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Nicanor Perlas and Our Battle for New Politics and Inner Change

December 30, 2009 25 comments

Immediately upon the disqualification of Nicanor Perlas, this blog had removed him from the poll and perhaps some smiled and said, “I told you so…”  But is it something to be happy about or is it something that we have to take a deeper meaning into account?

Conrado De Quiros, a known opinion maker and columnist of the inquirer gives us a glimpse of the reality about Nicanor Perlas in his article, “Nuisance

Perlas’ credentials are unassailable. He is easily the most brilliant mind to have joined the presidential race. I know what you’re thinking: “If he’s brilliant, why did he join the race?” Precisely because he is—in ways that defy conventional wisdom. Whether he personally wins or not, he gives this country a chance to win. Not least by listening to his views on the environment, a thing that holds life-and-death consequences for us today.

What most of us fail to see is that although Perlas is not as eloquent as others in terms of public speaking he had already done so much for our country and even contributed to the change in the world politics.  He was the one which convinced then President Ramos and then APEC to adapt sustainable development principles in 1992 which stopped the APEC rich nations into overrunning the economies of poor countries including the Philippines, not to mention of course his contribution in stopping the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, banning of 32 pesticide formulation, fighting against corruption in government, microfinance, bio-dynamic agriculture and more.

In an online petition, “Let Nick Run” which was spearheaded by International supporters of Nicanor Perlas you can’t deny how he was respected by people from around the world.

Rebekah Rice, New York says,

“I have deep respect for Nicanor Perlas as a serious candidate for president of the Philippines. His international contacts in the United States are superb– here we recognize him as a past and future world leader.”

David Suzuki Professor emeritus of the Sustainable Development Research Institute University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., Canada states,

Nicanor Perlas is a serious candidate for political office, not a nuisance. Humanity has undergone an enormous change in numbers, technological prowess, consumer demand and a global economy. We have become so powerful that we are undermining the very life support systems of the planet. But we cling to our political and economic priorities, that we are blinded to the reality that it is nature that sets limits that we have to respect or else our survival is put at risk. The Philippines illustrates the problems afflicting all of humanity – unsustainable population growth, pollution, deforestation, ocean depletion and pollution, and so on. The challenge we face is to shift our perspective from one in which we and our political and economic institutions set the priorities to one in which we recognize that our health, well being and survival are utterly dependent on the state of nature and the natural world must be respected as setting the limits and parameters for human activity. As we saw at Copenhagen, the meetings failed because we cling to our political borders and raise economic issues and fail to acknowledge the supremacy of nature’s limits. I believe it’s people like Nicanor Perlas, who is internationally recognized for his work, who are providing the perspective we need to find truly sustainable solutions. You are fortunate in the Philippines to have a candidate like Perlas to raise these issues. I wish we had such prominent people in my country and I urge you to approve of his candidacy so that serious issues can be faced in public discourse.

Anatoli Cepeda, Sweden shares his views and says,

It is clear why I want Nicanor to be the next president of the Philippines; the reason is that he has always done what has been the best for the people, even when he had to put his own life at stake. He is giving hope to millions and made, and is still making a contribution to the worlds nature, spirit and morality. He is not keeping a secret what he stands for and he always tries to live up to his word. I had the pleasure to meet him once during a weeks workshop together with him, but he made a strong impact on me beyond of what I had read about and of him. To have Nicanor Perlas as the president of the Philippines will not only be a great victory for the people of the Philippines, but for the whole world. He has made the impossible possible before, its time again.

The petition was at present signed by 1,865 individuals representing more than 50 countries.  It is remarkably the first ever petition and protest of the disqualification of a presidential candidate that involved people from around the world.

Will we, his own kababayan and fellow Filipinos not realize the chance Nicanor Perlas offers us?  Will we just let it past and again vote for candidates who offers us much of the same?

This is not more about Nicanor Perlas but about our resolve to finally rise from the ashes and be reborn as a Phoenix in a process of inner change and new politics.

Are we ready for our full potential as a nation and as a people? I hope we are for the time is now and tomorrow might be too late.

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manila standard today poll – aquino maintains dominant front runner lead

December 29, 2009 7 comments

this manila standard today survey is the 4th nationwide survey conducted in early december that has consistently put noynoy aquino as the dominant front runner in the 2010 presidential elections. the other hree  are the SWS poll commissioned by Business World (click here: SWS Business World Presidentiable Poll – aquino has dominant lead at 46.2%), the december 2009 Pulse Asia poll (click here:  pulse asia december 2009 senatoriables poll – to win, the challenge is differentiation)  and the December 2009 SWS best leader poll (click here: SWS November Presidentiables Poll – aquino holds dominant lead, villar moves up to be a real threat, teodoro stays at no consequence).

all 4 nationwide surveys have basically the same results:

  • noynoy aquino is the dominant dront runner with at least 45% rating.
  • 2nd is manny villar at best 27% and a far second to aquino.
  • 3rd is erap estrada, at best 18%.
  • gilbert teodoro is among the laggards, at best geting 5%.
  • villanueva consistently gets 1%-2%.
  • gordon whose name was included only in the december polls get 1% to 2%.
  • all others get negligible ratings.

with 4  nationwide surveys having basically the same results says they are pretty solid and is a strong view of voter sentiments.   

SENATOR Benigno Aquino III has maintained a double-digit lead over Senator Manuel Villar Jr. in the race for the presidency, the latest poll commissioned by Standard Today shows.

The nationwide face-to-face survey of 2,500 respondents conducted from Dec. 6 to 12 showed Aquino with 46 percent of the vote, followed by Villar with 27 percent and ousted President Joseph Estrada with 17 percent. Administration candidate Gilberto Teodoro garnered 5 percent.

The survey has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.

All candidates improved from the previous Standard Today poll in November, picking up votes that had gone to Senator Francis Escudero, who has dropped out of the race, and from the ranks of the undecided, which fell to only 2 percent from 4 percent last month.

In the December poll, Aquino picked up 5 percent, Villar 3 percent, Estrada 5 percent, and Teodoro 2 percent. Evangelist Eduardo Villanueva, who was unlisted in November, managed 2 percent in December. Senators Richard Gordon and Jamby Madrigal each got less than 1 percent.

http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/insideNews.htm?f=2009/december/28/news1.isx&d=/2009/december/28

SWS Business World Presidentiable Poll – aquino has dominant lead at 46.2%

December 29, 2009 5 comments

22 December 2009

BusinessWorld-SWS December 5-10, 2009 Pre-Election Survey: Aquino (46%), Villar (27%) and Estrada (16%) lead Presidential race; Roxas (43%) and Legarda (32%) lead VP race; Santiago, Revilla, and Jinggoy Estrada lead Senatorial race

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The new national scores in the Presidential race show Senator Noynoy Aquino, Senator Manny Villar, and former President Joseph Estrada ahead, according to the BusinessWorld-SWS Pre-Election Survey of December 5-10, 2009.

Aquino, Villar, and Estrada lead the Presidential race

The question asked for the Presidential preferences was, “Sa mga sumusunod na pangalan sa listahang ito, sino po ang malamang ninyong iboboto bilang PRESIDENTE ng Pilipinas, kung ang eleksyon ay gaganapin ngayon?” [Among the names found in this list, who will you probably vote for as PRESIDENT of the Philippines, if elections were held today?]. The respondents were furnished with a BusinessWorld-approved list of 11 candidates to choose from, and gave their answers orally.

All lists were in alphabetical order, and included nicknames, as practiced by the Commission on Elections on election day.

From the list of 11 Presidential candidates, 46% chose Benigno Aquino III, 27% Manuel Villar, Jr., 16% Joseph Estrada, 5% Gilberto Teodoro, Jr., 1% Eduardo Villanueva, and 1% Richard Gordon [Chart 1].

Jamby Madrigal (0.2%), Oliver Lozano (0.1%), Mario Crespo (0.1%), John Carlos delos Reyes (0.1%), and Jesus Nicanor Perlas (0.03%) each obtained fractional numbers. Four percent could not give an answer.

http://www.sws.org.ph/

eddie villanueva’s “eddie ako” tv ad going for wonder girls’ “nobody”?

December 28, 2009 22 comments

eddie villanueva’s tv ad using the  music video approach has made us wonder – did eddie villanueva attempt to go to the wonder girls’ “nobody” dance step phenom that has swept the country?

“nobody” is the undisputed national dance step of the year where is is danced by everyone, children and adults in all sorts of gatherings and parties. you can’t be in if you do not know the dance steps.

we wonder if villanueva was able to achieve what the wonder girls were able to do to our dance crazy country? 

there are other things that bothered us about villanueva’s tv ad:

we understand the intent of this sequence - to show that people from all walks of life are helping the villanueva campaign to move ahead. but this sequence also shows, unintended perhaps, that the villanueva campaign has stalled, that it has failed to move forward. you want to show only the good side in any ad.

this one made us cringe - the roof of the mini-bus was full of people, most were seated, some were standing while the bus was moving. i was half-expecting to see people falling off the roof and getting crushed by the bus. again, we understand the intent - to show that there is an over-flow of people joining the villanueva campaign, but they did not have to dramatize that by showing something very unsafe as this one where people are on the roof of a moving bus.

The 2010 Presidentiables Blog about to reach 200,000 hits, a new milestone

December 28, 2009 2 comments

As of this writing, The 2010 Presidentiables Blog is set to reach 200,000 hits within the next 10 days or so. This is once again a new milestone for the blog. We like to thank all the readers who come to this blog, those who add the link to this blog in their own blogs and various bulletin boards for helping this blog grow to where it is now.

We also like to acknowledge and thank those who come to this blog to post their comments and views on topics discussed in this blog. This blog has 443 posts or topics and it’s readers have posted 3,088 comments, an amazing display of reader participation and interaction among readers. We think this kind of participation and interaction is one of the key reasons that make this blog special and relevant to readers.

We thank all of you for your patronage of this blog.

richard gordon’s “the transformers” tv ad – a boring calling card

December 28, 2009 11 comments

richard gordon is a creative man. who can forget his wow philippines campaign when he was with tourism? he also had “aim high olongapo” when he was rebuilding the city while he was mayor. it did not surprise us that he has “the transformers” as the line for his and fernando’s presidential and vice-presidential run.

but this ad does not deliver and in fact disappoints in creativity. it did not have the spark of the slogans we have come to know gordon is popular for. it has “the transformers” as a tagline in the end but it ends there.

we do not think the idea of “the transformers” was played up in any meaningful way in this ad. what this ad is a straight short resume of gordon, highlighting the key achievements in his career as a national leader. it is a short introduction of who richard gordon is.

it is not a failed ad, it is just too straight forward and close to being boring. it is certainly not creative. it’s a ho-hum ad, something you will be satisfied to see once and will not look forward to seeing it again. you would most probably leave the tv set to go get a snack or take a leak when you see this ad come up again on the tv.

we think this ad had a simple objective – introduce richard gordon to the voters. it is like sending out calling cards to the voters. it has achieved that in some measure but what a pity they did not make this ad more hard working.

the ad fails in one aspect – it did not make something out of the idea of  “the transformers”. the line was there but it was not the core message nor was it dramatized in any meaningful way in the ad. the line has a lot of potential for creative work but they did not take it.

to successfully make use of the line,  a lot of strategic and creative thinking need to be done. it is an idea that many of the young are familiar with, the transformers movie being one of the most successful in the last couple of years. the line being so much connected to the movie, the strategic and creative work need to find a way to pull it down to election talk and the presidency in ways easily understood and persuasive to a mass market and those who has not seen the movie. in fact even to those who have seen the movie, it needs some re-tooling for them to appreciate the concept for a presidential bid.

perhaps gordon will make use of it in the next ad, with the richard gordon calling card already distributed to voters. caution – it is a line pregnant with risks.  

happy new year – 2010!

December 27, 2009 2 comments
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