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BF likened to Forrest Gump?

Jojo Robles, publisher and columnist of Manila Standard Today, again, took a shot at Bayani Fernando about the MMDA Chairman’s contradictory statements regarding the speed limit on EDSA. read the column here.

The blurb says it all.

The breath-taking stupidity of Bayani Fernando defies comprehension.

The blurb was taken from the last paragraph of the column which lambasted the presidentiable MMDA Chairman.

The breath-taking stupidity of this petty bureaucratic martinet with presidential dreams defies comprehension. It makes Forrest Gump himself sound like a genius.

Robles, somehow, likened Bayani Fernando to Forrest Gump, that loveable character that has been immortalized by Tom Hanks. Gump can be said to be retarded but he had a brilliance in him that made him great.

we can categorically say that Bayani Fernando has his own share of brilliance, especially on how he changed Marikina. and wow, he’s in the Top Four of Celebrity Duets. what an accomplishment, ‘di ba?

i completely agree with Robles that Bayani Fernando’s recent grandstanding jousts on the news has only made him more like Gump, a complete brilliant moron. hay. it won’t be good for his presidential aspirations.

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away with the Bayani stickers

last night, this was aired on GMA 7.

goodbye to all traffic immunity badges! also, here’s the story.

more on Bayani Fernando. i chanced upon several blogs which are hot on our presidentiable MMDA Chairman.

this blog questions not only Bayani Fernando’s singing prowess but also the means by which he peddles his presidentiable aspirations.

journalist Fernando G. Gagelonia has this to say about BF’s delicadeza.

Bayani is dead-on for the presidency

i was dying to post this even before the weekend came but laziness won the best of me.

i believe that most of us are aware of GMA-7’s revived reality TV show, Celebrity Duets. the show’s first season proved to be quite successful for it was awarded with a new season. the contest basically showcases the singing prowess of celebrity contestants. the new season, Celebrity Duets: ‘Let’s Duet Again,’ has for its new line-up of contestants, the one and only MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando.

here is a Manila Standard Today article of the new season of the show.

aside from nailing the new singing contest, Fernando also sealed the deal on running for president for the 2010 Presidential Elections by declaring his intentions openly. GMAnews.tv reported that our determined presidentiable does not care even if his party does not carry him on the party banner. here’s another take on the issue by Manila Times.

This Inquirer article revealed a lot for Fernando’s intentions for joining the singing contest. Aside from the huge media exposure, he is banking on using his would-be winnings to finance his candidacy.

despite the queerness of it all, Manila Standard Today columnist Bong Austero has this to say about politicians as entertainers.

aside from my previous post on Jojo Robles’ tirade on Fernando’s breaking into the presidential race, the Inquirer also lambasted Fernando for being ‘the earliest bird’ to run. Read the article here.

but despite all the pizzazz and the political squabble that Fernando is shaking up these days, he revived an old scheme of his – putting shirts on topless barakos roaming the streets. and this time, he gives them shirts. read it here.

Bayani goes for the airwaves

aside from the tarpaulins on EDSA and the “Bayani” stickers, our determined presidentiable MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando was reportedly applying for a radio franchise to:

a.) boost his political campaign for the 2010 Philippine elections or

b.) boost the MMDA’s advocacy of public safety and metropolitan harmony through radio programs and traffic advisories.

here’s the Daily Tribune article. it was on the paper this morning. Manila Standard Today also had this article.

either way, both options mentioned would further his media mileage.

good job, Mr. Chairman! [insert sarcasm here]

Bayani Fernando scored, again

this point does not favor MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando. rather, it goes up his arse.

and in this case, he was, again, skewered by an editorial.

Jojo Robles of Manila Standard Today has another bomb for the 2010 presidentiable. read his column today here.

also, here is a site that offers where Bayani Fernando has been for the past months for his so-called election campaign.
happy reading.

more on Bayani Stickers

the Manila Standard Today ran today an article on Bayani Fernando denying allegations that he had something to do with the proliferation of “Bayani” stickers that have graced the numerous windshields of local transport vehicles.

read it here.

on the other hand, the Malaya ran a story quoting the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority that Bayani Fernando himself paid for the “Bayani” stickers.

i could not find an online version of the article so here it is. it was printed today, August 20, on page 2.

BF paid for ‘Bayani’ stickers, says MMDA.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday said it is not responsible for the printing and proliferation of “Bayani” stickers now being displayed on the windshields of passenger buses plying Metro Manila and according to some reports, even in the provinces.

The stickers have reportedly earned the ire of the Land Tansportation Office and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board. The LTFRB said it has not cleared the use of the sticker on public vehicles.

MMDA general manager Robert Nacianceno stressed that MMDA chairman Bayani Fernando himself paid for the printing of the stickers which carry the word “Bayani” and a Philippine flag.

He said Fernando also took care of the distirbution of the stickers and MMDA had no role in it, belying earlier reports that it was the MMDA which distributed the stickers to public vehicles.

Nacianceno said the MMDA would never allow the use of its personnel and resources for such a project.

“We are not authorizing them to do that posting of stickers on the buses,” he said, clarifying that only those posters and tarpaulins which carry the words “Government Property” or “Printed by the MMDA” are funded by the agency.

Fernando, who chairs the administration Lakas party in the National Capital Redion, has not been coy about his desire to run for president in 2010. This early, his posters espousing discipline have been seen along national highways as far as Northern and Central Luzon, apparently aid name recall when he does join the presidential derby.

with such conflicting statements, it is very clear that our good chairman Bayani Fernando is not running a tight PR ship. he sure needs to fix this up before the world learns of his dark secrets

hitting two birds with one stone

this adage proves true with Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Bayani Fernando’s “Bayani” sticker campaign.

these stickers were supposedly a tribute to Independence Day. however, these stickers are still on the streets, two months past the national holiday.

the stickers now are said to be used as political material for Fernando, whose first name is Bayani.

see television report here. (repost from Mrs. Bambit)

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delving into the “Bayani” sticker phenomenon

Mrs. Bambit is on a roll with her exposes on MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando.

here’s her post on Integrated Metropolitan Bus Operators Association president Claire de la Fuente’s change of heart on the Fernando. and here’s her latest installment on “Bayani” stickers.

great job, Mrs. Bambit!

the true bayani

last year, i wrote this piece raving about Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Bayani Fernando and his genius but atrocious means to “discipline” the denizens of Metro Manila.

i thought then that all his brutality and single-minded Machiavellian methods were not just creative but pure genius. talk about brandishing a wet “basahan” to put pedestrians in line, branding the helmets of motorcyclists with their rides’ plate numbers and the unruly and chaotic clearing of “bangketas” to put away all metropolitan peddlers and sidewalk vendors for good.

this month, Fernando instituted another grand scheme to straighten out all buses. this campaign is called the Oplan Agaw Manibela. read article here.

this new idea seems to be promising. after the massive crackdown on colorum Metro Manila passenger buses a few months back, EDSA has been a little bit clearer and was no longer a parking lot during rush hour. i know, for i am one heck of a EDSA bus commuter.

but to take away the steering wheel of buses that are taking too long to load or unload passengers is quite, i believe, too much.

the Commission on Human Rights has released its say on the matter and it was not good. the media has caught up with the buzz, click here and here.

i agree with CHR Chair Leila de Lima that this new campaign is a bit too much for bus commuters. imagine giving only 30 seconds for people to get off a bus and let other commuters ride on the bus. it would look like the MRT at rush hour. it would be pure chaos. it would possibly give the bus conductor a lot of hell.

but most importantly, it would be hard for women, children, the elderly and the disabled. the other day, i while i was riding my way on a bus to work, a mother and her blind teenaged daughter really took their time to alight from the bus. the bus conductor was courteous enough to lend them a hand. the mother and the blind kid took their time because it was hard for them to navigate through the bus aisle, with so many people standing there.

here, i quote Inquirer.net:

“We salute them for being creative but they should also take into consideration the rights of the vulnerable groups – the women, children, elderly and persons with disabilities – who depend on public transportation daily,” De Lima said during a press conference.

She added that giving passengers only 30 seconds to ride or alight from a bus was tantamount to depriving them of their right to safety, public and social services and the right against nondiscrimination.

The new scheme could also be a violation of the rights of bus owners and operators, she pointed out.

“The scheme is tantamount to a deprivation of property without due process that may not pass the test of lawfulness,” De Lima said.

here is what Jojo Robles, columnist and publisher of Manila Standard Today has to say on Agaw Manibela and Fernando’s prospects for the 2010 elections. Robles followed the column with this today.

delving on Fernando’s political aspirations, the MMDA head honcho had clearly made it known that he was vying for Malacanang way, way back. see his proclamation here. way to go, man. but, as early as he had said his presidentiable proclamation, anti-Fernando bullets blasted and lambasted his MetroGwapo posters saying these were premature means to forward his campaign. read article here. see this blog entry for a sample of Fernando’s savvy on EDSA.

there was even an anti-Bayani Fernando WordPress blog put up. haha. here is an interesting take on Fernando by Prof. Roland Tolentino on bulatlat.com.

for the past few weeks, i have been observing some “BAYANI” stickers on some provincial buses and even MMDA service trucks. Mrs. Bambit posted a sample of the sticker here and some interesting notes on the “alleged” purpose of the sticker.

Mrs. Bambit wrote:

“Apparently buses who sport the sticker on their windshields are ignored by the MMDA. They are not flagged down for any traffic infractions.”

very, very interesting. if this is really so, then, i’ll be damned.

my take on this “BAYANI” sticker campaign is that it is a good marketing strategy that could reach even the provinces. i dub it prominence. and Fernando has been doing this for quite some time now with all his Metro Gwapo posters. with all those provincial buses running from Manila and to their destinations, a lot of people would see those stickers. aside from EDSA, Fernando has now even ventured to other parts of the country.

he was even spotted in Nueva Ecija. read it here.

i still stand on my say that Bayani Fernando is a genius. but by the way he maneuvers himself to get a crack at Malacanang, it is just plain scary. i hope he does not end up like another Marcos. i was still too young then to know how Marcos ran the country during Martial Law but i have read quite enough to believe that he was really scary.

basing on the way things are going, i firmly hope that Bayani Fernando does not win as president on 2010.