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.

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Cory apologizes to Erap: EDSA II a mistake

With due respect to former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino, I’d like to tell her straight that she did MAJOR lapses of judgment when she asked forgiveness from ousted president and plunder-guilty, Joseph “Erap” Estrada and saying that EDSA 2 was a mistake.

Cory apologized to Erap for helping civil society oust him in January 2001, although Erap had been convicted of plunder by the Sandiganbayan.

I am disappointed and saddened with Cory’s apology. Many of us who supported with the movement to oust Erap feel sad with Cory’s remarks made in public. No, I was not in Edsa in 2001. I was in Cebu that time but by principle, I did support and made my voice counted in Cebu’s Fuente Osmena circle. I have no regrets that I did it.

After hearing Cory’s apology, the civil society groups expressed that they have no regrets.

Cory’s remark was a public relations disaster. She was actually putting her credibility at risk. Now, getting hints from people’s reaction, Cory’s camp now claim that Cory was just making jokes.  Was it really intended to illicit laughter from an audience composed of highly-respected personality? I doubt. Cory really mean it.

I totally disagree Cory’s opinion that Edsa 2 was a mistake. It was right to oust an incompetent president. I was right to oust a leader who corrupted. Remember, Erap was guilty of plunder. That was just one proof. If Estrada continue to led the Philippines, we could have suffered more.

I am not saying that Gloria being the successor of Erap. It was the ouster of Erap that save us. Now, who needs to say sorry?

Joseph “Erap” Estrada: Opposition’s presidential standard-bearer in 2010?

Are Filipinos willing to push Erap back to Malacanang in 2010? This is ridiculous.

But the opposition is seriously and shamelessly considering the former President, Joseph “Erap” Estrada as the unifying candidate for the united opposition in 2010 presidential elections.

Philstar.com report reads: Former senator Ernesto Maceda said five of six opposition presidentiables are willing to give up their ambition and allow Estrada to run again in 2010.

The opposition presidentiables, Maceda noted, include Senators Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero, Manuel Villar, Mar Roxas, and Panfilo Lacson and Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay. While he said five of them would be willing to give way to Estrada, he did not say who has not expressed intent to do so.

It was not also mentioned who among the six presidentiables will continue to run.

I do not know how opposition leaders got nerve to consider Erap as strong presidential bet in 2010. I do not know how the idea that Filipino people still likes Erap as the next president.

We’ve been there. Erap was already there and he had not proven his worth as the nation’s leader. In fact, he put more shame than anything else. Will we want a convicted plunderer to lead us again? NO WAY!

If the main purpose of the opposition is to defeat an administration candidate, then I should say that the opposition just want to get the throne back.

But first, before talking of having Erap again, the opposition must remember that Erap can no longer run for president.

Erap can aspire but he cannot run as president in 2010. The constitution remains as “the main stumbling block” of Erap.

Never again!

I believe I have, we have, enough reasons to say, never again for Joseph Estrada. I have no personal grudges against the former president but I think it is just for me to say “never again” for Estrada.

SWS: De Castro, Villar, Legarda lead Presidential Aspirants

Noli de Castro

Vice President Noli De Castro is still Filipino’s (according to surveys) favorite to succeed President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2010.

According to the result of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey for the 3rd quarter of 2008, De Castro, Senate President Manuel Villar, and Sen. Loren Legarda are among the top favorites for 2010 presidential elections.

SWS asked this question to 1,500 adult Filipino respondents:

Under the present Constitution, the term of Pres. Arroyo is up to 2010 only, and there will be an election for a new President in May 2010. Who do you think are good leaders who should succeed Pres. Arroyo as President? You may give up to three names.

Of the 1,500 respondents, 29% mention Vice-President De Castro, 28% mention Senate President Villar, and 26% mention Sen. Legarda. Respondents of the SWS survey were randomly picked in Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Panfilo Lacson  follows Legarda with 17%, then Francis Escudero 16%, and 13% mention both Joseph Estrada and Mar Roxas. See the complete list below:

Noli de Castro 29%
Manny Villar 28%
Loren Legarda 26%
Panfilo Lacson 17%
Francis Escudero 16%
Joseph Estrada 13%
Mar Roxas 13%
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo 1%
Bayani Fernando 1%
Antonio Trillanes III 1%
Juan Ponce Enrile 1%
Francis Pangilinan 1%

(Source: Social Weather Stations)

Will this survey already define what the 2010 presidential elections be? Will this can be translated to votes? It is too early to tell.

Presidential aspirants are now beginnign to lubricate their political machineries to surely win in 2010. That is the only thing I am sure of.

What is interesting is respondents’ mention of Estrada and Arroyo which supposed not on the list of 2010 presidential aspirants in 2010. But people still love to recall their names. But recalling them while voting? I doubt.

Erap in 2010: Aspire but cannot run

Members of a group called “Erap for 2010 President Movement” headed by certain Vince Avena reportedly pooled their money to print “ERAP 2010” stickers. The stickers are for nationwide distribution aimed to convince the Filipino people to support Erap’s presidential bid in the 2010 elections.

In Philippine Star report, Vince Avena said, “[t]o bring him (Estrada) back is to correct the wrong that we have suffered at the hands of anti-poor people. I am just an ordinary citizen who wants to help the Filipino people” The same report quoted Avena saying, “[a] true leader must have a true love for the masses, love for the people. We produced quite a number of ERAP 2010 stickers to campaign for his return to power. The ERAP for 2010 president movement is initiated by a group of friends who believe that Erap is the man we need to lift our country from poverty.”

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People Power, Call for Change

The call for truth can be translated into the desire for change. Some want to have an abrupt change. However, silent majority prefer a change through a peaceful process.

We all want change. Change is not merely necessary to life – it is life, says Alvin Toffler.

But change cannot be done overnight. It is a process – a long process. It seems there are those who just can’t wait. There are many who noisily chant for change yet failed to initiate change within themselves.

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Onstage: Cory and Erap

I felt awkward to see Former Presidents Corazon Aquino and Joseph Estrada on-stage in last Friday’s (02-29-08) interfaith rally in Makati.

Aquino who had been active in the ouster of Estrada is now sharing the same stage with him.

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