Constitutional blitz – Is President Noynoy Aquino not as dumb as we all thought he was?

I think it’s time I gave President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III some credit where it is due. In the span of less than two months, he had pulled off a successful blitzkrieg across two venerable institutions of the Philippine Government — the first involving a swift and decisive flattening of a series of roadblocks both inherent in the Law and put up in melee by the Supreme Court to protect the rights of Filipino citizens against undue curtailment of their liberties by any authority, and the second involving the herding of no less than 188 House “representatives” within less than 24 hours into signing an impeachment complaint against Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.

The first blitz all but threw the entire judiciary into disarray with the operations and services of the entire court system of the country virtually grinding to a halt some days and its members and staff turned into yet another Filipino-style indignation movement. The circus turned Corona into something akin to a politician on the campaign trail, complete with fiery Tagalog speeches, blown up colour portraits on tarpaulin, and for-effect Roman Catholic masses.

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The second blitz is only half-complete. The beating down of the House of Representatives by Malacañang into a bunch of buffoons sniveling about how their arms were twisted into signing the impeachment document despite some of them not having read it was just the first wave of the invasion. The second wave, if we are to believe the “warnings” of Senate president pro tempore Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada is already being mobilised — most likely behind the shadowy world of feudal oligarchs’ wheelings-and-dealings.

Reports of how Noynoy is being driven hard by the “elders” of the powerful Cojuangco feudal clan to secure their continued ownership over the vast — but reportedly insolvent — Hacienda Luisita estate, point to the true architects of the House coup that got the impeachment complaint against Corona off the ground and flying high…

[…] the plot to oust Corona was hatched at the Bahay Matanda, the ancestral house of the Cojuangcos after elderly members of the Cojuangco clan reportedy [sic] berated President Aquino for attacking members of the High Court which they believe was the reason the SC justices revoked the stock distribution option and ordered the distribution of the [Hacienda Luisita] sugar estate to its tenants.

“From the time of (President Ramon) Magsasay [sic], the hacienda land was never lost. When Martial Law came, we still did not lose our land. GMA (Gloria Arroyo) and Cory had a fight during GMA’s presidency, we Cojuangcos still did not lose our land. Now that that you (Noynoy) are president, we lose the hacienda!”, the Tribune source quoted an elderly Cojuangco as he berated Aquino in the vernacular.

…so it is not surprising how the next poor sod in the Yellow Army’s hit list may turn out to be none other than Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.

Indeed, a regular visitor to Get Real Post who goes by the handle “Felipe” summarised in a comment what could be a very plausible strategic targeting initiative being implemented by the Second Aquino Administration…

The Aquino administration has been working on getting rid of all perceived hindrances to their goals either incrementally or by employing a multi-pronged approach:

– They’ve gotten rid of Sen. Miriam Santiago by recommending her to the ICC — She’s too elated to take notice of any “catch” or ulterior motive behind this recommendation (this is not to say she’s not absolutely qualified for the job).

– Then they’re now after Sen. Enrile.

– Sen. Joker Arroyo is a bit difficult to peg down as yet.

– They’ve also given sums of money to leftist groups to keep them from creating or supporting any public uprising, outcry, or unrest.

Rapa Lopa’s SWS and Tony Boy Cojuangco’s Pulse Asia are used to accomplish several things:

[1] take advantage of this naive or gullible tendency among Filipinos to be easily swayed by bandwagons in order to keep the numbers up and build or maintain support for Aquino.

[2] divert attention from bad publicity or news of negative ratings given by those neutral international agencies.

[3] create a perception of lack of support by the larger public to discourage any thoughts among its citizens of forming protests or creating any uprising.

Mainstream media such as ABS-CBN/TFC helps by skewing the news to portray one side as good and the other side as evil (no fence-sitters please). Media is also good for creating “hooks” that lead to cult-following or loyalties.

They continue to deploy blokes to saturate the internet, e.g. blogs, forums (e.g. PEx), social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. with pro-Aquino campaigns or propaganda in comments, posts, articles, and so on.

The political machinery of course is well-funded by the country’s uber-rich making sure of their [return on investment].

These are just the tip of the iceberg.

[NB: Some minor formatting effected on the original quoted text to enhance readability]

A cornerstone of this strategy is obviously a continued propping up of a semblance of legitimacy and righteousness in Noynoy’s actions on the strength of what is perceived to be wide public support for anything and everything associated with the Aquino-Cojuangco pedigree although by some indications, even this bastion of the power base of the Aquinos and Cojuangcos may be fast eroding.

The plot thickens which, to Aquino’s credit, is much more that can be said of this circus than the average Filipino telenovela.

A sore bum from a good spanking hopefully builds a bit of character for you-know-who…

52 Replies to “Constitutional blitz – Is President Noynoy Aquino not as dumb as we all thought he was?”

  1. agree
    the game plan is clear
    Cojuangco has raised the game and will fight tooth and nail for hacienda luisita and then hacienda luzon

    Some people think power is for ever. But like hair it doesnt last.

    “sugar is peso sweet… I’m as hard as ice… hurt me
    once… i’ll kill u twice”
    ? Cojuangco clan motto

    1. @nona

      Some people think power is for ever. But like hair it doesnt last.

      So true—and also goes the saying “power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely” which is quite ironic given Aquino’s “kung walang ‘corrupt’, walang mahirap” slogan.

      Since he has breached this sacred separation of powers and independence between these 3 branches of gov’t, what kind of precedent did he think he has set, given he would eventually need to pass on the presidency to the next guy (assuming he has no intention of hanging on to it forever)?

      Or…should the question actually be: Who would be kingmaker Cojuangco’s next choice to be president?

    2. The Corona Court has already put a price tag on Hacienda Luisita. Of course, it will be Malakanyanang which will implement the purchase.

      So a President who says he alredy knows what he needs to know about the constitution will b e the one to sign the checks to the H/L stockholders. Will it surprise anyone if Noynoy chooses a price-per-hectare much much higher than the price defined by the Corona Court? Abangan ang susunod na impeachment.

      1. the reason why cojuangco et al want a high price set is not just the compensation, but more importantly the farmers will not be able to then afford to buy the land. ergo cojuangco keeps control of it. no change

      2. ito ay laban na ng SC at pinoy dahil sa ginawa nila babawian sila ng pinoy tingnan ninyo hangang ngayon ay inaatake pa ni pinoy ang mga marcos kahit wala silang ebidensya na si marcos ang nagpapatay sa tatay niya ..ang tingin ko diyan ay mga kasama niya sa partido dahil ng sumabog ang bomba sa plaza ay wala si noynoy dumating sya noong sumabog na ang bomba tinamaan si salongga .at patay ang ibang tao yan ang gawaIN NG MGA KOMUNISTA noon .

        1. TROLL.

          Even Ninoy himself was allied with the Reds; Joma Sison said it himself, showing Ninoy as an ambitious politician than a so-called ‘hero’.

          Hwag ka nang umasa na babawian ni PNoy ang hacienda. If he does that, we will go on a dictatorship where he will control the judiciary. Gusto mo iyon? 😛

  2. Bkit ba ksi ayaw pa magbitiw ni Corona sa pwesto? Alam na ng taumbayan na pinoprotektahan nya si Gloria. Wag nya idamay ang buong judiciary sa kanyang pagiging pekeng chief justice.

    1. Alam ng nakararami na hindi naman peke si Corona. Tinatawag niyo lang syang peke dahil hadlang siya sa diktadura ni AbNoy. Si Senador Enrile naman balak ninyong paalisin para maka-upo si Drilon (matagal na syang hayok na pumalit kay Enrile para siya naman maging Senate President)

      Ayaw niyo ng mga amo mo si Enrile kasi gusto niyang alisin ang 60-40 equity restriction ng foreign ownership. Takot kayong meron kumpetisyon.

      Kasalanan ba ni Corona na puro palpak mga ebidensya niyo kaya puro talo kaso niyo?

        1. Si Penot nga kasabwat ni Gloria nun di sya pumayag na ipatugtog yun “Hello Garci” tape. Kunwari pa kayo! Nagalit nalang kay Gloria mga Aquino nun napilitan si Gloria na pakialaman yun Hacienda Luisita.

          Puro kayong satsat, wala naman ebidensya.

        2. Another pitiful ignoramus subjected by his idol’s argumentum ad ignorantiam and ad populum… errr… marketing strategies.

        3. Dhl nga nlman na nila na isang magnanakaw at mandaraya si Gloria! At pinakawalan pa ang mga pumatay kay Ninoy wlanghiya tlga ito.

        4. Protip: It wasn’t Marcos who killed Ninoy. It was maybe his Cojuangco relatives or his oligarch allies.

          BTW, the very reason why Cory and Noynoy opposed Gloria is because due to the fact that Arroyo wanted to open Hacienda Luisita to the farmers. And the real thieves are pissed. 😛

          Oh yeah, that’s politics and wala kang kaalam-alam dun. That’s why the EDSA revolution-esque shenanigans are nothing but fiestas, which Vincensus Ignoramus loves to be part of. Are you a party addict? 😛

        5. hrrrrmmmm…
          I watched in History Channel that the person who shot Ninoy said that the person who gave the order was Danding Cojuangco. The Aquino Family dont want to believe it because they are relatives.
          But then again Cain killed Abel.
          “Men are moved by 2 levers only, fear and self-interest” – Napoleon Bonaparte

        6. F Sionil Jose created an open-letter to Noynoy for him to create a Truth Commission to find answer to “…who was mastermind of Ninoy Aquino murder?”

          Noynoy refuses. He may be waiting for the next president (and it may be BongBong!!!) to do the Truth Commission instead.

        7. who shot the sherriff

          ninoy? – noynoy knows
          he just doesnt want general opinion to be confirmed. neither did cory.
          the familys dirty secret.

          martinez spilled the beans in his confession before his death

      1. kaibigan tuta kaba ni corona o ni arroyo sinungaling siya .kinamkam nilang magasawa ang basa interprises yung matandang tigabantay ng mga basa tinutukan niya ng baril

        1. Tuta ka rin ba ni Noynoy? Please state facts and not hearsays and crap.

          Aminin mo na sinungaling ka rin tulad ni Raissa Robles.

    2. @Nutzi Vincenzo

      Si Tito Badnoy at si Tito Adolf(Hitler)mo ay mayroon isang paniniwala… Ulit-ulitin mo ang isang malaking kasinungalingan at ito ay lumalabas na totoo! Nagbabasa ba kayo ng Mein Kampf? Ang L ay hindi na Laban. Ang L ngayon ay Linlangin. Say mo? Di ba totoo?

        1. To quote first officer spock… Fascinating! Your logic is not infallible.

          Sa panahon nang kanyang matinding kapangyarihan, ang taong dati nang may kapansanan sa utak ay lalong lumala. Dahil pumasok na ang kapangyarihan sa kanyang utak.

          Tulugan mo lang yan, lashing ka yata sa kapangyarihan!

        2. “Slaves of today, tyrants of tomorrow.” – Jose P. Rizal

          Biktima ng diktaturya? Butthurt ka lang because Ninoy is a communist sympathizer and a ambitious politician. And what can you say about LEE KUAN YEW and MAHATHIR?

          Noynoy may be a victim, but lemme remind you that Cory also ruled like a dictator, worse than Marcos. Noynoy learned a lot like her mom.

          “Like mother, like son.” Ika nga. 🙂

    3. ayaw ni corona na magresign dahil gahaman sya sa puwesto sa SC.marami ang naglalagay sa kanya para manalo sa kaso ..ang mga attorny ni corona ay probono na kagaya ni jimeno na kontra sa appoinment ni corona pero attorny sya no corona na pag naabsuwelto si corona ay lalakas ang kapit niya at pag cliente sya ay siguradong panalo sa tulong ni corona.

      1. Ayaw mag-resign ni Corona is because he was right all along: PNoy will appoint his own chief justice ‘na kanyang kapit sa leeg’. Ang mga attorney ni Corona ay hindi probono because they ARE lawyers than the prosecution who are more like brats and even politicians.

        I believe mananalo sya because it will strengthen the independence of the judiciary. And in the first place, it was all based on hearsays regarding on the charges against him. So kung puro haka-haka lang ang ibabato mo, then wala kang maibabato sa katotohanan.

  3. the yellow message now is for corona to resign.
    what not even have his right for senate ‘trial’!
    they are not only worried they will lose – hence the enrile plot to try and rebalance the outcome , but they cannot wait 6 months.
    the more panic – the more lies and public manipulation.
    the most unscrupulous dishonest people you could imagine. no wonder none of them have ever had a real job or worked in respectable companies. they would not get through the door.
    their supporters must also be people bereft of values, integrity and common decency.

  4. “These six things the Lord hates, indeed, seven are an abomination to Him:
    – A proud look
    – A lying tongue, and Hands that shed innocent blood,
    – A heart that manufactures wicked thoughts and plans,
    – Feet that are swift in running to evil,
    – A false witness who breathes out lies(even under oath), and
    – He who sows discord among his brethren.” Proverbs 6:16-19

    The foregoing was quoted from the Philippine Star, The Nation. A Call for Peace with Justice, to Bring the Country Forward. Dec.17,2011

    Quo Vadis, Mr. Aquino?

  5. for aquino it is all in danger of going pear shaped.
    bend over and take your punishment.
    word is he would enjoy it.
    if you have lived with secrecy and hypocricy all your life it becomes part of your psyche/dna to be dishonest, spiteful, paranoid, controlling.
    having counselled gay/bi/transgender people for 10 years he is a classic case in terms of both reasons and reactions

    1. Is Mr. Aquino’s recent transformation to the dictatorship of expediency aimed solely at recovering HLI? The disturbing truth of his continued association with personalities from the socialist/mainstream left is an issue.

      He has his yellow followers, so-called civil society B&W, etc. They are supposed to be centrist. Some are seen as rightist anarchists. His red associates are an anomaly. Why does he have left of center influence? They follow his commands in the corridors of power as well as street actions. The reds toe the line as well as the yellows.

      An informal coalition of power is advantageous in his case. He has a working relationship with the leftists because it is expedient. As I said before his leftist pals can act as a leverage in the recovery of HLI. They can influence the peasants to give way to a new arrangement with leftist support of course.

      On the other side of the coin, leftist influence in the corridors of bureaucracy can lead to more informal power sharing in governance. This could lead to a dangerous path with more enemies of the state occupying an expanded political space. Something the reds never realized would happen until now. A dictatorship with a mixed salad coalition is not acceptable!

      1. God forbid! If the Mr. Aquino red association gain the upper hand over the yellow army, so-called centrist and camp followers…

        We may end-up with a left of center, socialist dictatorship

        1. Here is a second look at another angle.

          The reds friendly to Mr. Aquino may help him restore HLI by brokering “peace” talks with the peasants. This will pave the way for the final return of family control.

          But wait, what if this is seen as a divide and rule strategy? Will the mainstream left supporting the peasants take it sitting down? A conflict situation may arise with one Aquino red group battling the peasant red group. Red against red. In the end, if it does happen their blood will be on his hands.

  6. barry rubin – modern dictators 3rd world.
    231 pages of heavy duty
    but the clues and patterns are there. reference to marcos of course and why people accept dictators and the fact that modern dictators use the pretext of democracy but the old methods of control.- and especially monopoly businesses, no competition, information control/manipulation, reward/punishment, family/friends, paranoia of outsiders etc
    promises of improvement to the international world as a means of getting aid
    personally i believe there will be some attempt to control internet – their greatest fear – in the future.
    china brought in new laws last week. the chinoys will see how they can bring in an acceptabke watered down version.
    thats why people believed p-noy because no wannabe autocrat would ever sign up to freedom of info. he promised change but only wants status quo. what a bald faced lie. now he has shown – no different – big con. but people accept anything. no criticism or condemnation.
    housemaids and hookers to the world. no self respect

  7. Noynoy’s communication group seems to be attacking in waves to every issue related to Corona in the internet. Such perverted race of men, who will snub to any logical argument given.

    1. The Malascanang Reich Palace is just copying Adolf Hitler’s propaganda style. Mr. Aquino is already exposed as a dictator to the international community. His people of the goat will soon know the meaning of international condemnation.

  8. You know the Mafiosi in the U.S. They hire the best Lawyers, to get them out of the law. The deceased Mafia Boss of New York:John Gotti, was even called “Teflon Mafia Don”, because no charge from the FBI , can stick to him, to send him in prison. Although, he murdered many people already. The late Mafia Boss: Al Capone of Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., was another. He was a multimillionaire. He was runnning : illegal bootleggings, prostitutions, gamblings, and all kinds of rackets. He even bought: Police, Public Officials, Judges, Politicians,etc…
    This is how the Aquino and Cojuangco families work: Hacienda Luisita Mafiosi style…only the Capo-Boss is in Malacanang…

    1. ito ay matagal ng nangyayari sa pinas ang mga judge ay nilalagyan para manalo sa kaso ng mga mayayaman .ang taong mahihirap kahit walang matibay na ebidensya ay nakukulong pero ang mayaman ay hindi nakukulong dahil walang pang lagay sa judge ang mga mahihirap kahit guilty na ang mayaman ay nababaligtad pa .gaya ng webb at PAL .at iba pang mga kaso …tingnan ninyo si corona millionaryo maraming kinurakot sa pera ng SC kaya inimbistigahan ng world bank ..

  9. Was there a red connection between Ninoy Aquino, Hacienda Luisita and the CPP-NPA? Apparently there is. The following is a direct quote from the very mouth of Jose Maria Sison in his website.

    Please see

    The interview entitled: “On Ninoy Aquino’s Relations with CPP & NPA” was reported by Lisandro Claudio for GMA news TV 24 July 2010

    8.”In my fieldwork in Hacienda Luisita, residents told me that the hacienda served as a safe haven for NPA troops in the 1970’s. Can you confirm this? If it is true, did Aquino play a role in opening up Luisita?”

    “JMS answer: Hacienda Luisita is a big place of several thousands of hectares. It was an area of mass work by the NPA. The peasants and farmers welcomed the NPA. Ninoy did not have to open the place for the NPA. But certainly it was helpful that Ninoy was not known to be hostile to the NPA. His local loyalists did not run to the military to report the presence of the NPA.”

    1. The present dictator Mr. Aquino should be very careful in using his red associates against the red mainstream still seen as supporting the peasants and farmers in Hacienda Luisita. Playing a divide and conquer power game is not good for his or his family’s health.

      But what if it is a done deal? Then Mr. Aquino will be “spanked” many times by his family elders. Watch Mr. Aquino. He may soon return to his happy/funny farm.

      1. Oh yeah… one more thing. I am not left of center. I am a centrist pro-democracy guy who loves investigative journalism. Connecting the dots is fun. Especially if it is to expose a dictator and his leftist associates.

    2. noong panahon na yon ay ang kaibigan ko ay nag bakasyon sya sa tarlac ng magising sya ng madaling araw ay nakita niya na wala sa bahay ang mga kamaganak niya kaya lumabas sya ng bahay ay nakita niya na si ninoy aquino ay nagbibigay ng mga baril sa mga tao at ng makita sya ng tiyo niya ay pinauwi na sya sa maynila ng gabing yon dahil pagnakita raw sya at papatayin sya ..ano ang palagay ninyo npa ba si ninoy ano ang palagay ninyo sino ang nagpasabog ng bomba sa meeting de abanse ng liberal party sa plaza miranda wala si ninoy noong sumabog ang pinagbibintangan nila si marcos ano ang palagay ninyo

  10. wala nang ginawa si aquino kundi gantihan si arroyo lalo na ng nag desisiyon ang korte suprema na ipamahagi na ang mga lupa sa mga magsasaka don lumalabas ang tunay niyang ugali.

    dadismaya ako kay noynoy aquino iba siya kay Ninoy na Tatay nya ant Cory , alam mo yong napakadaldal nya nagalit siya kay kris nakapatid nya dahil taklesa eh masmalala pa papala siya , ok lang yon sa babae , eh kung lalaki ang taklesa ano iisipin mo

  11. malas ang aquino administration dahil dami trahedya nangyayari ciguro parusa yan kasi wala ng ginawa kundi mag away away sila dahil sa posisyon at pulitika kaya lang ang nadadamay mga inosenting mamayan

  12. si Dilima na justice secretary nag aastang matalino at genio pag sasalita nga siya sa tv para siyang may sungay na mahaba .

    kaya Dilima sana hindi mangyari sa yo sa mga anak mo na babae ang ginawa mo kay arroyo kung may Nanay ka pa o Lola wala kang puso nag papa empress ka ng husto kay noynoy alam ko gusto mong tumakbo sa susunod na halalan sory ka hindi kita iboboto

    1. ateng halata kanamang tuta ni arroyo kalit ka kay nonoy dahil wala na si arroyo at wala narin ang mga lagayan sa inyo na tao ni arroyo ..bilib ako sa kapal ng hamuk ninyo.

      1. Mas kapal ang mukha mo because you are so vindictive and malicious. Sorry, but I detect squatter mentality in you. 😛

  13. Aquino, Dilima at iba pang alepores ng adminitrasyon, humanda kayo sa mga karma na dadating sa inyo sinusumpa kayo ng mamamayan
    magkakasakit kayo at ang mga kamag anak nyo

    itaga nyo sa bato

    1. tama karma na si arroyo maysakit na dahil sa masamang ginawa niya sa mga taong pinapatay niya at perang ninakaw niya sa kaban ng bayan at susunod nadin ang mga taong tuta niya itaga mo asa bato

      1. Wow, it seems you know a lot. Why don’t you testify in court? Fact is you are so EMO over GMA, claiming that she stole YOUR money which is the government’s money to begin with. Is there any evidence that she killed most people?

        Don’t be such an idiot. Better to keep it to yourself because most of what you’ve said is just ALLEGATIONS.

  14. I wish for a time machine to do these following things back in time:

    1. Tell Marcos to heed Fabian Ver’s advice to shoot the people at EDSA, as Deng Xiao Ping would eventually do(and as such, the abominations such as Cory, Noynoy,the EDSA revolution and the present Constitution can be stopped)
    2. Tell Ted Turner not to sell his media empire to Time Warner(RIP WCW, even if I never watched it)
    3. Tell Vince McMahon to continue the legacy of WWF/E Attitude, and stop the PG era(We need to expose the realities of life, as done by the likes of WWF/E Attitude, ECW and gore sites, not just love, love, love(Peenoy dramas) and buchokoy(Willie and his shows, maybe even Vice Ganda, Showtime and the like))

    Perhaps the Philippines can become a better place, if it can(by doing number 1 or maybe even number 3, as number 2 can be unrelated, even though number 3 can be unrelated as well)

  15. Pinoy is not dumb after all. By intimidating the legislative and the judiciary he can rule like a dictator without declaring martiaL Law.

  16. “-Then they’re now after Sen. Enrile.”

    Due to their ‘day 2’ defeat, the yellow taliban now has an even more compelling motive to get rid of Enrile. Perhaps, the yellow taliban would resort to its old dirty tactics and sniff around for dirt on Sen. Enrile, find a way to disqualify him—question his integrity, ruin his reputation, or impeach even him—nothing is beneath these yellow talibans as they would stoop as low as hell to get their way, in case the trial does not turn out as they’ve intended.

    Yellow talibans rather attack the person than clean-up their act or work on their methods of proof. I can see them riling people up to take to the streets for another stupid EDSA if they couldn’t slug it out in court.

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