14 Mar2016

Worth Watching…

by Marketman

I don’t often re-post other people’s videos, but I thought this particular video was worth watching, regardless of my personal opinions of who should or should not be qualified or running for President of the Republic of the Philippines. It just seems like such an honest, intelligent, nationalistic, and genuinely frustrated take on an important issue. And it’s predominantly explained in Filipino, for more folks to better comprehend. I don’t have a Facebook account, so I am posting the youtube version of it. I understand nearly 1.5 million folks have already watched the Facebook video, and I hope several more million watch it and decide important issues for themselves. For me, the ultimate disappointment is that the vast majority of the Philippine electorate probably doesn’t determine their vote with more care and a view to the longer term, but that’s my own view.

P.S. Even though that particular video is posted by “Duterte supporters” that does not mean I am one of them, it just so happens that without a personal Facebook, I had to hunt for the video on youtube. Thanks.



  1. RY says:

    “irregardless of my personal opinions”

    Oh dear…”irregardless”??

    Mar 14, 2016 | 10:05 am


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  3. Monty says:

    How can we determine what candidates stand for if the first debate was used as a venue to sell more commercials. Almost 50% of the program was commercials, with candidates being confined more or less to soundbites with no real substance. Moderators Mike and Jessica did not use their position to ask more probing questions. I hope the other two networks do a better job. GMA was just too greedy, not content with the election windfall they’re already enjoying.

    Mar 14, 2016 | 10:19 am

  4. Connie C says:

    I am in total agreement with the young lawyer’s sentiment, well said and with much sincerity and pain.

    At this very outset, we do not need any more debates on the qualification of Senator Poe on her quest to attain the highest office of the land. Her opportunism and total disregard of the constitution disqualify her for the office and makes me afraid of a Poe presidency.
    And shame on those justices who ruled in her favor!

    Thank you MM for sharing the video.

    Mar 14, 2016 | 10:51 am

  5. Joey in Dubai says:

    When I clicked on the link, the view count was 1,140 only. I suppose you misread the count.

    Mar 14, 2016 | 11:56 am

  6. Marketman says:

    Joey, no, the view count on Facebook exceeds 1.4 million at 8am this morning, this video was a separate posting by Duterte fans I gather, so doesn’t reflect the original video view count… It amazes me that something so serious, erudite even, presented so plainly and without much preparation, would garner 1.4 million votes from a populace more likely to have attention spans on the net of just seconds… It’s nice to see that a serious matter gets that much attention.

    Mar 14, 2016 | 12:27 pm

  7. Ivan says:

    That’s Attorney Bruce Rivera. He forgot to mention that he is the lawyer of the notorious PDAF scam queen Janet Napoles.

    Mar 14, 2016 | 8:12 pm

  8. chirpy says:

    Everyone has a right to counsel. Who he represented or still represents is not the point and does not take away from what he is saying.

    Mar 14, 2016 | 8:55 pm

  9. Monty says:

    Ivan, yes that’s why he looked so familiar. No thanks Bruce, defending Napoles then attacking GP speaks volumes of ths person’s character.

    Mar 14, 2016 | 9:40 pm

  10. Footloose says:

    I’m not sure what can be more intensely irritating, using irregardless once among thousands of impeccable posts or pouncing on it as if with a quiet cackle.

    Mar 14, 2016 | 9:56 pm

  11. marilen says:

    Point noted, Footloose. Same displeasure here. A beady-eyed ‘grammarian’ on constant patrol. Watch out for them.

    Mar 14, 2016 | 10:43 pm

  12. edee says:

    Agree with Footloose

    Mar 15, 2016 | 1:29 am

  13. Connie C says:

    Yes, Chirpy, I agree.

    In a political war we do not “give ear only to those whose message flatter” us but let us not shoot the message as well for it nevertheless rings true despite its messenger.

    Footloose/Marilen: Oh dear, I missed that opening number. Not just a quiet cackle here and on Marilen’s “beady eyed grammarian”.

    Mar 15, 2016 | 7:25 am

  14. bsg says:

    something to consider whenever we feel the urge to vent our outrage online:


    Mar 15, 2016 | 7:42 am

  15. Marketman says:

    bsg, great editorial, totally worth reading and considering. I find that went I rant, it’s best to wait a day or two, and to make sure I can defend what I say… and in the 11 years of this blog, never once have I had to take down, substantially revise, retract, or change the essence of a rant. And in many if not most cases, the rants have stood the test of time and actual outcomes of issues under discussion…

    Mar 15, 2016 | 9:53 am

  16. bsg says:

    hi marketman,

    just to be clear, while i didn’t make any comments on your previous rants, i did enjoy them and for the most part, supported your arguments.

    perhaps i am wrong, but it seems Atty Bruce Rivera, does not subscribe to the same strategy of waiting till the flames of passion merely simmers. I believe he did this prior to the publication of the full text of the decision from the SC, in effect, without full information.

    Regardless of who Atty Rivera represents, his actions and statements, in my opinion, reflect choices made in haste or passion, qualities that i wouldn’t want in my lawyer.

    Mar 15, 2016 | 2:44 pm

  17. Marketman says:

    bsg, I don’t disagree with your views at all… And I am relieved in a sense that there is serious debate amongst the justices to the point that there is no clear majority. It’s a separate issue, but I think cleaning up the justice system in the Philippines is one of the top 10 critical issues that needs to be addressed by the President/nation to progress in the future. It’s even more basic than corruption, which would be less prevalent if there was a properly functioning justice system.

    Mar 15, 2016 | 3:21 pm

  18. saney says:

    I agree on that sir. As the saying goes corruption is the root of all evils and in this country corruption encompasses everything “irregardless” of who the sitting president is.

    Mar 15, 2016 | 5:43 pm

  19. bsg says:

    Thank you, Marketman for welcoming views different from your own. It is a sign of a healthy discussion when people are able to reasonably disagree without being disagreeable, something that I have always appreciated in your blog.

    While all of us are entitled, should the need arise, to the services of a lawyer that each of us can afford, I would much prefer to have a lawyer who is a little more circumspect in acting while under emotional stress, who can reasonably argue my case based on legalities rather than feelings and who can be the voice of reason while leaving emotional outbursts, passion to me the client. While his actions seem to indicate otherwise, I wouldn’t know for sure whether Atty Rivera has or does not have these qualities.

    And that is why, similar to what you do, I wait for some time to pass before I post anything online, giving me enough time to reflect on what I have written and correct any grammatical errors – both of which I failed to do in the previous post.

    As part of disclosure, as this blog entry is tangentially related to the presidential candidates, the candidate that I would have wholeheartedly supported to run for President, unfortunately, is running for a different position. As of today, I have not made up my mind on who to vote for, perhaps because I am not ready for the responsibility incumbent on each of us when we do have our presidential candidate, as so expressed in the post below:


    I just hope that at the end of the election season, we all, regardless of whom we supported, give whoever wins the benefit of the doubt and while remaining vigilant, line up behind our new leader to help bring our country forward.

    Again, thank you for allowing me to express my views. I do not usually post online as I much prefer live discussions with friends over much teasing and laughter accompanied by some alcoholic spirits.


    Mar 16, 2016 | 9:13 am

  20. Monty says:

    bsg, if Binay is elected, most likely with a less than majority vote, he will have to be subjected immediately to an impeachment process. No benefit of the doubt should be given to plunderers.

    Mar 16, 2016 | 4:02 pm

  21. Mary chen says:

    let us not forget Sen. Grace used her American passport 2009. The ampun issue is of no merit here but the fact that she renounced her Filipino citizenship and her immediate family are all Americans is a strike to her qualifications. And if she is elected it can be grounds for impeachment. Roll eyes here…here we go again. Nakakapagod na!

    Mar 17, 2016 | 2:10 pm

  22. Connie C says:

    Here’s worth reading, a five way test on choosing a candidate, towards a progressive wing and you might say, anti trapo :


    Mar 18, 2016 | 11:44 pm

  23. Anne :-) says:

    Mar 22, 2016 | 4:34 pm

  24. Marketman says:

    Anne, thanks for that link! I hadn’t heard or seen the article… :)

    Mar 22, 2016 | 7:24 pm


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