Fresh ideas by ‘new blood’ at 2nd Inquirer Senate Forum


Senatorial candidates (from left) Bam Aquino, JC de los Reyes, Risa Hontiveros, Greco Belgica, Marwil Llasos, Mitos Magsaysay, Christian Señeres and Bal Falcone join the 2nd Senate Forum of the Philippine Daily Inquirer at University of Baguio on Thursday. EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

BAGUIO CITY—Remove the expanded value-added tax and charge all Filipinos with a much lower flat tax to allow the breadwinner to bring home more money.

Let the government start offering college financing programs. Make people learn securitization, the process of collecting mortgaged assets covered by bad debts so these could be converted into bond investments and make more money for the country.

These were some of the fresh, and occasionally fantastic, ideas that were presented on Thursday by new political blood at the 2nd Inquirer Senate Forum at the University of Baguio here.

Taking center stage were senatorial aspirants whom the Inquirer editors called “new blood:” Entrepreneur Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, 36; Ang Kapatiran president John Carlos “JC” de los Reyes, 43; former Manila Councilor Greco Belgica, 35; former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros, 47; and Zambales Rep. Milagros “Mitos” Magsaysay, 49.

They were joined by another Kapatiran member, lawyer Marwil Llasos, 38; former Buhay Rep. Christian Señeres, 37; and business consultant Baldomero “Bal” Falcone, 68.

Like the first forum at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, on April 10, the Baguio event was theme-driven that followed the question: “What can new voices contribute to the Senate?”

Belgica proposed to introduce a uniform public tax, saying government officials control too much public funds to the detriment of the majority.

“Public money goes to the pockets of politicians…. Why can’t we allow the common Filipino to keep his earnings?” he said.

Flat tax rate

By reducing taxes to a flat rate of 10 percent of all manner of income, households can increase consumer spending, Belgica said, adding that the increase in demand would help lower prices of goods and services, including gasoline and electricity.

“Dapat hawak ng tao ang pera, hindi diretso sa bulsa ng pulitiko (The average Filipino should control money, and not let it go straight to the pockets of politicians),” he said.

Falcone proposed to increase public capital through securitization, which, he said, he wanted to teach all Filipinos. He said once bad assets were made viable, government should make better projects on which to spend the increased public revenue.

Education solutions

Team PNoy partymates Aquino and Hontiveros shared the notion that providing subsidy for aspiring college students would “complete the bridge” that the Aquino administration started when government reformed the basic education system with the K+12 program.

Aquino proposed to build a college loan facility.

Their rivals chimed in with their own education solutions. Belgica, for example, proposed to scrap the pork barrel and use the money to capitalize a tuition voucher fund.

Principled Senate

Aquino said the youth valued education these days because their outlook had become more global due to technology and to a broadening social conscience.

Llasos proposed to restore a “principled” Senate, after the moderators, editor-in-chief Abel Ulanday and columnist Rina Jimenez-David, threw questions about recent Senate feuds that had gone public.

“Let’s bring back the golden age of Philippine politics to the Senate. We had the likes of [Claro M.] Recto, [Jose] Diokno, [Lorenzo] Tañada, Ninoy Aquino, who debated on the basis of platform and principle and not on the basis of personality. We should do leadership by example,” Llasos said.

De los Reyes said his campaign was to institute a God-driven governance and proposed to combat political dynasties, despite his own lineage. He is a nephew of another senatorial candidate, former Sen. Richard Gordon.

“I am tired of all the Binays and Enriles. Year after year, they try to turn our heads,” De los Reyes said.


Magsaysay reiterated her stance against the reproductive health law and agreed with Belgica when she stressed that population increase should not be blamed for poverty.

Magsaysay, a candidate of the United Nationalist Alliance, championed health and education during the discussions.

Señeres advocated change like the rest of the candidates. He said he planned to use his pork barrel, if elected, to build schools, sports centers and public libraries and to work for the passage of laws that ban dynasties.

Half of the candidates were too new for Baguio residents, and many campaigned unrecognized before and after the forum.

Belgica shook hands when he arrived at the UB in a T-shirt and some of the people he met looked surprised. He arrived here shortly before the forum started at 1:45 p.m. from Tuguegarao City, a 12-hour travel by land.


Many of the candidates said they spent some time doing rituals before the show, a process they learned on the road.

Llasos, a lawyer, cracked jokes at the lounge with his fellow candidates, to help him prepare for the discussions.

De los Reyes spent time at the UB chapel before the forum. Hontiveros, a staunch RH advocate, said her backstage ritual before she faced an audience was “to breathe deeply and collect my thoughts.”

“I’m glad to be part of this election. Although they say that we are not popular, our candidacy enabled us to equalize the elections,” Señeres said.—Reports from Vincent Cabreza, Frank Cimatu and Desiree Caluza, Inquirer Northern Luzon

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  • superpilipinas

    Because these people are new, we have better chances with most of them to have progress.

    With the old traditional politicians, political dynasties, benafactors of patronage politics, incompetent movie and TV personalities, Philippines can only have little or can not have progress at all.

    I’ll vote for these candidates. Except a few who only rely on their surnames and without any background of achievements in public office or private life.

    • Guest

      that is what was said before ng mga trapo na ngaun… blood that contaminated na kumukurakot na din

  • Weder-Weder Lang

    Japorms si Mitos. Sana she can look straight, para we can see her eye to eye.

    Losyang na si Risa Hontiveros, a far cry from her activist days in Ateneo.

    Sabik na mangurakot si Bam Aquino, an entrepreneur making money out of politics.

    • ernievictory

      a ayan ka na naman. umandar na naman ang inggit mo sa mga Aquino. pati si Bam na kabagobago ay sinasabihan mong kurakot. si Bam ay may nagawa na para sa taong bayan. ikaw ba ?

      • Weder-Weder Lang

        nagawa para sa bayan? sinuportahan nga nya ang pandaraya ni GMA, corrupt yang batang yan.

      • Guest

        Tama…tang-nge si Fnoy..dati suporter ni si GMA si BAM-BAm Bum

    • cato_the_younger

      Insightful comments weder, insightful. Para lang palang beauty pageant ang eleksiyon.

      • Weder-Weder Lang

        aba, sinong nagsabi na hindi beauty pageant ang eleksiyon? yan ang sabi ng kapitbahay kong si Toyang, kajamming kong si Gebong, kachokarat kong si Jugjug at marami pang iba. kaw lang naman ang bulag sa katotohanan.


      Si Hontiveros? Gurang pero utak estudyante pa rin. Tumandang walang natutunan.
      Idealist but not realist, pang teen ang kanyang ideas …. Yaks !

      Si Bam? gustong manalo sa pamamagitan ng “Dangling loan money to voters”. Hindi ganyan katanga ang Filipino. Platform ni Bam > Vote to Loan … Yaks !

  • farmerpo

    Nasaan o nasaan ang dakilang alalay ni Daddy? Kulang ba ang lighting? Sa senado na ba natin siya makikita (kung maliwanag ang ilaw)? Ganito rin sana sa listahan ng candidates, invisible ang pangalan ng walang dating.

  • Guest

    Binobola kayo ng mga yan..Gumagawa lang sila batas, at ilan election na lagi issue riders sa trabaho, low prices, low electricity….edukasyon.. Maski isang batas meron bang naipasa ar nakinabang taong bayan..Si Enrile sabi ibaba elecgtricty ..para happy ka..Si Cayetano..PTK…as if may nagawa na siya nung panahon na un/….ala ala..Si erap , sa mahirap daw at mga anak din ganun..SWi Binay ..dynastry of corruption tinatayo..Wag kayo pabola…Si BAm hanap buhay daw at si Villar..Bakit dami pa din under employed at walang trabaho..May ikinabuti ba buhay ng pankaraniwang pinoy? Mataas pa din bilihin. utilities..Pero pinagmamalaki economiya sa growth-growth..Ang pinoy hindi un alam ay nararamdaman..Silmura at pangangailangan nila ang indicator…..Pati un peace and order, matindi..sinyales na dami pa din naghihirap…Yan tuwid na daan? sino ang andyan? Bakit marami pa din tiwali at KKK pa pero pinagtatakpan

  • speaksoftlylove

    Yong NPC napatunayang straight UNA na sa rally sa Pangasinan at si
    Gatchalian pa mandin ang nagyabang na “swing vote” daw ang Pangasinan and the rest of Ilocandia. This is the same UNA spokesperson who previously debunked Rep. Cojuangco’s statement before that the coalition between the LP and NPC is “only a mere piece of paper now.”

    Added to this is the endorsement of Lakas-CMD which only supports
    three LP senatorial candidates. And finally, based on the crowd’s
    presence in provincial sorties, tiyak mangangamote and Team Malisya kung
    walang hocus PCOS and labanan. Swerte na lang kung may makalusot na
    tatlo sa LP. Nalintikan na, tiyak mauubos ang natirang buhok ni PNoy

    With this move of NPC, siguradong maraming junking ang mangyayari at marami ang magtatalunan dyan bago mageleksyon. Wanna bet?

  • bryanbrian

    Una sa line up ko si Bam Aquino, my idol college valedictorian!

    • FILIPINOpatriot4ever

      Outstanding youth and exemplary entrepreneur. His internationally-recognized works with poor communities and micro entrepreneurs are valuable experiences that are uniquely his own that can contribute to lawmaking in institutionalizing support to small businesses and livelihood endeavors of the poor sector.

      • buttones

        Gentle reader, do you know what an entrepreneur is? He is a risk taking businessman, this Bam Aquino wants to elicit funds, my funds, from government and put it to risk to garner some votes. Is this right? If the guy want’s to set up a loan program to small business then fine, but it has to be secured, and the business plans for these ventures have to be vetted so there can be guaranteed a higher percentage of success than failure. Now who will do this? If you go to your bank today with some business plan that is viable, with your own money at risk as well you might get a loan, you might not. The Bank is loaning out other peoples money, in the same way Bam Aquino wants to loan out taxpayers money, mine and yours. Why is government involved with this at all? What are Banks for?

      • ARIKUTIK

        I need job not small business. If I know how to do a really viable business then friends and relatives will loaned out the money as co owners. Money alone is not enough to do profitable business because if it is possible then 90% of Seamen and OFW’s had come back home already doing business by now. Bill Gates did not take out government loan to his business.
        Monthly salary from employment is what I need Bam Aquino is a baby talking loan for business to gather votes like Bribing the voters.
        NO to SWINDLERS……

      • buttones

        Well I agree, but this Bam Aquino guy thinks he can make 50 million of us ‘entrepreneurs’ – the man is not well, it is a stupid concept. In fact if push came to shove, given the option of prancing around in a yellow golf shirt barking for votes, or me on the corner in my heels and stockings earning an ‘honest’ living- what can I possibly say? Now who between the two of us are more honest? Well it isn’t Bam sweetie,, no way. Just a clarification, I don’t hang around on street corners waiting for a Senatorial cavalcade to pass to earn my pennies…….

      • Archie Villaflor

        Well, Bam’s Hapinoy program actually gives training to the nanays because they, in Hapinoy, know that having a business is not enough. Knowing how to run it and budget the money is important.

    • yesyesyo

      Bam Aquino is the outstanding youth candidate for the senate. He has solid personal credentials and track record. He is absolutely deserving of my sacred vote. I want him to represent our youth sector in the senate.

    • PinoyPower1

      Same here. In total support of good governance and reforms, Bam Aquino is on top of my list.


      For the win! Go Bam Aquino!!

    • padrefaura

      magkano ang bayad sa post na ganito?

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      Bam Aquino is a member of political dynasties, the like of Binay, Ejercito Estrada and Enrile. Don’t forget the Marcos of Ilocos. The Garcia of Cebu.

      • Ricky Espino Junas

        kung ganito naman klase ang dynasty cory aquino,nonoy aquino and then bam i will go for dynasty ,,,,pero kung ang tinutukoy mo ay lahi ng magnanakaw na estrada,marcos,binay, at enrile yan ang bad,,,,,against ako dyan

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      ask him:

      How come nobody came up with job creation platforms for millions of unemployed Filipinos. Everything is hankydory but ignored the most basic needs of Filipinos, jobs, work. Decent jobs. Full time permanent jobs for Filipinos to be able to buy their own house not the government made ghettoes. Total freedom from poverty.
      Filipinos should shout FREEDOM FROM POVERTY.

    • boldyak

      and COjuanco/Aquino political and business dynasty goes on…..tuwang tuwan ang Malaysia nyan….hahahaha… i am predicting that this administration will categorically declare that Philippines’ claim of Sabah is without bases….taga nyo yan sa bato…sa panahon na yan malaman nyo na kung sino ang makaPilipino o makaPili…….hahaha….people should observe what is happening around them…and not as blind as a bat which see/hear only his prey…

  • kismaytami

    New blood, old dynasties.


    magpapakamatay kung maari para maging senador – dahil may baul-baul na pera at kapangyarihan. iyan ang buong katotohanan. ilang pangulo na ba at mga mambabatas ang dumaan? aber?

  • X44

    manyayari kaya lahat yang mga sinasabi nyo? Yung mga nauna sa inyo, wala eh

  • klepto

    Dont believe and trust anyone of this useless maggots. Admin or opposition, all of them are parasites who feed on the sweat and blood of the filipino masses

  • nes911

    Bago ngayon, bukas trapo na

  • regd

    Mitos is HOT! Look at those legs! But sorry, she doesn’t get my vote. But she’ll be my bathroom centerfold-release center later.

    • Guest

      manyak ka hahaha

    • Guest

      nancy binay na lang pin up cover girl in two piece

    • NegaStarr

      Finally, a person with fine taste! Agree ako!


      Ma Turn On ka pala ng Tuyot na, siguro sanay kang gumamit ng babay oil….. eeeeeewwwwwww >>>>>>>

  • Paking

    Dapat ang focus ay “job creation” at kung paano pabalikin ang mga OFW para itong ating bansa ang kanilang paunlarin. Habang importante ang edukasyon, aanhin mo ito kung walang trabaho? Pagkatapos mag-aral, lalabas ng bansa para maghanap-buhay. Kailan magbabago ito? Unahin ang pagtaas sa kalidad ng edukasyon sa bansa bago isulong ang pagdami ng college graduates. Marami kasing unibersidad na “diploma mill” lang at mababang uri ang mga produkto, dapat isara ang mga ito. Pabor ako sa pagsulong nang “new blood” sa ating politika kaysa naman doon sa mga paulit-ulit na nananalo na walang ginagawa kundi magpayaman.

  • dexter

    WHAT!!??? No Nancy Binay!! She should join this kind of forum, to show everyone that she has more qualification other than the daughter of the VP.

    • tyopaeng

      She’s just a plain mother… no qualification what so ever!

  • Archie Villaflor

    ang galing ni Bam kahapon. sa radio nga lang ako nakinig. hehehe. pero bilib ako eversince kay Bam

  • jseesus

    ni minsan di ko pa nakita si nancy binay na sumali sa mga forum, takot cguro mabuking na walang alam. nancy… ano ba? pakitang gilas ka naman, lagi ka nalang tago sa likod ng tatay mong negro….

  • buttones

    Here we go;-

    flat rate. Surely this leads to a loss of income for government? Does this mean
    high income earners, say a million peso a month will have their taxes reduced
    to 10% as well? Will this ‘securitization’ replace this lost income? No general
    figures are mentioned. Buzz word ‘Reduce taxes’

    Solutions. Is this basically student loans? What is this ’subsidy’ where does
    this money come from? How are student loans recovered? -automatically deducted
    monthly from salary when the guy gets a job? Scrap pork barrels? An impossible
    task but the idea certainly will get a few votes from people who don’t realize
    the impossibility of the proposal.

    Principled Senate.

    I’m too young to remember those ‘golden days’, – God driven governance?


    Magsaysay should realize the RH Bill has actually been passed, by a majority, supported
    according to survey, by 70% of the country. Señeres to spend his 230 million on “to build schools, sports centers and public libraries and to work for the passage of laws that ban dynasties.” The first bit very noble, the last bit another impossible dream- [let’s be realistic not recklessly optimistic] – but certainly vote worthy to many. Clearly Señeres doe not see eye to eye with Belgica who doesn’t want pork anyway…

    Rituals- No comment’

    General Appearance of aspirants? 2 points out of 8, if the dress sense of the 6 is meant to show the voters just how ‘ordinary’ they are- well that might work…to me they just look as if they’ve come in from working on the tractor….Smarten up!

    • Jane Tan

      1. Taxes – Imo, empty promise yan kasi hinde siya nag-elaborate ng mabuti. Like you said, lahat na ba 10%, kahit mayaman? Malabo. ‘Reducing taxes’ is still a very general term. And, even if you give a number, it may never see the light of day.

      2. Scrapping pork barrel is impossible. Unless the government decides to do away with the pork barrel system, wherein officials will have to request funds from the national treasury and account for everything spent..

      3. Magsaysay is simply banking on the strength of the Catholic faithful. Whether she herself is faithful, is another story.

      • buttones

        Well to be honest , all this verbiage, these comments from the aspirants are actually carefully pitched to elicit nothing more than a vote- and in the hard light of day the promises made will fade away.. I mean one person wants to scrap the pork, another one wants to spend it, another want’s to end political dynasties- I really don’t think any of these people live in the real world of PH politics, I really don’t, the almost terrifying thing is that some of the electorate will actually believe all this is possible, wherein fact it is not possible at all.. And I believe we have to know in ourselves what is possible and what is not, and in fact to really KNOW the difference. I don’t think many people do, it’s all down to ’reckless’ optimism and our best friend ’hope’….and the singing and dancing of course- goes without saying….

  • tyopaeng

    new blood in the senate BUT no Binays. Ejercitos,Enriles……

    • Guest

      Innnovative mga senador..para mabulsa pork bARREL ..Fake foundations plus fake ngos…twaords daan tungo sa mga bulsa nila

  • catmanjohn

    ‘Young and progressive’ is far better than ‘old and corrupt’. Let’s clear the stench the Marcos reign has left, and it is time for a fresh new progressive Philippines. Never let the old corrupto’s doubt and fear mongering stop you from what you know in your heart must be done, for a better future.

  • Anton_Agaton

    Kailangang manalo ni Nancy Binay. Nakakahiya kasi sa Tatay nya. Sya na
    lang sa pamilya nila ang hindi pa nakikinabang at nakakakurakot sa
    kabang-yaman ng Pilipinas.

  • joshmale2004

    Flat income tax rate especially for salaried employers or the fixed income earners will give more benefits to high salaried earners and not the minimum wage earners. If the candidates really want to help minimum to average wage earners, the Income tax table and allowed deductibles should be revised instead:

    Existing: P10,000.00 below – 5% tax, 10k to 30k – 10% tax + 500.00 in excess of 10k, 30k to 70k – 15% + 2,250.00 in excess of 30L

    Proposed: P10,000 below – tax exempt, 10k to 30k – 5% flat, 30k to 70k – 10% flat.

    (This will surely increase the purchasing power of minimum and middle wage earners)


    Existing: 50,000.00 for single, married or head of the family.
    Proposed: 75,000 for single, married or head of the family.

    Existing : 25,000k additional per dependent maximum of 4

    Proposed: 50,000k additional per dependent maximum of 4

    Taxes forf ixed earners above P100k month maybe retained.

    I believe, if the candidates or the government is sincere in uplifting the living conditions of this sector, and if the government has the will, this can be done. The taxes lost on this segment of the working population can be diverted to excise taxes on imported items and taxes on sin and luxury products where the consumers are highly salaried people.

    While the additional purchasing power of the minimum and middle salary earners will boost the local production industry and beef up our local products.

  • NegaStarr

    Grabe ang kapit ni Llasos kay Belgica :)

  • huseng_batute

    “… the increase in demand would help lower prices of goods and services, including gasoline and electricity.”

    Inaral ba nito ang law of supply and demand?


      Papano maka pag aral yon eh utak unggoy.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Belgica is off with flat income tax of 10%. Majority of Filipinos are low income or can be considered nothing, zero, nil, nada. Income tax should be in a sliding scale. The higher your income bracket the higher the rate. Family should have a non taxable income level. For example, P100k is a non-taxable income for individual taxpayer, over that will be taxable using the sliding scale.

  • Politics without principle

    Kung sino man ang may idea ng low tax na yan i-disqualify na kasi di alam sinasabi at di nag-iisip ng malalim.

    Sobrang bad ng idea saan kukuha ng budget for school, military, police, etc etc. Ano na magiging work nila?

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    NOw that all Filipinos has higher education, can you provide jobs for all of them when they graduated so that they can start paying back their education debt?
    Do you have a plan for job creation too?
    Providing jobs, decent jobs for all unemployed Filipinos, they will taste freedom, the real freedom in a democratic and capitalist country. They will feel secure to go the bank and get a mortgage loan to buy a house and they can choose wherever they want to live. Not on government handout ghettos of incomplete housing project full of graft and corruptions.

    JOBS. talk about job creation.

  • Ibulgarmo Bayan

    I am hoping that Mr. Bam would not ignore his great platforms in government once elected to the senate. Like other young and bright guys before who have good expressive promises had forgotten when elected because they become contaminated by the corrupt practices in the senate.

  • Ako_Hiking

    Nothing against Bam but let us all be honest with ourselves…if his last name was not Aquino and his cousin was not the President of the Philippines his name will not even be considered as a front runner. If his name was Bam Velasco he would not be relevant at all.

    • buttones

      Very true, had it been Bam Bam thank you ma’am- another matter………. of course….

      • Ako_Hiking

        Don’t get it wrong…he might be a good guy and maybe some day might even make a good Senator but the fact that he is running now in his first year of eligibility and being endorsed by the President is proof that his last name is getting him through the door. He hasn’t accomplished much in government and has no experience in elected government positions so it’s just surprising his name is relevant.

      • ARIKUTIK

        Nobody talks about PH corrupt judiciary. Nobody talks about morality which is the guiding principle for good governance. All they got are baby ideas born out of clueless minds. It’s the money that corrupts everyone. If unexplained wealth can not be prosecuted by the evidence of wealth alone then PH governance will remain corrupt for eternity. The citizens will remain jobless poor. No matter what education is imposed K+1000 whatever. Education can not create jobs or capital for industries. Education for quality worker can only be achieve through on the job training/study not in Parrot Universities.
        The wisdom for governance IS > No ruler will be allowed to store tons of gold and the judiciary is to persecute any ruler with un-explained wealth.
        The new bloods are like teens doing experiments out of curios clueless brain.

        Do not vote neophytes like Bam Aquino, they are nothing but babies.

    • Ricky Espino Junas

      Sa credentials at mga nagawa nya at mga awards lokal at international kahit siguro hindi sya aquino i will still vote for him

      • Ako_Hiking

        Highly unlikely…you will vote for him because of his last name and relations with the President. Many people have won awards local and international but you don’t see their names in the news and you don’t see President Aquino appearing on commercials with them.

      • Ricky Espino Junas

        my point is Aquino family is honest,loyal,and clean of all politicians he ,,,,the president is the best credible endorser and Bum is Aquino trusted………..will you go for Binay,/Estrada ,Enrile or Marcos the answer is obvious no way sa magnanakaw

      • Ako_Hiking

        YOu know what…Aquino may be the most honest and most clean as you say of all politicians but that is not saying much in the Philippine government. It takes more than just being honest and loyal to run a country.

      • Ricky Espino Junas

        number 2 influencial people in the world 3
        is obama bakit? kase sa kanyang magaling na pamamahala ,strong political will…..

    • buttones

      It is not surprising at all [in regard to his name] it’s actually more than half of the equation-..


    PH is doomed so many young voters and neophyte politicians are capitalizing on the youth. PH will be ruled by babies.

    Penoy an old baby, … waaahhhhh….doomsday ! Bam Aquino is baby neophyte

  • vladimirski

    This is what we need. Fresh young minds, idealistic towards the country’s success. Hopefully they can step up to the challenge :) Good luck


      Fresh young minds are like clueless teens. Their ideas is more of fantasy than realistic truth. Take the case of Bam who wish to give out loans for small business. That was done before by the government by giving goats, pigs to poor farmers for them to take care and let it multiply into profitable income. The goats along with pig ends up as delicious dish on fiesta table.
      Fresh young minds are clueless. Bam Aquino is neophyte splashing around tax payers money for fiesta celebrations. NO to clueless neophytes, Bam is a baby.

      • superpilipinas

        It’s part of progress to have fresh minds. We need “fantastic” ideas sometimes….in brainstorm sessions….it’s called “think out of the box”.

        better ideas and products of today was someones “foolish dream” of the past.
        if we stuck with old phone engineers, we will surely do not have iPhones today.

        we can’t elliminate all trapos but we should elliminate half of them so we have progress. our congress is full of trapos today. if we vote all fresh today, then we have a good mix of very stable and new fresh ideas in congress.

      • ARIKUTIK

        Fantastic ideas that created iPhones today?. You are talking about corporate engineers hired through IQ test. Politicians are not screened by IQ test.How can they come up with fantastic Ideas? What is needed from politicians is Party principle! Not children ideas. Even grade 1 section 13, repeater can come up with ideas but no one will support. The same is true in politics, an individual idea will not gain support. It must be Party Idea.

        The “Fresh New Blood” are blabbering so many individual ideas with out party endorsement. What they think they are, “one man army”? It clearly demonstrate that they are nothing but child brain with out knowledge of principles.

      • yew_tan

        Sorry to say but old dogs can’t learn new tricks that’s all. It gives enough reason why Philippines is bug down to almost giving up the ghost, while it’s neighbors in the block stride by leaps and bounds along the path to become industrialized.. It’s sad that most people like you don’t realize the importance of innovation as an instrument for change and are too complacent to stick with things of the old, and not willing to make the change. Besides being able to read and write, there ought to be a law allowing individuals only to vote, if they measure up to certain IQ standard. I’d bet you would fall short of the criteria. My two cents to idiots.

      • ARIKUTIK

        Idiots can be classified as person with ideas like = 1. Remove VAT and charge all Filipinos ….. with FLAT tax. > the dumbest idiot of all time. 2. College financing program. Scrap pork barrel and use the money to capitalize a tuition voucher fund. > PH is already swarmed by unemployed University graduates but the clueless dumb wants more at govt. expense…. aaarrrggghhhh… 3) Confiscate mortgage asset’s….. to make more money for the country > how can it make more money out of property taken from one to be given to the other ? Dumb idiot !

        I had enough of their idiot ideas, I can not write anymore …… Are these what you call deserving young blood? What we need is principled Party not idiot individuals.

      • josh_alexei

        This is what got with Individual Partyless Platform..even good ideas, practical and doable get forgotten very soon…That is why I am a Great Supporter of a very Strong Party System of government where even a personal Idea of any party member or the Party Member etched among the Platform of the Party will be seen to its Fruition…When PM Chretien launched his Party Platform where his Ideas along with his party were all summarized in his Red Book, one among his platform is to Balance the Budget…and for more than a Decade he not only balance the Budget but sustain a Substantial Surplus and the PM due to Physical affliction during his youth can not even express himself eloquently…in any of our two official languages…and when Tommy Douglas, the Leader of the First Socialist Party in North America came up with the Idea of Universal Care funded by TAX, just about every one was skeptical if he can fund it..and how…He said that he will TAX the Rich and the Very Wealthy their fair share and he did it..his reasoning was by providing the population with tax funded health care and education and all other social programs, their income will be devoted to creating more wealth and will benefit everyone including those who paid much in Taxes…he stayed in Politics for 50 years to make sure that his ideas work and can be is now even owned by the Rightists and become our Fundamental rights..

      • ARIKUTIK

        Agree, strong disciplined 2 party system is the vehicle to reach K-TV bar of exotic red rose girls and wines.

  • Monsi Serrano

    You called Mitos Magsaysay as “new blood”? Tsk, tsk, tsk… That daughter of a female dog is an expert from corruption. Defending Gloria Arroyo from all her corruptions and abuses.

    • indiosbravos2002

      More of an old cow, if I may add. Makunat na balat nyan. Being in the lower house for almost a decade is not new blood

  • indiosbravos2002

    How come wala si Nancy Binay dito? Nagtatago pa rin ba kay Hontiveros


    Ok na sana FRESH sana lahat,Kasama lng si Mitos!ang gaganda ng idea nila kaya lng ayaw kagatin ng mga Trapo,they will not allow the pork to be abolished!

    • superpilipinas

      kung iboboto ng karamihan ang mga baguhan at bumaba ang mga boto ng mga trapong running for reelection, matatakot yang mga natitirang trapo at sa palagay ko, maging wake-up call nila at mapilitan magbago.

  • superpilipinas

    better ideas and products of today were some people’s “unrealistic dreams” of the past. if we stuck with older phone engineers, we would not have iPhones today. but iPhones would not be stable if not for the proven experience of older engineers.

    stability with progress needs balance of old and fresh minds. but today we only have old minds.

    in the senate, half of the seats are up for voting. if we vote all fresh in this 2013 elections, then we will have a good mix of remaining trapos and of fresh lawmakers and a balance of very stable and of fresh ideas.

  • josh_alexei

    It is always the same..nice promises, eloquence and grandiose dreams but how would you do them? Ideas that will bring the population prosperity and progress are not made of pie and honey…they need sacrifices and pain and hard work…and TAXES that must be paid and the helping hand of every member of society, rich and poor, politician, priest, crooks and saints. We did not have the Tax Funded Universal health care without paying the High rate in taxes…and paid we did…we should have none of the Fully funded pre-University Education if our very wealthy and millionaires and billionaires pay less taxes than the lesser income entertainers…we could not have the Universally Subsidized Post Secondary Education if our Banks do not co-operate and grant the Student’s Assistance Loans to any student who’s parents can not afford to pay their share of Educating their children…Yes, these Ideas need Funding, and people need jobs to be able to pay taxes to fund these programs and the Young Blood with too many unpractical ideas without telling the voters..where the Money should come from when at the same time, they wanted to give but do not want to take…How about ways to stump out Corruption?

    • josh_alexei

      In my post, i mentioned the Subsidized Post Secondary Education and the Availability of Student’s Assistance Loans extended by the is how it works…Universities and Colleges are subsidized between 50 to 75 % defending on the Fiscal health but students need funding for their board and lodging, transportation and other extras…here is where the Banks get it…the Student applies for Loan and his family income will be Automatically assessed if he is entitled for non loan grants and bursaries and whatever the other needs the Bank will extend the loans INTEREST of which will be paid by the government until the completion of the student’s programs and upon gainful employment or income (this will be apparent on the income tax returns) for which the loan account will then be assumed by the Student loaner…see, that is not a very complicated idea after all…

  • boshog

    Would really love to see Nancy Binay in one of these discussions. Please invite her, she might say something intelligent.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    How come nobody came up with job creation platforms for millions of unemployed Filipinos. Everything is hankydory but ignored the most basic needs of Filipinos, jobs, work. Decent jobs. Full time permanent jobs for Filipinos to be able to buy their own house not the government made ghettoes. Total freedom from poverty.
    Filipinos should shout FREEDOM FROM POVERTY.

  • Guest

    Senator Cayetano:; totoo po bang umayaw si Direk
    Lino na sipingan ang asawa mo para magkaanak kayo? Dahil ba nandidiri sa anghit
    ni Lani o dahil lalaki din ang type nya?

  • tutuong tao

    Simple but straight forward approach. Very bright idea. Corruption will be minimized. Kudos!

  • Chevalier

    How can Mitos Magsaysay be considered as “new blood”, whether it was just literal or figurative, that is out of context. It seems to me that the ones who gathered this report were given some incentives by Mitos.

    When I started the group Stop Corruption Philippines in Facebook, just like you, I was sick and tired of corruption going on in the country. I invited some friends from all walks of life in the group. They are my colleagues in the media, local and national politicians, police officers, doctors, nurses, fashion designers, businessmen, youth, students, immigrants, OFWs, retired professionals, foreigner friends who love our country and decided to live here for good and many more. For sure, they share the same frustration about corruption and the intense desire to combat our country’s social malady that has been metastasizing for so many years now not only in the government but also in other sectors.

    Now, let me focus on an important upcoming event – the election on May 13. Again, we will be electing new sets of politicians both in the local and national level with a hope that our country will improve significantly under their leadership. Unfortunately, a lot of those running who say they will make our lives better are the same individuals who’ve spent a whole career in politics on empty promises. Are we to elect them again or the ones in their families to whom they’ve passed on the torch of ineptitude? What have we gotten out of electing someone with a familiar surname? Oftentimes, none. Wala. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Kaput.

    I remember when someone emailed me asking who I think should we vote for and I said, “Let’s try the new breed of politicians.” While I have nothing against those who have proven themselves to be worthy of being nominated again and whose parents’ legacy to the country is beyond reproach (Jun Magsaysay, Dick Gordon, Koko Pimentel) I will not hesitate to give them another chance. But those who lied, abused their position during their time and whose character is highly questionable, they don’t deserve an iota of chance to serve even in the barangay level.

    It is disturbing to see candidates resorting to the most pathetic gimmickry like fabricating wife-beater stories and having that trash reported on the six o’clock news. The accuser – despite being refuted by the alleged battered wife – showed no remorse in his false finger-pointing. In fact, just last Sunday in a TV program he was asked if he stood by his allegation and he said “yes.”

    Another candidate, the daughter of an ultra big politician, climbs up the stage to with even bigger zest for a senatorial seat – notwithstanding the fact she lacks experience in taking such a high post in Congress. Claiming to be the assistant of her father in the Republic of Makati when he was mayor, she thinks the Senate is hers for the taking while she’s not even qualified to run for barangay kagawad. I was asked: “How come she’s been shying away from debates?” My reply: “She’s Air Force – 99-percent air and 1-percent force.” No pun intended for our chivalrous airmen.

    As time ticks closer to the May 13 polls, so many voters are still undecided and confused on whether or not to believe what they see and hear on TV and radio campaign ads. If you ask me, they’re all too good to be true.

    In my mind, these are the simple guidelines in choosing the right candidates. First, if their names “ring a bell,” check the track record of those who served before him/her. They must be clean of corruption, lies and deceit. When you Google the track record of their parents, it is not just what projects they want to flaunt but what crimes they wanted to hide. Why take chances on the children of corrupt officials? Remember that a fruit never falls far from the tree.

    Second, if they are new, check also their past. Not all new candidates are good. I remember one of the new senatorial candidates lied through his teeth when he said he was not expelled from Ang Buhay Partylist where he used to be the Sectoral Representative. He even corrected the host that her statement was untrue. But before terminating the show, the TV network was smart enough to prove that the candidate lied and presented the actual video clip of the candidate before wherein it was proven that this new candidate lied despite that the TV show was aired nationwide. If he did that on TV, how likely would he do the same, lying to the people he is courting for a vote?

    Lastly, ensure that the candidate has clear, practical and SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound) programs for us especially to those who have less. If the programs sound like “pie in the sky” and “too good to be true”, then we can safely conclude thatthey are not true!

    For instance, one of the candidates said that he wanted to have free education for everyone. That sounds good, but the question is why he did not pass a law on free education during his stint as congressman. And why not bring back the old State universities’ practice to give priority to the poor (based on ITR) instead of the rich and influential people who are enrolled in the State Universities like UP and PUP. UP is no longer a school for poor but deserving students. Now, you see a lot of cars parked along UP owned by moneyed students. They are stealing the opportunity for quality education from the poor. Another candidate promises capital for everyone to jumpstart a business. Where would the capital for the people come from? If this will be given free, then we are not helping the people to dream anymore and work hard. On the contrary, we are helping them to be social parasites and will always wait for the manna to fall from heaven. That’s pathetic. If politicians want to alleviate poverty, they are not supposed to give fish, instead teach people how to fish.

    For the new breed of politicians I would like to see in the Senate Messrs. JC Delos Reyes, Lito David, Ricky Penson, Mars Llasos and Samson Alcantara. Don’t get me wrong that I am a chauvinist pig. It just so happens that they are all men. They may be new and untested, but as I see them, they are not just willing and able candidates but also lesser evil than the “other” new ones who were only taught by their parents to learn that absolute power corrupts absolutely by continuing the posts they vacated for one reason or the other. I don’t go also for theocrats, who brandish their faith and say, “God told me to run” and be the instruments of change that our country need. For sure, they opted to ignore the separation of the Church and State because they are jaded by their eagerness to serve both God and Mammon.

    Truly, it’s time to change, and may the changes that we envision to happen really take us to where the Philippines ought to be and eventually regain the old glory and respect of the global community that we once had back in the olden days. As Walt Disney said: “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

    • ThePattern

      Mitos Magsaysay is new blood LOL! Newly discharged from the National Center for Mental Health.

  • dxdaistar

    lahat magkaroon ng negosyo? bola-bola!

  • ThePattern

    new blood. new trapo blood. what else is new?

  • Yul Dorotheo

    Mitos Magsaysay “championed health”? She was strongly against the sin tax reforms all throughout the sin tax campaign. Big NO! to Mitos.

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