• EDSA revisionism and the errors of FM (Part 1)


    “Where there is doubt, faith,
    Where there is despair, hope,
    Where there darkness, light,
    And where there is sadness, joy.”
    – St. Francis of Assisi

    First of two parts

    They tell me that history is always written by victors. When victors write history, they are usually biased in their own favor. So history in the view of the victors is always revisionist. They normally don’t tell the whole truth and, in so telling half truths, they end up with lies or perversions of the truth. This is the case with the so-called EDSA “revolution.” The truth has been hijacked by now Senator Juan Ponce Enrile and former President Fidel V. Ramos and the President Cory Aquino family, represented today by President Noynoy Aquino and his sister, Cris Aquino, the ever present television personality who is a lover of sorts.

    The events that led to EDSA    
    THE MISTAKES OF FM: The events that led to EDSA could only be traceable to FM. Without his mistakes, EDSA would never have happened and all those mistakes are obvious errors of judgment which could have never taken place if FM, was in tiptop condition. Lupus caught up with him and without a weakened FM those errors, for certain, could not have happened.

    First, his error in allowing the Opposition enough political space to denounce his administration here and abroad. When you are rebuilding a country, you do not allow anybody space, political or otherwise. The opponents of a New Society you are building should be in either two places – in isolated islands, and we have plenty of these in our archipelago, for them to vegetate and reform or six feet under the ground, if they remain obstreperous and unrepentant. I was surprised why FM did not do that. He allowed us to denounce him and for the mosquito press to cover the denunciations of the Opposition – prominent among the mosquito press were Jose Burgos, Sr. and Jr.’ Malaya and Eugenia Apostol’s Mr. and Ms.

    Second, his error of calling for snap elections in 1986 when his term would have expired in 1987. Why did he do it? On pressure of the President Reagan administration, he had succumbed to the demand of the Americans. Under normal FM circumstances, he could have easily defied Reagan because the Opposition in the Philippines objected to the calling of snap elections for the simple reason that it was not prepared to participate in it. I was one of those opposed to the stand of the Opposition because it would have been a brilliant opportunity to remove Marcos since it would show that FM was a stooge of America and it would give us the muchawaited time to galvanize the people of the country to depose FM. But the Opposition moguls in Manila led by former President Diosdado Macapagal thought otherwise. As a disciplined soldier I had to abide by the decision of the Opposition leaders and I went to the Supreme watching Opposition lawyers, which included former Vice-President Emmanuel “Maning” Pelaez, argue what I thought was a foolish decision, as the later events proved me right.

    Third, allowing international and domestic media to cover and publicize the canvassing of the votes of the snap elections. He should have known better and that to allow media to cover and publicize the canvassing would have very serious consequences on his rule. How did it happen that there was this media coverage? For historical purposes, let me detail it here. Deputy Prime Minister Jose Roño who was also minister of Local Government and majority floor leader of the Parliament, learned of the Opposition decision to boycott the canvassing of the results of the snap elections by not participating in the process. To Roño’s perception, this boycott would discredit the legitimacy of the canvassing and the snap election itself. So on this theory, Roño approached me on my seat at the floor of the Parliament, as I was the de facto Minority Floor Leader, and said, “Pare, how can we bring back the Opposition to actively participate in the canvassing?” I replied, “Simple, just allow domestic and international media untrammeled coverage of the canvassing.” Roño replied, “I cannot make that kind of decision. Only the President can make that decision. I will come back to you in two hours.” Roño came back to me at the appointed time and told me: “Pare, the President says it is okay.” I did not smile at the information lest I would reveal my intentions. I just told myself, how crazy could these people get by allowing untrammeled media coverage and I was proved right. I virtually stood alone on the floor of the Parliament for the Opposition and the country and made the word “asterisk” a byword for incandescent and brilliant Opposition. And the rest is history!

    More FM mistakes
    Fourth, FM should not have allowed the suspension of the canvassing of the snap election results by the National Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL). NAMFREL had acquired a reputation for accuracy in canvassing and reporting the results to the public but businessman Jose Concepcion, Jr. (Joecon), the Chairman of NAMFREL was a known Cory Aquino partisan. Here is the story of how the canvassing of NAMFREL was stopped. While we were canvassing the flawed election results in the Parliament, I thought that NAMFREL was canvassing the correct results and would sustain my objections on the floor of the Parliament. It turned out that NAMFREL was canvassing the same results we were canvassing in the Parliament. When I read in the papers and heard on television that Cory’s majority was dwindling to 75,000 votes, I got so disturbed that the canvassing in NAMFREL would arrive at the same results as in Parliament and that would have made a fool of the Opposition, and me in particular.

    End of part 1. The conclusion will come out on Saturday.

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    On the SC decision in favor of Senator Poe
    As I was writing this column I saw on TV that the Supreme Court had decided the Senator Poe disqualification cases in her favor. Congratulations to Senator Poe and the Supreme Court. As I wrote over and over again in this column, Senator Poe, based on the facts and our laws is indisputably a natural-born Filipino citizen. Anyone who gives a contrary interpretation either does not know our Constitution and our laws or the English language, or both. The losers should stop talking about the violation of the rule of law. They do not know what they are talking about. The Supreme Court has spoken; the losers should accept their defeat. They want to take this issue to the people? They should stop making fools of themselves. Enough is enough. What the losers should do is to campaign for their candidates instead of bellyaching in a nuthouse.


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    1. Francisco Sevilla on

      Bono, the Supreme Court said that Grace Poe can run for President in the May 9, 2016 elections. It did not say that Grace Poe is a natural-born Filipino.

    2. The best thing for Quicho, Tiangco, Cereza and the Binay family is to contrite for this lent season for conniving each other to hide the real truth of the Binays’ STOLEN wealth. If they will not, then may God take them all to HELL and suffer the results of their evil deeds. May you ll go to hell and letus pray to save the Philippines from the liar Binays.
      Tiangco said, “To this we ask, why, if the case against us is strong, would there be any need for underhanded tactics?”. Why don’t you advise your evil boss Binay to just face the court and defend himself through his corrupt lawyers instead of answering the hundreds of thousands of evidences by submitting only eight pages response.The Filipino people are tired of Binay’s excuses of saying “demo job”.

    3. The biggest error of Marcos is his intentions and objective . He intended to take over all businesses like ABS CBN, Meralco and Manila times. It is GREED not patriotism. LEe Kuan Yu is patriotism and he died a middle class family. Marcos must have been the richest man on earth during his time with billions, gold and real estates. Marcos must be viewed as the biggest traitor of all time.

    4. Atty Adaza,what are the facts of the Poe case.? The so- called facts that are in your possession are misrepresentions or lies.The Constitution and the pertinent provisions of the Election law are clear on the issue of who is a natural-born citizen and ifwhe.n a candidate for the position of President has satisfied the residency requirement.
      There was no need for the Supreme Court to interpret what is clearly and graphically defined in the law.What the Supreme Court’s 9 Justices did was to “legislate” to favor the “foundling”, Grace Poe for obvious monetary considerations.Pres Aquino has “politicized” the 9 greedy “hoodlums in robes”.
      You have previously written your opinion but to many,they were as clear as “mud”.

      You have unfairly ,with arrogance,branded the 6 Associate Justices not knowing The Constitution and our laws or the English language or both!

    5. I believe that foundlings should be accorded natural citizenship but this is not the real issue here Sir. She renounced her citizenship and she has yet to fulfill the processes required by law. Needless to say that I don’t want to be judgmental as anyone of our fellow citizen may opt or have opted to change citizenship but may later choose to become Filipino again for some reasons. The SC especially the 9 Justices failed to grasp that or they know about it but turned a blind eye or worst accepted bribe.

    6. Mr. Adaza, I really admire your thoughts about the history of EDSA as you are one of the very few who had direct participation on the event that causes EDSA. You are a great statesman and that nobody is willing to deny. But to the contrary on siding with the SC i do believe that your being a distinguished statesman has been trampled by your own EGO in defending ms POE. I know that you know well our Constitution and let me just point out The Philippine Constitution. One of the things stated in the constitution is the qualification of the president. Among those enumerated let me focus and call your attention on the provision which states: ” A natural born Filipino Citizen”. The same constitution likewise provides who are natural born citizens. One of those enumeration is : ” born to Filipino Mother or Father”. Likewise our constitution adhere and adopts the blood relationship and not the place of birth. Ms Poe no matter what she and her brilliant lawyers did was not able to determine that she has Filipino Blood in her. Look at her physical appearance is she a typical filipina? no, she is more of a chinese descent that a filipina. Dwell on this and only this provision of law and ask deeply yourself if indeed the SC has not erred in applying the basic and fundamental law of our land to this case? For the only conclusion i could get why these justices grants her petition is because of emotions and nothing more and nothing less. Are we going to trample our laws just because we pity a person? thank you.

      • Jugga,i was ready to believe to everything that you saying until i get to part of how Grace Poe look like,not filipina enough for you?whats a typical filipina look to you?dark skin,flat and wide nose,short and what else?.Its the year 2016 if im not mistaken,you can hardly see any filipina or filipino for that matter that is “purely” 100 percent,,please get out of your cave once in a while…….

    7. Leodegardo Pruna on

      Come on Bono, read the requirements to qualify as candidate for the presidency of the nation in the Philippine Constitution. The Filipinos deserve better understanding from you but it seems that the old ways are still tickling you. The Supreme Court has made its decision and the people have to respect it. But as the case in the SC membership which counts on six against the decision, the Filipino people should also be given the freedom to be for or against the decision.God save the Philippines.

      • If the people disagree with the decision, then do not vote for Grace Poe. It is as simple as that. The voice of the Supreme Court have spoken, we must honor this decision because we are in a democratic country.

      • I agree with you Mr Max, the SC has decided. Why are the other candidates so afraid of Poe? If they are really good, they can beat poe in the upcoming election,

    8. The biggest mistake FM did is his announcement to the world of placing the entire country under martial law. Gainsay, Lee Kwan Yu (LKY) of Singapore is smarter than FM. He governed Singapore much harsher than martial law to instill strict discipline among his subjects but he did not broadcast it to the whole world like FM did. In fact, LKY’s ‘bizarre edicts’ like prohibiting two or more persons gathered at a place of assembly to move from that place substantially as a body of persons in succession proceeding by a common route or routes without permit is still intact today.

      • Nag aral kasi sa Cambridge si LKY kaya pati ang paggamit ng legalese and a play of words to describe a rally or demonstration clothe in a witty, if not a naughty manner is superb. That was similar to Mr. Winston’s description of whisky, to wit:

        “If you mean whisky, the devil’s brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean that evil drink that topples men and women from the pinnacles of righteous and gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation, shame, despair, helplessness and hopelessness, then, my friend, I am opposed to it with every fibre of my being.”

        “However, if by whisky you mean the oil of conversation, the philosophic wine, the elixir of life, the ale that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes;
        if you mean good cheer, the stimulating sip that puts a little spring in the step of an elderly gentleman on a frosty morning; if you mean that drink that enables man to magnify his joy, and to forget life’s great tragedies and heartbreaks and sorrow;
        if you mean that drink the sale of which pours into our treasuries untold millions of pounds each year, that provides tender care for our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitifully aged and infirm, to build the finest highways, hospitals, universities, and community colleges in this nation… then my friend, I am absolutely, unequivocally in favour of it..!!!”