I Will Not Vote For:
Villar, Roxas, Teodoro, Bayani, Binay, de Castro, Legarda, Syjuco, Genuino

I May Not Vote For:
Panlilio, Padaca

I Will Vote For:

For most of them, I will not vote for them because they have no respect for the law. They are circumventing the law on premature campaigning. And not to mention the stupidity of their commercials.

Of course, they can say they used their own funds for the TV campaign,  but in the end, how will they recover these expenses? Is this an investment with hopes of high returns?

This alone shows their character. Why vote for someone who can not respect the laws of the land?

On Villar
It's so simple, if he's innocent, why don't he face the charges on double insertion? Can he honestly say that his companies never benefited from his position?
If he has the integrity, why did he not avoid funding projects that will benefit his companies? I think we call that delicadeza in this country.

And Mr. OFW, you might want to help Dondon Lanuza who is currently on death row for self defense (someone tried to rape him).

On Roxas
How pathetic can you be? Marrying someone just to get some points in the survey? Who on earth would announce an engagement in Wowowee if you are serious about someone? And his commercials are just as pathetic. "Anak, ako na?" - yeah right! So trapo!

On Binay, Teodoro, Syjuco, & Genuino
What do you call people who use their position to advance their personal agenda? Suckers! Trapo at its best!

On Bayani
Can you imagine a country of pink fences? Of course, Marikina is touted to be a model city. But model on what? Cleanliness? It is only clean because they dump their waste somewhere else. And oh yeah, they are also the couple who advised people to flush their kitchen waste in the toilet bowl since it is biodegradable anyway! Nice!

And what about what he did on the trees along Katipunan? Cut them in the middle of the night! Traidor! Of course, there's no wonder the man who claimed trees in the cities are causing floods would do it!

On Legarda
Will you vote for a political prostitute? She claims to be for the environment, but what has she done? She sold the Philippines to Japan with the JPEPA. She failed the green groups, and she failed me.

On de Castro
Oh well, too much political baggage? Personal interest? Interest of former employers? Have you noticed the sponsors of Trip na Trip - the very late night show of Kat de Castro? Almost all are government agencies and GCC's!

And did he ever make a stand on all the important issues of our time? NO, he played safe! The making of a lame duck president!

On Panlilio
A leader must learn to listen. A leader must learn to sacrifice. A leader must unite. Unless Panlilio shows he has these traits, then maybe I will vote for him. Maybe. Your loyalty must be to your province and to your constituents, not to your provincial administrator. If she is causing most of the problems, I'm sure Pampangga has a lot more who are equally if not more qualified.

And of course, you must make the supreme sacrifice. Resign from priesthood, even just for formality (as they say, once a priest, always a priest). Then, maybe. Just maybe.

On Padaca
Yes, she was able to defeat a political dynasty. But, I fear she has the making of another dictator. Have you heard her talk? "My task force; my projects; my, my, my..." The way she delivered it just sent chills to my spine (and yes, it's not just me. I discussed it after with the others in the audience). Political will is one thing, hard headedness and self centeredness is another. She still has a lot of time to prove herself. Then maybe I will vote for her. Just maybe. (But please don't run as Pres or VP).

I will vote for Gov. Teddy Baguilat of Ifugao. He is an example of a leader who has vision, the political will and the integrity that we need. Most important, he has the humility to stay grounded despite his success/ power. It is a must.

(Just because someone's name is not here, it DOES NOT mean I will vote for them. Watch out for Part 2!)

Patuloy na umiibig sa Pilipinas,
At naniniwala sa galing ng Pilipino,

Froilan Grate | GreenMinds

My Dearest Friends, 

I hope this email finds you well.  

I will be celebrating my birthday soon, and I have decided to spare you the trouble of worrying what to give me.  

Last April, when I went home to Guimaras, I was approached by a Principal of a public elementary school. She told me of their effort to build a library and a computer center. She laments how her students graduate without ever seeing a single computer, or being inside a library. For their assignments, the students have to make do with their text books, but given the state of our public school system, there are just not enough books to share. And of course, given the quality of books approved (as evidenced by the scandals and hundred of factual errors, not to mention the grammatical errors, found on the books approved by DepEd), it is sad to know that these students are deprived of the opportunity to develop their full potential.  

Seeing the sincerity and the determination of the Principal, I personally agreed to help them realize their dream of a library and a computer center. They said they’ll be happy with just computer, but given that this will serve the entire school population, from Grades 1 to 6, (she will send the profile of the school within this week), I am thinking of working for at least 5 computers, if possible.  

In return, they promised to take care of this library. They already have the structure ready, it will be repainted and fixed by the bayanihan effort of the parents. They will also shoulder the electrical and other maintenance cost. And most importantly, the Principal agreed to make the library open to out of school youths and even students from other schools (almost all public elementary schools in Guimaras are without their own functioning library). This would mean that this library will not only benefit the entire school population and it’s future students, but the entire community as well.  

In this regard, I would like to appeal to your kind hearts for possible book donations. I know how hard it is for some of us to let go of our books as I am giving away 100 of my own books. But I just think of it this way, my loss is the gain of thousands of other kids, now and in the future. Eventually, it will benefit our country.  

Of course, you might do this as a birthday gift to me, or if you don’t like me that much (hehe), as a gift to the Filipino youth instead.  

Thankfully, Add Up! Volunteers decided to adopt this project as well. And Mother Earth Foundation agreed to allow our office in Katipunan to be used as drop off point. Cash and computer PLEDGES are most welcome now, but please hold on to your cash at this point. There are other ways that you can help, if you are willing. You can ask your own friends for their book donations. You can email me possible people that I can write (for computer and book donations, freight sponsorships, etc). You can volunteer your office to be a drop off point. Just email me and we’ll work it out.  

In return, you will have my utmost appreciation. All donations will be acknowledged in my blogs, and the school also proposed to have the list of donors posted at the library.  

For those in the Katipunan area, you may drop your books at Mother Earth Foundation, 59 C. Salvador St. Loyola Heights, Quezon City. Please look for Zen or Tin, Tel No. 9253829. Please remember to sign the record book. I will post regular updates and other drop off points soon in my blog, http://nobystanders.blogspot.com.  

Thank you very much for reading this long letter of mine, and thank you in advance for your support.

Patuloy na umiibig sa Pilipinas,
At naniniwala sa galing ng Pilipino,

Froilan Grate | GreenMinds


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