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Straight out of Wanbol: The Sotto Saga Continues

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In a surprising turn of events, almost two weeks after the Kennedys have called out the honourable, the valiant and a man of integrity named Vicente Sotto III for allegedly copying the work of the late Robert Kennedy, Tito Sotto, being a stand up guy that he is finally took the time to respond to the Kennedys and his critics. In a statement made by Sotto he said..

“Copying, imitation, is the highest form of flattery. If it upsets the Kennedy family, then I am sorry, but then that’s not my intention.”

There there. The ever outspoken Tito Sotto finally standing up for what he did. While this may be a far cry from his previous outbursts of stupidity with statements like “blogger lang yan,” and “tagalog na yan ah, baka sabihin niyo plagiarism pa rin yan” this doesn’t excuse him from being a sorry ass excuse for a politician that he is. Now that I got my sarcasm out of the way, allow me to retort.

Uncle, first up, copying and imitation are two different things. There’s a reason why great satirists such as Charlie Chaplin, Weird Al Yankovic and Stephen Colbert, to name a few are being heralded for their work. If we are going to go local, you have people like Michael V, Willie Nepomuceno and even Jose Manalo who have made the masses laugh their asses off with their satire, imitation and impersonation.

See the common denominator between the guys I’ve mentioned above? These guys are some of the best comedians, the best in their craft. All for entertainment, used for comic purposes, not direct. There’s a difference between Willie Nep imitating Erap or FPJ with him copying lines of other comedians. And that’s where the problem here arises.

Assuming that there isn’t really a fine line between copying and imitating, the fact that Tito brought his comic ways in one of the highest institutions in the Philippines, the Senate, is also inexcusable in itself. Saying, or blatantly admitting that he has copied the Kennedy speech directly by trying to tone it down with the highest form of flattery bullshit doesn’t clear his image from the fucked up politician visual that the masses, the thinking ones, view him now. This alone proves that Tito’s form of judgment is better off when he’s giving away scores for random singers in the opening segment of the longest running noontime show in television, my favorite (no sarcasm here), Eat Bulaga! Achecheche!

This isn’t even an issue of the RH Bill anymore. I don’t care if you support or if you are against the bill, if you condone Tito Sotto’s action just because you’re on the same side on the RH issue, then frankly you are one of the all singing, all dancing crap of the earth. (Durden, 1999) And by the way Tito, that’s how you cite people. It’s not that hard, is it?

Bottom line is, this is what we get for continuing to support people like Tito Sotto and the others during elections. This is what we get. The highest form of incompetence. The highest form of arrogance. This is what we get for getting a comedian out of Wanbol University to make the laws for us.

Granted that copying is the highest form of flattery, as what Tito said in his privilege speech, allow me to say that Tito Sotto is the highest form of stupidity.

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November 13, 2012 at 5:57 PM

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Target Practice

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Ahh my old sanctuary

It feels good to be here again. Where I can really let out my angst and release everything save for my feces.

Having to write sports on various online publications is one thing that I truly enjoy, the privilege of having to write about something that you enjoy is indeed a very enviable job to have. But to have the privilege of having to write everything about something you don’t like so much? Priceless.

That is something that I can’t do when I’m writing about balls and sweaty men during a game (you and your dirty mind) or when I’m seriously pacing myself on writing something about the administration of my college in my column at our school paper. There is something innately, inherently, quintessentially and fundamentally exclusive about writing for feed the illiterate which makes me want to go back here no matter how hard I try to forget that I had this blog once.

And here are the reasons why.

This is the only medium wherein I can ask Tito Sotto to go fuck himself backwards while he’s tied upside down.

The only medium wherein I can suggest that Marian Rivera, Willie Revillame and these other mindless showbiz creatures be the welcoming committee to Aliens should they come just so I can hear Buzz Lightyear’s immortal line from these aliens, “there seems to be no sign of intelligent life somewhere”

The only medium wherein I can rant about KC Concepcion and Anne Curtis getting record deals despite their god awful voice and music and how people are actually buying it.

The only medium wherein I can say that the 2013 Senatorial candidates are all full of shit.

The only medium wherein I can talk about Kris Aquino and how she wants to get talked about all the time. (does that even add up?)

The only medium wherein I can say fuck you, you blindfolded ignorant asswipes to the supporters of the cybercrime act of 2012.

The only medium wherein I can mock these hijo de puta coño punyetas who think they’re God’s gift to mankind.

The only medium wherein I can talk about how Noynoy is one underperforming Homer Simpson look alike who has a presidential communications group that’s actually whinier than him (it’s that bad)

You get the point. Expect more of these. I am fucking back!

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November 1, 2012 at 4:43 AM

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Marching to the drum beats of conformity

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It’s one of those familiar cases. You enter a specific institution, with a specific set of beliefs and a specific set of mores and values. They fill you up with lessons, talks and even seminars about how these factors are beneficial not only to you but to the entire society as well. Sooner or later, you find yourself agreeing to the given norms. Following the same trend, walking with a blindfold, being led and pushed by a string of men, walking to the beat of the drum.. bang bang boom, bang bang boom, bang bang boom.

Sooner or later, you realize that you’re defending a lost case, a lost argument, bordering illogical and pretentious claims. It’s too late to go back now, it’s too late.

Walking without principle, into shallow grounds with a blindfold in your eyes and without any chance from escaping the so-called mass mind rape that the great Zack dela Rocha talked about.

It’s quite a sad case isn’t it?

This is the problem with the society and the educational system of the Philippines right now. You’re being trained to a certain ideological system, a certain belief which is not bad at all to be honest, given that it is of course the institution’s right to instill their system to their students, but the sad thing is, they’re almost expecting you to follow and believe everything what they’ll be saying or giving out to you.

It must not go that way and it should not go that way.

For example, some teachers in various catholic institutions are actually giving out “free grades” for an exchange of liking a certain fan page in the social networking site Facebook. Of course, the naive student who wouldn’t want to work for that extra grade would conform and believe necessarily what the teacher or the institution wants him to believe.

With that being said, the mind of the student is already conditioned to two things:

A) He can actually get a better grade or a better upbringing in classes because of  that fact that he decided to go along with what his superiors wants him to believe. This instills the mentality of conformity, a social cancer that has been eating up this society alive ever since day one.

B) It closes his mind to explore on new things. It closes his mind in deciding for himself, which could eventually lead to apatheism or the “We-just-don’t-care-about-what-happens” attitude.

The fact of the matter is that one should never force a student to like a certain ideology in exchange for a “better” grade. On the offset, a principled student SHOULD and WOULD never do anything that will be contradictory to his or her beliefs for one stupid point or so.

You want to know why our society is such on a downward spiral? This type of student-professor relationship. This type of mentality from institutions, especially from the educational ones that these students, who are looking for GUIDANCE, I repeat GUIDANCE and GUIDANCE only, are necessarily obliged to follow through what the institution believes as the objective truth, except the only problem is, it’s not actually “that objective” and there are other options that a student can choose from, that is the option that most institutions are trying to eliminate because if they can’t, what they believe to be the “objective truth” won’t really be that objective it, will it?

While yes we should understand that it is the job of a certain institution, especially the schools,to instill their certain beliefs and values in a student, they should never forget that they are called as an academic institution. An academic institution which should allow the minds of its students to grow, decide independently without the influence of outside forces, they must let the students decide if the suggested norms and mores is acceptable independently, without being forced, without being threatened and without being prejudged.

However, what’s happening is that in most cases, this idea is already being curbed by the forces of the institution itself to preserve and to protect the blanket consciousness, the umbrella belief of the said institution.

It is sad. It is sad that these so called academic institutions which are designed to bring forth consciousness among its stakeholders are the ones curbing the idea of open minded consciousness.  But at the end of the day, a principled student should and would never give in to the pressure that is being presented by the institution.

At the end of the day, it’s you who get to decide. Will you go against the currents and allow your mind to think for yourself regardless of the pressure being put to you? Or are you just going to march to the drumbeats of conformity? You decide.

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May 20, 2011 at 1:09 AM

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Fallacies and Solutions to Immorality

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Whenever an RH Bill supporter and a detractor comes to an argument about whether the bill should be passed or not, the argument will always come down to the issue of morality.  Most RH Bill naysayers would argue that once this bill would be enacted, immorality will ensue. That’s what the church has been claiming, whether it will result to pre-marital sex or sex outside marriage or just a down right plain argument that you’re breaking the Lord’s  will if you pass it, you will always be labeled pro-immorality if you’re for the bill.

If we’re going to look at it, the proper question should be, will this bill really destroy morality?

If you say yes, the follow up question would be, have you checked your logic notes lately?

Because by saying that immorality will ensue once this bill would be enacted, it would result to a fallacy called slippery slope. The slippery slope fallacy happens when a person (Or a group in this case) asserts that a major event will INEVITABLY follow a certain event, and unless one finds the middle ground of the said issue, then the argument will be deemed as a fallacy.

Now let’s look at the middle ground.

Now philosophically speaking, the middle ground is usually the connector or the line between point A and point C, in this case RH Bill and Immorality. Now the question here is, does point A really lead to point C? And where can we find point B?

Enter point B, condoms are instruments of immorality.

Now that we have the connecting point from A (RH Bill) to C (Immorality) which is point b (Condoms are instruments of immorality) can we truly say that the point B is absolutely the reason why point C will happen? Or are they only CORRELATED and that point C can ALWAYS be there without point A and point B? Unfortunately, if you would observe the things that are happening right now, the massive growth of pre-marital pregnancies and the number of unwanted pregnancies, you will see that POINT C has always been there, even without the first 2 points. And that’s something that they aren’t getting. It has always been there.

Alright fine,  let’s give it to them. Condoms could really push one to commit pre-marital sex because, yeah, it really takes away the pressure of getting a lady impregnated. I mean, if I have a plastic on my penis and it can almost assure me of getting away with the deed, then why the hell won’t I do it?

But let’s not sway away at the topic, let’s go back to the point, will it only be the cause of immorality? How about, fuck no?

If they really want to stop immorality then they’ve got to take away other factors that is pushing thoughts of immorality to young children.

Let’s start in Local Television. Eat Bulaga and Willie Revillame’s shows must not include women dancing with their skimpy shorts, because it will stimulate the mind of the young kids sexually. Second, ladies in primetime shows must wear long skirts, atleast knee high, and must not show any skin up top. A jacket will do.  Sexy commercials should be banned, and we should have an hourly PSA from the CBCP, the best freaking source of morality on the planet.  And oh, the Angelus, the 3 oclock prayer shows should be given a one hour special daily.

In news shows, pretty newscasters shouldn’t be allowed on screen, the only anchor that should be allowed to broadcast news to the people is Susan Enriquez! Kay Susan Tayo!!

In print, radio and advertising, they should take away Angel Locsin’s gigantic boob-tastic billboards and change it to Santino, sporting a swimsuit two piece, something the priests would surely love.  No thought provoking ads should be allowed, only Jesus Saves and Have You Talked to God Lately messages. They should lock down all newspaper publishing houses and monitor it 24/7 to make sure that no thought provoking article or ads would show, all the articles must be checked 24/7, who the fuck cares about freedom to inform and freedom of speech? It’s God’s will!

In films, it should be mandatory for Cable TV film channels to show atleast one of these films per day, the Passion of the Christ, Jesus Christ Superstar (The musical ultimate encore) The Gospel According to St. Matthew and for Cinema One, Matt Ranilo’s Cristo.

In the new media, they should lockdown the internet. Facebook should never be allowed for the only book that must be read is the bible. Everyone should change their homepages to vatican.va to check if the holy fuhrer Pope Benedict XVI has something to say.

There. There’s a moral world for you. And oh, welcome back to 1521 everyone, put a shotgun to my mouth while you’re at it.

All I’m saying is, if they want their argument to be truly correct and they’re really for a moral world then they should do all the little things that I’ve said above. After all, morality really is a big issue to them isn’t it?  But until then, maybe they should look for other arguments that would make me atleast uhm, think when I’m coming up with a rebuttal.🙂

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April 4, 2011 at 12:51 AM

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You guys should thank Willie R for my return

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Ahh it feels good. Yes it does. To be back to a place wherein I’m really comfortable. It’s been what? 7 months? 7 months since I last wrote something for this blog, and it was one cheesy birthday entry which I wrote.

Well here’s good news people, I’m back.

Issues have passed and I regret missing writing something about it. Lacson went into exile then came back, Japan almost got erased,  Hubert Webb got released after 15 years, Libya and Bahrain are self-destructing, Ligot and his wife are invoking their rights against self-incrimination, Willie Revillame’s growing douchebaggery and so on. It would’ve been fun writing about those issues and believe me when I say I’m not gonna run out of words and ideas when I write about them.  But yeah, I’ve let them pass.

Rest assured, excpect FTI to be very active again. So let’s get the ball rolling, shall we?

WILLIE REVILLAME, YOU SHOULD GO GET FUCKED BY A DONKEY.

It’s been a hot issue, especially on the internets, on how Willie treated a 6 year old kid named Janjan on his show Willing Willie. Granted, they needed money and the aunt who was there gave her consent to TV5 to air his nephew dancing in a very malicious manner, that is not in question. But the thing is, Willie Revillame’s comment right after were downright tasteless and unprofessional, but then again, what can you expect from a guy with his character and brains?

His comments “Ganyan na ho kahirap ang buhay ngayon, kahit umiiyak nagsasayaw, parang sa Burlesk Queen” were much like Willie’s attitude, it’s downright shitty. And to let the poor kid dance, on live TV in a stage alone with the spotlight on him? It’s down right disgusting.

Granted, it was for the money, 10k is pretty hard to find. But this is where the term exploitation comes in.

Willie EXPLOITED the child. Willie and his crew exploited the fact that the family of the poor child needed the money and what can the child do? Disobey his irresponsible parents who actually didn’t care on the welfare of their children? Then what will happen to him when he goes home? It’s an issue of exploitation and borderline abuse and no kid deserves to look that way in front of thousands of people.

It’s pretty much like prostitution, minus the insertion. Willie has the resources, his show needs entertainment. The kid needs money, he can entertain. Such a perfect situation for child exploitation, and Willie and his crew jumped on it.

We learned two things from what happened in Willing Willy, the first one?Money talks. No matter how bad the kid looks in that screen, for as long as they need money and Willie and the crew has it, they will never complain. Second, that Willie Revillame is a classless, tasteless, dirty little stain in mankind’s underpants. But hey, we already knew that right?

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March 29, 2011 at 10:36 PM

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Venti/Veinte/Vingt

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When I started the Feed the Illiterate project, I promised to myself never to write anything personal, for it became the downfall of my last blog. After being an open book for about 2-3 years during the Morbidity Encoded days, I decide to just leave that blog for good because you know, you just get tired of shoving your personal life into the throats of your readers. Add to it the fact that you just want to move on from something that I consider as my past life and there you have it.

Now here I am, writing something personal where I promised not to. Savor it people, the next time I’ll write something personal here is during my next birthday or my last hours here in on earth, and I do hope you’re all there to witness it. Heh.

Anyway, let’s cut the dramatic bullshit and let’s get straight to the point.

Two years ago, I was lying in a hospital bed, with IVs and stuff, alone. My friends are gone, my parents had work and I was left there thinking why on earth do I have to spend my 18th birthday on a hospital bed. But then I realized, what’s up with birthdays anyway? To quote the words of my Titas when we’re joking around lilipas din yan. Granted, it is only a date, but your birthday only happens to be one of the two dates wherein people in the world would care about you. The other would be your death anniversary. Haha.

Anyway, two years later, here I am celebrating what could be one of the most fulfilling birthdays I’ve ever had.. ever (Exaggerating here).

I was really overwhelmed with all the greetings that I received. Despite being cut short financially (Yeah I know, dami kong utang na alak sa inyong lahat hehe) I was contented. I even posted earlier that the total amount of money in my wallet is ten pesos. Yes, ten fucking pesos. Talking about being broke eh? But when you have about 140+ wall posts in Facebook  from your friends, relatives, professors and even past loves (Haha) and you received about 10 calls, and 100 text messages from people all over the world, you have to be contented, because after all, that’s all that matters.

Here, it was fun, just being around your family and your closest friends the whole day. Each of them chipping in just to make a little celebration possible, it was very very very heart warming.  Right now I just came home from my cousin’s house and yeah, I’m a little bit drunk (just enough consciousness to write) and what do you know, he sponsored the drinks that we chugged. Regardless of how few and what drinks we had (A bottle of gin and vodka.. Local!) it was the people that I’m drinking with that matters. You have two of your closest cousins, three of your closest friends, just drinking the night away despite all of us having school/work in a couple of hours. That was my kind of celebration and for that I’m really really happy.

Now, I’m venturing into the second decade of my life. I have lots of plans ahead. So Lord, if kasama na ko sa plans mo (You guys know what I mean) wag muna please. Hehe.

I have a documentary coming up, target release date would be the first week of October. Of course, I still have to finish the Lukas Baldomir project, and I promise to come up with my third entry soon. After the docu, who knows? Maybe an independent film would be coming up? It all depends on how my documentary looks, let’s see.

Anyway, you guys are the reason why I’m still here and all the things that I’m really good at, if there’s any, I owe it to you guys. In the lowest point of my life you were the ones who picked me up and shoved me back into the right track. Rest assured, you’re all part of all the things that I will be doing in the next decade or so.

Thank you for ushering me into my twentieth year of my existence, hoping to see you guys next year, and the next and the next one of the next one til the last one before the last.🙂 Have a good day everyone!

– Chris😀

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August 31, 2010 at 3:07 AM

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Blame Game

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A day after 8 innocent Hong Kong nationals got laid out flat because of the mishandling of the hostage crisis by the police and the media alike, we’re still playing the blame game. And when things are this bad I guess there’s nothing wrong with it, especially if your President is doing it too..

As he was reading the contents of the letter, while talking to an unknown individual on the phone, he became increasingly agitated.

The presence of his brother also added to the tension…

The thing is, while I’ve isolated my fair share of criticism towards our National Police last night, I think it would just be fair to share some of those to the media too.

As a guy in the field of communications, I understand that it’s the job of the media to deliver to the Filipino people what is happening as it is. They have their freedom and it is their rights  to put whatever they want to put in the television, especially if the news is as big as it is. However, when we’re talking about life and death and you have a desperate man with a loaded gun, you have to put things into consideration.

Take this for example, the 1980 Iranian Embassy Crisis in the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has one of the most liberated press in the whole world. But, during that time where in lives were at stake, they managed to control and limit the access of the media, they even managed to convince the news stations to put a taped news on air, not the live ones.

Now, you’re not going to show to a hostage-taker what’s happening outside, let alone show him the arrest that you’re doing to his brother. While it’s the media’s rights and duty to show everything to their viewers, they have to think whether showing this to a guy who could basically watch you through the screen of the bus would help the negotiations or not. Yesterday it didn’t. And it could very well be one of the major reasons why 8 innocent people are dead right now.

Everyone knows that I’m against censorship and regulation when it comes to the media. But as I’ve said, when there’s a real thin line separating life and death, you have to change stances.

Media, during times like that, should be regulated. But don’t expect them to censor themselves out. Where’s the interference of the government when you need it? Where are the people which are supposed to draw the line between informing the people and helping the actual hostage-taker? That’s a line that needs to be distinguished. That’s where the government comes in. And they failed in doing that.

I don’t know what to say about our government. Really. I think they’ve failed as much as the police and the media. Where’s the DILG secretary Jesse Robredo when you need him? He didn’t even release a single word last night. How about Mr.Noy? Who instead of focusing on how to revamp the incompetent organization called the Philippine National Police decided to blame the hostage taker’s brother. It’s frustrating and disgusting at the same fucking time.

Someone needs to be sacked. I mean, if they could sack Prisco Nilo for failing to predict a typhoon coming, why can’t they fire the incompetent policemen for allowing 8 innocent Chinese people to die? Heck, fire PNP Chief Jesus Versoza at the same time too.

This is the cycle of mediocrity that I’ve been talking about for many months now. Now you know the result, and how bad it can be.  Now you know the effects of having sub-par people on sub-par organizations with sub-par system. And until someone takes a stand on this issue, something that our President isn’t doing right now, things won’t change.

My heart goes out to the families of the people which got killed last night because of our incompetent system. I hope the government will make everyone involved in the mishandling of the drama accountable for the fuck up that they did, the sadness that they brought to the Chinese people and the shame that they brought to this country.

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August 24, 2010 at 6:42 PM

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