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Will the 2010 Philippine Election Usher in Change with Criminal Characters in Philippine Governance?

With the election of Barack Obama the world was swept by the tide of an oncoming new era of renewed hope and change and as expected we see politicians in the Philippines mouthing the same slogan. Is it really about change? Hope in a nation that seems to be trapped in limbo of hopelessness where endemic corruption has seeped into the very fabric of society?

As far as change is concerned we know that the only constant in this cruel world is change and in the Philippine context…… sadly, it is change for the worse. Choosing a candidate in an electoral contest is an extremely difficult decision that makes it more of an agonizing experience when there is no clear ideology that separates the candidates and their party. In the absence of coherent party ideology that separates them it all boils down to personal loyalty akin to Mafia syndicates on powerful leaders with deep pockets especially those who can spread the bounty effectively.

On the other hand there are very pronounced change in the electoral circus errr contest that is unlike before, an accused assassin Ferdinand Marcos during his younger years embarked on a successful political career eventually getting elected president ending up as a dictator. Now a convicted plunderer is vying for the presidency thanks and no thanks to the absolute pardon courtesy of Gloria Arroyo the president with illegitimate mandate we may have a convict to ruin errr run the nation. Change indeed is very inspiring. The only consolation here is that pardoned convict Erap Estrada will most probably not win. If he wins then the Philippines is really screwed because in the eventuality that he is disqualified by the court it will be the wife Loi Estrada or Jinggoy the son who will take over. Should that nightmare happen whatever typhoon Ondoy failed in its path of destruction tampon errr typhoon Jinggoy will surely finish natures’ wrath more effectively.

As far as hope is concerned we have criminals like Romeo Jalosjos whose hopes will not be dashed by their illusionary stance that they are leaders to get themselves back in political office just as soon as they get an absolute pardon from the president. Of course their dream lives on because this has become a tradition that goes back to the days of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos in bringing us back notorious convicted arsonist Vincent “Bingbong” Crisologo. Well, insofar as change is concerned when it comes to Bingbong Crisologo, Lu Tong Mancau insists that Bingbong has not changed that much especially in his younger days of being dumb and stupid is still dumb and stupid. In his younger days Lu Tong Mancau says he is a puny “tough guy” walking tall like a Yao Ming carrying a gun accompanied by armed bodyguards and bullies his enemies in school by hitting them like a little girl. I find that hard to believe knowing that tongress people are avid followers of Manny Pacquiao and thus should have pick up somehow some macho boxing stance. To stress his point Lu Tong Mancau showed me the video below that shows an angry Bambi errr Bingbong hitting like a little girl:
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Ok maybe stupid is a little harsh but at the rate he tries to give Land Transportation Office Assistant Secretary Anna Lontoc a dressing down for not attending to him at the LTO like a spoiled brat errr congressman it may just be an accurate description. It appears that having 2 sets of car license plates is a priority for this congressman that he has to do it personally. Hmmmn why is he that stingy that he has no aide to do that for him when budget is allocated to hire congressional staffs? Using congressional hearings to get back on the person based on wounded pride is childish and for an elected official to do so in that manner is really……….. dumb and of course stupid.

Of course Joseph “Erap” Estrada during his short stint also issued executive pardon to convicted criminal kidnapper future politician and Caloocan Representative Luis “Baby” Asistio. This makes you wonder if Gloria Arroyo’s incentive to give Erap instant pardon was so when her time comes it will be reciprocated by her successor. Ok, let’s drop Gloria Arroyo as that remains to be seen if ever she will even be charged in court. As the saying goes the fruit does not fall far from the tree, it appears that Luis Asistio Jr., alias “Peting,” the son of the convicted criminal Luis "Baby" Asisito together with Arwin Murillo, Michael Paul Battad and Asistio’s live-in partner Ma. Rosario Ortega is facing charges of carnapping, grave coercion, serious illegal detention and robbery with physical injuries before the office of assistant city prosecutor Darwin Cañete. Here is an excerpt of the article:
“No bail was recommended for the rest of the suspects,” Santos told The STAR. Santos said that on Monday afternoon, Murillo went to the house of Joey Sia Mancilla, 39, on University Hills Subdivision in Caloocan, supposedly to buy puppies as Mancilla is engaged in the business of breeding and selling imported dogs.

At around 8 p.m., Mancilla and Murillo, aboard the trader’s black Mazda Tribute (ZAB 718) Sport Utility Vehicle, went to Q-11 Motel in Bagong Barrio. A few minutes after the duo checked in, Asistio, with Battad, reportedly barged inside their room and assaulted Mancilla.

The suspects divested Mancilla of his diamond ring worth P56,000, three cell phones valued at around P25,000, a P54,000 digital camera, and P4,000 cash, Santos said. Before escaping, Asistio and Battad reportedly forced Mancilla to sign a P50,000 pay-to-cash check for a China Bank branch in Valenzuela City.

The victim was warned not to report the incident to the police.
Now how exactly are we going to have hope and will the presidential aspirant lead us toward change for the better or worse? How exactly will they govern for the common good when the corrupt plunderers, arsonist, killers, kidnappers, gambling lords and all sorts of criminal characters successfully land themselves in elective position?

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