Two People to Blame Why the Filipinos are Poor

I saw a photo posted by ABS-CBN News on their Facebook page of a man wearing a shirt with print blaming the politicians for making poor people like him from the senator down to the barangay captain.

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Who Should be Blamed then?

We should blame both the politicians and the ourselves.

The Politicians – for pocketing the money intended for the poor Filipino people.

The Filipinos – we are not good in managing our own money. A number of Filipinos who won the lottery became poor again in less than a year.

Blaming is for the losers, enough with the blame game. Blaming others is a character of a psychopath.

Could there be connivance between the Chinese and the Philippine Government officials?

First off, this is just my theory.

There could be connivance of both Chinese and some of the Philippine Government officials.

The “higher ups” of Philippine government could be receiving bribe money from the Chinese government so that these structures can be built without any hindrance or problems.

The government buying of planes and boats supposedly to safeguard the territory is just one of the ways for some officials involved in the purchase to get a few millions for their own pockets.

Just a possibility.

Some of the wars that is happening around the world are just fabrication so that a few can make money out of it.

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Do Not Abolish PDAF and Congress!

Pork Barrel
It really does not matter whether the PDAF nor the Philippines Congress exist or not.

The culture of greed will always find a way to seep any bank or pocket full of money.

During Marcos, there was no Congress and Pork Barrel (PDAF), but corruption and stealing were rampant at the time, the President, his family and his close friends.

The only difference is the number of corrupt politicians that has access to the money.

In today’s political structure, hundreds of congressmen has access to PDAF, which if it falls to demented ones, it will end up Napoles style.

What to do?
1. I can think of is the approval of Freedom of Information bill. If FOI is approved, any Filipino can have access to information, from the receipts, the contract, of each of the government’s transactions and deals.

2. Prayer, I believe in the power of prayer.

3. Be honest even if others are not. This is the motto of a Christian businessmen organization. The full text is “Be Honest, even if others are not, even if others will not, even if others cannot. He who walks honestly, walks securely. Proverbs 10:9”

Imelda Marcos spent $2,181,000 in One Day

This is one of the Marcoses’ greatest achievement aside from the greedy 20 years in power and other anomalies and atrocities.

In 1978, Imelda Marcos spent $2,181,000.00 in one day! This included $1,150,000 for a platinum and emerald bracelet with diamonds from Bulgari; $330,000 for a necklace with a ruby, diamonds, and emeralds; $300,000 for a ring with heart-shaped emeralds; $78,000 for 18-carat gold ear clips with diamonds; $300,000 for a pendant with canary diamonds, rubies and emeralds on a gold chain.

For more of the Marcos plunder list visit the Asian Journal.

Marcoses plunder and corruption

While Others are Busy Stealing and Complaining

While some public officials and government employees are busy stealing the money that stunted the growth of our country.

A few people are doing the opposite – planting seeds of life for the Philippines, they’re giving hope to the hopeless.

See the few people helping other people. Get to know the Book Sharing Project.

Then some of the noisy Pinoys complain about the hardship, the filthiness, the dirt, the corruption. Never ending noise about ‘how hard life is in the Philippines’, or ‘this and that politician is corrupt’.

The Yellow Boat project, providing free boats to kids going to school.

But there are those who remain literally quiet, and let the hands and feet do the talking.

The video below, will change our mindset about government employees. The Philippine Marines helping the kids in Sulu learn football without asking for any payment.

These are the true Filipino with love for others in action.

Real Reason Behind the Rise of Road Accident Deaths in the Philippines

Department of Health now ranks the vehicular accident deaths in the Philippines as the fourth highest after diseases of the heart, diseases of the vascular system and malignant neoplasms.

A tv station interviewed some people, and the most common answer was “lack of discipline”. Maybe, but partly correct.

I believe the real reason is the age old corruption happening inside the LTO offices all around the Philippines, specifically in the approval of licenses to motorists.

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Just bribe a corrupt LTO employee and one undeserving motorist will have the license in a matter of days.

I’m pretty sure, some of you reading this could relate to this ;).

So an undeserving driver is out there on the streets.

If an untrained driver gets into an accident, could get away just by bribing a corrupt traffic officer. He escapes the chance to get educated about basics in traffic rules. There is another risk of him or her getting into an accident in the future.

A CIDG Confidential Agent's Confession

I got this “article” from a comment in one of my previous articles entitled What do Tulfo Brothers, NBI, CIDG and NPA Have in Common?

The commenter claims to be a CIDG agent. Hiding behind the name mystery. Is he telling the truth? Only him knows, the poster himself.

I am a CIDG Confidential Agent or “CA”. Personally, I volunteered last year to know what’s really inside in this organization and because also of my interest to carry firearms like my friends do. Although it is under the PNP but it seems that CIDG seems to be the elite police a “policeman of the policemen” smarter and trained than the regular rank and file personnel.

My first “kotong” encounter was when we stopped and searched a timber smuggler. The vehicle was successfully converted to look like a passenger jeep but with a powerful Canter engine and with expired yellow plate. It was not ferrying passengers but rather smuggled lumber of lawaan and hardwood species in various sizes to be delivered to a buyer-retailer and shall be sold beside in our municipal pier.

So we stayed from 12:00 am drinking and slapping the bites of the mosquitoes beneath the canopy of the surrounding trees while we are waiting for the coming of the jeep. We consumed a long-neck Emperador brandy and by around 3:00 am the sound of the jeep’s engine was already identified coming uphill. The jeep was really powerful that in spite of its load it was able to carry the lumber effortlessly. The jeep has a motorcycle escort scouting the highway in advance about 100-200 meters or 10 minutes away and if it encounters some anomalous parked vehicles it swerves back and inform the jeep with smuggled lumber to stop or return to the sawmill or talyer about 3 kilometers away.

We divided our team into three groups. Three were aboard the stainless steel jeep and the two other rode in a motorcycle each with 2 personnel. One of our motorcycle has chased the advance motorcycle escort and our stainless steel jeep has overtaken the smuggler jeep and flagged it down to stopped. So we searched the vehicle and the owner told us that there was no lumber. Indeed, if you are not curious you would declare the jeep clean and let it go away. But upon opening the cargo enveloped with blue mantle the lumber was unveiled to us. The the woman owner told us that the lumber was only few and she has a compromise so she told us to let her go. But upon inspecting the bottom of the jeep and at the roof-top the jeep was fully stuffed with good lumber. Some smuggling disguise coco-lumber or copra on display while beneath the piles are the good lumber.

So the haggling start. Our team leader asked for the jeep as exhibit and leave the lumber to the owner while the owner haggled to leave the lumber and allow them to leave with the unlicensed jeep. The other option of the owner was to let them go back to their sawmill. Being an illegallista a smart woman is a good negotiator and she is capable to offer the “unexpected” things to tempt or to titillate the earthly desire of the male operatives.

But the sound of the money is already tingling in the ears of my companions. So I listened to the transaction and did not do anything being a neophyte. The woman boarded our stainless steel jeep then proceeded to the town to get money from her buyer but rather opted later to go to her brother so as not to expose her buyer’s identity. Then, at 4:00 am our jeep has arrived with the money (a Canter jeep is worth 500,000 and the lumber perhaps 20,000) but the grease money is only about ten thousand so by simple mathematics the smart smuggler opted for the lesser amount.

We therefore get the money and proceeded to the market to eat our early breakfast meal. I received my share in the afternoon for the reimbursement of my gasoline expenses, errand participation and text messages during the operation.

What I know from our team leader was that, his “RC” Regional Chief has a birthday the following week and he has to produce money for his pork lechon gift during his natal day and decided to make a this highway robbery act to please his boss “fatal” day.

Why our group has not arrested the jeep as to my suggestion its because the buyer of the lumber is also giving the office with weekly payola of 500-1000 used for buying text load by our Team Leader in monitoring the illegal activities in his command area having no allowance from the CIDG Regional Office. It appears that the money extorted from illegal activities was also used for the surveillance, office supplies, food, entertainment, pocket money for the confidential agents, operational expenses, etc.

Then the lowly paid operatives are sending their salary to their family through ATM and when the money sent is short their “wives” and children will be starving and stopped from their schooling.

So the vicious cycle is repeated exhorting, birthday parties, fiesta celebrations, night clubs, kabits, queridas, surveillance, hot pursuit operations and the like. I presume that the same cycle is propagated at the timber smuggler camp – police payola, family needs, maintenance of the their high cost of living, illegal operations, etc. The unemployed are also selling illegal lumber for a gain of few centavos to meet their needs. All of this at the expense of the environment and lost income of the BIR, also a corrupt agency mandated to collect billions perhaps trillions being remitted to the executive, judiciary and legislative bodies perceived by foreigners as also rigged with graft and corrupt practices.

If you file a case against the smugglers, the office has no competent legal personnel to handle the case so the court battle is lost in favor of the illegallistas and wealthy smugglers. So why file the case and get unexpected results (i.e. administrative cases)? Why not just extort money to maintain the status qou? As I assess the situation the corruption will go on perpetually. The never ending story of the good and evil battle will never be won until our Maker returns to this planet.

And after giving the lechon to the RC our ID’s as CA’s or informants was already approved. Our performance will be assessed and our appointment will be renewed after 6 months. If we cannot live-up to the expectations of our Team Leader our appointment will be canceled, our mission orders will be recalled and our permit to carry weapon (side arms) will be no longer authorized. Hence, our personal interests (business protection and being somebody) in our barangays shall be no longer “respected”.

Being a typical masochist society our “pagkalalaki” and being “siga” in the streets will be significantly reduced. Our role as security personnel and close-in body guards to our provincial governor and municipal mayor will be drastically affected and if our being CA is being recalled or canceled then goodbye to our 0.380, 0.357, 0.45, UZI, MP5, baby Armalite, etc. and our family will be starving and without firearm licenses we will be forced to look for money through the power of our guns. The CIDG will now issue a warrant of arrest against us, turning our long-time friends into foes just because of MONEY!