who’s your daddey? (the top half)
OKAY serious talk this time, shift to Makabayan mode…
Up to this point in time we are still hanging in mid-air as we decide whose “bilog na hugis itlog” are we shading. That’s why we decided to make a little research to come up with a comprehensive grid comparison of the presidential candidates’ platform, political background, track records and pros vs. cons and we thought of sharing it to you all for your perusal.
Here are the top 5 presidentiables (ranking according to …errr… 7Eleven).
Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” C. Aquino III
- Transformational leadership.
- A President who is the nation’s first and most determined fighter of corruption.
- Good governance, transparency and prudent budgeting
- Education and social welfare
- Economic reforms
- In 1998, he ran for a seat in the House of Representatives and won
- Served as Congressman of the second district of Tarlac until 2007.
- He served on numerous committees as a member of Congress and served as deputy speaker from November 8, 2004-February 21, 2006.
- In May 2007, he ran for senator and won, placing sixth in the national elections.
- At the Senate, he chairs the Committee on Local Government and is also the vice-chairperson of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
- He authored nine bills
- Held chairmanship on the Committee on Local Government.
- Co-Chaired the Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
- A member of Urban Planning, Ways and Means, Youth, Woman and Family Relations, Public Works, Trade and Commerce as well as Peace, Reunification and Reconciliation.
- Popular among voters, primarily because the public perceives him as an extension of his parents.
- He is not perceived as a corrupt official.
- His initial reluctance to enter the presidential race is a plus factor.
- He has also been shown to take positions adverse to his political allies.
- He has not been able to adequately answer the Hacienda Luisita issue.
- He has relatively insufficient political experience and is being criticized for not being able to achieve much as a senator or as a congressman.
- He is also perceived as riding on the coat-tails of his parents.
FLIP’N TRAVELS SAYS
So he’s the son of a democracy saint and a national hero, SO WHAT?! We should also be reminded that he is still the brother of the circus known as Kris. However, with the immense acceptance of the general populace to his parents and what they have been fighting for, there is a huge if not, significant possibility of uniting the country.
Also, growing up under strict morals and an umbrella of a family with an image venerated by an entire country, made it very hard for him to stain and smother it with dirt. But it is still arguable, look at Kris, so who knows.
Jose Marcelo “Erap” Ejercito
(Essentially PMPs platforms)
- The pursuit of an independent foreign policy
- Reconciliation with insurgents who take up arms against the government
- making the judiciary fair, impartial and efficient; and local autonomy.
- Development of the national economy and the countryside
- Privatization, deregulation and debt reduction for the benefit of the masses
- Limiting of foreign debt servicing to a certain percentage of our export earnings
- Comprehensive agrarian reform program for food and production security
- Implementation of programs that allow Filipinos to own and/or control big business enterprises critical to the national economy
- Improved tax collection, and requiring Government corporations to pay taxes.
- Equitable distribution of wealth, environmental protection, and education.
- Popular movie actor and this became his spring board to enter the realm of Philippine politics
- Two-time mayor of San Juan
- Vice President.
- Ousted President
- Against the presence of US military bases in the country.
- Made the chairman of the Presidential Anti-Crime Commission (PACC) of then President Ramos.
- Led an anti-charter change rally against Ramos.
- Caught in the middle of the Asian Financial Crisis, the fiscal deficit doubled during Estrada’s short stint as President.
- Led an all out war against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Mindanao.
- Following the October 2000 expose of Ilocos Sur governor Luis Chavit Singson that he gave Php 400 million to Estrada as jueteng pay-off and Php 180 million tobacco subsidy set aside for farmers’ marketing cooperatives, the much televised impeachment case was filed against Estrada.
- Impeached by the people who took power to EDSA and force him to resign from office.
- Convicted for corruption and pardon charges but was later granted a presidential pardon by Arroyo.
- He intends to continue his pro-poor platform during a time when the country is besieged with the worst economic crisis in history.
- His party, PMP, is not really a political force to reckon with anymore.
- His stronghold for mobilization is mainly focused in Metro Manila, his bailiwick San Juan in particular.
- Legal luminaries are at odds as to whether Estrada can still run for President a second time given his circumstances.
- He’s an ex-convict for crying out loud!
FLIP’N TRAVELS SAYS
Three words: DUDE, EDSA FOUR!
Manuel “Manny” Villar, Jr.
- poverty alleviation
- Entrepreneurial revolution and a competitive environment
- In 1992, he was elected to the House of Representatives, representing the district of Las Piñas-Muntinlupa (and later the district of Las Piñas City). He served for three consecutive three-year terms, consistently posting landslide election victories.
- In 1998, he was chosen to become the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
- In July 2006, Villar was chosen to become Senate President.
- He had previously held the position of Senate President pro tempore, as well as the chairmanship of the Committees on Finance, Foreign Relations, Public Order, and Committee on Agriculture and Fisheries.
- In November 2008, he resigned the position due to a lack of support in the Senate, and was succeeded by Juan Ponce Enrile, who later on investigated Villar for the C5 Scam. To date, Manny Villar is the only post-war public official who became both speaker of the House of Representatives and Senate President.
- Has a relatively more impressive legislative track record as compared to his contemporaries.
- He was third highest filer of the 12th Congress and the first among neophyte senators to file 204 bills during his debut.
- He authored 44 laws during the 12th Congress, filed bills aimed at providing business opportunities for the people and improving the Filipinos’ quality of life through basic health care, decent shelters, responsive social services and high quality education.
- He authored and passed into law the New Magna Carta for Small and Medium Enterprises (RA 8289).
- He initiated creative legislation such as the establishment of the Small and Medium Enterprises Stock Exchange, and Business One-Stop-Shop centers.
- He invokes his record and past actions and experiences to back his plans up
- Being his own financier means he is not indebted to anyone. He added it is his only way to level the playing field among other contenders with celebrity status, with celebrity parents and siblings, or with government machinery.
- The Senate Committee Report claims Villar failed to avoid a conflict-of-interest situation by not divesting himself of his shareholdings or interest in Adelfa Properties Inc, which owns Golden Haven Memorial Park and Azalea Real Estate Corporation (now Britanny Corporation).
- The Senate Committee Report also adds that Villar was the proponent of Las Piñas-Parañaque Link Road project and the C-5 road extension project implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). It added that Villar used his power to satisfy the interest of his corporations.
FLIP’N TRAVELS SAYS
His popularity amongst wide bracket of the society may just be another premature “pop star status,” exactly the same force that catapulted ERAP to the highest position in the government.
Other than botox injections, a huge portion of his money burning game goes to all the TV Ads which currently upstaging Manny Pacquiao’s air time on commercial slots. The drama of his rags to riches story can be seen everywhere. So, let’s give it to his publicity/marketing/campaign managers who are doing a good job on creating the biggest “maalaala mo kaya” episode of the decade. Villar did a good job and made a good decision of hiring them whoever they are. Now we all know that he is obviously a strategist, the fact that he managed and orchestrated all this “dagat ng basura” sh*t means he MAY have the right skill set to manage the country. We may be wrong.
Without a doubt, he is spending so much of HIS money (or is it?) on his campaign. It is kind of scary though, that he might use Malacanang’s Mida’s touch to replenish his heavily damaged personal bank account and break even on his expenditures.
Richard “Dick” Gordon
- He identified the problems besetting the country and the group’s guiding principles geared towards the alleviation of the country’s woes.
- He begins with a focus on the individuals as having primary responsibility for themselves and their fellow Filipinos in the task of transformation.
- He wants an educated Philippines.
- From a powerful political clan as the son of the slain James Gordon and Amelia Gordon.
- Served two terms as mayor of Olongapo City and later proceeded to become the first Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman.
- He later served as a member of the Cabinet as the country’s tourism Secretary.
- After landing the 5th spot in the 2004 Senatorial elections, he is at present, a Member of the Commission on Appointments, Chair of the Senate Committee on Government Corporations and Public Enterprises, Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments (13th Congress), Senate Committee on Tourism, and the Senate Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations (Blue Ribbon).
- Olonggapo and Subic became the models for development, peace and order and economic growth, bringing in billion-peso foreign investments from blue-chip companies.
- Successfully pushed for the creation of the Freeport and rejection of the 1991 bases agreement with the US.
- Gained praise for his Wow Philippines program which enjoyed relative success in promoting the Philippines as a prime tourist destination.
- Automated Election System law, the Tourism Bill,Veterans Equity Law,the law fixing the regular elections of the ARMM, the Sin Tax Law, laws fixing the tax regime in Special Economic Zones and Freeports in Clark in Pampanga, Poro Point in La Union; and John Hay in Baguio;
- The law abolishing the death penalty law; and the Biofuels Act of 2007.
- As head of the International Red Cross, he was a visible figure in the rescue and relief operations for the Ondoy and Pepeng typhoon victims.
- Gordon’s background and years of experience the legislative and executive department and his being a lawyer by profession and impressive track record have attracted many supporters.
- His performance in Subic and Olongapo lend credence to the “Transformers” tag line and shows strong political will.
- Gordon’s governance style is firm and straightforward and is often perceived as a dictator. But a true leader, he said must be feared and not captive of his constituents.
FLIP’N TRAVELS SAYS
He is showing a very firm and compulsive image, which more often than not, seen by people as juvenile and a very strong potential to foster martial law. Although we personally believe that the current status of our economy and the discipline of the citizens can now be qualified as uncontrollably berserk. And an effective implementation (through a democratic methodology) could be one of the changes in governance that the country needs. Take Singapore as an example. So far he is the only one who is running towards that direction.
Rumors are circulating that he is a big time cam whore, and will take every opportunity to carry a baby, eat with the urban poor marginalized sectors and pose, smile and perform all sorts of outreach tableaux hoping that it will be published or aired in national TV for his personal mileage.
One more thing, isn’t it fun calling your president a Dick?!
Gilberto Eduardo Gerardo “Gibo” Cojuangco Teodoro, Jr
- Basic education reform, health care, agriculture and long-term infrastructure planning as the priority concerns of any administration that he will head.
- Prioritize infrastructure development and lowering power costs.
- Independent monetary policy, developing power from sustainable energy sources and improving investor confidence in the country.
- Because of the potential economic benefits of the new Tourism Act, he will also be focusing on the tourism sector.
- Academic excellence and a better curriculum, because he thinks that the current curriculum does not place enough focus on technical skills, mathematics, and English.
- Enable the poorest of the poor to finish college by encouraging them to loan from government.
- Increase farm productivity through modernizing our agricultural and agri-industrial sectors.
- 1998 to 2007: House Representative for the First District of Tarlac province.
- Assistant Majority Leader in the 11th Congress and the head of the Nationalist People’s Coalition House members.
- He was also a member of the House Contingent to the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council.
- At the age of 43, he was the youngest person to have ever become the Secretary of the Department of National Defense.
- Lawyer in the famed EP Mendoza Law firm.
- He went to the Harvard Law School in Cambridge for his Master of Laws and completed it in 1997.
- Licensed commercial pilot and a Colonel in the Philippine Air Force Reserve.
- Yes for Fair Elections Act, and Electric Power Industry Reform Act as well as Automated Elections and Juvenile Justice Act.
- No for the Anti-Money Laundering Act, Dual Citizenship Act, Tobacco Regulation Act, Meralco Franchise Act, and Government Procurement Act. During the 13th congress, Teodoro also voted No when the Anti-Terrorism Act was brought to a vote.
- A consensus-builder
- He will talk and make compromises with those who will oppose him, a mark of a true compromiser and democrat.
- He knows the long-term structural and institutional requirements of the country.
- His experience being in both the opposition and the administration he has the capacity of making people work together.
- Running under the LAKAS KAMPI CMD party, and he was endorsed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA).
FLIP’N TRAVELS SAYS
He’s Young, a fresh meat, got something between the ears, charismatic speaker and definitely a looker. But endorsed by PGMA? That’s minus pogi points, NO make that, DELETED pogi points! I feel bad for him. His combination of wit, appealing political flavor and undeniably good television register is already a home run. Too bad he fell in to a nasty sh*t mole–I mean, HOLE!