Thursday, August 31, 2006
But sore throat is now the problem of the Sigaw ng Bayan ni Gloria. Their cry to amend the charter the Gloria way is now going to be a whisper after the Comelec en banc said that it cannot "turn a blind eye to the pronouncement of the high court that in the absence of a valid enabling law, this right of the people remains nothing but an 'empty right'" Whether the change of heart of Abalos and cohorts... err, commissioners is a part of the pangigisa of the senate yesterday, nobody knows. But there is a hirit from the Commisioners when they said that the Sigaw ng Bayan "seemed to have met the required signatures" despite claims that not all the signatures were validly generated.
The Sigaw ng Bayan ni Gloria, however, is trying to pull theirselves to bring the matter to the high court. Whether Panganiban will become apologetic once again by claiming this time that the rulings in Santiago versus Comelec is wrong, nobody knows. But the point is, there is a questionable delay which could lead the cha-cha opposition a time to relax and see a movie and wake on may 2007 to find the plebiscite included in the ballot for local and national elections.
But at least there is a time to sit back. And there is a time for relaxation. Hopefully, the cha-cha oppositors will not lean on their comfortable chairs and find themselves in cool slumber.
Well, the president cannot become a president without being a resident first of the barangay. And being a resident, he/she should follow the rules of the barangay especially those being implemented by the chairman. Second, if the president has a dispute against fellow residents, the first resort should be the barangay especially the Lupon. Again, this implies that the barangay chairman has apower over the president.
In reality, though, the barangay chairmen in the Philippines are not aware of this. Which gives Senator Lito Lapid an edge. Lapid believes that the barangay chairmen are under the authority of the mayor so, without exhausting his term as a senator, he is now planning to run as mayor.
But Lapid has more reasons to run as mayor than govern barangay chairmen. First and foremost, the medium in the Senate is English. And this is a disadvantage to him coz he has to pay for an interpreter just to take part in the deliberations. Unless he plans to be the head of the Committee on Silence for ever and ever, amen?
Second, Lapid cannot go back to Pampanga as a governor. Unless he wants to steal the lollipop, err, turf, of his son Mark.
Third, Lapid has to follow the dictates of his lady-boss, Gloria. Just to enjoy the glory. Makati, where Lapid plans to run as mayor, is the kingdom of Binay, the president with questionable legitmacy's staunch dissenter. Gloria, based on the bees and spirits in the halls of Malacanang, has said to have mandated Lapid to go and multiply, err, occupy Makati thereby clip Binay's power.
Lastly, Lapid cannot perform his duties as a senator. Whether he likes it or not, he must go or be the laughingstock of the upper house. For the record, he was able to draft only sixteen bills since he took his oath as a SENATOR and not an AUDIENCE. The number and the names of bills together with their corresponding dates are as follows courtesy of the legislative tracking system of the Senate:
Bill Number Subject Date Passed
SBN 2258 ARNIS AS NATIONAL SPORT OF THE PHILIPPINES 6/5/2006
SBN 2253 OFFICE OF THE SOLICITOR GENERAL (BUREAUCRACY STREAMLINING) 5/29/2006
SBN 2239 STAPLE WIRES ON FOOD ITEMS PROHIBITION ACT OF 2006 4/3/2006
SBN 2230 FRANKING PRIVILEGE TO THE IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS OF OVERSEAS CONTRACT WORKERS 3/15/2006
SBN 2229 ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS ACT OF 2006 3/15/2006
SBN 2225 ELECTRIC POWER INDUSTRY REFORM ACT (AMENDMENTS) 3/13/2006
SBN 1727 AGOSTO - BUWAN NG WIKANG PAMBANSA 8/17/2004
SBN 1470 WORLD CUP FILIPINO ATHLETES INCLUSION IN RA 9064 COVERAGE 7/26/2004
SBN 1469 TEACHING OF DISASTER AWARENESS/MITIGATION IN PRIMARY/SECOND. 7/26/2004
SBN 1468 NATIONAL PROTECTION AND PRESERVATION OF MANGROVE FORESTS 7/26/2004
SBN 1466 SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE POOR ACT OF 2004 7/26/2004
SBN 1465 SCHOOL BUILDING PROGRAM ACT OF 2004 7/26/2004
SBN 1464 MAXIMIZED FUNDING OF MASS-BASED SPORTS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS 7/26/2004
SBN 1463 MIGRANT WORKERS INSURANCE AND RETIREMENT BENEFITS 7/26/2004
SBN 1462 PROVIDING FOR A CALAMITY RESERVE FUND 7/26/2004
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
To curtail this, Arroyo's questionable government is trying to squeeze the coffers to clean the mess. A drive to shave our prisoners and collect feathers as oil sludge absorvents is also being undertaken.
But, should we shoulder the mess? Should our taxes be used to finance these things when in fact, while the oil companies are enjoying the profit we are also doing our part suffering from sky-high cost of fuel? Now that something is wrong we are being forced to help?
Instead of this happening, why don't we just slap the oil company with a generation suit for damaging the environment and for taking away the opportunity of the next generation to enjoy bathing and diving in clear blue waters? I am sure this is possible. Why don't Raul Gonzales look into this matter? Mr. Gonzales have been too cocky to discuss other things and lambast opposition members but is mum on the oil company that caused the oil spill. Is this because the company, according to rumors, has also contributed to the campaign kitty or Gloria Arroyo during the previous elections? Just asking.
Human din pala si Bolante? I thought he is a demigod or something.
But anyway, to forgive is divine. Let's forgive Bolante. But unlike GMA's concept of forgiveness which is equivalent to forgetfulness or amnesia, what Bolante should do is as follows:
- Reveal the truth. Did he or didn't he work for GMA? Working for GMA is not working for the people, it should be stressed.
- Reveal the truth. Where did the money that is supposed to reach the farmers go?
- Reveal the truth. How much really was spent for what?
And for this purpose, I am starting the donation of 1 cent for his health. Nothing is free, you know. And take note, I am earning my money with blood and sweat and such did not come from the farmers and bogus agri-projects and fertilizers.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
And the result? Tan-ta-da-dan.... (drum rolls)... an increase of 53% in cellphone snatching.
Galing di ba?
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
BUDGET???? Dahil may jueteng na kaya may budget na? Aminin......
A portion reads of the story:
Galing naman. So, totoo ang balita. bakit kasi me sloppy-written memo pa? Ayan tuloy, nabisto kayo.
Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, chair of the committee on labor, employment and human resource development that is currently investigating the OWWA fund mess, managed to squeeze information from the two officials when he questioned the P530 million workers’ trust fund transferred to Philhealth and another P500 million Mrs. Arroyo supposedly ordered released, charged to OWWA funds during the time of the late Foreign Affairs Secretary Blas Ople.
He confronted Duque on some documents he got hold of containing information related to these matters.
“I am in possession of your letter to Mrs. Arroyo dated Nov. 20, 2002 when you were still president and CEO of Philhealth and in the last paragraph, you said, ‘PHIC will need a reasonable lead time to ensure a smooth turnover of OWWA Medicare to PHIC and manage some assistance from certain quarters which will be affected by the change. It is respectfully requested that the proposed EO be approved by Her Excellency before the year ends.’
“And this is the most controversial line here...’the proposed transfer will have significant bearing on the 2004 elections and on the President’s desire to provide health insurance to eight million indigents by the end of 2003.’ My question is, what do you mean by ‘the proposed transfer will have significant bearing on the 2004 elections?” Estrada asked.
Duque quick in assuming responsibility over the fuss created by the fund transfer said it was his fault that such a “sloppy-written” memo came out.
Naks naman. At padeny-deny pa ang Malacañang at ang OWWA? Grabe namang pagtatakip yan. O baka naman meron kayong nasisilip kaya ganyan?
Abangan natin ang susunod na kabanata. Ang alam ko kasi si Erap natanggal dahil sa jueteng eh. hmnnnnn.......
Monday, August 14, 2006
Below is a touching piece written by a Korean named Jaeyon Kim. The essay had been circulating in e-mails and e-groups. How about considering these, folks? And the members of the Catholic Church, baka naman puwedeng pag-isipan niyo rin.