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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

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Global Pinoys: The BEST Candidate for Vice President is Leni Robredo!

Why not the BEST?
The Roxas-Robredo Team
"Ro-Ro" Team
"Noong buhay pa po si Jesse, matagal na panahon niyang katuwang si Sec Mar Roxas sa maraming pagsubok na hinarap sa pagsulong ng daang matuwid. Magkasabay po silang nangarap ng maganda para sa bayan. Malinaw po sa akin na si Sec Mar Roxas ang magpapatuloy sa daang matuwid na sinumulan ng administratsyon ng ating mahal na Pangulo. 
Ang daang matuwid po ang magsisiguro na hinding hindi makakalimutan ang mga taong madalas napag-iiwanan. Hindi po kumpleto ang trabaho ng daang matuwid hanggat may napag-iiwanan sa laylayan. Malinaw po na ang daan patungo sa kaunlaran ay ang daang nagtataguyod ng maayos na buhay para sa lahat.
Sa lahat po nang nagpahayag ng suporta, pangamba, pagkatakot, pati na pakikiramay at sa lahat na nag alay ng dasal, mula sa ating mga tinitingala at lalong-lalo na sa karaniwan nating mga kababayan, taos puso po akong nagpapasalamat sa lahat sa inyo. Kayo po ngayon ang pinaghuhugutan ko ng lakas." Leni Robredo
 "Ma, Follow Your Heart" Jesse
"Hindi po ako si Jesse. Ngunit noong namatay po siya, maliwanag po sa aming mag-iina na siya ay umaasa, na sa abot ng aming makakaya, susubukan din naming magsakripisyo, gaya ng kanyang pagsasakripisyo, para makapag  ambag para sa ating bayan. Yung nakalipas na mahigit na dalawang taon po ang saksi na aking nasuklian naman ang aking kakulangan sa paghahanda ng matapat na panunungkulan. Sa aking paninilbihan bilang Kinatawan, ipinaglaban ko po ang karapatan ng mga naka tsinelas –‘yong nasa ibaba, nasa labas, at nasa laylayan ng ating lipunan. Isinulong natin ang mga panukalang batas na nagbibigay ng puwang para pakinggan ang boses ng karaniwang Pilipino at bigyan sila ng pagkakataong makilahok sa pamumuno. Gumawa din po tayo ng mga panukalang batas na magsusulong ng mga sistema kung saan sinisiguro na ang ating mga pinuno ay hindi maliligaw ng landas o mabubulag ng kapangyarihan. Tapat, malinis at bukas na pamamahala ang buod ng ating mga isinusulong, dahil sa paniniwala na sa ganitong paraan lamang tayo tunay na makakapagsilbi at sa ganitong paraan lamang natin  masisiguro na mabigyan ng halaga ang lahat ng umaasa sa atin." Leni Robredo
 The BEST Candidate for  Vice President is Leni Robredo
If her campaign is properly handled, Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo could be a “runaway” winner in the vice presidential election next year, Senator Sergio “Serge” Osmeña III said. 
“She’ll beat Chiz. If properly handled, she’ll beat Chiz,” Osmeña told reporters, referring to Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, who has been leading the vice presidential surveys.
Asked why, Osmena said: “It’s so hard to explain these things but she has the appeal.”
Aside from her appeal, the senator said, Robredo should also be exposed to the national audience.
“But I’ve seen many people come and go in this business …and normally once in a rare blue moon, you can spot somebody that, ito (this one) she’s going to be attractive,” she said.
Osmeña though acknowledged that Escudero also has an appeal that was why he was ranking high in the surveys.
But if Robredo is “packaged properly and she develops the right message,” Osmeña said she could even be a “runaway winner.”
“Leni is the best candidate for vice president,” he said.
He clarified that he is not a member of the administration’s Liberal Party as he was just giving his own observation. From Inquirer
Compare LENI With the Other Major VP Candidates
Inquirer Editorial:
Grace Poe: Why would she pick a man whose track record appears, on many points, at odds with the image and advocacies she has cultivated, and which led to the steep rise in public esteem that arguably has given her the impetus to consider gunning for the presidency?
Poe contrasts herself from her putative rivals by touting her unsullied record. Vice President Jejomar Binay is compromised by a raft of corruption charges. Mar Roxas, the Liberal Party’s standard-bearer, is weighed down by the many blunders of the Aquino administration, from the outlawed Disbursement Acceleration Program to the Mamasapano tragedy and the daily traffic hell. Poe’s sensible stand on many raging issues has earned her plaudits from the public; that stand, along with her clean persona and intimate connections with show biz royalty, and despite her glaring lapse vis-à-vis the controversy involving the Iglesia ni Cristo, has made her a viable “presidentiable” to many.
But Escudero? He stood by Joseph Estrada throughout the revelations of the latter’s corruption and perfidy as president. True, he railed against the venality of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, but his selective campaign proves that when it comes to basic good governance, he can overlook the monumental faults of a patron and ally and take up the anticorruption mantle only when it’s convenient to do so.
Inquirer Editorial
Bongbong Marcos was back defending the rampart. There was nothing wrong about martial law, he said on TV, and there is nothing to apologize for. “Will I say sorry for the thousands and thousands of kilometers [of roads] that were built? Will I say sorry for the agricultural policy that brought us to self-sufficiency in rice? Will I say sorry for the power generation? Will I say sorry for the highest literacy rate in Asia? What am I to say sorry about?”
It’s a catchy picture, but a false, incomplete one. Marcos’ agricultural policy? He simply parceled out the economy to his cronies; as the Chicago Tribune put it, “Eduardo Cojuangco became the ‘Coconut King,’ Antonio Floirendo the ‘Banana King,’ Herminio Disini the ‘Tobacco King,’ Jose Campos the ‘Pharmaceutical King,’ Roberto Benedicto the ‘Sugar King.’” For years, millions of farmers had to fork over hard-earned money for a so-called coconut levy fund that never went to their welfare, but instead became a P150-billion asset fought over by the likes of Cojuangco and Juan Ponce Enrile.
The land reform that was supposed to be the cornerstone of Marcos’ New Society? It was a sham. Out of some 10 million hectares of private land and 17 million hectares of public land available for disposal, only 50,000-70,000 hectares had been subjected to land reform by the time the Marcoses fled Malacañang in 1986.
Power generation? The monstrosity that is the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant—built of an outdated design with some 4,000 defects, on a known earthquake fault line, to the tune of $2.3 billion, about $80 million of which ended up as kickbacks to Marcos and his bagman Disini as documented in court records against its builder Westinghouse—is the ultimate indictment of Marcos’ energy policies.
The highest literacy rate in Asia? Sure—against a landscape where press freedom was absent, dissenting journalists were hauled off to jail or allegedly thrown overboard from helicopters, then Minister of Information Gregorio Cendaña had an iron hand clamped on TV and radio, and newspapers were the plaything of Marcos cronies.
And so on. We haven’t touched on the billions of dollars in Swiss accounts, or the thousands of “desaparecidos” and human rights victims. Do current history books reflect these facts? Apparently not, because Bongbong could also claim that one reason he’s getting giddy at the idea of running for president is that “young people who were not even alive at that time say that, ‘Buti pa noong panahong iyon, alam namin, may ganito at may ganyan.”’
Bongbong may find in that youthful gushing a quick high, but the ill-informed appraisal of what he believes is the golden era of his formative years says more about the tragic miseducation of the Filipino than about his father’s true record. Still, one hears what one wants to hear, so an apology is not in the offing from the Marcos son, because “history will judge [Marcos] properly, and we’ll leave it at that.”
But he has, in fact, been judged. Marcos is the only president in Philippine history who had to flee with his family in the dead of night to escape the wrath of his people—from whom he stole up to the end, by the way, with millions of gold, jewelry and cash brought along with them. There’s the judgment of history right there for you. Unfortunately for Bongbong, that ignominy cannot be erased with a cocky shrug.