A metro-wide earthquake drill was conducted Thursday, July 30. Government officials participated in the drill including President Aquino, Secretary Roxas, and the DSWD. It was so realistic, their response to the disaster was late.
Earthquake Drill II
On Thursday, July 30, an earthquake drill was held in Metro Manila. During the drill, metro residents were advised to duck (drop), cover and hold on. Incidentally, that’s also the practice of corrupt politicians who are caught stealing.
Earthquake Drill III
During the metro-wide earthquake drill, residents were advised to drop, cover and hold. Curiously, members of the Binay family did something different: Snub. Deny. Retaliate.
Earthquake Drill IV
The Senate and the House of Representatives also joined the drill. They were advised to Control Alt Delete themselves.
Earthquake Drill V
The MMDA initiated the metro-wide earthquake drill. During the drill, several questions were asked such as, ‘What should we do during a strong quake?’ ‘Where should we go after a devastating tremor?’ and, ‘Is Chairman Tolentino really running for senator?’
President Aquino delivered his last State of the Nation Address last July 27. The speech lasted 2 hours and 15 minutes. That’s two hours for his achievements and 15 minutes against Vice President Binay.
President Aquino mentioned Vice President Binay’s name only once – in his opening. But he made up for it by making him the subject of his blind items throughout his speech.
In an apparent swipe at Vice President Binay, the President said, “Kahit kaliwa’t kanan na ang ebidensiya ng pagbabago, mayroon pa ring kontra sa Daang Matuwid. Kapag sila raw ang naging Pangulo, sigurado, gaganda ang buhay. Eh ‘di wow!” He then acknowledged the newest member of his Communications Group, Vice Ganda.
Congressman Manny Pacquiao was present at President Aquino’s last SONA. Manny had his photo taken with Vice President Binay. The boxer and the punching bag.
In his last SONA, President Aquino said, “Hindi tayo makakasiguro kung malinis ang intensyon ng susunod o kung nanaisin lang nilang habambuhay na maghari-harian para sa sariling interes. Panahon na para ipasa ang isang anti-dynasty law.” Reacting to the President’s statement, Makati Rep. Abigail Binay said, “I don’t feel we are being alluded to.” To which her sister Nancy replied, “Gaga! Tayo ‘yon!”
In his last State of the Nation Address, the President said it was time to pass an anti-dynasty law. He just gave Peping and Tingting Cojuango another reason to hate him.
Reports say Vice President Binay will deliver “the true” State of the Nation Address soon. Which is somewhat ironic since ‘truth’ is the last thing that comes to mind when the name ‘Binay’ is mentioned.
The State of the Nation Address began with the singing of the national anthem led by Asia’s Got Talent finalist Gwyneth Dorado. Not to be outdone, Vice President Binay’s “true” state of the nation address will begin with the singing of the Gary Valenciano hit “Take Me Out of the Dark.”
Latest reports say the sisters of President Aquino will not support the presidential bid of Vice President Binay, their longtime family friend and political ally. As soon as the Binay siblings heard this, they went online, logged into Facebook, and clicked ‘Unfriend’ at least four times.
After President Aquino’s speech, militant lawmakers, holding placards, staged a silent protest inside the plenary hall. They were booed and jeered by fellow lawmakers and other attendees. To be fair to them, they neither shouted nor made any noise. Ka Joma Sison’s remote control was in mute mode.
Last year, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte was quoted to have said, “Kapag natapos na ang 16th Congress at ‘di pa naipapasa ang FOI Bill, bitayin ninyo ako.” In President Aquino’s last SONA, there was no mention of the FOI Bill. To Belmonte’s loved ones, condolences in advance.
“The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.”
“Kahit kaliwa’t kanan na ang ebidensiya ng pagbabago, mayroon pa ring kontra sa Daang Matuwid. Ang hirit nila: Mabagal daw tayo. Kapag sila raw ang naging Pangulo, sigurado, gaganda ang buhay. Sa mga medyo may edad po, ang isasagot dito, ‘Ah, ganun?’ sabay taas ng kilay. Para naman sa kabataan, iba na raw po ang tugon nila sa ganoong pahayag, iba na daw po ang uso ngayon eh: ‘E di wow!’,”
~President Aquino, SONA 2015
“We received text messages asking us: How can you support someone so corrupt?”
~ Maria Elena “Ballsy” Aquino-Cruz on Vice President Binay
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[Photos/Videos: Earthquake Drill: @JeromeLantin; President Aquino: Inquirer.Net; Vice President Binay: Makabayan Bloc: Rappler]