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Komiks project



The purpose of the proposed Komiks is to educate on the procedures  for registering and voting under the Overseas Absentee Voting System (OAVS). The komiks must also aim to encourage greater participation in the OAVS by emphasizing both the ease of enlistment into the system and the benefits of active involvement.

As overseas filipinos are routinely exposed to sophisticated and well-designed graphic materials, thekomiks should reflect that, i.e., visually attractive, with rich and detailed graphics and text.


The following are the potential target audiences:

-          Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). This is potentially the main audience for the komiks. A significant number will be domestics and laborers, including those in the caregiving industry. They are abroad for limited durations and remain relatively well-informed about the state of Philippine politics.

-          Immigrants. These are Filipinos living overseas with a greater degree of permanency. They are also likely to be composed more of professionals. These individuals are typically avid consumers of Filipino cable tv programming, e.g., the Filipino Channel.

-          Dual Citizens. Permanent residents in their respective countries, these individuals are either young adults or senior citizens. In either case, there is a distinct possibility that they will have little knowledge of the state of Philippine politics except for what they hear on the news.

-          Seafarers. Seafarers face unique challenges when it comes to OAV. They are shipboard and cannot easily access the embassy’s services, such as OAV registration. Their concern, therefore, will be primarily information as to where they can register.

Because the audiences are varied, the komiks should feature information for all of them even as the over-all looks is actually geared towards the main audience, i.e., OFWs.


The storyline of the komiks should be as simple as possible as it is intended to be primarily educational. Humor will be much appreciated.

The art should be clean and reflective of current Filipino tastes. Avant-garde art, while probably most satisfying for you and me both, might not be the best medium for communication.


 If you think you’re up to this challenge, let me know. 

Taking pre-orders now. If I hit a hundred pre-orders, I will have this made. Proceeds will go to charity. 

Taking pre-orders now. If I hit a hundred pre-orders, I will have this made. Proceeds will go to charity. 


JSYK: Validation is important.

I get a lot of questions about validation; what is it and why is it important. 

A bit  of a background then.

There is a bill pending in the Senate (and passed in the House of Representatives) that, if signed into law, will make BIOMETRICS mandatory by 2013. In other words, this law will make sure that if by election day in 2013 you still don’t have your digitally captured fingerprints, image, and signature on your voter registration record, you will NOT be able to vote. 

No biometrics, no vote. 

Why are biometrics so important then? Biometrics are important because they allow the COMELEC to ensure that the list of voters is squeaky clean. How?

We have a database that contains the biometric records of everyone who has registered as a voter since 2004. That’s more than 25 million people (remember that. pop quiz later).

In other words, for each one of those people, we have that set of unique biometric identifiers: fingerprint + picture + signature. Unique because no one else will have the same combination of identifiers that any individual does.

So, if someone attempts to register again but uses a different name, then two out of three biometric identifiers will remain the same, but the third will show up as an irregularity: fingerprint + picture + new signature. That will trigger an alert that will prevent the person from registering under the new name.

And in case the person slips past that filter, the regular updating of the database will inevitably reveal that a single set of fingerprints appears on two different records. Let’s call that process biometrics matching (remember that too). Because fingerprints are unique to a person, this result is obviously an irregularity called multiple registration. Now that’s might lead to the filing of criminal charges  because under the law, you can have only ONE voter record. At the very least, steps will be taken to determine the person’s true identity, and the fake one will be deleted.

Ok. Pop quiz time. How many people have biometrics?

More than 25 million, right? Right. But there are more than 50 million registered voters. Which means that only a little more than half of all registered voters actually have biometrics. That’s a LOT of people.

Why does it matter?

It matters because of how biometrics matching (I asked you to remember that, remember?) works.

Biometrics matching essentially looks at each voter record (fingerprints + picture + signature) and tries to find a match in the entire database. SO basically the computer - using a program called the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) - looks at, say for example, YOUR record and tries to find your fingerprints, and your picture, and your signature in all of the 24,999,999 other records in the database. If it finds any of your three identifers in any other record, you’re in trouble.

The problem is, there are 50 million plus voters. SO, the AFIS is actually looking at only about half of the possibilities. 

Take me for instance. I turned eighteen in 1991 and registered the same year (I think). I’ve been voting fairly regularly (I’ve missed a few, I admit) so I’m still a registered voter. But the thing is, my electronically recorded fingerprints, picture, and signature are NOT in the database. Theoretically, therefore, I could go in for biometrics registration using a fake name. This means I would have two records - one with, and the other without biometrics. Come election day, I would be a potential flying voter.

Get it?

Of course, flying voters are just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, that problem usually involves just a handful of voters. Nothing to get excited about. However, a dirty list of voters can also be used to facilitate massive fraud.

Just one example: In every election, the COMELEC prints 1 ballot for every single registered voter. So, if you have a dirty list that is filled up with multiple registrants, you’ll have a huge number of excess ballots that can later be used - with the application of guns and gold, of course - to tilt the outcome.

- james

So, the biometrics matching process won’t really be able to identify ALL multiple registrants (and therefore prevent flying voting) unless the database is 100% complete. Which, as of right now, it is not.

This is where that bill comes in. 

The bill to make biometrics registration mandatory aims to force people who are registered but don’t have biometrics yet (like me) to come in for biometrics registration in a process called VALIDATION. If we don’t, the bill proposes, we will either be removed from the list of voters and not be allowed to vote.

The idea is to get people to register their biometrics, so that we can get the database up to 100% which will make our list of voters cleaner and more accurate than it has ever been; the end, in other words, of flying voters. 

And that is why validation is important.



WTF people?

I thought this shit only happened in Penthouse Letters or Xerex or something.

"… as for what exactly happened, here it is:

Around 5 or 10 min. past 10pm kahapon, after our meeting, I was walking home along (the main street) sa may part na na medyo madilim when a guy was standing outside his SUV na nakabukas yung front door ng passenger’s seat nya. He asked if paano daw yung papunta (ng school) from there. While I was giving him directions, bigla nyang hinawakan yung kamay ko and it was wet and sticky with his, you know.

Nagulat ako at kinuha ko yung kamay ko then he said, “eh miss, pwede mo ba ko tulungan mag masturbate?”

I was shocked when while his right hand was trying to ge hold of me again, his left hand was ‘doing its thing’ sa private organ nya na talagang nakalabas sa pants and fully erected.

I was shocked and ran away. I saw him try na hablutin ako pabalik sa sasakyan nya pero di na nya ko inabutan kasi may ibang tao na. I asked for help sa mga pulis sa may corner ng (kalye). When they accompanied me pabalik dun sa my pinangyarihan, wala na yung sasakyan, but after a while sa may (kabilang kanto) I spotted the car and said na parang yun yung sasakyan, tapos tinry ng mga police na i-para yung black SUV, humarurot ng takbo kasi nakita niya siguro nga kasama ako ng mga pulis and tinuturo ko yung sasakyan nya.

Dun na nakuha ang plate number niya and we got hold of his identity nung nagpa blotter na ako.”

Goddamnit! WTF, perv? 





Vote for EJI CO!

The kid on COMELEC posters, telling people to REGISTER NOW! is in the running to be UST’s Mr. Psychology. 

Help us help him win! 

Step1: Like the UST PsychSoc page —->

Step2: Like this photo —->

Step3: Like this too! —->

Ah to be young! LOL

As Rod Stewart says, me and the boys thought we had it sussed, Valentinos all of us. My dad said we looked ridiculous, but boy we broke some hearts. LOL

Where’s Wall-E?

Where’s Wall-E?