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Imelda Marcos, the CIA, and the Pope: A Secret History

Posted by akosistella on June 29, 2010


In Sept., 1970 Imelda Marcos, then the First Lady of the Philippines, feared that domestic political opposition threatened plans by her husband, President Ferdinand Marcos, to revise the Philippine constitution and thus extend his term in office, which would otherwise lapse in 1973. When Mrs. Marcos flew to Washington, D.C. that Sept., she was able to obtain a private audience in the White House with U.S. President Richard Nixon.

The First Lady also summoned Director of Central Intelligence Richard Helms to her suite in the Madison Hotel — the presidential suite. The declassified State Department and White House documents reveal that in her Sept. 22 private meetings with Nixon and Helms, Mrs. Marcos asked for some $23 million in CIA covert funding. The money was to be used to buy political support to elect pro-Marcos delegates to the Constitutional Convention two months later.

Mrs. Marcos these days is perceived in the public mind as a comic figure, thanks to her famous love of expensive shoes and jewelry. But in her prime, the politically ambitious First Lady was considered a woman with an independent power base who was accordingly treated with respect by heads of state.

via Newsbreak Online.


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Bongbong wants to be president

Posted by akosistella on May 22, 2010


His name used to be poison in the Philippines but Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is now talking about becoming president after elections on May 10 showed him to be one of the nation’s most popular politicians.

The only son of strongman President Ferdinand Marcos insists that his family has nothing to apologize for regarding his father and namesake’s 20-year rule of the country that ended in 1986 with a “people power” uprising and a humiliating escape into exile.

“My father doesn’t need me to vindicate him,” a relaxed Bongbong told Agence France-Presse on Wednesday in his first major interview since last week’s national elections that saw him secure more than 13 million votes and a seat in the Senate.

via Manila Times.

Heaven help us.

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remembrance of things awry: Serious questions, stupid answers

Posted by akosistella on May 18, 2010


I eagerly anticipated the national elections because I knew that the results would represent the current mindset of my countrymen and the state of my nation. I looked forward to the numerical evidences that my countrymen had finally become more educated, matured, improved, and hence have become more discerning citizens.



What the numbers revealed was nothing more than a dismal reality. It was so dismal that it blew my mind.

Juan de la Cruz… How could we???!!! How could WE…???!!!

via remembrance of things awry.

We share your pain Toto.

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Six days after

Posted by akosistella on May 16, 2010


By Patricia Evangelista

HIGH NOON, MAY 10. A FAT FIST SMACK-SMACKING against the cracked yellow wall, the mouth with the cracked red lipstick flapping open and closed, her gay lieutenant yapping in refrain. Cheating, screams the pudgy woman, as the madding crowd outside the classroom cheers. Inside, the teachers in white and stripes continue to count, shoulders wincing at each pounded fist. The numbers join the rabble, greasy elbow to empty gut, the hallway shrinks, and a teacher is shoved and mobbed.

Wet T-shirt day in Payatas-A, 6,000 votes for the taking, chipped red nail polish, swaggering bad boys in their wife-beater shirts and denim cut-offs leering down sweating cleavages in padded pink bras. Waiting three hours, says the old man in the baseball cap. Five hours, says the mother with the missing front tooth. Squares of paper brandished, numbers hand-printed, teachers in crisp white calling on 204.

Click Patricia Evangelista.

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Comelec proclaims 9 senators-elect

Posted by akosistella on May 15, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections has proclaimed the first nine of 12 winners in the senatorial polls last May 10.

But only Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, Juan Ponce-Enrile, Pia Cayetano, and Vicente Sotto III were present before the Comelec, sitting en banc as the National Board of Canvassers at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

Absent were Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Franklin Drilon, Ralph Recto, and Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

The senators are either re-electionists or returnees to the Senate. Only Marcos is a neophyte.

via INQUIRER.net.


Comelec told to speed up transmission of poll results

MANILA, Philippines—Election watchdog groups on Friday urged the Commission on Elections to speed up the transmission of the remaining 10 or so percent of election results, saying delays tend to cast doubt on the outcome of the elections.

In a press conference Friday, Kontra Daya said the Comelec must expedite the sending of the remaining results as delays would raise questions on the integrity of the results.

“Further delays open the results to all forms of intervention and possible tampering,” said Kontra Daya convenor Fr. Joe Dizon, adding that only 60 out of 274 certificates of canvass were screened at the national canvassing center as of Thursday.

Via Inquirer.net

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Marcoses poised to make comeback in RP politics

Posted by akosistella on May 12, 2010


If partial and unofficial results of the May 10 elections are an indication of victory, three members of the Marcos family are set to return to the political scene – two lawmakers and one governor.

According to GMA Network’s partial and unofficial tally as of 3:42 a.m. on Tuesday, former First Lady Imelda Marcos, daughter Maria Imelda Josefa “Imee” Marcos, and son Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. could be headed to victory.

Imelda, famed for her extravagance and thousands of pairs of shoes, could clinch the House of Representatives seat in Ilocos Norte’s second district, with 96,694 votes against contender former Ilocos Norte vice governor Mariano Nalupta Jr., who only received 23,410 votes.

via GMANews.TV.


Cabinet bets suffer ‘kiss of death’

SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Philippines – President Arroyo may have won by a landslide a congressional seat in Pampanga’s second district, but her former Cabinet members running for varied posts seem headed for defeat in the elections.

At least 10 former Cabinet members appear to be losing in the elections, according to reports.

Former presidential management staff head Hermogenes Esperon Jr. lost in his congressional bid for the sixth district of Pangasinan.

Via Phil. Star

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Imelda Marcos seeks to restore Philippine dynasty

Posted by akosistella on May 10, 2010


BATAC, the Philippines — At a mall food court here, where she was sitting with reporters covering her campaign for the House of Representatives, Imelda Marcos inserted iPod earbuds on either side of her bouffant coiffure.

She had gamely accepted an offer to listen for the first time to “Here Lies Love,” a new rock opera by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim that chronicles her rise from country girl to the first lady of the Philippines. Removing the earbuds, tilting her head slightly, she said in an exaggerated tone, “I’m flattered; I can’t believe it!”

Her life may already have been distilled into pop culture, her name reduced to a punch line about shoes. But a couple of months shy of 81 years, Mrs. Marcos is battling to restore the Marcos dynasty in nationwide elections on Monday, watching over a daughter running for provincial governor and over her only son, who is running for the Senate, a national office that the family hopes will be a stepping-stone back to the presidency.

via NYTimes.com.

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Iglesia Ni Cristo endorses Noynoy Aquino, Mar Roxas

Posted by akosistella on May 5, 2010


Ending the suspense over the choice of one of the countrys most coveted command votes, the Iglesia Ni Cristo has endorsed Liberal Party standard-bearer Sen. Noynoy Aquino and his running mate Sen. Mar Roxas. The INC can deliver as many as two million votes.

GMA Networks Unang Balita reported the Iglesia Ni Cristo INC local church in Quezon City announced its decision at a liturgical service around 4:45 a.m.

Under its late patriarch Eraño Manalo, the INC was allied with ex-president Ferdinand Marcos in the 1986 snap elections against Aquinos mother, Cory Aquino, who would eventually become president after the fall of Marcos.

The INC has since endorsed the past two winning presidential candidates, Joseph Estrada and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Since the elder Manalo died last year, his son Eduardo Manalo has led the secretive, highly disciplined religious group founded by his grandfather Felix in 1914.

via GMANews.TV.

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From BusinessWorld’s columnists

Posted by akosistella on April 20, 2010


The person who gets my vote
TO TAKE A STAND by Oscar P. Lagman Jr.

The country has suffered from 12 years of maladministration — two and a half years of bumbling and plunder by Erap, and nine and a half years of immoderate greed, unconscionable extravagance, and brazen abuse of power by GMA. My choice therefore for the next president is one who will put an end to the wretchedness and shame we have endured long enough.

I dismissed early from consideration J.C. de los Reyes, Nicky Perlas, and Eddie Villanueva. They may be pure of heart and noble of motive, but their lack of exposure to the workings of government render them incapable of undoing the colossal damage wrought by Erap and GMA. As for Jamby Madrigal, she looked lost in the Senate.

Click Oscar P. Lagman Jr..

Needed: Visionary leadership
FRAMEWORK By Elfren Sicangco Cruz

The Philippines needs an honest president who must also be a great leader to transform our country into a great nation. But what is a great leader?

A great transformative leader possesses a paradoxical mixture of personal humility and fierce resolve. They can be shy and fearless; modest and willful at the same time.

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Comelec lapses?
MAP INSIGHTS By Manuel A. Alcuaz, Jr.

The P700-million contract for over-specified secrecy folders is just the latest in a string of Commission on Elections’ lapses. The most applicable definitions I could find for “lapse” from Encarta World British Dictionary include: error, a momentary fault or failure in behavior or morality. I think “lapse” is too polite a word to describe Comelec’s many “sins,” “transgressions,” “misbehavior,” etc.

Before we analyze the P700-million lapse, let me review Comelec’s many other lapses which are costing the nation very dearly.

Click Manuel Alcuaz Jr.

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Villar’s wife never visited Ampatuan patriarch – military exec

Posted by akosistella on April 19, 2010


• But Remulla did, says another military officer

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – A military spokesman on Monday denied that Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar visited Andal Ampatuan Sr. at his hospital room inside Camp Panacan weeks ago in preparation for the dropping of charges against one of his sons and a relative in connection with the November 23 Maguindanao massacre.

“No Cynthia Villar,” said Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang, spokesperson of the Eastern Mindanao Command.

Cynthia Villar is the wife of Nacionalista Party presidential candidate and Senator Manuel Villar.

via INQUIRER.net.

ALSO READ: No deal with the Ampatuans-Villar


Mangudadatu links clearance of 2 Ampatuans to poll fraud plot

MANILA, Philippines — Maguindanao gubernatorial bet Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu warned on Monday that acting Justice Secretary Alberto Agra’s decision to drop charges against two prominent members of the Ampatuan clan over the November 23 massacre was connected to a plot to cheat in the May 10 presidential elections.

Mangudadatu, currently the vice mayor of Buluan town in Maguindanao, arrived at the Department of Justice (DOJ) Monday afternoon to confirm for himself the news that Agra has scrapped the multiple murder charges against suspended Governor Zaldy Ampatuan of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and Akmad Ampatuan.

“Mga Ampatuan magagaling sa election fraud. Magagaling yan. Si Zaldy ‘yan ang expertise niya, kung paano gawin madaya ang resulta ng election. Palagay ko gagamitin ‘yan. Hindi ko lang alam pero magagamit ‘yan (The Ampatuans are very good in election fraud. That is Zaldy’s expertise, how to manipulate the election results. I think he will be used. I’m not sure how but he will be used),” he told reporters.

Click Inquirer.net

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Polls ain’t over yet for tailenders–analysts

Posted by akosistella on April 12, 2010


BAGUIO CITY—FILIPINO VOTERS’ UNFAMILIARITY WITH automated elections may benefit the survey low-performers and tailenders in the presidential race, political scientists said on Friday.

The odds are high that voters favoring the survey front-runners Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Manuel Villar Jr. could end up with spoiled ballots on May 10, thus giving a boost to the unseeded candidates, said Ma. Lourdes Tiquia, founder and general manager of the political consultancy group Publicus Asia Inc.

Even administration candidate Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro, a constant fourth in the surveys, has a fighting chance because of anticipated voters’ errors, Tiquia said.

via INQUIRER.net.


Noynoy still leads in survey commissioned by Villar ally

(Updated 7:21 p.m.) Presidential candidate Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III (Liberal Party) remains on top in a recent survey commissioned by an ally of rival Sen. Manny Villar Jr. (Nacionalista Party).

According to the results of the survey conducted from March 28 to 30 and purportedly commissioned by House Minority Floor Leader Ronaldo Zamora, Villar scored 29 percentage points, or eight points behind Aquino’s 37.

The NP claimed the survey was from Social Weather Station (SWS), although the poll firm has yet to confirm it. Calls made by GMANews.TV to its office were not answered.

Click GMANews.TV

AND: Joma Sison favors Villar over Noynoy: report

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‘Strong political family’ useful in unifying Ilocos, Bongbong says

Posted by akosistella on April 8, 2010


Imee unhappy about running against cousin

Imee admitted that she is not happy about running against her cousin, incumbent Governor Michael Marcos Keon, a candidate of administration party Lakas-Kampi-CMD. Keon is also the guest candidate of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino, whose standard bearer is former president Joseph Estrada.

Imee was forced to make a last-minute decision to run against Keon because her family thought that her brother might receive fewer votes since their cousin belonged to another party.

Ilocos Norte has 361,977 registered voters.

via GMANews.TV.

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Dato, Bongbong lash at Liberals, Noynoy

Posted by akosistella on April 8, 2010


Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd on Wednesday got a mouthful from a son of a late former president and from another whose mother is the country’s incumbent leader for sour-graping this early over possibly losing in the May 10 elections.

Aquino, the standard-bearer of the Liberal Party (LP), was advised by Rep. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to learn to accept defeat graciously even it would be dealt by Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar Jr., the candidate for president of the Nacionalista Party (NP).

Bongbong, the only son of the late former strongman Ferdinand Marcos, is running for senator in next month’s balloting under the NP ticket.

via Dato, Bongbong lash at Liberals, Noynoy.

ALSO: Loren urges LP bets to stop ‘dirty, demeaning’ campaign

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Cracks seen in Solid North: Marcos vs Marcos

Posted by akosistella on March 31, 2010

(via ABS-CBN News)

WHOEVER wins there, it will still be a Marcos. After all that’s been said and done, they will be a family again. Who knows all this is just a moro-moro cleverly hatched by the family to make sure they have all their bases covered, whoever wins the presidential elections. Creepy. Parang Addams family.

Btw, congratulations to Bongbong Marcos, senatorial bet of the Nacionalista Party, who we hear has just upgraded from a Toyota Cefiro to a new Prius. Known as an environmental-friendly vehicle, the Prius is the favorite of Hollywood celebrities like Leonardo di Caprio.

We’re pretty sure Toyota Motor Phils. vice chair Alfred Ty will be happy to hear of Mr. Marcos’s new purchase, as the company had admitted to some difficulty in trying to reach its 100-cars target in 2009. At a cost of P2.25 million, it costs about as much as a Camry, Toyota’s mid-sized sedan. Hopefully, Mr. Marcos tells his driver to park the Prius in actual parking areas, instead of occupying no-parking spaces like they would do w/ the Cefiro. Don’t you just hate VIPs having their cars and drivers hanging about, waiting for them with the motors and airconditioning running, and in no-parking areas no less? That’s so uncool.

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Bong Revilla tops senatorial survey

Posted by akosistella on March 30, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr. continues to dominate the senatorial race, topping the latest survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

The SWS survey, conducted from March 19 to 22, showed Revilla leading all senatorial candidates with 53 percent, closely followed by Sen. Jinggoy Estrada with 52 percent.

Coming in third is Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago with 44 percent; followed by Sen. Pia Cayetano with 42 percent.

Sen. Franklin Drilon landed fifth with 36 percent; followed by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile with 35 percent.

Former senator Vicente Sotto III got 33 percent; followed by former National Economic and Development Authority director general Ralph Recto and Ilocos Norte Rep. Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., with 30 percent each.

Click Philippine Star.

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