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Post-Elections 2016: Plan B

May 28, 2016 Leave a comment

Elections 2016 have come and gone.

During the campaign period, there was talk of the Liberal Party preparing a plan to oust Rodrigo Duterte via impeachment in case Mar Roxas lost the Presidency.  This was on the assumption that the party would still control Congress, and that Representative Leni Robredo would win as Vice-President instead of Senator Bong Bong Marcos.  This rumor has since been dispelled, but with Robredo officially declared the winner, I couldn’t help but remember and reflect on this matter some more.  People called this the Liberal Party’s “Plan B.”

Time for Plan B

“Plan B.”

It’s amazing that five letters, put together in a certain sequence and in a particular point in time, can mean something.  It’s not even a complete sentence, yet it can convey the fiercest, most arrogant, and most defiant of statements in the simplest and laconic of forms – but only if something is attributed to it.

Five letters, put together in a certain sequence and in a particular point in time, have the potential to evoke strong emotions of excitement, ambition, hope, exasperation, disgust, indignation, and anything and everything across the wide spectrum of human emotions – but that will only happen if any meaning is given to it.

Five letters, put together in a certain sequence and in a particular point in time, can be viewed from a neutral standpoint.  “Why the hell are we even wasting time talking about nothing?” you might declare, and you’re right.

But five letters, put together in a certain sequence and in a particular point in time, can divide people – at least those who see something in them – into two groups.  To be “for” or “against” is ultimately irrelevant, because acting upon the ascribed meaning of these letters, regardless of the grouping, will cause conflict.  And unfortunately the only loser in any conflict that happens because of these letters is all of us.

I think whoever said that words are powerful could never have imagined that letters, endowed with a certain color, and removed of its innocence, can make or break us all – if we’re not vigilant to prevent such from doing so.

The only way to go is forward – and for the sake of our nation, that’s exactly what we all need to do.

VP and President

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Noynoy: You either love him or hate him

May 11, 2010 Leave a comment
Supporters of Noynoy Aquino have had to endure a lot of bashing from the supporters of the other candidates since the start of the campaign period.  The counting will end very soon, and with 85% of the precincts checking in (as of this writing) and with a 4.8 million lead, it’s not the supporters of the other candidates that will see their candidate enter Malacanang.
 
Are people so afraid that Noynoy will not do anything right?  That seems to be the general impression, that he’s such a good for nothing and now that he’s in power, he will screw things up big time.  And we hear all this conjecture before he even starts his term.  How cynical.  If it helps to allay anyone’s concerns that Noynoy doesn’t pull his own weight, why doesn’t anyone check his congressional track record?  People claim that he’s done nothing, but the record actually shows otherwise.  Sure, I’ll grant that Gordon and others have done so much more (yes, I recognize that); still, Noynoy did do his job and try to effect change.
 
I wonder if most people would feel comfortable if Estrada won this election.  Noynoy is more than a "better than nothing to fight Erap" option.  You cannot compare him to Erap because he has done what he was supposed to do as a legislator, and he will do the right thing as president. 
 
More than that, what sets Noynoy apart, what makes him my president, is that for me he has the strength of moral character to remain on the path of righteousness, just like his father and mother.  Granted further that no one is perfect, not even Ninoy and Cory, still, we need a leader like him with this characteristic at this point in time in our country.  I don’t feel we can get the same from the other candidates — but that’s not to say that they don’t have any!  I just feel that at this point they’re not the best symbol of a leader having it.  I’m not confident that they can unite and lead our people in the moral path that we must take in the way that Noynoy can do.
I believe this is what 40% of our electorate also feels.  Nec audiendi qui solent dicere, Vox populi, vox Dei, quum tumultuositas vulgi semper insaniae proxima sit.  No, my friend!  That was the case for EDSA 3, but not so here.  We fight for a leader who represents the change we need and who has the high moral characteristics we need in our country.
You can condemn my president as much as you want, but the fact remains that right now, whether you like it or not, he’s now your president, too. 
 
If people are so disgusted about Noynoy then I suggest they GET THE HELL OUT OF OUR COUNTRY as soon as possible.  You sore losers piss me off.  Seriously.  We don’t need you.  The last thing we need are people who will not help in building a nation, working for the good of this country with who is now in charge.  If you don’t want to help then at least get out of the way of those who want to do something constructive for our motherland. 
 
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RESPECT FOR ONE’S VOTING CHOICES

May 6, 2010 Leave a comment
The quick insight I’m quoting is from my friend, Francis, and it goes out to all the ARROGANT people out there this election season: "Just because someone votes for another candidate doesn’t mean that person’s stupid or dumb. He just disagrees with you."
Put simply: PLEASE RESPECT OTHER PEOPLE’S VOTING CONSCIENCES!!!
 
I just feel compelled to rant out now:
 
Frankly, I’m only just realizing how silently but incredibly PISSED-OFF I am at the many e-mails, text messages, wall posts I see in social networking sites (especially in this venue), etc. that are trying to convince people that his/her candidate is better compared to a particular candidate because of so-and-so reasons… (Well, I’m not silent anymore, am I?)
 
ENOUGH!
 
At this point in time most of us have already made our choices, and that’s that — let’s just respect each other’s choices and put an end to all the mudslinging and political proselytizing.  Let’s just go to the polls on May 10, 2010, and may the best candidate win!
 
Assuming, of course, that there won’t be a failure of elections on May 10… If the elections fail horribly, then prepare for ANARCHY, which is the last thing we need.
 
God help us all on Monday.
 
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A Brief History of the United States – Late 20th Century

April 18, 2009 Leave a comment
Check out the following link to Billy Joel’s song "We Didn’t Start the Fire."
 
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