BiliranIsland.com Staff
First Posted 10:35 AM 12/06/2009
Last Updated 08:00 AM 12/22/2009
BiliranIsland.com

As a public service, www.biliranisland.com will run a series of opinion polls starting this month pertaining to the local election in Biliran next year. A set of survey questions will be posted for a period of one week, followed by another set of questions to be posted preferably every Monday morning thereafter. For some higher positions, a similar set of questions will come in a monthly series (i.e., Series 1, Series 2, etc.) to measure the public pulse towards the May 2010 elections.

Requests for other surveys not related to what we have programmed are not free. Contact the webmaster for details.

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Some gentle reminder:

We at www.biliranisland.com take our political surveys here seriously. We simply want to measure the public pulse related to the May 2010 elections. We have already conducted test surveys in the past, got some worthy and unworthy criticisms in the process, and learned from our experience.

We are barely into our second survey project and we already noticed some party trying to manipulate the process and skew our data beyond ordinary public recognition. At this point, we would like to serve notice that we do not publish survey results that we know could not be validated anyway by parallel surveys we shall conduct at the community and household levels. That is our first impulse; we will avail of other options later.

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39 COMMENTS

  1. The survey is as good as actual voting because from here fare, fearless, and true result without influencing from anybody through any means comes out. I know a lot of comments will come in to tell us their thoughts which we welcome most.
    However, it is promising to test and look at the maturity of Biliranons choice on the aspect of on how they select their true leader/s whom they will judge the one to lead the province to progress. There are still a lot of things to do in the future to make Biliran truly a world class province where peace and order and development with very few less privileged group or the so called marginalized group dwell there in.
    Personally I have high hopes to the new entrants to the political arena because they will bring in new enovation to make our province truly a haven of investors to change our province from poor to a new hub for business and tourism and that will make a difference to every one and all.
    Let us vote truly and honestly to the person who can deliver our dreams, positive change and hope to change Biliran from sleeping to a vibrant province of course by not sacrificing our environment in guise of progress.
    Biliranon, bangon, pagpakabana, undangon to ang pagpadayon sa pangawat sa atong mga gibotos ug sige pamolitika – polos saad kong may gihimo gamay ra..mas daghan pa ang gikita gikan sa kontrata kay sa gigasto sa paghuman sa proyekto ug programa. undangon na nato ang daynastiya o sige ang padayon pagpadagan sa probinsya pinaagi sa pasa pasa sa liderato sa pamilya nga maoy naka pa langan sa kaugmaon nga kauswagan sa atong minahal nga probinsya.

  2. MAAYO MAN UNTA ANG KATUYUAN SA ATONG ON-LINE SURVEY DINHI. APAN DUNAY USA KA GRUPO KARON NGA NAGMANIOBRA SA RESULTA ARON KONO MAKALUTOS O MAKALABAW SA UBAN, BISAN TOROY UG NAGYAKA ANG ILANG RESULTA SA NAGLABAY NGA MGA SURVEY. NAGSALIG SEGURO NGA DAGHAN UG AMIGO NGA DUNAY LAPTOP UG DAGHAN USAB COMPUTERS SA ILANG OPISINA.

    SURVEY PA LA NGANI, MANGUWAT NA UG TAWO. NA HALA, PAGDAMGO MO UG INYO UY! AYAW LANG PAG DANASA ANG MGA SURFERS UG BLOGGERS DINHI. DILI MI UWAT.

  3. Some gentle reminder:

    We at http://www.biliranisland.com take our political surveys here seriously. We simply want to measure the public pulse related to the May 2010 elections. We have already conducted test surveys in the past, got some worthy and unworthy criticisms in the process, and learned from our experience.

    We are barely into our second survey project and we already noticed some party trying to manipulate the process and skew our data beyond ordinary public recognition. At this point, we would like to serve notice that we do not publish survey results that we know could not be validated anyway by parallel surveys we shall conduct at the community and household levels. That is our first impulse; we will avail of other options later.

  4. Jalmz,

    I understand your predicament. but let me remind you that no matter what you do, as I have said in my previous blog an internet survey is only applicable for senatorial and presidential candidates.

    In the local level, data that you will gather will not stand scrutiny of a scientific process because of manipulation and is always open for biases. And may I remind too that since you said that this will be done with a parallel survey in the ground., that would entail a lot of money and expense.

    If you will note, why do national dailies do not accept press releases regarding survey results for local candidates but instead they only print surveys for national candidates.

    The reason is simple, local surveys can be manipulated while national surveys are open and done by reputable institutions. Thus, newspapers do not usually accept press releases when it comes to local surveys purportedly portraying that one local candidate is winning over the other. They call it in their parlance as on that may come from a “polluted source.”

    In addition, internet surveys on local candidates are discouraged even in the states because they may interfere with the actual decision of voters. They call it “trending’. Please explore the pertinent laws and resolutions of the Comelec on these things because I think the Comelec prohibits these things.

    Thank you.
    Thank you.

  5. P.S.

    I wonder why some people tend to question surveys here when they are apparently losing. Why do you really know the pulse of the people. Please remember, the silent majority prefers to be silent and manifest itself only when the need arises.

    Even we bloggers do not belong to that silent majority, we belong to the vocal minority and that is roughly ten percent.

    Good day!

  6. if we, the bloggers here, represent the vocal minority of roughly ten percent, let’s do the math.

    example: me;

    our family is composed of 4….so i talked and convinced each one of them to vote for my fave candidate.

    my spouse has sisters/brothers of 8…plus their husbands/wives…total of 16…and each family has 5 to 6 voters…big family to support and convince them to vote for my
    fave candidate…

    plus cousins/nieces/friends….. email them, fb, fs, myspace, tweet, youtube, other blog sites, other online connections,
    unsa pa diha….so are we still the vocal minority-the bloggers?

    so cocky confident someone is right! or I could be wrong?

    will see after 2010 election.

  7. Sige…. let the office computers and other branches of the agency you are working in do the participation of the survey…

    Go into several internet cafe shops in the different parts of the country and do the voting as well…

    Am I making sense Madlangbayan?

  8. Morag ubos ra kaayo ang pagtan-aw ni madlangbayan sa kapasidad sa mga taga Naval nga maghimo ug survey.

    Puropangutana daw madlangbayan didto sa inyo sa Tacloban kung kinsa ang mga tunog nga eksperto ug may eksperiyensya sa survey ug statistics dinhi sa Leyte-Samar region. Kung duna kay mabatian nga ngalan nga gikan sa Biliran o sa Naval ba kaha, palihug paghilom dinhi. Because you are talking off your hat!

    Pag concentrate na lang mo didto sa jatropha, sulfur mining, o white clay mining ba kaha. Kay morag naa dinha ang inyong pagka eksperto, dili sa survey ug sa statistics.

  9. kkb:

    now it has been validated and confirmed madlangbayan and
    his party look down the bloggers of bi.com…..

    thank you…thank you….thank you…

    i am dreaming of a white christmas….love that song.

    ok, sing with me…

    I’m dreaming of a white christmas,
    just like the ones I used to know
    Where the treetops of CAIBIRAN glisten WITH SULFUR
    MINING
    to hear sleigh bells in the ILLEGALY MINED FOREST

    I’m dreaming of a white CLAY IN KAWAYAN,
    just like the ones I used to know
    Where the treetops glisten and children listen
    to hear sleigh bells in the JATROPHA FIELDS NGA WALA
    PA MA-ANI…

    I’m dreaming of SURLFUR MINING,
    with every christmas card I write
    May your days be merry and bright,
    and may all your christmases be white CLAY LIKE
    IN KAWAYAN….

    kamo nalang tiwas…..kayod sa ko….

  10. tulisok, antidynasty, reaction. kkb

    Thank you for the singular honor of ganging up on me. What have I specially done to deserve such special treatment?

    May I ask whose from Tacloban? You guys are from Taclboan? Really? Coz i didnt know that. I only go to Tacloban when I take a flight from Biliran to Manila and that is seldom. Well, I can,t blame you, you must be mistaking me for somebody else. Maybe it is one of you.

    And whose insulting who? Not me definetly. Its you guys who are insulting the bloggers here by saying that results of the survey do not reflect the true sentiment of the people. I hope you know your politics. But Im wondering, why the sudden outcry. Is it because someone is losing in the survey and one is winning.

    My friends, the past is different from today. Where before a person was not considered a serious contender because he has not yet filed his candidacy, he rated low and that is understable.

    And now, since we all know the candidates, therefore, doubts were erased that a certain candidate is not serious. Voters now see and feel that Raffy is a serious candidate. So what’s the fuss my friends. Is it because he is ahead in the survey that you were suddenly up in arms and now you say there’s something wrong. If there is something wrong it is probably with people who think that RAffy is not part of the equation.

    Well, the surveys say it. People do prefer Raffy than to a dynasty candidate and that is what the real ground survey also reflects.

    Well, probably its paranoaia among you guys.

    To all bloggers thank you and it’s up to you to decide.

    Merry Christmas Anti-dynasty and no matter what lies you may spread and no matter what false issues you wish to raise, I pity you because you just reinforce the idea that your gobernatorial candidate has no agenda to speak of except to destroy and discredit people and that you do not have a program to offer to the people.

    Thanks however, for wasting your time on me. We remain for the people. Para sa KALINAW, KAUSWAGAWAN UG KAUGMAON han Biliran.

    Daghang Salamat.

  11. DAGHAN NGANI ANG PUTAK, DAGHAN POD ANG ITLOG. BATO-BATO SA LANGIT, ANG MAIGO DILI MOPIYAIT.

    SIGE, DILI NA LANG NI NATO LALISON. MAGHUWAT NA LANG TA SA MAYO 2010. KITAON NA LANG NATO UG PILA KA ITLOG ANG MAHIMONG NGA PISO, UG PILA ANG BUGOK.

  12. para sa tanan concerned:
    murag si raffy salazar naman ang majority sa topic dinhi, labi na sa mining.to those who have know- how: kinsa man gyud ato basulon sa mining, si gov espina o si raffy salazar? or sakto ba ning akong pagpangutana? kay murag mao man ako nasantup sa sige nako basa diri. i am against mining,bisan unsa pa kadaghan mosulod nga kwarta dinhi sa ato, useless kung lunupon la pud ta.

  13. To Anti dynasty pud,

    Yes, even I am amazed that suddenly they are raising a fuss about Raffy. Well, probably it’s because they now consider Raffy as winnable.

    As to the mining issue, they raise an issue even if Raffy is not involved in it.

    My only question to them is, Why is it Raffy who issues the permit? And secondly, Raffy is a contractor not a miner. He is involved in Jatropha, an alternative fuel source and not mining.
    Malicious minds would like to link Raffy to mining when it is definately not true.

    I believe that since they cannot find anything wrong with Raffy, they just invent lies and issues. They are like movie producers, producing something out of the imagination.

    Daghang Salamat ug maayong adlaw kanimo.

  14. madlangbayan:

    can you write here what lies i spread and false issues i raised?

    thank you.

    point-blank answer, sir….no flowery words…

  15. UNSA MAN POY AKONG MAKUHA UG MAGPATAKATAKA LANG KO SA AKONG BLOG DINHI? DILI KINAHANGLAN NGA COMPUTER EXPERT KA ARON MAKAPULSO KA KUNG DUNA BAY MANI-OBRA SA GIHIMO NGA SURVEY. CALCULATOR LANG, MAKABISTO NA SA BULLETIN. IKADUHA PA LANG KA ADLAW, NAGDUDA NA KO NGA DUNAY GRUPO NGA NAG MANI-OBRA SA SURVEY DINHI. NAA SA UBOS ANG AKONG NAKITA SA KADA ADLAW NGA MGA RESULTA. ANG PAG HAN-AY SA KANDIDATO BASI SA RESULTA SA DAY 1. ANG MGA SUNOD NGA MGA NUMERO, MAO KANA ANG NA REHISTRO SA SUNOD 4 KA ADLAW, UNA GIPULIHAN ANG SURVEY QUESTION SA ADMIN.

    CANDIDATE A — 20 + 16 + 10 + 9 + 4
    CANDIDATE B — 8 + 2 + 4 + 6 + 0
    CANDIDATE C — 2 + 24 + 17 + 15 + 4
    CANDIDATE D — 1 + 5 + 6 + 5 + 2
    CANDIDATE E — 0 + 1 + 1 + 2 + 0

    PANGUTANA: KINSA MAN ANING MGA KANDIDATOHA ANG GIGAMITAN UG POLE VAULT, DUGHIT, PERDIBLE, ALPILER, DAGUM, UG MGA COMPUTER UG LAPTOP SA USA KA DAKONG KORPORASYON ARON MAKALUTOS SA RESULTA SA UBANG KANDIDATO?

  16. quote:

    “gobernatorial candidate(Charlie Chong) has no agenda to speak of except to destroy and discredit people and that you do not have a program to offer to the people.”

    another quote:

    “the purpose of the son/father candidacy is to fight politically the
    longest-running dynasty family in the province…”

    popular quote:

    “if you can’t beat them, join them”

    sad quote:

    “instead of unifying to to face the espina families,
    everyone has has his/her own agenda to promote
    individual’s political ambition”…some OUT OF TIMING…
    and some, just to confuse the voters.

    an appeal obviously ignored:
    “why not unite this election as one and focus the common
    goal to face the espina family?”

    so back to the popular quote:
    “if you can’t beat them, join them”….let’s try
    the Chongs for now to beat the Espinas.

    another popular quote:
    “patience is a virtue.”

  17. AMBOT KAHA KON MAAYO BA KAHA NI SI RAFFY SALAZAR SA AKONG NABASAHAN IYA PA DIAY KALIWAT ANG MGA VELOSO.KA DUGAY NANG PANAHON SA VELOSO SA LEYTE UG PAMOLITIKA APAN WALA GAYUD TAWON MA SEMENTO ANG KALSADA GIKAN SAN ESIDRO, CALUBIAN HANGTOD NGANHA SA LEYTE,LEYTE.
    AMBOT LANG NGANO NGA NITUNGHA MAN NIS NAVAL.
    UNSA KAHA NI SA AKO PANEID DELI BA KAHA NI KAN PUGAK ESPINA PAAGI.
    ABANGAN NALANG NI NATO MAAYO PAG PURELY NAVALIAN’S ANG MODAGAN KAY NAKASUHITO PA KITA.
    WAY LABOT ANG TAGA QUEZON CITY KALIWAT NI ESPINA KAY NAGHIMO RAGYUD TUOD UG MINING SA ATONG PROBINSYA.LABIHAN NAGYUD UG PAMOLSA SA MGA ESPINA .

  18. Dili masulbar ang guiantos karon sa Biliranon kung mao la gihapon nga mga politiko ang mukapot sa pang-Gobyernuhan, kay mao la guihapon ang mahinabo. Ang maayo diha, mangita ta ug lain nga mukapot kay aron mahunong na ang pagkabuhag-buhag sa mga loyalista sa karon mga politiko. MAG-USA TA SA KAAYUHAN SA TANAN BILIRANON….

  19. I have noticed that the only candidates that are involved in all these arguments and comments are just, Espina, Chong and Salazar, never was it mentioned about the other two candidates, Maybe because they don’t have issues like them. I heard one of these 2 candidates is even the most educated, experienced and down to earth person. I would suggest instead of striking each others you might as well start thinking who should be the right candidate to vote, do not vote just because you belong to a certain party, or you are a relative and a friend of a candidate, vote because of what the candidate can offer in terms of capacity and ability ,character etc. but most impoirtant is a God fearing one, because if the candidate is God fearing, a real God fearing one, not just a facade, believe me, this candidate will do good iinstead of evil like corruption, manipulation, self improvement etc. Forgive me for the interruption, just sharing a piece of my mind..

  20. TO MY FELLOW BILIRANONS ESPECIALLY FREEDOM FIGHTERS:

    I THANK YOU FOR YOU CONTINUED TRUST AND SUPPORT FOR ME. REST ASSURED I WILL NEVER LET YOU AND OUR PEOPLE DOWN.

    IN THIS SEASON OF JOY AND LOVE, ALLOW TO EXTEND MY AND MY FAMILY’S WISHES FOR A HAPPY HOLIDAYS FOR YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES, WHEREVER YOU ARE AT THIS TIME.

    A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS TO YOU GUYS!!! :-)

  21. Me? Raffy? Who belongs to the bloodline of veloso? No way!!! By comparison i rather go for espina clan than veloso clan…hehehe … ESPINA is lesser evil anyway!nggeek!!! Meri x’mas ninyo ug lamat daghan..

  22. Please let me post this stuff which inspired me to be discerning and be vigilant in my rights as Biliran voter….

    Tagubilin at Habilin

    Sa pagtatapos ng taong 2009, gusto ko ditong ibahagi itong tula na sinulat ni Pete Lacaba na binigkas ni Armida Siguion-Reyna.

    Tagubilin at Habilin

    Mabuhay ka, kaibigan!

    Mabuhay ka!

    Iyan ang una’t huli kong Tagubilin at habilin:

    Mabuhay ka!

    Sa edad kong ito, marami akong maibibigay na payo.

    Mayaman ako sa payo.

    Maghugas ka ng kamay bago kumain.

    Maghugas ka ng kamay pagkatapos kumain.

    Pero huwag kang maghuhugas ng kamay para lang makaiwas sa sisi.

    Huwag kang maghuhugas ng kamay kung may inaapi
    Na kaya mong tulungan.

    Paupuin sa bus ang matatanda at ang mga may kalong na sanggol.

    Magpasalamat sa nagmamagandang-loob.

    Matuto sa karanasan ng matatanda

    Pero huwag magpatali sa kaisipang makaluma.

    Huwag piliting matulog kung ayaw kang dalawin ng antok.

    Huwag pag-aksayahan ng panahon ang walang utang na loob.

    Huwag makipagtalo sa bobo at baka ka mapagkamalang bobo.

    Huwag bubulung-bulong sa mga panahong kailangang su­migaw.

    Huwag kang manalig sa bulung-bulungan.

    Huwag kang papatay-patay sa ilalim ng pabitin.

    Huwag kang tutulug-tulog sa pansitan.

    Umawit ka kung nag-iisa sa banyo.

    Umawit ka sa piling ng barkada.

    Umawit ka kung nalulungkot.

    Umawit ka kung masaya.

    Ingat lang.

    Huwag kang aawit ng “My Way” sa videoke bar at baka ka mabaril.

    Huwag kang magsindi ng sigarilyo sa gasolinahan.

    Dahan-dahan sa matatarik na landas.

    Dahan-dahan sa malulubak na daan.

    Higit sa lahat, inuulit ko:

    Mabuhay ka, kaibigan!

    Mabuhay ka!

    Iyan ang una’t huli kong Tagubilin at habilin:

    Mabuhay ka!

    Maraming bagay sa mundo na nakakadismaya.

    Mabuhay ka.

    Maraming problema ang mundo na wala na yatang lunas.

    Mabuhay ka.

    Sa hirap ng panahon, sa harap ng kabiguan,

    Kung minsan ay gusto mo nang mamatay.

    Gusto mong maglaslas ng pulso kung sawi sa pag-ibig.

    Gusto mong uminom ng lason kung wala nang makain.

    Gusto mong magbigti kung napakabigat ng mga pasanin.

    Gusto mong pasabugin ang bungo mo kung maraming gumugulo sa utak.

    Huwag kang patatalo. Huwag kang susuko.

    Narinig mo ang sinasabi ng awitin:

    “Gising at magbangon sa pagkagupiling,

    Sa pagkakatulog na lubhang mahimbing.”

    Gumising ka kung hinaharana ka ng pag-ibig.

    Bumangon ka kung nananawagan ang kapus-palad.

    Ang sabi ng iba: “Ang matapang ay walang-takot lumaban.”

    Ang sabi ko naman: Ang tunay na matapang ay lumalaban
    Kahit natatakot.

    Lumaban ka kung inginungudngod ang nguso mo sa putik.

    Bumalikwas ka kung tinatapak-tapakan ka.

    Buong-tapang mong ipaglaban ang iyong mga prinsipyo
    Kahit hindi ka sigurado na agad-agad kang mananalo.

    Mabuhay ka, kaibigan!

    Mabuhay ka!

    Iyan ang una’t huli kong Tagubilin at habilin:

    Mabuhay ka!

    * * *

    Blog:www.ellentordesillas.com
    E-mail:[email protected]

  23. Aquino ahead of rivals in Facebook campaign – PDI

    MANILA, Philippines—They may be older than most Facebook users, but the perceived frontrunners in the presidential race—Benigno Aquino III, Manuel Villar, Gilbert Teodoro, Joseph Estrada and Richard Gordon—have joined the social networking bandwagon on the Internet with the single objective of wooing voters in the run-up to the May 10 elections.

    In the digital race to get as much “fans” and “supporters,” Aquino, standard-bearer of the Liberal Party, seems to be ahead of the pack.

    So far on their official Facebook pages, Aquino has 210,988 supporters; Villar (Nationalista Party) has 158,016 fans plus 2,756 in two other Facebook public profiles; Gilbert Teodoro (Lakas-Kampi-CMD) managed to have 26,907 fans and 3,100 supporters; while Richard Gordon (Bagumbayan) and Joseph Estrada (Partido ng Masang Pilipino) have 2,894 and 4,050 supporters, respectively.

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/infotech/view/20100102-245166/Aquino-ahead-of-rivals-in-Facebook-campaign

    BiliranIsland.com Survey

    If the elections were held today, who would you vote for President? (Series 1):
    Noynoy Aquino III 39.17 % (47)
    Gilbert Teodoro 29.17 % (35)
    Manny Villar 21.67 % (26)
    Richard J. Gordon 4.17 % (5)
    Joseph Estrada 3.33 % (4)
    Eddie Villanueva 1.67 % (2)
    Jamby Madrigal 0.83 % (1)
    J.C. de los Reyes 0.00 % (0)
    Total votes: 120

  24. Ops murag nagkatugma lagi ning survey sa BiliranIsland.com ug Facebook survey na gipagawas sa Philippine Daily Inquirer..

    naglahi lang ang kang Gilbert Teodoro ug Manny Villar… =)

  25. People of Biliran Island pag mata na mo diha duha ka politico ang nag lalaban-laban sa island of Biliran. Naay usa ka politico nga mo dagan ka governador sa Biliran RAFFY SALAZAR nga mao ang tunay na mag papayo sa Probinsya sa Biliran. sya former EDC-AFC director daghan na ang mga proyekto niya nga gibutang diha? naa pud and geothermal gi dala niya diha aron mag ubos na ang kabaraydan sa koryete. Unsa man ang nahimo kining mga politico nga nakalinkod na karon wala man sila gi pakita sa mga Biliranons….so people of Biliran mag mata na kita please vote RAFFY SALAZAR FOR GOVERNOR

  26. OI MGA KAIGSOONAN AYAW MO PAGTOO UG “PALIBA” NIANANG SALAZAR KAY MALAMANG USA NA SA MGA TUTA NI KALBO PARA PAG SIRA KANG CONG. CHONG

    HUNA-HUNAA KARON LA NA NAGPAKITA DINHI SA ATONG PROBENSYA UG SIGURADO KO NGA PAREHO NA NI ALMADRO NGA DILI MAGPAKITA ON THE LAST MINUTE BEFORE ELECTION PLANO UG BAYAD NA NG DAAN.

    SAKIT GYUD HUNA-HUNAON SA MAYTAHUD NG MGA ESPINA, LABI NG DILI NILA MADAWAT NGA TAWON NAPELDI LANG SILA SA USA KA BAGOHAN UG BATANG POLITIKO. MAO NGA SA BISAN UNSANG PAAGI, BUHATON UG GAMITON NILA ANG NAHABILIN PANG PODER PARA MAPUKAN ANG ILANG KAKONTRA UG MAKA BANGON.

  27. NOYNOY IS CLUELESS
    12 Reasons why Noynoy is not fit for the Presidency

    1st reason why Nonynoy is clueless: he thinks that if there is no corruption there will be no poverty.

    Reality check:
    Corruption certainly contributes to poverty, but corruption is everywhere, even in the greatest democracy and the richest country in the world, the USA. President Obama has surrounded himself with many senior appointees who have been proven to be tax evaders. Large US MNCs give out bribes as a regular way of doing business. Corruption is a way of life in the USA, but it is a very rich nation. While reducing corruption certainly is important, economic progress comes when those at the helm of government know what they are doing and have political will, like Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore.
    Noynoy has no experience and will be quickly overwhelmed by the complexity of governance.

    2nd reason why Noynoy is clueless: he thinks that since he is not corrupt, then there will be no corruption.

    Reality check:
    Corruption is unfortunately deeply ingrained in the Philippine political system. That is not to say that we should not do something about it. But it is to recognize that it is not only the President but those around him/her who matter. Cory was quite saintly, but Kamaganak Inc. rampaged through her Presidency. Frank Drilon, the President of the Liberal Party, is himself known as corrupt.
    Noynoy has no governance experience, whether in business or politics, and those close to him can easily run circles around him.

    3rd reason why Noynoy is clueless: he believes that poverty would be eliminated if only there is clean governance.

    Reality check:
    There is widespread poverty in the Philippines not because of corruption, but because of social injustice. That is, the rich grow richer, and so the poor grow poorer. There are enough resources in the nation for everyone to have a decent life. But the rich elite, a very small part of the population, has taken a very large and disproportionate share of the nation’s wealth.
    How do we eliminate poverty? By sharing. This is what the first Christians did. The rich shared their wealth with the poor, and the result was that there was no one in need (Acts 4:34). This is not just about giving handouts. Part of sharing is sharing the opportunities to make money, giving just compensation to employees, giving land to the landless.
    The social injustice is perpetrated by the entrenched elite economic and political families, such as the Cojuangcos, Roxases, Aranetas, Madrigals, etc. A prime example is the case of Hacienda Luisita, where the farmers have been deprived of what is rightfully theirs. In fact, they have been killed for asking for what is due them.
    Noynoy is part of this social and economic elite, and cannot be expected to stand against them in favor of the poor. He has already shown this in the case of Hacienda Luisita.

    4th reason why Noynoy is clueless: he does not understand the poor.

    Reality check:
    The poor make up the overwhelming majority of our people. They make up the greater part of a President’s national constituency. Thus care for the poor should be a primary concern of any President.
    Perhaps we cannot judge Noynoy harshly, because he has not experienced deep material poverty. If you have not been poor, you cannot truly empathize with the poor. That is why social workers at times live with the poor, to somehow become one of them, to experience what they experience.
    His criticism of Manny Villar’s claim of poverty, even to the point of maligning him regarding his brother Danny’s death, shows how callous he can be. Because Danny was brought to the hospital, he concluded that the Villars were not poor. He does not understand how the poor care for their relatives, even to the point of going into debt, or perhaps, even stealing. He does not understand the nobility of the poor. As with many who are rich and elite, perhaps he looks on the poor with disdain, considering them lazy, dirty, of no good to society. This might be unfair to Noynoy, but did he not in fact show no concern for the farmers of Hacienda Luisita? He even accused them of being communists when they rallied for their rights.
    The most urgent need for our nation is the eradication of poverty. Noynoy cannot accomplish this because his heart is not with the poor. In fact, in desiring to eliminate corruption, would that not benefit the rich businessmen most? Then they will only grow richer, and the poor poorer.

    5th reason why Noynoy is clueless: he does not understand that reproductive health means abortion.

    Reality check:
    Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, said it again quite clearly: “You cannot have maternal health without reproductive health. And reproductive health includes contraception and family planning and access to legal, safe abortion.” It is the goal of the US government, together with powerful forces such as the European Union, elements of the United Nations, billionaire philanthropists, liberal media, homosexualist forces, to force abortion on the whole world as a human right.
    If Noynoy claims to be against abortion but for the RH bill, then he is either being naive or deceptive. Reproductive health promotes condoms, condoms fail and result in unwanted pregnancies, then women procure abortions. That is how it has happened in the US and elsewhere. It is a clever step-by-step process that the anti-life forces promote. If we accept the RH bill, abortion will not be far behind.

    6th reason why Noynoy is clueless: he believes that EDSA is his birthright.

    Reality check:
    EDSA was a miracle of God. It belongs to all of us. It was a work of the Spirit that resulted in the dismantling of the Marcos dictatorship. God used Ninoy and Cory, but the glory belongs to God and the honor to the whole Filipino nation.
    But Noynoy has appropriated the EDSA spirit for himself and his campaign. He is using the Laban sign, the color yellow (this is not the color of the Liberal Party), the songs, the slogans, even what his parents had done. What a blatant theft of what belongs to us! Now many Filipinos are distancing themselves from EDSA symbols simply because they are automatically looked on as pro-Noynoy. What a shame! What a disservice to the nation. Noynoy is destroying that most loved Filipino treasure that is EDSA.
    Further, Noynoy is clueless in thinking that because his parents are revered, he now deserves to be President.

    7th reason why Noynoy is clueless: he thinks his good intentions are enough to govern the country.

    Reality check:
    To be an effective President, one needs experience, political will, intelligence. One cannot just have good intentions. One cannot just be uncorrupt. One must be prepared, with a working platform of governance. One must hit the ground running on Day One, and not have to learn the ropes while in office. One must not just rely on subordinates and hangers on, but must have a clear vision and know what to do.
    Noynoy has no executive experience. His legislative experience includes not passing any bill at all. He has no performance to speak of. As Congressman and Senator, he has not made any positive impact on behalf of his constituencies or the nation. Simply put, he is a non-performer.

    8th reason why Noynoy is clueless: he does not understand that to be effective as President, he has to work with other powers-that-be, and so he should show respect.

    Reality check:
    The Presidency does not exist by itself in the political system. In fact, the legislature and the judiciary are equal partners in governance. Then there are other economic and social forces.
    Noynoy belittled the Church when Cardinal Vidal took him to task for being pro-RH bill. He threatened the Supreme Court justices with impeachment if they accepted the appointment of a Chief Justice. He attacks President Arroyo even if she is not a candidate for President (and blatantly claims that he is the only real opposition). He maligns his main political opponent, making wild and unfounded claims, with half-truths and outright lies. He ridiculed a political pollster when the findings showed Villar closing in on him. He accuses the Comelec of imagined irregularities. He stokes conflict between the chiefs of the Philippine Army and the Philippine National Police. He makes it his priority to prosecute GMA.
    Noynoy is a divisive person. He attacks and maligns, often without good basis. He creates enemies instead of trying to win them over. He is disrespectful, of good people and important institutions. In a political system as we have in the Philippines, that is a sure way to division and disunity.

    9th reason why Noynoy is clueless: he still has the EDSA hangover and has no qualms about not following the rule of law.

    Reality check:
    The rule of law, flawed as it might be at times, is crucial to a democracy. EDSA is an extraordinary experience, perhaps never to be repeated again.
    Noynoy has no qualms about not following the rule of law. In his disagreement with the appointment by GMA of a Chief Justice, he has resorted to threats and demonstrations, instigating his followers in the latter. He has threatened the justices with impeachment. In contrast, the Nationalista Party, also disagreeing with GMA’s potential action, took the issue to the Supreme Court as an appeal to its decision.
    Noynoy does not see that an extraordinary extra-judicial move is not a first option, but the last. When we discard the rule of law, we are well on our way to chaos.

    10th reason why Noynoy is clueless: he does not know what is good for the economy or the nation.

    Reality check:
    Taxes are the lifeblood of the nation. Without adequate taxes, there would be no resources with which to run government and serve the people.
    Noynoy immediately announced that he would not raise taxes (he later backtracked). He was either playing up to the businessmen and the people, or he was totally naive. In contrast, Villar said that he would not tie his hands on raising taxes. After GMA, the coffers would be empty. He would first enforce collection, and cut down on tax evasion and corruption. But if these were not enough, he would have to raise taxes. Now that is being open, sincere and wise.
    Noynoy either does not know how to run the government, or is impulsive and does not think issues through well enough, or practices the old politics of making promises that cannot be kept. In any way, he is not fit to be President.

    11th reason why Noynoy is clueless: he does not know what the Presidency entails, how awesome a task it is.

    Reality check:
    Being President is an awesome responsibility. While many are legally qualified to run for President, only a few can really do well as President. Part of being qualified is the actual experience of governance, preferably from the bottom up.
    Let us look at Hacienda Luisita. It is a large piece of land, it has economic activity, it has poor people working (or out of work), it has a social system, it has the entrenched elite (the owners), it has management-labor problems. It could be a microcosm of the Philippines. Now what good has Noynoy done, as one of the owners and as the scion of the Cojuangco clan? He claims he owns only 1%, but that is evading the moral responsibility that would be expected of someone who aspires to be President of the Philippines. And in fact, was he not head of their security agency when there was the killing of farmers? Did he not malign and fault the farmers as being communists? Did he not oppose the granting of land to the farmers as was the original agreement of the Cojuangcos with the government?
    Now he says that if elected President, he would look to distributing the land. What? Elect you first before you act? Why not do it now? This is just another empty promise, playing up to the gallery, just like the vow not to raise taxes.
    Noynoy looks to his own and his family/clan’s well-being, not to that of the poor farmers. He looks to the interest of the small minority rather than the greater majority. He cannot be trusted to be able to run the nation, or to do justice to its poor.

    12th reason why Noynoy is clueless: he does not realize that in resorting to half-truths and lies in his effort to malign his major political opponent, he is acting in a very unchristian way.

    Reality check:
    The Philippines is a Christian nation. Noynoy professes to be a Christian Catholic. As Christians we are all children of God. But one who lies becomes a child not of God but of Satan, who is the father of lies.
    It is wrong to say that anything goes when it comes to politics. That is what makes politics dirty, which it should not be.
    Noynoy’s main political opponent, Manny Villar, has kept the high ground in his campaign. He sticks to issues, not malicious attacks. He does not retaliate, even in the most blatant lies thrown against him, but just patiently and calmly explains. It can be done! Even in disagreement, there should always be respect.
    We need a true Christian as President of the Philippines, one who has integrity and is a peacemaker. Noynoy unfortunately does not fit the bill.

    Noynoy is clueless about many important things, and is not fit to be President of the Philippines.

  28. MALDITOPOD

    VERY WELL SAID TO DISCREET NONOY AQUINO.
    BUT I DON’T THINK MAJORITY OF THE FILIPINO PEOPLE SHARED SAME CORRUPT IDEAS WITH YOURS

    ISSUE#1 & 2 – HE THINKS THERE’S NO CORRUPTION , THERE’S NO POVERTY & CORRUPTION WILL STOP.

    do you want us to embrace, that there’s nothing
    wrong of being NO.1 MOST CORRUPT countries out of 56 countries in ASIA because SINGAPORE WHICH RANKS LAST OR HAS THE VERY LEAST OF CORRUPTION is considered one of the most progressive country for their leader knows what his doing?

    if corruption is not a major contributing factor to put ones country on track, why is it that Singapore has the very least of corruption? site an example of rich and progressive countries that ranks top 10 when it comes to corruption.

    how can you say , CORRUPTION can’t affect poverty? are you trying to say that a COUNTRY can mobilize well or a government can implement a good project for the people without sufficient amount of cash by just merely using their brains and experiences because the TAX PAYERS MONEY are in their pockets?

    NO MATTER HOW BRILLIANT AND EXPERIENCED THE PRESIDENT IS , IF HE/SHE HAS NO POLITICAL WILL TO STOP SO MUCH CORRUPTION SINCE HE/SHE IS PART OF IT , I DON’T THINK , A COUNTRY COULD BE PROGRESSIVE.

    who will invest in our country? how can the government generates jobs for the FILIPINO people if investors are so afraid to come in because of SO MUCH CORRUPTION? how can a FILIPINO be helped from poverty when as simple as budget for fertilizers to improve their harvests were corrupted from them? how can a poor not becomes poor when the government due to so much greed of money can’t even patronize their local production of rice because they want to buy abroad so that they can have ” TONGPATS ” ? how can the poor not becomes poor when the projects intended for them to help them for their small business are substandard and ” PALPAK” ? how can a poor not becomes poor when as simple as folder costing P 3.00 they are going to pay from their taxes > P689M if corruption wasn’t detected ? . DO YOU WANT US TO TEACH OUR CHILDREN THAT CORRUPTION IS OK AS LONG AS THEY KNOW HOW TO HANDLE IT ?

    at least with NOYNOY, making himself as an example of not CORRUPT President and has the political will to go after those corrupt , we had ” HOPE ” that the budget intended for the Filipino people will really be given to them. IT’S BETTER TO HAVE HOPE THAT CORRUPTION WILL BE MINIMIZED RATHER THAN SUBMITTING YOURSELF TO DANCE WITH THE MUSIC OF CORRUPTION.

  29. Malditopod,

    ISSUE # 3- NONOY’S CLAIM THAT CLEAN GOVERNANCE CAN ELIMINATE POVERTY / SOCIAL INJUSTICES

    question# 1. if your own brother commits murder , is it rightful for your neighbors and friends to charge you as a murderer too? i think, your answer will be a big “NO” coz YOU HAVE INDEPENDENT MINDS and there are also certain roles to follow, right?

    question#2 – who is better for the Filipinos then ?
    Noynoy Aquino who is charged of social injustices that happens in Hacienda Luisita which is a corporation of the Couangcos and originally had given to their more than 12,000 laborers a free 200 sq.m. lot and paid their monthly salary, and that Noynoy has no voting power over this conflict because he only owns less than .1 % of this Hacienda , A NOYNOY AQUINO WHO HASN’T CHARGE OF ANY CORRUPTION BUT THIS HACIENDA LUISITA CONFLICT AND BLAMED OF BEING A RICH SON WHICH HE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT , A RICH BUT VERY ORDINARY AND SIMPLE PERSON ?
    OR

    SENATOR VILLAR , who from the very beginning was charged of the C5 Road anomaly and did not face the Senate hearing because he chose to declaim that he had done nothing wrong than be interrogated by his co- senators to explain why the P3,000- /sq.m. worth of land was charged to the Phil. gov’t at more than P13,000- /sq.m. a senator who wanted to be elected as President but is so afraid to be interrogated ?

    Senator Villar, who claims in his political ads , ” NAKALIGO KA NA BA SA DAGAT NG BASURA”, and publicly said that his family is very poor and he experienced the death of his brother at home because they don’t have money to buy medicines ? they don’t have money to go to a hospital. BUT AT THE END , THESE POLITICAL ADS ARE ONLY LIES and WERE ONLY FABRICATED ?

    1.) The brother of Sen. Villar was sicked of LEUKEMIA . even until now, there’s no cure for that. so how come, he claims that his brother died because they can’t buy medicine for him? So, he is misleading the filipino people who believed he really comes from the very poor family.

    2.) The brother of Sen. Villar was actually admitted at FEU hospital. One of the best private Hospital in Manila. How come he said, they don’t have money for the hospitalization. ‘though he answered that it was his cousin who is a nurse that facilitate the hospitalization, THE ISSUE HERE IS THAT , HE PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED THAT HIS BROTHER WAS SICK AT HOME and NOT IN THE HOSPITAL. It’s a lie again.

    3.) He claimed , that he comes from a very poor family, but when his wife was interviewed if how true that sen. villar did not really study in public school, what did she said? NO , IT ISN’T TRUE. MANNY STUDY IN PUBLIC SCHOOL FOR ONE YR. meaning , only grade 1. after that, senator villar went to private school run by priest until he went to UP for college.
    How can a very poor family , afford to send his child to a private school run by priest when it pays higher than a public
    school? L I E S AGAIN.

    4.) He claimed that he came from a very poor family but when interviewed , if how true that in 1950s his family was able to purchase a 500 sq.m. lot that was sold to a fishing company in 1987? It’s true he said. but it was only thru a loan in GSIS . but that time, no government employee could avail for a high amount of loan if you are only a rank and file. which means, his father, was a supervisor level. IT’S NOT A MISTAKE IF YOU CAN BUY A LOT BUT THE WORD HE USED IS ” VERY POOR ” HOW CAN HE CLAIMED TO BE VERY POOR WHEN HIS FATHER HAS A JOB AND WAS ABLE TO PURCHASE A 500 SQ M. LOT. HOW CAN HE CLAIMED TO BE ONE OF THOSE PAYATAS CHILDREN WHEN HE HAS NOT ACTUALLY EXPERIENCED THAT LIFE? L I E S AGAIN.

    5.) He claimed, that he experienced sleeping together with his 9 brothers/sisters in one big mat only. TRUTH IS , during those years not all his brothers/sisters were born yet. when the 9 of them were born , their life is established. Meaning, he really does not experienced sleeping in a single mat the 9 of them together. SO, L I E S AGAIN.

    so, which do you want us to choose? a senator villar who claimed to be very poor but all lies and accused of C5 road anomaly and promise to end up the KAHIRAPAN ng PILIPINAS one he will be elected as president. OR senator noynoy aquino who was blamed of the hacienda luisita when he has nothing to do with it coz he has no voting power and owned only less than . 1% of it and was also blamed of his being a son of a rich family but did not tell a lie and was not accused of anomaly and promise for fight corruption with good governance to uplift the life of Filipino people.

  30. IMalditopod,

    ISSUE# 4- NOYNOY DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THE POOR TO THE EXTEND OF MALIGNING SEN. VILLAR.

    senator noynoy aquino did not malign senator villar for being a poor. it is different when you said maligning and telling the people the truth. MALIGNING IS WHEN SEN. VILLAR’S GROUP ACCUSED NOYNOY AQUINO’S MENTAL DISORDER. THIS IS MALIGNING BECAUSE EVERY DETAIL OF IT WAS A LIE. when the group of Noynoy Aquino gives ABS-CBN the documents about the truth on the death sen. villar’s brother, their lot acquisition ,etc. every documents given were authenticated and true. so, you can’t charge them of maligning. it’s sen. villar’s group who maligns the capacity of senator noynoy aquino running for president because their issues against senator noynoy were all lies.

    when you try to listen the political ads of senator villar , who would say that he was not really coming from a VERY POOR family? who is not convince? of course, as you said, majority of filipinos are poor but not fool. senator villar capitalizes the weakness of the poor. he used the poor to support him. BUT NOW THAT THE TRUTH CAME OUT , GONE IS THE TRUST OF THE FILIPINO PEOPLE IN HIM. HE JUST FABRICATED THE TRUTH OF BEING ” VERY POOR “.

    i don’t believe Noynoy will malign the poor filipinos. conflict in Haiencda Luisita is not a ground for it. noynoy can not just dictate the law on what to do. he is not the owner. he has no voice over it. so stop charging him on that issue. if the family of noynoy aquino is unfair to the poor people, then his father won’t give his life to our country. LOOK AT NOYNOY AND HIS SISTERS . ARE THEY, THE PERSONS YOU THINK WOULD MALIGN THE POOR? THEY ARE VERY SIMPLE. IF CORY AQUINO DID NOT DIE , WE WILL NOT KNOW THE SISTERS OF NOYNOY. NO CONTROVERSIES FOR THEM WHATSOEVER. EXCEPT OF COURSE CRIS . BUT IT IS UNDERSTANDABLE BECAUSE SHE IS AN ACTRESS. THE WAY SHE DRESSES MUST BE ALIGN WITH WHAT THE AUDIENCE LOVE TO SEE.

    IF SENATOR VILLAR WINS, IT IS NOT BECAUSE THE POOR HAVE SUPPORTED HIM. IT IS BECAUSE HE SPENT BILLIONS TO BUY THE VOTE OF THE FILIPINO PEOPLE.

    WHO SAID, SENATOR NOYNOY IS LYING? ALL THE ISSUES WERE CONFIRMED BY SENATOR VILLAR HIMSELF.

    THE ONLY ISSUE HERE IS SENATOR VILLAR IS NOT SINCERE ENOUGH ON HIS CAMPAIGN ADS. IF HE ISN’T SINCERE WHEN HE’S NOT A PRESIDENT YET, HOW MUCH MORE WHEN HE WILL BE?

  31. Malditopod,

    ISSUE- UN-CHRISTIAN.

    I’ve been following politics because i really hate corruptions. i’ve been following interviews of all candidates. i haven’t seen a single interview of noynoy aquino falsely accussing senator villar of an issue. he challenged sendator villar for one on one of which senator villar didn’t agree.

    noynoy aquino is always calmed in his response although with emphasis when it comes to corruption . if you charge noynoy of unchristian because he gives emphasis on CORRUPTION then what will you charge senator villar who is untrue to the filipino people of his campaign ads?

  32. Malditopod

    IF NOYNOY, WHO DOES NOT HAVE AN ISSUE ON CORRUPTION IS NOT FITTED TO BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES HOW MUCH MORE WITH SENATOR VILLAR WHO DOES NOT SUBJECT HIMSELF TO AN INTERROGATION OF THE C5 ROAD FOR THE INCREASE OF THE UNIT COST OF HIS LAND FROM P3,000- /SQ.M. TO MORE THAN P13,000 – /SQ.M. AND WHOSE CAMPAIGN ADS OF COMING FROM A ” VERY POOR ” FAMILY WERE PROVEN ALL LIES?

    AS I SAID, THE FILIPINO PEOPLE ARE MOSTLY POOR BUT NOT FOOL.

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