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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


¡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

Leni Robredo’s vice presidential bid


Rep. Leni Robredo

Rep. Leni Robredo

I am sure that more and more Filipinos here and abroad who want to see the Philippines grow and develop as a respectable nation are thankful that Rep. Leni Robredo finally accepted to run as Mar Roxas’ vice presidential candidate.

If this was not Divine intervention, I don’t know what else made her do it.

It was simply a blessing in disguise that Sen. Grace Poe rejected President Aquino’s and Roxas’ offer to run in tandem with the latter, believing in herself that her popularity and her worthiness surpassed that of Roxas and all other presidential pretenders to lead the country in 2016.

Besides Poe was already thinking that her prospective vice presidential candidate, Sen. Francis Escudero, was beloved by the Filipinos and a sure winner who could further bring her numbers up on election-day.

How wrong could Poe be in both of her assumptions!

It was Poe’s presumptuousness and ambition that drove her to seek the presidency and avenge the loss of her adoptive father, the late Fernando Poe Jr., who was unsuccessful in his presidential bid after claims of being cheated by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo over the controversial ‘Hello Garci’ tape.

Even if Poe knew of her inadequacy to be president, because of her lack of managerial experience and skills, still she pursued to the hilt her ambition thinking that by invoking the name of her father during rallies and having Escudero beside her as her mentor, it would win her the presidency.

Robredo, on the other hand, despite her commendable background and competence, not to mentioned that she was married to a politician whose ideals in serving the people and country are epitomes of a servant leader, took a long time to decide to run for vice president until finally discerning that it was what her late husband, Jesse Robredo, wanted her to do.

Leni simply oozes with sincerity, goodness, confidence and competence in her looks and character that her presence bodes well for the future of the country.

Leni’s entry to the vice presidential race gives hope to each and every Filipino because, like President Aquino and Roxas, she too is a strong believer in the ‘tuwid na daan’ (straight path) program of governance. This advocacy may not be perfect, but in essence it is what the country needs and if continued by the likes of Roxas and Robredo in the next twelve years we can all be hopeful that the Philippines will develop to become a better country with improved quality of life for all Filipinos.

Given the many vice presidential aspirants in the 2016 election running either with a party or alone, the importance of Lani’s bid for the same position cannot be overemphasized.

Those that are not supportive of the ‘tuwid na daan’ advocacy will try to ridicule it, and if it succeeds this country will not move forward, but rather stagnate.

But most of all what makes Leni Robredo’s entry in the vice presidential race significant is stopping the likes of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. from winning the vice presidency, or this country will really be back in dire straits. For one who is trying to resurrect the memories of his despot father and inculcating them in the minds of the younger generation that, as a Marcos, he could do the same for that style of leadership is what is best needed for this country, he has to be stopped in his track and make him realize that he can no longer fool the Filipinos and that he is just full of crap.

This country could not afford to have another Marcos at the helm of government, not even as a vice president, especially if the avaricious Marcos matriarch, Imelda, is still very much around.


The diminishing worth of the Senate


Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao

Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao

What I am writing about now does not differ much from what I wrote in 2013. There is just one input I have to add after I shall have invited you, with your indulgence, to open again this link: https://quierosaber.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/the-need-to-raise-the-bar-of-competence-in-the-senate/.

We will be electing once more a set of senators during the 2016 national elections and there is one celebrity who just announced his candidacy, and who I believe will surely be elected, thanks to the lack of better sense of discretion and better judgment among many Filipinos, who would go for mediocrity and inadequacy instead of intelligence and competence for such important tasks as, among other things, crafting new laws, amending existing ones, or repealing old ones and conducting investigations in aid of legislation.

I am talking of course about boxing icon and Sarangani representative Manny Pacquiao.

I am not doubting Pacquiao’s interest and motivation to serve the country, but looking at it objectively at what he does best, his background and competence, I would say that he would do better serving the country by developing the competitiveness of its sports program which we badly need for international exposure.

We know how determined, focus and disciplined Pacquiao is every time he trains for a fight. The same attributes, which have made him respected and admired the world over, can be imparted by him upon every Filipino aspiring athlete out there. This is the best and lasting legacy he could leave behind as one hero-worship by Filipinos.

Needless to say, that it is not in the realm of politics that he could continue showing is best.

Politics is not for Pacquiao, as can be seen from his stint in congress. People have seen his ineptitude and shameful performance, which simply means that Pacquiao is not cut for politics.

The reality is that his popularity, not to mention his billions of pesos, has helped him get into politics, after being nudged by morally debased fair weather friends and favor-seeking sycophants whose intention is simply to use him. He has not only become a traditional politician, but like the Binays in Makati City, Pacquiao is starting to create a formidable political dynasty in Sarangani with his wife, Jinkee, now a vice governor and a brother to run as congressman to take his place.

Now, the same kinds of friends have convinced Pacquiao to run as senator.

What a calamity for the country!

Surely, Pacquiao’s personal record does not comply nor answers the need to raise the bar of competence in the senate. On the contrary his presence adds up to the diminishing worth of the senate as an institution.

Binay-Honasan tandem a big disappointment


Vice President Jejomar Binay and Sen. Gregorio Honasan

Vice President Jejomar Binay and Sen. Gregorio Honasan

After so many rejections suffered by Vice President Jejomar Binay in his desperate attempt wooing politicians to become his running mate, he finally was able to convince Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan to accept the offer.

It took a second pass though because on the first proposal Honasan described the tandem of Bi-Hon or Bin-Go (for Binay-Gringo) as a painful joke, which is another phrase for a sick joke, saying, that it won’t fly.

According to Honasan, it was the pressure coming from the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) more than Binay’s jawboning that made him succumbed to run as the party’s vice presidential candidate.

Needless to say that, like Binay, UNA itself was desperate in finding an able supporter outside the realm of the party who could help excite and improve the sagging image of Binay, that it had no other recourse but to nominate an insider, Honasan.

What can Honasan really crow about his performance and accomplishments as a politician, and even as a soldier, that would make people agog and hopeful of the Bi-Hon tandem?

We are all aware that Honasan was a former renegade soldier who led a number of aborted coups against the presidency of Cory Aquino. His reasons then for launching the rebellion was that under Cory, graft and corruption had increased, political family dynasties have gained power, the communist insurgents have been allowed to expand their activities through legal front groups and the president “adopted measures that tended or were intended to widen the rift between the military and civil government.”

If only an older Honasan had held on to the ideals the younger Honasan had when he was in the military, it would have made an impact and a big difference in his decision now to run as Binay’s vice presidential candidate.

But look what has happened.

While the administration of Cory’s son, President Benigno Aquino (PNoy), is doing everything to run the country the way Honasan sees fit, what does the latter do?

Honasan has not only agreed to run in tandem with Binay, but he is also supporting a presidential candidate who has been accused of corrupt practices and who, to this day, has not proven himself clean and beyond doubt. What is even worse is that Honasan is embracing the despicable family dynasty of the Binays.

Now if this is not Honasan’s highest point of hypocrisy, I don’t know what is.

During the turbulent years of the Cory presidency, Honasan, sporting a long hair, was more known for his Rambo-style notoriety, after John Rambo, a troubled Vietnam War veteran and former US Army Special Forces soldier skilled in many aspects of survival, weaponry, hand-to-hand combat and guerilla warfare.

Ironically, during those same tumultuous years, the diminutive Binay, then an avid supporter of Cory, was seen clad in Army fatigues and lugging an Uzi submachine pistol ready to defend and die for PNoy’s mother from coup plotters. This attire and gallantry earned Binay the sobriquet “Rambotito” or Little Rambo.

Rambo and Rambotito on different sides during those days was a big joke.

Together today, they are a big disappointment.

Escudero’s candidacy not a walk in the park


Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero

Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero

If Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero thinks that his teaming up with a popular and polls survey front runner presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe is as easy as leisurely walking in the park, then he should settle down and once more contemplate seriously recent developments.

Escudero, like Poe, may be leading also in the vice presidential polls survey, but it is only for the simple reason that nobody else has declared their candidacy for the position. One could say that he was only pitted against speculative candidates previously.

But not anymore.

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano has already announce his vice presidential bid in Davao City, while hoping that he could run in tandem with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. While Duterte remains undecided to this day, Cayetano, on the other hand, is steaming ahead full throttle in his political aspiration.

The latest to formally announce that he is running for vice president in the 2016 elections is Sen. Antonio Trillanes, whose Magdalo party-list group is endorsing the presidential bid of Sen. Grace Poe. In effect what it means is that a Poe-Trillanes tandem has also been formed.

Soon to formally declare his vice presidential bid is also Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos. It is unclear yet whether or not he will agree to become Vice President Jejomar Binay’s running mate.

But the most awaited announcement is that of Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, whether or not she has accepted former Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas’ offer to run as his vice presidential candidate.

For sure it is going to be an uphill battle for Escudero with so many formidable opponents vying for the vice presidency who certainly will be competing for his votes now, but what will make it even harder and crippling for Escudero is the thought that if Robredo decides to enter the race the Bicolandia votes will be much more decided to his disadvantage.

There is no doubt that the name Robredo is much loved and respected in the Bicol region and unlike Escudero, Leni, who herself is highly regarded as a person of intellect, competence and trustworthiness, also personifies the servant leadership her late husband Jesse Robredo was recognized and extolled for.

Servant leadership is about emphathizing with the people, especially the poor and the marginalized and working for their growth, development and well-being.

Being characteristically a traditional politician who simply wants power and influence over people, Robredo’s brand of leadership cannot simply be applied to Escudero.

Thus, one can aptly say now that Escudero’s vice presidential run is not a walk in the park, as he ambitiously and pretentiously believes it is.


Binay’s threat of people power revolution


Vice President Jejomar Binay

Vice President Jejomar Binay

For a man trying to energize his sagging image and recover from his steady drop in both his presidential voter preference ranking and trust/approval rating as a government official, Vice President Jejomar Binay is everywhere in the news making utterances for people to remember him now until the 2016 election day.

The problem, however, is that sometimes Binay’s pronouncements get the better of him that instead of sounding hopeful for the future of the country he appears to be the harbinger of unrest and chaos.

Take for instance Binay’s recent statement that he will lead another people power revolution if he is cheated in the 2016 presidential elections.

Now, why would Binay start making this baffling threat this early if he thinks he is the most experienced and qualified among the three declared presidential candidates?

Besides, haven’t the country’s leaders learned a lesson yet from former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s “Hello Garci” tape and what it has done to her in the aftermath?

What Binay seem to be doing is unscrupulously psyching up the minds of the people that the only way he will lose is if the ruling party of President Aquino, the Liberal Party, whose presidential bet is Mar Roxas, will play dirty and unfairly in the polls.

To many, Binay’s words are not only an affront to Aquino and Roxas, and to certain extent to Sen. Grace Poe as well, but also discrediting and disgracing the newly confirmed positions of exemplary leaders tasked to make sure that clean and honest election will happen, like Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento and PNP Director Ricardo Marquez.

Binay should remember that while he uses his finger to point at his adversaries accusing them of cheating, what is more possible and believable, basing from his marred reputation, is that he is going to do what it takes to foment unrest and chaos in the country as a sign of his desperate attempt to be president and for the Binay dynasty to rule unabated.

But what is really intriguing, if not shocking, is the nerve and the presumptuousness of Binay to call for a people power revolution as if he has the moral ascendancy, like Cory Aquino before him, to lead one when he himself exemplifies the decadence in governance by a public official.

Reality torments Binay


Vice President Jejomar Binay

Vice President Jejomar Binay

Vice President Jejomar Binay is said to be baffled by the latest presidential voter preference survey ranking him third behind Sen. Grace Poe and former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas.

Binay used the word ‘confusing’ to describe his feelings because past surveys either ranked him first or second, but never behind the two other declared presidential aspirants.

Well, Binay should start realizing now that the winds of change is fast catching up with his political shenanigans that it is, more than ever, affecting the choices and preferences of people as to who they want to ably succeed President Aquino in 2016.

More than being baffled, I think the reality that this is going to be the trend of the surveys taken within the next 7 months or so before the 2016 election is tormenting Binay no end.

As if choosing a vice presidential running mate is not agonizing enough, now comes Binay’s new ranking in the poll that will even make it harder for him to convince political personalities to run in tandem with him – a likely loser.

There seem to be no probable candidate for vice president in sight that is exciting and inspiring enough who will be able to reverse the current standing of Binay in the surveys. Neither Senators Ferdinand Marcos Jr. nor Gregorio Honasan, both known for their notoriety, and which Binay thinks he need badly to help uplift his slumping presidential candidacy.

I am not saying that there will be no more changes in the presidential survey rankings from here on. For sure there will be, but it could only happen between Poe and Roxas, with both, ironically, promoting President Aquino’s ‘tuwid na daan’ ( straight path) program of governance.

We will just have to see whether or not Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will finally declare his candidacy and join the 2016 presidential race.

If the fearless Duterte decides to run, then it will even add more misery for Binay.

Duterte’s entry will leave Binay eating the dust.

The pitfall of a Duterte presidency


Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

It looks like the political vane of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s candidacy for president in 2016 is pointing towards a direction that says it is a go.

It is understandable why he wasn’t able to make it to the Quirino Grandstand where his avid supporters were gathered to plead for him to run for president.

Though Duterte warned his followers ahead of time that he would not be attending the rally, an unforeseen event, however, where three foreigners and a Filipina were kidnapped at the Holiday Ocean View Marina in the Island Garden City of Samal, made his absence all the more understandable.

Considering the kind of man and leader Duterte is, his duty as a local government official to attend to the safety of the hostages had to take precedence over his own personal interest and political ambition.

But Duterte’s message which was reportedly read by the assemblage leader, former AFP chief Hermogenes Esperon, speaks volume of his ambition to join the 2016 presidential race.

“I am asking for a little for more time, so I can do some final soul-searching with myself and my family.”

“And after that little more time, I am going to face the nation again and I will face all of you and I will decide with all my heart and my mind and I promise you, I will never leave you.

“I know you want an alternative to those who now present themselves with their ambition to lead the country. I have repeatedly said that I do not have the ambitions to be your president. Leaders answer not to their self-interest or their personal glory. Leaders respond to duty and moral obligation.”

I really have no problem with that, for the truth is that the country badly needs the caliber of a leader that Duterte is. What Duterte has done in Davao City, I am sure many Filipinos would like to see being replicated in the entire Philippines.

The question, however, is: Can Duterte carry on the work that President Aquino has started which is being recognized and acknowledged by the world community as making a difference in the way the country is growing and developing?

To put it more bluntly: Can Duterte continue advocating Aquino’s ‘tuwid na daan’ or straight path program of governance?

With Duterte’s no nonsense approach in dealing with all forms of criminality complementing the honesty and transparency in stumping corruption in government, what more could the people and the nation ask of a leader?

What will go wrong definitely is once Duterte runs for president, he will start criticizing and belittling the political cornerstone of the Aquino presidency and begin stamping his own political brand of leadership which may be seen by many as detrimental and retrogressive to the country’s development.

What could even be worse is if Duterte, God forbids, chooses the son and namesake of the despot, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., to be his running mate.

Talking about the pitfall of a Duterte presidency.