No moral authority


Sen. Edgardo Angara has called on today’s youth to build a strong middle class in a speech at the commencement exercises of the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman, Quezon City.

Most of the graduates of the UP System belong to the country’s middle class, although the aim of UP is to give intelligent students of poor parents the opportunity to be a “iskolar ng bayan” (people’s scholars) in the government educational institution.

If Angara’s call for building a strong middle class becomes a reality, political dynasties, to which he and his family belong, will no longer exist.

People belonging to the middle class, which is still a minority in this country, vote according to issues because they are educated.

Politicians want to perpetuate ignorance among the masses so they can be herded like cattle especially during elections.

But Angara, whose son Sonny is running for senator and is likely to win, knows that his call for a strong middle class is still unattainable.

Until then, he and his family get to enjoy the power that comes from being part of a political dynasty.

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Maj. Gen. Jose Mabanta Jr., commander of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division based in Capiz province, says politicians who pay a “permit to campaign” fee to the New People’s Army (NPA) are committing a criminal offense.

The money that politicians pay the NPA, says Mabanta, will be used to buy arms and ammunition.

It’s easy for Mabanta to tell politicians not to pay up.

But can he assure their safety when they campaign in areas controlled by the rebels?

If Mabanta and the entire Armed Forces and the Philippine National Police (PNP) can protect all politicians who campaign in NPA-controlled areas, then he has the moral authority to tell candidates not to pay the rebels for campaign permits.

But the military is so inefficient it cannot even protect itself as many soldiers have died in attacks from insurgents.

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Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje has called on countries surrounded by oceans to protect the seas to ensure the sustainable use of underwater resources.

Paje made the call at the Sustainable Ocean Summit held in Washington, D.C., on April 22-24, which sought cooperation and collaboration among countries to the safeguard marine environment.

Paje is all talk, less action.

He can’t even protect the country’s forests from illegal loggers, and now he’s calling for the protection of our seas when the country is surrounded by vast oceans.

The illegal-logging activities in the mountains of Baganga and Cateel towns in Davao Oriental province were known to officials and employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources that Paje heads.

If not for Typhoon “Pablo,” which spawned floods that sent felled trees cascading down the mountains of Baganga and Cateel, illegal logging activities in the province would have remained a secret.

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  • anu12345

    “People belonging to the middle class, which is still a minority in this
    country, vote according to issues because they are educated.”

    That’s true for about 80-90% on both sides. Meaning 80-90% of the middle class and the rich will make educated votes while 80-90% of the poor will vote for the names only and/or whoever pays them. My guess only

  • 808reader

    Doesn’t happen a lot, but I agree with all points on this piece. Good one, Mr. Tulfo.

  • phthlateous

    People belonging to the middle class, which is still a minority in
    this country, vote according to issues because they are educated.

    ——Politicians want to perpetuate ignorance among the masses so they can be herded like cattle especially during elections.——-

    Now, this really makes sense. Especially the second statement. Spot on, Mr. Tulfo

    That is the whole idea of the numbers game played well by the corrupt political trapos to assure their dynasties’ perpetual existence.

    The more numerous the hungry and uneducated MASA, the better it is for the trapos to remain in power.

  • kontra_boohaya

    Mr. Tulfo, there is an underlying message to Mabanta’s statements. Sabi nga ng mga CQ e trabaho lang yan at pera pera lamang. Kung kapartido ka e baka sandamakmak na butete na naka full pack ang body guards mo. Kung kontra partido ka e malamang sa kabila ka rin kukuha ng bantay mo para patas lang. Such is the cold reality around the countryside.


    ASK TEDDY CASINO KUNG MAGKANO ANG KANYANG IBINAYAD PARA SA PTC – walang bayad sir dahil may pass ‘pag kakosa.

    • gmaisthebestpresident

      bagay sa iyo username mo!

      • boldyak

        bato bato sa langit tamaan wag magalit…mga hinayupak kayo na mga NPA…

  • $20926843

    The question here is why the Army is ineffective so much so that they can’t even protect themselves. The answer is systemic due to the low morale of the foot soldiers compounded by their low respect to their superiors up to the commander in chief which is no other than the present inutile and autistic president in malacanang. Unless the AFP is overhauled by reducing the number of Regional Commands, Infantry Divisions and Brigades which is manned and led by multitude of Generals from PMA which is doing nothing but cooling their heels in their air conditioned offices, the AFP will be as inutile as their commander in chief.

  • $14334231

    on these three paragraphs you wrote, i wholeheartedly agree with you…..but don’t you dare go back writing entertainment (gossips) articles anymore…..otherwise, another santiago duo might smack your face……again….

  • mangtom

    What is the similarity between the Damaso priests and politicians: both want the masses to stay ignorant and uneducated to keep themselves in power.

    The bad news is that with the advent of mass media like the internet, slowly education is creeping in the masses slowly but surely. It is just a matter of time the the uneducated per centage of the masses will soon be the minority and the educated middle class will have the majority vote. This will benefit everyone-masa and all. Chances of electing the right candidates will increase .and the ability of the Damaso priests to hoodwink the masses will be eroded ever so slowly

    • boldyak

      galing mo pastor, discourage mo mga RC na lumipat sa iyong sekta para dumami matatanggap mo na ikapo, hamakin mo 10% ng pingahihirapan ng tao mapunta sa iyo…

      • kolambogan

        I guess you know that it’s an open secret why, Iglesia ni Kristo is very rich and the other big churches in the world? In most Industrialized countries, people invest their own money without katiyakan, kapag napangakuan ng 3 to 4 percent return per year maligaya na, pero sa katunayan marami ring negative ang nakukuha taon-taon siyempre dala pati capital. Pero ang Iglesiya ni Kristo, since their founding grossed already 10% tax free from all of their kasapi’s income of all form every year na mandatory bukod pa sa Huwebes at Sabadong abuloy tuwing sasamba. Isipin na lang 10% of everything without capital, ika nga laway lang, sino ba namang pinuno ng samahan ang hindi magiging nuknukan ng yaman? Ginaya ni Mike Velarde ng El Shaddai at ng iba’t-ibang enterprising Charlatans na pagkakayaman na rin, Sila ang mga matatalino na ayun sa kanila ay sugo ng Panginoon ngunit siyempre kasama na para gatasan at magpasasa sa pinaghirapan ng mahihirap na mamamayang Filipino, Mahirap silang kontrahin, karamihan sa kanilang mga kasapi ay maituturing ng mga “fanatics” at madaling hikayatin dahil gamit ang Diyos sa kanilang pangangalap ng porsiyento sa income ng tao. Na siya ring ginagamit tuwing panahon ng eleksiyon, pampalaki ng kita at dividendo, gamit ang ngalan ng kanilang Panginoon. Ang Tunay na Panginoon ng lahat ay alam kung ano ang kabalbalan at syndicated scam, hahatulan din ang mga manipulators pagdating ng tamang panahon at mas grabe ang nakalaan para sa kanilang mga mapagsamantala.

  • dexter

    Wonder why education is not a priority of these politicians, so that many will be non learned.

    • pepito gwaps

      if they prioritize education surely they will make many good public libraries…but sorry they are not. ..to the fear of peoples enlightment that knowing what they know is not the right one and completely nonsense for that it will be costly and risky to their selfish agenda and interests so if you want reform one philosopher had said ” beat the middle and the rich class.”

    • mrcrabdribble

      I believe the word you are looking for is ‘uneducated’. Education is not a priority to them because commissions out of contracts there is paltry.

  • mangtom

    boldyak: sorry kung naboldyak kita. I was not targeting you in particular, unless you are a padre damaso, padre or fafa. Sabi mo bato bato sa langit ang tamaan hwag magalit.

    Sorry sir, ha?

  • Pablo Juan

    who’s doing the illegal logging mon? the dirty secret of comval and davao oriental ano?

  • $14971196

    On Angara’s issue, I think now Mon is talking right!

  • themask celestial

    Yung aurora province na hari mga Angara, still one of the poorest province in the Phils.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carlos.fernando.7334 Carlos Fernando

    The speech of Sen. Angara is all motherhood statements bundled up together to draft one “amazing” speech in rallying the masses to vote for his son, Sonny. Until now, these politicians and their dynasties have been giving us the same promises and “BS” of employment and better life once the are elected in office. But in reality, they pursue to enter in a greater political arena only to protect their business interest – nothing more, nothing less. And once you get them in office, it is so @#$^%^ difficult to have an audience with them. That’s is the reality of Philippine Politics. And it will continue for the next 50 years unless The Almighty will strike to eliminate these people.

    • hopeful01

      the use of a bullet would offer meaningful change to these dynasties,after a few hundred , they would get the message

  • http://www.facebook.com/carlos.fernando.7334 Carlos Fernando

    For Paje, this is another cartoon. So again this character is talking “BS” as if he is a firestarter in protecting the environment when he is the instigator in allowing the cutting of mangroves in Obando. Mon Tulfo should investigate on this issue because Paje is really liable for this injustice on the environment.

  • kilabot

    angara, mabanta, paje are all like noykapon.
    they talk and talk and talk;
    only thing that can stop their useless talking
    is coughing.

  • andonilvalencia

    Walang iwanan sa umaangat na bayan! Bro. Eddie for senator! #31

  • http://www.facebook.com/bart.thinong Bart Thinong

    Mismo galing sa bunganga nang military na may mga lugar na kontrolado nang NPA. Kung gayon hati-hati na pala tong Pinas, may sa gobyerno at may sa NPA, ano ba ‘to.Tutulogtulog kasi kayo sa kangkongan,tsip.

  • http://enria.org/ scconcern

    The problem is not NPA, it is the plutocracy, corruption, tribalism/dynastism, governance as business, dysfunctional elitist judicial system, etc.
    Joma already said; communism is irrelevant, if their is true social justice and pluralisti people (as judges) participation in judicial system.

  • http://www.facebook.com/iyen.dev Iyen Dev

    Old Angara is desperate!Pinag-aral ng galing sa buwis ng bayan pagkatapos pinagkakitaan ang kaban ng bayan.Shame on him,may mukha pa syang ihaharap sa UP!

  • randyaltarejos

    Of all the statements made by Mon Tulfo in his columns, this is the most realistic I’ve ever read. It’s true that the military higher ups have no moral authority to tell the politicians not to pay PTC fees to the communist rebels. That if the military can assure the safety of those politicians who go all the way to the uplands to win votes. But so far, nothing much was done by the military to weaken the NPAs. When more people are oppressed, their only alternative is to join the communist movement. Ang tanong ng mga tao: Saan ba napupunta ang budget ng military for insurgency purposes?

    • kontra_boohaya

      tignan mo na lang ang mga lifestyles ng mga mista mista. magtaka ka pa.

  • samarutan

    may hinihingi na naman siguro tong si tulfo sa mga angara… may patikim na.

  • Simplify1

    tulfo can’t tell anyone that they have no moral authority because tulfo himself does not have any morals when it come to money

    • jose b. taganahan

      hmn ganoon ba?


    Maj. Gen. Jose Mabanta Jr., commander of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division based in Capiz province, says politicians who pay a “permit to campaign” fee to the New People’s Army (NPA) are committing a criminal offense.

    Mabanta talaga itong heneral na ito, kulang sa gawa, pero mabanta! Life father like son.

  • maypakialamtayo

    nasaan na kasi si general palparan, bakit di gawing defense secretary, yang mga kumunistang yan nakatago lang noong panahon ni palparan, ngayon may check point pa sila, diko tuloy maisip kung ano ang payo ni llamas sa pangulo.

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