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

Posted by akosistella on May 8, 2010


(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.


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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Rep. Teddyboy Locsin endorses Sen. MAR Roxas as Vice President

Posted by akosistella on May 3, 2010

AS per Rep. Locsin’s camp, Makati Mayor Jojo Binay – who is running for Vice Presidential under the team headed by deposed President Joseph Estrada – has been preventing the airing of this ad. It’s safe to say that Locsin, who belongs to the same political party as Binay, has seen up close the Makati Mayor’s questionable methods of governance.

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GMA News Special Report: Manny Villar’s Tondo roots were ‘definitely middle class’

Posted by akosistella on April 26, 2010


According to Manuel Villar Sr.’s salary record in 1961 as a rising official in the then-Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, he was earning P448 a month or P5376 a year. It does not sound like much but the value of money was much different then. The minimum wage was four pesos a day, and an eight-ounce soft drink was 10 centavos or less. The elder Villar was earning an average of P22 a day.

Significantly, according to a household income survey in 1961 conducted by the National Statistics Office, the average annual individual income in that year was only P1,105. In other words, Manny Villar’s father was earning nearly five times the average income at the time.

Using the consumer price index from both 1961 and 2009 available on the National Statistics Office web site, we calculated the equivalent of P448 in 1961 to be P35,392 in today’s money, Manuel Villar Sr.’s monthly salary when adjusted for inflation. His rank in the civil service then was Budget Officer III.

Even in 1957, when the candidate says the family was much poorer, his father was earning P3960 a year at a time when the average individual income was P924 per annum.

via GMANews.TV.

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Inquirer opinions

Posted by akosistella on April 19, 2010


THERE’S THE RUB By Conrado de Quiros

I almost fell off my chair laughing when I read about Lakas-Kampi Secretary General Raymundo Roquero’s reaction to Joey Salceda’s defection to the Aquino camp. “I don’t understand,” he said. “Salceda organized the Caucus for Governors. The very basis for their existence is palabra de honor (word of honor). It’s very hard to comprehend.”

Of course Salceda’s move exceeds the norm in comprehensibility. He was the one who called for the caucus in light of major defections. Among them, Gov. Loreto Leo Ocampos who bolted the League of Provinces to join the Liberal Party and Gov. LRay Villafuerte who much earlier left Lakas-Kampi to join the Nacionalista Party. Then faster than you could say “lucky bitch,” the man who proposed to do the loyalty check became the first to fail it. Outside looking in, it was a comedy of epic proportions.

Click Conrado de Quiros.

A campaign of attrition
THE LONG VIEW By Manuel L. Quezon III

WHEN the great awakening and the great remembering last August led the country to dare to dream once more, it rendered the pragmatic calculations of those seeking the presidency obsolete overnight. Manuel Villar Jr. had achieved front-runner status—the 25-percent survey ratings that conventional wisdom said could create a bandwagon effect—precisely at a point when his percentage suddenly paled in comparison to the numbers achieved by Benigno Aquino III. When Manuel Roxas II declared his support for Aquino’s candidacy, it served as an aftershock, further rocking the political landscape. Tremor after tremor followed, from the collapse of Francis Escudero’s presidential bid to former President Estrada throwing his hat into the ring.

Click Manolo Quezon

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Saycon tags DND chief in junta plan

Posted by akosistella on April 19, 2010


CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines—Is Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales preparing the military for the possible failure of election of a president on May 10 and the takeover of a junta?

This is the question raised by Pastor “Boy” Saycon of the Council for Philippine Affairs (Copa) based on what he describes as an “A-1 report” from field officers in the Armed Forces of the Philippines following quarterly battalion assessments by Gonzales.

“Since when has it been the official function of the DND secretary to conduct battalion assessment with battalion commanders in the AFP? Is he now functioning also as the chief of staff of the AFP? Does Gen. Delfin Bangit know anything about this?” Saycon asked in a recent interview with the Inquirer.

via INQUIRER.net.


Gordon seeks Comelec action on TV ads

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Richard Gordon is asking why the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has not acted on reports that his rivals in the presidential race—Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Manuel Villar—may have already overspent on television ads.

While Aquino and Villar may have exceeded the legal limit, TV ads of Sen. Maria Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal, an independent presidential candidate, have finally gotten airtime, which she claims has been cornered by the two over the past two months.

On Saturday, ABS-CBN started airing Madrigal’s 30-second TV ads on prime time. The same infomercials will be aired shortly by GMA 7.

Via Inquirer.net

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StratPOLLS: Noynoy has ‘solid’ 37%

Posted by akosistella on April 19, 2010


WITH four major polling firms indicating a constituency of 15 million voters across all geographic and demographic sectors, Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has an average “solid” 37 percent of voting share for the past four months, and enjoys an advantage that may put him on track to claiming a “historic appointment with destiny” in the May 10 presidential race.

This was the analysis of Prof. Alfredo Sureta Jr., StratPOLLS executive director, who made an up-to-date comparative research study on survey results conducted by four pollsters—Social Weather Stations Inc. (SWS) Pulse Asia, StratPOLLS and Manila Standard Today (MST) between February and April.

Here, Sureta said, Aquino posted a weighted average of a 9-percent lead over closest rival Sen. Manuel Villar.

However, the StratPOLLS chief analyst said the still-undeclared support of major voting blocs, especially the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), could still be a swing factor in the polls. The INC, in past practice, had tended to announce its choice for its 3-million flock’s command vote toward the end of the campaign period.

via BusinessMirror.

ALSO: Vilma Santos to appear in TV ad with Aquino

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Posted by akosistella on April 17, 2010


Phil. Star: Voter vigilance

A high 71 percent of registered voters expect vote-buying to occur in their respective localities in the May elections, according to a recent survey by the Social Weather Stations. The survey taken from March 19 to 22 among 2,100 registered voters picked at random nationwide also showed that among possible election irregularities, cheating in the counting was expected by 51 percent of the respondents, flying voters by 48 percent, voter harassment by 45 percent, and violence by 37 percent.

via Philippine Star.

Inquirer: Legacy of poverty

EARLY THIS YEAR, THE ARROYO administration launched an extravagant advertising campaign to trumpet its “legacy” to the nation. But if those ads were meant to shore up President Macapagal-Arroyo’s popularity or boost the chances of her presidential candidate, they didn’t work. Four months later, Gilbert Teodoro is still languishing in fourth place, with a mere 7 percent of voters saying they would vote for him, according to the latest survey. Ms Arroyo has not fared any better, with her net approval rating plunging to a negative 53 percent, the lowest rating of any president since the Social Weather Stations started measuring public approval for the highest official of the land. To ordinary Filipinos, the extravagant claims made in those ads simply clashed with the realities of their everyday lives: joblessness, poverty and hunger.


Manila Times: Good anti-turncoatism law needed

Defections from the ruling Lakas-Kampi CMD party suddenly highlight the need for a good anti-turncoatism law. Several versions of such a law have been gathering dust in both houses of Congress. Senators Edgardo J. Angara and Richard Gordon enthusiastically worked for the passage of the bills pending in the Senate Committee on the Revision of Laws. We now see what a great pity it is that their advocacy was not shared by more congressional and civil society leaders.

Click Manila Times

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From Malaya’s op-ed pages

Posted by akosistella on April 15, 2010


Editorial: Succession issue

SENATE President Juan Ponce Enrile’s proposal that the Senate elect a new head before half of its 24 members bow out on June 30 cannot ensure that a power vacuum will not occur in case of a failure of elections/failure of proclamation, but at least it gives hope that Gloria Arroyo, supported by her loyalists in the military, could be prevented from grabbing power by invoking the constitutional provision on succession.

via Business Insight Malaya | Editorial.

A campaign built on lies

THE trouble with the Villar campaign is that it was from Day One built on lying. A friend who was drafted into the Villar pre-campaign by mutual friends who thought Mar Roxas could not exude the aura of a victor or attract the big bucks required to mount a presidential campaign, tried his best. He built the message of Villar’s campaign around what he then thought were genuinely “poor” beginnings (galing sa mahirap) and tried to make it resonate further by an approach towards “tumutulong sa mahirap” through the OFW ads where Manny was shown helping some distressed Filipinos maltreated by foreign masters. Those were great beginnings for the Villar campaign.

Click Lito Banayo

Fr. Caluag’s say

According to a younger Atenean (than me) if there were any psychiatric tests done, this would have been by the Guidance Counseling Office and not by the Psychology Department. (Psychology and Psychiatry are different disciplines. The faker could not have been from the Ateneo; he is plainly too dumb to have come from my school.)

What will bring loss to the Nacionalista Party is not black propaganda that they keep blaming on the Liberal Party but the unreal bill of goods that the NP has been trying to sell to the Filipino people.

Click Ducky Paredes

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The Editorials and Opinion pieces (04/10/10)

Posted by akosistella on April 11, 2010



Not content with rewarding her supporters with appointments to positions with fixed terms, even where there is no vacancy, President Arroyo has gone one step further: she has created fixed terms in executive positions, lasting throughout the incumbency of her successor.

In Executive Order 868 dated March 8, two days before the start of the election ban on midnight appointments, the President gave all members of the Board of Pardons and Parole a fixed term of six years, ostensibly to give the criminal justice system a boost.

via Philippine Star.

INQUIRER EDITORIAL: Moving backwards

We saw how the debates, for example, could have had a tremendous impact on the vice presidential contest and, probably, on the political fortunes of the leading contenders. While advertising has its role to play in any free electoral contest, over-reliance by both candidates and the voters on them, is unhealthy. The purpose of the debates is to help the voters “see” candidates up close and personal, relatively unfiltered because they are subject to being challenged “on the spot,” so to speak.

As our political parties have shriveled up, as our electorate has grown exponentially, as modern advertising methods have honed selling both soap and candidates into a science, and as civic consciousness decays and is replaced with the cult of the celebrity, the tendency for campaigns to be won or lost on the basis of superficiality and even outright deceit increases. That is why 2007 seemed to be such a watershed year.

Click Inquirer

It’s Kumpareng Manny Villar who should submit a psychiatric report
By Wiiliam M. Esposo

It is doubted if the “surprise” visit of Madame Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) to the Lakas Kampi CMD Executive Committee meeting last Tuesday and her reported order for the party to go all out for Gilbert Teodoro swayed those who are already convinced that Manny Villar is indeed the secret candidate of GMA. To “Mike Villarroyo” believers, the GMA action was intended to protect her secret candidate.

How did the Villar camp attempt to deflect this “Mike Villarroyo” issue? They claimed that it is actually an Aquino-Arroyo alliance as supposedly proved by the number of Noynoy Aquino’s relatives — two Aquino aunts and an uncle — working for GMA.

Click William Esposo

Babe’s Eye View
By Babe Romualdez

No matter who may win in the elections, he will definitely be a minority president — which means a larger percentage of Filipinos did not vote for him and most likely will not be supportive. And this is where Joseph Estrada’s role becomes crucial — as recognized by the NP and LP camps that both tried to lure Estrada to join their respective parties. But while Villar’s camp said they will welcome the former president with open arms and with no preconditions whatsoever, the loose coalition around Noynoy composed of NGOs, Makati businessmen and civil society groups say they don’t need Erap to win — and if at all, he has to pass certain conditions before he can join them.

One thing is certain today: Estrada has proven himself, and if he decides to become kingmaker, his declaration of support for either Villar or Aquino would end the election. As they say in Tagalog, “ayos na ang buto-buto” — or more accurately, “tapos na ang boto-boto.”

Click Babe Romualdez

With Due Respect
By Artemio V. Panganiban

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections has been reckless in accrediting party-list candidates and their nominees. A few days ago, the Supreme Court reversed Comelec’s flimsy decision disqualifying Ang Ladlad. Now, it is inviting more public disenchantment by disqualifying the Disabled Pinoy Party, yet allowing Rep. Mikey Arroyo to be the first nominee of a party list of security guards and former Secretary Angelo Reyes to represent a party list of bus and jeepney drivers.

Only for the marginalized. Comelec’s job is simple: just follow existing jurisprudence. In Ang Bagong Bayani vs Comelec (June 26, 2001 and June 25, 2003), which I had the honor of writing, the high court clearly ruled that the party-list system was reserved only for those “(1) who belong to the marginalized and underrepresented sectors, organizations and parties; and (2) who lack well-defined constituencies but (3) who could contribute to the formulation and enactment of appropriate legislation that will benefit the nation as a whole.”

CLick Artemio V. Panganiban

Frontline By Ninez Cacho-Olivares

Perhaps one of the most stupid campaign spiels ever made is that of the Liberal Party (LP) and the Noynoy-Mar tandem. It is the spiel claiming that Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap, or when there is no corruption, there is no poverty.

That is pretty stupid because there is no government in this world — especially in the Third World countries — where corruption is inexistent. Yet poverty, especially in many First World countries has been virtually eliminated but corruption remains.

Click Ninez Cacho Olivares

By Jose Ma. Montelibano

ONE MONTH to go before Election Day and volunteers are still winning the war against money and traditional politics. The latest surveys by the most reputable pollsters all point to two trends – Noynoy holding firm and slowly improving to 37-40% and Villar steadily weakening from 35% to 25%. There are still four weeks but trends do not develop or break quickly.

It is unfortunate that the campaign has been marked by ugly attempts to mislead voters. Perhaps, partisanship naturally clouds objectivity and ends up blinding those who never had a consistent capacity for objectivity. Following almost fanatical attitudes that smeared the Obama-McCain presidential contest, Filipinos are being exposed to similar wild claims and wild rantings. In our political context, however, it is not just partisanship that causes dirty tricks but guns-for-hire as well.

Click Jose Ma. Montelibano

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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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Who junked compassion and decency?

Posted by akosistella on April 10, 2010


By Solita Collas Monsod

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

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

Click Winnie Monsod.

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‘Dark Side’ of elections stalks bloggers, techies

Posted by akosistella on April 9, 2010


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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Posted by akosistella on April 9, 2010



My son-in-law thought Money Villarroyo’s new ad, featuring the “reversible scroll” where a woman reads a lament, followed by Villarroyo’s positive spin of the same lamentations, was “great.” When we were on the road for the Holy Week holidays, he asked if I had seen it on TV, and I hadn’t. Two days later, the internet was inundated with mail describing how the reversible scroll, which won a Cannes award for political advertising in 2006, was “plagiarized” by Villar’s “creative artists” from the ad of presidential candidate Ricardo Lopez Murphy in Argentina.

“Peke talaga”, the Erap camp chimed in, describing the Villarroyo ad as a “cheap rip-off of the original”. But the punchline, which is where Erap is the unbeatable communications expert, is this: “Infringed ads produce replicated results…Senator Villar will come in third in the May 10 elections, a fate similar to Lopez Murphy.” Ouch!

Now this is certainly the “creative artists” original sin. If Villarroyo could not fault them for the ad where he ascribed his brother Danny’s unfortunate death to their family’s inability to pay, because that yarn must have come only from the candidate himself, this “scroll” plagiarism is certainly theirs. Surely the candidate was never informed that it was a poor case of “gaya-gaya”. Because likely, Villarroyo would have asked, “nanalo ba si Lopez Murphy sa Argentina?”


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Political advertisements boost Lopez media group revenues

Posted by akosistella on April 9, 2010


POLITICAL advertisements boosted revenue of the Lopez family-owned media company ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. in the first quarter of this year, its executives said.

Chief financial officer Rolando P. Valdueza, however, said they expect revenue contribution from the political ads to taper down beginning in the last week of April and the first week of May.

Valdueza said in January, the listed firm hit P1 billion in air time revenues, although this is lower by P200 million in 2007, also an election year.

“That is incremental air time revenue,” Valdueza said at the company’s investor briefing Thursday morning.

Advocacy ad revenue for that month he estimated to be close to P400 million.

Click BusinessMirror.

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Election laws abandoned in online campaigning

Posted by akosistella on April 8, 2010



WHAT regulations?

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) may be keeping tab on political ads in the broadcast and print media, but so far it has refrained from issuing guidelines on online campaigning.

This has helped lead to a digital free-for-all among candidates in the upcoming polls who have made the so-called New Media yet another battleground for votes.

These days, the number of Filipino Internet users is pegged at around 24 million and mobile phone users at around 63 million. Not surprisingly, candidates for both national and local posts have taken interest on those figures, and have been busy putting up complex, interactive websites of their own, even as they litter popular online publications, blogs and social networks with political propaganda. Text-blasting, or the sending of unsolicited SMS messages, appears to be on the rise as well.

Click Manila Times.

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