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I can’t help but think that Filipinos who blame former Philippine President and Congresswoman, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) for everything bad that has happened in the country have a squatter mentality. By my own definition, people who have a squatter mentality have this strong sense of entitlement. They believe that the government owes them benefits or privileges. This is why you will often hear people say, “It is GMA’s fault why there are more poor people in the Philippines”. Never mind that GMA had no control over people’s decision to have more babies they can’t afford to feed. Of course, GMA wasn’t perfect. But like I said in my previous article, the fact that the Aquino government can’t even charge her for her “crimes” using a case that could stick means that they’ve got nothing much on her.

People with squatter mentalities do not believe in hard work or in contributing to the betterment of society. They think that they can rely on the government to be responsible for their own happiness. It is quite a fitting description considering squatters by their very nature have no concern or respect for the rights or property of others. They also think that the laws do not apply to them and that they are entitled to disregard them. Some squatters can be arrogant, defiant and selfish. For some reason, the incumbent President, Noynoy Aquino (PNoy) and his minions come to mind when I think about people with squatter mentality. After all, PNoy and his mouthpieces keep blaming GMA for everything, including their own shortfalls and especially when they commit gaffes.

Take the case of singer and songwriter, Jim Paredes. He has been very active on his twitter account lately trying to vilify GMA every chance he gets. This is what he tweeted earlier: “Atty Topacio MD, better check her height. I think she may have stopped growing, too. She may need therapy abroad.” Judging by the number of crass tweets Jim has been sending in reference to GMA, I think it is safe to say that Jim may have lost the plot. Jim appears to be struggling to find his relevance in Philippine society nowadays. His jokes are so half-a-century ago – back when political correctness was non-existent and Tito Vic and Joey ruled the comedy scene. To be precise, his jokes do not belong in this day and age when making fun of people’s appearance or illness is a no-no and a sign of ill breeding.

As a self-proclaimed key player in the very first (and certainly not the last) people power, Edsa revolution, Jim seems to think that he still has credibility after lending his talent to the campaign for PNoy during the 2010 presidential election — PNoy, who most rational people know, was the least qualified of all the presidential candidates. Sadly, Jim used his popularity to help PNoy win the election. Jim’s action is something that I would consider “misguided” and his lack of remorse in supporting PNoy even after PNoy’s mediocre performance after almost two years in office is pathetic to say the least. Worst of all, Jim’s blind support for PNoy’s defiance of the Supreme Court says a lot about his character: arrogant, shows no respect for the law, and no concern for the rights of others. In short, he seems to have a squatter mentality.

There are many more high-profile personalities like Jim Paredes who still refuse to see the big picture. They fail to see that their continued ranting against GMA and some of the members of the Supreme Court continues to divide the nation between those who are being irrational and those who can think objectively, which in turn results in disunity and instability.

Ask the average Filipino why he hates GMA and you won’t get a straight answer. He’ll just spew the usual “she cheated during the 2004 election” or “she stole taxpayer’s money” drivel. It gets really boring to hear the same thing over and over without getting any of the specifics or details of their allegations against GMA.

Since some people have a hard time figuring out why they hate GMA, I have come up with a list of the most probable reasons why they do:

1. Most Filipinos think that blaming the late former President, Ferdinand Marcos is so passé so they have moved on to GMA. A quarter of a century after Edsa, the Aquinos and their supporters cannot keep blaming the original “bad guy” because blaming Marcos after all these years will highlight the fact that there was nothing significant about the so-called “people power” revolution that happened in 1986 to begin with. It becomes funnier when you hear them say, “GMA is worse than Marcos” because they don’t realise that this is the same as saying, “We were better off during the Marcos years”.

2. Most Filipinos need to blame someone for the lack of progress in their own personal lives. They might still be stuck doing the same dead-end job or in the case of some, still stuck waiting for government handouts.

3. Most Filipinos are actually angry with themselves, not with GMA. Underneath that arrogance is a people who are clueless as to why the country continues to be plagued by corruption and lack of progress. They don’t realize that it is the people’s lack of attention to how public servants do their jobs that is the reason why public funds gets mismanaged. In other words, people’s apathy and indifference to how the country is being run is the real cause of corruption and not GMA.

4. Most Filipinos need a diversion. They’ve got nothing going for them. In the case of PNoy for example, he needs to divert people’s attention away from his lack of leadership skills and lack of vision for the country’s future. It is beginning to be quite obvious to a lot of Filipinos that his only agenda for the entire duration of his term is to prosecute GMA. PNoy seems to think that he can simply continue to ride upon GMA’s economic gains while blaming her during his term.

5. Most Filipinos are suckers for drama. This is why they would rather believe hearsays or “tsismis” than facts. It doesn’t help that GMA was said to be not in good terms with some stakeholders of mainstream media. Allegations of GMA’s criminal activities probably gave them huge profits every time they printed stories of her “crimes”.

6. Most Filipinos are addicted to instant gratification. Instant gratification describes the short-term satisfaction gained from impulsive behaviour. And some of the things that can give Filipinos instant gratification are initiatives like “people power” revolutions and habits like defying the rule of law. It is much easier and quicker to get instant results when you throw the rulebook out of the window. But there are grave consequences when using shortcuts like defying the law as an option at getting something done. Most people have not realized it yet but removing an elected leader unconstitutionally the first time already set a dangerous precedent. It gave people excuse or reason to justify doing it again and again. Marcos, Erap and now the Supreme Court.

7. Most Filipinos are ignorant of their rights. 25 years after Edsa, Filipinos still struggle with their knowledge of what freedom is about. They don’t seem to know how to use their so-called freedom responsibly. This is evident in how some Filipinos keep throwing false accusations against their opponents left and right without thinking of the consequences. This is evident in how PNoy keep saying that some members of the Supreme Court cannot be trusted to do the right thing.

Some Filipinos are even ignorant of the law and individual rights, which is precisely the reason why they are gullible enough to believe people who claim to be doing the “righteous” thing like when DOJ secretary Leila de Lima claimed she was looking after the “national interest” in defying the temporary restraining order of the Supreme Court.

8. Most Filipinos are beholden to celebrities and sons and daughters of so-called “heroes”. If you don’t have a celebrity gene, you could end up the bad guy. But what’s so dysfunctional about most Filipinos’ way of thinking is that they keep voting into office the relatives of the public servants they say are corrupt (the Marcos’s, the Estradas, and the Arroyos among others) and most of their preferred lawmakers are showbiz personalities or are sporting heroes. Which is why precious time and taxpayer’s money are spent on trivial stuff like the proposal to rename Edsa to Cory Aquino Avenue.

9. Most Filipinos are still looking for a hero. The people who voted for him thought they found a hero in PNoy. But PNoy actually thought he could get some direction on how to run the country from the people. Both are getting lost in the process of looking at each other for clues on how to get to the quickest way to the “tuwid na daan” or straight path.

10. Most Filipinos still believe in “angels” and “demons”. This is unfortunately a legacy of peoples’ belief in superstition. Like those who believe in witchcraft, some will believe “evil” stories involving GMA even if these lack any basis or evidence to back up the claim. Because some things are very difficult to accept like the reality that they are also accountable for their own lives, some Filipinos would look at their problems, shrug these off and say that things happen for a reason because of interventions by “The Adjustment Bureau” or some heavenly being. Never mind that some things like politicians getting away with criminal activities happen because of their own negligence or lack of vigilance.

The most hated woman in the Philippines

So there you have it. It does make sense for most Filipinos to keep blaming GMA. They don’t have to do anything but send out “sick” jokes and feel good about themselves. Unfortunately for them, their lack of foresight can be their undoing. They fail to realize yet again, that even if they successfully prosecute and put GMA in jail, the way they did with former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada or even when they forced Marcos into exile, they will have no one else to blame but themselves for the lack of progress in the country in the end.

And that is why there are a lot of squatters in the Philippines.

Ilda

In life, things are not always what they seem.

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  • Roj says:

    Why do I get the feeling that bashing Jim Paredes and PNoy (+ govt) are also good examples of the Squatter’s Mentality that the author so effortfully tried to label the Filipino People with?

    • Parallax says:

      that’s just captain facepalm’s hand on your thigh, roj. relax.

    • flax says:

      Squatter’s Mentality is different from informed and ordered argument against a person. The fact that the author takes pains to explain her view point-by-point makes it different from common “squatter mentality” of arguing based on emotional or kinship association.

    • Ilda says:

      @Roj

      People with squatter mentalities do not believe in hard work or in contributing to the betterment of society. They think that they can rely on the government to be responsible for their own happiness. And people with squatter mentalities have no concern or respect for the rights or property of others. They also think that the laws do not apply to them and that they are entitled to disregard them. Some squatters can be arrogant, defiant and selfish.

      So no, I don’t have a squatter mentality.

      Which part of the article do you consider bashing Jim and PNoy? ;)

  • Summer Sun says:

    super love your article and i totally agree with everything that you said here…

    Majority of Filipinos vote candidates because of sympathy or popularity which is not the characteristics of what a leader should be…

    sad but true…a lot of people especially people living in squatters are or people living below average are the one’s who have a lot children which in return always get alms, not alms but who BEGS our government for money or help.

    • Ilda says:

      @Summer Sun

      There are people in government who feel that they are entitled to use public funds for their own personal use. They also have squatter mentalities. Likewise, there are people who think that they can ask money from people in government as a favor because they voted for them during the election. They also have squatter mentalities.

      Thanks!

      • HaraKiri says:

        @Ilda,
        Yeah….right ” There are people in government who feel that they are entitled to use public funds for their own personal use. ” OWWA fund, that’s money out of our (OFW) payments misused during Arroyo’s regime. Whether it is used for good or for bad,it is not used for its intention. Much more, not even a single centavo of it belongs to the government. … now they a crying foul when PNoy’s gov’t runs after them because of this? I am an OFW sending my dollar to at least help the country’s dollar economy in a very tiny way I can. I used to like her and believed in her. But she betrayed our trust.

        • auriga says:

          “now they a crying foul when PNoy’s gov’t runs after them because of this?”

          There’s nothing wrong with going after GMA. It’s just that
          1. The government should follow the rule of law
          2. Going after GMA isn’t the only job of the government

        • Ilda says:

          But she betrayed our trust.

          Only because PNoy and his minions keep saying so. How come they could only file one case against her if they are so sure of the other “crimes”?

  • getrealgetrealphilippines says:

    Doesn’t really matter if it’s biased or not but the title alone is a fallacy. As far as i know, Filipino’s don’t blame Gloria for everything. Not even half of it. There is always someone who would blame their boss, the oligarchs, the other politicians. So there’s no point in arguing when the idea that the author was trying to support is flawed.

    • Parallax says:

      don’t take it literally. man, there are just too many people with markedly deficient comprehension levels going around. is there a shortage of iodized salt or something?

    • Ilda says:

      Doesn’t really matter if you have a point or not (you actually don’t). But the real issue is that you seemed to have stopped comprehending anything else after the title.

    • Anonymous says:

      hahahhahhahaha

      TROLL HARDER

    • Trolling decades ago are done by one liner morons who’ll cuss and say the post is flawed and he doesn’t agree with it. Now it takes two or more sentences to say their bottom line. Trolls are like mutants… they evolve.

  • ThorinOakenshield says:

    Thank goodness I’ve found this website. I heart you, Ilda.

  • Hyden Toro says:

    I was reading the Essay of Jose Rizal: “Philippines, A Century Hence”…I found out that what plagued the Filipinos, during his time…are still here. We have’nt moved a bit…
    Maybe, the Colonialist Spaniards were right, when they called us: “Indolent”. However, Jose Rizal defended us, from our being “Indolent”…
    We are: Gullible, Apathethic, too much dependent people. We look to attach ourselves, to people who can give us: jobs, incomes, freebees, etc…Corruption is our way of life…Our Political Leaders are the most corrupt leaders in the world. To become a millionaire: you enter Politics…Political Offices are Milking Cows, not Public Trusts…
    We are a basket case…I believe we are also a hopeless case…ang matuwid na daan, ay papunta na sa Psychophatic or Mental Hospital…

  • squat team says:

    what?! this writer must be on drugs when this was written. squatter mentality? being a squatter is the fault of the squatter himself? come on! such a simplistic view of the causes of poverty is a disgrace and even indecent. people are poor and live in squatter areas not because they’re lazy but because the opportunity for a gainful living is just not there. some are lazy, yes but there are lazy people everywhere, in every strata of our society. it’s not limited to “squatters”. the difference is that the rich can afford to be lazy, while the poor cannot otherwise they’d die of sheer hunger or illness. it’s the govt’s job to provide sufficient food, shelter, health services, employment etc. to the people, esp. the poor. our constitution precisely gave the people that “sense of entitlement.” the squatters are helpless. they live a hand-to-mouth existence. most of them eat only once a day, if ever they get to eat. yes, they can be irritating most of the time bec. they tend to disregard every rule in the book. but when you exist merely to survive, when your only goal in life is to have something to eat to pass the day, you can’t expect them to be responsible and make our society better. i suggest that the writer and GMA, who appears to be her idol live with squatters for just one month before she defines what “squatter mentality” is. let’s see how responsible she will be and how she intends to make society better when she lives in a shanty with no bathroom, not assured of any food, no electricity, no sofa bed, no bedsheets, among cockroaches and rats, and where her fart smells far better than the surrounding environment. i bet she’d instantly hate the govt. too!

    • FantasticNoy says:

      @squat team

      i think you completely missed the whole point here…what a shame.

    • Ilda says:

      @squat team

      it’s the govt’s job to provide sufficient food, shelter, health services, employment etc. to the people, esp. the poor.

      It’s the government’s job to do all that for 100M people? Where is the government going to get the funds to do it?

      … but when you exist merely to survive, when your only goal in life is to have something to eat to pass the day, you can’t expect them to be responsible and make our society better.

      First, this article was not referring to poor people per se. This article was referring to people with “squatter mentality”, which includes people with money. Second, since you mentioned the poor, why do some of them keep having babies they can’t afford to feed? GMA cannot be held accountable for their misery.

      I suggest you read the article again.

  • nona says:

    the arroyo breed lie, cheat and steal. it is in their dna.
    such people have no dignity or integrity as their ridiculous attempts to evade justice show.
    mike and his scams and mistresses
    mikey – always in LA on medical missions!
    iggy staying in london until next year – on medical grounds!
    the poison dwarf coming up with every illness in the book

    all of them the highest non attendees in congress. they continue to shame politics.

    dictators are always shown to be cowards when found out. lack of breeding

    • Der Fuhrer says:

      @ squat team
      Nein herr squat! The writer is not on drugs like abilify and seroquel! But Der great Fuhrer is! His drugs are adoring pychophants and raving megalomaniacs who extoll his greatness to glory! I assure you Herr team that Der Fuhrer loves you! For you are a certified member of the nutzie party and the master yellow race! Read more and learn about squatter mentality! Your attitude and tenor of writing only confirms it as true. Thank you for making that point in favor of the author! Heil Der Fuhrer! The true great leader of the nutzie race!

    • FantasticNoy says:

      @nona

      all politicians, and I mean ALL have the same dna. what makes you think you only need to focus on the arroyo clan for example?

      they continue to shame politics? who doesn’t anyway?

    • Ilda says:

      @nona

      It’s in their DNA? Are you part of the CSI team?

      Please show us some proof that they are crooks, please.

      • nona says:

        the evidence is there
        the cowards need to turn up and answer the questions rather than playing ill.
        hoisted by their own petard

      • Parallax says:

        you heard the lady, nona.

        now put your money where your mouth is and show your proof. otherwise you’re just repeating what the other lemmings are yapping.

    • Yellowzombiesareidiots says:

      Do you have any evidence to your claim?
      Sorry Troll HARDER

      • nona says:

        now that the fbi are involved with the amlc the financial deck of cards will tumble.
        as i said before the arroyos are too afraid to answer even basic questions and use the great unwashed to spout rubbish without independent thought.
        talking 3rd world politics to 3rd world people is pearls before swine clearly

  • Der Fuhrer says:

    @nona
    Heil Frau Nona! Is that really you, or the fifth column in you? What, no alleged and no presumption of innocence? Der Fuhrer in the reich palace loves you very much! He loves der loyal fawning parasite in you! Thank you for making that point in favor of the author! Your reich palace squatter mentality is exemplary! You are truly a faithful daughter of the nutzie race! Sieg Heil!

  • nona says:

    ” i am a politician, i lie, cheat and steal, and when i am not kissing babies then i steal their lollipops”
    character jack ryan – red october.

    you are right but the difference is the extent a society accepts and condones it, or the media turns a blind eye, or partisan voters cannot differentiate between truth and fiction and follow blindly without question or independent thought.

    it is one of the aspects which separate 3rd world criminals in politics and the western world, where less manage to abuse the system to such a gratuitous extent, and people need to prove their worth not just buy a seat through popularity of the adoring masses, or failing that simply cheat.
    no decent schools ala eton or universities ala cambridge and hence no class.

    i suspect most here have not even met the politicians let alone deal with them regularly.

    trust me, i am a doctor.

  • cris says:

    Did I sound like I’m blaming GMA SOLELY for everything? Well, I am not. And I am also not referring to my local public school. There are too many reasons why our public school system is at where is it right now. I just mentioned that because it’s the most noticeable need the state has to address immediately.

    re: Did you see GMA pocket the funds?

    I did not. Do I have to? It’s not rocket science, as they say. Do you believe in your heart, and with every neuron left in your brain, that GMA and company did not do the crimes pinned against them?

    re: Did you write a letter to your local representative about the problem? What else did you do to get the attention of the local authorities?

    Ganon na ba talaga katanga mga politicians natin ngayon not to notice that? Like that representative from Bohol na sa kagustuhang sumipsip gagawin daw Cory Ave and EDSA? Yes, I am not fond of PNoy and the gang myself. But the issue here is Gloria and company and their crimes.

    re: Why are you only complaining about it now?
    I am not complaining. I just gave you an example of what you can do to appreciate the issues better. And I did not mean pumasok as mag-aral. I was referring to getting inside the campus.

    Speaking of complaining, what I am complaining is that you are using legitimate issues like the fact that many Filipinos complain about their lives and blame it to the government kahit wala namang ginagawa to IMPLY that GMA is INNOCENT.

    @PNoy seems to think that he can simply continue to ride upon GMA’s economic gains while blaming her during his term.

    GMA administration was not the reason for the economic growth in her term. The global economy was bullish at that time. When we were named as the tiger of Southeast Asia during the Ramos term, it was not because of Ramos (especially with issues on the anomalous one-sided deals with electric producing companies). It was because the Southeast Asian economies were growing. If we are to recover from this recession that we are having right now, PNoy should not claim it also. Pero alam naman natin, magmamayabang na naman si PNoy at papalakpakan na naman siya ng mga sipsip sa SONA nya.

    I agree about the truth on how narrow-minded some Pinoys are, at least those interviewed on TV, but the majority is silent and that they are happy that kahit sobrang bagal, umuusad naman ang kaso ni GMA(at mga kasamang kumain ng isang milyong pisong halagang tanghalian sa New York). Sino-sino nga pala yon? Sana may check attendance sila sa loob ng kulungan. Hehehe.

    Again, GET REAL! Hehehe. :D

    • Ilda says:

      @cris

      You are not looking at the big picture. The continued ranting against GMA and some of the members of the Supreme Court continues to divide the nation, which in turn results in disunity and instability in the country. Let the courts deal with her already. You are also turning a blind eye to PNoy who does not have qualms about violating the law to get what he wants. Like what I said in the article: “It is much easier and quicker to get instant results when you throw the rulebook out of the window. But there are grave consequences when using shortcuts like defying the law as an option at getting something done. Most people have not realized it yet but removing an elected leader unconstitutionally the first time already set a dangerous precedent. It gave people excuse or reason to justify doing it again and again. Marcos, Erap and now the Supreme Court.”

      You asked me:

      Do you believe in your heart, and with every neuron left in your brain, that GMA and company did not do the crimes pinned against them?

      I’ll believe it when it has been proven in court. I don’t readily believe accusations against people especially since GMA had a lot of enemies.

      You said:

      Ganon na ba talaga katanga mga politicians natin ngayon not to notice that? Like that representative from Bohol na sa kagustuhang sumipsip gagawin daw Cory Ave and EDSA? Yes, I am not fond of PNoy and the gang myself. But the issue here is Gloria and company and their crimes.

      This is the part where most Filipinos don’t get. It is every citizen’s role especially the tax payers to closely monitor where their taxes are going. If you see potholes on the road that hasn’t been fixed for almost a week, you need to write your local official and call his attention to it. Being vigilant is hard work. Unfortunately, most Filipinos think that their public servants will do their job. In fact, most Filipinos treat their public servants like celebrities. It’s because some of them were voted into office because of their celebrity status that’s why people are completely beholden to them.

      And you also said:

      Speaking of complaining, what I am complaining is that you are using legitimate issues like the fact that many Filipinos complain about their lives and blame it to the government kahit wala namang ginagawa to IMPLY that GMA is INNOCENT.

      Some of them are not complaining to the right people and even local issues are blamed on GMA. As I said, they should address their local representative.

      On the economy, Helloo! You can’t say she wasn’t partly responsible for the growth. Your logic is flawed because as reported in a news article:

      “In the second quarter of 2007, the economy posted at 7.5 percent the fastest annual growth in 20 years, the highest since the 7.7 percent in the third quarter of 1986, the year the dictator Ferdinand Marcos was overthrown. The economy finished 2007 with a 7.3-percent growth.” And that is because of the stimulus spending of Arroyo. The growth last year was due to a lot of factors:

      1. Higher remittances from the millions of Filipinos working abroad.

      2. Spending fuelled by the billions of dollars overseas Filipino workers sent home.

      3. Was achieved on the back of the world recovery from the global financial crisis.

      4. The extra money that was pumped into the economy by politicians who campaigned in the national and local elections held in the middle of last year.

  • jesus v a villamor III says:

    i am over 50 physically fit to work but cannot find a job kasalanan ng gobyerno…i have a bachelors degree but work in a call center…kasalanan pa rin ng gobyerno…wala ako sarili bahay hindi kaya sweldo ko downpayment at monthly installment…di ko kaya mag pagamot mahal masyado at wala mapapala sa government hospital…kasalanan pa rin ng gobyerno…wala ako kasalanan sa mga nangyayari sa buhay ko…lahat kasalanan ng gobyerno kahit na hindi ako nagbabayad ng tax at hindi ako bumoto… pero dapat sagot ng gobyerno lahat ng eto..kasalanan ni Pnoy at sa mga susunod at nakaraang mga presidente…wait, kasalanan pala ng mga magulang ko bakit hinayaan pa akong mabuhay….

  • Jo M. says:

    Ilda, preach.
    Preach this to the whole world and make them see.
    Oh compromised values and irrational judgements.
    Philippines, what has happened to the beauty in thee?

    • Ilda says:

      @Jo M.

      Philippines, what has happened to the beauty in thee?

      The Aquinos took over and seemed to have converted most Filipinos into irrational and emotional beings.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yep. Even the yellow idiots have already invaded sites like gmanews.tv. I encountered this troll named askals2011 and he is just as stupid as vincenso is. He even resorts to namecalling and accuses a lot of commenters for being pro gma when they comment against pnoy.

      • HaraKiri says:

        @Ilda
        “The Aquinos took over and seemed to have converted most Filipinos into irrational and emotional beings.”
        LOL! another stupid generalization. Do you really believe that the people ass-kissing and rallying behind PNoy now are the representatives of a certain percentage of the population? It’s just that no more “less evil” can be seen in GMA and PNoy is the only choice. And why not, he is the legitimately elected president. People cannot choose Erap because he is not elected. We have to go through another election to find a better replacement but it will take another 4+ years.

        • bulutongboy says:

          @ HaraKiri

          It’s not a question of legitimacy. If the country miraculously became developed during GMA’s time, no one would even ask that question. The effect of a “basurero” on increasing the average per capita income of Pinoys is higher than the legitimacy of GMA.

          You don’t really get the point. The question here is why do the Aquino presidencies use smokescreens like blaming GMA or anyone else, but on the other hand, have no concrete performance to show for?

          The Filipino people, if they would be even a little wiser, should not focus on trivial matters (like siding to which President) but rather on THE PERFORMANCE OF THE CURRENT PRESIDENT IN IMPROVING THE LIVES OF THE COMMON FILIPINO.

          Don’t you ever wonder why the performance question is never ask in the news? Or why the common Pinoy is so stupid not to ask that question? There’s brainwashing here in a nationwide scale.

        • Ilda says:

          @HaraKiri

          Saying “most Filipinos” is not a generalisation. I didn’t say “all Filipinos”. Please pay attention.

          Do you really believe that the people ass-kissing and rallying behind PNoy now are the representatives of a certain percentage of the population?

          Isn’t that what PNoy and his minions keep emphasising on their popularity surveys?

          It’s just that no more “less evil” can be seen in GMA and PNoy is the only choice.

          Check the list of the presidential candidates again and you’d be surprised to find others who could have done a better job at uniting Filipinos and working on the economy.

          And why not, he is the legitimately elected president

          Not according to some people who still think that there was vote rigging involved in the last election.

        • HaraKiri says:

          @Ilda,
          Did I say “all Filipinos”?
          I said “are the representatives of a certain percentage of the population?” I’ll repeat PERCENTAGE.
          “And why not, he is the legitimately elected president” .. I am certainly talking about PNoy here hence “he” then you replied :
          “Not according to some people who still think that there was vote rigging involved in the last election.” – Come on, it’s English 101. You are better than that. ;-)

        • Ilda says:

          I know you were talking about PNoy but some people are still questioning the results of the most “honest” election in the history of the Philippines for one reason or another like machines malfunctioning on election day or something.

          Stop quibbling on details. If you don’t behave, you will get spammed.

        • HaraKiri says:

          @benigno
          @Ilda,

          @Ilda,

          “Stop quibbling on details. If you don’t behave, you will get spammed.”

          Eat your own words. Sore Loser. You can’t even digest the real truth.
          This is the reason why I found the site “sounding” pro-GMA. When you don’t know what to say , you spam out the rebuttals. I have
          seen your true colors. Nothing to lose. One -sided after all.

        • Ilda says:

          @HaraKiri

          What’s the truth? That you are supporting an incompetent leader who only knows one thing: to distract the people from his inability to do something about the economy.

          We are not one sided. We just want people who can give us sound arguments. You are just a classic time waster.

        • HaraKiri says:

          @benigno,
          If you really want a healthy discussion, please get rid threat of being spammed for “bad” behavior?

          @Ilda,
          What is bad behavior to you? did I call anyone names? Its a healthy discussion for me until you shot me me with your warning of getting spammed. Be a good sports , please.

        • benign0 says:

          Sorry. Each author here has full authority to moderate comments within their respective articles. You take that up with Ilda. Either way, I personally don’t negotiate with people I have already decided I will place in my spam queue. Just try to stay out of that list. ;)

        • Ilda says:

          @HaraKiri

          You’ve been using crass words in addressing me ever since you started commenting here and you just keep diverting the issues after it has been addressed. Your tactic is so typical of someone who has no other logical rebuttal.

          You mistake me for being pro-GMA just because I try to defend the country’s institutions. That says a lot about the way you analyse things. Sablay.

          And your jokes are not even funny.

  • rastababy says:

    Get off your high horse before pandering such hate. Have you ever been to a squatters area? if you have then pls pls tell me if they chose that life. So that if I pass by them I wouldn’t feel any guilt, pity or remorse in not doing more. Pls mein Fuhrer teach!

    Also bravo for calling Jim Paredes out for using an off-hand joke while making yourself look intelligent knocking on poor people.

    First off they squat because of poverty not by real choice, its like calling all Jews greedy or all Germans Nazis.

    And while some of the things you said might be true, the thing is it sounds like crab mentality.

    I voted for Teodoro last election and have been critical of Penoy, never did like some of Penoy’s policies or some of his actions. but in your article you seem to justify Gloria’s action with your hatred of Penoy.

    Where were you when the rice crisis hit, where were you when the ZTE deal almost came to reality, where were you when the Hello Garci Tape hit the fan, and where were you when the 12-0 in Maguindanao happened. why doesn’t Gloria get to share in your scathing remarks, which i think is only reserved for Jim Paredes, Pinoy or Poor People.

    Next time choose your words wisely.. Ever had a friend who has no place to call home or has no way to undo his lot in life. Pls tell me if they chose to live like that. Get Real!

    • Ilda says:

      @rastababy

      The problem with some people is that they overreact. Once they become emotional, they can’t seem to comprehend the point of the article anymore. One other problem is that some people do not even bother to read the previous comments and the responses to it.

      I’ve already clarified this so many times: the article was referring to people with squatter mentality; those who think that the laws do not apply to them; those who think that they are entitled to disregard them; and those who are arrogant, defiant and selfish. I didn’t say that only poor people have squatter mentality. If you read the article again, you should realize that even some “rich” people have squatter mentality. You make it sound like ALL poor people can become good once they become rich. Again, not all poor people have squatter mentality. Paki basa lang po ang mga previous comments. Thank you.

      Which part of the article “justifies” GMA’s actions?

      What makes you think I “hate” PNoy? ;)

      • mayg says:

        ilda, have you noticed? many think that it it somebody’s fault why someone is poor? i have two words for them: personal responsibility.

        • Ilda says:

          Hi mayg

          It seems that it is our public servants who are the ones giving the people the idea that the government is solely responsible for their welfare. They do this during election campaign. Every candidate gives freebies to the poor. You also see some of them line up infront of their public servant’s front door. They even ask for donations during weddings. What they don’t realise is that the money given to them comes out of the tax payers pockets.

  • Xia says:

    HEY ILDA! greetings !

    I want to ask something, have you experienced politics first hand? If not, i can’t blame you for your behavior. :) I may agree that Madam GMA can’t be blamed for everything. But never insult people like that, for you might be one of them. Just the simple thought of being selfish and arrogant classifies you to what you refer in your article as “squatter minded”. Street dwellers should not be discriminated like that. This web page may be a blog, but please be careful. If you wonder why some people talk so big about her, it only means that they may have idea of what politics really is or so as they believe they have.

    • Ilda says:

      @Xia

      Nothing in your comment indicates that you understood the point of the article. It would help you if you read it again including the almost 300 comments below it.

      Which part of the article “insults” people especially street dwellers? Please be specific. ;)

      I understand politics, alright. I understand that the people who accuse GMA of her crimes did not want to speak out before probably because they also wanted favors from her. But now that someone else is in power, they may be trying to earn brownie points with the one in power or in PNoy’s case, the people. Ask PNoy why he voted against playing the “hello garci” tape, which could have revealed the truth about the allegations of cheating in 2004. Ask PNoy as well why he is trying so hard to appear being pro-active against corruption now. He could have done this when he was a congressman or even when he was a senator. His actions are quite suspect. Hacienda Luisita comes to mind.

      • Xia says:

        The moment you mentioned them already concludes that you insulted them. If you do not understand what i meant, then this means you need to have a recap of what life is. Here is your problem, you understand politics on your own perception, figuring things out on your own, too one sided, never listen to other opinion, never experienced being a street dweller and never experienced politics. I tried to pin point the part which you insulted people and noticed that it was half of the article and got lazy of copying it to this nonsense. I deem reacting to this article of yours was a mistake. I was just shocked seeing this article posted in public. If you want to understand politics, experience it first hand just like i did. If you do not understand how you insulted the street dwellers, experience being one then try capturing their hearts, understand what they feel and live among them as if you are one of them just like i did. I bet you can’t do that, because people like you do not know anything about the real world. I have been to the highest to the lowest in this society, and seeing how you react makes me think that you belong to those average people who wants to be at the top. Who wants some attention. I’m sorry, but if you do not change your attitude, nothing differs you from what you just wrote above.

        • Ilda says:

          The moment you mentioned them already concludes that you insulted them

          Where did you learn such non-sense? If you can’t be specific about which part of the article you consider “insulting” then you do not know what you are talking about.

          …people like you do not know anything about the real world

          Oh please. Don’t presume to know me. You read one article from me and you think you already know me. That’s just laughable. Others here have been reading Get Real articles for years and know where I am coming from. Look who is being narrow minded. You can’t even get the point of this one article. You just saw the “squatter” word and went all emo already. Gees.

      • Xia says:

        btw. the point of this article does not matter, it’s the way you wrote it. oh and “I understand that the people who accuse GMA of her crimes did not want to speak out before probably because they also wanted favors from her. But now that someone else is in power, they may be trying to earn brownie points with the one in power or in PNoy’s case, the people.” this part? lmao that ain’t true. She has the power, why fight her? and now that she’s powerless, what can she do? get it? haha

        • Ilda says:

          She has the power, why fight her? and now that she’s powerless, what can she do? get it? haha

          Then all that talk about “freedom” that Cory and PNoy have been bragging about since 1986 means nothing. There is no one to blame but the Filipino people for doing nothing when the alleged crimes were said to have been committed. It’s what you call apathy and indifference. Look up the words and you might, just might understand what I am talking about.

      • Xia says:

        Where did you learn such non-sense? If you can’t be specific about which part of the article you consider “insulting” then you do not know what you are talking about.

        You read one article from me and you think you already know me. That’s just laughable. Others here have been reading Get Real articles for years and know where I am coming from. Look who is being narrow minded. You can’t even get the point of this one article. You just saw the “squatter” word and went all emo already. Gees.

        Lmao. YOU MY FRIEND, DO NOT UNDERSTAND A THING ABOUT WHAT I SAID, THIS IS HILARIOUS, YOU’RE ONE HELL OF AN ********! hahahaha. nvm about it. your level of thinking? is way

        down here :D

        • Ilda says:

          @Xia

          I can detect frustration and desperation in your comment. ;)

        • Parallax says:

          @ilda: hormonal harakiri, jughead jcc and psycho xia couldn’t hide their desperation. it’s really bad acting.

          you’re too patient with these losers.

        • Ilda says:

          You always make me laugh, Parallax. Maybe I can afford to be patient because I know you are just there waiting to pounce on them. I try to fatten them up for you…lol.

          ciao.

      • Xia says:

        do not reply please, i just can’t stand the fact that YOU are so naive :D! it makes me laugh! xD i just wish that you experience politics, DO NOT consider me as one of your kind. lmao. i give up. :D

        giving up btw does not that you win, it’s just i have no time for your nonsense. :D

      • Peste says:

        Quite unimpressive “argumentation” you have here, Xia.

        When asked for a specific quote, you answer with a still vague “The moment you mentioned them already concludes that you insulted them” and bring out your supposedly superior “understanding” of all aspects of society that Ilda would have no capacity of having, which really doesn’t mean sh!t because this so-called “understanding” is merely self-prescribed and lacking in details.

        When pressed further on the original request of a quote, and now with the additional refutation of your abovementioned statements as emo, you further prove Ilda’s point by saying “the point of this article does not matter, it’s the way you wrote it.” By saying that the article’s point doesn’t matter, you are merely dismissing instead of understanding others’ opinions, and gives you no right to wail about how others do not seem to understand you.

        But I believe you when you say you know the politics here better, because you do perfectly sound like a typical Pinoy politician.

      • bulutongboy says:

        @ peste

        I think Xia is a woman and this might be going into a cat fight versus Ilda, hahaha.. Xia’s getting hysterical.

        Anyway, another display of the Filipino culture: a society that can’t accept criticism on itself and would bite off anyone that does.

        Proud to be Pinoy! I wish I had something to be proud of.

      • Xia says:

        okay, now i see how this works,

        @ilda
        telling me what i feel as i wrote my reply does not change the fact that you are avoiding my accusations, and it does not defend you either, it’s more of accepting it yet keeping your cool. i admire you for that. pissing off your enemy, good tactic :). still, it doesn’t change the fact that you are naive.

        @peste
        you are right. i was wrong. my words were too straight forward, and i thank you for correcting me, such experience is priceless . :)

        but please lemme clear up little things. i said ilda lacks understanding, what i meant was more like she lacks logical thinking. she does not have the capacity to assimilate my words and turn them to figures of reality prior to procuring facts about the real world. i believe this is much better.

        and about me dismissing the topic, yes again i was wrong. then again i thank you for showing me how this works. yes yes, i do not care about the article itself, it’s just an opinion of someone why filipinos hate gma, true, this is something not worth of arguing since there is nothing to argue anyway. what i was pertaining was the way ilda wrote the article, which was on my opinion “destructive”. it is like telling your dumb maid how dumb she is where in she wasn’t even doing anything.

        i’d like to as for an apology btw of me having such behavior. from now on i’ll answer things professionally.

        • Ilda says:

          @Xia

          telling me what i feel as i wrote my reply does not change the fact that you are avoiding my accusations

          What accusations? You can’t even be specific. Anyway, you don’t know anything about me so any ad hominem you throw at me will not stick.

          Here’s a tip to make your online participation much more interesting for you: focus on the MESSAGE and not the messenger.

        • Xia says:

          Let me simplify my point since my first post, rather comment. “napaka matapobre ninyo, yun lang. thank you.” get it?

        • Ilda says:

          @Xia

          What makes you say that we are “napaka matapobre”? Please be specific.

        • Xia says:

          i can’t, it’ll be like killing the dead. why? it’s because i’m talking to you guys. this will be my last post. i understand now why in this article it’s me against all of you, it’s because all of you are the same, i’ve wondered so many times why you guys can’t understand me. it’s all because i shouldn’t have talked here in the first place for you guys are all

          down here.

        • auriga says:

          Sure thing, Xia. Maybe you can find some other place where you can preach your holier-than-thou views.

      • Xia says:

        i don’t know you but you don’t know me either, i said “The moment you mentioned them already concludes that you insulted them.” can’t you analyze what i said? let me pin point things for you.

        I can’t help but think that Filipinos who blame former Philippine President and Congresswoman, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) for everything bad that has happened in the country have a squatter mentality – who gave you the right to classify people like that? you removed their dignity. it is as if you are classifying them as naive regardless of their opinions. is this not considered to be an insult? you bad mouthed them you bird brain.

        They believe that the government owes them benefits or privileges. – what they believe is people lack respect on them just because they are uneducated. and you’re a living proof. the government helps people in poverty, then they somehow rely on the government “subconsciously”. BUT never did they believe that the government owes them benefits or privileges. because if they do, then they would tear down government offices asking for their benefits. here’s a piece of advice, conduct a survey first before posting false accusations, you’re a fraud. =/ a worthless journalist. =/

        This is why you will often hear people say, “It is GMA’s fault why there are more poor people in the Philippines”. – i often here people say, “it’s because of you undisciplined people why our country never innovate!” not that crap you said, again you did not even reached for people’s opinion, you just sat there and wrote a piece of crap. fraud.

        People with squatter mentalities do not believe in hard work or in contributing to the betterment of society. – again another insult, who ever said that they do not believe in hard work? tell that to my workers, all i see is hard work, which in turn giving them incentives. oh yea, you can’t understand such statements, let me clear it for you. you do not have the right to judge them and utter words that they do not believe in hard work nor in contributing for the betterment of the society, you don’t even know their role. all these people wish is money in exchange for work. for them to have money to buy food to eat, as their hungry children wait patiently for just a plastic of rice and dash of salt. they do not contribute you say? have you ever wondered who disposes your garbage? is it our mayor? ofc not. would it be the president of a firm that collects garbage outside? ofc not. give them some dignity you piece of sh!t.

        They think that they can rely on the government to be responsible for their own happiness.- you think they think like that? then why are they working their ass off? why are they selling sampaguita necklaces, walking around picking up plastic bottles for them to sell, i bet when a child who’s hungry and haven’t eaten anything yet would come to you and ask for alms, you’re gonna be like “EEEEEW GET OFF ME! GET AWAY! I DON’T HAVE ANY MONEY! SCRAM!” go to hell. =/

        do i really need to continue this crap? lmao. i’m too lazy since i’ll be posting your whole article.

        now tell me, you did not, even a single bit, mocked them? i am focusing on the message btw. the message i see and that good tho. i just wish i could see you in person, i’l let you see the side you’ve been insulting. what they feel, what they do, what they believe, specially what they have that you do not, and it’s called respect.

        • Ilda says:

          @Xia

          Obviously you still do not get the point because you still believe that I am referring exclusively to the “poor” when I said “squatter mentality”. FYI, even some “rich” people have squatter mentality.

          Had you bothered to read the rest of the comments on the thread, you’d see that this has been clarified over and over. Paki back read na lang.

        • nona says:

          @xia
          Congratulations.
          You have won cyber monkey of the week.
          It is awarded in honour of the shakespeare monkey theory – enough bashing away at a keyboard and eventually something meaningful will be created.
          Normally vincenzo wins every week – a hall of fame nominee – but good to see he has some competition.
          Have a banana.

      • Xia says:

        you don’t get it up until now ilda, using the word makes you a *********. you should have said imbecile. do not blame the reader for your lack of vocabulary. this may be a work of art for you but for people with high intellect such as us (who utterly defy your post) this is a piece of crap, a fraud, false accusations. lies. so quit it. quit writing nonsense. you’re a fraud. accept it

        • Ilda says:

          @Xia

          Who are these people with “high” intellect you are talking about?!? I’m afraid you have not been able to bring your point across successfully even after so many tries. And it’s not just me who noticed it. But you are very good at ad hominem and using crass words though.

          Tough luck, dude. Just because you don’t like what I said doesn’t mean I should quit.

          BTW, which part of the article is a lie? ;)

        • @Xia

          damn!!! you really have a squatter mentality. did your workers tell you that?

          do you even know what operational definition means? Magpakatotoo ka sister. Yang mga taga squatter na yan mga sira ulo, magnanakaw at mandarambong ang karamihan dyan. Baket? Kasi di sila nabigyan ng tamang edukasyon dahil kulang ang pera nila o sa ibang dahilan. ‘Tangnang to akala mo kung sinong maka-pobre. Ulul!

          Itong ‘tangnang gobyernong to pina pamper ang mga yan. Pag may rally hinahakot ng mayor at barangay captain. Lalo na pag eleksyon pera lang ang katapat ng mga yan. Kaya yang mga pulitikong nakalukluk ngayon pinagbibigyan yan ng PERA. Yung mga tabloid mong binabasa ngayon ang patayan, rape at pagnanakaw… TAGA saan ang otsenta porsyento? TAGA DUN SA SQUATTER… pinaganda pa ng mga buwakanang inang politiko ang tawag… URBAN POOR… urban poor my ass.

          Alam mo kung baket? MANGMANG na nga yang mga yan… GINAGAWA PA LALONG MANGMANG ng mga pulitikong ganid sa kapangyarihan. Pumunta ka sa wikimapia at tingnan mo kung ilang porsyento ng metro-manila ang squatter.

          PRIVILEGE POOR = SQUATTER. yan ang meron tayo sa pilipinas. imbis na bigyan ng edukasyon… binibigyan ng pera. di ba’t yang tangnang secretarya ng DSWD ay may programang bigyan ng pera ang mga SKWAKING na yan? UMUBRA BA? hindee. Yang mga sinasabi mong trabahador mo sigurado akong di mo pinagtitiwalaan ang mahigit na kalahati dyan. Papaputol ko ang ari ni ChinoF kung sasabihin mong nagtitiwala ka. Patunayan mo nga… bigay mo ang pangalan ng kumpanya mo at mga pangalan ng tao mo… para ma verify yang pinagdadadaldal mo.

          Pwede ba… pagkahabahaba ng Ingles mo… alang kwenta sinasabi mo… paikot ikot lang… sayang bandwith. MAGTAGALOG KA NA LANG.

      • auriga says:

        @Xia:
        Claiming higher moral ground while spewing insults isn’t the way to convince us that Iida’s points are wrong. If anything, it makes you sound very desperate.

      • bulutongboy says:

        “BUT never did they (squatter mentality) believe that the government owes them benefits or privileges.” – Xia

        I previously worked in a private microfinancing org. lending money to the poor, mostly, in the squatters area. When an unfounded “tsismis” (gossip) ran through the borrowers that the funds of microfinance came from the government, they no longer want to pay their dues, saying “it’s from the government, why should we pay it back?”.

        Xia, my dear, ur obviously hooked up on something but not reality. The quicker you remove being emotional and start being analytical and observant, the faster you’ll understand what really ails this country.

        Try lending P300 to 100 people in the squatters area and tell them it’s from the government. Let’s see if they pay you back.

        • Xia says:

          @bulutong w.e.

          try doing that on random people and see if they pay you back

          @auriga

          this is a free country, free blog, why would i restrain myself from exercising what i want? same as ilda, why would she stop from posting such if that’s what she wants? do not interfere if you do not understand anything,

          @ilda

          you can’t understand. do not try to. you can’t. it’s as simple as that. thank you.

        • Ilda says:

          @Xia

          Once in a while I wonder why I even bother with some people. I blame it on my ability to give people the benefit of the doubt. But you, my dear, is a classic time waster.

        • auriga says:

          “try doing that on random people and see if they pay you back”

          Isn’t that the point of this article? That “squatter mentality” isn’t exclusive to the slums?

          Yes you can do what you want, but don’t go complaining to us when you destroy your own credibility.

        • Xia says:

          both of you. i still could not see the point of why you guys keep on uttering words that are not connected to what i’m talking about. try accepting words. try accepting opinions. the very reason why i just talk like sh!t lately is i answered the question ilda asked. and she came back with another question. she keeps avoiding my point. so quit whining. quit blabbering nonsense. accept the fact that i was right. use it as a lesson. specially ilda, you think this is a waste of time for you? is that bird brain of yours out of juice? i am explaining and pin pointing to you the mistake you’ve done and ask me another question of “where is this where is that”. sheez. you guys keep whining and whining. it’s like talking to teenagers. have you seen what i said above? the moment i saw my mistake which peste showed me, bah. nvm. i’ll just keep those for myself. okay you guys win, happy? i really think that i can’t win against you guys. it’s like waking up a person who’s awake.

        • Ilda says:

          @Xia

          Sabi mo:

          try accepting words. try accepting opinions.

          Please follow your own advice. Thanks. ;)

        • auriga says:

          “i still could not see the point of why you guys keep on uttering words that are not connected to what i’m talking about. try accepting words. try accepting opinions… so quit whining. quit blabbering nonsense.”

          Right back at ‘ya.

          “accept the fact that i was right.”

          Ang kapal ng mukha mo – ayan, sinabi ko na. Pipilitin mong nasa tama ka sabay mura sa amin? Paano kami maniniwala sa iyo?

        • bulutongboy says:

          Calm down, Xia. Don’t get hysterical. We’re hearing u, at least I am. You refuse to believe Ilda’s analysis because u opined that it is insulting to attribute such bad traits to the poor (as u are thinking placing “squatter” in “squatter mentality”) and u won’t believe it unless there are statistical facts. Am i right? Well, hold it right there. U should know: there are other facts such as observable facts and logic not exclusive only to statistical data.

          Look, my dear, majority of the Philippines are poor, MAJORITY. Now this majority, whether, anyone likes it or not, sways the country to where it is going based on what these people DO or DO NOT DO. Now, if granting that the intent and traits of the poor majority are good, noble and wise, do you think our country will be continuing as it is today – in a steady rotting state? Obviously NOT. Definitely NOT. There’s no other deduction you can make except THIS: THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE MAJORITY OF THE FILIPINO PEOPLE (GREAT PART OF IT ARE THE POOR).

          Considering you’re argument against Ilda, yours is less factual. Actually, it’s sugar-coated and superficial: like those teledramas displaying the poor are so good-natured and pure-hearted. THIS IS NOT ABOUT WINNING OR LOSING AN ARGUMENT. IT’S ABOUT ENLIGHTENMENT. There’s nothing enlightening about you’re argument because it’s obvious that it’s not logical. Sorry.

          I’m classified with one of the poor, by the way (though I’m not a squatter). I have dealt with people from the squatters area also.

        • well put @ bulutongboy.

        • Sarap ng P20 says:

          @jet: xia is to desperate chestbeating as pnoy is to shinyness.

          @xia: that’s twenty pesos for the ritalin, please.

          ka-ching!

        • auriga says:

          I am suddenly reminded by a saying our speech professor shared with us when he was discussing argumentation.

          If you have the facts on your side, pound on the facts.
          If you have the law on your side, pound on the law.
          If you have neither on your side, pound the table.

          As awesome as this saying was, it forgot to mention the fact that repeatedly pounding the table will eventually hurt you. ;)

  • rank says:

    Masyado kang naniniwala sa media Ilda. Sana nung sinulat mo yung #7, nagtanong ka muna sa isang lawyer. at sana binasa mo yung sagot ng DOJ dun sa decision ng SC. Basahin mo rin yung article ni conrad de quiros ng inquirer regarding the SC justices. baka lang maliwanagan ka.

    • Ilda says:

      What makes you think I haven’t read it? Both PNoy and Conrado de Quiros have lost the plot. They are inciting anger and anarchy. It is simple: basic human right, which includes the right to travel.

      Why would you consider GMA a threat? She’s been going in and out of the country several times after PNoy took over. PNoy is turning into a dictator.

    • rank says:

      Because i think you are one-sided. If traveling abroad is a basic human right then why do gov’t employees req’d to get a travel authority? At hindi lahat naapprove. Are gov’t employees threat to national security? Also, if it is a right, then DOJ circular 41 is unconstitutional. So why did GMA approve all ex-DOJ Gonzales watchlist orders? Tanong nating si exDOJ Gonzales kung unconstitutional yun (or si GMA nalang kaya).

      • Ilda says:

        @rank

        why do gov’t employees req’d to get a travel authority?

        You said it yourself. They just need to get a travel authority but I don’t think any of them has been banned from travelling. They just need to get a clearance being a gov’t employee. The freedom to leave the country is a fundamental human right as stipulated in the constitution:

        Section 6 in our Constitution’s Bill of Rights says: “Neither shall the right to travel be impaired except in the interest of national security, public safety, or public health, as may be provided by law.”

        The right is also emphasized by United Nations conventions that we have ratified. The UN Convention on Human Rights of 1948 states: “Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own.” The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1966 says: “Everyone shall be free to leave the country, including his own.”

        Now as to the circular 41, that applies to individuals who have been charged with a crime. They need to be in the country to answer to the charges against them. GMA had no case against her at that time. The haste with which the arrest warrant was issued already tells us that the case is not a very solid one.

  • nona says:

    pro gma – anti p-noy
    or
    pro p-pnoy anti gma

    where are the independent thinkers
    2dimensional thought is as relevant as being a member of the flat earth society and in itself simply maintains the status quo but with different characters.

    this vicarious need to belong to a colour or cult distorts reality and impairs objectivity and rationality.

    think 3d. be independent and innovative.

    criticise all equally.
    gma is a narcissistic criminal with no empathy for people.
    p-noy is an indolent puppet with no intellect.

    you pay your money and you take your choice, or you become more creative and do something different than repeat the same mistakes.

  • JohnnyEmanuel says:

    You pretty much summed up pinoy mentality. I have zero support for any politician in power in the RP. We are nothing but suckers to the oligarchs. If P-Noy wants to actually change the country for the good, he should push to change the constitution. GMA may have been a criminal, but she is not to blame for the poverty that has stricken the country. The poverty is due to the uncontrollable population growth that is the result of poor social policies endorsed by the Catholic Church.

    You have our “national hero” Manny Pacquiao who brags about the children he can afford to spawn, to advise the poor masses not to be responsible and breed children they cannot afford. What we have is a “social cancer”. Back then we had Jose Rizal write about our ills. Today we lack such a profound voice because we are a nation of P-Noys…simpletons who are preoccupied with game shows and boxing.

    • Ilda says:

      @JohnnyEmanuel

      Most Filipinos won’t even recognise the solution even if it is already staring them in the face. They won’t consider anything that involves hard work as a solution. It is easier to blame the politicians they keep electing.

    • bulutongboy says:

      “I have zero support for any politician in power in the RP.”

      If you’re working abroad you are capable of unsupporting (if there is such a word) the politicians here in RP.

      As for us living here, we cannot do that. We pay taxes for everything. VAT charged on almost everything, if not percentage taxes, withholding taxes on salaries, corporate taxes that will, ofcourse, ultimately be charged back on us consumers.

      And with all this taxes removed from our everyday livelihood, what do we get in return?

      I’m not discouraging paying taxes. We should. It is our duty to our country and to God to pay it faithfully. It’s just frustrating that nothing of it comes back to help us in our everyday needs and more so to the less privileged people of this country (whose numbers are growing every generation).

      This is what most Filipinos do not understand. Whenever we see something amiss on governance, WE SHOULD CRITICIZE IT. Because we are forced to support it with our lifeblood.

      No one here has the right to say to anyone (unless their evading taxes) that if I/we criticize, you don’t support. Everyone should ask questions and criticize because we are forced to support. I hope Vincenzo gets this.

  • Icalian says:

    I find it heartening to see that there are still objective-minded people in this country— people who still believe in legal principles and processes followed by rational humans. I will only believe allegations against anybody once the so called evidence is admissible in courts and the case has undergone due process. More power to the writer! :)

  • Icalian says:

    No problem. It is really a relief to see works like this. In fact, I shared them with a few friends, ones who still thought objectively. I didn’t post it in FB though because self-righteous people would try to engage me in a debate and I am sick and tired of them already. There is no winning a debate against people who are self-righteous and convinced that the truth is what they think it is. Mabuhay ang mga taong objective pa rin mag isip! :)

    • bulutongboy says:

      I share articles here in Facebook to people who are capable of understanding it. As Jesus said, “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”

      Funny when you share own analysis in Facebook, this happens. Just proves how many among the country are dogs and pigs. The typical Pinoy can’t take criticism.

  • papz says:

    I so very agree with you particularly on the Filipinos Blaming GMA for there shortcomings instead of working hard, and just relying on the Govt for there happiness. and PNoy minions vilifying(new word i got there from you) GMA and his Minions. But your article especially the 3rd paragraph, makes you no better than those who you criticize(Jim Paredes et al.)

    • Ilda says:

      @papz

      I have taken it upon myself to point out what people do and how it affects other people. I don’t consider it the same as what Jim and PNoy are doing. I don’t make fun of sick people and I don’t judge people based on hearsay the way most Filipinos are judging GMA and Corona.

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