Halalan 2022: A look into six “interesting” senatorial candidates

In the up-coming election it is 12 seats up for grabs and the 12 who gets the most votes in the Republic becomes a senator. That will be a hard race, as it is over 120 candidates. Therefore, I will not look into all of them. I’m hand-picking the most “interesting” of them.

Alan Peter Cayetano, a former senator between 2007 to 2017. He ran as VP candidate under the Nacionalista Party but he was on the ticket with President Rodrigo Duterte. Cayetano came third. Later he was appointed to be the Foreign Secretary, which he were between 2017-18. From 2019-20 he was the Speaker of the House. Cayetano has also been very vocal and in support of closing ABS-CBN network. Therefore, the role he played in that will maybe haunt in the up-coming elections. He is now running as an “independent”.

Baldomero Falcone, representing Democratic Party of the Philippines (DPP), the businessman who has claimed in previous races to be the “only one representing the poor”. While having corporations that provide low-cost housing in Manila. He wants to clear the city of squatters and give them a second chance. He tried to run for the Vice-President in 2010 after starting the DPP, but was disqualified for doing so. This is another try, but don’t expect him to succeed.

Richard J. Gordon “Wow Dick” is seeking re-election as senator. The Chief Executive Officer of the Red Cross of the Philippines since 2004. He runs on the ticket for the Bagumbayan–Volunteers for a New Philippines (Bagumbayan–VNP). Professions he is known for is to be a lawyer and a TV-Presenter. Though with the time in office. It is hard to pin-point any significant act in his name.

Norman Mangusin aka “Francis Leo Marcos” (FLM), the online personality is also running for senate, which he also tried to do in 2013 and at that time he was declared a “nuisance candidate”. The candidate have been arrested previously for human trafficking. Also been arrested for illegal selling eyeglasses too. During this year, the SEC had to come with an warning, which says: “Again, the Commission warns the public against FRANCIS LEO MARCOS and his now FILIPINO FAMILY CLUB INTERNATIONAL INC. and/or in dealing with any individuals or group of persons acting or soliciting donations for or on behalf of FRANCIS LEO MARCOS and/or his pretentious organization” (SEC Advisory, 31.08.2021). Seriously, shortly after that he was still able to run for the senate. Shiish.

Joel Apolinario “Pastor”, the former DJ and Technician, the Ponzi-Scheme who promised 30% monthly returns on all investments in Kapa investment scam. When arrested in 2020 the “Pastor” had a Private Army fighting the PNP and SWAT Team to avoid the arrest. Two men in the private died as a result of the skirmishes around Apolinario mansion. He went from a “modern day Moses” to a self-righteous scammer. The SEC wrote this in 2020: “The SEC issued advisories against KAPA as early as March 2017, subsequently a cease and desist order in February 2019 and ultimately an order of revocation of its certificate of incorporation in April 2019” (…) “KAPA was found to have been soliciting investments from the public without the necessary license from the SEC, when it enticed the public to “donate” in exchange for monthly “blessings” equivalent to 30% of their donation for life” (SEC, 24.07. 2020). Who would trust this guy in Congress?

H.R.H. Princess Dayang-Dayang nur Mahal T. Kiram of the Royal House of Sulu is actually going for a Senate seat. There is little else of information to find out about here. Even if someone has registered here under the “Princess Light”. Other than that, it is little to none. Even her personal blog on Facebook isn’t saying anything or launching any sort of campaign there.

Here are some of them. Since there is over 100 senatorial candidates. I will make more of these. However, this is enough for today. Peace.

Halalan 2022: Presidential Mediocrity [2 in 1 analysis of the tickets]

Today, the total of Presidential Candidates are finalized. Already looked into a few who was scheduled to become candidates. Some did and some didn’t. This is the ones that will PDP-Laban’s Rodrigo Duterte. That will not be an easy challenge. The person needs tenacity and strength. Also, have ability to stand strong with all the political dynasties and in-fighting in the Congress.

There been speculations who would be next and who would stand as candidates. The incumbent party PDP-Laban is sending Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa. A former police officer turned senator. A man who doesn’t see himself as a statesmen. He is also the man behind Duterte’s war on drugs. So, this man has no trouble using violence. The second man on the ticket is the mid-term elected senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Tesoro Go or “Bong Go” as the Vice-President. He is Duterte sidekick and “utility” man. In that regard, they hope he will “Bato” executive assistant. Just like he was all the years in Davao.

The Liberal Party and current Vice-President Leni Robredo is vying the highest office. She had a hectic term and haven’t been in the good graces. Her pink Thursday might have launched online presence, but will she handle the highest office? She has to prove beyond the metropolitan and educated voters. That she stands for the ordinary people too. Sometimes she has a tendency to act a bit arrogant, because of her stature. This needs to be resolved in the upcoming campaign. Her running mate is Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan who runs for VP. Kiko has been called one of the most hard-working senators, but he has to prove that on the campaign trail now.

Then you have Ferdinand “BongBong” Marcos Jr. of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas. The man who claims his father brought the “golden era” to the Philippines. When people were living under martial law and his family was plundering the nation. A man who is also not celebrating EDSA. So, this man will be a selfish President and not suitable for office. Neither has a good record as a Senator and his one of those dynasties that is self-serving. Not strange, they are the next in line after the dictator. He wants “Bong Go” to be his running mate. In that way it would be “Bong Bong Bong Go”. What a crazy scenario….

The People’s Champ Movement (PCM) is fielding senator Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao Sr. Manny Pacquiao is the first term Senator and haven’t been an effective lawmaker by any stretch. Only real achievement is to finally retire from the boxing ring. Also, because of standing as a Presidential Candidate he was expelled from PDP-Laban. He is supported by Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III. While Pac-Man shares a ticket with Lito Atienza, the Deputy Speaker of the House. The former mayor of Manila from 1998 to 2007.

The current Manila Mayor of the Aksyon Demokratiko party, Francisco Domagoso “Isko Moreno” is running for the Presidency. He has been the Mayor of the Capital since 2019. The former actor and local councillor have a long way ahead of him. The way his been publicly. He sounds like a meek and soft Duterte. Since he will continue where he left off and not challenge the current day today. He wants to unify the nation, but it’s not a nation in war. So, it seems weird to unify it in peacetime. On his ticket is Dr. Willy Ong, a social media favourite doctor, which sounds like a huge risk. As he has no political background and could be buried quickly. That’s a risk of media savvy Presidential contender.

The final Presidential Candidate and party I will list is Partido para sa Demokratikong Reporma and their candidate Panfilo “Ping” Morena Lacson Sr. He plans to run on the same program as Duterte did in 2016. Ping has been a Senator since 2007 and this is his final opportunity to get promoted. The former PNP Chief and has a road ahead of him. Since he only got about 5% of the votes in 2016. He has a well respected running mate in Vicente Sotto III “Tito”. Tito has served in the Senate for 20 years. Over the years he has passed over 20 laws. The only last thing that he could be criticized for over the years. Is that during this term he tried to lower the age of criminality. Meaning, someone deemed as a child could be guilty and liable for participation in a crime. That is the only thing I feel bad for Tito.

So, we see the parties and their candidates. It is not a strong roost of candidates. There is nobody screaming of elegance or quality. None of these tickets are perfect. Nobody is perfect either, but they are not easy to sell.

Bato-Bong is the most mediocre from the incumbent party. Instead of fielding winning candidates and people who has charisma and charm. It is sending what feels like rejects and only Duterte loyalists. Hoping to continue where Rodrigo left-off. That isn’t a winning formula, but leftovers. Who wants yesterday’s frozen lasagna? When you can order fresh Italian food from the vendor around-the-way?

Final analysis of the tickets:

Robredo-Kiko is the ones with the finesse, but will it be a pay-off? Antonio Trillanes IV would have been more forceful. Trilanes will most likely be re-elected into the Senate after one term out. He could have brought more to the ticket than Kiko. Robredo already have to prove that her term wasn’t wasted and she has to be viable to rural uneducated areas. Will Kiko be able to promote Robredo there? I doubt that, but the liberals got to try.

BongBong wants to go Gung-ho with BongBongBongGo and that’s insane. The son of the late dictator should just enjoy the perks of the plunder and leave the Republic alone. Especially, when the candidate doesn’t want to take responsibility or fix the ramification of what his father did. The Marcos haven’t cared for the Philippines. They have hidden and tried to get away from the pain and suffering they put on the nation. He should retire and chill. Be lucky that he got to live lavish on the thieving of his father. That’s it really. Maybe not send “Emergency Alerts” and try to polish your public persona. Since we know the deal and you cannot polish a turd. A turd is a turd, no matter what do to it.

Pacquiao- Atienza is a gamble. These ones are risking their seats in congress. Pac-Man could have easily gotten re-elected into the Senate. Even when he has little to nothing to show for it. He lost his place in PDP-Laban and the faction of his on the open sea now. That he got a respected and seasoned politician on his side is good. Also having support of Pimentel III is vital here. However, is that enough for lightweight Pacquiao? Well, I doubt that… he got to drop a manifesto, which not only smells blood, but proves his sincerity in the race. It cannot be a half-baked project without any substance. Then he will be a fish out of water.

Isko-Ong is the futuristic and out-of-place candidacy. The Manila mayor have to get such a momentum that the big parties cannot contain it. However, to be able to do that. He needs to hit a nerve, but for now he sounds like someone who just wants to “build build build”. Isko Moreno might look like a fresh face, but is that enough? Really? If so… then there is little merit or proof before you get into the highest office. You know this ticket is risky when they just picked the most popular social media doctor to be his running mate. Not finding someone to bring experience or credentials. No, we pick the man that gotten popular during the pandemic…. It is so soft!

Ping-Tito is the most experienced of the bunch. Ping Lacson would be elected with advanced age just like Duterte. Would the same republic vote for an old head like this again? Tito is a respected VP candidate and has a positive record. Therefore, this candidacy is good, but will it be enough? I still wonder, if these two will able to fight and make a campaign worthwhile? They need to prove their experience and careers. Ping-Tito can show what they have done. However, can these challenge the rest and be viable? That I am not certain of, but in a race of mediocrity, maybe this is enough?

God knows what it will take, I don’t know, but these ladies and gentlemen seems like a mediocre bunch of candidates. Would hope for more… nevertheless that is too much to ask for in 2021. Peace.

Opinion: Early emergency campaigning by “BongBong” Marcos

It is just about that time. The son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Ferdinand “BongBong” Marcos Jr. Just as he had proclaimed and held his speech as a Presidential Candidate. The team and whoever associated with him. Has allegedly sent out “Emergency SMS” in favour of his candidacy.

There will now be an investigation between several of government entities. As these sort of SMS’s or texts are supposed to sent out, if there is a typhoon in a area or dangerous amounts of rain. It is an emergency message or alert for a reason.

That’s why even the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) have come out saying this is not the way or usage of the emergency message/alerts, and they were not sending these ones out. The National Telecommunication Commission which had to come out, and they are saying that these messages are not from the NDRRMC. Since, in this regard, they got no “request” to do so. The NTC have even stated that the texts was not from their network, but from portable cell-sites.

We can clearly wonder, which Telecommunication Company wanted to do this and who would earn political capital on this. These emergency text is only showing fault-lines and misrepresentation of what they are supposed to be.

Let’s be clear BongBong is not an upcoming typhoon, heavy rain-fall, earthquake or a volcano alert. It is not like created hazardous eruption from a volcano. No, he just held a speech for up-coming campaign. He used a means, which is to save people from natural disaster. We don’t know if he defines himself as a natural disaster, but that’s all up to him.

It is not right for a candidate to take “hostage” or misuse “government systems” to finesse the system. Campaigning where you shouldn’t campaign and sending the wrong message. An “Emergency Alert” should be taken serious and not as a joke. That is why the NDRRMC and NTC has procedures and protocol before sending these out. Since, they have to make sure the public gets verified messages and correct information at the right time.

This is why we need to know more, just like Kontra Daya in their press statement today: “It is not enough for COMELEC to say that it is ill-advised and for NDRRMC to deny sending the emergency alert. There is a need to know who is responsible, what kind of technology was used and why this is available to certain nefarious characters” (…) “National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) Deputy Commissioner Edgardo Cabarios was quoted as saying that it is illegal to buy and sell portable cell sites that can be used in issuing alerts. As the NTC initiates its own investigation, both the buyers and sellers of the technology used by the Marcos camp should be publicly identified and formally charged” (Konta Daya – ‘Investigate the electronic hijacking, castigate the opportunistic grandstanding’ 07.10.2021).

So, it is possible that BBM Team did this without the authorities and with portable cell sites, which is also illegal. It is not only the misinformation and misuse of the airwaves. The associates could easily come with recites and prove their innocence. However, expect the investigators have to inquiry and possibly subpoena documents from them. Since, if they are implicated or participated in this. The authorities have to do this properly to prove their guilt.

We know the BBM is the only one earning on the emergency text and it happened right after he launched his candidacy for President. Hopefully, we get to know the full extent of the matter, but this is a bad precedent and so early in the 2022 elections. No one should ever be allowed for personal gains to use emergency texts/messages. That is a national safeguard and not publicity channel. This has to be addressed and not just fizzle out. Peace.

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Opinion: “BongBong” will bring back bad memories

I cannot comment on whether it still needs to be celebrated because I was on the other side of the barricade during EDSA. What I can say is that many projects set to be completed in 1986 were disrupted”BongBong” Marcos (2016)

The son of dynasty and dictator, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. have been endorsed by several parties of late. These parties are Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL), Kalinga Party (KP), Labor Party of the Philippines (LPP) and Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP). KBL is the party of the father. So, it is fitting that the former Senator was endorsed there and elsewhere.

Yes, “BongBong” Marcos has been a “public servant” for years. He has been an elected official. However, his a relic from a plundering dynasty and a dictatorial part of the history of the Philippines. The BBM and his allies will sell the stories differently. They might even try to sell him as different than his father. Which is natural, since the ones who fought his father are now seen as heroes.

The Marcos haven’t delivered back the billions of pesos it stole. The Marcos has massive wealth and unaccounted profits on it. The plunder cases and what they have in Swiss bank-accounts are still not totally known. The family have fought to keep this and their ill-gotten gains. Still, as “public servants” the first thing they should do was to return this. However, the greed runs deep and they see it as their own.

The Marcos and the reign of the father created more poverty for the Republic. While his family have gotten more wealthy. That is why BBM owns several of businesses and has huge liabilities. That isn’t because of his business-savvy ways, but in the manner of which this family got their gains.

I don’t believe “BongBong” will do any good. He was born with a silver-spoon and is a self-serving individual. The ones believing in him is naive. Marcos will use this office for himself and his closest kin. I wouldn’t be shocked with more plunder and porkies. There would be a huge pay-off and securing the bank. While using force and neglecting what is needed.

I can’t believe these parties is willing to field the son of the dictator. A man who bashed in the wealth and haven’t done his due diligence to clean the closet of all the illegal gains earned by his father. That just shows the lack of moral ambiguity. That is the reality here.

Those parties clearly see a viable case with him. The BBM brand and his space is good enough. Nevertheless, this man will most likely not bring anything good. I have a hard time taking his candidacy seriously. By all means, if you want someone who plunders and keeps grinding for the dynasties. Than you have your man and your candidate.

BongBong” Marcos isn’t giving you friendly vibes. His the elite and a man of wealth, because of what his family did. This is why there should an easy way to stay away from these parties and his candidacy. Since there should be other prospects who are more sincere and real.

BBM have participated and written legislation in all his time in office. That should reflect his character and will. However, it has been more for display and cheap politicking, which is what some candidates do to look good. I don’t see anything that he shouldn’t have supported or not done in his time. He has supported several of resolutions and bills. While we can wonder about their affects to this day. Because, he never took accountability and being transparent with the legacy of his father. Except that he used his time in office to secure a state burial and grave for his father. That is noble as a son, but he was a dictator. Did you expect people to love him after all the years of martial law and plundering?

This is why BBM isn’t welcomed and ready for this. The parties might think it is “water under the bridge” and still endorses him. Heck, the KBL is bound by the legacy of his father. While “BongBong” should maybe save himself and it will reignite the stories of the past.

BBM clearly needs to defend the plunder and the legacy of his father. That’s because he is the son and lived lavishly because of that. This is why he will not have this easy and it will be in-disregard of many more.

I cannot see him as viable man. I rather support Duterte’s side-kick than whatever BBM will promise. It will at least be honest and truthful in the manner, which they are governing. Instead of promising change, but never acting up what they did in the past. That’s what the Marcos family seems to have forgotten and they are not taking into account the sentiment, which the popular uprising brought his reign down.

That’s why EDSA matters still and will not be forgotten. Peace.

Opinion: I don’t get the hype surrounding Isko Moreno

I am not governor of China. I am mayor of Manila, Philippines”Isko Moreno

It is just mere days or not even that since Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, the one-term (since 2019) mayor of Manila have put forward his candidacy for President in the 2022 elections. Yes, Isko Morena have worked for a long time as a councillor and held the helm as the Vice-Mayor of Manila as well. So, he has had long time in office and is experienced in the capital. That is without a doubt and needed skill for anyone aiming for the highest office.

However, the former actor and celebrity have to show of more than finesse, one-minute ads and possible gig-songs. He might say the right things, but he still has to carry a lot of weight. We know Isko Morena was participating and has been a proud support of the Duterte presidency. He has even proclaimed greatness of government programs within the metropolis. So, it is not like his a staunch opposition or a sound of new reform. No, his just another pretty face to aim for the highest office.

Isko Morena will be mocked and ridiculed for his career as an actor. There will be smug puff-pieces and questions about his morality. Just like there has been polls about his sexuality. If his gay, bi or straight. That is happening to a family man of 5 and says a lot about his character. When people question that, even when he has a wholesome family.

Back in the day he was even arrested together with other colleagues playing illegal bingo. This was while he was in Tambunting street in Sta Cruz, Manila back in 2013. So, it is not like he has been in trouble before and that would clearly return to his front-pages. Unless, the elites of Manila is eating his “achievements” up.

Because him as a councillor has bought computers and bought a fire-truck, but that is good governance and delivery at the time. However, by the time he became mayor and such. There is little other than working on the slogans and programs of the President. That is why he wants to promote and continue “Build Build Build”. So how will that be different from the previous President? How is that unique or special?

Is it a viable case that he has flair and an acting career before politics? Is it enough to sell himself from rags to riches?

Well, Isko Moreno seems like another candidate to ambush and take away the fire of the opposition. Just to weaken their ticket and steal the possible moderates this way. This is just made for that and don’t be shocked.

The same guy was a troublesome character and candidate in concern to Grace Poe ahead of elections in 2016. So, God knows what’s Isko Moreno’s game plan now. They estimated it was to early back then, but now his ready after one term as Mayor of Manila.

Well, this man isn’t ready and isn’t it. He might strike himself as a King and wants to be a Don. I hate to break it to him, but he doesn’t have it. That is not because he was an actor or a celebrity. No, it is because … he just says the endearing things like appoint Duterte, continuing “build build build” and whatnot. What will you do? What is your significant policy or plan?

Healing President” sounds like someone wanting to visit the doctor or therapist to get relief. Not someone to strengthen and secure the Republic. No, that would fit in war-time and post-war, but the Philippines isn’t in that. So, this man better try to become the incumbent Mayor of Manila and not waste his time to seek the highest office.

The scandals and the bad judgement of the time as an actor will be aired out. Not just some risky pictures, but all the juice will be public. The man will be under fire and I lack he will be able to succeed Duterte.

This man should maybe play tong-its and chill. Not do this…. It will only get ugly from here and this man will regret it all. Peace.

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Opinion: Pacquiao will be a lightweight challenging the Duterte-ticket

I boldly accept the challenge of running as PRESIDENT of the Philippines. We need progress. We need to win against poverty. We need government to serve our people with integrity, compassion and transparency. The time is now. I am ready to rise to the challenge of leadership” – Senator Manny Pacquiao” (19.09.2021)

Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas Ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) has already a resolution where the incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte is the Vice-Presidential Candidate and with Christopher Lawerence “Bong Go” Tesoro as the Presidential Candidate in the up-coming election. That was official like 10 days ago.

Now today, the other PDP-Laban fraction of Senator Pimentel have announced Pacquiao as the Presidential Candidate and with Senator Koko Pimentel as the Vice-Presidential candidate. This is happening a day after Pacquiao signed a coalition agreement led by MP3 alliance, which is between PDP-Laban – People’s Champ, PROMDI President Mimo Osmeña and PCM legal counsel Atty. Gacal.

So, the Pimentel fraction is giving Pacquiao a boost for his campaign now. They are willing to risk the newbie in the Senate who was only elected into it in 2016. He held a legislative seat in Mindanao since 2010, but haven’t been long in the Congress or a high ranking office. For some this will mean little, but the dismissal of “Bong Go” is for the same reasons as well.

While Pacquiao have been for a full term, as “Bong Go” only was elected in the midterms. These two will challenge each other and the PDP-Laban – People’s Champ have to prove this. This shows that both PDP-Laban tickets isn’t foolproof.

While the other ticket has the incumbent President on it. The main ticket is weak with the aide and a short term senator. These are both not winning or sincere ones. Yes, PacMan is a favoured man and a popular one. However, he is not a seasoned politician in the conning landscape of Filipino lawmakers.

Pacquiao has to show power towards the dynasties, the powerful families and the incumbent President. He is not only challenging “Bong Go”. He is going after Duterte who still has a huge following. It is not like Pacquiao is fighting against random candidates. That he has Sen. Pimentel on the ticket is helping, but is it enough?

I cannot see how Pacquiao or Pimentel will get this through the PDP-Laban at this stage. As they are working directly for Duterte and his causes. The fraction will have to challenge outside the party. Even if that meaning Pimentel have to leave the party of his father. “Nene” Pimentel Jr. founded the party in 1982 and this would be an end of an era with the possible break from the party. Because “Koko” does not have enough strength to compete with Duterte at this point of time. That seems impossible.

This is why with the challenge and dispute between these two tickets. Expect the “Bong Go” ticket to go ahead. While Pacquiao will have to do this on the outside. They have to make the People’s Champ Movement as a national party and run with that. Since, the PDP-Laban will be Duterte domain for now. Until proven otherwise, I will stand by that statement and Pimentel will not change this. He will be vital for the ticket of Pacquiao, but not enough to beat Duterte internally.

Pacquiao needs a K.O. but he will struggle on this one. He is not in the ring, but outside his comfort zone. This will be hectic, unfriendly and he will battle every step ahead. Pacquiao has been beaten and gotten punched before, but this will be humiliating and he deserves better. As the hero and champion he is. It is too early and he challenges someone who does whatever to get his way. This is why he going into a ring where he will be outplayed and outmanoeuvred. One wrong step and he will be an easy target to fall. Peace.

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