A blip, not a strain, on PH-Taiwan relations

It is most unfortunate that the government of Taiwan has suspended the issuance of visas to Filipinos intending to either work or visit their island. The suspension was in reaction to the unfortunate killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in contested waters a few days ago.
The emotional reaction is understandable because Taiwan considers itself the aggrieved party. But Taiwan-Philippine relations have always been excellent, and there is no reason why they should not continue to remain so.

Sooner or later, the incident will be seen in its proper perspective. The PCG was only doing its job, and had no intention of inflicting harm, much less causing the death, of the fisherman from Taiwan. A representative from the Philippine government has already visited the family of the victim to offer condolences and to explain why the country had to act the way it did.

The Taiwanese should understand the Philippines’ situation vis-à-vis its territorial waters. China, for one, has been aggressively asserting its claim on Philippine territory in recent months and taking no action against perceived threats is not an acceptable option.

Unlike China, Taiwan may be easier to talk to where territorial conflicts are concerned.

One tragic event should not permanently strain Philippine-Taiwan relations.

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Political Families Have Much to Celebrate After Philippine Elections

In the Philippines, a political family that runs together, wins big together.

Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos, with her children Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., right, and daughter Irene Marcos-Araneta, left, fill in ballots on Monday in the country’s midterm elections.

And among them, the family of Vice President Jejomar Binay appears the biggest winner after Monday’s midterm elections.  Mr. Binay wasn’t running in the elections. But two of his daughters were vying for seats in the Philippine Congress: Nancy, for a seat in the Senate, while Abigail sought re-election as Makati representative.  Mr. Binay’s son and namesake, Jejomar Jr., sought a second-term as mayor of Makati, the position that his father last held before winning the vice presidency.

Both Jejomar Jr. and Abigail Binay won re-election by landslides, while Nancy came in fifth among the top vote-getters for the 12 seats up for grabs in the Senate.

The family of the late President Ferdinand Marcos also continued to dominate politics in his home province of Ilocos Norte. His 83-year-old widow Imelda won another term as congresswoman by a landslide and his eldest daughter, Imee, won after running unopposed as governor of the province some 480 kilometers north of Manila. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. was elected senator in 2010 and won’t be up for re-election until 2016. Before he was elected as senator, he served as congressman and governor of Ilocos Norte, positions now held by his mother and sister, respectively.

In the south, boxing superstar Emmanuel “Pacman” Pacquiao will comfortably win a second term as representative of the lone congressional district of the province of Sarangani. His wife,  Marie Geraldine, better known as Jinkee, a political neophyte, is leading her rival to the post of vice governor of Sarangani. Roel Pacquiao, the youngest brother of the congressman, is seeking a congressional seat in the first district of South Cotabato.

Roel Pacquiao, the youngest brother of the congressman who was himself running for a congressional seat in the first district of South Cotabato, trails his rival.

Joseph Estrada won as mayor of Manila more than 12 years after being removed from the presidency by a popular uprising. Another son of Mr. Estrada, Joseph Victor, ran for a seat in the Senate and is among the 12 that will serve for six years until 2019. The mother of Joseph Victor won re-election bid as mayor of San Juan, the position that Mr. Estrada first held when he entered politics in 1967. The new mayor of Manila’s nephew, Emilio Ramon Ejercito, won a re-election bid as governor of Laguna, a neighboring province of Manila. Another son, Jose, is an incumbent senator.

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano is also in the top four spots in the preliminary count in the Senate race while his wife, Lani, is set to win a second term as mayor of Taguig City. A brother, Lino, is running as congressional district in Taguig City and is leading the count. Pia Cayetano is an incumbent senator, whose term ends in 2016.

Not everyone with a famous family name is a sure winner. Jack Enrile, son of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, is ranked 16th in the race for the Senate. Only the first 12 top vote-getters will win a six-year term.

A study by the Center for People Empowerment in Governance, a local public policy center founded in 2004, showed that 160 families have continuously served both houses of Congress from 1907 to 2004. After the 2010 elections, the policy center found that political dynasties have thrived and their membership even increased.

Philippines Named ‘Most Stupid Country to Elect a 20-Year OJT as a Senator’ by Time Magazine

Flag of PhilippinesMANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has been named as Time’s “Most STUPID Country to Elect a 20-Year OJT as a Senator”.

“The overwhelming victory of a self-professed on-the-job trainee-cum-Senator in the recently held election in the Philippines cemented the country’s fate,” wrote Time’s news director Marilou C. Martin.

She added, “Falling for the diversionary tactics of an inexperienced candidate that saw her steer the issue away from her credibility to her skin complexion to make herself look like the underdog; gave us no choice but to bestow such title to a country, who was destined for greatness before the elections.”

“And yes, we intentionally all-capped the word stupid for added emphasis,” according to Martin.

Time gave special attention to the country’s 11,789,643 registered voters (as of press time) who voted for Nancy Binay, as contributing to the country’s “overall stupidity rating index”.

“These are probably the same 11,289,648 people who had no access to the internet to witness the criticism their bet received for her lack political background or experience.”

The magazine didn’t wait for Comelec’s final and official number of votes Binay received before coming out with the latest issue saying that, “The amount of gullibility and the unprecedented level of idiocy forced us to go to press immediately.”

The article also noted that the country’s saving grace, namely its recent credit rating upgrade, Manny Pacquiao, Jessica Sanchez or Jada Pinkett-Smith asking for a copy of Jericho Rosales’ film did not help one bit.

“Those are only minor achievements as compared to the repercussions the sheer amount of stupidity the recent actions of the Filipino people entails.”

“It’s these kind of situations that not even Lou Diamond Philips winning the Oscars  or the Philippines winning the next Miss Universe can help with your country’s image,” said Martin.

All is not lost however, according to political analyst Mak Jendoza.

Ladies and gentlemen, your future Mayor, Vice Mayor, President, First Lady, Pope and Vice President.

Andyan na yan eh, ano pa magagawa natin (She’s already there, what else can we do)?” said Jendoza. “Siguraduhin nalang natin na hindi na mauulit ito pagdating ng 2016 (We just have to make sure that we shall not repeat this same mistake come 2016).”

Abe eh kung maging presidente ang tatay nyan at madagdagan pa ng isang kapatid sa Senado sa 2016, baka pati ang United Nations hirangin na din tayong mga inutil (If ever her dad became president and another one of her sibling became a senator in 2016, even the United Nations shall name us stupid),” warned Jendoza.

“I can’t say that I’m proud of this recent ‘achievement’ of our country,” said Johnny Manuel Ebola after learning about the magazine cover. “But at least I’m proud to say that I’m not one of those 11,789,643 nincompoops!”

Hardworking Dad

Happy Father's Day
Some things are more important

SON: “Daddy, may I ask you a question?”
DAD: “Yeah sure, what is it?”
SON: “Daddy, how much do you make an hour?”
DAD: “That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?”
SON: “I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?”
DAD: “If you must know, I make $100 an hour.”
SON: “Oh! (With his head down).
SON: “Daddy, may I please borrow $50?”

The father was furious.

DAD: “If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I work hard everyday for such this childish behavior.”

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door. The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy’s questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money? After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think: Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $50 and he really didn’t ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little boy’s room and opened the door.

DAD: “Are you asleep, son?”
SON: “No daddy, I’m awake”.
DAD: “I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier. It’s been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here’s the $50 you asked for.”

The little boy sat straight up, smiling.

SON: “Oh, thank you daddy!”

Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills. The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father.

DAD: “Why do you want more money if you already have some?”
SON: “Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do.

“Daddy, I have $100 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.”

The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness. It’s just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts. Do remember to share that $100 worth of your time with someone you love? If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days. But the family and friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than to our family.

Facebook Like and Share (Repost)

The Dark side of Social Media Marketing

It gets especially creepy when the post is less benign and strikes an emotional chord: “‘Like‘ if you hate cancer.” “‘Like’ if you hate bullying.” “If I get enough ‘likes,’ my dad will quit drugs.”

I can slam the door in almost anyone’s face, but there are enough softies out there that posts like these will draw a response – a big response. The people who respond probably put some effort into minimizing the junk mail at their door. They get on the do-not-call registry. They uncheck the website boxes for promotional spam from companies. But if they click “like” on a Facebook post because they’re against famine or they think that kitten video is cute, they may have just volunteered for something they didn’t expect. And if that person is a “friend” of yours, they could rope you in too.

Daylan Pearce, a self-described “search nerd” with Australia’s Next Digital, recently exposed how this works. It’s called “like farming.” A Facebook page is created, with an appeal for readers to like, comment or share. The creators, who are working together to build these pages, share it among themselves. They all have big networks, so the pages instantly get into thousands of other people’s news feeds. When those people respond with a “like” or a share, then it reaches their friends. Suddenly, the thing has spread faster than a high school rumour.

Then what? Then the people who started it, having quickly acquired tens of thousands of followers, sell the page. Now an advertiser has all those names and Facebook addresses. And that advertiser, who isn’t allowed to phone you and whose flyers go straight to your recycling box, is sending you commercial messages on Facebook.

Annoying, but harmless, you might think. Unless you’re Terri Johnson. She’s a mother of five in the U.S., who was surprised to find a picture of her daughter Katie on a viral Facebook post. Someone had taken a picture of Katie from Terri’s Facebook account and renamed her in a post that read, “This is my sister Mallory. She has Down syndrome and doesn’t think she’s beautiful. Please like this photo so I can show her later that she truly is beautiful.”

By the time Terri was alerted to this, 3.5 million sympathetic, well-meaning people’s emotional buttons had been pushed, all so they would push the “like” button. Imagine your privacy being violated and your family innocently embroiled in a cold-hearted lie to make a buck. You might feel even more sick and angry than the Johnsons.

Facebook long ago redefined the word “friend,” removing much of its meaning. Now its exploitation by “like farmers” erodes a bit more of our humanity.

People are starting to wise up to these scams – they will be wary of the obvious ones and become leery of posts that tug at their heartstrings. But the bad guys find the angles faster than the rest of us figure out how to protect ourselves. They’re already becoming more subtle and sophisticated, and any popular cause or pop culture phenomenon is at risk of being exploited. And each new scam creates more cynicism as the rest of us slowly clue in.

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/technology/Budge+Facing+Facebook+scams/8176929/story.html#ixzz2PvvN8YpY

Cockfighting

Cockfighting
Cockfighting

What it is?

cockfight is a blood sport between two roosters (cocks), or more accurately gamecocks, held in a ring called a cockpit. The first documented use of the word gamecock, denoting use of the cock as to a “game”, a sportpastime or entertainment, was recorded in 1646, after the term “cock of the game” used by George Wilson, in the earliest known book on the sport of cockfighting in The Commendation of Cocks and Cock Fighting in 1607.

History

Cock fighting is said to be the world’s oldest spectator sport. It goes back 6,000 years in Persia.

According to one author, there is evidence that cockfighting was a pastime in the Indus Valley Civilization. The Encyclopædia Britannica (2008) holds:

The sport was popular in ancient times in India, China, Persia, and other Eastern countries and was introduced into Ancient Greece in the time of Themistocles (c. 524–460 BC). For a long time the Romans affected to despise this “Greek diversion”, but they ended up adopting it so enthusiastically that the agricultural writer Columella (1st century AD) complained that its devotees often spent their whole patrimony in betting at the side of the pit.

The significance of the original name of Mohenjo-daro inferring that the city was “the city of the cock” takes on great significance if taking into account that it has been claimed that the chicken was domesticated in southern China in 6000 BC. However, according to a recent study, “it is not known whether these birds made much contribution to the modern domestic fowl. Chickens from the Harappan culture of the Indus Valley (2500-2100 BC) may have been the main source of diffusion throughout the world.” “Within the Indus Valley, indications are that chickens were used for sport and not for food (Zeuner 1963)” and that by 1000 BC they had assumed “religious significance”.

Some additional insight into the pre-history of European and American secular cockfighting may be taken from the The London Encyclopaedia:

At first cockfighting was partly a religious and partly a political institution at Athens; and was continued for improving the seeds of valor in the minds of their youth, but was afterwards perverted both there and in the other parts of Greece to a common pastime, without any political or religious intention.

The image of a fighting rooster has been found the 6th century BC seal of Jaazaniah, discovered during the excavation of the biblical city of Mizpah in Benjamin, near Jerusalem.[15] It is one of the earliest depictions of a fighting rooster ever recovered. This depiction is consistent with the remains of these birds found at other Israelite Iron Age sites, when the rooster was used as a fighting bird; they are also pictured on other seals from the period as a symbol of ferocity, such as on the one engraved on a late-7th-century BC red jasper seal inscribed “Jehoahaz, son of the king”, which likely belonged to Jehoahaz of Judah “while he was still a prince during his father’s life.”

The anthropologist Clifford Geertz wrote the influential essay Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight, on the meaning of the cockfight in Balinese culture.

Cockfighting in the Philippines

Cockfighting in the Philippines is called Sabong. There are illegal and legal cockfights. Legal cockfights are held on cockpits every week. Illegal cockfights, called tupada or tigbakay, are held in secluded cockpits where the authorities would not be able to operate raids. In both kind of cockfights, knives or gaffs are used. There are two kinds of knives used in Philippine cockfighting. The single edge blade (use in derbies) and double edged blades, lengths of knives also vary. All knives are attached on the left leg of the cock. But depending on the agreement between owners, blades can be attached on the right leg, or even on both legs. Sabong and illegal tupada, are judged by a referee called sentensyador orkoyme, whose verdict is final and not subject to any appeal. Bets are usually taken by the kristo, known as such for his outstretched hands when calling out wagers from the audience and skillfully doing so purely from memory.

The Philippines has hosted several World Slasher Cup derbies, held twice a year and staged in Araneta Coliseum. The world’s leading game fowl breeders gather twice a year during this event.

Contrary to popular beliefs Cockfighting was not introduced in the Philippines by the Spanish. Cockfighting was already flourishing as recorded by Antonio Pigafetta the Italian recorder of Magellan. The Philippines which is a south east Asian nation shares the culture of the Indians and the south east Asian nations in which the jungle fowl(bankivoid) and Oriental type chickens are endemic.

Insights

There’s a sport to it. We’re not just out here trying to kill a rooster. There’s a sport to it. All of the chicken breeders are friends. All of the chicken breeders have ‘gentlemen’s agreements’, you know what I mean? It’s a fair sport. There’s thousand and thousands of dollars or pesos that are being gambled and spent on chickens everyday.