There’s a “New” Guy in Town — Duterte



 Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte

 Party:  PDP-Laban

 Born      Rodrigo Roa Duterte

March 28, 1945 (age 70)
Maasin City, Southern Leyte

 Civil Status: Married to Elizabeth Zimmerman (annulled); Domestic Partner: Honeylet Avancena

Children:  Paolo, Sara, Sebastian, Veronica

Parents:  Vicente G. Duterte of Cebu (who served as Governor of Davao) and Soledad Roa of Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte


  • Duterte finished his secondary education at the Holy Cross Academy of Digos in Digos City, Davao del Sur, after also attending Ateneo de Davao
  • He graduated in 1986 with aBachelor of Arts degree from the Lyceum of the Philippines University in Manila

The First (1916) and Present Philippine Senators


I came upon a graphic (actually my nephew posted it on his Facebook page) which showed the composition of the First Senate of the Philippines (1916), showing the occupations of this illustrious group of lawmakers:

First Senators

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The first senators were:

Jose Altavas Mario Guarina Manuel L. Quezon
Hadji Butu Pedro Guevara Celestino Rodriguez
Aquilino Calvo * Vicente Ilustre Esteban Singson
Nicolas Capistrano Leoncio Imperial Pedro Ma. Sison
Jose A. Clarin Francisco Tongio Liongson Filemon Sotto

2016 Philippine Presidential Scorecard



Here is my attempt to rate the top four Philippine presidential candidates in the 2016 elections.  The ratings are based on facts as well as the opinion/analysis of the candidates’ background, track record, and policies/positions.

Here it is:

presidential scorecard table

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Mar Roxas comes up on top, based on the criteria above.  He would be the most qualified and exhibits the best leadership qualities to lead the country in the next 6 years. Mar should be the next president of the Philippines.

Some notes on the ranking:

Planting Bullets Is Never Fun


The “laglag bala” or “tanim bala” scam (dropping bullets in luggage of unsuspecting international travelers and extorting money from these travelers) has become a global embarrassment and a huge black-eye for the Philippines.

Imagine what it has done to our image.  This is a setback to tourism (count the pesos and dollars lost), further reinforces the perception of lawlessness in the country (think third world and how we’re trying to get out of that), and sends shivers up the spine of potential investors (still the “sick man” in Asia; if you can’t safely travel to the Philippines to do business, then forget it).

2016 Philippine Presidential Candidates (Top 4) – Bio







Manuel “Mar” Roxas

 Party:  Liberal Party

Born:      Manuel Araneta Roxas ll
May 13, 1957 (age 58)
Manila, Philippines

Civil Status:  Married to broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez

Child: Paolo Roxas

Parents:  Judy Araneta of Bago City, Negros Occidental and Gerardo Roxas (1924–1982) of Capiz


  • Roxas finished primary education at the Ateneo de Manila Grade School in 1970 and completed his secondary education at the Ateneo de Manila High School in 1974.
  • He graduated with a degree in Economics at Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1979.

Jose Cortes Altavas


Jose Cortes Altavas, great politician, statesman, a man of letters and an illustrious son of the province of Capiz, was born on September 11, 1877 at Balete, Capiz (now Balete, Aklan). His parents were Jose Aguilar Altavas from Aragon, Spain, who settled in Aklan, and Andrea Rafols Cortes of Aklan.

Jose studied at the Ateneo de Manila where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors. He was known as “Emperador” in Ateneo because of his excellence in examinations and in literary contests. He then transferred to the University of Santo Tomas to take up law only to be interrupted by the Philippine Revolution against Spain. Jose came home to be part of the revolution under the leadership of Santiago Bellosillo.

Typhoon Relief — Other Rebuilding Projects


Seed donation to start rebuilding the Jesus Nazareno Shrine in Baybay, Roxas City

nazareno 3

Donated to Nipa Baptist Church Church for needed repairs



Repaired the roof of the San Roque Chapel in Sitio Takilid, Baybay, Roxas City

Typhoon Relief — Tukod Katig


And now, with roofs over their heads we were ready for the last phase, helping the fishermen fish again by rebuilding their broken boats.

Livelihood Destroyed by Typhoon Yolanda

The Rebuilding

Typhoon Relief — Tukod Balay


After food relief, it was time to roof the battered homes…so TUKOD BALAY commenced.  We bought materials to fix homes, just to keep the rain and sun away.  Armed with materials, galvanized sheets, roof glue, nails , good will and a carpenter, we proceeded to help those who needed help…almost 100 homes were rebuilt over the next 3 months.

Typhoon Relief — The Children — Christmas Party


December 19, 2013 at the Don Conrado Barrios Memorial School, Baybay, Roxas City