One would have hoped that as in the Marcos martial law years there would arise a number of groups contesting and challenging the current dispensation on the basis of principle and national interest, or that some existing “political parties” would change enough to do the same.
But only the 1Sambayan coalition has emerged to do precisely that during the present crisis. It is quite appropriately supporting the candidacy for President of Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo who is running on a clear platform of competently containing the COVID-19 pandemic, reviving the economy, restoring the democratization process and putting an end to, and preventing the rise of another Marcos-type tyranny. Equally committed to the same principles is her Vice Presidential running mate, Francisco Pangilinan, whose record as senator attests to his adherence to the rule of law and respect for human rights.
The news media can help the electorate look beyond the money, the power, the connections and the notoriety/prominence of the dynasts and incumbents by reviewing their track records in government and their competence, honesty and commitment to this country and its people’s well-being.
he military implemented PP 1081 on the 23rd, with the arrest of independent journalists; academics; artists and writers; labor, student and farmer leaders; and members of the political opposition. Congress, newspapers and broadcast stations were shut down, and international flights and passports cancelled.
There are constant reminders that September is not solely the onset of the year’s most anticipated holidays.