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Norberto Gonzales, ‘Leader’ Of The Anti-Noynoy Opposition?

June 11, 2010

Exactly who is Norberto Gonzales?

A search of line resources yielded the following:

Date of Birth: April 17, 1947; Place of Birth: Balanga, Bataan; no provincial address data; Metro Manila: 207 B. Ortega St., Brgy. Addition Hills, San Juan, Metro Manila; Civil Status: separated; Spouse: n/a ; Educational Attainment Pre-medicine    Ateneo de Davao University;HIGHER STUDIES – Master’s in Chemistry    University of the Philippines; Chairperson – Partido Demokratiko Sosyalista ng Pilipinas

The Philippine Democratic Socialist Party (Partido Demokratiko Sosyalista ng Pilipinas) is supposedly the 6th largest political party in the Philippines. It is listed by Wikipedia as one of the member parties that composed the United Nationalists Democratic Organizations that supported the candidacy of Corazon Aquino and Salvador Laurel in the 1986 Snap Elections against President Ferdinand Marcos.

While the group was given accreditation in 1989 by the Commission on Elections as a legitimate political party, it has always been looked upon with suspicion by those in the political left as it is the only member of the Left that doesn’t trace its beginnings to the Communist Party of the Philippines or to the ideology of Jose Ma. Sison even as many of its leaders had been jailed or had gone underground during the Marcos dictatorship.

The PDSP was in Arroyo’s coalition from the time she was elected Vice-President, even as she was catapulted to power during Edsa II. PDSP was at the 2004 elections member of the Koalisyon ng Katapatan at Karanasan sa Kinabukasan (K-4, Coalition of Truth and Experience for Tomorrow), the coalition that supported president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who won the 2004 presidential elections. It bolted out of her coalition in 2009. [1]

Gonzales and Jesuit Archie Intengan have been suspected of being architects of an extension plan for Arroyo’s presidency.

Gonzales had openly proposed a so called “transition plan” during Arroyo’s term ostensibly to “stabilize democracy” after Arroyo but this had been widely slammed as a stunt to keep her in power beyond June 30.

Before becoming defense chief upon the anointment of Gilbert Teodoro as failed Lakas-Kampi bet in the recent election, Norberto Gonzales served as National Security Adviser to Arroyo for about 6 years.

Gonzales gained notoriety during the infamous Senate hearing on the Venable contract which was said to have cost Filipino taxpayers millions for lobbying the US Congress. As a matter of national security, Gonzales revealed as little as possible on Venable and this raised more suspicions. Gonzales was cited for contempt in Senate hearings, but had to be confined in the Philippine Heart Center for chest pains.

Now with his boss exiting from power, Mr. Gonzales is obviously seeking a new role as leader of the opposition against President-elect Noynoy Aquino.

He is apparently  attempting to cultivate elements in the military with adventurist inclinations.

Weeks before the election he was widely criticized for meetings with battalion-level officers in an attempt to get their backing during the polls.

Just this week he openly told AFP Chief of Staff Delfin Bangit, “you are not alone,” in reference to the announced decision of President-elect Aquino that Bangit would not be retained.

Given the democratic space, he can certainly try.

But one has to wonder if the vaunted professional character of the Armed Forces will be enamored by such posturing by Gonzales.

What say you, Lt. Gen. Delfin Bangit?

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