Robredo Vs Marcos, the Recount (ABS CBN photo composite)
Vice Presidency of the Philippines – Latest
The 2016 election for President and Vice President in the Philippines is a worthy saga on par with the adventures of the classic Beowulf.
In fact it is more exacting in parts as it has given not only the Philippines but the world Duterte, a charismatic man, though not to everyone’s cup of tea, someone who cannot be ignored.
This election had made famous Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines as its duly elect president and rather infamous with the rest of the world 🙂 because of his bloody war on drugs.
The lesser role of vice president, though Leni Robredo was duly sworn as the winner, is still being contested due to alleged ballots tampering and cheating.
Bongbong Marcos had continually opined that there was a massive anomaly during the election. His complaint had been finally heard by the Supreme Court and had started a recount in the last couple of days.
This new recount, which is done manually, had apparently not started well as four of the psychologically tested number crunchers have resigned.
Perhaps they have to look into the psychological form of testing as well. 🙂
As our esteemed Perry Diaz of GlobalBalita.Com said below, the Philippine presidential (& vice presidential) election is now less than a year from happening. And yet voters are still none the wiser who would be running and who should be elected for the highest positions in the land.
No one really has shown exemplary apptitude and total dedication in serving the country and its people with intelligence and savvy during the course of P-Noy’s term(s). We were only made aware of this situation during typhoon Haiyan’s onslaught of Cebu & Tacloban. It was globally reported the ineffectual governmental handling of the search and rescue. It was at this time that the word ‘disaster’ really lived up to its true and full meaning!
The politicking is self-serving, lucklustre, downright ineffectual due to lack of experience or corrupt.
The machination that goes on behind the scene also adds to the confusion of the masses and to the politicians themselves. The unfortunate result of this confusion will bring out the worst in everyone!
To the voters and electors: YOU GET THE GOVERNMENT YOU DESERVE!
With less than a year to the 2016 presidential elections, the presidential musical chairs game has started in earnest. And there are several games going all at once by groups called political parties or “coalitions.”
To start with, these political parties are not ideological parties like what you’d see in the United States and other countries. The Philippines’ political parties are just vehicles — like the country’s unique colorful jeepneys — where politicians can take a ride hoping that it would bring them to their destinations. However, if the jeepney they’re riding in is too slow or is caught in a traffic jam, they can always transfer to another jeepney.
Having said that, let’s take a look at what’s going on with the various presidential musical chairs games. Of course the biggest game is in President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III’s Liberal Party (LP). There are many ambitious participants but only one will be anointed. What would happen to those who would be eliminated? In Philippine politics, there are no gracious losers, only sore losers.
Right now, the LP has only Mar Roxas vying for the party’s presidential nomination, the process of which is for P-Noy to “anoint” who the nominee will be. But Roxas, whom P-Noy had appointed as Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to give him more “public exposure,” lacks the popular support for a presidential run. Recent surveys show him running behind three or four other potential contenders. With an anemic showing that doesn’t seem to improve his chances of winning, P-Noy was hesitant to throw his support behind Roxas, who had given way to P-Noy in the 2010 presidential election and settled to be P-Noy’s running mate.
However, Roxas lost the vice presidency to Jejomar “Jojo” Binay, who, in the final weeks of the 2010 elections, overtook Roxas in the vice presidential derby. As it turned out, a hitherto secret organization known as “Noy-Bi” was credited for Binay’s surge in the campaign. It’s interesting to note that “Noy-Bi” was not a LP-sanctioned campaign organization. However, it was organized by relatives, friends, and allies who believed that Binay was a true Aquino supporter whose link to the Aquino family goes back to the People Power days of the late president Cory Aquino.
What the LP sanctioned was the “Noy-Mar” campaign committee, which consisted mainly of LP old hands and stalwarts. And this was supposedly the organization that pushed hard to get Roxas elected. But the resources the Noy-Bi had were far too much than what the Noy-Mar organization had. With a campaign chest brimming with contributions from the Aquino and Cojuangco families and their rich allies, Roxas lost to Binay.
In the upcoming 2016 elections, we’d probably see Binay pitted against Roxas again, but this time their contest would move up to the presidential level. However, that would only happen if P-Noy would stick to his promise to support Roxas’ presidential run in 2016. But the problem is Roxas has a ghost of a chance of beating Binay.
The sudden rise of neophyte Sen. Grace Poe in recent SWS and Pulse of Asia surveys was a game changer. No longer is Binay seen as the unbeatable presidential candidate, the surge in Poe’s polls numbers has toppled Binay from his lofty pedestal, which he had distinctly occupied ever since he won the vice-presidency in 2010.
Seeing Poe’s presidential potential, P-Noy invited her and Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero to Malacanang to talk about a “united ticket” that would include Roxas since Grace and Chiz aren’t LP members but Independents. But their bond was so tight that Grace has made it known that if she decided to run for president next year, she’d want Chiz to be her running mate. Chiz said that he’d support Grace in any decision she makes.
What P-Noy has in mind is to have Roxas team up with either Grace or Chiz as his running mate, which means that one of them would be sacrificed for the good of the LP coalition. The problem with this arrangement is what would be the role of the person who is sacrificed? But before we answer that question, we should first ask if Grace or Chiz were willing to run for vice president under an LP “united ticket”?
Although Grace hadn’t decided yet whether she’s going to run for president or not, she had taken herself out of the vice-presidential race next year, saying that if she’s going to run for a higher office, it might as well be the presidency.
In the case of Chiz, who has been high on the surveys for vice president, it’s not known if he was willing to be somebody’s running mate other than Grace. Needless to say, he has to make his decision whether to run for president, which is unlikely, or vice president. He could run as Binay’s running mate since the two have good relationship in the past. In 2010, Chiz was one of the leaders of the “Noy-Bi” group, a fact that could dampen any attempt to pair him up as Roxas’ running mate.
If Chiz accepts an offer to team up with Binay, they might have the right chemistry to run a good campaign. With Binay having all money to spend in the campaign and Chiz tapping the Filipino taipans’bottomless money pits, they could be a formidable team. However, with Binay’s corruption and plunder cases hanging over his head and the strong resentment against China right now, a Binay-Chiz tandem might not be the way to go. But Chiz has the flexibility to team up with anybody because he, like Grace, is an Independent. In the case of Binay, nobody is willing to run as his running mate. Has the stigma of corruption finally found its mark on Binay?
Janet Napoles has been found guilty beyond reasonable doubt. She was sentenced with the penalty of reclusion perpetua (permanent imprisonment) which means she will serve 20 to 40 years at the Women’s Correctional Jail in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila.
But wait, Janet is not being permanently incarcerated for the pork barrel scam. Her sentence was for the serious illegal detention of her nephew and employee, Benhur Luy. She kept Luy a prisoner, under lock and key, for three months at her condominium unit, because she suspected that he was defrauding her of her fraudulently transacted pork barrel. 😉
It was when Luy was rescued by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on 22 March 2013, that all hell broke loose as far as the scamming scandal of the pork barrel was concerned. Luy spilled the beans of what was truly going on which resulted in some arrests and prison detentions of three of the most influential senators in the Philippine politics. They are the old man, Juan Ponce Enrile, sexy (I don’t see it) Jinggoy Estrada and handsome (not bad, 🙂 I suppose) Bongbong Revilla.
I hope that this is only the start for Janet Napoles to atone for her many and expensive crimes.
I also hope that this is not a way of sweeping under the carpet, the other more serious matters of the P10billion (£151,716,105.30 British Pound Sterling or $224,997,200.00 US Dollar)pork barrel scam. I fervently hope that there are no people working behind the scene, active in their machination in ensuring that the pork barrel scam is buried and forgotten and all the people involved will live happily ever after in their heavenly mansions.
At long last heads have started to roll and about time too. It has been a very slow process. Criminality and corruption are so entwined and intertwined in the Philippine Government that untwining these would take some time.
Janet Lim Napoles, the madam of the PDAF plunder, is no longer the lone person to be arrested for criminality against the Pork Barrel scandal.
She has been joined by Bong Revilla, her Pogi, who surrendered himself a few days ago.
Jinggoy Estrada, Janet Napoles’s Sexy, has also surrendered himself but was for a moment almost free to “walk” after Government lawyers bungled the case raised against him.
There are plenty more to come including Tanda Enrile and of course people who are under PNoy’s own party list and cronies. This would be a test for PNoy’s much talked about Daang Matuwid (Straight Path) away from corruption.
Who will join these three? Who else have taken advantage of the P10 Billion Pork Barrel? Where are Janet Napoles’s children?
We’ll just have to wait and see!
PDAF – The Rogues Gallery
Janet Lim – Napoles PDAF – Facilitator
Bong Revilla Napoles’ Pogi
Jinggoy Estrada Napoles’ Sexy
Juan Ponce Enrile Napoles’ Tanda
Jo Christine Napoles Still pending arrest
James Christopher Lim Napoles Still Pending arrest
Jo Christine & James Napoles Accomplices in Pork Barrel Fraud?
At last, the long arm of the law is finally waving its weak limbs about. I thought for a moment it was ailing with paralysis.
Allegedly James Christoper “Butsoy” Napoles and Jo Christine “Neneng” Napoles have been implicated with the Pork Barrel scandal right up to their greedy little necks and they are about to be issued warrants of arrest and to answer for their part in the wanton thievery and plunder of the monies belonging to the Philippine nation.
It is alleged that Neneng and Butsoy were willing participants in siphoning off aid funds meant for the cash-strapped farmers of Malampaya, a farming community which was a victim of one typhoon disaster after another and another….
The Government did put aside and eventually approved and released the monies amounting to P900,000,000. Not a cent went to the deserving and destitute farmers. Instead, the cash was shared between fake Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and corrupt Government officials and workers via Janet Lim-Napoles machinations through the JLN (hmm what do the initials stand for;)) group of fake companies. Check out the JLN website. Maybe the company should be renamed JGMMS – ‘Just Give Me Money, Suckers’ 🙂
Neneng and Butsoy were not only busy falsifying documents and forging signatures on cheques, they were also officially employed as Vice President for admin and finance and Vice President for operations at JLN office at Discovery Centre in Pasig City.
Neneng and Butsoy should be charged with treason, plunder, forgery, etc for their role of being accessories, collaborators and co-conspirators to the crime and should be arrested and jailed with immediate effect.
Hmm maybe we world-weary and fed up Filipinos will see these two elevated to high office as seems to happens to those who can be ‘creative’ with accounting of public allocated funds ;).
ARE NENENG AND BUTSOY THE FUTURE SENATORS OF THE PHILIPPINES? WE WILL NOT BE TOO SURPRISED IF THEY DO END UP RUNNING THE GOVERNMENT!
Thank you Manny Almario for your very insightful commentary regarding how independence of the Philippines did not eventually lead to progress as opposed to other countries in Asia. Yeah, I do agree in part with your summation that perhaps colonial mentality has a lot to do with it.
Due to hundreds of years of being under the colonialism of one superpower after another, it seems this affected us like a virulent virus that attacked our psyche, our nervous system and our DNA which in turn effected our slavish and slovenly ways in our almost feudalistic respect in dealing with the people in charge of our Government or to those who have more money than us, or more educated or whiter, taller, etc, etc, the list can go on.
There are so many instances when I feel really uncomfortable with how some Filipinos think.
I was watching Kris Aquino’s KrisTv the other day where she was showing the glorious scenery of Boracay. She mentioned about a naturally white skinned people getting a suntan and would still look good. The camera then panned out the scenery showing naturally brown skinned people with their scarves and umbrellas hopelessly trying to protect themselves from the sun and its skin darkening effect. This kind of comment is very disheartening to a brown Filipino who is forever bombarded with celebrities endorsing white is beautiful and is already confused with the amount of headache-inducing choices of skin whitening available in various tentacles of SM in the Philippines. To be fair, Kris is not the only one who thinks that way. Sales clerks in the Philippines said that any colour would suit my white husband when we were getting a red shirt for him for New Year’s supertitious celebration! They did not say that about me with my brown skin! Ha!!! double Ha, Ha!
I also find it disconcerting that we humbly call everyone Sir this, Sir that, thereby knighting everyone we see who we think will do us a favour or grace us with their attention. We even call corrupt policemen bossing! Vic Sotto, who sexually assaulted an under-age girl, the late Pepsi Paloma, is Bossing to millions. His popularity has gone on to stratospheric level that he is often deitified whilst his criminality is swept forgotten under the carpet.
Some of us Filipinos glory in being downtrodden, some of us seem to welcome it and being proud of it. We wear it like a badge. We are to dependent on others.
We elect abusive and corrupt leaders, we hold them to their promise of looking after our own self-interest, we readily sell our votes and being proud of it, we see this as having made a good deal for an election which the result has already been written in the star; making money out of it, even if only for a few pesos, is our own two fingers to the system. 🙂 We fail to realise that corruption begets corruption and we the voters will ultimately have to pay in consequences. We then moan in a never-ending story how our politicians are corrupt, completely negating the fact that we put them there. We fatted these little pigs. We continually pour in high grade feeds into their trough and they are loving it and we spoil them, giving them everything including the clothes off our back and our independence.
Independence and progress
By MANUEL F. ALMARIO Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:04 am | Thursday, June 12th, 2014
The “Rise of the East” came after decolonization following the end of World War II. Formerly, almost all the countries of Asia, except Japan, were colonies or semicolonies of Western nations. In the history of the world, the colonies counted for nothing because their political and economic systems were determined by their colonial masters.
The natural resources of the colonies—gold, minerals, lands and seas—were possessed and controlled by the colonial masters. So were the labor of the colonial subjects and the fruits of their labor. All colonies, like individuals who are slaves, are poor, while their lords are rich.
World War II changed all that. The seven-year global carnage weakened the colonial powers except one—the United States. In the framing of the Atlantic Charter of 1941 in which they laid down their aims for the war, US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt prevailed on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to join him in proclaiming the right of all peoples to “self-determination.”
Roosevelt, one of the greatest of American presidents, was the one who signed the 1934 Tydings-McDuffie Act that promised Philippine independence in 12 years. That Act, unprecedented in colonial history, was the fruit of our forebears’ unceasing fight for independence since the Philippine Revolution of 1896 against Spain, and our self-proclamation of independence on June 12, 1898, in the midst of a ferocious battle against American military conquest.
The Filipino struggle for independence has inspired similar struggles for freedom throughout Asia. On Oct. 21, 1940, while Malaysia (then called Malaya) was still firmly under British rule, the radical Malayan newspaper Mailis, in advocating Malayan independence, editorialized:
“All the Asian countries had to struggle to achieve their freedom against western powers … The Philippine Revolution was a good example of struggle to get rid of the colonial power. We should follow the footsteps of our brothers, who were willing to sacrifice their lives for their own freedom.” (From a paper submitted by Prof. Ramlah Adam of the University of Malaya to the International Conference on the Centennial of the 1896 Revolution in Manila)
With independence attained after 450 years of colonial subjugation, the Filipinos reasonably expected to finally enjoy prosperity as they would now be in full control of their natural and human resources, and be free to make their own policies. But it was not to be.
While our neighbors, like China, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Brunei and South Korea prospered after gaining their independence —crossing the threshold of the economically advanced societies of Europe and the Americas—we have stayed out in the cold, still holding the proverbial begging bowl for aid and instruction.
We are told that we have failed economically because of corruption. But other countries have the same problem. China, a former semicolony, has not gotten rid of corruption, which daily hits the headlines, but this did not stop that nation, once the world’s beggar, to become the world’s second biggest economy.
During the Spanish regime, Filipinos were told that they were poor because they were lazy. Jose Rizal wrote the “Noli” and “Fili” to show that our poverty was due, not to our alleged indolence, but to Spanish colonization. In his essay, “Indolence of the Filipinos,” Rizal showed that in pre-Spanish colonial times, Filipinos enjoyed flourishing trade, industry and agriculture.
So it is not corruption or indolence that makes the Filipinos today the laggard in economic development in Asia. What then? Is it because while we have been granted our “independence,” we have not really exercised it? Is it because while we are nominally free, we have never really believed in the reality and desirability of our freedom and sovereignty?
Our foremost postwar nationalist, Claro M. Recto, famously called this malady “colonial mentality.” It is that of a slave who, after emancipation, chooses to remain in the bondage of his master.
Stanley Karnow, an American journalist and historian, wrote in his 1989 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “In Our Image, America’s Empire in the Philippines,” that: “Despite its modern trappings … [the Philippines] was still a feudal society dominated by an oligarchy of rich dynasties, which had evolved from one of the world’s longest continuous spans of Western colonial rule.”
Karnow added that the United States had “preserved the archipelago as an agricultural society dependent on the American market. It also perpetuated the power of the Filipino upper class, which derived its wealth from the land.”
On the 116th anniversary of our June 12 Independence Day celebration, 68 years after the grant of independence by the United States, we should ask ourselves why we have failed to reap the benefits of independence, which we can leave as a legacy to our descendants. We also have failed our duty to fulfill the hopes of our forefathers who sacrificed so much for our liberty.
In making this self-examination, we should not flounder in self-deception by believing that the glitter from the high-rise condominiums and luxurious gated communities is the reflection of national reality, and not the murkiness of the sprawling slums, and the hunger and indignity of the humanity that populates them.
Manuel F. Almario (email@example.com) is a semi-retired journalist, and spokesman of the Movement for Truth in History, Rizal’s Moth.
Her sorry saga is now one of the most epic of proportions.
What is happening to her could not be the truth as it beggars belief that Janet would really do something so detrimental to her own health; surely Janet will not be capable of effecting something so heinous against her own body.
Well the rumour/story goes like this. Janet was admitted to the hospital to undergo a tandem of hysterectomy and bilateral salpingostomy, which means surgically removing her entire uterus, both her ovaries as well as her fallopian tubes.
Apparently Janet has been suffering from severe adnomyosis of the uterus. There were multiple growths of tumours in her uterus, hindering the normal passage of blood to cavities, thus created a pool of blood in the myometrium. These had resulted in Janet to suffer from heavy bleeding for over a year now.
The operation went well, in fact it was described as rather an uneventful two hours.
But it has now turned out that Janet had to stay longer at the hospital because she was still bleeding copiously.
The doctors cannot really see any reason why she continues to bleed. Without her uterus, her fallopian tubes, her ovaries, and the tumours, she should not be bleeding.
Instead of going back to jail and be ready to face the trials and tribulations she knowingly and purposely brought unto herself, Janet has been given a few more weeks free pass out of jail and to remain in the hospital.
Janet Lim-Napoles Sex Scandal 🙂
Now the real question that has been puzzling the mind of the people was something of a rather salacious kind. Apparently Janet’s bleeding was due to a conjugal intercourse right after her hysterectomy. She was so horny she jumped her husband. Was Janet horny? Or was it the mister? Was Mr Napoles thoughtless enough to let his baser instinct to take over him and be carnal and sexual with his barely recovered from operation missus?!!!
Was Janet really gagging for it, like a cat in heat? I would think that sex is the last thing on your mind after being gutted like a fish, sad to say. Maybe she purposely made herself bleed so she can stay longer in the hospital?!!! Was she cynical enough or desperate to engage in this kind of deadly shenanigan?