countries, two elections, two candidates. But for many who have been
following both the Philippine and United States elections, these two
presidential contenders, one American—one Filipino, appear to have
In the U.S., real
estate tycoon Donald Trump has been defying conventional Republican
Party (GOP) wisdom with his significant lead over his two other rivals
for the party's nomination. To the great consternation of GOP bigwigs,
Trump's seemingly insurmountable lead almost guarantees him the party's
nomination in mid-July. Trump's brash remarks towards, Mexicans, women,
Moslems, and minorities, as well as his many unconventional ideas about
how to run the country seems to only bolster his lead rather than weaken
Halfway across the
globe, in the Philippines, Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has likewise been
leading in the polls despite the numerous crude and insensitive remarks
he has been making. He has alleged ties to vigilante groups that operate
in Davao City where he has served as mayor for over two decades. Like
Trump, Duterte rarely takes a nuanced approach to issues, preferring
instead to project a shoot-from-the-hip, tough guy approach.
Both Trump and Duterte
are loose cannons who may likely do more harm than good for their
respective constituencies. While one can certainly understand the
frustration of their many supporters who want to lash out at a system
that delivers little or no improvement to their lives, there is also the
danger that Trump and Duterte could make matters worse.
The stakes seem to be
higher for the U.S., it being the leader of the free world and a nuclear
superpower. But for Filipinos, those stakes appear high as well. After
many decades of mismanagement from presidents who were either
incompetent or downright corrupt, the Philippines has finally managed to
claw its way out of the hole that leaders like Marcos, Estrada, and
Arroyo dug for the country. Today, the Philippines' GDP is the envy of
most of its neighbors. The country can ill-afford to have an erratic,
hot-head in Malacañang creating more problems instead of solving them.
For the followers of
Trump and Duterte, it appears more attractive and exiting to shoot for
radical and sweeping change. Throw out all the bums! And put an outsider
in charge. To them we say, we hope you're right, just as the saying "be
careful what you wish for," comes to mind.
to the first two, this debate moderated by ABS-CBN was by far the best.
So before anything else, kudos to the folks at ABS-CBN and ANC. Each of
the five presidential contenders had ample opportunity to differentiate
himself or herself from the rest—which should help voters make more
informed choices on election day.
being excoriated first by social media, then by the general public, for
a boorish and insensitive remark he made in 1989 that happened to be
caught on video, Davao City mayor and presidential candidate Rodrigo
Duterte finally admitted it was a mistake. At first he tried to justify
it as a seemingly vulgar joke due to his poor and humble upbringing.
a high stakes poker game with China placing all its chips on the table,
gambling that it can seize unoccupied islets and shoals in the West
Philippine Sea - transforming them into man-made artificial islands by
pumping sand onto live coral reefs and paving them with concrete, then
equipping them with aircraft runways, port facilities and surface-to-air
missiles while in the process of exercising total control and dominion
over the entire South China Sea - and get away with it.
CNN vice presidential debate held at the University of Santo Tomas
campus in Manila on April 10, gave Filipino voters the chance to see and
hear the top six contenders side be side, answering questions and
interacting with one another for well over an hour. Like the millions of
Filipinos who watched the debate on television or streamed it from the
internet, we were able to form our own fairly distinct opinions about
each candidate .
males by nature appear more effeminate than males of most other
cultures. Behind the facade of the Latin "macho" you'll usually find a
soft-spoken, mild-mannered, mama's boy who walks the line between the
masculine and the feminine.
crime syndicate that pulled of this high-tech heist obviously did its
homework. They knew how to move millions of dollars clandestinely from
the Bangladesh central bank's account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New
York, and were to move it to—the Philippines.
March 20, 2016 four Philippine presidential contenders had their second
debate in University of the Philippines' Cebu campus. The debate, which
should have started promptly at 5pm was delayed for well over an hour
because one of the contenders, Vice President Jejomar Binay insisted
that he be allowed to bring notes and documents with him to the podium.
vast majority of Filipinos who migrated to the United States to settle
in the many towns and cities that dot the country from coast to coast
have for decades bucked the trend followed by most immigrants. Pinoys
gravitate towards the Republican Party instead of the Democratic Party.
Mexicans and other Latinos for instance, share the same Catholic faith
as Filipinos but overwhelmingly vote Democratic. There are also the
Vietnamese, Japanese, and Koreans who like Filipinos are Asian, but they
lean more towards the Democrats as well.
Filipinos say that the United States and China are moving towards a
showdown in the South China Sea and the Philippines' best course of
action is to remain neutral and get out of the way. The United States
Navy has been the dominant power in the Pacific for decades. No other
navy even comes close. But China is rapidly developing a blue water navy
of its own plus sophisticated long-range missile technology that will
soon give the Americans a run for their money.
reason the Philippines is such a laggard compared to other nations is
because Filipinos simply don't trust one another. And in a way, you
really can't blame them because the country has more than its fair share
of scams, swindles, rackets, and all manner of nefarious deeds
perpetrated by Pinoys on fellow Pinoys.
back in time to August 21, 1983. Back to what was then called the Manila
International Airport. China Airlines Flight 811 from Taipei, sat on the
tarmac awaiting instructions from the tower so its passengers could
disembark. On board was former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., who had taken
a circuitous route back home from the United States. Aquino knew that
returning to the Philippines, then ruled by a tyrannical dictator was an
extremely dangerous endeavor.
How many Filipino Nobel laureates can you name? That was a trick
question because there aren't any—despite the fact that the Philippines
is now the 12th most populous country in the world. There are now more
Filipinos than there are Germans, Britons, or French citizens. In fact
add up the populations of Portugal, Canada, Libya, and Australia and
you'll still come up 25 million short compared to the Philippine
population. So we have the numbers, why then don't we have the Nobel
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President Aquino: Choosing the right leaders is the voters’ responsibility
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