Manny Pacquiao in a file photo.

BEFORE senatorial candidate Manny Pacquiao, the presidential candidates first.

The campaign season for presidential and vice presidential elections in the Philippines have begun.

Each of the five major candidates has made known his or her main goal in the event of victory.

In alphabetical order, Vice President Jejomar Binay, 73, a lawyer, UP Law, who is fighting the perception of being a corrupt politician molded on him by his political opponents, will center on the poor.

According to him, the moral meaning of the elections is poverty and its alleviation.

He is leading in the latest SWS survey.

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, 70, a lawyer, UP Law, who is the favorite of college students and social media practitioners, pledges she will fight corruption in all levels of government.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, 70, a lawyer, San Beda College, is widely believed he could end criminality his own way.

Sen. Grace Poe, 47, bachelor of arts degree, Boston College, still faces disqualification issues before the Supreme Court on her citizenship and residency.

She is leading in certain surveys.

Secretary Mar Roxas, 58, business graduate, Wharton, vows to continue the “straight path” (matuwid na daan) policies of President Aquino.

This election is being held at a very challenging and delicate period in the native country’s existence in Southeast Asia.

Candidates for president in the 2016 elections.

China has solidified its claim in virtually the entire West Philippine Sea/South China Sea by “manufacturing islands” to support their claims, which the Philippine Government says are false claims.

No one knows what the Chinese are stockpiling in those “islands.”

Due to the above, the military alliance between the Philippines and the United States had been enhanced to make available some bases in the native country to American military forces.

In light of China’s obvious thinking that might is right, military exercises between the Philippines and U.S. forces have intensified.

Certain covert and hard to reach areas in Mindanao are being made training and recruiting grounds by international terrorists.

Despite good economic statistics from the Philippine Government, widespread poverty is still a major concern in the native country.  

All of the above are only some of the serious problems that would confront the new leaders who will get elected in the May polls.

All the more, Filipino voters need to be cautious when they go to their polling place in less than three months.



Mea culpa from our title is a Latin phrase which means an acknowledgment of a personal error or fault.

Earlier in the week, boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, one of the 50 candidates for senator of the Philippines, made statements which angered and hurt homosexuals.

During a radio interview in Manila, Manny contrasted homosexuals in same-sex marriage, which he opposed as un-Biblical, to animals.

He said same-sex relations was “worse than the practice among certain animals.”

In this country, such politically incorrect statement could be very costly.

In fact, Nike has dropped Pacman because of the boxer’s inflammatory remarks.

As expected, the Pacquiao remarks drew strong and angry reactions from the LGBT community.

Less than 24 hours after the incident, Manny did a Steve Harvey act.

He posted a video on Facebook where he admitted his mistake, apologized and asked for forgiveness from those whom he hurt.

However, he maintained he was opposed to same-sex marriage.

Forgive the man.

He did not know what he was saying.


Pope Francis on 3 temptations

Pope Francis, who visited Mexico last week, celebrated mass before an estimated 300,000 people.

In his homily, the Pope reminded us of three temptations in this life we should avoid.

Those are: 1) wealth-its selfish use; 2) vanity-5 minutes of fame seekers; and 3) pride-thinking or acting in higher level than we truly are.

My turn for a mea culpa.



One month ago, I wrote in this space that no matter how “appealing” Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s sweeping generalizations may be, I think his time to be president has not yet come.

President Obama, last Tuesday, in a press conference in California said, “I still believe that Donald Trump will not be president. And the reason is I have faith in the American people.”

Either we are both Democrats, or we are thinking along parallel lines, or both.



During the same press conference, President Obama brought up a constitutional issue which is usually dormant...the issue of putting in the Constitution provisions which are not written in the document.

In formal studies of constitutional interpretation, it is a big no-no for anyone to put in a Constitution any provision which is not written therein.

And worse, defend such imaginary provision by presumption.    
The issue came up because certain Republicans, like Sen. Ted Cruz, are saying Mr. Obama cannot appoint a replacement to the late Justice Antonin Scalia before the November elections.

President Obama correctly answered that under the U.S. Constitution, he is mandated to appoint a replacement in the event there is vacancy, like now, in the High Court.

The same constitutional issue is true in the case of the Solicitor General in Manila who testified before the Supreme Court in defense of disqualified (by the Commission on Elections) Sen. Grace Poe.

The Sol Gen “confidently concluded with a heart” that according to the present and past Constitutions of the Philippines, Sen. Poe was a natural-born citizen even if it was not written in the sacred documents.

In short, he provided one and presumed it applied favorably to his client.

He supplied something which was not there and interpreted it before the highest court of the land as if written.

That’s not only wrong.

It’s dangerous and violates the sanctity of the Constitution.


Happy Birthday Josh!

I’d like to greet a bright young Fil-Am Happy Birthday.

He is Joshua Miguel Vila (pictured above), formerly of New Jersey, now living in the West Coast.

Josh turns 15 this week.

Josh, who is just in his first year in a big and prestigious high school in California, is at the top of his class of 612 students with a 4.6 GPA.

Quite a feat!

Congratulations Josh!

Congratulations, too, to his parents who must be very proud!

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