Archive for Voices

Visualizing what’s at stake

by Nina Sanchez

Here is a visualization of the Common Credo, thanks to a nifty online tool called Wordle. The Common Credo is the spirit behind Noynoy Aquino and Mar Roxas’ platform. (By the way, has anyone seen the other candidates’ published platforms?)

These words instantly jump out at me: People. Restored. Principles. Public. Unity. Integrity. Genuine. Freedoms. Democracy. Share. Lead. Commit. Filipino. MUST BELIEVE.

In so many words, this is what Noynoy Aquino and Mar Roxas represent. The transformation of a country that so desperately needs it. Read the rest of this entry »


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Cory-Ampatuan link: Poor research or polluted sources?

to: Isagani Yambot
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Dear Sir,

After reading Belinda Olivares-Cunanan’s 10 December 2009 “Political Tidbits” column in the PDI, I was very alarmed to see that Mrs. Cunanan stated as a “fact” that Former President Corazon C. Aquino appointed Andal Ampatuan Sr. as OIC of Maganoy in 1986.

As an avid reader of the PDI, I am disappointed to see such an irresponsible statement printed, whether or not it is attributable to poor research or polluted sources.

What is perhaps more disturbing is that this malicious historical error has been refuted over and over by credible sources even from within your paper.

Furthermore, Fr. Eliseo “Jun” Mercado, OMI, has publicly corrected the outright lie that President Aquino appointed Andal Ampatuan Sr. as OIC.

The truth is that Ampatuan Sr. was already OIC of Maganoy (now Shariff Aguak) and was appointed by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, when President Aquino came to power. In fact, President Aquino *removed* the Ampatuan patriarch and replaced him with a non-political member of the Ampatuan clan, Datu Bodhi Ampatuan, who served as Chief of Police in Maguindanao.

Fr. Mercado, who was then parish priest and NAMFREL Chairman of Maguindanao, personally told Ampatuan Sr. that the latter was being replaced by President Aquino. Read the rest of this entry »

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Love for Country Index — a personal e-mail

From: Robert

Date: Fri, 4 Dec 2009 17:07:56 -0800

To all,

I am a member of a forum for Ateneo graduates and I was asked by a friend C.B. on why I was supporting this movement for the Noynoy – Mar candidacy.   Previous to this, there was an article written by Emil Jurado questioning the legislative record of Noynoy.

Following is my reply:

Subject: Love of country versus love of self Index


My decision to back the Noynoy Aquino – Mar Roxas ticket is based on a simple idea. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fantastic Yellow Friday

Around Manila with Pinoys from all over the nation, rich and poor, and the men who will lead us to the future. It’s the day before the BIG DAY. Let me take you around!

words by Jeanne Carmel Puertollano
photos by Raf Ignacio

Nov 27 2009

A Break from the Usual

Over the past week, I have been bored out of my usual routine keeping tabs on the state of the nation. I have particularly been watching Noynoy Aquino and Mar Roxas’ activities, and to be perfectly honest, the many oath takings that made the news, albeit good, were not so exciting to the average news watcher like me. Or maybe, it was because of all the sitting and watching on television that made the whole thing unappealing. I thought to myself one night, I hope that I could make it to any event.

I got a text mid Friday morning inviting me to the events that day in anticipation for the Big Day. I was very giddy, had an adrenaline rush of sorts. Baon, check. Notebook and pens, check check. (Kleenex check). And so I set off on an amazing one-day political escapade.

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Glimmers of Hope and Change

by Louie Lapat,
Davao del Norte

Wherever I go and when perfect strangers talk to me about politics, the topic would always fall on truth, transparency in government, corruption and their excitement to vote and aspirations of a clean and credible election this coming May 2010.

Again, this is triggered by that piece of yellow ribbon which I wear everyday when I go out along with that Lipad Pinoy pin on the strap of my backpack. As what I had shared in my previous post, this yellow ribbon is indeed a silent campaign material that ignites excitement among the people who will see it and reminds them of the noble task that lies ahead of us: to elect leaders who will take this country forward, unite and inspire us and clean the system of governance that has long been tainted with corruption and immorality in the past years. That’s what we are fighting for and we must win this together. Read the rest of this entry »

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Where Noy and Mar get their strength

by Nina Sanchez

On Thursday night, PNoy Pinay held a “lugawan” at The Fort to benefit Tulong Bayan* and Good Governance.

Called “Dinner for Good Governance, Dinner for Hope,” the fundraiser was attended by the movers and shakers of Philippine society, about 1200 of them in their casual yellows, indulging in the nation’s finest, you guessed it, lugaw.

This sea of yellow is a microcosm of what we, as a nation, are capable of doing. “Sino-sino pa ba ang magtutulungan, kung hindi tayong magkababayan?” asked host Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kay Noy ipagkakatiwala ang kinabukasan

In keeping with the conviction that the Internet is a forum for the voice of the people to be heard, we asked Noy’s Facebook fans, “Bakit nais ninyong kay Noy ipagkatiwala ang kinabukasan ng ating bayan?” In two days, we got 200 responses. Here’s some of the responses, unscripted, unedited, undirected. Take a look at what YOU got to say. Read the rest of this entry »

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