Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Harap Harapang Kababuyan at Kawalanghiyaan ng Gahamang Gobyerno Tungo sa mga OFW

Harap Harapang Kababuyan at Kawalanghiyaan ng Gahamang Gobyerno Tungo sa mga #OFW
Tingnan mo nga naman ang kawalanghiyaan ng gobyerno at ng mga crony nito tungo sa mga OFW
1 – Wala ng matinong negosyante gustong pumasok sa Pilipinas – dalang dala sa korupsyon ng gobyerno
kaya napilitan kang maghanap ng trabahong maganda ang sahod, sa labas ng Pilipinas dahil kung aasa ka ng sweldo mula sa kumpanyang Pilipino – gutom at promissory note ang aabutin mo.
2 – Di ka pa nakaalis ng Pilipinas – hinigop na ng mga NBI clearance fees, POEA fees, Embassy fees – at kung ano ano pang panghuthot ang ginawa sa yo ng iba ibang ahensya ng gobyerno
3 – Nasa ibang bayan ka na – sisilipin na naman ng BIR kung magkano ang mahuhuthot sa iyo
4 – Matapos kang hinuthotan – di pa nakuntento. Ang lahat ng pinaghirapan mo para sa mga mahal mo sa buhay, huhuthotin na na naman ng customs
Putang ina talaga – hirap ka ng maghanap ng trabaho, hinuthotan kana bago umalis, habang nasa ibang bayan ka, at ngayon pati balikbayan box mo, papakialaman pa.
Ano nga ba ang simula nito?
Naalala mo ba noon nagresign ang dating Customs Commissioner sapagka’t ayaw niyang gamitin ng mga politiko ang customs bilang palabigasan?
As if hindi na palabigasan ang Customs sa pangkasalukuyan.
Anyway, tuloy ang daang baluktot ng peke at kriminal na gobyerno.
Naiintindihan ko kung bakit ayaw mag-aklas ng mga tao. Sapagkat, kung aalis ang isang rehimen – ang pumapalit nito ay ang bagong rehimen – na singtulad rin ng dating rehimen ang pagkagahaman.
Kabayan – heto ang solusyon – tanggalin ang gobyerno at wag nang palitan.
history is a lie
Bureau of Customs is another example of USELESS GOVERNMENT.
Why should imported goods be taxed?
Why should consumers allow these dumb fucks to increase the cost of imported goods?
Think about it – you have locally protected Filipino businesses that screw Philippine consumers with inferior highly priced goods – yeah its cheap – the cheap pinoy shoes you bought will not last more than three months – and you have to buy shoes every 3 months.
In a year, how much was spent after buying 4 cheap shoes
Compare that to one imported well made shoe. It may be more expensive – perhaps twice the price of the local shoe – but you use it for 1 – 2 years, even more!
Now apply that situation to:
* agricultural goods
* electronic equipment
* other durable goods

Yup – you end up paying more than the imported product – because you have to keep on replacing the lousy pinoy products
Customs is a protectionist agency that does not benefit consumers – but only benefits the cronies.
Why should pinoy consumers be burdened with paying the salaries of fucking retards!
This protect the Filipino business at the expense of the Filipino consumers has got to stop.
But then, what do Pinoys know really?
Here’s what Pinoys will do – they will vote for politicians who make their lives miserable.
I Trust Government
This time around – I want to be wrong.
When Filipinos stop voting and hold these criminals that call themselves “the government” accountable – it will be a glorious day.

Why the Iglesia Ni Cristo rally on EDSA was another case of Filipinos’ SQUATTER mentality prevailing

September 2, 2015
by benign0
Much has been said about the sad way Filipino politicians — particularly the top presidentiables of the moment: Mar Roxas, Grace Poe, and Jejomar Binay — clambered all over one another to suck up to the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC). The INC staged a rally last week that fouled up Metro Manila’s main road artery causing massive traffic jams that paralysed vast swaths of the Philippines’ largest metropolis and premiere centre of commerce causing untold loss of productivity possibly running in the billions of pesos in one fell swoop.
Despite that immense damage to people’s livelihoods and sanity wrought by this stunt, keeping one of the country’s biggest block voters on their side remained the primary goal of these politicians. But the law itself remains quite clear about the position these supposed “leaders” should have taken — that there was an alleged crime and that this alleged crime must be investigated.
It was all that simple, really.
What made it complicated? There’s a straightforward answer to that as well: The need to be popular and the squatter mentality this attitude of Filipino leaders induces.
It’s a recurring issue with the Philippines’ brand of “democratic” governance that plagues its society across the board. The law, for example, is quite clear on property rights and how trespassers should be dealt with. Yet squatters infest hundreds of thousands of square kilometres of prime Metro Manila real estate. They foul up not just Manila’s streets but Manila’s sewerage and storm drain systems and, more importantly, put off both domestic and foreign entities from investing in the Philippines.
The law is also quite clear on what constitutes a traffic offense. Yet, for drivers of the Philippines’ immense fleet of decrepit public utility vehicles (PUVs), offending traffic rules are an entire mode of operations. Like the literal squatters described earlier, PUVs also hopelessly foul up not just Metro Manila’s streets but also its air.
The squatter mentality that underpins just about every way Filipinos go about their business is what makes the Philippines such a foul up. Its streets are foul, its water is foul, and its air is foul — because Filipinos foul it all up. It’s an entire sad sad way of life.
The recent INC debacle and the way Filipino politicians responded to it highlights why the Philippines has come to such a fouled up state — because like squatters and homicidal PUV drivers, the INC is a vast vote farm. Squatters, PUV drivers and operators and the INC flock constitute the electoral farmland where the tens of millions of the sorts of non-thinking voters politicians salivate over are bred, fed, and watered.
And that is why The Squatter Mentality stands out as Philippine society’s primary character trait. People with Squatter brains feed off politicians who, in turn, cultivate and propagate that mentality in them. It’s a vicious cycle from which the only escape is a wholesale society-wide embrace of an ethic ofthinking.
Will the Philippines ever be known as a society that exhibits a modern ability to think?
It’s a journey that begs a first step. Roxas, Poe, and Binay completely missed an opportunity to take one of those first steps — to take the INC to task for the vast disruption they caused last weekend and to categorically shut down their veiled idiotic appeal that they be given a get-out-of-jail pass on the charges of kidnapping their leadership is accused of. Those who come to their defense have done so on the back of really lame positions — kesyo it was the INC’s freedom to express, freedom to assemble, and freedom to worship that was at stake here.Puh-leeze. All of those lofty principles ultimately owe their legitimacy as national ideologies to, you guessed it, The Law.
As such, it’s simple, really
Rule of law trumps everything else.
Whenever some bozo Filipino politician makes an assertion or an emo appeal on the latest fad issue, look up The Law as the first port of call when evaluating if their ululations make sense. Turning that into a habit is a big step in the direction of transforming Philippine society from what it is today — a superstitious medieval nation — into a modern thinking society that has earned the right to take its place amongst modern 21st Century societies.
If Filipinos continue to embrace their Squatter culture, guess what: the Philippines will continue to be a Squatter Country run by Squatter Leaders.
[Thumbnail photo courtesy Philippine Star.]

The standoff between Iglesia Ni Cristo and the Inutil Na Cojuangco: everyone loses!

September 1, 2015
by FallenAngel
What happens when an irresistible force (Iglesia Ni Cristo, INC) meets an immovable object (President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino, the other INC, the Inutil na Cojuangco, and his administration)?
They will destroy each other. That is exactly what happened over the last few days as the INC conducted a protest rally over at EDSA. They left a mess that rendered commuters and motorists helplessly stuck in traffic that was already bad to begin with.
Who bore the brunt of the inconvenience brought about by the event? The public suffered because the INC would not budge for a few days, and because the government seemed paralyzed.
IGLESIA NI CRISTO AT EDSA-SHAW / AUGUST 29, 2015 IGLESIA PROTEST A protester waves the Iglesia ni Cristo banner during the INC rally at the Edsa-Shaw intersection to demand the resignation of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, whom the sect accuses of meddling in its internal affairs by investigating charges of kidnapping and illegal detention filed by a former INC minister against the groupís leaders. INQUIRER PHOTO / NINO JESUS ORBETA
Eventually, under the official line of “letting the INC voice out their concerns through diplomacy”, the government was proud to announce that the protest rally had broken up. Let us not be fooled; the government, passing it off as “exercising maximum tolerance”, merely stood by and allowed the INC to do as they please. Certain INC members were heard proclaiming, “Tagumpay! (Success!)”, as communications were passed around that they could go home.
Sorry for clogging EDSA, but blame it on our enemies. Di naman siguro fatal yung traffic, diba?
That’s when speculation started about the government blinking and giving in to demands of the INC. What is apparent is that they either wanted the investigation of the illegal detention case brought to their attention to stop, or they wanted Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to resign. Or even both.
What exactly DID the INC rally accomplish, indeed?
If you ask them this simple question point blank, it is highly likely that they will trip themselves up looking for a convincing answer. Maybe it was merely yet another demonstration of their so-called “might”. Maybe they wanted to get the attention of the government, “you don’t mess with the INC”.
As much as we would like to say that other Filipinos could learn from them on how to conduct protest rallies, the proclamation of accomplishment seems to be an illusion being kept up.
The INC could have garnered public sympathy for whatever it is they were protesting had they been a bit savvier. They could have invited non-INC to join them in “making the people’s voices heard” to the government. They could have taken advantage of the growing general discontent of Filipinos with the in-your-face, consistent incompetence of the Aquino government.
But alas, the INC is every bit the exclusive, “we look down upon those who don’t share our beliefs”, and the “if you’re not with us, you’re against us” massing of people that could characterize many other organizations in the Philippines. What did they do instead? They massed up and gathered at EDSA, a major thoroughfare. During rush hour. In the afternoon. On a payday weekend. And pissed the public off so bad.
Whatever the INC members may say about their rally being a success, they were unable to force the government to do something that would have been uncomfortable or self-vilifying, (e.g, disperse the crowd violently). In that sense, the rally was a complete failure.
Getting the government’s attention with a show of force? Big deal; did the INC underestimate the Aquino administration? A proven go-to reaction of this Noynoying government to a situation it is not prepared for, and one which it can’t control, is for the president to hide and maintain silence. They curl up and wait for the storm, the negative sentiment to blow over. It looks like they weathered yet another one while doing nothing during the eye of it.
For those in positions of power, making untimely decisions is as bad as not making one at all; BS Aquino never quite understood that.
Let’s not forget to mention, however, that the only thing Department of Interior and Local Government secretary Mar Roxas could do was to issue a statement about “following the rule of law” and “not inconveniencing others.” Which was conveniently ignored anyway.
What needs to be kept secret about the “discussions” between the INC and the BS Aquino administration that until now, the contents have not been revealed to the public? BS Aquino’s government, for all its image-consciousness, is doing rather poorly at dispelling speculation that his government caved in, bent over backwards for the INC, and took it in the ass. All most likely because they also need the support of the perceived block voting power of the INC.
The government is supposed to do the greatest good for the greatest number of people. In this case, the greatest good that the government aimed for is apparently the greatest number of votes it can get to keep the Liberal Party in power longer.
All that it needs to do is come out with the truth; the INC may not be compelled to disclose it to the public, as it is a private organization, but the government certainly is. So much for all that Sincerity, Honesty, Integrity, and Transparency that the Aquino administration claims to embody. It merely wound up demonstrating just how full of shit it is.
Let us not forget to take notice of how certain sections of the non-INC Filipinos reacted.
As is usually done here, Filipinos turned this into a game of kampihan, taking sides. This was supposed to be about the issues, upholding the rule of law and keeping up basic courtesy. Instead, Filipinos retreated to their ever comfortable focus on personalities. They didn’t like what the INC did so now they’re campaigning to support Leila de Lima if she runs for an elected position next year. You’re merely going to vote her just because you don’t like the INC? Ano kayo, tanga? Are you guys stupid or what?
Last but not least, I found it funny how other Filipinos can dismiss the INC as a cult when they themselves exhibit the same herd mentality that they claim the INC to possess. All you have to do is ask the army of Noytards who keep on holding on to their dear leader’s perceived honesty and lack of corruption, despite his glaring incompetence and inability to do his job as president properly.
Guess what, everybody’s dirty, stinky crap was exposed for the rest of the Philippines to see. INC, the government, other Filipinos, it’s all out there. This was a standoff in which there was no clear winner. Everybody lost. Things only look more bleak for the Philippines from here on.
[Photo courtesy: Inquirer]

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Aftermath of Iglesia Ni Cristo bomb: PNoy caught negotiating with terrorists again!

September 1, 2015
by benign0
The Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) circus that erupted (then fizzled out) on EDSA is a sign of things to come. Granted that it was an outcome of an internal INC agenda that could, if we are to follow the logic of the INC mob, only be resolved by inflicting damage upon a public already broken by the relentless wretchedness of Manila’s traffic gridlock. But the times make the Philippines a veritable tinderbox for these sorts of “activist” firestorms. It’s election campaign season and just about anything that could be used to cause a stir — and rake in media mileage for everyone who has a stake in this quaint democratic exercise — is fair game for those who could spin the outcomes to their advantage.
Indeed, as a commentor in one of our online assets quipped recently: It’s 2005 all over again!
2005 is the epicentre of a period marked by idiotic street antics organised by one or the other “activist” group to make so-called “statements” on their position on the latest indignation fad making headline news of the moment. Back then, street ocho-ocho “revolutions” were the Filipino’s political opium. It was a perverted interpretation of the notion that the “voice of the people” is what legitimises political power. Sure. Of course it is. Democracy poetry tells us so. But do think that through again, this time with a more modern mind.
In the same way nuclear energy can be both destructive (if unleashed in an uncontrolled manner by detonating an atomic bomb) or productive (if harnessed through a controlled process housed within a nuclear power plant), normal healthy democracies need democratic “power plants” to harness people powerto productive ends. Those power plants are called democratic institutions. Democratic institutions housed in grand bricks-and-mortar edifices channel that so-called “voice” in an orderly manner — via referenda, elections, and representation in the state legislature. Release that “power of the people” outside those institutions in an uncontrolled explosion (like the way the INC did in recent days), and you reap nothing more than death and destruction.
As many motorists and ordinary folk looking forward to a long weekend rest last week will attest to, plans were destroyed, moods were ruined, money was lost, and even lives possibly put at risk thanks to the people power bomb detonated by the INC in the middle of one of Metro Manila’s busiest arteries and most densely-populated areas. Both the motivation and the targetting was borderline terrorist in flavour — fuelled by religious righteousness and aimed at where maximum damage could be inflicted.
But unlike George W Bush’s albeit-misguided “War on Terror” in the aftermath of Osama Bin Laden’s levelling of New York City’s World Trade Center twin towers in 2001, the President of the Philippines, rather than hold to account those responsible for the destruction wrought, got in bed with the bomb detonators. Indeed, President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III seemingly struck an under-the-table deal with the terrorists. Again.
Rather than continue to pursue the intel that clearly pointed to the possibility of a heinous crime committed under the transparent glow of due process, the discussion between parties was masked under a veil of dark secrecy.
So, ganun na lang.
It is likely that Filipinos will never know what exactly was agreed between Malacanang and the INC.
What else could the ordinary Filipino schmoe do at this point other than seek the wisdom of her favourite Media behemoth:
Abangan ang susunod na kabanata.
[Photo courtesy Philippine Star.]

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The trouble with the Iglesia Ni Cristo is that they trouble us

August 30, 2015
by Add
Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) has been a trending topic now for several hours since yesterday. The picture that Top Gear Philippines posted on social media says all the reasons why it is trending. Motorists and commuters are steamed by the rally INC has decided to hold in front EDSA Shrine, and at the nearby intersection of EDSA and Shaw Blvd, without prior notice to the public — a warning could have allowed motorists to avoid the area. The rally has put EDSA, the major circumferential road of Metro Manila, into a virtual standstill.

Carmageddon on EDSA thanks to the Iglesia Ni Cristo rally. (Source: Top Gear Philippines)
Carmageddon on EDSA thanks to the Iglesia Ni Cristo rally.
(Source: Top Gear Philippines)

Asked by media reporters why they chose the Shrine for their demonstration, the rally participants replied that the place is a symbolism of freedom, and they are now fighting for freedom from government oppression. That may be, but a text message has been going around urging INC members to converge at the rally site since it was time to mess up the traffic. Top Gear Philippines, which got hold of this text, is still verifying its authenticity. Authentic or not, it is not hard to conclude that the intention of the rally is to snarl traffic since INC did not give the public any prior notice.
The government oppression that INC is referring to is the move by Department of Justice (DOJ) to entertain the case of a minister whom INC just expelled and who claims he was detained by INC against his will for several days. INC claims that by entertaining this minister with the view of assisting him in filing a case against INC, DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima is meddling in what is supposed to be an internal affair of a religious organization, never mind if it was the minister who approached DOJ for help. Illegal detention is a serious crime, but INC can’t understand why Sec de Lima seems to have given this minister undue priority when there are more cases of national import pending in her desk. But it is simple to understand. Sec de Lima used to be a human rights lawyer. It has to be that this is something intuitive with the Secretary when she sees a case against human rights, as that of above mentioned minister, is as equally important as all the other cases pending at the DOJ.

INC is known to vote en bloc, and they make no effort to hide that they are a monolithic organization. They even encourage the news that it is their voting ways that has put into office Joseph Estrada and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. This is the reason why candidates court the support of their leadership during elections. It would be interesting to note in the coming days to see if the administration of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III (PNoy) will give in to the pressure of this group that tries hard to be the top kingmaker in Philippine politics. It is interesting to see if the administration of PNoy has principles, or operates based on vague political expediencies.

However the decision of the PNoy administration will end up, INC has already shown that they will brook no dissent whether it is internal or external. They will go to extent of snarling a traffic in a major part of the capital city of a country, if only to prove their point. Never mind if there are people trying to catch a flight. Never mind if there are ambulances on emergency calls that could mean life and death. Never mind if there are millions of people just trying to get home from a long, tiring day of work. Never mind if there are thousands of trucks that urgently need to deliver goods on time so that there is smooth commerce. Maybe, it is a way INC wants to tell the public that traffic could be fatal in order to prove DOTC Sec Abaya wrong when he said that traffic is not fatal.

If INC has shown that they don’t care about public safety and health, two of the persons aspiring to be a President of the Republic have also shown their true color. With the case of the minister still being clarified and no case has yet been filed, these two presumptive presidential candidates have already decided that the DOJ is wrong. Can we please ask them the basis for their decision? Grace Poe and Jojo Binay said that government should not be meddling with something internal to INC. Never mind Binay who everybody knows is a TraPo (traditional politician), but a neophyte like Poe? What is with INC that could transform a seemingly untainted newcomer into TraPo, already protecting vested interests like she was a veteran of it? How do Poe and Binay know the government is meddling; have they listened to aggrieved party who appears now as being scared of his life?

Our understanding is that religion is supposed to bring out the best in people. Well, in less than 48 hours, they have managed to transform motorists and commuters into beasts. Just look at what these people have been posting in social media. But let us set that aside because we want to know how they are impacting our leaders. Just recently, Bureau of Customs (BOC) Chief John Sevilla resigned because he could not give in to the lobby INC was pushing regarding an critical appointment in the agency. That hurt us because the new BOC Chief now wants to mess with balikbayan boxes. That is just one example of their meddling with government and is the most recent, but they have been meddling since the beginning. And, they accuse the government of meddling? Will Sec de Lima also resign now just because of them? That is not bringing out the best from our people and our leaders, does it?

We are all for Freedom of Expression, as well as Freedom of Religion, but when they do such things to us who are not part of their religion, can we at least ask if they are a religion when they are acting like they are not a religious organization, but a political one? Worse, they are acting like a business corporation?

The trouble they are inflicting on the public seems to be a result of their internal troubles. They are a very secretive society, but from the bits and pieces that are leaking, it appears that there is an on-going strife among their leaders. One faction is questioning what is the need of their leader buying a Php 1 billion worth of property in Forbes Park and a private plane which all seem to be just for the private use of the leader. They are also questioning why they had to build so large a venue, the Philippine Arena, which seems to have more of a secular character to it. There are also accusations of corruption among the management group that they call Sanggunian. While we don’t care whether they are growing or squandering their money, and for heaven’s sake, we really don’t, and shouldn’t care, is it too much to ask that they keep their fights among themselves without say, snarling a traffic? It is very hard to imagine that if there was a squabble among stockholders in say, Philippine Airlines or Philex Mining, that the public be made to suffer only because the companies have internal fights.

They are acting like they are not a religion because it is likely that, indeed, they are not a religion. They call themselves Iglesia ni Cristo, or Church of Christ, and consider themselves as Christians. We can therefore assume that they are referring to the same Jesus Christ whom all other Christians believe in. Unlike other Christians, however, INC insists that Jesus is just a man. If Jesus is just a man, then it can be said that their group can be called the Church of a Man. And yet, we always thought that religion had something to do with something divine. So, could they consider themselves a religion if they are just a church of a man. There is another religion that follows a man, and they call themselves ISIS. This group is trying to get to heaven by letting other people in Iraq and Syria suffer. Is this the reason why when INC is pursuing something they see to it that the public suffers?

Stephen Colbert, of Comedy Central fame, in a recent interview, quoted J R R Tolkien (author of Lord of the Rings): “What punishments of God are not gifts?”. Colbert was talking of a time when his father and brother died, and he said he had learned not only to accept what had happened but actually to rejoice in it. Flummoxed, the interlocutor had to ask again, and that is when Colbert quoted Tolkien. Of course, the interlocutor, and for that matter non-Christians, still didn’t understand. But, suffering takes a meaning only Christians understand, and that is why when the first Christians were being persecuted by the Roman Empire, they bear their suffering quietly. Imagine even a comedian, who happens to be a Christian, understood this. For sure, the first Christians didn’t stop the traffic of horses, carts and cattles in any part of the Empire.

If INC call themselves Christian and they insist that theirs is a church of a man and don’t understand suffering as even Colbert understands it, but understand it the way ISIS understands it, what does that make of INC. Shouldn’t we suspect them of deceit and prevarication?

In any event, we really don’t care what they believe. And, we have to emphasize this, we don’t care. For all we know, they might be worshipping the moon and the stars, or just the money and power they appear to be obsessed with, who cares?!?!. All we ask is please do not disturb us, so we won’t disturb you.


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Get Real Iglesia Ni Cristo!

August 30, 2015
by Grimwald
Note: This is supposed to be another of my Sunday sermons but I decided to keep this secular because it would be very hypocritical of me to call out another religion while bringing up my own religious beliefs. So no, I won’t be wearing my stole, collar, chastity belt, garter belt and stockings this Sunday. Oh wait, I think I’ll keep my chastity belt on just in case.

And here we are again with another sequel of EDSA People Power! There was EDSA 1 that supposedly won our “freedom” from tyranny, there was EDSA 2 that led to the presidency of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (which the current administration insists was the worst president the Philippines ever had), EDSA 3 which just involved a lot of anarchy and violence that was somehow related to supporting former president Joseph Estrada and then there’s EDSA 4 which I honestly don’t know much about and don’t really care anymore. Seriously people, you guys are beginning to remind me of Abbadon the Despoiler and his thirteen ill-fated crusades against the Imperium of Man. Anyway, now we have another “People Power”, this time headed by none other than the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC). Well, my fellow realists Add, Fallen Angel and Paul Farol have said their pieces and now, I’ll give you mine.

4-lane EDSA traffic crunched to a one-lane trickle by Iglesia Ni Cristo 'protesters'. (Source: Inquirer Group on Twitter)
4-lane EDSA traffic crunched to a one-lane trickle by Iglesia Ni Cristo ‘protesters’.
(Source: Inquirer Group on Twitter)

As I’ve said many times before, I try to keep a sense of respect for all religions. After all, who am I to judge people for what divinity they choose to worship? Unfortunately, with things going the way they are now, I have little choice but to speak out. Things are getting out of hand and what’s worse is that religion itself is once again being used for the wrong reasons just as many historical groups have used it to justify their inconsiderate and often violent actions against hapless innocents.
So, let the criticisms begin…

The Hypocrisy Of Separation Of Church And State
The INC claim that they are rallying for the separation of church and state.
The INC is quite infamous for bloc voting, a sure-fire way that will certainly give them some leverage over presidential candidates (which is quite obvious in the way that Roxas, Binay and Poe are reacting to the situation) during election time. They claim that the reason they want the church separate from the state is because they want to prevent the government from “meddling” in their affairs when, thanks to their considerable leverage over presidential candidates, they can meddle with the government whenever they want to.
Of course, the INC isn’t really alone in this regard as the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines (which some have begun disdainfully calling the Philippine Catholic Church) is just as bad when it comes to meddling in politics. However, this does not at all absolve the INC from their own hypocrisy. The thing is, it’s more than a little awkward to tell people to mind their own business when you are thoroughly involved in someone else’s business. It’s like catching a pervert peeping on the ladies’ room, calling him out and then doing the same thing he was doing when he leaves.

Covering Up Their Crimes: Another Hypocrisy
Look, I don’t like De Lima either. To be honest, she is as much a criminal as the masterminds and murderers of the SAF 44 because of her willingness to cover up a heinous crime. However the INC insisting that De Lima focus on the case of the SAF 44 instead of the pending cases human rights violations against the ministers of the INC is just another show of hypocrisy.
I mean really, as Add in his own article said and tying in with my first statement above, what right have they to tell a government official anything when they are in fact clamoring for separation of church and state?
Furthermore, what is being discussed here is human rights violations. These can go on to include many frightening possibilities. Some of the most common forms of “human rights violations” we hear about are sexual harassment, physical assault, rape and outright murder. And take note ladies and gentlemen, these are cases that should not be taken lightly. No matter what religion we adhere to and which god we worship, we should always remember that a “crime is still a crime” and that no one is exempt from the law.
Yes, the SAF 44 deserve justice for what happened to them and the case should receive a thorough and just investigation. But let’s remember that “justice” is supposed to be for everyone, regardless of who one is or what is one’s standing in life. This goes to include members of any religious organization who may be victims of verbal or physical abuse.
The INC is right for demanding justice for the SAF 44 but this does not excuse them from being investigated when they could have done the same thing or worse to other people. If the INC are as righteous as they claim to be and have done right by the law, then there’s really nothing to fear from an investigation.

Another EDSA People Power Courtesy Of The INC
So the INC claim that they have a permit and therefore a “right” to cause a massive traffic jam in the streets of EDSA. Ladies and gentlemen, I remember fellow realist ChinoF saying that: “Just because you can do something doesn’t mean it’s right.” And I have to agree because, at the end of the day, while they may claim to have noble goals, the INC only made a nuisance of themselves in EDSA.
As a commenter said, how many ambulances with passengers requiring urgent medical help did they delay thanks to the traffic the protest caused? How many perishable goods like food arrived late and simply spoiled because of the heavy traffic congestion? How many people just wanted to hurry home to rest but were held back by the legions of protesters that clogged the main roads of EDSA? How many protesters even understood what they were actually fighting for?
So yes, the Iglesia Ni Cristo may have a permit, but this does not essentially mean that they have a right to wreak havoc on the lives of others. I honestly thing that, if they have a beef with the government, then let them take it up with the government and not the common people who are just trying to get by in the crappy third-world country we live in. They should go and block the exits and entrances of Malacanang instead of taking to the streets and ruining the day of many people just trying to make a living.
And to the people I haven’t offended yet, yes that’s you Roxas, Binay, Poe and De Lima, don’t worry. My next article will be just for you. Don’t think you’re exempt from my indignation.


Thaddeus Grimwald is an avid writer and supporter of the GRP website and writes his own fiction in his own Grow Up Philippines website. To check out his works of fiction, you can check the following: Hired Help.

Friday, August 28, 2015


In light of the recent terrorist attack in France, I think a review of the facts is in order......
The Shoe Bomber was a Muslim
The Beltway Snipers were Muslims
The Fort Hood Shooter was a Muslim
The underwear Bomber was a Muslim
The U-S.S. Cole Bombers were Muslims
The Madrid Train Bombers were Muslims
The Bali Nightclub Bombers were Muslims
The London Subway Bombers were Muslims
The Moscow Theatre Attackers were Muslims
The Boston Marathon Bombers were Muslims
The Pan-Am flight #93 Bombers were Muslims
The Air France Entebbe Hijackers were Muslims
The Iranian Embassy Takeover, was by Muslims
The Beirut U.S. Embassy bombers were Muslims
The Libyan U.S. Embassy Attack was by Muslims
The Buenos Aires Suicide Bombers were Muslims
The Israeli Olympic Team Attackers were Muslims
The Kenyan U.S, Embassy Bombers were Muslims
The Saudi, Khobar Towers Bombers were Muslims
The Beirut Marine Barracks bombers were Muslims
The Besian Russian School Attackers were Muslims
The first World Trade Center Bombers were Muslims
The Bombay & Mumbai India Attackers were Muslims
The Achille Lauro Cruise Ship Hijackers were Muslims
The September 11th 2001 Airline Hijackers were Muslims

Think of it:
Buddhists living with Hindus = No Problem
Hindus living with Chris tians = No Problem
Hindus living with Jews = No Problem
Christians living with Shintos = No Problem
Shintos living with Confucians = No Problem
Confucians living with Baha'is = No Problem
Baha'is living with Jews = No Problem
Jews living with Atheists = No Problem
Atheists living with Bud dhists = No Problem
Buddhists living with Sikhs = No Problem
Sikhs living with Hindus = No Problem
Hindus living with Baha'is = No Problem
Baha'is living with Chris tians = No Problem
Christians living with Jews = No Problem
Jews living with Bud dhists = No Problem
Buddhists living with Shintos = No Problem
Shintos living with Atheists = No Problem
Atheists living with Confucians = No Problem
Confucians living with Hindus = No Problem

Muslims living with Hindus = Problem
Muslims living with Bud dhists = Problem
Muslims living with Chris tians = Problem
Muslims living with Jews = Problem
Muslims living with Sikhs = Problem
Muslims living with Baha'is = Problem
Muslims living with Shintos = Problem
Muslims living with Atheists = Problem
and even worse:

**********SO IT LEADS TO *****************

They’re not happy in Gaza
They're not happy in Egypt
They're not happy in Libya
They're not happy in Morocco
They're not happy in Iran
They're not happy in Iraq
They're not happy in Yemen
They're not happy in Afghanistan
They're not happy in Pakistan
They're not happy in Syria
They're not happy in Lebanon
They're not happy in Nigeria
They're not happy in Kenya
They're not happy in Sudan

******** So, where are they happy? **********
They're happy in Australia
They're happy in England
They're happy in Belgium
They're happy in France
They're happy in Italy
They're happy in Germany
They're happy in Sweden
They're happy in the USA & Canada
They're happy in Norway & India
They're happy in almost every country that is NOT Islamic!

And who do they blame?

Not Islam... 
Not their leadership... 
Not themselves...
And they want to change the countries they're happy in to be like the countries they came from where they were unhappy........HOW DOES THAT MAKE SENSE?

AND A LOT MORE !!!!!!!

Think about it
If Muslims in the West want us to believe that their religion is a religion of peace, then they should start acting against the Islamists that spread terror in the Arab lands as well as in our's. 
We need deeds, we are fed up with just words.