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Villar concedes

Posted by akosistella on May 11, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE) A day after the election, Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Senator Manuel Villar has given up the fight for the presidency, conceding to Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and urging the people to work behind him.

“Nagpasya na ang mga mamamayang Pilipino. Malinaw na sa kabila ng ating pagpupunyagi, hindi tayo nabiyayayaan ng tagumpay sa halalan noong Lunes (The Filipino people have decided. It is clear that despite our efforts, we were not blessed to win in Monday’s elections),” Villar said, reading a prepared statement before members of the media in his headquarters at the Starmall in Mandaluyong.

“Humaharap ako sa inyo ngayon upang tanggapin ang pasyang ito, upang igalang ang boses ng sambayanang Pilipino (I face you now to accept this decision, to respect the voice of the Filipino people),” he added.

via INQUIRER.net.

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Knowing your candidates

Posted by akosistella on May 9, 2010


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Method To Madness
By Patricia Evangelista, Inquirer

These columns were collected as an attempt to contribute to the discourse of the 2010 elections. The opinions are my own, the responsibility mine alone. That I do not endorse any one candidate does not mean I am not biased, as my standards and perspectives in these pieces are subjective in themselves.

These pieces were written, with one exception, during the run-up to the 2010 presidential elections. Most were written after interviews with the men in question. Some were time-bound, and were edited to suit a reading today. Others are as they were, with only stylistic changes unless noted after the piece.

PART 1: Eddie Villanueva, Noynoy Aquino, Richard Gordon

PART 2: Gilbert Teodoro, Joseph Estrada, Manny Villar

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Aquino: Catholic Church to be on side of right in polls

Posted by akosistella on May 3, 2010


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BACACAY, Albay, Philippines — Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales may frown on another display of “people power” but Liberal Party standard-bearer Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III said on Monday that he still expected the country’s Catholic Church to be on the side of right should push come to shove.

In a press conference, Aquino clarified that it would be the public that would decide if another people power revolt was necessary should massive cheating happen during the elections. He added that the country’s Catholic leaders, not just Rosales, have also been closely watching the days towards the elections.

On Sunday, Rosales said that warnings of another people power revolt should the elections fail were “irresponsible” and “crazy.”

via INQUIRER.

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Noynoy to Villar: Corruption is a greater sin than smoking

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay – Corruption is a far greater sin to the country than smoking.

This was practically what presidential candidate Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III had to say to his rival, Senator Manuel Villar Jr., after the latter implied that Aquino is not fit to be president because of, among others, his smoking habit.

“In the scale of sins, the issues about C-5, C-5.5, Norzagaray are less than my smoking? Should he be attending to my smoking instead of answering whether or not the resources of the State were utilized properly in building two roads to serve one end in C5 or to have one road benefiting a subdivision in Iloilo, that turned first-class irrigated agricultural lands into a subdivision?” Aquino told reporters at a press conference here. “I think at the very least we should question his priorities,” added Aquino.

Via GMANews.TV

AND: Quiboloy blessing seen to breathe new life to Gibo campaign

El Shaddai to reveal chosen presidential bet on Saturday

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Villar firms seek disbarment of lawyer

Posted by akosistella on April 22, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines — The real estate companies of Nacionalista Party standard bearer Senator Manuel Villar are set to seek the disbarment of a former in-house lawyer who bared what he called the pattern of corruption in the conduct of Villar’s businesses.

In a press conference, lawyer Nalen Rosero-Galang, chief legal officer of the Villar group, said that aside from the disbarment case to be filed before the Supreme Court against lawyer Restituto Mendoza, Villar’s companies would also file criminal charges such as extortion, grave threats and libel against him simultaneously before the Makati and Las Piñas regional trial courts.

Galang said that the disbarment charge against Mendoza stemmed from his alleged blackmailing of the Villar companies at the height of the C-5 road controversy and for violating the attorney-client relationship.

via INQUIRER.net.

ALSO READ: Villar firms bribe and forge? The case of the undervalued crane

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Baby James and the Villar campaign

Posted by akosistella on April 21, 2010


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By DUCKY PAREDES

THE latest Pulse Asia presidential survey shows Manny Villar trailing Noynoy Aquino by 12 statistical points. With an estimated 50 million voters, one statistical point translates to roughly 500,000 votes. Consequently, considering that the survey has a plus or minus margin of error of two percent, Villar would need 5,000,000 to 7,000,000 votes just to catch up with the leader. With just 19 days to go before the elections, that will require quite a sprint.

More significantly, Villar’s survey ratings for the past three cycles have been on a steady decline. From a high of 35 percent, it dropped to 27 percent, and finally to 25 percent. Those 10 to 14 percentage points can be interpreted as a minimum of 5,000,000 people becoming disillusioned with Mr. Sipag at Tiyaga.

Villar and his wife Cynthia have been quoted many times as saying that these survey results do not bother them at all. Is that grace under pressure, or simply false bravado?

Click DUCKY PAREDES.

Obscene
By ELLEN TORDESILLAS

IT’S so obscene, I can’t find the right words to express my outrage over the gall of Justice Secretary Alberto Agra to clear Zaldy Ampatuan, suspended governor of the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao, and his uncle Maguindanao Vice Gov. Akmad Ampatuan Sr. of complicity in the most heinous crime this country has experienced and shocked even the a violence-weary world.

It’s also obscene hearing Deputy presidential spokesman Gary Olivar describe as “an obscenity” the public’s accusations about Malacañang’s role in absolving the two Ampatuans of responsibility in the Nov 23 Maguindanao massacre that claimed the lives of at least 57 people, 32 of them journalists.

The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility is right. “The real and current obscenity in this country is the fact that the alleged president for whom Olivar speaks has become central to the major issues that beset this country, most particularly that of whether there will be a change in its putrid leadership rather than more of the same despite the 2010 elections.

Click Ellen Tordesillas

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From BusinessWorld’s columnists

Posted by akosistella on April 20, 2010


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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.

Click Elfren Sicangco Cruz

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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Views from the Inquirer

Posted by akosistella on April 20, 2010


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The day after
THERE’S THE RUB By Conrado de Quiros

THE WAY things are going, what will happen during election day is easy to predict. Two things have made it so. One is Joey Salceda defecting to the Aquino camp, which is a bigger endorsement than any TV ad. That was what Manny Villar was trying to achieve before he got bushwhacked by C-5 and fake antecedents: a bandwagon effect, one that would have shown his momentum to be unstoppable. That’s what has just been given to Noynoy Aquino from out of the blue. Lucky, well, feel free to supply the noun. He must really be malakas with the Fellow Upstairs, or someone is interceding for him.

via INQUIRER.net.

Praying for clean elections
AT LARGE By Rina Jimenez-David

“LET US choose grace and honor!”

This is the appeal of Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas in his letter on the coming elections. Writing to the faithful at large, and to candidates, election officials, campaign workers and voters specifically, Villegas said the May 10 elections “can be an occasion … of hope and a fresh springtime” or it could turn into “a contemptuous day of shame and dishonor.”

Via Rina Jimenez-David

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How Villar built business empire with deceit, corruption: ex-lawyer

Posted by akosistella on April 12, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – Octogenarian Maxima Policarpio had spent most of her life in the mountains of Norzagaray, a small town in Bulacan, near the foothills of the Sierra Madre. She had hoped to spend the twilight of her life there in peace and quiet, tending a tiny vegetable garden and surrounded by fruit-bearing trees she had planted many years ago.

Last February, despite her age, she left the comfort of her town and braved Quezon City’s noise, pollution and confusion to join dozens of Norzagaray farmers seeking attention to the imminent loss of their ancestral lands. “I am here to protect my land. I may be old, but I still have rights.”

“We are up against an influential person,” she said.

That person is presidential aspirant and billionaire Senator Manuel Villar Jr.

Represented by a counsel, the farmers detailed how they lost their ancestral lands, in the blink of an eye, to companies connected with Villar.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

ALSO READ: Senatorial bet urges Villar to do a ‘Manny Pangilinan’ on fake psych report

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Why I will vote for Noynoy, and why he will win

Posted by akosistella on April 10, 2010


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By KRIP YUSON
Reprinted with permission from ROGUE magazine, April 2010

Actually, there’s no correlation. Either won’t be contingent on the other.

The first is a sure thing. I know what I will do come May 10 when I step into the polling place for Valle Verde residents in Pasig City. I will shade that oval, the way the Sexbomb Dancers have sufficiently enlightened me, right before the second presidential candidate’s name: Benigno Aquino III. And I’ll make sure to fight off the temptation to spit at the name that appears before his, whatzisname Acosta.

Just because I think the usual suspects have done their darndest to knock off Aquino from the uppermost perch, and succeeded somewhat despite Acosta’s tardy disqualification, shouldn’t make me express my disgust at Comelec’s apparent ministrations. No, I won’t soil and spoil my ballot.

I will vote for Noynoy and I will vote for Mar, primarily because — and this is the most fundamental of many reasons — I know our country deserves 12 consecutive years of good governance. Yes, I’m scanning far ahead. I’m looking beyond Noynoy’s six-year term. If the Liberal Party’s main ticket wins, it will mark the first time in ages that the tandem for the highest positions in the land gets elected together.

I don’t think they’ll ever quarrel over policy or girls or governance, from 2010 to 2016. Most likely, VP Mar will be highly supportive of Prez Noy2, and that they will conduct themselves in office as a true partnership. They’re friends, they’ve been friends, they’re the sons of a former LP tandem that was just as formidable, maybe even more so.

Both are intelligent, decent men advantaged not so much by wealth but by good upbringing, including education and having nice families. That is why Mar should then become president in 2016, and proceed from the foundation of stability and optimism we hope to have been put in place by then — by Noynoy with the help of his sisters and brethren, which will include all of us who vote him into power so that national corruption is drastically, dramatically decreased. Then Mar can continue the same and push an even stronger economic program forward.

By 2022, and I hope I can still be around to applaud those dozen years as they end, our yet nascent republic would then have attained more than a semblance of competitiveness with our neighbors. I also hope that by then the Catholic Church would have finally taken a backseat in the busybody observance of affairs of governance.

Noynoy thence Mar might have then conducted such a turnaround in national ethics and spirit that the usual bully pulpits would have been silenced on the use of strawberry-flavored condoms. Why, maybe even the matter of divorce might start to stand a chance for official consideration.

This is what I pray for (gulp, okay, that’s being tongue-in-cheek, since I usually just send tons of sunshine vibes to anyone in distress or critical health): that we Filipinos move forward not a hundred steps behind the ways of the rational, pragmatic Dutch, Belgians, Scandinavians, etc. — but only by about 50. Maybe by the time Baby James gets elected as Mayor of Quezon City, our capital can allow cafés to display rainbow colors not just for the aesthetics of it.

But to get back to the present — next month when we troop to the polls, as they say, it should be with much hope.

That is why we won’t vote for Nicky Perlas. Because he can only project himself as an environmentalist, albeit I recall that the organic pechay he grew on the edge of UP Diliman decades ago was priced nearly double that on supermarket shelves, and looked rather unfortunate.

That is why we won’t vote for that young fellow De los Reyes, whose youthful idealism only seems to translate itself into a certain picaresque weepiness — in mien, in voice, in articulation.

That is why we won’t vote for someone with a titular Bro before his name, because he can only be self-righteous, even if he properly belongs to that questionable breed of televangelists who indulge in an industry more than a poor excuse for faith.

That is why we can’t vote for Dick, because he hasn’t quite grown up from the Atenean cheerleader he was, so that the wurz-wurz motormouth capability doesn’t ever give us a chance to reflect and discern our way through matters of intellect and emotion, both.

We are sorry we can’t vote for Gibo, not because he has no chance of making it anyway, but simplistically because of the albatross on his back. He obviously has the intelligence, the youth, the idealism, and very likely the decency to do right by his countrymen. But he cannot proxy for someone whose dislike and distrust rating is much too heavy for anyone’s backbone.

Voting for Erap would have nothing to do with hope. He doesn’t even smoke that kind of cigarettes. Instant Alzheimer’s could wipe away any memory of plunder, but would we want anyone slurring his oath once again, with Ernie Maceda right behind him for the photo op?

That leaves us the top two candidates by virtue of the survey ratings. All the skeptics not in my payroll (meaning of my particular ilk) may spoof the way Conrad de Quiros has pared it down, again simplistically, to a mythical fight between good and evil. But there is something there, whether or not it tallies with our appreciation for complexities or the grays in between.

Sure, it isn’t a black-or-white world. But the specter of a Money Villarroyo as a Goliath of Mammon cum Mordor versus a bespectacled son of heroes who hasn’t had Botox or follicle transplants comes very close to silhouetting the protagonists.

I believe Noynoy will win the presidency because that kind of narrative pitting a crusader against a giant crustacean will appeal to most Filipinos.

Sure, the kids may sing along to the earworm of a jingle that professional admen have brilliantly concocted. But their parents will give it a good think as May Day Eve turns the corner, and they will say that Dolphy can entrust his kids to whomever, seeing as how a few of them went astray anyway, and that Manny Pacquiao can endorse anyone as much as he wants, but he’ll still be on a different page from where we regard our politicians and legislators, and that Sarah Geronimo has simply taken up where she left off with Sen. Ed Angara and STI, and that Willie Revillame’s support can only show what sort of company this free-spending candidate keeps… Blah blah blah. But they have heard enough of canny banking and land development practices, let alone “C-5 at Taga,” to take those testimonials for their pure word.

And if we were to see a 60-second TV ad that features Kris, Korina, Shawie and Vilma saying they’re related or married to certain men, but that beyond being kapamilya or kapuso they’re asking us to vote for Noy-Mar because “Para sa Bayan Ito!” — then I think we win pulling away.

That’s not even counting PBA MVP James Yap and son Baby James, who already commands such adulation as what got our matriarchal society gushing over the cutesy-tot stereotype of the Sto. Niño since Reina Juana of Cebu first held him in her hands.

Finally, I am confident of a Noynoy electoral victory because someone up there, his Mom more than what you think, will continue to do the supernatural for her countrymen’s sake.

It is also time, and it is our destiny, to break off that slough of despond that has characterized our civil service, once and for all — slash through that Gordian knot of corruption that we sneer at but still laugh about.

It is time for positive change, no doubt. Let’s get it on. And reward the yellow army of volunteers and all of the decent-minded kin and friends and barbers and masseuses we know who’ve asked for yellow ballers and yellow-ribbon stickers for their cars and tricycles.

It gratifies me that when I vote for Noynoy and Mar, I am assured that most of the writers, artists and musicians I’ve beered, whiskied, videoke’d and GRO’d with will do the same. That all my brothers and cousins and aunts and nephews will do, too. That most of my Bedan batchmates of H. S. Class of 1960 will also shade the oval before Aquino, Benigno III.

Not only do we owe it to Ninoy and Cory and their supreme sacrifices for Pilipinas, but to our self- respect as Pinoys.

I recall a night in the late ’90s, when it was still Giraffe at the back corner of the 6750 Tower on Ayala, and the place was jumping in the name of a private party. I went out for fresh air and smokes, that curious oxymoron, and ran into Rapa Lopa, who intro-ed me to his smiling cousin Noynoy, who had also lit up. We exchanged light banter. Someone pulled Noynoy away. Still light-years away from any attempt at gravitas, Rapa and I got to talk about the coming presidential elections, how Erap was posing such a threat for a comedown after FVR.

I said Noynoy should think of running for the Senate after his stint as Congressman, well, sometime, before the Marcos children beat him to it. And who knows, maybe from there something even better will happen in the distant future. I thought I glimpsed a furrow of gravitas overtake Rapa’s brow, but only momentarily, before he smiled again. “Sabi mo yan, ha, Krip?”

Yup. I said it. And now I want to prove myself a prophet in my own country. Unless — or else — it isn’t mine at all.

(Preview of an article for ROGUE Magazine, April 2010, out in the bookstores and your favorite newsstands this week.)

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Who junked compassion and decency?

Posted by akosistella on April 10, 2010


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GET REAL
By Solita Collas Monsod

HERE IS A CANDIDATE RUNNING FOR THE highest office in the land, whose entire campaign is based on two themes: the first is that he rose, literally from the gutter, to conquer poverty, and that having done so, he can do the same for his fellow Filipinos. Been there, done that. The second is that his motives for running for the presidency are of the purest—he wants to repay the country for the blessings he has received. In any case, it is definitely not a desire to enrich himself—because if he wanted to make more money, all he needed to do was to just go back to his business, where he has made oodles of it.

TV viewers and radio listeners have heard these messages over and over again, and not unnaturally, the question arose: Is this for real? I say not unnaturally, because his credibility and his integrity had just come into question over road projects—C-5 Extension and Daang Hari among them—that just happened to pass through several of his subdivisions. I had done research on the C-5 Extension controversy, and the results are for anyone interested to see or read, thanks to the Internet, so that it should suffice to say that Sen. Manny Villar didn’t come out too well on that issue. It follows that one would be interested in verifying the basis of the Villar campaign theme as well.

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Briefly…

Posted by akosistella on April 9, 2010


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Poll exec wants Smartmatic to pay for UV lamps


An official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday said that poll machine supplier Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM), not the poll body, should pay for the ultraviolet (UV) lamps that will be used to verify ballots on election day.

Comelec Law Department head Ferdinand Rafanan hinted that Smartmatic-TIM should pay for the cost of the UV lamps because it was the supplier firm’s fault that the poll body had to disable the UV scanner on the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines and to find a substitute UV device to be used in ballot verification

GMA News.TV

Bishop opposes party-list group Ang Ladlad

MANILA, Philippines—Despite the Supreme Court’s affirmation of Ang Ladlad’s right to run in the May elections, an official of the Catholic Church believes the party-list group for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders should not be allowed to enter Congress, and said he would discourage people from voting for it.

Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iniguez, chairman of the committe on public affairs of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, said the Catholic Church disagrees with the Supreme Court ruling and said accrediting Ang Ladlad as a party-list group would encourage an “abnormality.”

via INQUIRER.net.

Gordon: past controversies will ‘hound’ Noynoy, Villar

“Pag nanalo si Villar, sigurado ako, i-bu-bully siya ng lahat sapagkat siya ay tatanungin, ‘Ano ang ginawa mo sa C-5?’” (If Villar wins, I’m sure, everyone will bully him because he’ll be asked, ‘What did you with the C-5?’) He will be hounded by all kinds of investigations [about] his past,” said [Sen. Richard] Gordon.

“In the same way, Noynoy Aquino will be hounded on why [his family] cannot declare land reform in their [lands] in Tarlac. He will be hounded why he cannot give justice to the farmers in that massacre in Tarlac,” he added.

GMA News.TV

Binay twits outgoing gov’t execs on toll fees, fire sale of gov’t properties

MANILA, Philippines– United Opposition (UNO) vice presidential bet Jejomar C. Binay said Friday that Filipinos should analyze the real reason behind the government’s insistence to collect 12 percent EVAT on tolls paid by private motorists on April 30, as well as the fire sale of government properties, as it may be a ploy to fund pabaon schemes for outgoing officials.

“Why, all of a sudden do they want to push this issue? Is the government as bankrupt as it appears or is this merely an attempt to give outgoing officials a chance to line their pockets with taxpayers’ money before they come down from their posts?” Binay asked in a statement emailed to media organizations.

Inquirer.net

Covenant for peaceful elections inked in Cebu

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal and top police officials led Friday’s signing of a covenant for peaceful and honest elections witnessed by hundreds of government employees and individuals from various parts of the Visayas.

Before the signing of the covenant, Philippine National Police Director General Jesus Verzosa led hundreds of policemen from various parts of the Visayas in a three-kilometer march from the Fuente Osmeña rotunda to the Archbishop’s Residence, where the signing ceremony was held.

Inquirer.net

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Phenomena

Posted by akosistella on April 8, 2010


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THERE’S THE RUB
By Conrado de Quiros

THE GAP BETWEEN NOYNOY AQUINO AND Manny Villar is now 12 points. That’s what the latest Pulse Asia survey says. Aquino got 37 percent and Villar 25 percent. It’s the newest twist in a campaign that has unfolded with epic twists and turns.

It has certainly defied expectations. Early this year, when Aquino’s lead fell to only three points, 37 percent to Villar’s 34, giving them a statistical tie in SWS’s poll, the pundits were saying the tide had turned. With his billions, they said, Villar was going to steamroll past Aquino. He wouldn’t stop until he had every adult, and not just every kid, humming his jingle. He was the kind of man, the pundits said, to seize the smallest opportunity and hold on to it tenaciously.

Then, suddenly, inexplicably, miraculously, he unraveled.

Click Conrado de Quiros.

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Easter greetings in an open letter to Kumpareng Manny Villar

Posted by akosistella on April 4, 2010


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AS I WRECK THIS CHAIR
By William M. Esposo

My dear Kumpareng Manny:

First of all, I sincerely wish you the blessings and the emancipating effects of the TRUTH OF EASTER. Easter is the ultimate confirmation of the TRUTH of Jesus Christ — the fulfillment of the prophecy that the Messiah shall rise three days after death.

We miss the essence of Easter if we fail to live in the light of truth. Our nation is in this sorry state because many Filipinos do not know the truth, especially the historical truth. Thus it becomes the hallmark of a great Filipino leader to enlighten his benighted nation, not exploit it.

Because ours is a benighted nation, it all the more makes it a sacred duty for a serious, sincere writer to use his talent to share the truth with the people who are exploited because they do not know the truth.

When Senator Panfilo Lacson prosecuted you in the Senate for alleged DOUBLE INSERTION in the C-5 Road Project, I defended you. I defended you not because we were Kumpadres (Godfathers) for standing as sponsors in the wedding of Paolo and Carmina Saycon — but because I saw that the charges against you were false and baseless. True enough, the Finance Committee headed then by Senator Juan Ponce-Enrile absolved you.

Click William M. Esposo.

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Murphy’s law and Manny Villar

Posted by akosistella on April 1, 2010


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AD LIB
By Greg Macabenta

There’s an axiom in advertising that says, a great campaign can expose a bad product faster — because it persuades people to try the product sooner and to find out how bad it is. It looks like this axiom is being proven true in the case of would-be-president-of-the-poor Manny Villar.

One of my closest friends in advertising created Villar’s OFW commercials when he was just beginning to water the seeds of his presidential campaign. Apparently, the creative strategy worked, because Villar began to close the gap with VP Noli de Castro who, at the time, appeared to be formidable as a “presidentiable” in all the public opinion surveys.

But on one of my visits to Manila, I learned that my pal had quit on Villar. Apparently, he didn’t appreciate the way Villar had hired a host of creative consultants and political advisers, armed with a variety of bright ideas that violated the cardinal rule for an effective campaign, namely, single-mindedness.

Click Greg Macabenta.

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Monomania

Posted by akosistella on March 29, 2010

By DUCKY PAREDES

[Sen. Manny] Villar is also involved in another land dispute where one of his firms, Crown Asia, is accused of land grabbing. This has to do with a 2.18 hectare property in San Pedro, Laguna sequestered by the Presidential Commission and is said to be owned by the government.

Crown Asia’s claim is being contested by residents and settlers in the area, who said the Calamba City Register of Deeds has no record of the title and Deed of Absolute Sale that Crown Asia presented to prove its claim. It appears that the Supreme Court has declared the land as sequestered property, ownership of which is expected to be formally transferred by the Sandiganbayan to the government anytime soon. The residents are saying that once the transfer to the government is effected, they expect to be given pre-emptive rights to buy and own the property.

What all these indicate is that in his dealings and actions, whether in business, sports, gambling or in politics, clearly Manny Villar will spare nothing to get what he wants. What happens if, despite all his efforts, he still doesn’t get what he wants?

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