Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Kapag House Speaker, Hindi Pwedeng Kahit Ano Na (Cayetano) Lang

Huwag naman sanang gawing parking space o palubag loob ang pagiging House Speaker.

Si Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, sumubog bilang Vice President. Hindi umubra at para naman hindi sumama ang loob, ginawang Foreign Affairs Secretary ni Pangulong Duterte.

Sana nakuntento na, kaso hindi.

Nitong nagdaang eleksyon, tumakbo bilang congressman ng unang distrito ng Taguig kasabay ang asawang si Lani na tumakbo naman sa second district din ng Taguig.

Ayokong sabihing gahaman, pero... Ano ba ang tawag sa walang kabusugan?

Siya, kayo na magbigay ng description dyan.

Hindi biro ang pagiging House Speaker. Kasing importante ito ng pagiging Pangulo, Senate President at Chief Justice.

Ang House of Representatives ang direktang representasyon ng mga mamamayan at sa panahong ito, mas kailangan natin ang lider sa House of Representatives na mapapagkaisa ang iba't ibang mga boses na mamamayan.

Ngayong nabuksan na ang isipan ng mga mamamayan sa katotohanan na pwede naman tayong magkaruon ng federal na pamahalaan at hindi naman talaga kailangang naka-sentro sa Amerika ang foreign policy ng bansa.

Kumbaga, nagising na ang bansa sa tatlumpong taong Aquino regime kung saan sarado ang isipan sa tunay na pagbabago at mga bagong kaisipan.

Ang tanong na lang, eh, bilang isang bansa, where do we go from here?

Malalamang lamang natin yan kung may kakayanan ang House Speaker sa pamunuan at pagkaisahin ang mga congressman ng mga iba't ibang distrito ng bansa.

Ang problema kay Cayetano, heto iyong tipong taong tinitiis pero hindi nire-respeto at tinitingala.

Paano mo ba naman titingalain ang isang taong alam mong balatkayong makabayan pero halatang makasarili talaga ang lahat ng hangarin?

Sa katunayan, may isang mambabatas na taga Mindanao na nanggagaliting sinabi na hindi talaga uubra si Cayetano bilang House Speaker.

Nangilid ang luha ni dating ARMM Gov. Hataman matapos
ipahiya ni Senator Alan Peter Cayetano.
Ayon sa mambabatas, paano ba magkakaruon ng pagkakaisa ang Kamara De Represetante kung ang ilang mga Mindanaon na mambabatas eh tiyak na galit kay Cayetano dahil sa paninindigan nito laban sa Bangsamoro Basic Law?

Huwag naman sanang mataga ng kris sa baba si Cayetano kung iniisip niyang masusuhulan ang mga hinamak niyang dangal ng mga lider ng Mindanao.

Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov. Mujiv Hataman became emotional at a Senate hearing on Thursday after Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano admonished the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for using arms, violence and sometimes even resorting to “terrorist acts.” Video by Cathy Miranda and Ryan Leagogo/INQUIRER.net

Maalala natin na pinahiya ni Cayetano ang dating ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman matapos mapatay ang tinatawag na SAF 44 sa Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

May mga kwento nga na sobrang galit ng mga Mindanaon, nagsunog ang mga tao ng effigy ni Cayetano sa Marawi.

Ayon sa Mindanaon na dating mambabatas, “He hates the idea of a regional power like BARMM. The only reason why he kept silent was because he is AFRAID of President Duterte”

“Alan Cayetano is only for Alan Cayetano, he will not represent Mindanao or even Visayas or even Luzon. He will not be fit to be a House Speaker as he will only find ways to protect himself and his friends in Congress,”

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Todo-todo Panggigipit ng mga Villafuerte sa mga opisyal ng Camsur

Talagang tinatarantando nila Camsur governor Migz Villafuerte at ang ama nitong si Lray Villafuerte ang mga kapwa nilang opisyal sa probinya nila.

Naghahari-harian at nagyayabang ang mag-ama na kung umasta eh hawak nila sa leeg ang lahat ng tao sa kanilang probinsya. 

Isa lamang sa mga issue laban sa mga madalas maakusahan
ng korapsyon na mga Villafuerte.

Puro pang-aalipusta at pananakot ang ginagawa ng mag-amang tig-isa lang ang badudels kapag hindi umaayon sa kanila ang mga taga Camsur.

Lahat ng mga di kanya dito sa camsur na suspend.

Kabilang dito si Libmanan Mayor Bernard Brioso, ang pinuno ng bayan kung saan sinasabi ni Lray Villafuerte na dun siya nakatira. Malamang kumulot ang kilay ni Lray dahil nabistong hindi siya tumitira sa bahay daw niya sa Libmanan na nilagay niya sa kanyang Certificate of Candidacy. Malamang mabasura ang COC ng mapilantik na si Lray.

Bukod kay Mayor Brioso, nadamay din si Mayor Evelyn Fuentebella of Sangay, Mayor Tom Bongalonta of Pili, at Mayor Nelson Bueza of Garchitorena.

At marami pa silang Mayor na tinatakot lalo na sa mga naglakas loob na lumipat sa Andaya dahil di na nila masikmura ang pinagagawa sa kanila ng mga Villafuerte lalo na si Migz Villafuerte na sunod sunoran sa ama na si Lray. 

Si Rene Magtuto na tatakbo ding party-list congressman sa Bicol Saro at si Nonoy Magtuto na tatakbong congressman din ay kasama din sa pagbabalak ng mga masama laban sa kanilang mga kalaban. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Cyber-Activism and the Revival of the Suggestion Box

I've been away from this blog for quite sometime now, after spending weeks settling in a new address and struggling with the crappy/inexplicably intermittent Smartbro signal near Marikina River.

Another thing that I am struggling with right now is not to be a "log in the dark", as Dean Jorge Bocobo had once described me on Twitter -- either because my tweets were too subtle or his wit couldn't catch my drift. 

DJB is the sort who is fun to tangle with and if he ever thinks of getting out of retirement (having been formerly employed by Westinghouse or some other big name company), he could probably give Carlos Celdran a run for his money by doing Metro Manila Taxi Tours.  

His mind twisting commentaries on life, nature, politics, and whatever else crops up on Twitter or Facebook or the Blogosphere can seem to make the entire world disappear.  There were times, when we were debating the RH Bill, that I nearly sipped my ashtray and mashed a cigarette butt in my coffee.  Then again, what would a tour be if you can't see the sights in relative peace disturbed only by one or two colorful  anecdotes about the place?

Don't get me wrong here, I like DJB and messing with him (trolling him, to be exact) has actually helped me a lot in re-examining quite a few ideas which include charter change, the RH Bill and anti-poor eugenics as I like to call it.

Discussing things with people like DJB over the internet in the manner that I have done, regardless of the online platform we tangle in, can generate a lot of noise for a topic or issue.  But I have yet to see how it can actually affect things in the real, off-line world.

Without doubt, online conversations and even online movements can influence policy and decision makers in corporations and government bodies. My doubt stems from whether or not the ideas proposed or promoted online per se are really the reason behind a policy change or decision.

Stuff like the RH Bill (reproductive health subsidies, population control, population management, eugenics, etcetera) or charter change have been around for decades already.  No doubt, policy makers have been familiar with these ideas for a long time and like old jokes told to young ears, these ideas have found some sort of "revival" -- like an old brand of soap repackaged in another form.  Maybe what happens, really, is that aging policy makers or newly minted ones probably brush off the dust from these ideas and re-work it in a way that will appeal to a lot of people.

Fashion designers, movie producers, writers, painters, politicians, and chess players are all probably in on the same racket of re-working old ideas to display it before naive or innocent minds.

There are really no new ideas, just old ideas and new people.

Going back to policy/decision makers and their encounter with online noise, I have yet to come across a corporate or government executive, who cites Twitter or Facebook noise as a major reason for a policy change or decision.  At most, maybe, policy/decision makers may treat online noise as an indicator (significant or otherwise) or as RAW intelligence.

Yesterday, though, I found it really odd that a member of the Philippine Judicial and Bar Council posed a question to Supreme Court Chief Justice candidate Katrina Legarda which purportedly came from a Twitter user.  In a way, it was a poorly executed attempt to demonstrate that the JBC hearing for the selection of the new Chief Justice was accessible and transparent -- it had a feel of those rigged radio contests that DJ Mo Twister has been accused of doing.

Which brings me, perhaps, how policy/decision makers may view Facebook or Twitter -- it's just another way to demonstrate responsiveness to their stakeholders in the hopes of increasing repeat sales or retaining more customers.  

And this one is an old, old routine that dates back to the time when the "suggestion box" gained popularity. Here's an excerpt from a PDF Document "Idea Management and the Suggestion Box" by Mark Turrel.
The first recorded suggestion program was implemented in 1770 by the British Navy. They realized the need for a process for listening to every individual in the organization -- without fear of reprisal.  At that time, the mere mention of an idea that contradicted a captain's or admiral's opinion was likely to be punished by hanging. 
The first physical box to collect ideas appeared at William Denny and Brothers shipyward in Scotland in 1880.   It was intended to collect ideas from all employees and to pay a 'fair' reward for each implementable idea.  This approach of the suggestion scheme, as it is still known in the United Kingdom today, spready rapidly through the country following government reports on the project's success. 
In 1892 NCR become the first US company to implement a company-wide suggestion program.  The concept was the "hundred-headed brain", developed by John Patterson, their infamous CEO.  He realized early in his business career that employees had valuable ideas but that management structures tended to prevent these ideas from spreading through the company.  Employees complainted that there was no point giving ideas to their supervisors as the best ideas were stolen, and the worst ideas used as a pretext for their dismissal. 
Suggestion boxes became popular in the manufacturing sector in WWII and the post war years.  They became part of the total quality movement and an integral part of cost, safety, and quality improvement initiatives over the following fifty years.  They are still the mainstray of corporate suggestion programs, be they physical boxes or virtual boxes on company intranet websites.

Perhaps, from the perspective of a company president/CEO/COO or government executive, what really matters is whether the online noise contributes to his company's bottom line or extends his political career.

Thing is, while the naive and innocent (with most Facebook and Twitter users being in the 17 to 24 year old range) feel as if they are contributing to "better management" or "better governance", they may be at times just contributing to company or political hype.

So, if you are wondering why Facebook is free or why Twitter continues to exist despite having somewhat of a contentious revenue issue... Think no more.

Or if you do think about it some more, keep it to yourself until you can put a patent on it or copyright it.

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