ] there must be something the judge of the court is not watching and caring!

    Fifthly…this is important, our leaders have really no respect for the laws they enacted. It is not for them but for the simple folks, the poor, the naive and the ignorant. The weaklings in life. The easy to corrupt also. The hungry ones. Now, it is “those who have less in life, corrupt them more against the law.”

    Sickly…to kill one’s political opponent is to keep the “throne” that is, the post! This killing must be done, broad day light or night time. Who cares! People don’t care anymore anyway. Now, it will be put more of one’s politician’s children and up to grandchildren for that post. Protect it at all costs! Kill at all costs! Always on both at all costs!

    Pito…cheat, steal, copy [ whatever however one can do it ] grab, lie [ Oh the lies are so many and long...unimaginables! ] all the way [ bless Frankie Blue Eyes here! ], threaten, coerce, blackmail [ not much? ] btw, if one can tell someone “If you withdraw handling the case, if you get sick, if you say you cannot anymore do it, if you tell the media your life is in danger, if you in anyway, give up the case for whatever reason, we will kill you and your family”…handle it until you’re out of office or retired from it. What do you think you will do? Can you keep quiet? Maybe. Will you take a great life threatening risk? Maybe. What can you do?

    Walo…walang talo maski anu man. Kailangan manalo, by hook, by gun, by knife, by bomb, by whatever means. Manalo!

    Ninth…they are like a “cat ‘o with nine lives!” Hard to catch [ specially if not really being catch ] Scratch ‘em with sharp paws from Uno to Walo sa itaas!

    Sampu…kung may sampu ng witnesses matira [alive] before the Maguindanao case is finished, it is a lucky case! Cops who turned state witness, will recant. They will withdraw their statements out of fear, payments, etc. That is how this case will end [if it ends during everyone's life time now reading this ] or it may end in the two presidential elections to come! Year 2022!

    I will have a first two digit number…77 by that time. One more election after that, this pc is somewhere in the junk yard or elsewhere I do not know. Where will many of us be? ++++

    • 5.1
      leona says:

      Pres. Aquino’s comment on the Journalists’ Maguindanao case. The link, in toto

      http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/311935/no-word-from-aquino-on-massacre-of-journalists.

      The delay is unforgivable!

      How can our justice be reformed with this one big case already long in delay! Can nobody in the higher ups, SC or Executive call the judge and ask “When are you going to finish the case?”

      Witnesses are disappearing! Heirs of victims are already disappointed! People are marching against the long delay! Why this case is not being tried and heard 4X a week? Every week? 4X a month? Why? 3 YEARS! And the defense hasn’t started yet? It’s already overtaken by the tortoise!

    • 5.2
      pinay710 says:

      @mam leona, tama lahat ng sinabi mo. walang labis walang kulang. maliwanag pa sa sikat ng araw. kahit na sinong matinong Pilipino alam na ngayang ganyan ang systema sa Pilipinas. mula noon hanggang ngayon. walang pagbabago. lalo panglumalala!!

  45. 4
    Juan deLECHE! says:

    It only shows how evilness is embedded in the psyche of every person holding office of power. They mastered the art of compromise to be able to prolong their reign. Most of them develop a facade of goodwill and honor but in reality there is this backdoor of wheeling and dealing. If we find in our hearts that a Robredo is without a doubt a man of integrity and honor, and if He is going to be our example of a genuine good person, will a jejomar binay, or a tito sotto, OR… a joker arroyo for that matter, be up to the task? lets name those who we can equate with him… juan ponce enrile? his son jackie? erap? and his sons jinggoy and jayvee? how about lacson? fidel ramos? gringo honasan? Or all of them in the upper and the lower house. aRE THEY ALL MEN AND WOMEN OF SCRUPLES? How sure are we that they don’t pocket any single centavo from a “goodwill ” money ( a mere change of words ex: Lagay, tongpats, etc)? The politicians, do you think, they have taken the art of compromise to the extreme so that they can partake the loot? It is time the people, ALL OF US, must be really concerned. We must CHANGE OUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS EVERYTHING. HOW? One at a time! If the current administration is doing an effort towards change in attitude, we must not be complacent. for this administration’s contract has an expiration date. Come election time, we must be sure that the one who will received the baton, will continue what the previous one had begun. AND, If we stop deaD on our tracks… it’s like people power all over again. Full of wind BUT NO SUBSTANCE!

    • 4.1
      Coco says:

      It only shows how evilness is embedded in the psyche of every person voting, not only short time gains count.

      It only shows how evilness is embedded in the psyche of every educator, education is more than training parrots.

      It only shows how evilness is embedded in the psyche of every priest, there are more moral values then the rights of a fertilised egg.

  46. 3
    springwoodman says:

    Beautiful analysis of our tragedy.

    There are many prominent columnists who think political dynasties are okay. If the thought leaders of the nation cannot understand this systemic fault, how can the electorate?

    Pnoy, congress, local governors and mayors – all cannot and do not.

    We should keep a body count this election and highlight the score.

    The proposal to disqualify surviving candidates is good but expensive in that special elections will have to be held. What if a succession of special elections is necessary? Who will govern in the meantime?.

    • 3.1
      leona says:

      @springwoodman…if the one who will govern is corrupt, never mind! Better leave us alone. We’ll just pay our taxes and expect things will be alright. We chose the lesser of two evils!

  47. 2
    Joe America says:

    America has a history of gross racism and the Philippines has a history of gross self-service over community good. America substantially cured its flaw because it has a “call to goodness” in the Constitution and popular values that its immigrant population subscribes to. Passionately. The Philippines has no such “call to goodness”, and the failure to instill it can be laid half with the greedy politicians (mob families) who have ruled the roost since Aguinaldo, and half with the Catholic Church which seems unable to teach the lessons of Jesus who represents the ultimate spiritual “call to goodness”.

    Until the masses, who are largely impoverished and provincial, hear a call within for “more than this”, we will only see more of this. I mean, Imelda Marcos in Congress? Is not the country shamed by such choices? Or a boxing star with no education in the law, making the law? These choices stand starkly representative of popular thinking.

    When the nation believes in high values, it will rise to them. Right now, the evidence says the Philippines, by and large, is happy with crappy values.

    • 2.1
      YlocanaBelle says:

      I agree to a “call of goodness” because all the people supporting dynasties seem to think that loyalty to one such dynasty is a call to goodness. the moral ethics of the philippines is such that the likes of Imelda & family, GMA & sons & Corona, the Crisologos of Ilocos, the Ampatuans of Maguindanao, the Estradas, the Revillas all seek to retain their own dynasty. each supports & promotes family before state. even Marcos knew that using slogans like “sa ikauunlad ng bayan, disciplina ang kailangan” (for the progress of a country, discipline is necessary) which someone unfortunately made a joke about and landed in camp aguinaldo peddaling his way around and around as punishment to his wit and humor of “sa ikauunlad ng bayan, bisikleta ang kailangan” (for the progress of a country, bicicyles are necessary). PNoys PR team should come up with similar slogans to instill nationalism and love of country. national heroes that fought valiantly should be instilled in the minds of the youth which even our national hero Jose Rizal aknowledged a key factor in the growth of a nation saying that “the youth is the hope of the nation”. we could also make better use of media instead of the soap it so likes to espouse. we are limited by what we see and learn from tv shows specially the games shows, tv soap and lack of responsible newscasting. where in the world can you find a news reporter cum ex-vice president, a plagiarizing senator who dynasty belongs in wan bol university?, and more actors and actresses seeing that the kleig lights are shining much brighter in front of the political arena and turning in more profit? it’s time we use media like this denizens of the reel capitalize on. let’s capitalize to make our country what it once was known for. as the real tiger of asia by instilling fervor and patriotism, love of country and honor before crass materialism.

    • 2.2
      leona says:

      @Joe Am…the happy picture is shown by the “smiles” of Filipinos. They are smiling but aching! The Filipino has a mysterious way of “living.” If Joe you are in the country which I assume, invite a Filipino who arrives in our house at noon while you’re having lunch. Our custom is “Halika, kain tayo!” [Come over join us for lunch ]. The answer is: Tapos na ako! Busog na! Then you call one more time “HALI KA! Wag kang mahiya! ” [COME ON! Don't be ashamed! ] Before you know it, the newcomer is beside you eating with gusto! [ saw the adobo! ]

      They are not really “happy with crappy values.” They are gritting their teeth! But they smile just the same. That’s a Filipino! Always happy [ seen one who stumbles or slips on the street and hear the guy laughing or smiling? ] Gusto ko happy ka! [ that's JPE! ]

      Yea, but that slogan is “to be” and not “is happy.” Yet they vote for him. That’s why I say, though how they hurl their slogans on us, though how Harvard graduates, UP graduates, Oxford graduates, or whatever sterlings stars they have, voters on 2013 must NOT VOTE FOR ANY OF THEM family dynasties!

      Why? Once these class gets seated in their posts, they start all the monkey business of the family! We wait for 3 long years to learn! Always! Yet, show happy with crappy values.

      • 2.2.1
        Joe America says:

        Thanks leona. “smiling but aching” Tough words.

        • 2.2.1.1
          leona says:

          @Joe Am…have you ever hit your thumb with a hammer and your grandchild is watching?…Yea…smile, be happy with it…but aching…[ go to the next room and CRY OUT LOUD due to the pain what ‘d f …$%^&#@!…hahaha

      • 2.2.2
        JJ says:

        @Leona.. that’s why “It’s more fun in the Philippines” ;)

      • 2.2.3
        pinay710 says:

        @mam leona, all your comments are real life. ang mga pinoy sa ibang bansa kaya nagsu survive dahil sa ugali nating flexible sa hirap at ginhawa. salamat po sa pangunawa nyo sa pangaraw araw na buhay PILIPNO. nasasaling po nyo ang damdamin ng lahat ng Pilipino na nakakabasa ng mga komento nyo. marami pong salamat. meron, marami ang nakikiramay sa aming mahihirap.

      • 2.2.4
        duquemarino says:

        @leona

        While the Filipinos were voted as the most emotional people, our politicians are the most callous.

        • 2.2.4.1
          leona says:

          @duquemarino….yes, like “corn on our feet!” You know what, callous on one’s feet are so durable, though one walks barefoot over sandy or rocky, or even sharp surfaces, the soles of one’s feet doesn’t feel anything. It survives and gets sturdier as time goes by. Pain starts to be felt when the feet are not walking much anymore. Thus, doctor doctor is the remedy…scraping away the calloused thick skin!

          How do we scrape away callous politicians? Thru the BALLOT during election times!

          Do Not Vote For Them! Drop All Candidates of Political Dynasties or PampaFamilia! No exemption whatever! Absolutely No Vote!

    • 2.3
      joseph says:

      you said it well: crappy values. it hurts though. but its the truth.

  48. 1
  49. Johnny Lin says:

    Latest News ABS CBN

    OKADA gave $30 million to Rodolfo Soriano former Pagcor consultant, friend Genuino and Mike Arroyo.
    Here is the big deal.
    OKADA gaming casino in Philippines obtained its license in 2008.

    Since then Okada was trying to get corporate discount to maximize casino profit more than their income in Macau or Las Vegas.

    GMA in March 2010 3 months before leaving office approved silently to grant the corporate discount on Okada casino.

    Do the math, no brainer, someone got a big bribe thru government influence. How much went to Mike and GMA? To Genuino? to Soriano?

  50. yeheywater says:

    A foreign TV nightly news forecast an hour ago that a storm is brewing and specifically stated that it is heading to the Philippines. The synopsis shows, it will be coming from the southeast (Micronesia and Palau area), and will be felt by Monday.

    Looking at the map, General Santos City and Davao is on its path. Be prepared Pilipinas…take care, you all.

  51. leona says:

    In Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office, good news! Off-topic but good for internet users.

    The libel case vs Annabelle Rama was dismissed by the Office. Among others, the resolution says “there is no such thing as libel in the Rev. Penal Code via Internet.” The Code never had such intent to punish libel through Internet.

    The link is here …

    http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/383496/amalia-fuentes-libel-charge-vs-annabelle-rama-bianca-gonzales-junked#.ULeg8Wf_LCs

    • leona says:

      Maybe Ms. Esperlita Garcia of Casiguran, Isabela, can use for persuasiveness the libel Resolution vs Annabelle Rama by the City Prosecutor’s Office of Quezon City on that libel case filed by the Mayor Pentescostes, Jr.! She is charged under the Revised Penal Code I believe.

  52. leona says:

    On the RH bill, the CBCP and its bishops are utterly divided and just as confused! No official letter from the Catholic Church here will be pro or anti on the RH bill. It says:

    It is up to the individual to decide.

    Shut-Shup Arguell admits that it is a myth…the Catholic block votes!…but that it will [ daw ] be the opposite in the near future [ kaiilan? ]

    These antis say they are for the sanctity of life. There is no life that is exterminated in the RH bill! Without the RB bill in fact, more lives will surely be exterminated, young, adults and olds!

    Support the RH bill ang kailangan ngayon! See the link of the news

    http://manilastandardtoday.com/2012/11/29/church-puts-clout-on-the-line-with-drive-vs-rh/

    • Cha says:

      Hah! Leona, did you see the Inquirer piece today about the CBCP endorsement of the vampire movie Breaking Dawn Part 2 because of its pro-life message? I am not familiar with the storyline of the movie but I think they are referring to the birth of the vampire’s child.

      OMG, those bishops have really lost their minds. The movie has been clasified M in Australia, meaning for mature audience only because of the supernatural theme, violence and sex scenes. Not to mention that in 2009 when the first movie in this vampire series (Twilight) first came out, the vatican condemned it saying “The film is nothing more than a moral vacuum with a deviant message, And as such should be of concern.”

      Do these bishops even really think anymore?

      • Cha says:

        Here’s the news item I was referring to:

        CBCP’s Cinema endorses ‘Breaking Dawn Part 2’ for its pro-life message

        Home > Entertainment > Latest Entertainment Stories > CBCP’s Cinema endorses ‘Breaking Dawn Part 2’ for its pro-life message
        By Philip C. Tubeza
        Philippine Daily Inquirer
        November 29, 2012 | 7:01 am

        PATTINSON AND STEWART. Expect the unexpected.

        MANILA, Philippines — The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) movie ratings board has found a “pro-life” message in the vampires and werewolves movie “Breaking Dawn 2.”

        In fact, the CBCP-Catholic Initiative for Enlightened Movie Appreciation (CINEMA) has recommended that the faithful watch the movie—the last installment of the Twilight series—and read the novel on which it was based.

        The board gave it a “moral assessment” rating of “3.5 stars” or halfway between acceptable (three stars) and wholesome (four stars).

        “CINEMA recommends both the novel and the movie for teenagers as it brings into focus the value of marriage, the need to protect life in the womb and the importance of family,” the ratings board said.

        “If there is one thing Breaking Dawn 2, emphasizes it is the importance of family and how one’s love for them would compel us to sacrifice, fight and risk everything for their sake. The film also shows that a family not only means one blood relative,” the board said.

        “Breaking Dawn 2—and perhaps the entire Twilight series—is not a vampire story where the creatures kill or are hunted but a story about love, acceptance, family and sacrifice set in a time where vampires and werewolves existed,” it added.

        While giving the film an “average” rating for its technical aspects, the board was quick to point out that it was “remarkably clean and enjoyable.”

        “There is that seamless overlapping of real action and CGIs that audience can easily get lost inside the fantasy world. Storywise, it did stay faithful to the book but interpreted it a tad too slow and trite with too much sentimentality and MTV-moments,” CINEMA said.

        “However, it was a good directorial call to include the battle scene between the two groups as it added the much needed action and recaptured the audiences’ sympathy towards the characters,” it said.

        The board noted that Breaking Dawn 2 picked up the story from the last sequel and “sees a fully transformed mother and vampire in Bella (Kristen Stewart), who embraces this new life with great happiness. Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), Bella and Edward’s daughter, is special.”

        “Not only is she half vampire—gifted with superhuman speed and strength and the ability to penetrate mental shields and project her thoughts to another; she is also half human—warm blooded and with the ability to grow and mature,” CINEMA said.

        “But Bella’s fairytale is doused with stinging cold waters when Irina, a vampire from the Denali clan tells the Volturi that the couple violated one of the most important laws and created an immortal child,” it said.

        “Now, Bella realizes she has to protect her child from the Volturi. So the Cullens gather witnesses from foreign covens and Jacob’s new pack in the hope of standing up against the Volturi,” it added.

        The board said that while the actors “displayed understanding and chemistry of both their roles and with and one another’s characters,” Bella still had “that irritating insecure awkwardness as a vampire—a far comparison to the mysterious iciness of the rest.”

        “But, of course, of all of them Bella is the only one who wanted to become a vampire,” CINEMA said.

        “There had been critics of Bella’s immaturity in the previous films as well as disdain towards a story that centers on a girl chasing a boy the last installments.  Here a more mature and selfless Bella emerges and shifts her attention from herself and her heartaches to her family and loved ones,” it added.

        • leona says:

          hehehe @Cha…the creator of that movie went deep deep into the dungeons and saw…v a m p i r e s, with drops of l o v e …for human blood! [ an imagination to its heights! ] A nice way to make a movie on that. A clean shot for entertainment…of course pay first before seeing it!

      • leona says:

        @Cha…many including my partner says with these vampire and zombies movies, the planet will be like that someday. Maybe these religious leaders are scared they could turn into vampires or zombies after seeing those “MOVIES!”

        They are losing their imaginations! So, how can they even be thinking straight? I am sorry to say I don’t watch anymore vampires or zombies since after 1960s, high school pa noon, sawa na ako sa cine na yan! hahaha. Except that Dracula by Stoker. Now, even Pres. Abe Lincoln daw is or was a zombie killer! hohoho! Next, Barry Obama!

        Moral vacuum with deviant message? That’s movie entertainment only! Did they see the old Boris Karloff movies too! Dr. Jykll & Mr. Hyde? Frankenstein? Mga killjoy yun mga yan …yet they go to see such movies! What do they expect to see…Moses killing zombies?

      • leona says:

        @Cha…Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, arrives from Rome! The news report says the Cardinal only wants to be ‘a Humble Listener.’ But some of the same cloth are not but humbug speakers!

        The Cardinal says the Pope calls us “the Great Church of the Philippines!” That’s so good! Not “our church” as some in the same cloth claims. The Cardinal also says Filipinos are with deep sense of God but warns not to be God-less as it maybe diminishing [ how is this, He does not yet explain ]. Just watch and go every Sunday Mass in all Catholic churches, the flowing attendance runs up to outside the doors!

        The Cardinal says he wants to “deal with the truth.” No explanation yet what he means with this. What about the RH bill, what is the truth? A real concern it is. He also wants us Filipinos to “continue valuing our families.” Is their still some value when many families can hardly eat and live in the Philippines?

        He also says “he cries easily.” Well, let’s hope he does cry more when he really sees many families cannot eat, live and take good care of its members!

        The news link

        http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/315477/cardinal-tagle-vows-to-be-humble-listener

      • baycas says:

        @Cha and @leona,

        The endorsement is billed as…

        The Twisted Saga: Breaking Down, Part 1

    • leona says:

      Here’s more reason vs Dogma on the RH bill…

      Letter: Reason vs. Dogma
      Posted on Nov 28, 2012 – 12:35 PM Printer Friendly View

      Editor, Gazette-Journal:

      It wasn’t until 1965 that the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the right of married people to possess contraception in this country. It wasn’t extended to unmarried people until 1972. Two hundred and twenty-two million women in the developing world lack access to reliable family planning. This alone leads to 63 million unintended pregnancies every year.

      And most important, if all of the world’s family planning needs were met, there would be 26 million fewer abortions. And if women in developing countries could space their pregnancies three to five years apart, it could reduce infant deaths by 46 percent and many children who die before the age of 6 years.

      James Kenley

      Port Haywood and Richmond, Va.

      • leona says:

        Here a news report re Sen. JPE’s stand on the RH bill. Among others, he confuses himself…he says “the Catholic effort” effect. I remember in the past that he never gave credit for that after EDSA 1. He even did not want to attend EDSA anniversaries on that claiming the “People” did not save him et. al., etc. Now, he says the opposite, that Cardinal Sin’s call to the people is worth considering. Yea, but it was not a call for votes for a good reason Mr. Senator! . And later, recently he changed his mind on that, by being “in” some anniversaries.

        Comparing EDSA 1′s reasons or details of reasons now with the RH bill is not a proper analogy for all intents and purposes. There’s no proper correlation of similarity for relevancy.

        He proposes “his amendments” to the RH bill but will not vote for its approval even if his proposed amendments are all adopted! And gives his “reasons.” He says the RH bill, if approved, will “contract” [ as reported by the newspaper... my word is constrict, but same meaning anyway ] the population. In short, JPE prefers population explosion to its uncontrollable numbers!

        Un-reason, confused and forgetful na! The news link…

        http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/315473/be-wary-of-catholic-effort-enrile-tells-rh-backers

        • leona says:

          This is link about the sewage system in NY and NJ, USA. We do not have [ I think ] this kind of system for our wastes, etc. What we have are independendt septic tanks for each home/house throughout.

          But how about our informal dwellers or squatters along the rivers, creeks and other waterways? Do they have septic tanks for their wastes? Tell me if anyone can prove even one informal dweller! There are thousands of them! Where do these dwellers then “flash” their wastes? Down the riversides, creeks atbpa!

          And finally, since all rivers, etc. reaches its end, to the Pasig River and then Manila Bay, the sea. Are are any fish swimming in the Pasig River? Even the Piranha will not survive for long!

          Our population explosion, in Metro Manila and elsewhere, has this issue of sewage problem, feces, floods, name it, we have it. No to RH bill? C’mon folks, try some reasons for a break! Vote into law the RH bill na!

          Read the sewage debacle here in NY and NJ for some idea.

          http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/30/nyregion/sewage-flows-after-hurricane-sandy-exposing-flaws-in-system.html?pagewanted=2&_r=0&hp

          • leona says:

            Maybe using “flash” is correct that “flush”…flash is showing the wastes in open waters, floods, etc. Tama na rin!

          • Rigo says:

            Bingo..you hit the jackpot. Now we are talking sanitation here.Can anyone in the Local or the national government body tell where all the sewage goes for these squatters? By the way, which government department does this “Sewage” system falls into? Accountability, anyone?I guess,We should be talking more about this topic and to enlighten the madlang people. Expose the saga of Floating excreta in the Pasig River..

        • duquemarino says:

          @leona
          Let’s call him Senator Flip-flop or Senator Atras-abante.

  53. leona says:

    Off-topic, kaya lang kailangan pag ma-aga pa! Scam Scam Scam! Promises are made to be Scam [ broken ] !

    Ingat! Walang 50% ‘o 100% profit ‘o gana sa mga SCAM investments! Impossible ito! If there is, banks would have gone into such things centuries ago.

    Sa una, matamis ang salita! Matulis ang dila! To lure and entrap the naive and tangi. If one is not just as “greedy” one will not be a victim.

    Ingat uli! Wag na Wag! Keep your money where it is. The saying is “When things are so good to be true, it is ROTTEN, bulok! Lusot! SCAM!”

    Here is a link it is happening even at barangay entity level

    Barangay league prexy accused of running scam
    By Nancy C. Carvajal
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    4:35 am | Thursday, November 29th, 2012
    2 2

    The top official of the Barangay Councilors League of the Philippines (BCLP) has been accused of running a multimillion-peso investment scam that has defrauded people across the country.

    A source in the National Bureau of Investigation told the Inquirer on Wednesday that the complainants claimed BCLP president Julio Jaime duped them and their friends into investing millions of pesos in Pilipinas Productions and Entertainment and Pilipinas Entrepreneurial Economic Development Corp. (PEEDC).

    The Inquirer contacted Jaime’s office on Jamboree Street in Quezon City but was told by a woman named Sharipa that Jaime had not showed up for some time and she did not know where he was.

    “We had no idea where he is and when he is coming to the office,” she said.

    Jaime founded Pilipinas Production in 2010, and PEEDC in October last year, according to the NBI source, who asked not to be named as the investigation was in progress.

    The source said most of the victims were young businessmen.

    “The victims said they were encouraged to come out after the Aman Futures Group and Jachob Rasuman were exposed,” the source said, referring to two Ponzi schemes that went bust and were exposed earlier this month.

    According to one of the victims reached by the Inquirer, the scam is “similar to Aman Futures Group.”

    “We were enticed to invest for a 50 to 100 percent return on investment in 60 days,” said the victim, who asked not to be identified.

    The victims also said the scam started last year and collapsed five months ago.

    “We estimate the victims to reach at least 300 nationwide,” the complainant said.

    Supermarket scheme

    In the beginning, the complainant said, Jaime was able to lure investors through a group that offered discounts to members in selected supermarkets.

    Apart from discounts, the members also could earn points when they shopped and the points could be converted to cash and added to their investment.

    The victims said Jaime promised to put up supermarkets to cater to investors in various part of Metro Manila.

    The NBI source said Jaime also produced concerts and recordings and asked people to invest in those ventures, promising them big profits.

  54. delta says:

    Generations come and generations go, there is unique way of remembering Andres Bonifacio! Happy National Heroes Day, Madlang Philippines!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrgQrlMxmFw

  55. gayyem says:

    Off topic: Question: Who is the most emotional country in the world? Ans: The country whose people say it’s more fun in theirs.

    According to a Gallup poll (source below least I’ll be charged of plagiarism), the Philippines topped 150 countries surveyed.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/11/21/most-emotional-countries_n_2170853.html#slide=1788256

    According to the article which quoted Alan C. Robles (I believe he’s Raissa’s husband), what Filipinos feel is “learned emotion” conditioned by “Hundreds of years of bad government (which) have taught us to expect little from impersonal institutions…”

    • raissa says:

      I did not see the article. Pls. provide link.

      Alan was interviewed by the BBC on this :)

        • leona says:

          @gayyem…it is true Filipinos are emotional. @laymancanuck’s long good explanation of emotionality shortened by @Alan Robles, shows the truth.

          What is a well known proof Filipinos are excellently emotional? Guess? Read and grasp Jose P. Rizal’s Mi Ultimo Adios…the poem of our National Hero translated into no less than 25 languages! Whether in Spanish or English, or other language, one can hear the emotion of the man, 33 years of age, married, very educated, well-traveled to other countries, who lived and died in an atmosphere that gave out his emotions.

          The poem is very emotional. A story of his life and his country, Pilipinas Kung Mahal. Our Kundiman songs are proofs of cultural emotions too! Our looks, the ways of how our eyes moves, our smiles and laughs, signs of a culture filled with so much emotions. Human emotions. We smile with pains. We are born with it and die with it.

          At least, this cultural emotions we have can never be taken away from us by our corrupt politicians! No matter what. It will always remain with us to our last.

          Mabuhay ang Pilipinas Kung Mahal!

  56. raissa says:

    I’d like to share with you all my hubby Alan’s latest humor column.

    Here’s an excerpt:

    1. What’s so special about being a journalist?

    For one thing, it allows a writer (like me) to use the plural pronoun and morph into the dreaded “Editorial We”

    2. What’s so special about this “we” thing?

    Aside from me (that is, “us”), only three other types of people can use it: Emperors, the Pope and people with tapeworm

    To read more, go to the link below –

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/blogs/insights/11/28/12/journalism-philippines

    • joseph says:

      … And other (Alan’s) materials before this.

    • leona says:

      @Raissa or @Alan…just wondering…33 journalists were slaughtered in one day in Maguindanao. Not one journalist was saved or spared. Could it be the Ampatuans did not know any journalist(s) under their payroll, or in sympathy with them, or their friend? It looked like “all journalists dies today! Friend or no friend.” Can you share with us here why, if you know?

      • raissa says:

        Actually, REblando, the Manila Bulletin correspondent, was personally known by some of the Ampatuans.

        And yet he was killed .

        • leona says:

          Raissa, smiles between him and the Ampatuans must have been exchanged before that day, but sad to know he was slain also. RIP Reblando. Thanks for this.

    • Johnny Lin says:

      Based on Alan’s distinction between a blogger and a journalist, between Raissa and Alan who is the blogger and who is the journalist?

      The answer is in your fingertips!

      • leona says:

        …what about a special one who has no hands but still blogging here? Btw, there are some people who can “bite their elbows”…anyone tried it? Try it if you can…corny old joke but true!

  57. Rene-Ipil says:

    Good news!!

    Philippine economy grows 7.1% in third quarter
    By Riza T. Olchondra
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    1:50 pm | Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
    142 106

    Source: ncsb.gov.ph

    MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine economy expanded by 7.1 percent in the third quarter, according to government officials. Thus, the economy is poised to meet the 7 to 8 percent average annual growth rate that government targeted in its medium-term plan to curb poverty.
    “We posted the fastest economic growth within ASEAN,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said at a news briefing Wednesday on the country’s third-quarter performance.

    He noted that year-to-date growth was already 6.5 percent, which means full-year growth would likely beat the target of 5 to 6 percent and move toward the previously “asirational” 7 to 8 percent range.

    “Next year we expect this momentum to continue,” Balisacan said.
    National Statistical Coordination Board Secretary-General Jose Ramon G. Albert said, “Increased consumer and government spending, increased investments in construction, and the third consecutive quarter of growth in external trade contributed to the highest quarterly growth since the third quarter of 2010.

    Albert credited the services sector, especially transport, storage and communication, financial inter mediation and real estate.

    Albert said the third quarter figure was a sharp improvement from the 3.2 percent growth posted in the same period last year. With report from AFP

    • Johnny Lin says:

      Economy improved. Rentals going up in Metromanila. Is Peso appreciation below 40 to the dollar good for the economy? Is it real economic growth or superficial effect of coming local election and the coming Christmas season? Compare this economic indicators with the same circumstances before the 2010, 2007, 2004 elections and time frame. Comparing the growth with same quarter last year might not not be accurate growth with different factors involved.

      One economist predicted that further appreciation of peso, recession and real estate bubble will cause recession.
      Dependence of PHL economy to foreign remittance will stunt local growth and development unless local jobs created will sustain the loss of OFW spending money. Loss of spending power of OFW currencies will cause them to default on condos or refrain buying other valuable goods due to lower value of remitted currencies. Without replacement buyers for condos housing bubble will collapse real estate market, manufacturing will suffer loss selling products, consumer confidence will suffer.

      BSP has to devise means to control dollar slide according to one expert to prevent acute economic downturn.

      Definitely, investors confidence has returned due to good governance but cautious is in line because of volatile values of OFW remittances.

      Overall, something to appreciate but not yet to celebrate.

      • Rene-Ipil says:

        BSP must have a ready solution to the steady appreciation of PHP not only for the sake of the OFWs and their dependents but the exporters as well.

    • macspeed says:

      I dont know the details of OFW income send to Philippines, for my part, not to mention my current rate, say 400US$ a month since i started in 1982 till now is 30 years x 12months x 400US$=144,000 (excluding overtimes). If there are 1,000,000 OFW (this is a bit small), that would be 144 billion US$ shares to Philippine economy in 30years.

      A term called Homesick VS dollar were always marked on our helmet during those years. of blood, sweat and tears, because a lot of these OFW gone broken homes, either the woman lives with another man while her husband is in the hot and cold desert or the man got his fake marriage license and live with his mistress usually a nurse in cities…forgets his original family….and a lot does masturbate to ease their longings for their wife, may God forgive us….

      That is why during Pres Erap, we were declared new heroes. No need to file income tax return…

      Well, i dont need to be called hero, i choose this work here, somehow, i am happy to see these so called growth, P-Noy should continue breaking corruptions, for my future apo’s and other future children of yours and them. I hope to continue insha Allah to work as long as 60+, i am 56years at the moment….

      …i got some pain on my knees,
      yet, i pretend good for my monthly fees,
      …working like a horse, 7 days a week;
      running on a dusty course, 3hours a week…
      to stay fit and heathy, burning those calories,
      i got from fatty and salty meat…

      Dati, 1 week before each OFW can read letters from their beloved ones. I remember, one of my workmate got no letters for about 3 months, then one day, the postmaster of our company came and shouted “Mr. Batosalem a leeter from you” wow, his eyes were teary and we were happy seeing him as he walked to take his letter, suddenly, the teary eyed were replaced by a shocked dull eyes, “sulat ko to bay?, bumalik, dumaan gid ng japan, malaysia, singapore, thailand then back to Iraq, bakit gid i dumaan ng negros!!!” He shouted and we controlled our laughter he he he he, i still want to shout out loud laughing he he he he…

      Anyways…goodnite to all, i am just homesick, now its different, no more long queu, no more post office, just yahoo or gmail, presto brand new message he he he

      • pinay710 says:

        @mcspeed, nararamdaman ko po ang damdamin nyo. konting tiis lang po at dasal lang po ang kailangan nyong kapitan. kahit na ano pa man ang relihyon nyo magdasal lang po kayo at maaalwan ang kalungkutan sa inyong kalooban. ipagdadasal ko po kayo gabi gabi. ganyan din po ang nararanasan naming magasawa. at huwag po nyo kalimutan ang ngumiti kung may problema kayo at kung may pagkakataon tumawa at higit sa lahat makinig po sa musica. makinig din po kayo ng mga himno ng panalangin makakatulong po sa paglluwag ng damdamin. ingat po kayo dyan

      • leona says:

        @macspeed…so with your pains on your knees, you can’t speed up anymore walking? Quackie doc here…take Guyabano leaves 16+ pcs…boil it with water good for 1 big Coke Zero 2 liter…drink 3-4x a day. If the pains don’t disappear, other pains will! My partner does that, no more pain and can walk, stand and even kick….

        You said “masturbate” a lot by some of those OFWs…is it a sin to do that? Bishup Arguell, is it against RH bill?

        Pray and forget homesickness as it won’t help you. Right, cyberspace internet tayo now. All post offices, even in USA, is bankrupt already! …for the moment. GN…!

    • Rene-Ipil says:

      To have a better understanding on the reported growth of Philippine economy, I am posting an article written by Cielito Habito, former NEDA chief.

      http://opinion.inquirer.net/39268/what-is-driving-the-economy

      • Johnny Lin says:

        His theory that increase economic growth is due to increase local consumption. Only explanation- because of increasing OFW remittance secondary to manageable foreign currency/peso value. Factor increase spending due to early election expenses.

        Therefore, Internal economy is directly proportional to extra spending money from OFWs. The equation would be then – Stable or high Peso/dollar exchange equals increase extra spending/ increase local growth of consumer products/ construction/ manufacturing products coupled with increase export leading to economic growth.

        Funny, Habito did not mention anyword where the money from internal spending comes mostly from. The answer is OFW remittance. he did not talk about peso/foreign currency exchange values.

        1. He talked about construction boom, that is from OFW asset acquisition which is – dollar/peso value dependent

        2. Tourism, domestic travel increased from locals, source OFW which is – dollar/peso value dependent

        3. Export slight growth related to stable peso, appreciated peso/ lower dollar value is not good for exporters since their finished products become expensive abroad aking it dollar/peso value dependent

        Look at Latest News at ABS CBN online yesterday “Appreciated Peso worrisome to Exporters and OFWs” – dollar dependent.

        Following the equation above: lower dollar/ peso value equals Less OFW extra spending money – less internal spending – less export- less economic growth. Coming election spending may tilt the equation. The problem is after the election and the peoso continues to appreciate to 39 peso level.

        Solution to less OFW remittance/ appreciated peso is to increase foreign investments in all sectors leading to increase export leading to increase local jobs coupled with increase tourism by twofold and increase government infrastructure spending leading to stable or increase economic growth.

        law of supply and demand is still the simple basis of an economy.

  58. leona says:

    Apeco, for Casiguran,m Aurora, is disliked by the people of Casiguran. Farmers are aching that they were “forced” to sell their lands there for an Ecozone. Sen. Osmena opposes and will block this plan of Sen. Angara. The people in that town will vote against the son of Sen. Angara for senator to give him a zero vote. No political dynasty according to them. Here is the link

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/314349/osmena-vows-to-block-budget-for-aurora-port

    The governor of Aurora is the wife of the senator, who wiil run for the congressional seat of the son, while the senator will run for governor of the province. POLITICAL DYNASTY!

    I hope the voice of the people of Aurora province will be heard and “copied” throughout the country against political dynasty!

    Vote No for Political Dynasty! Zero Votes for Them! A clear message.

    • Johnny Lin says:

      Sonny Angara is qualified, much more than Grace Poe or others. The problem is in the present crop of candidates, Angara, Ejercito, Binay, Enrile, Cayetano and Villar have one common problem, Dynasty. Angara is typical because there are 3 in the family targeting very high positions.

      Posted before, Dynasty is the only reason I would not vote the names above. The new charge of Sen Osmena on Aurora province ecozone is added reason I will not vote Angara. Only a uneducated voter, Brenda’s stereotyping, will be the only ones devoting these kind of candidates!

      • leona says:

        @johnny lin…let’s do it No Vote For Them before we regret it! Sen. Osmena said P2B have already been spent in Casiguran, Aurora and still no locators for that white elephant zone. Though how much qualified or etc. a family kin is for a public elective office, BASTA KASAMA SA POLITICAL DYNASTY…NO VOTE!

        Tingnan natin or imagine, this country will become the Country of Family Kingdoms!

        Pag may kingdoms, walang freedom! No democracy! Only pampa FAMILIA interests!

        Kawawa tayong lahat! Isang example na lang: Maguindanaro – the kingdom of the AMPATUANS! What happened? Massacre! 57 innocent people! 37 Journalists! No respect for the law these kingdoms to come!

        Only the Kingdom of God Jesus Christ in Heaven exists. The Catholic Church is not a kingdom. It is just a City in Rome.

        To repeat: Vote No Political Dynasties!

        • pinay710 says:

          mam leona, jinkee paquiao for vice governor of saranggani. political dynasty dinito kasama pa yung ibang kapatid ni manny sa bayan nila. GISING MGA KABABAYAN HUAG KAYONG MGA TANGA SA HALALAN.

          • leona says:

            @Pinay…ERAP to administer oath to PMP members who will support him for mayor of Manila. The news link also reports the senatoriables of UNA and PDP-Laban parties.

            Why I bring this news here is…the BLOGs down below …you see an unbelievable tangi-S …hahaha. No one one says the opposite!

            http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2012/11/30/876887/erap-administer-oath-pmp-members

          • leona says:

            @pinay..si SENORA DIONE, saan pwesto siya? They might change the name to Gen Pac! [general Pacman ] not Gen San anymore…

            • pinay710 says:

              @mam leona, ang halalan sa atin bayan ay parang pelikula, may comedy. may tragedy at may horror. ang mga manonood dito at papatol ay talagang wala nang katinuan sa isip. sana naman taasan ang kualipikasyon ng mga kandidato. nakaka high blood talaga ang nangyayari sa bansa natin. NAKAKAHIYAAAAAA! PURO KAPAL MUKS!!

  59. Annie von Nebenan says:

    I will be doing the opposite of what this Bishop Arguelles has called for! I will urge all my relatives and friends to vote for those candidates who are for the RH bill!
    These anti.RH bill bishops never do anything to help the poor ones in their parishes. But look how they behave come election time!

    • leona says:

      @Annie…you are doing the right thing! Rep. Rufus Rodriguez from the South, an Ateneo product opposes approval of the RH bill. My understanding is the leadership in Ateneo was supportive of this bill contrary to the stand of the Catholic Church. A Jesuit clashes with Dominic friars class. The news link is

      http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/313675/lawmakers-to-work-on-substitute-rh-bill

    • jorge bernas says:

      I will do the same Annie, Tama ka wala naman silang ginagawang tulong para mapabuti ang kalagayan nang mga mamamayan bagkus dagdag pahirap pa sila dahil sa mga dagdag bayad tuwing may kailangan ang kanilang nasasakupan. Maliwanag sa bibliya na ibinigay sa inyo nang walang bayad kaya magserbisyo kayo nang walang bayad mga bishop at mga Pari. At higit sa lahat TAYO AY HUHUSGAHAN SA MGA BAGAY NA ATING GINAWA NOONG TAYO AY NABUBUHAY PA…

  60. macspeed says:

    Killing innocent human is not allowed by Allah except if you fight for self defense to save your own life.

    All lawyers who stand to defend the killers are guilty of crimes the same way their client did.

    Muslims or not, nobody has the right to kill, what they did is equivalent to what satan did to Allah>>disobidience<<they wil be burned in hell repeatedly.

    In Islam, 4 witnesses are enough to convict a person or group of persons. Witnessess means those who saw the actual crimes. Hence, those who participated in the crime and then turned as witness is acceptable, i dont know the details of the counts of witnesses.

    There are sayings "… when theres smoke there is fire…", "…one cannot start a fire without a spark…", in hydrocarbon technology, combustion begins when the ratio of air to volume of gas is reach even without a spark…called Low Explosive Limit, these were the attributes of the relatives and friends of those victims that the killers were the ampatuans. true enough even without witnessess, the ampatuans are guilty, i am not a witness nor i dont have any relatives on the victims, but if i have power to kill by a magic wand, i would have done immediately to ease my hatred among killers.

    Sometimes i asked myself, why does God or Allah allowed killing things to happen? The calamities? The hunger on some areas? The rape of youngster and innocent? The kidnap me or the framed-up victim? The answer goes back to myself, God allowed us to see these things so we may put effort to put things in order. If we cannot do direct manifestations to give justice to the victims, somehow our effort in each of our own territory or area is always in order or righteous that does not harm humans or the mother earth.

    I got not internet for days he he he reason? The owner, one of the eight OFW here in my company has resigned, now remaining seven shared the bills for new connections, alas, here i am, good day….salam

    • springwoodman says:

      Alaikum Salaam

      Thank you for enlightening us.

    • David says:

      @ macspeed

      “Sometimes i asked myself, why does God or Allah allowed killing things to happen? The calamities? The hunger on some areas? The rape of youngster and innocent? The kidnap me or the framed-up victim? The answer goes back to myself, God allowed us to see these things so we may put effort to put things in order.”

      I have asked these same questions and was taught that all good things come from God, and all bad things come from Satan. To blame the almighty for bad things is blasphemous. I am not saying I am correct, just food for thought. Perhaps instead of blaming God, we should focus on recognizing and correcting evil.

      • macspeed says:

        Dear David,

        God created everything from a single electron to the biggest milky way, God is worthy of all praise, no other God but He…so how can i blamed God, i know God or Allah created you and me…and we are lucky that we are not those who participated with the killings, it means, our minds are in order, aligned with the purpose of God.

        For me, my current life is my mission to fulfil without complaint nor misery, i have to do it in order and with patience and be thankful for every morning sun and good nite sleep to God or Allah.

        If we are in order on our own turf, it is automatic if everyone is doing the same, the world will be a nice place to live in.

        Each one has an appointed time to fulfil ones mission, if one fails, one can correct the mistake and go on…

        Blaming God are only those who do not know God. Once i click “submit” this message will be converted to an electron which travels as fast the speed of light 300million meters per seconds throught the intricate fiberoptic system and switches then to your laptop and LCD screen to your eyes and to your brain>>this is my knowledge about God or Allah, get it?

        • David says:

          I tried to get it, read your comment twice, three times, but do not get the part about blaming God. I never blamed God, I simply said I was taught; whether right or wrong, that all good things come from God and all bad things come from Satan. I agree that if our heart, mind, soul and spirit are in the right place, we are on more stable footing to recognize and root out evil, sometimes doing simple things like casting a vote for the betterment of the mankind, and not the betterment of a politician. Another way is perhaps donating to a college fund for a well deserving, promising student. The list goes on and on, towards the path of infinity.
          Yes, if my God can create something as small as sub atomic particles within an atom, things we will never see, and from that concept develop a whole field of study, called chemistry, and if HE can build billions of galaxies like the Milky Way, within a universe or multiverse, it clearly demonstrates HE created an order within the universe or multiverse.
          Recognizing such an order leads me to believe that HE has already put everything here for us to make it work, and the rest is up to us.
          Unfortunately we fall in the trap of believing in a religion, knowing full well that religions are just mankind’s concept of GOD. If you do not believe what I believe, then you go your way, worship in your religion and I go mine. Personally I do not declare a religion and will not until there is enough religion in the world to teach us to love one another as opposed to trying to destroy each other, after all, what religion was God? Again, just sharing some personal thoughts. I prefer a personal relationship with my God outside of the influence of a religion.
          In saying that, I do respect your comments and feel you we are both on a common path, which is working in a spirit of accomplishment towards a common goal which is peace and harmony on Mother Earth. Hope my photons excite your electrons and you receive my message. Get it??

      • leona says:

        @David…ask the killers of people why they kill people. Asking God such question is very dangerous…but He is merciful and will not surely kill you right away but He will let you (and us) die just the same in due time.

        • David says:

          @ Leona… Again, whether I am right or wrong, twice now I have made the statement that I was taught all good things come from God and all bad things come from Satan. I have even made the comment that blaming God for bad things is blasphemous and yes, can be dangerous. My God is a loving God. Let HIS will be done.
          Why don’t you ask him if you are so curious? Do you think by asking the killers, thieves and thugs, you will learn the truth as to why they kill or commit other heinous crimes?

          • leona says:

            @David, sorrry I blogged you on it…and not even @Macspeed for that. Anyway, sometimes killers do give reasons why. I had that chance to ask a would-be killer [ his victims-soldiers pa, they survived fortunately despite shooting them on the heads…the shooter said “My mission!”. Thanks.

    • leona says:

      @macspeed…lawyers, clever ones, never ask killer clients if they did the crime! For failing to ask, they are guilty only of accepting payment for their fees while sitting and not “standing” for their clients!

      • David says:

        Thank God I am an engineer and not a lawyer. And thank God for providing a higher court to which the killers will someday have to answer to.

        • leona says:

          @David…I admire engineers! They are exact and perfect to the last decimals. Lawyers can put “commas, question marks, exclamation points, atbpa” to decimals! Mysterious creatures!

          • David says:

            Trust me, engineers, or any profession, relying on science, exist as a concerted, team effort. Science is based on the truth and the truth must always be told, any deviation from the truth can produce catastrophic results. Just look at the NASA Space Shuttle program, which consisted of over 5,000 engineers from many countries all working towards a common goal. It is truth that has to be exact and perfect as people are fallible.. How we digest it, manipulate it, define it, and use it is the key element to any functional design or mathematical model.

            I hope there is no misunderstanding, we all want to live in a better world and that requires effort by everyone. My rewards have been earning enough money to put 8 girls and 1 boy thru nursing school, a mechanical and an electrical engineer, many HMR students and one CPA. This has been my way of honoring my 8 month, 23 day old baby who died in the states. We relocated to the Philippines and my efforts continue even after a heart bypass 8 yrs ago and kidney transplant 2 yrs ago. My son is no longer here to spend money on, love, cherish, and educate so in his honor, I chose to help others. I know very well what it feels like to be blessed. I personally judge my wealth by the number of people I can educate, not by some silly number representing a quantity of pesos, usd, ringits, or what ever currency may be stored in a bank.

            I believe all religions have attributes, most importantly leading people towards a common golden rule, or what ever they wish to call good will. It disturbs me to see criminals walk free, or any type of injustice inflicted upon a civilization.

            The only point I was trying to make was centered on what I was taught. I am not saying it is perfect, or even correct. My faith allows me to believe all good things come from God, and all bad things come from Satan and it is my most honest and sincere wish that God continues to bestow the blessings upon you, and the other readers, which you all so well deserve, and that the Almighty administers his own justice for those who betray his wishes, no matter what his wishes may be.

            It really is true, the only way to possess anything of value, it to simply give it away, be it a math lecture, time to change a flat tire or render aid, or just a pleasant thought. I do not remember where I just recently heard that education was the real currency of the universe. True or not, it sounds good and something I will continue to do.

            God bless you and hope you enjoy your day.

            • Victin Luz says:

              @David …….since science was based on truth then evolution can never reconcile nor harmonize with the bible.

              And youn can not embraced them both to conclude your opinion in an aspect like the RH BILL.

              • David says:

                @ Victim Luz…..thanks, but as previously mentioned, “My faith allows me to believe”…until proven otherwise. There are a lot of theories, some move convincing than others, on the concept of evolution, but until otherwise proven, I will continue to rely upon my faith and believe as I chose.
                Yes, I can embrace both, perhaps one out of scientific fact, (like a concrete issue) and the other out of faith or consciousness (like any abstract issue). It is not up to me to make a decision for someone else. We can however provide education and the tools for those directly involved in the decision making process and let them make their own decision.

              • Victin Luz says:

                Tell me how can you embrace evolution and the bible dually or at the same time pertaining to the RH BILL @ David ?

            • yeheywater says:

              nice one!!! Good on you. May the blessings come your way tenfold.

              “Better to give than to receive”…ang kasabihang singtanda ng katauhan ay mananatiling tumpak sa habang panahon.

              Am truly sorry for your lost.

            • pinay710 says:

              @sir david, hanga po ako sa inyo. TOTOO po kayong nilalang ng DIOS. nakikiramay po ako sa nangyari sa anak nyo. saludo po ako sa inyo. tama po kayo sa inyong layunin sa buhay. sana po maraming sumunod sa inyong mga bakas. kahit na po hindi kayo politiko daig po ninyo ang mga politiko natin. marami na kayong accomplishment pagharap nyo sa PANGINOON NATIN DIOS.

            • Victin Luz says:

              Pro Bill or Anti Bill @ David….?

            • leona says:

              @David…thanks for the blessing greetings! This is a joke coming to you…8 CHILDREN! you’re a “factory”! [ as I always say ]. You’re blessed too!

              @victin luz…asks you science and evolution…bible. I get the impression whether the two topics can stand side-by-side supporting the other one.

              Evolution, says many, man evolved from “monkeys”…but why do monkeys still exists? Dapat, no more monkeys! Or is it that many corrupt politicians are still evolving from monkeys? Kaya, monkeys are still in need?

              The Bible re creation of man is not literally accurate. It is just written in such a way to make the reader wants a faith, to understand God and not how man really came out, from dusts, fish, bird, or monkey, atpba.

              God bless you both!

              • David says:

                @Leona,

                Hehe, not my children, I only had one child and he is no longer with us. These are less fortunate children, whom the wife and I offered a little boost so they could achieve their goals.

                Thanks and God bless you as well.

              • David says:

                @ Leona,

                Remember this, When God made man, SHE was only joking, hehe

              • leona says:

                @David, anyway, there’s only common thing man and monkey do have, both got “TAILS!”…hahaha…man’s “short” though…HAHAHA!

                Same greetings!

    • curveball says:

      My faith helps me to think of doing things based on the following considerations:
      1. Will it make me a better person?
      2. Will it do good to others (family, relatives, friends and others)?
      Because if I follow these I know I will make my God happy.
      And I also know that my God is an understanding God.

      • pinay710 says:

        @lsir curveball, ang pananalig nyo po ay adhikain, layunin o motto ng isang samahan na international. layuning MAKATAO at maka DIOS.isa po kayo dyan.hanga po ako sa inyo sir.marami pa ding PILIPINO na makatao.

  61. Bayonic says:

    Never Again …. Really, ever!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6YIsF-o11A

    • leona says:

      @Bayonic…what more can I say to this…maybe GMA expected such things beforehand to happen, thus signed repealing the Death Penalty law…can happen again when a corrupt regime reigns. Absolute corruptness! Death is always around and applied by the corrupts.

      Like in the old times, Caiphas decreed to slaughter all new born male babies!

      More than ever, now no death penalty, itt can happen again and again…when corruption reigns!

      We can only stop this by never electing pampa pamilya dynasties! Stop Political Dynasty! If Congress refuses to enact an anti-political dynasty law, WE USE THE BALLOT!

      Campaign against such dynasties! They are candidates now. Target them. Drop them and DON’T VOTE FOR THEM! To do so is OUR DEATH again and again.

      Thanks @Bayonic and CPMers here.

  62. joseph says:

    Hi Raissa,

    Your blog has 2 Josephs now.

    Of course, you could differentiate us from the other.
    But how about the others?

    • raissa says:

      How do you want to be distinguished from the other?

    • leona says:

      @Josephs!…one of you I will know…as “I need help on my English writing he can’t understand” as he keeps saying! Pray, there will be only two and not three or more!

    • DaveofBacolod says:

      @joseph I think you need to upload an avatar or something

    • raissa says:

      Hi,

      I’ve asked the other Joseph to change his name handle since you came to the site first.

      • joseph says:

        No big deal, actually.
        But Thanks, Raissa.

      • Rolly says:

        @ raissa

        Other blog site like disqus, which is also hosted by *Wordpress* knew instantly if a newcomer’s username is identical to what they already have on their database. They will inform you that such a username is no longer available.

        They’re using some kind of a PLUG-IN, I don’t know which one, and I have a zero knowledge of computer programming, and could not help either.

        I copied and pasted this internet forum below and related links…might help your programmer.

        Registration allows email duplicates in database (5 posts)
        http://wordpress.org/support/topic/registration-allows-email-duplicates-in-database

        seblap

        Posted 6 years ago
        I run a worpress blog to which people can subscribe to post comments. I’m having the following problem with registration: people can subscribe twice with the same email, or even the same username, thus creating duplicates in the database.
        I’m quite surprised duplicates-checking isn’t implemented in WordPress.
        Any idea how to fix this problem?

        moshu

        Posted 6 years ago
        Which version?
        I know WP checks for duplicate username and email and doesn’t let happen what you described…

        seblap

        Posted 6 years ago
        I’m running WP 1.5.2
        It does happen on my blog, though I haven’t changed anything related to the registration functions.

        seblap

        Posted 6 years ago
        I’ve double-checked the problem. It actually only arises for EMAILS duplicates. No duplicate username is accepted during registration.
        How come I can register twice with the same email (with different usernames)?
        Any help welcome.

        moshu
        Posted 6 years ago
        I don’t remember how it was in 1.5.2 – though I might check if I have time.
        In 2.x you cannot register twice witht he same email, for sure.

        http://stackoverflow.com/questions/9599163/how-to-prevent-duplicate-usernames-in-php-mysql

        http://stackoverflow.com/questions/12768144/prevent-duplicate-usernames-adding-a-sequence-number-after-username

  63. raissa says:

    Hi guys,

    Just to say good night and hello to all of you.

    I just finished something long for my work.

    I can soon write here.

    Thanks for coming back and coming back.

    We have lots of things to talk about.

    Raissa

  64. raissa says:

    My piece on the Faecbook libel suit of Esperlita Garcia by Mayor Carlito Petecostes Jr. in SCMP (HK) –

    Philippine mayor sues activist over Facebook posting

    Gongaza town leader files defamation lawsuit over post relating to mining operations, calling defendant a ‘crazy woman who tells lies’

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1090788/philippine-mayor-sues-activist-over-facebook-posting

    • leona says:

      Beautiful! Raissa this will be a K.O. for the mayor! Looking at photo of “crazy woman” smiling [ @Joe Am...see what I was saying..."they smile with pain" ] and the photo of a man creepy staring…who is crazy here?

      He must really have been mad at the crazy woman despite all the “improvement, etc.” he said he put in that town. Even a “swimming pool”! Near the sea and a swimining pool? Asyong Aksaya yata ito! That’s too much of a luxury, bathing in the sea and diving in the pool!

      Crazy woman using the FB to attack the mayor! How many crazy women in the mental asylum in Mandaluyong are using the FaceBook? I’ll like to ask the mayor.

      Now, the crazy woman is running for mayor in that town. He must be again so mad mad mad! What if she wins? Well, the town will have a crazy woman mayor then.

      My question is where will the sane mayor go after that? Work in the mines? Ganda!

      But those mines will be closed after the crazy woman mayor takes her post. So, no mines no work! Ka pangit naman!

      Good luck crazy woman to your quest. May You Win the post! Stay cool now mayor.

    • Joe America says:

      Power is intoxicating, and I’d say the mayor was (is?) plenty drunk. (That is a personal characterization, and I could certainly be wrong . . . Mr Mayor. ) What damages has he sustained, I wonder. What malice is there in a complaint about heavy-handed civic behavior on a semi-private FACEBOOK site. My understanding of libel is something more material than this, where dollar losses can be added up. But I have learned never to try to figure out Philippine judicial outcomes. If they are detached from Western logic, I can only say, “well, that’s certainly different.”

      I root for the rabble rousing lady, too. She has character.

    • springwoodman says:

      in the article, the Mayor said, “Why will I deprive my people of the progress and development that comes with mining,”

      He owns the people.

    • baycas says:

      GONZAGA, Cagayan, Philippines—The antimining activist, who was arrested here for libel arising from a Facebook post, has declined offers by the Catholic Church to provide her sanctuary despite threats to her life supposedly due to her opposition to black-sand mining here.

      Esperlita Garcia, 62, said she did not want people to think that she had gone into hiding, which might embolden her enemies to silence other antimining activists.

      “[Seeking refuge] may lead my enemies to claim victory and publicly announce that they have succeeded in frightening me. I am very grateful for the show of concern, but I have to decline it,” she said, referring to the offer made by priests in the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao.

      Garcia, who is out on bail for libel charges filed by Mayor Carlito Pentecostes Jr., said she feels safe staying in her house in Calayan village here.

      Garcia, who is running for mayor against Pentecostes, said she has been taking safety precautions whenever she leaves her house. “I make it a point that my allies know that I am just around, but at the same time, not make myself an easy target for criminals,” she said.

      She also declined to seek the help of police. Former Cagayan Rep. Manuel Mamba, head of the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office, said security measures are in place for Garcia when she is arraigned today at the Regional Trial Court Branch 9 in Aparri town.

      ‘Cyber-Perling’ declines Church refuge
      By Melvin Gascon
      Inquirer Northern Luzon
      9:55 pm | Thursday, November 1st, 2012

      • leona says:

        @Mayor!…don’t even think about it! You’ll lose “your people!” and suffer for it.

      • Victin Luz says:

        She doesn’t want to compromise her other convictions that might be different from the Church. Opinion kulang ha , sir.

      • Rigo says:

        I guess, Media coverage by the country’s biggest tabloid on this libel case would be one of the effective way of protecting the woman’s life well being. What more, internationalizing and sensationalizing the matter would even be a better form of protection..if only..perhaps, if it happens, I could probably see the story told on ABC’s Asia Pacific Forum..

  65. Tomas Gomez III says:

    If, indeed, cleanliness is next to godliness, Bishop Arguelles, supposedly a man of God, is best advised to instead attend to the sanitation, environmental and health requirements of the parishes he supervises. En vez na maki-alam sa politica at sa halalan, mas may pakinabang ang obispong ito kung mag basurero at sanidad na lang siya!

    • jorge bernas says:

      @ Tomas,

      Tama ka Tomas, Bagay sa kanya mag basurero pakialamero kasi sa politika kahit alam na hindi dapat makialam… Linisin muna ninyo bakuran ninyo bishop S.U.V. Arguelles???

    • pinay710 says:

      sir tomas, yan pong obispong yan ang sinsabi ng mga pinoy “BULOK NA KAMATIS NAISAMA SA BAKOL” kaya hindi lahat ng naka sutana ay bulok. mas marami pa din ang matinong naka sutana.

  66. Martial Bonifacio says:

    Nakakalungkot marinig sa radio na isang paraan para maharang at mabagal ang paghatol ng hustisya ay sa pamamagitan ng pag appeal at paghahain ng napakaraming motion ng depensa.

    Sana lang maayos talaga ni sereno ang justice system ng pilipinas, Kasi nalaman natin lahat kung gaano kadami ang mga perks ng mga tiga judiciary through impeachment trial of corona. Sa bagal ng justice system parang hindi sila worth it sa mga sobrang perks along with the congressman and senators who are afraid to stand and vote regarding important bills. While others are trying to stall the process.

    Off-topic: Regarding Panatag shoal
    Sec. Hernandez at Sec. Del Rosario Sana po gayahin nyo ang plano ng india or vietnam, taiwan.

    Hindi po nila tatanggapin at tatatakan sa immigration ang passport ng mga chinese nationals na papasok sa mga bansa nila.

    Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/313243/vietnam-wont-stamp-controversial-china-passports

    Nagaalala po ako na baka gamitin pa ng instik yan against the Philippines. Please lang po reconsider nyo na yung decision nyo.

    http://globalnation.inquirer.net/57609/dfa-to-honor-chinese-e-passports-despite-map

    • leona says:

      @Bonifacio…that is a good suggestion. A thought for Pres. PNoy! Imagine to allow such “new” Chinese passports with such picture or symbols! Tricky! Sly! Misleading! Greedy in thought! And takaw sa LUGAW! In my informal Chinese saying…Wa Ka Nga!

      Re our justice system, the new CJ and the remaining GMA justices can help: One – delimit “motions” specially intended to delay and part of dilatory tactics. Cut down such motions!

      Two – all or any motions [ if still allowed ] should be made or filed before the trial is scheduled. First 30 or 45 days, all motions will be entertained and resolved immediately by the trial judge. After such period, no more motions. Any counsel who further file any motion is held in contempt, fined and if warranted, sent to jail.

      Three – After all motions are resolved, trial as scheduled, proceeds without let up, no pause, etc. If defense is a law firm, other counsel in that firm must try their case if principal or lead counsel fails to appear. If not a law firm, counsel de oficio is appointed or PAO lawyer takes over.

      Fourth – strictly enforce a period of 12 months upon which to finish the case and a decision within that period is mandatory. If the judge fails to do this, judge is replaced, another is designated with the same task within 30 days from designation.

      Fifth – corroborative evidence, testimonies of witnesses on the same or similar points should be limited, like not more than 10 witnesses. The Maguindanao case has, I think more, much more than this. A useless effort for the judge to be repeatedly reading the transcripts of no less than 100 witnesses on the same or similar points.

      Sixth – if the judge gets sick for longer than 30 days, the pairing judge takes over.

      Seventh – now we have a new requirement, Judicial Affidavit rule, for direct testimony of witnesses. A good innovation to cut short delays. Why not not apply the same to the defense simultaneously with the prosec’s or plaintiff’s complaince? This will further shorten the delays.

      Eight – since we do not have a jury system, can it be possible, after the submission of the case for decision, both contending counsel prepares a “draft” of a decision for the trial judge to adopt with discretion of course, etc.? This is like some practice in courts of other countries, one is NJ in the USA. We can modify the practice but make it happen. This will again help the judge and shorten any delay.

      Ninth – petition for bail should be resolved only by the trial court and not to any appellate court or supreme court. In the Maguindanao case, two Ampatuans, senor and Zaldy’s pet. for bail is pending in the SC, thus, both accused have not yet been arraigned until now! And yet the other portion of this case is being tried already. This will cut short further delay, etc. also.

      Tenth – this is the big one…allow the prosec or State to “appeal” the whole decision of the case in case of “acquittal” of the accused only to the SC. A review. If accused is granted to appeal, why not the State? The rule on Double Jeopardy is US version of US jurisprudence because of their jury system. We do not have jury system. Ours is by a judge ever since. We are not bound to keep following US jurisprudence. The SC can, under our Constitution on Double Jeopardy, change this unfair rule applicable only because we copied it from USA under their jury system style. In fact, one of our rules in the Rules of Court says the State can appeal but by US interpretation, State cannot appeal an acquittal if and WHEN the Double Jeopardy rule is violated. This is something the rule is there but not there to apply…a mystery difficulty to grasp!

      My opinion.

      • AnuBayan! says:

        I think it would be easier for the Supreme Court (subject to the availability of funds of course) to appoint at least ten (10) assisting judges (with complete court staff for every judge) in the Ampatuan massacre case who will hear and decide all the motions/manifestations filed by both parties. That way, the present presiding judge can concentrate more on the hearing of the main case. If the main case is submitted for decision and a decision is actually issued before all the motions/pending incidents are resolved, then the court need not resolve all the motions/pending incidents in view of the decision of the court in the main case. A court strategy that may be appealed by the accused but is truly effective in the swift administration of justice if the Supreme Court backs it up.

  67. joseph says:

    why is my comment awaiting moderation? if it does not contain profanities let it through even if its pro or con to anyone’s opinion unless there is there is CENSORSHIP in your website then there is no freedom of speech that you are trying to advocate.

    • raissa says:

      Bec the system seems to think it’s spam. Sometimes it goes haywire.

    • Joe America says:

      @joseph, bloggers rely upon filters to extract out the spam that arrives relentlessly. You don’t see it in the threads because the filters do a good job. Sometimes they miss and spam gets through, or sometimes a legitimate comment gets dumped to spam. E-mail systems have the same shortcoming. The system does not like the format or combination of words. It has nothing to do with Raissa and her views on censorship. I think perhaps you are not aware of how much spam is sent to blog sites and are rather taking the matter as a personal attack. The problem is spammers, not Raissa.

    • chit navarro says:

      Hi Joseph,

      cool man…. there is no censorship here… patience is a virtue we all must learn to cultivate.

      i have noticed that if you attach a http://www.com to your post, it will come back with “awatiing moderation”….

    • vander anievas says:

      @joseph,
      be patient amigo.
      everyone experiences just the same. but never did i complain. not only us have the freedom, even the blogger too, i wont mind if she’ll block my post.
      i can post it again anyway. i used to copy/paste my comments in such case it goes somewhere else…:) keep posting…

    • raissa says:

      Joseph,

      There’s another Joseph who came to this site first.

      Could you change your handle “joseph” please, so others can distinguish you both?

      Thanks.

  68. pordoy says:

    The entire problem of political dynasty and all political killings reduces to the lack of a functioning police system.

    • leona says:

      @pordoy…like @Joseph above and below but here, I cannot understand also [ not your English ] but the statement…a lack of a functioning police system will reduce the problem of political dynasty and political killings?…Or you meant more effective police system will reduce the problem? If I am wrong, totally in this, pardon me to the minimum penalty available. Thanks.

      • pordoy says:

        If the police system functioned adequately there would be no private armies or rebels. There would be much less political killings. Remember the PNP and AFP assisted the Ampatuans? A working police would also be required to maintain peace and order during elections including violence, bribery and voting irregularities with arrests as required.

        • leona says:

          @pordoy…now I got it! Salamat din. Yes, I remember and still know now that when a corrupt regime reigns in any place, local or national, kasama ang pulis and army!

          The latter two cannot help to be the opposite of a corrupt regime. They are like uncut umbilical cords to the former. The law when it comes around against them is worded like this: “conspiring and helping one another”…

          It’s really a very sorry situation of our government agencies…conspiring and helping one another!

          Thanks for the clarification.

  69. Johnny Lin says:

    LatestNews ABS CBN ONLINE

    CBCP WARNS OF CATHOLIC VOTE AGAINST RH ADVOCATES

    Bishop Arguelles advised people not to vote for candidates supportingRH bill. They are guilty oF “Ethnic Cleansing” he says.

    A Catholic Bishop is a public Liar!
    Ethnic cleansing was the crime of Hitler and Saddam.

    Malicious Rumor mongering committed by a Bishop to push a political agenda.
    About time, intelligent Filipinos would make a stand and stop tithing to churches every Sunday.

    To the Catholic vote movement of Bishop Rosales we should respond with
    STOP GIVING DONATIONS TO CHURCHES UNTIL AFTER ELECTION!
    STOP RUMOR MONGERING BY CBCP!

    Decent Filipinos must distinguish what is right or wrong issued by CBCP. Their outright false advocacy is worst than Marcos declaration of Martial Law.

    Ninoy Aquino said: I am one domino tile, hoping two will follow my lead”
    Starting next week, the First Day of Advent, I will stop tithing my meager 500 pesos a week sacrifice.

    Matter of principle to pass the word around social media in the Philippines.

    • raissa says:

      So you are saying –

      Citizens warn of CATHOLIC VOTE against ANTI-RH ADVOCATES?

      Would that reflect accurately what you just said?

      • Johnny Lin says:

        Its the other way around
        Bishop Arguelles warns of Catholic bloc voting like INC against RH bill advocates.

        He is saying candidates like Alan Cayetano if he is for RH bill must be wary that Catholic vote will vote against him. he is saying that Catholics must unite against “ethnic cleansers”

        Maybe connect the link from ABS CBN Online publish couple of hours ago.

        Pro RH Catholics must unite against Arguelles movement, withold tithing till after election, a silent protest against false information of a Bishop that open minded Catholics are ethnic cleansers in the category of Hitler and Saddam.

        What Arguelles said was an insult to Filipinos, Catholic or non Catholics supporting RH bill. Cardinal Tagle must denounce this statement of Arguelles.

        • Johnny Lin says:

          Silent protest against CBCP will prosper only if everyone will circulate message thru Social media.

          Making it clearer, my protest as RH bill supporter is against Bishop Arguelles statement. I am not advocating to vote only for RH bill supporters, that to me is individual choice.

          The statement of Arguelles must not be condoned by poor or rich, Catholic or non Catholic RH bill supporters

          • leona says:

            I will stop tithing too! This time, I support and will vote for candidates who support to vote and pass the RH bill into a law! I listen to my clear conscience only.

        • joseph says:

          you said right johnny boy.

        • Coco says:

          It is so painful as the church missed to condemn the ethnic cleansing of Armenians, the ethnic cleansing of Jews, the ethnic cleansing of Rwandans, just to name a few counting for more than 10 million dead. Shameful misuse of the term ethnic and the term cleansing by the Most Reverent Bishop.

          • leona says:

            @coco…”reverent” means deserving to be treated with respect…but if he says voting for RH bill by lawmakers and contra to many Filipinos is ethnic cleansing, a strong inappropriate words, he does not inspire but should be scorned!

          • jorge bernas says:

            @ Johnny Lin,

            Tama ka Johnny, Dapat hindi nalang nakialam sa PUlitika si arguelles, Dumagdag pa ito sa kahihiyan nang mga Pari at Obispo dahil balita ko humingi din ito nang SUV noon diba? Kapal nang Mukha….

    • Rene-Ipil says:

      I fully agree. I will ask my wife to also stop her donations to the church – whatever small amount it may be. It is time to put these misguided bishops to their proper places.

      Bishop Arguelles remains a loyal supporter of GMA and Corona. Kahiya-hiya ang taong ito. Naturingan pa namang mataas na alagad ng simbahan.

      • jorge bernas says:

        Huwag na nga natin tawagin bishop itong si arguelles dahil hindi siya deserve to be called, Maliwanag sa batas na “hindi dapat makialam ang relihiyon sa gobyerno” ewan kong naintindihan nila ito….

    • springwoodman says:

      So who is the true face of the Church? Is it power-hungry Arguelles or humble Tagle?

    • Rochie says:

      They must be joking! What catholic vote are they talking about? The people, predominantly catholic, have elected a protestant president (Ramos) years back. We have had a very vicious ( Erap, the womanizer, drinker and gambler) president who was placed in power by predominantly catholic voters. If by catholic they mean the popular choice, then there is such a catholic vote. But if by catholic they mean intelligent, moral and value-guided vote, they must be dreaming. The church has failed in so many ways in recent years. I am just holding on to my faith, but I can see my church leaders failing me in so many ways.

      • Johnny Lin says:

        Argument is not about Catholic vote nor it is about faith.
        Evil is calling Pro-RH as ethnic cleansers.
        Coming from a Bishop is disenchanting.
        Is this how low the mentality of Bishops. The way Arguelles talks, Sotto discourses, Lito Lapid is the most intellectual high school graduate.

      • joseph says:

        cathlic church had been failing everyone since christ was a corporal.

    • andrew lim says:

      Just to refresh memories, this Bishop Arguelles is the rabid pro-GMA, pro-Corona one. The one who justified GMA’s electoral cheating, since “everyone does it anyway.”

      As for ethnic cleansing, it was Pedro Calungsod who participated in a real one, when the Spaniard missionaries led by Diego Luis de San Vitores arrived in the Chamorro Islands. Accompanied by the Spanish military, they presented the natives two choices: submit or die fighting. And thousands of Chamorros died defending their land and culture.

      Similar to what happened in the Philippines. The Catholic church did not respect indigenous cultures in the past!

      And now he has the gall to warn of ethnic cleansing!

      Resist the right wing Catholic extremists!

      • filipino_mom says:

        @andrew – not to mention the inquisition.

        kahit anong pag-iisip na gawin ko, d ko talaga ma-konek yung “ethnic cleansing” sa pagiging pro-RH. dahil kaya mahina at mabagal ang aking pag-iisip? seems to me they must know what they’re talking about. the church has a lot of experience annihilating races they don’t agree with.

        • leona says:

          @filipino mom..the Church abandoned long ago “annihilating races. They engages now in absurd pretences…charades, in politics just like any other political organizations. Have you come across the name Cardinal Siri [ the Red Cardinal ], an Italian who was elected “pope” twice but was never made to assume the seat? He was so anti-communist that other cardinals opposed him for that, to have good relations at that time with the Soviets, now Russia. Check Google on it. It is a very interesting old topic.

    • joseph says:

      the problem is is there is no REAL intelligent filipino. if you know what i mean.its hurts but it is the truth.

      • Rene-Ipil says:

        Joseph@27.6
        How about our (Filipinos’) emotional IQ? Are we not the most emotional people in the world, according to survey?

      • leona says:

        @joseph…does that comment include you?…But it is not the truth! If, a big IF, it is true, then Bishop Arguelles’ remark is true though it is in truth a big lie.

    • DaveofBacolod says:

      HUH? What Catholic Vote? Is it the same Catholic Vote in the US that voted for Obama despite the support thrown by the US’ version of our beloved CBCP towards the pro-life candidate Mitt Romney? Ha good luck with that delusion.

    • Joe America says:

      Here is the link to the article without the http colon backslash backslash www dot that always gets me dumped to moderation when providing a link abs-cbnnews.com/nation/11/25/12/cbcp-warns-%E2%80%98catholic-vote%E2%80%99-vs-rh-bill-advocates

    • Rasec3 says:

      The CBCP is way way too late of this ( Ethnic cleansing ) accusation, it should be done during world war II that Pope Pius XII according to most historians that Pius XII turn a blind eye when Hitler start sending Jews to be exterminated. Fact- a lots of people’s accounts of different faiths ( including catholics ) who help the persecuted there was no mention of cardinals, bishop and pope… I guess most of the CPM people have anything againths catholics but catholic heirarchy is another matter….

    • Tomas Gomez III says:

      It is obvious that Bishop Arguelles believes that he is advancing the cause of the Catholic Church in the Philippines by pronouncing his own personal version of a “fatwa” against candidates who support the RH bill. Imbeciles usually do not realize the consequence of their behavior and their words. Such is the instance of Bishop Arguelles. Meddlesome is a very tame description. For a man of the cloth, he appears obscene and vulgar. He has only succeeded in turning off legions of our brethren, away from faithful devotion to the religion most of us were born under.

      • leona says:

        @Tomas…the bishop is not really “advancing” the cause of the Church, we are the Church! He does not “own” the Church. Without us, there is no Church!

        If he can, I’m sure he did, imagine, we all stop giving tiths and money, the Church will close shop! The Church lives and exists because “WE” live and exists! It just has been the practice of these religious leaders that they think they are the Church! They forget us 99% of their moments. They will only remember us 100% when we stop supporting the Church! And this can happen to all other churches too!

        These bishops, et. al., should stop lying and abusing us, we are the Church! I really would like to see in actual experience of my life for a moment when [let's say] 90% of the people, rich and poor, stop giving money, MONEY AND MONEY, to the Church. The result is catastrophic…people continue to live but our “instrument” – the Church dies, and dead! Bishops and priest jobless! Nowwhere to turn to. “No money no honey” !

    • Ella Tovara says:

      Ay naku nagsalita na naman nag Bishop na ito. Ay bakit wala siyang statement against political dynasties, maguindanao massacre, corruption and etc lalong lalo na sa pamimigay na pera sa mga obispo ni GMA.

      Selective naman ang pangungusinsiya ng Bishop na ito ah. Sa tingin ko wala na sa mga Pilipino ang maniniwala sa mga Obispo ng Catholic church sa Pinas.

      Mabuhay ang nag-iisip na Pilipino!

      • leona says:

        @Ella Tovara…the shut-shup Arguell is lucky, walang si Andres Bonif…’di sila magkikita, mapag sabihan siya “Isa ka pang “kastilyan na frog-squat nose, eh! Punitin kita katulag yun cedula ko!”

        He’s so lucky…tsk tsk tsk…

    • curveball says:

      Bakit hindi ang mga pari ang manguna kasama na ng obispo ang magsermon oras oras araw-araw sa lahat ng misa ang tungkol sa mabilis na paglilitis sa maguindanao massacre? Dahil ito ay karumal-dumal at mukhang hindi nabibigyan ng panhon at importansya. Hindi ang tungkol sa election dahil ito ay pwede na bigyan lang ng gabay ang mga katoliko sa tamang pagpili. Hindi yung pilitin ka na iboto ang isang politiko dahil sya ay pro RH bill. Paano kung ang pulitiko na ito ay kabilang sa dynasty? Isasawalang bahala na ba sya dahil lang sa pro-RH bill sya? Para naman wala sa ayos ang ganito.
      Ako man din ay nawawalan na ng gana na sumunod sa sinasabi ng simbahan.

    • jorge bernas says:

      @ Johnny Lin,

      Sana hindi nalang nakialam ang taga simbahan lalo na si bishop arguelles dahil kong titingnan mabuti ay para naman sa nakararaming mamamamyan ang RH Bill na ito kong maipasa? Marami mga mamamayan ang matutulungan lalo na yong mga walang alam kong paano magplano nang pamilya o magtaguyod nang pamilya? Ano kaya masasabi ni Bishop sa mga humingi noon nang SUV kay GMA? Sana sundin nalang nila ang batas na BAWAL MAKIALAM ANG SIMBAHAN SA GOBYERNO ??? mahirap bang intindihin ito mga padre damaso??? saka yong sinasabi ninyong mga Pari na pabor ang RH Bill sa aborsiyon ay napakalaking kasinungalingan. Sana ang katutuhanan lang ang kanilang sasabihin…saka huwag sana nilang diktahan kong ano ang IBOBOTO nang mamamayan pabor man sila sa RH Bill o hindi… Maging makaTAO sana sila sa lahat….

    • vander anievas says:

      i will vote for all rhbill advocates. and to any candidate of my choice. not theirs. tired of corrupt clergies in “abitos”…

  70. leona says:

    JPE to enter our cyberspace internet now! Wants to learn daw! Will be reading the antis here and there. Could be also blogging here…watch out! Off topic but a reminder, be ready in the next few weeks, he’ll be here! Link

    http://philnews.com/headlines/2012/headline_news_1124ad.htm

    • vander anievas says:

      @leona,
      great!
      jpe, welcome!!!
      i’ll be more glad posting my grievances here…:)

      • leona says:

        @vander…JPE if he’s truly a lover of truth, he’ll love it here! I’m sure he has a lot to share blogging here and might even forget or relinquish his post as senator once he’s in here!

        …like you, JPE WELCOME!

  71. curveball says:

    Kaya di ako magtataka kung magkaroon ng mga vigilantes dahil sa mga ganitong pangyayari. Kung ang mga kamaganak mismo ang gumawa ng kanilang sariling hustiya. Bakit si Pnoy nasabi nya na priority ang isang bill bakit ito hindi nya maipilit o mabigyan ng priority? Sabihin ba na bilisan naman dapat matapos sa loob ng 2yrs (abswelto o may hatol) At least magkaroon ng resulta.
    Nakakaawa ang mga pamilya ng namatay at nakakainis ang mga tao na dapat na kumilos (pulis, hukom, politiko, etc) pero parang baliwala lang. Baka naman busy silang lahat….sa paghanda sa darating na election. At isasama nila ito sa plataporma nila…ang lutasin ito pag sila na ang nakaupo. Maniniwala kaya tayo?
    Nakaka frustrate na hustisya ito. Mawawalan ka talaga ng tiwala at pasensya.
    Bakit di umuusad? Gusto ng lahat na magtagal ito kasi may sarili silang pakinabang pag inabot ng 50yrs ito. Ang akusado kahit nakakulong ay may pagasa (malamang lamang nga) na mapawalang sala. Ang abogado (ng depensa) dahil tuloy tuloy ang bayad (per oras ba, appearance o lump sum pag abswelto in millions of pesos ha).
    Ang lugi ay ang nagsakdal o biktima kasama na tayo kasi tayo din ang nagbabayad ng sweldo ng prosecutor at judge. Dahil sa walang pera lalo na at taga probinsya pa. Ang pasahe, baon, nawawalang sweldo sa pagabsent sa trabaho. Sino ang tatagal sa ganitong situation? Lalo na kung ikaw ay mahirap lamang? Ano ang itatapat mo sa kalaban mo na milyon milyon ang pera?
    Hustisya para sa mayaman at may kapangyarihan lang ata dito sa pinas.

    • joseph says:

      because pnoy aquino is self-serving interest politician. actually ALL filipino politicians. tell me who is not self-serving interest politician?

      • curveball says:

        Si Sec Jesse Robredo (RIP)
        Isang huwaran na politiko para sa aking opinion.

      • raissa says:

        Joseph,

        There’s another Joseph who came to this site first.

        Could you change your handle “joseph” please, so others can distinguish you both?

        Thanks.

  72. DannyG says:

    … “Political power grows out of the barrel of gun !”, once said by a great philosopher. Kung sino ang may hawak ng sandata, siya ang panginoon, siya ang masusunod. Siya ang may hawak ng kapalaran ng kanyang teritoryo. Ang kasalukuyang kaganapan sa ating bayan ay manipestasyon ng ganoong realidad. Mula sa mababang antas hanggang sa kataas-taasang level ng ating lipunan, marami dito ang tumatangan bilang instrumento ng panglalamang at pang-aapi sa mamamayan at maging ng buong sambayanan. Ang mga sagadsaring kriminal ay gumagamit ng sandata upang pagnakawan at abusuhin o kaya’y patayin ang walang kalaban-labang biktima. Ang mga corrupt na politiko ay may mga private armies na armado ng malalakas na armas upang takutin ang mga botante. Ang mga bayaran at sadistang pulis, militar at pwersa ng para-militar ay gamit ang armory ng pamahalaan upang proteksyunan ang mga anti-mamamayang proyekto ng mga ilang ganid at tusong negosyante at dayuhan tulad sa area ng illegal logging, pagmimina at land-grabbing. Bakit nagkaganito ang ating bayan, tumatangan sa armas hindi bilang proteksyon kundi panupil at pang-aapi sa mamamayan.? Dahil ba sa minana lamang ang ugaling ito mula sa gawi ng nauna nating mga ninununo ? O, ginagamit ang dictum na ito
    upang mas supilin at pagsamantalahan ang sambayan para sa kanilang interes at ng mga amo nito.
    Malinaw ang panawagan- sa aspetong-micro solution, magkaroon ng agaran at istriktong pagpapatupad ng total gun ban, i-dismantle ang mga private armies at kumpiskahin ang mga loose firearms. At upang matugunan ang dinaranas na kahirapan sa buhay ng ating maraming kababayan na nagtutulak sa mga ito na maging anti-sosyal sa lipunan – magsagawa ng komprehensibong polisiyang-pambayan tulad ng “honest implementation” ng “genuine land reform” at “nationalist industrialization” program. At kapag naipatupad ang mga panawagang ito, nakasisiguro tayong sa ating bayan, wala ng gagamit ng sandata bilang instrumento ng karahasan at pang-aapi tulad ng nararanasan sa ibang malaya at progresibong bansa. Ang nalalabi na lamang ay ang sandata ng mga nag-aabisyong maging political power na hahadlang upang manatiling matagumpay ang dakilang adhikain ng mamamayang Pilipino. Well, hindi naman magiging hopeless sapagka’t nariyan ang sambayannang Pilipino bilang sandata na poprotekta sa kanilang napagwagiang political power!!

    • leona says:

      @DannyG…yun mga tanong mo ay umpisa pa lang. Tingnan mo ang nangyari sa Maguindanao…pampaFAMILIA dynasty…abuso, walang galang sa Batas, mama-matay ng mga tao, atbpa!

      Lalago ito pag mayroon na lahat “little kingdoms” sa Bansa natin! Political dynasty. Sila ang Batas! Tayo ang mga alipin.

      Tandaan…Walang IBOTO sa lahat ng Kamag-Anak Sakop Ng Political Dynasty! No Vote for them! Zero lang puede.

  73. pinay710 says:

    58 ang patay????/, 33 mga journalists???? 3 taon na ang nakakalipas wala pang HUSTISYA?????? NAKAKABALIW NA SYSTEMA HUSTISYANG PILIPINO, hindi na ito JUSTICE DELAYED, JUSTICE DENIED, THIS IS JUSTICE CLOSED EYES. NASAAN ANG MGAGAALING NA MGA MAMBABATAS? ANG MAGAGALING NA KAPULISAN, MGA SUNDALO? MGAGAALING LANG PUMURI PAGKA WALA KRIMEN PAG MERON NA AKTUAL NA KRIMEN PURO BAHAG ANG MGA BAYAG!!! SAYANG ANG BUWIS NAMING MAMAMAYAN AT PAGPAPASUELDO SA INYO!!!! PAGWALA NA SI NOYNOY SA PUESTO SIGURADO WALA NA DIN ITONG KASONG ITO.
    NAKIKIRAMAY PO AKO NG TAOS PUSO SA MGA NAULILA. HUWAG NA PO KAYONG LUBUSANG UMASA NA MALULUTAS ANG KASO NYO. ITULOY NA LANG PO NYO ANG BUHAY NYO. ISIPIN NYO NA LANG NA MASAMANG PANAGINIP ANG NANGYARI SA MGA KAMAGANAK NYO DAHIL SA PANAGINIP NA LANG MALULUTAS ITO.

  74. bengo says:

    Let us just NOT VOTE anyone belonging to a political clan. Likewise, we have to campaign for this idea so others will follow suit.

    • leona says:

      @bengo…start looking for a PRINTING PRESS to have those FLYERS as you want to for our VOTERS on 2013 ELECTIONS…pagandahin mo ang naka sulat! Let’s hope you get to no payment but free for it. Good Luck!

  75. leona says:

    Raissa, your suggestion of a law to disqualify the political opponents of one when a political killing happens is impressive.

    How about law automatically declaring that in that area when a killing takes place, all elective positions from highest to lowest ELECTIONS ARE CLOSED until after 3 years and the higher authority is mandated to appoint an OIC instead?

    There’s no need anymore for contending candidates to “Watch Each Other’s Back!”

    • raissa says:

      Hmmm. That could be considered as well.

      Provided that the OICs do not belong to the same party as the appointing president.

      • leona says:

        Raissa, one suggestion to solve is the president interviews 5 people for the post. The 4 who are willing to accept and 1 not willing, appoint the Mr. or Mrs. 1.

        If a second round is needed, change the “game” but always for the right person the president thinks can be the right one.

        Constant Rule, acc to you: No one belonging to the same party of the appointing power should be designated. Fair enough.

  76. Coco says:

    I do not understand journalists. How can they report as normal as 38 of there colleagues are raped, tortured and massacred? How can the owner of a newspaper allow writing about anything else then about this massacre? How can the owner of a TV station allow telenovelas after this massacre? How can a blog site discuss anything else? This should not be just a fait divers. This should stop, can stop if all journalists pull at the same rope and wake up the Pilipino people. Go in strike, refuse to write about something else. Repeat the gruesome facts. Show the horrific pictures. Expose the mechanism behind this. Don’t stop until the last suspect is condemned and in jail.

    I do not understand priests or imams. Pro-live but accepting murder? How can the preach about anything else then the 5e commandment? Don’t they have to educate people that this is not acceptable? That Mohamed and Jesus are unhappy seeing Filipinos going on with their lives as nothing happened?

    I do not understand the judiciary. How can a judge, a prosecutor have other priorities then getting these butchers and all their associates in jail for good. How can the spent time on a annulment, a traffic violation? Shouldn’t they all work 24/7 at the same case?

    I do not understand the military. They found hundreds of reasons to plot in the past. Shouldn
    ‘t they stand on the side of the people and do not accept political murders in this civilised country? Are there not enough soldiers willing to protect every witness day and night?

    If 58 brutal murders are not shocking enough as a wake-up call that the old politics are no more acceptable, what will be, an atom bomb like on Hiroshima?

    • Rasec3 says:

      @Coco, I really loved you commentary in this issue, I remember Mr. Bennett book titled ( Death of an Outrage ) * honestly I was not able to read it* :) but it summarize your good point here..You articulated it very well and I hope every body will read these and spread the burning desire….

    • JJ says:

      @Coco…it’s all about money.

    • leona says:

      @coco…giving answers to your hypo the ti cal questions is like our own…write your side based on what is happening as a reality…not on what “could” or “would have.” the “IFs” doesn’t help. Try something like Broadwell’s “All In”….for petraeus…

    • vander anievas says:

      @coco,
      you do not understand what you stated above.
      then, understand power and money, once you did, you already understand the meaning of all you listed above.
      and would you believe: we filipinos have a culture of walang pakialam?

  77. leona says:

    On corruption but not dynastion…high and low ranks cops gets sacked…DISMISSALS and suspension without pay for that 2 heli cops purchases! I love to read things like this. The link
    is

    http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2012/11/24/872187/court-affirms-dismissal-cops-helicopter-deal

  78. Johnny Lin says:

    Latest News
    Ongoing Media Nation Summit in Tagaytay Tackle Issue of Corruption in Their Ranks

    How come Raissa was not an invited Speaker on this subject?
    She is qualified being independent investigator, unbeholden to local news meduim being a foreign correspondent.

    Just Curious?

  79. Parekoy says:

    Sana pag pinatay yong isang pulitko, mahigante rin yung isa, basta sila sila lang wala ng media at mga usisero. Positivevang results nyan, mababawasan ang mga PU!

  80. parengtony says:

    GMA’s most often cited biggest sins against the Filipino people are stealing, lying, and cheating. I disagree. The Maguindanao Massacre is. Because it is more damaging than all the billions that she and Mike stole, than the illegitimacy of her 9 year rule, than all the falsehoods that she and her minions imposed and continue to impose on the public. The Maguindanao Massacre is a concrete representation of GMA’s near complete destruction of the institutions that safeguard the interest of We the People… including the justice system.

    • Victin Luz says:

      @parengtony………I agree with you….the murder of 58 people especially the 33 journalist can not be compared to anything ” kahit anong ginto ” It almost destroyed everything ,…..but why other journalist are not active in everything about the CASE… Why only mam RAISSA’s blog……….It should be an uninterrupted protest from the day of the slaying to date and further tomorrow until justice will be given. Appari to Tawi Tawi sana diba.

      • Gellybeans says:

        The National Press Club is actively pursuing this everyday, with Jerry Yap and Atty. Causing at the forefront! They have done this since the massacre 3 years ago!

        • leona says:

          The SC has rules on trial courts on periods to render decisions on cases pending in their salas. But the rules are there for violations, not for enforcement.

          What is the Court Administrator of the SC doing on this Maguindanao case? Or the SC for that?

          They cannot hear? They cannot see? They cannot move? They cannot do anything? Why?

          What are they there for? To receive their monthly salaries and perks? To keep their seats warm for the 8 hours a day sitting? To gossip, chat and dreaming of the future?

          Do they need a 10.99 Reichter scale earthquake in their buildings? A 100 feet ala Phuket Tsunami wave from Manila Bay up to the Q.C. Welcome Monument?

          What is needed to finish the Maguindanao case really? 58 Thunders and Lightnings invented by the great-grand kin of Thomas Edison?

          Sulpuric Fires from the heavens sent by God. FIFTY EIGHT lives were unmercilessly and brutally taken away by Ampatuans juramintados! Nobody senses to care? Not even the lady judge handling the case?

          THREE YEARS now! Not yet finished. Not half-way reached. More legalism taking place about “rights of accused” and putting aside rights of those poor souls who never had any inkling they would be subjected to inhuman killing by rabid dog-like wolves in the persons of public officials, a governor, a mayor, PNP policemen and militia private army!

          Where is the decision? What is it that cannot be delivered? Is there really a judge and prosecutors handling this case? The noise is coming from the outside and not from the inside of the courtroom! There is apparent silence.

          It’s like there just ghosts in the whole haunting event.

          THREE YEARS! Thirty Six Long Months! One Thousand and Nine Days since the sound of that Backhoe, Armalite rifles cracking, bullets piercing those human flesh, rifle butts smashing heads, faces, shoulders and body parts. All the birds and earthly animals scampered away upon seeing what was happening. Ghastly! Horrible! Only violent men can do such things!

          JUSTICE! Oh JUSTICE! Where art thou! 58 Forsaken Souls! 33 Journalists! No governor, no mayor, no policeman and no militia died in this. Only these 58 !

          All the Bible, All the law books, All words and writings cannot help! What is this?

          Is Time standing still for and in this Maguindanao case? The hands of the Clock has stopped? Is it because the stone of Lady Justice is really blind, deaf and mute? Just made of stone and nothing more?

          Does the country need Fifty Eight Million Words to make sounds of protest for Justice? To Wails and Cries for Three Years on this?

          Justice where art thou? Justice, are you running away? Hiding? But where art thou?

          …nothing! …silence…so quiet…no wind…no sways of the leaves of the trees…

          sullen…darkness…

          WHAM! …sudden shouts of the souls…WE PROTESTS! says the love ones…WHAM! WHAM!

        • Rudy Portugal says:

          The National Press Club is not doing enough! They should muster enough public opinion to make this a number 1 priority. This is massacre ! Three years of waiting for justice is just too long. The Maguindanao Massacre should have been concluded long time ago.

          • leona says:

            @Rudy…also the president of the IBP…lawyers of the Philippines! Please have something good done in this long delayed horrible case!

    • docbebot says:

      Kung walang Massacre hindi bibitiw si GMA.

      • leona says:

        @docbebot…she would have been forcibly “extracted” by UFOs as there are no more American Clark or Subic 24-hour helicops now! That process would be always in YOUTUBE…use Google!

    • leona says:

      @parentony….re justice system…former chairperson Abalos granted to travel to Taiwan but failed due to invalidated passport. His travel reason is “to study new methods on fish fingerlings” etc. He wants to know the new tech. Thus, allowed to travel by the courts, Pasay court and Sandiganbayan court.

      From this, any accused under custody, can use such reasons, study new tech abroad; participate new tech abroad; participate new tech on dancing abroad; watch how new tech on planting on okra seeds; atbpa! to travel abroad! Something new in our justice system @parentony!

      It’s only now I came across such “grounds” for a motion to be allowed to travel despite being an accused in a crime punishable by life imprisonment. SUSMA!

  81. moonie says:

    now, about the 33 journos that went with mangudadatu’s convoy and got massacred, I have been wondering why none of the journos waited at the destination, went straight to the munisipyo/office of registry, and interview officials there about how they feel as regards the new kid on the block, while waiting for the convoy to arrive. maybe, if some have been at the registry, the number of jornous killed would have been less. or, if the feeling was not right at the registry, they might have texted their counterparts to pull out of the convoy, or alert the convoy to abort their grand plan and reroute, and so on.

    dynastic war is much like feudal wars of yesteryears. might is right.

    • Victin Luz says:

      Mahirap siguro kasi , if they will be identified with Mangudatu then , nauna pa silang kinatay doon without a trace. Baka mas madaming nadamay , halimbawa mga kausap nila sa COMELEC kaya or other friends who were around at that time. Running berserk ang AMPATUAN diba.

    • leona says:

      @moonie…no joke here, if you were one of the journalists in that group on that fateful day, you wouldn’t be around writing above about all this…am I right? or wrong? 97% you wanted the good news scop for it for the next day…but that day was your last.

  82. kindredsiprit says:

    absolutely like this CALL TO GREATNESS. while there is evidence everywhere of this and that bad filipino trait, we have also produced great people and we are capable of rising to the “call to greatness”. i do not want to stop believing in our potential to become better than who we are now. that is what the future is for: a chance to get up again, to.try again, to redeem ourselves again. the cpm commenters provide evidence over and over again of sharp minds, brave hearts, and noble ideals that are in our midst.. it will be a very long journey but we will get there. so glad raissa robles and her blog exist. let us broadcast to all this call to greatness.

  83. Tomas Gomez III says:

    Let us not forget that “the young Ferdinand Marcos” was not only accused of “killing his father’s political rival,” he was in fact convicted! He was convicted by Judge Roman Cruz, Sr. of the Court of First Instance in Laoag, Ilocos Norte, where Marcos was jailed and tried. ( Judge Cruz is the father of JV Cruz and Jun Cruz….both favorites of the Marcoses.) It was on appeal with the Supreme Court, where the Ponente, Justice Jose P. Laurel, reversed the CFI decision and allowed him to go scotfree. Questions remain to be asked about that controversial Supreme Court decision. In other words, when the Philippines elected Marcos President in 1965, an ex-convict was voted in to become our duly elected Chief Executive. BTW, in Beatriz Romualdez Francia’s book, “Imelda…a Story of the Philippines” (3rd edition…page 170) Marcos was quoted as saying “dala lang ng kabataan ko ‘yon” when queried by Imelda’s cousin-in-law, Dr. Domingo Abella, about the Nalundasan murder case. Not only was Marcos a convicted murderer, he also admitted it during a family gathering of the Romualdez clan.

    • leona says:

      @Tomas…Like the Vizconde massacre, na reversed!

      • Victin Luz says:

        Mam @Leona ….. How does jury system works in our judiciary. Can we apply the jury system in the Philipppines . Will it be effective here mam? Please lecture us briefly , including it’s amendments to our constitution. Baka mam pwede tayo ditong systema.

        • leona says:

          @victin luz…a good thought!

          First, a jury system is more in US as provided in their Constitution. Also in Europe. By history, we did not ever have it even during the Spanish regime and under the Americans, etc. In England, some cases do not anymore require a jury [ maybe small cases like small claims, etc.] but high profile a jury is required. I hope I am right on this.

          Jury system is being tried by one’s “peers.” In US, in criminal cases, mostly mandatory. In Civil cases, optional and the party plaintiff, etc. needs to pay to empanel a jury. But in criminal cases there, an accused can opt to be tried by a judge only [ no jury ].

          Should we in our country have a jury system? Our Constitution does not have this. Before having it, a deep and good study should be made. If favorable, amend the Constitution for that.

          Pros – to have a jury system:
          1.) No single judge can try the facts of a case, civil or criminal, but only to expound the law. Good, so corruption is avoided.

          2.) Twelve jurors or less? Like 12 Apostles. In US, 50 States for State cases, varies: unanimity, all 12 jurors votes. Some requires less than that, 10 or 9 jurors, criminal or civil cases. We can have 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10. Majority votes governs. Again, corruption is avoided.

          3.) Qualifications of jurors: age, 18, citizen, not biased or involved with any party or counsel, etc. Not much education needed. Here, we have to modify it, like we should have college graduates. Pag elementary lang or no read no write, difficult for one like that to listen to something coming from “Mars planet,” etc;

          But no lawyer I have heard in those countries became a juror. Why? He/She knows too much of nothing more than an ordinary juror! So, no lawyer.

          4.) We will have to “pay jurors for such duty.” Do we have funds? It has to be budgeted by State, etc. Since it will be something new here, will our citizens be willing to be a juror? Absent from one’s work during trial sessions of the cases? Can they be depended upon to decide the cases?

          5.) How to avoid corruption upon or by jurors: we call it subornation of a juror. One is biased, paid, threatened or anything against the law or norms. Can we do this? Remains to be seen [ if we cannot even provide sufficient protection under the Witness Protection Program, should we have a jury system? ]

          The above is not complete. But the above can be done. It will help avoiding a corrupt judge acquitting a guilty accused, etc, which is the worst thing that can happen in a cases, specially criminal cases.

          Contra -
          1.) The difficulty “how,” “who,” “what,” etc. our jury and jurors will come out if we have such a system. Shall it be in all cases on criminal cases, all in civil cases or depending on the value or nature of the case?

          2.) Remember all jurors in a criminal case, a high profile case, might not be allowed to go home but required to stay together either in a hotel [gastos ito by the State0, food [ expense again ] and protection [ expenses again ]. Money is required. In US a juror is not paid like what he/she receives in the usual work of employment. Very insignificant is the pay or allowance because it is a CITIZEN’S DUTY. Will a citizen here like that? Private companies cannot block their employees or workers when undergoing jury duty. If one is daily paid, a juror might lose that daily wage. Will he/she be willing to serve as a juror? Big question.

          3.) There is a yearly “list of names” of potential jurors in the city, etc. How will our listing system be done? City, town or province? Such entity will have to should all expenses involved. Where’s the money for small towns? Small cities? Budgets concern again.

          4.) Now, if ever we will really have a lot of family or political dynasties, will a jury system effectively work here? Big question again. Why? A family in power may have 1/3 of the small town or city, are their relatives, by blood or by other ties. Will it work? We have a bad and notorious trait [ if we call it that ] PAKIKISAMA system. This thing will get into a jury system for sure in the first few decades with such a system. Will we find the system working or not? Or after 2 decades, we decide to abolish the jury system for reason “It can’t work here!”

          5.) Who has control of a jury system, the SC or the Executive Department? Mostly, it is the Judiciary. Is it good in US and European countries? Why not both departments like a Commission or Committee on that? We cannot just “copy” others as defects may already be there. So, we modify or avoid the ineffective procedures, etc. Or the “Regional Judicial Districts” controls the respective jury systems of their areas with just a supervision by the highest Court?

          From my personal opinion, as suggested by @victim luz, I think a jury system, overall might be good for us. First, our judicial system is going nowwhere now. Corruptions is flagrant in our courts, yes not all, but a lot many that it lowers people’s faith in our judicial system.

          We have at present a good “theoritical or ideal” judicial system but what is actually happening is different from that.

          Another thing, if the rule of Double Jeopardy is made not to apply in acquittals in criminal cases with finality until a review or appeal by the State is made to the SC, maybe we don’t need a jury system. An accused is allowed to appeal. The prosecution is not if Double Jeopardy will take place.; This is unfair. Under the Spanish Code of Criminal Procedure, the government was allowed to appeal in acquittals in criminal cases up to the Philippine Supreme Court, even to the highest Court of Spain, the Audencia I think. After the Americans came here, that remedy favorable to victims of crimes and the State, was removed based on US Constitution and jurisprudence. I think the case was People v Burns who was acquitted for corruption by the CFI [ old name of our RTC courts] of Manila. The fiscal [ prosecs now ] appeal the acquittal. The SC here reversed, affirming the CFI conviction. Accused brought the case to the US Supreme Court. That Court held the appeal by the fiscal was in violation of the rule on Double Jeopardy. The accused was set free!

          So, this is just something of what I know. I invite the others to put in some other relevant information. Thanks @victim luz!

          • Victin Luz says:

            Thanks mam@ Leona…….. I am still reading and learning to what had you written and it will be a great help for us the comparison you had made and giving factual basis on our and US , European court procedures . We were again educated about LAWs by you , thanks mam.

          • leona says:

            sorry, correction, “the SC reversed the acquittal and gave it’s own decision, convicting the accused”…

          • joseph says:

            @ leona – im sorry. i can not understand the message you want to convey or explain. can someone who really speak english edits leona message. i do not think she can express her idea in an english speaking environment. please help her.

          • DaveofBacolod says:

            In my opinion a Jury System in the Philippines might only prolong the back load of Cases being handled by the courts. All an interested party will do is simply to win/bribe/blackmail (hey our politicians and those who have the means can practically do anything) one of the 12 jurors and the lawyer of whatever party will simply declare a mistrial. The trial circus will begin again and again until the public loses interest (with regards to high profile cases) and in the end, the Judicial system will be worse than what is today.

            One solution that the country can apply is that we can follow the US court system and establish courts with specific jurisdiction. Example US Tax Courts, US Bankruptcy Courts etc. It will cut the work load of our Courts since some Civil cases need not be handled by our RTC Judges and they can concentrate on mostly criminal cases.

          • filipino_mom says:

            with the speed at which our justice system plods on, dun pa lang patay na ang jury system. imagine having to wait and wait and wait until its your assigned case’s turn to be heard. you’re only on government allowance, staying in a fleabag motel and being guarded by security who might turn on you lalo pa if you’re assigned to a high-profile case. no way. we’ll have people lawyering up to get out of jury duty.

        • jj villamor says:

          There is nothing wrong exploring alternatives to improve our judicial system. But my personal belief is that it will not work for us. We first need to overhaul our mentaility as well as our political system.

          At the rate court cases are progressing we will soon run out of jurors. The slow pace of court cases, and attendance as juror, is too much a sacrifice to pay for most of us. I could be wrong though.

          In relation to the number of cases filed in the courts each month, multiply it by 12, do we have that much qualified jurors? many of us are not even familiar with the rules of court or rules on evidence.

          With businesses closing left and right, can companies afford to have their employees attend jury duty? Or self employed people for that matter.

          etc, etc

          Maybe some modified form of jury system for specified criminal cases where a trimmed down number of jury are tasked to hand down the verdict instead to minimize the influence of corrupt judges?.

          But I’ll pin my hope on new laws to facilitate court cases and prevent delays due to minor technicalities or procedural pleadings.

          BTW, has this case started? What is the development?

          • leona says:

            @jj…the rabid-wolves haven’t started howling yet! Tagal pa! You’re right, you can’t hear anything ’cause it’s all QUIET!

          • leona says:

            @JJ…we can provide only “5 jurors” like a division of the court of appeals, 5 justices. That would enough, to save expenses, etc.

            Yes, a modified jury system, applicable only to heinous crimes, etc. punishable by life imprisonment or death [if re-instated. ]

            Yes, problem of juror attendances. Courts appear not to be able to imposed attendance even of ordinary witnesses, lawyers, etc. This causes further delays in the trials hearings. I suggest a form of penalty for the absent juror if warranted…fine, replaced after 2 absences. Btw, alternative jurors are also required in case replacements are made.

            @rallie…has a good point. Killing of jurors like prosec witnesses can happen. In USA, subornation or whatever, is another separate crime for interfering with jurors, etc. But it seems it may not be enough or sufficient to stop or avoid such thing happening. I don’t know what remedy to this particular problem.

            @rallie…you’re saying something about “3 big Islands, etc.”…the PAKIKISAMA system as I said, may compete with a jury system. Btw, there are only 50 States of the USA. Alaska – 49th and Hawaii – 50th.

            You’re right again…in short, as prodded by @Victin Luz here…a jury system is a very LONG SHOT IN THE DARK or LIGHTS! Our Congress is not even interested in enacting an ANTI-DYNASTY law as mandated by our Constitution since 1987!

            My opinion now is, sana mag ubusan sila ng lahi this coming 2013 elections. That’s the killing game they appear to enjoy every elections time.

            Are you with me on this? Sound off ! ….1,2,3,4,5….THREE FIVE! [ still remember the marching song ]

        • rallie florencio says:

          @Victin, jury system is ideal but I believe if done in the Philippines, we will be more worried about further lives being killed. If witnesses gets paid to vanish or killed, if security guard being assigned to protect an state witness would fear for his life. it is not remote the same thing will happen to the lives of the jury.
          The USA is composed of 57 States united together to protect their citizens by having a law being made strong and firm. Of course, they have lawmakers too who go out of the way to circumvent it but their kind never last. Our country is composed of three big islands whose mentality of equal sharing is only applicable among relatives and close friends and not for what is right and what is just for all.
          Someone mentioned about Marcos being the best lawyers by making himself free from a murder case. It is never because of his brilliancy but because it was held in a place where they have control over the political and justice system.

          • leona says:

            @jury system…5 out of 6 bloggers believes jury system won’t work here. 1 blogger has not yet been able to blog kasi can’t yet understand what’s it all about! Jury sys is dead! End of it.

      • JJ says:

        May be this is what “It’s more fun in the Philippines” meant.

    • On / From MS Raissa:

      Why not have a law where, if one politician is killed during election season (defined as starting on the last day of filing of certificates of candidacies until election day) all those contesting the same office would automatically be disqualified and new candidates allowed to run instead? That way, they will guard each other’s back. Just a thought, I know. Suntok sa buwan.

      Pinoys laging merong PALUSOT, walang hindi NAAAREGLO, kahit murder:
      Hypothesis: Two local family dynasties, Liberals and UNA, agrees on their tuta fall guy candidates, one is sacrificed, assassinated; all registered candidates had been disqualified by law. RIGHT ON, now Liberals and UNA families field their sons and daughters, wives and husbands, and uncles and in-laws contest the available elected positions. Result? The lowest of the low LAW becomes a joke, with the dynasties laughing all the way to their foreign banks.

      WORTHY OF MENTION TOO:

      Monching Magsaysay was catapulted to the Presidency by the killing (NOT of his own doing) of Moises Padilla. When Monching was pictured holding aloft the dead body of Moises Padilla, Monching said he was holding Democracy in his arms.

      • jj villamor says:

        Problem 1: Contenders 1-n would no longer contest the candidacy of any opponent. Just kill that SOB.

        Problem 2: If Contender 2 filed a disqualification case against contender 1 in a 3 way contest. Then contender 3 can kill 2 birds with 1 stone by killing contender 1 which automatically disqualifies contender 2.

      • leona says:

        @Alizarin…I remember Moises Padilla was candidate in his town for mayor. I am concerned, I hope the Media too, about Esperlita Garcia in the North, on that mining squabble on FB. She’s a candidate for mayor vs Pentescostes, Jr. Gets mo?

        Raissa gave a link here above. Let’s pray altogether for her safety.

    • JJ says:

      @Tomas Gomez III. Then it just proved that no matter how true the evidences , if you can defend yourself in the court of law convincingly, you’ll be set free. I wonder where the justice is for the victim.

    • leona says:

      @Tomas…when justice Jose P. Laurel heard the “admission remarks -dala lang ng kabataan ko yun”…the former might have [could have] retorted: Ha, ganoon! Babalikan kita! Binalikan nga! ” Na exile nga! Na lupus nga! Walang nakaka palusot pag isang spiritu ang hahabol sa yo!

  84. Johnny Lin says:

    You asked how come we have political killings and in Germany the German answered you quite quizzical.

    The answer is our bad trait, Spiteful. In Joe America blog I posted top ten bad traits of Filipinos along with specific reasoning. Among the ten my number one bad trait of Filipinos is being spiteful. Wish Joe America could attach the link.

    The root cause of thisMaguindanao massacre was lack ofrespect to power and disrespect of importance to a man of stature by Magundadatu. The only response is to spitethefamily for embarassment sustained by Ampatuan family.

    Remember, the Ampatuans and Mangundadatus are relatives. Enviness played a part too. Nauseating bad traits expressed violently. What a shame!

    Reiterating what was posted in previous Raissa blog, the media must attack the slow response to judicial abjudication. Unfair to the Mangandadtu and the people resolving g this issue by diplomatic means.

      • leona says:

        @Joe Am and @johnny lin…I read the blog site of @Joe Am. Very interesting in many, many and good for learning!

        Blog sites: Raissa, @baycas and @Joe Am, are so educating. If our DEPED could, make these sites as part of Gr 4 o 5 and High School students everyday, as a course in what…Sociology? or…?, with WiFi computers to access them everyday, the contents will open the eyes of our Youth! The contents, I am sure, is not found in their school books! Here, life is discussed. They will learn a lot from it without actually experience them.

        The “list” made by @johnny lin is very good as I said. The blogs that followed from there is just as good too! No comparison to school books if interesting topics are what will interest the students.

        I like to say more, but I guess you know what I mean here. A point of starting to help our Youth in school. Learning something from good blog Sites! as a course or subject.

        Thanks for those who have these Sites! I hope our DEPED people will think about this.

    • Joe America says:

      Link is in moderation.

      • Joe America says:

        In moderation 3 1/2 hours. Readers can find Johnny’s list by going to my blog (click on the link), finding the article entitled “The Obey or Pay Industry” and scroll through to the comments to Johnny’s itemized list. The other comments there are also good reading.

    • leona says:

      And the Ampatuans say they “have” a religion…Islam.

      Or kulam? Or kulang?

      They were “used” and taken advantaged of by GMA adm but went “wet & wild” that GMA had to pretend declaring Martial Law in the area just to protect them more or be able to get hold and stop them of their running berserk! Nag juramintado sila!

      Allowed to “well-armed themselves to the hilt!” To be able to “get zero votes” for the enemies and maintain their hold on all elective posts!

      A bad lesson in history on political dynasty. Well, since our politicians cannot see the end picture of this dynasty system, let’s hope they really finish each others “LAHI” without hurting the innocents bystanders!

      If that’s the way things will be…Mag ubusan na sila ng lahi nila!

      Another battle royal on 2013! Select your targets politicians vs politicians! Zero ‘em bulls-eye with your rifle scopes!

      • joseph says:

        i really can not understand what you are trying to say or express in english. get some help.

        • leona says:

          @joseph…you’re too far much TOO far already from me here..I’ve been traveling so fast and furious. Try catching up as I can’t wait for you! RUN!

        • pinay710 says:

          @joseph, basahin mo 3x paulit ulit tulad ng ginagawa ko at maiintindihan mo ang mga komento ni mam leona, or talgaa lang hindi ka makaintindi ng english? meron dictionary sa website. englishg tagalog dicitonary.

          • leona says:

            @pinay…binasa nya anim na beses! He has 2 problem.s..can’t understand the saying, or my English is not good for him. Next time I’ll tag-lish it!

            • leona says:

              @pinay…I’ll recommend him to read Joe Am’s….blogs. Joe, what’s the name of that wine again? Good to shake’n one’s nut, I’d love the taste!

  85. baycas says:

    Comelec lists 180 incidents of poll-related violence

    By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News
    Posted at 11/19/2012 3:40 PM | Updated as of 11/20/2012 8:24 AM

    MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED/CORRECTED) – The Commission on Elections and the Philippine National Police have noted a total of 180 election-related violent incidents for the first half of 2010.

    Figures released by Comelec and PNP showed a total of 277 incidents reported from January 10 to June 9, 2010. Of this number, 97 violent incidents were later on determined to be not related to the 2010 elections.

    Authorities said a total of 4 candidates were killed in the runup to the 2010 polls. They include 1 candidate for board member, 1 candidate for mayor, and 2 candidates for municipal councilor.

    The list also included 31 civilian fatalities whose deaths were deemed election-related.

    Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez explained a thorough investigation is done at the local level before an incident can be declared election-related.

    Many of those involved were civilians, barangay officials and mayors.

    Poll executives and PNP officials met at Camp Crame earlier today for their command conference on the preparations for the 2013 midterm elections.

    • baycas says:

      2013 Midterm Elections…

      A test for Roxas in terms of peace and order…

      • leona says:

        @baycas, bakit parang tahimik now sa galaw-gaw ni Sec. Roxas? I do not see much news nowadays about him. Do you know the reason why? DLIG is a sensitive big Cabinet post!

    • Joe America says:

      That is a significant improvement over prior elections. The number 168 killed sticks in my mind from previously. But of course all kinds of crap sticks in my mind these days, some of it actually factual.

    • leona says:

      @baycas…I saw on TV every now and then…Nancy Binay for “better healthy life!, etc. etc.” What’s this, early campaigning? What’s the Comelec doing? Can this be legally done? I know that a SC decision said about this that it becomes illegal when the period for campaigns starts, etc. Another misunderstood thing or the law is wrong!

      So confusing for so many! Too much legality resulting in more raised-eye brows surprises!

      • baycas says:

        If that’s premature campaigning then charge Loren, Alan, Cynthia, and other candidates for premature campaigning as well because all of them already filed their COCs way ahead of the intended period. (The early filing is to give way for the Comelec to finalize early the printing of the ballots in time for the May 13, 2013 polls.)

        J. Antonio Carpio penned the SC decision you’re referring to. Please read the man behind the legalization of the apparent premature campaigning disguised as a benign public service ad. I provided the link to his ponencia before.

        • leona says:

          Thanks a lot @baycas…

          • baycas says:

            @leona,

            You said…

            Another misunderstood thing or the law is wrong!

            The law is not wrong if it is self-serving, that’s the way it is here in Fun Philippines.

            That’s what the Congress did when they enacted that there is no unlawful premature campaigning if partisan political acts are committed BEFORE the start of the campaign period.

            …And the SC is not the venue for questioning such self-serving law. J. Carpio wrote:

            Congress has laid down the law — a candidate is liable for election offenses only upon the start of the campaign period. This Court has no power to ignore the clear and express mandate of the law that “any person who files his certificate of candidacy within [the filing] period shall only be considered a candidate at the start of the campaign period for which he filed his certificate of candidacy.

            Neither can this Court turn a blind eye to the express and clear language of the law that “any unlawful act or omission applicable to a candidate shall take effect only upon the start of the campaign period.

            The forum for examining the wisdom of the law, and enacting remedial measures, is not this Court but the Legislature.

            This Court has no recourse but to apply a law that is as clear, concise and express as the second sentence, and its immediately succeeding proviso, as written in the third paragraph of Section 15 of RA 8436, as amended by RA 9369.

            http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/jurisprudence/2009/november2009/181613.htm

            • leona says:

              @baycas…again, thanks a lot! You prompted me to make a total recall of the above. Yes, a law was interpreted by the SC via J. Carpio on the matter.

              The bold citations extracted from the decision refers to “any unlawful act xxx” re acts constituting “during” the campaign period. There seems to be no “unlawful acts” outside of this period, by “any person,” or even “by a candidate.”

              Palusot! How right you are @baycas! Yes, I wrote and understood…”or the thing is misunderstood or the law is wrong.”

              So, in the case of Ms. Nancy Binay’s “early acts” outside the campaign period, as per SC decision by J. Carpio, it is not a violation, etc., as she is not considered “a candidate” but only a “person” making “advertising acts” about herself and the “health of everybody,” etc. The decision says “no campaigning” yet is involved.

              When I first read the decision, I was really surprised [ so to say ]. There was something “misunderstood or wrong about the law” I guess it should have been more of “misinterpretation” of the law. Why?

              On Article IX, Constitutional Commissions, portion C on the Commission on Elections, SEC. 4 provides among others [ a long provision at that ] says:

              “Such provision or regulation SHALL AIM TO ENSURE equal
              opportunity, time, and space, and the right to reply, including
              reasonable, equal rates therefor, for PUBLIC INFORMATION
              CAMPAIGNS and forum among CANDIDATES in connection
              with the objective of holding free, orderly, HONEST, peaceful,
              and CREDIBLE elections.” [ I supplied the capitalizations ].

              SEC. 4 says “honest” and “credible” peaceful elections. From the decision penned by J. Carpio, the Court believes “early campaigning” by Ms. Binay “honest”? Or “credible”? I guess not. She is, for all
              intents and purposes, having filed a Cert.of Candidacy, a candidate.
              Also, since the law silently worded the law to cover “a person” and
              not “a candidate,” Ms. Binay, is both a “person” and “a candidate” doing acts of early campaigning, not in “honesty” and “credible” per
              SEC. 4 of the provision cited.

              The reasoning of the decision, for me, run short, disregarding
              SECTION 4 on honesty and credibility meanings. Section 4 plays
              for fairness, orderly, free, or is “aimed to ensure equal opportunity.”
              Some “persons” or “de jure candidates” are “early campaigning”
              versus others who have no funds available yet, etc., outside
              of the campaign period of the election. Unfair. Unequal opportunity.
              The intent of SEC. 4 is misinterpreted in the decision as based
              on the law RA 6369. I believe the law is not in accordance with
              SEC. 4 Article IX of the Constitution. Anyway, that’s it, there is a
              SC decision promoting unfairness and inequality to other
              candidates or persons.

              Thank you for giving me this space and to Raissa and
              CPMers here. More power!

              • vander anievas says:

                everything in the phl is used and abused. palusot here, palusot there. our justices are used and misused. with or w/out pay(now or later) or payback in the future. reasons why a lot were abnormally silent during TJ’s impeachment trials.
                nobody seems to be doing wrong in the eyes of our laws/enforcers. though we ordinary citizens cry of foul play. of unfair practices of the privileged.
                anybody can do early campaigning with the laws as their shield.

            • leona says:

              The SC applied that law but did not the provisions of SEC. 2 No. 7 Article IX of the Constitution on “election malpractices.” There is no “election period” yet but many are actually campaigning “in disguise.” Sec. 4. Unfair and not ensuring equal opportunity to other candidates.The public is misled also.

              • leona says:

                Sorry, I thought the one I wrote at 10:30 a.m. would not be here anymore. So, I blogged the other one at 4:02 pm. Thanks anyway, Raissa.

      • jj villamor says:

        How about Mrs Cynthia Villar’s “hanap buhay”?

        Both are kins of presidentiables. They are not violating any law – only skirting them. Just shows their lack of delicadeza. Nice future we got here.

        • jj villamor says:

          I mean:

          They are not violating any law – only skirting them. Just shows their(the presidentiables’) lack of delicadeza. Nice future we got here.

          • baycas says:

            Congress has laid down the law — a candidate is liable for election offenses only upon the start of the campaign period. This Court has no power to ignore the clear and express mandate of the law that “any person who files his certificate of candidacy within [the filing] period shall only be considered a candidate at the start of the campaign period for which he filed his certificate of candidacy.

            Neither can this Court turn a blind eye to the express and clear language of the law that “any unlawful act or omission applicable to a candidate shall take effect only upon the start of the campaign period.

            http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/jurisprudence/2009/november2009/181613.htm

  86. andrew lim says:

    You may be interested in the American point of view on political dynasties:

    http://www.politico.com/arena/archive/are-politicial-dynasties-good-for-america.html

    No one is advocating banning it. But I think it doesnt get too bad in their case because economic power is not concentrated in a few families. Here, some political dynasties own almost everything in their town.

    So it goes back to income inequalites.

    • baycas says:

      I wonder who among the dynasts will admit that dynastic politics really gives them the edge…

      The Dynasty Advantage: Family Ties in Congressional Elections

      I guess they will just say that the study above may not apply locally.

      Will somebody do a Feinstein here?

      • baycas says:

        Here’s the abstract of Feinstein’s work as linked above…

        Political dynasties, families in which multiple members have held elected office, commonly feature in the U.s. Congress. i explored the electoral origins of this phenomenon and determined that members of political dynasties have a significant advantage over first-generation politicians in open-seat House elections.

        Using an original dataset containing candidate- and district-level covariates for all candidates in open-seat House contests between 1994 and 2006, i found that dynastic politicians enjoy “brand name advantages,” giving them a significant edge over comparable nondynastic opponents. in contrast, hypotheses concerning potential advantages stemming from past political experience and fundraising ability yield null results.

  87. baycas says:

    There is wide agreement among various authors about the most intractable problems confronting elections and parties in the Philippines: electoral exercises that have been overwhelmingly dominated by powerful political families (Gutierrez et al. 1992; Rivera 2002; Simbulan 2005); poor electoral governance as shown by the organizational ineptitude and lack of institutional autonomy of the Commission on Elections (Calimbahin 2010; CenPEG 2010); and weakly institutionalized, personalistic, and unstable political parties driven mainly by clientelistic rather than programmatic concerns (Montinola 1999; Hutchcroft and Rocamora 2003; Manacsa and Tan 2005; Teehankee 2002; Velasco 2006; Kasuya 2009).

    In Search of Credible Elections and Parties: The Philippine Paradox

    by Temario C. Rivera

  88. baycas says:

    Sun, Aug 05, 2012

    Illegal gunsmiths eye Philippine election season

    By Manuel Mogato  /  Reuters, MANDAUE CITY, Philippines

    • raissa says:

      Manny Mogato has been covering defense and military like forever.

      We were together in Manila Chronicle before. He has deep sources.

    • leona says:

      @baycas…I did enjoy reading the gun article you gave here. Before, so many years back, I loved guns and ammo, sleeping with it at night like my second spouse. Now, I don’t know if I need a hand gun or a shotgun. The dangerous times in Metro Manila is scary. Akyat Bahay gangs atbpa on the loose. How can we good citizens protect ourselves without guns?

      To get special permit to carry is a bit so expensive. In Texas [ they say kuno ] a gun tooter can display it inside his cowboy holster and walk in public…??? Texans love guns!

      Gun licensing should include “fatality Bonds” to answer for death or injuries when misused by gun owners. De-centralize gun licensing and issuance of permits to carry outside of the home. Would this be good rather than centralization [ somewhat obsolete & ineffective] at Camp Crame?

      Check-ups for loose firearms, determining late payments of fees and ownership, etc. would be more effective at local Chiefs of Police offices, provincial or city levels.

      So, hey days for gunsmiths now. Stricter laws and regulations needed really on this subject matter.

  89. andrew lim says:

    NOT SURE OF A CORRELATION BETWEEN ELECTION VIOLENCE AND CATHOLICISM, BUT WAIT….

    Raissa’s comments on a seeming paradox why a deeply “religious” country like ours have a serious problem with politically motivated killings like the Ampatuan massacre (why refer to the place- refer to the family!) got me thinking again. After all, Im the guy here who has been studying the correlation of pervasive corruption with Catholicism, and my previous posts reflect that. There is evidence that points in that direction, largely due to faults in doctrine, in my view.

    Then Joe America comments, and puts half of the blame on the dominant religion here, for its failure to effectively form consciences among its followers. Incoming Cardinal Tagle at least has been humble enough to admit their shortcomings:

    http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2012/02/corruption-in-philippines-is-like.html

    I’ll look deeper into this subject.

    But offhand, isn’t violence part and parcel of how they propagated Catholicism? I was just watching this beautiful program on the History Channel- Mankind: The Story of All of Us. On the Crusades, Pope Urban promised all soldiers who enlisted eternal salvation and all the earthly riches they can plunder from their victims – in this case, the Moslems in Jerusalem.

    And then I remember also, wasn’t Pedro Calungsod involved (tangentially, not directly) in a brutal subjugation of an indigenous culture – the Chamorros? To get their land and resources, and to turn the natives into slave labor, didnt they use the propagation of Catholicism as a cover? And now he’s a saint!

    Hmmm…. is it integral to the survival of the faith, as long as you win and you get to write history yourself? (BTW, are the Ampatuans Catholics?)

    • raissa says:

      They’re Muslims.

    • gayyem says:

      May I add, if my knowledge of Philippine history is correct, that it was through the confession of a woman Catholic that the Spanish authorities have known about the existence of Andres Bonifacio’s Katipunan which led to the persecution of their members.

      • leona says:

        It it was through “woman’s confession” inside that “confessional box that led to the Katipunan’s existence, SEE!…the wrath of that woman! who did not know how to LIE to the Spanish priest! Calling @Joe Am…hello hello hello!

        Never reveal such secrets to a woman! She’ll do you in! @Joe Am…you’re right!

  90. vander anievas says:

    this is a sad state of our political and justice system. as joe america says, “The Philippines, by and large, is happy with crappy values.” seems holding water.

    Philippine standard, in every field or discipline is going downward.

    Christian teachings is not taken seriously by the majority.

    patriotism and nationalism is only shown on a very rare occasion.

    as of present time, i can see no solution to this tragedy. my simple being is not capable of suggesting even an iota of cure to reverse the trajectory of this system.

  91. leona says:

    @leona…ako yun! Mukhang una ako nga! ???

    Raissa, about time this case be juggled up for the finish line! Bagal talaga!

    I can say that all elective positions in ‘Pinas, from president to barangay, are “private property” and not “public trust” as kuno understood.

    That’s why we have political killings during every election times. Ubusan ng lahi [sabi ng marami ].

    Una, all politicians have private armies. AFP and PNP do not enforce the law on this. Inutile. Sorry, they cannot do the job.

    Secondo. Many politicians and their political families now political dynasties, are supported by others like them up there in the high, higher and highest posts in the government. So, they keep their private armies. They keep their strength. They spread the fears. They do their violence against their political enemies. Raissa, tama ka dito. Thanks.

    Thirdly…with all powers that be and money side of things, justice is bought by these corrupt politicians. They can buy prosecs. They can buy judges. They can buy even appellate judges. And so on and on to the top rung.

    Pang Apat….before the pang tatlo sa itaas, they can also delay all criminal and civil cases with no end in time. Get effective lawyers [not really honest and good] who can cause delays. If a lawyer like that can even question how a counsel should conduct his presentation of the case in-chief like how many witness will be still presented [ mind you, that lawyer has no business on this ] there must be something the judge of the court is not watching and caring!

    Fifthly…this is important, our leaders have really no respect for the laws they enacted. It is not for them but for the simple folks, the poor, the naive and the ignorant. The weaklings in life. The easy to corrupt also. The hungry ones. Now, it is “those who have less in life, corrupt them more against the law.”

    Sickly…to kill one’s political opponent is to keep the “throne” that is, the post! This killing must be done, broad day light or night time. Who cares! People don’t care anymore anyway. Now, it will be put more of one’s politician’s children and up to grandchildren for that post. Protect it at all costs! Kill at all costs! Always on both at all costs!

    Pito…cheat, steal, copy [ whatever however one can do it ] grab, lie [ Oh the lies are so many and long...unimaginables! ] all the way [ bless Frankie Blue Eyes here! ], threaten, coerce, blackmail [ not much? ] btw, if one can tell someone “If you withdraw handling the case, if you get sick, if you say you cannot anymore do it, if you tell the media your life is in danger, if you in anyway, give up the case for whatever reason, we will kill you and your family”…handle it until you’re out of office or retired from it. What do you think you will do? Can you keep quiet? Maybe. Will you take a great life threatening risk? Maybe. What can you do?

    Walo…walang talo maski anu man. Kailangan manalo, by hook, by gun, by knife, by bomb, by whatever means. Manalo!

    Ninth…they are like a “cat ‘o with nine lives!” Hard to catch [ specially if not really being catch ] Scratch ‘em with sharp paws from Uno to Walo sa itaas!

    Sampu…kung may sampu ng witnesses matira [alive] before the Maguindanao case is finished, it is a lucky case! Cops who turned state witness, will recant. They will withdraw their statements out of fear, payments, etc. That is how this case will end [if it ends during everyone's life time now reading this ] or it may end in the two presidential elections to come! Year 2022!

    I will have a first two digit number…77 by that time. One more election after that, this pc is somewhere in the junk yard or elsewhere I do not know. Where will many of us be? ++++

    • leona says:

      Pres. Aquino’s comment on the Journalists’ Maguindanao case. The link, in toto

      http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/311935/no-word-from-aquino-on-massacre-of-journalists.

      The delay is unforgivable!

      How can our justice be reformed with this one big case already long in delay! Can nobody in the higher ups, SC or Executive call the judge and ask “When are you going to finish the case?”

      Witnesses are disappearing! Heirs of victims are already disappointed! People are marching against the long delay! Why this case is not being tried and heard 4X a week? Every week? 4X a month? Why? 3 YEARS! And the defense hasn’t started yet? It’s already overtaken by the tortoise!

    • pinay710 says:

      @mam leona, tama lahat ng sinabi mo. walang labis walang kulang. maliwanag pa sa sikat ng araw. kahit na sinong matinong Pilipino alam na ngayang ganyan ang systema sa Pilipinas. mula noon hanggang ngayon. walang pagbabago. lalo panglumalala!!

  92. Juan deLECHE! says:

    It only shows how evilness is embedded in the psyche of every person holding office of power. They mastered the art of compromise to be able to prolong their reign. Most of them develop a facade of goodwill and honor but in reality there is this backdoor of wheeling and dealing. If we find in our hearts that a Robredo is without a doubt a man of integrity and honor, and if He is going to be our example of a genuine good person, will a jejomar binay, or a tito sotto, OR… a joker arroyo for that matter, be up to the task? lets name those who we can equate with him… juan ponce enrile? his son jackie? erap? and his sons jinggoy and jayvee? how about lacson? fidel ramos? gringo honasan? Or all of them in the upper and the lower house. aRE THEY ALL MEN AND WOMEN OF SCRUPLES? How sure are we that they don’t pocket any single centavo from a “goodwill ” money ( a mere change of words ex: Lagay, tongpats, etc)? The politicians, do you think, they have taken the art of compromise to the extreme so that they can partake the loot? It is time the people, ALL OF US, must be really concerned. We must CHANGE OUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS EVERYTHING. HOW? One at a time! If the current administration is doing an effort towards change in attitude, we must not be complacent. for this administration’s contract has an expiration date. Come election time, we must be sure that the one who will received the baton, will continue what the previous one had begun. AND, If we stop deaD on our tracks… it’s like people power all over again. Full of wind BUT NO SUBSTANCE!

    • Coco says:

      It only shows how evilness is embedded in the psyche of every person voting, not only short time gains count.

      It only shows how evilness is embedded in the psyche of every educator, education is more than training parrots.

      It only shows how evilness is embedded in the psyche of every priest, there are more moral values then the rights of a fertilised egg.

  93. springwoodman says:

    Beautiful analysis of our tragedy.

    There are many prominent columnists who think political dynasties are okay. If the thought leaders of the nation cannot understand this systemic fault, how can the electorate?

    Pnoy, congress, local governors and mayors – all cannot and do not.

    We should keep a body count this election and highlight the score.

    The proposal to disqualify surviving candidates is good but expensive in that special elections will have to be held. What if a succession of special elections is necessary? Who will govern in the meantime?.

    • leona says:

      @springwoodman…if the one who will govern is corrupt, never mind! Better leave us alone. We’ll just pay our taxes and expect things will be alright. We chose the lesser of two evils!

  94. Joe America says:

    America has a history of gross racism and the Philippines has a history of gross self-service over community good. America substantially cured its flaw because it has a “call to goodness” in the Constitution and popular values that its immigrant population subscribes to. Passionately. The Philippines has no such “call to goodness”, and the failure to instill it can be laid half with the greedy politicians (mob families) who have ruled the roost since Aguinaldo, and half with the Catholic Church which seems unable to teach the lessons of Jesus who represents the ultimate spiritual “call to goodness”.

    Until the masses, who are largely impoverished and provincial, hear a call within for “more than this”, we will only see more of this. I mean, Imelda Marcos in Congress? Is not the country shamed by such choices? Or a boxing star with no education in the law, making the law? These choices stand starkly representative of popular thinking.

    When the nation believes in high values, it will rise to them. Right now, the evidence says the Philippines, by and large, is happy with crappy values.

    • YlocanaBelle says:

      I agree to a “call of goodness” because all the people supporting dynasties seem to think that loyalty to one such dynasty is a call to goodness. the moral ethics of the philippines is such that the likes of Imelda & family, GMA & sons & Corona, the Crisologos of Ilocos, the Ampatuans of Maguindanao, the Estradas, the Revillas all seek to retain their own dynasty. each supports & promotes family before state. even Marcos knew that using slogans like “sa ikauunlad ng bayan, disciplina ang kailangan” (for the progress of a country, discipline is necessary) which someone unfortunately made a joke about and landed in camp aguinaldo peddaling his way around and around as punishment to his wit and humor of “sa ikauunlad ng bayan, bisikleta ang kailangan” (for the progress of a country, bicicyles are necessary). PNoys PR team should come up with similar slogans to instill nationalism and love of country. national heroes that fought valiantly should be instilled in the minds of the youth which even our national hero Jose Rizal aknowledged a key factor in the growth of a nation saying that “the youth is the hope of the nation”. we could also make better use of media instead of the soap it so likes to espouse. we are limited by what we see and learn from tv shows specially the games shows, tv soap and lack of responsible newscasting. where in the world can you find a news reporter cum ex-vice president, a plagiarizing senator who dynasty belongs in wan bol university?, and more actors and actresses seeing that the kleig lights are shining much brighter in front of the political arena and turning in more profit? it’s time we use media like this denizens of the reel capitalize on. let’s capitalize to make our country what it once was known for. as the real tiger of asia by instilling fervor and patriotism, love of country and honor before crass materialism.

    • leona says:

      @Joe Am…the happy picture is shown by the “smiles” of Filipinos. They are smiling but aching! The Filipino has a mysterious way of “living.” If Joe you are in the country which I assume, invite a Filipino who arrives in our house at noon while you’re having lunch. Our custom is “Halika, kain tayo!” [Come over join us for lunch ]. The answer is: Tapos na ako! Busog na! Then you call one more time “HALI KA! Wag kang mahiya! ” [COME ON! Don't be ashamed! ] Before you know it, the newcomer is beside you eating with gusto! [ saw the adobo! ]

      They are not really “happy with crappy values.” They are gritting their teeth! But they smile just the same. That’s a Filipino! Always happy [ seen one who stumbles or slips on the street and hear the guy laughing or smiling? ] Gusto ko happy ka! [ that's JPE! ]

      Yea, but that slogan is “to be” and not “is happy.” Yet they vote for him. That’s why I say, though how they hurl their slogans on us, though how Harvard graduates, UP graduates, Oxford graduates, or whatever sterlings stars they have, voters on 2013 must NOT VOTE FOR ANY OF THEM family dynasties!

      Why? Once these class gets seated in their posts, they start all the monkey business of the family! We wait for 3 long years to learn! Always! Yet, show happy with crappy values.

      • Joe America says:

        Thanks leona. “smiling but aching” Tough words.

        • leona says:

          @Joe Am…have you ever hit your thumb with a hammer and your grandchild is watching?…Yea…smile, be happy with it…but aching…[ go to the next room and CRY OUT LOUD due to the pain what ‘d f …$%^&#@!…hahaha

      • JJ says:

        @Leona.. that’s why “It’s more fun in the Philippines” ;)

      • pinay710 says:

        @mam leona, all your comments are real life. ang mga pinoy sa ibang bansa kaya nagsu survive dahil sa ugali nating flexible sa hirap at ginhawa. salamat po sa pangunawa nyo sa pangaraw araw na buhay PILIPNO. nasasaling po nyo ang damdamin ng lahat ng Pilipino na nakakabasa ng mga komento nyo. marami pong salamat. meron, marami ang nakikiramay sa aming mahihirap.

      • duquemarino says:

        @leona

        While the Filipinos were voted as the most emotional people, our politicians are the most callous.

        • leona says:

          @duquemarino….yes, like “corn on our feet!” You know what, callous on one’s feet are so durable, though one walks barefoot over sandy or rocky, or even sharp surfaces, the soles of one’s feet doesn’t feel anything. It survives and gets sturdier as time goes by. Pain starts to be felt when the feet are not walking much anymore. Thus, doctor doctor is the remedy…scraping away the calloused thick skin!

          How do we scrape away callous politicians? Thru the BALLOT during election times!

          Do Not Vote For Them! Drop All Candidates of Political Dynasties or PampaFamilia! No exemption whatever! Absolutely No Vote!

    • joseph says:

      you said it well: crappy values. it hurts though. but its the truth.

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