Monday, August 1, 2016

"Change" is Coming

Nagbayad ka sa eleksyon sa Mayo gamit ang boto mo, pero sabi ng tindero, ang "sukli ay paparating"

Critical Thinking 

Before you read the rest of this entry, I want the readers to know about critical thinking. Something that is missing in today's society be it in the West or in the Western wannabe countries such as the Philippines. Critical thinking is the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgement.[1] An "objective opinion", is the opinion of someone who doesn't already have strong feelings about a subject, and who won't gain or lose anything because of the decision.[2]

In a society where hero-worshiping, bandwagonism, political turncoats, patronage system, and "machismo" culture rolled into one, I really doubt that "critical opposition" or "objective opinions" will ever get a chance to voice their opinion simply because the majority doesn’t know what true democracy is, doesn’t know what their fundamental rights and have no idea what is written in the Constitution.

As in the case today in the Philippines, if you say something that is critical to President Rodrigo Duterte, the fanatics will label you as pro-criminals, pro-drug pushers rather than someone who is entitled to an opinion. To them, freedom of speech only applies to those who share the same beliefs or ideologies. It's very much the same as in the West, modern liberals are the biggest practitioners of double standard hypocrisy that promotes free-thinking but very intolerant to anybody that doesn't share their opinions.

“In case of dissension, never dare to judge till you've heard the other side.” ~Euripides, The Children of Herakles

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” ~Aristotle, Metaphysics


"Change" is Coming

Like the old saying, "Rome wasn't built in a day!"

I don't believe that the new President will be able to eliminate criminality and corruption within 3-6 months but I do believe he will be able to reduce crime and corruption for the next six years. No man is perfect, corruption is part of human nature even the richest countries in the world have some form of corruption in their own societies and cultures. We don't get to see it of course simply because of the high quality of life of those countries compare to the Third World and we are too blind with our Western wannabeism culture. Corruption in morality is quite rampant in the Western world and we are trying too hard to be the most westernized country in the Asian region.

I also don't believe in hero-worshiping like what some of Duterte's hardcore supporters and fanatics has been doing on-line who felt proud of themselves on small trivial matters such as the president buying a new pair shoes or eating food in cariendera. A lot of them are just the typical bandwagon-type that supported the winning candidate or the winning team and I wouldn't be surprise if a lot of them are former yellowtards (Aquino worshipers) themselves. A lot of these bandwagon-type of supporters are quite sensitive and defensive. They find it offensive whenever a person or an organization asked a simple question or anything that is critical to their leader. These are the kinds of supporters that were the loudest in triumph but the first to turn their backs when the team is down.

The term that triggers these fanatics is "human rights". The moment a person or an organization mention "human rights", it instantly triggers the fanatics to childishly call out the person or the organization and accusing them of being pro-criminals. Human rights is not just for the victims... definitely not just for criminals but human rights is for everyone. Unfortunately, many of these ignoramus doesn't even know their own rights be it man-made and natural rights. Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.[3] A Natural Right is based on a political theory that every person has basic rights that the government cannot deny. These basic rights include the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is important to point out that the word 'natural' can take on a few different meanings depending on the context. 'Natural' can mean being independent from society or, from a theological perspective, based on the obligations God has given man, such as the right to life based on the commandment 'thou shall not kill.' No matter what context the word 'natural' is derived from, the government or society cannot deny these rights based on any discriminatory factors such as age, gender, race, or nationality.[4]

Anyway, to be honest, I don't agree with some of Duterte's policies:

- Death Penalty should not be in the hand of the State especially in a fragile democracy. Although, I'm only partially against it because I believe heinous criminals such as rape-and-murder, human trafficking and slavery deserve a death penalty.

- Surveillance: If there's a one thing that I'm going to disagree with the Duterte administration -- it's surveillance. George Orwell's 1984 is supposed to be a warning, not an instruction manual.

"Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security deserve neither liberty nor security" ~Benjamin Franklin 

"Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you got nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say." ~Edward Snowden

- Communist Party: I got no problem with the President working with the left but to give them free reins in the cabinet without earning it is just plain, wrong. We basically spitting on the graves of every Filipino soldier who fought against and died in the hands of that terrorist organization. They basically earn those government positions by killing Filipino soldiers who we need more for national security instead of policing the provinces fighting these terrorists. There are much better alternative than those who advance their ideology through violence. We got moderate leftists who went through democratic processes that deserve to get those positions than these extremist criminals.

Extrajudicial Killing
"If a drug dealer resists arrest or refuses to be brought to a police station and threatens a citizen with a gun or a knife, you can kill him, shoot him and I’ll give you a medal." ~Rodrigo Duterte
 The most controversial of Duterte's policies is the bloody War on Drugs. The president has identified the drug problem is one of the main causes of poverty in the country and he is using the full extent of the Office of the President to eradicate drugs in the country.
One problem though is the encouragement of vigilante killings. Since the conclusion of the presidential election, long before the Porsche driver ended his term, there over 400 deaths related to the War on Drugs and many were done by vigilante killers. [See The KILL LIST]
These vigilante killers are either state-sponsored/hired assassins, hardcore Duterte fanatics who are dumb enough to misinterpret and took the words of Duterte out of context, drug syndicate assassins who are taking care of the loose ends to avoid traceability, and/or criminal themselves who are smart enough to take advantage of the "cardboard" system. They are getting out of control. Some of those that were shot dead were not in position to fight back. In Capas, Tarlac, a young mother was shot dead inside a jeepney by two motorcycle-riding cowards right in front of her children. She was not in any position to fight back. It was not even an attempt for citizen arrest she was just simply murdered. In Lapu-Lapu City, resort manager was shot dead by motorcycle tandem before taking her belongings away. In Manaoag, Pangasinan, a graduating college honor student, who had no history of drugs used, was kidnapped and shot dead by vigilantes (#JusticeForRowena). In Malabon Public Cemetery, a mother and her son were shot dead while celebrating the son's birthday. Even akyat-bahay victims were shot dead simply because a drug pusher hides inside their house without their knowledge.
Before Duterte becomes president, criminals ride motorcycles in tandem waiting for people to come out of the banks or ATM before killing and robbing them of their money. Now that Duterte issued a citizen arrest with order to kill if THEY FIGHT BACK, criminals use that statement as an excuse to legitimize crime and kill people. All they need to do is bring a cardboard that says "Huwag niyong tularan..." and the ignorant populace will just bought that crap.

We should let the Philippine National Police (PNP) do their job like arrest the criminals and bring peace and order. They are trained and paid to do that instead of letting vigilantes killing people left and right. We're solving a problem by creating another one.

This is not a dig against the President simply pointing out that not every corpse with a cardboard are criminals/drug pushers/dealers/addicts and not all vigilantes are legit nor represented the Duterte administration. Duterte himself is against it, "There will be killings. There will be a lot of blood. I’m up against criminals and criminal syndicates but I will assure you there will be no extrajudicial killing. I cannot gun down a kneeling man. There is no honor in it."


Charter Change

In order for the Charter Change to work, the government needs to take one step at a time instead of changing the political system in a hurry. First the government needs to pass the Anti-Political Dynasty Law and educate the people on why we need to change the constitution in the first place.

The main reason why a lot of people opposed charter change during the previous administrations was because of ignorance. Charter Change movements’ sole focus back then was to change the top without educating the people on why we need to change the charter. As a result, the traditional politicians, who were and are the main beneficiaries of the 1987 Constitution, were able to manipulate the people into believing that changing the charter means going back to the Marcos dictatorship.

It is important that we have to change the political mindset of the people especially when it comes to voting before changing the political system to federalism. There's no point changing it to federalism if we just ended up voting the same group of traditional politicians and the people keep treating elections as popularity contests or getting paid to vote. Corrupt politicians don't elect themselves, but the people are. In other words, corrupt people always vote for corrupt politicians.

Right now, the traditional politicians' main political party, the Liberal Party, are jumping on the Duterte bandwagon and are very much active in promoting federalism. The sooner that they change the system without educating the people, the easier for them to create a new federal constitution that protects their interests just like the 1987 Constitution. Without the Anti-Political Dynasty Law to stop those guys from hijacking true reforms we're just basically putting a blanket over the flaws of the 1987 Constitution instead of fixing the damn thing.

The faster they implement Charter Change the easier for them to get rid of President Rodrigo Duterte. We could've a Prime Minister under a Parliamentary Federalism that would demote the Office of the President into a ceremonial role without executive power or if we stick to American Federalism, Duterte will be force to abdicate the presidency and cut short his term since his mandate is not under the new constitution.

Let's educate the people first... let's educate ourselves instead of in a hurry to change a very flawed system with a blanketed one. You want to end corruption in our country then let's start with ourselves, with the people. Take responsibility and work hard to improve ourselves instead of relying on our political leaders to change our lives, to bring change. Leaders can only point you to the right direction or open the opportunity but it's up to you to step up! To take the first step!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Presidents of the Philippines

President Rodrigo Duterte
To commemorate the inauguration of the 16th President of the Philippines, Rodrigo "Digong" Duterte, I'm going to post here the line of succession to the Philippine Presidency from 1898.

Of course, there are some people who would like to argue and want to include Gat Andres Bonifacio, Macario Sakay and General Miguel Malvar to the list of Filipino presidents. That would make the list even more interesting and as a revisionist myself, I would love to. Except that, none of them shouldn't be in the list simply because they were not elected nor they were under a constitution. Personally, for me, the First Republic falls when Emilio Aguinaldo was captured in Palanan, Isabela. Andres Bonifacio and Macario Sakay only wants a "Tagalog Republic" and that means Ilocanos, Pampangos, Bicolanos, Cebuanos, and Maranaos were excluded. Plus, if we include the Presidents of the Tagalog Republics to the list, then we might as well include the President of the "Negros Republic" during the War of Independence. Lets make it more complicated, since at the time of the founding of Katipunan, the authority was the Spanish Colonial Government and if we recognized Bonifacio as President parallel with the Spanish Governor-General then we might as well include the president or whatever the NPA's appointing in their own "parallel government" in the Philippines.

Revising history is all right but revising it too much is not right. Next thing we know, Jose Rizal becomes the first President of the Philippines because La Liga Filipina inspired Bonifacio's Katipunan. Excluding them from the list of Presidents does not diminish their role in our history. Rizal and Bonifacio will always be among the founding fathers in our first attempts of nation building and they are certainly much greater heroes than anyone before and after them but to be a president, they must be elected. Heck, if I am going to revised the list of Presidents, Aguinaldo and Jose P. Laurel will not be in my list since the Filipino people did not democratically elect them and I don't believe in bullshits that we should have a "Filipino George Washington" but just as I said before, such extent of revision is just too much.

Anyway, here is the “Unofficial List of Philippine Presidents” (as of June 30, 2016, 12:00PM):

President Emilio Aguinaldo
Tagalog Republic (1896-1906)
  • Andres Bonifacio (August 1896-March 1897) not recognized
  • Emilio Aguinaldo (March 1897-November 1897) unofficial
  • Macario Sakay (May 1902-July 1906) not recognized

Biak-na-Bato Republic (1897)
  • Emilio Aguinaldo (November 1897-December 1897)

First Dictatorial Government (1898)
  • Emilio Aguinaldo (May 1898-June 1898) unofficial

Philippine Revolutionary Government (1898-1899)
  • Emilio Aguinaldo (June 1898-January 1899) unofficial

Negros Republic [American Protectorate] (1898-1899)
  • Aniceto Lacson (November 1898-July 1899) not recognized
  • Demetrio Larena (November 1898) not recognized

Republic of Zamboanga [Revolutionary and later American Protectorate] (1898-1899)
  • Vicente Alvarez (May 1899-November 1899) not recognized
  • Isidoro Midel (November 1899-March 1901) not recognized
  • Mariano Arquiza (March 1901-March 1903) not recognized
  • Isidoro Midel (March 1903) not recognized

First Philippine Republic [Malolos Republic] (1899-1901)
  • Emilio Aguinaldo (January 1899-April 1901)
  • Miguel Malvar (April 1901-April 1902) not recognized
President Manuel L. Quezon

American Commonwealth of the Philippines (1935-1946)

  • Manuel L. Quezon (November 1935-August 1944) re-elected in November 1941, term extended due to war, died in office
  • Jose Abad Santos (March 1942-May 1942) appointed by Quezon as ‘acting president’, unofficial
  • Sergio Osmeña (August 1944 -May 1946)
  • Manuel A. Roxas (May 1946-July 1946)

President Ramon Magsaysay
Second Philippine Republic [Japanese-sponsored] (1942-1945)
  • Jose P. Laurel (October 1943-August 1945) unofficial but recognized

Third Philippine Republic (1946-1972)
  • Manuel A. Roxas (July 1946-April 1948) died in office
  • Elpidio Quirino (April 1948-December 1953) also elected in November 1949
  • Ramon Magsaysay (December 1953-March 1957) died in office
  • Carlos P. Garcia (March 1957-December 1961) also elected in November 1957
  • Diosdado Macapagal (December 1961-December 1965)
  • Ferdinand E. Marcos (December 1965-September 1972) re-elected in November 1969

Martial Law [Second Dictatorial Government] (1972-1981)
  • Ferdinand E. Marcos (September 1972-June 1981) although martial law was lifted on January 1981

Fourth Republic of the Philippines [Second Dictatorial Government] (1981-1986)
  • Ferdinand E. Marcos (June 1981-February 1986) ousted by People Power I
  • Corazon C. Aquino (February 1986-March 1986)
President Fidel V. Ramos

Philippine Revolutionary Government (1986-1987)

  • Corazon C. Aquino (March 1986-February 1987)

Fifth Republic of the Philippines [People Power Republic] (1987-present)
  • Corazon C. Aquino (February 1987-June 1992)
  • Fidel V. Ramos (June 1992-June 1998)
  • Joseph Ejercito Estrada (June 1998-January 2001) ousted by People Power II
  • Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (January 2001-June 2010) also elected in May 2004
  • Benigno S. Aquino III (June 2010-June 2016)
  • Rodrigo R. Duterte (June 2016-present)

Philippine Presidents by Constitution:

Constitution of Biak-na-Bato (1897)
  • Emilio Aguinaldo (1897)

Malolos Constitution (1899)
  • Emilio Aguinaldo (1899-1901)

President Carlos P. Garcia
Commonwealth Constitution (1935)
  • Manuel L. Quezon (1935-1944)
  • Sergio Osmeña (1944 -1946)
  • Manuel Roxas (1946-1948)
  • Elpidio Quirino (1948-1953)
  • Ramon Magsaysay (1953-1957)
  • Carlos P. Garcia (1957-1961)
  • Diosdado Macapagal (1961-1965)
  • Ferdinand Marcos (1965-1972)

Philippine Constitution (1943)
  • Jose P. Laurel (1943-1945)

Philippine Constitution (1973)
  • Ferdinand Marcos (1973-1986)
  • Corazon Aquino (1986)

Provisional "Freedom" Constitution (1986)
  • Corazon Aquino (1986-1987)

Philippine Constitution (1987)
  • Corazon Aquino (1987-1992)
  • Fidel V. Ramos (1992-1998)
  • Joseph Ejercito Estrada (1998-2001)
  • Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2001-2010)
  • Benigno S. Aquino III (2010-2016)
  • Rodrigo R. Duterte (2016-present)

That’s the list of Philippine Presidents. Here is the “Official List of Philippine Presidents” (as of June 30, 2016, 12:00PM) without all the complication and technical stuffs from the above lists.
  1. Emilio Aguinaldo (1899-1901) [Magdalo]
  2. Manuel L. Quezon (1935-1944) [Nacionalista]
  3. Jose P. Laurel (1943-1945) [KALIBAPI]
  4. Sergio Osmeña (1944 -1946) [Nacionalista]
  5. Manuel Roxas (1946-1948) [Liberal]
  6. Elpidio Quirino (1948-1953) [Liberal]
  7. Ramon Magsaysay (1953-1957) [Nacionalista]
  8. Carlos P. Garcia (1957-1961) [Nacionalista]
  9. Diosdado Macapagal (1961-1965) [Liberal]
  10. Ferdinand Marcos (1965-1986) [Nacionalista/KBL]
  11. Corazon Aquino (1986-1992) [UNIDO]
  12. Fidel V. Ramos (1992-1998) [Lakas-CMD]
  13. Joseph Ejercito Estrada (1998-2001) [PMP]
  14. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2001-2010) [Lakas-CMD]
  15. Benigno S. Aquino III (2010-2016) [Liberal]
  16. Rodrigo R. Duterte (2016-present) [PDP-Laban]

As for the best presidents we never had, I could name a few people: Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Carlos P. Romulo, Jose Diokno, Ninoy Aquino, Jovito Salonga, Raul Roco, Richard Gordon and Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

#Brexit and the Hypocrisy of the Left

Ironic how the leftists/liberals, who professed to fight against income inequality and corporatism, protest the ‪#‎Brexit‬ in favor of bankers, big corporations and globalism. Then used "immigration" and the "race card" as excuses to cover their hypocrisy. Democratic processes such as referendum are only acceptable to them if it fits their agenda. Bunch of double standard hypocrites!

Note: I don't own any of these photos. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Wolf Lake TV Series (2001-2002)

Before Vampire Diaries, True Blood and whatever . . . there was Wolf Lake. It's a 9-episode series that was cancelled before they could finish the season. Some people might like it while others don't. I don't really care.

Seattle police detective John Kanin (Lou Diamond Phillips) finds his world turned upside down when his girlfriend Ruby (Mia Kirshner) mysteriously disappears one night after leaving his apartment. After months of searching, an anonymous tip leads Kanin back to Ruby's hometown Wolf Lake, a place where the residents are hiding a dark secret...


1. Meat the Parents
2. The Changing
3. Soup to Nuts
4. Tastes Like Chicken
5. Excitable Boy
6. Four Feet Under
7. Leader of the Pack
8. Legend of Lost Lenore
9. Unaired Pilot
10.If These Wolves Could Talk

Sunday, June 12, 2016

KILUSAN: Ang Kilusang Pilipino / The Filipino Movement

I would like to invite you my Filipino readers to join the Ang Kilusang Pilipino Political Movement (KILUSAN). The group was founded just before the national election and backing the presidential candidacy of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

This is actually a revival of the Kapisanang Pilipinong Makabayan Political Movement (KAPIMA) that was active late in the Arroyo administration. The main reason I joined this group is simply because of Charter Change. I believe it's time to revise and perhaps replace the Philippine Constitution of 1987 that was ratified mainly to satisfy and protect the interests of the traditional Filipino rich families. It's the Constitution for the rich that basically gave them control of the country's wealth and the monopoly of the Philippine economy. The Noynoy Aquino Presidency is basically the proof of that. The bias media praised the Aquino administration for raising the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and averaging 6.2% in six years but what the media doesn't tell you are that economic growth was only felt by the Top 15 richest families in the Philippines. Basically the gap widens as the rich keep getting richer and the poor just keep getting poorer.


Let's continue the fight for change! Let's advance the good advocacy of the Kilusan movement and helped the newly President-elect Rodrigo Duterte!


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#KILUSAN is a Filipino youth-led and community-based civic-political organization with a two-pronged mission of (1) supporting the then candidacy and now presidency of Rody Duterte, and (2) advancing the Kilusan ideas, ideals, and advocacies.

#KILUSAN's flagship projects include close coordination with the Office of the President - Philippine National Youth Commission (PNYC), and the incumbent ruling party PDP-Laban; leadership and values-formation workshop-seminars in schools and communities; community development and out-reach programs; and our regular Facebook Live current issues analysis program. 

#KILUSAN Membership is for FREE. Membership requires registration thru our online form. Membership entails active participation in our slated activities. Kilusan's Constitution and by-laws are currently being drafted to be approved by the general membership on our first summit scheduled within the year.


As President-elect Rody Duterte commences his formation of his Cabinet; starts to broaden his power base thru alliance-building; and begins to draft his official short-medium-long-term plans and programs for the Philippines, we would like to re-affirm our proactive advocacy-based collaboration with the Duterte Administration, and offer our manifesto to the government and people for adoption:

#KILUSAN is a youth-led, community-based, national political movement that envisions a transformed Philippines within our generation's time. We will strive to be in the position of authority in the government, business, religion, academia, police-military, media, and in other influential sectors of the society in order to realize our 8 visions for the Philippines. A strong nation-state characterized by the following:

1. A harmonious society with vibrant economy, political stability, and sustainable development.
2. A patriotic, educated, enterprising, and virtuous people.
3. A democratic, meritocratic, proactive, and effective government.
4. A thriving and robust entrepreneurial, agricultural, and industrial economy.
5. A professional, disciplined, and modern armed and police forces.
6. A proactive, independent, and just foreign policy.
7. A commitment in protecting the global and local environment.
8. A nation where freedom and tolerance of religion is observed and respected.


With strong effort of will, guided by knowledge and wisdom, and helped by divine grace, Kilusan will achieve our immediate goals for our generation of:

1. Employment and education for the majority of the Filipino people and eradication of mass poverty.
2. Sustained economic growth and increase in the real per capita income of the Filipino.
3. Equity in the distribution of income and wealth among Filipino individuals and the nation's geographical regions.
4. Maintenance of equilibrium between the Philippines' outflow and inflow of foreign exchange.
5. Institutionalize an effective mechanism to combat and curb corruption in the government and in other sectors of the society.
6. Preservation of Philippine culture and the patrimony of the nation.
7. Increased unity among all Filipinos, national unity through patriotism.


Our organization will be known by its attributes of being:

1. We plan and operate in short, medium, and long-term perspectives. We can see ahead to guide our people to the best, wisest way forward.
2. We have a strong sense of unity, loyalty and discipline. This means that our leaders and members may have come from different socio, economic, political, and religious background and yet we can stand together to work as one effectively.
3. We have espoused the Filipinismo socio-political-economic ideology. In espousing an ideology we remind ourselves nonetheless to never be trapped by the possible extremes and excesses of ideology. Instead, we will maintain a flexible pragmatic approach in seeking solutions to the problems confronting our nation while not compromising our principles.
4. We say what we will do and do what we say. When we keep our promises people can trust us.
5. We share the feelings of our people. We can feel and is one with their hopes and dreams, worries and fears.
6. We can make swift and bold decisions when the situation dictates even in the absence of complete information and in the face of opposition. We have political will.
7. We have the ability to go on despite difficulty, unfair criticism, opposition, discomfort, risk, and possibility of failure. We can last through tough times to accomplish our vision-mission for the present and next generation Filipinos.


In achieving our lofty and noble vision, our team and our individual lifestyle must be guided by:

1. Faith in God in good times and in bad times
2. Love of Country at all times and in all places
3. Unity in purpose, in triumph, and in adversity
4. Integrity and discipline- personally and professionally
5. Courage under fire and grace under pressure
6. Obedience and loyalty to Kilusan principles.
7. Excellence at home, in school, in the community, and in the workplace.


Our 8 visions policy coupled with our 3 principles of governance is aimed at creating a revitalized 21st century PHILIPPINES where majority of Filipinos have decent means of living due to nationalist-patriotic yet empirical pragmatic WISE ECONOMIC MANAGEMENT; a society that is warm and caring due to good citizenship and GOOD MORAL GUIDANCE; and an effective, trustworthy, and good government due to dynamic democracy and STRONG POLITICAL LEADERSHIP. 


The first 3 to 6 months, or the first 100 to 200 days of the Duterte Administration would set the momentum and tempo, vision and direction of the massive changes and reforms a the new government will undertake on its 6 years term of office. As it hits the ground running to make the changes and reforms be felt by the people, KILUSAN believes that the following initial steps and programs ought and will be taken forward:

The Du30 admin. will reach-out to defeated presidential candidates and political parties in the spirit of national unity and reconciliation. In addition, Duterte would reach-out to communist and Moro rebels to bring down their arms, and reason together for the sake of our country. We will seriously and sincerely strive to achieve peace with the various political organizations and movements who are taking-up arms to press their legitimate concerns and achieve their goals. This, we will do because they are also our Filipino brothers and sisters. We will formulate a national peace program that shall be the framework for dialogue and negotiations with all groups that have taken up arms against the government. We will sit together on the peace table with the Muslim separatist movements and communist movements who are taking-up arms to achieve their goals. While peace talks are pursued the government should seriously stop any military operations. We will not allow our country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity to be compromised in any of our peace talks. We will vigorously achieve peace talk goals aimed to collectively combat poverty in Mindanao and elsewhere in the countryside.

The new government. will initiate massive symbolic events and actions to show to the public-at-large that a new administration is in charge. I expect the national flag and similar patriotic symbols to be ubiquitous especially in major cities. These symbolic acts are important so as to install patriotism and enhance that missing social glue to bring the people together. 

Education would be the top priority of the Duterte government. We are for an educated citizenry. We will make sure that the highest portion of the national budget goes to education. We are for Mass Education. Educational values will be reoriented towards more useful courses. We will develop an educational system that will contribute greatly to our entrepreneurial development, agricultural modernization, and national industrialization. We will implement an educational curriculum that will encourage the practice of good values and spur the patriotism of the studentry and at the same time enhance their competencies on Information & Communications Technology, Biotechnology, Agritechnology, Entrepreneurship, English, Spanish, Chinese, Math, and Science. We will increase the salary of teachers and instructors. We will institutionalize a mechanism to give incentives to outstanding teachers and instructors. We will transform government-run television stations into a 100% education-dedicated TV. We will provide with the help of the private sector in providing quality education to far-flung areas by using state-of-the-art web-based, online and distance education technology.
We will reorganize and transform the election campaign volunteers into nation-builder volunteers (DuterTeam bayanihan volunteers). Those who were mocked as “dutertards”, a portmanteau of “Duterte and retarded followers” during the rigorous campaign, would level up their political involvement in the affairs of the nation. in particular, these volunteers would be very active in socio-civic actions and on carrying on the vision and message of the new government. Similar to John F. Kennedy's Peace Corps but in a localized version, the DuterTeam Volunteers will undertake special roles to reach our people to the grassroots level.

Being true to Duterte's promise that crime and corruption will be attempted to be suppressed in half a year's time, the new president will apply the full force of the police and the military, within legal bounds and framework, to hunt-down groups and individuals involved in the illegal drugs trade. We will have a massive, fearless, and down-to-the barangay level campaign against criminality and lawlessness. We will launch an all-out campaign against illegal drugs. We will drug-test politicians, policemen, military men, and the entire civil service. We will arrest people involved in illegal drugs. We will neutralize drug syndicates. We will clear the barangays of illegal drugs. We will dismantle illegal drugs laboratory. We will coordinate with international bodies to stop the menace of illegal drugs. We will seek the help of the private sector in winning the battle against illegal drugs. We will identify, remove, arrest, and prosecute government, police, and military officials involved in illegal activities. We will reorient and reorganize the police force from top-to-bottom to get rid of corrupt members. We will increase police visibility on the streets and augment more police precincts, stations, and mobile patrols. We will punish civilian and off-duty military and police personnel carrying firearms in public places. We will strengthen our partnership with civilian anti-crime groups. We will provide state funds to anti-crime groups. We will augment the budget of our law enforcement agencies. We will see to it that they will be well compensated and that their equipments are upgraded. We will see to it that in 3 months our law enforcement agencies must transform themselves into an efficient, incorruptible, working force. Rogue cops and hoodlums in uniforms will be dismissed from duty and will be charged before our courts. We will fill our law enforcement agencies with fresh, new, better-trained and well-equipped recruits. Their immediate task is to make sure that the streets are safe for everyone. We will see these new recruits on our streets in 3 months time upon our assumption of state power. There is absolutely no need to declare Martial Law to accomplish these things. We will also impose the death penalty on drug lords and traffickers and persons judged to be guilty of committing heinous crime including plunder.

The new president will call on the leaders and captains of industries and business communities to re-affirm and re-assure that the country is open for business, and the new president has a serious business to make sure the country’s economy will flourish under his watch. Among many things, the new administration in particular will initiate ways and means to boost employment especially in the countryside. Critical infrastructure programs would be undertaken immediately especially in public transportation. CCTs will also be expanded to reach the poorest of the poor. Business processes would be streamlined. Levelling the economic playing field and allowing more foreign investors to come in to spur mass employment will be a cornerstone in the pragmatic economic agenda of the president. While we make our markets more leveled and open, the new government will also enhance other factors that will bring about healthy economic milieu, such as having qualified global workforce, maintenance of peace and order, an image of good investment prospects, big domestic market size, reasonable business production costs and efficiency, good infrastructure, economic stability, and intolerance to corruption should be the main focus to attract increased foreign investments.

Parallel to spurring our economy, the Duterte government will seriously look at our agrarian reform situation from Day 1, for it is of utmost necessity to hasten economic productivity in the countryside and for over-all national development. We believe that Agrarian Reform is a Constitutional mandate with social justice as its essense. Hence, it is the high duty of the government to meet the ends of social justice and to effectively accomplish its Constitutional mandate as far as agrarian reform is concerned. We believe that genuine land reform involves increased productivity of farmers; just, sincere, genuine, and with a sense of urgency to distribute land to farmers; and immediate and no non-sense application of the rule of law to farmland grabbers regardless of who they are. Hence, the new government will establish mechanisms to ensure that land reform will not only include land distribution but will also include farmers education, agricultural extension, credit facilities, cooperatives, technical assistance, irrigation system, and other infrastructure supports.

The issue concerning our country's foreign debt has to be tackled sooner not later. We believe that our foreign debt was generated not only by global mechanisms seemingly beyond our control, but also by internal decisions and activities made by our government and its middlemen. We will support the United Nations Initiatives to debt cancellation for the heavily indebted poor countries and the Jubilee Campaign programs on the cancellation of onerous debt transactions. With a heavy heart to solve our foreign debt problem through the dismissal of radical and unilateral means, we will pursue through hard work and smart work a goodwill-solidarity based, multilateral, multisectoral, sustainable, just, and effective foreign debt management with a characteristic of:

A government that will seriously bring effective, efficient, wise and responsible fiscal and policy measures to domestically finance developmental goals and public services; A government that will equip, empower, and boost the morale of the local government and the private sector to achieve developmental goals; A government that will stop tax leakages because of graft and corruption. Money used for paying our debts and public service is lost because of corruption; A credible auditing of all public sector debts that will serve as the basis for the determination of onerous contracts; A debt-for-development swap that does not require policy conditions from creditors. We believe that debt-for-equity solution is highly risky. Even so, we will further our study on the different variations of debt-for-equity solution; A repeal of the Automatic Appropriations Law; and a government that will pursue its national interest by sincerely looking into and honestly reviewing our agreements with international lending firms and international financial institutions such as World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

In line with reforming the culture and system of the gov't, the new government will establish for a preparatory commission to revise and enhance the existing 1987 Constitution. We believe that a federal form of government is more fitting to our archipelagic country's multi-cultural-lingual-ethnic-religion composition. More so, the new administration will espouse the shift from the politico personality-based inefficient and prone to corruption unitary-presidential form of gov't to a political party-platform-based, more efficient, and less prone to corruption federal--parliamentary for of government. A plebiscite will be held simultaneously with the 2019 mid-term elections. So, by the year 2022, the Filipino people will have elect Members of the Parliament (MPs) from different political parties representing equitably the provinces/regions of the country.

The Duterte Administration will hit the ground running to slay the double-headed dragon of poverty and corruption. We will unleash the entrepreneurial power of the private sector tempered with measures of the state to establish productivity, employment, fair competition, low inflation, good working conditions, and social welfare. We will strive to achieve a sustained GNP growth rate of 7 to 10 percent on a 7 to 10 year time duration. Economic growth that goes down to the masa and not only to the oligarchs. To attract and boost the confidence of local and foreign investors critical for the creation of jobs we will promote good governance, effectively maintain peace and order, and create stable, consistent, regulatory and business policies. We will reduce the cost and time of doing business here in the Philippines at par with other Asian tiger countries. We will launch together with the private sector a massive, a nationwide entrepreneurial and employment program and a one-time fund for the education and skills training of the poor and the unemployed. We will make the poor productive by utilizing their number one asset - labor. We will not tolerate dole-outs and philanthropic state activities for the poor. We will make the poor part of nation-building by incorporating them to our pro-poor economic strategy. We will enable the poor to actively participate in making their economic and financial life better. We will have an all-out war against graft and corruption, one of the main reasons why we have mass poverty.

The new administration will walk its talk. We will lead by good example. We will use force to government people practicing graft and corruption. We will be honest, transparent, responsible, and accountable to the people. We will be wise, prudent, diligent, and will act with a sense of urgency in providing public service and in making public works and projects. We will formulate a comprehensive program to trim-down our bloated bureaucracy. Likewise, we will reorient, equip, empower, and boost the morale of our civil service. We will make sure that our civil servants will get a reasonable wage commensurate to their functions and duties. We will make transparency work in financial transactions by using integrated electronic and computerized mode of linkages. We will cut bureaucratic red tape producing corruption by eliminating layers upon layers of signatures required for the issuance of business permits and certifications. We will convert and store in secured databases public documents and public documentations currently stored in paper files to electronic documents and electronic documentations. Documents and documentation not sensitive to national security issues will be available for the public. We will abolish the pork barrel fund in the congress. We will create “Anti-Corrupt Practices Agency” an anti-corruption super body that will fight graft and corruption. ACPA will operate under the mantle of the Office of the President/Prime Minister. ACPA will be composed of an elite group of patriotic, fearless, and incorruptible Filipinos both from the public and private sector. ACPA would be independent from the Philippine National Police and National Bureau of Investigation and other government agencies to prevent any undue interference in its investigations. ACPA will have the power to: Provide oversight and inspection functions to government projects; Investigate not just the suspect, but also the suspect's family or operators and to examine their financial and other record; Require the attendance of witnesses for interview; Investigate any other offence, which will be discovered in the course of a corruption investigation; Charge and prosecute corrupt civil servants and grafters.

The new government will have a pro-environment agenda. We will observe and seriously implement all national and international environmental laws. If necessary, we will review our existing environmental laws to punish violators. We will formulate a Comprehensive Environmental Protection Law. We will promote sustainable development. We will create a program that will provide special incentives to business firms and consumers caring for the environment. 

We will pursue a “green-driven energy” source. We will utilize to the wisest and to the fullest measure our God-given natural resources for the benefit of the Filipino people and the world. This we will do without totally abandoning the idea of building safe and effective nuclear power plants. We will strengthen the powers of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. We will swiftly arrest and prosecute illegal loggers and miners. We will show no fear or compromise to erring firms. We will shutdown in factories that will not comply with environmental safety standards. We will take out of the streets in one-year environmental risky public transportation vehicles and private vehicles. We will work hand-in-hand with the private sector in preserving, conserving, and protecting our environment. We will have a massive program of replanting trees, cleaning of waterways and canals, and effective garbage disposal. We will make the environment of our top cities of our country - Manila, Cebu, and Davao, clean and green and productive. Worthy to host an Asian Games or even an Olympic Games in the near future.We will expand our national parks and we will make more public parks for the enjoyment of the Filipino family. We will institutionalize a national waste segregation scheme that will be strictly observed down to the barangay level.

In so far as the foreign policy of the country is concerned, the new government will will have a reorientation of its foreign policy to make it visionary, proactive, reflective, and a sure extension of our national interest. We will commit our foreign policy to the principles of international cooperation and reciprocity, mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, non-aggression and non-interference in internal affairs of the nation, and peaceful co existence of the family of nations. With regards to the China question, we will pursue the arbitration case set before the UN tribunal, even as we will make ourselves open to both bilateral and multilateral talks. We will be open for a Joint Development Program with other claimant countries provided that that there is a clear and definite cooperative guideline. Our Department of Foreign Affairs would have a special parallel agency that an agency that will be more active, passionate, and compassionate to the needs of OFW’s.
As far as our national defence is concerned, we believe that our national defence should be a clear reflection and extension of our national interest and not of other nation's national security agenda. The defense of our nation against internal and external threats is the prime responsibility of the armed forces and the citizenry themselves. We will make our reformation of the armed forces revolve around the concepts of professionalization, modernization, maintenance, structural reform, and organizational empowerment. We will create a framework for a 10-year National Defense Modernization Program that will replace the existing AFP Modernization Program. We will make a mechanism to ensure that funds for modernization, intelligence, operations, and maintenance will go to its proper places. We will establish an effective and strict inventory mechanism for all the arms, ammunition, and firepower of our armed forces. We will establish an independent justice system within the AFP to make it more effective in dispensing justice. We will be fearless in cleansing our armed forces of erring officials and members. Uniformed men and their staff involved in political harassment or killing will be strictly dealt with. We will establish a framework for the absorption of the Philippine National Police to the Armed Forces of the Philippines. This move will result to better coordinated operational actions and organizational discipline, not to mention that there would be clarity of duties, functions, and responsibilities.

All of these things and more for a grand, united vision of a truly transformed and progressive Philippines in our generation's time characterized by:
1. A harmonious society with vibrant economy, political stability, and sustainable development.
2. A patriotic, educated, enterprising, and virtuous people.
3. A democratic, meritocratic, proactive, and effective government.
4. A thriving and robust entrepreneurial, agricultural, and industrial economy.
5. A professional, disciplined, and modern armed and police forces.
6. A proactive, independent, and just foreign policy.
7. A commitment in protecting the global and local environment.
8. A nation where freedom and tolerance of religion is observed and respected.




Author: JR Estallo


Manila/Luzon: Ron Russell Solivio Magbalon, Paolo Garcia, Francis Ka Ancing, Bart Domingo, Jerickson Reyes, and Mark Angelo S. Enriquez.

Mindanao: Anecito Bungaos, Bagodatu Mabang Zacaria, Aaron Francis Joey, Paqznuj Ruelan, Ahmad Saleh Kusain Panga, and Shajied Marandacan.

Visayas: Mariano Dimataga and Julius Gregory Batausa Delgado.

Overseas: Maflor Blanchefleur, Nora Tabayoyong, Marlonito Poloy, Donmar Pineda, Geri Rhodes, and Rey Eduard Quiblat Umel.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Gilas Pilipinas 3.0: The Road to Rio (2016 Olympic Games)

This is basically following the progress of the third generation of Gilas Pilipinas National Team Program (just like the original Road to London and Road to Spain articles). Unlike the original Gilas, the new team was mainly composed of professional players and some of them have already had international experience in the past. The new coach is the American-New Zealander Tab Baldwin who previously coached multiple national teams including the New Zealand Tall Blacks who finished 4th in the 2002 FIBA World Championship.

Anyway, some idiots in the Philippine media and public forums insist in calling the new batch that will play in the upcoming FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament as Gilas 4.0 but that is just bullshit and lack of common sense. We Filipinos just love to label everything. No wonder the country is... nevermind. Both 2015 and 2016 teams composed of the same core of players and national pool, under the same coach, and most importantly, got the same goal (that is to qualify to the 2016 Olympic Games). Gilas 1.0 was basically the Toroman era aiming for the 2012 London Olympic Games and likewise, the Gilas 2.0 was basically the Reyes era aiming for the 2014 FIBA World Cup. This time around is the Balwin era aiming for the 2016 Olympic Games... simple as that.

I have a lot to say about the team but if you are a fan of the Philippine national team and international basketball then there is no need for me to talk about it here.

National Head Coach: Tab Baldwin (USA/New Zealand)
Assistant Coaches: Jong Uichico, Norman Black (USA), Josh Reyes, Patrick Gregorio, Jimmy Alapag
Team Consultants: Tim Cone (USA) (unofficial), Chot Reyes (unofficial)
Team Captain: Dondon Hontiveros (2015), Jayson Castro (2016)
National Pool: Andray Blatche, Jordan Clarkson (withdrawn), Jayson Castro, Calvin Abueva, Gabe Norwood, Terrence Bill Romeo, June Mar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter, Jean Marc Pingris, Jeffrei Chan, Paul Lee, Lewis Alfred Tenorio, Troy Rosario, Greg Slaughter (injured), Ryan Jay Reyes, Matthew Allen Ganuelas (injured), Japeth Aguilar, Ranidel de Ocampo, Ian Sangalang, Moala Tautuaa, JC Intal, Sonny Thoss, Dondon Hontiveros (retired), Pauliasi Taulava (retired), Jimmy Alapag (retired), Aldrech Ramos, Gary David, Kiefer Ravena, Bobby Ray Parks Jr., Kelly Williams.

The Road to Rio (Schedule):
2015 South East Asia Basketball Association [SEABA] (Singapore), champions [Gilas cadets]
2015 Southeast Asian Games (Singapore), champions [Gilas cadets]
2015 Toyota Four Nations Cup (Tallinn, Estonia), 4th place
2015 William Jones Cup (Taipei, Taiwan), 2nd place (silver)
2015 MVP Invitational Cup* (Manila, Philippines), 1st place (gold)
2015 FIBA Asia Championship (Changsha, China), 2nd place (silver)
2016 SEABA Cup (Bangkok, Thailand), 1st place (gold) [Gilas cadets]
2016 Tune-Up (June 7): Philippines 81 - 70 Iran (Quezon City, Philippines) 
2016 European Tour Tune-Up (June 21): Turkey 103 - 68 Philippines (Istanbul, Turkey)
2016 Four Nations Imperial Basketball City Tournament (Bologna, Italy), third place
2016 Tune Up (July 1): Philippines 76 - 84 Turkey (Pasay City, Philippines)

2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Manila, Philippines), TBD
2016 FIBA Asia Challenge (Iran), TBD
2016 William Jones Cup (Taipei, Taiwan), TBD
2016 Olympic Games (Rio de Janiero, Brazil), TBD
[*] vs. Pro-Clubs
[Bolded] vs. National Teams

[*] vs. Pro-Clubs
[Bolded] vs. National Teams

Individual Honors:
  • Jayson Castro: 2015 William Jones Cup Mythical Five Award, 2015 FIBA Asia Championship Mythical Five Award
  • Matthew Ganuelas: Eighth in the Top 10 Alley-Oop Dunks of the 2015 FIBA Continental Championships
  • Andray Blatche: Tenth in the Top 10 Assists of the 2015 FIBA Continental Championships

 For more infos and healthy (intelligent... no crabbing) discussions of Philippine Basketball visit the Interbasket Forum (Philippines Section).

See Also:

This is basically following the progress of the second generation of Smart Gilas Pilipinas (just like the original's Road to London article). Unlike the original Gilas, the new team was mainly composed of professional players and some of them have already had international experience in the past. Anyway, national team head coach Vincent "Chot" Reyes wisely used younger players from the college and PBA D-League level to play in minor tournaments.

I have a lot to say about the team but if you are a fan of the Philippine national team and international basketball then there is no need for me to talk about it here.
- See more at:
This is basically following the progress of the second generation of Smart Gilas Pilipinas (just like the original's Road to London article). Unlike the original Gilas, the new team was mainly composed of professional players and some of them have already had international experience in the past. Anyway, national team head coach Vincent "Chot" Reyes wisely used younger players from the college and PBA D-League level to play in minor tournaments.

I have a lot to say about the team but if you are a fan of the Philippine national team and international basketball then there is no need for me to talk about it here.
- See more at:
This is basically following the progress of the second generation of Smart Gilas Pilipinas (just like the original's Road to London article). Unlike the original Gilas, the new team was mainly composed of professional players and some of them have already had international experience in the past. Anyway, national team head coach Vincent "Chot" Reyes wisely used younger players from the college and PBA D-League level to play in minor tournaments.

I have a lot to say about the team but if you are a fan of the Philippine national team and international basketball then there is no need for me to talk about it here.
- See more at:

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Review: America's Dream Team: The Quest for Olympic Gold

 I read this when I was still in high school . . .  I stumbled upon it while browsing the local library for some other reason I can't remember.

Anyway, this book is basically the story of the greatest and most dominant basketball team ever assembled, the Original Dream Team. Everything you want to know, you already know, you didn't know about the team is in this book.

The team was composed of some of the greatest players ever to play in the NBA including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Almost every single one of them is either in the NBA 50 Greatest Players list or inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Heck, even the team itself was also inducted in the Hall of Fame back in 2010.

Definitely recommended to all basketball fans and collectors out there! #RIPChuckDaly

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Today is actually the 6th anniversary of this blog (I think?) but instead of celebrating it, I ended with a series of unfortunate events:

- Light bulb in my room killed itself off just when I'm getting ready for work.
- Measured product parts at work thinking it's the same job number all along only to realized just before home time that it's not. Ended up staying late and transferring measurement results from one sheet to another.
- My car doesn’t want to start. Tried to jumpstart it. Doesn't work. Co-worker tried to jumpstart it through his car. That too doesn’t work. 
- My phone thought that it's a good idea to kill itself off as well. Have to wait for it to be recharge before I can contact home.
- Tied the damn car to my dad's car and dragged it across Hornby with no lights on. Only positive thing about is my non-engine one hand maneuvering skills... lucky to missed out the morning rush though.

Update: At least I won the meat raffle at work the next day.


Saturday, May 28, 2016

Filipino "Game of Thrones" is over!

The Filipino "Game of Thrones" is over!

With 16,601,997 votes, Rodrigo Duterte will not only become the first Mindanaoan president in history but also has the highest mandate to a president since 1981 when former President Ferdinand Marcos was "reelected" to the presidency with 18,309,360 votes over war hero Alejo Santos. Duterte’s closest rival, Mar Roxas garnered himself the second highest votes (9,978,175) by a losing presidential candidate in history after Fernando Poe Jr. (11,782,232). FPJ's daughter, Grace Poe, also featured with the fifth highest vote (9,100,991) garnered by a losing presidential candidate in history.

Here’s the final, official tally of votes for President, based on all 167 certificates of canvass (COCs), are:

Duterte - 16,601,997
Roxas - 9,978,175
Poe - 9,100,991
Binay - 5,416,140
Defensor Santiago - 1,455,532
Seneres 25,779

The 2016 election is also the fifth closest election result between the two leading vice-presidential candidates (1961, 1965, 2004, 2010 and 2016) and the third successive presidential election that the losing vice presidential candidate accused the winner of cheating. Leni Roberdo will become the country's second female vice-president after Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Here’s the final, official tally of votes for Vice-President, based on all 167 COCs, are:

Robredo - 14,418,817
Marcos - 14,155,344
Cayetano - 5,903,379
Escudero - 4,931,962
Trillanes - 868,501
Honasan - 788,881

As for the automated election? It's a work-in-progress.. the more we use the system the better that we get to improve and fix the flaws. 

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, 16th President of the Philippines

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Battle of Hill Eerie (64th Anniversary)

In May 18-21, 1952, the Philippine 20th Battalion Combat Team fought one of their greatest battles in the Peninsula. The Battle of Hill Eerie was a seven-part battle between the United Nations Forces and the CCP. The Filipinos fought and won the last two battles in the Outpost of Eerie Hill. One to take the outpost for the final time and another to successfully defended the outpost for the last time. One of the heroes of the  successful assault was Lieutenant Fidel V. Ramos, future President of the Philippines.

 For more info: Philippines in the Korean War (60th Anniversary)

Lieutenant Fidel V. Ramos (right) and his colleagues in the Philippine 20th Battalion Combat Team, Korean War

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