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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

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Global Pinoys: EQ Primer on 2016 Philippine Presidential Elections for Manila APEC Delegates

Mabuhay! Welcome to The Philippines!
The Philippine presidential and vice presidential election of 2016 is the next presidential election in the Philippines, scheduled on Monday, May 9, 2016. 
Incumbent President Benigno Aquino III is barred from seeking re-election, pursuant to the 1987 Philippine Constitution. Therefore, this election will determine the 16th President of the Philippines. The position of president and vice president are elected separately, and the winning candidates may come from different political parties.
This will be the 16th presidential election in the Philippines since 1935, and the sixth sextennial presidential election since 1986. This will be a part of the 2016 general election where elections to the Senate, House of Representatives and local government above the barangay level, including the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao shall be held. From Wikipedia
We are restating our belief that the country cannot have another Corrupt TRAPO! We need two CONSECUTIVE GOOD PRESIDENTS! We need a president of impeccable integrity.
Global Pinoys:Who will FIGHT Corruption?
You've got to be honest with yourself and decide the candidate who will NOT lie, cheat or steal.
The major candidates:
Sec. Mar Roxas/ Rep.Leni Robredo of The Liberal Party
VP Binay and Sen.Honasan of UNA
Sen. Grace Poe and Sen.Escudero, Independents
Sen Miram Santiago and Sen.Bongbong Marcos,PRP/KBL
 
Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!
Roxas/Robledo (Ro-Ro) Team for Asia's Next TIGER! 
Why stop the MOMENTUM? 
The country formerly derided as the "sick man of Asia" has been standing its ground amid market chaos. 
On July 31, 2015, at an event dubbed as "A Gathering of Friends", Roxas formally accepted the Liberal Party's nomination after he was officially endorsed by President Benigno Aquino III in the presence of their political allies at the Club Filipino, San Juan, where Roxas had announced his decision to withdraw from the 2010 presidential election and give way to Aquino's presidential bid. From Wikipedia
A review of recent Philippine Presidents clearly show we have had some good presidents, some not so good but some really bad!
A question that seems to be on everybody's mind these days turns out to be: Is Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo the worst President in recent history?
(An informal, unscientific poll of this blog's viewers found that 80% of votes cast for "Worst President" rate her presidency as a very serious contender for the dubious title.)
But how do you judge? Is she really the most morally disgusting? Have we as a people forgotten and/or forgiven the terrible transgressions of some of her recent predecessors in the Presidential seat in Malacanang?
Objectively, isn't Ferdinand Marcos the most worthy candidate for worst President? Maybe the young have no memory of the brutal years of martial law regime, his silencing the free press, his dictatorial control, the imprisonment, torture, murder and disappearance of thousands and his shameless plunder of the nation's treasury.
Ferdinand Marcos : "He might have started as a hero 
but ended up as a crook.” 
Singapore's Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew
Don't we at least remember Marcos' partner in the "Conjugal Dictatorship"? Maybe her pathetic look these days is deemed by our people good enough punishment for a woman whose beauty was legendary decades ago.
How about Gloria's most recent presidential predecessor? Isn't Erap, our unlucky 13th president, another more worthy candidate for the worst President? The Sandiganbayan gave its decision, finding Joseph guilty of plunder "beyond reasonable doubt" and sentenced to "ReclusiĆ³n perpetua."
Maybe our people think that he has already been punished enough. After all, he served more than six years in detention — six years and six months to be exact. First in an air-conditioned suite at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City, and then at his own well-appointed rest house in Tanay town, outside Manila. (Of course, Erap was quickly pardoned by Gloria.)
This brings us to Gloria. It's still too early to tell, but if the current signs mean anything, she has got a lot to answer for.
How could so many scandals of an elected (?) president and her cadre remain unexplained, unchallenged, and unpunished? When? Probably never.
We're not talking mistakes, here. We're not talking poor judgment or failed policies. We're not talking politics as usual, with its underhanded array of pork and perks. But we are talking about very serious violations of the public trust, and very possibly the law, perpetrated by the elected (?) leader of this nation and her handlers.
Even more amazingly, we are talking about the shameful reality that not a single one of these offenses has been investigated by a truly independent, non-political, neutral commission, armed with subpoena powers and adequate funding, and answerable ONLY to the people of Philippines. Not a single one.
One of the criteria for being worst is how much lasting damage the President did. The dictator Ferdinand Marcos for instance, did more than words can convey. With Gloria, the historical reckoning is yet to be made.
Let history judge her.