Philippine May Day of 2010

30 04 2010


Ready or not the Philippine National Elections of May 2010 will be over and done within a few more days.

But for the candidates and their politcal parties, families, friends and supporters, these last few days will be the last two minutes of what could be a tightly fought game 7 of an NBA Playoff or Finals.  Or for some, it could be a blow-out game and they are just counting down the seconds waiting for the final buzzer.

Any which way, I still believe, that it will be the Filipino people and the Filipino nation as a whole who will be the real winners as this could very well be among the cleanest elections if not the country’s cleanest elections ever.  Of course it should be the fastest counted (I hope).  And of course this should be the most expensive elections ever, just ask the Comelec, the Nacionalista and the Liberal Parties.

So to all Filipinos, go out and vote on May 10, 2010! Vote wisely! And while you’re at it, be vigilant and safeguard your vote.

God bless.



Automated Elections

3 04 2010

I found this website which in English translates to New Voter:

And ready or not, the Philippines will be holding it’s first Nationwide Fully Automated Elections in just a few weeks. Yes as in welcome to the Digital Age (finally).

You know for many years, I was kind of hesitant to admit and tell other people that back in our home country (in this day and age) we still vote using pen and paper (which of course is not really the issue) and we still count the votes manually. Yes, as in one person reading each vote from each ballot, and somebody else writing in chalk tabulates it at the black (but color green) board behind them. Okay, maybe some of them have upgraded to white board markers writing on white boards but that’s still basically the same system.

Now after all the ballots have been read off without mistakes and hopefully tabulated corrected then it is tallied by hand again and also hopefully accurately, all these done within the same voting day, yes even if it takes them all night and in many instances it had and yes even in candle light or flashlights for also in many instances blackouts or power outages occur during vote counting time.

And this long tedious process is repeated in all the tens of thousands of voting precints all over the country’s 7,100 islands  and then the totals are written down (of course by hand again) and then signed, sealed and delivered to the House of Representatives if I am not mistaken. And again it is recounted manually as mandated by law, well because there is just no other way I guess because of the inherent limitations of the system which might have worked or was the only way to do it back in the 1950s even up to the 1970s but have since been obviously out of date since then.

And all these takes months of counting and tabulating in most cases of course. Quick counts have been in use though, using computers, the internet and other electronic coomunication devices I believe since the 1980s but that is of course are not authorized results.

Going back to that site, in it there is nice section called:

Translated that will be Now It’s Different.

And it better be. For we as a nation have tried for decades to fix the unmistakeably flawed or flaws in the Electoral Process, and this should be a start to doing just that and more.

Now if only the majority of the people will cooperate and make this work, this time and everytime.  Otherwise, the few strong ones who have held out losing their hope for the country will probably start joining the many who have started losing all hope since the late 1960s.

So to all the eligible voting Filipinos, I tell you do not lose hope and to vote and safeguard it wisely.

Mabuhay ang Pilipino!

Election Time

18 02 2010

I know this is late, but still being fashionably late is a Filipino virtue.

“Ika nga, Filipino time.”

Anyway, better late than never I always say, I haven’t been back in this place in a looong time, but here I am & there you are so that’s all we need. Let’s just exchange ideas & hang out for a while.

Anyway, I’m guessing back in the home country, people are just abuzz with the Election Fever & back there we just love this season, where paper litter the streets, posters abound everywhere, political ads dominate the airwaves, tv commercials & even movie theaters. Political caravans travel dusty towns where they only see politicians every election time, stage shows with showbiz stars introduce the candidates and of course the tons & tons of giveaways, be it cash, candies or anything in kind.

I do hope something changes though & that most people would stop electing the same people (if not the same kind of people) they have voted for time & time again and who they know have done nothing & worse who even have corruption issues all over their heads for all these years.

Wake up Filipino People!

I just recently watched this Sexbomb video regarding the upcoming automated elections, and I just want to share with you guys… enjoy & vote wisely everyone!


First WordPress Blog Post

10 08 2009

Yes, welcome back.

And you read right, this one would actually be my first WordPress post–the other one is actually an Introduction.

And the funny thing is that I wrote something before this that seemed to have vanished in the cyberspace air. But that was at Yahoo Profiles, so still this should be the First Post over here (in the new place, right).

And the even funnier thing is of all things & of all people, today I am very much inclined to write about the ongoing Willie Revillame fiasco (yes again). And from my instincts this could be something way too deep for even him to crawl up and out from.

If you know nothing about Willie or about Wowowee or their booboo regarding the live feed from the funeral march of the most beloved late ex-President of the Philippines, Madame Corazon Aquino, then I suggest that you let it stay that way as it could leave you with a sour taste in the mouth.

But if you are like most Filipinos or foreigners who are more Pinoy than real Pinoys, then I encourage you to read on & listen in as I once again think out aloud.

Okay, first thing off, have you ever found a live national tv show host anywhere in the world who upon finding a small live feed (of the funeral march of their own country’s ex-President) being aired in a tiny box simultaneously with his show who would say “live” on the air something to the effect… “Can you guys take that live feed out of my show?” But yes in the nicest way he can say it, of course, if there was even a nice way to do it.

And second, the network obliged and took off the tiny screen right after the “request” or the command if you may.

Remember the whole nation was in mourning for an ex-President. Remember it was only a one day (few hours) funeral march–and it is not everyday that a President of a nation dies. Remember the show was on everyday. Remember the live funeral feed was only on for a few minutes at a time.

And so again, have you seen that happen anywhere else? Or do you think that would ever happen elsewhere?

Yes, I know, I think this should be added to the long list of “Only In The Philippines”.

My thoughts?

Yes, I have a lot, so that is why I just want to get it off my head (& hopefully into yours,… Take it! Take it!).

First: TV Networks all over the world, show “live” the funeral of ex-Presidents or events of national importance such as this, all the time.

Second: TV Networks all over the world would even cancel or reschedule regular progamming to show the funeral march live.

Third: I have yet to see the gall of a tv show host “ask” his bosses to take away something “live” on the air which is first and foremost the prerogative & the call of the network in which the tv show host is working for & getting his paycheck.

Fourth: I have yet to see the network itself seem to cower in fear & obey the tv host.

Fifth: I rest my case. Before I start to have a big disrespect to my fellow Filipinos back home who still believe that a mere tv show host/personality could have the right or the privilege to do something like that & get away with it. And of course I also would like the network to do some explaining of this fiasco as well, as they are as much a part of all this.

Have a great day.

New Lease On Life – Entry for August 8, 2009

9 08 2009

Hello to you, welcome to my (new) place.

This blog used to be housed over in Yahoo 360 for a few years. And in case you haven’t found out yet, all the Yahoo 360 bloggers were kicked out when Yahoo closed their 360 site sometime in July of this year. Yes just a few weeks ago.

I was vacationing in the Philippines when that happened. But prior to that Y360 made a way for all the 360 tenants to pack their stuff & move out. They mentioned WordPress and so I packed my bags and I went over here.

I wrote my blog a few days ago (at that time I tried doing it at Yahoo Profiles, another option 360 gave it’s previous inhabitants). It showed it posted, but when I went there today, actually yesterday as it is now past midnight, it was nowhere to be found.

I guess, I have a copy of that somewhere, if I do I’ll put that in right after this one.

Anyway, I just wanted to post this as an intro to everyone who might wander or wonder about this site.

And lastly this is also to welcome everyone (you included), and you are also welcome to leave your coments and what nots.


NOTE: I am a type as you think guy. So I type on the fly. Most times I think faster than I could type, so there would be times wherein you would find errors in spelling, grammar & problems/issues with what I wanted to say & what I actually typed in. Anyway, when I do have the time I come back & reread what I wrote & try to edit it. I know I should spellcheck & all that stuff but I guess at heart I am still a typewriter kind of a guy.