Show and tell

Posted in Philip Gilmore Cartoons by uniffors on the April 17th, 2015


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Sa ikauunlad ng Bayan

Posted in Philip Gilmore Cartoons by uniffors on the April 16th, 2015

“Sa ikauunlad ng Bayan, tae ng bulate ang kailangan” – Abi

Abi's bulate

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Fatherly advice

Posted in Philip Gilmore Cartoons by uniffors on the April 15th, 2015


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The Peace Investment

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the April 15th, 2015


Critics of the BBL keep repeating that the MILF will receive P75 billion. How did they get that amount?

Did they add the OLD money which the ARMM region is already getting to the NEW money that will come with the passage of the BBL? Or did they just pull the P75B amount out of their sorry asses?

The NEW money is the PEACE INVESTMENT.

The PEACE INVESTMENT is the only amount that should concern us because all the other allocations are going to be given to the ARMM region anyway- BBL or none, peace or war.

The proposed PEACE INVESTMENT does not come close to the P75B claimed by the anti-BBL crowd. And it DECREASES as the autonomous government becomes less dependent on capital infusion from the national government.

Granted the BBL is a big gamble but where will you put your hard-earned money – on a peace venture that promises to pay handsome dividends or on the continuation of a war that has not paid any dividends and continues to cost billions with no end in sight?

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An editorial disguised as a headline

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the April 14th, 2015
    PNoy eyeing mom’s legal counsel as Comelec chief: sources

    by Ira Pedrasa, ABS-CBNnews.com
    Posted at 04/09/2015 2:40 AM | Updated as of 04/09/2015 2:51 AM
    MANILA – Former Supreme Court Associate Justice Adolf Azcuna is being considered by President Benigno Aquino III to replace former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes, sources told ABS-CBNnews.com.

    Sources said Azcuna has strong backing considering his ties to the Aquino family, which go back to when he served as presidential legal counsel of former President Corazon Aquino.

    Names have cropped up in the past few weeks, including those of Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Chairman Winston Ginez and former Cadiz City Mayor Rowena Guanzon.

    Ginez and Guanzon, however, are only being considered for the commissioner posts, sources said.

    Asked for comment, Azcuna told ABS-CBNnews.com he won’t confirm nor deny the news.

    Azcuna was one of the leading election lawyers during his younger years in the Philippine Bar.

    Azcuna was also one of the members of the 1986 Constitutional Commission who drafted the new charter following the People Power revolt at EDSA in February 1986.

    Azcuna served for seven years–from 2002 to 2009–as magistrate of the Supreme Court. There, he introduced a concept that highlighted the protection of human rights.

    He is the father of the “writ of Amparo” – which determines, among others, “the responsibility, or at least accountability for the enforced disappearance for purposes of imposing the appropriate remedies to address the disappearance.”

    After he retired from the high court, Azcuna became chancellor of the Philippine Judicial Academy, a post he holds until today.

    Last year, Azcuna was appointed as one of the new commissioners of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), an eminent international human rights non-governmental organization.

    He is the first Filipino to sit in the ICJ.

    Azcuna also made headlines the past few months for saying there was nothing unconstitutional in the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law.

The headline of the ABS-CBNNEWS.COM story above is a clear demonstration of the sort of shit that passes for journalism these days – it is an editorial disguised as a headline.

The editorial message of the headline is a double whammy:

    (1) what counts in this administration is “who you know” and
    (2) government under this administration is a family affair.

That’s why the headline writer wrote: “PNoy eyeing mom’s legal counsel” instead of “PNoy eyeing former presidential legal counsel… or former associate justice of the Supreme Court… or Chancellor of the Philippine Judicial Academy… or commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists.

Notice how the headline used a colon before the word “sources” as a substitute for “according to unnamed sources”.

Wouldn’t the innuendo that Azcuna is being considered for the Comelec because of his connection to Cory, and by extension her son, lose its sting if the headline writer used “according to unnamed sources”instead of a colon?

Compare “PNoy eyeing mom’s legal counsel as Comelec chief: sources” with “PNoy eyeing mom’s legal counsel as Comelec chief according to unnamed sources.”

Ganyan ang mga journalist ngayon. Mga trying hard Goebbels.

But you can see through that misleading ABS-CBN headline by asking the following questions:

    (1) Did GMA appoint Azcuna to the Supreme Court because he was Cory’s legal counsel?

    (2) Did the Supreme Court appoint Azcuna Chancellor of the Philippine Judicial Academy because he was Cory’s legal counsel?

    (3) Was Azcuna elected to the International Commission of Jurists because he was Cory’s legal counsel?

And then you can decide whether bobo o bayaran yung headline writer ng ABS-CBN and whether ABS-CBN is turning into a cheap rag like the Manila Times, Standard-Today, and Daily Tribune.

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Takipan na!

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the April 13th, 2015

Ano ang mas mahalaga, yun malaman ang pangalan ni Iqbal o mahuli ang isang magnanakaw?
Obvious, diba?

So bakit kaya sinabay yung Senate hearing sa tunay na identity ni Iqbal dun sa Senate hearing tungkol sa kabulastugan ng isang taong kumakandidato sa pagka presidente?

If you go to the Senate website for a live stream of today’s Senate proceedings ang mapapanood ninyo ay ang Blue Ribbon hearing on Binay. Kasi nauna at matagal nang naka-schedule yung hearing kay Binay. Bakit ipinilit isabay yung unscheduled BBL hearing tungkol kay Iqbal?

Sa parte naman ng media. Bakit ang kino-cover ninyo ay yung Iqbal hearing at hindi yung kay Binay? Maliwanag naman na magmula pa nung panahon ni Marcos hanggang ngayon ang gobyerno ay nakikipagnegotiate na sa taong nangangalang Iqbal. Hindi na news yun, pwera na lang kung gagawin ninyong news lalung-lalo kung meron sumusulsol sa inyo na gawin ninyong news ang pangalan ni Iqbal para matakpan ang katotohanan tungkol sa pandarambong ng inyong pagador.

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Nom de guerre and nom de plume

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the April 12th, 2015

The Senate announced it will hold a hearing on the MILF peace negotiator Iqbal’s nom de guerre. The Senators consider it a serious matter.

Bong Revilla uses “Ramon Revilla Jr.; Jose Marie M. Bautista; Jose Marie Mortel Bautista; Ramon “Bong” Bautista Jr.; Ramon “Bong” Bautista; Jose Marie Bautista for his properties and other assets. The Senatores don’t think it matters.

Jose Marcelo Ejercito’s nom de guerre (an assumed name under which a person engages in combat or some other activity or enterprise.) is Joseph Estrada. His nom de plume is Jose Velarde. Or is nom de plunder?

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Nothing but the truth

Posted in Philip Gilmore Cartoons by uniffors on the April 9th, 2015


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Scaring up confessions that’s the only thing polygraphs can do.

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the April 9th, 2015

Because the SAF and the AFP gave conflicting testimonies on the rescue part of the Mamasapano encounter, cop turned politician ACT-CIS partylist Rep Samuel Pagdilao came up with the suggestion that SAF Supt Michael John Mangahis and 1st Mechanized Brigade Commander Col Gener Del Rosario be made to take a lie detector test.

    “The people of the Republic of the Philippines deserve to know the truth and we are duty-bound to know the truth. This is our opportunity to get to the bottom of the truth of this,” he said during the hearing.

And seriously, to my utter amazement, his colleagues took him seriously. Not one of them questioned whether or not a polygraph can help the Batasan investigating committee get to the truth.

The only opposition to Pagdilao’s proposal came from Cavite Rep Elpidio Barzaga. And his objection was based on a different matter altogether.

    “Based on our experience, in the course of our investigation, there are always conflicting testimonies. The remedy to undergo polygraph would be a violation of their constitutional rights,” he said. He added that ‘subjecting resource persons to a lie-detector test would set a bad precedent and scare future resource persons’.

The utility of a polygraph is based on the universal belief that lying causes anxiety, a physically measurable state of mind or conscience, if you will. Now I don’t know about you but…

    Do chill persons suffer anxiety or exhibit anxiety when they tell a lie? So how will a machine that supposedly detects a lie by measuring changes in a person’s blood pressure, perspiration, breathing, heart rate, and voice pattern catch a chill liar? Besides some people sincerely believe they are telling the truth even when they are telling a lie. Will those kinds of liars exhibit detectable qualms of conscience?

Ronald Reagan’s retraction of his statement a few months after he denied that there was a deal with Iran exchanging arms for hostages shows why he would not have exhibited any anxiety when he lied.

    “A few months ago I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that’s true, but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not.”

The best way to detect a lie is by comparing the facts and the evidence with a person’s statement. The Batasan investigating committee can do it but that will mean a lot of off-camera work for them. So let the polygraph do our work.

But a polygraph cannot do investigative work like the committee can although it can scare confessions from its subjects, just like the suspicious customs inspector who studies your passport intently before he asks you, “Do you have anything to declare?” while looking you straight in the eye and pressing his hand over your heart.

Scaring up confessions that’s the only thing polygraphs can do.

But don’t take my word for it, take the word of people who know what they are talking about.

On the polygraph machine that has starred in so many crime and espionage movies:

John A. Larson, polygraph pioneer said,

    “The lie detector is nothing more than a psychological third-degree aimed at extorting a confession as the old physical beatings were. At times I’m sorry I ever had any part in its development.”

Prof. Stephen E. Feinberg, Chairman, Committee to Review the Scientific Evidence on the Polygraph, National Academy of Sciences, said,

    “Polygraph testing has been the gold standard, but it’s obviously fool’s gold.”

Former CIA Director John M. Deutch said,

    “[The CIA's] reliance on the polygraph is truly insane”

Former CIA Director R. James Woolsey said,

    “…the use of this highly flawed instrument should be radically curtailed.”

Retired CIA polygrapher John F. Sullivan said,

    “Polygraph is more art than science, and unless an admission is obtained, the final determination is frequently what we refer to as a scientific wild-ass guess (SWAG)”

Former Supervisory Special Agent Drew C. Richardson, FBI Laboratory Division, said,

    “[Polygraph screening] is completely without any theoretical foundation and has absolutely no validity…the diagnostic value of this type of testing is no more than that of astrology or tea-leaf reading.”

On using functional magnetic resonance brain imaging to detect lies:

Geraint Rees, director of the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, said,

    “I don’t want to be over-optimistic here that we are going to come up with some all-singing, all-dancing brain-reading, lie-detecting device. This is extremely unlikely, now or in the foreseeable future. What we can’t do is say that because a particular area of the brain is active someone was doing something like lying. Any brain area does multiple things.”

After all is said and done, maybe playing “20 Questions” with BeijingMuna’s Rep. Neri Colmenares is better than submitting to a polygraph test.

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On cleaning up the Judiciary

Posted in Philip Gilmore Cartoons by uniffors on the April 7th, 2015

Responding to calls to clean up the Judiciary, the Chief Justice said…


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