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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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Ninoy, Noynoy, No-No.

Posted by akosistella on May 15, 2010



Ninoy, Noynoy, No-No.

That’s pretty much how the Philippine elections look to someone whose dance card was punched for years by Manila politics.

I was barely out of kidhood when I covered the overthrow of Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines, so Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III – son of the assassinated politician Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. and his wife, the recently deceased former president Corazon “Cory” Aquino – was just a boy when I was there Lets not get started on the Filipino nickname thing; one of his sisters is Ballsy.

I met him a few times, huddled up against his widowed mom and his sisters. But he never said much back then.

via The Huffington Post.

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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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Firms join in on the elections

Posted by akosistella on May 8, 2010


THE MAY 10 general elections is, without question, the most important since the 1986 snap election that saw the late Corazon C. Aquino “win” the presidency from the dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos.

It marks the first time that the Commission on Elections will implement automated elections and also signals the end of the nine-year hold of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on the country’s reins.

Also, the May 10 elections present a golden opportunity for Filipinos to bring about the change that they seek through the ballot, instead of going to the streets.

It is people power of the voting kind.

via INQUIRER.net.


Cliffhangers can still pull a surprise in senatorial race

MANILA, Philippines – It seems the re-electionists and returning senators are taking an easy ride in the senatorial race. Surveys of Pulse Asia since the beginning of the campaign period show that 6 re-electionists and 4 former senators have been consistent in the Magic 12.

“Much of that is name recall. It’s not an ideal situation but that’s the experience with the senatorial race. Most people don’t scrutinize the senatorial candidates, except maybe in the urban areas. They get swayed by the names,” said political analyst Fr. Jojo Magadia of the Ateneo de Manila University.

“Nearly all the attention is on the presidential race and, to some extent, the vice-presidential race,” added Pulse Asia chief research fellow Ana Tabunda.

Via ABS-CBN News


The final push turns Metro into seas of green, yellow, orange

MANILA, Philippines—The main contenders for the Philippine presidency Friday night made their final push for votes in separate grand rallies that turned parts of the metropolis into seas of green, yellow and orange.

Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manny Villar held his miting de avance in a vast field facing the once infamous symbol of poverty—Smokey Mountain—in Tondo, while survey front-runner Sen. Benigno Aquino III brought his “yellow forces” to the Quezon City Memorial Circle, where he and several city mayors danced on a stage with comedian Pokwang.

Arroyo not invited

Tens of thousands of supporters of former President Joseph Estrada and his Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino massed on the track oval of the University of Makati, while administration candidate Gilbert Teodoro Jr. staged his final show of force at the Rizal Track and Field Stadium in Manila, urging a mammoth crowd to show the world that Filipinos would not be guided by opinion surveys in choosing their president.

Via Inquirer.net

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Quiboloy endorses Gibo, Roxas

Posted by akosistella on May 3, 2010


DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Evangelist Pastor Apollo Quiboloy of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ the Name Above Every Name congregation last night endorsed Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard-bearer Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro for president in the May 10 elections.

Quiboloy also endorsed Liberal Party’s Sen. Manuel Roxas II for vice president.

The pastor repeatedly said in earlier interviews that the presidential candidate he would choose would be the “Father God’s choice” as it would not only be his own choice but that of his entire congregation which has more than six million voters.

Via Phil. Star


Thousands join Noynoy, Mar rally

MANILA, Philippines – With only a week from election day, the Liberal Party (LP) made a show of force yesterday with thousands of volunteers and supporters massing up for the tandem of Senators Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.

High school and college classmates of Aquino from Ateneo de Manila University batch 1977 and 1981 showed up to express their support for the LP presidential bet.

Each took their turns to describe how Aquino was like when he was still a student. All of them said Aquino did well in school despite the personal struggle of his family while the patriarch, the martyred former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., was incarcerated during the martial law years.

Via Phil. Star


Former neighbor testifies on Villar’s rags-to-riches story

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – A former neighbor of Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. in Moriones, Tondo came out in the open yesterday and testified on the rags-to-riches story of the presidential candidate.

Villar was surprised to see Danny Tinoco, who has relocated in General Santos City.

Tinoco recalled how the young Villar accompanied his mother, Nanay Curing, to Divisoria to sell one or two “banyeras” of shrimps and fish.

via Phil. Star

‘PMP the only true opposition’

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – Former President Joseph Estrada yesterday declared here that the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) is the “only true oppositionist.”

Estrada also said other political groups conspired to remove him from power through EDSA People Power 2 in 2001.

Estrada said the country should only celebrate the EDSA People Power in 1986 that toppled the Marcos dictatorship.

Via Phil. Star

Villar, de los Reyes vow to block RH bill

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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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Posted by akosistella on March 30, 2010

By Conrado de Quiros

I remember how ages ago Ferdinand Marcos tried to scuttle his enemies by ridiculing the prospect of their coming to power. Can you imagine Cory Aquino as this country’s president? he asked. Can you imagine Doy Laurel as its vice president, Butz Aquino as a senator, Joker Arroyo, Jojo Binay and the other human rights lawyers holding positions in government?

At the time, it truly seemed unimaginable, if not ridiculous. Marcos had been in power for so long that it seemed almost inconceivable he could be replaced. The myth he cultivated was that no one had the same weight, or stature, or gravitas as he. And so were his people: They were the best and the brightest, the Estelito Mendozas, the Arturo Tolentinos, the Juan Ponce Enriles of this world. They were irreplaceable. Certainly they could not be replaced by the clowns that were hoping to replace them.

Click Conrado de Quiros.

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Evolution of elections

Posted by akosistella on March 29, 2010

By Manuel L. Quezon III

FROM the first post-Edsa Presidential election in 1992, to the present, we’ve made a transition from the retail campaigns of the past to the wholesale media politics of the present. If the 1940s and 1950s witnessed the transition from the era when politicians slowly climbed the political party ladder and relied on local leaders to deliver the votes, to a time when the jingle, media exposure and populism gained the upper hand, it was still a time when the personal touch reigned supreme.

Magsaysay heralded the crumbling of the party system and leadership by seniority borne on the shoulders of entrenched local leaders. But those scrambling to be his heirs took things even further: Macapagal barnstormed the country, trying to shake the hand of every voter; Aquino and Marcos helicopter-hopped their way around the country. And as with all transitions for much of this time the old coexisted with the new. The Last Hurrah of the old parties was the 1969 election and then martial law put in place something new that was old at the same time.

Click Manolo Quezon.

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Déjà vu

Posted by akosistella on March 24, 2010

By Conrado de Quiros

THE SENSATION WAS TRULY LIKE HAVING spun back in time and reliving 1972 all over again. That was what I felt last Monday after Malacañang’s spokespersons went into overdrive to assure the public that fears of a failure of election, and worse an extension of GMA’s rule, all resided in the mind of her critics and that she herself was bent on leaving at the end of her term.

Those assurances came in the wake of public furor over the Supreme Court’s ruling exempting GMA from the ban on midnight appointments, allowing her specifically to name the new chief justice. A development that clinched it in the minds of those who had gotten anxious about the way the elections, the first automated elections in the history of the country, were going, which was nowhere. If those elections turn out to be a mess, sparking more strident denunciations of cheating than have hitherto been known, the President can declare a failure, and supported by a new chief justice make it stick.

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Marcos torch passed on to Bongbong

Posted by akosistella on March 24, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Ilocos Norte Rep. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has formally accepted the symbolic torch of leadership of the Marcos forces in Philippine politics when he was feted on Wednesday last week at the Manila Polo Club by former Cabinet members and colleagues of his father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos, political leaders and supporters, former ranking officers of the military and police, and members of the Marcos-Romualdez clan.“I know everyone of you have busy schedules and active lives,” Marcos, a senatorial bet, told the gathering of some 300 guests. “For you to find time to show support for my candidacy is very moving. You strengthen my confidence that we will win in the coming elections.”

Click Philippine Star.

LET me share my own interview with Bongbong Marcos here. Hope this link works.

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Aquino campaigns anew in Marcos country

Posted by akosistella on March 18, 2010

LAOAG, Philippines – Senator Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III once again campaigned in Marcos country, this time as a presidential candidate.

Aquino made a respectable showing in the 2007 senatorial race in the Ilocos region, landing in 5th or 6th place, local officials recalled.

Aquino breezed into Laoag, arriving at 2 p.m. Thursday with sister Kris and brother-in-law James Yap.

As of posting, Aquino was set to have several radio interviews, a new strategy in his campaign that allows him to talk directly to the voter via the airwaves.

Ilocos Norte Gov. Michael Keon said the senator was scheduled to pay him a courtesy call. “I will extend to him all the courtesies of my office,” he said.

However, the call on the governor was not in the itinerary provided by the Aquino to the media, which only had Aquino going on a motorcade around Laoag, where he will be joined by Kris. 

Former Congresswoman Imee Marcos, who is running for governor of Ilocos Norte, also welcomed Aquino’s campaign sortie. “Tama na ang damdam at poot,” Marcos said, quoting her mother Imelda.

Imee Marcos spoke to ABS CBN News from her campaign headquarters in Batac, just a room away from where her father lies in state, still not buried since his death in 1989.

In 1986, her father Ferdinand was overthrown by a people power revolt that swept Aquino's mother Cory into power.

Click ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

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Christian Monsod: SC under Arroyo is like a Marcos court

Posted by akosistella on March 18, 2010

Former Commission on Elections chair Christian Monsod made this remark on Thursday, expressing concern over the court’s independence after it allowed Mrs. Arroyo to appoint Chief Justice Reynato Puno’s successor despite a supposed constitutional ban on midnight appointments. [see: Supreme Court allows Arroyo to appoint next chief justice]

“I was disappointed. I said, ‘This looks like a Marcos court, and now it’s an Arroyo court.’ They seem to be especially accommodating the wishes of the president. [Its] reputation and image has suffered a great deal,” Monsod, one of the framers of the 1987 Constitution, told radio dzBB.

Click GMANews.TV.


Bishops, group call for vigilance in Arroyo’s choice of new Chief Justice

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled in her favor, Filipinos must be vigilant on who President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will appoint as the next Chief Justice, senior Catholic bishops and a militant group said Thursday.

Tagbilaran (Bohol) Bishop Leonardo Medroso and Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez Jr. urged the people to remain vigilant and pray that the successor of Puno, who is retiring on May 17, will be selected based on competence.

“(I hope) that influence and debt of gratitude will not be some considerations in appointing the next Chief Justice,” Medroso said in an interview on Church-run Radio Veritas, excerpts of which were posted Thursday on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news site.

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Posted by akosistella on March 17, 2010

Malaya: Hardly inspiring confidence

THE Commission on Elections has been accommodating major changes in the provisions of the P11.3 billion contract with Smartmatic for the automated election system. These changes could affect the success of the country’s first ever digital election exercise but these have largely remained unannounced. Why?

Click Business Insight Malaya | Editorial.

Phil. Star: Tourism potential

The Tourism Act of 2009, or Republic Act 9593, was supposed to make the tourism industry more competitive in the region. Instead RA 9593 has become a source of rancor within the industry, threatening to defeat the purpose of the new law.

Click Phil. Star

Inquirer: Easy money

WHEN FERDINAND MARCOS and his technocrats embarked on a national policy of exporting Filipino labor, he was responding to a pressing economic need while utilizing a long-existent inclination among individual Filipinos. Whether it was “Enrique el Negro” who circumnavigated the globe with Magellan’s ill-fated expedition, the Filipinos who settled in the Barataria Bay settlements in Louisiana in the 17th century, generations of Ilocano plantation workers in Hawaii and Filipino mess stewards in the US Navy, we have traveled—and settled—far and wide in search of greener pastures. Today between 8 and 11 million Filipinos, or 10 percent of our population, are estimated to be living overseas, of whom over two million are OFWs.

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