Nancy Binay →

Teo Marasigan:

Ang totoo, kodang salita o code word lang ang “maitim” para sa “mahirap.” Kaakibat ng panlalait kay Binay ang pagtanggi, malay o di-malay, ng mga nasa panggitnang uri sa paghalal ng mahirap.

Nancy Binay is yet to be in office, and yet she has already been judged. Now, the Internet holds breath while it waits for Binay to make a mistake so it can justify its judgement.

Dissapointed →

Tonyo Cruz:

Some in the educated class – disappointed and frustrated yet again by the outcome of the elections which they champion as the only way to achieve change – should seriously address the problem head on. The problem is not the poor. They are faced with the same choices and even more different circumstances. The problem is the electoral system dominated by traditional political parties who disrespect the public, who limit our choices by including people with thin resumes and with only the “right” surnames, and who use both deception and, in other places, violence to get their way. This is the same system that is programmed to allow political dynasties and similar monsters, and demonize progressive, pro-change candidates. Perhaps some of our educated friends should train their intellectual firepower against this system, go to the poor and work side by side with them, and themselves form their own parties to join the elections.

Karaniwang Tao, Teddy Casiño

Last night, I attended a meeting de avance like no other.

It was a meeting de avance that did not feature dancing/singing celebrities. There were celebrities, but both Pen Medina and Willie Nepomuceno are known not only for being artists, but also for being active in peoples issues as well.

It was attended not by the hakot crowd but by genuine supporters. The running candidate did not promise to be the solution to poverty, unemployment, and other concerns of filipinos as if he was the messiah.

Indeed, as he said in his speech, all candidates claim that they will lower the price of commodities, but almost all do not explain how they plan to do so. He, on the other hand, will do this by fighting programs of liberalization, deregulation, and privatization which has wrecked the livelihood and the lives of Filipinos.

He did not inherit a last name that guarantees him a seat in the Senate, nor the funds that would allow him to buy the seat (legally as funds for campaign spending or otherwise). In short, compared to others running this elections, he is an ordinary individual.

He is an ordinary individual who has dedicated his life to advancing the cause of the poor, the marginalized, and the oppressed. We have seen him in the streets, arms linked with the peasant without a land and the worker without a job.

He is an ordinary individual who has become one of the few voices in the House of Representatives echoing our pleas.

In the end, he fights for people like himself, the ordinary man, and that, is what makes him extraordinary.

He is Teddy Casiño and I will proudly vote for him on monday. I know that you will too.

Balanced News, Fearless Views?

Maybe the Philippine Daily Inquirer should change the color of their masthead from shades of blue to shameless yellow.

After being the butt of jokes for publishing a fake cover of Time Magazine, the newspaper was twice cited by the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) due to questions of ethics in the practice of journalism.

First, the PDI was cited for “flagrant inaccuracies in its front-page story ‘NDF Anniversary: Bayan Muna clears NPA: No extortion, it’s civil war’ dated April 24 that tend to put a party-list group in a bad light.

As Carol Araullo, BAYAN’s chairperson points out, the PDI was among the first to make the distinction between the umbrella group BAYAN (Bagong Alyansang Makabayan) and Bayan Muna, the partylist (which is leading in partylist polls for this year’s elections). Thus, the timing of the “mistake” (if indeed, it was one), raises questions on how exactly the PDI treats those that it has placed in the file drawer labeled “left.”

Second, the CMFR questioned the apparent conflict of interest for defense beat reporter Nikko Dizon, who wrote the already cited, erroneous (if not malicious) article.

It turns out that Dizon holds a Master’s Degree from the National Defense College and is a commissioned lieutenant colonel of the AFP.

Says the CMFR:

Pressure from those individuals and groups with an interest in being favorably presented in the media is among the possibilities that may arise when a reporter is in such a situation. Awareness of this possibility is the basis for the common prohibition by responsible news organizations against journalists’ becoming members of political parties, part of government agencies, or even involvement in civic and social groups that may be in the news and which have a stake in being favorably presented in the news media. The defense and military establishments certainly qualify among those groups that have an interest in how the press reports them. The solution is simple enough. It is to assign those in such potential conflict of interest situations to another beat.

These are no longer amusing nor funny and such incidents can no longer be excused as just “mistakes.”

But there is such thing as truth in reporting →

Ellen Tordesillas:

Looking at the latest Pulse Asia ranking, if Malacañang really wants to pull up Magsaysay and Hontiveros, aside from Zubiri , who are they going to pull down, out of the Magic 12? JV Ejercito and Nancy Binay are both ranked 5 -11. Are they safe there ? Koko Pimentel (6-12) and Sonny Angara (8-14) should be worried.

The nearer the elections, the more creative the masters of spin get.

“Impossible conditions” in the peace talks →

Padilla blamed the Netherlands-based communist leadership, the National Democratic Front, for the failure, accusing it of setting new and impossible conditions for talks such as the release of captured senior rebels.

Prior to resumption of the peace talks, the GPH wants the NPA to disarm while the NDFP is asking the GPH to release “senior rebels.” Which is more “impossible”?

Some of these senior rebels include Allan Jasminez and other consultants of the NDFP, whose arrest was a violation of the Joint Agreement on Security and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG). In other words, the NDFP is merely asking the GPH to comply with what has already been agreed upon

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Statement of Anakbayan on the stalled peace talks between the GPH and the NDFP →

But now, the Aquino administration is insisting that the GPH and the NDFP VIOLATE their own agreement in the Hague Declaration by declaring a ceasefire and talking about the laying down of arms before they can discuss other matters. At the very least, this is an illogical and impossible demand by the government: one could say that it is the arms of the NPA (New People’s Army) which is the only reason why the GPH is forced to negotiate with the NDFP. Can we expect the Government to continue negotiating peacefully if the NPA disarms?

Indeed. If the NPA disarms, the term “peace talks” would not even be the apt term as it would no longer be a negotiation between two belligerent parties, but would simply be reduced to a negotiation of the terms of surrender.