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Enough Already!

Photo Credit: Philippine Daily Inquirer

The 100-day countdown for this year’s Philippine presidential election is officially on. It’s scheduled on Monday, May 9, 2016, unless an unforeseeable event takes place.

According to the latest surveys, Vice President Jejomar Binay is leading the race. Of course, conducting surveys is big business in the Philippines. Hence, they can be manipulated to get the results desired by those who paid for them. But what if they reflect the true sentiments of the people?

It will be a disaster for the country.

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January 31, 2016 at 2:51 pm 4 comments

Philippine Corruption at a Glance

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It used to be that the Philippines was at the top of the heap. In the 50s, it was second only to Japan in East Asia. Those were the good old days. A decade later and decades that follow, it began its spiral downward. In 2014, it’s ranked 114 out of 125 countries in the Good Country Index published by Simon Anholt based on 35 data points mostly provided by the United Nations.

It doesn’t take rocket science to figure out how it happened. Political corruption did it. Wikipedia defines it as “the use of powers by government officials for illegitimate private gain.”

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April 20, 2015 at 3:16 pm 11 comments

Why Now?

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President Benigno Aquino III (Photo Credit: Philippine Inquirer)

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has a year left in office, but certain groups can’t wait for him to finish his term. They want him to step down right now either voluntarily or through a popular people uprising similar to the one that toppled President Ferdinand Marcos in 1986.

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Photo Mr. & Mrs. Jose Cojuangco (Photo Credit: Philippine Inquirer)

These include his uncle, Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, Jr. and his wife, former Tarlac Governor Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco, the National Transformation Council, and the left-wing AnakBayan party.

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March 2, 2015 at 11:02 pm 6 comments

An Inconvenient Truth

Iris C. Gonzales
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On his recent 5-day visit to the Philippines, Pope Francis urged the Filipinos at all levels of society to reject every form of corruption.

Will the Filipinos heed the call? As much as they love Pope Francis, I doubt it.

Corruption is the grease that keeps the machinery of the country going. It’s condoned and accepted within the system. Diogenes who carried a lamp looking for an honest man was fortunate not to extend his search in the Philippines. He’d be grossly disappointed. Worse, his lamp would be stolen to hide the evidence.

In a climate where corruption is tolerated, politicians operate with impunity, stealing from the very people who have voted them in office. If they get caught, they don’t get incarcerated in actual jails. They get confined to a first-class hospital or placed in a detention center with special privileges.

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February 17, 2015 at 11:13 pm 5 comments

what’s the story?

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it’s a picture of a family living in the suburbs with kids being raised by a working dad and a stay-at-home mom. it was taken in front of their home just as they were getting ready for church on a sunday morning. if the mother was missing in the picture, it was likely because she’s a super mom. she does most of everything for the family including taking the picture herself.

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November 7, 2012 at 3:52 pm 2 comments

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