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Monday, December 31, 2018
Veteran TV Host alleged Pro-Yellow Media personality, Karen Davila made headlines on social media after she reiterated on national TV that one of the lessons she learned in 2018 is to Strengthen our Democracy. The statement of Davila caught the attentions of concerned netizen and blogger Vincent Marcus.
Concerned netizen Vincent Marcus burned down Karen Davila by asking relevant questions to Karen Davila on why she keeps on using the term democracy, and to really explain the real problem whether it's lack of democracy or the biased reporting of the mainstream media.
The concerned netizen asked if the lack of democracy is the reason why they keep on reporting only the news that could discredit the Duterte administration. Marcus also asked if the lack of democracy is the reason why they failed to report more about the accomplishments of the Duterte admin.
Karen Davila was also asked if the lack of democracy is the culprit why the mainstream media did not pay attentions to more pressing issues such as the rampant election cheating allegedly committed by the COMELEC and Smartmatic.
Here's the Complete Statement of Vincent Marcus:
'Isinangkalan na naman ang demokrasya'…
Hindi ko talaga maintindihan kung ano pa bang demokrasya ang hinahanap partikular ng media lalo na itong si Maria Ressa at Karen Davila. Lagi na lang demokrasya ang hinaing at argumento nila.
Sa pagkakataong ito, bago rin matapos ang taon ay nais kong itanong at linawin lalo na kay Ms. Karen Davila kung ano ang totoong problema - 'kakulangan' ba ng demokrasya o biased na pagbabalita ng media.
Para sa inyong mga nasa field of broadcasting/journalism:
Dahil ba sa kakulangan ng demokrasya kaya karamihan ng inyong mga ibinabalita ay sa ikasisira ng administrasyon? Dahil ba sa kakulangan ng demokrasyya kaa maraming accomplishment ng pangulo ang hindi nyo naiipakita sa telebisyon?
Kulang pa pa ang demokrasya kaya ang malawakang pandaraya ng pinagsamang sindikatong COMELEC at Smartmatic ay hindi nya binibigyan ng pansin? Na kaya pinatay n'yo ang inyong mga camera nu'ng minsan na magsalita si Atty. GLENN CHONG sa isang Joint hearing ng senado para sa kanyang ELECTION FRAUD EXPOSE? Na kulang ang implementasyon ng demokrasya kaya ayaw n'yong ipaalam ito sa maraming tao?
Nung patayin ng mga tiwali at tila demonyong pulis si RICHARD SANTILLAN na isang napakabuting tao, demokrasya ba ang dahilan kaya halos dalawang araw na ang nakaraan bago nabigyan ng kakapirasong ulat diyan sa programa ninyo?
Dahil ba sa demokrasya kaa hindi n'yo man lamang na-interview at kinumusta ang PAO kung ano ang resulta ng kanilang pagsusuri sa bangkay ng biktima? Ni hindi nyo man lamang inalam ang panig ng COMELEC at Smartmatic kung ano ang kanilang masasabi sa pagdadawit sa kanila ni Att. Glenn Chong?
Hindi nyo ba naramdaman ang demokrasya kaya marami kayong hindi ipinaaalam sa taumbayan dito sa ating bansa? Kelan ba kay0o ginipit ng pamahalaan dahil sa inyong tamang pagbabalita-meron ba? Kung tunay sana kayong makatao at makabayan, hindi nyo hahayaan ang ating bansa na magkaroon ng mag dibisyon dahil lamang sa mga MISINFORMATION.
Hindi nyo yata alam na napakahalaga ng papel na inyong ginagampanan para sa ika0agkakasundo ng mamamayang Pilipino. Kung tama ang kanilang napapakinggan kung tama ang kanilang napapanood, hindi mahirap pagisahin ang puso at isipan ng taumbayan. Ngunit kung mananatili kayong ganyan, kayo mismo ang dahilan kungbakit nagkakaganito ang ating bayan!
BE A RESPONSIBLE NEWSCASTER. BE A RESPONSOIBLE JOURNALIST.
- Vincent Marcus
Source: From Yellow Into Red FB Page
Sunday, December 30, 2018
December 30, 2018 - by benign0 - 2 Comments.
In her recent Manila Times piece, A social media wish list for 2019, social media “expert” Noemi Dado issues a call-to-action for Netizens for the coming new year 2019: “It is time to replace or concentrate on personal websites or blogs, instead of Facebook, as the main platform.”
Dado likely built this idea on the long-observed decline in blogging — political blogging, specifically — since its heyday in the mid-2000s. Most stark is the void left by the clique of “influencers” associated with today’s Opposition; supporters of the Liberal Party more broadly known as the Yellowtards — people loyal to the Aquino-Cojuangco clan, the prayerful ones, the chi-chi private school activistas and even some fashionista consumer influencers who sneak in a political tweet once in a while in between product endorsements. Left to monopolise this intellectual wasteland is Jover Laurio, a.k.a. Pinoy Ako Blog, who stands as the top Yellowtard blogger separated by a vast margin to whoever comes second to her in today’s Opposition camp.
It is difficult to gauge how much (if at all) the Philippine Opposition realise how big a ball they have dropped and how much trouble they are in having been left banking on a single mediocre blogger to cover the playing field Dado encourages everyone to jump into in 2019. At the dawn of 2018 last January, leftist Netizen Katrina Stuart-Santiago was being kind in her seminal piece State of blogging, microblogging, media #crisiswhen she described much of Laurio’s work as “but a series of questions dripping with malice and insinuations that are based on unnamed sources” but nonetheless goes on to cite the lack of rigour and coherence in the material she subjects her readership to and, most important of all, the intellectual dishonesty that is at the core of Laurio’s work…
Laurio does not hyperlink to her sources — something that RJ Nieto (one of her favorite nemesis) actually takes seriously — and I’ve caught her often enough leaching off other Facebook pages’ content and passing the content off as her own. She then gets comments like “ang talas talaga ng mata mo Pab!” Yet the same information was posted on the Facebook page of We Are Collective days before she even put it on her blog.She is clearly a Liberal Party ally, but pretends to be otherwise by putting in pretend-critical posts of say, Leni Robredo; but also revealing her LP ideology in posts about say, the Kidapawan Massacre of farmers (it was scripted, she says), or questioning the takeover of abandoned decrepit housing by members of Kadamay in Pandi Bulacan. She equates Judy Taguiwalo with the New People’s Army (NPA), and then defends herself by saying Duterte did it too after the DSWD Secretary was not confirmed by the Commission on Appointments.
Indeed, to reiterate, if this is the best “blogger” the Yellowtards can cough up, the Opposition are in real trouble. Looking even further back, James Jimenez, spokesperson of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) made a similar call in his 2013 piece Write! where he observes…
One of the unfortunate side-effects of the rise of Facebook is that kids nowadays have actually drifted further and further away from writing. Not banging away quick and easy retorts to Facebook comments and current events; not the tortured compositions that pass for profundity in various status updates throughout the social webs; not the gonzo “ansaveh???” reactions to equally ludicrous statements by others.No, not any of that. I mean real writing; the act of setting words down that, in their various combinations, communicate ideas, meaning, insight, and thereby enrich the minds of their readers.
Jimenez gets on top of the key reason why this decline in long-form online writing is problematic. An ability to string together ideas into a coherent unified work such as a substantial essay, a blog post, or an opinion article is what separates the men from the boys in the business of leading a people and shaping public opinion in a truly meaningful way. The context of Jimenez’s 2013 piece was the Sangguniang Kabataan elections coming up in October of the year he published that piece. Lamenting the dearth of quality content put online by the crop of young Filipinos vying for positions in the SK, Jimenez issues a call-to-action more prescient than what Dado issues today…
People, I think, especially those who intend to go into public service in one way or the other, have to write more. Especially these youngsters who are gunning for SK in a few months. They’re the ones who should be putting their ideas on paper and submitting those thoughts to the wild wild web for comment, review, and criticism just as much as for praise and recognition.
In that, Jimenez leaves off where Dado starts several years later — the barren wasteland that the Philippine blogosphere has become save for the detestable work of Jover Laurio solely representing the voice of the Opposition in this digital land of vote-converting opportunity. Beyond this are all the mere bottom-feeders: self-described “influencers” who find comfort in social media echo chambers congratulating one another for their quaintly clever 256-character opinion snippets. Perhaps the Yellowtards are comfy in this easy space where not much thinking is required to get that vital validation fix retweets and likes deliver. Surround yourself with enough like-minded “followers” and you will get exactly that in much the same way your mother is your biggest fan. The competition they have shied away from is, of course, the harder game — where a battle of real wits is waged and where only those with the wherewithal to craft deeply-insightful work and issue intellectually-stimulating challenges to these thrive.
This is the real reason why “fake news” and “misinformation” spread — because the content produced by this generation’s “influencers” have regressed in boldness and declined in quality and, as a result, have dulled the once-acute bullshit detector of vast swathes of Netizens. In place of boldness and quality is the currency that determines ascendancy in social media: popularity. Unfortunately, the popularity of an idea has never been a good indicator of its validity. Devoid of substance (and enough space to articulate that substance), social media provides a poor platform for intelligent discourse. I join the call-to-action issued today by Dado and, much earlier, by Jimenez. Filipinos need to write more. Today is Jose Rizal Day after all. This Filipino “national hero” wrote a lot and angered a lot of people with his writing. If you are not pissing off someone, you are probably not doing anything important. Write more. Piss people off. Take what you dish out. Do it intelligently. Write on!
December 30, 2018 - by benign0 - 2 Comments.
Why does communism continue to plague the Philippines? Its elements openly defy the government, incite unrest, and spread their obsolete ideology. Across the Philippines, communists infest Philippine university and college campuses, radicalise various “cause-oriented” groups and steal precious classroom hours that could have been used to educate Filipinos students. Communists are also behind labour unrest in many Filipino companies and the propagation of the notion that people are entitled to employment. This is communism, after all. It is an ideology that demands equality and implements egalitarianism by force. Under a communist regime, people’s right to “freedom” goes out the door in favour of the idea that you are only as free to pursue wealth as your comrades’ ability to find work or partake of government dole-outs.
This is, after all, a system of government and economics that denies human nature rather than work within its context. Thus, whereas capitalism has, in practical terms, existed as an economic system since the dawn of civilisation, the communist society envisioned by Karl Marx is so unnatural that it will require a period of “revolutionary” transition before the utopian “classless” state is achieved. Vladimir Lenin, leader of the Bolshevik Revolution that created the Soviet Union which he then became the first leader of described this period as one where a “suppression of the exploiting minority by the exploited majority” will be effected after which “equality” will presumably reign supreme. And under what mechanism would this transition be overseen? Why under no less than a “dictatorship of the proletariat”. Here, the “proletariat” are the workers’ classes — people who “derive income solely from their labour”.
We can see here that communism is not only obsolete, it is an ideology that insults the human spirit and is an affront to self-determination. It is an idea attractive to people who are unable to or, worse, unwilling to compete. Perhaps this is the reason why communism still exists in the Philippines — because competing and developing one’s self or organising people into groups capable of competing at scale is not a key feature of the Filipino cultural character. The idea of a “dictatorship of the proletariat” appeals to a people whose most valuable export is human labour. Makes sense now, doesn’t it? Rather than see life as a competition for scarce resources and opportunities, proponents of communism see the present world order as one rigged against their needs. Under a communist regime, allocation of resources, after all, is based on need.
The way communism is being interpreted and promoted by Filipino “activists” is just as confused. This is not to mention the fact that virtually every “activist” organisation in most Philippine educational institutions had been infiltrated by communists. Thus any organisation that, by name or creed, is engaged in one form of social advocacy or another be it “women’s issues”, student politics, or campus “journalism” is infested with communists. Because of this mishmash of people focused on disparate “activist” goals cobbled together into a “front” to arbitrarily resist any government programme, it is impossible to achieve any form of consistency. For example, communists are currently allied with the Philippine Opposition which, in turn, is led by the Liberal Party which is a bastion of rule by elite business and feudal oligarchs, specifically the Aquino-Cojuangco clan. This alliance alone makes the communist goal of revolting, massacring the aristocracy, and establishing a “dictatorship of the proletariat” an utter impossibility.
The short of it is that communism is a parasitical system of thought that clings onto Philippine society by taking advantage of Filipinos’ habitual laziness in thinking. Their claims and assertions simply don’t add up. Their front organisations in university campuses may be the butts of many jokes but remain sources of warm bodies to fill their street rallies nonetheless. The continued existence of the New People’s Army (NPA) as a terrorist arm disguised as that “revolutionary” force that supposedly will pave the way for the rise of that “dictatorship of the proletariat” is proof that communists continue to successfully con Filipinos into tolerating their crooked activities.
Communism cannot be crushed by killing members of the NPA. There are just too many gullible young Filipinos coming into the educational system that ensure a fat pipeline of conscripts for this “army”. The key to crushing communism is for Filipinos to become smarter and more adept at spotting the glaring contradictions and inconsistencies in the way communists conduct themselves and their activities and tochallenge the slogans being chanted by participants in communist-organised street rallies and communist “influencers” in social media. The core of this challenge lies in the idea that there is no such thing as a state where “equality” rules simply because human beings are not created equal.
Humanity is diverse in character as many liberals ironically point out. Talent and skill are not equally-distributed across societies. To force people to be “equal” is as absurd as feeling entitled to “fairness”. Much of what is important and valuable in life are things one must compete for. This is the inconvenient truth many Filipinos are unwilling to embrace. This unwillingness to handle this truth in the Filipino is what communists are exploiting to their ends. Only when Filipinos learn that anything worth having requires one to compete for it, will communism truly disappear from Philippine society. It is all up to us to decide which story to subscribe to — the true story or the quaintly-entertaining fiction of the Communist Party of the Philippines.
Saturday, December 29, 2018
This is the speech that was read yesterday at the retreat by Pope Francis. Regardless of religion, see how beautiful what Pope Francis wrote about the family and children.
* There is no perfect family. We do not have perfect parents, we are not perfect, we do not marry a perfect person or have perfect children. We have complaints from each other. We disappoint each other. So there is no healthy marriage or healthy family without the exercise of forgiveness. Forgiveness is vital to our emotional health and spiritual survival. Without forgiveness the family becomes an arena of conflict and a stronghold of hurt. *
* Without forgiveness, the family becomes ill. Forgiveness is the asepsis of the soul, the cleansing of the mind and the liberation of the heart. Whoever does not forgive does not have peace in the soul nor communion with God. Hurt is poison that intoxicates and kills. Keeping heartache in the heart is a self-destructive gesture. It's autophagy. Those who do not forgive are physically, emotionally and spiritually ill.
* Parents are the children source of life. They are there to protect their sons and daughters and not to compete with them. *
That is why the family must be a place of life, not of death; Territory of cure and not of illness; Stage of forgiveness and not guilt. Forgiveness brings joy where sorrow has produced sadness; Healing, where sorrow has caused disease.
* Forward to all families you know.
Friday, December 28, 2018
BY JOJO ROBLES DECEMBER 28, 2018
THE trouble with the former acolytes of Noynoy Aquino is that they sometimes forget that they no longer are the undisputed Masters of the Universe that they once were. But then, you can’t really blame the political warlord clans once closely identified with Aquino because, in their local milieus, they remain as powerful as ever regardless of who sits in Malacañang.
This is what appears to have happened this week in Guimbal, Iloilo, in that province’s first district. The district is controlled by the Garin family, overseen by local political underboss Sen. Franklin Drilon and counting as one of its members a most trusted Aquino consigliere, former Health secretary Janette Garin, who implemented the billion-peso Dengvaxia vaccine scandal.
Playing the heavy in last week’s drama is the local congressman, Oscar “Richard” Garin, the husband of Janette Garin, currently known as the “most well-suited” of the former lieutenants of Aquino because of the sheer number of lawsuits filed against her by the alleged victims of the Dengvaxia mess, a hurriedly put-together program to vaccinate up to a million public school pupils in the last months of Aquino’s term using an untested drug. In the role of backup bad guy was Richard’s father, also named Oscar, the mayor of Guimbal.
Garin pere et fils appeared one fine day at the Guimbal police station and demanded an audience with a local cop, PO3 Federico Macaya, over a recent incident. When Macaya was presented to the two officials, he was allegedly repeatedly punched, threatened with a gun, disarmed and even spat on by the mayor and his congressman son.
I doubt very much if the two Garins are related to the young bully of Ateneo de Manila junior high school, who was dismissed last week for using his martial arts superiority to force his classmates to submit to his will. But that young man appeared to have channeled the spirits of the two Garins, his spiritual kin, before he embarked on his reign of terror at his school.
Now, lowly police officers like Macaya, placed in such a situation, would normally just prefer to keep silent because the balance of power was so heavily tilted in his assailants’ favor. In fact, quiet submission must have been what the Garins were expecting from Macaya and any other witness to the bullying incident — except that they figured wrong.
Macaya filed a complaint against the two political big shots on the basis of a police report drawn up on what happened. His station commander was fired for failing to keep things under control and the police regional director, an upstanding officer by the name of John Bulalacao, demanded that the two be charged and held accountable criminally, brushing aside a half-hearted, non-specific apology proffered by the younger Garin.
The political fallout from the incident could also be significant, if still unquantified, at the moment. There is a local election scheduled this coming May and the people of Iloilo’s first district will get to decide if the Garins (including Janette, who reportedly intends to reassume her House seat that was kept warm by her husband Richard) should be made to pay for what they did to a low-ranking, practically powerless — compared to them, anyway — law enforcer.
In the calculus of local politics, it’s perfectly possible that the Garins, including various other politicians of the same surname who currently hold elected seats in the provincial board and other positions in their tightly controlled district, can still win in the next polls. It’s just going to cost them a little more, especially Jannette Garin, who must already be spending a lot more money than she did in her three previous terms as congressman because of the Dengvaxia scandal and who intends to replace her now-disgraced husband.
(But then, Janette is no political spring chicken who just lucked into joining an established warlord clan by marriage. No, she is from Leyte province across the water from Iloilo, where she belongs to the powerful Veloso-Petilla clan of political stalwarts and survivors, who have a reputation of durability at least as longstanding as that of the Garins’.)
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That said, it really makes no sense for the Garins to keep acting like they own Guimbal and the rest of their district, at a time when they should be lying low and preparing for the political winds in Manila to change in their favor once again. But people are creatures of habit, after all, and when you’re bitch-slapping a “disrespectful” local policeman who doesn’t even know who he’s dealing with, it can seem like the most normal thing in the world to do — especially if you’ve been doing it for so long.
Ultimately, the fate of the Garins will not be decided by any number of outraged pundits in the faraway nation’s capital. No, that is only something that the people of the first district of Iloilo, who keep electing the Garins to office, can do.
That is what democracy is, and until a better system is put in place, it will have to be the one that prevails. Does it surprise anyone, for instance, that the House of Representatives, in proposing wide-ranging changes to the 1987 Constitution, will still not impose a ban on political dynasties or touch the gamed provisions on term limits for elected officials?
The rest of the country can only hope that the voters of Guimbal and its environs ultimately take the courageous step that PO3 Macaya made when he filed his complaint against the Garin father and son tandem. Because unless the voters decide that they’ve had enough of the abuse and bullying of their political overlords, nothing will really change.
Parehas ba yung pananapak ni Sara Duterte sa isang sheriff at yung pambubugbog ng mag-amang Garin sa isang pulis?
By Van Ybiernas
Yung kay Sara Duterte nangyari kasagsagan ng isang demolisyon na pinakiusap ni Sara na ipagpaliban hangga’t humupa ang tensyon sa pagitan ng mga informal settlers ng ide-demolish na dwellings at mga awtoridad. Btw, nagkasakitan sa demolisyon kasi ayaw paawat ni sheriff at tinuloy talaga yung demolisyon at hindi na hinintay si Sara na makikipag-negosasyon sana sa mga informal settlers. Kaya nabwisit bigla si Sara.
Sa kaso nina Garin, hindi kinasuhan ng pulis yung pinapakasuhan ni Garin na nambugbog daw sa anak ng isang konsehal dahil sa inuman.
Hinanap ni Sara sa demolition site yung sheriff tapos sinapak bigla hanggang maawat siya.
Si Garin pinatawag yung pulis sa hepe nya, tapos dinisarmahan, pinosasan, pinagsasapak, pinagsasampal, tinadyakan at dinuraan.
Nakakawala ng dignidad yung binugbog ka na, dinuraan ka pa. Iba yung nasapak sa tindi ng galit sa SINET-UP para mabugbog at dinuraan pa!
Pang-apat, PAGGAMIT NG PODER.
Sinapak na lang bigla ni Sara yung sheriff. Sina Garin ginamit ang awtoridad nila pati yung chain-of-command ng lokal na pamahalaan at pulisya para ma-set-up yung pagwarak sa dignidad ng pulis.
Panlima, ANDAMI TALAGANG DI MARUNONG NG PAGKUKUMPARA.
Panahon na siguro para isama sa curriculum ng mga propesor at estudyante ang comparison at contrast.
Manigong Bagong Taon sa mga hindi marunong magkumpara!