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I shall be writing topics as it comes to mind. It could be topics, past or present, but relative to the times. I shall also be reacting to articles published, whether domestic or foreign, and voicing my opinion. My views shall always be objective.

Every now and then I shall also be sharing with you videos, photos, sayings and graphics of people, animals, places, etc., that I find interesting, which I hope you will appreciate.

Also, there are times when I will be posting articles about facts – why it happened that way or what could have been if something else happened.

I welcome you to my blog site and I look forward to inter-acting with you. Your participation, your thoughts and commentaries, either for or against, will be very much appreciated. We may have differences in opinion but that is the essence of being rational, to be able to agree to disagree. It is my aim that as we go along we enlighten not only ourselves but also those that finds the opportunity/chance to visit this site. Let us enrich each other in knowledge and build each other up in friendship. Thank you. Jesus Sievert a.k.a  Quierosaber

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¡Hola mundo!

Escribiré temas como estos vienen a la mente. Esto podría ser temas, pasadas o presentes, pero con relación a los tiempos. También reaccionaré a artículos publicados, doméstico o extranjero, y expresaré mi opinión. Mis vistas siempre serán objetivo.

De vez en cuando también compartiré con ustedes vídeos, fotos, refranes y gráficos de la gente, animales, lugares, etc., que encuentro interesante y espero que lo aprecian.

También, hay tiempos cuando fijaré artículos sobre hechos – por qué pasó así o lo que podría haber sido si algo más pasara.

Bienvenidos a mi sitio de blog y espero colaborar con Vd. en el futuro.

Su participación, sus pensamientos y comentarios, para o contra, serán muy apreciados. Podemos tener diferencias en la opinión pero eso es la esencia de ser racional, ser capaz de consentir en discrepar. Esto es mi objetivo que como continuamos, aclaramos no sólo nosotros mismos sino también aquellos  que encuentran  la oportunidad/posibilidad de visitar este sitio. Déjenos enriquecer el uno al otro en el conocimiento y en la amistad. Gracias. Jesus Sievert alias Quierosaber

Victims of our own folly

 

election1As the May 9 national election draws near one can’t help feeling anxious about how it would be for the country and the Filipino people for the next six years.

Lately I had been voicing my opinion that the vice presidential race is more important /significant than the presidential race.

I had been very vocal about my support for Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo. As vice president she embodies the competence and character of one who can be relied upon to protect the interest of the people, whether or not she gets along well whoever the president-elect is

It has been encouraging and reassuring lately that Vice President Jejomar Binay is now lagging behind in the surveys among the preferred presidential candidates.

What seems to be appearing is a three- cornered fight between Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Sen. Grace Poe and LP standard bearer Mar Roxas, with the balance tilting in favor of Duterte.

There does not seem to be a negative issue that could derail Duterte’s steady rise in popularity even when he keeps spewing profanities that makes him less presidential in words and deeds, not to mention that he is being accused now of not truthfully declaring his wealth and in fact branded as another Binay – a corrupt public official.

It behooves upon us all to make the right choice in electing a president, but if the die is cast for Duterte, as it appears it is, and because of him the country will go once more to the dogs, then we, the people, have only ourselves to blame.

It is only in voting for Robredo that we can be assured of a saving grace.

If Duterte it is, then at least Robredo is there to allay fears of uncertainty that the country and its people may be facing.

One thing sure is that this country can never rise again if and when, God forbids, it is mired by Duterte’s leadership and especially if the people have chosen Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr to be the vice president.

Like electing boxing champion Manny Pacquiao senator of the realm to craft laws for the country, we, the people have only ourselves to blame for putting the country in mess again if we elect the wrong candidates to be our leaders.

At the end we become victims of our own folly.

 

The tale of two gallant dogs

 

Dayko

Dayko

Instead of writing about politicians running for highest offices of the land who does nothing but snarl at one another like rabid dogs to get public attention and gain their votes, this time I shall be writing about two gallant dogs that appear more sensible and judicious in their mission deserving of the public’s attention, appreciation and commendation more than the politicians we have going around.

First, is a yellow Labrador named Dayko who perished from sheer exhaustion after leading a rescue team find seven people trapped in the rubble of a powerful and devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the city of Pedarnales in Ecuador not too long ago.

Considered a hero now, the 4-year-old Dayko worked as a rescue dog with the city’s fire department.

It was reported that the gallant dog suddenly collapsed during search operations and eventually died from “massive coronary myocardial infarction and acute respiratory failure”.

Maxx

Maxx

Second, is about a German Shepherd named Maxx who was also declared a hero in a separate incident, this after the courageous pet dog helped the firefighters locate his master’s two young kids, a four-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl when the family home in Orlando, Florida caught fire. Neighbors phoned 911 after  they saw the residence of Margo Feaser starting to burn

The injured family members were brought to the hospital for treatment. Maxx was separately treated for smoke inhalation.

Sometimes one can’t help but entertain thoughts about intelligent and trained dogs being more reliable and concern about people than politicians are.

Robredo’s surge in latest VP SWS survey very encouraging

 

Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo

Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo

It looks like the Filipino people are now taking seriously the candidacy of Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, this after the Social Weather Station (SWS), in its latest pre-election vice presidential survey, showed she has now surged to the top.

What matters most actually now is the vice presidential race  and I have said this in my previous blogs:   https://quierosaber.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/electing-vice-president-more-important-in-2016-national-elections/ and https://quierosaber.wordpress.com/2016/04/11/the-crucial-vice-presidential-debate/.

Hopefully, this trend will continue with more and more Filipinos convinced that Robredo’s intelligence, competence and likeability will serve the country well whoever wins the presidency.

Robredo’s surge and eventual election to the second highest post of the land, aside from being encouraging, also promises continued stability and growth for the country as she is there to protect what the country has achieved already and the prospect that she will be the country’s leader six years from now, God willing.

It looks like there is no stopping now Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s momentum in the presidential race. The same SWS survey shows him sustaining and in fact increasing his lead among the presidential aspirants despite spewing expletives and distasteful utterances.

More and more Filipinos, to include even the women folk, are opting for a change the way government is run, that to this day can’t seem to solve or at least minimize corruption, drugs, criminality. One administration after another has been voted in but the lack of political will from the leaders continue to manifest. Political expediency has become the norm and to hell with the populace.

Perhaps giving Duterte a chance to make a positive difference for the country can become an example as the way to run the government efficiently and effectively. A government that is indeed for the people.

Perhaps this is the start of it all and the turning point that will make our country truly peaceful, stable and progressive.

Not making Vice President Jejomar Binay win is a wise decision.

It is even wiser making sure that Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. loses in his 2016 vice presidential bid.

 

Duterte’s rape remark and poll standing

 

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

I was really expecting that the other presidential candidates will be ganging up on Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, after the latter made that unfortunate and unwarranted remarks or joke, as he claims it was, about the rape and murder of an Australian missionary in 1989, saying, “she was beautiful, I thought, the mayor should have been first’.

After hearing Duterte every now and then before, and more often today that he is a presidential candidate, I am not surprised anymore that what he says is always tainted with foul language or what I consider a ‘corrupt’ language.

But the good thing is that spewing a foul language is the only thing that is corrupt in Duterte. Other than that he is what he is – a fearless mayor of Davao City who people see as the kind of leader that the country needs if it wants growth and development to be sustained by eliminating the hindrances to it like dishonesty in government and criminality on the streets with an iron hand.

And so, while the other presidential candidates were busy condemning Duterte’s uncalled-for remarks hoping that the tide will turn against the latter and favoring them instead, the people who are for Duterte remained steadfast with him.

Duterte’s plan for the nation seems to be the ship that many Filipinos are relying upon that will carry them to a calm and peaceful waters after having been navigated by a series of  helmsmen in turbulent waters for so long  without relief.

This is the change that the citizenry desires and hopes to happen under the command of Duterte and this is what matters most to the people now.

Besides Duterte has also no qualms in apologizing if he has hurt the sensibilities of people, if needed, as he did about the Australian rape victim controversy.

“I apologise to the Filipino people for my recent remarks in a rally. There was no intention of disrespecting our women and those who have been victims of this horrible crime.”

Duterte may be brutish and disgusting to some, but to many supporting his presidential candidacy today, he has what it takes to feel the pulse of the people and unite under a leadership that could instill discipline, order and stability which is very much needed for the country’ march to progress.

No one wonders now why is leading in poll surveys.

Duterte now main target from other presidentiables

 

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

Nobody will refute that, and for a reason!

Latest opinion polls on preferred presidential candidate shows Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte now leading the pack and the way it looks it is gaining momentum by the day.

This momentum are expressed not only by local politicians turning their coats for political convenience  or expediency, but by the number of people from all walks of life and different ages offering to volunteer in any shape, manner and form for Duterte to emerge the winner in the May presidential election.

This is one collective movement of the people noticed all over the country that are inspired and motivated in helping Duterte’s candidacy because they believe in the latter’s capability and competence to effect positive changes in governance – as promised.

“We have been seeing old issues being resurrected with more intensity,” said Leoncio Evasco, Duterte’s national campaign manager. “The vilification campaign against Mayor Duterte will reach new heights now that he has taken the lead in voter preference.”

“Having overtaken them in surveys, they now find themselves trailing and they want to pull us down by throwing everything imaginable at the Davao City mayor — all of them not flattering,” he added.

Nobody seems presidential anymore, including Duterte, in their campaigns. The name calling has overshadowed the real issues that has been subject of debate and should continue to be addressed.

But this is Philippine politics and the more colorful description one candidate uses against another always have the edge to be voted upon.

Personal attacks, however, is just a side dish in attracting votes. It makes the candidate appear to be tough and exuding in machismo as a leader, but the people can no longer be fooled. They know who is who.

There is no amount of ratcheting up the attacks against their target, Duterte, by his presidential rivals, will change the minds of most Filipinos now.

Nothing is more important now for the people than to have a leader who has a clear mission and vision in fighting corruption, drugs and criminality.

Dealing with these problems with impunity will pave the way for a better Philippines.

Duterte and Marcos top latest opinion polls

 

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

With the latest survey conducted by Pulse Asia for the giant network ABS-CBN showing Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. as the preferred candidate for president and vice president, respectively, are we seeing the writing on the wall as to who our set of leaders will be?

We have practically less than a month to go before election and the timeliness of the survey seem to indicate that the people have started making up their minds.

Like I have often said, except for Vice president Jejomar Binay, I could care less anymore who wins the presidency.

If Duterte can sustain his lead up to the end then it is the people’s will that have spoken and assured him of a presidential victory despite the fact that he has no political machinery to rely on nor ample monetary resource to depend on.

Beating an administration candidate in the person of Mar Roxas is no easy feat, but it looks like the Filipinos really want a change in how government is run and Duterte seems to fit the mold of the kind of leader being ascribed.

Not even Sen. Grace Poe has that audacity and dogged determination to make change happen the way Duterte had made a promise to the Filipinos he will do. Except for Duterte, nobody else came out with specific plans how to go about stopping corruption, drugs and criminality. Also, compared to Poe, Duterte has the knowledge and experience to run government.

I wish I can say the same thing about Marcos, but why he is able to titillate the young voters to support him is beyond me.

Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo

Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo

The only consolation I have now, and I am sure many people appreciate it too, is that Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo has finally climbed up and is now ranking second to Marcos in the latest survey.

At this stage, this is very encouraging and reassuring, and I hope that people, especially the womenfolk, will realize that Robredo is a much better choice for the vice presidency than Marcos is – anytime.

Robredo has no issues against her integrity and competence and she seems to have the better reading of the pulse of the Filipino people as to what is needed for them and the country in general.

The crucial vice presidential debate

 

vp debateThe vice presidential debate was not only rationally entertaining, but it confirms also what I wrote that electing vice president is more important in 2016 national elections  (https://quierosaber.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/electing-vice-president-more-important-in-2016-national-elections/).

Since I have nothing but antipathy for Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., I didn’t really mind that he was heckled by the anti-Marcos group chanting, “Never again, never again to martial law!” , during his opening address.

I hope the younger generation, who seems to get titillated by his name or looks perhaps, understands the reason for the heckling and the manner Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano ‘opened fire’ with his vituperations against Marcos.

Cayetano deserves to be applauded for opening the eyes once more of the people, especially the younger generation, for the injustices, corruption and atrocities committed during the conjugal dictatorship’s regime of which the young Marcos clearly and vividly remembers, I am sure.

But the irony of it all is that Cayetano’s presidential tandem, Digong Duterte, does not feel the same way as his running mate about the Marcoses, thus, the attack on Marcos was and is is not so destructive for the latter’s vice presidential ambition.

Suffice to say that it will take a Duterte, who is reportedly leading the presidential poll survey as I write, who could do more damage to the candidacy of Marcos. As it is, he does not even want to touch Marcos with a ten-foot-pole.

Rep. Leni Robredo, who appeared compose, articulate and passionate in her answers, questions, ideas and strategies, raised also some issues against Marcos, but I don’t think it really mattered much. Just the same her knowledge, accomplishments, confidence and competence made her a winner in that debate.

Not much can be said about the performance of Senators Gringo Honasan and Antonio Trillanes. Coming from the same mold, it was their notoriety that catapulted them to where they are. Renegade soldiers as they were in their military days, their leadership does not augur well for the country. Both were probably exciting as soldiers, but in politics they are dull and uninspiring, even if Trillanes keeps on hounding Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Sen. Francis Escudero was a big disappointment and a disaster to boot. If he thinks he is interesting and impressive and feels smart with his monotone voice when he speaks, he is dead wrong. He does a lot of word-playing and at times he pretends to crack a joke that only he himself would laugh.

Worst even was when Escudero referred to them all on the stage as “payaso” (clown). I was surprised that nobody reacted to the description given them. Perhaps they did not understand the word, which when referring to the other vice presidential candidate is offensive and degrading.

In reality, there was only one “payaso” on the stage and his name is Escudero..