Thursday, April 20, 2006

CHIEF OF CHAFF

Mayuga as military chief possible -- Ermita
Story here

So Mayuga comes up with some worthless chaff of a report exonerating the garci-generals WITHOUT having listened to the testimonies of the foot soldiers -- the very same people who were witnesses to the alleged cheating.

And the next thing we know, he might be the next AFP Chief of Staff.

"Kahayupan" doesn't even begin to describe this treachery they're about to perpetrate.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Gloria Consistent on Death Penalty?

I was teetering on the brink of believing that Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was sincere in saving the death row convicts, but then I stumbled upon this.

Here's the story -- Erap imposed a moratorium on executions sometime 2000, probably to ensure that his ass doesn't get fried in case of impeachment and eventual conviction for plunder.

This Makapal woman just followed the status quo when she took over in 2001.

But in 2003, sensing that Lacson's anti-crime posturings was steadily earning him a following, the bleeding heart-wannabe reversed the ban posthaste. Christian compassion? Out the window.

So why is she reimposing the ban on executions now? Is it out of an overweening compassion for the death convicts? Or is it the fact that capital punishment, along with birth control, remains a HOT BUTTON among the prelates?

I'm not necessarily for the death penalty -- to me it's efficacy in deterring heinous crimes is overrated. But I think Bunye should cross out "1. GMA has been consistently against the death penalty" and "2. GMA feels compassion for death convicts" from his list of reasons explaining this moratorium on executions.

It's too insulting for people with good memories or good googling skills.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

HORSE MANURE

Even the dead got fertilizers, COA reports
The full stinky story here

Holy shit! This administration really is FULL OF SHIT -- all P728 million worth of it!

PIRATE-PROOF VCD

Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye on Friday announced that Malacañan will do a second part of the video documentary that will further prove its accusation that there was a wide conspiracy to topple President Arroyo.

The full story here

At last, a VCD that would NOT end up in Quiapo. If movie-makers can make
movies as interesting as this, then piracy would disappear overnight.

Just like Episode One, this is shaping up to be another perfect movie to
cut your toenails to.

Give me George Estregan Jr.'s bizarre Psycho Sex Thriller anyday.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Queen's Gambit Foiled by Bishops

Sigaw ng Bayan blinks after CBCP's lashing

Full story here After doddering in darkness without Sin's leadership,
Their Eminence seem to be getting their old groove back.

This spells bad news for Makapal. Baaaaaad news.

PUNO NG KAHIHIYAN

Puno junks people's initiative for Con-Ass
read full story here


After spiriting away billions of pesos in demonetized money from the BSP to fund
the signature campaign, after directing his sipsips in the barangay to trick people into
signing the initiative, after holing up in the HORIZON Hotel Edsa for a special ops to
manufacture signatures -- AFTER ALL THAT RIGMAROLE, Puno drops Gloria's Initiative
like a hot potato?

Being the master operator that he is, Puno can smell failure a mile away --
and yeah, he knows that the godawful signature drive has just been scuttled.

The scathing New York Times Editorial, the unflattering ADB report, the stinging
slap-in-the-face pastoral letter against Chacha, and the continued defiance of the people
against the incipient inroad to democracy have all but conspired to throttle the
ill-fated initiative. Wala na -- dead as a f*cking doornail.

Magkakabukingan na kasi, kaya biglang bwelta ang ungas.

Woohooo! It's a victory for the people, a small one for sure ,
but we'll take it anytime.

Paano, better luck next time.

Monday, March 27, 2006

UNDUE HEIST

I just want to know, why the undue speed with which Makapal is trying to effect
the biggest heist of all?

"Time is of the essence and we may lose the opportunity to provide for permanent political and economic stability, if we do not act swiftly," Bunye said in a statement.


Read Bunye's entire lying here

Really? REALLY? You expect us thinking folks to believe that after being under this system for the longest time, the Philippines will SUDDENLY grind to halt and implode because Makapal's evil designs have been thwarted? **Curses, foiled again**

Bunye, you clown, please don't take EVERY Filipino for an ass.

HINDI NA "MULI"

Folks, whenever the evil dwarf and her minions swear to high heavens that there is press freedom in the Philippines, this is what they actually mean.

As for you RJ, it turns out that tyranny is only bad when you're on the wrong side of the fence, eh? Now that you're in cahoots with the tyrant, all the freedom-fighter posturing evaporates, doesn't it?

I still know by heart the song intro that goes Gm - F - Gm - F - Gm - F,
but I'll be damned if ever waste any more time playing "Muli" again.

What a phony.





RADIO PROGRAM AXED FOR ANTI-ARROYO VIEWS
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/topofthehour.aspx?StoryId=33860


One of the longest running radio programs in the country signed off the air Sunday for its alleged anti-Arroyo commentaries, TV Patrol World reported.

Buhay Manggagawa, a block timer on DZRJ AM, bade farewell after 19 years of discussing political issues and developments affecting the labor front.

The program's host, Bernie Ramos, said the station's owner RJ Jacinto is an ally of the President and DZRJ's move to terminate the show's contract Sunday instead of March 31 appeared to be politically motivated.

"Palagi kasi namin dini-discuss ang mga isyu kay PGMA. March 5 sinabihan kami na tigilan ang pagbira kay PGMA (We have always discussed issues about the President. On March 5 we were told to go easy on Mrs. Arroyo)," Ramos added.

Jacinto declined to comment on Ramos's statements when contacted by ABS-CBN News.

For his part, Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez also declined to comment on the issue.

"I'm sorry. I don't listen to them," Gonzalez said.

The Department of Justice is one of the lead agencies investigating some media personalities and entities suspected of airing seditious news contents.


GRASPING AT STRAWS

Someone who is drowning will clutch anything, even at the flimsiest of straws.

I can only imagine how desperate this Arroyo woman must be.
Imagine the utter absurdity of STEALING demonetized currency notes to bribe people
into signing up for the "people's initiative."

I know you are vile -- but to have sunk this low? Sobra ka namang kaawa-awa.

You must find it SO frustrating to spend hours and hours crafting diabolical ways of
extending your term ONLY to have Nene blow the lid off ever single one of 'em. Kawawa.

Sorry ka, you can grasp at straws all you want but you will still go down.



'Old' money for Cha-cha


By RONNIE E. CALUMPITA,

The Manila Times Reporter
Ten billion pesos' worth of old P1,000 bills that have been withdrawn from circulation may have been recirculated to fund the Arroyo administration's efforts to revise the Constitution, Sen. Aquilino Pimentel said on Saturday.

Pimentel said the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas must explain to the public what happened to the old notes.

"My fear is that the supposedly demonetized bills may be used for the administration's Cha-cha [Charter-change] initiative," the Senate minority leader said.

Pimentel noted that P1,000 bills were disposed of days before the nation's barangays held assemblies Saturday allegedly to promote the campaign for constitutional reforms.

The demonetized bills are kept at the central bank's security plant in Quezon City as confirmed by the Commission on Audit, he said.

Pimentel recalled that the book of entries of the Marcos Central Bank was padded to conceal the recycling of bills pulled out of circulation.

Sen. Mar Roxas has said he will file on Monday a resolution seeking an investigation into the alleged bribe to be given to those who will attend the barangay assemblies and who could submit signatures in support of the people's initiative, which he called illegal.

People's initiative

Malacañan on Saturday again allayed fears that the assemblies will be manipulated to gather five million signatures for a people's initiative in amending the Constitution.

The President's spokesman and press secretary, Ignacio Bunye, said it is time to hear the true sentiments of the people. "This is the time to do it. Let us take the debate down to the grassroots and discover its genuine sentiments," Bunye said.

He dared opposition groups to witness for themselves the barangay assemblies.

Bunye did not directly admit that the assemblies will be used to push for Charter change. "We should welcome, and not demean or resist, the people's initiative for change and reform," he said.

No endorsement

Earlier, James Marty Lim, president of the Liga ng mga Barangay, disclosed plans to discuss Charter change at the assemblies. Lim said the league only wants to inform its members about the pros and cons of constitutional change, not endorse it.

Secretary Ronaldo Puno of the Interior and Local Government said the law requires barangay assemblies to be held at least twice a year.

He cited Section 397 of the Local Government Code of 1991, which says local governments are required to hold assemblies "to discuss the semestral report of the Sangguniang Barangay about its activities and finances as well as problems concerning the barangays."

'Administration is lying'

Opposition forces said it is obvious that the administration is lying. Already, reports have been received of alleged bribery in every barangay. Officials are reportedly dangling cash in exchange for people's signatures.

Activist groups like Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) and Anakbayan vowed to expose what they call "the Arroyo administration's ploy to railroad a people's initiative for Charter change."

"We don't have the resources of this administration, but we have committed people willing to go door to door to campaign against Charter change. Malacañan should be warned that it can't buy off everyone. Not every Filipino has a price," Renato Reyes Jr., Bayan secretary-general, said.

With William B. Depasupil

PANIS

Isa pa naman tong kumag na Sonia Gandhi na 'to.
Walang kakwenta kwentang bagay, nag-resign.
May "probity" at "inner conscience" pang nalalaman.
Panis kayo sa presidente namin, sinusuka
na ng nakararami, feeling Queen of Sheba pa rin ang ungas.
San kayo nakakita na pwet na naka-Mighty Bond sa trono?

Panis.

India's Sonia Gandhi resigns from parliament

First posted 11:05pm (Mla time) Mar 23, 2006
Agence France-Presse




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NEW DELHI -- India's ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi resigned her parliamentary seat Thursday after opposition allegations that she wrongfully held another salaried public post.
"Following the principles of probity and my inner conscience I am resigning my post in the parliament," said Gandhi, adding that she would run again for a seat in the Lok Sabha, India's lower house.

Parliament speaker Somnath Chatterjee, who is also accused of holding another salaried post, accepted Gandhi's resignation.

The 59-year-old Gandhi, who led the Congress party to victory in 2004 election, said she would also quit as chairwoman of the National Advisory Council (NAC), set up to implement her government's electoral pledges.

Right-wing opponents had charged that Italian-born Gandhi was breaking regulations by holding both posts and that the Congress adjourned parliament so it could push through a cabinet ordinance to save her.

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Minister Manmohan Singh hinted that his government was mulling the passage of a full-blown law in parliament that would clearly define what constitutes an office of profit.

"There is no explicit decision as of now as we have not considered the ordinance. All options are open and we will discuss it with other political parties," Singh told reporters.

Minutes after Gandhi announced her surprise resignation, hundreds of Congress activists thronged her home in New Delhi, shouting slogans in support of her action.

"I have done this because I think it is the right thing to do," Gandhi told reporters.

"For the last two days, some people have been trying to create an atmosphere as if the government and parliament are being used to favor me. This has hurt me very much," said Gandhi.

"I have stated it earlier also that I am in politics and public life not for selfish ends," she said.

Gandhi, credited with steering the Congress to victory in May 2004 polls, vowed to run again for her seat.

A by-election, which she is expected easily to win, must now be held in her constituency of Rae Bareli -- a safe Congress bastion -- within 90 days.

The Indian constitution disqualifies an MP "if he holds any office of profit under the Indian government or government of any state, other than an office declared by parliament by law not to disqualify its holder."

Gandhi's surprise resignation came as left-wing allies of the Congress party insisted that a mere ordinance was not enough and that a parliamentary bill was necessary to change house rules on the holding of multiple posts.

"We are opposed to an ordinance and it will have to be the parliament which must decide upon this issue," Communist Party of India leader Doraiswamy Raja told Agence France-Presse.

"But she has taken a very ethical and moral stand and resigned as she was being targeted," the politician added.

India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, which had accused Congress of adjourning parliament to save Gandhi, launched a scathing attack on her.

"She has become a victim of her own conspiracy and by resigning she is trying to save face but this grandstanding will not pay any dividend as she has subverted parliament and nearly succeeded in subverting the constitution," said BJP spokesman Arun Jaitley.

A member of the upper house was forced to step down earlier this month for combining her parliamentary membership with the top post of a provincial film board.



KOREAN BUG

It bugs me to no end. Frankly, the resignation of Korea's PM
is something that dumbfounds the mind. How could someone so powerful be
so stupid?

He played hooky. He got caught. He resigned. Huh?
Too lame even for a Koreanovela subplot, ain't it?

If the nitwit had taken one look at the Philippine model, then he would have immediately known that BEFORE he could even flirt with the idea of quitting, he should have at least rigged an election, stolen a couple of billions of won, dumped sh*t on the National Assembly, clapped some noisy parliamentarians into jail, and incite at least 65% of South Koreans to hate him with a passion.

And even then, if he had followed our tried and tested model, he wouldn't even have
had to consider such a patently stupid option of sacrificing his self-interest
for some alien concept known as "Dagreytergud".

On the contrary, he would have learned of his kingly right to stay in power for as long as he wanted. He would have realized that He is the State and the State is He and that anyone who wishes to boot him out is a threat not only to His person but to the whole of South Korea.

I know Sandara has some screws loose up in her pretty little head -- but their Prime Minister?

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Get Rich...Or Die Trying

You'd hardly consult a ghetto rapper for insight into human nature. And yet surprisingly, 50 Cent has come up with a CD and movie title that illustrates just what great lengths people would go to in order to amass filthy lucre.

But we're in a Third World hole, where it is more impossible for the great unwashed to get rich than for a camel to enter the kingdom of heaven. So around here, the bar is knocked several notches down to just "Get Fed...Or Die Trying."

Which brings us to the hungry throng that inundated ULTRA. They could turn a blind eye to newspapers bannering "EVAT Bolsters Peso" . They could turn a deaf ear so that Mike Enriquez won't be able to torture them while he barks "Ekonomiya, Makakabawi Na!!!! -- ayonsamalakanyang" But I bet they could not command their stomachs to stop peristalsing till they find their next delihensya.

Delihensya that is becoming not only fewer and fewer but also farther and farther between. Hence, they turned out in droves. Each one imploring lady luck to single out his own grumbling stomach from the tens of thousands of other grumbling stomachs as the sole beneficiary of the game show's prize.

They died trying.

Meanwhile, on Eat Bulaga, which would have been creamed big time in the ratings had it not been for the timely stampede, a smug Joey De Leon celebrated "Napaka-special talaga ng araw na ito."

Wowowee!

Get Rich...Or Die Trying

You'd hardly consult a ghetto rapper for insight into human nature. And yet surprisingly, 50 Cent has come up with a CD and movie title that illustrates just what great lengths people would go to in order to amass filthy lucre.

But we're in a Third World hole, where it is more impossible for the great unwashed to get rich than for a camel to enter the kingdom of heaven. So around here, the bar is knocked several notches down to just "Get Fed...Or Die Trying."

Which brings us to the hungry throng that inundated ULTRA. They could turn a blind eye to newspapers bannering "EVAT Bolsters Peso" . They could turn a deaf ear so that Mike Enriquez won't be able to torture them while he barks "Ekonomiya, Makakabawi Na!!!! -- ayonsamalakanyang" But I bet they could not command their stomachs to stop peristalsing till they find their next delihensya.

Delihensya that is becoming not only fewer and fewer but also farther and farther between. Hence, they turned out in droves. Each one imploring lady luck to single out his own grumbling stomach from the tens of thousands of other grumbling stomachs as the sole beneficiary of the game show's prize.

They died trying.

Meanwhile, on Eat Bulaga, which would have been creamed big time in the ratings had it not been for the timely stampede, a smug Joey De Leon celebrated "Napaka-special talaga ng araw na ito."

Wowowee!

Friday, December 16, 2005

Antidote

If there's one person that's beside himself with gladness
that this whole Pinoy Big Brother thing is over and done with, it's certainly me.

Sure Cassandra's shapely behind is umm, behind us now. Butt the upside is,
there now is a good chance that we can be finally be rid of that ripped-off theme song that had long worn out the Welcome mat. Yay!

I mean, Converse was everywhere, but this song is EVERY-FREAKIN-WHERE.
It's so pervasive you can actually see it coming out of your ears already. It's piped in my neighborhood carinderia, talipapa, and suking carwash. I've seen otherwise sane people make complete asses of themselves by dancing it at Christmas parties. But when it came out of the speakers of National Bookstore in ATC yesterday and a good 98 percent of the darn holiday shoppers sang the darn chorus in unison, I just about had a coronary. ATC, of all places. In unison, for crying out loud.

The only two places where I never hear that blasted song is my car (well, to be completely honest about it, Spiro, Astrud and Siobhan, otherwise known as the brats I love to pieces, sometimes fool around with the radio dial looking for the song just to annoy me) and Greenbelt 3. Ahhhh, GB3, if only for the sanctuary it affords one from the ubiquity of this ripped-off tune, you can almost overlook the fact that the cash in the tills of Absinth is bigger than the GNP of Bangladesh. Speaking of which, many thanks to Dondon and Lye for that ripping good time in Merk's - GB3. It's not everyday one gets to meet the Queen of Jazz Annie Brazil, and mistake her for Madam Auring, too.

So one Friday I was chilling with friends and in the mood to look for the perfect antidote for the blasted song, when I heard this house track being played in Mezze GB2. I was pretty sure I have heard David Ardiente spinning it quite a number of times already on RT's On the Decks but hearing it again in Mezze and seeing the crowd just savoring the song was such a totally different experience.

The vocals, definitely not American, has an unplaceable Eastern European accent -- "Don't push yourself far over the lee-meet, Push your mind ahead with your spee-reet. " Under different circumstances, I would have dissed the song. But the way the instrumentation came together, dreamy one moment and groove-laden the next, and the way the vocals threw you off kilter, sweet one moment and then sensuous the next...part Moony, part-Milky, part Bailey -- darn, I decided I just had to track down the song.

I've tried to make out as much of the lyrics as possible and Googled it as soon as I got home. When Artist (Aha, Gyskard!) and Song Title (Aha, Pink Life!) came up, I knew I had enough information to feed my P2P client.

And the track's been on my repeat list ever since. Excellent way to flush that sticky Pinoy Ako crap off your system. If, by chance, you too feel like checking out the cool sound of Gyskard, click this link ihopethisdoesntgetaspopularaseverafter.mp3