QUEZON CITY, Philippines — In commemoration of the 33rd anniversary of EDSA Revolution, former President Benigno Aquino III encouraged the public to use their right to vote so that the grim history of the country during martial law will never happen again.
He said that the public should remain vigilant because it seems like history is repeating itself.
The fact that the Liberal Party is still using Martial Law and the so-called “dark days” during “the Marcos years” as a campaign strategy in 2019 is already proof that they are not very smart. It didn’t work in the last election, but they still think it will work this coming election.
Do the Opposition actually think “Martial Law” still scares Filipinos? Evidently they do. They come across like senile parents telling stories about tikbalangs to their 45-year-old children to get them to eat their vegetables.
The Liberal Party’s insistence on using that all-too-familiar “Martial Law during the Marcos years” drivel to win votes means they have no agenda other than to get back in power. They do not have any advocacy other than to paint a negative picture of their opponents. They have no policies to advance Philippine society. All they offer is a pathological fixation on the past.
Those who insist that the arrest of Maria Ressa is an “attack on press freedom” are being stupid for continuing to criticise someone you think has the power to lock you up. The fact that you are still free despite criticising him makes you look stupid as well.
Ressa wasn’t arrested because she criticised Duterte. She was arrested for a libel case against her over an article published on her online site. It was a private individual who filed the case, not Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Please check your facts.
Interestingly enough, Noynoy Aquino was the one who signed the cyber crime act into law. Maria Ressa was helping Noynoy oust the late former Chief Justice Renato Corona during his impeachment trial when her online site published the libelous article vs W Keng. Now she could be jailed using Noynoy’s cyber crime law. Oh the irony!
I’d be totally surprised if Noynoy speaks out against a law he fully endorsed during his term. The law is working to put an end to libellous acts of his own allies in mainstream media.
“Hold the line”. I find this so OA. Maria Ressa is simply not very smart. She can’t stay out of trouble. She should learn from the best. Perhaps even a “minor-minor” blogger can teach her how to kick some ass without getting sued or arrested.
I don’t even know why Maria Ressa is acting so “surprised” she got arrested when the fact that she was included in the libel lawsuit was all over the news. She’s either not very smart or she thinks she can fool everyone. Either way, it doesn’t look good. This #DefendPressFreedom is misguided.
Perhaps some so-called journalists wish they would get arrested too because they are bored…it’s baffling why they are still enjoying their freedom to criticise the very person they accuse of abusing his power. Aren’t they accusing members of the judiciary of being corrupt as well?
Only a judge can decide Maria Ressa’s fate now, but it seems Maria Ressa’s supporters know better than a Philippine judge.
The Liberal Party’s new campaign slogan is that they are now “listening to the people”. Oh really? That’s an admission they weren’t listening the whole time they were in power. Let’s test it.
Can LP please answer why they violated the rule on using savings to procure the untested Dengvaxia vaccine?
Why did they ditch yellow?
According to senatorial candidate Pilo Hilbay (as reported by the Philippine Star), “the ‘traditional politics’ of [the] admin slate and the new breed of ‘principled’ politics of [the] opposition lay down a ‘campaign of contrast’.”
What a laugh. The only thing different about this so-called “new breed” is they don’t wear yellows shirts and sport yellow paraphernalia anymore. Otherwise, they say and stand for the same old sh*t. They should be called the SOS Team.
Too bad rabid Liberal Party supporters were not consulted before the party changed its slogan from “Kung walang korap, walang mahirap” to “Nakikinig”. They look like idiots now supporting a party whose leadership had to admit they were not listening to the public when they were in power.
Filipino-Chinese community should rally against Leni Robredo and the rest of the Liberal Party for their hasty generalisation against Chinese people after a Chinese lady threw a cup of taho on a policeman. A single incident made them conclude all Chinese are disrespectful to Filipinos!
If we follow Leni’s logic, then it is ok for members of the international community to label all Filipinos stupid because of the behaviour of individual Filipinos who travel abroad and misbehave. Indeed, the world is full of Filipinos overstaying their visas and residing and working in their host countries illegally — which is why the Philippine passport is now worth less than the paper it is printed on!
A lot of Filipinos actually get butt-hurt when members of the international community make fun of Pinoy behaviour in the Philippines or abroad. They are the first to say not to generalise and label all Filipinos this and that. But now we have our own “vice president” Leni Robredo accusing all Chinese of being disrespectful.
Yellows like Leni Robredo are creating a national issue over something trivial. In fact, they even want to create a diplomatic row with China over the bad behaviour of a Chinese tourist who acted on her own. Throwing taho is not part of Chinese government policy. Leni Robredo & Co make it look like it is.
According to a Manila Bulletin report Robredo even insisted that “the Chinese woman who threw a soybean curd drink was ‘disrespectful’ not only to the police officer, but also to the country.”
Leni is an embarrassment to the world. What a shame Filipinos have to suffer because she can’t keep her mouth shut. Now the Chinese ambassador had to issue a statement it was an isolated incident. But of course! Leni and her supporters just saw an opportunity to play victim.
“All Chinese here in the Philippines should abide by local regulations and laws,” Jianhua said in a text message.
He added that the incident was an isolated case and “should be treated as such.”
Filipinos will have to learn to isolate core issues and regard them in proper perspective. This incident has shown that they cannot rely on so-called “thought leaders” like Opposition leader and presumptive “vice president” Leni Robredo for wisdom in times of confusion. As is evident now, Robredo misguided Filipinos and incited xenophobia rather than encourage circumspection.
Leni clearly doesn’t have any diplomatic skills. She’s only using every opportunity to get back at the Duterte govt. She’s a disgrace!
The Yellows want to create a diplomatic row against China over a Chinese tourist who threw a taho snack on a local cop. You can see now why former President Noynoy Aquino lost the disputed island in the South China Sea. Noynoy and his yellow gang are not diplomatic and can’t solve problems without being too emotional.
According to a Manila Bulletinreport vice president Leni Robredo even insisted that “the Chinese woman who threw a soybean curd drink was ‘disrespectful’ not only to the police officer, but also to the country.”
Imagine if Leni was President. She could declare war against China over the “taho” throwing incident involving a Chinese tourist and a local cop. What a disaster!
While the Chinese tourist was wrong to throw her taho snack on a cop, we can’t generalise all Chinese as disrespectful to Filipinos. And let’s just say they are, perhaps we should practice some introspection on why they are disrespectful. Are Filipinos, for example, respectful of their own environment?
For that matter, are Filipinos even respectful to each other? Just look at the way some behave in traffic and in public spaces. It is easy to see there are a lot who do not respect the law and do not give courtesy to others. If you don’t have self-respect, how can you expect others to respect you?
As if making a long-winded statement in Tagalog will save his ass. It’s time to put Noynoy Aquino behind bars. He did a lot of damage by allowing his secretaries to run the show even when they were doing something illegal. This includes Butch Abad, Leila De Lima, and Dinky Soliman.
In their haste to organise a midnight deal in procuring Dengvaxia, for example, Noynoy and Abad did not anticipate any problems with the vaccine. They probably thought all going, well, no one would notice how fast they managed to secure a budget before stepping down from office.
Indeed, current President Rodrigo Duterte should use Noynoy’s usual excuse “done in good faith” every time the yellows criticise him. It’s good enough for them.
(See below images containing full statement of former President Noynoy Aquino)
As long as the squatters remain where they are and are allowed to flourish, the Philippines will not reach its full potential as a business hub that finds favor in the eyes of foreign investors. No amount of volunteer cleanup initiatives will fix this underlying problem.
Squatters indiscriminately dump waste onto Manila’s waterways. In other words, the activities of the people squatting are foul. They have no concern or respect for the rights or property of others and have total disregard for the environment and welfare of other people.
Unfortunately, asking the squatters to move out and clear the areas they are currently occupying – near riverbanks, under the bridges, along the railroad tracks and behind economic and exclusive residential zones, is easier said than done. Aside from professional squatters who try to cheat the system, there are squatters who keep returning to squat near the cities because they say there is no livelihood in the relocation sites.
In short, it is evident that the problem of squatters in the Philippines cannot be solved by invoking ‘humanitarian’ appeal. The problem with the way things are done in the Philippines is that small misdemeanors get routinely tolerated. And then more and more of them get tolerated until the pile of little misdemeanors gets bigger and bigger.
Squatting is a huge social and economic problem in the Philippines, more so because squatters are protected by laws that make it difficult to remove them from properties they infest. The solution is clear. The rules must be enforced from the start and consistently applied to all. Squatters should not be exceptions.
Yellow supporters are so bitter and hateful to the point that they make fun and belittle the effort of the current government to clean up Manila Bay. You would think they’d appreciate it since it is so close to where they live and breath. They are simply pathetic.
I just can’t believe that since yellow supporters can’t go against the clean up of Manila Bay, they just dismiss it as “easy” and as if it’s nothing significant. Never mind that for six years during Noynoy’s term, it never got this clean. They can’t even admit former President Noynoy Aquino was slack.
Those who say that the Manila Bay and Boracay clean up are Duterte’s only achievements do not appreciate that he exposed the shenanigans of the Noynoy government including the illegal drug operation inside the national penitentiary. Then Department of Justice Secretary De Lima knew this but turned a blind eye to the problem. This shows just how tolerant the government of Aquino was to endemic crime.