Posted in Manuel Quezon III,Philip Gilmore Cartoons by uniffors on the May 3rd, 2012

The meaning of the Spanish word simpatico is “of like mind or temperament; compatible.” Both Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile and Migz Zubiri have a colorful electoral history with the Pimentel family.


Talagang walang hiya si Villar

Posted in Manuel Buencamino,Manuel Quezon III by uniffors on the March 28th, 2010

Philippine Star columnist Billy Esposo turns his wrecking ball on more myths. He cites public records to shatter Villar’s favorite “once-poor” claims.

Here are excerpts from Esposo’s Chairwrecker column today READ HERE IN FULL:

Good Frodo and Evil Gollum

Posted in Manuel Quezon III by uniffors on the November 23rd, 2009

Manuel Quezon of PDI cites the Lord of the Rings to put into context the decision of Noynoy Aquino to include Ralph Recto in the senatorial slate of the Liberal Party. Self-righteousness, more often than not, stands in the way of reform.

The Long View
Good Frodo and Evil Gollum
By Manuel L. Quezon III
Philippine Daily Inquirer

IN book two of “The Fellowship of the Ring,” Celeborn, elven co-ruler of Lothlórien, speaks directly to the readers as much as to the Fellowship when he counsels, “Do not despise the lore that has come down from distant years; for oft it may chance that old wives keep in memory word of things that once were needful for the wise to know.”

Chances are you’ve read or watched “The Lord of the Rings,” Tolkien’s saga in three volumes of how a reluctant hero is tasked with destroying a Ring of Power as a squabbling alliance of Hobbits, humans, dwarves and elves backs him up and fights titanic battles against the evil Sauron and his gruesome dark hordes. The epic is about Good and Evil, and how individuals can be one or the other, or even both, depending on the circumstances.

Gloria and Vivianne Resign! (Blogswarm)

Posted in Manuel Quezon III by uniffors on the February 15th, 2008


The raging woman is Vivianne Yuchengco, a Makati stockbroker who is often mis-identified as a daughter of taipan Alfonso Yuchengco.

Alfonso Yuchengco has enough problems without being accused of fathering Vivianne.

Seven years ago, Vivianne, wearing an “Erap Resign” headband, led a walkout of traders at the Makati Stock exchange.

Several months ago, she called for snipers to end the Manila Peninsula stand-off.

Yesterday, she vented her ire at the Makati Business Club because they asked for the resignation of Lito Atienza and Romy Neri, co-conspirators in the plot to silence Jun Lozada.

“We are a business club we are not in politics,” she said.

Vivianne is apolitical these days.

She is close to Gloria and even closer to Mike.

She should resign.

“From what?” you might ask.

I say, “From whatever and everything. She’s an unpleasant experience.”


The Pinoy Big Briber Campaign Gathers Steam

Posted in Manuel Quezon III by uniffors on the November 9th, 2007

Tha Ayala Ave. march drew about a thousand marchers. B&W distributed about 4,000 postcards to marchers and curious onlookers who asked for them. Even postal employees wanted postcards when the marchers arrived to mail in their cards.

Everybody loves Gloria!


There’s now over 50,000 votes for Gloria’s eviction in the PBB website. Keep ‘em coming!


Revolution can be fun!

Useful benchmark

Posted in Manuel Quezon III by uniffors on the September 6th, 2007

Manuel L Quezon III continues his post-mortem on Gloria’s fantastic-growth scenario by looking at what’s inside the victim’s stomach. Read original here

Nitty-gritty, compared with GDP
By Manuel L. Quezon III

Let me begin by correcting three errors inadvertently made in my previous column. The first two are that the first-quarter 2004 gross domestic product (GDP) growth figure was eventually adjusted from 6.4 percent to 7.15 percent while the second-quarter 2004 GDP growth figure was eventually adjusted from 6.2 percent to 7.10 percent (not vice-versa as I’d written). Third, the 7.3 percent figure I erroneously stated as the (upwardly) revised first quarter GDP figure is actually the GDP growth for the first six months of 2007, which is the average of the 7.1 percent for the first quarter (first three months) and the 7.5 percent for second quarter (second three months) GDP growth figures. The first quarter GDP growth figure of 6.9 percent was revised upwards to 7.1 percent.

And something a reader from the business community pointed out in response to my last column: “The problem … is that the method of computing GDP was changed in 2004. The National Statistical Coordinating Board (NSCB, which presented the numbers) does not know if [the GDP] claim can be substantiated.”

Now let me move on to figures that hit closer to home than the GDP. The definitions of what is needed to survive, and the cost of minimum survival, are arrived at after intricate, scientific calculation. But apply those calculations in the real world, and you realize how even that may be far from the reality of many Filipinos. This is how we get a grip on self-rated hunger in the surveys, which drives our officials nuts. The thing is a lot more of us want the luxury of living to eat, rather than merely eating to live.

Take a look at the regional menu for the National Capital Region (Metro Manila) developed by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute. (more…)

Lies, damned lies, and statistics

Posted in Manuel Quezon III by uniffors on the September 3rd, 2007

Manuel L. Quezon II shares his insights on reading government statistics. READ ORIGINAL HERE


Official figures aren’t carved in stone

By Manuel L. Quezon III

There is, apparently, a debate going on about the origin of the famous aphorism that there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. One source noted in a University of York Department of Mathematics website quotes Sir Robert Giffen (1837-1910).

In the Economic Journal in 1892, Giffen wrote, “An old jest runs to the effect that there are three kinds of comparison among liars. There are liars, there are outrageous liars, and there are scientific experts. This has lately been adapted to throw dirt upon statistics. There are three degrees of comparisons, it is said, in lying. There are lies, there are outrageous lies, and there are statistics. Statisticians can afford to laugh at and profit by jokes at their expense. There is so much knowledge which is unobtainable except by statistics, especially the knowledge of the condition and growth of communities and growth of communities in the mass, that, even if the blunders in using statistics were greater and more frequent than they are, the study would still be indispensable. But just because we can afford to laugh at such jests we should be ready to turn them to account, and it is not difficult to discover one of the principal occasions for the jest I have quoted, and profit by the lesson.”


The Mad Hatters Ball

Posted in Manuel Quezon III by uniffors on the August 30th, 2007

Manuel L. Quezon III makes a hilarious prediction about calling Brenda’s inane bluff to TRO the playing of the Garci tapes in any Senate investigation. (READ “THE LONG VIEW” HERE.)


By Manuel L. Quezon III

Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Richard Gordon are prepared to go to the Supreme Court to ask for a temporary restraining order, or TRO. That is, if the Garci tapes end up being played in the Senate. The unsinkable Santiago warned her colleagues that they’d be liable for violating RA 4200, the Anti-Wiretapping Law, if they did such a thing.

But why just a TRO? If it authorized the playing of the tapes, she said, “the Senate would be an unwitting accessory to a crime.” Unwitting? It seems the battle of wits, with Santiago, Enrile, Arroyo and Gordon being against, and the rest of the Senate, for, the investigation of the latest “Hello, Garci”-related revelations, runs the risk of the tapes being played.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson should promptly play the tapes in open session, and provoke Santiago and Gordon into storming to the Supreme Court demanding not a TRO only but the arrest of every senator who refused to leave the session hall at that point. Or Santiago, with the able-bodied Gordon’s assistance, could wrestle Lacson to the ground, perform a citizen’s arrest, thump anyone who objected on the head with the Senate’s mace, and then go to the Supreme Court.

Impotent reassurance

Posted in Manuel Quezon III by uniffors on the August 27th, 2007

Manuel L. Quezon III blows the lid off a a bunch of junketeers


Impotent reassurances
By Manuel L. Quezon III

A US congressman, Silvestre Reyes, says there would be no cut in US military assistance to the Philippines. The AFP turned cartwheels in delight. The blog Uniffors (www.uniffors.com) says that the celebration is mistaken.

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Justice Disrobed

Posted in Manuel Quezon III by uniffors on the August 2nd, 2007

Manuel L. Quezon III writes the best commentary yet on justice under Gloria Arroyo.

Judicial limbo
By Manuel L. Quezon III

SEN. Antonio Trillanes IV will remain in detention, and incommunicado, until Judge Oscar Pimentel’s decision refusing him permission to go to work or set up an office in his cell is overturned by a superior court.

Pimentel justified his decision by citing the case of Romeo Jalosjos, who’d been convicted of statutory rape and reelected congressman, but was refused permission to attend sessions of the House of Representatives because the Supreme Court said he had to serve his sentence. In a word, Pimentel decided that an individual facing trial is on par with someone who has already been convicted of a crime.

But no one–not even Trillanes himself, to the best of my knowledge–is proposing that he be allowed to avoid punishment if he’s convicted. He is not, at this point, a convict. He is a detainee.

What is the purpose of detention? It isn’t punishment, it’s to prevent escape, and to close off the possibility of someone accused of a crime evading justice.


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