THE PCIJ is releasing for publication tomorrow a report on the cheating in Lanao del Sur in 2004. The report, done jointly with the TV program, “Probe,” was based on the testimonies of two political operators who said they were funded by First Gentleman Jose Miguel ‘Mike’ Arroyo to rig the count in Lanao and other ARMM provinces.

The two operators, Lomala Macadaub and Abdul Wahab Batugan of the Lanao del Sur Unity Movement for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, said that their group was behind alleged dagdag-bawas (vote-padding and –shaving) operations in the province, as well as in Sultan Kudarat, Sulu and Tawi Tawi.

These operators say that their tasks included talking to, and paying off, elections officers to reverse the ratio of the votes in the president’s favor. Sometimes, they admitted, they altered the certificates of canvass (COCs) themselves, thus explaining the disparity in the results in the election returns and the COCs.

The results of the Lanao count in 2004 are considered one of the most controversial in an election that has been marred by allegations of fraud. These allegations surfaced again recently, with the Senate testimony of Brig. Gen. Francisco Gudani, the Marine general who was relieved of his position as head of Task Force Ranao two days after the election last year.

This article provides new information on what took place in Lanao in May 2004 and sheds new light on the extent of the fraud there.

Read on at

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‘special operations’ in Lanao?



October 21st, 2005 at 1:16 am

One by one, allegations of cheating by the GMA camp are being brought to the open. And, in yet another possible scandal, the name of the First Gentleman surfaces once again. Both husband and wife seem to be reaching a point where their respective Teflon isn’t working; the benefit of the doubt is not being given to them anymore; and it seems that every accusation thrown at them is believable…somehow, many now are of the belief that “when there is smoke, there is fire.”

It is getting harder and harder to even give an iota of support to a leader who has DECEIVED, CHEATED and LIED. Maybe it’s time we tell GMA, “I am sorry. It’s time to go.”



October 21st, 2005 at 1:25 am

“ingat”…mike is back. bulaong even welcomed him…



October 21st, 2005 at 1:50 am

jimenez will soon be back also.

and now that the shoe is on the other foot.

jimenez to arroyo: i want 2M with interest.
arroyo: yes bosing.


tongue in, anew

October 21st, 2005 at 5:35 am

Question, Aleck: was Booma able to get sworn statements from these two? If not, we expect another “rescue” in the making, courtesy of our favorite balikbayan pachy-monster who’s back in town to save his queen.

The arrival of the blob worries me. After months of hibernation, methinks he’s up to more sinister designs and schemes and scams(!) to be executed full-throttle as time is running out. He had all the time to contrive his plan and beef his bag of tricks during his “sacrificial self-exile” in luxury hotels in San Francisco and Las Vegas, now he’s ready to rock and roll.

Will anyone put this rampaging elephant in the cage, pleeeeze.



October 21st, 2005 at 6:05 am

MIke Arroyo a gentleman? Watda!



October 21st, 2005 at 6:49 am

sinister plans they are. remember when FG (“first gapang”) came back for a funeral (which, according to a report, he didn’t actually attend), the juetengate witnesses 1-by-1 made a 180-degree turn?




October 21st, 2005 at 9:50 am

Mike Arroyo is not the smartest guy in the world
as people who have known him all his life will

He is only Gloria’s legman and foil in the same manner
that Imelda was for Marcos.



October 21st, 2005 at 10:50 am

The Big Dog is back and for sure kukuha ulit ng pera galing sa mga ninakaw at magbibigay sa mga TONGRESSMAN



October 21st, 2005 at 11:08 am

Yet another cheating scandal? What’s up with this tingi-tingi approach to uncovering the truth? I guess it’s so much the nature of Pinoys to do LITTLE and achieve LITTLE.

This is an observation made by no less than Nick Joaquin himself in his brilliant essay “A Heritage of Smallness”.

The Filipino who travels abroad gets to thinking that his is the hardest working country in the world. By six or seven in the morning we are already up on our way to work, shops and markets are open; the wheels of industry are already agrind. Abroad, especially in the West, if you go out at seven in the morning you’re in a dead-town. Everybody’s still in bed; everything’s still closed up. Activity doesn’t begin till nine or ten– and ceases promptly at five p.m. By six, the business sections are dead towns again. The entire cities go to sleep on weekends. They have a shorter working day, a shorter working week. Yet they pile up more mileage than we who work all day and all week.

Is the disparity to our disparagement?

We work more but make less. Why? Because we act on such a pygmy scale. Abroad they would think you mad if you went in a store and tried to buy just one stick of cigarette. They don’t operate on the scale. The difference is greater than between having and not having; the difference is in the way of thinking. They are accustomed to thinking dynamically. We have the habit, whatever our individual resources, of thinking poor, of thinking petty.

Is that the explanation for our continuing failure to rise–that we buy small and sell small, that we think small and do small?

Are we not confusing timidity for humility and making a virtue of what may be the worst of our vices? Is not our timorous clinging to smallness the bondage we must break if we are ever to inherit the earth and be free, independent, progressive? The small must ever be prey to the big. Aldous Huxley said that some people are born victims, or “murderers.” He came to the Philippines and thought us the “least original” of people. Is there not a relation between his two terms? Originality requires daring: the daring to destroy the obsolete, to annihilate the petty. It’s cold comfort to think we haven’t developed that kind of “murderer mentality.”

But till we do we had best stop talking about “our heritage of greatness” for the national heritage is– let’s face it– a heritage of smallness.

Read the full article here:

Happy reading!! 😀



October 21st, 2005 at 11:26 am

Mukhang kumakalat na nang husto ang amoy at langsa ng mabahong isda na nanggagaling sa bahay sa may ilog Pasig.



October 21st, 2005 at 11:39 am

Benigno- I think you’re full of shit, except it is is your mouth intead of your ass.



October 21st, 2005 at 11:46 am

mukilteo said,
October 21, 2005 @ 11:39 am
Benigno- I think you’re full of shit, except it is is your mouth intead of your ass.

Awww. Aren’t we being clever.

ha ha! 😀



October 21st, 2005 at 12:01 pm

Check out this bit of news:

Dell to put up Call Centre in the Philippines

Obviously there are those who are soldiering on with business as usual (the way prosperous communities like the Tsinoys do regardless of how “oppressive” the politics are). Compare that to some hollow-heads here who are using politics as an excuse to undermine their productivity and sit around whining about how things cannot “progress” until everyone’s noses are clean.

To those who continue to advocate street hooliganism to further their political ends, maawa naman kayo sa mga 700 potential employees of this centre (even if it will probably absorb the best and brightest of our top schools and apply them to labour-added-value work).

Pinoy nga naman talaga. May tinapay na nga, nagiging bato pa.

ha ha! 😀



October 21st, 2005 at 1:28 pm

mike is back. for what? baka basted dun sa nililigawan niya (initials AH) sa sanfo (accdg to ellen t of malaya). or baka alam niyang lalabas ang report ng probe kagabi. or baka po-protektahan niya yung cash cow niya from allegations of a romantic liaison with nani perez seeing that people like frank chavez are hell bent on proving that nani is a sacred cow and why that is (as an incident to the inaction of gonzales on his case). or baka kailangan paghandaan ang pagbabalik ni mark jimenez at silensyuhin/bayaran na ang dapat silensyuhin/bayaran. apparently, simeon marcelo quit because he couldnt make use of the info from hk banks that kwok gave him on nani because the doj sat the case. hiya ba.

salot talaga yang pamilya na yan. walang matino. si mikey nag pro promote ng movie. nag-i-ilusyung may career. doesnt he realize that his 500K TF is just so the producers can curry up to his mom? he is not worth 500K. the hotbabes are worth more and can pull in more viewers than a 2-bit fatso like him. even datu +family and luli, walang mga delicadeza. mahiya naman kayo sa pinaggagawa ng pamilya niyo sa pilipinas!!

probe will replay its show last night on these 2 whistleblowers on sunday 11 am.



October 21st, 2005 at 1:56 pm

this is a free country.

(huwag na lang nating pansinin mga comments ni benign0; let him or HER quote his or HER URLs here but JUST DON’T click any of his or HER links. The sad thing, though is, since nobody reads his or HER stories, s/he pastes the article in the comments box. Oh, well…).



October 21st, 2005 at 2:03 pm

enuff said,
October 21, 2005 @ 1:56 pm
this is a free country.

(huwag na lang nating pansinin mga comments ni benign0; let him or HER quote his or HER URLs here but JUST DON’T click any of his or HER links. The sad thing, though is, since nobody reads his or HER stories, s/he pastes the article in the comments box. Oh, well…).

Tough luck, dude. You can bury the TRUTH under the proverbial rug or turn the proverbial blind eye to it all you want. But those actions won’t necessarily make the TRUTH magically disappear.

ha ha! 😀



October 21st, 2005 at 2:55 pm


your right instead of wasting our time with you know who… lets help one another..

We Filipinos are capable of doing anything, we just have to work together and believe in ourselves. If we were able to oust a tyrant before, we can also do it with GMA !

The good news is that big Mike is back, at least when the right time comes we can drag his big ass around Mendiola. Then after we can rip his fat face into pieces….that would be a nice ending for him……he..he….



October 21st, 2005 at 4:01 pm

i’m sure the palace pundits are racking their brains right now to answer the accusations of election cheating at pagmumudmod ng pera ni mike sa lanao. 1st step denial. 2nd. bribe, cajole, threaten, with physical harm if need be (the hello garci tapes showed us the extent they would go to), the 2 whistle blowers + judge moner to take back what they said/stop talking at all. since yung 2 whistleblower ay gusto lang naman ay trabaho, e di jobs will be dangled to stop them from talking. the truth was not their motivation, was it? so 3rd step, after na convince na itong mga ito na bumaliktad, they will probably call a presscon to showcase this turnaround a la jueteng witness, with matching iyak and beating of the chest etc etc etc.

abangan mamaya sa news…



October 21st, 2005 at 5:35 pm

magnanakaw talaga yang pamilyang yan… inuubos na nila pera ng pinas..bwisit na mike yan bumalik pa dito baket maghahakot na naman


tomas tinio

October 22nd, 2005 at 1:21 am

therein lies the folly of additional taxes like the evat. besides being confiscatory and regressive, it is just plain wrong. furthermore, without demonstrable accountability of government agencies tasked with spending public money for the benefit of the populace, what and who will stop the usual suspects from looting the public treasury again? hindi lang balik sa dati, mas malala pa ang kahihinatnan! one news report says bolante was served a subpoena. abangan natin kung susulong ang investigation on the fertilizer funds scandal. kung mabunyag ang katotohanan at maparusahan ang mga salarin, baka sakaling may pag-asa.



October 22nd, 2005 at 3:12 am

I don’t think Bolante is covered by EO 464 as he is no longer with the government. I just wonder how he will answer the questions to be thrown at him in the senate. (I INVOKE MY RIGHT TO SELF INCRIMINATION or RIGHT TO PRIVACY) For sure, he will not use, “National Security”. Unless he wants to end up having a “heart attack”.

We all know that whenever Mike Arroyo is in town, witnesses of scandals involving GMA et al suddenly recant and change their “tune”. Is it simply coincidental or is Mike really GMA’s legman?

Abangan ang susunod na kabanata.


tongue in, anew

October 22nd, 2005 at 3:41 am

As if on cue, Bolante finally appears in a function held a stone’s throw away from the senate and just a day after his bosom buddy and co-Rotarian, the drooling humongo-pachyderm Mike Arroyo arrives in the country. (BTW, Mariatoo, contrary to reports, Anne H. is a widow not a divorcee. Manong Ernie Maceda said so.)

I don’t know T.Tinio, if the subpoena was properly served since it was a female lawyer who claimed to be representing Bolante who received the subpoena.

Another thing, I used to admire rotarians for their contributions to Phil. Society. Ever since Big Mike and his gang of thieves (Manda, Genuino, et al, now, Bolante) from that org have been exposed, I’d now rather be a Lion than a Pig. No offense to other well-meaning Rotarians.

Now that he’s back, I hope he’s here for another funeral – his.


tongue in, anew

October 22nd, 2005 at 4:18 am

Hey Schumey! Did you see the pics/vids of the Mendiola (almost) rally? The frontliners, mostly young men, were wearing black ribbons in their wrists, PCIJ bloggers kaya sila? I hope so. How I wish everyone we meet in the streets would wear one, we can proudly say have really made great strides through this medium, thanks of course to PCIJ!

Did you notice how we were calling on everyone to boycott Yuchengco’s RCBC, that a few days before the planned boycott, Yuchengco begged off from Gloria’s Constitutional Comission! I wouldn’t want to believe it was just coincidence, as with our call to boycott Astro Del Castillo’s fund house if he didn’t shut up and stop praising Gloria. Well, that silenced him for a few weeks, didn’t it? Today’s TV news though showed him back to his usual blabber.

This just goes to show the power of these pages and of those that speak their minds. More power to us!



October 22nd, 2005 at 4:22 am

I wonder how we can ever get to the bigger pie than all the small time talk like the business of election mishaps; in Lanao almost all the elections, in fact all the elections have been sideshows of down and under cheating. Remember the dagdag bawas battle cry of Nene Pimentel and Biazon way long back? They claimed to have been cheated and I concur, but what have they done to correct the seeming malady now so important we need to recall people power again?

The two haven’t done anything, had there been serious scrutiny of the seeming seriousness in the conduct of our electoral processes, there would have been no problem. Notably Kiko Pangilinan the senate member who always like saying noted, what is he up to now? The senator president who would like to be president, he too have some story to tell if he dares of tales that once upon a time he did benefit from the now dreary Lanao electoral scams, the dagdag bawas fame, would the gentleman Drilon be courageous enough to tell?

Why not work on how we can check on the woe of election cheating to be able to once and for all remove cheating in elections? Everybody has some tales to tell if only they’d be truthful, there is going to be bloodshed in the streets, soldiers may be agitated and then the killing spree, what damning lessons is there yet before we make the testimony, enough is enough? The reality is factual, everybody is a cheat in this country, let’s get real!



October 22nd, 2005 at 6:38 am

Press Release

Title: SC questions Senate inquiries

The Supreme Court had put in question the legal validity of all Senate inquiries “in aid of legislation.”

The high tribunal, in its October 18 en banc resolution, required Senate to submit supplemental memoranda in 10 days to clarify “whether (its rules of procedures and those of its Blue Ribbon Committee) are legally valid and in effect for purposes of investigations.”

“Clarification of this matter is not only in order but also vital,” the Supreme Court said in its resolution.

The court resolution noted that the Senate had failed to submit proof establishing that it had duly adopted or duly published its rules of procedure. The court also noted that the Senate had likewise failed to submit proof that it had duly approved the rules of its Blue Ribbon Committee or had duly published it at anytime.

As this developed, the lawyer of National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales has submitted an evidence to the Supreme Court that will strengthen the assertion that the Senate and its blue ribbon committee “have no duly published rules of procedure” governing their inquiries.

This, in effect, will render all Senate inquiries and the results of such inquiries “irregular, unlawful and invalid.”

Gonzales’ lawyer, Atty. Antonio R. Bautista, submitted to the high tribunal on October 20 a certification of the National Printing Office dated October 18, 2005 that “its Office has no record of estimate, payment and publication of Rules of the Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations in the Official Gazette.”

Bautista also submitted another certification from the U. P. Law Center attesting that no rules of the concerned Senate committee are filed with the center.

Lawyer Jose Ricafrente of the Partido Demokratiko Sosyalista ng Pilipinas (PDSP) welcomed the SC resolution as an initial victory in the PDSP’s David-and-Goliath fight against the Senate. PDSP is the political party co-founded by Gonzales in 1971.

The SC Resolution and the certification from the NPO and the UP Law Center prompted the PDSP leaders to remark that “the senators are not only rude and useless, but also liars.” They recalled that during the October 11 SC hearing on the petition of Gonzales for the writ of habeas corpus, Sen. Joker Arroyo answered in the affirmative when asked by the Chief Justice if the Senate had duly published its rules of procedure.


Peping M. Lugay
Head, PDSP Public Information Department
09184468461/ 9287884



October 22nd, 2005 at 10:02 am

PDSP, I didn’t see that piece in the papers yet, neither in the breaking news, but if true this is a welcome development.

It’s time somebody brought the issue to the High Court and questioned this much abused power of Congress in which a supposed legislative interaction with resource persons is disguised as “in aid of legislation” but a reviled inquisition, in fact. “In aid of legislation” has been wantonly exploited by senators to promote self and party interests. They invite resource persons (read that victim} allegedly to get their expertise in drafting new legislation only to find themselves in the hot seat, insulted and maligned. The “aid” has been corrupted (an apt term by who else) to suit a malevolent purpose.

Enough of disgusting spectacles from vengeful to overbearing senators, from the halfwits to the dummies There is nothing sublime nor awe-inspiring in all these inquisitions. Notice how some are glued to their celfones to get their cue on what questions to ask. Why? They need outside help because they are clueless on what the subject of discussion is all about. The result: the Senate could only produce a handful of laws out of thousands bills pending because of their obsession to “investigate”

I favor congressional investigations particularly on corruption, and the results of these investigations should be referred to the senate/house committees that deal with drafting the corresponding laws. “In aid” should be strictly for drafting laws, period. This is not to prevent guys with personal scores to settle, like Lacson, Drilon and Pimentel, from saying to their pet peeves, “your ass is mine”. They can still do it in the other investigation committees.



October 22nd, 2005 at 10:26 am

Welcome development for you and your ilk, indeed!

But that doesn’t change the growing public perception that the Cheap Justices are as good as bootlicking as you are.



October 22nd, 2005 at 10:59 am

congress and senate have oversight functions, it is not abuse of authority if they conduct investigations to get to the bottom of things like corruption and scandals involving the executive branch.



October 22nd, 2005 at 2:09 pm

tongue in, anew, balita ko (from inq’s business chismis columnist vic agustin) gokongwei supports gloria because his businesses are making money. walang prinsipyo or shall i say pera ang prinsipyo. from now on, i’m boycotting gokongwei establishments and products (robinsons, jack and jill, yes magazine, etc etc.) does anybody have a complete list of what the gokongweis own/control? sayang ang pera ko. napupunta lang pala sa isang pamilya na sumusuporta sa taong mandaraya.

widow ba kamo si AH? baka kaya rin pinauwi si mike a. kasi kumakalat na ang balitang may nililigawan siya sa sanfo. kaya rin naman pinag-iinitan daw si ellen t ngayon ng malacanang.



October 22nd, 2005 at 3:16 pm


“Welcome development for you and your ilk, indeed!

But that doesn’t change the growing public perception of people who have small minds like me that the Cheap Justices are as good as bootlicking as you are.”

Your words to me to be exact, except that I added a few words to fit the infantile mind of one who sent it to me. Try to do better next time.

Frankly, there is no need to assail any one with insults whenever an opinion is disagreeable. A simple “I disagree” would have been enough, in the same way Tambuli disagrees but offers a respectful opinion. If all decent bloggers stayed away because of the propensity of some to throw insults this blog will be worth the idiots that will be left behind.



October 23rd, 2005 at 1:54 am

This place called Lanao

As I have quipped to have described our sense of disregard for something of import like compromising our general sense of oneness as people, continue to be so darn repetitive to bawl time and again arguing over trivial but outright sensitively upright issues, like would we rather stay on as a system dogged by misbehaving leaders because they possess so much, too much power under the present system?

Is it fair to assume our democracy as an institution may be fraught with serious problems that indeed, we now must consider providing for resolutions the earliest possible time for us to be able to make the changes uprightly enough? Can we debate over the issues sanely whether to change into a Federal-Parliamentary system of government or stay the course, await people power take precedence remove a president the third time; can there be down to business reasoning why we cannot find time to check our sense of direction where we are headed really firstly before we commit ourselves to chance, people power again and again?

Where are we now, can we know where? I have absolutely no idea, but the tendency have always been to overrate ourselves.

For instance running a medium scale business here at home and cleaning toilet abroad in dollar denominated calculations can be quite a feat; to leave or not to leave, can mostly be the daunting question mostly in the minds of many Pinoys.

In leaving, the business may have to go too because if it’s America or Europe, one must make the transition weeks if not months or longer, and it takes money initially to spend hopping from one odd job after another mostly dealing with toilets, if not washing dishes or mopping floors. By the time things taper fine enough, already used to the gruesome dog day dog night work errands here and there, the visit visa expires and so chances become so unpredictable that if one is not caught, may always be unstable of mind and well being in the best remainder of his or her stay as an illegal alien.

A business gone no matter the scale is a handicap, there is no dollar equivalent to sustain the loss, and it is a minus factor for the country in economic terms no matter the argument.

So commence the cloak and hide sort of subhuman existence, if you’re the pretty TNT and womanly enough to tinker with life in the alley, give it some more time and it will be STD, or just be the toilet cleaner abroad and die contented but unhappy and heartbroken because your wife or husband may have way strayed, long gone to other arms to cushion, other arms to take comforts from. And kids? All drug crazed and broken, wasted generation again.

Our drug industry by the way, is nearing the half a trillion mark, so it is an outright misdemeanor for an incapable system, our law enforcement no match for drug traffickers if not some of them themselves the protectors, our youth no longer safe, sure fire victims, futures for our kids? Really very bleak!

This is the dilemma we have yet to make do comprehending, because out there are more of the million mark underrated working people already broken the moment they start to borrow money or sale off properties to fund their exodus, slowly, essential manpower resources start to crack up depleting us of the very important locomotive reserves.

They are our manpower reserves to keep us abreast of the ever challenging marketplaces of how to just make ourselves stay alive, at least have food on the table, irreversibly lost manpower and their business gone elsewhere, and local jobs deleted for the local job pool to suffer even much worse.

A reverse of fortune after good money spent to be physicians of worth only to wind up studying to be nurses, teachers on the run for work in America, a brain-drain and such a misfortune for the country!

There are certainly more pressing problems, absolutely, our need for an essential attitude check is chronic, ask ourselves of what should really constitute our priority, what is it really that we want?

I take realistic notice of important visiting foreign leaders coming to remind we are actually in trouble, thus we should take absolute notice of our global environment as parcel to the problem of terrorism following the 9/11 fiasco of which we have elected to be part, an even more excruciatingly daunting task indeed because we are within the inner cluster of the terrorists clasp or from within the freedom fighter’s grid, or else let us choose our graveyard.

Cheating in elections as we have been so hamstrung about had been mostly the domain of senators, at least in Lanao. I wouldn’t know one senator who would not know that in Lanao, cheating have been the norm and conduct in each of the elections because of the senatorial line up, they always cross party lines each time during elections whenever they need to cheat in Lanao, it is so laughable, very funny as if they’re so innocent looking and appear so unknowing of!

So, where do we go from here?

But before anything else, what is this place called Lanao, why has there been so much bad things being unduly painted of the place, who are the people of Lanao?

Lanao have been the bastion of defense against the onslaughts of the Iberians wanting to subjugate the place for nearly 300 years, they would fail miserably each time. The resiliency in battle of the Lanao people in the early 20th Century against the might of the Americans following the ceding of the Philippines to the Americans by the Iberians had been well documented to have been among the worst so that they needed reinventing the pistol to be able to down a Lanao (Iranon) warrior. The .45 caliber pistol was specifically designed for the Iranon warrior. This was thought to be their Vietnam War equivalent during those times.

American policy did change from military type resolve that instead of augmenting their already superior military, shiploads of teachers from America were sent instead of soldiers. Treaties of cooperation were enacted and so schools started materializing to mushroom all over the Mindanao & Sulu archipelago, especially Lanao. The thomasites as they were called successfully made their mark from amongst the Mindanao people, that before the outbreak of the 2nd World War, Iranons from Lanao became successful military officers of the US Commonwealth some becoming senators and others appointed in higher offices during the American administration.

Elections then were simple and clean, nothing fancy and expensive, among luminaries to have received schooling in Lanao was former VP Tito Guingona, a very good friend of the Lanao people, and so I was told.

But that’s not all, during the failed secret invasion of Sabah, Malaysia, by the Philippine government, Lanao and Maguindanao solons spearheaded the investigations in the late 60’s in an impeachment bravado in congress that also was led in the opposition senate by no less Ninoy Aquino and Gerry Roxas, this time wanting to unseat then President Ferdinand Marcos who I would surmise to be the Osama Bin Laden of his time having been the first to recruit Muslims man his invasion forces to create chaos and terror, sabotage communications, destroy bridges and other important infrastructure, in Sabah, Malaysia, then a UK protectorate enclave.

The secret military enterprise by our government then failed which culminated in the massacre of the Muslims it recruited from Sulu. This explains why we have rebellion in Mindanao, especially Sulu.

The failure of the dispensation of justice for the massacred recruits especially the quashing of the impeachment proceedings against Marcos ushered in the multifaceted counteractions by no less Malaysia.
No less a Malaysian Prime Minister made the secret visit asking for assistance in several meetings with Lanao and Maguindanao leaders take heed of the sinister, uncalled provocations of our government. As they were Filipino Muslims senselessly peeved by the killings, they agreed to lead the countervailing military counteractions by agreeing to send several Muslim youth from Mindanao and Sulu undergo military training; among them was the now incarcerated Prof Nur Misuari.

After which, several hundred others trained including Indonesian volunteers in so many other places in Malaysia and the Middle East during the late 60’s 70’s and early 80’s. The war still rages on although not as intense as during the Marcos years of running the war with the Muslims during his Martial law era in much of the early 70’s and 80’s.

After the assassination of Ninoy Aquino in August, 1983, a close Muslim confidant of Ninoy Aquino from Lanao helped, along opposition leaders, organize the Ninoy Aquino Movement of which he was made its first vice president, in San Francisco, Calif. USA in February, 1984. In other words, the Lanao people have also some contributions aside from cheating in elections, something this country never acknowledged, too bad really.

Lanao isn’t at all that bad, if we search our souls we actually started terrorism way ahead of Osama Bin Laden, isn’t that great?



October 23rd, 2005 at 3:14 am

Tongue, yes I noticed it too. My 8 yr. old niece pointed it out to me. We somehow made a difference and I have also told my friends and relatives abroad about our cause. I hope this will start the ball rolling and let’s show this administration that Filipinos worldwide no longer trust her.



October 23rd, 2005 at 5:56 am

Its not Lanao that is bad, but the prostituted institutions we have. (COMELEC, CONGRESS, MILITARY, SUPREME COURT and the different branches of the executive)

The Lower House doesn’t have credibility either. Most of the bills they passed are changing street names and naming new ones. And those definitely does not involve benefiting the nation. All they do is cozy up to GMA to have their share of the pie.

The reason why the congress and the executive are hell-bent in abolishing the senate is to silence GMA’s critics so the administration can go its merry ways. With no one to expose their illegal activities.



October 23rd, 2005 at 6:25 am

Toro said,
October 22, 2005 @ 3:16 pm

…Your words to me to be exact, except that I added a few words to fit the infantile mind of one who sent it to me…


Fine. Whatever suits your fancy…(Add some more empty words if you like–after all, it is but a typical reaction of smart asses from your high and mighty clique of bootlickers)



October 24th, 2005 at 6:44 am

As they say, if you run out of sound argument in a clash of logic a clever way to win a point is to hit your opponent with insults. Nope, I cannot be drawn to a battle of the witless. I leave the witless among themselves.



October 24th, 2005 at 9:03 am


you’ve hit the bullseye, all the institutions that are supposed to show normalcy and stability were prostituted by GMA to suit her ambitions, a very dangerous situation. we might wake up one day worst than what happened to Argentina.

the only solution is to removed the source of instability (GMA) and overhaul the system.



October 25th, 2005 at 6:16 pm


you argue like a writer of fiction. Why becasue you site some facts but the insuation could be wrong or the allusion is scornfully incongrous.

you must understandt that GMA with her enormous resources and power in her hand is trying everything to cover up her involvment in cheating in the election last year. understandably, pieces of evindence may come out in peicemeal. It doesnt matter though how the evedence are coming out but what it can prove.



October 26th, 2005 at 10:21 am

this bit of news has not reached other news organizations. are they “news editing”? it wouldnt be the first time though. even the inquirer seems to be doing it. not a lot of people know about the allegations of these lanao election operatives.


Sheen Ochavez

November 3rd, 2005 at 5:07 am

I can not help but admire and be amused by the discussions going on here, re Philippine law, the executive, legislative, Noli de Castro having low grades in his university days, etc… It is apparent that you guys are so well informed and very eloquent. Evidence of high level of education which most Filipinos happened to have. Given that, why do we end up electing leaders that are completely inept of the role they are vying for?

Succesful countries elect leaders from a pool of highly qualified and politically, academically groomed population which are properly educated. Groomed of the role that they will eventually occupy. Great Britain for example, enjoys a system of governance that is highly effective. Their Judicial System is one of the best in the world.. They have the so-called Separation of Powers that is distributed amongst the Executive, Legislative and the Judiciary. The Separated Powers provides checks and balances that minimises abuse of power.

Philippine leaders have too much control and power vested in them when they take their seat. Philippines system of government, which is highly concentrated on one sector, encourages corruption as it is make it so easy for anybody in power to abuse that power.

It seems that our politicians first aim is to have more zeros in their bank accounts and the bank account of people close to them. So instead of a government that should do checks and balances to maintain the balance of power, we have politicians that are more interested in Cheques and Balances. We have politicians who seem to be aiming to be in the same league as Emperor Bocassa, minus the culinary delights of eating the opposition.

The way we elect the leader makes it even worse. A seat obtained by revolution will not ensure that the individual is fit or qualified to govern. We cannot blame the people of course for reacting that way, but vulnerable public, badly disppointed by their chosen leader will stage yet another revolution in the hope of putting a better leader. The cycle continues.

Re Noli de Castro grades – studies have shown that university performance does not predict the future success of individual. Winston Churchill had very poor report during his academic days.

History shows that it is the psychopath, neurotic and evil leaders, (i.e Stalin, Mao amongst the few) are normally succesful leaders. Whether or not they have brought their countries forward is another matter. They may have killed thousands of innocent people in the process but that is the way it goes.

Perhaps we should elect people who are already rich. But of course these rich families know too well to stay out of the limelight. Hence the pool where we select our leaders are from financially, power fixated indivuals who do not really have any idea on how to take our country forward.

It is a shame that Gloria Macapagal is still in power. Perhaps, one should seriously reconsider Ramos’s proposal regarding Parliamentary system of governance.



November 3rd, 2005 at 7:11 am

” … Evidence of high level of education which most Filipinos happened to have. Given that, why do we end up electing leaders that are completely inept of the role they are vying for? ”

Hi Sheen, let me just comment on this bit you mentioned. It’s an interesting question and the answer is quite simple. It is a known fact that the thinking “masa” are the economic and political movers who belong to the upper and middle strata of society. Unfortunately, their number is overwhelmed by those in the lower strata who by sheer number determine the outcome of every election.


Sheen Ochavez

November 4th, 2005 at 7:00 am

Hi Toro, Many thanks for your comment.
No doubt you mean no ill regard when you commented that, but I could construe it as you are insinuating that the lower strata ( with their sheer number) is bringing our country down by profoundly influencing the outcome of every election, i,e. as history suggests, corrupt and inept leaders.To say this is rather elitist which I am certain you are not.



November 4th, 2005 at 11:24 am

Hi Sheen, you made me laugh when you thought my comments were marks of an elitist. No, I’m not. I knew you would react as you did, but I just could not explain it in a less controversial way better than that. And I certainly have no intention to offend anyone by those remarks. My observations are borne by the factual results of the past two elections where by sheer popularity movie icon Joseph Estrada won the presidency in spite of the formidable influences of the Catholic Church, the NGOs and civil societies. Another super icon Fernando Poe Jr.
almost made it, had it not been for some residents in the Big House by the Pasig river who it is said had different ideas. Election records show the so-called political and economic movers of the country were simply swamped by a deluge of votes of the Estrada fans who he fondly calls the poor masa.

And so we come to the point of your other question if the lower strata is bringing down the country. I don’t believe so. It may seem that way to some, given that the choice in electing a president is about a man with proven leadership and competence and not based on iconic idolatry. It doesn’t mean Estrada, for lack of academic achievements and competence, could not have become a good or even dull president . His hedonistic ways did him in. I guess we’ll never know.

The electorate is filled with fanatical iconic devotees who succumb to popular movie and TV personalities. This phenomenon happened too in India where movie stars once ruled the political scene.

The Senate is also affected as its integrity is impaired and now the subject of ridicule. We have a Senate where some members have devious background but got in because of popularity; nothing to do with brains. This once honored body which is supposed to be the seat of distinguished and brilliant members and from where a president usually emanates, is presently filled with some movie people and nobodies save for a few.

This culture of fanatical devotion is a big influence in the choice of good leaders because of its overwhelming number. If just for this reason, I favor a change to parliamentary government where the head of government, the PM, is chosen among its peers, a responsibility I prefer to entrust to them, but I hope the ceremonial head of state, the President, is elected by the people and will have the power to dissolve the government if the people find it corrupt. This way people power at Edsa will be a thing of that past.



November 4th, 2005 at 11:49 am

Alright, I’ve heard enough.
Toro, start a Philippine Renaissance, an enlightenment period long overdue.

Just wondering, what is your profession?

Rye :)



November 4th, 2005 at 2:47 pm

When business was good I was into commodity trading, international, that is, not local.


Sheen Ochavez

November 8th, 2005 at 1:02 am

Toro, that is an interesting argument. Philippine culture of Fanatical Devotion a big influence in the choice of leaders. A very scary concept especially in what appears to be a totalitarian society such as the Philippines.

Church/Religious leaders command profound respects amongst the followers. Given that this kind of society is prone to what Noam Chomsky describe as Human malleability, why was the so called Church or religious leaders failed to influence the outcome of the election? No doubt that the Poor Masa belong to some kind of religious sect.

I am throwing out comments, looking from the outside. I have no knowledge of Philippine Law, and I do not by any chance think that you are an elitist.



November 12th, 2005 at 12:05 pm

Hello again Sheen, sorry for my late reply. Haven’t been back to this site till now.

Well, looks like I made you think more deeply about what I said, which brings your interesting questions. Let me answer them in the way I view the issues, definitely not an elitist’s view, but rather the way things are seen on the ground.

Indeed, it is a scary situation when iconic idolatry determines the choice of leaders, but it has not gone to that extreme. I don’t think this will happen all the time. Obviously, it wouldn’t really matter if every President is a popular movie or TV personality PROVIDED he/she has the competence and integrity to lead the country. US Prez Ronald Reagan proved that. The Filipinos, who you know darn well are excellent imitators, did the same thing with Erap Estrada. Unfortunately, Erap’s presidency was aborted in less than two and a half years because of his embarrassing libertine ways leaving his people clueless if he could have become a good president. Apparently the iconic admirers were left unsatisfied so in the following election they turned to No. 1 box office actor FPJ as substitute for Erap. For the more concerned people, FPJ lacked the credentials to be a viable candidate. He was a high school drop out (2nd year) and had no qualification and experience on government matters. Nonetheless, he lost because GMA, his supporters insist, cheated. Really, the accusation is not exactly infallible. It has to be proven yet. FPJ may have been cheated in some areas but it’s no guarantee he won the election.

Let me correct your sense though that a totalitarian society exists in the country. Totalitarian means a restricted and controlled society and has only one authoritative political party, typically a dictatorial leadership. No, that’s way off. The Philippines is a free and democratic society that respects the basic human rights and freedom of speech. The fact that this blog contains angry, some even seditious commentaries against the President attest to that. Also, there may be irrational behavior and corruption among leaders in and out of government, but that’s how it is in a free democracy.

The masa are religious as they come but I won’t call them in the same context of cultists. It’s more like they are big movie fans (which by the way is the shortened name for fanatic, haha, according to Oxford). I suppose if Elvis Presley had ran for president of a third world country he’d probably win.

Enjoy the weekend.



November 17th, 2005 at 3:44 pm

lomala and abdul about-faced, according to jess santos (fg’s lawyer). the great crawler’s at it again…so what’s new?



November 23rd, 2005 at 7:13 am

Yes Baycas, they have recanted just like the witnesses in the Jueteng Gate. Is it pure coincidence that everytime Mike is around, witnesses suddenly recant their testimonies? As if an unseen hand manipulated them. Truely, Mike is a “Miracle Worker”, just like the “invisible” Garcillano. I have a strong feeling that Garci is staying in Malacanang, kaya hindi mahanap.



December 9th, 2005 at 1:02 pm

Mike A. is back!!!!! Welcome Back!!! Happy days are here again for the ARROVO family…..enjoy while it last…….. enjoy at the expense of the 80Million Filipino……. i really hope i can change citizenship in a snap of my finger……..ayoko na sa Pinas………… baka mas ok pa sa IRAQ….. dahil don walang Garcinungaling…..walang Tita Glue……walang Mike Arrovo.



April 10th, 2006 at 10:59 pm

Hello Mike Arroyo. I simply love your new website . It already got a chat , forum and blogs. Keep up the good work.


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nosi balasi

November 25th, 2008 at 2:19 pm

ano pa ba ang bago sa sarswela?…sa takot kasi ng mga marurunong at matatalino noon na si FPJ talaga ang nanalo…nanahimik na lang ang mga marurunong at matatalino…kaya nga ang konklusyon agad ay dun na lang tayo sa matalino…pero di lang matalino…masipag pang mangurakot….okay sana ang parliamentary system…kaya lang…kulang sa self-respect and patriotism ang mga public officials natin…biro mo ha…kumuha ng artista ang administration tiket na para tumakbong senador…ang purpose lang naman talaga nila ay makapaghakot ng manonood para sa mga talumpati blues nila…what a shame…yan ba yung matalinong lider ng mga matatalino?


nosi balasi

November 25th, 2008 at 2:24 pm

going back to the big Q?…malay ko at eh ano…pero bakit naman nila itinago si Garci?

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