It has been fourteen years (14) that the constitution has bestowed upon me my right to suffrage. But even so, I am so ashamed to admit that I have not participated in any election. This year, things will change as I realized the power of my vote. One vote that represents change, ONE VOTE for ONE SUCCESSFUL NATION.
I would like to encourage everyone to register as a voter as early as possible. Your voices need to be heard and your vote is the only instrument to make that happen.
Here are the 10 HAPPY STEPS to a better Philippines:
10 HAPPY STEPS TO REGISTER AS A VOTER.
Now that you have completed the 10 happy steps to become a registered voter, you can now start choosing your 2016 president. Would it be GRACE POE, MAR ROXAS or DUTERTE?
Ikaw, sinong presidente mo? Well, pa-register ka muna bago ka mag-react! 🙂 Happy registration to everyone!!
THINGS TO REMEMBER BEFORE HEADING FOR REGISTRATION:
WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS TO BECOME A REGISTERED VOTER?
For you to be qualified for registration, apart from good looks because that is already given, you must possess all of the following requirements:
A Filipino citizen, who is not yet a registered voter;
At least eighteen (18) years of age;
A resident of the Philippines for at least one (1) year;
A resident in the place wherein he (or she) proposes to vote for at least six (6) months immediately preceding the May 9, 2016 Synchronized National, Local and ARMM Regional Elections; and
Not otherwise disqualified by law.
Please bear in mind that those who will be turning 18 on or before 09 May 2016, or whose required period of residence will be satisfied on or before said election date, may start filing their applications for registration starting 09 May 2015 only.
In addition to the first four (4) requirements as enumerated above, you must also not possess any of the following disqualifications:
Any person who has been sentenced by final judgment to suffer imprisonment for not less than one (1) year, such disability not having been removed by plenary pardon or amnesty;
Any person who has been adjudged by final judgment by a competent court or tribunal of having committed any crime involving disloyalty to the duly-constituted government, such as, rebellion, insurrection, violation of the firearms laws, or any crime against national security unless restored to his/her full civil and political rights in accordance with law; and
Insane or incompetent person as declared by competent authority unless subsequently declared by proper authority that such person is no longer insane or incompetent.
WHAT ARE THE DOCUMENTS THAT YOU NEED BEFORE REGISTRATION?
A person has to establish his/her identity when he (or she) personally appears to file his/her application for registration before the Office of the Election Officer (OEO). The following identification documents are the valid IDs accepted:
Employee’s identification card (ID), with the signature of the employer or authorized representative;
Postal ID ;
PWD Discount ID;
Student’s ID or library card, signed by the school authority;
Senior Citizen’s ID;
Integrated Bar of the Philippine (IBP) ID;
License issued by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC);
Certificate of Confirmation issued by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in case of members of ICCs or IPs; and
Any other valid ID.
In the absence of any of the above-mentioned identification documents, the applicant may be identified under oath by any registered voter of the precinct where he (or she) intends to be registered, or by any of his/her relatives within the fourth civil degree of consanguinity or affinity. No registered voter or relative shall be allowed to identify more than three (3) applicants.
Community Tax Certificates (cedula) and PNP clearance shall not be honored as valid identification documents for purposes of registration.
If the applicant fails to establish his/her identity by any of the aforementioned methods/documents, he/she shall not be issued an application form, nor shall his/her pre-accomplished application form be accepted.
Since I do not belong to the alta sociedad, I am not really familiar with Balesin Island Club. I only heard about it when Chiz Escudero and Heart Evangelista got married and I was not invited.
I love travelling and sleeping in luxurious hotels (when sponsored) but I will have to be frank that I would probably have to spend my life savings before I could possibly visit this exclusive club. (I didn’t check the rates yet actually, but who knows? Baka afford ko pala, change topic please.)
After reading the latest scoop involving the famous island, my longing to spend time in that resort died down (as if). According to the earlier write ups, they have this meal that they call “yaya meal” in Balesin, so I got curious and did my own web investigation on this brewing-to-be-national-issue. My inquiry on the matter led me to Maggie Wilson-Consunji’s facebook account: Here are her posts that started it all:
After her posts, as usual, comments flooded her page, she later on posted this clarification:
Ano nga ba ang itsura ng scandalous yaya meal na yan? Here is a pic:
Medyo nagising ang aking ulirat sa mga pangyayaring ito. If in Balesin, their chicken and pork adobo is called “yaya meal”. Here are some of my precious life realizations:
1) Since my breakfast is most of the time hotdogs and eggs or just plain bread, I am probably eating a “TAONG GRASA MEAL”. Ganun ba ang gustong ipahiwatig ng pangyayaring ito?
2) If by any chance, I become a member of Balesin Island Club, I would immediately be banned dahil I will be ordering yaya meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner or probably not because they won’t notice.
3) My friends would probably hate me if i treat them to Balesin and say “waiter, pa-order nga ng limang yaya meals for me and my friends please, with extra rice”.
4) A lot of Filipinos will die to have a yaya meal at least once a week.
5) Para sa mga alta sociedad, bilog ang mundo, darating ang panahon na luluhod ang mga tala at kakain din kayo ng YAYA MEALS na yan, bwahahaha!
6) Sa tingin ko lang, dapat ang pagiging alta ay through and through. I mean if you go visit Balesin, I hope you order the same food for your helpers. Otherwise, baka naman di niyo talaga afford ang pagiging alta.
To end this, I am proud to say that tonight, my wife cooked me a yaya meal. It was good. It was really good and I will probably eat yaya meal again tomorrow.
I’m sure ikaw din, baka yaya meal din kinain mo kanina. hehe.
After reading the headlines regarding a school that allegedly stopped a salutatorian from reading her speech, I immediately reacted against the school. Without giving it second thought, I judged the school and felt for the student.
To satisfy my curiosity, I read Kristel Mallari’s speech and found myself empathizing with the school. Since this has become a national interest, some of my colleagues and I expressed our two cents on the issue, which led us to watch the video. In the video, you will see several people trying to stop the student from continuing her speech. I could not deny that I felt bad for the student because the school administrators appeared as if they were ganging up on a helpless child. If only the school allowed her to finish her speech, then it could have not been sensationalized as it is now. Some of the comments from the social media say that it needed to happen to shed light to the anomalies that schools often do in computing the grades of honor students. On the other hand, some of the netizens think that Kristel chose the wrong venue to vent her frustrations.
Here are my thoughts regarding the matter and I am looking at it from different points of view (as a lawyer, as a citizen, as a parent, and as a school owner) and after reading the speech and watching the video:
1) A graduation speech is meant to encourage and inspire and I think it is not the proper venue to vent that kind of complaint. For argument purposes, if there are anomalies and the same was not addressed at school level, the next step is to elevate it to the Department of Education for them to properly handle the matter. Although, just like what the other netizens expressed, justice might not be achieved even if the same was elevated to the Department of Education. But still, Kristel cannot take the law into her hands.
2) The school made a wrong move in stopping Kristel from continuing to deliver her speech. They should have just allowed her to finish and dealt with the matter after the ceremonies. Their action in preventing her from delivering her speech might confuse Kristel all the more and might even add to her scars. Their concerted efforts to stop Kristel made them look like fools and helped Kristel gain the public’s side.
Should Kristel decide to file a complaint, the school’s administrators might be held liable for child abuse if it can be proven that their actions in preventing Kristel from reading her speech affected her psychological well being;
The school may, on the other hand, sue for damages if they think that Kristel’s actions marred its reputation.
SOME NOTABLE SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTS:
Rigie: Are there certain privileges that the Valedictorian will get and the Salutatorian will not? Or did the people involved just exaggerate the honor that was “rightfully” hers, and that she should “fight” for? The whole point of studying is to learn. If the school doesn’t recognize her efforts, then so what? Did she do it to get recognized by the school? Or did she do it for herself? to learn? and to have a bright future? The point here is that graduating high school with honors is cool and all, but it’s not what’s most important. The kid might be smart and all, but what she did just shows arrogance.
LiterateLush: The difference between a Valedictiorian and a Salutatorian is that the former precedes the latter. The difference is that you came first among the rest, and not second. This makes a difference when you put it on your CV to apply for a university or a job. This makes a big difference when you made 1001% effort to reach that goal and then fall short.
Yes, we go to school to study, but people that go up the ranks to become honor students go beyond what is required. They make studying a habit. They make huge leaps to ensure they go beyond passing.
It’s like going to work. It’s like doing your job. The purpose is so you can earn a living. If that were the case then why are there people who strive to become more in the work place? Why are there people who work to become managers, trainers and innovators?
I did not see anything wrong with her speech. There was nothing arrogant about it. She was just saying she tried to make it to the top but she lost. She made a reference to cheating and not fighting fairly, but she did not point fingers or name names. If the school just kept their cool and let her finish, then this whole thing wouldn’t have exploded like it did. Regardless of the fact that the speech was not pre-approved, they should have just let her continue then have a talk with her after the ceremony.
Having read the background story on this video, it only shows the school administrators in bad light. They acted as any guilty person would, and that is to stop the other person from finishing what they had to say. They were the more mature and more educated persons in this situation. They should have known better.
In conclusion, I would like to add that there are always two sides of the coin and it is too early to tell as to who shall be faulted in this scandal. To Kristel Millari, I congratulate you for finishing the race. The Valedictory award may or may not be for you but one thing is for sure, you have survived high school with flying colors. Off to college you go! 🙂 To the school, learn from this experience, you have to let your salutatorians finish their speech whether the same praises or castigates you. To Deped, better conduct your investigation in the soonest possible time so we can move on to the next issue. Lastly, to the valedictorian, I pity you for you have been in a way discredited but take this as a challenge to prove that you really deserved it.
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