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Noynoy, Jojo, And Peping

June 23, 2010

Everyone wants a piece of him.

The ascension to the presidency of Senator Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino II is most sure an immense source of inspiration for Filipinos, coming as it does after the nearly decade long rule of a woman described as “having stolen the presidency not once but twice.”

Pollsters are saying Filipinos are strong optimistic of the days ahead even as poverty continues to stalk the land once nicknamed the ‘Pearl of the Orient’.

Filipino politicos are derisively called experts in ‘transactional politics’ – in wheeling and dealing to amass not simply political power but to line their pockets with ill- gotten wealth.

Proof of this – the long line of unresolved scandals past and present allegedly attended by under the table bribes and continuing illegal commissions and favors.

Noynoy Aquino was swept into office both the strength of the heroic legacy of his parents

Ninoy and Cory Aquino, and his vow to stamp out corruption – Walang Mahirap KJung Walang Corrupt (There are no poor where there are no corrupt (officials).

Hitching their hopes for better lives on this pledge, Filipinos from literally all walks of life, have turned the stretch of Times Street in Quezon City fronting the Aquino residence into their public square to importune the incoming 15th President to act on their problems.

They won’t have to wait much longer as P-Noy is being sworn into office at month’s end with he and his Cabinet facing concerns needing immediate attention.

But this side issue has surfaced:

Former Tarlac congressman (and uncle) Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco:

The issue regarding the supposed “Kamag-anak Inc. is being revived to ease me out. They want me out of the way kaya marami na silang nilalabas laban sa akin (that’s why they are raising issues against me). Nung panahon ni Cory…lumabas na it was the people around Cory that started the story (on Kamag-anak Inc.) na gusto palang masolo si Cory, na hindi kami makaistorbo. And I feel it is the same thing now, hindi nila alam na yung mga nakapaligid ke Noynoy e gusto i-eliminate ako, lalo na ako (During Cory’s time, it emerged that people around her started the story about Kamag-anak Inc. so that they could have her to herself. I feel that it is the same thing now. The people don’t know that people around Noynoy want to have me out of the loop.)
I feel that kami na kamag anak nila, we owe it to Ninoy (former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr.) and Cory to take care of them because ito namang nangyari kay Cory it’s not for their family, it’s for the country.

What about these people that joined the (campaign) para mailagay, mailuklok si Noynoy, who will now recognize them? As far as Noy-Bi (issue is concerned), hindi tutuo yun. Ako ay Noy-Mar.

Mr. Cojuangco’s closeness with Binay started in 1978 when Aquino’s father, the late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., who was then jailed by Pres. Marcos, asked him to form a group, later known as Lakas ng Bayan (Laban), that would campaign for the latter who was allowed to join the elections for Interim Batasang Pambansa.

Most surely, the President will have to face this issue resolutely and with equanimity, in the same way that a proper and productive role will be found for his Vice President, Mr. Jejomar Binay.

These cannot become erosive distractions (and potentially destructive) from more infinitely pressing problems.

His massive electoral victory gives President Aquino immense political capital to be decisive in implementing his reform agenda.

The People will most assuredly be behind him.

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