Profiling the Candidates for the 2010 Presidential Elections: Closing

—The closing article for the series “Profiling the Candidates for the 2010 Presidential Elections” with all the bias and questions the writer’s mind can have and find.—

How much time do we have left to get a final decision? Not much. We have just about three months left before the time to choose will come.

May 10, 2010 is so near and a very good evidence would be the posters and banners already very numerous in the streets of the Philippines.

I know the title says “Closing” and I have just made eight profiles for eight people.

I’ve got reasons.

One. I started this series, “Profiling the Candidates for the 2010 Presidential Elections“, before the ComElec decided to clear Nicanor Perlas and Vetallano Acosta of being nuisance candidates.

Two. The ComElec had a reason to tag them “nuisance” candidates. I may never know what that particular reason is but, given the fact that they decided to do so, it tells me that there is something with these two people that caused them to be tagged so.

Three. Visibility. This issue is more on Acosta. When the official campaign period started, he didn’t even start campaigning. And given his status, if he is, at any rate, serious about his candidacy, he would’ve been able to tell that he has no time to rest. And, therefore, would’ve already started campaigning. As with Perlas, yes, he went about and started campaigning so he is free of this question.

Fourth. Integrity. Still on Acosta. He can’t be found on his given address, as the news has told, and his own political party is not even certain if he is worth supporting.

I believe, I have given enough reasons.

Moving on.

Now, the talk would be on the eight remaining candidates whose profiles have been shown in the past eight posts.

How believable can these people make themselves be and win the votes of people?

What are these people willing to give or say just to win the votes of the people?

Noynoy Aquino has already stated that Hacienda Luisita will move to the favor of the farmers whether he wins this race or not.

How possible is this? Did he already secure a permission from the other shareholders of the said hacienda for him to be able to state such very strong words?

And, how ironic is it that it is his mother, the late former President Cory Aquino, who brought CARP to life and the program is an utter failure in their lands?

JC de los Reyes is currently a councilor of the city of Olongapo. If you think of it, this is quite a giant leap. From councilor to president. Does he really have all he needs to back up this move?

Erap Estrada was once elected president of the Republic of the Philippines but holds the record for being the very first president of the Philippines to be ousted from power. Seems to me like he wants to make another record for himself: the very first president of the  Republic of the Philippines to be elected twice.

Erap’s candidacy has been questioned from the time he filed his candidacy. The issues range from his qualification given the mandates of the Philippine Constitution and from his qualification as a person.

Erap’s standing in the surveys, as reported in the news, is not too bad compared to the other people behind him. He always stands third.

I, myself, am amazed of this fact and am wondering how some people, apparently, are still able to believe in him. What are the odds the Filipino will give power to a person who have been stripped of power by the Filipino?

No matter how unbelievable this might sound, in all of the eight profiles I have research about, I can see that it is Dick Gordon who has done the most. But are those gonna be enough to make people believe that he is the person who can lead this country?

Needless to say, it is also very clear that he does not have as much support as the leading candidates have.

The Transformers. Him and Bayani Fernando. Or so they claim to be. Does the name sound hopeful or sounds utterly childish?

Jamby Madrigal, as I have stated in her profile page in this blog, contradicts herself in a very bad way.

What did she really mean to say with her goal for not bringing even a running mate with her is to be able to have like-minded people governing the country?

Yes, to me, it sounds utterly stupid – just as I said in the profile page. OK, maybe it is not the same words but that is what I was implying. Unless, of course, in one way or another, she is gonna be able to make her point straight.

And as she have been caught on cam touring, she can make it sound like it is only Manny Villar who is her rival in this race.

Gibo Teodoro, in my book, is also another questionable candidate. Not he himself but the decision of the administration to bet on a previously almost invisible person to be the next president of our country.

I mean, the senatorial slate of the administration party has people who have been very much visible compared to Gibo Teodoro. How is it that they chose him?

Also, I have read that Gibo Teodoro is just some sort of decoy and the current President of the Philippines, PGMA, actually, has her eyes on Manny Villar as the next president of the Philippines. How true can such an issue be?

And how about a religious leader as the next president of this country? Any takers?

Yes, Eddie Villanueva still believes he can win this race despite the fact that he hardly got votes in the previous presidential elections. Though, it is true, that we can’t erase the fact that the results of the previous elections are very controversial.

And Manny Villar. The one person in all of the 10 candidates who insists in being the one who is the real and true person of the rags. And the one person with, obviously, the most advertisements in the airwaves these days.

The election period has not even ended, or better, has just started, and he has already been accused of planning to get back on his expenses by using the people’s money once elected.

However, he answered confidently that he is not going to do so because all his expenses wouldn’t matter because everything he is doing is for the realization of a dream – a dream to remove Juan dela Cruz from poverty.

Which is more believable?

The Philippines, unfortunately, ranks among the top most corrupt countries in the world which is not a good thing whichever angle you try to view it from.

That’s just some of the questions this mind can find.

But there are more important questions at hand….

How are we to make a wise decision at a time like this? At a time when politics have almost become one with show business.

Or, does our individual voices still matter given the existence of “vote buying” here in the Philippines? Or, once our vote has been bought, can we still find the courage to give our vote to the one we chose, instead of giving the vote to the buyer?

Crackers are everywhere as the recent website infiltrations show. Will our voices still matter given the fact that the people who have the power can just gather a team of crackers and change the results of the elections in their favor?

Or, do we really even have a voice?

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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

Profiling the Candidates for the 2010 Presidential Elections: Introduction

It’s Goodbye 2009 and Hello 2010!

And in less than five months, we, the Filipino people, will once again have to choose who we want to be the leaders of our nation for the next 3-6 years.

Have you chosen your president already? If not, I hope this series can help you. If yes, this might just change your mind.

For the 2010 elections, the ComElec have qualified 8 presidential candidates and they are:

  1. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III of the Liberal Party
  2. John Carlos “JC” de los Reyes of Ang Kapatiran
  3. Joseph “Erap” Estrada of PMP
  4. Richard “Dick” Gordon of Bagumbayan
  5. Jamby Madrigal
  6. Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro of Lakas-Kampi-CMD
  7. Eduardo “Eddie” Villanueva of Bangon Pilipinas; and
  8. Manuel “Manny” Villar of the Nacionalista Party

Read the following posts for the profile of each of the candidates.