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Imelda Marcos seeks to restore Philippine dynasty

Posted by akosistella on May 10, 2010


BATAC, the Philippines — At a mall food court here, where she was sitting with reporters covering her campaign for the House of Representatives, Imelda Marcos inserted iPod earbuds on either side of her bouffant coiffure.

She had gamely accepted an offer to listen for the first time to “Here Lies Love,” a new rock opera by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim that chronicles her rise from country girl to the first lady of the Philippines. Removing the earbuds, tilting her head slightly, she said in an exaggerated tone, “I’m flattered; I can’t believe it!”

Her life may already have been distilled into pop culture, her name reduced to a punch line about shoes. But a couple of months shy of 81 years, Mrs. Marcos is battling to restore the Marcos dynasty in nationwide elections on Monday, watching over a daughter running for provincial governor and over her only son, who is running for the Senate, a national office that the family hopes will be a stepping-stone back to the presidency.

via NYTimes.com.


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From the opinion-makers

Posted by akosistella on May 5, 2010


ANALYSIS By Amando Doronila

In rejecting the extra-constitutional method of People Power to change political leadership, Rosales served notice that he was not aching to emulate the high-profile political activism of his predecessor, Jaime Cardinal Sin, and emphasized his contrast with Sin in asserting the Catholic Church’s influential role in Philippine politics.

Rosales does not fancy himself as a clone of Sin, and has taken the path of stabilizing legal institutions, such as regular elections, as the preferred mode of political leadership transitions.

Click Amando Doronila

THERE’S THE RUB By Conrado de Quiros

THE PEOPLE WHO TALK ABOUT MOUNTING People Power in the event of cheating are “crazy and irresponsible,” says Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales. Things are different between then and now. The situation in 1986 was extraordinary. “We can’t do (Edsa) again. We have laws now.” The problem with us is that “we are always in a hurry.” That is why we have not matured as a nation.

Things are different then and now? Let’s see.

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Cardinal Rosales is no Cardinal Sin
AS I SEE IT By Neal Cruz

IF YOU SEE MASSIVE CHEATING IN NEXT Monday’s elections, what would you do? Would you sit back, fold your hands and do nothing as a prince of the Church has suggested? No, it is your duty to protest, to show that you will not take the cheating sitting down. It is your duty to see to it that truth and justice be done. It is your duty to join another people power if one is called.

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For the die-hards

I was talking about elections with Pierre.

“A run-off election works best for countries with a multiparty system. It solves the problem of a minority president,” he said.

“How so?” I asked.

“Candidates run in a general election and then the top two vote-getters go mano a mano in a run-off election,” he explained.

Via Manuel Buencamino

Too late to salvage poll automation?
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc

Sources inside Comelec did it again. They said in Gotcha Wednesday that the 2 p.m. re-bidding that day for 80,000 ultraviolet lamps would be won pre-ordained by one of nine firms that have been cornering Comelec contracts for years. True enough, the poll body awarded the deal to Philand Industries, which bagged multimillion-peso paper supplies in 2008-2009. Delivery was supposed to start the next day; meaning, the imported units that usually take three weeks to arrive were already in RP, waiting for a go-signal. Senatorial candidate, IT expert Joey de Venecia, has been warning that the U/V lamps are unnecessary and pose a risky human intervention in the automated election process.

Click Jarius Bondoc

Will poll count reflect people’s choice?
CORE By Benjamin E. Diokno

Sadly, all elections since 1992, including the 1998 presidential elections, were marred with irregularities, large and small, so that the results did not reflect truthfully the voters’ choice. In 1998, however, Joseph Estrada’s margin of victory was so overwhelming that cheating was rendered infeasible.

Via Benjamin Dioko

Political dynasties rule Metro Manila cities

Let us not go far in any analysis of what’s wrong with our kind of democracy. Right here in Metro Manila, political dynasties rule. Only the City of Manila, Quezon City, Pasay City, Parañaque and Muntinglupa have interesting and competitive contests for this year’s election. Maybe we can include Taguig in the list only because two political families, the Tingas and the Cayetanos still have to fight it out for clear dominance.

Click Boo Chanco.

Hacienda Luisita: Advocacy vs. benefit
MAP INSIGHTS By Manuel A. Alcuaz Jr.

Hacienda Luisita was once part of the holdings of Compania General de Tabacos de Filipinas sociedad anonima, better known as Tabacalera, which was founded on Nov. 26, 1881. Contrary to what was expected, Spanish-owned Hacienda Luisita prospered when the Americans took full control of the Philippine government. Tabacalera as a whole experienced prosperous times because of the US demand for sugar and tobacco. At one point during prewar times, Hacienda Luisita supplied almost 20% of all sugar in the United States.

Click Manuel A. Alcuaz Jr.

For your consideration
AT LARGE By Rina Jimenez-David

MUNTINLUPA REP. AND LIBERAL PARTY senatorial candidate Ruffy Biazon joins other analysts in positing that even if Sen. Noynoy Aquino succeeds in winning the presidency on May 10, and even if Sen. Mar Roxas wins as vice president, the Aquino administration may still be hamstrung by a glaring reality: not enjoying majority support in either the House of Representatives or the Senate.

Click Rina Jimenez David

Lim and Querubin: My Senate choices

The two have been in detention since February 2006 when they were charged with attempting to withdraw support from Gloria Arroyo after the “Hello Garci” tapes exposed the use of the military in the tampering of election results in her favor in the 2004 elections.

Via Ellen Tordesillas

Yellows up to something again
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho-Olivares

All too suddenly, Noynoy Aquino’s supporter and lawyer from the FIRM, Gloria Arroyo’s former Ombudsman, Simeon Marcelo, is questioning the appointment of Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff before the high court, saying that he took the reins of the AFP on the day the midnight appointments ban took effect.

Click Ninez Cacho Olivarez


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SPECIAL REPORT: Congress won’t end reign of political dynasties

Posted by akosistella on April 26, 2010


(First of four parts)

MANILA, Philippines—Congress’ refusal to pass an anti-dynasty law could just be one more proof that, quoting Henry Kissinger, “power is an aphrodisiac,” says former Sen. Rene Saguisag.

No anti-dynasty bill ever reached the floor of either chamber of Congress for voting.

“Your search yielded no result,” went the reply on the House website when a search on the subject of political dynasties was made.

It might as well be the epitaph on the tomb of the anti-dynasty measure.

“Delicadeza,” Saguisag says, is the single most important ingredient lacking in the continuing process to stop political dynasties, “but it is long dead and gone.”

via INQUIRER.net.

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Comelec abetting ‘money politics’

Posted by akosistella on March 26, 2010

By Jarius Bondoc

Presidential Spokesman Ricardo Saludo is at it again, defending the indefensible to the point of absurdity. There’s nothing wrong with having five Arroyos in the House of Reps, he says: Gloria as Pampanga rep, son Dato as Camarines rep, brother-in-law Iggy as Negros rep, and another son Mikey and sister-in-law Marilou as party-list reps. Other political clans do it, Saludo chatters, so the Arroyos are equally entitled.

Saludo forgets. The Constitution forbids political dynasties. That there’s no enabling does not mean anyone can abuse the political space to make family members reign simultaneously or in succession. “Abuse” brings us to a related point: it was Gloria Arroyo who financed the quick rise of the Ampatuan dynasty. Under her the clan gained 22 elective posts in Maguindanao province and the Autonomous Muslim Region, plus many more appointive ones. The ban on dynasties is to prevent abuse of power. But Arroyo abetted the Ampatuans — to the point of their alleged massacre of 57 female political rivals, lawyers and journalists.

Click Philippine Star.

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Mikey Arroyo can be party-list nominee, but must pass qualifications

Posted by akosistella on February 19, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Friday presidential son and Pampanga second district representative Mikey Arroyo can be a nominated, like anyone else, to be party list representative in the May 10 national polls.

Arroyo’s nomination to represent a party-list group if it wins, however, would be granted only after he meets the minimum qualifications of a nominee, said Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento in an interview.

“Anyone, not only Mikey Arroyo, can be nominated to represent a party list group. However, Comelec will screen the nominees of the party-list groups in the May elections based on the minimum requirements prescribed by law,” Sarmiento told INQUIRER.net.

Click INQUIRER Politics.

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