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Marcos, Arroyo, Villar: Three of a kind ZOOMING IN Rudy Romero 03/01/2010

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Marcos, Arroyo, Villar: Three of a kind

Rudy Romero

Whenever I think of the candidate of the Nacionalista Party (NP) in this year’s presidential election and the things that he is doing and saying in furtherance of his candidacy, I am reminded of Ferdinand Marcos during the 1954 campaign and of Gloria Arroyo during the months immediate following her unconstitutional ascent to power. I realize that Manny Villar’s supporters will be greatly upset by the title of this piece, but it reflects precisely how I feel about President Marcos, so-called President Arroyo and wannabe President Villar. They are three of a kind.
I recall having bad feelings about Ferdinand Marcos as he campaigned for the presidency in 1965. True, he was a Bar topnotcher and he served in Bataan, but he carried into the campaign a lot of personal and professional baggage. He had been accused and jailed — though later acquitted — of the murder of his father’s political rival, Julio Nalundasan. It was widely believed in political and business circles that Ferdinand Marcos made such money from the import and foreign exchange controls that were in force until early 1962. Moreover, he had won the presidency of the Senate under controversial circumstances and is said to have bought his way to the presidential nomination of the NP to which he switched when incumbent fellow-Liberal Diosdado Macapagal insisted on running for reelection.

I thought, back then, that the victory of a man whose personal and professional record had been attended by so much self-indulgence and lust could not be good for the nation.... MORE

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New media, old tricks HE SAYS Aldrin Cardon 03/01/2010

New media, old tricks

Aldrin Cardon

I would not have discovered Tom Wolfe, Jimmy Breslin, and in a way and through them, Gay Talese (the big ones of so-called new journalism), had I not bumped with Jim Bellows... Not in my present state of life, though, but through a book on sale, which I found sitting very lonely in some rack, in some store, and being offered for very little money any voracious but cash-strapped reader would not be in pain parting with.

Bellow’s memoir, ‘The Last Editor (How I saved the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times from Dullness and Complacency),’ which was also made into a PBS documentary, described his life as an editor of the New York Herald Tribune, associate editor of the Los Angeles Times, editor of the Washington Star, editor of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, managing editor of Entertainment Tonight, executive editor of ABC News: World News Tonight, positions at USA Today on TV, Prodigy, the Los Angeles Daily News, among a couple of positions in merging what was then a fledgling Internet with news and editorial.

The Washington Journalism Review,in 1992, described Bellows as the owner of the “longest resume in the history of journalism,” not even some of our present contemporaries who have switched papers and jobs with eerie regularity could rival.... MORE

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Wading through the Net SHE SAYS Dinah S. Ventura 03/01/2010

Wading through the Net

Dinah S. Ventura

It’s true that you can get almost anything from the Internet these days. You can update yourself on news here and abroad, book your vacations, conduct banking activities, communicate with family and friends, do your shopping, and even get entertained by the antics of total strangers.
But, like any buffet, you have got to make judicious choices in order to emerge properly nourished and satisfied rather than suffering from indigestion. Indeed, too much information — not all of them relevant — can make you ill… or ill-tempered at the very least.

And in the light of all these technological highs and lows, the automation of elections has been causing plenty of conjecture and raised fears among various sectors of society. In fact, this is one of the main concerns about the big day, May 10, right up there with the issues big and small related to the candidates and their general trustworthiness.
If there are any doubts at all that the Filipino people have begun to grow in awareness and participation with regard to their rights and their stake in the future, then the unabated efforts by coalitions of various sectors to make the coming elections count should remove all that.

Today, various media are being used as vehicles for education and promotion, both by non-political and political bodies. While print and television entities continue to do their part by disseminating information about the coming elections and the candidates, updating the people and encouraging voters to make informed choices, additional campaigns are being done together with other groups... MORE

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