The Choice is Clear: Mar and Leni for 2016

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On Grace and Chiz

I would have voted for Grace Poe if she had run for Vice President in 2016. I probably would have voted for Grace Poe if she had proceeded to run for President in 2022. But I decided NOT to vote for Grace Poe in 2016 after she selected Chiz Escudero as her Vice Presidential running mate.

In a nutshell, Chiz is a snake oil salesman. He even looks and sounds the part with his beady eyes and glib tongue. His entire political career is predicated on babbling sweet nothings. His father was a crony of Marcos. He was and probably still is the lapdog of Danding Cojuangco—can you die already please . . . alongside JPE, Imelda, Erap and Maceda (I’ve been wanting to say that for a long time). He accepts a generous wedding gift from Bobby Ongpin—another former crony of Marcos and a very current money launderer extraordinaire. That’s enough for me to determine that this Chiz is a seriously compromised individual—a weasel trying to pass himself off as a statesman.

Poe’s selection of Chiz, indeed her decision to run for President in 2016, reveals the plain and simple reality that Grace Poe is the quintessential individual who knows just enough to be dangerous. She has a good grasp of the political game. She panders to the “constituency” of FPJ. She mouths-off the obvious. Her platform is an amalgamation of motherhood statements that purport to solutions. Then again, what can you expect from an Assumption College colegiala who is typically oriented by the nuns to marry themselves off to the most eligible bachelor in sight?

Prior to Grace’s stint at the Philippine Senate, she was, among other things, a US government employee and probably a good one. I think she would make an excellent executive assistant, much like Carly Fiorina during the early days of her career, but as the CEO of Philippines Inc.? A whole lot more seasoning is required. She does “tug at the heart”—no question about that. But we don’t need a Cory Aquino to oust a deeply entrenched Marcos Dictatorship in 2016.

It’s just as well that Grace Poe is being bogged-down by these disqualification cases, which will either disqualify her unequivocally in the 2016 presidential race or, in the process, curtail her ability to raise the badly needed funds to fuel a winning presidential campaign. Either way, her aspirations are effectively dead in the water for now. If she persists in hobbling along, there is the benefit of taking away votes from Binay—much the same way Erap’s nuisance candidacy saved us from a Villar presidency.

My advice to Grace: drop your presidential bid in 2016, endorse Mar and Leni, stick around the political landscape and try to hang-out with less sleazy figures (drop Chiz for sure), because you may come in handy in the off-chance that Binay becomes President in 2016 and tries to overstay beyond 2022—one can never underestimate the overwhelming stupidity of the Filipino voter.

On Duterte

I would have voted Duterte for President in 2016 based on the fantasy of Duterte, which, unfortunately, turned out to be just that—a fantasy. In our desperation as a nation for a quick-fix, Duterte represented anti-crime, peace and order, anti-graft and corruption, swift justice.

Under Duterte, I was sure that the likes of JPE, Gigi Reyes, Jinggoy, Bong Revilla, GMA, Napoles, the Ampatuans, the Binays, the Marcoses, among others, would rot in prison until the death penalty was reinstated—after which they would all be hanged for plunder. I was even OK with the notion of being caught in the cross-fire—a casualty of war, if you will, in the context of Duterte’s aggressive campaign against crime.  A few innocent lives, including my own, were worth sacrificing, as long as the criminals (and I mean low-level and high-level criminals) were substantially wiped-out pronto. Then he started to reveal himself . . . and he imploded. The Legend of Duterte quickly morphed into Duterte, Your Worst Nightmare!

“Duterte bats for hero’s burial for FM, house arrest for GMA.” There goes the anti-graft and corruption campaign. Under Duterte, Filipinos will be choked on lies and denied justice for the nth time. I’m sorry but I cannot possibly support—much less sacrifice myself—to a coddler of super-crooks and plunderers.

“If the Comelec were to disqualify him from the presidential race, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he will support Vice President Jejomar Binay.” That’s just unacceptable. It goes to show that Duterte’s anti-graft and corruption stance is an outright lie. Sinungaling siya.

Bingo Soriano’s open Christmas letter to Mar Roxas dated December 25, 2015 hit the nail on the head when he characterized Duterte as a “bully” who imposes himself on the weak but sucks-up to the powerful. In other words, Duterte is no better than a low-level ass-licking political hoodlum.

“Duterte wants Algebra, Calculus, Trigonometry replaced with Business Math.” What kind of moronic idea is that? It appears Duterte has done well for Davao City. As the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Let’s keep Duterte in Davao.

On Bong Bong

In my generation, Bong Bong, Imee, Irene, Imelda or Marcos translates to unspeakable human rights abuses and stupendous unrecovered ill-gotten wealth. That is the plain and simple truth and no amount of revisionist history or ignorance of the millennials is going to change that. Hence, I am astounded that Bong Bong has even made it to the Philippine Senate, much less rank as highly as he does in the vice presidential race in 2016. It is a catastrophic failure in our educational, justice and socio-political system that has enabled Bong Bong and, indeed, the Marcos and Romualdez clans to continue to thrive in Philippine politics and society at large—where they would normally have been hung and quartered in other parts of the civilized world (instead of allowed to escape and return with their stolen loot).

If Bong Bong is elected Vice President, then the Philippines does not deserve to exist and we might as well be raped, pillaged and sodomized by China. Read “PCGG throws in the towel”, “Martial Law in the Philippines: But here’s the point”,“The Recovery of Marcos’ Loot—A National Imperative!

On Mar and Leni

By process of elimination, it becomes apparent that Mar is the only viable candidate for President in 2016 or, as Bingo Soriano so unceremoniously puts it, Mar is the “default candidate”. Rather than lament the dearth of choices for a President or whine about the defects of Mar, we really should focus on his positive attributes.

“Ama ng IT-BPO” or Father of the Philippine IT-BPO Industry is no exaggeration when referring to Mar. Today, the sector employs nearly 1.2 million Filipinos and contributes over US$21 billion annually to the national economy.

“Walang bahid ng katiwalian.” In all his years of public service, Mar has not been tainted by allegations of corruption. Similar to P-Noy, Mar happens to belong to a privileged family and has probably never wanted for any material thing throughout his life. It has all been about public service and family honor. No wonder Mar has not been connected with any corrupt schemes alarmingly typical in government service.

Leni Robredo, Mar’s vice presidential running mate, widow of former DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo and, in her own right, a genuine and unassuming public servant who will most assuredly serve as a strong partner and a solid reality check in a Mar Roxas Administration.

If the alternatives were simply mediocre in comparison to Mar, then I wouldn’t lose sleep over the 2016 presidential elections. The problem is, the alternatives to Mar are downright disastrous and catastrophic (i.e., Duterte and Binay). Read “Jejomar Binay: Unworthy to be President”,“Jejomar Binay is the Mutt to Beat”, “Jail Jejomar Binay Now!”, “The Three Kings of UNA

The choice at hand is NOT excellent versus good. It’s NOT outstanding versus satisfactory. It’s NOT exemplary versus passable. The choice at hand is much more stark and may be characterized as acceptable versus unacceptable, pass or fail . . . GOOD versus EVIL. Like it or not, in the parlance of Star Wars, Mar and Leni are the Jedi Knights that must vanquish the Dark Forces of Duterte and Binay.

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William Jackson
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Question, what does a vice president actually do? I wonder why someone would overlook Poe graduating from a notable USA university with a degree in political science, who wants to instal CCTV in every government office, and pass the most important law needed here in the Philippines the Freedom of Information Act (which lets anyone be able to see what the government is really doing)? I agree she should be voted for in 2022, if not ruled eligible this time. I disagree that she would make a good VP to any president right now, because it might influence her thoughts… Read more »
Ilda
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Voting for Mar Roxas will result in continuation of the same inutile Aquino government Supporters of Mar who keep saying that he was responsible for the success of the BPO industry are wrong. The former head of the country’s association of business processing leaders can attest to this. According to Oscar R. Sanez, former CEO of the IT and Business Processing Association of the Philippines, it was former President Gloria Arroyo who “laid the successful model that led to the growth of the BPO industry” in the country: http://www.mb.com.ph/gma-laid-successful-model-leading-to-bpo-growth-says-business-processing-leader/ Sanez stressed that the progressive BPO industry owes much of its… Read more »
NogNog Binayaran
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We should not forget that Roxas was the one who filed Senate Bill 103 which amended Republic Act 8424 and thereby exempting minimum wage earners from paying income tax. Moreover, as a senator, he pushed in 2008 for the suspension of E-Vat on oil or gasoline prices to give relief to Filipinos as prices of oil soars in world market during that year. Thus, no one can rightfully accuse Roxas of being anti-poor or being insensitive to the plight of the Filipino people. Not the misguided online trolls, not the Manila Times and definitely not Sen. Chiz Escudero.

Virtual Vigilante
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Nognog Binayaran, you said it right regarding online trolls. I don’t believe I’ve come across such a proliferation of misguided, ignorant, small-minded, utterly useless perspectives (more like verbal diarrhea of miserable unintelligent naval-gazers). Makes me want to spray a ton of the Ebola virus in a Binay and Duterte rally.

Ilda
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Mar Roxas is part of the Philippines’ problem and will not be an effective president Voting for Mar Roxas for example, who is a member of the oligarchy, will be a total waste of this opportunity. Since Mar promised to continue current President Benigno Simeon Aquino’s Daang Matuwid mantra, the voters should avoid Mar like the plague. Daang Matuwid is nothing but a public relations slogan concocted by people who do not have substance. It has gone way past its use-by date. Mar’s performance during his stint as Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Department… Read more »
NogNog Binayaran
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Mar was the government’s chief advocate to facilitate the growth of the BPO industry.Mar saw and harnessed the potential of the Philippines as a global e-services hub. He launched ‘Make IT Philippines’ and organized the first IT-enabled services (ITES) to the US which inevitably led to the biggest global industry names to invest in the country The BPO Industry in the Philippines today represents about 1 million direct jobs, generates billions in revenues, and places the Philippines “Number 1” in the world for English speaking outsourced work. It is the fuel behind Manila’s current economic boom and residential tower construction.
JOEAM

NogNog Binayaran
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Hand-in-hand with Tuwid na Daan I expect the government to achieve concrete and measurable accomplishments in: (1) livelihood, (2) education, (3) health, (4) peace and order, (5) the environment and (6) administration. These are the six pillars of Mar Roxas and the Liberal Party’s vision of the good life for our people.I consider good health, sustained education, peace and order and competent administration as pre-conditions to, and at the same time the results of, decent livelihood and protected environment.Mar Roxas said Tuwid na Daan is not only a catalyst but the primary element of our governance. It is the “how… Read more »
Ilda
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Your choice of President lacks diplomatic skills: Sec. Mar Roxas character exposed in interview with CNN’s Andrew Stevens at Yolanda disaster site “At one point during the interview, Roxas was arguing over the treatment of dead bodies left rotting on the roads. Stevens pointed out that every day, he sees the same decomposing bodies when he passes by the same road on the way to the city. But Roxas vehemently denied they were the same bodies, stopping short of calling Stevens a liar. The DILG Secretary showed his arrogance in that instance. Suffice to say, it is evident that it… Read more »
Delle for. Nessia
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Good read. Pls share

ethel
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A must read. The analogy, I think, is unbiased.

Gogs
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Mar. Served for 3 Presidents by just kissing their asses. No idea how Mar will get rid of evil Binay if 1) no one has 2) no one has even tried all these years except for when elections were around the corner. Mar is just a cheerleader for whatever boss you put in front of him. Zero character. Leni- husband is missing and goon/ bff of her current boss breaks into her husband’s Manila apartment. Yet those are her “friends”? Standards are low we know. Why must you even declare a clear cut winner if they are as low as… Read more »
tomas
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“Leni- husband is missing and goon/ bff of her current boss breaks into her husband’s Manila apartment. Yet those are her “friends”?”

Same exact question I had in my malicious mind. For all you know these friends of hers actually engineered the “crash” so Mar could get the DILG post from her husband. Even in that type of twisted ‘what if’ scenario any rational person would doubt or at least politely decline the offer from those who possible made a martyr out of her husband.

DOUG
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@ Tomas, EVER hear the age old addage:”Keep your friends close BUT keep your enemies even closer.” ? Or how about: If you cant beat them one way try another ,as in ,join ’em, get it ?

Puking Makati
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It’s great that GRP allows those from the other side of the fence to air their views and opinions here in form of *snickers* “pieces” such as this. It makes them show how ignorant and misguided they are.

DOUG
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@ PU KING, HA, that is a laugh.

Puking Makati
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Yes, a good laugh indeed… Abnoytards like you make good fodder for comedy.

ChinoF
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Good one VV, putting into words the very trap that the so-called “thinking” people fall into when they ponder on the choices of the 2016 elections. Very well verbalized. Here’s how to fall into the trap of the propagandists.

conan
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Ahahaha! I this some kind of joke?

Jolibee
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I agree 100 percent. Pure beef patties.

MiauwMing
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Hey GRP! JoeAm is laughing his ass off when reading this.

He must feel vindicated by seeing this posted in GRP.

Talk about eating their own words, beliefs and principle (if GRP had actually any).

benign0
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What’s so “vindicating” about this article? All the author says here is that Mar and Leni become appealing because they are backdropped by a bunch of morons as the author articulates here: If the alternatives were simply mediocre in comparison to Mar, then I wouldn’t lose sleep over the 2016 presidential elections. The problem is, the alternatives to Mar are downright disastrous and catastrophic (i.e., Duterte and Binay). That just means your idea of Mar and Leni winning is the Loser type of mentality — winning because the competition sucks. Indeed, that is where Pinoys are really comfy with —… Read more »
nanonano
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Any opinion about Sen. Miriam Santiago?
She is the only one that fits to lead this sick and dying country, well that is just my opinion.

Virtual Vigilante
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Nanonano, talk about the “sick and dying” leading “this sick and dying country.” That said, your reaction is the only one that suggests another presidential candidate that will be included in the ballot. I respect that. The reality is, a vote for Miriam Santiago is a wasted vote. I quote from “The Lonely Voice”: “Miriam Santiago is a staunch defender of Erap Estrada during his 2001 impeachment trial. Defender is an understatement, attack dog is more apt. She fiercely defended Erap during the trial which culminated with her refusal, along with other Erap allied Senators, to open the second envelope… Read more »
Toby
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Wrong, Beni. You should check the conclusion:

The choice at hand is NOT excellent versus good. It’s NOT outstanding versus satisfactory. It’s NOT exemplary versus passable. The choice at hand is much more stark and may be characterized as acceptable versus unacceptable, pass or fail . . . GOOD versus EVIL. Like it or not, in the parlance of Star Wars, Mar and Leni are the Jedi Knights that must vanquish the Dark Forces of Duterte and Binay.

Claiming that Mar and Leni are the good guys is just downright laughable, even outright reprehensible.

benign0
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That’s what I just said. Read my comment carefully next time before you comment on my comment.

Virtual Vigilante
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Toby, let me guess . . . how about Grace Poe? All I can say is, Chiz and “conflict of interest” oozing all over his orifices and pores–read “How can a 2nd ‘poorest’ senator afford a Balesin wedding?” by Rappler. He can’t help but rub-off all that sleaze and gunk to Poe. With the likes of super-crooks like Bobby Ongpin as their “sponsor”, it’s going to be a never-ending hell of payback at the expense of the Filipino if Payback Poe becomes President.

Gogs
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Joe Am with his words “services” Mar and Noynoy. Look it up yourself. Why should we care what he thinks? You know what he thinks and you really believe GRP as a whole caters to Joe Am? There is a special space in Hades roped off for Noytards why should we cater material to them or you? GRP has a roster of writers including myself who come up with our views individually. Maybe you should look up the definition of the word. Nobody here imposes their view on what I will eventually write and VV is welcome to his point… Read more »
Tokwa
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On Bong Bong

For almost three (3) decades the PCGG failed to prove human rights abuses and ill-gotten wealth, thus I cannot blame other people if they are starting to doubt its veracity.

On Mar

IMHO incompetence negates his “Walang bahid ng katiwalian” persona.

On Leni

IMHO she’s becoming more of a trapo each passing day.

Jim DiGriz
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Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one.

John
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Very good VV. Nice alias. Not necessarily your article. Vote for Mar and Leni to continue the straight path (reality eschewed). Traditional politicians continues.

John
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Bad metaphor. It should have been Evil vs Evil. The question is, the one is doing evil to protect the good ones. The other evil (Mar) is doing evil to protect fellow evil and he wants to appear to be angel(Maybe angel of death).

Peter Aloysius A. Mossesgeld
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6 more years of “daang matuwid” = translation: 6 more years of do-nothing ineptitude coupled with an oligarch’s overtly-entitled indifference and a tendency to mistake photo-ops for real action.

Fuck yeah, after Mar sucks this country dry, we are one tiny step away from being the dumping ground for China’s nuclear waste. By that time, Mar and Korina would be safely ensconced in their Swiss chalet and counting their money

Tank
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All are terrible. Go ahead and vote for Mar. He’s spineless and does whatever his masters tell him to so at the very least, he’s unlikely to be a dictator.

Gogs
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He will quote Noynoy every chance he gets. The guy served under Erap, GMA and Noynoy and never once asserted himself. Just a lifetime of being under. I know now what Korina does with the slippers.For some people being as rock solid as play dough makes him presidential.

Virtual Vigilante
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BenignO, of course you get it. All the whining, whining, whining on Mar . . . fully expected it. In the “big picture” scheme of things, all relatively insignificant in the face of a Duterte or Binay administration . . . I shudder at the thought. Then you have clueless millennial idiots like Tokwa who should be shot on sight. Notwithstanding my belief that GMA is guilty of plunder and should rot in jail together with her husband for the rest of their lives or be executed to death for it, I remain steadfast in supporting GMA for cheating in… Read more »
benign0
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There is merit in the idea that a relatively “stellar” candidate should be voted, presumably applying the “lesser” evil doctrine of choosing Philippine leaders in cases where all the rest suck. I emphasise “relatively” because this is a key word to qualify such a position. I’d disagree with this approach if there were an alternative — e.g., a viable “none-of-the-above” vote that, if that option attracts the majority vote, invalidates the presidential election and, as a result, forces the state to declare the election ‘failed’ and invoke some kind of succession procedure to install an interim government (perhaps to be… Read more »
DOUG
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@ Virtual Vigilante : After at least 8 years of peacefully trying to push for a change for the better in the Phiippines, WHAT HAS ACTUALLY CHANGED for the better? Do you need some time to formulate an answer? I do not, the answer is: After peacefully pushing for change in the Philippines GRP has accomplished NOTHING to effect any sort of change for the better in the country. It should be obvious by now that the only way to change anything in the hell-hole that is the laughing stock of S.E. ASIA is to violently overthrow the seated power… Read more »
Ronald Montemayor
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Oh Doug, Gerry, or whoever you are using another alias trying to drill in your lamebrained ideas to us, you’re another point misser. As benign0 and ChinoF has pointed out a long time ago, the real problem lies not in the politicians, but in the Pinoy people themselves. You surely know what happened after Marcos and Erap don’t you (victims of uprisings)? Different dogs under the same collar replaced them, because Pinoys don’t know any better. It is the Pinoy culture of indolence and ignorance (that severe lack of critical thinking) that has to be changed, because the cycle of… Read more »
Tokwa
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@Virtual Vigilante

“Then you have clueless millennial idiots like Tokwa who should be shot on sight.”

And now you resort to Ad Hominem, that is just priceless…

john
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Amen to this, that’s what vigilante can do when you attack his poor ideas.

Ilda
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It’s so funny how Mar’s supporters think doing his job is already considered “commendable”. Whatever accomplishments he did in the past was part of his duty.

The problem with some Filipinos is they don’t really expect their public servants to work so when they see little accomplishments, they are quick to put that public servant on a pedestal even when he could have done more during his stint in the job.

55Hayden007Toro9999.99
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55Hayden007Toro9999.99

Mar Roxas, a good public servant? My Ass. The writer may had been delusional or is a paid hack of Aquino and Mar Roxas.

Mar Roxas and Aquino are thieves and liars.

Mar Roxas performance as a public servant stinks to high heavens.

The Typhoon Yolanda Relief funds, that was entrusted to him, disappeared.

Mar Roxas supports the MILF/ISIS/AL Queda.

This article is a Joke, and the writer is a JOKER. Only a mentally retarded person will believe this article. Maybe, they are now conditioning our minds for them to cheat on the HOCUS PCOS.

89Hayden007Toro98999.9
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89Hayden007Toro98999.9

The article makes me “vomit”…

DOUG
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As James Hetfield has stated: “KILL ‘EM ALL”.

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