What I Look For in My President

(Via Sun Star)

The 2016 Philippine Elections is almost here and it’s still super hard to choose who to vote for president. With all the articles and posts trending on my wall telling me who to vote, who said this, who manipulated this, whose supporters did that, it is a must to be vigilant. Do your own research and be informed!

While I’m still researching, I made a list of the things I look for in my president-to-be. I just listed down a few top-of-mind wishes regardless if they are part of the president’s job or not. It’s just my grown-up election list!

My president must be accountable.

I think this is pretty self-explanatory. I cannot highlight the need for an accountable president more. The problem with most Filipinos is that we always try to blame somebody. And that somebody is always the president. I’m poor because of the president. The airport is lame because of the president. Zayn left One Direction because of the president. We’re fond of blaming others but can’t take the blame when it’s our fault in the first place. To make matters even worse, the president, the highest leader in the land, also plays the blame game.


So my friends, my friends, choose an accountable president. And please, future president, own up to your faults. Be an example to every Filipino. Continue reading “What I Look For in My President”

Amiciness’ Stand on Boxing [Parody]

I love puns.

Amiciness on “Boxing”

Common sense lang. Makakakita ka ba ng any animals na makikipagsapakan para lang sa isang gintong sinturon at sa pera? Mas mabuti pa yung hayop. *snickers* Hindi marunong makipagpatayan para lang sa pera.

O di ba? O ngayon, kung makikipagsapakan tayo sa ibang tao para lang manalo ng isang gintong sinturon, para sa pera, e mas masahol pa sa hayop ang tao.

Begrudgingly inspired by Rep. Manny Pacquiao‘s (currently running for Senate) stand on same-sex marriage:

Read more: Pacquiao compares gays to animals, draws flak on social media (Inquirer.net)

Seriously, what do we expect from absentee congressman Manny Pacquiao. How many bills and laws has he authored or passed again? I’m even more disappointed at the people defending his “very scientific” statements. The LGBT community has been bullied all their lives and we don’t need a reminder, from a very public and influential figure no less, of how ignorant and narrow some people are.

UPDATE: It seems Manny has backtracked and “apologized.” *air quotes* He’s sorry for the animal comparison but he’s not changing his stance on same-sex marriage. K.

What’s your stand on boxing? Do you also think doing it makes us much worse than animals?

Oh and, if it isn’t clear yet, Amiciness is NOT endorsing Manny Pacquiao or his candidacy in any form whatsoever.

A Simple Request to ABS-CBN, GMA, TV5 and Other Local Channels

Dear ABS-CBN, GMA, TV5 and other local channels:

I’ll make this post short. I would just like to request for you to please stop accepting political propaganda ads at least not at this time. I know. I know. These ads are not illegal. No laws are being broken because the ads do not explicitly use the term “vote” or whatever the legal loophole is.

Finding loopholes through technicalities: This is something we Filipinos, not just politicians, are good at. Hangga’t may butas, lusot lang. Okay lang na di ako mag-seatbelt sa kotse, wala namang makakakita. Okay lang na uminom ako at magdrive, di naman ako lasing. Okay lang na damihan ko ang unli-twirl sa Family Mart kahit di ko maubos, binayaran ko naman ‘yun eh. Sige lusot pa!

We have this natural tendency to justify wrong actions. May nalalaman pa tayong lesser evil ek ek. Siguro, mayroong mga gray area na applicable ‘to. Pero sa usapan ng eleksyon at estado ng bansa natindi na pwede ang trial and error! Konti na lang lulubog na tayong lahat.

We need to have this rare quality to not choose the lesser evil, but instead create something for the greater good. Strategize. Think of the long term. Consider what will happen to the future generations. ‘Pag pumutol ba ako ng puno, may epekto ba ‘to? ‘Pag nagtambak ako ng lupa sa dagat, okay lang ba ‘yun? Parang dati binabasa ko pa nung bata ako ang mga signage ng The Four Way Test ng Rotary Club, thinking “Wow! Tama ‘yung mga tanong. Dapat i-memorize ko ‘to para pagtanda ko.” Pero tumanda na ako’t lahat, di naman siya nasusunod.

Local channels, you should choose to be the greater good. Ang contradicting lang kasi. You campaign for clean elections but then you show political ads that obviously would affect the outcome of the elections. Tapos ‘yung iba pa sa inyo may affiliation sa politics. It’s time to do the greater good: TV is a powerful medium. Politicians pay you to run their ads. You could choose to turn them down. Naturingan pa namang may news and public affairs department kayo. The public is who you should protect, not the politicians who have money to throw at you. I guess you are also businesses, and you also need money. Their money. But wait! Those come from taxpayers’ money too. Our money. You should know better.

Maybe, this is just a way for you to be fair. Politicians have free speech rights too. Or maybe to show TV viewers which future candidates have the highest campaign funds. There might be a correlation between high funds and possible corruption in the future. I don’t know.

I really don’t know.