Mga eksenang COMPACT International Observers Mission (IOM) 2010

Ito ang dahilan kung bakit hindi ako nakaboto nung nakaraang May 10 — nakababad ako sa Pampanga kasama ang mga delegates ng COMPACT for Peaceful and Democratic Elections 2010 — International Observers Mission (COMPACT-IOM 2010).

Ilang eksena sa misyong iyon:

Floridablanca Aetas exercising their right to vote. Magpatuloy magbasa “Mga eksenang COMPACT International Observers Mission (IOM) 2010”

Mga eksenang COMPACT International Observers Mission (IOM) 2010

Hindi na naman ako makakaboto… DEMMIT!

Yan ang sumpa ng aking trabaho — palagi akong nade-destino tuwing Election Day sa lugar na malayo sa kung saan ako rehistrado.

Hindi tuloy ako nakakaboto.


Automated pa naman yung sa May 10 — exciting yun t’yak!

Oh well… ganyan talaga ang buhey.

Kuntento naman ako sa thought na kahit hindi ako nakaboto, nakatulong naman ako sa maraming tao na makaboto (at mabilang ang boto).

Wag lang talagang matatalo ng isang boto yung manok ko! Bad trip yun. hehehe…

Pero kung hindi man ako makakaboto sa May 10…

Pwede naman akong bumoto dito!

Hindi naman bawal, di ba?

Kaya heto… kung makakaboto lang sana ako sa May 10, itong mga ‘to ang pipiliin ko:

President: Noynoy Aquino

Vice-President: Mar Roxas


Risa Hontiveros

Neric Acosta

Danny Lim

TG Guingona

Franklin Drilon

Party-list: AKBAYAN

Representative: None

Mayor: Recom Echiverri

Vice-Mayor: Egay Erice

Konsehal: None


(kita-kits uli after May 10)

Hindi na naman ako makakaboto… DEMMIT!

Ano gagawin ko kapag MANALO si Risa Hontiveros bilang SENADOR?

Kapag maging SENADOR si Risa Hontiveros… I SWEAR:

Magda-diet and Exercise na ako!
Babawasan ko na ang pagkain ng Baboy!
Babawasan ko na ang “extra rice”!
Dadalasan ko na ang pagkain ng Gulay!
Magpapa-facial treatment ako! (hehehe)
Magpapa-foot spa ako!
Babawasan ko na ang pagpupuyat!
Mag-iipon na uli ako sa bangko!
Magsisimula ako ng negosyo!
Magpapakabait na ako!


Ano gagawin ko kapag MANALO si Risa Hontiveros bilang SENADOR?

10 reasons why Risa Hontiveros deserves your vote for Senator.

[Salamat, Atty. Jae, for this very nice appeal 🙂]

Dear Friends,

A week before May 10, 2010, Risa Hontiveros has landed in the number 13 slot of Pulse Asia’s senatorial survey — just a few points shy of making it to the magic 12. All the others in the top 15 either are reelectionists (Lapid, Ejercito, Cayetano, etc.) or are scions of politicians (Marcos, Guingona. etc.) Risa is the only Senatorial newbie with an independent surname to make it within striking distance of a seat.

Please help us ensure that Risa brings her competence to the Senate. To be completely candid about it, please help us ensure that Risa manages to dislodge the deadweights who get reelected year after year, and land safely in the top 12.

Here are 10 reasons why Risa Hontiveros deserves your vote for Senator.

1. Because she isn’t afraid to kick the asses that need kicking and stick her nose where it needs sticking. There isn’t a government scandal that Risa hasn’t spoken boldly against. From the ZTE-NBN deal that would have cost the Philippines billions of pesos to the Hello Garci election tempest to Presidential Decree 1017, to the mishandling of the Ampatuan massacre, Risa has been fearless and clear. It is of little wonder that her office has been denied Pork Barrel by the administration as “punishment” for having the audacity to go against a sitting President.

2. Because she is consistent, at a time when consistency has little currency. It’s cool to lambast GMA and AFP because everybody is doing so. Risa, however, believes that oppression is oppression, a human rights violation is a human rights violation, and is therefore not afraid to call a spade a spade. She has denounced human rights violations of Palparan and the disappearances perpetrated against activists, but has also been equally firm in denouncing atrocities of the armed left like the purges, revolutionary taxes, and the killings of the farmers that were claimed by the National Democratic Front. The government hates her guts (it had her arrested in 2006) and the armed left calls her an attack dog. We simply call her brave.

3. Because she speaks for the marginalized. Risa goes beyond slogans and truly represents the underrepresented sectors in society. She is a sponsor of the Cheaper Medicines Law that brought down the prices of medicines in the country. She can also be credited for shepherding the CARP Extension with Reforms Law – triumphing over the objections of the landowner congressmen in Negros and the extreme left (who were pushing for the passage of a law that they knew to be patently unconstitutional). Hers has been a resounding voice against illegal demolitions, arbitrary detentions and other human rights violations committed against the economically and politically weak.

4. Because she puts in the work. Many people like to talk about change and how badly we need it; few put in the hard work necessary to make that happen. Risa has never been afraid of hard work. Ask her an impromptu question about any of the bills she has filed and she will answer you in detail, even giving you statistics to understand the problem the bill seeks to address. That’s because she isn’t a figurehead congresswoman. She’s a congresswoman that knows her stuff and knows it well.

5. Because she is not one to back down from a fight. Listen to how the politicians try to squirm their way out of giving any categorical response to the Reproductive Health Bill. Then listen to Risa, eyes twinkling, announce that she is a proud sponsor of the RH Bill and that she believes in access to reproductive health. We know that this is one lady who is not afraid of anything or anyone – be they the little woman in Malacanang, the armed revolutionaries in the mountains and their leader in Utrecht, or men in cloaks quoting the bible.

6. Because she has been a good student and continues to be. Risa was an outstanding student at the St. Scholastica’s Manila where she graduated high school and at the Ateneo de Manila University, where she graduated cum laude with a degree in AB Social Sciences. Her discipline and studiousness are apparently hard habits for her to break – to date, she carries a notebook everywhere she goes and takes down notes for reference, never relying on her staff to jot down information for her. She is not afraid to ask questions. Merge the passion of an activist and the academic rigor of a geek and you have someone you want to be your Senator.

7. Because she is a woman who carries the interests of women. Risa is a staunch defender of issues that are important to all – like agrarian reform, peace, labor rights. She has a special place in her heart though, for issues that confront women specifically. Aside from reproductive health, Risa has also played an important part in the breastfeeding advocacy. When the provisions on rural women in the CARPER were in danger of being removed, Risa stood up and argued for their retention. Truly, she is a woman and a mother first; and a politician, second.

8. Because she walks the talk. Many like to spew out empty slogans on acceptance and equality, but balk when confronted with specific instances of inequality and pressed for solutions. Risa has spoken passionately for the equal rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders and has filed the Anti-Discrimination Bill to penalize discrimination on the basis of gender. Despite clear opposition from conservative sectors, Risa has held her ground and dug in her heels.

9. Because her name is clean. Squeaky clean. There’s no dirt on her. Nothing.

10. Because Risa’s victory would signal an important reconfiguration in the transactional, cynical terrain of Philippine national politics. For once, we would have a senator that isn’t a scion, a multi-millionaire, or a person with a bigshot last name. For once, we would have a senator who knows by name the farmers in Quezon, Batangas, Negros, Bukidnon; who is friends with labor leaders toiling in the underbelly of five-star hotels in the city, who have visited the houses of urban poor residents living beside esteros. For once we would have a senator that we can work together with to build a better world – because that’s what she has been doing her entire life.

Atty. Jae de la Cruz
Center for Agrarian Reform Empowerment and Transformation, Inc. (CARET)

10 reasons why Risa Hontiveros deserves your vote for Senator.

“Kung Meron sa Lotto, Bakit Wala sa Boto?!”

Yan ang tanong ng ilang mga kababayan natin sa gilid-gilid.

Bakit nga ba walang resibo yung gagawin nating “automated system” na pagboto? Bakit walang acknowledgment receipt, ika nga?

Hindi ba lahat ng klase ng transaksiyon ay meron nito?

  • Kapag nag-withdraw ka sa ATM, hindi ba’t may inilalabas ang makina na resibo ng balanse ng akawnt mo?
  • Kapag nagbayad ka ng inyong upa sa bahay, ‘di ba’t may iniaabot na resibo ang inyong kahera?
  • Kapag nagbayad ka sa counter sa grocery, ‘di ba’t tiyak may resibong kasama ang sukli mo?
  • At kapag tumaya ka sa Lotto, ‘di ba’t may iuuwi kang resibo na nagpapatunay na iyon nga ang tinayaan mong kombinasyon?!

Tama lang ang ganun, di ba?

Dahil gusto nating makatiyak na hindi tayo naloko… hindi tayo naisahan… na kapag nagkaroon ng aberya ay meron tayong hawak na ebidensya.

Pero ito bang pagboto natin sa darating na May 10 ay may ganito ring klase ng mga patunay?

WALA! Nada. Zilch. Wit Acheng!

Ano lang ang meron? Maglalabas ng mensahe ang PCOS sa display screen nito na nakalagay…

“Congratulations! Your Vote has been Registered!”

Aba’y %$@#&… Tama ba yun?!

Eh di parang ganito pala ang gustong mangyari ng COMELEC:

  • Kapag nagbayad ka ng upa sa bahay, ang sasabihin sa’yo ng kahera mo ay, “Wow, kongrats pare! Nagbayad ka ng upa niyo! Ambait mo talaga! Next month uli ha?
  • Kapag nagbayad ka sa groseri, ang hirit ng cashier ay, “Asteeg, tol! Binayaran mo yung mga binili mo! Galing mo! Come again ha?
  • Kapag tumaya ka sa Lotto, ang sasabihin nung tumanggap ng taya mo e, “Naaaks! Tumaya siya ng lotto! Ampowgi mo, brad! NEXT!

Again, itatanong ko sa inyo — TAMA BA YUN?!!!

Naalala ko tuloy yung sinabi ni Makoy Sr. dati… “Pinaboto na nga kayo, gusto niyo pang bilangin?! Demmit! Ver! Paki-salvage nga ‘tong mga kumag na ‘to!


“Kung Meron sa Lotto, Bakit Wala sa Boto?!”

Sure Signs na PEKE ang isang Party-list!

Parami ng parami ang bilang ng mga Party-lists na medyo kaduda-duda ang dating.

Paano ba naman, dahil ginawang napakadali ng COMELEC para sa isang grupo na magpa-accredit bilang isang party-list, nag-uunahan tuloy ang mga peke, fly-by-night at pakawalang party-lists na makapasok sa Kongreso.

Pero don’t panic! May paraan naman para hindi tayo malusutan ng mga ganitong klaseng party-list.

We just need to know the indicators.

Kaya para makatulong, heto ang ilang SURE SIGNS na magpapatunay na, malamang sa hindi, PEKE nga ang isang party-list:

  • Nakikipag-agawan sa mga pangalang may numerong “1” o may maraming letrang “A” sa unahan — para mauna sa listahan (at sa balota, shempre). Halimbawa, 1-Ulam o AAA-Powtek
  • Sa tuwing elections lang nagkakaroon ng Office Address / Telepono / Fax / Email / empleyado. Kapag walang eleksyon, bahay ng nominee ang opisina.
  • Malayong-malayo sa sektor na kinakatawan ang mga nominees na pinipili — Halimbawa, Hipag ng Presidente ang naging kinatawan ng mga magbabalut!
  • Tumatabo ng pagkarami-raming boto sa mga di-inaasahang lugarHalimbawa, noong 2004, isang “Farmers Party” sa Visayas ang naging top-notcher sa Basilan! Hanep!
  • Naspecial-mention ito sa “Garci Tapes” na kasama sa mga party-list na “…inaayos para manalo.”
  • Pumipili ito ng pangalan na sounds-like (o halos kapareho na) sa pangalan ng kilalang party-list. Halimbawa, Kabayad, Anak Bayot, Akbwisit.
  • Gaya-gaya sa design ng campaign materials (kulay, fonts, size ng texts…)
  • Sapilitan palagi ang paglabas sa kanilang official Nominees List. Palibhasa ikinahihiya nila ang mga nakabili sa kanilang nominasyon.

Hindi ibig sabihin na kapag taglay ng party-list mo ang isang katangian sa listang ito ay PEKE na ito. Pero kung tatlong katangian na ang totoo… ay nako. tigilan nyo na yan ay BISTADO na kayo noh!


Sure Signs na PEKE ang isang Party-list!

Di ba kapag FRAGILE, maingat dapat?

Kung hindi ako nagkakamali, ang mga electronic na gamit ay medyo sensitive — sensitive sa init, sa tubig, sa sobrang pagkaka-alog.

Kung hindi rin ako nagkakamali, ang tinaguriang PCOS (Precinct Count Optical Scanner) na siyang gagamitin sa May 10, 2010 Elections ay electronic equipment — ibig sabihin, may circuit board, may memory module at de-kuryente.

Ang tanong ko lang sa COMELEC (at sa kung sino man ang maku-kontrata nilang maghatid ng higit 80,000 PCOS machines sa lahat ng voting clusters/precincts sa buong Pilipinas)…

Mauulit ba ang mga eksenang ito na kuha noong idineliver yung mga voting machines na ginamit noong huling ARMM Elections?

Your Honors (kasama ka dito, kapatid)… What say you?!

Will everything turn out alright in the end?

Or are we looking at the prelude to a “Failed Elections” scenario?


Di ba kapag FRAGILE, maingat dapat?