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Atenean laments how the Philippines went NOWHERE after the 1986 EDSA Revolution

I was 10 when Edsa 1 took place, classes were suspended,  F-4 jets were flying overhead, but first and foremost, what counted to me and my sister was that there were no classes for that week.
We, as a nation had a "bloodless revolution" - we had ousted the Marcose's and put into power Cory Aquino. 
Apparently she was robbed of her mandate during the election count, where NAMFREL had declared her as the winner and COMELEC said otherwise, where we saw the walkout happen during the quick count, and the rest was history.
I feel that a lot of the things that we went through as a nation during EDSA 1 has taken us nowhere.
Most of the key players during the MARCOS regime weren't made accountable for their actions, and the roles they played during the Martial Law period...such as Juan Ponce Enrile and Fidel Valdez Ramos, Defense Minister and Police Constabulary chief respectively.
Basic discipline has gone to the dogs - where before we had bit of discipline when we had Ma…

Martial Law and former President Marcos are not inherently 'evil'

If former President Marcos was as bad as they paint him out to be, then why build so many schools that further improved people’s literacy ? Why bother developing the country’s infrastructure that would enhance the economy? With an independent and highly functioning society, the gov’t wouldn’t need to impose Martial Law. And Dictatorship would certainly be resisted.
If somebody were a true dictator and as corrupt to the core, he would create conditions that debilitate the country and incapacitate the very people he wants to rule over and steal from– through an unending cycle of poverty, miseducation, dumbing down of the culture through corporate media and depriving them of elevated culture.
Is this being a pro-Marcos? It’s just a perspective. No need for labelling and putting things into boxes that only bring discussions to a dead-end. Who knows, maybe the truth might be too complex that even the scholars and historians aren’t ready for it.
This is a GRP Featu…

"There were three times more arrests per year under Cory than under Marcos..." 😱

"There were three times more arrests per year under Cory than under Marcos: 3,627 against 1,960. The average of those killed and disappeared during Cory’s watch was 244 annually, which isn’t too far from Marcos’ 296.
"Now, as they want Marcos Jr. to apologize for the human rights abuses under his father’s government, shouldn’t they ask President Benigno Aquino 3rd and his sisters to apologize for those during their mother’s time?"
Excerpt taken from "Human rights abuses under Cory as bad as dictator’s record – Marcos critics’ own data", Tiglao Manila Times April 17, 2016

People aren’t afraid to kill. They need to be in order for the bloodshed to cease.

I’m not an attorney but you just need to look at the speed of which our courts prosecutes criminals. It is inherently slow and inefficient. The amount of cases that continue to pile up on our courts is insane. Prosecuting everyone of these addicts, pushers, and lords take time as well as money. You honestly can’t expect our criminal courts to handle these cases at their present volume. It’s no wonder our people are restless and no longer see the point of following rules. Petty crimes such as pickpocketing or theft are rampant because criminals aren’t even afraid of getting caught. If criminals don’t fear the law, then what’s the point? The killings from both parties–cops, vigilantes, and criminals–will stop if they see that pursuing such actions is unworthy of their time. People aren’t afraid to kill. They need to be in order for the bloodshed to cease.
We are stuck with a Duterte presidency whether we like it or not. The trick in dealing with leaders you do not like is to allow them…

Living in the Philippines is like living in the 17th century. It’s literally like stepping back in time

Violence IS the Filipino’s preferred solution. It’s the way humanity has solved things since time immemorial in the absence of other solutions. Civilization is the deliberate abrogation of that basic human drive, and it’s not as simple as just writing some laws and paying some people to dress in police uniforms or judge’s robes. Without the underlying ideas, all you end up with is a sham and a money sink – which is indeed what we have here.
Filipino society is “backward” in the objective sense of the word: living here is like living in the 17th century. It’s literally like stepping back in time. I recognize the culture and mode of living from descriptions of my own country … 400 years ago. Apart from the weather, and the presence of some pointless anachronisms (eg., tricycles), it’s EXACTLY the same.
Duterte’s big mistake, I think, is assuming he’s going to fix 400 years of stalled social evolution in six months, or a year, or whatever he’s promising this week. It’s going to be a hel…

Filipinos will choose the Duterte Way until they can be convinced of a BETTER way

On paper, it’s the leaders who are responsible for upholding the law and protecting individual rights. The problem? Apart from not following those oaths, Duterte’s platform has basically been about killing criminals. That’s what got him elected, his populist rhetoric that he will solve our utmost problems by doing this and that. It’s the people who believed in his way of doing things and eventually handed him the reins. It’s the people’s responsibility to elect a leader, therefore, they get what they vote for.
You want the killings to stop and the rule of law to be upheld? Fine then convince the majority that the latter option will deliver results. I didn’t vote for Duterte but apparently a lot of people did because they believed in his agenda. When you have successive administrations with the same measly outcomes, you are bound to have a leader with extremist tendencies to solve problems that are deeply entrenched into our society. Don’t simply be against extremism but also show (no…

You want to sell your version of justice? Prove that it works.

The reason why violence is the preferred solution is because the ‘other’ solution is deemed ineffective. Yap all you want about the benefits of love and compassion as well as upholding the rule of law but if they do not deliver the results, it won’t be the go-to solution. This is why vigilantism exists because the institutions that are supposed to combat these problems are ineffective. You want the violence to lessen? Then do a better job of showing the ‘other’ way works. No, denouncing the current administration by saying you are against their policies isn’t going to work. The trick is to show the people that their way of doing things aren’t any better and that the slower but more effective approach does.
This is a problem with the leftist narrative. They harp on about human rights but totally miss the big picture. That people who are affected by these problems aren’t convinced their way is working. You want to sell your version of justice? Prove that it works. Apparently, the only …

Chito Gascon used @CHRgovPh to undermine the govt rather than help it bring crooked cops to justice

Mareng Winnie [Monsod] misses the point again [in her article Why we need the CHR].
Where does the Commission on Human Rights come into the picture? The 1987 Constitution wisely mandated an independent body to which we can turn when it is the state agents themselves who violate human rights. We need the CHR, warts and all. The government is already going after the terrorist groups with full public support. And already helping their victims. There is no need for the CHR to investigate them or help their victims.
How can you justify the existence of the CHR by saying that it is the agency meant to run after government when it is not vested with quasi-judicial powers to begin with?

The only time the public became aware the CHR existed was when Leila De Lima was its Chair because she used it as platform to launch her political career. GMA appointed her but she turned on GMA in order to ingratiate herself with PeNoy.
She was rewarded with the SOJ post in the Aquino administration and pr…

The @CHRgovPh is presently a legal fiction, has no legal basis even to call itself a Commission

Yen Makabenta, whom I respect being one of our best columnists, claims the CHR is in "suspended animation" because of lack of an enabling law to legitimize it. Like so many people, I had assumed the CHR had a legal basis. So I went back to the 1987 Constitution which was ratified by plebiscite on Feb.2, 1987.
Article IX of the 1987 Constitution created three constitutional commissions: the Civil Service Commission, the Commission on Elections, and the Commission on Audit.
Article XIII Sec.1 states that "Congress shall give highest priority to the enactment of measures that protect and enhance the right of all the people to human dignity..."
Sec.17 states "There is hereby created an independent office called the Commission on Human Rights. Until this Commission is constituted, the existing Presidential Committee on Human Rights (located in the Office of the President) shall continue to exercise its present functions and powers."
What Sec.17 means is that …

Chito Gascon had been using the @CHRgovPh to invite foreign intervention into the Philippines

Some senators say that the budget of the CHR should be restored, because, no matter how people feel about the CHR’s current leadership, the agency is mandated by the Constitution to exist.
This is a flawed, overly simplistic argument. While it is true that the current law of the land decrees that the CHR should exist, the agency has failed to perform its functions PRECISELY BECAUSE it is headed by a brazen partisan like Chito Gascon. Gascon has been using the agency almost exclusively to advance the propaganda aims of the Liberal Party.
The P1,000 budget given by the House of Representatives to the CHR is not about abolishing the CHR per se, but about HOLDING GASCON ACCOUNTABLE.

Surely our senators are not so blind as to not see what Gascon has been doing. The man has been sending distorted data to international bodies to drum up support for foreign intervention to topple the Duterte government. The man has turned the CHR into a Liberal Party attack dog, dead set on discrediting the …

Filipino journalists are too stupid to ask Trillanes the RIGHT questions

The stupidity and gullibility of the Pinoy news media is once again in full display, thanks to Antonio Trillanes.
I thought it was bad enough that the “veteran journalists” couldn’t even get their basic prepositions right — it’s right AGAINST self-incrimination, you morons, not right TO self-incrimination — but seeing how they fell hook, line, and sinker for the useless sheets of paper Trililing waved around as his supposed “bank waivers”, I really think reporters should be subjected to IQ tests before they’re allowed to publish or broadcast any news. Stupidity of this level should be a crime, especially for the self-appointed “chosen ones” who claim to “speak truth to power” [gag / eye roll].

One look at the “waivers” Trililing signed shows they’re not at all usable or enforceable. See the “waivers” here.
1. In the waivers, Trillanes claims that the accounts don’t exist. Yet he produced and signed waivers for said accounts. If the accounts don’t exist, why sign waivers for them?
2. …

Appalling public slobbery on display at LRT Carriedo Station!

What is an otherwise historic building in Manila designed with a bygone architectural touch stands marred by a lack of care by an apathetic public.
These photos were posted on Facebook by Rolando Alano along with the following message...
LRT [Light Rail Transit] riders just throw their garbage on the ledge of the nearby building as they pass through the stairwell of Carriedo Station. 😡  May I request my friends to share this until it reaches:  1.) as many LRT users as possible, and  2.) the policy makers of the Manila City Hall and LRTA.  Thank you.

It is a shame that Filipinos are not only oblivious to that hidden beauties of their capital city, they unmindfully destroy the little that is left.

The Philippine Senate can only redeem itself if it expels 'senator' Antonio Trillanes

Trililing is a delusional psycho, everyone already knows this. The real question is, why did the other senators allow him stage another freak show at the Senate?

Senate President Koko Pimentel’s spinelessness and lack of leadership is appalling. He does nothing while bottom-dwelling scum like Leila de Lima, Trillanes, and Risa Hontiveros use the Senate of the Philippines to repeatedly malign the President and smear the reputation of the country in the international community.

I’m not saying President Duterte should be untouchable. By all means, subject his administration to investigations when there is real evidence to do so. But it is so clear that de Lima, Trillanes, and Hontiveros have no evidence. They just want to use the Senate to legitimize their lies and broadcast their crap to the world.

Why did Trillanes insist on having Paolo Duterte and Mans Carpio show up at the Senate? Why did Ping Lacson use a Senate privilege speech to “expose” customs officials without evidence? Two …

Faeldon vs the Philippine Senate: Real man vs grandstanding hypocrites

Former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon is also a former Marine. The stuff he is made of thanks to that Marine training is now on exhibit as he stoically stands up to the political persecution machine that the Philippine Senate has become.

This is what real leaders and real MEN are made of. Stoic and steady in the face of adversity.

Compare him with this man...

Trillanes maintains a network of 'foreign intelligence sources'! 😱

Trillanes to Paulo Duterte: We'll take a photo of your tattoo and send it to my foreign intelligence source to determine from the tattoo which branch of the Triad you are a member of.
But he doesn't explain what this "foreign intelligence" is, whether this is from Mars or from his office.
It is is astonishing how Trillanes thinks Filipinos are so stupid.
Bobi Tiglao as posted on Facebook.

Why Filipinos keep voting for idiots like 'senator' Antonio Trillanes

Of course the masa will keep [Senator Antonio Trillanes] in office, and the game will continue unchanged. Personality disorders are so common among Filipinos at large they have trouble spotting it in other people. They think it’s normal. People who act with integrity or concern for others are considered weak.
What’s funny about this is that Trillanes is doing exactly what Filipinos want: acting the savior. Never mind that the job of tracking down and questioning (alleged) lawbreakers is the job of the police. The few good men in the police could probably be counted on one hand, so we all know how that works out. The average voting tambay does NOT want that problem fixed: if the Philippines actually had a functioning police force, he’d probably end up arrested himself. No, far better to see some politician grandstanding on TV, on some personal crusade against 0.0001% of the criminal population.
All this makes the voting tambay feel good on two fronts: 1) nobody has come after HIM, so …

The behavior of Trillanes, is not the behavior of a normal person

“May Trililing na si Trillanes, Kaya nagwawala sa Senado”
The behavior of Trillanes, is not the behavior of a normal person. He is acting like an “Immature Child”, who gives everybody a hard time; if he cannot get what he wants.
Those who voted for this “Clown Trillanes”, should be ashamed of themselves. Or, he won, like Leni Robredo in the election, because of the Andres “Si Latigo” Bautista COMELEC HOCUS PCOS and SMARTMAGIC. Trillanes has no shame, on himself. He does not even have an iota of civility !
He was the “Running Dog” of Pnoy Aquino, during the Aquino’s term. He went on a backdoor diplomacy in China; that resulted in the occupation of the Scarborough Shoals. He and Aquino, may had sold these shoals to China.
His DAP and PDAF, has no projects. “Ibinulsa niya ang pera/fund ng DAP at PDAF. How about his Pork Barrel ? Let us look into it…
The faster, we remove this “Trillanes Clown” from the Senate; the better, we can move on…
Plan B for the Liberal Party failed. This Plan wa…