Thursday, August 24, 2017


By Van Ybiernas

Inabot ko ang simula ng Senate hearing sa pagkamatay ni Kian delos Santos bago ako umalis ng bahay for errands.

Opening speech ni Risa Hontiveros, ginawa nyang depensa sa mga ginawa nya imbes tungkol sa kung ano ang hakbang na pwedeng gawin, moving forward, sa pagkamatay ni Kian. Makikita mo talaga ang priorities ng ulol na ito. Hahaha.

Sinundan naman ito nina Bam Aquino at Joel Villanueva na pasimpleng banat sa War on Drugs!

Sarap pag-untugin! Wala naman daw silang kontra sa pagsugpo ng droga pero gusto nila pigilan ang pag-abuso kaugnay dito.

Ganun ba? E di antayin nyo ang imbestigasyon at report. Saka tingnan kung nagka-hustisya ba o wala. Nangako na ang pangulo na paparusahan ang dapat parusahan. Paulit-ulit naman sinasabihan ng pangulo ang pulis na huwag umabuso. Ano pa ang kulang?

Bakit umeeksena ang CHR dito? Hindi lahat ng kaso ng pag-abuso ng pulis ay sakop ng CHR. Mahiya naman kayo sa IAS, Napolcom, Ombudsman at DoJ!

O baka naman feeling nyo part ito ng systematic na pang-aabuso, na policy ito ng pamahalaan? Aba'y matinding akusasyon yan na dapat patunayan!

Yan din ang tono ng ulol na si Hontiveros! E wala din patunay!

Kung ito ay sistematikong pang-aabuso at policy ng panahalaan, aba'y hindi lang 3/10 of 1 percent siguro ang namatay!

Ang sistematiko lang dito ay ang paghahangad ng mga Dilawan sa Senado na ikabit ito sa pangulo, at baka sakali ma-erode ang suporta nya. Ewan ko lang ha? Pero parang better luck next time na lang ito!

Aksaya ng oras ang naiisip ko habang pinapanood ko yung hearing e!

Hayaan na lang ang mga ahensya ng pamahalaan na gawin ang trabaho nila. Saka na lang sana mag-ingay kung walang nagawa ang IAS, Napolcom, Ombudsman at DoJ.

Kaka-hearing wala naman mabuting naidudulot sa problema. Grandstanding lang talaga!

Haaaaaaaaaaay naku!

To Noynoy Aquino:

There should have been no killings had you not permitted illegal drugs to proliferate.

There should have been no killings had you not protected drug lords and drug syndicates.

There should have been no killings had you and the Liberal Party not built narco politics in our country.

There should have been no killings had you not allowed government to be used for illegal drug trade.

There should have been no killings had you love the Filipino people and done your job.

You led our people the addicts, couriers, pushers, drug lords, narco politicians, policemen, and soldiers to death. You led them all to be killed. The blood of those who were killed are now in your hands.

Aside from this are millions of Filipinos whom you lead to fall as slaves and workers of the drug trade; and as victims of drug addiction and who now continue to suffer because of your reckless, careless, and selfish leadership.

You should be tried in court for all these killings and sufferings.

~ Abe Puruganan



Jose Alejandrino

Weeks after the May 9 elections I made many predictions how the LP would destabilize Duterte. All materialized. All you have to do is examine my postings. Among my predictions, I said the LP, druglords, some big business interests, would at some point join together against Duterte whom they saw as a threat.

Today, we have the case of the 604 kilos of shabu smuggled from China worth 6.4-billion pesos. From my Intel, this shipment did not pass through Davao, as alleged at the Senate hearing, but was shipped directly to Manila. Chinese Intel tipped off BOC about the shipment which I understand ended up in a warehouse in Valenzuela City, Bulacan. I had received many complaints from people in Valenzuela about the proliferation of drugs there and I wrote about it on my timeline. Lately, the PNP raided Bulacan.

Mark Taguba, a fixer, told the Senate hearing he had paid Davao City Councilor Nilo Abellera 5-million pesos as an "enrollment fee" with a commitment to pay one million a week more for all shipments through Davao. Taguba claims Abellera is the connection to the Davao Group which has links to Vice-Mayor Paolo Duterte, son of President Duterte. He also claims Paolo received payments to let the 604 kilos of shabu transit through Davao.

My first question is: how could the shabu transit through Davao if it was shipped directly to Manila? My next question is: if the shabu did not transit to Davao, what was the need to pay Abellera and Paolo?

If Paolo was framed, the next question is why?

Here is my take. The Customs syndicates in Manila were not happy with Nick Faeldon. So they had to take him out. The LP, with its hatchetman Antonio Trillanes, wanted to find a way to bring down Duterte. The druglords of Chinese Triad, too, have a reason to get rid of Duterte because his police raids on their distribution network was hurting their business. So why not come together and put up an operation to knock three birds with one stone?

Paolo would be blamed for a transshipment which never happened, using Nilo Abellera, and accused of a kickback for allowing the transshipment. President Duterte would be implicated because Paolo is his son. BOC Commissioner Nick Faeldon would be blamed for the entry of the shabu. A ruckus would be created in the press. A Senate hearing would follow and demands would ensue for Faeldon to step down.

Taguba was quoted as saying it was Trillanes who gave him the full name of Capuyan, PMA Class '83, as the member of the Davao Group whom Paolo Duterte allegedly is connected with. Antonio Trillanes? Interesting. This fellow seems to be everywhere.

THINKING PINOY LIVE | With DFA USEC. Sarah Arriola | Senate Hearing

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Cayetano defends presence of officials in Duterte foreign trips

Senator Antonio Trillanes Really Wants To Destabilize Duterte Administration

Aug 22, 2017 | Posted by Alon Dy

According to Senator Panfilo Lacson to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, he said, “Ano ang goal? Just the truth? Come on. We were not born yesterday. All of a sudden goal mo lang is just to expose the truth? For what reason, for what purpose? And what is the objective?”

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV sent a “clear” message to destabilize the Duterte administration by attempting to convince friends, family and sympathizers of victim Kian to hate the present administration.

Trillanes, who is a strong critic of Duterte, organized the press conference and media that he would not allow Duterte to reign for more years because of the alleged extrajudicial killings in the country. However, Lacson said, “it is clear that there is a plot to destab(ilize) the administration.”

In a blog post of Mr. Alon Calinao Dy, he said, “I think Trillanes enjoyed the comfort of being a strong critic of the president going from one TV station to another just to be interviewed. What is his purpose? To replace the president? Isn’t clear that he enjoyed being bashed by many netizens who supported the president?”

“I know a destabilization activity when I see one. What is the aim? Why do they seem eager to prolong and extend the hearing? It’s to bring down this administration, Lacson added.

The truth is, Trillanes is eyeing a bigger audience. He already did this big interview at BBC News but husband interview turned out to be a big dismay among views around the world. But now, Trillanes is doing it again and after for destabilization plots for several times.

About Alon Dy
Alon Calinao Dy is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Nursing at St. Jude College, Manila. He is one of the top students at the St. Jude College of Nursing and a former clinical instructor at St. Augustine, Quezon City. He was a staff nurse at Fatima University Medical Center, Valenzuela City in 2007 and in Chest Diseases Hospital (formerly known as the Kuwait Heart Center), Sabah Region, Kuwait since 2011 up to 2014. A registered nurse-midwife in the Philippines, a certified CGFNS International Nurse, and a registered nurse in the State of New York, USA, he also functioned as a staff nurse at the International Medical Center, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 2010. He now works as a registered nurse at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas, USA. Alon is the author of “Best Love Poems Collection” and "Manny Pacquiao: A True Filipino Pride and A Hero." These books are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Lulu, Goodreads, etc. He is the author of several poems and quotation marks, one of the contributors in the Filipino nurses, Buzzle, Philboxing, Boxing, Boxinginsider, Boxingnews24, and many more. His hobbies and interests include playing basketball, chess, swimming, and reading.


Repost from Reynaldo Adriano:

Hope you don't forget these gruesome crimes perpetrated against innocent people when you start chanting " Oust Duterte": (Real and documented incidents)

1. 4 years old na batang babae ginahasa ng adik, natagpuang duguan, wasak ang ari, at labas ang bituka sa isang basurahan! (2015)

2. 4 year old na batang babae ginahasa natagpuang patay sa Laguna, me bukol sa ulo at may laslas sa leeg! (Jan. 2016)

3. 16 year old sa Meycauyan Bulacan ang ginahasa ng 4 na adik at pagkatapos gahasain ay binagsakan ng bato ang ulo nito kya labas ang utak nito ng natagpuan! (May 2014)

4. Staff nurse sa St. Luke's Q.C. natagpuan na may 19 saksak sa katawan. Ang suspek positibo sa droga at inamin na pinagnakawan nya ang biktima ngunit nagising ito. (August 2016)

5. Si Mary Joy Ligotan 6 bwan na buntis, nilooban ng tatlong adik at pinagsasaksak! Namatay sya pati ang dinadala nyang sanggol sa sinapupunan! (2016)

6. Lyka Bermejo, 16 years old, ng Pandan, Catanduanes ginahasa at pinatay ng adik! Ang katawan ay natakpuang walang saplot at nakatihaya sa talahiban! (June 2014)

7. 15 anyos na dalagitang si Analyn De-Guzman Salvador ay "pinilahan" ng 4 na adik at pinatay sa pamamagitan ng pagtadtad ng saksak pagkatapos gahasain! Ang bangkay ay tinapon sa madamong lugar sa Bulacan! (Feb. 2015)

8. Babae hinoldap at inagawan ng bag ng mga adik sa jeep pinatay dahil ayaw nya ibigay ang bag! (2016)

9. Babaeng pulis PO1 Alfriz pinatay ng mga adik! Pinagbabaril ng mga adik ang pulis sa lungsod ng Manila (March 2017)

10. Tatay pinatay ng sariling anak sa pamamagitan ng burda ng saksak sa Cebu City dahil lulong ang anak sa droga! (July 2014)

11. 8 year old na si Romalinda Gardon from Cavite natagpuan palutang-lutang sa ilog na puro pasa ang mukha at may laslas ang ari na hinalay ng 4 na adik! (Oct. 2016)

12. Mag-asawa senior citizen pinagsasaksak ng adik sa Cebu hanggang mamatay! (July 2016)

13. 5 year old na anak ni Jen Arencio ginahasa at pinagsasaksak ng 12 beses sa iba't-ibang parte ng katawan at iniwang patay sa bakanteng lote ng adik sa South Cotabato!

14. Sanggol (2 bwan gulang) pinatay sa pagsusuntok ng adik na tiyuhin sa Caloocan! (Nov. 2016)

15. 60 year old na lola (Lucia Mesa) sa Cabuyao, Laguna ginahasa at pinatay ng isang adik sa pamamagitan ng 31 na taga sa katawan! (Jan. 2017)

16. 43 anyos na lalaking sabog sa droga sa Camarines Sur, sinakal ang kanyang kasintahan bago sinilaban ang pareho nilang katawan hanggang sa matusta! Narekober sa crime scene ang mga basyo ng bote nglalaman ng gasolina at pakete ng shabu! (Aug. 2014)

17. Ni-rape ang anak nya ng mga kapwa addicts at mas dinepensahan pa nya ang mga tropa nyang addicts kesa sa anak nya!

18. Cyrish Magalang 20 year old grumadweyt na Cum Laude sa UST pinagsasaksak ng 49 beses ng 2 adik! (Aug 2016)

19. Magkapatid na paslit 8 year old (Rosemarie Raga) at 5 year old (Rose Ann Raga) ng Masbate natagpuang patay pagkatapos halayin ng adik! Palo sa ulo ang dahilan ng pagkamatay ng mga biktima! (Sept. 2014)

20. 20 year old (Jackielyn Mandac) na graduating student sa Cabagan Isabela ginahasa at pinatay ng adik! Pinalo ito sa ulo at natagpuang madaming gasgas sa katawan! (Jan 2017)

21. 9 year old na batang babae ginahasa at pinatay ng adik! (2016)

22. Ari ng misis sinunog ng asawang adik tsaka pinatay ang misis! (2014)

23. 7 anyos na batang babae ginahasa at pinatay ng 3 lalaking nakainom at pinaghihinalaang mga adik sa Paco, Manila natagpuan na may mahigit 20 sa saksak sa katawan! (Sept. 2014)

24. 68 year old na lola sa Fairview, QC natagpuang patay, ginahasa ang lola, sinakal, at pinalo sa ulo ng mga adik sa area (Nov. 2014)

25. Judith Arroyo pinaslang sa Aklan ng pamangkin ng asawa na drug pusher sa lugar! (Dec 2015)

26. Hepe ng special operation unit ng antipolo PNP pumanaw matapos makipagbarilan sa mga pusher! (August 2016)

27. Patay ang isang Pulis matapos barilin sa ulo ng mga adik habang sakay ng kaniyang motorsiklo sa tulay bato san antonio Biñan Laguna (OFW News 7/14/2015)

28. at maraming marami pang iba!


29. 70 year old na lola at ang kanyang anak na babae parehong nasa ICU matapos pagpapaluin ng 2x2 ng isang adik na nanloob sa kanilang bahay para magnakaw! (ABS-CBN 5/16/2017)

30. Policeman fired 38 bullets to his wife and son tested positive for drugs and admitted sniffing shabu. (Inquirer 5/20/2017)

31. 30 anyos na babae hinalay ng adik at pagkatapos ay pinatay ang 6 years old na anak nito na si Pauline Marcella! (April 2017)

32. 3 bata edad 11, 7, 1 pinatay sa pamamagitan ng madaming saksak sa katawan ng 3 adik sa San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan. Ang nanay nila 35, at lola nilang 58 anyos ginahasa at pinatay din! Umamin ang unang nahuling suspek na gumamit sila ng shabu bago nila nagawa ang krimen. When interviewed why they did the crime, Ibanez answered "wala lang, parang trip trip lang"! (6/2017 PNA)

33. 1 bata edad 1 yr old namatay ng balutin ng tape at ikinulong ng tiyahin na sabog sa Caloocan! (News5 July 2017)


AFP backs Duterte, warns destabilizers seeking to oust President

By: Frances Mangosing - Reporter /@FMangosingINQ

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday threw its full support behind President Rodrigo Duterte as it warned forces seeking to destabilize the country.

"The entire AFP along with all the men and women of the uniformed services and all our civilian personnel stand by the Constitutionally mandated government and unequivocally supports the Commander-in-Chief," AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said in a statement.

The AFP declared its support for Duterte as it distanced itself from a group claiming to represent soldiers and policemen seeking to oust the President.

"The AFP categorically denies the recent statement issued by a group that pretends to be representative of the men and women of the AFP and the PNP and called themselves the Patriotic and Democratic Movement (PADEM)," Padilla said.

A statement purportedly being circulated by PADEM is calling for the ouster of Duterte "for betraying public trust in violation of public trust and in violation of national sovereignty and democratic rights of the people."

Padilla said the issues cited by the group were unfounded and uncalled for.

"Such issues are clearly politically motivated and a manner that the AFP does not and will not subscribe to," he said.

"The AFP appeals to the public and the various political groups to respect the apolitical stance of the AFP and help bring unity and healing instead of fomenting divisiveness and collapse," he added.

PADEM is accusing Duterte of treating the AFP and PNP as his private armies and playing favorites; bungling operations in Marawi City; allowing Chinese vessels to occupy some parts of West Philippine Sea; condoning top illegal drug lords including Davao Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte; inciting police officers to engage in extrajudicial killings to suspected poor illegal drug users; among others.

"Current developments and issues that this group wishes to take advantage of is now being addressed by the DOJ and parties to a possible crime are now under detention. Let us respect these processes and not allow ourselves to be used by individuals or groups with vested interests," Padilla said.

"We appeal for sobriety, reason and patience as we await the results of these processes," he added.

Padilla said they would not hesitate "acting against forces who shall undermine the stability and security of our country and those who wish to destabilize our nation thru unconstitutional means." CBB


by Jenifer Aquino

Please stop harping on this unfortunate incident that took the life of a 17 yr old. first of all, your party mates are all idiots for going against the curfew for minors. 

Secondly, your party is primarily responsible for the proliferation of drugs which your party did not do anything about for 6 years they were in power.

Your pathetic hypocritical acts of feigning protests were missing when an entire family was murdered by a self-confessed addict in Bulacan, we never heard a peep from the likes of Drilon, Hontiveros, Robredo nor the inept CHR. 

A priest gets caught with his pants down in trying to have sex with a 13 year old and still not a peep from you. 

Farmers begged for rice and food in Kidapawan and was given red hot bullets instead and not a word from you and your tribe. 13 thousand dead in 2016 under your regime and not a peep from any of you.

Now, you expect us to believe you're actually sincere? 

That you actually have a conscience enough to speak up or maybe because you spoke up because your party got caught with their pants down and their feet in their mouths with matching whip and fabricated lies from paid witnesses against Duterte?

I believe you all used up your ace cards and now expect the people of this country to actually believe you when you play up on the drama, #Anaknaminsila bullshit ninyo.


Are you the only ones blessed with kids? 

We have kids too but we don't use them to protest against the President and make them carry placards in the middle of the street exposed to any stupid idiot who can throw a grenade at them.

You're all disgusting pieces of useless fecal matter that ever walked the face of this country. You profess loving this country but all you've ever done is create division and strife. You are all thieves. You benefitted from our hard earned taxes and now that you can't get a dime out of it, you go after the reason you can't get money into your pockets.

Stop feigning and pretending you love this country because you don't. If you truly loved this country, you'd probably still be the ruling party but you're not. Because people are sick and tired of all your pretenses and I feel sorry for those who still can't see through all your cheap charades.

You want to continue on this path? You will never win. Duterte is the choice of the people and frankly, you can all go to hell, resign your posts, get lost, leave the country - you think we'd care? No. We won't. So please, stop making a mockery of the democracy of this country because you do not even listen to those who oppose you.

You're all fucking stupid idiots, that's what you are and people already know it.

Sequestered firms managed by PCGG under Bautista had accounts with LDB, says NBI

Published August 23, 2017 12:07pm

Sequestered companies that were managed by the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) under the stint of former chairman Andres Bautista also had accounts with the Luzon Development Bank (LDB), the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) disclosed Wednesday.

Lawyer Minerva Retanal, executive officer of the NBI’s Anti-Fraud Division, told the Senate committee on banks, financial institutions, and currencies said they considered such accounts as a “red flag” when they analyzed the financial statements of the LDB.

“Sequestered and surrendered companies managed by the PCGG also maintained accounts with Luzon Development Bank,” Retanal said.

The said accounts, she said, were opened in 2012 and closed “sometime” in 2016.

The LDB is under scrutiny after the allegations made by Bautista’s estranged wife, Patricia Paz Bautista.

Mrs. Bautista earlier claimed that her husband had 35 bank accounts with the LDB containing a total balance of P329,220,962. These, she said, form part of what she supposedly discovered in P1-billion ill-gotten wealth.

The Comelec chairman has said that the accounts claimed by his estranged wife were either closed or fake.

Bautista was appointed chairman of the PCGG in 2010. In 2015, he was given the position of chairman of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, chairman of the Senate committee, said it is in the “interest of the government to put it in one bank” regardless of who occupies the post.

“Presumably, nilipat sa iba dahil iba na ang PCGG chair. Perhaps, we should look into that as well because it’s a common practice. Kapag bago mayor, nilipat depository bank...It is in the interest of government to put it in one bank,” he said. —ALG, GMA News



By Oscar Picazo

Tone-deaf columnists and clueless netizens of a certain persuasion keep asking, Why is there no national outrage over the spate of killings in the war on drugs?
Quite simple, really, and it is almost laughable why these people don’t get it:

1. Most Filipinos obviously place priority on public order and safety, rather than the collateral damage of the war on drugs. If you live in one of the poor, congested urban districts where criminality is rife, you’d rather have peace and security, even at “martial-law-like” conditions. Why is it difficult for some people to understand that?

2. Some victims of the war on drugs, initially trumpeted as innocent and lily-white, turned out to be compromised. Sure, there may be some truly innocent victims, but media’s penchant for hailing many victims as saintly simply boomerangs in directions often contrary to what was intended, which is to gain sympathy.

3. Politicians’ uncalled for use of victims’ deaths for political ends dilutes any sympathy people may initially have of the victims and their families. Victims’ families should be well advised to ban any politician or celebrity from attending any wakes.

4. In the calculus of democracy for many Filipinos, the dangers of narcopolitics on our national life is far greater than the deaths of innocent victims.

5. In general, I think ordinary Filipinos sympathize with victims of drug addicts far more than they do the victims of EJKs. And EJK is even a very murky concept.

6. Also, I think that Filipinos still believe that EJKs are not systemic in the police and judicial system, but is rather the result of the complex forces at play as the war on drugs pans out. Indeed, this has also been borne out in the experiences of Mexico and other Latin American countries. (Read, for instance, Ioan Grillo’s “Gangster Warlors,” Bloomsbury, 2017).

These points, of course, are open to debate. But that is how I understand why there is no outrage.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Andres Bautista and the COMELEC

By Carmen Pedrosa

From my email:

It is from Rene Azurin, one of the intrepid crusaders who fought hard for honest elections by real voters. It was a losing battle because those on top and in power had decided elections by machines - Smartmatic. I am glad it will not be forgotten because of crusaders like Rene.

This is a small excerpt from an article he wrote ("Elections as an instrument of political control") for a UNDP/CHR-published book (compiled and edited by Felipe Miranda and Temario Rivera) - "Chasing the Wind: Assessing Philippine Democracy (2016)" - which refers to Andy Bautista. I am reprinting the excerpt and will include it in my wee-end column in the Philippine STAR.

Rene adds, I hope you find it useful. Like many others, I was disappointed with Andy. Both Andy and Rene were my colleagues in the 2005 constitutional Commission organized during GMA's government. There are still many untold stories about the 2010 and 2013 elections which partnered Comelec with Smartmatic to destroy democratic elections in the Philippines This is the big story. It will be ultimately be told.

Rene Azurin writes:

"When former Far Eastern University college of law dean Andres Bautista was appointed in May 2015 by President Aquino as the term-ended Brillantes’s replacement as Comelec chairman, many somewhat naïve observers hoped that the former academic might disentangle Comelec’s distinctly unholy alliance with its foreign supplier Smartmatic and restore some measure of openness and integrity into our defective and untransparent automated election system. That hope was initially nurtured when Bautista made the right noises, pledged “cleaner elections”, and launched a charm initiative to try and offset Brillantes’s arrogant and offensive manner.

"More astute observers, however, immediately understood that the appointment as Comelec chairman did not come without strings and that Bautista's active pursuit of the position – having earlier failed to get his desired appointment to a seat on the Supreme Court – effectively meant that he had accepted those strings. Essentially, those strings meant that he would follow the directives of the ruling political cabal and that Smartmatic control of Philippine elections would remain firmly in place. As events that soon unfolded showed, that understanding would, sadly, get to be validated.

"After barely two months of pretending to listen to the suggestions of IT experts and critical observers of the 2010 and 2013 automated elections, and after pretending to consider two better – more secure and more transparent – systems that had been developed by local software engineers, Bautista was singing an old familiar tune. Using as justification that tired excuse, “time is of the essence”, he announced a decision to hand over to Smartmatic a contract to supply – via lease – 93,977 new PCOS voting and counting machines for the 2016 elections. With a straight face, Bautista claimed that this decision was “the most prudent approach” considering the factors of “costs, timeliness, and technical risks” and would best ensure that the May 2016 automated elections would be a “credible” one. The amount of the new contract would be P8.4-billion. (The original PCOS machines were leased from Smartmatic in 2009 for P7.2-billion and then foolishly purchased – through an option to purchase clause – in 2012 for P2.1-billion, whereupon the machines were warehoused at a cost of P9.6-million a year.)

"The Bautista decision was the denouement of a tiresome cliché-riddled zarzuela [a musical play, often comical] – beginning soon after the 2013 elections – wherein the Comelec Bids and Awards Committee disqualified Smartmatic twice and reinstated it twice, after disqualifying all other bidders.

"In making this reportedly unanimous decision, Bautista and his complicit fellow commissioners were pre-empting any Supreme Court ruling on cases pending before it regarding Smartmatic. Several had been filed by various parties essentially seeking the nullification of contracts with Smartmatic and blacklisting it for failing to meet even minimum system specifications and for assorted other transgressions of law (including the fact that Smartmatic had been revealed to be 100% foreign-owned and not a 60-40 joint venture as claimed). The petitioners included CenPEG, CenPEG chairman Dr. Temario Rivera, AES Watch, AES Watch executive director Evi-ta Jimenez, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers, former Comelec commissioner Augusto Lagman, Catholic Bishop Broderick Pabillo and several of his fellow bishops, Mother Superior Mary John Mananzan,’s Maricor Akol, Philippine Computer Society president Leo Querubin, past Philippine Computer Society presidents Nelson Celis and Edmundo Casiño, and myself. The legal counsel assisting the petitioners in each one of these cases is the intrepid Manuelito Luna.

"Weighing in, presumably to put pressure on the Supreme Court, Malacañang [the Presidential palace] quickly issued a statement that the Comelec decision to favor Smartmatic with yet another contract “fulfilled its mandate of ensuring orderly and credible elections”. This made clear the level to which the Comelec-Smartmatic conspiracy to control Philippine elections reached: it reached all the way to the top. It was not therefore unexpected that the Supreme Court effectively ignored all such contra-Smartmatic petitions.

"So, despite blatant violations of our election laws in 2010 and 2013 and despite abundantly obvious flaws in the Smartmatic system, the country’s so-called “independent” election body, Comelec, awarded again a supply contract for hardware and software to be used for the 2016 automated elections to the clearly unqualified Smartmatic. It has to be a source of extreme wonderment why the Philippines’ top election officials – by now, three successive sets of them – were so attached to this dubious and shadowy foreign supplier even if its performance has been nothing short of atrocious and it was never qualified – not being the owner of either the hardware nor the software it was providing – to supply the automation technology in the first place.

"As the 2016 elections were finally conducted, Comelec once again refused to enable the use of digital signatures to authenticate and validate electronically transmitted election returns, once again in direct contravention of Republic Act 9369, our Automated Election Law. As previously stressed, this effectively nullifies all the transmitted returns because the law requires that these returns must be digitally signed by the authorized election official assigned to a precinct in order to be deemed “official”.

"In addition to the non-enabling of digital signatures, Comelec introduced a new vulnerability to the many already present in the system by issuing a resolution requiring that the SD memory card that contains the results of the voting in a particular precinct be “imported” into the corresponding city or municipality canvassing computer/server. This meant that the SD cards from the 92,509 precinct voting and counting machines all over the country had to be physically transported to the city or municipality canvassing server corresponding to each precinct and manually fed into the canvassing computer to upload election results. This meant that manually delivered SD cards could be the basis for “official” election results and for proclaiming election winners, and not, as required by law, the election returns (ERs) electronically transmitted from the precincts. What this did was subject the election data and results on the SD memory cards to the possibility of snatching and switching, reminiscent of the snatching and switching of ballot boxes under the old manual election system. Of course, such snatching and switching is far easier to do with tiny SD cards.

"Furthermore, for the 2016 election exercise, Comelec once again sidestepped R.A. 9369’s requirement for a “source code review” of the Smartmatic automated election system software – by political parties and selected independent experts – by offering for review (under rather restrictive rules) the source code of a software but then announcing, some 30 days before the May 9 election day, that they had to replace that version with another. Complained Edmundo Casiño, a computer science professor and former president of the Philippine Computer Society, “About 30 days before the elections, the Comelec said there would be a change in the source code, even though the code should have been certified 90 days earlier…. Why then did we bother with a source code review?”

Indeed, what was the point of reviewing a software program that was not going to be used? Former Comelec IT director Ernie del Rosario also railed against the fact that the version of the software that Comelec actually installed in the precinct voting and counting machines was different from the version that had been earlier presented for review. This shell game was clearly the reason why Comelec issued no protocols or instructions on how the election officials assigned to the individual precincts could check and verify that the “hash code” – a precise identifier that allows one to ascertain that one piece of software is an exact image of another – of the software installed in their precinct machines corresponded exactly with the hash code of the software that had earlier been reviewed.

"To be clear, since the software program earlier reviewed was different from the software program installed in the precinct-deployed machines, there was effectively no source code review – as required by law – and the integrity of the ballot appreciation and counting program in the precinct-deployed machines had to be in doubt. A malicious program could very well have been embedded in the software used and no one would be the wiser.

"Aggravating the absence of digital signatures and the inutility of the source code review, Comelec also refused to allow the precinct returns to be transmitted directly (and immediately) to a public website so that political parties and independent observers could verify if the results printed out by the machines at a precinct were exactly the same results transmitted to both the canvassing servers and the public website from that precinct. In addition to that crucial verification check, this would have allowed any observer to perform his own tally of the votes which could be compared to the Comelec tally. That Comelec would not even permit this simple procedure has to be a clear indication that they already anticipated – or knew – that there would be differences between the poll results that observers would see at the precincts and those that are transmitted to the canvassing servers for tallying." -- Rene Azurin



Bakit mahihirap lang ang namamatay sa War on Drugs?

By Van Ybiernas

Susubukan kong sagutin ang "tanong" ng mga kritiko ng War on Drugs...

1. Bakit mahihirap lang ang namamatay?

Una, pushers at runners ang MAS tinatarget ng pulis na hindi Espenido ang pangalan kesa yung malakihang drug lords (ipapaliwanag sa ibaba). Karamihan sa mga ito ay mahihirap. Kaya nga shabu ang tinitira nila kasi yun ang mura. Iba ang droga ng mayayaman.

Pangalawa, dahil mahihirap ang tulak at runner, mahihirap din ang buyers/users nila. Ang may-kaya, iiskor lang tapos kanya-kanyang tira ng droga nila sa kani-kanilang bahay o kung saan pa man. Yung mahihirap, gaya ng nasabi na, walang privacy sa bahay nila, kaya pupunta sa isang lugar ---usually yung lugar ng tulak--- at doon babatak. Logically, mas maganda targetin ang mga nagse-session kasi andaming dale sa isang operasyon lang. Siyempre, pumopogi ang pulis kung ang headline ay: "30 tulak at adik, dakip sa operasyon" kesa sa paisa-isang huli ng mga may-kaya, unless sikat yung taong ito.

Okay na?

2. Bakit mas inuuna ang maliliit na tulak at adik kesa malalaking drug lord?

Kung ako yan, ang lohika ay ganito: balewala ang supply kung walang retailer at buyer. So, inuuna ang mga retailer o pusher at buyer. Kasi, kung supplier ang uunahin, hindi yan makukuha sabay-sabay at kapag natimbog ang supplier pero andyan pa rin yung network, may ibang supplier lang na magko-cover sa nahuli o napatay na supplier. Samantalang ang tulak at yung network nya ay medyo mahirap buuin from the ground up kung mahuhuli o mapapatay yung tulak at yung parokyano nya.

Yan ang nakikita kong paliwanag.

Okay na? Siyempre, kung Dilawan ka, ayaw mo pa rin sa paliwanag na yan. Di ba? Bwahahaahhahahahahha


I want to be honest here peeps. Brutally honest.

There is no overwhelming empathy for me with the death of Kian Delos Santos. I really do not feel to condemn outright this murder.

Perhaps I am already inured and numbed to the core with these tragic, horrific events. They are a daily dose in case you have not noticed. These tragedies are upon us day in day out. Watch all TV news archives or search for news clippings and you will certainly come across a murder or a massacre somewhere. Children, senior citizens, women, mostly the powerless and the poor.

In our country, the ordinary citizen is constantly subjected to abuse, and exposed to constant fear for his life, or that of his loved one. Life is but a commodity, especially for heartless, scheming and greedy politicians who never hesitate to devalue lives in order to enhance their own worth and esteem.

You decry the loss of humanity? You weep for the loss of life? Seriously?

So did you cry when innocent lives are lost?

When a cement truck plowed into traffic, flattening a car where a complete family was inside, pinning to death the patriarch, did you cry "murder?!!!" Did you raise hell that there is too much negligence that we allow unsafe but humungous vehicles to take the road?

When farmers were gunned down because they want rice in a very ironic twist of fate, did you shout "Himagsikan?!!!"

When a senior citizen collapsed due to heart attack because she was subjected to "tanim bala" did you rally your community to go to EDSA?

When an 18-year old architecture student was stabbed 11 times by two drug addled robbers, because he refuses to part with his school bag, did you visit his wake?

When a husband and wife were shot point blank in their heads by their toughie neighbor after emerging from a "peaceful" dialogue in the baranggay center, did you release a press statement?

When thousands of Yolanda survivors eventually died due to hunger, from the absence of shelter, from hopelessness and despair because you diverted the billions of funds intended for their relief to your campaign, did you really sleep well at night in the comfort of your lavish bedroom in your sprawling mansion?

When children drowned because the river they were crossing to go to school suddenly went berserk with wicked current, and because the bridge that was supposed to be built were actually diverted to buy your wife's Hermeś latest bag, did you ask your monsignor to light up the candle and bless those angels?

When you transformed our finest policemen to become rogue and mercenaries for your evil schemes, eventually robbing banks, resorting to kidnapping and extortion, and committing murder by eliminating your rivals or those who refuse to kowtow to your power, is it an extension of your most benevolent public service?

When you pushed our laborers and skilled workers away from their loved ones and into foreign soil, where some of them met their tragic end because they were deceived and abandoned, did you really think of yourself as heroic for crafting laws that strengthen the diaspora and brain drain of our country?

I could go on and on about murder in every sector, regardless of economic standing and demographics, but it won't change how we all have made our lives so cheap and so dispensable.

So here we are trying to feign righteous indignation and rage over the death of a teenager, and conveniently using his mortality to raise our so-called humanity.

And then you all go about waving your intellectual or emotional superiority, declaring that blood is also in the hands of those who have put in place and continue to support this presidency.


You believe that you don't have any part in the pulling the trigger that killed Kian?

We all killed him. Yes, you, me and the entire nation engulfed in greed, apathy and corruption of all forms.

We are all guilty of murder.

That is the sad, tragic truth.

Ano ba ang akala nyo sa mundo kung nasaan tayo?

By Van Ybiernas
In my classes, I allow my students to use their phones and other gadgets because I encourage them to use these devices for information searches related to our class activities.

Should the student use their phones to view porn, or engage in other illegal or immoral activities, does it become my fault?

Yan ang sinasabi ng mga kontra-Duterte e. Inutusan ng pangulo ang pulis na sugpuin ang kriminalidad, lalo na ang illegal na droga. Pero, kung may mga pulis man na magsamantala ---wala po akong tinutukoy na specific na kaso, in general lang ito--- kasalanan nya ba ito?

Kinastigo naman ng mga pangulo ang mga umaabuso. Siyempre pa ang mga kontra sa kanya ay di pa rin masaya dito.

Ine-encourage nya ba ang pang-aabuso? I don't think so.

Pero may nag-aabuso pa rin. Of course! Ano ba ang akala nyo sa mundo kung nasaan tayo?

E yung pangako ng pangulo tungkol dito...

Ano ba ang di nya tinupad? Kaya ba nya pigilan ang pang-aabuso? Op kors, sa mga ganitong sitwasyon, magre-react ka na lang after the fact. At siyempre, imbestiga muna para malaman ang katotohanan bago kumilos.

Eh sana ganyan din ang mga pulis sa mga "inosenteng biktima" nila. 

Na alin? Imbestiga muna? Eh nasa operation na nga e. So, gusto mo, sa gitna ng operasyon sabihin nila sa lahat, ay wait, tigil muna tayong lahat. Pulis, suspek, at bystanders, huwag muna tayo lahat kumilos, mag-iimbestiga muna kami kung sino sa inyo ang guilty at kung sino ang inosente.

Mga ulol din e 'no? Kaya nga may rules of engagement. Kaya nga titingnan after the fact kung nasunod ang rules of engagement na ito. At saka nga magkakaparusahan pagkatapos.

Long story short, ang gusto mo talaga mangyari ay mawalan ng tiwala ang bayan sa mga pulis at sa pangulo. Kasi, nahusgahan mo na agad yung pulis na abusado at ang pangulo na coddler at enabler nila. Sigurado ka na rin kahit wala kang ebidensya na pulis ang nasa likod ng mga patayang nagaganap sa bansa.

Ulol ang tawag sa iyo!

E bakit ang mga "biktima" walang due process bago patayin? 

Aba'y itatanong natin sa mga salarin yan kapag sila'y nahuli, boss.

Eh, pulis nga ang salarin!

Asan ang ebidensya?

Sila yan, sigurado kami!

Uhmmmmmm, okay...

Bigla ako nagkakaroon ng bangs at sumasakit ito!