AFTER MORE THAN A WEEK of warnings and tug-of-war, the United Nationalist Alliance decided to drop three common candidates from its senatorial ticket. It is also dropping ‘United’ from its name.

UNA has dropped three common candidates from its senatorial lineup. Chiz Escudero described the move as a ‘change of heart.’

Loren Legarda called it ‘climate change.’

But Grace Poe believes, “Hindi pa tapos ang laban.”

The bad news is UNA has junked Escudero, Poe and Legarda. The good news is Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie want to adopt them.

After dropping three of its 12 candidates for senator, one of UNA’s “three kings,” Vice President Jejomar Binay said, “We’re starting to become a family.” With Nancy, JV, and Jackie Enrile in the ticket, we can see that.

PhilHealth Cards
Reports said President Aquino distributed Philhealth cards to indigent residents of a village in Bohol Province during one of the campaign sorties of the Liberal Party. Villagers exclaimed, “Thank you!” Critics said, “Questionable!” GMA lamented, “Gaya-gaya! Tse!”

Liberal Party candidate Jamby Madrigal has apologized for the “iPad game” on Twitter which, she claimed was initiated by her “young volunteers.” Her lawyer, Ernesto Francisco added she didn’t violate any election law. He insisted “it was a fun game.” The winner of the iPad agreed.

Team Patay
The Diocese of Bacolod is campaigning against a group of six pro-RH Law senatorial candidates it dubbed “Team Patay” while urging voters to support anti-RH Law senatoriables it called “Team Buhay.” By the way, the Diocese of Bacolod is a member of Team Bitter-bitteran.

Edsa 1
On Monday, February 25, 2013, the Aquino administration leads the 27th anniversary celebration of the Edsa People Power revolt. Malacañang did not declare Monday a non-working day but decided to suspend classes in all levels – to the delight of thousands of students who were wondrin’ what the event was all about.

Thanks to the bloodless revolt of ‘86, freedom was restored. Democracy is so back. And so are the Marcoses.

In Europe, the Prime Minister of Bulgaria resigned after nationwide protests against rising cost of electricity. Apparently, Bulgarians are so much way ahead of us.

After massive protests against high electricity rates, high ranking government officials in Bulgaria stepped down. For a moment, I wished our leaders were Bulgarian.

MEL T 1The Pope
As soon as Pope Benedict XVI leaves office, he will receive about $3,500 (₱143,500) in retirement package. Not bad for someone who took the vow of poverty.

In less than a week, Pope Benedict XVI will step down. The next pope has some big eyes to fill.

Victorious Pistorius
Accused of murdering his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, Olympian Oscar ‘Blade Runner’ Pistorius was allowed to go free on bail by a South African magistrate! They let him walk!

bThe Oscars
On Monday morning (Manila time), the annual Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby theater in Hollywood. My all-time favorite part of the Oscars is the “In Memoriam” segment – where a VTR is shown to remind celebrities that no matter how glamourous or popular they are today, they’re going to die someday.

It’s the Oscars on Monday. Among the stars who who will be remembered in the ‘In Memoriam’ segment include Whitney Houston, Dick Clark, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Crocodile Lolong.

On Monday, Anne Hathaway will probably win an Oscar. I mean, she was really powerful – in that Ricky Lo interview.
“If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power.”
~Dwight D. Eisenhower

krisSound Bites
“I’ve refrained from commenting about the Senatorial elections but since I’m a responsible, law abiding, very high income tax paying citizen, honestly Senator Loren & Senator Chiz have consistently been 1 or 2 in the surveys, take turns lang sila. I personally know Grace Poe & believe in her integrity & intelligence & in fact committed to join her & Chiz all the available campaign days left in May before the 13th.
~TV host and presidential sister Kris Aquino via Twitter

Have a happy weekend!

I am on Twitter: @HecklerForever.

[Photos: ENewsInsight, Philippine Daily inquirer, Reuters]


ISANG ARAW SA ISANG napakalapit na siyudad, nagsama-sama ang labindalawang pulitiko upang bumuo ng isang koalisyong maglilingkod sa taumbayan.

Matapos aprubahan ang kanilang kandidatura, nagpasya ang koalisyon na simulan ang pagpaparamdam sa mga botante. Daig nga naman ng maagap ang masipag kaya’t isa-isa silang naglabas ng patalastas.

“Gusto ko may pagkain kayo sa mesa,” sabi ng isa.

“Nais kong makapag-aral ang inyong mga anak,” sabi ng pangalawa.

“Sasagipin ko ang mga bata sa lansangan.”

“Ipaglalaban ko ang karapatan ng mga kababaihan.”

“Aalagaan ko ang kalikasan.”

“Bibigyan ko kayo ng trabaho.”

“Ipagpapatayo ko kayo ng tulay.”

“Pagkakalooban ko kayo ng pabahay.”

“Pauunlarin ko ang ekonomiya.”

Et cetera.

May pumuna.
May nag-alma.
May nag-akusa ng maagang pangangampanya – isang malinaw na paglabag sa itinatadhana ng batas.

“Pebrero a-dose pa ang simula ng official campaign period,” giit nila.

Ngunit hindi natinag ang koalisyon.

“Anong pangangampanya ang sinasabi n’yo?”

“Sinabi ba naming iboto n’yo kami? Hindi!”

“Sinabi ba naming suportahan n’yo kami? Hindi!”

Ang patalastas daw ay isa lamang pagpapakilala.
Ang pag-iikot sa mga lalawigan ay hindi campaign sortie kundi pagbisita.

“Wala kaming nilalabag na batas,” paglilinaw nila.

Umayon ang Comelec. “Tama nga naman sila.”

Ginagawa ng Pangulo.
Ginagawa ng taga-Senado.
Ginagawa ng taga-Kongreso.
Ginagawa ng lahat ng pulitiko.
Ginagawa ng nasa kanan.
Ginagawa ng nasa gitna.
Ginagawa ng nasa kaliwa.

“Kami ang nasa kapangyarihan.
Kami ang tama.”

At ‘yan ang alamat ng premature campaigning.

(Bumawi na lang kayo sa eleksyon.)
“It shall be unlawful for any person, whether or not a voter or candidate, or for any party, or association of persons, to engage in an election campaign or partisan political activity except during the campaign period.”
~ Article X, Sec. 80: Omnibus Election Code

Note: Section 15 of RA 8436, as amended by Section 13 of RA 9369, provides that “[a]ny person who files his certificate of candidacy within [the period for filing] shall only be considered as a candidate at the start of the campaign period for which he filed his certificate of candidacy.

We know better.

A Pasay City priest said this ad campaign of motel chain Victoria Court invites people to “commit something bad or immoral.” Bad or immoral?!?!? Speak for yourself Father!

Epalitician of the Day
Sabik sa atensyon, anumang okasyon!

Feb 2 - QC EpalPhoto: Courtesy of Epal Watch

Sound Bites
“Sa totoo lang, there was a time, sinasabi bakla raw ako. Hindi totoo ‘yun, of course.”
~Former Senate President Ernesto Maceda (via GMA News)

-Philippine Daily Inquirer: Editorial: Dynastic Hubris
-Rappler.Com: Can Jack Enrile bury the past?

Have a great weekend!

I am on Twitter: @HecklerForever.