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Thursday, April 29, 2010

At Least 10M OFW Votes for Susan Ople

(Feel free to copy, repost or send this article by email to your blog or network.)


Sikapin kong magTaglish, upang madaling maunawaan ng ating mga kababayan sa kahit anong antas ng lipunan, at sa kahit saan mang panig ng mundo. In the next 10 days, before the May 10 election day, I am pleading for you to reach out to one or more members of your families and inner circle friends to influence, campaign and vote for senatorial candidate Susan “Toots” Ople.





Susan Ople, No. 38 in the voting ballot for senator is a daughter of late Blas Ople - the "Father of OFW’s and Labor Laws". She is an active advocate of migrant workers, tagapagtanggol ng mga OFWs at dating Labor Undersecretary. Kung merong nag-iisang kandidato na nakausap ko, na-meet, and always in touch with - lalo na about OFW issues, ito ay walang iba kundi si Toots Ople.




Susan Ople during our lunch meeting discussing her platforms and support for OFW Jan 2009




Is it possible that the name of Susan Ople rise to the Senate from the vote of the modern day-heroes daw? Is it possible that we can lock atleast 10 million votes from our combined OFW and OFW families votes to elevate Susan Ople’s chances to secure a Senate seat? I think we can.



Susan Ople as Key speaker during the Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards Dec 2009



Paano po natin magagawa ito? Here are some of the suggestions. In the coming days you will be sending thousands of pesos ng pinaghirapan nating pera sa mga mahal natin sa buhay sa Pilipinas. In your conversation, please ask your dad, your mom, your husband, your wife, your brother, your sister, your sons, your daughters, your friends na iboto sa May 10 ang senatoriable No. 38 sa balota, Susan Toots Ople – the OFW Senator!



1. TEXT/SMS



2. Overseas Calls



3. Email Forwarding



4. Chat and Internet Messages (Yahoo, Skype, Gtalk and Hotmail/MSN)



5. Facebook, Friendster, Twitter, Plurk, and other Social Network



6. Forums



7. Organizations/Societies/Clubs



8. Blogs/Notes



9. Home front Campaigning



10. Word of Mouth



Magpadala po tayo ng mga text messages at pwede din po nating i-forward ang mga messages na ito sa sa ating kapamilya at kapuso. Sa pagtawag po natin, pakisambit na iboto nila ang # 38 na pagkasenador sa balota sa si Susan Ople. Sa inyong pakikipagchat sa mga mahal sa buhay sa Yahoo or Skype or Gtalk, pakimention po na iboto nila si Susan Ople sa pagkasenado. Pwede ring iforward natin sa email nila ang article na ito, or ipost natin na nangangampanya tayo na iboto si Susan Ople sa inyong mga status updates at thread ng Facebook, Friendster, Twitter, Plurk at other social networks. Sa ating mga forums, mga organizations at club meetings, maging sa ating mga blogs at notes, wag po natin kalimutan ang # 38, Susan Toots Ople. kailangan ng mga OFW sa buong mundo ng isang tunay na tinig sa loob ng Senado, ihatid natin si Toots sa Senado pamamagitan ng ating mga boto.




Kahit sino po ang ating pangulo na sinusuportahan, at kahit anong partido tayo, iisa lang ang ating bansa, at iisa lang ang ating pangarap. Iisa lang din po ang tumatakbong senador na alam natin na kakampi ng mga OFW. Let Susan Ople’s name rise to the Senate from the votes of the OFW’s. Ipakita po natin sa buong mundo – that we have a collective voice, that we also have a ‘command votes’ and that we too, can make a difference.


To learn more about Susan Ople here.




©2010 THOUGHTSKOTO

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Why I Am Supporting the Man

I was an active blogger in the 2008 election in the US. I posted entries in favor of a Republican aspirant, Mitt Romney, a very wealthy person but is living a decent life, with his focus on economy, family and values. Mitt doesn't know me, we haven’t been introduced and I have never meet him. I am not a US Citizen or voter either, just an active blogger with my post carried to several other blogsites and political forums. I believe that America needs some change of course. I am not sure if Obama can deliver them, but like I said, America needs a decisive change in terms of moral and social decay, as well as the financial turmoil they are in right now.




If I am that active in the US elections then to which I am not a citizen, I thought, I should be more active in the Philippine election this May 2010. I am a registered overseas absentee voter. One vote may not make a difference, but one vote is sacred to the one casting it. I asked fellow OFW’s before to vote with us.




I hope many OFW’s now have renewed excitements and hope this 2010 election. I hope many will be a voter rather than be a spectator while our beloved country is languishing, and rotted by some (and they are many) corrupt politicians.



I understand that we have opposing opinions and views. We are seeing the same country abused by the very leaders we voted before. We see that our nation is in dire need of a true leader. One who will be brave enough to walk the lonely roads of principled centered leadership. One who will do the right thing even the rest of the media and the elite don’t agree. But we differ in the ways we see who can best lead this motherland into freedom, security and stability. We all have the right to choose, and to express who our candidate. We may disagree with who one will vote for, but we will continue to be a brother, a friend, and a kabayan. We may be voting different candidates, but we have one hope, one dream, and one vision for our beloved country. To rise up and be the country it should be, with people so talented, so vibrant, so industrious, and so hopeful.



I am going to list down below my reasons why I am voting for Manny Villar as president. I have never met him. We were never introduced, and probably, he doesn’t even know me, even by name.




Below is my article posted in 100araw.com


Manny, money and the many lies

April 22, 2010



By Jebee Kenji Solis

An OFW lane at the NAIA. Photo grabbed from Its Possible at aaronautics.wordpress.com.

“The Philippines is a great country, and great heritage and great people, it should need a great leader as well,” said by my foreigner friend across the table while we are having potluck party one time.

We all agree that we are in dire need of a true leader – one who is brave enough to walk the lonely roads of principle-centered leadership; one who will do the right thing even the rest of the media and the elite don’t agree. What we differ from is who we perceive can best lead us and our country into liberty, security and stability. Freedom from poverty, peace and security, that eventually leads to economic stability.

For this election, I’m voting for pro-OFW Manny Villar.


Here are my reasons why:

1. He is the only presidential candidate I know who continuously helps OFWs who are in dire needs (and we are a-plenty!). At one time, more than 80 Filipino Overseas contract workers have returned home through his effort. He even gave houses to OFW’s for free. There might be motive behind his actions, but to help in one way or another, especially if others are in distress is still considered kindness. You can disagree to that.

2. Why other candidates are not thrown with muddy attacks? Kapag hitik daw at mabunga ang manga, pinupukol. Some people asked why Manny Villar have many issues to confront, well, maybe because he has done so much and others doesn’t like it. And why others are perceived to be saintly? Perhaps because they didn’t take any risks at all. Perhaps because they have done nothing substantial.


It’s like a guy who play videos in his room all the day and to another guy who walk down the streets and helped an old woman cross the road, and indeed up scorned, cursed and spit out along the way for causing a halt to an already slow moving traffic. But the guy knows it is the right thing to do. It is by risking that we learn our lessons, gain experiences, succeed and feel better about ourselves.

3. Because he is a billionaire and spends way above others, people assume he will recoup his expenses when he wins. So what about Manny Pacquiao? Do you think he too along with his billions will steal from government’s money? Manny Pacquiao said he is hurt by those accusations.
How much is Villar worth? $530 Million? P24 Billion? They said you will need a billion pesos to run as Philippine president. It is really that expensive to run for president in a country? Manny Villar said from a report of PCIJ.

That depends, because if you’re an artista or you have a sibling who is one, or you’re supported by a studio or a TV station, you won’t really be able to say how much you need,” said Villar. “Now if you’re not an artista, you’re just one of the poor and no one recognizes your family name, maybe you would need to spend more to make yourself known. But what’s important is that you don’t violate any laws.

4. He comes on his own name. He didn’t ride along with any names associated with him. A shrimp vendor, sand and gravel businessman, and later a housing magnate, all by himself.


5. I believe he is the most prepared presidentiable of all, ready to lead the country having served as congressman, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and President of the Senate. For the last 18 years, he was serving the country. I don’t know if other presidentiables have the same experience like his. We need a president that can lead, and manage, and can create jobs and make our country competitive. I believe no one has the capability to do that except Manny Villar.


6. His values and management system, plus the way he treat his employees and staff is very important. He thought every one is a part of a team. No one should be left out. From the many testimonies, and the many people I know, he has values, and he live them, and his management style was so effective that people who work with him stays with him. He is one of those few who are excellent in both politics and business.


7. He is a family man, with kids who have manners, and the way I see it, he and Cong. Cynthia Villar, his wife, raise them well.


8. He knows defeat. Talking to his employees one time, Manny Villar says, “Kung sakaling manalo ako, most likely hindi ninyo ako makikita muna dito. Pero ok lang, kung matalo ako, mas madalas tayong magkikita-kita. Kung sakaling maaga pa pero malaki na talaga ang lamang, magcoconcede na agad ako. Tatanggapin ko agad ang pagkatalo ko.” What about his rival? Pag matalo daw sila, pupunta sila sa EDSA!

Remember that people can see the same thing but with a different perspective. This is how I see it. I hope we will see the same for our country too. There are just too much lies and negativity around him, all over the internet. People simply post or express anything without even the gut to verify or find out the truth. I have been carefully following stories and news for the last 6 months.


As the debate rages and as election abroad started, I have to make a stand. Others may not like it; I may offend some of my friends. But this is my personal stand, and I am not paid for doing this, I am not carried away by the stream of current, or swayed by the strong wind. I am voting for pro-OFW Manny Villar.


©2010 THOUGHTSKOTO

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Golden Rule and The Platinum Rule


The Golden Rule


"Do unto others what you want others will do to you."


The Rule really concerns realizing that if you don't like something to happen to you, other people probably also would not like it happening to them either. It is being considerate of other peoples' feelings.

Cons:
But in the area of trying to please people by offering them something of interest or value, the Golden Rule often breaks down. People may not like what you like.


The Platinum Rule®



"Do unto others what they want others will do to them."

The Platinum Rule® accommodates the feelings of others. The focus of relationships shifts from "this is what I want, so I'll give everyone the same thing" to "let me first understand what they want and then I'll give it to them."

Applying the Platinum Rule® is much more valuable and useful to other people. "Do unto others as they would do unto themselves" means you have listened and observed what the other person wants or needs, and you then try to satisfy those needs.





Sources of this post:


School for Champions


Tony Alessandra


Image from Customers Rock


The Platinum Rule® is a registered trademark of Dr. Tony Alessandra. Used with permission. All other rights are reserved in all media.

©2010 THOUGHTSKOTO

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Gang Rape of Two Filipina in UAE, A Hoax?


I received a message from PEBA collegue, Pete from South Korea about this very gruesome, horrible and shockingly cruel video of purportedly a Filipina raped and slashed by two Middle Eastern man, a taxi driver and his friend. This is the actual message associated with the video.



"Please watch and let us HELP this Filipina, From a very reliable source, she was working in Abu Dhabi, UAE. this girl, together wid her filipina friend also was about to go home from a party. While on the taxi, the 2 felt asleep due to liquor. The driver called up his friends, he drove the car somewhere in the area and brutally raped the 2 girls. (gang rape)... "



I immediately asked KABLOGS and PEBA members from the UAE area, and with the same messages, they cannot confirm if this is true or not because of a news black-out but that there are emails circulating and confirming that this was really true.



Anyway, ABS-CBN and the Philippine Star also published a news story about this with the DFA saying this is untrue.




From the Philippine Star,




"MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine embassy in Abu Dhabi said yesterday the reported rape of two Filipinas behind a mall that was circulated via e-mail did not take place.




In a report submitted to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Ambassador Grace Relucio Princesa said the embassy investigated the reported rape of the two Filipinas behind the Marina Mall after a video of an unidentified woman with severe slash wounds was circulated via e-mail, allegedly identifying her as one of the rape victims.




The embassy said an e-mail message from a certain “Edward Enoc” was circulated among the members of the Filipino community last Feb. 22. Enoc’s e-mail alleged that one Filipina died while the other escaped and sought medical assistant from the Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) hospital. She died a few days later.




The embassy dispatched an assistance-to-nationals (ATN) team to visit the SKMC, other hospitals, and the city morgue, which all said no such victims were brought in.


The ATN team then proceeded to the Shabeya and Mina police stations in Abu Dhabi to determine if there was any reported rape of two Filipinas but no such police incident report was recorded."




Also the National Newspaper of Abu Dhabi, UAE published a statement from the Philippine Embassy.


Anyway, with so much disinformation online, it is better to verify anything first, and to confirm. Let us also be responsible in spreading news and videos. Kagaya sa politics sa Pilipinas ngayon, ang daming misinformation, ang daming liar, sinungaling, bakak, tikalon, butigon, harami. Ang daming lengguwe. hehe



Be careful at ingat mga kabayan!



©2010 THOUGHTSKOTO

Saturday, April 10, 2010

THE FROGS WHO WISHED FOR A KING

The Frogs were tired of governing themselves. They had so much

freedom that it had spoiled them, and they did nothing but sit

around croaking in a bored manner and wishing for a government

that could entertain them with the pomp and display of royalty,

and rule them in a way to make them know they were being ruled.

No milk and water government for them, they declared. So they

sent a petition to Jupiter asking for a king.


Jupiter saw what simple and foolish creatures they were, but to

keep them quiet and make them think they had a king he threw down

a huge log, which fell into the water with a great splash. The

Frogs hid themselves among the reeds and grasses, thinking the

new king to be some fearful giant. But they soon discovered how

tame and peaceable King Log was.


In a short time the younger

Frogs were using him for a diving platform, while the older Frogs

made him a meeting place, where they complained loudly to Jupiter

about the government.







To teach the Frogs a lesson the ruler of the gods now sent a

Crane to be king of Frogland. The Crane proved to be a very

different sort of king from old King Log.


He gobbled up the poor

Frogs right and left and they soon saw what fools they had been.

In mournful croaks they begged Jupiter to take away the cruel

tyrant before they should all be destroyed.



"How now!" cried Jupiter "Are you not yet content? You have what

you asked for and so you have only yourselves to blame for your

misfortunes."




- Moral of the Story -

Be sure you can better your condition before you seek to

change.


©2010 THOUGHTSKOTO

Dear OFWs, please go out and vote!

I received a letter today from a good friend, as well as a good friend of all overseas Filipinos - Susan "Toots" Ople. We firmly believe she will give us a voice in the Senate. We ask you to vote for her and ask your families and friends back home to vote for her as OFW Senator as well.


Dear Friends,

Now that the period for overseas absentee voting has begun, I would like to appeal for your support in encouraging more of our OFWs to go out and vote.

Sana gamitin natin ang pagkakataon na ito upang magkaroon ng pagbabago sa Senado. Mga bagong mukha, na may mga bagong panukala - kung hindi mabibigyan ng pagkakataon ay parehong Senado pa rin ang ating mamanahin.

Unlike other traditional candidates, I have waged a campaign based on issues, consciously choosing the high road in this most challenging journey. Nakakalungkot kasi kung di ka gimikera, mahirap mapansin sa pambansang entablado maski gaanong katalino ka pa. Pero hindi ako susuko, hindi ako nawawalan ng pag-asa dahil may misyon ako sa pagtakbo - at iyan ay ang pagtulong sa ating mga OFWs.

And so on this day, when voting precincts for political freedom have opened its doors for overseas Filipinos, I appeal for one out of 12 votes to be cast by our OFWs. One out of 12 that will be thinking of reforms in labor and overseas employment 24/7 everyday. This is the world I grew up in, and there were many, many lessons learned from my father, the late Ka Blas Ople, that I can share and build upon, in the pursuit of this mission.

With all humility, I appeal for your support. Let us do what we can to encourage as many Filipinos overseas to cast their ballots. And hopefully, with God's blessing, an OPLE can once again serve in the Senate.

Please feel free to copy and paste this message and send out to your friends and relatives abroad.

Mabuhay ang mga OFWs! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

Sumasaiyo,

Susan "Toots" Ople


©2010 THOUGHTSKOTO

Friday, April 02, 2010

The Power

Me and my family reach out to all our brothers and sisters out there, both the members of the faith we subscribe and the OFW's and Filipino's around the world this Lenten season.

Please find 10 minutes of your free time to watch this video of two of our favorite music about Him.





May we all come to Him, and be a better person, a better brother, a better sister, a better husband, a better wife, a better son, a better daughter, a better friend, a better worker, a better individual, a little better, and a little kinder. As He has the power to die and live again, may we all have the power to leave the natural man within us, and live a new kind of life, better and kinder.

©2010 THOUGHTSKOTO