Monday, July 28, 2008

Fearful Pres or Peerless Pres?

A cool temperature, a warm blanket and a sweet dream make good reasons to extend sleep. Kaya lang SONA na pala ni Gloria.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

The people have rendered their judgment

Inquirer's headline:

Palace: Let people be judge of Arroyo

Well, the people have rendered their judgment already. The problem, Garci bastardized it. Well, Garci would have not done it had it not for his lady caller who said "So I will still lead by more than one M., overall?". As to who the lady caller is, Malacanang is not aware but for those who have heard the recordings both the tampered and not believes it is not Loren Legarda.

Second, the people also rendered their judgment through surveys by making her the most infamous and most unpopular president. The problem, Malacanang is always questioning the survey every time the results are not favorable to the sitting-president. Pero pag paborable, gusto pang sambahin ang pollster.

According to the report:
(Ermita) wondered about the accuracy of the SWS survey that showed the President’s public approval rating plunging to a record low of negative 38 percent in June when, he said, she has done so much for Filipinos, including crisscrossing the country to oversee antipoverty projects and typhoon relief and rehabilitation.
Kelangan pa bang i-memorize yan? She had done much. But the question is: How much? Isa pa, ano ba ang ginawa? Namigay ng noodles? What about long term projects with impact like employment?

Second, what about the solution to the issues like corruption, ZTE scandal, jueteng, betrayal of public trust?

Next, sabi ni Ed Ermita:

Of course people have to wonder why after the many things that she is doing for the well-being of our citizens that that should still be the perception.
Sorry po Mang Ed. Ikaw lang po ang nagwa-wonder why and wonder how. Just open your eyes and see for yourself. Don't leave in dreams...

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Globelines and Inconvenience

One reason why we applied for a telephone and internet connection is convenience. It’s a hassle when the mobile phone has no battery or there is no signal. And it’s also more of a hassle when we have to hop in from one internet cafe to the other just to send a short e-mail or download an important document.

But contrary to expectations, CONVENIENCE was added with a prefix IN when we applied with Globelines. According to its marketing agents, service connections will be made within three days upon the satisfaction of the requirements. Well, it was three days indeed past a couple of months before the installation was completed. The explanation: There are no facilities yet — and that includes cable lines and cabinets — to our area. Which leads me to ask: Why market then?

Well, after the installation, things worked fine for a week, then a few days, then a few hours. Suddenly, our connection was cut. The alibi of Globelines? Our cables and lines are still new so it can be expected. But as the cables and lines grew old, the same things happen.

One time, it took us more than a week before having our lines repaired. Well, there was this rebate. But heck! We are paying for services and not rebates. Otherwise, we would have not parted with our money and just deposited the same in the bank and if we feel we need some “rebate-like” amount, all we need to do is just to withdraw. That’s very easy… and fast.

Later, internet connections became slow. Pong Pagong was even faster. And so are the heaviest traffics in EDSA whenever there are rallies. So I reported again. And Again. And again. And again. And before there was a resolution to our complaint, another worse thing happened: No dial tone for the telephone.

It’s been five days now but the only things we hear from the customer service centers are: “Sorry for the inconvenience”, “A technical team has been dispatched already”.


We are not paying Globelines to hear their apologies. We are paying them to give us service, to make us convenient, to make communication fast and efficient. And we are locked in to their hell-of-a-service for 12 months!!!!

I don’t know. I hate my post to sound like this. And I never even imagine to have a post like this in this site. But what can I say?

Well, if any of you guys is planning to contract the service of Globelines, think first. But if you like to join me in the future in filing a case against the company, then go on. Let’s do it together.

Assessing the Competency of a Public Official: From Coffee to Golf

Earlier, capabilities of applicants for public posts are done over a few cups of coffee and tete-a-tete. This was "revolutionized" during the time of Erap when, instead of coffee, they used beer. But after the ZTE scandal, government officials find it convenient to assess the competencies of prospective officials for higher posts: PLAYING GOLF!

In a statement, press secretary Jesus Dureza was quoted as saying:

We went out for a round of golf at Wack-Wack (yesterday) morning ... to celebrate ES (Executive Secretary) Ermita's birthday. We were in foursomes, so (two) groups of players..

After holing out in the last hole, I am all the more convinced that I can entrust to Romy (Neri) all my funds or the resources of SSS for that matter.

If this is the way competencies are assessed in choosing SSS Chairmen, I think we need to withdraw all our contributions from the said agency. It's our god damned money earned through sweat and blood tapos ima-manage lang na parang sugal? And Dureza, a press secretary issuing statements like that? Where the heck is the constitutional provision: Public Office is a Public Trust?


Pero teka, aside from the idea of SSS members withdrawing all their hard-earned money from the social security, me isa pang maganda ring idea na itinuro si Dureza. All those aspiring for government posts should study and master golf. If you are poor and you cannot afford to do so, sorry ka na lang... bebe. This just affirms the claims that the government is for the rich, by the rich and of the rich.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Gloria needs a reality check

It is impossible to heal a physician who believes that he has no sickness. And Malaya hit it on the head when it ran an editorial entitled: Gloria Needs a Reality Check.

For this reason, no Filipino should expect that he will have a beautiful life for the rest of Arroyo's term. The editorial says it all. Read here.

Saturday, July 05, 2008


Manhid. This is the best description for sitting-president Gloria Arroyo.

During Manny Pacquiao's courtesy call to the Malacanang, Arroyo gave Pacquiao the appointment papers to be the flag-bearer of the Philippines to the Beijing Olympics. Pero may problema pala. Nauna nang kinausap ng Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) si swimming sensation Miguel Molina na maging flag-bearer. Ikalawa, based on the rules, only accredited members of the country delegation are allowed to be flag bearers. Pacquiao is not. So is Arroyo ill-advised? O gusto niya twist the rules again like what she did when she called Garci?


Kaya pala di rin siya umaalis sa puwesto kahit marami na ang clamors na umalis na siya sa upuan. She is sooooo insensitive. Manhid.

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Meron naman pala talagang rason kung bakit alagang-alaga ni Chavit Singson si Pacquiao. Sabi ng katabi ni Chavit habang nanonood sila ng laban ni Pacquiao ang naririnig niya daw na isinisigaw ng dating governador ay "MONEY! MONEY! MONEY!"