Bus bombing on EDSA: PNoy Government under threat?

Who would have thought that the Year 2011 would start out with a bang? The smoke from the illegal firecrackers from the New Year’s eve celebrations haven’t even dissipated yet; now we have smoke billowing from public transport explosions, adding to the haze that an already dazed and confused Philippine population is struggling to see through.

Carnappings with murder in the last two weeks, assassinations of journalists last week and this week, a bombing of a public utility vehicle; it’s just another regular day in this lawless land called the Philippines.

Why is there an increase in crime rate you might ask? There is nothing surprising about what is happening in the Philippines. Truth be told, when you have a weak leader; bad elements will rise to the occasion. Organized crime suddenly gets more brazen as an unsuspecting public let their guard down thinking that their holier-than-thou President will inspire goodness.

Sadly, this whole “goody-two-shoes” act by Philippine President Noynoy Aquino (PNoy) just makes him look like a pushover. With four people dead and 14 people injured in the recent bus bomb blast, pushing him to his limits is exactly what criminals are doing at the moment. As expected, PNoy issued his statement in his usual mumbling style shortly after the devastation:

“Tignan muna natin ang ebidensiya bago maghusga (Let’s look at the evidence first before passing judgment). I don’t want to libel anybody. I have my suspicions pero hindi ako pwedeng mag-engage sa haka-haka (but I could not engage in speculations),” Aquino said.

Yes, boss; another fiasco, another investigation, which will likely lead to nowhere. The Mendoza hostage investigation – Where is it now?

Aside from having a weak leader, low apprehension and conviction rates contribute to the increase in crime rate. For all we know, the low apprehension rate might even be attributed to the allegation that some trusted members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) or the Philippine military may be in on the despicable acts of violence. And even in cases when criminals do get caught, the courts are often inefficient (or too corrupt) to punish them. In other words, impunity is the name of the game.

The government’s plunder case against former military comptroller Carlos Garcia is case in point. For reasons unclear, Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez who took over the case allowed the retired general to post bail and possibly get away with plunder even when the case against Garcia was strong. It’s another legal wrangling favoring the accused.

Unemployment also contributes to the rise in criminal activity. PNoy’s promise of “walang corrupt, kung walang mahirap” fails to deliver because poverty drives most people in desperate situations to do callous acts just to survive. As long as PNoy does not implement any radical measures to create more jobs for the growing number of unemployed Filipinos, criminal activities will grow along with it.

The high crime rate in the country also leads to a growing need for private armies or “hired goons”. Those who feel the need to hire private armies include lawmakers or public servants because they are targets of political rivals who have no qualms about eliminating their opponents. Unfortunately, this situation makes our lawmakers less motivated to find effective solutions to crime. And worse, private armies, which often operate without proper oversight and supervision, are apt to commit abuses and violence themselves.

Our society is unfortunately under threat by bad elements that are slowly but surely taking over our country. The rest of the Philippine population however would dismiss this urgent situation as something that is “trivial”. They would panic for a day but party the next because they would rather leave it up to a divine being’s “will”.

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Weizz
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Ever since the new administration started, I just feel less safe.  

There was even a crime spree targeting taxi drivers. And they were minors from 13 to 16.  They rob the drivers and kill them.  It was a few months ago in Iloilo.

The Philippine Guild
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a weakling president translates to a weak republic. collective awareness yan.

JOSEPH OPULENCIA
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The blame really should fall on those who wanted him to become president despite knowing that he is utterly unqualified for the position while exploiting the death of his mother — which is nothing but political opportunism.

Hyden Toro
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Why did he ran; if he feels, he is not capable for the job? Blame Game Again…The Oligarchs supported his candidacy; because they profited immensely during the term of Cory Aquino…he is part of the Oligarchy …

ilda
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When your stomach is rumbling, you will have no sense of propriety or decency. You will be more preoccupied with your own survival instead.

Lorenz
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There’s absolutely no reason to stay in the Philippines. Better to get out and live in another prosperous country and never come back again. Disassociate yourself with the Philippines and assimilate yourself to a superior race and culture.

UP nn grad
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to lorenz: Members of the oligarchy tell each other — when one can be lord and master and can have an army of fans and adulating followers, Pilipinas is the right place to be.

jmp
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Hyden Toro
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You can become an OSTRICH, bury your head in the hole on the ground…no see…no danger…simple solution….Noynoy Aquino’s solution to advisory threat…

Aegis-Judex
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But then you paint a bull’s eye on your own backside. SURPRISE BUTTSECKS! WILL ensue.

ilda
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His own arrogance is coming back to bite him.

archie
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this is what we get for letting a mediocre old guy sit as our presidents. good for the yellow armies who stupidly voted him, now they know the meaning of the word “regret”.

Birdigator
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Oh they won’t regret voting him into office. They’ll just point at corrupt judges appointed by Arroyo, elected officials with relations to Arroyo, crime syndicates that Arroyo allowed to proliferate, or some other bogus story that puts the blame on Arroyo. Or if they can’t find anything else, they’ll blame non-Aquino-supporting politicians and voters for destabilisation plots, or syndicates that don’t pay tribute to Aquino. But it’ll never be Aquino, nor those he appointed.

JOSEPH OPULENCIA
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he is VERY REAL incompetent AND can hardly be denied, even if his incompetence is described by his yellow media as “laidback.”

Sharafa
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You took the words right out of my mouth, Iilda.

jmp
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I have this chilling feeling that they will declare it is not a terror attack …

UP nn grad
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BFF UnderSec Puno iss PresiNoy’s eyes-and-ears special-person-leader over PNP. Pilipinas can sleep well at nights knowing that Noynoy has picked the best from among his circle of gurus to keep Pilipinas safe. 🙄

Hyden Toro
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BFF UnderSec. Puno is busy collecting his Jueteng shares…bribes…he has no time to direct the Police…

brianitus
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So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.  

Hyden Toro
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No one…because, they did it themselves…

The Philippine Guild
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dec 2010: noynoy dismissed the advisory and intelligence report of a terror threat in manila
january 2011: he was quoted kanina saying na he can’t dismiss the fact na baka nga terrorist attack

parang mga bluffs lang nya last year na di sya magdagdagdag ng taxes tapos nagdagdag
tapos di sya magtatravel tapos nagtravel. aysus. ano bang klaseng presidente yan?! gawa sa ampalaya ang bibig? ampakla.

Hyden Toro
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Maybe; he is afraid, the Terrorists will bomb his Porsche…

ilda
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@Philippine Guild

I think his thought processes cannot catch up with his mouth. 

Johnamendall
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And yet most of the country is on its knees at mass on Sundays. Do these murderers and other criminals go to confession and wipe the slate clean for the next stunt? Or does the gospel message just go over their heads. I hesitate to draw this conclusion but I get the impression that states where Roman Catholicism is strong also show high organised crime levels, Mexico for example. Regarding collection of crime stats, does anyone know how this is done? In our rural town of about 50,000 we seem to get a murder every 3 months or so. If… Read more »
The Philippine Guild
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weird nga eh. you just read the local news sa newspaper and you will read about a politician get killed almost everyday. and yet the mainstream media is still contending na mas maraming journalists ang pinapatay by sensationalizing the issue and not mentioning na mas marami pang politicians ang pinapatay normally councilor, barangay captain etc.

kickapoo
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Because Roman Catholics love that moment where Jesus was already crucified and he forgave Dimas and promised him he will be with him in paradise, all because Dimas believed. The ignorant, catholic-mass going peeps took it as a go signal to SIN ON WEEKDAYS but ask for forgiveness on SUNDAYS.

Aegis-Judex
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“The ignorant, catholic-mass going peeps took it as a go signal to SIN ON WEEKDAYS but ask for forgiveness on SUNDAYS.”

Being a thinking Catholic myself, I have found a friend in you. A pity that most of my fellows act in that manner, but isn’t generalization stupid? (I’m hope being judged by the rest of Pandora’s ills! How surreal can that get?)

ilda
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@Johnamendall 

Looks like the killings in the provinces are slowly making its way to the main cities. I wouldn’t rely too much on crime stats. I am pretty sure there are a lot of unreported crimes. Media only tends to cover high profile killings or killings of people in their industry.

Jay
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just like the columbine ordeal in the united states. It happens more often than not in cities highly concentred with African Americans and unreported due to it being lumped in inner city related violence, but when it comes to middle class towns of america, OMG SOCCER MOMS and CONSERVATIVE DADS UP IN ARMS!!!

As far as Manilenos are concerned, what happens in Luzon chalks up the most deal. Like George bush not caring for negros (during Katrina), they don’t care about Visayas and certainly, the Muslim centric region of Mindanao.

ilda
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Sometimes it’s all about who is easy on the eyes, unfortunately.

blueredicedtea
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@kickapoo
and this is why god is dead in the philippines.
too much of this “god as a genie” treatment then go back into their own merry ways.

@ilda/TPG
the philippine mainstream media are only concerned about their own profit so it makes sense to them to only cover high profile cases and the other low profile cases are up to those tabloid newspapers.

anon
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i would agree.
well written observations.
especially the point that all know now how weak and ineffectual p-noy is.
it was reported to day that the permanent drunk in the cabinet was saying in public that p-noy is scatter-brained and this is from
his friend!

he stumbles into a room
he mumbles his speeches
he bumbles his love life
he fumbles any decision
he crumbles under pressure
his credibility tumbles
the criminals rumble

Hyden Toro
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We fumbled in our decisions to elect him…
We are now in useless grumbles….OMG, Pilipinas…

ilda
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I sure hope that the above claim is not true anon. Otherwise, we have another Erap in our midst.

Socrates
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“I don’t want to libel anybody. I have my suspicions pero hindi ako pwedeng mag-engage sa haka-haka” from Aquino’s statement. from this statement I think his referring to GMA again, well he always find ways to associate this kind of incident to GMA.

I guess this incident will be forgotten in a few days, PNoy will just do his routine:
apologize, show sympathy, and will promise to conduct an investigation = back to normal

The Philippine Guild
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tingin ko yung nanay ni noy ang gumawa nyan eh. may sa evil spirit ata yun kasi timing pa sa bday nya. kung escape goat lang oh di ba andaling mamili ng escape goat hehe.

ilda
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@Socrates

Check your Facebook newsfeed. There’s hardly anyone who want to discuss this issue. People just want to forget this is happening in their own country.

Cy
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Yo! You have Axiom A and Axiom B. Check it out below. Yes, they’re anesthesized and desensitized…. Peace.

Socrates
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yeah! I’ve notice that people just want to continue living and forget this kind of incident. I’m sure they will just say its God’s will

Birdigator
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I don’t think you have me on your friend list, Ilda. 😀 Haha!

ilda
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Sige. I’ll look up Birdigator on FB . 🙂

You can actually join the “AP Crowd” group on FB and look me up there.

Jay
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Apparently, it has segued into talks of registering and validating personal info on sim cards due to the fact that the device used to set off the bus bomb was a cell phone.

Like clockwork folks.

anon
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and in the time of need where is puno.
i am told on a shooting holiday in the states which no doubt taxpayers are paying for.
the administration would be a joke if it were not the fact that lives are being lost whilst they drink, party and travel.

brianitus
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Robredo decided to show up for work.  I guess they’re hiding the controversial “tree” somewhere. 

The Philippine Guild
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private army? jose maria sison’s private army of NPAs have been bombing and setting buses on fire in mindanao and the visayas. it’s just a pity that when a bus in Makati gets bombed, the mainstream media is all over it like ondoy. kaya nga tamporurot ang mga probinsya. to think na noynoy let this happen by being lax coz he ignored the intelligence about the terrorist threat sa manila. he even got angry at the leaders of other countries for presenting the intelligence report via a travel advisory. and i call on those pinoys (soco and students) who posed… Read more »
ilda
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We have no investigative journalists who have the capacity or passion to piece things together and present things to the public. The public is likewise in denial of the atrocities committed by the public officials they voted into office. 

frustratedcitizen
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I’d agree. Our country is less safe ever since a weak leader took the post of being president. Everyday in the news you’d hear that someone gets killed by a gunman. Everyday. Now, bus bombings. Last August 2010, it was terror for foreigners. And we’re just heading towards the first year of the Aquino administration. What’s next? By the way, they say that the people needs to follow the leader. Well, it’s like the leader is not taking things and matters of our country on a serious scale. So, there goes most of the  people, following the leader, just leaving… Read more »
ilda
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He is stuck between a rock and a hard place now. The Filipino people will suffer because of his incompetence.

Lorenz
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That’s why the only solution is to get out of the country to go to a prosperous one and never come back again. Disassociate yourself with the Philippines and Filipinos and assimilate yourself to other superior races and cultures like the Americans and Japanese. Better to forget about your homeland because there is no hope and if there is it’s one with pure ignorance and desperation.

Cy
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“We must love one another or die.” – W. H. Auden

Can’t be too glitzy now. Peace.

kickapoo
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Read this timely comment from God of War 3..

“The measure of a man is what he does with power.” -Plato

So in Pnoy’s case, he does nothing. Therefore, theres nothing to measure up.

Socrates
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that make sense!

Cy
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DIGRESSIONS by DJ Cy

No one’s giving good news; even P-Noy ran out of it. (What I predicted.) It’s so appalling, the way they fill up the missing news slots. Gagawa na nga lang tayo ng news, bad news pa? Peace.

Hyden Toro
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Noynoy Aquino has no leadership qualities. His caliber was shown in dismal condition during the Tragic Quirino Hostage Incident. It is because, he oversold himself to the voters during the election. The Oligarch Media created myth and fantasy around him, that he is a very capable leader. In truth, he is not…

Cy
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NEEDLEPOINT by DJ Cy

AXIOM A (formerly AXIOM #69, not to be confused with that of Renato Pacifico’s aka James Thurber’s axiom #69): “The unintelligent are part of the news more than the intelligent.”

AXIOM B ((formerly AXIOM #96, not to be confused with that of Renato Pacifico’s aka James Thurber’s axiom #96): “Distracting news is news that leads you away from real news.”

Hyden Toro
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It was like when Ninoy Aquino, Jr.; his father; allowed the NPA to bomb the LP Political Miting in Plaza Miranda. Ninoy Aquino, Jr. was seen in Newspapers the next day carrying an UZZI Israeli Machine Pistol.
I am looking forward for Noynoy Aquino to emerge carrying a Machine Pistol infront of Malacanang Palace…a la Rambo….what a stupid show…why not bomb his Porsche…

jmp
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from a certain alchemist00 in the inquirer news article comments: “so what do you want the Pres to do on this incident? Those travel advisory has no basis that time. There are a lot of you like here who just post and post anything without thinking first. ” referring to the Nov 2010 travel advisories — link: http://www.gmanews.tv/story/211456/aquino-sees-terrorist-hand-in-makati-bus-blast

jmp
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… gmanews pala not inquirer

UP nn grad
Guest

Nagbigay na ng statement si Presidente NoyNoy.

He says :Makakasiguro po ang lahat …. tulad ng bombing noong bar exams, magkakaroon ng kalutasan po itong sitwasyon na ito. Nakatututok po ang lahat ng ahensya ng pamahalaan para masigurado ang kaligtasan ng lahat.”

http://propinoy.net/2011/01/25/president-aquinos-statement-on-the-edsa-bus-blast-january-25-2011/

Has Noynoy Administration convicted anyone from the BAR EXAM bombing?
Is anyone in jail from the BAR EXAM bombing?

ilda
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GabbyD might be able to answer your questions 😉

Cy
Guest

GabbyD, how I wish you’ll be more philosophical. More contemplative, I mean. Especially in the midst of an unthinking mob….

Next, let me add, for amusement. From a radio station: “Hindi nagsisinungaling ang EBIDENSIYA, pero puwedeng MAG-IMBENTO….” Peace.

ODin0
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” …. tulad ng bombing noong bar exams, magkakaroon ng kalutasan po itong sitwasyon na ito. ”

Wahahaha! I think Aquino means:
Tulad po ng bombing noong bar exams, magkakaroon ng kalutasan po itong sitwasyon na ito. Malulutas nanaman ang stress sa akin dahil kakalimutan ng mga tao ang sitwasyon pagkatapos ng ilang linggo.”

PWE!

ilda
Guest

The solution is simple if you are PNoy’s PR manager: give the people entertainment so they can keep their mind off serious stuff. Maybe they can come up with a new girlfriend for PNoy.

kickapoo
Guest

Yup Miss ilda. In tonight’s TvPatrol program, they inserted the Russian Airport bombing incident that killed 30 people, in the midst of reporting the Ayala Bus bombing, thus overshadowing the latter in terms of intensity. Basically saying its no big a deal and not that serious. As usual, we see brief flashes of cut scenes of Pnoy with his trademark smile.

The Philippine Guild
Guest

I’m so excited to read in the coming days how the fake surveys are going to be released on TV and newspaper again to offset the negativity in the news. ang galing talaga. so fake.

Aegis-Judex
Guest

God damn it! More bread and circuses for the masses? That’s just idiotic; you can’t sustain them that way forever.

ilda
Guest

Absolutely Aegis! While the public is entertained, criminals will have the opportunity to do their deed.  

aurum
Guest

ignorance. incompetence. impunity. — these are the only things transparent in the 2nd aquino administration.

ilda
Guest

But somehow their supporters cannot see it.

Lorenz
Guest

Not really. They “ignore” it. Because frankly, who the hell cares about the country called Philippines? No one actually cares about the country. Bahala na. Yeah right. You go rot here while i go to either Japan, America, or Singapore where i will fulfill my dreams.

As long as you’re here in the Philippines, you’ll forever suffer.

Aegis-Judex
Guest

Mao jud, Lorenz. Wala yamo sila’y paki aning nasura… ‘Lat’s iyang ina!

concerned_citizen
Guest

Like mother like son. Incompetence does run in the family.

ilda
Guest

They don’t feel the need to be competent because they know their popularity will still put them in the history books as the Philippine’s greatest leaders.

Lorenz
Guest

Hey, ilda, do you know Mao Zedong? He was a popular celebrity to the people like Noynoy is now but what’s their difference? What’s the difference of the Yellow Army and the Red Guards? Do you think they have similarities?

ilda
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@Lorenz

Please feel free to write your thoughts about Mao Zedong. 😉

Lorenz
Guest

No i don’t care about Mao Zedong at all. What i care is if do you see some similarities between him and Noynoy Aquino and the Yellow Army with the Chinese Red Guards?

ilda
Guest

They have a lot of similarities but very few differences. The most obvious differences are:

1. The colour of their outfit.
2. The technique they use for mind control and emotional blackmail.

Cy
Guest

I think I know only one, but this one is too glaring: The manipulative scope of their party propaganda is very broad. While Mao has a Cultural Rev., let’s say P-Noy has – what is it – Showbiz Rev. Can you think of an alternative name? Peace.

Lorenz
Guest

@ilda

I knew it! Wish we had someone like Deng Xiaoping. Gordon just can’t match the oligarchies because he isn’t that popular and he is not really a part of them unlike Deng who was a comrade to Mao and a member of the Communist Party but disliked Mao’s handling of their country.

If only a small fraction of the oligarchs want reforms to change Philippines for the better and become enlightened intellectuals, there would be hope and chance for the country. Alas, it is next to zero percent of happening.

In these modern times, economic policy trumps any political ideology.

Aegis-Judex
Guest

Chairman Mao is a dirty man! His pedophilia makes even Damaso a pussy. His monstrosity makes even HITLER a pussy. And like the sitting Prez, he has a lot of Mao worshippers.

anon
Guest

p-noys reign

bombs exploding, people dying
criminals carjacking, mothers crying
p-noy driving

senators snoring, congress boring
politicians stealing, celebs playing
p-noy thinking

ochoa drinking, puno shooting
binay plotting, de lima working
p-noy relaxing

singson snorting, marcos fading
estrada dreaming, arroyo lying
p-noy sleeping

poverty increasing,jobs decreasing
commies rebelling,anarchy swelling
p-noy dating

FoI stalling, chinese controlling
waters rising, climate changing
p-noy grinning

pacman endorsing, willie wailing
kris a divorcing, abunda talking
p-noy balding

buildings falling, streets burning
tourists fleeing,anarchy prevailing
p-noy retiring

Hyden Toro
Guest

p-noy hiding, afraid of dying….

anon
Guest

p-noy r u listening

no more joking
i’m here choking
seeing children dying
& politicians lying

voters are expecting
people need protecting
the country needs leading
the clock is ticking

stop spinning, start communicating
stop playing, start working

p-noy r u listening

Hyden Toro
Guest

p-noy ears not listening, though you are shouting…

P-Noy
Guest

I am listening
I am not joing
I’m here eating
your children dying not my children
politicans laying
voters not expecting
people need not protectingcounttry needs no leading
the clock is stopping
I’ll go spinning, I will not start communicating
I’ll am playing while Filipinos a-burning
I am listening.  
You are voting.  I am here presiding.  Filipinos willing.  They are not laughing.  They are leaving to heaven.
HEAVEN IS YOURS.  HEAVEN NOT MINE.  GO AHEAD PRAY.  WHILE MY HEAD GETS FRIZZY.  SPRIT, SPRITE, FE FI FO FAM I SMELL THE BLOOD OF AMPATUAN.

Cy
Guest
Peace Hey James Thurber please stop fiddling while buses are thrown out of their orbit when bombs are thrown out in the street when children die inside an omnibus when lovers ride and that’s their last when the government don’t know a damn when you ask, “Where’s the police?”, and someone replies: “There are none” Hey James Thurber please stop singing where our country has a rifle crosshair where the justice system is all but fair where you commute and fear for your life where chances are high that you’ll be knifed where the goons make the rules and break… Read more »
Cy
Guest

FYI: James Thurber – referring to Renato Pacifico aka Subliminal Messenger aka many more aka’s. Peace.

Hyden Toro
Guest

Who cares what his name is…he is just a blogger like you and me…are you bothered by this creature?

Cy
Guest

Nope! Yo! I told you, peace. I admire his style, actually.

Anyway, James Thurber is a famous American humorist.

That poem is a response to that one specific post, as well as snippets of what I think. Peace.

Hyden Toro
Guest

Poem stanzas writing, Anarchy waiting
Filipinos fleeing, to foreign countries trying
Foreign Slave Masters waiting; Filipino OFW slaves arriving
Nation is Crumbling, while P-noy’s Porsche rolling…

anon
Guest

a few weeks ago the uk govt issued a heightened alert for the philippines. this is only done when there is specific knowledge of an imminent threat.
this was shared with philippines govt who chose to ignore it.
if the bus bomb is the resuld then p-noy and his incompetents and stay away puno have blood on their hands for not taking at least some additional precautions rather than doing nothing as per usual

ilda
Guest

It is their responsibility to alert the citizens of imminent danger.

The Philippine Guild
Guest

the fact that noynoy promised to pay for the medical bills of the victims means that they are acknowledging that they are responsible for dealing with the matter. pero how are they going to follow through with the matter? yan ang mahiwaga. dumdidumdidumdidum….

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