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Manila, Philippines: Workers and youth march to demand “Disaster President: Resign!”, March 14, 2014.

Sorry Not Enough! Resign Now!

One day after Pres. Noynoy Aquino apologized for his government’s late response to super typhoon Yolanda, workers led by national labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno marched to Mendiola to call for the chief executive’s immediate resignation.

Saying that the more than 10,000 people who died because of the super typhoon and the government’s criminal neglect deserve nothing less than Aquino’s resignation, the labor group also said that Aquino’s apology is both insincere and unacceptable.

“People will surely ask who will replace Aquino if he resigns. We think, however, that the main question after his apology is how long should he remain behind bars for his criminal neglect of the victims of Yolanda,” said Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson.

The labor leader said Aquino was only forced to apologize because of the intensifying protests of the victims of the super typhoon and that without the protests, the government would still be trying to make it appear that it was swift and effective in responding to the super typhoon.

“Aquino’s apology brings to mind Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s ‘I am sorry’ speech in the aftermath of the ‘Hello Garci’ electoral fraud scandal. Both apologies highlight the chief executive’s crimes and their desperate attempt to dampen growing condemnation of their crimes,” Labog said.

KMU also said that Aquino’s apology is insincere because it is followed by various justifications for his government’s late response and comes four months after the super typhoon hit the country.

“While it is true that Yolanda is the strongest storm to ever make landfall, it is also true that Aquino did not do anything significant to save Filipinos’ lives. Yolanda’s strength does not justify Aquino’s criminal neglect, but further highlights the latter,” Labog said.
The labor center claimed that the Aquino government failed to conduct a massive evacuation drive before the super typhoon hit as well as rescue operations immediately after the super typhoon hit.

It said the relief operations the Aquino government did carry out were late, grossly insufficient and constitute an insult to Yolanda’s victims, given the devastation suffered by agriculture and companies along the super typhoon’s path.

“We vow to bring our case for the president’s resignation to the people. We vow to intensify our protests against his anti-people policies and call for his resignation as we approach Labor Day,” Labog said.

Photos: Buhay Manggagawa

HOW TO MAKE ‘UTOT WITH CLASS’

Nababalot ang mundo ng katahimikan, pagmamahalan at kapayapaan ng bigla kang nagpasabog ng karimarimarim na lagim sa loob ng iyong underwear at walang nagawa ang panty/brief mo kundi isiwalat ang katotohanan na umutot ka. Hindi lang basta nananapak ang amoy, nambubugbog, warfreak. Paano mo lulusutan ang sitwasyong ito laban sa mundong mapanghusga?

PALUSOT #1

Biglang tumingin sa kaaway para magmukhang mabait sabay sabi, “Oy. Don’t judge her naman. Lahat naman tayo umuutot guys.” 

PALUSOT #2

“Siya yung umutot! ( sabay turo sa sofa.) 

PALUSOT #3

“Lumabas na ang signos! Nalalapit na ang paghuhukom!” 

PALUSOT #4

“Tingnan mo na. Kahit pag-utot ko ikaw yung sinisigaw. hihi”

PALUSOT #5

“Di ba kapag inlove ka daw parang may background music sa paligid? Eto na yun. hihi. Intense no?”

PALUSOT #6

“Tadahhh!! Ang tunog na narinig mo ay nangangahulugan na nanalo ka ng 20 petot! Congratulations!!!” ( sabay walk-out.) 

PALUSOT #7

“It’s my way of saying na… komportable akong kasama ka. hihi.”

PALUSOT #8

“Oo na! Ako na! Ako na umutot! Ako na mag-isa! Ako na walang lovelife!”

PALUSOT #9

“Sabay-sabay po tayong pumikit at namnamin ang halimuyak ng hustisya.”

PALUSOT #10

“Atleast, nalaman niyong sikip pa. :3” ( sabay lipbite )

PALUSOT #11

“Si PNoy na naman ang may kasalanan nito.” 

PALUSOT #12

“Lahat ng inyong narinig at naamoy ay isang malaking bahagi lamang ng aking misyon. Wala kayong dapat ipangamba.”

PALUSOT #13

“Tunginuh? Mahal siguro ‘tong silya na ‘to. Tumutunog na lang bigla eh.”

PALUSOT #14

“Guys kalma! Si Gloc 9 lang yun sa loob ng pwet ko, nagbibeatbox.” 

THE DIARY OF A 'WALANG SOCIAL-LIFE'

Ang boring ng buhay ko. Para akong robot. Ganito na lang palagi ang ginagawa ko.

0445H: Dapat nag-alarm na ang phone ko. Oras na daw para gumising. Kaya automatic akong babangon. Duty na naman ng 12 hours. Shet lang.

0505H: Dapat nakaligo na ako. Pero maeextend ng another 5 minutes dahil kailangan ko pang ibabad ang papaya soap sa mukha ko for fairer and whiter skin. At yung 5 mins. na yun, it’s either nakatulala lang ako or tulog sa banyo. Depende yun kung kalibog libog yung napanaginipan ko.

0515H: Dapat bihis na ako. Pero magtatagal ako dahil lalagyan ko pa ng wax ang buhok ko at aanggulo sa salamin para sabihing, “Ang itsurang ito ang magliligtas sa sanlibutan. Beng beng!”

0530H:  Tapos na dapat akong mag-almusal. Pero maeextend ito ng 5 mins. dahil hindi ako mahigop ang kape, ang init kasi.

0540H: Mag-aabang na dapat ng jeep sa kanto. Pero babalik ng bahay dahil nakalimutan kong magmano at mag-kiss sa inay bago umalis. “Bilisan mo at late ka na. Yung baon mo ha, ubusin mo.” Pero babalik na naman sa bahay dahil ID naman yung nakalimutan ko.

0550H: Dadating sa paradahan ng shuttle. Sasakay. Uupo malapit sa dulo. Aalisin ang nakatutok na aircon sa ulo. Dudukutin ang phone sa bulsa, magttxt. “tap tap tap tap tap tap tap send”. Isasalpak ang headset. Matutulog hangga’t makarating ang shuttle sa trabaho.

0700H: Dadating sa trabaho. <swipes ID>. Magpapalit ng working clothes habang kinakausap ang sarili, “Kaya mo yan okay?!" sabay pindot ng green button sa ulo. "trabaho-mode-activated”

<trabaho….trabaho….trabaho….trabaho….trabaho….trabaho….trabaho…> Nagkaalien invasion, World War 75, nagkabangs na si Pnoy,Kung anu-ano na ang nangyari sa bansa, nagttrabaho pa rin ako.

And after 12 hours, tandadadaahhhhhhh!!!

1930H:  Uwian naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…… <swipes ID>

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Tapos, bukas ulit. Ganun na naman. Parehong set-up. Parehong timeline. Same feels. Ang boring di ba? 

tw: ranting about my country's president

I’m so tired of this.

President Pnoy,

When we need you, you’re never there. When there is publicy, you are always there. 

You ditched a funeral for the wedding of two celebrities,

you insult the church in front of the pope, 

you have time for interviews,

when we were SUFFERING from the Yolanda, you did not visit the victims.

NOW you tell us that you decided not to show up at the villamor airbase for the retrieval of the bodies of the 44 TROOPS that SERVED THEIR LIVES for you.

And your excuse is that you went to the inauguration of your new mitsubishi?

I cannot believe that you were the man we voted for.

Honestly, I feel as if you were only given the position because of your mother, former female president Cory Aquino.

Let’s see how your actions would serve you for the 2016 Philippine Elections.

Obama in Manila

Bakit kaya pumunta si Obama sa Pilipinas?

1. Hahabol ba sya sa PBB All In dahil alam nyang fame ang kailangan para makapasok sa bahay ni Kuya?

2. Manonood kaya sya ng DOS! Denyel Pedelye en steds?

3. Dadalawin ba nya sila Deniece Cornejo at Cedric Lee sa kulungan?

4. Titignan ba nya kung gumanda na talaga si Mirabella?

5. Tutulungan nya ba si Dyesebel na magkaroon ng paa?

6. Hihintayin nyang magkaroon ng bangs si PNoy?

7. Gusto nyang sampalin si Adrian at gayahin si Monica with her lines “Akin lang ang asawa ko!” Syempre English yun.

8. Hihintayin nya ang infinity date ng panganganak ni Maya?

9. Tatanungin ba nya kung kelan gagawa si Kris Aquino ng sariling version ng Wrecking Ball pagkatapos nya magpagupit ala-Miley Cyrus?

10. O baka sya siguro si Kuya ng PBB?

May puso si Widodo.  Hindi lang si Mary Jane, si PNoy, at mga Filipino ang naiipit sa sitwasyong ‘to. Naiipit din si Widodo. I mean, come on. Presidente siya ng Indonesia. May commitment siya sa bansa niya. May batas silang sinusunod. Widodo’s known to be sympathetic but hindi niya ma-apply yun sa situation ngayon kasi nga siya yung ruler ng bansa nila. Siya yung presidente. Kung ano yung nasa batas nila, kailangan niya yung sundin.