andy bautista, atenista, eskapo

Heard through the grapevine
The Philippine Star 4 Jan 2019
Victor C. Agustin

A former US ambassador to the Philippines has interceded in behalf of former Comelec chairman Andres Bautista in his application with the US Department of Homeland Security to prolong his now year-long stay in the land of the brave and the home of the free.

Bautista’s application with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services is being handled by anti-Duterte lawyer and political activist, Rodel Rodis, who declined to answer emailed inquiries.


dirty linen, dirty elections? 8 aug 2017  
in defense of tish 10 aug 17
no documents no proof 15 aug 17
on andy’s SALN 13 aug 17
andy agonizes, to resign or not to resign 30 aug 17
who’s got andy’s (and smartmatic’s back, perhaps in aid of federalism?  8 sept 17
andy bautista wins? who loses?  9 sept 17
andy’s endgame 13 oct 17

PCGG audit reveals disturbing details from Andres Bautista’s closet by victor c. agustin 19 jan 2018
Ex-Comelec chair Bautista might never return to PH — Kapunan  by lorna patajo-kapunan 12 feb 18
Where is Andy Bautista? by antonio contreras 11 aug 18
Andy Bautista: Out of sight, out of mind! by lorna patajo-kapunan 12 nov 18
Again, where is Andy Bautista? by antonio contreras 19 jan 19

between kris and duterte . . .

. . . we are being forced to confront the dementor ways of dynasty.

duterte is a stand-up comic-tragic figure whose mission as president in midterm is to distract us from his failure to deliver on the BIG CHANGES he promised — hindi pala niya kaya, ang hirap pala, akala ay madadaan sa kamachohan, takutan, but how do you make takot the entrenched oligarchy (heavily represented in the cabinet) into changing their ways and moderating their greed for the sake of nation, what do they care about nation  —  and so deliberately he distracts us from the higher prices, harder times, under his watch, and of course he can blame the price of oil only so much, and so he resorts to his favorite pasttime, talking dirty, talking sex, best seller forever, the dirtier the more shocking the better, and boy has he amped it up, nasa bedtime pornography na, for general patronage even.  i hate to imagine what next.  such a low way to go.  meanwhile, the country continues to go to the dogs.  soon there will be nothing left.

kris aquino is only a little less disturbing.  in her latest, current war, this time vs former business manager nicko falcis who has denied her charges of “qualified theft” — woman scorned nga ba? — falcis has  accused kris of seriously threatening his life, “PAPAPATAY KA NG PAMILYA KO  … DARE TO STEP IN THIS COUNTRY, AND YOU WILL BE DEAD.”  totoo ba ito?  bakit hindi dine-deny ni kris?  dahil walang nagtatanong?  bayarán ba ng reyna ang lahat ng media?  totoo bang the queen is  “guarded & sacrificed for above & beyond all costs. No Kris Aquino, no contracts, and no millions. Do not think I won’t go in all directions.” — did she really say this in one of her final messages to falcis?

“PAPAPATAY KA NG PAMILYA KO  … DARE TO STEP IN THIS COUNTRY, AND YOU WILL BE DEAD.”  sounds like duterte.  and sounds like alice in wonderland’s queen of hearts: OFF WITH HIS HEAD!   if true, she threatened falcis, and if she spoke sincerely, what does it say of the family culture of the aquino-cojuango clan, the political dynasty she proudly belongs to?  which could be why she’s distracting us with her health woes, invoking ninoy and cory to boot, tugging at heartstrings grown brittle, bored stiff by her paawa dramatics.  what a waste of ninoy’s DNA.

kris fancies herself a queen — megalomania much?  digong is himself a kingpin, the patriarch who dares break all the rules of civilized society.  kumusta naman kaya ang ibang dynasties diyan?  nakakabaliw ba, nakaka-adik ba, ang sobrang yaman at kapangyarihan?

we should do them all, and nation, a favor by not voting for any of them, or their ilk.

Bullies, the bullied, and bystanders

 Randy David

Watching that disturbing video of a Filipino middle school boy threatening, insulting and beating up a terrified fellow student inside a school toilet, in a brazen display of bullying power, struck me in a way that I could not fully understand. I had to review the video a number of times to grasp what it was that made it specially chilling to watch.

Finally, on perhaps the seventh or eighth replay, it dawned on me: The bully was not only aware that the entire encounter was being recorded. He, in fact, also seemed like he was performing for an imagined audience of anonymous voyeurs. At one point, he brashly faced the camera, as though to address the gallery, and went on to describe in a cold measured tone what options he was offering to his prey — a beating or a rite of degradation (that included kissing his genitals).

Read on…

For whom the bells toll

Amelia HC Ylagan

… When Amb. Kim made his speech for the turnover of the bells, he made no apologies, no explanations for the confiscation of the bells by the US. He simply said, “In World War II and in Korea, our soldiers fought, bled, died, and sacrificed side by side. Together they made possible the peace and prosperity we enjoy today… Our relationship has withstood the tests of history and flourishes today. And every day our relationship is further strengthened by our unbreakable alliance, robust economic partnership, and deep people-to-people ties” (, Dec 11, 2018).

Somehow, Amb. Kim’s careful diplomatic allusions to “our relationship” cannot but call back Pres. Duterte’s oft-repeated open disdain for the US (specially for past US President Barack Obama and for immediate-past Ambassador Philip Goldberg). Duterte’s rejection has progressively been made more painful to the US, juxtaposed to his open and gushy declaration of love for Chinese President Xi Jinping and all things Chinese. In the current heightened US-China global trade and political war, the suddenly rushed return of the Balangiga bells might plaintively ring: but we two — the Philippines and the US — we are friends, are we not?

… And insistently, triumphantly, the bells will toll again at Balangiga. But for whom, and for what will the bells toll?

The once-silenced Balangiga bells must peal and boom even more urgently now than in the chilling wars of betrayal and treachery for dominance and power in the early 1900s. The jubilation for national pride redeemed by the return of the symbolic bells is confused by the sickening feeling in the pit that the horned specter of dominance and greed still hovers, in the appearance of the Filipino’s own skin and mien. For colonization and dominance, and its treachery and betrayals can also be by our own leaders.

So many issues in our country that overwhelm us at yearend: is there really democracy guided by the rule of law, in the insuppressible and persistent “rumors” of extrajudicial killings and transgressions of human rights, protested and called down locally and by foreign observers?

Have we not observed and experienced first-hand how the constitution and the laws have been turned upside down in shockingly unorthodox little-known legal trickeries like the quo warranto to remove a Chief Justice; and the revocation of amnesty granted to one particular ex-putschist senator and present critic of the administration? Why are other politicians accused of plunder and other high crimes pardoned? What about the fate of another senator languishing in jail for alleged drug involvement? And are we not chilled by the continuous extension of martial law in Mindanao, justified by an Armed Forces who should have been doing its job as it is supposed to be competently doing?

Are we not aghast and terrified at the blatant dishonesty and corruption that are dismissed lightly for “friends” of those in power versus the persecution by evidently trumped-up charges for the vulnerable non-friends or those “unfriended” for lost utility? And we are overwhelmed in anxiety for a 2019 budget not yet approved, discovering in painful bits and pieces the self-serving “insertions” and allocations of “savings” in hidden pork barrel that was already deemed unconstitutional in the previous administration. Players in the controlling “team” seem to be fighting each other in sibling rivalry for opportunistic control of the resources of government — nay, the resources of the people.

But the unkindest cut of all by the “new colonizers” that we may call those who want to perpetuate themselves in economic and political power, is rushing the charter change for federalism to be transfused into our life veins. We will not be a free people anymore if the Hadean concepts are installed and institutionalized of unlimited terms for government positions, allowed political dynasties forever, and the divide-and-rule over federal regions controlled by a president practically for life, with a convenient vice-president of the president’s own party and personal subservience — among other self-serving and opportunistic insurances of control and impunity by those already in power.

The Balangiga bells must toll for freedom and democracy in the Philippines.