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Selected Comments
(Topic: Lee Kuan Yew and Ferdinand Marcos, What a Difference!)


Name: HMSomeone
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.36.177

Comments

In a Magazine write up a few years ago it was reported that the home of Lee Kuan Yew was still the very same home he had when he came to power. It was modest & unpretentious. And it never bothered him or his family that they did not move to, at least, a Mansion. Lee Kuan Yew did not have heavy baggage like Imelda. Nor did he have greedy friends & cronies. He was the complete opposite not just of the Marcoses but of the typical Filipino politicians and so-called leaders. And notice that Singapore is not even a Catholic country. Nor do they brag about any connection with God that they may have. What they don't have to brag about is plain for all to see. Continuous Development & Progress in their country. And Peace & Contentment of their people.


Name: Art1234
City/State/Country: Gotham
IP Address: 162.227.104.101

Comments

The Australian author was correct that PH was unlucky because PH is an archipelago where un-united islands ruled by small kingdoms made it easy for Spain, the US and Japan to over-run PH. The author missed the fact though, that PH was colonized by foreign powers for at least 400 years continuously, while Singapore was colonized for only about 100 years. The strong Catholic church, a hold out of long Spanish rule, and it's objection to modern family planning, which tripled PH population to 100 million people (vs. 5 million for Singapore) from the 1970's to today, made PH unlucky also, putting a big burden on PH, preventing it from taking off economically on a sustainable basis, which Singapore experienced.


Name: Phil Researcher
City/State/Country: LA County, CA USA
IP Address: 173.60.192.240

Comments

Re: The difference between Lee Kwan Yue & Ferdinand Marcos. The Singapore leader was a true statesman whereas FM was a Plunderer.. FM owned PLDT, Kokoy was running Meralco during Martial Law and in 1986 when FM was booted out of the Islands the PCGG had their hands full of cases to stop the sale of buildings in NY as FM was trying to sell them in exile. Even a movie actor George Hamilton signed a Grant deed in favor of the PCGG on a Beverly Hills property the money came from IM so it was returned to the P.I. as the rightful owner.


Name: HMSomeone
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.36.177

Comments

It's a loss not just to Singaporeans but to Asians as well. For this is a Great Man who stood for his country & molded it until it became a first class developed nation. Today a wealthy Singapore is in the top 5 countries in the world. It's sought after by multi-national companies for its headquarters. And most important the Singaporeans are now a very comfortable people. If only the PHL had a man like this Filipinos would not go anywhere to become OFWs. It would be the other way around. The PHL would be the destination. Not the point of departure.


Name: Sam Juan
City/State/Country: Hilong Hilo sa Panay
IP Address: 38.88.177.203

Comments

"That to this day, the Philippines is a country where thieves and crooks are allowed to amass obscene wealth and then get away with it."-- So there! The other side of the equation is that Lee Kuan Yew was perhaps lucky to lead Singaporeans and not Filipinos!


Name: rene catalasan
City/State/Country: lakewood,ca,u.s.a.
IP Address: 173.58.214.144

Comments

An eye-opener for those pro-Marcos who up to this time still idolize the dictator at the expense of the country.


Name: HMSomeone
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.36.177

Comments

And so the question that begs to be asked is, Are Singaporeans BETTER in everything that matters THAN Filipinos? How does a typical Filipino regard a typical Singaporean? Did they need a Great Man like Lee Kuan Yew to master their fate? Or could they have done as well even if Lee Kuan Yew did not arrive? Must Filipinos have a Man like this just to stabilize? If so then the PHL may never recover because a Man like Lee Kuan Yew is rare and it takes generations for someone like him to arise. The golden chance that Marcos had to set the country right was so squandered that even if he had considered doing that nobody would believe it.


Name: JRH
City/State/Country: Montreal, Quebec
IP Address: 24.203.177.29

Comments

Marcos will not reach first base as compared with Lee Kwan Yew in tint & tone. Yew had the virtue of righteousness in deed & in thought which strengthen him against cheating & lying. Majority of the people from Singapore cooperated & trusted his strong & rigid leadership for the better. On the other hand, Marcos had no word of honor when he promised that he'll improve the condition & status of Filipinos, followed by a succession of presidents who also forgot to revive order & establish the moral code & expectation of the public from govt. It might take a little while to be a lucky country per se. 100 million Filipinos with 25% poor, yet 5th happiest in world ranking. It's a paradox.


Name: Ibrahim Luna
City/State/Country: Makati
IP Address: 66.249.83.230

Comments

Damn! Wish we have more leaders like him. All we have is a bunch of imbeciles and thieves!


Name: HMSomeone
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.36.177

Comments

Yes. Don't we all wish we had a Filipino Lee Kuan Yew. A man who truly loved his country. Incidentally, it has been written that Lee Kuan Yew was one of the very few men Marcos admired. They always had an open communication. Why the PHL did not turn out like Singapore is very unfortunate. Comparing the two countries is like Light & Darkness. And the more things unravel in the PHL these days the more distant & unreachable Singapore has become.


Name: Seattlelite
City/State/Country: Seattle, WA U.S.A.
IP Address: 24.22.140.36

Comments

I Googled the population of Singapore in 1972 and it was 2.152 million. The Philippines was 37.93 million. We had problem with communism creeping in the Philippines at that time and Muslim in the South. Being influenced by Spain for 300 years whereas Singapore gained independence from Britain, you can see the difference. Any country that was colonized by Spain is full of corruption. Look at countries like Mexico, and countries in Central America. Do not blame everything on Marcos.


Name: Steve R
City/State/Country: California
IP Address: 173.11.100.41

Comments

Lee Kuan was a disciplinarian to achieve what was best for all Singaporean. F Marcos whooped all Filipinos to the point that they will be subservient to everything he wanted. Meantime, like the Bilibid to built in a province outside Metro Manila, an Airport drop off and pick up point must be built outside MM where incoming and outgoing passenger must be shuttled for departures and arrivals.


Name: Fe Lonious
City/State/Country: usa
IP Address: 24.7.178.97

Comments

Just one word will explain the real problem why the PH will not progress even to close to 2nd world "CORRUPTION' on every level, even the religious are not exempt.


Name: gerrycanero
City/State/Country: buyagan, la trinidad
IP Address: 37.105.1.186

Comments

Its a big and unreachable difference, Lee Kuan Yew did the right path for his country. He is now happy and can sleep well forever and for sure he will go to heaven. For Marcos is regrettable and exactly an opposite.


Name: Edward
City/State/Country: Angeles City
IP Address: 120.29.73.109

Comments

Yew, Marcos, yap a big difference. One had God, Honor, Country the other was...a Filipino.


Selected Comments
(Topic: Will the Philippines Ever Speed Up Its Glacially-Slow Justice System?)


Name: Teddy
City/State/Country: Norwalk, Ca.
IP Address: 76.168.137.166

Comments

There should be a law establishing a computerized data center where all cases filed should be registered containing the dates of filing and the judges involved. These should be accessible to any citizen. The law should also limit the adjudication of cases to no more than one year. An erring judge should be subject to immediate investigation and be fired or absolved in 6 month or less. For national awareness the print media should publish all these data every end of the year. There is rampant corruption because of these corrupt judges and justices specially the Court of Appeals ng Pera.


Name: ed celis
City/State/Country: orange, ca
IP Address: 99.53.93.120

Comments

The Supreme Court in the case against the People of the Philippines versus Erap Estrada. The Judges have ruled in favor of a CONVICTED CRIMINAL to run the government of Manila. The supreme court ruling has set a precedent to all the Judges in the entire country that it is MORAL and JUST for a CRIMINAL to run a government of a country. An ordinary citizen need a police clearance and NBI clearance to get accepted for a job. How can we explain this to the children of the future??? The Supreme Court of the land has just LEGALIZED CORRUPTION...May GOD help and save the Philippines and its People...


Name: Alejandra
City/State/Country: Zobel St. Manila
IP Address: 122.3.9.76

Comments

The main reason that justice moves in a snail pace is because the one controlling the court proceedings is unmindful of the value of time. If it were a boxing bout, the decision is made after the 12th round. It is the presiding judge that sets the pace. Evidently, the judge entertains too many motions that delay the decision making process.


Name: Pugo
City/State/Country: Northern California
IP Address: 76.14.40.165

Comments

There is a comment that blames the "mandatory use of English in Courts" for the slow administration of Justice in the PHL. Didn't these lawyers and Judges go to school with English as the method of instruction? This is a totally asinine opinion. The real problem is that most (not all) Filipinos that hold some kind of government position are not held accountable for the performance of the duties they get paid for!


Name: HMSomeone
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.36.177

Comments

For as long as the Judiciary is Corrupt no change whatsoever will happen. A slow Judiciary favors the corrupt. Time is what the Judges use to dangle an offer & to give time to the parties to mull it over. This is the "Barter" part of any case. And the Judges will give the parties all the time they need & all the postponements they want to be able to make a "Deal". The parties themselves will keep quiet about the delays. Only the public like this Forum will notice the snails pace of the Trial. All institutions in the PHL are sick & rotten. Aquino tried to install changes but was too hardheaded to make a difference.


Name: Manuel C. Diaz
City/State/Country: Montclair CA USA
IP Address: 75.82.40.239

Comments

Pag speedy yong justice di wala ng kita yong maga judges!


Name: jun sapote
City/State/Country: Angeles City
IP Address: 119.224.45.200

Comments

I think judges in court all over the country must have age limit, the same way recruiters for any private company are doing when they hire employees. How can you expect fast and quality work with slow moving. slow thinking and old and sleepy judges in courts who are just buying time to reach their retirement? They never meet their targets!!! Do they even set a target at all?


Name: jun sapote
City/State/Country: Angeles City
IP Address: 119.224.45.200

Comments

I think judges in all courts in the Philippines from supreme courts to katarungang pambaranggay members must be elected not appointed thus there will be term limits and not subservient to their appointing authority. Are they independent body? So they should not be appointed!!! But of course the law making body of the country must pass at least basic qualifications who can run for an election for judges.


Name: antonio reyes
City/State/Country: cainta, rizal
IP Address: 180.191.171.188

Comments

The country has a serious over supply of poorly educated lawyers all eager to get rich by whatever means. The people who taught this group and for whom they work prefer organized confusion to better make money under the table. There has never been a lawyer who ever, actually, contributed to society.


Name: Alejandra
City/State/Country: Zobel St. Manila
IP Address: 122.3.9.76

Comments

[Someone]: The laws of the country are written in English. Judicial decisions are written in English. Therefore lawyers must argue in English. If lawyers could not argue in English we might as well change the entire legal structure to Pilipino. Got it? Kuha mo?


Name: Sam "The Mercenary"
City/State/Country: San Diego California
IP Address: 66.27.52.158

Comments

I have a challenge for the Supreme Court, and if they will address and execute this with a strong resolve, then things may change a bit for the better. The question of Landlord-Tenant relationship. I challenge the Supreme Court to look into this issue and examine if the farmers are getting their fair share for progress and prosperity and thus making the agricultural sector a lucrative industry. Let's start with Hacienda Luisita. The Country is still feudal and unless we address this issue, Justice in the Philippines remain feudal and nature and thus, favoring only a particular sector.


Other Comments


Name: Phil Researcher
City/State/Country: LA County, CA USA
IP Address: 173.60.192.240

Comments

Re: People who want the President to apologize for that Mamasapuro fiasco.. The president should not apologize because he did not do anything wrong.. His men failed to execute his orders correclty . It is not the President's fault. There was a direct order which they didn't follow..The Pnoy clearly directed the PNP executives to inform the Ph Army. They deliberately did not. Why would that be blamed on the President.


Name: HMSomeone
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.36.177

Comments

THE FUN STOPS THERE! More fun in the PHL? Only if you don't live there. Look, the Premiere City in the PHL, Makati was having two (2) Flag raising ceremonies. Why? Because there are two (2) Mayors! Or two people claiming the same office. How this came about is like a bad joke. At this point that no longer matters. What matters now is WHEN this situation will end? Incidentally this is a common occurrence in the towns & cities in the PHL, two people claiming the same office. You see Filipinos are so "eager" to give "Public Service" to the people which is why they go to this ridiculous extent. Of course if you live in Makati this is not funny.

 

 


Name: Dwight,
City/State/Country: Bellflower, Ca.
IP Address: 216.70.166.176

Comments

There should be outrage for this latest action by Escudero asking why make a big fuss for the revelations by Trillanes about cowardice of some SAF members. This is the biggest factor why 44 of their group died . This is the answer to the families of the 44 who want answers to their questions and Escudero and Poe have the face to just brush this aside? Do these senators have the sense of righteousness and honesty to be elected as senators? I believe this deserve an editorial in this forum now before it is totally forgotten. Liars all.


Name: HMSomeone
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.36.177

Comments

News: Aquino dispels "Collapsed" rumor. This is another problem that Aquino has. His Press people are good for nothing. It's a waste of taxpayer's money that such people be given salaries. His Press people in fact seem to undermine his administration. I don't see any of this Malacañang Press saving the day for Aquino. Oftentimes they allow some wild rumor to float for days before they speak up. If this is Aquino's idea of an effective press corps no wonder his enemies beat him up all the time.


Name: Sam "The Mercernary"
City/State/Country: San Diego California
IP Address: 66.27.52.158

Comments

Someone said, "Hello Garci?" Was GMA convicted of it? BTW- It was in the news then that it was not only GMA calling the COMELEC asking about status of the election-- Enrile, Lacson et all all admitted (repeat ADMITTED) that they did the same thing!" My reaction: Oh my gosh, who is being naive here? It's a matter of ethics baby. Questionable Ethics from the highest position in the land.. By the way, Fernando Poe losing in Mindanao by a hoover vacuum cleaner? Come on. First, you claim All muslims look alike then now this?


Name: Sam "The Mercernary"
City/State/Country: San Diego California
IP Address: 66.27.52.158

Comments

Someone said, "Hello Garci?" Was GMA convicted of it? BTW- It was in the news then that it was not only GMA calling the COMELEC asking about status of the election-- Enrile, Lacson et all all admitted (repeat ADMITTED) that they did the same thing!" My reaction: Oh my gosh, who is being naive here? It's a matter of ethics baby. Questionable Ethics from the highest position in the land.. By the way, Fernando Poe losing in Mindanao by means of a super hoover vacuum cleaner? Come on. First, you claim All Muslims look alike then now this?


Name: HMSomeone
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.36.177

Comments

To [someone]. I may have made the wrong choice of words when I said a Filipino should speak before the U.N. I was not talking of UN Procedures. My point is to let everyone know, the UN, Amal Clooney & everyone that will have something to do with Arroyo's case how things are in the PHL. It should just be communicated, not necessarily tabled at the UN agenda. The object here is to avoid Arroyo being presented as a Martyr.


Name: Rafael
City/State/Country: Rosemead, Ca.
IP Address: 76.168.137.166

Comments

Sen. Escudero is asking the purpose of Trillanes in revealing the information that some SAF units intentionally refused to help their comrades. The purpose is to bring out the TRUTH. Why did the BOI and Senate report failed to mention this very important detail which even Escudero did not deny? Why are they hiding the truth? Simple. They want the whole nation to get mad at the President. Ito si Sen. Poe hindi rin pala puwedeng pagkatiwalaan. This is plain and simple misinformation campaign. Dapat pa-imbestigahan ito ni Trillanes. Si Cayetano at Trillanes lang ang matitinong Senador sa ngayon.


Name: Marie
City/State/Country: Batangas
IP Address: 77.116.64.216

Comments

Kung lahat ng sisi at lahat ng mga kasamaang salita na ibinabato ng mga kritiko ay papansinin ng presidente tiyak lalong magkakagulo. Kung binabaliwala na nga niya ay sobra na sila, yon pa kayang patulan?. Alam naman niya sa Pilipinas ay may gossips terrorism created by the devil... parang mini hell sa init ng usapan pag-tungkol sa nagsusumikap nya. Siguro nasa isip niya, asikasuhin na lang niya ang iba pang magagandang trabaho kaysa pumatol at lalong malagasan ng buhok. Kapag nga naman pumatol sa mga tsismis, tsismoso na rin sya. Kaso mo nagngingitngit ang mga gossipers sa kanyang pag hindi pagpansin. Litong lito na!.


Name: Edward
City/State/Country: Angeles City
IP Address: 120.29.74.65

Comments

Has anything said, good or bad on this site that has changed the Philippines. Nope and it never will. You will always steal. You will always be lazy drunks. You will always be dirty. You will always make to many children, You will always be rude. You will always be, well you get it.



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