The Morality of Bong Revilla

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the May 31st, 2009

At last.

I’m glad someone like Patricia. Evangelista saw through the histrionics of Sen. Bong Revilla, a so-so actor and an even worse senator.

I’ve been meaning to write on the irony, and hypocrisy, of Sen. Bong Revilla taking on the role of moral guardian. Luckily, Ms. Evangelista did it. She said everything I wanted to say and better than I could ever hope to myself.

Method To Madness
The morality of Sen. Bong Revilla
By Patricia Evangelista

ACTOR Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. – Star of “Alyas Pogi” (1990) “Alyas Pogi 2” (1992) and “Alyas Pogi: The Return” (1999) – has a penchant for roles that demand bandanas, screaming half-naked females and paint-by-number tattoos. The boyish superman with the plastic M14 can take on a gang of mustached and bearded hoods – hoods, we assume, by virtue of the mustaches – all while heroically sucking in the gut under the tucked-in T-shirt. This is the man whose defining moment in his role as Leon in the 2000 film “Ang Kilabot at ang Kembot” has three women accusing him (accurately) of pretending loyalty to each of them, while all the while attempting to get a virgin into bed. And so the women stride in, big brothers in tow, all of whom launch themselves at the man with a hand on another woman’s behind. And then the action starts, elbow to gut, fist to face, a knee to the groin, the whining Casanova suddenly Zorro. The men fall bleeding at his feet, and so do the women, all four trying to squirm their half-naked selves into his arms while Leon rolls his eyes. Another day in the life of a real man.

This is Bong Revilla, whose contribution to culture is in large part the image of the Filipino macho man in a country where film and television offer the public the most accessible set of social standards. In the celluloid world of Bong Revilla, women are either sluts or virgins, wives are forgiving, and a real man is someone with a gun in one hand and a breast in the other. (more…)

Lakas-Kampi establish Crime Inc.

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the May 28th, 2009

It is official. Lakas and Kampi have merged into the biggest ever criminal syndicate in the country. And the capo di tutti capi immediately declared war on the people. She told the bosses in attendance that united the gang will be unstoppable.

“The emergence of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD as one party is our finest weapon and perhaps our best guarantee for success in the 2010 elections. I look upon Lakas-Kampi moving as one, fighting as one, as the instrument and beacon for electing the best, most qualified, and the worthiest leaders of our country,”

And she made no bones about who was going to call the shots from here on end.

“I need you with me, strong and united. That’s why here, at least in our house, there is no other way forward but to be one, act as one, win as one,”

We is fucked!

“In a nation run by swine, all pigs are upward-mobile and the rest of us are fucked until we can put our acts together: Not necessarily to Win, but mainly to keep from Losing Completely”

Explain the jokes naman, please

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the May 27th, 2009

My column in today’s Business Mirror is a swipe at a peculiar sort of patriotism.

    Dispatches from the Enchanted Kingdom
    Explain the jokes ‘naman’, please

    A chip on the shoulder is not a sign of patriotism. It’s the mark of an inferiority complex.—Philip Gilmore

    I still don’t get the patriotic furor over Alec Baldwin’s remark.

    “I’d love to have more kids. I’m thinking about getting a Filipina mail-order bride at this point, or a Russian. I don’t care, I’m 51.”

    I suspect “mail-order bride” had something to do with it, but I can’t for the life of me figure out why.

    A mail-order bride is a woman who chooses a different route to marriage. She is not a slut. She is not morally inferior to a woman who opts to be courted in the traditional manner.

    Baldwin joked about how difficult it is for older men to find young women who will bear children for them. It’s supposed to be funny because he, at 51, does not look like he’s about to fall off women’s to-do lists anytime soon. It’s a self-effacing joke. So lighten up.

    Consider the following: (more…)

Fred and Gloria have fish to fry

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the May 26th, 2009

I thought the Supreme Court already said the Pandacan oil depot has got to go.

But here’s Manila Mayor Fred Lim and Gloria Arroyo acting like the issue is not yet settled.

Lim said, “I toldthe President that relocating these industries—the oil depots of Shell, Petron and Chevron and the other multinational locators in the 36-hectare property being mentioned in the City Council Resolution—will result in a lot of displacements, particularly of those currently employed by these companies.”

“She told me to look very seriously into how this will affect the business community and the impact on our investment policies, particularly on foreign investments,” Lim said.

“The President said I should study the impact of my decision not just on the local community—meaning on Manila—but also on the entire country.

“I told her I have been holding dialogues with the different stakeholders, including the oil companies, so that I will get all the views from all affected sectors.

“I’ll make my decision on Thursday… the problem is completely in my hands.”

So screw the Supreme Court, And who cares about the safety of those living around the depot. Fred and Gloria have fish to fry.

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Things I thought would never happen

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the May 25th, 2009

I never thought I would side with Raul Gonzalez, ever. But I did, in the Alabang Boys case. In that particular instance, Raul Gonzalez was on the side of due process and the rule of law against a gang of law-enforcers hellbent on bending the law to fit their personal agenda.

I’ve always believed it’s hard to out-asshole Gonzalez . But PDEA director Santiago and his side-kick, Maj. Marcelino, proved me wrong.

I never thought I would be on the side of Juan Ponce Enrile on any issue. But now I am, on the Villar ethics probe. Read Enrile’s Privilege Speech (more…)

The top 15 debtor countries

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the May 25th, 2009

From CNBC comes this list of the world’s top debtor countries.

As you will see, the debt per capita is shocking. But even more astounding is the fact that there are so many among us who would rather live in these debt-ridden countries than in Gloria’s enchanted kingdom. Go figure. (more…)

A very important notice

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the May 22nd, 2009

If you believe in transparency in governance, this is for you.

Subject: Campaign meeting on Senate bill on the right to information

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Warm greetings!

We write to you in relation to the bills on the people’s right to
information now pending before the Senate Committee on Public Information and Mass Media. Action for Economic Reforms, together with the members of the Access to Information Network, has been advocating for the passage of this legislation for the past ten years. As you know, our constitution has secured for us Filipinos, in Section 7 of the Bill of Rights, our right to be informed on matters of public concern. In addition, the constitution has declared it a policy of the state, in Article II, Section 28, to fully disclose all its transactions involving public interest.

Villar’s swine song

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the May 20th, 2009

Dispatches from the Enchanted Kingdom
A senator’s swine song

You can’t bake your cake and bake mine, too.—Melanie Marquez

A friend and I were listening to the Senate hearing on Sen. Jamby Madrigal’s ethics complaint against Sen. Manny Villar.

Sen. Nene Pimentel Jr. was conjuring up legal obstacles against the presentation of charges against Villar.

“Great dilatory tactics,” my friend said.

I don’t revere tomfoolery like my friend does, so I changed the topic and asked him, “Nene is making dilat, how?”

“Idiot! Dilatory means delaying tactics, it does not mean opening your eyes wide,” he said.

I went for Nene’s eyes anyway.

Villar goes shopping

Posted in Brownman's Posts by uniffors on the May 19th, 2009

Lito Banayo of Malaya has Villar’s number. In his column today he relates the shenanigans and duplicity of Villar and his cohorts.

Villar goes forum shopping

First, Sen, Ping Lacson, as the new chair of the Committee on Ethics, announced the names of the Senate majority who would be members of the committee. Twice he asked the new minority membership to submit their nominees for membership. They refused. Minority leader Nene Pimentel told Lacson, “Pasensya ka na, but that is the decision of our group”.

Bullying Cheche

Posted in Brownman's Posts by uniffors on the May 17th, 2009

This article by Filomeno S. Sta.Ana III, in tomorrow’s Yellow Pad column in Business World, digs deeper into the attack on Checje Lazaro.

Dictatorship (Bullying Cheche, part 2)

Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III

Karl Marx liked to use provocative words, making his ideas more haunting, more shocking. His “specter of communism” is a classic example.

Another much-dreaded term of Marx is the “dictatorship of the proletariat.” His latter-day disciples misapplied the term and even distorted its meaning. By calling a state a dictatorship, Marx was merely stating the fact that any state—be it controlled by the capitalists or the workers or whoever—has coercive powers. The instruments of coercion, inherent in any state, include the police, the prisons, and the courts.

So even the most democratic state cannot do away with the facet of a dictatorship as long as it possesses the instruments of coercion. But in democracies, the state’s coercive power is constrained by the rule of law and custom.


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