Banayo thinks that an amendment of the Constitution solve the the problem of political turncoats. I don't agree. We've seen what happened with the Nacionalista and Liberal parties in the past and those which were organized for the 1992 election. Only NPC…
survives with a relative measure of clout because Boss Danding deemed it necessary to provide financing every election cycle. But Boss Danding is gone. It doesn't look like RSA is interested in NPC because his financial resources aren't as deep as the original patron. Other
parties represent business interests such as the NUP which is identified with Ricky Razon. The same is true with the Manila Standard which Razon bought from Andres Soriano IIIss Anscor group. The other parties are only hollow shells like corporate holding entities. LDP has only
one member, Sonny Angara. It was different from the time of Edong because there was money coming in from ACCRA. Lakas is no longer FVRs. It is now GMAs with Martin Romualdez. The long-term solution is a federal parliamentary system which will have regional parties which the
constituents can identify with and actively participate in its affairs. Political parties are expensive to maintain. I renew back in the 90s as a volunteer from NPC how much monies we moved physically from Manila to the regions. Regional political kingpins got the largest share.
After that came the Governors and the Mayors. This doesn't ensure their loyalty either. Those who remain identify more with the patron rather than the party. There was a mass migration to Lakas after FVR won in 1992. In Laguna, only one Mayor was left in the NPC fold. Danding's
strategy was to establish bases in vote-rich provinces where he also had business interests. Negros Occidental, Rizal, Pangasinan and Tarlac were the bailiwicks of the NPC. It remains to be seen what will happen under Tito Sotto's watch as he is now the most senior member of NPC.
Federalism has been on the table since the time of Cory. Its original proponents were Reuben Canoy and Nene Pimentel. It's time that it is seriously considered given how the pandemic exposed the wide development gap between NCR+ and the other regions. The Luzon-wide ECQ put the
economy into a recession because 40% of economic activities were in NCR+ including the logistics hubs. Aside from Manila, the only ports where there is a direct shipment of goods for export are the private wharves of Del Monte and Dole in Mindanao. For imports it's only the Ports
of Cebu and Davao which are the other hubs. The pandemic will not end anytime soon. This is why the 2022 election is crucial to the country. We need a President who has the political will to institutionalize reforms for the future of the country. We cannot survive under the old
system. Platforms are very crucial. Not only at the national level but the LGUs as well. Recovery requires a whole-of-nation approach. Singapore is now working on the basis that the pandemic is endemic. We should too. A federal parliamentary system will provide consistency and
continuity. But most importantly, it will allow public participation in governance. Our food security issues can be addressed by the development of Mindanao. This is now possible with peace in the BAR. Energy security is another compelling issue what with the looming power
shortage again because the Malampaya gas reserves are about to run out and the life of coal power plants nearing their EUL period. Instead of renewables, nuclear is the best option. There is a lot at stake on May 2022. We need candidates who have clear plans of action not the
usual motherhood statements and campaign promises. Our survival depends on them and for once, it should finally be about issues, not personalities who are popular.

• • •

Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh

Keep Current with The Buried Lead on GRP - Ramon Ortoll

The Buried Lead on GRP - Ramon Ortoll Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!


Twitter may remove this content at anytime! Save it as PDF for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video
  1. Follow @ThreadReaderApp to mention us!

  2. From a Twitter thread mention us with a keyword "unroll"
@threadreaderapp unroll

Practice here first or read more on our help page!

More from @marortoll

20 Jul
MLQ3 makes much of the old political party conventions to select national candidates. Truth is these were just for show as it was essentially imposed upon by the Americans during the Commonwealth period. But that was also a period of monolithic rule as the…
party in power was controlled by his adoptive grandfather El Mestizo, Manuel Quezon. It was MacArthur who ordered Manuel Roxas to put up the Liberal Party. Collaboration with the Japanese was the major issue then and post-independence politics dictated that the veritable pound of
flesh be extracted. Not that Roxas was clean himself. It was just that he was fortunate enough to obtain MacArthur's anointment. Roxas went on to defeat Sergio Osmeña in the 1946 election. The Americans then had their puppet government in place. The 1935 Constitution was even
Read 15 tweets
20 Jul
I keep wondering why everything that is wrong with this country is blamed on Marcos and Duterte and not the political bloc which was in power for thirty years. Marcos was in power for twenty-one. Duterte six. That's a total of twenty-seven. You don't need…
to have a PhD in any discipline to analyze what went wrong with the Philippine economy. You just need to read history and analyze the political structure. The Spanish and American periods saw the Philippines producing coconut oil, abaca and sugar. These were the main exports.
Manila then was the Pearl of the Orient. A trading outpost similar to Hong Kong with a large expatriate community of Europeans and Americans. It was a plantation-style economy which was nothing but a modern version of fief and serf in medieval Europe. The monarchy was the
Read 16 tweets
20 Jul
It was inevitable that Javad comes up with this comparison given the most recent surveys having the Manila Mayor in the number two slot after the Davao City Mayor. Javad's comparison fails because Isko is just about to complete his first term while…
Daughterte has been in office as Vice-Mayor or Mayor since 2007. Isko was a Councilor or Vice-Mayor then. It is but natural to compare the two. Daughterte is a lawyer. Isko managed to complete his education when he transitioned to politics from showbiz. As Javad notes, Isko tends
to be performative while Sara is mostly stoic. She has charm and charisma but is not in the news cycle 24/7 or 25/8, as Isko is on social media. If you believe the Chief Political Analyst that is Antonio Contreras, Isko's voter base trumps Daughterte. But that is as per their
Read 16 tweets
19 Jul
Afghanistan and the Delta variant. The US quietly pulled out of Afghanistan last week. It was actually more sneaking out as the last Americans pulled out under the cover of darkness. The Americans left behind the Afghans who supported their war against the…
Taliban, which was also their own creation at the time it was the USSR ehich invaded that country. The Afghans have again proven their mettle against a superpower. They have now defeated the US and Russia one after the other. So much for the fight against terrorism which was the
US battlecry when they justified the war with Iraq and Afghanistan. Iraq is also in shambles despite the continuing US presence. The US can't afford a total pullout just yet because of the Iranian threat. The Afghanistan withdrawal serves a warning to US allies throughout the
Read 14 tweets
19 Jul
Constantly amazed by his logic. A political scientist with a PhD who reasons as he does should be stripped of his doctoral degree. Surveys are based on science because the discipline of statistics is involved. As such, there is the survey design made by…
a statistician or a data analyst. It has to be totally random in order for the results not to be skewed. If skewed then the purpose of the survey is defeated. Not all surveys are correct. Think of Hillary Clinton's pollsters who had her leading by 10 points in the 2016 election.
Election night had Hillary losing to Donald Trump in what was considered a major upset. Last night, I read an article about a statement made by the national group of pollsters in the US saying they made a mistake in their surveys for Congressional races. This is why the
Read 14 tweets
19 Jul
It's not really the early bird which catches the worm aphorism which allies in the face of the Lacson-Sotto tandem but more of a calculated risk in taking on the daunting challenge of running for the two highest posts in the land. In 2015, the news cycle…
was occupied by candidates who wanted to get PNoy's anointment. There was Poe and Cayetano in the headlines. The former because of the case questioning her citizenship while the latter was jockeying to become Roxas' running mate as gratuity for his demolition job on Binay. The
situation is different today not only because of the pandemic but also due to the changed political landscape. Duterte broke the political template with the strategy he employed in 2015. It was political striptease at its best. When he finally decided to run, he seized control of
Read 17 tweets

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3/month or $30/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!

Follow Us on Twitter!