Wednesday, September 09, 2009

And on the 40th Day...


went on a hunger strike and almost died;
but on the 40th day, he was born again;

and instead of trying to die, he swore to fight for democracy,
or die trying. He did; in 1983, he was assassinated on August 21.

passed away this year on August 1, and lived again in our hearts;
and today, on the 40th day, we all resumed the fight for democracy.

"Tinatanggap ko ang hiling ng sambayanan.

Tinatanggap ko ang tagubilin ng aking mga magulang.

Tinatanggap ko ang responsibilidad
na ituloy ang laban para sa bayan.

Tinatanggap ko ang hamon na mamuno sa laban na ito.

Bayang Pilipinas,
Tatakbo po ako sa pagka-pangulo sa darating na halalan!"

at the Club Filipino this morning,
we all saw and heard someone really

and I am responding to
the will of my MASTERS."

Maraming Salamat,

I served your mother with dedication,
and I will serve you with dedication.

I hope to be worthy of that dedication.

And even on a question about the War in Mindanao,
and then on Education, Governance, and Justice,
The President-To-Be gave SPECTACULARLY
Clear, Cogent, Concise, Complete Answers.

And finally:


Wear YELLOW Today!

Mabuhay si NOYNOY!!
Mabuhay ang PILIPINAS!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not democracy but character

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:53:00 09/08/2009

Filed Under: Inquirer Politics, Cory Aquino, Government

What was restored by People Power in 1986 was the pre-martial law order of things, not democracy. In the first place, there was no democracy to restore. What was trumpeted as democracy was the holding of periodic elections, which, according to Fr. John J. Carroll, S.J. (“Building from below,” Inquirer, 8/10/09), “have historically been exercises of the elite and for the elite.” The ruling class was a landed oligarchy, divided into two factions: those in power and those out.

In his recent commentary, Father Carroll states:

“Thus today the ordinary Filipino gets to vote … not for a candidate of his or her own choice, but for one among those proposed by the political powers-that-be who have the party machinery behind them. He or she has no voice in choosing who the candidates will be …”

The economy under martial law was one shaped by the Payne-Aldrich Act of 1909; the Bell Trade Act of 1946; the Laurel-Langley Agreement of 1956, which perpetuated free trade between the colonizer (United States) and the colony (the Philippines); and since 1962 (from the Diosdado Macapagal administration up to that of his daughter, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo), by the debt conditions imposed by the World Bank-International Monetary Fund (WB-IMF). Initially these debt conditions prescribed decontrol and devaluation, which almost wiped out the import substitution industries of the 1950s.

Under globalization following the demise of the Soviet Union to this very day, the WB-IMF prescription became four-pronged: liberalization, deregulation, privatization and level playing field. Writing about “Tita Cory’s economic legacy” (Inquirer, 8/10/09), former NEDA chief Cielito Habito credits the Aquino administration with “opening the economy” through the Foreign Investment Act of 1991.

The truth, however, is that it was the Ramos regime which really opened the economy by accessing prematurely the Philippines into the World Trade Organization, resulting in the almost complete decimation of our manufacturing sector. Even multinational companies like Colgate-Palmolive, Johnson & Johnson, Union Carbide, Rubberworld, Gelmart, Philips Electrical stopped manufacturing, laying off thousands of workers. They then focused on importing and marketing what they used to manufacture here.

How do you explain the massive outpouring of grief and love occasioned by President Corazon Aquino’s demise?

During her presidency, she did not abuse her powers. She did not invoke executive privilege to suppress the truth. She was never involved in dishonest, immoral or illegal transactions. She did not talk to “Garci” into giving her a margin of over a million votes. She did not fly to China to witness the NBN-ZTE deal. The people around her —Joker Arroyo, Teddyboy Locsin, Rene Saguisag and others like them—helped her execute the law, not bend, distort, frustrate or nullify it for self-seeking and treason-informed ends.

The people flocked by the tens of thousands to Cory Aquino’s wake and funeral procession to register their longing for the values she represented.

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September 10, 2009 at 12:03 AM  

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