Monday, April 26, 2010

My No. 1 Bet for Senator--Atty. JV BAUTISTA (# 4)

Of all the senatoriables this coming May 10, 2010 elections, my top choice is Atty. JV BAUTISTA.  He is a human rights lawyer and a former party-list congressman  under SANLAKAS, a nationwide multi-sectoral organization established to protect and advance the rights and welfare of the Filipino masses through their involvement in the mass movement. The nationalist and progressive lawyer and former party-list congressman is running under Joseph "Erap" Estrada's Partido ng Masang Pilipino.

JV Bautista was the first to expose the electoral fraud in Sultan Kudarat during the congressional canvassing session on the 2004 national elections.  Here's his resume of credentials:

    Human Rights Lawyer

    Member, House of Representatives
    12th Congress, Republic of the Philippines

    Board of Trustees, Freedom from Debt Coalition
    (2008- present )

    Commissioner, Integrated Bar of the Philippines
    Commission on Bar Discipline (1999-2002)

    President, Integrated Bar of the Philippines
    Nueva Ecija Chapter (1997-1999)

    Professor, Araullo University College of Law
    Cabanatuan City (1997-2003)

    Lecturer, Mandatory Continuing Legal Education
    (MCLE) Legaladvantage, Makati City

    Member, Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society

    Work & Other Affiliations:

    2007 Board of Directors, Banco Rural de General Tinio
    General Tinio, Nueva Ecija

    2009 Legal Counsel
    Wesleyan University-Philippines (WU-P)
    Cabanatuan City

    2009 Legal Counsel
    Nueva Ecija Doctor’s Hospital
    Cabanatuan City

    1997 - 2001 Chairman, People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) Guimba, Nueva Ecija

    1997 - 2001 Legal Consultant, Office of the Governor
    Provincial Government of Nueva Ecija

    1997- 1998 Member, Nueva Ecija Provincial Peace and Order Council Cabanatuan City

    1990- 1995 Executive Assistant and Regional Liaison Officer Office of Senator Wigberto E. Tanada
    Senate, Republic of the Philippines

    1992- 1996 Chief Legal Counsel and Board of Trustees
    Task Force Detainees of the Philippines, Inc. (TFDP)

    1995-2000 Legal Counsel and Board of Directors
    Lila Filipina (Task Force Filipino Comfort Women)

    1992 Member, Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG)

    1995 Legal Consultant
    National Democratic Front (NDF) Peace Panel
    Brussels, Belgium

    1985- 1987 Executive Director
    BAYAN Legal Aid Center
    Quezon City, Metro Manila

    1987- 1990 Legal Assistant and Researcher
    Philippine Center for Immigrant Rights (PHILCIR)
    New York, New York, U.S.A.

    Involvement in Socio-Civic and Cause-Oriented Groups:

    1997 Member, Rotary Club of Cabanatuan City
    Cabanatuan City

    1997- 1998 President, Guimba New Years Association (GNYA) Guimba, Nueva Ecija

    1992-1996 President, BagongA/yansang Makabayan (BAYAN)
    Nueva Ecija Chapter
    Cabanatuan City

    1992- 1995 Vice President, Philippine Association of Friendship with
    Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, Inc. (PAF-VCL)

    1990 Trustee, Lean L. Alejandro Foundation, Inc. Navotas, Metro Manila

    1997- 1999 Spokesman, 13th House of Delegates
    Integrated Bar of the Philippines

    1990 - 1998 Member, Board of Directors
    Public Interest Law Center, Inc. (PILC)
    Makati City, Metro Manila
    Student Activities:

    1981 - 1982 National President
    College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP)

    1982 - 1983 Secretary-General
    League of Filipino Students (LFS)

    1979- 1981 Managing Editor, Philippine Collegian
    University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City
Education Info

        * Princeton '89
        * Parvin Fellow - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

        * University of the Philippines Diliman '83
        * Bachelor of Laws

        * University of the Philippines Diliman '79
        * AB Journalism

High School:

        * Ateneo de Manila High School '75

In a nutshell, JV Bautista is encapsulated in one of his political (internet only?) ads:

Ipinaglaban ka sa lansangan.

Ipinaglaban ka sa Kongreso.

Ipaglalaban ka sa Senado.

Abogado ng Masa

JV Bautista has a track record of consistent service to the poor and the nation. While he was part of EDSA 2, his continuing support for Erap for several years now shows he has apologized for that atrocious 2001 "People Power" coup. More information about him can be found at his blog, JV Bautista

Nationalist. Patriotic. Capable. Pro-Masses. Pro-Erap. Ano pa? Pls. vote Atty. JV BAUTISTA for Senator! Numero 4 sa balota.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

2010 Platform of Presidentiable Joseph Ejercito Estrada

A democracy that is truly pro-poor.
A country with peace and order.
A government of transparency and accountability.

Economic Agenda

Steady economic growth that is felt by the masses.
GNP growth is meaningless if poverty and hunger levels and other measures of quality of life remain poor. An Estrada Administration will increase growth while also increasing the country’s human development index. This will be achieved by strengthening the country’s domestic economy, specifically in the field of agriculture, instead of relying on overseas remittances to increase GNP; and by ensuring that the bulk of the budget goes to services that trickle down to the poor, such as social services and education, instead of to debt servicing or overpriced infrastructure projects.

National Security Agenda

Ending criminal, insurgent and secessionist movements
President Joseph Estrada’s primary goal is to achieve peace and order nationwide, especially in Mindanao, because he believes that peace and order is a prerequisite to economic development. His top priority is to bring down crime rates in Metro Manila, especially drug-related activities; end insurgency in the Visayas and other provinces infested with rebels; and end the secessionist movement in Mindanao. Aside from the obvious benefits of peace, ending the secessionist movement is a top priority because the country must send out the signal to the international community that we are nation that can keep its own laws in its own land, with the underlying objective of removing travel bans or advisories against the Philippines in order to entice investors and tourists to come. Negotiations will still be the priority means to achieve this objective . However, should the MILF continue to renege on peace agreements and sow terror against Filipinos in Mindanao, war may be considered as a last resort or final means to attaining lasting peace.

Social Agenda

Alleviating poverty and hunger by achieving food security and ensuring that government’s economic
gains are directed to truly benefit the poor
The cause of poverty and hunger in this country is massive corruption; studies have shown that the cost of corruption is as much as 20% of the budget. Couple that with government policies that prioritize debt servicing, overpriced infrastructure building with sovereign or government guarantees, and massive importation, and it becomes obvious that poverty alleviation is not the priority of the present administration. An Estrada Administration will be a truly pro-poor government, as exhibited in 1998, through the following social policies:

1. Correct budget prioritization.
Instead of the bulk of the budget going to debt servicing, priority will instead be directed towards social services, education and health services, both on the national level and on the local level.

2. Strengthening the agricultural industry
Top priority will be given to the achievement of food security by pouring incentives and strengthening the agricultural industry instead of entertaining a policy of importation. Food security will be achieved by 2015, as the country fulfills its commitment to the Millennium Development Goal to halve the number of people who are hungry by 2015.

Governance Policy

Achieving transparency and accountability in government
The Arroyo administration has shamed the nation by reaching levels of graft and corruption that have tagged the country as one of the most corrupt countries in the world (Transparency International, Political and Economic Risk Consultancy, World Bank). An Estrada Administration will reverse this reputation through the following policies:
1. Respect for appointment processes and appointments based on meritocracy instead of loyalty
2. Increased private sector participation in the government procurement process through the creation of an Economic Coordinating Council such as the one created by the Estrada Administration in 1998 comprised of respected business leaders through which all bids for government projects will be scrutinized before being approved
3. Bidding out of sugar and rice importation
4. Public participation through real time reports via the internet
5. No sovereign or government guarantees
6. Eliminating recourse to the use of executive privilege when the issue is not a threat to national security

Fiscal Policy

Gaining investor confidence through peace and order and good governance
The country’s budget deficit has blown up to almost P300 Billion caused admittedly by weak revenues. The weak revenues are due to a decrease in investments due to the unstable peace and order situation in Mindanao and the decreased investor confidence caused by the prevailing image of the Philippines as the world’s most corrupt country under the Arroyo Administration. An Estrada Administration will increase government revenues by increasing investor confidence. The primary incentive for investors will be the
assurance of peace and order, especially in areas like Mindanao, and the setting up of systems that will guarantee less graft and corruption in government, such as increased private sector participation in government procurement by the creation of an Economic Coordinating Council that will review all bids for government projects, a measure set in place during the 1998 term of former President Joseph Estrada. Other measures to increase revenues will include an overhaul of the tax system in order to increase tax collection, as well as increasing the collection of trade taxes by ending smuggling, an effort that was successful during
the term of former President Joseph Estrada.

Agricultural Agenda

Achieving food security and economic stability by strengthening the agricultural sector
President Joseph Estrada has always believed that agriculture has the potential to be the greatest strength of the Philippine economy if nurtured properly. His contributions to the agricultural sector include the Carabao Law and Irrigation Law which he authored as senator, as well as the highest agricultural growth in 20 years when he was president, a record 12% increase (from =6% to +6.6%) in spite of the effects of the El Nino crisis. An Estrada Administration will achieve food security through the following programs:

1. Agrikulturang Makamasa.
This program was created to give incentives to the agricultural sector for the increase of farm output. Priority was given to the following: irrigation development, research and technology commercialization, post-harvest and processing modernization, and close partnership with investors and industry groups. Local government units were also given prize money of P100 Million for the province that would produce the highest farm output within a period of time. This program has proven to be effective in increasing farm output, as the Estrada Administration reached record-breaking farm output levels, and also achieved the following results: In nine months alone, the Department of Agriculture installed or rehabilitated almost 8,500 irrigation projects that covered 200,000 hectares of farmland and produced an extra yield of 400,000 MT of palay; extended P3.58 billion in loans to more than a quarter-million rural folk and agribusiness enterprises; and built 500 kilometers of farm-to-market roads.

2. Implementation of the Agri-Agra Law through ERAP Bonds.
The Agri-Agra Law or Presidential Decree No. 717 (“Providing and Agrarian Reform Credit and Financing System from Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Through Banking Institutions”) requires the banking sector to allocate at least 25% of its loanable funds for agricultural credit in general, of which 10% of said loanable funds shall be made available to agrarian reform beneficiaries. Prior to the Estrada Administration, there was an alarming lack of compliance with this law. The 1998 Estrada Administration was able to commit itself to this law by creating an alternative compliance mechanism wherein long term bonds called Economic Recovery
through Agricultural Productivity (ERAP) Bonds amounting to Fifty Billion Pesos (P50,000,000,000.00) were issued to support projects for economic growth under a revitalized rural development program undertaken in cooperation with the Department of Agrarian Reform.

3. Implementation of the Irrigation Law.
The Irrigation Law (RA 6978), authored by then-Senator Joseph Estrada in 1991, mandated the National Irrigation Administration to irrigate 1.5 Million hectares of agricultural land over a ten-year period. Had this law been fully implemented, farmlands across the nation would already be irrigated instead of depending on rain or water. An Estrada Administration will ensure that this law is fulfilled in order to increase farm output as well as to protect farmers from the El Nino phenomenon.

Educational Agenda

Investing in our children’s future
President Joseph Estrada has always been committed to providing affordable quality education for the poor. As mayor, he established the San Juan elementary school and high school. As president from 1998 to 2001, he gave the highest real per capita for basic education as compared to all presidents under the present Constitution. He founded the Erap Para Sa Mahirap Scholarship Foundation, which has graduated 16,000 scholars, and the Erap Muslim Youth Foundation, which has allowed poor but deserving Muslim students go to colleges or universities of their own choice anywhere in the world. He has also donated all his salaries from
the time that he was mayor to scholarship foundations. As president this 2010, he will:

1. Prioritize education in the budget, as mandated in the Constitution
The Constitution mandates that Article XIV Sec. 5 (5) that the “State shall assign the highest budgetary priority to education.” However, of all presidents under the present Constitution, only the Estrada Administration followed this mandate. An Estrada-Binay Administration will strictly follow this Constitutional mandate in order to give our better access to better quality education.

2. Invest in zero-to-five early childhood education.
Research shows that early experiences shape whether or not a child’s brain develops strong skills for future learning, behavior and success. Investing in early childhood education during the infant and toddler years is particularly critical. An Estrada-Binay Administration will invest in early childhood education by mandating and supporting day care centers into incorporating kindergarten and pre-school education in their programs.

3. Achieve Universal Primary Education by 2015
President Joseph Estrada, as the millennium president of the Philippines, signed the Millennium Development Goals initiated by the United Nations. One of the goals that the Estrada Administration committed to for the country is the achievement of universal primary education by the year 2015. This means all children will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling or basic elementary education by 2015. This will be achieved by increasing the budget for basic education, as he had done as president, and fulfilling the mandate of the Constitution to prioritize education in the national budget. Indigent parents will also be given
incentives to send their children to school at least from Grades 1 to 4 through a conditional cash transfer program. To make it less difficult for children to go to school, an Estrada-Binay Administration will also ensure that each municipality has an elementary school so that children will not have to walk more than 5 kilometers just to attend class.

4. Assist Out-of-School Youth
An Estrada Administration will assist out-of-school youth by providing skills training for jobs that do not require a diploma. This is also intended to curb the unemployment rate because 45% of the country’s unemployed are part of the youth who have received no more than a high school education.

5. Make college affordable for everyone
An Estrada Administration will streamline the onerous financial aid application process that discourages students from getting aid for college. An Estrada-Binay Administration will increase the number of government scholarships.

6. Improve the quality of elementary, high school and college education

7. Encourage teachers to stay in the Philippines instead of work abroad
An Estrada Administration will give teachers incentives to stay in the Philippines instead of moving abroad for better paying jobs by (1) increasing teachers’ salaries and (2) increasing teachers’ benefits.

Labor Agenda

Increasing Employment Opportunities
An Estrada Administration will increase employment opportunities by creating an atmosphere conductive to
investors through:
1. Achieving peace and order nationwide.
2. Establishing proper fiscal policies.
3. Achieving stability in labor laws and management.

Preventing the Mass Exodus of Workers
An Estrada Administration will prevent the mass exodus of laborers and professionals by:
1. Increasing employment opportunities especially in the following industries:
a. Services, which comprises 55% of the labor force.
b. Agriculture, which comprises 40% of the labor force.
2. Increasing the quality of employment opportunities in the Philippines
There is a mismatch between the employment demand and the available graduates. Our state colleges and universities are not producing graduates that are demanded by the market. That means our graduates are not necessarily equipped with the demands of new businesses and industries such as the business process outsourcing industry or the hospitality industry. An Estrada-Binay Administration will ensure that state colleges and universities offer courses of the 21st century in order to curb the mismatch in employment opportunities.

Increasing Wages and Workers’ Benefits
An Estrada Administration will ensure that workers’ benefits provided by law are actually observed. There will be a crackdown on the underpayment of wages, non-payment of holiday pay, non-payment of service incentive leave, non-payment of 13th month pay and non-coverage of social sevices, such as the Social Security System, Home Mutual Development Fund or Pag-ibig and the Philippine Health Insurance Corp.

Business permits will not be renewed unless employers prove compliance with the said benefits. An Estrada-Binay Administration will also make sure that minimum wages are sufficient to match the cost of living in an area.

Protecting and Promoting OFWs
An Estrada Administration envisions an economic climate wherein Filipinos seek opportunities abroad not because they need to but because they want to. This will be achieved by strengthening the domestic economy. While in the process of achieving the country’s ideal growth, an Estrada-Binay Administration will assist Overseas Foreign Workers by:

1. Ensuring that they get the best benefits and proper protection against abuse abroad. This will be achieved
(1) Strengthening bilateral relations with receiving countries.
(2) Supporting our labor attaches and welfare officers.
2. Minimizing the social cost borne by separation from their families. This will be achieved by creating a special commission under the Department of Social Welfare and Development specifically to monitor and address the concerns of the families that the OFWs leave behind.
3. Encouraging their return. All efforts will be made to encourage OFWs to return, including:
(1) Giving them incentives to invest their money here.
(2) Creating a commission to study how best to achieve OFWs when they return home.

Transportation Agenda

An Estrada Administration will focus on rebuilding Metro Manila from the effects of tyhoons Ondoy and Pepeng and will make sure that the country’s infrastructure is strong enough to withstand similar typhoons in the future.

An Estrada Administration will integrate and expand mass transit systems to create a world class national railway system that will connect north to south.

An Estrada Administration will link the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) with the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).

An Estrada Administration will properly implement the Road Users Tax for proper road maintenance nationwide, not just street sweeping, as practiced by the present administration.

Energy Regulation

Addressing the Power Crisis within the First 100 Days
President Joseph Estrada is seriously concerned with the power crisis affecting Mindanao and other parts of the country. He believes that this was caused by corruption and lack of foresight on the part of the present administration. During the Estrada presidency, he imposed a policy of no sovereign and foreign guarantees in order to diminish if not avoid altogether corruption in the energy department. As an immediate solution, within his first 100 days, President Estrada will take all measures and harness all possible sources of power to meet the necessary megawatt requirements, including power barges and the expansion of the capacity of existing generating plants, in order to end the power crisis within the first year of his administration. As a long-term solution, an Estrada Administration will develop both nuclear (within the bounds allowed by the Constitution) and geothermal energy.

Becoming the Leader in Geothermal Power in Asia
An Estrada Administration will be ready for the next frontier of global investments, specifically, the demand for “green technology” or “green factories”. As more multinational corporations such as Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft, are looking to relocate to countries with geothermal resources, the Philippines, being a country with one of the most highly developed geothermal resources, should be ready to be the next geothermal power.

In order for the Philippines to become the “haven of green factories” in East Asia and possibly in the entire region, an Estrada-Binay Administration will create an investment strategy to induce foreign direct investors to build “green factories” in the Philippine provinces of Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Western Visayas, Southern Tagalog, Soccsksargen and Central Mindanao. The objective will be to generate impressive investments in geothermal power and utilize the fact that the Philippines has the second highest geothermal power capacity in the world today, next only to the United States of America.

Foreign Policy

An Estrada Administration will strengthen the role of the Philippines as an advocate for democracy and human rights in Asia. A prerequisite to this is a real democracy that benefits the masses and not just the elite.

An Estrada Administration will negotiate carefully with other international claimants to various land and water territories of the Republic of the Philippines in the South China Sea while fighting for Philippine territorial integrity.

An Estrada Administration will strengthen ties, especially trading relations, with Asian neighbors such as China whose economies are growing rapidly.

An Estrada Administration will strengthen relations with receiver countries of the Philippines’ millions of overseas foreign workers in order to ensure our workers’ protection and encourage increased benefits.

An Estrada Administration will maintain the Philippines strong relations with international giants such as the United States but will not compromise on matters that involve the nation’s territorial integrity.

An Estrada Administration will join the effort of the global community to fight climate change and promote bioenergy and agriculture.

Human Rights Agenda

President Joseph Estrada believes that private armies are illegal per se. An Estrada Administration will dismantle all private armies.

President Joseph Estrada believes that uncontrolled population growth is a source of poverty. An Estrada Administration will support the passage of the Reproductive Health Bill and work towards fulfilling our country’s commitment to the Millennium Development Goal of achieving universal access to reproductive health by 2015.

President Joseph Estrada believes that the blessings of democracy come alongside the responsibility of maintaining peace and order. An Estrada Administration will resolve as speedily as possible all existing cases relating to extrajudicial killings in order for the victims’ families to find justice; condemn all extra judicial killings; and increase security for the protection of journalists especially in far flung places like Mindanao where the threat to their lives is higher than other visitors.



Joseph Ejercito Estrada FaceBook page.

Friday, April 23, 2010

How to Get ERAP ESTRADA Campaign Materials by LBC door-to-door Delivery Nationwide

The following is a repost from the Jeep in Erap Facebook page re instructions how to obtain Estrada campaign materials:



    President Joseph Estrada described Jeep ni Erap as a nationwide group of small and middle-income businessmen that have volunteered to help deliver the votes in May.

    My name is John Petalcorin and I volunteered to coordinate and administer the Jeep Ni Erap Group Facebook Division. This Division is so unique because our logistics is as quick as lightning. I get our campaign materials directly from San Juan Mayor JV Ejercito and I send them at standard quantities in packages to members nationwide by LBC.

    To accomplish the group's mission of delivering the votes in May 10, 2010, members of the Jeep Ni Erap Facebook Division will primarily get and distribute the limited edition of Car Stickers of Erap's carichature. Our specific mission is to help these materials (posters and stickers) get installed in appropriate places allowable by COMELEC rules.

    Car stickers are supposed to be installed personally by us and directly on pro-erap cars, bikes, tricycles, and trucks -- we don't give them like hand-outs. We also do street-level sticker operation in Metro Manila, at ganun din, tayo din mismo ang nag-didikit.


    But there is a FEE for the LBC Delivery

    THE CONTENT OF THE PACKAGE is FREE, but you have to pay for the LBC.

    Your payment for LBC must be made BEFORE ordering because the money will be used to pay to courier your package by LBC door-to-door delivery.

    If you want to get Erap stuffs but don't want to pay for the LBC, we encourage you to personally go directly to PMP HQ at 409 Shaw Mandaluyong to get your Erap posters. Take note that I won't guarantee you that you can get "special" Erap stuffs like Erap Baller ID or Erap Button Pin in the PMP HQ.



    PACKAGE A (P100) - is a small size envelope LBC plastic package. It contains 100 Erap Car Stickers, 1 piece Erap Baller ID, 1 piece Erap Button Pin, 3 pieces Erap Plastic Posters, etc. We may add other stuffs, depending on the availability.

    PACKAGE B (P200) - is a medium size envelope LBC plastic package. It contains 100 Erap car stickers, 3 pieces Erap Baller ID, 3 pieces Erap Button Pin, 5 pieces Erap Plastic Posters, etc. We may add other stuffs like Erap CD, depending on the availability. [Note: As of the last week of April, Package B's Baller ID content is increased from 3 pcs to 20 pcs].
    PACKAGE C (P300) - This contains Package B plus 1 piece of a very limited edition Jeep Ni Erap Patch. The Erap Patch is an embroidered Erap Caricature that is similar to our JEEP NI ERAP facebook group profile photo. We may add other stuffs like Erap CD, depending on the availability.

    DIRECT STITCH of ERAP PATCH. If you are just in Metro Manila, maybe you would want an Erap Patch be embroidered directly on whatever shirt, bag, flaglet, chaleko, vest if you can bring your garment to the factory site at Monograms Plus at Megamall B, 3rd Floor, EDSA Mandaluyong City, Tel#02-6335524. The patch has a price of P120 and is released in 10 days after the order is made. We have some picture of this patch in our group photos.



    Step 1. Choose your Package Type --- Package A, Package B, or Package C.

    Step 2. Invite me as Facebook Friend to enable you to communicate to me.

    Step 3. Pay the LBC Courier Service. Simply go to any LBC Hari ng Padala Branch and remit the amount corresponding to your chosen Package (Package A is P100, Package B is P200, and Package C is P300). Send your remittance to:

    John Odonnell R. Petalcorin

    #5 Houston Street
    Marikina City
    Tel# 0921-7172040.

    You may indicate in the Remittance Form that you are sending your remittance directly to LBC Remittance Card # 1880033454 or for me to pick it up at nearest LBC Branch. You will be given a receipt with a Tracking Number.

    Step 4. Tell me your ORDER by sending a FACEBOOK PERSONAL MESSAGE to me. Your ORDER must contain the following:

    A. Your True Name

    B. Complete Address
    C. Telephone number
    D. Tracking# of your LBC Remittance
    E. Amount donated
    F. Your Order: Package A or Package B or Package C

    The package will be sent to you within 24 hours from the time you ORDER it. The package will arrive to you (door-to-door) the next working-day after we send it. Immediately after I send the package, I will send you the Tracking Number by Facebook Message and you can check the status of your package in the LBC Website.



    The member is encouraged to post a comment on the wall or post a picture of the accomplishment. You may post your pro-erap group pictures that shows your posters and stickers on cars, motors, and pedicabs.

    You may also thank JV Ejercito directly for the freebies.

    Request for replenishment of campaign material can be done using same process above.

    Remember our motto: Acta Non Verba, Crescite et Multiplicamini - meaning, Action not words, Increase and Multiply.



    Truly yours,


    Volunteer Coordinator
    JEEP NI ERAP Facebook Group
    April 17 at 9:11am · Report

  • -John Remollo Petalcorin -
    QUESION: How to go to PP HQ?

    ANSWER: Pro-Erap Volunteers within Metro Manila are encouraged to visit the PMP HQ at 409 Shaw Mandaluyong. It is along Shaw from EDSA you go towards Mandaluyong/Manila. 409 Shaw is a tall building at the right side na ang facade ay under-construction pa. From Edsa, madadaanan mo ang SHELL, PETRON. Ang building ay katabi ng NISSAN/MAZDA. Pasok ka sa loob agad ng building at sabihin sa guard na kukuha ka ng campaign materials ng PMP for Erap, sa 1st floor ang parking.


    QUESTION: Is there a Package A,B,C in PMP HQ that is similar to the contents of the package of Jeep Ni Erap Facebook Group?

    ANSWER: NO. PMP HQ have their own set of package, depending on your participation to the campaign. Most limited edition Erap Stuffs are available only in Jeep Ni Erap Group in Facebook.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Why Not Mothers First in Biographies?

EVER wondered why it is the case that in reading biographies of great and minor figures, the name of the father is almost always mentioned first than that of the mother? Not counting the cases of one of the parents being lopsidedly famous and powerful or influential over the other, the general trend has been that the father is almost always mentioned first. Notwithstanding if the father is a scum and it is the mother who served as major breadwinner. Even in the case of United States President Barack Obama whose father deserted them, his biographical page in the White House website cites his father first: “With a father from Kenya and a mother from Kansas, President Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961.”

Is such really the natural course to follow? Perhaps, because most human beings carry the surname of the father* it is deemed to be a most natural thing to mention the father first.  Or, maybe, it is thought that God of some patriarchal religion decrees it that way. Perhaps in the days of old when outdated thinking and stiff patriarchy ruled the world, citing the father’s name first was understandably standard operating procedure for historians and biographical writers. Today in a world enlightened by science and humanist philosophy, should fathers still come first?

If it is “natural,” we should abide by, is it not logical that the name of the mother–who carried the infant in her womb for 9 months and risked her life giving birth to the child–instead come first in the biographies of noted humans of this planet? Why should the father, whose paternity is not obvious or readily verifiable be mentioned first?

In the olden times when it was exclusively the men who eked out a living and financially supported the wife and child, such practice of crediting the paternal roots first over the maternal  can be justified. But even that is arguable from an objective, non-patriarchal viewpoint.

In the modern times when women also work, if not actually serve as the family’s main breadwinner, should it not be fair SOP to mention first the mother over the father. I mean, it is the woman, after all, who is the biological source of the child, notwithstanding the genetic contribution of the man. So long as there’s a (valid) witness to the pregnancy and the delivery, the fact of motherhood is always undeniable. It is the woman who suffers the discomfort and extreme pains of pregnancy/labor, and, usually, the responsibility of nurturing the child in the critical early stages of infancy. So why prioritize giving credit to the father whose paternity cannot be perfectly guaranteed unless the mother was under fool-proof eunuch-guarded house arrest for a few months before the estimated date of conception.

In the Philippines, there is a saying that ‘the grandparents can only be certain that a grandchild is theirs if it is the mother who is their offspring.’ Indeed, the marriage of, say, a son to his wife will not guarantee that any grandchild such a union produces carries the grandparents’ genes. The context of the saying is, of course, the traditional setup where DNA paternal testing was not yet available. However, even such DNA testing does not provide 100% accurate confirmation of paternity. Unless, perhaps, the procedure is repeated multiple times.

I say it is high time that humankind flow with the biological and reverse the patriarchal viewpoint of biography writing. Let the naming of mothers come first before that of the fathers. Mothers not only deserve first credit for all their pregnancy woes but, also, such a practice should provide more accurate, biologically founded biographical information.

*At least one exception is Sweden, as a Swedish friend informed me that couples have the option of choosing which surname (the wife or the husband) they wish to legally carry.


Photo credits

Mother and Son – Fruit and Flower Background
by Norma Belleza – 1996

Mag-Inang Nagpipili ng Bigas
by Cesar Amorsolo – 1983



President Barack Obama. White House website.

Friday, April 9, 2010

WWF Hails New Act to Protect Country’s Top Coral Reef

Press release from WWF-for Nature, Philippines
While the country celebrated the 68th Anniversary of the Fall of Bataan, environmentalists celebrated yet another historical event. Last 6 April, the enabling act for Tubbataha Reefs was signed into law, after eight long years of lobbying and congressional discussion.

Republic Act 10067 or the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Act provides more permanent local management structures, fiscal autonomy and steeper penalties for violations of the Park’s rules. The act will vastly improve the Park’s capability to protect its marine resources and help improve catch rates in the Sulu Sea.
Tubbataha Reefs pulsates with shoal of fusilier and damselfish hoverering
above vast fields of staghorn coral (Photo credit: Toppx2/WWF)
Says WWF-Philippines Vice-Chairman & CEO Lory Tan, “Tubbataha is the first and only purely marine UNESCO World Heritage Site in Southeast Asian seas.  Although the park has long been protected by a Presidential Proclamation and a determined but rather tenuous thread of stakeholder collaboration, its protected status has now been cast in stone, under the full force of a Republic Act. After years of deliberation, the final pieces have come to play.”

Protection for the Philippines’ Most Productive Coral Reefs

Nestled at the heart of the Coral Triangle are the twin atolls of Tubbataha, 150 kilometres (90 nautical miles) southeast of Puerto Princesa City in Palawan and administered by nearby Cagayancillo. Formed from the eruption of undersea volcanoes nearly 15 million years ago, Tubbataha or ‘long reef’ in the Samal tongue plays host to 510 kinds of fish that frolic amongst 396 types of soft and hard coral. Other denizens include eight breeding seabird, 12 marine mammal, 11 shark and two turtle species.

Declared a World Heritage Site in 1993, the Tubbataha Reefs are amongst the richest and most productive areas within the Coral Triangle – the Earth’s centre of marine biodiversity. A healthy coral reef has about 30 to 40 metric tonnes of fish biomass per square kilometre.  As a result of the years of effective conservation, Tubbataha has been recorded with upwards of 200 tonnes of fish biomass per square kilometer. Its fertile reefs constantly seed adjoining regions such as eastern Palawan and western Visayas with fish and invertebrate spawn, generating over a billion dollars of marine produce that feed 35 million people each year.

“WWF lauds all the lobbyists, local government units and stakeholders who have toiled ceaselessly for the Act to become reality. Some say that our work is now done,” says Tan. “Rather, it has only just begun, for governance is a joint-responsibility between the government and civil society.”

Today, the Park stands at 97,030 hectares and is undoubtedly the most biologically productive in the country,. Considering that only 5% of the country’s coral reefs are in excellent condition, the protection of the immensely-productive Tubbataha Reefs ensures a far-brighter future for the millions who depend on Philippine seas for food and livelihood. (30)

Fig. 1 – The proliferation of life within and around the Tubbataha Reefs almost belies belief. Here an enormous pulsating shoal of fusilier and damselfish hover above vast fields of staghorn coral. (Toppx2) 

For more information, please contact:

Marivel Dygico
Tubbataha Project Manager, WWF-Philippines

Gregg Yan
Information, Education and Communications Officer, WWF-Philippines
920-7923/26/31, 0917-833-4734

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