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Of Tea Shops and Politics

Because politicians should have a fallback should they ever decide to leave the government. More pun teas to come! (✿◠‿◠)

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Specific Provisions For Inclusion in The Cybercrime Law

Netizens are once more riled up with the possibility of muting our voices with the implementation of the much-criticized Republic Act No. 10175, known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

I am all for taking responsibility for our tweets and posts but the idea of repressing what we think because of the possibility of jail time, is too much. People who experienced the harshness that came with freely expressing one’s beliefs during the Martial Law era know this too well.

But just to ease the stress of tweeting-and-posting-on-tiptoes, I thought these specific provisions should be considered:

Section 4a: Cybercrime Offenses for Facebook Users

  1. Excessive photo editing of profile pictures leading to deception of other users.
  2. Posting of shirtless profile pictures taken from the bathroom with dirty tiles as the background.
  3. Related to the above, shirtless profile pictures should be limited to one picture per location. No repetitive pictures taken from the same bathroom.
  4. Sending countless game requests and other annoying apps.
  5. Posting status updates that are best shared with a human being or anyone who will care to listen. Try a psychologist.
  6. Creating your fan page, liking it yourself and pestering people to like it too.
  7. Posting those abhorrent e-chain letters because non-repost thereof will result to your death five minutes.
  8. Excessive cyber PDA, and that includes photos and status updates dripping with such sweetness, you can actually pour it on your pancakes.

Section 4b: Cybercrime Offenses for Twitter Users

  1. If you are not a celebrity, flooding the timeline of your followers with every step, every breath, every blink you take that makes people go “WTH?!!!” (actually, WTF?@#$?!!). Sample below is in actual sequence. 
    • Woke up.
    • Hayyyy! So sleepy pa din.
    • Shower time!
    • Eating breakfast now.
    • Off to work/school now.
    • Traffic. Ugh.
  1. Tweeting, “Follow my personal account >>> ______” like you are a celebrity. Vahkkettt?! Sumi-celeb ka?. (Note: The two preceding sentences are but expressions for emphasis.)
  2. The 140 characters is set as a limit not a requirement. You are not required to use it all up and tell us the story of your day.
  3. Related to the above, excessive sharing of how you spent your day when you only have one follower.
  4. Excessive retweeting.

Section 4c: Cybercrime Offenses for use of Beki and Jeje Language

The intentional use of gay lingo, beki lingo, gayspeak, jeje lingo and/or jejespeak in your tweets, posts, and/or memes to deceive the IDIOT  will only aggravate the crime you commit. The IDIOT now have sophisticated gadgets that are capable of deciphering the meaning behind such languages.

Photo taken from: http://www.wheninmanila.com

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Thoughts on the Go

The commute to work takes more than an hour and I rather not spend it fidgeting and doing palatak because doing it won’t ease up the traffic anyway. So I just incessantly input my thoughts via the nifty WordPress app for mobile phones. While at it, I have to constantly remind myself not to blurt out to the girl beside me to ‘Please stop flipping your cheaply rebonded hair on my face’. I know so because the ends look like our walis at home. *raised eyebrow*

  1. On the Panamanian diplomat declared as persona non grata; that ‘punishment’ would have had more kick if he got  Claudined (bashed and tongue-lashed in public) and Raymarted (ganged up and punched repeatedly) while being escorted to the airport. Just suggesting! 😉
  2.  I’m not sure whether I should be happy that the shuttle I rode on has a tv onboard or be annoyed because it is tuned in to a news channel and it recapped PacMom’s birthday celebration.
  3. I don’t know whether it was the glaring sun that hit my eye or her gown.  Can’t her children be sued at least (wag na ‘jailed‘ as I initially suggested) for letting her go out like that?
  4. Or can a well-meaning authority issue a restraining order for those gaudy gowns? I get it. They’re the nouveau rich. They can pretty much buy ANYTHING they want, do WHATEVER they want. But these are questions that really baffled me:
    • How many birds sacrificed their lives for that hideous gown that almost defaced the Philippine flag just because it’s red, blue and white?
    • Who created that gaudy, flamboyantly garish gown?
    • What the hell was that designer thinking? Or not thinking? Hello! Project Runway Philippines is on tv. Please! You can learn pointers there.
    • Is he aware that he’s designing a gown for a 63 year old woman and not a two year old? Then again, if I were that kid, I am so not wearing that gown even if they deprive me of milk for weeks.
    • When those gaudy gowns were brought in for a final fit, were the people with PacMom able to keep a straight face? Or did they just put on their best poker faces and then subsequently excused themselves and threw up?
    • Wasn’t there somebody brave enough to make a stand against those awfully pathetic gowns?
    • Can you please put your money to good use? Hire an image consultant. Pronto!

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I Dare to Ask: Where is Your Sensitivity, Inquirer?

I am furious over some people’s tendency to publish photos just because they have the right to do so; with insensitivity and respect thrown out into oblivion. But in this case, “…those were only photos available.”  So The Inquirer said.

The infamous front page of a supposedly decent broadsheet.

That is the lame-brained, pathetic excuse of Inquirer for the photos they published of Mr. Demetrio Vicente, a witness of the defense for Chief Justice Corona’s impeachment trial.

He is a stroke survivor, you @#$?%#!!! What were your editors and whoever took those photos thinking OR not thinking at that moment?

The question is: if those were the only photos available, why did you even bother publishing it? Or if you really need to insert an image for that article, why create a montage? Is one photo not enough?

As children, our parents and teachers instilled in us the value of respect especially for the elders and those who are physically incapacitated. So were you covering your ears when this was taught?

Again, why post those photos? Is this move politically motivated? Because he is not one of them?

Once again, Inquirer has shown the low standards it lives by. Take this news they posted online (which I happen to save) two weeks ago on the hiker who died at Mt. Batulao.

Now, on their Facebook page they’re saying:

Well, the harm has been done. And for that insensitivity, you managed to chuck out a 3-sentence apology and hoped that it wiped away the hurt it caused Mr. Vicente’s family and friends and appeased the readers who opted to make a stand and let you see just how tasteless your choice was.

You have already shown how obscenely insensitive you can get. Your editors (at talagang may editors pa yang lagay na yan!) may benefit from another course on Media Ethics and Photojournalism or maybe sit down with grade schoolers and attend their Good Manners and Right Conduct class (or whatever it’s called these days… #alamna).

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Puerto Princesa Underground River: 1 of the 7

On the first round of counting last 11.11.11, Puerto Princesa Underground River is now among the New 7 Wonders of Nature!

The votes are still under verification and official winners will be announced next year.

Photo by Alvin Gumba; retrieved from the archives of the New7Wonders website

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