Saturday, December 17, 2011

How to revive VIVA and Regal Films

1) They should go into the TV business or create shows for ABS-CBN, GMA-7 and ABC 5.

2) Take advantage of MMFF's we-will-show-only-local-films-for-the-entire-week schedule to make "riskier" films that will cater to the more sophisticated audience (ie "sophisticated"-- those who can still pay those expensive ticket prices) instead of the usual pang-masa stuff.

3) The Winner of the Cinemalaya should get a slot at the Metro Manila Film Festival.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Op Kors! Renato Corona used to be Arroyo's Chief of Staff!

Corona, who was appointed by Arroyo as chief justice in May 2010 shortly before she stepped down from the presidency, voted in favor of Arroyo in all 19 cases brought before the tribunal.
- Malaya

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Hong Kong Natives Protest Recent Immigration Ruling on Filipina Domestic Workers

Does this sound familiar to Americans?

From the Daily Tribune: Maids residency ruling sparks protest in HK
 Around 500 Hong Kong nationals yesterday rallied to protest against a landmark court ruling which could allow thousands of foreign maids the right to permanent residency.
The successful legal challenge brought by Evangeline Banao Vallejos, a Filipino domestic worker who has lived in Hong Kong since 1986, has divided opinion in the Chinese city and prompted debate over equal treatment.
The High Court last Friday ruled that immigration laws barring domestic workers — mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia — from settling permanently violated Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, known as the Basic Law.
“We don’t want (the maids) to come to Hong Kong permanently, they will take away our social benefits,” protester Dennis Leung, 38, said after the demonstrators marched through the city center to the government offices.
“We don’t think this is discrimination. We have rules, they come to Hong Kong just to make money,” said the teacher, as he chanted slogans such as “We oppose permanent residency for foreign maids” and “We are worried.”
Foreigners can apply to settle in Hong Kong after seven years of uninterrupted residency, gaining access to voting rights and the right to live in the city without a work visa. Maids were specifically excluded.
With permanent residency a domestic worker would no longer be tied to an employer, could take any job and have access to benefits such as public housing.
The government is appealing against the court ruling.
Sunday’s protest was led by the pro-government Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, which said the ruling could worsen unemployment and cost billions of dollars in social welfare spending.
The party has collected more than 90,000 signatures opposing granting foreign maids the right. Official figures showed 117,000 foreign maids are entitled to apply for permanent residency.
Take note on 2 things:

1) these filipinos migrant workers are not "undocumented" like in the U.S. They are contracted workers.

2) Hong Kong people LOVE their guest worker program because they get affordable maids from southeast asia--BUT only up to a point as the article suggests.

And I'm afraid i'd have to agree with worried hong kong natives, if you allow poor filipino guest workers to settle and bring their families to tiny Hong Kong, eventually we Filipinos will occupy and own Hong Kong.

UPDATE (1/14/13):

Why Rubio’s plan is laughably inadequate. I explain it here and here. Basically the gist is, pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens for "promises" of more secure borders--meaning, Republicans get virtually nothing from the deal and gets taken to the cleaners again like the fiscal cliff deal. Rubio's plan never even meets the minimum to credibly reduce illegal immigration in the future.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hollywood wants to pay more in taxes?

Ron Howard and Jane Lynch supports Obama's Tax Hike for the wealthy

Higher taxes for the wealthy? No Problem! Why GOP should give Obama and Hollywood the higher taxes they want

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Winnie Monsod praises Zubiri for not being "kapit tuko"

May delicadeza raw si Zubiri:

Whatever reason or reasons Migz has given, the fact remains that this is the first time in the Philippines that an incumbent legislator, whether senator or congressman, has voluntarily given up his seat. And the reason for this "kapit tuko" strategy is obvious: the congressperson is betting that it will take the better part of his three-year term before any decision is made on the electoral protest against him. And the senator, whose term is six years, is betting that his protesting opponent will just run again after three years, instead of waiting for the decision on his protest to be handed down.

If he's not kapit tuko, he should have conceded the elections 4 years ago like Denfensor did.

His legitimacy as senator was questioned and contested the moment he was proclaimed the 12th senator, after all the votes in Maguindanao were counted, which wiped out pimentel's decent vote lead. Maguindanao was the last area where the votes were not yet fully counted. Hinihintay lang ni Bedol at Ampatuan na matapos ang bilangan sa ibang parte ng bansa para malaman nila kung gaano kalaki ang kailangan nilang ipatong sa total vote count ni zubiri.

Zubiri should have conceded the elections like defensor and recto in 2007 and not let this drag on. He should not have used every bullshit delaying tactics like having the all ballot boxes of metro manila and other parts of the country reopened again (kasi doon raw sa manila siya nadaya ng opposition, according to zubiri's camp). he was kapit tuko all the way until one by one things started to fall apart, bedol and ampatuan started talking, military officials started confessing... he couldn't continue pretending to be a legitimately elected representative of the senate anymore.

Monsod also had something to say about the manual/automated voting systems:

Meanwhile, the real question is: What is being done to change a system that actually rewards cheating? Here are the Senate and House, with all their committee hearings "in aid of legislation" -- looking at everybody’s warts but their own, and ignoring the need for reform in its electoral protest process. And here is the Commission on Elections, still insisting on the manual (eyeballing) revision of ballots in protest cases, when one of the benefits of automation was supposed to be a drastic reduction in the time required for electoral protest decisions. And here are the Filipino people, whose collective will is being thwarted with impunity. Where is the tuwid na daan in all these?

Sorry madam, automated systems can't solve the cheating problem if rogue election officials from within the COMELEC are involved. Unless you want automated cheatings, LOL.

"Zubiri mulls re-election in 2013"

Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, who announced his resignation on Wednesday, said he is planning to seek re-election in 2013.

In an interview by GMA News reporter Mariz Umali aired on “24 Oras," Zubiri said he hopes that his victory in 2013 will be more “convincing."

This is what we call kapalmuks.

Shouldn't he worry about more important things, like the growing possibility of jail time for election fraud?

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Migz Zubiri should have done what Mike Defensor and Ralph Recto did

and conceded four years ago. Alam kasi nila Defensor at Recto na "mananalo" sila via come-from-behind kung itinuloy nila ang laban. Naalala ko yung decent-sized lead ni Koko Pimentel sa vote count na nawala after all the "votes" in Maguindanao were counted. Maguindanao "delivered" a 12-0 win for the Adminstration's Team Unity's senatorial bets.

Mike Defensor Faces Defeat With Dignity

Yesterday (May 30, 2007), the administrator’s top defender former Chief of Staff Mike Defensor conceded defeat in the yet unconcluded midterm Senatorial race. According to Defensor, he did so in order “to ease tension” and to discourage his supporters (and in essence Team Unity [TU]) from committing “acts inimical to the essence of democracy and fair play in an electoral battle.”
Why would Defensor (and Recto) concede early kung hindi pa tapos ang bilangan sa Maguindanao?

Here's Zubiri trying to act like an asshole in 2010.

Teddy Boy Locsin was part of the Hello Garci Coverup?

I remember him being one of the more vocal defenders of Arroyo's 2004 legitimacy while pushing the idea that hello garci was just made up by the opposition to overthrow Arroyo.

House probe report sidesteps Garci,
focuses on ˜conspiracy" against Gloria

FIVE House committees which jointly investigated the "Hello Garci" wiretapped conversations yesterday adopted a final committee report which gave more weight to the alleged opposition conspiracy to unseat President Arroyo than to the alleged cheating in the 2004 presidential election.

The report also practically clears former election commissioner Virgilio Garcillano of any liability for his alleged masterminding of the doctoring of the results of the election to ensure Arroyo's victory.

The five panels led by the committee on public information chaired by Rep. Emmylou Talino-Santos (NP, North Cotabato) approved the fourth version of its report which carried almost the same findings and recommendations as that of the 18-page third draft report released on Feb. 18.

The other committees composing the joint panel are suffrage and electoral reforms of Rep. Teodoro Locsin Jr. (PDP-Laban, Makati); public order and safety of Rep. Amado Espino (Kampi, Pangasinan), national defense and security of Rep. Jose Solis (Kampi, Sorsogon) and information-communication technology of Rep. Simeon Kintanar (NPC, Cebu).

More here.

the final full report submitted in 2007 is here.

Monday, July 11, 2011

China hardliners to teach Spratly intruders ‘a lesson’

Ellen Tordesillas, writing for Vera Files:

Hardliners in the Chinese Military Academy are raring to teach China’s neighbors "a lesson" for intruding into the South China Sea, which they consider part of their national territory, a Chinese Southeast Asian expert said.

Shen Hong-Fang, professor and senior research fellow at the Center of Southeast Asian studies at Xiamen University, spoke of "a new upsurge" of Chinese nationalism set off by claims made by some Asian countries, including the Philippines, over territory China considers its own.

"Some suggested that it is the right time to adopt necessary measures to teach some countries a lesson," Shen said, startling participants at the two-day Conference on the South China Sea held in Manila last week.

She added there are those who think it justifiable "for China to launch a war against the invaders."

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Would Edsa Tres have succeeded if youtube, twitter and facebook were already available in 2001?

Ano sa tingin nyo? Arab Spring? O Iran's Green Revolution?

Monday, July 04, 2011

There are 2 ways for a Quiapo dvd revival

1) A new Manila mayor in 2013.
2) A republican president in 2012.

Bush admin early on imposed sanctions on PHI for dvd piracy, but eventually removed sanctions around 2007-08 because they saw how it helped the muslim people earn a living. Since Hollywood and Big Entertainment are anti Republican and conservatives, Republicans usually offer only halfhearted support for anti-movie piracy efforts by liberals in the movie industry.

If a new president (Republican) is in charge in 2012, a new US ambassador will replace the current one. If this is the case then a Quiapo revival will take place. If Lim is replaced by Isko Moreno in 2013, then quiapo will rise from the ashes.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Why the NBA needs contraction

having 30 teams is too much. it's very socialist, very european. the league tries to make them all equal and "competitive" by putting salary caps on teams and salary limits on players. that's NOT the american way. business is more profitable and higher quality if it's capitalistic--and not based on the ideas of Karl Marx.

Let lebron get as much money as he can from teams that can afford to pay him. No more caps on spending. Let unprofitable teams fail or go bankrupt--instead of propping them up artificially like what the NBA is doing right now. Let's improve the quality of the teams and players by downsizing the league.