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.