Edsa Revolutions, Noynoy Aquino, and the Big Conspiracy

Ever heard of the Holocaust deniers? Holocaust deniers are people who are trying to convince everyone that the Holocaust of World War II did not happen. They claim that the genocide mounted against Jews during World War II did not occur at all or did happen, but wasn’t as bad as the history books or documentaries show it to be. These people reject the reality that more than five million Jews were systematically exterminated as a matter of state policy by the German Nazi government.

These are quite shocking claims aren’t they? Even with the amount of evidence and testimonials, there are still people who say that what happened was grossly exaggerated. Holocaust deniers even say that the whole tragedy was just a fabrication made by the Jews to gain sympathy and to justify their occupation of Palestine. Not surprisingly, this conspiracy theory was started out by Nazis themselves who denied involvement in the atrocities. I guess some people start believing their own lies if they repeat it often enough. It is a truly extraordinary lie you might say, but at least the Jews have all kinds of documents, testimonies, photographs and physical evidence to use against the perpetrators to bring them to justice. I wish I could say the same for some of the things or events that happened in the Philippines.

Ever heard of the Edsa Revolution deniers? Well, I’m not aware of any yet. No individual or group of people has yet claimed that the People Power revolution of 1986 never happened. Indeed, there is no denying it did happen because most Filipinos have become so addicted to it to the point that people power revolutions have become the first choice of method for getting rid of sitting presidents. Lately though, most calls for street revolutions have been largely ignored, not because Filipinos have wisened up but largely because the poster person for these, the late Corazon Aquino, who can gather a huge crowd of supporters with a flick of the “L” sign, had passed away late last year. Likewise, the coming presidential election this year has put all detractors of the incumbent president into a temporary Zen like state. So, everyone is just waiting for May to get rid of Gloria Arroyo and put Noynoy Aquino on the driver’s seat, hardly a significant change in the bigger scheme of things, if you ask me – just the baton being passed to another oligarch by another.

If an Edsa Denial group were to emerge today, their job will be easy. Aside from Ninoy Aquino’s statue on Ayala Avenue, his image on the 500-peso bill, and the Edsa “Shrine” at the corner of Ortigas Avenue, evidence of any legacy left by the 1986 “revolution” in Philippine society is becoming harder and harder to come by. What constitutes evidence that the Edsa Revolution did happen? What was the result of this event? Where is the country now in terms of economic stability and security — that “progress” that seemed so within our reach amidst the euphoria of 1986?

The Holocaust only happened once in the 1940’s but reminders of the atrocities perpetrated against a particular group of people remain strong to this day and, like I said, the perpetrators of the said event were brought to justice, hence, there is an unlikelihood of the same thing happening again. In contrast, much of the imprint on our society of what was supposed to be the legacy of the 1986 Edsa Revolution is fading. Of course, there are so many people who will gladly testify that they were there during the Edsa revolution when it all happened. Some would even claim that they were among the millions of Filipinos who stood side by side with the late Cory Aquino. They will talk about how they braved the tanks and the machine guns wearing yellow shirts clutching either a yellow banner or a rosary while singing “Ang bayan kong Pilipinas…“. In short, they will proudly say (or in some cases even brag) that they risked their lives to gain the country’s democracy. They may as well join the ranks of the thousands of others who claim to have been abducted by aliens.

Some young Filipinos today (ahem, myself included) who were still too young or who weren’t even born yet during the first Edsa revolution but who are now qualified to vote are questioning its significance. Unfair you might say, considering that young Filipinos today did not experience the cruelty of the dictator, former President Ferdinand Marcos. I can understand why these youths feel cynical with regard to the essence of the Edsa revolutions especially the succeeding ones. It is because there hasn’t been much progress since democracy was “restored”. Some would argue that we are even worse off now. This last statement can be true in the sense that, today, Filipinos already have freedom but still don’t know what to do with it. As early as 1992, Singapore’s former leader Lee Kuan Yew said that “Filipinos have too much democracy but too little discipline” — a very astute observation that remains relevant today.

I tend to agree with journalist and author Greg Sheridan who said that restoring democracy is neither sufficient nor necessary for economic progress and development. China and Hong Kong are both not a democracy but they are doing well economically.

How could it have gone so wrong with us?

In his book Asian Values, Western Dreams Sheridan talks about how Cory was considered heroic in achieving democracy but ineffectual as president. Even the noted intellectual, Frank Jose, who ran a magazine called Solidaridad, considered “Mrs Aquino’s presidency a dreadful disappointment”. He disagrees with the majority’s view that Cory restored democracy and says that it is all bullshit – “We have empty institutions. The essence of democracy is in the stomach. The taxi driver in Washington can eat the same sort of meat as the president. That’s not the case here”.

The Edsa revolution is also called the “people power” revolution. People power, because supposedly it was “the people” who decided that they have had enough of Marcos and his dictatorship. The late Cory Aquino happened to be the leader of the opposition at that time and was seen to have inspired the people to go out onto the streets and express their indignation. But she was neither prepared nor qualified to lead. Had the people decided against supporting her, she wouldn’t have become president. So the credit should have gone to the people too not just hers alone. Time Magazine should have named the Filipinos “People of the Year”. We should give ourselves more credit for the restoration of democracy (as well as accountability for still not knowing what to do with). We shouldn’t give all the credit to just one person for toppling a dictator, Cory couldn’t have been able to do it on her own. In the same way, we shouldn’t put all the responsibility of building a nation to one person, i.e., Noynoy Aquino or any other candidate. Even Napoleon Bonaparte wouldn’t have been able to conquer other nations without his soldiers’ help. The president needs our cooperation for his administration to work. Without our cooperation, he is nothing more than a mere puppet.

The real problem started when the Marcos collaborators were not even put on trial. Just look around the Philippine political setting right now. You will still see the likes of Juan Ponce Enrile who was a one-time Marcos collaborator. He is head of the Senate. By defecting to the opposition in 1986, he had secured immunity from being taken to account for his former master’s atrocities. Imelda Marcos herself is still received warmly at various elite social functions. There exist in our society a lack of moral judgement and moral commitment. Since we fail to condemn those who do our society wrong, we jump into bed with the demons of impunity, corruption, and lack of accountability. If the most heinous crimes go unpunished what is there to arrest the equally-widespread incompetence that characterises our public officials’ tenures? If the Aquino camp were so sure that former president Marcos and his allies were responsible for Ninoy Aquino’s death, how come none of them were ever put on trial? Even the former president and one time criminal Joseph “Erap” Estrada is now free to run again as a presidential candidate. He is even getting a marginal lead in the polls. Where is the justice there?

Even children of former politicians have joined the Philippine political gold-rush without shame. This includes Bong Bong Marcos, Jinggoy Estrada, Mikey Arroyo, Mar Roxas and most noted of all Noynoy Aquino, the strongest contender for the prized seat once occupied by his mother. The incumbent president, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is also the daughter of former president Diosdado Macapagal. Philippine politics so it seems, is just a recreational sport for a few dozen families from the landed oligarchy; a ball which is passed on from one family to the next.

Could it be that the real value of the Edsa revolution was actually exaggerated by the supporters of the Aquino administration? Could it be that to retain a strong hold on the people’s mind, the Aquino legacy is still being sang to this day even if it lacks real virtues or intrinsic worth? The supporters of the late Cory and Ninoy Aquino keep talking about their legacy. What is that legacy anyway? What if this so called legacy which is so hard to grasp and comprehend is being used today by the Liberal party to ensure that they win the next election?

One thing that has always puzzled me is how the late former president Cory Aquino couldn’t even be honest with herself and the people. She knew that she wasn’t fit for the job, she could have handed it over to someone more qualified after our much-hyped democracy was restored. You can argue that it’s all in retrospect, it’s passed now, and the circumstances were different then. However, one could also argue that the circumstances are also different now. We have the best opportunity to vote for someone different but why is Noynoy Aquino leading the latest polls?

How do we address the people’s beholden-ness to the handful of elites running the show? Our media needs to shape up. During the Nazi era, Adolf Hitler had a propaganda minister named Joseph Goebbels. He was given control over German radio, press, cinema and theatre. Everything he created was geared towards justifying Nazi policies. This explains why the Fuhrer had a dramatic grab on his constituents’ attention. The Philippines doesn’t have a propaganda minister like him but we might as well say that we have one because our media is acutely responsible for the dumbing down of the electorate. The Philippine Media have lost all their balls in reporting the news. They have lost that and the plot. It was even former president Fidel Ramos who once said during his term that “Our press needs to address its quality. It’s too dramatic all the time, too ideological, too much based on rumours and opinions. The writing is good but the reporting is poor. Their facts are often wrong”.

The media needs to start taking a more keen interest in serving the people and and less on enriching their shareholders (a tall order, considering that profits are the whole point of their existence). At the moment, they are more preoccupied with creating shows of inferior quality and low cost which, of course, increase their profits but routinely subtracts from the intelligence of the average Filipino. Filipinos need to become more critical — of their politicians and of their Media. That is, unless we prefer to continue to be blissfully ignorant of the happy collaborative partnership the two have become in the election-winning game that is Philippine-style “democracy”.

Most nations learned from the experience of World War II and do not want a repeat. In contrast, most Filipinos look forward with Glee (pardon the pun) to a repeat of history and are nostalgic of an Aquino administration.

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57 Responses to Edsa Revolutions, Noynoy Aquino, and the Big Conspiracy

  1. Chino says:

    It’s easier to be an EDSA Rev denier than a Holocaust denier, since the effects of the Holocaust have overwhelming effects on the world, and they’re clearly seen. The effects of EDSA, or at least its intended effects, aren’t really felt at all. After seeing yellow, everyone still saw the same problems over and over again in the country.

    Guess the right thing to say is that the EDSA Revolution never really solved anything in the country. It just disguised the continuation of all the same problems since before it.

    • ilda says:

      Hi Chino

      To its credit, the first Edsa revolution served as an inspiration for the sub-sequent non-violent demonstrations around the globe. But while other nations only had to experience it once and progress from thereon, our country’s progress has stalled and the Filipinos misguidedly thought and a lot of us still think up to this day that a repeat of the Edsa revolution would bring forth change.

      The late Corazon Aquino was always at the front row of each street revolutions and even famously regretted being involved in the one that toppled Erap. Being given the title “Woman of the Year” by Time Magazine must have had a huge effect on the way a person/people perceive what is good for oneself and for the nation. A title can get in the way of logic sometimes.

      • Chino says:

        Ah, good clarification. Edsa 1 can be given its dues. And you’re right, the next Edsa keeps losing more and more of its validity until the last Edsa becomes laughable. Looks like Edsa fever lasted too long. It’s like dancing the lambada even though it’s been declared the worst dance years later, hehehe.

  2. jethernandez says:

    I hate to say this Ilda… this a GOOD read… too much substance in it

    don’t you think that L stands for LICK MY ASS? (pun intented)

    • ilda says:

      this a GOOD read… too much substance in it

      Why, thank you Jet. Now go forth and spread the word🙂

      Seriously man, we can’t keep the truth just to ourselves. We need to enlighten everyone!

  3. Iya Justimbaste says:

    Cory Aquino was elected because she was the “emotional” choice and I think the same will happen to her son.

    • ilda says:

      Hi Iya

      Nice pix!🙂

      A lot of the Noynoy supporters I know are indeed emotional. They are very sensitive and can be irrational. Just looking at Hustisya’s 33 reasons why he will vote for Noynoy makes me want to cry and be emotional myself. Huh! That must be the trick! If they can get to your emotion, the facts will get blurry with your tears then voila! you are now a Noynoy supporter! I give them A for that.

  4. benign0 says:

    This cycle of a few powerful people putting one over a large number of hapless fools can be stopped simply if that large number of hapless fools wake up and stop acting like hapless fools. The comedy that Pinoy “democracy” is can be described by the irony of the power given to the masses to vote for their leaders and and they wielding this power like, well, hapless fools.

    It begins by being more critical of the substance behind politicians rather than chattering ceaselessly about their superficial qualities and public no-meaning posturings. Of course focusing on substance takes a bit of brain which means a bit of work needs to be done — certainly a proposition less appealing than the highly emotionally-charged activity of waving idiotic hand gestures around and wearing colour-coordinated shirts.

    It is a culture of drama addiction and garish display (both as we can gather by now our national symbol, the jeepney, so beautifully describes) that needs to be eradicated. It’s big challenge. But then there are no challenges worth stepping up to that are small — a reality complicated by our renowned Heritage of Smallness.

  5. perry chloride says:

    It’s hard to deny the fact that there was EDSA Revolution in 1986. What seem to be the problem is that they ousted only President Marcos and installed Cory Aquino as the president. To use Nicanor Perlas’ words, they became united “against something” and not “for something”(you can refer to Perlas’ blogpost entitled “Noynoy Aquino: Enabler Or Suppressor Of New Politics”).

    Also I comment on what former Singapore PM(now Minister Mentor) Lee Kuan Yew said. He said that “Filipinos have too much democracy but too little discipline”. This is contrary to what is happening in Singapore, although it is not very obvious up to this time. I ask you to watch the documentary “One Nation Under Lee” on Youtube. It is about the real situation in Singapore behind its economic prowess.

    • ilda says:

      Hi Perry

      As they say, too much of everything is bad.

      I’ll use another analogy for the sake of the discussion. Suppose a young man inherits a huge amount of money without yet having the maturity or the wisdom to handle such an amount. He might just end up splurging it with nonsensical things. For sure he will eventually wind up with zero balance in his account and no return on his investments. In the same way, Filipinos were given too much freedom without yet having the maturity or the wisdom to handle such freedom. So, we are winding up just wasting the said freedom, with zero balance in our account and no return on our investments🙂

  6. Homer says:

    Hi Ilda.

    Nice piece. I hope that many misinformed voters would stop, take a deep breath, and ponder over what you have just written. It makes me feel like we are headed back to ’86 without the revolution. Once again, we may find ourselves with another administrator, and not a leader. Simply put, it would be a step backwards.

    I was a young teen at the height of martial law. Things were so repressive back then, and living with an anti-establishment state-of-mind became the norm for coolness in the 70s. It was our way of fighting (or denying) the reality that we were faced with. The best things in life to us back then were illegal, immoral, and fattening (hmm…maybe it still is, hahaha). The atmosphere of ML brought on a culture of corruption that we have not been able to shake-off till this day, It’s hard to explain why my generation may have failed to do the right thing later on. Maybe we were already dumbed-down by then. We only had 5 tv channels to choose from, and at least 4 of them would sometimes be playing the same ol’ propaganda at the same time. It was no surprise that OPM had it’s golden years during this time. If you listened to the radio, you didn’t have too many choices anyway. However, there were a few individuals and movements (in different aspects of life) that dared to be different…but that’s another story.

    To these eyes, I see the same movie being played-out all over again. The only difference (as usual) is the cast of characters….which brings me to a great question raised in the article above:

    “How do we address the people’s beholden-ness to the handful of elites running the show?”

    I will leave it to the younger generations to find the answer.

    (Now, back to lurker mode….hopefully)🙂

    • ilda says:

      Hi Homer

      The fact that you had to wear your polyester shirt and pants while listening to one of Marcos’ speeches on channel 4 on your black and white TV brings tears to my eyes…sigh. The term underground would have been an understatement during your time I must admit.

      Unfortunately, I don’t think I am making a difference to any of the Noynoy supporters. They have their own agendas and they are hell bent on achieving it. It is slowly emerging that there is no freedom of speech in the Philippines.

      Just today I found out that one of the bloggers from Asian Correspondents, Pinoy Buzz has been removed as a contributor because of his articles against Noynoy Aquino. Apparently, Noynoy supporters lodged complaints to the administrators of the blogsite about him. Sad but true. http://www.betterphilippines.com/righteous-indignation/yellow-censorship/

      Noynoy supporters don’t play fair. I can’t accept going down without a fight. No surrender!

      • Homer says:

        Ilda, you can hold back your tears. I didn’t have to subject myself to any of Marcos’ crappy speeches back then. All I had to do was turn-up the music…..and fyi, color tv’s started to sell in Manila as early as ’67-’68. That, I remember…..Polyester? That, i don’t remember, hehe.

        Freedom of speech has it’s limits here, sorry to say. Journalists are usually “reminded” of it when they are perceived to have crossed the line. We can name lots of unfinished stories that were never followed-up on. I’ll just cite 2 examples: One…how come nobody reports on the U.S. base in Southern Mindanao? Two…how ’bout the case of the Alabang Boys? I’m not interested to know ’bout the boys’ fate, but it was NEVER revealed who their sources were (all the way to the top)…..You see? It’s hard to go far with a story when our so-called “national security” may also include matters beyond our borders. Too much at stake if you get my drift. What you see happening with a site like P-Buzz only proves that we are not as democratic as our leaders say we are.

        Just keep doing what you do. I’m willing to bet that you are reaching a number of people who choose not to speak-up.

      • ilda says:

        You were not up to date with your fashion – no tight pants with flared bottoms?!

        There is no freedom of speech in the Phils because journalists get massacred. Most Filipinos are pikon and cannot handle criticism. They just resort to violence if you don’t agree with them.

        Thanks for the words of encouragement.

      • Homer says:

        Oh, yah…tight pants for sure…flared and/or bell-bottomed, hehe. I usually wore jeans at the time kasi. The other pants, I don’t remember…baka nga it was polyester, but who knows?🙂

        Re: freedom of speech…it’s not just about kapikunan and being onion-skinned. It’s also about exposing dirty laundry, and WHO gets exposed because of it. There’s a lot of bad people out there who’ve killed journalists for that reason.

  7. ilda,

    i’m now wondering why cory didn’t she just resign after she got elected. she could have just passed on the presidency to doy laurel. why did cory not take that option?

    • jethernandez says:

      good question…

      my opinion is that cory accepted the proposal of her handlers all because of ninoy’s death. her behavior for the presidency is for vindication or is it vindictiveness. would you think that marcos in all his brilliance would want ninoy killed? there are issues that has never been proven… such as who are the real brains behind the death of the so-called hero? why is it that the marcoses are still roaming around na parang … ala lang… and at this point, after 26 years, is the PCGG successful in the retrieval the hidden wealth? in the 1987 coup led by Gringo why is it that the US fighter planes have flown in the Philippine territorial skies to meet the putschist’s dilapidated tora-tora to shoo them away like turtle doves? ang opinyon ko rin lang mga kaibigan… ang dalawang EDSA 1 at 2 ay hindi mangyayari kung walang basbas ng mga amerikano. kaya lang etong mga kuro kurong ito ay taboo… ayaw pag usapan at walang mangahas na maglahad o magsaliksik man lamang dahil ayaw masabihan na sinto sinto… hehehe… kung sino mang luluklok sa pagkapresidente ngayong taong ito ay dapat may basbas ni angkel sam… kung wala… ma E EDSAHAN na naman tayo… ‘tangnang panlabas na polisiya yan.

      • ilda says:

        @Jet

        It’s a bit too hard to comprehend why the mastermind for the murder of Ninoy Aquino is still out there. But then so is JFK’s. The big difference is, the majority of the Filipinos have already pronounced the Marcoses and his allies guilty without even proving it. In the minds of the Aquino supporters, Marcos and his former allies are guilty of the crime that’s why it is easy to justify the Edsa revolution. But the hardest of all to comprehend is, if this is so, why are his former allies still in the political scene and still accepted in elite circles?

        Either bring someone to justice or stop the lies.

    • ilda says:

      @Betterphilippines

      I kept hearing that same question so many times during and immediately after her term. I was too young to join the debate then🙂

      I can only attribute it to the rock star syndrome. In a lot of cases, when a person gets afflicted by it, it becomes an addiction. The person can’t get enough of the limelight and the adulation from fans or supporters because it’s a constant validation of their existence. Some people will do anything to be in the limelight like orchestrate more people power revolutions. The same thing happened to Jun Lozada. In the beginning he had the people’s support but then he just started acting like he was so important that’s why a lot of people got annoyed with him. It’s not his credibility that was the problem, it was his presence in the media.

      Unfortunately, most people are suckers for titles. Because Time Magazine named Cory Aquino “Woman of the Year” , most of her supporters think that everything she did was logical or reasonable.

  8. res ipsa says:

    very disheartening. i believe filipinos keep fantasizing about an EDSA repeat because media keeps on glorifying it. even our history books praises EDSA revolution. unfortunately, the consequent subpar performance of cory is seldom mentioned nor emphasized by the media.

    • ilda says:

      You are right Res. History books should discuss both the success and failures of Cory so we can draw lessons from it. Street revolutions should be a last resort not the first. They keep glorifying people power and Cory Aquino that’s why ordinary citizens think it’s ok to do it when they get frustrated with the public officials instead of voting wisely to begin with or discussing issues in public forums to resolve it. It’s very medieval behaviour.

    • Homer says:

      It’s logical to conclude that the media has done the public a great disservice by continuously sending us the wrong signals about EDSA and the absolute truth about Cory’s presidency and Ninoy’s true measure of heroism. In NO way am I writing this to diss on the Aquinos, but legitimate questions have been raised about how and why it’s the media who’s been so aggressive in guiding the public’s perception on how we regard that family. I wholeheartedly agree that we take another look at their success and failures, not just because their image is on our currency.

      Perhaps it’s time to shift some focus a bit away from Noynoy and more on media (and the prople behind them) in order for the public to understand how influential they are to a gullible populace. The tv department is currently advertising their crappy line-up of 2010 shows that appear to be re-hashed formulas which have been done ad nauseam. Shows with a hint of substance are relegated to time slots with less viewership. Since the masses can’t get enough of the brain-dead formulas, the media (and the advertisers) are always glad to oblige and ignore the more quality shows. The news department aims for high ratings through sensationalism, conflict, controversy, speculation, and gossip…while ignoring stories that REALLY matter. Same thing with the radio department…..It’s a vicious cycle that needs to end…but who’ll stop them? They’ll just laugh at us because they are all-mighty and powerful…and this is just a blog, right?😉

      • Homer says:

        Correction:

        On the 2nd paragraph…..(and the “PEOPLE” behind them)

        Damn typo!🙂

      • benign0 says:

        I agree. Inviting more scrutiny for the Philippine Media and its agenda is a drum I’ve been beating for the longest time. Many of the sacred but no-results cows of Pinoy society have already been taken apart — Edsa “revolutions”, Pinoy “heroes”, Non-platforms, etc. The time to scrutinise the Philippine Media has come. The way it behaves now I believe is also a legacy of that hollow-headed euphoria that followed the 1986 “revolution” and the way we were so quick to grant it some kind of moronic “hero” status in our society.

      • ilda says:

        Homer and Benign0, you are too right. The masa just eat up anything that the media serves them.

        I keep asking myself, “Is my brain wired so differently from the majority that’s why I can’t see what they see in Noynoy (and Cory)?” I was in the brink of ending a friendship with someone because he branded me insensitive when I spoke negatively about Cory. It’s as if I was committing heresy for criticizing her irrational behavior during the subsequent street revolutions and for apologizing to Erap.

      • jethernandez says:

        ILDA… HINDI KA NAG IISA!!! hehehehe

        You’re hater!!! A paid hack!!
        If you’re a critique of something it’s synonymous to hating… ergo. Tapos na ang argument… he/she thinks you’re a hopeless case suffering from whatever syndrome he/she can think of…

        Namemersonal ka na! Where is your objectivity?!!!
        Subjectivity and objectivity is different in spelling and obviously different in meanings.

        Do you know where I’m coming from?!?!
        I am from THAT school… I am a graduate of ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVW… degrees… i am learned.
        I am an authority of everything of anything… I use a MAC or a Netbook… YOU DON’T!!!

      • ilda says:

        That’s another phenomenon Jet. It’s one thing for the illiterates to still be beholden with the Aquinos until now but it’s quite another for people with proper education to still be saying “I will vote for him because he is the son of Cory and Ninoy”. I mean, what duh…?

    • Homer says:

      Media also wants us to believe that charter change is a bad thing. If you ask me, allowing a few families to have a monopoly over basic utilities and influential institutions such as media is worse than bad. The current charter prevents others from coming in to compete with them.

      S**t, who wouldn’t want to have a better alternative to the less-than-stellar cable tv, water, electricity, landline, ISP, and cellular services (just to name a few) that we have today? To begin with, they are all overpriced, and their service departments ALL suck! They are only quick to act when you fail to pay your bills. Are there any existing laws that protects the ordinary consumer? How long do we have to keep tolerating this? We also suck as consumers because we don’t bother to question the quality of services we’re paying for. Maybe some use their right to complain when needed (more power to them), but the overall mediocre services are tolerated by the general public more often than not.

      • ilda says:

        I feel your pain Homer. The environment during the Marcos era, i.e., monopolies and the exploitative service that the companies provide to the public still exist today. I just can’t imagine how Noynoy is going to handle all these issues considering he only has the local Nike branch and style of management as exposure to the corporate world.

      • Weizz says:

        @Homer

        For the communications part, internet. There are laws protecting the laws of ordinary consumers. Its under the Public Telecommunications Policy Act of the Philippines RA 7925  

        And I tasted 6 Mbps internet outside the Pinas’ and I drooled! Haha

  9. tembong says:

    Hi Ilda, BongV, Benign0, and others,

    I’ve been reading your posts for months. Thanks for sharing your insights about the elections and especially about Noynoy Aquino’s qualifications. At last, there are people who are vocal about this “untouchable” subject. I’m not voting Noynoy because he is NOT qualified for the job. That simple.

    For me, he’s just a mascot (complete with costume) and the people behind his campaign are the ones who will run the country for the next six years. I don’t want another government to be managed by another Aquino who lacks qualifications.

    It’s time not to be sentimental and get in touch with reality. When I tell my friends about other candidates who have accomplishments, I get rebuffed. They say that these candidates are tainted with corruption; that this candidate is a clone of GMA; that this candidate is not winnable; that this election is a battle between good and evil; and that Noynoy Aquino will be a good president because he won’t ruin the legacy of his parents.

    I confess that I was supposed to join the Noynoy bandwagon after Cory’s death but after “discerning with my own deity” and looking at his track record, I think that he didn’t do a good job as a legislator and that the presidency will be too huge a role for him. Basic duties na nga ng isang congressman/senator, hindi mo nagawa tapos ngayon gusto mong maging presidente? Ano ka? Sinuswerte!? Opportunista ang tawag d’un.

    Noynoy doesn’t have the monopoly of virtues as these experts have claimed. I’ve stopped reading Filipino Voices and columns of experts such as Conrado De Quiros and MLQ3. This mentality of “us vs. them” or of “good vs. evil” should stop. I just hope that more people will realize that we should have high standards (morals AND competence) in choosing our next leader.

    Just to add something to the question raised about Cory Aquino not handing over the presidency to a more competent person, I read from Doy Laurel’s memoirs that before the 1986 elections, he claimed that there was an arrangement between him and Cory that he will be the one who will run the country.

    That’s it for now. I look forward to more great articles in this site.

    Thanks!

    • ilda says:

      Hi tembong

      You just made my day. Especially when you said that you prefer reading AntiPinoy over Filipino Voices and MLQ3. It’s vindication for me considering I just spent almost a week last week debating with Joe America about FV. He gave me too much credit for tainting FV’s reputation when in fact, readers like you use their brain in selecting which site makes a lot more sense🙂 If anything, it is the administrators of FV who are doing damage to their site by not allowing bright ideas from the rest of the GetRealist. Now people have an alternative site to go to.

      Nowadays, it is Noynoy supporters who are doing the most damage to Noynoy’s campaign. They were running on empty in the first place. They shouldn’t have forced Noynoy to run.

      Re: Cory’s presidency- there’s just so much we regular folks don’t know about what went on behind the scenes before and after the Edsa Revolutions. Some people involved took all of the info to their grave. Cory’s political party had good spin doctors. The “legacy” has lasted long enough and hopefully will end this coming election.

      Cheers!🙂

      • Leave them alone Ida. Let them implode themselves. The lesser the less messier the more better. Noynoy is running to protect their heritage in the name of Hacienda Luisita. Or, whatever they are hiding there.

  10. Renato Pacifico says:

    Lookit, ya’ll. Listen, ya’ll EDSA believers!

    EDSA REVOLUTION WAS AN “ACCIDENTAL REBOLUSYON”

    Let us get the facts straight! Filipinos were totally against anyone in Marcos’ circle of corrupttion. So, when Marcos versus Honasan-Enrile-Ramos feud ensued wouldn’t the Flippers sing hallelujah that the crime family and cronies implodeded? So, who were the Flippers revolutionizing about? Or, was there really a REBOLUSYON? Was it just a mob of people tryinng to witness the victor and carnage these two crime groups fighting about?

    OK. Ehemplo. A fender-bender in Makati Ave. Flippers would immediately gather in EDSAic proportion. A house-fire. Same is true. An arrest of snatcher. The same. Why would the idiot peryodistas and idiot Filipinos brand EDSA a rebolusyon? WHEN THEY ARE JUST THERE TO GAGGLE AND TWEET on EDSA?

    Who were the Rebolusyonaryo in favor of at that time? Marcos? Honasan-Enrile-Ramos? DO NOT THINK SO! The first responders of the EDSA accidental rebolusyon were the cigarette vendors, Bar-B-Q vendors, unemployed, unemployables, tsismosos, tsismosas, Iced-candy vendors. They tweeted the goings-on. People came in droves to witness first hand than reading it on their tweets.

    When the numbers of tsismosos and tsismosas came to a critical number where they cannot be mowed down by machetes guns and cannons the idiot church came out and brand it as theirs calling it “MIRACLE AT EDSA”. The businessmen and politicos didn’t want to be left-behind and out done came out, too. They call it politically as “EDSA REVOLUTION”. Then Ate Cory came out and call it as “People Power”.

    YEAH! PHILIPPINES WAS SAVED BY THE LOOKY-LOOS, TSISMOSOS, TSISMOSAS, GOSSIPERS, VENDORS …. THESE ARE THE UNSUNG HEROES. NOT ATE CORY. NOT THE BUSINESSMEN. NOT THE CHURCH.

    THE REAL HEROES WERE THE FIRST RESPONDERS …. THE VENDORS, THE UNEMPLLYABLES, THE UNEMPLOYED, THE TSISMOSOS AND TSISMOSAS and the rest the church and the politicos and businessmen came out when it was safe to come out.

    HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!

    LOKOHIN N’YO ANG MGA PILIFINOS. UNTIL NOW THE PILIFINOS STILL BELIEVE OF THE REVOLUSION. WHAT WAS THE REVOLUTION ABOUT. WHO WERE THEY AGAINST? WHO WERE THEY IN FAVOR OF?

    IT WAS A SQUABBLE OF THE LOOT BETWEEN MARCOS VERSUS HONASAN-RAMOS-ENRILE ….

    • killem says:

      Edsa is a revolution against the tyranny, corruption and deceit of marcos regime but Edsa was snatch at apropriated as its own by anohter tyrant, corrupt, deceitful and worse incompetent aquino regime. That’s why Edsa came into bad light, but judging Edsa alone without regards to the immediate regime after it, it was a good thing and clearly demonstrate a peaceful revolution without violence =)

  11. They will unveil Cory’s grotto at EDSA for leading the EDSA “accidental” revolution. The real EDSA heroes, the FIRST RESPONDERS were the vendors and tsimosos. They were there to witness the squabbles of Marcos and Honasan-Enrile-Ramos. They were not there to put up a revolution. OK. If the revolution happened the grotto should belong to Honasan-Enrile-Ramos. Definitely not Cory.

    To digest my posts, people should digest our cultural impunity of witnessing even minor fender-bender and house fires. PLAIN OBSERVATION. NO NEED OF CALCULUS. NO NEED OF EXTREME HOT-ROD IQ. Simple Observation.

    I rest my case.

    Give the tsismosos and tsismosas and sidewalk vendors their statue of liberty. If it is not acceptable give it to Enrile, serial-failed-coup-de-t’ater Honasan and Ramos ABSOLUTELY NOT CORY AQUINO. She was in Cebu hiding FAR FAR FAR AWAY FROM THE REVOLUTION.

    Ninoy’s Miscalculation in flying back to PHilippines mix it with squabbles of Marcos and Honasan-Enrile-Ramos sprinkle it with sidewalk vendors and you have accidental revolution.

    REVOLUTION CAN NEVER HAPPEN IN THE PHILIPPINES BECAUSE FILIPINOS ARE NOT REVOLUTIONARY TYPES. We lost to Spain, We lost to Portugal, We lost to Japanese, We lost to Americans. We even have the Americans choose our national Hero. The only national thingie that was choosed by Filipino is MANNY PACQUIAO that made education-optional, academically not supported sports calleld BOXING.

  12. Those who believe that EDSA Revolution was a revolution … well … I don’t know… I don’t need to say it … you know … head … check ..

  13. Mamamayang Pilipino says:

    SCTEx is much worst than C5.. Please be informed: “Sweetheart Deal” between the Arroyo administration and the Aquino-Cojuangco clan of Tarlac province involves the “overpriced” purchase of land from the 6,400-hectare Hacienda Luisita for the right of way for the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx). Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III had lobbied for the “diversion” of the SCTEx to Luisita when he was the representative for Tarlac and House deputy speaker in 2004.

    The government paid P83 million for the purchase of the right-of-way and invested another P170 million to build a road interchange in the middle of the vast sugar estate.

    The government agreed to buy 83 ha of Luisita land at P100 per square meter which was more than 10 times the going rate of P6 to P8 per sq. m. for similar raw sugar lands in Concepcion and San Miguel, Tarlac.

    “This is undoubtedly the most expensive sugar land in the country because based on DAR (Department of Agrarian Reform) records, the highest price it paid for sugar land was only P14.”

    The Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway project is meant to promote the expansion of businesses and logistic facilities in Central Luzon. It links the seaport and airport facilities of the economic zones of Subic in Zambales and Clark in Angeles, Pampanga, to the industrial hub of Tarlac, Tarlac.

    The right-of-way purchase was unnecessary and impractical as the SCTEx was originally designed to pass through the commercialized portion of Luisita and not in the middle of “raw” land.

    “There was no need to pass through the middle of Luisita, much less build a P170 million road interchange in the middle of nowhere. That interchange leads directly to a private road owned by the Aquino-Cojuangco family, which as of now, is still in their possession and they can demand anything from the government before they hand it over.”

    • MOVE THE HIGHWAY SOMEPLACE ELSE. Regurgirate your comment and replace it with names of people. SAME STORY. SAME RANT.

      Therefore, no HIGHWAY. The people poisoning your mind are the idyot peryodistas. THEY ARE VERY VERY GOOT IN INTRIGUES.

      To clarify I am not pro-Cory. I am anti-anything.🙂

    • ilda says:

      @mamamayang Pilipino

      Thanks for the info. Certainly, the Aquinos and the Cojuangcos were first to have struck a deal with the devil. That is, since they keep saying GMA is evil. The old saying “it takes one to know one” applies to them, really. They need to look at the log in their own eyes before they judge Villar, Gordon and Gibo.

      The people need to know the truth about this family. They have a lot to answer for.

    • If the highway traversed thru my property … I WOULD BE IN THE SAME SH*T AS CORY … If the Highway cut thru Gordon, SAME SH*T AS CORY. Therefore, let us not build highway overland. LET US BUILD IT IN THE AIR …..🙂

  14. Jett Rink says:

    Billy Esposo is numero uno idyot peryodista.

  15. killem says:

    did holucust really happen??? hehehe im still not convinced that holucust happened, many jews died during world war II but so as other races. It just a justification to create a jewish state and alienate the people who occupy the said territory.

    • Hsing Tao says:

      You are a conspiracy theorist. The Holocaust happened.

    • Hsing Tao says:

      I forgot… IDIOT!!!

    • Migs42 says:

      THe holocaust happened. A LOT of Jews died. Its just that the Jews got most of the attention, the other were forgotten like the homosexuals, mentally retards, yung may defect sa katawan, gypies and the ethnic Slavs such as the Russians (who are considered an inferior race accord to Nazi propaganda). Correct me if I’m wrong of course.

  16. Migs42 says:

    This is good read. All this time I’m in an illusion, brain washed in my school, that the EDSA revolution is THE revolution.

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  18. Alexius says:

    Impressive article.

    Ever since my discovery of Anti-Pinoy – thank you Google Reader recommendations! – I’ve felt that this is my sanctuary from all the unceasing bullshit this society keeps throwing around.

    Thank you for comforting me with the knowledge that there are real people out there who really give a damn and who really uses their heads.

    Your continuing endeavors inspire me to never falter and keep fighting the good fight!

  19. sanya says:

    just a point of clarification.

    Cory did not call everyone to the streets during EDSA 1- it was Cardinal Sin. Mrs. Aquino was taking shelter/hiding in the Carmelite Convent in Cebu.

    In fact, she wasn’t there until the very end, when Macoy left.

  20. NA says:

    http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2004/site_packages/econ_hitmen/3150philipp_coup.html

    The U.S.-orchestrated coup which overthrew the government of Philippines’ President Ferdinand Marcos in 1986 was a classic case study of what John Perkins describes in his recent book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, as the post-World War II preferred method of imposing colonial control under another name. In the Philippines case, George Shultz performed the roles of both the economic hit man, destroying and taking full control of the Philippine economy, and the coup-master, deposing the Philippine President in favor of an IMF puppet—while calling the operation “people power.”

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