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DuterteNomics to be unveiled

The Department of Finance (DOF) and the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), in cooperation with the Center for Strategy, Enterprise & Intelligence (CenSEI), will unveil DuterteNomics in a forum on April 18, Tuesday at The Conrad Hotel, Pasay City.

DuterteNomics is the President’s economic and development blueprint for the Philippines. It includes the current administration’s main governance and fiscal policies, comprehensive big-ticket infrastructure programs and upgraded social services targeted to accelerate growth, and by 2022, transform the Philippines into a high middle-income economy.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea will open the forum while Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, a member of the President’s economic team, will deliver the keynote address.

The forum is divided into six sessions – Session 1: Economic Overview and Philippine Development Plan (PDP) Highlights; Session 2: BuildBuildBuild Infrastructure Plan; Session 3: Fiscal Issues on Revenue and Spending; Session 4: Mindanao Economy/ Major Development Initiatives in Mindanao; Session 5: International Context and Environment for the Philippine Government; and Session 6: Reactions to DuterteNomics.

The six sessions will be presented by notable panel of speakers from the President’s Cabinet. Secretary Ernesto Pernia, Director-General of the National and Economic Development Authority (NEDA), will report on the focal points of the Philippine Development Plan 2017 – 2022 which embodies the Filipino people’s dreams and goals as also envisioned in the AmBisyon Natin 2040.

Secretary Martin Andanar of the PCOO, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, Secretary Mark Villar of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Secretary Arthur Tugade of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and President and CEO Vince Dizon of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) will talk about the Comprehensive Infrastructure Investment Program bringing about ease of access to electricity and water, increase in productivity, inter – island connectivity and overall improvement in the people’s standard of living.

Secretary Benjamin Diokno of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) will provide a summary of the necessary fiscal and budgetary reforms for financing the infrastructure and social spending programs.

Representing the business community is Mr. John Gaisano, Chairperson of the Board of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Inc. who will discuss the major development initiatives for Mindanao. Professor Richard Heydarian from the academe will tackle the international context and environment for the Philippine government.

Former Secretary Cielito Habito will serve as a reactor of Dutertenomics.

Former Chairperson of the Philippine Civil Service Commission (CSC) Ricardo Saludo will host the forum while Associate Professor Gary Olivar of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) will serve as the moderator of the forum.

The event’s official hashtag will be #DuterteNomics. Registration will start at 12:30PM.

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Book Review: Break Free by Don Soriano

Don Soriano is a Filipino book author who wants to share his experiences from a bankrupt entrepreneur with half million debt to financial freedom and success in less than three years. He shares his story about how he messed up big time and how he rebounded back by using the principles he shared in his book.

Break Free by Don Soriano

In his book Break Free, 8 Principles to get from employee to employer in 3 years or less he wants to make a first world out of the Philippines which is not actually impossible.

Break  Free the book is an easy read. You can finish it in an hour. It tells people who have bright ideas and planning on going into business not to quit their jobs unless the passive income is higher than the salary. I heard that from successful business mentors, too.

The eight principles embodied in the book tells us about not giving up the job just yet, what is the best investment that you’ll ever make, teaches us how to manage money and how to make it work for us and also the power of leverage and how others use it to their advantage.

If you are going into business, what are the first steps. And have you heard of the Law of Association and how it can benefit you. You will also understand financial freedom and ways to achieve it. Then finally Don Soriano shares that success is only 20% skill and the rest is mindset. And thru mindset, you can teach yourself mastery. Mastery that will lead to success, like habits and self- motivation.

My favorite part of the book is his claim that even regular people like us can do it. You do not need to have special powers to be successful. You just need to start. And then comes the money jars. I used to have money jars too. and it keeps me motivated. Until shit happened and I lost them to fire.

I also enjoyed the quotations in each page from prominent authors, successful people that inspires your to act upon your dreams.

Nonetheless, its never too late to start. And this book is a friendly guide to help you out become financially free or achieve your dreams.

We all have dreams. We all need mentors. And Don Soriano in his book churned out digestible bits of wisdom to help everyone who wants to make a dent in the universe.

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What my mentor in Isabela told me minutes before I left 

I always want to talk to this person. Because I heard a lot of stories about him.

He is a self-made man, successful business owner, has an unquestionable love for his family and a rock solid faith in God.

IGC Motors big boss Isaias  G. Corpuz with his eldest son

Mentor IC is the proprietor of IGC Motors in Isabela.The company sells quality cars at affordable price. Mentor IC has clients from up to Visayas and Mindanao even though he is from a small town in Isabela.

He was not born with a silver spoon. He admits that they are so poor that at a very early age when boys like him are busy playing games and going to school, he and his elder brother need to look for food.

It was never easy. Everytime I hear their story, it makes me cry. Their struggle is real. He eats hard labor breakfast, lunch and dinner. He worked at a logging business and whenever they get logs from the mountains, he would buy junk materials in sacks that he carries one by one and sells in town.

He also worked as a helper in their eldest brother’s palay and corn buying store, drove tricycle for years just to earn additional money and support their needs.

Bottomline is at a very early age, he has to go through hard labor and learned the value of money.

Minutes before we left their town, I asked him to teach me about financial management. I told him I lack the necessary knowhow on how to handle money, make money work for me instead of the other way around. I told him I don’t want to mess up with blessings that God shall be giving me because I suck at fiscal management. And here are his tips:

Put God first 

All wealth and blessings come from God.

Being alive is a blessing. Having peace of mind is a blessing. We are taught to set aside a portion of our incomes as offering. This offering is being used by the Church to propagate the words of God and introduce Him to other people. The more people who will rightfully worship Him according to His will, the better it is for man. The better it is for us givers.

We offer it during the first day of every week as per the Bible. After setting aside the amount, you now have the freedom to control what’s left of your income.

Do not spend business capital on dead investments.

Cars, unless a necessity should be carefully thought of before you purchase. Think of how the vehicle can help you achieve your dreams or ease up your life rather than splurge on it for the sake of having a nice car.

Houses are also stagnant investments. He said he never spends on house renovation, improvement, expansion unless the money come from other revenue sources or incentives. He does not touch his revolving capital. Revolving capital should be revolving, not stalled.

Capital outlays should always grow  

Before spending your capital, think about how will it earn. How will it work for you. How it will grow. It you think it won’t grow, do not spend on it. Put it elsewhere.

You should go into a business that makes you happy 

I asked him why he went into buying and selling cars when he was a very popular geodetic engineering practitioner.

He said he loved cars, even when he is young. It made him happy. He used to buy a wooden truck when he was a kid. Paid P8 a day to the seller just so it can be told that he owns a truck.

He got the idea to buy and sell SUVs because his father in-law and brothers in-law are few of the best mechanics in town.

He added that he does not buy SUVs from second or third owners. Just first owners. Saves him a lot of trouble and unforseen costs. It makes flipping better and faster.

Most of his customers are silent millionaire farmers. And Isabela has a lot of those. They plant three or four crops a year because of better irrigation facilities. And his clients do not mind price much. They want a better performing, better looking SUV for their family to reward hard work.

Diversify only when ready 

Mentor IC said it is better to focus on one industry and grow or establish it before thinking of diversification. It takes about two to three years to reap rewards in business so its better to put your eggs in one basket first then focus on growing it before thinking of another.

Be a hands-on business owner 

You can delegate tasks but always be there to supervise. You must know every aspect of your business. Get your hands dirty and get paying clients. The adage ‘build and they will come’ only applies to the lazy ones. Build and give them reasons to come over and over are but two of the keys to success.

Live below your means and do not envy what is not yours 

I heard this gazillion times before. My millionaire aunt lives like a poor one inspite of her wealth. Mentor IC shared that when he was young, he used to iron his money to become creaseless. He values it and although he can spend it on anything he likes, he lives like he has lesser money to spend. He does not splurge. He does not have a vice or his spending habits are under control. He is a cash kind of person. Does not use check or credit cards. Just cash. 

Wanting what does not belong to you is the beginning of greed. He said convert the envy into positive energy like instead of thinking how can you ‘keep up with the Joneses‘, work hard for it instead. Do not want what is not rightfully yours. Instead, challenge yourself and put in the efforts.  

It was only a short and simple conversation but indeed, it was one for the books. How can you afford not to listen to the story of a self-made man? The man whose character is unbreakable even by poverty? The person whose determination and business acumen is impeccable? The man who, when he gives something out, God returns it tenfold or more?

I told him to teach me more. I thought I would learn more from Mentor IC like I do from his elder brother. And it was one of the most memorable talks I had in Isabela, the land named after the Queen of Spain.

                                  The display area of IGC Motors in Ramon, Isabela

IGC Motors, dealer of quality cars at affordable prices is located at National Highway, Burgos Ramon, Isabela Philippines. If you need a trustworthy and reliable car dealer, call them at mobile number 0999.574.4262. 

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G-Xchange Presents Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015

G-Xchange, Inc. (GXI), a wholly-owned mobile commerce subsidiary of the leading telecommunications company in the Philippines, Globe Telecom, Inc. supports and joins The Asia Digital Marketing Expo, the biggest convention of leaders for Digital Marketing. The Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015 will happen on July 26, 2015 at the SM Aura SMX Convention Center in Taguig from 8AM to 6PM.

G-Xchange, Inc. (GXI), pioneered GCash, an internationally acclaimed micro payment service which transforms a mobile phone into a virtual wallet for secure, fast, convenient money transfers at the speed and cost of a text message.

Earning various international awards such as GSMA Awards for the Best Mobile Messaging Service received in February 2015, Mobile News Asia’s Most Innovative Mobile Services and Global Messaging awards for Best M-Commerce Service application both received in June 2005, GXI continues to be a leader in innovation and provide ground-breaking business solutions to different sectors and make mobile money services more relevant to the growing market in the Philippines.

In this year’s Asia Digital Marketing Expo, headed by Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolastogether with TAG Media and Public Relations, G-Xchange, Inc. (GXI) will be participating as its Lead Sponsor showcasing Globe Charge, GCash MasterCard and GCash American Express® Virtual Pay and how these products are contributing and transforming the future of online marketing in the Philippines.

At Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015, top executives from different companies will also join to share their insights and expert opinions regarding the future of digital and online marketing in the Philippines and the Asia Pacific Region with the following key points for discussion:

• The digital economy of the Philippines
• Positioning the Philippines as a gateway from east to west and west to east
• Is the Philippines ready to be a cashless society?
• Disrupting tradition and embracing innovation
• Technology and entrepreneurship driving inclusive growth
• Micro- multinationals- e commerce connecting SMEs to ASEAN and beyond
Partial list of speakers are as follows;
Mario Montejo- Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DOST)

Xavier Marzan- CEO, Globe GXI

Constantin Roberts – Managing Director, ZaloraPhilippines

Tina Pang- Head of Online Sales, Twitter

Earl Valencia- Head Corporate Development/Innovations, Smart Communications

Kristian Melquiades- General Manager, Viber Philippines

Richard Upton- President, John Robert Powers Asia

Donald Lim- Chief Digital Officer, ABS CBN

Janette Toral- E Commerce Advocate, Digital Club Filipino

Robert Yupangco- President, Yupangco Group of Companies

Chinkee Tan- Best Selling Author, Motivational Speaker, Radio Host and Wealth & Wellness Coach

Rebecca Bustamante Mills- CEO, Chalre Associates & President, Asia CEO Awards

Mikel Yaw- CEO, Elabram Systems Group

Carlos Celdran- Brand Ambassador, Tour Guide

Maria Camille Montejo- CEO, NWSteel Technologies & Tree Top Adventure Inc.

Kim Bernardo Lokin- Managing Editor, Business Class Magazine

Pocholo Gonzales- CEO, Creative Voices Productions

Tanya Llana- Marketing & Sales Director, Victoria Court & General Manager, Hotel La Corona De Lipa

James Jimenez- Director, Commission On Elections

Lloyd Luna- CEO, Lloyd Luna Corporation

Jonathan Luzuriaga- President, Philippine Software Industry Association

Donald Felbaum- Managing Director, Optel

Lewis Hong- Web Digital Marketing Specialist, Xyxon Pte. Ltd.

For more information, you may visit www.asiadigitalmarketing.ph. For partnerships and sponsorships, you may contact TAG Media & PR at09166299381 or at grace@asiadigitalmarketing.ph

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DOST Secretary Mario Montejo supports Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015

Jose Mario G. Montejo is the current secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). He was appointed by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III on 1 July 2010. As inventor and engineer, he aims to solve the country’s recurring problems like flood and traffic congestion. He and his staff also plan to address the increasing number of dengue cases in the country through locally conceived and fabricated traps for attracting and eliminating dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

Montejo obtained a BS Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of the Philippines, Diliman (UP) in 1975. In 1989, Montejo received the Gold Medal Award for Creative Research from the Filipino Inventors Society.

He was among the 100 Outstanding Alumni Engineers of the Century awarded by the UP College of Engineering in 2011.

Secretary Montejo will welcome all delegates in the upcoming Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015 happening on July 26, 2015 at SMX Aura, Taguig, Philippines and will be introduced by TAG Media and Public Relations CEO Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas.

The complete set of speakers are as follows;

Mario Montejo– Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DOST)

Xavier Marzan– CEO, Globe GXI

Constantin Roberts – Managing Director, Zalora

Tina Pang– Head of Online Sales, Twitter

Earl Valencia– Head Corporate Development/Innovations, Smart Communications

Kristian Melquiades– General Manager, Viber Philippines

Richard Upton– President, John Robert Powers Asia

Donald Lim– Chief Digital Officer, ABS CBN

Janette Toral- E Commerce Advocate, Digital Club Filipino

Robert Yupangco– President, Yupangco Group of Companies

Chinkee Tan– Best Selling Author, Motivational Speaker, Radio Host and Wealth & Wellness Coach

Rebecca Bustamante Mills– CEO, Chalre Associates & President, Asia CEO Awards

Mikel Yaw– CEO, Elabram Systems Group

Carlos Celdran– Brand Ambassador, Tour Guide

Maria Camille Montejo– CEO, NWSteel Technologies & Tree Top Adventure Inc.

Kim Bernardo Lokin– Managing Editor, Business Class Magazine

Pocholo Gonzales– CEO, Creative Voices Productions

Tanya Llana– Marketing & Sales Director, Victoria Court & General Manager, Hotel La Corona De Lipa

James Jimenez– Director, Commission On Elections

Lloyd Luna– CEO, Lloyd Luna Corporation

Jonathan Luzuriaga– President, Philippine Software Industry Association

Donald Felbaum– Managing Director, Optel

Lewis Hong– Web Digital Marketing Specialist, Xyxon Pte. Ltd.

At Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015, different top executives will join together to share the future of online marketing in the Philippines and for the Asia Pacific Region with the following points to discuss;

• The digital economy of the Philippines
• Positioning the Philippines as a gateway from east to west and west to east
• Is the Philippines ready to be a cashless society?
• Disrupting tradition and embracing innovation
• Technology and entrepreneurship driving inclusive growth
• Micro- multinationals- e commerce connecting SMEs to ASEAN and beyond

For more information, you may visit www.asiadigitalmarketing.ph. For partnerships and sponsorships, you may contact TAG Media & PR at 09166299381 or at grace@asiadigitalmarketing.ph

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Work will never stop, even if you’re dead

Everyone has a piece of work to be done. Day by day. When you get a job or a project, work is constant. You work for a living. But you don’t live to work.

My routine lately has been unpredictable. I sleep less and work more. My body clock has gone crazy. And feeling the physical consequences, I wish I could stop.

A few years ago, during a yoga class, I have learned to control what dominates my mind. Yes, I am a worrier, got this from my mom. But when the mind says, its too much– I stop and selectively entertain thoughts in my head.

Work. Its always work. Always thinking about what needs to be done uses too much energy and brings in anxiety. So my discovery led me to:

1. Let go. Releasing mind control over work or tasks that won’t do themselves even if you break your own skull is useless. Sometimes it is easier to let go than hold on. Can’t fix the aircon? Not enough funds? Let go. When you let it go, the mind can focus on looking for solutions rather than dwell on the problem.

2. Let God. This I always experience. Whenever I have problems and challenges, I try to ask for guidance. Praying for me is the greatest weapon a man could ever have. Trusting in the Lord like He asks us is the real deal. How big is the problem or work? How big is your God? Let God.

3. Delegate. You can’t do everything. Seek help and collaborate. Accept the fact that you do not have the monopoly of talents in this world. There will always be people better than you. Far talented than you. More knowledgeable than you. Seek them and ask for their help.

The more work you have the more stressed you become. So if the work that you are doing is not making you a better person or a happier one, drop it. Or leave early.

At the end of the day, it is always you as a person that matters and not your work. Someone else can do the work, but someone else cannot live your life.

Take it easy, you only have a few decades in this world. Let not work ewt you. Work is work, even if you’re dead.

Have a great Sunday everyone!

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Pangasinan is not for sale! — Gov Espino

NOTE: This is a post written in Filipino language and first appeared on Istorya newspaper

Governor Espino delivering his State of the Province Address

“Pangasinan is not for sale!“

Isa ito sa mga pinakamalaman na sinabi ni Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. sa kanyang State of the Province Adress( SOPA) 2015 kamakailan. Ito ay bilang reaksyon sa talamak na umano’y bigayan ng pera sa iba’t ibang opisyal ng Pangasinan para pumanig sa pwersa ng kabilang kampo.

Umani ito ng masigabong palakpakan mula sa libo-libong dumalo sa SOPA ng gobernador. Subalit kapansin-pansin ang paghikbi ng Unang Ginang. Marahil ay bunga ito ng mga sakit ng kalooban na pinagdadaanan nila sa mga nababalitaan nilang di patas na laban na ginagawa sa kanila ng kalaban.

Maging ang mga dumalo ay kinapanayan ng Istorya kung ano ang kanilang masasabi sa emosyonal na pahayag ng Gobernador.

Unity Walk ni Governor Espino at ng myembro ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan

Ayon kay Estrella Maniacop, isang guro na dumalo sa SOPA, sang ayon sya sa pahayag ni Gob. Espino. “ Syempre ayaw natin ng ganun, dapat ang laban sa politika ay patas. Kasi kung lahat ng tao dito ay babayaran nila para sila ay panigan o suportahan, anong klaseng serbisyo ang ibibigay ng mga iyan pag sila na ang nakaupo? Malamang pati ang mga binayaran nilang Mayor, Bise mayor, Kagawad, Kapitan ay magiging bulag, pipi at bingi sa mga pang aabuso. Kasi nga magiging tuta na sila…” , ani Maniacop.

Kay Sofronio Marquez naman na taga Binmaley, ito ang kanyang opinion “ pag binayaran nila ang mga opisyal, di may karapatan na silang walang-hiyain ang ating probinsya at wala ng pupuna sa mga gagawin nilang kalokohan kung sakaling sila ang maupo? Mali yun, tama si Governor, Pangasinan is not for sale.”

Ang youth attendee naman na si pinangunahan ni Lanie Montemayor ay nagwikang “Talaga. Agree kami na Pangasinan is not for sale kasi yung mga nakaupo na tumanggap ng pera nila ay mangangahulugan na ibinenta na nila ang kanilang mga nasasakupan. At hindi tama yun. Walang price tag ang mga kabataang botante.”

Ilang bahagi ng mga opisyal na dumalo sa SOPA

“Alam kasi nilang hindi sila mananalo kay Governor Espino, kasi outstanding ang performance nito kaya, pinipilayan nila yung tao sa pamamagitan ng pagbili sa mga dati nitong mga kaalyado,” kwento ng isang dating aktibista sa Pangasinan.

Ayon sa mga istorya at text message sa Istorya ng mga kapitan, tuwing may patawag ay binibigyan sila ng pera. Maging ang mga Mayor na nagpahayag ng suporta sa kabilang kampo ay pinaniniwalaang may pledge umanong dalawampung milyong piso kada isa.

Dagsa ang mga taong makikipagkamay at babati sa mga opisyal matapos ang SOPA

Nitong huli umano ay sa Urdaneta naman ang bigayan at limang libo kada isang kapitan. Ito ay base sa kwento ng isang kapitan sa Istorya sa kundisyong di ito papangalanan.

Ayon pa sa source ng Istorya “ nagpapasalamat nga kami kay Board Member Pogi Espino, kasi kung di sya lumaban, aba’y hindi kami magkakapera mula sa kabila. Syempre may kalaban ang M&M kaya ang istayl nila dahil syempre hindi sila ang nakaupo, magpapatawag. Eh kami naman pupunta, wala naman masama, hindi naman kami humihingi eh. Pero, grabe din, nililitrato bawat isa. May camera! O, diba nakakatawa? Bakit kami pipicturean kung binigay ang pera ng kusang-loob?” anang kapitan.

Tinanong namin ang aming source kung alam ba ni Governor Espino ang nagaganap na bigayan ng pera tuwing magpapatawag ang kabila. At ang sagot ng kapitan ay “ Oo, sinasabi namin sa kanya. Sabi naman nya eh tanggapin nyo lang, kasi pera ng taumbayan yan, sabi naman nya. O kami, dahil di naman kami ang humihingi—kinukuha lang namin” , dagdag pa ni Kap.

Hindi na rin bago sa Istorya ang mga balitang ganito. Dahil ayon sa aming mga kausap at mga media friends, kahit saang bayan pumunta ang kampo ng M&M, sa San Carlos, sa Urdaneta, sa Alaminos, sa mismong munisipyo ng bayan ng Malasiqui, namumudmod sila ng pera.

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The Governor’s SOPA 2015

Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. delivers his State of the Province Address in front of thousands of Pangasinenses

Every year, we attend the State of The Province Address (SOPA). We cover it, as media practitioners. For the past 4 years, as a blogger.

This year, the Governor’s report is in Tagalog, oops Filipino language. More direct, more concise. More interesting for the common people, more comprehensive. The audience understood. They appreciated that SOPA was in Filipino.

The report was of course, expectedly good. Positive. It can be said that our provincial government is working. To attain its mission and vision, that id to make Pangasinan the Number 1 province.

The report was attached here.

Governor Amado T. Espino. Jr.’s report to the people of Pangasinan

Governor Amado T. Espino. Jr.’s report to the people of Pangasinan 

We have uploaded a video of a report from Comm Asia TV‘s Pangasinan Watch newscast and you can watch the video by clicking the link Pangasinan Watch SOPA 2015 episode.

The report generally will make every Pangasinense proud. Proud of his province. Proud of his being a Pangasinense. and proud of its government.

However, there is an unwanted guest who attended the SOPA. It was Mark Cojuangco. There are rumors circulating in the province now that someone is working hard to jail Governor Espino because it is the only way that that person can win the next election.

In Cojuangco’s interview, he said he has nothing to do with the unearthing of the ‘black sand issue’ against the administration. Although according to the complainants in the case, a Cojuangco paid media hack, is the one behind those Inquirer news stories that malign the Pangasinan provincial government.

On the next post, you will be able to watch the entire report on video. In the meantime, let’s stay productive and be well.

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The Philippines needs a Duterte!

Davao City, the territory of the Dutertes is the 4th most livable city in the world.

It is safe. It is peaceful and progressive. It is where criminals do NOT dare go. Or they do, but do not mess with.

The Mayor here is Rodrigo ‘Digong’ Duterte. Some call him Dirty Harry. He is a lawyer, a Bedan. He is the son of former Governor Vicente Duterte. It was his mother Soledad that he learned a lot about life, the social and economic problems of the people, especially the youth, out of school youth, women, children and the disabled.

In his talk with civic groups, leaders and influencers in Dagupan City, Mayor Duterte told the real story in Mindanao. He wanted Filipinos to increase their awareness on Mindanao.

How all this war and conflict began, tracing it since Magellan conquered the Philippines and declared that all inhabitants in that part of the archipelago are declared colony of Spain’s King Phillip II. But the datus, the maharlikas and the Moros fiercely refused. And the rest is history.

What he said about the Mamasapano incident was also interesting. “Alam ito ng lahat sa Mindanao, may isang area dyan na hindi pwedeng pasukin, alam ng mga General yan, alam ni General Esperon yan, alam yan kahit ni SAF Commander Napenas, lahat yan kahit pulis, militar, kahit balut vendor, cigarette vendor, kahit ako, alam namin na its a No-no,”

(anyone in Mindanao, even the generals and the military, ask General Esperon here, police, even SAF Commander Napenas, balut vendor and cigarette vendor knew that it is a no-entry zone. Even me, I know that its a no-no)

And all of us knew what had happened.

The Mayor also shared how he treat criminals in his city. He has the balls to say these words straight to their face ” Do not ever, ever, ever think that you have the monopoly to do evil. Because if you can do 10 evils in a day, I can easily throw 15 evils your way” He has a stern warning for drug lords and criminals that operate or planning to operate in his city.

“I can take out your intestines and eat it in front of you if you mess up with me in my city.”

Strong words, but taken seriously, may be considered a bluff but who ever thought he cannot do it?

“I have no tolerance for criminals and the drug lords. They destroy our children. I believe that those who harm our children do not deserve to be part of society”, the Mayor stresses.

Since the national government seems to be at loss with the situation in Mindanao, and will remain lame with its plan to gain peace. Since the people are angry, the people cry for justice and the government seemed to not know what to do— 44 elite police force were massacred and left to die at the hands of those we call ” terrorists”.

We need somebody who has balls. The courage to want to die for his country to redeem its people and restore peace and order. To minimize criminality and drug trade, saving our children and women from violence and abuse.

What we need is the one with an iron hand. Because we need to enforce our sovereignty. Our independence and cultural heritage.

We are the land of the brave. Not the land of the abused. We are a nation of heroes and not of a corrupt.

You don’t like to rot in your own country? Then consider DUTERTE.

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Election 2016: How safe is our automated election system?

The 2016 National and local election is just around the corner. The smell of politics is more reeking than the Christmas air.The Filipinos are nauseated with the demolition jobs that every opposing parties do to their rivals. The media has been pounding the citizens with sensational news almost every minute of the day.

Smartmatic Philippines officials led by Cesar Flores, CEO (leftmost)

One night in BGC, we have met with guys from Smartmatic Asia Pacific and we were given the chance to ask questions regarding the automated election system. Smartmatic is the supplier or seller of PCOS machines that were used during the last Philippine elections.

According to them, Comelec was able to save billions of pesos for using their technology and equipment. Cesar Flores, the CEO for Asia Pacific shared that the controversial company has delivered honest and clean elections to the Filipino electorates. That using automated elections, just like in any other country minimized electoral fraud, protests, and all other misdeeds relative to elections.

But to the first time voters, what does the automation cover?

1. The election process– voting, counting, canvassing and proclamation

2. Minimizes flying voters as the technology allocates each and every precinct’s corresponding voters as programmed into the machine

Sharing the table with these guys gave us the chance to ask them some burning questions. So I started with:

(Smartmatic’s answers are those in blue text)

1. Is this automated election system fraud-proof?

“Some parties will will try to tamper the ballots, because everybody wants to win, but since our system saves scanned files of the ballot that the voter inserts into the machine, it automatically saves a copy to the server for printing. So if you tampered a ballot after the scanning process, it will not produce the same result. And during election protests, recounts the original data is still saved to the CF cards so it will still yield what was originally scanned.

If the pre-marking is done before the elections, the machine will not read multiple marked ballots. So if you can do that, its either you have access to the Comelec, access to our server and have an access to alter our system. “

2. Can someone insert a virus or just corrupt the PCOS machine?

“No. First, physical access to the system is limited to 2 memory card slots, which will be secured using a serially labelled lock. These locks would prevent or make it obvious that the machine has been tampered with.

Furthermore, the Operating system used in the PCOS is Linux, which as a platforms very secure, employing access controls to the limit the activities of profiles. This operating system environment will not tolerate presence of virus and malware, or at the very least prevent such malicious programming from running. ”

3. Can there be a switching or election results during the transmittal, or can someone hack the transmission of results?

“The transmittal will only run for more or less two minutes so it is very hard to hack it.”

My last question was somewhat intriguing, I asked them, “If you are doing the right thing for the Filipinos, how come you seem to have so many enemies? And who are they?”

If you are doing the right thing, why do you have so many enemies?

Cesar Flores just smiled and said ” there still are sectors that do not want automated elections simply because they wanted to go back to MANUAL ELECTIONS. As you know, manual elections can be subject to dagdag-bawas, to the proliferation of the old system of the 3 Gs– guns, goons and gold so they can rig the results. Because as the election process becomes longer and with heavy human intervention, it is prone to errors. That is what Smartmatic PCOS machine eradicated.”

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Smartmatic is a group of over 600 specialists dedicated to creating and deploying innovative technology for people to make their governments more transparent and efficient. You’ll find them in the United States, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Philippines etc.

They also have this business unit called LeGIT of Large eGovernment Infrastructure Technology. It creates and deploys technology that helps governments become more transparent and efficient in areas outside of elections. Its smart cities wirk , for example helps meet challenges associated with growing urban populations, in the areas of health, safety and transport.