Editorials and opinions from today’s papers
Posted by akosistella on April 30, 2010
Analysis: A landslide in the making
By Amando Doronila
BARELY 10 DAYS BEFORE THE MAY 10 ELECtion, most signs point to a smashing victory for Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III in the presidential race.
Surveys by reputable polling organizations indicate that a landslide is building up behind Aquino as his campaign has gained momentum over the past three weeks. The issue that currently engages informed political observers in Manila is not that Aquino’s main rival, Sen. Manuel Villar, is battling huge odds to overhaul Aquino’s lead in the surveys with only a week to go before the election, but the size of a possible Aquino landslide. Time is not on Villar’s side in his almost desperate effort to erase Aquino’s lead.
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Power of a trusted brand
Vector — By Sonny Coloma
If you feel beleaguered and besieged in the heat of battle, would you call in your octogenarian mother to pitch for you? Presidential aspirants Joseph Ejercito Estrada and Richard Gordon assailed fellow candidate Manuel Villar earlier this week after the latter’s mother called a press conference at her home. Even Senator Villar’s sisters got into the act. They said that they should not be questioned on why even their mother got involved in a turbulent political campaign. After all, isn’t Noynoy Aquino continually invoking his parents’ legacy?
The Villars, especially the presidential candidate himself, are missing the point. It’s not about parents and children. It’s about the power of a dominant political brand.
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A question of fairness
Calling A Spade… — By Solita Collas-Monsod
I have been accused by Mrs. Gloria V. Benedicto, the sister of presidential candidate Manuel Villar, of being “unfair” to her brother. As far as I am concerned, this is a very serious charge, because one of the tenets that govern my behavior and my pursuits is fairness and justice — dinned into my head by my parents, in the same way that my husband and I have dinned it into our children’s heads. Unfortunately, however, Mrs. Benedicto’s was a blanket accusation, and she gave no details, so I have no recourse but to examine, as it were, my conscience, insofar as my treatment of her brother is concerned.
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Phil. Star Editorial: Waiting for a court ruling
Almost every day, Armed Forces chief Delfin Bangit tries to reassure the public that the military, working together with the Philippine National Police, is committed to HOPE, or honest, orderly and peaceful elections. Bangit has yet to shake off perceptions that he is the favorite soldier of the commander-in-chief, who might attempt a make-or-break maneuver to hold on to power beyond noon of June 30.
Via Phil. Star
Will JBC nominate de Castro, Corona?
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc
Worse off is Justice Renato Corona, said to be President Arroyo’s top choice for CJ. He has been criticized for letting Arroyo appoint his wife again and again to head a Malacañang-supervised government firm. Also, for accepting gifts from the President. His “unethical acts” allegedly undermined the judiciary’s independence from the executive. Pages 201-202 of Marites Vitug’s bestselling Shadow of Doubt narrates:
“Among Justices, when he is relaxed, Corona can be quite open. He once told some of his colleagues that President Arroyo took care of his hospital bill when he underwent an operation to ease his bad back. He was already on the Court then.
Via Phil. Star
The witching hour by LITO BANAYO
TEN days from now, voters will troop to their clustered precincts to elect the men and women who for better or for worse will run the affairs of state for the next six or three years.The vote is most crucial. It will determine whether we can make this democracy work. It will determine whether we will have more of the same and worse. Or whether the public has decided to cast their lot with those they can trust to bring about meaningful change.
via LITO BANAYO.
Fence Sitter — By A. R. Samson
To be newsworthy, a verbal exchange needs to involve at least two well-known personalities, currently in the news. A tiff between angry motorists hardly rates a mention in the news, unless one of them is shot dead. Feuds between movie celebrities are too routine and sometimes (make that often) faked to promote a movie or new TV program.
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The poor and the hungry
At Large By Rina Jimenez-David
WHEN I WATCH NEWSCASTS AIRED ON US TV networks, I am often astounded when a family, described as “miserably poor,” is interviewed in their home with an upholstered sofa, a TV set and even a carpet. I can’t help but wonder how the same TV reporters would describe Filipino families in urban poor communities, who reside in dark and crowded shanties with only a bench for furniture, or in poor rural areas where tin-shack homes boast of a dirt floor and where members congregate around a low papag, which serves as dining table, study desk and bed.
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Daily Tribune Editorial: Yellow politics of coercion
Presidential aspirant Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino seems single-minded about being the next president of the land and he will not accept anything otherwise.
The problem with such an attitude, if Noynoy really believes what he is saying, is that it brings Filipinos potentially on the road to a more chaotic administration than the nine years of Gloria.
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No count but more trouble from yellows
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho-Olivares
Truth is, the call came a bit too late for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to approve the idea of a parallel manual count.
Still, it must also be stated that the Comelec has hardly come clean with the people via the Congress, and has in fact, reneged on its pledges to the congressional oversight committee to prepare for manual polls and count, in the event of a failure of automated polls.
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