2010 Elections: The Presidential Candidates – What Do They Stand For?

(Photo courtesy of www.gibo.ph)

Gilberto Eduardo Gerardo ‘Gibo’ Cojuangco-Teodoro Jr.

1. On truth, accountability and justice
— As an administration bet, evades the issue of making Arroyo accountable to scandals by saying it is a matter for the courts;
— Voted against the controversial Human Security Act (Anti-terrorism Law), but, as Arroyo’s defense secretary, is directly implicated in human rights violations committed by government forces based on state policy.

2. On economic progress and the environment
— Would rather shift focus from land distribution to improving productivity;
— Aggressive in opening up the domestic economy to foreign investors, even in large-scale mining.

3. On people’s welfare
— Silent on wage hikes;
— Promises to faithfully pay debt service and give relatively greater priority to education;
— Proposes raising the VAT, a regressive tax, from 12 to 15 percent.

4. On sovereignty, peace and equality
— Vocal in supporting US military presence in the country;
— Advocates greater militarism and criticizes the “hearts and minds” approach to insurgency as too soft;
— Has no clear stand on gender biases.

5. On love of country
— Has no clear stand.

(Photo courtesy of www.broeddie.ph)

Eduardo ‘Eddie’ Cruz-Villanueva

1. On truth, accountability and justice
— Says that Arroyo should be held accountable for possible crimes committed;
— Opposes extra-judicial killings.

2. On economic progress and the environment
— >Appears to approach land reform from the point of view of agricultural productivity rather than social justice;
— Acknowledges to some degree the importance of developing local manufacturing, also critical of so-called globalization.

3. On people’s welfare
— Supports higher wages;>
— Appears open to at least a moratorium on debt servicing;
— Says he wants progressive taxation.

4. On sovereignty, peace and equality
— No clear stand on resuming peace talks, but acknowledges the underpinnings of conflict. His “long-term peace agenda” includes socioeconomic measures;
— No clear stand on gender biases.

5. On love of country
— Only Villanueva and Madrigal actively promote nationalism and patriotism, including but not restricted to prioritizing the national language as the medium of instruction.

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Manuel ‘Manny’ Bamba-Villar

1. On truth, accountability and justice
— Says that Gloria Arroyo should be held accountable for possible crimes committed while in office;
— Affirms seeking justice for the human rights victims from the Marcos dictatorship to the present.

2. On economic progress and the environment
— Did not vote for CARPER (the law extending the failed agrarian reform or CARP). Promises to review agrarian reform, but is a real estate developer facing allegations of land-grabbing;
— Acknowledges importance of developing local manufacturing, and also expresses being critical of so-called globalization while calling for a review of policies related to it.

3. On people’s welfare
— Supports higher wages, open to legislated wage hike;
— Amenable to pursuing debt relief;
— Voted for RVAT and so-called sin taxes, and still open to imposing new taxes.

4. On sovereignty, peace and equality
— Seeks a review of the US-RP Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and other unequal military treaties;
— Supports peace talks and addressing the socioeconomic and political roots of the conflicts;
— Has no clear stand on gender biases.

5. On love of country
— Has no clear stand on nationalism and patriotism. (Bulatlat.com)

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  1. I'm a supporter of Bulatlat but ain't this so BIASED? Pictures tell a thousand words. Why did you use the picture of the former President arrested and booked?

    Conviction by itself means nothing if the political environment is unfair. Gloria Arroyo is perceived as the “Most Corrupt President in Philippine History” but even rules the land and has not been impeached all through nine years of illegitimate power.

    "On sovereignty, peace and equality" – you conveniently forgot to mention that Estrada fought against the ratification of the US Bases.

    Joseph "Erap" Ejercito Estrada, the 13th President of the Philippine Republic. So unceremoniously deposed by the conspiracy of political opportunists, unpatriotic businessmen, misenlightened Church prelates, seditious military elements and stupid gullible mob during the January 2001 EDSA 2 "People Power" coup.

    Why vote for him in his renewed bid for the presidency this coming May 10, 2010 elections? There are several very good historical, moral and practical reasons why I support him. In this evolving post in the countdown to election day, I explain my vote.

    1. Erap is a Nationalist.

    In September 2009 speech, Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile took to the Senate floor in defense of the former President against the tirades of now-Senator-on-the-run-for-murder-raps Panfilo Lacson. In his characterization of Estrada as a matter of personal privilege, he recounted the struggle of the nationalists, Estrada well included, in moving to terminate the protracted RP-US Military Bases Agreement.

    Enrile describes Estrada as someone who has "proved to be a true nationalist," being part of the eleven other Senators who dared vote for the abrogation of the Bases Agreement. This came despite the strong lobbying done by the pro-Bases advocates, led by no less than President Corazon C. Aquino. The pro-Bases forces tried to push for the extension of United States military presence in the country, some 92 years after the Americans colonized the land and over four decades after the Bases Agreement was first forged. Estrada and the other anti-Bases senators were denounced as the "The Dirty Dozen" by those who had no sense to assert Filipino sovereignty; on the other, the progressive nationalist groups hailed them as "The Magnificent Twelve."

    On April 19, 1988 during his 51st birthday, then-Sen. Joseph Estrada delivered his privilege speech for the abrogation of the U.S. Bases Agreement. Erap's words can still remembered today for its stirring and clarion call for the nation to muster its will and courage to assert its independence and take on the path of self-sufficiency:

    "Let this be our finest hour as we face the judgment of history. We have become so dependent on the Americans that we have not learned to be self-sufficient. Our country has been seen as a nation of beggars, a nation of prostitutes, a nation of cheaters, a nation of domestic helpers. And if we do not assert ourselves today, we will also be known as a nation of cowards. This I cannot accept and this, we must not accept. "

    More @ http://philippinecommentary.blogspot.com/2010/04/

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