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!