Saturday, May 30, 2009

Political Merger

One of the highlights in the political scene in the country was the merger of giant political parties in preparation for the May 2010 presidential election. The merger will face head on the opposition which is most likely to be led by former president Mr. Erap Estrada. Erap was removed from office and was charged with plunder but was acquitted later.

I don't know if the merger will help the candidates of the united ruling party after Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo suffered low popularity ratings in social surveys. Compare that to the charisma of Erap before the people.

Well, that remains to be seen. By the way, TRAPO (trapo in our language is dirty rag) comes from "traditional politicians"

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Dr. Hayden Kho and Katrina Halili Sex Video Scandal

Dr. Hayden Kho and Ms. Katrina Halili were unfortunate to have their video on their sexual acts being uploaded to the internet by another sick uploader/s for everyone to feast on it.

Alongside with the proliferation of the sex video scandal links on the net is the spread in mobile phones like wildfire jokes pertaining to the controversy. A sociologist came explaining that this is coping mechanism of the Filipino People. I beg to disagree on this point. The jokes are meant to criticize doctor (or director?) Kho who has been the laughing stock of these jokes. Sample: Beware of HAYDEN Camera. Another one: Kung sa Katri-na (When you're on the bed [katre means bed] ["na" loosely means "already"), magbantay sa Hayden kamera (beware of hidden camera).

I hope they will be able to surmount this controversy and trials in their lives and learn from this grave mistake. Whatever that mistake means. Anyway the people have shortlived memory. They will forget everything sooner or later :-).

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Reproductive Health Bill Issue

It is the people who bear the brunt over the continuing tug of war between the proponents of the reproductive health bill and the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippine and other groups which hold a view similar to that of the CBCP. Is there a common ground to begin with in order to push programs that make both or all sectors happy?

Friday, May 15, 2009

GMA's Pardon

The families of the victims of convicted murderers naturally cry foul when GMA pardoned these rich murderers. This is hurting no one but the victims' families. I don't know if GMA has considered this side of the coin when granting executive clemency to some controversial murder cases. If she is doing it then there should be no reason for the families to react strongly on the presidential pardon.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Change Politics Movement

As we need to change for the betterment of our countrymen, majority continue to wallow in grave poverty, we need to change the way we conduct our governance which can only be achieved through non-violent action. Change Politics Movement is one of the efforts that have resulted from the need to change our politics. This is the concept that CPM is pushing now in preparation for the upcoming election in May 2010.

According to Pete Rahon's blog Live Life! Love Life!, CPM has succeded in establishing core members from 38 provinces and cities like Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Butuan, Ormoc, Borongan, Mandaue, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Naga and Quezon City in the country. Pete Rahon also quoted Dinky Soliman, one of the interim national convenors of CPM, as saying: “We need to take back politics from corrupt politicians and make it the sacred covenant it is meant to be, between leaders and their constituencies."

I am always for the change in our politics that has been dominated by traditional politicians. I am always for the change in attitude of our voters especially the way they choose leaders which should be based on performance and vision for the people. Goodluck to the leaders behind CPM!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Economy not Politics?

So much doubt has been cast on Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's declaration that she is no longer interested in May 2010 race. But saying so does not mean she is not interested to remain in power. Seeking for reelection is not the only way for her to stay in power. In fact, some view the charter change move her political allies are doing in the Congress is a sign a maneuver that will benefit no other than GMA herself.

Anyways. In preparation for the upcoming May 2010 presidential election, many quarters and civil groups are already trying to endorse some personalities to run for the two top posts in the country on the basis that these personalities possess good qualities. Sadly, good qualities are not what candidates need to win but well-oiled political machinery, fortune to spend, and immense popularity. Add to these are guns and goons like what traditional politicians were doing in the past elections. Without those requirements, your vision will surely fail, an exercise in futility.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mulcting Councilors?

Excuse me,'s my pocket...

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

GMA on 2010 Presidential Race

She said it already that she is not seeking for another term. But the Charter Change (Cha-Cha) move in congress is viewed as GMA's manipulation, as pushed by her political allies like House Speaker Boy Nograles, to stay in power beyond 2010. Somewhere in some treads I read that GMA is making all the necessary prepartions to remain in Malacañang. That's their analysis. I just drew the scenario. :-)

Friday, May 1, 2009

On Jun Lozada's Fate

In our country, you tell the truth and you will be sorry. This is one of the views that the government is behind the recent harasssment against NBN-ZTE deal scam whistle blower and star witness Roldolfo "Jun" Lozada after he was arrested for a perjury case filed by former chief of staff Michael Defensor. Defensor was dragged into the multi-billion peso scam which Mr. Lozada blamed at the powers-that-be in Malacañang. Through this case, Defensor said he is going to clear his name.

If the government is for the truth, then why not protect Mr. Lozada from similar cases in order for the truth to come out? It won't happen. Actually, the government is also after for the throat of Mr. Lozada in order to silence him.