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“How shall freedom be defended? By arms when it is attacked by arms, by truth when it is attacked by lies, by faith when it is attacked by authoritarian dogma. Always, in the final act, by determination and faith.”

― Archibald MacLeish

Friday, December 18, 2009

THE EQ POST ENDORSEMENT: NOYNOY FOR PRESIDENT

Noynoy For President


The nation is battered after nine and half years of Gloria Arroyo.Most of us regret placing the little girl in Malacanang after People Power II.


She has disrespected all of us. Just look at the "alphabet soup" of scandals associated with her administration:IMPSA Deal Macapagal Blvd. Fertilizer Scam OWWA Funds PhilHealth Cards NorthRail Anomaly SouthRail Anomaly NBN-ZTE Scam CyberEd Scam EO 464/MC 108 Hello Garci Scandal 2004 Presidential Elections  Bastardization of InstitutionsBribery of Local Officials Bribery of Church Officials Extra-judicial Killings Enforced Disappearances Immoderate Greed Treason Cronyism Obstruction of Justice Indiscriminate Use of Public Funds Spratlys Deal Venable Contract PSC Horse Importation Road User's Tax TRANSCO Bidding Swine Scam,etc.

She has made terrible mistakes:

1) Making friends with The Rebel (?) Ampatuans. She is widely believed to have benefited in the 2004 presidential election from votes controlled by the Ampatuans, leaving a hefty political debt. Indeed, her main rival Fernando Poe Jr., a hugely popular movie star, reportedly failed to get a single vote in three Maguindanao towns.


2) Orchestrating HR 1109. Members of the opposition had warned of a possible proclamation of martial law and possible “Arroyo dictatorship”, following the approval of House Resolution 1109, which empowers a Senate-Less Congress to convene itself into a Constitutional Assembly to amend the 1987 Constitution.

3) Lifting the phone and calling Garci. This infamous phone call raised very serious doubts about her electoral victory in 2004.

4) Blocking all impeachment attempts against her. The House of Representatives, which is dominated by Arroyo’s coalition allies, blocked all attempts for an impeachment trial. No trial has taken place thus far to clear her of all the serious allegations against her and her accomplices in government.

5) Pardoning Erap so quickly. Estrada, 70, was convicted on charges he took bribes and kickbacks while in office. He was sentenced to life in prison and ordered to forfeit a mansion and more than US$15.5 million (€11 million).As it turned out, Arroyo pardoned Erap almost immediately after his conviction in September 2007.

6) Promising not to to run in the 2004 elections. In front of the Jose Rizal monument in Baguio,Arroyo announced on Rizal Day 2002 that she had to decided to drop out of the presidential race in 2004.”It is God who puts ideas in my heart,”explained Arroyo.

7) Changing her mind about not running in 2004. ”I will run for president in the May 2004 elections,Arroyo said in a speech in Clark .”I remain married to the country.Thus,I have deferred my retirement.”

8) Issuing EO 464.In September 2005. Gloria Arroyo clipped the powers of Congress to conduct hearings and to summon officials of the executive department to testify before congressional inquiries.

9) Invoking executive privilege on the scandal-tainted ZTE-NBN deal. Did Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo follow up the national broadband network (NBN) project with then socioeconomic planning secretary Romulo Neri? Was Neri dictated to prioritize the Chinese firm ZTE Corporation? Did Arroyo tell him to go ahead and approve the project despite being told about the alleged bribe? We will never know the answers to these three all-important questions of the Senate. 
10) Spending extravagantly in junkets and expensive dinners abroad. Remember her famous call to action for frugality :"I ask our people to spend on the basics before the luxuries so our children will have enough to eat.” Enough said.

As tough as the times are, the selection of a new president for the Philippines is easy. We obviously cannot put back into office a disgraced ex-president convicted and pardoned for PLUNDER.We cannot a elect a man who promises another 6 years of failed GMA polices.We cannot elect the richest candidate who could have serious conflicts of interest with the government because of his vast business empire.
After a decade of misrule, Noynoy Aquino is the right choice.

We do not ask you to vote for him because of his Aquino surname.


We do not ask you to vote for him because of his personality.He does not have the sharp wit of Ninoy nor the charisma of Cory.

We do not ask you to vote for him because of the eloquence of his words. Eloquence has no aim: it is a just play of words. Remember our most eloquent president?

We do not ask you to vote for him because of his legislative record, which frankly is not impressive.

We do not ask you to vote for him and forget his ties with  Hacienda Luisita which clearly is the albatross hanging from his neck.


WE ASK YOU TO VOTE FOR NOYNOY FOR THREE DAMN GOOD REASONS:
1) We need a president of impeccable integrity. We need a candidate who will not steal from us, who will not lie to us, who will not disrespect us and who will not betray our trust.

2) We need a presidential TANDEM that will fix our national problems. Noynoy Aquino AND Mar Roxas will work for us.They will not cut deals. Sorry, we can't guarantee the same things about their competitors.

3) Most importantly,we need a president with a clear platform of government to solve the mess we're in.

NOYNOY AQUINO's Mission:


We will start to make these changes first in ourselves—by doing the right things, by giving value to excellence and integrity and rejecting mediocrity and dishonesty, and by giving priority to others over
ourselves.


We will make these changes across many aspects of our national life.
A Commitment to Transformational Leadership:
1. From a President who tolerates corruption to a President who is the nation’s first and most determined fighter of corruption.
2. From a government that merely conjures economic growth statistics that our people know to be unreal to a government that prioritizes jobs that empower the people and provide them with opportunities to rise above poverty.
3. From relegating education to just one of many concerns to making education the central strategy for investing in our people, reducing poverty and building national competitiveness.
4. From treating health as just another area for political patronage to recognizing the advancement and protection of public health, which includes responsible parenthood, as key measures of good governance.
5. From justice that money and connections can buy to a truly impartial system of institutions that deliver equal justice to rich or poor.
Economy
6. From government policies influenced by well-connected private interests to a leadership that executes all the laws of the land with impartiality and decisiveness.
7. From treating the rural economy as just a source of problems, to recognizing farms and rural enterprises as vital to achieving food security and more equitable economic growth,worthy of re-investment for sustained productivity.
8. From government anti-poverty programs that instill a dole-out mentality to well-considered programs that build capacity and create opportunity among the poor and the marginalized in the country.
9. From a government that dampens private initiative and enterprise to a government that creates conditions conducive to the growth and competitiveness of private businesses, big, medium and small.
10. From a government that treats its people as an export commodity and a means to earn foreign exchange, disregarding the social cost to Filipino families to a government that creates jobs at home, so that working abroad will be a choice rather than a necessity; and when its citizens do choose to become OFWs, their welfare and protection will still be the government’s priority.
Government Service
11. From Presidential appointees chosen mainly out of political accommodation to discerning selection based on integrity, competence and performance in serving the public good.
12. From demoralized but dedicated civil servants, military and police personnel destined for failure and frustration due to inadequate operational support to professional, motivated and energized bureaucracies with adequate means to perform their public service missions.
Gender Equality
13. From a lack of concern for gender disparities and shortfalls, to the promotion of equal gender opportunity in all spheres of public policies and programs.
Peace & Order
14. From a disjointed, short-sighted Mindanao policy that merely reacts to events and incidents to one that seeks a broadly-supported just peace and will redress decades of neglect of the Moro and other peoples of Mindanao.
15. From allowing environmental blight to spoil our cities, where both the rich and the poor bear with congestion and urban decay to planning alternative, inclusive urban developments where people of varying income levels are integrated in productive, healthy and safe communities.
16. From a government obsessed with exploiting the country for immediate gains to the detriment of its environment to a government that will encourage sustainable use of resources
to benefit the present and future generations.

His platform is not perfect. But it is a serious list of objectives to be accomplished while in office.
How does it compare to the platforms of the other presidentiables? Do they have any?

Well, we remember Manny Villar's famous line:
"Lahat kami  iyan lang ang sasabihin.Lahat ng kandidato sasabihin iyan.We will say the same things...we will have the SAME PLATFORM.For after all, a platform... dadalawang  speechwriters lang iyan tatanungin ka.Anong gusto ninyo, 3-point agenda , 10 point agenda 15 point agenda o 25 point agenda."

We can dream, can't we ? We hope a President Noynoy will consider the following:
The new president must take bold steps, right away, to tackle the nation's myriad of problems.
The Philippines needs a bold plan that ignites our collective imagination, sparks innovation, and creates economic progress. The starting point? A call to action from our new president in the first 100 days of his administration.
1) Launch a Moral Regeneration Campaign.
* To provide an opportunity to diagnose the past and present state of the moral crisis in the country. * Reflect on strategies and measures to reconstruct the social values of the new democratic Philippines. * Facilitate the evolution of a dynamic mass movement to help and support the government-civil society initiative in planning an effective program of action for the moral renewal of our society. * Promote national advocacy for the creation of an ethical, caring and corruption-free society. * Strengthen the foundations of our hard-won freedom and democracy by building a strong moral society based on a common code of ethics and behavior.
2) Adopt A Genuine Land Reform Program
* Abolish the notorious stock distribution option (SDO) as an acquisition option.
* Prioritize large landholdings such as the Hacienda Luisita 6,453-estate for land acquisition and distribution.To demonstrate the new president's sincerity, Hacienda Luisita should the centrepiece of true land reform.
3) Establish A "Lead Philippines" Program. Its objective will be to encourage "the Best And Brightest Filipinos" here and abroad to work in the new government.
4) Establish a Council on Economic Competitiveness. It will hammer out details of how to implement a long-term national plan that would offer the most productive labor force and the most conducive environment for business.We must accept the fact that competing on cost/low wages or on abundance of natural resources is not a basis for sustainable competitive advantage of the Philippines.
5) Establish a "Justice For All "Commission. It will be an independent commission to be established with the guidance and technical support of key United Nations agencies and other international bodies, comprising of senior judges, competent jurists, reputed academics and representatives from civil society, including human rights organizations, to undertake a comprehensive review of the country's criminal justice system.