Noynoy Aquino and Barack Obama for CHANGE: Communist America and Contraceptive Philippines

My friends chided me for being a single-issue voter.  I did not vote for Noynoy because he supported the Reproductive Health Bill.  I voted for JC de los Reyes of Ang Kapatiran Party even though I know he wouldn’t have a chance.  But I voted for him, nevertheless.  I supported both JC de los Reyes and Gibo Teodoro in my Monk’s Hobbit blog.  Gibo, at least, has a capacity to change his mind on the reproductive health bill.

Catholics voted for Noynoy for many reasons.  I did not vote for him for only one reason: the RH Bill.  We should have voted for the man based on what he stands for and his capacity to govern and not who his parents are.  The winds of CHANGE swept both US and the Philippines.  We were mesmerized by the rhetoric of change.  Change we asked for and change we got.

The US under Obama became a totally different nation.  Obama could not mention the word “Creator” in the US constitution, believing that we could have the brotherhood of man without the Fatherhood of God.  There is no more right and wrong religion: all religions are equal–equally unecessary to the functioning of the State.  The US is now becoming a socialist state: big taxes, big healthcare plans, big government, but little faith on the ordinary working American who makes America great.  If the Americans are not vigilant enough, within a few years, America will be a Communist Empire with a false messiah at its head.

The Philippines under Noynoy Aquino, even in Aquino’s first hundred days of power, is a mess. We don’t know who is in charge.  With Gloria Arroyo as President, we know who is in-charge and we know whom to blame.  But with Noynoy Aquino, we don’t know who is in-charge so we don’t know whom to blame: Is it the President, the Cabinet Secretaries, the Mayor, the Police Chief, the Media, or the one selling balut?  Noynoy’s chat with Obama is a portent of things to come.  Change we asked for and change we got.  In a few years or even months, the streets will be flooded not by the waters of Ondoy but by condoms, pills, and abortion mills.  We now see condoms sold in MRT stations.  Soon we’ll see them in movie houses, in hotels, in every nook and corner of the street.  This is what is happening in US and in the rest of the world.  And UN, together with many multinational companies, are waging war on the soul of the Philippines.  And they have Lagman and other lawmakers as their mouthpiece.  They want us to offer our children to the Moloch  that appears in the guise of Population Growth and Poverty.  Fancy rhetoric.  But we have heard those lies before from the Father of Lies lurking in the Garden of Eden: “You shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”  Tempting.  You can be assured that the 432 million dollars promised investments has strings attached:  “All these shall be yours, if you promote the reproductive health bill in the Philippines.”

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Reflections on the Philippine Political Party System

I was looking at the results of the elections for the president, vice-president, and senators for the Ang Kapatiran Party (AKP):

  • President: DE LOS REYES, John Carlos G. 39,502
  • Vice-President: CHIPECO, Dominador Jr F. 46,704
  • Senators: Not one close to the top 12

I voted straight for Ang Kapatiran Party, knowing fully well the Party’s slim chances of getting one their numbers elected in the National Elections.  I believed in their platform of government which is consistent with the Catholic Social Teaching.  Our problem now is how to convince other Filipinos, other Catholics in particular to vote for AKP as a party itself and not as individual politicians who simply happens to be in a political party with indistinguishable ideologies.

Can anyone tell me the difference in the vision and mission of the the Liberal Party, Lakas-Kampi, and Nacionalista Party, and the other political parties?  Most of these parties are defined more by the personalities who leads them, rather than clear principles of government.  This is still our prehispanic barangay system with political alliances formed by marriages and blood compacts.  How do we move forward?

I propose that Congress would be filled solely with party representatives, and these political parties may be by interest, language, or creed.  Why should we have a party list for Bicolanos and Ilonggos when we have congressmen?  This is duplication of representation.  We might just as well abolish congress representation by districts and adopt representation by political parties.  The people votes for the political party they wish to be part of and the number of seats in the congress will be determined by the percentage of votes cast.  At present, the Party-List representation is for marginalized political parties.  What if these political parties exceed the 6% of the number of votes cast, say 12%,  should we limit their representation in congress to three?  This has not happened yet, because the Party-List representation is only becoming to be appreciated now.  But when a party-list gets more than 10% of the votes cast, I think it is time to overhaul the Philippine Congress.

Six Catholic Bishops now back J. C. de los Reyes and Ang Kapatiran Party: Arguelles, Bacani, Nacua, Navarra, Palang, and Tobias

MANILA, March 6, 2010— What is with Ang Kapatiran (The Brotherhood) party that other political parties don’t have? Four more Catholic bishops came out in the open endorsing the Ang Kapatiran party of presidential aspirant John Carlos “JC” de los Reyes, breaking with the tradition of offering commentary on election-related moral issues without endorsing candidates. The influential prelates now include Bishops Antonio Tobias of Novaliches, Joseph Nacua of Ilagan, Antonio Palang of San Jose de Mindoro and retired Bishop Teodoro Bacani.

According to Bacani, the platform of the said party which, according to its founders, was formed based on Christian precepts is “worth supporting” by “any intelligent Catholic.” He said a “peculiar feature” of the party is that all its candidates are committed to the entire platform and principles of the party without any mental reservations. “I hope that it will catch fire in the imagination and hearts of our formation of this political party. I hope people would join it in great numbers and promote it among fellow Filipinos,” said Bacani.

Tobias affirmed, for his part, “Of course I am with you for the Ang Kapatiran as the conscience vote for the 2010 election.

Nacua said a political party with platform based on clear principles has a roadmap for genuine integral human development. Leadership without vision, governance without morals, cannot lead to true liberation, he said. “The Kapatiran stands on principles for the common good not on personalities. That is the way of genuine representation in government,” said Nacua, the country’s first Capuchin missionary to be appointed as bishop.

Source: CBCP News

Comparison of Presidential styles: Gilbert Teodoro, Richard Gordon, and J.C. de los Reyes

I will talk about three presidential candidates whom I like.  If anyone of them wins, the Philippines has a future.

Gilbert Teodoro

Gilbert Teodoro’s strength is in his academic credentials.  But what I like about him is his emphasis in institution building.  His interest is on making an excellent organization with with well defined roles.  As president, his job is to provide the vision and mission for the country, and to realign the country’s resources and institutions to achieve that goal.  His term as president would be over in six years, but the institutional processes that he will put in place will continue to work long after he is forgotten.  Just like his father.

Teodoro is not a dictator.  His method of problem solving is by consultation and consensus-building.   He is a realistic.  He knows that the government cannot possibly provide for every Filipinos.  He knows the limit of the Philippine Fiscal Budget.  So what he wants to do is to find a way to make the government and the private sector work together.

Richard Gordon

Richard Gordon’s strength is in his capacity to make people volunteer.  This is the essence of a leader: to make people follow you because they believe in you.  Look at what he did to Subic after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo.  He galvanized the people to action and cleaned up the U.S. military bases.  He knows the potential of the bases to attract investments.  What is needed is a leader whom the investors trust to make things happen.  And he provided that leadership.

Gordon’s ads state the facts.  He did not make promises.  He showed his achievements.  The billions of pesos of foreign investment that poured in Subic under his leadership is proof enough.  If he can transform Subic, he can transform Philippines.

The Gordon and Bayani is a good tandem if they both win.  Gordon the Leader.  Bayani the builder.

J. C. de los Reyes

J. C. de los Reyes also has good academic credentials, second perhaps to Gilbert Teodoro.  What I like about J. C. is that he is campaigning not primarily for himself but for the Kapatiran Party.

All the political parties that we have at the moment have no mission and vision to speak of.  They are bunch of politicians who happen to group themselves into a party because of political convenience, just like in prehispanic Philippines.  Raul Manglapus’ Christian Democratic Socialist Movement, which later became NUCD, was formed to to instill the Catholic Church’s social doctrine in the Philippine government.  Then the party affiliated with Lakas and others, and the original mission of the Manglapus was diluted.

The Kapatiran Party is a revival of Raul Manglapus’s original vision.  The Kapatiran’s clear stand against the Reproductive Health Bill shows the unity of the party’s mission and vision.