Loren-Chiz or Chiz-Loren in 2010?

Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, Jr. want Chiz, Loren tandem in 2010 elections.

Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) party leaders and members made clear during their Christmas party on Monday night at the exclusive Wack Wack Golf and Country Club in Mandaluyong City that the two senators are their choices for their presidential slate, PhilStar.com report reads.

It is not yet clear if it will be Chiz – Loren or Loren  – Chiz.

Of the two,  Sen. Loren Legarda publicly expressed here interest to run as president in 2010. Sen. Chiz Escudero, also had made public some hints about his political ambition which likely be the President – the highest post.

It seems Sen. Francis Escudero, is the most favorable contender for president in 2010 but I doubt Sen. Loren Legarda concede and run instead as vice president. Her widely-broadcast infomercial about corruption affirm her serious intention to get into Malacanang. In 2004 national elections, Legarda lost to former collegue in ABS-CBN, then Senator Noli de Castro.

Loren Legarda consistently got favorable rank in surveys for presidential bet in 2010. If Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) see significant chances for Legarda, the party most likely endorse her.

In 2010 elections, the pro-administration Nationalist People’s Coalition is expected to take a lead. Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco told that NPC would have a full 12-member senatorial ticket in 2010 as reported by PhilStar.com.

As declared by Sen. Escudero, 2010 will be an NPC year.

Although it seems clear that NPC wants Chiz, Loren tandem and the party patriach Danding Cojuangco endorse the them, there may some major setbacks. Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr., Cojuangco’s nephew also had moist eye for the highest post.

Sec. Teodoro is a true-blooded NPC guy while Legarda is a  newcomer to the party.

Sen. Legarda came from Lakas and the pro-administration Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP), which was founded by Sen. Edgardo Angara and who continues to lead it, PhilStar.com noted.

The NPC’s bets in 2010 was announced during the Party’s christmas party. It was noticed that Sec. Teodoro was absent. Will Teodoro, a genuine NPC member continue to pursue his plan in 2010 even without the party blessings?

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DefconPH Beer Talk 1 and Defcon Philippines launching

Thank you to the event organizer, Maxtor, for the successful DEFCONPH Beer Talk 1 held in Handuraw Cafe, Gorordo Avenue, Lahug, Cebu City on December 20, 2008. Semprix and Maxtor are the founders of Defcon Philippines

DefconPH Beer Talk 1 Participants

On the same date, DEFCONPH (also written as Defcon) was officially launched. I commend DEFCONPH founders, Semprix and Maxtor for bringing Defcon to the Philippines and landmarking the face of information security in the Philippines.

DEFCONPH officially started on February 2008. DefconPH is a registered as Defcon International Group, DC6332.

DefconPH Beer Talk 1 was participated by 21 individuals who take role in IT security. The participants come from Luzon, Cebu and Mindanao which includes IT security personnel, Software Engineers, Technical Writers, Network Administrator, and IT students. During group discussions, most of the participants generously shared their knowlege and significant IT-security related experiences which add wealth to everyone present.

Defcon come its way at the height of information technology (IT) development in the Philippines.

In the Philippines, Information Technology (IT) industry is among the fastest growing. Cebu, being centrally located, becomes an ideal venue for information security convention.

During Defcon Beer Talk 1, the founders reveal the plan for the big convention (CON) on June 2009. The CON on June 2009 is a much-awaited event specifically dedicated to IT security. I expect hundreds of participants coming from corporate, institutional, and government sectors.  The academe and IT business stakeholders are also expected to take part on the convention.

Information security is everybody’s concern. However, this area is often overlooked not until the company or the organization experience the devastating and costly vulnerabilities or attacks.

Although, there is no such thing as 100% secure system or networks, there are many mitigating steps to help prevent and stop such IT security threats. Adequate knowledge, enough information, and broad understanding of IT system and securities can help mitigate the almost never-ending IT security issues.

7 million senior citizens by 2010

Senior citizens numbered to 4.6 million based on the 2000 Census of Population and Housing. This comprise 6% of the population. The National Statistics Office (NSO) projected that the number of senior citizens is expected to reach seven million in 2010.

Similar data is mentioned in a recent Manila Bulletin news report which reads:

UP-Manila National Institutes of Health Committee on Aging and Degenerative Diseases chair Dr. Shelley dela Vega said the country’s senior citizens are expected to reach 7M by 2010 & double in approximately 16 years.

This caught my attention partly because my parents are already senior citizens.

By definition, senior citizens are those who are 60 years old and over.

While the Philippine population is dominated by the the young ones, it can not also be ignored that our population is getting old.

What is the implication on this?

I notice that the government is taking steps to take care of the elderly. There are legislations like Republic Act No. 7432 as amended by Republic Act No. 9257 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2003.

Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2003 aims to:

  1. establish mechanism whereby the contribution of the senior citizens are maximized;
  2. adopt measures whereby our senior citizens are assisted and appreciated by the community as a whole;
  3. establish a program beneficial to the senior citizens, their families and the rest of the community that they serve; and
  4. establish community-based health and rehabilitation programs in every political unit of society.

According to National Statistics Office,

  • Half of the senior citizens were below 68 years old
  • More than half of senior citizens were household heads
  • Three in every five senior citizens who were living alone were females
  • Low vision was the most common type of disability
  • Majority were literate

May these data help us decern what to do next.

Acts of Terror: two blasts in Iligan City

I call for the government’s and civilian’s immediate action to the most recent acts of terrorism in southern Philippines. Please don’t get me wrong. I am not insinuating that civilians must armed themselves to help fight against terrorists. I am suggesting that each responsible citizen must be vigilant and report immediately any knowledge and information about terrorists and their acts.

First, I pray for the soul of the bombing victims in  Iligan City whose untimely death bring great pain to their family. Secondly, I pray for the victim’s family  that they may find serenity to accept the things they can’t change. No matter what we do, we can’t bring back the life of the victims. But at least giving justice to their unexpected death will already be too much.

The terrorist strikes again! I told my friend Clarence after he sent me message about the Iligan blast.

According to the latest count, two are dead while 47 are injured.

Initial findings indicated the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were crafted out of mortar rounds, which he described as the “signature” of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Inquirer.net reported.

Superintendent Dimacuta Sanggacala, spokesman of the Lanao del Norte police, clarified however, that although they have not identified the perpetrators, these were “acts of terrorist groups.”

We just pray and hope that no other similar incidents will happen in any of Mindanao cities this Christmas.

After 2010: Yes to Cha-Cha

Say YES to charter change (Cha-Cha) but after 2010 elections. Yes to Cha-Cha but it must not be through Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass) but through Constitutional Convention (Con-Con).

The desire to change the constitution is not new nor unique to the Arroyo administration.

During the Ramos administration, there was attempts to amend the constitution. It the movement was resurrected with different approach during the short-lived Estrada administration.

When President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo reign in Malacanang, there were several administration-sponsored attempts for Cha-Cha but none got popular support.

Several months ago, the opposition-led Philippine Senate initiated to change the 1987 Philippine Constitution, specifically to give way for federal system. But the plan was later shelved.

Recently, when pro-administration dominated House of Representatives renew the plan to change the constitution through constituent assembly (converting the congress into constituent assembly), people began to suspect.

The suspicion is reasonable. The initiative came after the controversial prayer of Press Secretary Jesus Dureza which suggest about extension of terms of President Arroyo.

Now, common conclusions say that the recent attempt to change the constitution is directed to extend the Arroyo presidency. This angered many sectors including the the 2010 presidential aspirants.

The so called big rally in Makati against Cha-Cha illustrated that the Filipino people are against with the move (because of the suspicion).

In today’s headline of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the Catholic Bishops urge the proponents of Cha-Cha to shelve the plan and do it after 2010.

I agree with the Bishops. Let us talk about amendments of the constitution after 2010.

Just for today, it better that we focus on how we face the challand effects of global financial crisis.

Misa de Gallo: The National Shrine of St. Joseph

It’s Christmas!

In the Philippines, Christmas season begins as early as September 1 but Christmas holidays begin on December 16 – the start of dawn mass or Misa de Gallo.

Here are some pictures I took on December 16, The National Shrine of St. Joseph, Mandaue City.

The National Shrine of St. Joseph, Mandaue City – December 15, 2008

December 16, 2008 – the flock went to The National Shrine of St. Joseph to attend Misa de Gallo.

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Mar Roxas: New tough-talking Oppositionist

It took the President, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo several weeks before she decided to dramatize her very famous “I am sorry” line. Her apologies came after the heated issues on “Hello Garci”. GMA said sorry for calling a COMELEC officials during elections.

It took former Senator Tessie Aquino-Oreta years before she publicly apologize for being caught in the camera doing a jig (dancing) during the impeachment trial of former president Joseph Estrada. People was offended by the dancing moves of the former senator.

Mar Roxas: new political tough guy?

Here comes Sen. Mar Roxas who was quoted by Inquirer.net saying, I am not sorry. I am not sorry for speaking my mind and telling the truth as I see it. I am not sorry for expressing my real feelings and my rage in behalf of the people I love whom I love.

Mar Roxas determined to stand on what he said during the Makati rally. At the Senate Mar Roxas delivered a privilege speech saying he would never apologize for his expletive-laced speech during the rally.

In his column, Jojo Robles of the Manila Standard, asked: Why should he, when he’s trying really hard to remake himself into a tough-talking oppositionist who is always ready to attack the Arroyo administration— with foul language, if necessary?

But Roxas claimed that he just said what he felt and he was not hyprocrite. But did he really need to say foul-language? Some things are not necessary. He can still be tough without saying bad words.

Now, Mar Roxas is one of those tough guys against the Arroyo presidency. He is earning admiration for that while losing some respect.