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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Hysterical Leila de Lima is not the right woman to represent women

The ongoing war of words between Senator Leila De Lima and her political enemies headed by President Rodrigo Duterte has some feminist groups in the Philippines up in arms, labelling criticism against De Lima as misogynist and a form of sexual harassment. They are using the gender card in defending De Lima. As a female, I find this unfair not just to the opposite sex, but to the real victims of sexual harassment.
Being hysterical and talking too much will not earn Leila de Lima any sympathy from her detractors.
Being hysterical and talking too much will not earn Leila de Lima any sympathy from her detractors.
While it is sad that De Lima’s detractors are using an alleged sex video featuring her and her former driver/lover to attack her — threatening to play it during a Congressional hearing into the illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prisons — they are doing so only because she is still avoiding the issue. What De Lima should have done once her extra-marital affair was exposed for the first time was to own up to it.
The problem is, De Lima kept being coy about the said affair and deliberately avoided the issue. Her behaviour is quite odd considering rumours of the nature of her relationship with the ex-Department of Justice driver Ronnie Dayan have been going around after former Jueteng whistle-blower Sandra Cam divulged it to the media years ago. De Lima should be man enough or, should I say, woman enough to admit it. Why should she be ashamed of the affair now? After all, isn’t feminism about equal opportunity for women? A lot of men are not ashamed of admitting to an affair. They even brag about it like it is a badge of honour.
Don’t get me wrong, I am all for equal opportunity, but there are times when the gender card is used too often and comes across like it’s a way to get a free pass and De Lima’s situation is one of them. This is precisely the reason why feminism causes don’t get any respect from some members of the opposite sex. If we women want to be treated with respect, we need to play our cards right. If De Lima does not want the alleged sex video played in the Congressional hearing, she should just admit to the affair and the existence of the sex video. That way, Department of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez – both allied with Duterte – who want the video to be shown because it is relevant to the House Committee on Justice’s inquiry on the proliferation of drugs inside the national penitentiary, don’t have to play it.
For the record, I am against showing De Lima’s alleged sex video. I don’t think it is necessary. Besides, minors could see it. But I do get what they are trying to prove. Their aim is to establish a link — a very close link — between driver Dayan who is being accused of drug trafficking while employed by the DOJ under De Lima. It’s a shame they have to resort to this tactic just to prove it.
De Lima can help stop this madness by telling the truth. She might be thinking that her personal life is not anyone else’s business, but the fact is, her lover was a former staff who is accused of being involved in illegal activity. De Lima should have been subject to disciplinary action or removed from office for that. It’s a shame she got away with impunity for years during former BS Aquino’s term. Had she been sacked as DOJ secretary, that would have taught her some humility and she wouldn’t have had the nerve to run for senator in the last election. Now Filipinos are stuck with her and the tililing rampages she frequently launches herself into in front of the media.
De Lima seems to be good at keeping up a front. She is deluding herself into thinking that she has done nothing wrong. In other societies, politicians who become embroiled in controversy or fail in their duties resign immediately out of shame. De Lima should emulate that. She doesn’t seem to feel any sense of shame. Some people are saying that she could be a sociopath. Sociopaths are said to be those who lack any true sense of guilt or remorse for harm they may have caused to others. Instead, they blame their behaviour on someone else, or deny it outright. They lack moral bearing (in comparison with the majority of humans) and are unable to evaluate situations within a moral framework. They also have an inability to develop emotional bonds with other people. De Lima does not seem to have an ability to reflect inward. She should be asking herself “why is this happening to me?” She should look back on the people she had done wrong to and there is a long list starting with former President Gloria Arroyo.
You can call it bullying, but you cannot call what De Lima’s enemies are doing “sexual harassment”. She was also bullying others when she was DOJ Secretary and she’s still doing it to Duterte. Besides, her victims did not complain of “sexual harassment” when she was doing it. We didn’t hear Arroyo, Corona, Binay, Enrile, Jinggoy, Revilla, et al cry sexual harassment when they were being persecuted by the Liberal Party during BS Aquino’s term.
In her recent press conference, De Lima was acting hysterical. She lacked class. She does not handle stress with finesse. One wonders what kind of training she had as a lawyer. She buckles under pressure. She’s the type of woman members of the opposite sex would love to hate because she talks too much. She does not represent women well. I am surprised that women’s groups see her as a champion of their cause.
De Lima also complained about not being able to do her job as a senator because of the constant attack on her. If she stopped holding press conferences every day, she might have time to do her job. She’s saying the same things over and over anyway. She doesn’t see that she is also badmouthing Duterte during her talks with the media and angering his supporters in the process. If she thinks the truth will prevail, then she has nothing to worry about. She shouldn’t lose sleep over it. She just has to deal with the thought of being in detention for a while once the charges against her have been formally filed. If Arroyo handled being detained while sick, she can handle it too considering she claims to be a strong woman.

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Philippine Opposition fails to propose ALTERNATIVES to Duterte’s “senatoriables”

Philippine Opposition “activists” and their dogs (and vice versa) are now frantically chattering about the work-in-progress going into the list of “senatoriables” to be endorsed by the administration of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Despite this Opposition, led by the Liberal Party (a.k.a. the Yellowtards), sustaining shrill calls to campaign against these candidates, they offer no alternatives.
It has long been noted that the Philippine Opposition are a hopelessly-fragmented and rudderless movement. The only common beat they dance to is a shared hatred for Duterte. Beyond that easy space loudly rings a disturbing vacuousness in their rhetoric.
The hollowness with which the Yellowtards conduct their “opposition” is most evident in their lack of a vision for the Philippines. Instead, what they hawk to the Filipino voter is an obsolete fear of non-existent bogeymen. Indeed, the spectre of “tyranny” and “oppression” remains a bizarre key selling point of the Philippines’ opposition collateral. Rather than add colour in the form of variety and innovation to their campaign, they lazily pitch different shades of fear around this tired old black propaganda — a “return” to dictatorship, an “assault” on “press freedom”, US Imperialism, “human rights” abuse, etcetera, etcetera.
It comes down to vision and how this is communicated across in an election campaign in the form of a platform. Remember that term? How soon Filipinos forget. How narrow-sighted of the Opposition to neglect that important aspect of a truly democratic discourse. People — and most specially the Opposition — need to be constantly reminded that thinking and debate grounded on sound thinking are cornerstones of a modern democracy. When there is an idea one does not like, one needs to come up with a counterargument. When one does not like a candidate or sets of candidates, one needs to propose alternatives.
Just in the simple matter of coming up with a viable leader, the Opposition already fails. The other day, a key Twitter “influencer” of the Opposition expressed how baffled she was over why Yellowtard leader of the hour, “vice president” Leni Robredo attracts so much “hate”. But the Filipino public’s “hate” for Robredo is nothing new. It’s been around since 2016 (or even earlier during the campaign itself). So what is truly baffling is why the Opposition continue to fail to understand why Filipinos “hate” Robredo. It is likely because they have not put enough effort to understanding their “enemy” enough. And this is the reason why their “opposition” to the incumbent has been so dismally ineffective — because they are battling an enemy they don’t understand.
Perhaps this is why the Yellowtards and the Opposition they presume to lead also fail to develop real and compelling alternative propositions and why they fail to unite around common goals. When you don’t understand what you are up against at a profound level, you necessarily fail to find the “enemy’s” strategic weakness around which to develop a roadmap to victory. This is the Opposition we bemusedly observe today. It is a “movement” pathetically shooting blindly into the darkness. Unfortunately for them, the yellow glow that once served as their beacon has been extinquished and, like moths that need a light to blindly circle around, its members now fly off in different directions into the night.

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April 21, 2018, Are You Going to Leave?

April 21, 2018, Are You Going to Leave?

Saturday of the Third Week of Easter
Father Daniel Ray, LC
John 6: 60-69

Many of the disciples of Jesus who were listening said, "This saying is hard; who can accept it?" Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, "Does this shock you? What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe." Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him. And he said, "For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father." As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, "Do you also want to leave?" Simon Peter answered him, "Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God."

Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe that you are present here and now as I turn to you in prayer. I trust and have confidence in your desire to give me every grace I need to receive today. Thank you for your love, thank you for your immense generosity toward me. I give you my life and my love in return.

Petition: Lord, help me to embrace fully all that you have revealed.

1. Hard Words to Swallow: Many of the Jews would not accept that Jesus was one with the Father—that he was God. For some, Christ’s divinity was a leap greater than they were ready to make. His message had not yet penetrated into their hearts. So, when he explained how he would give himself to them in the Eucharist, they balked. The first act of faith (belief in his divinity) was crucial for them to be able to make the second act of faith (belief in his Eucharistic presence). Each truth that Christ reveals about himself is connected to other truths he wants to reveal about himself. If we don’t accept one, the others can become difficult, too. Conversely, as we grow in our knowledge, faith, and love of Christ, other difficulties in our spiritual life become easier.

2. Do You Also Want to Leave? Christ’s invitation to accept his truth and his love is always just that: an invitation. He doesn’t force himself on us. Each saving truth he presents is free to be accepted by us, or left aside. But we are impoverished by rejecting any truth about Christ, since he is truth itself. It is the same with each grace he offers us. After this discourse on the Eucharist, many of Christ’s disciples left and no longer accompanied him. As he had invited them to follow him freely, so were they free to go. But would they be able to share in the joy of his resurrection? Would they receive the fullness of life that he had promised them? Would they find what their hearts needed and wanted most if they no longer walked with Christ? All judgment is left to God’s mercy alone.

3. To Whom Shall We Go? Peter already believed in Christ’s divinity. “We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.” Anything else Christ might teach or say Peter could accept, even if it was something he couldn’t fully understand. Peter’s confidence and trust in Christ enabled him to cut to the chase: What could he possibly gain by going anywhere else or to anyone else? Even if the path with Christ is strewn with obscurity and great suffering—as it would be—what other direction could Peter possibly take that could be better?

Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, I too have come to believe and am convinced that you are the Holy One of God. How could I possibly find meaning and peace of soul anywhere except in you? Your words and your presence in the Eucharist are life for my soul.

Resolution: Today I will accept any suffering that comes my way, confident that it is somehow part of God’s loving plan.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Leni Robredo is undermining the integrity of the VP vote recount with her baseless complaints

Robredo is using the media to undermine due process.
As predicted, current Vice President Leni Robredo and her supporters are crying foul over the initial results of the manual recount of the Vice Presidential votes. The Presidential Electoral Tribunal has discarded some of her votes due to invalidity. The protest case filed by former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr in June 2016 is now underway and is already showing signs Robredo will lose votes. Obviously, Robredo’s camp is going to continue complaining for as long as the results don’t go her way. What did they expect? Did they actually think the manual recount will prove she won? That’s quite naïve of them.
Robredo and her supporters are already acting like sore losers this early. They are already suggesting that Marcos is influencing the results. They can’t deny the fact that irregularities keep coming up and they seem to support the allegation Robredo was a beneficiary of electoral fraud during the May 2016 Presidential Elections:
During the first two weeks of recount, several irregularities were raised over the discovery of wet ballot boxes, unused or excess ballots with shaded votes for Robredo, missing audit logs and missing voters’ receipts in Camarines Sur’s Bato, Baao, Balatan, Bula and Sagñay towns.
Instead of showing concern, Robredo’s lawyer Romulo Macalintal dismissed them as nothing of consequence and said they are not proof of irregularities. He spoke like he doesn’t treat the ballot as a sacred document — as if seeing ballots discarded and missing audit logs and voter’s receipts is a normal occurrence in a Third World country like the Philippines and shouldn’t raise eyebrows. With Filipinos like Macalintal helping cover up signs of mismanagement and possible electoral fraud during the Presidential Elections, it’s no surprise the country remains backward.
Macalintal should be as appalled as the rest of us that ballot boxes were not stored properly and protected from tampering and environmental elements. Even if the damaged ballots have nothing to do with Robredo’s win, he should still show concern over how they were mishandled. It goes to show Robredo’s camp is always on the defence mode. This is why the public thinks they are not after the truth, only to keep Robredo in her post.
After causing the delay of the start of the recount for months, Robredo now seems to be hinting that the recount process is rigged. She’s got a lot of nerve considering it was her (alleged) fraudulent win that is in question and the reason why the country has to go through this daunting process. Complaining is her only recourse because she is losing votes after the electoral tribunal denied her request to consider as valid the ballots with at least 25 percent of its oval space shaded in the “revision, recount, and re-appreciation” of votes.
The tribunal insists there is no resolution that states “the applicability of a 25% threshold; and the Tribunal cannot treat the Random Manual Audit Guidelines and Report as proof of the threshold used by the COMELEC.” The tribunal is therefore sticking to the 50% threshold. This doesn’t seem to be a problem for the Marcos camp and it is becoming apparent that only Robredo is losing votes because of the rule. This says something. It could mean that the ballots showing Robredo as chosen candidate could have been pre-shaded in a rush before the actual election started by people other than the actual voters themselves.
Again, Robredo seems unconcerned that the ballots are showing irregularities as long as it is all in her favour. Robredo is now appealing to change the rules. She’s also trying to make it look like the electoral tribunal only recently changed the rules when the rules were established way before the start of the recount as stated in the PET revisors’ guide issued by the Supreme Court on February 2018, the 2010 PET rules of procedure, and the Constitutional mandate of the tribunal. Robredo is quoting from a manual not recognised by the tribunal.
Bongbong Marcos sees no problem with rules applied to all parties fairly.
This has to be highlighted: if the 50% threshold applies to both Robredo and Marcos, then it is not favouring one party over the other. Neither camp should complain.
In their efforts to paint Marcos as manipulating the VP vote recount, Robredo’s camp is inadvertently damaging the integrity of the SC sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal. She should be held in contempt for doing a press conference accusing the agency of changing the rules to favour Marcos.
The PET or electoral tribunal should put a lid on Robredo and her lawyers. They should shut up and let the process continue without further delay. She is trying to undermine the result of the VP vote recount. As long as she is talking to the media, the outcome of the recount will not be respected and accepted by her rabid supporters. They seem to be glad Marcos was cheated out of the VP post anyway.
Is it enough to unseat Leni from the VP post if proven there was electoral fraud or should she be prosecuted as well? The public has the right to know the extent of her role in the alleged electoral fraud. We cannot let the perpetrators get away with their crimes. It will happen again if they do.
I don’t believe Robredo was aware of the lengths her allies went to to make her win. She is clueless. She will be shocked once proven she benefited from electoral fraud. But the problem with her is she is in denial there was electoral fraud. In a country where cheating during elections has become a tradition, it’s baffling she actually thinks she won the VP post considering popularity surveys before the elections showed Marcos was likely to win. One can be forgiven for saying she is too full of herself.
The people drumming up support for Robredo are ignoring the fact that the VP vote recount under the election tribunal is a legal process. They should respect the outcome. Just because it is emerging that Leni’s votes show a lot of irregularities doesn’t mean Marcos is manipulating it. As sure as the sun rises, Robredo and her supporters will go out on the streets as usual to protest the result. It’s as if showing she has supporters will change the outcome. We should give them the freedom to think and behave the way they want to if it helps them cope with their loss.

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Overseas Election Results Prove that Bongbong Marcos was Cheated Massively

Who you see scheduled to take the throne of the second most powerful office of the land is more likely than not a Robber.
My sensors tell me that Overseas Absentee Votes cast by our heroic OFWs were mostly untouched (least manipulated) by the LP-COMELEC-Smartmatic triumvirate of electoral sabotage. Common sense dictates that the Liberal Party controlled by the incumbent Pres. Noynoy Aquino no longer bothered with this segment of the electorate considering the weight of OFW votes would be negligible enough to be ignored and not make a dent.
In addition, ballot handling abroad is quite difficult to remotely fiddle with especially when our foreign diplomats and embassy workers consist of mostly world-class professionals who cannot be coerced into being accomplices to vote manipulation. Note that it is the sending end of the vote transmission that is easily manipulated by a simple change of SD cards in the Smartmatic vote counting machines.
OFW Votes – A Glorified Sample Survey of the Entire Philippines
Overseas voters constitute an ideal representation of the entire country as OFWs come from every possible region of the archipelago and give a balanced sampling of the demography ranging from highly skilled professionals to those of the lower class who take on menial jobs. In effect, OFW votes serve as a huge sample-size survey poll of the entire Philippine population. With this huge a sample size, the margin of error from the real overall results should be less than 1%.
Watch and see…
Bongbong Marcos – the True VP based on OAV results
Ferdinand Marcos Jr 75,140 44.8%
Alan Peter Cayetano 53,403 31.8%
Maria Leonor Robredo 31,117 18.5%
Francis Joseph Escudero 6,025 3.6%
Antonio Trillanes IV 1,167 0.7%
Gregorio Honasan II 1,049 0.6%
Look at that – Leni’s vote count is not even half of Bongbong’s numbers. I believe something like the above results would have been the case if only a bullet-proof unbiased COMELEC ran the entire elections over the entire archipelago.
You can see how by the stark contrast from the overall (primarily local) results, it is just outright impossible for Leni to even come close to Bongbong’s mark. It would even be more credible if it was Alan Cayetano who was the one going neck and neck against Bongbong (just judging from the mammoth crowd that final day at Luneta).
Bongbong more than ever is clearly the rightful and duly elected Vice President of the country. It’s written in the sky.
Justice for Bongbong
Don’t let these LP cheats get away with this. You deserve nothing but the truth people; so anyone on the side of the truth (regardless of which party) should fully support and NOT question Bongbong’s cry for justice and investigation.
And if the people will not back Bongbong, we know someone who will. The two already met recently. It’s just a matter of time till the Punisher corrects this gruesome wrong. Will he or will he not? By his exclusion of Leni in the REAL Presidential inauguration rites and the cabinet – you can already see that actions speak louder than words.
This is a small but valuable nugget of data showing the true unadulterated voice of the Filipino people. OFWs, of all Filipinos, often feel the greatest love and longing for their country, wish the best for it, cry out the loudest for change so they can come back, and suffer even more than those left in the country due to all the corruption and incompetence the bozos in high places bring.  We should all take this snowball of truth and roll it down the hill for the unsuspecting LP camp down below.
Never Again to Electoral Fraud and Sabotage
When will all this cheating every election season stop? Ganito na lang ba lagi? We should cry “Never Again” to electoral sabotage.
Or are you guys just going to move on and accept this country is just a big joke? Well if that’s your choice, go ahead and rot in the land of dysfunctional zombies. Unless we change and fight for change, this country will continually suck. Are we content just watching Leni Robberedo smiling with her own version of the PNoy smirk of apathy and pride? Should we all just smile and laugh with her for the sake of national healing and unity? Hoy gising! Hindi lang si Bongbong ang dinaya – kayo din. Can’t you see, the joke’s on you?
Leni and COMELEC choose rather to blatantly ROB than REDO the count of votes for VP to dispel any doubts. Away with these cheats! COMELEC is a big fat stinking-fart joke. Fraud to be PNoy! There’s definitely more pun in the Philippines!

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April 20, 2018, Seeking to Have Your Heart Filled

April 20, 2018, Seeking to Have Your Heart Filled

Friday of the Third Week of Easter
Father James Swanson, LC

John 6: 52-59

The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his Flesh to eat?" Jesus said to them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink his Blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my Flesh is true food, and my Blood is true drink. Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever." These things he said while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe that you are present here and now as I turn to you in prayer. I trust and have confidence in your desire to give me every grace I need to receive today. Thank you for your love, thank you for your immense generosity toward me. I give you my life and my love in return.

Petition: Lord, help me to face challenges and continue to follow you in faith.

1. What is it I Truly Seek? On the preceding day Jesus multiplied loaves and fishes to feed the multitude. The Jews realize there is something special here, that Jesus may be the Messiah, or at least a prophet. They are curious enough to continue following him and asking him questions. They have liked everything he has said up till now. Some of it they have not understood completely or correctly, but it has been close enough to what they are used to hearing that it causes them no great difficulty. They continue to ask questions, looking for understanding, especially understanding they can be comfortable with. What is my attitude when I question Our Lord about events and challenges in my life? Am I seeking to understand so I can embrace God’s plan better, or does my response depend on how much I comprehend?

2. Opening Our Horizons: Now Jesus has said something truly shocking. He wants them to eat his flesh and drink his blood! Up to this point, most of the crowd has been willing to accept him as a bread-provider. He fed them yesterday. Maybe, if they hang around long enough, he will do it again. Their ideas about the Messiah are too materialistic, based only on the re-establishment of David’s Kingdom at the expense of the Romans. Jesus, on the other hand, wants to take them to a new level. He wants to take them into the mystery of the loving generosity of God. As good as the manna in the wilderness was, he wants to give something much better. As wonderful as David’s Kingdom was, he wants to give a greater kingdom. This is so far beyond what they are looking for, they will not be able to understand what he is offering. It will have to be accepted in faith.

3. Great Gifts Come in Small Packages: We can understand many things, even many spiritual things. In his goodness, God has given us intelligence so that we can understand some of the truths about him. But these simpler truths don’t reveal the full glory of God. They are not as fulfilling as some of the more important truths about him. Jesus wants to give his flesh to eat and his blood to drink. He reveals this to the crowds, and since they lack faith, they don’t understand. Some straggle off to find another “wonder-worker”. Others, looking for understanding, go off to look for a “teacher” who makes sense to them. Hopefully, some are looking for the revelation of the mysteries of God, the greatest gifts that God can offer. They are not looking to fill their stomachs or their minds. They are looking to fill their hearts. These are the kinds of gifts that Jesus intends to give – and in abundance.

 Conversation with Christ: Dear Lord, so often I am looking for material gifts from you. Help me to realize that the greatest gifts you give may be beyond my understanding. Yet, if I am willing to accept them on faith, they will fill my heart. Perhaps with time, it will be possible for me to understand something of them as well, but greatness of faith lies in my trusting in you.

Resolution: What spiritual gift I am most in need of? Faith? Charity? Humility? Something else? Today I will set aside some time to ask God in prayer to grant me that gift.