Atching Gloria and her SONA
Much ado about nothing. The long awaited SONA did not amount to
much. All that palabas and demonstrations put up by opposionists
was a waste in time and effort. As in all demonstrations against
the establishment, the crowd as discerned from their demeanor were,
once again, recruited from the 'masses', which has come to mean
the poorer section of the populace, (the unemployed, the slum-
dwellers, etc.), who simply did not care, because, primarily, they
did not know what Cha-cha and its implications was all about.
As usual, the typical radical and activist, with their ubiquitous
headbands and/or masks, had their five minutes of fame, and the
leaders had their prepared scripts to spell out to the seemingly
disinterested crowds. It was clearly an overkill the way they
portrayed a sitting President, and in the process, turned some
people off, not necessarily out of compassion for GMA, but in the
way their disrespect was coupled with personal insults, and
irresponsible statements. Of course, this could only happen in a
democracy, and that's the way it is. But it doesn't always
accomplish the desire results, unfortunately.
GMA, rightfully, was all het-up from all those "bad words" that
were going around before the speech. She sounded challenging and
confrontational--grabbing the chance to get even in criticizing
those she knew were after her neck. The speech was marked by
applause, apparently programmed as well, but as a Sovereign Nation
such as we are, it should have been delivered in Tagalog, our
National Language, if she really meant to address it to the masses.
Could it be that the crowd understands only English? But, of
course, there is the International Media to contend with, perhaps,
US President Obama tuned in?
I am not for GMA, nor for those aspiring candidates for President
in the coming elections. But there are, indeed, worthy names to
consider: If I were to cast my vote, it will not be for Erap, who
was convicted, and jailed, and then pardoned for his misdoings.
How about his 'solemn promise', as a precondition for his eventual
pardon, not to run for office any longer? Does that matter at all?
Let us not even talk about his, to use a tamer term, girlfriends!
Yes, he keeps saying that the so-called masses are all 'clamoring'
for his return to the Presidency. God forbid, IF it happens, we
will need translators with the way he rolls (parang lasing) his
words when he makes his final Sona, and in English, too. And the
way sways when he walks, he could be on crutches during his term.
But that is going ahead of the story....
My vote doesn't go to Noli de Castro, either. His demeanor is too
laid-back, and thus everything else will go slower. He seems
disinterested with current issues, and doesn't have the Charisma
to carry his campaign through. He is better off as VP but he can't
keep that post forever either. He is the type that says, "yes,dear!"
to a woman.The only thing going for him is his name and his clean
slate--if that matters anymore these days!?
Loren Legarda. Hmmnn...she has a pretty face, taller than GMA, and
she talks sense for the most part. She doesn't think much of GMA's
governance, and understandably, she thinks she can do better. But
do we need another woman president? Like Noli de Castro, she was
in Media for a while, and that makes her more popular than the next
person. Magiisip muna ako...
Manny Villar. Great-looking guy, but doesn't he have a pending
case? One thing I am sure of, he won't get Jamby's vote. People
who dislike him will say he will just enrich himself office, if
he hasn't already with his current postion. But what's the harm
Mar Roxas. Now there's a guy worth looking into. Besides, his
sweetheart will look great as first-lady. Indeed, she has that
"Regal" bearing and is quite popular with the TV-viewing public.
Unfortunately, she is not the one running for President. She will
certainly get my vote. Let us forget that Mar is related to a
former Philippine president because he is his own man, not a
name-dropper like most people are.
Francis Pangilinan. He is ready, willing and able and he has
perfect qualifications, and I don't mean his marriage to a
popular figure in show business. He is a fellow kapampangan and
he is a very decent looking man. He has a good public record and
if that means anything at all with the way the electorate votes,
he has a good chance.
Francis Escudero. He's hot, even with the crew-cut. He looks like
a boy just out of college, eager to prove his worth. He has a good
reputation and is outstanding at what he does. He is also known as
a harsh critic of GMA, and that is enough, for the moment, to
prove that he can fix what ails the country! Just a promise, not
Ping Lacson. Ooops--I forgot he is sidelined for now, what with
the extradition of Mancao and Dumlao. The coming attraction on his
involvement, along with ex-president Erap, in the salvaging of a
well-known reporter will take some TV time, enough to distract the
masses from watching those Noon-time shows and the tele-seryes. If
he wasn't dealt this blow--he would have, indeed, given his
opponents a run for their money.
Makati Mayor Binay. He thinks he can run the Philippines like one
big City. He has an axe to grind, so to speak, but sorely doesn't
have that Go-for-Broke attitude. He has done a lot for Makati,
but, altogther, is not "stain-less" either. There was a lot of
white-washed anomalies occuring under his watch and that falls
under 'command responsibility'. He is a good Christian and a
good family-man, if that matters at all by today's standards.
Let us wish him luck.
Now, give way to Among/Governor Ed Panlilio. (don't let that slash
between Among and Governor bother you, because Among complements
the Governor.) In hindsight, it is the Among that helped propel
him to the Governorship. But now, it seems, that this dual title
has become an issue not only with the electorate, the Catholic
church, and his political opponents. They want him to run as plain
old Gov.Panlilio, and if I were in his place, do so if only to
please his supporters. As President, he will be exposed to the
ultimate test, "to pass the lithmus test of all those who are in
power--women and money, not necessarily in that order. We cannot
imagine him saying "Dios ko, patawarin mo po ako sa aking mga
kasalanan" everytime he buckles in to temptation. As Governor, it
is more or less expected or took for granted--that those who hold
office wind up richer than when they got in. (It is become a way
of life and anyone who says otherwise is lying through their teeth.
Sorry, but let us accept facts as they are.) Noble intentions are
not enough, just as promises are not. Let us support Governor
Panlilio and see how he can make changes. It is worth a try...
Other presidentiables, with their own wild imaginings, are losing
sleep over their chances of filing their candidacies:
Manny Pacquio--if he were running on popularity alone, he would
win hands down. All he has to say is: "Nagpapasalamat po ako nang
taos puso sa ating panginoon--kung hindi sa tulong niya wala ako
rito. At sa inyo ring lahat, sa walang sayang pag suporta sa
akin...!" As simple as that--you know how people are affected by
such humble talk. But, of course, he will have to hire his mother
to run his campaign and then it will be smooth sailing....
By the way, did you know that she has a forthcoming show on
Gee-Eem-Eee called "Dancing with Dionicia"? Our gay fashion
designers are buttering up on her now that she has to wear those
revealing dancing costumes. Manny, please, your mom might prove to
be your waterloo.....? (joke only--baka makasuhan pa ako)!
While Jun Lozada kneels on his pew inside the Church, mulling over
the thought that if mere honesty and guts can make a President, he
would be it! He not only has the Church behind him, but the
general public as well. He only regrets that there were no talent
scouts when he cried his guts out in testifying against such big
names in Government--otherwise, he would be in one of the Soap
Operas in a role as Father Damaso, or even as a chinky-eyed Jose
Rizal, or any role for that matter, that portrays a hero. Or,
perhaps, as a traffic cop, who blows his whistle until he's red in
the face,and nobody minds him. He would get my vote anytime,
Let us bear in mind that if you have the necessary qualifications,
you, too, can run for President. Of course, getting elected is
altogether another story. You have to be an ex-movie actor, ex or
sitting governor or mayor, a dissatisfied and outspoken Senator or
Congressman and have the money to spread around, and ultimately,
the guts--which, at the end of the day, is the most important
qualification of all. GUTS!!!
I do not, by any means, profess to be a political analyst, not
even close. I am a mere observer who feels he has to express his
opinions, if need be. Rather, I read the papers faithfully, digest
the news as I see it, watch local and international news via
Satellite, and am constantly on my computer keeping up with the
Kapampangan websites, and occasionally manage to peeve certain
quarters with what I write--which cannot be helped anyway.
Thank for reading through.
HAVE A NICE DAY!!
WDAVID IN ALBUQUERQUE
From: Mario Panlilio
Date: Sun Jul 26, 2009 5:29 am
Subject: PGMA SONA final
--- On Sat, 7/25/09, Ben Panlilio <bbseven@...> wrote:
PGMA's SONA, Lord - deliver us from evil!
Paranoid Grandiosity Maka Arroyo's Same Old Nefarious Address
'more lies, deception and delusions of grandeur.
The worse is yet to come from GMA' paranoid behavior who believes
she can make a mockery of democracy and neglect the common good.
Like Moses, Aaron and Samuel (Psalm 99) let us call on the Lord's
sovereignty and He will answer our cries for deliverance. Time to
knock on heaven's door and it shall be opened. With compassion
Jesus fed five thousand people from five loaves of bread and two
fish and had twelve baskets left over. After a few days He did it
again, with seven loaves and a few fish, He fed four thousand men,
women and children and still had seven baskets left over. Believe
that Jesus will not let our hungry children starve to death.
Divine Providence will guide our human intervention.
While we continue to do our part and take action, let us pray to
the Lord, the Blessed Mother of God, all the saints and angels
to give us today our daily bread, forgive our trespasses,
negligence, apathy, silence, and keep us from harm's way.
Be not afraid. Kilos Na! Kaya Natin!