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 »
Neutering Congress and the Supreme Court:
Statement of Senators Noynoy Aquino and Mar Roxas on the Lifting of Martial Law in Maguindanao
This afternoon Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita announced that the President will lift martial law and the suspension of the writ in Maguindanao effective 9 PM tonight.
The Filipino people deserve praise for the vigilance and scrutiny they have exercised since the Maguindanao Massacre took place, and since the President imposed martial law. Public outrage and devotion to constitutional principles pushed Congress, in particularly the House of Representatives which was uninclined to even meet with the Senate, to assemble in joint session.
During the joint session we saw the government stumble and falter, proving itself willfully ignorant of the law and of the Constitution’s requirements. Focused and fearless reports by the media showed that much more was accomplished to obtain justice for the massacre victims by the Human Rights Commission and by the police and military before martial law was proclaimed.
However, let us not be carried away by feelings of relief over the lifting of martial law. Read the rest of this entry »
LP REBUKES COMELEC FOR UNSEATING ISABELA GOV. GRACE PADACA
Liberal Party officials today slammed the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for allowing itself to be used by the Arroyo government for its “vendetta” politics against local executives who have allied themselves with the opposition.
“Kredibilidad ng Comelec at ng halalan sa 2010 ang nakasalalay dito. Bakit pumayag ang mga opisyal ng Comelec na magamit ang kanilang institusyon para sa ginagawang harassment ng Palasyo sa mga kritiko nito? (What is at stake here is the credibility of the Comelec and the 2010 elections. Why did Comelec officials allow their institution to be used by Malacañang for its bullying tactics against its critics?)” asked LP President Sen. Mar Roxas.
“Biglaang binuhay itong electoral protest laban kay (Isabela) Gov. (Grace) Padaca matapos siyang makipag-alyansa sa Partido Liberal. Halatang-halata na harassment lamang ito (The electoral protest against Gov. Padaca was suddenly revived after she allied herself with the Liberal Party. This is obviously a harassment scheme),” he added.
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LIBERAL PARTY SLAMS ‘FOUL’ TACTICS VS LOCAL ALLIES
The administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has resorted to bullying tactics to harass candidates of the Liberal Party in a bid to prevent its impending and embarrassing defeat in the 2010 synchronized elections, party officials decried Monday.
“Lahat ay gagawin ng administrasyon para manatili sa poder. Lahat, gagawin nila para mabawi ang mga dati nilang balwarte (The administration will stop at nothing to stay in power. They will do everything to regain their stranglehold on their old bailiwicks),” said LP President Sen. Mar Roxas, who is also the party’s vice presidential candidate.
He added: “Patuloy na gumagamit ng maruruming taktika ang gobyernong ito upang takutin ang ating mga kandidato. Kitang-kita natin ito sa pagbuhay muli sa mga electoral protest laban sa mga kandidatong kaalyado ng Partido Liberal.(The government continues to use foul tactics, in an attempt to scare our candidates. This motive is very obvious in the revival of electoral protest cases against candidates who are allies with the Liberal party).” Read the rest of this entry »
PRO-REFORM FORCES TO WIN THIS TIME — LIBERAL PARTY
With reforms and good governance as its campaign battle cry, the ranks of the Liberal Party have grown stronger at the ground level as thousands of new members joined the party and making it the dominant minority party to battle the old behemoth of traditionalist political parties that seek to preserve the corrupt, old system of political patronage and transactional politics in the 2010 national elections, party officials claimed today.
The LP is fielding the formidable presidential and vice presidential tandem of Senators Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, a complete “Peoples’ Reform” senatorial ticket and a strong local line-up in the 2010 elections.
Aquino and Roxas have been leading in all presidential and vice presidential surveys conducted by reputable polling firms, leading their rivals by wide margins and reflecting the people’s pulse for serious improvements in government policies and direction and their aspiration for a better Philippines. Read the rest of this entry »
STATEMENT OF SENATOR NOYNOY AQUINO AND SENATOR MAR ROXAS ON THE DECLARATION OF MARTIAL LAW IN MAGUINDANAO
We are alarmed at President Arroyo’s declaration of martial law in Maguindanao and other parts of Mindanao ostensibly to enforce law and order in the area in the aftermath of the massacre of 57 innocent civilians by ardent supporters of this Administration.
The declaration of martial law does not make sense to us:
a. The recent government pronouncements have been that everything is under control:
i. The AFP, through its spokesperson Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner, declared no more than four days ago that there is no need for the declaration of martial law in Maguindanao or elsewhere in the country because the AFP and PNP are on top of the situation.
ii. Acting Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales declared no more than three days ago that the government’s effort to contain the tension in the province is holding ground.
iii. Ronaldo Puno, DILG secretary, said as late as last night that “no decision had been made” on the declaration of martial law, and suggested that queries be directed to Norberto Gonzales, acting DND secretary. What has changed since then?
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