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Ano daw? Destiny?

Pinatunayan lang ni Madam Leni Robredo, ang temporary occupant sa tanggapan ng Pangalawang Pangulo ng Pilipinas, na BOBA siya ng sinabi sa media na bukas daw sa kanya ang posibilidad na tumakbo bilang Pangulo ng Pilipinas sa 2022.

 

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Photo credit: Philippine Daily Inquirer

Hanggang ngayon ba may illusion pa si Madam Leni na may pag-asa siyang manalo bilang Pangulo ng Pilipinas?Anoooo?

Hindi pa ba sapat ang ZERO performance ng Liberal Party sa pinakahuling national elections? Wala kahit isa ang nakapasok sa winning circle na 12. Kahit ang kandidato ng LP sa pagka Pangulo noong 2016 — si Mar Roxas — ay hindi nga nakalusot sa kabila ng napakalaking gastos sa media advertisements.

Sinasabi ni Madam Leni na naniniwala siya sa DESTINY.

Wala naman daw siyang balak na tumakbo bilang congresswoman ng 3rd District ng Camarines Sur noong 2013. Nag back out lang sa last minute ang kandidato ng LP, kaya daw siya napilitan na tumakbo. Nanalo nga siya, marahil dahil wala pa isang taon pa lang mula nang namatay ang asawa niyang si Jesse.

Alam ng buong bansa na hindi nanalo si Madam Leni sa pagka Bise. Na PCOS lang niya ang resulta sa tulong ni dating COMELEC chairman Andres Bautista. (Ano na nga ba ang nangyari sa kaso ni Bautista?)

Libre ang mangarap, Madam Leni.

Pero nakakabaliw na yan na pangarap ang sa iyo.

Malayong-malayo ka na manalo bilang Pangulo. You are so very unpopular sa mga Filipino. Isa rin ikaw sa dahilan kung bakit ni isa, walang nanalo sa LP sa May 13, 2019 elections. Mas makakabuti yan sa iyo na ipasok mo yan sa kokote mo. Sa sinabi mong yan, mukhang tama talaga si DFA Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin na BOBA ka.

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Liberal Party, tinalo ng apo ng Katipunero sa Capiz

Si Esteban Evan Contreras, na naging Bise Gobernador ng Capiz mula noong 2010, ay apo ng Katipunerong kapareho ang pangalan, si Heneral Esteban Contreras (1864-1904). Pagkatapos na pinangakuan siya noong 2016 na magbigay-daan kay Antonio del Rosario Noong nakaraang 2016 na eleksyon, pumayag siyang manatili lamang sa pagtakbo bilang Bise Gobernador dahil sa paki-usap ni Mar Roxas. Tatakbo na sana siya bilang Gobernador sa 2016 na halalan. Pinangakuan siya na “one term” lang si Antonio del Rosario, at sa 2019, siya na ang itutulak ng Liberal Party bilang kandidato nito sa pagka Gobernador.

Subalit yun pala ay pangako na napako. Kaya noong kinausap ulit siya ng LP na ibigay na lang muli kay Del Rosario ang puwesto, nagpasya si Contreras na hindi na siya aatras pa. Kahit na mahirap ang laban, itinuloy ang kanyang pagtakbo. Katulad ng lolo niyang Katipunero, hindi natakot si Contreras sa pera at “party machinery” ng LP sa Capiz.

At nanalo siya.

Ito ang Part One ng kanyang kuwento:

Survival mode na ang Liberal Party

Hanggang 2016, o tatlong taon lang ang nakaraan, tinuturing pa na superpower political party ang Liberal Party ni pinamunuan nina dating Pangulong Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III, dating Senador Mar Roxas at Senador Franklin Drilon.

Ngunit ngayon, parang pulubi na ang Liberal Party na naglilimos na lang para makahanap ng silungan sa House of Representatives. Ibinalita ng Philippine Daily Inquirer na balak ngayon ng LP sa sumali sa grupo ni Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez sa laban para sa Speakership.

Bakit hindi pinapanindigan ng LP ang prinsipyo nito bilang opposition party? Di ba magsalungat ang “core principles” ng partido ng mga dilawan sa mga policy ng Duterte administration?

Napakalinaw na “survival mode” na ang LP ngayon. Ini-isip na lang nito ang pansariling kapakanan ng mga miyembro at ibinasura na ang party principles. Nabibisto na ang LP na kahit noong panahon pa ni Pinoy, at wala na talagang prinsipyo ang mga miyembro, kaya nga napuno ng mga katiwalian ang Aquino administration.

Isa lang ang pakay nila: makisali sa majority bloc at maka-angkin din ang mga miyembre ng malaking parte sa pundo para sa mga proyekto.

Sayang.

Dati napakataas ang respeto ko sa LP. Saludong-saludo ako sa mga dating lider nito katulad ni Senador Jovy Salonga. Giniba ang partido ng mga lider mismo na sina Aquino, Roxas at Drilon.

Nakakahiya ang mga taong ito.

Now, here’s the beef: pre-shaded ballots for Leni

As the manual recount for the contested votes in Camarines Sur reached its third day yesterday (April 4, 2018), more evidence of the rampant cheating that took place in the May 9, 2016 elections have surfaced. This time, the revision committees that opened ballot boxes from the municipality of Baao, Camarines Sur discovered pre-shaded ballots — some torn in half indicating that these were excess or unused ballots — mixed with valid ballots. Aside from this, two clustered precinct ballot boxes were found wet, with the ballots badly damaged and the data contained no longer readable.

The pre-shading of ballots for President and Vice President — Mar Roxas for President and Leni Robredo for Vice President — is not exactly news. A former staff assistant for Mar Roxas accidentally mentioned to me that he delivered “ballots” to several tThe carpenterowns in Iloilo and Aklan a few days before election day. Of course, I didn’t press for details; I just pretended I didn’t catch it. What he did add was that mayoralty candidates in some towns complained when only one of the two got a share of the ballots. Certainly, these couldn’t be sample ballots. Why would such a chore be handled by a trusted aide, personally delivered? And now that there is evidence of pre-shaded ballots, what he told me now makes sense. The Liberal Party did distribute pre-shaded ballots to ensure a landslide victory for Mar and Leni in controlled areas.

This is getting to be more interesting, and revealing, of just how widespread the cheating that took place was.

The Liberal Party was really desperate to make Leni win, with Senator Franklin Drilon as number one among senatorial winners.

None of the above

In his latest radio and TV advertisement, Mar Roxas portrays himself as “hindi abusado”, “hindi ma-drama”, and most importantly “hindi magnanakaw”. This is a clear swipe at his front-running rivals in the presidential race. “Abusado” is Digong Duterte. “Ma-drama” is Grace Poe. And “Magnanakaw” is VP Jojo Binay.

He also tries to appeal to the Ilonggo vote by talking in Hiligaynon.

Mar Roxas claims that all he has to offer is his willingness to work. “Trabaho lang”.

Again, Roxas wants to highlight the perceived issues affecting his rivals. He is not like them, he says. He promises to bring sincere and honest attributes to the presidency and continue the “matuwid na daan” of his sponsor, President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III.

Okay, let’s grant it to Mar Roxas: he’s none of the above.

He’s “none of the above” because he has never shown an ability to be a leader, to demonstrate a principle-based leadership, a man with a strong backbone.

He had five years to build that performance he wants to be known for. But he squandered it. In all those five years, first as secretary of DOTC and then as secretary of DILG, Roxas has nothing to show. He had everything at his disposal and yet he has no performance to boast about.

The incompetence of the man has reached legendary levels. He fumbled on every play and kept falling on his face. He simply isn’t cut to be a leader. Even his words cause him more trouble and embarrassment than anything else. He can’t be faulted for not trying hard enough. In fact, he is overdoing the things that he intended to show him as being close with the poor, to the point that he looks an idiot. How else do you describe a man who puts rice on a mug and drinks water from a plate? Even the poorest among the poor knows what a mug and a plate are for.

Roxas doesn’t also know that he is mouthing a disdained mantra — “matuwid na daan”.

The Aquino administration has presided over the biggest corruption machinery since martial law. If in the past the plunder was only by a few, this time it is robbery in band. Loyalty to the party is obtained by bribing the senators and congressmen and governors and mayors. Each is allowed a free rein to plunder in their own jurisdictions. It is not hard to understand why Franklin Drilon has become a fierce attack dog for the administration. With the billions and billions of pesos poured into Iloilo (all overpriced projects), he has every motivation to protect his masters.

By mouthing “matuwid na daan”, Mar Roxas has also embraced the label of the “ridiculous”. He is so overpowered by his belief in “matuwad” (that’s a deliberate one) that people could only laugh in private. There are now reports that Liberal Party candidates in the Visayas are beginning to abandon him. Before long, he will find himself alone.

Right, Mar Roxas is none of the above. That’s because he has never started to be anybody worth noticing.

MRT fixes escalators, only for a few hours

What is it about the management of the MRT that it can’t even get fixed equipment to run for at least a few days?

On TV tonight, I watched a report on the triumphant boast of MRT management that it had repaired the escalators on its Quezon Ave station in Quezon City this morning.

However, the escalator worked only for a few hours. Then it conked out again.

This is indeed the trademark of the Aquino government as manifested through the DOTC and MRT, which Mar Roxas used to oversee: incompetence.

NO “ZONA LIBRE” FOR VICE GOVERNOR?

The controversy over the “zona libre” issue for the position of Vice Governor of Iloilo will put Mar Roxas in a no-win situation. It will cause the “unity ticket” that he and Franklin Drilon put together in Iloilo province to crumble before the campaign period for the presidency could even start.
Here’s what happened:
Four years ago, Mar Roxas recruited into the Liberal Party the political clans that wielded power in each of the province’s 1st and 3rd districts. He welcomed into the LP fold Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. and former 1st district Congressman Oscar Garin Sr. In the process, Roxas dislodged the original LPs like the late Niel Tupas Sr., now vice governor Boboy Tupas, Gen. Gerry Flores and many more.
Rojas wanted the Iloilo vote to be solid for him in the 2016 presidential elections. It was a given that incumbent 2nd district Congressman Arcadio Gorriceta and 5th district Congressman Junjun Tupas would throw their support for him.
But that solid political front is about to disintegrate. Mar Roxas broke his word to the Garins that the race for vice governor would be “zona libre”, meaning the LP will consider the two candidates for the position, Junjun Tupas and Christine “Tintin” Garin, to be equals. The Garins didn’t expect Junjun to run, and thought Tintin had the position on a silver platter. To everybody’s surprise, Junjun filed his COC at the last minute.
The Garins brought the matter to Roxas as the LP standard bearer. According to the father and son Garins — Oca and Congressman Richard — Roxas assured them it was going to be “zona libre”. And that’s what the Garins told the people of Iloilo.
This claim was quickly disputed by Junjun. The Garins were lying, he said.
The controversy reached its peak when Roxas arrived in Iloilo City for the “Dinagyang” festival last Jan. 24. Pressed by media to comment on the issue, Roxas said there is no free zone: Junjun Tupas is the lone candidate recognized by the LP.
It is unlikely the Garins will accept this turn-around of Roxas just like that. It is a stab in the back for them. Oca Garin was heard over radio as saying that Roxas did not deserve to be President if he could break his word. That is short of saying Mar Roxas can kiss his ambition good-bye. The Garins will withdraw support from him at the last moment.
This situation will give Roxas a migraine. The last poll survey showed he could count on only 47% of the Iloilo vote. That’s bad by itself, because it means he could not build enough cushion to cover areas where he is expected to lose heavily. With the Garins junking him, Roxas can expect his voter base in Iloilo to precipitously drop as election day draws nearer.
Poor Mar. He is getting a dose of his own medicine.