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The Editorials and Opinion pieces (04/10/10)

Posted by akosistella on April 11, 2010



Not content with rewarding her supporters with appointments to positions with fixed terms, even where there is no vacancy, President Arroyo has gone one step further: she has created fixed terms in executive positions, lasting throughout the incumbency of her successor.

In Executive Order 868 dated March 8, two days before the start of the election ban on midnight appointments, the President gave all members of the Board of Pardons and Parole a fixed term of six years, ostensibly to give the criminal justice system a boost.

via Philippine Star.

INQUIRER EDITORIAL: Moving backwards

We saw how the debates, for example, could have had a tremendous impact on the vice presidential contest and, probably, on the political fortunes of the leading contenders. While advertising has its role to play in any free electoral contest, over-reliance by both candidates and the voters on them, is unhealthy. The purpose of the debates is to help the voters “see” candidates up close and personal, relatively unfiltered because they are subject to being challenged “on the spot,” so to speak.

As our political parties have shriveled up, as our electorate has grown exponentially, as modern advertising methods have honed selling both soap and candidates into a science, and as civic consciousness decays and is replaced with the cult of the celebrity, the tendency for campaigns to be won or lost on the basis of superficiality and even outright deceit increases. That is why 2007 seemed to be such a watershed year.

Click Inquirer

It’s Kumpareng Manny Villar who should submit a psychiatric report
By Wiiliam M. Esposo

It is doubted if the “surprise” visit of Madame Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) to the Lakas Kampi CMD Executive Committee meeting last Tuesday and her reported order for the party to go all out for Gilbert Teodoro swayed those who are already convinced that Manny Villar is indeed the secret candidate of GMA. To “Mike Villarroyo” believers, the GMA action was intended to protect her secret candidate.

How did the Villar camp attempt to deflect this “Mike Villarroyo” issue? They claimed that it is actually an Aquino-Arroyo alliance as supposedly proved by the number of Noynoy Aquino’s relatives — two Aquino aunts and an uncle — working for GMA.

Click William Esposo

Babe’s Eye View
By Babe Romualdez

No matter who may win in the elections, he will definitely be a minority president — which means a larger percentage of Filipinos did not vote for him and most likely will not be supportive. And this is where Joseph Estrada’s role becomes crucial — as recognized by the NP and LP camps that both tried to lure Estrada to join their respective parties. But while Villar’s camp said they will welcome the former president with open arms and with no preconditions whatsoever, the loose coalition around Noynoy composed of NGOs, Makati businessmen and civil society groups say they don’t need Erap to win — and if at all, he has to pass certain conditions before he can join them.

One thing is certain today: Estrada has proven himself, and if he decides to become kingmaker, his declaration of support for either Villar or Aquino would end the election. As they say in Tagalog, “ayos na ang buto-buto” — or more accurately, “tapos na ang boto-boto.”

Click Babe Romualdez

With Due Respect
By Artemio V. Panganiban

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections has been reckless in accrediting party-list candidates and their nominees. A few days ago, the Supreme Court reversed Comelec’s flimsy decision disqualifying Ang Ladlad. Now, it is inviting more public disenchantment by disqualifying the Disabled Pinoy Party, yet allowing Rep. Mikey Arroyo to be the first nominee of a party list of security guards and former Secretary Angelo Reyes to represent a party list of bus and jeepney drivers.

Only for the marginalized. Comelec’s job is simple: just follow existing jurisprudence. In Ang Bagong Bayani vs Comelec (June 26, 2001 and June 25, 2003), which I had the honor of writing, the high court clearly ruled that the party-list system was reserved only for those “(1) who belong to the marginalized and underrepresented sectors, organizations and parties; and (2) who lack well-defined constituencies but (3) who could contribute to the formulation and enactment of appropriate legislation that will benefit the nation as a whole.”

CLick Artemio V. Panganiban

Frontline By Ninez Cacho-Olivares

Perhaps one of the most stupid campaign spiels ever made is that of the Liberal Party (LP) and the Noynoy-Mar tandem. It is the spiel claiming that Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap, or when there is no corruption, there is no poverty.

That is pretty stupid because there is no government in this world — especially in the Third World countries — where corruption is inexistent. Yet poverty, especially in many First World countries has been virtually eliminated but corruption remains.

Click Ninez Cacho Olivares

By Jose Ma. Montelibano

ONE MONTH to go before Election Day and volunteers are still winning the war against money and traditional politics. The latest surveys by the most reputable pollsters all point to two trends – Noynoy holding firm and slowly improving to 37-40% and Villar steadily weakening from 35% to 25%. There are still four weeks but trends do not develop or break quickly.

It is unfortunate that the campaign has been marked by ugly attempts to mislead voters. Perhaps, partisanship naturally clouds objectivity and ends up blinding those who never had a consistent capacity for objectivity. Following almost fanatical attitudes that smeared the Obama-McCain presidential contest, Filipinos are being exposed to similar wild claims and wild rantings. In our political context, however, it is not just partisanship that causes dirty tricks but guns-for-hire as well.

Click Jose Ma. Montelibano


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