Everything you've wanted to know about RP politics, but were afraid to ask.


Posted by akosistella on May 14, 2010


Estrada’s amazing performance

But the fact that Estrada, invariably dismissed by analysts early in the election campaign as the either a “spoiler” or “a kingmaker”, one who can help ensure the victory of one candidate in a close contest by his endorsement, running second, overtaking the high-financed campaign of Manuel Villar, showed his strong hold on the masses who comprise the bulk of the 50 million voters despite his being convicted of plunder . (Estrada was convicted of plunder in 2006 after more than six years in detention but was pardoned by Gloria Arroyo a month after.)

Click Ellen Tordesillas

Belmonte will be speaker
AS I SEE IT By Neal Cruz

STOP THINKING OF GLORIA MACAPAGAL-Arroyo as speaker of the House of Representatives. The next speaker will be Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte, who has been elected congressman. He is the choice of President-to-be Noynoy Aquino.

Contrary to popular opinion, it is not the congressmen who choose their speaker. The president does. Congressmen only ratify what he orders.

Click Neal Cruz

President of all Filipinos
VECTOR By Sonny Coloma

Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Cojuangco Aquino III’s comprehensive victory in last Monday’s elections underlines a most salient reality: he is expected by his countrymen to govern and lead as President of all Filipinos.

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Calls mount for Corona to decline appointment
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc

As expected outgoing President Arroyo announced her choice of new Chief Justice even if incumbent Reynato Puno is yet to retire on May 17. She is kicking up a firestorm for not letting the next President on June 30 do it. A day after assuring Filipinos of smooth transition to a new admin, Arroyo is back to divisive spiteful politics. A day after being proclaimed winner — in an unprecedented congressional run while in Malacañang — she revived suspicions of her ploy. That is, to gain immunity from suit for plunder and abuse via prolonged stay in power and a Supreme Court wholly appointed by her.

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Churlish parting shot
ANALYSIS By Amando Doronila

DEPARTING PRESIDENT MACAPAGAL-ARROYO fired a churlish parting shot Wednesday when Malacañang announced that she had “chosen” Associate Justice Renato Corona to be the next chief justice of the Supreme Court upon the retirement of Chief Justice Reynato Puno on May 17.

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FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho-Olivares

Just what makes Noynoy think that it is his right, and not Gloria’s, to appoint the next CJ? Who is the sole interpreter and arbiter of the law? The president of the republic or the SC? Who the heck does Noynoy think he is? Hello, he has not even been proclaimed president-elect and he thinks he is higher than the law itself!

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‘Administration’ and ‘government’ are not the same
BIG DEAL By Dan Mariano

I am sometimes made to feel that TV reporters should stick to simply delivering breaking news. Far too often, whenever these self-styled broadcast journalists try to engage in news analysis, they not only reveal their ignorance, they also mislead their viewers.

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Understanding the power-rate increase

The recent increase in electricity rates saw our bills increase by as much as 80 percent, with some households and small businesses paying the cost equivalent of a small secondhand generator. Despite information campaigns and a policy of transparency in electricity pricing, the sudden increases have led to wild speculations on its rationale—going from the plausible to the absurd.

Click Dean dela Paz

Election results 2010
AMBIENT VOICES By Ma. Isabel Ongpin

It took me the longest time to vote on Election Day, but I was not alone. The neighborhood trooped to the public school designated as the polling place and amid a welter of papers, posters, banners—all representing a candidate or other, through a crowd of people from all walks of life, assaulted by heat and chaos trying to organize itself into some order. I finally got the picture, which was to line up along a corridor near our polling booth to get a designated number. The line had to make a u-turn and it was slow going but I met a neighbor and we carried on a catch-up conversation. In the time of about an hour and a half, all those with numbers were put into a holding room, which was a classroom with school desks. There we sat moving from row to row as numbers were called into the next room where the PCOS machine was and where we looked up our names, signed and received the long, unfamiliar ballot.

Click Maribel Ongpin


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