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Today, the ninth day of the ninth month of the year 2009, Noynoy Aquino declares his bid for the presidency. He had previously went on a so-called spiritual retreat to find what he calls “discernment,” making a huge flop joke by trying to conceal a punchline everyone with an IQ above 60 knows too well already. Ultimately if Noynoy’s decision is what constitutes genuine discernment, can everyone just please be demented?

Related: Noynoy to run for president in 2010


This counts as the most ludicrous thing ever conceived by the most ludicrous of government agencies.

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Too, the same ludicrous agency has just launched a new drive to promote censorship by SMS, here. Whatever happened to parents’ responsibility to watch over what their kids see on TV? If you don’t want what you’re seeing on TV, the most logical thing for you to do is switch channels. Sex and violence are by themselves very interesting topics, so if you don’t want your kids to see either of the two, then guard what they view on TV. This ludicrous agency takes people for morons, big-time, especially when taken in the context of how it has took it upon itself to wage a public (if not ridiculous) battle against the screening of certain films at the supposedly censorship-free UP Film Institute.

Walter CronkiteWalter Cronkite, who as one of America’s most trusted TV newsmen informed CBS viewers about the Kennedy assassination, the moon landing, Vietnam and more, died Friday July 17, 2009.

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On a magical night in 1983, Michael Jackson struck a pose on stage, clasping the black fedora on his head with his white sequined glove. His black jacket and silver vest glittered as white socks showed under his high-water black pants. Then he erupted into a flurry of fluid dance moves in a performance of Billie Jean that would catapult the former child singing sensation into full-blown superstardom.

Probably no celebrity has been as revered and reviled over the past 40 years as Jackson, 50, who died Thursday in Los Angeles. The troubled, reclusive star was rushed to UCLA Medical Center by paramedics responding to a call from his home at about 12:30 p.m.

For Father’s Day, a soldier fighting rebels in Mindanao returns to his home in Manila, only to be shot dead by his 6-year-old son.

Related: Boy accidentally kills father

June 12 in RP is filthy-rich (from political careers spent on stealing) and ageing trapos raising the flag early in the morning in spots of historical significance, while everybody else is rolling their eyes in boredom and apathy.

Speaking of nationalism, another old (but still bullshit-y) attempt at patriotism, here.

Happy Independence Day, if there is ever such a thing.

On the sheer fruitlessness of trapo– and church-organized street rallies (re: against, say, a house resolution on charter change by constituent assembly), the dean of the San Beda Law remarked, “These rallies do not take up any constitutional or legal issues. They are just pretexts to vent one’s political rage at one’s political enemies.”

Couldn’t have said it better.

Related: Arroyo, con-ass lawmakers stomped on at Makati rally

On a (slightly) unrelated note, a teenager with an IQ of 46 in the US was sentenced to 100 years in prison in a sex abuse case against him. While this may make for an interesting case study for law students, it also highlights a very disconcerting irony: while retards go to prison in other countries, convicted plunderers and child rapists in the Philippines are perennially granted parole.

Related: Teen with 47 IQ gets 100 years in sex abuse case

Wonder why young people would rather go to malls than vote in the elections?


Which doesn’t make any sense. At all. The Filipino electorate has always been described as afflicted with an acute case of short-term memory loss, but whatever effort to destroy that notion cannot be compensated by a single news item on Erap’s probable chances of clinching the presidency yet again.

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From Manila Times:

The Department of Health (DOH) said that the first case of swine flu in the Philippines has been “contained.”

Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd announced on Thursday evening that the first case involving a 10-year-old girl—a Filipino who arrived in the country on Monday after traveling to the United States and Canada—tested positive for the A(H1N1) virus that causes swine flu.

But the Health department allayed fears of an outbreak.

“The DOH would like to emphasize that there is no community level outbreak in the country and measures are being done by the government to prevent transmission, starting with the quarantine of household close contacts,” the department said in a statement on Friday.

More: Philippines’ first killer flu case ‘contained’

So while everyone is feasting on leaked videos of Hayden Kho screwing a couple of chicks (including a popular starlet, a Brazilian model, and a doctor-cum-commercial endorser), a massive landslide, in the meantime, is wreaking havoc on a hillside community in Cordillera, killing 26 and leaving hundreds homeless.

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In relation to the Hayden scandal, it is interesting to note how the “proliferation of sex scandals involving celebrities in the Internet… could benefit a government that wants to muzzle its citizens” (via gmanews), which couldn’t get truer (and scarier) if this is any indication. And speaking of landslides, they have become so common, a nation is desensitized enough not to care anymore.