DISNEY’S blockbuster live action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is still showing in the Philippines. Of course, we’re all familiar with the story: An attractive woman falls for a horrible monster. They got married and had three children: Paolo, Sara and Baste.
President Duterte celebrated his 72nd birthday last March 28 by spending some quality time with his family in Davao City. There was no lavish party. There were no expensive gifts. Duterte said he has received the best gifts in advance – more than 8,000 of them.
The Supreme Court junked the disbarment case filed by losing senatorial candidate Greco Belgica against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales. Belgica was mocked by netizens because of his complaint’s ludicrous prefatory statement which even quoted singer Eric Clapton. When sought for reaction on the SC’s decision, Belgica said, “I must be strong / And carry on / ‘Cause I know / I don’t belong / Here in heaven.”
According to presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella, the New York Times’ documentary and strongly worded editorial on extrajudicial killings in the Philippines were part of a plot to oust President Duterte. Abella declined to name the co-conspirators in the alleged plot although multiple sources have identified two other ‘plotters’ – Buerger’s disease and Barrett’s esophagus.
Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella described The New York Times journalists as “hack writers.” To those asking for the definition of “hack writers,” See ‘Mocha Uson”‘ or ‘Martin Andanar.’
Mocking the European Union (EU) for expressing concern about extrajudicial killings in the country, Duterte fanatic and newly-appointed DSWD assistant secretary Lorraine Badoy wrote on Facebook, “Iyong mga taga-EU, mag-online child porn muna kayo. D’yan naman kayo magaling eh.” Which begs the question, what has this woman been watching?
The Other Badoy
Over the weekend, at least three people asked me on Facebook, “Iisang tao ba ‘yung Lorraine Badoy at Gang Badoy?” I replied, “No. One is respected, relevant and sane. The other is Lorraine.”
Three Duterte allies in Congress: Pantaleon Alvarez, Rodolfo Fariñas, and Reynaldo Umali recently filed a bill that seeks to transfer the functions of the PCGG (mainly, recovering the Marcoses’ ill-gotten wealth) to Solicitor General Jose Calida, a known Marcos defender and loyalist. The full title of House Bill 5233 is AN ACT INSULTING THE INTELLIGENCE OF ‘THINKING’ FILIPINOS WHILE PRETENDING THAT THE REST DON’T HAVE ANY.”
An Ateneo grad was arrested for allegedly trying to extort money from basketball star Kiefer Ravena over some leaked nude photos. Netizens who saw the alleged photos thought Kiefer would just ignore the issue saying, “Maliit na bagay.”
Since the alleged leak happened, Kiefer has decided to keep mum – until the arrest of the suspect on Wednesday. Some observers say, “Patay na eh. Binuhay pa. Baka lumaki lang.” Ang isyu.
“Idiots are of two kinds: those who try to be smart and those who think they are smart.”
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“Talagang talo tayo sa propaganda. Iyung bawat galaw — o kahit wala pang galaw — mayroon na talaga silang kwento. Kaya nga sabi ko dati, mahirap talagang kalaban ang Marcos. Sila ang may capability; iyung infrasructure nila sa social media, in place. Mahirap talagang kalabanin kasi tayo, wala naman tayong resources.”
~Vice President Leni Robredo on BBM’s online propaganda and troll center
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[Photos: Duterte: Mans Carpio; Badoy: DSWD; The New York Times]