Sunday, April 25, 2010

On Development Issue

Some sources said that the economies of our Asian neighbors are faring well leaving behind the Philippines. Well, I could not say much about it since I am not conversant with ASEAN economy. My cartoon just depicted the direction we might be taking after the elections ushering in a new set of leaders for the country. Contrary to the allegations or issues of other quarters who are anti-GMA, I believe that the administration of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has contributed to the improvement of the condition of the people especially in the countrysides. I knew that there were so many infrastructure and social projects which were implemented under her term for instance. Whether we like it or not, those projects also made a difference in the lives of the people. We cannot take away from her therefore the due credit for the projects that aimed to improve the well-being of the Filipino people. But then again this is politics.

From the campaign slogans and platforms of government, all candidates have said what they intend to do when they win. But I guess, genuine development will not happen if those platforms of government will not center on key areas. These key areas would be human resources development, vigorous countryside development, alternative sources of energy development, natural resources conservation and environmental protection, financial and technical support/programs to the development of small-scale entrepreneurs and the sincere getting rid the bureaucracy of excess fats and graft and corruptions. I don't like those candidates who would say that we need foreign investors to develop.

You will know that the country has failed to fully addressed those areas all because, I agree with vice-presidential candidate Bayani Fernando, we lack political will. That is though we have laws and programs but we lack will to implement or follow them to the letter, all would be nothing.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Political Trend

This national election has two firsts. That the people have to choose from among nine (9) presidential candidates and eight (8) vice-presidential candidates. And the first full automated elections following Republic Act 9359 to happen in our elections that were always marred with electoral frauds and cheating in the past. This hopefully allows, without glitches contrary to what doomsayers are saying, the people to know quickly who will lead the next administration of this country.

With barely 15 days left to the day of elections, we believe that the electorate have already decided who to vote. If there are changes in their minds, that would depend on the effects of black propaganda and mudslinging galore that are happening these days. This ugly part of our electoral process is perceived as normal. It happens. For instance, Noynoy Aquino III, a presidential candidate who enjoys popular support from since day one, was tagged as having psychiatric problem. However, his mental health record that was issued to the media was faked. The camp of Manny Villar, another strong presidential contender, was blamed for the black propaganda. 

For Villar, what is perceived as a ploy by his detractors - the revelation of former personnel (if memory serves me right) who is saying to the media that Villar's real estate firm (one of the biggest in the country) allegedly committed anomalies in dealing with some real estate properties. By the way, this is an issue on top of the C5 Road controversy that Villar failed to fully explain despite invitation from a senate inquiry. Although once, he faced the inquiry, he just went there to say his side but never gave the senators the chance to grill him. He is a senator and therefore he should have fully submitted himself to the process to be fair to all, especially the people, including his supporters, to know the turth of the controversy.

On the vice-presidential level, same political black propaganda is silently brewing. Recently, the electorate in Davao were dumbfounded to see yellow posters attacking Mar Roxas. This is addition to a side attack targeted at his wife Korina Sanchez over alleged maltreatment of her former househelp. Media sources pointed to the camp of Loren Legarda (running mate of Villar) to be behind the press conference of  Korina Sanchez' househelp. So expect that as the election day draws nearer, more of these stuffs will be coming out.

Political pundits decided that the actual election would be a three-cornered fight among Aquino, Villar and former pres. Erap Estrada. Poll surveys favored Aquino and Villar with Estrada tailing the two contenders. While I agree that the two have strong presence, I can still bet that Estrada has also a strong following for a number of reasons. Yesterday, I visited my relatives in Mangangalcal (Carmen, Davao del Norte) where I met some of my relatives who gathered there. It was my chance to know the real score on the ground. Who is winning? I asked them. All of them said that they would go for Erap Estrada and vouched that the former president is their bet.

"We cannot vote for a guy who has done nothing significant accomplishments as a senator." "Walay nahimo, si Noynoy," he said on Aquino III. Once, I also tried searching an answer to this line of argument online but I failed to see one. On Villar, my mama has this to say: "Ayaw ko kay Villar (I don't like Villar)." That's all. Period.

It would seem that the slogan "Erap para sa Mahirap" has found its way to the heart of the people. My uncle said, "Why vote for Aquino and Villar who are extremely rich? Erap is not that rich. They don't have genuine sympathy for the poor!"  Many of them believed that Erap is not corrupt and that was indicated when he was cleared of his case that sent him to jail for six years.  Erap was accused of plunder. By the way, what about Gibo Teodoro? My uncle said that the low-approval rating that GMA is getting negatively affects Gibo as the administration bet. 

Personally, I do not have a candidate of choice until 9 May 2010, one day before the elections. And why is that? My answer is crispy -- secret :-).   

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The 10th Editorial Cartoon Contest

I wanted to participate in the aforementioned contest but one of the organizers Guy Badeaux replied to my email saying that instead of April 20th as submission date, the jury moved it earlier to April 15th. The organizers deemed it necessary to move the submission to give more room for the program preparation, Mr. Badeaux said in his email. Well, I was unfortunate to miss the deadline of the competition and maybe do it next time. 

The theme of this 10th International Editorial Cartoon Competition is: "The 'Right' not to be offended is not a right." Apparently, a response to the situation of some editorial cartoonists who are facing threats of their lives because of the sensitive subjects they drew. Defending on the level of the reaction of the "offended" quarters, this is really happening to the editorial cartoonists. So I guess, the editorial cartoonists should also evaluate his drawings so as not to court unnecessary problem.

BTW, the drawing I posted here is a usual critic on rice importation that negatively affects the small farmers.   

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Locking Horns with the Media

Sometimes or more often, the tension would arise because of the political supporters who think that they need to protect their candidates from the "political attack." They are the so-called die-hard supporters of any politicos running for certain posts. 

This was the tension that arose between the supporters of Mayor Rody Duterte (running for vice-mayor) and the camp of Team Nograles that held a rally in one barangay in the city. Obviously, the tension was fueled by a heckle or there was heckling that happened. House Representative Speaker Prospero "Boy" Nograles is running for mayor. Anyways, thanks that it was right away resolved after cooler heads intervened. Mayor Duterte when interviewed by the local media asked his supporters to refrain from this useless exercise. It should not happen. From the news, I drew a cartoon as posted. 

Yet the cartoon is also applicable to the recent issue that  Nograles hurled against the local media that they gave him or his campaign sorties/rallies "unfair" coverage like down-playing the number of supporters participating in his team's political rallies, etc. I don't know if this is true. But local GMA 7 issued an statement that this is not true as far as they were concerned. The local ABS-CBN and other media outfits (radio and print) also belied his accusation. 

I just shook my head when I saw that tv coverage showing Nograles reprimanding the local media. I don't know if I am right to say that can fight anyone but do not lock horns with the media especially during this height of electoral campaign.     

Saturday, April 10, 2010

All Law Breakers

That's COMELEC's headache -- all candidates are law breakers. OK, save for a few of them. There are common poster areas and places that no campaign materials are allowed. Then specifications of campaign materials including the airtime for all tv and radio ads of the candidates. Now, it would seem that nobody could start the change they have promised us by doing their campaign activities right. 

Monday, April 5, 2010

Political Mudslinging

Some are probably valid issues but unfortunately these exposes are merely used to demolish the other political candidates as a political end and not to seek for truth. Or maybe depending on the credibility of the one who makes the "expose"  because if you are having popularity problem then nobody will buy your "crusade."

I don't think that it is an effective method to get votes when voters these days, who have grown weary to the style of traditional politicians, can easily dismiss your expose as "mere politicking." Ask any ordinary man from the street if they believe these so-called exposes. Who could believe in exposes during election period when it is done to get sympathy votes?

Funny thing is that there are also valid issues that are side-swept. I am particularly talking to the issue hurled against Sen. Manny Villar who never defended his case before the senate inquiry which was a process that he should have respected. And I think many are disturbed by the positive poll rating Senator Villar is enjoying despite the C5 Road controversy. Those who are for Senator Villar regard the controversy as pamulitika lang

Since he never faced his accusers in the senate, Senator Villar has deprived us all of the truth that we need to know. Including those who support Senator Villar with his presidential bid.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


Lobotomy is a funny political coinage to describe what is known as political sodomy. This is a local contribution to the vocabulary of political parlance that means that a political personality is a victim of a political dumping. I first read this term in various columns of local columnists here in Davao when describing a political betrayal like what is happening to presidential candidate Gibo Teodoro. If reports were true then he is a victim of lobotomy.

The root word of "lobotomy" is "lobot" which is equivalent of the term "behind or butt" or may mean as "ass" or "asshole." Although the former is more decent than the vulgar word "kibot" which is probably asshole to you. Politically speaking, the bigwigs or those who have say in the party carrying Gibo are actually supporting other presidential candidate the reason why he (Gibo) does not enjoy support from the party leaders of the Lakas-Kampi. No wonder that Gibo decided to resign from the party of Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Poor Gibo. He is gibubu by the administration. Gibubu means poured down the drain. It happens in the Philippine politics and this is always an issue during election times.

BTW, the editorial cartoon posted here tackled the issue of the Indigenous People near Mt. Apo who are yet to feel or enjoy the much-touted development impact of the Mt. Apo geothermal project in the area.