Fifteen minutes with Rep. Neri Colmenares of BayanMuna.
Host: The extreme left Makabayan bloc and some bishops in the extreme right of the CBCP have joined forces calling for the resignation or ouster of Pres. Aquino…
Co-host: The joining of two forces from opposite ends of the political spectrum has led to some confusion among non-extremists…or as some of us would prefer to be called, the sane majority.
Host: Fulfilling our mission to minimize confusion in our society, we decided to interview a leading member of the Makabayan bloc, BayanMuna representative Bishop Neri Colmenares.
Co-host:Excuse me, ka-tandem, but Rep Colmenares is not a bishop, he is a comrade.
Host: Hah? Ganun ba? E nakita mo na, maski tayo na ang trabaho ay mag-paliwanag naguguluhan na rin.
Co-host: I don’t blame you, partner. There is really grounds for confusion because they are mouthing the same line.
Host: Yun na nga, same line pero different hats… Mao caps and mitres…
Co-host: Let’s get on with the show…Tonight we have Bishop I mean comrade Rep. Neri Colmenares of BayanMuna as guest. We invited him here to clarify his call for the president’s resignation or ouster.
Colmenares:Good evening po.
Host: Bishop Colmenares, have you thought through the consequences of what you want to happen?
Colmenares: I am not a bishop, comrade na lang po… Anyway the answer to your question is, “Whoever will replace Aquino that will be the decision of the people. We should not take a position based on who will take over. Our position is the President has sinned and he should be made to pay. Our only consideration is for the public’s interest for the President not to remain in office a day longer, otherwise, we will suffer a repeat of the EDCA, DAP, and Mamasapano.”
Host: Your Eminence…(Colmenares interrupts, “Uulitin ko po, hindi po ako bishop”) E kasi naman you said your position is the President has sinned so akala ko ang concern mo ay sin…and sin is the concern of bishops, diba? Anyway, as I was about to say, before you interrupted me…if the president resigns, then Binay succeeds him; if the president is ousted, then a junta takes over. Do you see a third option?
Colmenares: Allow me to repeat the last part of my statement. I think that will explain our position more clearly – “Our only consideration is for the public’s interest for the President not to remain in office a day longer, otherwise, we will suffer a repeat of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, Disbursement Acceleration Program and Mamasapano.”
Co-host: Fair enough let’s see if we can understand why you singled out Pres. Aquino as the root cause of all of the nation’s problems. So let’s tackle the issues one by one, starting with DAP. The Supreme Court just ruled on DAP. Don’t you think that pretty much solves that problem?
Colmenares: No, because DAP can come back in some other form.
Host: Well, if it comes back in some other form then it won’t be DAP, it will be something else so what is it really that you are against? Are you against giving the Chief Executive any discretion whatsoever in the management of national priorities or are you against local governments and district representatives earmarking funds in the national budget for projects and programs that their jurisdictions really need? Or are you against both?
Colmenares: I am against pork barrel.
Co-host:You availed of more than P400M in PDAF for your pet projects, was that pork or did that P400M help those in need or not?
Colmenares: Well we condemned PDAF…
Host: But that condemnation is P400M too late… and it came after public opinion associated all PDAF with corruption.
Colmenares: That’s not fair.
Host: But that’s what happened. Also, are you willing to commit that henceforth Bayan and other members of the Makabayan bloc will never again sponsor or insert any item in the national budget since you are against any form of appropriations that resembles pork barrel?
Colmenares: That’s not fair.
Host: Okay, so you won’t commit. And so DAP or whatever new form it takes will always be with us, with or without Aquino, with or without you and your party, or Binay, or a junta running government.
Colmenares: That’s not true.
Co-host: Well, the fact of the matter is any and all governments have to spend for programs and projects and any and all government’s have to set priorities so those who are not prioritized will call that kind of spending pork barrel and wasteful and those who are prioritized will say the government is doing its job and spending money where it needs to be spent. Don’t you think that what we need are safeguards to ensure that the “pork” will not be pocketed by corrupt politicians instead of an outright ban on prioritized spending? Anyway, let’s move on to your fear of a repeat of Mamasapano.
Host: Are you saying that Mamasapano will not be repeated if Aquino is not president?
Co-host: Because without Aquino the planning of special ops and their execution will be perfect?
Colmenares: I didn’t say that!
Host: Well, you said you did not want the President to stay a day longer, otherwise there would be a repeat of Mamasapano. Were you talking about something bigger than planning and execution?
Colmenares: Yes. We want peace and Aquino is the obstacle to peace.
Host:The government is holding peace talks with the MILF because both the government and the MILF want to end the 40-year war. The government also wants to sit down and talk peace with your people. Is the NDF willing to talk peace?
Colmenares: The NDF is willing to talk peace but the problem is Aquino, he won’t agree to our pre-conditions.
Co-host: So you will sit down at the negotiation table only if President Aquino agrees to your demands?
Colmenares: Hindi naman ganun, besides reasonable naman ang demands namin tulad ng abrogation of all defense agreements and treaties with the US; nationalization of all public utilities, the oil industry, and extractive industries; transformation of all agricultural lands into collectives at iba pang mga bagay na tumutugma sa aming ideology.
Host: I see. Well, I guess all we can say at this point is, “Goodnight and sweet dreams” na lang to you.
Colmenares: Hindi kasalanan mangarap at managinip
Hosts: True that but then again you know what they say, “one man’s dream is another man’s nightmare.”
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Missteps undermined the message of the President’s speech at the Necrological Service for the fallen SAF personnel.
Misstep 1 :
He failed to take responsibility for the tragedy. It was his responsibility as Commander in Chief. Period. So take responsibility and then order a Board of Inquiry to look at the incident from start to finish, find where lapses, if any, occurred, and learn from mistakes.
Misstep 2 :
He failed to emphatize. A national tragedy overrides any previous commitments, even a scheduled State Visit. Drop everything. Period. Meet your fallen soldiers at the airport and spend a few hours with each and every grieving family. Nothing is more important for those families and the nation at that point.
Had he taken responsibility and shared in the grief of the families, the nation would have been more receptive to his crucial message: that we must not allow grief to overwhelm us and anger to blind us in our quest for peace.
Well, nobody’s perfect.
It’s difficult to be a leader at this time. The people are drowning in sorrow, seething with anger and filled with rage. Does a leader make a speech that will add more tears? Should he fan the fury? Or does he lead and remind us that we have to pick ourselves up and do what needs doing?
Maybe he could have written a better speech so that in speaking of his personal tragedy, his initial negative reactions to it and pointing to the positive way out, his message would not have been misunderstood and gotten negative reactions like lack of sincerity, campaign speech etc.
I reread the speech. Granted, he could have said it better but his message is important:
We need sobriety, and yes, to distance ourselves a little, if we are going to do what needs to be done for peace. The alternative of reacting in blind rage, unstated but implied in his speech, is unending war and a policy of genocide.
The SAF had a capture and extraction plan. The President, after weighing the risks involved, gave his go signal because he won’t be paralyzed by fear of failure.
But like Mike Tyson said, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.”
Yun na lang sana ang explanation na binigay niya, matatanggap ko na yun kasi alam ko naman na the best laid plans can go awry e ang kaso nag denial mode pa sa executive decision niya, kung anu-ano pa ang pinagsasabi. Extremely disappointed.
Belief in the capacity of common folk to do what’s right and to do it well – another mark of a great leader. Leni’s empowered constituents fulfill their dream.
It has been a long cherished dream that Calabanga, the only coastal town in my district, will have its own fishing port. Not only will it help uplift the lives of fishermen in the locality, it will also attract economic activity for the entire municipality.
Because of the relentless efforts of the Barangay Council of Sabang led by Punong Bgy Levi Sta. Ana Sr., that dream is now becoming a reality. The National Government, through DOTC and PFDA, budgeted P100M for the construction of a fish port in Bgy. Sabang, complete with an ice plant and cold storage facilities.
This afternoon, I found the chance to step out of Papa’s wake for an hour to visit the site and consult with the barangay officials and some municipal officials on the developments of the project. Hopefully, everything will be fully operational by the end of this year. – Cong Leni Robredo
(Manila) Sen. Tito Sotto, father of four and still smarting from the Pope’s comment about rabbits, was at the Papal Nunciature’s gate in Taft Ave. this morning holding up a placard saying, “Je suis une personne très religieuse, je ne suis pas un lapin”. (I am a very religious person, I am not a rabbit.)
Members of PETA, (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) naked except for artificial rabbit ears on their heads and rabbit feet necklaces hanging over their breasts, were also at the Nunciature holding up signs protesting the Pope’s conejophobic remarks and showing solidarity with rabbits, “Je suis lapin”; and “Lapins ne sont pas obsédés sexuels”.(“I am rabbit”; “Rabbits are not sex maniacs”)
Members of Bayan led by their Secretary General Renato Reyes and Rep Neri Colmenares were also at the Nunciature protesting and chanting “Ibagsak! Ibagsak!” for no reason whatsoever.
Senator Vicente Sotto III does not believe that Pope Francis said people should not have to breed like rabbits in order to be good Catholics.
“Somebody invented it. Somebody invented the statement. Nasaan ang soundbite? Nasaan ang video? It’s out of character for him to say that.” He added, “I’m a very religious person.”
Eto po, Kagalanggalang na Senador, ang excerpt sa transcript ng presscon ng Pope sa eroplano papauwi sa Roma.
“That example I mentioned shortly before about that woman who was expecting her eighth (child) and already had seven who were born with caesareans. That is an irresponsibility (That woman might say) ‘no but I trust in god’ But God gives you methods to be responsible. Some think that, excuse me if i use that word, that in order to be good Catholics we have to be like rabbits. No. Responsible parenthood! This is clear and that is why in the church there are marriage groups, there are experts in this matter, there are pastors, one can seek and i know so many, many ways out that are licit and that have helped this. you did well to ask me this.”
“Transcript? Anong gagawin ko sa transcript, para sa nagbabasa lang ‘yan! Gusto ko soundbite o video!” the senator said, I imagined.
One man who resented both the praise and the criticism portions
of the President’s welcome speech to the Pope was KIT TATAD, a man on the wrong side of history both during martial law and the years after that.
In an op-ed for a newspaper owned by an Arroyo pr man, Tatad quoted a portion of the President’s speech on Vatican II and then commented –
“It took Aquino a lot of cheek to throw “liberation theology” in the face of the visiting Pope long after the errors of this “theology” have been formally condemned by the Church. “
No shit, Sherlock.
Well, there’s a new sheriff in the Vatican and his name is Francis and last August he opened the way “to a quick beatification for Oscar Romero, saying there are no more doctrinal problems blocking the process for the slain Salvadoran archbishop who is one of the heroes of the liberation theology movement in Latin America.”
Note: NO MORE DOCTRINAL PROBLEMS BLOCKING THE PROCESS
And the new sheriff added,
“What I would like is that they clarify when there’s a martyrdom for hatred of the faith – for confessing the faith – as well as for doing the work for the other that Jesus commands.”
Here’s a Diana Ross song for Tatad:
Do you know where you’re going to
Do you like the things that life is showing you
Where are you going to
Do you know?
Do you get
What you’re hoping for
When you look behind you
There’s no open doors
What are you hoping for
Do you know?
Once we were standing still in time
Chasing the fantasies
That filled our minds
You knew how I loved you
But my spirit was free
Laughin’ at the questions
That you once asked of me
Now looking back at all we’ve planned
We let so many dreams just slip through our hands
Why must we wait so long before we see
How sad the answers to those questions can be
And so it goes for him. Pathetic little man.