Grace and the BBL

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I AM astounded by people who actually believe that Grace Poe is the next President that this country needs.

I mean unless, of course, you actually believe the current President when he says that his governance has meant great improvements in our lives as Filipinos. Unless you believe the President when he says that his government has changed the economy, fixed unemployment, improved education. Unless you believe the President when he says that his matuwid na daan has been the answer to all our problems as a nation, that it has solved poverty and hunger and injustice. That truly, kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap.

If you believe the way this President has been making us believe that he has done so well, then yes, it makes sense that you love Poe and believe her worthy of being the next President.

The more important question then is why you believe PNoy at all. Pray tell, how can one continue to be blind to the real state of the nation?


Poe is using the rhetoric that is so painfully familiar at this point: it is the words that we’ve heard PNoy use countless times to describe himself and his brand of governance. Only the blind, deaf, and dumb would believe that rhetoric.

But Poe is one to employ it still, something that I’m surprised her mentor/best friend/kuya/ running mate Chiz Escudero has yet to change. Because Escudero would know – believer of surveys as he is – that there is a majority for whom PNoy’s words have meant a more difficult life, more poverty, more hunger, more need.

Grace and the BBL
Ah, but Chiz is letting her be, it seems. As this bit from the Koronadal, South Cotabato speech of Poe reveals, as transcribed by stuartsantiago.com from a youtube video now a dead link.

“Ikinagagalak ko po na isa sa nagawa namin, kasama ni Senator Chiz, na dumaan at dumadaan na po ang BBL sa senado, gaya nga po ng sinabi ni Senator Chiz, ang mga probisyon dito ay kailangan nating pangalagaan. Maganda nga po ang national roads niyo dito pero nasabi din sa akin ni Senator Chiz na marami pang kailangang gawin sa mga provincial roads.”

Ano raw?!? So the Bangsamoro Basic Law is about … better provincial roads?

At the press conference, a transcript of which is posted on Poe’s Official Website, it gets even more confusing – or actually, it’s quite revealing – that she knows too little to even take a very clear stand about the BBL.

First, she mentions the BBL after being asked about what Senate’s priorities would be once it opens its next session: “Marami ang pwedeng maging prayoridad halimbawa na lang siyempre ang budget para sa susunod na taon si Sen. Chiz ang magsasabi ng kabuuan niyan pero ang BBL nandiyan rin po, nandiyan din po ang pag-uusap sa BBL. Ako naman po may isinusulong din katulad ng yung para sa anti-carnapping na kailangan nang maipasa at pabigatin ang batas ukol diyan.”

So the budget, BBL, and … carnapping? How’s that for priorities. Fourth on her list is the Freedom of Information Law. Fourth! It might explain why it has yet to be passed, yes?

Grace On the opt-in provision
Asked point-blank by a supporter about her stand on the BBL, Poe then revealed that in fact she does not know enough to take a stand. For starters, she speaks of a “we” who disagrees with certain provisions; it is unclear whether that refers to her and Escudero, or her and the other members of the Senate. She continues (all sections in bold mine):

“Nabanggit nga ni Senator Chiz kanina, huwag tayong mamimilit ng mga ayaw sumama at isa pa, napakahalaga kasi na yung plebesito na mangyayari diyan, kung magkakaroon ng ganun ay pag-aaralang mabuti. Unang una, malinis ba talaga yung halalan na yan kung magkakaroon ng plebesito para diyan. Pangalawa, yung mga kasapi ba, yung mga miyembro ba ng komunidad na yun naiintindihan nila yung mga issues? Dapat talaga merong mga proper… parang mga lecture, parang mga kunyari public information para diyan.”

Speaking about the opt-in provision approved by Congress, Poe raises issues such as whether or not the plebiscite elections for the opt-in will be clean and credible, and whether or not people are well informed about the issues that surround inclusion into the Bangsamoro. But all of that can be fixed, yes? There are ways of making a plebiscite credible, ways of informing communities about issues.

But there are many things wrong with the opt-in provision, least of which is whether or not its contingent plebiscite will be credible. Hilario Davide Jr., convenor of the Peace Council created by Malacañang itself, said in April: “The core Bangsamoro territories should not be allowed to increase indefinitely by the periodic votes of 10 percent of registered voters in the outer territories <…> The establishment of a plebiscite that fixes the territory is a congressional prerogative that cannot be delegated. A perpetual opt-in provision makes the Bangsamoro territory indefinite and keeps the organic act in constant flux.” (GMANetwork.com, 25 May)

Grace: Flip-flopping already?
She continues: “Kaya hindi ako sigurado dun sa opt-in. Merong isa nagsasabi kung meron mang ganyan ay siguraduhin talaga na ayusin natin ang proseso para masiguro na walang dayaan at pangalawa, dapat meron ding opt-out. May mga sinasabing ganun. Hindi ko sinasabing yun ang sa akin, pero isa yan sa dapat pag-aralan na merong trial period like five or ten years tapos merong opt-out din depende sa sitwasyon.”

So … is she, or isn’t she for the opt-in provision in the BBL? If all these words are any indication, she seems to be for it, given a credible plebiscite and information dissemination, given an opt-out option and trial period. But no, she says, “Hindi ko sinasabing yun ang sa akin.”

Eh ano nga ba ang sa kanya?

Well, we still don’t know that. And as with many things in relation to this candidate, we know nothing about where she stands, and what work she can and is willing to do. It’s not even a matter of experience at this point. It’s a matter of studying before going out into the world and facing difficult complex questions about the nation.

But then again, as stuartsantiago.com says, baka hindi pa tapos ang tutorial with teacher Chiz.

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12 Comments

  1. We don’t need another student
    council government. We need
    a leader with experience and a
    track record of good governance.

  2. lolitamarquez on

    Whati can surmise is that Poe does not love to reas for why until now she does not have a definite stand on BBL.

  3. Lerma P. Jacinto on

    There is a truth to the saying that the we, the people get the leaders that we deserve.
    Poe, Binay, Roxas. Pick your choice. Quo vadis, Pilipinas?

  4. Amnata Pundit on

    Coring- Cory ang dating, di ba? Yan ang gusto ng Kano, yung kayang -kaya nila linlangin o takutin. Patay na tayo sa agenda ng Kano para bayan natin, kung ano man yun.

  5. ha ha ha, napansin nyo ba na panay ang “refer” ni poe-pet kay chizwiz?? ibig bang sabihin ay wala syang alam o lahat ng alam nya ay yung mga sinabi sa kanya ni chizwiz? tama si herma laurel ng tribune, talagang poe-pet (as in puppet lang) si so called amazing grace. sanamagan, kawawang pilipinas. hindi maubos ang ambisyosong mga walang alam at karapatang magpatakbo ng bansa

  6. I fully agree with Angela. If private companies require its applicants to be a college graduate of any sort for a position like clerical, why can’t this basic requirement be applied to any body who would seek for a government position, like those in the Senate or House of Representatives or even to highest position in the LGUs.

  7. Mahirap ipagkatiwala sa isang Grace Poe na katulad ni Cory Aquino na walang alam. Mag hihirap ang bayan ng another six yearssa paghihintayintay sa isang tanga at puro gusto ay GOOD DEEDS na presidente.

  8. Angela Burleson on

    She seems to be pretty smart and neutral, but I think she’s too green for the position of a president and its sad because there are no good choice out there. From what I have observed, Binays will follow the mob rule, I’m afraid. And actors, omg, should just stick to making movies please!! And please, no one should run for a government position without at least a bachelors degree!!!! Just because they’re famous they can run the country! Sorry i got carried away, LOL!!!

    • Don’t worry about getting carried away Ms.Burleson,our assmart politician always do the same thing…got carried away with peoples money or should i say carting it away…..not funny but lol

  9. ms poe-llamanzares will be a sleaze with chiz as his mentor in no time at all. chiz is a sleaze and will rub on to her eventually. chiz may be one of the senators who skirted SC ruling on pork by inserting their pork allocation in the 2015 budget under the different agencies of the government -and we may be surprised if ms poe-llamanzares may have done so too with chiz as her mentor. the insertion was exposed by maceda and confirmed through the findings of lacson’s continuing investigation of the presence of pork in 2015 budget. chiz confirmed the existence of pork in the 2015 budget justifying that it is only temporary, belying his pronouncement during the senate deliberation on the 2015 budget that it has complied with the SC ruling on PDAF & DAP.

    and they have the gall to run for the highest post in 2016? the philippines is really doomed with these politicians to choose from to lead the country.

  10. Sa mga sinasabi at ginagawa at ipinakikita ni Grace Poe,makikita mo at mauunawaan,na siya ay walang paninindigan at walang sariling salita na pinanghahawakan,nalasing ng husto sa pag-aakala na siya ay may kakayahan dahil sa survey na ginawalang! Kung magiging pangulo siya,siya lang ang pangulo na magiging sunudsunuran kay escudero!magkakaroon ng dalawang pangulo ang pilipinas!

  11. Felimon A. Soria on

    The Filipinos are going to have a president who is not even qualified to run according to some reports and whose numbers manipulated by pollsters. What a pity President Aquino I falling for this.