he passage of time has a way
of distilling reality and bringing out truths that are sometimes hidden or
lost by present circumstances. Case in point is the overwhelming level of
admiration many Filipinos have for former President Corazon Aquino. When she
passed away in 2009, the entire nation seemed beside itself in grief. Her
casket was mobbed by thousands of mourners as it slowly made its way through
the streets of Metro Manila to its final resting place at the Manila
Memorial Park in Parañaque.
numbers of Filipinos still admire her but we believe that number will
continually diminish over time as emotions fade away and a more studied
assessment of her presidency is undertaken. In fact we predict that over
time her presidency will be seen as more of a failure than a success.
back to late February, 1986 when Filipinos started amassing along EDSA in
front of Camp Crame to create a human shield around the rebel leaders who
were finally defying a corrupt dictator who had brutalized his people for
almost twenty years. By the 25th of February an estimated three million
people were along EDSA stranding in front of tanks and preventing them from
moving forward. While no one was killed that day, all those brave souls on
EDSA knew that had Marcos or his lackey, General Fabian Ver given the order
to attack, they would have been trampled by the tanks or mowed-down by
machine-gun fire. Still they stood their ground. And where was Cory Aquino
during all this? Hiding in a convent in Cebu.
Marcoses fled and Aquino was sworn into office, the Filipino people had
given her extraordinary powers that even Marcos never dreamed he could ever
attain. Filipinos handed over on a silver platter a revolutionary government
that gave Aquino all the power and authority of government. She had no
congressional or judicial branches to contend with—she called all the shots.
have changed the Philippines the way on one—past or present—ever could. She
could have jailed all involved in the plunder and human rights violations of
the Marcos regime. She could have de-fanged the oligarchy and redistributed
wealth. She could even have gotten to the bottom of who killed her husband
Instead she accomplished
none of those. She wasted a golden opportunity to lift the country out of
its morass and turn it into a vibrant forward-looking country made up of equals.
The special powers that the Filipino people gave Cory Aquino with the EDSA
revolution will likely never again be offered to any other Filipino
Ninety-five years from now,
when the 100th death anniversary of Cory Aquino comes around, Filipinos of
that future era will no longer have the personal or emotional attachment to
Cory Aquino that Filipinos of today have. All they will have to go by are
the facts. And based on those facts they will likely conclude—as we
have—that Cory Aquino was indeed a failure as president.
Cory Aquino's eventual fall
from grace which we predict, should serve as a warning to all who seek the
highest office in the land. A kind heart and good intentions will never be
enough to get one a free pass. A president must deliver or he or she will be
considered a failure. Sometimes not immediately but over time, Filipinos
further removed from the emotional ties of the moment will pass the final
judgment as to whether one was a success or failure as president.
The news was officially announced by China Central Television (CCTV) in Beijing on August 25: Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, the “national fist” of the Philippines and the winner of eight world boxing titles, signed an agreement with the Chinese government “to establish a string of boxing academies” all over China with the aim of helping to “grow the sport in China and provide opportunities for young people to take part."
After leaving her August 15th bail hearing at the Sandiganbayan, Janet Lim Napoles showed the media the marble rosary she personally received from recently canonized Saint Pope John Paul II. Her lawyer Stephen David later disclosed to media that Napoles prays 2,000 rosaries a day. Given that a day has only 24 hours or 1,440 minutes, Napoles would have to complete an entire rosary in less than a minute praying non-stop for an entire day…every day. Atty. David also pointed out that Napoles paid for the schooling of at least 200 priests and helped construct many Catholic churches.
Should President Aquino Get a Second Term as President?
Many Filipinos today are realizing that the single, six-year presidential term as prescribed in the 1987 Constitution is woefully inadequate for a good president like Benigno S. Aquino III. The delegates who wrote that provision in the Constitution must have still been reeling from the almost 20 years of “kleptocratic” rule of strongman Ferdinand Marcos when they decided that one term was enough for any future Philippine president. Four years—the presidential term at the time—would be too short; eight too long.
China Owns the Entire South China Sea? What are They Smoking—Opium?
The arrogance of China is becoming readily apparent with each passing day. With their newly acquired economic and military power the Chinese appear unrestrained in their assertiveness towards their neighbors. China, instead of positioning itself as a 21st century superpower appears to be turning back the clock resembling more and more the 12th century empire of Genghis Khan and the Mongol hordes who conquered most of Eurasia...just because they could.
On Her 5th Death Anniversary, We Say 'Thanks for Nothing Cory Aquino'
The passage of time has a way of distilling reality and bringing out truths that are sometimes hidden or lost by present circumstances. Case in point is the overwhelming level of admiration many Filipinos have for former President Corazon Aquino. When she passed away in 2009, the entire nation seemed beside itself in grief. Her casket was mobbed by thousands of mourners as it slowly made its way through the streets of Metro Manila to its final resting place at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque.
The Failure of Philippine Education Is Now Staring Us in the Face
Will the Philippines Ever Become a Developed Country? The short answer to that is no—at least not in our lifetime. While the country has of late improved it credit ratings as evidenced by upgrades from Moody's, Fitch, and Standard & Poor's all that perceived progress is illusory. In the Fifties and Sixties, when the Philippines was undeniably the country at the top of the heap in Southeast Asia, people said it would always be the most industrialized country in the region.
So, Should Jejomar Binay Be the Next President of the Philippines?
Though his popularity rating has taken some hits lately, Vice President Jejomar Binay is still far and away the strongest contender for the Philippine presidency in 2016. But is he the right choice for the country? His legions of supporters will give you an enthusiastic "yes;" his detractors however, will tell you "no!" So who's right? To answer our question, lets look instead at Binay's deeds rather than the words of his supporters or detractors.