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Selected Comments
(Topic: Lee Kuan Yew and Ferdinand Marcos, What a Difference!)


Name: Alex Balweg
City/State/Country: Baliwag
IP Address: 121.54.92.138

Comments

It is the lack of discipline that caused Marcos to falter in his almost 20 year rule. Lee Kuan Yew sent his enemies to prison; Marcos did the same thing but with the wrong people. Lee led an austere life; Marcos an extravagant life style. Lee was in good health; Marcos was in terrible medical shape (lupus and failing kidneys). Because of that, he lost control of his ability to micro manage the affairs of the state. Marcos was a man born ahead of his time. He fathered Diaspora that brought some $ 20 billion yearly in the nation's coffers through OFWs remittances. He was the architect in infrastructure projects and a damn good salesman in promoting tourism. History may alter the perception of Marcos as a leader.


Name: Paco Sa Cruz
City/State/Country: Vietnam
IP Address: 104.59.104.225

Comments

Singaporeans mourn the passing of Lee Kuan Yew. But it was good riddance, when the Philippines celebrated the death of Ferdinand Marcos. While LKY established the solid foundation that continue to bring prosperity to Singapore which has no natural resources, FM put the solid foundation of corruption that continue to bring misery to the Philippines which is rich in natural resources. Singaporeans need not go anywhere to have a good life but the Filipino has to be an OFW exposed to the perils of foreign societies to search for a good life. This is the difference between the statesman Lee Kuan Yew and the corrupt Ferdinand Marcos.


Name: Vik
City/State/Country: Tarlac City
IP Address: 27.110.148.229

Comments

What a Difference!??? Compare the dirty, filthy, garbage filled Rizal Avenue of Manila with the free flowing traffic of Orchard Road of Singapore. Compare SNG smooth MRT and railways system with RP's dilapidated PNR and LRT/MRT system. The Island State of SNG has Changi Airport, can we say of the same with NAIA in Manila? SNG's Pan Island Expressway looks better than NLEX, SLEX, SCETEX combined...SNG has a squadrons of F-16's, RP's OV-10's are flying coffins that easily drop from the sky...and on, and on....


Name: EJ Flores
City/State/Country: Las Pinas
IP Address: 112.209.167.189

Comments

It saddened me and I feel many Filipinos do. To compare him to the disgraced FM is an insult to LKW. He is selfless, morally upright and used his talent for the welfare of his people, while FM is the exact opposite. I blame our culture, soft hearts, short memory and nonchalant attitude. Members of his family were even elected in public service. Wicked leaders are learning from his examples in stealing public funds and getting away with it. Very bad example from FM.


Name: fe lonious
City/State/Country: usa
IP Address: 24.7.178.97

Comments

CORRUPTION that is the only reason, the PH does not prosper, so it is the stupid voters who put these people in those positions, it looks like it is going to be like this in PH forever, so those Pilipinos who can "RUN" away go somewhere, even going to hell is a viable option.


Name: Jun adan
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 104.162.60.67

Comments

The big difference between Yew and Marcos are in the areas of personal traits, moral character and government governance. Yew lived in austere and strict personal discipline, Marcos lavish and wallowed in extreme luxurious stolen wealth. Yew had upscale education having graduated in Harvard University; MARCOS was convicted of murder of Nalundasan although acquitted by the Supreme Court. Yew paid duties and taxes for whatever goods he bought abroad although Yew lifetime President; Marcos did not only pay import duties but instead STOLE all taxes of the country for him to buy real estate in US, paintings, stocks, expensive jewelries worth billions. In short, Yew was a true leader and great statesman; Marcos was the greatest plunderer and brutal violators of human rights!


Name: Jorge Villanueva
City/State/Country: Canada
IP Address: 142.134.107.7

Comments

The greatest difficulty facing the country is how to solve the problem of corruption. The problem is so deeply embedded in the culture and practice of the people that somehow one doesn't know where it started and how it will end. Perhaps it is in that confusion that the problem has exacerbated through the years and governments from that time of Quezon to the present, felt impotent to solve It is suggested that a dictatorial form of government similar to that of Singapore which is strict and benevolent would fit the Filipinos temperament and belief. Or in its stead a rigid military rule as experienced by Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and Myanmar at their critical embryonic stage might be that kind of environment to shape the right attitude and discipline of the people.


Name: Vik
City/State/Country: Tarlac City
IP Address: 27.110.148.229

Comments

The Difference between FM and LKY could be viewed from in the same manner as "the Difference between the Philippines and Singapore" - i.e, RP's Filipina maids are household help in Singapore, - and there is a FAT CHANCE if you will ever find a Singaporean nanny offering her services for the same commensurate amount of Philippine Pesos, in the hapless State of Philippine economics.


Name: Sam Juan
City/State/Country: Hilong Hilo sa Panay
IP Address: 38.88.177.203

Comments

Someone poised - "so the question that begs to be asked is, Are Singaporeans BETTER in everything that matters THAN Filipinos? " Well I believe the answer is not written in the wind - but it is there to see- literally, figuratively and realistically. Singapore is UP (even measured internationally) while Philippines is DOWN-- comparatively way down. Lee Kuan Yew was a Singaporean leading the Singaporeans (of varied ethnicity at that) while Marcos was a Filipino leading the Filipinos (dominantly Malay)-- and see the results and draw your own conclusion!


Name: Ding Gatsby
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 66.215.5.18

Comments

The difference between Singapore and the Philippines is not about Marcos or Yew. It's about the Singaporeans and the Filipinos. The culture, geography, discipline and the rule of law are very different. People in Singapore follows the rule. In the Philippines we change the rule to suit the people (the elite).


Name: Jorge
City/State/Country: CA/USA
IP Address: 50.161.15.193

Comments

a follower is only as good as the leader is.


Name: RafaelSomewhere
City/State/Country: Las Vegas, Nevada
IP Address: 68.108.184.75

Comments

Do not blame the Filipinos for the conditions of their country. The Philippines is totally owned by the U.S. and the Vatican. Nothing happens there without knowledge and consent of Washington. Marcos and all our leaders are just junior management following the orders of their Washington masters. The Americans came to the Philippines in 1899, - and they came they saw, and they trampled the Filipinos to the ground with a thousand bayonets - and then they claimed their "exceptionally" divine right to enslave them forever. Their will never be justice for as long as Washington and the Vatican considers Filipinos as inferior people. The Philippines is just their for plunder.


Name: HMSomeone
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.36.177

Comments

A former Senator in the PHL off handedly dismissed LKY's achievements in Singapore by saying they were accomplished at the expense of personal freedom. Well, DUH! He in effect admitted that Filipinos should not be given total personal freedom so they may have a good govt. Why insist on a US style democracy that does not work? That in fact, harms? The temperaments, culture & character of the Filipinos are not suited for Democracy. Isn't that clear enough? LKY said a country's system of govt. should be what is most beneficial & feasible to its people. Look at Singapore now. And look at the PHL. Incidentally this ex-Senator who proclaims himself a champion of human rights has not said anything about the Pork Barrel or the Binay Plunder. He probably thinks that's Liberty.


Name: Vik
City/State/Country: Tarlac City
IP Address: 27.110.148.229

Comments

LKY's Vision for the welfare of the State is paramount and beyond reproach of any political agenda he had, -regardless of the cultural differences btwn the 3 mainstream section of society shaping SNG...FM's has his sights on track with his late 60's rule - but the 70's slid into the usual politics besetting RP even from the times of Aguinaldo. There is a wide ocean of cultural difference of discipline btwn RP and SNG, - and we can sum it up in simple terms. No Singaporean will try to be a nanny in RP, - in the Phil, it is okay to be a nanny in SNG.


Name: Pietro Estella
City/State/Country: Philippines
IP Address: 120.29.111.142

Comments

Your comparison may not be right. Lee Kuan Yew has done great and God bless his soul. How long you want to blame Marcos for all the corruption, the poverty, the bluff education, the MRT, the infrastructure, the OFW problems, slums and a few hundred super rich, dynasty's, low quality airports, bad technical education etc etc. In 100 years, that is all because of Marcos. Blame the right one and that are the governments since than till date. A Lee Kuan Yew has told the Philippines that this country needs no democracy of western nature and he was right. Now get your act right and start a autocratic but honorable government if you find one.


Name: Vik
City/State/Country: Tarlac City
IP Address: 27.110.148.229

Comments

During the last years of FM's rule in the Philippines, Apo Ferdie sent his Finance Minister to LKY- to borrow Billions of $$$ to save his crumbling economy, political survival - How can you guarantee you are not gonna abscond and default for whatever amount we will infuse into your system? - from LKY. The rest is history. Today, SNG is a model of economic success. And today, RP's biggest export are her domestic helpers, overseas workers, and prostitutes in major capitals of the world...incl Singapore. Prowl Orchard Rd @ night and you'll see it for yourself.


Name: AsISeeIt
City/State/Country: Cebu City
IP Address: 107.217.12.124

Comments

PNL editor says, "Like Marcos, Lee ruled his country with an iron hand." That's true. But sir editor you cannot compare Singapore with a very disciplined people with Filipinos who are by culture and nature corrupt. As far as governance is concerned you cannot compare Lee Kuan Yew turf of 2.41 million population (1980 census) with 48 million (1980 est.pop) Filipinos scattered in 7,100 islands. In Luneta Park alone you can spit or even pee, and throw garbage anywhere. But you cannot do that in Singapore parks. In Mr. Yew's home country guards are all over.


Name: pinoY akO
City/State/Country: Philippines
IP Address: 180.191.114.14

Comments

The difference is Marcos is Filipino while Lee Kuan Yew is Singaporean. Who was it that said, "He'd rather have a Philippines run like hell by Filipinos than ran like heaven by foreigners? Obviously he was Filipino and if he was still alive today I'd volunteer to shot him in the head with a water pistol. >:(@#$%@*&!!!!


Name: Sammy
City/State/Country: Las Vegas, Nevada
IP Address: 68.108.184.75

Comments

The Philippines is a neo-colonial nation owned jointly by the U.S. and the Vatican. It is an oppressed nation. Nothing happens in the Philippines without knowledge and consent of Washington. It is now transforming into a nation of wanderers. Its people have been systematically slaughtered, robbed of its wealth and dignity, and then subjected to cruel brainwashing to make it an ever faithful and obedient mistress of the U.S. forever. So stop blaming the Filipinos as if it is in our DNA to fail.


Name: Jen
City/State/Country: Manila, Philippines
IP Address: 199.168.151.106

Comments

Marcos had the vision, but some wanted him out. Like the oligarchs and communists led by Ninoy who were plotting to destabilize the government. We owe a lot to Marcos to preserve democracy in the Philippines, otherwise it would have fallen to the communists via an ascension of Ninoy to the presidency. He collaborated with the HUKs and Communist the Philippines just to get his presidential ambition. It was chaos, prompting Marcos to declare The Martial Law. Martial Law was necessary. The difference: Yew lived long to enforce his vision. Marcos did not have the same luck. and most of the Filipinos were brainwashed that Marcos is not good and they ousted him out. Should Marcos stayed and lived longer, there is no doubt that Philippines would have been even more developed than Singapore.


Name: AsISeeIt
City/State/Country: Cebu City
IP Address: 107.217.12.124

Comments

During his student days Jose Rizal saw Singapore already a bustling city as compared to Manila. This city state land area is only about 276.5 sq miles as compared to PI of 115,831 sq miles. It has 5.5 million population as com-pared to PI's 100.6 million (2014 est.). And Singapore has been enjoying free-insurgency governance as compared to PI's perennial problem with NPA, MNLF, MILF, BIFF/Bang-sa Moro secessionists, and kidnap for ransom ASG. So comparing Singapore with Pinas as far as the effectiveness or efficiency of governance would make one go crazy.


Other Comments


Name: deo
City/State/Country: flour-flower city
IP Address: 66.66.203.16

Comments

In the news: "Pres. Aquino Attends P13.1 SLEX Extension Project Briefing". What caught my attention is not the "benefit the country" will get out of this project but "...look who's spearheading the project: the Toll corporation". Kawawang mga Pinoy, hindi pa man eh tatakam-takam na ang Phil Tollway Corporation sa limpak limpak na kikitain sa toll. What's bad about it, is the Pinoy motorists including the truckers who transport products are paying almost double what in the U.S. are paying for the same distances. There got to be a law!


Name: Marie
City/State/Country: Batangas
IP Address: 178.114.197.195

Comments

There are many more illegalities that our gov't should look into ..like fake labels in canned goods as well as other products that they think they could earn from it. How could we be sure of our health if also the expiration is tampered. There are labeled made in USA but PI products. They own printing machines? Who usually do this thing? Isn't it those carriers of stinky and toxic plastics, masters of all fakes and masters of superstitious beliefs and floured and oily foods?. The BIR must not be very forgiving and lax. Lets get from them what the PI deserves. This time, they aggravate and annoy Filipinos who have been stupid for so many decades for buying lucky charms kuno and unhealthy foods.


Name: Marie
City/State/Country: Batangas
IP Address: 178.114.197.195

Comments

There are many more illegalities that our gov't should look into ..like fake labels in canned goods as well as other products that they think they could earn from it. How could we be sure of our health if also the expiration is tampered. There are labeled made in USA but PI products. They own printing maschines? Who usually do this thing? Isn't it those carriers of stinky and toxic plastics, masters of all fakes and masters of superstitious beliefs and floured and oily foods?. The BIR must not be very forgiving and lax. Lets get from them what the PI deserves. This time, they aggravates and annoys Filipinos who have been stupid for so many dcades for buying lucky charms kuno and unhealthy foods.


Name: deo
City/State/Country: flour-flower city
IP Address: 66.66.203.16

Comments

In the news: "Laude Kin Reject Plea Bargain Propsal". I suggest take the money and run, Laude! Ang naghahangad ng kagitna, sansalop ang nawawala as the Pinoy saying goes. The prosecutor opt for settlement rather than trial for murder. The obviousity if as clear as mud for them: it is hard to prove murder with their evidence and witnesses including some "reserved" witnesses. "Reserved witnesses"?


Name: HMSomeone
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.36.177

Comments

I wonder what pleasure some bloggers get when they use snide remarks in disagreeing with the opinion on their fellow bloggers? Bloggers such as these would only encourage spite, not intelligent discussion. Worse they would only show they are ignorant of the subject & intolerant of contrary opinion, the mark of someone with an inferiority complex. This Forum is a medium where WE AGREE TO DISAGREE in a POLITE way. We are not here to insult or one up each other. Having said that I am serving notice to those bloggers with the manners of a MONKEY. "Do unto others what you want others to do unto you".


Name: HMSomeone
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.36.177

Comments

News: Ombudsman ask SC to Void CA TRO on Binay. It's up to the SC now. It can stop or support this Corrupt CA. If it's the latter the power of the Ombudsman will greatly be negated. And the Plunderers & Crooks will prevail. There could be reasons why the SC would support the CA TRO. The SC Justices may have been bribed or "talked to" by the tentacles of the Binays, OR they may want to curtail the power of the Ombudsman thinking of their OWN self preservation, OR they may want to spite Aquino by upholding Binay. At any rate the SC is now on the spot. This SC that was corrupted by Gloria Arroyo is on a roller coaster of credibility. If it does not void the TRO issued by the CA I would think that the "Honor among Thieves" is just being observed.


Name: HMSomeone
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.36.177

Comments

Survey: "Aquino no longer most approved, trusted top official." Honestly, there is no need for a survey to see that. Aquino himself made sure his approval & trust ratings went South. And South it will stay until 2016, if he lasts that long. His enemies should stop crowing about their victory in bringing Aquino down. Truth is there was no need for them because Aquino himself so easily brought himself down. Media should talk about something else now. Aquino is a lame duck. If he does not stop talking about Mamasapano he will be reduced to a laughing stock. Just please do something so Binay DOES NOT succeed him.


Name: Sam Juan
City/State/Country: Hilong Hilo sa Panay
IP Address: 38.88.177.203

Comments

Someone answered a simple question to whether GMA was convicted on that "hello Garci" issue with-- "my gosh, who is being naive here? It's a matter of ethics baby. Questionable Ethics from the highest position in the land.. " Why can't Filipinos give direct simple answer to a simple question? Is this why it is more fun in the Philippines? Yes or No!


Name: HMSomeone
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.36.177

Comments

To [someone] who asked, "Didn't these Lawyers & Judges go to school with English as the method of Instruction?" My reply: They may have but that does not mean they learned to use English well enough to use it in arguments in a Court of Law. I am not talking about "Puede Na" or "Taglish" English. I am talking about professional usage of it. By the way, Spanish was also included in the curriculum in some schools. Did those who studied it learn to use Spanish fluently? Lastly even if people could speak English well it won't mean a thing if they do not have manners.


Name: HMSomeone
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.36.177

Comments

[Someone] must be having menstrual problems again. He is taking the Editorial as an opportunity to throw insults & dirty comments to Filipinos. As always his comments are pockmarked with bad, illiterate grammar & English that could only come from GARBAGE like him. If the PHL & Filipinos were anywhere like Singapore, miserable scums like this Anak ng Prostitute would not see the light of day. Let me ask this filthy lowlife. If Singapore is so much better than the PHL why doesn't he apply to live there? Or if the PHL & the Filipinos are so bad what is he doing in the PHL? What a terrible mess this guy is.


Name: Kit Forral
City/State/Country: Tracy, CA USA
IP Address: 99.137.236.204

Comments

Philippines corrupt politician become the status symbol of Philippine voters who elect to the highest office every election as long as they get something from this officials, take the case of Arroyo, Estrada, Enrile, Revilla, Marcos, Singson Rumualdez. Binay and almost all of these elected officials.


Name: Marie
City/State/Country: Batangas
IP Address: 178.114.164.148

Comments

Kung sino ang binabato sya ang magtatagumpay. Sa panahon ngayon, sobrang dami ng mga educated but not totally mannered. Those were those who shouts "Pnoy resign". Sila yong mga nagpapakalat ng kasamaang ipinupukol sa presidente na syang naghihirap na maiahon tayo sa kahirapan. Grabe mga katangahan ng marami... pinipilit na mag-sorry si PNoy? napatay na nga teroristang wanted ng buong bansa, magsosorry pa? Sira ulo ni Fidel Ramos din parang hindi naging militar. Sa bakbakan o gera talagang may namamatay ano man ang maging dahilan. Sa Pilipinas lang laging sobra ang kaingayan. Si Miriam ay senador abogaga pero hindi pa rin natuto ng katinuan ng isip. Payo lang, Huwag pasamain ang gumagawa ng mabuti, dahil sila ang pinagpala ng Dios na makatulong sa kapwa.


Name: Alex Balweg
City/State/Country: Baliwag
IP Address: 121.54.92.138

Comments

When Reagan' s involvement in the Iran -Contra scandal was exposed he apologized to the nation. Why is this President of the Philippines agonized so much in apologizing for the Mamasapano debacle when he knew and approved the plan (Oplan Exodus)?. This is one president who accepts all praises but no blame. Hail to the chief is all he wanted to hear but not "mea culpa". So I would not be surprised if this president is introduced as H.E. Benigo Simeon Mamasapano Aquino 44.


Name: Manuel C. Diaz
City/State/Country: Montclair CA USA
IP Address: 75.82.40.239

Comments

News item Lepanto Consolidate a local Mining company and Gold Fields a South African Gold Mining Company is suing the DENR Bureau of Mines and GeoScience and the National Commission on Indigenous people in the Supreme Court for the refusal to renew the contract to mine in Benguet Province. DENR/Bureau of Mines and the National Commission on Indigenous people are asking 6billion pesos kickback for the approval!


Name: Alex Balweg
City/State/Country: Baliwag
IP Address: 121.54.92.138

Comments

My criticism of the criminal justice system is the presence of two sets of standards. The elites get TROs as fast as they were filed from an appellate courts. The less privileged gets immediate execution of the lower court's decision. The pain is inflicted outright for the latter. You see the indiscriminate use of TROs not only with Binay but also with Gloria Arroyo. Some are above the law; many are under the law. Tough luck if you are poor. You can't say much!


Name: Marie
City/State/Country: Batangas
IP Address: 77.116.29.138

Comments

I think most of the lawyers can be bribed, are liars than honest...great pretenders...unreliable, incompetent. They need to be reminded before doing the priorities because of delayed graces from co-corrupts. They prefer hell better than heaven. I think so.



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