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a vote for obama

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it’s the eve of the 2012 presidential elections. i assume that by this time everybody has decided who he or she is going to vote. i have. i’m casting my ballot for obama. i know that most of my friends and relatives will be disappointed because they will be voting for romney.

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November 5, 2012 at 7:19 pm 14 comments

Some Like It Hot

Televangelists must be rejoicing at the current state of the weather.

I woke up at 6:30 this morning to the hum of the electric fan over my head. It was on all night. With this year’s record heat hovering around much of the country, it offered no relief at all, even when the last vestige of modesty was cast aside.

Today promises to be more of the same. I’m afraid there’ll be no end in sight until the Republican Party finally agrees to the scientific consensus that human activity contributes to global warming and something must be done about it. However, it seems unlikely.

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July 29, 2012 at 11:38 am 6 comments

Which Mask Do You Prefer

Halloween Mask

It’s early October and the feeling is low. It’s been weeks since stores started decorating and stocking up with candies and stuff for Halloween. In a way, I don’t blame them. Sales are slow nowadays. The economy is in doldrums. People are reluctant to spend on anything except for necessities like latte at Starbucks. Starting early for the holiday season, the stores hope that it could put the consumers in the right mood to buy and let go of their hard-earned money. As the saying goes, the early bird catches the worm.

According to ancient lores, Halloween is the time when the line separating the living and the dead is broken. This enables evil spirits to enter the domain of the living and scare the living daylights out of those who come their way. Wearing a Halloween costume and a mask is supposed to appease the spirits and save the wearer from harm.

Unless you intend to rob a bank, it may not be a good idea to dress yourself in a Halloween outfit right at this minute. But then again, these aren’t ordinary times. These are scary times. You may want that extra protection.

For example, no horror movies can duplicate the fear and anxiety triggered by the current economic situation spooked by mounting U.S. and European debt problems. In the third quarter that just ended, leading American market indicators suffered significant losses. The S&P 500 Index dropped more than 14 percent. The Dow Jones Industrial Average went down by 10 percent. The Wiltshire 5000 Index, which measures the performance of stocks actively traded in the U.S., lost $1.2 trillion. I wonder what ‘tricks or treats’ the government and the federal reserve can do to avert a further meltdown. Would they be able to provide the market long lasting relief or just the usual high similar to what one feels after eating a lot of chocolates on Halloween eve? We’ll have to wait and see.

As I pass by the Halloween store at the mall, I see a variety of masks to suit everyone’s fantasy. They even include a full head mask of President Obama who will be running for reelection in 2012. There’s no mask for his challenger yet as the Republicans are still duking it out among themselves for the honor. But don’t let this dampen your Halloween spirit. If Obama isn’t your cup of tea, you’re free to choose any mask. Your option is limited only by your imagination, just make sure it represents someone best suited to haunt the White House when Obama leaves office.

According to recent polls, a majority of Americans think that he will be a one-time president. Therefore, I suggest that you pick the mask of Superman. Whoever replaces Obama (assuming that he loses his reelection bid) will have his/her hands full. He or she will have to confront the same bugaboos in trying to preserve the American dream for all of us and for future generations.

October 10, 2011 at 10:58 am 8 comments

justice del castillo plagiarism case a done deal

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after all is said and done, justice del castillo will remain in his post and continue to serve until he retires. since the ethics committee of the supreme court has cleared him of any wrongdoing, the possibility that he’ll quit out delikadesa has become virtually nil.

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November 15, 2010 at 1:15 am 7 comments

a failure of elections it ain’t

despite technical glitches and other issues related to the new automated voting system, the filipino people were able to cast their ballots on monday and elected their new president. as of this writing, benigno aquino iii is leading in the latest unofficial tally.

as with previous elections, this one came with a few surprises of its own. with his vaunted well-oiled campaign machine, manny villar appeared to win it all in the beginning. he ended up lagging behind joseph estrada in third place. and who would have thought that jejomar binay would surge ahead of mar roxas in the vice presidential race? that’s simply amazing.

it’s hardly surprising that president gloria macapagal-arroyo won her congressional seat, which is generally believed to be her stepping stone to staying in power. first, she would run for speaker of the house and then push the shift to a parliamentary form of government where she’d serve as prime minister. it’s doubtful, however, if she will get the numbers to win the speakership.

so far, the election results show that even though arroyo won her congressional seat handily, her favorite gofers who decided to run for office aren’t doing well, affirming the notion that being associated with her is tantamount to a kiss of death. these include eduardo ermita, agnes devanadera, hermogenes esperon, joc-joc bolante, prospero nograles, and norberto gonzalez.

aquino has pledged that should he become president, he would have arroyo investigated for corruption and vote rigging allegation. it’s a tall order for sure, especially for somebody who is the least experienced among the presidential candidates. i don’t think he possesses the political savvy yet to make it happen. besides, under the current political climate, no corrupt national official has been prosecuted and put to jail in the philippines. take the case of the big kahuna himself, former president joseph estrada, who was kicked out of office and charged with plunder. although he was convicted after a long trial, he didn’t spend a day in jail. president arroyo pardoned him for his indiscretion and sent him scot free.

many are advising aquino that he should play it cool and not appear like an avenging angel. he should heed their advice. it would be wise to consolidate his powers first before running after arroyo and her cronies. there’s no doubt that she has broken the law and enriched herself in office. she might have even committed treason in her dealings with the milf to create an independent bansangmoro state in mindanao and in granting china parity rights to oil exploration in the kalayaan islands. at this time, however, she’s still a formidable opponent. aquino must wait until her allies in congress start shifting their allegiances to him. in due time, it will come as day follows night. after all, he’ll have the pork to keep them in tow.

at any rate, even if arroyo doesn’t go to jail, stepping down from the presidency would probably be enough punishment. for one who’s so obsessed with power, she’ll never enjoy that privilege again. being a has-been is the pits. everything goes downhill from here on out.

May 14, 2010 at 2:28 pm 6 comments

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