May gamot ba sa BOBA katulad ni Leni?

Masakit pakinggan pero totoo.

Binuksan lang ni pekeng VP Leni ang katotohanan na BOBA talaga siya ng mag-warning na huwag daw ikansela ang diplomatic passport ni dating DFA Secretary Alberto del Rosario.

Sa kanyang Twitter post, brutal na brutal ang reaksyon ni DFA Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin nang tinawag niya na BOBA si Leni.

Ito ang Tweet ni @teddyboylocsin:


Sa totoo lang, matagal nang alam ng bayan ang kabobohan ni Leni.

Each time magsalita siya, palaging fumble play kung sa larong basketball pa.

Talagang walang alam.

Ang sa masamang palad, walang gamot para sa boba katulad ni Leni.

Nakakatakot isipin na she is just one heartbeat away from the Presidency.

Oo kitang-kita sa mga kilos at salita ni Leni na atat na atat siyang mapa-alis sa puwesto si Pangulong Duterte at aakyan siya sa pagka Pangulo by succession.

O Diyos ko, huwag niyo naman pong parusahan ang Pilipinas.

It’s bad enough that she is the reigning VP.

Disaster po ang mangyayari pag naging Pangulo yan.

Political agenda

Over the weekend, Rommel Ynion published several posts on Facebook outlining his views on what ails Filipino society in general, and Iloilo City in particular. One interesting post dwelt on corruption: Ynion said we should stop complaining about how corrupt our officials are, because there can be no corruption if the people don’t allow it. We deserve the kind of government we have, that’s essentially what Ynion was telling us.

Screenshot 2015-12-28 09.51.26I gave my own observations in reaction to the post. And there followed quite a long thread on our respective viewpoints. There are general agreement that voters are responsible for the kind of government we have. But I argued that voters as we know them now are incapable of making judgments that would lead to choosing leaders who truly look after their interests. Ignorance, brought about by poverty and poor basic services of government, is the culprit.

What struck me as significant is that politics in the Philippine setting has lost its brains. Just take a look at the television and radio commercials being aired — the treatment of vital issues affecting society is skin-deep. Nothing of substance can really be discerned. And the posts made by Ynion could initiate a move in the right direction.

It’s time the electorate demand to read and hear the views of candidates for the May 9, 2015 elections on the burning issues. With the advent of Facebook, Twitter and other social media, it’s possible for candidates to conduct virtual town hall meetings in which ordinary citizens can engage them with spontaneous questions and listen to their viewpoints.

We have reached a point when Facebook and Twitter has become accessible for ordinary Filipinos. Smart and Globe provide free access to their subscribers. Now, any Filipino citizen with a mobile phone can make his voice heard to their political leaders. Genuine leadership  makes it imperative for politicians to rise to the challenge.

So far, in Iloilo City, only Ynion has shown that he possesses the intellectual readiness with his views on issues. If he keeps up with similar posts, he should be able to articulate a well-crafted political agenda that every Ilonggo can ultimately claim as his or her own. That’s because as the discussions get deeper, Ynion will get to understand how people feel and know what their aspirations are.

Ynion might be running for a City Council seat this time, but it doesn’t stop him from assuming a position of leadership in Iloilo City. He can serve as a guiding beacon that would slowly, but surely, illuminate the minds of fellow Ilonggos and make them realize it’s in their power to achieve the changes in their lives.

Change does not happen in a vacuum. It requires a charismatic and determined leadership to make it happen. I strongly believe Facebook and other social media are giving us the singular opportunity to achieve that goal.

Tweeting the Pacquiao-Margarito fight

Yesterday’s astounding victory of the Pambansang Kamao kept the entire nation glued to their television sets, shouting and applauding as Manny Pacquiao landed precision jabs almost at will, battering his foe Antonio Margarito so badly that the Mexican was a beaten man as early as the 5th round. But I wasn’t able to flail my hands in jubilation as those rapid combitions tore through Margarito’s defenses and even shout, because I was also focused on posting tweets about the bout on my Blackberry. Here’s a run-down of the tweet-by-tweet analysis of the fight on

Pre-fight: The audience, mostly barangay captains from the 4th district of Iloilo province, started to arrive at the Jaro residence of former Governor Niel Tupas Sr. as early as 9:30 a.m. There was free-flowing coffee, peanuts and biscuits. Nobody talked about politics. It was all about how Pacquiao’s upcoming fight against Antonio Margarito. Will size matter? Or is it speed? Patriotic pride filled the air. Everybody was rooting for Pacquiao.

My first tweet at about 11:00 a.m.-

-“A sizeable crowd of barangay captains watching the big fight at the Jaro home of ex-Gov. Tupas. Go Pacquaio!”
As the last undercard bout was being fought between Mike Jones and Soto-Karass, I gave my analysis on the reported “weight difference” of 17 pounds between the two fighters:
-“Pacquiao lighter by 17 lbs. That means he will go against a bigger, slower target. “Impatso” will also knock Margarito down.”
-“The add’l weight of Margarito is unburned energy. It will make him sluggish. Nobody eats like that and still fight well.”
Gov. Tupas and I took our seats about 10 feet from the wide LED TV set where about 200 people had already settled when the last undercard bout was finished:
-“We are now seated on the ringside. Right in front of wide-screen LED hehehe. Excitement fills the air!”
The “Lupang Hinirang” was sang by Zyrene Parsad and saw that it was Bacolod City Mayor Bing Leonardia waving the Philippine flag:
-“Mayor Bing Leonardia is waving Philippine flag”
-“Crowd here is silent with anticipation”
Then, Manny Paqcquiao entered the arena and did his traditional sign-of-the-cross and raising his hand upwards in veneration to God.
-“I like Pacquaio’s gesture after making the sign of the cross; ‘Lord this is for You'”
With Pacquiao now in the ring, I made my forecast:
-“My fearless forecast: Margarito to go down in 5 rounds!”
It didn’t take long before both fighters exchanged rapid punches and counter-punches after the bell rang for the first round. Pacquiao grabbed the initiative and kept up a barrage of accurate jags and uppercuts against the Mexican.
-“Rd 1 Pacquaio”
In the second round, Pacquiao sensed a hesitation in Margarito to engage him in a toe-to-toe duel. Margarito saw that Pacquiao’s quick hands flew past his defenses the moment he tried to attack. Manny stepped up the attack. Clearly, it was his round.-
“Rd 2 Pacquaio. I smell a knock-out!”
The TV commentator saw the brilliant strategy being carried out by Pacquiao. I tweeted about it, too:
-“Nice crisp combinations as analyst put it”
During the 3rd round, Pacquiao hit Margarito with a powerful punch that a shudder was perceptible in the Mexican’s upper body. Pacquiao was going for the kill.
-“Pacquaio dictating the tempo. Little mice roaring hard at the big cat!”
Entering the 5th round, I saw that Pacquiao was dominating the fight. This was the round when I expected Margarito to fall. He looked unsure of himself by now, and spent more time hiding behind his gloves. But he held steady, and the knock-out didn’t come.
-“Only an accident will make Margarito win. The fight belongs to the Pambansang kamao!”
-“Fight is all but over. It’s Pacquaio by a mile. Expect a KO any time now”
In the 6th round, Margarito landed a jarring uppercut that shook Pacquiao. The Mexican wasn’t giving up the fight.
-“For a few seconds, Margarito revived his hopes for a victory only to be smoothered again by flurry of punches. Still Pacquaio for 6th”
Pacquaio simply shook off the impact of the strong uppercut. His confidence level hadn’t ebbed, and at one point, he even gave a display of fancy footwork, a shuffle,  to the delight of the crowd. He wanted to show Margarito that he wasn’t at all threatened or intimidated by the size difference.
-“Fancy footwork for Manny. Not getting enough work out”
The incessant jabs that landed with pinpoint accuracy to Margarito’s face reduced it to a red pulp. @sagadasun (Dean Jorge Bocobo) tweeted that Margarito had become the Tijuana tomato. I tweeted back:
-“@SagadaSun overripe tomato”
The bout had turned into a lopsided match. Pacquiao was hitting Margarito almost at will. I tweeted:
-“This is the Tijuana massacre”
-“Pacquaio fires almost at will”
-“Go for the KO!”
I read one tweet that cosmetics surgeon Vicky Belo was watching the fight from the ringside. With Margarito’s face now swollen up and torn up, I tweeted:
-“Vicky Belo is at the ringside to give Margarito a face job after the fight. Not a single round for Margarito”
At the start of the 10th round, Margarito’s eyes were almost totally closed, and the referee took a few seconds to make sure he could still continue to fight:-
“Referee gives Margarito a quick visual test”
Pacquiao lands another combination, and I tweeted:
-“Margarito wobbles. Throw in white towel!”
I was wondering why the Mexican corner was allowing their fighter to be slaughtered. I felt it was time to throw in the white towel. When it didn’t happen, I hoped the referee would do his job to end the cruel pummeling that Margarito was getting:
-“Referee should stop fight”
At this point, Pacquiao even threw a quick glance to the referee to check if he would do so. I tweeted:
-“At one point Pacquaio looked at ref if he will stop fight. Na-awa sya kay Margarito.”
Pacquiao knew Margarito was dead meat, and as the 12th round came up, the Filipino champion simply danced around the ring to avoid having to punish his foe harder until the final bell rang. When it did, the whole world erupted with cheers and jubilation: Pacquiao was the new WBC super-welterweight champion of the world! It was his 8th division championship belt, the most that a single fighter has won. I tweeted:
-“Absolutely the greatest boxer of the world — MANNY PACQUIAO!”
Reporter Raffy Tima made the observation that Pacquiao was a gentleman to the end that he didn’t go for the kill anymore. I replied:
-“@raffytima pacquaio isn’t a cruel fighter”
As the verdict, which was obvious anyway, I took the occasion to tweet something light:
-“Pacquaio rushing to get to next engagement: his concert! Viva Pacquaio!”
Then I added a post-fight remark:
-“Margarito never stood a chance. Pacquaio had the bout in the bag as early as 3rd round”
-“Floyd Mayweather is hiding! Doesn’t want to face Pacquaio after watching bout”
As the celebration erupted, another journalist @gangbadoy tweeted that Margarito deserved the beating as he had mocked Freddie Roach on his Parkinson’s disease. I replied:
-“@gangbadoy now it’s roach’s turn to mock him about his pulpy face”
So many celebrities around the world also watched the fight. One tweet that I came across came from Paris Hilton, which I retweeted:
-“Retweet if you love Pacquiao! Who watched the fight?”
It was a great moment for every Filipino. Pacquiao lifted the national spirit once again. He has inspired his countrymen that with hard work, dedication and God’s grace, everybody can also climb great heights. Mabuhay ka, Manny Pacquiao!

Clutching for straws (the radio ratings game)

Nothing becomes more contentious over the broadcast airlanes than the release of survey results on listenership for radio stations,’

In an industry that is losing a big share of advertising revenues to television, and even social media, radio networks need to prop up their listenership bases to remain attractive to more discriminating advertisers seeking to get the most value for their peso. In every locality, there is a constant race for the number one position, because the title is a magnet to advertisers.

Hence, it’s not suprising to hear over local radio stations for several days now anchormen firing verbal missiles at their rivals over the results of the latest A.C. Nielsen survey for Iloilo City. The obvious leader, Bombo Radyo DYFM, proudly broadcast its undisputed position in the local market with 6.34%. It was followed by Aksyon Radyo Iloilo DYOK with 2.26% with RMN 774 a distant third with 1.05%. Radyo ng Bayan and RGMA DYSI 1323 rounded up the field with 0.6% and 0.5%.

This drew angry reactions from some “losers”. Novie Guazo of RMN 774, for instance, reportedly started attacking Bombo Radyo and insisted that his station is number one. A verbal slugfest over the airlanes erupted, anchormen trying to rip each other apart as if the exercise will change the equation. It didn’t matter that such angry exchanges don’t speak well of the broadcast industry, not to mention the fact that listeners are not amused at all. The audience wants to listen to solid content, not juvenile brickbats as to who is the toughest kid on the block.

(In fairness to Aksyon Radyo, it came out with a statement accepting the results of the survey. That, I think, is the sober and right attitude. Move on. Accept the truth.)

The results of the survey are unassailable. A.C. Nielsen is the most prestigious among survey groups. Its survey findings serve as a roadmap for advertisers in picking which networks will get their advertising money. And no amount of quarreling will sway the minds of advertisers. Nor will it change the figures on the charts. These networks might as well study the outcomes and learn why they ended up where they are on the charts.

But there is something about the survey results that is very revealing. It’s the fact that the audience share for radio is getting smaller and smaller. Radio is rapidly losing its title as the primary source of information and entertainment. Television has edged out its sister broadcast medium, with social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc) emerging on the horizon as potential challengers.

About 20 years ago, Bombo Radyo enjoyed an average of 15-18% of the market share, with the competition fighting over another 5-8%. Based on this recent A.C. Nielsen survey, the market share for radio has shrunk considerably. This puts more pressure on the networks because this means less and less advertising money to keep them afloat. Less income means cutbacks in promos, technology and manpower. The cycle is vicious, with the radio industry a potential victim of death by strangulation.

I’m not about to say, “for whom the bell tolls.” But the warning signals are there. Radio networks should think deep about how to thrive, not just survive, in this hostile environment. A soul-searching into content and delivery should be done, with possible integration into the social media (such as live-streaming on Facebook) to be seriously studied.

The stakeholders in the radio industry should stop quarreling. Their energies can be put to more productive purposes in finding ways to win back audiences.