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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.

source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20091231-244761/Up-to-court-to-call-Arroyo-on-alibi-of-Ampatuans

 

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.

source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20091231-244761/Up-to-court-to-call-Arroyo-on-alibi-of-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.

Alibi

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…

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.

Read more…

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.

rad in full here: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20090907-223969/Mikey-Arroyo-didnt-list-campaign-donations

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.

read in full here: http://abs-cbnnews.com/pinoy-migration/balitang-america/09/05/09/protesters-surround-mikey-arroyos-us-house

read more from verafiles.org here: http://verafiles.org/

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.

read in full here: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20090904-223454/Palace-brands-Noynoy-retreat-as-gimmickry

 

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.   

read in full here: http://2010presidentiables.wordpress.com/2009/09/04/who-is-afraid-of-noynoy-aquino-answer-malacanang/

mikey arroyo embarasses himself on live national tv, winnie monsod slays mikey on his hidden wealth

September 2, 2009 23 comments

key points here:

  • mikey arroyo admits he hid his wealth by declaring the property in the US as owned by a shell company or a dummy. dummy company, not dummy interviewee.
  • mikey refuses to name co-owners of the company that owns the property in the US.winnie monsod slays mikey arroyo on tv
  • mikey is unable to explain that given his salary as a congressman and governor how he was able to amass such capital and wealth.
  • mikey attempts to give an excuse that there was an error from the first filing of his SAL and should ask an  atty. de guzman about it. we want to have  atty. de guzman interviewed in the same show soon!
  • mikey says his wealth was “hindi naman kalakihan yan”. huh? P76M is “hindi naman kalakihan”??? really?
  • monsod says – from P5M to P76M and you were only a vice-governor and congressman. kailangan naman may konting explanation.
  • mikey arroyo — sue me to find out the facts, says ask my lawyers. this is SOP statement of arroyo’s cabinet members.
  • winnie monsod : the burden of proof on the accuracy is on the government employee.
  • mikey arroyo was totally ill-prepared.
  • he does not have the intellectual capacity to answer questions of the sort nor the ability to get out of tight situations. he was totally clueless. he sorely likes IQ, he did at all look smart. he had nothing of it.
  • his position was indefensible.
  • he should have not gone to that interview at all. or if he really was hot on appearing on national tv, he should have brought with him his lawyers. or offered to do a dance number or sing a song.
  • winnie monsod was on fire and to put it simply – brilliant! not even a centimeter did winnie monsod give  mikey to stand on!
  • what the hell was mikey arroyo thinking appearing in that tv show to talk about that? he did not know the topic?
  • the segment title says “one-on-one with igan”, why was winnie monsod in the segment? was mikey arroyo set up? did mikey arroyo know winnie monsod will be there?
  • mikey arroyo was obviously being skinned alive by winnie monsod that arnold clavio probably took pity on him that clavio started to help mikey by volunteering words and thoughts that mikey could not think of. hahaha.

these videos are a MUST-VIEW!

in the videos above, arroyo says a company owns the property. this document says the property is owned by his wife. document received via email.

photo of mikey arroyo property as posted at verafiles.org

visit this website for more: http://verafiles.org/

read more about mikey arroyo: representative mikey arroyo: eating at mcdonald’s and turo-turo not decent, not dignified enough for gloria macapagal arroyo

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Mikey Arroyo under fire on YouTube
By Christian V. Esguerra
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:03:00 09/03/2009

MANILA, Philippines—Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo may have found himself in deeper trouble following an early morning TV interview about his ballooning net worth and P63.7-million beachfront property in the United States.

Clips of his Tuesday interview with GMA 7’s “Unang Hirit” were uploaded to the video-sharing website YouTube, triggering nasty comments—many of them apparently not fit for newspaper publication—from angry Web users.

One viewer described the lawmaker as “the world’s dum… criminal.”

“(Mikey) sucks at defending himself. If he is in court, he’ll be (cited) for contempt for utter stu…,” another commented.

Another viewer said Mikey “hanged himself on national TV” with the way he explained how his net worth jumped from P5 million in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) in 2002 to P99 million last year.

“Take note of (his) facial expressions and the tone of his voice. Talagang sinu. . . (He’s really a li…),” one viewer said.

“Another stu… son of a corrupt politician. This is exactly what happens when you have a big f_ _ _ing ego to go on air to show everyone how much assets you try to hide,” said another. “Mikey, isa kang … (you’re st…)!”

read in full here: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20090903-223295/Mikey-Arroyo-under-fire-on-YouTube

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comments from readers of this blog:  

dexmpel:

The best ka mareng winnie!!! binalatan mo si mikey at walang nagawa kundi maging on the defensive mode. Marend Winnie for senator, lagot ang mga tiwali hehe ;p

Regie :

I can imagine his toes curling as each damning question was being hurled his way and there’s nothing he can do about it but endure, endure, and endure more…

Hahaha! Serves him right…1

Pinay :

how stupid is he? the nerve! still smiling and laughing the entire interview… it’s beyond embarassing that we have the likes of Mikey Arroyo in key government positions. if he can’t even take responsibility for his own SAL, how can he take responsibility for even bigger things?

Rex :

I am so annoyed with his chronic lying. When he said “it is a legal way of teaching us how deal our SALN” in response to Prof. Monsod’s insinuation that he is hiding the asset, I immediately doubted if the business or asset was really legal. He was also saying “as other public officials are doing…”. What are they doing, Mikey? As far as my sense of smell can reach, I believe that many of you are lying in their SALN.

His answers became more clumsy and disturbing when Prof. Winnie Monsod probed him on the increase of his income over a short period of years. He mentioned buying and selling of real estate properties in the states as the cause of the increase. Wasn’t that an admission that He indeed he has a business whether it is in a corporation or not.

He further displays his ignorance when he said that his SALN is “self-explanatory”. FYI It only explains one thing: confusion. When he said his lawyer can explain it further, my nerves would like to explode. For God sake Mikey show some respect on the intelligence of the Filipino People, or to the ordinary govt employee the least. Listen to your Professor Monsod, Mikey. It is your SALN, not your lawyers’. Don’t take it so lightly just because you are the son of the President and has the mechanism to control systems. Govt employees work on their SALN with their sweat and blood. They treat it as a almost a sacred document to keep their commitment on transparency and that they abide by the rules of RA 6713 or Code of Ethics for Govt Officials and Employees.

wawam :

monsod was relentless! she made a point and destroyed everything and anything that mikey arroyo said, each and every point he made. she was just brilliant!

mikey arroyo on the other hand was a total idiot. he was unable to explain anything or even get out of anything. he kept saying one wrong thing after the other. instead of parrying, answering or putting issues to rest, he got himself into deeper trouble in every answer he gave.

this interview should be used in universities as a lesson on how one can look real stupid in a tv interview!

the interview was so much of a disaster for mikey arroyo that igan took pity on him by giving the answers that mikey can’t think of. hahaha

Krystle :

Nakakahiya ka Mikey. Yun lang masasabi ko. Tumatayo balahibo ko sayo at sa pamilya mo.

To Ms. Winnie, keep up the great work.

sadfairy :

Ang galing mo talagang mangisa mareng winnie!!! mabuhay ka talaga grabe saludo ako sayo….

click here to read the comments on you tube: in that PDI news article, it reported the youtube videos had 8,000 views after only 1 day, it now has 36,000 views after just two days. go to this link to read the comments –   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4q0JKzpjh_o&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwawam%2Ewordpress%2Ecom%2F&feature=player_embedded

new development: 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

Le Circe

September 1, 2009 Leave a comment

Sa Wikang Pranses, ito ay “Ang Bilog”
Mamahaling restorant, pagkai’y nakakabusog;
Matatagpuan sa siyudad ng Nueba York;
Mga mayayaman at sosyal ito ay dinudumog.

Isang araw ang Pangulo ay dumayo;
Sa Estados Unidos, bayan ng mga Amerikano;
Kasama ang piling opisyal ng ating gubyerno;
Maging ang ilan sa pamilya, pati ang Unang Ginoo.

Isang milyong piso ang nagastos sa hain;
Mga pagkaing masasarap, pati mga inumin;
Libre ng isang Kongesman para daw gunitain;
Anibersaryo ng Unang mag-asawa, pag-ibig na taimtim.

Subali’t bakit naging isyu ang pagsasalu-salo?
Sinasabing ito’y maluho at napakagarbo;
Para sa mga lider, pulitiko’t pinuno;
Ng bayang naghihirap at nagsasakripisyo.

May nagsasabi na maliit lamang ang ginasta;
Dahil ito ay angkop sa Pangulong bumibisita;
Upang makausap at makita si Pangulong Obama
Na matagal rin nyang hinahabol sa bansang Amerika.

Wala namang masama kung kumain ng magarbo;
Kung ang salapi ay galing sa sariling sweldo;
Ibang usapin na kung ang opisyal ng gobyerno;
Pinanggagastos sa luho galing sa buwis ng tao.

Huwag sanang masamain itong aking tulain;
Nilalahad ko lang tunay kong damdamin;
Hangga’t ang karamiha’y gutom at walang maihain;
Kahit sa payak, masustansya at disenteng pagkain.

Nawa’y huwag na sana tayong muling pauuto;
Na bilugin muli ang utak nating lito;
Sa kasinungalingan ng ilan sa mga namumuno;
Magising na nawa tayo at magpakatotoo.

Darna

August 30, 2009 Leave a comment

DARNA
Prof. Dan Rivero
This poem is written for tomorrow’s occasion of National Heroes Day (Aug. 31)

A fictitious heroine, Darna is her name;
Prowess, strength and grace made her to fame;
From comics to film and now in the tube;
Many follow her, even on YouTube.

Her villains now are ferocious as ever;
Of a snake, vampire or whatever monster.
A girl swallows a stone and shout’s aloud
The heroine’s name, Behold! Has come about.

But there are real evils and villains in this nation;
And not only those which are told in fiction;
Greed, corruption, indifference and apathy
From the government down to the citizenry.

Are heroes and heroines only tales to tell;
In this world of life that seem going to hell.
Who will rescue us from this slumber and fall;
To raise us up and make us proud and tall.

Why do we still look for a hero or heroine who flies;
Or found in books and on monuments of people died.
Heroism is in each of us, if only we open our eyes.
And work hard together to change our life.

A nation without heroes is truly such a pity;
But still searching for one is a shame of a country;
I hope and pray that all will stand and move;
To change ourselves and the country for the good.

arroyo “anoints” de castro – a blessing or a kiss of death?

August 29, 2009 Leave a comment

the last senatorial election when almost all senatorial candidates of the administration de castro and gloria macapagal arroyolost in the election. the admin senators lost despite malacanang boasting about the GDP growth during that time and saying their political machinery was working for the admin senators. even senator trillanes won that election who was in jail during the campaign period and had little advertising. on the other hand many of the admin senators were top ad spenders but lost the election just the same. the easy conclusion is that an arroyo endorsement or being associated with arroyo is a kiss of death.

read in full here, click: arroyo “anoints” de castro – a blessing or a kiss of death?

representative mikey arroyo: eating at mcdonald’s and turo-turo not decent, not dignified enough for gloria macapagal arroyo

August 20, 2009 5 comments

Mikey Arroyo: “Do you want your president to eat in a McDonald’s or some turo-turo? I think there is more dignity in having your president and her cabinet members and members of the lower house to eat in a decent restaurant.”

someone needs to tell mr. arroyo:

  • that more than 85% of the philippine population belong to the DE socio-eco class
  • at least 30% of families live below the poverty line, earning no more than $1/day
  • based on government data, the number of poor families increased under the arroyo administration
  • the number of people who claim to be hungry reached an all time high during arroyo’s administration
  • that most filipinos cannot even afford to eat at mcdonald’s
  • that many also cannot afford to eat at a turo-turo
  • most families do not eat 3 times a day

given those facts, what can you say about mikey arroyo’s attitude?

Memo To: President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo – the obobs parade on the presidential jet that got away

August 19, 2009 Leave a comment

4. saying that it is the second time that you cancelled such an order also says this is the second time that you approved to make such an order.

this is a major purchase of your office given the price of more than a billion pesos. people who work under you will not process something to a point of making an order unless you have approved it. that is just the way things are done in an organization.

again, the fact that an ad was released says you gave it approval. it just does not make sense that they will release an ad if it did not have your approval first.

mrs. president, i don’t know about you, but this remonde dude gave the people knives to stab you with, confirmed you put your interest over others and narrated you make bad decisions.

once again, mrs. president the obobs parade is here.

read in full here: http://2010presidentiables.wordpress.com/2009/08/17/memo-to-president-gloria-macapagal-arroyo-the-obobs-parade-on-the-presidential-jet-that-got-away/

gloria macapagagal arroyo’s performance over 9 years

July 26, 2009 1 comment

we are opening a new page in this blog where we will post reviews and opinions on the presidency of gloria macapagal arroyo.

we expect to get a lot of these types of reviews as arroyo delivers her last SONA on monday and takes on the last year of her presidency.

these articles so far are all coming from the Philippine Daily Inquirer. we like to commend  PDI for publishing such a comprehensive review of arroyo’s presidency. we will be posting other reviews from other sources as they become available.

as of this posting, there are 9 articles in the list covering a wide range of areas. click here to read: http://2010presidentiables.wordpress.com/2009/07/26/9-years-of-arroyo-as-president-reviews/

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