GetRealPhilippines.com continues its tradition as the ONLY Real Deal in Philippine Media in 2013!

Victim mentalities. It is the dysfunctional mindset underlying the empty rhetoric of “change” that so-called “activists” espouse while consistently failing to grasp the irony in doing so. The currency of this activist rhetoric is “the poor”. The entire activist rhetoric is premised on the notion of “the poor” necessarily being in the losing end of so-called “unholy alliances” between the powers-that-be — the oligarchs, the politicians, the religious officialdom, and Big Corporate.

juan_tamadBut stop and think about what has become an established paradigm amongst the chattering classes for a moment. Then think laterally from that position and behold: The poor also have “unholy alliances” with politicians and religious leaders. That alliance is in plain sight — specially in the Philippines, a country all but shaped by the tyranny of the masses. The Philippines is a “democracy” where the popular sentiment rules; where squatting is rampant, where filthy antiquated public utility vehicles lord over the roads with deadly impunity, and where unqualified and stupid politicians get elected to office. What we see today is the emergent overall outcome of decades of pandering to the whims of the majority “people.”

This is supposedly a nation held hostage by the rich and powerful elite the activists say. But imagine what more, a Philippines changed into the ideal state that the masses and their activists aspire to. It is not difficult to imagine a state built upon the principles favoured by the inherently unskilled, talentless, oppressed, and opporunity-starved majority people that activists objectify in their ideologies. It will be a state where resources are doled out “fairly”, where exceptional people are cut down to size, and where all people are winners.

But there is no such thing as good intentions — only personal interests. The rich want to keep the status quo becuase that is the environment within which they acquired their wealth and power. The poor, supposedly espousing an antithesis to that keep harping about “change”. Yet if you look underneath that rhetoric you will find that they too benefit from the status quo. This is because a state where the poor have political power is necessarily one that is unable to distribute wealth evenly. It is only a state that exercises absolute control where wealth is doled out “fairly” as a matter of policy. In principle, that is.

And that is why theocracies are always so appealing to the poor and ignorant. The Roman Catholic Church, that supposed “champion of the oppressed,” is by far, the single biggest beneficiary of status quos of all time. In every chapter in human history, the Church has stood in the way of change. The most recent exhibition of the consistent anti-change stance of the Catholic Church is in the battle for the implementation of legal population control in the Philippines. Because the most extremist interpretations of Catholic dogma — made fragile by the way it is administered from the top-down — is best propagated in a teeming human cesspool of ignorant believers, the Church has always been against making knowledge accessible and making options available. A perception of lack of choice has always been the glue that bonded people to dogma.

In short, you really can’t win if your goal is to see an ideal happen by design. Nations are shaped from the bottom-up no matter how much we latch on to the notion that leaders matter and that being led by “the best” of them will be our salvation.

The whole idea of a society of winners — a place known above all for its best — leads with surprising speed to a narrow pyramidal social structure. And then to division and widespread passivity. That in turn leads to false populism and mediocrity; to a world obssessed by bread and circuses, Heroes, and the need for leadership.

That’s John Ralston Saul in his book On Equilibrium.

This is me:

Great nations were not built on good intentions. They were built on business sense. Real change in Pinoy society will never be achieved through the “sacrifice” of altruistic “heroes”. True change will be driven by people who find no shame in expecting a buck for their trouble.

We’re the real deal. Happy New Year!

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137 Comments on “GetRealPhilippines.com continues its tradition as the ONLY Real Deal in Philippine Media in 2013!”

  1. What you wrote here is true. If we want the country to move forward, we must recognize that there is no free lunch.

    Every one who contributes to our country’s progress must be paid well. Otherwise, there would be no incentive for the best minds to stay here and help our nation.

      1. It’s not complicated. The idea has been kicking around for over three hundred years. It’s called “Laissez-faire” — “let it be.”

        Scholars will generally agree that a completely free market has never existed. But it has been historically proven that the easing of restrictions on trade and the deregulation of industry has allowed for unprecedented economic growth and development. And while the economist Adam Smith never used the term in his writings, he describes the benefits of the self-regulating behavior of the marketplace as a result of economic self-organization born out of economic self-interest.

        In other words — the best way to get the Philippines on its feet again is to let people do their own thing, make their own money, and let them keep that money. Without the state taking a large chunk of that income and reallocating it. Real independence is attained only when Filipinos have both political independence and financial security.

        1. Yes. The government should concern itself with protecting the rights of the people to pursue life, liberty and happiness but it seems too many want the government to make them comfortable and don’t really care how it’s done. Note: PURSUE is the keyword.

        2. Now, we all know that isn’t going to happen any time soon. 😉 Any significant change in business regulatory policy will not come from the Aquino government or from any administration cut from the same cloth. Meaningful change will only come from regime change. That means that if we want to create a climate that is conducive for people and their business to thrive, as citizens, we must exercise our legal right to VOTE IN a government that will implement deregulation.

      2. @T4Man

        For starters, the government must not put up so many restrictions on anyone who wants to put up a business.

        Currently, it would take at least 30 days of a Filipino to get his business up and running (when getting all the required documentations and permits). Time which can be used in selling his products and employing people.

        In other more progressive countries, one can set up a legitimate business in one to seven days. Why can’t we do the same thing here?

        Secondly, if the business is a start-up give incentives. Even before a business starts operating, the owner shells out so much just to get the necessary permits and documents.

        Bottomline is this, there would be more businesses that will be put up (resulting in more people getting hired) if it would be easier to set-up shop in the Philippines and the government would offer incentives that will help them reduce unemployment.

        1. Von: Well that is good to hear. For a moment when you said, “Every one who contributes to our country’s progress must be paid well” I thought you may be proposing guaranteed wages or some such nonsense. Sadly, not only Filipinos, but people around the world think that government is always the solution when most of the time it interferes with the people helping themselves which is the real solution.

        2. “Over-regulation” is definitely a burden on entrepreneurs in the Philippines. But even in industrialized nations — such as the United States — the state has expanded its regulatory oversight from year to year. For 2011 alone, the US federal government added some 33,000 pages of legislation to the existing list of regulations. And these run a wide range of topics — from permits to health care to environmental impact and safety. A lot of it happens to be redundant, unnecessary or just plain silly.

          In the Philippines we should also look at how the state implements the rules and regulations we already have on the books. My view is that dominant industry players should not be allowed to use the law and/or the regulating agency to prevent their competitors from expanding their market.

          Take for example the telecommunications sector. For the better part of a century, PLDT has been the only game in town. I was hopeful that Globe might pave the way for the entrance of other companies in the market. But as it turns out, they too fall back on PLDT’s playbook — if there is a competing service (company) take it to court. Or the NTC. When Sun Cellular came out with their lower priced plans, both Globe and Smart/PLDT sued them in the NTC and in the court claiming it was an unfair business practice. That is until both Globe and Smart came out with their own lower rates. Then the cases died a natural death. When VOIP became all the rage, Globe and Smart called on the NTC to issue cease and desist orders against ISPs and Internet cafés that offered the service claiming they needed to have a license to operate as a TELCO business. Then Globe and Smart started offering their own VOIP services and again, the issue was forgotten.

          It isn’t enough that the Philippines have the right regulatory environment conducive to business, we need to ensure the proper implementation of those rules and regulations.

        3. Specifically — that regulatory policy and the implementing agency(ies) are not used to PREVENT the entrance of other competitors in the market.

        4. Ahh, that intellectual commentary was relaxing, unlike the trolling here done by the Yellow snow eaters. 😀

          Uhh, I have a question, could regulation be something common in a welfare state and non-regulation (or little) be common in a free market state? Enlighten me.

        5. Okay. 😉 The truth is a free market economy WILL have some form of regulation.

          But first off, you have to define what “welfare state” means. It isn’t exactly an entity that you readily point out. Rather, it is a description of the policies, the institutions, the implementing infrastructure and the all around “attitude” of the people within the system.

          The Encyclopedia Britannica defines the welfare state as a “concept of government in which the state plays a key role in the protection and promotion of the economic and social well-being of its citizens. It is based on the principles of equality of opportunity, equitable distribution of wealth, and public responsibility for those unable to avail themselves of the minimal provisions for a good life. The general term may cover a variety of forms of economic and social organization.” That works for both democratic societies as well as centralized socialist states.

          “A fundamental feature of the welfare state” is the availability of “universal” social insurance, individual benefits, healthcare, education, etc. These are “usually financed by COMPULSORY CONTRIBUTIONS and are intended to provide benefits to persons and families during periods of greatest need.” Sound familiar? Something else that’s prominent in a welfare state is wealth/income redistribution. The wealthy are taxed the highest and those tax monies are allocated to the poorer members of society either directly or through the services listed above.

          Often what you will find in a welfare
          state is a mixed economy, i.e. an economic system where the economy is directed by both the private sector, which tends to work through market forces to drive development, and the state which provides centralized planning and regulation for production, investment, etc.

          This is what I would like to change specifically in the Philippines. By the Britannica’s definition, there is no question we live in a welfare state. Citizens rely more and more on government dole outs. And the economy is regulated to bar real free market competition (the constitution bans foreign companies from operating in the Philippines). However, over the past 40 years, state planning has done little to drive the economy in the direction that benefits most of the population. Development has been uneven across economic sectors at best; the sectors where jobs are needed for sustained economic growth — manufacturing, agriculture, etc. — simply don’t have the employment opportunities available. Worse, patronage politics has excluded the majority and concentrated the wealth in an entrenched oligarchy and their business interests.

          This is why lessening state involvement in the economy is needed. Succeeding administrations have done such an incompetent job of directing the economy, its time government was removed from the equation. The state should be limited to what it’s supposed to do — enforce laws that ensure competition is fair and that unscrupulous businessmen are not committing criminal acts. The economy should be left to the people that know business best — BUSINESSMEN. In a free market, supply and demand should take care of driving the economy.

          To be fair, a completely free market has never been accomplished. There will always be a need for regulation. Especially if we want to have fair competition and “equal justice” in the marketplace. I would even be amenable to “safety nets” for the members of society that really cannot take care of themselves. What we need to change is a system where we are reliant on the state for direction and support without needing to contribute to society and/or economic development. It does not create the incentives to excel. Worse, it sends people the message that it is someone else’s responsibility to look after them. Rather we should promote the idea that achievement is best attained through initiative. Not by waiting around for it to fall in your lap.

  2. some professionals eschew the pursuit of riches and instead give back by training others, or bein mentors. some volunteers go to the hinterlands to educate and train. surely these people are useful too in improving our country. just as useful as those motivated by cash.

    to author: would grp be a better blog if it were motivated by the buck or by a genuine desire to effect change?

    1. Motivation by cash is as useful as volunteerism because BOTH bring genuine change, and GRP does very well to herald change in both fields.

      Altruism does not work in a society where change is outright REFUSED by its recipeients.

      So now, sendonggirl, the question goes back to you: do you work better if you get motivated by cash, or are your implications of criticism against this blog better with genuine altruism?

      1. well im just clarifying because the claim is we are better served if we are all motivated by the money instead of “making a difference”. but the blog sounds as if it IS trying to make a difference. it sounds like it cares hehehe. which is it man?

        as for me, im just here for the ice cream

        1. Just eat what is served on the table (or spit it out if you must). You dont need to know what motivates the chefs to cook what they cook. 😉

        2. @sendonggirl

          You try to appear cool but you failed the minute you questioned the motives of the bloggers here.

          Ano ba sayo kung gusto nila magsulat? It’s a free country.

        3. Looks like there is a new troll here called sendonggirl. She’s no different from the other trolls who attacked the authors instead of the ideas in the article. In short, bobo din.

        4. @ sendonggirl

          GRP’s Alexa rank goes up everytime a fool like you or me waste time trolling this site. GRP is non-Filipino so don’t expect anything good out of these people. It is here for the money. Just fade away and you’ll make a difference. LOL

        5. And where is your evidence that GRP is being paid la702? You and your palusot desperation tactics simpleton. And as for you sendonggirl, you just love to be an ignoramus do you?

        6. LA702: So you fully admitted na bobo ka, right?

          Fact – only people with squatter mentality will think that GRP is being paid and the biased media wasn’t.

          Deal with it. 😛

        7. i have met many people coming from the squatter who would shame you in any metric or measure vergin, how much effort does it take to be a grp cheerleader anyway

        8. But how intellect and wise are those squatters you’ve mentioned when all they did are nothing but abuse their freedom especially you dumkopf?

        9. @sendonggirl: How can they shame me? By what means? Can they vote for someone who have credentials and better track record than someone who is just popular? I am the one who is shaming them, not me. They use their emotions rather than their brains, especially on making decisions. 😛

          How much effort does it take to be an ANTI-INTELLECTUAL TROLL anyway? Also, your comment became spam-like so it doesn’t make sense. Give it up already. You should be ashamed of yourself because you’re not contributing anything to the discussion.

        10. @sendonggirl: And what did YOU contribute either? I’m not some moron who would blame one politician for every ill that is happening in our country.

          Your EMO comments made zero f*cking sense.

        11. Why not denigrate them if all they did is not following the law like refusing to go away from their lands that are not their own? Hell are you even following simple rules and laws? Panay ka sa kaka-jawlaking ano?

        12. efren penaflorida came from a squatter neighborhood but rose to achieve and influence lives more than you can ever hope to. was even recognized as a cnn hero. but dont let the truth get in the way of your fanboyisms

        13. Yes, we know that, Efren was a good man who never complained of his then circumstances. I don’t know about you but we are all like him too, not that way, but in many more ways than you could ever possibly do as long as you eat that Yellow snow.

    2. Ah yes Efren. He’s from a squatter all right but he’s not an utak squatter like you who thinks that being a poor and uneducated juan tamad will make you happy. What he actually does is for you indios to move your asses to have a better life and for your future children with that education of his instead of asking alms and eat disgusting pagpag everyday. And we are not generalizing squatters. Like I said, utak squatter. It also applies to a rich and famous person as well like annable rama and of course your precious pwesident. Jeez with that pro-poor mindset of yours, what kind of sorry life are you swallowing?

  3. Good point on the poor and “unholy alliances”. It seems everyone is trying to get on the bandwagon. As soon as people in a “democracy” figure out that they can vote money for themselves there seems to be no end and that applies to rich and poor alike. Unfortunately, someone at some point has to “foot the bill”.

  4. For me, does a buck mean only money? It can also mean returns. And returns aren’t always money… it can mean results.

    1. I get you.

      Thing is, it’s rather hard to pretend to want to improve the country if your own life is bereft of any improvement.

      Like what BP said so long ago, if you want to help the poor, don’t join them.

    2. Indeed, there are so many calls to make makibaka with the poor. How about instead make calls for them to step up and make makibaka with the rich? Successful people have not much to learn from failures. But failures have a lot to learn from the successful. Simple formula. Polite society have got it all wrong.

      1. Agree.

        Reverse benchmark how the rich became rich and then do as they did.

        And when you’re already rich, nothing can stop you from funding your own projects for improving the country.

        Just like what Batman or Ironman did. But between the two, I’d rather be Ironman.

  5. I don’t argue about religion. What you believe is your own business. The Roman Catholic Church should be reminded of what Jesus stated about the separation of the Church and State: ” Render unto Caesar, things that are of Caesar’s. And unto your God , things that are of your God”. This is hard to decide for Church leaders. The Roman Catholic Church participated in the support of Jewish Holocaust in Nazi Germany. So, it’s very hard to decide, if you can see the thin Red line of separation. Nothing will change in our country. Until, we all change…

  6. GRP is a blog about politics in the Philippines,AGREED.
    There are no independent media covering politics in the country and that is just the nature of the beast,OR the beauty of it?
    I do not see anything positive ever written in GRP about the Aquino administration. Surely it has done something right?
    For example,while most of the people in the country wanted that crook, that screwed the workers at PAL for a big pay-day, ousted from the SC. But GRP was actually defending the creep. An obvious criminal, the guy went before the filippines Senate and said he would answer his critics questions and then answered absolutely NOT ONE question and then had a fake attack of the farts(or maybe he was sick from letting out all that hot-gas he spewed for over an hour),and dismissed himself from the proceedings!!! Now how anyone or any news agency/media outlet or journalist can defend a crook like that is beyond any anti-corruption advocates comprehension, but GRP did. At odds with the proceedings in the way they were carried out is one thing but to say the guy came up with the amount of money he had in the bank and never did explain where he got it,on his salary??? Sorry,the guy was obviously selling his court,the Philippine judicial system,the workers at PAL and last and certainly not least the entire country for his own monetary gain, and will NEVER go to jail or give any money back. Anyone could see it,he failed to explain the $$$ and GRP defended the guy.So defend a criminal,if you must,but that is the REAL deal.
    If you want to bash the current administration,why leave the rest of the politicians out? They are all the same.Who was it that said:”They are all Hoodlums in robes?”,he was right.None of them can be defended by any credible person with an ounce of integrity in his/her bones.so go get ’em,all of ’em, GRP!

    1. @IslandHottie

      What makes you think we were defending Corona? Why do you think Corona is a crook? Please be specific. Did the impeachment court prove that he helped “screw” the PAL workers?

      Did Corona vote for the resolutions on behalf of all the justices in the SC? Your accusations don’t make sense at all.

      Did the impeachment court prove that Corona stole money? As far as I know the BIR can’t even prove that the Coronas owe them tax. Please tell us what you know that the impeachment court didn’t get to prove during the trial.

      Why don’t you ask the mainstream media to report on criminal activities of the other politicians if you know something we don’t?

      I do not see anything positive ever written in GRP about the Aquino administration. Surely it has done something right?

      You don’t even sound sure BS Aquino has done something positive. If you know something, please be specific about it.

      1. Ilda, that hottie is still not getting it, is she? I mean, if Corona was actually proven to be a thief, then yes, let’s roast him. Pero wala, eh. Walang specifics, at least. And no, hindi proof iyong nag-walk-out siya out of Enrile’s face. Ikaw kaya, hottie (lul), try mong maging si Crispin na paulit-ulit na pinapalo ni Padre Salvi dahil daw, nagnakaw. Maiintindihan mo ang pakiramdam ni Corona.

    2. I haven’t been on GRP very long but the theme that gets emphasized over and over to me is that the majority needs to wake up and GET REAL. Watching the Corona impeachment trial on TV was a revelation to me about how incompetent the majority of senators are. THIS is what I believe GRP was complaining about. Juris-prudence was not at the forefront of that trial by a long shot. At best it was a tele-drama and at worst (and in reality) a huge embarrassment to the Filipino people. I doubt it would come as a surprise to anyone on GRP that Corona and his family used political influence for personal gain and that is no different than the vast majority of politicos from Kagawid to President. What we’re talking about here is what changes need to occur to have a successful republic.

    3. Hehe, Corona is a crook because he was pointed out by media pundits. But please, are you trying to tell me that Noynoy and his minions are not crooks themselves?

      TROLL. 😛

    4. When confronted by the lady w/the foreign cuurency accounts given to her,perhaps illegally and perhaps not as the foreign currency laws are just a shield for the crooks anyway,by a Man who knew what was in those accounts,Corona NEVER answered where he got over $4,000,000.00(that is a lot of zero’s),much of which was deposited AFTER the SC ruling against PAL and before the ruling that went against the PAL employees'(it is not an accident that the part of the impeachment complaint that inquired as to that case was dropped). He refused to answer any questions as he said he would instead he made a mockery of the proceedings.The kicker is that:His accuser’s, or should I say co-conspirators,let him get DO it too!Just sat there like a bunch of JACK-ASSES for 90 minutes plus.
      This is but a small reason why they are OBVIOUSLY all in it TOGETHER, need to be taken out in hand-cuffs and made to answer to the people.OR MORE LIKE IT, dropped into a football pitch in the middle of 2 million pissed-off Filipino’s and let the cards fall where they may.
      GRP,for its part, made no mention of that PAL case but rather defended the CJ and his right to a fair trial in much the same way the woman who ruined her chances at international justice spotlight (by making a spectacle of herself for ALL THE WORLD TO SEE,HA..SHE A POOP-BUTT) did! While never really paying attention that the hilarity of even the idea of a ‘fair trial’ appears to anyone who knows anything about politics in the country,GRP seemed to think it is actually possible,HA HA HA HA(seriously?).
      If you are REALly serious about not believing the woman who flat-out called Corona a CROOK(and had the proof from the foreign currency accounts for all to see who watched the trial) and actually think that 99.997% of the elected officials are not crooks then it is only your naivete that you are showing off and not any facts that are believable.The funniest part of all this is that you actually think there is a difference between any of them,political PARTY(get it?) or not,they are all in control of everything monetary in the country and take turns in the spotlight accussing each other of what they are ALL guilty of and MY proof is simply this:No one ever goes to JAIL(NO MATTER HOW BIG THE HEADLINES) and none of the money is ever returned…NONE OF IT!!!! YOU SHOULD KNOW BETTER!AND lastly AQUINO has signed some lucrative deals with foreign investment companies that are bringing jobs into the country,not good jobs,shit jobs actually,but jobs none-the-less.Wells Fargo bank to name but one.
      Take a long look at the last 50 years,exactly how much pilfered wealth has been given back to the Philippines people? It is not much and I do not need to prove it.Afterall,when the GCC’s appeared in a ‘blue-ribbon’ senate panel and were confronted by a senator as to why half the money could not be accounted for and that the GCC’s had not filed taxes in 3 yrs,why did nothing ever come of it? Do you really need to have it spelled out for you? The look on the senators laughing face told the story pretty well, as in, “Hey, your being robbed and being laughed at too,ha. All at the same time.”.
      Please.

      1. I just want to point out that even though AQUINO has signed some lucrative deals with foreign investment companies that are bringing jobs into the country, it’s still not good or maybe you’re lying because he still closes doors to foreign investors in favor of LOCAL CRONIES.

        Or maybe you got these from media with questionable integrity of such. Just like ABS-CBN, Rappler, etc.

        1. Oh yeah,I am lying HA! GTFOH.try calling a few banks 800#’s in the states(Chase,Wells Fargo) and see who answers the phones,U JACKASS!!

        2. @IslandHottie: You call me jackass, I call you a WHORE.

          90 million Filipinos – and still the same Filipino families bagging the contracts in a charade of musical chairs – not to mention the interlocking corporate directorates and stock swap shares.

          Can’t look at the bigger picture, right? No matter how Aquino signed with those banks like Chase and Wells Fargo, yet economic policies are FLAWED then it would never work.

          GTFO.

        1. Yo Yo YO Vergit, the one who is emo is YOU. Call me a whore, you could not get that lucky in a millenium. The facts that I pointed out? You even alluded to,proving my point.I also understand that contracts are handed out on a friend to friend basis,so what else is new that you think I am un-aware of? If you want to do something about what is happening in the world, instead of insulting me, go to:

          pressfreedomfoundation.org and maybe get involved…or maybe GTFOH,it does not matter to me which you do,really.

      2. @IslandHottie

        You did not answer my questions. Here’s one of them: Did Corona vote for the resolutions on behalf of all the justices in the SC?

        If you are REALly serious about not believing the woman who flat-out called Corona a CROOK(and had the proof from the foreign currency accounts for all to see who watched the trial) and actually think that 99.997% of the elected officials are not crooks then it is only your naivete that you are showing off and not any facts that are believable.

        You can’t even name the woman who you say called Corona a “crook”. Why do you think I don’t believe her? Did she really use that term? I told you to be specific. You seem to assume a lot of things. You need to watch the footages of the impeachment trial again because Corona did explain where he got his funds. Some of it includes the proceeds from the sale of his wife’s property and some of it includes funds from his daughter and her husband. Having said that, don’t assume that I believe everything he said. Don’t forget that the he doesn’t have to prove his innocence. The accusers are the ones who need to prove their allegations in court. If they had something to pin him down, they would have used it by now considering BS Aquino is hell-bent on putting him in jail.

        The funniest part of all this is that you actually think there is a difference between any of them,political PARTY(get it?)

        What makes you think I/we think that? Just to quote what I said in my previous article:

        Why are there different political parties in the first place? As if one party is so different from the other. They are all the same anyway! They don’t make a difference to the plight of the Filipino people. Members of these political parties seem to be just after their own interests not the country’s interests. Kung baga, kampi-kampihan lang yan! Loosely translated, the parties just stand for George Bush, Jr’s famous mantra: “If you are not with us, you are against us”.

        You should go easy on the conspiracy theories unless you can back them up with facts. 😉

        AQUINO has signed some lucrative deals with foreign investment companies that are bringing jobs into the country,not good jobs,shit jobs actually,but jobs none-the-less.Wells Fargo bank to name but one.

        As if BS Aquino is the only President who ever signed a deal with a foreign investor. GMA made lots of deals with foreign investors during her term, FYI. He’s just doing his job anyway. That’s not something that we need to highlight considering the unemployment rate is still high.

        1. Just because IDK the lady’s name, who happens to be the ombudsman appointed by Aquino, (it could be maria conchito Alonzo for all I care, get it?) doesn’t mean Corona isn’t a crook, or did not fix the outcome of the PAL case. What do you think happened to that money, and where did it come from? I make a sort of generalized view of what is happening and illustrate it with one instance of what is a MAJOR chronic problem and you try to pick it apart, as if that is going to negate the general point being made, or even the finite one (I think you may have missed it).
          You assume that I said BUT I did not say that other president’s failed to make business deals (in fact,that is one of the problems! presidents are not supposed to function as businessmen in a democracy as it is a conflict of interest, dont ya know?) either,WTF brought that up? you act as if I am telling you what to do and I go for conspiracy theories and that I assume a lot of things. Look at the “IF”s in the statements I made. AND It is you that are doing the things YOU mention dear, not me. It is the art of the flip,and YOU are not that good at it. The art of the best of cons is that the mark doesn’t know he has been conned, you’ve been spotted a mile away. Trying to win insignificant arguments using a ‘flip’ mentality will get nothing done, get no one anywhere and add up to nothing. You are missing the entire point of the first post and I do not really care enough to point it all out to you. So IF you still think that Filipino politicians are NOT ALL full-of-shit criminals and you think that a fair trial is available in any case that matters in the country,be my guest. I will help you buy a new blind-fold. IF IF IF I were you, I would abandon ship and GTFO the filippines as fast as I could, even IF IF IF I had to swim. You see, the people do not have the balls to do what needs to be done, and so it will get worse, not better.(I can not resist the one thing you said that at first ‘irked’ me, but then I realized how funny a statement it was, and that was, “I TOLD you to use…”,HA HA HA…AS if you tell me to do anything, now that is funny! HA, you are lucky I even responded to you.)

        2. With that IF IF IF of yours, you sound frustrated and desperate. Did you just come to this site to troll and attack us?

        3. Im guessing that this island”nottie” is getting frustrated at his attempts to troll us that’s why he is resorting to long winded rants that doesn’t even make sense. He reminds me of those moronic shmucks that used to post long winded rants like his.

      3. Pfft yeah right foreign investments when in fact a lot of foreign investors are going away from this country not only because of the useless taxes and expensive costs like electricity and water ( and these are very espensive in whole Asia FYI) but also the up to 40% ownership rule for foreign investors making business here. Which is why they wanna focus more of their business on tax haven, not too much ownership restriction countries like Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand and even china. You’re listening too much BS media.

        1. NO,just stating that wells fargo and chase among others are providing call center jobs,shit jobs they may be but jobs they are.and it was in response to a question asked.You are another one who jumps into something and attacks that which is not even the substance of what was being discussed,like vegrit.Think I do not know that ford closed its doors as well as Suzuki or one of the other car makers because of the OUTRAGEOUS electricity rates?

        2. Alam mo naman pala e dumkopf. And yet you’re still praising pnoy’s good news of inviting foreign investors here based from that ” press freedom” you said. Are you shooting yourself in the foot you incompetent simpleton? And puhleaze! With the rising Peso – $ rate that will soon reach to the 30th mark, you still think that more bpo’s are still great jobs for this country? Moreover, may I remind you that the ordinary local jobs here are contractual?

        3. Indeed, domo, di mo masisisi kung bakit nagsisialisan ang mga investors mula dito.

          I wanna raise a question: now that RH is in effect, and assuming that PNoy approved it just so that he could lure investors into this country, are they still going to continue their investments here with the sin tax reform bill now in act? I don’t think so, though I have no solid facts to show you guys yet, just some rough mental calculations.

          Think about it: would an investor really invest in a country filled with such taxes?

      4. IslandHottie,

        Good God, your commentary is overly verbose. And yet it amounts to little more than rants and sound bites. 🙁

        1. His posts don’t make sense. Might be because he is getting frustrated that his attempts at trolling has failed over and over again.

  7. Now, I dont see what islandhottie is getting at. I cannot even understand why she is even here in this site at all.

    @islandhottie

    if you dont agree with anything in this site, why do you even waste your time here? For sure you have much more important things to do than get emo over comments posted here.

    1. Vincenzo and Fishball don’t comment here anymore. Must be some secret hands saving us from the trolls. Let’s be patient. Wait for it. 😀

    2. No,they were responses to questions/accusations:It/they make(s) one simple point,The country is run by criminals who are all laughing at anyone/everyone,on their way to the bank, who thinks that:
      1) You can stop them from doing whatever they feel like doing.
      2)Even if brought to trial,no one will return any stolen money and no one will go to jail.
      3)Engaging in the political process is a useless waste of time,much like engaging in a debate about the political process is in the country.

      For anyone who thinks fair trials exist,elections can not and are not rigged AND wants to know where they stand in relation to see-ing a change for the better? UH,GOOD LUCK WITH THAT! In the meantime,while you are waiting:
      MAYBE,Put some cement shoes on and jump off the CDO MacArthur bridge,you will be at the bottom of the sea in no time….and that is where you will stand in regards to getting anything done/changed.and its good a place as any!

      Simple facts there Johnny,beg to differ do ya?
      Do that all you want,but when the time comes for a REAL actual change,stand-up and be counted and be willing to do what is necessary,it won’t have much to do with talking.

    3. @islandhottie: Borrowing from my favorite quote of Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War, the problem with you is that you don’t know the difference between a friend or foe. Real problems are not your friends!
      You just keep on embracing those real problems by being delusional from what that “press freedom” feeds you.

  8. back to the topic sorry the fanboys keep distracting me. benigno’s sayin if we all worked toward our personal interests our country’s progress would be a necessary and beneficial side effect, theres no room for “altruistic heroes”. and yet he is wanting to be a hero by spendin time and resources on this site to herald change. what is the deal with this? (fanboys opinion not needed)

    1. Well, he just want to see this country move forward with the right direction, opening the people’s minds. To look for change in our society. As well in our government.

    2. Did benign0 even said that he wanted to be a hero for making this site? Oh wait! You’re the one who said that. He’s just posting ideas on what’s needed to be done about the dysfunctional state of this country. We don’t want the future of this country to look like somalia but instead like Singapore, a progressive and disciplined country. And yet here you are trolling and twisting GRP’s articles because you hate progress especially with your dysfunctional pro-poor mindset.
      What woman? You feel insulted now because some fanboy you’re talking about rebutted you? Bite me!

    3. yea i guess he doesnt wanna be a hero but he cares about the country, when he says we should only care about ourselves and our country would improve as a byproduct. he says we shouldnt care but he cares. so its stupid he contradicts himself your prophet

      1. I don’t see any kind of contradiction whatsoever with what he said. If indeed benign0 cares about the country, then it is (as his article states) a byproduct of self-care.

        You overly criticize about how people write, while overlooking the essence of what is being written. That is a sign of a lack of both insight and intuition.

  9. @benign0

    “And that is why theocracies are always so appealing to the poor and ignorant.”

    So you have a data that theocracies always so appealing to the poor and ignorant?

    But then, you’re not claiming that majority of the believers are poor and ignorant, or are you?

    And for the low-information readers, it might look like you’re credibly claiming that majority of the believers are poor and ignorant.

    “The Roman Catholic Church, that supposed “champion of the oppressed,” is by far, the single biggest beneficiary of status quos of all time.”

    The operative word is “supposed” heh Benigs. Playing it safe again.

    Status quo definition is “the existing condition or state of affairs”.

    If I’ll go by that definition, will this be a fair question – “How on earth this could be the Church’s fault?”

    “In every chapter in human history, the Church has stood in the way of change.”

    In every chapter of human history! Jeez…

    Take this example –

    “The Church was allowed to exercise a wide influence on civil law by the fact that her ministers, chiefly the bishops and abbots, had a large share in framing the leges barbarorum. Practically all the laws of the barbarian nations were written under Christian influences; and the illiterate barbarians willingly accepted the aid of the literate clergy to reduce to writing the institutes of their forefathers. The cooperation of the clergy is not expressly mentioned in all the codes of this kind: in some only the learned in the law, or, again, the proceres, or nobles, are spoken of; but the ecclesiastics were, as a rule, the only learned men, and the higher clergy, bishops and abbots, belonged to the class of the nobles.”

    “After the twelfth century the Church elaborated her own method of procedure, with such comparative perfection that it was imitated to a large extent by modern courts. Several principles prevailed in this regard: first, all essential parts of a trial were to be recorded in writing — such as the presentation of the complaint, the citation of the defendant, the proofs, the deposition of witnesses, the defence, and the sentence; secondly, both parties were entitled to a full opportunity of presenting all material relating to the accusation or to the defence; thirdly, the parties in a litigation had the right of appealing to a higher court after the lapse of the ordinary term for a trial (which was two years), the party dissatisfied with the decision was permitted to appeal within ten days after the rendering of the sentence.”

    Read more about them – http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09066a.htm

    “The most recent exhibition of the consistent anti-change stance of the Catholic Church is in the battle for the implementation of legal population control in the Philippines.”

    Did the Church able to prevent the bill from being passed? They put up an argument based on bible’s teachings but to no avail.

    “Because the most extremist interpretations of Catholic dogma — made fragile by the way it is administered from the top-down — is best propagated in a teeming human cesspool of ignorant believers, the Church has always been against making knowledge accessible and making options available. A perception of lack of choice has always been the glue that bonded people to dogma.”

    What is that most extremist interpretation of Catholic dogma?

    How can one argue with you if you’re always exaggerating your generalities. How about an specific one?

    The teeming human cesspool of ignorant believers – they’re the modern Catholics or the Catholics in name only.

    In any religion, you’ll always be bounded by what is morally right as prescribed by their religion’s doctrines.

    1. @Trosp: I’m trying to find a point toward which all of the factoids you presented above lead, but so far I cannot find one. All you have done is list said factoids without presenting an overarching synthesis.

      But I might hazard a guess. You are attempting to cite examples of exceptions to the generalities I make in my article. If that is your goal, then congratulations. Any schmoe who wishes to argue, for example, that Pinoys are not lazy can easily put up the Lea Salongas of this world. But for every Lea Salonga there will be hundreds of thousands of Pinoys who will exemplify the opposite of what she stands for.

      I will comment on what you claim, however; “Did the Church able to prevent the bill from being passed? They put up an argument based on bible’s teachings but to no avail.” They more than put an argument. They used all the communications channels at their disposal — the mass, in particular — to undertake their campaign. They also threatened politicians with excommunication and wielded their power to influence the vote.

      Seems like you are as selective with your amnesia as you are with your quaint factoids and cut-and-paste quotes. 😀

  10. “The interest of [businessmen and politicians] is always in some respects different from, and even opposite to, that of the public.
    The proposal of any new law or regulation which comes from this group ought never to be adopted, till after having been long and carefully examined with the most suspicious attention. It comes from an order of men who have generally an interest to deceive and even oppress the
    public”
    ― Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations -1776

    1. benigs,

      The way thing is, I can feel you gloat everytime you bash Catholics.

      With your innuendos and lies.

      As I have told you, your head always explode just by mentioning the word Catholic.

      I’ll not let it go your way. I’ll always challenge your mischaracterization of Catholic religion.

      Better research different reasons to bash Catholics. Yours is already disproven and outdated.

      1. ha ha! The only other person here who should do any further research is you. Your idea of “research” comprises only two things: looking up quotes in the Bible and looking up quotes from Catholic dogma. Perhaps it’s time to spread your wings and visit a library that has more than two books for a change.

        It is people like you who make “bashing Catholics” such a walk in the park. You actually undermine the Church position than bolster it as your approach to “debate” subtracts rather than adds value to your religion.

        Keep on trying though. The unfortunate reality is that there are enough ignoramuses out there to keep Pinoy-style Roman Catholicism (as your style of debate embodies) a lucrative business operation for at least another century. In that sense, I suppose, you win — just as cockroaches are sure to emerge the winners in the event humans end up nuking themselves to oblivion or frying their entire species with their greenhouse gases. 😀

        1. What a laugh benigs…

          “ha ha! The only other person here who should do any further research is you. Your idea of “research” comprises only two things: looking up quotes in the Bible and looking up quotes from Catholic dogma.”

          Have I made a claim that I made a research just to refute your lies?

          “…looking up quotes in the Bible and looking up quotes from Catholic dogma.”

          You’re correct on that one so far.

          But you can’t refute them, heh.

          You can’t even challenge my claim that you are resorting to lies just to badmouth the Catholics.

          One thing is obvious, something is wrong with your comprehension.

        2. @Trosp: Nah, I don’t need to refute them, because dogma cannot be refuted using logic and critical analysis — because dogma by its very nature lies outside of a system within which ideas retain merit on the basis of their inherent soundness. Dogma, in contrast, remains relevant on the basis of a primal fear of the unknown that it relies on for its continued propagation.

          Besides, people don’t really bother “refuting” the drivel spouted by zealots like you — because the only people really harmed by such extremists are their fellow ignoramuses to whom they pass on said drivel and indoctrinate them with it (though of course it can be argued that they do harm people when some such ignoramuses go on to strap explosives onto their chests and detonate them within crowded marketplaces).

          As for my “lies”. Well, enjoy reading GRP because my “lies” about religion goes back 12 years and remains untarnished in their soundness to most normal people. The brilliance of my ideas on religion has long been evident even way back in the very first article I’ve ever written on GRP about religion which you can refer to here for your reading pleasure.

          Enjoy! 😀

        3. You with logic and critical thinking?!

          Jeez!

          Take this example –

          (Take note of your reading comprehension bro. Logical and critical thinking heh!)

          My comment –

          “Religion is more about the belief system and moral values rather than encouraging logic if we’re talking about Christianity as religion.

          In our modern time, who are the advocates of these:

          – same-sex intercourse, bestiality, incest, and pederasty (sexual freedom, heh…)

          – infanticide for disabled (they decide who live and those who will not)

          – mercy killing or euthanasia (the right to choose how and when to have a quality death with dignity)

          From where I am, I see these people as those who will not bother with religion. For these people, the above are not twisted logic but rather one’s right to choose. ACLU, NAMBLA, SFC (Sex Freedom Coalition) are their advocates.”

          And your counter-comment using your logic and critical thinking –

          “@Trosp, that’s a PRETTY SWEEPING ARGUMENT OF ‘ATHEIST’ (caps are mine), dude. I wonder though if you might be failing to appreciate that many of the wars, acts of terrorism, and other human atrocities that pockmark such as the Inquisition were perpetrated in the name of one “God” or another.”

          Have I mentioned any atheist? (I just don’t want to shame you dude to even continue with a counter-argument.)

          Heh, never mind. You, benigs, can’t even comprehend your own post if it’s about Catholicism.

          Your critical thinking and logic bwa ha ha!

        4. And another example –

          My comment –

          ““The obsolete tradition-religion complex”

          Is there such a thing for Catholic religion?

          If one believes in moral relativism, I say it might be true. But one pillar of Roman Catholic religion is moral absolutism. A belief that can’t be obsoleted. As applied to the RH Bill, it’s the sanctity of human life.

          Moral relativism = cost and benefit morality.”

          And your counter-comment –

          “A “belief that can’t be obsoleted”? Is there such a thing? See, in case you hadn’t noticed I just played the same game you were playing just then Trosp.

          Why don’t you come up with something of substance from your own mind organically and articulate it coherently instead of lazily lifting quotes to prop up your half-arsed assertions about belief systems.

          And by the way, progress in knowledge necessitates “obsoletion” of some ideas as more sound ones are formulated and flawed ones superseded. Of course a guy like you whose mind is imprisoned by dogma wouldn’t understand that.”

          You even have the gall to distort my comment to prove your idiotic point he he he…

          That is your logical and critical thinking heh.

          My comment is about “Is there such a thing FOR CATHOLIC RELIGION?”

          Don’t make any omission if you want to quote me. Bwa ha ha ha!

          Brush up with your reading comprehension bro.

        5. @Trosp: I think you meant “grasping at straws”. Yes that is exactly what it looks like you are doing seeing the above sort of comments you are making now. I think you’ve already been called out as a nitpicker by some commenters here and it seems consistent with what I observe. You merely arbitrarily pull out the odd snippet here and there and turn it into an argument; kung baga your style of argument is “what about this example, huh? and how about this? what about that…” Pretty juvenile if you ask me. I think I mentioned earlier, the trouble with you is you are unable to synthesize and instead stumble from one quibbling argument to another a-la GabbyD.

          Keep on trying though. Just keep reminding yourself of the chimp example I mentioned earlier for inspiration. 😀

        6. And so far you haven’t refuted any of my claims.

          It’s all your rhetoric.

          Just keep on trying. You might get lucky.

          “@Trosp: Nah, I don’t need to refute them, because dogma cannot be refuted using logic and critical analysis.”

          And you call this one, your ridiculous claim, a dogma –

          ““In every chapter in human history, the Church has stood in the way of change.”

          In my circle of friends, that is not dogma, it’s something about knowledge in history.

          And I’ve completely refuted you on that one.

          Dogma?

        7. @Trosp, you know what? It’s hard to progress this discussion if you keep degenerating into incoherence. That last comment of yours does not make any sense at all.

          Just keep repeating this mantra in your head…

          I’m better than a chimp

          …and you might still manage to get it together. 😀

        8. Your rhetoric again but the substance is obviously absent!

          Try hard bro. You can’t get lucky with that kind of counter-comment.

          It makes you a sitting duck.

        9. @Trosp: As I highlighted in a previous article of mine:

          To the religious, religion is simply a no-go-zone when it comes to intellectual inquiry and secular debate. Religious dogma is non-negotiable, a non-issue, and humanity’s first principle of first principles.

          Check out the full article here! 😀

        10. Do you want me to use the online dictionary to define the word “rhetoric” for you?

          You’re all of it and still you can’t get it. Flowery words etc.

          You still can’t refute any of my claims. Can you at least put some substance to your talk.

          “Factoid” – have I commented anything here that is unverifiable?

          Cite any of my comments here which is unverifiable.

          Another funny thing aside from your excommunication brouhaha is this your latest comment –

          “Religious dogma is non-negotiable, a non-issue, and humanity’s first principle of first principles.”

          Religious dogma is non-negotiable, a non-issue and yet, you’re always making it an issue!

          “Synthesize”

          Reasoning from the general to the particular; logical deduction.

          So coming from you, where are they? You don’t have any logic and reasoning when it comes to discussing Catholic religion.

          You’re all talk!

          Bro, try harder. You might get lucky the next time around.

          I’m tired of kicking a dead horse.

        11. Ironic… a guy who defends dogma and scripture demanding “logic and reasoning” from the other party. Of course that one like all the rest flies over the top of your head. 😀

        12. benigs,

          Read all my comments in this post. Read them slowly for your comprehension.

          Now, your like an airplane on a tailspin.

          He he he…

          Try harder and you might get lucky.

      2. And you keep on trying to post what could really be your gotcha counter-comment for each of my comment in this blog. Including those for my grammar.

        He he he he…

        Try harder or you can just save your gotcha counter-comment for another new topic.

        Who knows, you could get lucky.

  11. “They also threatened politicians with excommunication and wielded their power to influence the vote.”

    As if your telling me that atheist can sue the Catholics for claiming they will go to hell when they die.

    To influence the vote? When was it?

    Magaling kang magisip ng multo!!!

    1. Last I heard Catholics pray to the Holy Ghost (the concept modernised, to be fair, so now it is the Holy Spirit).

      So if there is anyone here thinking of multos, I suppose it is the Catholic Talibans in our midst. 😀

      1. He he he…

        This is from you –

        ““They also threatened politicians with excommunication and wielded their power to influence the vote.”

        Seriously …

        You’re very good in subterfurge.

        They don’t believe in the biblical principles so why they would be bothered by excommunication.

        “…and wielded their power to influence the vote.”

        Seriously…

        Another of your subterfuge.

      2. @Trosp: Of course they don’t believe in excommunication. That’s what makes the threat so amusing — that these priests/bishops are even dumb enough to issue such ancient spells on people who they probably themselves know do not really believe nor care. That’s the real point here (which as usual seems to escape you) — that your clergy makes such threats to begin with — which highlights the very bozoic quality of the whole deal you are defending.

        Keep on trying though. As the joke goes, a chimp once banged his head on a keyboard a few times and ended up writing the whole Twilight series of novels.

        Perhaps given enough tries, you’ll probably get it one day. 😀

        1. And you believe in excommunication that’s why you specifically mentioned it?

          As I’ve commented before, you might get lucky next time. Just keep on trying.

        2. My compliments to both of you. Though you two have a heated debate of principles, at least you kept the commentary intellectual. 😀

      3. Where exactly did I say that I believe in excommunication? See, this is another example of the same gaffe I pointed out earlier, except now you are applying it to moi.

        Even your call for me to “brush up on comprehension” (by the way, people brush up on subjects, not on ‘comprehension’ per se) is ironic (which of course flies way above your head as usual).

        Remember the chimp story. The key to learning is focus.

        1. Bwaka ng ina mo benignoy, napaka-plastic mo, ungas! Lol!

          Puro ka dada. Alam mo kasing bobo si Trosp kaya siya ang ini-engage mo. Bakit hindi mo tapatan ‘yung kakasa sa ‘yo? Bakit hindi ka makipag-argumento with those who can take you one on one?

          Why do you have to run away? Always.

        2. @jonas

          Benigno refuses to have a battle of wits against an unarmed man like YOU. That’s why.

        3. U mad jon-asshole? Are you crying now? You called me a dakilang pikon in another article, now look who’s talking. You are now on the same level of vincensus ignoramus you know.

        4. benigs

          What did you say?

          “Even your call for me to “brush up on comprehension” (by the way, people brush up on subjects, not on ‘comprehension’ per se) is ironic (which of course flies way above your head as usual).”

          You can’t fault me for that one bro.

          The online dictionary –

          “brush up – bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state; “polish your social manners”

          Grasping for the straw again, heh?

          Deflecting the issue because of your predicament in arguing for an issue which you don’t have any idea except that you hate it?

          Actually, continuing to argue this issue with you is something like me kicking a dead horse.

          But I don’t stop you from trying. You might get lucky.

          Brush up context an issue for you he he he.

          Jeez!

        5. benigs

          He he he, to your discredit, this is another thing you’re too lazy to check first. There is such a thing as online dictionary.

          Try harder bro. What’s wrong with my brush up thing?

    1. Is that in any manner related to the article, girl? Anyway, if some Catholic priests are pedophiles and some Church members are accessories to such crimes, then let Hell take care of them. Also what makes you think that Trosp covers up for them?

      1. it is connected because the thing i admire most about grp is its opposition to catholic dogma and hypocrisy 🙂 its part of the “real deal”. and the church did cover up the bishops by assigning them to other places instead of reporting to police. and trosp is a catholic faith defender hehe its all connected see

        1. Judging from Trosp’s posts, yes, he seems indeed a passionate Catholic. But I don’t think he’d agree to you saying that.

          Uh, Trosp, what can you say?

        2. @Impaler

          You may call me a passionate Catholic though I would prefer to be called just another Catholic.

          Have you read anything in this blog that I badmouthed those who are anti-Catholic?

          I might have been reciprocating their pleasantries (or their unpleasantries) but other than that I’m very civil with them.

          I don’t call them Jonas or Jon-ass. Whatever that sounds like that.

  12. @ atoldyouso

    What do you mean? Are you implying that from this primordial soup base that is GRP, sooner or later a single-celled organism like Trosp here will evolve and eventually leave in search of a more advance environment?

    How dare you….hehehehe

    1. That’s what I call a heartfelt compliment.

      Thanks!

      Who knows, you might evolve too to a single cell thing from your half cell status. Though I would say in your case, the way you comment, it will take eternity.

        1. If you indeed comprehend my comment, it should have been benigs there who ought to react negatively. More practice Trosp. You are almost there.

        2. Then read again my counter-comment to yours and show me my negative reaction there.

          Take note that I’ve just reciprocated your labeling me a single-celled organism to add more flavor your comment.

          (The first invertebrates evolved from single-celled, food-eating microorganisms. … Invertebrates do not have bones, a bony skeleton, or a backbone.)

          Now, who has a problem in comprehension?

      1. So when someone says “though I would say in your case, the way you comment, it will take eternity” you are in fact complimenting weh

        …. and labeling half cell (sic) is not enough flavored reciprocation.

        Just to test your comprehension though, when you say single-celled, food-eating microorganism… Aren’t you in fact being redundant and ludicruous?

        (1) “food-eating” – aren’t all organisms food-eating? You may argue plant do so through photosynthesis but it is still a form of self-nourishment and technically, it’s still “food-eating”.

        (2) microorganisms – is it not common sense that when an organism is single-celled, you need not label it microorganism.? It’s like saying human man or female girl.

        Just saying….

        1. atoldyouso

          According to you –

          ‘So when someone says “though I would say in your case, the way you comment, it will take eternity” you are in fact complimenting weh”

          Isn’t it I’ve commented –

          “Take note that I’ve just reciprocated your labeling me a single-celled organism to add more flavor (to) your comment.”

          What is there that you can’t comprehend?

          My compliment is of course –

          “That’s what I call a heartfelt compliment.

          Thanks!”

          What is there that you can’t comprehend?

          What did you say –

          “Just to test your comprehension though, when you say single-celled, food-eating microorganism… Aren’t you in fact being redundant and ludicruous?”

          I’ve just quoted it from a source. That’s why it was enclosed in parenthesis as a side comment. I want to emphasize what has slighted me from his comment. It’s the word “backbone”.

          What is there that you can’t comprehend?

          Now let’s go back to your informative comment –

          “(1) “food-eating” – aren’t all organisms food-eating? You may argue plant do so through photosynthesis but it is still a form of self-nourishment and technically, it’s still “food-eating”.”

          He he he he, are you lecturing me? Or are you brandishing your “special knowledge”? What is there to argue about? You’ve put up that argument and heavens, you’ve refuted it yourself.

          Definitely, it is not my argument.

          “(2) microorganisms – is it not common sense that when an organism is single-celled, you need not label it microorganism.? It’s like saying human man or female girl.”

          When it is a single-celled, it can be a microorganism or any other life form. You want to lecture me on that one?

          Try harder next time kid.

  13. Para kay Trosp, walang mali sa “Trosp and I, the two of us, will both be singing a duet…..together.” Hardeeharhar!!!!

  14. The blog post reflects about the realism of Philippine society. The separation of state and church is still keep going on though this must not be exist since it was already be reformed after the Spanish regime in the Philippines. I thought the democracy is the government of the people, for the people and by the people as Lincoln once quoted. His words of wisdom doesn’t mean a lot of applying in real political scenario. It’s just been taken for granted. Just a theory from the pretentious and hypocritical mind of the “superior” people. Political dynasty must be controlled. It’s rather a cancer in the society than a glorified legend of elite families. The people must give chance to the others who are more deserving to be public servants with altruism over materialism. There should be the promulgation of something new in our country. Who knows these people may do better service with passion than the recent politicians, that majority were corrupt and swindlers.

  15. Aside from the victim mentality, most of the masses are also defensive and emotional. Criticize them for a job NOT well done and they will skulk and brood like a prima dona and hate you for life.

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