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EDITORIAL: CANDIDATES SHOULD MAKE THEIR MEDICAL RECORDS PUBLIC


FEBRUARY 16 -CARTOON COURTESY OF jwalshconfidential - LET’S not be ambiguous about this: We firmly reject any assertion by political candidates that their health records are a confidential matter. We consider that an attempt to hide vital information necessary for voters to be able to make an informed choice when any candidate refuses to make his health and medical information available to the public. This stand applies to any candidate at any level, but let’s focus on the leading presidential contenders just for the sake of illustrating the point. Of the five main candidates – former DILG secretary Mar Roxas, Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, and Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte – only two, Poe and Roxas, by their physical appearance do not arouse obvious questions about the status of their health. That alone is certainly not proof that they are in fact in good physical condition, but it is a fact that neither is of an advanced age, or has had any health issues that have come to the attention of the public. Of the remaining three, Vice President Binay has said that he has been given a clean bill of health, and to the uninformed observer certainly appears to be hale and hearty, but he is 73 years old. Senator Santiago, who is 70, had a well-publicized bout with advanced lung cancer that is in remission, according to her; she has also, in recent years, occasionally had her work in the Senate compromised by other health issues. Mayor Duterte, who is also 70 years old, has candidly admitted he suffers from several ailments, but has kept the details to himself; he recently was forced to alter his campaign schedule to get some rest after suffering from what was variously reported as a migraine, a mild stroke, or fatigue. READ MORE...

ALSO: Editorial - An immoral candidacy
[It is not simply a matter of vast amounts of money that could be put to better use being thrown down a hole. It is the extremely disturbing confirmation that such disregard for the acceptable standards of campaign and selective application of rules have become the norm, that the Golden Rule has indeed become, “He who has the gold, rules.” It is an immoral mockery of our already imperfect democracy, and the people of the Philippines must, if they value their future at all, make certain it is not allowed to continue beyond May 9.]


FEBRUARY 22 -THE allegations that have been thrown at the Liberal Party’s favored son Manuel A. “Mar” Roxas 2nd in the past few weeks are breathtaking in their scale, all the more so because there are glaring indications that they may be entirely justified. Aquino’s ‘Plan A’ candidate, as he is being sarcastically referred to by many critics, is finding it difficult to escape scrutiny for three serious issues. The first, which we have examined several times since the beginning of this year, is the dubious “bottom-up budgeting” or BUB program, which Roxas has been dangling before local government officials all around the country as a reason they should support his candidacy. The offer sounds so much like a quid pro quo that some entertaining public commentators in the social media have suggested the acronym BUB actually stands for “bribe ur barangay,” and as we pointed out in an earlier editorial last month, it is almost impossible for Roxas and his camp to promise that it will continue under his administration without it sounding like funds-for-votes exchange. What makes the tactic laughable is that the program is far from the benefit it is portrayed to be by the Aquino Administration and its would-be replacement. In an independent assessment released at the beginning of this month, only 23 percent of BUB projects started in 2013 have ever been completed, and a mere 1 percent of those begun in 2014 have been finished. Even more alarming, only 4 percent of the not-yet completed projects from 2014 are still considered ongoing (the figure for the previous year is a little better, at 25 percent), meaning that under the current program that Roxas promises to maintain should he be elected, only one in four projects at most have a chance of actually being realized. READ MORE...

ALSO: By Kits Tatad -Did Marcos father this foundling?
[The real danger Levity aside, the prospect of being declared the daughter of Marcos should terrify Mary Grace for the most obvious reasons. Right now, she is trying to maintain PNoy’s friendship and confidence in order to win her case at the Supreme Court, and repeat her “hocus PCOS” victory in the 2013 elections. So far, PNoy appears willing to play with her. But the moment she is shown to be Marcos’s daughter, all that would be blown by the wind.]


FEBRUARY 16 -by FRANCISCO S. TATAD
Having served as presidential press secretary, spokesman, and information minister from 1969 to 1980 (during the Marcos years), I have been asked by friends, who seem to believe that I keep some of the nation’s unspeakable secrets, what value I give to the latest published speculations that Sen. Grace Poe Natividad Sonora Poe Llamanzares is–or at least could be–the illegitimate daughter of the late President Ferdinand Marcos by the former actress Rosemarie Sonora, sister of the more famous actress Jesusa Sonora Poe (aka Susan Roces), adoptive mother of the celebrated foundling. As if that were not enough, I have also been asked to respond directly to fellow Times columnist Rigoberto Tiglao’s question on this page on Monday: “Why does Poe refuse to take a DNA test with Marcos Jr.?” To the first question, my answer is: I frankly don’t know; I never heard of any such thing during my ten years in the Cabinet. Malacañang has always been an active rumor mill, constantly buzzing with all sorts of rumors about everybody. To the best of my knowledge, many saw Marcos as a ladies’ man, and he might have thought so himself. Although married to the most beautiful First Lady in the world, he also had feet of clay, and had his peccadillos, which did not escape the gossipmongers. And yet I never heard any talk about him and Rosemarie Sonora. Was this simply because I came on board the Cabinet after 1968? It first appeared in WikipediaBefore Mary Grace’s foundling story exploded as a major political controversy, Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia in the Internet, used to carry a blunt reference to it. Only recently was this portion of her personal history deleted and the whole thing replaced with a version that reads like an official press release from her campaign headquarters. READ MORE...


ALSO: By Rigoberto Tiglao - The Candidates: Ms. Panday, Dirty Harry, the Clone and the Mayor


FEBRUARY 16 -by RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO
Let’s not fool ourselves into believing that the May election is one in which Filipino voters will choose a President they think has the best platform of government for the country. The scheduled “presidential” debates are not likely to be real exchanges of rational thinking to crystallize issues in the same way the college debates of our youth sought to thresh out issues. It will be a contest of sound bites, of the best and most imaginative verbal dirt-hurling in an “ang-pikon-talo” match – all intended to project a certain image of the candidate. We all know that candidates just pay underpaid academics or speechwriters to come up with platforms, and they just do what they want to do and don’t do what they don’t want to do when they become president. It is entirely a contest of image-building, even atrociously false ones. Thanks to the survey of Mr. Pedro Laylo Jr., made public in the Manila Standard, we have an empirical basis to describe these images. (You can access this at http://thestandard.com.ph/news/headlines/198854/poe-keeps-lead-in-laylo-survey.html ) Candidate No. 1: Ms. Panday The first candidate is Ms. Panday, Panday II, or Panday’s daughter – Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares. C’mon, people are not voting for this foundling, or more probably the winter-spring lovechild of a 51-year old Philippine President with a 20-year old starlet, even putting her at the head of the pack. They are not voting for this well-off Assumption College alumna who preferred to pursue the American dream in the US of A, and who worked in short-stints as a grade-school teacher, as “procurement liaison” for an obscure US government agency, and as sales assistant for an even more obscure private firm. People are not voting for this rich actor’s adopted daughter who returned to the country when her father died and then decided to become a Filipino citizen in order to be qualified to become senator … sorry, in order to serve the country. Delusional Filipinos are choosing her in presidential voting-preference surveys not even because she is the poor adopted child of that near-recluse Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ) and actress Susan Roces. They are choosing her because somehow in their minds, she is the daughter of “Panday,” the mythical hero portrayed by FPJ in many box-office hits, or the daughter of the working-class, anti-rich protagonist as he had played onscreen several times. READ MORE...


ALSO: By Homobono Adaza - VP Jojo Binay: Can he ever be president?


FEBRUARY 19 -WITH HOMOBONO ADAZA
“It matters not how straight the gate; How charged with punishment the scroll I am the master of my faith, I am the captain of my soul.” – from Invictus by William Ernest Henley -For the moment, I don’t believe in elections and there is no way I will change my mind. But like revolutionary warfare, it is an interesting exercise for analysis, even if it does not happen, because it is a preventive measure against Alzheimer’s possible invasion. As a starting point for electoral analysis, it is probably best to start with Vice-President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay, the leading presidential candidate for the 2016 elections, if you are to believe the mumbo-jumbo of Mahal Mangahas and his Social Weather Station (SWS) in attempting to read the thinking of the Filipino voters. As Vice-President As the Vice-President to President Noy, Binay, among the presidential candidates, has the best chances to become President between now and anytime before the new President takes his oath on June 40. 2016. Why, because he succeeds to the position, if something happens to Noynoy between now and June 30, 2016, when the new president takes his oath. If PNoy ceases to breathe, Jojo becomes president. If PNoy meets with a fatal accident, Jojo becomes president. If Pnoy gets killed, God forbid, Jojo becomes president. The chances are many and the possibilities get brighter with every passing day for Binay. But the possibilities end there. If Jojo goes to jail between now and the election, his dreams to become president go kaput. The possibility of Jojo going to jail before Election Day looms large with every passing day. The more Mahal Mangahas predicts that Jojo will win, the more the chances of Jojo of going to jail becoming a reality. So Jojo’s chances of becoming president because he is the incumbent vice-president are as dark as the color of his skin, PNoy looks healthy despite Asperger syndrome and receding hairline It simply means that the possibility is as uncertain as the weather. As political and financial manipulator READ MORE...


ALSO: By Jaime Yambao - Asean a collective security organization?
[Anyway, Asean military cooperation would not be for the purpose of fighting China but for the purpose of negotiating from a position of strength, not weakness. And by the way, states individually or a group, according to Bill Hayton* need not go toe to toe with the military assets of China or any superior power. They can learn from a page in China’s book on military strategies. Shashoujian or “assassins mace” is a strategy using relatively inexpensive weapons to surprise and disable a much more sophisticated adversary. Kaplan projects that the future balance of power in Asia may follow that of nineteenth century Concert of Europe in which case China, the United States, Japan, India, and perhaps one or two others would sit down at the table of Asian power as equals.]


FEBRUARY 19 -by Former Ambassador JAIME J. YAMBAO
A lthough its name gives no hint of it, Asean was envisioned to have an exclusively economic orientation. The world however woke up to its immense potentials as a regional body for its work in the political and security area, for the critical role it played in resolving the Kampuchean crisis. Soon, with the adhesion of the communist states of the former Indochina, Asean was to emerge as a unique regional organization, one whose members followed various political and economic regimes. Indeed, one could logically expect Asean not to follow other, especially Western, models of regional integration, and instead to craft its future as its members see and think of and by themselves. But Asean leaders at their first Summit in Bali in 1976 overruled Asean becoming a collective defense organization. One foreign minister was even quoted as saying categorically that Asean had nothing to do with military cooperation. Obviously much water has gone under the bridge since then. After a journey of many steps that, after the Asean way, each step had to be agreed upon by consensus, the Asean Economic Community was finally inaugurated recently. Along the way, there was a realization that a secure environment has very much to do with sustaining economic growth, and serious threats to regional security have come from new and unprecedented factors: terrorism, piracy, transnational crimes, natural disasters, pandemics, besides the emergence of a new struggle for primacy between and among status quo and rising powers. Hence, the proposals to establish an Asean Defense Community. A landmark in the journey towards this goal was the inauguration in May 2006 of the Asean Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM), which was followed by the organization of Asean Chiefs of Defense Forces Informal Meeting and several military working groups The three-year programs of the ADMM have apparently been successful in inculcating and developing the habits of cooperation on which to found a security community.READ MORE...


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Editorial: Candidates should make their medical records public


FROM: jwalshconfidential

MANILA, FEBRUARY 22, 2016 (MANILA TIMES) February 16, 2016 11:29 pm - LET’S not be ambiguous about this: We firmly reject any assertion by political candidates that their health records are a confidential matter.

We consider that an attempt to hide vital information necessary for voters to be able to make an informed choice when any candidate refuses to make his health and medical information available to the public.

This stand applies to any candidate at any level, but let’s focus on the leading presidential contenders just for the sake of illustrating the point.

Of the five main candidates – former DILG secretary Mar Roxas, Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, and Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte – only two, Poe and Roxas, by their physical appearance do not arouse obvious questions about the status of their health.

That alone is certainly not proof that they are in fact in good physical condition, but it is a fact that neither is of an advanced age, or has had any health issues that have come to the attention of the public.

Of the remaining three, Vice President Binay has said that he has been given a clean bill of health, and to the uninformed observer certainly appears to be hale and hearty, but he is 73 years old.

Senator Santiago, who is 70, had a well-publicized bout with advanced lung cancer that is in remission, according to her; she has also, in recent years, occasionally had her work in the Senate compromised by other health issues.

Mayor Duterte, who is also 70 years old, has candidly admitted he suffers from several ailments, but has kept the details to himself; he recently was forced to alter his campaign schedule to get some rest after suffering from what was variously reported as a migraine, a mild stroke, or fatigue.

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To be clear, we certainly do not wish ill health on anyone. Whether we support their candidacies or not, we hope that all the aspirants for office live long and active lives. But it should be made clear to them, no matter what their age or apparent condition, that their fitness for public office is a very public matter.

Not only does it impact the voters’ choice for president, it affects their choice for vice president as well, since the most important role of the number two official in the land is to serve as a replacement for the president in the unfortunate event that becomes necessary.

The voters need to be assured that their choice for public office – at any level – is sufficiently fit physically and mentally for the rigors of the job. So, despite the feelings of the candidates, this assurance cannot be satisfactorily accepted if it is only on their own say-so about themselves. After all, even in the private sector, certification of good health is a requirement for employment. It is illogical, and actually unfair to the public, for a lesser standard to apply to candidates for public office.

We call on the candidates to freely share their medical records with the public, to assure the electorate that they are physically and mentally capable of carrying out the duties they are asking us to give them. If they do not wish to make this information public – which should indeed remain private, in any other circumstances but an election campaign – then they have the choice of withdrawing and not subject themselves to the scrutiny.

Refusing to do so now, however, is like asking someone to buy a car without ever letting the would-be customer raise the hood to look at the engine. No person with an ounce of sense would agree to that. No one should agree to elect a candidate on a similarly uncertain basis.

3 Responses to Candidates should make their medical records public
zak Pasiking says:
February 17, 2016 at 9:50 am
Not only clean health record sir, but also clean Administrative, Family and Married record. Why?
Lead by example …
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freddie says:
February 17, 2016 at 9:12 am
Add to this, all public officials, especially those for elective positions must pass the Civil Service Examination.
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Dane Tan says:
February 17, 2016 at 2:43 am
Hindi naman kailangan ng medical records sa pagtakbo bilang presidente e, pero kahit na ganoo, handang magbigay o maglabas si Grace Poe ng kanyang medical records kung maglalabas ang iba niyang kalaban ng drug test result. Si Grace Poe ang di hamak na pinakamalakas ang katawan kumpara sa lahat, kaya hindi big issue ang paglalabas niya ng health certificate.


Editorial: An immoral candidacy February 22, 2016 12:01 am

THE allegations that have been thrown at the Liberal Party’s favored son Manuel A. “Mar” Roxas 2nd in the past few weeks are breathtaking in their scale, all the more so because there are glaring indications that they may be entirely justified.

Aquino’s ‘Plan A’ candidate, as he is being sarcastically referred to by many critics, is finding it difficult to escape scrutiny for three serious issues. The first, which we have examined several times since the beginning of this year, is the dubious “bottom-up budgeting” or BUB program, which Roxas has been dangling before local government officials all around the country as a reason they should support his candidacy.

The offer sounds so much like a quid pro quo that some entertaining public commentators in the social media have suggested the acronym BUB actually stands for “bribe ur barangay,” and as we pointed out in an earlier editorial last month, it is almost impossible for Roxas and his camp to promise that it will continue under his administration without it sounding like funds-for-votes exchange.

What makes the tactic laughable is that the program is far from the benefit it is portrayed to be by the Aquino Administration and its would-be replacement. In an independent assessment released at the beginning of this month, only 23 percent of BUB projects started in 2013 have ever been completed, and a mere 1 percent of those begun in 2014 have been finished.

Even more alarming, only 4 percent of the not-yet completed projects from 2014 are still considered ongoing (the figure for the previous year is a little better, at 25 percent), meaning that under the current program that Roxas promises to maintain should he be elected, only one in four projects at most have a chance of actually being realized.

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The second nagging issue, which has been widely reported, is Roxas’ liberal use of a fleet of expensive aircraft owned by close cronies of the Liberal Party, and of which at least a couple were exempted from proper importation taxes under questionable circumstances. Again, even though Roxas and his team have sought to reassure the public that the availability and use of these aircraft are entirely aboveboard, documentary evidence to back that assertion has yet to be offered.

The third issue, which was discussed in great detail earlier this week by our own columnist Rigoberto Tiglao, is the astonishing amount of money being spent by the Roxas campaign; if the figures, which Tiglao gathered from a number of sources, are even close to being correct, the implication is that Roxas has spent, at a minimum, P250 million more than is allowed under the law for the entire campaign period that still has about 11 weeks to run.

What is particularly distressing in all this is that, even if the Roxas machine is not actually using any public funds, the public machinery that is supposed to protect us from any candidate gaining an undue advantage through unethical or possibly even illegal means has been cold and quiet when it comes to these legitimate concerns about the conduct of his campaign. There has been no investigation or inquiry of any sort, and it has been made plain – albeit not explicitly stated – that there will be none, so long as the current regime is in a position to have anything to say about it.

It is not simply a matter of vast amounts of money that could be put to better use being thrown down a hole. It is the extremely disturbing confirmation that such disregard for the acceptable standards of campaign and selective application of rules have become the norm, that the Golden Rule has indeed become, “He who has the gold, rules.”

It is an immoral mockery of our already imperfect democracy, and the people of the Philippines must, if they value their future at all, make certain it is not allowed to continue beyond May 9.


Did Marcos father this foundling? February 16, 2016 11:29 pm FRANCISCO S. TATAD


by FRANCISCO S. TATAD

Having served as presidential press secretary, spokesman, and information minister from 1969 to 1980 (during the Marcos years), I have been asked by friends, who seem to believe that I keep some of the nation’s unspeakable secrets, what value I give to the latest published speculations that Sen. Grace Poe Natividad Sonora Poe Llamanzares is–or at least could be–the illegitimate daughter of the late President Ferdinand Marcos by the former actress Rosemarie Sonora, sister of the more famous actress Jesusa Sonora Poe (aka Susan Roces), adoptive mother of the celebrated foundling.

As if that were not enough, I have also been asked to respond directly to fellow Times columnist Rigoberto Tiglao’s question on this page on Monday: “Why does Poe refuse to take a DNA test with Marcos Jr.?”

To the first question, my answer is: I frankly don’t know; I never heard of any such thing during my ten years in the Cabinet.

Malacañang has always been an active rumor mill, constantly buzzing with all sorts of rumors about everybody. To the best of my knowledge, many saw Marcos as a ladies’ man, and he might have thought so himself. Although married to the most beautiful First Lady in the world, he also had feet of clay, and had his peccadillos, which did not escape the gossipmongers.

And yet I never heard any talk about him and Rosemarie Sonora. Was this simply because I came on board the Cabinet after 1968?

It first appeared in Wikipedia

Before Mary Grace’s foundling story exploded as a major political controversy, Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia in the Internet, used to carry a blunt reference to it. Only recently was this portion of her personal history deleted and the whole thing replaced with a version that reads like an official press release from her campaign headquarters.

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Still, in the Senate where she sits with Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., they freely refer to each other as “brod” and “sis” — in obvious levity of course. In fact, prior to the filing of certificates of candidacy for the May election, in one meeting with Ilocanos residing in my village in Quezon City, Bongbong Marcos was asked if he would consider having Mrs. Grace Poe Llamanzares as his running mate, should he decide to run for President. His answer was witty and quick: “You mean you want to keep it in the family?”

Contrary to popular expectations, Bongbong decided to run for vice president, while his “sis” decided to file a Certificate of Candidacy for the presidency. But four petitioners, including this writer, Estrella Elamparo, Antonio Contreras and Amado Valdez, filed separate petitions questioning her constitutional eligibility for the office, for not being a natural-born citizen and for lacking the 10-year residency requirement for presidential candidates.

The First and Second Divisions of the Commission on Elections ruled favorably on the petitions, and the Comelec en banc affirmed the two decisions, disqualifying her as a candidate and cancelling her COC.

Although the Comelec ruling is deemed final and non-reviewable, she went up to the Supreme Court to ask for a Temporary Restraining Order and to file a petition for certiorari against the Comelec, alleging grave abuse of discretion, amounting to excess or lack of jurisdiction. The TRO was granted, and the Oral Arguments on her petition were scheduled to end after my column deadline yesterday.

The search for DNA
But in the middle of the hearings, she began digging graves–not in Jaro, Iloilo where she was found in the premises of the parish church on Sept. 3, 1968, but in nearby Guimaras–in search of a DNA match to prove that her father, as required by the 1935 Constitution, which was in force when she was born, was a Filipino.

This grave-digging caught the attention of the High Court, and in his interpellation of Mrs. Llamanzares’ counsel, Associate Justice Diosdado M. Peralta suggested that she extend her DNA search to the Ilocos region.

Many saw this as a subtle reference to the rumor that Marcos, who was born in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, and whose mortal remains lay unburied in the next town of Batac, waiting for a proper burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, may have fathered the foundling. There was a suppressed ripple of mirth when the magistrate made the suggestion. But now that her excavations have produced negative results, so some people have not hesitated to suggest a DNA test with Bongbong.
Tiglao’s question

Why then has she refused to have such a test? This is what Bobi Tiglao is asking, and this is what some readers would like me to answer. I say that only Mary Grace Poe Llamanzares can answer this question.

It is on the same level as that other monumental question: Why did Cory Aquino during her presidency refuse to investigate her husband Ninoy’s assassination to find out the brains behind it, and why did her son, the incumbent President, similarly refused to carry out a serious investigation into the same?

From his own statements, Bongbong Marcos appears ready not only for a drug test, as suggested by some people and rejected by Senate President Franklin Drilon, but even for a DNA test with Mary Grace. The only problem here, according to a broadcaster friend of mine, is that when Bongbong was schooling in London, there were rumors that he had perished in a shooting accident and had to be replaced with a clone.

So the real Bongbong is gone, and the one sitting in the Senate and running for VP is a product of science. Thus, even if a match were established between Bongbong and Mary Grace, the best conclusion one could make is that they are related to each other, but neither of them is related to Marcos.

The real danger

Levity aside, the prospect of being declared the daughter of Marcos should terrify Mary Grace for the most obvious reasons. Right now, she is trying to maintain PNoy’s friendship and confidence in order to win her case at the Supreme Court, and repeat her “hocus PCOS” victory in the 2013 elections. So far, PNoy appears willing to play with her.

But the moment she is shown to be Marcos’s daughter, all that would be blown by the wind. The Manchurian candidate or Trojan horse would instantly become PNoy’s enemy number one.

We had a preview of this when Malacañang singled out Bongbong and warned the nation against his becoming “a dictator.” It was the most ludicrous statement imaginable. The senator is running for Vice President, a position that has no specific job description, and wields no power of any kind. But the mere possibility of having Bongbong as a “spare tire” in the presidency seems unthinkable.

So PNoy wanted him to apologize for his father’s declaration of martial law, which tried to turn back the communist rebellion, as though it was a crime to have prevented the communists from taking over. And that the son should now assume responsibility for his father’s decisions.

Aquino never thought of apologizing himself for his grandfather’s treason when he collaborated with the Japanese during the war, or for his father’s role in the 1971 bombing of Plaza Miranda, which nearly decimated the entire leadership of the Liberal Party, or in bringing together Chairman Jose Maria Sison of the Communist Party of the Philippines and Bernabe Buscayno, aka Commander Dante, of the New People’s Army, to wage armed struggle against the government, or in exposing to the British and the Malaysians Marcos’ national security operation in pursuit of the Philippine Sabah claim, etc.

Aquino appears completely unmindful of the fact that after bribing Congress to remove the Supreme Court Chief Justice and destabilize the entire Court, and after seizing the power of the purse to control the three coequal branches of government, he had himself become a dictator–an incompetent and inept dictator perhaps, but a dictator nevertheless.
Metastasis

But should Mary Grace ever be shown to have in her the blood of Marcos, Aquino would be the first one to denounce her and demand that she apologize for the sins of her father. And he would instantly see dictatorial tendencies in her genes.

This is probably why she will not have a DNA test with Bongbong, but will rely mainly on her financial backers to persuade the Justices to read the Constitution, the law and jurisprudence in the same way Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno and Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza read them.

However, if the Manila Times banner story on Monday is correct, that Sereno will do everything to favor Poe in order to protect herself from the consequences of her own questionable acts as Chief Justice, then the cancer attacking our Constitution and the survival of our democracy has truly metastasized.
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29 Responses to Did Marcos father this foundling?
ANDY PASION says:
February 17, 2016 at 2:20 pm
I do not know if it is true but there are talks that Grace Poe is anti-Marcos because she feels that she was abandoned by Marcos. Her idols are the enemies of Marcos – Ninoy, Cory, Cardinal Sin, et al. It is also said that she hates FPJ and this is why she is now with people who were the enemies of the late FPJ – the Aquinos (who supported GMA in the 2004 elections and only broke ties with GMA in 2007); Belmonte (who also supported GMA in the 2004 elections); and other well-known yellows who told the voters in 2004 not to vote for FPJ because FPJ is close to the Marcoses and to Erap, the latter two being arch-enemies of the yellows. Perhaps the rumors are true that Grace Poe hates Marcos and FPJ because Grace Poe is now very close to Noynoy Aquino and other yellows who openly campaigned against FPJ in 2004 telling the country not to vote for FPJ because he FPJ was “incompetent” and a “know-nothing”, only God knows the truth.
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Maria Gatchalian says:
February 17, 2016 at 11:24 am
Since there are no laws regarding our foundlings here in the Philippines, why don’t we consider humanity and morality in the case? The Constitution was promulgated to protect the rights of every Filipino, that should include those who know who their biological parents are those who do not, but these people who want the decision to be against Senator Grace Poe make it seem that we don’t want our foundlings to possess the same rights as us. .
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Andrea Abante says:
February 17, 2016 at 11:24 am
Senator Grace Poe is more than qualified and the Supreme Court decision will definitely go in her favor. She is a natural-born Filipino and she meets the 10-year residency requirement, and ultimately, she’s a candidate with a genuine heart to serve the Filipino people.
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Francheska Ramos says:
February 17, 2016 at 11:23 am
By dint of prevailing jurisprudence, Senator Grace Poe is already deemed a natural-born citizen of the Philippines. This is not based on a mere “likelihood” or speculation but on a settled “law of the land.” The 2001 en banc case of Bengzon vs. HRET has made this abundantly clear: If a citizen has never since birth undergone naturalization proceedings under any existing law, he/she is deemed “necessarily” a natural-born citizen.
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Dealornodeal says:
February 17, 2016 at 10:48 am
Most of the times, the hidden message is conveyed in the most obvious things, and yet we deny it to protect our own interests.
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ernie del rosario says:
February 17, 2016 at 9:53 am
The seeming absurdity of Poe being in the dual state at the same time of being a candidate (since she continues to campaign) and not being a candidate (so she shd not campaign for her COC has been canceled) can be acceptable in three realms that I can think of: 1) quantum physics, 2) light’s dual “personality” of either being a wave or a particle (as Einstein proven in photoelectric particle behavior as well as light as a wave in a continuous spectrum) and at the extreme 3) Jesus’ human and divine natures. Wait till some of the justices start to argue along these three aspects. The first two aspects may be ignored maybe outright for laws are beyond the ambit of science but when it comes to Jesus’ duality, it will again be another contentious issue unless Poe is taken as possibly a Jesus-equivalent or a human being
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daisy says:
February 17, 2016 at 9:46 am
very well said kit and truly informative.i m more concern on the last part where SC sereno will try to protect her own self after the election and if llamanzares wins, then she will get her payback not to be impeach.
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ernie del rosario says:
February 17, 2016 at 9:07 am
Anong DNA, DNA ? Ang kailangan DiNA dapat payagang magpatuloy ng kakakampanya yan dahil canceled na ang CoC niya and Comelec has that kind of power. Puede lang siya makapagkampanya kung mag decision ang SC na umabuso nga ang Comelec. As it is she is in the state of being DQed and continues to be in such state until the SC decides. Kasi ang issue na pinatawan ng TRO ng SC ay kung inabuso ng Comelec ang kapangyarihan nito by canceling POE’s CoC na puno pa nga ng kasinungalingan. So ang pinagtatalunan sa SC ay kung ito ay ginawa nga o hindi ng Comelec. Samakatuwid ang decision na tugma sa reklamo ay oo o hindi, umabuso ang Comelec. Kung oo, doon pa lang eepekto ng di DQed si Poe and puede na siya mangampanya uli.
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APO3KR says:
February 17, 2016 at 8:00 am
Is it destiny by coincidence that Sen. Mary Grace Poe Llamanzares be our president? 1) Was it by coincidence the Sen. Mary Grace Poe was found in Jaro Cathedral by Ed Militar? 2) Was it by coincidence that the whole Miltar family immigrated to Canada and left baby Mary Grace to a certain Aling Chayong who was a kasambahay of socialite Tess Ledesma? 3) Was it a coincidence that Tess Ledesma was a neighbor of Ronnie Alan Poe (aka FPJ) and Jesusa Sonora (aka Susan Roces) and elder sister of Rosemarie Sonora? 4) Was it a coincidence that the Ledesmaa family also migrated to Canada and left Mary Grace to FPJ and Susan to be adopted? 5) Was it a coincidence that FPJ and Susan Roces godparent in their December 25, 1968 wedding were Pres. Marcos and FL Imelda Marcos? 6) Was it a coincidence that FPJ and Susan Roces filed the adoption of Mary Natividad Grace at the RTC of the Municpality of San Juan where the Mayor was Joseph “Erap” Estrada RTC instead of Iloilo? 7) Was it a coincidence that FPJ and Erap were best friend and both were known Marcos Loyalist.
If these coincidences is a Destiny of Sen. Mary Grace Natividad Poe Llamanzares let her be our next president and Sen. Bong Bong Marcos our next vice president. I will surely vote for their tandem come May 9, 2016.
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el vicar says:
February 17, 2016 at 7:53 am
Nakakasiguro ako na si Manong Ernie ang nakaalam ng sikreto, dahilan sa ang asawa niya na si Marichu Vera Perez ang may ari ng Sampaguita Pictures at si Rosemarie ay isa sa talent ng Sampaguita. Kaya galit si Imelda kay Mang Ernie ay siya ang “Bugaw” ni Apo.
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Philip says:
February 17, 2016 at 2:38 pm
I can believe Kit has no personal knowledge of Grace origin because he joined the Palace Corps one year late. But even in 1969 onward he must have heard that Marcos maintained a “gun room” as a place to relax and off-limits to women including Imelda. Marcos was the Pinoy version of Cassanova and he had a trusted recruiter of starlets from Sampaguita Pictures who was an in-law of the Vera-Perez family. When Imelda discovered the in-house bordello, she got the executive secretary thrown out of Malacanang. Kit may not be privy to these events but I had an assistant executive secretary as a neighbor who regaled us with these salacious tales and I had no reason to doubt him because the tale of how Grace came into being is a popular talking point everywhere. However, if there will be DNAs, I suggest that both Bongbong and Irene take part. As for Imee, she is already absolutely certain that Grace is not only a natural-born Filipino but is also a true-blue Ilocana who is her “kabsat” sibling. Susan is the key to all this drama and would rather do the DNA with corpses rather than the Marcoses because she wants to insist on the foundling teleserye.
silvino sarga says:
February 17, 2016 at 7:20 am
Suspense, magandang plot sa tele-nobela o pampelikula.
Levity aside, Grace Poe can make the whole damn legal issue easy on the Supreme Court if she takes the DNA test with Bongbong Marcos. She should face this fondling issue head on instead of digging graves in Guimaras that she knows will turn out nothing, and doing dramatics for unfortunate fondlings – she is not a fondling and she is not unfortunate or ‘api’. There was a lot of smoke regarding FM-Rosemarie during those begone days that still lingers and Grace can douse that smoke with fire- take the DNA test.
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William Cartledge says:
February 17, 2016 at 7:08 am
Grace Poe is a dedicated and genuine person,both as a politician and as a human being.Its high time that those that feel threatened by her “no nonsense,common sense” approach get rooted out and maybe investigate them.
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Roberto cruz says:
February 17, 2016 at 1:25 pm
You are right because she refused to make Aquino acountable re mamapasano massacer. She is a clever politician. Sangkera! Namamangka sa dalawang ilog. Pag nasa Amerika, amerkana siya. Pag nasa Pinas Pinay sya. Very clver indeed!
irenewong says:
February 17, 2016 at 7:07 am
This is a very informative column.. Mr. Tatad.
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Inocent says:
February 17, 2016 at 6:53 am
These Grace Llamanzanares puppies do not know what we are in if Grace will be qualified. This woman is very dangerous because of her ambitions which knows no bound. Filipinos must be very, very careful if she will be allowed to run and wins. WE will be in for a very chaotic 6 years of a Llamanzares rule.
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Leo Ceniza says:
February 17, 2016 at 6:42 am
Since there is a suspicion/rumors that Grace Poe Llamanzares is the daughter of President Marcos and Rosemarie Sonora, why can’t they request Jesusa Sonora Poe aka Susan Roces, the sister of Rosemarie to undergo a DNA to prove whether or not Grace Poe Llamanzares is a natural-born Filipino?
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Leodegardo Pruna says:
February 17, 2016 at 5:55 am
The reason why mother and son, even with the power they have in their hands, never dared to find out who masterminded the killing of her husband and of his father, is because they both and even the family knew who the mastermind was and that man is very closed to them but not a blood relation to them. How could that be? Look at the way and manner he responds to questions related to the issue. God save the Philippines. God bless the Philippines.
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jud says:
February 17, 2016 at 5:25 am
Indeed -CJ Sereno as seen and heard from her speech favoring the foundling GP then and only then “nababoy” ang ating Constitution. Hindi na nasunod. Paano na? Mahal kong bayan! Wala na tayong matatakbuhan.
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Joe says:
February 17, 2016 at 5:24 am
Why does Poe agree to a DNA test but only after the May elections??
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roland q.estrada says:
February 17, 2016 at 5:18 am
Mr Kit Tatad, I am delighted to learn that you compare notes with Bobi. Mr.Tiglao as a ranking cadre of the Communist Party of the Philippines during your stint as Marcos spokesman will surely shatter the lie that the late dictator declared martial law to stop the communist but to perpetuate himself to power. With regard to Marcos being a ladies man,your statement that although Malacanang is always an active rumor mill with all sort of gossips, you never heard of Rosemarie Sonora as one of his hotsie patotsies to qoute Madam Imelda.The late Mr. Primitivo Mijares , your fellow Malacanang insider during the golden years of Marcos devoted a whole chapter in his book The Conjugal Dictatorships regarding the piccadillos of your master. But he never mention Rosemarie Sonora as one of his mistresses. Perhaps you can check the veracity to your fellow opposition Ernie Maceda. Coming from Malacanang insiders it validates my belief that Grace and Bongbong are not siblings. It is just plain gossip by malicious people who will do everything to disqualify Grace Poe because she holds the balance of equation among their candidates quest for power. Because Bongbong is a fake,shot dead in London during his studies, you can easily get a clandestine DNA sample from Grace Poe like hair or saliva and compare this to Sheryl Cruz and they will be sisters sharing the same sire. Sheryl would love to do this since she is reported to be against Poe’s candidacy.This can be done surreptitiously and modern DNA testing will support those people who wanted the foundling Grace Poe out of the presidential race. This gossip is non sequitor to Kit Tatad’s interpretation of the constitution!
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Rizal says:
February 17, 2016 at 4:30 am
Sereno committed an impeachable offense in favoring Poequino.
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jeff jaramillo says:
February 17, 2016 at 3:40 am
This article will surely clear clouded mind.
With two sentences, the declaration of Martial Law was justified/defended.
The Philippines was spared of becoming another Vietnam.
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sahlre manaid says:
February 17, 2016 at 3:37 am
I have been telling myself that people are just tiring themselves trying to defebd her when she is the only one who could do it. If Senator Marcos would agree to submit his DNA then that answers all doubts. Everyrhing she is doing is play woth the filipino peoples intelligence. Her outright refusal to do it somehow gives us ordinary mortals an answer to the question of her real identity. If in the end it will prove everyones suspicion that her being a Marcos is not true, then i think it will earn everyones respect of her honesty, but if it does then that will stop all speculations about her nationality in which case her citizenship will not get in the way.instead of her digging graves and making all this drama which does not prove anything except her trying to run away from what people sees to be ghe truth. Do it in the presence of the media and neutral people whos only interest is to ferret out the truth. But i am seeing the point of Sec. TATAD that maybe the one outstanding reason is she is afraid to earn the ire of the powers that be who at this time is just playing along with her, who besides her real parents must have known the truth all along.
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Jeric says:
February 17, 2016 at 3:28 am
Mr. Tatad, in the book written by Primitivo Mijares, there was one chapter tackling the supposed dalliances by Marcos with G.C., H.K. and R.S. H.K. and R.S. were actresses and G.C. was the wife of a crony. Now, isn’t R.S. the initials of Rosemarie Sonora?
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Jeric says:
February 17, 2016 at 3:29 am
The book is entitled “The Conjugal Dictatorship”
Dane Tan says:
February 17, 2016 at 2:45 am
Hindi totoo na si Marcos ang totoong tatay ni Grace Poe, dahil kung totoo ito, matagal ng lumabas ito. Ginagawa lang naman ito na issue e. Sana nga lang ay matapos na ito dahil wala naman itong basehan. Para hindi narin masaktan ang magkabilang kampo. Respeto na lang sa bawat pamilya.
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Peter says:
February 17, 2016 at 2:22 am
Ako naniniwala ako na walang connection ang Marcos kay Sen Grace Poe dahil haka haka lang yan na walang katotohanan at alam ko aaminin ni Sen Grace Poe yan kung totoo man yan dahil tapat siyang tao.
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Nili Lito says:
February 17, 2016 at 12:29 am
just last night i have thought of the possiblity that by having MG as hare-brained Pinoy’s saving grace, the latter would have in effect helped resurrect his arch nemesis! 555. Not only did u beat me to it, idol, ur discussion re is way more extensive and intricate complete with twists and turns. In such scenario, the marcoses would be laughing no end. Imagine its brod and sis actually conspiring? 555 Its one for the books! 555


The Candidates: Ms. Panday, Dirty Harry, the Clone and the Mayor February 16, 2016 11:28 pm RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO


by RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

Let’s not fool ourselves into believing that the May election is one in which Filipino voters will choose a President they think has the best platform of government for the country.

The scheduled “presidential” debates are not likely to be real exchanges of rational thinking to crystallize issues in the same way the college debates of our youth sought to thresh out issues. It will be a contest of sound bites, of the best and most imaginative verbal dirt-hurling in an “ang-pikon-talo” match – all intended to project a certain image of the candidate.

We all know that candidates just pay underpaid academics or speechwriters to come up with platforms, and they just do what they want to do and don’t do what they don’t want to do when they become president.

It is entirely a contest of image-building, even atrociously false ones. Thanks to the survey of Mr. Pedro Laylo Jr., made public in the Manila Standard, we have an empirical basis to describe these images. (You can access this at http://thestandard.com.ph/news/headlines/198854/poe-keeps-lead-in-laylo-survey.html )

The real candidates for President in May 2016



Candidate No. 1: Ms. Panday
The first candidate is Ms. Panday, Panday II, or Panday’s daughter – Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares. C’mon, people are not voting for this foundling, or more probably the winter-spring lovechild of a 51-year old Philippine President with a 20-year old starlet, even putting her at the head of the pack.

They are not voting for this well-off Assumption College alumna who preferred to pursue the American dream in the US of A, and who worked in short-stints as a grade-school teacher, as “procurement liaison” for an obscure US government agency, and as sales assistant for an even more obscure private firm.

People are not voting for this rich actor’s adopted daughter who returned to the country when her father died and then decided to become a Filipino citizen in order to be qualified to become senator … sorry, in order to serve the country.

Delusional Filipinos are choosing her in presidential voting-preference surveys not even because she is the poor adopted child of that near-recluse Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ) and actress Susan Roces. They are choosing her because somehow in their minds, she is the daughter of “Panday,” the mythical hero portrayed by FPJ in many box-office hits, or the daughter of the working-class, anti-rich protagonist as he had played onscreen several times.

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Grace Llamanzares surrounded by posters of movies she should be grateful for.

This is not a conjecture. That Laylo survey reported that 45 percent of the 29 percent who chose Llamanzares for President picked her because she is “kind, like her father,” that she will “continue the good work of her father” and that she will “fulfill her father’s promises.” The father here obviously does not refer to FPJ, as a person but to his Panday image and other movie-screen heroes he had portrayed.

As amazing as that is the fact that a further 7 percent responded that they will vote for Llamanzares because she “provided housing for the poor, fought the rights of women, gave scholarships, helped calamity victims and helped those in financial need.” But Llamanzares really hasn’t done any of those: clearly they are projecting non-existent accomplishments on her, the result of their belief that she is a hero’s daughter who does such kind things.

Such delusion, the mix-up of reel and real, is certainly not an affliction solely of the poor, and therefore, uneducated. Llamanzares garnered the highest percentage of her supporters, 30 percent, among the ABC economic class, bigger than the 27 percent in the E class.

That is really a repeat of the presidential elections of 2004, when ousted President Joseph Estrada asked his best friend, Poe (Grace’s adoptive father), to run for the top post against President Arroyo. Estrada told the introverted actor to run and win the presidency, because otherwise, he would spend the rest of his life in jail for the plunder charges filed against him.

Given that Poe lost by only 3 percentage points to Arroyo, Estrada thinks Panday’s daughter can sneak into the tight race and win the presidency this year.

Those behind Llamanzares are the same gang of supporters as Estrada’s shadowy cabal of Chinese Filipino businessmen that included William Gatchalian.

‘Mini-Me,’ the clone

Another candidate is “The Clone,” or a better “Mini-Me:” Manuel Roxas 2nd. “Mini-Me” is that character in those Austin Powers comedy movies – the clone of villain Dr. Evil, identical in every way with the main character but “one-eighth his size.”

It was a hilarious scene when Dr. Evil, even if visibly disappointed that his clone is a dwarf, pompously dubs it “Mini-Me.” A similar scene came to mind when Aquino raised Roxas’ hand as he declared him the Administration’s candidate, even if he knew he was rating badly in the voter-preference polls.


Roxas is perceived as Aquino’s clone, his Mini-Me.

Roxas is without a doubt the contest’s “Mini-Aquino” in the Laylo survey. A huge 42 percent chose him “because he will continue Aquino’s programs, such as the conditional cash-transfer program.” A further 10 percent did because he was endorsed by the President.

Roxas fits the role to a tee. The Mini-Me of the movies often hilariously tries to be tougher than Dr. Evil, only to hide later behind his boss’s legs. Roxas also often tries to appear tougher than Aquino, as when he told the Tacloban mayor Alfred Romualdez in the wake of Yolanda’s damage: “Let’s face it, you are a Romualdez and the President is an Aquino.”

Or when he replied to Duterte’s remark that he would slap Roxas when he sees him: “Bakit pa sampalan, pambabae ‘yan, suntukan na lang, ‘di ba?” But he kept his mouth shut when Duterte challenged him to a gun duel.

What dooms Roxas, and explains his low ratings, is that while 42 percent of those who chose him did so because “he will continue Aquino’s programs,” 38 percent did not vote for him because he will be “like Aquino who hadn’t changed things in the country,” and that he is precisely a Mini-Me, “walang sariling decision, sunud-sunuran kay Aquino.”

That is, it’s a wash being Aquino’s clone.

Dirty Harry, the sheriff

Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is the contest’s Dirty Harry, the Wild West Sheriff. In the Laylo survey, nearly 70 percent picked him because of his tough anti-crime stance: “he is a disciplinarian and really punished criminals (22 percent),” “eradicated drug pushers and illegal drugs (20 percent),” “eradicated crime under his leadership (12 percent),” “strict in implementing the law (8 percent)” and “wielded the iron fist in disciplining Filipinos (7 percent).”


They’re voting for him not for his track record as mayor, but as the scourge of criminals.

Duterte has been mayor of Davao City for 20 years since 1988 (his daughter Sarah became mayor so he could skirt the term limits), and a congressman from 1998 to 2001. But those who chose him perceived him almost totally as a man who vanquished crime and who could “discipline Filipinos.”

Duterte’s image is as the ruthless San Francisco detective Dirty Harry Callahan who didn’t hesitate to kill criminals where they stood, as portrayed by Clint Eastwood in the box-office hit movies where the lead character replaced the goody-goody iconic hero of the past.

Obviously huge sectors of Filipinos, tired of the wave of crimes that have grown worse under Aquino, want such a cold-blooded crime-buster as President.

But wasn’t Erap, with his PAOC nearly one, and aren’t most of our police, already of that kind?

The Mayor

About 20 percent of respondents chose Vice President Jejomar Binay because “he could replicate his success as mayor in developing Makati” on a national scale. (“Napaganda/napaunlad niya ang Makati, baka magawa niya sa buong bansa.”) The “good mayor” aiming for the presidency, that is.


His image as a good mayor survived the intense black-propaganda campaign, such as the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall II building.

This is the reason why the Aquino-Roxas camp undertook an expensive two-year campaign to defame Binay’s track record as mayor, and tried to show that his stint was one of corruption, the biggest instance of which, they alleged, was the purportedly overpriced Makati City Hall Building II.

The Administration failed in this intense defamation campaign, even if it was supported by the biggest newspaper in the country, and the plot even back-fired, which explains why Binay is now leading in the voter-preference surveys.

The “Good Mayor” is a powerful image in national elections, given that most Filipinos’ encounter with government – especially outside the metropolis – is solely with a mayor. It is at that level where they can feel the impact of having a good or bad government representative, a mayor, on their lives.

However, the second biggest group of Binay’s supporters chose him not just because of his track record as Makati mayor.

A significant 19 percent of those who favored him in the Laylo poll picked him because of his “wide experience in government.” This could be due to the fact that aside from being Makati mayor, he served the high-profile posts of Metro Manila Authority chairman from 1990 to 1992, and its successor institution, the Metro Manila Development Authority from 1998 to 2001.

Binay took a clever move when he collaborated with the Aquino Administration as that added to his political support base. Due to his work as Presidential Adviser on OFW Concerns, 11 percent of respondents chose him because “he has helped OFWs in trouble in other countries.”

One of Binay’s strong points as revealed in the Laylo survey where 14 percent of those who supported him selected him because “he grew up poor, and therefore he is pro-poor.”

There has been no other presidential candidate – except Ramon Magsaysay, a former auto mechanic who won the presidency in 1953 – who managed to have such an image, which is an enormous edge in a country where I suspect more than 70 percent of voters see themselves as poor. (Manuel Villar tried to build up that image in the 2010 elections, and failed catastrophically as it backfired on him.)

Would you vote for somebody whose image is of the Snow White fairy-tale type? Would you vote to office a “Mini-Me” so we would have the same kind of government as we’ve had the past six years, a Mini-Me wielding the vast resources and power of the Republic of the Philippines as its leader?
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16 Responses to The Candidates: Ms. Panday, Dirty Harry, the Clone and the Mayor
ANDY PASION says:
February 17, 2016 at 2:35 pm
I think Miriam is the best for 2016 to 2022 as President of our country with Bongbong as her VP so that if anything happens to Miriam, Bongbong will take-over. On the issue if Grace Poe is the daughter of Marcos, many believe that she is the daughter of Marcos but that she hates Marcos and is pro-Aquino. I do not know if it is true, but there are talks that Grace Poe is anti-Marcos because she feels that she was abandoned by Marcos. Her idols are the enemies of Marcos – Ninoy, Cory, Cardinal Sin, et al. It is also said that she hates FPJ and this is why she is now with people who were the enemies of the late FPJ – the Aquinos (who supported GMA in the 2004 elections and only broke ties with GMA in 2007); Belmonte (who also supported GMA in the 2004 elections); and other well-known yellows who told the voters in 2004 not to vote for FPJ because FPJ is close to the Marcoses and to Erap, the latter two being arch-enemies of the yellows. Perhaps the rumors are true that Grace Poe hates Marcos and FPJ because Grace Poe is now very close to Noynoy Aquino and other yellows who openly campaigned against FPJ in 2004 telling the country not to vote for FPJ because he FPJ was “incompetent” and a “know-nothing”, only God knows the truth.
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Supsupin says:
February 17, 2016 at 1:40 pm
As a presidential aspirant, first you have to be measured by what you have accomplished and then painstakingly evaluated by what you try to attempt. Lacking any accomplishment relative to what you try to attempt is tantamount to telling lies. Lastly, if this aspirant to be the president, when performing what he accomplished, did he managed to show integrity, true grit, and most of all honesty?Let us ponder each presidential aspirant using this modular synthesis.
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To the Max says:
February 17, 2016 at 11:04 am
We really do not have a choice. It is Grace Poe , no doubt about it. As long as she stay away from Pinoy Aquino tuwid na daan, she will be the next president of our country. I will also guess that our guarantee that Poe will do what is right is with the guidance of Miss Susan Roces. Miss Roces knows that Grace is so young and Roces will play a vital role in managing our country. I will guarantee the Filipino people will experience the Golden Age of our country for the next 6 years. I am not an optimist but a realist.
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ernie del rosario says:
February 17, 2016 at 10:22 am
Ergo choose either Binay or Duterte only ? How about Madame Miriam ?
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willy buen says:
February 17, 2016 at 10:12 am
All the candidates are wearing a mask to picture and deceived the voters except for one “DUTERTE” who presented himself simply as what he did in Davao we knew his cursing, former womanizer and rules with iron fist to those bad guys unlike those that can only be unmasked after
Nobody in his right mind want to suffer again another 6 years of bad leadership!
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zak Pasiking says:
February 17, 2016 at 9:36 am
About forthcoming Presidential debate.May I suggest sir that the spouses of these Presidentiables will be included , Give them 3 minutes each to speak. Introduce themselves. Tell to the Filipino people that they are Natural Born Filipino Citizen including there kids, and legitimate wife/husband and thereby they are qualified to be a first lady or first gentleman. Secondly, if their husband/wife get elected to be a president, what is their role to be a First lady/First Gentleman..
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Bert O. Romero says:
February 17, 2016 at 8:14 am
It’s inexorable: a Poe will be the president of the Philippines in 2016. If Grace Poe is not disqualified, she will easily beat a clone, Dirty Harry, a corrupt and a thief, and a sick former firebrand. If she is disqualified, she will be substituted by another equally formidable Poe: Susan Roces Poe.
The campaign period will indeed be a continuing drama serial providing the Poe campaign free ride on relentless name recognition and retention. The Filipino nation and people should therefore brace for six years of show-biz governance which may or may not be an improvement to the present student council – like governance.
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Luzy Canilao says:
February 17, 2016 at 2:26 pm
That’s a nice term you used – show-biz governance. Congrats! Saktong sakto to describe the prospect of a presidentiable who’s running on an FPJ’s legacy. Kasi sa movies lang naman may nagawa si FPJ. Zero siya sa political and public service arena. Six years of cinematic experience! Will it be an action filled movie? Or another sob story?
Inocent says:
February 17, 2016 at 7:13 am
Excellent Analysis, Sir Bobi, congratulations.
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Leodegardo Pruna says:
February 17, 2016 at 6:14 am
Seems that the writer failed to mention Sen. Miriam? What was she described in the survey? God bless the Philippines.
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desert fox says:
February 17, 2016 at 2:27 pm
Miriam will go on with Marcos and charm the people’s heart.
hector says:
February 17, 2016 at 5:26 am
Smiles, and similes – a lot of likes.
‘Giving power to a politician is like giving a teenager a bottle of whisky and the keys to your car’
Binay – like putting a wily fox in charge of the hen-house.
Like a shark amongst minnows.
Cartoon character – Fibber Fox, or Coyote.
Poe – like putting an American in control of the Philippines.
Like Mcdonald’s pretending to be Michelin
Cartoon character – Ice Queen, or Hamburglar.
Duterte – like watching a sad old clown riding a one trick pony.
Like a boy who wants to be a cowboy when he grows up.
Cartoon character – D.O.O.M, or Pain and panic, or Pepe le Pew.
Roxas – like a lamb prancing around in a tutu.
Like Dolly the sheep.
Like an hourglass brain – only one grain of a thought at a time managing to get through.
Cartoon character – Daffy Duck, or F.L.O.P.P, or Wooly (and Bully)
Santiago – like the crazy old bag lady seeking attention in the asylum.
Like her pick up lines would work!!
Cartoon character – Gagzilla, or M.A.D.
And at VP level
Escudero – like a naughty little boy enjoying pranks.
Like Peter Pan playing with his Wendy.
Like his heart is not in it.
Cartoon character – L.O.V.E.M.U.F.F.I.N, or Baby faced finster, or Doofenschmirtz (inventor of the sinator).
Robredo – like a fish out of water. Like she has seen a ghost.
Like the personification of necropolitics
Cartoon character – Lady Deathstrike, or nanobot.
Marcos – is he like his Oxford ‘degree’?
Cartoon character – Little Bong Bong.
Honasan – like Robin missing his Batman.
Cartoon character – Lefou.
Trillanes – like a badly conceived conspiracy theory.
Cartoon character – Caesar’s spy, or G.L.O.O.M.
Cayetano – like a deer caught in the headlights.
Like The Lone Ranger’s sidekick.
Cartoon character – Tonto.
In politics perception and image is nearly everything, sadly – even if a fictitious screen persona. How surreal.
Coming to a screen near you soon – our next presentation – A Virtual Reality President, (VRP) complete with Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Now that sounds like an improvement!
“Popularity should be no scale for the election of politicians. If it would depend on popularity, Donald Duck and The Muppets would take seats in the Senate”
Orson Welles
Whichever way it turns out, it will be like putting an alcoholic in charge of a bar.
And like throwing money at the lawyers in Deweycheatumnhowe, and Sue, Grabbit, & Runne.
Looney times ahead. That’s all folks!
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vpmapa says:
February 17, 2016 at 9:37 am
all true ! Funny ! Well said ! Pity our poor country whoever gets elected.
dane tan says:
February 17, 2016 at 2:40 am
Kung ako lang naman din ang papapiliin, doon na ako sa Ms. Panday, makikita mo rin naman sa article na ito na ang citizenship langa ng issue niya, at issue pa na ito ay isang malaking kalokohan. Siya na lang ang iboboto ko kesa naman sa mga walang ka pakipakialam sa bansa na mga iba pa na kandidato.At sinasabi na nakikita lang si Panday kay Grace Poe? Edi maganda, dahil si Grace Poe talaga ang magsisislbing modern Panday na magliligtas sa mga naapi ng bansa.
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WillG says:
February 17, 2016 at 8:40 am
Hindi mo ata naintindihan yung article
cris says:
February 17, 2016 at 11:28 am
bukod sa citizenship issue ang pinaka importanteng tinukoy ni Mr.Tiglao dito ay yung accomplishments w/c is wala si Poe…Pinaramdam din ni Mr. Tiglao na sinamantala lang ni Poe ang kasikatan ng pangalan ni FPJ para maging Senador at tumakbong Presidente..in short mapagsamantala sya…alam nyang mananalo sya dahil sa daming bobotante dito sa bansa natin..hilig kasi sa teleserye e…


VP Jojo Binay: Can he ever be president? February 19, 2016 11:46 pm HOMOBONO-A.-ADAZA


WITH HOMOBONO ADAZA

“It matters not how straight the gate
How charged with punishment the scroll I am the master of my faith
I am the captain of my soul.” – from Invictus by William Ernest Henley

For the moment, I don’t believe in elections and there is no way I will change my mind. But like revolutionary warfare, it is an interesting exercise for analysis, even if it does not happen, because it is a preventive measure against Alzheimer’s possible invasion.

As a starting point for electoral analysis, it is probably best to start with Vice-President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay, the leading presidential candidate for the 2016 elections, if you are to believe the mumbo-jumbo of Mahal Mangahas and his Social Weather Station (SWS) in attempting to read the thinking of the Filipino voters.

As Vice-President

As the Vice-President to President Noy, Binay, among the presidential candidates, has the best chances to become President between now and anytime before the new President takes his oath on June 40. 2016. Why, because he succeeds to the position, if something happens to Noynoy between now and June 30, 2016, when the new president takes his oath. If PNoy ceases to breathe, Jojo becomes president. If PNoy meets with a fatal accident, Jojo becomes president. If Pnoy gets killed, God forbid, Jojo becomes president.

The chances are many and the possibilities get brighter with every passing day for Binay.

But the possibilities end there. If Jojo goes to jail between now and the election, his dreams to become president go kaput. The possibility of Jojo going to jail before Election Day looms large with every passing day. The more Mahal Mangahas predicts that Jojo will win, the more the chances of Jojo of going to jail becoming a reality.
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So Jojo’s chances of becoming president because he is the incumbent vice-president are as dark as the color of his skin, PNoy looks healthy despite Asperger syndrome and receding hairline It simply means that the possibility is as uncertain as the weather.

As political and financial manipulator

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If you examine Jojo Binay’s career, there was nothing spectacular about him. He was an ordinary UP student with no jewel, as they say. If he were a watch, he was one that is made in China, not even in Japan. But ambition is a fuel that propels unknown individuals to reach heights of spectacular fame and fortune.

EDSA I was the initial propelling mechanism in Jojo’s search for fame and fortune. Of course, he had no strategic role in creating EDSA I. Probably, except for the late Senator Joker Arroyo, the wild one, and Senator Rene Saguisag, the ones billed to have organized MABINI, a lawyer’s organization whose outstanding achievement was representing the late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. in the trial before a military commission and, of course, losing the case.

And losing a case before the military commission or tribunals was badge achievement for squint-eyed lawyers and their band of blind supporters.



I did not know Jojo Binay then. He was miles away from the centers of Opposition power.

But by the magic of Executive Secretary Joker Arroyo and Secretary of Local Government Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel, Jr., the creatures considered by many as the sainted ones of Cory Aquino, he vaulted into prominence as the new OIC (pronounced like the fabled voices of pigs and meaning Officer-in-Charge) of Makati City, one of two richest cities in the Philippines.

It was in Makati where the legendary story of Jojo Binay unfolded – to his followers, a man dressed in many apparel. It is a story webbed by many of his idolaters as that of a pauper becoming a prince, even better than the story of Cinderella. For his critics, however, when they hear the word prince, they associate it with a lot of derision to the Prince of Thieves.

To many of his admirers, they call him the Robin Hood of Makati. The problem with that is the growing band of his opponents commenting that Jojo is more hood than Robin.

Considering his millions of unexplained wealth, he has mastered the art of denial. Some serious students of the Arabian Nights, after hearing former bosom friend of Jojo, Vice-Mayor Mercado of Makati City and another lawyer, bosom friend, Atty. Bondal, unbarring the millions that Jojo pocketed in government transactions when he was mayor of Makati Ctiy, called him as Ali Baba, reminiscent of that character who headed the group known as Ali Baba and the Forty-Thieves.

They said that Jojo is Ali Baba. The members of his thieving band enjoy confessing before television audiences that they are, indeed, his thieves but Jojo, who they consider as Ali Baba, refuse to admit that he is the leader of the band resulting to his dubbed as the Master of Denial.

But Binay (sounds like deny) wants to be president.

If you want to find a man who is obsessed with becoming president of the Philippines, you will find him in Jojo Binay. The first manifestation of that obsession was on the first day of office. He was so obsessed that he tried hard to upstage PNoy – and he did.

But it is not enough to be obsessed, he must put on his manipulative muscle. Ambition is not enough, Jojo. Execution of that ambition is what will propel you to the presidency.

As of now, it appears that the group of PNoy is determined to remove everybody along the way just so the right successor will become president and the right successor is that man who will not send PNoy and his boys and girls to jail.

And PNoy has the power to do that with the machinery of government and most of all, the magic machine of SMARTMATIC – the PCOS.

What then will be the answer of Binay to the PNoy threat? Any of the following will do.

He must buy the Comelec just so he will be sure of victory.

Some people say he has the experience of buying. They claimed – and they have to prove their claim yet – that Binay bought the vice-presidency in the 2010 for the nifty sum of 1.5 BILLION PESOS.

If this is true, he experience will come in handy. If not true, he has the money to do it.

Considering the history of some people in the Comelec and Binay’s character as shown in legislative investigations and his behavioral patterns, this does not appear to be a remote possibility.

He can pull a coup. He had dalliance with putchists in the Danny Lim and Senator Sonny Trillanes caper in the Peninsula Hotel sometime ago.

Having dealt with military rebels in the past, it would not be averse for him to deal with them again. Worse come to worst, he and his group might do it.

Add to that is the rumor that Binay, who is a reserved colonel of the Marines, controls a significant portion of that organization enough to pull a successful coup and hold all military groups at bay. So this is another looming possibility for Binay.

The other possibility is to pray for any group to terminate by whatever means PNoy – from sabotage to you know what.

In political warfare, as in any kind of warfare, there is no limit to what any participant will do. The stakes are high. And in the ensuing fight, he who defines limits decreases his chances for victory. In the unerring words of Vince Lombardi, the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers, “Winning is not everything, it is the only thing.”

Well, Jojo, the ball is in your court

There is a saying among the Batangueños, as popularized by the warrior Laurel clan, “Ang taong nagigipit, sa patalim ay kumakapit."

I am not a Batangueno or Tagalog and I committed the mistake of not asking Speaker Pepito Laurel and Vice-President Doy Laurel for an accurate English translation of that saying.

In my book though, any person whose back is to the wall will entertain any option, even holding the sharpened edge of an instrument, to escape the problem.

If Jojo gambles with the election without buying the Comelec, he runs the risk of going to jail with some members of his family the moment he loses, and he loses all his wealth – well gotten or ill-gotten – loses his remaining reputation and damned forever as an example of a high government official painted with graft and corruption – gambled and lost.

If he pulls a coup after losing the election, he will create a major upheaval in the country which will plunge the country to fratricidal strife because it will be resisted.

Well, what do you think Jojo will do?

Your guess is as good as mine. To quote a line from Sohrab and Rustum, “Only the events will teach us in its hour!”

I pray he does not do any of the possible options, because if he does, I will exclaim, “Jesus Josef y Maria!” as, I understand, that is what JEJOMAR in Binay presumptuously stands for.
(For comments, you may reach the author thru adazalawoffice@yahoo.com )


Asean a collective security organization? February 19, 2016 11:43 pm


by Former Ambassador JAIME J. YAMBAO

A lthough its name gives no hint of it, Asean was envisioned to have an exclusively economic orientation.

The world however woke up to its immense potentials as a regional body for its work in the political and security area, for the critical role it played in resolving the Kampuchean crisis.

Soon, with the adhesion of the communist states of the former Indochina, Asean was to emerge as a unique regional organization, one whose members followed various political and economic regimes. Indeed, one could logically expect Asean not to follow other, especially Western, models of regional integration, and instead to craft its future as its members see and think of and by themselves.

But Asean leaders at their first Summit in Bali in 1976 overruled Asean becoming a collective defense organization. One foreign minister was even quoted as saying categorically that Asean had nothing to do with military cooperation.

Obviously much water has gone under the bridge since then. After a journey of many steps that, after the Asean way, each step had to be agreed upon by consensus, the Asean Economic Community was finally inaugurated recently. Along the way, there was a realization that a secure environment has very much to do with sustaining economic growth, and serious threats to regional security have come from new and unprecedented factors: terrorism, piracy, transnational crimes, natural disasters, pandemics, besides the emergence of a new struggle for primacy between and among status quo and rising powers.

Hence, the proposals to establish an Asean Defense Community.

A landmark in the journey towards this goal was the inauguration in May 2006 of the Asean Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM), which was followed by the organization of Asean Chiefs of Defense Forces Informal Meeting and several military working groups.

The three-year programs of the ADMM have apparently been successful in inculcating and developing the habits of cooperation on which to found a security community.

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The 14th Asean Summit envisioned the establishment of the Asean Political-Security Community by 2015 after determining how far Asean defense cooperation can go in building a security community.

The building of the Economic Community proceeded cautiously at first and then concluded at an accelerated pace. One hopes at least the same for the Security Community.

The countries of Southeast Asia have counted on the American presence to maintain the balance of power and ensure stability in the region.

When the Philippines had the US military facilities removed from its bases, rejoicing in Southeast Asia was very much limited to Filipino nationalists. Singapore for example rushed to fill the vacuum left by the action of the Philippines by entering into an agreement allowing US ships and aircraft to use its military facilities for repair, resupply, and logistics support. Previously, the countries of Southeast Asia did appear to be free-riding on the Philippines’ hosting of the US military facilities.

Robert D. Kaplan seems to argue against relying too much on the shield provided by the military superiority of the United States.

While the military budget of the United States suffers yearly reductions, China, despite a slowing economic growth, has the determination and capability to challenge and surpass the United States’ dominance of the seas and skies of the region.

The attention of the United States moreover is spread over several fronts while China is focused on its southern backyard.

Actually, the original vision of the United Nations for world peace consists of a global collective defense system supported by regional collective defense organizations.

My friend Ambassador Encomendia argues that the US-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty has lapsed because it was intended to provide security for the Philippines while a regional collective defense organization was being formed. Its “indefinite” term means not “forever” but “in the meantime.”

The Southeast Asian Treaty Organization (SEATO) was established but met an early, largely unmourned demise.

SEATO failed because it primarily served American foreign policy interests. A regional collective security organization that is based on the common regional interests and not the states’ domestic regimes may fare differently. The competing, overlapping claims of Asean members in the South China Sea need not be an obstacle since they agree to be guided by the rules of international law.

With the integration of the Asean economy, an attack on one member can affect the prosperity of all the others.

There may be members with no claims in the South China Sea; this does not mean that their interests are not threatened by an aggressive expansionist power in the neighborhood.

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute reports that the total military expenditures of Asean countries in 2013 equalled around US $38 billion dollars, miniscule compared to China’s $188 billion.

But Brian Wivell believes that a united front with shared military resources of approximately a fifth of China’s expenditures could be substantial in deterring China from aggressive action.

Anyway, Asean military cooperation would not be for the purpose of fighting China but for the purpose of negotiating from a position of strength, not weakness.

And by the way, states individually or a group, according to *Bill Hayton need not go toe to toe with the military assets of China or any superior power. They can learn from a page in China’s book on military strategies. Shashoujian or “assassins mace” is a strategy using relatively inexpensive weapons to surprise and disable a much more sophisticated adversary.
Kaplan projects that the future balance of power in Asia may follow that of nineteenth century Concert of Europe in which case China, the United States, Japan, India, and perhaps one or two others would sit down at the table of Asian power as equals. Asean with its huge integrated economy and a possibly unified defense front could, we hope, be at the table.

*BILL HAYTON

journalist since 1995 and for BBC News since 1998. He has focused on Southeast Asia since working as the BBC's reporter in Vietnam in 2006-7. He has written about Southeast Asia for many publications including The Times, Financial Times, Foreign Policy, National Interest and The Diplomat. Before working in Vietnam he reported from Europe and the Middle East including Iran, Yemen and the Balkans. He has a personal website at www.billhayton.com


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