Comparing Leni to Cory is an insult

SANTA Banana, President Aquino is scraping the bottom of the barrel, hoping that sentimentalism will make Mar Roxas’ running mate, Leni Robredo, win. Now he is using the most infantile comparison there is.

The only common thing that the late Cory Aquino has with Leni Robredo is that both their husbands died.

Ninoy died because he was assassinated upon his return from exile.  Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo died in a plane crash. Period.

Most importantly, Ninoy Aquino was the voice of the Filipino people against suppression of freedom and civil rights. He came back from exile despite threats to his life. Jesse Robredo? Well, as I said, he died in a plane crash.

The late DILG secretary may have gone around Naga City in his slippers, but that doesn’t make him my kind of hero that Ninoy was. Far from it.

BS Aquino may think that comparing Leni to his late mother may endear the former to the people. This insults our intelligence. For one thing, what track record  and political experience can Leni bring to the voters in 2016? She has nothing substantial to show in terms of performance as a first-termer at the House of Representatives.

My gulay, BS Aquino III distorts history. It was the  breakaway group—Reform the Armed Forces Movement—led by then-Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile, then PC/INP Chief Fidel Ramos and then RAM Chief Col. Gringo Honasan, that handed power to Cory on the last day of the 1986 People Power Revolution. Mrs. Aquino was the biggest benefactor of the event.

The President’s parents must now be turning in their graves.

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I was dead wrong when I speculated that Senator Bongbong Marcos would become the running mate of Vice President Jojo Binay. Marcos made his formal bid for the vice presidency, possibly with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as his candidate for President.

Now, it’s turning out to be the United Nationalist Alliance decision that Senator Greg Honasan would run alongside Binay.

Santa Banana, that makes three candidates from the Nacionalista Party aspiring for the vice presidency—Bongbong Marcos, Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes, and two from the Bicol Region, Leni Robredo and Chiz Escudero. I cannot imagine how Robredo can overtake Escudero or even Cayetano in poll surveys when Mar Roxas’ running mate is a non-entity.

I am not predicting who will get elected as Vice President, but I believe it will be a good fight among Bongbong Marcos, Chiz Escudero and Alan Peter Cayetano. I am ruling out Trillanes and Leni Robredo.

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I don’t know if Senator Grace Poe realizes it, but she has made an enemy of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, an advocate of federalism when Mrs. Grace Poe Llamanzares said that federalism can only produce political dynasties.

In fact, Duterte came out with a strong denunciation of Grace Poe that she is still living in the feudal age when vassals of the king or emperor had to pay homage to the latter. Duterte argued that federalism precisely was aimed at distributing power from Imperial Manila to the provinces and regions.

I am in fact a believer of a parliamentary-federal system of government. For long, we have copied the presidential system of government from Mother America, and what have we become? A country ruled by Imperial Manila where the President rules.

If there must be a real change in the country’s political structure, it will be a “parliamentary-federal system” structure of government. It’s for this reason why the foremost advocates of “Bagong Sistema, Bagong Pag-asa” (New System, New Hope) led by former Chief Justice Renato Puno, can count me in as a supporter.

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What was done by The Playgirls, a group of dancers who simulated sexual acts during the Liberal Party oathtaking ceremonies and the birthday celebration of Laguna Rep. Benjamin Agarao last week, is an ordinary thing. Politicians do this for their fellow politicians all the time.

I have been a journalist for 65 years. I have had the chance to cover the campaigns of numerous candidates for national office. I have seen scantily-clad women gyrating before men. This is all too common because politicians want to attract crowds. All these gimmicks are imported and paid for by politicians themselves.

But lest I am mistaken for tolerating what went on, I have to say the performance was unforgivable. The ultimate responsibility falls on the President’s lap, whether or not he wanted it to happen. Therefore, he must apologize for it.

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I can only laugh at the statement of President Aquino that his “gains” as President will be stolen by the opposition.

What gains and accomplishments is the President talking about? His so-called “Daang Matuwid,” the mantra of the administration, has become a big joke because of the President’s brand of “selective justice.”

The President, for instance, cited that traffic problems would be solved once Skyway Stage 3 project is finished. But this will be after his term. Thus, his critics will be claiming this as their own.

My gulay, does he think his political enemies are so hungry for praise as he is?

BS Aquino III also cited as administration “gains” the program against smugglers and tax evaders. But has he  done anything about his shooting buddy former Land Transportation Office Chief Virginia Torres who blatantly went to Customs to have the P100 million worth of smuggled sugar contained in 16 containers released?

“Daang Matuwid,” my foot! It’s the height of hypocrisy!

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