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Falcone: No popularity, money, lots of ‘porky’ ideas

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SENATORIAL CANDIDATE FALCONE Ex-seminarian, businessman Baldomero Falcone said the abolition of the pork barrel system would naturally lead to the eradication of another evil in Philippine society—political dynasties. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

As a somewhat restless young man, Baldomero Falcone was forced into a seminary by his grandmother in the hope of shepherding him into a life of quiet priesthood.

“My lola could not discipline me so she sent me to the seminary. But I never found the vocation to become a man of the cloth,” said the 68-year-old candidate for senator of the newly accredited Democratic Party of the Philippines (DPP).

“When I finished my AB in philosophy, I told my superiors, ‘Sorry, I’ve been praying but [priesthood] has not rubbed off on me.’ So I went abroad. I learned new skills,” he said.

Falcone became an entrepreneur, specializing in securitization and venturing into a number of businesses. He now holds top posts in two companies, one involved in land reclamation in Cebu and the other providing job placements for retired military officers.

He is also executive director of Sagip Bansa Filipinas Foundation Inc., a nongovernment organization dedicated to helping the poor, especially corn, rice and coconut farmers, indigenous people and the jobless.

Falcone now wants to add another job to his curriculum vitae—that of senator.

 

The right answers

Although he has no previous experience in public office except for an unsuccessful run for vice president in 2010 (he was disqualified), Falcone believes he holds the right answers to the ills and troubles facing the Philippines today.

His solution will start with the abolition of the pork barrel system, the corruption-tainted practice under which legislators appropriate government spending for projects of their choosing, intended to benefit their constituents in return for their political support and their votes.

The businessman said the first thing he would do once elected to the Senate would be to file a bill eliminating the pork barrel, or the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) for legislators, and allocating the money as equity capital for housing projects for the urban poor.

“Just compute this. Every senator gets P267 million per year while every congressman has P70 million per year. That amounts to more than P50 billion. I’m not saying everybody’s pocketing it. But I’m saying it is very easy to pocket it,” he said.

Securitizing pork barrel

Under Falcone’s proposal, the money that would otherwise go to the pork barrel, which members of Congress use to fund their pet projects, would go to securitization.

Securitization is the financial practice of pooling certain types of financial assets, such as mortgages or credit card debt, and repackaging the consolidated debt as bonds or interest-bearing securities to various investors. The principal and interest payments on the debt underlying the securities are paid back to the investors or purchasers of the new financial instrument.

Falcone proposes that the pork barrel funds be pooled together and turned into securities, the interest of which will be used to provide loans to the poor under mechanisms that “are not dependent on real estate capital.”

The idea is to provide credit to ordinary Filipinos without requiring land titles as collateral.

“If you don’t have real estate collateral, you can’t take out a loan… We have to find a way such that credit is liberalized. With securitization, we won’t be too dependent on real estate,” he said.

“Credit should be made available to ordinary Filipinos with good character through good viable projects that can give them a chance to improve their lot in life,” Falcone said.

Hitting two birds

Falcone said the abolition of the pork barrel system would naturally lead to the eradication of another evil in Philippine society—political dynasties.

“Political dynasties are generated by the pork barrel system because the pork barrel system generates greed. By abolishing the pork barrel, you are hitting two birds with one stone. You eliminate two evils,” he said.

The connection is quite obvious, he said.

“If you are a family enjoying more than P200 million per year, don’t tell me you will not be tempted to continue and pass your position on to your offspring so that enjoyment will continue,” he said.

Falcone said roughly “70 percent” of those in power in the Philippines belonged to political dynasties. “We have the same names, same faces but no change. That is why so many of our countrymen are losing hope,” he said.

In the midterm elections, Falcone said the voting public must look for honesty in the candidates, as well as the “ability to raise the liquidity position of the country and the skills to provide the executive department a road map to get this country out of poverty.”

Dreams of leadership

Born on Sept. 19, 1944, in Hindang, Leyte, Falcone is the son of a former judge and a schoolteacher. Growing up in a small town where he had to walk 4 kilometers everyday to school, he said it was always his dream to be a leader.

“I remember when I was a kid in the barrio, my mother gave me a big attache case and whenever I rode the tartanilla (horse cart), people were saying this guy is going to be somebody someday,” he said. He is married to Alice L. Falcone, with whom he has four sons.

Falcone got his liberal arts degree at Sacred Heart Seminary and then completed a master’s in philosophy at the University of San Carlos in Cebu City. He also holds an MBA from the Asian Institute of Management and is a Ph.D candidate in philosophy at the University of the Philippines in Diliman.

He is the president of Millennium Industrial Commercial Corp., a company involved in the reclamation of a 400-hectare fish pond in Cebu City, as well as the construction of a toll bridge connecting the city hall to the reclaimed land.

He is also vice president of Global Interphase Security Services Provider, a firm that provides foreign and local assignments to retired officers.

As executive director of Sagip Bansa Filipinas Foundation Inc., Falcone works to provide jobs and low-cost housing to city squatters. “We want to clear Metro Manila of informal settlers and make it beautiful again. On the other hand, we want to give the informal settlers a second chance,” he said.

Funding for cooperatives

He wrote the book “Christian Economics: The Philippines’ Developmental Ideology,” which advances the idea of providing government support to cooperatives.

“In Europe, most of the bigger institutions are cooperatives. Here we have yet to see a financial cooperative really grow big because there’s no encouragement from the government, no financial support,” he said.

Imagine if SM malls were owned by a cooperative, he said. “A lot of Filipinos would be happy,” he said.

Falcone is running under the DPP, a political party founded in 2010 by Dr. Ernesto G. Ramos and which seeks to be an alternative to traditional politics. Along with two other party members, he ran for vice president in the 2010 elections but was disqualified for having no political track record.

“The party has absolutely no funds. But we are the fastest growing party in the sense that we give lifetime membership to members for a minimum of P100. We are now 200,000 and still going strong,” he said.

Falcone is not discouraged by his party’s lack of popularity. “We don’t believe in surveys, which are just one way of conditioning. We will try our best and leave it to God and the people,” he said.

His wish for the Philippines is that “one day, all Filipinos will be able to eat three times a day.”

“We do not need them to arrive at some wealth but at some sufficiency to practice their creativity, to practice their beautiful culture and to show the world that Filipinos know how to celebrate life and accept God as the center of their lives,” said Falcone.

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  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    01. Mr. Falcone, i checked your website balfalcone, com and it’s very slow. Moreover, the website contains nothing but sound bites and motherhood statements. Could you please provide more specifics on your platform?

    02. On the matter of securitization (you’re probably referring to municipal, provincial and state bonds), what checks and balances do you have in mind to make the bonds safe and attractive enough to investors?

    • http://www.facebook.com/sonny.azores Sonny Azores

      check and balance should be detailed later during the deliberations in the Senate and Lower house.  People’s cooperatives should be established and trained so that their businesses will succeed.

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        Give me the broad strokes if any.

    • Jay Centeno

      please visit ddp dot ph. You’ll see more about Bal Falcone and his Flatform

  • cute79

    susubukan kita iboto Mr falcone at sana nga tutuparin mo yong mga sinabi mo at sana tuluyan nga matanggal ang pork barrel.may 3 na akong napiling iboto pagka senador SAMSON,DELOS REYES AT FALCONE.GUDLUCK!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hermienne-T-Gutierrez/100002898970635 Hermienne T. Gutierrez

      ang pork barrelay magaagmit ng mga senators kung pagtutulong tulungan nilang gamitin sa mabuting paraan katulad ng mga proyektong di nagagwa ng mag Gobyerno o ng mga mayors o Gobernador ng mag Bayan nila o ng mga ahensiya ng mag gobyerno kung nagagwa nila tutulungan ba tayo ng ibang bansa sa pagpapagawa ng mag bahay ng mahihirap.Magagmit natin yan sa pagpapagawa ng TAHANAN SA MGA BATANG PINALAYAS O MGA BATANG NANIRAHAN SA KALYE O PAMPAARAL SA MGABATANG GUSTONG MAG-ARAL AT MAGKAROON NG SARILINILANG TAHANAN. NA PAGDATING NG ARAWAY MAAALALA SILA “ETO BIGAY SA AMIN NG MGA SENATORS” MGA SENATORS ANG TUMULONG SA AMIN SILA ANG NAG-PAARAL SA AMING MAG-KAKAPATID AT LAHAT ITO AY GALING SA ” PORK BARREL ” nila.God Bless sir!!HELP nalang Silagamitin sa Mabuti o IPag Pray na lang ninyo sila na maging mabuti sialng senators..hindi Sa Pangako lang ..hindi sa puro kwento..hindi sa salita lang ..Pag Sinabi gawa kaagad ..or hindi na pinangangako ginagawa na….
      ..

  • http://twitter.com/Adjire1 Adjire

    WHY NOT!
    I think He is far better than Nancy Binay, Jack Enrile, Cynthia Villar and some other front liner of this coming May Election .. 

  • Marcos5

    Abolition of Pork Barrel – He gets my Vote !  any progressive that can change the Philippines and rid of traditional politicians old and new useless politicians like  Binay, Enrile, Legarda, Arroyo, Soto, Estrada, Escudero,Legarda, Trillanes, Lapid etc.

    • http://twitter.com/Adjire1 Adjire

      I opt to get  Trillanes , He have the principle to stand against trapo..
      I think we need to push the alternative in the digital age…  Get Falcone and other unknown personalities to change the landscape of Philippine politics

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3GHRLDIOQBDNBI54IPJMWFP45A Johnny

    Support the visionary independents. Time to change.
    Pero we will be vigilant pag wala contribution talsik na sa next election. We will aim for Grade ‘A’ politicians. Bawal ang TAMAD at bawal ang BINGI sa pangangailangan ng bayan.

  • DGuardian

    Binasa ko po ang artikulo na ito in its entirety at nasabi ko po sa aking sarili na kayo na ang pinakahihintay ng mga Pilipino sa sasagip sa bayang ito. Labis-labis pong nakalulungkot ang nangyayari sa Pilipinas, kung saan lahat halos ng mga opisyales ng gobyerno ay nagnanakaw ng pondo ng bayan. Kahit po sa pinakababang ranggo ng position  sa pamahalaan ay pulos katiwalian at pagnanakaw ang ginagawa. Sa baryo po namin, iyong barangay captain ay ginagamit ang construction materials na dapat ay para gamitin sa mga proyekto ng baryo, sa pagpapaayos ng kanyang bahay at bakuran. Iyon pong naunang barangay captain sa kanya ay mismong bahay po ang ipinatayo at sinimento pa ang kabuuan ng kanilang bakuran mula sa pondong nakalaan para sa baryo. Nakabili din ito po ng mga lupa at bahay sa ibang lugar. Nakabili din po iyong naunang captain ng mga bagong sasakyan. Nais ko lamang po na ipaabot sa inyo ang extent ng corruption at pagnanakaw sa ating bansa.

    Kailangan po siguro ay moral at spiritual resurgence ng mga Pilipino. Dapat din pong baguhin ang ating educational system para maitampok ang patriotism;  pagpapahalaga sa name, honor, and reputation; pagpahalaga sa environment; compassion for animals; at ng emphasis sa unity, love, cooperation, and assistance among Filipinos, Kristiyano at Muslim. Dapat pong magkaroon ng development din sa Mindanao. Napakarami din pong mga probinsya at siyudad sa Luzon, Visayas, at Mindanao ang napabayaan dahil sa pagnanakaw ng mga Senador, Congressmen, governors,  mayors , at barangay captains sa mga pondo ng bayan,  imbes na ipagpagawa ng mga proyektos na makakatulong sa mga tao. Sana rin po ay magkaroon din ng emphasis sa values formation, na masama po ang magnakaw at pumatay na halos ay hourly events na sa Pilipinas. Marami pa pong dapat ituwid at iyon po ay alam ninyo rin. Ipagdadasal ko pong manalo kayo,  pati na sina RIZA HONTIVEROS, JAMBY MADRIGAL, EDWARD HAGEDORN, ROY SENERES, at kayo po, BALDOMERO FALCONE. God bless.

  • UrHONOR

    ANG siste lang sa grupong ito na kasamahan ni de los reyes ay— kung manalo, e, baka magsuot din ng helmet na tulad ng sa CBCP sa senado!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NXV3F6YUQWDOA4HPYOFN5F2N3U Danyel

    atras na manong….malabo tayo manalo…..hayaan mo na sa ibang mga buawaya ang pork barrel…….

    • http://www.facebook.com/sonny.azores Sonny Azores

      Danyel, change starts from few people who stood still in their principles and passion.  If we let these sitting politicians to control our country for so long we know already where we are heading.  Sabi nga ni Albert Enstein, We cannot solve our problems with the same mindset that created them.  In the same manner that we cannot solve our country’s problems but electing the same politicians that created them…

  • Horst Manure

    Except for being a Bible basher he sounds like he has the right ethics  for public office unlike Liaryer’s who steal theirs..

  • Touch_Me_, Nuts!

    This candidate doesn’t fit the  mind of non-thinking voters who follow the money and not moral and righteous principles. Candidates for office who have a better chance of winning follow the money, and so are those who vote for them. Birds of the same feather flock together. That’s the sad reality in PH government and politics. Voters are not empowered because they succumb to money and despair. They find it more convenient not to think and just goof around. Mr. Falcone will molt faster than he can see his business fly. Why does he run for national office when running a campaign in the barangay would just be as noble if the intent is merely to serve?

    • mike

      walang pork barrel sa Baranggay. nabasa mo naman ang pakay nya ang Pork Barrel.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sonny.azores Sonny Azores

      There should be economic empowerment, political empowerment is useless without freeing the people from poverty and mendicancy.  Political patronage is a result of economic powerlessness of the people, they treat politicians as their source of support for medicines, tuition fees, relief goods etc. But if people are economically independent, they will never be fooled by these politicians forever.  These politicians want the people to be perpetually poor and disorganized so that they can control them.  Real empowerment begins from the stomach.  We need legislators who know economics for the poor, economics for the bottom of the pyramid.  We need Sen. Falcone in the Senate!

  • apojay

    Ok na sana iyong abolition ng Pork Barrel. 

    Pero para ilagay ang pondo sa “securitization” ?  Isusugal sa securities ang pondo ng bayan, kaysa magamit sa infrastructure at development projects?

    Parang hindi yata tama!

    • mike

      Atleast we can expect something and run after of those companies if it fails. mas liquid ang mga assets ng private company kaysa mga Congressman at Senators.

      • http://www.facebook.com/sonny.azores Sonny Azores

        tama, and its just a start, we need to develop more entrepreneurs with access to low interest credits

    • http://www.facebook.com/sonny.azores Sonny Azores

      its just one to start in forming a Trust Fund, we can also mobilize Trust money of banks, so that low interest credits will be available to the poor.  Money supply is like sugar, ants flocks to areas where there are sugars and sweets, kaya dumadami mga tao sa mga urban areas because andyan and mabilis na circulation ng pera. Lets put money in the rural areas para magkaroon ng balanced development and rural industrialization… 

  • Garibaldi_II

    Good! Try your luck in Philippine politics. As they say, everything that rises also withers under the sun – except political dynasties.  For every dynastic he/she believes the right to govern is mandated by money. And, the easiest way to win elective position is to have corrupt and rich parents with crooked connections and bast ard authority. Even good men succumb to the scent of dirty money after spending for their political campaign. Pork barrel magnetizes voracious politicians like fried fish on the table with hungry cats around. Politicians hate the smell of the earthen sweats of poor people but they love to chase the stench of peoples’ money.

    Excellent ideas to uplift the lives of the sovereign are rarely heard from the dynastics. Good luck! I WILL SUPPORT YOU.

  • dipax

    sir baldomero falcone….. sa mga nabasa ko tungkol sa iyo… nakikita ko na meron kang integrity, honesty, ang a noble intention for the betterment of our country…… napaka hirap ng gagawin mo… lalo na at aalisan mo ng “gatasang baka” at the expense of tax payers money yung mga matagal ng naka pwesto na nakikinabang sa maling pactice na yan…… all support ako sa yo and i wish you good luck…… sana marami pang katulad mo na mapwesto sa senado…… MABUHAY KA………

  • magcalasL

    I WILL VOTE FOR THIS MAN…..SANA LAHAT NG KANDIDATO KAGAYA MO. MORE POWER TO YOU SANA MANALO KA

  • japan2

    I will vote Falcone your the man!!!

  • jerwax

    if only i can vote you are number 1 up to 12. sana magising ang taong bayan at maging number 1 ka sa kanilang balota, sir saludo ako sa iyo. alam kong bakal ang haharapin mo mga buwayang walang kabusugan at least may isang mag try bumanga sa sa dalawang malaking grupo ng mga buwaya.

    FALCONE FOR SENATOR!

  • calipso_2100

    I’m afraid you will not succeed… yet You have the right intentions but I don’t think the Pork Barrel can be eliminated that simply.  Pag dating sa botohan sa bill para ma eliminate ang Pork Barrel, baka ikaw lang and a handfull ang boboto ng yes. Nandiyan ang mga buaya sa kongresso at senado. Siguradong tatalonin ka nila.

    Kelangan natin ng mas marami pang senador at kongresman na may prinsipyong katulad sa prinsipyo mo. Otherwise you will be a lone voice in a sea of Lolongs.

    • buttones

      I tend to agree. The good intentions, regarding pork for example are to be applauded but in the real arena of the Senate and the Lower House this is simply not going anywhere, he might just as well say he is against political dynasties, as our Constitution is also, it hardly matters.. Would I vote for the guy? I might, just for the sheer hell of it! An irritating voice in the Court of Enrile? Yes I might just vote for the guy…..

      • http://www.facebook.com/123albert123 Albert C Falcone

        I could not have done or said this any better!!

      • buttones

        Thank you Albert… how nice of you to say so……

    • http://www.facebook.com/123albert123 Albert C Falcone

      Where is that hope of being  a Christian nation?  Does not an ocean start from a single drop of water? or what would have happen if there are no leaders, no Martin Luther King among us.Rome was not built in a day: we have to start somewhere TODAY!

      • RV Castro

        and start with the right person with conviction!  Once Falcone is in the Senate, then people’s voice will support the bill ‘NO PORKBARREL” either through social media with peaceful prayer rally or constitutional PLEBISCITE.

    • whyinthisworld

       That is why we should tell the whole nation, a qualified voters to vote for the right human being to lead us. Pumili na tayo ng matino at ituro natin sa karamihan kung sino ang dapat nating iboto. More or less alam natin kung ano ang tunay na kulay ng mga kandidato ngayon, purely kababoyan so papayagan ba natin silang muli?

    • DGuardian

      Dapat siguro ay magkaroon ng referendum sa pagtanggal ng mga pork barrels ng Congress. Walang imposible kung magtutulung-tulong tayong mga Pilipino na matapos na ang walang hanggan at walang patumanggang pagnanakaw ng mga pulitiko. Dapat ay tanggalin din ang authority ng mga governors, mayors, at ng mga councilors sa mga siyudad tulad ng Manila, Quezon City, etc., at maging ng mga barangay captains na humawak ng mga pondo. Dapat ay sila lamang ang hahanap at mag-a-assess  ng mga kailangang tulong ng mga tao at mga kinakailangang mga proyektos sa kani-kanilang mga distrito. Ang mamamahala sa mga constructions at iba pang implementations ay isang sangay ng gobyerno tulad ng DPWH, subali’t kailangang may limang sangay ng gobyerno na uma-ayuda at nagmo-monitor dito para matiyak na walang katiwalian na nagaganap,. Isang additional na ahensiya na magmo-monitor ay binubuo ng mga private citizens na kilala sa kanilang malinis, matapat, at hindi magnanakaw na pagkatao. May pagasa pa ang bayan natin, kung magtutulung-tulong lamang tayong mga Pilipino.

  • noelpdavid

    GO GO GO SIR. . . don’t ever back down. Sana dumami pa ang katulad mo na gustong mababago ang bulok na sistemang politikal dito sa ating bansa.

  • LeoCalo

    …well out from the blue, A new face, who wants to lead an epic changes in Philippine politics? Why not, who knows? Baka siya ang magiging daan sa pagbabagong matagal na nating hinihintay..

  • lapasan

    Indeed the problems that plague our Philippine society today are graft and corruption, concentration of political and economic powers to few rich and influential families, and the inability of the voters to elect the right persons during election. This person has a good program if elected. However, his name will not ring a bell to most voters. Majority of the voters especially those belonging to the “D” and “E” classes would likely vote for those with familiar names and those who are showbiz personalities. The politics of patronage system that is put in place by the trapos who have political dynasty will also come to play in the coming election.

  • PinoyDude

    Best of luck to you sir. You have my vote!

    I hope this news write up will be read by millions of people online.

    For those who have Facebook and spend a lot of time on the social network, please post this article. We need to get the word out about this good man.

    It’s up to us the voters to effect the change that we want in the Philippines. I pray that God will guide our country and we need to do our part to make this nation try work.

  • AllaMo

    Here’s the better alternative to a Ninoy look alike. And, an even betterer one to the malaswa get of enrile, binay, and, ejercito. Word. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/roveltomambo Rovel Desierdo Tomambo

    dpp (dot) ph is the website

  • http://www.facebook.com/roveltomambo Rovel Desierdo Tomambo

     search youtube: Bal Falcone

    • whyinthisworld

       Amigo am curious to know more about him. Do you also know true background of honasan and gordon? Just want to collate additional info.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucio.v.liwanag Lucio V Liwanag

    Surveys are here and there, Can we not have a survey where in we will be ask if we may get rid that PORK BARREL once and for all. I bet you that once we abolished it . very few would like to enter politics anymore . They keep saying WE WANT TO SERVE the Filipino people which is really bullshit, they just want to become powerful and rich.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIWYLFLU4LPKS7B2ZLLRVFKS3Y vir_a

    Let’s give this guy a chance or ourselves a better chance with him.

  • markanthonyperera

    referendum…. PORK BARREL.. YES OR NO… for sure…YES wil upheld…pag ang SENATE at HOUSE ang tinanong cgurado..di maabolish yan…

  • http://www.facebook.com/123albert123 Albert C Falcone

    I have been away from the political scene of the Philippines, having left the country 30 odd years ago.  However as a former youth activist during those times of Marcos era, and as a Filipino  by blood, I am entitled to make a comment.  If we continue the old system of traditional politics, it would be like crazy to expect different result because that  is exactly what it is, CRAZY

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ETNUG6HPDQOSLORHMP6IHT4XDU ricky

    “Baldomero Falcone said the abolition of the pork barrel system would naturally lead to the eradication of another evil in Philippine society—political dynasties .. and CORRUPTION.”

    –Very true. Nuff said.

  • whyinthisworld

    My dear voters. As we all know not all pinoy’s senatorial line up are qualified and credible, more so una’s line up are all worst. Now I strongly suggest that we choose our candidates from an independent  personality like alcantara, falcone, and seneres. There might be more good independent candidates and for a change, let’s try them.

  • cute79

    sana gamitin nya ang social media tulad ng facebook at twitter para makilala sya ng mga tao at para maipahatid nya sa mga tao  ang kanyang   magandang layunin para sa bayan kapag sya ay nahalal.Karamihan sa mga pinoy ay may mga facebook at twitter accts .

  • vince_bugaboo

    At least siya maliwanag n’yang ipinangangako na aalisin ang pork barrel, at kung kung hindi n’ya gagawin o magawa, meron tayong maisisumbat sa kanya, at hindi s’ya takot masumbatan. 
    Here’s one crusader who promises changes and has no record of PANDARAMBONG. So, baka sakali, why not? Basta against these entrenched and known mga TULISAN, maski sino iboboto ko! At kung lahat ng botong hindi natin ibibigay sa mga LINTANG nagkukunyaring TAO ay mapupunta kay Falcone, may pag-asa tayong maipanalo s’ya at magkaroon tayo ng pagbabago.

  • vince_bugaboo

    The adage “better the devil I know…” does not apply here.
    Bakit ko iboboto ang “demonyong” alam ko namang hindi titigil ng pag-gawa ng kademonyohan?
    Mas gusto ko na ‘yung di ko kilala na baka sakaling magiging mabuting lider pala!

  • calipso_2100

    A good question for you sir Falcone is how will you convince both houses to pass a bill to eliminate the pork barrel?  Because if you don’t have a plan yet on how to do that, then your promise will just be as good as the usual pangakong napapako.  You may actually file the bill but if both houses junk it, it’s nothing.  So, Im more interested on how you are going to convince your colleagues because that’s the difficult part. Saying you are anti-Pork is easy.

    • mike

      ang tamang example jan ang “RH Bill”. nagawa natin isabatas ang RH Bill. Tulak ni Presidente and put pressure kay Tongressman at sa mga Senatongs. 

  • Iya So

    It appears that most of these independent/alternative parties share common beliefs/principles. It may be a sound idea to form coalitions like the “Big Boys” (albeit trapo) do, to beef up their network, increase nationwide awareness and therefore give a real fighting chance to a new, good brand of politics and breed of politicians. And yes, someone suggested the use of social media, so get media-savvy guys, use the new alternative media as well. Let’s just not “leave it to God” Mr. Falcone, ‘ika nga “Nasa Diyos ang awa, nasa tao ang gawa”. Just my ten cents. :)

  • talagalangha

    I will vote for this guy…am so fed up with the usual names..I also like Mitos Magsaysay…!

  • mike

    kung sa tingin nyo eh malabong mangyari kung nag-iisa syang lumalaban kontra sa “Pork Barrel” di rin naman pwede na lahat nalang i-asa natin lahat sa kanya. binoto nyo nga si Lito Lapid ng ilang beses ito pa kayang may si Mr. Falcone na mas malawak na kaalaman sa economics.

  • Fayha

    Yung Pork Barrel lang naman ang habol nang mga Pulitiko. kaya lalo silang yumayaman. hinde sa Project napunta ang pera instead sa BULSA nila.I am 100% agree ako kay Falcone. you have my vote.

  • for_Prosperity

    You have my vote, Mr. Falcone! Kung sakali mang pumasok ka sa Top 12, i hope hindi ka magbago.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MJFXCRSCXRWPLL42QQKSINC3AQ Mamerto

    It takes more than JUST Promises to get elected to any National Position.
    What have you done before to strengthen any ‘election promise’ that you make?

  • Oliver82

    Oo nga naman.. Sounds totoo naman. If you win and you set an example to us, show the People that Economy is much important than Philippine Politics then nasa likod mo kami.

  • jackereno

    SIR FALCONE YOU HAVE MY VOTE TOO. SAWANG SAWA NA AKO SA MGA NANDIYAN SA SENADO/CONGRESS. PURO MAGNANAKAW. PLEASE, WHEN YOU WIN THIS ELECTION DO YOUR BEST TO ABOLISH THE PORK BARREL- THE ROOT CAUSE OF ALL EVIL. PAG HINDI YAN NATANGGAL, WAG NA TAYO UMASA NA AASENSO PA ANG PINAS. PAGNAKATIKIM NA NG NAKAW NA PERA ANG PULITIKO GUSTO LAHAT NG PAMILYA MAGING PULITIKO DIN. SILA SILA NA LANG. SARAP NA SARAP SILA SA PERANG DI NILA PINAGHIRAPAN. KAWAWA TAYONG ORDINARY TAXPAYERS, KULANG NA LANG PATI PAG ETCHOS NATIN I-TAX PA NILA. DAPAT SPRAYHAN NG INSECTICIDE YANG  MGA BUWAYA NA YAN.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hermienne-T-Gutierrez/100002898970635 Hermienne T. Gutierrez

      sir YES money is the Root of all evil.” Hindi kasi katulad ang gobyerno natin na inaudit weekly or monthly ang mga expenses at pinakikita sa tao ang lahat ng mga ginawa ng gobyerno Hal. Tulay ng Maynila magkakano ang magagstos at ano-ano ang mga binili , at sino-sino ang binayaran,kagaya ng simbahan sinasabinila sa Tao ang lahat ng mga nagastos sa pagpapagawa ng simbahan.Bidding public pero kaya ba nilang ipublic ang lahat ng mga nagamit nilang pera sa proyekto nila.May COA tayo,may SALN ..ngayon malapit ng eleksiyon nagsisilipan na sila.

  • bongarroyo

    Ganito rin ang sinabi ng mga poilitikong nakaupo na ngayon….pero ano?

    Lahat ng kumakandidato iisa lang ang tono…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYYFBINDMTZHM6TDHPB667452M agustin

       He he he he he !, ganon ba ? pero wala akong natandaan na sinabi ito ng mga naka upo ngayon. kung ganon nakakahiya sila dapat huwag na silang tumakbo at hindi na sila dapat bobotohin.

  • Jao Ramos

    Great insight sir! You have my vote.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

    Porky ideas won’t sell to muslims.

  • http://www.facebook.com/choy.sanz.9 Choy Sanz

     Sumubok nga tayo sa mga kandidatong kilalang-kilala na natin na maglustay ng pork barrel nila.
    Sana madala naman tayo at subukan naman iyong mukhang honest, down-to-earth candidate na nagsasabing isusulong ang kapakanan ng mahihirap. Saludo ako sa iyo Bal Falcone. You have my vote…!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ELGS2BPKJKG5PDWJAOOCF7K5KI Albert

    This idea has died before it began.

    There is a reason why there is no such thing in the Philippines as an unsecured loan.
    If you do not know that reason, you can’t be a very good businessman.

  • chitetskoy

    ang mga pulitiko parang lampin. minsan-minsan pinapalitan.

    bigyan natin ng pagkakataon itong si G. Falcone. para iba naman ang mga nasa senado na mukhang mula 1986 pa sila nandun. 

  • malek_abdul

    Falcone is worth a try. At least for a change. I will vote for him.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYYFBINDMTZHM6TDHPB667452M agustin

    No to UNA & Team Pnoy, yes to the independent senatorial candidates. yes to Falcone and no yes to trapos, celebrities and dynasty candidates.

  • BOYPDAF

    Pork barrel, Political Dynasty, Passing of FOI…if theses three happens magiging masaya ang buhay ng mga Pilipino, at kakaunti ang lalaban na mga mayayaman sa politika kasi wala na silang babawiin,sa ganun mgkakaron ng patas na pagpili ang mga tao dahil lahat ng kwalipikado ay mabibigyan ng pagkakataon.siguro ala ng mkakapagbayad ng mahal sa TV ad at mga surveys..Tao sa Tao at manu manu ang laban at pagpapakilala..Hay kailan kaya ito mangyayari?

    • http://www.facebook.com/sonny.azores Sonny Azores

      mangyayari yan pag nagsimula na tayo ngayon pa lang

  • DGuardian

    Ginoong Falcone:  Nais ko po sanang ipa-abot sa inyo ang aking humble suggestion na nai-post ko sa isang artikulo ng Inquirer na may pamagat na “They treat us like animals”. Kayo po, bilang executive director ng Sagip Bansa Pilipinas Foundation, Inc. ay siyang dapat  pagbigyan ng suhestiyon na ito. Naniniwala po ako na kayo ay isang righteous na tao at nais ninyo ding mapabuti ang ating bansa at ang lahat ng mga Pilipino dahil sa inyong tapat na pagmamahal sa Pilipinas at sa mga Pilipino at dahil na rin sa inyong hangarin na iwanan sa ibang araw ang inyong mga anak at ang darating ninyo pang mga salin-lahi sa isang maunlad, ligtas, payapa, at magandang Pilipinas. Alam ko po na ito rin ang hangad ninyo sa lahat ng mga Pilipino at sa darating pa nilang mga salin-lahi. Ganoon din po ang aking hangarin at alam ko pong siya ring hangarin ng karamihan sa ating mga Pilipino. Heto na po ang aking comment na may suhestiyon. Paging-dapatin ninyo po sanang basahin at sana ay magkaroon ito ng puwang sa mahabang listahan ng mga kapuri-puri at mga noble projects na pinapangarap ninyo para sa ating bayan. Nakikini-kinita ko na po, hindi ninyo pa man sabihin, ang napakagagandang dreams, visions, and goals ninyo para sa ating bansa. Dapat po ay kayo ang Presidente ng Pilipinas. May kapasidad po kayo, isip, at damdamin na ma-feel at maunawaan ang labis-labis at walang hanggang paghihirap ng mga nagdaralitang Pilipino. Lagi ko pong ipagdadasal na manalo kayo sa eleksiyon. Kailangan po kayo ng ating bayan.

    Sana ang mga bilyonaryo at mga milyonaryo sa Pilipinas ay magdonate ng malalaki para sa rehabilitation ng Mindanao lalo na sa mga lugar ng mga kapatid nating mga Muslim. Puwede namang ibawas sa kanilang mga taxes ang donasyon. Napagnanakaw ang mga pondo ng gobyerno, kaya’t hindi na natin mahihintay pa ang pamahalaan na kumilos. Dapat magtayo sa Mindanao ng mga ospital, eskuwelahang elementarya, high school, at universidad, mga housing units at mga buildings na ayon sa tradisyonal na arkitektura na mga kababayan nating Muslim, roads, bridges, seaports, airports, mga livelihood projects, at mga tulong at scientfic technology para mai-angat ang agrikultura ng pagtatanim at pangingisda. Makakabuti rin na maglaan ng isang long-term na proyekto na makakatulong sa mga komunidad ng mga kapatid nating mga Muslim gaya ng pag-acquire para sa mga komunidad ng mga malalawak na lupain na tataniman ng mga palm trees na katulad ng sa Sabah na pagkaraan ng ilang taon ay puwede nang pag-anihan ng mga tao ng komunidad na ang mga kita ay equally na paghahati-hatiin sa kanila. Sila na rin ang siyang mangangalaga at magmamalasakit sa mga itinanim na mga puno. May livelihood projects din na mahahango mula sa mga dahon ng palm trees. Kapag natapos na sa Mindanao, sana ay sa Visayas at Luzon naman.
    Kung matatahimik at uunlad ang Mindanao, at maging ang Luzon at Visayas, ang mga mayayamang negosyanteng ito ay maaari namang magtayo ng mga negosyo nila doon, dahil ang buying power ng mga mamamayan ay tataas at magkakaroon ang mga negosyante ng mas malawak na consumer base. Kaya lang, ang dapat mamahala dito ay isang mapagkakatiwalaang organisasyon na walang kaugnayan sa gobyerno. Sana ay mayroong magpa-abot sa mga mayayamang negosyante natin tungkol sa kahilingang ito. Maraming salamat.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XA4MZXAOZTSMUUBNQ47VAWPRYY marcus

    you got my vote!!! Hagedorn as well. We  need big change!

  • http://www.6figureetal.com 6figureetal

    Falcone rin ako!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hermienne-T-Gutierrez/100002898970635 Hermienne T. Gutierrez

    dO you believe in God..may be yes..God the father ..Blessed Virgin Mary and jesus christ and his diciples….in any religious sect they have agood leader even in the catholic Church..same in any kind of Government ..they have a leader..those who are againts dynasty are those who wants to win . or againts to those Families. If you want to enter politics and follow the foot steps of your Families ..and all of your friends ..it doesn’t matter if they have political dynasty as long as those people believe in you , like your Good behavior,they help and protect in time of need , and they have mission and vision.If those Families are If The Parents become president The vice came from the other Party , If the Husband or wife Childrens become Senators, congressman , Mayors ,Barangay captains ,Councillors So what if they love helping people.what matter is we are responsible enough whom we choose.If we choose whole families and they are trying to control not to become one of the corrupt Families and they want to continue their mission …and they have a vision How the Philippines. the Government and the people will become in the near future so be it.It is not in The Political dynasty worsen the Philippine Government and in its poverty but we are worsen by our own greediness .”Marami kasing Tao kung Minsan ay Kapwa pa Pilipino ang Nagsasamantala sa kaniyang Kapwa.”Sabi ng DIYOS 2 utos lang niya ang susundin at ang iba ay di na Christ centered ” at ang sabi “LET US PUT LOVE IN OUR WORK” nasa intention at ugali po natin ang ikabubuti at ikasasama ng magiging BUHAY ng ating kapwa Pilipino o ng PILIPINAS.GOD BLESS!! If you want to help run for Senatorial Slate with out backfighting anybody.GOD will Helpyou!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hermienne-T-Gutierrez/100002898970635 Hermienne T. Gutierrez

    Sir: kindly read these: I am an ordinary person ,I have question
    Do you speak or understand tagalog : Bakit mo gustong eliminate ang pork Barrel: Ang pera ay pera pero depende sa taong hahawak at kung saan gagamitin . I am not againts Pork barrel kung sa mabuti kamay o tao mapupunta .Marami ng yumaman ng dahil sa pera. Sa masama o sa mabuting paraan. Paano ninyo sasabihan ang mga may pork barrel na gamitin nalang nila ito sa mabuti.ang iba ginagamit nila yata sa pangangampanya o sa ibang activities o proyektona gustonilang gawin .Sa isang Bayn katulad ng visaya ,Maraming mahihirap na lugar na di naaabot ng mga proyekto nila.Kung may mabuting kalooban ang isang senator gagamitin niya ito sa magagndang proyekto na gusto niya. Ngunit Paano ang mga senators o ibang kalaban ninyo o nila na maraming sinasabi na binubulsa daw ng mga senators. Si senator Lacson di niya tinatangap ang Pork barrel niya .Pero yun ay pwedeng maitulong niya sa mga taong mahihirap.O Ipunin niya at pagdating ng araw ay magagamit din.Bakit di ninyo itanong sa mga Senators kung saan nilaginagamit ang pera ng bayan o Pork barrel nila. Bakit di ninyo subukan gamitin ito ( pork Barrel ) sa magagndang Projects ng mga senators( na pagdating ng araway maaalala nila “eto tong Building na”to ,tong Schoolna ‘to,tong Gymnasium , o proyektong Pagpapaaral sa lahat ng mga Batang mahihirap ” galing ito sa pondo ng mga Senators sa “pork barrel nila” Hindi ba nakakatuwa at masarap at magaang sa pakiramdam na ang pera ng pork barrel ay napunta sa mga proyekto na pagdating ng araw ay maaalala “eto ay galing sa mga Senators at sa pork barrel nila.” Ano po ang maitutulong ninyo regarding sa Pork barrel . GOD BLESS PO!!

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