Sunday, December 23, 2012

I Case You Missed It - Like Father, like Son? by Yoly Ong


Citizen Y 106      10-16-12      Yoly Villanueva-Ong

Like Father, like Son?

Just when we were about to forgive-and-forget Juan Ponce Enrile’s checkered past, he himself reminded us of what a wily, shifty chameleon he truly and naturally is. His stellar performance at the Corona impeachment leveraged enough glory for his son and namesake to become a strong contender for the Senate. Then he launches his autobiography and bio-documentary that attempt to revise history.It’s almost as if he can’t help but shoot his own foot.

And as history and some unassailable sources avow, this would not be the first time Enrile “shot himself’. In Juan Ponce Enrile: A Memoir, and bio-documentary “Johnny” that aired in ABS-CBN--- he recants his previous recantation of the assassination attempt on him, which Marcos used as one more reason to justify Martial Law.

“This accusation is ridiculous and preposterous. What would I have faked my ambush for?” By that time martial law was already an “irreversible fact” since documents had been signed and the military operation to implement it had started.

“I honestly did not know why Marcos suddenly decided to cite my ambush in justifying the declaration of martial law when he made his public statement on September 23. There was absolutely no need for it.”
Did he expect national amnesia to afflict Filipinos who know the truth? Are we expected to forget the press conference that he and and then Lt. Gen. Fidel Ramos called on Feb 22,1986 in the Ministry of National Defense when they withdrew their support for the dictator Ferdinand Marcos?In that life-and-death instance, he confessed that the attempt on his life was bogus. The following day, the headlines blared: “Enrile, Ramos lead ‘revolt’ against FM.” One of the subheads read: “1972 ambush fake—Enrile.”

This fact is further documented in various books written by foreign journalists who covered those perilous years. Time correspondent Sandra Burton, wrote in her book Impossible Dream(1989), “Seasoned observers believed from the start that the attack had been staged. Years later, as he was in the midst of his own revolt from the Marcos regime, Enrile would confirm those suspicions.”

Raymond Bonner of the New York Times interviewed Enrile twice in 1985. In his book Waltzing with a Dictator(1988) he wrote, “He was emphatic that the attack on him had not been staged, but in February 1986, after he had broken with Marcos and led the revolt that ousted the Philippine president, Enrile admitted that the attack on his car had been faked”.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Ellison also wrote in her 1988 book, Imelda,“(Enrile) revealed that he had narrowly escaped injury in a spectacular ambush of his car—an event he conceded in 1986 had been staged.”

In his attempt to leave an acceptable legacy for posterity and bequeath a Senate seat for junior, the nonagenarian is sanitizing his recollections instead of asking for absolution. Stem cell therapy can deter dementia but it cannot regenerate an innocent man.

And now the gullible electorate is being enticed to continue Enrile’s political dominion through the son, Jack. By his own narrative, Junior was not close to his father in his younger days. He recalled that as a child, he only watched a movie twice with his dad.The name was a burden for him as he was bullied and beaten up in school for being an Enrile. But today he is closer to his father. “Mas nag-uusap na kami ngayong ako’y nasa 50s, and he is in his 80s,” Jack said. His name is no longer a millstone. He is his father’s son after all.

Jack has his own intrigues to expunge. On December 30,1981, actor Alfie Anido, then the boyfriend of his sister Katrina was found dead. The tale turns murky but Jack was seenin the Anidos’ Bel-Air residence inside the room where the body of the matinee idol and a weeping Katrina were found. The official version, which has not been refuted to this day, was that Alfie shot himself.However, the rumor mill tagged Jackie (as he was known then) as responsible for Anido’s death. This conjecture gained traction and remains an urban legend till now. 

In his book, the elder Enrile said there was no doubt that Jack’s supposed role was the handiwork of Fabian Ver. “No doubt, the only purpose of those who spread that false rumor was to besmirch my family and destroy my reputation rather than to solve a crime for there was no crime at all,” Enrile said.

In the documentary, the young Enrile recalled responding to his sister’s call for help. He said he joined his father’s chief security aide, Gringo Honasan in Bel-Air.That’s when he found Anido dead from a gunshot wound to his head. He explained that his alleged connection in the supposed murder of Anido happened because “I was there. Even the family [of Anido] would say I had nothing to do with it.”

Another misdeed associated with father-and-son is the alleged rampant car smuggling in Port Irene. In 1995, the Cagayan Export Zone Authority (CEZA) was established through Republic Act 7922, authored by Cagayan native JPE. Among the vehicles being sold are Hummers, Porsches, Mercedes Benzes and BMWs, aside from the bestselling vans and minivans. CEZA CEO and administrator, Jose Mari Ponce, swears that the used-car trade was “very open and transparent”.

The flourishing buy-and-sell of secondhand cars in Port Irene  prodded the American Chamber of Commerce to submit a letter of concern to then Finance Secretary Margarito Teves. Despite EO156 issued in 2008, which prohibited such importations, smuggling continued. Enrile countered that CEZA is not covered by the prohibition because the importers pay the correct duties and taxes.Ford reportedly pulled out its manufacturing business to protest the nefarious activities in CEZA.

There’s a father-and-son story that comes to mind---
A father overheard his son pray: Dear God, make me the man my Dad is. Later, the father prayed: Dear God, Make me the man my son wants me to be.

We are being wooed to perpetuate the forty-years-running Enrile saga. Every night we should pray: Dear God, Make all who want our vote, be the men we want them to be.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

LEAH NAVARRO DOES NOT REPRESENT THE URBAN POOR


First, there was KontraDaya. Now, it’s Anakbayan. Both are part of the ultra-leftist coalition of Bayan and the Makabayan Coalition. These groups have waged an all-out campaign to discredit all Party List aspirants not aligned with their Maoist agenda – including Black and White.

Unfortunately, people buy into their propaganda without bothering to check the facts.

Before its creation, the conveners and members of the Black and White Movement were veteran advocates of various social causes. Undeniably, our nominees do indeed stand for their sectors.

They say Leah Navarro cannot possibly represent the urban poor. In our application for accreditation, we never said she did. She represents women – a sector specifically defined by the Party List Law as marginalized and under represented. And, why not? Leah has supported women’s rights causes even before joining Black and White. She is an advocate for responsible parenthood and has actively opposed violence against women. She has represented Black and White at events and projects supportive of various women’s causes alongside fellow conveners Karen Tanada and Beth Yang.

We wonder why they never mention our second and third nominees because, like Leah, they represent their sectors.

Our second nominee is Marco Cabrera – a leader of our Black and White Youth chapter. This segment of the Black and White organization started in 2009 in the Camanava area where it has been actively involved in engaging the youth via community service projects and involvement in political issues, focusing on truth, accountability and good governance. Again, the youth is one sector specifically defined by the Party List Law as marginalized.

Our third nominee is Ka Jose Morales – a leader of our Black and White Katipunan – an urban poor group based in the Taytay-Antipolo area, which has been part of Black and White since its inception in 2005. A tireless campaigner for the rights of our impoverished, Ka Jose is a convener of AKKMA (Aksyon sa Kalamidad at Klima), Ugnayang Lakas ng mga Apektadong Pamilya sa Baybaying Ilog Pasig (ULAP) and the Urban Poor Alliance (UPALL). Definitely, the urban poor are marginalized.

While it is true that some of our conveners are now in the Executive branch of government, it does not change the fact that Black and White has been actively engaged in advancing the causes of sectors considered as marginalized – women, youth, and urban poor. If given the opportunity, we are committed to protect and advance our multi-sector interests through responsive legislation.

We appeal to everyone to check the facts before buying into these groups’ Maoist-communist propaganda. Let us not leave the Party List system in the hands of leftist extremists that are hell bent on blocking the daan na matuwid. -- END


Sunday, September 30, 2012

THE PARTY LIST SYSTEM IS NOT EXCLUSIVE TO LEFTISTS


BnW Media Press Release
29 September 2012

A leftist, anti-Aquino administration group purporting to be a non-partisan citizen’s group named Kontra Daya has called on the Black and White Movement to withdraw its application for accreditation as a Regional Political Party participating in the 2013 Party List election. It claims our close alliance with President Aquino makes a mockery of the Party List system.

To Kontra Daya, which is led by Fr. Joe Dizon, a close associate of the Bayan coalition and Bayan Muna Party List, we have one simple question: With due respect to Sen. Manny Villar (and the NP, now in coalition with the LP for the upcoming elections), whom Bayan allies supported in the 2010 presidential election, if he had won – would Bayan Muna withdraw its participation in the 2013 Party List election?

For the record, ever since our inception in 2005, the Black and White Movement has always worked with the urban poor sector. They were with us in our mass actions against the excesses of the GMA regime. In fact, the lead convener of Black and White Katipunan (our Urban Poor cluster), Ka Jose Morales, is our third nominee.

For the record, we also have a very active and passionate youth group – the Black and White Youth Movement and one of its leaders, Marco Cabrera, is our second nominee.

For the record, many of our conveners – Karen Tanada, Elizabeth Yang, and Leah Navarro are prominent advocates of women’s rights and issues.  We have chosen Leah Navarro – our first nominee, to represent the women’s sector. Her current appointment as MTRCB board member ends on 30 September 2012 and does not conflict with this advocacy. She cannot be reappointed when our accreditation is approved.

These sectors – women, youth, and urban poor - are specifically identified by the Party List law as marginalized.  We have meticulously complied with the requirements for a Regional Political Party (NCR) participating in the Party List system. All of our nominees belong to the sectors being represented. And none of them are former politicians. None of them are associated with any business interest or political clan.

WE ARE QUALIFIED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PARTY LIST ELECTION.  And if elected, we are committed to sponsor and support legislation that will protect and advance the interests of the sectors we represent.

Contrary to what Kontra Daya thinks, you do not have to be a leftist to qualify in the Party List system and fight for the marginalized. - END

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Encore: BnW & Operation Compassion Join Forces

The Black & White Movement and Operation Compassion joined forces in 2009 during Operation Tulong Bayan. Once again, in the spirit of Bayanihan, we are partnering to augment relief efforts in the wake of the Habagat.

We have received requests for aid through our chapters in Quezon City, Tondo, Valenzuela and Zambales.

We appeal to you for financial donations as it will be easier for our BnW Youth and OC volunteers to purchase ready to eat food, pack blankets and other necessities for distribution. Moreover, some areas within Metro Manila are still impassable to light vehicles.

We appeal to you for help that will be much appreciated by our countrymen in those affected regions.

Here are the details:

The Black & White Movement Inc.
Bank: Banco de Oro (BDO)
Account Number: 006478007634

BP Operation Compassion Inc.
Bank: Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
Account Number: 3321-0178-34

Contact Persons:
Philip Castillo - 0917-568-8443
Susan Cucio - 0917-843-3041

Twitter: @BnWMovement


Thank you for your kind attention and look forward to your positive responses.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Chief Justice is a Public Servant

In case you missed it, this is our ad as it appeared in three broadsheets today. We were hoping the Chief Justice would have given the Filipino people straightforward answers about the non-disclosures in his SALN when he took the stand today. Sadly, we did not. After 40 days, Renato Corona continues to lead us in circles around the truth. It seems there is only desert, and no oasis in sight.

CORONA: CHEAP TRICKS


The true colors of Chief Justice Renato Corona have been exposed beyond the shadow of a doubt. Despite every effort to be liberal with the rules, giving him every opportunity to make a statement, his response was to try to manipulate the Senate and make fools of everyone in the impeachment trial.

Instead of being forthright he substituted the truth by maligning people who had no part in the case and no opportunity to defend themselves. At the end of all his drama was a cheap shot: to try to diminish Congress by attempting to put institutions in the dock.

One man is on trial; one man stands accused; and despite all his protestations that he would reveal all, to the bitter end he has resorted to sly trickery, by making a conditional waiver. That was a cheap trick.

He then tried a getaway in the grand GMA manner.

The die has been cast. The Senate has issued a just ultimatum. He must face his accusers, and face them without further prevarication.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Corona's Hypothetical SALN

Let's suppose that sometime last week, Chief Justice Renato Corona sat at his desk and filled out his SALN form. Let's imagine that before he began filling it out, he decided to provide all the required information fully, truthfully and to disclose it publicly. He, after all, claims to be an honest man.

Now, what would Corona's SALN contain if he listed all the assets he failed to declare in past disclosures which were subsequently revealed during his impeachment trial? What of the recently alleged US$10M deposits? Do those dollar accounts exist? Only Corona can tell.

This is what Renato Corona's SALN would encompass if it had all the information gleaned from the impeachment trial plus the alleged dollar accounts. Remember, this is NOT his current SALN. We haven't seen it. But, hope springs eternal: