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By N Mark Castro
With a population that currently stands at 250 million people, the potential voter turnout for the Indonesian elections will be equally impressive, with a rising 171 million eligible voters casting their votes by the time the presidential elections are held. The constituencies are spread over 33 provinces and 471 regencies, with 77 major election districts where the votes will be cast across 582,217 polling stations.
The voting public alone is almost twice the population of the entire Republic of the Philippines, one of the first Asian-country that demanded democracy through People Power.
Which is why Indonesia’s 2014 presidential election is filled with so much expectations, with various pundits proclaiming the next political savior of the country. Based on the piece written by A. Lin Neumann, he opined that the political landscape of the country has totally shifted. Indeed. But only to a certain extent. Read the rest of this entry
By N. Mark Castro
In a country where recent and continuous discovery of new species of flora and fauna abound, it is indeed highly perplexing that the Ministry of Education and Culture would be the department that would initiate the scrapping of Science from the curriculum.
If at all, the Ministry should be at the forefront of defending such academic right of the students if threatened by budgetary constraints and/or pervasive and invasive criticisms of the conservative Moslems. And the Ministry should also be the first to promote further enhancement in teaching the subject to young children so that they could appreciate early the bountiful riches and natural resources with which the country is so blessed.
So they can produce these?
I think that when you down the women can make you up, and I think that women can be said that “I have advice for you” that if you way up, you have to be nice to people, include the women, so when you down, women can be nice with you
And who can ever forget her?
Yes, Indonesia is a beautiful city … so let’s not turn it into this:
End of story.
By N. Mark Castro
Oh what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practise to deceive!
Sir Walter Scott (Marmion, 1808) and commonly attributed to William Shakespeare
Embattled Sen. Tito Sotto is once again caught in his own web of lies. After a series of plagiaristic speeches, the senator is caught yet again for denying he authored and “inserted” the controversial Libel clause.
In order to categorically show to the world how my senator continues to exhibit his embarrassing behavior, here is the indisputable truth and the full report that appeared on the news.
By N. Mark Castro
With the complexity of the issue and the diversity of the nation, with over 17,000 majestic islands, various recognized languages, and different cultural traditions, familial obligations, and the belief in God in whatever shape or form, this is the best the Minister of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia can say.
Here it is, the bombshell of all bombshell news. The real source of whom Senator Tito Sotto plagiarized … click.
Let’s not kid ourselves, when you’re in politics, everything IS politics — whether you want to help or not, it’s because of your political office that you get to implement that. And the public — as taxpayers — compensate you for that, if not more. And since you have been given such privilege, unto you much responsibility is expected.
This is where the Communications Department becomes crucial. Whatever you do will have a message that it sends. Good intentions? What is hell paved with again? You want to help? Do you really need to be in that truck? You cannot please everybody, which is why you need to manage expectations. You want to show solidarity? It doesn’t have to be in one truck.
The mere fact that this photo has generated such intense displeasure from the public shows how ill-advised such course of action is. The Bush Administration was lambasted during Katrina not for his absence on the site but rather for his administration’s inefficiency in managing the crisis. Which is why the President need not appear on site, but rather to ensure that the relevant agencies do their jobs.
There’s actually another picture wherein relief goods and the public are kept waiting until the President’s arrival, which is quite ironic that in his effort to help, he has become the cause of delay.
And yes, it is in tragic moments like these that we need to be more vigilant with what our public servants do. Heroes are born in times of tragedy … and not promoted as heroes with press releases. And yes, the cabinet or agency members should have been deployed in other parts of the country that have been affected, and not paraded as a senatorial slate that will always be inferred, except for idiots in denial.
Actually, if there’s anyone who’s a burden here, it would be the entire government officials riding with Kris.
She’s the only one who has the legitimate right to ride a movie float.