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Last Monday, a forum attended by the four leading presidential aspirants, around 100 local government champions, and some more was held in Asian Institute of Management, Makati City. I was just a few blocks away from that place and had I known this in advance, I am sure I’ll do my best to find my way there (although the event was probably by invitation only). Well, short story is I wasn’t able to watch it at AIM nor at ANC. But the good things is, it was replayed last night.

The presidential aspirants who attended the forum were Noynoy Aquino, Chiz Escudero, Manuel Villar, and Gibo Teodoro. They were asked about the following issues (I copied this from http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/anc/10/05/09/local-execs-grill-noynoy-chiz-gibo-manny):
changing the sharing scheme between the national and local governments in the internal revenue allotment (IRA), from 60-40 to 50-50, and changing the current formula of computing the share of each level of local government unit (LGU);
changing the rules in utilizing the calamity funds of LGUs which, at present, limits it to relief and rescue, and prohibits allocating the fund for disaster preparedness activities;
changes in the pork barrel system, which currently leads to duplication in the programs of the local governments and the congressmen;
handling the Mindanao peace process; and
addressing the reproductive health issue.
If I were to make a ranking on how they answered the questions posted, I’d say Gibo is number 1, then, Escudero, Noynoy, and finally, Villar. IF they will perform based on how they answered, I’d probably campaign for Gibo. Thing is, knowing something has to be done and actually implementing it through political will are two different things. Gibo is specific about what he wants, why he believes in it, and how he plans to do it. Chiz is a classic “man of a few words” — he says something in Filipino, then, translates it in English. (Why would he do that?) Noynoy only shows his lack of experience and knowledge on most questions thrown to him — pag-aaralan pa daw niya ang mga bagay-bagay. And Villar is not fit for such public forum (I can only imagine how he would fare in a presidential debate).
I hope this kind of event becomes a regular thing in Philippine politics. In fact, I hope a presidential debate weeks before the 2010 election will be conducted. This blog (http://idioticfilipinos.wordpress.com/2009/09/17/a-debaters-wet-dream/) has summarized what I want to happen:
all the candidates running for the office of the President of the Republic;
on air over free TV and major AM radio stations;
live, with no assistants;
for three hours and with no commercial breaks;
each candidate will have 8-10 minutes to introduce his/her platform;
then be interpellated by one randomly picked co-candidate for three minutes on the speech for the platform; and
once all candidates have spoken about their platform, an impartial moderator will then ask pertinent questions about the Presidency, and shall give five minutes for each candidate to formulate a response to each question.
Wow. Imagine if this happens next year.

(My apologies for this late post.)

Last Monday (05-Oct), a forum attended by the four leading presidential aspirants, around 100 local government champions, and some more was held in Asian Institute of Management, Makati City. I was just a few blocks away from that place and had I known this in advance, I am sure I’ll do my best to find my way there (although the event was probably by invitation only). Well, short story is I wasn’t able to watch it at AIM nor at ANC. I was in front of my PC trying to catchup with whatever is happening via TweetDeck.

But the good things is, it was replayed last Wednesday — but unfortunately, I was only able to draft this a while ago.

The presidential aspirants who attended the forum were Noynoy Aquino, Chiz Escudero, Manuel Villar, and Gibo Teodoro. They were asked about the following issues (I copied this from http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/anc/10/05/09/local-execs-grill-noynoy-chiz-gibo-manny):

  1. changing the sharing scheme between the national and local governments in the internal revenue allotment (IRA), from 60-40 to 50-50, and changing the current formula of computing the share of each level of local government unit (LGU);
  2. changing the rules in utilizing the calamity funds of LGUs which, at present, limits it to relief and rescue, and prohibits allocating the fund for disaster preparedness activities;
  3. changes in the pork barrel system, which currently leads to duplication in the programs of the local governments and the congressmen;
  4. handling the Mindanao peace process; and
  5. addressing the reproductive health issue.

If I were to make a ranking on how they answered the questions posted, I’d say Gibo is number 1, then, Escudero, Noynoy, and finally, Villar. IF they will perform based on how they answered, I’d probably campaign for Gibo. Thing is, knowing something has to be done and actually implementing it through political will are two different things.

Gibo is specific about what he wants, why he believes in it, and how he plans to do it. He was clear on how he wants to solve the problem in Mindanao (focus on disarmament, then, multisectoral approach to development).  He is also very clear on his stand on Charter Change — the provisions needing amendment, when the amendment will be done, and how this amendment should be done.

Chiz is a classic “man of a few words” — he says something in Filipino, then, translates it in English. (Why would he do that?) He is very vague in most of his answers. I have to admit though that he is a good public speaker — but nothing more than that.

Noynoy only shows his lack of experience and knowledge on most questions thrown to him — pag-aaralan pa daw niya ang mga bagay-bagay. He also keeps on saying he is an economist (so?). I am really, really convinced that Noynoy’s time is not yet this 2010. (Don’t vote for Noynoy, please.) This is supposed to be Mar’s time…

And Villar is not fit for such public forum (I can only imagine how he would fare in a presidential debate). Oh, yeah, he is a textbook case of a trapo. Increasing revenue is not the answer; proper allocation is the answer!

I hope this kind of event becomes a regular thing in Philippine politics. In fact, I hope a presidential debate weeks before the 2010 election will be conducted. This blog (http://idioticfilipinos.wordpress.com/2009/09/17/a-debaters-wet-dream/) has summarized what I want to happen:

  • all the candidates running for the office of the President of the Republic;
  • on air over free TV and major AM radio stations;
  • live, with no assistants;
  • for three hours and with no commercial breaks;
  • each candidate will have 8-10 minutes to introduce his/her platform;
  • then be interpellated by one randomly picked co-candidate for three minutes on the speech for the platform; and
  • once all candidates have spoken about their platform, an impartial moderator will then ask pertinent questions about the Presidency, and shall give five minutes for each candidate to formulate a response to each question.

Wow. Imagine if this happens next year…

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