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Talk of the Town / Let's Read the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill
« on: October 09, 2010, 07:10:10 PM »
as they say, the devil is in the details.  perhaps, we may have a better grasp of the pros and cons of the rh bill by reading the details, at our leisure.  i'm posting the whole text of the bill here, in installments (because the length is intimidating, hehe).  for our reading pleasure or displeasure, according to one's leanings...

    
Republic of the Philippines

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Quezon City, Metro Manila

FIFTEENTH CONGRESS
FIRST REGULAR SESSION


HOUSE BILL NO. 96


Introduced by HONORABLE EDCEL C. LAGMAN



EXPLANATORY NOTE


When the first comprehensive version of the RH bill, House Bill 8110 or “The Integrated Population and Development Act of 1999”, was filed in the 11th Congress, the Philippines had a population of roughly 75 million. Today, 10 years later, we hold the dubious distinction of being the 12th most populous country in the world with a population of 94.3 million or a staggering increase of 19.3 million. This would translate to an annual average increase of almost two million every year in a decade.

However, it must be underscored that reproductive health goes beyond a demographic target because it is principally about the right to health and sustainable human development.
 
The enactment of the RH bill is long overdue because although, reproductive health has long been considered a basic universal human right, this right remains elusive and illusory for millions of Filipinos, especially the poor. Consider the following:

2.6 million Filipino women would like to plan their families but lack information and access to do so. (Family Planning Survey 2006)
   
The poorest Filipinas are still having an average of 6 children (this is almost 3 times their desired number of children). (FPS 2006)
   
44% of the pregnancies in the poorest quintile are unwanted. (FPS 2006)

Among the poorest women who would like to avoid pregnancy, at least 41% do not use any contraceptive method because of lack of information or access. (FPS 2006)
   
54% of married women do not want an additional child but 49% of them are not using any form of family planning method (2008 National Demographic and Health Survey).

22% of married Filipino women have an unmet need for family planning services (2008 NDHS), an increase by more than one-third since the 2003 NDHS.

Only 67% of all births in the Philippines are planned. The rest are either mistimed or unwanted (NDHS 2008).

Women want fewer children than what they actually have. The total wanted fertility in the country of 2.4 children is 27% lower than the actual total fertility rate of 3.3 children (NDHS 2008).

42% of women consider a two-child family as the ideal family size (2008 NDHS).

Correct and consistent use of contraceptives will prevent one-third of all maternal deaths and family planning helps prevent 1 million infant deaths worldwide (WHO and UNFPA)

Precise and regular use of contraceptives can decrease abortion rates by as much as 85% (Allan Guttmacher Institute).


Copy as filed on July 1, 2010


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Talk of the Town / Population Control: The Other Side
« on: October 04, 2010, 01:12:34 AM »
this thread is related to the rh bill threads that have been brewing these last few days, i.e. carlos 'damaso' celdran, excommunication, the catholic church being against family planning.

excerpts:

"The problem of a rapidly increasing population," the government lamented, "lies at the core of every problem facing the administration."

These words might describe dozens of countries around the world today.  In fact, they were written in the 1950s about Hong Kong-- the same British colony that today has become a synonym for dynamism and development, with a per capita gross domestic product eclipsing Mother England's.  Indeed, at the very moment these government reports were being written, Hong Kong was on the cusp of a general Asian economic boom that would see real income per capita in Japan and the Four Tigers (Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and South Korea) quadruple from 1960 to 1985.  Though many observers felt as the American journalist John Robbins did in 1959, when he asserted that "Hong Kong's state of supersaturation" may be "a portent of things to come throughout Asia," the apocalypse they predicted never came to pass.  Instead, Hong Kong witnessed the greatest economic boom of its history, and now boasts a population of more than six million people-- about five times the number the Hong Kong government in 1954 declared to be its carrying "capacity."


                                                 -William McGurn, First Things, Population and the Wealth of Nations
                                                   [Copyright (c) 1996 First Things 68 (December 1996): 22-25.]



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Question and Answer / Are You an Internet Addict?
« on: September 22, 2010, 05:10:07 PM »
Top 10 Signs You're Addicted to the Net

10. You wake up at 3 a.m. to go to the bathroom and stop and check your e-mail on the way back to bed.

9. You get a tattoo that reads "This body best viewed with Netscape Navigator 1.1 or higher."

8. You name your children Eudora, Mozilla and Dotcom.

7. You turn off your modem and get this awful empty feeling, like you just pulled the plug on a loved one.

6. You spend half of the plane trip with your laptop on your lap...and your child in the overhead compartment.

5. You decide to stay in college for an additional year or two, just for the free Internet access.

4. You laugh at people with 2400-baud modems.

3. You start using smileys in your snail mail.

2. The last mate you picked up was a JPEG.

1. Your hard drive crashes. You haven't logged in for two hours. You start to twitch. You pick up the phone and manually dial your ISP's access number. You try to hum to communicate with the modem.
 
                                                                              -John Suler, The Psychology of Cyberspace

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Latin America | South America / Lorenzo the Parrot is Arrested
« on: September 18, 2010, 09:51:18 AM »
Police seize parrot trained as drug gang lookout

A parrot in the Colombian city of Barranquilla has become a jail-bird after it was seized during a police drugs raid.

According to environmental authorities, Lorenzo the parrot was trying to tip-off a local drug cartel when officers conducted an undercover raid.

"This parrot was sending out alerts," said Environmental Police Officer Hollman Oliveira. "You could say he was some sort of watch bird."

Authorities claim Lorenzo is one of nearly 1700 parrots seized by officials after being trained by drug traffickers to act as lookouts.

Lorenzo caused quite the stir as he was presented to journalists. The well-trained creature even showed off his lookout skills as he yelled out: "Run, run you are going to get caught."

Police colonel Freddy Veloza told reporters: "He spent the whole morning saying that".

Despite Lorenzo's attempts, Veloza's officers still managed to seize more than two-hundred weapons, a stolen motorcycle and a large quantity of marijuana.

At least four men and two other birds were also arrested in the raids. (ITN)

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Poems and Poets / He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven (William Butler Yeats)
« on: September 15, 2010, 08:15:06 PM »

one of england's most loved poems happens to be one of my favorites too.

He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven

William Butler Yeats

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.


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Philippine Daily News / China/Hongkong: Food for Thought
« on: September 12, 2010, 11:29:36 PM »

an email from a friend, quoted in toto:


"Guys,
 
Time to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!  Let's start by deporting all the illegal Chinese in Quiapo, Divisoria, Ongpin and wherever else in the Philippines.  Those that claim to be Filipinos and protected by the police but cannot speak Tagalog.
 
 Whoever wrote this, thank you, very well said...

You hate the Filipino people for the hostage fiasco, that unfortunate incident that went out of control at the end. This was a hostage situation that was under control and which netted 7 Chinese tourists to be released upon the efforts of our policemen.
 
You appear and sound sanctimonious and have even stepped upon our sovereignty.  You have demanded apology, the moon and the heavens.  You hate the Filipino people as if we wanted this unfortunate incident to happen.  First and foremost, we offer our condolences to the families of the 8 that were killed in this incident.  Secondly, we are sorry for the bungled handling of this hostage taking. It was unfortunate, it was an accident, we never planned it that way.  Is it fair to blame a whole nation for a situation that was never planned?
 
Let me ask you this question, should we hate you also for the lead poisoning caused by the paint you used in your baby furniture and toys for the children of the world?  Should we hate you also for the use of cardboard in the "siopao" that you sell to tourists?  Should we hate you also for the  melamine contamination wherein not 8, but hundreds, maybe even thousands have suffered and some even died?
 
Or, let us talk of Filipino casualties.  A few years ago, 3 Filipino tourists, all surnamed Madrigal, a family of 5 were walking on Tienemen Square and Beijing.  One Chinese stabbed the father and two of his children, killing all three.  Were you even sorry for what this one Chinese did?  Did the Filipino people even demand that China apologized for this unfortunate incident. This was PRE-MEDITATED MURDER.
Just as the use of lead, cardboard, melamine was pre-meditated - used because they were cheaper materials, in order to generate PROFITS for the Chinese businessman.  Did you pay damages the same way you are demanding damages from the Filipino nation and people.
 
Where was the anger of the Chinese and Hongkong people?  Did you even apologize to the world?  My God in the case of melanine, you even kept this information from the world, until you were exposed for what you are!!!

Enough!  We sympathize but don't blame the Filipino people.
 
So you want to send our OFWs home that take care of your children? They play an important part in your lives.  Both spouses are able to work, earn money because of the tender loving care being heaped on your children by Filipino maids and yayas/amahs.  While you pay our OFWs for the work they do, you earn more for the love and care they bestow on your children. Go ahead, send our OFWs home. Let us see how that will affect your family incomes.
 
Enough!"


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Photos Unlimited / Lorenzo the Cat (thanks to yahoo!)
« on: August 27, 2010, 05:42:21 PM »
one more reason why i love cats...

Model feline Lorenzo on the, er, cat walk

Thu Aug 26, 3:57 pm ET

Cats are known for good grooming, but few have a sense of style.  Now consider Lorenzo the cat, a notable and hilarious exception.  The 2-year-old feline was recently profiled in an AP article because of his love of posing for the camera while wearing outfits.

The cat has scored thousands of fans, including Yoko Ono and Alanis Morissette, on Facebook, MySpace and YouTube.  His Web searches on Yahoo! are also clawing their way upward. Over the past 24 hours, online lookups for "lorenzo the cat who wears clothes" shot up 75%.
 
While Lorenzo has exhibited a willingness to model everything from cabana wear to classic denim, he does have a few rules that must be followed if Joann Biondi, his photographer (and owner), wants his cooperation in front of the camera. First, no pants.  Second, no caps. And third, much like David Hasselhoff, Lorenzo's top button must remain open.  Hey, the fur's gotta breathe, baby!
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/20100826/en_ynews/ynews_en3488_3


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Other sources:

Lorenzo The Cat Takes Feline Modeling World By Storm (PHOTOS, POLL)

Not many cats have thousands of fans and a couple of museum exhibits under their belts. Of course, not many cats could wear belts. Lorenzo is a 2-year-old Maine coon who happily models the latest fashions for his owner, photographer Joann Biondi.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/26/lorenzo-the-cat-takes-fel_n_695607.html


Model cat likes fancy shirts and mugging for camera

Lorenzo's photos have won him thousands of friends or fans on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube. Yoko Ono follows him, Alanis Morissette tweets him and he has a "relationship" with the most famous guest at New York's Algonquin Hotel. Not bad for a cat. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/homegarden/2012734428_catlorenzo27.html?syndication=rss

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Public Domain Download / Please help me download some music
« on: July 07, 2010, 02:18:45 PM »

i'm desperate to have the music of julie london (little things mean a lot, frenesi), perry como songs, and as many lettermen songs as possible.  will someone tip me off on how to do this? 

(p.s.  bol-anon ko, so gusto ko free download.  besides, di ko kahibawo unsaon pagbayad sa internet.) 

thanks.

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World Cup Football | Fifa Soccer / Germany wins!
« on: July 04, 2010, 10:09:29 AM »
Germany oust Argentina, Spain beat Paraguay

By Barry Moody

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Germany demolished Argentina and Spain beat Paraguay by one goal in a quarter-final of extraordinary drama on Saturday as Europe took revenge on Latin America to dominate the World Cup.

The results mean three European sides and Uruguay will contest next week’s semi-finals. South America had dominated the early stages of the World Cup, while soccer powers England, holders Italy and France were all humbled.

Germany’s 4-0 crushing of Diego Maradona’s side was the second time in two days that a European power had sent home one of the two Latin American favorites, following the Netherlands’ shock defeat of Brazil on Friday.

Spain had to fight long and hard against a tough Paraguay before Spanish hitman David Villa, the tournament’s top scorer, took the only goal—his fifth of the tournament—in the 83rd minute after substitute Pedro’s effort bounced off an upright.

Earlier both sides missed penalties in a frantic spell in the second half. Spanish keeper Iker Casillas saved Oscar Cardozo’s penalty and three minutes later Xabi Alonso’s first try for Spain was disallowed for encroachment. Paraguayan keeper Justo Villar saved the second.

In the semi-finals Spain will face Germany, who handed Argentina their worst World Cup defeat in 52 years, outplaying them all over the pitch despite the presence of World Player of the Year Lionel Messi, who was mostly stifled by defenders.

Germany and Spain will play in Durban on Wednesday while Uruguay face the Netherlands on Tuesday in Cape Town.

The extraordinary World Cup shake-up came as millions of Africans continued to mourn the controversial elimination of their last hope, Ghana, by Uruguay on Friday.

The Ghanaians were robbed by a cruel, some said unfair, turn of fate from becoming the first continental nation to reach the semi-finals after being beaten by Uruguay on penalties.

A Luis Suarez handball on the goalline in the dying seconds of extra-time was all that denied Ghana a place in the last four after they failed to convert the resulting spot-kick and then lost the penalty shootout.

TEARFUL AFRICANS

Africans called radio phone-in shows to say Suarez had cheated, echoing the tearful comment by defender John Pantsil after the game: “It was not a penalty, it was a goal, because he (Suarez) was the last man on the goalline and he saved the ball with the hands.”

Emotions were naturally the opposite across the Atlantic where Uruguayan media celebrated “the hands of Luis Suarez.”

Tens of thousands took to the streets of Montevideo to cheer their best World Cup run in 40 years, although Suarez will miss the semi-final after being red carded for the handball.

The outcome sparked a new debate about whether FIFA should change the rules and introduce a system similar to rugby where referees can award a penalty try.

A broken Maradona said Argentina’s thrashing was the hardest day of his life.

“Today, close to the 50 years I will be on October 30, this is the hardest thing I’ve experienced…This was (like) a punch from Muhammad Ali. I have no strength for anything.”

Germany shocked the Argentines with a third minute goal from Thomas Mueller and scored three times in the second half—twice through Miroslav Klose and once from Arne Friedrich.

German coach Joachim Loew said he believed his young team could win the trophy for the first time in 20 years. Chancellor Angela Merkel, who enthusiastically cheered from the stands during the match, said: “It’s overwhelming, it’s a dream.”

Celebrations erupted throughout Germany and more than 350,000 fans watched at a fan park in Berlin.

Even the German players seemed stunned by the extent of their victory. “It’s insane to beat Argentina 4-0,” said Mueller, whose yellow card may mean he misses the semi.

Messi had been one of the most eagerly awaited players in Africa’s first World Cup but never scored during the tournament.

The successive defeats of Argentina and Brazil led British bookies to make Germany, Spain and Netherlands joint favorites to win the tournament.

(Writing by Barry Moody and Andrew Cawthorne; Reporting by Reuters World Cup team; Editing by Ossian Shine)

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Salins Hulbot

The birds, bees and venereal disease

By Gerard Pareja

(Cebu Daily News First Posted 08:23:00 06/22/2010)
 

Ma'am Lopez Jaena (MLJ): Kay Religion man ang atong klase ron, sultihi kuno ko kun kinsay mama ni Jesus.

Sarah Teresita Dipalupig (STD): Ako, Ma’am.

MLJ: O, sige, Sarah.

STD: Si Virgin Mary.

MLJ: Very good Sarah. Ang Blessed Virgin Mary maoy mama ni Jesus.

Nyorito Gamay (NG): Unsa nang virgin Ma’am?

MLJ: Hoy, Rito, gusto kang ma priso ko?

NG: Di Ma’am uy. Ikay akong favorite teacher, Ma’am. Di ko gustong mapriso ka Ma’am.

MLJ: Unya nganong mangutana man ka anang virgin-virgin? Di pa ta ka discuss anang virgin-virgin kay duna pay restraining order gikan sa korte nga di pa ta maka take-up og sex education. Kanang pagka-virgin nalakip na sa sex education.

NG: Aw, sex education diay na masakop ang pagka-virgin. Abi nakog sa sports ug physical education na.

MLJ: Ha? Kinsa may gaingon nimong apil na sa P.E. ang virginity?

NG: Diba apil man na sa sports ang bisiklita?

MLJ: O. Unya?

NG: Di ba kanang sports apil sa P.E.?

MLJ: O. Unya?

NG: Naa misilingang babae nga high school Ma’am mamaligyaay na siyag banana cue.

MLJ: O. Unya?

NG: Nawa kuno iyang pagka-virgin kay gabsiklita siyas daan nga daghag libaong.

Nyorito Daku (ND): Tan-awa nas Ma’am mao nay example sa virgin, way bana.

MLJ: Hoy! Hoy! Hinay-hinaya ko ninyo. Old maid ko pero di ko virgin ha.

ND: Aw, sorry Ma’am. Di na diay ka virgin, Ma’am?

MLJ: Hoy! Ayg binastos diha Nyorito Daku. Gusto kang ipada tikas room sa principal para ma suspenso?

ND: Ma’am ikaw ra bayay gaingon nga old maid ka pero dili virgin.

MLJ: Sus kong mga bataa mo. Makaugtas! Undangon tana ning Religion. Ari natas arithmetic.

STD: Sige ma’am.

MLJ: Atong Binisay-on para makasabot mo.

Jessica Sipsip (JS): Sige ma’am.

MLJ: Dunay lima ka pan de sal sa lamisa. Gikuhaan og duha sa imong papa. Pilay nahabiling pan de sal sa lamisa?

STD: Ma’am, ako, Ma’am.

MLJ: Okay, Sarah.

STD: Three, Ma’am. Tulo.

MLJ: Very good Sarah. Unya gikuhaan pa gyud ug usa sa iro. Pila naman lay nahibilin sa lima ka pan de sal?

JS: Ma’am, ako Ma’am.

MLJ: Sige, Jessica.

JS: Two, Ma’am. Duha.

MLJ: Very good, Jessica.

NG: Ma’am!

MLJ: Unsay pangutana nimo, Nyorito Gamay?

NG: Unsa man nang nakuhaan ug nagpakuha?

MLJ: Ha?

NG: Di ba ang atong leksyon ron kabahin mas gipangkuha nga pan de sal sa lamesa?

MLJ: O. Unya?

NG: Nakadungog man gud kos akong Mama nga niingong nakuhaan siya. Unya mitubag ang among silingan, ang Mama adtong nagbisiklitas libaong, nga nagpakuha kuno siya adtong miaging tuig kay wa siyay ikagasto pagpasesaryan kay napriso iyang bana nga nadakpang gadag shabu.

MLJ: Nyorito Gamay, ayaw nag paminaw sa istoryas imong Mama kon mag chika silas inyong silingan.

NG: Wa man naku tuyo-a Ma’am, nakadungog ra kos ilang istorya.

MLJ: Sunod panampong sa imong dunggan.

NG: Yes, Ma’am.

MLJ: Hahay, unsaon naman lang mo? Undangon ta na ning arithmetic kay basig mapun-an og di mao. Ari tas Pilipino.

ND: Ma’am!

MLJ: O Nyorito Daku.

ND: Di ba parehas ra nang Tagalog ug Pilipino?

MLJ: Dili pero pwede ra. Ngano man unta?

ND: Naa koy wa sabtis Tagalog nga news sa TV.

MLJ: O, unsa man?

ND: Puspusang hinikayat.

MLJ: Ha? Ah, kanang unya na lang nang mga lisud inig ka high school nimo. Grade three pa man ka.

ND: Sige Ma’am.

MLJ: O, ito. Pakinggan ninyong mabuti. Palitan ninyo ang salitang namatay sa pangungusap na ito. Ang namatay na si Jose Lopez ay dating alkalde ng Aklan.

JS: Ma’am, try, Ma’am.

MLJ: Sige, subokan mo, Jessica.

JS: Ang yumaong si Jose Lopez ay dating alkalde ng Aklan.

MLJ: Tama.

STD: Try rin ako, Ma’am.

MLJ: Sige, Sarah.

STD: Ang nasirang Jose Lopez ay dating alkalde ng Aklan.

MLJ: Tama, Sarah.

ND: Ma’am!

MLJ: O, Nyorito Daku. May gusto kang sabihin?

ND: Ma’am nasira man lagi tong Papa ni Nyorito Gamay, wa lagi mamatay. Gi-indiksyonan ra man ang lubot.

NG: Bitaw Ma’am. Nasira si Papa, Ma’am. Wa siya padulgang Mama pero wa man siya mamatay.

MLJ: Ginoo kong mga bataa mo! Puros sex naas inyong wave length. Unsay gipaka-on sa inyong Mama ninyo? Lansiao?

STD: Ma’am!

MLJ: O, Sarah.

STD: Unsa diay nang lansiao, Ma’am? Ganahan lagi akong Lolo ana, Ma’am.

MLJ: Mamauli ta! Dismissed na mo!

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Family & Parenting / Women Over 40
« on: June 28, 2010, 10:47:33 PM »
Women over 40

As I grow in age, I value women over 40 most of all. Here are just a few reasons why:

A woman over 40 will never wake you in the middle of the night and ask, 'What are you thinking?' She doesn't care what you think. If a woman over 40 doesn't want to watch the game, she doesn't sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do, and it's usually more interesting. Women over 40 are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won't hesitate to shoot you if they think they can get away with it. Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it's like to be unappreciated. Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over 40. Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over 40 is far sexier than her younger counterpart. Older women are forthright and honest. They'll tell you right off if you are a jerk if you are acting like one. You don't ever have to wonder where you stand with her. Yes, we praise women over 40 for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it's not reciprocal . For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed, hot woman over 40, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some 22-year old waitress. Ladies, I apologize.

For all those men who say, 'Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?', here's an update for you. Nowadays 80% of women are against marriage. Why? Because women realize it's not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage!

- Andy Rooney


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Anonymous Diary Blog / Where are you, ASPO and SCARB?
« on: June 26, 2010, 12:47:16 PM »

PLEASE COME BACK, ASPO & SCARB.  Nanawagan sa kahanginan ang inyong mga kaigsoonan.  Why man nga wa na man tawon moy kisaw? 

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General Topic / A RACIAL SLUR AGAINST FILIPINOS?
« on: April 03, 2010, 02:29:59 PM »
The following is in Yahoo! ANSWERS:

If you could speak to Adam Carolla now, what would you tell him?

Examiner.com (http://www.examiner.com/x-21442-Sacramento-Fight-Sports-Examiner~y2010m4d1-Popular-American-comedian-and-television-host-discriminates-against-Manny-Pacquiao-and-Filipinos) reports:

"Adam Carolla, a popular American comedian and television host, went on a vulgar tirade about Manny Pacquiao, the Philippines, and Filipinos."

The article also posted quotes from Adam Carolla talking about the Philippines.

“Here’s how you know when your country doesn’t have a lot going for it: When everything is about Manny Pacquiao.”

“Get a fu**in life as a country”

“All you fu**in got is just an illiterate guy who happens to smash other guys in the head better than other people”

“Really, you want some guy with brain damage running your country? Why don’t you get your sh*t together?”

“All they have over there is Manny Pacquiao and sex stores.”

“What happens when Floyd Mayweather beats him? Does your country go into depression?”

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