Mainstream media outlets have reported that President Duterte declined to meet with Kris Aquino but there was a video that came out last July showing Kris and PDu30 in a brief one-on-one meeting at the Malacañang where she was given 3 to 6 months to vacate the Palace. Please watch closely and leave some comments.
Tonyo Cruz, notable blogger/writer and political thinker shares to us his opinion about the Political undertaking about the current situation our country is currently going through. He is showing us a perspective that is similar to a “Centrist” perspective. A viewpoint that is asking for a reform in the system rather than a change of leadership. A viewpoint for institutional change rather than just a regime change. That is the centrist perspective. It then leads us to the question: WHAT CHANGES IN THE POLITICAL SYSTEM DO CENTRIST WANT TO IMPLEMENT? WHO AND WHAT ARE THE CENTRIST? (answers in the next article).
Read through his post here now:
THE ROBREDO NARRATIVES AND LP MOTIVES
By Tonyo Cruz
Dec. 6, 2016
The manufactured narratives behind Vice President Leni Robredo’s resignation or constructive dismissal (just choose depending on your political preference) as HUDCC secretary beg to be reexamined.
First off, the narratives pay only lip service to the people at the margins (laylayan). The resignation is immediate. It offered no consolation to her now-former constituents at HUDCC, which are chiefly the informal settlers in the cities, the rural poor, and even the lower echelons of the middle class. They just became pawns in a brutal political chess game, and the housing problem a political footstool.
All the efforts to convince Duterte to accommodate Robredo in his cabinet in the name of reconciliation, and all the propaganda about putting people first above party – they were vaporized by this lightning resignation.
Secondly, the narratives are quiet on the narrow political interests at play, specifically those of the discredited and repudiated Liberal Party which Robredo leads. Much as some admire the vice president’s relative cleanliness, it is not smart to think that people don’t see that the LP seeks its own political restoration, as much as the Marcoses want theirs. Wittingly or unwittingly, this latest development signals the LP’s initial steps towards recapturing lost political power.
Thirdly, the narratives hide the fact that the LP leadership bench is shallow. Robredo can actually afford to stay in the cabinet if she wants to, if only to direct as much public resources and public power to people in the “laylayan” and act as a counterbalance from within. But no viable opposition leader has come forward. De Lima is busy with her own affairs, and both LP contingents in the House and Senate are aligned with the pro-Duterte majority blocs. (In the case of the House, the LP are in the majority and minority.) They have no choice except Robredo.
Fourth, Robredo is being positioned as the leader of the rising protest movement against the Marcos hero’s burial, by virtue of the party’s interest of protecting her hold on the vice presidency. How she and the LP would do this, we don’t know. But knowing the kapalmuks Yellow political operations in the fairly recent past, it is not far-fetched to predict that they will cleverly attempt to transform this broad united front into a pro-Robredo and LP-led machinery. That would cheapen and weaken the movement, and cause disillusionment among the youth.
Fifth, the narratives may not have been straightforward about it, but they are of the same “good vs. evil” line once again, a continuation of the LP’s last-ditch scare tactics in the final days of the campaign. It seeks to simplistically limit the people’s democratic vision on the political space into just two warring choices.
Truth to tell, Robredo could singlehandedly fix this narrative problem by resigning from the LP. I hope she does, for her own sake and for the nation’s. The LP was a fetter to her candidacy then, it is a fetter to protecting her position now.
Recent history’s lessons should immunize us from the simplistic and false binary choice being thrown at us. The sharpening political crisis requires more from us.
This has happened before, the same cast of characters presenting themselves in a saga of “good vs. evil” only to realize they could even be more vile, more corrupt and more brutal.
Actually, this has happened not just once but many times. They gleefully sliced and diced the people into colors and categories. Yet all the drama and made-up narratives didn’t only fail to prevent but actually fostered a Marcos revival. It turns out this “good vs. evil” line is good only for capturing power for some and meaningless to the majority when they are once in power.
In the protest movement against the Marcos hero’s burial, we profess our faith in our heroes and martyrs. They are a constellation of stars that should guide us now. They offer the lesson that liberates.
These great young men and women not only fought for the dismantling of the Marcos dictatorship. They didn’t offer their lives just to make a certain party or family look good or bad. They died for the cause of fundamental system change – to replace the rotten system that made dictatorship possible.
This lesson should make us bolder in defeating any Marcos return to Malacañang and stop Duterte’s abuses. But this should also make us very wary against any attempt of the old ruling party to hostage the protest movement for its own restoration — a comeback for their own brand of incompetence, cruelty and corruption.
It is unfolding right in front of us: another drama and political rigodon, with lots of surprises and plot twists. Yet again, the only role given us is either that of a pawn or spectator.
Would millennials fall for the same sophistry, sweet talk and sophistication? Would we as a nation fall for a rehash of the old superhero vs. supervillain political story line?
Duterte should only blame himself for giving the Yellows political oxygen. Each step he takes away from his promise of change and closer to Marcos and Marcosian thinking is lamentable and condemnable. Sadly, the Yellows are misusing this for their own restoration.
It is thus a legitimate position to say we reject both a Duterte-Marcos alliance and a Robredo-Yellow power grab/restoration. Democracy should be bigger than the sum of these political cliques.
We must stand our ground against the rampage of the dominant voices, be they DDS, Marcos loyalist or Yellow. We have to tell them supporters of other candidates, the abstainers, the non-voters, the youth and the children have the same right as them to discuss and determine the course of the nation.
We should not limit our democratic imagination to the tired, old discredited story lines, narratives and characters that give us only heartaches, headaches and humiliations. Let our protest movement embolden us to realize the unfulfilled dream of our heroes and martyrs. System change must be our peg for political action.
Did Leni Robredo resign to avoid being fired by Duterte? | MindaNation
Many believe that Leni’s resignation was nothing more than a cover up for what was coming, and to avoid the humiliation of being kicked out. Speculations regarding this possibility started a few weeks ago after the Presidential Office in the Visayas was able to do what Robredo and her friends from the Liberal Party failed to accomplish in three years.
The Vice President of the Philippines Leni Robredo has apprently resigned from the cabinent of President Rodrigo Duterte.
She is leaving her position because she has received word that there is a plot to “steal” the vice presidency from her.
In a radio interview, Palace spokesman Secretary Martin Andanar confirmed Duterte’s order for Robredo. “May mga panananaw si VP na hindi sang-ayon si presidente kaya humantong ito sa order na binigay ng pangulo (The Vice President has views which the President does not agree with so the order was released),” he said.
From trixie cruz angelea facebook post:
Ang kasaysayan kailangan kinikwento sa iba’t ibang perspektibo. Dahil nangyayari ito sa ibang ibang tao na may iba’t ibang pananaw. Pag mas marami tayong alam na kwento ukol sa isang panahon, mas malawak ang pagkakaintindi natin nito.
Kaya tama lang na ikwestyon ang panahon ng martial law at ang narrative na matagal na nating pinaniniwalaan. May boses ang mga biktima. Mayroon din ang ordinaryo mamamayan. Meron din ang mga nasa poder. Ang kababaihan, ang dukha. Meron ding perspektibo ang mga henerasyong nauna. Hindi ba at bahagi din ng kasaysayan ang mga hindi lumahok sa EDSA?
Marami pa tayong di naririnig. Wag nyo silang patahimikin.
This is are repost from facebook post of jovybev aquino. This is also to some friends out there who are ardent supporters of PNoy and the liberal party up until today. Lol. Gago.
Deciphering the yellow mind:
Let’s see, you have made it so obviously clear that you don’t want a strong leader like Duterte who thinks of the people’s welfare and makes the hard decisions based on what is best for the Filipino people and not just a few.
But what baffles me is that you were ok with Pnoy. A president that didn’t do much at all but played a lot of video games. He turned a blind eye on corruption and the proliferation of drugs.
But what is truly mind boggling is that you were ok with their campaign of “Daang Matuwid” continuity. A legacy that did not look too good no matter what angle you took:
– It was ok with you that he refused to apologize for the Manila hostage crisis, which by the way was the worst rescue attempt in history, EVER! even smiling while viewing the crime scene.
– It was ok with you that during Yolanda catastrophe, foreign governments were giving donations directly to NGO’s instead of the administration due to the fact that they weren’t trusted with the funds.
– It was ok with you that 44 of our brave soldiers gave up their lives because the commander in chief decided not to have them rescued.
– It was ok with you that he didn’t care for the 10 million OFW’s, who in reality is probably what was keeping the government afloat.
– It was ok with you that the he couldn’t get the MRT to run in the 6 years he was president.
– It was ok with you that he bought 12 fighter jets but with no missiles.
– It was ok with you that he gave senators 10’s of millions of pesos each to remove a sitting supreme court justice to be replaced by his college buddy who has had little practice of law.
– It was ok with you that he allowed 6000 troops to decimate Zamboanga which resulted in 10000 civilian homes burned.
– It was ok with you that he created the DAP which allowed politicians to enrich themselves beyond their wildest dreams with our hard earned taxes.
– It was ok with you that everyone feared flying because of bullets, those magical bullets which MAR said was our fault for bringing them in the first place.
So, in essence, you don’t like a strong leader that will stand up for us, but you would rather have a weak, conniving, lazy easy to manipulate president that would not lift a finger to defend you unless you were kin or friend.
And now you want Leni Robredo to take Duterte’s place? She has one job now, she’s not even doing it. Paano nalang kung lahat ng problema ng bansa aasikasuhin nya. Paktay!
Paano nalang ang PILIPINAS nyan?