The Aquino son

WE ARE told to wear yellow for Benigno Aquino III. Tie a yellow ribbon, wear a yellow shirt, remember the woman in glasses, remember the man in the bloodied white suit. Show him that you are behind him, he says, and he will stand for you.

He is aware that some have raised issues of his inexperience. “Some said I’m not yet ripe for the picking.”
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Aug 30, 2009 under Elections, Politics | 8 comments

The President’s men

Presidential spokesperson Cerge Remonde, after a long session with his teleprompter – his effort to smile pleasantly at regular intervals looked remarkably unpleasant – expressed his discontent over the persistent coverage of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s excessive travel spending. In his briefing, Remonde said that it no longer mattered whatever the administration said, because there are people who would persist in finding the holes in the government’s explanations. “Their objective is not to seek the truth, or to pursue good governance. It is simply to make issues political.”
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Aug 22, 2009 under Politics | no comment

In the court of the crimson king

When the doors open, the chatter stops, and the people rise as a body. There is silence as he strides up to the dais, grave-faced and sober-eyed. In this temple he is high priest, his is the way, the truth, and the light. He does not understand, however, that they do not rise only because he is Reynato Puno, champion of human rights, hero of the press, the anointed son of Holy Mother Church. They stand because of the dark robe that falls in heavy folds to his feet, because of the gavel he carries, because of the soaring ceilings, because of the compulsion of decades of other men and women rising to the idea of a judge, the man of unimpeachable character who has risen above all men to preside as the Chief Justice.
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Aug 16, 2009 under Elections, General, Politics | 2 comments

The uncrowning of the ‘Komiks King’

On July 30, Malacanang announced that it had chosen to award seven individuals with the 2009 Order of National Artists. The conferment, signed on July 6, included four names that were not in the original set submitted by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). Three nominees survived the whim of the presidential pen – musicologist Ramon Santos was not so fortunate. Four others took his place: Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, presidential adviser on culture and NCCA’s executive director, comic book novelist Carlo J. Caparas, architect Bobby Mañosa, and fashion designer Pitoy Moreno.
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Aug 15, 2009 under Culture, General | no comment

After Cory

I was born in 1985, a few months before the revolution that flooded Edsa with tanks and flowers. Edsa was not my revolution. People Power is a series of grainy black-and-white photographs my grandfather pasted to an old album, a heading chalked into the blackboard in third grade history class, the yellowing reels shown in television specials.

Juan Ponce Enrile, M16 on his hip, crossing to Camp Crame protected by a horde of civilians. Ramos, carefully calm and unarmed, waiting for the bombs to fall, with a cigar at the corner of his mouth. Aquino, pale and resolute, as she is sworn President of the Republic of the Philippines
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Aug 2, 2009 under General | 2 comments