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... quarter kahapon na-post natin dito sa page natin. And I'm glad to say that mukhang the response has been good, interesting, minus the usual trolls and irrelevant people.
And, you know, some columnist and friends that I respect also seem to have appreciated the context of what I was saying.
And it looks like once again, we are the fool who bothers to, you know, to spell things out that have to be spelled out.
So ito po yung article natin.
Rizontiveros as singular struggles.
Kitanggalin ko nalang sarili ko.
Nakikita niyo naman ako parang, parang weird naman, di ba?
Andoon naman mga mukha ko, andoon naman.
Tapos naka-caption na naman yung mga trolls.
Wala na yung picture ko.
Alright. That's it.
Pag-usapan natin yan.
So doon sa article natin, I actually like how I started the article.
I said something like,
The pendulum of Philippine politics has often swung between two extreme poles.
Mediocrity and megalomania.
And then I connect that to the whole Maharlika Fund, the debate around it, etc.
The legislative branch, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.
And then enter Senator Rizontiveros, who once again was the only dissenting voice in the Senate.
Ewan ka na dyan doon sa mga nag-absent or pa-absent or pa, I don't know, what do you call it?
Abstain, yung mga ganyan.
Make your stance very clear.
When you have an extremely polarizing controversial issue, make your stance very clear.
Are you for it or against it?
In fairness to Senator Tulfo, even if he voted yes for it,
he was the one who really drew the line and said, sabi ni Senator Tulfo,
ay hindi pwede yung mga pensyon, yung mga ganyan, yung mga ganyan ipasok dyan.
Bawal ang kalukuan.
And in fairness to Senator Tulfo, dahil sa kanyang very strong intervention,
because Senator Tulfo is not opposition.
He has great communication channels with the President.
He's an extremely popular person.
I've described him as the rising star of Philippine politics in the past year.
Sorry na lang doon sa iba.
I'm not even talking about the opposition. I'm talking about you know who.
Speaking of this, mga kamay-ta, in fairness, I think Senator Rafi Tulfo has done a great job
as the kind of independent, quote-unquote, senator there.
At the same time, you have Rizal Indivera's here
who really made a strong argument for why
parang hindi ito yung tamang panahon at circumstances
to have the MIF, Maharlika Investment Fund, at all.
And this is not the first time that she did it, mga kamay-ta.
So ito yung sinabi niya.
So ayon kay Rizal Indivera's,
the fund is not what we need now, end of quote.
At ayon sa kanya, quote,
it does not pass the test of economic viability.
Ang balang kasiguraduhan na ito ay viable at sensible
sa kasalukuyan na investment and economic and fiscal conditions of the country
and the broader global investment landscape.
At ayon sa kanya,
we'll be watching intently
yung implementing rules and regulations once signed into law
to, quote, ensure that the prohibitions we put in place
and the wins we were able to secure during the plenary deliberations are not lost.
So in short, she's going to remain as a fiscalizer.
So I see a very interesting duo here
whereby Senator Tulfo on one side
as the independent, increasingly the star senator there,
or the facto star senator,
is saying, hey, yung mga iba dyan, malapit kay President Marcos,
okay, relax na ngayon dyan.
Ayusin natin ito. Imbawal lang ganyan.
So I mean, it's just fascinating that Senator Tulfo,
who had no background whatsoever in the legislative branch,
is kind of like the senior guy.
Obviously, it has something to do with the fact that he's the chair of the committee
na may direct jurisdiction sa issue na yan.
Yes, given na yan.
But we know historically, when it comes to economic investment issues,
marami mga ano dyan.
You know, technocrat or pateknocrat dyan.
I mean, let's not forget, mga kamayata,
that Senator Angara is actually like the econ guy there.
I mean, I think he's an LSE graduate, right, na mga others.
But I think Senator Tulfo has done a very good job to say,
okay, if we're going to get this passed,
these are the big red flags and no.
In fact, hindi pa ning batas ang Marica Investment Fund
because still there are many people in the Senate,
including Coco Pimentel, et cetera, saying,
eto yung hindi sila bumoto na no.
Nag-yes sila, but yes with a lot of conditions.
So they're still falling on that.
But Riza is the one who said, like, totally no.
No way. No way. No way.
And the other month,
siya rin yung only person who said no
sa Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
In fact, she cited Key Academic Works
to say that potentially maging net-loser ang Pilipinas
since co-trade balance would worsen by $264 million per year
and the Philippines would lose tariffs, revenues
of around $58 million a year.
Dollars, ha? Dollars, hindi pesos.
All right? Hindi Philippine pesos.
Mexican pesos. Whatever.
Now, so may mga asyo nga dyan ng comment na,
oh, bakit di mo na may explain.
Like, dude, I have 700 words in a single column, all right?
So if you want to really listen to my take,
check all of my Twitter tweets out there.
Check all of my articles out.
Ang dami natin sila. Wag tamad.
But anyways, in 700 words,
this is what I could put there, right?
So without a question, I mean, if it's not clear to you
what's the purpose of Antiveros and what she's doing,
then, you know, maybe you should check yourself again.
Okay, so my argument, mga kamay, is
without a question, Antiveros has been
the singular genuine opposition figure in the Senate,
no offense to the others, and more broadly,
the only nationally elected one in the government.
Important din yan.
She's the only one from the opposition is nationally elected.
There are, you know, there are a few smattering
of opposition or progressive folks in the legislature,
but, you know, I mean, they're not nationally elected,
you know, officials per se, right?
A lot of them are party-less, et cetera.
It's a different dynamic.
It's a different dynamic.
I mean, yes, you can say party-less is national,
but you get what I'm saying, right?
They're like kind of a tweet
to the Congressional representation.
But really, really national lang, zain niyo.
It's a nationally elected institution,
and yung mga people nandun are, you know,
considered to be potentially the next presidents
or presidentiables, all right?
So, and this is where the bone of contention comes in,
mga kamayt, I keep on mentioning it.
I'm surprised I'm not seeing a lot of other people
noticing this or, you know, brave enough to mention this.
For some reason, mukhang yung hindi very substantive
and principle-based interventions are not getting
sufficiently covered by the mainstream media,
nor wholeheartedly backed by social media accounts
of those associated with the opposition.
Yung mga sobrang active to, you know, share about
the latest travel blog from, I don't know, Lenny,
the latest, I don't know, from Bam Aquino,
the latest this and that.
Maybe you wanna, you know, give a bit airtime also
to what Risa is doing, including her visit to Taiwan,
meeting Tsai Ing-wen, talking about Taiwan,
talking about democracy, talking about geopolitics.
Maybe some other people there were super busy
about, you know, the non-political stuff
of former opposition political figures.
Maybe you wanna help also Risa Antiverse, right?
I mean, since you say that you're fighting for opposition,
for democracy, human rights, all of that,
then my question is, are you helping Risa Antiverse?
Because she's really the only, you know,
real opposition nationally elected official
we got out there, and didn't, you know,
Lenny kind of passed down the baton to her
and supposed to be like that?
Okay, why am I talking like Romulus
ng HBO succession series?
But you get what I'm saying, right?
You get what I'm saying, right?
So as far as opposition affiliated thought leaders
are concerned, yung parang bulk of focus nila
is still zeroed in on either the former vice president
or Maria Ressa or, but of course,
yung kay Leila de Lima, 100%, 100%,
dapat she gets all the focus and attention and support.
100%, and we're gonna have a separate blog
on Leila de Lima.
For me, Leila de Lima is the Nobel Peace Prize person
of the Philippines of our, you know,
of the past five years or so at least, right?
Okay, let's just be very clear about that, you know?
And all due respect, I think Lenny has done a great job.
Maria Ressa's done a good job.
They deserve recognition, all of support,
whatever they're getting, but what I'm saying is that,
you know, there are other people out there,
including Rizal Hondiveros who's having
kind of a singular fight there on the front.
Like, what's up, right?
So, you know, that's what I'm saying.
So, lest we forget, Hondiveros is now the
de facto leader of the opposition,
and against all odds, okay, yan.
Yan yung mga mahilig mag-denialism,
blame ng voters, ayan, ganyan, ganyan, ganyan.
Andami na naman dyan na kay Rita sa Twitter
na hihirin na naman itong mga pabok,
tapos mag-voter blaming, bago nga ganyan.
But against all odds, actually,
she was the one who managed to win re-election
in the hotly contested Senate,
and over the years, she overcame a torrent
of misogyny, red tagging,
because she's really a progressive, unlike, you know,
and a whole host of challenges from which
many conventional liberal figures were insulated, right?
For some, not only is Hondiveros
the sole opposition figure in the upper chamber,
but arguably also the only true progressive
to have made it to national office in recent memory.
Boom, that's it, we said it.
Okay, so this is how I end my article.
Hers, meaning Rita Hondiveros,
has been a singular struggle.
And singular struggle, you can see,
literally singular, at the same time singular
in the sense that it's unprecedented,
it's historic, it's special, it's important,
but it doesn't have to be lonified for far too long.
It doesn't have to be lonified for far too long.
And that's why I felt, Malcolm,
that it's important that I write that article
and make this intervention.
I've said it over and over again, in passing,
kind of not in passing,
but this time I made it core and center.
I haven't talked to Lenny,
I haven't talked to Rita Hondiveros
since ever or something like that,
I mean, like, when was the last time
I talked to any of these people?
So I don't know their personal point of view,
but I'm just saying,
maybe Rita deserves a little bit more love,
a little bit more respect and support
from people who claim to support
the opposition and all.
Because so far, her fight has been
a very singular, literally singular,
and sometimes also singular
in terms of historic, conviction-based politics.
On that note, thank you very much,
I have to habol sa my other work, et cetera,
but I felt I have to do this vlog,
I have to catch up on this.
So maraming salamat.
Thank you very much.
I really, really appreciate, Mga Kameta,
sa lahat ng mga sumusuporta sa atin.
Kayo po ang nagbibigay ng lakas sa atin.
Literally, like, nakikita na medyo
may lagnat pa rin tayo.
Actually, I was almost okay yesterday
and then inabuso ko naman sa sarili ko.
I mean, 6 a.m. pa lang,
nag-interviews na tayo all the way
may mga debates, discussion.
We met some friends with the diplomatic corps.
We had three episodes taping kanina, whatever.
So kayo po ang nagbibigay ng lakas sa atin.
So I really appreciate that.
And kayo po ang nagbibigay ng inspiration sa atin.
At maraming salamat sa inyong lahat.
Maraming salamat sa Diyos
dito sa mga platforms na meron tayo,
dito sa bosses na meron tayo.
And I'm just doing my best
to make sure that we use that voice
for the good cause.
And we use this voice, Mga Kameta,
to call things out
and to do what other people don't have the courage
or the wisdom to recognize and to highlight
Yes, important talk about Maharlika Fun.
Yes, it's important talk about...
But maybe, you know,
I just want to talk more about Rizal and Diverse
and di lang mga travel vlogs, ganun-ganun.
Fantastic. Thank you very much, guys.
And talk to you soon.
God bless the Philippines.
Mahal na natin ang bayan natin.
Talk to you soon.