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Friday, April 20, 2018

Leni Robredo is undermining the integrity of the VP vote recount with her baseless complaints

Robredo is using the media to undermine due process.
As predicted, current Vice President Leni Robredo and her supporters are crying foul over the initial results of the manual recount of the Vice Presidential votes. The Presidential Electoral Tribunal has discarded some of her votes due to invalidity. The protest case filed by former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr in June 2016 is now underway and is already showing signs Robredo will lose votes. Obviously, Robredo’s camp is going to continue complaining for as long as the results don’t go her way. What did they expect? Did they actually think the manual recount will prove she won? That’s quite naïve of them.
Robredo and her supporters are already acting like sore losers this early. They are already suggesting that Marcos is influencing the results. They can’t deny the fact that irregularities keep coming up and they seem to support the allegation Robredo was a beneficiary of electoral fraud during the May 2016 Presidential Elections:
During the first two weeks of recount, several irregularities were raised over the discovery of wet ballot boxes, unused or excess ballots with shaded votes for Robredo, missing audit logs and missing voters’ receipts in Camarines Sur’s Bato, Baao, Balatan, Bula and Sagñay towns.
Instead of showing concern, Robredo’s lawyer Romulo Macalintal dismissed them as nothing of consequence and said they are not proof of irregularities. He spoke like he doesn’t treat the ballot as a sacred document — as if seeing ballots discarded and missing audit logs and voter’s receipts is a normal occurrence in a Third World country like the Philippines and shouldn’t raise eyebrows. With Filipinos like Macalintal helping cover up signs of mismanagement and possible electoral fraud during the Presidential Elections, it’s no surprise the country remains backward.
Macalintal should be as appalled as the rest of us that ballot boxes were not stored properly and protected from tampering and environmental elements. Even if the damaged ballots have nothing to do with Robredo’s win, he should still show concern over how they were mishandled. It goes to show Robredo’s camp is always on the defence mode. This is why the public thinks they are not after the truth, only to keep Robredo in her post.
After causing the delay of the start of the recount for months, Robredo now seems to be hinting that the recount process is rigged. She’s got a lot of nerve considering it was her (alleged) fraudulent win that is in question and the reason why the country has to go through this daunting process. Complaining is her only recourse because she is losing votes after the electoral tribunal denied her request to consider as valid the ballots with at least 25 percent of its oval space shaded in the “revision, recount, and re-appreciation” of votes.
The tribunal insists there is no resolution that states “the applicability of a 25% threshold; and the Tribunal cannot treat the Random Manual Audit Guidelines and Report as proof of the threshold used by the COMELEC.” The tribunal is therefore sticking to the 50% threshold. This doesn’t seem to be a problem for the Marcos camp and it is becoming apparent that only Robredo is losing votes because of the rule. This says something. It could mean that the ballots showing Robredo as chosen candidate could have been pre-shaded in a rush before the actual election started by people other than the actual voters themselves.
Again, Robredo seems unconcerned that the ballots are showing irregularities as long as it is all in her favour. Robredo is now appealing to change the rules. She’s also trying to make it look like the electoral tribunal only recently changed the rules when the rules were established way before the start of the recount as stated in the PET revisors’ guide issued by the Supreme Court on February 2018, the 2010 PET rules of procedure, and the Constitutional mandate of the tribunal. Robredo is quoting from a manual not recognised by the tribunal.
Bongbong Marcos sees no problem with rules applied to all parties fairly.
This has to be highlighted: if the 50% threshold applies to both Robredo and Marcos, then it is not favouring one party over the other. Neither camp should complain.
In their efforts to paint Marcos as manipulating the VP vote recount, Robredo’s camp is inadvertently damaging the integrity of the SC sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal. She should be held in contempt for doing a press conference accusing the agency of changing the rules to favour Marcos.
The PET or electoral tribunal should put a lid on Robredo and her lawyers. They should shut up and let the process continue without further delay. She is trying to undermine the result of the VP vote recount. As long as she is talking to the media, the outcome of the recount will not be respected and accepted by her rabid supporters. They seem to be glad Marcos was cheated out of the VP post anyway.
Is it enough to unseat Leni from the VP post if proven there was electoral fraud or should she be prosecuted as well? The public has the right to know the extent of her role in the alleged electoral fraud. We cannot let the perpetrators get away with their crimes. It will happen again if they do.
I don’t believe Robredo was aware of the lengths her allies went to to make her win. She is clueless. She will be shocked once proven she benefited from electoral fraud. But the problem with her is she is in denial there was electoral fraud. In a country where cheating during elections has become a tradition, it’s baffling she actually thinks she won the VP post considering popularity surveys before the elections showed Marcos was likely to win. One can be forgiven for saying she is too full of herself.
The people drumming up support for Robredo are ignoring the fact that the VP vote recount under the election tribunal is a legal process. They should respect the outcome. Just because it is emerging that Leni’s votes show a lot of irregularities doesn’t mean Marcos is manipulating it. As sure as the sun rises, Robredo and her supporters will go out on the streets as usual to protest the result. It’s as if showing she has supporters will change the outcome. We should give them the freedom to think and behave the way they want to if it helps them cope with their loss.
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ATTY TRIXIE GALIT NA SA VERA FILES & RAPPLER 'Pina fact check lang ay PRO-DUTERTE, PAB HINDI!'

Overseas Election Results Prove that Bongbong Marcos was Cheated Massively

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Who you see scheduled to take the throne of the second most powerful office of the land is more likely than not a Robber.
My sensors tell me that Overseas Absentee Votes cast by our heroic OFWs were mostly untouched (least manipulated) by the LP-COMELEC-Smartmatic triumvirate of electoral sabotage. Common sense dictates that the Liberal Party controlled by the incumbent Pres. Noynoy Aquino no longer bothered with this segment of the electorate considering the weight of OFW votes would be negligible enough to be ignored and not make a dent.
In addition, ballot handling abroad is quite difficult to remotely fiddle with especially when our foreign diplomats and embassy workers consist of mostly world-class professionals who cannot be coerced into being accomplices to vote manipulation. Note that it is the sending end of the vote transmission that is easily manipulated by a simple change of SD cards in the Smartmatic vote counting machines.
OFW Votes – A Glorified Sample Survey of the Entire Philippines
Overseas voters constitute an ideal representation of the entire country as OFWs come from every possible region of the archipelago and give a balanced sampling of the demography ranging from highly skilled professionals to those of the lower class who take on menial jobs. In effect, OFW votes serve as a huge sample-size survey poll of the entire Philippine population. With this huge a sample size, the margin of error from the real overall results should be less than 1%.
Watch and see…
Bongbong Marcos – the True VP based on OAV results
Ferdinand Marcos Jr 75,140 44.8%
Alan Peter Cayetano 53,403 31.8%
Maria Leonor Robredo 31,117 18.5%
Francis Joseph Escudero 6,025 3.6%
Antonio Trillanes IV 1,167 0.7%
Gregorio Honasan II 1,049 0.6%
Look at that – Leni’s vote count is not even half of Bongbong’s numbers. I believe something like the above results would have been the case if only a bullet-proof unbiased COMELEC ran the entire elections over the entire archipelago.
You can see how by the stark contrast from the overall (primarily local) results, it is just outright impossible for Leni to even come close to Bongbong’s mark. It would even be more credible if it was Alan Cayetano who was the one going neck and neck against Bongbong (just judging from the mammoth crowd that final day at Luneta).
Bongbong more than ever is clearly the rightful and duly elected Vice President of the country. It’s written in the sky.
Justice for Bongbong
Don’t let these LP cheats get away with this. You deserve nothing but the truth people; so anyone on the side of the truth (regardless of which party) should fully support and NOT question Bongbong’s cry for justice and investigation.
And if the people will not back Bongbong, we know someone who will. The two already met recently. It’s just a matter of time till the Punisher corrects this gruesome wrong. Will he or will he not? By his exclusion of Leni in the REAL Presidential inauguration rites and the cabinet – you can already see that actions speak louder than words.
This is a small but valuable nugget of data showing the true unadulterated voice of the Filipino people. OFWs, of all Filipinos, often feel the greatest love and longing for their country, wish the best for it, cry out the loudest for change so they can come back, and suffer even more than those left in the country due to all the corruption and incompetence the bozos in high places bring.  We should all take this snowball of truth and roll it down the hill for the unsuspecting LP camp down below.
Never Again to Electoral Fraud and Sabotage
When will all this cheating every election season stop? Ganito na lang ba lagi? We should cry “Never Again” to electoral sabotage.
Or are you guys just going to move on and accept this country is just a big joke? Well if that’s your choice, go ahead and rot in the land of dysfunctional zombies. Unless we change and fight for change, this country will continually suck. Are we content just watching Leni Robberedo smiling with her own version of the PNoy smirk of apathy and pride? Should we all just smile and laugh with her for the sake of national healing and unity? Hoy gising! Hindi lang si Bongbong ang dinaya – kayo din. Can’t you see, the joke’s on you?
Leni and COMELEC choose rather to blatantly ROB than REDO the count of votes for VP to dispel any doubts. Away with these cheats! COMELEC is a big fat stinking-fart joke. Fraud to be PNoy! There’s definitely more pun in the Philippines!
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Zealous revolutionary advocate of bringing back common sense for the common good in a land of dysfunctional and delusional zombies.

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April 20, 2018, Seeking to Have Your Heart Filled

April 20, 2018, Seeking to Have Your Heart Filled

Friday of the Third Week of Easter
Father James Swanson, LC

John 6: 52-59

The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his Flesh to eat?" Jesus said to them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink his Blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my Flesh is true food, and my Blood is true drink. Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever." These things he said while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe that you are present here and now as I turn to you in prayer. I trust and have confidence in your desire to give me every grace I need to receive today. Thank you for your love, thank you for your immense generosity toward me. I give you my life and my love in return.

Petition: Lord, help me to face challenges and continue to follow you in faith.

1. What is it I Truly Seek? On the preceding day Jesus multiplied loaves and fishes to feed the multitude. The Jews realize there is something special here, that Jesus may be the Messiah, or at least a prophet. They are curious enough to continue following him and asking him questions. They have liked everything he has said up till now. Some of it they have not understood completely or correctly, but it has been close enough to what they are used to hearing that it causes them no great difficulty. They continue to ask questions, looking for understanding, especially understanding they can be comfortable with. What is my attitude when I question Our Lord about events and challenges in my life? Am I seeking to understand so I can embrace God’s plan better, or does my response depend on how much I comprehend?

2. Opening Our Horizons: Now Jesus has said something truly shocking. He wants them to eat his flesh and drink his blood! Up to this point, most of the crowd has been willing to accept him as a bread-provider. He fed them yesterday. Maybe, if they hang around long enough, he will do it again. Their ideas about the Messiah are too materialistic, based only on the re-establishment of David’s Kingdom at the expense of the Romans. Jesus, on the other hand, wants to take them to a new level. He wants to take them into the mystery of the loving generosity of God. As good as the manna in the wilderness was, he wants to give something much better. As wonderful as David’s Kingdom was, he wants to give a greater kingdom. This is so far beyond what they are looking for, they will not be able to understand what he is offering. It will have to be accepted in faith.

3. Great Gifts Come in Small Packages: We can understand many things, even many spiritual things. In his goodness, God has given us intelligence so that we can understand some of the truths about him. But these simpler truths don’t reveal the full glory of God. They are not as fulfilling as some of the more important truths about him. Jesus wants to give his flesh to eat and his blood to drink. He reveals this to the crowds, and since they lack faith, they don’t understand. Some straggle off to find another “wonder-worker”. Others, looking for understanding, go off to look for a “teacher” who makes sense to them. Hopefully, some are looking for the revelation of the mysteries of God, the greatest gifts that God can offer. They are not looking to fill their stomachs or their minds. They are looking to fill their hearts. These are the kinds of gifts that Jesus intends to give – and in abundance.

 Conversation with Christ: Dear Lord, so often I am looking for material gifts from you. Help me to realize that the greatest gifts you give may be beyond my understanding. Yet, if I am willing to accept them on faith, they will fill my heart. Perhaps with time, it will be possible for me to understand something of them as well, but greatness of faith lies in my trusting in you.

Resolution: What spiritual gift I am most in need of? Faith? Charity? Humility? Something else? Today I will set aside some time to ask God in prayer to grant me that gift.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ellen Tordesillas of Vera Files bares lack of guiding definition for “fake news” to “fact check” Facebook!

Some shocking revelations came to light during a televised discussion about the recently-implemented “partnering” of social media giant Facebook with Rappler and Vera Files. Under this “partnership” Rappler and Vera Files will be “fact checking” what Filipinos share over Facebook which utterly dominates social media activity in the Philippines thanks to exclusive “free data” (unmetered data carriage) deals with the country’s biggest telco and internet service providers (ISPs). Invited to discuss this “partnership” in the show was Ellen Tordesillas who represents Vera Files and De La Salle University (DLSU) Political Science Professor Antonio Contreras.
Asked by ANC Early Edition host Ian Esguerra what working definition of the term “fake news” will be applied in the “fact checking” work they will be doing for Facebook, Tordesillas stammered out an incoherent thought stream in response. An annotated excerpt of the discussion can be found here
It was quite evident that Tordesillas had no working definition of “fake news” to work with and was merely bluffing her way (unsuccessfully) through Esguerra’s line of questioning. This is disturbing considering that Facebook, the Philippines’ virtual social media monopoly, will be under the “fact check” governance of these ill-prepared people of now-evident questionable qualifications who are set to apply incoherent (possibly non-existent) frameworks to guide their judgement.
Indeed, the subject of a generally-accepted definition of “fake news” formed the core of a challenge to the inclusion of one of our satellite blogs GRPundit in the list of “Philippine Fake News Sites” put on Wikipedia by a certain Carlos Nazareno (a.k.a.@object404 on Twitter). The challenge directed at the “editors” of that page is documented in my article Editors of the Wikipedia list of Philippine “fake news” sites are not experts on “fake news” where I argue…
What makes the NUJP [an] authority on “fake news”? They use the term loosely and apply it to GRPundit. But accepted definitions of fake news, say from the Collins Dictionary which [defines “fake news” as] “false, often sensational, information disseminated under the guise of news reporting” are very clear. GRPundit is an opinion blog that does not pretend to be a news site. You cannot siumply “lean toward” a judgment on GRPundit when (1) there is no compelling evidence and (2) the site itself does not fall within the accepted definition of “fake news”.
The infantile manner with which the “editors” of that Wikipedia page handled the challenge leaves a lot to be desired. And that is after an actual working definition of the term “fake news” was tabled in the dialogue. Imagine a similar scenario but this time at the industrial scale required to “fact check” the entire Filipino community of Facebook users!
These episodes highlight the whole trouble with “thought leaders” who lack the right thinking skills to ply their trade. Thinking skills don’t involve rocket science. In fact, they are built around a 500-year-old concept called none other than the scientific method. One of the core fundamentals of this method is first defining or framing a problem clearly before proceeding to the solutioneering part. At that step alone, wannabe “fact checker” Ellen Tordesillas fails miserably.
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April 19, 2018, Bread for Eternity

April 19, 2018, Bread for Eternity

Thursday of the Third Week of Easter 
Father Daniel Ray, LC
 
John 6: 44-51

Jesus said to the crowds: "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him on the last day. It is written in the prophets:They shall all be taught by God. Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me. Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my Flesh for the life of the world."

Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe that you are present here and now as I turn to you in prayer. I trust and have confidence in your desire to give me every grace I need to receive today. Thank you for your love, thank you for your immense generosity toward me. I give you my life and my love in return.

Petition: Lord Jesus, help me value more the gift of yourself in the Eucharist.

1. A Gift from the Loving Father: The Father is the one who sent him and who will draw souls to him. “No one can come to me unless the Father draw him.” So, those individuals who heard Christ’s words and were drawn to him that day were doing so because of a gift of faith from the Father. If we today have faith in Christ, it also is a gift from the Father, who wants to draw us to his Son. If we have doubts or weakness in faith, we should ask the Father to draw us nearer to his Son and to help us believe with our whole heart and mind.

2. The Word Was Made Flesh: Christ’s birth took place in the town of Bethlehem, which in Hebrew (bêth-lehem), means "house of bread." He was also laid in a manger, where food for animals would normally be placed. Before becoming bread, which would be our food, Christ first became man. Merely giving us some specially blessed bread would not be nearly as significant as giving himself. That is how God always loves: by giving himself completely and without reserve.

3. His Flesh Was Made Bread: The Gospel accounts of Christ multiplying the loaves report he did so out of compassion for the crowd: "I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way" (Matthew 15:32). This same compassion moves him to give himself as our bread in the Eucharist. He does not want us to die for lack of spiritual nourishment. Christ—in the greatest gesture of humility—became man like us, the same in every way except sin. But in an even greater gesture of humility, he descended further still to become our spiritual food.

Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, how can I not trust in you? You have already become human just like me. Then you descend to an even humbler state of service to become food for my soul. Help me to receive you in the Eucharist with gratitude, fully aware of your loving presence.

Resolution: I will start preparing my heart today to attend Mass this Sunday and receive Christ lovingly in Communion.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay caught spreading fake news

Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay posted on Facebook about a 6 and 13 year old children that were killed during a police operation.

Hilbay shared a screenshot from DZRH News which says, “UPDATE: Tatlong patay matapos umanong manlaban sa police operation sa New Lower Bicutan Taguig nakilala na.”

According to Hilbay, the killings continue and the people "must continue to show outrage, for the sake of Filipinos who suffer from this inhumanity, and to awaken the conscience of the nation.


Meanwhile, netizen Imee Callao revealed the real story about the minors who were killed in the police operation.

Callao posted on her Facebook account an article from Philstar which says, 

A 42-year-old man was shot dead by police officers after he allegedly stabbed his two sons to death in their house in Taguig City yesterday morning.
Imee Callao / Photo from Facebook

Callao said that Hilbay was spreading fake news.

As of writing, the post of Hilbay was already deleted.

Read the full post of Imee Callo below:

DRUG-CRAZED FATHER STABBED TWO SONS TO DEATH

You are spreading fake news, Florin Hilbay. The real story for the minors killed as below.

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A 42-year-old man was shot dead by police officers after he allegedly stabbed his two sons to death in their house in Taguig City yesterday morning.

The city police received a call from a concerned citizen about a commotion in a house on Pangilinan street in New Lower Bicutan, according to Chief Superintendent Tomas Apolinario, Southern Police District director.


Ariston Nacion allegedly tried to stab the police officers sent to verify the report, prompting them to shoot him. He died at the scene, Apolinario said.

The police officers found the bodies of Nacion’s sons Jivo, 13, and Lancem, 6.

Apolinario alleged that Nacion stabbed them while under the influence of illegal drugs after talking on the phone to his wife, who works in Hong Kong as a domestic helper.

He said Nacion allegedly killed his sons in a fit of jealousy fueled by the use of illegal drugs, but noted that Nacion is not on the barangay drug watchlist.

A sachet of shabu was recovered at the crime scene, Apolinario said.


http://www.dailyreader.online/2018/04/former-solicitor-general-florin-hilbay.html