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Mas hadlok man ng galakaw-lakaw nga di makit-an ang tinaguan nga hinagiban. I really wish for Bohol not only zero insurgency but also zero criminality.

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Youtube Replay / Re: Political Crisis in Thailand
« on: March 21, 2010, 06:43:45 AM »
He seems to me like a well-educated, charismatic leader--a far cry from Thaksin Shinawatra whom he replaced. I don't have an in-depth knowledge of Thai politics, but sometimes good leadership is undermined by rowdy, partisan politics.

Ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra must really have used his vast wealth to keep these people engaged in dramatic opposition. Thaksin had an extensive business empire when he joined politics, and continued to expand it in office. His populist policies obviously gained him a very loyal following.

There, there, let's not be charmed by the wiles of astute businessmen running for office whose supposedly humble origins make them friends of the poor.

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Family & Parenting / Re: Love and Marriage
« on: March 16, 2010, 09:20:55 PM »
Brod Gener, palaisipan sa akin kung ano ang moral of the story. Eto kaya?

The idealist looks for love and ends up empty-handed. The realist looks for someone to marry, and finds someone good enough to love.

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Health and Food / Impotence a sign of heart ailment?
« on: March 16, 2010, 07:29:52 PM »
Erectile dysfunction is strong predictor of fatal heart ailments, study finds

By Thomas H. Maugh II

March 16, 2010

For the first time, researchers have shown that erectile dysfunction is a strong predictor of the likelihood that men will die of heart disease.

Men who suffer from the problem, which some consider more an emotional than a physical issue, are twice as likely to succumb to cardiovascular disease or heart attacks as those who do not have the problem, German researchers reported Monday in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Assn.

Researchers have known for years that there is a link between erectile dysfunction, commonly abbreviated as ED, and heart disease, said Dr. Sahil Parikh, an interventional cardiologist from University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland who was not involved in the study. "But now there is pretty clear evidence that there is a substantially increased risk of heart attack and death when patients have erectile dysfunction."

The results are probably not too surprising, added Dr. Robert Kloner, a cardiologist at USC's Keck School of Medicine, "because arteries in the penis are smaller, so atherosclerosis shows up there sooner," perhaps three to four years before the onset of cardiovascular disease.

The take-home message, both experts said, is that when a patient seeks treatment for ED, typically from a general practitioner, he should be given a full physical work-up to look for heart disease and referred to a cardiologist.

"When they are treated aggressively early, we can prevent heart attacks and stroke and they can have many years added to their lives," Parikh said.

Existing guidelines for treating men with ED from the Princeton Consensus Conference already state that "a man with ED and no cardiac symptoms is a cardiac (or vascular) patient until proven otherwise." Kloner, a coauthor of those guidelines, said that when the guidelines are updated this year, they will probably carry a stronger recommendation that a patient presenting with ED get a cardiovascular examination.

Dr. Michael Bohm, a cardiologist at Germany's Saarland University, and his colleagues studied 1,519 men from 13 countries who were involved in a study of two drugs to treat cardiovascular disease. The men were also queried about their ED at the beginning of the study, two years into it and at the end at five years. A full 55% of the men had ED at the beginning of the trial, nearly double the normal incidence of about 30% in the population at large.

The team reported that, in the five years of follow-up, men with ED were 1.9 times as likely to die from heart disease, twice as likely to have a heart attack, 1.2 times as likely to be hospitalized for heart failure and 1.1 times more likely to have a stroke. The risks increased with the severity of the ED.

Disappointingly, the two drugs tested in the study, ramipril and telmisartan, did not improve the course of the ED.

That's not surprising, said Dr. Peter Pelikan, a cardiologist at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, "because it takes years and years and years to get any resorption of cholesterol" that would reduce blockage of the penile arteries. "The study was too small and too short to see that."

Many men with ED see a general practitioner or a urologist to get treatment and are prescribed drugs like Viagra or Cialis, Bohm said in a statement. "The drug works and the patient doesn't show up any more. These men are being treated for ED, but not the underlying cardiovascular disease. A whole segment of men is being placed at risk."

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LGU Philippines / Unhealthy system driving away nurses and doctors?
« on: March 16, 2010, 06:41:14 PM »
EDITORIAL - Blame the system, not those who leave
(The Freeman) Updated March 16, 2010 12:00 AM


Roughly 200 hospitals around the country, many of them in the provinces and rural areas, have been reported to have closed down. And the reason given was that there were no more doctors or nurses to serve in them.

While that may be true, it is quite unfair to stop just there and not put things into context. To do so is to cast doctors and nurses in a bad light, making them appear as if all they want in life is go abroad and earn good money there.

First of all, let us not lose sight of the bottomline. And the bottomline is that doctors and nurses do not just save lives. They have to live too. And with the kind of salaries they are being given, especially in these hospitals, they will be dying first before their patients.

If it has not sunk in to those concerned, medicine and nursing have become among the most expensive college courses to take. Nursing in particular has become especially prohibitive, and for no other reason than that schools are cashing in on the demand.

The nursing boom of a few years ago, which in fact has grown bust by now, drove many young people to take up the course. But instead of the time-tested laws of supply and demand prevailing, something unique has happened in the Philippines.

Yet, for all the expense invested in taking up a nursing course, nurses are paid peanuts if they work here. Not only is it an affront to the dignity of a profession requiring great skills, it is also damning to perdition to be paid less than half of what a jeepney driver makes.

Many jeepney drivers never went to school. Most even secured licenses by greasing some palms so they do not have to take driving tests. Yet on a good day they make at least P500. Many nurses working in government hospitals are lucky if they earn half of that.

And yet we make it sound as if it is their fault that hospitals are closing because they prefer to work abroad. Perhaps the question to ask is -- has anybody made any effort to make it even just morally worthwhile to work here?

First you milk the nurses in school, then you starve them when they work. And you blame them for saying enough is enough? Instead of blaming those who leave, they should be declared heroes for finally standing up and fighting the rotten system.

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San Pedro
LITO BANAYO
Malaya
March 11, 2010
 

HOW could a piece of property sequestered by the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), and a lis pendens annotated upon its transfer certificate of title, land in the hands of a corporation called Crown Asia, owned and controlled by the so-called "brown taipan", Manuel Villar, who wants to be president of the land?

The 2.18 hectare property is in the vicinity of a swanky golf course called TAT, before that Filipinas Golf Course, and even before that, during the Marcos years, known as Holiday Hills, in the municipality of San Pedro Laguna. It straddles the boundary of the first town of Laguna with the last city of Metro Manila, and is now connected to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) by an interchange, and to Las Piñas and Bacoor to a so-called Daang Reyna, which in turn connects to Daang Hari. Pretty good property, one must say.

It used to be titled to one Maximo Argana, remembered by many to be the feared and powerful mayor of Muntinglupa during the martial law years. When the dictatorship fell, the newly-created PCGG went after the unexplained wealth of Marcos, his cronies and other public officials. They went after Maximo Argana’s wealth, and this San Pedro property was one of them. Because Argana had meanwhile died, the PCGG attached an encumbrance upon the title, what is called a lis pendens, which means the property cannot be sold, leased, or otherwise encumbered while the case is pending. And up till today, that case pends before the Sandiganbayan.

Meanwhile, the informal settlers who had stayed in the property by tolerance or sufferance of the registered owner, Argana, had hoped that when the government finally got full leave of the court to confiscate the San Pedro property, they could apply for land ownership under the social justice programs of the State.

Their hopes brightened with the enactment of the Urban Dwellers Act during the Cory administration, otherwise known as the Lina Law.

But lo and behold! In the year 2000, a corporation called Crown Asia suddenly claimed ownership of the property, on the basis of a deed of sale executed between it and Capitol Bank. Both Crown Asia and Capitol are owned and controlled by the spouses Manuel and Cynthia Villar. Crown Asia, along with its sister corporations, had already acquired other properties in the vicinity, which it was then developing into medium and high-end housing projects.

How did this happen? There was a lis pendens on the property, and a check with government agencies, including the Office of the President shows that the Argana title should not and must not be the subject of a deed of sale, not even a contract of lease, for as long as the courts would not lift that lis pendens (or pendente lite, which means pending legal resolution of the case.

But apparently, Capitol Bank foreclosed the property from a certain Jose Nunez, who failed to pay a short-term loan, and made no effort whatsoever to restructure or re-schedule the loan, as most are wont to do, but instead, immediately had his property foreclosed by the Villar bank. And the Villar’s Capitol Bank turns around and sells the property also immediately, to Crown Asia. Seems like this is a pattern, a modus operandi of the Villar’s interlocking corporations.

In 2002, Villar’s Crown Asia posted security guards and then ordered demolition of the settler’s houses. The demolition squad succeeded in destroying 30 houses and led to the killing of Quirico "Rico" de los Santos, a leader of the neighborhood association of poor informal dwellers called ironically, Paradise Park. But the informal settlers resisted and they remain there to this day, their Paradise Park Neighborhood Association knocking from one government agency door to another, hoping to seek justice and their urban dwellers’ rights under the laws of the benighted land. There are now some 205 family houses walled inside the 2.18 hectare property, with no basic services such as electrical connections and water. They have to walk to buy expensive retailed water and inter-connect or share one electricity source. Guards of the neighboring walled subdivision, armed with shotguns strictly monitor their movements. They are not allowed to bring in construction materials even to repair their rickety dwellings.

Is this another racket where fake titles are produced surreptitiously, and prey on helpless landowners, such as the Dumagat and Remontado farmers in Norzagaray, Bulacan (read our articles of February 25 and 27, Malaya)? In Norzagaray, the titles issued during the Japanese occupation, which under Commonwealth Act 141, as amended, have been declared null and void, were "foreclosed" by Capitol Bank, and then paid in kind to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas which had earlier issued an emergency loan to the said Villar-owned bank of 1.5 billion pesos.

In San Pedro, property encumbered in temporary favor of the Republic of the Philippines, pending resolution of a sequestration case, is suddenly claimed by a family corporation which "bought" the property from the same family-owned bank, which in turn foreclosed the same from a person, fictitious or real, who "borrowed" a short-term loan and "failed" to pay.

But the Paradise Park homeowners are now in mortal fear of imminent ejection, should this "poor man turned billionaire", whose heart "bleeds for the poor", and who makes a holy vow (panata) to end poverty (tatapusin ang kahirapan), become president. Truly, night will fall upon the lives of these poor people "squatting" on government-owned land. Because if Villarroyo succeeds with his money, and buys the presidency come May 10, 2010, with secret help from the woman who replaced the man he impeached in 2000, then the "government" and their nemesis will be one and the same.

"Mayaman na siya. Huwag na niyang agawin sa amin ang karapatan na manirahan sa lupang hindi naman kanya", said Aling Gloria Barrameda of the Paradise Park Neighborhood Association , who along with some 40 other settlers marched and picketed the front of the historic Laurel House that Money Villarroyo bought two years ago, and from whence he launched his quest for the presidency.

The man who claims to have shared the tribulations of the poorest of the poor, who used to live in a single-room house with his entire family (but transferred as a kid later to a 560 square-meter property in San Rafael Village in Balut, built by his government employee of a father and his industrious fish merchant of a mother) and used to sleep in a narrow bench in Divisoria market (but was schooled in a Catholic parochial school where he and brood were fetched by a stainless steel owner-type jeep), and virtually mocks the toil and sacrifices of his truly industrious parents in order to propagandize alleged poverty, now sends his guards to confiscate property held by the Republic, at the expense of poor, landless settlers, one of whom was executed by his unknown security guards.

As Aling Gloria stated in poignant anger: "Sa ginagawa niya sa aming mahihirap, kasinungalingan ang sinasabi niyang siya ay para sa mahirap at siya ay may malasakit. Siya ang tunay na pasakit. Siya ang tunay na pahirap".

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What is happening to Thailand should be a cautionary tale for us.

Thaksin Shinawatra has shown that a shrewd business magnate does not always make a good political leader. It is easy to win votes by promising that one will replicate his rags-to-riches story in the lives of each and every Filipino, and throw in "show" money to each voter's pocket at the same time. With MannyV, MannyP and Willie's combined liquidity, it is very likely that this election will indeed be clinched by money. But woe be unto us!

Unless Manny Villar divests himself of all his business interests--which is impossible--his complex overlay of business interests will dominate his political agenda.

The money used for his campaign are not unfettered--they come with strings from business interests, who will certainly demand a payback. MannyV has consistently declared an amazing personal net worth, but his business interests in real estate are reportedly in debt. His wife's Capitol Bank, heavily exposed to his own real estate ventures, folded up at about the same time he made a soft entry into politics.

If elected, Manny needs to pay back too many business partners and supporters to really be concerned by the urgency of uplifting the lives of the so-called poor, from whose ranks he claims to come from.


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I just surveyed today's crime headlines in Japan and there does seem to be a conscious editorial effort not to mention the nationality of an offender in the headline but identify him instead by his work, purpose or the nature of his violation.

For instance, a New Zealander who was apprehended for jumping on a whaling ship is reported, Detained Activist Says He Boarded Whaling Ship to Arrest Captain.

The news of an American who runs an English school and was arrested for child pornography is headlined, English School Manager Indicted for Filming Child Porn.

On the other hand, crimes of US military personnel are identified as such even in headlines, Two US Marines Arrested in Okinawa over Drunken Driving.

There does seem to be varying standards on what constitutes discrimination. While Japan meticulously avoids abrading the sensibilities of compatriots of apprehended criminals, it routinely publishes nationality, age and gender requirements for job adverts (which is banned in other countries).

If I were the editor, the headline for this article should perhaps read, Bigamist Deported for Visa Fraud. The main offense of the foreigner as far as the Philippine government is concerned is visa fraud. Bigamy, which can be proven only in his country of origin, is a civil offense for which he is answerable to his own government.

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This does seem like an overkill. After all, it's unlikely the Japanese guy was armed. In many countries, this offense would fall under the category of "civil cases" and would not merit such a high-powered operation.  The SWAT team just perhaps received their training completion certificate and needed a practicum.


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Tagbilaran City - Bohol / Re: BAG-ONG KAN-ANAN SA TAGBILARAN!
« on: March 16, 2010, 10:35:23 AM »
bnc, asa ni dapita? unsay ngan sa carenderia?


151
LGU Philippines / Re: Bohol Exodus to Nacionalista Party
« on: March 16, 2010, 10:31:30 AM »
This just goes to show that Filipinos, and Filipino politicians in particular, have not really matured yet to the level where one can expect loyalty to political parties and the social agenda that they stand for.

Lakas, Nacionalista, Liberal--how do we tell one from the other? They are better known by their standard-bearers and not the standards that the parties stand for.

For "career" politicians, their allegiance is really based more on who has the money to mobilize the political machinery and clinch the votes. And the voters? I think they're no different--they'll vote for the likeliest person to bring the bacon.

Wonder why we're always back to square one, election after election? Despite the combined fortunes of Villar, Pacquiao and Revillame behind Nacionalista Party, I still hope Liberally...

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LGU Philippines / Re: Villar was never a Tondo poor boy
« on: March 16, 2010, 10:07:39 AM »
Villar is just following the sound, practical advice that you should suit your resume to the job you want.

When Villar was building his real estate empire, he consistently promoted himself as the well-connected mogul with a net worth to die for.

Now that he wants the top job in Malacanang, he is peddling his supposed past of poverty to win the votes of the poor, who comprise perhaps two-thirds of the electorate.

Since Philippine elections are determined largely by money, just imagine what a triumvirate with Manny Pacquiao and Willie Revillame can do to change the course of the elections with less than two months left.

If this presidency will be won by sheer hard cash, I can't imagine what the poor will get afterwards when debts and debts of gratitude will have to be paid back.

I just have the gut feel that if we buy the "poor Manny" story, we may just end up with an even poorer Philippines.

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Special Dates and Events / Re: Happy Birthday, Ate Ging/Grazie7y
« on: March 14, 2010, 06:13:41 PM »
Hi Ging,

Happy Birthday ko nimo dinhi! May you have many more sweet years to come.

154
Pulong Bisaya / Re: Learning Illongo
« on: March 10, 2010, 02:47:15 PM »
To Bran, daw budlay gid ning ginahangyo mo, hay indi ta kabalo kon diin maumpisa. Ano ayhan kon mamangkot ka sang basic phrases or sentence patterns, kag amo lang na anay sabton namon?

Translation: Doy Bran, murag lisod man ning imong gihangyo, kay di ta kahibawo asa magsugod. Unsa kahag mangutana sa kag  basic phrases or sentence patterns, unya mao lang sa na'y among tubagon?

Example:  Unsay nga'n nimo?
              Ano ngalan mo?

              Asa ka gapuyo?
              Diin ka gaistar?

              Pilay idad nimo?
              Pila ka na ka tuig?

              Nahigugma ko nimo.
              Naluyag ko sa imo.

              Ka lami!
              Ka namit!

              Katahom gyud nimo!
              Kagwapa gid sa imo!

              Kasabot kag Cebuano?
              Makaintindi ka sang Cebuano?

              Mauwaw man ko motan-aw sa imong katahom!
              Nahuya gid ko matan-aw sa imo kagwapa.
            

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Special Dates and Events / Re: Happy Birthday, Koddi!
« on: March 08, 2010, 04:16:04 AM »
Happy Birthday Bay!

156
Love Talk / Re: To Single Ladies: Choose Your Man Like the Eagle
« on: March 05, 2010, 02:36:25 PM »
You guys are fast learners! Pastang haboga ug layua na ang lupad sa topic, pildi pa ang agila. Muot man hinuon tanan, ha ha ha... Pangkinder man tingali ni ning eagle story, dili pang masters.

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LGU Philippines / Re: No More Hypocrisy And Treachery
« on: March 05, 2010, 11:48:38 AM »
Political parties are meant to consolidate the constituents behind well-defined social agenda.

But in our country, political parties seem to be just a convenient vehicle to get at least a low-cost, and at best a free ride, to elective public office. We have not really nurtured our parties to be anchored on social platforms and principles that will be the electorate's basis for evaluating their performance when they are in office.

Instead, our political parties are personality-centered. No wonder Chatto is calling the shots in Lakas--he enjoys a lot of popularity and has been taking a lot of credit for the good press that Bohol is getting. Elsewhere, being identified with the administration has been shown to be a candidate's kiss of death, but in Bohol, Chatto seems to have rallied the people behind, and in spite of, his unpopular party.

Having seen the last minute party-switching, I believe we're still a long way off from choosing our leaders on the basis of what they stand for. Opportunism rules the day over party loyalty.

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LGU Philippines / Boholano busted for cocaine, link to politics probed
« on: March 05, 2010, 10:51:01 AM »
Narco-politics and the elections
March 05, 2010 07:06:00
Cebu Daily News

Two candidates and a barangay captain in Cebu and Bohol are reportedly being investigated due to their links to illegal drugs.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) claims these three have history of arrests due to their alleged involvement in illegal drugs trade.

The investigation was announced after a tricycle driver from Bohol was arrested for trying to sell 12 medium packs of cocaine worth P720,000 to policemen who posed as buyers in barangay Capitol Site on Monday afternoon.

Vedasto Jubahid Corsiga, 54, later led the police to an abandoned shanty in Borongan town, Samar where a kilo of cocaine worth P6 million was seized.

The arrest of Corsiga confirmed intelligence reports that cocaine, a preferred illegal substance of the rich, has penetrated Cebu.

Corsiga's arrest as well as the ongoing probe of the three politicians in the region happened to be a loose thread in the web of narco-politics that supposedly swept across the country based on a claim by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

What gave the PDEA report some credence was a United States government advisory that supposedly warned the national government about the possible involvement of powerful drug lords with ties to the South American cartel that may help influence the course of elections.

As if Filipinos don't have enough problems trying to understand how the automated elections work and sifting through the promotional gimmicks of national and local candidates, now they have to deal with the moneyed death grip of drug traffickers.

To be sure, most voters are wary and uncompromising when it comes to drug traffickers but the problem lies in verifying who among these candidates are backed by drug lords.

According to Sen. Richard Gordon, who is running for president, a recent rice shipment from Vietnam supposedly contained a sizable cache of drugs and entered the company through Bacolod, Iloilo and Capiz.

It would be quite easy for the national government, specifically senators to call on the US government to issue the names of these candidates.

But there is protocol to observe and the Americans certainly would provide all the information needed.

Arresting drug traffickers, however, isn't as simple as obtaining a shopping list of names.

There is plenty of legwork to be done by all the agencies concerned. The national government should do its homework in order to effect the arrest of these pushers and traffickers and stem, if not totally stop the flow of drugs in the country and not just during this year's elections.

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Why I will Vote for Noynoy Aquino

     
    Monsod's Musings
    Winnie Monsod

    Villar still refuses to attend the Senate to face questions, and it only reminds me of how GMA used the privilege of her office to avoid questioning. What will happen if Villar wins and more corruption scandals surface?With Villar catching up to Noynoy in the polls, I am honestly quite terrified of the prospect of him winning. There is a clear case of graft in this instance, and instead of delving into the issues, his allies in the legislative are simply brushing off the allegations as "politically motivated". As a citizen, we should not accept this. If there is smoke, we must see if there is a fire that needs to be put out. Yes, the timing of the allegations seem a bit off. ( Joker Arroyo was pushing these issues as early as 1998). A known crook and political opportunist, Juan Ponce Enrile, is the person leading the censure. However, when the facts are presented, it is clear as day that something is amiss. It just further builds on my strong suspicions that Villar is a businessman simply looking to control the political arena to make a boat load of money.I have never trusted Villar since day one. I never trust businessmen who enter politics, because in the end, their core value is and always will be profit maximization. It is well documented that Villar's real estate empire ran into some serious financial problems when his overexposure to the real estate market and the Asian Financial Crisis made him unable to pay debts he took out to expand his real estate business in the early 1990s. After the Asian Crisis hit, Capitol Bank, owned by Villar and heavily exposed to his real estate investments was essentially ran to the ground and needed to be bailed out. In 2005, Villar tried to solve his debt problems by hiring a group of investment banks to advise him on how he can consolidate all his assets into one company (Vista Land). With the local and foreign investment bankers, Villar came up with a growth story for investors: "Invest in my company because we need it to fund all these wonderful project!" However, what was downplayed during the IPO roadshow was that instead of financing growth, resources from the offering would be used to finance his debt. To appease creditors, Villar even had his investment bankers pitch some form of a debt-to-equity conversion that raised skeptical eyebrows of many. In 2007, the IPO of Vista Land did not do as well as planned, in part because many investors and brokers were the same people who were burned by Villar's inability to pay back his loans.Now, as part of a corporate growth (or should I say corporate restructuring) plan, Villar is lusting for the highest position in the land. This scares me because Villar already has a track record of using his political position to gain the upper hand for his businesses. To save his empire and increase shareholder value of his business, Villar used his influence as Senate Finance Chair to shrewdly derail a Cavite road project that was supposed to be BUILD, OPERATE, and TRANSFER. Villar built a longer and more expensive road, the C-5 extension, adjacent to it; subsequently forcing the private investor in the initial project to pull out. The fishy thing is that this new road, longer and more expensive than the previously planned project, passed through all of Villar's land in Cavite. It is a clear case of graft, pointing to Villar use of influence and government funds to substantially improve the values of his real estate properties. To add insult to injury the right of way the government would have to pay in order to complete the project was substantially higher for the land that Villar owned. These funds could have easily been used to build needed schools.This scandal should be a red flag for all voters. However, the scary part is that Villar is spending billions to keep this out of the picture as he continues his attempt to brainwash our masses that he is their saviour. He convinces the masses that he is one of them. A poor boy from the slums of Tondo. In actuality, he is more like the 5-6 and syndicates, slum dwellers themselves who make a profit out of their poor brethren. Villar's ad agencies are doing an excellent job of maintaining this image as well as doing damage control. TV and radio continues to churn out Parokya Ni Edgaresque jingles that compete with "Nobody, Nobody." Dolphy is Villar's new spokesperson and Wowowee is one giant ad for him. In this process of brainwashing, the masses are not cognizant of how Villar conducts business as a politician. What they do not see is a man hell bent on turning our archipelago into his own personal piece of real estate.It is sad that the efforts of Juan Ponce Enrile, who is leading the censure for Villar, is actually giving Villar more sympathy votes. People do no trust Enrile, and when Enrile pounces on someone, it is usually met with a high degree of skepticism. I do not blame people for feeling this way. I also think Enrile is a crook who should be jailed for conspiring to implement Martial Law, for coup attempts, and for the human rights abuses during the Marcos regime. If someone with a more respectable reputation were to level these charges on Villar, I am sure the surveys would tell a different story.
    I also fear from some credible reports that Malacanang has actually made a deal with Villar (under the table). Essentially, GMA's goons said, "We will help you, in return, leave us alone when you win". Villar's behaviour in recent forums further adds credence to these reports as Villar has been very tame and quiet when it comes to how he will treat GMA after the elections. Appealing to common sense, it makes ALL THE SENSE for GMA to support someone who has a chance of winning, not a person rating at 4% in the surveys. GMA tried to reach out to Noynoy after Tita Cory died. All she got was rejection.

    Who can stop Villar in his quest for the presidency?

    I am known to be a Noynoy supporter, but to those skeptics and to those who are still undecided, I do concede that he is not perfect. His record as a politician is average and unspectacular at best. He does not have the charisma of his father. Before the death of his mother, he did not get much mileage. But I am going all out in support for Noynoy in 2010 because he stands for clean governance and appear willing to accomplish this. In addition, he has the best chance of preventing a opportunistic businessman, the assured next President of our country before Cory died, from using the Office of the President as a personal growth asset to his business empire.

    Noynoy's clean record is a big plus for me. It is a trait that I think should be the most important quality that we should look for in our next president. His appeal is that his track record is not tarnished by corruption scandals and his political debts are minimal. I know that many critics are trying to make an issue over his involvement in Hacienda Luisita, but Noynoy is not even heavily involved in the company. As a shareholder, Noynoy only owns .04% of Hacienda Luisita, a drop in the ocean and hardly in any position to do something about it. The case of the Hacienda does not have the substance that the C-5 extension controversy has a lot of.

    In addition, Nonoy also has an incredible legacy to live up to. All the pressure is on him to be clean and stay clean. He can't afford to tarnish the Aquino name and the immense legacy that his parents left behind. Cory and Ninoy practically sacrificed their family for their dream of a better Philippines. For Noynoy, to know that your father and mother went through so much hardship to improve our country is a heavy burden to think about if you do decide to become a crook and destroy everything that they fought for.

    We all have to make a choice. In my opinion, it has to go to the presidentiable who has an independent mind, stands up for what he believes in, is clean, and has the legacy his parents to live up to and maintain. For me, Nonoy, with all his flaws, is that candidate. For what this
    country needs is a clean president who can set an example top-down for the entire state; it needs a president with the will to change things and stamp out corruption; it needs a President who can set an example and is willing to perfect our dysfunctional democracy.

    I want someone who stands for being clean. He does not need a degree from Harvard. He does not need to have a multi-million peso business to show me he can make us all rich. He does not have to speak well. He just has to be clean. Nothing else should matter. He has to prioritize a platform of clean and effective governance and make sure that it delivers on that promise. Policies on the economy, education, energy, environment and health can all follow after the fundamentals are taken cared of. So far, the only candidate who promotes my vision with a clean record to back it up is Noynoy.

    Our urban landscape is replete with political slogans that attempt to convince people of certain candidate's ability to lead our nation

    Galing at Talino? Sorry Gibo, those were the supposed qualities of GMA, rubber stamped with a Phd in Economics. And what happened? She only worsened our economy. To GMA's credit she did balance our budget at one point, but it has again ballooned to the level where the next president will have to deal with the same economic issues she faced in 2005. During GMA's watch investment in infrastructure was insufficient, poverty incidence worsened, public education deteriorated, our nautical highway is still incomplete, goons like the Ampatuan's flourished in the south, and a culture of corruption flourished in our institutions. Instead of creating jobs, GMA focused on a policy of exporting labor without measuring the social costs of such a policy- thousands of broken OFW families and children of OFW's who do not have the proper parental supervision to teach them the differences between right and wrong. In effect, our next generation is left on their own to figure out how to become empowered patriots who love their country and will fight to defend it. In effect, whatever statistics in GDP growth GMA and her allies love to advertise, non of it trickled down and benefitted the poor..and none of it accounts for the social costs to her policies.

    Good speaker? Sorry Gibo, Marcos had that quality and he did nothing good for our contry. In fact, Marcos squandered the opportunity to be our Lee Kuan Yew and Dr. Mahatir. If I want a good, charismatic, and eloquent speaker, let's just run down the list of effective public speakers and vote them in.

    Para sa mahirap? Sorry Erap, you had your chance and failed miserably. Your only accomplishment is in convincing our masses that movie roles do not carry over into the political area.

    My only concern with Noynoy is how deep he might be in the Liberal Party and whether he has accumulate political debts to Liberal trapos. The Liberal PArty, like any party, has its own share of crooks (including those bandwagon trapos who jumped off GMA"s boat to ride on Aquino's popularity). How much will Nonoy have to give back to the Liberal trapos (and bandwagon Liberals who jumped GMA's ship) if elected? We will never know. However, I am willing to live with that unanswered question if it means preventing someone like Villar from turning the Philippines into Vista Land's next subdivision development. I am also reassured by the fact that he has that "Aquino" name and the ghosts of his parents to answer to if does decide to go down the immoral path.

    Nonoy will not solve all our problems. One person can't. But we need a start somewhere and it should be with someone who pushes honesty, reform, and good governance. It will be a tough battle, but I want to give Noynoy the chance to build on what his mother tried to accomplish. And I hope that if Noynoy wins, he will have the courage to make tough decisions and go after crooks, even if it means hurting a lot of friends and colleagues in government.

    To give you a better sense on how Villar conducts business, here is also a link to Joker Arroyo's 1998 privilege speech:
    http://www.malayang halalan.com/2010/01/ 26/joker- arroyo-raises-issue- of-accountability-of-public- officers-against-manny- villar/

    Actual notes scanned: http://www.scribd. com/doc/22789941/Joker- Arroyo-Privilege-Speech

    I guess "if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and looks like a duck.." Well, as the saying goes......

    Vote wisely Philippines. And continue to work towards uplifting the masses and freeing them from their state of hopelessness. Defend them from opportunists. DEVELOP THEM (FIRST) SPIRITUALLY AND BEHAVIORALLY; THEN ECONOMICALLY! When we lift up the poor and ween them off the mentality of hopelessness, our country will become first world. Only then will we have the powerful middle class that our young democracy is screaming for.


    Winnie Monsod

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Love Talk / To Single Ladies: Choose Your Man Like the Eagle
« on: March 03, 2010, 09:13:40 AM »
I was recently asked to deliver a message on love to close the Valentine month, and I just found this heart-warming piece on how a female eagle chooses her male partner. Ladies, I think you can learn a lot from this.

HOW THE FEMALE EAGLE CHOOSES HER MATE

(As told by the Wintu Tribal Elders of California)

When it comes time for the female Eagle to choose her mate, she prepares herself for many suitors. And many come before her. She looks them over quite well and then picks one to fly with for awhile.

If she likes the way he flies she finds a small stick, picks it up and flies high with it. At some point she will drop the stick to see if
the male can catch it. If he does, then she finds a larger stick and flies with it much higher this time. Each time the male catches the
sticks, she continues to pick up larger and larger sticks. When she finds the largest, heaviest stick that she herself can carry, the stick is at this point almost the size of a small log! But she can still fly very high with this large stick.

At any time in this process, if the male fails to catch the stick, she flies away from him as her signal that the test is now over. She begins her search all over again. And when she again finds a male she is interested in, she starts testing him in the exact same way. And she will continue this "testing" until she finds the male Eagle who can catch all the sticks. And when she does, she chooses him, and will mate with him for life.

One of the reasons for this test is that at some point they will build a nest together high up and will then have their Eaglettes. When the babies begin to learn to fly, they sometimes fall instead. It is then that the male must catch his young. And he does!


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