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Campaigning for the separation of Kris and State 

Posted by akosistella on July 5, 2010


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By LOURD DE VEYRA

Only three definite things in this world: death, taxes, and a Kris Aquino controversy.Three days before President Noynoy Aquino’s inauguration, she did the inevitable: almost stealing the limelight away from her brother’s inauguration, in a tearful farewell announcement on The Buzz, which should receive an award for propagating cultural enlightenment. And for fuck’s sake, how many times has she delivered lachrymose farewells on that show already?In the second to the last week, her name came up in the front pages of newspapers, allegedly for trying to have a hand in selecting the next senate president. She was reportedly calling up senators one by one to support Sen. Francis Pangilinan. One of the candidates for the post, Franklin Drilon, admitted he—a Cory loyalist through and through—was deeply hurt. A week after… kaboom! She will not be eclipsed by her elder brother’s shindig. And she will never understand the real joys and values of privacy.

Click Lourd de Veyra in Spot.PH.

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Kris Aquino admits suggesting Abunda for DoT post

Posted by akosistella on June 6, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Kris Aquino on Sunday broke her silence on talks about the possible appointment of television personality and close friend Boy Abunda as Secretary of the Department of Tourism DoT.Kris, youngest sister of president-apparent Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, confessed that it was she who suggested to her older brother to appoint Abunda as DoT secretary, citing the television host’s “marketing capabilities,” among other things.“If anybody is to blame, it’s me. I was the one who brought it up with Noy. I was the one who brought it up with Boy, not realizing naman it would cause such a major [issue], front page, 3 araw na deretso,” she said.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

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Gustong i- appoint ni Noynoy si Dingdong at Ogie
By ELLEN TORDESILLAS

Ano ba naman ito.

Ayun sa report ng GMA News TV, gusto raw ni Noynoy Aquino, ang nanalo sa pagka-pangulo ng Pilipinas sa nakaraaang eleksyun , iniisip raw niya bigyan ng pwesto sa gobyerno ang mga Kapuso stars na si Dingdong Dantes at Ogie Alcasid.

Lumabas ito ng tinanong siya kung sino pa sa mga taga showbiz ang iniisip niyang i-appoint sa pamahalaan maliban kay TV host na si Boy Abunda ng ABS-CBN, ang sagot ni Aquino, “Si Dingdong, si Ogie…siguro dun sa mga advocacy nila gaya sa youth.”

Hindi pa raw niya nakaka-usap ang dalawa na tumulong sa kanya noong kampanya. Ngunit ang pag-suporta sa kanya raw ay hindi lamang ang basehan ng kanyang desisyon na kukunin sila para manglingkod sa gobyerno.

Via Ellen Tordesillas

PRESIDENTIAL frontrunner Noynoy Aquino has not even been proclaimed the winner in the polls, yet Kris Aquino, expectedly, continues to make trouble for him. Good grief girl, get a grip! Can’t you just shut up and leave the politics and governing to him? Gads, maawa ka naman sa kuya mo! You’ve given him enough problems already. And you wonder why the Despedida page for you on Facebook is such a big hit?

Tsk, tsk. I can hear many of Noynoy’s diehard groupies gnashing their teeth now.

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Imagine this as our tourism secretary (w/ update)

Posted by akosistella on June 1, 2010

Need I say more?

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(UDATE 7:15 PM): As per ABS-CBN News, Sen. Noynoy Aquino is going on a week-long hiatus. Thank God! The baby needs to clear his head. I hear his next Cabinet appointment could be Pokwang as Finance Secretary.

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Roxas family still solid w/ Aquino sisters

Posted by akosistella on May 27, 2010


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(via ABS-CBN News)

I APPLAUD the Araneta/Roxas family for keeping on defending the Aquino sisters, who have been their friends since they were kids. I also understand completely why they have to maintain that the relationship w/ those girls is as solid as ever. Good for them then.

Personally, I really don’t see any point in denying what the LP and Roxas’ own political officers and supporters in the field had been reporting since February. Besides, that TV ad endorsing Binay that would’ve been shot by one sister, and those Noy-bi posters in one of the girls’ cars were not the figments of anyone’s imagination. There was treachery and you can bet my sweet ass on it.

“Cunning and treachery are the offspring of incapacity.” (François de la Rochefoucauld, French author, 1613-1680)

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Cleansing

Posted by akosistella on May 18, 2010


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LOWDOWN By Jojo Robles

Since it now appears that the Yellow faction is going to handily beat the politicians’ camp in the in-house battle for access to and control of the presidency, it’s good to know who the movers and shakers in this ascendant sub-group in N/A’s organization are. At the very least, the following information will help those people who are right now desperately trying to find out who to send their resumes to, in the hopes of snagging some of the spoils that the incoming administration will be handing out.

The Sisters—all of them, yes, Kris included—belong to the most exclusive inner circle of N/A’s camp. These women, to whom Cory entrusted the care, feeding and even the clothing of N/A, will hold the most power next to the incoming president himself, when it comes to matters of policy, appointments and most of the other day-to-day stuff that require N/A’s attention.

The Sisters were the first to start campaigning to junk Roxas by quietly asking financial backers and local supporters of N/A to start considering a “Noy-Bi” tandem behind Roxas’ back. The Designated Girlfriend, Valenzuela’s Shalani Soledad, may soon join this club, if she passes muster and improves her standing to First Lady during N/A’s term.

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Infighting in Aquino camp goes public

THE infighting in the camp of president-elect Benigno Aquino III went public Monday, after a leader of his volunteers group accused Liberal Party politicians and the Hyatt 10 of hijacking reform.

“From the start, the rift was between the reformist volunteer groups and the trapo political party,” said Conrado de Quiros, a columnist of the Philippine Daily Inquirer and a member of the Volunteers for Noynoy [Aquino] Movement’s executive committee.

On one side of the rift are the supporters of Aquino’s vice presidential running mate, Manuel Roxas II; the so-called Hyatt 10, composed of former Cabinet members who broke with President Gloria Arroyo; Liberal Party officials led by campaign manager Florencio Abad; and former Arroyo Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz.

Via ManilaStandardToday

Interesting points raised in both these pieces. I’m surprised though that a distinguished columnist like Mr. De Quiros allows himself to be involved in these issues. Affected, kasi totoo ang mga bintang?

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Editorials

Posted by akosistella on May 17, 2010


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Manila Times: Mandatory cleanup

IT’S been a week since the country’s first automated elections, and the count is winding down—a welcome surprise for Filipinos who have long waited for weeks, even months, for the results of one of the most democratic polls this side of the globe.

But what has yet to transpire is an honest-to-goodness cleanup of the election paraphernalia that accumulated on walls, lamp posts and other public spaces.

Via Manila Times

Malaya: Gloria’s delusion

RARELY do we agree with Gloria Arroyo’s apple polishers, but this time we are with presidential spokesman Ricardo Saludo when he said Noynoy Aquino must be kidding when he said Gloria Arroyo, not Kris Arroyo, should go on self-exile. Noynoy was commenting on a promise of Kris during the campaign that she would leave the country if her presence became a liability to her brother’s presidency.

via Business Insight Malaya.

Daily Tribune: Noynoy makes Gloria look good

As the days go by, Noynoy Aquino and his conquering yellow horde are making Gloria, who is passing on as the most hated president ever, look good.

Noynoy, not yet proclaimed even as a president-elect, is spewing out divisive statements almost by the hour.

Via Daily Tribune

Phil. Star: Sore losers

In record time, the Commission on Elections proclaimed the other day nine of the 12 candidates who have won Senate seats. The nine, whose votes were tallied from precincts all over the country, are from different political parties. Neither the candidates nor their parties are complaining about electronic cheating, missing flash cards, disenfranchisement of their supporters, and human or mechanical errors.

Via Phil. Star

Inquirer: Prophet

THE country’s 22nd Chief Justice turns 70 today, and in accordance with a specific constitutional provision will retire from the judiciary. It is unfortunate, however, that Chief Justice Reynato Puno’s last days in office have been stained by the controversy over the naming of his successor (a misfortune Puno is not entirely innocent of). In his 17 years on the Supreme Court, in the pivotal year of 2001 and in his three-and-a-half years as head of the judicial branch of government, Puno led an exemplary judge’s life.

Via Inquirer

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Jockeying for Cabinet posts starts

Posted by akosistella on May 17, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – The jockeying for Cabinet posts in the next administration has started.

Florencio “Butch” Abad, the Liberal Party’s (LP) campaign manager, told ABS-CBN News on Sunday that he has received over a hundred text messages and emails from people asking they be considered for Cabinet positions in the Aquino administration.

Though LP standard-bearer Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino has not yet been proclaimed as the next president, he is ahead of his rival, former president Joseph Estrada, in the partial vote count.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

ALSO READ: Miriam tells Kris to stay away from politics

No political honeymoon period with Aquino—Left

LUCENA CITY, Quezon, Philippines—Leftist groups would not observe the traditional honeymoon period with apparent president-elect Senator Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III. Instead, they vowed that the incoming administration will be met with a stream of demands and protests.

This was the statement of the militant fisher folk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) issued Sunday.

“There’s no honeymoon. The total political exposition of and opposition to Aquino and the newly installed ruling Mafia in Malacanang is the top order of the day,” said Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said.

Via Inquirer.net


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Six days after

Posted by akosistella on May 16, 2010


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METHOD TO MADNESS
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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In Philippines, clans and guns still rule

Posted by akosistella on May 12, 2010


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CNN — The irony is often lost on Filipinos. How can the country that gave the world not one, but two, peaceful “people power” uprisings that ousted corrupt regimes have such violent elections?

On Monday more than 50 million Filipinos will have the chance to elect a new president, a new Congress and a roster of local officials. So far the campaign has exacted a deadly toll: Including the Maguindanao massacre that killed 57 people in November, some 100 people have been reported killed in election-related violence, according to news and police reports.

This past week has been especially bloody. Last Monday, armed men fired at two trucks carrying 200 campaigners of a mayoral candidate in Zamboanga del Sur in the southern part of the country. One man was killed, and 32 others injured. On Tuesday, a lone gunman approached a candidate for councilor and shot him several times at close range, as the candidate was shaking hands with voters in a gymnasium in the central Philippine city of Cebu. He died a few hours later.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

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Who is this guy? Philippines President Elect – Mr Vanilla of Manila

With his penchant for badly fitting shirts, dorky hair style, and complete lack of personal charisma, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino appears the most unlikely person to win an election by a landslide. But with most of the votes counted, Mr Vanilla of Manila has galloped into Malacanang Palace, the official residence of the President of the Philippines.

There were nine presidential contenders in this week’s general election and Noynoy seized close to 40% of the vote. In a country with over 7000 far flung islands, the call usually takes days, sometimes weeks, but with a new electronic voting system and such a handsome lead, it was clear 16 hours after the polls closed that Aquino was the winner.

Via Huffington Post

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It’s enough that he is Cory’s son

MANILA, Philippines–Let’s go back to the 2007 senatorial elections. The camp of then Tarlac Rep. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III was worried about the surveys showing him in a precarious situation—hovering from the 9th to 11th in a 12-person slate.

It was puzzling. They had pulled out what they thought was their best card. His sister Kris, a celebrity and top product endorser, starred in television and radio advertisements to solicit votes for him.

It was a March 2007 Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey on political endorsements that saved the elections for Noynoy. It turned out that while 27% of voters said they would vote for a candidate endorsed by Kris, another 22% said they would not.

Via ABS-CBN News

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LP’s miting de avance turns festive as candidates dance to Lady Gaga

Posted by akosistella on May 8, 2010


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(Updated 9:22 p.m.) There’s still three days left before the elections, but the mood at the Liberal Party’s miting de avance in Quezon City was already so festive that their candidates were quickly prompted to dance to Lady Gaga’s monster hit, “Bad Romance.”

Celebrity Pokwang managed to get LP standard bearer Noynoy Aquino, vice presidential bet Mar Roxas, and some senatorial bets to shake their hips, clap their hands, and move their feet to the upbeat song before the crowd of thousands who showed up at the party’s miting de avance at the Quezon Memorial Circle.

Even Quezon City mayor Sonny Belmonte and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim danced with the comedienne, whom Noynoy’s sister Kris introduced to the audience after LP senatorial candidate Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel suddenly fell down in the middle of her speech due to a torn ligament.

via GMANews.TV.

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ABS-CBN, GMA-7 pull out Binay ads vs Mar

MANILA, Philippines – The Liberal Party (LP) said yesterday that television networks ABS-CBN Channel 2 and GMA Channel 7 have pulled out the advertisements of Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay for being deceptive and violative of the Fair Election Act.

LP standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III also assailed Binay for coming out with deceitful ads against his running mate Sen. Manuel Roxas II and asked the networks to stop the infomercials showing an Aquino and Binay or the so-called “Noy-Bi” tandem because they were also misleading.

Aquino, Roxas and LP campaign manager Florencio “Butch” Abad said the networks were able to prove that the video and photograph of Roxas with President Arroyo was doctored to make it appear he was clapping while the Chief Executive was signing the expanded value added tax (EVAT) law.

Via Phil. Star

AND: Torn ligament in right knee caused LP bet’s fall onstage

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Don’t vote for Noynoy

Posted by akosistella on May 7, 2010

LOWDOWN
By Jojo A. Robles

For whatever it’s worth, consider this a final appeal before you go to the polls on Monday: Do not vote for Benigno Simeon “Noynoy”Aquino III.

Do not vote for Noynoy because he is lazy and incompetent. He has done nothing, good or bad, to deserve your vote; he will most likely do nothing—which most certainly cannot be good—if he becomes president.

Do not vote for Noynoy because he is not his own man. He is heavily indebted to his relatives, political advisers, command-vote gatherers and financial backers, all of whom will most likely call the shots, make the important decisions and rule the country (even if no one elected them or even knows who they are) if he becomes president.

via Manila Standard Today.

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Aquino: I will share 80% of my powers with Roxas

Posted by akosistella on May 6, 2010


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PRESIDENTIAL front-runner Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday said he would share up to 80 percent of his powers with his running mate, Senator Manuel Roxas II, if they both got elected, making Roxas the most powerful vice president in Philippine history.

“I am sharing 50 percent to 80 percent of the job with my one and only partner, Mar Roxas, and I am offering him not just one, but several portfolios in an oversight capacity,” Aquino told a news conference at which Roxas was seated beside him.

“But let me make it clear that Senator Mar has not asked for any portfolio and this is also not a request. I call it a division of labor, which we have agreed on from the start,” Aquino said.

via Manila Standard Today.

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The Next Aquino: Can Noynoy save the Philippines?

Posted by akosistella on April 16, 2010


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It’s past midnight in Zamboanga and Benigno (Noynoy) Aquino III slouches in his chair, a glass of Coke in one hand and a cigarette in another. He’s tired and bleary-eyed and wracked by a cold. A grueling day of audiences, processions and interviews in three different provinces across the southern Philippine island of Mindanao is drawing to a close in the hotel lobby. While aides and well-wishers murmur around him, Aquino stands and holds out his arms as if awaiting handcuffs. They are lined with scratches and bruises — the toll of ceaseless hours of plunging into throngs of supporters and pressing the flesh. He grins: “It’s another demonstration of people power.”

via TIME magazine.

Aquino willing to campaign house-to-house vs Bolante

ROXAS CITY—Liberal Party standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III Thursday vowed to bury for good in the coming elections the candidacy of former agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn “Joc-joc” Bolante’s campaign to get elected as governor of Capiz.

In a press conference at the airport here, Aquino said he was willing to campaign house to house if that were needed to stop the alleged brains of the P724 million fertilizer fund scam from getting elected.

“If we need to go house to house, we will do that … This is a clear contrast between black and white. If (Bolante) wins here, we will again be included in (the) Guinness (Book of Records) for “only in the Philippines,'” Aquino said.

Click Inquirer.net

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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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‘Dark Side’ of elections stalks bloggers, techies

Posted by akosistella on April 9, 2010


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By Ed Lingao/PCIJ

FOR NETIZENS already inured to the sight of presidential candidate Manuel ‘Manny’ Villar Jr. peering back at them from what should be their private Facebook or email pages, what’s one more Villar ad? Already acknowledged as the biggest spender in the 2010 presidential race, Villar has established a broadcast and online presence that is simply overwhelming.

So when a supposed Internet screenshot featuring Villar began circulating via email last February, Netizens were uncertain if they should sound the alarm, or just shrug it off as one candidate taking the campaign to an all new level.

A screenshot is an image taken of the computer screen at any one time. Now that sounds harmless enough, but this particular screenshot depicted a popular pornographic site. On the left side of the page was a young lady in the act of showing off her bountiful assets. On the right was the now familiar orange banner ad for Villar, with the Nacionalista Party standard bearer flashing a really toothy grin.

via Business Insight Malaya.

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