Kris Aquino makes another promise

Kris Aquino is leaving The Buzz and Showbiz News Ngayon and I know the show is not the same without Kris. Big adjustments will happen to all of the two shows' followers when she leaves. Who will replace her will remain to be seen. Hope it will not be someone as boring as Ruffa.

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The changes Kris Aquino is making after Noynoy is sworn in

Noynoy Aquino and Kris already gave their reactions to the Despedida Party on Facebook, a page set up as a call for Kris Aquino to fulfill her promise to leave the country if Noynoy wins the election. I visited the page and indeed, it has about 22,000 membership, BUT not all who joined are against Kris. A lot of them actually joined to defend Kris. But today, it’s confirmed that Kris will be making big changes that will affect her career, life, and family all for the success of Noynoy.
Ricky Lo, who is one of Kris’ most trusted entertainment journalist writes:
I deliberately made today’s headline somewhat bitin (hanging) so as to jolt Kris-bashers into a false jubilation — I mean, those who are insisting that Kris should keep her pre-election “promise” that she would live abroad (and work with The Filipino Channel) if and when her brother, Sen. Noynoy Aquino, won in the May 10 elections. Well, Noynoy is now called President-apparent because he’s clearly well on his way to Malacañang.

Kris has already explained in a Funfare “scoop” that what she said was if she would be a hindrance to Noynoy’s presidency (kung magiging pabigat siya kay Noynoy), and President-apparent Noynoy has told Kris to stop the kadramahan already and again said recently that Kris has no reason to leave the country since she hasn’t committed a crime against it or against anybody. Period.
But, yes, Kris is, indeed, leaving very soon — not the country but as host of the ABS-CBN talkshow The Buzz (which she co-hosts with Boy Abunda and KC Concepcion) and the late-night showbiz newscast SNN (Showbiz News Ngayon).
As she announced on The Buzz last Sunday, Kris had a lunch meeting yesterday with ABS-CBN big bosses Gabby Lopez, Charo Santos-Concio and Cory Vidanes, and she promptly texted Funfare the following message:
Hi, Tito Ricky. I promised you an update. We had a fruitful meeting with Boss Gabby, Ma’am Charo and Tita Cory. All my sisters (Ballsy, Viel and Pinky) were with me. Effective June 30 when Noy is proclaimed (sworn in) president, I will graciously give up hosting both The Buzz and SNN. It’s a decision I am at peace with because I know that I will lessen Noy’s stress by leaving two shows I love dearly, but could unintentionally be sources of controversy.
I told you that I have my entire being to help my brother win, and now I will continue to give my entire self to help him succeed as president of our country. If that means sacrificing my exposure and income from two shows I am so closely identified with, then that is what being family is all about, putting the good of all above personal interest. Much love to you. Ikaw lang ang ti-next ko.
Sorry, Ruffa (Gutierrez) but you won’t have to order lechon from Cebu for the “despedida” planned for Kris by her Twitter non-fans. And Lolit (Solis), you won’t have to hire a taxi to escort Kris to the airport because even if she’s “leaving,” it won’t be, I repeat, the country by only her two shows on ABS-CBN.
Here’s Kris’ follow-up text message:
Just to make it clear, Tito Ricky, in case I’m misinterpreted, I will continue with (the teleserye) Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo and (the reality-TV) Pilipinas Got Talent. ABS-CBN is now looking at other shows that would be best suited for me after the teleserye ends in August.
There.
Really now, could you imagine how drab and boring and unexciting local showbiz would be without Kris Aquino? Honestly, I could not. So I’m glad that Kris may be “leaving” (her two shows) but she’s, as I’ve been saying, here to stay.

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Miriam Santiago telling Kris Aquino to stay away from politics is stupid

Sino ba si Miriam Defensor-Santiago para payuhan si Kris Aquino na lumayo sa politika or huwag tumanggap ng position sa gobyerno. Ni hindi naman niya sinabi kung bakit ayaw niya. Takot ba siya kay Kris? Nakalimutan na ba ni Miriam na ang magkakapatid na Aquino ay puedeng-puedeng pagkatiwalaan ni Noynoy sa maraming maseselang bagay lalo pa at napapaligiran siya ng mga oportunista at kurap sa gobyerno. Hindi naman agad agad mawawala yan. Tatrabahuhin pa yan ni Noynoy. Eh sa laki ng problema at gulong iiwan ni Gloria kay Noynoy, kailangang-kailangan ni Noynoy ang tulong ng mga kapatid niya. Lalong-lalo na si Kris na fearless at malapit rin sa puso ng masa. Matalino si Kris at ang lahat ng kanyang mga kapatid kaya walang dapat ipangamba kung tumulong man sila kay Noynoy. Sa halip na pagbawalan, dapat i-encourage pa nga ni Miriam si Kris pero yan ay kung ang hangad ni Miriam ay ang tagumpay ni Noynoy. Hindi ba ang tagumpay ni Noynoy ay magiging tagumpay ng ating bansa. Dahil hindi naman ipinaliwanag ni Miriam ang dahilan ng pagpigil niya kay Kris, baka naman hindi niya type na maging successful si Noynoy. A oo nga pala. Sila nga pala ni Gloria ang mag BFF sa politika. Hindi ba nga lagin niyang pinagtatanggol si Gloria. O di bah?

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Noynoy Aquino and some of the challenges ahead

Noynoy Aquino and mom Cory Aquino - like mother like son. But learning from mom’s experiences gives Noynoy the advantage which makes him a more equipped president than Cory.

Aquino may face an opposition Congress, with defeated presidential candidate and Sen. Manuel Villar Jr., and President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, incoming Pampanga representative, working to gain the Senate presidency and the House Speakership respectively.
Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago raised a potentially challenging situation for the would-be Aquino government, as she stressed that Villar had the "numbers" to regain the Senate presidency. She added that Ms Arroyo, being a shrewd leader and having made preparations for her new life in Congress, could just clinch the House leadership.
But Santiago said Ms Arroyo could only be the next Speaker if her alliances would hold after Aquino’s proclamation by Congress.
"You know politics. Even if they (President Arroyo's allies in the House) belong to parties against Aquino, the minute he is proclaimed as president, they would change parties because you get so many benefits under a sitting President,'' Santiago said over dzBB radio.
"So it's really difficult to make a forecast if they would stay faithful to what they agreed with the President," she added.
President Arroyo last week retook the chairmanship of the Lakas-Kampi CMD party and her advisers said the party was determined on fielding her for the speakership.
In so far as Villar was concerned, Santiago was more certain he had the numbers to regain the Senate presidency and would continue to have them until the convening of Congress in July.
Santiago said she recently spoke with him and that he "seemed interested" in taking back the Senate leadership, currently occupied by reelected Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile.
And by her own count, "over 10" senators would likely vote for Villar. She said this was made up of senators and candidates who ran under Villar's Nacionalista party (including her, Senators Pia Cayetano, Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr.), and senators who supported him in the Senate (Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Loren Legarda, Joker Arroyo, Gregorio "Gringo"" Honasan and Lito Lapid).
"That's why if he wants to become Senate president, he already has it," she said.
Only 21 senators will sit in the next Congress. Aquino, whose senatorial term ends in 2013, is now set to be proclaimed president, while Sen. Panfilo Lacson is still at large, evading his arrest for murder charges filed against him. Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV remains detained for coup d'etat charges; he cannot attend sessions and therefore, cannot cast his votes on proposed laws and resolutions.
Santiago said she knew that so far, Aquino's Liberal party has obtained the support of six senators for their own bet for Senate president.
Meanwhile, Enrile said he was not moving to become Senate president under the new Congress, and would just go with the majority.
Enrile said he would rather be Senate minority leader so he could debate with fellow senators.
And with Villar likely regaining the Senate leadership, Santiago foresaw the Senate under an Aquino presidency "playing a role of a loyal opposition" but she said the chamber should also support Aquino to help the country.
She said it would be "very important" for the Senate and the House to be allied with Malacañang otherwise Aquino would have a difficult time if the two Houses were opposition.
Aquino would have a hard time pushing ahead with his legislative agenda if he failed to get allies in the leaderships of both houses of Congress, she said.
Santiago said with Congress dominated by the opposition to the Aquino government, those close to Aquino would have a hard time committing graft and corruption.
"I myself am not raising any doubt on his honesty and integrity, but I do entertain very serious doubts about the honesty of some people," she said, adding those around Aquino may be eyeing lucrative positions.
"Congress would be watching them," she said.
Apparently speaking about former government officials who left President Arroyo during the height of the "Hello Garci" scandal of 2005, Santiago said they sought the President's resignation because they could not get what they wanted from her.
"Ngayon, kung iniwanan nila si President Arroyo, malamang iiwanan din nila si President Aquino kapag napansin nila na hindi rin nila makukuha ang gusto nila (If they left President Arroyo, they could also leave President Aquino if they failed to get what they want)," she warned.
"I’m very sorry to give them the bad news: Guys, you are not going to get rich this time," Santiago said.

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Why Noynoy Aquino can become greater than Ninoy and Cory


Not everybody really know who Noynoy is, his strength, his weakness, what he really did in his life and why he will probably turn out to be the best president the Philippines will ever have. This report by Gil C. Cabacungan Jr. of Philippine Daily Inquirer was able to capture the very essence of who Noynoy Aquino is as a person, son, brother, and as a leader.

MANILA, Philippines—He looked more like a cockfighter’s kristo—a bet caller —than a presidential candidate as he waved a fistful of paper notes with one hand and held up the back of his sliding Paddock’s jeans with the other in a late-night rally in Zamboanga City whose size could rival that of an Eraserheads’ reunion concert.

With his thinning hair, stooped shoulders and awkward gait, Sen. Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III could not care less about his looks in a campaign where he faces the most expensive political bid ever mounted in the Philippines and one of the most vicious personal attacks against a presidential candidate in history.

In the course of the 90-day campaign, Aquino has proven that looks, and a person’s biodata, can be deceiving.

Put down by his critics at the start of the campaign as “walang alam”—a know-nothing—just like his late widowed mother who dared to challenge a brilliant but ruthless dictator in 1986, the 50-year-old Aquino has surprised a lot of his cynics with his self-confidence, keen grasp of major issues, and his diligence in doing his homework before facing the media and other organizations.

His opponents claimed that he would be unmasked in the presidential debates, but Aquino appeared intelligent, well-prepared and poised in these forums and was never the one to pass up on answering a thorny issue such as the Hacienda Luisita case and doubts on his state of mental health. He was modest, warm, folksy and appreciative when meeting people in motorcades and town rallies far from the cold and snotty hacendero he was pictured to be by his foes.

“He has grown before our eyes in the campaign and proved himself worthy as our next president. I never saw this side of Noy before, because he always looked ordinary to me being the son of a martyr and democracy’s saint,” said Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, an adviser to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, a strategist of the administration candidate Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro until a month ago, and a classmate of Aquino at Ateneo de Manila University.

“He has earned and gained a stature that is his own and has shown his mettle under pressure and amidst criticisms from his opponents. It was actually there all along and I have seen it up close, but I guess it’s only now that he is given the opportunity to show it to people other than his close friends,” said Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, who backed out of the presidential race and has openly campaigned for Aquino’s election.

Trustworthy

Ramon del Rosario Jr., chair of the Makati Business Club, was surprised at how Aquino had weathered all the challenges in the campaign and remained as the leading candidate heading into the elections.

“I first met Noy in 1986 and I think he demonstrated throughout the campaign his leadership qualities, honesty, maturity, consistency and to take principled positions. He will be a strong, trustworthy president,” Del Rosario said.

Aquino admitted having reached a new level of maturity since he took on the family’s virtual franchise as this country’s savior.

“I’ve grown up in the sense that I gained more knowledge of so many things. I have clearly witnessed the strengths and weaknesses I have and the limits I can go to. Plus, all the principles I have, have been put to the test,” he said in an interview at a seafront rest house in Bacacay, Albay.

Still, Aquino insisted that he was just being himself throughout the campaign. “I just did not get that much exposure when I was in the House and the Senate. I have become perhaps more polished but the fundamentals have always been there. My focus is not self-aggrandizement but to go for results to correct what is wrong,” he said.

When asked why it took his mother’s death for him to come out of his cocoon, Aquino replied: “Is being on the center stage important? What is important to me is that I see the problem and I solve it and improve the situation of the people. Whoever ends up being the hero is just secondary to the strategy.”

Behind the scenes

Aquino explained that he had always worked behind the scenes since he was suddenly thrust into politics with the declaration of martial law and the arrest of his father, former Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. He said he did not feel any need to draw attention to himself because his parents were still there.

His family might not have been poor, but Aquino said he also knew how it felt to suffer, especially with the tragedy that befell his family. He opened up to the public how it felt as a 12-year-old to suddenly become the man of the house and take care of his mother and four sisters, Ballsy (Maria Elena), Pinky (Aurora Corazon), Viel (Victoria Eliza) and Kris (Kristina Bernadette); the feeling of helplessness at seeing his family humiliated by soldiers and his father imprisoned for seven years and seven months; his anger at the people who treated his assassinated father like frozen meat; and the pain of seeing his mother go through a fatal illness.

His rivals have criticized him for authoring zero laws in his 12 years as a lawmaker (nine years as representative and three years as senator) and working only for companies either owned by his family (Intra-Strata Assurance Corp. and Central Azucarera de Tarlac) or were run by friends of his parents (Nike distributor Mondragon Philippines).

But what the public did not know was Aquino’s role in his mother’s administration, when, as a 26-year-old, he became the confidante of his mother who was learning on the job how to fend off coup plotters, opportunists and backstabbers in the Palace.

Aide to his mother

Aquino was hands-on in managing the security of his mother, especially after he took five bullets in one of the military uprisings staged by then Col. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan just 18 months into his mother’s term (this event fueled his fascination for guns and military hardware).

President Aquino constantly turned to her son for his personal take on policy reforms and proposed deals which was why he has become adept in doing research on his own, a trait he would carry in the elections.

“Whenever my mother wanted a background check on someone or some project, he went to me for help. There are only a few people she trusted during those days and as his only son, it was my duty to protect her and I did,” Senator Aquino said.

The campaign period showed how meticulous and precise Aquino was in preparing for his speeches, debates and campaign rallies. Over the last eight months, Aquino said he had spent his free time and rest days soaking up on issues.

He does not go for off-the-cuff remarks, he thinks deeply before answering any question. He rarely answers with a yes or a no as he makes sure that the audience gets his answer in the proper context.

Not a dictator

Closure is the byword of Aquino in his reply to what he would do in his first 100 days. “They call us bengatibo (vengeful), but isn’t that a way of admitting that they have done wrong? But again, we will give them what they have not given us—due process. I might have my opinion of them but it does not mean it will be the law. I will not be a dictator,” said Aquino, who plans to put up a special commission on his first day in office that would investigate all unfinished probes on corrupt deals under the Arroyo administration.

His campaign slogan is “Walang Mahirap, Kung Walang corrupt”—there’s no poor where there is no one corrupt—and he plans to achieve that in two ways—punish the guilty and reward the bureaucrats with a handsome pay.

Aquino said the only way to instill fear among corrupt officials was to ensure that justice would be swift, certain and painful by improving the conviction rate of government prosecutors, landing a big fish in jail.

But a stick would not work without a carrot as Aquino noted the absurdity of a P50,000-a-month president presiding over a P1.5-trillion annual budget. “What we want is to lead government officials away from temptation because the pay scale they have right now practically guarantees that they will be corrupt,” he said.

Oxygen breaks

Aquino has stayed true to himself even in his vices, the most visible of which is his smoking which he fondly calls his “oxygen breaks.” He never said smoking was good and he never tried to quit, not even at the risk of this becoming an election issue.

He has not weaseled his way out of the raging reproductive health bill debate as he stood firmly for sex education and providing parents with a choice for alternative ways to stop pregnancy even though he knew how sensitive this issue was to the leaders of the Catholic Church, specifically Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales.

“We are not talking primarily about overpopulation, but the lack of capacity of the state to start addressing the problems that are already here such as lack of vaccines for newborn babies and classrooms. You have so many other statistics that say that the youth are not being attended to and are relegated to making do with what is available,” Aquino said.

While he takes the campaign very seriously, this has not stopped him from having fun. Despite the sizzling heat, Aquino said he enjoyed riding on six-wheel trucks with makeshift roofs in his motorcade because he could give away his yellow rubber wristbands to the crowd, like throwing rings in an amusement park.

“There’s a certain style of throwing it, depending on how far you want it to go. I can proudly say I’ve become an expert in throwing these baller IDs,” Aquino said. (The team gives out 15,000 to 20,000 baller IDs worth P2.80 each in every province Aquino visits during a motorcade).

Coke and ‘chicharon’

Aquino proudly shows off the scratch marks and bruises on his arms from the grabbing and pulling in his sorties like a warrior would his battle scars.

“Everybody I saw was smiling, they were happy to meet me. Their enthusiasm was enough to bring me through the day even if my first and last meal for the day is dinner,” he said.

One of the biggest surprises in the campaign was how he has held up with his Marlboros and a diet of chilled Coke, and chicharon from Cagayan de Oro City. “I have sinusitis, but I haven’t had any serious episodes on my health during the campaign period despite foregoing so many meals and not having enough rest periods in between motorcades and long trips,” he said.

“This must be how the Beatles felt,” quipped Florencio “Butch” Abad Jr., the Liberal Party (LP) campaign manager, in describing the throngs of people who have swarmed Aquino’s motorcades and rallies with arms wide open and their hands flashing the ubiquitous “L” sign.

Part of the family

Abad said that when people come near Aquino, they look at him not as a rock or movie star but as a part of their family. “It seems that they know him intimately since his family’s life has played out like a telenovela for decades,” he said.

With the fervent response of the crowds to Aquino’s presence, his campaign team felt no need to juice up his personal appearances by bringing in celebrity endorsers and supporters. Kris and husband, basketball star James Yap, only accompanied Aquino twice in his provincial sorties, while actors Dingdong Dantes and Coco Martin came on stage with Aquino only three times.

In between sorties, Aquino gave a glimpse of his playful side, especially with the children whom he interacts with like it was his second nature. His eyes brighten up whenever a child approaches him and he lets their guard down by immediately asking them: “Who’s your playmate?”

During late-night coffee sessions, Aquino regaled his friends and reporters with his funny anecdotes on the games he played with his nephews, Joshua and Baby James (sons of Kris), and how he always kept tabs on their schedule and their appetite.

Aquino, however, clams up when asked whether he would marry Valenzuela City Councilor Shalani Soledad. He has met her sparingly throughout the campaign, probably to emphasize that he has his priorities set. They are not a showy couple and the most personal gesture they displayed in public during the campaign was when Soledad fixed Aquino’s disheveled hair on stage in a rally in her city.

No punching bag

Aquino might have grown up with the who’s who of the country’s richest families and political shakers, but his feet are clearly on the ground as attested to by the company he keeps and the types of jokes he makes. “Wanna buy watch, Joe” is a standard punch line in his campaign spiels and the joke is lost on the predominantly youthful crowd.

He has an anecdote or a joke to share for each person he meets in the rallies or who hops on his float. His top aide, Zaldy de Layola, said Aquino’s way of relaxing was having mindless chatter with his friends from politics, school and media usually exchanging jokes (the kind Joey de Leon makes) and making fun of other people.

“It keeps my mind at ease after long hours of studying,” Aquino said.

He also makes fun of himself, especially his balding head, and this comes as a surprise to most people who meet him for the first time. But he does have a temper and he fights back when he and his family are insulted.

“I wasn’t raised to be a punching bag. I am Catholic but I am not ready to turn the other cheek all the time,” Aquino said.

Makeover

When his sister, television host Kris Aquino, the country’s version of Oprah Winfrey and Paris Hilton combined, approached him for a makeover shortly after declaring his run, Aquino initially gave in just to please her but eventually returned all the expensive clothes and shoes and immediately went back to wearing his “comfort” clothes—soft-collared shirts, high-waist jeans and soft-soled leather shoes.

Aquino was also firm on not getting Botox or hair implants as Kris suggested.

Aquino keeps his wardrobe simple—blue jeans, white underwear, basic shirts and jeans, and off-the-rack formal wear—because he does not want to waste time on deciding what clothes to wear. He also has an assistant to do his shopping for him.

Aquino explained that his message was for honest change and transparency and he would not be truthful to the public if he marketed himself as a suave, fashion-conscious guy in the campaign.

To maintain his credibility, Aquino has made it a point to screen all campaign funders and political allies to make sure that they are not tainted by any corrupt deals with the Arroyo administration or are instigators of the shady transactions themselves.
Aquino said his campaign might be running on a limited budget from the contributions of volunteers and sales of campaign materials, but it did not mean they cannot afford to be picky.

Taking control

One of Aquino’s biggest regrets in his presidential bid was the lack of time for preparations. He described his campaign as being “rushed” compared to the three-year window of others, and he has used it as an excuse for the sluggish start of his campaign team and the slight drop in his ratings in the opinion polls.

“Just imagine if we had the same preparation time as our opponents. But this rushed campaign also showed how the people wanted to get involved in the process and not just looking in. In that way, our process has matured, which made the experience okay,” Aquino said.

Aquino took control over his campaign in February to ensure that it worked smoothly with his coalition partners’ brain trusts, mainly his uncle, Paul Aquino, and LP senatorial candidate Serge Osmeña.

That he has remained at the top of the surveys should be no surprise if you base it on hard work. Aquino has probably been to more provinces, attended more debates, and conducted more interviews than any other candidate.

His critics have also belittled him as just a pushover, overshadowed by his more glamorous and more glib sibling, Kris, and that he would wilt under the pressure of incessant attacks on his character and family during the campaign.

Mudslinging

Aquino, however, has weathered the worst mudslinging a candidate could endure. He has been labeled witless, a spoiled brat, a womanizer, a nightlife habitué, a chain smoker, and a loony, while his family has been branded as opportunists, slave drivers and even murderers. Yet he has emerged smelling like roses based on the most recent Pulse Asia survey which showed him having a 40-percent share or nearly double his two closest rivals.

Aquino said his opponents tend to exaggerate their claims to gain a greater effect, such as in their charges of corruption by “Kamag-anak Inc.” during his mother’s term and the long-standing struggle between his family and the farmers in Hacienda Luisita.
“They say our relatives were corrupt but have there been cases filed against them when we were not in power from 1992 when my mother stepped down and 1998 when I ran for Congress? They say Hacienda Luisita was wracked with many labor disputes, but there have been only four labor cases in five decades,” Aquino said with some irritation.

But Kris herself would be the first to say that Aquino makes his own decisions and stands by them even if it meant going against a friend or relative. Not even his parents could make Aquino change his mind once he has come to a decision.

Kris has already declared that she and her siblings would leave Aquino on his own if he became president that they would only give him sisterly advice. “We have our own homes, so why should we live in Malacañang?” asked Kris, who clarified that her mother lived on Arlegui Street across the Palace during her reign.

Parents behind every step

Aquino said that if it was his obligation to lead this country out of Ms Arroyo’s hell, he would do it within the mandate given to him. “If I’m elected as president, I would have spent close to 20 years in politics. I think that’s enough for one man. When it’s time to pass your papers, I hope that I will leave this country in a better position,” he said.

With the confluence of events at this stage of his life—his mother’s death, his reluctance to run, his sudden jump to the top of the presidential surveys, and his continued stay at the top despite the deluge of black propaganda—even Aquino could not help but feel a sense of destiny in his presidential run not unlike her mother’s fate.

“I guess they (his parents) have always been behind me in every step I took in the campaign. Every time I have problems, I seek their help, including my lolo (grandfather) and lola (grandmother), who are major influences in my life,” Aquino said.

But will history repeat itself in the sense that his mother was cheated in the 1986 snap polls and it took a People Power revolution to fulfill her destiny? She was also 50 years old when at the cusp of the presidency.

“Hopefully not. We will try our best that it will not happen. I cannot look at this as a personal fight. This is not a question of Noynoy winning the presidency, this is a question of whether or not the people will be able to choose and their choice is reflected without question in the proclamations to be conducted.”

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More religious disagrees with Cardinal Rosales on People Power

Unlike Cardinal Rosales, a nun and a bishop made more sense in saying they will join the people in case of electoral fraud or a total failure of elections as told to ABS-CBN.

Here is ABS-CBN's full report:

MANILA, Philippines - A nun on Tuesday said she disagreed with the position of Manila archbishop Gaudencio Rosales not to back a People Power revolt in case of a massive failure of elections on May 10.

"With all due respect to the Cardinal, I don't agree with him," Sister Mary John Mananzan, co-chairperson of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP), told ABS-CBN.

Mananzan described as unrealistic Rosales's argument that people can still rely on the law in case a massive failure of elections delays the proclamation of a new president. She added that she would rather walk with the people in protest than rely on the "severely compromised institutions" in case of electoral fraud or a total failure of elections.

"If your premise is that you can go somewhere to have a redress of your grievances... We all know that it's not true," she said.

Mananzan cited as an example whistleblower Rodolfo "Jun" Lozada Jr., who revealed massive corruption in the botched national broadband contract with China's ZTE Corp. She said that despite his revelations, Lozada is now facing 16 criminal cases and his request for a writ of amparo was denied by the court.

Mananzan said Rosales should look at the numerous signs of possible electoral fraud before saying that a People Power option is crazy.

Rosales on Sunday said it is unlikely that Catholic bishops would support another People Power revolution in case of a massive failure of the country's first ever nationwide automated polls.

Rosales said he is confident that the use of Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines in the May 10 elections would limit cheating in the nationwide polls. He added that any failure of elections should not be blamed on the machines or the Comelec.

"Who will you get angry with? The machines? The Comelec? You should get angry with Filipinos who sell out their country for P5,000," he told reporters.

The archbishop said he does not support calls for a People Power revolt if no winner is proclaimed after the May 10 polls.

"No. For heaven's sake, there is the constitution. Why induce that to the present situation? Remember that time there was a dictator. That is crazy, crazy, crazy. These are two different things. Whoever said that, I never heard it. That is very irresponsible thinking," he said.

Misinformed?

Liberal Party (LP) vice-presidential candidate Manuel "Mar" Roxas II, meanwhile, said Rosales could have been misinformed about the problems facing the automated polls. He added, however, that he and LP presidential bet Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III are not offended by Rosales's statement.

Aquino earlier warned that a People Power revolt would be inevitable in case of massive fraud. The LP bet, who has led in all pre-election surveys, said massive fraud would be the only reason for his loss in the presidential election.

Bishop Deogracia Iñiguez, chairman of the committee on public affairs of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), agreed with Rosales that the law provides certain recourses for the people's grievances.

Iñiguez, however, said he would not think twice in joining a bloodless revolt in case of a failure of elections and if President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo acts as a "holdover" president. "If those in power violate the law, I will be joining the people," he said.

He said he would not rely on the law, "which is useless in a particular situation, like our situation now."

"The present people in power, they can easily escape and subvert the different provisions of the law. In this case, we really need people's power," the bishop said.

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National Teacher Appreciation Week 2010

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to all the teachers who inspired us and that includes those parents who devoted countless of time and effort to teach their children as well. Here is a collection of some of the best teaching quotes out there for your convenience - thanks to Huffington Post.

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." -Henry Adams


"A good teacher is like a candle: it consumes itself to light the way for others." -Anonymous
"No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another. Thank you." -Anonymous
"Education is the best provision for the journey to old age." -Aristotle
"In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years." -Jacques Barzun
“Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one." -Malcolm Forbes
"Genius without education is like silver in the mine." -Benjamin Franklin
"The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind." -Khalil Gibran
"Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource." -President John F. Kennedy
"Teach the children so that it will not be necessary to teach the adults." -President Abraham Lincoln
"What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches." -Karl Menninger
"Teacher appreciation makes the world of education go around." -Helen Peters
"The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life." -Plato
"The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in good education." -Plutarch
"The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called 'truth.'" -Dan Rather
"I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks." -William Shakespeare
"The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery." -Mark van Doren
Last but not least is my favorite:
"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." -William A. Ward

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Noynoy Aquino continue to lead in Guam, Hongkong election polls

Senator "Noynoy" Aquino continues to maintain a commanding lead over former president Joseph "Erap" Estrada and Senator "Manny" Villar Junior. Aquino leads with thirty-eight percent of the votes, according to the latest polling numbers.

In a tighter vice-presidential race, Makati mayor Jejomar "Jojo" Binay has a ten point lead over Senator Loren Legarda.

In Hongkong, at text message was sent saying that Noynoy is also leading the poll followed by Eddie Villanueva. Villar is not even catching up.

[Sources: Abante.com.ph, Guam News Watch]

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Danny Lim: Gloria Arroyo, the single most destructive force in RP

Why vote for Danny Lim? Simple. Read this post why:

“Dissent without action is consent.”

That has always been the principle that has guided Danny Lim: If you believe in something, come out and fight for it.

If Lim had only wanted power and wealth, he would just have toed the line of the government, closed his eyes and followed illegal orders of his commander-in-chief and chances are he would have been one of the three-star generals in command of the Philippine Armed Forces today instead of languishing in detention in Camp Crame.

As Lim wages his senatorial campaign (under the Liberal Party) from his detention cell, he still sees Gloria Arroyo as the “the single most destructive force in RP.”

“The evil she has infused into government has besmirched our institutions and we must go back to the original sin. She cheated in the 2004 elections. She lied. She covered it up and she paid others to lie for and on her behalf,” he said.

Lim expressed confidence that with the change of administration, he would be free to serve the people if he is successful in his senatorial bid.

For the good of our country, vote Danny Lim!
Excerpts from ellen tordesillas

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WHO WILL BE THE FIRST LADY OF NOYNOY AQUINO?

Noynoy is the possible winner in this 2010 election, but people were asking who will be his First Lady if ever. Will it be Ballsy who also served as Tita Cory's personal assistant during her administration? Watch this video and find out.

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