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Typhoon Ondoy and the Need for New Politics

October 27, 2009 1 comment

Written by: Nicanor “Nick” Perlas

Ondoy and the Need for New PoliticsOn December 6, 2006, almost three years ago, I wrote this editorial in TruthForce!, www.truthforce. info.  I entitled it “Super-Typhoons and Philippine Democracy”. I will share it again in whole to emphasize two points. First, already back then, almost three years ago, the scientific evidence was clear that humanity has entered the age of drastic climate change and extreme weather events. Super typhoons will increasingly wreak havoc on the planet including the Philippines. Second, government had a chance to act and prepare for Ondoy, especially after the massive P18 billion-destruction brought about by Typhoon Frank in June 2008.

But, no, government chose to continue the path of traditional politics, focusing on retaining power and stealing the national budget at the tune of a minimum of P300 billion a year. It is clear. The time for a new and very different kind of politics has come, a new politics savvy enough to prepare for the upcoming disasters of super typhoons and other extreme weather events. Our future as a people will depend on it.

I have been wanting to reissue this piece for sometime. But there was no time amidst all the rescue operations, travels, events, and other related work. So here’s the December 2006 editorial which correctly predicted the coming of more super typhoons and why only true democracy can prepare us for the massive challenges that awaits the Philippines and the world in the age of drastic climate change. Read more…

Aga Muhlach Talks About His Frustration on the Government

October 5, 2009 Leave a comment

We see on television a frustrated Aga Muhlach who talks about his frustration on the way our country is being run by politicians.  He talk about how our country is being dragged into the sorry situation that we are now.

Come to think of it what he says is just the same reason why I am personally making a stand despite the sentiments and criticism of many people that Nick Perlas is my choice.  Why?  Simply because we deserve the best candidate and president.  Our country deserves the best.  Like Aga, I am sick and tired of seeing politicians who has no plans for our country but only wants the power of the position.

Thanks Rinoa for sharing this video in your blog. I hope that more people come to realize that in electing people in 2010 we need to be very careful and to make the choice not based on what the surveys says or whose popular but based on who really has a plan to make this country better.

We need not only a systemic change but also change in culture, politicians, politics and governance. This 2010 we have a choice and I hope that all of us see it.

There is a man named Nicanor Perlas who is incorruptible and has a concrete plan for our country…. a change that involves genuine change which also includes our culture and inner change.

What Aga talks about is the same sentiments why, I and many others are supporting Nick Perlas.

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Presidential Aspirant, Nicanor Perlas, Encourages Noynoy to Join Independent Movements for New Politics and to Guard Against the “Winnability Virus”

September 7, 2009 3 comments

“I will not renounce my intention to run as a presidential candidate in 2010” said Nicanor Perlas,one of the presidential aspirants representing new politics.

In response to requests from media and friends, Nicanor Perlas, issued a statement today to clarify his position on calls for Senator Noynoy Aquino to run as presidential candidate in 2010.

“Instead, I encourage Noynoy Aquino to resign from the Liberal Party, run as an independent presidential candidate, and join the on-going conversation and unification efforts among non-traditional presidential aspirants, political parties and movements. The Liberal Party, as a whole, is a traditional political party. Even if there are non-traditional politicians within it, they does not represent the interest of millions longing for new politics. A Noynoy candidacy within the Liberal Party will suppress the massive longing for a new politics”, Perlas explained.

Perlas cited eight (8) reasons why Noynoy Aquino will weaken new politics if he runs as presidential candidate within the Liberal Party. Noynoy Aquino will:

  • Reinforce the limited usefulness of uniting against something instead of for something as has happened in the case of People Power I in 1986 and People Power II in 2001;
  • Suppress the emergence of a peoples’ agenda and selection process;
  • Strengthen personality-based politics;
  • Send mixed signals regarding political dynasties;
  • Break the link between inner and societal change;
  • Remove the necessity of a cultural revolution;
  • Favor the “winnability virus” over character, track record, and vision, in a situation where millions are longing for genuine change and where qualified leaders, without money and machinery, can win with the support of the people;
  • Misinterpret the meaning of the Ninoy/Cory heritage.

Perlas gave a detailed elaboration of his perspective in a blog article entitled, “Noynoy: Enabler or Suppressor of the New Politics?” which he posted in

Perlas described the “winnability virus” as an unhealthy focus on and preference for name recall, money, and machinery over the new politics of genuine participation, vision, strategic agenda and a qualified proven leadership willing to advance that co-created vision and agenda.

Perlas believes that new politics will win in 2010. “Once the visionary agenda and qualified leadership are in place, proponents of the new politics will organize to make sure that their candidates will win. They will find ways and means to ensure that their candidate gets the necessary support, organization, and national exposure, among others, to win in the national elections”, Perlas explained.

Perlas challenged Noynoy to use his newly minted national stature to advance the cause of the new politics, both in terms of substance and process. “I call on Noynoy to join the open process of determining who would be the best new politics candidate for president in the 2010 national elections. It is open in the sense that, at the end of the day, Noynoy himself may or may not be that presidential candidate. Yet he would still be able to bring energy to the pursuit of the new politics by supporting whoever will emerge as the presidential candidate of a unified movement for a new politics.”

Perlas concluded: “The Noynoy event provides us with one of the most potent challenge of discerning what new politics really means in theory and practice. For in the end, hindi isang tao lamang kundi tayong lahat ang magbabago ng Pilipinas. (Not one person, but only unified involvement of citizens will renew the country.) Our future as a nation will depend on it.”

Rizal’s Tasio and Noynoy

September 6, 2009 2 comments

This article is reposted with permission from the original author and as requested to reach and inform the public of this very timely and inner looking view.

Rizal’s Tasio and Noynoy
Fastlanes/ August 31, 2009
By BenCyrus G. Ellorin/ (National Heroes Day Special)

BANGKOK, Thailand – “I honor the father on account of the son and not the son on account of the father.” – Jose Rizal in Noli Me Tangere, Chapter 14, English translation by Charles Derbyshire, 1912.

Crisostomo Ibarra at Pilosopong Tasio

Crisostomo Ibarra At Pilisopong Tasio

The shallowness in our appreciation and analysis of social realities especially in the realm of politics is already synonymous to absurdity.

It betrays the Philippines’ glorious moments like when it won the revolution for independence against 333 years of Spanish Colonialism more than a hundred years ago and when it started the tide of bloodless regime changes all over the world with the People’s Power Revolution that toppled the diabolic dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos in 1986.

This shallowness may bespeak of our inferior social analysis skills to the point that it insults the profundity of the inspirations and sacrifices of Ninoy and Cory Aquino, two beacons of struggle for democracy.

I don’t know if it is lack of imagination or evil idolatry that is behind this looming movement to thrust Noynoy Aquino, Ninoy’s and Cory’s only son to run for President.

In light of the present circus in Philippine politics more than 120 years after the publication of the Dr. Jose Rizal’s novel Noli Me Tangere (Social Cancer), it may be fitting to revisit even just a chapter of the book, Chapter 14.
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Noynoy Aquino: Enabler or Suppressor of New Politics?

September 5, 2009 15 comments

By Nicanor Perlas
05 September 2009

In the past few days, I have been bombarded with text messages from friends as well as interviews with the media on what I think of the Mar-Noynoy announcements. Will I, like Senator Mar Roxas, also renounce my intention to run as a presidential candidate in the 2010 national elections and support the presidential candidacy of Senator Noynoy Aquino?

The short answer is “No”. I will not renounce my intention to run as a presidential candidate. And “Yes”, I will encourage Noynoy to resign from the Liberal Party, run as an independent presidential candidate, and join the on-going conversation and unification efforts among non-traditional political parties and movements.

Noynoy can stifle the growth of new politics. Or he can enable the new politics that is emerging all throughout the country. Allow me to elaborate.

Introductory Remarks

My comments to follow will only make sense if people understand that 2010 is not an ordinary election. It will be the venue for an epochal battle between traditional politics and the new politics. What is branded often as “opposition” is not really opposition in the true sense. The current opposition is also part of traditional politics, albeit a different version of traditional politics. What I mean by traditional and new politics will become clear in the paragraphs to follow.
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