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November 22, 2011 1 comment

post your Goodbye Message to gloria and your Hello Message To Noynoy here

we are counting just days before gloria macapagal arroyo leaves office and noynoy aquino takes over. here is a place where you can tell gloria what you feel and think as she leaves the presidency and as noynoy takes office.

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the winning formula for gilbert teodoro

April 14, 2010 Leave a comment

we think teodoro suffering in the polls is the result of arroyo’s kiss of death on teodoro.  the kiss stuck on teodoro and so did his ratings in the polls. with just a few days to go till election, it is all lost  for teodoro.

the latest SWS poll on the performance rating of gloria macapagal arroyo is not helping teodoro at all. arroyo reached a new all time low in performance rating.

with arroyo on his side as his supporter, who needs to have opponents? read more about it here: gloria macapagal arroyo is gilbert teodoro’s deadliest opponent

joey salceda, the one who called arroyo as “luckiest bitch” says 9 years of eco growth did not reduce number of poor

March 7, 2010 Leave a comment

we have always liked joey salceda. we think he is one of the smartest eco advisers of arroyo. he and neri engineered the good GDP showing of the arroyo administration. aside from his work, we like him for having the balls to refer to arroyo in this manner  “She may be a bitch, but she’s the luckiest bitch around” (read below)

 he is back with another statement. it is not as fabulous as that one but it speaks of the true state of the country’s economy – we had GDP growth that made the rich richer while the poor remained poor if not poorer.

Economic growth in 9 years did not touch poor 
 By Gil C. Cabacungan Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 19:08:00 03/07/2010

MANILA, Philippines — An economic adviser of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo lamented that the rich got richer while the ranks of the poor swelled even further amid heady economic growth in the last nine years.

“My biggest frustration as a presidential adviser is that 34 quarters of uninterrupted expansion in the past nine years did little to reduce poverty and the number of poor people,’’ said Albay Governor Joey Salceda in an interview.

While the Arroyo administration continued to crank out glowing economic growth data, Salceda said “these rosy figures cannot hide the fact that there are more poor people now than when the President started her term.’’

He cited data from the National Statistical Coordination Board, which showed that the number of poor Filipinos – five-member families living on barely over P1,200 a month — hit 27.6 million in 2006 from 25.472 million in 2001. Hunger incidence nearly doubled from 11.4 percent in 2000 to 20.3 percent in 2009.

“That is a lot of poor people. Given our average economic growth in the last four decades, it would take 37 years for this poor to get out of poverty,’’ said Salceda.

The government’s efforts to provide direct subsidies to the poor through power and fuel rebates, cheaper rice, medicine and healthcare benefits, Salceda said, were negated by what he termed as “structural constraints’’ to a more equitable distribution of income.

The Arroyo administration has boasted of having the highest average growth rate of 4.4 percent in gross domestic product of all presidents since 1966 but Salceda pointed out that the windfall earnings were enjoyed entirely by the country’s richest corporations and families.

Salceda said that profits of the country’s top 1,000 corporations jumped by 21 percent per year while the return on their equity or investments increased by 15 percent per year since the President took power.

“Their total earnings amounted to P3.1 trillion of which P2.1 trillion were pocketed as dividends or earnings of the stockholders and only P1 trillion were re-invested,’’ said Salceda.

Salceda said that he and the rest of the President’s economic management team “honestly believed’’ that economic growth would have been enough to lift the well-being of the destitute if not for the structural constraints that concentrated money in the rich and prevented benefits from trickling down to the poor. Not only did the population growth of 3.6 percent per year added more to the headcount of poor people, Salceda said that historical structural factors persisted and were tougher to get undone despite deregulation, liberalization and privatization. “The oligarchies were just too sturdy as the state was weak due to the “Hello Garci’’ case. The business sector really exploited it,’’ said Salceda who refused to elaborate.

(Salceda was referring to the 2005 political scandal when tapes of President Macapagal-Arroyo’s conversations with a Commission on Elections official about her one-million vote margin in the 2004 polls surfaced. Arroyo apologized to the public for her lapse of judgment in order to defuse the worst political scandal to hit her presidency. But she insisted she called up the official just to follow up on the status of her votes and not to ask him to cheat.)

With a new administration coming in, Salceda expressed hope that the incoming President would have a broader base of popular support to help him carry out pro-poor programs that were inclusive of the rural sector (74 percent of poor Filipinos are from the rural sector)

After ‘evil’ tag comes ‘she’s the luckiest bitch’
By Michelle Remo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 05:27:00 02/21/2008

MANILA, Philippines – Whatever she is, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is one lucky President, according to her economic adviser.

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said that despite the slew of criticisms leveled at Ms Arroyo, the numbers proved that her administration was working hard to improve the economy to uplift the lives of more Filipinos.

She may be a bitch, but she’s the luckiest b1tch around,” Salceda said at a socioeconomic forum held Wednesday at the Ateneo de Manila University campus in Rockwell, Makati City.

His remark elicited laughter from the audience, but he subsequently apologized for it, saying it could have been taken seriously by some people in the audience that included members of the media.

zaldy ampatuan calls on a “friend”, gloria macapagal arroyo. arroyo is his alibi and malacanang confirms the alibi – maguindanao massacre update

December 31, 2009 Leave a comment

zaldy ampatuan

the efforts at finding justice for the maguindanao massacre victims is to say the least taking a very bizarre twist and they are very disturbing – zaldy ampatuan, one of the main suspects in the massacre is making president arroyo his alibi, saying he was with arroyo in malacanang during the day of the massacre.  

Zaldy Ampatuan, former governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), had claimed that he and Representatives Yusop Jikiri and Munir Abison and other political leaders of Sulu were in Malacañang on Nov. 23 to discuss with Ms Arroyo how to resolve the electoral conflicts in the province.



malacanang does not deny the meeting took place. in fact malacanang confirmed the meeting took place, it was just that arroyo attended the meeting briefly.

Press Secretary Cerge Remonde confirmed this in a radio interview but said that Ms Arroyo attended the meeting only briefly. He also said that she had since severed her ties with the Ampatuans.


 remonde based on his statement has actually confirmed the alibi of ampatuan as true. remonde said the meeting did take place, it was just that arroyo was in the meeting briefly. that to me confirms ampatuan’s alibi and that can mean the case of the government against zaldy ampatuan may mean a dismissal of the charges.

we have not read the affidavit that ampatuan executed and thus we do not know exactly what he said there. we have also not read the charge sheet the government has lodged against this ampatuan.

just based on this news article, it seems malacanang is attacking the issue at a very wrong angle and at an angle that gives room for ampatuan to be freed.

ampatuan is raising two issues in his affidavit : (a) he was not at the place of the massacre when it occured, he was at malacanang and (b) arroyo can attest to his innocence.

As for Zaldy Ampatuan’s claim that Ms Arroyo could attest to his innocence, Bello said: “That’s his claim. It’s up to the President to either affirm or validate it, contradict or repudiate it.”

gloria macapagal arroyo and "friend" zaldy ampatuan at her left

based on their statement here, malacanang placed a lot of effort at  disassociating arroyo from ampatuan. they are making a big deal on their claim that ties have been severed with the ampatuans.

they have not done that satisfactorily, as even cabinet secretary bello said it will be up to arroyo to confirm or deny that ties have been severed with the ampatuans.

i do not understand malacanang’s  obsession on that point. ties or no ties, the most important part is to get a conviction of the ampatuan. what is more important is to establish the whereabouts of ampatuan if the government’s case on the ampatuans is centered on an allegation that he is at the scene of the crime or that meetings among the accused occurred on that day. it really does not matter from a conviction standpoint whether ties have been severed or not. that will not matter in court.

it looks like malacanang seem to think it matters a lot perhaps on the point of view public opinion or image building for the president. malacanang seem to be still smarting from the big time screw up of lorelei fajardo, ex-presidential spokesperson who said that arroyo continue to be “friends” with the ampatuans even after the massacre. (read here, click:  lorelei fajardo, presidential spokesman quits or fired? or this one: Memo To: Gloria Macapagal Arroyo – fire Lorelei Fajardo, the Maguindanao Massacre aftermath)

malacanang seem to have forgotten the most important point and this point is what may set ampatuan free – where was ampatuan during the day of the massacre?

the government indictment seem to say he was at the scene of the crime. ampatuan claims he was not there but he was with arroyo in malacanang meeting with her. remonde’s statement seemed to have confirmed the alibi made by ampatuan.

i don’t get it – why would the lawyers of the government include in their charge sheet an allegation that ampatuan was at the scene of the crime when it appears he was not there? an alibi that says the accused is with the president of the country in a meeting in malacanang seems pretty strong to me.

it does not seem likely that ampatuan will use an alibi, being with the president, if he it is not true and if it cannot be proven. it is an alibi that can easily be proven false if it really did not occur. this is the president of the country, the courts will of course believe the president.

the paper trail on the meeting occurring must be long and solid. there will be airline tickets, hotel bills, the malacanang guest list and of course photos of the meeting.

there is so much irony here.

  • we have the potential of this ampatuan being saved by the president of the country, the one person who is supposed to want ampatuan in jail, if the alibi is proven true
  • if the alibi is proven true,  ampatuan, the alleged mass murderer will be proven to be telling the truth while the president of the country or at least malacanang will be proven as telling a lie
  • if the alibi is proven true, it will mean the statement of the president of the country will enable ampatuan to walk free
  • the government prosecutors and investigators will be showing in a grand scale their incompetence in this case – for including a false allegation in their charge sheet
  • if arroyo’s statement proves the alibi is true, then the friendship between arroyo and ampatuan will be proven in court as truth
  • in that case, fajardo should have not been fired. why fire a person for telling the truth?


‘Up to court to call Arroyo on alibi of Ampatuans’ 
By Jocelyn Uy, Norman Bordadora, TJ Burgonio
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:16:00 12/31/2009

MANILA, Philippines—Malacañang on Wednesday shrugged off the Ampatuan family’s denial of involvement in the Nov. 23 massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao.

“These are matters subject to rules of evidence and testimony, so it’s difficult for us to comment. It’s up to the courts to determine the truthfulness of the claims of the Ampatuans,” Gary Olivar, one of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s spokespersons, told the Inquirer by phone.

Zaldy Ampatuan, former governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
(ARMM), had claimed that he and Representatives Yusop Jikiri and Munir Abison and other political leaders of Sulu were in Malacañang on Nov. 23 to discuss with Ms Arroyo how to resolve the electoral conflicts in the province.

Press Secretary Cerge Remonde confirmed this in a radio interview but said that Ms Arroyo attended the meeting only briefly. He also said that she had since severed her ties with the Ampatuans.


Cabinet Secretary Silvestre Bello III, also a member of the ruling party and a former justice secretary, said the ARMM governor was laying down an alibi by claiming that he was at the Palace at the time of the massacre.

As for Zaldy Ampatuan’s claim that Ms Arroyo could attest to his innocence, Bello said: “That’s his claim. It’s up to the President to either affirm or validate it, contradict or repudiate it.”

Bello also said that it was up to the courts to decide whether or not to summon Ms Arroyo in order to determine the veracity of Zaldy Ampatuan’s claim.

“Whether you’re an ally or not, it has no significance to the case. If you’re found guilty, you should suffer the consequences of your misbehavior,” Bello said in reaction to observations that the ARMM governor’s claim had revived reports of the Ampatuans’ close ties to the President.

The Ampatuans were long-time political allies of the President.

“Unfortunately, I wasn’t there at the meeting. There was no way of validating the claim of Ampatuan. My assumption is he’s laying the ground for his defense. That’s part of his defense, which is an alibi,” said Bello by phone, adding:

“If it’s true, he has a right to say it. If it’s not true, that will later be established.”

Read more…

lorelei fajardo, presidential spokesman quits or fired?

December 19, 2009 2 comments
WAWAM! after hours post on lorelei fajardo

WAWAM! after hours' post on lorelei fajardo

we have written about lorelei fajardo, one of our favorite spokespersons of president arroyo in this blog  last december 1 (read here: Memo To: Gloria Macapagal Arroyo – fire Lorelei Fajardo, the Maguindanao Massacre aftermath).

we just read a news article saying she has quit being the presidential spokesman of president arroyo. (read article here:

we do not know if arroyo or anyone in malacanang reads this blog, but we think getting fajardo fired, err to accept her resignation, according to this news article a “career choice” is the right thing to do.

it is this statement of hers which is the basis of our recommendation to president arroyo that t fajardo be fired from her job:

I don’t think the President’s friendship with the Ampatuans will be severed,” Lorelei Fajardo, her deputy spokesperson, told reporters Thursday in Filipino. “Just because they’re in this situation doesn’t mean we will turn our backs on them.”

fajardo made that statement  november 26, we wrote the piece on december 1, fajardo got fired, err she made the career move  decenber 17. wow, that took a long time from the time she made the unfortunate declaration of how arroyo views loyalty to friends.

this statement of fajardo has stuck in the mids of media people. i have read quite a number of articles written on the maguindanao massacre where many foreign media uses that statement as lead in to the kind of treatment the ampatuans are getting within the philippine judicial system. it really is a very unfortunate statement.

this firing err resignation of fajardo as presidential spokesman of arroyo has been carried by the major newspapers as well and  it is quite interesting that each article included the fajardo’s statement on arroyo’s special friendship with the ampatuans. it looks like that statement of fajardo has made a lasting impression on the media outlets.

for myself i will be using that statement as a top example on “what not to do when you are presidential spokesman” when i do lectures or talks on PR or communication. now we are wondering what are the qualifications to get hired as spokespersons in malacanang?

just a note to end this peice – todate malacanang has not retracted the statement made by fajardo.

what is the real reason for declaring martial law in maguindanao?

December 9, 2009 Leave a comment

we are publishing here this news article in full. we think this is a very important topic. this is next in wawam! after hours.


Bernas warns of amnesty for Ampatuans

By Cathy C. Yamsuan
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:47:00 12/09/2009

MANILA, Philippines—A member of the 1986 Constitutional Commission Tuesday warned that the Ampatuans might be granted amnesty by the government should they be found guilty only of rebellion.

“Murder committed in pursuance of rebellion is not considered a separate crime and is therefore absorbed by the charge of rebellion. The government must take care to prove two separate offenses, that murder preceded the charge of rebellion and was not committed as part of it,” said Fr. Joaquin Bernas, SJ, a former dean of the Ateneo College of Law and a columnist of the Inquirer.

In an interview, Bernas noted that testimony gathered by investigators already included the confession of “a perpetrator who said the order given to them was to kill [the Mangudadatus]. There was no connection to rebellion [at that time].”

The government has arrested members of the Ampatuan clan of Maguindanao for the Nov. 23 massacre of 57 people.

Witnesses have tagged Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. as the one who ordered the killings.

Mind testimonies

Bernas urged government prosecutors to pay attention to testimonies that the mayor had ordered the murders.

He noted that acting Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera and President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, in her 20-page report to Congress, had alleged that rebellion was committed by the Ampatuans to justify the declaration of martial law in Maguindanao.

“Rebellion runs the risk of being granted amnesty, which can be pardoned by the President following final conviction,” said Bernas, who has been teaching criminal law since 1962.

Earlier, administration critics voiced fears that the rebellion charge against the Ampatuans might override the multiple murder charges stemming from the Maguindanao massacre.

“Murder done in pursuance of rebellion can then be absorbed in the rebellion charge. But if the murders were done separately, then these should be treated as a separate crime. If murder is committed before a rebellion, if it precedes the rebellion, it must be treated independently,” Bernas said.

Congress’ power

In the same interview, Bernas said Ms Arroyo was not allowed to extend the 60-day martial law declaration in Maguindanao without Congress’ consent.

He said Congress had the power to revoke martial law through a majority vote of the Senate and the House of Representatives voting jointly.

“Congress can also extend martial law if requested by the President, because [she] cannot do it on her own. If Congress wants to stop martial law, it can vote to do so. However, the Constitution is silent on how long Congress can extend martial law,” he said.

petitions filed at supreme court to nullify martial law in maguindanao

December 8, 2009 Leave a comment

No factual basis

The petitioners all insisted that there was no factual basis for the martial law proclamation since there was no actual rebellion or invasion.

In their petition, Salonga et al. said Article VII Section 18 of the 1987 Constitution “limits the ground (to declare martial law) to rebellion and invasion” and “none of these grounds are existent.”

“Nowhere in Proclamation No. 1959 were the constitutive elements of rebellion proven or even alleged. For one, the alleged establishment of positions to resist government troops by heavily armed groups does not automatically amount to a public uprising—an essential element of the crime of rebellion,” they said.

Police matter

The petitioners insisted that the massacre was a “police matter” that has been addressed by the President’s declaration of a state of emergency.

They claimed that Ms Arroyo did not follow the “sequence of graduated powers” under the Constitution when she declared martial law and simultaneously suspended the writ of habeas corpus.

“Declaration of martial law through Proclamation No. 1959 is a classic example of recklessly resorting to a ‘strong medicine,”’ said Salonga and his fellow petitioners.

They pointed out that Ms Arroyo did not declare martial law to suppress the MILF, which reaches a far greater scope of influence than the Ampatuans.

They also said that not even former President Joseph Estrada declared martial law when his administration went on an all-out war against the MILF in 2000.

Dilangalen said mere “threats of rebellion” could not be a valid ground for the declaration of martial law and suspension of the writ of habeas corpus.

“There is absolutely no public uprising and taking up of arms against the government in the area covered by the assailed proclamation. It is, in fact, in the excluded area, said to be controlled by the MILF, that the elements of rebellion may be attendant,” he said.

read in full here: 5 petitions filed in SC to nullify martial law

Memo To: Gloria Macapagal Arroyo – fire Lorelei Fajardo, the Maguindanao Massacre aftermath

December 1, 2009 7 comments

dear ms. arroyo,

you may have not noticed it yet, but this must be one of the most shocking faux pax in philippine PR history – lorelei fajardo, your own deputy spokesperson just put as “friends” with the ampatuan family, today’s most hated family, evil personfied. the ampatuans are the primary suspects in one of the country’s most gruesome mass murder.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is maintaining her ties with the powerful Ampatuans despite their expulsion from the ruling party and the filing of multiple murder charges against one of them in connection with the Nov. 23 massacre of at least 57 people in Maguindanao province.

I don’t think the President’s friendship with the Ampatuans will be severed,” Lorelei Fajardo, her deputy spokesperson, told reporters Thursday in Filipino. “Just because they’re in this situation doesn’t mean we will turn our backs on them.”

spokespersons aside from being your voice to media are supposed to be good at turning negatives into at least neutral if not positive (“spin”) and /or putting you in a good light.

that statement of fajardo does not do any of it. in fact what it did was the exact opposite – it has associated you with the country’s biggest negative  in history and it put you in a very bad light.

mrs. president, fajardo just said you are friends with evil!

it is really very hard to understand why fajardo will ever think what she said was anything good in any way.

her intent was to uphold the value of “loyalty to friends”? to paint a picture of you as someone who sticks to her friends, no matter what.

while she was upholding loyalty to friendship, what about the value of human life, 57 of them allegedly taken by the ampatuans? what about torture, rape and the wholesale killings of the innocent? fajardo does not find these to be more important than “loyalty to friends”?

you are the president of the country, certainly the set of values or your priorities in life should always be biased towards our laws, the constitution and what is best for the greater good.

what fajordo said is the exact opposite of what you are supposed to be. in its most bare essence, her job is supposed to be good things if not great things; good vibes if not admiration and what sounds right if not what is right. fajardo did not do any of that in her statement.

now we are wondering what is lorelei fajardo’s job when she said that? is her job (a) to spin what is bad into at least neutral if not good or (b) is she being true to her role as your spokesperson.

what we have written here so far is on the first one, letter (a).  so we now ask – did fajardo say the real you?

we would strongly recommend that you fire lorelei fajardo from her job before she causes you more damage. the saying – “with friends like fajardo, who needs enemies?”

sincerely yours, 


read latest, click  here: lorelei fajardo, presidential spokesman quits

maguindanao massacre – how the victims were killed

November 26, 2009 10 comments

we thought for a long time whether we should start this post. we ended up deciding, yes we need to do a post like this. we think its important for all of us to understand what happened during the magindanao massacre so that it will strengthen our desire to not let this pass.

we are hoping that if we understand what happened, we will understand better why we must persist and demand justice for the victims from the philippine government.

Esmael Mangudadatu Jr :

My wife’s private parts were slashed four times, after which they fired a bullet into it,” he added.”They speared both of her eyes, shot both her breasts, cut off her feet, fired into her mouth. I could not begin to describe the manner by which they treated her.”

They were shot at close range, some with their hands tied behind their backs, and dumped or buried in shallow graves on a remote farming road close to a town bearing the Ampatuan name.

“It’s difficult to take what had happened to my brother. Only animals can do such a cruel act. Justice is all we need,” Allan said.

Bal’s body was riddled with bullets in the head, stomach and leg.

Five of the convoy’s blood-spattered and bullet-riddled vehicles were found on Monday alongside an unpaved farm road near many of the bodies, said Chief Superintendent Felicisimo Khu, the top police forensics official on the scene.

The final car was also found close by on Wednesday in a hastily dug grave alongside 11 freshly discovered bodies, Khu said.

But police also unearthed a sedan and a second van, neither of which was part of the convoy and which were owned by residents of the area who had no affiliation to the politicians or journalists, according to Khu.

“The car and the second van were not part of the convoy,” Khu said. “They just happened to drive past.”

A few kilometers off the main highway, on a remote hilltop covered with waist-high grass, bodies lay with twisted hands reaching in the air. They had been shot point-blank.

Nearby, cadavers were being laid out under banana leaves on Tuesday as police—their faces covered against the stench—unearthed a mass grave containing 22 victims from Monday’s ambush on an election caravan.

Police, aided by a backhoe, worked most of Tuesday to extricate the bodies from the mass grave. All had been shot multiple times and were dumped on top of one another. One was a pregnant woman.

“Anyone from the Mangudadatu clan – women or children – should be killed… We don’t ask why, we just followed orders,” the witness who identified himself as “Boy” told Al-Jazeera correspondent Marga Ortigas in an interview posted on the network’s website Thursday.

“Boy” said that the orders came directly from Andal Ampatuan Jr., Datu Unsay mayor, and whose family was also an ally of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

december 5, 2009 – view new pictures posted in this blog.

WARNING: these are gruesome pictures, view at your own risk

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maguindanao massacre – the bullshit shoved in our mouths or do they really think we are all idiots? read here BS #1 – malacanang official talks to suspect

November 26, 2009 5 comments

no, we are not referring to the gruesome and evil pictures of the victims of the maguindanao massacre. those pictures are a reality that we must all see to keep reminding us that we need to be strong and we need to stay with it until we get justice for the victims. it is only right that we all puke out of seeing those pictures or she tears or offer a prayer for the victims. every puke we do, every tear and every prayer we say will get us closer to pushing the philippine government to finish the job they are mandated to do and the cry of all citizens – make the arrests, get them to court and punish them!

the bullshit that we see being shoved into our mouths are the things we read in the newspapers as to what the government is saying and doing. well, they are not doing much to solve the crime but they are actually doing and saying a lot in shoving BS into our mouths.

we will expose it here and i think after you read them, you will ask the question – do they really think we are all idiots?

read and tell us what you think.

Bullshit # 1. Jesus Dureza,  presidential adviser on Mindanao met with the  ampatuan family on tuesday afternoon, November 24 the day the news on the massacre broke out in media and just one day after the massacre. PDI reports: “The meeting, held at the Ampatuan residence in Shariff Aguak, was attended by ARMM Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan, Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr., and Datu Unsay town mayor Andal Jr.”

what the hell was that for?

why would a malacanang official talk to the alleged suspect? and talk to them very quickly, within 24 hours of the massacre?!! 

what were the objectives of the meeting? what was he supposed to do there? what did they talk about and on whose order?

jesus dureza

Andal Jr. was accused of leading the armed men who abducted and killed at least 52 people in Ampatuan town on Monday. The victims were on their way to Shariff Aguak town to file the certificate of candidacy of Buluan town vice mayor Esmael Mangudadatu, who has expressed intention run for governor, a post long held by the Ampatuans, in the 2010 elections.

But Dureza said there was no talk about if indeed Andal Jr. did what he has been accused of.

“I did not ask him that. I went there to tell them about the creation of the Crisis Management Committee, and about the investigation,” Dureza said.

when a crime is committed and you have suspect/s identified, you immediately send the police to interrogate the suspects EVEN if you do not yet have evidence. the fact is the family of the victim, esmael mangudadatu has already identified the ampatuan family as suspects in the massacre, sending dureza who seemed to have performed the function of a diplomat does not make sense. you do not send a diplomat, you send the police!

they sent dureza to talk to the ampatuans  fairly quickly, within 24 hours of the incident. that can mean dureza could have told the ampatuans what the game plan and strategies are that the ampatuans and/or the government will take on the issue and accusations. something like they felt it was necessary to get their acts together as early as 24 hours after the massacre to help ensure no errors are made or both parties, the government and the ampatuans act the same and say the same things. it could have been a strategy and action planning.

that is BS #1 they shoved in our mouths. let us know and post your comments – do they really think we are all idiots?  

read PDI article here:

more maguindanao massacre photos – justice for the victims!

November 26, 2009 87 comments

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Esmael Mangudadatu Jr :

My wife’s private parts were slashed four times, after which they fired a bullet into it,” he added.”They speared both of her eyes, shot both her breasts, cut off her feet, fired into her mouth. I could not begin to describe the manner by which they treated her.”

read more here: how the maguindanao massacre victims were killed – gruesome and evil

sources: BBC, PDI anf other news media outlets.

the Maguindanao Massacre – “GMA dared: Get Ampatuans”. why do we even have to dare arroyo? isn’t that her job?

November 25, 2009 5 comments

from what i remember, the job of president of this country has with it the responsibility, in fact the sworn duty to uphold the constitution and to apply the laws of the land. some of these she does not do herself, but she has the power and the duty to get it done through others in her government.

if that is so, why do we even have to dare president arroyo to do her job? why do we need to ask the president of this country to do her job? doesn’t she know her job?

the answer to those questions, we need to look at how we see gloria macapagal arroyo as our president.

before that, just want to point out this dare for arroyo to do her job is coming both from the opposition and her allies like speaker of the house nograles and even presidentiable gilbert teodoro.

everyone it seems is daring  arroyo to do the right thing, to do what is not only  moral but also what is lawful and a fulfillment of her duty of a president – to uphold and apply the law equally to all, to both her opponents in politics and her allies in politics.

the answers to those questions come from how we view arroyo as our president – she is a president who by experience and history we know as someone we cannot trust, as someone who will not do what is moral, what is right and who we cannot depend on doing what is lawful. arroyo to us is a president who has a habit of serving her self interest and will do anything, right or wrong just to serve her own personal political interest.

those are the reasons why citizens like us and politicians and government officials, both her allies and her opponents feel a strong need to dare arroyo to do her job and to do what is right.

we are not only asking arroyo, we are even daring her. it is that desperate and it is that much loss in trust and faith in arroyo’s presidency.

in other times and in other countries, citizens find comfort that their government and leaders will do the right thing most specially in cases like maguindanao massacre. in out case with arroyo, we need to dare her to do the right thing.

it is a very sad day for all of us filipinos not only because of the horror and barbarism of the maguindanao massacre but also because of how we view our own president.





Maguindanao Massacre – will gloria macapagal arroyo go after her ally Governor Andal Ampatuan?

November 24, 2009 5 comments

the maguindanao massacre is one news item that is really very hard to read or most specially view on tv. it is gruesome. it makes you angry and makes you ask the question – how can human beings do this kind of crime?

the victims are from  the  family members of the Esmael Mangudadatu family, press and supporters. their polticial rivals,from the  Andal Ampatuan family who is governor of maguindanao is a close political ally of gloria macapagal arroyo. governor ampatuan is credited for giving arroyo a resounding win in maguindanao in the 2004 election including voting results that had the opponents of arroyo’s senatorial slate getting zero votes. (oh come on, let’s not even discuss that getting a zero is a statistical impossibility in elections.)

many questions arise:

  • will arroyo let the police investigate governor ampatuan?
  • if linked, will arroyo let the police arrest and prosecute ampatuan?
  • how fast will the investigation go? or how slow?
  • will it be thorough and truthful?

we think every filipino should condemn these killings and every filipino should demand justice for those killed in this massacre.

Senators dare Arroyo: Go after Ampatuans

MANILA – Outraged senators on Tuesday challenged President Arroyo to go after her political allies, the Ampatuans, who have been tagged in the massacre of at least 22 people, including women, in Maguindanao on Monday.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. said authorities should take in for questioning Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr. amid indications that the Ampatuans may have been involved in the killing of members of the rival Mangudadatu clan and a number of journalists.

“From the reports reaching me, it looks like some members of the militia under the control of the Ampatuans were involved in the killings,” said Pimentel. “We cannot allow this dastardy act to go unpunished.”

Pimentel said he received reports Gov. Ampatuan was in Manila and suggested he be taken in for questioning.

“I am suggesting that Governor Andal be detained as a material witness considering there are indications that the men involved (in the massacre) were militiamen of Andal,” Pimentel pointed out.

However, it appeared later that it was Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanano (ARMM) Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan, Andal’s older son, who was at a meeting in Malacañang.

Still, Pimentel was doubtful if the President would go after he own political allies who delivered votes to the administration in the 2004 and 2007 elections.

“We know that Governor Andal is very close to the President. He makes it a habit to kiss the President’s hands and kilig na kilig naman si Presidente,” Pimentel said. “But it’s about time the rule of law is upheld. We must show that even in the Moro area, crime does not pay.”

Maguindanao massacre death toll rises to 46—police 
By Marlon Ramos
Agence France-Presse, Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 08:16:00 11/24/2009

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines—(UPDATE 6) Bullet-ridden bodies were pulled out from shallow graves on Tuesday as troops hunted down the gunmen who massacred, according to the Philippine National Police, at least 46 people in one of the Philippines’ most brutal explosions of political violence.

Police on Mindanao island pulled bullet-ridden bodies from shallow graves in this remote farming area after gunmen allegedly employed by a local political chief abducted then shot dead a group of rival politicians and journalists.

“Some bodies were strewn on the ground. Most were recovered from under lumps of earth which were stained with blood,” said Chief Superintendent Josefino Cataluna, the regional police commander.

“They were piled on top of each other. It looked as if they were buried hurriedly,” said Cataluna.

Twenty-two bodies had previously been found beside a dirt road nearby following Monday’s killings by gunmen allegedly linked to the area’s political kingpin.

The group abducted associates of a rival politician and at least 20 journalists from General Santos City and nearby provinces who were covering them.

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major blow to teodoro – foreign affairs sec romulo supports aquino

September 22, 2009 1 comment

romulo declaring he is supporting noynoy aquino and not gilbert teodoro,  LAKAS-KAMPI and admin presidential candidate is a major blow and embarassment to the administration and teodoro’s candidacy.

it is not as much as number of votes as romulo is not a politician nor do we think he has a political base but it is a huge psychological and morale disaster for the administration party. romulo is a senior official of the arroyo administration.

read in full here: sec. albert romulo supports aquino – a major blow to LAKAS-KAMPI and teodoro

gilbert teodoro and arroyo’s kiss of death, yummy!

September 22, 2009 Leave a comment

teodoro is fighting a very hard fight. not only is he against opposition presidentiables who are much ahead in the polls, he is also fighting the ghosts and demons present in his ruling party and arroyo, the one with the kiss of death.

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PDI SEPT 22 wawam

arroyo in london – no lavish dinners, just room service. lesson learned? guilt feelings?

September 20, 2009 Leave a comment

arrroyo is once again abroad, this time in london. the good part is that arroyo seem to have learned her lesson – her presidential staff says no more 1 million peso dinners, just room service. that is good. learning their lesson is also a good thing.

it also says they know what they did before in new york was wrong and has displeased the country. but then again, we should wait a few days after she returns to the country after her trip. we are sure the press and patriots will be looking for proof that in fact no lavish dinners were involved in this trip. abangan ang susunod na kabanata…


Arroyo in London: No lavish dinners
‘We just eat in our rooms’—Cabinet exec

By TJ Burgonio
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:25:00 09/20/2009

MANILA, Philippines – After the furor over the lavish dinners in New York and Washington, D.C., President Macapagal-Arroyo’s delegation is claiming to be scrimping and penny-pinching, eating out of their hotel rooms in London.

“We just eat in our rooms. Room service na lang [only],” Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said in a phone interview.

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mikey arroyo changes story on unexplained wealth – was not wedding gifts and campaign contributions that made him rich, his rich wife did. admits he looked stupid in interview.

September 8, 2009 1 comment

with this new revelations, we think mikey arroyo hired a new lawyer and hired a PR agency to save his pride, dignity  and skin from the disastrous tv interview he had with winnie monsod.mikey arroyo admits he looked stupid in interview

he now says what he said on tv was not true – he just got confused, in fact he admits he looked stupid in the interview because of the skills of winnie monsod as an interviewer.

we are supposed to believe that what he said in the interview – huge sums of money as wedding gifts and huge sums of campaign contribution contributed to his wealth were not true. that all of a sudden like magic there are documents that were submitted that shows it’s the wealth of his wife that made him rich. interesting that he forgot about the documents. very convenient.

contrary to what he almost said during the interview that his lawyers made a mistake in filing the documents, it appears now they did the right thing after all.

i like the title  of the PDI article – it speaks volumes. that is how he explained his unexplained wealth.

we don’t know if mikey was able to save his own skin  with these new revelations, it being on the legal side. we are sure though he was unable to save his pride and dignity.  


Rich wife fattened my net worth

September 08, 2009 20:38:00
Gil C. Cabacungan Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer

 MANILA, Philippines—The embattled elder son of President Macapagal-Arroyo produced new documents on Tuesday showing that his personal fortune zoomed in 2002 after he married a scion of an old-rich family.

Pampanga Representative Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo produced a supplemental Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) that his lawyers supposedly filed in his behalf in August 2003, more than a year after his wedding to Angela Montenegro, to dispel allegations he had enriched himself in office.

Arroyo said he made a mistake when he attributed the spike in his wealth to the wedding presents and campaign contributions he received when he ran for Congress in 2004, after it was shown that his campaign fund declarations with the Commission on Elections did not list any significant donations.

“I feel there has been a lot of misunderstanding about the statements I made during my appearance on GMA 7’s Unang Hirit… due to my inability to cope with the rapid-fire questioning of (economist Winnie) Monsod. I respect her, and though her questioning made me look bad or stupid, I guess very few people can actually really stand up to questioning on live TV before millions of people,’’ Arroyo said in an interview over dzRH radio.

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details on anomalies in mikey arroyo’s unexplained wealth

September 7, 2009 Leave a comment

Mikey Arroyo didn’t list campaign donations
By Vera Files
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:22:00 09/07/2009

MANILA, Philippines—Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo did not declare to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) the campaign contributions that he said he received when he ran for Congress in 2004 and 2007.

Mikey said on national television on Tuesday that campaign contributions and wedding gifts were partly the reason his declared net worth ballooned from P5.7 million in 2001 to P74.4 million in 2004, and then to P99.2 million last year.

Mikey wed his second cousin Angela Arroyo Montenegro in 2002.

The numbers say Mikey’s net worth grew by more than 1,600 percent in the seven years that he has been a public official.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s eldest son, a one-time movie actor, became vice governor of Pampanga in 2001, and was elected congressman of the province’s second district in 2004 and 2007.

“Of course, first I got married. We received a lot of gifts. Then during campaigns, somehow we get contributions,” Mikey told Solita Monsod and Arnold Clavio, hosts of the morning show “Unang Hirit.”

But his statements of contributions and expenses for the last two elections show zero donations to his campaign, which he reported as having been funded from his own pocket.

Mikey declared campaign expenses of P483,000 in 2004 and P552,876.15 in 2007. His 2007 spending included posters and leaflets, P246,740.10; gas and diesel, P88,332.80; meals, P148,560; rental of building, P40,000; and miscellaneous expenses, specifically financial assistance to indigents, P29,243.25.

The Omnibus Election Code requires candidates to file a “full, true and itemized statement of all contributions and expenditures in connection with the election” within 30 days after the election.

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Protesters surround Mikey Arroyos U.S. house - abs-cbn photo

Protesters surround Mikey Arroyo's U.S. house - abs-cbn photo

FOSTER CITY, CA—Philippine Congressman Mikey Arroyo’s house had some very angry visitors this morning.

Filipino-American activists, chanting “Shame on you, you got caught!” staged a protest outside the home that is situated in the upscale planned community. They say they are disgusted that Arroyo, son of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, bought the $1.3 million home and failed to declare it as part of his real estate assets.

“Of course there should be a clear investigation of how he got his wealth, where he is investing it,” said Terry Valen, chair of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns. “It’s clear that this is not coming from his salary as a Philippine congressman.”

The protesters say they are not surprised that another Arroyo property in the Bay Area has been exposed.

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malacanang comments on noynoy aquino inappropriate & uncalled for. whatever noynoy does is none of their business

September 4, 2009 8 comments

Palace brands Noynoy retreat as ‘gimmickry’
By Christian V. Esguerra
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:13:00 09/04/2009

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang is sensing political “gimmickry” in Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s so-called spiritual retreat before he decides on whether to run for president next year.

Gary Olivar, deputy presidential spokesperson, Thursday said the senator should “not just ride on sentimental support” in heeding the supposed clamor for him to seek the highest office in the land.

“We respect whatever gimmickry, whatever ways on how he can arrive at a decision,” Anthony Golez, another spokesperson, said in a media briefing.

Golez was commenting on impressions that Aquino might only be playing hard-to-get before eventually announcing his presidential bid in the May elections.

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frankly, whatever noynoy does is none of their business. everything and anything that noynoy does on the issue of his candidacy and even all the other presidentiables have nothing to do with the office of the president – it does not affect them in any way and should not affect them. someone should bitch slap olivar to make him understand what his true role is.   

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