“Nganga!” goes the Filipino taxpayer

Filipino taxpayers can take pride in sponsoring two expensive teledramas.

In 2012, we saw the Club 188 signatories expedite the impeachement of then Chief Justice Corona, courtesy of a Powerpoint presentation. The drama was blown to a full scale at the senate, where we saw a nation polarized by the eloquent grandstanding of our public servants.

Our dear politicians spared no time in entertaining their public again this 2013 and gave us the most opportune controversy of an open secret and a popular government practice of partaking public savings. The gutter rebuttal of a senate president to valid arguments presented by a budget-aggrieved senator, who demanded transparency and accountability, floored many, who do not know much of the senate president’s dark history.

What has the Filipino taxpayer got in return after funding the casts, venues and production of these teledramas?

I say, NONE. To put it bluntly and to use a local popular term, our taxpayers have nothing but : “Nganga!”

The Impeachment trial as the most expensive local production for the entertainment and expense of Filipino taxpayers should have given the people a good ROI (Return of Investment) IF Corona’s dare of exposing their SALNs prospered with the Club 188 signatories and the Honorable Senator Drilon.

IF our politicians are really serious about trekking the DAANG MATUWID, it should have been an onset of a practice, the dawning of sincere transparency and accountability!

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The election is fast approaching and our dear senators and congressmen will soon be busy campaigning for re-election or endorsing their partymates, THEY ALSO HAVE LESS THAN A WEEK to pass the #FOI bill or the overdue Freedom of Information Bill.

Do we see them expediting its passage like how they did with the impeachment of Corona?

Is Corona’s impeachment more important than the transparency and accountability that the taxpayers had been demanding since PNoy promised a nation towards “Daang matuwid’?

Or is that “Daang Matuwid”, just a horizon too far to make a detour at, thanks to a Kapamilya, Kapartido, Kaibigan at Kabarilan policy?

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About Ms. Mike Portes

Mike is the author of "Minsan may Isang Puta", an allegory which has been circulating since 2004 and with over 50,000 likes and shares in social media alone. It won a film grant in 2010 to be included in the multi-narrative Indie film "Ganap na Babae" (International title: Garden of Eve). The teaser, reviews and commentaries are here. The movie was honored as Cinemalaya 2010's opening film and has won international and local recognition. The royalties from the initial 150 copies of Mike's first sole-authored book, The Dove Files, went to a Project Malasakit scholar who graduated Cum Laude in April 2013, the rest was also paid forward to baby Mark who underwent a liver transplant in March 2013. Part of the royalties of the "Minsan may Isang Puta" book at Barnes and Noble Online goes to support the education of a young Yolanda survivor taking up B.S. Accounting at U.P. Tacloban.

Post Author: Ms. Mike Portes

Mike is the author of "Minsan may Isang Puta", an allegory which has been circulating since 2004 and with over 50,000 likes and shares in social media alone. It won a film grant in 2010 to be included in the multi-narrative Indie film "Ganap na Babae" (International title: Garden of Eve). The teaser, reviews and commentaries are here. The movie was honored as Cinemalaya 2010's opening film and has won international and local recognition. The royalties from the initial 150 copies of Mike's first sole-authored book, The Dove Files, went to a Project Malasakit scholar who graduated Cum Laude in April 2013, the rest was also paid forward to baby Mark who underwent a liver transplant in March 2013. Part of the royalties of the "Minsan may Isang Puta" book at Barnes and Noble Online goes to support the education of a young Yolanda survivor taking up B.S. Accounting at U.P. Tacloban.

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Paul Farol
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love it Mike!

FallenAngel
Member

Mike,

It’s hilariously tragic, this state we’re in.

But isn’t there another popular term to describe how the Filipino taxpayers react to all the drama in the Senate?

“Bitin!”

Johnny Saint
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Ms Mike, Paul, You guys voting? Given the latest surveys, there isn’t really any reason to hope for reform come election time. — Here’s something I received in an email. Sorta takes the sting out of that steaming pile we have in the senate. Just a little: A woman went to her doctor for advice. She told him that her husband had developed a penchant for anal sex, and she was not sure that it was such a good idea. “Do you enjoy it?” the doctor asked. “Actually, yes, I do” she said. ‘’Does it hurt you”, he asked? “No.… Read more »
Libertas
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haha
does that make them anal retentive, or just sh#ts

Johnny Saint
Guest

You realize that all these anal retentive S#ITs are responsible for our misery?

Trosp
Guest

J. Saint

First time you make me ROFL…

sendonggirl
Guest

in other news, philippines poised to get investment grade rating. but dont let the truth get in the way of the grp mission

Vergil
Guest

Farce. What’s the point in all of this?

sendonggirl
Guest

the simple point is its not all bad news

StopDrinkingVirility
Guest

Only a FEW will benefit from it, not everyone else.

Very off-topic.

Libertas
Guest

If you bury your head in the sand, then your bum is in the air, and then the only use you have is as a parking slot for a bicycle

Johnny Derp
Member

Investment ratings won’t help get food on the table, stop rising criminality if the way things are handled right now is incompetently done.

sendonggirl
Guest

so you’re claiming there’s no difference between an AAA country and a B? i envy your blissful ignorance hehehehehe

Johnny Derp
Member

Well at least im not envious of your blissful stupidity sendong”girl”. Troll harder. Hehehehe

sendonggirl
Guest

ok jonny since you’re saying investment ratings dont matter, are you saying investment risk is the same in norway and uganda? since their ratings are irrelevant right? go home and study. then get back to me

Amir Al Bahr
Guest

But in the context of the article, the investment grade rating is a big SO WHAT epic fail. It’s irrelevant.

You’re not very smart, are you, sendonggirl?

Johnny Derp
Member

Bale wala parin yan credit ratings dito kung palpak ang na mumuno dito, sendong”girl”. Once again, you completely missed the fucking point. Tingin mo ba nararamdaman ng tai ang credit ratings dito? Kung ganon, bakit HINDI ramdam ang sinasabi mong epekto?

Johnny Derp
Guest

@sendongFAG

“ok jonny since you’re saying investment ratings dont matter, are you saying investment risk is the same in norway and uganda?”

Where did I imply that in my comment hmm? I only said that ratings are irrelevant IF the leader of the country is INCOMPETENT as f*ck. It is completely irrelevant if the people don’t feel its effects.

P.S.
Go home and grow a f*cking brain and go f*ck yourself

sendonggirl
Guest

thank you for your free advice that we invest in uganda. you can now work for goldman sachs hehehehe

Johnny Derp
Guest

^^^^^^
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you an example of INSANE TROLL LOGIC

sendonggirl
Guest

i will simplify this for your brain jony. is a ratings upgrade for any country good or bad news? (regardless of the competence of its leader)

Johnny Derp
Guest

There’s NO effect if the PEOPLE aren’t affected by it even if the president is competent or not. I’ll simplify this for your puny little brain then, you SUCK and you SUCK as a TROLL. You FAIL.

sendonggirl
Guest
there’s no effect if theres no affect? hehe thanks for this new causality theory you have come up with. brilliant. are you now saying that an economic indicator can only be regarded as positive if it has a direct effect on the lives of all filipinos 100%? if that is so, then the only positive news acceptable to you is if some benefactor suddenly decides to give all filipino citizens cash hehehehe i will lecture you fanboys now, even if it does not have a direct effect on any random pinoy on the street it is significant because an investor… Read more »
StopDrinkingVirility
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“i will lecture you fanboys now, even if it does not have a direct effect on any random pinoy on the street it is significant because an investor will choose to invest on a lower risk country. that is a very tangible effect. get it? got it? good.” Good investments depends if one country has good economic policies. Unfortunately, those foreign investors wouldn’t last very long since the Philippines’ economic policies are flawed. No wonder why we suck as a country. Please, don’t lecture us on the “pwede na iyan” attitude. In fact, it’s also a source of cultural dysfunction.… Read more »
Johnny Derp
Guest

Oh please, spare us your stupid lectures. You are still not making your point any clearer.

Amir Al Bahr
Guest

I will simplify this for your brain, sendonggirl:

How will an investment grade rating help me feel good about not getting my tax money’s worth from my politicians?

You’re still not very smart, are you?

Johnny Derp
Guest

You should apply some ice sendong”girl” since you just got BURNED. Hahahahaha

sendonggirl
Guest

the purpose of the sovereign credit rating is not to make you feel good nor is it an indication of how taxpayers money is used amir. it is simply a metric used in investment decisions. it is very simple. a is better than b. bb is better than b. its similar to bra cup sizes. can your brain process that now? sheeesshh

jony, improve your reading comprehension first. help me help you

Amir Al Bahr
Guest

But the investment grade rating is not the point of this article. You brought it up saying “it’s not all bad news”. So you’re looking for something to feel good about.

You still keep straying away from the points discussed in any of the GRP articles you comment in. You’re still unable to address the points raised directly. You attempt to derail the discussions. You suck.

It’s a metric. So what?

You’re not very smart, are you?

Johnny Derp
Guest

@sendong”girl”
Nope, you are the one clearly who needs help with reading comprehension. You are still going off the topic. Grow a brain first before you show your retarded face here or better yet, don’t show up AT ALL.

BenK
Editor

So how do you cook investment grade?

ricelander
Guest

Deep fried?

Amir Al Bahr
Guest

Very rare. 😛

Yap
Guest

A la carte?

Amir Al Bahr
Guest

I wonder then, how an investment grade rating will help me feel better about not getting my tax money’s worth from my politicians.

BenK
Editor

Seems like some people need an explanation of sovereign credit ratings, and why they don’t mean jack under a government like this one.

Amir Al Bahr
Guest

good luck explaining that to the likes of sendonggirl…

BenK
Editor

Oh, that’s obviously a waste of time, but some other people who have not yet performed a self-lobotomy might be interested in learning something.

Libertas
Guest

It wont.
Everything now is being spun in advance of elections ( hence WEF) – the LP candidates are so weak that it will bep-noy as frontman hoping to emulate 2010 , with comelecs help), and the usual promises of jam tomorrow.
Most filipinos just want rice today, and the opportunity of a decent paying job.
Senators on 40 – 60 million pesos a year couldn’t give a shit.
Their political philosophy is ‘ i’m alright, juan’

ChinoF
Member

As if it’s really the “truth.”

domo
Member

Tits or you and your precious pwesident’s noses are getting longer. Troll harder sendongslut.

Felipe
Guest
@sendonggirl in other news, philippines poised to get investment grade rating. but dont let the truth get in the way of the grp mission From what I’ve so far observed, the only kinds of “truth” that “get in the way of the grp mission” are half-truths. Exposing half-truths to get the complete picture or whole truth, I would say, actually turns out to be grp’s mission and its contributors’ prime directive. I think what these guys are simply saying, is that you cannot cherry pick one metric, consider it in isolation, and treat it as if it were the sole… Read more »
sendonggirl
Guest

im not competent enough to “gauge the overall performance” hehe all im saying is that its not all bad news in the philippines and a ratings upgrade is good news. the fanboys have now been forced to defend the position that a sovereign credit rating is unimportant hay naku

domo
Member

That’s because you’re an escapist about this country’s problems jon-asshole’s wife. You’re just making yourself a happy-go-lucky ignorant because you’re a big fat coward on facing serious problems.

sendonggirl
Guest

you’re the escapist who cannot accept that the country he loves to denigrate is starting to make some progress. pitiful

Johnny Derp
Guest

Nope, you are the one who is pitiful since you keep living in delusional land together with your precious pwesident.

TROLL HARDER

domo
Member

Yaaawwwn! Can’t you make better arguments anymore than throwing my words back to me “woman” in a dress? Your rebuttals are so childish and full of spam. And please stop wearing that Pyro Vision Goggles of yours already, if you know what I mean.
Or is it because you’re being a tsundere to us now?

StopDrinkingVirility
Guest

@sendong:

What’s really pitiful is you just want to make feel good about yourself, using this some sort of “good news” to escape from reality and refused to see the bigger picture. If progress is ABS-CBN, canneries, breweries, and local cronies are progress to you, I pity you even more.

“Fiscalizer” my a$$. <_<

Libertas
Guest

Reality is different from spin or wishes. Fitch, moodys etc want to see achievements not rhetoric.

The country has to address some key issues first

Tax collection/system
Inclusive growth
Gdp debt ratio
Manufacturing sector growth/investment
Foreign investment 60:40 rule
Infrastructure spending
AMLAC
Judicial system – contract/commercial law

Philippines is not even able to join the trans pacific partnership which will hit revenues/trade hard from 2015

Understand a subject first rather than soak up propaganda.
An economist you clearly are not.

Libertas
Guest

Added to which the philippines is pissing off the WTO ( world trade organisation) by refusing to accept/object to rulings, and continue to maintain strong protectionist policies ( for the oligarchs/trapos who can only make money in a monopoly business). Not a clever move if you want to be taken seriously by investors, but instead risk isolation and declining FDI ( foreign direct investment).

Yap
Guest

Try downloading it to sendonggirl’s pentium 1 memory, error 404..

Johnny Derp
Member

Sendong”girl” is too dense to realize that credit ratings don’t mean jackshit if the government is too incompetent to handle the problems of this country.

eduardo
Guest

How dare you tell the us that we haven’t gained any from Corona’s conviction? We have acquired justice!

StopDrinkingVirility
Guest

Wrong.

Corona was impeached not because he did something wrong. The procedures are wrong, the outtakes are wrong, the process is wrong, everything. It’s more like a personal vendetta than justice. When does “fishing for evidence” a good idea? It can happen to anyone, including YOU.

And yes, we acquired nothing. After all. I’ve totally lost faith to Noynoy after that.

eduardo
Guest

If the procedures were wrong in the first place, why did the trial never stopped? The impeachment was proper and accepted by majority of Filipinos.

Johnny Derp
Guest

Wrong again, the impeachment went on because your president bribed congress and the senators to impeach corona and also because aquino needed to protect his precious hacienda luisita.

StopDrinkingVirility
Guest
Of course, it’s all POLITICS. Actually, Noynoy used pork barrel to bribe the congressmen for Corona’s impeachment, making the process being railroaded. Totally wrong on the impeachment being proper. It was improper from beginning to end. So villification, demonization, and accepting hearsay evidence is a ok for you? Sorry, but you fully admit that you are one of the sheeple who will believe what others and even the media tell you. Thank you for admitting that you are indeed a liar. The trial was accepted by many BRAINWASHED Filipinos who will love and hate one person by just a single… Read more »
Johnny Derp
Member

We didn’t gain anything from the yellow’s impeachment of corona. It did absolutely NOTHING to reduce the problems our country is facing.

OnesimusUnbound
Guest

Our government create a convenient scapegoat for its fight against corruption.

Plus the Cojuangcos still have their land.

eduardo
Guest

It actually did something for the country as foreign investors sees it as part of the anti-corruption drive of President Noy (P-Noy).

Johnny Derp
Guest

And yet, the investors aren’t lining up to invest here because of your president’s rules on keeping foreign investors out by only giving them 40% ownership of companies.

StopDrinkingVirility
Guest

In any form of government, there will ALWAYS be corruption. The difference is the progress and how to set daytime goals and what not.

It’s not the anti-corruption drive. It’s how economic policies are implemented. You’re totally wrong about corruption per se.

If you’re not contributing something other than Yellow Propaganda, please leave. 😛

ChinoF
Member

Nope. What we got is a messed up Supreme Court. More like a Supreme Mess.

eduardo
Guest

Why did you say so? Last time I heard Sereno is doing a brilliant job in the SC.

Johnny Derp
Guest

Right, and yet her fellow justices just keep giving her the cold shoulder because of her “brilliant” job.

These articles prove your claim as a total LIE

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/319209/sereno-ruling-on-adb-funded-project-roils-sc-justices
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/322553/sc-row-justices-revoke-sereno-order

READ THEM AND WEEP

StopDrinkingVirility
Guest

Lies. It’s just the media who tells you that. We are just looking at the bigger picture. Gets? 🙂

Johnny Derp
Member

Troll Fail. Sereno is still being given the cold shoulder by her fellow justices at the SC, Now how is that considered a “brilliant” job?

Gogs
Member

The great architect Noynoy who has never done a constructive things his life does not know what synergy is even it bit him in the tookas. He put CJ in charge not to make the whole better than the sum of the parts, not because it serves the country but for the same reason he wears that ghastly yellow ribbon to official functions. He is there to promote his family’s agenda and not the country. In the words of Frank Zappa- Do Not Eat The Yellow Snow.

ChinoF
Member

Looks like poor Eduardo is out of the loop, and looking at his own world

Jose Gracia
Guest

We gained a god-appointed CJ. Does that count?

StopDrinkingVirility
Guest

“God-appointed”? Everyone can claim about it. So what’s the idea about Corona’s impeachment? It seems you have no idea.

Yap
Guest

“God-appointed”? Does God wills it too?

eduardo
Guest

In the eyes of Filipinos, she is God-appointed.

StopDrinkingVirility
Guest

“Yellow Zombies =/= Filipinos”

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ChinoF
Member

Only some, and very few of them.

domo
Member

And how dare you being an angry mob for just justifying that Corona is corrupt you sloppy simpleton? And what justice? Justice for your revenge?

eduardo
Guest

No, it is justice for us and the judiciary which have been wrecked by the previous administration.

Johnny Derp
Guest

Really? You must be confusing your facts. The judiciary was wrecked by AQUINO not the previous administration. What a typical idiotic troll you are.

StopDrinkingVirility
Guest

Lies. Selective justice is NOT real justice. If personal vendetta is justice to you, then I’m very sad that we were in a hellish society.

For people who have mob mentality, it’s ok for them, even at the expense of others. Just like the poor farmers of Hacienda Luisita. Enjoy your blunder. 😀

ChinoF
Member

The justice system had long been wrecked. Judges have been getting bribes for ages. It’s now worse because of a CJ who is a puppy to the current admin.

Gogs
Member

Eduardo,

I know of a guy who was murdered in an enclosed area, with lots of media nearby. You would think a guy like that would get justice. Oh, his wife and son both became President. We are no closer to anyone paying for the murder in thirty years. Ask yourself, is that justice. Ask yourself does it speak to the competency of his wife and son? What was Corona convicted of? His judges held to the same standard?

There is no retard like a Noytard.

kagbalete
Guest

Looking at our senatorial choices, I feel like a condemned man asked to choose between the guillotine, the garote, or being burned alive….

johndoenymous@gmail.com
Guest
johndoenymous@gmail.com

plus lethal injection, firing squad, or death by simply bleeding after cutting certain appendages (Most of the “senatoriables” fit the last option).

Trosp
Guest

He he he…

Seeing the faces of the candidates in the TV is already a capital punishment.

(Just look at the face of Hontiveros. PWE!)

Swerte pa nga, si piggy boy, next election pa.

alconce
Guest

Very sad indeed for a nation of 100 million, our choices are the same inherently defective,ineffective and useless politicians that have been recycled and repackaged many times over. If they were pieces of commodities, they could have been condemned and thrown to waste a long time ago.

OnesimusUnbound
Guest
charles e. montez
Guest

hindi pa umabot sa lima ang mapipili sa mga senatoriables, ang natitira puro basura… hindi na sila nahiya

charles e. montez
Guest

hindi pa umabot sa lima ang mapipili ko sa mga senatoriables, ang natitira puro basura… hindi na sila nahiya

ChinoF
Member

And another waste our tax money goes to is CCT. That’s in another article in GRP, but yes, our tax money continues to be wasted.

Despair
Member

Voting season is just the same as “Taking side with the lesser evil”. We’ve got a cacophony of choices between political sluts, TraPos, ingrates, pigs, crocodiles and alligators. The available choices of politicians is what the exact reflection of this wretched country and their mission in life. And that’s bullshit, if you ask me.

Mike, thumbs up to your article 🙂

Johnny Saint
Guest

With everyone preoccupied with the Enrile-Cayetano squabble, what legislation remains stalled in the House and/or Senate that should have been passed ages ago? And what has the Aquino administration done to get things rolling?

Patriotic
Guest

Two thumps up to this article and the people here. 😉

ChinoF
Member

And it looks like Comelec really cut down all the possible challenges to the Liberal Party’s and other major parties’ dominance in the coming elections.

dos
Guest

whenever i see the candidates for this election, i tell myself: “somebody shoot me”

Gogs
Member

get that person to shoot me next. Specially after looking at whatever party has that big “L”.

Libertas
Guest

a monkey would be elected. just call him
ninoy ‘the man’ aquino-binay
and put him in a pink t-shirt and train him to sing karaoke – badly.
the sad thung is he would do less harm than the criinals and dim-wits who do get elected.
if the monkey could shoot a gun he could even be president

Johnny Saint
Guest
Looking back on my comments on this thread, I realize it would be hypocritical to question the integrity of the vote or the value of participating in election, and, in the same breath, lament the quality of our leaders and the misery they inflict on the Filipino people. As they say — you get the leaders you deserve. Ultimately, it is still up to “those who beg to differ” — those who should know better — to deliver an unequivocal message that we reject politicians who aspire to public office for a chance to raid the treasury and use their… Read more »
monk
Guest

Accountability, etc., cannot take place if the government essentially works for the elite. The bad news is that the same problem is taking place worldwide, with the effects of corruption subdued by increasing availability of credit.

But once the resources on which that credit is dependent decrease…

ChinoF
Member

For Eduardo… here’s what happening to the SC under the supposedly “brilliant” new CJ:

What’s with the Sereno court?

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