Has VP Binay hijacked the Philippines through the Makati Sister Cities program?

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Movement that has been started to address the Binay character issue

A great many people believe that Vice President Jejomar Binay does not have the proper character requirements to be the President of the Philippines. Even if criminal accusations against him are not yet upheld in court, they are so pronounced and horrendous as to stain the nation’s reputation and ability to do good works if he becomes President.

The allegations and acts become a part of the “character judgment” citizens ought to be making when deciding for whom to vote.

This is what well-informed people typically see when they consider Jejomar Binay:

  • An office building worth P900 million sold to taxpayers for P2.3 billion in a process of rigged bidding.
  • Lies presented to justify the amount: green building, special foundations, world class, run-up of steel prices, approved by COA.
  • Other evidence of abuse of power, including ownership of a lavish hacienda, suspicious property transactions, suspicious banking transactions, and not looking after the Boy Scouts’ best interests.
  • Avoidance of due process: witnesses on the run (the Limlingans) or forced to testify (Chongs), or using legal processes to avoid testifying (Mayor Binay).
  • Character assassination by the Binays of anyone who questions their acts.
  • Undermining of independent agencies of the Ombudsman, Commission on Audit, and Anti Money Laundering Council with accusations that they are working for political aims.
  • Premature campaigning, violating the spirit of COMELEC campaign rules, if not the law.

These are stains. Bad ones. The President of the Philippines should not have such stains by any common ethical or judgmental standards. The stains become real, undermining trust and damaging the nation’s credibility among alliance partners, investors and trade partners. They break down trust within the nation. They could lead to civic unrest.

Oddly, Vice President Binay continues to hold the public’s favor in surveys. This is largely because of two major factors:

  1. Local leaders advocate for the Vice President. The Makati Sister City program is enormous. It is a governmental agency outside of the ordinary agency. There are 625 Makati Sister Cities.
  2. Vice President Binay has been campaigning for years, offering relief goods under the Binay label, candies, rice, candles, and other goods. And he spreads the word that it is “those other guys” in government who are the corrupt ones. The masses buy the story.

Other candidates will have to break through these two barriers to win votes. I’ll address the second point, Binay campaigning, in another blog. In this one, the Makati Sister Cities are front and center.

To do civic due diligence, should voters not know where heads of Local Government Units (LGUs) stand on the matter of corruption in general, and Vice President Binay in particular? A statement in favor of the Vice President sends a clear message about the values of the LGU head. A statement opposed to the Vice President sends a clear message about the values of the LGU head. Even a neutral or “undecided” statement sends a clear message about the values of the LGU head.

So I think a project to identify where LGU heads stand on “Binay for President”, by name, would be a healthy undertaking.

The scope of the Makati Sister City project clearly has politics, not service, written all over it.

Has the Vice President already taken over the Philippines? Has his Makati network and decade of campaigning usurped free and fair elections as envisioned in the Constitution and COMELEC charter?

The rest of this blog will profile the Makati Sister City organization and identify the Sister Cities. We can talk about a next step in the discussion thread: how to get definitive statements from the LGU heads regarding Vice President Binay. The only thing I would say is that it is not appropriate for an American to do this kind of real civic work. All I can do is offer up opinions. And I would opine that the Makati Sister City program . . . for the good of the nation . . . should be unwound. One way or another.

This table shows how extensive the Makati Sister City program is. Follow the red cells. They identify Sister provinces, Sister provincial capitals, and number of Sister LGU’s (“Sis LGU”) tied to Vice President Binay in some form. You can also see why a tie-in with the Arroyo clan in Pampanga is such a good strategic idea for the Binay campaign. It fills a geographic hole in Region III.

 

Sister City Table

 

Here is a list of all Makati Sister Cities, as of June 1, 2015. The list was drawn from the Makati web site. I know it is long and tedious and you have to scroll through it to get to the comments section of the blog. As you do that, reflect on this government within a government that the Vice President has established. Does it seem to you as it seems to me, that this is a hijacking of Philippine democracy, and possibly using corrupt means to do so?

Do you believe the heads of Sister City LGUs ought to be held to account for their allegiance to Makati, rather than the Philippines?

 

Makati Sister Cities
 PROVINCE OF ABRA
13 DOLORES
34 LICUAN-BAAY
82 DANGLAS
113 LA PAZ
136 SAN QUINTIN
140 SAN ISIDRO
182 TINEG
217 SAL-LAPADAN
218 VILLAVICIOSA
238 LUBA
266 MANABO
267 BUCLOC
268 BUCAY
275 PILAR
290 BANGUED
424 TAYUM
592 LACUB
 PROVINCE OF AGUSAN DEL NORTE
369 BUTUAN
384 MAGALLANES
525 BUENAVISTA
602 CABADBARAN
615 BUENAVISTA
 PROVINCE OF AGUSAN DEL SUR
177 STA JOSEFA
 PROVINCE OF AKLAN
284 MALAY
297 MALAY
310 NABAS
540 MAKATO
546 LIBACAO
 PROVINCE OF ALBAY
21 TABACO
79 MALINAO
99 BACACAY
122 LEGAZPI
134 GUINOBATAN
181 MALINAO
292 LIBON
344 STO DOMINGO
537 DARAGA
 PROVINCE OF ANTIQUE
37 ANINI-Y
38 TOBIAS FORNIER
160 SEBASTE
172 HAMTIC
178 VALDERRAMA
220 LIBERTAD
255 TIBIAO
325 PATNONGON
380 LAUA-AN
444 PANDAN
489 SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA
610 BUGASONG
 PROVINCE OF APAYAO
121 FLORA
126 PUDTOL
299 KABUGAO
 PROVINCE OF AURORA
61 CASIGURAN
109 DIPACULAO
411 DINGALAN
419 DILASAG
443 MARIA AURORA
 PROVINCE OF BASILAN
362 UNGKAYA PUKAN
575 TUBURAN
 PROVINCE OF BATAAN
330 MARIVELES
437 HERMOSA
446 AMAL
463 PILAR
474 ABUCAY
 PROVINCE OF BATANGAS
68 ALITAGTAG
116 SAN JUAN
137 MABINI
194 CALATAGAN
250 BALETE
291 LIPA
294 CUENCA
345 MALVAR
346 TAAL
353 SAN PASCUAL
449 IBAAN
483 LAUREL
531 OBO
613 TUY
 PROVINCE OF BENGUET
14 BOKOD
189 TOGON
198 ATOK
236 KAPANGAN
407 KABAYAN
451 LA TRINIDAD
502 BAGUIO
553 BUGUIAS
567 BAKUN
164 MANKAYAN
 PROVINCE OF BILIRAN
75 BILIRAN
76 CULABA
376 NAVAL
416 BILIRAN
460 ALMERIA
478 CAIBIRAN
504 KAWAYAN
 PROVINCE OF BOHOL
16 BUENAVISTA
45 GARCIA-HERNANDEZ
67 GUINDULMAN
71 MARIBOJOC
97 DAUIS
108 CLARIN
139 PRESIDENT CARLOS P GARCIA
166 JAGNA
214 UBAY
247 CORTES
252 PILAR
259 SAGBAYAN
260 BILAR
277 DUERO
365 BATUAN
475 BIEN UNIDO
480 BACLAYON
482 CARMEN
484 SAN MIGUEL
495 DANAO
497 LOAY
536 GETAFE
620 TAGBILARAN CITY
 PROVINCE OF BUKIDNON
19 DANGCAGAN
83 SUMILAO
119 MANOLO FORTICH
157 MALITBOG
190 KADINGILAN
249 BAUNGON
341 MALAYBALAY
421 KALILANGAN
521 VALENCIA
 PROVINCE OF BULACAN
63 MARILAO
156 OBANDO
351 MEYCAUAYAN
533 HAGONOY
556 SAN JOSE DEL MONTE
 PROVINCE OF CAGAYAN
52 RIZAL
72 GATTARAN
73 AMULONG
225 GONZAGA
293 BAGGAO
338 TUGUEGARAO
339 BAGGAO
473 ENRILE
572 PEÑABLANCA
582 LASAM
 PROVINCE OF CAMARINES NORTE
111 CAPALONGA
162 TALISAY
195 SAN LORENZO RUIZ
197 LABO
342 PARACALE
368 BASUD
500 SAN VICENTE
534 DAET
583 JOSE PANGANIBAN
588 MERCEDES
 PROVINCE OF CAMARINES SUR
17 BOMBON
64 SIPOCOT
74 MINALABAC
144 DEL GALLEGO
159 LIBMANAN
168 CANAMAN
201 TINAMBAC
230 CABUSAO
282 CAMALIGAN
307 CARAMOAN
320 SAN JOSE
326 GAINZA
415 BULA
431 RAGAY
453 BALATAN
515 SIRUMA
558 CALABANGA
573 PILI
605 TIGAON
 PROVINCE OF CAMIGUIN
29 SAGAY
563 MAMBAJAO
 PROVINCE OF CAPIZ
313 SAPIAN
329 ROXAS
343 CUARTERO
361 JAMINDAN
367 IVISAN
375 SIGMA
402 DAO
596 DUMARAO
 PROVINCE OF CATANDUANES
24 CARAMORAN
28 SAN MIGUEL
41 PANGANIBAN
42 VIGA
210 BATO
216 PANDAN
 PROVINCE OF CAVITE
80 TERNATE
302 ROSARIO
317 BACOOR
377 MENDEZ
594 GENERAL TRIAS
618 GEN EMILIO AGUINALDO
 PROVINCE OF CEBU
6 ALCANTARA
123 LAPU-LAPU
127 BANTAYAN
129 ASTURIAS
167 SAN FERNANDO
192 BORBON
203 PORO
261 BALAMBAN
371 TABUELAN
378 CARMEN
420 BARILI
467 TUBURAN
498 SANTA FE
503 PINAMUNGAJAN
505 SAN REMIGIO
506 TABOGON
541 TOLEDO
543 BOGO
549 LILO-AN
554 DALAGUETE
560 COMPOSTELA
561 TUDELA
564 TALISAY
 PROVINCE OF COMPOSTELA VALLEY
39 PANTUKAN
90 NABUNTURAN
125 COMPOSTELA
206 MARAGUSAN
 PROVINCE OF COTABATO
23 MIDSAYAP
370 KABACAN
492 KIDAPAWAN
590 TUPI
 PROVINCE OF DAVAO
509 THE ISLAND GARDEN CITY OF SAMAL
510 PANABO
 PROVINCE OF DAVAO DEL NORTE
84 SULOP
183 KAPALONG
529 TAGUM
 PROVINCE OF DAVAO DEL SUR
1 BANSALAN
508 DIGOS
 PROVINCE OF DAVAO ORIENTAL
228 LUPON
580 MATI
 PROVINCE OF DAVAO ORIENTAL SUR
143 BANAYBANAY
 PROVINCE OF EASTERN SAMAR
107 SAN POLICARPO
115 GUIUAN
205 LLORENTE
289 BORONGAN
512 HERNANI
624 CAN-AVID
 PROVINCE OF IFUGAO
35 MAYOYAO
36 TINOC
46 AGUINALDO
89 KIANGAN
301 LAMUT
425 HUNGDUAN
442 BANAUE
 PROVINCE OF ILOCOS NORTE
163 PIDDIG
300 SARRAT
321 SOLSONA
333 DINGRAS
465 PAOAY
469 BACARRA
520 BATAC
522 PAGUDPUD
603 LAOAG CITY
 PROVINCE OF ILOCOS SUR
70 SUYO
114 CABUGAO
232 SUGPON
513 CERVANTES
519 STA CRUZ
604 SIGAY
607 CITY OF VIGAN
608 STA LUCIA
 PROVINCE OF ILOILO
53 CABATUAN
92 SANTA BARBARA
95 ZARRAGA
131 BADIANAGAN
133 GUIMBAL
169 ESTACIA
208 POTOTAN
212 CARLES
278 AJUY
281 BATAD
303 BATAD
315 IGBARAS
318 SAN MIGUEL
379 TIGBAUAN
382 MIAG-AO
405 NEW LUCENA
408 JANIUAY
417 PASSI
493 MINA
499 SAN JOAQUIN
527 TUBUNGAN
581 PAVIA
584 DUMANGAS
589 OTON
611 CITY OF ILOILO
 PROVINCE OF ISABELA
4 SAN MARIANO
27 STO TOMAS
62 ANGADANAN
81 DIVILACAN
98 MACONACON
179 SAN PABLO
193 STA MARIA
334 DELFIN ALBANO
404 PALANAN
566 ILAGAN
625 CABAGAN
 PROVINCE OF KALINGA
101 PINUKPUK
185 TABUK
491 TINGLAYAN
609 LUBUAGAN
 PROVINCE OF LA UNION
86 NAGUILIAN
146 SUDIPEN
150 SANTOL
265 TUBAO
288 CABA
304 BURGOS
348 BAUANG
496 AGOO
 PROVINCE OF LAGUNA
106 PANGIL
132 RIZAL
149 MABITAC
158 MAJAYJAY
176 FAMY
186 SAN PEDRO
242 PAKIL
246 SANTA MARIA
363 LUISIANA
406 PAETE
418 LUMBAN
433 VICTORIA
532 SAN PABLO
542 STA ROSA
574 PAGSANJAN
577 PILA
578 STA CRUZ
587 MAGDALENA
595 CALAMBA
599 MAJAYJAY
 PROVINCE OF LANAO DEL NORTE
12 BALOI
18 PANTAR
191 SALVADOR
202 BAROY
591 ILIGAN CITY
 PROVINCE OF LANAO DEL SUR
204 DITSAAN-RAMAIN
374 MARAWI
422 LUMBACA UNAYAN
 PROVINCE OF LEYTE
102 CAPOOCAN
104 HILONGOS
112 KANANGA
175 TOLOSA
199 SAN ISIDRO
235 MACARTHUR
245 CARIGARA
257 ISABEL
258 JAVIER
262 MATALOM
283 SANTA FE
309 TABANGO
331 LA PAZ
332 HINDANG
355 BATO
356 BARUGO
358 ABUYOG
360 BABATNGON
409 MAYORGA
423 DAGAMI
447 PASTRANA
471 TANAUAN
494 BURAUEN
518 DULAG
523 SAN MIGUEL
535 JULITA
548 ALANGALANG
557 CALUBIAN
598 PALOMPON
 PROVINCE OF MAGUINDANAO
32 DATU ABDULLAH SANGKI
66 MATANOG
 PROVINCE OF MARINDUQUE
340 STA CRUZ
550 TORRIJOS
 PROVINCE OF MASBATE
120 SAN PASCUAL
219 MILAGROS
386 DIMASALANG
514 AROROY
 PROVINCE OF MINDORO ORIENTAL
530 POLA
 PROVINCE OF MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL
47 LOPEZ JAENA
105 PLARIDEL
511 OZAMIZ
516 ALORAN
524 CALAMBA
544 OROQUIETA
614 TANGUB
621 TANGUB
 PROVINCE OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL
25 BINUANGAN
54 OPOL
78 LIBERTAD
196 INITAO
222 VILLANUEVA
306 MAGSAYSAY
316 MEDINA
335 UGAIT
414 BALINGOAN
466 TALISAYAN
526 CAGAYAN DE ORO
 PROVINCE OF MOUNTAIN PROVINCE
88 PARACELIS
207 TADIAN
271 BAUKO
287 SAGADA
 PROVINCE OF NEGROS OCCIDENTAL
165 HIMAMAYLAN
312 PALUPANDAN
464 MURCIA
481 MANAPLA
601 TALISAY CITY
 PROVINCE OF NEGROS ORIENTAL
22 CANLAON
60 AYASAN
209 ZAMBOANGUITA
545 DUMAGUETE
559 TANJAY
 PROVINCE OF NORTH COTABATO
452 MAKILALA
 PROVINCE OF NORTHERN SAMAR
9 SAN VICENTE
43 CAPUL
55 SAN ROQUE
59 GAMAY
110 SAN ISIDRO
215 BIRI
221 LAVAZARES
240 BOBON
426 LOPE DE VEGA
 PROVINCE OF NUEVA ECIJA
8 QUEZON
30 RIZAL
118 CABIAO
223 GENERAL M NATIVIDAD
256 NAMPICUAN
279 CUYAPO
347 LUPAO
387 GUIMBA
477 GAPAN
487 SAN LEONARDO
488 JAEN
565 LICAB
568 MUÑOZ
617 TALUGTUG
619 STO DOMINGO
 PROVINCE OF NUEVA VIZCAYA
50 DIADI
327 SOLANO
385 BAMBANG
569 BAYOMBONG
 PROVINCE OF OCCIDENTAL MINDORO
170 PALUAN
468 RIZAL
479 AN JOSE
552 ABRA DE ILOG
 PROVINCE OF ORIENTAL MINDORO
364 BULALACAO
517 ROXAS
570 NAUJAN
 PROVINCE OF PALAWAN
7 DUMARAN
58 TAYTAY
130 CUYO
145 BROOKE’S POINT
200 NARRA
237 ROXAS
269 CORON
311 BATARAZA
372 ABORLAN
430 QUEZON
547 PUERTO PRINCESA
 PROVINCE OF PAMPANGA
10 CITY OF ANGELES
412 MINALIN
472 MASANTOL
579 MEXICO
 PROVINCE OF PANGASINAN
3 SAN JACINTO
26 ALCALA
69 SAN NICOLAS
93 BUGALLON
128 ANDA
135 DASAOL
188 NATIVIDAD
229 ASINGAN
270 STA MARIA
280 BALUNGAO
403 AGUILAR
428 BURGOS
438 TAYUG
439 VILLASIS
450 MANGALDAN
454 ALAMINOS
455 MANAOAG
458 SAN CARLOS
459 SANTO TOMAS
501 SAN QUINTIN
528 BAYAMBANG
576 ROSALES
612 SAN FABIAN
 PROVINCE OF QUEZON
33 MACALELON
51 GUINAYANGAN
94 REAL
117 TAYABAS
124 QUEZON
138 TAGKAWAYAN
148 SAN NARCISO
153 GENERAL LUNA
161 SAN ANDRES
174 GENERAL NAKAR
184 POLILLO
241 MAUBAN
244 ATIMONAN
254 INFANTA
263 CALAUAG
264 PEREZ
373 LOPEZ
434 PANUKULAN
448 PITOGO
551 GUMACA
562 ALABAT
585 LUCBAN
596 LUCENA
597 MULANAY
616 GUMACA
 PROVINCE OF QUIRINO
231 MADDELA
 PROVINCE OF RIZAL
20 RODRIGUEZ
359 CAINTA
381 TAYTAY
389 SAN MATEO
436 TERESA
490 CARDONA
539 MORONG
622 MORONG
 PROVINCE OF ROMBLON
180 CAJIDIOCAN
226 SAN FERNANDO
248 CORCUERA
328 MAGDIWANG
461 ALCANTARA
507 BANTON
538 SAN ANDRES
571 STA MARIA
586 LOOC
 PROVINCE OF SAMAR
11 PAGSANGHAN
322 SAN JORGE
323 MOTIONG
324 BASEY
366 CALBAYOG
388 STA MARGARITA
410 SAN JOSE DE BUAN
432 MATUGUINAO
435 CALBIGA
456 DARAM
485 VILLAREAL
486 CATBALOGAN
555 STA RITA
606 ZUMARRAGA
 PROVINCE OF SARANGANI
31 ALABEL
141 GLAN
470 MAITUM
 PROVINCE OF SORSOGON
2 JUBAN
40 STA NAGDALENA
87 IROSIN
285 DONSOL
296 GUBAT
319 PILAR
600 SORSOGON CITY
 PROVINCE OF SOUTH COTABATO
305 TANTANGAN
308 STO NIÑO
 PROVINCE OF SOUTHERN LEYTE
103 SAN FRANCISCO
151 ANAHAWAN
171 PINTUYAN
224 HINUNANGAN
233 LIBAGON
298 ST BERNARD
 PROVINCE OF SULTAN KUDARAT
56 PRESIDENT QUIRINO
227 TACURONG
243 KALAMANSIG
272 EBAK
 PROVINCE OF SULU
85 PANGLIMA ESTINO
100 BANGUINGUI
427 JOLO
 PROVINCE OF SURIGAO DEL NORTE
96 GIGAQUIT
154 DAPA
187 PILAR
211 GENERAL LUNA
239 SISON
273 DEL CARMEN
295 GENERAL LUNA
445 BURGOS
 PROVINCE OF SURIGAO DEL SUR
213 CANTILAN
234 LIANGA
314 TANDAG
354 CAGWAIT
 PROVINCE OF TARLAC
5 ANTA IGNACIA
142 ANAO
147 CAPAS
383 SAN JOSE
462 PANIQUI
593 GERONA
623 VICTORIA
 PROVINCE OF TAWI-TAWI
253 BONGAO
 PROVINCE OF ZAMBALES
155 PALAUIG
251 MASINLOC
274 SAN FELIPE
429 CABANGAN
 PROVINCE OF ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE
15 SIBUCO
48 RIZAL
91 MUTIA
173 SIAYAN
337 KATIPUNAN
441 LABASON
 PROVINCE OF ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR
49 ZAMBOANGA
57 TUKURAN
77 TABINA
152 MAHAYAG
336 LAKE WOOD
349 MOLAVE
350 BAYOG
390 MIDSALIP
391 DIMATALING
392 SAN PABLO
393 DINAS
394 VINCENZO SAGUN
395 DUMINGAG
396 SAN MIGUEL
397 OSEFINA
398 TIGBAO
399 DUMALINAO
400 SOMINOT
401 GUIPOS
440 TABINA
 PROVINCE OF ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY
65 ALICIA
276 MALANGAS
457 BUUG
476 IPIL
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Comments
205 Responses to “Has VP Binay hijacked the Philippines through the Makati Sister Cities program?”
  1. I dont trust this ambulance chaser, personally I think this guy is saying this to discredit Grace Poe but I’ve been wrong before and may be wrong in this.

    :http://harryroque.com/2015/06/04/questions-for-poe/

    What are the society’s opinion in this ?

  2. With respect to the Makati Sister LGU Program, can’t we get Bondal or Mercado to challenge the program in court?

    The first best would be as you opined that the electorate of the sis LGU’s hold their officials as necessarily anti corruption otherwise kick them out.

    • Joe America says:

      The legal process route requires laws to stand on, and that seems intricate, time consuming, and difficult.

      Making the Sister City relationship a local issue would bring discussion of Binay’s character to the forefront.

      Another option I suppose would be a program to unwind the program. To convince local leaders to break the agreement lest they be seen as having sold their LGU to the devil. And, or, are unpatriotic by having an allegiance to a subordinate interest, rather than the Philippines.

      Which brings a smile, as I think about all the people protesting the BBL because they think it will create a separate state. What has the Sister Cities program done?

      • Elso Cabangon says:

        The Sister Cities program looks like a misnomer, if it means sisterhood between chartered cities. Am surprised to see that my small town of Alabat, Quezon is in the list. But I have to concede that what Jojo has done and is doing is a diabolically creative scheme.

        • Joe America says:

          Right, Elso. It illustrates how long and hard he has been working to realize his dream. What do the citizens of Makati get from the program? They build the hospital and school and hotel for citizens of other towns? What does the Vice President personally get from the program?

          Diabolical, indeed. The King of Makati.

          • Abraham Tible says:

            Hi Joe,

            The said binay program is a ploy for him to get elected.The LGU’s are beholden to him and at the expense of the we pay in Makati City. Poor Makati residents!

        • “a diabolically creative scheme”

          I agree, I’m starting to like this Binay fella. If he’s this crafty, let’s see what he can do as President. As long as he doesn’t follow Marcos’ route, and respects his term limit, a vote for craftiness may prove a positive here–I’m thinking Binay’s more of a Nixon, craftiness not thieving.

          The thieving will be problematic, but since this is pretty much the standard there, why not keep an eye on his thieving, but give the guy some room for his ingenuity in politics.

          Awaiting the Duterte article, but these Roxas & Poe characters don’t strike me as crafty.

          • Joe America says:

            The Duterte article is cooking. Maybe next week after josephivo’s article, tomorrow, which you will enjoy, I am confident. Roxas is considered to be a problem-solver by his colleagues. It is perhaps hard for us to see that, or know the outputs. Poe is crafty I think. But I don’t know that it is a problem-solving kind of crafty; more a trapo, interpersonal kind.

            • Looking forward to both articles, Joe. Can I get your readership to translate this Duterte ad:
              httpv://youtu.be/44_YfrS9OBc

              • let’s try this:

                [embed]https://youtu.be/44_YfrS9OBc[/embed]

              • Or just this then:

              • Joe America says:

                If they so choose.

              • It’s way to long to transcribe and input to Google translate, but I noticed a Jesus Christ and a dove, Holy Spirit, is the ad religious in nature? I thought Duterte was a cowboy.

              • karl garcia says:

                In Manila ginoo is gentleman in Bisaya it is lord god, in Manila langgam is an ant in Bisaya it is a bird… Libog confused/aroused,,,,,,,,,,,

              • karl garcia says:

                tapang – bravery,courage. malasakit= compassion

              • Thanks, karl, so basically it’s a play on words and meaning? Attempted to Google Translate for “napud” under Cebuano & Filipino, there’s seems no translation. Google search yielded two meanings, “again” and “next”, so which is it?

                But it’s the same voice from the ad Irineo posted on another thread, correct? So there’s the Bisaya ad and “Filipino”-wide ad (is it typical to cater to your base language and also “Filipino”/Tagalog language, this isn’t seen as divisive there?) https://youtu.be/-HOUlQ6UF-M

              • karl garcia says:

                Catering to the base language can give a message to your provincemates and those who speak your language, that you are here for them,or they would not be forgotten,and the lingua franca message is like a net to catch the rest.

                Is it divisive?

                I have to call on Irineo and Sonny. my opinion is we are yet to get united.

                btw napud is again in cebuano. (I asked my mom for the cebuano stuff).

                sya napud. = he/she will again,it is him/her again

              • karl garcia says:

                His campaign of using Manila instead of Tagalog and Bisaya instead of Cebuano, is not only about language, it is centralism vs federalism, Duterte is for federalism.
                As to Irineo’s comment on the British where the Scots and the Welsh completely erased their native tongue, I think it is not going to happen here,not in our lifetime.

      • josephivo says:

        Or promote: http://www.competitive.org.ph/node/647

        It would be interesting to see where the sister cities stand, if there is positive or negative correlation.

        • Joe America says:

          Ha, not me, pal. I went blind trying to list all those places, I’m not up to any correlation analysis. CDO, the top ranked city, is a sister city. Someone should ask the mayor if being tied to Makati impelled the City to great things. Or if they did it without Makati’s help.

          And while they are at it, they should ask if the mayor or his family have been to Makati lately.

      • Jutsky says:

        Wtf. Using Makati people’s money for his personal interest!

      • neo canjeca says:

        joe it’s about asexual propagation in the study of pomology; anybody can google grafting, inarching and marcotting. the term graft repeat GRAFT and corruption are inseparable words to connote a dirty crime. sisterhood has been corrupted to perform a criminal act through grafting of cities to benefit officials for free hotels, tours and even women in exchange for votes. that’s the door to getting inside the venalities hidden by sisterhood. Even priesthood can be corrupted by pedophiles and pederasts. dig deeper on values immorally exchanged and you see how sisterhood of cities is downright venal.

        • Joe America says:

          Yes, I believe that, neo. And the amazing thing is that 625 mayors or governors believe it is perfectly acceptable. VP Binay visited Biliran Island the other day. Crossing the bridge on the way to Naval yesterday, I counted seven large banners draped above the highway welcoming the VP as if he were a superstar, like the Pope. That’s what he expects when he visits, I’m sure. That’s why he travels generously on the taxpayer’s account. And I’m sure it is the taxpayer who paid for his Epal moment in the sun. The Biliran provincial government and 7 of 8 municipalities are Binay sister cities.

          That is the state of the Philippines outside Manila. Bought.

        • neo canjeca says:

          joe this is a lawyer’s tale about corruption when expensive clubs thrived in Roxas Blvd which was still Dewey Blvd. he with other lawyers were being given a good time by a lowly customs examiner who told them after a few drinks; give me one week for a straight priest with a tattoo of Jesus Christ in his chest and I will treat him every night and day and I assure you he will be ready to work in the Bureau of Customs.

  3. Percival says:

    It would be interesting to see an accounting of what the taxpayers of Makati have spent on this “sister cities” program….

    • Joe America says:

      It would, and exactly how many citizens of the sister cities have been accepted for enrollment at the Makati schools, or treated at the hospital, or housed at the hotel. I’d guess a privileged few.

  4. All this bullshit: sister cities, pork barrel etc. – would not be necessary if LGUs automatically got 30% of tax revenues earned from their area for example and not how the system appears to be now – BIR collects everything and then central distribution of the funds. A more competitive system would encourage LGUs to help in collecting taxes and in promoting business ventures to have their money instead of trying to have friends like Binay, or sucking up to get pork barrel.

    • Joe America says:

      The tax system of the Philippines is largely a mystery to me. I knew a guy who works in the tax office of a local community in Mindanao. The government conspired with the rich people to keep their property values low because it is the best way to stay in office. Or, rather, angering the powerful is a good way to get removed from office . . . one way or another. A neighbor had a huge fish pond built on his property “for personal use” (not taxed), and when the Ag/Fishies agent wrote up a complaint, that agent got transferred immediately deep into the heart of nowhere. The neighbor happened to be the attorney for a big shot mayor in a city nearby. Impunity . . . stylin’ like Binay.

      • Everybody have been making their workarounds since the Big Bang you mentioned – I would place it around 1700, when the New Spain / Spanish East Indies colonial regime was established, maybe sometime around the abolishment of the exploitative encomienda.

        Like I mentioned in my history article regarding that period, state then was all about repression and extraction – and not getting in the way of the local ruling tandem of principalia (co-opted datus renamed into Dons, a title reserved for that class!) and priests. In such a system if you are not a bandit you are a victim, simple. The Spanish call such stuff tejemanejes, Filipinos would say maniobras, Latinos may call it la manera criolla…

        • The regime was of course established earlier, but took about a century to quell all sorts of native resistance – Tamblot, Dagohoy and others which included turning away from Catholicism and going back to the native religion. Around 1700 it was fully entrenched.

    • Micha says:

      Better still : get rid of 70/30 split and give 100% of the tax revenue to local governments who collected it (province, city, municipality).

      Because the national gov’t is monetarily sovereign, it does not anymore need to collect taxes in order to spend. The current system in practice is a remnant of the gold standard days.

      • karl garcia says:

        A guest blog on monetary sovereignty would be very appreciated Micha.

        • Micha says:

          karl,

          Would love to maybe one of these days. It doesn’t help being busy trying to earn a living. 🙂

          If you recall RHiro and I had exchanges on these subject some months ago. Modern Monetary Theory is a post-Keynesian idea developed here in the US primarily by Randall Wray, Warren Mosler, Stephanie Kelton (currently serving as economic adviser of Sen. Sanders), Scott Fullwiler, Steve Keen, Bill Mitchell and others. It has its roots in chartalism.

          • Joe America says:

            Chartalism sells big in the Philippines. On . . . never mind, I read that as charlatanism. I miss R Hiro. He always starts the dialogue by pointing out how ignorant I am.

            • Micha says:

              Joe,

              I guess you’re leaning towards hard money?

              • Joe America says:

                I have the economic theoretical knowledge of a marketing guy. We pay hard money for ad space, or barter for it.

              • Micha says:

                That would be true for entities like private banks (did you say you’re with Citi or Goldman?).

                Entirely different when it involves national governments. Did you remember the debt ceiling and the fixation with deficits which led to gov’t shutdown in the US? It’s been pared down and the narrative changes, albeit reluctantly, even from Republican hard money types. Thanks to the push back from Keynesians and MMT folks.

          • karl garcia says:

            Yes, I read that and l also recall you talking about monetary sovereignty with Mary Grace.

            • karl garcia says:

              I read it again and RHiro went all caps.

              https://joeam.com/2014/09/23/getting-the-supreme-court-out-of-the-business-of-operating-the-nation/#comment-79184

              Since I am interested I would not mind the all caps.

              • Joe America says:

                That goes into the books as one of the classic debates on this blog. Along with Edgar and sonny discussing religion. And Irineo talking to himself. ahahahaha (Joke, joke, Irineo. I had a beer. Contraconditional to my BP meds.)

                We need an award program, like “best debate of the year”. Or the “MRP repetitive harangue of the year” award of 2015.

              • karl garcia says:

                Yeah,those were classics and they are priceless.(redundancy for emphasis)

              • Hehe, I was not yet active in this blog during that thread… not even as a reader.

                Anyway, no problem – in Dostoevsky’s novels, the ones who spew out the most insights are MRP-like or like I am at times, even worse they are mostly drunkards and lunatics…

              • Joe America says:

                Irineo, The revised you is quite good, you know. Crisp, selective, on point. Perfect.

              • Thanks… it took me a lot of writing to get there. Organize thoughts to a certain level.

                Put together the hunches and insights of 33 years abroad after my first 3 years in Germany and my 14 formative years in the Philippines. Make something useful out of it.

              • Micha says:

                @karl

                Hahaha…not exactly my idea of a dialog but it’s a start to get the concept of MMT out. I consider it part of Voltaire’s “cultivate the garden” prescription.

              • karl garcia says:

                RHiro as Pangloss?

              • Micha says:

                karl,

                Actually I have zero idea where RHiro is coming from. Thanks to the video you posted somewhere on this site where he was featured in Herman Tiu Laurel’s TV show that I got a little inkling of his politics.

                Is he Pangloss? Not sure. The character was created by Voltaire to lampoon the optimism of Wilhelm Leibniz.

                I can’t see Rhiro as an optimist. He seems more like an angry nationalist (not that there’s anything wrong with being an angry nationalist, of course). 🙂

              • Joe America says:

                Hahaha. My morning wake-up laugh. Spilt the coffee.

      • Does anybody here know how tax money is split up between LGU, provincial and national level, if at all? I have the feeling it ALL goes to Manila and then is distributed back.. so leaving a certain percentage for LGUs and provinces automatically would be a change.

        • karl garcia says:

          Please check if this is the answer.

          http://reports.dbm.gov.ph/ira.php

          • Thanks – laws in 1991 and 2006 already have changed things a bit, my infos were 1980s. But it isn’t quite what I meant – they want to automatically give a share back after collecting centrally, based on some centrally defined key to distribute % of national revenue.

            What I meant was that the percentage of money should go to the LGU, province, maybe even barangay once collected, before it even goes to Manila – so that areas that manage to promote business, attract high earners, help collect have more money automatically!

        • DAgimas says:

          LGUs get 40% of all BIR collections divided into how many populations and how big the area of the LGU

          theres nothing like it anywhere else in the world. on top of this allocation, these LGUs are not responsible for public safety and education. ( the national govt is responsible) only health and social services are devolved to them. and all property taxes are theirs.

          in the US, public safety and education are the responsibility of LGUs. you don’t get allocation from the state and federal govts. you have to fund these services from your property taxes and sales tax etc.

          if you can not maintain these services, you are going to revert to the county as unincorporated area.

          that’s why the BIR chief said LGUs are lazy, even IMF/WB/ADB say that LGUs should find ways to raise their revenues and not to depend on this allocation from the national govt

    • DAgimas says:

      I don’t think the tax generation or allocation is the problem. on the contrary, the internal revenue allotment makes LGUs lazy. they don’t have to generate their revenue. they don’t have to create jobs to generate revenue. and they don’t generate their own revenue to spend for public safety, education or social services which I observe in the USA as the primary reason for local government existence.

      look, public safety and education are funded by the national government. so why do the LGUs still need allocation? they should generate their own revenue to spend on their pet projects?

      that’s why I support the BBL but not the provision of revenue allocation from the national govt. all govt entities should have their own specific functions and the ability to generate their own revenue to fund their respective functions and have the power to enforce such functions.

      some LGUs are rich like Makati and can function without that IRA. and since some functions are lodged on the national govt like education and public safety, their excess funds are used for the allowance of national govt employees like the courts, police, teachers

      but for many LGUs, they just depend on the IRA. even if all the BIR collections in these LGUS are turned over to them, its not enough to fund their operations so its a blessing for them to have IRA

      • Micha says:

        @DAgimas

        Thanks for sharing.

        There are more impoverished LGU’s across the country than those that generate positive income like highly urbanized towns and cities, Would you know the total deficits of the national gov’t.?

      • karl garcia says:

        @DAgimas,
        I need your opinion on inclusive growth and trickle down economics.
        I also think that each LGU should generate revenue on their own,but as they say, it is more than meets the eye.

        =========
        @Micha,
        I was interested on the concept of Monetary Sovereignty raised byyoua because of the concept of the national government can spend without taxation.

        The National government spend most for education,yet it is less than 3 % of GDP and public safety meaning PNP and AFP and Coast Guard combined
        as far as the military spending is concerned it is about 2% of GDP include PNP and Coast Guard that would be more than education spending,but still not enough.

        My question If taxation is not important and the government can just spend and not worry about budget deficits?
        With Monetary sovereignty can we spend on education,and military let us say 10 % of gdp

        Or almost unli spending with the Central Bank controlling inflation,like what it has been doing?

        Will my points on Spending on Salaries of government personnel at more or less 30% and almost 30% debt services and the rest at 40 % be solved by a solution that is readily available,but somehow not utilized.

        Sorry, I just want to know,and I won’t pretend to know .

        =====
        Back to local government code, should it be amended to scrap the revenue sharing stuff?

        • Micha says:

          “With Monetary sovereignty can we spend on education,and military let us say 10 % of gdp?”

          Short Answer :

          As long as the bills are payable in Philippine Peso, ABSOLUTELY YES.

          Not So Short Answer :

          The reason there’s a qualifier in my short answer is that when the PNP and the AFP, for example, wanted to upgrade their military hardware they usually source it by importing and those are, as far as I know, always paid in foreign currency (usually US dollars). The Philippine national gov’t is not sovereign when it comes to dollar creation. We have to earn it. Remittances of OFWs are a major source. Our Bangko Sentral has dollar reserves for contingencies in foreign bills and obligations.

          The same is true in the education department. If the spending is just for payrolls of employees or teachers, there’s no constraint in the ability of our national gov’t to write the check. But not when it comes to importing goods and services payable in dollars.

          The practice of capping spending as a percentage of GDP is rather weird and unnecessary because of this:

          GDP = gov’t spending + private sector spending & investments + (exports-imports)

          It’s not rocket science. An increase in GS would correspond to an increase in GDP (measured, of course, in Philippine Peso).

          • karl garcia says:

            Many many thanks! Another reason to wonder what’s the holdup in government spending,well DAgimas has another view below,which I am yet to read thoroughly.

            • Joe America says:

              I think the hold-up is the cumbersomeness of the process. Take the big infrastructure projects. Before the big spending occurs, they have to go though assessment, bidding, legal hassles, and then get started. So there is a bit of a time warp between approval and spending. Plus, transparency these days requires great caution and tracks for money. Had DAP not been knocked down, I think there would be a lot more spending. But maybe with looser controls. The pipeline of money is billions and billions, the project count in the thousands. Pragmatically speaking, it is a pipeline clogged with process.

        • DAgimas says:

          tax is the lifeblood of the nation. no tax no govt. as simple as that. you want service? you pay. no such thing as free lunch. that’s why there are so many toll roads because theres not enough tax to fund infrastructures.

          im no expert on stimulus spending but China is having spectacular growth because of stimulus or govt spending/investment. absence of this govt spending, their growth is likely to be just like ours. and this spending is funded by, guess what? debt

          on the matter of tax revenue allocation/autonomy. I believe that each set of govt should have their own function and the ability to raise funds for these functions. like the national govt is responsible for defense, foreign affairs and LGUs for public safety etc

          here in the states, if you can not fund your existence, you dissolve and just be part of the county (province). no relying on funds from the state or federal govt. you can not fund your police forces? the county sheriff will take over and they will charge your city for the policing service. you can not pay the sheriff? dissolve as LGU

          the reason americans migrate is to seek better jobs, better security, less tax. if the can find that in other states or county or city, they go. so LGUs strive to provide the best place with the least amount of tax.

          in the Philippines, there is no incentive to do that because LGUs have an automatic IRA. whether they improve their cities or not, no problem. they got IRA to fund their employees salaries

          • Joe America says:

            Fascinating. LGU’s lack the incentive to perform, financially. Or service-wise.

            • edgar lores says:

              *******
              Even the LGUs are a model of non-selfreliance? They are parasites forever sucking on the teats of the motherland for their subsistence?

              One would think there would be sufficient income from real estates and other property taxes, from garbage collection, sewerage maintenance fees, business licenses, etc.
              *****

              • Joe America says:

                They are models of ineptitude, it seems to me. If you did a scaling of skill at managing a city or municipality, with 100 being perfect, most I’d imagine are in the 25 to 40 range. The bosses are not skilled people. They are just popular or powerful.

          • karl garcia says:

            Here we do not dissolve we gerrymander by adding congressional districts,provinces,etc. all in favor of blank.
            Thanks for your comments.

          • Micha says:

            @DAgimas

            “tax is the lifeblood of the nation. no tax no govt.”

            That is the old view, the old paradigm – that was only true when money was still tied to precious metals like silver or gold, a finite commodity. Today, almost all developed and developing nations operate not on the gold standard but on a fiat system. As such, taxation took on an entirely different role in the affairs of the state – no longer the “lifeblood” but as a mechanism to control inflation and to regulate the distribution of wealth.

            • Joe America says:

              Keep hammering this. I’ll get it one of these days and write up a common man’s guide to running a booming economy. I’ll title it “A Dummies Guide to Making the Philippines Rich”.

              • Micha says:

                Using layman’s terms increase the chances of getting the message through. Academic scholars usually resort to technical language in explaining stuff which leaves the layman wondering what those wonkish terms are all about.

  5. jameboy says:

    The Makati Sister City program is clearly the focus of the article and rightly so because it is seen to be the one that will make or break JoJo Binay’s dream of becoming our next president.

    I have no question on the attached info to bolster the danger that the program, if not address in a timely manner, might deliver Jojo to the Palace come 2016.

    One thing, I think, was missed was the proof why the Makati Sister City program is not only a vicious means to attempt to hijack democracy but why it is a threat to the national health of the country: Sen. Nancy Binay.

    The daughter was made the guinea pig to find out if the scheme of conniving, bribing and getting the nod of LGU heads will be a success. It was, indeed, a success. The daughter, who if I remember right shunned debates during the campaign, landed conveniently on the fifth spot. At present, her Senate time is occupied by attending, warding and defending her father’s position toward allegations against her whole family on the issue of corruption.

    Yes, I agree with the warning of the article. Jojo’s Sister City Program is the Trojan horse in our time that needs to be stopped and exposed. Now na! 👨

    • Joe America says:

      Yes. Nancy Binay, the senator of no distinction or qualification whatsoever, thrust into office because her Daddy asked that it be so.

      So we understand the managerial strength of Daddy. Not based on skills. Based on favor, and power.

      What you see is what you get.

      Garbage in, garbage out.

      • chit navarro says:

        Nancy was elected because there was no rift yet between Malacanang & the VP at that time; there were no issues of corruption in the front pages; no cases of plunder against the Binays; no exposes of wealth of enormous proportion. That was a trial balloon on the effectivity of the sister-city program.

        The DILG secretary has effectively contained the sister-city program with its LGU seal of approval program inititiated by the late Jesse Robredo. The DILG secretaryhas been going around the country, giving out vehicles, ambulances. etc. to these LGU heads, in additiion to the DSWD pro-poor programs. That’s why the DILG portfolio is the most-sought after cabinet position for those with future political agenda. VP Binay coveted that position then but was nit given to him. To appease him, he was given the Housing & OFW portfolio. Unfortunately for the VPM OFW’s now are so well-informed because of social media and hopefully, this knowledge will trickle down to the voting members of their families t. That’s why, VOTER EDUCATION should and must be done in social media and start wit OFW’s = campaign in the manner like “OFW’S Remittances SAVE our sinking economy- NOW, OFW’s voting base will bring good governance to our country”; or something to that sort.

        Wait until the CoC’s are filed and Mr Roxas declares his candidacy – then we will see how DILG effective programs in the LGU’s have handily demolished the sister-city concept. Besides, the VP can no longer use the coffers of Makati City to wine and dine the mayors of these sister=cities/LGU’s because of the impending plunder charges against him and his son, the Mayor of Makati.

        • Joe America says:

          Most interesting background, Chit. Thanks. For sure this drama is still in Act II. Act I was before the Blue Ribbon Subcommittee.

        • NHerrera says:

          chit navarro,

          I am most often refreshed by your positive forward outlook. I too think that whoever wants to beat Binay at his game must have a strong strategy and action plan on this LGU sister-city thing. It’s about the only big weapon he has left.

  6. karl garcia says:

    It is a systemic masive vote buying machine.We need to have an oncologist to prevent this from becoming a cancer.

    • Joe America says:

      The patient may already be terminal.

    • edgar lores says:

      *******
      So many sister cities. It would seem Binay has a stranglehold on the country.

      Stranglehold: “a grip around the neck of another person that can kill by asphyxiation if held for long enough.”

      We have to develop several countering techniques, and the suggested one of repudiation by the sister cities should add to the growing arrows in the quiver.

      o The senate has used exposure.
      o The Ombudsman has charged the son.
      o Poe has finally broken her silence and is morally ascendant.
      o News and social media are vocal in their condemnation.
      o The people will soon march.
      o Nobody wants to run as his vice-president.

      o But the Judiciary is yet to get its act together.
      o And the churches have been silent.

      The man is besieged on all all fronts… but he survives… just like Dracula.
      *****

      • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

        “Judiciary is yet to get its act together” – EDGAR LORES

        The Judiciary and Binay came from the same Alma Mater. Like Alma Mater, they are silent, like, Obama silent on Marwan and that other Muslim Bomber.

        San Beda-graduate deLima is alone on her crusade against U.P. behemoths.

      • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

        “The Senate has used exposure” – EDGAR LORES

        The Senate along with Philippine Media has lost whatever is left of their tattered credibility. The Senate is besieged by DAP, PDAF and sequestered Napoles.

        For the Senate to have credibility, The Magandang Gabi Bayan should use nog-nog reporters than half-white half-bred English-snob non-traditional looking Filipinos so they’d be believed by nog-nog Filipinos that identify with equally nog-nog Binay.

        The Senate should recuse itself from making Senate floors as their campaign circus tool to get re-elected.

        Senators out campaigning for 2016 should not redicule Binay’s skin color which comprises 98% of Filipino people who identify themselves with him.

    • bauwow says:

      @karl, it also systematic. Although we have to give it to him, he did his homework ever since he sat as VP.
      One of the ways he can lose the presidency is that the Ombudsman charge him with plunder before he files his certificate of candidacy. Is it possible to at least charge him in four months time?

      • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

        Here is my take. Binay campaigning from prison is dramatic. Filipinos love drama. Drama sells. Philippine Inquirer knows that. PDI will cover Binay’s campaign from hot humid jail cell. It’s dramatic. People would vote him out of jail despite Sereno’s outdating Aguinaldo like Trillanes.

        Having Binay jailed before election is counter-productive. It will work in favor of Binay and PDI circulation. Please do not.

        • karl garcia says:

          Binay-Revilla Binay-Jinggoy Binay-Enrile-The jail bird tandem.

          • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

            Tanda pogi & Sexy cannot win re-election from jail cell, Binay can. I’d rather have Binay self-destruct in his campaign trail than destroy him in his jail cell. REMEMBER: FILIPINOS LOVE UNDER DOGS.

            The nog-nog Filipinos alike Binay in telesyeres as abused houseboy marrying the daughter of his master.

            The Philippine Media should do reverse psychology. Show the cars of The Binays. Their Houses. Their travels. Their watches, iPhones, jewelries, tony restaurants they go to ….. THE NOG-NOG PEOPLE WILL SHUN THE BINAYS FOR OSTENTATIOUS DISPLAY OF STOLEN WEALTH.

            Mar Roxas should do the opposite. I am just wondering if Mrs. Roxas can do without fancy travels, houses, watches, iPhones, jewelries, carenderias instead of fancy restaurants and handsome bodyguards.

      • karl garcia says:

        If it is only about Probable Cause,it is becoming more probable by the day,notwithstanding the false alarm a few weeks ago.

        • jmbau816 says:

          @MRP, was not thinking of jailing him, although that is the long term plan. Having the Ombudsman chasing after him, will surely make voters think not to vote him, thus nullifying his sister city shenanigans. What happened? I thought you were in favor of Binay?

          • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

            I never knew Binay from Adam. “Binay”, “Jejo” and “Jejemon” was soooo foreign to me last year until I found out that The Binays have a stranglehold in Makati and Malacanang including Benigno.

            At that time, I was fighting for justice for The Binays because I found name-and-shame is very un-Catholic and judiciously un-Ethical. I am still advocating justice over injustice. I did not know to this day that advocating for justice is proBinay and injustice is antiBinay 🙂

          • karl garcia says:

            No I am not.

          • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

            Binay is hanging on to the vice-presidency. He is trying to be relevant in political scene. He has to pay his crime. One good outcome of this name-and-shame game he’ll redeem their name if ever he becomes president. A negative outcome he may become vindictive to use his power as President against those who were against him. Win some, lose some.

  7. Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

    “Oddly, Vice President Binay continues to hold the public’s favor in surveys.” – JOEAM

    This is an evidence to the world what is spewed by Philippine Media is not believed by common people. Philippine Media lost its credibility to those who were surveyed. The Filipino newspaper readers cannot know what is true and what is false. The reality is different from what is published.

    The Philippine Media is a story about a “boy who cried wolf”. The Philippine Media just do not get it at all that they have lost all credibility.

    Could the Philippine Media working with Binay? Is Binay a shrewd media manipulator? An astute politician?

    The Filipinos love under-dog. Binay is attacked left and right. Binay allowed it. Because Binay who worked with the grass roots as human rights lawyer knows Filipinos love under-dogs. Belittling Binay as “negro”, “nog-nog” “colored” made the “negroes” “nog-nogs and the “coloreds” identify with Binay. Rags-to-“riches”. A Filipino modern day version of Robbing Hood. These colored Filipinos happened to be 98% of 100 Million Filipinos.

    Also, Binay is back-slapping selfie favorite wedding-ninong for free. Binay identifies with the poor and the “negro” “nog-nog” “colored” Filipino identify with Binay, A CROOK.

  8. Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

    Napoles and Binay are multi-billion crooks. Why is Napoles most hated and Binay is not? I am still scratching my head.

    If SWS were to be believed, what drives Filipinos to like Binay? Not Napoles? Four-time Congressional-session attendee Manny Pacquiao is the most liked. His brother who honored me with a selfie because Buboy blocked Manny Pacquiao of having picture with me is also well liked.

    Binay can connect to the coloreds in skin tone and crookery. The Colored Bakya-Dowdy-crowd connect with Binay in the absence of annointed presidential contender.

    Would the annointed presidential contender connect with the coloreds? Can voters touch him? Selfie with him? Dress like the coloreds? Eat with the hands? Drink Tanduay? Is presidential contender Vilma Santos fan? Or some snooty fair-skinned english-snob Alabang actress?

    A Binay-bashing presidential contender is counter-productive. The coloreds can know the contender running on anti-Binay platform not saving the country from the Filipinos.

  9. alilir says:

    That poster should read “Lalonng Gaganda ang Buhay ni Binay” :p
    Also my scroll button got tired. I think you need a wider table Joe

  10. chit navarro says:

    Good morning Joe. Would it be too much to ask if you change that picture you have on this article? At a glance, it would seem like you are endorsing him because of this picture and the message it carries. Perhaps you can use one of the photos for the STOP BINAY MOVEMENT.

    I want tp share this article in my FB page but I am having second thoughts because of the photo. Thank you.

  11. Joe America says:

    I see Gov. Salceda of Albay Province has come out in support of Mar Roxas for President. He could perhaps start a snowball rolling (in favor of Roxas) if he could convince any of the 9 LGU’s in his province that are Makati Sister Cities to tear up that agreement.

    • chit navarro says:

      After the July State of the Nation Address, we may see the ratings of the LP candidate soar…. Of course, the administration won’t engage in electioneering this early…. Let Binay take centrstage in the meantime…

      • Joe America says:

        At center stage, they seem to be getting everyone in the audience irritated at them. They’ve got Poe nettled and anyone who has watched her closely knows she strikes back. When a populist turns against them, their base is getting hit.

    • NHerrera says:

      Salceda is an economist, was an investment analyst and now an effective Governor of an important province — Albay. He combines the minds of an economist, an able administrator and a politician. It will indeed be fortunate if we have more of his kind at this juncture of the country’s history. It is good to know that he is on side of Roxas.

  12. stitch says:

    Reblogged this on bleary and commented:
    From Joe. It’s a sentiment I share, since I think this was how he got the VP position in the first place.

  13. andrewlim8 says:

    Binay is now considering Erap Estrada as his vice president.

    Memes:

    The Alleged Plunderer and the Convicted Plunderer, whose sons are also….hmmmm

    Di Baleng Corrupt, Basta Matulungin sa Mahirap

    Madilim na Daan, Patungo Saan?

    He’s Dating the Gangster

    Ganyan kami sa Makati, libre lahat. Basta kuha lang ako ng kuha….

    Kay Binay, Aatras ang Buhay.

    Kung kaya niya makipag-alyansa
    Kay Enrile at Estrada,
    Hindi ka ba magdududa
    Sa inaasal ng UNA?

    • NHerrera says:

      With the way Binay has been “considering” a lot of people as his running mate lately, I can’t help write: if Erap for some reason says he does not want to be a VP under Binay, I can expect a quick riposte from Binay — I said I was considering him, I have not offered him to be my running mate. Hahaha.

    • Joe America says:

      Sometimes I must confess, things here are so surreal I have to wonder if those are really blood pressure medications the doctor has me taking.

      • NHerrera says:

        Joe,

        I do not know if this makes sense. I just posted it in Raissa’ Blog:

        ————————————————————————————
        GMA-NEWS — VP Binay floats Erap as running mate in 2016 (June 5, 2015 1:02pm)

        http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/498926/news/nation/vp-binay-floats-erap-as-running-mate-in-2016

        MY TAKE

        Erap teaming up with Binay as the latter’s VP is not to covet VP at this stage of his life, after being President before, and having redeemed himself, in some way, by getting elected as Manila Mayor. His motive if he agrees to be Binay’s VP is to benefit Jinggoy, immediately if Binay wins.

        On the other hand, ASSUMING the tandem on the other side is Poe-Roxas, and knowing the great, probably irreversible, erosion of the Binay brand, there is a good chance of the Poe-Roxas win over Binay-Erap. With this calculus, may it not better to support Poe-Roxas and thus still have Poe in debt (to be paid in the currency of Jinggoy), even if the debt is not paid for immediately?

        With a Roxas-Poe tandem, my crystal ball becomes rather cloudy. The calculus changes.

        Since P-noy will decide only on his endorsement after July 27, Erap will just be diplomatic about the matter if asked. The time element is indeed a big factor in this tandem game. Exciting

        (My opinion, using a rather old SLIDE RULE with numbers and vertical lines not too clear anymore.)
        ————————————————————————————-

        • Joe America says:

          What a disaster. Free the plunderers, toss ITLOS, anoint a king. A young, rising nation delivers itself into the hands of the aged and ethically infirm. Tragic, actually.

  14. Am having difficulty posting, are we also subject to moderation..this is the first time this happened to me while on desk top ‘puter… this is a test posting…testing, testing

  15. Huh? the test post got in but can’t find my other post, I reconstructed and sent it again, only to receive a message that it was sensed to be a duplicate post… weird.

    • karl garcia says:

      try again kahit summary.

      • 4th try still a negative, oh well…hahaha

      • Ok, 5th try…to post….

        “Because the national gov’t is monetarily sovereign, it does not anymore need to collect taxes in order to spend. “ – Micha

        I need to know more about a country being monetarily sovereign. My impression of our budget system that is being subjected to annual scrutiny and criticism by the likes of Leonor Briones and Ben Diokno (of the previous administrations) is that it is based on hard money, dependent on revenues collected by the BIR, Customs and other revenue generating agencies of the government. Various department and agencies are forever fighting for a bigger share of the pie, so to speak.

        I always though about it as actual hard money, in bills and coins…hahaha…Stories told in my youth about sackful of Japanese money without value which are all over the country during the Japanese occupation are now coming to mind.

        According to this:

        http://mmtwiki.org/wiki/Monetary_Sovereignty

        Monetary sovereignty refers to the ability of a government (generally a national government) to control its own currency.

        “A nation is sovereign in MMT parlance if it issues its own currency, floats it freely on foreign exchange markets and does not acquire financial liabilities that are denominated in a foreign currency.” — Bill Mitchell

        To be sovereign, a government must have the ability to control the amount of money in existence at no cost and must owe its obligations in that currency. A country can still be monetarily sovereign if it chooses to adhere to certain kinds of domestic rules, for example a Debt Ceiling.

        Examples

        Many governments enjoy monetary sovereignty. The United States, Canada, Japan and the United Kingdom each control their own currencies (the United States Dollar, the Canadian Dollar, the Pound and the Yen). The governments of these nations can create money at will, at no cost. The U.S. Government, for example, can “spend reserves into existence.” The sub-national entities of these Countries (States and Provinces) are not monetarily sovereign.

        My question is: Are our financial liabilities denominated in a foreign currency.” If they are, then if we adhere to certain kinds of domestic rules, for example a Debt Ceiling, does that make us still monetary sovereign despite that?

        It would be great if we really are truly monetary sovereign, then with proper control so as not to make our currency worthless, as you say, we can allocate more to LGUs so they can function as they should. I also agree that LGUs should not be lazy and just be dependent on their IRA’s share.

        • Joe America says:

          Your posts went into my spam file, and I have no idea why. That is very very rare that Askimet gets it wrong.

          • Joe America says:

            It appears that it just didn’t like that long post as your short ones come through. I think the planets are misaligned today. Driving on the roads was bizarre today. Everyone was out of sync.

            • ahh, the misaligned planets have apparently raised my BP, too…hahaha or was it this blog article and the link on pcij that Juan provided? ayayay…this VP Binay is a nation’s headache

              • Joe America says:

                Ahh, he is a national wonder. An unnatural disaster.

              • Dodong says:

                Pnoy together with chiz gave us this headache when They organized NoyBi last 2010 election.

              • Joe America says:

                Well, the rational people generally went with NoyMar, but Chiz got us NoyBi. This stuff would have been an aberration in Makati if Roxas had been VP. And to be truthful, all the dirt was well hidden in 2010. So I don’t think Chiz had any idea.

        • Micha says:

          @Mary Grace

          Thank you for the link on Monetary Sovereignty.

          As to your question, yes, we have dollar debt (karamihan ninakaw ni Makoy). In that sense, our Monetary Sovereignty is limited. But for as long as our national government’s obligations are denominated in our own unit of account, the Philippine Peso, there is no constraint, outside of the danger of inflation and real resource, to exercise its Monetary Sovereignty.

    • karl garcia says:

      The only redeeming factor is, he did not get the 500 million he asked for.

    • Joe America says:

      The article makes me ill. The VP is buying mayors and buying votes and turning democratic process inside out. Right in front of everyone’s eyes.

      • jameboy says:

        But look at the bright side, with those corruption allegations and the people’s reaction about it, he may end up buying ONLY the mayors or worse he bought votes but they still voted for someone else! 😎

  16. Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

    Grace Poe’s 1st memorable quote of election on her residency and citizenship qualification:
    ““Wala kaming personal na away, masakit man ang ibinato nila sa akin,” (We don’t have any personal quarrels, even though they cast hurtful claims against me)”

    What Grace Poe is saying, to heck with laws and constitution, Binay is her friend. Attack dogs of Binay should not question her qualifications’ residency and citizenship

    Mar Roxas’ 1st memorable quote of election season on Poe’s residency and citizenship qualification:
    “Be strong” brushed off the questions raised by UNA against the senator as “technicalities”.

    Binay is not entitled to “technicalities” Grace and Mar are. Laws and Constituions in the Philippines are just mere “technicalities”. Sounds like birds of the same feathers I am hoping not for the good of the country.

    Grace and Mar should not respond off their holsters to avoid faux pas. Or is it a sign? It seems nobody took notice.

    May God have mercy on Filipinos.

    • bauwow says:

      Uncle Joe, heard that Binay was in Biliran today distributing goodies and roamed the market places. He also gave free wheelchairs, did you get one?(Just kidding po.)

      • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

        I’ll be darned !!! I am wondering where Binay got his money for giveaways. I’ll count his ways:
        1. Overpriced parking
        2. Overpriced cake
        3. Boy Scout of the Philippines
        4. Mt Makiling

        Binay is a crook. They have to prove he is a crook. Binay is slippery as jellyfish. Do Biliran folks know that Binay is the current reigning king of crooks?

        Biliran folks should not accept freebies from Binay it is taxes stolen from Makati folks.

      • Joe America says:

        Ahahaha, no, they tried, but I asked for a skateboard instead.

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      What this means is Binay cannot exercise his technicalities on his scandals but Poe and Mar can legitimately exercise technicalities on Poe’s residency and citizenship.

      What Binay, Poe and Mar is saying, Laws and Constitution are mere technicalities and inconvenience that should not be respected.

      • Juana Pilipinas says:

        I get it, MRP. I am also cognizant of your obsession with fairness to the extent that you, yourself, will write an affidavit for Binay just to level the playing field. You might want to analyze where your zealousness is coming from because some of it is misplaced. Just lookin’ out for you, bro.

        • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

          What I am saying in my comment is illegalities and thumbing their noses on laws is so deep0-in-their bones common what coming out of their mouth seems normal. If Poe and Mar did their comment in my country, they’d be hit left-and-right up-and-down by talking heads and night time shows.

          Mar and Poe should be careful what comes out of their mouth. Hey, anyways, this is the Philippines. They are more concerned about spelling and grammar not the content of the message.

          This is my advocacy: “I have a dream that Filipinos will one day live in Philippines where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, nor grammar and spelling but by the content of the message.”

          The message Poe and Mar is maliciously sending is LAWS and CONSTITUTIONS ARE MERE TECHNICALITIES, DISTRACTION AND MINOR INCONVENIENCE that is selectively applied.

          • We see what we want to see. We filter information/data through our own looking glasses.

            My take on Poe is she is being assertive. Problem is, a lot of Filipinos only fall into the docile and aggressive spectrum and Poe broke the mold. There is a middle ground of assertiveness. Standing up for what you believe in need to be celebrated, not ridiculed. You, of all people, should know this.

            As for Roxas, my read is, he is telling Poe, “You are in politics and these mudslinging are not unusual. I, myself, went through it in 2010 and I am a better person for it.” I take that as a very considerate approach.

            Your take on Poe and Roxas follows the aggressive stance, IMHO. Frankly, I think your view from your looking glass is a tad blurred.

            • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

              Grace adn Mar’s response to constitutional requirements of her citizenship and residency is definitely not “mudslinging”. All 100,000,000 Filipinos have the right if she passed the requirements. It is written in the constitution … errrr … do they have constitution over there?

              My point here are:
              1. Grace unconsciously is saying, since Binay is her friend attack dogs of Binay should not ask about her citizenship and residency;
              2. Grace is also saying, if she ever steal from the people, FRIENDS should not rat her out
              3. I cannot blame Grace, she still has that heavy Filipino cultural baggage. Of course she does not mean that Friends should cover for crooked Friends. She must use precision of words and meaning. She is held to a higher standard. She is running for the highest position of the land.
              4. To settle her bloodline, she should submjit DNA test. She must not do a Binay by ignoring the clamor of her bloodline. So what if her father is Marcos? I still vote for her not for Binay.
              5. Mar’s response is pathetic. constitutional requirement of residency and citizenship is not “tecnical” issue. Constitution must be held not with annoyance, technicalities, distraction and minor inconvenience.
              6. Again, Mar should use precision of words and meanings. He is running for the highest position of the land.

              Fortunately, Hated UP crook former COMELEC Brilliantes made famous his Incredible quote of the century ““Despite all of the attacks, I still signed the deal with Smartmatic. I did not have to sign it but I signed it… They kept on attacking us, so I signed it” came to the rescue of Grace Poe WHICH I TOTALLY AGREE.

              I know Brillantes is Smartmatic crook. He redeemed himself by coming to the rescue.

              I agree with U.P Crook Brillantes. I do not agree with the attack dog of Binays. Allow me to repeat myself, IT IS THE RIGHT OF THE FILIPINO PEOPLE TO INQUIRE ABOUT HER RESIDENCY AND CITIZENSHIP. There is nothing wrong with that. That is not mudslinging either.

              • mudslinging (noun)

                * the use of personal attacks or insults in order to undermine an opponent

                Use in a sentence:

                The ceaseless mudslinging merely convinced voters that neither candidate was worth voting for.

                Synonyms:
                * character assassination, smearing, belittlement, disparagement, revilement, innuendo

                (Merriam-Webster)

                Besides, Toby owned an idea brought forward by Rene Ipil at Raissa’s blog. He and Binay said the idea surfaced two months ago. Is it a coincidence that within a week of Rene’s comment, the issue was blown out of proportion by UNA?

            • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

              As what Benigno told Mar and Grace, “What is the fuss?” treating them like immature kindergartners.

              There was no fuss, Benigno !!! Philippine Inquirer was just trying to sell newspapers at the expense of Mar and Grace and The Binays by entertaining the Filipino electorates.

      • Joe America says:

        Which means its the Philippines and they are Filipinos. So QED on Grace. She qualifies.

  17. Good stuff here for the big data enthusiasts and right-to-know advocates:

    http://data.gov.ph/catalogue/dataset

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      Thank you, Juana. The data I wanted to get my hands on are the following:
      1. Hotel occupancy rates. NONE
      2. Condominium occupancy. NONE
      3. Office building occupancy. NONE
      4. OFW-financed real property acquisition. NONE
      5. Average cost of mid-tier property. NONE
      6. Newspaper circulation and readership. NONE
      7. Demographics of newspaper readers. NONE
      8. Box office sales of tagalog vesus foreign movies. NONE
      9. Demographics of given cities or provinces. NONE
      10. Who are likely to buy real properties. NONE

      There are plenty more. I’d rather stick to top ten before I splurge my dollars in the Philippines.

      • Juana Pilipinas says:

        You do not have to wait for the government to give you the dataset you want. With some research and a lot of extrapolating, you will be able to create the data you wanted. Conduct your own due diligence then share it with others. Become an agent of the greater good.

        • i7sharp says:

          Thanks, Juana, for sharing the info about data gov ph
          Did you try looking for data on Pampanga?
          I tried and found only one dataset but could not retrieve the info it was supposed to contain.
          (Probably my bad.)

          Here is one “dataset” I created in 2010; it probably took me less than five minutes to do it.
          http://j.mp/data-12pm

          I used copy-and-paste technology. 🙂

          • Juana Pilipinas says:

            Thank you, i7sharp. I am building databases of stuff I am interested in about PI. Your dataset will be helpful in inferring a lot of things about Pampanga province.

            Hahaha. I, myself, use cut-and-paste in building my database. Why reinvent the wheel? 🙂

            • i7sharp says:

              Juana,

              I think I may have done it for all the provinces.

              The j.mp shortcut is case-sensitive. I have so far been using only the lower-case.
              To get the similar dataset for, say. Abra,
              simply replace the “pm” in my example (for Pampanga)
              with “ab”(for Abra).

              (I hope people will try the link to the data for their home or favorite province and let me know if it does not work.)

              AB/Abra
              http://j.mp/data-12ab
              AK/Aklan
              AL/Albay
              AN/Agusan del Norte
              AP/Apayao
              AQ/Antique
              AS/Agusan del Sur
              AU/Aurora
              BA/Bataan
              BG/Benguet
              BI/Biliran
              BK/Bukidnon
              BN/Batanes
              BO/Bohol
              BS/Basilan
              BT/Batangas
              BU/Bulacan
              CB/Cebu
              CG/Cagayan
              CL/Compostela Valley
              CM/Camiguin
              CN/Camarines Norte
              CS/Camarines Sur
              CT/Catanduanes
              CV/Cavite
              CZ/Capiz
              DI/Dinagat Islands
              DC/Davao Occidental
              DO/Davao Oriental
              DS/Davao del Sur
              DV/Davao del Norte
              ES/Eastern Samar
              GU/Guimaras
              IB/Isabela
              IF/Ifugao
              II/Iloilo
              IN/Ilocos Norte
              IS/Ilocos Sur
              KA/Kalinga
              LE/Leyte
              LG/Laguna
              LN/Lanao del Norte
              LS/Lanao del Sur
              LU/La Union
              MB/Masbate
              MC/Occidental Mindoro – http://bit.ly/nscb-12mc
              MD/Misamis Occidental
              MG/Maguindanao
              MM/Metropolitan Manila (not one of the 81 provinces)
              MN/Misamis Oriental
              MQ/Marinduque
              MR/Oriental Mindoro
              MT/Mountain
              NC/Cotabato
              ND/Negros Occidental
              NE/Nueva Ecija
              NR/Negros Oriental
              NS/Northern Samar
              NV/Nueva Vizcaya
              PL/Palawan
              PM/Pampanga
              PN/Pangasinan
              QR/Quirino
              QZ/Quezon
              RI/Rizal
              RO/Romblon
              SC/South Cotabato
              SG/Sarangani
              SK/Sultan Kudarat
              SL/Southern Leyte
              SM/Samar
              SN/Surigao del Norte
              SQ/Siquijor
              SR/Sorsogon
              SS/Surigao del Sur
              SU/Sulu
              TR/Tarlac
              TT/Tawi-Tawi
              ZM/Zambales
              ZN/Zamboanga del Norte
              ZS/Zamboanga del Sur
              ZY/Zamboanga Sibugay

              Using free resources (NoteTab and OpenOffice, for example),
              one can create a spreadsheet containing all the data together.

              • Juana Pilipinas says:

                Thank you, i7sharp. Will play with your data as I have a couple of provinces I am wanting to look into deeply.

    • Joe America says:

      Ah, a database of databases. I felt I was wandering in the Queen’s garden, that maze at the hacienda. But will rummage around the next time I do a statistical blog. Maybe 2018.

    • karl garcia says:

      Many thanks for this Juana!

  18. Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

    Partnership of Crooks ! The BEST Team !!!

    BEST – Binay + ESTrada

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/696371/best-tandem-binay-eyes-erap-estrada-as-running-mate

    • chempo says:

      Past to present = Future
      President convicted of plunder + presidential wannabe under plunder raps = Furute President and VP of Philippines

  19. Bing Garcia says:

    All is not lost, however. What the Philippines has now going for it in the war against poverty is the Conditional Cash Transfer program, started by Arroyo and expanded by P-Noy. That program is aimed at destroying the intergenerational transfer of poverty by making sure that children in a poor family have the chance to finish a high school education and to be healthy. The benefits will be felt in the long term, but it will be felt. P-Noy could have used that money to improve the poverty incidence figures during his term, but he chose to be a statesman rather than a politician. That much we must give him. That much he deserves. Solita Monsod

    • Joe America says:

      Excellent point. I wish Solita Monsod would comment here now and then. What a great mind. A realist. It is also worth noting that school dropout rates are evidently on the decline. That is a great step forward.

  20. Bing Garcia says:

    “If we cannot live sustainably with 7.2 billion people, how are we going to support billions more by the end of this century?” he said, noting that the global demand for food had been projected to rise by 70 to 100 percent in the next 40 years. Population Media Center president William Ryerson

  21. Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

    SOMEBODY GOTTA SAVE GRACE POE FROM HERSELF ….

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/696620/grace-poe-im-not-salivating-over-presidency

    On top of HURT by FRIENDS asking if she had the residency and citizenship to run for PRESIDENT …. again she told the Filipinos SHE IS NOT SALIVATING FOR PRESIDENCY.

    It means ….

    She is not salivating for Presidency
    She is not salivating to lead the FILIPINOS
    Therefore, GRACE POE IS SAYING, FILIPINOS ARE NOT WORTHY TO DIE FOR.

    This is her second faux pas.

    Actually, Grace Poe is speaking like a Filipino should. NOT SALIVATING FOR PRESIDENCY IS HER PRIDE TALKING or is it IGNORANCE?

  22. jcc says:

    Joeam, You don’t know Philippine politics. Jose P. Laurel and Ferdinand Marcos have criminal past but they were both elected Presidents of the country…. Or let me be current, GMA and Erap.

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      It is not the people’s fault. It is Philippine Media’s fault. Philippine Media gift-wrapped, repacked and sold Laurel Marcos GMA Erap and BTHE BINAYS !!!

      100,000,000 Filipinos cannot know what they have done. Only the Philippne Media could have informed them. Instead …….

    • mercedes santos says:

      JCC you are a breath of much needed FRESH air ☀

    • Juana Pilipinas says:

      Welcome back, jcc.

      You are right about the dirty underbelly of PI politics.

      Is it the culture of forgiveness or forgetfulness that puts these crooked people in office? What is your take on why we have difficulty getting rid of THIS issue?

    • jcc, MRP, mercedes, Juana, et al.

      I got this from sonny, https://joeam.com/2015/05/21/a-filipino-aclu-and-lawyering-in-the-philippines/#comment-123406

      it’s from the Atlantic, article by James Fallows, published Nov. 1987, titled “A Damaged Culture: A New Philippines?”: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/1987/11/a-damaged-culture-a-new-philippines/7414/

      Almost 30 yrs old, seems like it was written only yesterday.

      • Thank you, sonny and also to you, LCpl_X. That is one enlightening read.

        Yes, you are right. Its relevance today could not be denied.

        Case in point, this paragraph struck me like lightning:

        “On many street corners in downtown Manila an unwary step can mean a broken leg. Holes two feet square and five feet deep lurk just beyond the curb; they are supposed to be covered by metal grates, but scavengers have taken the grates to sell for scrap.”

        Why? Just a week or so ago, I read about the light rail transit derailing because someone stole some of the rails.

        So sad, but it’s reality in PI. Then and now.

    • Joe America says:

      I didn’t know Laurel. But the point is not accepting the past as the best way for the future.

    • karl garcia says:

      Laurel was selected not elected. I get your point,but learning from mistakes must happen soon.Otherwise, we are really slow learners.

    • Bert says:

      jcc, I’m glad to see you here, really glad, Manoy. But reading the responses to your comment gave me that eerie feeling that I’m back to reading GRP. Glad that Joe and karl, as were their usual patriotic fervor, woke me up from my stupor.

    • jameboy says:

      Jose P. Laurel and Ferdinand Marcos have criminal past but they were both elected Presidents of the country…. Or let me be current, GMA and Erap.
      ========
      GMA and Erap have criminal past before they got elected for the presidency? Were they acquitted too just like Marcos in the Nalundasan case? 👳

  23. NHerrera says:

    I just read one of those in your Must Read list — President Aguino’s speech at the Japanese Diet.

    No doubt that speech was crafted and polished by both him and his able Cabinet, particularly the DFA Secretary, but I can feel the spirit and tone of the President behind the speech. Among others, the speech gave a brief on the history of Japan and the values embedded in its evolution. Putting myself in the shoes of those Japanese at the Diet, I cannot help but be touched. Hence the deserved standing ovation that they gave our President. Of course, I was touched too.

    • Joe America says:

      Me, too. I worked directly for Japanese executives 13 years. We often think of the Japanese as hard-working and practical. Which they are. But they are also emotional, and place high value on granting honor to others. President Aquino granted honor to his audience. And he took the troubles of the past to translate them into a special strength in the relationship for today. It was a terrific speech.

  24. Jon Stewart once said: “If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested, they’re not values: they’re hobbies.”

  25. Bing Garcia says:

    The win-win solution, retired Chief Justice Reynato Puno said, is to convene a constitutional convention where all the issues can be threshed out and the constitutional framework can be established for the kind of government envisioned for Muslim Mindanao.

    “It’s a case of priorities,” he said, listing poverty, corruption, political dynasties, inequality of economic power, elections as among those things that constitutional reform hopes to change.

    • Joe America says:

      I have the feeling that revising the Constitution gives the illusion of progress, but it is just more arguing whilst those important things that could be done under the existing framework do not get done.

  26. Interesting write up by a motivational speaker. If you keep on reading till he gets to the habits, a lot of them are universal:

    http://richhabits.net/will-your-child-be-rich-or-poor/

  27. Johnny Lin says:

    “Hijacked” might be misattributed as descriptive word to Binay’s proclivity to abusive behavior leading to corrupt ways and earning money.

    “Prostituted” might be appropriate, meaning “offering something in exchange for receiving money or personal gain.

    Follow the pattern:
    Sisterhood of Cities: – ideally, One city from a progressive country partnering with a economically struggling city from a developing country, the former financially supporting the latter without returns of any kind. But Binay manipulated the system by partnering with every corrupt town mayor in every provinces fomenting corruption. Source of corruption is cash outlay from Makati treasurer office. Makati does not use ATM or checks for payrolls or assistance disbursement. Imagine the cash output with many cash assistance to sister cities, towns and Batangas, aside from the overpriced Makati Friendship hotel, used for free by town officials of sisterhood.

    Boys Scout of the Philippines – ideally, BSP is apolitical; presidency is an honor to deserving philanthropist but Binay grabbed its presidency as his forever title leading to corrupt transaction of BSP properties benefitting his bank accounts, personal and political funds.

    Senior Citizens – a group of citizens needing support, assistance care abused by Binay thru Birthday cakes and 500 pesos cash assistance, devised by Binay as source of legitimate income for his children’s corporation.

    Free Education: manipulated by Binay thru Makati Univ as legitimate source of income of his ghost corporations run by his dummies. Profits from the corporations were overinflated to include bribes from overprice Makati buildings.

    Overprice Makati building projects: circumventing the national limits on cost of projects by placing each project in many phases with overprice budget for each phase leading to bribery and money laundering.

    Poor People: he pretends to be caring for the poor by giving cash dole outs and payolas for attending rallies and free funerals but again due to untraceable cash outlay to unknown recipients, program became source of petty corruption to his political allies, relatives and friends.

    Lately, Binay’s eagerness to become president leading to destruction to everything and anyone along his path, is thru prostitution of the word “AMPON”

    He released his attack dogs to malign Grace Poe by questioning her citizenship and residency. His crazy wolves, Tiangco and Bautista resurrected “Foundling” issue of Grace. When the sinister motive of Binay backfired he unleashed his daughter Abby to soften the issue, at the same time claiming that he too was “AMPON” during his childhood. His orphan background was very much different from Grace and is trying to gain sympathy by prostituting the word. Binay knew and grew up with parents until they died, unlike Poe. He was NEVER legally adopted by his uncle unlike Poe.

    Binay disgraced “Legal Adoption” with his false claim.

    Binay was not literally or typically an “AMPON”. He was an “ARUGA” Binay was taken “cared of” by his uncle upon becoming an orphan (Inaruga Siya ng Tiyo nung maulila)! Magkaiba ang nilalaman ng ARUGA at AMPON,

    Prostitution of respected institutions including the word AMPON for personal gain is a trademark IMMORALLY perfected by Binay.

    • Joe America says:

      Great to hear from you, Johnny. Yes, prostitution is a better word, as you have outlined in impeccable form and style. “Prostituting the Philippines” by Jejomar Binay. The thing that amazes me is that we can crystallize this scheming, dirty play so clearly, yet the moral and ethical foundation of the Philippines is so weak that others just duck their heads. 625 sister cities, each mayor or governor willing to sell his city to Makati for personal gain.

      If Congress had any ethical fiber whatsoever, a law would be passed declaring such arrangements illegal, as gift-giving to public officials is illegal. Dream on.

  28. wjarko says:

    My professors in college have known of the Sister’s cities program for years.
    They say it has always been Jojo Binay’s dream to be president, and set the plan in motion the moment he was seated Mayor of Makati. Its a grand intricate scheme, decades in the making.
    It takes a tremendous amount of schemin’, dealin’, and thievin’ to pull something in this proportion and not be legally or morally questioned until now. He searched for holes in the system and blew it wide open. Only he had the guts to even try something like this. He has crawled his way up the ladder and nothin aint stopping him now.

    Next year is make it or break it for Jojo, If he wins he’ll laugh his ass out from the top of the tower where he’ll be standing. If he loses, he’ll probably go insane – all that effort for nothing. Unless one of his kin takes his place.

    Jojo reminds me of Zongda – Sima Yi, the genius strategist who united the Three Kingdoms of China.

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