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Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity

Updated: 2018-01-16T00:32:30.758+08:00


How to beat China


Method 1: Gamitin ang puso 

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Method 2: Gamitin ang ulo 

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My little boy


Ano masama


Ang di ko maintindihan sa sumusuporta sa uber, bakit sinusuportahan ang uber sa pagtanggi nitong kumuha ng prankisa sa LTFRB. Pag kumuha ba ng prankisa ang mga sasakyan ng uber papangit na ba ang mga ito? Hindi na ba sila magiging convenient? Hindi mo na ba sila matatawagan gamit ang uber app?

Wala namang mababago sa serbisyo nila maliban sa magiging ligal na sila sa mata ng batas.  Ano ang masama sa ganito. Bakit may tumututol dito?

Uber naman


Comments on Dr. Cielito Habito's article Regulatory overreach  The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is under fire from irate netizens following last week's sting operation that led to the apprehension of a private car owner hiring out rides under the Uber network. One news report described it as a case of government regulators trying to play catch-up with technology. I see it as a reason why we need to revisit restrictive laws and regulations designed for a bygone era, which technological developments have rendered obsolete if not outright counterproductive.I agree with Dr. Habito, there is always a need to visit laws and regulations that may be obsolete.  I would like to read what he thinks are the obsolete regulations in play here. I first heard about Uber nearly two years ago from US-based relatives, who are all raves about the service, as are those who are now up in arms here about the LTFRB's action. Described as a "ride-sharing" scheme, Uber puts car owners/drivers in touch with people who would be willing to pay them for a ride between pre-specified points in the city. It relies on a smartphone application to connect passengers with available participating drivers, who are carefully screened and regularly monitored. Fares are pre-agreed, payments are cashless (via credit card), and one can even track the hired car's location in real time. The service is now reportedly available in more than 100 cities in 45 countries worldwide. The LTFRB is similarly training its sights on homegrown Tripid, described as an open carpooling system that also uses the smartphone platform to connect riders with trip providers. What makes these services so popular is that they are widely seen as a convenient and safe way to travel.The fact that they are popular and convenient for a lot of people does not invalidate the fact that they are operating for hire vehicles without LTFRB franchises.  It is also popular for people not to pay their taxes, we don't let them because that is detrimental to the state. What particularly irks Uber fans is the LTFRB's insistence that it is merely trying to protect the welfare and safety of the riding public. To many, this comes as a big joke in light of the all-too-common experience with taxis refusing passengers, and the high incidence of crimes by or in connivance with taxi drivers. It is in fact these very risks with taxis that drives people to use Uber, Tripid and their variants. The LTFRB makes no secret of how its action was prompted by a complaint from the Philippine National Taxi Operators Association (PNTOA), unhappy about competition from what is increasingly seen by riders as a superior service. But neither the LTFRB nor PNTOA appears able to come up with a satisfactory way to police the ranks of the taxi industry to prevent such untoward incidents. So who is the LTFRB really protecting from whom?The fact that some taxis' and PUV do not follow LTFRB rules and regulations does not necessarily mean that we should therefore not try to implement them.   If a lot of housing developers are not following the building code, does that mean that we should allow all developers not to follow the building code? Even then, the issue is not unique to the Philippines. Uber, understandably, has met with similar protests from the taxi industry in other countries where it operates. The LTFRB recognizes that it has no jurisdiction over the Uber company itself, which does not directly provide transport services, but is a technology company "through whose application, private unlicensed vehicles are able to engage in public land transportation without securing a franchise from the LTFRB."Yes, they meet with similar protests and similar difficulties because they also refuse to follow the rules and regulations in those countries. They refuse to get franchises for their for hire vehicles, giving them savi[...]

Why Atheists Should Fight for Social Justice


Yes, Atheists Should Fight for Social Justice

I think this post by Ed Brayton makes a clear case for why atheists should fight for social justice.

"It should be entirely obvious that one of the damaging effects of religious belief is the denial of equal rights to women, to gay people and even to racial minorities. In all three cases, discriminatory policies are justified by the religious beliefs that atheist activists fight against. We cannot be effective in countering the negative effect of religion-based public policy (or more broadly, cultural norms and non-political societal structures) if we don't take up those fights for equality."

Manila steals funds?


According to Mayor Leoncio Evasco of Maribojoc, Bohol.
"We all know that Mindanao produces as much as 60 percent of the gross domestic product but only about 40 percent returns to it in terms of services, Evasco said."
Saan ba nanggaling itong ideya na ito? Na sa Mindanao galing ang  60% ng GDP ng Pinas'.Kung tingnan mo yung GDP kada region.

CENTRAL LUZON1,018,224,367
DAVAO REGION461,427,167

Mahigit doble ang GDP ng NCR kumpara sa buong Mindanao, at higit sa 1/3 ng buong Pilipinas. Samantalang sa budget ng gobyerno (  129 bilyon ang nakatalaga para sa NCR samantalang  mga 250 bilyon ang para sa Mindanao.

Kagandahang asal lang naman yon


If proven wrong, Trillanes willing to apologize to businessman tagged as Binay dummy

Hindi ko alam kung bakit parang malaking concession kay Senador Trillanes ang humingi ng tawad kung nagkamali siya. Hindi ba kagandahang asal lang ang humingi ng kapatawaran kung mali ka? Palagay ko naman itinuro ito sa kanya ng kanyang mga magulang.

Thanks Obama


Kaya huwag kalimutang batiin si Obama bago ibaba ang telepono.  Kumustahin niyo na rin si Michelle.

Australian spies secretly monitor phone calls in the Philippines: Edward Snowden disclosure

"Australian spies are helping the United States secretly monitor telephone calls across the Philippines, leaked US intelligence documents reveal. 

According to top secret US National Security Agency documents disclosed by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, Australia's electronic spy agency, the Australian Signals Directorate supports a top secret NSA intelligence collection program codenamed MYSTIC, which harvests telecommunications "metadata" – in several countries, including the Philippines. "

Media bias


Sa MGB ngayon, nabalita na nagrereklamo si Delfin Lee na may bias ang media.  Sa akin lang, kung magtatago ka ng isang taon para matakasan ang mga paratang sa iyo sa korte, nawalan ka na ng karapatang magreklamo ng bias sa media.

Sa pagtatago mo pa lang konklusyon na ng ordinaryong tao may ginawa kang kasalanan.

Hated Headline


I hate headlines like this

'By the grace of God we missed our flight to China'

Yes, god made you miss your flight, isn't that nice, what a joker that god guy,  he didn't let the other 200 people who died miss their flight too.

Pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will -  Gramsci

Doronila's attempt to revise Philippine history


In his column today, Amado Doronila criticizes PNOY for revising the EDSA revolt's history by incorporating the events prior to Enrile and Ramos's attempted coup. Speaking in Cebu, the President said it was in that city, not in Manila, where the struggle to restore democracy began its “first chapter.”Doronila characterizes this statement as "This assertion downgraded the importance of the events at Edsa triggered by the military uprising against the Marcos regime, followed by the civilian mass movement that backed then defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile and then vice chief of staff Fidel Ramos in their breakaway from Marcos, knocking down the latter’s main pillar of support. In other words, the military revolt served as the catalyst of the people power revolution, starting the collapse of the repressive dictatorship that ruled the country for 14 years." I can't see how he can reach this conclusion,  PNOY was relating how his mother after the COMELEC announced that Marcos won the snap elections went to Cebu to start the civil disobedience movement against the dictatorship.  Cebu was selected because the opposition regarded it as being the most pro opposition province.  He then followed up with this bizarre paragraph.Where was Cory Aquino, the President’s mother and leader of the emasculated political opposition, when the turmoil sparked by the military broke out? She was in Cebu, far away from the center of action in military camps at Edsa (Camp Aguinaldo, headquarters of the defense department, and Camp Crame, headquarters of the Philippine Constabulary led by Ramos). She had sought refuge in a religious safe house in Cebu, while the rebel forces and the loyalist segment of the Armed Forces led by Gen. Fabian Ver were locked in a standoff, in the struggle to take control of the Feb. 22-25 revolution, as civilians mobilized by the call of Cardinal Jaime Sin to go to the streets to protect the beleaguered rebel forces flooded Edsa to confront tanks and armored vehicles sent by Ver to storm Camp Crame. He asked where was Cory Aquino when the coup attempt started.  The paragraph implies that Cory Aquino fled to Cebu after the start of the coup attempt.  When she was in Cebu all that time.  Ramos and Enrile did not inform her that they will be attempting a coup and their initial objective was not to install her as the President of the Philippines.  His rant then gets weirderIn his revisionist speech in Cebu, Mr. Aquino said: “Those at Edsa were not the only ones who joined the revolt, right? There are those in Cebu, Davao and so many [other] places.” It’s about time we recognized that Edsa people power involved the struggle of Filipinos all over the country, “not just [those] in Metro Manila,” he told reporters. How can this statement be revisionist.  Is Doronila saying that Filipinos in Cebu, Davao and other places did not support the EDSA revolt in Manila? Then there is this statementThe shift of the venue of the Edsa anniversary celebration to Cebu marked an attempt by the President to emphasize Cory’s role in mobilizing mass protests in unseating Marcos. This interpretation ignores and downgrades the military’s role in unseating Marcos. The speech had no reference to the military as one of the key players of the uprising. It, however, refocused on Cory’s role in Cebu, while the military was hogging  the stage in the struggle for control of the revolt between the Enrile-Ramos forces and the loyalist forces.  Cory’s refuge in Cebu completely sidelined her from center of the action at Edsa.Maybe its an attempt by  PNOY to emphasize the role of o[...]

Inuman (Drinking)


So, I've thought  KDrama depiction of Korean alcohol consumption was a exagerated, then I read this story

South Koreans drink twice as much liquor as Russians and more than four times as much as Americans


Galing sa Booksale



Di ko pa alam kung maganda, di ko pa nasisimulan pero nakaka intriga yung title

Wala lang





Ma disappoint naman ako kung di niya kapatid si Denephew.

The Hobbit


Naisip ko lang na kung pareahas ang haba ng 3 pelikula sa The Hobbit trilogy ni Peter Jackson, mukhang mas mabilis matatapos ng isang tao na basahin ang orihinal na libro kesa i-marathon yung 3 pelikula.




Nag grocery ako kahapon at itong aleng ito ang nasa unahan ko. Halos 2,000 pesos yung binili niya tapos tig 5 pesos ang binayad.  Sa pagbilang pa lang ng pera ang tagal na, tapos ayaw pang maniwala sa bilang nung mga kahera kaya nag double check pa.

Kung wala sana siyang ibang pera puedeng pagbigyan, pero may hawak siyang tig 500 pesos.  Puede namang sa banko na lang siya nagpapapalit ng buo para mawala yung barya niya, hindi pa siya nakaabala ng tao.

Binay the bully


Read this defense of Mayor Binays action by his information person, Joey Salgado.

and just had to react

Dear Mr. Salgado,

The problem with the Nov. 30 incident is not the altercation between the guards and the Mayor. That is a byproduct of the larger issue, that of Mayor Binay thinking that he should be able to enter or exit anywhere he pleases.

If Mayor Binay accepted the guards assertion that it was not possible for him to exit that gate, and exited where possible, then this incident would have ended without any negative publicity to him.

But no, he had to put pressure on the guards to let him exit through that gate because he is the Mayor. Even if, as you assert that he was not arrogant in his demeanor when he asked the guards to let him pass, the action itself points to a mindset that is self absorbed.

He was only thinking of his situation, not the guards. It was the subdivision's policy to not let vehicles exit that gate at that hour. The guards were only implementing the policy, they had no discretion in the matter. The ones who had discretion, the people who can give exception to that policy and let him exit from that gate is the homeowner's association.

If the Mayor really wanted to exit from that gate, then he should have contacted the HOA and asked them to instruct the guards to let him exit from that gate. In your explanation, there was no mention of him trying to contact the HOA.

What he was actually doing was trying to bully the guards to let him exit that gate because he was the Mayor. The altercation with the guards and their subsequent invitation to the police station was just a continuation of the bullying when his initial action went unheeded.

In short, he was being a cry baby who wanted get his own way no matter what.

3 Dasma guards who stopped Binay convoy held, freed


3 Dasma guards who stopped Binay convoy held, freed | Inquirer News

Ganito ang nangyari
"The mayor came from his sister’s house in Dasmariñas Village when their convoy was not allowed to get past the Banyan Road gate of the village.

The guards of Right Eight Security Inc. did not raise the iron barrier because vehicles are not allowed to pass through the gate after 10 p.m. for security reasons, the source said.

“All vehicles are allowed to pass this gate during the day. They can enter until midnight, but no one is allowed to go out after 10 in the evening,” the source said."
Ganito ang resulta
"Ram Antonio, president of Right Eight Security, said the agency had already apologized to Binay.

“We have instructed our guards to apologize to the mayor and we have started a debriefing session,” Antonio said.

In a text message, Joey Salgado, City Hall spokesman, said the president of Right Eight had sent a letter to Binay and “apologized profusely for the incident.”

Salgado said Pantangco had admitted that “there were lapses in their procedures.”"
Ganito na lang ba talaga buhay dito sa Pinas? Sumusunod lang yung mga gwardiya sa patakaran sila pa yung mali. Sila na yung inaresto ng walang dahilan dahil sa kanilang pagsunod ng patakaran sila pa kailangang humingi na paumanhin.

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