Wednesday, March 29, 2006


The last couple of days, the Cebu press is very loud on the Cha-Cha issue.

The effort at gathering the signature petition last weekend was truly massive. By all accounts, it was just as busy nationwide. All told, the pro-charter change people got about 4 million voter signatures.

Next step: the signatures will be submitted to Comelec for verification. Comelec Chairman Abalos says they can certify the 5 million signatures as authentic in less than a month.

It's been more than a year and the Jose Pidal signature - one signature - has not been authenticated to everybody's satisfaction!

Saturday, March 25, 2006


[My apologies to the international audience - Cha-Cha refers to Charter Change, the government's effort to ammend the Constitution. For more on the issue, refer to my post below and a previous post - Mactanman]

Attempts at having the citizenry sign the petition to change the Constitution at the nationwide barangay assemblies this weekend caused quite a storm in the different news media today.

Feeble attempts of the weak minority at stopping this PGMA blitzkrieg were pitiful at best. Who can stop the "facilitators" from getting signatures for cash? Who can stop the dirt poor citizen from accepting rice, noodles and a can of sardines for one signature (Hey! That's one whole meal)?

The petition signatures will be on their way to Comelec faster than anyone can cry...foul!

Friday, March 24, 2006


It's happening folks! (See previous post).

Tomorrow, there will be nationwide barangay assemblies, purportedly to see how the barangay is doing over the last 6 months, how are the programs doing, are the people statisfied with the barangay officials' performance, etc. Incidentally, an NGO is going nationwide collecting petition signatures to have a plebiscite for charter change.

The newswires have it that the hitters are being paid (God knows, by whom!) PhP 200 per 10 signatures.

Cheap bastard(s)! For the 5 million needed signatures, this will only cost God knows who...Php100BN.

Thursday, February 09, 2006


Move over Ultra stampede news, here comes a big one.

Malacanang has just upped the ante on the EO 464 thing. The president is not giving permission to cabinet officers to appear at the Senate on Department budget hearings as well as the national budget hearings. Well then, who are going to testify about budgetary requirements? Some say that Malacanang has gone too far in clamping down the truth.

Where do we go from here? Headlong into a constitutional crisis, I believe.

The Supreme Court has to come out with a wise decision on the constitutionality of EO 464...and quickly! Or else, as we say in the streets, the shit will truly hit the fan.

Monday, January 23, 2006


News of charter change has been dominating the media these days. The advisory council put together by PGMA to "advice" her on constitutional change came up with this brilliant idea - change the form of government to parliamentary this year and suspend all elections until 2010. There will be a new position, the Prime Minister. But, the president is retained and most of her powers are intact. They call this the French model.

The way the current administration is bullying everybody, it will railroad this through everything. The only real blocking possibility is the Senate. Which they will probably bully with a strong showing in the plebiscite.

This plebiscite thing in itself is brilliant. The whole premise is that the consultative commission went around the country and discovered an overwhelming clamor of the local government units for the change plus suspending the elections of 2007, thus the new catch word No-el.

No-el, as in, the local governors, board members, mayors, councilors, barangay officials will automatically get a new term without spending a single centavo.

Let's go back to the plebiscite and dissect it mathematically. If you take the City of Lapu-Lapu, it will take no less than 100 million pesos to get elected as mayor these days. That is for some 120,000 registered voters. The prospective mayoral candidate will need to buy only 2/3 of the registered voters to be really sure he/she gets elected. So that translates to Php1385 per vote (cheap, ha!).

Here is the national figure: total number of voters = 43.5 million. Now, let's say you want to be really sure and decide to buy 2/3 of that. This goes down to 29 million. Based on the regular Lapu-Lapu City price, this totals 40.1 trillion pesos - different government agencies and other "contributions" will cover this easily.

But wait, here is where the plebiscite thing gets to be brilliant. They don't have an opponent in this plebiscite except for meek little militant groups and a sissy "opposition". So, the price of 1 vote can be bargained down to a third - Php 461.66. The dumb Filipino will be happy with that.

The cheap bargain price for a YES vote on the plebiscite is only 2.3 trillion pesos. (The "fertilizer fund" of the lowly Department of Agriculture was already more than 2 billion pesos).

Whoever said "I would rather have a Philippines run like hell by Filipinos than a Philippines run like heaven by the Americans", I hope you turn over in your grave as many times as votes are sold and bought.

Saturday, December 24, 2005


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Thursday, December 15, 2005


Philippine politics is some game where moral indignation flies out the window.

Atty. Brillantes, lawyer for Ex-Senator Legarda, issued a preliminary report on their electoral protest before the PET. He has found fraudulent results in Lanao del Sur totaling more than 40,000 votes in favor of VP Noli de Castro in a typical dagdag-bawas fashion.

He was pressed on the end-game of the protest. His answer: see if the cheat votes are more than 800,000. And if it is, Legarda wins. Hurray!!

What has happened to moral indignation in this country!?

Memo to Atty. Brillantes (I hope the name is appropriate): 1 proven cheat vote says VP de Castro is a fraud. Don’t wait for the other 799,999. Trust me, Sir, there is a big difference between honest mistake and dishonest “mistake”.