Archive for April, 2007

29
Apr
07

Unfair Elections Act of 2007 (INSULTING THE ELECTORATE)

Let it be known to all concerned, these are the guidelines for the coming mid-term elections. All concerned are enjoined to adhere to the following provisions:

Provision no. 1 CAMPAIGNING, CAMPAIGN ADS and POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENTS

  • All administration bets SHALL, post their ghastly posters anywhere they please. LGUs and local police must turn a blind eye on these activities.
  • Administration bets SHALL, campaign during Overseas Elections as voting ends on May 14.
  • All government agencies must extend financial and logistical support to all administration bets. This includes their intelligence funds, office equipment and transportation.
  • All administration bets SHALL, engage in voting-buying whether in cold cash, insurance cards, or distribution of roast calf or grilled fish. They can also insert cash in giveaway items. They can also use raffles to disguise vote-buying.
  • Administration bets can exceed the maximum allowed spending per voter.

Provision no. 2 PARTY-LIST ACCREDITATION and DISQUALIFICATION

  • All government funded party-lists are not subject to investigation or disqualification.
  • All left-leaning party-lists and those critical of the administration must meet all requirements of the Party-list Law or suffer disqualification.
  • Party-lists who have pending cases against “friends and financiers” of the administration are to be disqualified.
  • Only heterosexuals can be represented in congress. Gays, Lesbians and trans-dressers even if they comprise 10% of the population and under represented can not claim to be marginalized.
  • Nominees of party-lists can come from a different sector provided they are friendly to the administration. (i.e. doctors and vice mayors can represent tricycle drivers)

Provision no. 3 PROMOTIONS and APPOINTMENTS

  • Those who engineered cheating in the 2004 elections can run for a seat in congress. Those who aided these “engineers” are to be promoted/appointed to more sensitive positions.

Provision no. 4 DEPT. of JUSTICE and DEPT. of INTERIOR and LOCAL GOVERNMENT

  • The DoJ can file trumped up charges against nominees of left-leaning party-lists. They may also release accused candidates provided they issue statements in support of the administration.
  • The DILG must dismiss/suspend all opposition local executives without investigation. They can however forget about administration-friendly local officials who face numerous cases in court.

Provision no. 5 MEDIA RESTRICTIONS

  • Proxy groups/entities can accuse the opposition of political dynasty but must never include families connected to the administration.
  • Television stations can air black propaganda/libelous ads against the opposition but may be charged in court if they air truthful ads of the opposition.

Provision no. 6 ROLE OF THE ARMED FORCES of the PHILIPPINES

  • The AFP SHALL, engage in partisan politics in the guise of voters’ education.
  • They SHALL coerce, intimidate and terrorize the electorate in voting only for the administration bets.
  • They can conduct sit-ins in schools and is allowed to field their own party-lists.

*ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS MAY BE ADDED BY THE READER PROVIDED THAT IT IS NOT REDUNDANT TO ANY OF THE PROVISIONS ALREADY MENTIONED ABOVE. HAVE FUN!

29
Apr
07

Blas Ople Policy Center Seeks Embassy In Syria

Fellow blogger, Susan “Toots” Ople sent me this email regarding the plight of our countrymen in Syria.

News Release
BLAS F. OPLE POLICY CENTER
April 29, 2007

Blas Ople Policy Center seeks embassy in Syria

The Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a non-stock, non-profit organization which extends assistance to distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), called on the government to send a humanitarian team to look into the plight of Filipino domestic helpers in Syria and consider opening an embassy in the said country.

Susan Ople, president of the Ople Center, issued this appeal in light of text messages and urgent appeals from victims of human trafficking trapped in Syria.

“We recommend that the government open an embassy in Syria. Our recommendation is based on the growing number of Filipino workers there, many of who are at the mercy of foreign agents and their employers,” she said, adding that the government has embassies in countries with smaller OFW communities.

Requests for help were conveyed by two OFWs who were able to return to the country through joint efforts by the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Blas F. Ople Policy Center. The two workers were also assisted by the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration. Initial information about the plight of the two distressed workers came from Dindo Amparo, who heads the Middle East bureau of The Filipino Channel. Amparo sent an e-mail to the Blas Ople Center with the mobile phone number of the OFW concerned.

According to Ople, the sending of a humanitarian team is also urgently needed because most of the Filipinos in Syria were being exploited due to their illegal status. Filipino workers in Syria are estimated at 6,000, most of who were victims of human trafficking rings in the Middle East.

The Center was also approached by relatives of Shiela Donguines, an OFW who thought she would be employed in Jordan. But Shiela ended up in Syria where she is being forced to work from 5 in the morning to 11 at night by her employer.

Alicia Santos, one of the OFWs who were able to return home, complained about the inhumane treatment she received from her Syrian employer who did not allow her to eat on time and refused to pay her a monthly salary.

Rhadilyn Bucad, on the other hand, revealed that her illegal recruiter came to her home in Tarlac and promised her a good-paying job in Syria. She was not asked by the recruiter to pay a placement fee. When in Syria, she was made to work long hours without salary by her employers who also maltreated her.

Former labor undersecretary Ople said foreign agents in Lebanon, Syria, Kuwait and other Gulf countries have been able to penetrate the countryside through local “brokers” or “recruiters” who scout around for willing victims.

“These so-called headhunters are paid by conduits of foreign agents for every Filipino domestic helper that they can send abroad. This is why the unsuspecting OFW is able to leave without having to pay a placement fee. The foreign agents make money from employers in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and other neighboring countries who are eager to have a maid of their own,” the Ople Center explained.

The daughter of the late Foreign Affairs Secretary Blas F. Ople urged interested job applicants to deal only with licensed recruitment agencies that are recognized by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

“If anyone you know approaches you with an offer for a job in Syria, walk away or better yet, report him or her to the police. There are no suitable jobs to be had in Syria and even if there were, I wouldn’t recommend it as an employment destination especially for household workers, “ Ople stressed.

END

27
Apr
07

Voice In The Wilderness

Blogger Arbet Bernardo could not have said it better. His latest post about the death of values shows his sentiment and frustration. Apathy and moral degradation has turned our people into self-centered, self-serving individuals. Less people now care about their neighbor. Life has become a survival of the fittest where the weak and voiceless are dumped by the roadside. And the wicked and evil proclaim themselves kings.

He laments how we have turned into beasts, unable to discern right from wrong. Where our existence relies on our ability to put one over another for the sake of personal gain. This should be a wakeup call to everyone. We must bring sensitivity and genuine concern back in our lives.

We must bring back the values our leaders and some of us have discarded. Its not just about morality but being a human being. When we no longer care, we lost our humanity. We should not allow apathy to reign in our hearts. He must learn to be human beings again.

Arbet may just be a lone voice, but we should learn from his writings. He maybe swimming against the tide with this but I am sure that you, the reader, would stop and reflect of what we have become as a people, as a human being. He maybe a Voice in the Wilderness now, but we can join him in his call to bring values back in our lives and bring sanity back to society.

26
Apr
07

Shameless!

When government officials offer incentives to influence others to vote for certain candidates, isn’t this vote-buying? The offer by Raul Gonzalez to give a P10,000 reward to barangay captains who will produce a 12-0 sweep for Team Unity is tantamount to vote-buying.

Joe De Venecia is distributing insurance cards baring his picture to his constituents. This is a clear case of vote-buying. He claims that it has been his party’s practice since last year. If this is a standard practice, then all LAKAS-CMD candidates are also guilty. This is if all its members are doing the same.

Manny Pacquiao is doing the same. Anyone who joins his movement will be given a P20,000 insurance. He claims that he just wants his constituents to be insured. He said that the fund has grown to P6 billion, wow! These funds came from his friends and donors, he adds. Pacquiao is running against re-electionist Darlene Antonino who is with the opposition.

This practice is nothing new. Gloria Arroyo used the Philhealth Card during her presidential campaign in 2004. Follow the leader! Birds of the same feather really flock together. They are all SHAMELESS!

These are blatant violations of the Omnibus Election Code. Art. 22, Sec. 261 states: any person from giving, offering or giving money or anything of value in order to induce any person,association, corporation or the public in general to vote for or against any candidate. The act is considered vote-buying.

Election Expenditure Update: Team Unity who boasts of 12-0 sweep has already spent close to P3 Billion in their campaign. The Genuine Opposition for their part has spent P380 Million.

23
Apr
07

State Of Dementia

I thought that after calling Julia Campbell careless and irresponsible, DoJ unconfirmed secretary Raul Gonzalez has had his fill. I was so wrong. As I listened to Pinky Webb interview him this morning, he dared his detractors to walk that same path Julia took. He added that he is sure no one would dare.

So despite the public uproar regarding his comments, he is remorseless of what he said. Instead of apologizing to the mourning family, he puts up a challenge to everyone. This guy is insane. Only people whose sanity had escaped them could not discern between what is proper or uncalled for. He has no sensitivity and his callous behavior shows what he is made of.

How can he dispense justice if he blames the victim than persecute the offender? He obviously is unfit to hold the position of justice secretary. The entire cabinet must at all times adhere to propriety as they are the president’s alter egos. Any action or statement for that matter is deemed the official stand. There is no such thing as personal opinion when comes to the official family. With people like him in government, it only shows how incompetent this administration is at addressing issues. Its no wonder why the international community sees us as one of the worst in everything.

For someone who claims to be educated, Gonzalez showed lack of breeding and even diplomacy. His latest victim, members of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. Enjoying the protection of the current dispensation, he is quickly defended for his transgressions. All the invitations of GMA are therefore all for show as her attackdog Gonzalez is always there to wreak havoc on common sense.

Senility is therefore an understatement when describing his state of mind. He is in a state of dementia. To allow him to stay a day more in office mirrors what this administration is, a bunch of lunatics.

20
Apr
07

Education: The Elusive Dream

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) yesterday, lifted the 10% cap on tuition fee increase. The logic behind this is that no university or college would dare increase their fees beyond 10%. The CHED said that the threat of losing students is the major deterrent to exorbitant increases. Really? I wouldn’t subscribe to this twisted point of view. Instead of protecting the youth and their parent’s, they are thrown to the wolves.

We all know that removing the cap could also lead to an increase in dropouts. With the way the schools have been increasing their tuition year after year, it has become too restrictive and has turned education into a privilege than a right. With this development, the parents will have to bear the brunt of the only “inheritance” we parents could give to our children.

State colleges and universities can only accommodate so much and the less privileged are even eased out by the affluent. Where will this displaced students go to get a good education? Personally, I think state universities and colleges should give priority to the under privileged. But this is not the case, the elusive dream of a college education is made unreachable to the under-privileged Filipino youth. Instead, these kids are made to go head to head with the rich, better educated youth whose families can easily afford to send them to private universities.

I believe the admission system should not be wholesale. The poor should be placed at the head of the line instead of at the end. Efforts should be done to reform the present situation in admittance in state universities. Give priority to those who need it most than those who can easily afford it. This should be the case. Scholarships should be awarded to those who can’t afford and the grade requirements should be lowered to an acceptable level. Government agencies can develop jobs for education programs for scholars to help pay for the cost of sending them to school. Regardless if the state university uses income bracketing, the bottom line will always be affordability.

It seems that the Dept. of Education and even this administration would like to keep the poor were they are. And they ask why the poor remain poor and the rich become richer, kinda stupid isn’t it. Then they blame the poor for their woes. It seems that the rich are given more preference and the government has made this their policy. They would rather see poor kids attend their TESDA trainings (which are not free by the way) and eventually send them off to distant lands to slave as “skilled” workers. The government then waits for their remittances which prop up the economy then claim that we are at the verge of economic takeoff. Its legalized human trafficking, and only GMA and her greedy cabinet can conjure such a scheme.

The administration’s penchant for borrowing to somehow control the deficit has buried the country in debt. They couldn’t care less as its the Filipino who eventually shoulders the cost. Which brings us back to the problem of education. As parents, we always try to give our children the best education we can afford. We toil and give up our luxuries for the sake of our children’s future. But if a government makes it difficult for us to achieve that goal, then education will always be that elusive dream.

17
Apr
07

BLACK & WHITE List Is Finally Out

After a long hiatus, the Black and White Movement finally released today their Black and White List. The list was created primarily to guide the electorate of who the candidates are and their respective political parties.

The list is divided into two parts. The Black list is for those we should not vote for and the White list includes those we should vote into office. There is a list for the local officials and a list for the party-lists as well.

They further explained why such a list had to be made and they invite you to support this move.

“The Black and White Movement invites you to be part of this campaign to elect into Congress men and women of moral courage who will exact accountability from the GMA regime for the unabated corruption and extra-judicial killings.

We have selected 100 congressional districts where we will actively campaign for those in the white list and campaign against those in the black list. Let your vote make a difference. Join us in the black list/white list campaign.”

To access the list, you may visit their SITE or click the B&W Mvmnt: Org in My Links sidebar.




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