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Nicanor Perlas and Our Battle for New Politics and Inner Change

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.

  1. December 31, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    what were the official reasons given to disqualify nick perlas?

    i don’t actually understand how the comelec can conclude that nick perlas is a nuisance candidate and not make the same conclusion on jc de los reyes and jamby madrigal. or even richard gordon.

    does de los reyes and madrigal have the organization and money to run a national campaign? how is that different or how are they better than nick perlas? are their organizations bigger and more funded than those of perlas? same questions apply to the gordon campaign.

    or is the problem in the way nick perlas filled up his COC? i don’t know the specifics but i have a nasty feeling perlas was disqualified because someone submitted an inferior COC document. like the person who filled up the COC forgot to include some data or some attachment thus they saw the perlas campaign as inferior than those of madrigal, de los reyes and gordon.

  2. December 31, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    from what i have read in the news, perlas was disqualified on the basis of not having the on the ground NATIONWIDE organization and the funds to run a national campaign. those are the issues and not issues on character, qualifications, intelligence nor skills.

    the above quotes, even what de quiros said are about the character and intellectual skills of perlas. those will not help perlas, specially the ones from the foreigners. what will help perlas is for him to show he has the on the ground organization and source of funding for his campaign.

    in other words, the COMELEC is saying that even if you are a genius, if you don’t have the organization and the money, you can’t run for president.

    • December 31, 2009 at 5:49 pm

      The CoC is a simple document in fact a one page document that you have to submit and then the COMELEC and the legal department has to determine whether the candidate is nuisance or not. So basically wala naman talagang mga attachments ang CoC.

      Ang main reason nga raw ay walang capacity to launch a nationwide campaign at wala raw funds… pero that is to the contrary sapagkat me mga tao na sa ground ang campaign na ito way back May pa when he finally decided to run dahil nga he was looking for someone to support muna… but no one dares campaign on the basis of new politics, inner change, systemic change and others.

      A 45 page appeal with around 145 pages of attachment was already submitted to the COMELEC proving that Perlas can stage a nationwide campaign.

      Saka hindi lang naman ito isyu ng pera sapagkat kung may pera lang o mayayaman ang pwede kumandiddato paano na ang ating bansa.

      We have to see why Perlas is needed as President… because he can move this country forward.

      • January 1, 2010 at 4:13 pm

        the reason behind weeding out nuisance candidates is one of practicality – you cannot have 100+ names on the ballot for president, another 100+ for vice presidents and 1000+ names for senators. if the comelec allows all those, we will have a 40 page ballot.

        it’s a reality all candidates have to face – organization and funding are required to win an election in a country with 7,000+ islands. aside from ideas, idealism and platforms, candidates need to think of those things before running for president since those are what the comelec look for (the former are what voters look for).

        i hope perlas is not admitting he does not have money, that is a deal killer.

        as i have said in my previous comment, the point i am raising is this – how does de los reyes, madrigal and even gordon have a better organization and more funding than perlas? what makes their campaigns worthy of a comelec nod and not perlas?

        • O_O
          January 1, 2010 at 4:35 pm

          I believe Gordon does have the means and organizational capability, especially that he is affiliated to Bagumbayan. The fact that they rolled out ads do speak of this, broadsheet and TV. I have yet to see perlas, de los reyes and even madrigal ads anywhere.

        • January 1, 2010 at 7:20 pm

          Perlas is not as rich as persons like Villar, Aquino even Gordon and the others. He will not spend more than what he committed to spend that is 2Million Pesos… because he believes in participation of the electorate in the campaign. That is why there are fund raising and donation drives… dapat lahat kaisa sa botohan at pagbabago ng bansa.

          Ang “nuisance” ay para doon sa mga walang malinaw na intensyon, ginagawang katatawanan ang eleksyon at higit sa lahat ay hindi seryoso (gaya ng sabi mo walang organization at seed fund) para sa kampanya.

  3. January 1, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Ads is indeed a manifestation of campaign capability pero kung titingnan natin ang paglalabas ng ads bago ang campaign period kung tutuusin ay unfair sa ibang kandidato na hindi naman kasing yaman nila at wala rin sa “spirit of the law” ng eleksyon.

    Dito hindi naman paramihan at pagandahan ng ads kundi ano nga ba ang tunay na dadalhin nila sa ating bayan. Mahirap kung ang gusto nila ay maglagay ng 36 Hongkong Style megacities sa Pilipipinas dahil malaking sira yan sa ating kalikasan 🙂

    Lahat naman yan may capability eh… si Madrigal meron may pera yan pero kung seryoso nga ba hindi ko alam. Si JC may partido. Si Perlas ay may partido rin, Partido ng Marangal na Samabayanan (PANGMASA) na pending sa COMELEC at may organization at supporters.

  4. rowel
    January 2, 2010 at 11:24 am

    perlas was a loser from the very start. his candidacy is ending the same way.

    i have heard this man talk, he fumbles with his thoughts and words. not at all impressive and definitely not presidential. glad he is out of the race, one less nuisance.

  5. January 2, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    It is sad to hear such a comment like that from a fellow Filipino. If it is true that his talks are not impressive and it does not impress you I wonder why these people from all over the world who signed the petition supporting Nick says otherwise, http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/let-nick-run

    He was recognized internationally and they were inspired by him. Those that help in our campaign by supporting Perlas was also inspired by him. We are inspired not only by who he is but by what he wants us to achieve as a people.

    If a person like Nick Perlas is a nuisance in our eyes then I wonder what kind of country the Philippines is turning into?

    • rowel
      January 2, 2010 at 2:35 pm

      if perlas seem to appeal to a lot of foreigners, then maybe he should run for office in a foreign country where he is admired and not in the philippines. for sure, he is not being admired in the philippines.

      the philippines is turning into a coutnry where it knows what it wants and needs for our own sake, not a country where it elects a predientiable because foreigners admire the presidentiable.

      like i said – perlas started his campaign as a loser, he is ending it also as a loser.

  6. rowel
    January 2, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    if all that perlas has to offer filipinos, all that he is good at is he is admired by foreigners, that makes him a nuisance for filipinos in this election. he may be fit to become president for foreigners but not for filipinos. nuisance talaga.

  7. January 2, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    I respect your views but I suppose by what you say that you do not know who exactly is Nicanor Perlas. I suggest you read more about him. He was awarded Ten Outstanding Filipino and just recently the Manuel L. Quezon Award for Governance. He lead the fight against BNPP and against corruption in the Department of Agriculture which resulted in banning 32 harmful and toxic pesticide formulation that affects our food and our farmers.

    He also co-founded LifeBank Foundation which helped more than 200,000 farmers by providing micro-finance supports. He was also the author of the best sustainable development blue print which is the Philippine Agenda 21. It was adopted by then President Ramos which eventually resulted in a greener Philippines but since the presidents after him did not use it we ended up having so many minings and then Ondoy, Pepeng and other disasters.

    Sana hindi tayo magpatuloy sa ganito na mas nakikita pa ng iba ang galing at kakayahan ng ating mga kapwa Filipino. Hindi lang naman si Perlas eh pati na rin ang ating mga imbentor na dito hindi pinapansin pero sa ibang bansa pa nakakakuha ng suporta.

    Si Efren Penaflorida kung hindi pa nanominate sa CNN Hero of the Year at nanalo wala namang papansin sa kanya eh. Buksan natin ang ating mga mata at huwag maging mapang husga. Bago tayo magsalita kilalanin muna natin ang isang tao.

    Salamat kaibigan.

    • rowel
      January 3, 2010 at 3:11 pm

      the truth is all those awards and citations for perlas do not mean squat to the comelec. the laws have defined a candidate who does not have resources to win an election as a nuisance candidate. as pointed out by Wawam. perlas submitted a COC that did not prove that he had resources, so he was declared a nuisance candidate.

      and by the looks of it, your efforts as portraying perlas to being endorsed and admired by foreigners in this blog will not help perlas. he was disqulified not because of lack of endorsements from foreigners, he was disqualified for lack of resources.

      • January 4, 2010 at 5:10 pm

        The law does not state that a candidate must have the “personal resources” in a nationwide campaign as in lots of money. Resources can be contributed by supporters and those who believe in a candidates campaign.

  8. January 2, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Finally de quiros comes to his senses when he writes about Nick Perlas. When he earlier endorsed Ninoy Aquino I stopped reading his column thinking he has reached his prime and now just wants to settle on pragmatism. It is also worthy to note that Nick is more popular abroad than in his own country. However, i believe as soon as the Comelec, which i am pretty sure, reinstates him among the presidential candidates, his popularity will soar.

  9. Juan
    January 2, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    it’s really sad to read the comments of rowel and that of having to come out with ads as measurements of being presidentiable.

    2010 is a very important year for Filipinos. we are facing the possible doom of the Philippines that will plunge us deeper into an abyss if we do not elect a president who can re-construct the Philippines out of its entanglement from corruption, patronage, power, massacres, etc…

    I admire you, Shenbrood for choosing to defend the true candidate who understands that a mature and true Filipino at heart will not elect a president only because he has popularity and power.

    I admire people like Perlas who despite having to face people like Rowel who seems to not understand that the Philippines is not an isolated country and that we live in the world, Perlas will still engage his time in trying to redeem the Philippines.

  10. January 2, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    didn;t the perlas campaign know that the definition of a “nuisance candidate” is one who does not have an orgnaization and funds to run a national campaign?

    running tv ads is very important to a national election campaign. it allows you to reach voters on a national scale without having to physically visit the localitles.

  11. January 2, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Tama din yun. Kailangan talaga ng pera kasi paano ka bibili ng boto kung wala kang pera? Kailangan mong gumastos sa TV ads kasi ganyan kababaw ang Pilipino—bumuboto sila dun sa kung sino ang mas madalas nilang makita sa TV, lalo na kung may endorsement ng mga sikat na mga artista kagaya nina Kris Aquino, Sharon Cuneta, at Willie Revillame.

    At huwag kakalimutan, kung gaano kalaki ang perang inilalabas ng bawat kandidato sa eleksyon, ganun din kalaki–at higit pa–ang pagbawi niya ng kanyang ginastos mula sa kaban ng taumbayan.

    The rules that say anyone who doesn’t have money cannot run, promotes a cycle of corruption.

    Ang dapat na ginagawa ng COMELEC ay gumawa ng mga rules na makakapag-level ng playing field. Ibig sabihin, ma-mayaman, ma-mahirap ay puwedeng tumakbo, kung kaya’t ang COMELEC ang maniniguro na bawat tinig ng tumatakbo ay maririnig. Halimbawa, siya mismo ang gagawa ng TV at radio programs para makilala ang bawat kandidato. Responsibilidad ng gobyerno ito sa taumbayang kanyang pinagsisilbihan.

  12. Arnie
    January 2, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Tanong lang po sa mga supporters ni Nick: Just in case na hindi talaga umubra sa pamantayan ng Comelec ang appeal na ginagawa sa candidacy ni Nick inspite of an attempt, sino sa mga natitirang presidentiables ang inyong pipilin (kung sakali lang po na maging negative ang result, sino ang alternative ninyo)?

    Sino rin sa palagay ninyo sa mga natitira ang may halos di nagkalayo sa qualities, orientation, or qualifications na nakita ninyo kay Nick Perlas? (Nagtatanong lang po).

    • January 4, 2010 at 5:14 pm

      I will not vote… pasensya na. If ever that happens I will not vote for President.

  13. rowel
    January 3, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    GeejayAr :Tama din yun. Kailangan talaga ng pera kasi paano ka bibili ng boto kung wala kang pera? Kailangan mong gumastos sa TV ads kasi ganyan kababaw ang Pilipino—bumuboto sila dun sa kung sino ang mas madalas nilang makita sa TV, lalo na kung may endorsement ng mga sikat na mga artista kagaya nina Kris Aquino, Sharon Cuneta, at Willie Revillame.

    you are now down to insulting filipinos, saying they are “mababaw” for believing in ads. you are a bigot against your own race. perlas will be ashamed of what you are saying in this blog.

    not having ads is the weakness of the perlas campaign, don’t insult fili[pinos just because perlas does not have the funds to put up ads. ads are for the benefit of candidates. it is the loss of the candidates if they do not have ads.

    are american voters and other western voters also “mababaw”? political ads are also used in those countries. in fact, ads aired for obama was largely credited for getting him elected.

    if perlas’ supporters are like you, MATAPOBRE and a bigot, i am glad perlas has been disqualified from the presidential race.

  14. rowel
    January 3, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    the title of this post is incorrect and grossly misleading. it should not be “Nicanor Perlas and Our Battle for New Politics and Inner Change”, it should be “Nicanor Perlas and Our Battle To Prove He Has Resources To Win A National Election”.

    the COMELEC did not disqualify perlas for his political beliefs or stand of “new politics” and “inner change”, he was disqualified because he had no organization and no funds to win a national election.

    and if i may add for the COMELEC to consider – also for supporters who are bigots and who like to insult filipinos.

  15. January 4, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Please check the definition of a nuisance candidate in the law before saying that the basis of nuisance candidate includes no organization and no funds… here is the definition…

    “Nuisance candidates. – The Commission may, motu proprio or upon a verified petition of an interested party, refuses to give due course to or cancel a certificate of candidacy if it shown that said certificate has been filed to put the election process in mockery or disrespute or to cause confusion among the voters by the similarity of the names of the registered candidates or by other circumstances or acts which clearly demonstrate that the candidate has no bona fide intention to run for the office for which the certificate of candidacy has been filed and thus prevent a faithful determination of the true will of the electorate.”

    Yan ang definition ng “nuisance candidate” according to the law.

    “Mababaw” is not an insult for it is the truth. The truth hurts but it is the truth. Bakit ganun? kasi nasanay na tayo sa ganun at sa dami ng ating problema ang karamihan ay wala nang panahon na magresearch pa sa mga kandidato. Hindi rin naman sila pinupuntahan ng mga kandidato kaya wala silang ibang alam na pagkukunan ng impormasyon hinggil sa mga ito kundi sa ads.

    Sa eleksyon sa isang bansa ay hindi ito dapat para lamang sa may pera at sa mayaman sapagkat ang isang eleksyon dapat ay nagbibigay ng pagkakataon sa lahat na makapaglingkod mahirap man o mayaman ito.

    Nais din kitang tanungin kung sino ba sa mga kandidato ang nagaadvocate ng NEW POLITICS at INNER CHANGE? Kung meron pakitama naman po ako.

  16. January 4, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Advantage din ni Perlas kung mananalo siya at suportado ng mga kilalang tao sa ibang bansa. Alam ninyo kung bakit?

    Sa pamamagitan nito ay mas magiging respetado ang ating bansa at mas pakikinggan tayo. Ibig sabihin we will have greater bargaining power in world affairs. Hindi pa nga presidente respetado na e di mas higit pa kapag nanalo.

    Sino ba sa mga ibang kandidato ang ganito? Pakituro naman po… Salamat!

  17. April 1, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Nicanor Perlas is the only presidential hopeful that is eligible to run for office. I don’t think any other candidates are honest enough to fulfill their promises to the Filipino people. Perlas is not pretentious and does not go to the depths of claiming that he is one of the “mahirap” or is using his mother’s name to gain fame. He does not have any personal vendetta against the government katulad ng sinasabi ng isang hopeful na “hindi na nila ako mapapababa” — isn’t this scary and threatening? Once as I was watching the news, a presidential candidate said “I will win this election by hook or by crook” none of these are Nick Perlas. All that he wants is for a new beginning because that is what we Filipinos need.

    Sana po pakinggan natin siya. Yun lang ang ginawa ko at napaniwala nya akong babaguhin nya ang Pilipinas dahil mayron siyang concrete na plataporma na wala ang iba. Sige po, sabihin nyo sa akin kung sino pa ang ibang kandidato na makakapagsabing mas marami siyang nagawa kaysa kay Nick Perlas na hindi pa kilala ng mga tao dahil hindi nya pinagplanuhan ang pagtakbo. Ayon sa kanya, ito ay isang calling — At hindi rin siya leader ng isang religious sector.

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