The Noynoy Aquino government is turning the Philippines into a vindictive society

There is a list of the alleged crimes of former Philippine President Gloria Arroyo (GMA) making its rounds on social networking sites like some kind of chain letter. The list comes with a photo of GMA in a wheelchair wearing her neck brace and facemask looking gaunt and distressed. The photo is obviously not a very flattering portrait of her. It is a far cry from her regal stance during her time in office as the head of state.

A visibly gaunt former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

Since the list has become viral, it is safe to assume that some people take pride in passing on a photo of the sick and vulnerable just for fun. They seem to think that sharing the picture is amusing and more importantly, a sign of victory against corruption and a symbol of GMA’s downfall. With the way some people are celebrating her arrest, you would think that the courts have already found GMA guilty. But in fact, the legal proceedings haven’t even begun. The haste with which the arrest warrant was issued already tells us that the case is not a very solid one and not only that, proceedings will be done with the usual circus-like and operatic acts that always appeal to the gullible.

This tells us what kind of mentality some Filipinos have — malicious and vindictive. This despite most having a religious upbringing. Ironically, some people who pass on the said photo are the same people who you will see posting religious or feel good quotes on the said social networking sites. The veneer of “compassion” has been unmasked to reveal the hate in the heart of the “God-fearing” lot as a show of misguided patriotism.

This also tells us that there are a lot of Filipinos who do not have empathy. Empathy is defined as the capacity to recognize and, to some extent, share feelings (such as sadness or happiness) that are being experienced by another being. They say that people may need to have a certain amount of empathy before they are able to feel compassion. It makes sense because a truly smart person would think twice about doing something to someone lest the same thing be done to him or her.

When images of a bloodied Muammar Gaddafi, the deposed Libyan dictator before he was shot to death made its rounds in the news, the whole world witnessed what a mob could do once they turn against their dear leader. One would think though that the Libyan temperament is different from the Filipino temperament on account of the “peaceful” Edsa revolution in 1986. In other words, one cannot imagine Filipinos treating their public officials in the barbaric way Gadaffi was treated by the Libyans.

However, with the recent chaotic scenes at the airport involving the anti-Arroyo group and GMA, it is obvious that some Filipinos are also capable of turning into a lynch mob once incited. And inciting more Filipinos into an angry pack is definitely the purpose of the list of GMA’s supposedly “crimes” being passed around. Whoever came up with that list is a genius in mind manipulation. Whoever came up with that list knows that most Filipinos do not really bother to confirm if any of the “crimes” listed in the unofficial list have any basis or truth.

Like I said in the past, the enormous number of men and women charging ahead with President Noynoy Aquino without really understanding why they are doing so is enough indication of what the most likely outcome of this latest circus act will be. Unfortunately, the power of emotionally charged and enraged people moving in large numbers is greater than those who can think rationally and objectively. We all know that when emotion is involved, things always turn ugly.

Going back to the unofficial list of GMA’s supposed “crimes”, any rational being would see through the deception and propaganda involved in this attempt to further damage the reputation of the former President. The list is a long one and is designed for maximum shock value. It should be noted that the only reason the list is long is because many of the items are repetitive. One’s initial reaction upon seeing the list, which goes up to 39 items would be to feel indignant. But some of the items just sound so ridiculous. One which says “200 plus other illegal midnight appointments” during her time in Malacanang does not really have any details or specifics of who they are and what post they got. Another item that is quite suspect says, “Denial of pork barrel funds to Malacanang’s political enemies”. To which one would be inclined to say, the onus is on the accuser to prove the accusation and once again, the list does not provide specifics.

What is most shocking in all this is how the average Filipino can fall for this kind of mind trick. You would think that when one considers the fact that the current administration has had a tough time filing charges against GMA and had only managed to file one – which is the electoral sabotage during the Senatorial election in 2007 – out of the long list after almost two years in office, Filipinos would apply a bit more healthy skepticism when regarding this list. But no, sirree. Most Filipinos still believe that GMA had all the time in the world to craft those under-the-table deals while still managing to get a lot of things done — the deployment of the troops during the Iraq war, avoiding the financial crisis that hit Europe and the US really hard, attending to international conventions, upgrading the country’s infrastructure, and many other things.

In fact, much of the gains in the Philippine economy felt during the first year of the administration of Noynoy Aquino (not to mention the growth and resilience it was noted for before it) can only be attributed to GMA’s management. This did not stop Aquino for taking credit for all that in a speech in Singapore before the Filipino community in March of 2011.

Something is really amiss with most Filipinos. It’s as if their mentality is still stuck in the 18th Century — a time when witch hunting was in vogue. Even former Aquino ally and economist, Solita Collas-Monsod finds the series of events in the last few days “disturbing”:

What I find disturbing, however, is the rush by the Comelec to file charges, particularly since it is supposed to be an independent constitutional body, not a Malacañang lackey. Consider the following timeline:

On Aug. 15, 2011, in a five-page joint order signed by De Lima and Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes, the DOJ and the Comelec created the joint preliminary investigation committee and the joint fact-finding team regarding the allegations of electoral sabotage against Arroyo and others. I don’t know what that order contained, but on the face of it, creating the two bodies at the same time must carry with it the assumption that the fact-finding team was going to find facts that would lead to a preliminary investigation.

On Oct. 21, 2011, according to De Lima, the fact-finding team was to have submitted their report, forwarding it to the joint preliminary investigation committee. I was unable to secure a copy of the fact-finding team’s report, but from the news reports, it seemed to me that everything was hearsay, until Oct. 11, when former Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr.’s chief aide, Norie Unas, revealed that he had overheard Arroyo ordering Ampatuan to deliver a 12-0 vote for the administration candidates in 2007. That was the only eyewitness account (and Ampatuan has just called Unas a liar and denied that the conversation took place).

On Nov. 14, or five days ago, the joint preliminary investigation committee completed its investigation.

On Nov. 16, per the Comelec chair, he received a copy of the report of the Comelec lawyers involved in the investigation, and its recommendations. Note: Only two days elapsed between the time of completion of the investigation and the recommendations.

On Nov. 17, the Comelec en banc voted to file charges against Arroyo, with two commissioners refusing to sign because they had not read the report.

Does that sound rushed or not?

Given that only one case has been charged out of the 39 “crimes” in the unofficial GMA list of crimes and that it is even turning out to be a bit “pilit”, one cannot help but see all these activities perpetuated by the incumbent President, Noynoy Aquino and condoned by the majority of the Filipino people as nothing more than sad jokes.

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270 thoughts on “The Noynoy Aquino government is turning the Philippines into a vindictive society

    palebrowndot

    (November 20, 2011 - 12:54 am)

    thanks Ilda for writing this article. you just saved somebody from going to the ER for articulating what’s on their mind…

      Ilda

      (November 20, 2011 - 1:06 am)

      You are welcome. It was my pleasure. 🙂

        jose c. camano

        (November 21, 2011 - 12:42 pm)

        Bleeding hearts… The administration was critized for preventing GMA from traveling and demanded that a case should be filed first before she could be barred from travelling abroad. Now that one was filed the administration still get critized for hurrying it up..

        Loser’s mentality…

          Ilda

          (November 21, 2011 - 1:07 pm)

          Hi JCC

          I can see you are still up to your usual style of spewing ad hominem. I would have thought that evidence of your idol’s incompetence and dictatorial tendencies would soften you up. But I guess you are still in denial of the obvious. And I guess we’ll just have to wait for 4 more years before we can start seeing some sense out of rabid Aquino fans like you. I can only hope.

          Of course as a lawyer you should understand why PNoy was criticised for preventing GMA from travelling prior to the filing of the charges. And of course PNoy should be criticised for being slow to act in filing the charges for her alleged crimes. He had almost 2 years of just talking and talking about all the “evils” done by the previous administration and yet all he could come up with is electoral sabotage. tsk tsk. Doesn’t that bother you?

          It’s simple, really. But not for the small-minded 😉

        Daido Katsumi

        (November 21, 2011 - 4:20 pm)

        jose c. camano is another troll should be put to jail. 😛

        I mean, even the arrest warrant is unconstitutional. Just accept the fact that the Noynoy administration is very desperate on preventing on seeking medical treatment from abroad.

        If you’re a lawyer then I’m ashamed of you. 😛

      Vincenzo B. Arellano

      (November 20, 2011 - 4:34 am)

      ThinkBeforeYouClick

        palebrowndot

        (November 20, 2011 - 6:10 am)

        @Vincenzo
        is that a reminder for yourself?

        Parallax

        (November 20, 2011 - 5:49 pm)

        have you ever used your brain, vincenzo? you could try selling it slightly used, but people will probably pay you to put it in a blender. it’s a yellow protein shake just for you.

        Anonymous

        (November 22, 2011 - 1:56 am)

        @Parallax

        There would be nothing to put in a blender since he has no brains to begin with.

      carol b. benavides

      (November 22, 2011 - 8:40 am)

      all i can say is ” BRAVO “!!! EXPLICITLY EXPLAINED!!! thanks Ilda!

        Ilda

        (November 22, 2011 - 10:40 am)

        @Carol

        Thank you for staying rational despite all the noise regarding this issue.

        I hope you can help spread it around.

    adtcruz

    (November 20, 2011 - 1:09 am)

    Salamat sa pagsulat nito! Sana ay matauhan na ang mga tao sa panlilinlang ng mga liberal!

      Ilda

      (November 20, 2011 - 1:22 am)

      Thanks for reading it. 😉

        jose c. camano

        (November 21, 2011 - 4:56 pm)

        You always say one engages in adhominem because he has an opinion contrary to yours and then describe your point of view accurately. :).. You miss the argument but would focus on the conclusion. Typical one track-mind. hehehe..

        http://jcc34.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/gma-and-her-obscence-constitutional-discourse/

          Ilda

          (November 21, 2011 - 6:48 pm)

          @JCC

          Calling someone a “loser” is not ad hominem to you? You could not even respond to my statement. Here it is again:

          “Of course as a lawyer you should understand why PNoy was criticised for preventing GMA from travelling prior to the filing of the charges. And of course PNoy should be criticised for being slow to act in filing the charges for her alleged crimes. He had almost 2 years of just talking and talking about all the “evils” done by the previous administration and yet all he could come up with is electoral sabotage. tsk tsk. Doesn’t that bother you?”

        jose c. camano

        (November 22, 2011 - 1:08 am)

        Precisely ilda,

        You were upset because it took PNOy-Delima to file against one election sabotage against GMA and your were still complaining when one was finally filed. You were not aware of the judicial process. If one is moneyed and powerful, she can stymie the process. You see a dysfunctional executive but not a dysfunctional court system. It is not the executive alone that should be blamed why the wheels of justice grind so slowly. Even at the prosecutorial level, the moneyed respondent always find ways to throw a monkey-wrench on the investigation and they call it due process. Have you ever wondered whhy despite the lapse of more than a decade, Lacson could not still be tried for the Kuratong-Baleleng rubout and lately of the Dacer-Curbito double murder?

        http://jcc34.wordpress.com/2011/10/18/legal-fornication-aka-rp-judicial-system/

        Bingo —- due process takes eternity if the powerful people are involved…

          Ilda

          (November 22, 2011 - 10:47 am)

          @JCC

          I’m more upset with the way PNoy’s supporters are turning a blind eye to the obvious incompetence and vindictiveness of this current administration.

          I always try to see people at face value. I don’t look at things the way you do. You complicate things by assuming that someone is paying someone just because you don’t get your way. Your opponent is never going to win because you are always going to conclude that they paid someone to get what they want. That’s just paranoia playing with your head.

          As a lawyer you should know better than to disrespect the rule of law. You never know when you are going to need the protection of the constitution so you’d better protect it while you can.

          Since you mentioned Lacson, how come PNoy did not even do anything with that? Does it have something to do with the fact that Lacson is siding with PNoy nowadays? How convenient.

        jose c. camano

        (November 22, 2011 - 11:20 am)

        Yes ilda, I concluded you are a loser only after making an argument that you blamed PNOY-Delima for not filing a case first before holding GMA up at NAIA, now that they hurry up the warrant so she could not run away, you still blame the administration for hurrying it up so they could hold her up… 🙂

        That is not adhominem…

          Ilda

          (November 22, 2011 - 11:46 am)

          You can’t seem to have a discussion with people who disagree with you without calling them names. It is obvious that I am just wasting my time with you.

          You know who loses in this circus show produced by this current administration? The Filipino people. This kind of thing already happened during Erap’s time. Nakulong na din sya sa corruption. Diba he was even elected legitimately? It didn’t matter, right?

          When are you guys going to get that corruption is not the cause of poverty. It is the symptom of poverty. So you need to work on uplifting the economy to minimise corruption. Jailing GMA is not the ultimate solution. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

          benign0

          (November 22, 2011 - 11:57 am)

          Even in the quintessentially Pinoy business of writing ad hominems, you manage to come across as the quaint relic of the blogging past that you are, attorney. Here is how you do ad hominems (perhaps you have something to learn from the Master):

          I define a loser as someone who spent so many years studying law yet consistently fails to cobble together a coherent article that manages to make a convincing argument on the basis of both (1) the letter of the law and (2) the overall ethical sense on top of said letter.

          Having said that, I’d say that you do have a limited breadth of insight considering the duality of the behaviour we’ve seen in the Aquino Administration as far as charging Arroyo for her alleged “crimes” can be seen in any elementary school kiddo.

          School kids (well, for that matter, even university students) can drag their feet and proscrastinate for weeks in tbe lead up to a major exam and then spend an entire sleepless night burning midnight oil when it suddenly dawns on them on the eleventh hour that the exam is the following day.

          That’s not such a mystery, isn’t it attorney? If a child can behave in such a way, then for sure so can a guy like Noynoy Aquino who’s got quite a track record of behaving like one.

          And as far as I recall, no judgment as to whether Arroyo is innocent or guilty has been published on this blog. But do take the time to re-visit your lawyerly ethic of trawling the small print and show us some specific examples of any amateur verdict we dispense on the matter and I shall humble myself before you and start spelling attorney with a captial “A” when addressing you henceforth. 😀

        jose c. camano

        (November 22, 2011 - 11:33 am)

        A case was filed against GMA. You do not accept that as a rule of law because she was railroaded to it; where the issue of election cheating happened in 2004 and 2007 and and she had been properly informed about this election cheating. It was filed only in 2011 when she was no longer in power. For you that is a classic case of railroading instead of a long arm of the law finally catching up on the powerful criminals who had already been dislodged from power.

        As regards Lacson, the Suprme Court and the Court of Appeals have already cleared him for the murder of members of the Kuratong Baleleng and Curbito-Dacer slay. If PNOY would insist in reopening the case, you will cry vindictiveness again.

        That he is now an ally of PNOY, is an affirmation of how dysfunctional our system is, but that is not an argument that GMA was lily-white innocent who was simply a victim of vindictiveness.

    momblogger

    (November 20, 2011 - 1:10 am)

    I share the same sentiment. In fact I just tweeted “It is enough for me to see Arroyo charged for now. Let Courts do their job. Isn’t that schadenfreude? Making fun of people’s misfortunes” and someone said that “schadenfreude can’t be helped sometimes, especially if it concerns one who caused a lot of misfortunes for other people.”

      Ilda

      (November 20, 2011 - 1:24 am)

      They can’t even see the irony in what they are saying. GMA hasn’t been found guilty yet so how can they say she caused a lot of misfortune? I bet they would even blame GMA for their credit card bills.

        brianitus

        (November 20, 2011 - 8:26 pm)

        How can they say she caused a lot of misfortune? Because She hasn’t been found guilty yet and she’s awash with cash. I guess the only way for GMA to survive this and for the country to regain its sanity is to go through these trials (assuming there will be more than one). Win in the courts.

        Frankly, the cheaper solution is to just kill the Arroyos. However, that is simply too barbaric, even for most Filipinos.

        jesus v a villamor III

        (November 21, 2011 - 4:39 pm)

        once i wrote to inquirer about their slogan and asked a question. if indeed they are fair and balanced, how come an allegation is printed in the front page but a rebuttal is printed in the letters to the editor…such is the case of justice in the philippines..you are guilty until proven otherwise and that is because of the media who are more prone to sensationalism than to being simply the messenger

    bechay

    (November 20, 2011 - 1:10 am)

    what can one expect from a society that’s been fed with moronic telenovelas? we are a people whose national pastime is chismis. propriety, tact, grace, decency and dignity are words that are BEYOND us. we give in to drama, controversy, and yes, indulge in public scandal very often. we are worms. worthless worms.

      Ilda

      (November 20, 2011 - 1:31 am)

      Some people will believe gossip more than the truth just because the former sounds more exciting for them.

        janmastomi

        (November 20, 2011 - 6:47 pm)

        @ILda .. what do you mean gossip huh?? do you think all the accusation and scandal that the media brought to the public is not true to you?? are u crazy ? you symphatize with Gloria more than her constituent who are taxpayers to whom she commit the crimes. she need to pay the price,, people needs justice not dogmatic sentiment.. cmmon Ilda you are one those Makapili in the 40’s a traitor ..and you are…

          Ilda

          (November 20, 2011 - 6:54 pm)

          @janmastomi

          If there is enough evidence, how come it took them ages to file one single case? Would you like to be jailed based on a rumour that you pocketed some money? I don’t think so. The reason why the Philippines will never progress is because people like you cannot trust the system. And the reason why you cannot trust the system is because you let the people running it do their dirty work for as long as they have. You should have done something about the allegations long ago. What took you so long to complain?

          Daido Katsumi

          (May 10, 2012 - 9:23 am)

          Protip: Noynoy’s grandpa was a Makapili. So your argument is invalid. 😛

        Daido Katsumi

        (November 20, 2011 - 6:52 pm)

        janmastomi: People blamed PGMA because the media highlighted her faults and made her supposedly anti-masa. Yet the media who has ties with the Aquinos won’t look critically into their mistakes, if not making light of the current president’s ineptitude. See the bias?

        Ilda as a Makapili? Nope, she’s not. You’re just talking about Ninoy’s dad and nothing else.

        t-bac

        (November 21, 2011 - 5:41 am)

        You definitely said it right. Sadly, some Anti-Pinoy/GRP writers are like that also, they believe gossip more than the truth because they hate anything Filipino(Pinoy) so much. But I find most of your article “illuminating”

          Ilda

          (November 21, 2011 - 7:14 am)

          I hope you can be specific. What gossip did some GRP writers believe in?

          Thanks for saying that most of my articles are “illuminating”.

          🙂

        jose c. camano

        (November 22, 2011 - 4:23 am)

        hahahaa… ilda, another ad hominem… 🙂

      Lawrence Omandam

      (November 20, 2011 - 5:37 am)

      Huwag ka mawawalan ng pagasa… Iyan ang isang dakilang katangian nating mga filipino… Sa mga panahon na ito lalu dapat tayong magkaisa… Huwag malugmok sa putikan ng padsisise at kahihiyan.. Bangon ang kailangan… Have faith on your fellow countrymen 🙂

      Ilda

      (November 20, 2011 - 12:20 pm)

      @Lawrence

      Yes, kailangan bumangon sa kalokohan na nangyayari sa bansa dahil sa pamumuno ni PNoy!

        janmastomi

        (November 20, 2011 - 6:35 pm)

        @Ilda, kalokohan ba?? magkano ba ang ibinayad sayo ni Gloria at todo depensa mo sa kanya??.. you guy’s filipino make urself fools, enough is enough.. stop this blind sentiment to corrupt gloria arroyo.. We need justice..she betray the people of the philippines of their trust.. he should be firing squad just like the ex president of romania ceucescu.

          Ilda

          (November 20, 2011 - 6:47 pm)

          @janmastomi

          People like you always assume that those who are critical of PNoy or those who try to be more objective is a paid hack. That argument is so lame. Did you even understand anything in the article?

          Ok. I agree she should receive the full force of the law after she is found guilty. But from what I gather you guys can’t even wait for the courts to decide her fate. Do you have enough evidence that she is guilty? Why don’t you volunteer to be a witness if you do? It looks like you are so sure about it.

          And by the way, there is no death penalty in the Philippines. Unless you want PNoy to change the rules again just for GMA.

        ahehe

        (November 20, 2011 - 6:44 pm)

        @jan, kung may isinampa akong kaso sa korteng nag isyu ng arrest warrant ni GMA, magrereklamo ako. Aba, nauna pang inasikaso yung kay arroyo kaysa dun sa akin. Lol.

        Parallax

        (November 20, 2011 - 6:44 pm)

        another yellow lemming doesn’t get it.

        please read this whole page again, janmastomi, so you won’t look STUPID next time you step in and mouth off. it’s for your own good.

        Daido Katsumi

        (November 20, 2011 - 7:07 pm)

        janmastomi: Kahit ang electoral sabotage na kaso laban kay Gloria ay mababalewala din since it has no concrete evidence (as of now) and all hearsay.

        And you’re just fooling yourself dahil nagpauto ka sa media

      brianitus

      (November 20, 2011 - 8:39 pm)

      One can always change channels. Even free tv has other shows. If there’s nothing else on, read a book. Form an opinion based on what you know and not what the tv, radio, internet or newspaper opinion writers tell you.

      I think it’s safer for this country to close some chapters than to leave their endings hanging. I’m just glad that there’s finally something in the court. It’s better than the paulit ulit allegations. Now, let’s see how this case plays out. I hope people will accept the verdict that comes out of it.

      Where telenovelas end, reality TV begins.

    ahehe

    (November 20, 2011 - 1:11 am)

    If you’re not with us, you are an enemy. – yellow admin

    Thanks for the unsolicited advice but you are not part of my team. – Pnoy

      yc

      (November 20, 2011 - 2:59 am)

      that is what happening in our government…our country…

    momblogger

    (November 20, 2011 - 1:18 am)

    I cannot count the times I was accused of being pro-GMA just because I thought otherwise of the TRO

    What kind of logic is that?

      Ilda

      (November 20, 2011 - 1:39 am)

      A flawed one.

      Parallax

      (November 20, 2011 - 5:59 pm)

      it’s reminiscent of nazi germany. whatever it takes, they’ll have their way. AND feel justified.

    Vincenzo B. Arellano

    (November 20, 2011 - 1:19 am)

    It is very obvious dat u r being paid by Arroyo P500 per article. August p ngUmpisa ang inbestigasy0n at tama lng ang panah0n na isinampa nla ito dhl gs2 n nia mktakas kya mlakas ang kas0. Tama si de Lima, Justice has been served dhl makukul0ng n ang mgnanakaw

      auriga

      (November 20, 2011 - 1:21 am)

      Prove it in court.

      ahehe

      (November 20, 2011 - 1:30 am)

      Kinuha na yata yung laptop ni Vicensyo at nakaselpon na lang siya. Gumamit ka ng Tagalog predictive, lol.

        Ilda

        (November 20, 2011 - 1:34 am)

        That’s good. Para mabawasan na ang moronic comments from him.

      Ilda

      (November 20, 2011 - 1:53 am)

      @Vincenzo:

      Show me the evidence. The onus is on you to prove it.

      Tama ang sinabi ko. Vindictive and malicious.

      Lahat na lang ba ng critic ni PNoy ay bayaran ni Arroyo?!? This proves how malicious some of his minions are.

        meeney

        (November 20, 2011 - 6:26 am)

        The trouble with with some people is that when they disagree with you, they ask you immediately if you were paid or pro-gma or something. Sad how the years of yellow media brain washing has brought upon our fellow countrymen who are a little bit low IQ. My heart goes out for the people who go on with their lives thinking they know everything by just sucking in the yellow trash from the yellow media and spitting out yellow trash themselves.

        Lorna Bituin

        (November 20, 2011 - 9:05 am)

        i agree 100% I was saddened to hear the news of her arrest sobra ang ginawang pagmamadali sa pagsampa ng electoral sabotage kaya pala dinefy nila ang TRO para magawa nila ang kanilang agenda our God is a just God kaya Siya lamang ang huhusga sa lahat ng ito, I am not a GMA fan pero sa ginawa sa kanya nalulungkot ako dahil walang patutuguhan ang mga filipino at ang bansang Pilipinas

        j

        (November 20, 2011 - 9:17 am)

        That’s a type of thinking that’s spreading. Being on the other side of the fence means we can’t think for ourselves, we’re wrong. It’s like they are saying, because we are on the other side, we’re stupid and it meant that since we can’t think for ourselves, we must have been paid to do so.

        I feel bad for them because they think that way. They are not thinking for themselves and only say yes to everything.

        I’ll go a bit out of line here to say that the accuser might actually be the one being paid to monitor communities like this. touche?

        Ilda

        (November 20, 2011 - 12:22 pm)

        @meeney

        That is the only defense they can think of when you criticise PNoy and his gaffes. It’s either you are pro-Arroyo or a paid hack. They can’t even address any of the points intelligently.

        Ilda

        (November 20, 2011 - 12:24 pm)

        @Lorna Bituin

        I too am not a GMA supporter. I am just disgusted at how most Filipinos can just support PNoy’s blatant disregard for the law just to exact his vengeance on his political enemy.

        skarab

        (November 20, 2011 - 11:23 pm)

        @Ilda

        Sorry, it does not take a genius to concoct a “chain letter” to further fan the flames of HATE among our people. The people are now VERY RIPE for this kind of mind control, and the government knows it. People will jump off a cliff if ordered by this government to do so.

        Therefore, we grieve over the death of the rule of law, which, in the first place, was rendered inutile by its own complacency. THE RULE OF PROPAGANDA REIGNS = FASCISM. GMA, for all her cunning, miscalculated; underestimated the power of the mob.

        Guilty or not, GMA should have sought political asylum when she had the chance. She, and all other enemies of the Aquino-Cojuangco combine, can never hope to get justice in any court in this country, where their cases, weak though they may be, will just be used for entertainment and ultimately be judged by the volume of clapping from the audience as we see daily on the game shows in our showbiz society.

        @Lorna:

        GOD? God is BENIGNO SIMEON COJUANGCO AQUINO III

          Ilda

          (November 21, 2011 - 12:34 am)

          @skarab

          That’s the thing. I bet you that some schmoe using the “kanto” internet cafe just came up with a random list of GMA’s alleged crimes but now rabid Aquino supporters are hanging on to it like it’s an official legal document from the courts. Sadly, that’s how gullible some people are.

      K3

      (November 20, 2011 - 3:41 am)

      Yes, because everyone who publicly condemn the actions or effects of the actions of “Tito Noy” are being paid by the Arroyos.

      How I love PNoy’s Sith

      domo

      (November 20, 2011 - 10:18 am)

      Again vincensus ignoramus where is your proof na pro-arroyo kami? Tinanong ko na sa iyo ang tanong na ito pero hindi mo sinagot. Tamad ka ba? Sisi ka nang sisi dyan vincensus ignoramus pero sigurado yung naranasan ni arroyo ay dadaan din sa iyo balang araw. At para kanino ang hustisya? Para sa ikabubuti ng bansang ito o para lang sa inyong mga bobo’t isa pang corrupt? And enough praising your tito noy and the aquino mafia already because they are not your God!

      brianitus

      (November 20, 2011 - 8:52 pm)

      Hindi kaya’t sobrang liit naman ng limandaang piso para sa kapalit ng dangal ng isang manunulat?

      Tila kailangan mo pag-aralan ang proseso ng batas, kaibigan. May paglilitis pa pong nagaganap na kung saan ang nasasakdal ay kailangang mapatunayan na nagkasala nang lubos bago siya makulong.

      Eto lang ang tanong: kung sakali mang makalusot si GMA sa kasong ito, handa ka bang tanggapin ang hatol ng hukuman? At hindi pagnanakaw ang kasong hinaharap nya — electoral sabotage po.

    kizmet

    (November 20, 2011 - 1:45 am)

    What was suspicious for me was the speedy judgment of the court judge. According to my classmate in college and who works as a clerk of court said that the judge has 10 days to pass judgment from the day the case has been filed to the court.

    Also, since there are many cases filed in courts, it is usually those which were filed earlier that are given priority to be heard. Thus, the fact that the warrant of arrest was released on the same day the case has been filed evokes suspicion on the part of the govt or comelec.

      Ilda

      (November 20, 2011 - 1:48 am)

      Those with pending cases who have been waiting for their turn should file a complaint and ask why GMA’s case jumped the queue.

        kizmet

        (November 20, 2011 - 1:59 am)

        And may I add that there is a satirical news site spreading on the web about mikey arroyo’s attendance to the premier night of breaking dawn.

        A friend on facebook (she graduated 5-6 years earlier than I did from the same major) posted its link on her wall without (me thinks) taking time to read the satire and comments. She and her friends lambasted the arroyo family. The news was of course, untrue. I wanted to join their conversations but I hesitated because she is a now the chairman of the college of law at our alma mater.

      ahehe

      (November 20, 2011 - 2:03 am)

      Pang Guiness Book of World Records yata ang arrest warrant na yun.

      Lawrence Omandam

      (November 20, 2011 - 5:44 am)

      Corak! Ladies & Gentlemen Im happy with these times now I see my taxes are working for me. At last. I get to see people, who do bad & ruined our country; at reasonable doubt be behind bars… Hindi sayang ung pinagpaguran ko pra sa gobyerno! hehehe 😀

        Ilda

        (November 20, 2011 - 7:42 am)

        @Lawrence Omandam

        Erap Estrada was already convicted and imprisoned for plunder. That did not change anything. It did not stop corruption. And that is proof that the prosecution of GMA will stop corruption. Corruption is everywhere. Other countries experience corruption too, the degree just varies and enforcement of the law helps some countries catch corrupt officials sooner compared to us.

        The best way to fight corruption is enforcement of the law and economic progress. Unfortunately, President Noynoy is the number one violator of the rule of law and does not want to prioritise fixing the economy.

        auriga

        (November 20, 2011 - 3:24 pm)

        So you’d rather have the government use your taxes for their vindictive witch hunt rather than provide jobs for the unemployed and the marginalized?

    […] View original post here: The Noynoy Aquino government is turning the Philippines into a … […]

    j

    (November 20, 2011 - 1:56 am)

    I’ve heard this joke that everything that has gone wrong with someone’s life is because of GMA. This is because of the way how GMA was portrayed by the media. No wonder people would just send out that list not thinking of what it entails because for them, it’s the description of how bad GMA is. For them allegations = truth. The saying “if there’s smoke, there’s fire” applies. But they won’t wait until those allegations are proven. Nor I think they would care because for them, it’s the truth. If the court says otherwise, then the court must be mistaken or bribed. I too think the same way about the legal system and the government. Always angry with the politicians. Who can blame them, or me? The track record of our government isn’t really that appealing to the masses.

    I am no pro-GMA because I too heard and read news about her. All the scandals and such. And hearing stories about how public money is being misused or us being manipulated does make my blood boil. But I know the limit of my doubts and know when to listen and trust that the truth is being said.

      K3

      (November 20, 2011 - 3:38 am)

      Well, everything is her fault you know.

      Spratlys, ARMM, MILF, ASG, Overpopulation, poverty, Global warming, the war between Palestine and Israel, UTI, cancer, AIDS, irregular bowel movements; all of those have billboards somewhere that say “Project of GMA”

        skarab

        (November 20, 2011 - 11:31 pm)

        ROTFLMAO

      Vincenzo B. Arellano

      (November 20, 2011 - 4:18 am)

      Preh0 pla tau n ngagalit s mga mgnanakaw. At wg ka mgugulat kung n0t guilty ang sag0t ng k0rte s hearing ni Gloria panigurado bnayaran nila ang judge. Tgnan m0h s SC, bias kay Gloria.

        Ilda

        (November 20, 2011 - 7:55 am)

        I bet if the courts find GMA not guilty, PNoy’s minions will assume that the judge was under her payroll. You guys have an answer for everything. You don’t trust anyone but those who agree with you.

        j

        (November 20, 2011 - 9:33 am)

        actually, hindi na ako magugulat… na ganyan ang sasabihin mo.

        so… ganito pala yan… “ayaw sumunod ng simbahan sa RH bill… binayaran sila.”

        skarab

        (November 20, 2011 - 11:34 pm)

        ‘yan c vincenzo…. pagpasensyahan nyo na he has a family to feed.

    Der Fuhrer

    (November 20, 2011 - 2:28 am)

    Hail Der Fuhrer of the nutzie reich socialist state! The brilliant leader of the master yellow race pinned the yellow star of David on the arroyos! His obsessive hatred of the wearers of the yellow star gave rise to his plan of pure genius! Declare them guilty before trial! Destroy them with lies and more lies until this is falsely believed to be the truth! His Reich Ministry of Propaganda is truly a powerful communications group!

    The word of the Fuhrer is the law! There is no puny principles of justice, fairness, presumption of innocence and due process! They are guilty without trial because it is his supreme will! Truly Der Fuhrer is the greatest nutzie dictator to be feared and respected! He is above the law and ridicule for he is blessed with a supreme intellect! Sieg Heil!

    Felipe

    (November 20, 2011 - 2:44 am)

    GMA haters aggressively campaign to create enough numbers to make any verdict in favor of GMA extremely unpopular. They hope this would influence or pressure the courts to submit to their expectations—so aggressive was this drive that anyone perceived to be less enthused about it would be ostracized or shamed for daring to even think otherwise (“you are either for us or against us”)—no room for fence-sitters or disinterested observers.

    Through trial by publicity, GMA is being made already guilty in the minds of the public. The Erap group had also been busy helping drive this hate campaign while Erap himself tries to avoid being seen as being part of any this (“not-so underground” effort.) He even went abroad to distance himself from it—He is trying to avoid being linked to any of this as everyone knows he has a huge ax to grind and this may lower the credibility of their cause.

    This is the handiwork of the combined efforts of the Aquino-Cojuangco, Erap, and other ambition-driven groups. The media had been pulling every resource and trick in the book to demonize GMA through biased reporting techniques. They know how to use repeating slogans or drives to appeal to the easy-to-exploit unthinking pinoy audience (with their obvious victim-mentality.) Creating a bandwagon of mistrust against GMA is their prime directive. God knows this is hate-campaign at its ugliest.

    By spreading disinformation and repeatedly reinforcing this sensibility of hate and mistrust against GMA with the use of such list (as mentioned in the article above) including the strategic infiltration of internet blogs as can be seen even here (example Vincenzo), this hate drive has surely distorted the public’s perception of reality. People’s rational sense (assuming they used to have one to begin with) has now been so badly disfigured that they’ve lost any real sense of fairness, justice, or truth—hate reigns supreme—This current admin had redefined all these values—they persistently twisted their meanings to suit their selfish ends.

    Moral of the story: Beware the wrath of the oligarchs scorned.

      Vincenzo B. Arellano

      (November 20, 2011 - 4:23 am)

      Gs2 kc namen n malaman ang k22hanan kung nsn n ang mga ninakaw ni Gloria, kaya lhat mgkakasama para s katarungan.

        Felipe

        (November 20, 2011 - 5:34 am)

        Niloloko nyo mga pilipino. Mga gawain ninyo ang nagpapagutom sa taumbayan. Si AbNoy = tuta ni Erap.

        balitangkutseroo

        (November 20, 2011 - 7:58 am)

        matindi talaga ang rabies ni simeon the turd that these yellow zombies blindly follow the stupid good for nothing president thirst for revenge.his personal quest for revenge causes the division of the masses.i do hope that this hastily filing of electoral sabotage will backfire in the face of abnoy and the rest of the tangang mga supporter especially vincenzo.

        Felipe

        (November 20, 2011 - 10:43 am)

        Paghihiganti lang naman yan kay Gloria and ninanasa nyan. Ala naman paki-alam sila AbNoy sa hustisya at katarungan—puro nga sila shortcut.

        They can sense they can’t really convince smart people, so they’re just doing their best to please their blind followers. Baka kasi yun followers pa nila ang mawala.

        Daido Katsumi

        (November 20, 2011 - 5:27 pm)

        It’s JUST-TIIS not justice.

        Actually, Gloria will be acquitted on those charges since most of them have no proof and all hearsay.

        Hwag magpauto sa POLITIKO.

      Ilda

      (November 20, 2011 - 7:49 am)

      @Felipe

      Yes, you are spot on. The Aquinos have demonstrated what they can do to their political enemies. Sadly, most Filipinos cannot see that they are being used in this feudal war.

    Der Fuhrer

    (November 20, 2011 - 2:52 am)

    Der Fuhrer’s followers are truly master schemers. They crush their enemies with the totalitarian fist in not allowing them to leave the borders of the reich. Gestapo Chief Delima made brilliant legal theories in countering the puny democratic Supreme Court. But she was defeated because the enemy of the reich invoked its power of check and balances.

    Not to be outdone. The Fuhrer approved the master schemers greatest plan to defeat the enemy of the reich by railroading the filing of a case against the yellow star of David Arroyos. A superman judge read the voluminous documents and instantly produced a warrant of arrest for the wife. Prior to this, the Fuhrer’s prosecutorial team instantly dismissed motions. They read with superhuman speed the documents and approved this for filing. Truly, the master yellow race is the greatest! Der Fuhrer is the greatest nutzie leader!

    Carlos C Tapang

    (November 20, 2011 - 3:51 am)

    Thanks for writing this article, Ilda. I’d say it’s one voice of reason against a cacophony of misguided emotions. I am not pro-GMA. I am for the rule of law. What is really saddening here is the complete disregard of the law.

      Ilda

      (November 20, 2011 - 7:45 am)

      Hi Carlos

      Thanks for reading it. Yes, I am also for the following the rule of law. The constitution is the one thing that should stand out amidst the sea of stupidity. If people can’t respect that, then you have mob rule.

        j

        (November 20, 2011 - 10:36 am)

        I too like to follow the rule of law. But like many people who feels that the government is flawed with corruption and power play, we have a taste of distrust in us whenever the law is used to judge someone. I’m still for what the law says but I can’t hide the fact that there is an ounce of contention in me whenever a case (especially a high profile one) has been judged because I feel that somehow, strings have been pulled. Just as I doubt the allegations to people unless proven guilty. And I think this doubt is what the PNoy administration uses to pull people to their side.

        Now that I think of it, skeptical about the allegations then skeptical with the judgement. That doesn’t sound right, right?

        But then again, I have to follow what has been decided by the law. I just wish that next time, I will have 100% confidence that what they decided on is the truth.

        And that is why I read the posts here. I’m trying to understand what is happening in our country.

        Ilda

        (November 20, 2011 - 11:17 am)

        @ j

        Just continue to follow the rule of law despite what is happening. What some people cannot comprehend is that the one thing that should stand out amidst the sea of stupidity is the constitution. If people can’t respect that, then you’ll have mob rule and chaos.

    thetruth

    (November 20, 2011 - 4:17 am)

    Who cares. This country has been run into the ground so much that it’s a lost cause. Hypocritical beliefs in religion taken advantage of by corrupt individuals working to maintain their self benefitting status quo is the foundation of all poverty in this country.

    Manila is the most densely populated ci

    thetruth

    (November 20, 2011 - 4:22 am)

    City on the world. It’s too late for city planning, traffic schemes, and creating of jobs and homes for the impoverished. The only real undeniable truth is that there are TOO MANY PEOPLE. unfortunately its already been made clear to all of us that family planning is not on the agenda of the majority, and most filipino men are unable to keep theirs in their pants. What could have been a solution that would have yielded results in 2-3 generations has become a clear cut indicator that basically WE ARE ALL SCREWED.

      Ilda

      (November 20, 2011 - 12:27 pm)

      Yes. There are some politicians taking advantage of “God-fearing” Filipinos who can be gullible enough to believe that someone is truly “evil”.

    Hyden Toro

    (November 20, 2011 - 4:57 am)

    Noynoy Aquino is a YellowTard idiot, who has an Obssesive Compulive Personality Disorder. He perceive Political enemies, everywhere, and vent on destroying them. While our cost of living is going up and up…our economy is going down and down…
    Can you see the Stupidity of this YellowTard President. He even usurped the Power of the Judiciary. Now, he is talking about Revolutionary Government. Is Noynoy Aquino sane?

      Vincenzo B. Arellano

      (November 20, 2011 - 5:24 am)

      N0 hes n0t. Gngmit nya lng ang knyang kpngyarihan s tmang paraAn

        Felipe

        (November 20, 2011 - 5:27 am)

        Bago nga ba mga Apple laptops na ipapamigay sa inyo ng Communications group nila Ricky Carandang?

        Naabot mo na ba quota?

        j

        (November 20, 2011 - 9:46 am)

        I just want to point out… the question was
        “Is Noynoy Aquino sane?” and your reply is “N0 hes n0t.”

        Aquino is a ************ *****

        (November 20, 2011 - 10:04 am)

        @ J
        he is just a stupid yellowtard idiot who is blindly loyal to the WORST INCOMPETENT NINCOMPOOP M*R*N D*CKWAD DOUCHEBAG C*NT IDIOT PRESIDENT EVER

          benign0

          (November 20, 2011 - 10:09 am)

          Lay off the cursing, dude. You might find yourself in the spam queue as well. Just a friendly warning.

      palebrowndot

      (November 20, 2011 - 6:20 am)

      “Masaya ako dahil natupad na rin ang pangarap nang aking mga magulang na maipakita sa ating bayan na wala kaming tinanim na galit kanino man.” – words of Vincenzo’s Tito Noy when GMA visited the wake of Cory. (sorry, can’t find the link, except this: http://bluepanjeet.net/2009/08/07/5477/excellency-gloria-macapagal-arroyo-dead-62-journalists-killed-president/)

        auriga

        (November 20, 2011 - 8:56 pm)

        nice find!

    Edwin

    (November 20, 2011 - 5:56 am)

    This is the voice of reason! Karamihan talaga sa ating mga Pilipino ay mga emotional na tao at madalas hindi ginagamit ang utak sa pag-aanalisa ng mga pangyayari. Kaya naman itong gobierno ni Pnoy, puro panggagatong ang ginagawa sa karamihan para tuluyang i-demonize si GMA. Kawawang Pilipinas . . . papunta na naman sa kankungan.

      Vincenzo B. Arellano

      (November 20, 2011 - 6:21 am)

      Isa kpa,hnd dneDem0nize si Gloria, pnapanag0t lang sya sa kanyang kasalanan.

        Ilda

        (November 20, 2011 - 7:37 am)

        @Vincenzo:

        If it wasn’t for your jejemon speak and your usual moronic logic, you probably would have more credibility. You continue to prove what I have said: malicious and vindictive.

        Aquino is an IDIOT

        (November 20, 2011 - 8:32 am)

        Stupid jejemon f***tard….

        j

        (November 20, 2011 - 9:56 am)

        Sorry, OT pero gusto ko lang din sabihin.

        We know you’re a hardcore yellow follower. But is it really hard to type correctly? You must be using a laptop by now, yes? sa laptop or computer, you have a FULL KEYBOARD. Even if you’re using a phone, mahirap ba magtype ng maayos?

        Aquino is a ********* *****

        (November 20, 2011 - 11:12 am)

        @J
        It is clear that he has yet to grow a F******** BRAIN that’s why he is typing in that F******* jejemon lingo.

        GO F*** YOURSELF YELLOW R$TARD!!!

    FST

    (November 20, 2011 - 8:21 am)

    What I find funny is that both camps both Arroyo and Aquino have funny stuff happening. The speed at which the TRO was issued, and the speed at which the Warrant was issued. It’s not about justice or rule of Law, it’s always been about politics. The SC TRO was political and not really a matter of law. The way it was ignored was also political and not a matter of law, the issuance of the Warrant was also politically motivated. Both camps can throw mud at each other and both sides will be equally dirty. 😛

      Vincenzo B. Arellano

      (November 20, 2011 - 8:56 am)

      Wat AquinO is d0ing is seri0us, si Gloria lng ang ptawa, tumatakas kht n guilty s ksalanan nya

        Aquino is a ************* *****

        (November 20, 2011 - 9:56 am)

        guilty na kaagad pero di pa napapatunayan sa korte
        IDIOT

        GO **** YOURSELF D*CKWAD

        Daido Katsumi

        (November 20, 2011 - 5:29 pm)

        Meh. Still the joke is on your Noynoy. I mean, ano ang alam niya sa BATAS?

      auriga

      (November 20, 2011 - 8:58 pm)

      true that.

    Daido Katsumi

    (November 20, 2011 - 8:37 am)

    Talagang tae ka because you’re spouting nonsense.

    Daido Katsumi

    (November 20, 2011 - 8:39 am)

    Dapat lang. And then you’re accusing us na bayaran kami w/o realizing the fact that Tita Cory and your Tito AbNoy are busy paying their media friends to make things look good in their terms.

    You’re going psycho right now, huh? Too bad for you.

      domo

      (November 20, 2011 - 10:38 am)

      Nasisiraan na siguro ng bait iyan. Kawawa naman na nilalang once talian na sya ng straight jacket at dalhin sa mental hospital.

        domo

        (November 20, 2011 - 10:39 am)

        I mean on vincensus ignoramus.

          Aquino sucks

          (November 20, 2011 - 1:51 pm)

          @domo
          A better name for him would be
          vincentusmoronicusaquinosbootlickerus
          cocksuckerusyellowtardickfaceius

          domo

          (November 20, 2011 - 8:26 pm)

          I appreciate your rebuttal against vincensus ignoramus but please let’s make a fair fight to him and avoid flame baiting too much.

          liz

          (November 23, 2011 - 10:27 am)

          ormer president and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has millions of unliquidated travel expenses and even spent thrice the approved budget allocation in her last year in office, a Senator said.
          Commission on Audit reports that the then Office of the President, whose 2009 allocation for travel expenses was at P244.6 million, has an “actual disbursement” for traveling of 940.6 million. P848.1 million was spent for foreign trips while at least P92.5 million was used for local travels.
          Not only that, Commission on Audit said that P594 million has remained unliquidated as of year end, including the unliquidated travel expenses… Grrr!!!

          Sic

          (December 1, 2011 - 12:42 pm)

          and the list goes on.. Not to mention other transactions that only the former president and a handful of her beneficiaries from such.

          Can you still remember that 1 million peso dinner that the former president and her entourage had in Le Cirque?

          Definitely, not appropriate for the leader of a country like the Philippines to show. Enjoying in extravagance while the country she left is riddled with poverty and hunger.

    Aquino is a ************* *******

    (November 20, 2011 - 8:41 am)

    Desperate times call for desperate measures…
    Yun ang nangyari sa ginawa ng gobyerno na ito. Tignan nalang natin kung ung kaso ay maipapanalo ng yellowtard government.

      Vincenzo B. Arellano

      (November 20, 2011 - 8:51 am)

      Sympre ksma namin ang batas at ang Diyos

        Aquino is a ************* *******

        (November 20, 2011 - 8:53 am)

        kasama ninyo hindi ang DIYOS kundi si SATANAS.

        Vincenzo B. Arellano

        (November 20, 2011 - 9:00 am)

        D nga? Kay Jesus ngccmba taz si Satanas ang Dyos. GraBe tanga

          Anonymous

          (January 23, 2012 - 12:49 pm)

          @Vincenzo B. Arellano
          Hahaha,you are a F**** stupid idiot

          “Sympre ksma namin ang batas at ang Diyos”

          Paano mo nasabing kasama ninyo ang batas eh hindi nga ninyo SINUSUNOD??

        Aquino is a ************* *******

        (November 20, 2011 - 9:05 am)

        bulag ka talaga, magkano ba binayad ni ABnoy para dilaan mo ang bota niya???

        GO **** YOURSELF R&TARD

        auriga

        (November 20, 2011 - 10:47 am)

        Binabale wala nga ang batas e.

    Daido Katsumi

    (November 20, 2011 - 8:41 am)

    Not pro-CGMA but anti-STUPIDITY. And that includes you. Nangbabato ka ng tae sa amin because you’re throwing us nonsense for months. 😛

    beth

    (November 20, 2011 - 8:45 am)

    Any move to punish such crimes, specially committed by people in power, should be considered as a BIG step forward. If only to deter more people from doing the same and thinking they can still continue doing so without any consequence to them!!!

      Ilda

      (November 20, 2011 - 10:37 am)

      @beth

      Good luck with your reasoning. Let me just remind you that Erap was already prosecuted and jailed for plunder. That did not stop corruption though. Like what I keep saying, enforcement of the law and economic progress will help minimise corruption.

    beth

    (November 20, 2011 - 8:46 am)

    The first thing our Country lacks is the ability to lay down accountability over Government officials – hence the corruptions. So bring it on a new vindictive society if you may want to call it such, we completely need such a society.

      Ilda

      (November 20, 2011 - 10:35 am)

      @beth

      So bring it on a new vindictive society if you may want to call it such, we completely need such a society.

      Thanks for confirming what I have thought all along. Philippine society is moving backwards, indeed. Instead of acting with civility, people like you would rather let the mob rule.

      This is a sad day for the Philippines when gossip and baseless accusations is enough to crucify an individual.

        Parallax

        (November 20, 2011 - 6:21 pm)

        christians being fed to the lions for the pleasure of watching romans, anyone?

        popular entertainment at its finest, beth. i’m sure you feel great seeing all this come down the WAY it’s coming down.

          Ilda

          (November 20, 2011 - 6:49 pm)

          @Parallax

          Just a bit disappointed that even some so-called educated Filipinos I know share and make fun of the photo and the unofficial list of GMA’s supposed “crimes” on Facebook. It does not help that most of them are religious. My annoyance just doubled.

        Parallax

        (November 20, 2011 - 6:58 pm)

        mine too, ilda. maybe even more than yours. god i’m surrounded by gullible people all over this country, one american included [ahem] [ubo] [ubo] [joeamerica] [ubo] [ubo] [ahem].

        oh, btw, religion is the skirt under which filipinos hide from reality and responsibility. this way it does not go against their true tendency to enjoy bloodlust.

          Ilda

          (November 20, 2011 - 7:07 pm)

          oh, btw, religion is the skirt under which filipinos hide from reality and responsibility. this way it does not go against their true tendency to enjoy bloodlust.

          Could it be that they are just channelling all that pent up anger all these years of hiding behind that veneer of humility and compassion?

        Parallax

        (November 20, 2011 - 7:54 pm)

        that’s very possible, but they’re too emo and dumb to figure that among those who should feel their wrath is president peenoycchio as well.

      skarab

      (November 21, 2011 - 12:07 am)

      we don’t need a vindictive society.

      we need a JUST society.

      GMA = SHOOT FIRST THEN ASK QUESTIONS

      KKK, Lacson, etc. = Ayos na nagchicharon na kami….

    beth

    (November 20, 2011 - 9:57 am)

    Our dear politicians have been battling for the limelight over every controversial nonsense they can sink their teeth into. It might as well be for something that will put some fear over the greedy b””$$”. I commend PNoy for asking to account GMA over this…as she must be. During her times of amassing wealth…the prices of goods rose at least 2x…poverty and malnutrition was such as it has never been. – I sometimes think that people who throw stone at Pnoy for trying to clean our government are “$£”$”. Anyway, I am just thankful that Pnoy is concentrating his time over this…instead of following into GMA’s footsteps in making it her goal to line her pocket as much as possible during her reign. I guess it’s pay back time fore her.

      Ilda

      (November 20, 2011 - 11:13 am)

      @beth

      Erap was already prosecuted and jailed for plunder. That did not stop corruption though. Like what I keep saying, enforcement of the law and economic progress will help minimise corruption.

      There is no such thing as zero corruption. There is corruption everywhere. The degree just varies. Enforcement of the law helps other countries put corrupt officials faster. Sadly, PNoy demonstrated that he is above the law.

        palebrowndot

        (November 20, 2011 - 1:05 pm)

        there are societies perceived by their citizens to be more corrupt than ours, but their media has the integrity not to flaunt it and make it appear as one of the telenovelas. sometimes i suspect, these media companies hunger for another story concept which their small minds cannot afford to innovate anymore. so, in cohorts with this administration, they are once again reviving the teledrama 10 years ago about a president’s day in court. but this one is about an ex-president (poor choice of bida); highly uninteresting for she doesn’t have direct command on the present national economy – unless if the way the flow of the telenovela is patterned after “maala-ala mo kaya”. oh gaaad! now i imagine that charo person will be hosting the show…

          Ilda

          (November 20, 2011 - 6:29 pm)

          I can’t help but think that part of the reason why some Filipinos find it easier to make fun of GMA is because of her size. Most Filipinos don’t see a problem with making fun of other people’s physical appearance like calling someone “pandak” or “duleng” or “negro” without even bothering to consider if they are being offensive. And another thing is that she is a woman and some in our society still think that women are fair game.

      auriga

      (November 20, 2011 - 9:05 pm)

      “During her times of amassing wealth…the prices of goods rose at least 2x…poverty and malnutrition was such as it has never been.”

      And pray, tell, what exactly PNoy is doing with regards to these issues? I sure as hell believe that putting GMA behind bars will not alleviate poverty and malnutrition.

    April Enriquez

    (November 20, 2011 - 9:58 am)

    I disagree!! I think the crimes are quite obvious, no one was just brave enough to challenge her during her reign. So she deserves it! You can say its vindictive but for me it’s just being smart!! Let’s not be stupid… Justice doesn’t work in our country so be it! Let her pay now, judge her, mistreat her, I don’t care as in the end Filipinos would probably just forget all her crimes.

    What I hate is the circus… The media… And especially Erap!! He is a convicted felon for God’s sake, how could he speak proudly like that???!!!

      Ilda

      (November 20, 2011 - 10:24 am)

      @April Enriquez

      no one was just brave enough to challenge her during her reign.

      I thought Filipinos were free to “challenge” our public servants since 1986? Wasn’t PNoy already a Senator during GMA’s term? What was he doing then? Why didn’t he speak up about all the allegations being thrown at her then. Was he scared too? As I recall, he voted not to play the Garci tape, which was the evidence that GMA cheated during the inquiry into the 2004 cheating allegations. So it is clear to me that PNoy was also covering up for GMA then when the Aquinos were still in good terms with the Arroyos.

      I think it is going to be harder to prosecute someone when the evidence is harder to gather and the witnesses have already gone in hiding.

        skarab

        (November 21, 2011 - 12:13 am)

        Beth has a point, justice does not work in our country…. in the end Filipinos will just forget her crimes….

        PNoy covered up for GMA because he too was a beneficiary of election cheating.

      Ilda

      (November 20, 2011 - 10:27 am)

      And it is turning into a circus thanks to PNoy and his staff who are obviously too slow and incompetent to file the necessary charges against GMA earlier. He had almost two years to gather evidence and now they are scrambling around looking for something that would hold her back.

    TaengGorbachev

    (November 20, 2011 - 11:28 am)

    This shows that Philippines can only unite when it comes to trivial matters. This country is like a wrestling stable(team, whether tag team or trio or whatever) who are supposed to act like faces(good guys), but are booed upon by the audience, as if they are the bad guys. And GRP is the audience, and the country is the wrestling stable.

      Ilda

      (November 20, 2011 - 6:36 pm)

      They enjoy it. They probably need some excitement. Which is probably the reason why some people are addicted to people power revolutions.

        TaengGorbachev

        (November 21, 2011 - 1:05 pm)

        LOL!! Philippines = Natural Sadist. LOL!!

    balitangkutseroo

    (November 20, 2011 - 11:42 am)

    you st***d a$$***,why do you kept blaming gloria for all the maladies happening in our country.don’t you know that all the past administration contributed to the problems we are facing today? aquino will not be able to fix the existing situation because he is not capable of anything but instead he will just aggravate everything.the only good thing with your mentally retarded president is his complete and blatantly disregarding the laws of the land to satisfy his thirst for vengeance.

      auriga

      (November 20, 2011 - 9:09 pm)

      Exactly. GMA is just the tip of the iceberg. Unfortunately PNoy and a lot of Filipinos can’t seem to understand that simple fact.

    Mark

    (November 20, 2011 - 12:03 pm)

    Ilda and Co. Though I admire your attempts to enlighten people as to what is really going on, it is quite obvious that your attempts are futile.

    The majority of people who support the Aquino administration are like walking zombies. They are being pissed on and they say it is rain. Their lives are getting worse and they will keep on following Pnoy blindly.

    What can they do, they feel like they are members of the Aquino family and if the feelings starts to diminish all they need to do is to say 5 times TITO Noy and they feel better again.

    They are like drug addicts who will sell their mother for a fix. They walk around with the mouths open craving for the pearls of wisdom of their great TITO.

    Nothing is going to change the way they think, most of them wouldn’t even comprehend your level or writing.

    Having said that, all is not doomed, eventually after a few years when Pnoy’s antics and pearls of wisdom are not strong enough a drug for them, they will find something more powerful and will then turn against their god.

    The only way to change this is to start a serious campaign using social networks and any other available media using simple messages that even zombies would understand.

      Ilda

      (November 20, 2011 - 6:34 pm)

      @Mark

      Like I always say, all things worth pursuing takes time. We don’t do this expecting things will change overnight. We are lucky that we have the internet to use to our advantage.

      “… most of them wouldn’t even comprehend your level or writing”.

      I realise this but I can’t dumb down my style of writing any further.

      Thanks!

      Koko

      (November 22, 2011 - 3:45 pm)

      I think so certain rationalizing so awfully of what we as a society should consider this many decades of really downtrodden times had been our incapacity as people learning from lessons. So that most that I reckon had been mostly I guess our preoccupation, had been in most part, copy and pasting, and then worst of all, we take it as our own. If I may Ilda, I suspect this to be the Oligarchy trademark stamp-mark their claim on us, make us as divided as ever like yeah, something Machiavellian.

      On the whole, I fret at our uncaring attitude of how we perceive life to be, and to further say more, I think that we just do not possess the ability save lives at all, we can waste them but not really save unless it is directly our person in peril. I have grave doubts of ever the lot of massacre victims’ family getting the right justice for loved ones lost in the 23rd November 2009 killings in Maguindanao.

      I will not be surprised at all if one day we wind of people caving in to pressure of bribe money buy off victims’ family, not at all indeed.

    The Enlightened One

    (November 20, 2011 - 12:13 pm)

    Okay lang kung gusto ipakulong ni NoyNoy si Gloria kung may nagagawa siya sa bansa. Eh sa paulit-ulit niyang pagbanat eh tinatamaan ang ekonomiya. Our economy went down 10% because of his nonsense. Tsaka na tong isyu na to. Maaacquit yan speedy trial eh.

    The Enlightened One

    (November 20, 2011 - 12:15 pm)

    Nagmana ata yan sa presidente eh kaya ganyan. Parehong baliw

    nona

    (November 20, 2011 - 12:45 pm)

    The creative application of technology would inform and slowly educate more people and grp is a good foundation from which to grow with a one-stop portal for politics in the philippines
    An umbrella of independent blogs which have in common integrity and a desire to achieve progress and prosperity albeit with different viewpoints and approaches. Examples – theprofessionalheckler, getrealphilippines, anti-pinoy, bulatlat etc.
    Accompanied by an app for iphone and android and facebook links and with real surveys it would also be a springboard for new blogs – universities etc
    And a repository/database with search engine on incumbents or aspiring politicians. Facts on who they are, what they have achieved, do they even turn up, outside business interests etc.
    Designed and marketed to appeal to the growing % of the electorate who use technology for news etc.
    It could start the first co-ordinated web publishing initiative.
    It would be hated by the status quo but would inform and educate and for the first time start to empower.
    Technology is the achilles heel. Politicians dont understand it and cannot control it – although i think they will try.
    The key objective is about accountability for gov/politicians to become more capable, committed.
    Key people in the media are the change makers if they so choose. The power is unity, and of course integrity.
    It could offset financial power by technological advantage and move closer to fair election in all aspects, particularly knowledge.

    fairplay

    (November 20, 2011 - 12:54 pm)

    Pnoy’s administration is beginning to become a communist one. This is worst than martial law. How in the world they dared to defy the SC ruling on the TRO. Tsk. Tsk. Now, can we expect investors to come in, after all what happened? Philippines is a blessed country, but she is always not blessed with blissful leaders.

      Ilda

      (November 20, 2011 - 6:30 pm)

      @fairplay

      They keep insisting that the will of the people is more important than the constitution. It just goes to show that they do not know the principle behind the rule of law. They have no idea what they are doing, which is why it is easier to lead them to the wrong path.

        Emie

        (November 21, 2011 - 1:04 am)

        What I find funny is that both camps both Arroyo and Aquino have funny stuff happening. The speed at which the TRO was issued, and the speed at which the Warrant was issued. It’s not about justice or rule of Law, it’s always been about politics. The SC TRO was political and not really a matter of law. The way it was ignored was also political and not a matter of law, the issuance of the Warrant was also politically motivated. Both camps can throw mud at each other and both sides will be equally dirty.
        Mam sorry, but i was not able to get reaction to this post. Mukhang balance kasi ito, and you did not react to it.

          Ilda

          (November 21, 2011 - 7:11 am)

          Hi Ernie

          Sorry I missed your comment because of the number of comments I received. I am sure you are not the only comment I missed so sorry to those also.

          Of course you have a point that it seems like both sides are acting “funny”. But we all have to try and take things at face value and see who is working within the bounds of the law. For me, the problem is simple. The right to travel is a human right. It is protected by the constitution. Prior to the filing of the charges, GMA had that right. It was obvious that PNoy just worked around the law to get what he wanted, which was to prevent her from travelling.

        Parallax

        (November 21, 2011 - 1:25 am)

        why doesn’t anyone get it that the party that fights dirty is the same one playing saint?

      aljad

      (November 20, 2011 - 9:39 pm)

      lihislatibo, ehikotibo, hustiskatibo ay may pantaypantay na kapangyarihan na nakasaad sa saligang batas ng pilipinas…. hindi lahat ng huling desisyong legal ay base lang sa mga pagkakaintinde o pagkakaunawa ng mga mehistigrado ng kataastaasang hukuman (lalo sa panahon ngayon na karamihan sa kanila ay tumatanaw ng “utang ng loob” sa kung sino man ang nagluklok sa kanila).

        Ilda

        (November 20, 2011 - 10:44 pm)

        The right to travel is a human right. Prior to the filing of charges against GMA recently, she was free to travel based on the constitution and as mandated by the SC.

    ici

    (November 20, 2011 - 1:49 pm)

    as usual, ilda, thank you for this article that i hope will help strike a balance on the issues at hand.

    as i said before, my prayer is that the yellow veil that blinds our countrymen will finally be lifted and the sanctimonious ones be unmasked for who they truly are.

    at least now the charges are filed in the proper courts, and not just the court of public opinion (lacierda saying that they are right because all the surveys says so was so pathetic, and arrogant). it is up to the courts to prove that they are still a co-equal branch, and contrary to what many say is the weakest one at that.

    after the euphoria of bloodlust has passed, real work must begin. real work with tangible results that are not just soundbites from yellow propaganda.

      auriga

      (November 20, 2011 - 3:11 pm)

      “lacierda saying that they are right because all the surveys says so”

      WTF, he actually said that?!

        ici

        (November 21, 2011 - 3:14 pm)

        yes. i believe it was with jessica soho, and len horn was being interviewed also. ms. horn had to tell him that just because something is popular doesn’t make it right (lacierda said people sided with them re the tro). lacierda also mentioned in passing that he also taught law…i thought, gah! no wonder our legal system is so eroded. ano ba school sya nagtuturo nang maiwasan?

        auriga

        (November 21, 2011 - 3:31 pm)

        And to think lawyers are supposed to be verse in fallacious arguments. Perhaps the Arroyo camp could add this instance as evidence in their planned disbarment case against him? 😛

      Ilda

      (November 20, 2011 - 6:25 pm)

      @ici

      Well hopefully more people can share it on their Facebook wall. The problem with some Filipinos is that they are still scared to voice out their dissenting opinion especially to their own friends. Unfortunately, a lot of our friends don’t care about offending us when they share and make fun of the photos of a sickly GMA. In short, they are louder and give this impression that they are right.

      Thanks for reading.

    Ana

    (November 20, 2011 - 1:54 pm)

    Thanks for your insightful write-up.

    The attack on GMA in the social media is the work of the “MisCOMMGROUP”. They have the means and funded by the tax payer’s money.

    It is very precise: same ugly comments, super bastos and disgusting.

    If the people from GMA camp can have a site where all positive comments and support can be posted and block the trolls that will be a welcome refuge for me who think GMA is one of the best President the Philippines ever had.

      Ilda

      (November 20, 2011 - 6:22 pm)

      @Ana

      It does seem like it is one of those propagandas unleashed by the yellow camp. It is reminiscent of what they did during the election campaign when they sent out a fake endorsement of Winnie Monsod, which she denied writing.

      Yes, the comments below the photo reeks of bad taste. It says a lot about the people who wrote it.

      Thanks for reading it.

    nona

    (November 20, 2011 - 2:54 pm)

    Wow. Arroyo must be a junior doctors dream. So many things to study in one patient.
    The list so far
    Hypoparathyroidism
    Anorexia
    Blood pressure/hypertension
    Kidney infection
    Depression
    Diarrheoa
    Dwarfism
    Narcissism
    Kleptomania
    Meglomania

    Its a good job she didnt embark on her world travels being so sick!

    And deteriorating every day according to the fat guy!
    The medical list will get longer, and this is still what they see as their ‘get out of the country’ card

    nona

    (November 20, 2011 - 3:31 pm)

    Aquino made 102 campaign promises, none of which have been achieved and most have not even been started with many being quietly dropoed/shelved.

    Can someone give me an update on just some of the significant ones. No slogans, no polispeak,just facts.

    1 FoI bill – shelved

    2. Hacienda luisita/farmers – delayed indefinitely

    3. PPP – nothing but talk

    4. Pork barrel – increased!

    5. Corruption – prosecutions – zero/1

    6. Tax evasion – prosecutions – ? 1

    7. Tourism – no campaign/strategy after nearly 2 years

    8. FDI – 82% decrease. Nobody wants to invest

    9. Open and transparent gov. – website and comms group a complete joke

    10. Poverty – getting worse

    The list goes on. Thats the starter for 10. Anyone care to disagree

      libertas

      (November 20, 2011 - 9:13 pm)

      the silence speaks volumes

        Parallax

        (November 20, 2011 - 10:04 pm)

        ever wonder why malacañang (along with its bum-kissers and lackeys) wouldn’t dare attribute, quote, or even directly (and very importantly, PROPERLY) respond to voices of dissent that challenge their pronouncements like grp does?

        it’s because they’re COMPLETELY SCARED of showing other filipinos that there are intelligent filipinos out there who hold FREE, STRAIGHT-THINKING VIEW contrary to the popular non-thinking yellow view. they do not dare show people that get real philippines exists. they can’t afford to have more people challenge their questionable actions and their suspect behaviour. they’d rather drown us dissenters out or silence us if they could – all because we don’t fall for the lies and propaganda.

        we’re noynoy’s boss whom he will not listen to. i, for one, would like to fire his @$$.

      libertas

      (November 20, 2011 - 10:16 pm)

      @parralax
      agree
      it also shows how the 4th pillar of democracy – media/press do not do their job and just repost press releases or get well paid backhanders for favourable articles/photoshoots – preferably in boracay. but never ask questiins.
      the young girls/sheep of the malacanan press corps should be ashamed.

        Parallax

        (November 20, 2011 - 10:34 pm)

        the media here are a joke. they don’t ask intelligent questions. they only serve as echoes for publicity wh0®es, giving voice to law offenders and political charlatans alike, and constantly repeating the lies so that their mother network gets more ratings. these and the bias and no real memory for history – these are elements of the most irresponsible “journalism” we’ve seen to date. filipinos must be proud.

    Joe America

    (November 20, 2011 - 5:32 pm)

    With all due respect, the Philippines was a vindictive society long before Mr. Aquino came on the scene. Just add up the historical slaughters during elections — hundreds murdered, half of them candidates – self-styled justice in major cities like Cebu and Davao, willy nilly murder of journalists, and inter-clan warfare far and wide. You can go back to Aguinaldo and the battle of generals that were a subset of the independence movement, one murdering another, and undermining the fight against American occupation. Mr. Aquino is just reflecting the roots of his nation, the way it is. There is nothing new here.

      Parallax

      (November 20, 2011 - 5:51 pm)

      so then it’s perfectly okay to you, huh joe? nothing new here. just like it’s always been. brilliant take, genius.

      benign0

      (November 20, 2011 - 6:00 pm)

      Maybe the title then should have been “The Noynoy Aquino government is turning the Philippines into AN EVEN MORE vindictive society.”

      Ilda

      (November 21, 2011 - 1:23 pm)

      Another possible title:

      “The Noynoy Aquino government continues the tradition of vindictiveness in Philippine society.”

    Der Fuhrer

    (November 20, 2011 - 8:35 pm)

    Der Fuhrer is not sick in body. It is just his mindset to have obsessive hatred of the enemies he created. The brilliant genius of the Fuhrer is apparent from his electronic strategy games! He can really lead any unit of the armed forces in battle! But alas, der Fuhrer is really addicted to these games that it even affects his very busy work schedule! He is truly the greatest nutzie leader of the master yellow race!

    Der Fuhrer

    (November 20, 2011 - 8:42 pm)

    It is said in hated democratic opinion circles that der Fuhrer takes seroquel and abilify. This is because of a jekyll and hyde split-mind. Der Fuhrer also takes wine, liquor and beer every once in a while! This is good for his mental health! Sieg Heil!

    jesus v a villamor III

    (November 21, 2011 - 12:32 am)

    just asking, how did the judge rule probable cause and issue a warrant looking at the bundles of document that the comelec brought to his court?and again just wondering, isn’t there a rule or provision in the law that you cannot serve an arrest warrant on a friday (after office hours at that) to give the accused a chance to answer the charges against him/her immediately and not languish in jail over the weekend? just asking…if this government is really going after the big fishes, why focus on GMA? whatever happened to the cases against the marcoses? cases against danding cojuangco? or the maguindanao massacre? two years nothing is happening. how many are in jail without charges being filed against them or how many cases are backlogged with this judge? again just asking…thank you for the enlightenment, i thought i was all alone.

      Ilda

      (November 21, 2011 - 12:43 am)

      @jesus

      It was all too quick. Obviously they also made a few exceptions to the rule as far as reading the documents not thoroughly enough and whatever else they needed to do just to file before the weekend. Which is why it is obvious to some of us that this case might just end up in the bin.

      Your questions are all valid and right up there with “what is the meaning of life?” But we’ll probably never get a straight answer.

        jesus v a villamor III

        (November 21, 2011 - 1:01 am)

        thanks..that made me laugh..your analogy to my questions to the meaning of life hit the bullseye…but i will continue asking questions until someone, somewhere answers them…as my sister said, i am not defending anybody…i am defending the constitution for without it what guarantees do we have to preserve our freedom..

        Parallax

        (November 21, 2011 - 1:22 am)

        preserve our freedom?

        that’s exactly the point: freedom is what you don’t have when you’re not a yellow lemming. they can single you out, and do whatever they want with you. they can even defy the supreme court to pin you down.(and pinoys are too STUPID to realize they’re being played like violins.)

        none of the commander-in-chief’s higher subordinates have any morals or conscience to do the right thing anyway; they’ll just follow their vengeful leader into hell, if only to keep their current jobs. look at de lima. look at lacierda. look at valte. these people KNOW they’re going to hell. they know everything they’re doing isn’t proper, even if to go after a bad guy. there’s rule of law, and then there’s rule of yellow mob. anyone who thinks the law is prevailing right now is a complete moron.

        jesus v a villamor III

        (November 21, 2011 - 2:42 pm)

        have you visited inquirer.net today?

        http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/97891/executive-legislative-branches-urged-to-oppose-sc

        a senator calling to defy SC…where are we going with this..

          Ilda

          (November 21, 2011 - 3:55 pm)

          @Jesus

          I just read it. Hay naku! And of course because Kiko is the husband of an “artista”, he gets a lot of credibility from the masa.

          I think the best solution to this crisis is for SC judge, Corona to resign so the SC can gain the people’s confidence back. The problem is, PNoy can just put someone who wears a lot of yellow. Dictatorship na nga

        auriga

        (November 21, 2011 - 3:17 pm)

        @jesus:
        So as long as there’s legal basis, why not?

        But the basis for the article seems nothing more than emotion. I hope there’s more than that.

        jesus v a villamor III

        (November 21, 2011 - 3:24 pm)

        if it is based on emotion then the more i am worried..

        auriga

        (November 21, 2011 - 3:34 pm)

        indeed.

        jesus v a villamor III

        (November 21, 2011 - 4:21 pm)

        indeed…then we are screwed big time…

        brianitus

        (November 21, 2011 - 4:36 pm)

        There’s your potential constitutional crisis.

      brianitus

      (November 21, 2011 - 12:59 am)

      I don’t think there’s a ruling on serving a warrant on a Friday (after office hours or not).

      And “languish in jail” is exactly the point for serving it on a Friday. You can use this tactic in the future.

      As for the cases you mentioned, Maguindanao Massacre is ongoing (slowly), Danding Cojuangco got his hands on the coco levy funds, Marcos crimes went through the process. These cases aren’t with Judge Mupas.

        jesus v a villamor III

        (November 21, 2011 - 1:58 pm)

        thanks for the info..maybe just misheard about the serving of arrest warrants before the weekend..but it does sound fair, right? but in this case we really are not talking about fairness. when they say “no one is above the law”, doesn’t it apply both ways? so, who is above the law here? i can tolerate MORONS since they really have no idea what they are doing, but i hate STUPID people more because they know what they are doing is wrong but they do it anyway…

        i am not sure if this story is true but it does sound good to hear…does anyone remember ruther batuigas when he was interviewed by 60 minutes and was asked what he would do if he became president of the philippines? his answer, he would line up 10% of the filipinos against the wall and shoot them for crimes against the philippines and the filpino people, included are corrupt politicians, abusive police and military personnel, corrupt judges, lawyers, abusive bus, jeepney and taxi drivers, etc…maybe it is too drastic an approach to clean up the philippines but just wondering what if…and lastly this is all mar roxas’ fault…

        brianitus

        (November 21, 2011 - 2:16 pm)

        Nah, it’s the fault of the population. The kind of politics we have is a reflection of who we are.

        As for the warrant, it just shows that justice is selective on when it can speed up or not. That is when it becomes unfair. That’s the Philippine justice system for you.

        Did Ruther mention if that 10% was made up primarily of lawyers? Regardless of the composition and of his mental state at the time of that interview, he was right.

        Any change that does not rock the foundations of this country is worthless, imho. Breaking up that much mentioned oligarchy takes more than just blogs, comments and tweets. By ranting all you want, you get to vent out your frustrations then wala na. The status quo is preserved.

        jesus v a villamor III

        (November 21, 2011 - 2:30 pm)

        what then can we do? how many filipinos have access to the internet and read what the other side (i guess that’s us) has to say? the biased mass media has more reach and our ignorant and zombiefied countrymen are fed by half-truths and mind altering information…quo vadis pinoy?

        brianitus

        (November 21, 2011 - 2:51 pm)

        Um, the “biased” mass media also has access to the cluttered and magulong internet.

        I mean, if you are really in a rush to change the “masses,” you also have got to have some people on the ground. Much as I hate to say this word, there has to be some form of “indoctrination.” I think some people are doing it via radio, which is also prone to media clutter.

        Imho, you should not wait for them to come to you. Just because you think your thoughts are superior than others, it doesn’t mean you will start a revolution in thinking right away. You don’t expect people to beat down your door to get that great product of yours. That’s the better mousetrap idea at work. You still have a lot of sales and marketing to do.

        Just saying. I’m no expert. =)

      jesus v a villamor III

      (November 21, 2011 - 4:56 pm)

      i grew up during martial law and saw how the country went down the drain during the latter years…i became an OFW for 23 years but decided to go back to the philippines because this is my home and not any foreign land… after 1986 i had so much hope that this nation will rise up and be great again but sadly i was wrong and now at my age i have to think of leaving again because i am afraid where this country is heading…sometimes i wish i was born somewhere else..sometimes

        Daido Katsumi

        (November 21, 2011 - 5:22 pm)

        You should be born on the Ramos era instead.

    Hyden Toro

    (November 21, 2011 - 8:55 am)

    The EDSA YellowTard Mobs, started this all…Mobs have no minds of their own. They are controlled by emotions and political poropagandas (legitimate or illegitimate issues)…
    Noynoy Aquino is doing this, to cover his incompetence…also he is suffering from Mental Illness…Paranoia and Delusion of Grandeur…

    christy

    (November 21, 2011 - 9:02 am)

    O_O -> I thought for a sec that the image depicted was a sick destitute girl. That’s just downright disgusting how people treated other people like that. We even spared Marcos from being confronted this way (I don’t defend any wrong things they do, but to me, he’s a lot worse than Arroyo if this action even justifies). I sense cowardice and desperation in the present government for feeding such sensationalism to our screens, and is unfortunately overshadowing other problems like economy, healthcare, overpopulation and such.

      Ilda

      (November 21, 2011 - 11:01 am)

      @Christy

      I sense cowardice and desperation in the present government for feeding such sensationalism to our screens

      And your sense might be right. Cowardice and desperation could be the reason they need the people’s help in doing their job. They keep justifying this is what the people want. It’s so convenient, isn’t it?

      brianitus

      (November 21, 2011 - 2:21 pm)

      When there’s nothing else to report, you have to highlight something else. I think it makes for a pretty sound plan for survival.

    gercela

    (November 21, 2011 - 11:51 am)

    Ilda, this is so refreshing to me, enlightening even..
    you’ve brought up good points..

      Ilda

      (November 21, 2011 - 1:11 pm)

      Thanks gercela

      It’s good to know you agree with it. Thanks.

    mau mau

    (November 21, 2011 - 2:59 pm)

    if being trying not to be fooled again in Marcos style, by being very swift this time, then call it minadali. if trying to get fair share of justice is called vindictive,then so be it. if not moved by arroyo drama, we will be accused of callous, then let me say, i’m guilty.

      Ilda

      (November 21, 2011 - 3:59 pm)

      It was rushed, there is no doubt about it. Therefore, it is a joke. Let me know if you feel the improvement on our economy soon, ok? Because this witch-hunt is not going to feed the hungry but improving the economy will, which PNoy is not prioritising.

      Thanks for admitting you are vindictive.

    jd

    (November 21, 2011 - 9:55 pm)

    i hope mabasa ito lahat ng Pilipino at maintindihan ang nilalaman.

    Thanks to the Author!

      Ilda

      (November 21, 2011 - 11:04 pm)

      Thanks for reading. I hope you can help spread it.

      Cheers!

    PinoyAKO

    (November 22, 2011 - 2:33 am)

    First lets talk about that picture..Choice ng mga ARROYO yan bakit lumabas ung picture na yan…gusto nila ng sympathy vote from the people.D naman sila dapat dadaan dun…may passes sila to use the VIP LOUNGE ng NAIA…but they opted not to use it…2nd about dun sa matagal na pagsampa ng case….di mo ba naalala na nagbuo ung govt ni PNOY ng truth commission..kaso nag file ung mga kaalyado ng mga ARROYO na hindi constitutional. Since majority sa SC kaalyado or midnight appointees ni ARROYO..naging null and void ung truth commission. Kung hindi ka takot bakit kailangan mong kontrahin un…3rd during GMA term naglabas sya ng order giving power to DOJ na pwede maglabas ng watchlist order…ngaun pinawawalang bisa nila sa SC…Anu un kapag sa kanila hindi pwede…to think sa administration nya yan….4th sasabihin minadali ung kaso….nagmamadali na din sya na umalis ng bansa kung saan wala pa Extradition treaty ung gusto puntahan….and sabi ng PHIL. MED. ASSOC. hindi govr sector yan kaya gawin d2 sa phils ung bone biopsy ni ARROYO and nagbigay nga sila ng list ng doctors….5th..d mo ba napansin kapag ARROYO ang humingi ng favor sa SC ang bili bilis umaksyo ng SC..TRY MO mag file sa SC baka abutin ka ng TAON bago makuha ung decision….D ka ba natutuwa na at least umuusad na ung Justice System ng PHILs. Mabibiyan naman sya ng pagkakataon sa korte… kung wala syang kasalanan so be it

      Ilda

      (November 22, 2011 - 10:57 am)

      @PinoyAKO

      You sounds so paranoid. You seem to think that everything that is happening to Arroyo is either staged by Arroyo or what she deserves. Which one is it?!? Would you actually put yourself in harms way and risk a knife or a gun weilding mob just so the media can get a photo of you being mobbed in order to get symphathy? That’s just crazy talk, dude!

      If Arroyo really wanted to flee, why didn’t she do it months before? PNoy’s plans to prosecute her has been publicised since before he was elected. You may want to consider asking the question, how come she didn’t run when she was still healthy?

      Hinde ako natutuwa dahil hinde justice ang umiiral kung hinde vindictiveness.

    Peste

    (November 22, 2011 - 4:27 am)

    Let’s see how Aquino’s performance on his anti-corruption campaign against Arroyo fare against Arroyo’s anti-corruption campaign against Estrada.

    Estrada was arrested three months after he was ousted on charges of plunder. Arroyo was arrested 15 months after she stepped down on charges of electoral sabotage. On could say that Estrada was already under trial in an impeachment court so the gathering of evidence was already being done. Well, from the first expose by Singson, it took about three months for the allegations to prosper into an impeachment proceedings. We could also say that it took only two years from him taking power, doing whatever monkey business and getting kicked out and arrested, while Arroyo had all nine years in power plus an extra before getting arrested. So yeah, with the timelines, Aquino et. al aren’t really impressive.

    Now, what would it take for this anti-corruption drive from being so-so into being the model for succeeding efforts to come? Well first, they could, uh, “railroad” the trial and come with a guilty guilty verdict in less than six years it took for Estrada’s case, preferably within the allotted time for Aquino’s term, barring any extension, knock on wood. Actually, this would be up to the courts: the buck stops with the Judiciary even when taking into consideration external “persuasion.” Second, this time, there shouldn’t be any pardon. And third, while they’re at it, perhaps they could slap plunder charges too and recover some ill-gotten wealth (I wonder if there’s a replacement for the PCGG of the elder Aquino, since I hear they are closing shop after a decades-long so-so performance).

    Peste

    (November 22, 2011 - 4:40 am)

    By the way, the seemingly astute observation that for the second straight time, incumbent presidents are sending their immediate predecessors to jail isn’t exactly a smart identification of an “onli in da pilipins” phenomenon. I remember the same thing happening in South Korea back in the 1990s. Therefore, we’re late to the party for over a decade. Actually, I’d think this would be a somber, if not embarrassing, occasion for the Koreans instead of the circus freak show this is being treated here.

    jose c. camano

    (November 22, 2011 - 1:38 pm)

    “The haste with which the arrest warrant was issued already tells us that the case is not a very solid one and not only that, proceedings will be done with the usual circus-like and operatic acts that always appeal to the gullible.” ILDA.

    That is conclusion already Benign0 and ad hominem too.

    You aleady assumed that the administration has no case against GMA and that the case was just to appeal to the gullible…

    Gullible – “easily duped.”…

      benign0

      (November 22, 2011 - 1:48 pm)

      Guess again. What part of what you quoted above describes a conclusion on our part on whether Arroyo is guilty or not? Looks like somebody here is grasping at straws, aren’t we attorney?

      nyek nyek!

      Ilda

      (November 22, 2011 - 2:26 pm)

      @JCC

      I fail to see why you equate that paragraph with ad hominem. Your argument is bit lame.

      Ilda

      (November 22, 2011 - 2:52 pm)

      @JCC

      Here’s something from the news. Read it and weep:

      Miriam: Palace ‘movement’ placing PNoy in ‘legal peril’

      “Santiago said the movement “has for the moment captured the president’s ear and has been buzzing around his ear for an intolerable period of time” and has persuaded the President that this is what should be done.

      The “members” of the movement are not lawyers, which makes the situation more problematic, she said.

      ‘Overweening ignorance’

      “So they think that they can just have their way, which is the basic principle of people who eventually become tyrants or dictators,” she said.

      “That is the problem: overweening ignorance. You are so proud that you can do anything although you are not fully aware of what the law says can lead to disastrous effects,” she said.

      Santiago noted that Justice Sec. Leila de Lima is being used as a “bad poster girl of justice” because she refused to obey the SC rulings.

      “But actually it was the instigation of this movement inside Malacañang that forced her hand. She is just a subordinate. She has to follow orders. It is [those] people in the shadows who should come out. Then we could hail them to the Supreme Court for contempt,” she said.

      “There are always several cliques around the president. They are always fighting each other. I think it is in the nature of the presidency and maybe it is time for the President to lend the other ear to the lawyers in his staff,” she added.

      Santiago said that as a member of the Commission on Appointments, she will not allow any member of the said movement to get confirmation.

      “I think they are doing a disservice to the President, but also the country,” she said. — VS, GMA News

      *********

      O ano? I hope you can wake up from this dreamland you are in. The current administration is just using people like you.

    ahehe

    (November 22, 2011 - 2:38 pm)

      Ilda

      (November 22, 2011 - 2:48 pm)

      I’m glad Santiago is not afraid to speak up. I wish she named those people though.

      This is certainly getting more interesting by the day. Thanks for the link.

    sheena magsilang

    (November 22, 2011 - 3:37 pm)

    Thanks so much Ilda for saying these things which are actually shared by so many people who simply wish to stay in the sidelines. I just don’t understand where all the hatred is coming from? I also don’t seem to know how seemingly intelligent people degenerate into unthinking beings who seem to come up with the most absurd reasons to rationalize their actions. While I’ve wondered once why the Philippines can’t seem to catch up to its potential…now I know it’s because people can’t get their act together and sacrifice for the good of the country. It’s everyone for himself and smugness is all over the land…pride and arrogance in the thought that only they know what is right and they suck in everything they are told hook, line and sinker. My message for all the haters…If you guys want to really know the problems of the country, get out of your comfort zones and seek out the truth that is all around you. Sometimes, the problem is not in politics, it is in apathy

      Ilda

      (November 22, 2011 - 6:58 pm)

      @sheena

      I really hope that there are more people out there who share my sentiments. The problem is, there are more vocal rabid PNoy supporters who give the administration the impression that majority of Filipinos are on his side. They are using this to justify their action.

      Yes, it is the apathy that is slowly killing this nation.

      ramon zaldarriaga

      (November 24, 2011 - 6:26 am)

      I guess the people that benefited from GMA’s corruption will now go viral against the Aquino administration. Maybe you would have GMA or her family still in power. In your mind they did nothing wrong, did not steal the elections, did not steal from govt. funds, and are the victims of revenge. Heaven help us from the likes of you.

        Felipe

        (November 24, 2011 - 8:17 am)

        Hoist ramon zaldarriaga!

        Why are you so concerned about other people going viral while your cruel nature still continues to hold full sway over a brainwashed populace—gloating over hollow victories and a human being’s failing health?

        The oligarchs (who particularly include AbNoy’s clan) have long been benefiting from people’s money and gullibility through abuses, a lopsided Cory constitution, and an uneven playing field far more than GMA could even fathom—and yet your idea of “justice” is to raise so much ruckus about her through trial by publicity and for being guilty by association, while yourselves being practically accomplices to AbNoy’s KKKs at the same time.

        I guess the people that benefited from GMA’s corruption will now go viral against the Aquino administration. Maybe you would have GMA or her family still in power. In your mind they did nothing wrong, did not steal the elections, did not steal from govt. funds, and are the victims of revenge. Heaven help us from the likes of you.

        How can the likes of you even expect help from heaven when you continue to plunge this country into the darkest depths of hell, mob-rule, and blatant disrespect for the law? Spare us your moral ascendancy please!

        Daido Katsumi

        (November 24, 2011 - 9:13 am)

        Ang tanga mo naman. Sana tulungan ka ng langit sa mga tangang tulad mo. 🙁

        Ilda

        (November 24, 2011 - 11:16 am)

        @ramon

        A lot of people benefited from GMA. During the global financial crisis, the Philippines did ok compared to countries like Greece. And this is partly because of GMA’s economic policies.

        Which part of the article did I say that GMA did nothing wrong? Please be specific. 😉

    Der Fuhrer

    (November 22, 2011 - 3:53 pm)

    Der Fuhrer likes to believe that the reichstag, reich ministries, city, town and village governments are free from corruption! This is because of the fear he generates when he tags his enemies guilty before trial! Truly a brilliant son of the master yellow race!

    He has a clique of loyalists known as KKK(Kaibigan, Kaklase at Kabarilan). His loyalists forgot to add Kalaruan(electronic game friends), Kasigarilyuhan(Pal B-747 smokers circle, KaLEDACan(PHP860,000.00 extravagant but legal meals in the reich palace), Kalaban(anyone who opposes his sweet nature) and Kainuman(Beer, Liquor and Red Wine buddies). He is truly the greatest genius of the nutzie race!

    Anonymous

    (November 22, 2011 - 4:38 pm)

    Things that happened under PNoys government
    1.unconstitutional EO No’s.1 & 2
    2.Samar & Balay group conflict inside Malacanang
    3. bungled hostage rescue
    4. blatant lie about the $430 million MCC grant
    5. wrongful deportation of 14 Taiwanese fraud suspects to China
    6.Cojuangco-Aquino SCTex multi million deal
    7. favoring KKK to high government positions
    8. release of morong 43
    9. denying clemency to 100 old and sick prisoners despite PPP’s recommendation but pardons a dead man
    10.failed promise to prioritize FOI Bill
    11.misleading polls by own kins’ survey firms Asia Pulse & SWS
    12. Hacienda Luisita/SCTex illegal toll fee
    13.ineffective com group (includes Mislang)
    14.pending RH Bill
    15. corruption score worsens based on diff. international intelligence reports
    16. lowest rate of GDP
    17.mounting unemployment problem
    18.undiplomatic verbal spat with China over Spratlys
    19.Porsche/BMW controversy
    20.P6-billion illegal tax write off given to Mirant and Team Energy
    21.people suffering from higher cost of living and having depress wages
    22.controversial appointees (eg. BNP – Diokno, LTO -Torres, BoC – Alvarez, PCSO – Tolentino & Joaquin)
    23.core inflation rate increased from 3.9 to 4
    24.biggest drop of visitor arrivals from 377, 672 to 317,443
    25.slow action on OFW repatriation during Middle East Crisis
    26.underemployment rate increased from 0.178 to 0.194
    27. increased of poverty incidence
    28. dropped imports from USD 4, 568 to USD 5, 497
    29. BIR and BOC’s failure to meet their respective revenue targets
    30. imposing double vat on toll
    31.failure to stop jueteng
    32.excessive and unproductive travel abroad
    33.former AFP Chief and Defense Sec. Angelo Reyes suicide due to Senate pressure
    34.corruption still rampant in national and local level
    35. PPP zero investment
    36.deteriorating condition of education
    37.no wage increase despite the rocketed cost of basic commodities
    38.billion lost in revenue due to missing container vans
    39.very unproductive legislature under pnoy’s admin
    40.missing in action during the typhoon
    41. slow action and ineptness on crisis/disaster management
    42. 9.43 billion flood damage due to cancellation of flood projects in Central Luzon
    43.increased pork barrel and CCT budgets and cut the budget on education.
    44.failed CCT program
    45.failed Pantawid Pasada Program
    46. increased crime rate
    47.P-noy’s 1.46 Billion intelligence fund for 2011
    48.controversy on Apple MacBooks worth 1.67 million or P67,000 each for Carandang’s staff
    49.rising cases of impunity for extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances
    50. 4 billion peso damage claim of Belgian dredging firm for cancellation of project
    51.influencing a recent SC decision on family-owned Hacienda Luisita
    52.postponement of ARMM election
    53.DBP lawyer suicide due to harassment
    54. Lopez Holdings 1.6 Billion peso DBP loan written off
    55. secret meeting with MILF leader Murad
    56. 5 million pesos aid to MILF
    57. apathy to the sacrifice of our soldiers who are losing their lives in Mindanao
    58. 31 million pesos aid to (not existing) ABB
    59. 5-10 million bribe to congressmen to back up steps taken against GMA
    60. imposing tax on SSS & PAG IBIG contributions
    61. close to P1M cost (P860,000) of single Palace-Ledac meeting
    62. besmirching the name of the highest court, notably the Chief Justice
    63. blatantly defying The Philippine Constitution

      Ilda

      (November 22, 2011 - 7:41 pm)

      Thanks for the list. It might come in handy one day. I hope this info goes viral.

        Anonymous

        (November 22, 2011 - 11:57 pm)

        You are most welcome. Im glad to hear that this list helped you. =)

      Abetski

      (November 22, 2011 - 8:23 pm)

      wow, and this is only less than 2 years of being the press-sident….nice one. i’m sure there will be more to come.

        Anonymous

        (November 23, 2011 - 12:14 am)

        Yep, the list will definitely get bigger.
        I’m not gonna be surprised anymore if it reaches 100.
        Thanks to Pnoy, the Philippines just got 20% more worse than before.

      Ordinary Citizen

      (November 23, 2011 - 1:47 am)

      To Anonymous,
      You have just stated the reasons why they needed GMA to cover up their faults. They’re paranoid and childish. They lure the needy with CCT and survey them, that’s why they got good grades on surveys and now they are targeting the the needy senior citizens without pension, so they can be surveyed also for the public mind conditioning. I have a relative who receives only 1 month CCT every 2 months, i wonder where the other 1 month CCT go? Akala ko tuwid na daan, may baku-bako pala.

        Anonymous

        (November 23, 2011 - 3:03 am)

        Finally, someone else noticed what this sham of a government is doing to our motherland.

      uwe

      (November 23, 2011 - 2:54 am)

      At least something is being done to make our progress into the 21st century. The court system is ridiculous. The amount of foreign investment leaving to other SEA countries (Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia) because of the circus courts is ridiculous. Other countries are progressing because of their efforts to crackdown on bureaucracy and corruption while the our homeland is walking in the other direction of progression. Are we proud that we are 2nd most corrupt asian country? A foot needs to be put down somewhere and if GMA is the first to cop the blame then so be it.

        auriga

        (November 23, 2011 - 11:00 am)

        “The court system is ridiculous. The amount of foreign investment leaving to other SEA countries (Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia) because of the circus courts is ridiculous.”

        I don’t think we’re missing out on investments because of the judiciary. Or is this the new spin game of the administration?

        “Are we proud that we are 2nd most corrupt asian country? A foot needs to be put down somewhere and if GMA is the first to cop the blame then so be it.”

        No, who would be?

        But as Iida pointed out already, nothing happened after Erap was convicted; how sure are we that things will change when GMA gets convicted? I’m not saying that we should leave GMA be; it’s just that corruption won’t simply disappear if we go after personalities.

        http://getrealphilippines.com/blog/2011/11/it-is-not-noynoy-aquinos-fault-that-the-philippines-is-the-worst-place-to-do-business-in/

      Felipe

      (November 23, 2011 - 7:45 am)

      Wow, daming kapalpakan kaagad—to think AbNoy hasn’t been in office for that long.

      bubi78

      (November 23, 2011 - 7:42 pm)

      Allow me to add; raised a howl about separation of church and state re the PCSO’s “donation to the bishops” yet never bat an eyelash when the DBM released millions of pesos to enhance islamic education (read madrasahs and muslim educators) in the country. Talk about constitutional prohibitions on the one hand and blatantly violate the same on the other. What nerve, what arrogance!

      auriga

      (November 23, 2011 - 9:14 pm)

      What about Llamas’ AK-47?

      Felipe

      (November 24, 2011 - 7:21 am)

      Lumabas na ang mga balitang eto dati pa. Nagtataka nga ako bakit mangmang ang mga tao tungkol dito eh kitang-kita na grabe korapsyon nitong si AbNoy.

      Ayaw ni AbNoy ng FOI (Freedom Of Information)—Paano kang maniniwala na lalabanan nya korapsyon kung ayaw pala nyang transparency sa gobyerno?—Ano bang itinatago niya? Ginagamit rin nya ang pork barrel para diktahan ang mga boto ng mga kongresista.

      Basta nga ba paunti-unti lang ang paglabag ni AbNoy sa ating karapatang pangtao, pwede na syang palusutin ng mga mangmang na pilipno? Nagiging dictatorial government na tayo nang hindi natin namamalayan.

      Jasin Natael

      (May 23, 2012 - 9:15 pm)

      Hey can someone make a side by side comparison of the accomplishments compared to GMA’s 2 years? It would make for a better post to make it viral.

      If my hunch is right, the Pnoy would definitely show the worst.

    nona

    (November 22, 2011 - 8:45 pm)

    very good
    pity no one will respond/counter
    unless i missed also

    FDI decline – 82%

    world bank – ease of business now worse in rankings

    airport ranking

    rape of girl inside malacanan by psg – charges dropped

    p-noy brother in law demanding commission for release of pork barrel to congressmen

    cojuangco executive appointed to coconut planters bank ( to destroy the evidence) – they have tried to keep this one very secret for obvious reasons

    extra judicial killings

    human trafficking actually up, as is use of child labour inside the country

    ochoa and his new 60 million peso house – not bad in 50,000 a month!

    hope others add to list for 1 composite list of incompetence, inertia and hypocricy

    tax evasion – no successful prosecutions

    customs – 2,000 containers lost!

    ligots – still free

    mikey arroyo – still free

      Anonymous

      (November 23, 2011 - 12:19 am)

      I don’t think the yellow zombies would be able to counter this list at all.

        ahehe

        (November 23, 2011 - 1:17 am)

        since Pres. Aquino claimed credit to Egypt’s Arab Spring, can we included to current events in Egypt on the list?

    patrick

    (November 22, 2011 - 10:51 pm)

    thank you. this is exactly what I feel. so ok, she may be the most evil woman on earth right now… but logic and human compassion dictates that, she is innocent until proven otherwise. again, people easily forget.

      Ilda

      (November 22, 2011 - 11:26 pm)

      @patrick

      Most of the people who are charging ahead with PNoy are not using their head.

      Thank you for reading. I hope you can help spread it around.

    FantasticNoy

    (November 23, 2011 - 8:36 pm)

    managed to consolidate the list…

    1.unconstitutional EO No’s.1 & 2

    2.Samar & Balay group conflict inside Malacanang

    3. bungled hostage rescue

    4. blatant lie about the $430 million MCC grant

    5. wrongful deportation of 14 Taiwanese fraud suspects to China

    6.Cojuangco-Aquino SCTex multi million deal

    7. favoring KKK to high government positions

    8. release of morong 43

    9. denying clemency to 100 old and sick prisoners despite PPP’s recommendation but pardons a dead man

    10.failed promise to prioritize FOI Bill

    11.misleading polls by own kins’ survey firms Asia Pulse & SWS

    12. Hacienda Luisita/SCTex illegal toll fee

    13.ineffective com group (includes Mislang)

    14.pending RH Bill

    15. corruption score worsens based on diff. international intelligence reports

    16. lowest rate of GDP

    17.mounting unemployment problem

    18.undiplomatic verbal spat with China over Spratlys

    19.Porsche/BMW controversy — purchased from a source with a well knowned smuggler in BOC

    20.P6-billion illegal tax write off given to Mirant and Team Energy

    21.people suffering from higher cost of living and having depress wages

    22.controversial appointees (eg. BNP – Diokno, LTO -Torres, BoC – Alvarez, PCSO – Tolentino & Joaquin)

    23.core inflation rate increased from 3.9 to 4

    24.biggest drop of visitor arrivals from 377, 672 to 317,443

    25.slow action on OFW repatriation during Middle East Crisis

    26.underemployment rate increased from 0.178 to 0.194

    27. increased of poverty incidence

    28. dropped imports from USD 4, 568 to USD 5, 497

    29. BIR and BOC’s failure to meet their respective revenue targets

    30. imposing double vat on toll

    31.failure to stop jueteng

    32.excessive and unproductive travel abroad

    33.former AFP Chief and Defense Sec. Angelo Reyes suicide due to Senate pressure

    34.corruption still rampant in national and local level

    35. PPP zero investment

    36.deteriorating condition of education

    37.no wage increase despite the rocketed cost of basic commodities

    38.billion lost in revenue due to missing container vans

    39.very unproductive legislature under pnoy’s admin

    40.missing in action during the typhoon

    41. slow action and ineptness on crisis/disaster management

    42. 9.43 billion flood damage due to cancellation of flood projects in Central Luzon

    43.increased pork barrel and CCT budgets and cut the budget on education.

    44.failed CCT program

    45.failed Pantawid Pasada Program

    46. increased crime rate

    47.P-noy’s 1.46 Billion intelligence fund for 2011

    48.controversy on Apple MacBooks worth 1.67 million or P67,000 each for Carandang’s staff

    49.rising cases of impunity for extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances

    50. 4 billion peso damage claim of Belgian dredging firm for cancellation of project

    51.influencing a recent SC decision on family-owned Hacienda Luisita

    52.postponement of ARMM election

    53.DBP lawyer suicide due to harassment

    54. Lopez Holdings 1.6 Billion peso DBP loan written off

    55. secret meeting with MILF leader Murad

    56. 5 million pesos aid to MILF

    57. apathy to the sacrifice of our soldiers who are losing their lives in Mindanao

    58. 31 million pesos aid to (not existing) ABB

    59. 5-10 million bribe to congressmen to back up steps taken against GMA

    60. imposing tax on SSS & PAG IBIG contributions

    61. close to P1M cost (P860,000) of single Palace-Ledac meeting

    62. besmirching the name of the highest court, notably the Chief Justice

    63. blatantly defying The Philippine Constitution

    64. Appointment of Biazon and Lim to BOC to silently gather FUNDS for the next election.

    65. De-Lima finally learned the correct ‘daang matu-weed’ as she made an
    ‘error recommendation’ during the luneta hostage fiasco.
    66. Ninoy Aquino IA- WORST airport in the world.
    67. p-noy brother in law demanding commission for release of pork barrel to congressmen
    68. cojuangco executive appointed to coconut planters bank ( to destroy the evidence) – they have tried to keep this one very secret for obvious reasons
    extra judicial killings
    69. human trafficking actually up, as is use of child labour inside the country
    70. ochoa and his new 60 million peso house – not bad in 50,000 a month!
    71. appointment of another Kaibigan Domingo Lee as Phil Ambassador to China
    72. spending millions of government funds for media, PR, congressmen gifts for support, and thousands of members of the mis-communication group

      nona

      (November 23, 2011 - 9:20 pm)

      hope someone sends a copy to the sheep in malacanan press corps and that they start to try and be journalists.

      keep up the list.
      it will always be growing and no doubt have many uses in the future. voters have short memories

      look at the inquirer promises yracker for his list of 102 campaign promises/lies. ( they no longer update since none have been started) but the idea was good

      Ilda

      (November 23, 2011 - 9:24 pm)

      Thanks! 🙂

      nona

      (November 23, 2011 - 10:52 pm)

      no cha- cha ( economic/ownership changes)

      limited open skies ( so cojuangcos new airline flies!)

      refusal to implement world trade organisation ruling re levy on imported liquors ( so cojuangcos san miguel continues excessive profits)

      a pattern here

    pacoy

    (November 24, 2011 - 12:46 am)

    Unanswered MURDERS inside Hacienda Luisita. During the time of who else? as chief security.

      pacoy

      (November 24, 2011 - 12:49 am)

      I mean unsolved!

    Rose

    (November 24, 2011 - 4:29 pm)

    Wow! Thanks, All those time, I thought there are only few of us. But for everybody’s information, indeed we are traversing a straight path but with may loopholes, dangerous and a path that will lead us to our own downfall. This is the path that oligarchs (ABnoy family, Lopez and etc) wanted us to pass. Kailan kaya makaka realize ang mga tanga na fanatic ni Abnoy? Yes, I am calling them fanatics, they are just fanatics, and fanatics cannot think straight especially if their idol is being criticized. These yellow fans have corrupted minds, corrupted by bias media and yellow propaganda. I can still remember one man’s line before: Our problem is not only Income and food poverty but POVERTY of the MIND. I believe he’s saying true.

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    Dr. Hookster

    (December 6, 2013 - 11:36 pm)

    Fair comment, BUT it seems too much of a coincidence that many, accused of making/stealing huge sums of money, and have Court Cases looming – i) use some of that money to i) hire best defense lawyer they can, ii) have some medical condition diagnosed (usually St. Lukes Hospital – why?) to keep them out of Jail, iii) then in some cases are pronounced dead (yet nothing appears in the press about any funeral – wonder if the body got cremated – can’t be dug up for DNA Test).

    Seems to put an end to any further Court Case however?

    antonio villalon

    (December 7, 2013 - 5:46 am)

    This is the way life is when someone taking advantage of the less unfortunate people who needed help ….

    elmer c solidon

    (December 7, 2013 - 11:07 am)

    this i can’t understand. gma is already under detention and there is already a case in court. can’t we just let things go through the whole process established under our judicial system? from the reaction of many it would seem that they have already convicted her and should be executed. i don’t think we are like this as a people. even hardened criminals deserve better.

      Johnny Derp

      (December 7, 2013 - 12:03 pm)

      That’s the problem with the yellowtards, they think that GMA is already guilty when they have yet to prove anything in court against her. Guilty before proven innocent, not innocent before proven guilty. We live in a backward society it seems.

      Sanzo

      (December 7, 2013 - 12:41 pm)

      Justice is now Just-Tiis.

      Apparently every system is flawed in here in the Philippines, it’s sad that we are a part of that 😀

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    T2ed

    (March 9, 2015 - 7:17 pm)

    let everything take its course until election day in 2016…there is nothing we can do… the fiasco of the investigations going on seemed orchestrated and designed to take forever…. whatever we have lost, can not be recovered… let us elect somebody who is serious, committed and has no obligations to anyone…who will rule our country with an iron fist, redesign our government to favor the poor and to energize our economy… put a ban on all previous and current elected officials to ever run again for office … specially those belonging to political dynasties…a big change must happen…the political landscape must be bulldozed and replanted with fresh seeds not grafts from old sick trees….we can become great again … if only we can vote for the right man to lead us and then let him choose his own team to help run this nation and be competitive again………………………

    Johnny Derp

    (July 19, 2016 - 10:34 pm)

    SC junks plunder case versus Gloria Arroyo

    So much for Vincenzo, Jcc and the other trolls that claim that Gloria is guilty.

    It may have taken half a decade but it is already clear that the noytards are now choking on their own propaganda.

    patrizia

    (February 24, 2017 - 12:59 pm)

    gloria arroyo was another thief. i do not know why the cases filed against her were all literally dropped. but true, she, among others, was not given “fair treatment” then esp by no less than de lima herself. well, karma has come to de lima, just the way it should. slowly but surely. as for vindictive mentality? corazon aquino was not only vindictive, she was a murderer. remember the CIA admission that she wanted people to be killed during riots and the coup attempts during her time. simon benigno abnoy aquino definitely takes from her. he is, after all, a useless wimp.

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