"Will the dark schemes of those who want to bring us back to the wrong way of doing things finally succeed?"
P.NOY 2014 SONA
The questions that seems to be on everybody's mind these days.
Will history repeat itself?
Do you still remember the WICKED?
“The Filipino is worth living and fighting for.” P.Noy
“Binigyan ninyo ako ng pagkakataong pamunuan ang transpormasyon. Kung hinindian ko ang hamon na iniharap niyo sa akin, para ko na ring sinabi na tutulong akong pahabain ang inyong pagdurusa, at hindi maaatim ng konsensiya ko iyon."
"Kung tinalikuran ko ang pagkakataon, parang tinalikuran ko na rin ang aking ama’t ina, at ang lahat ng inialay nila para sa atin; hindi mangyayari iyon. Sa paghakbang sa tuwid na daan, pinili ninyo ang mabuti at ang tama; tumotoo kayo sa akin—at ako naman ay tumotoo sa inyo.” From Inquirer
"Pag tinalikuran ko ang ating sinimulan, parang tinalikuran ko na rin ang aking ama't ina."
"If I turn my back on what we've begun, it's as if I've turned my back on my father and mother]." P. NOY SONA 2014
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
"When Marcos later learned what happened, he reportedly went into a rage and even threw something at Imelda..."
“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
“Alam po ni Vice President na noong 1987, nagkasama kami, may kudeta, na-ambush po tayo doon, at tapos noon ay pangalawang buhay ko na po ito. Hindi natin maiiwasang mag-isip sa mga binubunggo natin, may araw kayang pagsampa ng entablado ay ito na ba huling araw, may magtatagumpay bang maglagay ng bomba; magtatagumpay ba iyong mga maiitim na balak ng atin pong mga katunggaling gusto tayong ibalik sa maling kalakalan.”
It’s hard not to think about these things, considering the people we’ve been going up against. Will there be a day when I go onstage, for work, and—will someone manage to plant a bomb? Will the dark schemes of those who want to bring us back to the wrong way of doing things finally succeed?
When that day comes, and my second life comes to an end, will I be able to say things will be ok? I will tell you this, straight in eye: after everything we’ve achieved, I can say that I am content."P.Noy SONA2014
A day after his speech, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV revealed an alleged destabilization plot led by retired military generals close to former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo – Aquino’s 67-year-old detained and ailing predecessor.
In a text message, former First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo told ABS-CBN News, “he (Trillanes) is trying to be in the media because he’s running… He must be joking. No truth to that.
Papatulan pa ba iyang imbentong iyan? PGMA is detained. How can she plot? He was the one who plotted against GMA before.” From ABS-CBN News
A Thai soldier stands guard in Bangkok after the military seized power. It is the 19th coup since Thailand ended absolute monarchy in 1932. Sakchai Lalit/Associated Press
BANGKOK—Thailand's military forcefully removed the nation's elected government two days after declaring martial law, posing new risks to a U.S. ally that is rapidly losing appeal to the investors and tourists who have fueled its economic growth.
Army leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha made formal his power grab taking over the duties of prime minister after failing to broker an end to a seven-month feud pitting the government against protesters who sought to replace it with a royally appointed administration.
Washington declared the takeover a coup, which could prompt the U.S. to curtail cooperation and aid.
"While we value our long friendship with the Thai people, this act will have negative implications for the U.S.-Thai relationship, especially for our relationship with the Thai military," Secretary of State John Kerry said. The Pentagon said it was reviewing its military relationship with Thailand but no decisions had been made.
Enrile: I've never been known for betrayal!
Believe it or not!From 1986 to 1987, there were six plots to overthrow Philippine President Corazon Aquino involving various members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. A significant number of the military participants in these attempts belonged to the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM), while others were identified loyalists of former President Ferdinand Marcos, who had been deposed in the People Power Revolution in February 1986. Two attempts—the November 1986 "God Save the Queen Plot" and the July 1987 plot—were uncovered and quashed by authorities before they could be operationalised. The other plots were repelled with little or no violence, the deadliest being the August 1987 coup attempts which left 53 dead.
An even more serious coup attempt would be staged against the Aquino government in December 1989. Following the plot's failure, President Aquino established a fact-finding commission headed by then-COMELEC Chairman Hilario Davide, Jr. The report would become known as the Davide Commission Report, and it was mandated to investigate and provide a full report on the series of coup attempts against the Aquino government.From Wikipedia
From GMA News: Armored personnel carrier and military trucks seen in EDSA amid talks of destab vs. Aquino admin.
| @jun_veneracionBy Manny Mogato, Reuters
MANILA - Philippine soldiers should keep clear of politics, the military's new chief said on Wednesday, as rumors of a possible coup swirled in the capital after the Supreme Court declared President Benigno Aquino III's economic stimulus fund illegal.
The 120,000-member armed forces had a history of coups and attempted coups. Last month, rumors sprang up of a plot against the Aquino administration because of the fund scandal.
"We should be reminded that as members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, we should remain professional and non-partisan," military chief Lieutenant-General Pio Gregorio Catapang told troops at an air base in Pampanga province, north of Manila.
"The DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program) has become a political issue. We should allow the democratic process to take its course and let the judicial, the executive and legislative branches of government deal with this," he said. "We should not meddle (but) concentrate on our mission."
Aquino, the only son of the country's democracy icon, former president Corazon Aquino, is facing the biggest challenge to his four-year rule after his popularity ratings dropped to the lowest levels last month.
His Disbursement Allocation Program was a 145-billion-peso ($3.34-billion) fund to boost public spending, but some of the money went to allies in Congress in violation of the constitution, the Supreme Court ruled.
Aquino has become politically vulnerable to his opponents who have mobilized street protests ahead of his State of the Nation Address before a joint session of Congress next week.
"You cannot discount the range of possible scenarios in which the plotters would resort to extra-constitutional measures," said Ramon Casiple, executive director of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reforms, an independent advocacy group. From ABS-CBN News