I know it doesn’t sound so good. However, it’s still a rumor – a very bad one at that.
I’ve heard about it from my Mom last Saturday. She said it was my aunt, who is a barangay chairman, who told her about it.
It’s not yet certain. However, I don’t like that at the beginning of the administration of the new Aquino, there is already a probable cancellation of elections.
In my view, this is bad PR. And it will even become worse if they really will not push through with the October 2010 elections, as scheduled. If this goes on like tjhis, we can also think that this administration also hopes to be able to cancel the 2016 presidential elections.
I can only hope that this is indeed just a rumor and there is nothing more to it.
Full Name: Gilberto Eduardo Gerardo Cojuangco Teodoro Jr. Born: June 14, 1964 Parents: former Social Security System administrator Gilberto Teodoro, Sr. and former Batasang Pambansa member Mercedes Cojuangco-Teodoro Religion: Roman Catholic
Current Position: Secretary of National Defense
Political Party: LAKAS-KAMPI-CMD Running Mate: Edu Manzano Senators:
Silvestre Bello III
Miriam Defensor Santiago
Teodoro completed his grade school and high school education at Xavier School.
Teodoro attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from De La Salle University in 1984. In 1989, he completed his law studies at the University of the Philippines, where he was awarded the Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence. In the same year, he topped the Philippine Bar exams.
For seven years, he honed his skills as a lawyer in the EP Mendoza Law firm. He went to the Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts for his Master of Laws and completed it in 1997. He was also admitted to the State Bar of New York during the same year.
Life in Politics
From 1998 to 2007 he was a House Representative for the First District of Tarlac province. He assumed the position of Assistant Majority Leader in the 11th Congress and head of the Nationalist People’s Coalition House members. He was also a member of the House contingent to the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council.
Following his three terms in office—the maximum number allowed by the constitution—he was succeeded by his wife, Monica Prieto-Teodoro.
Teodoro was appointed Secretary of the Department of National Defense in August 2007 at the age of 43, the youngest person to ever hold the position.
On November 20, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo announced that she had resigned her post as president of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD and handed over the presidency to Teodoro.
Galing, Talino, para sa mabilis na pag-ahon
Gibo is committed to the Filipino in every region of the country, and we’re getting started with a vision that leaves no one behind.
Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, and Baguio City make up the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). Ninety-two percent of population is composed of diverse indigenous groups; hence, cultural awareness must be given importance. The idea is to promote CAR’s rich cultural heritage, not exploit it. This can be achieved by proper cultural re-education among the people through different programs promoting social consciousness and diversity appreciation.Regional independence is also in the agenda. Strategic measures shall be taken to grant fiscal and political autonomy to the region, which will eventually lead to better local governance, regional unification, and social development.
The Ilocos Region has a strategic location as a Northern Gateway for economic activities in the areas of investment, trade and technologyThe challenges that this region faces:
There is a need to sustain momentum of accelerated growth by industry sector especially in the construction subsector and stimulate manufacturing subsector to recover loses of the whole sector from the slowdown of previous slump years.
The agriculture and services sector, especially the trade subsector need to be stimulated to increase their contribution to the income of the region.
Need for more job creating opportunities especially in the industry and services sectors to continually expand the economy of the region.
Persistent increase in unemployment rate.
Gap between agri and non agri labor productivity.
The presence of infrastructure networks such as airports, sea ports, gives the region a good jumping point in advocating development initiatives aimed at maximizing the region’s agri-industrial and tourism industries by taking advantage of its strategic proximity to the tiger economies of Taiwan, Southern China and Japan.
Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, and Santiago City belong to the Cagayan Valley Region. Situated along the country’s northern coastline, the main industry of the provinces is fishing. The region relies on its rich aquatic resource that is why strategic measures for improving the sector are needed for dynamic growth.Cagayan Valley’s economy is also driven by the agricultural sector; hence, it is necessary to construct farming access roads and irrigation system for the region.Power supply and telecommunication services shall be available to different baranggay and households in the region. This will prompt easier access to information and innovation, as well as boom of the E-commerce in the region. Development will also pave for flood control facilities, better transportation network, and digital infrastructures.
Central Luzon’s development objective is to achieve prosperity and improve quality of life of the people by increasing productivity levels and reduction of costs coupled with reducing the risks to economic vulnerability of the region.This will be achieved by:
Attracting new and additional investments in the following industries through reduction of direct and indirect cost of doing business in the region:
Agribusiness and other resource based industries.
Provision of tourism services and facilities as well a rehabilitation of existing ones.
Market promotion and financial assistance packages shall be utilized to strengthen SMEs.
Market promotion and financial assistance packages shall be utilized to strengthen SMEs.
Increase the region’s shares of the international market by attracting new locators to the region’s large industrial enclaves and Freeport zones.
Revival of the region’s mining industry.
Increase productivity and family incomes in the agricultural sector through increased access to technologies and other support infrastructure.
Improve access to affordable transport services and facilities.
We shall reduce the risks to economic growth by reducing the regions vulnerability to natural hazards trough early warning systems, hazard zonations and disaster preparedness; Institutionalize ecosystem protection initiatives;
We aim to increase economic growth potential for the regions by means of:
Improve quality of education which shall be responsive to the development thrusts of the region.
Decrease IRA dependence, increase internal revenue generation.
Improve on healthcare initiatives to improve and maintain the health and well being of the people.
The provinces of Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Lucena City, Quezon, and Rizal, collectively known as CALABARZON, has one of the fastest growing economy, thanks to the onset industrial factories, commercial infrastructures, and housing projects in the area. Its close proximity with the National Capital Region gives it better access to the metropolitan areas teeming with business opportunities.The key areas to be explored:
Job market expansion by providing credit loans and proper management training for entrepreneurs.
Address the need for better education by making schools more conducive for learning. Provide more classrooms, textbooks, and educational modules. Teaching computer literacy even at early grade levels.
Lobby for better infrastructures to hasten the commute of citizens and transportation of commodities.
Efface poverty in urban and rural areas by meeting basic social needs such as livelihood, healthcare, and housing.
The MIMAROPA—which encompasses Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, Puerto Princesa City, and Romblon—may be the new gateway of southern Philippines. Its port areas provide easy transport services to nearby islands and are excellent trading hub for entrepreneurs. Improving these infrastructures is needed.The cluster of agriculture, forestry, and fishery sectors paved way to its rising economic growth; hence, it should be continuously enhanced. Another focus will be on the mining sector, and although mines in the region operate on small-scale level, they still made fiscal mark. There is a need to campaign for local government units to support the region for continued progress to happen.
Bicolandia consists of Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, and Sorsogon. Top priority is put on natural disaster preparedness for the region. As proactive solution to the problem, construction of river dams is needed. The local drainage system also needs regular maintenance and unclogging to prevent flooding.Economic zones in the region will rise by way of land development and aggressive promotion. This will work alongside remodeling the current trading trends through facilitating small and medium enterprises and pushing forward to stronger international trade.Much potential is seen in Bicolandia’s steel and engineering sector. Ample support will be given to research programs on the metal industry in order to convert it into a profitable economy.
There is a need to sustain key development initiatives in the region for which there are three major funding sources namely: National funding, Region’s own development initiatives, LGU initiatives.The thrust of the key initiates are mainly:
Increased job creation through economic growth: Initiate and sustain strategic programs and projects covering agriculture, cooperative development, Tourism, productivity and marketing assistance, entrepreneurship, SME technology programs, Productivity and aquaculture subsector programs.
Social development programs aimed at reduction of poverty: These programs are aimed to alleviate poverty through establishment of schools, Health programs, health and nutrition centers and other social services in the remote areas; providing continuous lifelong learning and multiple capability building for service providers and expansion of trained community based service, as well as other education and skills enhancement initiatives.
Improved physical planning and sustainable management of ecosystems: Programs include updating o f land use classifications resource management as well as environmental management.
Improved infrastructure and logistic support.
With its strategic location in the Pacific Rim, the Central Visayas Region (the provinces of Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor) aims to be a frontrunner in Visayas terms of living and economy. This goal can be achieved if crucial matters on economy and social welfare can be addressed:
The Internet is the new business highway. Hence, there is a pressing need for advancements in information technology and telecommunications within the region. Citizens need to be constantly wired and attuned with global trends. That is why IT education, new researches, and constructions should be funded.
Urbanization, modernization, and industrialization of most cities in the region by yielding employment for the people and giving adequate social services.
Continued propagation of the agriculture, aquaculture, and livestock in the region can continue through proper organization and supervision via local government units.
Tap into the human resources by educating the citizens and training them in various sectors to be part of the growing workforce of the region.
To maximize Eastern Visayas Region’s potential, it is best to draw from its agricultural sector and manpower. The economy of Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Ormoc City, Samar, Southern Leyte, and Tacloban City will greatly benefit from a fortified agri-industry and eco-tourism:
Form farmer cooperatives to increase operation scale
Provide prime agricultural lands to be cultivated. Facilitate in agriculture-related activities, like skills training on farming, entrepreneurship, and sourcing funds. Continue producing the region’s high value crops such as rice, corn, and sugarcane. Establish more processing and manufacturing centers in the region.
Pursue tourism; it is an integral part of the economy. Developing beaches and other touist spots will bring in foreigners and businesses.
Through combined financial support and government effort, the regional plan can be implemented.
The development plans for Zamboanga Peninsula—composed of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Zamboanga city—will be centered on poverty, education, and infrastructures:Poverty is one of the main hurdles in fiscal and social development. Eradicating poverty in the region can be made possible by generating more employment, literacy programs, and housing projects. A dependable healthcare system will also be made available to provide low-cost hospital services and medicines for the citizens.Provide access to basic education and enhance quality of higher education. Schools will be given free textbooks and learning materials. Educational facilities will be improved and scholarships will be granted to deserving students. The faculty will also be shaped-up to ensure quality teaching.
A lot of residents have been displaced from their homes due natural disasters and political turmoil. Involve local government units and private sectors to take active part in housing and resettlement programs.
The provinces of Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, and Misamis Oriental are part of Northern Mindanao. Because of the current peace and order situation in the region, its economy is taking a blow. Infrastructure projects can help stimulate the flow business. Aid will be provided to improve the main roads and bridges connecting rural areas to cities, the busy port areas, and the airports. Transportation of products and goods all over the country will become much faster and easier. Visitors and tourists can have more access to the region.In lieu of tourism, there should be more aggressive approach to promote the different spots in the region, such as the beautiful Camiguin island and the mountain ranges of Bukidnon.Region X is the prime supplier of hydro-electric power for Mindanao. Constructing new power plants and encouraging businessmen to invest on these projects will not only escalate power generation and transmission, it will also beneficial to the environment.
The peace and order situation in the region shall be closely monitored to safeguard security and protect human rights.
Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, and Davao del Sur comprise the Davao Region. The growing need for information and communication technology will become the region’s economic springboard. Hence, aiding in the construction of E-commerce infrastructures such as contact centers that will introduce larger job market. Local government units must also raise more capital for the business sector in order to provide more services for the people. Allow small and medium enterprises easier access to credit and bank loans in order to take care of their business.Rehabilitation of the region’s mining industry must be also underlined, but at the same time, maintain the preservation of ecological balance. The agriculture sector, which is anchored on food produce such as bananas and coconuts, will be granted better facilities to ensure product quality. Development research programs will address the region’s need for agri-business management direction.
SOCCSKSARGEN covers the provinces of South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City The region is one of the country’s main exporters of bananas, mangoes, seaweeds, and coconuts. Strengthening its agri-business sector through procurement of new farming lands, techniques, and technology will result to more foreign and investments and local livelihood.A pioneer in commercial fishing, SOCCSKSARGEN can expect joint government effort to aid productivity and trade management. Manufacturing is also on the rise. Building new and better infrastructures like food processing and packaging factories can help the economy.Protecting natural resources is also beneficial to the region. Ample financial support will be provided for the continuous research on watershed management, irrigation, and forest conservation. Illegal logging, dynamite fishing, poaching, and polluting shall be punishable by law.
Bring information technology industry to the region to boost the current low employment rate. Major cities such as General Santos City and Sultan Kudarat can be tapped as new grounds for business enterprises such as service and product outsourcing.
The Caraga Region—composed of the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, and Surigao del Sur—is wealthy in natural and mineral resources; properly harnessing these reserves will greatly boost the region’s economy. Developmental plans will focus on improving the forestry, mining/quarrying, farming, and fishing industries. This can be accomplished by organizing more training programs for the workers and lobbying for better infrastructures. Progress will go hand-in-hand with the protecting the environment. The goals are to utilize, protect, and sustain nature’s blessings.Optimizing Caraga’s growing economic zones is also a priority. The region’s economic zones will become the center of agribusiness that will pave way for more macro and micro enterprises. This will draw in more investors to the region and, at the same time, generate more jobs for the Caragans.
My 2cents on Gibo
This profile would be the first of its kind. We can say that Gibo has not much of a history in politics but it is also evident that he has laid out a plan for the Philippines.
It’s amazing to me. Anyway, I can also wonder why the administration has chosen him as their candidate for the 2010 presidential race. First, he isn’t so known all over the Philippines. He might have a history as a congressman but that doesn’t mean that the people already know him. Which brings us to the second point: there is not much to know about him. I can say that it is pretty early in his political career to already run for president.
Well, he is not the only who can seem to be in a hurry for presidency. But, since he is backed by the administration, he still has a chance in this race. Though, the recent surveys wouldn’t tell you so.
Full Name: Jamby Madrigal Born: April 26, 1958 Parents: Antonio Madrigal and Amanda Abad Santos-Madrigal Religion: Roman Catholic
Current Position: Chairperson of four Senate Committees: Committee on Environment and Natural Resources; Committee on Youth, Women, and Family Relations; Committee on Cultural Communities; and the Committee on Peace, Unification, and Reconciliation.
Political Party: Genuine Opposition Running Mate: -none-
Madrigal is the head of several foundations that aim to heighten awareness of the plight of street children, and to raise funds for various centers that award school scholarships to the children of the poor. The Books-for-the-Barangay Foundation Inc. (BBFI) is the lead partner of U.S-based “Books for the Barrios” organization, which has shipped more than P2.5 billion worth of books for Philippine public elementary and high schools. The Abad Santos Madrigal Foundation (ASMF) Inc. works to empower women and children through relevant and accessible livelihood programs. Its flagship project, the Basic Reflexology Training Program (BRTP) has trained more than 10,000 reflexology therapists nationwide. Program graduates are accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
She married Frenchman Eric Jean Claude Dudoignon Valade on December 7, 2002 at the Calatagan, Batangas farm estate of her aunt, the late Doña Consuelo “Chito” Madrigal-Collantes (1921-2008).
In May 2008 Jamby Madrigal formally filed court pleadings to contest the validity of the last will and testament of her late aunt Chito Madrigal-Collantes.
Life in Politics
In October 1999, President Estrada created the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Children’s Affairs. He appointed her to head this office, which gives the children of the poor access to the President’s highest councils.
She organized the First National Summit for Children in Malacañang Palace on October 26, 2000 where government agencies, local government units, industry leaders and non-government organizations signed a declaration of commitment upholding Child 21 – a framework on which to anchor all action plans and strategies relating to children. This declaration was a first in Southeast Asia – a fitting prelude to the United Nations’ World Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children, which was adopted during the World Summit for Children on September 30, 1990.
She has filed bills in the areas of education, juvenile justice, gender equality, empowerment, anti-trafficking and anti-pornography. She has also authored bills on the protection of the indigenous peoples and their ancestral domain as well as the protection and conservation of the environment.
She likewise sponsored bills advancing national economic interests, such as the repeal of the Downstream Oil Industry Deregulation Act of 1998, as well as measures seeking to place LPG under price control and for the recovery of PETRON and Malampaya.
She recently filed a bill repealing RA 7942, the “Mining Act of 1995” and a bill for the imposition of a total log ban. Both bills aim to protect the last remaining natural resources from wholesale plunder.
In an opposition protest, she was one of the political leaders who were subjected to the Manila Police water cannons while attending a religious procession on October 14, 2005.
Panahon na pare sa tunay na pagbabago at hustisya.
Panahon na para tapusin ang paghahari ng mga luma.
If elected, I shall favor only the Filipino people. To improve the people’s lives, we must invest in them directly and not through intermediaries. Dapat bigyang puhunan ang bawat Pilipino.
My2cents on Jamby
Apparently, there is not a lot on the internet about her. I believe, this is by far the shortest profile I have ever made in this series.
Yes, she has been doing her job for as long as she is in the service but will that be enough to make the people say, “I will vote for Jamby.” I don’t know. I’ll always want to keep a neutral side in this series.
She ran without a vice-president and a senatorial slate with the reason “to allow like-minded candidates and people to unite under a shared and genuine progressive vision and platform of government, based on principled politics.”
I don’t get her. Given that reason, I think she beats her own purpose. How is not gathering like-minded people allowing like-minded people to unite?
As for her possible performance, this is gonna be a long shot. She will need to gather a very huge support and apparently, given the surveys, she ain’t doing well. Well, she has been called a nuisance candidate. I don’t know if she can live up to her COC.
Also, I believe that her not getting a running mate and a senatorial slate is a very wrong move.
Full Name: Richard J. Gordon Born: August 05, 1945 Parents: James Leonard Tagle Gordon and Amelia Juico Gordon Religion: Roman Catholic
Current Position: Senator of the Republic of the Philippines
Political Party: Bagumbayan Running Mate: Bayani Fernando
In 1954, he completed his elementary education at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila and on 1962, he completed his secondary education at the Ateneo de Manila University. He stayed in Ateneo and completed his tertiary education, earning a degree of Bachelor of Arts, major in History and Government in 1966. He was a student leader having been consistently elected president of his class. On 1975, he graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Laws at the University of the Philippines College of Law after taking a break in 1971 to run for the Constitutional Convention. Prior to that he topped the 1969 UP Student Council elections leading to the First Quarter Storm and joined the Upsilon Sigma Phi in 1968. From 1966 to 1967 he became a Brand Manager for Procter and Gamble Philippines. Towards the end of the 1960s, he helped his mother Amelia run the government of Olongapo after his father James Leonard Gordon was assassinated. With the declaration of Martial Law after finishing his law degree and passing the bar, he became an Associate of ACCRA Law Offices.
Life in Politics
In 1971, while still a law student at UP, he was elected as a delegate of the constitutional convention that drafted the 1973 Constitution representing the first district of Zambales. He was the youngest delegate of the convention and swore former President Diosdado Macapagal into office as Chairman of the Convention. In 1980, he ran as mayor of Olongapo City. In 1983, Olongapo became a highly urbanized City. In 1986, Gordon and Joseph Estrada became two of the local executives who refused to vacate their positions after the government reorganization by President Corazon Aquino. Gordon gave way for the Aquino appointed Officer-In-Charge after a formal written directive from the Executive Secretary representing Aquino was issued.
On September 1991, Gordon led a nationwide rally for the retention of the U.S. Bases in the Philippines. The U.S. naval base in Subic Bay was a major income generating client of Olongapo City.
They succeeded in their first unusual act of self-empowerment and volunteerism when the special provisions for the establishment of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone under the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) were included in R.A. 7227 in March 1992. On November 24, 1992, the U.S. Navy completed its withdrawal from the facility and its conversion for civilian and commercial use began. Volunteerism and the high civic spirit of the host community marked the pioneering efforts at conversion.
In the 1992 local elections, Gordon won a landslide victory and was reelected as mayor of Olongapo City. 1993, a citizen questioned Gordon’s dual duty as mayor of Olongapo City and as chairman of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority. The Supreme Court decided that Gordon must hold one position. Gordon decided to vacate his position as Mayor and assumed the position of SBMA chairman in full capacity.
During the late 1990s, Gordon became one of Joseph Estrada’s vocal critics over differences on the US Naval Base. After winning by a large margin during the 1998 presidential elections, President Estrada issued Administrative Order No. 1 removing Gordon as Chairman of SBMA.
Since 1986, Gordon was elected as governor of the Philippine National Red Cross, taking active roles in rescue, relief and rehabilitation in various disasters from shipwrecks, typhoons, 1990 earthquake in Cabanatuan, 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo, 2004 landslides in Aurora, Quezon and 2006 Ginsaugun, Southern Leyte mudslide and the PhilSports Arena stampede. Currently he is the chairman as well as a Member of the Governing Board of the International Federation of the Red Cross. On January 2001, Gordon actively participated in the second EDSA Revolution that led to the removal of Joseph Estrada from the presidency. Newly installed President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo appointed Gordon as secretary of the Department of Tourism. With his experience as a former brand manager of Procter and Gamble Philippines and chairman of SBMA, Gordon placed the Philippines in the international tourism map by actively marketing the Philippines in several tourism expositions and road shows with the Wow Philippines campaign strategy winning awards at ITB and WTM. From 2002, after four years of negative growth and in spite of threats of terror post 9-11, Abu Sayyaf kidnappings, SARS, Oakwood Mutiny, tourism arrival increased heavily.
In the 2004 national elections, Gordon ran as senator of the Philippines. In the initial public opinion survey, Filipinos were lukewarm on electing Gordon as senator. But with his very positive personality and achievements aired in TV and radio advertisements, public opinion changed and Gordon won and received the fifth highest number of votes from the electorate.
During the 13th Congress (2004–2007), as Chairman of the Senate Committee of Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Laws, he upheld the supremacy of the Constitution at all times.
On April 9, 2008, Araw ng Kagitingan or Day of Valor in Bataan, President Arroyo signed into law Republic Act No. 9499- Gordon’s Veterans Bill.
Dick Gordon is a proven transformational leader, the real action-man; making possible the seemingly impossible, and simply best known for overcoming great odds.
First, that we must be RESPONSIBLE for ourselves, for our fellow Filipinos, and for our country. We must change our attitudes, and transform ourselves to become horizon-chasers with duty, dignity, and determination;
Second, … REINVENT GOVERNMENT…;
Third, … fortify LAW AND ORDER …;
Fourth, … build a STRONG AND GROWING ECONOMY …;
Fifth, … prioritize EDUCATION as the key to national development to compete and lead in the new global economy;
Sixth, … provide adequate access to HEALTH CARE for all our people, especially the needy;
Seventh, … create JOBS for our people …;
Eight, … that we must assist our people in securing decent HOMES to live in and LAND to work and build on, so they can be dignified and productive citizens;
Ninth, … we must strengthen and reinforce the FAMILY as the foundation of our nation…;
Tenth, … that we must protect and preserve the ENVIRONMENT for our posterity…;
My2cents on Dick
Don’t blam me if can find something not right in his name…
Before I made this post, I didn’t really know anything about this guy. But after reading everything, I can say that this guy is actually qualified and has done his for the past few years he is in the government.
He has not really been in the news, too. It can either mean he has done nothing wrong, or he has just no been caught.
But given his performance in the surveys, he doesn’t seem to have a very good chance in this race. However, as I said with JC de los reyes, he still has the chance to win with the right campaign strategy and a lot of campaigning.
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
Jose de Venecia III
Miriam Defensor Santiago
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. 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). 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. 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.
Tunay at Tapat na Nagmamahal sa Masang Pilipino
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.