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So this is the time of the year where we get to work on our goals for 2017. We look back to the year that was and start listing how we want 2017 to look like. This is a great time to put the past behind and put our learnings from 2016 into motion for a better year ahead.

2016 was awesome year for me. It was a year that was full of blessings and learnings. It was also a year that I saw myself politically involved with what was happening in the country. While my Instagram feed was a gallery of my travels, my Facebook account was a gallery of my political views.

And yes, I am a well-informed Dutertard and a passionate Filipino.

This would be my last post for 2016 so I opted to make a wishlist for 2017 for some of the most colorful personalities this year. I have chosen these personalities based from my perceived notion that they made 2016 a colorful and vibrant one.

President Rodrigo Duterte

You rock! This is a man who shook and is still shaking the foundations of Philippine politics creating ripples in the country and around the world. A lot of things are being thrown at PRRD but you have to admit that this is a man of action, and not mere words. The former Davao City Mayor is THE only Philippine President who made Filipinos feel that there is a government that is working for Filipinos – free tuition for SUCs, free medicine, free hospitalization for indigents, free irrigation, etc. His actions go beyond the words that come out of his “filthy” mouth. He is a man who is now showing the world that the Filipino is not a pushover. You cannot deny that.

This is the same reason why he is upsetting SOME people.

I wish for good health and safety for PRRD. Your accomplishment over the past six months have been awesome and is felt by many Filipinos. We still have 5.5 years ahead, dear President, and I am excited to see more pro-Filipino actions in the years to come. OUR country badly needs you.

Vice President Leni Robredo

I still have high hopes for you, VP Robredo. I have a strong gut feel that if you and PRRD work together towards the common good for the country, we can move forward faster.

I just wish that you can go beyond your political affiliation in 2017 and REALLY work for the best of every Filipino. I wish that you stop the publicity and I wish that we would see more quantitative results from your office.

Senator Grace Poe

Senator Poe really stood out for me after showing the real measure of grace after the election when she was the first to concede in the presidential race. I wish that in the next six years, she would be able to gain more experience in public office that I hope would make her a viable candidate in 2022.

Senator Leila de Lima

I find you outrageous and desperate. I pity that you are not getting enough support from any of your political mates. You definitely gave “saba” a new sexy twist. I just wish that the truth regarding all the accusations against you gets cleared out so, once and for all, you either get cleared or simply go to jail for it. That way, we can all sit down and have a nice merienda of fried “saba”.

General Bato

The “rock” behind the anti-drug campaign. Saludo po ako sa inyo. It takes a lot of will power and guts to clear the police ranks of its evils. I wish that the Lord gives you strength to put your plans into action. We need you in this country.

Secretary Manny Pinol

Thank you for showing us that it can be done without the pomp and pageantry. You have been the silent worker who has essentially touched the lives of a lot of our fellow Filipinos. You are crucial in making PRRD human to Filipinos on the ground. I wish that you would continue to be a shining example of what a public service should look like – that it is not about you, it is about the people.

Yolanda Victims

You have gone through a lot over the past three years and it is only now that we are seeing the lack of government assistance from the previous administration.

I sincerely wish that you will now get the necessary assistance that the government owes you these past years. I hope that you will get a better life under the PRRD administration. I also wish that ALL government officials responsible for your continued suffering be held accountable and sent to jail.

Mocha Uson

I STILL do not read or view your blogs but I must admit that the common people are aligned to you. That is a fact that we cannot deny. I wish that you could go beyond just fighting for Duterte but be able to provide a comprehensive look at what we are facing as Filipinos and be able to make common people understand.

Ethel Booba

People may poke fun at your english but your tweets are not only hilarious but some do make sense. I wish to read more of your tweets and a second volume of your book “Charotism”. Charot!

Grupong Dilawan

You can try to hide your colors in the guise of fake patriotism but the smell of your disgrace just seeps out. The people have spoken and you have to accept the fact that things have changed. No amount of hatred and negative publicity can mask your attempt to try to look good.

PRRD is the President so you have got to deal with it now. I believe in constructive criticism but your criticism borders on too much negativity and is based on hatred – plain hatred and defeat.

I wish that the Grupong Dilawan finally accepts the change and the changes that is forthcoming. I wish that you can go beyond mere criticisms to that of criticisms that contribute to nation building. I also wish that you also recognize the good stuff that PRRD has been doing and please stop the no sense nitpicking on Duterte. Lalo kayong nagmumukhang spoiled yellowtards.

Dutertards

To my fellow Dutertards, we have gone through a lot over the past months. Yes, we love PRRD and that we hate the negative publicity that others have thrown at him but we also need to recognize that PRRD is not god.

I wish that we remain vigilant to the fight for a better Philippines under PRRD. I also wish that we learn to balance what we say for PRDD with his imperfections. At please lang… hindi lahat ay pinapatulan.

Former President PNoy

Hmm… please spearhead the distribution of the Luisita land to its respective recipients as accorded by the law. Please abide by the SC’s decision and follow the law.

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As for adobongpinoy.wordpress.com, I promise to remain vigilant in the search for a better Philippines.

Having said that, I wish you all the best for 2017 and Happy New Year!

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Yolanda.

November 8, 2013.

The most powerful storm to make landfall in history.

1, 473, 251 families affected.

6, 300 dead.

It has already been three years since the destructive typhoon hit our shores and yet majority of those affected are still reeling from its effects. Most of our fellow Filipinos struggle on a day-to-day to pick up the pieces and they have done so over the past three years. They have tried to rebuild their lives on their own or with very minimal assistance from OUR previous government.

I remember at the height of this year’s election when Mar Roxas gallantly paraded that 93% of Yolanda rehabilitation projects under the DILG has been completed (http://news.abs-cbn.com/halalan2016/focus/03/20/16/fact-check-93-of-dilg-projects-for-yolanda-completed). This includes evacuation centers, municipal halls, public markets, and multi-purpose halls. His claim may be partly true as stated in a fact-check done by ABS-CBN. He claims that by this virtue alone, he has done what he can do in his capacity. That is true.

However during a recent inspection by Vice President Robredo, she called for an audit of the Yolanda’s government housing project after discovering that only 1% have been completed (http://www.philstar.com/nation/2016/09/18/1624843/robredo-only-1-houses-yolanda-victims-completed). Her frustration can be felt when she said “I am disappointed because it is called emergency shelter response, but three years after Yolanda, it is still not there.” It is frustrating that out of the 205, 000 families who needed it the most, we only had a measly 2, 500 families who had proper shelter as of September 18, 2016.

If you still do not get it, let me put it bluntly. What is the use of having a municipal hall or a public market when the basic RIGHT for shelter is not even there for the Yolanda victims?

The point is simple – the previous administration failed the Yolanda victims dramatically when it came to providing a decent home for every family. The very slow action on housing, compounded by other issues on poor execution, spoiled relief goods, and politicking, is no match to what was supposedly done. It was more prudent to admit that the PNoy government was not able to properly manage the post-Yolanda rehabilitation. Yes, they could claim that they have done what they could in their capacity but, the bottom line, they failed considering the financial outpouring of support both locally and internationally.

But you know what I find more disturbing, I do not hear any clamor for accountability on this issue despite the glaring revelations that are being presented. I do not see any human rights activists, political groups, concerned citizens, or even millennials calling out those who are responsible for this post-Yolanda tragedy. I am bothered by the deafening silence of the supposed “concerned” Filipinos.

What I cannot comprehend is that how can the previous administration could have let the basic right for shelter be trampled on despite the glaring need for it to be addressed for the past three years. It is interesting to seek accountability on this issue considering that we received a huge amount in assistance for the very purpose of addressing these pressing needs of our fellow Filipinos affected by Yolanda.

So what is my point?

Where is your voice on this issue?

I have seen people raise up their arms, raise their voices, use their power on social media, abuse the “share” buttons on Facebook, and share their thoughts on supposed human rights violation at these times, and even to a dead man, BUT I do not see their supposed voices on this particular issue. Why turn the blind eye on this one and the many other cases of failures that we need previous administration to be accountable for? Why?

I was actually surprised that VP Leni Robredo even raised the issue and even gallantly stated that she will be asking for a government audit. Why am I surprised? Mainly because I did not expect her to go against her political affiliations. But at the time that she made the announcement, I was relieved that it was her own way of showing that she was working for the “laylayan ng lipunan”. But almost two months after the announcement, what happened then? There was complete silence on her end. I think we deserve to know what happened to your findings, VP Leni. I mean, she cannot speak about the “laylayan”, a promise that she branded during the election, and yet turn a blind eye now because of her affiliation. There was no update on this issue even on her achievements as HUDCC head that circulated after she resigned. Don’t you think that this would have made a bigger impact on your achievements more than the meetings that you attended, which I heard was just one by the way. I just hope that this is not one of those issues where you intentionally set aside the “laylayan” because it will have a tremendous effect on the people that you are affiliated to – the very reason why I made a last minute vote switch against you during the last election.

Again, where are the “cool” statement placards on this issue?

When I see people on my timeline or in the news re-posting articles that demand accountability from former Philippine Presidents and even to the alleged EJKs, I excitedly anticipate their stand when issues come up that involve the previous administration. Interestingly, these very same people seem to have a knack to skip the last 6 years in their demand for accountability. I reckon that they either turn a blind eye on it making then accomplices of the previous administration or they were all hibernating somewhere in the past 6 years.

It is the same case that I see in the Yolanda Housing Issue, most of these “concerned and principled” Filipinos, as their claim, stay silent on the issue. I do not see the statement placards. I do not see them re-posting and stating their demand from the Aquino Administration’s accountability. I do not see them going to the streets to demand drivers to make “beep beep” their horns for the victims of Yolanda. They remain silent.

They remain silent despite of the fact that our fellow Filipinos in Leyte were left on their own for the past three years as shown in the housing problem that they face. The problem is glaring at us at the moment and one that you cannot deny.

If you claim to fight for human rights then you have got to do it across all administrations. You cannot demand accountability from one and yet turn a blind eye on another. That is not what you call principles. It is called political partisan.

Such a tragedy after a tragedy, to think that we have not yet talked about where the financial aid that the Philippines received went to.

“Nakakabingi ang katahimikan ninyo.”


Nakakahiya man aminin pero isa ako sa mga kabataang tumayo at nag-akalang lumaban para sa pagbabago noong #EDSADos. Ito yung mga panahon na kung saan naghangad ako maging isang instrumento ng pagbabago sa pamamagitan ng pagpapatalsik kay Dating Pangulong Estrada na noo’y dumadaan sa isang paglilitis ukol sa kanyang “questionable bank accounts”.

Hindi kami naging marahas. At tulad ng mga millennials, kami ay nagtungo sa EDSA at nagpakita ng aming kagustuhang pagbabago. Naniniwala kami noon na tama na ang isang Marcos. Ayaw na namin ng isa pang pangulo na nanakawan ang kaban ng bayan. At tulad ninyo, tuwang-tuwa ang mga nagorganisa at ang mga poltiko sa amin noong mga panahong iyon.

“We know our history and we do not want it repeated in any way.”

Yan ang pag-iisip naming noon at sabi nga… #NeverForget.

Pero makalipas ang ilang taon at matapos kong panoorin sa telebisyon ang inyong pagtitipon noong “Bonifacio Day”, napaisip ako – ano na nga ba ang nangyari sa pinaglaban ko noon sa EDSA?

Hmm… alam mo ba na si Estrada ay muling tumakbo sa pagka-Pangulo noong 2000 at pumangalawa sa laban nila ni PNoy? At ngayon ay Mayor na ulit ng Maynila. #WTF!

At eto pa… yung iniluklok namin noon na si Dating Pangulong Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ay nakasuhan din matapos ang kanyang termino. Buti na lang napawalang sala ng hukuman dahil, kung hindi, #TaenaNaLang – #nganga ang tawag sa EDSA Dos.

Akala ko ba #DontTellUsToMoveOn? E mukhang may mga nauna na yatang nag-#MoveOn. Akala ko ba “we value our history” pero bakit nagkaganoon?

Kaya nga nung mapanood ko ang mga nagtipon-tipon sa People Power Monument, kasama ang mga millennials ay napailing ako at naisipan kong isulat ito. Gusto ko magbigay ng payo sa mga millennials. Isang payo mula sa alumnus ng EDSA Dos, you know, #BeenThereDoneThat.

Marami sa inyo and lumabas ng biglaang ilibing si Marcos sa Libingan ng mga Bayani. Wala naman masama doon dahil ikinagulat ng lahat ang pangyayaring iyon. Pero nang lumabas kayo at biglang may #NoToTheMarcoses na placard at nag-astang “history experts” ay medyo nag-alangan ako sa paninindigan ninyo.

Bakit?

Ayaw ninyo sa mga Marcos pero nasaan ba ang pamilyang Marcos sa mga panahong ito? Hindi ba’t nakabalik na sila sa politika. Kung susuriin natin ang ating kasaysayan, mga ilang taon na po silang nakupo sa iba’t-ibang pwesto sa gobyerno – mayroong senador, may gobernador, at may kongresista. Hindi nga ba’t tumakbo pa si Bong Bong Marcos bilang Bise Presidente noong nakaraang eleksyon? At aminin mo na kinilig ka noong una mong nakita si Sandro.

Nasaan kayo ng mga panahong iyon? Bakit hindi kayo nagtungo sa EDSA noon at nagrally? Bakit hindi ninyo nilabas ang #NotAgain placards ninyo?

Nasaan ang #NeverAgain ng mga panahong iyon?

Ang panindigan ay hindi lumalabas sa isang pagkakataon lamang. Dapat sa umpisa pa lang pinakita na ninyo ang pagkakahindik ninyo sa pamilyang Marcos at hindi ngayon lang. Lumipas ang kanilang termino at ang eleksyon, ni kaluskos ay walang narinig sa inyo. Bakit ngayon lang? #NoonPaLangDapatNanindiganKaNa

“The dead Marcos cannot do us any harm, it is the living that we should be mindful.”

Sabi ninyo – “we know our history”. Totoo yan. Lahat naman tayo alam ang ating kasaysayan. Ang tanong na kailangang pagtuonan ng pansin – naiintindihan mo ba? Marami sa inyo ang magsasabing naiintindihan nila pero ang totoo mas nakakararami ang hindi. Marami sa inyo ang mababaw ang pagkakakilanlan sa mga kaganapan ng Martial Law. Malamang karamihan sa mga kaalaman ninyo ay nakuha ninyo sa mga nabasa ninyo sa Facebook, sa Twitter, o kaya sa mga sinasabi sa inyo ngayon lang. Marami sa inyo ang aalma sa sinabi kong ito.

Sige #Prangkahan… ilang libro na patungkol sa Martial Law ang nabasa mo na? Nabasa mo na ba ng librong “Dekada Sitenta”? “Maynila Sa Kuko ng Liwanag”? Ilang Martial Law movies na ba ng napanood mo na hindi ni-require ng prof mo?

“With passion comes the desire to learn and find out the real story behind the curtain”

Nakakatuwang makita kayong naninindigan pero kelangan ninyong maging mapanuri sa mga kaisipang nilalatag sa inyo. Mula sa paaralan ay nahuhubog kayo at ngayon pa lang ay nakikitaan na hitik kayo sa ideyalismo.

Ngunit mayroong mga tao sa lipunan na pagtatangkaang gamitin ang inyong “idealism” para sa kanilang sariling pang-interes. Mabilis kayo mag-alab at mabilis kayong pagalawin. Masabihan lang kayo ng katagang “you are the future of these nation”, tiyak mapapalakad kayo ng EDSA, mula Monumento hanggang MOA.

Huwag kang mag-alala… nauto rin ako niyan. Naaalala ko pang sinabihan ko ang aking ina, na nasa Estados Unidos ng sumiklab ang EDSA Dos, ang mga katagang… “I am doing this for myself and for my country.” #Naknampucha… natatawa ako sa sarili ko ngayon. Nauwi din sa wala ang lahat ng pinagtatatayo ko sa EDSA noon. Ang pinatalsik at ang pumalit ay nakapag-move on na at malamang #BeshiesForever pa.

Taena… pinagloloko lang nila ako noon at sinama pa ako sa drama.

Simple lang naman ang gusto ko sabihin – bago ka lumabas sa EDSA at gumawa ng cute mong #StatementPlacard, alamin mong maigi kung ano ba talaga ang pinaglalaban ninyo, magsaliksik ng husto, huwag umasa sa impormasyon na pinipilit sa inyo, alamin ang totoong pakay ng pagtitipon, at kung sang-ayon ka dito. At gaya ng una kong sinabi sa post ko sa Facebook, alamin mo din kung anong ginagawang hakbang, na naaayon sa batas, ng nag-oorganisa para ayusin ang problema… yung sila ang gumagawa at hindi inaasa sa iba.

Dahil kung puro rally lang ang pinag-gagagawa nila… #Nakupo… nag-iingay lang ang mga yan.

Oo nga pala… mom, sorry. Sana nakinig na lang pala ako sayo noon para hindi ako nagmukhang tanga. Ang kaibahan lang ng EDSA Dos sa ngayon ay mas marami kami noon.

#MasMaramiKamingNatangaKayaMagIngatKa