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Nov 10

God wills it! Dieu le veut!

With those words, Urban II proclaimed the Crusades. Kings at the time “took up the Cross,” to fight in the Holy Land; and then, as now, kings and presidents, princes and governors, have been eager to wrap themselves in the mantle of the Holy Cross. As Machiavelli advised, the appearance of piety is more important than actually being pious.

My column for today is The Black Mass. What a “Black Mass” is, is described here. As for the various -conflicting- reports concerning the President’s midnight devotions, you can start with Bishop, NGO rally around Arroyo: Cite ‘destabilization plot’ and go on to the way officials couldn’t get their stories straight: Pre-midnight Mass at Malacañang baffles officials (1:06 a.m.); then .Finally, the party line got sorted out, so that reportage in turn, changed: ‘Coup rumor’ sets out Mass for peace at Malacañang (7:06 a.m.) and the Philippine News Agency churned out the final, final party line later that afternoon: Lucena bishop says CBCP prexy not calling for people power . This could then be amplified later on: Arroyo, supporters, hold Mass vs. ‘destab.’

The cast of characters at an presidential appearance always provides an insight into the motivations both of the President and the people who decide to show their clout by being seen in close proximity to her. The prelate who said the Mass was Lucena Bishop Emilio Marquez, who proposed the division of Quezon Province, which has been delayed because there seems inadequate funding for a provincial plebiscite before the 2010 elections. Together with Rep. Danilo Suarez, he’s been lobbying for a plebiscite to be held.

Of course the President, too, was deep in prayer for other intentions besides remaining in office.

Yesterday, the Inquirer editorial, Desperate for Obama, took a look at the increasingly-commented upon Desperately Seeking Barack mentality of the President. Tonight she leaves for the United States and another chance at securing that elusive photo opportunity with the American president-elect.

The Palace, seeing how any move to perpetuate itself in power gets people upset, tried to pour oil on troubled waters: Palace names choices for president:

Apart from De Castro, Malacañang’s choices also include Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro, Senator Richard Gordon, Chairman Bayani Fernando of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, and Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte.

Over At Midfield, veteran newsman Ding Gagelonia puts it bluntly:

This listing is obviously aimed at making the wannabees salivate and look hard at their options anew and alert their ‘operators’ and supporters…

Veep Noli is hands down sure to [r]un, secretary Teodoro will likely demure given that he has the ‘youth advantage (meaning he can wait his turn apart from assessing his own links with ‘Boss’ Danding Cojuangco), while Gordon, currently head of the national red cross has been going around the country sounding out his backers.

The last two gentlemen short-listed by Malacanang are in contrasting situations: Fernando is shamelessly peddling his mug everywhere in a blantant display of presidential ambition while the well liked mayor Belmonte, executive vice president of Lakas party, has been thinking of going back to reclaim his congressional seat in the 4th district of QC (with city pundits seeing this as a route to the speakership.

MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando is certainly whooping it up. A 100-truck motorcade trundled around Quezon City yesterday, to celebrate the Chairman’s doing well in Celebrity Duets. See Welcome to the Pink and Blue Parade in Filipino Voices:

There were over 100 trucks that plied C.P. Garcia Avenue this morning, all bearing praises for BF’s win, “MMDA Labs U,” and all that jazz (so to speak). You kind of figure where these trucks are supposed to be, you kind of figure what these trucks are supposed to do, and if some accident or mishap happens, and they’re all singing praises and joy for Mr. Fernando.

Wonderful. Great. Fantastic. I’ve never been angrier.

New Philippine Revolution says that the Speaker of the House is poised to allow the impeachment complaint against the President to reach the committee level, at least. There could be many reasons for this, defusing public tension, or merely using the process as way to extract patronage concessions from the President. But in one respect, the blogger seems to have underestimated the ability -and willingness- of both the Palace and the House to juggle as many balls in the air as possible:

Well, I don’t know about you, but this is as sneaky as they can get. They would probably sacrifice Bolante and have him roasted at the Senate. They would probably allow the impeachment to pass the committee level. But, they’ll never, ever, give up on this stupid cha-cha gravy train.

But the main issue at hand is what the House of Representatives is poised to do, which is, to report out of committee, a bill proposing amendments to the Constitution.

They may not sacrifice Bolante at all. His malingering finally at an end (see Bolante can leave hospital–doctor), and public skepticism over the Ombudsman’s newfound energy concerning the charges against him having (for now) put that idea on the backburner, and even as the Senate holds a caucus today, to decide what to do with the Bolante investigation, there’s word that Rep. Mitra of Palawan wants to open an investigation in the House, and could do so as early as Wednesday. This would certainly provide a more hospitable environment for questioning Bolante and friends.

But the blogger is right in pointing to the Charter Change campaign going once more into high gear. Not least because the major obstacle to its success in the past -an independent Supreme Court- is increasingly a non-obstacle.

This brings up the deep unease with which the upcoming vacancies in the Supreme Court are being viewed: not least because a pattern is becoming evident in the way the justices are voting, which hews to the Palace line. Next year, Ruben Reyes, Adolfo Azcuna, Dante Tinga, Consuelo Ynares-Santiago, Leonardo Quisumbing, and Minita Chico-Nazario all retire from the court, but the vacancies will come at the heels of expected vacancies over the remainder of this year, too. So the Palace majority will be fortified sooner rather than later. Over At Filipino Voices, Ding Gagelonia recently reported that the Solicitor-General, widely expected to be among the President’s upcoming Supreme Court appointees, has started laying down the predicate for reversing the recent ruling on the BJE-MOA, for example:

Devanadera delivered a sharp twit to the high tribunal for allegedly violating the separation of powers in declaring the Bangsamoro Juridical Entity ancestral domain agreement unconstitutional.

Devanadera’s broadside reads like a preview of a makeover given that there will at least 7 vacancies in the Puno court between now and 2010.

Today’s Inquirer editorial, Gloria and the Supremes, also sounds the alarm over the consequences of packing the court purely with loyalty as the consideration for appointment.

In his column, Joaquin Bernas, SJ, looks at the whole process of Choosing Supreme Court justices. For some time now he’s stated his personal conclusion that the Judicial and Bar Council System has failed, and that a return to the old system of requiring Congressional confirmation of Justices would be better.

Dean Jorge Bocobo over at Filipino Voices thinks the Supreme Court wouldn’t be so crazy as to throw away its reputation in craven obedience to the President. Along the way, he also gives a fine summary of the constitutional and procedural issues in play:

A major Constitutional conundrum has arisen around Section 1(1) above because two entirely different meanings may be given to the clause “upon a vote of three-fourths of all its Members”. It all depends on whether the Congress’ two chambers, House and Senate, are to “vote jointly” or “vote separately” to propose amendments or revisions for ratification at plebiscite.

There are those who argue that the Constitution here means “voting jointly” at the end of Art. XVII Section 1(1). By the way, this phrase occurs exactly once in the present 1987 Constitution, in the famous “Martial Law Provision” on the Executive..

So WHY have the Palace, the House and the Supreme Court been unable to do such a seemingly simple thing as establishing a “unicameral form of ConAss” similar to the above provision, where the Congress members vote as individuals and so the Lower House by itself would have the required 195 or so votes (238 House Members plus 23 Senators gives 261 total) to satisfy the three fourths super majority rule?

A good reason is that the House Rules themselves acknowledge the voting separately principle!

Which leads him to his view that no Supreme Court would throw away its integrity or reputation on such a patently self-interested move by the Palace and the House. It’s happened before. Yet it’s remarkable how the benefit of the doubt is still so instinctive in many observers. As is the desire among the nonpartisan to find a non-confrontational, institutionally-oriented, means to salvage the situation, as Cocoy in Filipino Voices lays out, in what I think is a fair and accurate summation of the point of view of those who have refused, so far, to cast their lot with either side in the great political divide:

The most common theme in people’s responses to me is their expectation for an election in 2010. That is when they want a change in President. They do not want a change now because there is no one they trust. They do not support impeachment even though they believe the charges are right because it would simply be like throwing a pebble at an incoming 747.

Their responses does not by far say that they like Arroyo.

The people that I asked, can be found grumbling in front of the evening news at the sheer incompetence of those in charge. They find it incredulous as scandal after scandal come out that the ones on top of the food chain have such rampant and blatant disregard and who pervert and bend the law to their will. Ask them about BJE-MOA and people from Mindanao would be vehemently opposed to it. Given that perhaps in any normal day, the unconstitutional nature of BJE-MOA and such abuse might have been grounds enough for impeachment and conviction. We can safely say that these are not normal and is an unsettling time. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that.

The opposition has a credibility issue. An issue, one might add they’ve not been able to shake out of since FPJ and has since become worst. They are perceived as no better than Arroyo and her ilk. That incredible mistrust hurts any measure they wish the people would support whether impeachment or election. It isn’t apathy– it is more neutrality. Neither Arroyo nor Opposition has their side.

The people are fully aware of how things go. Whether it is local politics– where people make money out of everyday and know the scope and breathe of it. Our people know that it is a politics of who you know and ultimately, money talks.

People have come to realize that national life is simply local politics writ large. And this realization simply proves and point that there is no distinction between Arroyo and Opposition. The disastrous result of past EDSAs and the failure of impeachment have more than galvanized the resolve of our people to fully expect an election in 2010.

The political landscape has hardly changed since 2004.

Everybody with a mind can clearly see that our national life is like one old machine, rusting on the seems and filled with patch work. It is not efficient but somehow, it moves along. The state of this machine, whether our assumptions of what a Republic and social justice is as framed to be the foundation of our national life is flawed. But clearly such judgment is for the collective will of the people to decide upon.

Especially as Arroyo pwns the Supreme Court as Justices retire, the fear of charter change as driven by Arroyo is not a fantasy. It is a clear and present danger that one such as her and her ilk who have gamed politics would bend permanently the very soul of our Republic and shape the future is even more so frightening. Clearly, they aim to tighten their control over this Republic. To unravel this Gordian Knot, perhaps it is this fear that we must face head on.

Ask our people in 2010– will you call for a Constitutional Convention?

Such push from the Heroes of past EDSAs would mean for their generation to accept they have failed. That their vision is flawed. That their brand of social justice is a failure. Don’t you think, 20 years is enough?

Mon Casiple also brings up the point that the President’s own, original, Charter Change coalition has itself broken up:

What was interesting was the turn-about of those who were most vigorous in pursuing the president’s charter change agenda in 2005-6 to favor constitutional convention over constituent assembly (also a surprising pro-Constituent Assembly position from unexpected sources), the common conclusion of the futility of pursuing it under GMA’s term (until 2010), and the sober assessment that we do need charter change for the right reasons.

Some of those who came are of course identified with former Speaker Jose de Venecia and may have reflected the latter’s own turn-about on Charter change. However, it is also a sign of the deepening cleavages in the ruling coalition and the increasingly uncertain loyalties to the president that is plaguing its ranks. It is worthwhile now to revisit past political assumptions regarding the political staying power and the numbers in relation to the Arroyo administration. The current GMA charter change initiative increasingly takes on the character of a lonely, desperate campaign.

The GMA charter change initiative is an uphill proposition at this time.

Let’s hope so.

Incidentally, concerning the new American president-elect, see Inner Sanctum and The Warrior Lawyer and My Online Notebook for samples of public reactions to the President’s obsession with a photo-op, and most of all, Torn and Frayed in Manila, who takes a hard look at the incoming American administration’s foreign policy goals:

It is true that Asia as a whole seems likely to receive more attention from Obama than from previous presidents. According to a fascinating New Yorker piece on the candidates’ foreign policy agendas, the blueprint for the new administration’s foreign policy can be found in a Phoenix Initiative report. This document lists only five “strategic priorities” for the United States and of those only two are regional:

1. counterterrorism,

2. nuclear proliferation,

3. climate change and oil dependence,

4. the Middle East, and

5. East Asia.

Although East Asia is often narrowly defined (the Harvard Department of East Asia Languages and Civilizations, for example, concentrates on China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam), the Phoenix Initiative’s definition is much wider, something closer to the now discarded term “the Orient”.

So if the USA is going to increase its focus on “East Asia”, won’t that be good news for its traditional allies in the region?

Unfortunately for, say, the Philippines and Japan, who fit into that category, the Phoenix Initiative concentrates heavily on the anticipated future economic powerhouses of China and India. The comforting remark that “the long-term U.S. strategy must also reassure traditional friends and allies” can’t disguise the fact in a world dominated by real politik the USA will go where the action is.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita was keen to stress yesterday that back in June Obama had written to Arroyo stressing the two countries’ shared interests, including “climate change, food security, poverty reduction, the future of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, human rights in Burma and defense reform.”

That’s fine and no one is going to claim that the US is going to abandon the Philippines, but let’s say you were an aspiring foreign policy professional in Washington, would you be brushing up on your Tagalog or your Mandarin?

See The Obama-Biden Plan, laying out the incoming administration’s foreign policy priorities. Concerning China and Obama, this makes for interesting reading: Can China adjust to the US adjustment?

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  1. nash

    Whut??? GMA is going to the USA again??? For what? Opening ba nanaman ng UN?? To have a recount of Miriam Santiago votes? (Thank god she lost, imagine having her in the international courts.)

    Anyways, Barack will be too busy reversing Bush policies to meet at length with a corrupt midget…Barack is removing Bush’ stem cell research ban.

    Hoorray for Science!

  2. TonGuE-tWisTeD

    GMA is going to the USA again???

    Just making sure she won’t get trapped in Malacañang should Jocjoc’s senate appearance turns explosive.

  3. DJB Rizalist

    I think it is safe to say that Barack Obama sees the Philippines much as he sees Indonesia: where his formative experiences and impressions of Southeast Asia were likely gained. Am equally sure they have a full dossier on Madame Arroyo. His much vaunted intellectual curiosity will eventually lead him to a deeper appreciation of the “special relationship” that has existed between America and the Philippines and the fact that we are still the only Christian nation in sea of Islam and Buddhism. But that will transcend any personal political goals of GMA, who is known to the Obama campaign as an early Bush supporter. She is also a lame duck now, for all intents and purposes, though she can certainly still do a lot of damage in the time she has left.

    Like Bush in America, she is the past, not the future of the Philippines. She’ll try to finesse it with chacha and such, but as the MOA-AD ominously foretells, there are no guarantees even with the Supreme Court.

    There is one unpredictable factor: the global financial crisis. She might try to use that as a pretext for all sorts of last minute mischief.

    But frankly I don’t think she wants to rule forever. Certainly not as dictator. It would be absurd. Chaplinesque. If she can somehow negotiate to get off the tiger without getting her head bitten off, she will take the out in 2010 and move to Hawaii.

  4. BrianB

    If the U.S. is going to neglect the “P.I.” in the Obama future, shouldn’t we rejoice in this newfound independence? US Aid in recent years was anemic and US military presence though I’m sure remains necessary has its own problems. So if US intervention should be limited to minimal military aid and some more hobknobbing re terrorism wouldn’t that be ideal?

  5. Blackshama

    She probably imagining herself as a monastic. But her vespers are rather late. Monks at 9:00 PM should be in bed.

    As for getting Barack’s attention, Her Majesty the Queen Gloria has to be reminded that Obama is still in his triumph mode. She would probably get attention if she plays the important role of a slave in the Triumph and pester Barack with text, emails and voice calls saying “Remember you are mortal!”

  6. vic

    If God wills it she’ll have her 15 minutes of Fame with Obama and the Palace will make a Very Long 24 hours out of it. Even Obama is against the War in Iraq he would not have any compassion with a supposed ally who was with you and then Turn Her back at the First sign of Trouble like she did in Iraq. friend indeed.

  7. baycas

    dok: “ang paghilik (o paghagok) ni bolante ay nagamot na ng CPAP (si-pap).”

    asawa ni joc: “sa totoo lang dok…isang sipa ko lang kay joc, ayos na!”

    —–

    reporter: (namataang pumasok si dep. presidential spokesman anthony golez sa st. luke’s) “sir, sir, kayo po ba ang nagbayad ng bill ni mr. bolante?”

    golez: “hindi naman. bumili lang ako ng gamot sa ubo. tagarito lang kasi ako…st. luke’s na ang pinakamalapit na bilihan.”

    reporter: “este, sir, may mercury (drugstore) doon sa tapat ng st. joseph’s college (the school beside st. luke’s) ha. di ba mas malapit sa inyo ‘yon???”

    http://www.inquirer.net/specialfeatures/thebolantecase/view.php?db=1&article=20081110-171371

    —–

    breaking news: “atat na atat na ang malacanang sa sasabihin ni joc-joc.”
    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20081110-171374/Palace-raring-to-hear-Bolante-testimony

    hidden news: “nabigay na ni anthony golez ang script kay joc-joc!!!”

  8. PEEWEE

    MAGANDANG GABI PO!

    TUTULAN PO NATIN ANG PAGHAHATI SA LALAWIGAN NG QUEZON.

    NAPAGIIWANAN NA RAW SA KAUNLARAN ANG 3RD AT 4TH DIDTRICT. SINO PO BA ANG DAPAT SISIHIN?…. HAY! TSK. TSK. TSK. SANA HATIIN NARIN ANG BAYAN NG TAGKAWAYAN PARA AKO NA NGANI ANG MAGHARI SA TAGKAWAYAN DEL SUR.

    KAPAG NAHATI NA ANG QUEZON, ANO NAMAN ANG KASUNOD NA GAGAWIN?? PALITAN NA RIN ANG PANGALAN NG ATING LALAWIGAN?? LALAWIGAN NG SUAREZ O LALAWIGAN NG TANADA?? TSK. TSK. NAKU PO RUDY!!

    NAPAKARAMING MAAARING MAGING PROYEKTO SA MAHAL NATING LALAWIGAN UPANG MAPAUNLAD. KUNG ANO-ANONG PINAGKAKA-ABALAHAN NG MGA NAGSUSULONG NG PAGHAHATI NG QUEZON.
    SOBRANG DIVISIVE NG GINAGAWA NINYO. TSK. TSK.

    KUNG NABUBUHAY LAMANG ANG DATING PANGULONG QUEZON EH MALAMANG NASABON NA ANG 2 KINATAWAN.

  9. PEEWEE

    STILL, WE SAY NO! TO DIVISION OF QUEZON PROVINCE. ANG BAYAN NG TAGKAWAYAN AY HINDI UMAASA SA PAMAHALAANG PANLALAWIGAN PERO UMAANGAT AT RAMDAM NAMIN ANG KAUNLARAN DAHIL SA HUSAY NG MGA NAMUMUNO DITO. KUNG SINSABI NINYO NA NAPAG-IIWANAN KAYO EH SISISIHIN NYO MGA LIDER AT SARILI NYO. AYAW NAMING MADAMAY SA MGA NEGATIBONG MAGIGING EPEKTO NG PAGHAHATI SA LALAWIGAN NG QUEZON. ANO BA ANG KALAGAYAN NG PANDAIGDIGAN AT PAMBANSANG EKONOMIYA NGAYON? KAHIT NAMAN SI KA ERIN EH NAGPASUBALI MISMO NA HINDI PARIN TIYAK NA UUNLAD ANG LALAWIAGAN KAPAG NAHATI ITO. ALALAHANIN NATIN NA NA NASA AGRICULTURAL SOUTH TAYO. SOBRANG LAKI NG LAND AREA NATIN? BAKIT? IAASA NALANG BA NG MGA KANAYUNAN NG PAGUNLAD NILA SA PAMAHALAANG PANLALAWIGAN? MAY MGA PAG-AARAL RIN NA UNCONSTITUTIONAL ANG R.A. 9495. BAKIT? TRY TO FIND OUT! MULI KUNG RESPONSIBILIDAD ANG MAMUMUNO SA ISANG MALAKING PAMILYA AY HINDI MAGHIHIRAP ANG KANYANG MGA ANAK. KUNG NAGHIHIRAP BA ANG ISANG BAYAN E LAGI NALANG SISIHIN ANG PAMAHALAAN? NAKU PO RUDY!

  10. PEEWEE

    IGALANG PO SANA NATIN ANG ATING KULTURA AT KASAYSAYAN!

    MABUHAY! PO KAYO G. MANOLO QUEZON, SANA PO AY KASAMA NAMIN KAYO SA PANININDIGANG ITO

  11. nash

    St. Luke’s Hospital should be ashamed of itself for being part of this charade.

    Jocjoc wasn’t suffering any grave medical illness. What took a hospital such as St. Luke’s a loooooooooooooooooooong time? To get more money (which is paid for by money stolen from tax?)

    Bulok pala yang St. Lukes, overpriced lang.

  12. Chabeli

    The relationship between Danding & GIlbert has turned sour since Gilbert took the Defense portfolio.

  13. The EQualizer

    Note to the Publicly Pious Lady Who Desperately Wants A Photo Op With Barack Obama:

    Jesus condemns the Pharisees and Scribes with misusing prayer and fasting as a way to gain public attention rather than as way to gain intimacy with God. He condemns the Pharisees for loving to pray “standing in the synagogues”
    ( Matthew 6:5-15) in order to be noticed by men.

  14. Chabeli

    Gibert may be young, however his background is trapo. Being a few years younger than he, I would not think that “he has the ‘youth advantage” at all.

  15. The EQualizer

    Will Gloria Get an Obama Photo Op?

  16. d0d0ng

    Nash – thanks for the news so far.

    “Santiago loses her bid to join UN post”.

    Reports said Santiago received a majority vote in the General Assembly, but did not get enough support at the Security Council.

    What can you expect after scolding 5 months ago like a little boy, Frenchman Hubert D’Aboville, president of the European Chamber of Commerce?

    That was the kiss of death to her ambition at International Court of Justice.

  17. allister

    Hi MLQ3,

    I don’t mean to nitpick but I think you meant to write: “Dieu le veut” (God willing)?

    🙂

  18. baycas

    “God wills it!”

    …with those rallying words a multitude were slaughtered. John Hill reminds us of Christian’s past sins and how excuses were made. the excuses, he thinks, make Christian apologies empty and hollow:

    http://www.secularhumanism.org/library/shb/hill_15_3.htm

    how about the past sins of a mortal named gloria? she said, “i am sorry,” and we all know what happened next.

    let’s move on…forgive and forget, shall we?

    very hard to do, i guess…but

    gLORIA WILLS IT!

  19. UP n grad

    Maybe GMA has the French blood in her, Gloria Dieu-Le-Veut from the Tortuga bloodline of Anne Dieu-Le-Veut, pirate.

  20. leytenian

    The Philippine Presidential Election. My view on Bayani and the others. At Filipino Voices/Blackshama

    If I have to assess Bayani’s success factors, it would be cleanliness, beautification and project implementation of MMDA alone. Anybody can do that.

    Mar, Loren, Noli, Manny and Ping have contributed
    major policies in our congress. The problem in our country is the lack and slowness of implementation of those policies. Most policies are not just engineering and cleanliness skills. It involves understanding of financial accounting and budget; appointment of the right people; follow ups; rule of law; communication process and operation management; timeline and goal setting; and lastly the result of those policies( are we the people happy?) obviously not (looking at the bottom)

    MMDA is a branch of our Executive Department. It’s only a portion of a presidential management requirements. Managing all the executive Departments ( looking from the top), plus controlling the sick Congress and SC for justice are not that easy. An engineer alone cannot do that. If Bayani had once own a business and employ many people, then maybe I can consider that experience as acceptable. But I don’t know more about his past experiences. How did he get to become a mayor? How did he become a director at MMDA? We also have to remember that in the Philippines, it is not what you know but who you know. Lots of things to consider.

    Another problem in our country is when we elect someone in Congress, he/she may already know the weakness of our system thus will take it for granted, or may even take advantage of it or may be caught in the middle. We don’t have a lot of choices here. And that’s what I’m sad about. I am so pessimistic because trust has been broken. I’m sure many can relate to me.

    We the people will be subject to an on-going risk of bringing our country into further division of inequality if we don’t Act now.

  21. Bert

    “As Machiavelli advised, the appearance of piety is more important than actually being pious.”

    The good Bishop Emilio Marquez must be an avid reader of Machiavelli’s writings to be such a good influence on the queen of the palace.

  22. Bert

    “There were over 100 trucks that plied C.P. Garcia Avenue this morning, all bearing praises for BF’s win, “MMDA Labs U,” and all that jazz (so to speak). ”

    That same convoy passed by our Monumento area here in Caloocan City that same day so must be a metro-wide campaign sortie there.

  23. hvrds

    Why is the Queen going to the U.N. to talk about religion?

    The Arabs just happen to have a large block of excess dollars that they are looking to invest or lend as Europe, Japan, U.S. and even china will have to concentrate on domestic issues.

    This inter-religious shindig is about networking with the Arabs.

    Big Mike and GMA had anchored the Philippine economy firmly to a great degree on enticing foreign savings.

    Present externalities are not very encouraging. Next year could be a watershed year for the Philippine economy.

  24. Bert

    “Maybe GMA has the French blood in her, Gloria Dieu-Le-Veut from the Tortuga bloodline of Anne Dieu-Le-Veut, pirate.”-UP n grad

    I don’t think so, UP n. This one more likely of the Macabebe bloodline.

  25. mlq3

    Occam’s razor: New York is where you meet your bankers.

  26. The EQualizer

    The EQualizer Post fervently hopes that Barack Obama will find some time from his busy schedule to meet Gloria Arroyo during her brief stopover in Chicago.

    If this happens, Barack could compare notes with Gloria on how presidential elections in their respective countries are conducted.

  27. supremo

    mlq3,

    What is that Malacanan room called?

  28. mlq3

    That’s Heroes Hall, which used to be the silong of the Palace until the 1930s when it was enclosed by MLQ and named the Social Hall, meant to be a clubhouse of sorts for entertaining members of the National Assembly (and cultivating them). Diosdado Macapagal commissioned Guillermo Tolentino to make sculptures and renamed the room Heroes Hall, and it was enlarged and the ceiling lowered as part of the 1978-79 rebuilding of the entire Palace by the Marcoses, and it’s where the State Dinner for foreign leaders was held for the 1981 Marcos inauguration (the last Rigodon de Honor until this year was held upstairs, in what used to be called the Ceremonial Hall, now Rizal Hall, also for the Marcos inauguration).

  29. Pepe Almonte

    This comment was chosen by Yahoo as the Best Answer why Bayani Fernando is the next president of the Philippines.

    May I share it with you?

    “There are so many presidentiables today: Noli de Castro, Bayani Fernando, Manny Villar, Mar Roxas, Ping Lacson, Loren Legarda, Dick Gordon, Erap Estrada.

    But who is really the best next president? Is Bayani Fernando the better alternative?

    We say yes….please allow us to explain..

    1. BF is a good man. He was a sacristan as a young boy and was an Outstanding Boy Scout. He is the only boy in the family and is pampered with enough love so, he will return this love to our people.

    2. BF is well bred and nationalistic. He can sing. His name, and name of his sisters (Mayumi, Ligaya) are all native. He named his only child Tala.

    3. BF is pro poor. He gave homes to 11, 000 squatters. Recovered the sidewalks for poor people to pass. He exact discipline to rich and poor alike, so that the poor will equalize with the rich. Fix the house of poor people in Metro Guwapo. Provided low cost hostel to poor provincianos who are in Manila in the Port Area.

    4. BF is not corrupt. Before he joined politics, he is already super rich with his companies constructing tall buildings in Makati. One lot owner who sold her lot to MMDA for a water pump anti – flood project in Tondo, Grace Dyjamco, said that what BF only requested from her is for her to take good care of the squatters inside their lot – pay them – before the deal was on.

    5. BF Gets things Done. Remember before he was the MMDA chairman – traffic was worse, garbage are everywhere..now its all fixed. As a president,he can fix our poverty problem, corruption problem, electoral problem,…he has a way of doing things and its working.You can see results at once.

    6. BF is Brave and Heroic. As a young businessman during EDSA Revolution, he sent his construction equipments to EDSA to block the pro-Marcos tanks and protect the people. Colorum buses are protected by Generals..he impounded them, never afraid of the bullets of the general..BF is a type of leader who can die for his people.

    7. BF is not social climber. Although he is a super rich person, and married to Mayor
    Marides Fernando from an old rich family (daughter of industrialist Meneleo Carlos), he loves to mingle with hardworking professionals and his jokes are authentic Marikina masa jokes with original Marikina accent. He maintains his clean and honest way of living. He does not crave for the company of the rich and the powerful.”

    Thank you for publishing this…this is a proof that your blog is neutral and worth reading.

  30. anthony scalia

    and BF really transformed a city!

    something which can’t be said of Binay

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