Montero Sudden Unintended Erection

Sudden Unintended Animation

With the all the bad publicity the Montero Sport is having now, the fate of the 2016 model doesn’t look promising. The alleged SUA caused a wound so deep, that even tricycle drivers near my house veer away when a Montero Sport parks or crosses its path. The stigma is real. You can thank the video clips circulating around social media and the biased reporting of TV Patrol for the new model’s premature death. I may not have the full technical prowess to convince people to change their minds, but my family owes this SUV a big thank you for the years of service. Enough to compel me to write about my experience with the Montero Sport in defense against SUA claims.

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Backgrounder

My mom bought a Montero Sport way back in 2009, I remember that was first year it was launched officially in our shores. With the Fortuner already the leader in the IMV segment that time, the Montero Sport posed itself as a worthy challenger. On paper specs, it toppled the Fortuner and on the actual drive, it did not disappoint either. I was rooting for the Fortuner and made every effort to turn the tides against the purchase of a Montero Sport. I find the Fortuner very macho and manly while the Montero lacking in aesthetics. I failed miserably of course, simply because whoever holds the power of the purse has the final say. A few days after making a reservation, my mom and I went to CarWorld Pampanga. We came early morning and by mid-afternoon the grin on our faces and the universal feeling of new car owners was upon us. I remember when we drove it out of CarWorld it only came with 10 liters of fuel, the low fuel warning light’s glare was stone cold. Our first stop was the adjacent Shell gas station a few meters away, pretty disappointing. It came with free tint and EWD (early warning device). I remember we had to beg for a freebie in the form of an umbrella. As soon as we got home we took pictures with our Monty. From that point forward, we never had any major issues with the Montero Sport, not even a sighting of the alleged SUA ghost.

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Return of the comeback

Mom’s Montero Sport was a good purchase that my Father bought the beefed up version which came in the form of the Montero Sport GLS-V back in January 2012. The comfortable suspension was the main driving point that led him to the decision. The additional ponies (horse power) made it a dream to drive on the expressway, you just forget the speed limit as you stomp on the pedal, the fastest thing I drove on four wheels.  I on the other hand bought a second hand Fortuner V 2006 model a few months before his purchase, the stock Fortuner had a harsh ride. So harsh that my Father opted to buy another Montero even if my Mom already drives one. I was able to observe the pros and cons of both the Montero Sport and Fortuner as a consumer and a daily driver. Most of all, from 2009 until January 2015 when we sold our last Montero Sport, we have never experience any Sudden Unintended Acceleration. I alone racked up 35 thousand kilometers driving my father’s Montero (he later sold it to me a little over a year after he bought it). We also drove it weekly from QC to Pampanga and fuel cost was no more than a mind blowing Php500 back and forth. Just to set the record straight, we sold them way before the SUA claims came out and it was a business move as they were bought way above their current market value. A good example was my mom’s 2009 Montero Sport was bartered to 1M worth of dried corn that she used as ingredients for animal feeds, the valuation was 700K at that time for her Montero Sport.

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My two centavos

The Montero Sport shares the same engine and specs with the Strada, why the alleged SUA happens only to the Montero Sport escapes me. Surely this would have affected the venerable Strada as well if there was a grain of truth in it. The alleged SUA happens only to Monty’s with automatic transmission, which is all too fishy in the first place. The Montero Sport is manufactured in Thailand and is sold to different countries with the same specs as the ones sold in our shores, how odd that all the cases and claimants all came from our beloved country? Is it possible that only the defective units are shipped here? Probably a Trojan horse so Mitsubishi can take over our country? Or do our road conditions turn them into wildlings? The timing of the SUA issue coincides with the release of the New Model. Just today I saw a 2016 Montero Sport on the road and my suspicion was up to my nose. I am a member of Facebook page for Montero users with over a thousand owners, not one has stood up to claim they have experienced the SUA ghost. These are facts, it is up to people if they will do the math or jump in the bandwagon. Thank you for reading!

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Arabian Night

The Arab world is in the midst of waking up to a new day after ages spent in slumber. It started as a dream in Egypt which eventually became a nightmare for every dictator in Libya, Jordan, Saudi, and other nations who have been long dictated and stripped of their basic human rights. It is ironic that this part of the world is the cradle of civilization, that hosted some of the earliest civilizations of all time like Mesopotamia (Iraq).

Walk the Leak

The internet has done it again. This time with shocking, factual, and downloadable evidence. The bold move was greeted with extreme hostility from the US Government, prompting attacks on all levels. It was forthcoming, people behind wikileaks would not expect a bouquet of flowers from the US Government after releasing classified war logs from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sadder than sad

By Marlen V. Ronquillo

It was not about mass murder and mass mayhem, the sickening, gory and dehumanizing stories of human depravity that we are all too familiar with. But it was easily the saddest story of contemporary times.
Even the efforts of The Manila Times’ editors to write headline so subtly, “RP trails Asean peers in per capita income,” cannot obscure the depressing let-down of the story: We are about to be the sub-Sahara of the Asean region.

The story essentially said that we will have today’s per capita of Indonesia by 2015.
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The Truth Commission and the promised day of reckoning

The state of Israel moved from developing agricultural oasis from rocky, hostile land to building technology enclaves more impressive than Silicon Valley as determined Jews hunted for Nazi criminals and brought them to trial. It did—and still does—world-class R and D on every vital concern without wavering on the resolve to get the Adolf Eichmanns of the world.

Germany, the country that gave us the Nazis, turned a ruined economy into the largest and most advanced in post-war Europe while dealing with its ghastly past—though uncomfortably and grudgingly at times.

The United States confronted racism and inequality, (Selma, Rosa Parks, Kent State, Civil Rights Act), until it elected an African-American president—without losing its status as the world’s largest economy.
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PNoy should tell the Factions: My way or the highway

The good news is this: Kamaganak Inc. is history. Either the president gave his next of kin a stern warning against meddling. Or, they did it voluntarily. My sense is the latter.

The bad news: Several factions have emerged from the wreckage of the Kamaganak Inc. The latest count says there are more factions jockeying for power in the PNoy administration than the disparate groups under the Rejectionists. Continue reading

On land transport, Kong Ping should go back to Cory model

BY MARLEN V. RONQUILLO

Because the discussion of public issues are not often framed well (the context is often lost), the efforts to put in order the land transport sector in the metropolis and the rest of Luzon are anchored on the usual knee-jerk thing: impounding buses, both metro and provincial, with the usual impunity. Confiscating licenses to cripple bus operators. The brutal hand of the state as policy.

To juice up media interest (the footage-rich orgies of impounding by the MMDA and other law-enforcement agencies), there is this complementary move to cast the bus operators as villains. Either they are operators of colorum buses. Or, operators of rolling coffins. As per stereotype, bus operators are more evil and sinister than loan sharks and illegal recruiters.
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The deficit hawks are stoking early fear and foreboding

BY MARLEN V. RONQUILLO

Even the professional fault-finders in our midst (they are legions) can only appreciate President Aquino’s leadership. You cannot see scheming and plotting and ill-motive. You can only see a leader with the purest of intentions.

Despite this, there is a sense of foreboding and fear among us in the low-income bracket. The reason:
there seems to be an obsession with deficit-cutting. The dominant talk is about fiscal consolidation and spending cuts. Where the emphasis should be on job-generation and perking up an economy that has been sluggish over the past 10 years, deficit hawks have gained the upper hand in the discussions of our economic directions. And this has peaked into a worrisome chorus. Continue reading

The SONA vow: I have promises to keep

President Aquino’s SONA opened up with a Frostian (Robert, the poet) dilemma. There is a road that forks two ways, he began. One goes the right way, the path of the straight and true. The other one leads you astray.

He asked us all, millions of Filipinos who left what they were doing to listen to the new president, to follow the right path. And, he vowed to lead by example. Continue reading

No LP martyrs

BY MARLEN V. RONQUILLO

THE surnames of the LP martyrs are, sadly, nowhere in the new government.

President Benigno Aquinoc 3rd has laid down the moral basis for governing. Integrity, compassion for the common man, the disavowal of things identified with power and the arrogance of power.

This, and the conduct of her immediate family especially the sisters, has resonated with the public. The polls, which gave him a stratospheric positive rating, had essentially validated what is the sense at ground level.

Now the question is this: Can the Aquino administration add something more to further prop up the high moral ground of his leadership? Nothing much at this point. Except the recruitment into his administration of people related/identified with the original Liberal Party (LP) martyrs. Two LP leaders who were assassinated just two years or so before Ninoy’s own martyrdom: Cesar Climaco and Jose Lingad.
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Water shortage, rice imports and ‘tongpat’

BY MARLEN V. RONQUILLO

Water shortage has been a national constant. In 1998, the water level at the major multipurpose dams dropped so low that the dams cut down by more than one half their water releases to rice farms. Over one million metric tons of rice had to be imported—the first time in our sorry rice-buying history that imports exceeded the one million mark.

The massive rice buying that ingloriously started in 1998 became the national template—well into the end of that century and into the new millennium. For the years 2009 to 2010, over 3.6 million metric tons had been imported, a reckless rice-ordering spree that some claimed had been driven by “commissions.” Continue reading

Too many Abads in government? In a swath of Lubao, people are celebrating

BY MARLEN V. RONQUILLO

The headline does not seem to wash, given what is common knowledge. Why would Lubao, the hometown of former President Arroyo, celebrate the rise to political prominence of the Abad family? It is public knowledge that Abads turned against the former president and Butch Abad was a cog of the Hyatt 10 Group.

While the opposition to the former president over the past few years came from several sectors, it was the opposition from the Hyatt 10 Group that was most relentless, dogged and sustained.

On the surface, you can’t really square off the two things: the political ascent of the Abads and celebration in a corner of Lubao over the Abads’ rise to prominence. But it is true. I am, in fact, part of the community that is celebrating the event. And this is the full story.
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Low-to-average expectations

BY MARLEN V. RONQUILLO

From their leaders, Filipinos have low-to-average expectations. We know why. Their leaders have been frustrating them from time immemorial. Worse, some leaders do not only fail to deliver on their promises. They screw them up. And they rob them blind.

President P-Noy will soon deliver his speech before the two chambers of Congress assembled with low-to-average expectations from the people. In fact, the Filipino Everyman is content with what he sees right now—a president who is impervious to the trappings of power. Should P-Noy decide to break tradition and manage to convince the manicured hordes (the lawmakers) to instead go to Luneta and mingle with the masa as he delivers his speech, so much the better.
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MMDA out of sync with P-Noy’s pro-people gestures

BY MARLEN V. RONQUILLO

The 40 richest Filipinos are worth more than $20 billion. Close to 40 percent of the population live below—or just barely above—the poverty line. There has been no time in the sad history of the country with this kind of economic gap. Yes, we know, the rich are different from you and me. But should we have a vast, seemingly unbridgeable chasm, for a gap?

The good news amid this story of brutal poverty is a leadership that tries very hard to make it up with the common man. No wang wang and beating the red lights for the convoy of P-Noy. No special treatment for her sisters at the airport immigration lines. While these gesture are merely symbolic, they resonate and resonate deeply. To the Filipino Everyman, used to a culture of impunity and recklessness, these gestures are heaven sent.
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