ONE OF THE favorites to win the basketball gold in the 17th Asian Games, the Philippines has just been eliminated. Gilas Pilipinas put the ‘heart’ in ‘heartbreaking.’

Gilas Pilipinas would have advanced if it won by at least 11 points against Kazakhstan. But the Kazakhs cut Gilas’ lead from as high as 18 to only 2 in the dying seconds. Hoping to send the game into overtime where it could win, Gilas intentionally scored at the wrong basket. What a cheap chot! I mean, shot. Sorry.

Last Friday, Coach Chot Reyes blamed the loss of Gilas Pilipinas against Qatar on naturalized Filipino Marcus Douthit saying, “Our big guy just quit on our team.” He then benched Douthit in the succeeding game against South Korea. Gilas lost again. And Douthit was like, “Don’t look at me now.”

Bitter rivals Gilas Pilipinas and South Korea faced each other again last Saturday. It was #heart and Seoul. Touted as one of the favorites and with shrieking fans cheering on, a confident Gilas Pilipinas falls. It was their ‘James Reid’ moment.

The Vice President’s legal counsel, Princess Turgano fainted while explaining Binay’s financial statement last Wednesday. That was understandable though since the surge in Binay’s wealth, from P2.6M to P60M, was dizzying.

1123Men At Work
Instead of attending the Senate hearing to answer corruption allegations thrown against him, Vice President Binay visited poor residents of Tondo in Manila. So many people cheered, and queued up to see the Vice President up close and personal. The head count was close to 2016.

Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay has refused to attend the ongoing Senate hearing on the alleged overpricing of the P2.2 billion Makati City Hall Building II. Junjun says he’d rather work for the people of his city. Luckily, the Binays have an able spokesperson in the governor of Cavite who’d also rather work for the city of Makati.

Love Ko ‘To
Instead of eating at a fancy restaurant while in the US, President Aquino’s last meal was spent at McDonald’s in San Francisco. To which, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Martin Romualdez said, “Pwede pala ‘yon?”

According to online reports, President Aquino’s motorcade halted traffic on Haight St. in San Francisco, California when his entourage dropped by a McDonald’s restaurant to eat lunch. Some motorists got pissed and were heard saying, “Who the hell does he think he is? Binay?!?”

Rumors say after finishing his meal, President Aquino bought some McDonald’s toys for his allies in Congress. Each of his solon-friends will get a Hamburglar.

Work Week
The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has approved the proposed four-day work week scheme for government employees in Metro Manila. In the new schedule, a workday has been extended to 10 hours: from 8AM to 7PM. Employees will have more time to serve the public and even longer hours to use Facebook for free.

Free Internet
Smart, Talk N’ Text, and Sun Cellular are now offering free mobile Internet to prepaid subscribers. Again, it’s ‘free.’ They didn’t say it’s ‘fast.’

Smart is now offering free Internet to pre-prepaid subscribers. The catch: you’ll receive free KathNiel and JaDine updates every minute.

After making the big announcement last Friday, PLDT Chair Manny Pangilinan said, “That’s better than politics.” And the Binay family was like, “Of course not!”

According to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, the congestion rate of jails nationwide is now at 326 percent. In fact, some detention cells reportedly have congestion rates of more than 1,000 percent. However, not all facilities with criminals are congested. Exception: Batasang Pambansa.
“Sometimes you must lose everything to gain it again, and the regaining is the sweeter for the pain of loss.”
~Cassandra Clare

Sound Bites
“Karapatan ko pong pansamantalang hindi dumalo sa pagdinig sa Senado. Bilang mayor ng Makati, marami pa akong tungkuling dapat kong gampanan. Magtatrabaho po ako dahil ‘yan ang inaasahan sa akin.”
~Junjun Binay

Have a safe and productive week ahead!

I am on Twitter: @HecklerForever.

[Photos: Philstar (Gilas); NewsFlash.Org (Binays); @0andre0 (SanFo), and Hazel Thompson (Jail)]


IN A SURVEY on corruption conducted by Transparency International, Filipino respondents said the police sector was the most corrupt in the country. Congressmen are demanding a recount.

According to a survey conducted by Transparency International, only 52 percent of Filipinos believe that legislators are corrupt. To the 48 percent, you have no idea!

Nearly 4 in 10 Filipinos think corruption in the Philippines went down in the past two years. President Aquino’s speechwriters reacted, “Pwede nang pang-SONA ‘yan.”

SONA 2013
The House of Representatives is now busy preparing for President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address on July 22. Repairs and repainting have been made. Security will be very tight in Batasan. Signage have been put in place: No protest rallies; No unruly hecklers; No suicide attempts.

Oral Arguments
In his opening remark before the Supreme Court, RH Law petitioner Francisco ‘Kit’ Tatad asked, “Have we become a democracy only to submit to state supervision and control?” And ‘Martial Law’ was like, “Senti ka na naman friend!”

Former senator Kit Tatad, who argued for the petitioners, described the RH Law as “genocide.”
“Dear Mr. Tatad,
Hiyang-hiya naman ako sa inyo.”
– Sincerely,

Parañaque Rep. Gustavo Tambunting proposed a bill that would require government men to follow certain protocols in carrying out demolitions to prevent violence. The proposed bill is called “existent.”

To ease traffic congestion in the metro especially on EDSA, a four-day work week was proposed by Atty. Romulo Macalintal. Yes, that’s Romy Macalintal – the election lawyer. Let’s vote on his proposal.

Malacañang has rejected lawyer Romulo Macalintal’s proposed four-day work week – although rumors have it the President has been following that schedule for three years now.

Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum says based on historical records, a very strong earthquake may hit Metro Manila within this lifetime. It may shock motorists but EDSA will probably move.

1Single Again
George Clooney and his girlfriend of two years, Stacy Keibler have called it quits. Clooney is single again. He can’t seem to find his true love. He should try politics and run for president.

Dwight Coward
Dwight Howard has left the Los Angeles Lakers. He transferred to the Houston Rockets – not to TV5 as rumored earlier.

Former First Lady Imelda Marcos is 84 years old. The other night, she told GMA News TV that she had her first stem cell treatment in 1971. The secret is out! It’s not formalin.
“To oppose corruption in government is the highest obligation of patriotism.”
~ G. Edward Griffin

Sound Bites
“Jueteng could be stopped, but what’s the alternative livelihood for the 163,000 people who work as collectors?”
~Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada

Ingat kay Typhoon Huaning!

I am on Twitter: @HecklerForever.