Talk to friends first

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the July 17th, 2016

Why rush talks with China? We don’t have to talk to China, we won. Let’s talk to our allies first.
China can wait. We can also wait. Because there is no expiry date on the Hague decision China will always be a squatter. That means we will always have the right to kick them out.

But right now wala tayong magagawa, not until we’re good and ready. China knows it, we know it. So China will do what it wants for as long as it can.

So what’s the use of holdng talks with China about the Hague decision? Talking to China now will only result in watering down the Hague decision.

Lastly so what if China promises to build us railroads? That’s gifting us a necktie so we’re forced to buy a suit from them kasi ano yung tren walang maintenance, walang upgrade, walang replacement? So ano tayo natives exchanging our EEZ for a toy train? O maski ano pa. This and future govts are only stewards of our EEZ. Their duty is to ensure it benefits the nation for as long as possible not to barter it away for chinese trinkets

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Days after winning, still no statement from the President

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the July 14th, 2016

Sobra naman kayong mga yellow army! Konting pasyensya lang po. Pinapaservice pa yun jet ski ‪#‎partnersforchangetards‬

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Philippines wins arbitration case vs China

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the July 14th, 2016

Yey! Now get on your jet ski and plant the flag!

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Separate inaugurations

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the June 18th, 2016

On one level, there is nothing wrong with having separate inaugurations.

But on another level I can also see why separate inaugurations are not healthy.

Our presidential elections are always very heated and divisive exercises and on top of that our presidents and vice presidents with the exception of GMA and Noli come from opposing camps.

So a joint inauguration serves as a symbol of healing and national unity after a hard-fought election. It is a symbolic call to the people to accept the popular mandate and to unite behind it.

In fairness to the du30 camp, their spokesman explained that the Rizal Hall in Malacañan fits only 500 guests. He added that with the diplomatic corps, the members of Congress, the military and police officials, and other government officials only 190 seats will be left for du30′s personal guests so there is simply not enough room to accommodate Leni and her crowd. In other words, the Rizal room just does not have any room for any symbolism of healing and national unity.

Of course that begs the question, why not hold the inauguration in a larger place?

Is one man’s idea of simplicity more important than sounding a call for healing and national unity?

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Above the law

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the June 18th, 2016

So Du30′s son posted on his Facebook page a photo of the temporary operator’s permit (TOP) issued to him for speeding.

I guess the point was to prove no one is above the law, right?

Media lapped that one up. Obviously, media forgot what his father had to say about speedsters.

Well this is what his father said:

    “If you are caught speeding, I will strip you naked in the middle of the highway and call the media,” Duterte said. “I dare you to file charges against me.”

So did Du30′s son post pictures of himself naked in the middle of the highway?
So now I ask media, do you still believe no one is above Du30′s law?

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Boy Saycon reloaded

Posted in Philip Gilmore Cartoons by uniffors on the May 31st, 2016

Seeking the limelight, political operator Boy Saycon presents witnesses to election cheating

boy saycon

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Spoiling the proclamation of Leni Robredo

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the May 31st, 2016

Today’s proclamation was marred by a party-list representative in an ill-fitting charcoal grey ready to wear barong pathetically striving to take the shine off the victory of Rep. Leni Robredo.

How do I know the barong was off the shelf? Because I didn’t come across any news of a tailor being murdered by a party-lister.

That party-lister made me miss the purple suit of Sal Panelo, the mayor’s spokesman.

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When your shit is confused…

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the May 31st, 2016

Ang gobyerno pa pala ang kalaban ng bayan.

Well, I guess if your world is so upside down your shit does not know between your ass and your mouth you’re bound to say things like…..

    “The people and the revolutionary forces are being attacked by enemy operations under Oplan Bayanihan. Aquino has not stopped these enemy operations,” CPP head honcho Joma Sison said.

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Stray thoughts….

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the May 29th, 2016

In 2010, Aquino campaigned on corruption and he won. In 2016, Du30 campaigned on drugs and he won. Both succeeded in turning their issue into the flavor of the month.

If you look at Pulse Asia’s surveys on national concerns from pre 2010 up to pre-Du30, the issue of drugs is not there. The perennial favorites were inflation, better pay, jobs, poverty, and similar economic concerns.

Noynoy introduced corruption in 2010 and it has been in the top five of national concerns since. But note that corruption was framed by Aquino as an economic concern – “kung walang korap walang mahirap”.
So the campaign before du30 was really about economic issues. Binay’s “palpak at manhid” and Grace’s “puso at galing” basically addressed unequal growth -”hindi naramdaman”.

Their line worked in the beginning. But as evidenced by the final vote tally, Mar eventually defeated their line.

Because the line of “palpak at manhid” that could be corrected by “puso at galing” could be debunked by statistics, photographs, and the actual experience of beneficiaries. (Note that Mar won in places hardest hit by Yolanda. He placed second among the E class and that could be because CCT was not that effective, or that drugs undermined whatever benefits CCT delivered, or because CCT takes years to bear fruit, or all three.)

Furthermore Binay’s “palpak at manhid” was undercut by corruption charges and Poe’s “galing” died during the debates where her lack of knowledge and experience could not be covered up by her high school debating team skills. (Her running mate came in at number four.)

The one issue that could not be defeated was drugs.

First, Du30 succeeded in making drugs a national concern. It peaked at number two in the Ulat ng Bayan survey on national concerns.

On a side note, drugs was cited as a separate concern from fighting criminality which came in as seventh. Drugs ranked higher than inflation, reducing poverty, and creating more jobs. Drugs came in second only to improving/increasing the pay of workers. Could this be an indication of the economic success of the Aquino administration? People now have jobs and they want better pay so they can afford to buy more drugs? :-)

Second, Du30 offered a quick and simple solution – “patayin ko kayo.” Mar tried to prove with facts and figures that his “lambat sibat” approach was working but facts and figures do not have the same impact as dead bodies on the street.

Third, the historical revisionism about peace and order during martial law made not only Du30 but also BBM possible.

Fourth, Du30 was able to translate his methods against drugs into a method for every other possible problem that voters could think of. And he made his promise credible by the way he behaved in public. The contrast between him and Mar was greatest on this point, and voters preferred Du30′s behavior. Maginoo pero medyo bastos?

Du30 is a politician who came along at a time when people frustrated by the slow pace of democracy and due process were looking for quick solutions. And he took his campaign directly to them, bypassing the usual filters like religious groups, big business, and local politicians.

I read somewhere that frustration, among all other negative emotions like anger or despair, is the mother of dictators.

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Duterte and marijuana

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the May 24th, 2016

In the, Inquirer today is a report that says presumptive Duterte is in favor of medical marijuana.

He said.

    “Medical marijuana, yes, because it is really an ingredient of modern medicine now.”

Unfortunately, he also said,

    “But if you would smoke it like a cigarette), I will not allow it ever…It remains to be a prohibited item and there’s always a threat of being arrested, or if you choose to fight the law enforcement agency, you die.”

So, in Duterte’s world, you can get cured by using marijuana for medical purposes but you can get killed for using it recreationally.

But seriously, if marijuana has medical benefits then it has medical benefits whether one uses it for medicine or for recreation, right? It is the marijuana and not the intent that has medical benefits, right?

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