Dear Senator Grace Poe, Your father FPJ wasn’t qualified for the presidency anyway

If the Philippines were to hold a Presidential election tomorrow, Senator Grace Poe would win by a landslide. Not only does she have everything the average Filipino voter is looking for in a candidate – a popular last name and connection to showbiz personalities – she also enjoys the privilege of using her late father, Fernando Poe Jr’s death to catapult her to the highest office in the land.

Presidentiable formula: Popular name and showbiz connections
Presidentiable formula: Popular name and showbiz connections
As early as now, Senator Poe is subtly using the “sympathy card” to sway the votes her way. During a recent privilege speech in the Senate, she reminded everyone about how her late father was “cheated” out of the Presidency in 2004. Never mind that her father died December of the same year — about six months after the election was held — and would not have finished his term even if he had won that election.

Now before you accuse me of disrespecting the dead, please note that Senator Poe herself was the one who brought up the subject of her father in the first place. To her credit, she did not pretend to have won a Senate seat because the voters thought she was more than qualified for the job; she matter-of-factly reminded her audience that she “won in the 2013 elections precisely because people remember FPJ”. Amazingly, facts like these are quite acceptable among the majority of Filipinos as input into the decision process they apply when voting. And that’s only because elections in the country are akin more to a popularity contest than to an evaluation of candidates’ competency.

Charm alone will not have been enough to bring the Philippines from Third World to First.
Charm alone will not have been enough to bring the Philippines from Third World to First.
Senator Poe’s tactic is no different to what the late former President Corazon Aquino did when she used the death of her late husband, former Senator Ninoy Aquino to dupe the Filipino people into believing that the country would be better off under the regime of a housewife than a “dictator”. It was too bad many Filipinos believed in the “Cory magic” because aside from her incompetence, allegations of corruption and nepotism also plagued her administration during her term. Some even say that it was really during her term when the state of the nation started spiralling downwards. Well, it was said that it was Cory who introduced the concept of giving pork barrel funds to members of Congress in order to win their favors. Succeeding administrators eventually institutionalized the practice until the pork barrel scam was exposed in 2013.

Going back to using the dead to win sympathy votes, Senator Poe probably learned how effective it is to use a dead parent to gain the people’s trust from Liberal Party mate and incumbent President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino. The latter’s handlers were quick to use the emotional vulnerability of the public after Cory died. They made sure another Aquino name was cemented into the people’s minds before the mourning phase was over. I don’t know what it is about death and elections in the Philippines but I just feel like somebody ought to make a movie out of it already like that famous Hugh Grant movie, Four weddings and a Funeral.

Aside from using a dead relative to gain the public’s trust, politicians like Senator Poe have also learned to use former President Gloria Arroyo to elevate their own status as “honest” public servants. Although, some people could see through what Senator Poe was trying to do when she brought up the subject of the “Hello Garci” tape in her speech especially since the allegation that GMA cheated in the 2004 election was never brought to court and was never proven to be true.

It seems like Senator Poe is still living in a fantasy world where she believes that her father, FPJ would still be alive today had he won the 2004 election. Or maybe Senator Poe actually believes that the Philippines could have achieved First World status by now had her father ruled the country for at least six-months before his death.

Cory Aquino was instrumental to Gloria Arroyo's rise to power.
Cory Aquino was instrumental to Gloria Arroyo’s rise to power.
Judging from her emotional speech, which was mostly dedicated to lambasting GMA, it seems Senator Poe is still bitter about her father’s loss in the 2004 election – 10 years later. That’s five years passed its use-by date since no charges can be filed against election offenses five years after the crime was committed. She obviously cannot move on. She can’t move on probably because there was no closure to the issue. She can thank the likes of President BS Aquino for why the case did not progress. We recall that during a Congress hearing on the alleged election fraud, BS Aquino, then Tarlac representative, was among those who voted against playing the controversial “Garci” tapes. Back then the Aquino family was still allied with the Arroyo administration. BS Aquino should also be accountable for why the truth never came out.

Former allies: President BS Aquino, voted against listening to the 'Hello Garci' tapes during a congressional hearing.
Former allies: President BS Aquino, voted against listening to the ‘Hello Garci’ tapes during a congressional hearing.
Before her recent speech, I had very little opinion of Senator Poe. Now I think she is just plain irrational. Just like BS Aquino, she doesn’t believe in giving individuals the right to due process. She used her speech time in the Senate to grind her axe. She acted as judge and jury while naming and shaming the people who she taught were “guilty” of robbing her father of the Presidency. She even outlined GMA’s supposed “crimes”, which included her alleged involvement in the aborted “NBN-ZTE deal, the fertilizer fund scam mess, the NorthRail project”. Never mind that to date, evidence against those cases are weak and that it is only a matter of time before the charges against the former president get dropped. That time could be when BS Aquino finally steps down from office 2016. It seems the Liberal Party need her detained to show the public he is pursuing corruption.

Senator Poe also comes across as a bit nonsensical when she keeps pining about the “what if”. What if her father won the election? In the words of the late comedian Dolphy, “Madaling tumakbo, paano kung manalo?” How would FPJ, the actor handled a financial crisis? Did he have a background in economics? He didn’t even finish high school. How would FPJ, the actor dealt with the unemployment problem in the country? Did he know anything about attracting foreign and local investors? Would he have used his acting abilities to charm them? I don’t think his anting-anting would have worked. How would FPJ, the actor dealt with natural disasters brought about by super typhoons like Yolanda? Photo ops would not solve anything. Those are just some of the big challenges that FPJ, the actor would have faced had he won the Presidency in 2004.

Her resolve to clean up election fraud during elections with her proposed bill is commendable but Senator Poe needs to get real. She can do this by using her head and accepting the fact that her late father, FPJ the actor, would not have been good as a leader of the country anyway. He would have failed miserably. She should be thankful that he lost the election because he didn’t have to embarrass himself and the country while in office.

Senator Poe did raise a valid point that could haunt even the incumbent President: “May kasabihan sa Pilipinas na walang pulitikong natatalo, nadadaya lang” If she believes that saying is true — that candidates who lose elections were cheated — then the allegation that BS Aquino cheated in the 2010 election is also true.

The Philippines has real problems that cannot be solved by a popular actor who didn’t have anything to offer other than his good looks and “kindness”. I’m sure when Senator Poe is facing the same problems during her own term after she wins in the 2016 Presidential election, she will come to the realization that her father was better off losing and staying off politics. And maybe then she and her supporters can finally have some closure. The only problem with that is, the entire population has to bear another on-the-job trainee for another six years.

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Johnny Derp
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Another great article as usual Ms. Ilda although I’m very sure that those who don’t agree with the article(especially malcañang trolls) will show up again. It’s really jarring how a lot of people are still being fooled by this attempt at dragging a decade old issue although Sen. Poe has ironically won due to rampant cheating(60-30-10) in the elections last year. People still don’t realize that they’re being duped yet again by this administration by beating this really really dead horse. If FPJ had won and that 2008 financial crisis happened in his term, I seriously doubt that he can… Read more »
Jim DiGriz
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FPJ would have first punched and then shot any problem coming his way. And that, without reloading once. What a circus!

S-Tambay
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Isang bala ka lang slogan ni FPJ sa economic solution..Matutuwa ang mga pinoy ,kase kahit presidente na ay napapatawa pa rin..nakatirik na ang mga mata

Budoy
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Blah blah blah . Malacanang trolls dot com….. Dot kiss ass dot com… Predictable. Com. You’ll make a difference with your top notch education.

The answer is international auditors and not local idiots that can be bribed for less than the cost of dinner in any other country. Al Capone got done for it… Prohibition on idiots is the answer.

Ok let’s move straight to threats, I like that…. I have a lemon shirt.

anne
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I don’t believe in any politicians anymore I felt like they will promise this and those but yet they never delivered at all. I just don’t trust any of those all they care was their own self but not really for the people of the Philippines. All they care how to take care of their own self, anyway why vote? And why there is still election it’s just a one big bullshit. The only leader who did best for this country was the late President Marcos and my hats off to him no offense but he was a legend a… Read more »
philip
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I love this article…

JGLSGH
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Ilda, Such a disappointing piece you have written here, full of fallacies: 1. FPJ not qualified for the presidency – sure, absolutely 100% agree. However, you miss the point by a mile. The issue is the alleged cheating and its closure to serve justice to the wrongdoers and further strengthen our electoral process to finally prevent cheating; 2. Bitter? – that’s your opinion and I will respect that. However, let me offer mine: she maybe bitter as it was her father who was allegedly cheated but should that be argued here as her reason to bring up the issue in… Read more »
domo
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“Have you seen the latest survey?”
It’s official: you’re always being blinded by those biased surveys and accept them as gospel truths. Use your brain for once you nutcase. Or you just don’t have one?
“You questioned FPJ’s ability to lead the nation.”
Isn’t it obvious you moron? Why should he immediately run for president while he hasn’t run as a mayor, congressman, and senator yet? What does he know about politics? He’s just another popular pinoy artist who wants to join politics only to fool his bobotantes for the taxpayers’ money and not for the Filipino people.

JGLSGH
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Hey Domo, calling me a nutcase and moron does not give you immunity from being called an idiot and dumbass. C’mon dude, argue on the basis of something that deserves an educated risposte and not as a bully. Though I can reprise my youth as I admittedly was a bully at times (tsk.tsk.tsk. my bad!). You wanna try me? One on one dude

WinterSoldier
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Nice red herring, son.

Confused
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Dolphy is right–for a pinoy movie actors it is very easy to be a politics but what happend in you win

Thunderbutt
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Actor that never graduate elementary still can be president.The way to run a country,he’l just hired or use those people or corporation that help him on his campaign. Pnoy in my opinion actually not running the govt.He is only a dummy and the clan is the one in charge behind the door.Anything happen after 2016 ,nobody can charged him of wrongdoing because everybody know’s the he is not in good mental health. Blame who patronage the yellow and media bias

joeld
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What was the purpose of her privilege speech? http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/606261/grace-poe-revives-hello-garci-scandal-in-speech-at-senate I don’t get it why she had to go on rambling about the past. What should be more important is what she can (will) do (or doing) for the Filipino people. Sure, a bill or two against electoral fraud looks good on paper but, for me it looks as if it was conceived by someone in a student government (masabi lang na gumawa). Looking at the video of her reading her speech looks a bit student goverment-ish, and I do not think anybody there was genuinely interested. All these in the… Read more »
Johnny Derp
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She obviously hasn’t seen frozen since she can’t “let it go”(pun intended).

What was the point of her resurrecting a decade old horse? They’ve already beaten that horse to death.

Her dad was really unfit for the presidency yet she still insists that he was cheated. Sore loser talaga.

Alex A
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Is this a demolition job against FPJ and Sen. Poe? The article is so one-sided and seems to undermine FPJ and Sen Poe!

joeld
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There is nothing to demolish, FPJ is dead and Sen. Poe has yet to show she is worth the taxpayers’ money.

Can you site anything of essence that would tell us about the ability of Sen.Poe, prior to getting into Philippine politics?

Johnny Derp
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One sided? Expected comment from someone who is clearly paid to troll here.

FPJ is already dead, there’s no need to beat a really really dead horse if the intention is to distract the people from the real issues like the pork barrel scam which the current president is obviously involved in.

MidwayHaven
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@Alex A: Well, duh. Besides, too many people are praising the “good side” of the Poes that this article needed to show the other side of the story.

domo
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The author is just stating concrete facts. You jelly?

john c. jacinto
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it’s so obvious the blogger is pushing for macoy junior. marcos pa rin daw.

Johnny Derp
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The term “allegation” is lost on people like you.
It’s no wonder why your boss in malacañang hired you to troll here since you are too blind to realize that its futile to troll here.

Budoy
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Hello

WinterSoldier
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A real-life FRAUD like you would never reply back. 😛

domo
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Tits or your nose is getting longer you pleb. Still not smart eh malakanyakanyang troll?

GooSpitter
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Going back on 2004 election isnt bad for them cause they’re the ones who been cheated by GMA administration. Citizens voted him hoping that he will do better which I didnt agree (I was on elementary when presidential election was in mainstream). If Mrs. Poe using her past for early campaign for the next incoming “election”, I wish goodluck for her.

Josemaria
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I am not a Fan of Both Gloria and FPJ. But if he were to win the Presidency with a Clean Slate,he would have still died in 2004 anyway. Having Loren as his successor would have been a bane as would a De Castro Presidency. Perhaps If he were to survive a few more years,there would be some scandals and unavoidable mismanagement of the Economy. By now we would have been under Erap again if he finished his term. To be fair to FPJ,he was thinking putting people like Solita Monsod and Mar Roxas in his cabinet. He didn’t want… Read more »
joeld
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Tell me what good is it having Monsod and Roxas in the Cabinet? Shady characters, huh?

Josemaria
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Point Taken. I should have added he made sure that no one with millions with money would go to him for favors.

joeld
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Please clarify.

Johnny Saint
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Isn’t this now just pointless speculation? ‘He maybe would have done this’ or ‘He maybe would have done that.’ On the order of ‘Ninoy Aquino would have been a great leader if…’ If you want to ponder probabilities, here’s something to consider: In the history of the Philippines, NONE of these entertainment industry personalities who have held public office, or at least have become involved in politics, have demonstrated that they are any better at leading this country than any of the political dynasties who make a career out of public service. Given the performance of characters like Erap Estrada… Read more »
vince martin alf
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Balanced, well-explained, well-analyzed, logical, factual, direct-to-the-point, and intelligent article. As usual great job Ilda. I wish columnist or writer like you will flourish in the Philippines. God bless you and our beloved country.

Javier A. Quintos
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I will probably agree that FPJ was not competent to be President. However, that does not justify the blatant cheating perpetrated by Garcillano and GMA. No amount of rationalization will justify fraudulent acts.

joeld
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Is GMA convicted already for electoral fraud?

Javier A. Quintos
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Did she not admit she talked to Garcillano? She had no business calling him to check on the “results” of their agreement,

joeld
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@ Javier

Please understand the question. Let me rephrase, did the court of law pronounce her guilty of electoral fraud?

Last time I checked, the cases filed against her, with Pnoys prodding, are dropping like flies.

Admitting she talked to Garci only proves she talked to Garci, what else?

Come on, dude, reason with the brain and not with emotions.

Javier A. Quintos
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Nothing wrong with talking with a Comelec commissioner during the counting process? If you see nothing wrong with that, I can’t help you.

joeld
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@ Javier Read my post again, son. Did I say there that there was nothing wrong with her talking to Garci? It is true that this is a clear violation on her part but it does not indicate beyond reasonable doubt that she is guilty of electoral fraud just because of this. As people in the know may correct me, it is just a circumstantial evidence. You see, Javier, filipinos like you make it worse, instead of focusing on facts and logic, you base everything on emotions and hearsay. Your kind makes the rule of law a mess. I do… Read more »
john c. jacinto
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did any court of law pronounce PNoy guilty of graft because of his dispensing DAP?

john c. jacinto
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FPJ was qualified as per Constitution. Write your own Constitution if you are unhappy with it.

joeld
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@ john c. jacinto Your president is a lying, thieveing scum bag! Allow me to repost what I have said in the other article: “Mr. President, you are an asshole! Your clan has brought this country to its knees and more. Wake up and smell the shit! You really think this is progress? Tell that to the average Juan on the street having to live through the day with the jobs (non-jobs) you created, just being happy to barely take his family to Jollibee on weekends. Tell him its progress that he has to endure the torture of daily commute… Read more »
victor m. hernandez
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Almost anybody can qualify for presidency in the Philippines. The constitution provides minimal qualification standard. FPJ was definitely qualified. Competency may be debatable, which can only be validated by performance. Now, we will never know, that’s the mystery of ‘Panday’.

Gogs
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Noynoy Aquino it seems has provided Grace Poe the template to pole vault over a dead parent’s corpse into an elected position. The guy has been dead over nine years. Noynoy, Nancy and Grace. What do they have in common? Pinoys respond to Inherit instead of earn. The Filipino rarely discerns when it comes to their politicians. That’s why the baduy vote is so important. Capture the baduy vote with bells, whistles, colors, famous dead relatives, vague slogans, corny jingles , artistas. Having seen Noynoy in “action” for 4 years now, I am not sure whether he or FPJ would… Read more »
boy kastner santos
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very well said. thank you for writings like this. i really hope this article gets read by our so-called leaders.

Overseas pinoy
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The following are just my 2 cents… 1. Didn’t vote for FPJ and GMA. I’ve lost faith in all our politicians. 2. Even the “hero” Marcos couldn’t have prevented the 2008 GLOBAL financial crisis from affecting the country. Remember that the 2008 financial crisis was caused by these so-called economists. So to say that a president with an economic background could have done a better job doesn’t make sense to me. 2. FPJ was qualified to run. The question is could he have been a competent president? We’ll never know. 3. Surveys are not to be believed… not until you… Read more »
Gogs
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Whoa on your #4. You can’t have your cake and ear it too. Pinoy showbiz we established as being so esoteric that it caters to the Pinoy hunger for stupidity. Regardless of what Kris says, no one cares about the Pinoy blockbusters except the Pinoys. The intelligent films made here are more appreciated by foreigners and not the locals. FPJ , Richard Gomez, Sotto and others really don’t bring anything to the table as far as leadership and decision making is concerned. Then again neither did Noynoy or Nancy Binay. Before either of them declared did anybody say Noynoy would… Read more »
Johnny Saint
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In response to your second number ‘2’ and number ‘4,’ I’ll say it again…

In the history of the Philippines, NONE of these entertainment industry personalities who have held public office, or at least have become involved in politics, have demonstrated that they are any better at leading this country than any of the political dynasties who make a career out of public service. Given the performance of characters like Erap Estrada in the presidency, it might be argued that entertainment and/or media personalities exhibit a greater degree of incompetence that leads to an even higher level of failure.

berbero
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“4.Filipinos are not stupid we’re just enamored with celebrities. We’ll never recover as a nation if we continue to keep celebrities in such high esteem.”

That’s exactly why they’re STUPID!

Thunderbutt
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don’t vote to politicians that blame the past
and doesn’t speak for better philippines.
If a politician avoid a debate,that is a signed of NFG public servant. i believe those no nothing about economy will avoid this

Dirch
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From what I observed in the televised senate hearings, I’d say she’s one of the few senators who makes sense, she seemed serious (no lame jokes) and her questions seemed valid. About her speech, Well, she’s disappointed no one is actually indicted for those scandals, what’s wrong with that? I’d actually be happy to have her as president rather than those trapos (Binay, Mar) planning to be candidates.

Jim DiGriz
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A little off topic, but going back to that time…. If the opposition would have been smart, they would have supported Lacson. But no, they had to go with FPJ, another airhead actor who would have been easy to control/handle. Lacson would not have been. I say if they would have supported Lacson full blast, GMA would have lost. Maybe we would have another country today. At least Lacson would have instilled some heavy handed discipline, something that is entirely missing in this country today.

Jose F Gamos
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Did you say FPJ was unqualified to run? If so, why did the COMELEC allow it. You implied that FPJ was uneducated and unprepared for the job, but who is? The economists in the past and present President who tolerated massive corruption and plunder of public coffers?

joeld
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Comelec allowed it because constitution mandated it. Section 2. No person may be elected President unless he is a natural-born citizen of the Philippines, a registered voter, able to read and write, at least forty years of age on the day of the election, and a resident of the Philippines for at least ten years immediately preceding such election. But if this is your only basis for qualifying your president, then even manong magtataho down the street can be president. But would you want that? Multinational companies scrutinize job applicants. This is to make sure that the person they will… Read more »
john c. jacinto
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it’s so obvious the blogger is pushing for macoy junior. marcos pa rin daw.

Johnny Derp
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Right so you think the blogger is for Marcos just because she has successfully debunked all your yellow propaganda?
That reeks of desperation.

What a shame.

Go cry in the corner since you are already a laughing stock like your fellow malacañang trolls that have failed before in attacking this site.

celso simbajon
Guest

FPJ is unfit for President? then who’s fit? There are 3 ways to win election: 1) vote buying 2) cheating 3) Popularity.
Anyways, what is the difference between a candidate who spend too much just to gain popularity to voters and to one who has been popular for being a celebrity and his good deeds? Maybe for those who take the negative side would say “celebrities are not qualified” while TRAPOS would.

Kenneth
Guest

Not all that you see in the TV is true nor the characteristics of celebrities being portrayed. They are actors, you will never know if they tell truth nor lies.

All of celebrities are not qualified as a public servants, they do not have the needed skills, educational background, nor knowledge of the constitution.

What’s the difference? None. They are all the same, that uses the sympathy of the moronic masses for their own personal gain.

Jim DiGriz
Guest

If you would know the work attitude that FPJ had when making movies you would not question why he’s not fit to run for office. FPJ was an uneducated, lazy drunkard. There, you asked for it!

Gogs
Member

That’s the pinoy way. Those are pinoy values.

Thunderbutt
Guest

Jim digris
The true leader can be seen as follows
1. One wife only
2. one wife only
3. one wife only
Now go and search all trapos except pnoy
A man having multiple kabit like erap,FPJ
showing only a real Macho,nothing else

Confused
Guest

He own the FPJ production that’s why is is always the good guy side..He knows the outcome of being a hero in the fantasy word..poor people (not an educated one) will respect him
because they belive what they seen on his created movies. Lying about Grace true parents is another matter to think..Susan need ABS CBN support to brainwash the masses of the true parents on grace

Kenneth
Guest

I’m quite surprised up till now how she managed to win, and not only that, how did she became on the top. With no platforms, no vision and no plan, she did it with just a photo of her father.

Off topic, this is really bugging me, have anyone of you saw the ad of Taguig? Similar to “Ganito kami sa Makati”. It’s very annoying…

Gogs
Member
I do not turn on local TV. So I avoid all ads. Enough things annoy me the rest of the time why add to it? I am a distinct minority I admit since those ads do work on other people. Somebody cracks a joke with a punchline from a commercial and they get no reaction from me. I remember passing by a tv one time and there was an ad to elect Tatad and it had the hit song at the time “Taralets” if I recall. What does he have to do with that??? Just goes to show you the… Read more »
Jim DiGriz
Guest

The HORROR!

domo
Guest

Yeah I saw that ad by alan peter cayetano and my eyes and ears are bleeding for seeing and hearing that douche.

Confused
Guest

How about the Binay moves to manila.U think he can “Ganito kami sa Manila” slogan

Carlo P. Gonzaga
Guest

To apply for some rank and file positions in the government, qualification ranges from some college education to 4 year education and passed the civil service exams, non-pro or professional but the Constitution allows uneducated candidates to public service and governed? I think the qualifications for elected officials must be raised to at least college level. So unfair for us, government employees who are required with these qualifications while while candidates for elected positions are not.

Gogs
Member

I remember passing by a Wendy’s and they posted ad for delivery person. I swear the standards could not be met by FPJ and Erap.

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