I’m not to crazy about Mar Roxas being Noynoy Aquino’s running mate for vice-president, but I suppose he could do much worse, no I won’t be crabby about it. I don’t see myself voting for Mar Roxas, though. I completely disagree with his championing the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA).
Malacanang’s reaction to Mar and Noynoy’s promise that they won’t cheat or lie (delivered via dimbulb extraordinaire deputy spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo) that it’s enough to make propaganda statements or slogans is hilarious: she said that candidates should stick to issues.
Right, like her boss Macapagal-Arroyo didn’t exploit her (Gloria’s) faint but noticeable resemblance to superstar Ms. Nora Aunor and used that to fuel her campaign when she first ran for vice-president. And what issues is Fajardo talking about? The issues that her president and their government have made a terrible mess of?
(If only to see if Roxas and Aquino will make good on their promises, it would be interesting to have them win in the 2010 polls. I’m not holding my breath or anything, though).
Malacanang also says that its candidate Gilbert Teodoro has a more definite edge over Noynoy because he, Teodoro, already has a platform of government and a blueprint for the economy: if he wins (heaven forbid) he will continue the programs began by Macapagal-Arroyo.
That’s Gilbert Teodoro’s game plan and main selling point?! Hell, all the more reason why he shouldn’t be elected!
No one in their right mind believes that this government has done wonders for the economy and that the country is well on the way to true progress and development. Daily we see proof of the wretched state of the nation in the hundreds being laid off on a daily basis; the new taxes Congress is itching to implement (such as the tax on SMS or texts, canyoubelieveit?!!!); the escalating prices of basic commodities. Instead of allowing the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) to die its long-awaited death, the government extended it, and amended it, making it even worse. We are lightyears away from having a self-sustaining, self-reliant economy; no genuine heavy industries, and certainly no genuine land reform program; and privatization, deregulation and liberalization has all but killed the chances of majority of Filipinos to buy cheap oil, utilize cheap electricity and avail necessary social services health, housing and education.
And Gilbert Teodoro wants to continue all of Arroyo’s programs?!
The fact that he has remained loyal to Macapagal-Arroyo all throughout is definitely a bad thing. He stood by Macapagal-Arroyo as she maimed and massacred the economy, rewarded officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) who implemented military campaigns of extrajudicial killings, abductions and mass coercion and harassment of civilians and activists. All throughout the investigations into the ZTE scam, he said nothing (loyal nga) and essentially condoned the lies and theft of the presidential hubby and their golfing buddies/allies/fellow criminals.
In the meantime, as DND secretary, Teodoro has done nothing but make excuses and even justify the bombings in Mindanao that have left hundreds of thousands homeless and helpless. The same way that he has always made excuses for this rotten-to-the-core government.
Pamalakaya and the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) have said that Teodoro is a male version of Macapagal-Arroyo, and that is so not a compliment. Millions of Filipinos are sickened and digusted with Macapagal-Arroyo, but here’s a candidate who’s claiming to be her alter-ego and it’s hysterical that he’s betting on getting elected on that basis, crap crap crap.
The main thing he has going for him (and it’s not something patriots and nationalists look kindly upon) is the support of the US government. Signs are rife that he’s the White House’s horse in the RP presidential race because he’s all for the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), the continuation of the RP-US Balikatan exercises, and the continuation of the cheap labor policy and the import-dependent, export oriented set-up of the economy.
Breaking news about Teodoro: Arroyo cabinet members are beginning to declare their support for Noynoy Aquino. First it was Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo, now it’s Cabinet secretary Silvestre Bello III. I wonder how Teodoro feels about that — he’s being junked by his own co-cabinet members.
It’s my first time to read anything by Paulo Coehlo, and so far, I’m not bored.
I’m currently reading his “The Witch of Portobello” and it’s full of deliberations on mysticism and self-healing and self-discovery. I admit I’m not particularly attracted to mysticism in fiction, but Mr. Coelho writes in a way that pulls you in and makes you interested inspite of your own biases. He has a very compassionate and humane way of seeing things, and his characters seek to find self- fulfillment and meaning in helping others, by believing in the Goddess, the Mother — nature and gentleness.
I’ve read somewhere that Mr. Coelho has written more than 20 books (!); the most famous being ‘The Alchemist.’
When I was a college freshmen, many of classmates were raving about it. At the time I wasn’t inclined to read it because as they explained it and as I understood their explanations, the book was a fairtytale and written in somewhat languid and florid prose. At the time I was pretty stubborn about the books I liked and read, and I wasn’ t easily convinced about books that were popular (meaning I was firm in my stand that just because it’s popular, doesn’t automatically mean it’s good).
Well, almost two decades later, I’m more flexible and less snooty: there’s nothing wrong with reading ‘popular’ fiction. At least people are reading, right? Sensibilities can only get sharper and more refined, hopefully.
Speaking of popular fiction, I am glad that I read the Twilight books — Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn.
I know the books are for teenagers (and they ARE for teenagers, quite unlike the books in the Harry Potter series which grew heavier and more metaphorical as the plot continued and developed), but they are so very entertaining. Stephenie Meyer uses the language with grace, and she is capable of lovely descriptions and passages. One wonders what she could come up with if she chooses a heavier, more serious topic than vampires and aliens (which is the topic of her book ‘The Host’).
And now the countdown to the movie version of New Moon has begun and I am unabashedly, unashamedly looking forward to it. I want to watch it with friends like Zengki and She, who also like books and who are prone to screaming and giggling like teenagers whenever Edward Pattinson’s name is mentioned).