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What would "vice president" Leni Robredo do as president?

Short of whatever surprise Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte may have up his sleeve, "vice president" Leni Robredo is set to take over as "president" of the Philippines if Duterte steps down. That Duterte would hint that a possible military junta could take over after he steps down can be interpreted as meaning that this possibility is actually a remote one. Who would, after all, reveal what would normally be a top secret plot if one such is indeed in the works?

The question is, what kind of "president" would Robredo be? From the flaccid leadership she has so far exhibited, things don't look too promising. She will be a pussycat in a den of lions to say the least.

Such is the luck of Filipinos. They cannot even find a good leader within their 100-million strong lot.

Even supporters of Duterte are baffled as to why he'd even think out loud about stepping down. One would think that a President who won the trust of enough voters to be given the o…

Will the Yellowtards get in bed with House Speaker Gloria Arroyo just to beat President Duterte and prevent a Marcos presidency?

One of the options being proposed from various quarters is for the Yellowtards led by "vice president" Leni Robredo to form an alliance with House Speaker Gloria Arroyo to "topple" the administration of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. This is a possible strategy to exploit what seems to be an emerging opportunity in light of recent statements made by Duterte that he is wanting to step down from office.

The more important thing proponents of this marriage of convenience see is that it could block Bongbong Marcos's path to the presidency. Marcos's mounting pressure on Robredo's hold on the office of the VP is making Robredo's claim to the presidency should Duterte step down quite precarious. Furthermore, she has so far failed to show any ability to consolidate power and even step up to exhibiting convincing leadership over a fragmented and rudderless Opposition.

The trouble with this proposal is that it is a shortsighted tactic that promises no…

Do the Philippines' Catholic Bishops deserve kicks in the ass? Yes they do!

Bishops of the Philippines' Roman Catholic Church do indeed deserve a wake up call. If that call comes in the form of a boot up their asses, then so be it. Amen!

The Philippines' Catholic hierarchy have long presided over the delivery of misleading and often downright false information. They have, for example, fought tooth-and-nail against measures to implement long-overdue population control measures and reproductive health initiatives to empower and improve the lives of tens of millions of impoverished Filipinos.

This misinformation on a national scale is done via dishonest means -- using emotional blackmail and the exploitation of Filipinos' deeply-ingrained religious and superstitious fears. They deliver their drivel through the abuse of a popular Filipino Sunday pasttime -- the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Rather than focus on sermons that delve into spiritual matters, Filipino priests use the pulpit to spew the Church's position on matters of national politics.


Crooked COMELEC-governed elections are Philippine democracy's broken backbone

The Philippines is supposedly a "democracy". This is an assertion continuously made with pride by the Yellowtards -- rabid supporters of the Aquino-Cojuangco feudal clan who claim ownership of the 1986 "people power revolution" that supposedly "restored" democracy after two decades of supposedly authoritarian rule.

It is therefore ironic that no less than the Yellowtards themselves are behind the continued immunity enjoyed by officials of the Philippines' Commision on Elections (COMELEC) from scrutiny following decades of overseeing fraudulent elections. This coddling of election fraudsters and their equally crooked technology partners is especially acute today in light of the single foothold to power the Yellowtards are desperately propping up.

The current "vice president" Leni Robredo is widely seen to be a beneficiary of the COMELEC Mafia. She was catapulted to power by the COMELEC under the watch of its then chairman Andy Bautista who h…

Incompetent "vice president" Leni Robredo at the centre of a succession crisis gripping the Philippines

What are Filipinos to do? On many occassions, current Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed his weariness with his job raising the possibility that he would step down given the opportunity. The trouble is, the person supposedly set to replace him should this happen, the current "vice president" Leni Robredo, is seen my many Filipinos as being too incompetent to fill as vital a role as President of the Philippines.

Robredo has so far failed to exhibit any sort of leadership or statesmanship chops befitting a potential president of a nation of 100 million. Despite being seen to be "leader" of the Opposition, she has exhibited no evidence that she is up to that job either. For that matter, the idea of a "vice president" leading the Opposition does not even make sense to begin with!

To make matters worse, evidence is mounting that Robredo may not even be the legitimate Vice President. Charges of fraud perpetrated back during the 2016 elections c…

First NutriAsia, now communist-backed workers of Liwayway Marketing Corp (Oishi products) are on strike!

It is starting to look like the proverbial array of dominoes of Cold War yore that were likened to the foreseen falling of the chain of Indochinese and southeast Asian nations to the scourge of communism. Filipino communists seem to be on the advance. And they are infesting the labour unions of an increasing number of large Filipino manufacturing enterprises.

The next domino teetering under the spectre of crippling labour unrest is Liwayway Marketing Corp., (makers of Oishi)...

It seems the Philippines' communists have found ample opportunity to create the sort of instability in Philippine society upon which to launch their so-called "people's revolution" which remains the singular objective of their cause.

An unstable society where unemployment is high serves as fertile ground for a communist uprising, and here we see the seeds of such a morass. Communists are not interested in working with mainstream free-market society toward progress. They only want revolution t…

Why look to the President in times of bad weather?

Pounding monsoon rains and typhoons are a routine occurrence in the Philippines. By now, Filipinos should have disaster response down pat at the local level. Yet, year in and year out, Filipinos are consistently caught flat-footed by the next storm or flood. And everytime it is to whoever is sitting in Malacanang that they look to for salvation.

The worst thing about calls to current Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte today is that most of it is being issued by "influencers" of the Opposition with a tinge of malice. The calls are not genuine. They are delivered with scorn with the intent to entrap rather than contribute to ameliorating a bad situation.

It is easy to see through the nefarious agenda of Yellowtards who try to "trend" hashtags like #NasaanAngPangulo on social media. Their intent is to lure Duterte into a damn-if-you-do-damn-if-you-don't debacle. He shows up and makes a statement and they nitpick it to pieces. He doesn't show up and he's…

Martial Law Crybabies should stop judging @MsLeaSalonga

So what if top Filipino singer Lea Salonga rose to the pinnacle of achievement in the performing arts under the "regime" of former President Ferdinand Marcos? The Philippines, after all, experienced its Golden Age of locally-produced music under over that era.

All that is beside the point, however. The Yellowtards who comprise the majority of the members of the shrill Martial Law Crybaby community can't really tell the difference between what is objectively "bad" and what they merely don't like. Indeed, mixed into their brew of confused morality and ethical frames is the Medieval idea of "evil" which, they think, if attributed to something they unilaterally don't like automatically gives them the moral ascendancy to condemn.

Yellowtards are an intellectual disease in Philippine society. They hijack entire issues and apply their twisted sense of morality to the discourse surrounding it to the point where the entire discussion is muddled in a t…

Stop it already with "resilience" sloganeering whenever disaster strikes!

As expected, the notion of "resilience" is again being touted as the Filipino virtue on exhibit as torrential rains pound Metro Manila and as floodwaters rise. Thus Filipinos' idea of "coping" with disaster is doing nothing during sunny days and being "resilient" during rainy days.
The trouble with being assured of the goodness and blessedness of being "resilient" during one disaster or the next is that it lulls people into a bizarre sense of hollow superiority over an adverse situation. Under such a mentality, the adversity Filipinos face is seen to be a kind of an "evil" that they expect to overcome on the basis of an ill-placed sense of righteousness that entitles them to victory.

Sounds baffling? That's because it is. It is no more baffling than the reality that Filipinos undergo the same preventable disasters year in and year out with hardly any change in the manner and quality of their response to it. "Resilience&qu…

In the Carlos Celdran case, Yellowtards find out that the Catholic Church is a snake that could bite its handler

When you charm a snake make sure you don't turn your back to it. That's what happened to the Yellowtards. In supporting Carlos Celdran's "Damaso" stunt, they foolishly turned their back towards the beast they had gotten in bed with.

The Roman Catholic Church, after all, makes friends only with those who toe the line. The "prayerful" branding of the Yellowtards was consistent with this line. Not Celdran's stunt, however. Even the nuns that pad the street rallies Yellowtards are famous for wouldn't have approved of a social media caricature disrupting a religious event.

This is the whole trouble with using personalities as currency for one's advocacies, politics, and ideologies. Personalities are not stable. Principles usually are. Unfortunately Filipinos find using the latter as bases for their convictions as too difficult. Too much brain is needed for that.

Mocha Uson Federalism promo merely exploits Filipino "nosebleed" culture

Admit it. Mocha Uson went down the right path in her approach to promote "federalism" to Filipinos. Any more "intellectual" than "pepedederalismo" will have elicited bleeding noses amongst the broader public.

Federalism, after all, is a broad and deep topic that demands precise language to discuss. This is not something that the ambiguous "dyan lang sa tabi-tabi" and "yung kuwan ilagay sa ano" nebulous nature of Filipinos' zone of comfort when it comes to articulating complex concepts can handle.

Dumbing down messaging is par for the course in Philippine politics and Filipino voters have long been known to be responsive to messages crafted to appeal to simpletons. We have mainstream corporate media to thank for that. Anything that requires thinking does not sell, which is why dumbed-down content rules.

The root of the problem that reared its ugly head in this latest outrage fad surrounding Mocha Uson won't be addressed unless …

Journalist @iamKarenDavila barks up the wrong tree defending Carlos Celdran's "Damaso" stunt

Revered Filipino "journalist" Karen Davila weighed in on the recent Supreme Court decision to uphold the conviction of Carlos Celdran who was found guilty of “offending the religious feelings”...

To the Supreme Court: How can @carlosceldran be penalized for Offending Religious Feelings when no less than the President has cursed the church?
Celdran, however was charged for his offense, which, in due course through due process, led to his conviction. Furthermore, whilst Duterte made a statement about "God" in general, Celdran specifically targeted a religious occasion with the aim of disrupting it.

Finally, the Supreme Court can only rule on something when charges are filed. So Davila is directing her lament at the wrong institution. She should, instead, direct it at the parties she presumes were "offended" by President Rodrigo Duterte's remarks.

And those are the facts of the matter.

Electoral fraud awareness campaigner Glenn Chong forcibly SILENCED during Senate hearing #ElectionFraud2016

Reports are spotty, but it seems former House Representative Glenn Chong who attended a Senate hearing on election fraud was forcibly kept silent during the proceedings. According to various witness accounts, Senator Koko Pimentel who chaired the hearing consistently ignored Chong's attempts to take his turn to speak.

It didn't help either that the Philippines' top mainstream media outlets provided very little coverage of this hearing -- perhaps because of the sensitivities involved in considering the partisan camp everyone knows the media to be really slanted towards. What media preferred to focus the spotlight on instead was the brouhaha surrounding the federalism promotion activities of Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.

One wonders then why Chong was invited as resource person for this hearing to begin with.

This highlights yet another instance that goes to prove further why the Philippines' Commision on Elections (COMELEC) has never been reformed despite decades of …

Yellowtards blinded by hatred for Mocha Uson to notice that other issues exist!

Nowadays, every other tweet coming from the Yellowtards is all about Mocha Uson; specifically on the topics of her involvement as promoter of the Federalism campaign of current Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Most of these tweets deride the style and content of Mocha Uson's messaging and have become an outrage fad amongst the chattering classes.

This is as if it is surprising at all that Mocha Uson is promoting Federalism the way she is -- using sexual inuendo and slapstick humour.

What is really remarkable is how the supposedly uppity "disente" crowd of Yellowtardom have been those that had responded the most to the Mocha Uson brand. The irony flies above their pointed heads: the Mocha Uson brand works.

They should learn from the way that other genius of mass appeal branding -- Eat Bulaga -- remains a powerful media force after decades of existence. "Disente" is no match for basic style when it comes to appealing to the broad public base. The Yellowtard…

Philippine Roman Catholic Church suspiciously SILENT on electoral fraud!

Cheating is a grave sin. And yet the Philippines' Roman Catholic Church remains silent on the biggest issue Filipinos need to wrap their heads around today -- the Great Electoral Fraud of 2016.

Could it be because their allies, the Yellowtards, stand accused of cheating in these previous elections?

Here we see the banal bias the Catholic Church applies with regard to its politics. Yellowtards currently presume to lead the wider Philippine Opposition which desperately needs to unite to beat the popular incumbent administration of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Its choice to front this leadership is "vice president" Leni Robredo who encapsulates the prayerful archetype favoured by the Church.

The trouble is, the Robredo brand is stained by charges of electoral fraud in the 2016 election which brings to question her claim to the Office of the Vice President of the Philippines. The Church is therefore behaving predictably -- which is why its credibility as a "mo…

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa defers to "good research" of @PinoyAkoBlog's Jover Laurio! 😮

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa needs to be a bit more thoughtful with regard to who she cites as a source of "good" research. In dipping her fingers into the discussion surrounding the consistently fraudulent election management the Philippines' Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has provided to Filipino voters for decades, Ressa deferred the sophomoric work of Yellowtard blogger Jover Laurio.

Writing for the premiere (and presumptuously-named) Yellowtard blog Pinoy Ako Blog, Laurio issues a "reply" to former House Representative Glenn Chong where she attempts to debunk Chong's assertions of COMELEC fraud by, get this, quoting the statements of the COMELEC itself on the matter!

That's tantamount to a judge or jury using the testimony of a defendant as the sole basis for issuing a verdict favourable to said defendant!

In his response to Laurio's lame attempt at "research" posted on Facebook, Chong had this to say...

8 taon na akong nagsusubay at ma…

A Leni Robredo presidency will likely plunge the Philippines into deep CHAOS!

The quality of "leadership" over the Philippine Opposition exhibited by presumptive vice president Leni Robredo is an indication of the sort of leader she will likely be if she succeeds at her efforts to seize power.

Even now despite being unilaterally canonized as a political saint by the Yellowtards, she remains a mere stereotypical caricature of Yellowtard-style "opposition". Her primary political song-and-dance remains stuck in 1980s vintage pandering to vicitm mentality and superstitious hocus-pocus.

Imagine Leni Robredo as "president" of the Philippines. Que horror!

Not only will a nation of 100 million descend into chaos under Leni Robredo's watch, it will go hundreds of years back in time to an era of ignorants who worship wrathful gods and fear "evil" spirits.

Robredo is not the leader Filipinos deserve. She is not the leader a true Philippine Opposition deserves.

Renato Reyes claims that his communist comrades are immune from Philippine law! 😮

According to Renato Reyes, leader of militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), the Philippine government should "respect" his comrades' "right" to refuse to comply to the law...

Leaders of militant groups called on the government to respect the decision of former lawmakers who were charged with murder not to surrender as they claimed that the allegations against them were fabricated.
It seems Reyes and his comrades are a bit confused about the way the law works.

Firstly, citizens should respect the law. Where the state requires that one submit to procedure, one should respect that requirement and comply. Second, it is not Reyes's and his comrades' place to rule that allegations are "fabricated". That is for a court to decide as part of due process.

These activists should take stock of their principles as, it seems, a misplaced sense of entitlement has made them inconsistent at many levels.

Filipinos deserve better than 50 percent, but Leni Robredo wants them to accept 25 percent!

Leni Robredo's camp is making it look like the camp of archrival for the contested Vice President seat Bongbong Marcos is the one trying to influence the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET). The fact is, it is Robredo who is encouraging circumventing the original rules issued by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) which stipulated a 50 percent shading threshold for ballots used in the 2016 national elections.

Robredo's strategy is to emotionally-blackmail the PET into agreeing to her plea. Her camp had been campaigning hard to get the PET to recognise an obscure change in the threshold rule that reduces the threshold to 25 percent. For his part, Marcos had been satisfied with the rule that applied at the time votes were being cast in May 2016. Indeed, the COMELEC itself had, in the lead up to those elections, implemented an information campaign to remind Filipino voters to fully-shade the circles corresponding to their chosen candidates on their ballots.

The camp of Robre…

Leni Robredo IS what "happened" to the Philippines

Presumptive "vice president" Leni Robredo reportedly asked this question in a speech she delivered on the occassion of the awarding of the 2018 Liberal International Prize for Freedom to Leila De Lima who is in prison on charges of drug trafficking.

Lamenting what she thinks is a problem in Philippine society created by the administration of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Robredo calls on all Filipinos...

"Let us focus on asking ourselves more deeply: How could we allow these injustices to happen, and when do we begin holding people accountable for their actions?" she said.
That is a question Filipinos, indeed, should ask themselves. But it should be asked in the context of the bigger picture that spans multiple Philippine governments.

Many injustices have gone unpunished and, worse, unexamined. The blatant hypocrisy in the Philippine Opposition led by the Yellowtards (which Robredo presumes to lead) is in suggesting that the Duterte government is the singu…

It is time for Filipinos to DITCH Tagalog and embrace English, the language of WINNERS!

The push for use of Tagalog at the expense of English proficiency has been one of the most DAMAGING initiatives to Filipino global competitiveness. Proficiency in Tagalog -- into which untold billions of pesos in public education funds had been poured -- has no proven benefit to Filipinos in terms of increasing employability and marketability.
The probability of finding an ad for a top-money job stating that "Tagalog proficiency will be highly-regarded" is practically NIL. "You'll go places and achieve great career heights thanks to your exquisite Tagalog" -- said NO career coach EVER.
The Tagalog dialect reflects the profound character of its native speakers. Oh and by by the way, there is no Tagalog word for "efficiency". A country that prides itself in being the "call centre capital" of the world undermines that source of pride by encouraging its people to speak in sub-standard English.
English and other languages spoken by societies wi…

Post #SONA2018 analysis: Yellowtards were outflanked by pure statesmanship!

This year's State of the Nation Address (SONA) and the side-stories that ran parallel with it proved that the Philippine Opposition under the leadership of the Yellowtards are not on top of their game.

They were caught completely flat-footed after focusing their ill-thought-out preparations on anticipating an expletive-peppered speech, being prepared to spot "evidence" of moves towards authoritarianism, and propping up obsolete Cold War era sloganeering. The clique of Yellowtards, in essence, was an old dog doing its tired old street parliamentarianism tricks. All the while real parliamentarianism was going on behind closed doors in air-conditioned offices within the framework of the law and due process.

Rather than focus their "opposition" on real issues, the Yellowtards quibbled over personalities and conspiracy theories. Theirs is not the real and modern Opposition Filipinos deserve. It is an intellectually-bankrupt Opposition that needs to be overhauled.

The true "state of the nation" of the Philippines lies in the character of its people

Filipinos beholdenness to their Constitution and the amount of chatter a proposal to change it is generating speaks volumes about the inherent nature of their society -- one that routinely externalises the causes of their issues and, as a result, habitually seeks external and even divine intervention in the implementation of solutions to these.

The Constitution may be the guiding document of how a society is governed. But, ultimately, responsibility for personal prosperity rests in the individual. This individual ethic to take initiative and progress one's lot is the backbone of a society's collective character.

When Filipinos see their fortunes disproportionately tied to an abstract piece of paper they are told is their "Constitution", it is evidence of a lack of an essential aspect of personal character of the sort that makes a great people.

Federalism is Duterte's "end game" just as saving Hacienda Luisita was BS Aquino's "end game"

The way certain "analysts" of Philippine politics make it sound like "charter change" and the shift to federalism supposedly being this administration's "end game", it is as if machinations like theae are unique to the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

One need look too far back and take stock what the government of Duterte's predecessor, former President Benigno Simeon 'BS' Aquino III was really all about -- none other than the securing of the family jewels -- Hacienda Luisita -- from the clutches of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

The point is, all administrations have agendas and "end games". The only way to have one's agendas win over another is to play democracy better than the enemy. More often than not, that just simply involves winning more elections than the other.

The trouble with the Yellowtards is that they were so busy quibbling over spelling errors, jetskis, Malacanang debuts…

Pacquiao the boxer or Pacquiao the Philippine Senator? Take your pick!

Filipinos are torn. Manny Pacquiao proved once more today that he is the Philippines' greatest athlete of all time. But many Filipinos are not happy, because Pacquaio is also a Philippine Senator who, they scornfully note, became one on the back of the popularity he acquired because of his boxing achievements.

What's wrong with winning an election on the back of popularity gained in a different field? Many showbiz personalities, after all, have come before Pacquiao and capitalised on their own huge fan bases to win elections. The system Filipinos chose to govern themselves by allows it. They signed up to this.

What these "activists" who now gnash their teeth in confusion over how to come to terms with the recent Pacquiao win that is being celebrated by millions of Filipinos need to do is step back and ask a more fundamental question: Why do Filipinos vote the way they do?

Until that question is confronted head on and the obvious answer to it fully-embraced, this poi…

Pacquiao victory vs Matthysse reveals confused Yellowtard ideology! #PacquiaoMatthysse

Poor Yellowtards. They are in a conundrum following the victory of boxing champion and Philippine Senator Manny Pacquiao over Argentina's Lucas Matthysse in today's championship bout for the WBA welterweight title.

Yellowtards are torn between doing the Filipino thing congratulating Pacquiao and their aversion to his person because of his poltical loyalties and conservative views on human sexuality. The latter is particularly interesting when one considers how many Yellowtards are "prayerful" devout Catholics who, according to the dogma of their chosen religion, are also obliged to toe the Catholic line and refrain from any show of tolerancy for homosexuality.

This is a key underlying reason why the Yellowtards are failing in a world made more transparent by social media. Inconsistency is more easily called out and one's hypocrisy more easily made evident.

Federalism opens the EXCITING possibility of the Philippines finally dissolving as a nation in the next 10 to 20 years

Once federalism is in place in the Philippines then secession becomes a promising prospect amongst people within each of the autonomous states. That’s where things become even more interesting — and exciting. Minds should be open to the possibility that, perhaps, the Philippines may eventually dissolve and cease to be a "united" island nation over the next 10 to 20 years.

The Philippines, after all, is a nation by mere colonial edict -- an artificial country composed of kingdoms, tribes, and communities united by force and not much else. Indeed, the much-vaunted individual "success stories" of Filipinos overseas highlight the fact that Filipinos achieve more apart than together.

Perhaps it is time "Filipinos" confront the reality of who they are -- a people who collectively represent nothing of substance. Perhaps this sad reality could still be changed by considering a different trajectory for a people long imprisoned by a quaint legacy of Spanish coloni…

A confusing Yellowtard memo to all "non-Filipinos" commenting and writing about Philippine politics...

I'm confused. Seeing that there are so many foreign "journalists", commentators, celebrities, and "rapporteurs" being celebrated for airing their views about the Philippine government under President Rodrigo Duterte, I wonder what it is exactly this bozo is calling for...

Paalala sa isang blogger, kung citizen ka sa isang bansa sa Europa, wala kang karapatang makisali sa politika sa Pilipinas at lalong hindi ka dapat nakikigulo sa Philippine media. Nakikibaka ako dahil Filipino citizen at leche, magbabayad na naman ako ng property at income taxes.
Translated to the language of champions: "Reminder to a certain blogger: If you are a citizen of a European country, you don't have the right to comment on Philippine politics and, more importantly, you should not be getting involved with the Philippine media. I am concerned because I am a Filipino citizen who pays taxes."

Perhaps we should seek comment about this from those who also cheered when so-cal…

The objective is to unite FILIPINOS, not just the Opposition

To win an election, you need to get the most number of votes. This means not just mobilising your following, but converting the undecided. The trouble with Leni Robredo being "leader" of the Philippine Opposition is that her followers are beholden to a cult of personality and not any sort of coherent set of ideas or ideology Robredo represents.

Personality loyalties are hard to break in the Philippines. This reality is in plain sight in the way even the most criminal of oligarchs continue to win elections term in and term out. As such, while Robredo has endeared herself to a small clique of diehard Yellowtards, she has come across as a joke to the broader swathe of Filipinos looking for real change and real reform.

The leader the Opposition needs is someone who could rally Filipinos around a compelling vision and not just rally a small choir around an obsolete ideological relic. Leni Robredo is not that person. No matter how much the Yellowtards try to come across as no lon…

Robredo's response to Duterte calling her "incompetent" proves she is unfit to be President

You can see the sort of President "vice president" Leni Robredo would likely be if ever she found herself warming the seat of the highest office in the Philippine government. Finally speaking out on the matter of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte calling her unfit to be president, this is all Robredo had to say...

Ayoko na sana i dignify pero siguro sabihin ko nalang na imbes na insultuhin ako o ang Diyos, asikasuhin nalang muna ang mga problema ng ating ekonomiya
Translated to the language of champions:  "I prefer not to dignify this but I guess I will, instead, say that rather than insult me or God, [Duterte should] first focus on the problems of our economy..."

Firstly, being called "incompetent" is not an insult. It is a statement of an assessment of one's ability to fulfill a role. Second, a truly strong leader will not take being called "incompetent" sitting down. Indeed, Filipino macho culture looks up to people who put up a fight…

Leni Robredo is not competent enough to be President of the Philippines!

Imagine for one moment a president like Leni Robredo. Just that simple thought experiment will result in you nodding in agreement with what Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte had stated...

I will not resign because it will make her president. My resignation is for the people, para makapili sila ng gusto nila. I don't think she will be ready to govern a country. Reason? Incompetence. She is not capable of running a country like the PH.
During the campaign leading to the 2016 elections, Robredo's supporters chanted "Leni is my VP". Evidently they didn't make that vital logical link to the fact that the vice president is just a heartbeat away from the presidency. The VP is not just a VP. He or she is a potential president.

Under a Robredo presidency, the halls of Malacanang would echo with the words "Ang sa akin lang naman". This is a phrase Robredo prefixes just about every statement she makes with. It loosely translates to "in my humble opinion&q…

Why Filipinos should ditch Tagalog and embrace the English language

Filipinos will never be able to compete globally until they apply a more realistic regard for their "national" dialect. For one thing Tagalog was originally spoken by a certain river-dwelling tribe that happened to be situated where the Philippines' biggest and most important city bubbled up. As a result their dialect became the de facto lingua franca of a nation cobbled together by colonial edict.

The trouble with Tagalog, however, is that only Filipinos speak it. And it is mainly out of habit and necessity. Beyond Filipinos, Tagalog finds no place in any transaction or endeavour of global consequence. Certainly the vast store of world-claas knowledge vital for the Philippines to develop an ability to compete on the world stage is articulated in languages native to societies with strong traditions of achievement in science, technology, business, and governance.

It is, indeed, high time that Tagalog be junked and English be taken up as the language of choice for the up …

The REAL lesson in Tito Sotto's successful take down of Pepsi Paloma articles from the Inquirer

The way Netizens are once again in the middle of another one of their shrill outrage fad "activist" campaigns against the latest bogeyman mirrors the same collective frustration and feeling of helplessness that fuels the shameful and pointless brawls that have come to characterise Philippine basketball.

Sure, the Inquirer caved to the request of Senate President Tito Sotto to remove articles about his involvement in the Pepsi Paloma rape case of the 1980s. But there is something to be said about these Netizens seeing their "heroic" journalists as the only bastion of "resistance" to so-called "bullying".

In case these shrill "activists" hadn't  noticed, the successful takedown of Rodel Rodis's piece on Paloma is just the finishing touch on a shrewd burying of this case over the last several decades. The "battle" these bozos are talking about was not lost today. It was lost more than 30 years ago. The case was dismisse…

The Philippines' biggest "atheist" communities are failing to exploit an opportunity of a lifetime

What's up with the Filipino Freethinkers, supposedly the Philippines' highest profile, most organised, and possibly largest atheist community? They were very active during the controversy surrounding the Reproductive Health Bill legislation as well as various activist initiatives related to gay rights. They also rallied behind Carlos Celdran when he was in hot water over his Damaso stunt.

Yet today, following the recent attacks against the Philippines' Roman Catholic Church, they have failed to step up to the occasion. The Catholic Church led by its lieutenants are clearly now on defensive mode and the situation presents a rare opportunity to sustain an effort to call their inconsistencies out and being to light their hypocrisy. Instead, however, the Filipino Freethinkers have, instead, chosen to focus more on their peeves against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as is evident in the position articulated by their leader Red Tani in a Facebook post...

And then there…

How the #BabaeAko "movement" REALLY made it to @TIME's list of global "influential" people

Yellowtards are celebrating the featuring of the Philippine Opposition's feminist social media "cause" dubbed "#BabaeAko" on TIME Magazine's list of influential people. An article on BlogWatch explains how this was "achieved"...

The contenders of Time’s most influential people were evaluated by looking at their global impact on social media and their overall ability to drive news. The local news first picked it up.
Well now, so that's why the #BabaeAko mob were so adept at meeting the "overall ability to drive news" criterion. The Philippine corporate news media industry, if we recall, is renowned for the slant it routinely affords to the Philippine Opposition led by the Yellowtards.

So, getting an 'activist' cause that attacks Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte a lot of media mileage in the Philippines is easy-peasy given the 'cooperative' media environment in the Philippines. That no tall achievement. That's …

Activists keep referring to "Team Resistance". But does this "team" even exist?

Recently, the Philippine Opposition has started to refer to itself as "Team Resistance". One wonders though, what exactly is it and what does it stand for? Perhaps, like everything else created by this saddest of Philippine "oppositions" Team Resistance is a mere figment of the imagination of people who imagine that some sort of "fight" is still being fought.

For one thing, one would be hard-pressed to even define what the broader Philippine Opposition stands for. All they have is a common hatred for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. But there is something to be said about movements fuelled by hatred. It just doesn't sit well in a world where most progressive people aspire to move forward using positive energy.

The Resistance, whatever the hell it is in the context of Philippine politics, does nothing but resist. Resisting is easy. The more important thing to ask, however is this: What does the Philippine Opposition propel?

See, to propel is to m…

Rather than hang on to Duterte's promises, the Opposition should come up with their own and SHOW us how to keep them

Lately, the chatter making waves amongst the "influencers" of the Philippine Opposition are various stocktakes of promises made by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and which ones he has so far kept. That's a nice topic for a lazy discussion, for what politician keeps his promises anyway, right?

The bigger challenge for the Opposition (if going for bigger challenges is their thingy) is to come up with their own vision and demonstrate an ability to keep their eye on that ball once in power. That is what will differentiate them and that is what will separate the men from the boys.

It is easy to watch and take pot shots. It is harder to envision and execute. So far, no major player in Philippine politics in recent history has demonstrated such a rare ability.

Filipino voters for their part are of no help. They are quick to lap up emo images of prayerful bozos spouting lame slogans. But try to explain to them something about the future, and all you'll get is a noisy …

Archbishop Soc Villegas issues a FAKE definition of "religion"! 😮

Referring again to Archbishop Soc Villegas's letter to the youth of his archdiocese one will find another explanation of the concept of "religion" but written in the same gibberish that Villegas is starting to gain renown for...

Religion is man's natural longing for God. God has placed in our hearts a certain kind of restlessness that can only be cured if we rest in God.
No. Religion is a social institution that applies governance over the manner people worship ans access their god. In the case of the Roman Catholic Church, there is scripture (its core charter) Canon Law, the body of legislation issued by Rome, and the clergy who implement and enforce these rules.

As is evident in the above, the Roman Catholic religion is a governance entity. Worse, it is a governance entity that takes instructions from a foreign government in the application of said governance to Filipino Catholics. It is an instrument of modern imperialism.

Filipinos should exercise caution in the…

Archbishop Soc Villegas issues a FAKE definition of "Original Sin"! 😮

I was taught in the excellent Catholic school I was privileged enough to have been educated in that Original Sin is the sin humanity carried as a result of the fall of Adam and Eve at the Garden of Eden after they disobeyed God's commandment not to eat the Forbidden Fruit. Because this sin was an offense against God who is a perfect being, only a perfect gift from man to God could restore man's favour before God's eyes.

This is where Jesus Christ comes into play. Born a man and then sacrificed to the Father, Christ, the Son of God and, by transitivity, himself a perfect being, was that perfect gift man finally delivered to God.

As such, Jesus Christ is therefore celebrated as The Saviour, for it was through him that man and God would once again be in communion. This is why babies are regarded as guilty of Original Sin at birth and could only be absolved of that sin through a "baptism" that places the child within God's graces through the celebration of the d…

Truly spiritual or MERELY religious? Filipinos don't know the difference!

Yellowtards still don't get it. There is no evidence  that President Rodrigo Duterte was criticising God himself. What he was criticising was the "God" fashioned by the Roman Catholic Church.

Filipinos know their "god" only through their Church. As such, they trust their Church to tell them who God really is. But because thinking is in short supply in the Philippines, most Filipinos cannot be bothered to fact check what their Church is telling them.

And this is what, essentially, Duterte is asking Filipinos to apply a bit of brain to. For example...

"You created something perfect and then you think of an event that would tempt and destroy the quality of your work," he continued. The President, a Catholic, said he finds it preposterous that babies should be born with original sin.
Doesn't this make sense? To answer that simple question one need only to intellectually challenge what the they have been told by the Roman Catholic Church. That's n…

A beholdenness to the Roman Catholic Church is what keeps the Philippine Opposition fragmented

Because Roman Catholic dogma is so inconsistent and, well, dogmatic, it makes it really problematic to use Catholic teachings as a foundation for a modern political platform. Yet that does not stop the Philippine Opposition led by the Yellowtards from underpinning their pathetic challenge to the poltical establishment with a baffling close alliance with the Church.

We can see the effects of this stubborn alliance with the Catholic Church in the hopelessly fragmented state of the Philippine Opposition. Their claim to be a liberal, Western-influenced bloc lacks credibility because of the conservatism inherent in this deference to the Catholic clergy. Their liberal advocacies, specifically gender equality and rights for homosexuals, are absolute antitheses to the teachings of the Catholic faith. Yet this does not seem to bother them one bit.

One wonders if the Yellowtards really understand who or what they are up against. Duterte remains a popular and trusted politician and it will requ…

Here's why TAMBAY youth should be rounded up by the police...

The tambay are symptoms of a lazy and unimaginative society. Worse they are affronts to discipline. There is no excuse for youthful able-bodied people hanging around in a street corner doing nothing.

Kilala sa bayan, asal ay gahaman
Malakas sa inuman, istorbo sa daan
Meron pa kayang pag-asang magbago
Ang taong lumaki sa layaw?
If there is no paid work to be done, there will always be volunteer work to do. Volunteer work allows a young person to acquire skills and experience and provides him or her an ethic of commitment to completing tasks and taking responsibility. Hanging around doing nothing does nothing to or for anyone.

Sobra sa bigat, hindi na mabuhat
Sobra sa tamad, laging hubad
Hindi na n'ya mapigilan ang kanyang mga bisyo
Kaya ang bagsak niya'y sa kalaboso.
It is ironic that the so-called "liberals" of the Philippine Opposition are opposed to rounding up tambays. These are, after all, a partisan clique that believes the state should take over where personal initi…

Philippine President Duterte takes the Roman Catholic Church to task on its FAKE ideas!

It's a done deal in the First World but it is still an ongoing battle in the Catholic Third World. Babies born "guilty" and the universe and humanity being created by a superior being has long been relegated to the dustbin of historical curiosities. Not in the Philippines though where the the foreign-governed Roman Catholic Church rules a backward people backed by a supposedly infallible charter.

It is in this context that the recent words of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte should be regarded...

Duterte, on Friday, June 22, began with retelling the story of Adam and Eve and how they ate the fruit from the forbidden tree and thus brought original sin upon humankind.  "Kinain ni Adam (Adam ate it) then malice was born. Who is this stupid God? Istupido talaga itong putangina kung ganoon (That son of a bitch is stupid if that's the case)," said Duterte during a summit in Davao City.  "You created something perfect and then you think of an event that …

To ensure Bongbong Marcos does not become president, the Yellowtards should make sure they WIN an election

What can be more complicated a concept than the idea that to gain power in a democracy, you need to win an election? Apparently for the Philippines' Opposition, there is lots to discuss about it -- everything except who can win an election for them and how to go about setting that person up for success at the polls.

But instead of doing something tangible like that, the Opposition's "thought leaders" are, instead, issuing nebulous remarks about the future such as this...

Politics these days is bad enough without the looming prospect of a BBM presidency in 2022. Needless to say, we must do everything in our power to prevent that outcome. 🙅‍♂️ #NeverForget
The question this guy needs to ask himself and the geniuses in his Yellowtard camp is simple. What exactly does it mean to "do everything in our power" to beat Marcos? To answer that question convincingly is where the thinking begins and where the shrill emotionalism ends.

Bongbong buried his father while Noynoy FAILED to solve his father's murder

What does that say about the two men? It shows that against the odds, without the benefit of executive power, and against the tide of public opinion, former Senator Bongbong Marcos achieved an end. Compare this to former President Benigno Simeon "BS" Aquino who, despite being the Philippines' most powerful man for six years, failed to conclusively solve the murder of his own father who was vastly more revered than Marcos. If Aquino or, for that matter, the broader community of Yellowtards could not bring closure to the enduring mystery of who really killed their top "hero", the late former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr, how could one even expect the Yellowtards to achieve bigger things that require formidable political resolve?

To get things done in the Philippines requires political will and savvy. Though symbolic in nature, the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani demonstrates the political savvy of the Marcos clan and its allies. Call their methods wh…