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My Journey with Team Duterte and More

The 2016 Elections and campaign has definitely brought out the best and worst in us. It has shown us our monsters and demons and it has forced us to look deep within ourselves. It has been quite a journey for me as a member of #TeamDuterte.

Late last year, questions started to pour. Everywhere I went, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, people would ask me if Duterte would be running for President. And all I could say was “I really don’t know.” Fact is I really didn’t know back then. Come the deadline of Filing for the Certificate of Candidacy, Duterte did not file a Certificate for Candidacy. A lot of people were disappointed. I wasn’t. I was relieved. People kept the faith. May pag-asa pa raw. Ako naman umaasa na “‘Wag na lang, please.” My biggest problem back then was, “sino na ngayon ang susuportahan ko?”

And then it happened. Duterte filed his Certificate for Candidacy as substitute to Mr Martin Diño. ARGH! I said to myself. What an exciting time but it also gave me much anxiety. And sometime December 2015, I was invited to a meeting. I thought it was just a meet and greet but it turned out to be an invitation to join the Team Duterte Media Central fulltime. I was hesitant but I dove right in and said yes. I thought “it would be an amazing once in a lifetime experience.”

And boy did I get more than what I bargained for. Much, much more.

Rodrigo R. Duterte is not an easy candidate to campaign for and support. To be honest, I had doubts and hesitations but I accepted the call to volunteer because of my Daddy who has retired from politics but remains 100% committed to support Mayor Duterte with whom he work with as VM for four terms. I also accepted because of Sir Peter Laviña and Mayor Jun Evasco. I have known Mayor Jun for many years and I know him as a honest and sincere public servant who never sought glory, fame, or power. And I knew Sir Peter back when he was a councilor blogger. He was, as far as I know, the first politician blogger in the Philippines and one of the first in the world, and he used his blog to make the government closer to its citizens. If Sir Jun and Sir Pete wholeheartedly supported Duterte, then I should, too.

So yes, I was a hesitant campaigner. I resolved to keep my wall posts to a minimum. And if possible, I would never post anything negative and inflammatory. And I told myself to always keep the Bloggers for Duterte in check. Kalma lang tayo. That was something I always told them.

Early on, I wanted to quit. It was just too much. It was beyond my comprehension how our candidate would refuse to temper his statements, how he would seldom heed our calls for tact, and how he would just speak his mind without regard for the on going campaign. Nakakapikon. Galisod mi convince sa mga tao unya siya wala siya pakialam. (Insert many, many curses here.) I was pissed off. I was angry. I was frustrated. And his statement about burying Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani was the last straw for me. TOO MUCH! Di na makaya. I gave myself a deadline. I was going to quit by the end of February 2016. During a meeting of bloggers and Media Central members, the bloggers were asked one by one if they had any doubts. And they all answered no. They were all 100% all in. Duterte Cayetano all the way. Nahiya ako. I told them I was scheduled to quit but that I was now having doubts because di ko sila kayang iwan sa ere. They gave me another reason to hold on and keep moving.

And it has been very rewarding. More and more people expressed their support for Duterte. Survey results kept getting better. Best of all, people were starting to get angry. They started to see everything wrong about the government and they started to ask and demand for more. Dumami ang Pilipino na humihingi at kumampanya para sa TUNAY NA PAGBABAGO. Lami pud sa feeling na somehow I was part of that. I could not claim to have a big role in the campaign because no matter how stressed and no matter how little sleep and rest I got, there were hundreds more volunteers working even harder. Without pay and without the promise of favor, mind you.

But it was also taxing. Kapoy gyud kaayo. The black propaganda, mud, and dirt did not hurt as a campaigner, but I was offended as a Davaoeño, as a Filipino, as a human being. How dare they?! PAANO NILA NAIISIP NA GAWIN YAN? SAAN NILA NAKUKUHA ANG MGA KWENTONG YAN? BAKIT GANYAN SILA MAG-ISIP?

A lot of Davaoeños like me didn’t want Duterte to run for President. We anticipated it would be stressful for him. We foresaw how much mud would be thrown at him. But never in our wildest imagination did we anticipate that our beloved Davao City, our home would be so blatantly attacked with lies, unfounded accusations, and fabricated stories. Nakakasakit ng damdamin. Davao City is the home that nurtured and raised us. It is our safe haven. How dare you destroy our home with your lies? How dare you accuse our Mayor of wrongdoings of which you do not have proof of? Inutil ba kayo? Higit na dalawampung taon na nagsilbi si Duterte as a public servant of Davao City. Kung totoong kurakot siya, kung totoong mamamatay tao siya, kung totoong abusado at masamang tao siya, kayo na nasa national position, bakit wala kayong nagawa para kasuhan siya at para matanggal siya? BAKIT? Kung may agam-agam kayo sa pagkatao niya at sa pamamalakad niya, bakit ngayon lang? HOW DARE YOU INSULT OUR HOME AND OUR LEADER?! Hindi lang siya ang iniinsulto niyo dito kung di bawat Davaoeño na pinagsilbihan at inaruga niya.
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The One Where I Say “Like” A Lot Podcast

Like… recorded this on a whim and without notes or a script. Hence, the overuse and OA use of “like” throughout. I apologize.

Just a bit of background which might not really interest you at all. I recorded this because there was a blackout and for some reason my I lost all my good internet connection, as well. So I decided to record this thing so I can also process my thoughts and feelings. I don’t know what caused the spraying sound thing. Sarreh.

Today’s topics are all over the place. I talk about teleseryes on ABS-CBN, my desire to be a radio DJ, the rotating brownouts, the Asus ZenFone Zoom and the Asus ZenFone Max, and #SMARTSinulog.

I said in the podcast that I will do it “minimum” once a day. I meant “maximum” once a day. LOLZ! I did record two episodes right after another but I will only upload one episode at a time. And it will probably be uploaded past midnight coz wala lang.

Thank you for listening! 😉
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BPI 24/7 Banking Services

Nowadays, it’s imperative to have online and mobile services. No matter what your business is. What will set you apart from your competitors is how convenient and helpful your online and mobile services actually are.

I have several bank accounts and I have tried various online and mobile banking services. I love the BPI 24/7 services the best.

BPI Express Online Site
BPI Express Online Site

BPI Account owners may do their online banking, leisurely and hassle-free, at www.bpiexpressonline.com. One of the things I really like about this banking site, is how it allows me to choose my own username and password. Other banking sites have pre assigned usernames or require you to enter your ATM PIN or other information before you can even log in. Inconvenient, right? Meanwhile, BPI gives me the convenience of using my choice username and password, without having to look at my bank passbook or bank card every time I log in.
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Zamboanga Fort Pilar

Just a Rant and Some Links Concerning Zamboanga

*This was supposed to be a Facebook status message but ran too long so I decided to make a blog post instead.*

I think it’s incredulous that people are focusing on how the Zamboanga conflict could be a conspiracy to cover up the pork barrel scam.

Magsaliksik, magbasa, umintindi ng mabuti bago magbigay ng opinyon o ng haka-haka. Dahil ba maraming nagsasabi, maniniwala ka agad at ipagkakalat mo ang teoryang ito?

Instead of speculating about this and that, why don’t people just share HELPFUL information?

If you can’t say anything helpful, truthful, informative, or logical, shut up na lang please. Don’t add unnecessary garbage into the discussion.

Maayo pa mag selfie na lang ka kaysa mag emote emote ka hatag opinyon, wala diay ka nabal-an. I know we each own our own timeline and newsfeed spaces. And yes, I have no business telling people what to say or publish.

Ang sa akin lang, let us not forget that the numbers we read or hear about are not just numbers. When the headline says 4 people died, 4 people actually died. IRL. This is not some pretend world we’re talking about.

Sana maging responsableng mamamayan po tayo. Kung wala man tayong maitulong, wag na lang po tayo gumawa ng maaaring maikasama ng sitwasyon. Sana isipin po natin maraming Pilipino, maraming kabataan, mga anak, ina, ama, at kaibigan ang nasa peligro. Mas maigi po na wag nang dagdagan pa ng kung anu-ano ang sitwasyon. Do not add fuel to the fire. Your baseless theories add nothing to help the desperate plight of those who are in Zamboanga.

And as my Zamboanguena friend, Yolynne Medina said, Zamboanga never told anyone to stop talking aout the Pork Barrel scam. So how come people have jumped to the conclusion that this is just nothing but a diversionary stunt?

Saying so is counterproductive. And it shows how little you know or pretend to know about the MNLF/MILF/ARMM/Bangsamoro situation. Saying that the current Zambonga conflict is nothing more than a diversionary tactic is tantamount to saying that the MNLF/MILF/ARMM/Bangsamoro issues are non-existent. Remember that little knowledge can be dangerous.

Let us all be conscientious and responsible citizens. Online and offline. For Zamboanga. For Mindanao. For the Philippines.

For those who are genuinely interested, here are some links you can check out:

Alamin muna ang katotohanan bago makialam.

Globe Prepaid GoSakto

Create Your Own Prepaid Combo with Globe GoSakto

Don’t you wish there’s a prepaid mobile service plan fit for your needs? Now, there’s one. With GoSakto, you can tailorfit a prepaid package for your needs.

Globe Prepaid GoSakto
Globe Prepaid GoSakto

After Globe Prepaid launched the ground-breaking *143# service, Globe has expanded the service with GoSakto.

In just a few easy to do steps, you can avail the combination of services you need, for the period you need it, for the amount you have budgeted.

To avail of the GoSakto services, just dial *143# and go through the menu. You can choose from Calls Only, SMS Only, Mobile Internet Only, or any combination of the above. Conversely, you can also start with just a budget and pick from other parameters. And you can even name your chosen GoSakto combo and share it with your friends or followers.

For example, whenever I need to do text blasts, I avail of the 100 SMS to all networks for 1 day. This is only worth P12. That’s great value for my money. And the promo is just right for my needs. And when I travel, I choose the appropriate combination of services that will fit my budget and my needs during my travel. I usually get the combination of SMS to all networks plus unlimited calls to Globe/TM numbers.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to avail of Unli calls to Globe/TM + 1000 txts to all net valid for 1 day at only P25:

  1. Dial *143#.
  2. Choose 1 GoSakto.
  3. Choose 1 Create a promo.
  4. Choose 4 Call & Text.
  5. Choose 1 To Globe/TM.
  6. Choose 5 Unlimited.
  7. Choose 2 To all networks.
  8. Choose 4 1000.
  9. Choose 4 1 day.
  10. Prompt will say: “UNLI CALLS TO GLOBE/TM + 1000 ALL NET TXTS FOR 1 DAY: P25 to register.” Choose 1 Go lang nang go! Register. OR name your promo first.
  11. Globe will send you a confirmation message with the details of the promo you just created and registered for.

The *143# menus and prompts are easy to follow. And there’s always a back button in case you change your mind about your promo details.

Check out this GoSakto ad with Xian Lim:

Now it’s possible to Go lang nang Go, text lang nang text, call lang nang call, and browse lang nang browse with the GoSakto combo that’s right for you.

To know more about GoSakto, visit this page.