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― Archibald MacLeish

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Noynoy Aquino : The Evolution Of A Good President


Friday, December 18, 2009

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's Campaign Promises
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.
The Inauguration of Benigno S. Aquino III as the fifteenth President of the Philippines took place on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila.The oath of office was administered by Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines Conchita Carpio-Morales.From Wikipedia
Initial Buyer Remorse?
Noynoying (pronounced noy-noy-YING[1] or noy-NOY-ying[2]) is a protest tactic in the form of neologism which critics of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III have used to question his work ethic, alleging inaction on Aquino's part on the issues of disaster response and of rising oil prices. A play on the term planking and Aquino's nickname, "Noynoy", Noynoying involves posing in a lazy manner, such as sitting idly while resting their heads on one hand and doing nothing.
While the first documented use of the term dates back to October 2011, use of the term became more widely spread when protesters started using it as a protest gimmick in 2012, catching widespread attention from mainstream media and spreading virally on social media. The origins of Noynoying as a protest device have been strongly associated with the Re-affirmist faction of the Philippine's leftist movements,[3] although its use has since spread to other groups generally critical of Aquino, regardless of affiliation.
In response, the Aquino administration expressed confidence that Noynoying would not catch on with the public.[4] From Wikipedia

By Richard Javad Heydarian, Huff Post
As emerging economic giants of Brazil, Russia, China, and India whimper, global investors are increasingly enthralled by the bang of more compact, democratic and dynamic economies. A combination of robust domestic spending, macroeconomic buoyancy, and labor-market flexibility has more than compensated for their smaller size. The new darlings of international finance include countries such as Turkey, Indonesia, and the Philippines. While the two Muslim nations are well on their way to join the elite group of trillion-dollar economies, the Philippines is relishing a strong economic momentum.

Amid global fears of a double-dip recession, the Philippines represents a countercyclical story of growth and resilience. It is expected to expand by 5.5-6 percent this year. The currency has been relatively strong, while the stock market has been among the most bullish in Asia. The first quarter was most encouraging: the economy grew above 6 percent, while exports expanded by 7.7 percent. The country is also enjoying an 'era of moderation': interest rates are at around 4 percent, inflation is barely above 3 percent, and the debt-to-GDP ratio is at a historic low -- allowing considerable space for borrowing and monetary easing.

This sound economic environment explains why even "Dr. Doom" Nouriel Roubini has identified the Philippines as among the most resilient of key Asian economies in terms of responding to a major global shock. According to the Roubini Global Economics report, the country has considerable monetary-fiscal wiggle room to respond to growing volatility in the center-economies (i.e., euro zone, U.S., Japan, and China) and geopolitical uncertainties in the Persian Gulf.

Global Pinoys: We need two consecutive good Presidents!