By Neal Cruz
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 23:55:00 11/15/2009
THE present constitution bans family political dynasties because when only one family lords it over a particular community, it denies other talented members of the community the chance to be of service to that community. This constitutional ban is clearly needed, but because nobody has bothered to file the needed implementing law, it is being violated left and right. In fact, since the new Constitution was ratified by the people, family dynasties have increased tremendously instead of decreasing.
How can there be any implementing law when most of the members of both houses of Congress are themselves members of family dynasties? In fact, many politicians are consciously building up their family dynasties in their provinces. Wives, husbands, siblings, children, uncles and aunts, nephews and nieces and in-laws are all groomed to succeed in varying political positions to keep and concentrate political power in the hands of family dynasties.
We see that happening in Bataan, Biliran, Zambales and many other provinces.
True, we see a priest taking political power away from the Lapids, father and son, in Pampanga, and a Grace Padaca taking it away from the Dy clan in Isabela, but they are the exceptions rather than the rule.
Instead, top officials of the land who should otherwise set the example in obeying the Constitution are themselves violating it. President Macapagal-Arroyo is expanding her own family dynasty. Two of her sons and a brother-in-law are congressmen.
Most other former presidents have done the same thing. Ex-President Joseph Estrada had his legal wife and a son elected senators at the same time and a second son elected mayor of their bailiwick of San Juan. President Marcos had his son and a daughter and a nephew lording it over Ilocos Norte; while he was still in power, he had his wife, brother, sister and brother-in-law lording it over most of the Philippines. Descendants of President Magsaysay are at present lording it over Zambales, etc., etc.
The Senate, whose members are supposed to be more intelligent and responsible, is no exception. Aside from the Estrada mother and son, the Senate has two siblings, Pia and Alan Peter Cayetano, together in the Senate.
The House of Representatives is even worse. Many of its members have relatives as governors, mayors, board members, councilors and even barangay officials of their home municipalities and provinces.
Metro Manila, where enlightened and intelligent Filipinos supposedly live, is no exception. Many of the mayors in the metropolis merely exchange places with their wives and children when their terms run out. Makati Mayor Jojo Binay, who is running for vice president, had his wife replace him at City Hall before. Next year, he will have a son run for congressman of Makati. Mayor Sonny Belmonte has his daughter Joy running for vice mayor of Quezon City. MMDA Chair Bayani Fernando had his wife Marides replace him as mayor of Marikina when his term ran out. Next year, he will run for the presidency no less. In Muntinlupa, the Biazons, father and son, are kings. And in nearby Las Piñas, Sen. Manny Villar, who is also running for president, and his wife, Representative Cynthia, are king and queen.
In neighboring Parañaque, two family dynasties, the Bernabe and Olivarez clans, will fight it out next year.
Mayor Florencio Bernabe will have graduating Rep. Ed Zialcita as his opponent for mayor next year. But Zialcita is merely a proxy of the Olivarez clan. The Olivarezes are attempting to make a comeback in Parañaque after suffering major setbacks in their unfortunate sally into Laguna politics.
It will be recalled that Edwin Olivarez, son of former Parañaque Mayor Pablo Olivarez, was soundly beaten in the 2007 gubernatorial contest in Laguna. Licking his wounds, Edwin wants to lead the clan’s political comeback by running for congressman in the city’s first district.
The real target, however, is the mayoralty post. The plan is to capture the first congressional post first, which is being vacated by Ed Zialcita, and then gun for city hall in 2013.
Apparently, Bernabe is aware of this plot. The mayor is in poor health; he just had surgery for a quadruple heart bypass, and it is clear that he cannot wage a successful campaign for reelection. But instead of passing the baton to his allies as he had agreed earlier, he is now digging in with his relatives to the exclusion of the time-tested principle that “politics is addition.”
His apparent response to the Zialcita-Olivarez alliance is a Bernabe-Bernabe team even if Parañaque voters hate political dynasties. Bernabe could have easily raised the dynasty issue against the Olivarez clan. Edwin’s younger brother Eric is an incumbent city councilor and is also running for reelection. But by fielding his brother to run against Edwin and his son in the second district, he lost the moral upper hand. Now the political dynasty issue is being used against him.
Not only that, speculation is that Bernabe is building his own family dynasty.
Just recently, Bernabe’s former political ally, ex-Mayor Joey Marquez—who has just been acquitted of graft charges—has joined the mayoralty contest. Bernabe may lose another important ally, Rep. Roilo Golez of the second district. Golez seems to have been offended by the Bernabe succession plan that leaves him out in the cold.
Some Bernabe sympathizers are urging the mayor to junk the Bernabe-Bernabe-Bernabe formula. According to them, the mayor’s brother does not stand a chance in the first district. He is a far third in the latest surveys, behind popular broadcast journalist Ed Javier, who is, in turn, trailing Vice Gov. Edwin Olivarez by only two percentage points, a statistical tie.
Thanks for this another lead article about dynastic politics.
The facts of the problem are all out there but the solutions
remain elusive. The definition is subject to
everbody’s interpretation and that’s the beauty
of democracy(but please no abuse).
One thing for sure. We cannot solve this overnight,
when everyone is running for governor
for the coming election
That is what I was hoping for a compromise to unite
to take out the Espina Dynasty first and may be
serve a lesson for the next dyansty that they
can be booted out if their performance is
Dunay nag-ingon nga lisod ilisan ang atong
batasan pero og sigehan og dokdok ang
alimpatakan maosab ra gihapon ang batasan. …
sapagkat tayo ay tao lamang.
Hinay hinay lang gud….
anti-dinastiya,taga biliran man kaha ka why not fight againts Espina clan? ang problem dili masulbad kon sigi lang ta ug paghot.
as far as i know ths are d line ups;
Gov Roger Espina————-4Congressman
EX-Cong Gerry Boy———–4 Governor
VG Lucy or Chi-chi Curso—-Vice Gov
VM Titing Curso——————-4Mayor
C Roselyn Espina—————-VM
huruhungihong…….sa sunod na kabanata
Now you know that the constitution prohibits anti-dynasty however there is no implementing law yet.
Yes everyone maybe looking for solutions, but the solution you are offering to unite under another dynasty does not make sense. Why not let the older Chong go down and instead let Director Salazar face Gerry Boy. You don’t think Director Salazar is capable of beating Gerry Boy. That remains to be seen.
If I were the people behind the congressman, I would advise him to do just that. Do the supreme sacrifice of accepting Director Salazar as Governor and the older Chong run for another position. That would be the best for eveeryone including the church and our people.
di jud masulbad ang problema labi na kung sige paghot against dynasty nya musuporta pud diay ug another upcoming dynasty. Mura ni ug doktor sige advise sa iya mga pasyente against smoking unya ang doktor manigarilyohay pud diay, mura ni ug preacher nga sige preach against adultery nya mag adulteryo pud diay ning preacher.
Bottom line: kung talaga against dynasty, di jud mag suporta ug dynasty neither existing nor upcoming.
Madlangbayan is right when he/she wrote: “little knowledge is dangerous, but more dangerous are those minds that seeks to enlighten where the truth stares right at their very faces” and let me add, still refuse to see and accept the truth.
Thanks madlangbayan for your kind response.
There is one thing I would like to hear straight from you
just to play fair from your side.
I am not trying to be malicious but just trying to find out
if the rumor is true or not.
How true is it that there was a
“failed promise” or ” a promise unfulfilled” to this website
from your candidate? You see, I have little knowledge
about this but if you indulge to explain further,
I will be thankful to you for clarifications or enlightenment
so that I can be a little less dangerours though
I’m trying to be politeful as possible and my alias
does not carry an atmosphere or song lyrics of violence.
It is not that I am forcing you to do it(the promisie) but a
promise is a promise….right?
There is a simple saying that if a person CANNOT
BE TRUSTED WORTH A CENT OR THOUSAND PESOS,
how much more for a million pesos of people’s money?
Simple lang nga saying, di ba?
Also, why not divulge also what transpired really in the
meeting between Director Raffy Salazar and GC’s side
to make unified stand to defeat the REAL DYNASTY?
(see how those dynasty supporter bloggers behave here?
please don’t go to their level – let us hold down our temper –
i can…am worried about you..)
You cannot share to us why Raffy Salazar cannot
be trusted or why there was a unification failure?
Or, better yet, why not ask your own candidate to blog here
on his own words like GC?
That will be interesting…and making sense, right?
Maybe if Raffy does the transparency first, GC will do
the civilized rebuttal afterwards and allow us independent
decide come 2010.
I saw Raffy’s picture(yeah, he looks extra debonaire
compared to Gerry’s in a horse article) in the beauty
pageant, and I can’t see no reason why he can’t share his
precious time with us online people dropping us few lines.
What you think?
But first come out clean about “the promise” here.
Maybe I will go- just me – for G Chong- Salazar to make
and please let the rest of the fair-minded decent voters
decide on their own without insulting their intelligence, calling
tiwisted or no-sense, dangerous, adulterous, smoker
hypocrite, prophet, whatever kabastosan pa….wow! and lol!
Daghang salamat pod.
As I have said the promise and the commitment has been delivered a long time ago. Just ask the administrator of this website if you wish or maybe Jalmz can elnlighten you on this. Right Jalmz.
And please do not put words into my mouth because I never mentioned these things which you wrote in the last paragraph.
YOUR WORDS NOT MINE COZ I NEVER INSULTED ANYONE HERE EXCEPT TO DISCUSS THE ISSUES. I AM A DECENT BLOGGER.
THESE ARE YOUR WORDS TO WIT:
and please let the rest of the fair-minded decent voters
decide on their own without insulting their intelligence, calling
tiwisted or no-sense, dangerous, adulterous, smoker
hypocrite, prophet, whatever kabastosan pa….wow! and lol!
I RESPECT YOUR OPINION.
I HAVE MUCH RESPECT FOR DIR. SALAZAR.
BUT I TRUST ONLY HARD FACTS. AND HARD FACTS SHOW NGA KUNG SI GERRY BOY ESPINA UG SI DIR. SALAZAR AND MAGBANGGA FOR GOVERNOR… GERRY BOY ESPINA WILL HANDILY WIN BY APPROXIMATELY 30,000 VOTES. THAT’S 30,000 HA. THAT’S HARD FACT.
BASED ON THIS FIGURE… AND WITH ONLY 6 MONTHS TO GO… ITS AN IMPOSSIBILITY TO TURN THE TIDE. I AM VERY SORRY IF I MAKE DECISIONS BASED ON HARD FACTS. I AM A REALIST NOT A DREAMER.
Attention mga kaparian sa isla sa biliran…
Unsa my inyo ika sulti krn nga c Charlie Chong nman gyud ang padaganon ni Cong. GC pgka Governor?
Unsa man pod ang imong ikasulti ani kung usa ka pari or usa ka Espina sipsip ang padaganon ni GC as governor?
Very well said madlangbayan, in a stance against dynasty, it really does not make sense at all uniting against a dynasty to support another dynasty.
With all the innuendos and putting words into someone else mouth, one could easily see who is a “decent” blogger.
Thank you sir for clarifying the promise that you mentioned
No need for someone to back you up because the fact
you post it here, I BELIEVE YOU!
But I have another question if you don’t mind?
Why the “DIFFICULTY” fo fulfill the promise if
what you mentioned Dr. Raffy Salazar is
economically ok to help his “cause”
or “intention” to poor people like jalmz who
is doing great voluntary service to the community
via this website?
That’s the reason why I am bothered a little bit
why you, in signaling Raffy’s candidacy,
suddenly resurrect here. Tha’ts all…no
mystery proverbs or name-calling….or
may be a little sarcasm there…that’s ok
with me. I can live with that.
So let’s move on positively.
I have you can ask Raffy to join us here
for a little chitchat.
Mabuhay ka, sir.
correction, please, should be
I HOPE you can ask Raffy to join us here….
Very well said madlangbayan, in a stance against dynasty, it really does NOT make sense at all uniting against a dynasty to support another dynasty.
With all the innuendos and putting words into someone else mouth, one SHOULD easily see who is a “decent” blogger.
To All Freedom Fighters
It is heartening to note that the discussions on this blog have shifted to a higher level; and malicious name calling and blog content have been reduced. Let us continue to seek higher level of discussions and exchange of ideas by starting to focus on the prevailing issues, that incumbent and politicians seeking our trust need to address.
The only thing that worries me is that at this stage, like previous elections held, the discussions only focus on the personalities aspiring to be elected to office. It is like hiring a prospective employee and build the job description around the employee’s skills. What I am suggesting is, that we focus on the areas which are needed to be addressed to give the Biliranons, in general terms, happy, healthy and dignified lives.
Let us start talking about the following concerns that politicians should build their platform of government on. Please feel free to add to the list ( not necessarily in the order of importance):
1. The completion of the circumferential road and the cross country roads;
2. The intensive overhaul of the health system to make it responsive to the growing needs of the Biliranons;
3. Comprehensive plan for the waste disposal and land fill for each municipality and Biliran as a whole;
4. A comprehensive strategic plan to market Biliran as aTourist destination;
5. The development of a blueprint or master plan for each municipality and Biliran as a whole. The absence of a masterplan has led to the wastage of public funds due to the lack of direction on fund allocation;
6. The development of parks and wildlife sanctuaries which also provides venues for family recreation and community activities;
7. A continuous comprehensive sports development program and the performing arts;
8. Forward planning for the potable water supply and power generation for the next 20 years;
9. Forward planning on sewerage specially on the capital town of Naval;
10. Strengthening the education system aimed towards producing graduates on courses which are most in demand in the job market;
11. A comprehensive environmental plan and ecosystem to protect our natural resources;
12. A comprehensive campaign to market Biliran as an alternative location for small to medium manufacturers. The development of the Geothermal will provide cheaper power, RORO ports will make Biliran accessible to the nautical highway and the Naval State University to produce the qualified manpower.
Aquarius, you have many good ideas. Why don’t you run instead?
Instead of being on the sideline and hope that somebody will be enlightened to carry these ideas to fruition, why don’t you run and make these ideas a reality? You can’t just depend on the people to carry these over because first of all, they never thought of it. Since they have no idea, it is difficult for them to make it happen.
While you, you already have these ideas, why don’t you lead?
Biliran would be much a better place if you accomplish these.
i say amen to you.
a breath of fresh air….
Aquarius made mention about this for a civilized discussion…
4. A comprehensive strategic plan to market Biliran as aTourist destination;
I am aware that Caibiran has been tagged as the THE PLACE
for tourism in the province.
The SP members made the resolution.
I am suggesting that jalmz make a comphresive
pictorials about the place from the main road up to
the main attraction – the Tinago Falls.
Who is responsible for the development in the area?
What is the condition of the road leading to the
highlight point? cemented, bare?
Why is there an alleged entrance collection without
receipts? Who are those people?
How much was spent for the infrastructure in the area
so far and what have been accomplished?
If there are more details like other acitvities-exising
and planned – aside
from fall gawking or swimming or photographing,
it is highly appreciated.
ps: there is one SP member from the town soliciting
donations for xmas lantern contest and taking the
name of Caibiran as the Tourism Town(?).
Not sure where the proceeds go or for
what purpose. If someone can share any
info here, much appreciated also.
MY FELLOW FREEDOM FIGHTERS:
IF YOU WERE IN MY POSITION AND YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE HARD FACTS I AM PRIVILEGE TO HOLD… MASABTAN NINYO NGANO NGA KUSOG KAAYO NGA IPAMUGOS SA UBANG TAWO ANG MGA KANDIDATO NGA HALOS WALAY CHANCE NGA MAKADAUG KUNG SI GERRY BOY ESPINA ANG ILANG KAATBANG.
THIS IS THE DIFFICULT PROBLEM FACING THE ESPINA FAMILY KARONG MGA ADLAWA. UNSAON NILA PAGSIGURO NGA MAKADAUG GYUD SI GERRY BOY ESPINA ARON LIBRE SILA NGA MAKA PANGHINGUSUG PARA KANG GOVERNOR ROGER UTANG ESPINA. KUNG ANG AKONG AMAHAN ANG KAATBANG NI GERRY BOY ESPINA… WA GYUD SILAY EVEN 1% NGA CHANCE NGA SIGURADONG DAUG SILA. THE FIELD IS EVENLY SPLIT. THEY WANT A HIGH DEGREE OF ASSURANCE NGA MODAUG GYUD SILA SA GOVERNOR KAY ANG ULTIMATE FOCUS NILA MAO ANG CONGRESSMAN. THAT IS SOMETHING I AM NEVER WILLING TO GRANT THEM.
GUSTO SA MGA ESPINA NGA ILANG MAKUHA ANG GOVERNOR UG CONGRESSMAN AGAIN. MY FATHER’S RUNNING IS AN UNAVOIDABLE CONSEQUENCE IF WE ARE TO BLOCK THEM FROM RULING US ALL OVER AGAIN.
PALIHUG PAMINAWA ANG MGA TAWO NILA SA INYONG PALIBUT. KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN AND YOU WILL FEEL THAT WHAT IM SAYING IS FIRMLY GROUNDED ON REALITIES.
Rep Glenn Chong,
I respect your opinions. But we do study the facts too and have studied all the results of the elections since the old Espina started in politics. And we do know where those votes will come from.
However, we also have our own survey and unfortunately our survey is different from your survey.
But anyway, goodluck and I still believe that what we have as facts will carry Director Salazar to victory.
Sana moabot na ang panahon nga dili na basihan sa mga botante ang utang kabobot-on inig pili ug kandidato. Kay para nako dili gyud magmauswagon ang atong pinalangang nasud kung mao ni ato basihan pirmi. Tinood dili malikayan nga makautang ta ug kabobot-on sa uban tao. Ug dapat ato na pasalamatan sa lain nga paagi. Dili buot ipasabot nga bsan dili takus ang usa ka tao sa usa ka posisyon butaran lang gihapon tugod sa utang kabobot-on. Ang utang kabubut-on dili gayod na mabayran hangtod sa kamatayon. Ang imo lng gayod mahimo kay paghimo sad ug maau sa uban tao ug labaw sa tanan pag respeto sa isig katao.
Busa, butari ang tao nga angayan sa posisyon ug naay kapasidad nga magdumala sa gobyerno nga magmauswagon. Ayaw himoa nga basihan ang utang kabobut-on. Ug labaw sa tanan dili himoon nga basihan kung kaugalingon nga interes. Lisod buhaton pero pwedi gayod mabuhat.
Vote wisely for a better tomorrow….
Nakaintindi ko sa decision ni GC., Gusto nya nga ang iyang runningmate for Gov ay isang taong ndi mabibili, matatakot ng kalaban at aatras nlng bigla sa panahon ng eleksyon.
May may political dynasties nga daghang kabuang ang nabuhat then naa pod mga maayong nabuhat sa mga dynasty, sad to say nga ang dynasty sa BILIRAN, dli man nindot og performance.
Charlie Chan, is the right choice of GC as his running mate.
1. Bisag unsaon, dili kini mapalit sa kalaban para muaatras Para during election.
2. Dili ni nya balimbingon og trayduron ang iyang anak.
Ang mga pulitiko nowadays are very desperate to do evil tactics and inclined to POWER…
Question lang, Kanang uban bang mga pulitiko nga inyong gusto ipares kang GC,kana ba cla dili mapalit or mahulga sa kalaban?
Think of it…
WE all know that in less than 3yrs, daghan nabuhat si GC for Biliran compared to others.
So we need a governor na kayang suportahan ang iyang plans para sa kauswagan sa BILIRAN.
GC is a good man… “kung ano ang PUNO, sya rin ang BUNGA”
If the father and son tandem will win in the 2010 election, lets observe their performance, if they belong to a BAD Dynasty, then its for us to decide on the next election, wag ng patagalin pa.. TSUGIIN na clang dalawa.
lam natin na to prevent BAD Dynasty, we should not support DYNASTY… Pero kung ala nmn tayong choice na pumili between OLD and tested Dynasty againsT Soon to be DYNASty (wherein the son is a Good man), well well well,… Id rather choose the soon to be dynasty.. kasi alam ko na GC is a GOOD MAn and his heart belongs to BILIRANONS..
Keep Moving Forward Biliranons.
na confused ako sa imong gimention nga mahimong running mate ni GC as governor: You mentioned Charlie Chan but as I read it you are referring to Charlie Chong who is the father of JC.
Anyways.. you give us a well thought of blog in here..
Sorry for the confusion. ANg father GC ang ahong buot ipaibot aw ipasabot diay…
The idea of Glenn Chong to field his father for the gubernatorial post in the 2010 elections is not meant to consolidate power but it is aimed for two purposes; 1) to level the playing field in the gubernatorial race and 2) to have someone who can help him in carrying out his good plans and vision for Biliran.
For the number 1 purpose, previous elections in Biliran proved that whoever candidate whom the Espina family saw as a potent threat to their candidacy will be lured with a large sum of money. This is what actually happened to the disappearance of Ruben Almadro in the eve of elections for the previous two elections.
I will also add that not only they offer large sum of money but also juicy positions to Biliranons who are considered as potent threat to their swift electoral victory in the case of Romulo Bernardes and Edgar Igano.
In the case of Charlie Chong, the Espina family will not attempt to buy or cannot really buy his candidacy which Glenn feared to happen if he will field other than his father. Yes, there are Biliranons of known integrity and wisdom but none of them dared to enter the political arena especially to run as governor because of financial constraints or lack of resources. It would be unwise to say that a candidate will not use resources where one most required to stage an effective campaign is the use of money.
The Espina family will now be fighting on two big political fights and that is the gubernatorial and congressional posts. And it would now a big headache for them now that they will be facing a formidable candidate for the gubernatorial post.
For the number 2, purpose, Glenn has many good plans for the Biliranons in which he badly needed a partner who will help him in effectively carrying it out. He needs someone whom he trusted much who will share in carrying the big load in giving the best public service to the people in Biliran province.
One of which is Glenn’s strategic health initiative where if only the men under him will bring the same to the people would find it hard because it is one big thing to do. Once Charlie will be elected as governor, he can now have a partner with a big organization under his command where it can compliment in bringing Glenn’s plans and program more effectively and efficiently to the Biliranons.
We have to open our mind and senses of the new political tandem not in a negative view but rather put it as a new political paradigm where a father and son tandem in politics is not a dynasty but rather a wholesome collaboration of plans, programs and activities of leaders anchored on the principle of development and progress.
I think if the onlly thing that bothers us is a candidate would be bought by the other person, then surely there is no shortage of leaders in that kind of aspect.
I for one believe that Director Salazar would not compromise himself and be bought by any political personality. Director Salazar is a principled man, much like his father, Atty Monching Salazar, who was a former Constitutional delegate in 1971 representing Biliran. Director Salazar is not wanting of money as evidenced by his numerous businesses. His siblings, to include two lawyers, a doctors, and businessmen are all successful and are all registered voters of Biliran. This only shows that the family is solidly behind their brother. This, therefore negate the fact that he can be bought.
As for fear, he does not need to fear anyone because he has no known enemies. There was even a time that Rep. Chong used to call his “Kuya Raffy” to ask for help regarding the former’s security. That alone demonstrates that Rep Chong respects the connections of his “Kuya Raffy.”
His Kuya Raffy as Rep. Chong fondly calls Director Salazar, has always extended a helping hand to him whenever needed. Director Salazar was always there for Rep. Chong even for counsel.
Thus, I see no reason why Rep. Chong could not trust his Kuya Raffy. Or is it just a convenient reason in order that he can field his father. Well, I just bade them goodluck.
And as always may we be able to discern the truth.
I beg to disagree on the 3rd paragraph:
“As for fear, he does not need to fear anyone because he has no known enemies. There was even a time that Rep. Chong used to call his “Kuya Raffy” to ask for help regarding the former’s security. That alone demonstrates that Rep Chong respects the connections of his “Kuya Raffy.””
We all know that when you enter into politics, it only means that you put your life at stake just to serve the people. Some desperate politicians will do evil or iniquity just to fulfill their wicked desires.
Even Salazar is a good man, we dont know the mind of his opponents. IS he willing to face them?? Meron ba xang kakayahang to fight teeth to teeth?
As a wise voter and awakend citizen, we are looking someone who will fight for us.
Keep moving forward BILIRANON…..
I agree with Madlangbayan that Raffy is a principled man. I’m sure that he could never be bought. I’ve witnessed him through the ups & downs in his life. He tuly is good person. He might not be the richest man in the world but he would never sell his dignity. They are brought up well by their parents. That is why I have trust in him.
Having a family of professionals and achievements should not be
the only considerations for political ambition.
Again how many politicians in the past NANGHAMBUG
SILA DOKTOR, ENGR, LAWYER, HORSE/CORVETTE OWNER,
graduate sa UO or UP,
pero tan-awa ang resulta?
It takes guts(to blog here and write like a warrior to rebut),
credibility(to blog here and deliver promise at the right time),
sincerity(dili balitokon ang meaning sa usa ka simple word),
good attitude(accept one’s interpretation of ideas in a good way),
HUMILITY(nganong dili man gyud magkasabot to defeat
the commond enemy?-bisag karong lang ?Og dili magtarong
na-a pa may elections sunod)
, yes, much money , a little bit funny,
hindi pikunin(can take sarcasm in a positive way)
, sharing of knowledge(to make less dangerous) BY BLOGGING
HERE to empower the people – not HIS/HER OWN
AMBITION and last but not the least, HUMILITY, did I say
that already? Oh, sorry, my fault, sayop ko, sorry.
I will leave this up to the people who I
am referring to….no spinning of ideas please.
NO PERSONAL OFFENSE MEANT…. playboy
ka or bayot or baho imo utot……issues
and valid candidate qualifications lang..
Let’s simplify things what’s going on here.
Thank you. Thank you.
In my own point of view, entering a the chaotic world of politics one should have a all the qualities anti dynastiya mentioned. But one should not forget that a candidate should be a God fearing person coz if he has that I believe that everything else will follow.
the lead article is about dynasties proliferating like mushrooms, to borrow the words of the “dictionary enlightened” one, is this a strategy to get out of the topic?
anyway, i pity those who limit their understanding of the “word”. little knowledge thru limited understanding is dangerous but what is more dangerous is the refusal to accept and understand the gisT that is staring right at YOUR face.
KUNG TALAGA BATI ANG MGA BINUHATAN SA USA KA DYNASTY NGANONG MAG SUPORTA PA MAN UG ANOTHER UPCOMING DYNASTY?
I HAVE BREAKING NEWS TO MAKE!
Read carefully…WARNING: this is not for the faint-hearted.
This is not for the decent and fair-minded bloggers
because the confession I’m gonna make gonna
This is for us – mga WALANGHIYA!
Tungod kay dunay nalooy naku(yehah!) sa
akong pagka anti-dinastiya……. adto naku
sa kampo sa mga Espina Dynasty…wink wink.
Basta ako lang usa, ha?
Walay labot ang ubang botante nga nalo-oy(pity) sa mga
pobre nga mga taga Biliran. I give you the FREEDOM
to express your own opinions/choices without being biased
Ayaw mo kalooy naku kay og adto naku sa mga
Espina Dynasty: na-a miy Biliran Garden Resort,
na-a miy kabayo, corvette, naval gym nga wala
pa mahuman, bag-ong building just newly inagurated,
mga tambal nga tago-an sa capitolyo og hatagan
lang ang modapig namu, mangutang mi og
milyon milyon para among pamilya, ang
Caibiran mining ipadayon secretly(wink wink napod),
mamalit mi og mga kabtangan yutang personal gawas
sa Biliran(shhhhh….secret), tabangan namu
og pasolod sa trabaho bisag dili qualified….whatever…
Hinumdumi: me anti-dinastiya(AD) stands for ED….
Gerry Espina Jr.- Governor
Rogelio Espina – congressman
Espina product of UO – kawayan mayor
? Espina – mayor or vm sa Naval(ambot asang posisyon)
Gretchen Espina – opps, human na diay ni sa texting voting….
pakantahon ni natu siya sa version nga “Espina Dynasty
to the tune of “Diamonds Are Forever”…palit mo sa iyang
bag-ong cd, ha? Dunay live performance inig kampanya…
abangan kining akong bag-ong idol…gwafa ni siya…. samot
og baga ang make-up….
Imbetahon pod naku ang QUEEN band aron
pakantahon og “WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, my friend”….
dili tung usa nga kanta kay maorag kuyaw man og
title, oi…patay man og pasumbingay ang mga bayot
diay ang basolon….hastang buanga, no?
Hala bi, kinsa pa ang makiglalis naku nga mga
supporters sa mga Espina Dynasty?
Inyo pa kung kontrahon/tongohon nga na-a naku dapig
Apila ko sa 15-30 nga payroll, bi?…o di ba 100 pesos
per blog…medyo barato kontra utip…..
Ako pod tabangan tando tando dire si madlangbayan
aron ma-divide ang votes sa mga future Chong dynasty.
lol!……our secret formula to win this coming election
is this: WE WILL FIELD OTHER CANDIDATES WITHOUT
THEIR REALIZATION SO THAT WHEN THE VOTING
RESULTS COME, WE ARE PRETTY SURE THE CHONG
DYNASTY WILL GET LESS VOTES….SO THE MORE
CANDIDATES THE BETTER SO THAT WE THE
THE ESPINA DYNASTY WILL BE SINGING THE
‘WE ARE THE CHAMPION”…..hilig ra gyud among
dynasty og kanta kanta…champion man gani si Greta…
na-a pod koy hilig sa kanta nga ang bayot ang lead
singer….ako lay mangayo og pasaylo sa wala
kasabot, ha? kay little knowledge dangerous ra ba na…
matud ni madlangbayan and approved without thinking
sa usa pod nga kauban na naku….hello there?
Imagine si gov nga mosulti ani….i-lipsynched lang pareha sa kanta..
“KUNG TALAGA BATI ANG MGA BINUHATAN SA
SA USA KA DYNASTY……”….
Maorag akong bag-ong amo kanang linyaha, di ba?….hi gov-….partner?
Ikaw na? Ila – ila sa ta bi? Ayaw lang kaulaw kay doktor bitaw ka…
Tabang lagi ko nimu…am your “new enlightened dude”.
malooy man pod ku niya, oi…pahipi hipi alias pa…
ayaw lang disguise diha…
Human na ang halloween, oi…..
ahhh, kay namatay naman diay tung imong idol nga lead singer
Fred Mercury tungod sa HIV……duha na ta aning pasiaw, gov.
So remember, sa 2010 election, vote for the ED…
believe me, the newly invirogated AD with viagra, you won’t regret it after
more than 12 years and more and more and more…
Layo pa ba ang April Fool’s Day?…LMAO!
Maayong Pasko sa tanan….he he he
KALOOY SA IMONG ASAWA UG PAMILYA anti-dinastiya NATURNADO NA GYOD PAG-AYO IMONG ULO.UNSA KAHA IMONG UTAK NGA LABIHAN MAN GYOD INTAWON NIMONG KALAGOT SA MGA ESPINA?TINGALI BAYA UG DESPERADO KA NGA PAGKA TAWO…TRA….LA…LA….
oi, na-a ko sa mga Espina Dynasty
awayon pa man ko?
Sige lang…..ang “reality does not sink in yet”
Pasensiya lang ko…
hithit sa ko pareha Rudy boy…ngayo ko niya…
ha ha ha…
Thitho post #26
When I say he fears no one, that is true. Why will you have fear if you have no enemies. Politics may be dirty but rest assured Raffy is ready to take the cudgels for the oppressed anytime, anywhere.
And of course, Raffy knows that when one enters into politics one has to be prepared for any eventualities. And again I believe Raffy is prepared for that.
In short, I beleive Raffy will and shall fight for your rights if and whenever the need arises. But to wish that evil comes to any person that is not Raffy’s “cup of cake.”
That is why he is running for governor because he believes that through him Biliran will have that kind of peace and prosperity that we have been longing for so long a time.
Verily I say, Raffy will serve as the equalizer, ready to do battle with anyone who tramples on the rights of other people and fight for the people against those who rape our precious democracy and dignity as a person.
Maaayong adlaw kanimo ug Mabuhay ka!
PARA KANINYONG TANAN AKONG ISIG KA BILIRANON:
SA MGA NAGPOST EXPRESSING THEIR SUPPORT FOR ME AND MY DECISIONS, I THANK YOU AND REST ASSURED I WILL NEVER WASTE YOUR TRUST AND SUPPORT NGA GIHATAG KANAKO. I CAN ONLY WIN YOU TRUST AND SUPPORT ONCE. IF I LOSE THAT, I LOSE MY INTEGRITY AND CREDIBILITY. THAT IS HOW I OPERATE IN LIFE. I TRUST ONLY ONCE. IF A PERSON LOSES MY TRUST, IT CANNOT BE RESTORED.
SA MGA NAGPOST EXPRESSING THEIR OPPOSITION TO MY DECISIONS, I RESPECT YOUR OPINION. THIS IS A FREE COUNTRY AND THE RIGHT TO DISSENT AND BE RESPECTED IS A HALLMARK OF DEMOCRACY. I CAN ONLY TRY TO CONVINCE YOU BUT I CAN NEVER IMPOSE MY WILL ON ANYONE. YOU ARE FREE TO VOTE FOR OR AGAINST THE PERSON I CHOOSE AS MY PARTNER. I RESPECT THAT.
AS FOR THE SURVEY, LET ME POINT OUT THAT WHEN I WAS IN COLLEGE, I TOOK A SPECIAL COURSE IN STATISTICS. I USED MY KNOWLEDGE IN FORMULATING MY SURVEY QUESTIONS, DEMOGRAPHICS, AND OTHER FACTORS IN MAKING A REASONABLY RELIABLE SURVEY.
SA UNA NAKONG PAGDAGAN WE CONDUCTED A SURVEY THAT I FORMULATED. THE RESULTS WAS THAT I WILL WIN IN 6 TOWNS AND LOSE IN 2 TOWNS. THE ACTUAL RESULT WAS EXACTLY THAT… I WON IN 6 TOWNS AND LOST IN 2 TOWNS. SA SURVEY, I LOST IN KAWAYAN AND BILIRAN. IN THE ACTUAL ELECTION RESULTS I LOST IN KAWAYAN AND ALMERIA. POST ELECTION ANALYSIS SHOWED THE REASON WHY WE WON IN BILIRAN INSTEAD OF LOSING AS PREDICTED IN THE SURVEY.
ALSO, IN THAT SURVEY, WHEN WE CORRELATED THE SAMPLE SIZE TO THE ACTUAL VOTING POPULATION, THE SURVEY SHOWED I WILL WIN BETWEEN 5,000 TO 6,000 VOTES. ACTUAL RESULTS SHOWED I WON BY 5,800+ VOTES. IT WAS WELL WITHIN THE PROJECTION.
IN SHORT, I HAVE MADE A SURVEY THAT SHOWED A REASONABLE DEGREE OF PREDICTABILITY. THE RESULTS WE HAVE IN THE RECENT SURVEY IS MERELY A VALIDATION OF WHAT THE ESPINAS’ SURVEY SHOWED. NAG UNA ANG MGA ESPINA UG PA SURVEY. WE WERE GIVEN A SNEAK PREVIEW OF THAT RESULT. WE CONDUCTED OUR SURVEY TO VALIDATE, TO CHECK IF TINUOD BA… WE GOT OUR CONFIRMATION.
AS I HAVE SAID, I WILL MAKE DECISIONS BASED ON HARD FACTS… NOT CONJECTURES OR HUNCHES. THAT IS WHAT MY TRAINING IN BUSINESS REQUIRES ME TO DO.
AS FOR KUYA RAFFY… THERE ARE THINGS THAT TRANSPIRED BETWEEN US THAT I AM NOT WILLING TO DIVULGE AT THIS TIME TO THE PUBLIC. I MIGHT DIVULGE THEM IN PUBLIC WHEN THE CIRCUMSTANCES WARRANT. SUFFICE IT TO SAY, I CAN ONLY TRUST MY FATHER IN THIS ULTIMATE FIGHT TO THE FINISH.
NAG SAAD KANIADTO NGA SA SUD SA IYA TERMINO HUMAN NIYA ANG CIRCUMFERENTIAL ROAD UNYA KUNG DI MAHUMAN MAGPABATO. UNYA KARON MURAG DI MATUMAN ANG SAAD DAGHAN NANG RASONES, KAY KUNO SIYA 3 YEARS PA LANG NGA CONGRESSMAN COMPARED SA MGA ESPINA NGA 12 YEARS. KAY KUNO LISOD PANGITA UG FUNDING, ETC. NYA NGANONG NING SAAD MAN NGA HUMANON ANG CIRCUMFERENTIAL ROAD DURING SA PANGAMPANYA KANIADTO BE?
Timbang timbanga pod ninyo oi..bsan ako dili politiko naka analys pod ko na dili lalim ang ila trabaho sa mga politiko labi na kong pag pangita og pondo ang hisgutan para sa project..dli man jud ka maka ingon na ma aproban agad ang gihatag nimu nga resolutiion, studyhan man usab cguro ni sa mga labaw usa cla muhatag sa fund..mao lng na ang akoa..dagahang salamat..vote wisely
dili lalim bitaw!
dili lalim ba ang mag saad saad sa panahon sa kampanya nga humanon ang circumferential road sa ilalom sa iyang termino nga kung di mahuman magpabato ang usa ka politiko?
unya tan-awa karon, tungod kay lisod na matuman ang gipanaad nga pag human sa circumferential road daghang rasones na ang isulti, apil na sa rason nga kuno di sama sa panahon sa mga Espina nga 12 ka tuig sa posisyon way nahimo compared sa iya nga 3 years palang sa posisyon.
asa naman to nga saad be nga humanon ang circumferential road sa sud sa iya term?
hoi keller queen
maayu na lng musaad nga naay hapit nahuman or nasugdan kaysa guisaad nga bisan anino wala makita o diba.
Pariha ni gerry boy hatag ug tag 100t sa mga brgy. naputi na lng ang owak wala gyud. imung huna2 maayu na.
Amu lng ning suwayan si manu charle kng mutuman ba ky ingun nila ug unsa ang puno mao sad ang bunga so GC matinud anun man mao pud cguro ang amahan total my utro pamn nga election o di ba relax ka lng.
balik sako killer ha
naa pa atung halangdong ug pinakabootan sa tibook biliran nga tawo ang atung halangdong gobernador.Naay mga tarpolin nga proyekto kuno pero nag ugum cguro ug itlog sa tikling nga langam ky tagulilong mn.Mao ni ang saad nga tagulilong maayu ba kaha ni. Maayu ba kaha ni botohan krng 2010 nga pangilad mn ang style.
Maayu pay musaad nga way matuman kaysa mangingilad sa biliranon nakakadiri diba
Para nako I still feel proud of our Congressman because he tried his best to fullfil what he promised though wala mahuman dili ko siya batoon kay he tried and we have seen his accomplishments sa infrastructure related projects nato ngarisa Biliran.
Wala pa mahuman tinuood kana. But said project is not stopping… as he promised he will do it . Let us give him the chance to finish it because there are reasons why it happen that way… Wala man kita isyu nganhi about pangiwkiw of the funds di ba… Was there any?
His achievements cannot be just ignored by us… Yes he promised but what we can do but wait for the continuation of the said promise…Let’s not judge him because of it… i believe he deserves to explanation to us ngano man nga naingon ana..
Funds wise and time is not in his favor seguro or whatever reasons I know deep in my heart that he is committed to finish it as he promised.
At least di siya pareha sa uban nga daghang gi promise wala man tumana… Hangtod karon wala pa pod makastart…
In comparison sa duha ka parties involve sa Biliran politics..layo man and distansya niya sa mga Espina project wise ug performance wise….
Because of it we all can draw our conclusions in regards to this issue.. I respect your views but for me he deserves to finish it the way he promised.. just give him time and leeway to do it and he will do it well…
Have a good day to you all!
saad-saad ? wala nay daghan explanation!!! sama ba kadtong iyang pagpakaaron-ingnon sa una about sa dynasty? ug sa pangontrata ug projects nga dili pod daw mahitabo nga ang pamilya chong manginlabot sa bahin sa pangontrata? unsa man ni,natuman ba ni? ang sama aning klaseng tawo nga hilig moliba ug sulti,impostur ning dako ug dili ni angayan tugyanan ug kompyansa? in short,may pagka bakakon o way word of honor.
Usa ako ka supporter ni Glen Chong, last 2007 election ug asa ang rally nya sa naval tua ko maminaw sa iya mga plataporma ky maayo cya mosulti as in tan aw nko my baroganan nga pagka tawo…one of his battlecry before that i like most is about dynasty he attacked the Espinas so much about that issue, dli lang kna nga issue kundi dghan pa nga kung ikaw new voter ma ingganya ka gyud pag botar sa bata nga politiko.Bsan mga kaparian naminaw ky lagi tungod maau kaau mo sulti ug mo saad,mga kaparian mismo ning supporta sa iya ky lagi bata pa ug kuno my baroganan sa tnan nya isulti.
Krn umaabot nsad ang election my mga balita na kung si knsa ang mga modagan isip congresman,governor,mayor etc…sa linya ni ni Cong. Glen ug sa mga Espina. Sa migawas pala nga balita lain na kaau paminawon ky ug ugaling tinoud tnan gisulti ni Cong. Glen iya ra sad gi tulon…For congresman: Glen Chong, For Governor: Charlie Chong,For Mayor in Naval: Nene Chong Ngano man ni nga estorya me gawas mn ug wla pay plano nga nabuhat? Unsa nla my tawag ani? Pro dynasty or Anti dynasty?
Ang ika duha nko nga giganahan sa iya mga sulti sa una election wer in akong pag pak2x kda homan sa iya sulti kusog kaau is ang iya saad nga iya completohon pag pasemento ang circumferencial road sa isla biliran ky ug dli nya mapa semento andam ug tagana cya nga mgpa bato ug naa pay bato nga makita nga ming gimaw sa karsada..wow! Krn hapit nsad ang election ng sugod nsad ug gawas ang estorya gkan sa iyang kampo nga wla nya mahoman ky ang 3 yers nya nga term dli paigo kuwang pa, so krn buot nya ipa sabot nga nangayo nsad cya ug lain nga tuig pra kuno matoman iya mga saad.Unsa man ta ani uwat uwaton la? Me saad sa una nga “NO TO VOTE BUYING” unya pag ando pa diay namalit ako mismo nka dawat sa ila kwarta…Unsa nman ni panguwat? Mga kaparian unsa my tan aw ninyo ani?
Salamat ug hinaut pa nga e post ni akong blogs sa admin…
Liba liba ug taga naval Sad ko;
Bisag unsya justification inyong i blog ngari dili nako ibaylo si GC sa mga ESpina. Ang bilis ninyong mag akusa pero di na lang niyo siya tabangan aron mag malampososn iyang project nganha… No wonder hindi niya natapos kay daghang ug samokando nganha. Aminin ninyo kasi na siya lang ang politiko na may maraming achievement sa Biliran.
Dili pod nako siya ibaylo sa mga Espina kay ang iyang mga projects para sa katawhan ug kitang tanan makagamit… Ikaw kagamit ka ba sa Biliran garden nga walay bayad?
Daghang factors nganong wala niya matapos ang iyang project usa na ana ang mga pagbabag babag sa iyang mga kalaban de politika… Sakyan pa nato ug malisyosong blog the more noon nga maka kuha siy GC ug suporta sa dating mga sympathizers ng mga Espina.
Bisag unsay inyong ilabay sa iyaha.. dili kamo makakombinser sa ako to change my politikal views kang GC HE IS THE MAN who no matter how long it is he can keep his promise and wait for it because once it is done.. you have other issues to say against him but that promise he made.
Ang masaker sa Mindanao maoy usa ka masulob-on nga panghitabo nga angay natong palandongon. Dinhi makita nga kung ang usa ka pamilya makahupot ug makalilisang gahum, adunay dako nga tsansa nga dili na kini mohatag ug lugway para sa uban ug andam mopatay kung gikinahanglan aron magpabilin nga gamhanon. Palihog paminawa ang link sa usa ka report nga adunay dakong kahulugan usab para kanato.
YES CONGRESSMAN WE WILL SUPPORT YOU MY FAMILY RELATIVES AND FRIENDS 100 PERCENT SURE OUR VOTES FOR YOU AND YOUR FATHER.JUST HOPE MAA’M SUSAN WILL WIN IF ROSELYN PARAS ESPINA IS RUNNING FOR MAYOR.OUR HEART AND SOUL STILL BE WITH MAA’M SUSAN.
NO WAY SA MGA ESPINA.
taga nava sd ko
Maayu nalng ng liba libaa kay naay proyekto ang mga espina, nangilad pa, guiliba liba pa ang mga biliranon. Naay x-ray guba naay tarpulin walay proyekto nga nakita. Gui waldas lng intawon ang kwarta.Kini nga klase nga politiko mao ni unang politiko nga pinaka corrupt sa history sa biliran kay nagdako ko sa naval wala ko nakabati ug grabe nga pangiwkiw sa atung isla karun lang naa man pero dili garapalan.Dili man cla maka explain kng diin na nila nga kabtangan nga ilang naagkon arun ang mga isig ko biliranon musuporta pa karung umaabot nga eleksyun.
almonti,ayaw lagi pagdala sa almonti kay masuko ang tinood na almonti family.
ATONG IPADAYON ANG ANG MGA MAAYONG BUHAT SA PAMILYA ESPINA,ALANG SA KAUNLARAN SA BILIRAN.
KINI MGA PAKIDAUT BUNGA LANG SA MGA TAWO NA MGA AW-ANON
GO ESPINA GO….
SUSAN NOT RUNNING FOR MAYOR
ROSELYN GO 4 VICE MAYOR
SUSAN GIGAMIT RA IKAW SA MGA GREEDY POLITICIANS NA MAYROON SARILING PERSONAL INTEREST
CONCENTRATE SA INYOHANG NEGOSYO..
MARAMING SALAMAT PO!
Nanah… gi nana na ug gitaoy na ang image anang political clan nga imong gi GO GO GO ngari…
Think about the future of your children’s children… Stop patronizing the polticians who have done and still doing more harm than good to the island.
Go for Glenn!
NANANAH POST 48,
UNSA MAY AKO DALHON NGA NGALAN ANG NGALAN NI UTIP?
UG AKONG DALHON NGA NGALAN IS LUMADTAGANAVAL NGA DELI MAN KO LUMAD NGA TAGA NAVAL LUMAD MAN KO SA QUEZON CITY..HEHEHE..
UNSA MAN IMO PAGTOO ANING ALMONTI NGA APILYEDO WALA MAGKATAG SA TIBOOK PILIPINAS.LAHI NI NGA KLASI SA ALMONTI DELI NI DATU POBRE NI.
PADAYON LANG DINHA UG PANAGMPANYA SA MGA ESPINA OI NANANAH..
KAY BISAG UNSAON PA NIMO PAG DISPLAY ANG IMAGE SA MGA ESPINA WALA NAY MOTOO NILA OI.
KILLER KING NA SILA.
wow mr.bernabe.. watta irony ha, u placed and forced u’re brother ROLAND to run for COngressman, goodluck..
Dok Olivarez is always cheated as known here in paranaque haha.
ok he’s right that Edwin came from Laguna after beaten by Lazaro back in 2007 but the problem, is mas kahiya hiya namang hawak mo na ang chief of exec tapus hhwakan mo pa rin ang pagging kongresista haha sana lahat ng youth mapagtanto to at wag magpauto dito sa kahangalan na ito!
Actually, here’s the scenario… being a nursing student who had some clinical exposures here in Pque’ wow. i discovered that the name of the former community hospital of pque was changed into FLORENCIO BERNABE SR., Memorial Hospital during the tenure of Mayor Jun Bernabe ayos diba? anu to? payback time para kang si Ate Glo nilagay agad ang ttay sa 200 peso bill wow ah.. pare-parehong buhat ng mga pangalan..
And please sir, di ba ko nagkkamali? kapatid nyo rin ang medical director or administrator ngayon ng Medical Center Pque? o diba ladies and gentlemen, this is not a dynasty or clan idea? haha. it’s only u who can realize this pack full of ideas and things going around Paranaque City!