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The Noy Chronicles

Posted by akosistella on July 13, 2010


By Yoly Villanueva-Ong*


A good beginning

MANILA, Philippines – This three-part series is a first person account of our experience with the 15th President of the Philippine Republic. Despite the chaos, rough sailing and dubious characters we encountered in the so-called people’s campaign, I firmly believe that our nation has been handed one more miraculous chance at grabbing our place in the sun, after nine years of merciless darkness.

This is an attempt to set a piece of history on record, even if admittedly the view is long but narrow, as seen only from my personal lens. Six years from now we may look back and hopefully earn the right to give ourselves a pat on the back because we did not squander our potential; that we were able to prevail over vast differences and vested interests; that we managed to climb Mount Nebo and have a glimpse of the Promised Land.

via The Noy Chronicles part 1.

The campaign that never was
(The Noy Chronicles part 2)

MANILA, Philippines – “This election is ours to lose,” was the ironic statement of Danny Gozo, as he briefed me over coffee. Atty. Henry Gozon echoed the same sentiment, when he told Noy with a chuckle, “The only way you will lose is if you make major mistakes.” This wasn’t just cockeyed optimism.

An internal survey done by Mercy Abad with field work in late August 2009 placed Noy at 54 percent, with a trajectory that could reach as high as 63 percent, and a deep commitment measured at 41 percent. In layman’s terms this means that 6 out of 10 Filipinos was inclined to vote for Noy, and a hardcore 4 out of 10 said they would surely vote for him. This is important because research has shown that 33 percent of the electorate will likely change their mind.

Via The Noy Chronicles part 2

As it was in the beginning
(The Noy Chronicles, Part 3)

MANILA, Philippines – The campaign sputtered along like an overheating car just trying to make it to December for a tune-up. We assumed that Comelec would disallow pre-election activity after the last day of filing. But they did not. That favored “he who has gold”, but not those who needed a pit stop. Noy was still ahead, but Villar was gaining, fuelled by burning big bucks. (SWS, Dec 09 Aquino-46.2%, Villar-27%; Mar-43.3%, Loren-32%)

The confidence had considerably lessened. Reinforcement was badly needed. So the informal family effort developed into a parallel shadow group dubbed “Pinball” after Pinky and Ballsy. Talk was that COPA and other “Coryistas” who felt excluded in the campaign, found their bearings here.

Via The Noy Chronicles part 3

*Yoly Villanueva-Ong is chairperson of the Campaigns Group of Companies


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Uncharitable, unkind

Posted by akosistella on May 18, 2010



The iconic Conrado de Quiros and the redoubtable Billy Esposo, two columnists I look up to and who have never been less than generous with me, have written recent columns that strike me as more partisan than necessary, or indeed as intended. On the junking of Mar Roxas, Noynoy Aquino’s running mate, Conrad has written much the more nuanced analysis; Billy’s defense of this political maneuver is ruder and rawer, and thus harder to digest. But I hope I am not mistaken in taking their columns the second part of Conrad’s is in today’s edition as all of a piece.

I trust they will forgive my temerity.

I was not involved in any political campaign, but I do have many friends in many of the political camps. Although I think I now understand the big picture, it will take me some time to sort out all the facts; for now, I will only take issue with Conrad’s analysis, and expose Billy’s illegitimate arguments.

Click John Nery.

The one who cuts through the BS.

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Anatomy of black propaganda

Posted by akosistella on April 17, 2010


Vector — By Sonny Coloma

The intense battle between the two presidential front-runners has raised concerns over the resort to “black operations” in a political campaign. A leading broadcast network found itself at the vortex of the raging propaganda battle last week. Maria Ressa, head of news and current affairs for ABS-CBN, related how the network got embroiled in a controversy spawned by propaganda unleashed by the Nacionalista Party of Sen. Manuel Villar.

In an article entitled “Telling It Like It Is,” published by ABS-CBN News online on April 12, Ms. Ressa recounted that on the morning of April 8, she convened her editorial staff to “discuss a potentially explosive document given to us by a source from the Nacionalista Party.” Later in the day, she wrote, “We received the same document from another source in the Nacionalista Party.”

Click Sonny Coloma.

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Mudslinging between LP, NP intensify

Posted by akosistella on April 9, 2010

(via ABS-CBN News)

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The realistic options of the last 31 days of campaigning

Posted by akosistella on April 8, 2010


By William M. Esposo

Today marks the last 31 days of campaigning for national and local positions in the May 10, 2010 elections. At the end of May 8, all candidates will have to stop campaigning or face disqualification.

In the most coveted electoral contest — the presidency — the realistic options have narrowed. For those who are currently ranked fourth place and lower in the credible polls — their chances of winning have moved from improbable to almost impossible. It has never happened in Philippine presidential elections that a presidential candidate rallied and won from a single digit rating with only a month of campaigning left.

Not even a national well-oiled party machinery can do the job now for those ranked lower than fourth place. Theoretically, Lakas Kampi CMD’s Gilbert Teodoro has the edge in party machinery but it is now doubted how many members of his party are still supporting him.

Click William M. Esposo.

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Who still believes Loren?

Posted by akosistella on March 25, 2010

By William M. Esposo | The Philippine Star

1. Loren’s family lived in University Hills, an exclusive subdivision in the Malabon area. Being atop a hill, the subdivision did not flood like many areas nearby.

 2. They lived in a one hectare compound that was bought by her grandfather, the late Manila Times Editor in Chief, Jose Bautista. The Manila Times was the largest circulating, most powerful and influential newspaper until September 21, 1972. Across their compound was the house of Don Macario Asistio.

 3. Loren studied at Assumption Convent for grade school and high school. Assumption Convent is usually the school of choice of the elite. For college, Loren studied at UP (University of the Philippines). Her brothers Gary and A. A. went to the Ateneo de Manila University, another school associated with the elite.

Click William M. Esposo.

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Villar spent P543M on ads?

Posted by akosistella on February 8, 2010

(Via ABS-CBN News Online)

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Why Noynoy has the best solution to poverty

Posted by akosistella on January 21, 2010

Senator Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III doesn’t engage in oratory. After all, the presidency is not an oratorical contest and great orators do not always become great leaders.

Adolf Hitler proved that. Hitler had the ability to mesmerize big crowds but Hitler only destroyed Germany. Ferdinand Marcos was another fabled orator and instead of making the country great again as he vowed, Marcos ruined our country.

Noynoy prefers to speak his truth plainly — a sign of an honest person with the strength of character not to attempt to embellish his truth. We have long been taken for a ride to deep disappointment because of individuals whose flowery words are able to hide the real character and intention of a liar and plunderer.

Click William M. Esposo.

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