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Halalan 2013

Roster of Senatorial Candidates


Tomorrow is Election Day… May 13, 2013.

On that day, millions of Filipinos will troop to the voting precincts all across the nation to cast their votes for government officials at the local and national level.

Yes, you will get to pick your city/town’s mayor, councillor, barangay captain and their councillors. All of them will decide the policies of your community for the next three years.

However, the Senate and congressional elections seem the biggest game in town. As always, these are full of the same faces seeking to hold on to their posts for another six years – with other less-known people trying to secure their own seats in the same halls where statesmen such as Claro M. Recto, Jovito Salonga, and Lorenzo Tanada once held court all those years ago.

These past few weeks have indeed shown the best and worst that Philippine politics has to offer. This year’s elections have also shown a heady mix of people wanting to be called Senators, some even related by blood to people in high places.

Let’s dissect some of them:

1. Nancy Binay – definitely the craziest of the entire bunch from the United Nationalist Alliance, Binay was shoehorned into the party ticket because she’s the Vice-President’s daughter. Yet records show that this 39-year-old ulikba never even served a day in any public position and only worked as her father’s personal assistant. How can we even trust this poor excuse of a Daddy’s little girl when she never even attended any public debates or forums about her platforms and even dares anyone not to vote for her tomorrow? To think she suggests “issues-based campaigns” and belittles Vice Ganda’s disapproval of her as just “one vote,” she can’t even handle mock debates with her own son!

2. Jack Enrile – JPE’s only son. This pistol-packing warfreak got away from a murder case 30 years ago and wants people to move on in the name of national unity. ABSCBN shot itself in the foot by writing a Maalala Mo Kaya episode around him.

3. JV Ejercito – a very arrogant former San Juan mayor and congressman, he is nothing more than a man who wants the Estrada blood to flow through the Senate, to at least join his half-brother Jinggoy. Enough already!

4. Cynthia Villar – The wife of former presidential candidate Manny Villar could have been a good choice for small-business minded voters – if she didn’t foul things up by labelling RNs as Room Nurses instead of Registered Nurses, glossing over the fact that being an RN takes years of training.

5. Bam Aquino – This poor offshoot of Ninoy thinks he can land a Senate seat because he’s an Aquino. Yes, he’s a youth leader, an Atenean at that, but did he really have to be endorsed by his Uncle President? He’s another bad case of trying to get by on riding the name of his illustrious late grand-uncle and grand-aunt. He doesn’t know about GMA’s cheating at the polls six years ago? What rock have you been living under, Bam?

6. Grace Poe-Lllamanzares – The former MTRCB head coasting on her actress-mother and action star of a father’s reputation. Indeed, she has done some good work at the MTRCB but name-dropping your parents into the equation doesn’t work every time.

7. Chiz Escudero – A reelectionist with a lot on his hands. He is already trying to woo Heart Evangelista away from her parents, who do not approve of him because of him being a divorcee, a drunkard, what have you.

8. Gringo Honasan – one of the Craven Eleven in the 2001 impeachment trial of then-President Joseph Estrada (now running as Manila mayor). Why does this former military renegade still want to remain up there?

9. Antonio Trillanes – Another renegade like Honasan and leader of a group that our paper is ironically ribbed and alluded to. He already has reaped a lot of flak for his being a back-channel on certain negotiations with China.

10. Migz Zubiri – A sore loser if you ever saw one. Someone who prolonged an election dispute for years against Koko Pimentel and quit when things didn’t turn up his way. Now he wants to get back and face the younger Pimentel again? Good luck with that.

11. Risa Hontiveros – One of Akbayan’s deputies, she indeed cut her teeth supporting cause-oriented groups, spending six years in Congress, and almost made it as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. This is one of the people Binay has avoided engaging in any debate, knowing she’ll get her ass handed to her.

12. Teddy Casino – definitely one of the more recallable names this year, Casino spent years on the activist circuit as part of Bayan Muna and as many members of the CEGP will attest, a frequent attendee at all their activities, being a former national president of the group. One thing that tends to haunt him is his propensity to speak against anything related to the US’ encroachment of our territory but keeps quiet when any China-based issues pop up.

13. Ramon Montano – the former PC-INP commander aims to wage “his last battle” on the Senate floor. The odds are not high.

14. Bro Eddie Villanueva – After two failed presidential bids, what does the stars need to do in order to make him understand that he’s not quite cut for politics? He is another example of why religion must never be equated with politics. Bro Eddie should stick to preaching instead of trying to advance his theocratic nonsense in the Senate floor. Lest we forget, his son Joel created the CIBAC partylist and now heads TESDA and another son, Bocaue Mayor Jonjon, is accused of murder. Who’s the next messianic loony to give politics a shot, Bro Eddie Velarde? Apollo Quiboloy?

15. Alan Peter Cayetano – Another twat given the MMK treatment. Can anyone think of a reason to vote this guy? We have his wife running again as Taguig mayor and his brother as Taguig congressman…another case of dynastic crap at work.

Obviously, these are some of the hotter picks out there this year. It may be possible that you will not have a full house listed. None of your magic 12 may even be included here. Whoever you cast, let it be someone who genuinely has the country’s best interests at heart.

May the best candidate win.


In Defense of MAGDALO: One Year After

[Note: The following is the actual text of a post that a concerned staff member wrote around one year ago on a thread in the EAC Friendster group. The thread can be found here…http://www.friendster.com/group-discussion/index.php?t=msg&th=1980542&start=40&%5D

I have been watching this thread and been monitoring the situation on the ground for quite some time, and judging by what I read, see, or hear, I am not the least bit amused with this smear campaign Ms MA YE ALBIOLA and Mr CHRISTIAN PAUL MARTINEZ brought to our attention online. We know what you have been sending, le grand zeros you all are.

(thanks to Mr Barredo and Ms Laigo for putting me in the perfect state of mind as I write these words. just reading your posts revitalizes my spirit, knowing that you still have the same fire as I do after all these years. may your tribe increase.) Continue reading

Remembering the Fallen: A MAGDALO War Story part II

(Note: The following is a continuation of an article that was first published in MAGDALO, Vol XXI No 1. However, due to space and sensitivity issues, the staff and the author have agreed to publish it in a more abridged form. The complete version can be found in the author’s blog (http://mysecondbloghangar.blogspot.com) and the MAGDALO contributors’ blog (http://magdalo_media_group_ii.blogs.friendster.com/my_blog/). Thanks for reading. -JSL)

by Jonas S Lopez

“You have to hold on to a dream, you have to hold on to your ideals and never lose sight of it. And though there are pragmatic considerations in every situation, you have to stand by what you believe in, not only in words but in action, no matter what the cost is. It sounds simple but it can be difficult at times. However, it can be done and I think it’s worth it.” -Cecilia ‘Che-Che’ Lazaro, President and CEO, Probe Productions, Inc.; Host, PROBE

“For the people who fought hard but fallen, it is still a good fight. Losing the fight is far better than not fighting at all and ‘dancing to someone’s music.’” -from a Friendster testimonial by Juan Paolo Navarro, RMT (BS MedTech ’04) Staff Writer, July 2000-June 2001; Managing Editor, July 2001-December 2002; Editor-in-Chief, December 2002-June 2003

“A journalist, particularly a columnist, should stand by what he or she perceives to be the truth and suffer the consequences if need be. The aftermath of telling the truth could come in the form of a libel suit with the possibility of going to jail, or harm to his person…Which is worse, being stupid or being cowardly? I’d rather be a stupid columnist jailed for his convictions than a free man without a backbone. A cowardly columnist, no matter his eloquence, loses his credibility sooner or later.”-Ramon Tulfo


The MAGDALO is about service, loyalty, brotherhood, camaraderie, teamwork, and friendship. To belong in this elite squadron requires a great deal of sacrifice, the courage to write and report the truth, the whole truth and nothing but, the desire to spend long hours working on it, and the strong willpower to not become beholden to anybody. Some only want to sign up for the scholarship, because they have friends among the staff, and think of the power and feeling of adventure that joining MAGDALO would give them. Continue reading


To all staff and Emilians,

The year 2008 has turned out to be another depressing year in the history of our beloved publication.

It started with more meddling by that joke of an adviser named Dr Leopoldo dela Cruz. As usual, there were more delays in the production of the issues because of his tampering with perfectly good articles. Although the staff under Wendy Guzman were able to eventually produce four issues, still the quality left something to be desired.

Because of his evil ways, the staff planned to resign en masse, but he got wind of the plan and asked them to restore a relationship with him.

Then in March 2008, dela Cruz did an act of betrayal that finally sank his credibility with the publication. He unilaterally barred non-staff members from entering the MAGDALO Office just because Mr Pierre Ordona allowed his crush to use the office computer for typing a thesis. His denial of the staff’s permission to work on what should have been their final issue for the year during the summer did not help his standing.

His brand of corruption demoralised the staff so much that only a few wanted to return the following year.

Schoolyear 2008-2009 began with the uncertainty of how the publication would fare now that practically the entire staff was gutted and threatened to be replaced by an all-new team of puppets. Word came down that dela Cruz was going to be replaced. The man turned out to be Armando Paras. However, the greatest threat to the publication’s honor came within days of dela Cruz’s dismissal…

On June 25, Ma Ye Albiola of EAC-Cavite’s TAMBULI sent the staff a message telling them to work on their grammar first before writing so many criticisms against the school. Her pubmate, Christian Paul Martinez, did the same by creating a thread comparing EAC Cavite to EAC Manila that eventually turned into a TAMBULI/MAGDALO flame war for most of July. The sheer timing of dela Cruz’s termination and the appearance of his former TAMBULI staffers criticizing MAGDALO can only mean one thing: He unleashed these people as a probable act of revenge against the staff perhaps, not to mention the rigging of the qualifying exams to make things hard for incumbents to return.

Soon enough, some of the  staff members past and present came out to fight back, even if some thought of it as being the work of ‘easy’ people. Mrs Pia Colleen Chan-Fuentebella sought for the hostility to stop, when she denied herself a chance to see the facts. There are times when it is okay to stay quiet and let things run its course, but there are occassions when it is only proper to fight back when one’s own dignity and honor are gravely in danger. This was one of them.

Eventually, the flaming died down, but Martinez never fully apologized to the staff for acting the way they did. The new Editorial Board, with Ms Erica DA Pabon as Editor-in-chief, quietly assumed office in August 2008…really late by any stretch of the imagination. For unexplained reasons, they were labelled as the NEW Magdalo, up to the point that School of Liberal Arts professor Mrs Aurora Veronika Yumul wanted a NEW tag to be put on the staff box as if they were some fresh-out-of-the-factory product.

This untested lot, who showed much promise, went to a seminar in Baguio in September, but whatever they learned there could not be ascertained. This should have set the tone for a possible return to the CEGP LUNDUYAN seminar in Rosario, La Union, the following October.

Little did anyone know that they were experiencing problems with publishing their first issue (VOL XXIV-1) as the end of the first semester loomed. OSA Dean Estefanio Boquiron would deny the staff their opportunity to go to LUNDUYAN, where the new staff could have learned more about campus journalism than the school’s in-house seminar would ever impart.

The issue was eventually released during enrollment time, but the reception was mixed, due to the different layout and a radically changed nameplate, among others. Despite the marketing as the ‘new’ staff, many glaring flaws soon came to light.

In November, the first real criticism over the first issue came…not from a concerned student, but from one of MAGDALO’s own: former Editor-in-Chief Malou Manuel (2003-2004) BSN 2005.

As narrated by Staff Writer Rachel Ann Francia, Manuel had a copy of the paper and started nitpicking every last part, brashly calling it as garbage compared to the issues she produced and even invited Francia to read her articles. She even slammed the paper down like swatting a bug.

Unfortunately, no copies for the 2003-2004 Board’s issues still remain in the office, and it is known in some quarters that Manuel’s reign was not a good one.

As Christmas loomed, production of the second issue was somehow held up due to certain factors that only OSA knows.

Yet one thing remains clear: the hopes of the editorial board performing as advertised were quickly dashed because of the heavy turnover of the staff, leaving less room for institutional memory and handing down of lessons. They are not the NEW MAGDALO some people in the administration try to market.

As 2009 dawns upon us and we reflect at the things that came to MAGDALO, all the missed opportunities to learn from past lessons and from other student publications, we Emilians are left to ask:

Is there any hope left of salvaging the credibility of this paper?

Can our MAGDALO be overhauled to finally carry the voice of the students, not the administration bastards who comprise the screening committee every year?

When will the EAC administration ever come to realize that the staff cannot perform well if they are not given every opportunity to expand their creative horizons as students and as citizens of this country?

When will the school see the writing on the wall that states all is not well with the publication? When no more student applies to the exams every year? maybe when despite the good work, no student comes along to pick up a copy?

Let us all pray that some good things will come to MAGDALO in 2009, especially as the paper is creeping closer to the 25th anniversary in 2010.