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TATAD: STOP PLAYING WITH GRACE POE UNLESS YOU WANT AN UPRISING


JULY 12 ---The 2016 Philippine Presidential election: PNoy's popularity contest! ONLY IN 'DUH' PHILIPPINES. PHOTO SOURCED AND APPENDED BY PHNO IT is pure contempt of the Constitution and the law and those who want to live by the Constitution and the law for President B. S. Aquino 3rd, his financial cronies and foreign “advisers” to insist that Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares should be considered a possible candidate for president in 2016, regardless of what the Constitution says. It is an open invitation to trouble, big trouble, including a possible uprising against Aquino and the oligarchy. I have written screeds on this subject, and did not wish to inflict one more word on my readers about it, until PNoy met with Poe and Sen. Francis Escudero to talk about it. He reportedly suggested that Poe and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, the presumptive Liberal Party presidential candidate, get together to agree on a common administration candidate. I am no supporter of Mar Roxas, but the fellow has already taken so much garbage from PNoy, and he doesn’t deserve any more. I would understand it if someone with utterly irreproachable credentials had risen from within the ranks of the ruling Liberal Party to challenge the party commitment to Mar Roxas, but Poe? Who and what exactly is she? She is a party outsider, and is not even constitutionally qualified to be in the Senate, much less daydream of the presidency. I have said, and I will say it again, and again, and again, that Grace Poe is not qualified under the 1987 Constitution to run for President, Vice President, or even for senator or congressman. She is not a natural-born Filipino, and for PNoy to insist that she could run for president despite this fatal disqualification is like Caligula making a consul of his horse Incitatus, or some unschooled duck farmer entering his duck in a cockfight (“pintakasi”). READ MORE...plus 30 readers' responses...

ALSO: Aquino, Liberal Party, in near panic


JULY 12 ---by RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO Grace with her adviser... or even svengali? Eleven months to the May 9, 2016 elections, and with the deadline for the filing of certificates of candidacy just three months away, President Aquino and his Liberal Party are now in near panic, worried that their presumptive candidate, Mar Roxas, has little chance of winning the Presidency. Aquino’s camp has also been told that a quick preliminary poll shows that Vice President Jejomar Binay’s satisfaction and voter-preference ratings have gone up after he broke away from his Administration on June 22 and has become its leading critic. On the other hand, their second choice, Senator Grace Poe, their own lawyers say, could be disqualified for failing the citizenship and residency requirements for the Presidency. “Could,” when the stakes are high, is a frightening word – especially for financiers requiring billions of pesos in funds. Furthermore, Aquino and the Liberal Party can’t stand Senator Francis Escudero, who may not only be Poe’s mentor, but even her svengali. “Those so-called ‘consultations’ in the past days by Aquino with Grace (Senator Poe) and Chiz (Escudero) are their desperate attempt to read whether Poe could be relied on to protect them, to keep them out of jail in the next administration,” a Liberal Party official said. It is getting to be the consensus in the Liberal Party that Roxas might even land third in the Presidential elections. Or even fourth, going by recent polls showing newcomer Davao Mayor Rodolfo Duterte even overtaking Roxas. “Do we want a Cory decision, or a Ramos one?” That’s what’s being asked in the party now, an official said. He was referring to the fact that Cory Aquino junked her ruling coalition’s Ramon Mitra as her candidate and picked Fidel Ramos in 1992. When his time came to endorse a candidate, Ramos, however, picked the party candidate Jose De Venecia, who miserably lost to the popular Joseph Estrada in 1998. The stakes have become high for Aquino and his Liberal Party associates, as there are obvious cases – the Disbursement Acceleration Plan (DAP) budget hijacking, the Mamasapano massacre, corruption in military purchases, and at the MRT-3 system, among others – that could put them to jail. READ MORE...plus 31 readers' responses

ALSO Aquino’s ‘six-hour dinner:’ That’s how damaged PH democracy has become[Stand back, think a bit, and you will really be shocked: “How have we come to this? Has the President become some kind of monarch to decide who the Party bet is over dinner?]


JULY 19 ---by RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO -Imagine: If we had a US-style two-party system, whom would the parties pick as their presidential candidates? Who would win in a debate? The Philippine Daily Inquirer expectedly glamorized it with its puerile headlines “Guess who’s coming to dinner?” and “Stand-off at Palace dinner.” They were referring to President Aquino’s six-hour dinner last Wednesday with Mar Roxas, senators Grace Poe Llamanzares and Francis Escudero, who purportedly would run in the 2016 elections. For what positions exactly, is anybody’s guess at this point. They had Chinese for dinner, Escudero was quoted as saying. What? Stand back, think a bit, and you will really be shocked: “How have we come to this? Has the President become some kind of monarch to decide who the Party bet is over dinner? And one of the biggest newspapers is gaga over it? Has our electoral democracy become so bad it is decided over six-hour dinners? But at least the paper has turned its klieg lights toward one of our biggest problems as a nation: Our very damaged system of electing our leaders, especially its highest officer, the President. The Americans imposed on us this kind of democracy in which everyone – all registered voters at least, 50 million on May 8 – will choose who they think should be President, and the candidate who gets the most votes wins. But the US had also created two crucial institutions in our country to fine-tune such one-man-one-vote system. These institutions are working very well in their case, and we are reading about it now – that’s what all the fuss about billionaire candidate Donald Trump’s slur on Mexicans is – as they have also started their own electoral season. In our case, though, for various reasons, these institutions have been wrecked or are severely damaged. The first institution is the two-party system – in their case the Republican and Democratic parties, in ours, the Nacionalista and Liberal parties – which, despite its weaknesses, worked well before. Marcos tore down the system, of course, with his one-man rule. Cory Aquino refused to rebuild it with her naive goal of a “multi-party” system. The second institution is an independent, professional, and – I grope for an appropriate word – aggressive press. READ MORE...

ALSO: Strategy in arbitration case needs rethinking


JULY 13 ---IN a famous essay at the height of the Cold War in 1952, “The Dangerous Amateurs,” the famed political philosopher Walter Lippmann warned against the dangers that amateur diplomats pose to the work of diplomacy, and how if unrestrained, they could make “diplomacy suffer unnecessarily.”  We think of his words today as we monitor the progress of the jurisdiction hearings at the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague, and observe how the project appears to have gotten out of control. When the original seven-member delegation departed for the Netherlands last week, we wished it Godspeed, because we considered its mission a worthy cause: the presentation of the nation’s case against China’s incursion into national territory in the Spratlys and in what we call the West Philippine Sea. When the delegation suddenly swelled to 35 members, we were dumbstruck. How can adding more bodies and factotums improve our standing with the arbitration court? Already, some are saying that the pent-up passions of the Administration for a junket have been released by this mission. Also, people in The Hague are talking that our case is involving as many or more people than the trials of Milosevic and other accused war criminals in the Bosnian conflict. Just when we were recovering our breath, Philippine Communist Party Chairman Jose Maria Sison suddenly came from out of the blue and issued his own statement in support of our government’s position in the dispute and some criticism of China. We wondered, mouth agape, about this turn of events. Will Sison’s moral support bolster our case before the tribunal or sink it?  READ MORE...

ALSO: 5 + 1 years of baloney


JULY 14 --by MARLEN V. RONQUILLO
AS Mr. Aquino is preparing for his last SONA, the most relevant question to ask is not about what his address would be but this one: Why did the nation fail to react to his many over-the-top, hollow SONA claims over the past five years? And the broader question: Why are his day-to-day claims that we are better off now than we were five years ago still uncontested? Mr. Aquino has been dishing out partisan, highly biased claims about his presidency since 2010, yet not one has stood up to offer a truer, less partisan version of the little his administration has done–little things that have been blown out of proportion. Under a democracy, when a President says the world is flat, it is the function of that nation’s civil society or the function of that nation’s public intellectuals to correct the President and throw at him the evidence that it is otherwise. Forget the politicians. Correcting the incredulous, unverifiable, egregious claims of a President is a vital function of informed, vigilant citizens under a democracy. There are no Dear Leaders in a real democracy, a democracy with fully functioning institutions. In the case of Mr. Aquino, however, he has been feeding the nation with five years of baloney and no one has been able to present compelling and powerful (and metrics-based) evidence that it is not so. The political parties, it is common knowledge, are too enfeebled to do that. For example these: The general claim that life has been better for Filipinos. That this is no longer the sclerotic country he took over from five years ago. That this is no longer the brazenly corrupt country he took over from five years ago. Expressions of triumphalism, ad infinitum. Viewing these claims from the prism of his own-challenged life, the common man knows that Mr. Aquino must be talking about another country. Or that his claims are fairy tales. But his assigned fact-checkers in a democracy, the public intellectuals or segments of the civil society that are supposed to know better and are mandated to correct the President, have been absent over the past five years of the Aquino rule. The common man has nowhere to turn to for sage advice so he can vet the truthfulness or falsehoods of Mr. Aquino’s grandiose claims. READ MORE...

ALSO: Doing the right thing vs. doing things right
[In ethics and leadership studies, experts and scholars say that “doing the right thing”, more than “doing things right,” is the essential issue to address in judging the conduct of people in high office, be it in government or the private sector. Indeed, it may be the heart of the matter.]


JULY 16 --by YEN MAKABENTA IN his column in the Star last July 14, my colleague Bobit Avila asked aloud, “Why can’t Malacañang do anything right?” Many will readily agree that it’s a fair question to raise, considering the litany of mishaps and mistakes that has marked all five years of the Aquino presidency. Some friends believe that bobit shouldn’t have stopped at just this question. He should have wondered also: “Why can’t President Aquino do the right thing?” In ethics and leadership studies, experts and scholars say that “doing the right thing”, more than “doing things right,” is the essential issue to address in judging the conduct of people in high office, be it in government or the private sector. Indeed, it may be the heart of the matter. Management and leadership Warren Bennis, the pioneer of leadership studies at Harvard University and the University of Southern California, has written that given the nature and constancy of change and challenges in the 21st century, nations and societies need a new generation of leaders –leaders, not managers. He contends that there is a profound difference between management and leadership. In this context, he issued his famous dictum: “A good manager does things right; a leader does the right thing.” Bennis explains his point as follows: both management and leadership are important. “To manage” means “to bring about, to accomplish, to have charge of or responsibility for, to conduct.” “Leading” is “influencing, guiding in direction, course, action, opinion.” The distinction is crucial. Leadership may be summarized as activities of vision and judgment—wherein the measure of success is effectiveness. Management in contrast refers to activities of mastering routines or process – where the measure of success is efficiency. Cases in Aquino’s presidency To return to Avila’s column, the columnist cited several cases or illustrations to make his point, viz: CONTINUE READING...

ALSO: The 'Tuwid na Daan' Myth
[The biggest myth of all claims that Aquino’s 'Tuwid na Daan' campaign has dramatically reduced corruption.]


JULY 16 --by RICARDO SALUDO 
A CONVERSATION this week with two visitors from abroad, an investment banker based in Hong Kong and a veteran journalist covering Asian business, showed how the myth of President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s purported anti-corruption campaign has captivated even the very knowledgeable and highly informed. The banker wondered whether Aquino’s much-touted fight against graft would continue after he steps down. To which this writer replied that far from reducing sleaze, this administration has, in fact, seen the worst corruption since the excesses of the Marcos regime. Consider the following unprecedented anomalies, among many others: • Smuggling as indicated by International Monetary Fund Direction of Trade Statistics up five-fold to $19 billion a year in 2011 and 2012, from $3 billion in the past • Pork barrel trebled to well over P20 billion a year in 2011-13, with even larger amounts in disguised pork all the way to 2016, as revealed even by Aquino ally Panfilo Lacson • Dubious commuter train and military helicopter contracts putting people’s lives at risk and impacting adversely on daily travel and on combat and disaster operations • The blatant demand for $30 million bribe from a Czech company, confirmed by no less than the Czech ambassador — never before in Philippine diplomatic relations • The unconstitutional reshuffling of at least P157 billion in state funds, much of it to unbudgeted expenditures — the largest case of malversation in the country ever. President Aquino’s last State of the Nation Address on July 27 is sure to trumpet his claimed accomplishments, so it’s timely to reprint portions of a four-part article on the myths of his rule. It was published on February 24 and 26, and March 3 and 5, debunking widespread untruths about purported achievements in the economy, anti-corruption, poverty alleviation, and national security. READ MORE...


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Stop playing with Grace Poe unless you want an uprising

MANILA
, JULY 20, 2015 (MANILA TIMES) July 12, 2015 9:58 pm FRANCISCO S. TATAD


by FRANCISCO S. TATAD

IT is pure contempt of the Constitution and the law and those who want to live by the Constitution and the law for President B. S. Aquino 3rd, his financial cronies and foreign “advisers” to insist that Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares should be considered a possible candidate for president in 2016, regardless of what the Constitution says. It is an open invitation to trouble, big trouble, including a possible uprising against Aquino and the oligarchy.

I have written screeds on this subject, and did not wish to inflict one more word on my readers about it, until PNoy met with Poe and Sen. Francis Escudero to talk about it. He reportedly suggested that Poe and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, the presumptive Liberal Party presidential candidate, get together to agree on a common administration candidate.

I am no supporter of Mar Roxas, but the fellow has already taken so much garbage from PNoy, and he doesn’t deserve any more. I would understand it if someone with utterly irreproachable credentials had risen from within the ranks of the ruling Liberal Party to challenge the party commitment to Mar Roxas, but Poe?

Who and what exactly is she? She is a party outsider, and is not even constitutionally qualified to be in the Senate, much less daydream of the presidency.

I have said, and I will say it again, and again, and again, that Grace Poe is not qualified under the 1987 Constitution to run for President, Vice President, or even for senator or congressman. She is not a natural-born Filipino, and for PNoy to insist that she could run for president despite this fatal disqualification is like Caligula making a consul of his horse Incitatus, or some unschooled duck farmer entering his duck in a cockfight (“pintakasi”).

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The Constitution is as clear as the clearest sunlight on this issue, and it needs no interpretation of any kind from anybody. But what violates one’s basic decency and dignity is that PNoy, his cronies and his foreign puppeteers seem to believe they could turn this purely constitutional issue into a “popularity contest” and let some crooked survey and an ignorant and deranged mob decide to spare Grace Poe from the rigors of following the Constitution and the law.

To quote the Constitution for the nth time, Section 2 of Article VII provides: “No person may be elected President unless he is a natural-born citizen of the Philippines, a registered voter, able to read and write, at least forty years of age on the day of the election, and a resident of the Philippines for at least ten years immediately preceding such election.” Sec. 3, same Article, says the Vice President “shall have the same qualifications and term of office and be elected with and in the same manner as the President.”

Similarly, Sec. 3 of Article VI provides that “no person shall be a Senator unless he is a natural-born citizen of the Philippines, and, on the day of the election, is at least thirty-five years of age, able to read and write, a registered voter, and a resident of the Philippines for not less than two years immediately preceding the day of the election.” Likewise, no person may be a member of the House of Representatives unless he is a natural-born citizen, at least twenty-five years of age and a resident of their district for at least one year immediately preceding the election.

Therefore, whether one is running for president, vice president, senator or congressman, it is not enough to be a citizen; one must be a “natural-born citizen.” What does “natural-born citizen” mean? The Constitution itself, not a mere Webster, Oxford or Cambridge dictionary, supplies the meaning. Sec. 2 of Article IV says: “Natural-born citizens are those citizens of the Philippines from birth without having to perform any act to acquire or perfect their Philippine citizenship.” Those born before January 17, 1973 of alien fathers and Filipino mothers, who elect Philippine citizenship upon reaching the age of majority, are “deemed to be natural-born citizens.”

So for the nth time, I say Grace Poe is not a natural-born Filipino. She knows this, or she ought to be the first one to know. She was born of unknown parents, abandoned inside the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral in Iloilo City, where she was found by a woman churchgoer on Sept 3, 1968.

She was thus stateless from birth. She was adopted by the actor Fernando Poe Jr. and his actress wife Susan Roces, who were married on Dec. 25, 1968. She took the citizenship of the Poes. This entailed performing a legal act, which would have been completely unnecessary if she were natural born. This constitutes the first living and subsisting proof that she is not a natural born Filipino.

Later in life, she renounced her Philippine citizenship “absolutely and entirely” to become a citizen of the United States. This was long before the Philippine dual citizenship law took effect in 2003. She could not claim to have opted for dual citizen then, even assuming dual citizenship was allowed under US law. In the meantime, she married an American citizen, gave birth to three American children, and raised an American family in Virginia.

In 2005, after her adoptive father FPJ lost his fight for the Philippine presidency in 2004 and died a few months later, she came home, using her US passport as an American citizen. She traveled several times from the Philippines to the US and back, using the same passport until Dec. 27, 2009. She remained an American citizen all throughout.

In 2010, PNoy appointed her chairperson of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board. Then, as now, only a Filipino citizen was eligible for this position. But Grace Poe was still an American citizen when she was appointed.

She even acquired a new US passport from the Washington Passport Agency in 2011. According to the Federal Register, the daily journal of the US government, she renounced her US citizenship during the second quarter of 2012, ending June 30. It was only upon the US official acceptance of this renunciation that she lost her US citizenship. She got a Philippine passport only in 2014.

Therefore her appointment as MTRCB chair was void and illegal ab initio. If she had executed any statement saying she was already a Filipino citizen when she took her oath of office, then she committed perjury, and falsified the relevant official documents. These are not minor offenses.

If Aquino had appointed her to the MTRCB, knowing fully well that she was still an American citizen, then he himself committed an impeachable offense. But this was not the only offense of the parties. Since she received an official salary and other emoluments for her illegal appointment, she and the appointing power violated the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

A year later, after renouncing her US citizenship, Grace Poe ran for the Senate and “won” in the infamous “60-30-10” across-the-board arrangement in favor of PNoy’s senatorial candidates. This required a natural-born Filipino citizenship and a two-year residence in the country, as such citizen, immediately preceding the election. Grace Poe lacked both.

She clearly perjured herself and falsified her certificate of candidacy by stating under oath that she was a natural-born Filipino, and that she had been living in the country, as a natural-born citizen, for not less than two years immediately preceding the election. Both are serious offenses, the second more serious than the first, with a long prescriptive period.

Poe should have been instantly disqualified from running, or from taking office, if her offense had been seasonably discovered. But it is only now—two years later—- that the facts have surfaced. Her political life has been one great lie, but her supporters are trying to invoke her so-called high “popularity ratings” to intimidate people from raising questions about her fitness to remain in the Senate and to dream about the presidency or vice presidency in 2016.

Their game plan appears to be as follows:
Let Poe file her certificate of candidacy despite her not being a natural-born Filipino and her lack of 10-year residence immediately before the election—she started residing in the Philippines as a Filipino citizen only in 2012, or a mere four years after she had renounced her US citizenship;

Flood the media and all political space with paid propaganda drivel showing her alleged “popularity” with the masses;

Let those questioning the constitutionality of her candidacy file for her disqualification before the Comelec, and let the Comelec sit on any such petition or throw it out instantly;

Should anyone raise the issue before the Supreme Court, try to pay off the justices so that they would throw out the petition or sit on it until Smartmatic proclaims Poe’s victory and she takes her oath as “president-elect.” Then turn the constitutional issue into a political one, with Poe and her supporters invoking the bogus principle of “vox populi, vox Dei.”

It is a perverted way of running a democracy. But PNoy, his business cronies and foreign advisers seem to believe they could get away with it and have their way.

I don’t believe we should allow them to. Grace Poe should be removed from the Senate, where she occupies a seat that belongs to a natural-born Filipino, and prevented from tarnishing the race for presidency.

All those who are trying to use Grace Poe to exploit the ignorance of the ignorant and the gullibility of the rest should be dealt with more severely. They should be exposed by name, and prosecuted in the appropriate forum at the appropriate time, as the people’s real enemies.

We, the people, should be prepared to confront Aquino and his cabal should they decide to disrespect and trample upon our Constitution and our laws and the sensibilities of those who want to live by our Constitution and our laws.
fstatad@gmail.com

30 Responses to Stop playing with Grace Poe unless you want an uprising
Amnata Pundit says:
July 13, 2015 at 11:46 am
The title of your article should instead be aimed at Grace herself: Stop allowing these men to play with you ! But you can see that she is having the orgasm of a lifetime, so why should she listen. The way to deal with what they are forcing all of us to watch is to just sit back and enjoy the porn show.
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juan says:
July 13, 2015 at 11:28 am
If the president have violated the law, then we, the “law-abiding” citizen, will no longer have a reason to follow the “Joke Book”, err, the “1987 Constitution”.
It was too unfair for powerless citizens like us to see those in power that mocked the law of the land, and at the same time, punished us for small violations with the “full extent of the law”
If there’s a chance, I would like the people to revolt. Justice no longer exists anyway.
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genesisbughaw says:
July 13, 2015 at 10:19 am
Sir,
It’s pitiful to see that the loyal lieutenant of Yellow Bird(not to our Constitution), I’m referring to Boy Pick-up who still in the delusional state will end up in the junkyard of political pychopaths.
On Sen. Grace Poe , hopefully she may not be another barbie doll of the cabals/shadow draculas.
Just be TRUTHFUL and there will be no trouble.
Psychiatrist Confirms: Liberalism Is a Mental Disorder
click:
http://www.moonbattery.com/archives/2008/02/psychiatrist_co.html
ps.
Pray po natin na magkaroon na ng desisyon yung ihinain ninyong petition sa KGG. KORTE SUPREMA.
The draft BBL is inedible fruit, FAB and CAB the toxic roots
click:
http://www.manilatimes.net/the-draft-bbl-is-inedible-fruit-fab-and-cab-the-toxic-roots/194474/
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don costes says:
July 13, 2015 at 9:41 am
How come nobody files a disqualification or removal from Senate on her? Definitely, she will not voluntarily resign with allegations you have raised. A need for you or a group of decent and patriotic citizens need to act now before its too late because it will be argued later on as a mere political-partisan propaganda and personality demolition. Please do it now and those in the know. Thank you!
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ren fuentes says:
July 13, 2015 at 9:24 am
kit, sanay na sanay si boy sisi na bastusin at isintabi ang konstitusyon. together with de limas, both have violated the constitution since the start of his reign. do not forget what they did to arroyo. these two should not be allowed to go free and retire. both should be thrown in jail together with the moral less and the dap creators.
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Miggy Miguel says:
July 13, 2015 at 8:44 am
Why is everyone so scared of her?
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Amado Aguila says:
July 13, 2015 at 8:31 am
With all the naysayers and complainers, why can’t one person pick up the phone and call the Comelec already. Better yet tell Mayor Gordon he was rob of senate position. This ship has sailed. What kind of track are we hoping to gain.
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Kale Alaskador says:
July 13, 2015 at 8:28 am
Mr. Tatad, start naming those people who want so desperately to make Grace Poe the president of the Philippines.
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Rogelio Nastor says:
July 13, 2015 at 8:27 am
They are asking Poe to go with Mar wherever he goes. Why, of course to use her boost Mar’s popularity like undermining the people that She is endorsing him while she herself is running for the highest position of the land. PNoy’s last resort. If she gets disqualified it doesn’t matter to him because she would have served her purpose. If she is wise enough she would not agree with this. I wonder how Chiz is feeling right now. Wala talagaing utang na loob si PNoy, una kay Chiz na nagpanalo sa endorsement sa kanya nung last election at kay Mar na nag-give way para sa kanya dahil nga sa kamamatay lang nang nanay nya.
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leo says:
July 13, 2015 at 8:21 am
Obama is not eligible to be president either under us constitution because his supposed father was a alien from kenya. You have to be born in us to us citizens to be a natural born citizen. Our politicians and corporate media are very controlled in us
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Mei says:
July 13, 2015 at 11:11 am
Leo, Obama was born in the united states as a US citizen of a natural born American mother. Even you if you are pregnant and come to the US and give birth here, your child will be automatically US citizen. that is why so many pregnant women slip into the country to have US citizen children who can petition them later in life if the parents are deported back home. NOw, that is the main difference, obamas mother was a true natural born American citizen. it doesn’t matter if she got pregnant by a pinoy or Chinese or an arab, she is an American citizen and the child is a natural born US citizen. do you even think for one moment that he could have ran the second time for presidency if he is not a lega US natural born citizen when all the republicans are scrutinizing every thing about him? you must have listened to fox news or to republican politicians without doing your homework.
Johnny Ramos says:
July 13, 2015 at 8:09 am
It was plain luck when Grace Pod won in 2013. But for the presidency her overnight sensation on the Mamansapano is now gone. Her investigations ended up in the senate archives and it did not reach the senate plenary which 50 feet away from her office. Her several meetings with Pnoy could have been a ploy so people might forget the 44 SAF victims and no final report. Bakit naman magmamalasakit si Grace Poe sa SAF 44 e Amerikano siya.
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Megyn Ramos says:
July 13, 2015 at 7:45 am
Great article from Tatad – he hit it right on target. Many Filipinos think the same way
that Grace Poe should NOT be allowed to even sit as Senator. She should be penalized for being a fraud – fooling Filipinos about her residency and citizenship when in fact she is not even in compliance with the basic requirements of the law. She is a law-breaker !! How can she even sit as Senator as a law-maker ? She will be worse than PNoy – both of them disregard the Constitution. Also – the former driver of Grace Poe who was the driver of her adoptive father when he was still alive even resigned as Grace Poe’s driver because of her habit of heavy cursing- she is always “nag-mu-mura” to her staff including her driver who can not take her anymore. Her very own driver even said he will never vote for her. This story was relayed to us by the driver friend of Grace Poe’s former driver.
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M C says:
July 13, 2015 at 12:09 pm
So what is the DOJ doing? Why is the DOJ not using its clout to file the necessary prayer for her disqualification? Otherwise, what is the IBP doing also? There is a travesty of the law and the IBP sits idly? Now, we have a Philconsa but what is Philconsa doing on the issue of greys sitting illegally on the senate? Isn’t frank supposed to conduct an investigation on the issue? Where have all those institutions gone?
Ric Brazil says:
July 13, 2015 at 7:33 am
These people do not have shame. Pnoy, Poe, Escudero, Roxas and the rest of the LPs and the Oligarch. They can’t or they won’t control their greed even at the expense of the Filipino people. Never mind if there are laws, even the very basic ones. They are above the law. Indeed, their agenda should be stopped now. We need a leader that will bring us out of this bad situation, if not already worse. Sen. Bongbong Marcos should be it. Calling the good senator to take the cudgels for the Filipino people.
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Leodegardo Pruna says:
July 13, 2015 at 7:14 am
Only a fool could be fooled around by fools in the administration. The law is the law and the fundamental law of the land should be respected. God bless the Philippines.
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Rogelio Feir says:
July 13, 2015 at 7:13 am
Wow. Anybody disputing these allegations?
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P.Akialamiro says:
July 13, 2015 at 6:53 am
Why don’t we let what the LP or BS Aquino is planning to have Grace Poe Llamanzares, run for President. Let’s see what happens, once and for all. Let’s see who among the ‘oligarch’ are ‘brave enough’ (?) to stick around the country. I bet all of them would like to flee the country just like during the Martial Law.
Where have all those legal minds gone to confirm the disqualification of GPL First of all, she is not aptly qualified and “inexperienced’, at that. Except pure ambition and popularity because of her adoptive father’s name, she brings out the “idiocy” of the voters. Governing the Philippines these years takes more than heart and sincerity. It also takes hands-on experience, guts, decisive intelligence and statesmanship to govern, especially with the international problems of the country.
If we have to go for populairty, why don’t we just go for Pacquiao, Vice Ganda, Aiai,
and down the list, for President, Vice President, Senators, Congressmen, etc.?
One big problem in the country is the fact that we don’t learn our lessons. “Ningas kugon” is the name of the game, as always.
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josepedro says:
July 13, 2015 at 6:40 am
Susuan roces is living a lie too. She and that “kapatid ng magnanakaw ay sinungaling” dialog will haunt her. I really would like to see disGrace Poepoo go to jail for lying and holding a seat that is not meant for her and for aquino also to be held responsible. All of them should rot in jail….
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Jose A. Oliveros says:
July 13, 2015 at 5:33 am
Sen. Poe-Llamanzares’s adoption by the FPJ couple did not vest her with Filipino citizenship because under Art. 341 of the 1950 Civil Code, the effects of adoption are: (a) gives the adopted person the same rights and duties as if he were a legitimate child of the adopter; (b) dissolves the parental authority over the adopted person of her natural parents; (c) makes the adopted person a legal heir of the adopter; and (d) entitles the adopted person to use the adopter’s surname. In fact, Sec.39 of the Child and Youth Welfare Code (Presidential Decree No. 603) clearly, explicitly and specifically provides that an adopted child cannot acquire Philippine citizenship by virtue of such adoption.
As pointed out by the Supreme Court in its ruling on the FPJ citizenship case, in adoption, an adopted child would be considered the child of his adoptive parents and accorded the same rights as their legitimate child but such legal fiction extended only to define his rights under civil law and not his political status. This is because, according to an eminent Filipino civilist, the late Dr. Arturo M. Tolentino, adoption creates a relation only between the adopter and the adopted, and cannot extend to the establishment of a relation between the State and the adopted.
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Max says:
July 13, 2015 at 5:18 am
Great piece. So, who wants to lead the uprising?
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Mar Padilla ,Jr. says:
July 13, 2015 at 3:17 am
Propose candidate for President, Grace Poe Llamanzares has no qualifications except using the three letters POE, because this person who own this name POE is a popular actor, does not mean to say, that he is qualified. Actor Fernando POE did not even finish High.School. If you elect a person for President, he should be qualified mostly in all matters especially his educational qualification.
If you elect Grace Llamanzares – Poe, she is not qualified, as if you.are electing another ERAP who cannot create employment for the people so he advise them to play HUNTING. Well, you know, you got a big 0HUETING money everyday?
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Zak Pasiking says:
July 13, 2015 at 3:15 am
If Ms. Grace truly honest and want to preserve the dignity of her name(GRACE), she should tell to the people who voted her, I’m sorry for fooling you, forgive me. I will renounce or vacate my set from the senate and going back home to my country where I and my family belongs.
Once again, forgive and I cant’t fool you twice.
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Firestarter says:
July 13, 2015 at 2:30 am
The opportunist Liberal party will make her as a scapegoat from the filing of voluminous cases against Pnoy and the gangsta.
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santi montealegre says:
July 13, 2015 at 2:21 am
I dont understand why voters/public continue to live with these kinds of lies –allow and even push this possibility. We are so over our heads and are disgustingly gullible on the credibility of this admin and their false advocacies which did nothing for the past 5yrs and are still willing to be fooled once again by pushing Poe and believing that her “integrity and honesty” alone can save this country. If we have another president like Pnoy whose only qualification if his famous family name, we cant blame anybody but our stupid selves if we fail again. Sadly, I personally would leave my beloved but hopeless and doomed country if that happens.
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Pinoy says:
July 13, 2015 at 2:01 am
Straight from the Bikolano’s corrupt mouth. He is a pro-Binay paid hack.
He’s again contemplating on being included as a senatorial aspirant together with the other paid for hire for a fee Maceda.
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Oliveres says:
July 13, 2015 at 12:59 am
Gusto ko ngang magkaroon ng himagsikan at nang sa ganoon ay dukutin ang mga corrupt sa gobyerno kasama na ang mga taga liberal party at ang mga magnanakaw sa kabinete ni noynoy. Dapat na na itali ang mga kamay nila at ihulog sa dagat.
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juan says:
July 13, 2015 at 11:30 am
At gusto ko rin limasin ang lahat ng ninakaw nila at ibalik sa mga nagbabayad ng buwis
fyi says:
July 13, 2015 at 12:12 am
We, the people, should be prepared to confront Aquino and his cabal should they decide to disrespect and trample upon our Constitution and our laws and the sensibilities of those who want to live by our Constitution and our laws.
They have been doing it for years and getting away with it, no matter the charges or scandal all they do is call out the lapdogs in the senate, house, military and Dept Heads to deny everything and sometimes pledge a transparent and honest investigation which turns out will be neither and a month later it’s old news.
The whole system is corrupt, there is nothing at this point to stop them mostly because it’s all of them protecting each other, one giant system of corruption, graft and plunder.
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butch hirro says:
July 12, 2015 at 10:29 pm
in so far as pnoy and his cronies are concerned, nothing is impossible. afterall, to them, they are the ones in power so the hell with the rest.
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Aquino, Liberal Party, in near panic  July 12, 2015 9:57 pm RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO


by RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

Eleven months to the May 9, 2016 elections, and with the deadline for the filing of certificates of candidacy just three months away, President Aquino and his Liberal Party are now in near panic, worried that their presumptive candidate, Mar Roxas, has little chance of winning the Presidency.

Aquino’s camp has also been told that a quick preliminary poll shows that Vice President Jejomar Binay’s satisfaction and voter-preference ratings have gone up after he broke away from his Administration on June 22 and has become its leading critic.

On the other hand, their second choice, Senator Grace Poe, their own lawyers say, could be disqualified for failing the citizenship and residency requirements for the Presidency. “Could,” when the stakes are high, is a frightening word – especially for financiers requiring billions of pesos in funds. Furthermore, Aquino and the Liberal Party can’t stand Senator Francis Escudero, who may not only be Poe’s mentor, but even her svengali.

“Those so-called ‘consultations’ in the past days by Aquino with Grace (Senator Poe) and Chiz (Escudero) are their desperate attempt to read whether Poe could be relied on to protect them, to keep them out of jail in the next administration,” a Liberal Party official said.


Grace with her adviser... or even svengali?

It is getting to be the consensus in the Liberal Party that Roxas might even land third in the Presidential elections. Or even fourth, going by recent polls showing newcomer Davao Mayor Rodolfo Duterte even overtaking Roxas.

“Do we want a Cory decision, or a Ramos one?” That’s what’s being asked in the party now, an official said.

He was referring to the fact that Cory Aquino junked her ruling coalition’s Ramon Mitra as her candidate and picked Fidel Ramos in 1992. When his time came to endorse a candidate, Ramos, however, picked the party candidate Jose De Venecia, who miserably lost to the popular Joseph Estrada in 1998.

The stakes have become high for Aquino and his Liberal Party associates, as there are obvious cases – the Disbursement Acceleration Plan (DAP) budget hijacking, the Mamasapano massacre, corruption in military purchases, and at the MRT-3 system, among others – that could put them to jail.

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An Aquino relative and Roxas ally personally supervised a recent poll so that the respondents – purported to be “randomly” chosen – included those from such areas as Forbes Park, Panay, Negros islands, and Tarlac, known to be sympathetic to the Liberal Party leader.

Yet, even with that intervention, the survey couldn’t lift the Liberal Party leader enough to portray him as having the presidency within range, a source said. “And everyone knows you can cheat in the elections only if the polls show your man has a fighting chance, “ the Roxas ally said.


DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, Senate President Franklin Drilon and President Benigno Aquino 3rd

Roxas’ 10 percent

The latest Pulse Asia survey undertaken May 30 to June 5 showed that only 10 percent of respondents reported they would vote for Roxas for president. While that’s a jump from the 4 percent he got in the March survey, it was less than half the 22 percent leading candidate VP Jejomar Binay got.

Furthermore, as often has been done in the past, the Pulse Asia poll seemed to have been synchronized with the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s banner headlines a few days before and during that survey period. In that period, Roxas’ name and face became prominent for three days as Aquino’s choice for the Presidency.

It was also during that period that the newspaper’s banner headlines reported that the Senate committee had finalized its report on the investigation into allegations of anomalies against Binay in Makati City – with Poe, who is getting to be the newspaper’s candidate as Aquino was in 2010, backing up the report.

What has worried Aquino and the Liberal Party is that despite what has been a most intense character-assassination campaign starting late last year to portray Binay as a crook, the candidate’s satisfaction rating has gone up, bouncing from a low of 35 percent in March 2015 to 42 in June, while his voter-preference rating is at 22 percent, even according to the Pulse Asia report.

Indeed, the hearings in the Senate against him and his son Jejomar Jr.
purportedly to investigate charges hurled by senators under Aquino’s thumb have numbered about 50, more than its 36 hearings on the pork barrel scam.

For instance in 44 days last year, more than half of the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s banner stories were about the allegations, portraying them as facts, and not accusations. (See my columns, “A Travesty of Journalism”, Oct. 9, 2014 and “The Inquirer vs Binay,” January 15, 2015). Binay’s denials and evidence of his innocence were relegated to the insider pages.

That kind of barrage would have put Binay in the basement with single-digit ratings, as what happened in the case of Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, and Ramon Revilla. Instead, it demonstrated his strong core of support, now tested that it would likely be intact till the 2016 elections.

While Poe’s ratings have rocketed from just 15 percent in March 2014 to 30 percent in May this year (according to the Pulse Asia polls), her being Aquino’s and his party’s presidential candidate would have its own risks.

First, Roxas – the Prince of the Liberal Party – obviously would blow his top, having already given way to Aquino in 2010. The machinery and funds which the Liberal Party in the last five years have been designed for – even managed by – Roxas, such as the billions of pesos in discretionary funds under the Department of Interior and Local Government he has headed, aren’t easily transferable to Poe.

This was the lesson in the 1992 elections, so that one of Ramos’ closest friends reportedly had to sell three of her mansions in Forbes Park to help fund his campaign.

Nonong and Simeon

Lawyers Jose Avelino (“Nonong”) Cruz and former Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo – Roxas’ strategists said to be behind the cases against Binay – are known to be loyal only to him and not to the Liberal Party.

They may just withdraw from the political world and concentrate on their law firm, if Poe is anointed Aquino’s candidate. That could result in the total collapse of the cases the Liberal Party have and will hurl against Binay – and that’s practically what they have to boost their candidate’s chances.

What if Roxas commits suicide? “E di pahiya tayo,” a Liberal party Eastern Visayas official even morbidly quipped.

Poe is said to have acquired the backing of an industrial tycoon and the Lopez clan. But that’s all. Worse, Escudero is said to have told financiers that Poe wants contributions to be coursed through him – which has raised the eyebrows of many potential funders.

Second, aside from the inherent, and very real risk that she would be disqualified from running for President even at the height of the campaign period, Poe is politically, and in one major sense, morally, a tabula rasa.

What if she wins, but leaves Aquino and his colleagues to the “wolves? After all, for all her high-moral-ground positioning, she considers the admittedly immoral Joseph Estrada – who was convicted of plunder – as her uncle of sorts, and looks up to him.

What if Escudero, son of a top Marcos technocrat, becomes the power behind the throne?

And behind Escudero, of course, would be all the monsters of the Yellow Horde’s world: Danding Cojuangco and Marcos loyalists.

Already at this time, Poe has insisted that Escudero accompany her in her meetings with Aquino, and it was Escudero, not Poe, who reported to the media what transpired.

A top Liberal partyman asked: Can you imagine a government run by a young brash narcissist?

It seemed to be such a perfect plan in 2010. Roxas would be Vice President, and it would be a walk in the park for him to be President in 2016.

Indeed, as the poet Robert Burns put it long ago, “The best-laid plans of mice and men / Often go awry.”
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31 Responses to Aquino, Liberal Party, in near panic
boying labro says:
July 13, 2015 at 2:33 pm
Bong Bong Marcos will be the next President of the Philippines 2016.
Alhamdulilah….
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Carl says:
July 13, 2015 at 2:14 pm
PNoy only cares about saving himself after his term. He will jettison Mar Roxas just to back a winning candidate who will try to absolve him of his crimes during his presidency. After all, PNoy has never covered Mar’s back. It won’t be the first time he will be shafting Mar.
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poy gonzalez says:
July 13, 2015 at 1:31 pm
Duterte has what all the others lack. It’s time we elect the right leader.
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Vic Penetrante says:
July 13, 2015 at 1:24 pm
The problem is nobody can come up with a name who would surely make a ‘good’ president.
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philjayc says:
July 13, 2015 at 11:54 am
Grace Poe must have been out of the Philippines during the term of Pres. Cory Aquino, and Grace did not know what happened to Cory and the Philippines during Cory’s incumbency. Hindi siguro nasubaybayan ni Grace ang mga kapalpakang nangyari noong panahon ni Cory, at akala ni Grace ay napakadaling maging presidente at magpalakad ng isang bansa. puro blackout noong panahon ni Cory, pinakawalan ang mga nakakulong na communist rebels, etc.
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Amnata Pundit says:
July 13, 2015 at 11:28 am
The chimpanzees are putting up a show and the humans are lapping it all up. What a great tragedy the yellows have inflicted on this nation. The masters in command of these yellow chimps must be rolling on the floor in laughter.
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genesisbughaw says:
July 13, 2015 at 10:35 am
Sir,
It’s not only between the Yellow Bird Party and Black Bird Party of Nognog.
The Philippine Eagle of Nationalista party coalition will take off it’s a matter of time.
Abangan…
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hector says:
July 13, 2015 at 9:51 am
The common denominator of aquino, roxas, and poe is that they are all weak and indecisive, and escudero is simply a grease monkey, oily and without principles, or loyalty – in both his professional and personal life.
Poe is a classic and easy victim for narcissist escudero, who preys on malleable and co-dependent women, and who must think that his cash cow has come home, and will fund his new child bride’s excesses.
Certainly poe must have delusions of grandeur to even think that she could run the country – she couldn’t run a country club.
Roxas is a political joke, afraid even to open his mouth and without any passion for anything. No wonder he failed in investment banking and has little popularity even in his own party, let alone with voters.
And roxas’ despicable character is epitomised by his cowardly actions of abandoning his beauty queen girlfriend when she became pregnant, and then neglecting his illegitimate son, whom he only reluctantly admitted to even having when he first ran for the senate and was exposed by the media – he lacks decency, honor, and is certainly not a gentleman. A dimwit and obvious mummy’s boy.
The country needs a leader with courage, conviction, and capability who can build concensus and has clarity of vision. And doing some real work would help, rather than endless social gatherings, photo ops, and lifestyle magazine articles.
These guys walk around in a mental fog, only searching for personal validation and self-interest.
They epitomise 3rd world values and reflect 3rd rate politicians. Not a backbone between them.
The sad fact is that the philippines, due to culture as much as anything cannot produce leaders – in politics or business – and is lacking in competitive spirit, so ends up as followers and copycats, dependent upon other nations, and without international gravitas or respect. No type ‘a’ personalities in politucs, just personality disorders
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Corabel says:
July 13, 2015 at 12:53 pm
Hi! wow..very well written piece…you must be a professional writer! Be that as it may, i agree with the analysis..
Thanks.
Corabel says:
July 13, 2015 at 12:59 pm
Hi, Hector: I’ve shared your reply to my FB friends? I hope that is ok..
Thanks.
christinetan says:
July 13, 2015 at 8:45 am
At this early, it would appear that the 3 stooges of Pnoy – Coloma, Lacierda and Valte will have their counterpart IF VP Binay wins. Also 2 men and a woman – Tatad, Tiglao and Cacho Olivares who are so rabid in defending Binay and in attacking his foes. Same same.
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Cristito says:
July 13, 2015 at 3:09 pm
cant call Tatad, Tiglao and Olivares as stooges nor can you compare them with the real tatlong itlog of PNoy. These 3 are well respected writers and independent thinkers. People love to read their columns. The tatlong itlog of PNoy just came from nowhere and will soon be forgotten in a few months after they are no longer in govt.
jane says:
July 13, 2015 at 7:59 am
BS Aquino , Should not endorse anyone at all. If there is a shred of nationalism in his blood . Just allow the Hunger Games to begin !
The People can vote without any endorsements!
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apolonio reyes says:
July 13, 2015 at 12:17 pm
I agree Jane, Since day ONE, after Mar Roxas banned on being appointed after he lost o VP Binay, I suggested thru your paper that he distanced himself from Pnoy as he might follow the footsteps of his mother President Cory when she endorsed Fidel Ramos instead of her party mate then Speaker Ramon Mitra, as history might repeat itself. I wrote that Roxas must be a man of his own and not to depend too much on Pnoy. Now its too late for Mar Roxas as history is catching up on him and that Pnoy and his Liberal party will save first their own neck than support Mar Roxas.
How I wish that we could return to the two old party convention, Liberal and Nationalista where delegates from the to parties choose their candidates through a convention than a lame duck president endorsing a candidates.
vg says:
July 13, 2015 at 7:56 am
Aquino is in a bind. He traded his support in 2016 to Roxas as a condition to Roxas stepping aside in 2010. Now he has to support Roxas when he is likely to get only 3% of the vote in 2016. The quesltion is only whether Aquino will break his word.
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abnoy 69 says:
July 13, 2015 at 7:55 am
The LPs will do everything just to eliminate VP Binay from winning the Presidency. This is how they are now desperate to do dirty politics. They are now so worried about what happened to Sen. Enrile, Estrada and Revilla will also happened to them. These officials will have a day in court come 2016.
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P.Akialamiro says:
July 13, 2015 at 7:08 am
Whether we like it or not, BBM is the man to beat! Binay has a lot to explain with all the accusations against him as “Corrupt”; Roxas’ chances are gone; and Poe, is disqualified.
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Roger Sy says:
July 13, 2015 at 3:38 pm
I agree. BBM even more than Digoy. Despite being the son of the much maligned former President Ferdinand Marcos this man proved to be ‘his own man’ – a man with conviction and sense of purpose, and who consults with the people who have a stake in the outcome of his actions, qualities totally absent from any of the current crop of ‘presidentiables’ and especially from the top man of this current administration. For the long suffering Juan BBM is the hope for redemption.
Odnalor Obirt says:
July 13, 2015 at 6:34 am
KARMA IS COMING. I don’t believe that it’s the DAP that makes the downfall of the Liberal Party. I actually like Pnoy and the LP when they lowered the corruption in the Senate (I actually not sure now if it was lowered or became worse). I started to hate Pnoy, his followers and advisers(OPAPP) when they sided with MILF and pushed for the passage of BBL. My hope and my prayer is to send to prisons those who massacred the SAF44, those traitors who drafted the FAB, CAB, BBL & all OPAPP members with Pnoy and those who supported the passage of BBL in the Legislative Branch.
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Oddyseus says:
July 13, 2015 at 11:58 am
Yes I agree they are traitors and they must answer for their treachery at appropriate time. I must add that I am disappointed with our PMA-trained “STAND DOWN” AFP officers. They contributed a big deal in the 44SAF massacre; how could they allow themselves to be dictated upon by a pro-MILF pro Malaysian CinC!! They could’ve known better. They had the training, funded by the people.
Justaskingseriously says:
July 13, 2015 at 3:45 am
The Scottish poet Robert Burns is your tocayo. Even your pure filipino native family name has the intuitive ring of the sun that burns. You might as well have titled your column “To A Mouse” and your tocayo’s “best laid schemes” would be apropos to the filipino mouse and american mousie. Scheming robots. “Plans” would be appropriate for non-machiavellians.
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Firestarter says:
July 13, 2015 at 2:12 am
Expect the Liberal party is so desperate and will do whatever it takes just to win in the election. Otherwise they will all go to jail…… They are really scared, really really scared…
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M C says:
July 13, 2015 at 12:00 pm
Indeed and they might do the worse – hit simyon, blame the hit on jojo, imprison jojo for murder and aspire for the sympathy votes to go to Senyor Kho Rheena. Will the public bite? Now, the more jojo has to insure that nothing bad happens to simyon.
Johnny Ramos says:
July 13, 2015 at 1:42 am
I sincerely believe Grace Poe moment of fame is gone. Her citizenship issue will blow to proportional that she might withdraw at the height of the campaign period or might even by disqualified by the Comelec and affirmed by the SC. Vox populi will never apply to Grace Poe and she could loose big time if she survived legal issues. Only Mar Roxas can saved the LP from humiliations and he be better to let other party member run for the presidency and loose rather than him losing after more 5 years of preparation and it will be reflection on Pnoy presidency. To field Frank Drillon for the presidency will be a better option. This guy can not also win but he is not part of Pnoy’s presidency. At this point it will be VP Binay all the way to presidency unless Bongbong Marcos throw his hat. If this will happen Pnoy have no choice but to support Binay secretly in order not annoy Mar Roxas. Bongbong Marcos can easily beat Binay and Mar Roxas and resurrecting the Ferdinand Marcos against Bongbong will be taboo to the people.
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Odnalor Obirt says:
July 13, 2015 at 7:16 am
Whatever the Liberal Party do and whoever will be their choice for presidential candidate will not win unless they find a complete plan of cheating how to win. It already started with the appointment of that nephew of Aka Iqbal in the COMELEC. This is another reason why majority of us, Filipinos, really hated Pnoy up to the bone. The one and only way to regain the heart of the Patriotic Filipinos to support the LP is to scrap BBL, bring to prison those responsible for the massacre of SAF44 and bring to court those who drafted the FAB, CAB, and BBL.
ablogvictorio says:
July 13, 2015 at 7:59 am
Pagpasok ni Bongbong Marcos sigurado taob silang lahat, count my vote Bongbong come 2016
Ikabod Bubwit says:
July 13, 2015 at 1:00 am
Mass dagdag-bawas in the 2016 election means a lot of trouble. It could trigger a constitutional crisis.
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fyi says:
July 12, 2015 at 11:57 pm
None of the above thank you very much.
Who could possibly run and win that would jail the corrupt liberal party and their willing minions such as De Lima and Ombudsman Morales. Who will make them accountable for protecting the corrupt or who those that did nothing with their positions except enrich themselves ?
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Migs Doromal says:
July 12, 2015 at 11:05 pm
JEJOMAR remains the man to beat. The three clowns in the PNP Custodial Center and their followers will without doubt, cast their lot on Rambotito. So will ERAP in spite of his tantrums lately. That solid base of Jejomar coupled with ERAP’s loyal base will spell DISASTER for the LIBERAL PLUNDERERS (LP) Aquino, Roxas, Abad, and Drilon who will become the new VIPs at the Custodial Center. Nonong Cruz and his financier Buddy Zamora would be wise to pack up and leave if they value sleep. Trillanes, Cayetano, and Pimentel will find themselves the new subject of a new Senate Blue Ribbon witch-hunt after the collapse of the LP led coalition in 2016. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will be allowed to go home under house arrest for humanitarian reasons. Same with the three clowns who cast their lot on Rambotito giving up their quarters for over two years to make way for the new guests.
That is how this nation will be entertained.


Aquino’s ‘six-hour dinner:’ That’s how damaged PH democracy has become  July 19, 2015 9:38 pm RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO


by RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

The Philippine Daily Inquirer expectedly glamorized it with its puerile headlines “Guess who’s coming to dinner?” and “Stand-off at Palace dinner.”

They were referring to President Aquino’s six-hour dinner last Wednesday with Mar Roxas, senators Grace Poe Llamanzares and Francis Escudero, who purportedly would run in the 2016 elections. For what positions exactly, is anybody’s guess at this point. They had Chinese for dinner, Escudero was quoted as saying. What?

Stand back, think a bit, and you will really be shocked: “How have we come to this?

Has the President become some kind of monarch to decide who the Party bet is over dinner?

And one of the biggest newspapers is gaga over it? Has our electoral democracy become so bad it is decided over six-hour dinners?

But at least the paper has turned its klieg lights toward one of our biggest problems as a nation: Our very damaged system of electing our leaders, especially its highest officer, the President.

The Americans imposed on us this kind of democracy in which everyone – all registered voters at least, 50 million on May 8 – will choose who they think should be President, and the candidate who gets the most votes wins.

But the US had also created two crucial institutions in our country to fine-tune such one-man-one-vote system. These institutions are working very well in their case, and we are reading about it now – that’s what all the fuss about billionaire candidate Donald Trump’s slur on Mexicans is – as they have also started their own electoral season.

In our case, though, for various reasons, these institutions have been wrecked or are severely damaged.

The first institution is the two-party system – in their case the Republican and Democratic parties, in ours, the Nacionalista and Liberal parties – which, despite its weaknesses, worked well before. Marcos tore down the system, of course, with his one-man rule. Cory Aquino refused to rebuild it with her naive goal of a “multi-party” system.

The second institution is an independent, professional, and – I grope for an appropriate word – aggressive press.

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Imagine: If we had a US-style two-party system, whom would the parties pick as their presidential candidates? Who would win in a debate?

Imagine: If we had a US-style two-party system, whom would the parties pick as their presidential candidates? Who would win in a debate?

These two institutions function for a similar purpose, which is to filter the chaff from the grain, as it were, to be a gauntlet to determine whether one should even consider running for the Presidency.



These two institutions hold in check the glaring weakness of a democracy in the era of mass media: that the masses are easily ensnared by an incompetent celebrity, as what happened in 2004 when they thought an aging actor was the hero he portrayed in the movies. Now his daughter is flying in the political firmament on the wings of that deception.

The US system of primaries, caucuses, and the campaign toward the final party convention to choose its candidate, subject the aspirants to the most rigorous scrutiny. Such dissection of a candidate by the party, or his rivals within the Party in many cases, demolishes a candidate’s celebrity or name-recall advantage.

The 2008 US contest

One case was during the 2008 presidential contest, when John Edwards seemed to have a good shot at the Democratic Party nomination, with his American-boy good looks, a contrast to the African-American Barack Obama.

However, after his extra-martial affair with a member of his staff and the contradiction between his anti-poverty slogan with his personal wealth and lifestyle (such as his $400 haircuts), Edwards withdrew from the race and endorsed Obama’s nomination.

Imagine if we had a two-party system with primaries.

Let’s imagine there was a Liberal Party in 2004 under which Fernando Poe, Jr. ran.

Do you think the dark side of his past – especially after downing cases of beer –wouldn’t have been uncovered, his total incompetence in politics and government completely exposed?

And say, he did not get nominated by the Party, all his Panday movies would have amounted to nothing.

Even that underachiever in Congress for two decades, Benigno Aquino 3rd, wouldn’t have been nominated by the Liberal Party, so those morbid condolence votes that won him the 2010 elections couldn’t have been put into play.

Mar Roxas would have been the Party’s hands-down candidate.

Now consider Grace Llamanzares. It would be the Liberal Party itself who would investigate her citizenship and residency requirements, and tell her she couldn’t be the Party’s candidate, that the Party couldn’t risk its prestige for betting on a candidate who knowingly would violate the constitution.

Let’s be honest. What qualities or qualifications does Llamanzares possess that she should be considered having a good shot at the Presidency?

Opinion polls. That’s really all. Opinion polls that are, in the first place, flawed. Note the big, big “undecided” responses in the more accurate 3- or 4 way polls – which means “I don’t know enough of what you’re asking, you stupid pollster.” Secondly, these reflect at this point shallow impressions by respondents, gleaned from TV and tabloids, really.

In contrast, I would think Mar Roxas and Jojo Binay – because of their track records in the Party and in politics – would have easily gotten their respective party’s nomination. Escudero would have been told: “Please wait your turn.”

The media’s crucial role in democracy was demonstrated in the US 2008 elections, when Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, was proven to be so incompetent by the Press that she even dented her Party’s presidential candidate John McCain’s chances of winning.

Palin and Poe

The Republican Party initially seemed to be successful in its strategy of getting as vice presidential candidate an all-American but feisty woman representing the silent (read: conservative) majority. She actually reminds me of Senator Poe-Llamanzares.

The American Press, though, did its job and was intrepid in getting her to reveal what she actually knows, which turned out to be very little.

For instance, she demonstrated her utter ignorance of the world when she said she would know how to deal with Russia since Russia is her home province Alaska’s “next-door neighbor.” Pressed in a televised interview on what newspapers she reads to be knowledgeable on current events, she couldn’t name one.

Imagine if our Press were as persistent and professional.

I am sure that, well because Senator Antonio Trillanes 4th had latched on the issue like Aquino’s Doberman, Binay would be prepared to answer allegations about the Makati City Hall Building and the Batangas Estate. From his decades of being in politics, Roxas would come out well in an interview.

Escudero, of course, has proven to be very glib, especially after a shot or two of Scotch or Vodka.

But would Llamanzares answer in a televised interview – asked not by a reporter fawning over her, and there are many – when and how she renounced her citizenship and whether her husband remains an American citizen?

Why she had a press conference to announce her Senate committee’s Mamasapano report, but didn’t actually report it out to the Senate? Can she explain her stand on the Bangsamoro? Does she think IRA allocations are just? How will she fix the country?

It was really the Press which cut down Llamanzares’ adoptive father in the 2004 elections, and not by any cheating by President Arroyo’s officials. (There isn’t even a case filed to allege this, and a pending one is over the 2008 senatorial elections.)

After editors continued to scold them for not getting a single quote from him, they filed negative stories, and pounced on Poe when he bullied broadcast reporter Sandra Aguinaldo like a street toughie.

It was the height of arrogance for convicted President Joseph Estrada to think that his bosom friend Poe, because of his celebrity status, could win the 2004 elections, even if the former actor wouldn’t participate in a debate. Even the masses felt suspicious why their idol didn’t have the balls to debate his rivals, or even be interviewed at length by the Press.

I say this with a heavy heart: The Press has been totally reneging on its role as a bastion of democracy. I do hope we regain our brains and balls in this coming election by first, forcing the candidates to really talk, to answer the hard questions, and second, forcing all of them to participate in debates with their rivals.

If the National Press Club, the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines, the Philippine Press Institute, the Manila Overseas Press Club, the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas can’t get the candidates to a debate, they should be disbanded for reneging on their role in a democracy.


Strategy in arbitration case needs rethinking July 13, 2015 11:24 pm


IN a famous essay at the height of the Cold War in 1952, “The Dangerous Amateurs,” the famed political philosopher Walter Lippmann warned against the dangers that amateur diplomats pose to the work of diplomacy, and how if unrestrained, they could make “diplomacy suffer unnecessarily.”

We think of his words today as we monitor the progress of the jurisdiction hearings at the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague, and observe how the project appears to have gotten out of control.

When the original seven-member delegation departed for the Netherlands last week, we wished it Godspeed, because we considered its mission a worthy cause: the presentation of the nation’s case against China’s incursion into national territory in the Spratlys and in what we call the West Philippine Sea.

When the delegation suddenly swelled to 35 members, we were dumbstruck. How can adding more bodies and factotums improve our standing with the arbitration court? Already, some are saying that the pent-up passions of the Administration for a junket have been released by this mission.

Also, people in The Hague are talking that our case is involving as many or more people than the trials of Milosevic and other accused war criminals in the Bosnian conflict.

Just when we were recovering our breath, Philippine Communist Party Chairman Jose Maria Sison suddenly came from out of the blue and issued his own statement in support of our government’s position in the dispute and some criticism of China.

We wondered, mouth agape, about this turn of events.

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Will China, which funded Sison’s founding of the CPP in 1968, relent from its massive reclamations in the disputed waters, after seeing one of their old comrades take a position against them?

We were skeptical that this CPP intervention would go anywhere. But then, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, accompanied by House majority leader Neptali Gonzalez, decided to strike out on their own for a bit of peacemaking. He conducted informal talks with Sison about the renewal of peace talks between the government and the CPP.

They figured that they could justify their costly presence in The Hague by generating some publicity and a photo opportunity.

We need to get serious about this whole business by recognizing that this recourse to arbitration is a crucial part of our diplomacy as a nation. It is not a picnic. It is a serious effort to advance our national interest, and our standing in the world.

Why did the country’s delegation swell into such numbers? How did these personages become such worthy members of the panel? Why did the speaker go off tangent and suddenly mutate into a peace negotiator or whatever?

Did Belmonte and Gonzalez get at least a briefing on the status and situation of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army?

Indeed, we need whatever useful help we can get. But there is a point when this eccentricity in our approach to the hearings can become comical and counterproductive.

One analyst here in the country noted a serious disconnect.

When China offered talks with the Philippines on the dispute, with no strings attached, our government balked and issued a proud statement of refusal.

When the Philippine Communist Party offered to renew peace negotiations, Speaker Belmonte immediately bit. And they all cheerfully posed for pictures.

It appears that some members of the delegation have become self-conscious about their decorative presence at The Hague. They have an irresistible desire to show the folks back home that they are doing some good for the country, and not just enjoying the junket.

This carelessness has immeasurably raised the stakes in the arbitration hearings. If the hearings conclude with the court deciding to take on the case, fine, well done. Come back home.

If they end, instead, with the court declining to get involved, there will be a loud groan here at home.

President Aquino’s foreign policy will get a big black eye. He won’t be able to walk straight for a while.

5 Responses to Strategy in arbitration case needs rethinking
jaime says:
July 14, 2015 at 12:41 pm
Just an observation if it is an arbitration will it prosper when one of the principal participants refuse to participate? If it proceeds as the Philippines prayed for will it be called arbitration still?
Have a little doubt about our strategy, our case might be returned for lack of opponents. Of course I want to see all the territories become part of the Philippines for the sake of our fishermen. I am afraid our adversarial position not back up by resources might work against us.
Hope not.
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justin says:
July 14, 2015 at 9:24 am
Indeed, we are fools. China is destined to be the most powerful country on earth. Who wants to shame China ? Only Filipino leaders are ‘shaming’ China. Let us prepare for their reaction.
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domingo says:
July 14, 2015 at 9:13 am
I wish, nay demand that malacanang submit to us taxpayers a report detailing the process of picking and the reasons for the oversized delegation that went to the Hague explaining the function/s of each person in it. I am no expert but it seems obvious to me that our arguments before the arbitration tribunal will not be enhanced at all by having a bigger delegation I don’t think they will even be allowed to enter the chamber of the arbitrators.
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vg says:
July 14, 2015 at 8:23 am
The scheming of of the Yellow gang is atrociously wrong. They decided to go to the Hague to argue that the tribunal has jurisdiction. It is all about political pressure. To advertise it fully, 35 people were sent on a junket to make sure they could get media’s attention. The plan is just another example of wasteful spending with no benefit to the Nation. We are clinging to a hope that the tribunal will rule that as a nation we have jurisdiction over the disputed seas, but first the tribunal must rule it has jurisdiction over such a claim. China’s rule over the seas within its 9 dash line has already been accepted in the international world. We are trying to reverse that opinion. We have zero chance.
We need to continue to talk with China and make some kind of deal.
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Mariano Patalinjug says:
July 14, 2015 at 4:44 am
Yonkers, New York
13 July 2015
The size of the Philippine Delegation to the Oral Arguments before the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands, has nothing to do whatsoever with whether or not the Court will rule that it has JURISDICTION over the China-Philippines territorial dispute case.
It is the arguments presented by Secretary of Foreign Affairs ALBERT DEL ROSARIO and by a team of international experts on the Law of the Seas led by PAUL REICHLER that will determine how the Court rules on the issue of JURISDICTIOIN.
The rest of the Delegation–the Executive Secretary, the two justices of the Supreme Court, the Secretary of Justice, the Secretary of Defense, the Solicitor General, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives–are there to give the impression that the high and mighty of the Philippine Government are all fully supporting the case the Philippines has brought against China.
MARIANO PATALINJUG
Lapulapu1927@yahoo.com
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5 + 1 years of baloney July 14, 2015 8:31 pm Marlen V. Ronquillo


by MARLEN V. RONQUILLO--PHOTO COURTESY OF MANILA TODAY ONLINE

AS Mr. Aquino is preparing for his last SONA, the most relevant question to ask is not about what his address would be but this one:

Why did the nation fail to react to his many over-the-top, hollow SONA claims over the past five years?

And the broader question: Why are his day-to-day claims that we are better off now than we were five years ago still uncontested?

Mr. Aquino has been dishing out partisan, highly biased claims about his presidency since 2010, yet not one has stood up to offer a truer, less partisan version of the little his administration has done–little things that have been blown out of proportion.

Under a democracy, when a President says the world is flat, it is the function of that nation’s civil society or the function of that nation’s public intellectuals to correct the President and throw at him the evidence that it is otherwise. Forget the politicians.

Correcting the incredulous, unverifiable, egregious claims of a President is a vital function of informed, vigilant citizens under a democracy.

There are no Dear Leaders in a real democracy, a democracy with fully functioning institutions.

In the case of Mr. Aquino, however, he has been feeding the nation with five years of baloney and no one has been able to present compelling and powerful (and metrics-based) evidence that it is not so. The political parties, it is common knowledge, are too enfeebled to do that.

For example these: The general claim that life has been better for Filipinos. That this is no longer the sclerotic country he took over from five years ago. That this is no longer the brazenly corrupt country he took over from five years ago.

Expressions of triumphalism, ad infinitum.

Viewing these claims from the prism of his own-challenged life, the common man knows that Mr. Aquino must be talking about another country. Or that his claims are fairy tales. But his assigned fact-checkers in a democracy, the public intellectuals or segments of the civil society that are supposed to know better and are mandated to correct the President, have been absent over the past five years of the Aquino rule.

The common man has nowhere to turn to for sage advice so he can vet the truthfulness or falsehoods of Mr. Aquino’s grandiose claims.

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No one has successfully argued the point that Mr. Aquino’s claim of delivering a better life to most of us, is at best, a doubtful proposition. It is true for the upper class and top 1 percent who have been sucking up most of the economic gains for the past five years.

And in five years, he has helped create a thriving number of Filipino dollar billionaires that Forbes tracks down assiduously. But the fact that the 99 percent are just bystanders in the so-called economic miracles under Mr. Aquino remains a muted issue. Because the fact-checkers for democracy have largely ignored that issue.

What is sadder is that verifying and fact-checking Mr. Aquino’s grandiose claims is not really a draconian task at all for public intellectuals who can shift readily through facts and data and counter the over-the-top claims. They only need a few minutes to do that.

After Pope Francis called the “ trickle-down” doctrine bunk and after President Obama defined the crippling impact of inequality in stark terms, American public intellectuals readily supported those statements with data. With clear charts, data was readily presented.

From 2009 to 2014, the five years after 2008– the year the Great Recession struck the developed world–the income of the Top 1 grew by 58 percent. The income of the bottom plus 90 percent grew by just 1.6 percent.

The downward spiral of the fortunes of the American middle class, the figures also showed, started in earnest in the early 1980s, the start of the trickle-down experiment. The best years for the middle class, to further debunk trickle-down, were during the high tax regimes.

How can we explain the epic failure of the Filipino public intellectuals to fact-check the claims of Mr. Aquino and five years of baloney?

Throw into that mix the egomaniacal rants of those in the business of punditry and we have a complete paralysis of independent thinking and across-the-board vacuity. The Manila Times has voices that are both critical and independent but they have been drowned out by the general cluelessness of the pundit class.

With no one stepping in to separate truth from baloney, dross from gold and hype from real accomplishments, the last year of Mr. Aquino will run on an entirely predictable course–feeding us more of the same unproven, unverifiable claims of greatness.

The last SONA will be a valedictory address of some sort for Mr. Aquino. Many feel that he will use the last SONA as a forum to cite his imagined legacies. Which predictably will be these:

An “ anti-corruption” campaign that prosecuted mostly his political enemies, or those who would oppose his anointed candidate in 2016.

An economic growth that vacuumed 90 percent of the gains upward, making his government a reverse Robin Hood–getting from the poor to reward to the rich.

A government of “ integrity” that cynically invented the DAP to replace the pork barrel and concentrate power over the pork to the executive branch.

Of course, we will just turn off our TV sets during his “legacy-cementing” last SONA. Then make a silent vow to vote against his banner carrier in 2016.


Doing the right thing vs. doing things right July 16, 2015 1:20 am YEN MAKABENTA


by YEN MAKABENTA

IN his column in the Star last July 14, my colleague Bobit Avila asked aloud, “Why can’t Malacañang do anything right?” Many will readily agree that it’s a fair question to raise, considering the litany of mishaps and mistakes that has marked all five years of the Aquino presidency.

Some friends believe that bobit shouldn’t have stopped at just this question. He should have wondered also: “Why can’t President Aquino do the right thing?”

In ethics and leadership studies, experts and scholars say that “doing the right thing”, more than “doing things right,” is the essential issue to address in judging the conduct of people in high office, be it in government or the private sector. Indeed, it may be the heart of the matter.

Management and leadership

Warren Bennis, the pioneer of leadership studies at Harvard University and the University of Southern California, has written that given the nature and constancy of change and challenges in the 21st century, nations and societies need a new generation of leaders –leaders, not managers.

He contends that there is a profound difference between management and leadership. In this context, he issued his famous dictum: “A good manager does things right; a leader does the right thing.”

Bennis explains his point as follows: both management and leadership are important. “To manage” means “to bring about, to accomplish, to have charge of or responsibility for, to conduct.” “Leading” is “influencing, guiding in direction, course, action, opinion.”

The distinction is crucial. Leadership may be summarized as activities of vision and judgment—wherein the measure of success is effectiveness. Management in contrast refers to activities of mastering routines or process – where the measure of success is efficiency.

Cases in Aquino’s presidency

To return to Avila’s column, the columnist cited several cases or illustrations to make his point, viz:

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1. The case of Pio Emmanuel Mijares, the Ateneo de Naga student who heckled the President in Naga city, and was charged for public disturbance and assault against a person of authority, and whose case was finally dismissed this July after Malacanang proved a no-show at the hearings.

2. the case of Lt. General Hernando Delfin Carmelo Irriberi, who was recently appointed by the president as the new AFP Chief of staff, and who, it turns out, is facing a graft case filed by the Office of the Ombudsman; and

3. Malacañang sanctioning of a junket by 35 public officials and factotums in connection with the hearing of the nation’s arbitration case vs. china before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Netherlands.

These cases are by no means the most glaring instances of poor judgment by the Aquino government. There are far, far worse.

Aquino’s inability to do the right thing in his handling of the very first budget of his government showed his total ignorance of the budget process, and laid the seeds for the creation of the Disbursement Acceleration program (DAP), by the ever greedy budget secretary Butch Abad.

When Aquino turned his attention obsessively to impeaching chief justice Renato Corona, he embarked on arguably the biggest blunder of his presidency, because this project would lead him to bribe and corrupt the members of both houses of congress. And it could lead to his landing behind bars once he leaves office next year.

Another case of his not doing the right thing is clearly his crazy decision to commit to the creation of a Bangsamoro substate in Mindanao, which involves the dismemberment of national territory.

Strikingly, in refusing to adopt without changes the palace version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Sen. Bongbong Marcos declared that the Senate must do the right thing with such important legislation. They must do what is constitutional and just to all the people of Mindanao.

By the same token, when critics including yours truly criticize the administration’s management of the rescue, relief, recovery and rehabilitation effort in East Visayas in the Yolanda/Haiyan disaster, we submit that the Aquino government went the whole hog – they did not do the right thing there, and they did not do things right. Aquino appointed former Senator Panfilo Lacson as rehabilitation czar, and gave him no authority and nothing to do. Presidential leadership in this the greatest typhoon disaster in history was a total failure, despite massive international assistance.

Again and again through all the five years of Aquino’s presidency, we encounter countless instances of government failing to “do the right thing” and to “do things right.”

President BS Aquino has been effective and efficient only on one part of his agenda— and that is, in exacting revenge and punishment on political enemies and rivals. In everything else, he was a slouch.

The importance of doing the right thing shows in the primacy that philosophers and ethicists assign to such conduct.

The writer C.S. lewis wrote: “integrity is doing the right thing, even when nobody is looking.”

Another thinker wrote: “Character is doing the right thing. There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught.”

Finally, one ethicist says, “The moral path is doing the right thing.”

Tactical and Strategic thinking

Interestingly, the digital entrepreneur John Tabita uses the same concepts to distinguish between strategic and tactical thinking.

He writes: “Tactical thinking is “doing things right,” while Strategic thinking is “doing the right things.” Strategic thinking is typically leadership: creating the vision. Whereas Tactical thinking is management: implementing the vision.”

Difficulties arise when one or the other, rather than both, is used to tackle a problem.

“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before the defeat,” according to Sun Tzu.

On Monday, July 27, in his final SONA, we shall know how BS Aquino views his five-year record in a totally different light.
yenmakabenta@yahoo.com

3 Responses to Doing the right thing vs. doing things right
genesisbughaw says:
July 16, 2015 at 8:46 am
Greetings!
Presidint BS is Aquino as i see it is a voracious reader in aid of teleprompter.
All in his nutshell are all product supplied by his script writers.
He has no intelligence, he is a pragmatist or a practical person who actually deserve to attend to non-stressing situation.
Leader if i may, inspire, set clarity on strategic direction of what he intend to achieve and team maker.
Manager in my plain understanding is a responsibilty and ability to manage things,tools, human resources and organization.
Complexities and complications are all part of doing the right thing and doing things right.
In fact, if you have the essential qualities of leadership and possessed managerial skills, it’s challenging and quite enjoying of doing things.
Yes! the script writers of President BS. Aquino sophistry is what we will see in his final SONA.
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P.Akialamiro says:
July 16, 2015 at 3:12 am
You said it in a nutshell, Mr. Yen M. The sad thing is, you are referring to an ‘old’ dog who thinks he knows all the tricks when, it’s obvious, he doesn’t (even stubborn, at that) as he has shown during his five years in office. The rest of his term will be of no avail; a hopeless case!
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Guadalupe says:
July 16, 2015 at 2:54 am
This Abnoy is a failure as a human being and as a leader. It would be a truism to say that he is none of those. He is a freak of nature that is best behind bars, so he could do no further harm.


The Tuwid na Daan Myth July 16, 2015 1:15 am Ricardo Saludo


by RICARDO SALUDO

A CONVERSATION this week with two visitors from abroad, an investment banker based in Hong Kong and a veteran journalist covering Asian business, showed how the myth of President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s purported anti-corruption campaign has captivated even the very knowledgeable and highly informed.

The banker wondered whether Aquino’s much-touted fight against graft would continue after he steps down. To which this writer replied that far from reducing sleaze, this administration has, in fact, seen the worst corruption since the excesses of the Marcos regime. Consider the following unprecedented anomalies, among many others:

• Smuggling as indicated by International Monetary Fund Direction of Trade Statistics up five-fold to $19 billion a year in 2011 and 2012, from $3 billion in the past
• Pork barrel trebled to well over P20 billion a year in 2011-13, with even larger amounts in disguised pork all the way to 2016, as revealed even by Aquino ally Panfilo Lacson
• Dubious commuter train and military helicopter contracts putting people’s lives at risk and impacting adversely on daily travel and on combat and disaster operations
• The blatant demand for $30 million bribe from a Czech company, confirmed by no less than the Czech ambassador — never before in Philippine diplomatic relations
• The unconstitutional reshuffling of at least P157 billion in state funds, much of it to unbudgeted expenditures — the largest case of malversation in the country ever.

President Aquino’s last State of the Nation Address on July 27 is sure to trumpet his claimed accomplishments, so it’s timely to reprint portions of a four-part article on the myths of his rule.

It was published on February 24 and 26, and March 3 and 5, debunking widespread untruths about purported achievements in the economy, anti-corruption, poverty alleviation, and national security.

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The biggest myth of all claims that Aquino’s Tuwid na Daan campaign has dramatically reduced corruption. Excerpts of the portion dispelling the anti-graft image:

Along with Malacañang’s false claim that President Aquino engineered the economy’s growth surge, which in fact began with the 2005-06 fiscal reforms, the other oft-repeated myth to debunk is the untruth that he resolutely battled and drastically reduced graft.

In fact, Aquino abetted anomalies by allies and friends, and corruption remains rampant after years of 'Tuwid na Daan'.

Just as the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines lamented “selective prosecution” of the pork barrel scam, Aquino has used corruption accusations to jail and oust opponents, while sparing his clique of Kaklase, Kakampi and Kabarilan (classmates, allies, and shooting buddies).

This “KKK” coddling sharply constrasts with the quick resignation of then-President Gloria Arroyo’s Justice, Defense and Agriculture secretaries when accused of irregularities in 2001, 2003 and 2005, respectively.
Coddling KKK cronies

Pro-Aquino pressmen and broadcasters helped Aquino get away with this cronyism by downplaying administration anomalies after initial headlines and controversy. Thus, the public has largely forgotten about:

• More than 2,000 containers lost in 2011, the country’s largest spate of smuggling ever
• Archbishop Oscar Cruz’s jueteng bribery charge against Aquino shooting buddy and then-Interior Undersecretary Rico Puno and then-National Police Chief Jesus Versoza
• The overpriced billion-peso PNP rifle bidding supervised by Puno, who quit afterward
• Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa’s rumored P40-million White Plains mansion
• Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima’s reported failure to file income tax returns
• Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala’s alleged pork barrel anomalies
• Political Adviser Ronald Llamas’s firearms and pirated DVDs brouhahas
• Rice smuggling under Aquino’s food czars Lito Banayo and Orlan Calayag
• Corporate meddling and gambling by Land Transportation head Virginia Torres
• Repeated Bilibid scandals, starting with Aquino’s first prisons head Ernesto Diokno

In these and other controversies, President Aquino has consistently defended his KKK cronies, and spared them from honest-to-goodness investigations and punitive sanctions.

When [casino czar Cristino] Naguiat and his family were found to have improperly enjoyed a Macau trip paid for by a company applying for a casino license, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda justified the junket as “industry practice”.

Aquino did not probe the unprecedented smuggling of thousands of uninspected, untaxed containers, which led to the trebling of contraband to $19 billion a year, based on International Monetary Fund data, and P200 billion in lost revenues, by Aquino’s own count.

It would have been so easy to investigate officials accountable for releasing and receiving cargo, who should have taken steps after, say, 50 disappearances. But the Palace won’t sanction anyone who might then name the bigwigs behind the scam.

The real corruption score

Turning to statistics, the way the President and his political and media allies have trumpeted 'Tuwid na Daan', one might expect dramatic falls in corruption indicators. Yet most data have shown little improvement and even some worsening.

In the 2013 Global Corruption Barometer survey by Transaparency International, nearly one-fifth of GCB respondents in the country said corruption “increased a lot” since the TI poll in 2010.

Another 12 percent said sleaze got a little worse, with nearly a third finding no improvement under Aquino. A further 35 percent thought graft “decreased a little”.

That’s almost nine out of ten Filipinos not greatly impressed with Tuwid na Daan.
Social Weather Stations polled businesses annually in 2000-09 and 2012-13 on actual and perceived corruption.

The 2013 survey showed worsening corruption after improvements in 2008, 2009 and 2012.

Respondents with personal knowledge of corruption over the past twelve months dropped every year from the 2007 peak to a low of 55 percent in 2012. But in 2013, when the pork barrel scandal broke, those who personally know of graft rose to 59 percent.

And bribery for government contracts in Metro Manila, where most national agencies bid out projects, rose from 42 percent in 2009 to 49 percent in 2012 and 50 percent in 2013. (The excerpt ends.)

In or after his last State of the Nation Address on July 27, President Aquino will name his preferred successor to continue his legacy. God help the Philippines if they succeed.

9 Responses to The Tuwid na Daan Myth
Rodel Barzo says:
July 16, 2015 at 1:51 pm
It’r purely a MYTH…….. It’s selective justice under this administration…….
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Marlo says:
July 16, 2015 at 1:08 pm
Ano ba ang ipinagmamayabang ni aquino, ng kanyang mga gangmates at mga suforters (sinadyang i-mali ang spelling para maintindihan ng mga lowlifes) niya na legacy? In my simple mind, an effort becomes a legacy when it is continued by someone even when the initiator (or godfather in the case of aquino) is gone. So going back to the concept of legacy in the mindset of aquino, is it a legacy of corruption, a legacy of thievery, a legacy of consistent neglect of general welfare, a legacy of valuing the primacy of vested interest? What else? Come on coloma, lacierda and volte aka valte, what else?
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goryu says:
July 16, 2015 at 12:25 pm
Wala naman talagang ginawang mabuti ang ABNOY kundi manigarilyo s a trabaho,manisi ng manisi,magpabaya(yolanda victim,zamboanga siege.bohol lindol,luneta hostasges etc),,maghiganti,manuhol(corona case,RH bill,BBL at magpatay( luisita strikes,SAF44 etc)
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Vic Penetrante says:
July 16, 2015 at 10:05 am
PNoy never heard the voice of ‘his’ bosses. His deafness is due to the loudness of his broadcasting 'Tuwid na Daan'.
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Concern-Citizen says:
July 16, 2015 at 9:27 am
The big question is – Who will run after them – to serve true justice? We, as a nation hit rock bottom and there is no sign of recovery. What a dark nation we have?
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P.Akialamiro says:
July 16, 2015 at 7:02 am
There’s no such thing as ‘tuwid na daan’ if the actions do not point to it. Instead, divisiveness, vindictiveness, ineptness, indifference, calousness, indecisiveness and denials, point to “baluktot na daan”. This is the kind of government Pres BS Aquino would like his ‘successor’ to continue with his programs.
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Bobski Natividad says:
July 16, 2015 at 6:28 am
I entirely agree with you sir, it’s a myth R.A. 9485 is only a paper tiger to combat CORRUPTION, no goverment agency from top to bottom respect it.
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arabof says:
July 16, 2015 at 2:58 am
And the inquirer news loves Aquino!
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ted says:
July 16, 2015 at 12:51 pm
Ask the owner of the Inquirer, the Prietos, who likewise own the Dunkin Donut license in the country, what has happen to their 25 billion peso tax liability to the govt., you will know why the Inquirer adore Abnoy Aquino.
The court has already decided on it in favor of the govt, but Kimkim does not want to touch it as if it has some kind of a plague.


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