EDSA, NCR Traffic: Missed Outbound Flights from NAIA

One of the worst experiences of airplane travelers is not making it to the airport on time. In Metro Manila, a major cause of this is the HORRIBLE TRAFFIC. One can never be too sure that a usual one or two hour ride could suddenly turn into a monumental jam. The causes are many (accidents, road repairs, heavy rains, flooding, potholes, rallies, etc.). It goes without saying that coming from Quezon City, Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela and the nearby provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Zambales and Bataan could lull travelers into thinking that they could make it with plenty to spare but MISSED FLIGHTS have happened with alarming frequency. Coming from the south, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas and Quezon may seem like a walk in the park but gridlocks happen there too. Of course EDSA is the thoroughfare to avoid if one could because peak hours or not, vehicular buildup could result into a crawl. On particularly bad days, traffic is at a standstill for many minutes if not hours.

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TRIPLE LOSERS BOTH – Jojo Binay and Mar Roxas

Former Vice President Jojo Binay and former Senator Mar Roxas are stereotypical political arch enemies. Jojo Binay, former Mayor of Makati, which his family has controlled for decades post EDSA 1 and Mar Roxas of the super rich Roxas Araneta clan whose grandfather was a former president and father who was a former senator are exact opposites. Binay rose from relative poverty while Mar comes from the landlord class.

Their first major clash came in 2010 when the former local government unit (LGU) top executive Binay aspired for national office and ran for vice president. Mar being an incumbent senator also ran for VP in tandem with fellow senator and soon to be President Noynoy Aquino, son of former President Cory Aquino and former Senator Ninoy Aquino.

Mar Roxas and fellow Senator Loren Legarda were neck and neck for some time until the Yellow Army (Liberal Party of Aquino and Roxas) demolished presidential candidate Manny Villar with running mate Legarda soon falling by the wayside too. While Mar was already savoring victory long before the elections were held, Binay was slowly but surely improving his survey numbers and won the Vice Presidency by a nose. Jojo Binay one point, Mar Roxas zero.

For 2016, President Noynoy Aquino chose Mar to be the presidential standard bearer. VP Binay, a heartbeat away from the presidency for six years, ran for president too. The Binay Roxas rematch, but this time for a higher stake, was supposed to be a classic but Senator Grace Poe at some points in time led Binay, the survey leader for the past five years. Mar had dismal popularity ratings. Out of nowhere came Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who did not even submit his Certificate of Candidacy on the final day of filing. He had to go through the substitution route when his PDP Laban party mate (Martin Dino) withdrew. The rest is history as Duterte won by a mile. Binay lost. Mar Roxas lost.

The 2019 midterm elections are interesting for both Binay and Mar. Having lost the vice presidential race (to Binay) in 2010 and the presidential race (to Duterte) in 2016, the natural option would be to run for senator to feel the pulse of the electorate and gauge his chances for repeat future runs at higher office, and Mar did run for senator. Chances for a Mar Roxas senatorial victory were high, after all he had been senator before from 2004 to 2010 and there were twelve senatorial slots to be filled. Mar Roxas lost. By the 2022 presidential elections, Mar did not run for any position anymore. Three consecutive heartbreaking losses.

Jojo Binay in 2019 ran for a congressional seat in his bailiwick, the city of Makati, with his daughter Abigail as mayor. A family feud between his children Abby and Jun Jun resulted in an awkward situation wherein brother and sister ran against each other for Makati chief executive. Abby won. But lo and behold, Jojo Binay, the leader of the family dynasty that runs Makati from the mid 1980s (up to the present) lost. On the national scene, Binay daughter Nancy won her re-election bid for the Senate, hanging on to the 12th and last place.

In 2022, Jojo Binay ran for senator. Considering that most people view the 2013 and 2019 Nancy Binay senatorial victories as proxy votes for the father, the implication there is that Jojo is far more popular such that a senatorial victory would be a walk in the park. Remember Jojo was Vice President from 2010 to 2016 plus the Nancy two senatorial runs are good indicators of the Binay brand in national politics. Binay lost. Just like Mar Roxas, Jojo Binay was hit with three consecutive devastating defeats.

Pekeng Sugar Shortage – 314,000 Sacks Imported from Thailand

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reported Friday that over 350,000 sacks of sugar, most of which are imported, were found at three warehouses in Silang, Cavite, as the government continues its crackdown against possible sugar hoarding.

The bags of refined sugar were all designated for industrial use. Authorities said 314,000 bags out of the total inventory were imported from Thailand.

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BUKING ang PEKENG SUGAR SHORTAGE

Sugar producers twit ex-DA execs claim of 319,000MT sugar deficit

Bella Cariaso, The Manila Times

August 24, 2022

Sugar producers on Wednesday refuted the claim of former Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) administrator Hermenegildo Serafica and resigned Department of Agriculture (DA) undersecretary Leocadio Sebastian that there would be a deficit of 319,000 metric tons of sugar in December, which was why they recommended the importation of 300,000 metric tons.

Serafica disclosed this during the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee investigation on Tuesday.

In a radio interview, United Sugar Producers Federation (UNIFED) President Manuel Lamata said that he was confident that the local producers will be able to meet the target of two million metric tons with the start of the milling season.

“I can guarantee that there will be no sugar deficit. With the [way the] weather is going now since sugar is dependent on weather, we will be able to hit two million metric tons,” Lamata said.”

At the same time, Lamata said that the discovery of 400,000 bags of sugar in a milling company in Bukidnon will further boost the supply of the sweetener in the market.

If the report on the stocks of 400,000 bags of sugar at Crystal Mill in Bukidnon is true, this only proves that Mr. Serafica is lying on the sugar shortage,” Lamata added.

Lamata noted that the sugar stocks in Bukidnon are bigger compared to the thousands of sacks found in the warehouses in Bulacan and Pampanga.

“Mr. Serafica has been saying that we will have [a] sugar deficit come [the] end of August, but authorities keep on discovering thousands of stocks in various warehouses,” he said.

Abolish Department of Agrarian Reform

Decades after the landmark land distribution law of the land to the tiller program, peasants are not better off financially compared to their income status under abusive landlords. The Philippines remains a rice importing nation in spite of hundreds of thousands of hectares distributed to farmers. The only crowning achievement of the said legislation and subsequent follow up laws is a BLOATED BUREAUCRACY that employs thousands of regular employees and contractuals (many among them with no real experience in farming).

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) while professing beatitudes in behalf of the rural poor that directly work the soil is actually beholden to big landlords who are granted exemptions or find ways to circumvent the law by padding the lists of the rightful beneficiaries or implementing ways to still manage, control, administer and subsequently reacquire distributed pieces of land. Officials of DAR actively connive to covert agricultural land for residential, commercial and industrial use.

Need we still wonder why we can not achieve food security when all around us we see low cost housing or high end subdivisions that provide endless cash flow to land developers many of whom are among the richest Filipinos. There is indeed grease money that goes around to government officials, legislators, security forces and the judiciary.

In the final analysis, it is the common folks that are deprived means of livelihood where a significant number find their way to urban centers to populate slums in the hope of seeking employment.

A cost-benefit analysis would show that for the billions of pesos poured into DAR, money could have better been spent with fewer employees and staying true to the cause of peasant emancipation with the necessary technical support services rather than their current pro landlord and big land developer orientation that resulted in poor farmers and national food scarcity.

VIRAL VIDEO (1 MILLION views) – Comedy Queen Ai Ai bashes LOOK ALIKE Joy Belmonte in political parody *** A MUST SEE for Halalan 2022

Comedy Queen Ai Ai de las Alas hit Joy Belmonte in the chin (no pun intended) in a hard hitting viral video that is causing waves less than 10 days before the elections. The incumbent and embattled lady mayor of Quezon City issued politically incorrect statements during the troubled days of the pandemic and Ai Ai made sure that the voters are reminded of such rude remarks.

Link to viral video

https://www.facebook.com/SAWAKASBRIEFS/videos/671719113933576

Manila Times: Defensor leads Belmonte in QC mayoral race – survey

by Moises Cruz, Manila Times

January 26, 2022

ANAKALUSUGAN party-list Rep. Michael Defensor is ahead of incumbent Maria Josefina “Joy” Belmonte in the Quezon City mayoral race, according to a recent survey.

Of the 1,200 respondents surveyed from January 10 to 16, 53 percent favored Defensor while Belmonte got 39 percent, The Issues and Advocacy Center said.

Ed Malay, the director, said, “The Center learned that the main factor that contributed to the high disparity in the preference of respondents with regards to the mayoralty bids of Defensor and Belmonte was the failure of the City Government to adopt the necessary measures to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 virus on the health and welfare of city residents.”

In the campaign for vice mayor, veteran Winnie Castelo received 48 percent, compared to the incumbent Gian Carlo Sotto, who got 22 percent.

“Another factor is visibility. If you want the votes of the people, then makisama ka (get along with them). The voters are on the ground level. ” Mr. Malay stated.

He also noted that local candidates who have a strong relationship with national candidates who might assist the city or municipality are favored by voters.

Rep. Anthony Peter “Onyx” Crilosogo (Lakas-Christian-Muslim Democrats), the incumbent in the first congressional district, leads his closest competitor, Juan Carlos “Arjo” Atayde, 49-24, by a margin of 25 percent.

The second district reelection candidate, Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo (Lakas-CMD), was picked by 50 percent of voters, compared to 25 percent of her closest opponent, Ralph Wendel Tulfo Jr.

Reelectionist Rep. Allan Benedict Reyes (Nationalist People’s Coalition) was favored by 47 percent over his closest rival, Councilor Franz Pumaren, with 28 percent in the third legislative district.

It was a close race in the fourth congressional district, which is considered the Belmontes’ turf, with Marvin Rillo of the Defensor team trailing the top candidate on the Belmontes’ ticket by 3 percent, Rep. Jesus “Bong” Suntay.

In the fifth district, it was a close fight between Patrick Michael Vargas (39 percent) and entrepreneur Rose Lin (36 percent) from Defensor’s line-up.

And in the sixth district, Crisologo’s father, former representative Vincent “Bingbong” Crisologo (Lakas-CMD), was 22 percent ahead of his immediate opponent, Councilor Marivic Co-Pilar, 51-29.

The Issues and Advocacy Center is made up of public relations and media professionals. Its poll in Quezon City was part of a larger scale that also encompassed Pasay, Pasig, Caloocan, Makati, San Juan, Navotas and Pateros.

Manila Standard – Survey sees QC’s Belmonte being unseated

Manila Standard, October 21, 2021

Note: Manila Mayor Isko Moreno is running for president in 2022

While majority of Metro Manila’s reelectionist local executives are expected to keep their posts in the 2022 elections, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte is in danger of losing to her challenger, according to the results of an independent non-commissioned survey.

The biggest upset in Metro Manila could be the unseating of Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, who is falling behind challenger Rep. Mike Defensor, the polling firm Issues and Advocacy Center (IAC) said.

Defensor is enjoying a double-digit lead over Belmonte based on IAC’s Sept. 27 to Oct. 8 “Pulso ng Bayan” survey.

On the question of whom they will vote if the elections for mayor were held on the survey period, 41 percent of Quezon City respondents said they will vote for Defensor, while 27 percent said they will vote for Belmonte.

Responding to the survey results, Defensor’s vice mayoral running mate, former three-term Rep. Winnie Castelo, said: “The people of Quezon City clearly want change, and we believe in their ability to create change.”

The survey results showed Defensor leading Belmonte in all socioeconomic classes from ABC, D and E, according to IAC director Ed Malay.

“If this trend continues, there could be a new mayor for the storied city in 2022,” said Malay, a member of the World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR).

Malay recalled that Quezon City’s initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic was disorganized and chaotic, which led to a spike in new infections.

“Belmonte never recovered politically from her ‘disappearing act’ last year while city residents were bracing for a harsh lockdown and desperately seeking strong leadership at the onset of the crisis,” Castelo said.

Due to Belmonte’s absence, city residents took to social media platforms and even created the puzzle game that they called “Finding Mayor.”

Belmonte eventually surfaced by distributing health kits contained in bags with her name on it, drawing even more resentment from the people.

“In sharp contrast, Mike and his fraternity brothers at the University of the Philippines used Viber and Facebook to launch Act as One and mobilized volunteers to help fight the pandemic in the city,” Castelo said.

“In fact, many of the city’s public and private hospitals got their first supplies of personal protective equipment for frontline medical workers from Act as One, which also distributed relief goods to poor households,” he pointed out.

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SMNI NEWS – PLUNDER CASE against QC Mayor Joy Belmonte

BREAKING: Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, sinampahan ng kasong plunder ng isang empleyado ng Quezon City Hall. Ito’y may kaugnayan sa isyu ng umano’y overpriced na ayuda sa QC. “I am doing this for my children and the residents of Quezon City. Kung walang overprice, mas maraming pamilya pa sana ang nabigyan ng ayuda,” ayon sa complainant na si Clement Joy Mercado.

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QC MAYOR JOY BELMONTE MAY TULOG SA MAYO, 2022

Kung ang kampo ni Mayora Joy ang tatanungin, SIGURADO na raw sila sa tagumpay sa Mayo, 2022. LANDSLIDE pa nga ang sinasabi nila. Batay daw sa mga survey results na nakukuha nila, walang kadudaduda ang pagwawagi. Eka nga, let’s drink to that. Bakit pa magkakaroon ng halalan, sayang ang ang gagastusin para sa kampanya? Pero sa loob ng kanilang opisina, PANIC MODE na sila sapagkat palakas ng palakas ang suporta para sa kalabang Defensor Castelo. Bagamat ang Pamilyang Belmonte ay maraming nakapwesto sa Kyusi, ang pinagsanib na bilang ng barkadahang Defensor, Castelo at Crisologo ay papantay sa numero ng nakaupo at mas matibay ang ugat sa mga mamamayan. Kaunti nalang magkakaalaman na sa Quezon City. Kapag natalo si Mayora, MALALAGAS na rin ang ibang mga kamaganak pa nito na nakapwesto (bilang mga konsehal, wala na silang congressman matapos itong Halalan 2022) sapagkat sa mga susunod pang halalan wala nang makakatumbas pa sa matandang SB (Sonny Belmonte, ang sikat na tatay). Palpak ang anak na si Joy. Hindi kinayang pamunuan ang lungsod. Nilaglag ang mga dating nagsilbi sa ama. Pasaway. Mataray. Spoiled brat kasi. Minana lang ang pwesto, puro fumble pa. Hindi kasi dumaan sa hirap ng pagoorganisa, pakikipaglaro sa pulitika, pakikisalamuha sa masa at pagpapasalamat sa mga tagasuporta.

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The Belmonte family has been the dominant force in Quezon City politics for the past 30 years when the patriarch Sonny Belmonte, SB for short, started out as a three term district (QC 4th, 1992 – 2001) congressman, then shifted (due to term limits) to run and win as Quezon City mayor, again for the maximum three consecutive terms (2001 – 2010) and went back to the House of Representatives (2010 – 2019). All through these years Belmonte relatives were and still are active in various capacities – district congressmen, city councilors and even as party list representative running under the Belmonte dynasty controlled SB (what else?) party.

The top position in Quezon City is that of mayor, that SB held for nine years. When his vice mayor Bistek Bautista ran for mayor, SB’s daughter was fielded to run for vice mayor. Both won, as expected. In Quezon City, SB is the master political strategist forming alliances ensuring victory even before the votes are cast. In 2019, after the Bistek Joy tandem had served out their own three consecutive terms, Joy ran and won as mayor. Unfortunately, the daughter did not inherit the political savvy of the father. SB had to work his way to the top and relied on many allies and horse trading to achieve his victories (he was House Speaker for many years). Joy got her plum position on a silver platter being the daughter of SB, thus inheriting the city chief executive crown. In true dynastic fashion, a multitude of relatives occupy elective and appointive positions. Politics is truly a family business.

The pandemic really brought out the worst in the new mayor (at the same time that other first term mayors in Manila, Pasig and San Juan were creating waves in initiatives, creativity, efficiency and performance in public service). Patented temper tantrums mark the rule of the possessed woman. As she now runs for her second term, a confluence of events makes her re-election a lot more difficult. Bong Bong Marcos is leading all presidential surveys. He is running under the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas. Ironically, prior to BBM’s sudden entry into that obscure national political party, Joy Belmonte was the NCR Chairperson of PFP. In a sudden twist of events, BBM endorsed Congressman Mike Defensor as the PFP standard bearer for Quezon City. Quezon City is a major BBM bailiwick and his anointed one for Quezon City will sway multitudes of voters to the Defensor side. Kingpins Bingbong Crisologo and Winnie Castelo (who has his own QC dynasty) are in the Defensor ticket.

Dynasties, sooner or later, end. Aside from Joy there are still relatives running for local office and they may still win a number of positions. In 2019, the Belmontes lost a councilor seat in District 1. Their SB party list nominees also failed to land a seat (up to a maximum of three per party list) thus giving up the seat they previously held. Should Joy lose as mayor in 2022, it would be the equivalent of a dynastic decapitation as she currently holds the highest elective position among the Belmontes. It could break the heart of the aging patriarch, SB, who built an empire only to see it crumble but he only has his daughter to blame.

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