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richard gordon the transformer

April 30, 2010 2 comments

we are publishing here the article on richard gordon from PDI. the newspaper has started to run features on all the presidentiables.

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THE ONE, THE ONLY
RICHARD J. GORDON: Step up to the plate, swing that bat 

By Cathy C. Yamsuan
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 04:19:00 04/30/2010

During a debate on the Manila campus of De La Salle University, Sen. Richard Gordon waves a thin black and white contraption roughly the size of a notebook. “Kindle,” he shouts.

“Here’s a little computer where you can put the entire school curriculum, from Grade 1 to high school to college. Every kid in public school should have one because he who reads, leads,” Gordon exclaimed.

Gordon talked about providing the country’s 17 million public school students with the Amazon.com product and raising the quality of education in the process.

“The government purchases textbooks for public schools. Oftentimes, these books are full of errors. That’s why we have book scams left and right. Why not get a Kindle for every student, download the accurate, factual books needed for the year, do the same every year. So every school year, we just buy new Kindles for the incoming Grade 1,” he explained.

Gordon later admits the plan is simplistic but doable.

Gordon tells reporters that a P0.50 tax on every text message could fund this e-book project.

If there are 2 billion text messages sent every day, he says, that could raise P365 billion annually, enough to buy a $100 Kindle made in China for each pupil and even raise teachers’ monthly salaries to P40,000 from P12,000.

“Our education is now on the level of Zambia and Tanzania. Education should not be a choice. Poverty is the absence of choice,” the senator says.

Gordon, who is running for president in the May 10 election under his newly formed Bagumbayan-Volunteers for a New Philippines Party, fancies himself a “transformer,” pointing to his record as a no-nonsense mayor of Olongapo City.

In the early 1990’s, Gordon captured the country’s attention when he elevated Olongapo from a honky-tonk town hosting American servicemen at the then US Subic Bay Naval Base to one of the country’s more progressive cities.

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RH Bill cannot solve all our problems, but it will help many. I pray for it to be passed.

April 29, 2010 1 comment

RH Bill cannot solve all our problems, but it will help many. I pray for it to be passed.

I agree with your whole point about preventing pornography and promiscuity but you need careful of what you say about RH Bill, or else you might be saying blasphemy. Did you actually read the Bible?

Only once did God say be fruitful and multiply, and we forget the command that comes after it; rule over the creation. Look at the meaning of “rule” it means manage, if we can’t manage what we create, we’re disobeying God.

Then after that, sex is purely described as holy union of a man and woman. And it’s even shown in the Song of Solomon that a married couple can freely enjoy sex and eroticism with each other. In 1st Corinthians 5 it says that “Do not deprive each other.” God actually says that if your spouse wants sex, you should give it because your body is not yours alone but also your spouse’s.

It’s been said in Corinthians that a woman is the glory of man, and you can see in Proverbs 31 that a wife is a greatest treasure that a man can have. Yes, wives are blessings. But what does 1st Corinthians 7 says? It says that it’s better to be single and serve the Lord, (but marry if urged to.)

Children are blessings, that you get through a spouse, but it’s better to have no children if it’s hindering your service for God. And what does Paul say? “The family is the first ministry.” Family first.

Sex is beautiful, not sinful inside marriage and not only for reproduction but for the holy union of a male and female, reflecting the glory of God. It’s long been distorted not only by promiscuity, fornication and adultery but by other religions sects as they view it as as sinful union with a woman even in marriage, only necessary to for procreation.

So let me summarize my two points:
1. Sex in marriage is wonderful, sacred and private. It’s holy and shouldn’t be tainted with malicious or worldly content.
2. Contraceptives can enable married couple to freely enjoy sex and at the same time manage their families

Then are contraceptives okay? Not all the time. I repeat, not all the time. It’s not for non-married people. Also the notion that couples marry just because of the sex and not to honor God through raising a family is a sin(case of foreign countries) Ephesians chapter 4 tells us that we must always be with the Holy Spirit.

Also, though I strongly say that the RH bill is not against God, it’s not enough to cure our country. There are many more to do, but RH Bill can improve the Filipino family.

P.S. Poor people indeed have the right to have as many children as they like. But those children have the right for healthy food, homes, education and safe environment. It’s hypocrisy to say that contraceptives are evil yet condemn mislead children for indulging in drugs and illegal activities instead of school. Parents have no right to have children if they cannot give them their rights.

-Dancel T., UP Diliman.-

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jejomar binay surges to 2nd spot in april pulse asia survey

April 29, 2010 3 comments

Pulse Asia April 2010 Presidentiables Poll : estrada ties villar at 2nd, aquino widens lead

April 29, 2010 Leave a comment

The survey fieldwork was conducted from April 23 to 25, 2010 using face-to-face interviews. Key developments in April 2010 include the following: (1) defections from the Lakas-Kampi Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) mostly to the Nacionalista Party (NP) and the Liberal Party (LP); (2) election-related issues such as the purchase of ultraviolet lamps (UV) because the UV readers of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines were unable to read the UV markings on the ballots, the scrapping of the P 700 million contract for the purchase of ballot secrecy folders, and the re-bidding of the contract for the purchase of indelible ink; (3) completion of the printing of ballots for the May 2010 elections; (4) various incidents of election-related violence across the country; (5) Senator Francis G. Escudero’s endorsement of Senator Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III for president and Makati City Mayor Jejomar C. Binay for vice-president; (6) accusations made by former President Joseph E. Estrada and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile against Senator Manuel B. Villar, Jr. that while serving as Senate President in 2007, Senator Villar used his position to pressure the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) to decide in his favor on a matter concerning the public offering of his real estate company’s shares; (7) Senator Richard J. Gordon’s filing of charges against two survey groups; (8) petitions from various sectors for a parallel manual count of votes; (9) the Supreme Court’s final ruling allowing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to appoint the next chief justice (but not the next Sandiganbayan Justice); (10) calls for the resignation and disbarment of Department of Justice (DOJ) Acting Secretary Alberto Agra following his decision to clear two key suspects in the Maguindanao massacre; and (11) increase in power rates despite rotating brownouts in Metro Manila and other parts of the country.

http://pulseasia.com.ph/pulseasia/story.asp?ID=716

the ghost that haunts gilbert teodoro’s campaign

April 29, 2010 Leave a comment

ateneo psychology department on fabricated psychiatric evaluation of noynoy aquino – stop using us

April 28, 2010 Leave a comment

source: http://www.admu.edu.ph/index.php?p=120&type=2&sec=29&aid=8320

Statement of the Ateneo Psychology Department about the second fabricated psychiatric evaluation of Sen. Benigno C. Aquino III
date posted: 2010-04-27 20:51:05

On 9 April 2010, the Ateneo Psychology Department issued a statement regarding the psychiatric evaluation which was allegedly signed by Fr. Carmelo (Tito) Caluag who was claimed to be a faculty of our Department in 1996. In our response, we said that the document is false; that Fr. Caluag is not a psychologist or a psychiatrist and has never been affiliated with the Ateneo Psychology Department.

Today, 27 April 2010, another fabricated psychiatric evaluation has circulated in the news, allegedly written and signed in 1979 by our founder and current professor, Fr. Jaime C. Bulatao, SJ. Fr. Bulatao has earlier released his response, categorically denying that he has written and signed that report. The Ateneo Psychology Department once again categorically states that this “psychiatric evaluation” is a fabricated document.

We strongly condemn these repeated attempts to use the Ateneo Psychology Department for black propaganda. When the first fabrication did not work because of the mistake of choosing a signatory ( i.e., Fr. Tito Caluag) who has never been affiliated with our Psychology Department, the same scheme was thought of, this time using our most esteemed Fr. Jaime C. Bulatao, SJ. These acts of malicious falsifications should be stopped once and for all!

We hope that this is the last time that the name of the Ateneo Psychology Department will be dragged into the malicious misinformation campaign about the alleged mental condition of Senator Benigno C. Aquino III.

Department of Psychology
School of Social Sciences
Ateneo de Manila University
27 April 2010

richard gordon’s new platform of government for the win in the 2010 election!

April 28, 2010 8 comments

 

richard gordon has done a dramatic change in his campaign strategy – he has overhauled his platform of government.

we know  noynoy aquino is squarely against corruption. he has been saying that from the very beginning of the campaign. aquino’s ads are built on his anti-corruption stand.

manny villar has been focused on anti-poverty. he has used his personal history of rags to riches to tell us he will eradicate poverty in this country.

richard gordon recently has changed his platform of government. he has done recently with just a few weeks to go in the campaign. it’s a bold change in strategy and platform of government. gordon has declared an all out war on surveys. he is now devoting all his time and effort for the rest of the campaign to tell us he wants to be elected president on the basis of single mindedly going against surveys.

gordon said he now intends to spend 100% of his time during the remaining days of  the campaign to spread his new platform of government.

another psyche report released by NP on noynoy aquino denied by ateneo professor

April 27, 2010 4 comments

what is with psyche reports on noynoy aquino? why are aquino’s rivals obsessed on aquino’s mental health?

this one once again is being denied by fr. bulatao, the ateneo professor who reportedly made the report.

and like the first one, the psyche report is being released by guido delgado, former president of the national power corporation and also  a supporter of manny villar.

ateneo website link: http://www.admu.edu.ph/index.php?p=120&type=2&sec=29&aid=8318

Professor denies ‘mental evaluation’ on Aquino

by Tarra Quismundo

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 17:44:00 04/27/2010

ANILA, Philippines—The psychology professor who purportedly conducted a psychiatric evaluation of Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III in 1979 denied the report made public on Tuesday by the camp of rival presidential aspirant Manuel “Manny” Villar Jr.

In a statement sent to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Jaime Bulatao of the Ateneo de Manila psychology department said he did not make such an evaluation nor sign any report.

“It has come to my attention that an unverified ‘psychiatric evaluation’ allegedly signed by me in 1979 about the mental condition of Senator Benigno C. Aquino III is currently circulating in the news. I categorically deny having written and signed that report,” said Bulatao in a one-paragraph statement.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20100427-266752/Professor-denies-mental-evaluation-on-Aquino

manny villar risks heart attack for his 86 year old mom for political gimmick

April 27, 2010 6 comments

we were ready to have a heart attack of our own as we we were watching this news clip of  the “press conference” of manny villar’s mom on national tv. while  the announcer did not say so, we were waiting in horror a scene where mom manny villar will have a cardiac arrest right on tv. we saw the tears, heard her voice breaking in between sobs and we saw the pain as she talked about the problems of her son in his political run to be president. it was very close to watching a horror movie where death was certain.

why on earth did manny villar do this to her mom?

we had sympathy for mom manny villar but we did not feel any sympathy at all for manny villar the presidentiable. we only felt loathing for bringing his mom to this kind of pain and  humiliation,

lolas are beautiful people. mom manny villar is a very beautiful lola. in her face is the beauty of old age and wisdom. from her, we were expecting joy and countless words of wisdom.  but  that was not what we saw on  national tv.

what we saw on tv was her children, the sisters of manny villar and most probably manny villar himself making their mom do these awful things for political gain.  we do not think it was something mom manny villar wanted to do. she looked a lot smarter than that. we think it was her children who made her do it.  

one of manny villar’s sister even defended the action by saying noynoy aquino had also used his mom in his political campaign as if it could be compared. noynoy’s mom and dad were the first politicians before noynoy, not only that both are national heroes, one martyred, the other bringing back glory and pride to the country.  noynoy had no choice about that. they would be brought into the picture whether he liked it or not.  that is not at all the case with mom manny villar.  there is no comparison between the two.

we think at the very least, what they had mom manny villar do was in very bad taste. it did not build any goodwill for manny villar at all.  the villar sisters and manny seem to relish torturing and humiliating their mom  just to win this election.

SWS-Business World poll: jejomar binay’s phenomenal rise to 2nd makes him a contender in VP race

April 26, 2010 1 comment

looking at the chart, there are two conclusions that you will make: jejomar binay is in a phenomenal rise that he not only has over taken loren legarda who used to be 2nd, he is now a real contender to the VP race.

the other conclusion you will make is mar roxas cannot be complacent -he has a declining trend and it is showing it’s possible the three of them will meet at some point to contest the VP slot.

that is a fair conclusion IF we just look at the chart. but there is a fact that is not in the chart that will play a major role – the election will be held in two week’s time.  unfortunately for binay, he probably has no more time to get his ratings to the point that he will seriously threaten roxas.

the only way for binay to catch up with roxas is to launch heavy advertising, cover half the country in public meetings or engage roxas in a controversy that he will win. at last 2 of those 3 items are impossible for him to do.

we wonder if the vice presidential race has a direct correlation with the presidentiable race. the trends of the top contenders are fairly consistent with the presidentiable race – roxa’s presidentiable aquino;s rating are on a plateau to a slight decline, legarda’s manny villar partner is on a clear decline and binay’s presidentiable era estrada is a strong 3rd. superficially, it looks like the two three VP are taking the same kind of trend as their presidentiable partner.

SWS-Business World april poll : aquino holds lead, villar drops. villar’s down trend to continue.

April 26, 2010 Leave a comment

source: http://www.bworldonline.com/main/content.php?id=9817

this poll was conducted middle of april, about 4 weeks from election time and it shows aquino’s lead continue to be strong at 38% while villar shows downward trend at 26%.  aquino having a strong double digit lead  and villar showing a declining trend is good news for aquino and very bad news for villar.

we are reading the poll results with just 2 weeks to go till election time. with nothing new and no remarkable or outstanding efforts done by villar since survey time till today, a 2 week lapse,  it is difficult to expect that villar’s down trending trend has been arrested or reversed. in marketing, the way to arrest and reverse a declining  sales and market share trend is to some new and heavy marketing efforts. not doing anything new and heavy means the trend will continue. this should be true for villar.

in fact, the past two weeks has not been good for villar. erap estrada and juan ponce enrile exploded a new scandal – the VLL and PSE scandal where both charged villar used his influence and power on the PSE to allow him to sell his shares on the IPO of VLL which was supposed on escrow. rules of the PSE disallowed the release of shares for sale by owners to protect investors.

we have said in this blog that villar is getting hurt by the C-5 corruption scandal since early this year, then it got solidified as a dead weight with the villarroyo charge. this VLL-PSE scandal has the potential to confirm in the minds of voters of villar’s weakness in character where he tends to use his power and position for personal gain. the gain in this particular instance is worth billions of profits in the sale of his VLL stocks.

with the VLL-PSE scandal breaking out in the last two weeks and with no to little new and heavy efforts done by villar, we can expect further deterioration of villar’s ratings.

we are now at the point of no return. the only way the trends will change is doing a hail mary pass. who has the guts or who is most desperate to do it?

teodoro, gordon and villanueva supporters – don’t waste your vote, vote for any of the 2 front runners

April 25, 2010 143 comments

on request, we are posting here this article written by sweet.twins in one of the pinoy bulletin boards.

~antenna1

for the teodoro, villanueva, gordon, madrigal, de los reyes and perlas supporters – do not waste your vote by voting for the candidate you support, vote instead any of the two front runners who you think is better for the country – villar or aquino.

by this time the fact is these presidentiables – teodoro, villanueva, gordon, madrigal, de los reyes and perlas do not have a chance to win the election. if you vote for any of them, villar or aquino will win without you having a say on who will be president.

why waste your vote? your vote can make a difference between villar and aquino. it will probably be a very close election for both of them. since it will be close, a single vote will matter a lot.

you have a chance to elect the president of the country, use it to elect who between aquino and villar you think is best for the country.

based on the latest polls, aquino will get 18 million votes, villar 17 million, teodoro 3 million, villanueva 1.5 million and gordon 1 million votes.

only 1 million will separate villar and aquino. let’s assume just 1/3 of teodoro supporters abandon teodoro and vote for either villar or aquino, then these teodoro supporters would have elected the president.

its possible the gap between villar and aquino will be smaller and that means supporters of teodoro can really make a difference.

on the other hand 1 more vote for teodoro, or this time 3,000,001 votes will NOT make teodoro win.

assuming 50 million voters, this is how the latest SWS poll might translate to votes:
  • aquino 18 million
  • villar 17 million
  • estrada 7.5 million
  • teodoro 3 million
  • villanueva 1.5 million
  • gordon 1 million
even if all the supporters of estrada, teodoro, villanueva and gordon vote for any of them, that will only be 5.5 million votes, that is NOT going to make any of them win. however, if these 5.5 million or even 1/3 of them vote for either villar or aquino, they choose the winner!
all the presidentiables, both the front runner AND laggards groups are talking about the same thing – the economy. jobs. education, poverty alleviation and health care. both are talking about fixing these in our country.

we know the laggards groups will not win this election. make your vote count by selecting one of the two front runners who you think will be able to deliver better on the economy, jobs, education, poverty alleviation and health care.

you may want the country’s economy, jobs, education, poverty alleviation and health care to improve but voting a presidentiable who obviously will not win will not do that. so elect one of the front runners who you think can do vest in fixing those.

the laggards groups are not talking of anything different. in fact the laggards group even have a very strong disadvantage of not having a a large political party to back them up. even teodoro’s political party is now being reduced to nothing. it will be much more difficult to be effective if a presidentiable without a strong political party is elected. basing it on this one, the real choice is really down to aquino or villar, the front runners.

that is how few these voters are and how futile their votes will be if they continue to vote for these candidates.

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