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We Are All God’s Children



ni Horacio Paredes


 Aprubado ng Catholic Bi­shops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) ang kantang We Are All God’s Children, bilang official theme song ng pinaka inaabangang pagbisita ni Pope Francis sa Pilipinas mula sa Huwebes, Enero 15 hanggang Lunes, 19.

Ito ay ayon sa sumulat at umawit nito na si Jamie Rivera. At ayon pa sa multi-awarded inspirational Diva, naging inspirasyon niya sa paglikha ng kanta ang mismong kababaang-loob ng Santo Papa.

Aniya, hangad niya na sa pamamagitan ng kanyang awit, na nilapatan ng musika ni Noel Espenida, ay maipalaganap sa lahat ang “mercy and compassion” na tema ng 2015 Papal Visit sa pagiging mapagmalasakit sa mga nangangailangan.

Ang We Are All God’s Children ay ang pamagat rin ng special Papal Visit album ng Star Music kung saan bahagi ang official theme song. Bukod sa We Are All God’s Children, inawit rin ni Rivera sa album ang mga kantang Our Dearest Pope, The Mission, at Papa Francisco, Mabuhay Po Kayo.

Nagbahagi rin ng kanilang talento para sa 2015 Papal visit album ang ilan sa pinakamahuhusay na mang-aawit sa bansa kabilang sina Jed Madela at Angeline Quinto (On Eagles Wings), Liezel Garcia (Anima Christi), Janella Salvador (Give Thanks), Fatima Soriano (Lift Up Your Hands), Aiza Seguerra (Lead Me Lord), Erik Santos (Lord, I Offer My Life To You), Juris at Robert Seña (One More Gift), at Morissette Amon (Take and Receive).

Ang We Are All God’s Children album ay mabibili na sa leading record bars nationwide sa halagang P250 lamang. Maaari na ring ma-download ang digital tracks sa pamamagitan ng online music stores katulad ng iTunes,, at

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Sana nama’y walang mangyayaring hindi ka nais-nais gaya nang nangyari sa translacion kung saan dalawa ang namatay na sumusunod sa parada dahil na rin sa napakaraming tao ang sumunod sa  prosesion at napagod o inatake ang namatay at baka na rin naubusan ng hininga dahil sa tulakan at sa dami ng naglalakad kasama nito.

Sana nama’y  maganda ang ma-aalala ng mundo sa pagbisita rito ng Santo Papa. Alalahanin na noong bumisita rito ang dating Papa ay nagkaroon pang assasination attempt. Suot pari si Benjamin Mendoza, isang pintor galing sa Bolivia na sinugod si Pope Paul VI ngunit napigilan siya ng ilang mga security. Pagtapos ng lahat, ang inilitaw na istoriya ng Malakanang ay si Pangulong Marcos raw ang nakasagip sa Santo Papa kahit na wala namang litrato na kassama si Marcos sa mga nagpigil kay Mendoza.  Sa katotohanan, malayo si Macoy sa Papa noong lumusob si Mendoza ngunit wala naman talagang naniwala na si Macoy nga ang nagsagip sa Papa dahil alam naman nating lahat na sinungaling ang ating dating  Diktador na Presidente.

Ipsgdasal na lang natin na walang hindi magandang mangayayari sa pagbisita rito ni Pope Francis.

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hvp (01.12.15)


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What Ping Lacson Said on PNP Ethics Day

” By all means, the glory days of the police must be restored. The filipino deserve nothing less.  By all means, the trust and confidence of the public on the police organization must be regained.”

by Ducky Paredes

Panfilo “Ping” Morena Lacson, Sr. (born June 1, 1948) is a Filipino politician who served as Philippine senator, who served from 2001 to 2013. He served as the Director-General of the Philippine National Police from 1999 to 2001 before being elected to the Senate.

To lead the management and rehabilitation efforts of the central provinces in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan, Philippines President Benigno Aquino III appointed Panfilo Lacson as Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery. Eight months into his job, Lacson secured the approval from President Benigno Aquino III of the phased implementation of the rehabilitation plan of six areas in the Yolanda corridor including that of Tacloban, Leyte, Samar and Cebu. (from Wikipedia.)

Recently, Ping  spoke on PNP Ethics Day. This is what he said:


“First of all, let me take this opportunity to greet each and every member of our beloved Philippine National Police, a happy Public Service Oriented New Year.”I guess there are two basic reasons, as qualifications if you will, why I am here today.  One, I was once Chief, PNP; and two, I am currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of   the  PNP Foundation Incorporated.If it was a mere coincidence that I was invited on the occasion of the PNP Ethics Day, I am nevertheless delighted to be your guest speaker.  I believe it is timely and in a condescending manner of declaring it, spot on.  I will tell you why.

   “During the confirmation hearing of a former colleague Mar Roxas by the Commission on Appointments where I was a member, I shot one question that had everything to do with his new designation as Secretary of the DILG.  I asked him:. Define insanity.  After a hearty laugh from the gallery followed by my curt admonition that it was a serious and relevant question, the scholar that he is, Sec. Mar responded exactly how I wanted my question answered by quoting the great German physicist, Albert Einstein.  He said, and I agreed completely —  “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”. While Einstein could not have expressed it more simply and clearly, in order to give justice to his words and serve purpose for the message that I want to impart to you this morning, please indulge me for further expounding on it.

“Just because we do not have a problem at hand, we can just take things easy and stop seeking development. 

   “( Hindi porke’t wala tayong agarang problemang hinaharap ay magre-relax na tayo at titigil mag-isip upang humanap ng ating pagyabong ). The practical reality is that by nature, people continue to be repetitive in their behaviors and their.  Attitudes towards work, duty and life in general even if they despise repeating them.  Why is that?. It is because they don’t know how to change.

   “The bad part is that these behaviors when left unchecked continue into the future and worse, can very well influence those that follow after them.  Ang karaniwang kaisipan ng tao, kung ano ang nakamulatan at nakagisnan sa mga nauna sa kanya at nakikita niyang madalas sa pagsisimula ng kanyang gawain, iyan ang iniisip niyang tamang kalakaran. 

   “This is precisely the function of leadership - it must provide the intervention to discipline,motivate and inspire those who they lead.  The PNP is not an exception to this kind of proposition. 

   “When leadership fails, and I mean at any level, the unit under that leader fails miserably.  In all our leadership training and actual practice, one basic principle always sticks out..  It is called leadership by example.  There is no substitute to it.  It is second to none. 

   “One and a half decades ago, I was made to face this dilemna.  Having been appointed to head the country’s more than one hundred thousand strong police force, I knew exactly what I was getting into.    “Many, many years before that, I was a schoolchild in a sleepy town of Imus, Cavite.  It remained vivid in my memory that the lone policeman assigned to keep the peace and order in our almost obscure barangay, actually called Barrio Bayang Luma at that time was held in high regard by the barrio inhabitants.            “He looked like the typical patrolman in his khaki outfit, revolver and black baton and shinny whistle but in hindsight what struck me was how he remained highly respected by all the barrio folks even after the retired from our town’s tiny police force.  Having been appointed Chief,PNP in November 1999, I was conscious if the sad and painful pact that between 1959, when I was an elementary school child and in 1999, when I was made Chief, PNP, much of the respect for police was systematically eroded largely by what I referred to earlier as repetitive behaviors that we do not like but which we do not know how to change.  I was in a soliloquy for most of the time before I formally assumed office in November 16 of that year.  My biggest challenge was to bring back the old glory of the police especially during the time of our barrio policeman. 

   “For one, I recalled Mr. Barrio Patrolman as one who was fit and trim; his waistline was not more than 32 inches; he wore his complete uniform every single day he was on duty, his shirt all buttoned up, he never forgot his head gear when patrolling outdoor.  He attended to his duties responsibility; he never engaged in his favorite sports during office hours he never misappropriated confiscated evidence including recovered carnapped motor vehicles for his personal use but returned them to their rightful owners after proper legal procedures. 

   “Most importantly, he did not extort money from motorists, commuters and vendors, instead he assisted them in any way he could, and he was not in the payola of big time and small time gambling operators. 

   “Needless to say, more than I did to Mr.  Barrio Patrolman, the Filipino people missed the policeman of these glorious days.  It was clear in my mind that the best antidote to the problems besetting the PNP that I was about to lead was one and one only — develop a Mr. Barrio Patrolman of my childhood days in each and every member of the police force. 

   “Those who were incorrigible and would refuse to conform with desired standard must be shipped out as bad examples and possible contaminants.  This is precisely the message that I hope to leave behind today.  By all means, the “Kotong” culture among our policemen must be abominated, not only by the public that they serve, but by the members of the police organization themselves. 

   “(Mahirap hangarin na igagalang tayo ng mga mamamayan, kung may kamag anak o kaibigan o sila mismo ay maging biktima ng pangongotong ng pulis). 

   “By all means, the glory days of the police must be restored. The filipino deserve nothing less.  By all means, the trust and confidence of the public on the police organization must be regained.  ( Hanggang may nakikita o naririnig kayong galit o negatibong pagpuna sa bawat pagkakamaling inyong nagawa, isipin na lang ninyo na umaasa pa ang publiko sa inyong pagbabago.  Ang malungkot ay kung dinadaanan na lang sa panlalait at ginagawang biro ang inyong mga maliwanag na kamalian at kakulangan.  Iyon ang masakit na palatandaan o patunay na five up na ang mga mamamayan na talagang wala nang pagasang magbago pa ang kapulisan.

       “By all means the PNP must have no place for the inept, corrupt and undisciplined police officers.  There is no better reward for public servants like us than one of self-respect and dignity - not only as individual members of this organization but as a police institution. 

   “( Hindi ba’t napakasarap sa pakiramdam ng isang nasa serbisyo publiko na tulad natin ang madama ang paggalang na totoo at kusang loob mula sa publiko na ating isinumpang paglilingkuran?).

   “This is one sure challenge that your Officer-In-Charge, DDG Espina, the members of his command group, directorial staff, and rest of the officer corps of the PNP will have to rise up to in the coming months and years. 

   “The police non-commissioned officers are only waiting for guidance from their superior officers.              “This much I can share with you as I speak from my own experience as CPNP from November 1999 to January 2001. 

   “Let me end my message with a quote from the great Mahatma Gandhi:. ‘There are seven things that will destroy us:  Wealth without Work;. Pleasure without Conscience; Knowledge without Character; Religion without Sacrifice; Politics without Principle; Science without Humanity; Business without Ethics.’           “To paraphrase what Gandhi said in a more impactful version, ganito po ang nais niyang sabihin sa atin: May pitong bagay na sisira sa atin; kayaman hindi galing sa pagod; kaligayahan walang konsensiya; kaalaman salat sa pagkatao; relihiyong walang sakripisyo; pulitikang walang prinsipyo; agham laban sa sangkatauhan; at negosyong mapanlinlang at may  masamang asal.

    Maraming salamat po, Manigong Bagong Taon.  Mabuhay ang Philippine National Police.”

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Ang Mga Pinatay na Dyarista sa Paris



ni Horacio Paredes

Sa pangyayari sa Paris France, kung saan  nilusob ng ilanfg mga Muslim ang upisina ng magasin na  Charlie Hebdo  at pinatay ang 12 tao sa  isang “terrorist” attack laban sa “freedom of spech” sa Europa,  ang rason kung baket  pinatay ang isang dosenang tao ay dahil sa ang magasin ay madalas na naglalabas ng mga katawanan na komiks o cartoon tungkol kay Allah at mga Muslim. Hindi naman insulto ang nilalaba ng magasin kundi katawanan lamang. Ngunit, hindi ito matanggap ng ilang mga Muslim kung kaya kanilang plinano ang pagpatay sa patnugot ng magasin.

Sina US President Barack Obama at Queen Elizabeth II  ng  Bretania   ay nakiramay sa mga pinatay ng mga nakatakip ang mukhang mga lalake  na armado ng Kalashnikov automatic rifle na pinasok ang  upisina ng  magasin.

Pati na si Pope Francis ay nagkomento na walang maaring ka-tanggap-tanggap na rason sa nangyaring  “horrible attack that plunged the city of Paris into mourning.”

Ang Committee to Protect Journalists sinabing ang nangyari  ay isang “brazen assault on free expression in the heart of Europe.” Tinawag naman ng  Reporters Without Borders ito na isang “black day.”

Marami namang mga nagpakita ng kanilang pagsuporta sa mga pinatay sa buong mundo  sa pamamagitan e hashtag #JeSuisCharlie – “I am Charlie.”

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Naiintindihan ko na ang isang Muslim ay hindi matatawa sa isang magasin na madals pinagtatawanan o hindi siniseryoso ang kaniyang relihiyon. Ngunit, hindi kaya mas makakasama ang kanilang ginawa na kanilang pinatay ang mga nagtatrabaho sa Charlie Hebdo.  Papaano ngayon kung meron namang makaisip na bumawi at pumatay naman ng ilang Muslim? Mukhang wala nang tigil ang mga patayan sa France. Mabuti pa nga na sa mga Kristiyano sa Paris ay parang wala namang gustong makabawi sa mga Muslim. Kung hindi, baka wala nang katapusan ang patayan at talagang ang inumpisahan ng mga  pumatay sa patnugot at ilang mga nagtatrabaho sa maasin ay nagsimula ng sunod-sunod na patayan.

Si French President Francois Hollande kinundena ang “terrorist attack” sa magasin na nagpapatawa lamang  sa pamamagitan ng mga biro at mga ka-tawa-tawang mga cartoon.

Sinabi ng pangulo ng Fransiya na tinulad sa United Nations Security Council na kinundena ang nangyari na  “barbaric and cowardly terrorist attack”.

Sinabi ni UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon na ang nangyari ay  “horrendous, unjustifiable and cold-blooded crime” na ang layuinin ay  magkakahati-hati ang bansa ngunit, ika ng Pangulo ng Fransiya: “We must not fall into that trap”.

Si President Obama ng Amerika naman ay nagsalita: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this terrorist attack and the people of France at this difficult time.”

 Pati na nga ang Al-Azhar University sa Egypt  ang sentro ng mga Muslim na Sunni ay tinawag ang nangyari na “criminal” at dinagdag pa na “Islam denounces any violence.”

Si Salman Rushdie, isang  British-Indian writer na nagtago noong 1989 tapos naglabas ang Iran ng death sentence kay Rushdie ay pinuri ang Charlie Hebdo:

“I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of satire, which has always been a force for liberty and against tyranny, dishonesty and stupidity.”

Dagdag pa ni Rushdie: “Religions, like all other ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and, yes, our fearless disrespect.”

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Si  Nerlita Ledesma, 47, isang reporter ng Abante  ay pinaslang ng riding in tandem sa Balanga, Bataan. Habang ang mga taga-Paris ay nagpakita ng pagkakaisa sa mga pinatay na periodista, dito walang  gustong tumestigo sa takot na baka sila ang sumunod.

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“So, why would the Supreme Court cut Erap’s term and give it to the man who turned over a peniless Manila to the former mayor on a technicality? This makes no sense. For the first time, Manila is being run properly.”

by Ducky Paredes

The government has put on hold the implementation of a fare increase set for the route being run by the Philippine National Railways (PNR) amid public opposition on the tariff hike implemented by the Light and Metro Rail Transit (LRT-MRT) systems.
The PNR was supposed to adjust fares for its Metro South Commuter Line (MSCL), which operates between Tutuban in Manila and Calamba in Laguna, starting January 5, 2014. According to PNR Board Resolution 094-2014 dated December 9, 2014, the minimum fare will increase to P15 from P10 while the maximum rate will increase to P60 from P45.
PNR General Manager Joseph Dilay confirmed the plan to increase PNR fares starting this week but he admitted his office’s failure to submit the PNR Board Resolution for approval of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) before the recent holiday break.
“We don’t want to implement a fare increase simultaneously with the LRT and MRT,” he added, apparently referring to the joint initiatives of commuters, laborers, lawmakers and civil society groups to stop the LRT-MRT fare hike, which took effect on Sunday.
Dilay said the PNR Board Resolution will be submitted this week to DOTC and public consultation for the PNR fare hike which will be scheduled for implementation within the month.
Commuters and other stakeholders yesterday turned to the Supreme Court for relief and filed a petition for temporary restraining order against the LRT-MRT fare hike.
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How many times must the DOTC be told that their buyout plan on the MRTC will not work. If the government wants to buy out MRTC, made up of private businessmen, it will cost more than P54 Billion; the buyout t will also not stop lawsuits against the government.
Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano III, one of the minority members in the conference committee on the 2015 budget, said the net effect of the Senate decision to deny funding for the buyout plan is that such takeover would not push through.
The government would need $1.172 billion (equivalent to P53.9 billion) to pay off MRT-3 investors, not P54 billion. This is much more than the DOTC figures,
The two biggest MRT-3 investors are Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), which have majority representation in the MRTC board, including the board chairman.
Abaya placed the value of the two banks’ exposure at $619.1 million, plus a “return” of $312 million for a total of $931.1 million.
He valued “non-DBP/LBP investments” at $95.8 million.
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The government allotted Php 56 Billion for the EVBO following Executive Order 126 which is part of the proposed 2015 budget of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC). However private shareholders of the MRTC insist that the value falls short of its total Equity Value, and point out that the Php 56 billion the government has allotted only accounts for the bonds controlled by the two state-run banks: the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and the Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank).
So where’s the problem?? The total cost of the buyout would come up to around Php 100 Billion. The problem is, where do they get the money?
As mentioned by Senator Sergio Osmeña III at the Senate hearing on the proposed 2015 budget of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), if they really want for the buyout to push through, the government needs to settle at least Php 100 Billion and not the Php 56 Billion which they have alloted.
One must also ask: Can the government run the MRTC better than the private investors? No! Their take over of the M& O contract froim Sumitomo proves it. The DOTC virtually took over the maintenance of the MRT-3 when it suddenly dumped Sumitomo Corp. in 2012 with very little notice and, without benefit of any public bidding, “handed over” the maintenance contract to its own people in PH Trams and later on to current maintenance provider APT Global.
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Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, in his first announcement for this year, vowed that the city government would be free from debt this year.
So, why would the Supreme Court cut Erap’s term and give it to the man who turned over a peniless Manila to the former mayor on a technicality? This makes no sense. For the first time, Manila is being run properly. Why change heads now when Erap clearly won the election
Addressing the officials and employees gathered at the Freedom Triangle for the first flag ceremony yesterday, Estrada briefly looked back on what his administration had accomplished so far, followed by a rundown of projects and programs that would be pursued for the incoming year.
Estrada also assured millions of residents of the city that more projects and more services and benefits will be seen and felt, saying that some P12 billion funds are now ready.
Estrada also revealed that some of major Manila’s infrastructures will be undergoing renovation and upgrading to better serve the patients such as the two city-owned hospitals — the Ospital ng Maynila and the Ospital ng Sampaloc.
Also to be overhauled are the three public markets, namely, Quinta, Blumentritt and Central Market.
The Manila Zoo will also undergo major renovation to make into a world-class tourist attraction.
Estrada also included in his list new infrastructure projects for schools is the Pamantasan ng Maynila, which will have a new building. More public schools will also have its new building with classrooms equipped with personal computers with Internet connections to enhance the learning experience of the students.
Some 40,000 PhilHealth cards will be distributed to the poorest of the poor in the city to complement hundreds of thousand recipients of free hospitalization under the yellow card system.
Estrada also announced that now that the city is on the financial recovery, residents can once again use the sports facilities free of charge while city hall employees can now received their fourth trance salary increase.

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hvp 01.08.15

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Binay Blames ‘Demolition’

I cannot see how the Binay family got so rich. They are all employed by the government and not any of them has a business or investment that would explain how they could have moved up economically as a family. No, I don’t buy it.”


by Ducky Paredes


The so-called “demolition” job on Vice President Jejomay Binay can only get worse (for Binay) as the Senate resumes its hearings on the alleged anomalies in Makati City during  his l term as mayor.         

The Senate is scheduled to resume its hearings on January 22, 2015;  Binay’s backers hope that this will not affect their candidate in the runup to the 2016 presidential election.  So far, Binay’s populaity has dropped by about half but no one is even close to Binay who has had the advantage of being the only one campaigning for the Presidenty in all of his six years (two to go) as VP.

Paranaque Rep. Gus Tambunting of Binay’s United Nationalist Alliance, sees  the series of Senate investigations against the Vice President and his family as producing no solid evidence that will pin down the Binays and prove the allegations of corruption.

“The Vice President is still leading in all surveys in spite of months of malignment,” says Tambunting  in what sounds like a desperate prayer. “

But Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga, Jr. warns the Vice President and his camp not to be complacent over what might possibly come out as new pieces of evidence and more witnesses during the resumption of the Senate hearing against the Binays.

Whatever will come out in the resumption of Senate investigation, Barzaga of the National Unity Party says these may or may not have an effect on the popularity of the Vice President as well as his candidacy come 2016 presidential elections.

“If there would be new charges of corruption substantiated by documentary evidence, prudence dictates that VP Binay should squarely face this issue instead of skirting it and alleging that the charges are political harassment,” Barzaga says.

That is not the way that Binay wants to play. He is hoping that we will believe him when he says (without an iota of an explanation) that what the Senators are dishing out are simply lies and that’s that! Unfotunately, points outBarzaga:“Not offering a credible defense would result  in  a continuous decline in his public approval rating.”

Rep. Silvestre Bello III of I-BAP party list disagrees. He sees the resumption of hearings on the Makati parking building continuing as a fishing expedition against the Vice President and his presidential ambition in 2016.

Bello beieves that senators led by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV will continue their attacks on Binay and family because  of the fact that the  2016 election is fast approaching.

“The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee has done everything to demolish the Vice President. Unfortunately, the dent on his popularity is not big enough to negate the VP’s victory in 2016,” says Bello.

(As I see it, Binay’s star is on the way down. I am only waiting to see who’s  moving up, Whoever it will be — Roxas, Lacson, Belmonte — or anyone else will soon put the fear of God on the UNA Party and the Binays.)

Quezon City Rep. Bolet Banal,  a Liberal Party member and House senior deputy majority leader, stresses that “simply dismissing the charges as ‘politically motivated’ has not really arrested the decline in the popularity rating of the Vice President.

“And with the prospect of more ‘dirt’ being unearthed when the Senate hearings resume, maybe we can expect a shift in strategy because sweeping the dirt under the rug has not been effective at all.”

I agree. Binay should meet the accussations head on and his accusers, too. Nobody likes to follow a leader who will not explain himself as so much muck is thrown at him.

UNA interim president and Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco , like the rest of Binay’s boys, says that he will not be surprised if Trillanes and company come up with a new set of lies against Vice President Jejomar Binay. (Trillanes  has been talking about more Binay shenanigans with the funds for socialized housing which are under the VP’s control.)

“The attacks against the VP will continue to intensify, but since the people are not buying the lies they’re peddling, we expect the Senate telenovela to have a new twist in its second season,” predicts Tiangco.

 “While we don’t know what new claims and allegations they’ll throw at the Vice President, what we know for sure is that all the stories are part of the script to put down the VP’s ratings. Sen. Trillanes will again allow witnesses to lie under oath just like what they did in previous hearings,” Tiangco says. Toby sresses that that Binay will answer every issue against him in the proper forum – the Office of the Ombudsman.

(Or, maybe, Binay hopes that he will be President before his case gets to the Ombudsman.)

Binay repeatedly says that the accusations are part of an operation to diminish his chances of winning in the 2016 presidential elections even as Senator Trillanes says the subcommittee hearing would present a new witness to testify on a new issue, without providing further details.

Trillanes said there would be another four to five hearings on the Makati City issues, which would run until April or May.

What the Vice President relies on is the fact that he continues to be on top of surveys on voters’ preference for president even as his numbers have already drastically declined.

The latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, 2014 shows that the Vice President has emerged as one of several other politicians as the people’s top choice who would most likely to succeed President Benigno Aquino III in 2016.

SWS showed that Binay led the survey with 37 percent followed by Senator Grace Poe with 21 percent, and Roxas with 19 percent. The fact is that earlier surveys a few months earlier Senator Poe and Secretary Roxas were then stll no-shows! Now, they haver moved up while Binay has drastically dropped down.

That to me is what is significant: Binay keeps losing  support as others move up. I would worry if I had a bet on Binay. Even eithout the drop in his surveys, however, I would never go for Binay. I cannot see how the Binay family got so rich. They are all employed by government and not any of them have a business or investment that would explain how they could have moved up economically as a family. No, I don’t buy it.

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hvp 01.06.15

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Jokes, Garin, Presiident Ping

Malaya 01.06.15


Other people  will have to convince Ping Lacson that we need someone with his values to lead this country out of the mess we will be in if we choose the wrong one to be our President next year.”


by Ducky Paredes


            Joke time? Former Bulacan MTC Judge Henry Domingo says that the Sandiganbayan erred in convicting him of indirect bribery and sentencing him up to a prison term of three years. He says that he was accused of  Direct Bribery when a litigant gave him P20,000.

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   Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director Franklin Jesus Bucayu says: “I can resign anytime. I serve at the pleasure of the Secretary (of Justice Leila de Lima). But what did I do wrong?”

If he does not know what he did, he really should go. Perhaps if he thinks about it, after a year of two, he may realize what he did wrong, if that is he even knew what had gone wrong at thew NBPin the first place. Akala niya yata  na isang hotel ang National Bilibod Prisons kung saan nagbabakasiyon lamang ang mga drug lord.

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The appointment of acting Health Secretary Janette Garin may actually be bad for the health and welfare of Filipinos, particularly women, according to an official of the Catholic Church.

“While we are not afraid of her appointment, we are rather afraid for the Filipino people, especially the poor women,” said Fr. Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Family and Life.

“This is because women will be in the receiving end of chemical and artificial contraceptives,” he added.

Castro said having Garin as DOH chief will further cement the contraceptive and population control policy of the government.

When Garin was appointed as undersecretary of the DOH last year, Castro described it as President Aquino’s way to pay his debt of gratitude to the former for tirelessly pushing for the Reproductive Health law.

Garin, one of the primary authors of the RH bill, was one of the lawmakers that have staunchly fought for the passage of the RH bill amid strong opposition from the Catholic Church.

Castro said it’s still up to the President as to who he will appoint to the post vacated by newly resigned Secretary Enrique Ona.

“I just personally hope her position will not be used to further any political ambition,” he added.

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We have a letter: “I hope Ping Lacson will reconsider being a presidential candidate once more. He has proven himself as the best PNP chief the nation ever had, and as the incorruptible senator (with no pork barrel).  And hopefully – Miriam Defensor Santiago as the VP. Pero kailangang makalusot sila sa mga trapong ayaw mawalan ng delihensya. The nation could bet for these two who have kamay na bakal (a doer) and dilang bakal (a talker). We need more guys like these two to rule the nation to put laws and regulations in order such as correcting the unimaginable corruption in Bilibid Prison.

“With due respect to Senators Roxas and Grace Poe, who are good people, I don’t have faith that they have the guts, knowledge and capacities to re-erect the country. It will be like a community organizer and a nun battling malignant terminal cancer in a major medical center. All equipment is there except the technical know-how.

“I ‘m hoping for the nation to wake up and be more realistic. The words election, botante, halalan are just now mere ideologies. I do believe the people votes don’t even come close being counted, yet can be bought. Money can facilitate those ready-made ballot boxes. Jojo Binay already knew the proven election tricks the reason why he had guts to say he is the next president, the minute he was elected as the vice president of the country. Jojo Binay who claim he is a lawyer yet unable to defend himself in any challenges. He can be considered a potential corruptor as of now, but wait when he seized the throne – a Godzillian monster! He speaks like he is the barrio captain and not the VP of the nation – worse than the USA VP Biden who is a big joke! God help us if he becomes the president of Pinas!” — Raul Reyes (CDPH)

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Other people  will have to convince Ping Lacson that we need someone with his values to lead this country out of the mess we will be in if we choose the wrong one to be our President next year. Every time I have  mentioned this to him, he laughs it off.  I am not joking, Ping.

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            Here’s something from my brother Jake, an agriculturist: “The Biosphere 2 project was created as a research tool for scientists to study Earth’s living systems, and it allowed scientists to play with farming and innovation in a way that didn’t harm the planet. One of the most profound discoveries made by the scientists had nothing to do with a cure for some new disease or a new way of farming land. Rather, the discovery had to do with the wind’s role in a tree’s life. The trees inside Biosphere 2 grew rapidly, more rapidly than they did outside of the dome, but they also fell over before reaching maturation. After looking at the root systems and outer layers of bark, the scientists came to realize that a lack of wind in Biosphere 2 caused a deficiency of stress wood. Stress wood helps a tree position itself for optimal sun absorption and it also helps trees grow more solidly. Without stress wood, a tree can grow quickly, but it cannot support itself fully. It cannot withstand normal wear and tear, and survive. In other words, the trees needed some stress in order to thrive in the long run.”

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What this tells me is that God created the wind and other forces to test us and make us stronger. In a world without stresses, we would grow weak ready to fall at the first gust like those trees in Biosphere 2. Fight against those stresses life has set up for you to emerge a stronger person.

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Sulat ni Boie ng Antipolo



ni Horacio Paredes


 Natanggap ko ang isang sulat tungkol sa sinulat ko halos kalahating taon na ang nakalipas. Baka ginamit ang diyario na pambalot ng nabili niya sa palengke. Ngunit, maganda pa rin ang naging reaksiyon  ng nakabasa:

“Nabasa ko ang pitak mo noong June 7, 2014. Ito’y patungkol sa isang tao na ang adbokasiya ay ang pagpreserba ng kalikasan lalo na sa pagputol ng kahoy sa Angat dam. Hanga ako sa kanya dahil bihira lang ang kagaya niya sa panahong ito kahit kabikabila na ang dumatal na kalamidad sa ating bansa at hindi lang basta kalamidad. Ang tawag ngayon super typhoon, super rainful, super earthquake na dati wala  kahit sa hinagap man lamang. Mabibilang lang sa daliri ang kagaya ni Atty. Jess Santos ngayon.

“Sa mga pulitiko walang lumalantad sa panig ng kalikasan. Noong araw tatlong kilalang pulitiko. Ang isa broadcaster na nanalong bise presidente ngunit nanalo na nawala na ang adhikain niya para sa kalikasan. Sa tingin ko ang ahensya ng gobierno ang masisi dito ay ang DENR at iba pang ahensya na konektado sa kalikasan.

“Ang DENR kasi ang nagbigay ng permiso na pumutol ng walang habas ng mga legal at illegal logger at mga pagmimina sa mga kabundokan. (graft & corruption talaga ang puno’t dulo nito)Walang monitoring pa kung nasunod ba ang rules at guidelines sa pag logging.

“Mga pulitiko — mayor, kongresman, senador ay mga big time logger din. Dapat din silang masisi sa mga malawakang pagbaha, flash floods, pagguho ng lupa na dahilan ng libo libong mga nasawi at nawalan ng tahanan bukod pa sa mga pananim na napinsala at mga nasirang infrastructure projects at mga tone toneladang lupa na naanod na patungong dagat.

“Darating ang panahon na puro mga bato na lang ang matitira ng ating mahal na bansang Pilipinas at syempre pa wala na tayong mapagtaniman man lamang para sa ikabubuhay nating lahat. Ang kawalan ng political will sa mga nakaraang rehimen para masawata ang pagduhagi ng ating kalikasan ang siyang dahilan ng mga super kalamidad ngayon.

“Kaya sana madugtongan pa ang pamumuno ni Pnoy ng isa pang termino. Lamang kasi si Pnoy ng limang level sa pinakamatalinong tiwali ng ating goberno.

“Pero kung it can’t be help mamili na lang tayo kina Ping Lacson, A. Trillanes, Alan Cayetano, Grace Poe at Joseph Estrada.” Gumagalang, Boie Cinchez, Antipolo city.

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Magaling,  Boie, na isa ka sa iilang Pinoy na nagiisip tungkol sa kalikasan ng ating bansa at, natuiral lang na nababahala ka rin sa mga pulitiko na  ang sarili lamang na kapakanan ang iniisip. Sa iyong sulat na umaasa na ipagpapatuloy ng susunod sa kaniya ang mga magagaling na ginagawa ng ating kasalukuyang pinuno, malamang na gaya ng marami, naghahanap ka pa rin ng kandidato at hindi ka madadala ng mga nagiisip na kiung sino ang mas popular, magnanakaw man at magdarambong, ay kanila pa ring iboboto dahil mas malamang na mananalo ito.

Sana’y dumami ang kagaya mo na nagiisip kung sino nga ba ang dapat mamuno sa atin at hindi lamang susunod sa madla na kng sino ang sinasabi ng Pulse Asia o iba pang mga survey firm na nagugustuhan ng marami ay kanila na ring iboboto kahit na nahahalata na na  ang balak ay magnakaw at lalong magpayaman kung makakamit nito ang pagka-Pangulo.

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That Accurate PCOS Count

Had any of the election protests managed to prove massive PCOS cheating at the local level, Roxas would certainly have demanded the delivery of relevant ballot boxes in these contested areas to the SC for immediate recount.”


by Ducky Paredes


Two entities  – Automated Election System Watch (AES Watch), Citizens for Clean and Credible Elections (C3E) and Philippine Computer Society (PCS) — are trying to stop us from holding our third peaceful and orderly computerized polls in 2016?

            They tried to get rid of  Comelec’s private partner Smartmatic and its AES/Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) by bullying Comelec to blacklist  Smartmatic from the public auctions in preparation for the 2016 elections.

AES Watch and C3E want to bring back manual voting and counting in 2016 . They say that they want to prevent a repeat of what they say was the wholesale cheating that happened in 2019 and 2013.

 Who wants to go back to the dagdag bawas elections that we had before the AES/PCOS?

The Comelec’s Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) issued a four-page resolution junking the blacklist-Smartmatic petition by C3E: “The said procurement process took place five years ago. This present BAC which was constituted for purposes of procuring goods and services in connection to the regular requirements of the Commission for the current year and for 2015 & 2016 electoral activities has no jurisdiction over the complaint at hand.”

            Smartmatic’s Cesar Flores welcomes the BAC’s decision He calls the petition, “nothing but a publicity stunt by groups who don’t want us to participate in the bidding and who are interested in bagging the lucrative contract for the PCOS machines.”

Flores says:  We are the largest service provider, and this scares the other companies. We won’t be discouraged. We have [a] good product. We have a good price. Competitors are afraid of that.”

            Flores speculates that those against the AES/PCOS are “fronts for rival firms or groups who are desperately seeking to corner the P2-billion contract while posing as crusaders for clean and honest elections….Some of them selfishly want to offer their own technology.

 Flores also saus: “The Comelec is the largest PCOS user in the world.”

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Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. says that returning to the manual system is impossible after the successful automation of the 2010 and 2013 polls. He calls on the Comelec to ignore the anti-AES groups that “are just making noise and looking for what’s most advantageous to them.”

Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez was initially opposed to the use of PCOS machines in 2010 but  had a change of heart after witnessing the accuracy of the units as a member of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET).

 Ako Bicol Party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe denounced the repeated and recycled claims of electoral fraud in the 2010 and 2013 polls, and points out that, “The worldwide trend is toward automation and we should not again go back to  the jurassic age where outcome of election results are known only after several weeks (or) even months.”

 Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian said that going back to manual balloting would be “like going back to the Dark Ages.”

Think tanks like the Stratbase Research Institute (SRI) and nongovernment organizations (NGOs) like Democracy Watch warn against the dire consequences of returning to the pre-automation electoral process.

An SRI paper notes: : “The speedy proclamation of winners, particularly for the presidency, have resulted in the restoration of legitimacy for the electoral process. The legitimization process was reinforced by the early concessions of the losing presidential candidates and the acceptance of the victory by Aquino.”

Entitled “Towards a Systematic Analysis of Automated Election in the Philippines: A Review of the 2010 and 2013 Elections,” the study was made amid allegations by automation critics that the 2013 elections were rigged to produce a “60:30:10” winning ratio for senatorial candidates.

Using election forensics and accepted statistical principles, the analyses of the study clearly debunked the critics’  claim of a systematic 60:30:10 winning ratio in the 2013 polls, in which the AES/PCOS system was supposedly programmed to come up with winners at a uniform proportion of 60% administration candidates, 30% from the opposition, and 10% independent bets.

Democracy Watch convenor Tim Abejo explains that the shift to AES has modernized the country’s electoral system as it replaced the manual way of voting and canvassing, which history has shown was prone to cheating: “It must be noted that the existing PCOS technology in Comelec’s inventory is the same one used in USA, Brazil, Venezuela, Belgium and India. More importantly, records show that hardware failure and replacement rate in the 2010 elections was only at 0.6%; and in the succeeding 2013 elections, it was even lower at approximately 0.5%.”

 In fact, Comelec’s Brillantes is so confident that there was no incident of PCOS-instigated electoral hitch in the 2010 and 2013 polls that in one JCOC meeting, he had told critics that he would quit right then and there if they could present any proof of machine-related error in either of these computerized elections.

If these critics are true champions of electoral reforms and not just technology vendors in disguise, why have they for almost six years now been peddling a mongrel system featuring manual voting that—to quote legislators—will bring us back to the “dark ages” of dagdag-bawas, precinct-level cheating and poll violence?

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In a paid newspaper advertisement, C3E belittled Smartmatic as a mere “middleman/reseller” because its PCOS machines were manufactured by Jarltech while its software is owned by Dominion Voting Systems of Canada.

What’s wrong with that?

Apple Inc., the world’s No. 1 IT company renowned for its Mac computers and iPhone celfones, does not own a single factory anywhere in the world.

Apple iPhones are manufactured in factories of Foxconn.

Apple Inc. paid $21 million to the Swiss Federal Railways for using the Swiss Clock icon on its iPhone devices.

 Microsoft now owns Nokia, and Samsung pays $10 to Microsoft for every android celfone Samsung sells.  So what?

Smartmatic has secured licenses for AES and PCOs. Its subsidiary at the time of PCOS’ production was Jarltech, which is 51% owned by Smartmatic-TIM (SMTT). Jarltech leased the facilities of Qisda and hired manpower in China for the production.

This is standard practice. What is important here is that Smartmatic was—from start to finish—in control of the PCOS production, the supply chain, choosing and purchasing components and even in making modifications to the licensed technologies.

Another target of the critics’ assault was the option for Comelec to just extend the warranty or enter into a negotiated contract with Smartmatic on the maintenance or repair/refurbishing of the PCOS machines that were bought by the agency in 2013 (meaning, the same units that were leased in 2010), instead of securing such a service through public bidding.

 A competitive bidding wpould open the 2016 balloting to greater technical risks of failure and delays, confusing assignment of responsibilities or liabilities, and greater security risks as the Comelec could end up with a new technology provider, instead of its tested-and-proven partner (Smartmatic) in 2010 and 2013.

Because of Smartmatic’s exclusivity agreement with its suppliers of PCOS parts, a rival firm that wins the bidding would have to resort to Reverse Engineering to manufacture their units, an act that could be considered illegal and in violation of IP rights.

As noted by Brillantes, the Comelec’s law department already issued a legal opinion that the agency could just exercise the extended warranty of Smartmatic if this firm can prove that it is the only one that can provide the necessary services to the 80,000-plus PCOS machines.

The Supreme Court decided in 2012 that the Comelec’s contract with Smartmatic was still alive, and that the warranty was still available.  On top of this, there was the concurring opinion by no less than Chief Justice Maria Lourdes  Sereno that the warranty was still good for 10 years. 

            Section 50 of Republic Act No. 9184 or the procurement law allows for direct contracting when the

 procurement of Goods of propriety nature, which can be obtained only from the propriety source, i.e. when patents, trade secrets and copyrights prohibit others from manufacturing the same items.

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Leaders of the AES Watch and C3E should not be throwing stones at the Comelec and Smartmatic. Apparently,  they also live in glass houses.

,The  president of the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU), Jesuit priest Joel Tabora filed criminal and administrative charges against Commission on Higher Education (CHED) charperson Patricia Licuanan and Leo Querubin, president of the Philippine sComputer Society (PCS), over an anomalous P10-million deal involving the creation of an accreditation unit to be called the PCS-Information Computing Accreditation Board (PICAB).

Tabora says the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed by Licuanan and Querubin was disadvantageous to the government and violates both the anti-graft and procurement laws because PCS is not an accrediting agency.

The MOA ignored existing accrediting bodies under the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP) and gave unwarranted benefits to the PCS.

            Querubin, like ousted Comelec commissioner Lagman, is one of the ring leaders of the groups demanding Smartmatic’s blacklisting from the Comelec’s public auctions, and was once general manager of Avante International Technology, Inc, which is a New Jersey-based company that was one of the losing bidders in the AES project.

PCS was once headed by Lagman,   who had to deal with criminal charges before the Makati Regional Trial Court filed by the Department of Justice, based on a complaint lodged against him by former business colleague Nora Bitong.

The DOJ found probable cause to indict Lagman fo estafa and criminal violations under the Corporation Code. 

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      The 2010 poll victory of the President as proof  the accuracy of the PCOS/AES setup as well as the integrity and credibility of the balloting:;

      Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal saya “His (President Aquino) opponents did not contest his election when they all conceded defeat. None of them ever said that they were cheated by PCOS machines.”

            Macalintal adds that  all of the infotech experts crying fraud “miserably  failed to show proof that any of the more than 80,000 PCOS machines was ever hacked or their results compromised.”

            All election protests involving local posts have been dismissed because the losers failed to present any material discrepancy between the PCOS results and the results of the physical re-count of the ballots.

            Thus, the best argument that the PCOS count in 2010 was accurate, says Macalintal, was that Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II has “not been actively pursuing” his election protest against Vice President Jejomar Binay that he filed before the Supreme Court in July 2010.

            Had any of the election protests managed to prove massive PCOS cheating at the local level, Roxas would certainly have demanded the delivery of relevant ballot boxes in these contested areas to the SC for immediate recount.

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Ang Parating na Hatol ng Korte



ni Horacio Paredes


Ang balita na malapit nang madedesisyunan ng Korte Suprema ang kaso ni President-Mayor Joseph Estrada ng Maynila. Nanalo sa halalan si Erap noong 2013. Tinalo niya si Alfredo Lim at maganda naman ang pinakita ni Erap na pamamalakad ng lungsod. Ang Manila ay iniwan ni Lim na halos walang kwarta. Ngunit sa loob lamang ng wala pang dalawang taon, sa pamamagitan ng maayos na pamumuno at pagkoleta ng buwis, ngayon ay mayaman na naman ang lungsod at marami nang mga ginagawang mga proyekto.

Halimbawa, ang isang proyekto ni Lim ay ang pagbigay ng dialysis na libre sa mga matatanda at wakang kaya na nangangailangan ng ng dialysis, kasama na rin ang mga may cancer. Maganda rin ang kaniyang patakbo at pamamahala ng lungsod. Sa totoo lamang, mas marami ang natutuwa sa kanilang kasalukuyang alkalde at halos walang kumakalaban sa daing Presidente na pinakulong ng kaniyang bise presidenteng si Gloria Arryo, na nahalal rin bilang pangulo noong tinalo niya si Fernando Poe sa pagka-Presidente noong 2010 (na pinaniniwalaan ng marami na sa pamamagitan ng pandaraya).

Kaya naman pinalabas ni Gloria  si Erap sa kulungan sa pamamagitan ng “Pardon,” noong papatapos na ang termino ni Gloria. Sa Presidential Pardon na ginawa nig Gloria, sinabi nito na kaniyang binabalik sa “Presidential Pardon” ang lahat ng mga karapatan ni Erap bilang mamayan ng Pilipinas kung kaya naman nakatakbo si Erap sa halalan noong 2010 sa pagka-Pangulo at sa halalan noong 2013 bilang alkalde ng Maynila.

Tapos tinalo ni Erap si Lim, nagsampa ng rekalamo si Lim dahil sa paniniwalang dahil sa nahatulan na si Erap sa krimeng “Plunder” hindi na ito maaari pang tumakbo pa sa halalan. Dahil dito, ang nadidnig natin sa SC ay maaaring matangal si Erap bilang alkalde at si Lima naaman ang uupo bilang alkalde ng Maynila.

Baket parang ang pinaparusahan ay ang mga botante ng Maynla sa ganoong wala naman silang pakakasala kundi lamang sa pagpili ng kanilang na gustohang kandidato noong halalan? Sino ba ang may sala na nakatakbo si Erap sa pagiging alkalde ng Maynila? Hindi ba ang Comelec?  Dapat tinigil na ang kaniyang kandidatura bago dumating ang araw ng halalan? Kung tama ang SC na ang batas natin ay kapag nahatulan na ng Plunder ang isang tao, kahit na mabigyan siya ng Presidential Pardon kung wala itong dagdag na ang pardon ay pintatawad rin ang nagawa niyang “Plunder” walang epekto ang Pardon sa kaniyang nagawang “Plunder” at hindi pa rin siya maaaring maging kandidato kahit sa anumang pwesto habang buhay.

Sa aking pananaw, bilang isang hindi naman abugado, kung ganito ang magiging pasiya ng Korte laban kay Erap, parang hindi tama. Wala palang saysay ang panalo ni Erp sa halalan kung saan ang tao mismo ang nagpasiya na siya ang dapat na mahalal bilang alkalde ng Maynila dahil lang na ang ginawang Presidential Pardon ay hindi pinatawad ni  Gloria ang hatol sa kaniya ng Krimeng “Plumder” kahit na maliwanag naman na ang gustong mangyari ni Presidente Arroyo ay maibalik ang lhat ng karapatan ni dating Presidente Joseph Estrada bilang mamamayan ng Pilipinas?

Sa tingin ko nga’y parang mali, kahit na, ika naga’y : Lex dura sed lex. Mabigat ang batas ngunit ito ay batas!  Kapag gnito ang magiging pasiya ng SC, para na ring sinasabi nila na hindi sila naniniwala na may kahalagaan ang kagustohan at binoto ng mamamayan ng Maynila at ang kagustohan ng Pangulo ng Pilipinas kumpara sa interpretasiyon ng batas ng mga hukom ng Korte Suprema.

Parang mali. Wala palang saysay ang  kagustohan ng mamamayan sa ating demokrasya sa bansang ito at pati na rin ang ginustong mangyari ng Pangulo ng bansa sa ginawa niyang “pardon” kung hindi tugma ang letra ng kaniyang ginawang “pardon” sa pananaw ng Korte? Tama kaya ang mga nagsasabing nagiging diktador na ang Korte Suprema,

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Pagpili sa Sunod nating Pangulo



ni Horacio Paredes


Sa  programa ng DWIZ na Karambola (882 kHz sa AM band) biglang dumating si  Vice President Jojo Binay na ang pahiwatig ay isa na siya sa mga bagong  “host” ng programa. Ang laking gulat ng mga “host nito na sina Cely Buena, Joel Paredes at Party List Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz.








Sa totoo, na imbitahan sa Karambola si Binay upang magpaliwanag tungkol sa mga issue kaban sa kaniya noong Disyember 10. Dumating naman siya at nagpainterview. Pagkatapos ng dalawang araw, dumating si Binay kasma si Makati mayor “Junjun” Binay noong Disiyembre 12 na nagpapasalamat sa DWIZ sa pagimbita raw sa kaniya ng “management” ng DWIZ na maging “host” ng  programa. Dagdag pa ni Junjun na gusto rin niyang maging “host” kasama ng ama, ngunit tinigil siya ng ama dahil baka raw sabihin ng iba ng meron na silang “Dynasty”sa radyo!

Upang hindi naman makalaban ang Bise Presidente at mapahiya, tinigil ang program noong Disyenpmbre 15 hanggang sa Lunes, ika-5 ng Enero. Tanong: “Ano kayang pumasok sa utak ng Bise Presidente ng bansa na nakumbinse siya na ginawa siyang “host” ng isang programa sa isang estasyon ng radyo kahit wala namang nag-imbita sa kaniya?  Nananaginip na kaya ang maaarikng maging Pangulo natin habang gising?

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Ang pinaliwanag ng DWIZ na magiging pagbabago sa programang Karambola ay ang kanilang  pag-imbita ng  ilang mga kilalang kolumnista ng bansa na sumali sa kanilang programa.

Dagdag pa ni Ramon Tulfo na meron ring programa sa DWIZ: “Ang sinungaling ay kapatid ng magnanakaw.”  

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Ang dapat nating piliin sa halalan ng 2016 ay isang lider na maaaring dalhin tayo at ang ating bansa sa mas magandang kinabukasan at hindi sa lalong mas matinding kahirapan dahil sa koraspsyon at maling pamamaraan. Dapat na pagisipan nating lahat kung sino ang maaaring pagkatiwalaang dadalhin ang bansa sa  Tuwid na Daan at mas magandang kinabukasan ng hindi lamang sa kaniyang pamilya’t iilang mga karantso kundi hanggang sa pinakamahihirap na Pilipino.

Sino ang maaring maging Pangulo natin na ang kabutihan nating lahat ang aatupagin at hindi ang pagpayaman sa kaniyang pamilya at ng kaniyang mga iilang kasama sa pagpapayaman sa anim na taon na siya ang Pangulo.

Sa susunod na taon at sa taon ng ating pagpili sa 2016, ito ang dapat nating pinagiisipan. Ang kinabukasan ng Pilipinas ay nasa ating mga kamay bilang mga botante.

Kung magkamali tayo, kung anumang kabutihan ang  naabot na natin sa pamamagitan ng mga  nakalipas nating mga Pangulo at liderato ng ating mga naging Lider ay masasayang lamang sa isang pamumuno na iilang mga pamilya lamang ng mga kurakot ang makikinabang.

Magingat sa pagpili ng ating sunod na Pangulo sa 2016. Ang nakataya ay ang ating bansa at kinabukasan nating lahat pati na ang mga hindi pa napapanganak na Pilipino.

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