On A Serious Note: For The Philippines  By Marcial Bonifacio

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  • MarcialBonifacio

    Onaseriousnote:ForthePhilippinesbyDinLavisteonThursday,December10,2009at5:50am

    2010:RichardGordonforPresidentBayaniFernandoforVicePresidentMarcialBonifacioMgaKaibiganatKababayanKo,oneofseveralfactorsislikelytodeterminethenextRPPresidentin2010:youth,wealth,educationalcredentials,tiestorelativeswhopopularlyheldpublicoffice,animageofbeingthechampionofthepoorinfilms,charm,eloquentspeakingskills,etc.Inspiteofsomeoftheseimportantattributes,perhapsmoreimportant,butlessemphasizedareexperienceandaccomplishmentsinaword,atrackrecord.(http://www.senate.gov.ph/senators/sen_bio/gordon_resume.asp)Inlocal&nationalgovernance,business,andciviclife,Gordonhashad20yearsexecutiveexperience,whichinitself,qualifieshimtoassumethehighestexecutiveofficeinRP.AsTourismSecretaryin2003atatimeofdecliningtouristvisits,GordonsuccessfullypromotedRPtotheworld,drawingin2milliontouristsannuallyfromjustunder1millionin2001despiteterroristthreats,civilwarinMindanao,coupattempts,andSARS,whichdemonstrateshiseffectiveleadershipskillsagainstoverwhelmingodds.Asaproponentofstrongfamilytiesandamanofpracticalaction,GordonhasrecentlyenactedtheTourismBill,whichwouldempowertheTourismDepartmentwiththeessentialresourcesinordertocreatemorejobsinthehomeland,therebyreducingOFWemploymentthiswouldbemostbeneficialtoOFWvictimsofthefinancialcrisisandwouldstrengthenthefamilyunitbykeepingmemberswithineachothersgeographicalreach.AlsoasChairmanoftheSubicBayMetropolitanAuthorityin1992,Gordonsestablishmentofaninternationalfreeportattractedforeigninvestorsthisresultedintheflowofbillionsofdollarsandthecreationofnearly100,000jobsareflectionofhispracticalmodelandoverallvisionforeconomicgrowththroughouttheentirePhilippines.Inaneconomylargelyproppedupbythetourismindustryandforeigninvestments,suchasincallcenters(thefastestgrowingsectorandgeneratorof$6billioninrevenuesin2008),Gordonsexperienceandexpertisehasproventobeindispensable.AsChairmanoftheSenateCommitteeonAccountabilityofPublicOfficersandInvestigations(BlueRibbon),Gordonhasexercisedhispowertoopposecorruption,asinthefertilizerfund

  • scam.(HewrappeduptheprobeandrecommendedthefilingofcriminalchargesagainstformerAgricultureUndersecretaryJocelynBolanteformisappropriationofgovernmentfunds.)Aman,suchasGordon,whowillimpartiallyupholdjusticeandfollowtheruleoflawasPresidentismostbeneficialandessentialforacountrywhichwasrankedasthemostcorruptinEastAsiain2008accordingtoaWorldBankstudy.AsChairmanofthePhilippineNationalRedCrossandavolunteerfor40years,hehasshownhisdedicationtoaidingvictimsofflooddisastersandothernaturalcatastrophes,aspecterwhichconstantlythreatensacountrypronetotyphoons.Lastly,GordonenactedbillsfixingregularelectionsintheARMM(AutonomousRegionofMuslimMindanao)andautomatingthe2010electionsinordertocurbvoterfraud,dahilasGordonstated,Democracymustbetruthful.Furthermore,whileothercandidatesmayhaveexpressedtheirnoblegoalsorvision,whichremaininpotentialform,Gordonhasalreadyconvertedhisintoreality.MgaKaibiganKo,IchallengeanyofyoutopresentacandidatemorequalifiedorsuitablethanGordon,whocanservetheinterestsofourkababayans.(Iwelcomeallofyourcommentsandquestionsatgdaeinc@aol.com.)Ifanyofyoucanstateaplausiblecaseforsuchacandidate,thenIwouldsurelyvoteforhim.MgaKaibiganKo,electingourleadersisnotlikechoosingthewinnerofWowoweeoracockfight,spectaclesofmereentertainmentfortrivial,shorttermgain.Itisapreciousrightforwhichourfoundingforefathersdied,andonewhichhasfarreachingimplicationsandlonglastingeffectsonourlives,aswellasfuturegenerationstocomeallthemorereasontohonorourpatrioticmartyrsnotjustbyvoting,statesGordon,butbyvotingwisely,sothatwewillbeawisenation.Inanincreasinglychallenging,competitive,globalizedworld,whatisessentialisnotacandidatewhoaspirestobeagreat,transformationalleader,butacandidatewhichhasalreadybeentestedandproventobeagreat,transformationalleader.AsidefromGordonsoutstandingtrackrecord,heamusinglysaidthatwhenyouvotetheGordon/Fernandoticket,youbuyone,youtakefourmayors.Youbuyone,youtaketwomorecabinetmembers.(Gordon&hiswife,KateGordon,wereOlongapoCitymayors&Fernando&hiswife,MaridesFernando,wereMarikinamayors.WhileGordonwasTourismSecretary,BayaniiscurrentlySecretaryoftheMetropolitanManilaDevelopmentAuthority.)MgaKaibiganatKababayanKo,pleasespreadthewordtovoteforRichardGordonforPresidentin2010,dahilavoteforGordon/Fernandoisavoteforprovensuccessandprogress.MabuhayangPilipinas!(lastmodifiedonDecember6,2009)

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  • LeonardoRuelanDosdos

    Hi.Iwouldliketomakeacommentaboutthispost.EverytimeIseeDickGordononTVandhearhimspeakandknowingabouthistrackrecordasapublicservant,Ialwaysgetthefeelingthathemightbethepresidentthatweneed.ButasIamcurrentlyworkinginClarkPampangaandIhappentohaveafewcoworkersthatcamefromOlongapo,IamquietsurprisedbytheirfeelingstowardsDickGordon.Tostartwith,DickGordondoesn'tseemtohavethatmuchapprovalamongthepeoplefrom'gapo'orOlongapo.Althoughhisachievementsareconsiderablebut,accordingtothem,DickGordonisstillnotexemptfrombeinginvolvedinthegraft&corruptionissuesandcontroversiesingapo.Sabingangkasamakoditongtagagapo,"MagalingsiGordon,perosyempreiaangatdinniyaangsariliniya."Totheoutsideworld,oratleastoutsidegapo,Gordon'saccomplishmentsarewellknown,buttothepeoplewithingapotheyknowmore.Forme,well,I'mnotfromOlongaposoIreallydon'thavethatmuchtosayaboutDickGordon.Maybethoseareallliesabouthimormaybenot.Butasaregisteredvoter,theno.1ruleIadheretoinselectingmycandidateisthatifthiscandidateisinanyway,eveninrumors,linkedtoagraft&corruptioncontroversyortoanydishonestyinhisseatinpublicofficethenhewillnothavemyvote.

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    MarcialBonifacio

    Leonardo,KaibiganKo,Iappreciateyourthoughts,perothusfar,IhaveyettofindanyprovenallegationsofGordonwhilehewasmayor.Inotherwords,theallegedcorruptionissuesbroughttoyourattentionbyyourcoworkersarepreciselythat"alleged."BesidestherearemanyresidentsofOlongapowhowouldattesttoGordon'sstaunchpositionagainstcorruptionjustashistataywhenhewasmayor.Itisperfectlynaturalforfavorableoprominentpoliticianstohavepolitcalopponents,especiallytheoneswhosespecialinterestswerenotservedbytheiropponents.Infact,itisusuallythelaststrategicresortwhentheyeithercannotbewonoverorcannotbedefeatedwithfacts.Opponents,thenturntocharacterassassinationordiscreditation.

  • However,Igenerallywouldshareyoursentiments,iftherewereconcreteevidenceonsuchallegations,peroforthesakeofdiscussion,Iwillindulgeyou.Let'sassumetheworstcasescenariothatGordonwas,indeed,corruptasmayor.Thequestionishowcorrupt?Next,whatdidhedoinordertoserveourkababayans?Inmathematicalterms,envisionaratio:x:yLetx=themarginofcorruption(thenegativeaspect)Lety=thequantityofexperienceandaccomplishments(thepositiveaspect)Itshouldbefavorabletoallkababayanstokeepxtoaminimumandytoamaximum.Ngayon,let'sapplythistoredwine.x:yLetx=alcohol(thenegativeaspect)Lety=thehealthbenefits(thepostiveaspect)Reasearchandgooddoctorswilltellyouthatdrinkingwinemoderatelycanreducetherisksoflungandupperdigestivetractcancer,strokes,diabetes,kidneystones,andarteriosclerosis.Testsandstudieswithnondrinkers,moderate,andheavydrinkershaveconfirmedthatmoderateconsumptionisthekey.Inotherwords,thebestwaytomaximizeyandminimizexistodrinkredwinemoderately.Ngayon,let'sapplythesamelogictoGordon,whohasalreadyprovenhissuccessfulleadershipincreatingthousandsofjobs,revitalizingthetourismindustry,aidingvictimsofnaturaldisastersfor20years,authorizingabill(whichwillmodernize&fullyautomatethe2010elections),etc.Weknowfromhisexperienceandaccomplishmentsthatywouldbemaximizedunderhisleadershipandxwouldbeminute,ifitamountstoanythinggreaterthanzero.So,KaibiganKo,justasitseemslogicalandsensibletodrinkredwinemoderately(ratherthannotatall)inordertoderiveitshealthbenefits,sotoodoesitonlyseemlogicaltosupportGordon,whoseprovenleadershipwillstimulatethehealthofRPbycreatingjobs,promotingthecountryasthetopplacefortourismandforeigninvestments,expandingeducationalprogramsfornewlycreatedjobs,andfulfillinghisvisionofraisingRPtoFirstWorldstatus.Inconclusion,insteadofsettlingforaperfectlyneutralsubstanceaswater,whynotdrinkredwine?Soitisifyouwantthebestpresidentialpick,thenchooseDick.

  • December18,2009at3:35amLike

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    LeonardoRuelanDosdos

    Marcial,myfriend,itisjustrightthatyouseekproofforsuchallegationsbeforemakingyourconclusionasanysensibleindividualwould.Butletmeraisejustafewpoints:1.Doyoureallyexpectourjudicialsystemtohavethecapabilitytoexposesuchgovernmentofficialswiththeirwrongdoings?ConsiderErap.ConsidertheMarcoses.ConsidertheArroyos.Doyoustillbelievethatourjusticesystemisasolidfoundationforyoutolookuponfordirection?Orunlessyouplantoconducttheinvestigationyourself?Anyway,let'ssaywehavethesevariables:Letx=yourconfidencerateonthePhilippineJudicialSystemLety=yourconfidencerateonrumorsandallegationsGiventhatthePhilippineJudicialSystemhasprovenitselfforyearsandyears,frompresidenttopresident,thatitisnottrustworthy,notfair,canbebought,canbedelayed,andfavorsthewealthyfew,thenitwouldbefairtomakex=50%.Giventhatrumorsandallegationshavenosolidbasisandmaygoeitherwayofbeingafactorafallacy.Yetitmightalsobeagoodsourceinformation(disregardingwhetheritistrueornot)thattheserumorsandallegationshavecomefrompeople(notpoliticiansnorpoliticalopponents)whoaremerecitizensofthesubjecttownordistrict.Thefactcannotbedisregardedthatthesepeoplearetheimmediatebeneficiariesofthecandidate'sperformanceinofficeandadherencetothelaw.Andthatthesepeoplemight(justmight)reallyknowsomething.Iguessitwouldalsobefairtomakey=50%.Soourequationwouldnowlooklikethis:x=yDoesthisequationsurpriseyou?Itwouldn'tsurpriseanyonewhoreadsourhistory.2.Youlikenedthedilemmaofselectingacandidatetoevaluatingwhethertodrinkredwineornot.Ishouldsayyouhavemadeagoodexample.Howeverthe

  • solutionforthisequationcanbeexpoundedtoachieveabetterresultorforthiscasehaveahigherhealthbenefitrate.Accordingtoyourexamplethesearethevariablesthatco