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Mar Roxas and the Liberal Party Might Twerk Its Way to Defeat in the 2016 Elections

n the land of Maria Clara and the supposedly chaste, and virtuous Filipina, why do we have young women performing lewd dance numbers in front of the general public?

Mar Roxas speaks during the event (left photo); exotic dancer does a number on an audience volunteer (center photo); Congressman Benjamin Agarao and MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino enjoying the festivities (right photo)

Case in point is the recent Liberal Party meeting and birthday party for Congressman Benjamin Agarao where a group of scantily-clad "exotic dancers" performed lewd dance numbers "for the boys." Unfortunately, aside from the mentally-stunted adult Filipino males present, there were also underage boys and girls in the audience ... who witnessed the revolting episode from start to finish.

For us, the real issue is not so much why this was allowed to happen. Because it happens all the time in the Philippines as Filipinos never seem to have matured enough to refine their tastes as to what is acceptable and what is crude. Watch any noontime television show and you will eventually see scantily-clad dancers seductively gyrating for absolutely no reason other than to appear "cheap" to foreigners—and to some Filipinos as well—who are not used to the level of banality that passes for "normal" in the Philippines.

Philippine network heavyweights like ABS-CBN, TV5, and GMA are all guilty in this regard, and likely see nothing wrong with it; such acts are actually "the norm" as far as Pinoys are concerned. Sadly, this situation has also tarnished the country's image internationally, with more than a few male tourists jokingly commenting that "the only thing 'easy' in the Philippines are the women."

Here's the real issue as far as we're concerned. The Liberal Party (LP) is now pretending to be dumbfounded and at a loss as to who invited the dancers to perform. Initially, it was rumored that Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino—who plans to run for the Senate, paid for the bawdy performance as a surprise birthday gift to his party-mate Agarao. But after this hullabaloo, everyone is quickly distancing themselves from it. Well, before the advent of social media, they would have likely gotten away with it. All they had to do was feign ignorance and the short attention span of their constituents would take care of the rest.

Mar Roxas and partymates flash the "L" sign (left photo); an exotic dancer does the "twerk" with an eager LP volunteer (center photo); another enthusiastic volunteer helps an exotic dancer do the "twerk" on him (right photo)

But this is the age of the internet, Facebook, Twitter, photo and video sharing, and global exposure, that will keep these politicians feet to the fire for a very long time. And they must also keep in mind that the repercussions of a cover-up are oftentimes graver than the repercussions of the initial act itself.

So we take this bold, assertive stand and say to all our readers: do not vote for any Liberal Party candidate unless the party comes clean, gets to the bottom of this incident, and punishes all those involved—including all those caught lying or trying to cover it up. This country already has enough dishonest politicos in office ... the last thing it needs is more crooks and liars joining their ranks.

So Mar Roxas, President Aquino and all Liberal  Party stalwarts, if you want our vote as well as our endorsement, come clean on this issue and punish whoever needs to be punished, no matter who they are or how high up the party hierarchy they may be. Absent that, we should all do our best to boycott the Liberal Party's entire slate of candidates. Published 10/4/2015

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Is China's Xi Jinping Speaking from Both Sides of His Mouth?

On September 28, 2015 Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed the world body during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly, in New York. In his speech Xi committed his country to various laudable endeavors such as a reinvigorated effort to curb greenhouse gasses and combat climate change; a $100 million aid fund for Africa; and $1 billion for U.N. development projects across the globe.
Published 9/29/2015

Philippine Elections: Where the Most Qualified Don't Run While the Least Qualified Do

In a country where the elderly have always been given due deference and respect, in today's politics you have the exact opposite. Instead of the senior most experienced leaders running for office, you have ambitious, precocious, youth, still wet behind the ears who do the running. The result of this phenomena is that over the years the Philippines has continually lost ground to its neighbors who are all slowly turning into developed economies while the Philippines—the country that lead Southeast Asia during much of the 20th Century—is becoming more deeply entrenched as a Third World nation.
Published 9/24/2015

Grace Poe—Another Unqualified Leader To Be "Anointed" by Gullible Filipino Voters?

Well it’s official; neophyte Senator Grace Poe is running for president. To reiterate, our stand on her qualifications remains the same: she is nowhere near qualified to become president. She has no track record and no experience under her belt. It is good that she chose Senator Chiz Escudero for her vice presidential running mate. He’s had far more experience in government and can offer her guidance should she become president. Published 9/19/2015

Only a “New” Philippines Will Be Able to Defend Itself Against China

On September 3rd China paraded its latest military hardware for the entire world to see as it commemorated the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. China’s military posture has significantly increased under President Xi Jinping as its armed forces budget has grown by at least 10% every year for the past decade. China is now second only to the United States in military spending. It also has the largest standing army of any nation (2.3 million men and women in uniform). Published 9/7/2015

Leni Robredo is Right; Grace Poe Shouldn't be President … Yet

The woman is ambitious. We should all admire her for that. But as they say in politics, just because you can win does not mean you should (run for office). Remember Cory Aquino? We made her president, even though she admitted she was just a plain housewife and knew nothing about running a country. Well, after six years as president, she stepped down having accomplished next to nothing. Published 9/3/2015

To Be President Bongbong Marcos Must First Acknowledge the Sins of His Father

In general a son shouldn’t be blamed for what his father did. The Holy Bible itself acknowledges this in Deuteronomy 24:16: “Fathers shall not be put to death because of their children, nor shall children be put to death because of their fathers. Each one shall be put to death for his own sin. In the case of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. he has never been accused of active involvement in the abuses of his father, former President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos. Published 8/30/2015

Traffic Will Eventually Choke Metro Manila to Death...If We Do Nothing About It Now

In an earlier editorial we highlighted the pollution problem created by diesel and 2-stroke engines in Philippine cities. Here we  highlight the deleterious effects Metro Manila's horrendous traffic problem has on the country's economy. Traffic moves around Metro Manila in a god-awfully slow pace. And as people and vehicles in this mega-metropolis increase that pace slows down even further. Published 8/26/2015

Why is the Philippines Still Spending Billions Buying Chinese Goods?

Are you one of the many Filipinos who, in righteous indignation, swore not to buy China-made goods because of what that communist country is doing to Philippine possessions in the West Philippine Sea?  First of all—thank you. It is not everyday that one can find people who are willing to make some sacrifice in order to stop an aggressive "bully" nation ... Published 8/22/2015

Air Pollution is Destroying Metro Manila and Most Cities in the Philippines

During the time of Jose Rizal, the country was known as the "Pearl of the Orient." The Spaniards, despite all their faults, built some amazingly beautiful cities in these "Islas." Clear water ran through the Pasig river and life was wholesome for all who lived here. Published 8/16/2015

Chief Justice Sereno et al, Speed Up Philippine Courts or Resign

So I guess if you're a Filipino, you're used to waiting forever for everything...especially government services. Unfortunately, the bar is set so low when it comes to government performance, it is no wonder the Philippines lags behind most countries. Published 8/11/2015

Why is Gloria Arroyo Keeping so Silent?

Remember her? She was president for almost a decade. A year after leaving office in 2010 Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was arrested and placed under “hospital arrest” where she remains to this date. Charged first with electoral sabotage, then the misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes funds, Arroyo is currently confined at the Veterans’ Memorial Medical Center awaiting her day in court. Published 8/04/2015

More Far Left than the Philippine Far Left

Just as global Filipinos alarmed by China’s massive reclamations in the West Philippine Sea were preparing to hold their third annual Global Day of Protest against China’s imperialism on July 24, a “preemptive counter demonstration” was held on July 19 in front of the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC by Filipino American militants protesting US imperialism in the Philippines. Published 7/31/2015

The Iglesia ni Cristo Religion Will Eventually Self-Destruct

It will only be a matter of time before the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), founded by Felix Manalo over a hundred years ago eventually destroys itself. Like All organized religions, it stands on shaky ground depending solely on the faith of its followers to keep it going. And once that faith begins to waiver, it is the beginning of the end for that religion. Published 7/25/2015

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