Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Andres Bautista and the COMELEC

By Carmen Pedrosa
From my email:
It is from Rene Azurin, one of the intrepid crusaders who fought hard for honest elections by real voters. It was a losing battle because those on top and in power had decided elections by machines - Smartmatic. I am glad it will not be forgotten because of crusaders like Rene.
This is a small excerpt from an article he wrote ("Elections as an instrument of political control") for a UNDP/CHR-published book (compiled and edited by Felipe Miranda and Temario Rivera) - "Chasing the Wind: Assessing Philippine Democracy (2016)" - which refers to Andy Bautista. I am reprinting the excerpt and will include it in my wee-end column in the Philippine STAR.
Rene adds, I hope you find it useful. Like many others, I was disappointed with Andy. Both Andy and Rene were my colleagues in the 2005 constitutional Commission organized during GMA's government. There are still many untold stories about the 2010 and 2013 elections which partnered Comelec with Smartmatic to destroy democratic elections in the Philippines This is the big story. It will be ultimately be told.
Rene Azurin writes:
"When former Far Eastern University college of law dean Andres Bautista was appointed in May 2015 by President Aquino as the term-ended Brillantes’s replacement as Comelec chairman, many somewhat naïve observers hoped that the former academic might disentangle Comelec’s distinctly unholy alliance with its foreign supplier Smartmatic and restore some measure of openness and integrity into our defective and untransparent automated election system. That hope was initially nurtured when Bautista made the right noises, pledged “cleaner elections”, and launched a charm initiative to try and offset Brillantes’s arrogant and offensive manner.
"More astute observers, however, immediately understood that the appointment as Comelec chairman did not come without strings and that Bautista's active pursuit of the position – having earlier failed to get his desired appointment to a seat on the Supreme Court – effectively meant that he had accepted those strings. Essentially, those strings meant that he would follow the directives of the ruling political cabal and that Smartmatic control of Philippine elections would remain firmly in place. As events that soon unfolded showed, that understanding would, sadly, get to be validated.
"After barely two months of pretending to listen to the suggestions of IT experts and critical observers of the 2010 and 2013 automated elections, and after pretending to consider two better – more secure and more transparent – systems that had been developed by local software engineers, Bautista was singing an old familiar tune. Using as justification that tired excuse, “time is of the essence”, he announced a decision to hand over to Smartmatic a contract to supply – via lease – 93,977 new PCOS voting and counting machines for the 2016 elections. With a straight face, Bautista claimed that this decision was “the most prudent approach” considering the factors of “costs, timeliness, and technical risks” and would best ensure that the May 2016 automated elections would be a “credible” one. The amount of the new contract would be P8.4-billion. (The original PCOS machines were leased from Smartmatic in 2009 for P7.2-billion and then foolishly purchased – through an option to purchase clause – in 2012 for P2.1-billion, whereupon the machines were warehoused at a cost of P9.6-million a year.)
"The Bautista decision was the denouement of a tiresome cliché-riddled zarzuela [a musical play, often comical] – beginning soon after the 2013 elections – wherein the Comelec Bids and Awards Committee disqualified Smartmatic twice and reinstated it twice, after disqualifying all other bidders.
"In making this reportedly unanimous decision, Bautista and his complicit fellow commissioners were pre-empting any Supreme Court ruling on cases pending before it regarding Smartmatic. Several had been filed by various parties essentially seeking the nullification of contracts with Smartmatic and blacklisting it for failing to meet even minimum system specifications and for assorted other transgressions of law (including the fact that Smartmatic had been revealed to be 100% foreign-owned and not a 60-40 joint venture as claimed). The petitioners included CenPEG, CenPEG chairman Dr. Temario Rivera, AES Watch, AES Watch executive director Evi-ta Jimenez, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers, former Comelec commissioner Augusto Lagman, Catholic Bishop Broderick Pabillo and several of his fellow bishops, Mother Superior Mary John Mananzan, TransparentElections.org’s Maricor Akol, Philippine Computer Society president Leo Querubin, past Philippine Computer Society presidents Nelson Celis and Edmundo Casiño, and myself. The legal counsel assisting the petitioners in each one of these cases is the intrepid Manuelito Luna.
"Weighing in, presumably to put pressure on the Supreme Court, Malacañang [the Presidential palace] quickly issued a statement that the Comelec decision to favor Smartmatic with yet another contract “fulfilled its mandate of ensuring orderly and credible elections”. This made clear the level to which the Comelec-Smartmatic conspiracy to control Philippine elections reached: it reached all the way to the top. It was not therefore unexpected that the Supreme Court effectively ignored all such contra-Smartmatic petitions.
"So, despite blatant violations of our election laws in 2010 and 2013 and despite abundantly obvious flaws in the Smartmatic system, the country’s so-called “independent” election body, Comelec, awarded again a supply contract for hardware and software to be used for the 2016 automated elections to the clearly unqualified Smartmatic. It has to be a source of extreme wonderment why the Philippines’ top election officials – by now, three successive sets of them – were so attached to this dubious and shadowy foreign supplier even if its performance has been nothing short of atrocious and it was never qualified – not being the owner of either the hardware nor the software it was providing – to supply the automation technology in the first place.
"As the 2016 elections were finally conducted, Comelec once again refused to enable the use of digital signatures to authenticate and validate electronically transmitted election returns, once again in direct contravention of Republic Act 9369, our Automated Election Law. As previously stressed, this effectively nullifies all the transmitted returns because the law requires that these returns must be digitally signed by the authorized election official assigned to a precinct in order to be deemed “official”.
"In addition to the non-enabling of digital signatures, Comelec introduced a new vulnerability to the many already present in the system by issuing a resolution requiring that the SD memory card that contains the results of the voting in a particular precinct be “imported” into the corresponding city or municipality canvassing computer/server. This meant that the SD cards from the 92,509 precinct voting and counting machines all over the country had to be physically transported to the city or municipality canvassing server corresponding to each precinct and manually fed into the canvassing computer to upload election results. This meant that manually delivered SD cards could be the basis for “official” election results and for proclaiming election winners, and not, as required by law, the election returns (ERs) electronically transmitted from the precincts. What this did was subject the election data and results on the SD memory cards to the possibility of snatching and switching, reminiscent of the snatching and switching of ballot boxes under the old manual election system. Of course, such snatching and switching is far easier to do with tiny SD cards.
"Furthermore, for the 2016 election exercise, Comelec once again sidestepped R.A. 9369’s requirement for a “source code review” of the Smartmatic automated election system software – by political parties and selected independent experts – by offering for review (under rather restrictive rules) the source code of a software but then announcing, some 30 days before the May 9 election day, that they had to replace that version with another. Complained Edmundo Casiño, a computer science professor and former president of the Philippine Computer Society, “About 30 days before the elections, the Comelec said there would be a change in the source code, even though the code should have been certified 90 days earlier…. Why then did we bother with a source code review?”

Indeed, what was the point of reviewing a software program that was not going to be used? Former Comelec IT director Ernie del Rosario also railed against the fact that the version of the software that Comelec actually installed in the precinct voting and counting machines was different from the version that had been earlier presented for review. This shell game was clearly the reason why Comelec issued no protocols or instructions on how the election officials assigned to the individual precincts could check and verify that the “hash code” – a precise identifier that allows one to ascertain that one piece of software is an exact image of another – of the software installed in their precinct machines corresponded exactly with the hash code of the software that had earlier been reviewed.
"To be clear, since the software program earlier reviewed was different from the software program installed in the precinct-deployed machines, there was effectively no source code review – as required by law – and the integrity of the ballot appreciation and counting program in the precinct-deployed machines had to be in doubt. A malicious program could very well have been embedded in the software used and no one would be the wiser.
"Aggravating the absence of digital signatures and the inutility of the source code review, Comelec also refused to allow the precinct returns to be transmitted directly (and immediately) to a public website so that political parties and independent observers could verify if the results printed out by the machines at a precinct were exactly the same results transmitted to both the canvassing servers and the public website from that precinct. In addition to that crucial verification check, this would have allowed any observer to perform his own tally of the votes which could be compared to the Comelec tally. That Comelec would not even permit this simple procedure has to be a clear indication that they already anticipated – or knew – that there would be differences between the poll results that observers would see at the precincts and those that are transmitted to the canvassing servers for tallying." -- Rene Azurin



Bakit mahihirap lang ang namamatay sa War on Drugs?

By Van Ybiernas

Susubukan kong sagutin ang "tanong" ng mga kritiko ng War on Drugs...

1. Bakit mahihirap lang ang namamatay?

Una, pushers at runners ang MAS tinatarget ng pulis na hindi Espenido ang pangalan kesa yung malakihang drug lords (ipapaliwanag sa ibaba). Karamihan sa mga ito ay mahihirap. Kaya nga shabu ang tinitira nila kasi yun ang mura. Iba ang droga ng mayayaman.

Pangalawa, dahil mahihirap ang tulak at runner, mahihirap din ang buyers/users nila. Ang may-kaya, iiskor lang tapos kanya-kanyang tira ng droga nila sa kani-kanilang bahay o kung saan pa man. Yung mahihirap, gaya ng nasabi na, walang privacy sa bahay nila, kaya pupunta sa isang lugar ---usually yung lugar ng tulak--- at doon babatak. Logically, mas maganda targetin ang mga nagse-session kasi andaming dale sa isang operasyon lang. Siyempre, pumopogi ang pulis kung ang headline ay: "30 tulak at adik, dakip sa operasyon" kesa sa paisa-isang huli ng mga may-kaya, unless sikat yung taong ito.

Okay na?

2. Bakit mas inuuna ang maliliit na tulak at adik kesa malalaking drug lord?

Kung ako yan, ang lohika ay ganito: balewala ang supply kung walang retailer at buyer. So, inuuna ang mga retailer o pusher at buyer. Kasi, kung supplier ang uunahin, hindi yan makukuha sabay-sabay at kapag natimbog ang supplier pero andyan pa rin yung network, may ibang supplier lang na magko-cover sa nahuli o napatay na supplier. Samantalang ang tulak at yung network nya ay medyo mahirap buuin from the ground up kung mahuhuli o mapapatay yung tulak at yung parokyano nya.

Yan ang nakikita kong paliwanag.

Okay na? Siyempre, kung Dilawan ka, ayaw mo pa rin sa paliwanag na yan. Di ba? Bwahahaahhahahahahha


I want to be honest here peeps. Brutally honest.

There is no overwhelming empathy for me with the death of Kian Delos Santos. I really do not feel to condemn outright this murder.

Perhaps I am already inured and numbed to the core with these tragic, horrific events. They are a daily dose in case you have not noticed. These tragedies are upon us day in day out. Watch all TV news archives or search for news clippings and you will certainly come across a murder or a massacre somewhere. Children, senior citizens, women, mostly the powerless and the poor.

In our country, the ordinary citizen is constantly subjected to abuse, and exposed to constant fear for his life, or that of his loved one. Life is but a commodity, especially for heartless, scheming and greedy politicians who never hesitate to devalue lives in order to enhance their own worth and esteem.

You decry the loss of humanity? You weep for the loss of life? Seriously?

So did you cry when innocent lives are lost?

When a cement truck plowed into traffic, flattening a car where a complete family was inside, pinning to death the patriarch, did you cry "murder?!!!" Did you raise hell that there is too much negligence that we allow unsafe but humungous vehicles to take the road?

When farmers were gunned down because they want rice in a very ironic twist of fate, did you shout "Himagsikan?!!!"

When a senior citizen collapsed due to heart attack because she was subjected to "tanim bala" did you rally your community to go to EDSA?

When an 18-year old architecture student was stabbed 11 times by two drug addled robbers, because he refuses to part with his school bag, did you visit his wake?

When a husband and wife were shot point blank in their heads by their toughie neighbor after emerging from a "peaceful" dialogue in the baranggay center, did you release a press statement?

When thousands of Yolanda survivors eventually died due to hunger, from the absence of shelter, from hopelessness and despair because you diverted the billions of funds intended for their relief to your campaign, did you really sleep well at night in the comfort of your lavish bedroom in your sprawling mansion?

When children drowned because the river they were crossing to go to school suddenly went berserk with wicked current, and because the bridge that was supposed to be built were actually diverted to buy your wife's Hermeś latest bag, did you ask your monsignor to light up the candle and bless those angels?

When you transformed our finest policemen to become rogue and mercenaries for your evil schemes, eventually robbing banks, resorting to kidnapping and extortion, and committing murder by eliminating your rivals or those who refuse to kowtow to your power, is it an extension of your most benevolent public service?

When you pushed our laborers and skilled workers away from their loved ones and into foreign soil, where some of them met their tragic end because they were deceived and abandoned, did you really think of yourself as heroic for crafting laws that strengthen the diaspora and brain drain of our country?

I could go on and on about murder in every sector, regardless of economic standing and demographics, but it won't change how we all have made our lives so cheap and so dispensable.

So here we are trying to feign righteous indignation and rage over the death of a teenager, and conveniently using his mortality to raise our so-called humanity.

And then you all go about waving your intellectual or emotional superiority, declaring that blood is also in the hands of those who have put in place and continue to support this presidency.


You believe that you don't have any part in the pulling the trigger that killed Kian?

We all killed him. Yes, you, me and the entire nation engulfed in greed, apathy and corruption of all forms.

We are all guilty of murder.

That is the sad, tragic truth.

Ano ba ang akala nyo sa mundo kung nasaan tayo?

By Van Ybiernas
In my classes, I allow my students to use their phones and other gadgets because I encourage them to use these devices for information searches related to our class activities.

Should the student use their phones to view porn, or engage in other illegal or immoral activities, does it become my fault?

Yan ang sinasabi ng mga kontra-Duterte e. Inutusan ng pangulo ang pulis na sugpuin ang kriminalidad, lalo na ang illegal na droga. Pero, kung may mga pulis man na magsamantala ---wala po akong tinutukoy na specific na kaso, in general lang ito--- kasalanan nya ba ito?

Kinastigo naman ng mga pangulo ang mga umaabuso. Siyempre pa ang mga kontra sa kanya ay di pa rin masaya dito.

Ine-encourage nya ba ang pang-aabuso? I don't think so.

Pero may nag-aabuso pa rin. Of course! Ano ba ang akala nyo sa mundo kung nasaan tayo?

E yung pangako ng pangulo tungkol dito...

Ano ba ang di nya tinupad? Kaya ba nya pigilan ang pang-aabuso? Op kors, sa mga ganitong sitwasyon, magre-react ka na lang after the fact. At siyempre, imbestiga muna para malaman ang katotohanan bago kumilos.

Eh sana ganyan din ang mga pulis sa mga "inosenteng biktima" nila. 

Na alin? Imbestiga muna? Eh nasa operation na nga e. So, gusto mo, sa gitna ng operasyon sabihin nila sa lahat, ay wait, tigil muna tayong lahat. Pulis, suspek, at bystanders, huwag muna tayo lahat kumilos, mag-iimbestiga muna kami kung sino sa inyo ang guilty at kung sino ang inosente.

Mga ulol din e 'no? Kaya nga may rules of engagement. Kaya nga titingnan after the fact kung nasunod ang rules of engagement na ito. At saka nga magkakaparusahan pagkatapos.

Long story short, ang gusto mo talaga mangyari ay mawalan ng tiwala ang bayan sa mga pulis at sa pangulo. Kasi, nahusgahan mo na agad yung pulis na abusado at ang pangulo na coddler at enabler nila. Sigurado ka na rin kahit wala kang ebidensya na pulis ang nasa likod ng mga patayang nagaganap sa bansa.

Ulol ang tawag sa iyo!

E bakit ang mga "biktima" walang due process bago patayin? 

Aba'y itatanong natin sa mga salarin yan kapag sila'y nahuli, boss.

Eh, pulis nga ang salarin!

Asan ang ebidensya?

Sila yan, sigurado kami!

Uhmmmmmm, okay...

Bigla ako nagkakaroon ng bangs at sumasakit ito!

Must WATCH! Finally Duterte talks about Kian. Know the truth!

Untold Facts You (probably) Didn't Know About Senator "Alan Peter Cayetano"

How to Anal-Lize IDIOT De lima and IDIOT Trillanes



Brother says he owns most of Comelec chief’s deposits in Luzon Bank

But he can’t prove it yet

TEN days after the wife of the Commission on Election chairman alleged that Andres Bautista had P330 million in unexplainable wealth deposited in a small thrift bank, Luzon Development Bank, his US-based brother, Martin Bautista, has come forward to make the  claim that he owns P250 million of this stash.

The Comelec chief has been merely issuing blanket denials of his wife’s allegations, claiming that the deposits were closed or were not his. So far, though, he has neither confirmed nor denied his brother’s claim, which is a bit strange.
In a Facebook “chat” with several netizens the other day, Martin claimed that he will provide them the documents to prove his ownership of the deposits, and that “forensic accountants” he has contracted will come up with exact figures on how much of his money is in his brother’s accounts.
He hasn’t yet produced the documents that he promised. In his attempt to impress his interviewers, Martin thrice described his auditors as “forensic accountants”. That’s a bad choice of terms: Forensic accounting refers to a specialized discipline to uncover fraud, by examining in detail a company or a person’s financial records.
Martin said he had remitted to his brother’s accounts a total of $1.7 million from 1993 to 2000. He claimed that he continued to send money to his brother from 2000 to 2009, although the total amount is “to be determined” by his “forensic accountants.”
It is astonishing though that he could remember that he had $1.7 million in his brother’s accounts as of 2000, but couldn’t remember how much it was by 2009, or 2017.
I won’t at all be surprised if the amount that will “be determined” (for the money sent from 2000 to 2017) plus the $1.7 million (equivalent to P77 million), plus interest on these funds, would account for much—or P250 million—of Andres’ deposits of P330 million in Luzon Bank. Perhaps that’s what his forensic accountants specialize in doing.

Martin Bautista in a 2010 campaign ad, with Aquino asking Filipinos to make him senator.
While Andres, the Comelec head, has portrayed himself in media as an apolitical legal eagle and a corporate lawyer, the fact that his brother Martin was one of the Liberal Party’s 12 senatorial candidates in the 2010 elections indicates his strong links, kept secret all this time, with the Liberal Party.
Martin on his own couldn’t have developed the links with the Liberal Party or its presidential candidate Benigno Aquino 3rd, since he had been in the US since the early 1990s, and had become a permanent resident there. A smooth talker—google his recent TV interviews—Martin, I was told, got to be close to the former president.
Martin in his “chat” in Facebook boasted that the money in his brother’s accounts are easily his, since he even has P1 billion in cash in the US. In an interview with TV5, he showed video clips of his house, bragging that it is a mansion with a library, swimming pool, and elevator. “When you step out, you see a fine view of Oklahoma City,” he told the reporter, as he panned the scene with his smartphone. “I even have a pantry, even if we don’t cook,” he said.
I don’t understand how he got to be rich in the US though, as his and his wife’s medical practice—he a gastroenterologist, she a pulmonologist— have totally been in Guymon, the seat of Texas County in Oklahoma, with a population of 21,000, or as big as our Albuera, Leyte. Texas County’s per capita income is $16,000 (2010 figures), about half the $30,000 average for the whole country.
Memorial County Hospital where Martin practiced, and where he was also chief of staff had been in such deep financial trouble in 2016 that it nearly closed down. Its CEO was even fired amid allegations of fraud. Martin said in his Facebook chat: “I tried to buy it (the hospital) twice, rebuffed by bigots.”
To bolster his claim that his money in his brother’s deposits was just “a fraction” of his wealth, Martin in his Facebook chat said he is Texas County’s biggest taxpayer, and that he earned $3 million last year. That’s huge: average income of physicians (specialists) in the US is $300,000.
However, in the chat, Martin described a cash-for-service clinic he had set up in 1998 that serviced a factory manned mostly by Hispanics, the costs for setting up of which he recovered in 2001.
Martin, although living in the hinterland in the US, has had access to the best fund managers in the world who employ the most sophisticated mathematicians, phalanxes of intrepid researchers, and world-class corporate analysts tracking all markets on this planet. They could have generated the highest possible income from his money, very hard-earned poking into anuses and intestines.
Yet he converted his millions of dollars — the most trusted currency in the world — into Philippine pesos, and sent these to his brother’s account in a small thrift bank in Laguna, for him to manage for two decades, never mind that Andres has never been a funds manager and has been a busy corporate lawyer with full-time jobs. Martin also says he is so rich he hasn’t even been tracking how much he has in his brother’s bank.
Martin must have caught that very bad virus among a few Filipinos who migrate abroad, which makes them think their former countrymen are stupid.
Email: tiglao.manilatimes@gmail.com
Facebook: Rigoberto Tiglao
Twitter: @bobitiglao

Monday, August 21, 2017

New York University Alumnus lambasted Dinky Soliman: ‘ANG KAPAL NG MUKHA MO MAGMALINIS’

Dear Corazon Juliano-Soliman,

So I heard you had the temerity to file a complaint against DSWD Asec Lorraine Marie T. Badoy for her “inappropriate words” pertaining to her comments on child porn and the EU.

At first I refused to believe it. This is a joke, right? You, Dinky Soliman, officially and unanimously the Philippines’ most hated, most vilified failure of a DSWD secretary, had the actual guts to complain about someone who is, without doubt, a million times more effective, more humane, more sincere than you?

Was I living in fucking Twilight Zone? If I were as bad as you, I would slink away into nothingness and anonymity and pray that people do not remember my sins and shortcomings. But no, you, Dinky Soliman, had the AUDACITY to pretend you had the moral high ground to complain. If it weren’t so offensive to me, I’d be laughing at the sheer ridiculousness of your move.

Really, Dinky?

You, who fucked up the relief operations in Leyte and allowed my fellow Warays to go hungry as food rotted in your warehouses because not only did you have zero efficiency, you were heartless.

You, who paid 280,000 of our tax money just in resort rooms alone, because you hastily booked 70 rooms for 100 poor families in a Batangas resort so you could remove them from the streets for the Pope’s visit in 2015? A quarter of a million pesos, just for rooms alone! Look at how perfect you are!

You, who only weeks after Yolanda hit, forced the businessmen in Leyte to open their businesses because you could not continue to give “dole outs,” because by God, we only got paltry donations to the tune of a billion dollars! And you could not feed less than a million people on aid that paltry now, could you? Poor Dinky, you had to do with VERY few donations.

I am from Tanauan, Leyte, from Brgy. Buntay and I was actively involved in relief operations. I had no choice because you were a fucking failure. The first vans we dispatched to give away food and water–which left Manila 2 days after the typhoon and arrived in Tanauan a day or two after was the first relief some of the people there received. I got messages saying that the packs were the first they received. ANG KAPAL NG MUKHA MO MAGMALINIS when there were many towns in Leyte which you did not immediately reach out to even almost a week after the tragedy happened! The people were starving while sitting beside their dead!

Wow, look at the level of your effiency and appropriateness! Ang appropriate mo talaga, Dinky.

The Department of Budget and Management recorded P73.31 billion donated–and that figure only reflects the government-to government-transactions. That does not include NGOs, international orgs, individuals, private companies, and other hand-delivered donations. Oh, Dinky, how little you had to work with!

Your reasons for the P30 million peso food spoilage (and I’m only talking about one batch) and the water bought from Manila that never got to Tacloban (JUST ONE BATCH!) was “lack of transport facilities.”

Sacks of rotten rice were discovered in an OPEN PIT in Dagami, Leyte!

Let me tell you how easy it was for ordinary citizens like us to transport relief goods. Philippine Airlines thru a friend gave us 1 ton FREE ALLOCATION a week. We hired 10 or 16 wheeler wing vans once a week at the height of the efforts for P75,000 a trip, money raised thru friends and friends of friends. Some donated vans to ferry goods going to Tacloban, and on the way back, people who wanted to escape Tacloban, free of charge. And we didnt have the government’s resources and money.

Within Leyte there were vehicles for hire to reach many towns.

And you dare tell us you had problems with transport? Ano, ayaw niyo gastusin yung pera na dinonate? ISTORYAHI!!!!


Naalala ninyo yung Region 8 PNP regional director na pinatanggal ninyo dahil sabi nya 10k ang namatay? Pinatanggal ninyo dahil nakakasama siya sa imahe ng Pilipinas? Pero si Leni ok lang magsalita ng masama sa Pilipinas? SAGAD SA BUTO ANG KA IPOKRITOHAN NINYO.


How many body bags were flown in to Leyte? More than 10,000, KULANG PA! How many bodies were shoved in one body bag and counted as one? What about those at the bottom of the sea? Those who were never found?

Did you do anything when the people in Leyte had to beg, borrow, and steal food to survive?

If I enumerated all your shortcomings and failures as a DSWD secretary, I would need a month to write everything. And yet here you are, crowing about appropriateness.

ANG TAMAD MO. ANG BOBO MO. ANG PALPAK MO. You allowed logistics to get in the way of helping people who sorely needed those things because of LACK OF TRANSPORT FACILITIES when you had the power and might of the government behind you! ANG KAPAL MO! We were so busy with the relief efforts–THINGS WE HAD TO DO ON OUR OWN– that we didn’t have the luxury of time to say, “Can I file a complaint against Dinky Soliman?” Wala kang konsensiya.

Hindi ka nahiya? Three years! THREE FUCKING YEARS after Yolanda happened and some people in Leyte still do not have a roof over their head. That President Duterte still had to dispense help to those in Leyte because you weren’t able to tie all the loose ends during your term!

Nung unang punta mo sa Leyte after the typhoon hit, how many relief packs did you bring? Knowing the scope of destruction? Gusto ko manggaling sayo ang figures kahit alam ko. Ilan lang?

What happened to the ESA? The Emergency Shelter Assistance program? Bakit palpak ang distribution? Bakit hinayaan mo mamili ang mga corrupt na barangay official kung sino ang bibigyan ng aid? Yung shelters (CORE SHELTERS!), more than 60 percent hindi pa nagagawa 3 years after Yolanda hit! 200,000 families still homeless because you and the administration you worked for took its sweet time politicking!

AND MAG REREKLAMO KA SA ISANG OFFENSIVE STATEMENT NI LORRAINE BADOY–who is one million times the woman and the public servant that you are? ANG KAPAL KAPAL KAPAL KAPAL MO!


Face it: The reason you are so gung-ho about Lorraine Badoy’s removal from office is because you know–YOU KNOW BECAUSE YOU MADE SURE STAFF LOYAL TO YOU ARE STILL IN KEY POSITIONS IN DSWD–that there is an ongoing audit of the Yolanda funds, and your head will soon be served on a platter for all of us to feast on.

You make me cry in anger and frustration, Dinky. All that rage and disappointment during Yolanda as I witnessed your heartlessness and inefficiency rush back to me now.

How LOW of you to surface now and pretend you were a model of excellence when you are easily considered the worst cabinet member in PNoy’s term!

HOW DARE YOU. Ang kapal ng apog mo.

I do have to thank you for one thing, though.

Because of you and people like you in Aquino’s government, I am now one of the most rabid supporters of a man who, despite being only a local official, reached Leyte despite “transport” problems and dispensed help without all the drama that were part of your administration.

Without Yolanda I would not have had the hatred and the fire in my heart. Because of you, I have become a patriot. Because of you I spend more time defending my President from the likes of you–to ensure that no repeat of an LP-led government happens again, when I could be obsessing about makeup and shopping and the other luxurious pursuits in life, But no, here I am, struggling mightily, spending time to make sure LP never gets a single seat in government again. That’s how much help you are because MANY FILIPINOS suddenly cared for this country after you and your government FUCKED IT ALL UP.

With all the collective grief and the anger and the sadness and the rage of Typhoon Yolanda's victims and survivors, I wish that you Dinky Soliman, pay your karmic debt, and soon. I wish jail time for you Dinky, but I also wish you the kind of suffering that follows you for all eternity.




Image may contain: text

When Sen. Miriam died, I took the quickest flight from Europe. Upon arrival, I rushed from the international airport in Manila, took a quick shower, then off to the cathedral all by myself. I brought only simple black blouses and trousers for the wake. Hardly wore makeup to the wake because my right eye was swollen after the flight.

Our family was shocked and grieving at the cathedral. We were all shocked because we thought Sen. Miriam would be able to pull through. I went to the cathedral in Quezon City and greeted everyone. I was escorted by the ushers to the front row towards the end of the Mass. The senators were there. I passed in front of Hontiveros and said “Hello”. I was standing right in front of her and I thought I would shake her hand, but she looked at me, and then moved her head towards the front as if I had disturbed her – not a word. Then, the reporters recognized me and TV cameras started rolling and lights for cameras from photographers started flashing. Some of the reporters were with Sen. Miriam way back her CID days when I was her volunteer assistant for the summer and they were waving at me. Sen. Ralph Recto greeted me with a smile, so did Sens. JV Ejercito, and Sen. Guingona. Then I heard my name being called - it was the Senate President – Sen. Koko Pimentel and lights for TV cameras flooded our area and we were enveloped in bright light. Hontiveros looked anxiously towards me – realizing I must be someone related to the late senator. But she never greeted me. I was in the bench right in front of her – nothing. Sen. Koko Pimentel kissed me twice , when I arrived, and when he was about to leave. So did other senators. Nothing fron Hontiveros.

What a weird woman.

This is not the first time she did this.

In 1991 or 1992, she did the same thing to us. We were all mothers in the pediatrician Dr Ludan’s clinic at Capitol Medical with our babies. We were all seated in the waiting area, and Hontiveros came, went straight to my friend the nurse. We all smiled at her, no reaction. To her – we didn’t exist. She seemed too preoccupied with her own self. All other people around her didn’t matter. The mothers and I looked at each other and were amused – this woman is weird ! Then someone said : “Ayaw nya eh.. eh di wag....”, everyone laughed.

That was the first time. 

The second time, she did it again ! This time, with a different set of mothers and babies. I told myself I wont talk to this woman ever. However, when I passed in front of her during Sen. Miriam’s wake, coming from Europe I deemed it proper to acknowledge the presence of senators who took time to travel to Quezon City and be with our family during the Mass for my sister. But again, there was no response at all from the weird Hontiveros. There is something wrong wtih her.

Does this woman have a problem ?

She is now trying to imitate Sen. Miriam by having her own YouthResist and Akbayan Youth. De Lima also imitated Sen. Miriam and ended up in jail. But if Hontiveros is the woman who is to lead the youth, the future is dark. She is leading us towards a mass movement for revolution, the overthrow of government with no bright prospect thereafter. And revolution has not removed graft and corruption in our government. It has even worsened plunder.

And talk about Philhealth. What credentials did she have in a health insurance company ? She started advertising herself 1 month after she was appointed, a few months before elections and lied in her Facebook Page as to her year of appointment, which we posted in my FB sites. How could any level-minded activist advertise herself in a health insurance company, 1 month after appointment and not even prove to the public where the funds came from ? Considering that Philhealth contributions are automatically deducted from salaries, what is there to advertise ? Right after she left Philhiealth, the company could not pay hospitals claims for hundreds of millions. It declared bonuses when there were pending obligations, contrary to COA rules. The bonuses were just right in time for Hontiveros appointment. 

Everyone was complaining about her TV Ads, but COMELEC did nothing !! Sen. Miriam detested the blind eye of COMELEC to all TV ads of govt. officials under several pretexts of being an "infomercial."You know in your conscience it is not.

However, Hontiveros appears to have committed malversation, not just electioneering. Someone should put her behind bars.

In Netherlands, I saw her TV ads where pakembot-kembot syang nag-aadvertise ng Philhealth. WTH ?! Is this a real activist ? If she is, why does she go with plunderers ? What kind of political butterfly would switch from Akbayan to the Liberal Party which was saddled by too many plunder issues ? Someone who has a capitalist orientation, thats what.

She says she fought for the FOI Law. But has she ever produced the contracts & payments for her advertisements, starting one month after her appointment which we have all been asking on social media ? NO. We have a pending FOI request. She is the very opposite of what she is saying. She has become utterly repulsive !.

Her interview on rebellion or invasion is classic. This is what happens when an ordinary news reader who is not a lawyer, becomes a senator. She was a member of the NDF peace panel , the crime was rebellion, and she does not even know it ! This is how to be laughing stock forever. Too much air, no substance.

My observations about her, in 1991/92 at Dr. Ludan’s clinic hold true today – nearly 30 years after. This time, first impressions have been actually proven right. This woman cannot be a friend of mine. You greet her, she treats you like you dont deserve a reply. So I give that back to you NOW ! An eye for an eye a tooth for a tooth. You are dealing with Sen. Miriam’s sister, and you are NOT THE ONLY ACTIVIST in the world ! In the world’s center for peace and justice, The Hague, the likes of you are nothing. Too arrogant, too little substance. .I shall always put you in your proper place ! You dont deserve to be senator, by any measure ! Too arrogant for a first time senator who lost so many elections and had to cling to plunderers for money. You are a freak show all by yourself.


By Krizette Laureta Chu

Too many anti Dutertes thinking pro Dutertes care about the President's "can't solve the drug war" statement. LOL

Here's a newsflash for you:

1. The statement that Duterte said about solving drugs in 3-6 months came in Feb 2016. Duterte threw his hat in the ring December 2015 because of the immense pressure from the Filipinos to run. So immense he was courted by Trillanes, Cayetano, etc; people had Duterte shirts printed even before he said YES; people begged Sara Duterte to run for Mayor and she had to shave her head; there was real and deafening clamor because people looked at the choices and found no one they liked.

Whether or not he made that promise, we would have voted for him anyway. I didn't vote for him because of his drug policy, I voted for him initially because of what he did for my hometown of Leyte and his hometown of Davao. Meanwhile, Naga and Tarlac...

2. We voted for him because he was the best choice, not because he promised to end the drug war in 6 months. Who, if not Duterte? The evil Mar? The clueless Grace? The brilliant but sadly dying Miriam? Binay, who didn't even stand a chance thanks to the effective demolition job of his critics? Duterte's reputation and work in Davao precedes him. Duterte dancing to Buduts is more votable than Mar carrying a sack of onions while directing traffic in the rain and eating rice from a cup.

3. Duterte's still a more decent human being than the Liberal Party candidates who stole your money so they could buy your votes. Look at how stupid they make their own supporters look. 

You know what your mom says about trying and trying until you succeed? She's right. 

Duterte tries. Fucking Mar knows where to get the drugs and voila, they're still there.

4. Whether or not Duterte succeeds 100 percent in his drug war (and I believe he will), he has done more than anyone in this issue and he is set to do more. Shove your Schadenfreude up your woohoo, we really do not care. Duterte has done more for the fight against drugs in his one year in office more than all the Presidents in this country combined. And he has a lot more to do no thanks to the stupidity and corruption of his predecessor, the Aquino government.

5. I was in Quiapo the other day. Vendors say no more problems re drugs in their area but small time corruption from City government people. Kaya umayos kayo. That's what they say. Now I don't know who from the inside of Customs is trying to make Duterte look bad, but with that shipment someone is. 
I mean, really, drug lords and pushers dying and getting killed left and right and someone has the temerity to ship that big shipment and not expect to be apprehended? Masyado naman atang obvious.

I believe the President is quiet because he is trying to figure out what exactly is happening. Now, if he could do for corruption in the government what he has done for the drug war, Ill be really grateful. Gusto ko ng "CORRUPT AKO, NANLABAN." But our LGUs need to be partners. Ayaw kasi isama ang graft and corruption sa death penalty e.

5. Duterte pa rin mga ulol. So don't even. Duterte at his most ineffective worst is still way better than Mar or Leni at their best. Hurts, but that's the gosh darn truth.


By Krizette Laureta Chu



You appear out of nowhere and make a name for yourself for inane, stupid comments, and as Trillanes' little bitch, and you think you are qualified to head a revolution?

Down, boy. Naman, ang mga delusions of grandeur natin.

Hahahahah. Ok lang, para sure na fail.

If there is one revolution that needs to happen, it's a revgov which will dispose of the likes of you.

(Come to think of it, nobody from the Opposition is qualified--nor smart enough--to head a revolution.

Leni is, well, Leni. No fire, no sense, no compassion, also a very possible cheater.

Kiko and Drilon are the best representatives of a system that doesn't work, and which people have rebelled against. Mga 1 million years na sila as senators tapos now akala mo naman marami silang nagawa. You know they're only fighting for their own right (to what?)

Risa is chararat and tainted with corruption in Philhealth, which is health insurance, unforgivable.

Teddy Baguilat is da who Teddy, and apparently watches leaked GOT and is proud of it.

Leila de Lima has been DOJ Sec and has been saying Duterte is a murderer but still couldn't prove it, and well, she's supposedly the Mother of all Druglords, so if you're ok with the PH turning into a narcostate...)

This is why, children, a revolution against Duterte will not prosper because there is no credible leader to rally around.

Least of all, a leader who uses a fucking emoji (😓) to bait people into goading him to start a revolution. Nelson Mandela would be so disgusted lol.

Foreign political consultant says Kian ‘who ran drugs’ for his father and uncle is not innocent

The issue about the death of the 17 year old Kian delos Santos has reached the international headlines prompting different media outlets, bloggers and political experts to express their own opinion about the matter.
Several mainstream media from different countries have featured this news but apparently emphasis was given more on the negative side where policemen were the villain of the story. Well, this is no longer new to everyone.
Contrary to these reports of western mainstream, a political expert, commentator and a consultant from Canada shed light to the issue. Amir Assadollahi, who studied political science in University of Ottawa said that the death of Kian is sensationalized by some politicians and some mainstream media without looking at the facts and the pandemic problems.
Assadollahi said that these greedy and corrupt politicians are just using Kian’s death for their own political interests.
Assadollahi believes that the 17-year old who according to him a drug runner who ran drugs for his father and uncle is not innocent, as he has supported his family’s harmful and dangerous habits.

Facts always staring at our face, but somehow some people are not interested in facts!
The drug cartels and syndicates use drug pushers, couriers and users to expand their operations. Just like any addictive substance, illegal drugs industries use and abuse anyone who can be user or pusher without care or discrimination against their age, gender, social status, etc – and that means no one is safe from their grips and no one is innocent when participating in illegal and destructive business. They will use anyone and everything to expend their harmful and yet lucrative business.
They target students, kids, elderly and women and children, the poor and the rich equally to do their dirty bidding. The result of which is a broken down and dysfunctional society which is insecure, dependent and needy and the family bonds are broken and weak with hopes and dreams are gone and the reality is just a haze and only seen in the shadows of darkness that they struggle in.
The tragedy of the shooting of the 17-year old is sensationalized by some politicians and some mainstream media without looking at the facts and the pandemic problems in which is the illegal drugs, narco-politics, criminality and deeply rooted corruption, and we know that the drug pushers use dug runners to target more clients and to support their own drug habits. We also know that schools and students and even churches have been targeted by them, so it is not surprising to see a 17-year old being caught in that as we know that there are younger kids than that who do drug delivery for the pushers as well.
The Philippines administration has zero-tolerance policy on illegal narcotics use, sales and distribution, and openly and actively communicates its policy that the consequences for violation of that policy is heavy and harsh. Many understood that and they sought help from the government for rehabilitation in which the government openly offered and continuously offering, yet there are many more who are not willing to let go of this destructive and harmful lucrative and yet dangerous illegal trade and are not willing to seek help to quit their destructive addiction. The 17-year old drug runner/pusher shot dead is an example of that.
The users become pushers and the users become pushers – the runners become users and the users become the runners, that is the never ending cycle. That is the undeniable fact, and you need to recognize the problem, and the problem at first is the access to the illegal substance, and at the next stage is greed and/or poverty in which both create a need. Well, that is the simplification of the whole illegal drug industry, but the criminal elements in society focus on that to target more people.
You cannot say a user is innocent, you cannot say a runner is innocent and certainly you cannot say the a pusher is innocent. When there is an open campaign against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption and the message is loud and clear that “you will die (and be killed) if you (continue to) destroy the future [of the people and the young]” and when you continue your act of destruction by thinking that you are above the law or untouchable, then you cannot claim you are innocent nor can claim that you did not know what you were doing and neither others can come to your defense saying you were innocent or had no choice.
Once you are involved in illegal activity be it knowingly and willingly or be it unwillingly, then you have lost all your innocent and you are no longer considered to be naive, because you know the consequence of the task you have decided to take upon your shoulders. You always have a choice even under most difficult circumstances you have a choice, even if a gun is put to your head or even if you are threaten you have a choice, because when there punishment for violation of law is death, perhaps you only delaying the inevitable when someone forces you to do their dirty bidding by selling drugs, running drugs or even using drugs – it is like you have already accepted death and have a death wish. When the government is offering you a way out and have opened many lines of communication so that you can get helped and you can report criminals and the criminal activities, then you have a choice to get out and leave the slum that you have entered in for being a user, runner or pusher. The government offered you and still offering you to come and surrender, and if you are afraid of going to jail or being rehabilitated, etc. than being shot dead by your own criminal networks for leaving them, then that is your mental problem, because you either think that you can get away from law and avoid capture or avoid death, but you are only delaying what is going to be the inevitable.
The 17-year old drug runner who ran drugs for his father and uncle is not innocent, and you can say that he has supported his family’s harmful and dangerous habits and has entered the repeating cycle I talked about earlier, and if that was a family business, then you can also say that he has had entered the cycle of running the drugs for others and making commission from it, meaning he has had become a pusher himself. Therefore not innocent at all in either cases.
The shooting death of the 17-year old drug pusher/runner/user (whatever you want to call him) is unfortunate but it was inevitable because he did not stop those criminal activities despite of the government’s open communication about the consequences of violations of the law, and him not seeking help from the government through the communication and support channels the government has created is a show of his unwillingness to change life style.
Having said that we cannot say he is the only guilty person in this case – the guilty part is narco-politicians such as Senator De Lima, the corrupt and criminal business and political oligarchs, the Church and other organizations that are against the war on drugs, criminality and corruption, and most importantly the guilty are the corporate mainstream media who are sending mix messages to society by reflecting that it is okay to be doing drugs, it is okay to commit crimes and involve with criminal activities and it is okay to involve in corruption, because the church says it is okay and because some politicians are fighting to protect the drug trade, the criminals and the corruption, and by that they encourage people like that 17-year old to continue what he was doing. Therefore the shooting death of the 17-year old drug runner/pusher/user (whatever you want to call him) has to be blamed on them as well.
As I said, that 17-year old seams like was. Ot innocent at all. How many lives has he ruined by running drugs? Were his uncle and dad the only two? If so, they are guilty for putting a teen in harms way. Did the mother and aunts and other relatives knew about the drug problems at home? If they did, they too are as guilty for negligence and putting the life of that teen in harms way. If they knew about the drugs, then if you turned a blind eye, kept your ears deaf and kept your mouth shut about the criminal activities and the drug use, you are guilty by default and you cannot claim you are innocent. If you indirectly or directly benefit from the sales or use of the drugs, then you are guilty by default and not innocent again, because you are willing to see the law being violated to benefit you. There is no other explanation than the guilt you carry with you, and there is no other explanation than the fact that you are not innocent and you are willing to violate the law for your own self-interest. So, you have to willingly accept the consequence of violating the law, as you have willingly accepted your guilt by pleading being guilty by your actions.
Sadly though majority of the Philippines can speak English, the important news is usually in Tagalog, and the international community has to always relay on second-hand translation/interoperation/interpolation and delayed news about what really is going on in the Philippines, and the international corporate mainstream media and the Social Media with particular agenda tend to fabricate and manipulate the news about the Philippines. The anti-Duterte minority seat of the government and groups (such as some members of the Catholic Church) and narco-politicians and corrupt oligarchs know that fact very well, and to manipulate the international opinion about the Philippines in their own benefits, they use English language at times. When the international community receives their information from interpolation of third-party news organizations without having the ability to have access to or understand the language of the source of the news, then they only understand what they are told to in the language they understand. I see no subtitles/captions in English under the Tagalog news nor I see any attempt to have the news being translated in other languages. Perhaps, the war on drugs, criminality and corruption needs a stronger and more accurate communication tool to reach the international community in talking about all the other projects and policies that are taking place in parallel to that, so the international community could understand the realities in the Philippines and not be manipulated by the news sensationalization and fabrications. Otherwise the international community will continue to believe whatever their mainstream media is being told to them to be as factual, and then you end up having another Iraq and Syria in your hand, but this time it could be the Philippines and the entire Southeast Asia. Never underestimate the power of media, because the people behind media have agendas that they want to see being realized, and repeat of lies and fabrications can lead to actually the international public forming a favorable public opinion toward a particular agenda and policy they are aiming at.
The Filipinos need to be more proactive in informing the international community about things, and news in Tagalog only without translation or English caption or without cultural interpretation will not be able to reach the international community.
My commentary about the 17-year old drug user/pusher/ dealer (whatever you want to call it) shooting death of him is about my observation on how the news is forming around the glob, and how the minority seat of the government, narco-politicians, corrupt political and business oligarchs, the corrupt church leaders, etc use the corporate mainstream media to set in motion their corrupt and criminal and dangerous agenda.
As my readers know, my interest is in peace and security through the transparency or law and order and sustainable development, environmental protection, secular educations and governance, regional cooperation, unity and solidarity, volunteerism, and I support federalism and endorse the concept of “war on illegal drugs, criminality and corruption” and I am against terrorism and all acts of terrorism, and believe that all extremist fundamentalist ideologies are evil no matter what religion or ideology they are based on and no matter what ethnic origins they are from. I believe in all gender equality and human rights. Pushing drugs, dealing it and using it is not human rights when your right to do that infringe the human rights and human dignity of others.
Those who are doing that are in violation of the rights of others to have liberty, life and security. It is the duty of the state to protect its citizens’ primary human rights by eliminating the criminal and harmful elements that take away the citizens’ liberty, life and security. Therefore, the shooting death of the 17-year old drug dealer/pusher/user (whatever you want to call it) is justifiable act as I earlier described, but as later I said, it is something that is not well understood by the international community, because the narco-politicians and the criminal and corrupt elements in the Philippines and abroad are using it as a media propaganda tool against the government of the Philippines though majority of the Filipinos support the active war on terrorism, illegal drugs, criminality and corruption.
I hope my readers understood my commentary and message, and would take a more proactive role in communicating the reality of the Philippines to the international community in the language that can be understood. After all the media is very powerful, so never underestimate their power!
Amir Assadollahi
A Canadian Political Scientist/ Commentator (just in case the name clouded the judgment of some readers!)