Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Balita Columnist is a published Author - Naku Ha, June 2014

Being Left Behind is Painful

The stress is too much. The pressure is unbearable. Their constant need for attention is emotionally draining. I cannot take care of them. I have to let them go. Who can I pass them to that will give them the same attention that I do? I thought it would never happen.
I thought we were peas in a pod. We were going to travel the same road all the way. My friend took that road before. A road that I never thought my friend would travel again.  
But then, it happened. An engagement was announced by my friend. Marriage is definitely in the plan. Now, all these women are coming to me and I cannot take care of all of them. I have to let some of them go. Obviously, they are heartbroken. Who wouldn’t be? Can you blame them? Oh, the horror. And now, the stress, the pressure on me, of now being the world’s number one and most eligible bachelor. Why did you do it George Clooney? Why did you leave our single men’s club?  

How to solve a problem like Rob Ford? 

Incumbent Mayor and candidate for re-election Rob Ford is seen in a new video smoking crack and “will take a break.” To do what, I do not know. That video is nothing new. We already know he smokes crack. We know he hangs out with gangsters. This is what makes Rob Ford untouchable. He has no goody-goody image to uphold unlike Olivia Chow, who willingly poses with a laughable showman called Iron Sheik who then posts racist and derogatory remarks against other race and women. Chow then apologizes for posing with him. 
Rob Ford is the Marion Barry of Toronto. Remember, him? He was the Washington DC Mayor who went to prison for a cocaine conviction of some kind. When he got out, he ran for Mayor again and still won handily. 
There are those who say people are afraid to come to Toronto because of Rob Ford. Get real. With news about Detroit bankrupt and boarded-up houses, abandoned buildings, I would not want to visit Detroit even if Mother Theresa was running it, if she was still alive. People do not visit Toronto because they have never heard of Toronto. I’d still visit Paris, New York, or London even if someone like Rob Ford was running it. 
So, he’ll take a break from the election. Good luck to the remaining candidates who have to come up with something to grab people’s attention until October. When Rob Ford returns, he might be a bigger news even without a new idea like the others. 
Hmmm... how do you solve a problem like Rob Ford?

Our Solution to Rob Ford
A porn star who wants to create a national day for ‘self pleasure’ is standing as a candidate in the Toronto mayoral race. X-rated starlet Nikki Benz announced she wanted to stand for mayor, amid news that Rob Ford had taken a break from his election campaign to treat his substance abuse. She has already used a cheeky video to tell would-be voters about her policies, including her idea to turn Toronto’s light rail into a ‘Brazzers Pleasure Rail,’ complete with vibrating seats for women and sex toys for men. 
She says she would also start a National Masturbation Month, which would include a day’s national holiday to celebrate ‘self pleasure’.
Benz, who is backed by her porn company employers Brazzers, has not yet filed her official nomination but has vowed to do so on May 28  - National Masturbation Day. 
Damn, I missed that.
She gets my vote.

Singing Contest & Janet Napoles

Philippine Justice Secretary de Lima is refusing to release the affidavit of Janet Napoles. Pork barrel mastermind Janet Napoles wrote everything down. According to de Lima, the affidavit is not yet finished. But Napoles and her husband already gave copies to senator Ping Lacson and to the chairman of Manila Times. So, what is not finished yet, the sanitized version? 
This is starting to remind me of some Toronto singing contest. A singing contest took longer to compute. Almost as long as Napoles to write the affidavit, if it is really not finished yet. In fact, Andy, a non-Filipino host already asked if they can get the results before the rental for the Korean Cultural Centre goes into overtime. And just like the pork barrel case, nobody wants to release what the judges wrote with their names on it because the “promoters” have to protect the judges. Hmmm….
I have watched the CNE singing contest for 3 years now and the judges always give their notes to the parents. And none of them have been killed yet. 

Balita Columnist is a Published Author

Not a lot know this but it turns out that Balita Columnist Romeo Marquez is a published author. I am impressed. Does anyone have a copy of his book? Does anyone know where it is being sold? I’d like to read the salacious details. I wonder if it’s as racy as Penthouse Forum.




English in Philippine movies - Naku Ha, May 2014

English in Philippine Movies
Tagalog getting used less and less in Movies 

If you notice, a lot of lines in Philippine movies are now in English. Most of the time, these characters are playing a rich person or an executive. These are positions that the masses aspire to. There might be another reason why a lot of lines are in English. These movies are shown abroad for the Filipinos to watch in regular theatres.  Producers might be trying to attract the second generations of Filipinos. If  most of the lines are in English, producers avoid the cost of either putting subtitles or dubbing them in English.  If forced to do either one, producers will probably avoid using subtitles. Hindi relaxing manood kasi ng movie na may subtitles, hindi ba? What do you think? 


Offloading should be Banned 
Off-loading, whatever the excuse, whether to protect “possible” victims of human trafficking, or any other explanation, would smell just as bad. BIR clarified that if Filipinos have a tourist visa from another country, they should be allowed to leave. However, there have been instances where Filipinos with tourist visas were offloaded or barred from leaving just because they assume the person is a victim of human trafficking or plan to overstay and work abroad. So what? If Filipinos have a tourist visa to the destination, they have a “right” to leave. If they plan to overstay and work, that is not the problem of the Philippines. If the receiving country granted them a visa, what is the problem and why make it our problem?

Opinion favourite

It is election time again in Toronto.  And once, Olivia Chow is favourite. Based on surveys, she is ahead of Rob Ford (PHOTO). This is what happened to George Smitherman before. They say the race was close, that they are neck to neck. Rob Ford barely campagined, or less visible that George Smitherman during the campagin.  With two months to go, Rob Ford started becoming visible. They had a debate which neither side won, I think. I can’t remember the debate. On election day, George Smitherman conceded defeat after 12 minutes of closing time.  Rob Ford won decisively.  

Truth on Election Day 
People rarely tell the truth during surveys.  Most people tell the pollsters what everybody wants to hear. They have the feeling that if they tell them an opinion that is not popular, they will be harassed, either by the person doing the survey or other people. They probably ahve the feeling that the person will argue with them longer if they say something unpopular. people do not trust surveys nor do they trust the people asking them. They also think that the pollster will probably trash your opinion also. So, to save everyone time and money, they just say what is popular.

Pampagulo lang  

John Tory, Karen Stintz and David Soknacki joined the Mayoral race just to confuse people. They say that Olivia Chow has the race representing the left of politics so people will identify her easily. To the right of politics, is Rob Ford and Tory, Stintz and Soknacki. That’s a load of crap. This will boil down to Rob Ford versus Olivia Chow.  I put my 1 dollar on Rob Ford.  

US to help in Talking  

Russia has already taken Crimea and the US did nothing. Europe did nothing. Unless your country has vast oil reserves, do not expect the United States to come to your aid militarily in a heartbeat. Look what happened to Iraq hen Saddam attacked Kuwait.  We’re not really sure whether US came to the aid of Kuwait or was worried about Saudi Arabia. Let’s talk about the Philippines. Do we have oil? Nada. Ay naku patay na.  

Filipinos in the Running 


Rafael Fabregas is asking for your help in securing the federal Liberal nomination for Scarborough Centre.  If nominated, he will be the Liberal’s representative to run for the House of Commons. Ace Alvarez is running for Trustee in Scarborough. I know Ace personally and I wish him all the luck.