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: Manny Villar

Full Name: Manuel “Manny” Bamba Villar Jr.
Born: December 13, 1949
Parents: Manuel Montalban Villar, Sr. and Curita Bamba
Religion: Roman Catholic

Current Position: Senator of the Republic of the Philippines

Political Party: Nacionalista Party
Running Mate: Loren Legarda

Senators:

  • Pia Cayetano
  • Bongbong Marcos
  • Liza Maza
  • Mon-mon Mitra
  • Satur Ocampo
  • Susan Ople
  • Gwen Pimentel
  • Ariel Querubin
  • Gilbert Remulla
  • Bong Revilla
  • Miriam Defensor Santiago
  • Adel Tamano

Brief History

Manuel Bamba Villar, Jr. was born on December 13, 1949 in Tondo, an impoverished and densely populated district of Manila. His father, Manuel Montalban Villar, Sr., was from Cabatuan, Iloilo and his mother Curita Bamba came from Orani, Bataan. The family lived in a small rented apartment located in a run-down slum area.

As a child, Villar attended Holy Child Catholic School, a private Catholic school in Tondo. He also assisted his mother in selling seafood at the Divisoria Public Market in order to help earn the money to support his siblings and himself to school. He finished his high school education at the Mapúa Institute of Technology in Intramuros. He attended the University of the Philippines – Diliman and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1970. He returned to the same school to earn his master’s degree in business administration in 1973. He later characterized himself as being impatient with formal schooling, and eager to start working and go into business.

As of 2009, he is the 9th wealthiest person in the Philippines with a net worth of US$530 million according to Forbes.

Life in Politics

Villar entered politics in 1992 when he was elected to the House of Representatives, representing the district of Las Piñas-Muntinlupa (and later the district of Las Piñas City). He served for three consecutive three-year terms, consistently posting landslide election victories.

Villar was chosen Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1998. As speaker, he presided over the impeachment of President Joseph Estrada over corruption allegations in November 2000. Along with a large group of lawmakers which include the Senate President, Villar defected from Estrada’s Laban ng Makabayang Masang Pilipino coalition in order to hasten the process of impeachment. Seconds after the opening prayer, and skipping the traditional roll call, he immediately read a resolution sending the impeachment case to the Senate for trial, bypassing a full vote and ignoring attempts by Estrada allies to delay the proceedings.[8] Hours after the impeachment proceedings, congressmen allied with the president led a move to oust Villar from his post as speaker, replacing him with Estrada ally Arnulfo Fuentebella.

In 2001, barred by constitutional term limits from seeking re-election to a fourth term in the House of Representatives, Villar was succeeded by his wife, Cynthia Villar.

Villar was elected to the Senate in 2001, and later won re-election in 2007.

In July 2006, Villar was chosen Senate President. He had previously held the position of Senate President pro tempore, as well as the chairmanship of the Committees on Finance, Foreign Relations, Public Order, and Committee on Agriculture and Fisheries. In November 2008, he resigned the position due to a lack of support in the Senate, and was succeeded by Juan Ponce Enrile.

Politics

Sipag at Tiyaga

Platform

Anti-Poverty Platform

Manny Villar does not make promises alone. Although he has made poverty alleviation a top priority, he knows this is something that everyone, including the poor themselves, must strive for and work towards. He is just keeping it real and being honest about it.

This is his powerful message to the masses who are always mired in poverty, one administration after another. Many people say that corruption causes poverty. While this is surely true, it is also more the other way around : poverty causes corruption. Root out poverty, empower the people with the means to live well and rise above their station in life, and you can eliminate the need to beg, to steal, to kill. It is certainly important to eliminate corruption, especially those that happen in high places because they affect the most people. But equally important is the need to address the heart of poverty. And the inequitable distribution of wealth and access to it lies at the heart of this matter including his entrepreneurial revolution.

My 2cents on Manny Villar

Oo na, ikaw na ang mahirap!

That is what some people who has gotten tired of Manny Villar’s political ads are shouting. And they have a good reason to do so. Mainly because, if I counted correctly, he has, at least, three different kinds of ads with variations of each.

This list includes:

  1. the singing children,
  2. Michael V., and
  3. Dolphy.

But the number of this many different ads is not the main issue. At least, that is the case for me. The main issue would be how many times these advertisements are shown on TV. I may be exaggerating but I can say that in almost every block of ads, one of his appears. The thing is, how much does it cost for an ad to be shown on TV? I can say that it will be on the line of millions. Maybe, some people wouldn’t care about that part but this much expense is a very huge issue.

But, apparently, they’re working for him given the results of the surveys as shown in the news.

And, given said surveys, we can readily tell that he has a very high winning chance at this elections.

What can we really expect from someone who keeps on telling people about who the real poor is?

Sources: Wikipedia, PoliticalArena PH, MannyVillar.com.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.