When we unite, We make our life better

The Inaugural Address of Benigno S. Aquino III

(Official English translation provided by Aquino media bureau)

His Excellency Jose Ramos Horta, Former President Fidel V. Ramos, Former President Joseph Estrada, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and members of the Senate, House Speaker Prospero Nograles and members of the House, justices of the Supreme Court, members of the foreign delegations,Your Excellencies of the diplomatic corps, fellow colleagues in government, aking mga kababayan.

My presence here today is proof that you are my true strength. I never expected that I will be here taking my oath of office before you, as your president. I never imagined that I would be tasked with continuing the mission of my parents. I never entertained the ambition to be the symbol of hope, and to inherit the problems of our nation.

I had a simple goal in life: to be true to my parents and our country as an honorable son, a caring brother, and a good citizen.

My father offered his life so our democracy could live. My mother devoted her life to nurturing that democracy. I will dedicate my life to making our democracy reach its fullest potential: that of ensuring equality for all. My family has sacrificed much and I am willing to do this again if necessary.

Although I was born to famous parents, I know and feel the problems of ordinary citizens. We all know what it is like to have a government that plays deaf and dumb. We know what it is like to be denied justice, to be ignored by those in whom we placed our trust and tasked to become our advocates.

Have you ever been ignored by the very government you helped put in power? I have. Have you had to endure being rudely shoved aside by the siren-blaring escorts of those who love to display their position and power over you? I have, too. Have you experienced exasperation and anger at a government that instead of serving you, needs to be endured by you? So have I.

I am like you. Many of our countrymen have already voted with their feet – migrating to other countries in search of change or tranquility. They have endured hardship, risked their lives because they believe that compared to their current state here, there is more hope for them in another country, no matter how bleak it may be. In moments when I thought of only my own welfare, I also wondered – is it possible that I can find the peace and quiet that I crave in another country? Is our government beyond redemption? Has it been written that the Filipino’s lot is merely to suffer?

Today marks the end of a regime indifferent to the appeals of the people. It is not Noynoy who found a way. You are the reason why the silent suffering of the nation is about to end. This is the beginning of my burden, but if many of us will bear the cross we will lift it, no matter how heavy it is.

Through good governance in the coming years, we will lessen our problems. The destiny of the Filipino will return to its rightful place, and as each year passes, the Filipino’s problems will continue to lessen with the assurance of progress in their lives.

We are here to serve and not to lord over you. The mandate given to me was one of change. I accept your marching orders to transform our government from one that is self-serving to one that works for the welfare of the nation.

This mandate is the social contract that we agreed upon. It is the promise I made during the campaign, which you accepted on election day.

During the campaign we said, “If no one is corrupt, no one will be poor.” That is no mere slogan for posters — it is the defining principle that will serve as the foundation of our administration.

Our foremost duty is to lift the nation from poverty through honest and effective governance.

The first step is to have leaders who are ethical, honest, and true public servants. I will set the example. I will strive to be a good model. I will not break the trust you have placed in me. I will ensure that this, too, will be the advocacy of my Cabinet and those who will join our government.

I do not believe that all of those who serve in our government are corrupt. In truth, the majority of them are honest. They joined government to serve and do good. Starting today, they will have the opportunity to show that they have what it takes. I am counting on them to help fight corruption within the bureaucracy.

To those who have been put in positions by unlawful means, this is my warning: we will begin earning back the trust of our people by reviewing midnight appointments. Let this serve as a warning to those who intend to continue the crooked ways that have become the norm for too long.

To our impoverished countrymen, starting today, your government will be your champion.

We will not disregard the needs of our students. We will begin by addressing the glaring shortage in classrooms and educational facilities.

Gradually, we will lessen the lack of infrastructures for transportation, tourism and trade. From now on, mediocre work will not be good enough when it comes to roads, bridges, and buildings because we will hold contractors responsible for maintaining their projects in good condition.

We will revive the emergency employment program established by former President Corazon Aquino. This will provide jobs for local communities and will help in the development of their and our economy.

We will not be the cause of your suffering or hardship. We will strengthen collections by the Bureau of Internal Revenue and we will fight corruption in the Bureau of Customs in order to fund our objectives for the public welfare, such as:

· Quality education, including vocational education, so that those who choose not to attend college or those who cannot afford it can find dignified livelihood;

· Improved public health services such as PhilHealth for all within three years;

· A home for every family, within safe communities.

We will strengthen the armed forces and the police, not to serve the interests of those who want to wield power with impunity, but to give added protection for ordinary folk. The armed forces and the police risk their lives daily so that the nation can live in peace and security. The population has doubled and yet their numbers remain unchanged. It is not right that those who make sacrifices are treated pitifully.

If there was a fertilizer scam in the past, today there will be security for farmers. We will help them with irrigation, extension services, and marketing their products at the best possible prices.

We are directing Secretary Alcala to set up trading centers that will directly link farmers and consumers thereby eliminating middlemen and opportunities for corruption. In this way, funds can be shared by farmers and consumers. We will make our country attractive to investors. We will cut red tape dramatically and implement stable economic policies. We will level the playing field for investors and make government an enabler, not a hindrance to business. This is the only means by which we can provide jobs for our people.

Our goal is to create jobs at home so that there will be no need to look for employment abroad. However, as we work towards that end, I am ordering the DFA, POEA, OWWA, and other relevant agencies to be even more responsive to the needs and welfare of our overseas Filipino workers.

We will strengthen the process of consultation and feedback. We will strive to uphold the constitutional right of citizens to information on matters of public concern.

We relived the spirit of people power during the campaign. Let it take us to good and effective governance. Those who believe in people power put the welfare of others before their own.

I can forgive those who did me wrong but I have no right to forgive those who abused our people.

To those who talk about reconciliation, if they mean that they would like us to simply forget about the wrongs that they have committed in the past, we have this to say: there can be no reconciliation without justice. When we allow crimes to go unpunished, we give consent to their occurring over and over again. Secretary de Lima, you have your marching orders. Begin the process of providing true and complete justice for all.

We are also happy to inform you the acceptance of Chief Justice Hilario Davide of the challenge of strengthening and heading a Truth Commission that will shed light on many unanswered issues that continue to haunt our country.

My government will be sincere in dealing with all the peoples of Mindanao. We are committed to a peaceful and just settlement of conflict, inclusive of the interests of all — may they be Lumads, Bangsamoro or Christian.

We shalI defeat the enemy by wielding the tools of justice, social reform, and equitable governance leading to a better life. With proper governance life will improve for all. When we are all living well, who will want to go back to living under oppression?

If I have all of you by my side, we will be able to build a nation in which there will be equality of opportunity, because each of us fulfilled our duties and responsibilities equally.

After the elections, you proved that it is the people who wield power in this country.

This is what democracy means. It is the foundation of our unity. We campaigned for change. Because of this, the Filipino stands tall once more. We are all part of a nation that can begin to dream again.

To our friends and neighbors around the world, we are ready to take our place as a reliable member of the community of nations, a nation serious about its commitments and which harmonizes its national interests with its international responsibilities.

We will be a predictable and consistent place for investment, a nation where everyone will say, “it all works.”

Today, I am inviting you to pledge to yourselves and to our people. No one shall be left behind.

No more junkets, no more senseless spending. No more turning back on pledges made during the campaign, whether today or in the coming challenges that will confront us over the next six years. No more influence-peddling, no more patronage politics, no more stealing. No more sirens, no more short cuts, no more bribes. It is time for us to work together once more.

We are here today because we stood together and believed in hope. We had no resources to campaign other than our common faith in the inherent goodness of the Filipino.

The people who are behind us dared to dream. Today, the dream starts to become a reality. To those among you who are still undecided about sharing the common burden I have only one question: Are you going to quit now that we have won?

You are the boss so I cannot ignore your orders. We will design and implement an interaction and feedback mechanism that can effectively respond to your needs and aspirations.

You are the ones who brought me here – our volunteers – old, young, celebrity, ordinary folks who went around the country to campaign for change; my household help who provided for all my personal needs; my family, friends, colleagues at work, who shared, cared, and gave their support; my lawyers who stayed all hours to guard my votes and make sure they were counted; and the millions of Filipinos who prevailed, kept faith, and never lost hope – I offer my heartfelt gratitude.

I will not be able to face my parents and you who have brought me here if do not fulfill the promises I made.

My parents sought nothing less, died for nothing less, than democracy and peace. I am blessed by this legacy. I shall carry the torch forward.

My hope is that when I leave office, everyone can say that we have traveled far on the right path, and that we are able to bequeath a better future to the next generation. Join me in continuing this fight for change.

Thank you and long live the Filipino people!



Ang pagtayo ko dito ngayon ay patunay na kayo ang aking tunay na lakas. Hindi ko inakala na darating tayo sa puntong ito, na ako’y manunumpa sa harap ninyo bilang inyong Pangulo. Hindi ko pinangarap maging tagapagtaguyod ng pag-asa at tagapagmana ng mga suliranin ng ating bayan.

Ang layunin ko sa buhay ay simple lang: maging tapat sa aking mga magulang at sa bayan bilang isang marangal na anak, mabait na kuya, at mabuting mamamayan.

Nilabanan ng aking ama ang diktadurya at ibinuwis niya ang kanyang buhay para tubusin ang ating demokrasya. Inalay ng aking ina ang kanyang buhay upang pangalagaan ang demokrasyang ito. Ilalaan ko ang aking buhay para siguraduhin na ang ating demokrasya ay kapaki-pakinabang sa bawat isa. Namuhunan na po kami ng dugo at handa kong gawin ito kung muling kinakailangan.

Tanyag man ang aking mga magulang at ang kanilang mga nagawa, alam ko rin ang problema ng ordinaryong mamamayan. Alam nating lahat ang pakiramdam na magkaroon ng pamahalaang bulag at bingi. Alam natin ang pakiramdam na mapagkaitan ng hustisya, na mabalewala ng mga taong pinagkatiwalaan at inatasan nating maging ating tagapagtanggol.

Kayo ba ay minsan ring nalimutan ng pamahalaang inyong iniluklok sa puwesto? Ako rin. Kayo ba ay nagtiis na sa trapiko para lamang masingitan ng isang naghahari-hariang de-wangwang sa kalsada? Ako rin. Kayo ba ay sawang-sawa na sa pamahalaang sa halip na magsilbi sa taumbayan ay kailangan pa nila itong pagpasensiyahan at tiisin? Ako rin.

Katulad ninyo ako. Marami na sa atin ang bumoto gamit ang kanilang paa – nilisan na nila ang ating bansa sa kanilang paghahanap ng pagbabago at katahimikan. Tiniis nila ang hirap, sinugod ang panganib sa ibang bansa dahil doon may pag-asa kahit kaunti na dito sa atin ay hindi nila nakikita. Sa iilang sandali na sarili ko lang ang aking inaalala, pati ako ay napag-isip din – talaga bang hindi na mababago ang pamamahala natin dito? Hindi kaya nasa ibang bansa ang katahimikang hinahanap ko? Saan ba nakasulat na kailangang puro pagtitiis ang tadhana ng Pilipino?

Ngayon, sa araw na ito – dito magwawakas ang pamumunong manhid sa mga daing ng taumbayan. Hindi si Noynoy ang gumawa ng paraan, kayo ang dahilan kung bakit ngayon, magtatapos na ang pagtitiis ng sambayanan. Ito naman po ang umpisa ng kalbaryo ko, ngunit kung marami tayong magpapasan ng krus ay kakayanin natin ito, gaano man kabigat.

Sa tulong ng wastong pamamahala sa mga darating na taon, maiibsan din ang marami nating problema. Ang tadhana ng Pilipino ay babalik sa tamang kalagayan, na sa bawat taon pabawas ng pabawas ang problema ng Pinoy na nagsusumikap at may kasiguruhan sila na magiging tuloy-tuloy na ang pagbuti ng kanilang sitwasyon.

Kami ay narito para magsilbi at hindi para maghari. Ang mandato ninyo sa amin ay pagbabago – isang malinaw na utos para ayusin ang gobyerno at lipunan mula sa pamahalaang iilan lamang ang nakikinabang tungo sa isang pamahalaang kabutihan ng mamamayan ang pinangangalagaan.

Ang mandatong ito ay isa kung saan kayo at ang inyong pangulo ay nagkasundo para sa pagbabago – isang paninindigan na ipinangako ko noong kampanya at tinanggap ninyo noong araw ng halalan.

Sigaw natin noong kampanya: “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap.” Hindi lamang ito pang slogan o pang poster – ito ang mga prinsipyong tinatayuan at nagsisilbing batayan ng ating administrasyon.

Ang ating pangunahing tungkulin ay ang magsikap na maiangat ang bansa mula sa kahirapan, sa pamamagitan ng pagpapairal ng katapatan at mabuting pamamalakad sa pamahalaan.

Ang unang hakbang ay ang pagkakaroon ng tuwid at tapat na hanay ng mga pinuno. Magsisimula ito sa akin. Sisikapin kong maging isang mabuting ehemplo. Hinding hindi ko sasayangin ang tiwalang ipinagkaloob ninyo sa akin. Sisiguraduhin ko na ganito rin ang adhikain ng aking Gabinete at ng mga magiging kasama sa ating pamahalaan.

Naniniwala akong hindi lahat ng nagsisilbi sa gobyerno ay corrupt. Sa katunayan, mas marami sa kanila ay tapat. Pinili nilang maglingkod sa gobyerno upang gumawa ng kabutihan. Ngayon, magkakaroon na sila ng pagkakataong magpakitang-gilas. Inaasahan natin sila sa pagsupil ng korapsyon sa loob mismo ng burukrasya.

Sa mga itinalaga sa paraang labag sa batas, ito ang aking babala: sisimulan natin ang pagbabalik ng tiwala sa pamamagitan ng pag-usisa sa mga “midnight appointments.” Sana ay magsilbi itong babala sa mga nag-iisip na ipagpatuloy ang baluktot na kalakarang nakasanayan na ng marami.

Sa mga kapuspalad nating mga kababayan, ngayon, ang pamahalaan ang inyong kampeon.

Hindi natin ipagpapaliban ang mga pangangailangan ng ating mga estudyante, kaya’t sisikapin nating punan ang kakulangan sa ating mga silid-aralan.

Unti-unti din nating babawasan ang mga kakulangan sa imprastraktura para sa transportasyon, turismo at pangangalakal. Mula ngayon, hindi na puwede ang “puwede na” pagdating sa mga kalye, tulay at gusali dahil magiging responsibilidad ng mga kontratista ang panatilihing nasa mabuting kalagayan ang mga proyekto nila.

Bubuhayin natin ang programang “emergency employment” ng dating pangulong Corazon Aquino sa pagtatayo ng mga bagong imprastraktura na ito. Ito ay magbibigay ng trabaho sa mga local na komunidad at makakatulong sa pagpapalago ng kanila at ng ating ekonomiya.

Hindi kami magiging sanhi ng inyong pasakit at perwisyo. Palalakasin natin ang koleksyon at pupuksain natin ang korapsyon sa Kawanihan ng Rentas Internas at Bureau of Customs para mapondohan natin ang ating mga hinahangad para sa lahat, tulad ng:

· dekalidad na edukasyon, kabilang ang edukasyong bokasyonal para makapaghanap ng marangal na trabaho ang hindi makapag-kolehiyo;
· serbisyong pangkalusugan, tulad ng Philhealth para sa lahat sa loob ng tatlong taon;
· tirahan sa loob ng mga ligtas na komunidad.

Palalakasin at palalaguin natin ang bilang ng ating kasundaluhan at kapulisan, hindi para tugunan ang interes ng mga naghahari-harian, ngunit para proteksyunan ang mamamayan. Itinataya nila ang kanilang buhay para mayroong pagkakataon sa katahimikan at kapayapaan sa sambayanan. Dumoble na ang populasyong kanilang binabantayan, nanatili naman sila sa bilang. Hindi tama na ang nagmamalasakit ay kinakawawa.

Kung dati ay may fertilizer scam, ngayon ay may kalinga ng tunay para sa mga magsasaka. Tutulungan natin sila sa irigasyon, extension services, at sa pagbenta ng kanilang produkto sa pinakamataas na presyong maaari.

Inaatasan natin na ang papasok na Secretary Alcala ay magtayo ng mga trading centers kung saan diretso na ang magsasaka sa mamimili – lalaktawan natin ang gitna, kasama na ang kotong cop. Sa ganitong paraan, ang dating napupunta sa gitna ay maari nang paghatian ng magsasaka at mamimili.

Gagawin nating kaaya-aya sa negosyante ang ating bansa. We will cut red tape dramatically and implement stable economic policies. We will level the playing field for investors and make government an enabler, not a hindrance, to business. Sa ganitong paraan lamang natin mapupunan ang kakulangan ng trabaho para sa ating mga mamamayan.

Layunin nating paramihin ang trabaho dito sa ating bansa upang hindi na kailanganin ang mangibang-bansa para makahanap lamang ng trabaho. Ngunit habang ito ay hindi pa natin naaabot, inaatasan ko ang mga kawani ng DFA, POEA at ng OWWA at iba pang mga kinauukulang ahensiya na mas lalo pang paigtingin ang pagtugon sa mga hinaing at pangangailangan ng ating mga overseas Filipino workers.

Papaigtingin namin ang proceso ng konsultasyon at pag-uulat sa taumbayan. Sisikapin naming isakatuparan ang nakasaad sa ating Konstitusiyon na kinikilala ang karapatan ng mamamayaan na magkaroon ng kaalaman ukol sa mga pampublikong alintana.

Binuhay natin ang diwa ng people power noong kampanya. Ipagpatuloy natin ito tungo sa tuwid at tapat na pamamahala. Ang naniniwala sa people power ay nakatuon sa kapwa at hindi sa sarili.

Sa mga nang-api sa akin, kaya ko kayong patawarin at pinapatawad ko na kayo. Sa mga nang-api sa sambayanan, wala akong karapatan na limutin ang inyong mga kasalanan.

To those who are talking about reconciliation, if they mean that they would like us to simply forget about the wrongs that they have committed in the past, we have this to say: there can be no reconciliation without justice. Sa paglimot ng pagkakasala, sinisigurado mong maulit muli ang mga pagkakasalang ito. Secretary de Lima, you have your marching orders. Begin the process of providing true and complete justice for all.

Ikinagagalak din naming ibahagi sa inyo ang pagtanggap ni dating Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. sa hamon ng pagtatatag at pamumuno sa isang Truth Commission na magbibigay linaw sa maraming kahinahinalang isyu na hanggang ngayon ay walang kasagutan at resolusyon.

Ang sinumang nagkamali ay kailangang humarap sa hustisya. Hindi maaaring patuloy ang kalakaran ng walang pananagutan at tuloy na pang-aapi.

My government will be sincere in dealing with all the peoples of Mindanao. We are committed to a peaceful and just settlement of conflicts, inclusive of the interests of all – may they be Lumads, Bangsamoro or Christian.

We shall defeat the enemy by wielding the tools of justice, social reform, and equitable governance leading to a better life. Sa tamang pamamahala gaganda ang buhay ng lahat, at sa buhay na maganda, sino pa ang gugustuhing bumalik sa panahon ng pang-aapi?

Kung kasama ko kayo, maitataguyod natin ang isang bayan kung saan pantay-pantay ang pagkakataon, dahil pantay-pantay nating ginagampanan ang ating mga pananagutan.

Kamakailan lamang, ang bawat isa sa atin ay nanindigan sa presinto. Bumoto tayo ayon sa ating karapatan at konsensiya. Hindi tayo umatras sa tungkulin nating ipaglaban ang karapatan na ito.

Pagkatapos ng bilangan, pinatunayan ninyo na ang tao ang tunay na lakas ng bayan.

Ito ang kahalagahan ng ating demokrasya. Ito ang pundasyon ng ating pagkakaisa. Nangampanya tayo para sa pagbabago. Dahil dito taas-noo muli ang Pilipino. Tayong lahat ay kabilang sa isang bansa kung saan maaari nang mangarap muli.

To our friends and neighbors around the world, we are ready to take our place as a reliable member of the community of nations, a nation serious about its commitments and which harmonizes its national interests with its international responsibilities.

We will be a predictable and consistent place for investment, a nation where everyone will say, “it all works.”

Inaanyayahan ko kayo ngayon na manumpa sa ating mga sarili, sa sambayanan, WALANG MAIIWAN.

Walang pangingibang-bayan at gastusan na walang wastong dahilan. Walang pagtalikod sa mga salitang binitawan noong kampanya, ngayon at hanggang sa mga susunod pang pagsubok na pagdadaanan sa loob ng anim na taon.

Walang lamangan, walang padrino at walang pagnanakaw. Walang wang-wang, walang counterflow, walang tong. Panahon na upang tayo ay muling magkawanggawa.

Nandito tayo ngayon dahil sama-sama tayong nanindigan at nagtiwala na may pag-asa.

The people who are behind us dared to dream. Today, the dream starts to become a reality. Sa inyong mga nag-iisip pa kung tutulong kayo sa pagpasan ng ating krus, isa lang ang aking tanong – kung kailan tayo nanalo, saka pa ba kayo susuko?

Kayo ang boss ko, kaya’t hindi maaaring hindi ako makinig sa mga utos ninyo. We will design and implement an interaction and feedback mechanism that can effectively respond to the people’s needs and aspirations.

Kayo ang nagdala sa akin sa puntong ito – ang ating mga volunteers – matanda, bata, celebrity, ordinaryong tao, na umikot sa Pilipinas para ikampanya ang pagbabago; ang aking mga kasambahay, na nag-asikaso ng lahat ng aking mga personal na pangangailangan; ang aking pamilya, kaibigan at katrabaho, na dumamay, nag-alaga at nagbigay ng suporta sa akin; ang ating mga abogado, na nagpuyat para bantayan ang ating mga boto at siguraduhing mabilang ang bawat isa; ang aking mga kapartido at kaalyado na kasama kong nangahas mangarap; at ang milyun-milyong Pilipinong nagkaisa, nagtiwala at hindi nawalan ng pag-asa – nasa inyo ang aking taos-pusong pasasalamat.

Hindi ko makakayang harapin ang aking mga magulang, at kayong mga nagdala sa akin sa yugto ng buhay kong ito, kung hindi ko maisasakatuparan ang aking mga binitawang salita sa araw na ito.

My parents sought nothing less and died for nothing less than democracy, peace and prosperity. I am blessed by this legacy. I shall carry the torch forward.

Layunin ko na sa pagbaba ko sa katungkulan, masasabi ng lahat na malayo na ang narating natin sa pagtahak ng tuwid na landas at mas maganda na ang kinabukasang ipapamana natin sa susunod na henerasyon. Samahan ninyo ako sa pagtatapos ng laban na ito. Tayo na sa tuwid na landas.

Maraming salamat po at mabuhay ang sambayanang Pilipino! (June 30, 2010)


Filed under: Government, Politics, Sorsogon News Updates, What's Happening Here?,

Aquino, Binay proclaimed

Senator Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III and Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay were proclaimed on Wednesday as the duly elected president and vice president, respectively, by the Joint Congressional National Canvassing Committee.

Aquino was proclaimed the country’s 15th President ahead of the projected June 15 proclamation schedule after garnering 15,208,678 votes in the country’s first automated national elections. He will start his term together with members of the 15th Congress.

Before the proclamation, Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada stood on the floor to read the congratulatory message of his father, former President Joseph Estrada who placed second to Aquino in the presidential race.

Earlier, Malacañang extended its congratulatory message to Aquino and Binay, wishing them all the best as they take the reins of the country starting June 30.

Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza congratulated the new government leaders, adding the outgoing Arroyo administration is ready to facilitate a smooth transition of power.

President Arroyo, on a two-day swing in Shanghai, China, was expected to issue a separate congratulatory message to her successor within the day.

“We congratulate our new President and Vice President who I understand will be formally proclaimed today by Congress,” Mendoza said in a news conference in the Palace a few hours before the official proclamation in Congress.

“We wish the new government all the best, as leave in their hands an economy in better shape than when we found it nine years ago,” he added. (Gennalyn Kabiling)

Source: ABS-CBN/Manila Bulletin

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By: Bennie A. Recebido/PIA Sorsogon

SORSOGON PROVINCE (May 13)– Pasado alas-kwatro na ng hapon kahapon nang opisyal na iproklama ng Comelec ang mga nanalong kandidato sa provincial level dito.

Mag-aalas tres naman kahapon nang kumpirmahin ng Provincial Comelec na 100% transmitted na ang mga election returns mula sa city at mga municipal canvassers ng Sorsogon.

Pinangunahan ni Provincial Election Supervisor Calixto Aquino ang pagproklama kay Raul Lee ng LAKAS-KAMPI-CMD at asawa ng incumbent Governor dito, bilang bagong halal na gobernador ng Sorsogon. Babalik naman sa pwestong pagkabise-gobernador ang dati na ring naging vice-governor ng lalawigan na si Antonio “Kruni” Escudero, Jr ng NPC-LP.

Idineklara ding panalo bilang Congressman sa 1st district si incumbent Salvador Escudero III ng NPC.

Taliwas naman sa resulta sa 1st district congressional post, naging dikit ang labanan sa 2nd district kung saan si incumbent Gubat Mayor Deogracias Ramos, Jr. ng Liberal Party ang nanalong congressman.

Samantala, kauna-unahang nakapagproklama ng mga nanalong kandidato ang bayan ng Irosin bandang alas syete y medya noong Martes habang ang bayan naman ng Donsol ang pinakahuling nakapagproklama kahapon ng hapon.

Ang mga sumusunod ang nanalo sa pagkaalkalde: Barcelona – Atty. Manuel Fortes, Jr. ng LP at kasalukuyang provincial administrator; Bulan –incumbent Mayor Helen Rose de Castro ng LAKAS-KAMPI-CMD; Bulusan – Michael Guysayko ng Nacionalista Party at anak ni incumbent Bulusan Mayor Juan Guysayko.

Castilla – incumbent Mayor Olive Bermillo ng LP; Casiguran – incumbent Mayor Ester Hamor ng Nacionalista Party; Donsol – incumbent Mayor Jerome Alcantara ng LP; Gubat – panalo ang 29 yrs old na si Ronnel Lim ng Nacionalista Party;

Irosin – Eduardo Ong ng PDP-LABAN; Juban – si Jimmy Fragata ng LAKAS-KAMPI-CMD at asawa ng three-term incumbent Mayor Tess Fragata; Magallanes – balik si Roque Carranza ng LAKAS-KAMPI-CMD na dati ring nanilbihan bilang alkalde ng Magallanes noon; Matnog – Emilio Ubaldo ng KAMPI na dati na ring nanilbihan bilang alkalde doon;

Pilar – incumbent Mayor Dennis Sy-Reyes ng NPC; sa Prieto Diaz – panalo si incumbent Provincial Board Member Jocelyn Lelis ng LAKAS-KAMPI-CMD habang sa Sorsogon City naman ay panalong alkalde si incumbent Mayor Leovic Dioneda ng LP.

Sa national post, panalo sa Sorsogon bilang Pangulo si Benigno Aquino III na nakakuha ng 132,575.

Sa pagkaBise-Presidente, panalo din si Jejomar Binay na may botong 174,865.

Landslide victory naman sa Sorsogon ang Ako Bicol Partylist na nakakuha ng 151, 121 votes.

Matapos ang proklamasyon, halos lahat ay nangakong matapos ang halalan ay kakalimutan na ang pulitika at sisimulan ang tunay na pagsilbi sa mga mamamayan sa pag-upo nila bilang mga bagong pinuno ng bayan.

Umaasa naman ang mga Sorsoganon na paninindigan ng mga bagong halal na pinuno ang kani-kanilang mga susumpaang tungkulin. (Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogn)

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Sorsogon Bishop on Saintly Politicians

Oh Ha!

Nakakatuwa ang mga pahayag ni Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes patungkol sa ” SAINTLY POLITICIANS”. Napapanahon na rin talaga na dapat ang mga mahahalal na mga leaders ng bayang magiliw natin ay yung talagang more like saint na talaga. Ano ibig sabihin nyan? Sa aking palagay, isa sa mga katauhan ng magiging halal na leader ng ating lipunan ay malaki dapat ang takot sa DIYOS. Dahil kung may takot nga sa Diyos si MAYOR, GOVERNOR, CONGRESSMAN at mga nasasakupan nila of course matatakot silang gumawa ng kasalanan. And of course, ang kasunod nyan mawawala na po ang graft and corruption sa ating lipunan!..diba?

I agree with Chiz statement “”there are no angels and saints in politics.” dahil lahat nga tayo makasalanan diba?. Oh ha.. bumato daw ang walang kasalan sabi ni Bro…BUT we can make a difference now. ehhh Paano? simple lang naman bayang magiliw! tayo po ay pumili ng mga leaders na maka-DIYOS, maka-TAO, maka-KALIKASAN. Wag na po tayong lumayo sa pambasang pagbabago. Simulan po natin sa ating bakuran ika nga..Nakikita ko po na ang 2010 ay isang magandang simula para sa ating bayan kung magiging wise talaga mga botante.

eto pa! masyado lang yatang malikot ang aking pagiisip. Na-imagine ko ang sinabi ni Bishop Arturo Bastes na kung mangyayari nga ang lahat ng eto..Narito ang mga sumusunod na mga PLATAPORMA DE GOBYERNO ng mga kakandidato ngayon!

Kunwari lang po eto ha!

1.) Pagtangal ng lahat ng mga bilanguan sa buong probinsya  ng Sorsogon.
– kasi nga dahil sa mga more like saints na ang ating mga leader and thru his/her encouragement sa ating  mga kababayan na gumawa ng tama..ehh unti-unti na ring mawawala ang mga kriminal sa ating lipunan. Ibig lang sabihin nyan wala na ring ikukulong at wala na ring silbi ang mga Jail. (possible  nga kaya? nkakagulat na imagination naman yata eto).

2.) Creating more jobs para sa mga Sorsoganon.
– Ibig sabihin na kapag ang lahat merong trabaho, meron din pong pagkaing maihahain sa ating hapag kainan. Kumpleto hah(may almusal, snacks, tanghalian, at snacks pa, hapunan at Midnight snacks din) di ba wala ng magugutom? isa sa mga root cause ng crimes kasi eh “GUTOM”..

3.) Wala ng graft n corruption.
– Dahil wala na ngang kurapsyon sa Gobyerno. Cguro naman mawawala na rin ang mga lubak-lubak na lansangan sa Sorsogon noh? at lahat cemented na mga kalsada kahit sa mga malalayong barangay pa..yeheyy!

4.) Green Sorsogon 2010.
– Masaganang ani sa taong 2010. Dahil iiwasan na tayo ng mga bagyo at baha..matutuwa na kasi sa atin si Bro at di na tayo bibigyan ng mga calamaties na ganyan..oh diba?

5.) Mabibigyan na ng pagkakataong makapag-aral ng libre ang ating mga kabataan.

O kayo bayang magiliw..ano po naiisip nyo?

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Loren: Team-up with Chiz not yet sealed | ABS-CBN News Online Beta

Loren: Team-up with Chiz not yet sealed | ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

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Tita Cory, may you rest in peace in God’s loving arms

coryFormer Pres. Cory Aquino your courage & hope inspired filipinos and you had made a heartbreaking sacrifices with Benigno” Ninoy” Aquino . With the victory that you win led us away from the dictatorship and regain our democracy in this land. We are so blessed by your life. Your mission does’nt end here though you are going back to Our loving God’s hands. We believed that your family and the rest of the supporters will continue what you have started. Thank you Pres Cory, may your SPIRIT guide this country to a better . Rest & Peace. God bless all!

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Chiz denies seeking GMA’s support


MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Francis Escudero yesterday denied meeting with President Arroyo and seeking her support for next year’s presidential elections. 

“I have not sought, nor will I seek, the endorsement of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Nor have I authorized anyone to do so,” Escudero said in a statement after reports came out that “young” presidential hopefuls are secretly soliciting Mrs. Arroyo’s support even as they criticize her in public.

“Let Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro, MMDA (Metro Manila Development Authority) Chairman Bayani Fernando or Vice President Noli de Castro, or anyone else who might want her blessings, get that endorsement, which they have been seeking from day one, for all I care,” Escudero said.

The youthful lawmaker said he had not even announced if he is going to run, but if he would, he will “seek only the endorsement of the Filipino people and will run as opposition because he had been consistently against, and had even questioned the mandate of this administration from the very start.”

Escudero stressed that he was the spokesperson for the late Fernando Poe Jr. in the 2004 presidential elections and had led impeachment complaints against Mrs. Arroyo in the House when he was representative of Sorsogon.

He said that he voted consistently against the administration on major policy positions, such as the Japan-Philippine Economic Partnership Agreement, expanded value-added tax, and the Human Security Act.

“To get back at me, this vengeful administration has withheld the release of my countryside development fund since 2005. And now, its proxies have taken the debate over its performance in the past nine years down to the gutter by spreading intrigues against my person,” Escudero said.

“If all my criticisms were just for show, why are they mad at me now?” he asked in Filipino.

Dancing with the enemy

Senators yesterday urged Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel Arroyo to name the presidential hopefuls who were seeking the endorsement of his mother so that the country would know who among the members of the opposition were dancing with the enemy.

Senators Manuel Roxas II and Manuel Villar Jr. also denied any meeting with Mrs. Arroyo, even through back channels, saying they would never align with the administration.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. and Sen. Panfilo Lacson said they would like the Filipino public to realize who were the true oppositionists.

Pimentel said “Mikey (Arroyo) should identify these Trojan horses so we could punish them.”

Roxas and Villar said they would not know who was being referred to.

“Anyway, I have never been engaged in such games and will never be a part of that game. Besides when (President Arroyo) attacked me she made it very clear the presidentiable most different from herself is Mar Roxas,” he said.

Villar bantered that it was a compliment being included among the suspected “young candidates” trying to secretly coalesce with Mrs. Arroyo.

“For sure I will run with the Nacionalista Party as its president,and while we are open to possible alliances or while we were welcoming new members to the party, we are ready to field candidates from president down to the local officials, mayors, councilors,” Villar told reporters.

He said he would not want to make any further comment because he was not sure whether the issue was true.

Lacson said those pretending to be opposition but aligning with the administration should be unmasked, but he expressed doubt that any opposition member would like the President’s endorsement.

Lacson said he also did not have any idea if there were any opposition members indeed seeking Mrs. Arroyo’s help in the 2010 elections.

Name names

Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay, on the other hand, advised Mikey Arroyo to tell it straight that his mother’s desperation prompted the Palace to court opposition bets.

“Mrs. Arroyo’s son should name names and present proof. We have always maintained that the people should know who the real oppositionists are, and those who are only presenting themselves as opposition but are in fact administration by association,” he said.

Binay said the reality is that the administration is desperately raiding the ranks of the opposition in the absence of credible and winnable national candidates for the 2010 election.

United Opposition spokesman Ernesto Maceda reminded the younger Arroyo that the administration party had earlier admitted they were considering adopting senators identified with the opposition.

“The truth of the matter is that Mikey Arroyo is hiding the fact that it is the administration which is making desperate naked efforts to raid the opposition’s lineup to resuscitate the administration’s ranks which has reached rock bottom credibility with voters,” Maceda said.

Earlier reports had quoted administration party stalwarts Juan Miguel Zubiri, Ray Roquero and Danilo Suarez as saying that the Lakas-Kampi-CMD is seriously open to adopting either Villar or Escudero as its standard-bearer.

“In any event, Mikey should name names. The people and the United Opposition definitely want to know who are traitors within its ranks. If he can name them and show proof beyond mere conjecture and self-serving insinuations, by all means he should do so,” Maceda said.

“Otherwise, we assume that as in the past, Arroyo is just showing character flaws similar to his honesty-challenged mother. Either he is the boy who cried wolf or telling us half-truths meant to inveigle the public once more,” Maceda added. — Jose Rodel Clapano

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