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Sunday, January 29, 2006

And the story of Jueteng and Bishop’s continues!

It's seems Archbishop Oscar Cruz (AOC) is really close to the jueteng community!

The Philippine Star had an article (again for the nth time) about AOC and the jueteng community, some 200 local jueteng workers trooped to the residence of the province’s Bishop to demand that they be given work!

And all AOC can say is, go ask work from the jueteng operators! Not from us bishop, bishop don’t have money (???????? You must be kidding!).

In my own experience, actually not really me! Jueteng generates lots of jobs; jueteng operators are no different from TraPos why? Well, they mobilized a crowd (or mob just like in TraPos rally) ask them to do things for their benefit (as AOC said) and pay them afterwards! But unlike in rallies, jueteng workers is almost a lifetime (well almost) and it really do wonders not just for the public officials under it's payola but also the small family that depends on it!

This is a Dog eat Dog world! And jueteng operators use its worker and vice-versa!

I learned this story from my former students; families of 6 (including the parents) survive the hard life here in the Philippines by JUST working at a local jueteng den! They manage to send their children not just to elementary and secondary but also in college by doing that illegal job our church leaders is preaching! The eldest did graduated is now working (not jueteng related) the youngest is in elementary and unfortunately the 3rd one stop studying (since the stoppage of jueteng operators as order by our great mentors of the Good words of our Lord) and the second to the eldest is now a working student (but she could hardly study) right now four members of the family is working just to survive, even with four of them working they could hardly feel they are winning the battle of poverty!

Now tell me, is jueteng really EVIL?
Can the church provide livelihood for the poor?
Where do all the love offering, donors and sponsor’s money go? Ah yes I nearly forgotten it! It's the huge churches nationwide where the people can go to seek shelter and when they need help, for God’s blessing!

Ah forgive me father for I have sinned! Amen!

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Please help our kababayan Bone Marrow needed

URGENT: please help save my cousin's life

My cousin Christine in the US is battling cancer, and urgently needs to find a bone marrow donor. Unfortunately, finding a perfect match for her bone marrow type is particularly difficult. This is hard enough for the average person; there are over 20,000 types of bone marrow, so the average person has a 1 in 20,000 chance of finding a match. These numbers are even worse for Christine. Because she is Filipino, she needs to find a donor of the same ethnic background, and there are hardly any Filipinos on the US National Registry.

Right now is our best chance of having the Bone Marrow Transplant work. Each day's delay decreases her chances of surviving. Please contact your Filipino friends or relatives in the
US, and ask them to contact their friends. Anyone you know who is all or part Filipino and between the ages of 18 and 61 is a potential donor. The system is nationwide, so it doesn't matter where they live. Signing up on the registry is easy and painless. All it requires is a simple blood test. Some hospitals charge a small fee for this blood test, however the fee is routinely waived for minorities, and often for Caucasians as well, especially if you are willing to donate a pint of blood.

You can find a registration center by selecting your state on the map on this website. These centers can refer you to bone marrow drives in your community.

There is also a wonderful organization in
Los Angeles that arranges free registration for Filipino donors.

If you have trouble finding a site in your area, have any trouble finding a place to donate for free, or have additional questions, you can reach Christine's boyfriend Jacob at this email address:

jacobkrueger [at]

You can reassure your friends that signing up for the registry does not require donating any bone marrow. If it turns out they are a match, they will be contacted, and can make the decision at that point about becoming a donor.

There are lots of misconceptions about donating bone marrow. The procedure is considered minor, simple and safe. You will be anesthetized the whole time, so you will not feel anything. When the procedure is over, you may have some soreness in the area for a day or two and you may feel a little tired. That's it. The bone marrowyou donate is replenished within 3-4 weeks. And again, you will only undergo this procedure if your blood sample shows that you are a match and you decide to donate, in which case the slight soreness you'll be feeling will be saving someone's life.

All medical expenses for the donor will be covered by Christine's insurance.

You can find out more about the registry and the donation procedure at this website:

Maraming salamat!

Friday, January 13, 2006



How many of us used their Credit Card last year Christmas and New Year Celebration or ordinary day shopping spree? I for one bought a Christmas gift for my sister and the tag price is 400 lower than the regular price but since I’m buying on card they charged me using the regular price! And again charged by my issuing bank! I believe YES we are being charge more than we should be!

Sunday, January 1, 2006

LTO Pre-condition for Registration! (Chlorofluorocarbons aka CFC issue)

Just the other week before Christmas, Under Secretary Roberto T. Lastimoso, said that all vehicle owners's renewing their registration, shall comply first (check and correct) if their vehicle's air-conditions unit is still using the Banned CFC chemical!

Owner's of model's 1998-down can still breathe for now, because they still have until 2012 to comply (maybe due the additional cost of converting it) and for owner's of model's 1999-up, they CANNOT register their vehicle unless they have complied to the MEMO! - Bravo it's really great; at least we can help save our Ozone Layer!

BUT my question is how can they possibly implement it! if they cannot even monitor smoke belchers! I mean, guy's yes this is really a positive effort for the part of LTO helping save our fast deteriorating ozone layer! But how can they solve this BIG problem if they cannot even solve minor one!

Eg. # 01
someone told me, one can secure his/her license and registration in no time without going through the standard procedures for the said transactions!

Eg. # 02
LTO sign "Mag Ingat sa mga Fixers! - Transact only to authorize LTO officer at the cashier's window" - F@#$ me! Eh some of the employees are actually AUTHORIZE FIXERS! I took my student drivers license early quarter of 2005 and I believe it only worth about Php 125.00 but I ended up paying more than Php 200.00 why?! Well I've been there for 2 consecutive days and 6 hours and I'm really wasting my time just waiting for my student license! And since someone (LTO Employee) had already approach me if I want to expedite my application during my day 1 and 4 hours! I, in my frustration succumb to his greediness! And yes, paid him more than 200 bucks!

It won't surprise me if in the next few days I'll see some brand new vehicle still using the banned chemical (CFC) REGISTERED!

TAX Exemption for minimum wage earners?

Recently Sec. Patricia Sto. Tomas of DOLE announce that all employee with minimum wage will be exempted from paying their withholding tax! Starting this fiscal year! And so long for as the employee is earning a minimum wage! - That's great right?! Especially for us minimum earners!

But BIR Secretary Guillermo L. Parayno told that, the president has no authority to issue such order! And that should it be implemented, the employee shall pay the government his/her due if the congress said otherwise!

Meaning to say, if madam President sign and order the said recommendation BUT the congress did not approve it! The employee's shall REFUND the government its dues!

How's that for our Christmas and New Year gift! Cool ha as in coolang sa pag-iisip!

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