Archive for August, 2006

31
Aug
06

COMELEC Junks Sigaw’s Bid?

The COMELEC voted unanimously against Sigaw ng Bayan’s petition. Citing the Supreme Court’s ruling, Sigaw would now have to ask the SC to hear their case. But despite the junking, the COMELEC took cognizance of the signatures submitted by SnB. This means that SnB did meet the required per centum to “amend” portions of the constitution.

Without going thru any scrutiny, these signatures are deemed authentic by the en banc’s statements. Why did the COMELEC do this? This could only mean one thing, should the SC reverse its previous ruling, the COMELEC does not have to check each and every signature. Accusations of forged signatures will not be heard anymore. The COMELEC came out clean and played safe with their decision. Now they will just await the SC’s ruling and God forbid it rules for SnB, then we’re really screwed as whatever accusation of fraud will not be accommodated by the COMELEC because of this cognizance.

Those who questioned the alleged “spurious” signatures now cannot contest the signatures. Is this the script that was written by the palace? It could be, as we all know the administration’s use of technicalities and (un)due process to get what it wants. It just needs to follow the schedule it set and nothing can derail their plans of total domination.

We have to closely watch the Supreme Court and be more vigilant now. The next chapter of the script could spell the end of democracy and the start of hell for all of us. The tyrannical dinosaurs in the administration will stop at nothing to push their Cha-Cha bid and make sure any constitutional attempt to rid the country of the “virus in the palace” will not succeed.

The next couple of months is crucial, and this could be the turning point. The lower house announced that they are just two votes shy of their constituent assembly bid. A two-pronged attack on democracy if I may say. Now the opposition has to divide its attention between SnB and the lower house. Now we really have to work hard to foil the pretnder’s evil plan.

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31
Aug
06

COMELEC Junks Sigaw’s Bid?

The COMELEC voted unanimously against Sigaw ng Bayan’s petition. Citing the Supreme Court’s ruling, Sigaw would now have to ask the SC to hear their case. But despite the junking, the COMELEC took cognizance of the signatures submitted by SnB. This means that SnB did meet the required per centum to “amend” portions of the constitution.

Without going thru any scrutiny, these signatures are deemed authentic by the en banc’s statements. Why did the COMELEC do this? This could only mean one thing, should the SC reverse its previous ruling, the COMELEC does not have to check each and every signature. Accusations of forged signatures will not be heard anymore. The COMELEC came out clean and played safe with their decision. Now they will just await the SC’s ruling and God forbid it rules for SnB, then we’re really screwed as whatever accusation of fraud will not be accommodated by the COMELEC because of this cognizance.

Those who questioned the alleged “spurious” signatures now cannot contest the signatures. Is this the script that was written by the palace? It could be, as we all know the administration’s use of technicalities and (un)due process to get what it wants. It just needs to follow the schedule it set and nothing can derail their plans of total domination.

We have to closely watch the Supreme Court and be more vigilant now. The next chapter of the script could spell the end of democracy and the start of hell for all of us. The tyrannical dinosaurs in the administration will stop at nothing to push their Cha-Cha bid and make sure any constitutional attempt to rid the country of the “virus in the palace” will not succeed.

The next couple of months is crucial, and this could be the turning point. The lower house announced that they are just two votes shy of their constituent assembly bid. A two-pronged attack on democracy if I may say. Now the opposition has to divide its attention between SnB and the lower house. Now we really have to work hard to foil the pretnder’s evil plan.

30
Aug
06

IMPOSTORS BEWARE!

I hate moderating commenters on my blog. But it seems that some will do anything to ruin another blogger’s name. I’m referring to person/persons who have in the past commented here impersonating another blogger. Gari (Bangketa Republique) helped me trace and locate the impostor/impostors who used and maligned Mong Palatino (Mongster’s Nest) by posting a pathetic comment broadsiding Manolo Quezon and Toots Ople. I have informed Mong and he had since issued a disclaimer on his blog.

My only request is for the commenters here to be truthful. Otherwise, I will be forced to ban you.

These are the aliases this impostor uses to comment on this blog:

Tessie, Tony, Carlo, Lt. Edmundo, Sr. Angela, Arkibo, Juancho, Quisumbing and Ssan.
The IP address they use are 198.24.31.111 and 68.100.157.109 (Fredrericksburg, TX, USA).

To other bloggers, take note of the IPs I mentioned. I hope this will prevent impostors from sowing any misunderstanding in the blogsphere.

29
Aug
06

GUIMARAS: Ecological Timebomb

Guimaras has been known for its natural bounty and its beautiful beaches. Like many of our nation’s provinces, its inhabitants rely on the sea for their livelihood. Tourism has also been booming since people from the the cities discovered its pristine beaches.

Late July and early August saw a barrage of storms and unrelentless rain hit the country. August 11 was the fateful day that MV Solar I sank 24 kms. off the island of Guimaras. With a cargo of 2 million liters of bunker fuel, it now has turned the once beautiful coastline to a sea of oil. Coral reefs, magroves and whitesand beaches now tainted by the black gold. Residents and NGOs had mobilized themselves into a cleanup brigade and races against time to save whatever could be saved.

But it seems the government has once again turned a blind eye to the catastrophe that threatens to engulf the entire Visayan region. Just like the case of the repratriating our OFWs from Lebanon, the government continues to move at its own snail-like pace. Refusing to admit that funds are not coming, GMA continues to give lip service intstead of mobilizing the vast resources of government. The U.N. has manifested its intention to help save Guimaras and pledged $16 million in the cleanup effort.

While weeks have passed, the government’s only action was to the declare a state of national calamity. People on the ground can only do so much with whatever resources they can muster. First Response’s limited funding is fast dwindling. Dispersants being sprayed by the coastguard cannot cope with the volume of oil still leaking from the sunken tanker. Petron, the cargo’s owner has not done much and like the government, its only response to the crisis is minimal. Sunshine Maritime, Solar I’s owner has not done much either.

From hair salons to simple folks have lent their hand in trying to prevent the oil spill from creating more devastation. But the three entities which has the most responsibility has offered nothing. The people had taken the initiative, what else does these three want. Or they are really not concerned with the nightmare the people of Guimaras now face. Winds and waves has caused the spill to widen its destruction, it now threatens most of Visayas. Fertile seabeds, coral reefs and other marine sanctuaries are in danger of of being decimated by this impending calamity of unimanginable proportions. What the people want to see now is government response and action. Mere statements and press releases will not stop the spill. Photo-ops will do much less.

Its obvious she does not want to touch her remaining funds to be used for her big Cha-Cha push. This is the reason why she continues to stall and hopes that the international community would take notice and spend for the cleanup instead. How callous this administration is. While they continue to point fingers and discuss courses of “action”, the ecological timebomb continues to tick. It might be too late for anyone to do anything.

*Ellen Tordesillas has more to say about this. Click here and here.

28
Aug
06

The FIXER

Much had been said about the “PI ni Gloria”, but what is it really? This monstrosity first reared its ugly head right after her SONA last year. She had tickled the fancy of incumbent officials and the lure of extended if not permanent hold on power was just too juicy to disregard. Local officials sprung to life when the pretender herself endorsed the idea of “revising” the entire constitution and shifting from presidential to parliamentary system. AdCom, ULAP, the administration bloc and the PI of Sigaw ng Bayan did not waste time to conduct an “expensive” campaign to push for Charter Change.

An entire year had passed since the Gloriagate and the queen of the Enchanted Kingdom sits atop the throne, wielding power like there’s no tomorrow. Her legions claimed to have gathered ten million signatures with the “aid” of local officals and “funding” from the vault of the Enchanted Kingdom. While PIRMA (FVR’s friends) tried this trick back in ’97, the Supreme Court issued a permanent injunction to this futile practice due to lack of an enabling law. But what are we in power, retorts Malacanang. With the continued mockery of the constitution by the pretender, she can do anything she wants and get away with it.

The noose of public disgust though not openly expressed, is slowly tightening. The administration and the proponents of Cha-Cha obviously is spooked. The Second Impeachment Complaint had to be quashed, as reward, all those who connived to junk the impeachment now faces the reward of perpetual bliss. The rush to ram the Cha-Cha down the people’s throat is the pay-off the congressmen had been waiting for. Obviously, the script set by the conspirators had been followed to the tee. Regardless of whatever denial or explanation emanates from the administration, the public has judged them. Whatever you may want to call it, to me, this is plain and simple “PAYOLA”. By hook or by crook, unless some hand of miracle intervenes, we are facing a new breed of tyrants. How power corrupts. The taste of power has drowned any sense of decency and had placed the welfare of the country to the least of their priorities.

We whine about fixers in the different agencies of government, what we failed to see was the pretending president is the biggest “FIXER” in government. Yes the fixer who corrupts and destroys the institutions of society and government to finally secure her throne and hold on power.

25
Aug
06

THANK YOU! – (Swindler’s List Part 1)

Thank you to the 173 “TRAPOS” who connived to hide the truth. Thank you for showing us what you are made of. Thank you for showing us what a corrupt official really looks like. Thank you for showing us your lack of decency, integrity and principle. Thank you for showing us, the voters, that you are not worth voting into office again. Thank you for exposing to us your true colors. Come election day, we the betrayed electorate will show our gratitude to you by not allowing you or any member of your family to sit in any public office. So take note of the names which appear on this list. Do not believe any “empty” promises made by these “TRAPOS”. This is also the hungry mob who is pushing for Cha-Cha that will allow themselves to stay in power for eternity. Remember these names well, and do not allow any of their relatives to swindle you of your votes come election day.

THOSE WHO ARE GUILTY OF BETRAYAL OF PUBLIC TRUST

Benjamin Abalos, Jr., Bienvenido Abante Jr., Harlin Abayon
Roque Ablan Jr., Rodolfo Agbayani, Rodolfo Albano III, Proceso Alcala
Felix Alfelor Jr., Joel Mayo Almario, Antonio Alvarez
Genaro Rafael Alvarez III, Prospero Amatong, Hussin Amin
Rodolfo Antonino, Trinidad Apostol, Jesus Reynaldo Aquino, Munir Arbison
Ignacio Arroyo, Augusto Baculio, Alipio Badelles, Leovigildo Banaag
Roseller Barinaga, Salacnib Baterina, Claude Bautista, Luis Bersamin
Ferjenel Biron, Anna York Bondoc, Narciso Bravo Jr., Danton Bueser
Elias Bulut, Belma Cabilao, Douglas Cagas, Roberto Cajes, Carmen Cari
Bobbit Carlos, Tranquilino Carmona, Nanette Castello-Daza, Fredenil Castro
Arthur Celeste, Antonio Cerilles, Edgar Chatto, Leonila Chavez
Erwin Chiongbian, Solomon Chungalao, Eufrocino Codilla Sr.
Mark Cojuangco, Guillermo Cua, Junie Cua, Antonio Cuenco
Rodriguez Dadivas, Samuel Dangwa, Simeon Datumanong, Del de Guzman
Jose de Venecia, Arthur Defensor, Matias Defensor, Raul del Mar
Antonio Diaz, Baisendig Dilangalen, Abdullah Dimaporo
Victor Dominguez, Mauricio Domogan, Jack Duavit, Faysah Dumarpa
Tomas Dumpit, Ramon Durano VI, Consuelo Dy, Faustino Dy, Glenda Ecleo
Eileen Ermita-Buhain, Gerardo Espina Jr., Amado Espino Jr.
Edgar Espinosa, Emilio Espinosa, Conrado Estrella III, Peter Paul Jed Falcon
Catalino Figueroa, Eduardo Firmalo, Antonio Floirendo, Orlando Fua Jr.
Albert Garcia, Vincent Garcia, Janette Garin, Ernesto Gidaya
Raul Gonzalez Jr., Oscar Gozos, Eduardo Gullas, Joey Hizon, Gregorio Ipong
Nur Jaafar, Eladio Jala, Cecilia Jaloslos-Carreon, Cesar Jalosjos
Exequiel Javier, Uliran Joaquin, Josefina Joson, Simeon Kintanar
Jose Carlos Lacson, Danilo Lagbas, Edcel Lagman, Marcelino Libanan
Teodoro Locsin, Jaime Lopez, Mikey Macapagal-Arroyo
Benasing Macarambon Jr., Emilio Macias II, Sunny Rose Madamba
Amang Magsaysay, Ma. Milagros Magsaysay, Corazon Malanyaon
Suharto Mangudadatu, Alfredo Marañon Jr., Rodante Marcoleta
Roger Mercado, Florencio Miraflores, Anthony Miranda
Abraham Kahlil Mitra, Rafael Nantes, Francis Nepomuceno, Reylina Nicolas
Ernesto Nieva, Prospero Nograles, Arrel Olaño, Ernesto Pablo, Pedro Pancho
Jacinto Paras, Remedios Petilla, Prospero Pichay, Arthur Pingoy Jr.
Monico Puentevella, Herminia Ramiro, Isidoro Real Jr., Jesus Crispin Remulla
Victoria Reyes, Miles Roces, Isidro Rodriguez, Antonino Roman
Jesus Jurdin Romualdo, Eduardo Roquero, Gerry Salapuddin, Joey Salceda
Federico Sandoval, Rizalina Seachon-Lanete, Hans Christian Señeres
Lorna Silverio, Eric Singson, Jose Solis, Nerissa Corazon Soon-Ruiz
Danilo Suarez, Victor Sumulong, Mary Ann Susano, Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado
Judy Syjuco, Emmylou Taliño-Santos, Gilbert Teodoro, Herminio Teves
Acmad Tomawis, Generoso Tulagan, Aurelio Umali, Renato Unico Jr.
Edwin Uy, Reynaldo Uy, Edgar Valdez, Florencio Vargas, Rene Velarde
Eduardo Veloso, Luis Villafuerte, Ma. Amelita Villarosa, Eleuterio Violago
Laurence Wacnang, Antonio Yapha, Eduardo Zialcita, Juan Miguel Zubiri

25
Aug
06

THANK YOU! – (Swindler’s List Part 1)

Thank you to the 173 “TRAPOS” who connived to hide the truth. Thank you for showing us what you are made of. Thank you for showing us what a corrupt official really looks like. Thank you for showing us your lack of decency, integrity and principle. Thank you for showing us, the voters, that you are not worth voting into office again. Thank you for exposing to us your true colors. Come election day, we the betrayed electorate will show our gratitude to you by not allowing you or any member of your family to sit in any public office. So take note of the names which appear on this list. Do not believe any “empty” promises made by these “TRAPOS”. This is also the hungry mob who is pushing for Cha-Cha that will allow themselves to stay in power for eternity. Remember these names well, and do not allow any of their relatives to swindle you of your votes come election day.

THOSE WHO ARE GUILTY OF BETRAYAL OF PUBLIC TRUST

Benjamin Abalos, Jr., Bienvenido Abante Jr., Harlin Abayon
Roque Ablan Jr., Rodolfo Agbayani, Rodolfo Albano III, Proceso Alcala
Felix Alfelor Jr., Joel Mayo Almario, Antonio Alvarez
Genaro Rafael Alvarez III, Prospero Amatong, Hussin Amin
Rodolfo Antonino, Trinidad Apostol, Jesus Reynaldo Aquino, Munir Arbison
Ignacio Arroyo, Augusto Baculio, Alipio Badelles, Leovigildo Banaag
Roseller Barinaga, Salacnib Baterina, Claude Bautista, Luis Bersamin
Ferjenel Biron, Anna York Bondoc, Narciso Bravo Jr., Danton Bueser
Elias Bulut, Belma Cabilao, Douglas Cagas, Roberto Cajes, Carmen Cari
Bobbit Carlos, Tranquilino Carmona, Nanette Castello-Daza, Fredenil Castro
Arthur Celeste, Antonio Cerilles, Edgar Chatto, Leonila Chavez
Erwin Chiongbian, Solomon Chungalao, Eufrocino Codilla Sr.
Mark Cojuangco, Guillermo Cua, Junie Cua, Antonio Cuenco
Rodriguez Dadivas, Samuel Dangwa, Simeon Datumanong, Del de Guzman
Jose de Venecia, Arthur Defensor, Matias Defensor, Raul del Mar
Antonio Diaz, Baisendig Dilangalen, Abdullah Dimaporo
Victor Dominguez, Mauricio Domogan, Jack Duavit, Faysah Dumarpa
Tomas Dumpit, Ramon Durano VI, Consuelo Dy, Faustino Dy, Glenda Ecleo
Eileen Ermita-Buhain, Gerardo Espina Jr., Amado Espino Jr.
Edgar Espinosa, Emilio Espinosa, Conrado Estrella III, Peter Paul Jed Falcon
Catalino Figueroa, Eduardo Firmalo, Antonio Floirendo, Orlando Fua Jr.
Albert Garcia, Vincent Garcia, Janette Garin, Ernesto Gidaya
Raul Gonzalez Jr., Oscar Gozos, Eduardo Gullas, Joey Hizon, Gregorio Ipong
Nur Jaafar, Eladio Jala, Cecilia Jaloslos-Carreon, Cesar Jalosjos
Exequiel Javier, Uliran Joaquin, Josefina Joson, Simeon Kintanar
Jose Carlos Lacson, Danilo Lagbas, Edcel Lagman, Marcelino Libanan
Teodoro Locsin, Jaime Lopez, Mikey Macapagal-Arroyo
Benasing Macarambon Jr., Emilio Macias II, Sunny Rose Madamba
Amang Magsaysay, Ma. Milagros Magsaysay, Corazon Malanyaon
Suharto Mangudadatu, Alfredo Marañon Jr., Rodante Marcoleta
Roger Mercado, Florencio Miraflores, Anthony Miranda
Abraham Kahlil Mitra, Rafael Nantes, Francis Nepomuceno, Reylina Nicolas
Ernesto Nieva, Prospero Nograles, Arrel Olaño, Ernesto Pablo, Pedro Pancho
Jacinto Paras, Remedios Petilla, Prospero Pichay, Arthur Pingoy Jr.
Monico Puentevella, Herminia Ramiro, Isidoro Real Jr., Jesus Crispin Remulla
Victoria Reyes, Miles Roces, Isidro Rodriguez, Antonino Roman
Jesus Jurdin Romualdo, Eduardo Roquero, Gerry Salapuddin, Joey Salceda
Federico Sandoval, Rizalina Seachon-Lanete, Hans Christian Señeres
Lorna Silverio, Eric Singson, Jose Solis, Nerissa Corazon Soon-Ruiz
Danilo Suarez, Victor Sumulong, Mary Ann Susano, Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado
Judy Syjuco, Emmylou Taliño-Santos, Gilbert Teodoro, Herminio Teves
Acmad Tomawis, Generoso Tulagan, Aurelio Umali, Renato Unico Jr.
Edwin Uy, Reynaldo Uy, Edgar Valdez, Florencio Vargas, Rene Velarde
Eduardo Veloso, Luis Villafuerte, Ma. Amelita Villarosa, Eleuterio Violago
Laurence Wacnang, Antonio Yapha, Eduardo Zialcita, Juan Miguel Zubiri




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