Dog cyst pictured like Trump


I do not know if this is fake news, but I sure found this under a weird news column and like any weird news item this is simply incredible and worth sharing.

A beagle dog in Tyneside, England was said to be persevering a growth, a cyst, if you may, in his ear.

Will, this may be normal for a  beagle since its extraordinary long ears almost always touches the ground when sniffing for something and in the process picks up a lot of dirt.

Jade Robinson said her two-year-old beagle, Chief, developed the cyst after dirt got in his ears.

Robinson said that while she tries to keep Chief’s ears clean on a daily basis, she admitted she can only do so much and noticed the infection growing from bad to worse.

Finally she decided to take a picture of the growing cyst to show to the vet, but not before a friend saw it and commented that what made the infection more seemingly painful to the dog was that the cyst resembled the image of Donald Trump, the 45th president of the USA!

You just have to use your imagination and picture it out yourself and you will see the resemblance.

It was said that Chief needed to be sedated so that vets can figure out the severity of his ear problem. The initial cost is the equivalent of about $590 ― more than Robinson could afford ― so she was hoping to raise the money via a crowd funding campaign that has the words “get Trump out of Chief’s ear” cleverly embedded in the URL.

Maybe not surprisingly, but generally, Chief got a lot of support from people who sympathize with him, and aren’t fans of the man the cyst resembled and donated with the accompanying comments like:

  • “Hope this helps Chief to rid himself of any nonsense creeping into his lughole. Could you even imagine how annoying it would be to have that fool in your ear?!?”
  • “I would donate far more for a vet to deal with the real Donald Trump!”
  • “Poor Chief. No one should have to put up with Trump in their ear! Here’s to a speedy recovery.”
  • “We here in America would all like to see Donald Trump surgically removed-The least we can do is help out Chief!”

Now, talking about how unpopular and despised Trump is!


Trillanes and Tatad on Duterte


Sen. Antonio Trillanes (l) and former Sen. Francisco Tatad.

I am talking of course about an incumbent senator in the person of Antonio Trillanes and a former senator represented by Francisco Tatad.

While Tatad is a bona fide ‘has been’ politician, his attitude and glaring antipathy towards President Rodrigo Duterte is no different than those of the pompous and boastful Trillanes.

Indeed both Trillanes and Tatad are peas in a pod and what makes them even more alike is the way they are perceived to be lacking in attention.

Obviously and fortunately the Filipino people are noticing the similarity of the two and I am pretty sure that Trillanes will follow the way Tatad has gone.

To this day Tatad continues to exhibit his attention deficit disorder by slamming Duterte with unsubstantiated facts like claiming for instance that the president was absent in the public eye last week because he suffered a mild stroke.

In fact Tatad even went farther, saying, that an emergency Cabinet meeting was held last week to discuss Duterte’s health.

Do you think Duterte would have surfaced just like that and travel and make speeches had he suffered a stroke, even mild at that?

If you will remember this is the same Tatad who wrote in his Manila Times column some time ago saying that Duterte had to fly to China to have his cancer affliction secretly treated.

No wonder Malacañang has chided Tatad for creating nothing but fantasies.

No matter how much noise Tatad makes, the true fact is that he could never resurrect whatever is left of his political ambitions.

As far as Trillanes is concern his own political ambition is on a nose-dive too and this is for the good of the country.

Trillanes’ latest setback is when the renowned BBC, during an interview, debunked his claims that Duterte’s bloody war on drugs, extrajudicial killings and declaration of martial law in Mindanao is ruining the country.

BBC’s ‘Hard Talk’ host Stephen Sakur took exception at Trillanes’ rantings against Duterte’s handling of power when in fact Duterte continues to enjoy a high approval rating among Filipinos.

I could never imagine where this country could have gone had the other presidential aspirant supported by Trillanes and his ilk won instead of Duterte.

Duterte’s administration may have its shortcomings, as Trillanes claim, but the direction and boon the people are expecting in the future far outweighs the bad fortune we had been having in the past.

Like Tatad, I don’t think Trillanes will ever become a political figure again once his term of office as senator is over.

Along with his attention deficit disorder, Trillanes will self-destruct as he is starting to now.


Duterte’s war on drugs

I came across this video and found it as the truth more than the negative imputations hurled at President Rodrigo Duterte who has promised to wage a relentless war against those involved in the proliferation, pushing and using of illegal drugs. I am re-posting it for anybody interested to watch it, learn and appreciate what the government is doing for the Philippines and its people.



The interesting incoming Duterte presidency


President-elect Rodrigo Duterte

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte

There is no doubt that like most of us in the country the outside world are also all eyes at the incoming administration of president-elect Rodrigo Duterte with thought-provoking interest.

And for a compelling reason!

Not only is it interesting to note that over 16 million Filipinos gave Duterte the authorization to go ahead with his bold plan of fighting corruption, criminality and drugs, not to mention the resolute idea of changing the existing form of government to federalism in order for peace and stability to be finally realized and sustained all over the archipelago, but more enthralling is the manner by which Duterte was able to win the support of practically all the political parties, including the once formidable Liberal party.

Duterte has not been sworn in to office yet, but it seems that events are unfolding already the way he planned it with the acceptance and endorsement of his programs and policies by government officials, especially the politicians in both houses of congress.

I would like to believe that more than political expediency, political will and the fearless and no-nonsense leadership of Duterte is what entices the people in government to support the president-elect’s advocacies which all redounds to improving lives of Filipinos under a country that will soon get rid of its ills.

With the speakership and the senate presidency tucked in under the belt of Duterte appointees, it will now be easier for Duterte to make things happen faster without much contentious debate that can be frustrating at times.

It is interesting and encouraging to see how the drug menace is being attended to by the police today. Perhaps we are looking at a preview of what to expect when the Duterte administration takes over, but this is just a milder view of it, I suppose.

I can’t wait to see the all out war against corruption, criminality and drugs. Many were skeptical including me that this could be solved within six months, but the way things are going the chances that it could be done is darn good!

Never has an incoming president of the country silenced the Church, but there is now a deafening silence from its high officials.

Never has an incoming president been brutally frank to the media about their faults and disallowed them to cover him even when the ‘honeymoon’ hasn’t started yet.

Never has an incoming president disparaged at high ranking UN personnel who warned him against “inciting violence” after he made his controversial remarks on media killings.

Expect many more of Duterte’s quirks when he assumes office.

This is what makes him totally different from other presidents we had had.

This is what makes him more interesting and intriguing political animal worthy of praise.



The inconvenient Santiago-Marcos tandem


Senators Miriam Defensor Santiago and Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr

Senators Miriam Defensor Santiago and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

I thought Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago was only seriously sick physically with her declared stage four lung cancer, but her recent confirmation that she has chosen Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as her running mate in the 2016 presidential elections make me think that she is also gravely sick mentally.

Having high regard for Miriam’s intellect, her decision comes not only as a surprise, but also defies logic considering who she is, how she is and what the Marcos name means to this country?

I consider Miriam’s choice of Marcos as bothersome, at best and embarrassing, at worst.

There is no doubt that social media has been instrumental in making Miriam go for the presidency. It appears that she was just biding her time until she felt that she has overcome the Big C.

But has she really conquered this dreaded disease afflicting her?

Despite her health dilemma, people, especially the netizens, rejoiced about her entry in the presidential derby thinking and believing that she could make a big difference for the future of the country and its people if she was to be elected its leader.

“If I become president sometime in the very near future, this country will be much better than it was before. Today this country suffers from the malaise of plunder,” she said.

Coming from a politician and public official who certainly means well and adored by the young and idealistic people, how pleasing to the ears Miriam’s statements are!

But is Miriam being gracious and likable still now that she has  chosen the son of the dictator Marcos to be her vice presidential candidate?

Considering her character and her advocacy for honesty, justice and good governance, would Miriam feel privileged and honored to be associated with the Marcoses after what this family has done to the country, especially when the antipathetic Marcos matriarch, Imelda, is still very much around?

Has Miriam failed to see that plunder in this country is very much equated with the Marcoses?

Would social media take this without expressing disgust?

It would have been much better, much sensible and more Miriam-like had the latter just joined the presidential race without a running mate.

As it is, and whether she admits it or not, because of her stage four lung cancer Miriam is seriously putting the future of this country in peril when, sooner or later during her term, God forbids, she suffers a relapse and the reins of government shall be turned over to the son of the dictator.

What a disaster it would be for the country! A presidency in silver platter handed easily to a Marcos.

I can only hope and pray that this political development in Miriam’s career will not prosper for the sake of the country and the Filipino people.

Binays causes radio commentary program to go off air

The Binays: Vice President Jejomar Binay and Makati Mayor Junjun Binay

The Binays: Vice President Jejomar Binay and Makati Mayor Junjun Binay

I do not know the veracity of this report but since the allegations come from veteran and hard-hitting TV host, radio broadcaster and columnist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI), Ramon Tulfo, then, I presume there is some credibility to it. The reason why I am presupposing is because only the PDI and Coconuts Manila have come out with the story.

Be that as it may, the story has a damning impact, not only on Vice President Jejomar Binay’s character, but also on how desperate Binay is in resurrecting himself from his downward spiral in approval and trust ratings based on the latest Pulse Asia survey on presidential wannabes for 2016.

According to Tulfo, Binay caused a popular morning radio commentary program to go off the air until Jan 5, 2015, after he ‘invited’ himself to become one of its regular hosts.’

Apparently, because of Binay’s present predicament, where he is trying very hard to extricate himself from the muck of corruption and ill-gotten wealth heaped against him, which is the main reason for his steep decline in the polls rating, he was invited by the hosts of dwIZ’s Karambola radio program, as guest, to air his side on the issues/charges against him. Note that the program discusses current events.

This happened on December 10, but much to the surprise and consternation (the word used by Tulfo) of the hosts, Binay, together with his son, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, returned to the radio program on December 12, this time, uninvited.

Perhaps, out of courtesy the Binays were allowed air time to speak, but what confused the hosts was that Binay thanked them instead for making him a regular on the Karambola program. The son reportedly declared that he “also wanted to be a regular on the program.” The Vice President, however, was said to have cut him short, saying they might be accused of having a dynasty on radio.

According to Tulfo, Binay, along with his son, was once again expected to appear on Karambola December 15, but the show was replaced with another program without notice.

Tulfo was reportedly saying that the Karambola hosts decided to go on vacation until Jan 5 to avoid an ugly scene with the Vice President. It’s the first time Karambola went off the air since it began its broadcast in 2005.

Indeed, this is a very shameful episode for the Binays, especially the presidential aspirant.

But, for one who is facing a second plunder complaint filed before the Office of the Ombudsman by lawyer Renato Bondal in connection with the alleged overpricing of the construction of the P1.33-billion Makati Science High School, Binay will do anything outrageous to spare him and his family further embarrassment that he sees will eventually cost him the presidency that he covets more than anything in this world.

Roxas’ viral motorcycle fall brouhaha

DILG Secretary Mar Roxas falling from his motorycle while doing work in Samar.

DILG Secretary Mar Roxas falling from his motorcycle while doing work in Samar.

I wish people, more especially the rabid critics of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, will show some kind of discretion before censuring him for not following safety procedure when riding a motorcycle.

This, when Roxas failed to use a helmet and was photographed falling from his motorcycle when he led officials in inspecting areas hit by Typhoon Ruby in Eastern Samar.

This is what I consider a classic example of whiners who simply “can’t see the forest for the trees.” The latter is an expression used of people who pay too much attention to details and misses seeing the greater picture and understanding the situation as a whole.

I think in the situation where Roxas and his party was in, and considering his responsibility in assessing, together with the local officials, what has to be done before, during and, more so, after a typhoon makes landfall, it was an spontaneous decision he made and, perhaps, the best at the time that a motorcycle be used to reach the afflicted areas quickly and easily.

Roxas learned his lesson from the Yolanda episode when he was scorched by criticism for his department’s delay in responding to the needs of the super typhoon’s victims. This time he just wanted to make sure that people got attended to with dispatch.

Let us be fair with Roxas. Long before Ruby struck, Roxas was already at the typhoon-prone area of Samar coordinating the works to be done. If he was there for political mileage, then, perhaps, it is fitting for people to ask also: Where was Vice President Binay at the time? What was he doing in terms of assisting would-be victims in the path of Ruby’s onslaught?

What I am simply saying is that let us refrain from criticizing someone for a mistake made on impulse, especially that the situation warranted it.

But rather, we should recognize Roxas for his motivation, his efforts, if you may, despite the risk he took , in trying to assure the greater number of people that, this time, they are not alone – that government was in their midst to bring fast help and relief, if and when needed.