As a small business owner and somewhat influential in our small community, at least fifty of my friends and acquaintances decided to vote the then Mayor and Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte, after talking to them personally. I think Duterte’s uniqueness and unorthodox style is what made me liked him, and the fact that he is not connected to any national politician who has a track record of corruption, I liked him even more. That was more than a year ago though, a couple of months before the 2016 General Elections. I donated hundreds upon hundreds of T-shirts bearing Duterte’s name. I distributed thousands of Duterte stickers to Jeepney drivers and tens of thousands of rubber wristbands. My devotion to then unknown Duterte was unparalleled. Several months after he took office
The administration of former President Benigno Aquino III was marred by major political scandals, natural; disaster scandal, military conflicts, and other weird events that caused the people to dislike Aquino. His quest to pin down former Vice President Jejomar Binay and family cost Mar Roxas’ presidency. The ouster of former Chief Justice Renato Corona solidified Aquino’s political power during his time, added with former Chief of Police Angelo Reyes untimely death. The biggest political scandal in Asia, the PDAF and DAF scams destroyed Aquino’s government, coupled with the Yolanda funds scandal. Aquino’s record made Roxas looked like a shit during the May 2016 General Elections. The death of SAF 44 will forever haunt Aquino (if he has a conscience). Here comes Duterte, th
With more than 12,000 bus units serving in different locations around the Philippines, the Yanson Group of Bus Companies is the biggest land transportation company in the country and the biggest bus company in Asia. But despite its large size, Yanson Group is not known to many people, especially those who are not from the Island of Negros and Panay. The company owns popular bus companies like Ceres, Vallacar, Goldstar, Bachelor Express, Rural Transit of Mindanao, and several other bus companies in Visayas and Mindanao. Subsidiary or not, let’s take a look at the top ten biggest bus companies in the Philippines in terms of fleet size. ( Note: Figures are the closest estimates based on available data online, and some personal knowledge of the writer) 1. Bachelor Express. Bachel
Many of us today are aiming to work in BPO because we believe that call center jobs pay higher than the minimum wage set by the government. Yes, it’s true. A level one call center agent can earn from 12K to 20K a month depending on the company and the location of the BPO. In Metro Manila, most call centers offer at least 18,000 pesos per month. In CALABARZON region, a level 1 agent can earn from 14,000 to 18,000, while in Cebu, Bacolod, and Iloilo, a call center agent can earn at least 12,000 a month. Working in a call center is truly rewarding, but the physical and mental stress associated with it is also exhausting. You go to work at 12 midnight and listen to irate customers for the next 8 hours – this is what most call center agents do especially in technical support, billing, and
For five years since the IT/BPO business proliferated in the Philippines, IT-related jobs have been dominating the lists of high paying jobs. Although middle management level manufacturing jobs are sometimes higher, the discrepancy between companies is high enough to get an average. For example, a junior manufacturing supervisor in a Japanese firm receives P15,000 to P18,000, while the same position in American firm received at least P25,000. Jobstreet.com revealed that employees in IT/Software and IT/Network Systems consistently ranked first and second on the lists of top paid employees in the country. For junior executives (Supervisor/Team leader), IT/Software jobs pay the highest salary with an average of P37,784 per month, while the same position on IT/Network jobs pays an...
The business of religion always comes with power, influence, and a lot of money. The Philippine government is run not just by the politicians, but by influential religious groups lobbying around boasting their leverage, especially in the coming presidential elections. Philippine politicians are nothing but puppets of these religious leaders and their organizations. No wonder why crimes committed by some of these leaders are often overlooked by the government. Their influence is more than the politicians’ power. Let’s take a look at the top ten richest and most influential religious leaders in the Philippines. 1. Glicerio “Jun” Santos Jr. Many Filipinos do not know who this person is, but unknown to them, Jun Santos is the most powerful religious figure in the Philippines.
Malacañang has released the net worth of President Duterte’s Cabinet members and it revealed that Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez is the richest with P322.106 million, while former activist and militant leader, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano is the poorest with around P30,000 net worth. It is understandable that most of the Cabinet members are millionaires as they are seasoned politicians and businessmen, but how about those people who are actively participating in the street protest, and/or organizing anti-government rallies. Let’s take a look at how rich or poor these militant leaders are, and if they are really making money on organizing rallies. The following is the list of richest Filipino activists and militant leaders. 1. Jose Maria Sison, or Joma is reporte
Update 12/01/2017 Josephine Anne Lapira, 22, a University of the Philippines (UP) Manila student, died in what the authorities reported as an encounter between New People’s Army members and government forces in Batangas province on the evening of Nov. 28. September 26, 2017 - Southern Leyte | Sometimes, parents cannot be blamed for their unorthodox decisions especially when they experienced something that changed their lives. This is what happened to the family of Elsa Torreblanca, a public school teacher, widow, and a mother of four. Elsa’s husband Mario, was killed by suspected members of New People’s Army in Sogod, Southern Leyte, on September 2000. Mario was a farmer and was suspected by the group as a military asset. The group later claimed his death, but evidence of his l
It was June 2000 when Carmelo Luna Jr. entered the University of the Philippines – Los Baños as a freshman taking BS. In Agriculture. Carmelo was among the top students who graduated from Tanauan Institute, a private school in Tanauan City, Batangas. Carmelo Jr. is the eldest son of Jeepney driver Carmelo Baltazar Sr., and his deceased wife Lucinda. Lucinda died of breast cancer two years earlier, leaving Carmelo Sr. with three kids (Junjun and his two younger sisters). Carmelo Sr, or Meloy as called by his neighbors, is a frustrated lawyer. He studied Political Science in San Beda College, but because poverty struck his family after his father died, he was not able to graduate and settled driving Jeepney after he got married at 24. Meloy’s hope relied on his son Junjun. After
The Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno saga continues after some people on social media uncovered old news regarding her appointment as Chief Justice by former Pres. Benigno Aquino III more than two years ago. Her continued exchange barbs with the president prompted the latter’s supporters to dig deep down her employment record, and people uncovered something that might shock most people. According to a report by the Manila Times published on Feb. 23, 2014, CJ Sereno fired two Psychiatrists who gave her low grade. The following is the full report by Jomar Canlas Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno has fired the two psychiatrists of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) who gave her a poor grade when she applied for the top judicial post. A well-placed source at the Supreme Court told