A confluence of events

Barrack Obama won the White House, inheriting everything lousy that Bush Jr. and the Republicans did to the US. Now, he’s earning the rap for all the bad things happening which was the result of Republican management. The American people gave Bush and the Neo-cons eight years to undo the budget surplus left by Clinton, a Democrat. 4 years for the first term, and another 4 years in re-election. Now, they can’t even wait 4 years to say enough of Obama.

Noynoy Aquino won the Philippine Presidency on the wings of a broad base of support from all classes. Like Obama, he is inheriting a gigantic can of worms left by Arroyo and her ilk. Not even yet 100 days into his Presidency, Aquino is immediately confronted by an ugly incident that marred the start of his administration. The question is, like the Americans, how long will our patience last before we become disillusioned?

That’s what happens when a President inherits a government from a lousy previous administration. You spend your entire term of office just trying to undo all the bad things done to the country that by the end of your term, you realize you haven’t got around to doing what you really promised you’d do.

If you hate religious extremism, then why the hell are you burning the Koran? (or announcing you’re gonna burn it). Aren’t you just displaying religious extremism yourself? History lesson Pastor Jones: Christianity had its Crusades. We have more blood on our religion’s hands than our Muslim brothers have on theirs. And Christianity didn’t just had the Crusades, it also had the Inquisition. More innocent men and women were burned at the stake for charges of devil worship and witchcraft than there are people who died at the Twin Towers. Just putting some perspective into your skewed mind.

And how do you get off with that? Professing faith for Jesus and preaching a gospel of hate?

We have a very big chance to have a clean government. Don’t fuck it up PNOY – and Pinoys. Get involved. Speak up.

I say this now, but if PNOY removes Robredo from his cabinet, he will be effectively turning away a large base of his supporters. They’re the same people who campaigned and voted for him and now are clamoring for him to retain Robredo as DILG secretary.

You just look and see what’s on Robredo’s agenda as DILG Secretary to see that he means to follow PNOY’s “tuwid na daan.” I just wonder if PNOY’s other choices of cabinet secretaries has the same thing in mind.

I have talked with TRAPOS. I have interviewed them. And I know personally that Jesse Robredo is not a TRAPO. He treated me exactly how I expected good politicians to treat a reporter. And for that, he earned my respect.

Perhaps the greatest legacy that the 15th Congress can bequeath us is passing the FOI (Freedom of Information) Bill. This bill has languished long enough in the halls of past congresses. It’s time to make this bill into a law and give the citizens the tool to fight corruption. And I hope this version doesn’t get watered down so much that penalties for refusing access to information is somehow lessened to such a degree it can be considered a walk in the park.

Another proposed bill I support is Escudero’s Senate Bill 2187 – which aims to make it illegal for politicians to name a government project after themselves. I’ve never been an Escudero fan (though my wife is) but I give him credit for proposing this bill. Though I feel this is just another popularity move by Escudero, making him look good to voters (many expect Escudero to run for President next election), I still say: we’ll take whatever good we can out of this, pa-pogi move or not. Thanks Chiz!

and lest I forget, the RH bill too needs to pass before PNOY’s term is over. Damn the church and their protests against the bill. It’s clear they have lost their flock over this debate.

Jueteng issues. walang katapusang Jueteng issue.

Here’s my take on the subject. What’s the difference between Lotto and Jueteng (aside from the mode and way of betting)? Taxes. That’s it. Lotto is taxed and Jueteng is not. It’s the only reason why Lotto is legal. You take Jueteng away from the control of kingpins and gang lords and put it into the hands of the PCSO and you take away the corrupting effect of Jueteng.

It’s the same story as the US Prohibition on alcohol. Prohibition drove the industry undergound and created a black market. Bootlegging ran and flourished because there was a great demand for it. As bootleggers grew in power, they corrupted law enforcement agencies more and more. With the repeal of the Prohibition law, the need to corrupt law enforcement agencies for protection ceased to exist.

I rest my case.

About Jao

freelance writer, daydreamer, aspiring filmmaker, voracious reader, internet addict, incorrigible procrastinator.
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