Original sin: the hypocrisy of the pro-Mar, pro-Aquino, anti-Marcos groups

Before we begin, let’s delve into a little bit of set theory. Let’s define three distinct sets/groups in Filipino society. Yes, they all exist.

First, the pro-Mar group. This set consists of those whose net political inclination is to back and support Liberal Party (LP) candidate Mar Roxas and his campaign for the presidency for whatever reason.

Next, we define the pro-Aquino group. This set is composed of Filipinos who have taken the side of the Aquino family, right or wrong, and regardless of which Aquino politician is currently relevant. Generally speaking, those in this group were supporters of the late Cory Aquino, and have transferred their support to the son, outgoing president Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III.

Finally, but not the least, we look at the anti-Marcos group. Among them you will find mostly those whose relatives or colleagues were either victims or casualties of the Martial Law era, during the time of the late president Ferdinand Marcos. There are probably also some in this group who oppose Marcos without knowing why they should.

Here, we concern ourselves with the intersection of all three groups, from here on referred to as The Subject. For argument’s sake, I defined each group as distinct from the others, although in reality, one can be forgiven for thinking that all three groups are one and the same.

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The anti-Marcos part of The Subject has been generating a lot of clamor to oppose the vice-presidential run of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., under the slogan Never Again. That is, never again should a Marcos be allowed to sit in Malacañang. Unfortunately for them, as GRP webmaster benign0 has pointed out, the noise they make ultimately highlights their lack of a vision. They don’t even seem to have an idea of what they want a future Philippines to be; they merely emphasize what, to them, it shouldn’t be, and who must not be in a position of authority.

The pro-Aquino group part of The Subject will defend its “royal family” to the death. BS Aquino was supposedly going to be a good president because Cory, to them, was. Noynoy, Cory and their other kin have never done wrong, can never do wrong, and when things do go awry, it’s always someone else’s fault. Their favorite whipping posts have been, aside from the Marcoses, the Arroyos.

Because Mar Roxas was endorsed by BS Aquino as the LP candidate, the “can-do-no-wrong cleanliness” of the Aquinos suddenly applies to him as well. This is perhaps the starkest point being emphasized by the pro-Mar group. Therein stands out the dogma, after all; if endorsing Mar was a mistake (hint: it was), then BS Aquino has made a mistake, and to ever even suggest that BS Aquino makes a mistake will get you branded a heretic.

Enter the concept of original sin.

Religion class for Christians and Catholics teaches that because Adam and Eve sinned against God in the Garden of Eden, all of their descendants – basically the entire human race – are tainted with their sin. And thus all babies must be baptized in order for the original sin to be washed away.

In the same way, The Subject will forever keep on insisting that because Marcos was supposedly such a vile, despotic dictator, the survivors of Ferdinand Sr., and all future generations of Marcoses, are tainted with the “original sin” of the deceased. Bongbong will be a bad president simply because he is his father’s son. No amount of baptism, no amount of ice buckets being dumped on the Marcoses’ heads will ever be able to wash away this sin, especially since incessantly reminding Filipinos of “the dark Marcos years” and how “they were saved by Cory and friends” is what keeps the Aquinos relevant.

The other side of the coin was mentioned earlier. Because Cory is a saint to the pro-Aquino group – this belief is not to be questioned at all times – BS Aquino is, too. And because BS Aquino chose Mar Roxas, then Mar is immaculate. End of discussion.

BS Aquino’s lame duck, limp dick presidency, however, is anything but untainted. Countless lives have been needlessly lost due to his government’s incompetence. All one has to do is mention the Luneta Hostage incident, the mismanagement and unnecessary politicization of Typhoon Haiyan relief operations, and the 44 dead from the Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP). Filipinos should not ignore either, the attempt by BS Aquino’s “peace panel” to hand over to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) a sizable portion of Mindanao, never mind that certain provisions were dubious and possible violations of the Constitution. They were negotiating, as equals, with an insurgent group, for crying out loud.

Mar Roxas is no slouch when it comes to the screw-ups department. Filipinos continue to blame him for the breakdown of the Mass Railway Transit (MRT) commuter train system, and supposedly with good reason; shady deals which replaced the maintenance contractor with a dubious one were approved during his term, and were continued under his successor in the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), Jun Abaya. Mar also figures significantly in the botched Haiyan relief operations because of his episode with Tacloban mayor Alfred Romualdez (“you must remember that you are a Romualdez and the president is an Aquino”). Mar was also seemingly bypassed by BS Aquino in the planning and execution of the operation in Mamasapano (the “misencounter”), yet he continued to defend his boss. He also downplayed the bullet-planting operations (tanim-bala) done by personnel in the Manila International Airport (“kung nagpasok ka ng contraband sa airport, paano naging problema ng gobyerno yun?“).

Therein lies the hypocrisy. The pro-Mar, pro-Aquino, anti-Marcos groups would like Filipinos to believe that the Marcos survivors and descendants are forever “unclean” for simply breathing and carrying the clan name, yet overlooking mistakes committed consciously by the Aquinos and Mar is perfectly acceptable. The double standard being applied here only serves to highlight the stark difference in the nature of each side’s transgressions.

Even if, for argument’s sake, Bongbong were grown enough back in the 80’s to decide to oppose his father, and now could simply apologize for his father’s crimes, why are Filipinos expecting him to do something they themselves wouldn’t? Opposing one’s parents is considered a cardinal sin in Filipino society.

Let’s apply the same standard to the Aquinos. Where is the clamor for BS Aquino to apologize for his mother’s incompetence? Where is the clamor for Mar to apologize for his failures and BS Aquino’s failure of government? What makes the need for Mar to apologize even more poignant is that he chose to continue Daang Matuwid instead of be his own man.

There won’t be any, because generations of Filipinos have been indoctrinated into the dogmatic belief of “Aquino good, Marcos bad”. And this dogma is extended to whomever the Aquinos have pointed to as The Enemy. Gibo Teodoro and Renato Corona have had the misfortune of being tainted simply because of their association with Gloria Arroyo.

This is indeed hypocrisy, if viewed from the lens of accountability as an idea. Because Filipinos, however, are unable to graduate from thinking in terms of personalities, to them there is no double standard.

This is simply how things are done in the Philippines, and it is not likely to change for a long, long time.

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770Toro007Hyden9999.99
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“Never Again” is a YellowTard mentality. How about the treasonous case of Benigno Aquino, Sr. during World War II. He was responsible for the murder and torture of Filipino Guerillas by the Japanese Militarists occupiers. Aquino’s KALIBAPI Party were composed of spies and traitors. How about Benigno Aquino, Jr., NPA support, together with Cory Aquino support to the NPA. The Mendiola massacre is far worse, than Marcos Martial Law. The Hacienda Luisita massacre. The Maguindanao massacre, overlooked by Aquino. Now, the 44 SAF, heroes massacre. These “Never Again” people are paid by Aquino and Mar Roxas, to perpetuate: the Oligarchy,… Read more »
Celestino Manrique II
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Celestino Manrique II

If Bongbong Marcos is to be held accountable for his father’s sins, then Noynoy Aquino is to be held accountable for Hacienda Luisita, Mendiola, the NPA support, the Malaysia backdoor deal, and the sellout during the Japanese war.

Danny Dela Cruz
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No to Pnoy,Mar Roxas, and the Anti Marcos Groups. Hindi na kami paloloko sa inyo. Gising na ang Bayan. Kami ang Silent Majority ay Gising na. Kaming mga OFWs, mga Manggagawang talo ng Endo system, kaming mga Senior Citizen na di pinakinggan ng walang Pusong si Pnoy; kaming nga pamilya ng SAF 44 na pinagpalit ni Pnoy sa MILF dahil sa Pera ay Hindi ma bigyan ng Hustisya; kaming mahihirap na di tinitingnan kaya walang habas na I binenta ng Aquino government ang nga government hospitals at ariarian sa mga cronies ng Aquino ; kaming mga mahihirap na mamamayan ay… Read more »
Nancy Leongas
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Tama gumising na kayu noon paman alam nnmin sasadsad ang pinas oras maupo ang Aquino kc sila ang punotdulo ng rebellion sa pinas.bulok at mg aagaw ng kban ng bay an,sila sang totoong magnanakaw kc Hindi sila pilipino kundi mga sing kit .walang puso yan tingnan mo nman yan cris Aquino unggetera suot pla mga alahas ni emilda.

BongPanda
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Mga Pro-Marcos Loyalists pa revise ang history to forget about Martial Law. So Martial Law was paradise a wonderful period. Defend Marcos apologia.

Yoshikage Kira
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TROLL.

It’s not about revising history but everyone wants to tell you that Martial law is just two sides of the same coin. So years after Martial law is paradise and wonderful period.

If I were you, son, please take that faggotry to somewhere else. You have no idea what you’re talking about. Thanks for telling me that you are clueless.

Juzoboy
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Says the faggman who thinks that the post Marcos years are wonderful and considered as paradise. While in reality, it’s the opposite. The next time you reply is when somebody asks you about the Mendiola Massacre you’ll say “a wonderful event.”

Son, congratulations. You just went FULL RETARD with what you wrote. 🙂

Tony Valenciano
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The hypocrisy of the Yellow Horde feeding at the hands of Pnoy and Mar as the campaign heats up is lamentable as a feature of our republic’s political exercise! Let us focus on ” Nation Building ” which was shelve as the rightful of good governance and so let us vote for those who places on top of their agenda ” Nation Building “!

nick
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Iyan ang tinatawag na “PIKITMATANG SUPORTA.” Sakit na talaga ng Pilipino iyan kahit noon pa. Isang halimbawa diyan ay yung pagdaraos ng Black Nazarene na alam na alam na ng mga deboto na napakadelikadong tradisyon sa buhay ng tao sapagkat napakaraming nangangamatay sa tuwing idinadaos ang walang kabuluhang tradisyon na iyan. Pero bakit ginagawa parin nila? Ano ba sabi ng Diyos sa Bible? “SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES”, kung nais niyong malaman ang katotohanan basahin niyo ang Bibliya. Kaya palala ng palala angf sakit ng mga Pilipino ay dahil tamad magsaliksik ng katotohanan at mas pinipili pang makinig sa sabi-sabi kaya lalong… Read more »
J-F
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It’s not only that Marcos survivors and his descendants are forever “unclean” for simply breathing and carrying the clan name. By association, the Romualdezes of Leyte shouldn’t likewise and must not be in a position of authority.

.The original sin hypocrisy. Wow, what a logic! I was wondering what had their ascendants done for these children to live their lives comfortably.

benign0
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Using mathematical set theory in social commentary is a real bitch — because it brings across the confronting reality of one’s real place in the overall scheme of things. It’s often a sad reality to face.

Irineo B. R. Salazar
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Confucius said: the superior man has no factions… meaning he has his own independent opinion. Which is why I don’t join any group of Filipinos, not your place even if you invited me, not Joe even if he invited me. Groucho Marx said I never would join any club that would want me as a member. Filipinos everywhere tend to be so weak-ass that they cluster in groups… now shouldn’t we all look at ourselves benign0? I’ve been called yellow by Marcos folks, a loyalist by Aquino fanatics, and crazy. The stigma of being alone is totally fine by me.… Read more »
benign0
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Good to know you would rather be alone with your personal convictions than in a choir singing from the same page with minds imprisoned by the hive dogma.

More importantly, you seek critical evaluation of said convictions from a diverse set of communities by laying out your ideas clearly on the table for all to scrutinise. What more could one ask of a person who takes the right approach and mindset over the course of his journey of intellectual discovery?

jherald
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the hypocrisy of etta rosales..as one of the victim of mendiola massacre 1987, so unfortunate that she didn’t belong to the fatal casualties of the carnage…

Aeta
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Hindsight being 20/20, Marcos was the best thing that has ever happened to the Failipppines. The only ones who hated the Marcoses are the ones who did not get what they wanted during his reign. Today, these anti-Marcos regime finally got what they wanted, and look how they fucked up the whole country to serve themselves. Go ahead arrogant and selfish Failipinos. Keep sucking up to the Chinese–and the modern “sosyal” lifestyle of condominiums and shopping malls they’ve sold you on–and let us see how far it takes you. To Hell, I hope, while your new Chinese master drains your… Read more »
Irineo B. R. Salazar
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Not quite true… his regime harrased quite a lot of intellectuals. The stupidification of the country started then.. the first malls, sleazy bomba movies… we were teens and knew it wasn’t advisable to look to smart and so we started acting stupid… those after us I guess were a bit more stupid and acted more stupid… so the momentum of what started during Marcos times continued after he left… including the growth of slums that was due to the civil war in the countryside… both Marcos and the Communists heated up the conflict.. instead of blaming or praising one family… Read more »
Aeta
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Irineo B. R. Salazar,

How do you jump from “Bomba” movies to Napoleon and Josephine of the French Revolution to Erap/Arroyo/Aquino in describing Marcos?

Your explanation is fleeting, at worse, and non-applicable, at best.

Suggestion: give a comparison that are more parallel and valid before you convince anyone.

Aeta

Aeta
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Irineo B. R. Salazar,

How do you jump from “Bomba” movies to Napoleon and Josephine of the French Revolution to Erap/Arroyo/Aquino in describing Marcos?

Your explanation is fleeting, at worse, and non-applicable, at best.

Suggestion: give a comparison that is more parallel and valid before you can convince anyone of your rationale.

Aeta

benign0
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@Irineo: Perhaps. But this supposed stupidification of the Philippines was carried on by Cory Aquino and the Cult of Yellow that came to surround her and her clan. Not only did they carry it on, they took that stupidification campaign to new heights and embedded the mentality deeper in Da Pinoy psyche than any previous regime had. So now, the process is all but complete. The crop of idiots running for the presidency is proof of this. Filipinos’ embrace of national stupidity is such that they actually continue to pompously debate the merits and demerits of each candidate as if… Read more »
vagoneto rieles
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We could wait for an apology from Aquino and Roxas up ’til the pigs learn to fly; but that’s not going to happen. That will betray a weakness. All politicians, guilty or not, know only too well that a show of weakness just invites further aggression.. so why should they. They will simply deny, or muddle up the issue until everyone is confounded. What’s more, like Napoles’ three Senators, they could just say “prove it”. So, good luck with that. On the matter of the ‘original sin’ of Bong-Bong.. his mother’s and sisters’ too.. it isn’t that they are guilty… Read more »
Irineo B. R. Salazar
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Correct… there are international cases on the Marcos loot and a lot was proven, some of it is being auctioned off at the moment.

The reality is that Marcos caused galloping inflation by printing money like mad.. the inflation was highest in 1984 this is proven. Yes he had a lot of infra projects but he put the country in heavy debt which had to be paid to the IMF / World Bank. Well being an utangero is a Filipino trait.

Aeta
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Irineo B. R. Salazar,

Here is an example of comparison that I would like you to make. Compare what Marcos stole when he was in power to what the post-1986 political and business oligarchs have stolen–and will continue to steal–from the Failippines.

Then compare the quality of life of the average Failipinos when Marcos was in power to what it is today.

Convince all of us on this forum on those two comparisons and I will accept your argument that Marcos was a total asshole compared to all the assholes we have today.

Aeta

ricelander
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Try watching these Irineo Salazar:

Link to YouTube video

Link to YouTube video

What do you think?

ricelander
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“…he had a lot of infra projects but he put the country in heavy debt which had to be paid to the IMF / World Bank.” _____________________________ It is called deficit spending, you spend more than you collect. You borrow to fill up the deficit. Now, it depends on where you are spending on. In the case of Marcos, infra. Today, because of a slack in infrastructure spending for the last three decades, we are feeling the effects. In fact, experts attribute much of our problem to this huge backlog in infra development. Now infra is big spending. You need… Read more »
benign0
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Funding infrastructure projects with debt is actually an act of optimism — because you are generally assuming that the $ value of the productivity gains enabled by the infrastructure you are building will fund the servicing of the debt that funded it. There should be more analysis on whether the economic managers of the 1970s were, in fact, making decisions on the basis of the best information available at the time. If what ricelander is saying is correct — that funds were abundant and cheap — then it made sense at the time to fund deficit spending with debt rather… Read more »
ricelander
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“The reality is that Marcos caused galloping inflation by printing money like mad.. the inflation was highest in 1984 this is proven.”
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You are making a very serious accusation. Printing money is a most sensitive matter. You do not just print money, let alone print money like mad, because of its encompassing consequences. Care for some references or proof?

Or are you assuming that because there was galloping inflation, Marcos must have been printing money like mad?

vagoneto rieles
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Whether Marcos was printing money or not is not the ‘burning issue’. Inflation, which is the result of depressed productivity, (which practically ground to a halt in the private sector then), on the other hand, would ‘do a country in’; and it did. The fact is, during the Marcos years, there were three ‘defacto devaluations’. Money then became little more than wallpaper. It was a cartel of rich Chinese merchants, ‘the Binondo Central Bank’ that kept the economy afloat. The shrinking economy was just one of the ‘blights’ of that regime. The Marcos years, I agree, are best viewed from… Read more »
ricelander
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The galloping inflation in the early 80s were triggered by two crisis: the debt crisis which started in the Latin America countries and the assassination of Ninoy. Add to this the threat of IMF not to lend anymore money unless Marcos gave in to their demands, some of which were for him to increase taxes and stop his expensive industrialization projects. Crisis of this proportion normally cause the appreciation of dollars (thus depreciation of the peso) as funds look for secure shelter. The crisis was so bad indeed the value of the peso dived so steeply so that the value… Read more »
Virtual Vigilante
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Irineo, bravo and keep up the fight! I find it unbelievable / astounding that you are even having this exchange regarding Marcos. Bottom line is, Marcos makes all other corrupt politicians in Philippine history seem like kindergarden kids. Read the following: http://getrealphilippines.com/blog/2012/09/martial-law-in-the-philippines-but-heres-the-point/ The passing years appear to have erased any sense of magnitude or gravitas to the crimes of Marcos and his cronies. Simple lang yung kaso ni Bong Bong. Ibalik mo yung ninakaw ng magulang mo at ng pinagsasaan mo buong buhay mo na hanggang ngayon ay binabayaran ang kampanya mo . . . tapos hayaan natin umiral yung… Read more »
ricelander
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I posted a Youtube link above in reply to Irineo Salazar. Care to watch it, just for fun if you wish, and make a comment?

ricelander
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“Irineo, bravo and keep up the fight!”
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Haha, great, when you fight, you do not put up one jab then scamper away.

brando
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Iba ang standard of justice sa mga tanga gaya ni cory at anak nyang noynoying, pag nagkamali, tingin ng mga iba nating kababayan, normal lang. Pero pag ang nagkamali ay matalinong lider gaya ni Marcos, walang patawad. Nasaan ang hustisya?

mary ann triolo
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Ang totoo nyan ayaw ng aquino na muling tumaas ang ranggo ng marcos sa gobyerno hindi dahil sa pabulaan ng martial law kundi takot sila na malaman ng mundo na ang kasaysayan ng edsa at ng mga cojuanco aquino ay puno ng kasinungalingan at pagkukunwari sa madlang pilipino.

Add
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The incumbent president of South Korea is Ms Park Geun Hye. Who is she? She is the daughter of the dictator Park Chung Hee, who was said to be an admirer of our Ferdinand Marcos Sr. (FM), his contemporary. Like all the dictators of that age, Park Chung Hee too is accused of corruption and human rights violations. Like Indonesia’s Suharto, Park Chung Hee is also of military background. In 1979, Park Chung Hee was assasinated by the chief of his own security. Today, some Koreans believe it was the CIA that got through the mind of the assassin. Park… Read more »
vagoneto rieles
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This is an excellent dissertation on the history of the South East Asian region with a few references to areas farther afield. I can’t be sure, though, that it cleanses Bong-Bong and his clan, or (leastwise), the Ferdinand Marcos years. A) Park Chung Hee’s daughter is not a dictator.. indeed; but what has this got to do with the price of rice? FM’s son is a different quantity altogether. What’s the connection? B) So..the Ilocos region has full employment, and an ISO-900 certification. Is this Bong-Bong’s doing solely? Isn’t the credit due to the managers of local industry? I guess… Read more »
707Hyden007Toro99999.99
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707Hyden007Toro99999.99
@vagoneto rieles: Marcos reign is past…it is history. Aquino’s reign is the present. We are staring on him of what he has done to the country. This tactic of Aquino of diverting the issue against him, and blaming Marcos, is “lumang tugtugin na”…panahon pa ni Cory Aquino, yun. Kumagat naman ang mga mangmang na Pilipino. We want these Politicians, running for offices, to present to us: (1) What can they do to improve the dismal conditions of our country. (2) How will they solve the problems of our country.(3) How to remove Feudalism, and implement Land Reform. (4) How to… Read more »
Add
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@vagoneto rieles A) “…. what has this got to do with the price of rice?” >>Ask the Ilocanos who elected Bongbong as governor. They will tell you there are no hungry people in Ilocos. “FM’s son is a different quantity …What’s the connection?” >>> Well, the Yellows keep repeating ad infinitum that the apple falls not far from the tree, don’t they? B) I don’t know if you have experienced getting an ISO-9000 certification. It’s a real bitch, I tell you. Other LGUs are still trying to get one, but they still don’t have it. “Is this Bong-Bong’s doing solely?”… Read more »
WinterSoldier
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This is a total win. Thank you for this post. Very helpful.

perry mayson
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AQUINOS SUCK!! THEY ARE THE BIGGEST MISTAKE IN THE HISTORY OF THE PHILIPPINES,, IN THE HISTORY OF MISTAKES,, IN THE HISTORY OF SUCKING!!

aguinaldo
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So kung ako galit kay Marcos maka-Aquino agad ako? Parang sinabi rin ninyo na kung galit ako sa ABS-CBN ay maka-GMA din ako. Napakalaking katangahan naman itong analohiya. Kung gusto ninyo kay Marcos pumunta kayo sa Tsina at North Korea, huwag niyong idamay ang ibang mga tao dito sa Pilipinas.

WinterSoldier
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>>>North Korea is a TRUE Communist country.

>>>China has an OPEN ECONOMY and they were now one of the rising economies in the world. And they even hosted the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Mali rin ang analogy mo, bord. As expected from an EMOFAGGING.

Poil
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Pareparehas lang ang mga yan (Romualdez-Marcos, Cojuangco-Aquino, etc.), nakakasawa na. Kailan kaya magsasawa ang iba. Tama naman ang mga sinabi ni Irineo B. R. Salazar. Sana nga dumami ang mga Pilipino na katulad mo mag-isip. Oo nga pala, tanong ko lang. Kung traydor si Benigno Aquino Sr. traydor din ba si Jose P. Laurel?

d_forsaken
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Failippines history is that certainty produced at the point where the imperfections of memory meet the inadequacies of documentation.

MMS
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What I don’t get is how some of these “Never Again” activists can turn a blind eye on the atrocities committed under both Aquino administrations. What about Mendiola Massacre? Mamasapano? Where were these “Never Again” activists on the demand for justice on the victims of these particular incidents. Apparently, they didn’t make the same fuss about Mendiola Massacre (29th anniversary just a month ago) as compared to Bongbong’s Vice Presidential Bid. Marcos is no saint, but to vilify him, and not do the same to the Aquinos reeks of hypocrisy. If Bongbong’s last name isn’t Marcos, I doubt that these… Read more »
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