Friday, January 1, 2021

Big winners in Covid-19 fight: Traditional, Herbal Cures

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Traditional, not Alternative!

While the whole world groped for a cure and remedy to the mysterious COVID 19 virus, people in the rural areas turned to traditional and herbal remedies to prepare for the worst.

Among the favorite remedies were boiled young guava leaves, Ginger, Calamansi and Lemongrass.

At the height of the Pandemic, prices of Ginger and Calamansi increased while backyard Guavas were almost defoliated.

There were anecdotal accounts on the efficacy of the herbal and traditional cures but as in the past, these were dismissed by the so-called health experts as unverified and unvalidated reports.

Some even dismiss and ridicule traditional medicines and herbs as part of the Philippine "arbularyo" stories bordering on quackery.

Aside from the anecdotal accounts, however, there are numbers worth looking into and I am referring to the reported COVID 19 cases and deaths in the different regions of the country.

Those with the highest cases and deaths were in the urban areas while the lowest numbers were reported in the rural regions of the country.

It is in the rural regions where people who do not have access to medicines and hospitals rely mainly on traditional and herbal remedies.

One of the first COVID cases in North Cotabato involved a former provincial government employee.

He relied on boiled Guava leaves and recovered.

I am not a health expert and I do not pretend to be one.

I am just a practical government worker who considers all options and looks at all possibilities in addressing problems confronting our people.

These numbers cannot be ignored and the anecdotal accounts could not just be dismissed as exaggerations and the remedies part of quackery.

What I am suggesting is a serious and well-funded study and research to be undertaken by our scientists to determine the efficacy of specific traditional medicinal practices and herbal remedies.

Reputed medicinal plants abound in Philippine forests, even in the backyards of our homes.

Remember how some people laughed at "Tawa-tawa," a plant which grows almost anywhere which was proven to be effective against Dengue?

In spite of the fact that it has been proven to be effective, "Tawa-tawa" is largely ignored.

No further research and product development had been initiated by government.

The promotion of "Tawa-tawa," Oregano and other herbal remedies was left to people like Dok Alternatibo and fledgling herbal companies.

We ignore what is readily available in favor of the branded medicines produced by Big Pharma and promoted by some medical practicioners.

Mother Nature who is wiser than all of us provided us with these remedies and it is all up to us to discover these to protect our people from illnesses and pandemics.

It is time for government to pour millions or even billions to conduct these studies and researches.

In the end, when our scientists will succeed, we will not only be saving billions of pesos in government funds spent for imported medicines but we will also be saving thousands of Filipino lives.

Kailangan lang natin mulat ang mata natin at tingnan ang mga nakapalibot sa atin na bigay ng Inang Kalikasan.

Let us stop the bias against remedies which our ancestors and elders used to save lives.


(Photos were downloaded from public websites.)

2021 is the year of the white metal ox

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Happy new year everyone. May there be fewer demons this time. New year, new update. Let's not forsake the rat this early now. 

It's been a long walk but WE MADE IT! 

God bless us all with a New Year we all deserve. Welcome, year of the Metal Ox, 2021!

Good riddance 2020! .. Welcome 2021! .. I hope the year of the Metal Ox will bring better days to everyone .. keep peace, love, and happiness always! 

Do you think 2021 will be better than 2020, the same, worse, or other? 

2021 is the year of the metal ox. In other words, the Iron Bull. 2021 will be the year of the metal ox for the Chinese zodiac which quite peculiarly coincides with the year of the golden bull. 

And yes, since twelve years ago it was the cycle of the earth ox, then now we are about to enter the year of the METAL OX!

I believe in you, oxen folks! You got the horns, you got the power! 

The year of the of metal ox is a time for emotional, spiritual and economic other words, change!

The year brings career advancement, success in business, prosperity, and wellness for all zodiac signs. The Ox year of 2021 is under the influence of the metal element.

Our hardwork will get rewarded! We may feel the weight of our work but don't feel burdened about it and always remember to have enough fun + take care of ourselves!

Let's bring the unforeseen, unexpected, grounded in unfamiliar shifts.

More likely to reward also our authenticity, and truthfulness. 

Be like water. Flow naturally towards one direction. Focus!

Manifesting all our dreams will materialize and all our prayers will be answered. 

Color expert Pantone has announced not one but two “colors of the year” for 2021. The picks for the coming year are Ultimate

Gray and a “cheerful YELLOW ” called Illuminating. Accident... Guess not? 

But based on Feng Shui, the lucky colors for the year of the metal ox are:

- Gray, Silver metal

- Purple

- Blue

- White

- Yellow

- Gold

- and all other close hues.

As the world tries to cope with challenging times, the ancient Chinese philosophy of feng shui continues to teach us to find harmony and balance amid the chaos. 

But are we sure we can trust the Chinese? After this Coronavirus pandemic, only fools would trust anything related to China. They may be a superpower country but their intentions should be doubted highly.

I have good news for all the writers, artists, creators, performers and really anyone who worked their whole damn lives only to get T-boned by 2020: 2021 is an especially fortuitous year for career advancement and success. May we all reap its rewards.

2020 was the year of the metal rat. Predictions included: health issues, confusion, scarcity, civil unrest, and isolation. 2021 will be the year of the metal ox. Hard work, discipline, honesty, isolation, building strong bonds, and focus.

A lot of the same - but different.

Metal is the element of the lung and large intestine and there will be more problems associated with these organs. Be careful of our health, that is if you believe in these superstitions.

The year of the metal ox is about to be an absolute banger!!!

The lunar year of the Yin Metal Ox will start on February 12th. According to Far Eastern wisdom, the conservative ox will bring material improvements and sustainability for our homes. Just try to model our behavior on his positive attributes & we'll be fine.

Are you ready to give it all? Ready for rewards? 

So much muscle and power coming up for all of us, may we able to use them rightfully!

We will enter the new year head on with our horns!

Lego has new set of toys perfect for Plantitos and Plantitas

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For future Plantitos and Plantitas who just want a feel of how they want their plants to look like, an ingenious toy brand has something creatively fascinating for you. These new toys are perfect for plant lovers.

For those black thumb extraordinaires, Lego plants?  Probably about the only plants you could keep colorfully alive to decorate your homes.

Get ready to take your plant collection to a whole new level, Lego's new ‘Botanical Collection’ encourages adults to relax and unwind - there’s a Flower Bouquet and a Bonsai Tree to help green-fingered adults feel more zen in the new year. 

The brand has just released two botanical-inspired sets and I'm drooling over them. The LEGO Group has officially unveiled its Botanical Collection sets, 10280 Flower Bouquet and 10281 Bonsai Tree.

Another reason to continue to love Lego. This is on my wishlist 2021! Let creativity bloom with the new botanical builds from the LEGO Group.

10281 Bonsai Tree could have been a gimmick, but instead is a LEGO Botanical Collection set that offers an engaging insight into a disciplined art form. 

Sets 10280 Flower Bouquet and 10281 Bonsai Tree will be available starting January 1st for $50 in the US. Let me know if you hear anything about the release of the new Lego Botanical Collection here in the Philippines. Love the bonsai tree. I'm buying direct from LEGO as soon as they are available! Getting the bouquet too. The kits has my name written all over it!

You won't hate plastic flowers this time. You'll love these LEGO Botanical Collections which is absolutely packed with interesting pieces coloured in wonderful hues.

I wonder if they will make more. Maybe you have a whole botanical garden of Legos. I have a lot of Legos in my house already but I'll make room for more. 

The new Lego Group Botanical series is aimed at adults who want to relax while building colorful trees and flowers. 

It puts beautiful plants in your home that you can't kill.

If those cute botanical sets sell out before I can buy them, 2021 is over before it has begun. Lol!

#TanginaMoHHE: MNL48 fans angry over termination of Duran twins

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Silence is not an option when it comes to unified dissent, unified resistance, unified call for transparency and accountability.

We deserve an explanation. We deserve an acceptable reason.

Imagine announcing the termination of members on NEW YEAR'S EVE!

MNL48 fans didn't hold back in expressing their anger and disappointment over the termination announcement made by HHE today.

They truly deserve this trend, 3 years of Hell, and now it's time to speak up the truth!

The hashtag #TanginaMoHHE is now trending on Twitter Philippines, currently at the fourth rank with more than 2,000 tweets.

#TanginaMoHHE  for terminating the twins. Tangina ninyo for placing them in the shadow for years.

"Due to a major violation." Please define. 

I know contract stipulations are confidential, but I hate it when you leave fans to speculate to vague situations.

Emz @ Rizal Park, Duran twins @ DNE? Yun na? That's MAJOR?

Amidst the termination announcement made by HHE earlier today, Shaina and Shaina Duran will hold a live stream on their YouTube channel and Facebook gaming page tonight, as per their official fan club Friends Fries.

Craving for Jaydee and laney's termination.

We don’t want a member who says the N-word, makes fun of ableist, tea spiller, jowa peeps, and a covid-19 protocol violator who give free cheki’s w/o social distancing

HHE, terminate them you bitch.

Terminate Jaydee and Laney.

Imagine, nasa internet na yung evidence na lumalabag sa rules si jaydee and laney plus kalat na kalat pa yet you guys are turning a blind eye on it? BIG YUCK!

Since day 1 wala pa kong nakikita na ikakaterminate ng kambal di tulad ng iba diyan may kapit yata kaya nasa group pa rin..

Duran Twins deserve better, and it's out of HHE's management!

Sa totoo lang, napaka obedient ng kambal and ni Emz tapos gaganyanin lang ni HHE?

Come to think of it when I told my friends about HHE's business practices, nasabi niya sa akin na pwedeng grounds for a legal case.

Ito lang yung magagawa para mag ayos siguro ang HHE kaso members lang yata pwede mag file?

Sadly, only families and the members can file a case against HHE.

HOWEVER, fans can file another case regarding about the delayed merchandise/s though.



The hastag #TanginaMoHHE is such a big mood! That management really sucks big time. They need to level up their game or else that $$$ they're aiming for won't happen because all of the aces of MNL48 already left.

This is nonsense! Our girls deserve a better management!!! No problem with the staff, I'm sure they're pissed off as well. It's for the executives. Especially Kuropt. That man is gahaman af.

With the exemption of coach Angel, coach Mia, at lahat ng empleyado na nagtitiis kahit walang sweldo. Thank you for your hard work po BUT YOUR LEADERS SUCK.

Rarely do I swear but the current state of affairs merits my profane speech.

They say quitters never win. But we walk the plank on a sinking ship.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio emerge as top presidential bid on Pulse Asia survey

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"Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio emerged as an early frontrunner for the 2022 presidential elections, according to a recent Pulse Asia survey. Former Senator Bongbong Marcos and Senator Grace Poe are tied at the second spot."

That Pulse Asia survey, if genuine, really is concerning. But we should heed Camus’ warning in The Plague: “the habit of despair is worse than despair itself.” As previous polls conducted two Decembers before presidential elections show, it is still very much early days. 

The polls are snapshots of opinion during the survey period, not a prediction set in stone. Otherwise, we’d be talking about the legacy of President Manny Villar and the administration of President Jojo Binay. But the Pulse Asia survey, if genuine, IS a call to action. 

One immediate and urgent takeaway for democratic forces will be unpopular among certain groups, and will definitely be expensive: At the risk of being called epal (a strong middle-class issue), they must make themselves and their issues better known thru ADVERTISING AND PR. 

Much of what they need to do is PR in the old-fashioned sense: performance recognition. Some of the most productive senators are only in the 11-16 range (@kikopangilinan, @risahontiveros); this is a shame, and is doubtless partly the result of targeted disinformation. 

The targeted harassment of @SenLeiladeLima has brought the 2016 12th-placer to the 32-39 range. The sustainable way to raise her numbers, and those of others and of @lenirobredo too, would be to run ads, billboards, socmed with pre-election content. 

Our election laws have this loophole—and authoritarian enablers & pro-Beijing traitors will certainly use it. When democracy itself is at risk, should democratic forces avoid pre-election campaigning to avoid “becoming monsters too”? I think that means the real monsters win. 

Written by John Nery

Duterte refuses to reveal usage of Intel funds to Congress

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President Rodrigo Duterte has vetoed about a dozen provisions of the 2021 national budget, including one that requires the executive branch to submit quarterly reports on the use of intelligence funds to Congress. 

Duterte refused to report to Congress how intelligence funds are being spent, saying that such reports should only be submitted to him.

Sus magtataka pa ba tayo? Yung funds nga ng pandemic hindi natin alam kung saan napupunta. Barya sa taong bayan, milyones sa bulsa nila.

Define TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY in the Duterte context. Obviously, he doesn't believe in these. He really believes that he is above the law, and immune to all rules and regulations. He and his men are exempted from following the law and become decent members of the society. 

The transparency of this admin is as clear as a murky water... full of well-fed crocodiles.

Ayaw niya ng corruption pero hindi naman transparent. NaDuterte ang mga DDS kaya lang nandamay pa. Magparehistro for 2022 election PEOPLE! This atrocities have to be stopped.

And who else would defend them but his paid supporters aka what he calls as "advocacy" groups which we all know as the troll farms.

Intel funds is his most lucrative racket obviously.  If he reveals where he is spending it he would be impeached faster than the cusswords he spits out per minute. And he is still answerable to Congress methinks.

So how are intelligence funds audited?’s supposed to be called “secret funds”?

Without transparency, one won’t be able to tell “national security spending” from “embezzlement”. There must be assurance in some other form rather than take his word for it.

So his men are also hiding by example. I mean leading ..... nag auto-correct. lol

Kung walang tinatago, ano ang kinakatakot?
Yan lagi bukang-bibig noon ng mga DDS. Bakit tahimik sila ngayon. Napaghahalata talaga.

For his eyes only, para hindi macompromise daw ang safety at security ng bansa....o ang budget for the trolls.

Maybe he wants to surpass the richest people in the Philippines. After his term...he can already buy the entire country! Dadaigin pa ang Marcos family.

Para din mga Chinese, magaling humawak ng pera. Naku ha... Mukhang sinasanay na tayo... Malapit na ba tayong maging Philippines, a province of China?

Pera ng taong bayan yan! Karapatan namin malaman kung saan niya ginagastos ang bawat sentimo...lalo't maraming nagugutom na Pilipino!

Gagamitin yan sa election campaign. Sisiguruhin nila na sila pa rin at kaalyado nila ang mananalo para tuloy pa rin  ang ligaya.

72.5B for COVID-19 vaccines but ONLY P2.5 B is guaranteed under the 2021 budget. The remaining 70B needs to be sourced from LOANS or EXCESS NON-TAX revenue collections.

Pero GUARANTEED ang P16.4 B for anti-insurgency & P9.5 B for CONFIDENTIAL & intelligence funds.

Ang galing!

Congress please overturn the veto. Questionable ang ganyang galawan.

Congress has enough ammunition to impeach Duterte, yet majority will not move in return for their share of the loot.

Kurap ng kurap ah! Di pa ba tuluyang pipikit! Daming magnanakaw sa gobyerno!

Reacting to the report, Senate Pres. Tito Sotto said:

"I may agree or disagree but if it involves national security, then I can see his point."

The DDS are saying mga tanga raw tayo na naglipana na naman. Hindi raw kasi natin naiintindihan na detrimental ito sa national security.....baka financial security ng nga buwaya.

I can’t wait for the next government. So tired of this f*cking administration.

#JusticeForTumandokMassacre: Stop Killing Farmers!

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The Tumandoks, one of the indigenous peoples of Panay island, greet the new year with a bang—but not the sort of bang that comes with a celebration. 

We condemn yet another act of state terrorism during what ought to be a season of rest, reflection, and recreation. 

Military-police operations killed Tumanduk indigenous peoples and arrested several others in Panay! Walang holiday, holiday sa mga pasista!

Did you hear what police and soldiers did to the Tumandoks? 

All over Panay, like terrorists, they barged into the homes of indigenous farmers at dawn, killed 9 farmers and arrested 15.

Victims were known leaders of Tumanduks tribe resisting megadam projects and landgrabbing. "Due to their strong resistance against the construction of the destructive Jalaur Mega Dam and their continuous fight for IP rights, they have been tagged by military forces as members of the rebel groups."

TUMANDUK is an organization of the Tumaduk tribe resisting the construction of the Jalaur  River Multipurpose Project – Stage II (JRMP II) in Calinog, Iloilo. 

Tumanduk farmers in Alibunan, Agcalaga, Sumuroy, and Barangan villages in Calinog, Iloilo are constantly threatened with the construction of the P11.2-billion mega dam. Their persistent resistance have delayed for several years the construction of the mega dam.

The Tumandok indigenous people resides in the mountainous areas of Capiz and Antique. They have been actively opposing the construction of the Jalaur Mega Dam in their ancestral land which will greatly affect and destroy their community’s land and livelihood.

The police are the real terrorists! The perpetrators were from PRO-6, PNP-CIDG, 12th IBPA, and Tapaz Municipal Police.

The 12th IBPA is also the Philippine Army unit who is accountable of all the killings of farmers and hacienda workers in 2018 in the Negros island. 

Source: Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas 

They could not yet disclose the name of the judge who issued the search warrants.

IP leaders were UNARMED when state forces murdered them at their homes. 

State forces massacred and brutally murdered nine Tumandok farmers just because their farmer's alliance that wanted land and justice were labeled as "terrorists". Injustice and oppression continues.

PNP and AFP elements said the victims fought back as authorities were serving warrants early morning Wednesday in Barangay Lahug, Tapaz in Capiz. The familiar made-up script to justify their horrible extrajudicial killings.

The attacks in Tapaz, Capiz are reminiscent of the SEMPO in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental that led to the massacre of six individuals and arrest of 15 others on December 26, 2018 led by then PRO-7 Director Debold Sinas.  

The government justified their massacres on indigenous people as "necessary" to stop the New People's Army and even label innocents as NPA, but in reality the government uses terrorism as an excuse to silence those who stand against fascism.

Anong klaseng news reporting ‘yan! Stop peddling this “NPA” narrative. 

Roy Giganto, a Tumandok leader and local village councilman was among those killed. The victims were red-tagged and claimed by the PNP as 'high-value individuals' of the CPP-NPA. They are civilians defending their ancestral lands.

Farmers aren't NPA! Activists aren't NPA! Minorities aren't NPA! Stop playing DUMB!

BAYAN MUNA Rep. Eufemia Cullamat strongly condemned the same  joint operations of  the army's 12th IB and police. 

Peasant activist Lorenzo "Dodoy" Paña of Brgy. Bantolinao, Antequera, Bohol was gunned down by unidentified motorcycle riding men around 9:00 am today near a bridge at Brgy. Dorol, Balilihan.

Lorenzo was a former officer of Hugpong sa Mag-uuma Dapit sa Kasadpan (HUMANDA KA), a district formation of Humabol chapters in the first district of Bohol.

Lorenzo was on his way to bring lunch for his son working at a nearby construction site when he was fired upon by the perpetrators.

It can be recalled that on June 26, 2018, his house was subjected to a warrantless search by around 30 members of SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics). Members of his family complained of maltreatment during the said incident.

In previous years, the Paña family had also reported being harassed by state forces.

In 2018, Lorenzo along with his wife and children voluntarily worked for the construction of the coconut processing plant in Brgy. Tinibgan, Maribojoc which now produces virgin coconut oil.

NNARA-Youth UP Diliman vehemently condemns the cold-blooded, state-sponsored killing of Lorenzo Paña. Reports of his murder coincide with the massacre of nine Tumandoks in the province of Capiz.

The extra-judicial killing of Lorenzo and the Tumandoks raises the peasant death toll under the Duterte regime to 305.

Mario Aguirre, a barangay council member from Barangay Lahug also among confirmed killed. 

"SAKA said, 'Instead of counting presents this holiday season, the Filipino people are counting corpses.'

Instead of Santa's sleigh, we got Satan's slay!

The injustice in our country is just— it just exist everywhere. And we aren't happy!

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Page 365 of 366: Before the pandemic year 2020 ends

Wazzup Pilipinas!

Tomorrow, December 31 2020 at 11:59:59 this book will finally closed and the story we had this year is about to end and at exactly 12:00:00 a new book will be open and a new story is about to start. And now, I am ready to open a new chapter, a new beginning.

Ready to close the book and forget the characters that exist only in my prologue but no longer in my epilogue.

Thank you 2020 for making me realize to finally let go of unreciprocated love, to accept things for what it is and to be genuinely happy for the things that are meant for me.

2020 was not an ordinary year.. A lot of things happened. A lot of things that we didn't imagine that will happen, actually happened.. But I'm thankful that this year, for the people who made this year bearable.

This year, we did nothing but survive. We did nothing but motivate ourselves to wake up with a positive mind. We mustered everything in us to keep ourselves from falling off track and give it all up because we felt so tired, the kind of tired that rest could never cure.

We've tried our best to let go of the heartaches. Now, it's time say goodbye to our painful memories and burn them in our minds. We are hoping for happy experiences this 2021.

I just wanna say thank you to all people who have been part of my life this 2020. I hope we continue to flourish in 2021 and the next years to come.

Thank you for shaping me to become a better version of myself. May the next chapter replenish every dark and bright memories you gave with new great adventures.

Thank you for everything. 2021 time to start something new. Repeat after me:- "I'm about to walk into the greatest year of my life!"

#RizalDay: Remembering the martyrdom

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On this day in 1896, national hero Jose Rizal was executed in Bagumbayan, Manila. Every December 30, the nation remembers Rizal's martyrdom which ignited the Philippine revolution against Spain.

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines leads the commemoration of the 124th death anniversary of Jose Rizal in Luneta, Manila.

President Rodrigo Duterte is represented by Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana.

The more appropriate honor that mayor Isko Moreno could have given Rizal is when he speaks against the lies and hypocrisy of the government he serves. There is dissonance when he strikes against non-FDA approved products in Binondo then keeps quiet about the use of illegal vaccines in AFP.

In commemoration of Rizal Day, let’s remember some of Pepe’s famous sayings. 

"Justice is the foremost virtue of the civilizing races. It subdues the barbarous nations, while injustice arouses the weakest."

Police Brutality is not an isolated case.

Winston Ragos was killed by policemen who thought he was going to pull out a gun. 

A group of policemen ambushed army intel officers and tampered the crime scene.

Fabel Pineda was raped and killed by policemen when she filed a complaint against them. 

Kidnap-Slay case was done by policemen. The victim was beheaded.

Mother and son Gregorio were shot pointblank with two bullets each by policeman Jonel Nuezca who has previous dismissed homicide cases.

Duterte repeated said that he would protect the policemen and would assume the responsibility to their misdeeds.

"Filipinos don't realize that victory is the child of struggle, that joy blossoms from suffering, & redemption is a product of sacrifice."

Duterte's failed promises are numerous to mention. He also allows the rampant red-tagging of progressive groups critical of the government.

"There are useless officials, evil, if you like, but there are also good ones, and these are not able to accomplish anything because they encounter an inert mass..." 

Here are some of the most shameless factotums who red-tag people carelessly. A thread

1. Red Tagger Parlade often makes baseless accusations. In 2018, he accused the opposition of conspiring with the Communists to oust Duterte. He even made allegations that student organizations were being exploited by the Communists. 

Parlade is pushing for social media regulation but he can't substantiate the basis of doing so. He thinks it is a gray area in the Anti-Terrow Law that needs to be included in the IRR.

He was was booed out of the NUPL Philippines forum which he crashed in because organizers and attendees had enough of his lies. 

2. Red Tagger Lorraine Badoy maligns anyone who is against her.

She is a rabid. She carelessly red-tags any critics of Duterte and defends Mocha Uson. 

She red-tags even journalists thus putting their lives at risk. She has used her post to continue red-tagging even the Makabayan Bloc.

3. Red Tagger Cardema wanted to be a partylist representative so he could bring his red-tagging agenda in Congress. He was disqualified so now his wife replaces him. 

Cardema made it very clear that the plan was to make Ducielle Cardema withdraw before the election to pave the way of a possible substitution. She was a last minute choice to be 1st nominee. The 5th nominee is also a relative. 

Cardema red-tags legitimate youth and partylist groups but can’t present any evidence to support his claims. 

“Our liberty will not be secured at the sword's point... We must secure it by making ourselves worthy of it...tyranny will crumble like a house of cards, and liberty will shine out like the first dawn." 

The fabricated cases against Leila De Lima stemmed from being a strong critic of Duterte. 

When De Lima launched a senate inquiry about the Davao Death Squad & she expressed her strong opposition to the Drug War, she became the primary target of Duterte.

Part of Duterte's efforts to silence her was the House of Representatives hearings that crucified her as an immoral and corrupt DOJ secretary. 

The primary witnesses against her are CONVICTED CRIMINALS and yet the government & Duterte’s allies found them to be more credible. What a joke! 

The PNP even barred anyone from visiting de Lima citing the pandemic but they were allowed to do mañanita for Sinas. 

AMLC & PDEA cleared de Lima because they didn’t find any evidence linking her to the drug trade in Bilibid. 

The cruelest treatment to the Reina Mae Nasino, mother and her baby River who was separated from her, thus causing the baby's death, was on full display during the wake and burial of the child. 

There seems to be a pattern because another peasant leader, Amanda Echanis with her child, is jailed for the same charges. 

Let’s discuss food security, Duterte promised to dismantle the cartel of illegal rice smugglers via Rice Tariffication Law but it has negative effects to the farmers. 

As a consequence, the price of locally produced rice significantly drops.

Duterte promised land reforms by providing support to the beneficiaries. This admin is the slowest in the implementation of land reforms.

Duterte promised to return the coco levy fund to farmers. But Duterte vetoed the bill that was meant to do just that.

"The youth is the hope of our future." 

There’s no such thing as Bobotante but disillusioned due to failure to deliver campaign promises. There must be higher level of discourse such as debates to discuss policies not a grand circus. 

It is not enough to just vote on #Halalan2022 but we must guard our vote and report incidents of election frauds/election related violations to COMELEC & other election watchdogs 

In 2019, PPCRV launched a voter’s education online course to help eligible voters assess/evaluate candidates better. 

Each vote makes a difference in every election. We must treat our vote that we are voting not just for ourselves but for our country and countrymen. 

On this day, we celebrate a national holiday dedicated to the anniversary of Jose Rizal’s martyrdom.

May we never forget his works and sacrifices that sparked a revolution leading to the freedom and democracy of the nation. 

May his ideals and patriotism inspire us to help our country usher in a better, fair, and inclusive future. 

"To live is to be among men, and to be among men is to struggle, a struggle not only with them but with oneself; with their passions, but also with one's own."

"I die without seeing dawn's light shining on my country... You, who will see it, welcome it for me...don't forget those who fell during the nighttime."

~Jose Rizal speaking through "Elias" in Noli Me Tángere

Credits to Tea Sommelier for cover photo and most worded entries

CTTO to the rest of the illustrations

Amid the pandemic and massive corruption, Philhealth contribution rate to increase in 2021

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Filipinos should expect to pay higher member contributions to PhilHealth beginning next year.

PhilHealth is implementing the scheduled contribution rate and adjustment in income ceiling for force, pandemic or not!

They steal P15 billion of our money and have the temerity to increase the contribution rate? Ang kapal ng mukha ng PhilHealth.

They say they recognize that the pandemic is taking its toll on Filipinos. However, it is bound to implement the Universal Health Care Law.

Those earning below  P10,000 shall be fixed at P350/month while those earning P70,000/month or higher is fixed at P2,450/month.

Ok...let's do some deductions but let's all note that we are in a PANDEMIC right now okay? In case we miss that fact

SSS = increase in contribution

Philhealth = increase in contribution

salaries = NO. FUCKING. INCREASE. AT. ALL. because. we. are. in. a. FUCKING. PANDEMIC!!!!

Buti pa ang mga OFW umalma sa Facebook at na suspend ang contribution nila.  Tayo tuloy ang bayad habang walang convicted high-ranking officials.

Lawmakers in August investigated PhilHealth for alleged corruption as whistleblowers accused executives of pocketing some P15 billion ($309.6 million) in funds.

Kung di pa kayo galit sa mga tarantado sa Philhealth, and by extension, Duterte, after this, then I am sorry - you need to rethink your life choices.

But wait there's more...

2022 - Premium rate will be 4%

2023 -  4.5%

Ah wait there's still more...

2024 to 2025 - 5%!!!!

How to oppose? May petition ba or anything na need ko fill up-an para ipahiwatig na ayoko?  Pahingi link. Tanginang gobyerno to, ang hirap na nga ng buhay, gagatasan pa tayo. Asan yung 15B??

PhilHealth has the audacity to increase our monthly contribution and make people suffer when the corruption issue wasn't even addressed yet. 

Hindi ba talaga uso ang HIYA sa government na 'to? Ganun lang ba yun? Higher contributions, higher chances of corruption? Preparation for the next election campaign?

I'm tired of this government. The future of the people in the Philippines is bleak. 

They are milking us even when the pandemic has crippled us and they are still investigating the swindled billions.

Wala na nga regular na trabaho karamihan eh. Kawawa talaga mga workers sa administration na eto. Itataas para mas marami silang nanakawin. Ginawang gatasan mga Pinoy.

So we’re talking about how much money an episode of Sweet Home costs and came to the point where we discovered that the money stolen from PhilHealth funds is BIGGER than a season’s budget of Netflix’s most expensive show - The Crown. Imagine how much money that is. 

Note also that SSS contribution is set to increase by January 2021. Dobleng dagdag na ibabawas sa sweldo natin inspite of the pandemic?

January means bayaran ng insurance, PhilHealth, and SSS. Start the year with gastos. Huhu.

Bago taasan ang contribution sa PhilHealth, ibalik muna ng mga opisyal na yan ang 15B na kinulimbat nila. Dapat ring managot lahat ng kasabwat dito. Papahirapan na naman ang mga mamamayan samantalang yung mga tiwali ay hinayaan lang makalusot sa ginawa nila. 

I don't think it's feasible to proceed with the contribution increase for 2021 in a middle of a pandemic. Let alone a pending case on the Php 15 Billion Philhealth fund.

Philhealth is raising funds because it's been pushed to the brink of bankruptcy by corrupt officials who, for some reason, have avoided media scrutiny for the past couple of months. 

FYI, ang average premium ng HMO for an employee under corporate account is 15K for 150K MBL. May Inpatient and Outpatient Coverage.

The premium below is roughly 30K/yr with limited coverage pa! Tangina! I hate it here in this country. Mapapamura ka na lang talaga!

Mas OK pa sa private HMO.

Dito sa Philhealth, yes libre consultation pero pipila ka simula ng 5am.

Mag life insurance na lang tayo kung 2.5k ang monthly mo. Ang lala! Huwag na tayong magbayad dahil nanakawin lang din naman nila. Sayang lang ang pagod natin dahil sa kanila lang mapupunta!

My wish for 2021 is we stop asking people why they’re single or gotten fat.

There are more important things to ask like Where is the 15 billion pesos, Philhealth?

Duterte reminds the public that presumption of innocence remains until conviction. WTF! He understands presumption of innocence and applies it to Philhealth officials accused of corruption...but does not apply it to red-tagging & drug cases. Selective justice?!

I think we don't need a vaccine anymore, because during the pandemic, our immune system is building antibodies against what it is expose to such as "Government's incompetence", "Duque's a disappointment", "missing 15B PhilHealth fund" and the list goes on.

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