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August 29, 2015, Saturday
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  • Rains in the area of Padre Faura St. in Manila fail to dampen the spirit of INC members who are protesting at DOJ. 10 hours ago |
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  • Justice Secretary Leila de Lima not yet seen at DOJ premises as of Friday afternoon. 12 hours ago |
  • Schedule of hearing on libel case filed by Makati Mayor Binay vs. Sen. Trillanes among those postponed on Friday due to INC rally at DOJ. 12 hours ago |
  • INC rally in front of DOJ has prompted the postponement of some hearings in the department. 12 hours ago |
  • Sen. Trillanes says he is ready to face any complaint at Senate Ethics Cmte. with regard to his hiring of over 40 consultants. 12 hours ago |
  • 10 members of the Philippine Marines injured in a battle with about 300 ASG bandits in Patikul, Sulu on Friday morning. 12 hours ago |
  • Radio broadcaster Cosme Diez Maestrado killed in an ambush in Misamis Occidental. 12 hours ago |
  • Anthony Taberna’s wife Rossel says it is ‘business as usual’ in their QC coffee shop after it was fired upon by gunmen. 12 hours ago |
  • Anthony Taberna’s wife Rossel thanks those who are concerned for them after the shooting incident in their QC coffee shop. 12 hours ago |
  • Migrante International says OFWs in Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia & Italy are joining the ‘zero remittance day’ on Friday. 12 hours ago |
  • Migrante International leads a rally at Mendiola in Manila as part of their ‘zero remittance day’ protest. 12 hours ago |
  • OFW Amie Emuslan who has been in comatose in UAE for 4 years finally brought back home. 12 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino tells visiting Thai PM that Filipinos are offering their condolences to the Thai people who are Filipinos’ brothers. 12 hours ago |
  • Thai PM Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha expresses sympathy for the Filipino who sustained injury in her hearing during the Aug. 17 Bangkok blast. 12 hours ago |
  • Thai PM who is visiting PH says situation in Thailand now under control since the Aug. 17 Bangkok blast that killed 20 persons. 12 hours ago |
  • Gunmen shot and killed a Chinese tourist who was on board a taxi in Vito Cruz, Manila. 16 hours ago |
  • Anthony Taberna says cops are looking at his job as a media man as possible motive behind the shooting incident at his coffee shop. 16 hours ago |
  • 2 men seen on CCTV firing at the coffee shop of ABS-CBN broadcaster Anthony Taberna in Visayas Ave., QC. 16 hours ago |
  • Padre Faura St. in Manila still closed to traffic on Friday morning due to INC rally in front of DOJ. 16 hours ago |
  • Some INC members continue their vigil in front of DOJ for the second day. 16 hours ago |
  • Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano tells court that part of his privilege as senator includes giving statements on subjects of senate probes. 16 hours ago |
  • Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano asks Makati RTC to dismiss the P 200-million damage suit filed against him by VP Binay. 16 hours ago |
  • BOC Chief Bert Lina shows at a press conference how prohibited items are being smuggled into PH using balikbayan boxes. 16 hours ago |
  • Customs Commissioner Bert Lina says he is listening to the sentiments of OFWs. 16 hours ago |
  • Customs Chief Bert Lina holds a press conference explaining how BOC is handling and inspecting balikbayan boxes. 16 hours ago |

A story on campaign promises

By Emil Jurado | Feb. 15, 2013 at 12:01am
I heard the members of Team PNoy promising all sorts of things during their rally at the Plaza Miranda a couple of nights ago. I was reminded of this story.

A man died and found himself before St. Peter at the pearly gates of heaven.  St. Peter told the man he had a choice between heaven and hell. “What do you want to see first, heaven or hell?”

The man replied: “Hell.”

St. Peter took the man to an elevator, and down they went, until the elevator stopped, and the door opened.

A man impeccably dressed said: “I am Lucifer and welcome to hell.” Satan took the man on a tour, and lo and behold, the man saw naked women cavorting, and a bacchanalian feast taking place. It was an exciting place to be in—pleasure was the name of the game.

After the tour, Satan took the man back to the elevator where St. Peter was waiting.  Peter said: “Well, you have seen hell and now you can see heaven.”

When St. Peter opened the gates to Heaven, the man saw peace all around with choirs of angels with their harps. There was nothing but peace everywhere, but the people he saw seemed happy. What a boring place this is, he told himself.

The man went back to the gates and told St. Peter that he had made his choice to go to hell.  Thus, St. Peter took him to the elevator to go down to hell again.

When the elevator door opened, he was met by Satan, this time in his original self, who took his hand and led him to hell. This time, the man saw nothing but fire.  People were moaning because they were being tortured by devils. There was suffering all around, and the feast and women he saw the first time were not there.

When the man asked Satan what happened, Satan told him “Yesterday, when you came, we were campaigning. Today you voted and came here!”

If all our politicians’ promises were fulfilled, we would be in Utopia! Sadly, the promises they utter are very far from reality.

Recall that President Aquino promised in 2010 that he would push for the approval of the freedom of information bill.  What has happened?

The late President Manuel L. Quezon said: “I prefer to have a country run like hell by Filipinos, rather than run like heaven by Americans.” Well, he got his wish.


Malacañang says that the Team PNoy will have more than 21 provincial sorties, and no less than 16 of them will be led by the President. Obviously, the President knows the stakes involved in the forthcoming senatorial polls.  He wants to make sure that his Team PNoy will win, at least the majority.

President Aquino’s priority should be the presidency, not the May 13 polls. In a way, he will be moonlighting on behalf of his Team PNoy most of the time.  What about his duties as President?

Presidents always want their candidates to win. But not at the expense of the entire nation!

Malacañang may say that it’s still the President running the country even as he goes on provincial sorties with his senatorial candidates.  But that’s a lame excuse.

We elected him so that he could serve us, not so that he could work so hard to get his own candidates elected to the Senate.


The UNA or United Nationalist Alliance has given the three common senatorial candidates-Loren Legarda, Chiz Escudero and Grace Poe- an ultimatum to join UNA rallies.  Or else, they will be dropped as UNA candidates.

It does appear that despite insistent invitations from UNA for the three to join its rallies, only Loren and Grace have sent representatives. Chiz never bothered, thinking perhaps he would win nonetheless. According to surveys, Escudero is assured of winning anyway.

But, Santa Banana, that’s not the point. Escudero could at least have given the UNA Three Kings the courtesy of sending a representative. That happens when one gets swell-headed and thinks he’s already on top of the world.

UNA should just forget those common candidates.


I’d like to congratulate former Quezon City Mayor Mel Mathay for having taken finally to the altar his long-time partner, Vilma Valera, even at this late age.

I’m quite close to Mel because we were together with his late elder brother, Pons Mathay. We were childhood playmates. We used to play basketball together at an empty lot in Sampaloc across the Mathay grocery.  I used to live at an accesoria along P. Campa Street.

His wife Vilma is the granddaughter of the Valera matriarch in  Abra, who was my godmother in baptism, together with the late Defense Minister Carmelo Barbero as my godfather. I was born in the town of Dolores, Abra, where the Barberos came from.

I wish Mel and Vilma the best of the rest of their years together. God  bless!


I cannot also end my column without congratulating Senate president Protempore Jinggoy Estrada for turning half a century tomorrow, February 16.

Regrettably, my wife and I cannot make it to his birthday bash at the  Tent City of Manila Hotel since we’ll be out of town.

In any case, happy birthday, Jinggoy, and we wish you many more years of happy birthdays!


I also extend my condolences to the wife and family of my late friend, Gerry Espina of Biliran. I’ll miss him at 365 Club.
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