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BY TEDDY LOCSIN, JR:  BLACK EARTH


DECEMBER 25 -By the middle of next year, we shall have elected a new government of a disintegrating state. The inferior quality of our electoral choices does not augur well for reasons of state. Heavy language, no? Yes but true. Learn to think heavy because the light stuff is just that, light, thin and shallow. Some of the candidates are not as bad as the others but almost all are useless for any useful purpose of state. They are unfit to run a state from the top or even as a cog inside the machinery of state. These wheels have no teeth, meaning no talent or desire to serve a state with any degree of relevant competence or plain integrity. Unable to get a grip on each other, they cannot turn the wheels of justice or provide those near universal social services that mark a true state, like the German Iron Chancellor Bismarck created (he invented welfare including free and compulsory education), along with the best army in the world. The last -- armed forces -- is the key component of a state. The last years of this administration has seen the most dogged persistence applied, and greatest ingenuity summoned in breaking up the state and giving a portion of it to a surrogate of Malaysia, a country we can defeat with one hand tied behind us. I point this out because we Filipinos need a state. Otherwise, we shall be powerless against the enemies of our race, which is to say anyone who knows they can take us on separately because we are not organized as a real state to fight them together. Yes but can't we listen to our president and united behind him? No. He is no Bismarck. Unlike Cory, Ramos and GMA, he is not a state builder by any stretch of the political imagination. Our last real leader was Fidel V. Ramos who was up for any challenge of state. I say all this because Tom Snyder has written a book called "Black Earth." It explains that the extermination of the Jews, along with other inferior races in German eyes, was facilitated by the prior destruction of the states that had protected them before their countries were conquered by Germany. READ MORE...

ALSO: By Tin Bartolome - The Magnificat


DECEMBER 25 -The Magnificat is a song of praise. But more than that, this part of Luke’s Gospel tells of many miracles and a life of faith and service. Dawn Masses Also known as the Canticle of Mary, it forms part of a collection of scripture readings, hymns and psalms known as the prayer of the church. According to ourcatholicprayers.com, priests and nuns are required to pray parts of it everyday. Those who go to dawn Masses will notice that in the past few days, readings and sermons are about Mother Mary’s obedience and service. One of the priests spoke of how difficult it could have been for Mary to accept the responsibility, especially at a time when adultery was punishable by death. Making a Connection I was waiting for one of the priests to somehow make a connection between the Magnificat and how women are viewed by society. I was hoping to hear one of them say that Mother Mary’s life of obedience and service is so much like the lives today’s women lead and that those who are grateful for what she has done could show that gratitude to the women around them—their mothers, sisters, wives, aunts, friends and even daughters. READ MORE...

ALSO: By Inday Varona - A not-so-traditional Christmas greeting


DECEMBER 23 -Inday Varona It's a pretty hot Christmas, made hotter by election fever. Not even the Miss Universe frenzy could cool that down. We're nearing the end of 2015. #Halalan2016 is coming, whether we like it or not. I've just set aside half a dozen "world peace" posters and quotations -- though God knows the earth needs that. Instead, let me share a few cards made in the spirit of national peace and sanity. The danger in believing too much in our loud voices (on socmed) is, we forget that 60% of this country's population do not hear us. Or, if they hear echoes in the distance, they may not care about what we say -- because they've never felt we care. "We" is generic for supporters of all camps. "Care" can't really be quantified. We're not even talking about pork and patronage anymore. Those have diminishing returns. Just listening quietly, a hug, a handclasp, a visit to your father's wake; standing to give up your seat, taking some load off someone's back, speaking out for the bullied and the oppressed ... there are some things money cannot buy. If we spend most of the year hectoring people, insulting them, looking down at them -- why do we think they will jump up and help when we and our candidates need it? That's not to say we should halt all criticism. This country would die if we just left politicians alone. Government needs citizens to speak up -- loudly, if need be -- when things go wrong. It's just that so many of us can't distinguish between politicians and their supporters. Many of us waste so much energy on the wrong targets. We love to accuse people who support other candidates of having been bought, or succumbing to bribes or giving up principles. It's crazy to be willing to die for our rights and yet deny people their own. READ MORE...

ALSO: By Ellen Tordesillas - It still won’t be Roxas even if Comelec eliminates Poe


Ellen T. Tordesillas
If Pres. Aquino believes the strategy that if Mar Roxas’ lawyers in Comelec succeed in eliminating Grace Poe from the presidential race, the presidency would be an easy clinch for his anointed, he is dreaming. If the fight is three-way – Rodrigo Duterte, Jojo Binay and Roxas -- Duterte will win. If it’s between Binay and Roxas, Binay will win. If it’s between Duterte and Roxas, Duterte will win. He should take a look at the latest nationwide survey by the Magdalo Group conducted last Dec. 9-11 among 2,914 respondents. It has a margin of error of 1.8 percent. The Magdalo group has been conducting surveys since the first senatorial run of its leader, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, in 2007. The survey is designed and supervised by Trillanes’ chief-of-staff , Asian Institute of Management alumnus Rolando “Oyie” Averilla. Duterte topped the survey with 31.9 percent while Poe, previously the topnotcher, scored 26 percent. They survey took place after the Comelec’s second division decided to disqualify Poe on the issue of 10-year-residency requirement for president. The last day of the survey was when the Comelec’s first division decided to cancel Poe’s certificate of candidacy. Without doubt, Comelec’s decision adversely affected Poe’s campaign. Many believe she is now out of the race. In her public meetings now, she spends a lot of time explaining that she is still a candidate, and her legal team has brought the issue to the Supreme Court where they believe they have a better chance to get justice than in the Roxas-lawyers-dominated Comelec. It was also after Duterte’s cursing of Pope Francis which generated a lot of negative reactions including from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines’ president Archbishop Socrates Villegas. Following Duterte and Poe were Vice President Jejomar Binay with 23.6 percent; former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas with 13.5 percent; Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago with 4 percent; and, former Ambassador Roy Señeres with 0.1 percent. Binay’s survey ratings seem to be in a plateau between 20 and 25 per cent after a plunge during the Senate investigation on irregularities in Makati city government transactions and questions about sources of his wealth. Could this be his core supporters?  That means he cannot go lower than his present reduced rating which is still much higher than Roxas’.  If a plunder case filed against him would be filed at the Sandiganbayan and he would be jailed without bail, he can continue his candidacy as long as he is not convicted. The Aquino government’s only hope to eliminate Binay is for the Ombudsman, in an administrative case against him, decides to perpetually disqualify him from public office just like what happened to his son, former Makati Mayor Junjun Binay. If that happens, Roxas then would have to reckon with Duterte, whose candidacy has been accepted by the Comelec. It will then be a Duterte presidency in 2016. Oh, God. It is interesting to note in the Magdalo survey, by religion, Duterte was number one among Roman Catholics, despite his cursing of Pope Francis. He was also the favorite choice of Born Again Christians and Protestants, Islam and other religions. He is not the top choice of the Iglesia ni Cristo, who preferred Poe and Binay. READ MORE...

ALSO: By Teddy Locsin, Jr - Moving on


TEDDY LOCSIN, JR
The Telegraph reports that last Christmas Day the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) was formally established by the adoption of its articles of agreement. The U.S. and Japan declined to join. They have ADB but Australia, Germany and Britain did. The 17 founding members account for 50% of its share capital: China $28, India $8.3, Russia 6.5, Germany 4.5, South Korea 3.7, Australia 3.6, France 3.3, Indonesia 3.3, Brazil 3, UK 3 billion dollars. I don’t know why the Philippines is not a founding member. I suppose it just wants to stay one of the beggars—it’s core competency. Three billion dollars is a drop in the bucket. It need not be taken from the three trillion peso annual budget which is spent on nothing worthwhile after paying salaries for never delivered public services. The seemingly huge sum can be taken from the unaccounted cash contributions of the casinos; specifically the 5% of gross revenue for sports development that Cory Aquino signed into law but which the sports agencies have never received. It continues to be dutifully paid by the casinos and pocketed by Palace bagmen who are usually in uniform except for two years when it was pocketed by a politician and his son. We will eventually have to engage with China. Better to do it on terms of equality than of mendicancy. China finance minister Jiwei said, “The establishment of AIIB”—typically dropping the article ‘the’—“marks a milestone in the reform of [?] global economic governance system.” Again dropping ‘the’. We’re gonna have to live with Chinese English like the French had to live with English French after the former’s repeated defeat by England. READ MORE...


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By Teddy Locsin, Jr: Black earth


 Teddy Locsin Jr

MANILA, JANUARY 4, 2016 (ABS-CBN) Teddy Locsin Jr. Posted at 12/25/2015 4:13 PM - By the middle of next year, we shall have elected a new government of a disintegrating state. The inferior quality of our electoral choices does not augur well for reasons of state. Heavy language, no? Yes but true. Learn to think heavy because the light stuff is just that, light, thin and shallow.

Some of the candidates are not as bad as the others but almost all are useless for any useful purpose of state. They are unfit to run a state from the top or even as a cog inside the machinery of state. These wheels have no teeth, meaning no talent or desire to serve a state with any degree of relevant competence or plain integrity. Unable to get a grip on each other, they cannot turn the wheels of justice or provide those near universal social services that mark a true state, like the German Iron Chancellor Bismarck created (he invented welfare including free and compulsory education), along with the best army in the world.

The last -- armed forces -- is the key component of a state. The last years of this administration has seen the most dogged persistence applied, and greatest ingenuity summoned in breaking up the state and giving a portion of it to a surrogate of Malaysia, a country we can defeat with one hand tied behind us.

I point this out because we Filipinos need a state. Otherwise, we shall be powerless against the enemies of our race, which is to say anyone who knows they can take us on separately because we are not organized as a real state to fight them together. Yes but can't we listen to our president and united behind him? No. He is no Bismarck. Unlike Cory, Ramos and GMA, he is not a state builder by any stretch of the political imagination. Our last real leader was Fidel V. Ramos who was up for any challenge of state.

I say all this because Tom Snyder has written a book called "Black Earth." It explains that the extermination of the Jews, along with other inferior races in German eyes, was facilitated by the prior destruction of the states that had protected them before their countries were conquered by Germany.

READ MORE...

In these countries, where some vestige of state remained, the extermination was much less extensive than in countries where the state had completely disintegrated. Thus, Hungary, itself a fascist state, offered some protection to the Jews which were regarded with equal parts disdain and respect for their cultural and economic contributions to Hungary.

The first serious Filipino attempt at a state organization failed when the first independent Filipino government served as the puppet of the Japanese state for no other purpose but to save the skins of the leading collaborators. What saved us from extinction at the hands of the racist and genocidal Japanese -- old men who lived through that time tell me -- was the absence of significant resistance by Filipinos.

I remember the old man Albano telling me that it took just a small contingent of Japanese soldiers to keep a tight grip on all of Northern Luzon. Weakness was our salvation. We could be spared to be docile slaves.

But now we are faced with threats to our existence as a nation from overpopulated powers that see our country only as real estate, pure empty space.

And they will have a local law to justify our racial eradication: the RH law which is premised on the assumption that those who cannot contribute to the Philippine economy are, technically, not human. A good example is autistic children and yet parents of autistic children were rabidly for the RH law.

I do not know what can be done to finally get us a real state except perhaps to pray or emigrate.


By Tin Bartolome: The Magnificat Tin Bartolome Posted at 12/25/2015 11:42 AM
 

The Magnificat is a song of praise. But more than that, this part of Luke’s Gospel tells of many miracles and a life of faith and service.

Dawn Masses

Also known as the Canticle of Mary, it forms part of a collection of scripture readings, hymns and psalms known as the prayer of the church. According to ourcatholicprayers.com, priests and nuns are required to pray parts of it everyday.

Those who go to dawn Masses will notice that in the past few days, readings and sermons are about Mother Mary’s obedience and service. One of the priests spoke of how difficult it could have been for Mary to accept the responsibility, especially at a time when adultery was punishable by death.

Making a Connection

I was waiting for one of the priests to somehow make a connection between the Magnificat and how women are viewed by society. I was hoping to hear one of them say that Mother Mary’s life of obedience and service is so much like the lives today’s women lead and that those who are grateful for what she has done could show that gratitude to the women around them—their mothers, sisters, wives, aunts, friends and even daughters.

READ MORE...

I thought that somehow, despite affirming the ban on the ordination of women, Pope Francis’ expression of gratitude to women leading consecrated lives would inspire the priests who deal with “ordinary” women on a daily basis, those who live among and serve the poorest of the poor would think of speaking against abuses committed against women. I heard none of that.

“Potential Mary”

Hopefully though, by expressing my own thoughts, I could make the connection I sought. Mary’s great faith, humility and willingness to serve continue to reap great rewards and to this day, she has the respect of devotees. If only we (especially the men) see the “potential Mary” in the women we deal with, perhaps we can avoid whatever contributes to the abuse of women.

We Filipinas tolerate (some may even have accepted) the multiple burdens imposed on us by social practices acquired from other cultures. Yet, we persevere, and stand firm amid life’s challenges—often relying on our faith and the little miracles we witness in our own lives to give strength to our loved ones.

As we celebrate Christmas, let us also celebrate the roles women play in making things happen! Merry Christmas, everyone!


By Inday Varona: A not-so-traditional Christmas greeting Inday Espina Varona Posted at 12/23/15 3:02 PM

It's a pretty hot Christmas, made hotter by election fever. Not even the Miss Universe frenzy could cool that down. We're nearing the end of 2015. #Halalan2016 is coming, whether we like it or not.

I've just set aside half a dozen "world peace" posters and quotations -- though God knows the earth needs that. Instead, let me share a few cards made in the spirit of national peace and sanity.


The danger in believing too much in our loud voices (on socmed) is, we forget that 60% of this country's population do not hear us.

Or, if they hear echoes in the distance, they may not care about what we say -- because they've never felt we care.

"We" is generic for supporters of all camps.

"Care" can't really be quantified.

We're not even talking about pork and patronage anymore. Those have diminishing returns.

Just listening quietly, a hug, a handclasp, a visit to your father's wake; standing to give up your seat, taking some load off someone's back, speaking out for the bullied and the oppressed ... there are some things money cannot buy.


If we spend most of the year hectoring people, insulting them, looking down at them -- why do we think they will jump up and help when we and our candidates need it?

That's not to say we should halt all criticism. This country would die if we just left politicians alone. Government needs citizens to speak up -- loudly, if need be -- when things go wrong.

It's just that so many of us can't distinguish between politicians and their supporters. Many of us waste so much energy on the wrong targets. We love to accuse people who support other candidates of having been bought, or succumbing to bribes or giving up principles. It's crazy to be willing to die for our rights and yet deny people their own.

READ MORE...

Screaming and ranting at other people with different views won't help our candidate(s). It we enjoy a monopoly on wisdom, then we really don't need other people, do we?

Empathy for others always stems from knowing what WE want in our lives.


So why don't WE (all of us) take a step back, fall quiet for an hour or two, and then write down why we identify with our candidate(s).

(If like me, you still can't figure out your bets, the exercise may help.)

What are the most important things in life for you?

How are your candidate(s) going to make these better?

What can YOU do for your candidate(s) campaign?

And what can YOU do, with or without the candidate to improve the things that matter the most?

Isang makabuluhang Pasko at mapagpalayang bagong taon sa ating lahat.


By Ellen Tordesillas: It still won’t be Roxas even if Comelec eliminates Poe Ellen T. Tordesillas Posted at 12/19/2015 11:39 AM


Ellen T. Tordesillas

If Pres. Aquino believes the strategy that if Mar Roxas’ lawyers in Comelec succeed in eliminating Grace Poe from the presidential race, the presidency would be an easy clinch for his anointed, he is dreaming.

If the fight is three-way – Rodrigo Duterte, Jojo Binay and Roxas -- Duterte will win.

If it’s between Binay and Roxas, Binay will win.

If it’s between Duterte and Roxas, Duterte will win.

He should take a look at the latest nationwide survey by the Magdalo Group conducted last Dec. 9-11 among 2,914 respondents. It has a margin of error of 1.8 percent.

The Magdalo group has been conducting surveys since the first senatorial run of its leader, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, in 2007. The survey is designed and supervised by Trillanes’ chief-of-staff , Asian Institute of Management alumnus Rolando “Oyie” Averilla.

Duterte topped the survey with 31.9 percent while Poe, previously the topnotcher, scored 26 percent.

They survey took place after the Comelec’s second division decided to disqualify Poe on the issue of 10-year-residency requirement for president. The last day of the survey was when the Comelec’s first division decided to cancel Poe’s certificate of candidacy.

Without doubt, Comelec’s decision adversely affected Poe’s campaign. Many believe she is now out of the race. In her public meetings now, she spends a lot of time explaining that she is still a candidate, and her legal team has brought the issue to the Supreme Court where they believe they have a better chance to get justice than in the Roxas-lawyers-dominated Comelec.

It was also after Duterte’s cursing of Pope Francis which generated a lot of negative reactions including from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines’ president Archbishop Socrates Villegas.

Following Duterte and Poe were Vice President Jejomar Binay with 23.6 percent; former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas with 13.5 percent; Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago with 4 percent; and, former Ambassador Roy Señeres with 0.1 percent.

Binay’s survey ratings seem to be in a plateau between 20 and 25 per cent after a plunge during the Senate investigation on irregularities in Makati city government transactions and questions about sources of his wealth. Could this be his core supporters?
That means he cannot go lower than his present reduced rating which is still much higher than Roxas’.

If a plunder case filed against him would be filed at the Sandiganbayan and he would be jailed without bail, he can continue his candidacy as long as he is not convicted.

The Aquino government’s only hope to eliminate Binay is for the Ombudsman, in an administrative case against him, decides to perpetually disqualify him from public office just like what happened to his son, former Makati Mayor Junjun Binay.

If that happens, Roxas then would have to reckon with Duterte, whose candidacy has been accepted by the Comelec.

It will then be a Duterte presidency in 2016. Oh, God.

It is interesting to note in the Magdalo survey, by religion, Duterte was number one among Roman Catholics, despite his cursing of Pope Francis. He was also the favorite choice of Born Again Christians and Protestants, Islam and other religions.

He is not the top choice of the Iglesia ni Cristo, who preferred Poe and Binay.

READ MORE...

Another interesting insight in the survey was Duterte as the choice of voters in age brackets 18 to 29, 30 to 39, and 40 to 59. It’s only among the 60 to 90 that Poe scored higher than him. Is it still the FPJ memories?

Not surprisingly, in the survey by gender, Duterte scored high among males: 35.8 percent as against Poe’s 24.2 percent, Binay’s 23.4, and Roxas’ 12.2. Among females, it’s a tie between Duterte (28.3 percent) and Poe (27.7 percent). Binay got 23.7 percent while Roxas, 14.7 percent.

Congressman Francisco Ashley Acedillo, Magdalo party-list representative, said,“One of the observations during the survey is that a significant number of respondents presumed that Senator Poe was already disqualified in running for President, or were asking if she was already disqualified. Since our researchers are not allowed to engage with the respondents to avoid influencing their answers, this issue was not clarified to them.”

Acedillo said, “We expect these figures and the candidates’ ranking will continue to notably change, especially when the COMELEC en banc and the Supreme Court, eventually, will release their decision on Sen. Poe’s and Mayor Duterte’s candidacy.”

Magdalo is supporting Poe’s presidential bid. Magdalo member Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV is running for vice-president as an independent candidate and carries Poe as his president.


By Teddy Locsin, Jr - Moving on Teddy Locsin Jr. Posted at 01/03/2016 12:12 PM


TEDDY LOCSIN, JR

The Telegraph reports that last Christmas Day the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) was formally established by the adoption of its articles of agreement. The U.S. and Japan declined to join. They have ADB but Australia, Germany and Britain did. The 17 founding members account for 50% of its share capital: China $28, India $8.3, Russia 6.5, Germany 4.5, South Korea 3.7, Australia 3.6, France 3.3, Indonesia 3.3, Brazil 3, UK 3 billion dollars.

I don’t know why the Philippines is not a founding member. I suppose it just wants to stay one of the beggars—it’s core competency. Three billion dollars is a drop in the bucket. It need not be taken from the three trillion peso annual budget which is spent on nothing worthwhile after paying salaries for never delivered public services. The seemingly huge sum can be taken from the unaccounted cash contributions of the casinos; specifically the 5% of gross revenue for sports development that Cory Aquino signed into law but which the sports agencies have never received. It continues to be dutifully paid by the casinos and pocketed by Palace bagmen who are usually in uniform except for two years when it was pocketed by a politician and his son.

We will eventually have to engage with China. Better to do it on terms of equality than of mendicancy. China finance minister Jiwei said, “The establishment of AIIB”—typically dropping the article ‘the’—“marks a milestone in the reform of [?] global economic governance system.” Again dropping ‘the’. We’re gonna have to live with Chinese English like the French had to live with English French after the former’s repeated defeat by England.

READ MORE...

The AIIB is not seen by China as a rival to the ADB but to the World Bank.

The bank will not focus on developing backward areas—which ADB itself correctly scorns—why throw good money after bad—people eking out an existence in such places should move out or rot there—but sensibly on power, transport and urban infrastructure in Asia. “Joining the AIIB at the founding stage,” said Britain’s John Osborne, a perennially well-dressed gentleman who must be someone important in the government, “will create an unrivalled opportunity for the UK and Asia to invest and grow together.”

There you go. The world is moving on, while somebody is still fighting the last war, which is over.


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