Thursday, December 22, 2005


SPEAKING with amazing candor and directness to ABSCBN News Anchors Ricky Carandang and Pinky Webb on ANC's noontime show, former President FIDEL VALDEZ RAMOS just about gave PRESIDENT GLORIA MACAPAGAL ARROYO the same advice once given to a failing and moribund Philippine President -- CUT AND CUT CLEANLY. But he actually used even more CUTTING language than that to deliver a message that his support for the Arroyo regime has its limits. Despite having "saved her" from total collapse last July, when calls for her resignation peaked, FVR did not seem to be in a very supportive mood towards the Palace today. On the contrary!

1. The former President cited FREEDOM HOUSE's downgrade of the Philippines from FREE to PARTLY FREE, (which was a subject of Philippine Commentary's post yesterday) --warning that if the Palace continues its plan to CANCEL THE 2007 Elections, and extend the terms of all incumbent officials to the year 2010, with GMA as President & Prime Minister, this would surely result in a further downgrade next year from PARTLY FREE to NOT FREE, pointing to countries like the Sudan and North Korea as examples of that category. Paranaque Rep. ROILO GOLEZ, (like FVR a military man and former National Security Adviser of GMA) has already filed a resolution in Congress rejecting the recommendations of the Palace's Constitutional Commission, as a brazen attempt at "naked bribery" of public officials. Sen Pres. FRANKLIN DRILON also rose against the Palace plan, calling it "undisguised bribery" and noting the rising crsecendo of condemnation. By joining the chorus of those opposing the Palace's chacha plans FVR is sending a powerful signal to the Administration, that he may soon WITHDRAW SUPPORT from the administration if something doesn't give. In fact, he was being pretty direct on the noon time show...

2. FVR repeated his call from last September for the President to CUT SHORT HER TERM, reading to the television audience a statement he made to NEWSBREAK MAGAZINE in which he called upon GMA to "do something noble for the sake of the country." Asked by Pinky Webb how long his support for GMA might last, he stunned me with his laughing but apparently serious answer: JANUARY 1, 2006 would be a good time. (Perhaps the President should indeed reconsider RESIGNATION. Rizal Day December 30, 2005, would be a perfect day -- the 40th anniversay of the last day in office of President Diosdado Macapagal (her father) in 1965, and the 3rd anniversary of her I WILL NOT RUN in 2004 speech given in Baguio City in 2002.)

3. Referring to the unstable situation created by the President's unyielding position, FVR spoke ominously of an approaching TIPPING POINT as the people deal with an increasingly desperate economic situation made worse by the POLITICAL GRIDLOCK caused by Gloriagate.

4. Asked if he had lost hope in the administration of President Arroyo, Fidel Ramos, laughing in that warm but utterly humorless way of his said, "I've lost more than hope." (What could he have meant? Faith? Charity? Patience?)

5. But FVR seemed to pull back -- JUST A LITTLE -- from the brink of actually declaring that he WAS withdrawing his support as of today, despite the near-perfect pitch of the questions by the ABSCBN anchors Ricky Carandang and Pinky Webb, (who are in the running as our versions of Larry King when it comes to asking questions and getting answers.) But FVR employed instead a metaphor that may strike a powerful chord in the Filipino people. FVR invoked the metaphor of a SENIOR CITIZEN patriotically concerned about his people, who ARE only PARTLY FREE now, and that of an OLDER BROTHER calling on his YOUNGER SISTER to heed these words of wise and worldly warning from him, saying, it was his duty to KEEP ON TALKING even if his advice has so far fallen on deaf ears, for the sake of the ENTIRE FAMILY.

Who says the gene pool has run out and we are stuck with GMA? There is still the Constitution, there is still Rule of Law, as long as WE insist on it, peaceably but with the force of moral ascendancy, reason, and common sense. I really like the ideas of this KUYA EDDIE!

"Your forefathers were men of peace; but they preferred revolution to peaceful submission to bondage. They were quiet men but they did not shrink from agitating against oppression. They showed forebearance but they knew its limits. They believed in order but not the order of tyranny. With them nothing was "settled" that was not right. With them, justice, liberty and humanity were "final" -- but not slavery and oppression. You may well cherish the memory of such men, for they seized upon eternal principles, and set a glorious example in their defense. Mark them!"

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Rizalist said...

A WARM WELCOME TRAVELER! Things are moving fast in the Archipelago. Might you have news of how the Palace is taking this?



If FVR is serious, there might well be a bit of
Gotterdamerung playing soon at Gloria's doorstep instead of Christmas carols.

About time! FVR must now exercise his leadership quality. He mustn't play ping pong with Gloria anymore, otherwise, it would be "he said, she said" all over again and before you know it, it's already 2010.

Tipping point! Remember robespierre - he lost his head after 4 years of all out corruption - that was the tipping point. In the current Philippine scenario, Gloria is really Robespierre's twin. (Both were very tiny too!)

Rizalist said...

There was something very curious in his discussion with RC and PW of Gen. Abat, whom he praised as a great patriot and public servant, and a soldier well-admired by the troops. This is clear support for a kind of protest movement going on in the AFP. In fact FVR made it a point to say that ABAT's action was "still ongoing." I'm starting to change my mind about what the Abat insurrection is actually all about...perhaps it is a call to "peaceful arms" to support the IDEALS of Abat. Malalim magisip si Tabako!



General Farolan (ex PAF Chief) also went "Mabuhay si Captain Faeldon!" in his Inquirer article which is very telling...I don't think he's been that vocal at all for the Oakood mutiny of 2003

Farolan is an old warrior too whose words have always been measured but when he says something like that, wow, sure sign that he's one of those that can no longer endure the current corrupt Gloria led government.

Looks like its the old Praetorean guards who have fire in their belly and not the miserable pseudo-manly Pinoy youth of today!

Lemme tell ya that if my Dad were still alive, he would be out there going with guns a blazin' after the "baddies" too.

Rizalist said...

Your Dad was a great statesman. I remember him well. And the GENE POOL has not run out.


manuelbuencamino said...

The Reign of Witches

“A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to it's true principles. ...If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience till luck turns, & then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are the stake.” -
Thomas Jefferson

Karl M. Garcia said...

If Senator Dick Lugar sent someone To Hawaii

where can FVR send PGMA?
To Timbuktu...

since Nepal is nearer(isn't that where Timbuktu is?)

Will the people of Bay Area accept her with open arms?(that is were FG stayed for a while right?)

Marcus Aurelius said...

This disturbs. From previous discussions here and other blogs I am a supporter of PGMA. My sister in law is in business (the business does well, she has sent buyers to my part of Wisconsin to buy raw materials in the past) and is nervous about a post-GMA ouster Philippines. However, I respect FVR quite a bit and nearly had a chance to meet him in '98 when he came to Green Bay to accept an honorary doctorate.

If PGMA pushed beyond on the term she is in now, I would drop my support (FWIW, this support amounts to little as I am a Kano) for her. If FVR unambiguously dropped his support and named someone else in lieu of PGMA I would have a hard time supporting PGMA into the future.

Rizalist, I would say give up your hopes she will renounce power before her term (I can not say what she would do beyond that term) expires. PGMA will only have the presidency stripped from her by some sort of force (or end of term but I grant you there is nothing in the trackrecord to indicate that will happen). If what has gone on to date hasn't forced her to step down than I see little hope an ex-President's statements are going to do (e.g. Jimmy Carter's complaints about President Bush) it.

BTW, the Wise and Benevolent Empress (of the Blogosphere) and myself (the Wise and Benevolent Emperor of the Blogosphere) will be in Manila for the New Year's Holdiay and beyond. Wonder if it is possible this cheesehead can meet with an ex-cheesehead? We will be touring the nation with trips "Up Nort" ;-) planned as well as other ones.