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

Posted by akosistella on April 10, 2010


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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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

Click Manolo Quezon.

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CBCP: Clergy may join revolt

Posted by akosistella on March 25, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – A ranking official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said yesterday some members of the clergy are planning to join another popular revolt in the event of a failure of elections.

Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iniguez, CBCP Public Affairs Committee chairman, said a failure of elections where no president is proclaimed would force people to take to the streets.

“This (event) is one of those instances when the people would need guidance (from us),” Iniguez said.

Click Philippine Star.


LP warns Comelec of serious repercussions in case of failure of elections

MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and running mate Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II yesterday said the Commission on Elections (Comelec) failed to install safeguards to ensure the credibility of the coming elections.

In a letter sent to Comelec Chairman Jose Melo, Aquino and Roxas raised concerns regarding the Comelec’s refusal of their request to review the source code of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines.

The LP candidates also said it was “unfair” of the Comelec to come up with a ballot design favoring Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar and for “unreasonably” disqualifying a number of their local candidates.

Click Phil. Star

AND: Palace on Noynoy threat of protests: Bring it on

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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.

Click ABS-CBN News

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LP doubts automation/JBC inhibitions needed

Posted by akosistella on March 24, 2010

GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc
Philippine Star

From the start info-tech experts have been voicing doubts about poll automation. But election candidates largely ignore them. Politicos are either too busy campaigning or techno-illiterate or taken in by mass enthusiasm for automation. Insight can’t sink in that they’d be the first losers in a computer snafu.

Finally, one party has studied the process and pointing up defects. The Liberal Party is raising the alarm of looming failure of election from computer flop. Presidential standard-bearer Noynoy Aquino and running mate Mar Roxas are set to meet the Comelec brass today to gauge if it’s still salvageable. They have good reason to fear no-proclamation of winners for President, VP and senators. Gloria Arroyo’s body language points to it: her congressional run, touchy police-military promotions, insistence on naming the next CJ, multibillion-peso midnight deals, kith and kin sneaking into Congress via party lists, and spokesmen’s talk of juntas. An unreformed Comelec, which she used to rig her 2004 presidential run, could be part of the plot.

Click Jarius Bondoc.

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Noynoy calls for peaceful transition of power from GMA

Posted by akosistella on March 24, 2010

Speaking to reporters during the mass oath taking of new LP members in Alaminos, [Sen. Noynoy] Aquino said Mrs. Arroyo must realize that the lives of millions of Filipinos are at stake in the coming elections.

“If you design a situation of instability, you are playing with the lives of 95 million people,” he said.

“This is not about rumors, this is about the lives of people. We should be making their lives better and not put (their future) at risk.”

Click Philippine Star.


Many volunteers for ‘Hello, Garci’ commission, Noynoy says

“I understand there have been a lot of volunteers already who would want to man that particular commission. They want to go after all these closures that have been left hanging,” [Sen. Noynoy Aquino] said during a press conference.

However, he neither disclosed identities of volunteers nor provided details of the work they were supposed to render.

Aquino earlier said he will form a commission to look into the unclosed cases of graft and state abuses by the present regime.

Click GMA News TV

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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.

Click Inquirer.net


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.

Click INQUIRER.net.

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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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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.

Click William M. Esposo.

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Betrayed by the New York Times

Posted by akosistella on March 23, 2010

By John Nery

My apologies, in advance. The column title above is a shameless attempt at a rhetorical stunt: to show a form of the so-called media filter at work.

Headlines, you see, are an information-compression device. A headline packs an entire story, or more, into a few words. But who was it who said that to summarize was to betray? Sometimes a headline, or a column or a report, or even an entire series, can betray the truth itself, by giving a distorted picture of the subject of the coverage or commentary. A reader who has time to read only today’s column title may likely end up with a distorted picture of the column’s thesis or of the column itself.

Click INQUIRER.net.

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Ex-DAR chiefs help in solving Luisita case

Posted by akosistella on March 22, 2010

BAGUIO CITY—A P2-billion debt and complicated talks among the extended family of the late President Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino are delaying settlement of a workers’ dispute over Hacienda Luisita, which the clan owns, a Liberal Party (LP) official said Sunday.

Former secretaries of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) are attempting to help the LP presidential candidate, Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, find a solution to the problem of one of the nation’s largest sugar plantations, said Florencio Abad Jr., the party’s campaign manager.

An agrarian reform secretary himself in President Corazon Aquino’s administration, Abad said experts had tried to settle the issue, but talks with members of the Cojuangco clan had turned out to be complicated.

Click INQUIRER.net.

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Arroyo can be sued for treason over military junta

Posted by akosistella on March 22, 2010

MANILA, Philippines — Liberal Party bet Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III said President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo should be the last person to think of ceding control of the government to a military junta because of her constitutional duty to uphold civilian supremacy.

“The very first action of a Chief Executive is to uphold the Constitution which clearly states the supremacy of civilian authority over the military. To let a military junta take control and do nothing is nonfeasance,” said Aquino who noted that the President could be held liable for treason.

In a phone interview, Aquino said he was shocked why the President, through her assigned spokesperson, would even consider giving way to a military junta in case of a failure of elections.

Click INQUIRER Politics.


Senate can stop junta – lawmakers

MANILA, Philippines – If there is any institution that can derail the supposed plan of President Arroyo to extend her term or the possibility of a military takeover in case there is a failure of elections on May 10, it is the Senate.

This is according to representatives Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro City and Edno Joson of Nueva Ecija, and former senator Ralph Recto, who is seeking re-election under the Liberal Party.

“The key to preventing an extended GMA term or a military takeover lies in the hands of our honorable senators. For the sake of national interest, they should set aside partisan politics, get their act together and resolve the issue on the succession to the presidency in accordance with the Constitution,” Rodriguez said.

Click Phil. Star

AND: Military takeover is far-fetched, says spokesman

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Supreme Court asked to reconsider ruling junking disqualification case vs GMA

Posted by akosistella on March 20, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) was asked yesterday to reconsider its ruling allowing President Arroyo’s bid for a congressional post in the May 10 polls.

Akbayan Party-list Rep. Risa Hontiveros, who is running for senator under the opposition Liberal Party (LP), appealed the ruling of the Court that junked her petition to disqualify the President from the congressional race in the second district of Pampanga.

“It would be an uneven fight, with GMA capable of mobilizing the entire powers of the presidency to win the congressional seat. It is precisely this kind of abuse that the framers of the Constitution contemplated when they instituted the ban on re-election for an incumbent president,” Hontiveros said.

Click Philippine Star.


Amid protests, Supreme Court warns of sanctions vs lawyers

MANILA, Philippines – Various groups took to the streets yesterday to protest the ruling of the Supreme Court (SC) allowing President Arroyo to appoint the next chief justice.

Hours after, an SC official warned lawyers of possible sanctions, including disbarment, should they act beyond what is allowed by law.

Lawyers, militant leaders and a few candidates in the May polls joined the protest at the SC building on Padre Faura street in Manila to express their indignation against the nine justices who voted in favor of Mrs. Arroyo’s appointing the new chief justice.

Click Phil. Star

AND: Next Chief Justice faces impeachment—Aquino

Presidential bets urged to ink covenant to stop Arroyo

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Oversized posters may ban six bets from presidential contest

Posted by akosistella on March 20, 2010

Six of nine Philippine presidential candidates may face disqualification after their campaign materials have reportedly exceeded size limits and were allegedly posted in areas where these are disallowed.

Several campaign materials of Senator Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III (Liberal Party), former president Joseph M. Ejercito Estrada (Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino-UNO), Senator Richard J. Gordon (Bagumbayan), Gilberto C. Teodoro Jr. (Lakas-Kampi-CMD), evangelist Eddie C. Villanueva (Bangon Pilipinas), and Senator Manuel Villar Jr. (Nacionalista Party) seem to violate campaign regulations, a Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesperson told reporters.

Click GMANews.TV.


Villar protests tax on campaign spending

SAGAY CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar Jr., who reportedly has spent the most in the ongoing campaign, is protesting the government’s tax collection on campaign spending.

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), which is carrying out the collection of the tax, has indicated that it would most likely miss its target collection of P1.2 billion for this May’s elections.

Villar said he could not see how the BIR can talk about missing its target when the basis for the collection of the campaign tax is questionable.

Click Phil. Star

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Arroyo inviting a new military revolt — detained ex-general

Posted by akosistella on March 19, 2010

(Updated 3:58 PM) A resigned military official facing rebellion and mutiny charges on Friday warned of a military uprising if President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo insists on appointing the replacement of Chief Justice Reynato Puno.

“Mrs. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is inviting a new military uprising,” former Brigadier General Danilo Lim said in a press statement.

He denounced the recent Supreme Court decision allowing the President to pick the next Chief Justice.

Click GMANews.TV.


Noynoy willing to join street protests vs SC decision on chief justice issue

BAGUIO CITY — Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III on Friday said he was willing to join street protests against the Supreme Court decision allowing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to appoint the next chief justice of the high tribunal.

Aquino said he hopes the people in the provinces where he is set to campaign in the following days will understand if he does not proceed there as scheduled to join protest marches against the Supreme Court decision.

Click GMANews. TV

AND: Ally urges Arroyo: Let successor appoint next chief justice

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