Response to councilors push for Divisoria Car Park in CDO

Ginoo ko kadaghan problema sa syudad, ang parking inyuhang gi problema. Pareha ra akong argument sa akong mga naunang articles, encourage use of public transpo/make efficient public transpo and discourage use of private vehicle, encourage public transpo/mass transport kay ang problem dili ang kakulangan sa parking, ang problema ANG GA ANAM ANAM UG KADAGHANG SAKYANAN. Mag huna huna ta nga ang amount of parking space, nagka gamay ga daghan ang infra sa CDO. PERO, ANG AMOUNT SA VEHICLES NGA GA KAON SA PARKING SPACE ga increase so ang angay kontrolon ang ga gamit sa parking space. Mag huna huna kita, please. Gamita ehemplo ang ubang syudad sa pinas ug ang ubang syudad sa laing nasod. Tarunga ug gamit ang studies sa university ug uban pang journals diha. Dili lang kay tungod kay mahutdan na ang tubig sa kalibutan kay mag himo dayun ta ug tubig. Meaning ba ani kung mahurot na ang parking space, mag tukod nasad ug parking building? Dawbi kung mahurot ang tukuran sa mga building, unsaon man nato na? Tukod nasad? I encourage councilors of our city especially the majority of Padayon Pilipino to look into this and think outside of the box. Especially kadtong mga gamhanan nga ga basa ani.

Bottom line is:

  1. Control supply of vehicles
  2. Curtal use of what is controlable and not what is inherently (scarce) which in this case is public parking
  3. Discourage use of private transportation

http://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/councilors-push-for-divisoria-car-park/

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Tonyo Cruz comments about current political happenings in the Philippines

Tonyo Cruz, notable blogger/writer and political thinker shares to us his opinion about the Political undertaking about  the current situation our country is currently going through. He is showing us a perspective that is similar to a “Centrist” perspective. A viewpoint that is asking for a reform in the system rather than a change of leadership. A viewpoint for institutional change rather than just a regime change. That is the centrist perspective. It then leads us to the question: WHAT CHANGES IN THE POLITICAL SYSTEM DO CENTRIST WANT TO IMPLEMENT? WHO AND WHAT ARE THE CENTRIST? (answers in the next article).

Read through his post here now:

THE ROBREDO NARRATIVES AND LP MOTIVES

By Tonyo Cruz

Manila Bulletin

Dec. 6, 2016

The manufactured narratives behind Vice President Leni Robredo’s resignation or constructive dismissal (just choose depending on your political preference) as HUDCC secretary beg to be reexamined.

First off, the narratives pay only lip service to the people at the margins (laylayan). The resignation is immediate. It offered no consolation to her now-former constituents at HUDCC, which are chiefly the informal settlers in the cities, the rural poor, and even the lower echelons of the middle class. They just became pawns in a brutal political chess game, and the housing problem a political footstool.

All the efforts to convince Duterte to accommodate Robredo in his cabinet in the name of reconciliation, and all the propaganda about putting people first above party – they were vaporized by this lightning resignation.

Secondly, the narratives are quiet on the narrow political interests at play, specifically those of the discredited and repudiated Liberal Party which Robredo leads. Much as some admire the vice president’s relative cleanliness, it is not smart to think that people don’t see that the LP seeks its own political restoration, as much as the Marcoses want theirs. Wittingly or unwittingly, this latest development signals the LP’s initial steps towards recapturing lost political power.

Thirdly, the narratives hide the fact that the LP leadership bench is shallow. Robredo can actually afford to stay in the cabinet if she wants to, if only to direct as much public resources and public power to people in the “laylayan” and act as a counterbalance from within. But no viable opposition leader has come forward. De Lima is busy with her own affairs, and both LP contingents in the House and Senate are aligned with the pro-Duterte majority blocs. (In the case of the House, the LP are in the majority and minority.) They have no choice except Robredo.

Fourth, Robredo is being positioned as the leader of the rising protest movement against the Marcos hero’s burial, by virtue of the party’s interest of protecting her hold on the vice presidency. How she and the LP would do this, we don’t know. But knowing the kapalmuks Yellow political operations in the fairly recent past, it is not far-fetched to predict that they will cleverly attempt to transform this broad united front into a pro-Robredo and LP-led machinery. That would cheapen and weaken the movement, and cause disillusionment among the youth.

Fifth, the narratives may not have been straightforward about it, but they are of the same “good vs. evil” line once again, a continuation of the LP’s last-ditch scare tactics in the final days of the campaign. It seeks to simplistically limit the people’s democratic vision on the political space into just two warring choices.

Truth to tell, Robredo could singlehandedly fix this narrative problem by resigning from the LP. I hope she does, for her own sake and for the nation’s. The LP was a fetter to her candidacy then, it is a fetter to protecting her position now.

Recent history’s lessons should immunize us from the simplistic and false binary choice being thrown at us. The sharpening political crisis requires more from us.

This has happened before, the same cast of characters presenting themselves in a saga of “good vs. evil” only to realize they could even be more vile, more corrupt and more brutal.

Actually, this has happened not just once but many times. They gleefully sliced and diced the people into colors and categories. Yet all the drama and made-up narratives didn’t only fail to prevent but actually fostered a Marcos revival. It turns out this “good vs. evil” line is good only for capturing power for some and meaningless to the majority when they are once in power.

In the protest movement against the Marcos hero’s burial, we profess our faith in our heroes and martyrs. They are a constellation of stars that should guide us now. They offer the lesson that liberates.

These great young men and women not only fought for the dismantling of the Marcos dictatorship. They didn’t offer their lives just to make a certain party or family look good or bad. They died for the cause of fundamental system change – to replace the rotten system that made dictatorship possible.

This lesson should make us bolder in defeating any Marcos return to Malacañang and stop Duterte’s abuses. But this should also make us very wary against any attempt of the old ruling party to hostage the protest movement for its own restoration — a comeback for their own brand of incompetence, cruelty and corruption.

It is unfolding right in front of us: another drama and political rigodon, with lots of surprises and plot twists. Yet again, the only role given us is either that of a pawn or spectator.

Would millennials fall for the same sophistry, sweet talk and sophistication? Would we as a nation fall for a rehash of the old superhero vs. supervillain political story line?

Duterte should only blame himself for giving the Yellows political oxygen. Each step he takes away from his promise of change and closer to Marcos and Marcosian thinking is lamentable and condemnable. Sadly, the Yellows are misusing this for their own restoration.

It is thus a legitimate position to say we reject both a Duterte-Marcos alliance and a Robredo-Yellow power grab/restoration. Democracy should be bigger than the sum of these political cliques.

We must stand our ground against the rampage of the dominant voices, be they DDS, Marcos loyalist or Yellow. We have to tell them supporters of other candidates, the abstainers, the non-voters, the youth and the children have the same right as them to discuss and determine the course of the nation.

We should not limit our democratic imagination to the tired, old discredited story lines, narratives and characters that give us only heartaches, headaches and humiliations. Let our protest movement embolden us to realize the unfulfilled dream of our heroes and martyrs. System change must be our peg for political action.

Wag niyo silang patahimikin

From trixie cruz angelea facebook post:

Ang kasaysayan kailangan kinikwento sa iba’t ibang perspektibo. Dahil nangyayari ito sa ibang ibang tao na may iba’t ibang pananaw. Pag mas marami tayong alam na kwento ukol sa isang panahon, mas malawak ang pagkakaintindi natin nito. 

Kaya tama lang na ikwestyon ang panahon ng martial law at ang narrative na matagal na nating pinaniniwalaan. May boses ang mga biktima. Mayroon din ang ordinaryo mamamayan. Meron din ang mga nasa poder. Ang kababaihan, ang dukha. Meron ding perspektibo ang mga henerasyong nauna. Hindi ba at bahagi din ng kasaysayan ang mga hindi lumahok sa EDSA? 

Marami pa tayong di naririnig. Wag nyo silang patahimikin.

Why Socrates, one of the greatest forerunners of Democracy hated IT

We’re used to thinking hugely well of democracy. But interestingly, one of the wisest people who ever lived, Socrates, had deep suspicions of it.

​https://youtu.be/fLJBzhcSWTk

We are seeing the same scenario in the Philippines that the masses have made a Philippine President win (Rodrigo Duterte, who won a landslide election) and now are seeking to destabilize his government because of the decisions he has made to burry a former president/dictator in the heroes cemetary (Marcos buried at Libingan ng mga Bayani in surprise rites http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/589329/news/nation/marcos-buried-at-libingan-ng-mga-bayani-in-surprise-rites).

Is our future really made by the masses? The masses or in local slang, “ang masa”, that were not trained to make well,informed decisions on who to choose wisely to be seated in government?

In mature democracies, the people are being educated in political and civic matters. That is why, in mature democracies, they deserve the leaders they get that continue to bring them into an era of prosperity and peace. But unlike the Philippines, we do not deserve what is happening to the country because Filipinos can do so much better! We just lack education in important political matters. Political and Civic Education should have been left for the state to do (the philippine government’s duty to educate its citizens politically) but they seem to have forgotten about this or simply do not understand the fundamentals of good governance and democracy.

Now going back. The current problem with the burial of ferdinand marcos in the libingan ng mga bayani is also tearing the nation apart as it provides an alternative point of view of former President Marcos. The masses are in particular being exploited and are lead to believe certain things about the late dictator marcos. So people,those who are still thinking, are now in doubt of what is actually written in history books. Our children will wonder and start asking whose version of history is a actually correct?
Then again, this is a good thing (the rallies, the criticisms and the destabilization plots etc.) as Filipinos are starting to think and are starting to create history for themselves. We are growing and starting to think about what are the good parts of our history and what is bad. What can be done about it and what cannot. Then again, it must not be left to the masses alone to decide the future of our country as we, and everybody that is a Filipino Citizn must make an informed decision in political and civi matters. Otherwise, we might as well leave the leadership of our country to anyone who does know what to do or remove any sort of qualifications to run for public office.

Take note that an enlightened and well informed decision must be made for the country to move forward. And that is why on the next post we will know what exactly makes a democracy work well and not just leave it to the heard of dogs to decide the future of a country.