Why Bongbong Lost

Bongbong Marcos

I do not regret that I voted for the man because of the trust and faith that I have in him which he won’t repeat the mistakes that his father made from 1972 until they were ousted by EDSA I in 1986. Other than that, I am just disgusted with the people from the Liberal Party from the outgoing president and anyone in the executive branch.

As a voter, I have accepted the defeat of Senator Bongbong Marcos to Congresswoman Leni Robredo in the vice presidential race.

As a Filipino, I have yet to accept this fact.

The one thing that still bothers me is the influence that the Liberal Party has towards the counting because when they released the partial and unofficial results it’s really disturbing that someone who is barely known in congress can get that many votes.

I voted for Bongbong Marcos more than any other candidate because I have trust issues not only with Robredo but also with Escudero who could turn Grace Poe into a puppet because of her inexperience if they get to win it, Allan Peter Cayetano who is just riding Duterte’s popularity as a respectable mayor of Davao, Gringo Honasan who is too old for this and Trillanes who should have just stayed in his bunker.

When the polls were closed on Election Day on May 9, 2016 it was no surprise for me that Rodrigo Duterte would be number one. It was disappointing that Miriam Defensor-Santiago was dead last and outnumbered by Jejomar Binay.

As for the vice presidential race, it’s really shocking if you’re someone who did not vote for Leni Robredo but voted for Escudero more than any other candidate because he was already shoe-in then the number of his votes would go down then be surpassed by Allan Peter Cayetano.

 

If there was “Hello Garci” back in 2004 now there has been rumor and conspiracy that “Hello Andy” has happened another is the “Hello Garcia” which refers to the Smartmatic personnel who messed with the hash code.

The Hello Garci refers to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s phone call to then Commission on Elections (COMELEC) commissioner, Virgilio Garcillano to transfer some votes in favor of Macapagal-Arroyo in order to win the Philippine Elections of 2004 against Fernando Poe Jr., Raul Roco and Jesus is Lord Leader Bro. Eddie Villanueva to name a few. Hello Andy now refers to present COMELEC commissioner, Andres Bautista who was once the head of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) a commission that started during President Corazon Aquino’s term in 1986 with the objective to recover the ill-gotten wealth made by Marcos along with his cronies then became a government agency in the years that followed.

With Bautista’s background as former boss of the PCGG, others believe that Bautista might have done something in favor of Robredo.

 

I no longer want to stress myself on how Leni Robredo got that lead in our sleep during the partial and unofficial count until this day of the canvassing of votes but here’s what I really think on why Bongbong Marcos lost:

 

  1. The Marcos Stigma

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ILL-GOTTEN WEALTH, HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, DISAPPEARANCES, RUSHED CONSTRUCTION OF THE MANILA FILM CENTER.

DO I EVEN HAVE TO STATE THIS?

It is a never-ending debacle on how the Marcos era or Martial Law was the best at the same time the worst moment in the history of the Philippines.

People would always tell how prices were so low that everything is affordable. Traffic was not as bad as it is today.

The infrastructures made like the San Juanico Bridge, the Cultural Center of Philippines Complex were the glory and achievements that we still make use of today while some are being electrocuted, raped, torture by the authorities. Some celebrity at that time was rumored that he was forced to ride a bike for eight hours straight when he made fun of the Bagong Lipunan (New Society) and its slogan which states, “Sa ika uunlad ng Bayan, Disiplina ay kailangan.” (For the Nation’s development, Discipline is what we need) changing discipline to “bicycle is what we need”, bisikleta ang kailangan.

 

If we really think that the election for president would divide country, it did not because the people have really spoken. The election for vice president really tore us apart and with Bongbong Marcos involved in the Vice Presidential race, activists and anti-Marcos groups alike were on the move again.

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It’s like they were kept in a time capsule with a sign that says, DO NOT OPEN UNTIL A MARCOS RUNS FOR A GOVERNMENT POSITION HIGHER THAN A SENATOR or frozen in time like Captain America and his friend Bucky Barnes who is more known as The Winter Soldier.

People in the internet have been praising and also demonizing the Marcoses like its 1986 to 1989, the year Ferdinand Marcos died in exile until they were allowed to return here in the Philippines during the early 1990s.

Point is that he will carry that burden until the day he dies.

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Don’t get me started on what happened to the Beatles in 1966 in which Ferdinand Marcos was already a year down with his presidency.

 

  1. Sandro Marcos stepping into the limelight and his involvement during the campaign.

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Okay girls and Marcos loyalists do not get me wrong but this kid is pretty much involved in his father’s letdown.

12985431_1006306216118288_4601854055357783501_nWe have heard of Sandro Marcos’s mistake during the election and how cute he is for some girls but a kid like him should not have been involved campaigning with his father with the idea that Marcos Jr. would garner votes through his son thus filling in the void when his father gets to be invited but unable to give a commencement speech in some college or speech in diplomatic forum.

Bringing your children to work is never good no matter what line of work it is. But knowing the history of the Marcoses, the older Marcos got his children involved from Imee, the mother of Borgie Manotoc, Irene Marcos-Araneta, Ferdinand and Imelda’s second born who has kept a low profile since their return to the Philippines and Bongbong himself especially when they got older and they had the capacity to think and be part of a government organization.

 

Another issue on why you should never bring your children to work is because bringing your children to work is bad publicity.

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Bad publicity is not always tweeting something wrong if you’re a celebrity because for some, it’s showing off what others can’t afford and I assume that I am not the only one who has seen Grace Poe’s son, Brian Llamanzares wear those pair of Nikes that replicates the one pair of Nikes that Michael J. Fox wore in Back to the Future Part 2. As for Brian and his involvement during her mother’s campaign, he was pretty much break dancing in those dance numbers other than pulling in actors like Coco Martin to yell their hearts out.

The kid is too sensitive and easily gets affected by the issues towards his father.

In the Philippines, politics is always business and personal. I hope this guy would understand that.

  1. Bongbong’s inability to say no as Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s running mate.

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For some people, Bongbong running as VP of Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago is his way of redeeming the Marcos name and getting back to Malacanang and trying his best not to shed a tear if he really won the election which are tears of joy and reminisce along the way in the convoy to Malacanang after the president and vice president took their oath.

Some even think that it is one way of boosting Miriam’s numbers in the pre-election polls all the way to the election but for some, it is even a kiss of death.

If Bongbong Marcos knew how to say no, he would have just ran for senator again and I would still vote for the guy but no because people are still mad about That Martial Law Thingy which is why he lost to Leni Robredo.

 

In my humble opinion, Bongbong Marcos is too naive or perhaps to blind to see that he really can’t win even if he came this close to winning the canvassing and getting back to Malacanang even if it’s only the vice presidency.

 

So for Senator Marcos, you have fought the good fight. Let’s just see if Leni would be competent and participative enough with Duterte as president.

Let’s hope and pray that the Liberal Party’s “Plan B” is not true.

Finally, like many people who have great fear of Duterte as mayor I don’t think they will be able to double-cross him by having him impeached with those human rights violations that Carmelita “Etta” Rosales, Senator-elect Leila de Lima, and Chito Gascon are claiming when Duterte was still mayor of Davao.

Duterte is a lawyer like MDS (Miriam Defensor-Santiago) he knows the pros and cons of the law and if that happens, he will fight his way through it.

As for Leni Robredo, PROVE US WRONG.

Prove us wrong that no one is pulling the strings on you. Prove to us that there really is no Plan B by the Liberal Party and you will not run for the presidency in 2022 when President-elect Duterte steps down six years from now.

Because Jejomar Binay aspired for the highest office in the land as the Noynoy Aquino administration’s days were drawing to a close and the campaign period was about to begin. So it’s impossible for you not to aspire for it as you assume office. More important is when the Duterte administration draws to a close on the last quarter of 2021 until 2022.

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Just Say It Before My Face

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Photo taken by Jannus Tristan Carreon

I don’t want you to sugar coat it

Just say it before my face.

If you don’t like someone because their fat

Just say it to their face.

If you find me too skinny for you

Just say it before my face.

If you don’t want me around your turf,

Just say it before my face.

So I don’t have to waste time and money getting there

 in your head and in your face

If you find me stupid, yell at me

And tell it to my face.

So you can satisfy your ego and tell everyone

That I am as dumb as you think.

But one day, I will show you my degree

My middle finger and yell like rappers

By saying in your face.

If you really love the person

Say it before their face.

Hit or miss, you will never know.

When someone tells you that they don’t like you

And they tell it to you that you are too nice,

Just face it.

When all things fail,

There’s always the mirror.

Look at yourself and ask yourself,

Is it my face?

Captain America: Civil War and my Insights

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IT IS BETTER LATE THAN NEVER DOING MY SECOND MOVIE REVIEW AND INSIGHTS HERE IN MY WORDPRESS.

I really feel good that I didn’t watch Superman because a lot of friends and reviews discouraged me from watching it.

When I watched Captain America: Civil War, it was truly worth the amusement tax.

The start of the movie was truly good and the transition of the story for this part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe from The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man was better than I expected.

I really like the buildup of this movie for the Black Panther and Spider-Man and they really deserve those overhypes in those trailers and memes. Black Panther’s costume was just stoked and Spider-Man’s was still comic book accurate especially the eyes but still it is better than Andrew Garfield’s mask. Spidey’s mask for this appearance would truly match Tobey McGuire’s costume.

Emily VanCamp reprising her role as Sharon Carter is just wow! I just find it disturbing that she has a thing for Captain America who is as old as Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) her aunt that grew old in the cinematic universe but remained young in her spinoff series, ‘Agent Carter’ shown in Fox. Since I first saw her in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, Emily VanCamp became my instacrush and she really blew me away.

 

Sebastian Stan’s character, The Winter Soldier or Bucky falcon-or-the-winter-soldier-who-will-be-the-next-captain-america-after-infinity-war-973910 Barnes is pretty much the same Soviet Union assassin that he portrayed from ‘The Winter Soldier’ but this time he was trying his best to control himself from killing any one. His comic tandem with Falcon truly brought the lighter side of the movie despite the intensity and action that it has.

 

I did not recognize Daniel Brühl in this one since ‘Inglorious Basterds’ when he portrayed the fictional glorified Nazi Frederick Zoller in ‘Inglorious Basterds’.

Robert Downey Jr. as a not so evil Iron Man did well and gave us a better portrayal of Tony Stark just to turn Captain America to the US government since the premise (even from the comic books) is that Cap and Iron Man had issues in becoming one with the US government rather operating as an independent organization.

 

INSIGHTS

As for the things that this movie introduced and what it leads to the course of what will the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be, I don’t know how the people at Marvel will make the next Spider-Man movie, because it’s funny yet it bugs me that Spider-Man/Peter Parker keeps getting younger even Aunt May like how Brad Pitt’s character Benjamin Button developed as a human being.

I’m sure Marvel won’t keep on showing how Uncle Ben died with Spider-Man just coming in like that web yanking Captain America’s shield. They just continued with it like the transition from Michael Keaton to Val Kilmer.

I’m not a fan boy of love stories but it would be interesting for me and a lot of people if the people at Marvel would set a love triangle between Mary Jane Watson, Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker just for this new Spider-Man.

737b0dc5f7113a4a045cd290bc2ae2d9_lWhat would be more interesting for me is if they can bring in Felicia Hardy. Who is popularly known in the Spider-Man franchise as the Black Cat and I would really pay money to the finest cinema here in Metro Manila to see that happen in the big screen then the next Spider-Man villain should be one villain who is the closest to reality and would really turn things around in this reboot not just Spider-Man himself. I think it’s high time for Black Cat to enter the cinematic universe.

Spider-Man and Black Cat is the counterpart of the Batman-Catwoman tandem in DC Comics. There is not much difference between the feline characters. The only difference is that Black Cat’s arsenal are her claws while Catwoman has her whip and claws. As anti-heros, both characters strongly flirt with their heroes.2326172-black_cat_spidey_1

It’s hard to pick that Spider-Man villain but if I were to pick that villain for the next Spider-Man movie it would have to be, Shocker, Scorpion or Kraven the Hunter all in the same movie. Since villains like Green Goblin and Hobgoblin have already been presented during Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s run as Spider-Man respectively.

 

 

 

 

 

BlackPantherI thought they would bring in the Black Panther the way they do in the comics and animated versions but his entry to this movie is more than appropriate. Chadwick Boseman for me truly redeemed himself after the heavily CGI movie ‘Gods of Egypt’ didn’t turnout good because the CGI for this movie is way better.

I don’t know what year will they show Black Panther’s standalone movie because after watching Civil War, I really became excited for his own movie. I don’t know if they would still show Ulysses Klaw from ‘Age of Ultron’ because he is the closest villain I know in Wakanda since the Avengers all went there and it is from Ulysses Klaw where Ultron got his Vibranium for his new body.

Other things that still keep me wondering up to this moment is what is going on with the Hulk and Thor while Cap and Tony are beating the crap out of each other and letting these new characters come in.

I don’t want to break the fourth wall like Deadpool but I think Chris Hemsworth is not just busy as the Huntsman with Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain. Another issue for me is that Chris Hemsworth is too good-looking to take sides on this one.

On a serious note, I just think they are setting up everything for Thor: Ragnarok that made him absent and also the Hulk which makes me think that Hulk would show up in Thor: Ragnarok.

What I expect in that movie is a flashback scene that shows what the Hulk really saw when Scarlet Witch did her magic in Age of Ultron when we saw everyone’s in darkest fear.

As for Ant-Man, I really can’t wait for the sequel of his movie but it seems that Ant-Man 2 won’t happen just yet because after Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) showed to his daughter Hope Pym (Evangeline Lilly) a Wasp suit and it seems that Wasp would be having her standalone movie first before Ant-Man’s sequel.

For Scarlet Witch and Vision, seems that they won’t be starring in their own movie just yet.

It seems that they have found chemistry for the two which is also evident in the cartoons and comics.

 

That’s all I can say for Civil War. I don’t want to give that much insight any more because it’s also hard but all I know is that it is worth seeing before X-Men: Apocalypse then I will be having my own insights about that too.

Eve of Reckoning

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Three years ago I was suppose to vote during the midterm elections. I did not vote for the midterm election of 2013 because the bitter memory of the Corona trial was still fresh to me since it was just a year after all the proceedings and the day that the late chief justice Renato Corona got his verdict was also that day was the day separation of powers died. It is one reason why I am not voting for any senator seeking re-election this year and I will only limit my vote for senators to only six and those are new faces and names because most of them were the senators who voted guilty for the late chief justice.

Renato Corona’s verdict almost got me in a heated argument with my Dad because of my belief that he was only doing his job and being an Arroyo appointee is the one issue that got him into trouble with the Yellow government especially the things that he didn’t disclose to his SALN (Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth). Call me crazy if you want because looking back to another issue that got him impeached was his decision favoring the farmers of Hacienda Luisita and Hacienda Luisita is Aquino country so go figure.

Another issue on why I did not vote that year because the local election that year really got me torn between Alfredo Lim and Joseph Ejercito Estrada who were running for mayor of Manila. More important was I had a flight to catch so that I can go to my older cousin’s wedding in Agusan del Sur. The one thing that was very disturbing about the 2013 Election is when my lola was around, she brought home a DVD containing a anti-Erap documentary from a customer who strongly supports Alfredo Lim. The DVD basically was projecting Erap and incumbent Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno demons, incompetent and stealing Manila’s money. More important was Isko Moreno switching his side from Lim to Erap.

 

In the days drawing close to tomorrow’s election, I’ve been reading about some conspiracies about the PCOS Machines for this year’s election saying that one vote for Duterte won’t go straight to Duterte, so instead of Duterte it will go to Mar Roxas. Another is that one vote for Miriam Defensor-Santiago will go to Binay. In other words, the machines will be programmed to make this election a tight race between Binay and Roxas. Everyone won’t like it myself included. I just hope the Vice Presidential election won’t get rigged.

 

I’ve had enough of Mar Roxas screwing around especially last night when I accompanied a friend on her way back home because as we left UP Diliman, we got stuck for a bit on one portion of the Elliptical Road leading to Quezon Avenue. It’s just irritating to know that vehicles leading to Quezon Memorial Circle were not properly parked and they call themselves even their supports decent or even disciplined when they clogged the inner portion of the Elliptical Road. It’s even disturbing that the jeeps that surrounded Elliptical Road are tagged with Roxas and Robredo banners. Do these drivers ever learn? I know that some of these drivers have limited access to the internet but should I remind some of these drivers that Pantawid Pasada is not enough to supply their needs when they drive especially diesel and gasoline.

For Jejomar Binay, I don’t care on where has he gone too yesterday but I’m just happy that he didn’t not ruin me and my friends night as we went our ways going home. I just know that Binay no longer stands a chance as a presidential candidate when his fellow member in UNA Manila Mayor Erap Estrada has given his support to his goddaughter Grace Poe which to me is not a surprise since the friendship of Erap and the late Fernando Poe Jr. goes way back to the days they were actors.

In the months that Binay campaigned, I just feel bad for the people who were forced to campaign him especially the people who had setup speakers to AUVs and playing the Binay jingle over and over. It’s just sad. It’s like Malcolm McDowell200_s when he had this contraption strapped to his head in the Stanley Kubrick classic, ‘A Clockwork Orange’.

As for Grace Poe, I still can’t believe that she still has the guts to piss people off especially commuters because last week when I was on my way to summer class I saw a stage being set up again for her slate and I’m just lucky that I went out of Letran early because I do not want to suffer another traffic jam caused by a miting de avance.

Grace Poe is so star-studded from her “parents” to her endorsers that she had Coco Martin yelling his heart out to the people just to vote for Grace Poe.

As much as I hate to say this towards Susan Roces because the hit show in ABS-CBN, “Ang Probinsyano” is even a medium for Susan Roces to campaign Grace Poe. IN FACT, ABS-CBN is Grace Poe’s and Mar Roxas’ place to go (Even for the Liberal Party) to get themselves celebrity endorsers. If you find this offensive, SHUT UP NA LANG.

 

Some candidates are so desperate that they keep themselves busy to make an Anti-Duterte ad featuring kids who were forced to portray to be disgusted with Duterte. I feel bad for the parents of the children who mixed up their innocent children into this.

I don’t care if Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is behind it because if he really did it out of bitterness when Duterte himself did not show up in BPI Julia Vargas branch in Ortigas to show the true amount of his account then bye, bye Sonny. In the first place, Sonny Trillanes should be considered as a nuisance candidate like Ely Pamatong or Eddie Gil. The very reason that he was not labeled as a nuisance candidate for vice president is simply because he is a senator.

IN FACT, I am tired of extremists like him and this no longer the mid 2000s and the late 2000s in which he led those coup attempts. This is no longer the 20th century because in those days he was still trying hard to be Rambo and Commando. We can even label him as a trying hard Gringo Honasan when Gringo orchestrated those coups during the Cory Aquino administration. The difference is just that Gringo fired weapons, brought it to the streets then went into hiding until he got caught not like this guy who never fired a weapon because he brought his coup attempts to luxurious hotels, making Oakwood change its name to Ascott after the Oakwood mutiny of 2004 and ruining a wedding at Manila Peninsula in 2007 thinking that Arroyo would step down just like that after those coup attempts. Up to this day, I still don’t get why he would stage his coups at those hotels.

 

Most people are so hooked with the candidates in the national position. I’m one of the few who wants to know and wants to see a piece of action in the local election particularly in places like Caloocan (a well-known election hotspot), Maguindanao, Quezon City, San Juan, Isabela, Ilocos Sur, Cavite, and Laguna. Local elections in this country intensify the election other than the presidential and vice presidential election having a tight race in a city or province.

 

Only one day to go and I will be voting for the National Election.

The people have made up their minds and I just hope that the PCOS machines will not screw with our votes because if my vote for Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Bongbong Marcos does not count for them and that their votes will only go to other candidates, I will not just shave my head out of frustration. I will also try my best to convince one of our relatives overseas to get us out of the Philippines if one of them does not win because one of my friends is willing to ask her uncle to get her family out of here and go to Singapore.

It even sickens me to see friendships, relationships and families fall apart because of this election just because one person votes for a particular candidate and the other person has a different candidate in mind.

So people relax. You should not unfriend, unfollow, block or even report someone because of their political belief because I know someone who is in a relationship, they have not talked to each other for quite some time because the guy wants to vote for Duterte and Marcos while his girlfriend wants to vote for Santiago and Robredo. Another is a bunch of friends who were drinking buddies until they had a different decision of who they will be voting for president. Three of them wants to vote for Roxas and Robredo, another three plans to vote for Santiago and Marcos then the two remaining friends are voting for Duterte and Marcos.giphy-facebook_s

The campaign and the jingles are temporary not unless it’s President Ramon Magsaysay’s jingle or Manny Villar’s jingle when Manny Villar ran for president back in 2010 but on a serious note, a few things that will only last is what the president-elect will do or what they plan to do.

 

We should be serious in voting and we should not make the same mistake AGAIN.

God bless the Philippines and the Filipino people.