What Osmena, Roxas and Pnoy should Do to Help the Country at this Time

What Osmeῆa, Roxas and Pnoy

Should Do to Help the Country at this Time

By Apolinario Villalobos

On Osmeῆa….he should stop analyzing the presidential capability of Grace Poe, even declaring that she is just good for the vice-presidency. Osmeῆa, himself, has proved nothing as a lawmaker so he is not in the position to judge his fellow politicians. It is a good thing that Grace Poe fought back by saying that many so-called seasoned politicians assumed responsible positions but proved to be just disappointments due to their misdoings. Osmeῆa should open his eyes and ears to understand the message of Poe.

On Roxas….he should stop talking like a puppet echoing the “tuwid na daan” and “reforms” that are the daily mumblings of Pnoy, his boss, to whom he kowtows with all loyalty and sincerity. Roxas is just showing his lack of backbone in all his statements and actions. He should come up with his own platform that may be related to what his boss promised but did not accomplish, if that is what he wants to do – at least he can be original somehow. He should prove that he has his own will power, and not a copycat.

On Pnoy….he should stop talking about his “tuwid na daan” and “reforms” because Filipinos have not seen anything yet that can give substance to those promises. All he showed was insensitivity to the popular clamor of the populace to remove from their positions his inept and questionably performing buddies. Because of his inaction, the country slid miserably more into helplessness. The guy’s promises have been proven to be shams that just became butts of joke. Corruption under his administration got worse, and even assumed a somewhat legal image. He may not be corrupt, himself, but his tolerance of such misdoing makes him one, as he is aware and even becomes a party. If he is not aware of this, it just proves that he is not really listening to his “bosses” as he promised. Unsavory stories about his attitude never fail to fill to pages of tabloid and broadsheets, even the airwaves.

Of late, it has been discovered that the much and perpetually questioned pork barrel is again inserted in the 2016 budget. Is this what Pnoy is saying about his “reforms”? What reform is he talking about when he is obviously tolerating the commission of corruption? He must stop talking about his two trademarks to give relief to the Filipinos who are getting tired of his mumblings!

Ang Kawalan ng Tiwala ng Administrasyon kay Binay at Roxas

Ang Kawalan ng Tiwala
ng Administrasyon kay Binay at Roxas
ni Apolinario Villalobos

Akala siguro ni Binay, dahil magkasama sila noon ni Pnoy sa pag-spray ng mga Marcos loyalists kasama ang matandang Arturo Tolentino, na nag-rally sa labas ng Manila Hotel, at na-appoint siyang mayor ng Makati noong panahon ni Cory, ay ganoon na siya ka-close sa mga Aquino. Hindi niya nahalata ang malamig na pakitungo sa kanya ng presidente, at sinubukan pa niya nang magpasaring na umaasa siya dito ng endorsement para sa 2016 election na pinagtataka naman nito (Aquino). Sa paningin ng mamamayan, ay masakit ang ginawa ni Aquino kay Binay na nag-akalang dahil sa tulong niya sa pamilya, hindi siya ituturing na iba, bilang utang na loob. Ang tanong naman ng iba, inalam ba muna ni Binay kung umiiral itong damdamin sa pamilya Aquino?

Magkapareho ang kapalaran ni Binay at Roxas. Mula’t sapol nang manungkulan si Roxas bilang secretary ng DILG, malabnaw ang pinapakita sa kanya ng presidente. Pinipilit namang isinisiksik ni Roxas ang kanyang sarili sa Malakanyang. Upang mapagtakpan ang nakakahiyang sitwasyon, si Roxas na lang ang nagbibigay palagi ng pahayag. Umabot sa sukdulan ang kawalan ng tiwala ng presidente kay Roxas nang hindi ito isinama sa miting na may kinalaman sa operasyon ng Mamasapano. Tulad ni Binay, akala ni Roxas ay nagkaroon si Pnoy ng utang na loob sa kanya dahil pumayag siyang makipagpalit ng puwesto noong eleksiyon, kaya naging bise-presidente ang puwestong kanyang tinakbuhan subalit natalo naman.

Buong akala ng sambayanan ay magri-resayn si Roxas dahil sa sagad-butong kahihiyan at pagbabalewalang inaabot niya mula sa presidente. Taliwas sa inaasahan, kapit-tukong nagtiis si Roxas, dahil sa ambisyon niyang maging presidente na nakaangkla pa rin sa inaasam-asam na endorsement na hanggang ngayon ay hindi ibinibigay.

Sa huling miting ng mga cabinet secretary ay hindi ulit inimbita si Binay, dahil malamang, ang pinag-usapan ay kandidatura ng iba pang mga secretary at mga istratehiya nila, kaya hindi nga siya dapat umatend! Nagresayn na lang siya at animo ay nagdeklara pa ng giyera sa Malakanyang dahil sa maaanghang na salitang binitiwan na nagpapahiwatig ng babala. At least, nakabawi siya at pinakaba pa niya ang mga nasa administrasyon dahil sa plano niyang pagdiin sa mga ito, gamit ang mga bintang na alam na rin ng mga mamamayan. Ngayon nga ay kaliwa’t kanang pagbatikos na ang inaabot ni Pnoy at mga tauhan nito mula kay Binay.

Si Roxas naman ay nagmistulang pulubing nagmamakaawa upang bigyan ng limos. Tumanda na siya sa sa pulitika ay hindi pa rin niya nauunawaan ang kalakaran, na sa nasabing mundo ay walang permanenteng kaibigan at ang labanan ay gamitan at patibayan ng sikmura!

Bilang panghuli, sa pulitika, hindi lang sayaw na cha-cha ang popular, kundi waltz na pwede ang pagpalit ng partner – yong tawag na “tap dance”…at ang hindi nakakasabay ay tanga…dahil ang hilig pala ay “tango”…tanga na gago pa! ….ayon yan sa mga tambay sa kanto.

Ang Mga Desperado sa Darating na Eleksyon 2016

Ang Mga Desperado sa Darating na Eleksyon 2016
Ni Apolinario Villalobos

Binay…..kailangan niyang manalo upang hindi tuluyang makulong dahil sa patung-patong niyang kaso. Ang hindi lang malaman ng mga tao ay kung ang ambisyon bang maging presidente ang nagtulak sa kanya upang “mag-ipon” ng panggastos mula pa noong Mayor siya ng Makati, kaya nangyari ang sinasabing pangungumisyon niya ng malaki sa mga proyekto sa Makati na ang ginawang dahilan na alam ng mga tao doon ay pagmamahal daw niya sa mga ito. Lumalabas kasi, gumawa siya ng long-ranged plan na nakakabilib!

Pnoy….kailangan niyang makahanap ng isang matapang at may paninindigang kandidato na mai-endorso upang kung sakaling manalo bilang presidente, ay ligtas siya sa mga balak ihaing kaso laban sa kanya. Hindi pwede si Roxas dahil walang mga ganoong katangian, kaya maski manalo ay siguradong matatalo lang ng mga kalaban niya (Pnoy) na may balak magpakulong sa kanya.

Roxas….kailangan niyang ma-endorso ng pangulo dahil maski simbahang Katoliko ay wala na ring tiwala sa kanya; ang huling hirit niya ay ang lumapit sa El Shaddai, Quiboloy Group na naka-base sa Davao, at ang Iglesia ni Kristo – kung papansinin siya dahil noon pa man ay hindi naman talaga siya nakitaan ng kahit kapirasong gilas. Ang pinapakita kasi niya hanggang ngayon ay ang pagiging “bow man” ng presidente – bow na lang ng bow!

Allan Peter Cayetano….noon pa man ay maingay na sa pagsabi na lahat naman daw ay may ambisyong umupo sa pinakamataas na pwesto sa gobyerno – kasama na siya doon; kailangan niyang manalo bilang presidente upang lalong malampaso ang mga Binay sa Makati na kapitlunsod ng Pasig.

Trillanes….kailangan niyang maging presidente upang maipakulong ang pinanggigigilang si Jejomar Binay; kung hindi pwede, maski bise-presidente na lang upang patunayang may anghang talaga siya bilang pulitiko…kailangan niyang patunayan na bilang dating taga-military ay matapang siya, kaya nga siya nasangkot sa mga coup d’etat noon.

Ang ibang mga taong binabanggit na maaaring tumakbo ay hindi naman ganoon ka-desperado, tulad ni Grace Poe na hanggang ngayon ay walang pakialam kahit mataas ang rating sa survey. Si Duterte naman ay neutral ang image kaya maski sinong manalo ay pwedeng kumuha sa kanya bilang isang kalihim ng gabinete na aangkop sa kanyang katapangan, at kung hindi naman niya kakagatin ay makakabalik siya sa pinakamamahal niyang Davao City, nagmamahal din sa kanya!

Roxas should show “independent-mindedness” by stepping out of Pnoy’s shadow…if he wants respect

Roxas should show “independent- mindedness”
by stepping out of Pnoy’s shadow…if he wants respect
by Apolinario Villalobos

Anybody can notice the lameness of Roxas as he clutches hard on the clout of Pnoy. This early, he should show some kind of independent-mindedness by stepping out of the president’s shadow, as the latter is also perceived, according to broadsheet editorials, as a lame duck, himself. Roxas should stop mumbling the nauseating “tuwid na daan” and “reforms”, the failed keywords in the slogans of Pnoy. In the first place, the “tuwid na daan” is nowhere to be found and the “reforms” are nothing but blubs because the security and economy of the country under Pnoy just got worse. He sounds hollow every time he speaks, and the image he shows is very pathetic, as if begging for attention. If he wants respect, he must prove that he can stand on his own feet without leaning on equally uneasy reputation of the president.

This late, for the last minute preparation for 2016 electoral campaign, Roxas still hopes for an endorsement from his idol, the president. He is pitifully oblivious to the detached attitude of the president as regards the endorsement that he has been longing for. In the eyes of the Filipinos, Roxas’ attitude is a manifestation of weakness. So how can he command respect, much less, attention from the electorate when he finally goes out to campaign when he cannot even stand on his own feet? He hopelessly depends on the endorsement from an equally proven weak person. He is deaf to the loud declarations from all sectors that an endorsement from the president could mean a kiss of death.

The Yolanda typhoon episode proved his weakness as a DILG secretary, although, he tried to be at the scene of disaster together with the “trying hard” other concerned cabinet secretaries. As expected, after photo opportunities, each of them went on their own way. He failed to control the defective flow of relief goods to the affected LGUs. He failed to act on the overpriced construction of temporary shelters. He failed to conduct immediate investigation on the blatantly stolen relief goods. He failed to make an accounting of the cash donations…which donors themselves, later questioned.

Roxas also failed to check on the exceedingly delayed rehabilitation of the families in Zamboanga City who were affected by the attack of MNLF…and for more than two years now are languishing in temporary makeshift shelters without water and toilet facilities. Yet, every time the president reports on this, what comes out of his mouth are assurances that everything is under control. As DILG secretary, Roxas should be responsible for every lies that the president reports on local governments.

His failures can be listed on several pages… concerns of local government units – his responsibilities, as Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government. He should not pass the buck on to the DSWD and DPWH, if he is that “concerned”, a word that he shamelessly uses to prop up his droopy image. As the DILG Secretary, he is supposed to be on top of all the LGUs, with the rest of the concerned cabinets just providing support.

As if the abovementioned flops are not enough, the utmost disregard he suffered from the president was when he was left out as plans were drawn regarding the Mamasapano operations with yet, the suspended PNP Chief, Allan Purisima. He was expected to resign, because the act of the president was a grave show of distrust to him. But he swallowed his pride and still served his idol. Is this a manifestation of a strong and respectable personality? Is this the kind of a leader that Filipinos want to elect in 2016?…is he deserving of any position, even as vice-president?…yet, he dolefully dreams to become president!

With sadness, I could say that the historic magic of the “Roxas” as a political name may finally find its end in 2016. Such name may finally be forgotten.

Now It Can Be Told

Now It Can Be Told…

 

 

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

 

Tacloban Mayor Romualdez has been shown on TV restraining himself from crying while relating what happened when typhoon Yolanda devastated his city. Tears, though, flowed as he related how he proved to be helpless while talking to his wife over the phone to give instruction on how they can secure themselves. His testimony was highlighted by his allegations that no international relief goods  immediately reached them, his frustration on the delayed reaction of the national government despite his desperate call for help, the relief of the city chief of police – all of which further aggravated by the uncalled for “reminder” by DILG Secretary that he is a Romualdez and the President is an Aquino. The “reminder” was the talk of the city but I wondered why the media did not pick it up. 

 

The DILG Secretary grabbed the limelight from NDRRMC, the agency which is supposed to be on top of the situation during the aftermath of the typhoon, perhaps, hoping that the opportunity could give him the much needed mileage for his quixotic bid to become president. As if his trying hard moves were not enough, Korina Sanchez, did her share of making cover ups, negating what a Holywood-based and respected broadcaster was sharing while making an on-the-spot broadcast from Tacloban City.

 

Earlier, I mentioned that the more Roxas talks, the more he is showing his weak points. The latest testimony of Mayor Romualdez, just confirmed this observation. Roxas is one of those who  personify the ailing or rather rotting political system of the country. While these kind of people are still entrenched in the government, no hope for the country is in sight. 

Threat of Investigation, Promised Resignation, and Rhetorics

Threat of Investigation,

Promised Resignation, and Rhetorics

 

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

The heartrending scenes tell us all…communities flattened to the ground, roofless concrete structures, cars and coconut trees piled on top of each other, corpses lying everywhere, coastal villages dragged to the sea by storm surges. In this kind of situation, it is unbecoming for the president himself to utter a remark such as “… conduct an investigation of what really happened”, implying negligence on the local governments of affected regions, with special mention of Tacloban City who happens to be the most devastated, and whose mayor is a nephew of the former First Lady Imelda Marcos.  What is there to investigate, when even the evacuation centers were also devastated? What the victims need at this moment are reliefs – spiritual, emotional, financial and physical.

 

Since the president, himself, wants to “oversee” the distribution of reliefs, why can’t he just do it with profound sincerity, in low profile, instead of issuing such pronouncement that clearly rings with political undertones? To see him smile at cameras shaking hands with a local politician, and Dinky Soliman, DSW secretary, beside him, to “symbolize” turnover of donated relief goods is like rubbing salt to the wound. Is such ceremony necessary in the midst of haggard, sleepless, and suffering people?

 

As if the picture of helplessness of the national leadership in steering devastated regions towards recovery is not enough, here comes Department of Energy secretary, Jericho Petilla swearing to resign, if by December 24, 2013, all the power lines are not restored, with an “if” (“if that is what they want”). Next scene is the DILG Secretarty, Roxas, with mouthfuls of rhetorics. If Roxas thinks this “opportunity” will help him in his bid for a presidential position, he is wrong, because the more he talks, the more that he is exposing his weak points. He has been further pinned down when his wife, Korina Sanchez did her “heroic” part by contradicting the report of a US-based broadcaster who did his job right where the actions are. How can she ever deny everything when practically all tv and radio stations are broadcasting the scenes described by the American broadcaster? Is she trying to grab the limelight in her own way, just like her husband? Better for her to keep quiet.

 

All that the victims want now are “real” help. Good thing, a TV station showed an interview of a victim who singlehandedly tried to set up a makeshift shelter for his family of four, and who said that, he no longer expects help from the government as so far, all they got were two plastic bags, each containing 2 kilos of rice, 2 sachets of instant noodles and 2 cans of sardines. Short of saying that he no longer relies on the government if he wants to survive. It is a clear message of helplessness and frustration but with a strong desire to recover from loss – on their own.

 

Perhaps, it would be best if the media will stop showing the faces of government officials on TV screens.  Instead, give mileage to the victims who are trying to get in touch with their relatives, the volunteers, the working staff of the different local and foreign agencies. If information is what the media want, they can get them straight from the agencies who are directly involved in all aspects of operations. Corners are cut that way, and honest-to-goodness situations are shown.