Wednesday, April 28, 2010

STUPID 2010 ELECTIONS Installment No. 12 - 12 days to go!

I've dealt with quite a number of general and specific matters in this special elections series since its inception ten months ago or so.

And now, with just 12 DAYS TO GO! ORANGE MOCHA FRAPPUCCINO!, I guess I'll just shoot election-related matters as they pass by.

NOYNOY - Our favorite son of the Aquino power couple. Who would have thought that the hype ever since his mom's death would have been sustained this long? But we have less than two weeks to go, and Noynoy Aquino has a double-digit lead over Manny Villar. As much as Dick Gordon wants to go wah wah about surveys, it looks like siopao to me (the cat is in the bag).

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

STUPID 2010 ELECTIONS Installment No. 11 - Where are the damn posters?

As a citizen of Quezon City, I looked with favor at the city administration's decree to disallow the posting of propaganda in major roads. There are considerably less election posters to see, and I have been able to tune out those annoying campaign jingles that reach me at my house, for the most part.

But make no mistake about it, this son of a bitch (SB) is a sneaky bastard (SB).

MERALCO'S GREED

Like millions of loyal subscribers to electricity distributor Manila Electric Co., I found out yesterday that my household's electricity bill had exploded, an increase of over 100%! It is unbelievable. Sure, these are the summer months where we have tried to avoid heat strokes by switching on the air-conditioning, but there wasn't much of a difference in this regard as compared to last month.

It was quite apparent that there was a huge price increase in this past month alone. The occasional brownouts we've had are an indication that practical energy is harder to come by these days. A power crisis similar to 1992 is expected by not a few people. The thought of it, especially at the peak of summer, is horrible to contemplate.

Instead of blaming the "greed" of Meralco on the high rates, I prefer to look beyond these symptoms of inefficiency and shortages in the sector, to understand what is going on.

STUPID 2010 ELECTIONS Installment No. 10 - Marginalized privilege

I've previously discussed what is wrong with the party-list system, not to mention what is wrong with Congress, hell, government, per se. But let us stick to party-lists. The issue has cropped up recently what with the Supreme Court's overturning of the Comelec's decision to deny Ang Ladlad a chance to get into Congress.

In my earlier piece, I noted how the presence of party-lists for the sake of representation of supposed marginalized sectors should be taken as a condemnation of the congressional district system's ability to represent people properly.

Monday, April 12, 2010

STUPID 2010 ELECTIONS Installment No. 9 - What must a government do to our money?

I decided not to make this my ninth installment of 'Stupid 2010 Elections,' even though it concerns a vice-presidential candidate. After all, this entry will focus more on criticizing Jojo Binay as a mayor, and not as a vote-leech.

It was Saturday night, and I was set to return to my Quezon City home from somewhere in Makati. Before I left for home, I was told that the way I had passed was closed (it was midnight). Apparently, the great mayor Binay closes the gates within the vicinity of his house, as a security measure.

What a douche!