Profiling the Candidates for the 2010 Presidential Elections: Erap Estrada

Full Name: Joseph Marcelo Ejercito Estrada
Born: April 19, 1937
Parents: Engr. Emilio Ejercito and Maria Marcelo
Religion: Roman Catholic

Current Position: None in the government but recently appeared in a movie with Aiai de las Alas

Political Party: Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino
Running Mate: Jejomar Binay
Senators:

  • Juan Ponce Enrile
  • Jinggoy Estrada
  • Rodolfo Plaza
  • Jose de Venecia III
  • Apolinario Lozada
  • JV Bautista
  • Bong Revilla
  • Miriam Defensor Santiago

Brief History

His primary education was obtained at the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Manila University. He later took up an Engineering course at the Mapua Institute of Technology.

In his early twenties, he became a movie actor by accident but later proved himself to be an accomplished thespian, starring in a string of well-received films that earned him the title of a living legend in local filmdom. More popularly known as Erap, he is a five-time Best Actor awardee – a feat he repeated by winning the Best Picture award an equal number of times. This earned him a rare place in the FAMAS Hall of Fame in 1981 and 1984, respectively.

Life in Politics

Estrada entered politics in 1967 when he ran for mayor of San Juan, a municipality of Metro Manila, in 1968 and ended up losing his bid for mayor. He was only proclaimed mayor in 1969, after winning an electoral protest against Dr. Braulio Sto. Domingo. As mayor of San Juan he turned it to one of Metro Manila’s outstanding municipality (now a city).

The following year, he ran and won a seat in the Senate under the Grand Alliance for Democracy (GAD).

In 1992, Joseph Estrada ran for vice-president as the running mate of Eduardo Cojuangco, Jr. under the Nationalist People’s Coalition party. Estrada won the vice-presidency garnering more votes than his closest opponent, Ramon Mitra, Jr.’s running mate, Marcelo Fernan.

As Vice-President, he as the chairman of President Ramos’ Presidential Anti-Crime Commission (PACC). Estrada arrested criminal warlords and kidnapping syndicates.

Estrada’s political strategists and financial backers were aware that a large share of the Philippine electorate, the “masa” (the poor and undereducated masses), were looking for a leadership they could relate to. Central in the campaign was Estrada’s campaign slogan “Erap para sa Mahirap” (Erap for the poor) that succeeded in inspiring the masses with the hope that Estrada would be the president of and for the masses.

The Estrada administration widened the coverage of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) to the landless peasants in the country side[15]. The latter’s administration distributed more than 266,000 hectares of land to 175,000 landless farmers, including land owned by the traditional rural elite. (Total of 523,000 hectares to 305,000 farmers during his 2nd year as President)[16]. On September 1999 he issued Executive Order(EO) 151, also known as Farmer’s Trust Fund, which allows the voluntary consolidation of small farm operation into medium and large scale integrated enterprise that can access long-term capital. President Estrada launched the Magkabalikat Para sa Kaunlarang Agraryo or MAGKASAKA.

The Estrada presidency was soon dogged by charges of plunder and corruption. He was reported by his Chief of Staff Aprodicio Laquian to have allegedly spent long hours drinking with shady characters as well as “midnight drinking sessions” with some of his cabinet members during meetings.

During the trial, the prosecution (composed of congressmen and private prosecutors) presented witnesses and evidence to the impeachment court regarding Estrada’s involvement in an illegal numbers game, also known as jueteng, and his maintenance of secret bank accounts.

On January 19, 2001, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, seeing the political upheaval throughout the country, decided to withdraw its support from the president and transfer its allegiance to the vice president, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The following day, the Supreme Court declared that the seat of presidency was vacant. At noon, the Chief Justice swore in the constitutional successor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, as President of the Philippines.[53] Estrada and his family were quickly evacuated from the presidential palace.

On January 18, 2008, Joseph Estrada’s Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) placed a full-page advertisement in Metro Manila newspapers, blaming EDSA 2 of having “inflicted a dent on Philippine democracy”.

Estrada returned to his old home in San Juan. He maintained that he never resigned, implying that Arroyo’s government was illegitimate, despite the international community’s recognition of Arroyo’s succession and the acknowledgment of Arroyo as the new president by all government offices, the military, and the national police.

The new government charged him with plunder and had him arrested in April. Estrada’s supporters, particularly those among the poor, marched to the EDSA Shrine demanding Estrada’s release and his reinstatement as president, attempting to replicate the success of the previous revolution.

Politics

Tunay at Tapat na Nagmamahal sa Masang Pilipino

Platform

HINDI BA’T IYAN ANG MINIMITHI NATING LAHAT? ISANG PILIPINAS KUNG SAAN ANG MGA MAHIHIRAP AY MAY PAGKAKATAONG MAKARANAS NG KAUNTING GINHAWA? KUNG SAAN ANG PAG-ASA’T PANGARAP AY MAY PATUTUNGUHAN?

My 2cents on Erap

The legitimacy of Erap’s candidacy is still controversial. Most people still think that he is not qualified to run for re-election with the major point being a president can never run for the re-election. However, the ComElec still hasn’t given a final decision on the petition to disqualify Erap.

But I don’t think that that is the only reason reason his candidacy can be rendered illegitimate.

I don’t want my post to sound biased as I am to give a profile to all the eight candidates of the 2010 elections, however, all of us knows what has happened the first time Erap was elected. How many times do we have to be taught a lesson before we can learn?

OK, that sounded biased. But we all have to think about it. There are no second chances with these things.

In chances of winning the elections, Erap, apparently, still have a huge base of supporters. As from the surveys in the news, Erap is mostly ranked third. He might not really be on the top right now but his influence can still increase. And given his status, he certainly has a lot of funds to fuel a campaign.

Sources: Wikipedia, PoliticalArena, Erap.ph

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Profiling the Candidates for the 2010 Presidential Elections: JC de los Reyes

Full Name: John Carlos  G. de los Reyes
Born: February 14, 1970
Religion: Roman Catholic

Current Position: Councilor of Olongapo City, Philippines

Political Party: Ang Kapatiran Party
Running Mate: Dominador Chipeco
Senators:

  • Rozalito David
  • Jo Aurea Imbong
  • Zosimo Paredes
  • Adrian Sison
  • Reginald Tamayo
  • Hector Tarrazona
  • Manuel Valdehueza Jr.

Brief History

De los Reyes studied in Ateneo de Manila for his elementary education, and graduated in De la Salle for his secondary education. He finished his Bachelor of Arts in Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, which is considered as one of the most orthodox Catholic Universities in the United States.

In late 1993 he taught Philosophy in the Center for Research and Communication, now known as the University of Asia and the Pacific. During that time, he was under the tutelage of Father Joseph de Torre, a Spanish priest of the Holy Cross who wrote extensively on the social teachings of the Church.

Life in Politics

In 1995, he was elected as the city councilor of Olongapo City. During his term, he focused on the poor, the youth and cooperatives.

In the 2007 elections, among 27 local and national candidates, he was the lone winner of the Ang Kapatiran Party, placing second among ten slots for the Olongapo City Council. This was achieved despite a decade absent from local politics.

His free legal assistance program under an informal project named JUSTICE CRUSADE has been widely successful among his constituents. He is presently prioritizing the institutionalization of the Barangay Human Rights Action Centers, the office mandated by law for the protection and prevention of human rights violations in the barangay.

As councilor, de los Reyes has spoken out and campaigned against illegal drugs, rampant violations of worker’s rights at Hanjin, Subic Bay and has campaigned against illegal fish cages in the area. He has also led protests against the proposed coal power plant and has been outspoken in criticizing government’s plan to open more casinos in Subic.

The boldest statement he has made for good governance is the filing of numerous cases before the Ombudsman against high ranking government officials where he himself is complainant. This is in line with his political policy of alleviating the people’s suffering by addressing the problem of expensive and increasing costs of basic needs like water, electricity, medicines, health care, etc., and insuring that these basic services are kept free and far from graft and corruption.

Politics

His passion and vision is to unceasingly work to fight and defeat massive, enslaving poverty, a mission to be accomplished not only in Olongapo but in the whole country.

Platform

The boldest statement he has made for good governance is the filing of numerous cases before the Ombudsman against high ranking government officials where he himself is complainant. This is in line with his political policy of alleviating the people’s suffering by addressing the problem of expensive and increasing costs of basic needs like water, electricity, medicines, health care, etc., and insuring that these basic services are kept free and far from graft and corruption.

My 2cents on JC

From City Councilor of Olongapo City to President of the Republic of the Philippines is quite a giant leap. It’s not that I don’t believe it can’t be done, it’s just that, besides being the youngest presidential candidate, he is the one, I believe, with the least exposure among all of them eight presidential candidates. I’ve never even heard of him before the buzz on the 2010 elections started! Well, that goes to Gibo Teodoro, too, but Gibo is backed by the administration and that can go a long way.

Also, during the 2007 elections, he is the only one from all the local and national candidates of the Ang Kapatiran party that placed. My point with that one is, that given that, it tells me that their party has not a big influence or support. And to win in a presidential race, you’ll need just that – huge influence and support.

However, as I said, it’s not like it can’t be done. But for this guy to win, a major campaign needs to be done. And their party needs to start campaigning on a nationwide audience already.

Sources: Wikipedia, PoliticalArena

Profiling the Candidates for the 2010 Presidential Elections: Noynoy Aquino

Full Name: Benigno Aquino III
Born: February 8, 1960
Parents: former President Cory Aquino and Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr.
Religion: Roman Catholic

Current Position: Senator of the Republic of the Philippines

Political Party: Liberal Party
Running Mate: Mar Roxas
Senators:

  • Franklin Drilon
  • Ralph Recto
  • Riza Hontiveros
  • Ruffy Biazon
  • Nerus Acosta
  • Teofisto Guingona III
  • Sonia Roco
  • Alexander Biazon
  • Martin Bautista
  • Yasmin Busran-Lao
  • Sergio Osmeña

Brief History

Noynoy Aquino studied in Ateneo de Manila University for his elementary, high school, and college education, graduating in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. After college, he joined his family in Boston in exile.

In 1983, shortly after the murder of his father, Noynoy had a short tenure as a member of the Philippine Business for Social Progress. From 1985 to 1986, he was retail sales supervisor and youth promotions assistant for Nike Philippines and later an assistant for advertising and promotion for Mondragon Philippines. In 1986, he joined Intra-Strata Assurance Corp. as vice-president of the family-owned corporation.

On August 28, 1987, eighteen months into the presidency of Aquino’s mother, rebel soldiers led by Gregorio Honasan staged an unsuccessful coup attempt, attempting to siege Malacañang Palace. Aquino was two blocks from the palace when he came under fire. Three of his four security escorts were killed, and the last was wounded protecting him. Aquino himself was hit by five bullets, one of which is still embedded in his neck.

From 1986 to 1993, Aquino was vice president and treasurer for Best Security Agency Corporation, a firm owned by his uncle Antolin Oreta. He went to work for the Central Azucarera de Tarlac in 1993, the sugar refinery owned by the Cojuangco clan. He started out as an executive assistant for administration, before becoming field services manager in 1996.

Life in Politics

Noynoy is a leading member of the Liberal Party. He currently holds the position of Vice Chairman of the Liberal Party, having assumed the post on 17 March 2006. He was previously Secretary General of the party (1999-2002), Vice-President of the Luzon Liberal Party (2002-2004), and Secretary General of the party (2004-16 March 2006).

He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1998, representing the 2nd District of Tarlac. He won re-election in 2001 and 2004, and served until 2007.

Noynoy served on numerous committees as a member of Congress: the Public Order and Security, Transportation and Communications, Agriculture, Banks &and Financial Intermediaries, Peoples’ Participation, Suffrage and Electoral Reforms, Appropriations, Natural Resources, and Trade and Industry committees (11th Congress), the Civil, Political and Human Rights, Good Government, Public Order and Security, Inter-Parliamentary Relations and Diplomacy committees (12th Congress), and the Banks and Financial Intermediaries, Energy, Export Promotion, Public Order and Safety committees (13th Congress).

He was also Deputy Speaker from November 8, 2004 to February 21, 2006.

One of Noynoy’s key legislative initiatives was to make requiring the procurement of the petroleum, oil and lubricants requirements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to be done by public bidding.

Noynoy was elected to the Senate in the May 14, 2007 midterm elections under the banner of the Genuine Opposition (GO), a coalition comprising a number of parties, including his own Liberal Party, seeking to curb attempts by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to amend the Constitution.

Politics

TANGGALIN ANG TIWALI, ITAMA ANG MALI. “Corruption is the single biggest threat to our democracy. It deprives the poor of the social services they badly need. I destroys the very moral fiber of our society. No reform agenda will succeed without a determined program to eradicate corruption.”

Platform

Transformational Leadership

  1. From a President who tolerates corruption to a President who is the nation’s first and most determined fighter of corruption
  2. From a government that merely conjures economic growth statistics that our people know to be unreal to a government that prioritizes jobs that empower the people and provide them with opportunities to rise above poverty
  3. From relegating education to just one of many concerns to making education the central strategy for investing in our people, reducing poverty and building national competitiveness
  4. From treating health as just another area for political patronage to recognizing the advancement and protection of public health, which includes responsible parenthood, as key measures of good governance
  5. From justice that money and connections can buy to a truly impartial system of institutions that deliver equal justice to rich or poor

My 2cents on Noynoy

I believe that Noynoy Aquino is best known for being the son of former president Cory Aquino. Given that, he has a pretty good fight in this 2010 elections. His consistency in being either ranked number one or number two in the surveys is an evidence.

According to PoliticalArena.com,

It is in his bloodline. It is his heritage. For him, democracy restored must be enshrined without fear but with greatest fervor.

Also, during the funeral services of former Pres. Cory Aquino, Kris, Noynoy’s brother, has stated that never once had Pres. Cory ever been a corrupt leader. We can all hope that this lives on in the blood of her son, Noynoy Aquino.

Sources: Wikipedia, PoliticalArena, Noynoy.ph

Noynoy Declares Candidacy

First, the title might seem like it but I’m not here to campaign for Sen. Aquino.

Second, don’t blame me if this blog entry gets some votes for him.

And third, yes, I am a voter. But the thing is I am following this 2010 election and this seems like big news to both voters and politicians so I’ll have to include this.

This one was actually breaking news at GMA7’s Unang Hirit when I opened our TV this morning. I was able to forget the title of the news but it was Sen. Aquino answering questions from the audience about his candidacy at Club Filipino, San Juan.

If I’m right about the date, GMA7 organized the Tatakbo Ka Ba? Election 2010 fun run the Sunday before last, August 30, 2009. A part of this event was a Unity Walk for the politicians as a campaign for fair elections. Sen. Aquino didn’t join this event because he said that he was not yet certain on what position to run for in the 2010 elections.

I wasn’t able to see and hear everything ha had said as I woke up a wee bit too late but I did see a few interesting stuff – some interesting answers to questions and stuff like that.

Corruption is a major issue in the Philippines and their was this one person from Sen. Aquino’s audience who was able to ask how the senator plans to solve that problem in case he will be elected as president. Sen. Aquino answered with leading by example.

When asked how he is gonna fund his campaign, his answer was something like, “If we do the traditional political stuff, gather some allies, some politicians and put together our funds, that’ll be too late already as our opponents have already done that long ago. I believe it’ll be the support of the people which will drive this campaign.” No, those weren’t his exact words and he was speaking in Filipino but the thought it there and it comes close as a translation.

At the end of the Q&A for Sen. Aquino, a supporter announced a “Piso Para kay Noynoy” program to support his campaign. The senator joked about it with, “We’ll just have to list down all the names as we’ll have to report this to the ComElec.”

This is where my thoughts come in…

On top of all that, the most curios part would be the yellow, the “Laban sign”, and the Bayan Ko. I thought he had stated that he didn’t want to use his mother, former president Cory Aquino, for his campaign. And what’s up with “Si Noynoy ang magtutuloy” battlecry by his supporters?

One more thing… Why did he have to announce it on a significant day of his mother’s death?

Anyway, his mother, the so-called icon of democracy, left us Filipinos with something good and if Noynoy is serious about following her footsteps and will be at it, it’ll be good for us Filipinos.

We’ll see to that…

This is the Knightingale continuing her watch…