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This Week’s Photo in the News : Say What?

Gloria Arroyo
Photo Credit: Czar Danceld/Reuters

On Jul. 23, former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was elected speaker of the lower house of Congress in her native country. Her reaction when she heard the news was epic.

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Scream Painting/Edvard Munch

I don’t know why but it reminds me of Edvard Munch’s famous Scream Painting. It’s maybe because I find it shocking that a politician like her would be back in power considering her tainted past.

In 2001, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo assumed the presidency from Joseph Estrada who was forced out of office and jailed for plunder. She was elected to a full six-year term in 2004 amid allegations of cheating and electoral fraud.

After Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo took over the presidency in 2001, corruption got worse and turned into a much bigger tumor. During her administration, Transparency International gave the Philippines a score of 2.5 out of a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being the most corrupt.

During her term, she survived three impeachment attempts and several coup plots. Following the end of her term, she was arrested and put in detention for allegedly misusing state funds while in office.

In 2016, Arroyo declined Pres. Duterte’s offer for pardon. The Supreme Court finally acquitted her of plunder for “insufficiency of evidence” and set her free.

Time will tell if she’ll used this opportunity to redeem herself and make amends for her sins in the past.

July 26, 2018 at 11:32 pm Leave a comment

Unexpected Outcome

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I knew it would be close, but I didn’t expect Donald Trump to win. I wasn’t alone. I think he and most of the people who voted for him didn’t expect it either. All the polls pointed to a Hillary Clinton victory. What could have been her coronation ended up as the most devastating loss in U.S. politics.

I thought I’d see in my lifetime a woman break the glass ceiling and become the first female president. It looks like wishful thinking now.

Among the candidates, she was the most qualified for the office based on more than 30 years in public service. But it wasn’t enough. Although she won the popular vote, she didn’t get the 270 electoral votes to propel her to victory.

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November 11, 2016 at 11:39 am Leave a comment

A Vote for Clinton

Hillary Clinton for President
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In less than a week, the 2016 presidential election will be held. I don’t know about you, but I have already decided whom I’m going to vote. I’m casting my ballot for Democratic standard-bearer Hillary Clinton.

Among the candidates, I think she is the best qualified with over 30 years in public service that included stints as First Lady of the United States, New York Senator, and Secretary of State. She is tough, smart, and experienced enough to become the leader of the free world.

I know. I know. For somebody like me who loves to travel light, you’re wondering why I would choose somebody carrying a lot of baggage.

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November 3, 2016 at 3:38 pm 4 comments

Duterte Is It

Rodrigo Duterte, Philippine Daily Inquirer Photo

It’s a foregone conclusion. Rodrigo Duterte, the mayor of southern city of Davao, will be the next president of the Philippines. The tough talking Duterte is leading his closest rival, Manuel Roxas II, the candidate of the current administration, by 6 million with 88 percent of the votes counted.

It’s an incredible feat for an outsider and somebody who doesn’t belong to the well-entrenched elite. If anything, it’s a resounding vote against the status quo.

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May 10, 2016 at 1:39 pm Leave a comment

A Hot Mess

Philippine Daily Inquirer Photo

May 9, 2016 is an important date for the Philippines. On that day, the Filipinos will elect the successor to President Benigno Aquino III who completes his six-year term this year.

There are five leading candidates vying to succeed him.

According to the latest SWS polls conducted April 18 to 20, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte leads with 33% voter preference rating. In second place is Senator Grace Poe with 24%. Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and Vice President Jejomar Binay are in a dogfight for third and fourth place with 19% and 14% respectively. Senator Miriam Santiago is lagging way behind in fifth place with 2%.

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May 2, 2016 at 8:05 pm Leave a comment

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