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The great debate

Posted by akosistella on March 25, 2010

By Manuel L. Quezon III

The dictionary defines a debate as “a formal discussion on a particular topic in a public meeting or legislative assembly, in which opposing arguments are put forward” or “an argument about a particular subject, especially one in which many people are involved.” In 2004 the two leading contenders declined to debate each other, but in 2007, the senatorial debates attracted public interest—and attention. So far, the candidates, presidential and vice-presidential, have faced each other: most recently when Sen. Manuel Roxas II wiped the floor, so to speak, with Sen. Loren Legarda.

The leading contenders have been hammered in turn for missing some of the debates. For example, both weren’t at the very first debate, the UNDP MDG Forum (back in October when Francis Escudero was still in the running) or at the one sponsored by Pastor Quiboloy. Sen. Benigno Aquino III also missed the Romulo Foreign Policy Forum, while Sen. Manuel Villar didn’t attend the Harapan debate at University of Santo Tomas, and the FOCAP forum where Aquino turned up

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Arroyo allies in Cebu nix Teodoro for Villar

Posted by akosistella on March 25, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—While Malacañang was not looking, Nacionalista Party NP presidential candidate Sen. Manuel Villar has quietly gained the support of the biggest political party and the most powerful political family in vote-rich Cebu, according to well-placed party sources.Villar met with congressmen and local officials belonging to One Cebu and the Garcia family behind closed doors at Marco Polo Hotel in Cebu City on Wednesday.Although details of the meeting were not disclosed to local journalists, Alvin Garcia, who is seeking to regain the city’s mayoral post, announced an alliance between his party, Kugi Uswag Sugbo Progress for Cebu or Kusug, and the NP in a press conference at the same hotel.

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Gibo supporters launch Multipliers Movement to generate votes

MANILA, Philippines – Supporters of Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard-bearer Gilbert Teodoro Jr. launched yesterday a new movement for a people-based network to generate votes for their candidate.

Lead convenor Eli Quinto said the Gibo Multipliers Movement was formed to consolidate, coordinate and multiply individuals and groups supporting Teodoro.

“At the heart of the (movement) is the idea that a single person or group is connected to others who, in turn, have their own respective connections,” he said.

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Noynoy tired of waiting for Villar for one-on-one debate

Posted by akosistella on March 25, 2010

(Updated 12:40 p.m.) DAGUPAN CITY — After getting no response, a tired Senator Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III may soon drop plans for a one-on-one debate with his closest rival for the presidency, Senator Manuel Villar Jr.

Aquino told reporters here Tuesday night his emissary followed up the matter with Villar’s camp but received no response. He said Villar’s camp has so far been silent on the mechanics of their one-on-one debate.

“At some point in time kung ayaw niya, di ko na pag-aksayahan ng oras na hintayin siya sumagot. Mas mabuti kausapin ko ang aking supporters at maghanda para sa vote protection (At some point in time, I will no longer waste my time waiting for his reply. I would rather talk to my supporters to prepare to protect my votes this May),” he said.

via GMANews.TV.

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How technology was used in Harapan VP debate

MANILA, Philippines – ABS-CBN’s Harapan: The Vice-Presidential Debate used three parallel mechanisms to gauge audience reaction during the event.

The first two mechanisms were online and SMS polls, which allowed viewers to vote the “truthfulness” of the answers of the vice-presidential candidates during the event. The two polls were started only at the start of the debate, and the results tallied before the end of the show.

The third and final mechanism was the Wireless Audience Response System (WARS), which allowed a random sample of audience members to vote if they believed the answers of the candidates. A total of 180 declared non-partisan citizens from different sectors in 4 areas (45 from each area)—Metro Manila, Naga, Cebu, Davao—were invited to watch the debate.

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Laugh trip!

Posted by akosistella on March 24, 2010


Harapan: The VP Debate

Did you watch Sunday night’s vice presidential debate organized by ABS-CBN? At one point, Loren Legarda asked Mar Roxas why he kept shifting allegiances. Viewers were shocked to hear that from Loren. For a moment, they thought Jay Sonza would then be mocking Jejomar Binay for being dark-skinned.

Click The Professional Heckler.

Laugh trip!

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Billions spent on housing, but poor still live in slums

Posted by akosistella on March 24, 2010

By Dan Mariano

In a letter circulating online, [former HUDCC secretary general Antonio] Hidalgo acknowledged that Villar built thousands of low-cost houses in over a decade or so under the Unified Home Lending Scheme (UHLP), as provided for in Executive Order No. 90, also known as the Socialized Housing Law.

[Manny]Villar and his “minions” in the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders Associations (CREBA) drafted EO 90. In 1986, they got then President Corazon C. Aquino to sign the law under her “revolutionary” government when she exercised legislative powers. They promised to solve homelessness in the Philippines once and for all.

“But [Villar] did this to rake in billions in profits at the expense of the government, not out of a concern for the homeless poor,” Hidalgo said.

By the 1990s the UHLP had not only failed to solve homelessness, it had also nearly bled the country’s financial system dry. In 1997, the HUDCC finally reformed the program “to prevent Villar from bankrupting the country,” Hidalgo said.

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Enough time to elect new Senate head, says Enrile

Posted by akosistella on March 24, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—Outgoing Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said he would ask the senators to elect a leader of the chamber who could act as interim president of the republic should the May automated elections fail.

Enrile, who is running for reelection, on Monday said he would initiate the move after the May 10 elections because it would only be then that the country would know if the balloting had failed.

He was reacting to a proposal made by Sen. Edgardo Angara for all 23 senators to elect a new Senate president before May 10 because of the possibility of a power vacuum in which no newly elected president is proclaimed by June 30 as a result of a failure of elections.

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Exclude Villar, Aquino, Legarda in choice of new Senate leader, senators urged

MANILA, Philippines—Senators running for president and vice president in the May elections should not be included in the selection of the new Senate President, which is being proposed in case of failure of elections.

Under his draft bill, Senator Rodolfo Biazon also said that Congress will elect the Senate leader. But he said that Senators Manuel Villar, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Loren Legarda should not be among the choices for the leader of the chamber.

Senator Edgardo Angara called for the election of a new Senate President, who could act as interim President should the May 10 polls fail.

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Jamby accuses El Shaddai leader of corruption

Posted by akosistella on March 24, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential candidate Maria Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal on Tuesday accused El Shaddai leader Mike Velarde of colluding with Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Manuel Villar Jr. on the C5 road project controversy.

“Politically there is this conspiracy of Villar and Brother Mike because they have been partners in C for a long time. C for corruption, C for C5,” Madrigal said in an interview on ANC’s Headstart.

Madrigal said Villar is actually involved two C5 road realignment projects. The first realignment was in 1998 during the time of President Fidel Ramos, which involved the Amvel Development of Velarde, the SM properties of Henry Sy and Adelfa company of Villar.

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Posted by akosistella on March 24, 2010

Gibo invades Fernando territory

MANILA, Philippines – Former defense chief and Lakas-Kampi-CMD presidential candidate Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro took his campaign sortie yesterday to Marikina City, the bailiwick of former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Bayani Fernando, who bolted the administration party after Teodoro defeated him in the party’s presidential nomination late last year.

Teodoro, whose late grandfather is from Marikina, was welcomed by mayoralty bet Dr. Alfredo Cheng and other local candidates.

Click Philippine Star.

Villar bats for strict monitoring of RP human rights situation

MANILA, Philippines – Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Manuel Villar Jr. yesterday called for the strict monitoring of the implementation of human rights policies adopted by the government and treaties ratified by the Philippines.

“If we are serious in dealing with extra-judicial killings in the country, we must raise the awareness that the Philippines absolutely adheres to the highest standards of protecting the people’s rights at all times,” Villar said.

Click Phil. Star

Perlas vows to purge gov’t of Arroyo appointees

“For me, it’s simple: The people already know that Arroyo is corrupt, why would they accept the appointment by Ms Arroyo? For me, they’re already suspect,” the independent candidate said Tuesday.

“In general, all appointees of Ms Arroyo will be gone. I will appoint a whole new set of people,” he said.

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51 governors vow ‘highest votes’ to Teodoro

Posted by akosistella on March 23, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – In what could turn the tide in favor of former defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro, 51 of the country’s 82 governors have formed a multi-party alliance and pledged to deliver “the highest possible number of votes” for the administration candidate in the May elections.

Signing a manifesto of support they adopted last week, the governors from the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) said their decision to support Teodoro was reached after thorough review of all the presidential candidates’ platforms of government, track record, and qualifications.

“Having completed our review, our candidate for President has to be ‘Gibo’ Teodoro and no other, and for whom we hereby commit ourselves to campaigning nationwide, among our local constituencies – our vice-governors, our board members, mayors, vice-mayors, councilors, barangay (village) captains and other local leaders— with the view to delivering to him the highest possible number of votes in our local areas,” they said in a joint manifesto.

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Elder Zubiri’s defection expected, says Teodoro

MANILA, Philippines—Administration standard-bearer Gilbert Teodoro expressed no surprise on Tuesday at Bukidnon Governor Jose Ma. Zubiri’s defection to the camp of rival Senator Manuel Villar, Jr.

“At the start he was already wavering, so we expected that.… He has been blowing hot and cold,” Teodoro told reporters after speaking to a crowd of youth supporters in Barangay Calumpang in Marikina City.

When asked if the elder Zubiri would be expelled, the chair of the Lakas Kampi CMD said the party would take the “appropriate measures.”

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Noynoy enjoys a Big Gulp lead in 7-11 mock polls

Posted by akosistella on March 23, 2010

Thought this was interesting…

SEN. Noynoy Aquino leads the informal polls (Every Gulp Counts) of 7-11 stores nationwide.

(From the 7-11 web site. Data as of Mar. 23, 2010)

ON the other hand… Villar, Roxas dominate UP’s mock polls

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Velarde: I requested C-5 realignment

Posted by akosistella on March 23, 2010

(Courtesy ABS-CBN News)

For further details on the transaction, click William Esposo’s column on the ties that bind Bro. Mike Velarde and Sen. Manny Villar.

Here are the documents, Mr. Esposo was referring to:

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It ain’t over

Posted by akosistella on March 23, 2010

By Conrado de Quiros

One new development is newly appointed Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Delfin Bangit dropping in on Philippine National Police Director General Jesus Verzosa for a fireside chat, such as fireside chats can be pleasant in these sweltering days. As an AFP spokesperson put it, if Mohammed won’t go to the mountain, the mountain will come to Mohammed. An inspired metaphor only in that Verzosa can prove to be prophetic and Bangit a real mountain when the time comes, an immovable obstacle to a tide of protest. Verzosa of course has denied that Arroyo snubbed their rites in reaction to his statement that he would oppose any move to extend her term, but the fact remains that Arroyo wasn’t there. She apparently had more important things to do. That alone is proof of it.

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Why the most feared scenario is the least likely scenario

Posted by akosistella on March 23, 2010

By William M. Esposo | The Philippine Star

This most feared scenario of GMA continuing to rule after June 30, 2010 is viewed by your Chair Wrecker as the least likely scenario. Let’s not even go to a head count of the AFP officers who will follow GMA. Let’s go and review if even her top political operators — Ronnie Puno first and foremost of them – would be willing to take big risks for her. How about Bert Gonzales and Leandro Mendoza? Will they take big risks for GMA?

They used to suppress dissent by citing “protecting the duly constituted authority” as their official cover. They can no longer apply that official cover to extend GMA’s term. In their hearts and minds, they know what can be done at this stage and what acts are considered sheer madness, if not suicidal.

Take the case of Ronnie Puno. Ronnie is a survivor with a talent for reinventing himself to be useful in new conditions. From his role during the Marcos regime, Ronnie has reinvented himself during the terms of Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada and GMA. Don’t be surprised if Ronnie has already started the process of reinventing himself in the new administration.

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Beyond her political grave

Posted by akosistella on March 23, 2010


Speculation is rife that she will be chosen House Speaker by the power of her money, her residual influence (also a function of money and past favors), and the reluctant benediction of her “secret” chosen successor, Manuel B. Villar, otherwise called Money Villarroyo. Her ostensible candidate, Gilbert Teodoro, has nonchalantly resigned himself to this eventuality, stating that the issue of the speakership post June 30 will be decided by a party, their party, that she and not he controls. Whether or not he will be his own man (and I have confidence in his ability to rise above the handicap of present perceptions) is of no moment, because it is well nigh impossible for him to catch up, unable to shuck off the stigma of her political company. The matter would of course change if Noynoy Aquino wins the presidency and be peaceably proclaimed as such. He would not brook her elevation to the speakership, and nobody in the new Congress, not even her toadies, would dare defy a duly elected president’s rejection of their purchased “choice”.

Which is why she will try her damnedest best to elect someone else, and that will clearly be Money Villarroyo. Whether she would succeed or not would be the litmus test of our people’s political maturity, as much as it would require the Aquino camp to muster everything it could to warn the public, and foil this pre-conceived outrage. That is also why Aquino’s numbers should be far higher than Villarroyo’s, so that only a naked and brutish last-ditch attempt can foil the people’s will. And for that, the evil-doers will have to face the wrath of the people. It happened in 1986, and Cory’s son just might be the one to do a reprise.


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Lakas-Kampi coalition plans decisive ‘Battle of the Bulge’

Posted by akosistella on March 23, 2010

Like a stealthy army preparing to launch a major offensive, the ruling administration coalition Lakas-Kampi-CMD is moving heaven and earth at the grassroots to save the lagging presidential candidacy of former Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr.

The question that perplexes many party leaders is: Considering that Teodoro is running behind, why move only now?The ruling coalition, which enjoys a headlock on 70 percent of local government positions, is pinning its hopes on superior resources and widespread party machinery to swing the tide of battle.

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Madrigal is ‘greenest’ presidential bet

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal is the most “green beans” among the presidential aspirants, various environmental groups said.

Following Madrigal, other leaders considered as green beans or pro-people and pro-environment are Nicanor “Nicky” Perlas and Senator Manny Villar.

The most mean beans or the least pro-people and pro-environment, meanwhile, is Senator Richard Gordon, followed by former president Joseph Estrada and former defense secretary Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro.

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