Friday, November 7, 2008

The Philippine Political Revolution of November 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen of the "JURY":

From the moment I released the e-mail blast, about 21 hours ago, the Philippine tri-media industry remains bent on maximizing the mileage that can be derived and the revenues that can be squeezed out from each and every column inch of advertising space from their captive corporate sponsors and advertisers from the "Brouhaha over Barack Obama". And so, Filipino Citizens afflicted with "Short - A.S.S." (Short Attention Span Syndrome) remain glued on the 'Brouhaha over Barack Obama", unmindful of overt and covert actions by the Illegitimate Tenant in Malacanang, her cohorts in the 14th Congress, the Supreme Court, while still under the "protection" of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police that maintain the "Withdrawal of Support from the FILIPINO PEOPLE" since JANUARY 2001. Before anyone will even try to contest that, please check on the total number of Presidential Appointees in the National Government who are EX-generals of the AFP and PNP. You should find it worthwhile to realize the magnitude of what has been done in that area since JANUARY 2001.

But, the need for effecting the long overdue changes in public governance of the Philippine Republic must be addressed now, for it will be too late for Filipino Citizens to wait for MAY 2010. At the National Level, the pitch for peaceful and constitutional measures for effecting changes is part of the "script" of the "Tripartite Syndicate" among the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches in playing out the "political zarzuela con moro moro" that will be box office hit for the majority of the descendants of the darn idiotic Indios from 1936 to 1946, who would rather be "Little Brown Americans", or the latest quip of "Little Obamas" !


Is there enough number of Filipino Citizens, who share the common vision, mission, and aspiration to change the environment NOW?

At the National Level, the tragic reality of the moment is that there is NONE. And so, I will put to the sidelines the only real solution for effecting honest-to-goodness change in public governance at the National Level.

The "Political Revolution" must start from the Local Government Units. And that WE, Filipino Citizens, can do in small groups PER barangay, municipality, city, and province right here and now, without having to wait for MAY 2010 Local Elections.

What are the minimum numbers required for this "Political Revolution" to be launched immediately?

Barangay - only 50 Filipino Citizens

Municipality - only 100 Filipino Citizens

City or Province - only 1,000 Filipino Citizens

The next question is: What about the "fire-power" needed for this "Political Revolution"?

WE, Filipino Citizens, who want to effect specific changes in public governance immediately at the Local Level only need to organize and invoke the following:



This is the most powerful "firepower" for effecting political changes right here and now, readily available to us, Filipino Citizens, but which have been relegated to the background intentionally by the Traditional Politicians who are in power, and which have been grossly overlooked by the so called Non-Traditional Political Leaders (who still have the mindsets of their Traditional counterparts), Non-Government Organizations and by the majority among us, descendants of the darn idiotic Indios from 1936 to 1946, who would rather be "Little Brown Americans", or the latest quip of "Little Obamas" !

Now, what are the specifics of our "firepower"?

SECTION 120. Local Initiative Defined. -

Local initiative is the legal process whereby the registered voters of a local government unit may directly propose, enact, or amend any ordinance.

SECTION 121. Who May Exercise. -

The power of local initiative and referendum may be exercised by all registered voters of the provinces, cities, municipalities, and Barangays.

SECTION 122. Procedure in Local Initiative. -

(a) Not less than one thousand (1,000) registered voters in case of provinces and cities, one hundred (100) in case of municipalities, and fifty (50) in case of Barangays, may file a petition with the Sanggunian concerned proposing the adoption, enactment, repeal, or amendment of an ordinance.

(b) If no favorable action thereon is taken by the Sanggunian concerned within thirty (30) days from its presentation, the proponents, through their duly authorized and registered representatives, may invoke their power of initiative, giving notice thereof to the Sanggunian concerned.

(c) The proposition shall be numbered serially starting from Roman numeral I. The Comelec or its designated representative shall extend assistance in the formulation of the proposition.

(d) Two (2) or more propositions may be submitted in an initiative.

(e) Proponents shall have ninety (90) days in case of provinces and cities, sixty (60) days in case of municipalities, and thirty (30) days in case of Barangays, from notice mentioned in subsection (b) hereof to collect the required number of signatures.

(f) The petition shall be signed before the election registrar, or his designated representatives, in the presence of a representative of the proponent, and a representative of the Sanggunian concerned in a public place in the local government unit, as the case may be. Stations for collecting signatures may be established in as many places as may be warranted.

(g) Upon the lapse of the period herein provided, the Comelec, through its office in the local government unit concerned, shall certify as to whether or not the required number of signatures has been obtained. Failure to obtain the required number defeats the proposition.

(h) If the required number of signatures is obtained, the Comelec shall then set a date for the initiative during which the proposition shall be submitted to the registered voters in the local government unit concerned for their approval within sixty (60) days from the date of certification by the Comelec, as provided in subsection (g) hereof, in case of provinces and cities, forty-five (45) days in case of municipalities, and thirty (30) days in case of Barangays. The initiative shall then be held on the date set, after which the results thereof shall be certified and proclaimed by the Comelec.

SECTION 123. Effectivity of Local Propositions. -

If the proposition is approved by a majority of the votes cast, it shall take effect fifteen (15) days after certification by the Comelec as if affirmative action thereon had been made by the Sanggunian and local chief executive concerned. If it fails to obtain said number of votes, the proposition is considered defeated.

SECTION 124. Limitations on Local Initiatives. -

(a) The power of local initiative shall not be exercised more than once a year.

(b) Initiative shall extend only to subjects or matters which are within the legal powers of the Sanggunians to enact.

(c) If at any time before the initiative is held, the Sanggunian concerned adopts in to the proposition presented and the local chief executive approves the same, the initiative shall be canceled. However, those against such action may, if they so desire, apply for initiative in the manner herein provided.

SECTION 125. Limitations upon Sanggunians. -

Any proposition or ordinance approved through the system of initiative and referendum as herein provided shall not be repealed, modified or amended by the Sanggunian concerned within six (6) months from the date of the approval thereof, and may be amended, modified or repealed by the Sanggunian within three (3) years thereafter by a vote of three-fourths (3/4) of all its members: Provided, That in case of Barangays, the period shall be eighteen (18) months after the approval thereof.

SECTION 126. Local Referendum Defined. -

Local referendum is the legal process whereby the registered voters of the local government units may approve, amend or reject any ordinance enacted by the Sanggunian. The local referendum shall be held under the control and direction of the Comelec within sixty (60) days in case of provinces and cities, forty-five (45) days in case of municipalities and thirty (30) days in case of Barangays. The Comelec shall certify and proclaim the results of the said referendum.

SECTION 127. Authority of Courts. - Nothing in this Chapter shall prevent or preclude the proper courts from declaring null and void any proposition approved pursuant to this Chapter for violation of the Constitution or want of capacity of the Sanggunian concerned to enact the said measure.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the "JURY", the re-education or re-orientation of Filipino Voters is not just about the elections per se, which has been the narrow pitch sanctioned by the Traditional Politicians!

Real honest-to-goodness re-orientation of Filipino Voters is anchored on this "firepower":

WE, the Filipino Registered Voters PER barangay, municipality, city, or province MAY

a) directly propose, enact, or amend any ordinance

b) may approve, amend or reject any ordinance enacted by the Sanggunian.

Take note of the LIMITATION for the Local INITIATIVE to only ONCE A YEAR. It only means that WE, Filipino Registered Voters, must choose most judiciously among the priorities for whatever changes that we want PER barangay, municipality, city, or province. We should not put to waste this "single bullet per year" that the crafters of the Local Government Code, then headed by Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel Jr., sneaked into most insidiously and viciously to CURTAIL the inherent RIGHT of SOVEREIGN WILL of the Filipino Voter to CHANGE the LAWS that must be changed!

In the meantime that WE, Filipino Citizens, have yet to AMEND the Local Government Code of the Philippines via OUR invocation of our RIGHT to AMEND that law by REFERENDUM at the National Level, let us use the "single bullet per year" to the most important issue PER barangay, municipality, city, and province. That is with regard to OUR right for Local INITIATIVE.

However, when it comes to the invocation of the Local REFERENDUM, whereby WE, Filipino Citizens, MAY amend or reject any ordinance enacted by the Sanggunian PER barangay, city, municipality or province, let us MAXIMIZE the "NO LIMITATION IN NUMBER".

Ladies and Gentlemen of the "JURY", instead of wasting time on "Brouhaha over Barack Obama" behaving just like the despicable "Little Brown Americans" or "Little Obamas", inside or outside cyberspace, let us START our "Political Revolution" NOW!

So, in this political e-Group, how about starting with the most important LOCAL issue in your midst that can be CHANGED via Local REFERENDUM?

Who among you are tired of the exorbitant TAXES at the LOCAL Level? SLAM DOWN and SEAL A CAP on those LOCAL taxes! START with the MAYOR's PERMIT over which those Traditional Politicians have been drooling all over the place all these years since 1936!

While drafting for BRINGING DOWN the LOCAL TAXATION through LOCAL REFERENDUM in the more than 42,000 Barangays spread all over the 7,107 islands of the Philippine Archipelago, let US, Filipino Citizens REVIEW and EVALUATE each and every LOCAL ORDINANCE on PER Barangay, Municipality, City, and Province of OUR Republic of the Philippines.

It is TIME for US, Filipino Citizens, to RECLAIM our SOVEREIGN WILL by the POWER of LOCAL Initiative and Referendum.

There is NO need to wait for MAY 2010. TODAY, we launch the "Political Revolution" via LOCAL INITIATIVE and LOCAL REFERENDUM all over the Philippine Archipelago!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Freedom Of Information Act STALLED In Senate - WHY???

For: All Honorable SENATORS of the Republic of the Philippines

Truth, Accountability, and Reform are the core issues of public governance. Reforms can be effected only if those responsible for specific anomalies are made accountable for their acts. Accountability is based on the truth about such public transactions. The truth can only be established with complete transparency about the complete details of those public transactions. Thus, House Bill 3732 - Freedom Of Information Act (FOI) must be passed.

It is a SHAME to ALL those elected from 1987, from the 8th Congress to the 13th Congress, who FAILED to pass the enabling law for citizens' rights on access to information 20 years after the 1987 Constitution was enacted. ALL those Representatives and Senators are responsible and accountable for all the anomalies in public transactions because of their FAILURE to pass the enabling law that could have deterred the syndicated plunder of public funds from the Barangay Level and all the way to the highest offices of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines. ALL those Representatives and Senators from the 8th Congress to the 13th Congress should NEVER be allowed by the Filipino People to be granted the privilege to serve in any public office in the more than 42,000 barangays spread over the 7,107 islands of the Philippine Archipelago. The names of all those Senators and Representatives shall be published, inside and outside of cyberspace, for the Filipino electorate NEVER to take a second look on those names every election campaign for casting their ballots!

The incumbent Senators and Representatives of the 14th Congress can save themselves from being included in that list. Rest assured that your names will be marked forever in accordance with whether or not you will ensure the passage of FOI in the shortest period from today.

The House of Representatives submitted House Bill No. 3732 last MAY 2008. Since then, the Senate Committee on Public Information, chaired by Sen. Ramon 'Bong' Revilla, has yet to conduct the FIRST hearing! FOUR (4) MONTHS have passed WITHOUT any action from the SENATE of the 14th CONGRESS???

How can such gross incompetence be tolerated among yourselves, who are supposed to be the Honorable Senators of the Philippine Republic? Does it reflect the same gross incompetence that anyone of you will inflict on the Filipino People should we grant you the privilege to serve as the President of the Philippines?

FOUR (4) MONTHS of DELAY on the FOI, and yet ALL of you are all over the place for photo opps and press releases about your "accomplishments"! NONE of whatever you claim as "accomplishments" can ever count at all WITHOUT this enabling law that we have been waiting to be passed since 1987.

Just for the DELAY of FOUR (4) MONTHS since MAY 2008, Ramong "Bong" Revilla does NOT deserve to be allowed to complete his remaining term as senator. His FAILURE to ACT with DISPATCH and HASTE also REFLECTS on the entire SENATE, because ALL of the OTHERS have TOLERATED that DELAY!

The cost for the failure of the 14th Congress to pass the Freedom Of Information Act ASAP shall be the political ambitions of each and every member starting MAY 2010. We shall get back at each and every one of you every election time for the rest of your physical lives.

For: All Citizens of the Philippine Republic

Remember the names of the following surviving Senators of the 14th Congress:

Edgardo J. Angara
Benigno S. Aquino III
Joker P. Arroyo
Rodolfo "Pong" G. Biazon
Alan Peter S. Cayetano
Pia S. Cayetano
Juan Ponce Enrile
Francis "Chiz" G. Escudero
Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada
Richard "Dick" Gordon
Gregorio "Gringo" B. Honasan II
Panfilo "Ping" M. Lacson
Manuel "Lito" M. Lapid
Loren B. Legarda
Jamby Madrigal
Francis "Kiko" N. Pangilinan
Aquilino "Nene" Q. Pimentel, Jr.
Ramong "Bong" Revilla
Mar A. Roxas
Miriam Defensor Santiago
Antonio "Sonny" F. Trillanes IV
Manuel "Manny" B. Villar
Juan Miguel F. Zubiri

These Senators talk about their "accomplishments" and "what should be done" while they fail to act on the passage of House Bill No. 3732 - Freedom Of Information Act (FOI).

We should all remember that at this point they are individually and collectively accountable for the UNREASONABLE DELAY in the passage of the enabling law for our citizens' rights on access to public information 20 years after the 1987 Constitution was enacted.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

CHA-CHA Train to NO-EL?

'All systems go for Charter change'--Palace
By Lira
First Posted 14:54:00 08/12/2008
MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE)

"It's all systems go for Charter change," a spokesman for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared Tuesday, as MalacaƱang expressed support for a joint resolution at the Senate that called for the creation of 11 federal states in the country.

"It's all systems go for Charter change. We are supporting Senate Joint Resolution No. 10," Press Secretary Jesus Dureza said in a press briefing at the Palace.

Authored by Senator Aquilino Pimentel, the resolution also called for the convening of Congress "into a constituent assembly for the purpose of revising the Constitution to establish a federal system of government."

Aside from Pimentel, other signatories to the resolution are Senate President Manuel Villar, Senators Edgardo Angara, Rodolfo Biazon, Pia Cayetano, Juan Ponce-Enrile, Francis Escudero, Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada, Gregorio Honasan, Panfilo Lacson, Francis Pangilinan, and Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr.

"We are fully supportive of this," Dureza said.

When asked whether a timeline has been set to get the process going, Dureza said there was none and that the President was leaving the matter up to Congress.

Dureza said that "naughty insinuations that she [Arroyo] was going for Cha-cha [Charter change] because she wants to extend her term in office" prompted the President to make her position clear.

Dureza said that moves for a federal state of government have been at the Senate all along and the President has been talking about this right from the start.

Dureza said he has yet to check whether there was a parallel measure at the House of Representatives, but added that he expected its members to come up with one now that the President has expressed her open support.

The joint resolution aims to change the "highly centralized system of government" in Manila, which has "brought about a spotty development of the nation where preferential treatment has been given to localities whose officials are friendly with or have access to an incumbent administration."

It said the "lopsided arrangement has spawned a host of problems, including massive nationwide poverty to runaway insurgencies and rebellions that feed on the social inequalities in the nation."

"The federalization of the Republic would speed up the development of the entire nation and help dissipate the causes of the insurgency throughout the land, particularly the centuries-old Moro rebellions," the resolution said.

The 11 federal states called "centers of finance and development" to be created would be: Northern Luzon, Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog, Bicol, Minparom (Mindoro, Palawa, Romblon), Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Western Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Southern Mindanao, and the State of Bangsamoro.

Under the resolution, the President and the Vice President will be elected and will serve a term of six years with one re-election. The President and Vice President will be voted as a team.

The resolution also calls for the election of six senators in each of the 11 component federal states.

Nine other senators will be elected to represent the Filipinos overseas. This will expand the membership of the Senate from the current 24 to 75 members, according to the resolution.

Meanwhile, members of the House of Representatives will be elected by district but limited to a maximum of 350.

The resolution provides that the senators will serve for a term of six years and congressmen, three years. The senators will be limited to two terms and congressmen, four terms.

Pimentel had said his proposed mode of electing senators would considerably lessen the cost of elections and keep victors from resorting to corruption to recover campaign expenses and pay off poll-related debts.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

OFWMD - 301108

November 30 (Philippine Time) shall be observed as:

Overseas Filipino Workers and Migrants Day

On this day as the sun shines on our Homeland, all Filipinos who are spread all over the face of Planet Earth, regardless of profession, gender and age will be united in spirit and aspirations to deliver three very important messages to all:

1. For ourselves

We are proud of being Filipinos in blood and spirit

2. For our loved ones, leaders and countrymen in the Homeland

We are hoping that unity, progress and good governance will reign in the homeland, instead of divisiveness, poverty and greed.

3. For the Citizens and Government of our Host Countries

Compliment us with respect for all our work, sacrifices and contributions we have been doing for your country and people.

How can we show our support on this undertaking on November 30 (Philippine Time) ?

By doing any, most or all of the following suggestions, depending on ones personal choice and limitations by situation:

1. If with leave credits, file a leave of absence/day off to spend the whole day celebrating with fellow Filipinos.

2. If without leave credits and yet you can justify not reporting for work to your employer, do the same thing.

3. If you will jeopardize your job by going on leave, you can resort to a “slow down” or a “sit-down strike”.

4. If a “slow down” or a “sit-down strike” will jeopardize your job, do anything or all of those indicated below.

5. Have a feast of Filipino Dishes with your family, relatives and friends

6. Waive a miniature Philippine Flag on you way to work/display it in your work desk

7. Embrace, shake hands or greet Fellow Filipinos you meet anywhere the whole day

8. Wear “Made in the Philippines” shirt or dress and accessories

9. Patronize Filipino restaurants or buy Filipino food and beverages, e.g., San Miguel Beer
10. Listen to Filipino songs

11. Have a Filipino Dance Party

12. Call your relatives and friends in the Philippines

13. Reminisce the happy times in the Homeland by watching Filipino films, videos, etc.

14. Whistle the tune of the National Anthem: “Lupang Hinirang”

15. Recite “Panatang Makabayan”

16. Tell your fellow co- workers how proud you are of being a Filipino

17. Bake a cake for the event and share it with fellow Filipinos or co-workers

18. Extend a helping hand to a Filipino in need, whether relatives, friends or even total strangers

19. Greet your fellow Filipino “Happy OFW and Migrants Day” through SMS/texts

20. Say a prayer for the safety and good health of all OFWs and Filipino migrants in every part of the world.

Simultaneous activities in the homeland to be initiated by our loved ones, OFW Institutions and Advocates will include Mass offerings in churches, praying for the safety and welfare of OFWs, bouquet offerings in various embassies emphasizing the message: Respect our people in your country as we respect your citizens here.

Are we asking too much? Is it possible? Can we do it?

We believe we all can! After all we are Filipinos …Sugod mga kapatid!

Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! Mabuhay ang Bagong Pilipino!

Iniibig ko ang Pilipinas!
To SIGN UP and signify your commitment to join this global celebration, just CLICK on the following LINKS:

Please ADD your NAME and E-MAIL address in the LIST as you PASS ON / FORWARD …

Send CC to ALL those ahead of you for proper monitoring and coordination among all of us.

Anita Sese Schon
Copper Sturgeon
Mark Dario
JM Nepomuceno
Austri Basinillo
Zerzes Villadarez
Irineo Perez Goce
Cenin Monreal

"Brouhaha" over E-VAT on Oil and Derivative Products

Given the escalating prices of products and services triggered by the pump-price of gasoline and petroleum-based fuels, the Filipino People is bombarded with a barrage of pronouncements and counter-assertions regarding the Extended Value Added Tax (E-VAT). I do not wish to engage in polemics solely on such a hotly-contested controversy: the Expanded Value-Added Tax that was prescribed by the World Bank and major international creditors to be adopted by the Philippine Government. From where I am looking right here in Metro Manila, I am inclined to look at the "brouhaha" being played out in tri-media and cyberspace as just a "zarzuela con moro-moro" engaged in by all the active players in the present political stage for their own respective reasons and objectives. However, there is a lack of intelligible information for the majority of the Filipino citizenry to have the proper appreciation of the present situation and make a proper evaluation of the available alternative methods to solve the "problem/s" at issue.

What I recall is that there was "faulty implementation" of the original VAT law in 1998. With the hasty implementation of the original VAT law, there was need for a remedial measure which was the E-VAT law. However, instead of solving the "faulty implementation", the supposed to be remedial measure exacerbated the "price-escalation" impact of taxation on Filipino consumers.

To me, the problem analysis should not start with whether or not the E-VAT law should be suspended temporarily or rescinded permanently. At my end, proper problem analysis must start with the basics regarding the following:

  • consumption patterns of Filipinos in the 7,107 islands of the Philippine Archipelago;
  • the cost-price ratios of the "basket of goods and services" needed by an average Filipino household of five (5) members [parents and 3 children] for a decent standard of living with consideration of the income differential between urban and non-urban areas;
  • the estimated aggregate of revenues needed for the minimum National Budget;
  • all sources of revenues for the National Government for the minimum National Budget;
  • details and aggregate of the items that are over the minimum National Budget, which will have to be dealt with as distinct and separate items to be eliminated, if warranted

In short, the starting point should be a stringent evaluation of the fiscal management by the Philippine National Government for the past 10 years, i.e., since 1998.

I am not among those who subscribe to the need of the Philippines for a good credit rating with international creditors and credit agencies. All the more that I do not subscribe to the possibility of a financial disaster for the Philippines from a downgrading of its credit rating. Personally, I would like to see how the international credit community will deal with a Phil. President who will go for the lowest credit rating that can be given to the Philippines in order to stop foreign borrowings, at least for the next six (6) years using the 6 year term for the President of the Philippines without any re-election, as reference.

From where I am looking, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is already a TOTAL FAILURE as President of the Philippines for the past seven (7) years: from January 2001 up to December 2007. The only reason why she is still in Malacanang is simply because the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police, as controlled by a group identified to be with ex-President Fidel V. Ramos, have yet to withdraw their support from her.

Based on what I have come to understand about the fiscal and monetary management done by the past administrations, from the Revolutionary Government of Corazon C. Aquino, to Fidel V. Ramos, and Joseph Ejercitor "Erap Estrada", to Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, from January 2001 up to 30 JUNE 2008, what is needed by the Philippines today is an objective analysis of the total revenue sourcing vs. total expense requirement of the National Govt. And the E-VAT law issue is just a part of the whole caboodle.

Regarding the immediate concern on escalating price increases for products and services, aside from temporary suspension of specified taxes (in short, not just limited to E-VAT), there are other remedial measures that the National Government can resort to. Top of the list in my book is "price control" for the "basket of food" for the table of the average Filipino household and utilities: fuel, electricity and water. Another is increasing the maximum amount of household income to be exempted from income tax. Another is increasing the maximum amounts to be allowed as deductible expenses from the Gross Income to derive the Taxable Net Income, that should be applied to both fixed income earners and non-fixed income earners. Another is to consider premium payments for all types of insurance, including pre-need plans, as allowable deductible expense. Another is reducing the final tax on interest earnings of bank deposits from 20% down to only 2%. Those are just few of the many possible angles which can be explored for easing up the pressure of inflation and taxation on Filipino consumers.

Moving on to the jumbo items:

Although I have not joined the "Freedom from Debt Coalition" (FDC) of the Philippines, as a Filipino citizen I do not approve of the "Automatic Debt Servicing Provision". I therefore support the clamor for the repeal of the Automatic Appropriations Law on Debt Servicing, now contained in Section 26 (b) Book 6 of the Revised Administrative Code of 1987 or the automatic appropriations law on debt servicing (formerly PD 1177). It is one of the main reasons why the Philippines is in such a debt debacle. That law provides the institutional and legal mechanisms that dictate and aggravate our reliance to more borrowings to pay our debts. This insanity must be stopped as soon as possible.

If ever I will become involved in the operations of the National Government of the Philippines as a consultant, I would like to be assigned to the "Commission On Audit". Personally, I believe that "Foreign Debt Audit" is the first step to free us Filipinos from the bondage of Foreign Debt. I believe that "Foreign Debt Audit" is both a political tool and a process that must be exercised and used to fundamentally disentangle the web of foreign debt thread by thread --- to scrutinize the historical context and events why the Philippines ended up with such a foreign debt quagmire. What is so horrible is the "cover up" being perpetrated by those who are holding onto the power in both the Executive and Legislative Branches of the Philippine National Government.

What should happen after the Foreign Debt Audit by COA? We can pursue that when the more opportune topic will arise.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

It is time to take back our country!

This was sent to me...



While Typhoon Frank devastated the country
and claimed more than 650 lives,
including the poor victims of the MV Princess of the Stars sea tragedy,
illegitimate President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her 74 junketeers
mindlessly spend billions of taxpayers' money
to visit Bush and watch Pacquiao fight in the US.


300-5000 – Willard Hotel rate
30 rooms booked
400-500 – Dinner per plate
207++ - Airline rate per person
800-1000 – Rental per car
30 cars rented
250 consulate officials mobilized

P100,000 – each congressman gets monthly travel allowance
P1,620 – travel tax exemption when traveling with the President


Representative Province

Rep. Narciso Santiago III, Alliance for Rural Concerns Party List Group

Rep. Monico Puentevella, Bacolod

Rep. Albert Garcia, Bataan

Rep. Mark Llandro L. Mendoza, Batangas

Rep. Hermilando Mandanas, Batangas

Rep. William Irwin Tieng, Buhay Party List Group

Rep. Jose Zubiri III, Bukidnon

Rep. Lorna Silverio, Bulacan

Rep. Mitzi Cajayon, Caloocan

Rep. Diosdado "Dato" Macapagal Arroyo, Camarines Sur

Rep. Joseph Santiago, Catanduanes

Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr., Cavite

Rep. Antonio Cuenco, Cebu

Rep. Eduardo Gullas, Cebu

Deputy Speaker Raul Del Mar, Cebu City

Rep. Rommel Amatong, Compostela Valley

Speaker Prospero Nograles, Davao City

Rep. Antonio Lagdameo, Davao Del Norte

Rep. Marc Cagas, Davao Del Sur

Rep. Nelson Dayanghirang, Davao Oriental

Rep. Teodolo Coquilla, Eastern Samar

Rep. Andres Salvacion, Leyte

Rep. Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez, Leyte

Rep. Trinidad Apostol, Leyte

Rep. Ma. Zenaida Angping, Manila

Rep. Amado S. Bagatsing, Manila

Rep. Bienvenido Abante Jr., Manila

Rep. Rizalina Seachon-Lanete, Masbate

Rep. Herminia Ramiro, Misamis Occidental

Rep. Yevgeny Emano, Misamis Oriental

Rep. Rozzano Rufino Biazon, Muntinlupa

Rep. Joseph Gilbert Violago, Nueva Ecija

Deputy Speaker Ma. Amelita C. Villarosa, Occidental Mindoro

Rep. Anna York Bondoc, Pampanga

Rep. Aurelio Gonzales Jr., Pampanga

Rep. Juan Miguel Macapagal Arroyo, Pampanga

Rep. Conrado Estrella III, Pangasinan

Rep. Ma. Rachel Arenas, Pangasinan

Rep. Eduardo C. Zialcita, ParaƱaque

Rep. Roman Romulo, Pasig City

Rep. Mary Ann Susano, Quezon City

Rep. Nanette C. Castelo-Daza, Quezon City

Rep. Danilo Suarez, Quezon Province

Rep. Junie Cua, Quirino

Rep. Arturo B. Robes, San Jose Del Monte

Rep. Roger Mercado, Southern Leyte

Rep. Munir Arbison, Sulu

Rep. Rex Gatchalian, Valenzuela City

Rep. Antonio Diaz, Zambales


Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago

Sen. Richard Gordon (Sen. Gordon did not go and did his job as Red Cross Chairman)


Sec. Arthur Yap, Agriculture

Sec. Rolando Andaya, Budget

Sec. Gov. Amando Tetangco, Central Bank

Sec. Gilbert Teodoro, Defense

Sec. Ronaldo Puno, DILG

Sec. Jesli Lapus, Education

Sec. Lito Atienza, Environment

Sec. Margarito Teves, Finance

Sec. Alberto Romulo, Foreign Affairs

Acting Sec. Marianito Roque, Labor

Sec. Ignacio Bunye, Presidential Spokesman

Sec. Jesus Dureza, Press

Sec. Peter Favila, Trade

Shall we leave our country in the hands of such uncaring people?

It's time to take back our country!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

TIME to DIVIDE the HOUSE - Without DIVIDING the Republic, not yet anyway

(Without DIVIDING the Republic, not yet anyway)

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, her handlers, cohorts, and minions are holding on to power based on the allegation that they still have the support of the majority of the estimated 90 million Filipinos. This allegation is seemingly shored up by the last pronouncement from the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), leaving it to the individual members of the Catholics in the Philippines, to make their respective choices/decisions.

The most concrete expression of support to any government is the actual payment of taxes by its constituents. It is time to test the allegation of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, her handlers, cohorts, and minions that they still have the support of the majority of the estimated 90 million Filipinos. Let us “divide the house” without dividing the Republic, not yet, anyway. Perhaps, after the implementation of the following proposal, effectively we shall divide the Republic of the Philippines WITHOUT any violence whatsoever.

Starting today 01 March 2008, ONLY those Filipinos who support the government of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo shall continue paying all the prescribed taxes by the Republic of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The rest of Filipinos who do not recognize the government of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo shall withdraw all forms of support, starting with the most concrete act: NOT paying any tax whatsoever.

Let this be the deciding action for each and every Filipino Citizen. Those who recognize and support the government of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo shall only be the ones to pay taxes. Those who renounce the illegitimate government of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo shall stop paying any form of tax whatsoever, until she steps down or up to the end of her term on 30 June 2010

Let the division of the house start NOW!


Tama na, Sobra na!
Iniibig ko ang Pilipinas!
Ikaw rin ba, iniibig mo ang Pilipinas?
Kung kasama ka, kilos na!
Kung hindi ka kasama, tumabi ka!