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― Archibald MacLeish

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

EQ Post Exclusive:Who among the past and present PH presidents, deserve to be included in the Presidential Hall of Shame?

The Malacañang Palace or the presidential palace, the seat of the government and the official home of the Philippine president. 
We have had 16 presidents. 
A review of recent Philippine Presidents clearly shows we have had some good presidents, some not so good but some really bad!
Who among these 16 Philippine presidents  deserve to be included in the EQ Presidential Hall of Shame?
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
"Over the next decade, Marcos’s cronies and immediate family would tiptoe back into the country, one by one – always to the public’s revulsion and disgust, though they showed that there was nothing that hidden money and thick hides could not withstand." 
From Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s book 
“From Third World to First” 
Here’s the tally of victims for the Marcos dictatorship:
70, 000 incarcerated
35, 000 tortured
3, 200 murdered
Yep, Marcos holds the record: 3, 200 people killed.
 The most popular president
ERAP was elected President in 1998 with a very wide margin of votes separating him from the other challengers.But the charisma of ERAP did not prevent plunder .
 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 "Reclusión 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.)
The most academically prepared president
The nation was battered after nine and half years of Gloria Arroyo,
PHD. Most of us regret placing the little girl in Malacanang after People Power II.
What ever happened to the investigation of ?
* The National Power Corp. (Napocor) -CPK-Kalayaan rehabilitation project.
* The race horse importation fiasco.
* The overpriced Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard exposé.
* Misuse of the fertilizer funds.
* The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. scandals.
* The jueteng scandals.
* The ZTE-NBN scandal ("Buck off!").
* The Bribery of Governors and Congressmen in Malacanang.
* The MOTHER of ALL SCANDALS: THE HELLO GARCI Mega Scandal that influenced the last Presidential elections.
* The Extra-Judicial Killings of Activists as reported by the United Nations special raporteur on human rights.
* And many more...
Is Duterte now a candidate for the WORST president ever title?
Although Duterte has only been in office for  432 days, it is hard to go anywhere and not hear that he is the worst ever Philippine president. 
EQ Poll:Who is the WORST ever Philippine president?
(conducted on EQPost Twitter): Sept 2, 2017
Marcos: 21%
Erap: 4%
Arroyo: 4%
Duterte: 71% 
Base: 826 votes (unduplicated)
16 million Pinoys voted for him. After 461 days in office, we have a bully and a butcher, thousands of EJKS mostly coming from poor areas and  the peace of the graveyard in the country. 
In February 2017, former Colombian President César Gaviria wrote an opinion piece on The New York Times to warn Duterte and the administration that the drug war is "unwinnable" and "disastrous", citing his own experiences as the President of Colombia. He also criticized the alleged extrajudicial killings and vigilantism, saying these are "the wrong ways to go." According to former Colombian President Gaviria the war on drugs is essentially a war on people. From Wikipedia