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Not 1986 but 2001 EDITORIAL 11/30/2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Not 1986 but 2001


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The toughest hurdle for the Noynoy Aquino-Mar Roxas tandem for 2010 is for Noynoy to step away from his mother’s shadow, Cory Aquino, whose memory is being used by both and their backers to propel themselves to Malacañang..... MORE

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St. Noynoy Aquino FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 11/30/2009

St. Noynoy Aquino


Ninez Cacho-Olivares

Noynoy Aquino, while claiming to become a “transformational president” slammed all his rivals, saying that they all belong to the same breed as Gloria Arroyo — unlike himself who never had any contracts with the government nor gained anything from his position as a government official.

“They all want .... MORE

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Erap-Binay: The Action Team DIE HARD III Herman Tiu Laurel 11/30/2009

Erap-Binay: The Action Team


Herman Tiu Laurel
Today, President Joseph Estrada and Mayor Jejomar Binay will be filing their certificates of candidacy. The two combined have over five decades of not only experience but also of incontrovertible and incomparable achievements in local and national governance. Both built splendid cities out of the towns they led, and Erap almost stabilized the country peace and order situation before he was unconstitutionally ousted. Both have unmatchable records of personal political and moral struggles: Both fought the nine-year and continuing tyranny of Gloria Arroyo; and while Estrada stood up to both Ferdinand Marcos and Cory Aquino’s abuse of local government officials’ prerogatives and tenures (Marcos jailed Erap briefly while Cory undemocratically removed him from San Juan City Hall), Jojo Binay contributed his share in the fight during the martial law period.
Looking at the other candidates in the presidential and vice presidential campaign and their experience, ability and achievements, their claims not only pale in comparison to the record of President Estrada and Mayor Jejomar Binay — they are downright shamefully scant. The ABS-CBN-Inquirer-Ayala candidate does not even have any record to speak of, i.e. zero law passed in nine years in Congress, plus absolute zero memorable legislation in the Senate. In his father, Ninoy Aquino’s years of struggle it was always his sisters who were seen helping while their special brother kept to himself in a corner talking to himself.
As for his vice presidential candidate I recall debating with him sometime in 2002 on the Debate show of Oscar Orbos and Winnie Monsod, Mar Roxas was Secretary of Trade then, under Gloria.
I was lambasting the languishing economy under Gloria compared to Malaysia. Mar countered by boasting with statistics how well Gloria’s economy was and denigrating Malaysia. I stumped him by asking why then were there 250,000 OFWs in Malaysia. Mar Roxas was completely stupefied. People must remember that Roxas ran in 2004 under Gloria’s K-4 coalition. I would challenge Roxas to debate today but with his embarrassing experience in our debate he would never accept. On the other hand, Gloria’s “youth” tandem of Gibo and Edu do have better looks than the ABS-CBN-Inquirer-Ayala candidates, and I have heard several ladies say they’ll go for Gibo because he is “a good speaker.” If that’s the standard then we should just go to the next Toastmaster International’s convention to pick our president, there are lots of good speakers there.
Listening to Villar’s radio and TV ads one would think that the OFWs and the poor can be saved with broadcast advertising alone. Aside from the infamous fast-tracking of the impeachment proceedings in Congress against President Estrada and his land scams exposed in the Senate, one can’t recall anything more about Villar. Loren Legarda touts herself to be the “green” candidate on the platform of fighting “climate change,” but that is actually beginning to be seen as a global fraud with the same financial rip off intent of the people who pulled of the “subprime mortgage” crash. Those interested to know more about this, search “Climategate” on the Internet and read the raging exposé of the climate change alarmists manipulating temperature data to support the false global warming theory.
When the names of President Estrada and Vice President to be Mayor Jejomar Binay are mentioned memorable and tangible accomplishments immediately come forward. Mention Estrada and people remember: Concreting of the entire San Juan before any other Metro Manila town or city could claim such a feat, pioneer resettlement programs for the San Juan poor, restoring Peace and Order to San Juan; as a President the suppression of kidnappings, imports of cheap medicines, the irrigation law, the Carabao breeding program, the opposition to sovereign guarantees, Erap para sa Mahirap, among many more. The name Binay evokes recollections of the social entitlements for senior citizens, superb free health care and education, splendid community organization and urban development, Boys Scout International leadership, unprecedented sister-city assistance.
The Erap-Binay tandem is facing an uphill struggle not because the competition is formidable but because the powers of the oligarchy are ranged against them. To stop them from reforming the governance of this country and its economy to favor the people against the present monopoly by the oligarchy of all wealth, resources and a benefits from the economy.
Just yesterday we were told that ABS-CBN news again had a nine-minute report with their candidate on screen saying nothing.
The abuse of the communication franchise the ABS-CBN is committing should be made an issue. Its broadcast donations to its candidates should be put into question. ABS-CBN is probably giving P20 million free plugs, on air casual mentions, selective news reporting to its candidates. A suggestion that make a lot of sense was brought to us: All the other candidates boycott ABS-CBN and pull out their ads from that network. Put all ads in the rival networks like GMA 7, Destiny Cable, Q, UNTV, etc. Let’s start a TV watchers’ boycott of the ABS-CBN network.
We can’t allow the media potentates to run this country and dictate its future to frustrate the nation’s hope of having leadership that will deliver us from the exploitation and oppression of the oligarchs — the hope that is the “Erap-Binay Action Team.”
(Tune to 1098AM, M-W-F, 6 to 7 p.m.; Tuesdays 8:15 to 9 p.m., Global News Network, Destiny Cable, Channel 21 “Two perspective on the Maguindanao Massacre”) 

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(Republished with permission from Mr. Herman Tiu-Laurel)

Let’s not blink HE SAYS Aldrin Cardon 11/30/2009

Let’s not blink


Aldrin Cardon

In a war between two clans, whose presence and leadership do not really count for Maguindanao’s progress as there is very little? — or none at all — suffered by generations of its people continually mired in poverty, which was clearly brought about by the lack of attention they get from a national government centered only in Luzon and the Visayas, the 29 or so journalists who died in the carnage of Nov. 23 are just collateral damage if not for the vigilance of their peers, both at home and overseas.

It would have been just another massacre .... MORE

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