For the new AQUINO administration, a few guidelines should suffice in learning how to deal with media: 1) answer the questions directly; 2) be courteous (punctual included); 3) say “i don’t know” when you don’t know; 4) don’t obfuscate the subject or the issue; 5) maintain a sense of humour at all times; and, 6) be ready to duck fast enough when a shoe is suddenly hurled at you — a la George Bush.
What is it with the resistance to sex education in schools?! It is part of our biology, physiology, psychology, and human instinct not unlike the instinct of all the rest of the animals on this planet. And, at this day and age of information, it is also the most “searched” word in the internet. Should we let our children learn about it in the classrooms or in porno sites that dominate the web more than any other “subject.”? It’s like trying to hide an elephant under the rug. It is ignorance about a subject that leads to all kinds of problems and not the opposite.
PNoy should use the wang-wang when needed – to avoid being late and to secure his life. It is lawful for him to do so and is a small privilege afforded the President compared to the enormous responsibility and the heavy burden entrusted upon him. The message and symbol of the “wang wang” that was part of his speech – abuse of power and disregard of the law – is clear on the citizenry. Whether he himself or the other four authorized officials actually use them is their prerogative. The rest of the 90 plus million Filipinos are disallowed to use it and should be apprehended by law enforcers if they do; it’s as simple as that. Let’s not sweat the small stuff. If President Benigno Aquino III fulfills his promises regarding corruption, poverty alleviation, and economic progress, he can “wang-wang” his way through all the city streets all day long and he will still be cheered by everyone he passes by. Now, on a similar sounding topic, did Erap’s inaugural speech contain the banning of “weng-weng’s” and if so, did he say he would lead the way by example? Guess not. In any case, teetotalism is not a requirement for the Presidency. Cheers!
The electoral protest former Senator Mar Roxas has filed with the Supreme Court will replace what was supposed to be the job of Comelec and Congress through its Committee on Suffrage, and that is: to render a definitive verdict on the performance and integrity of the first ever automated elections in the Philippines. It is a high price for the former Senator to pay and it should be lauded by everyone seeking the truth and nothing but the truth regarding the just concluded automated elections. Whether or not the final outcome of the protest changes the result of the winner for VP is beside the point; it is the knowledge of whether the last election was indeed fair and reflective of the true will of the voters that is of import here. Also, and of course, if it turns out that Vice-Presidential candidate Mar Roxas was the true winner for VP, then it is only fair and just, not only to him but to all those who supported him, that he be sworn-in as Vice-President of the Philippines. We hope this protest will run its’ full course all the way to its fruition which is a definitive conclusion, and not be “suspended indefinitely” or withdrawn as most electoral protests have been in the past.
At 2:30 early morning (Manila Time) of July 12, 2010, the world came to a virtual standstill as an estimated one billion human beings watched the live broadcast of the Finals Match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup between two countries hoping to win for the first time this most coveted football cup. This means more people glued to a TV than during Princess Di’s funeral or Obama’s inauguration; and it comes close to the number of TV viewers of the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Beijing where practically the entire population of China watched the broadcast. Congratulations to the European Champions and now World Cup Champions, Spain, the 9th and latest inductee into this small select champions circle, and to all the other teams that participated in this “beautiful game” world competition among nations. Special congratulations to the South Africa nation for a successful hosting of the games. It must be remembered that it’s been only less than two decades since South Africa ended the infamous apartheid practiced by the then ruling class of that nation. Despite continuing problems with the economy, health issues, and law and order, South Africa has proven to the world that it is capable of responsibly hosting a world event as big as the World Cup. But as all things must pass, good things included, we must say good-bye to the now familiar (to more than a billion people) sound of the Vuvuzela.
Scuttlebutt within the business community has it that Pulse Asia and Paul the Octopus are close to finalizing a merger and the new merged company will be called PAUL’S-ASIA. Waka-Waka!