DROP, COVER, HOLD

On Thursday, July 30, an earthquake drill was held in Metro Manila. Find out what the President, the Vice President, the senators and congressmen did during the drill!

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Earthquake Drill
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?’

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SONA 2015
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.

On Target
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.

The Boxer
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.

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Anti-Dynasty
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!”

Anti-Dynasty II
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.

True SONA
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.

National Anthem
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.”

The Sisters
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.


Silent Protest
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.

FOI Bill
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.
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“The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.”
~Friedrich Nietzsche

Sound Bites
“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

Keep safe!

I am on Twitter: @HecklerForever.

[Photos/Videos: Earthquake Drill: @JeromeLantin; President Aquino: Inquirer.Net; Vice President Binay: Makabayan Bloc: Rappler]

DISASTER DRILL

ON JULY 30, the MMDA will conduct a metro-wide earthquake drill from 3PM to 8PM.

ON JULY 30, the MMDA will conduct a metro-wide earthquake drill. For five hours (that’s from 3PM to 8PM), there will be no electricity in Metro Manila. Or as Mindanaoans would call it, “ordinary day.”

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During the earthquake drill, traffic lights won’t function which may result in traffic jams. Motorists have a term for that – “everyday.”

Mobile phone services will also be shut down. No Instagram. No Twitter. No Facebook. It will be a productive day at the office.

A metro-wide earthquake drill will be conducted on July 30 from 3PM to 8PM. That’s five hours. During the first three hours, there will be search and rescue drills. In the next two hours, there will be free viewing of the film “San Andreas.”

Prepared
According to Phivolcs, Makati is the most earthquake-ready city in Metro Manila. It has four ambulances, a fire truck, a rescue emergency van and an amphibious vehicle. The city has also procured two chainsaws, spreader, cutter, ramp, two circular saws, palm nailers, chipping hammers, demolition hammers and protective gear. Not sure if these are for disasters or for Sonny Trillanes.

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The Department of Education is ready for the opening of School Year 2015-2016. In fact, everything is in place: poor facilities, teacher shortage, and cramped classrooms.

K+12
President Aquino continues to push for the full implementation of the controversial K+12 program. DepEd’s basic education program covers Kindergarten and 12 years – not just 10 – of basic education. K+12 aims “to provide sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills.” In fact, 12 years may not still be enough. President Aquino was a lawmaker for 12 years before he became president.

Liable
Vice President Binay is hurting. This, after Sen. Grace Poe signed the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee report recommending the filing of plunder charges against him. Poe believes that the Binays are liable for the overpricing of the construction of the Makati City Building II. In her defense, who doesn’t?

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No Smoking
According to the World Health Organization, tobacco kills six million people every year. In 1988, WHO passed a resolution marking May 31 as World No Tobacco Day – to raise awareness on the health-related risks of smoking. In observance of World No Tobacco Day and to help eliminate tobacco from the face of the earth, President Aquino will light up and smoke an entire pack of cigarettes.

The Department of Health says 240 Filipinos die daily from smoking-related diseases. Tito Sotto refused to believe the figure and demanded to see the death certificates.

Crime Prevention
To combat crime, 32 CCTV cameras were installed at the corner of Edsa and Taft Avenue in Pasay City. The DILG says theft and robbery are rampant in the area. Next week, CCTV cameras will be installed in the Senate, Batasang Pambansa, and city halls.

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‘Eat Bulaga’ host Tito Sotto got flak from the LGBT community for telling, albeit jokingly, a homosexual father, “Ibalik sa closet!” Critics scored Sotto’s brand of humor and advised him, “Ibalik sa ‘80s!”

Beware!
Reports say there’s a single text message that has the ability to crash an iPhone when opened. The text message goes something like, “Reply YES to receive the latest KathNiel and JaDine updates.”

1CUnlimited
Google has unveiled a free online photo service that will provide unlimited storage of photos. Apparently, Google assumed that thousands of selfies and food pics on Instagram were not annoying enough.
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“Preparation doesn’t assure victory, it assures confidence.”
~Amit Kalantri

“Marami pa ring kababayan natin at sector na hindi sineseryoso [ang earthquake drills]. Unang una, nanonood lang tapos minsan nagtatawanan pa.”
~MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino

“Minsan ho talaga ang mga kritiko natin, sila lang talaga ang anak ng Diyos; sila lang ang magaling. Kaya bahala na ang Diyos sa kanila.”
~President Aquino on the K+12 critics

I am on Twitter: @HecklerForever.

[Photos: Fault: Tremors Instigators.Io; Classroom: Asti Flores/GMA News; Tobaco: Holidays Images; Sotto: Indolent Indio; Napoles Party: Rappler]