Whose Afraid Of (And Angry at) Rody Duterte?

It would be interesting to see if what has been labelled the rape joke of Duterte will affect his big for the Presidency. Already in Social Media there has been an outpouring of opinions that come from unsurprisingly irate voters from all sides. And the teams from the other candidates have been busier than hornets stinging Duterte and his followers. Agsin it will be interesting to see if this will spell doom for the Duterte bid. But lets put this aside for now and try to ask some questions.

First, there is no excuse for a joke about rape but what was more disturbing the joke or the reaction of the audience every time it was said. And given it was said repeatedly over the years that it only caught the attention now just in time to address the surge of Duterte in the poll?

Second, There is no doubt Duterte must be called on this and there is also no doubt that voters may drop him because of this. But does this mean we forget other sins of the other candidates like corruption and incompetence.? Corruption that stole the tax payers monet and the incompetence that led to the traffic from Hell, Trains that behave like rocket ships, brown-outs, Yolanda, the HK bus tragedy, Mamasapano and Kidapawan (to name a few)?

Third, True Duterte may be ill-bred and uncouth, he will cause more social boo-boos and outrage people. Does it mean we also forget the corruption, incompetence, hubris and conspiracy to spin/and cover it up as well if the other candidates are well-bred?

Fourth, Duterte is a self-proclaimed strong man ; A man who gets the job done and this reputation does not sit well with a number of people. But why does it sit well with others? Is it because of the perception that crime is rampant and the government has gone flaccid and dysfunctional i.e. impotent ? A Senate hearing nor a pr gimmick cannot stop a perceived crime wave and neglect of he people

Fifth, Duterte is from Mindanao and not part of political families lording for years at the national level. Does this scare those entrenched and used to playing a rigodon each time an election comes? Is this a vote of anger coming from outside Manila and within?

Sixth, Talking about morality. In this contest when morality issue is thrown around, rather liberally, it comes to mind of the kettle calling the pot black: (i) Government officials and civil servants unabashedly campaigning for a candidate as if their lives deepen on it; (ii) The use of government resources to aid a certain candidates; (iii) Buying opinion to create an illusion of a movement?

Seventh, The amusing way the other candidates and their supporters are caning Duterte serves two purposes (i) to chip at Duterte’s numbers and (ii) transfer these votes to their candidates. But who can predict where the exodus of votes will go? In the end they might go to another candidate they equally hate.

In the end Dutarte did created the controversy he is in. He needs to be schooled and he needs to learn he has lost support because of this. But do not forget there are candidates out there who are guilty of other crimes – equally abhorrent and anathema. And they must also be taught a lesson come election day.

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What if the 2016 Ph Election was a Shrek Karaoke Dance Party?

As the day of the Philippine National Election comes nearer it seems the exchanges by the contenders, their supporters and every one else seems to get nastier. This morning I was reminded of this when I chanced upon a video from the first Shrek movie, in particular the Karaoke Party. Using one’s imagination now can see the same scene except this time with faces from the national election. The reimagining of this scene made me smile and laugh. Here are the lyrics of the songs and their singers -reimagined as the 2016 Philippine National Election.

What if the Shrek – Karaoke Dance Party was sung by the personalities of 2016 Philippine National Election

[Shrek/Comelec]
Hi everybody and welcome to the Comelec and the 2016 Philippine Election Karaoke Dance Party!
I’m gonna bring it down with one of my personal favourites…

[Shrek/Comelec hugging PCOS machine w/ Smartmatic Label]
Don’t go changin’
To try and please me
You’ve never let me down before
mmmmmmm

[Grace Poe as Fiona]
I made it through the wilderness
You know i made it through ooh ooh ooh ooh
Didn’t know how lost I was until
I found you

[Duterte as Donkey]
Yeah! I like big butts and i cannot lie
You other brothers can’t deny
When a girl walks in
With an itty bitty waist and a round thing in your face you get

[Miriam as Thelonias]
Feelings…

[The MAR Boys Choir as Monsieur Hood and his Merry Men]
It’s fun to stay at the
YMCA
It’s fun to stay at the
YMCA
(ha ha ha ha ha)

[Binay as Gingerbread Man]
Do you really want to hurt me? (OW!)
Do you really want to make me cry?
(Ah ah ah ah)

[Mar as Farquad ]
Staying alive, staying alive!
(Oh oh oh oh)

[Yellow Netizen as Mr Wolf ]
Who let the dogs out?

[Duterte Netizen as the 3 little Pigs]
Who who who who?

[Opinionated Netizen as Mr. Wolf]
Who let the dogs out?

[Yellow Netizens as the 3 little pigs]
Who who who who? Yahoo!

[Duterte as Donkey]
I say get up, and dance to the music!
(dum dum ba dum dum dum da dum da dum)

[All]
Dance to the music
Dance to the music

[Chiz as Pinnochio]
All we need is a drummer!

[Bong Bong Marcos as the Magic Mirror ]
For people who only need a beat yeah!

([Duterte as Donkey] Yeah brake it down Green Girl!)
[Leni Robredo as Fiona on the drums]

[Gringo as Theonlias]
I’m gonna add some bottom!

[Binay as Gingerbread Man]
So that the dancers just won’t hide!

([Duterte as Donkey] Yeah, Take it Shrek!)

[Comelec as Shrek with the PCOS machine]
You might like to hear my organ

[Duterte as Donkey]
I said Ride, Sally Ride

[Comelec as Shrek and Grace Poe as Fiona]
I can’t see me lovin nobody but you
For all my life

[All]
Dance to the music
Dance to the music
Dance to the music (so happy together)
Dance to the music (so happy together)
Dance to the music (so happy togehter)
Dance to the music!

[Duterte as Donkey]
Hey Pinnochio, you wanna watch where you put that nose, man?

If you have not seen Shrek here is the clip:

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The Real Culprit and Author of the Kidapawan Incident

There has been an intensive debate, finger pointing and red/yellow labelling following the shooting that occurred in Kidapawan, Cotabato. On one hand you have the critics and the apologists of the government. The discordant observations of the events reminds one of the recounting of the slain samurai, his widow and the robber in Akira Kurosawa’s film Rashomon (which is a film that combined two stories the Grove and Rashomon by Ry?nosuke Akutagawa). In what seems to be this battle royal of ideas online an important point seems to have been overlooked or simply ignored. And this is the root cause of everything that has occurred, without it these things would not have happened: People would not have gone hungry; People would not have barricaded the highway; and there would not be any conflagration – no spilling of blood that has caused people to notice. And this is how El Nino and the Drought was managed by the Government.

The Government from the National to the Provincial to the Municipal and to the Barangay Level has procedures in place to handle disaster. This is no surprise since the country has been constantly visited by natural and man-made hazards. Disaster Rescue, Relief and Rehabilitation procedures in place. For agriculture pre and post disaster measures include the following: (i) training, (ii) pre and post disaster assessment; (iii) bio-security and (iv) seeding/distribution/loaning of livestock crop, supplies and equipment. . Bio-security includes vaccination of livestock against diseases brought about by a disaster, often related to destruction of pens and other livestock infrastructure. One of the aims of these Agricultural measures is to ensure food security and economic security of the affected areas.

These relief and rehabilitation measures are part and parcel of the Government strategy to manage disaster. However, in recent years it has been pointed out that that relief and rehabilitation measure are not the only things that should be done. Other and equally important measures include risk reduction management and hazard resiliency. Such measures are effective not only for short term disasters but also important/crucial in managing long term hazards like drought and climate change.

Are these existing already? Yes. In Dumangas, Iloilo for years they have been using the Climate Field School as a disaster resiliency measure. Using scientific methods – in determining/forecasting climate conditions and selecting the proper crops through agricultural science – the farmers of Dumangas have been able to weather short term and long term disasters and even make a profit. Another example Cagayan Province uses weather and climate forecasting techniques along side with indigenous and learned agriculture methods to adapt and become resilient. One interesting measure in Cagayan Valley is the raquit an animal/crop bin designed to float during floods to keep the livestock and harvest safe. Anti-droughtt measures such as shifting to drought/flood resistant crop are used.

One of the factors that made this successful was the strong support given by the Provincial and Municipal Government who partners with National Government Agencies and Non-Government Organisations. For Dumangas at the Local and Provincial level, credit should be given to the efforts of the Mayors of Dumangas (Mayor Distura and the others ) who institutionalized the Climate Field School and Iloilo’s Provincial Agriculture Officer Toledo who built and firmed up the Climate Field School. Also the role of PAGASA training Dumangas’ weather observer cannot be overlooked.

These long term disaster management strategies are not only limited to Dumangas and Cagayan Valley but can be seen replicated in other parts of the country. In fact, farmer field schools have been in place and used through out the country. Also if you take a look at the laws surrounding Disaster Risk Reduction Management and the Climate Change Act they require the Government at all levels to implement plans that would make the Philippines disaster.hazard resilient. So the Government should have been able to handle a long term disaster like drought.

However, It did not.

This brings us to the Kidapawan Killing Incident . When a long term disaster like drought is mismanaged or worse not manage at all this will develop a situation wherein a community of farmers will not only lose their means of livelihood but will go hungry. In this case what did the National Government through the Department of Agriculture do? What did the Provincial and Municipal Government do? Did they just rely on getting rice in and not laid out and implement a plan so that their communities: their constituents are in this case drought resilient? Is the method use for short term or immediate hazard the same for a lingering and long time hazard?

In light of the existence of hazard/disaster resilient communities that can guarantee food security for its community the mismanagement or no management at the national, provincial, municipal and even barangay level is criminal act of apathy and negligence. And sadly mirrors the dismal state of our agriculture. Thus, the true culprit in the tragedy that led to the blood shed at that highway that day were those managing the state of our agriculture – the Government from the Presidential Palace along Pasig River to the Department of Agriculture in Quezon City to the Provincial, Municipal and Barangay offices of North Cotabato. Another case of a tragic case of government mismanagement.

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