July 8, 2005 · Posted in: In the News

End game

by Sheila S. Coronel and Yvonne T. Chua

THE most serious blow that has so far hit the presidency of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has come not from the opposition but from within the heart of Mrs. Arroyo’s Cabinet.

The resignation this morning of eight Cabinet members and two senior revenue officials took the political initiative out of Congress and raised the issue to a higher level. The question now is no longer just the president’s probable involvement in electoral fraud. It has been elevated to Mrs. Arroyo’s ability to govern, given the “cloud of doubt and mistrust” that hangs over her presidency.

By resigning, the Cabinet secretaries have outflanked Malacañang and Congress. They are pushing the path away from impeachment, which they believe would be long and costly, and toward resignation and a relatively quick and painless transition.

They are also fending off other options, such as former President Fidel Ramos’s proposal for a constitutional assembly and a presidential election to be scheduled next year. At the same time, they are seizing the initiative from the opposition and stalling extraconstitutional moves toward “regime change.”

Not that the president did not see the blow from her Cabinet coming. She did, and last night’s statement was precisely a preemptive strike.

But Mrs. Arroyo herself, through her intransigence, brought the current crisis to a roiling boil. After all, the Cabinet secretaries who announced their resignation this morning did not make their intention secret.

When 12 members of the Cabinet met with the President in the evening of June 24, they already told her that the presidency was suffering from a crisis of credibility that required swift, surgical measures, among them, an admission of guilt and an apology for the conversations in the “Hello Garci” tapes; the banishment from political life of her husband, son and brother-in-law; the removal from government of appointees associated with the First Gentleman; and the implementation of reforms to shield the poor from the impact of higher taxes and skyrocketing oil prices.

During that meeting, the “doves” in the Cabinet even suggested that the President should consider all of them resigned so that she could have a free hand in reorganizing the government to rid it of the unsavory characters associated with Mr. Arroyo. Among those present at the meeting were Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz, Education Secretary Florencio Abad Jr., Trade Secretary Juan Santos, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman, Budget Secetary Emilia Boncodin, Labor Secretary Patricia Sto. Tomas, Science Secretary Estrella Alabastro, Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla, presidential adviser on the peace process Teresita Deles and Communications Director Silvestre Afable.  (Some of the “doves” like Sto. Tomas and Lotilla tendered their resignation today, but stopped short of calling for the president’s resignation.)

In the June 24 meeting, the president was unyielding. “I’m not changing my stand on this,” she told her secretaries. She said she was following the advice of her legal advisers, who were competent and independent-minded. But she also promised to consider the demands.

On June 27, Mrs. Arroyo gave her famous “I am sorry” speech. Frustrated by what they thought was a half-hearted apology, the “doves” met with her again right after that announcement. It was, they said, a lengthy get-together that lasted from 9 p.m, to midnight.

After that, the Cabinet secretaries converged in the home of Defense Secretary Cruz, where they talked till 3 a.m. They were all deeply disappointed with the President’s stubbornness and her sense that things were going back to normal when all of them thought the country was teetering on the brink.

Things came to a head in the executive session of the Cabinet that took place on Tuesday, July 5. The “doves” were shocked when the President said she regretted her June 27 apology. “She felt she got more flak than sympathy,” said one Cabinet secretary then. “She was in a way telling us, I didn’t get anything from apologizing.” The secretaries realized that the admission wasn’t done with contriteness nor did the president intend to come clean on the charges in the Garci tape.

For many among the “doves,” this was the last straw. It became very clear to most of them that the president put her political survival above everything else and that the next five years of her presidency would be consumed by the imperatives of her survival.

Not that they didn’t have an inkling of this already. The women Cabinet members, many of whom had been with Mrs. Arroyo since the start of her presidency, had already felt deep unease about the president’s leadership style and the way government programs were being compromised to advance Mrs. Arroyo’s personal political agenda.

The economic secretaries, meanwhile, were getting increasingly worried that their reform programs were being frustrated by the wheeling-dealing of the First Gentleman and his associates. The campaign against smuggling, for example, was being derailed by the apparent protection the “FG” and his men were giving to businesspeople believed to be associated with smuggling.

When the Supreme Court declared a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the implementation of the newly minted value-added-tax law on July 1, Purisima hit the roof. Although there was no proof that Malacanang had lobbied for the TRO, he was deeply suspicious. “VAT was a big issue that firmed up his resolve,” said someone close to the Cabinet.

When the President remained unyielding in their July 5 meeting, the “doves” decided it was useless for them to hang on. They intended to announce their resignation today and worked on consolidating their ranks.

“Our immediate concern is not poison politics or infirmities in the Constitution; the problem is the symbol of government has been compromised,” a close aide quoted one of the “doves” as saying. “If we don’t deal with this now, we will have even more problems. We’re just simply disturbed that reforms are discussed only in a crisis.”

On Wednesday, July 6, Abad and Purisima flew to Hong Kong to meet with Vice President Noli de Castro. They told him about the resignation plan. De Castro was supposedly surprised and asked for time to consult with his family and advisers.

Although the Liberal Party denies it, sources at the Nacionalista Party say that during that meeting, the two Cabinet secretaries also asked De Castro to name Senate President Franklin Drilon, an LP stalwart, as his vice president and concurrently also executive secretary. De Castro, however, was noncommittal. The NP is pushing for Sen. Manuel Villar to take on the vice presidency.

NP sources say that former President Corazon Aquino, who met with de Castro yesterday, also lobbied asked for Drilon. Mrs. Aquino also met with the president last night.

Malacanang sources say that many in the Palace believe that some of the “doves,” especially those connected with the Liberal Party, have a political agenda. They also say that the president is determined to hang on. She meant it when she said last night she’s not going to resign.

While the end game seems to have begun, the resignation option will not be viable unless the president concedes defeat and prepares for a graceful exit. For the moment, though, Malacanang is still far from the “graceful exit mode.” For now, Mrs. Arroyo is sticking to only one option: she is president and she will hang on.

73 Responses to End game

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Garcigwen

July 8th, 2005 at 7:50 pm

She is now a puppet of FVR and Joe de V. To be used and discarded

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pleigh

July 8th, 2005 at 8:26 pm

correct

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long71

July 8th, 2005 at 8:38 pm

GAME OVER NA.BUMABA KA NA.

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flipmozart

July 8th, 2005 at 9:12 pm

If it’s impeachment she wants, let’s sock it to her! The only way to move an immovable object is by confronting it with an irresistible force.

Ang tigas ng ulo ng ating Pangulo, tsk, tsk! Kung sa tingin ni GMA, na kaya niya ang taumbayan sa paligsahang ito (let’s call it, “ang unang pumikit ay talo”), aba, eh nagkakamali siya!

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newsroombarkada

July 8th, 2005 at 9:31 pm

I will not join the chorus for President Arroyo’s resignation. The orchestrated move to oust her unconstitutionaly is simply tiring. Nakakaumay na kumbaga. To paraphrase what Arroyo said, Filipinos were praised for People Power 1, given another chance for People Power 2, but for another people uprising? That would be tantamount to a politicial suicide. Let the wheels of justice and the rule of law take their courses. With all due respect to our democratic institutions, let’s be mature enough to discern that we cannot simply oust an elected leader, even clouded with doubts like Arroyo. Otherwise, every leader who runs this country will always be threatened to step down under the whims of vested groups.

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koj

July 8th, 2005 at 10:03 pm

it’s really tiring…if noli de castro replaces gma, would the process starts again? considering that a lot also doesn’t want him. it’s also sickening that only the thousands of manila decides for the millions in the other parts of the country.

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masha

July 8th, 2005 at 10:10 pm

kaya tiring kasi paikot ikot lang naman yang mga politico na yan. sila silang pare parehong values, that is, pakinabangan ang posisyon habang nakaupo. kung may seppuku or guillotine, we would have been rid of these elite long time ago.

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koj

July 8th, 2005 at 10:49 pm

exactly, you cannot find difference in leadership at all. because the truly deserving cannot win elections (even in fair conditions) because they don’t have machineries to do it. once they allied with the parties, presto, in a short time they would be speaking the same trapo lingo. not much change for the voters either, with their attitude in choosing our leaders. that’s why a lot are selling their votes. sabi nila, pareho lng ang mangyayari kahit sino ang manalo, at least ngayon may pambili ng pagkain para sa kinabukasan, dahil nga naman, libre na pakain tuwing eleksyon.

nakakalungkot isipin.

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tome cruz

July 8th, 2005 at 10:51 pm

Kudos to Sheila and Yvonne. Fantastic piece.

We all know, deep in our hearts, really, that GMA is going down. Hard. It’s all just a matter of time. Let’s all just be patient and wait.

Blogging through this interesting moment in our history is already “doing something about it.” Blog pa tayong lahat!

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cadex

July 8th, 2005 at 10:56 pm

haha hindi na kayo nasanay kay gloria pabago bago ng isip….haaayyy

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kidlat

July 8th, 2005 at 11:44 pm

ilabas na kasi ang matibay na ebidensya (election return copies, etc.) na nandaya si GMA para kaming “undecided” ay lalabas na ng kalsada and are willing to oust her even in extra constitutionl means. pero kung sa “wiretapped” evidence lang, sorry. you can try it through the constitutional process and we support it.

nahalata nyo naman siguro, sangkaterbang statements na nilabas kanina, nagtipon na sila sa ayala. WALA PA RIN.

please give the people clearer evidence and not statements and antics.
di na padalos dalos ang mga tao ngayon.

maybe, cbcp can tip the balance. but then again, maybe not.

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pingkian

July 8th, 2005 at 11:55 pm

For as long as there would be a President who would continue to prostitute our laws and instituions of democracy, people power is always a option to the people as an expression of its sovereign will. True, other politicians may have cheated too, but the problem of this President is that she get caught.

It is best for all us for the President to resign, otherwise be ousted. I’m not for VP Noli and I think he should speak NOW in no uncertain terms his position on the issue though I hope that he resigns too, but I’m willing to have him only as a caretaker/interim/tranisition/revolutionary government (what ever one wants to call it), while he prepares the nation for an early election Presidential and/or VP election the soonest possible time while he still have that option. The transition government should be composed of groups who join us in this resign or oust GMA movement.

The COMELEC should also be reconstituted. The tranisition government should request the Supreme to resign too to allow the new government a freehand to reorganize it to regain the trust of the people in these two democratic and judicial institution. The Congress should not be abolished and all existing should remain in effect unless otherwise repealed and replaced by the transition government. The transition government should issue a statement that all local and internationl commitments of the previous govenrment should be honored and that there will be no abrupt changes in policies without consultation.

The issue of leadership and program of governance should be resolve by the people through election and no group or leader should that away from the people. We reject Ramos and De Venecia formula.

Again, GMA resign or be ousted. GOD bless our country.

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marubdob

July 9th, 2005 at 12:03 am

fvr’s and jdv’s ugly heads are again out in the open. they have been pontificating on what’s best thing to do when they have been the biggest reasons for this mess. who are the authors of trade liberalization in the philippines? who is responsible for the whole sale of the nation’s patrimony? these two are selling the idea of a parliamentary form of government because that will open the gates for their becoming prime ministers. if our country is to survive, it’s about time to rid ourselves of personalities like ramos and de venecia. matatandang trapo!

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pingkian

July 9th, 2005 at 12:16 am

Yes, we have to get rid of these trapos. Let them talk, anyway wala na naman silang magagawa. In the meantime, lets consolidate our forces and should speak in one voice and offer the people a viable and acceptable transition process. The people are waiting and it is the responsibility of the opposition to articulate this process to them to assuage the fear and confusion.

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dark night

July 9th, 2005 at 1:26 am

The GloriaGate Unification Theory#3:

Siguro kaya ang iba hindi na gustong paabutin pa sa impeachment proceedings ang lahat ng ito dahil karamihan sa mga tao nawawalan na ng tiwala sa legal system natin. Alam naman ng lahat na ang hustisya sa Pilipinas kayang paikutin basta’t may pera at kapangyarihan. Sila-silang mga alimango lang naman talaga ang nagsisipitan at naghihilahan ng paa, at tayo naman ay nakapaligid lang at pinapanood sila sa loob ng kanilang basket.

Ang totoo may hinihintay tayo. Di lang natin alam kung ano.

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jonathan

July 9th, 2005 at 1:28 am

things have gotten out of control for the country. all filipinos should be worried. there should be a dialogue participated by all the power blocks with the catholic church initiating. the call for gloria to resign while cool and faddish, is not the answer right now. i don’t think the opposition will stop their demolition job with noli in power. in fact, they can make the argument that noli is a beneficiary of the electoral fraud that was committed by Gloria. A faction of the ruling party is fighting for survival and the only way they see to hold on to it is to let Gloria go and let Noli succeeding. I’d say, do a charter change – to parliamentary system, and then call for election within a years time. This way, all those wanting power will have to go to the process of election.

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CGBacani

July 9th, 2005 at 1:51 am

Tapos na ang kabanata ni Gloria. Its only a matter of time and she will have to face the option of resigning. Lets be patient. Darating tayo diyan.

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pingkian

July 9th, 2005 at 2:58 am

Noli is only an option if the opposition won’t be able to present and articulate well a coherent and viable transition process. Ang masama nito, tayo ang nagluto, iba and kumain bcoz of fragmented opposition. Let the administration file the impeachment complaint, it would only expose their rottenness. Anyway we’re not tied to the the said process.

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jonathan

July 9th, 2005 at 4:11 am

to paraphrase, the news of gloria’s demise is greatly exaggerated. While all opposing parties are united in saying Gloria Resign, the means to achieve it are varied. The mainstream are calling for People Power. The Third Force (Cory Aquino, Liberal Party, the Bishops, Businessmen, the ex-Cabinet Members, etc.) want a constitutional process. Now, Gloria said NO. Will the Third Force hold hands with the mainstream opposition for Edsa 3. i dont think so! I cant imagine Cory Aquino holding hands with Imee Marcos and Jinggoy Estrada marching in the streets. What the Third Force is basically saying is “Gloria, you’re on your own”.

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leslie

July 9th, 2005 at 6:38 am

Manila is not Philippines. Time for Mindanao to declare independence from Imperial Manila. The nonstop bickering in Manila affected other islands. It seems ONLY the people in Manila have the voice? Mindanao and Visayas must be consulted as well if they want the president to resign or not. The problem in RP, people just go to the street without using their heads. Noli De Castro will be ousted too after 6 months or one year. As long as there are people like Pimentel, Lacson, Angara that push for their own agenda, Philippines can never stand up in its own two feet.

I hope the leaders of Mindanao will announce to Imperial Manila they’re declaring their independence. The biggest economy is Mindanao, the Mindanaoans are tired of supporting Manila.

Parliamentary system is good BUT it must have a two party system and those that belong to the party must know what is LOYALTY which is lacking in Philippine politics.

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tobebs

July 9th, 2005 at 7:24 am

It’s very ironic seeing some of the mayors and governors on national TV cheering and clapping their hands behind Gloria Arroyo affirming their support to the president in behalf of their constituents. I challenge these mayors and governors to conduct a survey thru local radio programs in their locality and find out for themselves if indeed it was supported by their constituents.

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Nonong

July 9th, 2005 at 7:33 am

It seems that the current events in the Philippines can be boiled down into a systematic political power grab by all sides. I wonder what motivates all of them ???? I have very serious doubts it is love of country. Self-preservation and greed, maybe?

Even Cory Aquino has allowed herself to be used by the Liberal Party (and probably paving the way for her son’s political future) in their attempted “coup” of the Philippine presidency. Considering many of the cabinet members that resigned and called for the president’s resignation are members or closely affiliated with the LP. The Liberal Party saw the political opportunity in that none has taken the political “high ground” or “center”. As in any political war the “high ground” is the crucial position. They outmaneuvered a weak fragmented and unpopular opposition and the unyielding pro-administration factions in providing a viable alternative exit for GMA and are now preparing for what they believe is the inevitable end of GMA’s presidency. Thus, the Liberal party has just taken the giant
step in becoming a full-pledged power broker at the expense of its former close ally – to think that it was GMA’s complete trust and
support that led many of the LP members into power.

(Is it just a coincidence that the change of heart of the LP happens after the sudden appearance of Garcilliano claiming that Mar Roxas
(LP’s presidential horse in 2010) and others contacted him about the 2004 election counts as well?)

The lines are now drawn between the Lakas-CMD (pro-GMA, FVR) and Liberal Parties. I wonder what the Nationalista party has in mind? Noli De Castro’s and the CBCP’s (catholic church) next moves will be critical.
Also, what will the Military (FVR and his group still have a significant following in the AFP) and Civil Society groups do?

I can only pray for our country. Sana sila sila na lang ang magbarilan – just like the duel between Aaron Burr vs Alexander Hamilton.

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marubdob

July 9th, 2005 at 7:41 am

kaibigang nonong iyan ang pinakamalaking dahilan kung bakit nasa ating taong bayan na mismo ang kalutasan ng suliraning ito. ang mga kaganapang iyong binanggit ang pinakamalaking patunay na ang mga pulitiko ay nakatuon laman sa kanilang mga pansariling interes at hindi sa interes ng mga nakararaming mga pilipino. walang kailangang lunukin nila ang kanilang mga sinabi o talikuran nila ang mga prinsipyo kung dumating ang oportunidad na sila naman ang pumuwesto. kailangan natin ang isang bagong sistema na hindi mangangailangan ng mga trapo.

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archi88

July 9th, 2005 at 8:22 am

don’t worry about us gloria.. we will be fine.. no need to hang on.. go.. go…….

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archi88

July 9th, 2005 at 8:25 am

goodbye gloria

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juanbagwis

July 9th, 2005 at 9:16 am

Its like a game of chess now, the bishops will soon make a move, lets see if GMA (the queen ( black?)) can still make a way out. The other queen ( Roces?) is positioned strategically.

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nimrod

July 9th, 2005 at 10:08 am

On newsroombarkada comment dated july 08@9:31;

“…Otherwise every leader who run this country will always be threatened to step down under the whims of vested groups.”

The threat to step down as an elected leader is just but an intrinsic and natural consequence of Electoral Politics. A matter of course, ‘ika nga. Lahat ng elected leader faces this threat, and in a sense this is healthy if only to prod a leader to be vigilant and not make several major lapses in decision making/actions.

In face of heavy eco-political, socio-cultural problems a country has, would you rather have a leader on a “sitting pretty” mode or in a
“hilong-talilong” condition?? I’d rather have the latter. That way the governed, while could not readily always see the light in the beginning, would be forgiving and extend empathy at the end.

Is there any option other than electoral politics?? Should have been the question..

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RAFlores

July 9th, 2005 at 12:11 pm

She should resign… she doesn’t have the capability to lead our country…pero sinong papalit??? all of the politicians are the same. Ang magnanakaw galit sa kapwa magnanakaw… kaya palitan man cya eh ganun parin… it’s like a cycle… the cycle of our country’s politics…kaya lang yun mga wala malay yung naiipit… Wag magmalinis yung mga politiko… Ang dapat nating gawin ay masumikap sa buhay… wag nating i-asa sa gobyerno ang ika-bubuhay natin dahil wala rin silang pakialam… Ngaun buntot mo hila mo rin… At dapat improve ang educational system natin para lahat magkaroon ng knowledge… lalo na sa batas…para hindi tayo magamit sa mga pansariling interest ng mga politician…Let’s all pray… GOD will help us and we should help ourselves too… magkaisa!!!

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jonathan

July 9th, 2005 at 12:23 pm

nimrod, the constant threat to step down unfortunately is very unhealthy in a presidential system. the rest of the country are like kids watching their parents get divorced. the value of the peso goes down, foreign investments are on hold, and hot money flows out of the country. the economic repercussions are too severe that’s why these economic ministers resigned because the little gains that they have achieved will have gone to naught in a prolonged political uncertainty. you know who’s happy with our current turmoil: countries which are now the beneficiaries of the investments supposedly coming to us. Ask any international financial institutions, foregn investors, and rating agencies; they will tell you the Philippines has good economic fundamentals but the political risk is very high. They don’t want to deal with a country where the rules are changed everytime there’s a new set of leaders installed by a revolution. That’s why even the U.S. and Japanese Embassies released statements clearly stating that it WILL NOT recognize a government borne out of People Power.

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Garcigwen

July 9th, 2005 at 12:39 pm

pinkian,
i suggest davide to take early retirement instead of resigning.
just to save face. pero the same thing.

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penpen

July 9th, 2005 at 1:17 pm

Think we should really reconsider what were teaching our children in their schools right now. In japan even a hint of controversy regarding a public official will effect with the said officials resignation just to save face for himself and the company or country he serves. It is only here in the philippines that we have officials who are so thick skinned as to still hold on to power in spite of her shortcomings. Tinuturo ba yan sa assumption mam?? ung pakapalan ng mukha?? Sana naman hindi coz kawawa naman tau pag lahat tayo kasing kapal ng mukha mo di ba??

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juju

July 9th, 2005 at 1:19 pm

You will be fine GMA,you just need a lot of prayers,that your alipores will not send you to jail,,tutal baliktaran na, remember they were just kissing your a** and now where are they? where?oh where? welcome to the real world of polics.oh huhuhuhu,

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juanday

July 9th, 2005 at 1:25 pm

Here is for breaking the impasse, my personal suggestion and opinion.

1. What if we allow VP Noli to take the place of GMA and in exchange Noli will appoint Loren Legarda as the new VP.

This is not to allow Sen. Drilon to take ove the post of VP because this will surely not acceptable to opposition and their team will be highly doubted by many.

Appointing Legarda to VP position will stop the PET to open the COC’s and to erase Legarda’s insistent that she was cheated because she is now the VP.

2. Another option is for Noli to appoint Pimentel as VP if Legarda is not a good proposition. This is if Pimentel is acceptable to opposition and to stop Pimentel from sourgraping because he got the next highest position of the country which he is (in my mind) very much interested many years ago.

This will calm down the restive opposition (at least for now) and let us go back to normalcy.

This is open for comments.

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newsroombarkada

July 9th, 2005 at 1:46 pm

Juanday, your first proposition is simply impossible and implausible. The President appoints his/her VP among the senators and legislators. Remember the time when GMA appointed Guingona to be her VP? That’s the process.

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jonathan

July 9th, 2005 at 2:55 pm

to juana, i believe as we speak wheeling and dealing among the power brokers are going on. but let me comment on the noli-legarda tandem, its like a dream come true for the lopez family but unfortunately, it wont get support from the mainstream opposition. actually, only one opposition figure is being considered and that is lacson. but then again, the opposition in not united (w/ imee for susan, jinggoy for erap, pimentel for snap election, and loren for loren) so the lucky veep will most likely come from the admin block. take your pick: drilon, jdv, villar, mar roxas. i would say jdv since he represents the gloria block and can harness the support of all the parties under the coalition including those governors who are threatening to secede from the republic.

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bukbok

July 9th, 2005 at 2:59 pm

to juanday

how certain are we that there will be a calm down when the people are now in the mood to restructure the whole system?

how can we picture what is normal when we don’t know what kind of change will happen?

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neocypher

July 9th, 2005 at 3:01 pm

Let justice take its course. Open the COCs. Do the recount. Let the opposition present their evidence to the PET. Through this the people will know the real score, the real winners in the last elections. If the opposition still doesn’t want the PET’s results, then impeach GMA. If they can’t prove GMA has cheated, then the last honorable thing that these noisy politicians must do is to kill themselves, commit harakiri.

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juanday

July 9th, 2005 at 3:33 pm

Jonathan, since Legarda is the major stumbling block to De Castro’s legitimacy, it is but proper for her to assume the position of VP and then she will stop right there.

I will not agree to another administration VP because the opposition will never accept that and they will persistent on De Castro’s removal together wiht GMA. Never JDV as VP because majority of the people see him as the most trapo of all trapo, it will only make our situation complicated.

We need somebody to calm us down and Noli-Legarda is the right mixture. Never mind the Lopezes interest, we are here to check their daily works, decision and plan because we are here watching their every move.

Do not think that we can not do anything once they show their true color and oppressed again our people. We are free express again our democratic rights. They only do the balancing act and we are the expectators on the ground.

I think this will be the win-win situtation right now.

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juanday

July 9th, 2005 at 3:49 pm

to bukbok,

Noli-legarda team can structure our system if we give them the benefit of the doubt.

They can govern and lead us where do we want to go and what we wanted to do such as change the present form of government.

Just not GMA and FVR behind the shifting of form of government, their motives and credibility are already severely tainted in the past and common people will not accept any proposal from them whether in good intention. Let us remove them in our equation. As I learned from basic mathematics in high school, every equation should be balance and if applied in real life every move, decision and plan in life should be in balance.

One characteristic of a good and effective leader is how to keep everything in balance. GMA and FVR are educated enough on this subject matter but this is the thing they forget most, how to keep our people happy and satisfied on one side while entertaining businessman’s interest on the other side. Classic balancing act.

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john24

July 9th, 2005 at 4:44 pm

If you think Loren is willing to be Noli’s VP, I dont think so. It is quite obvious that she’s hurling every legal obstacle to block the supposed to be succession of Noli to be the President(That is if GMA will resign or impeached).

I am not well versed with our constitution especially the right of succession, but is it allowed to have an ordinary citizen like Loren to assume the office of the Vice President?

The problem of the opposition as of this time I think is, they don’t have somebody who is credible enough and will be accepted both by the administration and opposition. It was unlike, during the EDSA 1 & 2, Cory and GMA was widely viewed as a good alternative during that time. And I believe people are wary of having Susan Roces as a successor of GMA, look what happened during the time of Cory and Erap and even GMA’s.

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emer

July 9th, 2005 at 4:44 pm

kapal ng mukha ni defensor sabi nya sa presscon sa malacanang nakakatakot daw na pangitain yung rally kahapon sa ayala, yung pagbibitiw ng 10 cabinet members, yung kay drilon at kay cory na nananawagan ng resignation ni gloria.. ano ba itong si defensor naaaning na.. ipagdadasal daw yung mga nanawagan ng resignation.. naku pohhh!!!! kayo ang magdasal mike defensor , baket natatakot kayo sa sariling multo na ginawa nyo nuong 2001.. ano ba yang gloria boys mga mukhamg goons… puede ba defensor wag na wag mong gamitin yung pangalang ng dios sa kaululan nyo…gloria magresign ka na!!!!magsama sama kayo nila pichay, fuentebella nograles gonzales etc, kung magsalita kayo parang malinis kayo.. kadiri !!!!!!!!!!!!1

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blue_eagle

July 9th, 2005 at 5:34 pm

jdv and ramos pushing for parliamentary. Tapos mga tuta na JDV will elect him or fvr as prime minister. then Horestrading will be worse… and people will never have a say on who will be the president again. Then JDV , Ramos, or the most TRapo of them all will be our Prime minister for who knows till when. Parliamentary???….too dangerous …I think if you look into the context of our corrupt leaders.

Para sakin, just stick with the Presidential, change comelec, have a clean elections, and just make it into a two-party system. Grabe tayo…. multi-party!!! Ang gulo!!

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INSIDE PCIJ: Stories behind our stories » Portrait of a President

July 9th, 2005 at 6:19 pm

[…] As reported in a previous post, “End Game,” the Cabinet secretaries who resigned, together with other “doves” in the Cabinet, had presented to the President on June 24 a four-point agenda to immediately address the crisis. This included issuing an apology for her phone calls to elections commissioner Virglio Garcillano; banishing her husband, son, and brother-in-law from government; removing the appointees of the First Gentleman from their posts; and focusing on programs to alleviate the impact of the economic crisis on the poor. […]

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lavinia

July 9th, 2005 at 6:38 pm

If it was true that cesar purisima and his group orchestrated the move to put Noli as president, they are worse than politicians. They are backstabbers. What is more painful was that they were the same ones who advised the president to apologize to the public (I found the apology unecessary because she did nothing illegal).

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Overlord

July 9th, 2005 at 6:43 pm

Some people are arrogantly and gleefully predicting the fall of the GMA administration. Even self-proclaimed political experts in media are obscenely rushing to conclusions that it is all over and that the so-called tipping point has been reached. Baloney! Even if the bishops join the screaming crowd of sanctimonius hypocrites braying their resignation calls this President will stay put. Period. You can bleat yourself hoarse and snap your collective misplaced moralistic vocal cords to no avail. Shove it and save it!

Even the much-despised Erap with all his irrefutable acts of plunder was given his day in an impeachment court. It is unimaginable that mindless insinuations and dubious illegal wiretaps are all it would take to demand a far more qualified and hardworking president to step down. Where is the crime? Where is the smoking gun? And what happened to constitutional due process? Do we go straight from accusation to execution? Do we want another mob rule episode to further degrade our image in the world’s eyes?

Get real, you were all not born yesterday! Jueteng’s largesse and electoral cheating are not the monopoly of a few. These did not happen only under this administration; these have been long endemic in politics and the stain and stink has touched far too many, even a wide swathe of those thick-faced personalities opposing the adminstration.

Everyone forgets that no president or national leader has ever made a public apology until recently. Then again, no amount of mea culpas will satisfy or appease those rabidly intent on self-dealing political murder and machinations. These are the electoral losers who have yet to come to grips with defeat and the bitterness of unrealized or interrrupted selfish ambitions. Then there are the holier than thou businessmen, prelates and civil society busybodies who have lost their sense of realpolitik in their superficial show of outrage.

I find it all sickening.

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kulitus

July 9th, 2005 at 6:53 pm

open the coc’s? what happens if fpj is proven the winner? we have a dead president?

kaya nga ang lakas ng loob nila pabuksan ang mga coc’s kasi wala ng kalaban.

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reydg

July 9th, 2005 at 8:11 pm

We can always say charge this to experience as the entire Philippines never learn their lessons from those political confrontations. The political dynasties will always be a set back to any progress where personal interest prevails than the love for our country. FVR and JDV are the duo’s 4 don’t and GMA shud accept her fate rather than see her complete fall out.

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Bensgr8

July 9th, 2005 at 10:01 pm

Overlord, well said. I agree with you. Unless people want to go back to medieval times and burn a “witch” just because someone claims she is. People, I believe this is the 21st century.

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quitop

July 9th, 2005 at 11:01 pm

At this point in the current political crisis, we must all be aware that even the most docile of creatures, when backed into a corner and fighting for its very survival will lash out mightily at anything or anyone that moves within its line of sight. It might even bite the hand of its own master. In that light, the most sober tact to take would be to back off and wait for it to calm down and then gently take the animal and do what you must with it. Is that so impossible to do now?

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juju

July 9th, 2005 at 11:43 pm

Overlord, hello overlord have you forgotten she was the classmate of former pres.Cliton este Clinton? she know’s that public apology will save her a**!!!

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juju

July 10th, 2005 at 5:06 am

tsk…tsk.. paano na ang mga apo ng mga matatanda na sa politika na gusto nilang patalsikin,ang so sosyal pa naman nila sa america,de sustentado mula Pinas,paano naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa,,huhuhuhu

tamang tama bakasyun,kaya nag uuwian,kasi di na kayang suportahan ni lolo.hehehe

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Diego K. Guerrero

July 10th, 2005 at 7:33 am

General Fidel Valdez Ramos virtually took over the reign of power from disgraced bogus President Gloria Arroyo. Little president Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita and DILG Secretary Angelo Reyes are known “Ramos Boys“. American boy FVR will benefit from the proposal shift from presidential to parliamentary system. He can run a parliamentary seat in Pangasinan province and can be elected as Prime Minister. Ramos’ Lakas Party has influence in local and national politics. The U.S. State Department is watching the turning of events in Manila. Washington firmly opposes any forced change of power. FVR’s formula fast-tracked Charter change is in line with U.S. position.

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ipearamac

July 10th, 2005 at 10:22 am

GMA’s WRONG is not so much the taped conversation with Garci, it was, for me, the botched attempt at COVER-UP forwarded by Bunye obviously with her consent because of its brazenness.

COVER-UP COVER -UP COVER-UP

Nixon resigned because of this.

Its enough to try and fool your contrymen so brazenly to lose your moral authority and therefore to RESIGN

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Garcigwen

July 10th, 2005 at 11:28 am

The lesson of Watergate:

It’s not the crime that gets you, it’s the cover-up.

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Violet

July 10th, 2005 at 1:26 pm

Only the Generals are holding the neck of Mrs. Arroyo to keep it straight up.
FVR, Ermita, etc. and her business partners like Joe de V, Neri et. al.
Assess who they are.

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lavinia

July 10th, 2005 at 1:34 pm

Only Susan Roces is holding the neck of the opposition to keep it straight up. But even she is not strong enough. Rez Cortez, Aquilino Pimentel, Francisco Tatad, Jinggoy, JV Ejercito etc. and their business partners like the turncoats Franklin Drilon, Cesar Purisima, Abad et. al. Assess who they are.

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Bokong

July 10th, 2005 at 5:39 pm

The sick telephone call made by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to cheat the people’s vote is, so to speak, the wiretap that broke the back of the Philippine middle class. It may have been an innocuous “Hello, Garci” had not an unbearable series of acts against a long suffering middle class backdropped the portentous greeting.

We, the entrepreneurs, professionals, salaried executives and employees, and OFWs in the service sector, whose taxes were willfully squandered in massive 2004 election over-spending, were not surprised by the reality of the financial crisis that subsequently hounded Malacanang. But when Mrs. Arroyo imposed an additional eVAT burden to solve a self-inflicted financial crisis, we instantly realized that it has indeed been a power-crazed telebabad enemy queen that we harbor in Malacanang.

We, whose income taxes already fill close to 60 percent of government coffers, know that a simple telephone call from Her Excellency for the unpaid multi-billion peso taxes of big business like Lucio Tan’s cigarette marketing fraud, the oil industry’s tax credit scam, and Honda Philippines’ under-declared taxes would have sufficed. Or she could have phoned the World Bank/IMF to set the stage for the country’s liberation from foreign debt, a step that a number of African countries have successfully taken recently.

Instead, Mrs. Arroyo’s regime attained the height of commercialization of the educational system in record time. Mammoth educational pre-need companies have swindled lower middle class families nationwide with impunity, tuition fees inflated with no limitation, and our children taught with books fraught with errors in fact and form. Education has become so lucrative in Mrs. Arroyo’s administration that even taipan Lucio Tan and construction companies like Phinma have ventured into buying revered educational institutions for profit.

For lack of local opportunities, the ranks of the Philippine middle class are forced to seek relief through demeaning overseas employment, where school teachers become mere domestic helps and legitimate doctors become nurses and caretakers.

With the exception of criminal wiretapping technology, Mrs. Arroyo has neglected to align Philippine technology with the rest of the world. A major electrical power crisis like no other in history in breadth and devastation looms in the horizon for failure to address the country’s ballooning need for power.

Neglecting the need to retool for the digital age, the local motion picture industry has declined from 250 films per annum before Mrs. Arroyo’s ascent to power to 40 pictures last year. As of April 2005, only 14 full featured films have been released, forcing movie theaters to close shop by the scores. Neglect has displaced hundreds of thousands of entertainment industry-dependent families. It has also made screen stars leverage popularity to attain lower-paying government posts. Not a few serve Mrs. Arroyo right by being rabble-rousing critics of in the political opposition.

Considering that Mrs. Arroyo is the fruit of a middle-class led EDSA II people power revolution, it pains us to realize the she was picked from the same sick tree that bore ousted President Joseph Estrada. The similarities are uncanny.

Both Estrada and Arroyo were directly or indirectly involved in Jueteng numbers game scandals. The former sought to centralize jueteng operations through Atong Ang and Chavit Singson while the latter sought it through relatives and gambling lord Bong Pineda, townmate and compadre cum campaign financier, prompting those sidelined to take the witness stand in legislative investigations.

Where the former president had the exotic million-peso scent of a Jose Velarde, Mrs. Arroyo actually slept with the equally mysterious smell of Jose Pidal. Curiously, the two Joses failed to pay proper taxes under the administration of Mrs. Arroyo, unlike us preys of withholding taxes.

While Mrs. Arroyo has offered an apology by way of a badly directed TV infomercial, which dismisses her criminal acts as mere “lapses in judgment,” the act of forgiveness is held by thoughts that there are more to confess. While she has admitted the act of illegally calling an unnamed COMELEC commissioner, she has omitted mention of the substance of the calls – the insistence on a million vote victory (which happened in fact), quashing of the Tipo-Tipo electoral protest, planned kidnapping of election fraud witness and her family, and the cooptation of NAMFREL.

The content of the wiretapped calls makes every upright Filipino shudder at the brazen disrespect for highly-regarded electoral institutions and the right of people to choose their leaders, particularly in the 2004 national elections.

With the resignation of trusted members of the presidential cabinet and senior revenue officials within days of her televised apology, we come nearer to the truth because we know too well that all the president’s men are chosen or sacked on basis of their ability to deliver her votes.

Former Agriculture Secretary Cito Lorenzo, for example, is widely known to have been sacked because FPJ won in his Zamboanga bailiwick even if he facilitated buying of grains at exorbitant prices during the campaign period to card-carrying Gloria supporters in provincial areas. Lorenzo was replaced as agriculture secretary by a more “reliable” Arthur Yap who now faces tax raps.

Whatever their reasons are, the flight of Malacanang executives takes the political arena to the next higher level where Mrs. Arroyo’s ability to govern is central. Her peace offerings to an angry nation, a mishmash of incongruous acts that include charter change, have little to do with the issue at hand – her ability to govern.

The question of ability to govern is a profoundly political in nature. How can anyone govern with a mandate cast in doubt? How can anyone govern with an acutely eroded power base? How can a nation proceed under the leadership of a sick presidency?

We, who represent intelligent urban-based voters, hold the people’s mandate inviolable and won’t think twice about disowning the results of patently fraudulent elections. We, the Philippine middle class, whose historical mandate is to tilt the political balance to give way to a new order, whose mere voice makes dictatorships and corrupt governments crumble, now speak.

The presidency of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, to whom we owe nothing, is irreversibly comatose. It is time for upright and self-respecting Filipinos to pull the plugs of its life-support system in order to give way to a succeeding administration and once again normalize our collective lives, achieve peace, and hope for progress.

Once again, we take to the streets in the great tradition of EDSA I and EDSA II, to make it clear to the country and the world that the Filipino knows how to democratically change corrupt, incompetent, and fraudulent leaders and enforce the will of the people – no matter how frequent.

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kimosabe27

July 10th, 2005 at 6:52 pm

Woe to us, the end game fizzled out. I was expecting fireworks and tumult, as characteristic of any power grab. After all, in this country where people power and military coups are staple in the political life, something of this magnitude should have been decided on the streets. Sadly, after the huffs and puffs of political punditry and the charade of political actors, the final curtain will be a z stacker.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for peace. But the passions are very much pent up and the sense of injustice is very much ingrained. It will be very bad for the nation if there is no purging, no catharsis. Besides, a twice usurper who admitted publicy that she screwed the one thing that is sacred to a democratic society: the voting process–a process that has been fought for in blood; well, a lynching should have been made in order.

But then everyone has to be a pragmatist. Of course, with the resources dwindling and the prospect of a bleaker post Gloria scenario, everyone has to swallow their principles and let the liar and cheater show us the money.
Better be debauched than hungry.

We also have to be self-conscious, even to the point of absurdity. We have to show not only the world but also our children that lying, cheating and power lust are mere lapses of judgement and are easily pardonable. We are mature people, of course, and maturity is a value we more cherish rather than honesty and integrity. We may look stupid for being duped twice but it is better than being looked down upon as barbarians. Even the autistic garners sympathy.

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archi88

July 11th, 2005 at 10:11 am

in the next election, we should send all the bishops of the cbcp to maguindanao, sultan kudarat and lanao del sur. that way we will be guaranteed a clean, orderly and maybe a peaceful elections. hehe….

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wong

July 11th, 2005 at 11:25 am

I say to those who are forcing the President to resign, who gave you the right to judge her? Don’t you think that the President deserves due process. Don’t you think that the president has the right to face the accusations thrown against her in a proper forum (an impeachment court or truth commission)? You have become her prosecutor, her judge as well as her executioner. She may have committed mistakes (whatever you may call it) but for crying out loud give her the chance to defend herself.

Crucify her, burn her at the stake…you seem to have formed a judgment in your mind without having evaluated a single shred of evidence against her. What makes you any different from the mob in the reign of terror, the inquisition?

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kimosabe27

July 11th, 2005 at 12:41 pm

Wong, first, check your history, the inquisition was a methodical purge initiated by the Church hierarchy against heretics. There was no mob, in fact, the proceedings were highly organized and the inquisitors belong to the erudite during those times: the black friars–the Dominicans.

Second, the problem did not emanate from civil society. It wasn’t the “mob” who lavished themselves with jueteng payola. It wasn’t the “mob” who recklessly manipulated the election results just to secure oneself to power. Surely, it won’t be the “mob” who will have the luxury of a US getaway when the shit finally hits the fan.

Finally, we are judging her because it is required of us free citizens. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance quotes a philosopher once. The saying may be anachronistic, but hell, anyone who knows his history will be spared from the stupidity of repeating it.

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zircon

July 11th, 2005 at 4:05 pm

Bro & Sis,

Matagal na po kaming nagbabasa nitong PCIJ reports… hanga po kami sa tapong nyo. Due to your columns, tumitibay po ang aming strength at paniniwala na may mga Pinoy paring may paninindigan at pang-unawa sa kabila ng nangyayari sa ating bansa.

Kami pong OFWs sa Dubai (Middle East), marami din po kaming hinanakit… di lang sa ating gobyerno… pati narin sa kapwa nating Pilipino.

Siguro idadaan na lang po namin ang aming hinanakit sa column na inilabas ng isa nating kapatid, kumalat po ito sa mga OFWs at naging iisa ang aming damdamin.

SORRY PO SA MASASAKTAN! Hindi po sinasadya.

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“BANGON BAGONG PINOY” by D. Pedro

Hindi ko na mapigilan ang sarili ko. Sukang-suka na ko sa mga
nangyayari sa bansang ‘to!

Walang katapusang corruption, walang kamatayang pangbabatikos,
pagbabatuhan ng tae at pagpapa-taasan ng ihi ng mga pulitiko sa
bawat isa, walang tigil na imbestigasyon ng kung ano-anong isyu pero
wala namang matinong resolusyon, walang puknat na pag-aagawan ng
kapangyarihan sa pagitan ng mga partido, patuloy na pagdami ng tamad
at tangang Pilipino, patuloy na pakikipaglaban ng ideolohiyang wala
namang silbi.

Ang gobyerno ng Pilipinas, talo pa ang septic tank na hinihigop ng
Malabanan – saksakan ng dumi at napakabaho. Kaya hindi nakakapagtaka
na ang Pilipinas ang isa sa pinakamahirap at corrupt na bansa sa
mundo. Kasi lahat sila bulok, lahat sila walang kwenta. Lahat sila
sugapa sa kapangyarihan at sa pera.

ANAK NG TETENG! !$#%Q!&!* @!!!!! KAHIT KRISTIYANO AKO, HINDI KO
MAPIGILANG MAGMURA AT HILINGIN SA DIYOS (MINSAN NGA PATI SA DEMONYO)
NA MAMATAY NA SILANG LAHAT AT I-BBQ SILA NG HABANG-BUHAY SA IMPIERNO.

SINONG “SILA”? EH DI MGA CORRUPT NA GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND
WORKERS, MGA TAMBAY NA PILIPINO NA ANG LALAKI NG KATAWAN PERO HINDI
NAMAN NAGTRATRABAHO AT HINDI NAGBABAYAD NG TAX, MGA MAYAYAMAN AT
ARISTANG TAX EVADERS, PATI MGA AKTIBISTA, NPA AT IBA PANG
IDEOLOGICAL GROUPS NA HINDI NAGBABAYAD NG TAX PERO PANG-GULO!!!
MAMATAY NA KAYO!!!

Lagi na lang sinasabi ng mga pulitiko: Ipaglaban ang masa! Tulungan
ang masa! Mahalin ang masa!

PUNYETA! MASA LANG BA ANG TAO SA PILIPINAS? SINO BA TALAGA ANG
BUMUBUHAY SA PUNYETANG BANSANG TO? SAAN BA GALING ANG PANGPAGAWA NG
MGA TULAY AT KALYE? SAAN BA GALING ANG PORK BARREL? SAAN BA GALING
ANG PERANG KINUKURAKOT NYO? KAMI NA MGA MANGGAGAWA AT MIDDLE CLASS
NA BAGO PA MAKUHA ANG SWELDO BAWAS NA – KAMI ANG BUMUBUHAY SA WALANG
KWENTANG BANSA NA ‘TO!!!!!!!!! BAKIT YANG BANG MGA MASANG YAN NA
LAGI NA LANG SENTRO NG PLATAPORMA NG MGA PULITIKO EH NAGBABAYAD BA
NG TAX???!!!!

F**K YOU! KAHIT ISA SA MGA NAG-RA-RALLYING MGA SQUATTER NA YAN,
KAHIT SINGKO HINDI NAG-RE-REMIT YAN SA BIR!

PERO PINAPAKINGGAN BA KAMI NG GOBYERNO? LAGI NA LANG OPINYON NG
MASA ANG INIINTINDI NG GOBYERNO.

KUNG SINO ANG NAG-RA-RALLY, SA EDSA, SILA ANG NASUSUNOD. KUNG SINO
ANG MAS MALAKAS SUMIGAW PERO WALA NAMANG ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTION, SILA
LAGI ANG FOCUS PAG MAY PROBLEMA. SILA LAGI ANG BIDA.

KAMING MGA ORDINARYONG OFFICE WORKERS, OFW’S, LABORERS AT IBA PANG
NAG-TRA-TRABAHO AT NAGBABAYAD NG TAX – KAMI ANG NAGPAPAKAHIRAP PARA
BUHAYIN ANG PILIPINAS. KAMI ANG MGA TUNAY NA BAYANI NG BANSA!!!

Tuwing nakikita ko ang payslip ko, nag-iinit ang ulo ko at gusto
kong maiyak sa inis. Napakalaki ng tax na binabawas sa akin pero
ginagamit lang sa walang kwentang bagay ang perang pinaghirapan ko.

Lahat ng pagtitipid ginagawa ko para suportahan ang sarili ko,
pamilya ko at ang punyetang bansang to. Ni hindi ako makabili ng
chicken and spaghetti meal sa Jollibee kahit gutom na gutom na ko.
Nag-tya-tyaga ako sa waffle na tig-P10, o kaya pag may konting pera,
junior bola-bola siopao sa Mini-Stop sa halangang P20.

Eh kung yung pera ko na pinapangbabayad sa tax sa kin na lang
napunta, eh di sana nakakapanood pa ko ng sine at least 2 beses sa
isang buwan.Nakabili na sana ako ng bagong rubber shoes.
Nakapagpagawa na sana ako ng sarili kong bahay.

Yung tax na binabayad ko, karamihan nun derecho sa bulsa ng mga
corrupt na mga government officials at workers. Habang hirap na
hirap akong i-budget ang pera ko, sila naman nagpapakasarap sa mga
mansyon. SUV’s at luxury cars pa ang dina-drive nila, samantalang
ako sa pedicab lang sumasakay!

P****** INA! PERA KO YANG PINAPAGPAPASASAAN NYO!!!!!

Yung tax na binabayad ko, pinapangsuporta sa mga mahihirap. Saan ba
galing ang pera pangpagawa ng housing at pagtulong sa mga mahihirap,
di ba sa mga
manggagawa na nagbabayad ng buwis! Pero karamihan ng mahihirap, kung
umasta
kala mo inaapi sila ng sobra.

SA TOTOO LANG NO, KAYA ANG MGA MAHIHIRAP LALONG NAGHIHIRAP KASI MGA
TAMAD!

Ang daming mga tambay sa kalye na walang trabaho pero ang laki ng
katawan. Eh kung sila ba nagkargador sa pier eh di sana may pera
sila.

TAPOS WALA NA NGANG PERA, ANAK PA NG ANAK!

PUNYETA! LALO NYO LANG PINAPADAMI ANG TAMAD AT TANGA SA MUNDO!!!!!

Naaawa ako sa mga batang pakalat-kalat sa kalye at namamalimos.
Imbes na
nag-aaral, dumadagdag lang sila sa bilang ng mga future criminals sa
Pinas.
Hindi ako magtataka na yung batang nakita kong namamalimos sa Cubao,
pagkatapos ng ilang taon cellphone snatcher na.

YUNG MGA MAGULANG NAMAN DYAN, COMMON SENSE LANG! HIRAP NA HIRAP NA
NGA KAYO SA BUHAY, MANGDADAMAY PA KAYO NG IBA?! PAPARAMIHAN NYO PA
LAHI NYO!

Palibhasa walang mga trabaho at walang pinagkaka-abalahan, kaya
nagkakalabitan at nagsusundutan na lang maghapon, magdamag. Sa totoo
lang, nakakabilib. Kasi kahit sa ilalim ng tulay o sa kariton lang,
nakakabuo pa rin ng bata! Ibig sabihin, maabilidad ang mga Pinoy.
Kung gugustuhin, gagawan ng paraan. Kahit sa makipot, mabaho at
maduming lugar – SOLVE!

Isa pang mga grupo ng tao na nakakainis, yung mga aktibista, NPA at
kung
ano-ano pang ideological political groups. Sabi nila, mahal na mahal
nila ang Pilipinas kaya pinagpalalaban nila ang kanilang mga
adhikain.

PUNYETA! EH HINDI RIN KAYO NAGBABAYAD NG TAX! ANG KAKAPAL RIN NG MGA
MUKHA NYO!

MGA IPOKRITO! MAHAL DAW ANG PILIPINAS AYAW NAMAN MAGBAYAD NG BUWIS!
BAKIT MAY BIR COLLECTOR BA SA GITNA NG MENDIOLA AT EDSA?! MAY TAX
COLLECTION BA SA BUNDOK?!

WALA DIN NAMAN KAYONG MGA TRABAHO! KUNG MAY TRABAHO TALAGA KAYO,
HINDI KAYO
MAG-RA-RALLY DAHIL SAYANG ANG SWELDO NYO PAG ABSENT KAYO! PAANO NYO
MAIPAPAKITA ANG PAGMAMAHAL NYO SA PILIPINAS KUNG WALA NA KAYONG
GAWANG MATINO KUNDI MAG-RALLY AT MAMUNDOK??!!!

ISA PA YANG MGA MAYAYAMAN AT MGA ARTISTA, NA NANGDADAYA AT HINDI
NAGBABAYAD NG BUWIS. ANG KAKAPAL NG MUKHA NYO! ANG DAMI NYO NA NGANG
PERA NANGDADAYA PA KAYO SA TAX!!!! HINDI NYO NAMAN MADADALA SA
IMPIERNO YANG MGA KAYAMAN NYO. MASUSUNOG LANG DUN YAN.

KAYA LALONG BUMABAGSAK ANG NEGOSYO DITO SA PILIPINAS, KASI MGA
NEGOSYANTE
MANDARAYA. PATI SHOWBIZ INDUSTRY, BAGSAK NA DIN. KARMA ANG TAWAG
DYAN. MGA
BALASUBAS KASI.

Sana magkaron ng POLITICAL AND NATIONAL CLEANSING.

Alisin (mas maganda kung patayin na lang) ang lahat ng pulitiko at
political families sa puwesto. Tibagin ang lahat ng mapanirang
organizations at grupo. Itapon sa malayong isla o kaya i-pwersa ng
hard labor ang mga sobrang tamad na mga Pilipino. Ihiwalay ang mga
bata sa kanilang mga tamad at tangang magulang upang makapag-aral
sila at maturuan na maging mabuting tao at mamamayan. Magkaron ng
bagong lider na walang political ties at utang na loob sa kahit
sino. At higit sa lahat, dapat tax payers lang ang pwedeng bumoto!

Kung kinakailangang magka-giyera para magtino ang mga Pilipino, ayos
lang. Masyado na kasing matigas ang ulo ng mga tao dito. Gusto ng
kalayaan, pero hindi naman handang panagutan ang responsibilidad ng
pagiging malaya. Meron daw pinaglalaban na prinsipyo at adhikain
pero takot namang mamatay para dito.

(Sa mga nakaka-alam sa anime na Gundam Wing, yan ang inspirasyon ko
sa new Pinas hehe. I love you Zechs! I love you Treize!)

Hangga’t hindi nagkakaron ng radical change, patuloy na walang
kwenta ang Pilipinas at patuloy na magiging tanga ang majority ng
mga Pilipino.

Sa dami ng nag-mi-migrate na Pilipino sa ibang bansa, dadating ang
panahon na minority na lang ng population sa Pilipinas ang may utak.
Yung mga magagaling na Pilipino, malamang maubos na. Sobra na kasi
silang na-fru-frustrate at na-de-depress sa mga nakikita nila.

Ilang taon pa at aalis na rin ako sa Pilipinas. Wala kong balak na
magkaron ng pamilya sa isang bansa na hindi pinapahalagahan ang
kontribusyon ng mga taong tunay na bumubuhay dito. Kawawa naman ang
magiging anak ko kung dito sya mabubuhay.

Sa totoo lang, broken hearted ako. Minahal ko din ang bansang ito.
Pilit kong pinagtatanggol kahit bulok. Nakarating na ko ng ibang
bansa, pero pinili kong bumalik. Pero ngayon, ayoko na. Suko na ko.
Sayang lang ako sa bansang to.

Simple lang naman ang hiling ko. Gusto ko lang mabuhay ng tahimik at
maayos. Gusto ko na kahit paano eh maipagmalaki ang Pilipinas. Pero
wala eh. Doomed to be jologs ang bansang to.

Alam ko marami pa ang umaasa at naniniwala sa pagbabago. Good luck
and God
bless! Sana tama kayo at mali ako.

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Inuulit po namin… sorry po.

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DingG

July 11th, 2005 at 5:12 pm

Good day. Been surfing the net about how Gloriagate has been playing outside or troubled national borders. Here’s a dipatch from an international consulting firm website which interestingly quotes a TIME CNN survey reportedly done by the global survey entity TNS.

May i share this with you as i try to track the same on the CNN and Time sites:

(Angus Reid Global Scan) – Many adults in the Philippines believe Gloria Macapagal Arroyo should step down, according to a poll by TNS released by Time and CNN. 57.5 per cent of respondents think Arroyo should not complete her six-year presidential term.
Arroyo took over as president in January 2001, following the resignation of Joseph Estrada. Arroyo won a six-year term in the June 2004 presidential election, garnering 39.99 per cent of all cast ballots.
On Jun. 10, former National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) deputy director Samuel Ong said he was the source of a taped conversation between Arroyo and Commission on Elections (COMELEC) official Virgilio Garcillano.
In a Jun. 27 address to the nation, Arroyo apologized for her “lapse in judgement” in establishing contact with the COMELEC official. The president denied any wrongdoing, saying she was only requesting a fair count in the southern island of Mindanao.
On Jul. 8, eight cabinet members—including finance secretary Cesar Purisima, budget secretary Emilia Boncodin and trade secretary Juan Santos—tendered their resignations and urged Arroyo to step down, claiming the scandal has crippled her ability to lead the country.
Should Arroyo resign, vice-president Noli de Castro—a former television reporter and anchor—would become the Philippines’ new head of state.
Polling Data
Do you think president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo should or should not complete her six-year presidential term?
Should 37.7%
Should not 57.5%
Not sure 4.7%
Source: TNS / Time / CNN
Methodology: Interviews to 600 Filipino adults, conducted from Jul. 2 to Jul. 5, 2005. Margin of error is 4.1 per cent.

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citadel

July 11th, 2005 at 8:39 pm

CBCP statement is not an exoneration of PGMA. From what i understand, they are calling for patience and to allow the constitutional and legal procedures to work. I agree. Let us bring on the evidence against her for electoral fraud and jueteng. At the same time, Pgma should immediately go out of her way to look for good men and women who can perform well in the various governmnt offices vacated by the Purisima and Soliman group and also in those other agencies where the officials are non performers.

However, i do not blame those calling for PGMA’s resignation because of the numerical superiority of PGMA allies in Congress. The procedure is tedious and may take time before we can resolve it.Since they expect conviction in the Impeachment Tribunal,they firmly believe that it would be best for pgma to spare the nation from the damaging effects of political uncertainty in our economy.

People power will be unleashed the moment people see that the process is not working anymore inspite of the evidence against pgma.

I believe in the rule of law than in the rule of men.We should not act in a manner as we see fit without inquiring if it is consistent with God’s Word. Let’s give the system time to work. Conviction or Acquittal .This is the rightful end to this political uncertainty. Then ,we filipinos will be respected and known for our sense of justice and fair play.
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maragtas2001

July 12th, 2005 at 9:54 am

Mabuhay si Sheila Coronel at ang PCIJ! Great work, Alecks (PCIJ web manager)! Sa wakas, natuto na rin akong mag-log in at mag iwan ng comment. Matagal na rin akong nagbabasa ng PCIJ website, kaya lang ngayon lang ako nagtagumpay mag log in. Generation gap, obvious ba!?! It is a pleasure to contribute even just one piece to this wonderful PCIJ blog.

The handwriting is on the wall for GMA. She knows how to read. And just like Marcos and Erap before her, she knows the lessons. She is now on her defensive mode.

What is important is for those who care about the future of this country to really sit seriously together, have a collective ‘discernment’, see the limits, be realistic, and achieve a common plan of action. I am sure this process is going on among some, but not all political leaders. But we know that anything could happen, there are so many extraneous ‘out of control’ variables involved, so to speak.

Prof Luis V Teodoro’s column at the Philippine Daily Inquirer yesterday (‘the center could not hold’) is a powerful piece, and should serve as an important input in any realistic planning on what is feasible, not feasible under the circumstances. His sense of deja vu is also an important warning of what will most likely happen after all these dynamics simmer down by next year. Given this result, the ‘value added’ contribution of anyone who is willing to make sense out of the flak should be to increase the level of awareness about the long term erosion of the elitist political economic structure, and the need for revolutionary change. The dynamics are mostly urban centred, and among those with time and access to the media including the internet blogs of the PCIJ, the illusions maybe more apparent. But the countryside could not be ignored, and in GMA’s defensive stance, she is mobilizing her defenses in this sphere. She must have very good advice. But given her tantrums, I doubt if such support from the elite in the countryside could be sustained, given the sad realities of making ends meet facing the poor rural folks. Friends, change will not come overnight, and is not forthcoming.

Thus, a long term sustained campaign is necessary, and must take into consideration the potentials to mobilize not only the urban formations, but also the victims of the political elite which gave rise to poverty and marginalization in the countryside.

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Filipinoy

July 12th, 2005 at 11:22 am

I don’t believe in Impeachment Trial, our current congress is not matured enough to deal with it. Besides, if GMA is “acquitted”, can we be sure that rallies and actions on the streets will stop? I do not think so. It will continue to haunt us whatever the results of the Trial. So why do we have to go to a constitutional process where nobody really believe or maybe understand.

I don’t believe in GMA Resign as this will only change personality in government, but the problems inside are still there.

I don’t believe that the problem is our President. She is just a small part of the whole problem.

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korab

July 12th, 2005 at 11:23 am

kawawa nanamn ang mga umaasa na bababa si gma…mukhang malabong mangyari….hanggat sumusuporta si fvr sa kanya, safe pa siya….oposisyon beware, baka di kayo ang makinabang sa mga pagod nyo, baka maunahan kayo ni Drilon or Villar….

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Bullet

July 12th, 2005 at 2:12 pm

Latest news is that DOJ filed sedition case against the “doves” secretaries. My golly, what is happening to Gonzales? Bawal pala ang magising sa katotohanan na hindi mo na kayang makipagplastikan sa pekeng pangulo. Dapat si Gonzales ang kasuhan by following orders from unconstitutional president. Ibig sabihin, peke din sya coz peke ang nag-appoint sa kanya. Ang alam ko sa mga Ilonggo magaganda ang asal, pero sa tulad nya, isama na nya si Drilon – who is aiming to become VP, as well as, Miriam – who hates FVR to the fullest, kaya iba na naman ang tune nya. Hay hirap nyo talagang spellingin.

I just hope hindi magkaroon ng bloodiest rally on the streets such as shooting incidents para bumitiw si GMA as what manghuhula named Atienza said in media. I’m for peace. Sana mauwi sa mapayang paraan ang pagbaba ni GMA sa pwesto!

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pleigh

July 12th, 2005 at 5:03 pm

an excerpt from inq7.net news entitled “Papal Nuncio Reprimands Bishops”–>The Nuncio reminded the bishops of a similar case during Joseph Estrada’s time, when then ambassador to the Vatican Henrietta de Villa quoted a high-ranking Vatican official saying that Estrada still enjoyed the Holy See’s support. But at the time, Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin denied De Villa’s statement.

if i understand it correctly, sin DENIED the position of the then holy father pope john paul II through his representative here in the philippines, the nuncio…how pathetic he could be, isn’t it?if the statement of the nuncio is true, then, why is it gma claiming that the late pontiff (if i remember her interview correctly with the CNN during the funeral of the pontiff) had talked with her and inspired to continue what she’s fighting for…the ouster of erap

isip isip…:)

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Choi

July 12th, 2005 at 10:10 pm

impeachment trial? well, with judges like jinggoy, loi, jamby and lito lapid, god help us.

does jinggoy really think he sounds lawyerly while badgering witnesses like mosqueda? i mean sure, mosqueda really sounds idiotic and untruthful but does this justify jinggoy’s belligerence? or is he trying to ape enrile and pimentel? those two are veteran lawyers who raise their voices for effect in order to exact the truth. jinggoy sounds like a gangland boss in a low-budget movie trying to squeeze information from a fellow low-life. this afternoon, when mosqueda kept invoking the 5th, jinggoy called him “arrogant”. har, har, har… talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

and previously, jamby and loi mocked mosqueda’s atrocious english while they themselves mangled the language. do they really think they speak good english? and if indeed i’ve been hearing things and they do, does this entitle these “honorable” senators to insult a visibly nervous and inarticulate “guest” no matter how unbelievable his statements were?

and remember friends…these are some of the people who will share the spoils of war if and when gma steps down. (shudder)

at ikaw naman sen. lito…please, huwag mo nang pilitin. hindi talaga pwede. ok na, senador ka na, wala na tayong magagawa. pero hwag mo nang palalain. tumahimik ka na lang at baka sakaling makalimutan ng taongbayan ang kanilang napakasamang biro sa paghahalal sa iyo (at noong iba pang nabanggit ko) sa senado.

to quote the favorite expression of jinggoy: “oh, my goodness!”.

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INSIDE PCIJ: Stories behind our stories » Keeping politics out of DepEd

August 14th, 2005 at 1:31 am

[…] The position of DepEd secretary has remained vacant since Florencio Abad joined six of his colleagues in the Cabinet in quitting their posts on July 8 over what they said was the president’s loss of credibility and capability to run the government. The department is currently headed by an officer-in-charge, Undersecretary Ramon Bacani. […]

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john4nature

August 14th, 2005 at 12:50 pm

This call is not only for DepEd but for other goverment positions that is given to GMA political allies. I think it is just proper to give this position to people in the DepEd and not from the outside of the academe.

In DENR they appointed Secretary Mike Defensor, but what is their Secretary doing? “garci tape” and so much of political work. Is this what DENR needs.

Those who oppose Mike Defensor appointment as DENR Secretary must continue to voice their sentiments and move forward in putting somebody that really in know how about environmetal laws and concerns. “Magkapit kamay para sa Kalikasan”

lets clean our goverment, Alisin si Mike Defensor et al.

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crash pad » Fragments

June 16th, 2006 at 1:19 am

[…] Our educ class have already concluded that the oppositionists (all non-GMA supporters) are fragmented. You have the group from the 'Cabinet' or the Doves as what PCIJ call, the group of Drilon or the Liberal Party (the original electoral party of GMA), the group of Susan supporters or the pro-FPJ/pro-Erap, the group(s) from educational institutions, churches, organizations and other groups social sectors. Some suggest for GMA to resign immediately- for her own delicadeza's sake You have those for GMA be ousted -people's anger. Those for her impeachment -the constitutional. And so on and so forth. […]

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