The Cold Shoulder on THIS GUY

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It’s been days since the new season of the National Basketball Association (NBA) began and I still refuse to recognize that guy as a player of the Golden State Warriors (GSW) whenever news of the Warriors winning or losing pops up on my social media accounts.

One of my reasons for giving that player wearing number 35 the cold shoulder is he made a weak move by moving out of the Oklahoma City (OKC) Thunder to win an NBA title that bad. Another reason of mine for giving him that kind of treatment is the blue and yellow does not suit him. He broke the core of the Golden State Warriors by having Harrison Barnes traded to the Dallas Mavericks together with Andrew Bogut and other core players like Mareese Speights to the Los Angeles Clippers, and Festus Ezeli to the Portland Trailblazers.

More important is he turned this lovable Bay Area team to a villain team in the NBA, the new team to hate like the Miami Heat when LeBron came first to Miami. I no longer have to go to the details on what happened to LeBron before he got to Miami.

I don’t care if the rumor that the Warriors front office made a bigger offer to number 35 during the offseason just like what a friend told me because he is a fan of the Celtics and how bad he wanted him to be there. Because to see him play in a Warriors jersey is not an adjustment period for me but a reason for me to put my enthusiasm out of the Golden State Warriors just for this season or whenever he is out of the team.

It’s too early to compare his move like LeBron’s move because it’s premature and LeBron already succeeded after Miami. But if I were to do it just for the sake of comparing it to LeBron’s move, I just think the Warriors won’t succeed in their first season with him and the seasons to follow with that guy wearing number 35.

One thing I regret in doing this NBA season is printing their full schedule for this season. The only thing that keeps me from taking their full schedule out of the whiteboard here in my room is ignoring him, and to keep thinking that the Splash Brothers tandem of Klay Thompson and Steph Curry is helping the team a lot together with Draymond Green, and Shaun Livingston.

Number 35 may have best of the Thunder with 39 points in their first meeting against OKC this regular season, this is only the beginning of the ridicule on him with that trash talk made by Enes Kanter. The middle will be set on GSW’s road game to OKC on February 2017 together with its climax that will be set on their third meeting in March all the way to the playoffs next year if they get to face each other in the postseason.

It’s no surprise to basketball fans if he gets booed so loud when the Warriors visit the Thunder in February. Because for a guy who was the face of a franchise from its last days as the Seattle Supersonics to a transition team that we know as the Oklahoma City Thunder, the guys deserves the hate.

Suddenly, I’m even more excited for this season’s all-star game and see if Russell Westbrook will pass the ball to this guy or any player of the Warriors. Russell Westbrook might even find a way to downplay and shut him out the way Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas did to Michael Jordan with his prime and popularity during an all-star game many years ago.

Whoever will be coaching this team, good luck to him in making his rotation with the west all-stars in the NBA all-star games in 2017.

More important is will he still get that many votes to be part of the Western Conference all-star team? Because the way I see it, Golden State fans would still give him a chance but OKC fans or whoever hates 35 will do everything in their power to keep him out the West all-stars.

To Sweep or Not To Sweep

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From Go Archers Facebook page (C) Alex Macam

With a record of 12-0, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers have a rare chance to sweep the eliminations by beating the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles tomorrow on November 5 and the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws the week after that on November 12.

First round review

Despite the absence of  head coach Aldin Ayo in his first La Salle-Ateneo match due to his suspension from a stunt he pulled off to a referee, the Archers won convincingly against their rival with a score of 97-81 on October 2, 2016.

It was not only Ayo that was out of the game against Ateneo in the first round of eliminations, DLSU team captain, Jeron Teng was also out due to injury that’s been plaguing him since the offseason. The man in-charge of coaching DLSU for Ayo was assistant coach Louie Gonzales and prized recruit Ben Mbala stole the show with his dunks part of his 28 point, 13 rebounds, five steals and a block.

The FEU Tamaraws was the opening assignment of the Taft Avenue-based team. In that victory on opening day, the Archers made a comeback victory over the Morayta-based team with a score 83-78, and as expected, Jeron Teng led the Archers with 28 points, 6 rebounds and a steal and two crucial free throws with 2:14 remaining in the game to keep FEU away from winning.

The facts and odds

            With a lot of momentum on DLSU after beating the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors; 95-66, the long break brought by Halloween and All Saints day won’t seem to slow them down.

Ateneo and FEU who are vying for a final four postseason, are two teams preventing La Salle from a regular season sweep as well as a step-ladder postseason. Ateneo who is currently at third place in the UAAP standings has momentum on their side after winning against the National University (NU) Bulldogs on October 23, 2016. While FEU is at second place in the standings also has momentum after escaping a shocker from the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons, 63-60 on October 22, 2016.

After Ateneo’s victory over the NU Bulldogs, the Blue Eagles are truly expected to beat the Archers. If not expected, they are pressured to do so by the whole league not only from the pressure of their alumni and students because of die hard Ateneo supporters who want to see their team replicate an upset over their rivals since 2002, wherein a La Salle team that was coached by Franz Pumaren (current coaching Adamson) with players in his lineup like Mike Cortez, Joseph Yeo and Mark Cardona were on the verge of becoming the first team to sweep the eliminations since the implementation of the Final Four format in 1994. Then a Joel Banal-mentored Ateneo lineup forced a final four postseason with players like LA Tenorio, Larry Fonacier, and Enrico Villanueva. A season that Ateneo eventually won by beating the UE Red Warriors twice in the semis with James Yap as one of its star players for UE, then defeated La Salle in the finals.

We’ll never know how La Salle is preparing against Ateneo for Saturday but La Salle will have to triple their preparations for tomorrow and their game against FEU the following week, for them to have a step-ladder postseason.

A step-ladder has not happened since 2007 after the UE Red Warriors coached then by Dindo Pumaren swept the eliminations but eventually lost to La Salle in the finals that was coached by no other than Franz Pumaren and the whole of DLSU sporting teams coming back from a one year suspension.

The chances of DLSU sweeping will depend on the mayhem brought by Aldin Ayo’s system. If they get to limit Ateneo in all ends by halftime, it will be over for Ateneo. As for their game with FEU, it will be a grudge for the Tamaraws to force a final four.

The Same Circus With A New Bunch of Freaks

(President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Leila de Lima)

I’m really happy that I did not vote for Rodrigo Duterte during the last elections. But I did consider on voting for him along with the late senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. I’m also happy to see him argue with Senator Leila de Lima, a person who has been his nemesis since his days as mayor of Davao City, and de Lima who was then chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), respectively.

As of this writing de Lima still believes that there really is an armed group that gets rid of criminals in Duterte’s stronghold of Davao City which is the Davao Death Squad. There’s really no proof that there is a Davao Death Squad, unless you believe the statements made by Edgar Matobato during the Philippine Senate’s probe towards extrajudicial killings and summary killings.

Like Jack the Ripper and Loch Ness Monster, it has yet to be proven. More important is the leadership and authority of Duterte in this squad is yet to be proven.

I have never set foot on Davao City but to believe that there is a Davao Death Squad is simply absurd. Because if there really a Davao Death Squad in Davao, government officials should also have their own version death squads for the sake of getting rid of criminals or their political rivals in their city or province.

De Lima V Duterte and Aguirre

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Justice Secretary, Vitaliano Aguirre | (C) Marianne Bermudez, Inquirer |

It may look childish for some people that these government officials are arguing at any time of the day in this country, but to see it on the news or read about on paper is really entertaining than the soap operas provided by the networks in the Philippines.

What’s childish for me is Senator Antonio Trillanes IV versus Senator Alan Peter Cayetano arguing.

An ironic detail in this feud between Duterte and de Lima is they graduated from the same law school, San Beda College of Law. Duterte is years ahead of de Lima in their post graduate education. Even the appointed justice secretary of the Philippines, Vitaliano Aguirre II is a graduate of San Beda College of Law.

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De Lima and Aguirre | (C) Paterno Esmaquel II |

Recently, it is not only the president that de Lima is confronting; she is also confronting her successor in the Department of Justice, Secretary Aguirre who really hit it hard in presenting Herbert Colangco before the House of Representatives. De Lima answered back to Aguirre’s presentation in the House by telling the press that Aguirre forced Colangco to testify and the evidence is as false as the current secretary’s hair. To which I don’t care if Secretary Aguirre is wearing a wig.

Herbert Colangco

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Herbert Colangco

As for the involvement of Herbert Colangco he told the nation that de Lima gave him and his fellow inmates the full VIP treatment while he is in the country’s maximum penitentiary, the New Bilibid Prison.

Colangco is a convicted man for drugs and spear-headed a lot of robberies in the early 2000s. The most notable of Colangco’s crimes before he became a recording artist in prison, produced a music video, and a member of the ‘Bilibid 19’ was the robbery at the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation’s (RCBC) branch in Cabuyao, Laguna in 2008 that left ten people dead. He was arrested in 2009 in Iligan City then on October 2014 he was sentenced to life imprisonment before the Paranaque regional trial court.

The worst part with Colangco telling the nation what he knows is telling every person watching that hearing, Senator de Lima’s cell phone number. To which I texted de Lima saying, “How are you, you big fat monster?” and also, “Are you sleeping well?” if you are a advocate of the Liberal Party.

Valuable Inmate

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Jaybee Sebastian

The people only know of Colangco and his so-called rival Jaybee Sebastian. Two people who really lend their drug money towards the lady senator’s campaign back in May.

What’s curious about Jaybee Sebastian is why he demands to speak only to the president with what he knows about the Bilibid drug trade and other information, according to his lawyer.

Jaybee Sebastian is a valuable asset for some because he knows some things that would really place him in danger if he tells that information in public.

Whatever Jaybee Sebastian knows, it would definitely rock the nation. It would release a lot of evil just like how Pandora opened the box that released all of the evil in this world.

Recently, Sebastian is so valuable that the inmates being presented to the House of Representatives say that he had sexual relationships with de Lima when she was secretary of justice that makes de Lima look like a sugar mommy towards Jaybee Sebastian.

 

It’s just a shame that these events are getting the attention and curiosity of the people in a manner that’s very unethical to some people.

Paalam, Madam Miriam

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Photo by Efigenio Toledo IV, Philstar Global

Mag iisang linggo na pala.

So totoo lang, hindi pa rin ako makapaniwala na pumanaw na si Senador Miriam Defensor-Santiago. Kasi una, binoto ko siya. Higit sa lahat, ang boring na manood ng mga hearing sa senado, at hindi magbu bunganga ng ganito si Senador Leila de Lima sa kahit anong dahilan. Yan ay kung hindi nag hangad ang namayapang senador na tumakbo muli bilang pangulo ng Pilipinas sa pangatlong pagkakataon. Pero ayoko na rin balikan yung teknikalidad ng pagtakbo sa eleksyon.

Sa pag alala ko kay Senator Miriam, nakakatuwang isipin na ang kalihim ngayon ng Department of Justice na si Vitaliano Aguirre II, na noon ay abogado para sa prosecution panel noong kasagsagan ng paglilitis kay Renato Corona, taon 2012 ay naramdaman niya ang hagupit ng mga salita ng senador dahil sa pagtakip ng kanyang tenga sa harap ni Senador Miriam. Ang pinaka masama pa rito ay nasabihan pa na G-A-G-O ang buong prosecution panel dahil sa kanya.

Hindi lamang ito ang dahilan kaya talagang sinu subaybayan ang mga paglilitis na ito sa senado, apat na taon na ang naka lilipas.

Isa sa mga inabangan din ay ang pag imbestiga ng mga senador noon sa pork barrel scam kay Janet Lim-Napoles. Hindi ko man napanood mismo ang pagtanong ni Miriam kay Napoles na may soot na bulletproof vest, halata naman na gustong-gusto na rin itanong ng senadora kung talaga bang bulletproof ang soot niyang vest bago niya ito barilin.

At sinong makakalimot sa mga sagutan nila ni senador Juan Ponce Enrile? Isang tao na para bang nakakalimutan sundoin ni Dr. Kaye M. Tayan. Isang tao din na sinabi ng senadora na sa sobrang tanda ay present sa Huling Hapunan kasama ni Jesus.

Kung nakaupo pa rin si Miriam sa senado, malamang-sa-malamang ay sasabonin niya si Edgar Matobato sa paraan na inaasahan ko. Siyempre, bubungangaan si Matobato at panigurado tapos na agad ang senate inquiry bago mag Undas at hindi masasayang ang panahon at oras ng senado sa pagbuo at pagsasabatas ng mga panukalang batas.

Ini-imagine ko na lang talaga. Kung buhay pa rin talaga siya

Nakakalungkot isipin na dumagdag ang senadora sa tala ng mga tinubos ng sakit na cancer ngayon taon, tulad nina Alan Rickman at David Bowie.

Ang inakala kong mabubuhay pa siya at pwede pa namin sabihin na mali ang pagboto nila kay Pangulong Duterte pagdating ng 2022 ay hindi na namin magagawa dahil nga sa nangyari. Ganon pa man ay tinanggap ko ng buong loob ang resulta ng eleksyon ngunit hindi katanggap-tanggap na dinaig siya ni Jejomar Binay at naging ganon lamang ang dami ng kanyang boto dahil lamang sa kanyang kondisyon.

May ilang mga bagay lang din ako na hindi masyadong naunawaan noon sa huling niyang pag takbo, at ito ay kung bakit tila walang masamang tinapay ang senadora kay Pangulong Ferdinand Marcos kaya niya napili na makasama si Bongbong Marcos bilang pangalawang pangulo sa kanyang huling kandidatura.

Ang nasabi na lang ng tatay ko kaya walang masamang tinapay si Miriam sa nakakatandang Mmarcos ay dahil parehong abogado ang senadora at ang Pangulong Marcos. Tinuring na lang din ito ng iba na pag galang sa isang tao na nagtala ng isa sa mga pinaka mataas na marka sa kasaysayan ng Philippine Bar. Magaling na abogado bago sumabak sa larangan ng politika. Higit sa lahat, parehong sila nakapag tapos sa University of the Philippines College of Law, siyempre sa magkaibang panahon.

Walang papantay sa kung ano man ang nagawa niya para sa bayan nag lingkod sa tatlong sangay ng pamahalaan. Naging husgado, kawani ng gobyerno sa ehekutibo, at siyempre, senador na nasa lehislatura.

Nakapag tapos ng abogasya sa UP, pumasa sa Bar Exam, naging nominado para maging husgado sa International Criminal Court, boses ng kababaihan, pati na rin ng mga estudyante, at marami pang iba na hindi nakakamtam ng basta-basta.

Pinanindigan niya talaga ang pagiging “Iron Lady of Asia”, na kahit inaalmusal niya ay mga death threat, hate mails, at kung ano pang mga hate message, at hina high blood sa mga senate inquiry ay walang inatrasan, wala din sinanto.

Counting the Days and the Issues

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As much as I do not want to elaborate my perception towards the bombings in the Davao Night Market, I simply think that the explosion is a terrorist plot against President Rodrigo Duterte and the motive for me is psychological because it surely hit his stronghold and to redirect the president’s attention from his war on drugs to securing his stronghold, Davao and the country.

For the moment, the Abu Sayyaf Group is the one to blame for they are the closest terrorist group. Unless the Islamic State of Iran and Syria (ISIS) has truly invaded the country through influence. Another thing that made the incident possible is drug lords that sought refuge to groups like the ASG for the right price.

 

International spotlight

The one angle that made the Davao explosion happened is the president’s all out war on drugs. Through his close ally, Philippine National Police director general, Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, that really caught the attention of the international media through which Senator Alan Peter Cayetao and Leila de Lima told their versions of what happening to Christiane Amanpour on CNN. Senator Cayetano is cleary on the president’s side since he was Duterte’s running mate, while Leila de Lima is on the contrary.

When the Philippines makes the international headlines in this manner, I’m not that thrilled because simply because it is negative but on the bright side, we are telling the world that we are taking action no matter what it takes.

President Obama was supposed to meet with Duterte in Laos while the G20 summit is taking place. I heard the news that it didn’t push through while I was on my way to school. Which makes me think that Obama is neither ready to face the rough-talking president or they are both occupied with their own obligations. It kept me wondering why didn’t the meeting push through.

This supposed meeting takes me back to what my professor in theology said in his liberal view last Friday. In which he said that Obama wants to meet with Duterte not to tell him of how he should handle the war on drugs properly but to ask Duterte if he could bring back US troops and reestablish bases here.

It’s not simply helping out the Armed Forces of the Philippines to make the Chinese forces run with their heels but for the US to pursue their interests here in the Philippines.

As the exaggeration begins on why President Duterte called President Obama a “son of a *****”, I am now thinking that our president deliberately called it off because he does not really want a foreign power like Obama and the United States to tell him how he should really address the war on drugs and this makes the Philippines defiant for some people. And the action driving the Americans away for us to be left vulnerable against China.

 

Towards Day 100

The president is beyond his fiftieth day in office for his first one hundred days. The one thing I’m glad about this is how his administration is taking action in each department.

Although questionable of the manner they carry out their operations, I have no issues with the police. The transport department is getting things done slowly but surely. I just hope that with Duterte’s term, they can truly restore the train lines and place more trains.

The justice department should really expand city jails. I pity the criminals detained for they are trying their best to make the most of the spaces they are in. And Jay Taruc’s documentary in GMA7’s i-Witness is enough evidence that city jails and penitentiaries across the Philippines need some expansion. More important is how one prisoner has been detained longer than he should have been because of how slow the process of justice here in the Philippines and reforms should be made to make the process beneficial for both sides.

 

It’s just a few weeks away before his first one hundred days are over. It’ll be over quick if one person would just sleep on the succeeding days or a person is preoccupied with academics that he fails to check the news.

There are more issues bigger than this in the days to come, and they have yet to unfold.

When they Bear Arms

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It was a shooting spree in the United States days ago. And for a guy like me who lives half-way around the world with access to the internet and cable, it’s disturbing for a Filipino like me, to see the news or hear headlines that shooting incidents like the Orlando shooting at the Pulse nightclub and Christina Grimmie getting shot before that. Not to mention the other countless shootings that occurred in the last fifteen years seems to be more of a routine than a crime prevented. Even President Obama’s press releases have become a routine for him as well. The same goes for his predecessors.

It does not matter what drove the killers to shoot those innocent lives. Because whenever this shows up when I switch our TV to CNN, Fox, BBC and many other news outlets; I can’t understand why such incident have to take place.

 

In the Philippines, there are a few mass shootings that truly made our people mad the same way the world is right now towards hate crimes and shootings.

There was the Hacienda Luisita in 2004 in which farmers demanding for the rightful land that they’ve earned after years of planting and harvesting sugar. The massacre claimed the lives of those farmers. No thanks to the outgoing president Benigno S. Aquino’s family who are too greedy to give up a piece of their land to those rightful owners.

Years later the Maguindanao massacre on November 23, 2009. That placed the Philippines as one of the danger zones or hot spots for journalists around the world. The massacre was politically motivated that claimed the life of Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu’s wife and many others in that convoy.

Then there was the Kidapawan Massacre that killed people who only wanted their god-given rice. But instead of that, they were hurled with bullets.

 

When these situations happen, I really can’t understand the United States on why guns are so accessible to some states.

I asked my uncle living in the States, particularly in Texas. He said that owning a gun in Texas is a must and they are living up to the saying that “Don’t mess with Texas”.

I just thought that my uncle, being a veteran and mechanic for the US Army he has the privilege to own a gun but the state of requires him to do so. Not only because he is a veteran.

 

The problem that I see in the laws of the United States towards gun ownership and gun control is that they do not perform a background check towards some people who wants to avail any gun before giving them their desired firearm and making profit for their store.

It is not only in the real world that this problem occurs.

The idea may seem to be far-fetched but in video games like Grand Theft Auto, guns are truly accessible not just affordable if you activated a cheat code. The violence is closer at home and easily adapted when the adrenaline of playing a video gets the better of us.

So for a country like theirs, video games like that reflect what their society really is.

 

If such incident happened in the Philippines, I really don’t know what to do with myself if someone fires a sub-machine like an M4 carbine anywhere possible. Because if someone does; the only thing I know is to hide in the men’s room if it happens in a shopping mall, but knowing how malls have been tight with their security since the attack of the “Martilyo Gang” who stormed a jewelry shop by smashing their glassware and taking the jewelry. The same goes for that group who stormed Greenbelt in Makati years ago, carrying military grade weaponry to rob that jewelry watch store. But some malls have a gun shop located in underground floors. I don’t know how I’m going to protect myself if I’m far away from the men’s room with someone firing at will.

 

Mass shootings in the United States also took place in some schools across the US. But for the Philippines; schools like the one I’m attending, don’t fall in that category. Simply because we are not that “conyo” like those people studying in Taft Avenue, Katipunan Avenue or even that school in Dasma Village. And for the people studying in our institution; to drive a pimped ride and carry a gun at the same time is really dangerous. As for that conyo school in Makati, it school surely made the headlines years ago when some person brought a gun inside the school and tried to aim it towards someone.

More important is the people in our institution who always project themselves like those people would rather show off their automobiles than risk their lives wielding and concealing firearms, now that our incoming president is more than willing to bring someone to jail for any crime committed.

 

As for hate crimes like the one that occurred in Orlando at the Pulse Nightclub, I just hoped it won’t happen in the Philippines.

Hate crimes like the one that is just unimaginable and it’s definitely a nightmare, if it does take place here.

 

No one in Metro Manila can bring a military grade weapon and fire it before a crowd because NCR is no place for extremists. Not unless you are a radical agent of the NPA (New People’s Army) who knows how to hide his arsenal or an Abu Sayyaf agent that knows how to blend with the civilians after years of hiding in the woods to blend with the city.

 

There’s really not enough words and thought to ponder on why did those shootings happened. . .

Six months down

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It is now the month of June. The year is halfway done.

Schools in all over the Philippines will no longer open simultaneously this month because universities like the University of Sto. Tomas, Ateneo de Manila and all of the UP Campuses from Luzon, Visayas to Mindanao have shifted their academic calendars. Another thing is De La Salle University no longer starts their school year at May, moving the start of their school year to August.

Schools around the University Belt would still open this month if not one day after another, one week after another.  That also includes the schools of Muralla from PLM, Manila High School, Mapua, Lyceum and Letran

The rainy days are coming as well and it’s that time again to prepare rubber boots and raincoats to conquer the floods.

Thank God that some of the students of UST will no longer have to suffer the rainy days of June. But there’s still the onslaught of August all the way to October.

On my part, finally I will be roaming Letran as a full-fledge journalism major because I will now have majors as I enroll next week. I hope to find peace of mind with the program and classes that I will be attending. The best part of this is I only have one 7AM class!

 

In sports, June declares the winner of the NBA if the Warriors get to finish this series next game. In this month, the NCAA begins and the hope of defending the title will soon be witnessed for Letran. In baseball, teams are players are now starting to feel the hardships of the season in order to see if some can make it for the postseason on October. Football in Europe for Euro 2016 has now begun and I hope I get to see Germany and its line up so I could project what their lineup could be two years from now for the FIFA World Cup 2018.

The month of June as of the moment still mourns for the passing of Muhammad Ali. Everyone in the world is really grieving but rather than tears, athletes and different personalities looked on the bright side of his passing.

 

In the Philippines, on June 12; the country does not really celebrate its independence. We do not really celebrate our independence because Emilio Aguinaldo declared our independence prematurely. So premature that we didn’t know the Americans were about to set foot and eventually the Americans would fire their weapon towards a Filipino, igniting the Filipino-American War.

We are forced to commemorate a premature independence that dates back to 1898. For some it is the day of sovereignty. But how could we celebrate our sovereignty if the Chinese keeps on invading our waters?

For a person like me, it doesn’t matter if it’s South China or West Philippine Sea. Point is that this body of water is far away from Mainland China and closer to Hong Kong and Vietnam. Renaming this body of water would just make it harder not only for me but also for the countries claiming, fighting for their rights on some parts of it.

 

Days from now, we will no longer address Rodrigo Duterte as president-elect; as he makes it official by taking his oath-of-office on June 30 together with Leni Robredo as she will also take her oath as vice-president of this country.

I just don’t know what Duterte and Marcos discussed last night. But I think it’s something big. Probably a government position reserved just for Bongbong.

 

For the first one hundred days of the Duterte administration, I do not expect infrastructures just yet. But expect criminals doing their best to go deep, so deep that you will no longer use the term underground for their criminal activities. People like them trying their best not to get caught by the authorities. Because right now, just nineteen days before Duterte takes his oath-of-office the news networks here have been featuring a lot of drug busts, drug pushers and all kinds of criminals, and criminals trying their very best in begging to Duterte before the camera not to rot in jail with the fear of the death penalty that could possibly get back in this government if the next congress would pass it.

Talk about drugs, getting high for the wrong reasons and even getting laid, I was really saving this thought for a different post, on why you can’t make me go to raves, clubs and parties, like Close Up’s Forever Summer or Hydro Manila that gets to enter schools like my school or wherever. One factor that can’t make me come to raves is there’s no real music. How is EDM music, really?! It’s for singles to hook up that they should just wear a shirt that says, “I DON’T WANT TO BE A VIRGIN ANYMORE, I WANT TO GET LAID”, rather than wearing skimpy and revealing outfits for girls. While guys try to wear tank tops making themselves look like f*** boys with muscles jacked up by steroids. Another person should wear a shirt that says, “I HAVE CANDY AND IT’S FREE OF CHARGE.” Then you realize that you just chewed drugs and you end up literally drop dead after inducing those drugs.

 

Events like this and the incident that occurred on Close Up’s event should really get the attention of the very top because as Duterte said from his campaign ads and those debates, he hates drug. In his first hundred days, people working at the Dangerous Drugs Board together with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency should be able to classify the drugs like this as very dangerous and should be labeled for the moment as “Party Drugs” — more dangerous than marijuana and alcohol.

Do not tell that I’m missing half of my life by not coming with you and attending these events.

 

Another expectation in his first one hundred days is that I do not expect the number of trains in the MRT or LRT lines to increase just yet, because the last secretary of the DOTC screwed with the transactions of how things will go for the MRT and the LRT with the number of trains and the improvement of each stations. For example, some the escalators of LRT-2’s Recto Station no longer work. The electronic screen that flashes how long before the next train arrives no longer flashes those red lights. As for the Santolan Station, the x-rays machines for bags no longer work.

One thing I would really like to see happen in his first one hundred days is to ease traffic by regulating the sales of cars from car dealers and their showrooms to second hand dealers. Another thing that the incoming administration should do is to impose a huge amount of tax to car owners that they will be discouraged to pay the tax and take the taxi instead.

 

In this month, we celebrate and honor Sir Paul McCartney and I hope Sir Paul is okay because I am bummed that legends like Muhammad Ali, David Bowie, Prince, Maurice White from the hit group Earth, Wind and Fire, Alan Rickman have passed on. I don’t want another legend dying with the year halfway done.

(KNOCK ON WOOD)

 

The worst thing that happened today in music if you’re a fan of The Voice in the US is the shocking news that their alumna Christina Grimmie has died. Sad for her fans and it’s just wrong.

 

Politicians in the United States should do something with their laws for owning guns and gun control. Because no one in the world wants to be shocked with the news that a person fired this gun and these shots towards a crowd in a mall, a preschool, or anywhere, when some in their hotel rooms or homes gets hold of the remote and switch it to news channels like CNN of Fox.

 

I only wish for better days ahead and I only have a few days to go before my school starts on June 29. I don’t even know how to make it last, the way my sister does right now by binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy.

I have a hard drive. But I don’t know what movie to watch with it when I get to plug it behind our TV while she’s there watching Grey’s on our PC because me, my sister and brother share the same room and we do not have a headset so she can intimately binge watch it.

 

I just want her to leave and go to Korea right now together with everyone in her school this month.

The Man Who Made His Last Sting Before Floating Like a Butterfly: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali

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It was Saturday morning here in Manila when I first saw a link posted on Bleacher Report’s Facebook page that Muhammad Ali is in his critical state. Later that day, I was on my laptop trying to find inspiration for something to write and I was thinking of a way express my true feelings to someone, until I switched on our TV and streamed on the channels then I saw a headline on Aljazeera that says “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali has already passed away.

The next day, I didn’t really know how to react towards the photo that Michael J. Fox posted on his Twitter account, in which he wore a boxing gear posing as if he is about to punch Ali, while Muhammad Ali was just standing defending himself by holding his head. Basically it shows two people battling Parkinson’s disease but unfortunately, the other just ended his fight.

 

I was not born yet when Muhammad Ali proclaimed that he is “The Greatest” and also when he said the immortal words “Float like a butterfly sting like a bee” in an interview while he is at the gym — training. And I was not born yet when he beat Sonny Liston and George Foreman in different occasion and even when he lost to Joe Frazier especially when he beat Frazier in ‘Thrilla in Manila’ held at the Araneta Coliseum on October 1, 1975.

As a kid growing up, I got to know Muhammad Ali as a fighter that a gamer can play in Fight Night on PS2 or Xbox. It didn’t matter to me if I win or lose with Muhammad Ali, because back then, my only goal was to make a good hurl of combos and give that knockout punch.

 

As I grew up, I got to know more about Muhammad Ali, as more than just a game character that you get to play in a video game or watch in a highlight reel on YouTube from his best fights against Liston, Foreman and Frazier. Because like Jackie Robinson and Martin Luther Kingmuhammad_ali_dr._king_ap_img; he was also an advocate of civil rights during the civil rights movement, in and out of the ring.

 

In his prime and the height of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, his sporting counterparts in each sporting league in North America were also fighting for their rights and not just climbing their way up.

 

Jackie Robinson is starting to pave the pave way for African-Americans to join professional sporting leagues, breaking baseball’s color barrier in April of 1947 when he was called by then Brooklyn Dodgers to play in the Major League. But this won’t be as steady as it seemed.

In those days, African-American a basketball player like Bill Russell had to play his best in both ends of the court and if it wasn’t for Boston Celtics legendary head coach Red Auerbach, the Celtics may not have built that Celtic dynasty from the1950s to the 1960s, and many others would soon follow in each sport and in each decade that came by.

 

It has been said that he refused to fight in the Vietnam War, because he does want to be involved in a war that America should not have fought. Since America was fighting the threat that is communism at that time. Sooner or later America ended up losing lives until it gave up in the early 1970s.

Ali paid the price for his refusal which cost him his world title and he was prohibited from fighting, until he got the green light to fight again then eventually reclaim the title that was deprived of him.

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The meeting of top African-American athletes in June 1967. Seated from the left most side; Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics, “The Greatest”, Cleveland Browns’ running back Jim Brown, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who was then Lew Alcindor an undergraduate and playing basketball for the UCLA Bruins.

Muhammad Ali is a larger-than-life figure. He is beyond sports.

He did not just inspire fighters that wanted to fight like him and become world heavyweight champion. Muhammad Ali is a life coach himself and we just don’t know it. Even if we do not hire his services, just like how Bruce Lee is often quoted for saying “Be water, my friend” or how others also quote Biblical verses.

Ali and his quotes serve as motivation in all aspects. More important is that it leads us to a certain perspective that we must understand the best way that we can.

 

The man who has no imagination has no wings.”

As an aspiring writer, I try my best to imagine, and create ideas for me to get that wings Muhammad Ali speak of.

I do not just want to write with what I’m really capable of doing right now, since I started writing for this WordPress account. I try my best with my best friend and former EIC to start up ideas, and be able to write short stories that I hope to finish for a certain season later this year.

More important is that we must imagine something that would really give meaning to our lives for us to fly with those wings.

 

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”

True enough because Muhammad Ali as boxer has already maximized that. As a humanitarian he has done more than enough through for the marginalized anywhere in the world that made his stay worthwhile. Most important is the help that he provided in finding the cure for Parkinson’s disease.

As ordinary people, no matter what the line of work is, we must serve everyone to the best of our abilities so we can really make our stay on earth truly great.

 

“The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.”

In connection with the previous quote, we must always have a different view of the world as we grow old so we can truly pay for our rent here on earth.

We should not just view the world differently at fifty simply because we aged and reached that particular age. We must always change our views or perspective. So we cannot waste the remaining years that we have before some of us reach fifty.

I’m twenty seven years away from fifty. I do not just want to waste my time and life by writing for this website. Because there will come a time, that I may have to stop and do something else. In which I have to discover for myself along the way.

 

“I know where I am going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.”

This quote from The Greatest just brought me back to the moment when I was deciding on what I really want to take up before I set foot on college. Also in deciding on what I really want to study in college. Then my issue of shifting or transition from being a psychology major to journalism major.

Other than that, this is also standing up for what you really know is right. It’s giving one’s self that freedom on what they really wanted to be. Or what really want to do with their life.

This is also reflective of how Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali when he decided to change his spiritual belief to Islam in the early sixties. Another is his decision not to join the army after he was drafted for Vietnam.

Lastly, the truth in that quote is that Ali’s war is in the ring, not in Vietnam. More important according him, Cassius Clay is his slave name and as a citizen of a free country like the United States, he had the freedom of changing his spiritual and political belief.

 

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”

He did take a risk and again it’s his decision not to join the army after the draft.

He is more than courageous to trash talk before and after his fights, because his fighting style truly back up his trash talk.

He is the grand daddy of trash talking I must say.

The trash talks of UFC fighter Connor McGregor to undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (vice-versa) in any medium are nothing. Even Baron Geisler’s trash talk towards Kiko Matos here in the Philippines,  whether it is scripted or not are nothing to what Ali has said to anyone that he has fought throughout his career.

With all the trash talk that he has said, he did accomplish a lot in the ring.

 

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”

I was not really going to include this because it’s overly used, like some song to become a soundtrack for a movie.

Ali truly lived up to these words because of his hand speed, agility, and footwork that many have tried to replicate particularly, Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Unlike Mayweather Jr., Ali does not give a lot of hugs the way Mayweather Jr. does when he fought Manny Pacquiao until his last fight. More important is the punching power.

This quote is not only applicable in the context of sports particularly boxing and mixed martial arts. This quote can also be applicable to any team sport like basketball and volleyball. For teams to have that Muhammad Ali state of mind, of course not to the point where players also have to do the trash talking and punching towards their opponent in each game.

Outside sports, we can apply this towards love for both boys and girls. Who seemed to look like wallflowers then one day they become dressed so good, and so beautiful that you can’t recognize them.

That’s really floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee.

 

With that, may he inspire more people not only people who dream to become world champion in any sport but also in all aspects of life.

 

REST IN POWER

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Why Bongbong Lost

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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.

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?