okay, we get it. we know it. richard gomez really wants to enter politics and he really wants to get elected. he has tried this at least 3 times already. and on this third time, he once again loses the election and this time even before it started.
the CMELEC just disqualified gomez from running for congressman in Leyte.
gomez has tried to get an election seat before. if my memory serves me right he first tried through the party list. on that one i think he got disqualified. the other time was he ran for senator and also lost that one. gomez together with other celebrities lost big in that election.
we understand the persistence of gomez to get elected into a public office, any public office but he needs to improve on something very important – he needs to do better planning and he needs to be a lot smarter than what he is showing now. to us it appears gomez has the right intentions but he gets killed on laws, rules and poor planning. how does he expect to do well in public office when he can’t even properly plan his candidacy?
Richard Gomez: Latest LP bet to be axed by Comelec
By Leila Salaverria
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:12:00 02/18/2010
MANILA, Philippines—The Liberal Party (LP) may have been allowed to keep its celebrity endorsers but it lost one of its star candidates for a congressional seat in Leyte.
Actor Richard Gomez, who was sworn in as LP member in November last year, was disqualified by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from running in the fourth district of the province for lack of residency.
Gomez became the latest LP member to suffer defeat in the hands of the Comelec. Earlier, the poll body nullified the 2007 election victories of three governors who are LP members—Grace Padaca of Isabela, Eddie Panlilio of Pampanga and Joselito Mendoza of Bulacan.
Neric Acosta, an LP senatorial candidate, said the series of defeats that the party was suffering in the hands of the Comelec could be part of a tactic to derail the LP’s national campaign.
For our dear Amiel’s
1st yr death anniversary,
Ateneo set Mass on 24th Feb, 6:30 AM
at Ateneo Grade School Chapel.
Breakfast will follow.
Also in the evening of 24th feb,
we have arranged 6:30 pm
prayer and candle lighting
at the Amiel Marker in front of Ateneo Grade School.
Pls join salo-salo dinner in the grounds after.
message posted at facebook “Justice For Amiel Alcantara”
getting a presidentiable to win an election is really no different from getting a mass consumer product to succeed in the market place. the success of a presidentiable is measured by the number of votes he/she gets, mass consumer products are measured by market share. how to get there, political campaigns and brand management teams for mass consumer products use the same principles, apply the same strategies, in many cases execute the same tools and analyze very similar data and research.
the election just like mass consumer marketing is all about two major components – the product and it’s advertising. in the case of political campaigns, the product is the presidentiable while it may be a shampoo or laundry product for a mass consumer product.
advertising is probably the most potent marketing tool for both. we have seen great tv ads for mass consumer products that were able to push the brands to market leadership. same way we have seen great tv ads launched by the presidentiables that pushed them to being at the top of the polls. this is clearly seen in the manny villar campaign where it is very clear that great advertising done since many months ago has pushed his poll ratings from nothing to now a statistical tie with the dominant front runner, noynoy aquino.
market research, specifically consumer research is very important to both political campaigns and mass consumer marketing. mass consumer marketing and political campaigns both seek to persuade the target market, voters for presidentiables and consumers for marketers to buy their “products”. understanding the consumers minds, attitudes and sentiments is most key for both.
polls that SWS and Pulse Asia conduct are very similar to what mass consumer marketers use – they also have market share data, the equivalent of polls. polls is very much like the product tracking research done by mass consumer products.
the aquino campaign we think have committed major blunders in its advertising campaign. they are so major that we think it will cost noynoy aquino to lose this election. are they reversible? yes, they are reversible but that very much depends on the aquino advertising team knowing what went wrong and more importantly what to do about it. and equally important, do they have the smarts and the energy to something about it.
everyday, we have been reading about the Morong 43. 43 health workers arrested, a large number and all of them supposed to be NPAs . first thing that came to our mind – since when were the NPAs that stupid?
they hold a seminar for bomb making in morong, that is almost metro manila, in big numbers, without any kind of security preparation?
the NPA have been soldiers for decades. they are one of the most organized and most trained, perhaps matching the skills of the Philippine Armed Forces. they have been pursued by the law for as long as they have existed, through those decades, they should have mastered the art of hiding and not getting caught.
all of a sudden, they are lazy, incompetent and extremely careless. really?
then we read about the way the military arrested them and the following mental torture. then the sexual molestation.
is the philippine military that stupid? how can they be so stupid in the way they arrested the morong 43 and torture and molest them after their arrest when they must have known fully this will not just disappear in the night. you arrest that number of NPAs in mega manila, you will get a lot of attention and each tiny move scrutinized.
how can the military be so incompetent and extremely careless?
like the NPAs doesn’ t the military think this through and plan out the details before they raided the place and arrested the “NPAs”?
this boggles the mind. where is the truth?
it is close to being one year since the death of amiel alcantara, the grade 4 student of ateneo de manila grade school. this is not easy to forget – our children who go to school are supposed to be home at 4 pm. the school, after all in our minds is one of the safest places for your young children to be in. this did not happen in february 24, 2009 for amiel.
amiel was crushed by a speeding van to the back of a CRV. he died shortly. i remember talking to pepe, amiel’s dad and asked him what happened that afternoon. he told me, he was in the car when he got the call about the news on amiel. he told me he screamed when he was told amiel had died.
i can only imagine the anguish and pain that pepe felt. but i do not think that what pepe felt can approximate the pain and loss he felt even if i used the most vivid imagination that i can muster.
it is a senseless loss. and it was a great loss. on the approach of the 1 year death anniversary of amiel, we hope and pray that he sits with the Lord in heaven in eternal peace. we also hope that the family of amiel, his parents, siblings and other relatives have learned to find peace in their hearts.
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Driver in Ateneo stude’s death case faces car theft rap
By Julie M. Aurelio
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 21:57:00 01/28/2010
MANILA, Philippines–The woman accused of killing a 10-year-old Ateneo Grade School student last year has been charged with another offense.
A balikbayan recently filed an affidavit with the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office in which she accused Ma. Theresa Songco Torres of stealing her van—the one the latter was driving when she ran over Juan Carlo Miguel “Amiel” Alcantara.
Alcantara was crossing the school parking lot with his siblings and nanny when he was hit by the van on Feb. 24, 2009. His nanny was injured while the boy was declared dead on arrival at a nearby hospital due to head injuries.
Torres was later charged with reckless imprudence resulting in homicide and physical injures before a Quezon City court over Alcantara’s death. The case is still pending.
The new complaint against her was filed by Virginia Ibali, 54, an American citizen who lives in Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte, but also owns a house in San Francisco del Monte, Quezon City.
In a two-page complaint dated Jan. 19, Ibali said she was watching the news on March 2 last year in her house in Ilocos Sur when she learned that her van—a Toyota Hi-Ace van 2000 model with plate number CRW 705—was involved in an accident on the Ateneo campus in Quezon City on Feb. 24, 2009.
“The news report pinpointed to a certain Maria Theresa Songco Torres as the person who was in control of the said vehicle at the time of the incident,” she said.
According to Ibali, she last saw her van on Jan. 20 last year. She added that she kept the van at her house in Quezon City and that the only time she used it was whenever she was in Metro Manila.
She also said that since she bought the van in May 2002, she has not sold, transferred its ownership or mortgaged the vehicle.
“Neither did I authorize Maria Theresa Songco Torres to get or use the same,” she said, adding that she later learned from her neighbors that her van had been missing even before the day Alcantara was killed.
The van has been impounded by the Quezon City police since.
Ibali said that when she checked with the Land Transportation Office, she was told that the van was still registered in her name.
She added that she immediately reported the loss of her vehicle to the Ilocos Norte police while she filed a complaint with Quezon City policemen late last year.
“This affidavit is being executed as a basis for my complaint for the crime of carnapping against Maria Theresa Songco Torres for taking, carrying away and stealing my said vehicle without my consent,” Ibali said.
this is a long time coming and we thought it was forgotten. we have known for long that justice moves slow in the philippines. but this one is ridiculous given the how gruesome the murders were and the kind of attention it got from the public. you would think with what happened and the intense interest of the people on the case, this will move much faster than what is happening now.
197 charged with murder over Maguindanao massacre
Agence France-Presse, INQUIRER.net
First Posted 18:20:00 02/09/2010
MANILA, Philippines—A former close ally of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and 196 other people were on Tuesday charged with murder over an election-linked massacre that horrified the nation, prosecutors said.
Andal Ampatuan Sr., the head of a Muslim clan and the former governor of Maguindanao province where the slaughter of 57 people occurred last year, was among those charged, according to papers filed in a Manila court.
In total, 197 people were charged, including other senior clan members, local government officials and policemen who allegedly helped organize the killings, as well as thugs accused of abducting and shooting the victims.
“The confluence of events before and immediately after the commission of the offense leads us to no other inference than that respondents Andal U. Ampatuan, Sr., Datu Zaldy “Puti” U. Ampatuan, Datu Akmad “Tato” Ampatuan, Sr., Datu Norodin Ampatuan, and Datu Jimmy Ampatuan connived with the actual perpetrators,” prosecutors said in a lengthy report outlining their case against the group.
“There is direct evidence that these respondents agreed to commit the crime,” said the prosecutors led by Senior State Prosecutors Leo Dacera. “All the conspirators are answerable as co-principals regardless of the extent or degree of their participation.”
However, only 11 of those charged are in custody, with most of the others still on the run nearly three months after the November 23 killings, according to police.
we would like to get a copy of the study to look at the data more closely. but what we have in the press on the sexual habits of call center agents and the rate of infection is very disturbing.
it is anecdotal but we understand the situation of the call center agent. it is high paying but it is a very unforgiving job. your world is the opposite of the world of most people where they stay awake during the night to work and sleep during the day to rest. it is common to see young professionals, call center agents drinking beer in large groups at 7 am in the morning., the first time we saw this, we got shocked, then understood why that was so, just like other young professionals, the call center agents were having a drink with their office mates after work. it’s just that the work they do is at night.
with a work place very different from the rest the openness to experimentation and sex, these are young adults are understandable. we hope this will be a wake up call for the BPO industry.
The study, with 675 respondents from 22 call centers in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu, showed a significant number of call center workers has contracted diseases through non-romantic but regular sexual engagements known in the industry as FUBU, short for ‘F**ked Buddies.’ F’K Buddies (FUBU), the study showed, is a recent phenomenon that involves consensual sexual intercourse among call center workers done at fire exit areas or in dark lounges. “I validated the results of this survey with several call center agents,” Ople said, “and they told me that FUBU is gaining ground especially among nightshift workers.”
Dr. Crisol Tabajero, Health Information and Research Coordinator of the DOH Region 7 said in forum yesterday that because of their environment and peer pressure, call center agents tend to involve in risky sexual behaviors.
She said that basing on a study conducted by the University of the Philippines Population Institute and the Department of Health, the result of the study is alarming but it is not surprising.
It was found that more call center workers have early penetrative premarital sex and have had sex with the same sex.
Twenty percent of male call center agents are commercial sex workers while 14 percent of them give payment in exchange for sex.
More call center workers have had casual sex experience and half of the male call center workers and one out of nine female call center agents have had casual sex experience.
It also revealed that there are more call center agents who have a regular non-romantic sexual partner with more males than females engaging with it.
The study revealed that in the past 12 months, regardless of gender, nearly one-third of male of call center agents had casual sex.