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Is "vice president" Leni Robredo really that dumb?

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You really gotta wonder about "vice oresident" Leni Robredo. Is she really totally oblivious to all the evidence of the possibility at least that the 2016 elections were fraudulent? Or does she know and, yet, consciously toes the party line that the 2016 elections were perfectly clean?

Why, for example, does Robredo not question at all the absence of former Commision on Elections (COMELEC) Andy Bautista through such a critical time when his presence and availability to answer questions surrounding an election he oversaw would have helped a lot? Isn't Robredo the least bit curious about whether she did indeed win the 2016 elections fairly? Why not support a search for the truth rather than simply dismiss otherwise perfectly valid challenges to the official party position?

Robredo is supposedly "vice president" to all Filipinos. In practice, however, she looks more like she is "vice president" only to the Liberal Party (a.k.a. the Yellowtards). Not at …

Kris Aquino attests to the good character of President Rodrigo Duterte complete with the DDS fistbump emoji! 👊

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In a single tweet, Queen of Philippine Showbiz lays out her new position following a spat with erstwhile wannabe First Lady Koroma Sanchez...

I apologize sa Kuya ko, humihingi rin ako ng paumanhin sa ninang ko na nanay ni Mar- pero klarong klaro sa kin kung bakit ang nanalong Pangulo ay si DUTERTE. 👊
[Translated: I apologise to my Big Brother and ask forgiveness to my godmother who is Mar [Roxas's] mother. It is clear to me now why Duterte won the presidency.]

Complete with the trademark Duterte fistbump emoji!

What did Korina Sanchez do to attract the awesome ire of the other Megastar? According to PEP.ph, Sanchez did a feature on James Yap, his new wife Michela Cazzola, and their son Michael James in her show Rated K. No further details beyond that so far other than that Aquino attested to what she seemingly regards now as Duterte's gentlemanly character...

Si PRRD lahat nung pagkakataon na nagkaharap kami, mabuti ang pinakita sa kin.
[Translated: At all times I've met…

Ban on foreigners engaging in activism in the Philippines issued by Leila De Lima in July 2015 as then Justice Secretary

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Then Justice Secretary De Lima signed in July 2015 Operations Order no. SBM-2015-025 banning foreign tourists from engaging in political activities in the Philippines.
Below is an image of this order the PDF version of which can be downloaded from the Philippines' Bureau of Immigration website via the above link...

The order is clear and specific with regard to what non-resident foreigners are prohibited from engaging in while in the Philippines...
Foreign tourists in the Philippine are enjoined to observe the limitation on the exercise of their political rights during their stay in the Philippines. Foreign tourists are prohibited from engaging in any political activity as defined by law and jurisprudence, such as but not limited to, joining, supporting, contributing or involving themselves in whatever manner in any rally, assembly or gathering, whether for or against the government.
The Philippine Opposition need to get their facts straight before launching outrage fad "pro…

Filipinos are taught by their parents to flush at public toilets with their feet. Is this RIGHT??

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Public toilets in the Philippines are seen to be dirty. As such many Filipinos are taught by their parents to use their feet to operate the flush lever after using a public toilet.

The prevalence of this practice was confirmed after a tweet from a Filipino Netizens describing the practice attracted wide approval...



Is this the right way to solve the problem of unsanitary public toilets in the Philippines? By teaching kids to use their feet to operate such facilities?

It's more like teaching them to be inconsiderate and rather than be good members of the community. No wonder public facilities in the Philippines suck. It's because their users suck.


Below the 50% threshold: Ballots with improperly shaded circles are likely to be fraudulent

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It's simple, really. A ballot that is fradulent is likely to be a hastily-filled one -- one more likely to have circles next to the candidates' names improperly- or incompletely-shaded.

When you've got thousands of ballots to fill under time pressure as part of an organised effort to commit mass fraud, there's a high probability you'd shade circles in many ballots the wrong way -- wrong enough to fall below the threshold applied by the COMELEC to determining whether a ballot is a valid one.


Indeed, no less than Rappler, of all "news" outlets, published clear instructions back in 2016 that highlight the importance of this...

Shade the circles properly using the Comelec marker. Do not write anything else on the ballot. This is to ensure that the machine can properly read your votes.
The thing with "vice president" Leni Robredo insisiting that the threshold be lowered is that she essentially wants the validity criteria to be more tolerant -- perha…

3 things the @PCOOgov should GRILL @Facebook about

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Now that the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) is mulling a protest over the "fact checking" partnership Facebook has entered into with Rappler and Vera Files, it is worth setting out some points that could be taken up with Facebook management come the time they find themselves in front of a Philippine Government inquiry.

Point 1: The introduction of "fact checkers" changes the nature of the business of operating social media platforms? "Fact checking" introduces application of editorial governance on FB content. What does that make FB now? Is it still just a platform? Or is it a media entity that falls within th regulatory framework applicable to news media organisations?

Point 2: Facebook enjoys an unfair advantage over other platforms because of its "free data" carriage over the biggest Philippine telcos and ISPs. It could possibly be regarded as a business practice that runs counter to fair trade practice on a level and com…

Filipinos are unable to unite because EMPATHY is not a part of their national character

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It's actually a weird human constant to unite against a common enemy. Europeans argued with each other before WW2, and carried on arguing afterwards. For that brief period between 1938 and 1945, they had a common goal.
This lesson wasn't missed by US economists, who decided that the best way to keep an economy bubbling is to invent a mythical enemy and keep the country on a permanent war footing. And it worked ... with the unfortunate side effect of producing a belligerent, paranoid population, not to mention a whole load of ill-advised wars against people who really weren't enemies.
Nevertheless Europeans still manage to get along nicely without killing each other these days, and IMO they do that because they have a heightened sense of empathy. This is a learned skill. It is not innate, and Filipinos don't value it enough to learn it. Basically, Filipinos see other Filipinos as an obstacle in the road of life, or as prey. They are, by and large, callous and indiffere…