A matter of principle

“We should go back to those days…”

“Sadly, it’s all about the money these days.”  I declared flatly, cynical as always.

“But we really have to go back to those days…”

He nodded in agreement.

“Well, that’s the way it goes:  it’s just all about the money.”  I shrugged.

“But it shouldn’t be that way, it shouldn’t be about the money…”

“They will have to pay for every vote… it’s really all about the money now.”  I sighed.

“Well… but we really should go back to those days…”

“I don’t know if that’s possible…”

It was only when I left the building that I realized I was like her in that way:  Idealistic.


No matter what happens, I will still vote for “G1BO” Gilbert Cojuangco Teodoro!!!

In consonance with MY candidate, I have nothing against the other presidential candidates.  I am sure that they too have the capabilities to serve as the next President of the Republic of the Philippines.  But I have to say that G1BO has MORE CAPABILITIES to serve as President than the others.

It’s just a matter of principle.   🙂   🙂   🙂


  1. Ipê Nazareno said,

    April 17, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Watch this short Documentary on NOYNOY AQUINO & THE HACIENDA LUISITA MASSACRE

  2. Ipê Nazareno said,

    April 8, 2010 at 3:00 am

    The Inquirer’s front page today headlines “Noy to Manny: Don’t exploit Baby James.”

    Moreover, in an interview with ABS-CBN about the incident, Kris Aquino-Yap said, “Spare my son from Politics. Let him live a life of a 2-year old.”

    Look who’s calling the kettle black. Senator Aquino, YOU and your sister were the ones who dragged your nephew to appear in that awful commercial in which you performed a rap number. YOU and your sister were the ones who dragged your nephew in the dead of the night to appear on-stage in a political rally.

    And now you dare say that Senator Villar is the one exploiting your nephew?!!

    Senator Aquino, your skewed reasoning shows that you are, indeed, in the words of your commercial, “walang bahid walang duda” — that is, walang bahid ng katalinuhan at walang duda ang kamangmangan!!!

    Kailangan ng bayan ang isang Pangulo na may kakayahan at malawak na karanasan.

    The Presidency is NOT an “On-the-Job-Training” position!!!

  3. marco philippe araneta said,

    April 1, 2010 at 1:36 am

    Noy is now up by 13 points! yay! Its probably because they keep replaying the VP debates and Loren stumbling all over her bridal train of lies. It’s like watching video bloopers being replayed over and over again. She’s really the silliest. I think Miriam wouldve been a more reliable running mate than Loren.

  4. tomas pablo san andres said,

    March 30, 2010 at 5:50 am

    Ganun nga po!

    vote for whom you believe is worthy of your vote.

    lumalabas dadalawa lamang ang nag lalaban, pero if all Gibo’s followers will stick to him all the way, baka maka pasok sya.

    between Noynoy and Villar, kay Villar na.

    ang mga Aquino had their chance pero walang ngyari, si Kris lamang ang sumikat sa mga escandalo nya.

    Noynoy talks of creating a commission to run after the graters etc.

    nakalimutan na ba bya ang nanay nya had the PCGG to run after the super corrupt Marcos etc.

    Wala din. Ang kapatid nya (Lopa ?) got back a tremendously profitable enterprise for a song.

    Mga Marco, ayan buhay na buhay. Rustans ayan, Danding, ayan pa etc. etc…

  5. Ipê Nazareno said,

    March 29, 2010 at 4:31 am

    Noynoy is up by 9 points in the latest SWS survey.

    Taddy, I don’t think “masasayang ang boto” if you don’t vote for either of the top 2 candidates. I’m voting for Villar. Marco is voting for Noynoy. Toto and Alicia are voting for Gibo. I have friends who are voting for Gordon and Villanueva. I say, vote for whomever your conscience tells you to vote for.

  6. Dr.Taddy Buyson Gonzales said,

    March 28, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    thanks for the info. I guess the surveys can be depended upon.

    how about the talk that the presidential election will only be between Noynoy and Villar?

    that votes other than for any of the two will only be wasted.

    like if you do not favor Villar, vote for Noynoy and vice versa?

    a vote for Gibo, Gordon, Erap, Bro. Eddie masasayang lamang?

    someone please enlighten, thanx!

  7. Ipê Nazareno said,

    March 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    This was an e-mail forwarded to me:


    Seven peasant farmers, who were protesting their take home pay of Php9.50-a-day at the Cojuangco-owned Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac, were murdered in cold blood at the gate of the hacienda, a hail of bullets ensuring that Nov. 16, 2004 will forever live as a day of infamy.

    Private army

    With Noynoy Aquino as a member of the security committee at his family’s sugar estate, killed by sniper fire from suspected members of the Cojuangco’s private army were: Jhavie Basilio, Adriano Caballero, Jhune David, Jesus Laza, Juancho Sanchez, Jaime Pastidio and Jessie Valdez.

    Left to die

    Some of them could have lived, but hospitals in Cojuangco-controlled Tarlac refused to admit patients from the hacienda. Hundred others sustained wounds, including 27 who were hit by bullets, from the incident now infamously known as the HACIENDA LUISITA MASSACRE.

    The killings continue

    But the killings did not stop there! Over a period of 10 months, at least seven more peasant farmers, labor leaders and church ministers – bonded together by their being staunch critics of the family of presidential wannabe Noynoy Aquino – were silenced. Permanently!

    Bloody end

    Like the seven martyrs of the Hacienda Luisita Massacre, the following also met bloody end at the hands of known henchmen of Noynoy’s family, just because they want to put an end to the injustices at the hacienda:

    Marcelino Beltran (RIP +) Killed on Dec. 8, 2004 as he was celebrating his birthday with his family at their home. A retired army officer turned peasant leader, he was shot before he could testify at the Senate and Congress on Dec. 13 and 14, 2004, on the trajectories of the bullets fired during the Hacienda Luisita Massacre.

    Councilor Abelardo Ladera (RIP +) Shot while buying spare car parts on March 3, 2004, a day after he accessed critical documents regarding Luisita’s stock distribution option and Land Use Conversion Plan from the Department of Agrarian Reform. He was killed before he could bring the documents to the Senate and Congress.

    Rev. William Tadena (RIP +) Tadena had been lending a sympathetic ear to the plight of Luisita’s peasant farmers and for it was killed on March 13, 2005. A fellow Aglipayan priest in Fr. Jun Flores, who has gone into hiding fearing for his own life, saw a bodyguard of Noynoy shoot Fr. Tadena.

    Victor “Tata Ben” Concepcion (RIP +) Remembered for championing the cause of land-tillers at Hacienda Luisita, the 66-year-old secretary general of the Aguman de reng Maglalautang Capampangan, was peppered with bullets on March 17, 2005.

    Florante Collante (RIP +) A coordinator of Bayan Muna, Collantes was murdered in his home in Camiling Tarlac on Oct. 15, 2005 for being very vocal against Noynoy and his family on their oppression of farmers.

    Ricardo Ramos (RIP +) President of the Luisita Labor group CATLU, Ramos was shot Oct. 25, 2005 as he celebrated the awarding of P8.8 million in wages already worked for by Luisita farmers, but which had been withheld by Noynoy and his family.

    Bishop Alberto Ramento (RIP +) Stabbed seven times on Oct. 3, 2006, right at his parish office, Bishop Ramento irked Noynoy and his family for providing moral, spiritual and other support to Luisita farmers. Until now, his killer had not been brought to justice, with the mastermind said to be even gunning for the highest office of the land.

    Tirso Cruz (RIP +) A leader of the United Luisita Workers Union, he was killed on March 17, 2006 for opposing the SDO scheme used by Noynoy’s family to exempt the hacienda from land reform coverage.

    Noynoy’s hand

    Dead men tell no tales, but those who survive do. In his sworn testimony at the Senate on Jan. 12, 2005, Luisita farmer George Loveland, who was shot with Ernesto Ramos at Luisita’s west gate of Las Haciendas seven days earlier, identified the bodyguards of Noynoy Aquino as their assailants.

    Noynoy ordered shooting

    Loveland said Noynoy was there when his bodyguards shot him and Ramos, remembering that Noynoy motioned and muttered to his security before shots rang out. The then Congressman Aquino, was later on heard pitching to people in and around Luisita a “superhighway” that would turn out to be the controversial SCTEX project.

    And he wants to be President?

    The killing of Father Tadena and the shooting of Loveland and Ramos positively linked Noynoy Aquino to the Hacienda Luisita Massacre and the subsequent killings, shootings and intimidations of farmers. With blood in his hands, how can Noynoy now aspire to be President, not of God-forsaken Luisita, but of the entire country?

    He wants to be President? He must be crazy!!! If we vote for him then we are probably the ones who are retarded….

  8. Mike V. Jugo said,

    March 27, 2010 at 11:26 am


    Awesome (claims)
    By Solita Collas-Monsod
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    First Posted 00:18:00 03/27/2010

    AN ORGANIZATION I BELONG TO, THE Movement for Good Governance (MGG), has, as one of its objectives, raising the level of discussion and quality of information during the election campaign, so that the information that voters obtain on candidates are not just those provided by the candidates themselves (which are naturally going to be self-serving) but have been subjected to scrutiny for either feasibility (as in their platforms, which require the assessment of experts) or authenticity (in regard to their claims, which require investigation and drudgework). That way, the voter will be in a much better position to choose their leaders for the next three or six years.

    Manny Pangilinan’s TV5 has picked up on MGG’s work and will jointly sponsor a five-part special series that will in effect showcase the results of this scrutiny. And since Sen. Manny Villar’s TV and radio ads far outnumber the ads of his opponents, they provide much more grist for an investigator/evaluator’s mill.

    Take the ad, for example, which roughly translated goes something like this: “Have you experienced sleeping on a short bench in the market? Or the death of a brother because you had no money for medicine/proper health care, so you were helpless? Well, I, too, have experienced all that. Which is why, when God blessed me with a good life, it became my vow to help those who have nothing. If I really wanted to get richer, I would just go back to being a businessman. If I could get out of poverty, I can also do it for you. This is my vow: to end poverty.” The TV ads are highlighted by a 1962 picture of the young Manny and his younger brother Danny-the year that Danny died-as well as a Villar family picture.

    The message being conveyed is simple and powerful: he was dirt poor, but God got him out of poverty; and he has vowed to do the same for others. And he is sincere: he is not running for president to make money-because if he only wanted to get richer, all he needed to do was go back to being a businessman. It is indeed a great ad. One viewer’s reaction was: Awesome.

    Awesome, indeed. Because documents sent to me turn those assertions on their head, so that the only thing accurate about the ad may be the family pictures.

    First there is the matter of the copy of a death certificate of Daniel Bamba Villar indicated as issued by the NSO. According to that document, Daniel Bamba Villar, son of Manuel Villar and Curita Bamba, address xx (number illegible) Bernardo Street, North Balut, Navotas, died at the Far Eastern University Hospital on Oct. 13, 1962, at the age of three years and eight months, of cardio-respiratory failure due to leukemia (there is something about red cells, but the writing again is illegible), after a 13-day hospital stay. In the space for informant, the signatory is Manuel Villar, father.

    Now, that Daniel Villar was brought to a private hospital-FEUH had the same reputation then as Makati Medical or Manila Doctors or St Luke’s would have now-rather than, say, a government hospital like the Philippine General Hospital, or San Lazaro, does not necessarily disprove the Villar ad contention that his family was poor. It is not unusual for families, however poor, to do what is necessary in order to secure the best care for their children, and damn the consequences. That it was Funeraria Paz (one of the two top funeral parlors at that time), as indicated on the same death certificate, that took care of the funeral arrangements, again does not necessarily contradict the “I was poor” contention, for the same reason.

    But then, Villar does not just say in the ad that his family was poor. He said his brother died because there was no money for medicine or medical care. That appears to be clearly contradicted by the certificate.

    Moreover, there is the matter of the address provided by Villar senior: apparently, from pictures and on-site investigation, Bernardo Street in North Balut is part of San Rafael Village, a gated community, equivalent at that time to FilAm Homes in Quezon City. A copy of the Transfer Certificate of Title for the property-which is a 560-square-meter lot-has also been provided. Now anyone who can afford to buy a 560-square-meter lot (the TCT shows that Villar senior borrowed P16,000 from the GSIS for the release of the title-which at current prices is roughly equivalent to P1.266 million) is not exactly consistent with being dirt poor.

    Finally, there is the matter of Senator Villar’s assertion that if he just wanted to get richer, all he needed to do was get back to being a businessman. Again, the documentary evidence: his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) for 1992-the first year he joined government as a congressman-showed that his net worth was P75 million. After nine years of being a congressman, and eight years of being a senator, his most recent SALN (2008) shows a net worth of P1.047 billion. Being in public office surely has paid off for him.

  9. Ipê Nazareno said,

    March 27, 2010 at 5:55 am


    How about printing Bro. Rolly Dizon’s letter on why the La Sallian community should vote for Gibo?

  10. Alicia Perez said,

    March 27, 2010 at 3:12 am


    But your candidate Manny Villar isn’t any better…

    However, for the sake of change and “progress,” I guess New Corrupt is preferable to Old Corrupt, and New Despot is preferable to Old Despot. Hahahah!


    Alicia Perez

  11. Mike V. Jugo said,

    March 26, 2010 at 11:31 am

    This is from Br. Mike Valenzuela FSC

    Why I Am Voting for Noynoy by Br. Mike Valenzuela FSCS

    Like most Filipinos, I’d like to see corruption eliminated and a government made truly accountable to the people. When I vote in May, it’s with this question in mind: who stands the best chance of assuring this outcome?

    It is fairly obvious that no one who has promoted, supported, or benefited from corruption and flouted the demand for truth, justice and accountability can have a part in dismantling the most corrupt regime in Philippine history. No one who has acquiesced in silence to the abuses of GMA’s regime can be expected to stand up and fight such abuses in the future. No one who uses this regime’s machinery to win can be expected to turn around and take it apart. No one who has crimes to hide can be expected to pursue what is true and right. Anyone who has something to hide will always be vulnerable to political blackmail by forces that seek to preserve the rotten status quo at the expense of the true good of the people. No one who lusts for power enough to subvert the proper functioning of the constitution and democratic processes can be trusted to lead us.

    That is why I believe honesty and integrity are the most important demands we must make of whomever we elect. That is why I believe that the best person to wield power is the one who knows when to relinquish it. That is why I believe the best person to lead us must be one who makes himself the servant of the Constitution and democratic processes, not their subverter or spinmeister.

    I want to see perpetrators of corruption behind bars–even if they happen to belong to the First Family. I will vote for someone who makes this kind of ACCOUNTABILITY his battlecry. I want to see the billions stolen through graft and corruption returned to the Filipino people. In short, I want our legal and political system to work. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

    I also believe that the country is in a battle for its life and that as in a war, we must go with our greatest probability for success. This present regime will stop at nothing to assure an outcome favorable to itself. That is why I am not supporting the candidacy of those persons whom, though I admire them for their principles, I think are making a strategic mistake in running at this time when the anti-corruption and pro-democratic forces need a single champion to rally under.

    I do not believe that we need authoritarian strong men or strong women for that matter to set things in our country right. Nor do I believe that one person can fix all the ills of our nation. I do not believe in enlightened tyrants and despots. This fascination with strongmen has been our downfall in the past, much as it is with abused wives who cling to abusive husbands. We need a person who will invite the Filipino people to take responsibility for their own destiny and become active participants in assuring that democratic processes work.

    Like most Filipinos, I’d like to see corruption eliminated and a government made truly accountable to the people. When I vote in May, it’s with this question in mind: who stands the best chance of assuring this outcome? Given the way things are in the country this time, Noynoy for me is the only rational choice for president. Not only does he have the integrity and moral pedigree, he also has the guts needed to get the job done.

    People don’t seem to remember that Noynoy was shot and wounded 5 times in the 1987 coup to unseat Cory. He still carries a bullet in his neck. More than any of the present contenders, he knows the suffering and danger the office of president entails. It takes real guts to place oneself in that kind of danger again. It speaks to me in a real way of courage and selflessness that none of the other candidates, not even those who purport to claw their way up from poverty (and I say purport) can lay claim to.

    And that’s why I’m voting for Noynoy in May.

  12. Ipê Nazareno said,

    March 26, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Martyrs and patriots? Hmmmm…. blood of Japanese collaborators more like it.

    And may I add blood of greedy hacenderos who have lived off the blood, sweat, and tears of many generations of poor Filipinos.

  13. marco philippe araneta said,

    March 25, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Go NoyNoy and Mar! Be brave and proud that the blood that runs through your veins is the blood of martyrs and patriots! What runs through the veins of other candidates is liquified basura and bagoong balayan!

  14. Ipê Nazareno said,

    March 24, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Taddy, I think SWS, the Issue and Advocacy Center, and Campaigns & Images are quite reputable and their methodology follows that of known political polling outfits in the U.S. like Rasmussen, Gallup, Field Reports, and Quinnipiac. Pulse Asia too is quite reputable although, of late, some have raised the question of conflict of interest considering that one of Noynoy Aquino’s Lopa cousins headed Pulse Asia at one point.

    Also, it must be noted that FVR and Miriam Defensor-Santiago were running neck-and-neck up to the very last pre-election surveys in 1992. Surveys would show the lead see-sawing from one candidate to the other but the lead was always within the statistical margin of error. In the end, it was FVR’s machinery which gave him the razor-thin edge. (I casted my vote for another candidate).

    By the way, the 7-11 Convenience Store Chain conducted an informal survey amongst their shoppers. Shoppers of their “Big Gulp” drinks were asked to choose cups bearing photos of faces of the Presidential Candidate whom they intended to vote for. According to 7-11, Noynoy was the runaway winner followed by Gibo then Villar. Because of the unscientific nature of this particular survey, the only logical conclusion which can be derived from the 7-11 survey is that “mas uhaw ang mga backers ni Noynoy” (Noynoy’s backers are uhmmm… “thirstier” than the backers of the others).

  15. Dr. Taddy Buyson Gonzales said,

    March 23, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    How accurate are these surveys?

    I was informed that during FVR’s time he was never on top of the surveys but in the end he won the elections.

  16. Ipê Nazareno said,

    March 23, 2010 at 6:59 am

    The full report on the above-mentioned survey can be seen at GMA News’ website at http://www.gmanews.tv/story/186770/villar-overtakes-noynoy-in-the-center-survey

    I’m just wondering why ABS-CBN hasn’t carried the story…

  17. Ipê Nazareno said,

    March 23, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Prof. Ed Malay’s Issue and Advocacy Center just came out with the latest poll results which was done from March 3-10.

    From their last survey taken a month ago, Villar has now overtaken Aquino 28%-26%!!!

    The poll results: Villar 28%, Aquino 26%, Estrada 18%, Teodoro 14%, Gordon 9%, Villanueva 2%, De Los Reyes 0.5%, Madrigal 0%

    From last February’s poll, Aquino posted a dramatic decline (from 31%-26%), Villar remained steady at 28%, while Teodoro and Gordon posted dramatic gains. Estrada remained at 3rd place while Madrigal remained a vegetarian.

  18. tomas pablo san andres said,

    March 23, 2010 at 6:48 am

    nakaka hiya si Loren, pa charming sya ng husto pero hindi nabili.

    si Binay din, halatang napipikon pero pigil ang galit, sa likod yan gaganti, Bayani!

    wala na bang choice?

    Mar rated well, pero duda kung meron syang magagawa, ang sama kasi ng gimmick nya with the padyak, marriage to Korina ( ang tatanda na gumimik pa ), Mr. Palengke.

  19. marco philippe araneta said,

    March 23, 2010 at 12:19 am

    So happy to hear that Senator Roxas totally killed Loren Legarda with kindness, courtesy and honesty in the Vice Presidential debates. Loren reminded me of a bacterium in the presence of Antibiotics. She’s so angry and toxic that she just imploded causing her to have the dead lowest approval from everyone. Assumption should finally burn her diploma and records. Poor girl with uneven ears, she’s like an angry ranting ghost whom everyone in the country has finally decided to shut their collective third eye to.

  20. Ipê Nazareno said,

    March 18, 2010 at 4:34 pm


    I, for one, believe her

  21. marco philippe araneta said,

    March 18, 2010 at 1:49 am

    Lauren laguardia keeps telling anyone who’ll listen that Mar was trying to bribe her into dropping out of vp race. I think she is too accustomed to men talking to her just to offer money in exchange for something and thinks thats all men want to approach her for. Pathetic.

  22. Marquitos Moran said,

    March 17, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Dear Mr. Gonzalez,

    I have been following your blog with much interest, not for the politics, but particularly for its insights on the remembrance of things past, when Manila was still a city in the true sense of the word, and life was still pleasant, albeit the circumstances.

    I was born in 1966 so that makes me a Martial Law baby and grew up in San Miguel Manila, particularly Concepcion Aguila St. I spent the happiest years of my childhood there because it was a very peaceful neighborhood, streets with very few vehicles passing by on weekdays allowing I and my friends to indulge in our passion for bicycling, in around the area where San Miguel meets Quiapo, and enjoy the scenery, even if it was a high security area during the time of Marcos.

    I read the column of Boo Chanco in the Philippine Star last week and found it odd that he mentioned that Danding Cojuangco is not the beneficial owner of San Miguel anymore. The manner in which it was mentioned was in a post-GMA Philippines, about a businessman engaged in port management (this already tells you who the gentleman is), approaching the various front runners with contributions in order to ensure the continuity (read the profitability of his business) and how he divested himself of his majority stake in the National Grid Corporation (formerly known as Transco) and sold it to San Miguel care of beneficial shareholders in order to avoid violating conflict of interest provisions, since the latter has been bidding for and winning awards for power plants being bid out by the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM).

    I mention this because while G1BO is certainly the most qualified Presidential candidate among the front runners, it might just happen that he is being set up to lose by GMA.

    After the financial crisis of 2008 in the U.S., there has been the oft repeated rumor that the current powers that be lost a bundle and decided to enlist the services of a former Trade and Investment Minister during the Marcos time who was closely identified with Maurice Greenberg of AIG and spent his years of exile running Greenberg’s Asia operations out of Hong Kong together with another Marcos finance official who had a penchant for going on African safaris.

    The former Minister is now supposed to be the beneficial owner of San Miguel Corporation, in addition to substantial holdings in Petron and Meralco, for his principals. It would appear that they are in a race with Manny Pangilinan of Metro/First Pacific in a bid to control businesses involving telecoms, infrastructure and utilities; all that generate huge profit margins on a cash basis.

    This precipitated the decision of the sitting President to run for Congress in the second district of Pampanga in order to securitize the family investments but does not prevent her from holding other cards such as a “secret candidate” who is not so secret now and holding on to power for herself.

    It also appears that the supposed majority owner of San Miguel has been betrayed by his supposed trusted lieutenant because the latter is now in the pocket of the Marcos era Trade Minister and this is the reason why the hand of the supposed majority owner of San Miguel are now tied when it comes to supporting whoever his candidate is because his reign at his beloved flagship, the crowning glory of his entrepreneurial life, has come to an abrupt end.

    At the end of the day, it is really the Dona’s call for she holds ALL THE CARDS.

  23. Alicia Perez said,

    March 13, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Hahah. I don’t know where all this hogwash about ECJ being ill and all came from.

    He is as healthy as can be. He is as healthy as can be. When you are worth about USD $$$ 1 billion you will be healthy no matter what!

    He’s just “lying low” as his two Cojuangco nephews are vying for the highest post in the land.

    ECJ’s daughter’s pronouncements and subsequent actions have proven the longtime rumor that indeed, ECJ had met with Kris Aquino privately, and in that meeting, placed many of his considerable resources at the disposal of the Noynoy Aquino camp…

    Why not G1BO, his own nephew, then?

    It is a known fact in Manila society that there is a current, longstanding feud splitting the Cojuangco-Murphy family: ECJ and his siblings Manuel “Manoling,” Enrique “Henry,” and Isabel Cojuangco-Suntay VERSUS Mercedes “Ditas” Cojuangco-Teodoro and Aurora “Rory” Cojuangco-Lagdameo. Proof: We don’t see ECJ, Manoling, Henry, and Isabel campaigning for G1BO alongside Ditas and Rory. In fact, ECJ’s wife Gretchen Oppen-Cojuangco and their daughter Lisa have decried G1BO in public!

    ECJ and his siblings have nothing good to say about G1BO’s wife Monica “Nikki” Lopez Prieto whom they consider unsympathetic, indeed antagonistic, to traditional Cojuangco family culture. On the other hand, Nikki’s mother-in-law Ditas Teodoro and aunt Rory Lagdameo are all praises for her.

    As they used to say in that sitcom: “Abangan ang susunod na kabanata…”

  24. Anthony Locsin said,

    March 13, 2010 at 5:42 am

    Hello. Good Day.
    Myles Garcia,
    do you happen to be the same Myles Garcia or (GARCIA, MYLENE DE JOYA) that is running for congress in the second district of davao city?

  25. Rina Dy said,

    March 13, 2010 at 12:55 am

    I think I remember that Lisa was disowned by Danding after marrying someone he disliked.

  26. March 12, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I fully agree with Marco Philippe’s statements. They are human, mannered, educated, and principled.


  27. Myles Garcia said,

    March 12, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Marco Philippe,

    We take it that G1BO’s not exactly on your dancecard, huh? 😉

  28. tomas pablo san andres said,

    March 12, 2010 at 6:17 am

    kaya enjoy ang political season, lumalabas ang kulay ng pagka-tao ng mga “respected” personalities.

    si Mar, biglang nagmura in public, minura pa isang babae, presidente pa ng bansa nya.( GOOD breeding is always exeptional in politics )
    obviuos nagpa pogi point.
    campaign of hate ang ginagawa nila.

    women in Danding’s life nagsalita ng mabigat, nasaktan si Danding daw, minahal kasi nya si Gibo parang tunay na anak more than his own anak.
    what kind of a father does that, may we ask, meron vested interest again.

    si Loren, hindi na alam kung ano pa ang gagawin para magka pogi points.
    umiyak sa impeachment, and we cried with her, then she slept with the enemies from then on, we cry for her this time.

    yan ang mga “de buena familia” ngayon, let us enjoy the show!!

  29. george shaw said,

    March 12, 2010 at 5:58 am

    “family matters”
    that’s the statement of Gibo.
    the reason why he “turned his back” on his uncle, let us leave it at that.

    for all you know it was all a matter of principles

    family matters are private, it is not necessary for members to talk about it, or give intriguing statements just to destroy a person’s reputation.

    do not ever forget the character of Danding.
    he was the original “pacman”, greed ruled his life.
    he flew out of the country with his whole family when Marcos was booted out of Malacangan, in the same plane, when we were on the verge of a revolution.
    wasn’t that turning his back too?

    the women who keep silent on private matters gain more respect from the public.

    compare Maricar Reyes and Katrina Halili.

  30. marco philippe araneta said,

    March 12, 2010 at 1:16 am

    Danding’s daughter came out with a statement on how Gilbert Teodoro was given much more by Danding financially and emotionally even more than his own biological offspring, and that the way Gilbert just abruptly latched on to GMA for funding and support completely turning his back on his uncle and cousins in the biggest spoiled brat betrayal fit that not even Danding’s own kids would ever do, was taking its toll on Danding’s health. His heart was broken and stomped on. No one deserves to be treated ungratefully. I know the feeling of being generous with people you’ve sincerely cared about for so long only to find out that the whole time they’ve been resentfully envious of your entire life. People like that are weird and caught up in material stuff and status that they don’t value personal relationships and integrity. I hear talk about how Gilbert and his mother have long been envious of Danding and Gretchen’s whole lives despite their generosity and how, upon the prodding of Gilbert’s in-laws, they were able to betray Danding this way. I hope it’s not true, because normal and well brought up people shouldn’t act that way, not for any price. The family is the country in microcosm and the shrewdness with which Gilbert deals with his is shocking, disappointing and disgusting. I am not worried he’s going to win in any honest way, what worries me is that there are actual, living people walking around blatantly and brashly being disloyal and ungrateful that way.

  31. Nani Sy said,

    March 10, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Politics in our beloved Philippines is not perfect including some processes (choosing party’s candidates) but I too believe that choosing G1BO was a step forward for the LK CMD and I believe it would be a step forward for the country if he wins.

    Although I don’t lose hope for a surprising victory the current trend with all this surveys (which frankly I don’t believe) remind me of what my professor in constitution told us. He said that politics and the electorate of the Philippines is quite immature. Majority of the electorate choose to elect officials with “gimiks” or those that promote “politics of hate” rather than choosing to elect those that would serve our nation best.

  32. March 9, 2010 at 8:51 am


    It seems that the selection of a political party’s standard bearer is a complex process, much more than non-politicians [ like me ] understand.

    The fact that Gilbert “G1BO” Teodoro was selected as the Lakas Kampi CMD’s standard bearer when he was not a member of the party and that he was hurriedly sworn in as one shows some dysfunction in that organization.

    However, I think Lakas Kampi CMD made a great decision in choosing Gilbert “G1BO” Teodoro as the party’s standard bearer. In fact, I think Lakas Kampi CMD plainly does not deserve Gilbert “G1BO” Teodoro as its standard bearer at all. Pearls shouldn’t be cast to swine.

    Toto Gonzalez

  33. Nani Sy said,

    March 9, 2010 at 8:02 am

    “Gilbert’s role which is as the decoy candidate and that the unofficial GMA bet is Villar”- Uhmm… where did this information come from?

    Lakas Kampi CMD has always maintained support for G1BO and all of their candidates. The Villaroyo thing is just another ploy to try to drag down both administration and NP candidates by the “ahem” party. It only goes to show how desperate they are and how they have made mudslinging an integral part of their strategy to win.

    Others may think that voting for a seemingly chance-less candidate is a waste of their good votes. But remember our votes represent our conscience and conviction. And I quote this from an article I read- “We should also vote for a candidate not only for him or her to win, but also to be counted among those that voted for the most capable among the candidates, and for the ideals and platform that candidate espoused.”

  34. Myles Garcia said,

    March 8, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    The small film, THE HURT LOCKER, beat the heavy favorite, AVATAR. There is still hope.

  35. Mimi Hernando said,

    March 5, 2010 at 1:20 am

    I am voting for G1BO because he is the most qualified among all the presidential candidates. He does not resort to mudslinging nor take potshots at other candidates, that alone says alot about the character of a person. It’s about time that the electorate mature and vote beyond party lines, look past political intrigues especially those coming from political rivals and those who claim to be “personally in the know” of the candidates.

  36. marco philippe araneta said,

    March 4, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Gilbert Teodoro has double crossed someone very close to him yet again. After using him to avoid the embarrassing but true fact that no one wants to be Gilbert Teodoro’s running mate, he has left Edu Manzano on his own and out to dry with no support and funding. As a result, Edu is now in hiding in Hong Kong because of death threats from Lakas Kampi CMD not to expose the true nature of Gilbert’s role which is as the decoy candidate and that the unofficial GMA bet is Villar. If I were to coerce and use someone to save my face in an election, I would at least give them funding since I’ll be dragging their name in the mud. This just reiterates his real “sterling” qualities of being disloyal, ungrateful, and i would replace “brilliant” with “cunning” ( although even that is too generous – he’s more like a puppet or robot – an old model at that ).

  37. marco philippe araneta said,

    March 4, 2010 at 7:56 am

    No one believed in Gilbert Teodoro more than his uncle Danding. Danding supported him financially and emotionally for more than nine years, so much so that he was labeled his political son. Gilbert Teodoro will turn on anyone who isn’t his controlling wife and just disappoint everyone. Not only will he not amount to anything, he will drag down a bunch of wasted votes in the process. Disloyal and ungrateful people like him are nothing but writing in the sand. I commend all of you for showing the “loyalty even when the funding runs out” quality that he lacks. Well, I guess he deserves some votes. It would be terrible if he got zero votes.

  38. Dr. Taddy Buyson Gonzales said,

    March 4, 2010 at 2:48 am

    it is a “conscience vote”.
    win or lose, you cast your vote on the candidate whom you believe is the most competent and most highly qualified to lead the country to a higher level.

    how can you gamble the future of the country on a “ninny as a president” as Ipe aptly said?

  39. March 4, 2010 at 12:11 am

    My vote will go not necessarily to the best candidate but to the candidate who will do the least harm.

  40. Myles Garcia said,

    March 3, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Tibo? LL, you’re voting for a non-existent candidate?

    I guess if you vote for who you think is a likely winner rather than whom you think is the best candidate, then does that guarantee you a good night’s sleep?

    Gretchen Oppen-Cojuangco? What does she know — aside form being a rich man’s wife? With remarks like hers, who needs an aunt or a relative like that? I sure wouldn’t.

    And they said Truman couldn’t beat Dewey, huh? History can repeat itself ya know.

  41. March 3, 2010 at 4:14 am


    BUT I WILL BET MY ENTIRE FORTUNE AND TITLES OF LAND that GIBO and NONOY will lose. Hahahahahahahahahahaha

    THAT’s why I have abandoned this BLOG till after the erections, it’s too green for this La Sallite.

    Seriously folks, I adore your enthusiam for your ” best candidate ” but imagine the gnashing of all your collective teeth when GIBO gets BIGO, as Gretchen Oppen Cojuangco said ” Anyone, please anyone but GEEBOH. ”

    Hahahahahahahahahahaha. LOSERS WEEPERS LOOSERS WEEPERS


  42. Toffee Tionko said,

    March 3, 2010 at 2:46 am

    Gibo will make a good President.

  43. Ipê Nazareno said,

    March 2, 2010 at 2:49 pm


    I think pointing out the intellectual shortcomings of a candidate for the highest office of the land is fair game. After all, who’d want a ninny as President?

  44. March 2, 2010 at 8:05 am


    Your comment is still there under the blog post “Politics of the Tiger.” exactly where you uploaded it. 🙂

    Toto Gonzalez

  45. Anton Sy said,

    March 2, 2010 at 5:37 am

    *Sigh* nawala rin…

  46. Ipê Nazareno said,

    March 2, 2010 at 1:43 am


    Your post reminds me of the joke in the late 80s about Cory which can be applied to her son. It goes: Corazon (pointing to the heart), Si! Aqui (pointing to the head), No!

  47. Josh Moya said,

    March 1, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    I think calling Noynoy as “coconut is just not that sharp” is a little harsh. I know that we should respect each other’s opinion here but I’m just wondering if those people who call Noynoy as such have the qualifications to say so. We can say Gibo, Manny, or whoever we like to vote as brilliant or stellar but no need for such insults.

  48. Presy Guevara said,

    March 1, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Go Gibo! Go Gibo! Go Gibo!
    Give na give kami kay Gibo!

  49. Edwin D. Castro said,

    March 1, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Though I consider myself a ‘jolog’, I am voting for G1BO. He is the only candidate who does not promise to give what the parasite masses wants. Instead, he promises to make the government lay the foundation, so we can achieve our dreams on our own. Others are pure “trapo.” G1BO is the Philippines’ Lee Kuan Yew.

  50. Myles Garcia said,

    February 28, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Anyone with any common sense would of course pick the MOST QUALIFIED candidate.. which in this case, would be G1BO. Trouble is many Pilipinos have many other interferences in their deductive thinking processes. Sigh.

  51. Nani Sy said,

    February 28, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Hi Toto been reading your blog for a very long time but this is the first time I’m going to comment.

    We have a friend that is a former SC Justice. He became a professor of both G1BO and Noynoy. When asked to describe G1BO he had nothing but the best remarks and said that he is truly intelligent and truly qualified for the presidency. When asked about Noynoy? well for better words lets just say his coconut is just not that sharp.

    We also have a friend from the PSE. When they did a Q&A with some presidentiables whom did she consider the most qualified for the presidency? G1BO. They were really impressed about his answers to their questions. When asked about Noynoy? Well for better words lets just say his coconut is just not that sharp.

  52. Rina Dy said,

    February 28, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I am also for G1BO. Most of the people I know are also for G1BO.

  53. February 27, 2010 at 6:09 pm


    Certainly not. My decision to vote for Gibo Teodoro is NOT a “class thing.” I simply believe in his capacity to lead: that incredible brain and that focused, electric energy will be able to bring the Philippines to economic prosperity; that social conscience will be able to considerably lessen the culture of corruption in government; that wit will be able to outsmart the entrenched crooks and corrupt systems in government; that sense of responsibility, that inborn “noblesse oblige,” and humility will make him earnestly seek workable solutions to the lingering poverty of the majority.

    I believe in him. Period.

  54. Alicia Perez said,

    February 27, 2010 at 3:55 pm


    Is it possible that your decision [ and mine ] to vote for Gibo Teodoro is merely a “class thing”? We all know that the affluent, the middle class, the educated, the professionals, the college students, the strivers, and the aspiring are the ones totally sold on G1BO.

    The Rich are not voting for Manny Villar as they are all too familiar with his unethical business practices [ oh, some of them are: “birds of the same feather flock together” ] They are not voting for Erap Estrada because they still remember his shyster cronies and how business came to a total halt during his tenure. They are not voting for Noynoy Aquino because they don’t believe he has the capacity to lead; they would rather have his controversial sister Kris, who can be a sure winner anytime.

    The Majority are voting for Manny Villar, Erap Estrada, and Noynoy Aquino. They just cannot grasp the sterling qualities of Gibo Teodoro.

    G1BO doesn’t have the “Wowowee” crowd YET… but he’s working on them!!!

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