I take the presidential elections seriously, so much so that I’ve lost a few hours of sleep deciding on who to vote for.
I was originally for Noynoy Aquino until I read about GMA News’ series on Hacienda Luisita. My blog entry on this received a lot of attention, having been linked to and cited by supporters of other presidential candidates in their respective Facebook accounts and personal and political websites.
I considered Gibo Teodoro until he himself removed any remaining doubt I had about his utang na loob or indebtedness to Gloria Arroyo:
abs-cbnNEWS.com | 03/24/2010 1:36 PM
Administration presidential candidate Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro on Wednesday defended Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo’s bid as party-list representative.
“Is it legal or not? It’s legal. Wala tayong magagawa (We can’t do anything about it),” Teodoro said when asked to comment about criticisms against Arroyo’s nomination as representative of Ang Galing Pinoy, a party-list group representing security guards.
Yesterday, I re-posted Ricky Carandang’s twitter message:
The objections to Agra’s decision are not based on legal procedure but on a shared sense of right and wrong. Shared by most of us, at least.
That sums up my feelings toward Gibo, who’s OK with Gloria, Miguel and Mikey Arroyo because everything they do is “legal” anyway.
Hello Garci scandal? Legal. Fertilizer scam scandal? Legal. ZTE scandal? Legal. Mikey Arroyo as a party-list representative of security guards? Legal.
Gloria Arroyo is also a sure win as Congresswoman; Gibo Teodoro as President, Gloria Arroyo as Speaker of the House… *shudders*
Hence, I limited my options to Dick Gordon and despite a guilty conscience due to Hacienda Luisita, Noynoy.
Yesterday, Elvino posted a YouTube video on his Tumbler site showing interviews of former Hacienda Luisita farmers. It dawned on me that for the first time, someone actually interviewed toilers of the land — not lawyers, communist leaders or UP students. The interviewees yearned for the return of their former, peaceful life — wherein the Cojuangco’s remain as the hacienderos.
I was skeptical about the video — this could easily be a Noynoy propaganda with actors, not farmers. The YouTube account owner, voicesunheard00, offered no additional information about himself/herself or the interviews. So I researched about its possible source.
Using the names of the farmers as my lead, I ended up on this blog. Journalist Felicity Tan, together with citations from blogger Jay Salazar’s own analysis, exposed the bias of the GMA News series on Hacienda Luisita against Noynoy.
As it turned out, it was she herself who shot the YouTube video and interviewed the Hacienda Luisita farmers. Her other notes on this subject is found in this entry.
The Hacienda Luisita issue was the only thing that kept me undecided and guilty for considering Noynoy. Given these findings, I can now sleep peacefully with my vote.
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My friend Drei, who is pro-Gibo and anti-Noynoy, posted this link on his Twitter:
“Stupid and honest. That’s what Filipinos want.” – Antipinoy on Noynoy supporters | http://bit.ly/9UixlJ
Stupid? Uh… he’s not the one who chose a game show host as his Vice President — the person who will head the country if the President dies; the government’s caretaker if he’s out of the country. I won’t even further comment on how this same presidential candidate has allowed his party to collapse; and just when it lay in ruins, quit its chairmanship in the process.
(As a digression, I also have a problem with the Antipinoy article. It says:
… the thinking that a “crooked” president necessarily translates to a crooked presidency, and an “honest” president necessarily translates to an honest presidency… See, that kind of thinking would apply if the Philippines were an absolute totalitarian state… However, the Philippines is a democracy. Its system of governance consists of three branches (one of which the Presidency belongs to) that check-and-balance one another. Officers in two out of three of these branches are elected by popular vote.
Am I in a twilight zone here? Isn’t the Arroyo administration a prime and glowing example of this… crookedness? To add, she has control of all three government branches — executive, legislative [by dangling pork barrel funds] and judicial.)
In the meantime, I have yet to hear and read about Noynoy’s “stupid” choices or “stupid” remarks. In fact, he has shown remarkable calm and collectedness (aside from good sense) in presidential forums and interviews — characteristics I can’t say of Gordon. Noynoy’s major fault — if at all — is that he fails to provide juicy sound bites.
His interview with TV Patrol’s Ted Failon was one that stuck in mind after all these months — particularly because of the way he handled Failon’s “autistic” remark (5:55 mark). This was broadcasted in November 2009.
I can’t imagine Gordon not going ballistic if placed in the same spot, he who is suing SWS and Pulse Asia partly because they included his name in the surveys without his permission.
Another misinformation connected with Noynoy is his apparent laziness in the Senate. Gordon himself said that Lito Lapid is better than Noynoy because the former has one bill passed. Not true.
- Lito Lapid = Senator since 2004
- Noynoy Aquino = Senator since 2007; has two Senate bills passed, pending approval in the House of Representatives
Noynoy has authored more bills than Alan Peter Cayetano, an ally of Manny Villar and critic of the Liberal Party, albeit by a difference of one. He also chairs the Senate Committee on Local Government.
All these and his other accomplishments are discussed in the article, “Noynoy Aquino, out of the shadows” by Jaemark Tordecilla of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism.
A better outlined list of his legislative record is in Noynoy’s official website.
And here’s his attendance record, also lifted from the same website:
|Attendance||PRESENT||OFFICIAL MISSION (Local)||ABSENT|
|14th Congress||Roll Call||Late||OM/Late||Total|
First Regular Session
Session Nos. 1 – 88
July 23, 2007 – June 11, 2008
Second Regular Session
Session Nos. 1 – 84
July 28, 2008 – June 3, 2009
Third Regular Session
Session Nos. 1 – 49
July 27, 2009 – February 9, 2009
|36||8||–||44||3||1 + 1* (*death in family)|
Two absences in three years (I can’t say the same for myself), one of which is due to his mother’s death — that speaks highly of his work ethic.
I rest my case.