Elections 2016: All These Debates, And I’m Still Sticking With My Main Bet

I wish I was able to vote in 2010. My presidential bets at the time were strong in their game, until Cory Aquino died and her son took the opportunity to run for president. Good for him, considering his political track record, he never would have gotten the chance to even think about the presidency otherwise. It appalls me to think our incumbent’s “daang matuwid” is based on taking advantage of the Filipino people, but hey, to each his own.

Anyway, this time, I’m really going to go home to vote. I’ve known long ago whom I’m voting for as Vice President — a part of me admires the Marcoses for the work they did before they went rogue: I am always grateful for Imelda Marcos pushing the arts, and for funding her many art programs. However, I am a Filipino, and I would still say #neveragain for the horrors that they put the country in. Familial ties are strong in this country, so no, I can’t vote for a Marcos as my Vice Pres. I’m sorry.

But it was my vote for the presidency that really confused me.

Photo: The Philippine Star

Jejomar Binay

Let us not even discuss him, he’s appalling.

Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte has his perks, of that I’m sure. He’s a good leader in Davao, I will not deny that. The way my friends talk, he seems to have a good grasp on the city — people are responsible, crime rate is low. I get it. But he’s showing signs of misogyny as early as now. Yes, things get out of hand fast, but this is the presidency we’re talking about — PR is important if only for diplomatic ties. We don’t live in just the Philippines anymore, with internet and UN membership, we live in a global community where countries have to support each other, so diplomatic ties are important, and if he keeps pissing off other countries context taken rightly or not, I’m concerned for our exports and OFWs and BPO workers. No, we’re too poor to rely solely on ourselves.

Grace Po

She’s motherly, she thinks before she speaks, she does her research and does it well, and she seems to have good PR. I think Grace Po could make a good president — but she needs more time and more experience — and maybe clear up that Citizenship issue once and for all. While we appreciate her during debates, it still infuriates me that she’s willing to find loopholes around the Constitution regarding her run for presidency. I mean, those are the basics, what would it mean for the future if we had a president who is willing to bend the most basic requirements for her qualification to grab at the seat?

Mar Roxas

Roxas has bad PR — that, we all know. Sometimes his attempt at connecting with the masses go too far that it’s seen as condescending, not sincere. Sometimes, he forgets his voice and words get out of his mouth before his brain had the chance to catch up, but more often than not, it’s like his PR team doesn’t really care because when he says damaging things, or when things he say gets out of context, his team doesn’t seem to care because I can’t remember a time where they did damage control. But we can’t put aside his achievements because of bad PR, though. I mean, you have to admit he did sign some cool laws when he was part of the senate, like the Cheaper Medicines Act, Magna Carta for Small Businesses, Tax Exemption for Minimum Wage, etc.

Miriam Defensor Santiago

Sometimes, you really do wonder if she’s going to have a heart attack while delivering one of her speeches, but for the most part, MDS is a passionate and admirable woman. Her list of achievements is endless, and her passion to help the Filipino people is heartwarming, at the same time heartbreaking. Even when I wasn’t interested in Philippine Politics, I have always admired her for her dedication and spirit. But MDS is not as healthy as she used to be. But MDS can do more as senate president. But MDS can do more at the ICC. She can be so much more than just be the next president of the Philippines. She lost the seat before, and she is sure to lose it again if surveys are accurate. Ayoko kasi masayang ang boto ko, Langya, baka si Binay pa ang manalo. But what if the 3% voting for Miriam isn’t actually just 3%? What if it’s more? What if the undecided will go vote for her instead?

The world is full of maybes, pero talaga, in the end, would all these things even matter if we as a Filipino people think only a president can save us? Gago nyo, di nga tayo responsable eh. Ni traffic laws di nga magawang sundin paano natin mapapalago ang bayan (pakyu jeepney driver na tinutukan kami bago sumingit sa harap ng sasakyan namin at muntikan kami binangga on purpose, tangina mo).

Makinig nga kasi tayo sa payo ni Ghandi: Be the change you wish to see in the world. Ano akala nyo sa presidente? Genie? Kahit nga si Genie three wishes lang kaya eh, di naman sapat yan mapaayos kabuhayan ng 100-million na tao dito.

Huy walang magic an presidente ah, hindi nya kayo mapapayaman, ano ba.

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In re: Duterte Rape Joke

I wanted to get off the political talks, but I can’t keep quiet about this.
Yes, Duterte is effective in Davao, and I think that his effectiveness should be acknowledged. But I think we should stop making excuses for people.
 
Rape jokes are NEVER okay. It brings horror to victims, and it destroys lives. I will not vote for a president who thinks that it is okay to make rape jokes because we as a people and we as a nation still believe that the victims are to blame for their rape, and until that changes, this misogynistic culture will never move forward.
 
It’s time to give the blame where it’s due: RAPISTS ARE AND WILL ALWAYS BE TO BLAME. RAPE SHOULD NEVER BE THE VICTIM’S FAULT.
 
Until we can teach children that the boys are supposed to control their perverted, sexual minds instead condemning girls and labeling them as sluts for the way they dress, we are never going to go forward.
 
Having a president who makes rape jokes in public will only reinforce the thought that rape is the victim’s fault. That rape in some forms are okay. That rape is forgivable. That rape is not a big deal. That rape is just… rape.
IT. IS. NOT.
 
All around the world, women had to fight for their rights for so long — to have their own rights and to be treated as equals, to vote, to get educated. Women have fought so valiantly to get to where they are now, so if you are a woman who thinks that rape jokes are okay, and that rape is forgivable, and that rape victims are the ones to blame for their unfortunate fates, you are part of what is wrong in this country.
 
And for that, I am ashamed.

On Politicking and Homophobia

Coffee Concepts

To Manny Pacquiao:

  1. Why are you even trying to run for a higher office anyway? You were barely present the last time, and you never even did anything remarkable in office. Just go box, that’s what you’re good at, and that’s how you make the Filipino people proud.
  2. If you are really going to run for office, have you ever heard of the separation between the church and the state? It’s on Article 2, Section VI of the Philippine Constitution.Remember that not everything that is moral in constitutional and not everything that is constitutional is moral. Also, please don’t bring the Bible into this, they did not ask to get married in the church, but in the eyes of the state.
  3. As a politician, you’re supposed to serve the citizens regardless of their age, race, GENDER, or RELIGION. The Constitution itself said to value “dignity of every human person” and…

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Dear Pope Francis, I’m Sorry for My Country

Dear Pope Francis,

I am not a religious person, I really am not. But I was brought up as a Catholic, and I understand why your visit to the Philippines is a big deal — it is not everyday that the leader of the Church visits our predominantly Christian country.

And I am sorry for the way that my country welcomed you.

I am sorry for the sharks who wanted to feel good about themselves by giving you an elaborate welcome, as if that alone can atone for their pretensions and corruption.

I am sorry you had to hear our president’s template speech: Yes, he always seems to blame others for the country’s situation, and yes, he always glorifies his family… among other things.

I am sorry that people concentrated more on that responsorial psalmist than the message you tried to say during your mass… then hashtagged your name to it.

I am sorry for their pretentious programs and for the crying (former) orphans that they dressed up to cry in front of you, instead of showing you the slums that you would no doubt see if it weren’t for the high walls covering them up.

I am sorry for the tacky shirts and mugs and paraphernalia that vendors are selling everywhere, but they probably needed the money and thought they can make some out of your visit, except those malls that sold them too, that was really just pure capitalism.

I am sorry for the tasteless life-size images set up in random places. I saw them at the theater, and they even put on a yellow rain coat for you because it was the same day you wore a yellow raincoat in the rain in Tacloban.

I am sorry for the media commentary that wanted to put words in your mouth without confirmation. Legitimate reporting died long ago, and now, everything is yellow. Unfortunately, yellow journalism is included.

Most of all, I am sorry they tried to make a tabloid celebrity out of you instead of making your visit about your purpose.

Please don’t take it against everyone, you have genuinely inspired many, and I am sorry your visit did not reflect that properly.

 

Sincerely,
Me.

This is a reaction to the Internet Libel Laws

According to this article, this article, this article, and this article, Internet Libel Laws are constitutional in the Philippines.

What does this mean for Facebook users, bloggers, and social media slaves like me? We just lost one of our constitutional rights.

In case you don’t remember, Article III Section 4 of the Bill of Rights states:

“No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances.”

And you know what? This article is right; this whole criminalizing libel thing is something that the politicians cooked up because let’s face it, not only are they being criticized here, they are also criticized in the world stage, and since they can’t control the rest of the world, the least they can do is control their constituents.

Is this against freedom of speech and expression? Yes, because many people use the internet as a platform for their causes, and we all know that lately, those causes circle around the incompetence of the government. PDAF and Yolanda, anyone?

Is this against freedom of the press? Definitely. After all, the internet is the main source of news nowadays. Before news stories are reported on TV, the whole cyberworld is already tittering about it. Live video feed and live tweeting, duh?

Is this against the right of the people to peaceably assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances? This internet thing is actually the same way our national hero addressed his dismay about the Spanish government in the late 1800s. Ink on paper was the norm those days, these days, it’s the internet.

That’s why people criticize the government online, because you are never alone there. It’s easier to air your grievances in the cyberworld, and push to make a stand. Remember the pork barrel scam? Before people went to the Luneta Park for the Million People March, the cause and the details were posted online, telling people about PDAF, about how the government has gone to another sort of low. How else did they manage to have that many people there?

Is it just me or is the government taking baby steps toward communism? The next thing we know, Internet freedom will be limited, the same way China and North Korea did to shut their people up. And who knows what will happen next?

And all this because people finally started to see what sorts of stupid people are in power to manage the country.

internet libelBut hey, let’s wait for more details, maybe there are other things that can make this damned law better…like passing the Magna Carta for Internet Freedom, maybe? Sen. Miriam Santiago said it all in this press release, and let’s hope she will fight for her pet. (She will)