Lacierda Blames Twitter Non-Followers

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin “dawende” Lacierda must really love Twitter because he seemingly endorses it by putting blame on residents who do not follow the twitter account of their Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

Lacierda says that many got surprised with the heavy rains and flooding because “they are obviously not following the DOST twitter account” where the announcements of PAGASA, the weather bureau of the Philippine, were sent.

Huh? In a third world country where the majority of the population has no personal Internet connection, he expects the common people, who are the most likely to be affected by the rain and flash-floods, to have a twitter account?

He then goes on defending himself in Twitter claiming he never quoted on just relying on Twitter, and asks everyone to read the Philippine Daily Inquirer article carefully before jumping into conclusions.


Aquino Slams Kabayan

To everyone’s surprise, President Benigno S. Aquino criticized former Vice President Noli “Kabayan” De Castro in front of ABS-CBN executives including chairman and CEO Gabby Lopez, some Cabinet officials, and ABS-CBN employees durng TV Patrol’s 25th Anniversary celebration party where he was invited as special guest.

I agree with what Aquino said regarding De Castro. I watch TV Patrol (better compared to the other channel’s news program) but always get turned off by the anchor’s sarcastic and off-tangent remarks. Sometimes he does not listen to the reporters since he asks questions where the answers have already been cited in the reports. I long for straight news program rather than the sensationalized tabloid-style reporting. The comments portion at the end of the show has no place in a news program.

However, Mr. President, stop throwing tantrums at your detractors. Just remain strong and prove to the citizens of this country that you can accomplish everything in your agenda. You already have accomplished a lot of things during the past 2 years so you don’t need to rant your critics and get unethical. You still have 4 more years, so just continue what you’re doing.

RH Bill Debate On August 7

The leadership of the House of Representatives has set August 7 as the date for their final determination on the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill after a caucus attended by both advocates and critics of the measure.

The RH bill, formally known as House Bill 4244, was identified by President Benigno Aquino III as priority legislation. It endorses the use of both natural and artificial modes of family planning. The bill is being opposed by the Roman Catholic Church, which promotes only natural family planning methods.

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) should learn that those who don’t play the game shouldn’t make the rules, yo. So, CBCP, dont be EPAL!


Arroyo Bailed Out

Former President and now Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has left the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) after she was allowed bail from her supposed to be weak electoral fraud case. She proceeded directly to her house in La Vista Quezon Cit accompanied by family and relatives.

Sixto Brillantes, COMELEC chairman, however assured the public that the Sandiganbayan has a Hold Departure Order against Arroyo for other crimes like Plunder so she would not be allowed to leave the country.

Arroyo went to an alternative healing center in Tagaytay the following day, plus other errands as if taking advantage of the available time given to her.

President Benigno S. Aquino III has already given orders to look into the discrepancies that may have happen, and how the case was considered weak by the Pasay RTC judge.

Damn, I hope heads would roll!


FYI, There’s No FOI

President Benigno Aquino III did not mention the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill in his annual report despite a campaign promise to support the measure.

Aquino was silent on the bill during his 90-minute Report Sa Boss on Monday, July 23, at the Batasan Pambansa.

The FOI bill seeks to give flesh to the Constitutional provisions recognizing Filipinos’ right to information on matters of public concern, and the state’s duty to disclose this information.

The measure has been languishing in Congress for more than a decade. After assuming office, Aquino has expressed misgivings about the FOI bill, saying it may be misused.

Quite a number of what was mentioned were merely promises that they would still need to fulfill before Aquino’s presidency ends. I was expecting more of concrete accomplishments that can be easily verifiable for us to check the veracity of his statements.