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EXCLUSIVE: VITALIANO AGUIRRE’S RESIGNATION LETTER

6 04 2018

AguiirePDI

April 5, 2018

HIS EXCELLENCY RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE
President, Republic of the Philippines
Malacañan Palace, Manila

Dear Mr. President,

Una kong narinig noong Linggo ng Pagkabuhay ang balitang balak mo akong sibakin sa puwesto. Aaminin ko, ikinagulat ko ito. Kaagad kong tinanong si Bong Go kung totoo ang balita ngunit sinabi naman niyang walang siyang alam tungkol dito. Umasa akong ito ay tsismis lamang. Sa katunayan, nag-participate pa ako sa Easter Egg Hunt kasama ang aking mga apo. Wala akong nakitang Easter egg. Kinabahan ako. Masamang pangitain yata ito. Nanatiling positibo ang aking pananaw.

Ngunit noong Miyerkules, ibinalita ng Philippine Star ang diumano’y nakaambang pagsipa mo sa akin bilang kalihim ng Department of Justice. Sa loob-loob ko, baka nga totoo. Para akong pinagsakluban ng langit at lupa. Tumayo lahat ng buhok sa aking katawan. (Hindi pala lahat.)

Kinagabihan, nagsimba ako at pormal na humingi ng sign kay Lord.

“Panginoon, dapat ko bang unahan ang pagpapatalsik sa akin? Give me a sign, Lord.”

Pagkasabi ko nito, biglang tumunog ang cellphone ng aking katabi. Ang ring tone: ‘Hayaan Mo Sila’ ng Ex Battalion. Napaindak ako Mr. President. Hindi mo naitatanong, ito ang lagi kong pinakikinggan sa Spotify. Ito na nga siguro ang sign na hinihintay ko.

Labag man sa aking kalooban, nagpasya akong sulatin ang resignation letter na ito. Mas masakit kasi kung mababasa ko pa sa Inquirer at Rappler ang headline na, “Duterte sacks Aguirre.” Ayaw ko silang bigyan ng dahilan upang magsaya.

With this letter, I hereby respectfully tender my resignation, Mr. President. Ngunit bago ko tuluyang iwan ang tanggapang aking pinaglingkuran, nais kong isa-isahin ang aking mga nagawa sa nakalipas na isang taon at walong buwan:

Naipakulong ko si Sen. Leila De Lima kahit walang ebidensya. Ako lang ang makakagawa nito.

Ibinasura ko ang kaso laban kina Peter Lim, Peter Co, Kerwin Espinosa (na umaming drug lord pero feeling ko nagbibiro lang talaga), at iba pang high-profile drug personalities. Bakit ba? Ipinapatupad ko lang ang batas. ‘Pag walang ebidensya, ibasura! (Siyempre, exception to the rule ‘yong kay De Lima. Tama ba ako, Mr. President?)

Ang utak sa pork barrel scam na si Janet Lim Napoles, tinanggap natin sa Witness Protection Program ng pamahalaan. Ganyan kabait ang ating gobyerno. Hindi lang biktima at saksi ang tinutulungan kundi pati mga kawatan!

Dalawang tauhan ko sa Bureau of Immigration ang kinasuhan ng plunder dahil sa pang-e-extort sa negosyanteng si Jack Lam. Muntik na akong madawit dito pero nalusutan ko ang isyu. Hindi ba achievement ito?

Ang kasong murder laban kay Supt. Marvin Marcos na inakusang pumaslang kay Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa at sa mga tauhan nito, naibaba natin sa homicide. Wala akong pakialam sa findings ng NBI na rubout ang nangyari. Pulis o drug suspects: kanino ba talaga kayo kampi?

Sa kaso ng 6.4 billion-peso shabu shipment na nasabat ng mga awtoridad, isa lang ang nakasuhan: si Mark Taguba. Sa aking mga kritiko, ‘wag na kayong makuda. Ano bang gusto n’yo: may nakasuhan o wala?

Mr. President, bawat isa sa mga nagawa kong ito ay inayunan mo.

Bawat isa sa mga ito ay wala kang naging reklamo — kaya’t labis ang pagtataka ko kung bakit gusto mo pa akong sibakin sa puwesto.

Kulang pa ba? Nasaan ang hustisya?

Nagtatanong lang. ‘Wag ka sanang magagalit.

Sakali mang tanggapin mo ang pagbibitiw kong ito, nais kong ipaalam sa ‘yo na handa pa rin akong maglingkod sa gobyerno. Paalala lang po, malapit nang magretiro si Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales. Alam po n’yo ang number ko. Bahala na kayo. [Pwede nga rin pala ako sa Senado. Kumpleto na ba ang slate n’yo?]

Good luck mahal na Pangulo! Thank you very much.

I remain,

Your fraternity brother,

VITALIANO N. AGUIRRE II

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“Without character, there is no credibility; and without credibility, there is no trust.”
~Warren G. Bennis

[Photo: Inquirer.net]





EXCLUSIVE: SHARON INTERVIEWS DUTERTE

3 04 2018

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has declared April – “Sexual Assault Awareness Month.” In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte is declaring May the “National Month Against Extrajudicial Killing.”

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Mega Dinner
Sharon Cuneta, wife of Liberal Party president, Sen. Francis Pangilinan, recently dined with President Duterte at Malacañang. It was a much talked about meeting between a very famous, influential multimillionaire – and Sharon Cuneta.

Rumors say when Sharon Cuneta initially heard about the President’s dinner invitation, she excitedly asked Bong Go, “When? Where? What’s on the menu?”

While having dinner, Duterte and Cuneta even played a game. Sharon asked some questions and Duterte answered using the titles of his favorite Sharon Cuneta movies. Here is the full transcript:

SHARON: Noong nanalo po kayo bilang pangulo at naluklok sa palasyo, ano ang unang pumasok sa isip n’yo?

Duterte: Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas.

Napakalaki pong isyu ang pagpapakulong n’yo kay Senator De Lima. Sakali pong magkita ulit kayo, ano ang sasabihin n’yo sa kanya?

Babangon Ako’t Dudurugin Kita.

Palabiro ka talaga, Mr. President. Ano nga po palang pakiramdam n’yo kapag nakakarinig ng batikos mula sa ICC, UN at mga human rights groups?

Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig.

Ramdam ko nga po. Kumusta na ho si Pulong? Pardon my words but… gago pa rin ho ba?

Ngayon at Kailanman.

That’s sad.

‘Di Na Natuto.

Ang bad. Sa tingin n’yo ba magbabago pa siya?

Pagdating ng Panahon.

Hanga po ako sa closeness n’yo ni Sec. Bong Go. Para talaga kayong…

Magkapatid?

‘Yun nga po. Lagi kayong magkasama ‘no?

Oras-Oras, Araw-Araw.

Wow! Eh paano kung may magkasakit? Nasaan iyong isa?

Caregiver.

That’s really great. Samantalang kami ni Kiko, away-bati. Sa tingin n’yo po dapat ko na siyang hiwalayan?

Ikaw.

Sige po, pag-iisipan ko. May mga anak kami eh. Pero kung kayo ang tatanungin, sorry po, alam kong maraming problema ang Pilipinas, dapat na ba akong sumuko kung wala na akong nararamdaman?

Kahit Konting Pagtingin?!

Siyempre meron naman po Mr. President. But paano kung ‘di na ganun ang sinasabi ng utak ko?

Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso?

Minsan. Ay! Nag-o-overshare na ako. Pasensya na talaga Mr. President. Ang hirap kasi ng feeling na…

Biktima?

Medyo. Hayyyy, tama na nga. Baka sabihin nila napakadrama ko. Mabanggit ko lang Mr. President, nalulungkot ako kasi nag-“No!” sa reunion movie project namin si Gabby. Hoping pa naman akong matuloy ‘yon. Hayyyyyy. Ba’t kaya ganun?

Walang Karugtong ang Nakaraan.

Aray! Hindi naman po ako umaasa ng balikan. Diyos ko, ang tatanda na namin. Ang sa akin lang, kaunting pagpapahalaga naman sa pinagsamahan.

Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin?

Ouch. Ang sakit mo namang magsalita Sir! Come to think of it though, pagdating talaga sa love, lahat pantay-pantay ‘no? Mayaman man o mahirap, nabibigo.

Maging Sino Ka Man.

True. Speaking of love, grabe rin ang pagmamahal n’yo sa mga Marcos ‘no?

Kapantay ay Langit.

Pansin ko nga po – lalo na kay Bongbong na ongoing ang hiniling na recount. Hanggang saan po ang suporta n’yo sa isa’t isa?

Sa Hirap at Ginhawa.

Awww. Eh paano naman po ‘yong ‘di mamatay-matay na isyu ng pagnanakaw against the Marcoses?

Forgive and Forget.

I luveeeet! Sanga pala, ang laking isyu rin ng pag-welcome n’yo sa China. ’Yong pag-handle n’yo sa usapin ng mga isla natin, iniintriga. Ano bang policy natin when it comes to our islands?

Buy One, Take One.

Ayyy! Sige po, hindi na kita pagpapaliwanagin. Pero sure akong ‘di ‘yan gusto ng mga taga-Liberal. Malapit na ang eleksyon. ‘Di ba kayo nati-threaten sa Senate slate nila?

Bituing Walang Ningning.

Ang mean!!! Last na lang, any message Mr. President sa UN at sa International Criminal Court.

Bukas Luluhod ang mga Tala.

‘Yun na! Maraming salamat Mr. President. Sana nandiyan kayo lagi para sa aming lahat na nagmamahal sa ‘yo.

Kung Kailangan Mo Ako.

Talaga Sir?

Pangako Sa ‘Yo. Cross My Heart.

Sweeet! Sige, kain ka na Sir.

Tayong Dalawa. Ayan o, may lechon pa!

Awww! My Only Love!

-End of Interview-

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Sen. Kiko Pangilinan says the country needs “a strong opposition to ensure that our democracy remains vibrant.” But Pangilinan admits they may not be able to field a complete Senate slate next year. Heck, he can’t even get the support of his own wife.
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“You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.”
~Malcolm X, ‘By Any Means Necessary’

Sound Bites
Resistance is our movement. We must vigorously resist the slide to authoritarianism and anti-democratic rule.”
~Sen. Kiko Pangilinan

True.

I am on Twitter: @HecklerForever.

[Photo: Bong Go]





UNEDITED: DUTERTE’S ORIGINAL HOLY WEEK MESSAGE

25 03 2018

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Mensahe ng
Kagalang-galang Rodrigo R. Duterte
Pangulo ng Pilipinas
Sa Sambayanang Pilipino
Ukol sa Mahal na Araw
[Ika-25 ng Marso 2018]

Mga kababayan,

Nakikiisa ako sampu ng aking Gabinete sa paggunita ng mga Kristiyano sa pagpapakasakit at pagkamatay ni Hesukrito.

Katulad ni Hesus, tayong mga Pilipino ay dapat magtiis at magsakripisyo. Kung patuloy ang pagtaas ng presyo ng gas at mga bilihin, magtiis. Kung wala pa ring hinto ang extrajudicial killing, magtiis. Kung napakatagal ng oras sa paghihintay sa laging sirang MRT, magtiis. Kung walang pagbabago sa traffic, magtiis. Si Hesus nga, hindi nagreklamo, kayo pa kaya?

Maling sabihing walang basehan ang mga patakarang ipinatutupad ko. Sumusunod lamang ako sa nasusulat sa banal na aklat.

Si Barabbas o si Hesus?! Sino ba ang pinalaya: ang kriminal o ang walang sala? Ito ang inspirasyon ko kung bakit ang mga big-time drug lords ay aking pinakawalan habang patuloy ang persekusyon kay Leila De Lima at sa iba pang kritiko ng aking pamahalaan.

Maraming nagagalit kay Hudas dahil ipinagkanulo nito si Hesus kapalit ng ilang pirasong pilak. Biktima ng fake news si Hudas. Kung may Rappler, Inquirer at ABSCBN news noon, malamang hindi nila ibinalita ang positibong aspeto ng ginawa nito. Ginamit siya ng Panginoon upang maganap ang nasusulat.

Nakikita ko ang aking sarili kay Hudas. Gayunman, hindi tatlumpong pirasong pilak lamang ang kapalit ng mga isla sa West Philippine Sea. Napakalaking halaga ng ipauutang sa atin ng China. Ito ang bubuhay sa ating ekonomiya. Kaya’t labis akong nagtataka kung bakit inaakusahan ako ng pagtatraydor sa bayan. Hindi ito pagtatraydor. Ito ay pagmamalasakit.

Ang sabi ng aking mga kritiko, biktima ng extrajudicial killing si Hesus. Bakit? Hindi ba’t mga tao mismo noon ang humiling na ipako ito sa krus? Sa katunayan, ayon sa pananaliksik nina Martin Andanar at Mocha Uson ng Presidential Communications Office, aabot sa 16 million ang humiling kay Poncio Pilato na ipako sa krus si Hesus. Ibinalita ba ‘yan ng Rappler at Inquirer? Hindi!

Heto pa: sa pagkamatay ni Hesus ay nahugasan ang kasalanan ng mga masasama. Katulad ng EJK noon, maganda ang layunin ng EJK ngayon, ang linisin ang masasama.

Noong panahon ni Hesus, wala ni isa mang human rights group ang bumatikos sa pagpatay sa kanya. Pero ngayon, grabe ang ginagawang pakikialam ng UN at iba pang human rights organizations sa nagaganap na pagpatay sa bansa. ‘Tangina nila. ‘Pag ako nabuwisit, hindi lang sa ICC tayo aalis. Pati UN at Solar System lalayasan natin!

Ang Kuwaresma ay panahon ng fasting. Ito ay isang paraan ng sakripisyo upang mapalapit sa Itaas. Sa mga Filipinong araw-araw ay gutom dahil walang makain, huwag n’yong sisihin ang gobyerno. Isipin n’yo na lang na mas mapapalapit kayo sa Panginoon.

Ang Kuwaresma ay panahon din ng pagbabago. Gusto kong gamiting halimbawa ang aking tagapagsalitang si Harry Roque. Lahat ng ipinaglaban niya noon, tinalikuran na niya ngayon. Wala siyang hininging ginto, pilak o pera. Endorsement lang sa susunod na eleksyon, pwede na. Mabuhay ka!

Bago ako magtapos, gusto ko lang ipaalala: ang tunay na Kristiyano ay tahimik na gumugunita sa Mahal na Araw. Kung talagang mahal n’yo ang gobyerno at ang bansang ito, tatahimik na lang kayo. Tigilan n’yo na ang pag-iingay, pagpuna at pambabatikos sa ginagawa ng aking administrasyon. Kung hindi kayo tatahimik, putang ina n’yo, bilang na ang mahal na araw n’yo!  Patatahimikin ko kayo!

Hanggang dito na lamang. Maraming salamat at nawa’y maging ligtas ang inyong bakasyon. Huwag manlalaban. [Pastilan!]
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“A traitor leader is the outcome of a fool nation.”
~M.F. Moonzajer, ‘30 Pieces’

Sound Bites
My reading of the philosophy behind the creation of the ICC tells me this: If we want a world that allows no room for impunity, humanity must have recourse to a supranational mechanism for exacting accountability and dispensing justice, even where the actual victims themselves may have forgiven their oppressors.
~Prof. Randy David, ‘President Duterte is not the Philippine State’

Have a safe week! Enjoy your vacation!

I am on Twitter: @HecklerForever.

[Photo: Inquirer.net]





NAPOLES AND THE PORK BARREL SCAM

22 03 2018

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IN JULY 2013, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, in a series of investigative reports, exposed the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam. According to the report, “billions of pesos in Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocations of senators and members of the House of Representatives were diverted to bogus NGOs set up by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.”

The alleged pork barrel scam queen is in the news again. Vitaliano Aguirre announced she has been provisionally accepted to the DOJ’s witness protection program. Duterte fanatics, who, in 2013, lauded the arrest and detention of Napoles are now either expressing support for or keeping mum on Aguirre’s decision. What a shame! Kadiri talaga kayo.

I am thus republishing some of my posts on or about Napoles and the pork barrel scam from 2013. Lest we forget…

A PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER report says Janet Napoles owns at least 28 houses… the biggest of which are the two Houses of Congress.

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Rappler.Com published a photo showing Janet Lim-Napoles in a party with lawmakerslike Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada. Sought for reaction, Gus Abelgas said, “Hindi nagsisinungaling ang ebidensya.”

According to the whistleblowers, Janet Lim-Napoles is using code names for some lawmakers she’s having transactions with. The alleged pork barrel queen uses the alias “Pogi” for Bong Revilla and two code names for Jinggoy Estrada. One is “Kuya” – which is self-explanatory – and another is “Sexy” – which tarnishes the witnesses’ credibility.

Juan Ponce Enrile has been repeatedly linked to Janet Lim-Napoles. In fact, she allegedly uses the code name “Tandâ” for him. When Enrile heard this, he said, “Inuulit ko, hindi ko kilala si Pangit.”

Reports say around 750,000 pages of documents and evidence were turned over by the Department of Justice to the Office of the Ombudsman. The Ombudsman vows to file charges before the Sandiganbayan as soon as possible. President Aquino’s term ends in two and a half years. They don’t have much time. To which Enrile said, “Lalo naman ako!”

Bong Revilla appealed to the public to not prejudge him. He also denied accusations he put the “bong” in “pandarambong.”

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According to Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, lawmakers who were linked to the pork barrel scam must immediately take a leave of absence out of delicadeza. To which, lawmakers replied, “Ano ‘yon?!”

A survey conducted by Inquirer.Net showed 96.2 percent of Filipinos wanted the pork barrel abolished. The other 3.8 percent were lawmakers and their relatives.

Alleged pork barrel queen Janet ‘Jenny’ Lim-Napoles insisted her wealth came from legitimate business. For the bad publicity she has been getting of late, Napoles is blaming her enemies: the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Rappler, and the truth.

Latest reports say Janet Napoles may have escaped using one of three luxury yachts docked at the Manila Yacht Club. Lorna Kapunan insists Janet Napoles doesn’t own a yacht. To be fair, she owns the government.

On Wednesday, lawyer Lorna Kapunan denied that Napoles owned luxury yachts. She reiterated that her client wasn’t involved in the pork barrel scam, and she denied knowing her whereabouts. Survey: Sinong naniniwala sa mga sinabi ni Lorna Kapunan? Itaas ang kanang kamay… ‘tapos, sampalin nang malakas ang sarili!

Asked by Jessica Soho if she believed that Janet Napoles was clean, and not a corrupt person, Lorna Kapunan answered, “I think I need a lawyer.” The Napoleses replied, “I think you need a new client.”

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According to former senator Edgardo Angara, alleged pork barrel scam perpetrator Janet Lim-Napoles must be spared from “prejudicial publicity” to ensure a fair trial. Watch out Lorna Kapunan! Someone wants your job.

Former congressman Prospero Pichay has vouched for the goodness of character of the Napoles couple and refuses to believe they had anything to do with the pork barrel scam. Because if there’s someone who’s in a position to best defend a suspected crook, it has to be a person of untarnished reputation, good morals, and unimpeachable character like Prospero Pichay, right?

Ex-solon Prospero Pichay defended Janet Lim-Napoles and her husband against allegations they masterminded the P10-B pork barrel scam. In other news, Kim Kardashian says Lindsay Lohan is the best role model for today’s youth.

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The Senate has an ongoing investigation on the pork barrel scam. Several reports say the alleged pork barrel queen may be invited to face the senators – or as Janet Napoles would call it, “reunion.”

Janet Lim-Napoles may soon face the senators in the ongoing pork barrel scam probe. It will probably be the most awkward moment in the history of Philippine legislature.

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The camp of Janet Lim-Napoles has started to discredit the principal whistleblower, Benhur Luy saying he had “gender confusion and sexual indiscretion issues.” Asked to comment on the revelation, Benhur’s lawyer said, “Kebs!”

Identified by former employees as the mastermind of the 10 billion peso-pork barrel scam, Janet Lim-Napoles retaliates and accuses principal whistleblower, Benhur Luy of being an ecstasy user. Napoles said Benhur “needs to be reformed.” Benhur replied, “You first!”

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Remember Janet Lim-Napoles’ daughter Jeane who flaunted photos of her Porsche, LVs, YSLs, Chanels, Louboutins and Celines in social media? Lawyer Lorna Kapunan says everyone should be proud of people like Jeane. I don’t think everyone will be proud of lawyers like Kapunan.

According to research firm MillWard Brown, the top 10 global luxury brands of 2013 are Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Gucci, Prada, Rolex, Chanel, Cartier, Burberry, Fendi and Coach. Or as Jeane Napoles would say, “My entire closet.”

Fugitive businesswoman Janet ‘Jenny’ Lim-Napoles has filed four libel suits against journalists, a blogger and a fashion designer. She claimed her daughter Jeane got sick after she read reports on her lavish lifestyle. Well, her lavishness was sickening.

Typhoon Nakaw
A petition asking PAGASA to name typhoons after corrupt politicians has been launched online. But the weather bureau rejected it because there’s not enough typhoons to accommodate all names.
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“Three groups spend other people’s money: children, thieves, politicians. All three need supervision.”
~Dick Armey

Sound Bites
“As long as government is there, there is money.”
~Janet Lim-Napoles

You bet.

I am on Twitter: @HecklerForever.

[Photos: Janet Lim-Napoles, Jeane Napoles: Inquirer.net; Bong, Jinggoy et al: Rappler]





IN THIS CORNER

16 03 2018

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PNP CHIEF Bato de la Rosa said the dismissal of charges filed against big-time drug lords angered his boss, Rodrigo Duterte who punched a wall in Malacañang. “Namaga ang kamay n’ya sa galit,” Bato added. That’s what you call a ‘punchline.’

Did he or did he not? In a series of ambush interviews, Duterte gave conflicting answers.

Reporter: Sir, totoo bang sinuntok n’yo ang wall sa palasyo sabi ni General Bato?

Duterte: Totoo ‘yon.

Reporter: Dahil ba nadismis ang kaso laban sa mga big-time drug lord?

Duterte: Hindi! Dahil tinambakan ng San Miguel ang Ginebra sa Game 4. Tang ina. Nanood pa naman si Pareng Jawo tapos tambak. Yawa!

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Reporter: Mr. President, totoo bang sinuntok mo ang pader sa Malacañang?

Duterte: Totoo ‘yon.

Reporter: Dahil ba dinismiss ang kaso laban sa mga big-time drug lord?

Duterte: In a way.

Reporter: Paano pong “in a way?” Hindi ba nagalit kayo kasi nadismis ang kaso nila?

Duterte: Hindi! Nagalit ako kasi wala na silang kaso. Ako, meron pa sa ICC. Pisti!

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Reporter: Mr. President, sabi ni General Bato namaga raw ang kamay mo dahil sinuntok mo ang pader sa Malacañang.

Duterte: Tama!

Reporter: Nagalit daw kayo sa pagkakadismis ng kaso ng big time drug lords. Tama rin po ba?

Duterte: Mali. Nagalit ako dahil nag-trend sa Twitter noong isang araw ang #DuterteDuwag. Nag-withdraw lang sa ICC, duwag agad? SAGUTIN MO AKO: Kapag nag-withdraw ba sa ICC, duwag?

Reporter: In a way Sir.

Duterte:

Reporter: No pala Sir. No. Next question na po…

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Reporter: Sir, totoo bang sinuntok mo ang pader sa palasyo?

Duterte: Totoo ‘yon.

Reporter: Totoo bang namaga ang kamay mo dahil sa pagsuntok?

Duterte: Totoo ‘yon.

Reporter: Totoo bang nagalit kayo sa pagkakadismis ng kaso laban sa big time drug lords?

Duterte: Ba’t naman napunta sa drug lords ang usapan? Suntok at pader lang ang topic natin. ‘Wag kang lumayo.

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Reporter: Mr. President, totoo bang sinuntok mo ang pader sa palasyo?

Duterte: Totoo ‘yon.

Reporter: Totoo bang namaga ang kamay mo dahil sa pagsuntok?

Duterte: Totoo ‘yon.

Reporter: Totoo bang nagalit ka dahil nadismis ang kaso laban sa big-time drug lords?

Duterte: Totoo ‘yon.

Reporter: INUULIT KO: Totoo bang nagalit ka dahil nadismis ang kaso laban sa big-time drug lords?

Duterte:

Reporter: Naninigurado lang Sir.

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Reporter: Sir, totoo bang namaga ang kamay mo matapos mong suntukin ang pader sa palasyo?

Duterte: Totoo ‘yon.

Reporter: Totoo bang nagalit ka raw kasi nadismis ang kaso laban kay Kerwin Espinosa?

Duterte: Totoo ‘yon!

Reporter: Totoo rin bang nagalit ka kasi nadismis ang kaso laban sa kumpare mong si Peter Lim?

Duterte: Kay Kerwin na muna tayo mag-focus. Nananahimik ang ibang tao, ‘wag mong idamay.

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Reporter: Sir, totoo bang sinuntok mo ang pader sa palasyo dahil sa sobrang galit?

Duterte: Totoo ‘yon!

Reporter: Totoo bang namaga ang kamay mo dahil sa pagkakasuntok sa pader?

Duterte: Totoo rin ‘yon.

Reporter: Tingin kayo sa camera sir ‘tapos ipakita mo ang namamaga mong kamay.

Duterte: Kayo talaga, ‘di na mabiro. Kailan ba kayo masasanay? Next question na nga.
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“Pathological liars can’t always tell truth from falsehood and contradict themselves in an interview. They are manipulative and are very brazen in terms of their manner.”
~Adrian Raine

Sound Bites
The attempt to withdraw from the ICC will not save anyone responsible for crimes against humanity from the ICC’s jurisdiction. The rules of the ICC are clear that it has jurisdiction over crimes committed in a state’s territory while the latter was a party to the Rome Statute.
~Center for International Law

#DuterteDuwag

I am on Twitter: @HecklerForever.

[Photo: Associated Press]





OF PSYCHOS AND DRUG LORDS

12 03 2018

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UNITED NATIONS High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein says Rodrigo Duterte – who recently called a UN special rapporteur “malnourished”, and referred to an International Criminal Court prosecutor as “that black woman” – needs to “submit himself to some sort of psychiatric evaluation.” Reacting to the UN rights chief’s statement, Alan Peter Cayetano says, “The world actually needs more Dutertes.” Actually, the world needs more psychiatrists.

Duterte’s mouthpiece, Harry Roque, said the UN rights chief’s language was an insult to Filipinos. As opposed to Duterte’s language which is the epitome of class, morals and values and a source of great pride for Filipinos.

Harry Roque added, “Such language directed against a democratically elected head of a UN member country is uncalled for and is an affront to the sovereignty of the Republic of the Philippines.” A strong reaction from the spokesman of the Philippine president who has surrendered the republic’s sovereignty to China.

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Role Model
Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman Harry Roque, who is reportedly running for senator next year, says Mocha Uson is “a role model for women.” When asked about the things he liked most about Uson, Roque replied, “her loyalty, her charm, and her 5 million followers on Facebook.”

On International Women’s Day, palace spokesman Harry Roque praised attack dog Mocha Uson and called her “a role model for women.” Many Filipinas here and abroad were offended by the statement forcing Harry Roque to clarify he never said ‘role model’ but ‘troll model.’

Baffled
Mar Roxas placed second in the 2016 presidential elections and Grace Poe came in third. Manny Pacquiao described this as ‘nakakapagtaka.’ To which, Roxas replied, “Parang ‘yong pagboto lang sa ‘yo ng tao.”

Calamity
The Dep’t. of Interior and Local Government will recommend the declaration of a state of calamity in Boracay due to pollution. There’s just too much garbage. Talking about garbage, when will a state of calamity be declared in Malacañang?

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Exonerated
The charges against alleged big-time drug lord and Duterte’s kumpare, Peter Lim and other high-profile drug personalities have been dismissed by Vitaliano Aguirre’s office. Here are some of the reactions we gathered:

Rodrigo Duterte: “‘Yung sinabi kong ako mismo ang papatay kay Peter Lim pag nakita ko, kalokohan lang ‘yun. Parang jetski lang. Maniwala pala kayo!”

Harry Roque: “Peter Lim is a role model for businessmen.”

Alan Peter Cayetano: “The world actually needs more Peter Lims.”

Kris Aquino: “May I invite these suspected drug lords to have coffee (i endorse Nespresso) or we can have a San Mig (i’ve endorsed them too & i’m cool w/ the lemon flavored) if that’s their preference. You guys have my word: hindi ako ‘magda-drama pag nagkaharap-harap na tayo.”

Mocha Uson: “SA INYONG PALAGAY, PRODUKTO LAMANG BA NG FAKE NEWS ANG AKUSASYONG DRUG LORD SI PETER LIM?”

Duterte fanatics: Sinusunod lang ni Tatay Digong ang sinasabi ng ebidensya at ng batas. Mabuhay ka Tatay Digong! Watching from Dubai. Watching from Taiwan. Watching from Al Khobar. Watching from London. Watching from Ouagadougou. Watching from troll center Davao.

Manny Pacquiao: “Si Lord nga, nakapagpatawad, DOJ pa kaya?”

Noli De Castro:

Ted Failon:

Anthony Taberna:
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“Leadership by deception isn’t leadership. It’s fraud.”
~DaShanne Stokes

Sound Bites
“Maski na ang napili mo son of a bitch na presidente, eh kung ‘yun ang pinili ng tao, wala tayong magawa.”
~Rodrigo Duterte

Yawa.

I am on Twitter: @HecklerForever.

[Photos: al-Hussein: Associated Press; Harry Roque: Inquirer.net; Mocha: Manila Bulletin; Pacquiao: Mark R. Cristino/EPA; Peter Lim/Kerwin Espinosa: GMA News]





THE OSCARS, MONSTERS & POLITICS

8 03 2018

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‘THE SHAPE OF WATER’ won Best Picture at the 90th Academy Awards. Helmed by Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro, ‘The Shape of Water’ tells the story of a woman who fell in love with a monster. The film’s working title was ‘Honeylet.’

Frances McDormand won the best actress Oscar for the film ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.’ In her acceptance speech, she shared the award with her fellow nominees Meryl Streep, Sally Hawkins, Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie and Persida Acosta.

Best Actress winner Frances McDormand played the role of Mildred Hayes – an angry, grieving mother seeking justice for her daughter. Official reports say Mildred’s daughter has been murdered — although the VACC insisted she died due to the Dengvaxia vaccine.

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In her Oscar winning performance, Frances McDormand played the role of a devastated mother seething at the lack of progress in the case of her murdered daughter. Using three billboards on the outskirts of her town, she wages war against the local police chief who was reportedly a regular at videoke parties, concerts, press conferences, Congressional hearings, and other social events.

Duterte mouthpiece Harry Roque watched the telecast of the 90th Academy Awards. Roque was raving about and rooting for ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ when the ceremonies started. Before it was over, he was cheering for ‘The Shape of Water.’

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Meryl Streep now has 21 Oscar nominations including a best actress nod for her role as publisher Katharine Graham in the movie ‘The Post,’ a best picture nominee. Steven Spielberg directed ‘The Post’ which tackled the importance of freedom of the press. Rodrigo Duterte calls it “the worst film in recent years.”

In the movie, then US President Richard Nixon tried to stop the Washington Post from releasing damning evidence about America’s unwinnable war in Vietnam. When the newspaper ran a series of investigative stories on the Watergate scandal, Nixon retaliated by barring reporters of the Post from entering the White House. When Mocha Uson heard this, she asked her Facebook followers, “Naniniwala ba kayong ang Watergate scandal ay produkto lamang ng fake news?”

‘The Shape of Water’ actor Doug Jones says it took five hours for make-up artists to transform him into a fish. In comparison, it took Harry Roque one term in Congress to transform himself into Duterte’s bitch.

It took five hours (per day!) to transform ‘The Shape of Water’ actor Doug Jones into a sea monster. Unconfirmed reports say director Guillermo Del Toro almost considered casting Jose Calida for the role to save time.

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Gary Oldman won best actor for his performance as Winston Churchill in the World War II drama ‘Darkest Hour.’ His incredible transformation also took five hours to finish. Generating a lot of social media buzz of late is the ongoing (and troubling) transformation of Associate Justice Marvic Leonen.

Spoiler Alert: In ‘The Shape of Water,’ Eliza (Sally Hawkins) had sex with a ‘fish.’ That is hardly shocking considering that Congressional spouses have been sleeping with crocodiles for decades.
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“I am not fit for this office and never should have been here.”
~Warren G. Harding

Sound Bites
But the idea of allowing China to exploit part of the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone is not only dangerous but also unlawful, Carpio warned: The “co-ownership” model would amount to ceding half of the West Philippine Sea to the Chinese, and “there is absolutely no way under the Constitution” that any sitting Philippine administration could give away the national patrimony like that.
~Editorial, Not only dangerous but unlawful

“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”
~Margaret Thatcher

Happy International Women’s Day!

I am on Twitter: @HecklerForever.

[Photos: Frances McDormand: People.com; Getty Images (Jones); Courtesy of Fox Searchlight (Still); Gary Oldman:Youtube, Focus Pictures]





SLAM BOOK: MOCHA USON

27 02 2018

THIS BLOG’S Slam Book Series started six years ago. The most recent one was posted in 2016 – Duterte’s slam book no less. Today, we continue the series with the slam book entry of controversial and infamous communications assistant secretary Mocha Uson.

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“There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.”
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sound Bites
“The facts are easily verifiable, the public record voluminous and indisputable — if only [Mocha Uson], her salary and the state resources at her command paid for by the people’s money, had the basic integrity to Google history instead of using her official perch to propagandize falsely, perniciously.”
~Editorial: Lying and deception in post-truth world

Indeed.

I am on Twitter: @HecklerForever.





“NEVER ENOUGH” BY RODRIGO DUTERTE, THE RUTHLESS SHOWMAN

19 02 2018

PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte relyrics ‘Never Enough’ – a song from the original soundtrack of the blockbuster film, ‘The Greatest Showman.’

Play the official music video for accompaniment.

I’m trying to hold my breath
Let it stay this way
Can’t let this moment end

You set off a dream with me
Getting darker now
Did you see all these coming?

Take my ass
Will you kiss or lick me
DDS without you

All the piles of a thousand bodies
All the lives I steal from those fam’lies
Will never be enough
Never be enough

Towers of corpses are still too little
Those cops could kill more poor but it’ll
Never be enough
Never be enough

For me
Never, never
Never, never
Never, for me
For me
Never enough
Never enough
Never enough
For me
For me
For me

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All the sound of a thousand gunshots
All the men we snatch from their loved ones
Will never be enough
Never be enough

Powers I hold are still too little
These hands could rule the world but it’ll
Never be enough
Never be enough
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“This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.”
~Plato

Sound Bites
Reports say China has recently named five underwater features in the Philippine Rise. Reacting to the report, palace and Beijing spokesperson Harry Roque said:

“China has named many things—‘siopao,’ ‘siomai,’ ‘ampao,’ pechay, ‘hototay.’” “This does not mean they are getting ownership of these.”

Ulol.

I am on Twitter: @HecklerForever.

[Photos: The Greatest Showman Video; Sunstar.com; Inquirer.net]





LOVE IN THE TIME OF DENGVAXIA

11 02 2018

IN CELEBRATION of Valentine’s Day 2018, here are some timely ‘hugot’ lines. Enjoy!

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1BG

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2WPS

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1Tanga

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“An archaeologist is the best husband any woman can have; the older she gets the more interested he is in her.”
~Agatha Christie

Sound Bites
“Ang kailangang i-assert natin ‘yung sovereignty natin. Hindi kailangang hintayin natin kung kailan sila aalis. Kailangang mas matibay ang ating paninidigan; ipaglaban natin ‘yung ating teritoryo.”
~House Deputy Speaker Lorenzo “Erin” Tañada III

Exactly.

I am on Twitter: @HecklerForever.

[Photo Sources: Harry Roque/ West Philippine Sea: Inquirer.Net; MRT 3: Dax Lucas via Mapio.net; Persida Acosta: Rappler; News; Mocha Uson: Philstar.com; TRAIN Infographic: ABSCBN News; Rice: PhilStar.com; Veggies: Rappler; Bato: Philstar; Aguirre: Rappler; Peso Bills: Rappler; Duterte Finger: Reuters]





“BIIIIIMB!” [KRISSY’S REALIZATIONS]

4 02 2018

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HELLLLLLO! Nagulat kayo ‘no? I’m sure na-miss n’yo ‘ko! Aminin n’yo!

As I have said last week, afraid ang TV networks na bigyan ako ng show because of politics. Kainis ‘di ba?! Kaya dito na muna ako – paraket-raket online. Pero in fairness huh, never akong iniwan ng sponsors. Kaya look at me, look o, ang kinis-kinis ko pa rin. Glowing! Thank you Ever Bilena. Sabi nga ni Bimb kagabi, “Moooooooom, you don’t look like my mother na. We look like sisters already!” Naloka ako. Sabi ko, “Biiiiiiimb, it’s SIBLINGS not sisters! Hay naku, iba-bash ka na naman ng dirty-looking, homophobic broadcaster na laging talo sa elections!” Aha-ha-ha!

Anyway, thank you so much sa mga patuloy na nagtitiwala. I told Ate Ballsy nga, sa mga ganitong pagkakataon mo talaga malalaman ang tunay na nagmamahal sa ‘yo. ‘Di ba?! ‘Yong tipong down na down ka ‘tapos makaka-receive ka ng call saying, “Krissy, we want you to endorse our product!” I swear, naiiyak ako. It just goes to show na love love love pa rin n’yo talaga ako.

In fact, just an hour ago, may nag-inquire through text. Ang sabi, “Krissy, willing ka bang mag-endorse ng memorial plan?” Lalo akong naiyak. Ba’t ganun? Hindi pa naman dead ang career ko ‘di ba? I politely declined. ‘Tapos sabi ni Bimb, “Mooooooooom, but you’re dead na dead kay Tito Herbert!” Nakakaloka. Sabi ko, “Biiiiiiiiimb! That’s our secret, ‘di ba? ‘Wag mo naman akong ilaglag.” Aha-ha-ha!

Hay naku. Basta! Life goes on may TV show man o wala. This too shall pass. Hindi sila forever sa pwesto. May araw din kayo. Jooooooke! For sure, galit na si Mom sa heaven. “Krissy, behave! Don’t be vindictive!”

Fine. Quiet na lang ako. Aha-ha-ha.

Anyway, nag-monitor kami ni Bimb ng news nitong mga nakaraang araw, and we learned quite a few things. I wanna share them with you.

Una, last week ko lang nalaman na doktor na pala si Persida Acosta. Nakakaloka! Akala ko lawyer siya. She was insisting na super dami ng namatay sa Dengvaxia. Pati appendix na pumutok, Dengvaxia pa rin. May conclusions na agad siya. Even Bimb was like, “Moooooooooom, that’s sooo scary. Was I vaccinated?” Sabi ko, “No Bimb. There’s no need for that. Walang mosquitoes sa house ‘coz it’s so clean.”

Sabi niya, “’k!”

Aha-ha-ha! Bimb is so me talaga.

Na-realize ko rin last week, Pinoys are really bad at geography pala. Akala ng marami, nasa Batangas ang Tagaytay; nasa Bataan ang Corregidor, at nasa Saudi ang Dubai. All wrong! Pero ang ‘di ko kinaya, ‘yong sabihing matatagpuan sa Naga ang Mayon Volcano!!!! ‘Di baaa???? Kailan pa inilipat? In fairness huh, ‘di ‘yun nabalita! Nakakaloka. Ang tanga-tanga! But that’s fine. We all make mistakes. Hindi na ako lalayo. Akala ko nga noon, matatagpuan ang happiness sa lalaki. I was so wrong. Baka sabihin naman ni Bimb, “Moooooooooooom, you’re so emo!” Inunahan na kita Bimb. I am! Aha-ha-ha!

I remember so well, when Kuya Noy was still in office, sobrang haba lagi ng pila sa MRT. I should know, na-experience ko ‘yan, remember?

Tapos every month yata, may sira. So the people were like so gigil na talaga. And then nagamit pa ‘yon sa campaign against Mar Roxas. Ang ending: lost! Fast forward to 2018, naloka ako sa news na everyday pala, twice or thrice nasisira ang MRT. Super walk sa riles ang mga commuters! Every other day! And then Bimb said, “Mooooooooom! Why is this still happening? Tito Noy is no longer the president.” Aray ko!

“Biiiiiiiimb! You’re so mean to your Tito Noy! Hindi niya na fault ‘to! Mag-apologize ka! Now na.”

“’k. Sorry!”

Hindi n’yo naitatanong, super relate ako sa mga commuters. Trust me, I know the feeling! ‘Yong pinasakay ka, ‘tapos kapag ini-enjoy mo na ang lahat, sasabihin sa ‘yo, “We need to stop. Hanggang dito na lang tayo. This isn’t working.”

Ang sakit!

“Mooooooom! Tito Herbert again?! Move on na, ok?”

“Biiiiiiiiiimb!”

“Moooooooom! I said, move on.”

“Fine!”

And then, another lesson we learned: Kung basketball player pala si Harry Roque, kakabugin niya si Vince Carter ng Sacramento Kings. By the way, Carter recently turned 41 and in fairness huh, he’s still very much active! And he can still score. Unlike some palaos na players I know.

“Moooooooom! You’re so bitter! He’s still my dad.”

“Biiiiiiiiimb! I didn’t mention names.”

“Moooooom! I know you. Aminin mo. You’re talking about my dad.”

“Fine!”

Back to Harry Roque. I remember him leading and hosting some protest rallies in and out of UP. Like, he was this brave, principled human rights lawyer who was making laban for the country. So ‘yung pag-360 niya sa issues, malala pa kesa kay Carter. Hindi ko talaga kinaya nang sabihin niyang waste of taxpayers’ money ang pagsama sa rally ng mga taga-UP. SAY WHAT?!?

“And Mom, he also said we needed fake news to know true news.”

“I know, Bimb! Kadiri ‘di ba? Trapong-trapo na talaga every inch of his skin.”

“And that’s a lot of skin, Mom.”

“Biiiiiiimb! That’s bad.”

“But you started it.”

“I didn’t say he’s fat.”

“Did I say fat, Mom? I said, ‘lot of skin.’”

“You’re so good at this Bimb! Kainis ka!

“I’m your son, remember?”

“True!”

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And lastly, I have to say this, the government can learn a thing or two sa kaso ni Ricci Rivero ng La Salle. I haven’t been following collegiate basketball pero na-shock ako nang bonggang-bongga when I heard na kinick out ng La Salle ‘yung Rivero brothers, and a certain Brent Paraiso. Sorry, ‘di ako familiar sa kanya.

I mean, rules are rules. Kapag may ginawa kang bad o may na-violate ka, you should face the consequences of your actions. Unfortunately sa admin na ito, kapag tanga ka, kapag may mali ka, or worse, kapag pumatay ka, mapu-promote ka pa. Mabibigyan ka pa ng pwesto. ‘Di ba? Nakakaloka.

I’m from Ateneo but I salute La Salle. Kahit medyo tumaas ang kilay ko sa rason ng pagli-leave daw ni Ricci and those two other players, I believe na tama ang ginawa ng school. Fair but sad.

Aminin n’yo! Nanghinayang kayo kay Ricci! Sa other two, ‘di masyado. Aha-ha-ha! Pero kay Ricci, I’m sure concerned na concerned kayo!

“Mooooooooom! Ricci is only 19.”

“Why?!? What did I say?”

“Moooom, it’s obvious. You’re flirting. You’re hitting on him.”

“Biiiiiiiiiimb!”
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Proclaim the truth and do not be silent through fear.
~Catherine of Siena

Sound Bites
“In fact, the deaths of 13 of the 14 autopsied (by PAO) were totally unrelated to the vaccine. We urge the Department of Justice to order PAO to stop performing autopsies on these children and to leave the matter of determining the cause of death to competent forensic pathologists.”
~Doctors for Public Welfare

Threat
President Duterte has threatened to kick out UP students who continue to hold protest actions against his administration saying they’re wasting people’s money. How about the people’s money spent on Mocha Uson and Duterte’s keyboard warriors? What do you call that, saving?

‘Wag kami.

I am on Twitter: @HecklerForever.

[Photos: Kris Aquino on Instagram; @FabulousFlavius for Ricci Rivero’s photo]





MOCHA USON ON UST-AA AWARD: NALOKA AKO! (EXCLUSIVE!)

23 01 2018

MOCHA

“UNANG-UNA, gusto ko munang magpasalamat sa UST Alumni Association sa award na ito. Noon, Best Dance Album lang mula PMPC ang nakukuha kong award. Ngayon, UST Alumni Association na ang nagpaparangal sa akin. Grabe, I have arrived.

May gusto lang po akong linawin tungkol sa award na ito. Hindi ko po ito inexpect at hindi ko po ito hiningi. Hinangad ko po ito. Prangkahan na.

Aaminin ko rin po, nang kilalanin ng Inquirer si Jover Laurio bilang Filipino of the Year, gumuho ang mundo ko. Isang linggo akong hindi nakakain. Limang araw akong hindi nakatulog at tatlong araw akong hindi nakapag-isip. Baka sabihin n’yo naman, “Sus, tatlong araw lang? Hindi ba isang taon na?” Inunahan ko na kayo. Pakyu.

Sabi ko, “’King inang PAB ‘yan. Naunahan pa akong magka-award! Chaka! Dasal lang, Mocha. Dasal lang talaga, sabi nga ni Alma. Hintay ka lang, darating din ang para sa ‘yo.” At ‘di pa nga lumilipas ang dalawang linggo, dumating na ang pinakahihintay ko: ang Thomasian Alumni Award for Government Service.

GOVERNMENT SERVICE.

Naloka ako.

Naloka ang buong España.

Naloka si Pia Ranada.

Naloka ang mga Dilawan at maging mga Ka-DDS.

Naluka si Suzanne Vega.

Naloka ang natitirang hibla ng katinuan ko.

Pero anong magagawa ko? Blessing ito ni Lord. Ibinigay sa akin ito. Tatanggihan ko ba?

Umalma ang mga estudyante. Nagalit ang mga graduates ng UST. Nainsulto raw ang ilang alumni na una nang tumanggap ng parangal mula sa UST-Alumni Association. Nagbanta silang ibabalik ang tinanggap nilang award.

Pero hindi po ako natinag. Nagpakatatag po ako para kay Tatay Digong.

Hanggang sa mabasa ko ang sinabi ng mga opisyal ng UST-AA. Wala raw talagang set of criteria sa pagpili ng aawardan. Kahit sino raw, basta’t graduate ng UST, puwedeng bigyan ng award.

Napalunok po ako. Matagal ko na itong hindi ginagawa pero napalunok talaga ako.

Ano ‘to?!? Recognition Day sa elementary? Lahat ng bata may “Most” Award para walang umiyak? Most Punctual, Most Courteous, Most Helpful?!?

Inaamin ko po – nasaktan ako. Nanlambot.

Napahiya ako sa aking sarili.
Napahiya ako sa aking pamilya.
Napahiya ako sa aking bansa.
Napahiya ako sa susunod na henerasyon.

Lumuhod ako. Pumikit. Taimtim na nagdasal at humingi ng sign kay Lord kung ibabalik ko o hindi ang award. Naghintay ako… isang minuto, limang minuto, sampung minuto.

Kahit isang sign lang, Lord… PLEASE.

Isang oras akong naghintay pero wala akong natanggap na sign. Sumakit na ang tuhod ko sa pagkakaluhod pero wala talaga. WALA. Ibig sabihin, hindi ko dapat isauli ang award. Tinapos ko ang pagdadasal. Nag-sign of the cross na ako. Pagtayo ko, napautot ako.

Lord, not counted.

Bad trip! Hayyyyy. Labag man sa aking kalooban, susundin ko ang will ni Lord. A sign is a sign. Ngunit sa mga bumabatikos sa akin at sa UST Alumni Association, isa lang ang maipapayo ko sa inyo: ipagdasal n’yong mawala na ang inggit sa inyong mga katawan – lalo na kayong mga Dilawan! Punyeta kayo!

Sa mga Ka-DDS na patuloy na sumusuporta, maraming salamat po! Tuloy ang laban para kay Tatay Digong!

And finally, congratulations din nga pala kay Sir John Simon, ang vice president ng UST Alumni Association na na-appoint kamakailan ni Tatay Digong sa Customs. #GoUSTe

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‘Yun lang po. Thank you.”
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“People always clap for the wrong reasons.”
~J.D. Salinger

Sound Bites
“You have the right to embrace tyranny and bask on the perks granted the slavish. We will fight for our rights. And we will overcome.”
~Journalist Inday Varona’s reply to Duterte fanatic, Mocha defender, and award-winning writer Rebecca Añonuevo, a UST alum

Resist.

[Photos: The Varsitarian; UST-AA President Henry Tenedero on FB]





BLOGGERS FOR FREEDOM

19 01 2018

STATEMENT: BLOGGERS FOR FREEDOM

We, concerned Filipino bloggers, stand for the rights to free expression and to free speech. And our first responsibility is to protect these rights.

We thus stand with Rappler, its right to exist, the rights of its working journalists and contributors, and the rights of its community of readers.

We stand against moves to silence and scare journalists, bloggers and media practitioners just because the President and his ardent supporters dislike their news and views.

Now is a time for making choices amid battles between truth and lies, debate and dissonance, democracy and dictatorship.

We sign our names here to tell everyone we have made a choice. We are bloggers for freedom.

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado
Tonyo Cruz
Dale Bacar
Marcelle Fabie
Myk Mykapalaran Cruz
Rod Magaru
Ely Valendez
Alex Lapa
Tess Termulo
Zena Bernardo
Jover Laurio
James Romer V. Velina
Ramon Nocon
Flow Galindez
Helga Weber
Mc Richard Viana Paglicawan
Raymond Palatino
Loi Landicho
Saul de Jesus
Karlo Mongaya
Ricky Rivera
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Julius Mariveles
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Julius Rocas
Jon Limjap
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Jesus Falcis
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JM Mariano
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Christian Melanie
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Renz Daniel de Vera

Published on January 19, 2018, Black Friday.

For those who wish to sign the statement, please fill out this form.
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“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
~George Washington





EXCLUSIVE: MALACAÑANG’S FULL STATEMENT ON SEC’S RULING VS. RAPPLER

15 01 2018

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RAPPLER: “We will continue bringing you the news, holding the powerful to account for their actions and decisions, calling attention to government lapses that further disempower the disadvantaged. We will hold the line.” Read full statement here.
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“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”
~Benjamin Franklin

[Photos: Rappler; Duterte: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images]








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