Deja Vu: Erap for President, Gloria for Vice President

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo might run as Vice President in 2010! Ten years ago, in 1998, Arroyo ran as vice president and got  a landslide victory!

Earlier, former President Joseph Ejercito “Erap” Estrada declared that he will run as president in 2010. Ten years ago, in 1998, Erap ran as vice president and got a landslide victory!

It was the third election where both president and vice president came from different parties. Erap was running under Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) and Gloria’s party was Lakas-NUCD-UMDP and Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (Kampi).

Shall we have the fourth election where both president and vice president came from different parties? Shall we have Erap again in Malacanang? Shall we have both Erap and Gloria again?

Hold on, there is no serious talk about it yet in Lakas-Kampi-CMD, Representative Danilo Suarez, a senior deputy general of the party admitted as reported by Sun Star. But why he is talking about it to media. Is he trying to test the water?

Never again! This was the cry right after martial law. I don’t know if we say this after Erap and Gloria.

President Arroyo is rumored to run in congress. Many of her critics are believing that she will really run.

Yesterday, as the president once again visited her hometown in Pampanga, a breaking news that the President might run as Vice President circulated and got mixed reactions.

Let Erap run. Let Gloria run. If both of them got elected again, that’s another story.

Who is not afraid of President Gloria Arroyo?

President Gloria Arroyo’s continued silence on her plans in 2010 annoys the opposition. The president’s silence has become a threat. Her detractors and the opposition keep on guessing. Will she step down when her term ends? Will she extend her term? Will she run for congress?

All these remain as unanswered questions unless GMA herself reveal her plans in 2010. Although when she tell us her plans, most will still doubt it. After all, do we still believe her? Then, telling us or not telling us doesn’t make sense at all.

No less than former President Fidel Ramos asked President Arroyo to reveal her plans in 2010. (See Philippine Star report.)

It is amazing how political leaders (many of them) are dying to know the plans of the President. In normal conditions we don’t need to beg the President to reveal her plans because no matter what, the Constitution provides that her term ends in 2010. But why do we speculate?

Obviously, most opposition leaders are afraid of Arroyo’s silence. Most of them are afraid of Arroyo. For many times, the President has proven her strength, her effective political and leadership strategies.These are among the reasons many want her out from her office. We don’t like a very smart and tricky president. The political trauma we have endured led us to hate the presidents. Whoever the president is, we always want him out. After 2010, expect the clamor to oust the president.

President Arroyo’s way is threatening. Her enemies keep on guessing. In war, that make one victorious because enemies don’t know what to do. Because no one can read Gloria Arroyo’s mind, she pose as a big threat – something that should be afraid of.

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The politics of walkout and boycott

It is not surprising to hear reports that some senators and party-list representatives will boycott the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Arroyo on 27th. Boycott as well as walkout have spiced-up Philippine politics for generations. Walkout even triggered mass uprising.

Isn’t it common to hear senators and congressmen who walkout at a middle of hearing or investigation because they are not given what they wanted? In 13th and 14th congress of Philippine Senate, walkout is very common. One senator even cried because of her conflict with a senior senator. Now I can safely conclude that some senators are immature.

Reports said, Senators Panfilo Lacson, Francis Pangilinan, Aquilino Pimentel Jr., Benigno Aquino III, and Manuel Roxas will avoid the SONA.

Walkout and boycott are signs of protest. These senators who announced that they will not be attending the Senate’s opening session and the SONA are protesting against the present administration. I respect them if that is their political stand.
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Loren-Chiz or Chiz-Loren in 2010?

Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, Jr. want Chiz, Loren tandem in 2010 elections.

Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) party leaders and members made clear during their Christmas party on Monday night at the exclusive Wack Wack Golf and Country Club in Mandaluyong City that the two senators are their choices for their presidential slate, report reads.

It is not yet clear if it will be Chiz – Loren or Loren  – Chiz.

Of the two,  Sen. Loren Legarda publicly expressed here interest to run as president in 2010. Sen. Chiz Escudero, also had made public some hints about his political ambition which likely be the President – the highest post.

It seems Sen. Francis Escudero, is the most favorable contender for president in 2010 but I doubt Sen. Loren Legarda concede and run instead as vice president. Her widely-broadcast infomercial about corruption affirm her serious intention to get into Malacanang. In 2004 national elections, Legarda lost to former collegue in ABS-CBN, then Senator Noli de Castro.

Loren Legarda consistently got favorable rank in surveys for presidential bet in 2010. If Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) see significant chances for Legarda, the party most likely endorse her.

In 2010 elections, the pro-administration Nationalist People’s Coalition is expected to take a lead. Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco told that NPC would have a full 12-member senatorial ticket in 2010 as reported by

As declared by Sen. Escudero, 2010 will be an NPC year.

Although it seems clear that NPC wants Chiz, Loren tandem and the party patriach Danding Cojuangco endorse the them, there may some major setbacks. Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr., Cojuangco’s nephew also had moist eye for the highest post.

Sec. Teodoro is a true-blooded NPC guy while Legarda is a  newcomer to the party.

Sen. Legarda came from Lakas and the pro-administration Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP), which was founded by Sen. Edgardo Angara and who continues to lead it, noted.

The NPC’s bets in 2010 was announced during the Party’s christmas party. It was noticed that Sec. Teodoro was absent. Will Teodoro, a genuine NPC member continue to pursue his plan in 2010 even without the party blessings?

After 2010: Yes to Cha-Cha

Say YES to charter change (Cha-Cha) but after 2010 elections. Yes to Cha-Cha but it must not be through Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass) but through Constitutional Convention (Con-Con).

The desire to change the constitution is not new nor unique to the Arroyo administration.

During the Ramos administration, there was attempts to amend the constitution. It the movement was resurrected with different approach during the short-lived Estrada administration.

When President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo reign in Malacanang, there were several administration-sponsored attempts for Cha-Cha but none got popular support.

Several months ago, the opposition-led Philippine Senate initiated to change the 1987 Philippine Constitution, specifically to give way for federal system. But the plan was later shelved.

Recently, when pro-administration dominated House of Representatives renew the plan to change the constitution through constituent assembly (converting the congress into constituent assembly), people began to suspect.

The suspicion is reasonable. The initiative came after the controversial prayer of Press Secretary Jesus Dureza which suggest about extension of terms of President Arroyo.

Now, common conclusions say that the recent attempt to change the constitution is directed to extend the Arroyo presidency. This angered many sectors including the the 2010 presidential aspirants.

The so called big rally in Makati against Cha-Cha illustrated that the Filipino people are against with the move (because of the suspicion).

In today’s headline of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the Catholic Bishops urge the proponents of Cha-Cha to shelve the plan and do it after 2010.

I agree with the Bishops. Let us talk about amendments of the constitution after 2010.

Just for today, it better that we focus on how we face the challand effects of global financial crisis.

JDV reveals secret of Arroyo-ZTE meeting

When Jose de Venecia was ousted as House Speaker, I feel that soon I see dramatic revealation of dark secrets. After all, only the thieves themselves know the secrets of thieves.

Former Speaker Jose de Venecia and President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo: tell us what are your secrets!

Today’s headline of Philippine Daily Inquirer, JDV details secret Arroyo-ZTE meeting, obviously very dramatic. It’s the same old story but now sugar-coated and made colorful. JDV will reportedly reveal the secret meeting of no less than the President of the Philippine and ZTE officials on Nov. 2, 2006, at the headquarters of ZTE Corp. in Shenzhen, China.

Jose de Venecia knows it because  he was there! In fact, the old de Venecia can recall that they ate rice porridge and shrimp dumplings that time.

Reading the story is like listening to dramatic narrative. Or could it be a dramatic pursuits of a crook hero?

Listen to dull and ignorant, they too have their own stories to tell, Desiderata reminds me. But former Speaker Jose de Venecia, is not another whistle-blower. He was an insider; he took something; he get the share of whatever the administration “got”. No doubt on that. If the first family got millions, no doubts, de Venenia got his, too!

The ousted speaker will reportedly reveal “the secrets” on his biography, Global Filipino: The Authorized Biography of Jose de Venecia Jr., the Visionary Five-Time Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines. [link]

The book, according to reports, will be launced this week Washington, D.C. JDV’s biography, written by veteran American journalist Brett M. Decker, an editor of the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong, accordingly, devotes several chapters on the scandals in the Arroyo administration.

Great! I look forward to read the book. (If I really can.)

Many are hoping that with the revelations of de Venecia will help the majority. But with circumstances, I think JDV is more interested on his political vendetta than that of sincere intention to help cleanse Philippine political stinks.

Goodluck Congressman Jose de Venecia