Ang mahal ng kaibigan ni Jocjoc Bolante at nang mga kagawad ni Joma Sison.
Here’s what Manuel L. Quezon wrote in today’s Inquirer.
…Manuel Villar Jr., has opted to put forward a platform that is purely symbolic because it doesn’t actually exist unless you confuse references to it with the existence of an actual platform.
In mid-December, the Makabayan Coalition announced it had entered into an agreement (“In Response to the People’s Concerns”) with the Nacionalistas. At the time, the NP hadn’t published a platform, whether for itself or its presidential candidate, and this document could have been put forward as the broader coalition platform for the whole campaign. And yet Makabayan itself carefully insisted it was strictly a document to formalize its alliance with the Nacionalistas, while the NP refrained from publicizing the document in its own or it’s candidate’s websites. However, the statements of its campaign spokesmen made references to a “platform,” most recently in connection with the Calamba, Laguna, launch of the NP campaign proper on Feb. 9.
The NP said, “Others will read their platforms from teleprompters. We’d rather recite ours from the heart in front of the statue of Rizal. The NP platform of government is anchored on winning the war against poverty. The party believes that this war can be won with a platform of equality for all and the sharing of responsibilities as well as opportunities.”
It added: “The program of governance to be pursued will be anchored on issues such as preventing rapid increases in prices of basic necessities, eradication of graft and corruption, reducing poverty, creating jobs and livelihood among others.”
Still, whether at the time its standard-bearer filed his candidacy papers for the presidency or the formal kick-off of its national campaign, an actual platform the public can read and point to, before and after the elections, hardly seems to exist outside of references to it in press releases.
This presents concrete political advantages, of course. On one hand, while its coalition partner, Makabayan, can say it clearly understands the parameters of the electoral partnership, the NP itself, by keeping its own platform (if it exists) close to its chest, can give itself wiggle room later on down the line. The public, too, cannot seize on any specifics but has to rely, instead, on the party and its candidates’ commercials and statements to piece together what, if anything, the campaign really stands for or hopes to accomplish. This also provides wiggle room: no categorical statement, potentially embarrassing down the line, has to be given concerning things like the affiliation with the NP of local candidates like “Joc-joc” Bolante.”
He points out the same problem with Gibo Teodoro’s campaign:
“Three days before the campaign formally began, Alex Magno intimated in his column that Gilbert Teodoro’s platform was a “work in progress,” and sniffed that Aquino’s was “hollow, superficial and a mere restatement of the 1987 Constitution.” Yet the start of the campaign came and went and no Teodoro platform has been unveiled. So at best it leaves such negative assertions hanging—and raises this question: Outside the close advisers of the candidates who have so far refrained from publishing and publicizing their platforms, who can say, either from the point of view of their committed supporters or the voting public at large, what the candidates really stand for or hope to accomplish?
I have heard it said that Teodoro played a central role in formulating the NPC platform and he himself has been saying things that suggest familiarity with a draft platform. This has been particularly true in recent weeks, coinciding with the period work on a platform has been taking place, as Magno mentioned. The term “subsidiarity” that he mentioned at a recent forum is a vintage Christian Democratic one and is, surely, a hint of what the Lakas-Kampi-CMD platform might put forward. This inability to publish a platform means the ruling coalition believes Prospero Pichay’s statement that their candidate will win because of party machinery and not public sentiment.”
I’m not surprised that Villar and Teodoro cannot point to any written platform. They don’t need to write one. They are both running on Gloria’s platform: More of the same/Six more years.
Which makes me wonder what Makabayan is all about.
First they rationalized their support for Villar by saying they shared the same platform. Eh wala naman palang platform si Villar. So what are they sharing with him?
Then Villar tried to bury the Senate draft report on C5. At first, Satur Ocampo urged Villar to face his accusers and even hinted that Makabayan was having second thoughts about its alliance with Villar. But, on the very next day, he turned around and said Villar was doing the right thing after all. So which is it?
And now it turns out that Villar endorsed the candidacy of Jocjoc Bolante, the principal character in the Fertilizer Scam. Now if there is any candidate who is more anti-poor than the man who sold overpriced and watered-down fertilizers to poor farmers, then it is the presidential candidate who had CARP lands converted so he could build subdivisions on them, the same candidate who forced out relocated squatters from lands that he coveted. And yet Makabayan insists that Villar is the only pro-poor candidate.
And so I’m beginning to wonder whether or not the Left is “kakutsaba” na naman ni GMA in this election. She has quite a few supposedly former communists in her inner circle after all.
So when is Makabayan going to say “Enough is enough”? How much longer will Makabayan remain along with Legarda, Cayetano, Pimentel, Joker, Tamano, and the Remulla brothers as backhoe operators for Money Villarroyo? Walang iwanan ba ang bagong kalakaran ng Kaliwa?