Serious questions, stupid answers

Yes, I foresee that this blog post will definitely stir up a political hornet’s nest in the Internet… but these are serious, very serious, questions which every Filipino must address now, or forever hold his peace.

I have no objections to the election of Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Cojuangco Aquino III as the President of the Republic of the Philippines.  Yes, I openly and frankly supported the presidential bid of his far more educated, far more accomplished, and far more capable maternal second cousin Gilberto Eduardo Gerardo “Gibo” Cojuangco Teodoro Jr..  And I will never, ever regret it.  To this day, I still maintain, and always will, that Gilberto Teodoro Jr., in the light of his myriad qualifications, should be the President of the Philippines.  But given that current impossibility, I am amenable to having Benigno Aquino III as the President.  I hold him solely responsible for upholding and honoring the heroic and altruistic legacies of his legendary father, Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Aquino Jr., and his venerable mother, Corazon “Cory” Sumulong Cojuangco.  They are very, very, very hard acts to follow, but I am sure that Benigno III is, despite all perceived shortcomings, genetically hardwired to follow in their august footsteps.

I eagerly anticipated the national elections because I knew that the results would represent the current mindset of my countrymen and the state of my nation.  I looked forward to the numerical evidences that my countrymen had finally become more educated, matured, improved, and hence have become more discerning citizens.

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DISMAL.  VERY DISMAL.  INCREDULOUSLY DISMAL.

What the numbers revealed was nothing more than a dismal reality.  It was so dismal that it blew my mind.

Juan de la Cruz… How could we???!!!  How could WE…???!!!

How could we have given that mere number of 3,500,000 votes to someone so clearly deserving of the Philippine presidency as Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro???!!!

How could we have given that mere number of votes to someone so clearly deserving of the Philippine vice-presidency, perhaps even more, as Mar Roxas???!!!

And on the distaff side…

???!!!  How could we have given all those 8,400,000 votes to the deposed Joseph “Erap” Estrada and make him the second placer for President???!!!

???!!!  How could we have given all those votes to Jejomar Binay???!!!  Yes, there are all those benefits — free birthday cake, Php 1,000.00/xx cash birthday gift, and all-you-can-watch movies for seniors [ in posh Rockwell, if one wishes ], free public grade school and high school tuition, books, school supplies, bags, uniforms for the youth, but how exactly do those come about???

How could we have given the top three slots in the Philippine Senate to movie action stars Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla, and Lito Lapid???!!!  Are we finally going to shoot the ultimate Pinoy action movie???

[ Personally, I think it is the job of actors and actresses to look good, hone their craft and do it well, entertain their audiences effectively, stay behind the cameras, and remain onstage.  On the distaff side however, it is not the fault of highly-educated and accomplished politicians like Atty. Gilbert Teodoro, Ralph Recto, Atty. Adel Tamano, et. al. if they also possess matinee idol looks since they already have the great brains and the difficult training in the first place. ]

How could we have reelected all those aged pit bulls and rottweilers for the umpteenth time to the Philippine Senate???!!!  Shouldn’t we renew it with fresh blood?

Pampanga, how could we have given all those votes of the 2nd congressional district to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo???!!!  Granting the fact that she has been a workaholic, intelligent, and effective President for 10 years [ at least we had a president who used her considerable brains and worked, worked hard, and worked regular hours, plus overtime, unlike… ]… shouldn’t we give a more idealistic, younger, and newer leader a chance to prove his/her mettle just like we did PGMA?

Ilocos Norte, how could we have made all three Marcoses — Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., Imelda Romualdez-Marcos, and Ma. Imelda “Imee” Marcos — win their respective positions???!!!  Of course the years 1965-1986 were the boom years for Ilocos Norte, Leyte, and Manila, but do we have any idea what it was like for everybody else???  How could we repeatedly elect the vestiges and heirs of an infamous, reviled, and hated 21-year strongman rule/dictatorship to renewed power and influence???!!!

KUNG TAYO AY NAGUGUTOM, KUNG TAYO AY WALANG TRABAHO, KUNG TAYO AY BAON SA UTANG, WALA TAYONG KARAPATANG DUMAING.  HINAYAAN NATIN ITO.  GINUSTO NATIN ITO.  MAGDUSA TAYO, PILIPINAS.  DAHIL HANGGANG DITO NA LANG TAYO.  MGA SINUMPANG KAPUSPALAD.

I point a straight, accusing finger at the Filipino electorate and populace and you can damn me all you want but I will point at you again and again and again…!!!   😦   😦   😦

OHMYGOD.

OHMYGOD.

OHMYGOD.  WE HAVE NOT LEARNED.  WE HAVE NOT LEARNED ANYTHING!!!  ANYTHING AT ALL!!!

MY GOD, MY GOD, WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO DESERVE THIS???!!!

The National Hero Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. declared:  “The Filipino is worth dying for.”  I seriously doubt that now.  I’m more inclined towards Marie Antoinette’s apocryphal “Let them eat cake!!!”

Do we finally give up at this point???  Perhaps we should.

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55 Comments

  1. Nona Pimentel said,

    February 19, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    I believe that to truly have a clean and honest election is to educate the masses. But I also believe that it would probably take us more than a hundred years to achieve that. The marginalized members of our citizenry (masses) majority of them based on historical records, for some obvious reasons would, unfortunately, sell their votes to the highest bidder. And they comprise about 70% of the electorates and naturally their votes will speak in the end. We don’t have to wait for a hundred years to elect the people’s choice. In my opinion we can do the following things: A) Pass a bill that would strictly screen all candidates particularly for Congress, Senate and the Executive level, the VP and the Presidential positions. The screening should be based on psychological, physical, & aptitude exams…past criminal and insanity records etc. if any, should be brought out…and would be one of the reasons why any candidate shall be disqualified; Criteria should be set up for the exams. For these above-mentioned positions, a candidate must be at least a college graduate with a Bachelor’s degree. B) After passing all the required exams, a prospecting candidate may file his candidacy…Another bill should be passed in Congress that states that campaigning should be done entirely through the nationwide tv. and national/local radio broadcasts. Each candidate both for local and national will be given a time slot for air broadcast. I suggest for local three times a week say MWF and for National candidates TThS…Sunday is a free day, no campaigning. Due to the limited airtime broadcast, campaigning can be done for a 4 month period. All expenses will be shouldered 70% government and 30% by the accredited Parties..Bill boards will be allowed near the city halls or provincial halls only. C) Another bill should be passed by Congress that will allow a maximum 3 Political Parties only in the country. If this is done, we can achieve an equal exposure of the candidates to the public without tainting our trust in the government and sacredness of our ballots at the minimum expense. We would be eliminating the chances of cheating and vote buying…and more importantly the requirements for selection of candidates assure us that at least we have highly qualified people who could possibly run our government. Then most probably we are on the right track toward achieving a corruption-free country….

  2. tomas pablo san andres said,

    May 30, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    from the start naman, mar had been fooling the public, ginamit pa si korina na antipatika sa ABCD.

    meron syang padyak gimmick, ang joke naman naka ferragamo pa sya and hindi na uso yung padyak, de-motor na ang mga tricycles.

    mr. palangke pero alam naman ng lahat never sya nagpupunta sa palengke kahit na katabi lang nila.

    yung lower medicines bill bola lang pala, full page sa inquirer sunod sunod..

    tapos nationwide pa ang pag propose nya kay korina sa wowowee, naiyak pa pero pinagtawanan lamang dahil tears of regrets, fake romance lang, para sa masa.

    namanhikan pa, ang tatanda na nila, katuwa tuwa lamang.

    grand national wedding of the year, parang young lovers, alam naman ng lahat meron ng anak si mar sa labas at ang mga balita tungkol kay korina, panis na.

    dahil sa ondoy, scaled down ang reception, pero kung tapat sila cancelled na lang sana, ang mahal pa raw ng dream wedding gown, what was that for?

    fake na fake si mar at korina and the public could see thru..

  3. Alicia Perez said,

    May 27, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Larry:

    G. All of the above

    What mystifies, nay discombobulates, me the most was how perfectly sensible, very intelligent, and highly-educated people — we are talking about individuals who did their undergrads at Ateneo, De La Salle, UP, Assumption, Saint Scholastica’s… who then took their masterals and doctorals at Harvard, Yale, Cambridge, Northwestern, Duke, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and all [ friends, actually ] — DID NOT VOTE FOR MAR ROXAS simply BECAUSE they didn’t/don’t like KORINA SANCHEZ!!!??? Being a committed G1BO-MAR supporter, I tried so hard to convince them to vote for Mar Roxas, but they flatly refused simply because Korina Sanchez was his missus. Talk about cerebral technocrats!

    Tell me, because I don’t know: What terrible things has Korina Sanchez done to deserve all the brickbats?

    Alicia Perez

  4. May 27, 2010 at 6:25 am

    PLEASE pick only one letter in the following multiple choice query ….

    Mar and Korina Roxas are …

    A. SURE LOSERS .
    B. SORE LOSERS .
    C. SOUR grapes.
    D. HOPELESSLY hoping.
    E. STAR CROSSED LOVERS
    F. Mr. and Mrs. Hubris
    G. All of the above

    Leave your answer in a post below this, I am taking a survey.

  5. Ipê Nazareno said,

    May 26, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Manila has been abuzz about the fact that President-Elect Aquino has offered the post of Executive Secretary (called by the Philippine Press as the “Little President”) to Atty. Paquito Ochoa — a lawyer who has served as the President-Elect’s personal legal counsel since 1998.

    Atty. Ochoa, who is called Jojo by his friend, is a partner of the Marcos, Ochoa, Serapio, and Tan Law Firm. The “Marcos” name in the Firm refers to Atty. Louise Araneta-Marcos — wife of Senator-Elect Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.

  6. Myles Garcia said,

    May 25, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    I have one word for those Ilocanos del Norte y del Sur … S – U – C – K – E – R – S!!!

    Filipinos seem never to have heard of an old adage:

    Fooled me once, shame on you
    Fooled me twice, shame on me!

    How come? Sadly, my ex-countrymen have nobody else to blame for their continued mediocre governance but themselves.

  7. Jean G. Lopez said,

    May 25, 2010 at 9:59 am

    i agree, the votes for estrada were disgusting and made me so ashamed to be a filipino. i actually heard a lot of my students say that their parents voted for estrada because they believed his promise that he would change and not make nakaw anymore. helllloooooo!!!!! it’s not just stupidity, these morons who fill their kids’ heads with shit like this are hopelessly brain-dead. as for binay’s rampant cheating to fix the machines, if they actually pronounce him the winner over mar roxas, the comelec is even more brain-dead than the millions of cretins who voted estrada. my manicurista told me she and her entire barangay from iloilo were paid one thousand pesos each to vote for jejomar binay. she said they took the money but voted mar roxas. so why do the results show antique province voting jejomar binay by a landslide when that’s solid mar roxas territory? are we actually going to just swallow these cretins? and don’t get me started with the magnanakaw dynasty of the marcoses. it’s understandable that they have the solid backing of the ilocanos, but how kapal that they actually make campaign promises to help the country when actually their sole purpose in life is to continue in the tradition of pagnanakaw. yes toto, i join you in your disgust!!!!!

  8. May 24, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Jejemon is our new VICE GANDA !

  9. Mike V. Jugo said,

    May 22, 2010 at 3:13 am

    Toto:

    You’re welcome. 🙂 Hope to see you soon.

    God bless!

    Mike

  10. May 21, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Mike:

    Thank you for the knowledgeable comment.

    We want more input re: election results from IT-savvy techies like you. 🙂

    Cheers!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  11. tomas pablo san andres said,

    May 21, 2010 at 11:39 am

    kung meron cheating, yung mga panalo ang suspects dahil sila ang nag benefit.

    that’s the most logical conclusion.

  12. Mike V. Jugo said,

    May 21, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Hi Toto. 🙂

    As a software developer, I think it’s definitely a lot easier to cheat in this election. I actually read the audit of the Smartmatic/TIM software, and I’m amazed that it was allowed to be used… well, of course I’m not surprised.

    Also, the rumor among some software developers I’ve talked to is that the true owner of Smartmatic/Tim is FG ( as suspected by Loida Nicolas-Lewis ). We heard that rumor 3 years ago or so.

    Those people claiming that there’s cheating going on are missing the most important component: the code of the software. The code hasn’t been completely reviewed. After the auditors gave their review and indicated that there are over 4,000 bugs/errors, the code was never submitted for reevaluation.

  13. Alicia Perez said,

    May 21, 2010 at 5:00 am

    Myles,

    It’s not a question of Gibo Teodoro or Noynoy Aquino being the US-educated “American boy.” It is who will capitulate more easily to US pressure to reestablish its armed forces/military bases in Mindanao. THAT is the question and the be-all and end-all of this election exercise in futility. That is why Noynoy Aquino won the election by a long shot. Do you think the Americans could give a rat’s ass about a mere Philippine president’s academic qualifications, even if gained in the USA? Try asking Osama bin Laden.

    For the record, Myles, I have long thought that democracy in the Philippines should really shut down since it hasn’t been working for 112 years anyway [ since 1898 ].

    The pre-election surveys conducted with their scientific methodology were relatively accurate and useful. For the past two elections, they have been accurate with only a 2 % margin of error. After all, their operators are squabbling masterals alumni of the University of Chicago.

    However, it was in the crucial stage of the transmission of results that all the expected chicanery set in. Evidence is surfacing hour by hour, day by day. If you lived here in Manila, you would be aware of the rapid developments as they happen.

    Yes, like Toto, I cannot believe how we can elect fools, idiots, and imbeciles [ to quote Disney’s Maleficent in “Sleeping Beauty” ], along with criminal spawn, to public office.

    I agree with you that the Philippines still has an uninformed electorate. God help us.

    Alicia Perez

  14. Myles Garcia said,

    May 20, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Alicia, if anything Gibo would’ve been more the ‘American’ boy than Noynoy. Yes, BA spent a few of his teenage years in the U.S., but Gibo qualified to get to Harvard on his own merit–and I think that would sit more squarely with American ‘qualifications.’

    If, like the Erap crowd, you claim massive, wholesale cheating with automated elections–as people would also claim with the old-fashioned system of hand-counting, then one might as well throw in the towel, shut down the democracy since nothing will work honestly.

    I believe the pre-election surveys and the results are right. Each one bears the other out. And this is a scientific methodology working with what is still basically a primitive society in terms of candidate choice. Don’t blame the messenger if the message is highly flawed.

    Again, look at the results…the ex-movie stars (and ex-dictator’s kin) with barely a legitimate college degree to their name, triumphed over at least two promising candidates with Harvard and honest public service on their resume – Messrs. Teodoro and Tamano.

    Alicia, maybe one should accept that the Philippines is still basically a 3rd world country at heart and mind. Perhaps it will take another 80 years when the population would of course be 250 million, for the electorate to reach a level of wise and informed sophistication. For now, the people just love the widow’s heir.

  15. Alicia Perez said,

    May 20, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Toto,

    Of course, we all know that G1BO TEODORO got more, much more, than just 3,500,000 votes. Perhaps we knew that he wouldn’t win over Noynoy Aquino, but we certainly knew that he would get millions of votes, not just a paltry 3.5 M. Just watch the various G1BO TEODORO sorties all over the country on video.

    He was cheated out of millions of votes. We were cheated out of millions of votes. How, we didn’t know then, but now we do.

    Brilliant computer hackers were hired to sabotage the results in favor of the Powers that Be. By that, we don’t mean President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her cohorts. We mean the United States of America. Let’s just hope that they won’t do to Noynoy Aquino what they did to Ramon Magsaysay.

    There are very valid reasons why the Arab world hates the United States of America.

    Everybody, go figure.

    Alicia Perez

  16. tomas pablo san andres said,

    May 20, 2010 at 10:50 am

    James Jimenez and Larrazabal of Comelec have been upright in all their answers. They definitely sound honest and trustworthy. They are consistent, they have worked well for this to succeed.

    the results are awful, not as we all wished it to be, pero ganun yun.

    and then now comes these allegations of cheatings.

    the two have answered credibly.

    until someone can prove convincingly na meron cheating na nangyari that altered the popular results, lahat ng yan gimmick lamang ng mga politicians.

    let’s move on, pagod na mga tao…

  17. May 19, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Myles:

    Sorry for us.

    For the generations after us who didn’t experience the Marcos regime 1965-1986, THE MARCOSES ARE NOW THE EPITOME OF NOSTALGIC 1970S HIP AND COOL.

    Wasn’t it Joseph Estrada who said: “Weather weather lang ang buhay…” 😛

    Toto Gonzalez

  18. Myles Garcia said,

    May 19, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    marco philippe araneta + government perception = Gulag Mentality, horribly misinformed.

  19. Presy Guevara said,

    May 19, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    The latest shocker is the allegation of cheating by an unidentified Comelec employee trying to get paid by politicians who agreed to the cheating. The witness was concealed by a hat and a mask but his printed shirt could be an identifier. It was broadcast on TFC yesterday on TV Patrol and Balitang America. If we add up the stolen votes from Gibo and Erap, the reduction from the purported winners will bring Erap to the forefront. Binay needs a lot of testimony to disprove the accusation. If proven, this cheating may still make Mar the VP. Those who trusted Gibo will further be elated even he did not win.

  20. marco philippe araneta said,

    May 19, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Noy + Marcoses + MAR = Cool Government!

  21. marco philippe araneta said,

    May 19, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Keeping my fingers crossed for MAR! 🙂

  22. May 18, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    […] via remembrance of things awry. […]

  23. Myles Garcia said,

    May 17, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Here is a compromise in the Aquino swearing-in/out Corona/baranggay capt flap:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100516/ap_on_re_as/as_japan_robot_wedding

    “TOKYO – Almost everyone stood when the bride walked down the aisle in her white gown, but not the wedding conductor, because she was bolted to her chair.

    The nuptials at this ceremony were led by “I-Fairy,” a 4-foot (1.5-meter) tall seated robot with flashing eyes and plastic pigtails. Sunday’s wedding was the first time a marriage had been led by a robot, according to manufacturer Kokoro Co.

    “Please lift the bride’s veil,” the robot said in a tinny voice, waving its arms in the air as the newlyweds kissed in front of about 50 guests.

    The wedding took place at a restaurant in Hibiya Park in central Tokyo, where the I-Fairy wore a wreath of flowers and directed a rooftop ceremony. Wires led out from beneath it to a black curtain a few feet (meters) away, where a man crouched and clicked commands into a computer.

    Japan has one of the most advanced robotics industries in the world, with the government actively supporting the field for future growth. Industrial models in factories are now standard, but recently Japanese companies are making a push to inject robots into everyday life.”

    If a robot can perform a wedding ceremony, then so can it swear in a president elected by new optical machines!! It’s a good thing the robot didn’t malfunction and say “Please lift the bride’s skirt…” 🙂 🙂

  24. Myles Garcia said,

    May 17, 2010 at 6:30 am

    Ipe, it’s really immaterial why IRM ran wherever.

    My thought was a rhetorical one requiring no sane answer or explanation. Don’t get too hung up on technicalities. 😉

  25. Ipê Nazareno said,

    May 17, 2010 at 2:23 am

    Myles,

    Re your post no. 23, I think the reason why Mrs. Marcos ran in Ilocos Norte is not because she has no chance to win in Leyte. It is because Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez (son of her brother, Kokoy) is the incumbent Congressman in her district and he ran for re-election (and, incidentally, won).

    She represented Rep. Romualdez’s district in 1995-1998 and, thereafter, turned over the position in 1998 to another nephew, Alfred Romualdez (son of her other brother, Bejo). Alfred has just been elected Mayor of Tacloban.

  26. Willy Carpio said,

    May 16, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    People vote for candidates they believe in and see something in them that deserves their vote. Perhaps we should do something more than criticize and exercise our right of suffrage so that majority of the Filipino people can see and be aware of the things that we are aware of. People in Pampanga particularly those in the 2nd District did not necessarily vote out of stupidity. A lot of them voted for Pineda and Arroyo because they do believe that these two can best represent their interests. As someone who has supported Among Ed and Adonis Simpao, I feel sad thay they did not win the election. But I respect my cabalen’s right to choose their representative. The task now is for us who believe in good governance to reflect and perhaps do more so that we can make our cabalens see that there are more qualified and deserving of their vote.

  27. tomas pablo san andres said,

    May 16, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    what was the elections all about?

    a big slap on our faces.

    by the same characters we just love to hate over and over and over

  28. Alicia Perez said,

    May 16, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Joke du jour:

    “Ninoy has died, Noynoy has risen, and Peping will come again…”

    Ha ha ha!!!

  29. steve betts said,

    May 16, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Some editing needed in my last comment. Please feel free, Toto. Thanks!

  30. steve betts said,

    May 15, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    well, things are not as they seem as we think after all. Massive reeducation is needed. People in the provinces have to fully understand that taxes come from their decrepit pockets, AND they vote into office the people who will spend their money. Unless this connection is made using a lilting campaign jingle that will be sung from abra to jolo, they’re doomed. they don’t seem to get it!

  31. Myles Garcia said,

    May 15, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    I love the Inquirer heading: Aquino can swear before anyone…Palace.

    Pres Noynoy: I, Benigo Aquino the 3rd, f**kingly #*%@^#!!

    Ipe and thomas, sigh. Don’t you get the new President’s tactic? By not using the Chief Justice, he is therefore sparing Corona any profanities and will be swearing at a lowly barangay captain instead!! 🙂 🙂

  32. Myles Garcia said,

    May 15, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    I hope Noynoy Aquino takes his oath from Ai-Ai de las Alas or Nora Aunor! 🙂

  33. Myles Garcia said,

    May 15, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Well, Toto, obviously in Batac, Ilocos Norte, they are celebrating the feast of “Nuestra Senora de los Ojos Grandes y las Joyas Mas Grandes.” 🙂 One wonders why she decided to run in that benighted province rather than in her native turf of Leyte? Could it be something that the Warays know but the Ilocanos don’t?? And those northerners swallowed her/their story hook, line and sinker.

    They deserve each other. I hope they pillage and rob the Ilocano treasury one more time. But of course knowing Filipinos, they’ll never know what bit them. 🙂

  34. Paz Atienza said,

    May 15, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I heard that story about Peping campaigning for a NoyBi tandem instead of NoyMar. And it came from a member of Noynoy’s campaign team. My gosh, what were they thinking????

    And I am really disappointed at some of our voters who merely accepted a few pesos in exchange for votes for the likes of Lito Lapid, Bong Revilla, Lani Mercado, Manny Pacquiao and a host of others who do not even deserve a seat in the Senate or in Congress. They’re mushrooming everywhere and we have to grin and bear them, all because majority of our voters were either star struck or were just plain stupid.

  35. Ipê Nazareno said,

    May 15, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Tomas,

    The President-Elect’s position on the Corona issue is very dangerous. The Supreme Court has already ruled WITH FINALITY that President Arroyo has the power to appoint the Chief Justice to replace the Hon. Reynante Puno.

    The Supreme Court is the final arbiter on constitutional issues. So whether or not somebody agrees with a decision handed down by the Supreme Court, once a decision becomes final and executory, that decision becomes part of the law of the land.

    The President-Elect’s refusal to recognize this may lead to a constitutional crisis.

    Moreover, it seems obvious that the people around the President-Elect who are advocating the hard-ball tact on the Corona appointment — namely former Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz and former Solicitor General Simeon Marcelo, are doing so because of vested personal interests.

    It is clear that Cruz and Marcelo are vocal against the Corona appointment only because they want to see the founder of their Law Office, Justice Antonio Carpio, to be chosen Chief Justice instead of Corona.

  36. Rina Dy said,

    May 15, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    How about the alleged preprogrammed flash cards ? They had to recall 70,000 FC’s to preprogram to favor a particular candidate/s?

  37. tomas pablo san andres said,

    May 15, 2010 at 8:06 am

    i cast my vote for aquino and roxas pero now i regret, talagang nalungkot ako!

    his refusal to accept justice corona as the new chief justice is in my opinion very childish.
    para siyang isang brat saying he’d rather be sworn in by a barangay captain.
    hindi na sya naiba kay kris, kulang sa pansin din pala.

    lumalabas tama si erap when he said noynoy should be humble like his mother.

    sana nalang he took the high road, kept his mouth shut on this matter, president elect na sya, the people showed they like him and they expect him to be above petty things like that.

    what’s this with people like them?

    mar naman said something about binay that binay cannot be trusted etc..
    that’s going down the gutter, parang bata nakikipag labanan.
    nakakaawa na sya with what happened to his downfall, he had our sympathy until on his first interview after may 10, nagsalita pa sya about binay when he was told binay said noynoy can sleep well with him as the vice as he will not grab noynoy’s position.
    his response was uncalled for.

    then this jamby, her mouth is so foul when she attacks people, sabi pa nya she’s different dahil she is a product of a boarding school.

    ang mga batang tulad nila mga brats in public, kulang sa pansin.

    ngayon after all this, ang lumalabas na honorable candidates are sina Gibo, Perlas, JC.
    they conducted themselves decently, consistently.
    no negative words about their opponents, they were collected, hindi pikon sumagot, educado sa mga salita nila.

    THEY WERE ABOVE THE CHEAP CANDIDATES LIKE THOSE MENTIONED.

    and we thought they had a BETTER shot at education, napanganak na privileged, all educated abroad, akala ko hope of our country sila.
    mabuti pa si paquiao, likable, humble, mas educado in public..

  38. Sabin Arranz said,

    May 15, 2010 at 5:40 am

    By the way, I was talking to a friend of mine in Manila. He said:

    “You know the old catchphrase ‘Erap para sa mahirap’? Well, I think there might be a new one: ‘Jejomar para sa jejemon.'”

    Haha…

  39. Sabin Arranz said,

    May 15, 2010 at 5:36 am

    I completely understand your sentiments, Toto, and I tend to agree.

    I mean, come on! Binay, really? Estrada, for fuck’s sake?! For lack of a better word, it’s “nakakasuka”. Actually, “nakakasuka” is charitable. I say STUPID. STUPID STUPID STUPID. People never learn.

    The common Juan de la Cruz who keeps voting for such buffoons have will have nobody to blame but himself as he continues to wallow in poverty while the objects of his idolatry continue to plunder the treasury and squeeze every last centavo they possibly can from taxpayers, businesses, and vested interests.

  40. Ipê Nazareno said,

    May 14, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Alicia,

    I am not amused with your post no. 17.

    Calling people insane and uncivil just because he or she did not support the candidates you supported is just uncalled for.

    For the record, I voted for Jojo Binay because I find him to be the most capable amongst all the Vice-Presidential candidates. I am proud to have voted for him.

    I do not vote in Isabela but, if I did, I would probably vote for Boji* D*. We are somehow related by affinity (my aunt married his uncle). I’ve known him since we were playing “cops and robbers” and catching dragonflies in my aunt’s old house in Pasay.

    If I were Kapampangan, I would probably not vote for Pineda BUT I do understand why Panlilio lost. He just was not an effective Governor and he failed to connect with the masses.

    I’ve been contributing to this blog for more than 3 years. Am I less “your kind” just because I voted for a candidate that you do not support? Am I considered a person who has no class because of this?

    Maybe what should be deleted is your utter lack of respect for people who do not share your views.

  41. Alicia Perez said,

    May 14, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Toto,

    Goodness, these positively insane people who get into this blog: pro-Binay, pro-Pacquiao, et. al.. Definitely NOT our kind. They should be shunted to a mental asylum.

    Can’t you screen the kind of people who get in here? Can’t we have a password or a code to enter this domain of class and civility? Can’t you just DELETE them?

    I am not amused.

    Alicia Perez

  42. Jenny Almeda said,

    May 14, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Aling Dionisia Pacquiao for Congresswoman!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  43. Josh Moya said,

    May 14, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Keep your cool Toto… the wrinkles will show. But I agree with you… what the hell happened? Well, let’s look at the bright side, imagine if Noynoy did not run and Erap won… Ewww! I’ll start packing my clothes to my Goyard duffel bag and leave this dump immediately. Let’s face it, in a country where poverty is rampant; un-educated people can easily be swayed by P1,000 & a birthday cake. I don’t find anything wrong with the Marcos’s winning in Ilocos… they made what it is now, the same goes for President Arroyo (or shall I say Hon Rep Arroyo) who showered the province with projects when she was (is still) president. But here is the shocking part… MANNY PACQUIAO AS CONGRESSMAN? KADIRI!

  44. Toffee Tionko said,

    May 14, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Ipe,

    You’re right about the events you’ve enumerated. #6 is also a story. Paquiao beat the Chiongbians in Sarangani.

    Congress will surely be interesting to watch this season. We will have the likes of GMA, Madame Imelda, Paquiao, and I’m sure a lot more interesting people.

  45. Josie Reyes said,

    May 14, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I am a businesswoman, I live in Makati, on the “right” side of EDSA, and I am totally for Jejomar C. Binay.

    He has made life better for all. Can you blame us who have benefited from his actions?

    Josie Reyes

  46. Ipê Nazareno said,

    May 14, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Toffee,

    Aside from Noynoy’s impressive win, I feel these are the big stories in the just concluded elections:

    1. Binay over Mar Roxas. With 90% of the votes tallied, he leads Mar by more than 800,000 Votes. This will leave Mar without any government position (his 6-year term as Senator expires this June and he cannot be appointed to any government position until May of next year).

    2. Kamag-Anak, Inc. vs. Hyatt-10 vs. the Chiz-Ping Lacson-Lito Banayo clique vs. the Mar Roxas faction.

    2. Erap! He is definitely still a force to reckon with. If the 6Million strong Iglesia ni Cristo endorsed Erap, we would not have Noynoy for President.

    3. Fr. Ed Panlilio and Grace Padaca losing in Pampanga and Isabela, respectively.

    4. The Marcoses are definitely back with: (a) Bongbong Marcos hovering between 6th to 7th place in the Senate race getting almost 40% of the vote nationally eclipsing even the likes of Ralph Recto, Serge Osmeña, Tito Sotto, and Lito Lapid; (b) Imee Marcos winning the Governorship by a landslide over cousin Mike Keon; and (c) the one and only Imelda Marcos returning to Congress.

    5. Pacquiao, contrary to Kris Aquino’s prediction, scored a knock out outside the boxing ring by defeating the long-ruling Chiongbians of Sarangani.

    6. Notwithstanding the long lines (I arrived at my polling precinct at 6:50am, I finished voting at 9:20am), the automation by the COMELEC and Smartmatic was generally quite successful especially the tabulation and transmission of the votes.

  47. Ipê Nazareno said,

    May 14, 2010 at 9:33 am

    THE HANDIWORK OF NOYNOY’S KAMAG-ANAK, INC.?

    Tingting Cojuangco (in response to a question if it were true that her husband Peping and his group secretly junked Mar Roxas for Binay): “The Roxas camp is only looking for someone to blame for his prospective loss.”

    Fr. Jun Mercado FMS of Notre Dame University in Cotabato (convenor of Mindanao for Noynoy-Mar): “Ang dala at kinampanya ng mga Cojuangco ay Noy-Bi, not Noy-Mar. They all came here [to Mindanao]. Tingting Cojuangco was here with Jun Simon.”

    Tingting Cojuangco “[Our family] is angry at the distrust from [the] Mar staff…. There begins the easing out of faithful workers. Blaming others to jockey for positions… Justifying funds for those who lost and spent because they misspent money. Sordid stories but true to life.”

    Mar Roxas: “Sino ba naman ang hindi masasaktan, magugulat. Ilang linggo lang nakalipas ay namamayagpag tayo, biglaan na lang ay mga pangyayaring hindi natin maiwasan. In the end we will all know the truth. God is not sleeping”

    Let the BLAME GAME begin!

    These were direct quotes from Tingting Cojuangco, Fr. Mercado, and Mar Roxas. Read about it in this article:

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/05/13/10/did-peping-camp-campaign-noy-bi

  48. Toffee Tionko said,

    May 14, 2010 at 6:49 am

    I expected Noynoy Aquino to win because of the Surveys. However, I am still speechless about Erap’s 2nd place, Binay’s lead, how badly Villar’s standing dropped, Noy-Mar v. Noy-Bi faction, the Marcos family return to power under an Aquino Admin, and the #1 and #2 positions of Revilla and Estrada in the Senate. I’m sure there are more events or facts worth mentioning.

    Amazing how unexpected many things turned out. However, the party is over. Its time to get back to work. Hopefully, we can all get this economy going again. Good luck to us all under this new administration.

    Cheers

  49. Myles Garcia said,

    May 14, 2010 at 6:02 am

    What the numbers mean is that outside Manila, maybe Cebu City and Iloilo, talagang tanga at hangal pa rin ang mga tao… PCOS machines or not. Those probinsiyanos will always (unknowingly) weigh down what’s good for the country.

    That’s why the founding fathers of the USA set up the USA’s Electoral College because in the 18th and early 19th centuries, they felt the general populace could not be trusted to vote for the right men, so a safeguard such as the Electoral College was instituted. (OK, occasionally, a dud (George W. Bush for example) will get through.) Anywho…

    I know this will always sound as the height of “aristokrata,” but once again… once a probinsiyano, always a probinsiyano. Maybe another 50 years before the backwoods electorate becomes an informed one. But note the votes from abroad… a little more informed. So barring the setup of a Pinoy Elektoral Kollege, I present these two proposals:

    1. All Filipino voters should at least take a round-the-world trip to open up their senses and sinuses a little before they can register. The annual trip to Mecca does NOT count.

    2. Failing that, restrict the voting in the next elections to just college graduates.

    Tapos. 🙂 🙂

  50. Jay Samson said,

    May 14, 2010 at 5:25 am

    I like this quote from John Milton:

    “They who would pluck out their eyes then denounce them for their blindness.”

    Or something like that.

    It’s our fault for keeping people stupid. Media who can be bought. Smart people who don’t teach. Or who would sooner leave than share.

  51. Randy Bugarin said,

    May 14, 2010 at 5:21 am

    It must be true that the human brain works best at a mean of 74 deg.F. This is supposed to be the average temperature in Southern California, and up to a few years back California was said to be one of the richest states in the world even if segregated from the rest of the US.

    Has anyone tried a statistical correlation of all countries’ economic status with their median temperature or climate? What about student performance in airconditioned vs. non-aircon classrooms?

  52. Ana Menguito said,

    May 14, 2010 at 12:38 am

    And another thing. We forgive so easily and forget so quickly. We succumb to flash-in-the-pan charisma. More than anything, we all love a savior who promises to end our poverty when it should be we ourselves doing so.

    This is where our optimism and general cheerfulness about life fail us. The douchebags we vote for rape and pillage our country to our faces and yet we do nothing except suck it up, cope and hope for ANOTHER savior. What. The. Hell.

  53. Ana Menguito said,

    May 14, 2010 at 12:33 am

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. We Filipinos, especially the jejemasses, have the voting maturity of 13-year-olds and Erap and his ilk are Justin Bieber.

  54. Robin Tan said,

    May 13, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    i still hope mar roxas wins there still is a chance and i dislike the results for quezon city mayor i don’t see any reason why people should have voted for herbert bautista he barely did anything not to mention his 300 million pesos worth of ghost projects really disappointing…

  55. Alicia Perez said,

    May 13, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Toto,

    It’s the “Wowwowwee” mentality. Dole-outs: getting good money without doing any work. There’s no better deal than that!

    Get over it, mister.

    It’s your fault for not watching noontime TV. I know it’s PPP — pedestrian, plebeian, and proletarian — but that’s why you don’t understand a lot of things.

    I blame Gabby Lopez and Willie Revillame.

    Alicia Perez


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