2010: The year of the rise of the Philippine idiocracy!

What a year it has been! 2010 is the year I and many other like-minded people will never forget. As a Filipino, I never thought it was still possible to learn many new things about the culture I was born into. Indeed, every now and then, the things I discover about us never ceases to amaze me. To borrow someone’s metaphor, our culture grew on me like it was a colony of E. coli and I was room-temperature raw pork chops!

What happened since? DAP happened!

What happened since? DAP happened!

There was so much to learn about our dysfunctional culture and, unfortunately, I realised that the reasons why the Philippines is the way it is are not all good. There is never a better time to learn about ourselves than during election seasons. The Presidential election in May revealed a lot of the ugliness of our culture and the mindset of the average Filipino. The revelation that every election ever held in the Philippines is a sham came as a rude shock, like the shock we all felt when typhoon Ondoy revealed the extent and depth of the incompetence of our civil service.

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2010 is the year that the Philippines’ reputation overseas as a “basket case” and a “haven for terrorists” has finally been made official thanks to the WikiLeaks website. Even Hong Kong-based human rights group has come to the conclusion that the Philippines is a “broken and lawless nation.” What a great year ender…Not!

But if you ask the average Filipino what they think about those statements, they will simply shrug it off and say, “tell us something we don’t know!” or “what’s new?” and even worse, “What do those foreigners know, anyway?!”

They say eavesdroppers never hear anything good about themselves but most Filipinos have this ability to hear only good things other people say about our country and about us as a people; not a lot of good things, actually, and yet Filipinos, applying some form of perverse creativity, still manage to magnify these and turn them into spectacular rallying points.

Even if the bad things outnumber the good and are already blatantly obvious to everyone, Filipinos never fail to pin the blame for all the ills in the land to none else but on the usual whipping boys — the “corrupt” and incompetent public officials they themselves voted into office. Perhaps, this is because it is quite unthinkable for most Filipinos to see their very culture itself as a key hindrance to the progress that the country badly needs. Now I know that most Filipinos want progress but they don’t want the hard work involved in achieving it. Even the Philippine President, it seems, is totally averse to hard work.

Ask President Noynoy Aquino (P-Noy) how things are and he will tell you unashamedly that “the children today are luckier compared to the children during the Martial Law years when he was barely 12 years old and aware that there was no promising future for them.” If only the average Filipino had the analytical skills to challenge P-Noy to come up with the data to back up this claim, P-Noy would think twice about making such fantasy-laden statements. P-Noy’s statement is of course at odds with the statement of one member of the Morong 43 recently released from the captivity of the Philippine military since their February 6 arrest in Morong, Rizal:

“Yung claim ng AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines] that they’re different from the Marcos era is quite false,” Dr. Alexis Montes told ANC’s “Headstart” on Monday.

“Sa experience namin, it’s been proven that even without the official martial law declaration, they are still thinking above the civilian [authority]. That’s why I was wary with the President saying there were pressures. If he claims he was the only President who got the mandate of the people, why would he be afraid of other sectors?” he added.

Throughout the year, P-Noy’s vocabulary in his speeches was as bad as, like, “whatever“. This did not stop his staunch supporters from leaping off the pavement in applause at every instance; similar I guess to maggots when you try and fry them in hot oil. Despite all his gaffes, his supporters still pant heavily and their breasts heave like teenagers when they see their idol.

P-Noy and his supporters complete each other. They were made for each other. They deserve each other. His inadequacies are masked as he swaggers and entertains his fans with news about his “new love” and his sister’s scandals. And P-Noy is likewise entertained and protected by the bubble his minions created for him as he basks in the adoration he gets from the millions of star-struck ignoramuses who are quite “happy” gawking at him and the rest of the Aquino family members. It’s too bad that he is just a crisis away from being proven to be a pretender.

2010 is the year that muddled everything we know about the blame game in the Philippines. Now that there is no (blatantly) corrupt President to blame, the incumbent President Noynoy still manages to get away with blaming previous President Gloria Arroyo (GMA) and every other GMA-appointed public servant for every crisis that he and his Cabinet get embroiled in.

Yes, P-Noy still manages to blame anybody else but himself regardless of the fact that he is still using GMA’s policies until now and has not introduced any radical measures that can actually distinguish his stint in Malacanang from the rest of the previous Presidents before him — aside from, perhaps, the “no wang-wang” policy. More importantly, leaked reports courtesy of Wikileaks confirmed that statements from world leaders in China and the U.S. say GMA was perceived as a good leader because she is someone who is in control of the situation in the country. To wit:

DAS John agreed President Arroyo has stabilized Philippine leadership and enacted strong fiscal and economic policy, but stressed that Beijing and Washington must encourage Manila to continue working hard to promote transparency and good governance, according to the leaked diplomatic cable.

Apparently, just six months into office, there is already a book that narrates P-Noy’s rise to become leader of 100 million Filipinos as well as take stock of his “successes”. Woohoo! Congratulations Mr President. We know that things in the country are still the same old way or even worse than during the Martial Law years, but since you and your minions count your win in the election as a “success”, you need to be congratulated for a job well done as a President who does not deserve to be there but still managed to get there despite the odds.

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) was correct when they said that it has become an “illusion” and “absurdity” for anyone to claim that there is protection and security for people in the Philippines. To quote an excerpt from an article on their website:

The Philippine National Police and government spokesmen have a habit of assuring the foreign community that the country is safe, in the face of travel advisories to the contrary issued by foreign governments.

The human rights body said it has become ordinary for killings to be carried out by policemen, the military and the paramilitary forces working for them, and for killings to be perpetrated in broad daylight in crowded public places and in front of the victims’ families in their own homes.

Ever since Jesus Christ died on the cross, Christians have been on the look out for that “someone” who can embody the virtues by which “the man” and “the son of God” lived by. That statement is truest in this country we call “the Philippines”.

Why else would someone like Noynoy Aquino (P-Noy) win in the May 2010 Presidential election? It’s not that P-Noy actually has the same virtues as Jesus Christ. In fact, he has none of these. It’s just that, his supporters have formed an idea of what P-Noy supposedly stands for and it seems that there is nothing in the world that could destroy the image they have created of him in their little heads. It is pure illusion but that is how most Filipinos cope in this wretched land called the Philippines and this is the way it is in the Yellow world Filipinos now live in.

They say that not everyone can absorb reality and this statement is nowhere truer than in the Philippines. Once the Filipino people wake up from their stupor, the Get Real Squad have documented our own version of how idiocracy has taken over the Philippines.

77 Replies to “2010: The year of the rise of the Philippine idiocracy!”

  1. “his supporters still pant heavily and their breasts heave like teenagers when they see their idol. ” – I call this NOY-gasm. =)

  2. rather empty but noisy article. I wish people would write more objective stories/articles. I mean we all know that yellow people share the same qualities as apple/steve jobs fanatics, in that their chosen one can do no wrong. So how about helping the country move forward by identifying specific things we can work on? Small things like “I will obey traffic rules everytime I go about my business” ?

    1. You might wanna check out our brilliant solution framework here. 😀

      Perhaps seek those “solutions” you suggest we get into where the topic is solutions and comment on the information tabled in this article which focuses on looking back at the year that transpired.

    2. Why does every moronic comment here at AP come from someone named Juan? I mean, we all know that “obeying traffic rules” is a must every time we go about our business. Why does it have to be written down for Juan on this blogsite?

      Grow a brain Juan because it’s so obvious that this particular article is just a year ender message.  They can’t spoon-feed the basic rules for you. 

    3. @Juan dela Pluma

      You look like you are new to this site so I suggest you catch up on reading other articles. We have gone past the basic things you are looking for. If you want specifics like a list of the traffic rules and regulations, go to the LTO and they’ll give you a copy of it.

      Besides, you already know them so I don’t know why the heck you still want other people to tell you how to obey the traffic rules.

      Think before you comment.

    4. @ Juan being a president is not giving fantasies to ur fellow men as what he is doing c’mon be vigilant enough on what is really happening to us for the past six months of his administration not even an accomplishments that will boost the economy nor morale of the Filipinos coz he is idiot and so showbiz!a true slave of his friends in politics. Moreover, lahat na lang tumataas tsk tsk tsk Come to think of it

  3. at least the philippines give the rest of the world
    something to laugh at
    the aquinos think they are gods gift – but they are not
    bright enough to realise they are
    only gods gift to comedians
    and psychiatrists.

    a 50 year old loner with no accomplishments and
    a social anxiety problem
    and a motormouth with self confessed psychological
    problems and the morals of an alley cat
    this is the first family. god help you
    better to tow all 7107 islands out to sea and sink them
    before the country becomes a colony of china.
    they rule already anyway

      1. Well believe it or not, we let some things slide because it’s SOS (same old s___). Besides, it’s become SOP for this administration to commit errors anyway. We go for major blunders that affect the majority of the population.

    1. Malacanang gave the world another reason to snicker and laugh (and the Inquirer-dot-net and ManilaTimes did not even see what had gone wrong). So Malacanang has released Holidays 2011, except Malacanang is still waiting to find out when Eid al-Adha is.

      “Hirap hung sagutin, 🙁 boss!! Next year na lang i-publish!” Ochoa tells PresNoynoy, and ➡ Pres Noynoy says “okay lang iyan!!!!” Finding the dates is not hard at all! Just look to Indonesia’s dates — Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) is Nov 7, 2011. Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) is Aug 31, 2011.

      For 2012???? Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) is Aug 19, 2012. Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) is Oct 26, 2012.

      AND…Chinese New Year is Feb 3, 2011.

  4. When a culture has taken that final step backward and become so complacent and practically accepting of the injustices that go on on a regular basis, when 2/3 of a voting population willfully chose a family “placeholder” in the Senate or a convicted felon for high office, that’s not even idiocracy.

    That’s just sad.

    1. It is sad. And I think Pinoys do not particularly want these kinds of articles nowadays because it’s a reminder of the awful truth and they are supposed to be having a merry good time. That’s even sadder.

      1. It is very simple really. Filipinos are slaves with slave mentality. That’s all there is to it. No big dreams. No inspirations. No passions (creative endeavors). No genuine nationalism and patriotism. No desire at all to accomplish something meaningful.

        Craving for instant gratification and financial stability and money over everything else. Why would Filipinos flock to a financially advantageous course specifically nursing? I haven’t heard of any country where it has occurred even from other poor countries.

        The words “honor” and “shame” does not exist in the Filipino mind and dictionary for these two are ingrained in the Japanese culture.

        1. “Why would Filipinos flock to a financially advantageous course specifically nursing?”

          Even if they don’t really like it? The answer is what China recently said in the leaks… poverty is the country’s no. 1 problem.

      2. The trick is how to get them to wake up and at the same time help them deal with it. When Karl Marx called religion the opiate of the people, opium was actually legal at the time. Rather than something forced upon them, it was their “escape” from harsh reality.

        Right now, all this instant gratification is their only ‘escape’ and one that their minds have been conditioned to take. Many so-called “leftists” today appeal to that with old-time Marxist slogans. Making them realize the world around them without offering them another alternative to their escape will only lead to an even more pervading hopelessness.

        1. Indeed, The Lazzo. We need to be more organised just in case the proverbial brown stuff hits the fan. Between our day jobs and our own personal commitments, it’s a bit tricky to pour more time to a cause that is not easy to be understood by the average Pinoy.

          We need a high profile “artista” type mascot who share our vision to bring our cause forward to people. If we had more funds, it would be easier to spread the word. Even WikiLeaks wouldn’t have gotten this far without funds from the outside.

        2. I designed a card for the Visuals with Vision thing last September for this advocacy group called One Tama. Basically Juan Tamad with the D dropped. It involved Juan Tamad finally getting off his ass and building a nice sturdy ladder to reach the fruit.

          He could’ve just climbed the damn tree, but then again the ladder could also be useful for finally cleaning those leaves out of the gutter, for reaching a broken light etc. And he gains knowledge of how to actually build useful things, not just improv shit.

  5. “the children today are luckier compared to the children during the Martial Law years when he was barely 12 years old and aware that there was no promising future for them.”

    I am in my 30s. Most of the older people ive talked to including my parents and older relatives say Marcos Martial Law was better. And most of the people that say Martial Law was bad are the following:

    1.Lopezes and ABS CBN shows.
    2. young people today who watches ABSCBN shows.
    3. Political activists
    4. Long-haired hippies

    I was in grade school when EDSA1 took place. I still remember every recess time, kids would chant “Cory-kurakot, Cory-kurakot!” and every sunday theres this show in channel 13 called Sic-O-clock News showing endless parodies of the Aquino Government. We also had i think more than 7 coup attempts back then.

    My point is this: EDSA was supposed to give us Democracy. But what happened to our society? Our Nation? Hell, we still get political killings left and right. People die or get imprisoned due to ignorance and idiocy at an alarming rate compared to people dying during the Marcos regime.

    Id rather give up certain liberties as long as the country, the government will commit itself to progress the way China is doing. Id sacrifice my liberties for my children and their children.

    What use is freedom anyway in our society? The criminals have the freedom to commit crime as they please, while the oligarchs and the media have the freedom to impose hegemony as they please.

    If Freedom has a cost, we Filipinos have not paid for it yet. If freedom is a right, we Filipinos have not earned it yet.

    1. “Cory-kurakot” reminds me… Does any one remember the Redford White and Cachupoy movie “Soldyer” which usually got re-run on channel 13? The Japanese there were shouting “Kuri, kuri, kuri…” 😛

    2. PNoy and his minions are good at hyping up their “success” even if they are just riding on the effects of the economic policies GMA had done when she was still in office.

      PNoy has to get real because economic stability cannot be ironed out in six months. Whatever economic growth Pinoys are enjoying now had a lot to do with what the past administration did and not the current one.

  6. There is no hope for Philippines. If my opinion is asked, i think it’s much better if we follow the Japanese culture and the Japanese way of living because it’s totally the opposite of the Filipinos.

    Japan: efficiency, professionalism, formality, workaholic, sense of honor and respect, strong nationalism and patriotism, strong sense of identity, clean, law-abiding, etc.

    Philippines: laziness, mediocrity, procrastination, informality, shameless, shamefulness, fake nationalism and patriotism, dirty, lawless, no sense of identity, etc.

    How do we incorporate the good traits of Japanese culture into ours?

    1. I remember watching an episode of renowned food writer Anthony Bourdain in Tokyo where he asked his Japanese host to describe their culture in one word. Without giving it much thought, he answered, “Detail…..the way we approach our lives, the way we work, the way we cook our food, etc.”. It goes very well with the comparison you just made with da Pinas. I got to see it for myself over a year ago during a visit to their wonderful country. Needless to say, I didn’t want to come home. (lol)…but being a Pinoy living in da Pinas, I eventually came back down to earth and continued to do what most Pinoys in Pinas do with our reality…deal with it!

      IMO, it takes “character” to incorporate the good traits of Japanese culture into ours…..and I’m sorry to say that we don’t have the kind of character that it takes to make that possible…..and assuming that there is honor in comitting harakiri when politicians fumble, bumble, and stumble…it only makes you wish it could happen.

    2. daaang! … careful what you wished for… japan has a dark side too… darker than you could imagine… jewish holocaust was a child’s play compared to japanese atrocities before and during WW2…

      1. Yah, that’s true…but after they were nuked, what happened? How did they turn into the Japanese that Lorenz described? Did Hiroshima and Nagasaki make them see the error of their ways?

        I understand that things aren’t as rosy in Japan these days. The Koreans are now giving them a run for their money in electronics, and the volatile situation in Korea is making them nervous…but I’m going off-topic already.

      2. Japan ain’t perfect… their culture of suicide is one of their cultural bad points… but they are certainly doing better than us.

        If one wants something closer to home and SE Asia, Singapore is the gold standard for me.

        1. Singapore ain’t perfect either. I feel like Big Brother is watching me when I’m there, and I’m not comfortable with that. Having said this, the one thing we can agree on is that all these countries are doing better than us…….MUCH better!

        2. There’s no culture that’s perfect so good luck finding one. Singapore is good but the Japanese have achieved way more than the Singaporeans especially when it comes to arts. They have contributed more to the world of art and they are able to create a very strong influence. Manga, anime, video games, video game music (electronic, synth, and orchestral). These are one of the most influential arts in the modern world.

          I agree with the suicide bad trait. But seeing Japanese authorities, officials, and businessmen commit suicide when they commit something wrong or shameful in their responsibilities goes to show how big of an impact honor and shame are to them. Whereas for Filipinos, they become shameless and they even still want to retain their position. “Baga ug nawong” in Cebuano. “Kapal ng mukha” in Tagalog.

          What i don’t like is the committing suicide of their average citizens for not being able to handle life. I applaud Filipinos for this because Filipinos are able to endure great difficulties Japanese may have never experienced in their First World.

        3. There’s no culture that’s perfect so good luck finding one. Singapore is good but the Japanese have achieved way more than the Singaporeans especially when it comes to arts.

          Having like a 5 century head start helps. Singapore as a nation have recently existed and all they have to show for is progress. Not that it is bad but cultural and societal issues are something they can then target to fix and advance.

          responsibilities goes to show how big of an impact honor and shame are to them.

          I think it more has to do with their concept of being uniform as a group. Getting attention like that on a constant basis is going to be a complete distraction for any form of progress. Much in line goes with that old saying the nail that sticks up gets hammered down. But ultimately its not death that should be the solution but just to disappear from any sort of public eye entirely.

          Enduring great difficulty is honestly a personal thing than it is a national thing. Filipinos highlight it only because its not like there is anything else that can possibly drive to kill their own selves. Do remember Japan’s civilization has been marked with as much death and have a much deeper, different perspective to it than how the Filipinos learned from their colonial overlords then and even now. Though nowadays, Japan’s concept of suicide has more to do with the youth and the inability to cope/adapt to their rules in society more than it is necessarily with pride and honor.

          The point being made is that the countries mentioned, like Japan and Singapore are far more advanced and fair in their society that any imperfections can be given attention whenever by individuals who are willing to learn about it. The Philippines is not any close considering people are struggling to live, than struggling WITH living despite accessible resources.

        4. I’m not shooting down Japan or any country, but I prefer the take and pick approach of specific cultural items to include in my culture. No culture is perfect indeed… so rather than take one nation’s culture, take and pick the points you want, such as Japanese discipline and honor, and American adventurism and risk-taking.

          And besides, before following an institutional and organizational culture… the personal culture will always come first.

          And culture improves when the economic situation of a country improves… and the JFC Arangkada Phils report says, relax or do away with protectionism in our economic policies to allow greater growth… that will improve our culture too.

        5. Maybe Lorenz is right about Japan, when you look at it from the point of view of this comment by Outsider on my “Stupid” article:

          “if a people really are so nationalistic and xenophobic to hate foreigners then maybe take the approach of the japanese after the war and LEARN as much as you can from those other cultures and then better yourself and out-perform them as the japanese admirably (and arguably) have…”

          When Japan was in the Yamato period, they copied Chinese culture. When then came into the modern (Meiji?) era, they adopted some parts of western culture… yes, let’s emulate the Japanese this way!

    3. One thing successful countries like South Korea, Japan, China and Singapore have in common is that, they take things very seriously whereas Pinoys always manage to poke fun at every given situation. Which is why we remain a “basket case.”

      They also take having fun seriously. This is evident in their variety shows, animation, video games and etc.

    4. Do you want to know how Japanese people are what they are? It’s because they remained to be Japanese!! Filipinos forget who they are, they think they are somebody else, they want to be like their neighbors because they don’t see that they are better!!!You ask every Filipino child what he wants to be and he would answer, ” I want to be an American, Japayuki, etc.”, but why do you think the Chinese , Koreans, Spanish,Indians, Jewish, all the Religious and Political leaders get rich and the people serve as their slaves in the Philippines? It’s because they look at money as their savior from poverty, they don’t realize that they are the boss in their own country!!It’s like the parable of the prodigal son who lost his riches, went back to his father and applied for a job, he couldn’t get used to the good life the father offers, in his mind, he remained a slave even after the father died and left him all the wealth that really belonged to him.
      Let us wake up, let each individual search and find himself and be the Filipino that you are supposed to be!!

    1. Lookit, even George W invoke God.  Because atheism is bad politics.  Funny, Americans are afraid of people wearing huge gold crucifixes in heavy gold chains!  Because crucifixes are the hallmark of gangbangers.  Jesus Christ is the favorite tatoo of ex-cons.  HA!HA!HA!
      In the Philippines, Jesus, Maria, Joseph are the most common names in Muntinlupa.  HA!HA!HA!HA!

  7. “Those who forget the past; are condemned to repeat it.”, warned the historian/philosopher: George Santayana…

    If we are always subjected to stupidity. We grow into apathy in our conditions. That, we don’t even question evil anymore. Look at the rise of Adolf Hitler of Germany; Saddam Hussein of Iraq; and other kinds of demagogues and despots. People just did not care, to see the wrongs committed in their midst. They just get used to it…this is a dangerous mindset. “Ito ang kapalaran natin”. So, we accept the stupidity of our leaders…

  8. During the final phase of World War Ii. The Allies stumbled into an ordinary Town of Nazi Germany called Dachau. A Nazi Concentration Camp was in the outskirt of the Town. When the Allied soldiers entered the Concentration Camp. They found skin-and-bones Prisoners walking around like Zombies. They found bodies of dead Prisoners piled like logs near the Camp Crematoriums. They found partially burned bodies inside these Camp Crematoriums. The Camp Guards had fled.

    The Allied Soldiers forced the German Citizen of Dachau to view the inside of the Concentration Camp. Some fell shocked and were in revulsion of what they had seen. They claimed: “We were lied upon, by the Nazis.” “We don’t know these were happening in the Camp.”

    The stench of rotting flesh was ten (10) Km. away. And these people did’nt notice anything malevolent happening in their midst?

    I cite this episode in the past; to show, if Apathy will reign in us…we will descend into evilness, without even noticing it…

  9. LOOKIT, for once, Filipinos function abroad.  In Ireland.  In U.K.  In Afghanistan.  In Iraq.  In America.  Different forms of government.  Different constitution.  Different religion.  WHY DO THEY BECOME GOOT CITIZEN but BAD CITIZEN IN THE PHILIPPINES?
    ONE COMMON DENOMINATOR, Philiphinos wanted to be subjugated by whites but not by brown-skin-punk’d nose Filipinos!

    1. Excuse me, they become ‘GOOT CITIZENS” solely because they are always singled out. But once Filipino population starts to get bigger, they go back to normal. To what they previously were. A perfect example is Los Angeles. Damn, youll know that a certain area is infested with Filipinos when you see trash all around the parking lot, and often times encounter bad drivers.

      Its not the country, nor the government nor religion. Its the very core of each Filipino that grew up in Imperial Manila Society.

  10. The whole six months is a disaster. And stupid people are still hailing about it.

    Talagang deluded ang mga tao pagdating kay PNoy. *facepalm*

      1. Please continue these posts or articles even with the Duterte administration. I always look forward to your well written articles. Godspeed.

  11. actually its worse than an illusion. its just that majority of the Filipinos’ way of thinking is downright illogical or irrational wherein they can’t seem to see things as the are, so they end up with make-believe issues which are easier to accept than reality….

  12. This maybe OT

    Strange, I had dreams this past few weeks that I lead a successful coup d’ etat against this administration.  That in a parallel world, an Aquino administration successfully erased the existence of the Philippines in world politics.  Weird. haha

    Going back, 
    My worst experience was when my classmates got angry when I passed my assignment o.o
    I swear, I think I lost parts of my IQ hanging out with lazy people.  Yet, if people surrounded themselves with able people, they will fare better.  Excellence is not the rule, its an exception.  Maybe thats the reason why pinoys outside the country are doing better.  They have a good environment conducive to learning.

    1. I am glad that your coup d’etat was just a dream Weizz. The last thing we need is another Edsa revolution. Another “ocho-ocho” revolt would be madness already. Hopefully, we’ve seen the last of that kind of spectacle now that the yellow crowd who usually fill the streets are already in power. It would be ironic if someone from their ranks pull the same kind of trick on PNoy!

    1. Hi Boombox

      The reason why he keeps changing his position so often is because he does not have good advisers. They also get confused as to what to do to keep everyone happy: whether to stick to a popular decision that would please the masa or to cater to local and foreign investors. It is obvious that the first decision catered to the masa and then the second decision to remove the holiday economics catered to the investors. Kung baga, nakapag-isip-isip na sa huli. The problem is lagi na lang huli mag-isip.

      1. yeah.. right.. He always likes to experiment things without doing research first.. 

        And yet.. 
        Junking holiday economics
        FRONTLINENinez cacho Olivareshttp://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20101222com2.html

        some highlights..
        *The other day, Noynoy Aquino junked Gloria Arroyo’s holiday economics law, or Republic Act 9492, through his issuance of Proclamation No. 84, which calls for only three long weekends next year: Holy Week in April, National Heroes Day on Aug. 29, a Monday, and Rizal Day on Dec. 30, a Friday.

        *The nation is now situated on dangerous grounds, with a president who even goes to the extent of directly meddling into the affairs of a constitutional office. Step by step, he is usurping power

        OT: I don’t know how to make italicized or bold function.. Shall I use HTML code or PHP?

        1. She is right in the sense that PNoy is sneaky. PNoy and his minions use the guise of “daang matuwid” in undermining the constitution. Filipinos have to be vigilant in monitoring their every move.

  13. Might Comelec’s refusal to release the SOURCE CODE used in last May’s elections despite a Supreme Court ruling have anything to do with why someone like Noynoy was able to win?

    1. Because COMELEC don’t have the SOURCE CODE. 

      Do you have the source code of you’re windows or do you have the source code of your Microsoft Word or the source code of your Adobe Photoshop? You don’t have? Because Software Company Don’t give/include the source code of their Software. unless it is an open source.

      please next time don’t try to sound smart.

  14. 2010: The year of the rise of the Philippine idiocracy! 

    Yeah you’re right! Idiocracy of people like you thinking you are better than anyone else, because you didn’t voted Pnoy.

    Do you think all those people who voted for Pnoy are uneducated,  no sense of history, culture philosophy  and art people? And you think all you people who voted for other candidate are those who are graduated from UP or Ateneo with master and PhD degree, with high sense of history, culture, philosophy and art? Do you Think?

    P-Noy still manages to blame anybody and you’re here blaming P-Noy and others for all the mis-forutune happened here. Something in common?

    It’s so ironic a Filipino having a website title antipinoy.com title writing about dysfunctional culture of Filipinos.  

    well good luck you have still 5 years of idiocracy. 

      1. and why did you reply? did it butthurt you too with what I said?

        If I say yes I vote nonoy does this will make you feel you’re better a person than me because you voted for other candidate? does this will make you feel you’re more intelligent? 

    1. @Stupid

      Do you think all those people who voted for Pnoy are uneducated, no sense of history, culture philosophy and art people? And you think all you people who voted for other candidate are those who are graduated from UP or Ateneo with master and PhD degree, with high sense of history, culture, philosophy and art? Do you Think?

      As a matter of fact, there are so many UP, Ateneo, PhD holders and Harvard graduates who voted for PNoy. So it is not true that only those who are uneducated are misguided. Which is why the situation is so idiotic! 😉

      P-Noy still manages to blame anybody and you’re here blaming P-Noy and others for all the mis-forutune happened here. Something in common?

      Huh?!? Pakibasa na lang ulit yung article at intindihin maigi. 😉

      I hope you enjoy your days with your president. Happy New Year!

      1. I have to agree with Ilda.  My professor was a supporter.  He did say that we do not need an exceptional leader.  We needed a janitor. I was perplexed, but did not comment in class.  The only way I would have agreed with him was if Pnoy out together a good cabinet.  But a lot of the comments here at AP make it look like Pnoy made something else (insert appropriate piece of furniture here).  

        “Kita Mismo” for a lack of better term, is one of the cause of ills in the country

  15. @Chino
    “Why would Filipinos flock to a financially advantageous course specifically nursing?”
    Even if they don’t really like it? The answer is what China recently said in the leaks… poverty is the country’s no. 1 problem.”

    I am all too familiar with this one.  My parents told me that I take up nursing instead.  I completely refused and decided to take engineering.  For me, I thought that if I took nursing then, I will have no more job by the time I graduate.  It was that long term thinking that saved me.  So, one thing that people rush to the nursing course then was the thought that jobs are unlimited without thinking that the job offerings abroad have a limit.

    Current situation:  I have nursing friends who have to pay to volunteer in a hospital o.o?

  16. All points are superficial. In general, the current administration merely continued what the previous one did, i.e., rely on overseas remittances, look for foreign investment, adjust interest rates to encourage spending, etc.

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