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Truth About Noynoy’s Psychological Problem: Carmen Pedrosa


May 8, 2010 (Saturday) Carmen N. Pedrosa

The machines that will fail; letters from Boston

It is not as if it is being said for the first time. I repeat what others have said that failure of election will not come from the PCOS but from two other machines –  FV (Filipino voter) and FC (Filipino candidates).

The machines are so out of date, they cannot function properly for the selection of leaders for our country. The FV is out of sync and performs as if it has nothing to do with why he is voting a particular FC. The FC operates within this flaw and produces results with nothing to do with FV.

That in brief is the problem we face when the results are known after May 10. When disaster strikes and the country malfunctions (with candidates declaring beforehand that they will not accept defeat) let us put the blame on those who refused to accept that the machines are not and cannot work unless these are fixed.

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Among those I turned to in my quest for information that would help voters choose a qualified candidate to be our president is another family friend of both the Aquinos and the Agulars. They formed a tightly knit Filipino community in Boston. Let us just call him Jim because, he, too like so many others who have something to say about Noynoy as unfit to be president of the Philippines does not want to expose himself.

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Dear Ms. Pedrosa

Just when I think of giving up on RP…because it doesn’t want to be helped…I meet someone

of your high stature—who is into saving RP (from dud leaders?). I am naturally encouraged again.

To go into your inquiry, I am sorry to tell you that I do not have any medical information about Noynoy.

Seriously, I don’t hope to go into that route. I have always relied on my own personal observation and inference in evaluating

a person, and that is how I form my idea of someone who should not even think of being president.

I’m sorry to sound preachy, but I think it is time for us Filipinos to discern that way about candidates who simply “like” public positions, but which are out of their aptitude.

The Agulars and I stayed together everyday of my trip there leading to the Upsilon reunion at the Manila Polo Club. Steve and I belong to that Batch. And to his widow and son’s family, it was a sentimental reunion with “Steve’s brods.”

To this day, we are each other’s extended families, as when we both lived in Massachusetts.

Personally, I think the Agulars, (especially the late Dr. S. Agular), are apolitical. But they are very loyal to family friends. The Aquinos are one.

In politics, I am more loyal to RP ( the Republic of the Philippines. That’s why Gordon is my candidate. I wish to read more of your regular columns. I think we have many sensible things in common about what is good for RP.

This letter was followed by another.

Thank you for this attention…tho’ undeserved… but I would rather not be another ‘witness to corroborate’ the imperfections of Noynoy. I believe we have enough evidence in the open to convince a nation that Noynoy should best be left to himself…not running for president…and certainly not be used—not by his sisters, not by

his relatives, and not fussed about by the media.

Unfortunately, the RP media abetted this yet another political aberration. It’s our culture

and our habit to promote the bizarre and the incompetent, e.g. Erap, Lapid, Revilla, etc.

We prefer to be entertained, it seems that way. And this might sell newspapers,

but it carries no responsibility.

I could not believe, for instance, the headlines that came out from both The Philippine Inquirer and the Philippine Star newspapers. They actually hailed the dramatic internal struggle of Noynoy to make a decision for the ‘big plum.’ Is there a movie about this heir cashing in on a huge political inheritance?

That’s right…the media played a big part in making a Noynoy attractive to the millions

of impressionable voters.  Of course, it’s not lost in me that we (you & I?) might be that child yelling to the crowd that the king is shriveled in the head, and has no clothes.

But we have to look back some 30 years ago. How much can we rely on Pinoy “kantiyaw” humor…things said in anecdotal bantering of a small party of friends?

In MA then, I remember asking why…”itong anak ni Ninoy ang layo kung sumagot.” (not

in the presence of Ninoy, of course.)

And the answer I got was: …”kasi may kulang.” …which was consistent with what

I thought was a missing bolt in his head. (never occurred to me that he would run for

president, let alone his mother, Cory!…years after. Cory, I think, was a disaster for RP.)

Thirty years since…I repeated the incident, and the answer I got was: “ikaw naman…! ‘di naman gano’n ang ibig sabihin ng “kulang”.

And what did it mean? The explanation was that…he was “kulang sa pansin

ng tatay”….because all the attention was given to the (spoiled) youngest, Kris. And this, supposedly,

had a big impact on the “kid.”

I see…but not quite. I may get into EXPLANATIONS, but still this is not the DISCUSSION I want to get into

with my friends. So I left this matter to rest. Besides, it is a 30 year-old personal observation of a “kid”. Times have changed. I’m often chided. Even some people are able to get out of cancer, so I’m reminded.

Today, I am further reassured, “Have you heard Noynoy speak lately? He KNOWS how to speak in public now.”

And is this why ‘that kid’ is urged to run for president?!?

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These letters reinforce the opinion that the validity of a psychiatric report on a person’s ability to lead does not rest on whether the report was signed. Indeed the report can be true even without a signature.

What is necessary is that what it reports can be verified through other means. It is not the signature that makes the report. Experts arrive at their conclusions by observation, asking questions and then evaluating their observations through the prism of knowledge through textbooks and experience. Ordinary people can do the same without having formal expertise.

Reports do not become bogus for a lack of signature. The details of the report have been reported widely and interpreted by its readers according to what they hear, what they see, and make their own profile of the person concerned.

Mga AQUINO sikat sa NEW YORK TIMES dahil sa pagpatay sa mga magsasaka ng Hacienda Luisita!


ASTIG! The New York Times na!!!! Mga Aquino talaga basta sa scandals kilalang-kilala!

For Philippine Family in Politics, Land Issue Hits Home

Jes Aznar for The New York Times

Workers loaded sugar for delivery last month at Hacienda Luisita, a Philippine plantation that is owned by the family of former President Corazon C. Aquino.

By NORIMITSU ONISHI
Jes Aznar for The New York Times

A farm worker carried rice he had harvested from contested land at Hacienda Luisita, about 80 miles north of Manila.

HACIENDA LUISITA, the Philippines — Like his father before him, Buenaventura Calaquian worked the sugar cane fields at Hacienda Luisita, a plantation owned by the family of former President Corazon C. Aquino. In the long-running, sometimes bloody battle over control of the land here, Mr. Calaquian, 58, has come out better than most.

For the last few years, he has illegally occupied 3.7 acres on which he cultivates rice and vegetables. He spends most days watching his fields from a makeshift shack whose thatched roof is patched with flattened cardboard boxes. Small profits from tomato sales have allowed him to buy 50 ducks that now swim in a nearby creek.

“I never want to go back to sugar cane,” Mr. Calaquian said as his wife, Maria, 46, used a single bucket to carry water from the creek over to several uneven rows of tomato vines. “This is better.”

Despite the government’s assertion that a two-decade-old land distribution program has been a success, most farmers in the Philippines have yet to benefit significantly. The uneven ownership of land, this country’s primordial problem, continues to concentrate economic and political power in the hands of large landowning families and to fuel armed insurgencies, including Asia’s longest-running Communist rebellion.

The land problem has drawn fresh attention since Mrs. Aquino’s son, Benigno Aquino III, declared his candidacy for the May 10 presidential election, running on his mother’s legacy of “people power.” Though Mrs. Aquino made land reform a top priority, she allowed landowning families to eviscerate her distribution program. Critics say there is no greater example of the failure of land reform than her own family’s estate.

For the past five years, the family has been fighting in the Supreme Court a government directive to distribute the 10,000-acre Hacienda Luisita — the second-biggest family-owned piece of land in the Philippines, about 80 miles north of Manila — to 10,000 farmers.

In 2004, the military and the police killed seven protesters during a strike by farmers fighting for land and higher wages. Since then, the family-controlled Hacienda Luisita Inc. has managed to plant only 40 percent of the estate with sugar cane; the rest has been seized by individual farmers or remains idle.

Criticized for his family’s position, Mr. Aquino, 50, the front-runner in the presidential election, announced recently that the family would transfer the land to the farmers after ensuring that debts were paid off.

“It will be theirs clear and free,” Mr. Aquino said in an interview in Manila.

But Mr. Aquino’s cousin, Fernando Cojuangco, the chief operating officer of the holding company that owns the plantation, said that the extended Cojuangco family, owners of this plantation since 1958, had no intention of giving up the land or the sugar business.

“No, we’re not going to,” Mr. Cojuangco, 47, said in an interview here. “I think it would be irresponsible because I feel that continuing what we have here is the way to go. Sugar farming has to be; it’s the kind of business that has to be done plantation-style.”

He dismissed the widely held view that Mrs. Aquino, his aunt, had made land reform a centerpiece of her government.

“Is there a document that it was a centerpiece? I always asked that question even to her ex-cabinet members. Was there a cabinet meeting where she said this is the centerpiece?”

In 1987, when Mrs. Aquino, born a Cojuangco, began carrying out land redistribution, the government estimated that 10 percent of the population controlled 90 percent of the country’s agricultural land.

The government says that under the program it has redistributed 10 million acres of privately owned land and 7.4 million acres of public land, allowing each farming family to acquire up to 7.4 acres with government-backed loans. The government says owners who relinquish land have received compensation; for sugar estates, the payment is $2,000 per acre.

Last year, the government extended the program to redistribute 2.5 million acres of “problematic lands” that the authorities have been unable to distribute “because of the resistance of some big landowners,” said Nasser C. Pangandaman, the secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform.

Mr. Pangandaman described the program as a success. But most farmers’ groups, scholars and businessmen question the department’s figures.

“The department has never provided us with a clear and credible inventory of the lands that have been distributed,” said Rafael V. Mariano, a congressman who is a member of Anakpawis, a union-based political party.

What is more, lawmakers, most of whom come from large landowning families, included loopholes in the program, critics say.

“Because of the loopholes, landlords have been able to find all sorts of ways and means to recover their land,” said Roland G. Simbulan, a professor of development studies and public management at the University of the Philippines.

The biggest loophole, critics say, was a stock and profit-sharing program that Mrs. Aquino agreed to under pressure from large landlords. Instead of redistributing their land, about a dozen families, including her own, were allowed to turn farmers into shareholders.

The government eventually found that the Cojuangcos had violated the agreement by failing to share profits with the farmers and ordered that the land be distributed, said Mr. Pangandaman of the agrarian reform department.

Mr. Cojuangco said the ruling was a politically motivated attack against his family. The family company treated the workers well, providing health care, homes for some, interest-free loans and a guaranteed minimum wage, he said.

The farm workers at Hacienda Luisita voted in favor of the stock and profit-sharing program in 1989. But because of the decline of the sugar industry and mechanization, the amount of available work diminished steeply so that some farmers were working only one day a week by the late 1990s, said farmers and union officials.

Since the 2004 strike, many have been unable to return to work at the hacienda even as they lacked the funds to buy the seedlings and fertilizer necessary to plant crops on land they are occupying.

In a barrio called Paunawa, Esmeraldo Alcantara, 42, was one of several frustrated jobless men collecting brush to sell for about 30 cents a bundle.

“If I had land and capital, that would be ideal,” said Mr. Alcantara, who controlled a two-acre plot that he had given up trying to plant. “But since I don’t, going back to work at the hacienda would be better. But I can’t do that, either.”

A sign at the village entrance warns motorcyclists wearing helmets or bandanas to stay out — a reminder of the tumultuous strike, when union officials, farmers and supporters were assassinated, sometimes by hit men riding motorcycles. (The Philippine military, which accuses farm leaders of being tied to the Communist rebellion, is believed to be behind these kinds of killings.)

Mr. Cojuangco said he was not afraid of venturing into the hacienda that his family has controlled for three generations.

“I can go out there to the barrios,” he said.

Lito Bais, the head of the farm workers’ union, said, “If that’s true, then why isn’t he doing that?”

“I believe that as long as the Cojuangcos are here, they’ll never give up the land,” Mr. Bais said. “And as long as we’re here, we’ll never give up the struggle for this land.”

source: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/15/world/asia/15phils.html?hp

No offense meant to ardent supporters of Noynoy


I have defended Pres Cory against all coups set on her, but I cannot endorse the candidacy of her son for the following reasons.

NOY

In every election, the easiest choice to make is who you would not vote for. This year, it is profoundly difficult because for me the easiest identifiable candidate whom I would not vote for (aside from Erap of course, for who would vote for a convicted plunderer) is a leading candidate, with the widest of margin in the survey, Noynoy. He probably will be the next president and so, in my heart, I tried my best to consider and reconsider my decision, yet I became more convinced that he is my best choice on whom not to vote for. These are my thoughts:

He is clean and honest

He really is unblemished, squeaky clean and immaculate. His record for nine years speaks for himself. I am reminded of a friend of mine, a cocky but very articulate and bright Solicitor General. At a certain time before he started winning his cases, his critics had a heyday criticizing the way he handled his job. They said, he had a perfect record of losing all cases. Thus, his record was clean and unblemished victory. Like this solicitor general, Noynoy has also no record of dishonesty simply because he has no record of accomplishment at all. He was one of the prominent members of the committee of silence. I goggled his name to find out if, except for his name, there was anything he did that he should be proud of. I am sorry that I found nothing. It is timehe reveals what he had done in congress for nine years, plus two years in the senate, to deserve the presidency. When he ran for Senate, he simply relied on his family name and the endorsement of his mother. Being in the senate with no accomplishment will not hurt the nation except wasted money paid to him as a public servant. But to be president and not knowing what to do is probably as disastrous as a corrupt president.

He comes from a good stock

A prominent columnist of the inquirer believes that since hero’s blood runs in his veins, he is a natural hero and would do nothing to shame the good name. The prominent columnist also said that what we need is a good heart and correct values and Noynoy fits to the T. Of course heritage is a plus factor but unfortunately, this is no assurance that he too will be as upright as his parents. We do not have to look far. Look at his sister. She even gloated and flaunted her sexual indiscretions and gave press interviews of her indecent acts, in spite of the fact that at that time, her dear mother was very much alive. She fueled salacious gossip about her sexual escapades that she grabbed the headlines for days of the local papers. Not only that, she proudly proclaimed that she will have to do wash over sorts, on the popularity of Noynoy. To be fair, since Noynoy is not the sister’s keeper, he should publicly open how he spent in several hundred million, probably billions of pesos, if cumulatively taken together, of pork barrel. Joker and Lacson did not spend a single centavo on their pork barrel allocations. Moreover, Noynoy has not been battle tested; we do not know how he will react to temptation, simply because he has not been where the action is. He can not honestly and truthfully say that he is goodness personified and all others are evil just because he is the son of Cory. It is sheer arrogance and hypocrisy to make such claim.

He comes unprepared

Before the death of former Pres. Cory, nobody considered him of presidential caliber, not even for vice president. His party mates knew of his capabilities and did not even look at his direction when they considered their standard bearer. Noynoy himself, conscious of his own limitations, did not even dream of being one. When his mother died and there was public mourning, all of a suuden, his party mates in spite of knowing his limited capabilities, and taking advantage of public sentiments, pushed him to be a candidate to the noble office of the presidency. This factual milieu clearly shows that his popularity is solely and purely for sentimental reasons, the death of his mother. His supporters are praying to high heavens that the public sentiments on his parents would not wane and that the public would not see through the real Noynoy. Stripped of all sentimentality, there is nothing in his bio data that shows he is capable of the challenges of the highest office of the land. His biodata is uninspiring, to say the least. Aside from his public office due to his lineage, he was a sales person of Mondragon Industries and a member of the board of directors of a security agency which the family owns. How in heavens names will he run for presidency?

Pres Cory’s landmark achievement in her administration was her Land Reform Program. Our own 24 hectares of irrigated rice land in Kinamayan, Davao del Norte was subjected to land reform and my dad wanted to fight it out but counseled him to surrender the land as I explained to him that ultimately the entire country will benefit from his pestering problem of unjust distribution of wealth. He understood the situation that each of us had to make sacrifices for the common good. This is not a unique scenario in Mindanao, then known as the Land of Promise. Little did we know that Pres Cory distributed all other people’s landholdings except her own Hacienda Luisita. She asked all of us to make sacrifices, except her own family. Her tenants protested and in the ensuing protest several tenants were moved down. The tenants were unarmed and no casualties were suffered on the side of the soldiers trying to disperse the tenants. Of course, Noynoy is not her mother’s keeper nor do I intend to diminish her mother’s role as our leader who toppled the dictatorship.

But when Noynoy declared his candidacy, he was asked point blank, what he planned to do with Hacienda Luisita. He had no ready answer but promised to give a stand soon. Three months passed and still no answer. Is he really prepared?

Trust

The argument goes, that since the people lost trust in the present leadership, Noynoy comes as a white knight enjoying the trust and confidence of the people. But why should we trust Noynoy? Has he done something to deserve our trust? Trust is earned, deserved and not bestowed nor inherited. We are now bombarded with propaganda about the goodness of Pres Cory, to the extent that Noynoy propagandists even go to the limit of declaring her a saint, in the hope that people will also view Noynoy as a saint-like. The liberal Party had even formulated its battle cry: “this (the election) is a fight between good and evil” My goodness, don’t you agree that a man who pontificates that he represents goodness is really suspect of some loose screw somewhere.

Noynoy’s handlers forgot the basic need of a responsible candidate-the need to have an advocacy. It should be pointed out that Noynoy has no advocacy at all in his public life. He won his senate seat solely upon his family name, like Loi Ejercito, Pia Cayetano, Bong Revilla and the like. This is very important to those who are very discerning. We do not know to what directions we will be going, with him as a leader. It is fearsome to have a president who is not only unprepared and unqualified but also to be under the control of unknown advisers and heaven forbid, under the tutelage of his movie star sister. It becomes more dreadful because his popularity is seemingly sustained, thanks to the biased and twisted reporting of our media and most especially of a very large TV network who all have their interests to protect.

The above mentioned points are correct.

I am simply saying that Noynoy is “Not Worth to Vote for Him” because:

1. He has no capability to govern

2. He relies solely on the name of his parents

3. He has no advocacy

4. He has no achievement on his own

5. He is pure creation of media

Sadly, only Noynoy has all these attributes among all presidential candidates.

NOY

In every election, the easiest choice to make is who you would not vote for. This year, it is profoundly difficult because for me the easiest identifiable candidate whom I would not vote for (aside from Erap of course, for who would vote for a convicted plunderer) is a leading candidate, with the widest of margin in the survey, Noynoy. He probably will be the next president and so, in my heart, I tried my best to consider and reconsider my decision, yet I became more convinced that he is my best choice on whom not to vote for. These are my thoughts:

He is clean and honest

He really is unblemished, squeaky clean and immaculate. His record for nine years speaks for himself. I am reminded of a friend of mine, a cocky but very articulate and bright Solicitor General. At a certain time before he started winning his cases, his critics had a heyday criticizing the way he handled his job. They said, he had a perfect record of losing all cases. Thus, his record was clean and unblemished victory. Like this solicitor general, Noynoy has also no record of dishonesty simply because he has no record of accomplishment at all. He was one of the prominent members of the committee of silence. I goggled his name to find out if, except for his name, there was anything he did that he should be proud of. I am sorry that I found nothing. It is timehe reveals what he had done in congress for nine years, plus two years in the senate, to deserve the presidency. When he ran for Senate, he simply relied on his family name and the endorsement of his mother. Being in the senate with no accomplishment will not hurt the nation except wasted money paid to him as a public servant. But to be president and not knowing what to do is probably as disastrous as a corrupt president.

He comes from a good stock

A prominent columnist of the inquirer believes that since hero’s blood runs in his veins, he is a natural hero and would do nothing to shame the good name. The prominent columnist also said that what we need is a good heart and correct values and Noynoy fits to the T. Of course heritage is a plus factor but unfortunately, this is no assurance that he too will be as upright as his parents. We do not have to look far. Look at his sister. She even gloated and flaunted her sexual indiscretions and gave press interviews of her indecent acts, in spite of the fact that at that time, her dear mother was very much alive. She fueled salacious gossip about her sexual escapades that she grabbed the headlines for days of the local papers. Not only that, she proudly proclaimed that she will have to do wash over sorts, on the popularity of Noynoy. To be fair, since Noynoy is not the sister’s keeper, he should publicly open how he spent in several hundred million, probably billions of pesos, if cumulatively taken together, of pork barrel. Joker and Lacson did not spend a single centavo on their pork barrel allocations. Moreover, Noynoy has not been battle tested; we do not know how he will react to temptation, simply because he has not been where the action is. He can not honestly and truthfully say that he is goodness personified and all others are evil just because he is the son of Cory. It is sheer arrogance and hypocrisy to make such claim.

He comes unprepared

Before the death of former Pres. Cory, nobody considered him of presidential caliber, not even for vice president. His party mates knew of his capabilities and did not even look at his direction when they considered their standard bearer. Noynoy himself, conscious of his own limitations, did not even dream of being one. When his mother died and there was public mourning, all of a suuden, his party mates in spite of knowing his limited capabilities, and taking advantage of public sentiments, pushed him to be a candidate to the noble office of the presidency. This factual milieu clearly shows that his popularity is solely and purely for sentimental reasons, the death of his mother. His supporters are praying to high heavens that the public sentiments on his parents would not wane and that the public would not see through the real Noynoy. Stripped of all sentimentality, there is nothing in his bio data that shows he is capable of the challenges of the highest office of the land. His biodata is uninspiring, to say the least. Aside from his public office due to his lineage, he was a sales person of Mondragon Industries and a member of the board of directors of a security agency which the family owns. How in heavens names will he run for presidency?

Pres Cory’s landmark achievement in her administration was her Land Reform Program. Our own 24 hectares of irrigated rice land in Kinamayan, Davao del Norte was subjected to land reform and my dad wanted to fight it out but counseled him to surrender the land as I explained to him that ultimately the entire country will benefit from his pestering problem of unjust distribution of wealth. He understood the situation that each of us had to make sacrifices for the common good. This is not a unique scenario in Mindanao, then known as the Land of Promise. Little did we know that Pres Cory distributed all other people’s landholdings except her own Hacienda Luisita. She asked all of us to make sacrifices, except her own family. Her tenants protested and in the ensuing protest several tenants were moved down. The tenants were unarmed and no casualties were suffered on the side of the soldiers trying to disperse the tenants. Of course, Noynoy is not her mother’s keeper nor do I intend to diminish her mother’s role as our leader who toppled the dictatorship.

But when Noynoy declared his candidacy, he was asked point blank, what he planned to do with Hacienda Luisita. He had no ready answer but promised to give a stand soon. Three months passed and still no answer. Is he really prepared?

Trust

The argument goes, that since the people lost trust in the present leadership, Noynoy comes as a white knight enjoying the trust and confidence of the people. But why should we trust Noynoy? Has he done something to deserve our trust? Trust is earned, deserved and not bestowed nor inherited. We are now bombarded with propaganda about the goodness of Pres Cory, to the extent that Noynoy propagandists even go to the limit of declaring her a saint, in the hope that people will also view Noynoy as a saint-like. The liberal Party had even formulated its battle cry: “this (the election) is a fight between good and evil” My goodness, don’t you agree that a man who pontificates that he represents goodness is really suspect of some loose screw somewhere.

Noynoy’s handlers forgot the basic need of a responsible candidate-the need to have an advocacy. It should be pointed out that Noynoy has no advocacy at all in his public life. He won his senate seat solely upon his family name, like Loi Ejercito, Pia Cayetano, Bong Revilla and the like. This is very important to those who are very discerning. We do not know to what directions we will be going, with him as a leader. It is fearsome to have a president who is not only unprepared and unqualified but also to be under the control of unknown advisers and heaven forbid, under the tutelage of his movie star sister. It becomes more dreadful because his popularity is seemingly sustained, thanks to the biased and twisted reporting of our media and most especially of a very large TV network who all have their interests to protect.

The above mentioned points are correct.

I am simply saying that Noynoy is “Not Worth to Vote for Him” because:

1. He has no capability to govern

2. He relies solely on the name of his parents

3. He has no advocacy

4. He has no achievement on his own

5. He is pure creation of media

Sadly, only Noynoy has all these attributes among all presidential candidates.

More Aquino Killings after the Hacienda Luisita Massacre: A must read


It seems like the oh-so-joke Senator Noynoy Aquino the MASAker King is kinda half true or true. You decide!

To my fellow Filipinos,

Every one of us is in search of hope for unity and progress in our country.  We again are given a chance for this dream to happen thru the coming election in May 2010.

Like many Filipinos, I too lost the faith and trust for clean governance.  But thinking of the future of my son and my other children-to-be, I try to be optimistic that my vote would be part of a big difference which would upgrade the living of my family.

I have not yet decided on whom to vote for President; however, I have committed myself not to support Noynoy Aquino.

We have condemned the killing of Bobby Dacer by ex-presidential hopeful Panfilo Lacson who is said to be hiding in Macau and is now in the watch list of the PNP; same with our denouncement of the Maguindanao massacre.  Now, I appeal to everybody not to ignore the happening in Hacienda Luisita.

I have looked through this site: www.gmanews.tv/story/183662/after-luisita-massacre-more-killings-linked-to-protest.  It is a first-hand report by a renowned reporter, Howie Severino, coordinating with journalist Stephanie Dychiu.  It is not an opinion or hear-say wherein no bias can be found.

I plead to every Filipino not to disregard this finding.  Let’s think of our children.  It’s now time that the Philippines regain its reputation and supremacy over other Asian countries which it once had.  A Taiwanese friend once said that they (Taiwanese) are afraid that Filipinos someday might be united.   As unity is the only factor for the Philippines to be back as the Tiger of Asia.  But this fear didn’t last long.  As according to them, it is in no doubt that unity has no place in this country.  Let’s prove them wrong.  We can regain superiority.  Please vote for somebody who has the capacity to unite the Filipinos and bring back the richness of the Philippines it once had.

Gen Marqueses

Mother and a concerned Filipino