Walang iwanan…daw

Posted in Philip Gilmore Cartoons by uniffors on the October 24th, 2014


Caretaker ka lang

Posted in Philip Gilmore Cartoons by uniffors on the October 24th, 2014

Caretaker lang siya pero kung pumorma akala mo siya na ang may-ari


Coffins as soapboxes for politicians

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the October 24th, 2014

The president is being criticized by certain quarters for not going to Jennifer Laude’s wake and for his explanation of why he did not.

This is what he said:

    “You know, in general, I don’t attend wakes of people I don’t know. I find it—and I’m speaking for myself—I’m uncomfortable in trying to condole with people who don’t know me and… Parang how can I say that I really sympathize with their loss and have some relevant discussion with them on trying to assuage, ‘di ba, their loss at that point in time? If I know the person somehow or the person is close to me… As a general rule, I attend wakes wherein there are some connections, so that ‘yung I don’t want to be a burden but rather I want to help them at their time of grief.”

What the president said was he had no personal reason to go to Jennfer’s wake. If Jennifer’s murder was not played up in media, if the VFA and LGBT angles did not bury the tragedy that befell Jennifer as a person, then no one would be calling for the president to visit her wake just like no one is calling for the president to visit the wake of the transgender who was killed in a flower shop and the other who was just walking down the street.

Those who want the president to show up at Jennifer’s wake want the president to make a political statement i.e. to show solidarity with LGBTs and with those opposed to VFA and EDCA.

Furthermore, his not showing up the wake does not mean he has no sympathy for Jennifer or her family. It simply means he does not want to turn it into a political circus, something that certain individuals and groups seem to have no problem doing whenever an opportunity presents itself, even if it means standing on the coffin of Jennifer and using it as a political soapbox.

Bring it on!

Posted in Philip Gilmore Cartoons by uniffors on the October 23rd, 2014


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Waiting for the knock-out punch

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the October 23rd, 2014

The Senate blue ribbon subcom had better deliver a knockout punch soon. The worst thing that can happen is for the hearings to end with a badly beaten up Binay who is still on his feet and throwing punches.

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President and role model for life

Posted in Philip Gilmore Cartoons by uniffors on the October 20th, 2014

“Binay, remains BSP president. He is the longest-serving president of the 2-million-strong BSP (Boy Souts of the Philippines.) He was first elected in 1994 and served up to 1996 and he was elected again in 1999. The organization’s past presidents held only two- to three-year terms.”


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Other venues?

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the October 20th, 2014


That despite the results of an SWS poll conducted September 26 to 29 showing that 8 out of 10 Filipinos want Binay to appear before the Senate panel investigating corruption allegations against him.

A better understanding of the statement of Binay’s spokesman, Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla, comes with this imaginary dialogue between Binay and an adviser.

    “Boss, yung mga dating kakosa mo isinumbong ka sa Senado.”
    “Ganun ba? Hayaan mo sasagutin ko ang mga paratang nila.”
    “Haharapin mo sila sa Senado?”
    “Tatapatan ko sila ng press con.”
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At Jennifer Laude’s wake

Posted in Uncategorized by uniffors on the October 20th, 2014

It’s nice that Binay condoled with Jennifer’s family. It’s even nicer that there was a reporter/photographer from the Philippine Daily Inquirer to record the event.

at the wake2

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Crying in the rain

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the October 19th, 2014

Interesting column in the “Young Blood” (youth voices) section of the Inquirer.

All I can say to the young man is “Hijo, ang problema ay dun sa nanliligaw at hindi dun sa liniligawan.”

“Kung hindi mo mapasagot ang liniligawan mo sa style mong pagligaw siguro ang tamang gawain ay tignan kung saan ka nagkukulang. Huwag mo nang ipagpilitan ang style na bulok at lalo nang huwag kang magpamukhang martyr kasi talagang mababusted ka.”

Here’s the drift of the op-ed:

    By Jayson Arvene T. Mondragon

    “We don’t go out in the streets under the blistering sun or the pouring rain, get hosed down or clapped in jail, just to see and hear the people we are fighting for looking down on us like we’re nothing more than a nuisance. And truth be told, that’s exactly how most people see activists: just another nuisance in their life. For most, activists are just the people who caused the traffic that made them get to school or the office late, just a noisy bunch of know-it-alls who “waste” their time shouting in the streets instead of “doing something good in their life.

    “Yes, like most people, we can choose to put the placards down and live a life like everyone else. Instead of shouting in the streets, we can be part of the growing commercialization of the country, and, judging from how artistic and creative most mobilizations are, we’ll probably be good at it. Instead of getting hosed down with dirty water after a day of walking in the sun fighting for a cause, we can actually get a job and clock out after five and go home to a luxurious hot shower. (Most real activists actually have jobs because we also know that fighting for a cause costs a lot.)”

Wow, woe is me, sincere and only trying to do what I think is best for you. Anong gusto mong mangayri? Sabihin ng liniligawan mo, “Nakakaawa naman siya sagutin ko na lang”, yun ba? Crying in the rain. Pweh!

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Ass-lick journalism

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the October 19th, 2014

This report, headlined as “No Lost Decade under GMA”, written by Paolo Romero contains a glaring omission. I’m posting the report in full. See if you can spot what Paolo Romero left out of the report.

    ‘No lost decade under GMA’
    By Paolo Romero

    The economic and fiscal reforms instituted by former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo continues to benefit the country and help protect it from external challenges, a former finance chief said yesterday.

    Former finance secretary Margarito Teves was commenting on President Aquino’s repeated assertions that Arroyo’s term from 2001 to 2010 was “a lost decade” for the country’s economy.

    Teves, who has been cited as “Asia’s Best Finance Minister” during his stint in government, said the Arroyo administration had laid the foundation which resulted in the Philippines’ credit rating upgrades which started during her term and shortly after she stepped down from office.

    “Data show that contrary to President Aquino’s reference to the Arroyo administration as a ‘lost decade,’ the Arroyo administration and Department of Finance had initiated several positive reforms that are benefiting the Philippine economy until today,” he pointed out.

    Teves noted that Arroyo’s prudent management of the national government debt and the passage of legislation in support of financial market development like the reformed value added tax have contributed to the strong fiscal performance of the country, which resulted in credit outlook upgrades from negative to stable during the Arroyo administration and positive shortly after July 2010.

    He said that Fitch’s upgrade in March 2013 noted that it was Arroyo’s “improvements in fiscal management…that made general government debt dynamics more resilient to shocks.”

    Teves recounted that the Arroyo administration’s strong focus on tax reforms also paved the way for increased tax collection revenue, generating the highest revenues by any single measure adopted under any administration.

    Arroyo’s Strong Republic Nautical Highway also improved connectivity in the country by integrating land and sea modes of transportation. Indonesia later followed the SRNH model.

    Teves stressed that President Aquino should give credit to Arroyo and members of her finance team by acknowledging their contributions in building a stronger economy.

    “I believe it would be fair to give credit to former President Arroyo and our colleagues at the Department of Finance for the hard work they have done from 2005 to 2010 and acknowledge the contributions of the previous administration in building the foundations of a stronger economy,” Teves said.

    When asked to assess the Aquino administration, Teves said he is commending the administration for sustaining the economic growth that was initiated during Arroyo’s term. But he noted that the growth is still not inclusive.

    He said the Aquino administration and the next administration must raise infrastructure spending to five percent of GDP from the present three percent and focus investments on infrastructure bottlenecks that increase the cost of doing business.

    He added that the Aquino administration must also modernize the agricultural sector; simplify the application process to build and operate power plants; create a stable regulatory environment which honors contracts with investors; address inconsistencies between increased tax collection and distortionary tax regime; and improve access to basic financial services such as credit, savings, payment of transfer remittances and insurance.

    “The economy needs to grow more in order to enlarge the economic pie and ensure that 100 million Filipinos partake of it. Our economy needs to grow eight percent consistently over two decades to achieve an increase in per capita income that will bring us closer to Thailand and Malaysia,” he said.

    Earlier, executives from the business process outsourcing industry in the country credited Arroyo for being responsible for the massive growth of the sector that has employed hundreds of thousands of workers.

Okay. Do you think your appreciation of Romero’s report would be the same if he identified Teves as Gloria Arroyo’s Secretary of Finance?

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