I found it so telling that in his endorsement spiels, he kept saying ‘Kailangan ko sila’ after introducing his senatorial line-up. He REALLY does need able people around him because by himself, it’s not likely that he’ll be able to do much work. He has been, compared to his political contemporaries (or even ordinary people his age with jobs), very lazy. A genuine non-achiever, and it’s really a leap of faith on the part of those who voted for him and supported him that they believe that Noynoy can take on the problems Macapagal-Arroyo is leaving behind on top of the other deeper, more systemic crises the Philippines is suffering from.
It’s difficult to see how his more vocal and articulate supporters justify their faith in Noynoy because the man has done nothing much for most of his life (and he’s already 50 years old). Maybe they’re expecting Noynoy to suddenly transform into some kind of superman and he’ll prove to be merely like Clark Kent hiding behind glasses but with real superhero skills which will emerge when the right moment comes.
In any case, the challenges are myriad and the problems are nothing to scoff at. He promises to end poverty, and he has to come up with a concrete plan of action on how to go about it. At the onset, he should address once and for all the issue of Hacienda Luisita and free the workers and their families from bondage. This is the litmus test for his intentions and his sincerity. If he fails even this — because it’s not much compared to, say, implementing genuine agrarian reform for all of the country’s farmers and putting an end to their poverty — what else can be expected from him?
Besides implementing land reform, Noynoy has to 1) ensure that Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is made to pay for her crimes committed in office; 2) Increase wages; 3) Lower taxes or at least improve the taxation system and lift the tax burdens of the poor; 4) come up with an employment generation plan (and not call center jobs or export labor but real, honest to goodness sustainable jobs in solid industries); 5) address the debt servicing issue; 6) improve social services in terms of quality, accessibility and affordability; 7) address the issue of environmental destruction at the hands of mining firms; 8) put the oil, electricity and water firms in their place and put an end to their abuses; 9) improve the human rights situation and put and end to extrajudicial killings, go after the perpetrators among the military and paramilitary forces; and 10) address the issue of the Marcos wealth and indemnification and justice for the victims of the dictatorship.
As for Homer Simpson, I never really liked him because he’s always so dumb!
Yesterday there was a report on GMANews.TV wherein Noynoy was asked if he was willing to work with Jejomar Binay if the latter wins the vice-presidency. Noynoy answered, and quite arrogantly I think, “”I guess you should ask Mayor Binay if he’s
prepared to work FOR me because I am chief executive.”
The man hasn’t even been proclaimed and sworn in yet, but he’s already conceited. Gaaaaad.
Isn’t it the most annoying and hateful combination of traits? Being a certified lazybones non-achiever on the one hand, but being arrogant on the other?
I don’t want to keep writing about Noynoy Aquino and being constantly annoyed and frustrated, but I can’t seem to help it.
Miko’s yaya, our Nanay Helen, voted for Noynoy despite all my warnings, and why? Because, she said, his campaign commercials were convincing and he was, after all, Cory and Ninoy’s son. Aaaaaargh!
After weeks of saying that she was voting for either Dick Gordon or Manny Villar, she was tempted at the last moment and jumped on the popularity bandwagon. At least she had the good grace to look sheepish and even embarrassed.
Kris Aquino, umalis ka na ng Pilipinas, please!!!
I will now scrape enough money together and watch IronMan 2. Since Ka Satur and Ka Liza didn’t win the elections, I am trying my darnest to cheer myself up. I can’t believe Bong Revilla is still senator. I don’t have a problem with Jinggoy Estrada because I think he’s been a very effective senator so far (he chairs the senate Committee on Labor), but Revilla?! Gad. And Lito Lapid! Aaaargh!
The Communist Party of the Philippines has issued a statement laying down the challenges in store for Nonoy, and boy, they’re a real handful! Given how the Liberal Party and Noynoy himself went on and on and on about the necessity for social change and how Noynoy himself is THE agent of said change and how he will bring the Philippines towards moral recovery, economic prosperity and political stability by ending corruption, well! Let’s see how Noynoy will act on the people’s demands.
With the reactionary elections coming to a close, it now appears that the Philippine neocolonial state will be headed next by Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
Once Aquino assumes power on June 30, the Filipino people are intent on immediately confronting his presidency with the most pressing issues arising from the basic political and socio-economic problems they have been suffering under the prevailing rotten semi-colonial and semifeudal system.
The Number One immediate demand of the Filipino people is the prosecution and punishment of Gloria Arroyo and her ilk for all the crimes they have committed while in power.
They demand justice for numerous crimes of plunder including the ZTE national broadband network deal, the IMPSA deal, the Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard scam, the Fertilizer Fund scam, the Swine Fund scam, and several other cases of gross plunder.
They demand redress of grievances and remuneration for the numerous crimes against humanity and violations of human rights in the conduct of the US-Arroyo regime’s Oplan Bantay Laya 1 and 2. Justice is demanded by human rights advocates and the families, friends and supporters of more than a thousand victims of extrajudicial killings, thousands more illegally arrested, tortured and detained, abducted and involuntarily disappeared, and millions of victims of forced evacuation, looting and razing of their homes and farms by the fascist troops under her command.
Any vacillation on Aquino’s part to pursue, prosecute, arrest and punish Arroyo and her ilk will be roundly rejected by the people.
There remains the threat of Arroyo’s power perpetuation schemes through the backdoor of Congress by seizing the Speakership, weakening the executive branch, pursuing charter change and eventually repositioning herself as Prime Minister. Arroyo will be bankrolling efforts to seize the Speakership with billions of pesos accumulated through plunder. She will rely on the loyalty of key officials in the military, especially of newly appointed Chief of Staff Gen. Delfin Bangit and her other loyal generals at the top of the AFP, as well as her majority of loyalists in the Supreme Court, including the incoming Chief Justice Renato Corona, whom she has just appointed.
Aquino’s impending assumption of the presidency significantly facilitates the return to power of the Aquino-Cojuangco haciendero clan. His presidency will be highlighted by the demand of the restive peasantry for genuine land reform, including the scrapping of the fake stock distribution option, the immediate distribution to the tillers of their family’s vast landholdings, and the dispensation of justice to the victims of the Hacienda Luisita Massacre.
Given the Aquino-Cojuangco clan’s insistence on holding on to Hacienda Luisita and Aquino’s own evasiveness regarding the issue of genuine land reform, his presidency will be marked by a nationwide upsurge of the revolutionary struggle for genuine land reform and the emancipation of the peasantry from feudal bondage.
Aquino and the clique of US-led foreign chambers of commerce, big landlords, big compradors, the Aquino-Cojuangco clan and pseudo-reformists behind him are bearers of neocolonial, feudal and elitist policies.
In the face of all this, the Filipino people are determined to confront the new presidency with pressing demands for more significant socio-economic reforms. They demand an end to, and the reversal of, the IMF-dictated neoliberal policies obsequiously implemented by the US-Arroyo regime and other regimes before it. They demand a stop to opening up vast tracts of the nation’s agricultural land and natural resources to the gross plunder and wanton destruction of imperialist, big comprador and big bureaucrat capitalist corporations.
They demand the establishment of real national industries instead of export processing zones, sweat shops and outsourcing centers. They demand an end to the labor-export policy, the creation of solid instead of casual and contractual domestic jobs, and the guarantee of just and sufficient wage increases to meet the highly increased costs of living. The continuing and worsening international and domestic crises are pushing the Filipino toiling masses and impoverished people to tread the path of militant struggle.
Aquino will be confronted as well with the people’s patriotic demand to put an end to the permanent presence of US military troops in the Philippines and an end to the unequal military treaties with the US superpower. Patriotic forces and the people demand an end to the intervention of US troops and advisers in the country’s internal military affairs, including the US military’s role in designing and planning the AFP’s campaigns of suppression against the anti-imperialist, progressive and democratic forces.
US imperialism maintains its interest in keeping the ruling political system and neocolonial state stabilized and, thus, securing the long-term economic, political and military interests of the US in the Philippines. US imperialism thus pushed hard on Arroyo and rivals among the ruling classes to make the just concluded reactionary elections appear more orderly and conclusive than previous ones in the hope of mitigating the contradictions among the rival factions of the reactionary ruling classes.
The deepening economic crisis, the diminishing state resources for sharing the spoils of power and the continuing tightness of their power struggles, however, continue to further intensify the contradictions and violence among the rival reactionary factions. The crisis of the ruling political system will further deepen and escalate as Aquino tries to assume power while Arroyo continues to scheme her way to perpetuate herself in power and evade prosecution and punishment.
The puppet reactionary state will continue to be rocked by contradictions among the ruling classes and and by the intensification of the people’s struggles.
The revolutionary forces are facing an excellent opportunity to step up the revolutionary struggle. They are determined to pursue the path of people’s war to advance the national and democratic aspirations of the Filipino people.