PLATFORM: Noynoy Aquino’s Social Contract with the Filipino People

A SOCIAL CONTRACT WITH THE FILIPINO PEOPLE

THE PLATFORM OF SENATOR BENIGNO “NOYNOY” S. AQUINO III

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A National Leadership in Need of Transformational Change

  • Its legitimacy is under question;
  • It persecutes those who expose the truth about its illegitimacy and corruption;
  • It stays in power by corrupting individuals and institutions;
  • It confuses the people with half-truths and outright lies;
  • It rewards, rather than punishes, wrongdoing;
  • It offers no lasting solutions for the many problems of the country;
  • It weakens the democratic institutions that hold our leaders accountable.
  • It hinders our local governments from delivering basic services;
  • It has no vision of governance beyond political survival and self- enrichment.

A People Crying out for Change

  • Corruption robs our children of their protection, nutrition and education.
  • Corruption destroys our families and communities.
  • Corruption steals from our farmers and workers.
  • Corruption deters businessmen from investing in our economy.
  • This has eroded our spirit as individuals, as communities, as a people.
  • We have lost trust in the democratic institutions we so courageously re-established after the dictatorship.
  • Our proven capacity for collective outrage and righteous resistance has been weakened.
  • We have ceased to depend on the patriotism and civic engagement that used to animate many of our efforts.
  • We have become divided and alienated, focusing only on ourselves and on our individual pursuits.
  • Our moral faculties as a people have been paralyzed.
  • We have retreated into a dark world of self-absorption and cynicism. Our collective despair has reached its lowest point.

Then finally, the gift of Light

Cory Aquino passed on to the next life. From our sadness, we awakened to a shaft of light cutting through the darkness. She left the

Filipinos a legacy of selfless love for country and people. Filipinos’ connection with each other was rekindled.

In death, she enabled us to hope again for decent government. The millions who connected with Cory at her funeral represented something more than euphoria, sentiment or transient emotions. They represented the reverent memory of a good leader in the past and the firm hope of having a similarly good leader in the future.

A People’s Campaign of Renewed Hope…

  • Anchored on Ninoy’s and Cory’s legacy of change through the ways of democracy
  • Embraces the qualities of integrity, humility and trust-worthiness in public leadership
  • Recognizes the absence of these qualities in government as a major cause of widespread poverty, misery and despair.

The Vision for the Philippines:

A country with…

1. A re-awakened sense of right and wrong, through the living examples of our highest leaders;

2. An organized and widely-shared rapid expansion of our economy through a government dedicated to honing and mobilizing our people’s skills and energies as well as the responsible harnessing of our natural resources;

3. A collective belief that doing the right thing does not only make sense morally, but translates into economic value as well;

4. Public institutions rebuilt on the strong solidarity of our society and its communities.

Our Mission:

We will start to make these changes first in ourselves—by doing the right things, by giving value to excellence and integrity and rejecting mediocrity and dishonesty, and by giving priority to others over ourselves.

We will make these changes across many aspects of our national life.

A Commitment to Transformational Leadership:

1. From a President who tolerates corruption  to a President who is the nation’s first and most determined fighter of corruption.

2. From a government that merely conjures economic growth statistics that our people know to be unreal  to a government that prioritizes jobs that empower the people and provide them with opportunities to rise above poverty.

3. From relegating education to just one of many concerns  to making education the central strategy for investing in our people, reducing poverty and building national competitiveness.

4. From treating health as just another area for political patronage  to recognizing the advancement and protection of public health, which includes responsible parenthood, as key measures of good governance.

5. From justice that money and connections can buy  to a truly impartial system of institutions that deliver equal justice to rich or poor.

Economy

6. From government policies influenced by well-connected private interests  to a leadership that executes all the laws of the land with impartiality and decisiveness.

7. From treating the rural economy as just a source of problems, to recognizing farms and rural enterprises as vital to achieving food security and more equitable economic growth, worthy of re-investment for sustained productivity.

8. From government anti-poverty programs that instill a dole-out mentality  to well-considered programs that build capacity and create opportunity among the poor and the marginalized in the country.

9. From a government that dampens private initiative and enterprise  to a government that creates conditions conducive to the growth and competitiveness of private businesses, big, medium and small.

10. From a government that treats its people as an export commodity and a means to earn foreign exchange, disregarding the social cost to Filipino families  to a government that creates jobs at home, so that working abroad will be a choice rather than a necessity; and when its citizens do choose to become OFWs, their welfare and protection will still be the government’s priority.

Government Service

11. From Presidential appointees chosen mainly out of political accommodation  to discerning selection based on integrity, competence and performance in serving the public good.

12. From demoralized but dedicated civil servants, military and police personnel destined for failure and frustration due to inadequate operational support  to professional, motivated and energized bureaucracies with adequate means to perform their public service missions.

Gender Equality

13. From a lack of concern for gender disparities and shortfalls, to the promotion of equal gender opportunity in all spheres of public policies and programs.

Peace & Order

14. From a disjointed, short-sighted Mindanao policy that merely reacts to events and incidents  to one that seeks a broadly supported just peace and will redress decades of neglect of the Moro and other peoples of Mindanao.

Environment

15. From allowing environmental blight to spoil our cities, where both the rich and the poor bear with congestion and urban decay  to planning alternative, inclusive urban developments where people of varying income levels are integrated in productive, healthy and safe communities.

16. From a government obsessed with exploiting the country for immediate gains to the detriment of its environment  to a government that will encourage sustainable use of resources to benefit the present and future generations.

This platform is a commitment to change that Filipinos can depend on.  With trust in their leaders, everyone can work and build a greater future together.

77 Responses so far

  1. 1

    victor said,

    well said… a complete reverse of GMA status quo

    • 2

      tet gallardo said,

      GMA as reference point is pathetic. They should let dinky go. She’s too obsessed with GMA. We should be obsessed with the future.

  2. 3

    Emma said,

    Millions of Filipinos are pinning their hopes on you, Noynoy, so I hope that you don’t fail us. We are so damn tired of corruption in government, from the president down to the janitors in customs. Should those words above become reality, it would be a major leap for the Philippines, and we’d be forever grateful. Good luck, Godspeed.

  3. 4

    PIA said,

    I haven’t read the whole platform… but the #10 under the economy which say’s creating jobs at home caught my attention… that will make the people to choose working abroad as a mere choice instead of a necessity… my father is an ofw…. I dont want him to be away from us… but we dont have a choice but to let him go abroad…. he says that this is the only way for him so that he cud send us to school… I can stil remember the first time he went there, I know it is hard for him to leave us… I knew it, coz I can see that from him, he doesn’t even want us to accompany him to the airport bka daw di nya kayanin ang umalis pagnandon kmi, and you know what sa ilang beses n syang ngpabalik blik s saudi ganon parin evrytime n bumabalik sya dito s pilipinas ayaw nyang mgpahatid… he wanted to stay here with us… pero ang iniisip nya, kmi, pano kmi? pano pagaaral namin… hndi nya makuhang magstay dito kc mhirap mghanap ng trabaho n kayang sustentohan lahat ng kelangan namin lalo n for a highskul graduate like him.. talagang mhirap… that is why he choose to leave … and I myself is planning to look for work abroad para kht pano makatulong sknya… gusto k nrin kc syang makauwi… para dito nlang sya kasama nila mama…. pero nung nbasa k un… it gve me hope n sana masulosyunan n nga ang khirapan para gumanda ang ekonomiya ntin… para hndi n mging necessity ang pagpunta abroad… hndi kc maiwasan ng mga kapamilya ng mga ofw n magalala para sknila lalo nat malayo ang mga ito… at alam naman ng lahat ang mga panganib lalo n s middle east.. marami ng ofw ang minamaltrato at marami narin ang naloloko mkapunta lang s ibang bansa…. kaya sna kung ikaw ang mging susunod n pangulo… sna panindigan m ang platform m…. I know mhirap mging presidente lalo n s bansa ntin n marami n talagang problema… it needs a total reparation…. from its people to its rules and regulation… kng ikaw ang susunod na uupo s malacanang… mgpakatatag ka dhil for sure d lang isa ang babatikos sau mrami cla… at ang mga pangako s mga pilipino we see you as our hope… wer gonna hold unto it so sana pls proove to us n ur worthy of our trust… goodluck:-)

    • 5

      Ryan said,

      Okay sana ang trabaho sa sariling bayan, ang problema kung ito ba ay sapat na tumustos sa pamilya… I’m also an ofw but I’m lucky in a sense that my family is with me. Kung may trabaho man sa Pilipinas, hinde ito sapat para makabuhay ng pamilya… Pero nawa’y maging instrumento si noynoy ng mga pagbabagong magdudulot ng ganitong ginahawa sa pilipinas.. sang-ayon ako sa rebolusyon ni noynoy, rebolusyon sa pag-iisip at gawa…

  4. 6

    Benedicto G. said,

    Victor: It’s just like what Cory did when she seated as President. She removed whatever systems & procedures she deemed to be oppressive & anti-democratic as used by the previous regime (like the military trial courts, Ministry of Human Settlements, Ministry of Information), and to uncover abuses & confiscate hidden wealth of the Marcoses & their cohorts (like the PCGG). She began to erase reminders and vestiges related to the previous regime and suppressed whatever loyalties or sympathies that may still be felt towards the Marcoses.You should read IS RP HISTORY TO REPEAT ITSELF?(The Truth about the People Power Revolution) by Fredelino Buscayno Marasigan. Be informed. Let’s not be duped. Here’s a link: http://luisitamagsasaka.wordpress.com/2009/11/26/rp-history-repeats-itself/

  5. 10

    Jack said,

    I am for change. Noynoy is the right person to lead us there. Look at it this way :

    Noynoy has more to lose when he is elected president. Like:
    He has to protect the good names and hero status of his parents, Ninoy and Tita Cory.
    He has to uphold the good name of their family_yung immediate na lang, sa kanilang mag kakapatid at mga kids.
    Remember, he was persuaded by the people to run as president.
    On Hacienda Luisita issue. Noynoy would wholeheartedly give his share to the 10,000 or so beneficiaries. However, he made it clear, that should that happen, he would want that the property has no debt obligation, para pag bigay sa mga magsasaka, ang lupain ay magamit nila ng walang “pabigat” na utang. Otherwise, pag ibinigay na sa magsasaka ng may pabigat, hindi ito kayang buhatin ng mga magsasaka. Ang lupain na ito ay maaring mapunta lamang sa ibang mga may vested interest, gaya ng mga corporation or individual na may maitim na balak at budhi. Tandaan natin, na malapit lang ang Pampanga sa Tarlac, kaya baka agawin pa ng mga dwende ang lupain sa mga magsasaka ang Hacienda Luisita.

    Noy, we are placing our trust in you that you would do the right thing. I speak for myself now: Noy, is the best person to lead us into the positive changes that we Filipinos ever so deserve. Not to be missed, is the positive tandem with Mar Roxas.
    Chiz, it would be great if you would join Noy and Mar in leading the country to achieve greatness.
    Thank you.

  6. 11

    Noble said,

    lets wait and see. Sometimes it is easier said than done.

    • 12

      donmaria said,

      Shouldn’t CHANGE start from each of us who love our country? Efren Penaflorida is a role model for all of us. His limited resources did not deter him from doing what is right and what is beneficial to the least of our brothers and sisters. Can we reflect on each point stated above and ask ourselves what can i do to help achieve it? As Efren said, search in your hearts, because for sure, your innate goodness will lead you to act on it and it will be more fulfilling because you have made our country a better place. Can we be more pro-active?

      • 13

        noypipol said,

        Well said Don Maria,

        Let’s not “wait and see,” let’s see and do! How can we assist Noynoy?

        That is the spirit of his campaign: Laban na Tapat. LABAN NG LAHAT.

        Gising na mga kababayan, nandito na ang bagong araw!

  7. 15

    Supermom said,

    These are nice goals and I would love to see them become a reality. But I’d like to know how you intend to attain these goals?

    • 16

      dan jimenez said,

      My questions, too. And more:
      1. How are you going to deal with MILF, MNLF, NPA?
      2. How would you hellp the OFW’s who are now singlehandedly shoring up the Philippine economy?
      3. Who will be your Secretaries of National Defense, NEDA, Health and Education?
      4. Since this is a social contract, what will be the people’s guarantee if you renege?
      5. What ideology will you adopt in your government?
      6. Will you initiate the rewriting of the Constitution?
      7. Granted that you win, will you guarantee that this is your one and only term as President?
      8. What will you do to GMA?
      And to reiterate a question that was asked before, are you THE ONE writing this blog?

    • 17

      I knew that Noynoy is the only qualified to run for President of the Republic of the Philippines and can lead the country towards peace and unity, he can gives us only the so called good governance like what he’s parents did for the country, he’s parents advocacy and love for the country can give him guide to be a the good President for the Republic of the Philippines.

  8. 18

    Adrian said,

    Well done but I wish there were more specific policy details such as a commitment to genuine agrarian reform, a commitment to micro finance in the countryside to empower the poor and a limit to debt payment in the government budget to put more money in education and building of infrastructure. Nevertheless, I am still voting for Noynoy and Mar because it is the logical choice.

  9. 19

    tina said,

    i bliv that NOYNOY can and will do what he dreamt of doing as stated in his platform.. a selfless leader, one wid integrity, sincerity and foresight on how to pick up the broken pcs of this nation to make it whole again. SYA NA NGA… TATANGGALIN ANG TIWALI ITATAMA ANG MALI… WALANG BAHID! WALANG DUDA!

    PERO.. DI nya magagawa mag isa yan. let us all do our share..para sa tin naman ito diba? at para sa future generation, cliche’, but, guys, totoo naman diba. its time that we do something for the nation. si Inang Bayan naman po ang unahin natin ngayon.
    May God bless us all.

  10. 20

    tet gallardo said,

    Not a paradigm shift but a mere opposite of GMA. Remember that a mirror image, although opposite of the reflected object, contains the same ugliness. The object reflected is GMA, and the mirror image and opposite is Dinky Soliman. She should grow up na kasi dapat into a new paradigm. Obama wasn’t just Bush’s opposite. He was from another planet. And that’s what we need. I hope Noynoy would not be afraid to spurn this woman. She is not civil society.

  11. 21

    tet gallardo said,

    People have come away from the Non-Conventional Campaign, headed by Dinky and Karina, heavy-hearted because the process was not consultative and democratic. So I’ve been told.

  12. 22

    tet gallardo said,

    Dinky wanted to limit the number of reps per yellow group to only 2 people, such that an extra guy was actually asked by her to stay at the door and was not allowed to come in. Butch Abad saw the man, thank goodness, and asked him to come in. The man, as a matter of principle, shut up the whole time inside the session venue and never participated. What is Dinky guarding ba na kailangan me proportionate representation pa dito? That’s not how we did it in cory’s time anyway.

  13. 23

    LeahN said,

    Ms. Gallardo, Dinky Soliman is a community organizer and social worker with a long and respected career in the NGO community and civil society, therefore I beg to disagree that she, as you say, is “not civil society”. She left the GMA cabinet in 2005, and continues to be a strong civil society voice against this administration, enduring insults and death threats, which is more than I can say about people that have been either silent or supportive of GMA and only recently decided to jump GMA’s sinking ship.

    Dinky has been a trusted and loyal friend to the Aquino family for decades, particularly close to Tita Cory till her passing. She is also a close friend, and am compelled to defend her leadership of the NCC. If Noynoy is indeed your choice for president, I would expect that you trust his judgment. I do, that is why I volunteered to support his candidacy and will vote for him. Noynoy trusts Dinky, and that is why she facilitates the NCC.

    You say, “so I’ve been told”, therefore I must surmise that you were not at the meeting you wrote about. Your FB profile says you are a member of NAPM, one of the premiere organizations of the NCC that agreed to send only two representatives to the meeting in question. I respectfully suggest that you ask the NAPM leadership about that particular NCC meeting so you can get the facts. I will also relay your misgivings to Dinky so she can directly answer your accusations.

    Noynoy and his campaign have many detractors, mostly from without. The lies being spread about him, his family and his supporters are myriad, mainly from candidates and parties that wage negative campaigns out of fear and desperation. We do not need to aid these enemies by spreading rumors and relating unsubstantiated stories. Let us all bear in mind that to blackball a fellow volunteer from within hurts this campaign and therefore, Noynoy.

  14. 24

    donmaria said,

    Let’s FOCUS on the GOAL, supporters and especially those given the opportunity to take leadership roles in the Noynoy & Mar Campaign. We are here for a higher purpose and not for our own personal agenda. I have great faith and trust that this campaign willl succeed because each day, each and every individual involved will put the Filipino People’s interest first before self. Take to heart Ninoy & Cory’s legacies. Noynoy & Mar’s examples. Tayong tumaya na, kay Noynoy at Mar, sumunod na, para yong ibang hindi pa tumataya ay mahikayat ng sumama at tumaya sa ating ipinaglalaban! May the Holy Spirit grant Wisdom & Courage to Noynoy & Mar and may He give strength and steadfast love to each and every volunteer and supporter.

  15. 25

    Ideas on how to solve the Mindanao problem…from a brainstorm session of Mindanaoan friends, Muslim and Christian alike.

    1. Universal disarmament. zero tolerance for those who possess illegal firearms(only national gov’t-sanctioned personalities have the legal right to bear arms. eg police,military only). This should abolish warlordism and will prevent a lot of atrocities from happening.
    2.Get religion out of the mix. Point out the obvious, no one is being religiously persecuted in Mindanao. but this non-issue is being used by shameless beings to forward their agenda of Power in Mindanao.
    3. Ensure representation from each major(or even minor) tribal group in Mindanao. this will help get religion out of the mix and will expose the genuine concerns of the most neglected people in our country.
    4. Build roads. Railroads[concrete roads are better in mindanao right now. harder to sabotage >;p]. Connect the people. make it easier to move goods and around. This will also help the people to mix around more promoting better understanding.Local tourism will benefit. Of course accessibility will also help our law enforcement and economy.
    5. Develop Mindanao. scrap centralized thinking. how many billions have been budgeted to develop Metro Manila? the North Rail expansion has a staggering budget. Imagine if we used a small portion of that to develop places outside of Manila. We think the returns will be better short-term or long term. Besides how much does Mindanao contribute to the GDP? How much is the gov’t spending to develop it so it can contribute more?

    well my friends and i decided to post our ideas. Maybe somebody will find it useful.🙂

    Cheers!

  16. 26

    mel_p said,

    regarding platform #13 – gender equality

    as a member of the 3rd sex, and with Ladlad’s disqualification for the nth time as party list, i hope noynoy’s gov would be more open-minded with regard to homosexual relationship, that our relationship/partnership be recognized by the law as well. gender equality for me is not trully realized if we continue to be deprived of having our own “family.” i am in a relationship w/ someone for almost 8 yrs. maayos at tahimik kami nabubuhay, wala tinatapakan or inaagrabyadong tao. ang sa akin lang, i work hard for my family, nagbabayad din ako ng buwis, at nakakasama ng loob na ang pinaghihirapan ko eh ndi mapakinabangan ng mga mahal ko sa buhay. while my co-workers are allowed to have their spouse be their dependent, such is not the case for us. yun lang naman sana hnhiling namen, na mrecognize ng batas ang relasyon tulad ng sa akin.

    to our future president, noynoy, hanga ako sa stand nyo regarding reproductive health. sana po ay hindi rin maging hadlang ang pagiging religious nyo at maging open-minded kau sa mga issues na tulad ng sa homosexual relationship/partnership.

  17. 27

    shine A. said,

    Tama ang tinuran mo IDOL, kung yong apat na nag escort kay TITA CORY nang ihatid sa kanyang huling hantungan di magkakasama sa trabaho ginampanan ang tama at nagtiis nang halos sampung oras naibigay ang sa kanila ay tama, kami pa kayang alam naming diyan ka at handang gumabay sa bansang sa dami nang mapaglinlang at magnanakaw. GO IDOL suportado ka nang sambayanan. GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS! Kwidaw kalaban mo mga naka ORANGE, PILIPINO gising, KULAY NANG MGA KALABAN UNIFORM NANG KAWATAN, MAMATAY TAO AT SAKSAKAN NANG SINUNGALING. DAPAT SA INYO ERAP AT VILLAR SA MUNTI KAYO TUMAKBO. Patay tau dyan!

  18. 28

    roland a. said,

    HAHAHA!!! SAKTO PAREKOY, si erap may wrest band pa, premonition na mapoposas na naman yan. si villar bumalik sa tondo at doon nagdeklarang tatakbo, senyales na matatalo at mauubos ang bilyon kaya balik nga sa tondo. esep-esep. pareho pa kayo nang kulay HA!! palatandaan nga eto na sa darating na election alam na kung sino ang gagawa nang kalokohan. EH DI YONG MGA NAKA ORANGE.

  19. 29

    Waldy said,

    First, congratulations po kay Sen. Noynoy at sa mga staff nyo na nagpapatakbo ng website ninyo. Sa palagay ko po, sa lahat ng mga kandidato, ang website ninyo ang pinakamaganda at pinaka madaling salihan.

    Salamat din po sa pagpapahintulot ninyo na mag-post ng mga comments ang mga visitors dito.. Palagay ko po ito ay isang magandang halimbawa ng democracy-in-action. Palagay ko po mas marami ang maniniwala sa mga kandidato kung mas open sila sa lahat ng batikos.

    Ngayon po, maganda ang sinasabi nitong inyong palatporma. Kaso po, parang introduction pa lang.. wala pa po yung laman.. Saan po makikita yung laman nito? Sana po ipost nyo rito sa website para makita ng lahat.

    Isa pa pong comment, sana po hindi na lang ginawang reference yung opinion ninyo tungkol sa mga pagkukulang ng Arroyo government, kasi kahit po maaring tama yung sinasabi, unfair po iyon. Hindi naman po ninyo sila hinihingan ng kasagutan sa inyong charges. Hindi po talaga patas. Nakakababa po ng level ng usapan.

    Samantala, doon po sa mga pumupuri dito, sana po wag muna kasi sabi ko nga po wala pa yung laman. Baka po masabihan lamang tayo na mga nabubulagan at bumaba ang ating credibility.

    Kaya inuulit ko po ang kahilingan ko, sana po ilagay na dito sa website agad-agad yung laman para po mapatunayan ni Sen. Noynoy na talagang may laman ang kanyang kampanya!

    Thank you po.

  20. 30

    Sarah08 said,

    about poh dun sa knyang platform…what is his plan for our international issues or relations?how will he enforce the relationship of the country to the other countries in the world?

  21. 31

    Ipe5520 said,

    I SIMPLY CANNOT BELIEVE THERE IS NOT ONE MENTION OF PEOPLE EMPOWERMENT IN THIS DOCUMENT.

    THE FRAMEWORK IS STILL “TRICKLE DOWN” OR PINATULO.

    THE MESSAGE IS “HEY GUYS, WE THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT WILL SAVE YOU”. THIS IS RIDICULOUS AND RAISES EXPECTATIONS THAT CANNOT BE MET.

    WHAT IS THE ROLE OF PEOPLE POWER THAT IS INSTITUTIONALIZED? WHERE IS THE CALL FOR GENUINE LOCAL DEVELOPMENT COUNCILS AND STRICT IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PRO-PEOPLE PROVISIONS OF THE CONSTITUTION AND THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT CODE?

  22. 32

    Ipe5520 said,

    GMA’s CANDIDACY: WHAT THE 2010 NATIONAL AND LOCAL ELECTIONS SHOULD REALLY MEAN

    Statement of Kilusang Pinatubo / Subsidiarity Movement

    National elections should be about national renewal and yet sadly the political exercise is not yet sufficiently framed in terms of a political battle over organizing principles and governance systems: on one hand the current PATRONAGE TRICKLE DOWN (PINATULO) and its opposite, the BOTTOM UP (PINATUBO) framework. (Stated another way: DOMINATION BY THE FEW OF THE MANY (PINATULO) or NURTURANCE OF EACH ONE’S POTENTIAL (PINATUBO).)

    GMA is the “Goliath” of the Philippines’ Trickle Down or Patronage political governance system (originally installed during our colonial period). From our feudal times up to today, the elite oligarchic national to local patronage network operates to keep the country bonded to poverty, underdevelopment and global shame. Recently it has been linked to the deadly dynastic Massacre of Maguindanao.

    If GMA wins her congressional seat, along with the many others being funded by her cohorts, then a sinister plot to make her the Prime Minister of an even more PINATULO modeled country would take stronger root. Thus, challengers should be clearly demarcated as the opposite of PINATULO, which is PINATUBO. To make the 2010 National Election only about GMA personally and not what governance system she stands for and has clearly demonstrated in her 9 years as President would be a great disservice to the nation and a wasted opportunity to shed light on what really ails our country.

    The 2010 Elections must be a BREAK from our past 490 year history. A history that reveals national fundamentals amazingly unchanged from when Horacio de la Costa wrote in his 1968 essay “Justice and Development”:

    We find in the Philippine scene several deep fissures; in Church and State there is the fissure between community and bureaucracy. In effect this means that the two most potent forces of the country cannot serve the people, unto whom they must minister effectively.

    The ineffectiveness of government leads to a splintering of effort on the part of the communal groups, a loss of confidence in government which only too often leads to a loss of confidence in self

    The Church which should be deeply rooted in the communal life of the people is, like government, far removed from it. Hence, it fails to provide cohesiveness to community and in this matter therefore fails in its mission of making “the many one.” The economy is poor and badly split between rich and poor. Economic stratification is the basis for sharp social stratification which builds a wide communications gulf between mass and elite, rendering both socially ineffective. Our schools unfortunately have been vehicles for enlarging the gulf. Finally, there is the split in the very mind of the Filipino. He cannot pin down his own identity. He has lost confidence in himself and his people. He has lust the sense of achievement.

    The complexus of all these circumstances makes nation-building a very burdensome thing. All of these elements pull society apart. Society is fragmented. The individual in the midst of such a society will not identify himself with it. Since the society is many things and going in many different directions, the individual finds difficulty in defining his role in it. If a man cannot define his role in a particular society he simply cannot feel that he belongs to it, or that he can contribute to it. This is the plight of most Filipinos. We have a sentimental attachment to what is Filipino. But that is all there is to it. The attachment is neither rational nor effective. How can our attachment for the country be effective when we know neither what she is or whither she is going. This is why people always ask, “The situation is bad, so what do we do, what do 1 do?”

    Under these conditions, how can nation-building get off to a start? We can only go back to the basic ideas:

    1. Build communities.

    2. Link the communities with common goals.

    3. Recapture the bureaucracy.

    And in Randy David’s recent column of July 4, 2009 in the Philippine Daily Inquirer titled: Seeing like a nation, he aptly sums up our current situation as follows:

    “Weakly integrated societies tend to be rocked by rebellion and conflict. The daily life of the individual is a narrative of defiance against established authority. The law is felt not as an instrument for dispensing justice but as a tool to advance private interests….

    And lastly, what are often called the basic institutions of a society are truly its formative structures—the family, the school, churches, and, in the modern world, the mass media. They supply us our deepest desires, motivations, and self-understanding. They form our consciences, develop the faculties of reason, shape our attitudes, and furnish us the foundations of our culture. When they are functioning properly, they are a source of legitimacy. They converge to tell us what is respectable, admirable, and legitimate, allowing no confusion in values. A well-formed society is a society with firm identities and stable value orientations. In contrast, a failed society is likely to have a cynical, demoralized, and apathetic population.

    Using this simple paradigm, we may see right away how miserably we have done as a national community, and how mindlessly we have sacrificed our sources of strength—our formative institutions—at the altar of a brainless economic model based on the export of people. Instead of harnessing their talent and creativity to develop our country and enrich our way of life, we literally drive our people away to serve other societies. We can also see what irreparable injury our leaders commit when they routinely manipulate the law and brazenly exploit our regulatory institutions for the sake of political ambition and personal accumulation. It is time we began seeing like a nation.”

    From the SUBSIDIARITY MOVEMENT / KILUSANG PINATUBO we have the following critique:

    The Philippines, coming from its colonial past, has strong vestiges of an imported organizing principle that may be best termed as “superiority” where the strong are strengthened in the hope that eventually benefits will trickle down to the majority. The alternative is subsidiarity” where the lowest unit, starting from the individual is empowered to address concerns if at their own level, and if not, making it imperative for the next higher level to act . The over-reliance of the former to the detriment of the subsidiarity principle has resulted in an apathetic people and a laggard country.

    Here are ways of seeing our “SUPERIORITY”- organized life, and how it could or should be transformed to that of SUBSIDIARITY:

    Legal System: largely copied from our colonizers (US and Spain) instead of codifying local traditions and updating based on modern times;

    Urban Development: mega-developers building enclaves instead of local mixed-use local government initiated and zoned developments;

    Waste Disposal: mega contractors in mega dumpsites with scavengers instead of Village Materials Recovery Facilities;

    Retailing: Mega malls owned by mega corporations instead of mixed commercial areas integrated with urban plan;

    Energy: few mega generation plants and transmission facilities instead of decentralized, renewable energy sources;

    Farm Production: controlled by Binondo Cartels thru finance and trade links instead of profitable small farmers linked to local consumers via town markets;

    GNP Indicator: Computing economic progress from Corporate accounts instead of basing it from household income accounts;

    Political Parties: Controlled by one dominant personality instead of organizations with real, numerous members committed to a vision/program;

    Export Manufactures: Few companies involved with assembly of foreign inputs instead of many entrepreneurs coordinated in producing branded exports;

    Languages: Promotion and support to only one major language instead of a policy of usage of local languages for identity stability;

    Culture: Reliance on Hollywood and Manila productions instead of support towards regional storylines and characters;

    Governance Structure: Malacanang control over the entire bureaucracy and budget instead of truly autonomous Local as well as Regional Governments;

    Taxes: 90% of all taxes collected by Malacanang where it controls 83% of total spending instead of decentralized and direct tax collection and spending to stimulate equitable development;

    Education: Curriculum designed in Manila instead of allowing Regions to have input in official language and adding local content;

    Environmental Management: All natural resources are controlled by Malacanang instead of partnerships with local and regional governments for better utilization and protection/conservation

    As Randy David’s recent column on Subsidiarity articulates:

    “The concept of subsidiarity is a powerful lens for examining Philippine society. It allows us to view the extent to which ordinary Filipino citizens and their local communities have been excluded from the exercise of the sovereign power that is supposed to emanate from them. Against the promise of an active citizenry that is fully engaged in the life of their communities, we are shown the desolation of families broken up by migration, of communities that have collapsed due to lack of local pride and initiative, and of disconnected individuals with no self-esteem or sense of identity. Against the promise of a strong nation held together by symbiotic bonds chosen by a free people, we only see a demoralized mass of individuals ruled by a privileged few, all waiting to leave their dying neighborhoods at the first opportunity.

    These are problems that are not solved by a mere change in administration. Their roots are deeper than poverty, corruption, or incompetent government. They strike at the very heart of what it means to establish the conditions of social life among free human beings under modern conditions. This is the task of politics, says the 17th-century writer Johannes Althusius, an early theorist of subsidiarity. He defined politics as: “The act of establishing, cultivating, and conserving among men the necessary, essential, and homogeneous conditions of social life.”

    From this it is not difficult to see where our problem lies.”

    Kilusang Pinatubo coordinating with all the other small parties involved with alternative partisan politics for 2010 should consolidate AT EVERY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT as the way to focus the political consciousness and show the anti-thesis of the PINATUBO or Superiority political system by engaging the voters in a genuine People’s Campaign.

    We can and should start by having one Coordinator per District who will identify the best candidates for Congress and other positions tap them into this PINATUBO National Campaign. The same can be done for creating a Senatorial Slate from among all those who have filed.

    Visit http://bayannatin.net and click on the May 2010 Election Button to get started.

    LABAN NA!

    KILUSANG PINATUBO

    PINATUBO PARTY

  23. 33

    Noble said,

    I believe to Noynoy’s sincere advocacy for change. He is the man and I will definitely vote him as my President. Go Noy!

  24. 34

    […] and Roxas bared their platform entitled “A Social Contract With the Filipino People” as they and the LP senatorial slate led by former Senate President Franklin Drilon filed their […]

  25. 35

    migs said,

    Too much motherhood statements. Maybe this is just a first draft. Or maybe this came from an another source, just copied it then revised.

  26. 36

    Mark Ronald Manseguiao said,

    I sincerely hope that you win [and i think you will]! You have my vote.

  27. 37

    pinoyberks said,

    PinoyBerks support Noynoy/Mar Tandem Ipagpatuloy ang Laban!

  28. 38

    Kikz said,

    Go Noynoy!!!
    Susuporta po kami sa inyo… Lahat po ng aming pamilya ay susuporta sayo…

    God bless and more power..

  29. 39

    Amelita said,

    Senator Noynoy’s flatform of leadership and governance embodies all the ideals that directly address the root causes of all the evils in our society and the nation as a whole. Let us offer a prayer for God to bless this endeavor so as for all the Filipinos to see the most coveted shining light and not just a glimpse of hope. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!!! Mabuhay ka Senator Noynoy!

  30. 40

    Amelita said,

    Platform***

  31. 41

    king del rosario said,

    I hope you can cite specific plans on how to achieve those grand platforms/visions. If we’re just okay with a “desire to do something good”, we should have been okay with Eddie Gil. Thanks!

  32. 42

    Alejandro B. Ibay said,

    for start, I have made POSITIVE some statements in the platform.
    given time, I shall tackle the whole platform hoping that EVERYBODY
    in Noynoy’s camp will understood it NOT as a criticism but a positive
    contributiion.

    A National Leadership That
    Will Result in Transformational Change

    •Its legitimacy will never be under question; but endorsed and supported worldwide.
    •It will prosecute those who have persecuted those who exposed the truth about illegitimacy and corruption of past administrations;
    •It will not stay in power unnecessarily and will never do so by corrupting individuals and institutions;
    •It will never confuse the people with half-truths and outright lies;
    •It will punish, rather than reward, wrongdoing;
    •It will strive to provide lasting solutions for the many problems of the country;
    •It shall resurrect and strengthen the democratic institutions that hold our leaders accountable.
    •It will provide people inspired assistance to all local level governments to enable sure delivery of basic services;
    •It shall strive to bring to reality its vision of democratic selfless governance.

    A People Crying out for Change, because it has experienced the gruesome and horrible evils of corruption throughout different levels of governance, all over the country, it shall reverse this evil acculturation process, and make corruption no longer a dominant part of governance.

    •We shall restore and make stronger the lost trust in the democratic institutions we so courageously re-established after the dictatorship.
    •We shall develop and encourage a capacity for collective outrage and righteous resistance to any wrongdoings in governance.
    •We shall resurrect our virtues of patriotism and national cooperation which has made us a strong people in the eyes of the world
    •We can become divided to articulate public issues and shall encourage balance and harmony on the rights and welfare of an individual against communal interests.
    •We will strive to effect a return to our traditional values while we encourage deliberation and even adoption of new ones.
    •We shall frown upon actions which might lead to self-absorption, self-aggrandizement and cynicism and shall endeavour to eliminate our feelings of despair..

  33. 43

    Psyche said,

    If Noynoy is not the son of Ninoy and Cory, will you vote for him?

    • 44

      christian said,

      YES… its NOT only bcoz of his parents y I AM 4 NOYNOY.. its bcoz of the person that he is.. his own integrity, compassion for our us, filipinos and for his conviction that we are all woth fighting for.

    • 45

      princessang gusgusin said,

      syempre naman.. mabait si noynoy, may paninindigan at matulungin sa kapwa. wala naman ibang maipanira sa kanya kundi ang hacienda luisita..
      walang graft and corruption na issue sa kanya o kung ano pa mang anomalya sa tagal nya sa pulitika. nung president nanay nya wala man napabalita na nakipag away sya at ginamit impluwensya ng nanay nya.. iba si noynoy yumuyuko para maabot ng masa.

    • 46

      SAM said,

      OPO iboboto ko tlga NOYNOY. kc kapatid naman sya ni kris, uncle sya ni BIMBI JACKSON at ni kuya JOSH. bayaw sya ni James Yap, gf sya ni Shalani, pinsan sya ni MIKEE, pamangkin sya ni PEPING, uncle sya ni JIGGY, pinsan sya ni BAM AQUINO, ex bf cya ni Bernadette Sembrano at Korina Sanchez. lamag anak sya ni ganito.. frend sya ni ganyan..
      hehehe joke lang sinasakyan ko lang kababawan ng tanung. peace, man!

      kidding aside, OO iboboto ko si NOYNOY khit kanino pa sya anak, associated o affiliated basta taglay nya ang katangian na meron sya ngayon.

  34. 48

    Alejandro B. Ibay said,

    this is Noynoy’s political
    platform as I have changed the style
    and NOT the content.

    ———————————————–

    PLATFORM: Noynoy Aquino’s Social Contract with the Filipino People

    THIS IS MY PRESIDENCY……

    A National Leadership That
    Will Result in Transformational Change

    •Its legitimacy will never be under question; but endorsed and supported worldwide.
    •It will prosecute those who have persecuted those who exposed the truth about illegitimacy and corruption of past administrations;
    •It will not stay in power unnecessarily and will never do so by corrupting individuals and institutions;
    •It will never confuse the people with half-truths and outright lies;
    •It will punish, rather than reward, wrongdoing;
    •It will strive to provide lasting solutions for the many problems of the country;
    •It shall resurrect and strengthen the democratic institutions that hold our leaders accountable.
    •It will provide people inspired assistance to all local level governments to enable sure delivery of basic services;
    •It shall strive to bring to reality its vision of democratic selfless governance.

    A People Crying out for Change, because it has experienced the gruesome and horrible evils of corruption throughout different levels of governance, all over the country, it shall reverse this evil acculturation process, and make corruption no longer a dominant part of governance.

    •We shall restore and make stronger the lost trust in the democratic institutions we so courageously re-established after the dictatorship.
    •We shall develop and encourage a capacity for collective outrage and righteous resistance to any wrongdoings in governance.
    •We shall resurrect our virtues of patriotism and national cooperation which has made us a strong people in the eyes of the world
    •We can become divided to articulate public issues and shall encourage balance and harmony on the rights and welfare of an individual against communal interests.
    •We will strive to effect a return to our traditional values while we encourage deliberation and even adoption of new ones.
    •We shall frown upon actions which might lead to self-absorption, self-aggrandizement and cynicism and eliminate our feelings of despair..

    OUR BEACON OF GOVERNANCE:

    We consider the presidency of the later Cory Aquino as our gift of Light, when she passed on, was like a shaft of light cutting through the country darkness. Her legacy of selfless love rekindled people’s caring for one another.
    In death, she enabled us to hope again for decent government. The millions who connected with Cory at her funeral represented something more than euphoria, sentiment or transient emotions. They represented the reverent memory of a good leader in the past and the firm hope of having a similarly good leader in the future.

    A People’s Campaign of Renewed Hope…

    •Anchored on Ninoy’s and Cory’s legacy of change through democractic means.
    •Fostering honesty, integrity, humility and trust-worthiness in national leadership and in all levels of public service.
    •Recognizing firmly the absence of these qualities in government as a major causes of widespread poverty, misery and despair.

    This is WHERE WE WANT TO GO …..
    The Vision for the Philippines:

    A country with…

    1. A re-awakened sense of right and wrong, through the living examples of our highest leaders;

    2. An organized and widely-shared rapid expansion of our economy through a government dedicated to honing and mobilizing our people’s skills and energies as well as the responsible harnessing of our natural resources;

    3. A collective belief that doing the right thing does not only make sense morally, but translates into economic value as well;

    4. Public institutions—as instruments of social justice—rebuilt on the strong solidarity of our society and its communities

    THIS IS HOW WE WILL GET THERE?
    Our Mission:

    Guided by tenets of democracy and by our constitution, we will start to make these changes first in ourselves—by doing the right things, by giving value to excellence and integrity and rejecting mediocrity and dishonesty, and by giving priority to others over ourselves. We will make these changes across many aspects of our national life.

    With utmost resolve to make our VISION a reality the meat and bones of our mission are :

    1. From a President who tolerates corruption to a President who is the nation’s first and most determined fighter of corruption.

    2. From a government that merely conjures economic growth statistics that our people know to be unreal to a government that prioritizes jobs that empower the people and provide them with opportunities to rise above poverty.

    3. From relegating education to just one of many concerns to making education the central strategy for investing in our people, reducing poverty and building national competitiveness.

    4. From treating health as just another area for political patronage to recognizing the advancement and protection of public health, which includes responsible parenthood, as key measures of good governance.

    5. From justice that money and connections can buy to a truly impartial system of institutions that deliver equal justice to rich or poor.

    Economy

    6. From government policies influenced by well-connected private interests to a leadership that executes all the laws of the land with impartiality and decisiveness.

    7. From treating the rural economy as just a source of problems, to recognizing farms and rural enterprises as vital to achieving food security and more equitable economic growth, worthy of re-investment for sustained productivity.

    8. From government anti-poverty programs that instill a dole-out mentality to well-considered programs that build capacity and create opportunity among the poor and the marginalized in the country.

    9. From a government that dampens private initiative and enterprise to a government that creates conditions conducive to the growth and competitiveness of private businesses, big, medium and small.

    10. From a government that treats its people as an export commodity and a means to earn foreign exchange, disregarding the social cost to Filipino families to a government that creates jobs at home, so that working abroad will be a choice rather than a necessity; and when its citizens do choose to become OFWs, their welfare and protection will still be the government’s priority.

    Government Service

    11. From Presidential appointees chosen mainly out of political accommodation to discerning selection based on integrity, competence and performance in serving the public good: a civil service based on merit and not political patronage.

    12. From demoralized but dedicated civil servants, military and police personnel destined for failure and frustration due to inadequate operational support to justly compensated, professional, motivated and energized bureaucracies with adequate means to perform their public service missions.

    Gender Equality

    13. From a lack of concern for gender disparities and shortfalls, to the promotion of equal gender opportunity in all spheres of public policies and programs.

    Peace & Order

    14. From a disjointed, short-sighted Mindanao policy that merely reacts to events and incidents to one that seeks a broadly supported just peace and will redress decades of neglect of the Moro and other peoples of Mindanao.

    Environment

    15. From allowing environmental blight to spoil our cities, where both the rich and the poor bear with congestion and urban decay to planning alternative, inclusive urban developments where people of varying income levels are integrated in productive, healthy and safe communities.

    16. From a government obsessed with exploiting the country for immediate gains to the detriment of its environment to a government that will encourage sustainable use of resources to benefit the present and future generations.

    This platform is a commitment to change that Filipinos can depend on. With trust in their leaders, everyone can work and build a greater future together.

  35. 49

    Alejandro B. Ibay said,

    If Noynoy is not the son of Ninoy and Cory,
    he could be Manny Villar, Chiz or Gibo or
    Erap, not Noynoy – so of course I WILL
    NOT VOTE FOR HIM. I will only vote for
    Noynoy. As our saying goes: Snakes give
    birth to snakes. I know where Noynoy is
    coming from aside from knowing what he
    is.

    • 50

      tina said,

      tama po kayo dyan pero its not the ONLY REASON why we are 4 NOYNOY.. nakita naman natin ung political will nya at kung gaano sya ka determined na ibangon ang pilipinas mula sa pang aabuso ng mga pinag katiwalaan natin.. GOD BLESS THE PHILIPPINES.. GOD BLESS US ALL.. sana mkita natin ang tunay na kulay ng bawat kandidato.. hindi un ang kulay na dala nila kundi ang kulay ng puso nila.

  36. 51

    BongV said,

    Long on motherhood statements, short on specifics.

    • 52

      Paul P. said,

      That is why it is called a PLATFORM and not a specific PLAN OF ACTION. You know Bong, if you are decidedly not for the person from the beginning, you will never get satisfied no matter what he does.

  37. 53

    dan jimenez said,

    I visited this blog because a co-alumnus posted in our e-group about Noynoy’s resolution on the Maguindanao massacre. I am not a supporter of Noynoy nor am I a supporter of any presidential candidate. I came here to learn and make comments for whatever they maybe worth. When I made comments about Noynoy’s picture which to me was an imitation of Ninoy’s famous pose and that he should present his credentials other than being the son of Cory and Ninoy, I got flak from the Noynoy’s supporters, which to me was uncalled for since the person of interest is Noynoy and nobody else. With the posting of Noynoy’s Social Contract, there were questions asked by people whom I think are honestly looking for answers. The responses from Noynoy’s supporters were anything but. It is not for me to alter the way Noynoy’s supporters treat those like me are still making up our minds regarding who to support. It is a disservice though to Noynoy, if you are a real supporter of Noynoy to dismiss and even ridicule the “non-believers.” With this kind of attitude, I wonder what power will do to you just in case Noynoy wins.
    And since I stated already my purpose of learning about Noynoy, may I ask why he sided with GMA’s Administration Congressmen to trash the 1st Impeachment? How does this play out in his anti-corruption stance? My thank you in advance.

  38. 54

    imp_of_lannister said,

    platitudes and motherhood statements.

    a platform must have SOME general idea for a plan of action. without it, there will be nothing to ponder, nothing to analyze.

    i mean how do you agree or disagree with any of those statements which all basically say “we will make the philippines better”. the thing with motherhood statements is that there is no point for debate.

    at least with the likes of teodoro you can wince at his ideas of liberalizing residential real estate sales to foreigners or putting up a student loan facility that instantly recoups loan payments through SSS numbers. you may not agree with those, but at least you can be sure that you disagree with them.

    • 55

      princessang gusgusin said,

      i just wanna share dis post from :
      http://abs-cbnnews.com/nation/12/03/09/abs-cbns-%E2%80%98harapan%E2%80%99-online-forum-draws-thousands-chatters#comment-13284

      Teodoro was a failure as a DND secretary.
      Under his watch, di niya na check ang connivance ng mga militar, CAFGU at warlords. Napakaraming armas ng gubyerno ang napunta sa mga warlords. Dahil diyan maraming namatay sa Maguindanao.

      Kung talagang magaling siya, dapat dismatle niya iba pang private army sa Isabela, Cagayan, Ilocos at iba pa.

      Under his watch, halos inutil ang National Disaster Coordinating Council. Dahil diyan napakaraming namatay nang dumaan ang Ondoy.

      Common sense!!! Kung major ang mga failure niya as DND secretary, hindi siya qualified as President.

      Submitted by d-ram-os on Thu, 12/03/2009 – 19:37

      • 56

        imp_of_lannister said,

        Common sense!!! Kung major ang mga failure niya as DND secretary, hindi siya qualified as President.

        Oh yes. Noynoy Aquino was such a stellar congressman and senator.

        What did he do there again?

    • 57

      tins said,

      posted at this link.. http://abs-cbnnews.com/nation/12/03/09/abs-cbns-%E2%80%98harapan%E2%80%99-online-forum-draws-thousands-chatters?page=1
      i just wanna share it wid u, it might, somehow, shed some light.
      thanks to mr. Valentin L. Bonite

      In debate of presidential candidates aired on ANC, Gilbert Teodoro came in close second to Noynoy. However his rating may have been different if people really listened well to the substance of what he said, which should have forewarned everyone of the true Gibo, in contrast to his obviously packaged image.
      When asked about GMA, Gibo proudly declared, as if it really was virtuous of him, that it would be the height of ingratitude if he would bite the hand, so to speak, of the person who gave him the break. The statement did not really surprise me because it came from a person who lives in a world where favors are dispensed with in order to wield influence over certain people, or where favors are exchanged for their mutual benefits and always to the prejudice of the people whom the profess to serve. What is unfortunate though was how the people and certain pundits even approved of what they heard. It is clear that everyone forgot that this kind of attitude is precisely the root cause of corruption, that even priests would forget about their priestly duties after being beneficiaries of countless favors from certain politicians, that they would refuse even just to open their mouths amidst all the corruption around them, opting to remain tight-lipped, which is precisely what Gibo is doing as far as the administration of GMA is concerned. Gibo’s statement tells us about two things, first, that he will not take action against anyone to whom he is indebted, and, that he is willing to dispense favors himself if only to buy the loyalty of anyone. This, the people must understand, breeds corruption and is the source of injustice. The same also leads me to ask this question, if Gibo is really the person that his supporters would always proudly tell us that he is, then why on earth would he be so insecure and seemingly so helpless so as to be beholden to the person who he said gave him the break? Was his topping the bar not enough break for him? Of course I know of many lawyers who barely passed the bar but are better lawyers than the topnotchers. So, what’s there to crow about? Finally, he declared that he will convene a so called council of elders. Why, does he not have the confidence to perform the duties of a president even when the same are already clearly spelled out in the constitution, that convening a council is already absolutely unnecessary? Where is the much ballyhooed competence?

      Submitted by valentin l. bonite on Thu, 12/03/2009 – 18:39.

  39. 58

    May kasabihan tayo na “ang mabuting puno ay di magbubunga ng masama”..Noynoy ay anak ng bayaning amang si Ninoy at inang pangulong Cory , binansagang Ina ng demokrasiya.. kilalang mga pamilya na maka-Diyos, maka-Bayan, maka-Tao, maka-katarungan at iba pang mga katangiang taglay na batid natin na ginagabayan ng Panginoong Maykapal, ang sambayanan ang nagbunsod sa kanya na kumandidato sa panguluhan at tinugon lamang niya ito matapos ang malalim na pagninilay at paghanap ng katugunan kung nararapat niya itong magampanan, dahil sa naramdamang kataimtimang suporta ay nagdeklara siyang kumandidatong pangulo sa darating na 2010 na halalan…di nga nagkamali ang mga resulta ng survey..napakataas ng kanyang rating . at dito na rin nagsimula ang pagbasag sa kanya..at umasa tayo na marami pang ipupukol sa kanya, tulad din ng kasabihang “Ang mabungang puno ay binabato” Dalangin ko na maging matibay ka “Noy” just remain “Good, Discipline, and be like Christ” advance congratulations Mr. President ! always Take Care and GBU !!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 59

      christian facun said,

      iv seen the official website of ur gibo. far from NOYNOY’s site wherein all comments good or bad are being shown unfiltered .. not that im interested i was just curious kung ganito din ba kaopen at transparent ibang candidates.. unfotunately not. masyado nila nililinis sarili nila at sini shield from reality; the reality of what others might say to them, scared of getting exposed pero si noynoy dhil walang tinatago walang kailangan katakutan. sa mga ganitong bagay pa lang nakikita na natin kung sino ang tunay at sino ang plastic, mapag kunwari.. same goes wid the site of manny villar. walang space for comments from viewers.kaloka.. when they always talk about transparency, honesty and freedom/democracy where u can freely express ur thots. dito free tayong lahat mag salita ng against man kay NOYNOY at sumagot kahit nga sa ano mang manner natin gusto.. iba talaga si NOYNOY.. not ur traditional politician

    • 60

      dan jimenez said,

      Noynoy’s pedigree, even though how impressive, should not be the primary consideration in voting him to the Presidency. He should be able to present his own ideas and be able to act on them. Cory nor Ninoy regardless of what they did for the country will not be on the ballot.

      If we go by this thinking of voting a candidate just because of who his parents are, then we can never expect to do away with traditional politicians. In the same vein, a candidate who rose from the ghettoes and made a name for himself regardless of who his anonymous parents are, will never have a chance.

      Noynoy, just like alll the candidates must be judged according to what he brings to the table, not what his parents did.

      And since you brought up “ang mabuting puno ay di magbubunga ng masama”, hindi ba si Cain at Abel ay parehong anak ng isang ama at isang ina? Bakit ang isa ay mabuti, ang isa ay masama?

  40. 61

    tina said,

    tama po kayo dyan.. diko maimagine na mag kakamali na naman tayo sa pagpili ng presidente. sana lang po maging mas mulat tayo sa tunay na hangarin ng bawat tunatakbo sa sa kanilang tunay na pag katao.
    sila NOYNOY and MAR ang tunay na makakatulong sa tin.

  41. 62

    Ang pinakamgaling at mabisang magagawa ng mga volunteers at supporters ni Noynoy ay “Isama sa pang-araw araw na panalangin si Noynoy at Mar, Una na malayo sa lahat ng uri ng kapahamakan at karamdaman, ikalawa na manatiling mga mabubuting halimbawa ng mga kandidato na hindi gumaganti ng masasamang mga salita at personalang atake sa mga kalaban. ikatlo, maramdaman ng mga mamamayan ang kanilang mainit at tunay pagmamahal na makapaglingkod sa bayan.” Amen

  42. 63

    mila said,

    we’re are crossing our fingers on you……

  43. 64

    To Noy and Mar,

    Just do you’re very best and God will do the rest !

    “The Lord be Adored-Forever!”

  44. 65

    noynoy2010 said,

    Hi! I’m a fan of Noynoy but everything that is happening now with regards to his candidacy seems so fake already. I mean he constantly refer to the legacy of his parents and use it as his selling trait. I’m not sure though if this is enough since it seems that HE IS JUST SHINING FROM A BORROWED LIGHT, from his parents and from Kris even. This is just not the way how I knew Noynoy before. I thought he is the guy who will bring change to the country, but now, he cannot even make concrete platforms for our country. He just bashes other candidates and banks on the shortcomings of the administration. I thought he’d do better than that. :{ Sad to say, but I am really really disappointed with Noynoy.

    • 66

      Hello noynoy 2010,

      Sorry to hear this. But regarding the platform, a platform by definition is not policy. A platform is a body of broad issues for which you take a stand. For example, “Issue: Human Rights, specifically, extrajudicial killings. Stand: Absolutely unacceptable.” Or “Issue: Health, specifically, reproductive health. Stand: Urgent need in this country.”

      A platform is exactly that: a platform from which you stand as a starting point for policies you will craft in the years given to you. It is meant to inform you: what does the candidate stand for? How does he view this issue? Is this a view or stand that I would like the leader of this country to uphold?

      I think what you are referring to is specific policies. Those are typically not included in platforms, because policies must conform to needs and circumstances of status quo, which can change; we do not know what the future holds. Take President Bush for example. His major issue before 9/11 was Education, most of his programs policies and budget were geared toward the rising education gap in the United States. Then 9/11 happened, no one could have predicted that. There was suddenly a shift toward military and security policies.

      So you see, specifics cannot be meted out this early on. What a platform reveals is the stand your candidate will take when it comes to these issues.

      I hope we’ve made the difference clearer now. Thank you!

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        Dan Jimenez said,

        Are you saying then that there is no gameplan until Noynoy gets elected? In the social contract, Noynoy has identified the issues he wants to tackle as president and the corresponding end results. Perhaps he can lay down the plans for those as they exist now which should still exist upon his election because GMA will not be able to do anything about them. It wil be understandable if he shifts gears as President because of unforseen events(like Bush in your example) but having no policies right now for his own vision and goals seem more of an excuse and a shortcoming.

        The Filipino voter must get beyond personality based politics as traditional politicians are. Noynoy has this chance to show the way by not merely presenting himself as a scion of heroes mouthing platitudes and grand dreams. He should encourage intelligent voting by telling the people his plans and convincing them that his plans will work. As opposed to the plans of the other Presidential candidates.

      • 68

        Hello Dan,
        You’re right, Filipinos deserve intelligence and transparency. This is the reason why we have a blog that citizens can use as an open forum, no memberships, no accounts.

        We firmly believe in an educated vote. We strive to provide the public with all the information humanly possible to release, but please be patient. We are a very, very small volunteer staff.

        There is no “gameplan” but there are plans, but they, by definition, are not included within the umbrella of a platform.

        The staff is currently working on pooling the many policies Sen Aquino has set forth. We are distilling them from long legal documents to shorter, more reader-friendly versions.

        Again, please be patient; the other candidates had years to prepare for this, Sen Aquino and his staff were thrust into this just a couple of months ago.

        For the longer versions, you may visit noynoy.ph.

        When the redacted versions come out, you will see it on this blog. Thank you!

      • 69

        imp_of_lannister said,

        thats a bit of a copout ain’t it? if a “platform” is actually nothing more than conceptual advocacies then what’s the point of putting them out? without any sort of plan of action, one platform has the same value as another precisely because all of them are just motherhood statements saying that they aim to make the philippines a better place.

        where’s the debate in something where there’s nothing to disagree with?

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    Rowena Fang said,

    Wonderful!!!

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    rhk111 said,

    [b]Economy[/b]

    – From government policies influenced by well-connected private interests to [b]government policies that are influenced by “Kamaganak Inc.” and Gaby Lopez[/b].

    – From treating the rural economy as just a source of problems, to recognizing farms and rural enterprises as vital to achieving food security and more equitable economic growth, worthy of re-investment for sustained productivity. [b]How, I do not know, but it sounds good on my platform[/b].

    – From government anti-poverty programs that instill a dole-out mentality to well-considered programs that build capacity and create opportunity among the poor and the marginalized in the country. [b]Who cares how, as long as there are morons who believe in stupi_ generalizations like this that sounds good[/b].

    – From a government that dampens private initiative and enterprise to a government that creates conditions conducive to the growth and competitiveness of private businesses, big, medium and small. [b]That means from big businesses, the businesses of “Kamaganak Inc.” and Gaby Lopez will grow even more[/b].

    – From a government that treats its people as an export commodity and a means to earn foreign exchange, disregarding the social cost to Filipino families to a government that creates jobs at home, so that working abroad will be a choice rather than a necessity; and when its citizens do choose to become OFWs, their welfare and protection will still be the government’s priority. [b]We will do this, by picking jobs off trees, because everybody knows that jobs can grow on trees so they can be given away to people. That dumb Arroyo government didn’t know that[/b].

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    Alejandro B. Ibay said,

    I don’t want to nitpick on any candidate or on what they want to do. I just want to help Noynoy with my ideas on how he can be a better president under our tragic circumstances. I write for his and his believers’ reading pleasure.

    ———————–
    Noynoy’s Philippine Dream
    By Alejandro B. Ibay

    The world is too familiar with the American Dream. The global compass needle pointing from north to south, east to west quivers in awe, on how a person through hard work and human ability, in an incredible thrusting environment that challenges the individual, can transform a pauper into a millionaire, a relative unknown talent into a wealthy celebrity; how struggling artists and professionals can win fame and fortune overnight.

    The American dream is about Americans, not about the country—the United States of America. Without the country—being about or in another country—there will be no American Dream. I know, so that’s my dilemma. By serendipity, hard work and rare skills, Manny Pacquiao—many clueless Filipinos don’t realized—Manny had realized undreamed of, fame and riches in America, which he can never achieved in the Philippines, even if he wins the Lotto a few times. Lea Salonga is another modest version of the American Dream; Vanessa Hudgens, Charice Pempengco and some others are on their way if they don’t blew it.

    So who or which created or caused the dream, the people or the country? Will it be: The Filipino Dream or the Philippine Dream? A case of which comes first: the hen or the egg? The habitat or the organism? If an honest earthshaking siege is to be done to make such a dream possible in centuries (about three to four generations) to come, where must REFORMERS start: on the organism (Filipinos)? Or the habitat and environment (the Philippines)? This piece, given the present situation—very tragic situation, indeed—will put emphasis on habitat (Philippine) change believing that such success will lead on to a changed organism (Filipino). A Philippine Dream leading to a Filipino Dream centuries from now. If we fail, we are stuck to being what we are now: banana men.

    Before thoughts unfold, let it be clear that REFORMS—seeking a Philippine Dream—start and are expected to be instigated from the TOP; while REVOLUTIONS are upheavals exploding from BELOW. This piece is about the former.

    Mindanao, the Philippines’ land of promise is the symbol of the country’s grand illusion to progress—a towering monument of national failure to take proper care of its people and its natural resources. There is no Mindanao land of promise, much more a Mindanao dream, only unending pockets of nightmares to its multi-ethnic inhabitants. Just as Maguindanao is part of Mindanao, Mindanao is the second biggest part of the nation—reminds us that the parts constitute the whole. During the past and in the present century, Mindanao has always been under some form of martial law, a de facto kind of legal oppression where the people had been continuously subjugated to the whims and caprices of greedy governmental authority.

    The recent massacre of some 60 innocent civilians in Maguindanao caught world attention and brought down Filipinos’ humanity notches no higher than monsters. How do you transform this recent Maguindanao nightmare into a human dream. How indeed, can it be reconciled with the good image of Filipino expatriates who chose to work and live abroad. Foreigners remain baffled by upright Filipino Dr. Jekyls in their midst compared with Filipino Mr Hydes who lord it over in their home country. How explained the passivity of the majority to the centuries old oppressive rule by the few.

    A descendant of slaves, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “I have a dream,” and died for it. Even before and from that time, the slaves of America and their descendants were fighting every inch of the way for their rightful place in the sun; persisting to this day, in every nook and corner where vestiges of slavery seeks to perpetuate its ugly head. Until that divine time when one of their sons was voted by offspring of masters and children of slaves alike to be their leader—their President. Still they, Dr. King’s children remain fighting for that dream, the American Dream to make a stay.

    Jose Rizal said, “There will be no masters where there are no willing slaves.” His written thoughts and his actions led to his public execution by the colonial masters. It is an skewed comparison but Ninoy Aquino of recent history said, “The Filipinos are worth dying for.” A quarter of a century after those words were said—that led to his murder—many are still uncertain, dubious as to what Ninoy really meant. To the patriots, the nationalists, the proud breast beaters, the Filipinos are really worth the lives of their heroes. To a trickle few, history has yet to prove its veracity—Filipinos have yet to prove to themselves that nothing is amiss about their humanity. Unlike Dr. King, both Rizal and Ninoy were no dreamers hence were limited to their noble introspection. It was about us, about me, about Filipinos life’s worth and his position against other men. If there was a dream, it seemed all about the self, his independence and self-improvement. No utopic dream for its citizens to rise above his worth.

    If one must contrive, concoct, sculpt and fashion a country dream, a nation of dream-like reality, a Philippine Dream for example, one need not dream about it, or do a doctoral thesis about it or do a research about it. The country dream is all over the place, across history, written (except England) and venerated by wise men amongst brotherhood of nations. As I am wont to admonish myself, my flippant thoughts; “It is the CONSTITUTION, dummy!”

    Well, not really, that’s not it, absolutely. There’s more from national leaders like Lee Kuan Yew, Mandela, Ignatieff, Stephen Harper, Barack Obama and (Filipinos willing) a Noynoy Aquino. Lee and Mandela had their ideology as fabric of a national dream; Ignatieff and Harper, their political party’s philosophical agenda; Obama, his party’s time tested theory and practice of democratic politics and lastly, Noynoy’s original youngster—a hotchpotch, mishmash—of amalgamated distilled remedies to decades of gross societal malfunction of democratic governance. Noynoy call it his Social Contract with the people—which this piece will attempt to make do as his Philippine Dream.

    Early on, I posited not without alacrity that a constitution, the fundamental law of the land embodies the dream of the polity ie. of a nation and its people. From a sublime desire, the constitution becomes a clear statement of intent, of a future state of the state; but which others will see as impossible to achieve in its totality as in a dream come true. More apt perhaps is to understand it as an entity of many pieces across time and space, that achieving the greatest number of pieces—realizes the dream.

    The Philippine Constitution defines the Philippine Dream, piecemeal. The broadest and largest chunk of it is in the Preamble. In the 1987 version: the dream under God’s blessing seeks the existence of a just and humane society, a government nurturing and espousing people’s ideals and aspiration which promote the common good, as it pursues prosperity as an independent democracy under the rule of law and a regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality, and peace.

    In short the dream is about the virtues of theist law-abiding citizens, efficiently and justly governed, in united pursuit of prosperity. The sub categories are defined in the chapters that deal with health, education, justice, national defense, finance, environment, etc.

    Noynoy’s Social Contract with the People may,—put in its proper perspective—be considered his Philippine Dream. We can find it in his stated vision for the country: (1) A re-awakened sense of right and wrong, through the living examples of our highest leaders; (2) An organized and widely-shared rapid expansion of our economy through a government dedicated to honing and mobilizing our people’s skills and energies as well as the responsible harnessing of our natural resources; (3) A collective belief that doing the right thing does not only make sense morally, but translates into economic value as well and,(4) Public institutions—as instruments of social justice—rebuilt on the strong solidarity of our society and its communities.

    To recapitulate in more specific terms the essence of Noynoy’s vision is about three concerns: restoring people’s virtue of right and wrong, harnessing resources for economic prosperity, and resurrecting the structures of governance as instruments of social justice. It looks so simple and narrow, but is not. As it is more down to earth, current, and doable and non-committal where it should not be.

    The vision looks inadequate and simplistic without belabouring its context. The people’s virtue of right and wrong leads on to more complex issues of education reform; nationalistic attitude of patriotism and love of country; deep changes that can lead to “new politics”, a politics that overhauls the authoritative allocation of values in the Filipino society; the intrusion of religion on purely Caesar’s jurisdiction; fostering excellence in the sciences and the arts; recognition and honour for its heroes and upright citizens, just compensation for victims of neglect, atrocities and misgovernance, etc.

    The second essence of the dream is about managing an economy towards egalitarian prosperity; taming pernicious poverty; wise use and application of natural resources; of a reformed business-government integrity; of rewarded honest toil; humane and just taxation; of productive results from foreign debts and public borrowings; of a rehabilitated economic image in the ASEAN and respect from the world; and so forth.

    The third essence is the mammoth engine of the dream, what Noynoy calls the structures of governance. It is so large, overlapping the three others, it is considered the fourth branch of governance: the BUREAUCRACY. It is the super Jumbo jet, so colossal that when piloted by the morally unfit, technically decrepit, leadership incompetent could dehumanized and crashed the nation into poverty then turmoil. They are co-pilots, they who work alongside the pilot, the branch which make the laws, and the branch which interprets the law. They shall also be held commendable or equally responsible should the pilot makes or unmakes the nation.

    Noynoy needs ALL the help he can get from all Filipinos: the pious and the peacemakers, the zealots and the crooks, the clean and the dirty politicians, the opportunists and free-loaders, the radicals and the communists, the misled government men, the OFWs, the immigrants and the double citizens, the young idealists, all creatures with two legs whose DNAs and spirit are Filipino—who according to John Donne is no island but a minutiae of a grain, all are pieces of the whole, the Philippine Dream.

    Not probably known to many but Noynoy knows the moment he was sworn in as President of the Philippines, he has become the President, the leader and protector of all Filipinos, anywhere and everywhere in the planet and must pursue his Philippine dream at the cost of his pride, party loyalty and political debts. Unlike Abraham Lincoln, he need not wage and win a civil a war to free the enslaved segment of the citizenry.

    ————-o0o————o0o————————

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    Natalia said,

    Go Noynoy!

    Pagpalain ka sana nang Poong Maykapal. Huwag mo pong kalimutan ang integridad nang bawat tao irrespective of religion, culture etc.

    We will be praying for peace and to keep you safe from harm.

    Natalia

    • 74

      Salamt po Natalia, pinadala ko po sa senador ang well-wishes ninyo. Siguradong napasaya mo ang araw niya kahit papano.🙂 Tulad ng sabi niya, his strength comes from the people, mga tao tulad ninyo.

  49. 75

    Dionne Vee said,

    How can we be benefited if Noynoy becomes our president?

  50. 76

    carlocastro said,

    I admire your advocacy. keep it up we will support you all means


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