No such thing as strange bedfellows in politics

Who was it who said,” In politics, there are no permanent friends or enemies, just permanent interests?”

That is evident in the alliances that are being formed in preparation for the 2013 and 2016 elections.
The early bird is the United Nationalist Alliance of Vice President Jejomar Binay and former President Joseph Estrada, which includes Gloria Arroyo loyalists Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay and Candaba mayor in Pampanga Jerry Pelayo.

Reports said while Estrada is okay with Arroyo’s allies, he is not keen on an alliance with Manny Villar’s Nacionalista Party.

It is understandable if one recalls that it was Villar who railroaded the impeachment complaint against Estrada in 2000 which eventually led to his ouster in January 2001 and the installation of Arroyo in as unelected president.

But then, if Estrada can embrace the loyalists of Arroyo, who put him in jail (although she eventually pardoned him) it’s intriguing why he remains antagonistic to the NP.

Anyway, reports said NP is talking with the administration party, the Liberal Party for a 2013 alliance.

This one really makes me laugh.

How are the proponents of “Villaroyo” and all the operators of the Aquino campaign who came up with those C-5 and Daang Hari extension expose now going to promote the senatorial lineup that would most probably include NP’s Alan Peter Cayetano and Cynthia Villar?

(By the way, the Daang Hari extension, of which Villar was accused of misusing public funds for the benefit of his real estate properties along the road, is the first Public-Private Partnership project of the Aquino administration.)

On the NP side, they will now be supporting a leader whose psychological state they tried to question. Remember the leaked psycho report?

Oh well, as one of the LP stalwarts, Quezon Rep (4th district) Erin Tanada, who will probably be in the LP senatorial list, said “That was 2010. We are looking beyond 2013.”

That’s politics and woe to those who take politicians seriously.

It’s not only in the 2013 elections that Malacañang is wooing Villar’s group, which in the Senate includes, aside from Alan Peter, another Cayetano, Pia, and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos. Those are four precious votes which Malacañang needs to convict Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.

While most of the highly rated senatorial re-electionists like Chiz Escudero , Loren Legarda and Gregorio Honasan are expected to run under UNA, the administration has only re-electionist Antonio Trillanes IV in their line-up.

Those who have been mentioned to try their luck again, under LP, after losing in the 2010 elections are Akbayan’s Risa Hontiveros;Neric Acosta, presidential adviser for environmental concerns; Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon; and retired Brig. Gen. Danny Lim, deputy customs commissioner.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima is a survey favorite for senator. We heard,however, that she would prefer to be appointed to the Supreme Court because the Iglesia ni Cristo, would not only NOT endorse her. The religious group, which is a voting force to reckon with in the local elections more than in the national level, is said to be thinking of making as a condition for endorsement of local candidates the non-inclusion of de Lima’s name in the senatorial lineup. It has something to do with the injustice done to former National Bureau of Investigation Director Magtanggol Gatdula, an INC member.

April 29, 2012 9:23 pm  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2013 elections, Malaya

19 Responses

  1. andres - April 30, 2012 4:07 am

    It seems that the Nacionalista Party is the one not keen on joining UNA, not the other way around. Probably they feel its more practical to have a coalition with the ruling Liberal Party. Wala talagang prinsipyo sa mga partido sa ating bansa!

  2. Jojo - April 30, 2012 7:21 am

    Kung hindi binago at pinayagan na magsulputan ang mga bagong partido palagay ko walang gulo. Dati kasi according to my Mom ay Nationalista & Liberal party lang daw plus independent candidates. Bata pa ako pero natatandaan ko na walang gulo noong panahon na yon. Kung bakit kasi ang naka-upo noon ay madaling mabilog ang ulo dahil tila walang alam. Look,, ang Pinas ay almost nasa equator. Kaya kahit saan pumaling ang araw ay sapul ang Pinas. What sunlight you are going to save para magdeklara ka daylight saving time.

  3. chijap - April 30, 2012 11:22 am

    this is an example of progress in the Philippines. More fun indeed.

    Hay, Erap still running the show. It puzzles why he decied not to run for Mayor (or is it just a show?). Binay, wishing to be President already.

    And the kingmakers still at it. INC. When does sects stop becoming insects to our national crop?

    Sa atin talaga, may Royalty-complex talaga. Dapat nasa puwesto para maging masaya.

  4. MPRivera - April 30, 2012 12:41 pm

    Magpakatino na ang mga pulitiko natin!

    Kung hindi dahil sa kasibaan nila sa puwesto at kawalang kasiyahan sa kapangyarihan at kayamanan, hindi magiging ganito ang kapalaran ng ating mga kababayan:

    DH 14-buwan tinorture

    Labing-apat na buwang tiniis ng isang Pinay domestic helper sa Saudi Arabia ang kalu¬pitan ng sadistang mga amo bago nito nagawang makatakas at makahingi ng saklolo sa Philippine consulate….

    Markado pa ang mga sugat sa buong katawan ng Pinay nang maka-eskapo at saklolohan ng mga opisyal ng Philippine post.
    Kada utos ay hinahambalos umano ng dos-por-dos si Sonia. Dumudugo na umano ang kanyang ulo sa kapapalo ay pinagtatawa¬nan pa siya ng mag-asa¬wang amo.

    May pagkakataon pa umano na pinasakan ng piraso ng kahoy ang maselang parte ng pagkababae ng Pinay.
    Bukod sa pananakit, ginagawang timawa sa tsibog at pinakakain ng bulok na hotdog ang Pinay. Ilang araw din umano na tubig lamang ang laman ng tiyan ng Pinay dahil pinagkakaitan ito ng pagkain.

    Wala rin umanong sahod na tinanggap ang Pinay……

  5. arvin - April 30, 2012 1:22 pm

    Basta sa halalan kahit pa magkaroon ng matinding hidwaan ay nakakalimutan talaga.It’s more fun in the Philippines talaga. Parang pinaglalaruan lang ang mga mamamayan. Away noon tapos magkakabati dahil sa halalan.

  6. TonGuE-tWisTeD - April 30, 2012 3:51 pm

    I used to be a card-bearing NP member and was coordinator of one or two schools in every election/referendum. Until Villar effectively bought the party in 2007 and original NP senator Enrile joining Erap’s party with the Cayetano brood refusing to be openly identified until Villar’s money, I mean Manny, became a member.

    During those times, NP deserters would rather go independent than moving to LP. And vice versa.

    The NP coalescing with the LP is the story that tells it all about the sick brand of personality-oriented politics this country practices.

  7. Phil Cruz - April 30, 2012 3:54 pm

    The politicians seem like chameleons, indeed.

    They change colors depending on their environment and depending on the threats and opportunities facing them.

    Why? Because their party leaders are chameleons themselves. No fixed principles or philosophies. Whatever beliefs there were in the beginning have been cracked, smashed and recycled and remolded into so many forms that one no longer recognizes it for what it stood for at the beginning.

    People assume this as normal. When will it change? The best time to change this is now. How? I would like the LP to start it and show us how.

    Slim chance, huh?

  8. Phil Cruz - April 30, 2012 4:12 pm

    The title of Ellen’s post is “No such thing as strange bedfellows in politics.”

    Indeed, like showbiz folks, politicians no longer find political adultery, concubinage and sleeping around with just about anyone as strange or objectionable.

    Showbiz and politics. Not much difference.

  9. joeseg - April 30, 2012 10:26 pm

    Gone are the days of the two party syatem with the NP and LP battling it out. Kapag hindi kasama sa isa sa dalawang partido at tumakbong independent, todas na ang lahi. Nagka leche-leche na nang mauso ang multi-party system and the party list sytem. Naging popularity contest na ang elections at lalong tumindi ang political dynasties. Equipped with money and name recall, ito ang naging daan for showbiz personalities to enter politics. Noong unang tumakbo si Ramon Revilla bilang independent senator sa kanyang tunay na pangalan Jose Bautista, pinulot siya sa kangkungan. Next election, screen name ang ginamit at nagkampanya bilang si Nardong Putik. Si Erap Estrada, antimano, Erap na agad kaya hindi siya tinalo sa lahat na laban at bilang vice president and eventually as president, he won both elections by landscape.

  10. joeseg - April 30, 2012 11:15 pm

    Swak na swak itong article: When showbiz and politics merge

  11. vic - May 1, 2012 3:08 am

    Switching political affiliation or Party is not an issue of one is going for the specific program or “project” of a political party and also if one is not happy with his previous ideology and even if one found out that the Party is not true to its principles and ideologies and even Politicians can jump ships with these reasons, but to jump and switch just for Convenience and opportunities, then it is a very Shallow political philosophy…most would rather go down or suceed with their Party…

    The Only Reason why a Party will try very hard to seek membership of very well known personality is personalities is their ability to attrack memberships and also contribution from the Voters and the general Public…must note that in our case, election expense can only be raised from individual citizen and with very Strict Limits, Parties and Candidates needs to encourage contribution from a large segments of the Public…even the Government joined in by giving back in the form of Tax Refunds and Reduction of UP to 75 % for Political Contribution up to a specific amounts…Limits are the same to every Individual that Candidate can not take advantage of his own personal wealth to tilt the Playing field in his Favour…(any idea that during election campaign, the Party could only need enough funds to lease a Plane and buses for its Party Leader to Campaign and for Media commercial within a Maximum of 45 days allowed of campaigning? sometimes in a hurry, it is even shorter and half of it is refunded by the government as the Party is a Going Concern, it needs fund in a daily basis)…That is how you can conduct a Safe, very Quick and Clean election…that not a single case of violence so far been reported…

  12. cocoy - May 1, 2012 7:02 am

    Nakakalito iyang Political Party sa dami, UNA, SEGUNDA, TERSERA, naka tatak na sa tao ang mga pangalan ng kandidato kahit na anong partido pa ang sasalihan nila.Iyan si Ping Lacson kahit na anong Partido ang salihan niya panalo.

  13. MPRivera - May 2, 2012 12:59 pm

    Pagpag: All eyes on poverty in PH

    our politicians never let themselves go idle when it comes to their political strategies to make sure they make it during elections BUT ALWAYS FAIL to address the pitiful situations of the very people they promise to be saved from hunger.

    magtataka pa tayo kung ganyan na lamang pagtawanan at maliitin ng ibang bansa ang ating kakayahang ipagtanggol ang ating kapakanan katulad nang ginagawa ngayon ng china?

  14. MPRivera - May 2, 2012 1:36 pm

    pakapalan na ng mukha ang magkakapamilyang nasa pulitika.

    kung matutuloy o totoo nga, kakandidato din ‘atang senador si lani mercado at kapag nanalo, mister en misis na sila sa senado.

    dyuskupu, day!

  15. MPRivera - May 2, 2012 5:29 pm

    P125 wage hike ibinasura ni PNoy

    MANILA, Philippines – Hindi nakatikim ng “good news” ang mga manggagawa sa pribadong sector sa pagdiriwang ng Labor Day kahapon matapos tuluyang ibasura ni Pangulong Aquino ang isinusulong na P125 across the board wage increase para sa private employees.

    Sa halip, tanging inanunsiyo lamang ng Pangulo ay ang pagtataas sa suweldo ng mga kawani at opisyal ng gobyerno kung saan kabilang siya at mga miyembro ng kanyang Gabinete.

    Katwiran ng Pangulo, ang legislated wake hike na P125 ay mangangahulugan ng mas malawak na tanggalan sa trabaho bukod sa pagsasara ng maraming pagawaan.

    Ipinahiwatig din ng Pangulo ang hindi nito pagsuporta sa consolidated House bill hinggil sa anti-contractualization sa hanay ng paggawa.

    Wika ni PNoy, mas marami ang nakikinabang ngayon sa contractualization at kapag inalis ito ay baka may 10 milyong trabahador ang malamang mawalan ng hanapbuhay.

    Pagmamalaki pa ng chief executive, ang kasaluku­yang minimum wage sa Pilipinas ang itinuturing na isa sa pinakamataas sa Southeast Asia kumpara sa Cambodia, Vietnam at Indonesia……

    ito ang magpapalubog sa administrasyon ni PeNoy. sobra niyang kinakawawa ang mga karaniwang mamamayang umaasa sa karampot na kita habang maliwanag na pinapaboran niya ang mga kapitalistang lahat ng obligasyon ay ipinapapasan sa mga trabahador na siya ring consumers ng kanilang mga produkto.

    ISANG NAPAKALAKING PAGKAKAMALI ang paghalal kay noynoy sapagkat lumalabas ngayon kung sino ang tunay niyang itinuturing na boss!

  16. MPRivera - May 2, 2012 5:45 pm

    goyang na goyang ang sistema at taktika ni noynoy.

    ang nakakatikim lamang ng grasya ay ‘yung mga nakapalibot sa kanya gayundin ang mga kawaning maliwanag na “binibili” niya ang katapatan sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng umento sa suweldo. ayaw niyang magtampo at lumayo ang mga kaalyadong mayayamang namumuhunan kahit sa harapan niya ay nagdudumilat ang malawakang paghihikahos ng mamamayang umasa sa kanyang mga pangako.

    isang araw, magigising na lamang si noynoy na walang wala na siyang makikitang nakatayo sa kanyang lalakaran kundi ang mga binibigyan niya ng pabor sapagkat nangabuwal na sa paghihikahos ang mga taong kanyang pinangakuan ng HUNGKAG na pagbabago.

  17. MPRivera - May 3, 2012 12:27 pm

    Zubiri, Isko to take oath today as PMP members

    nasaan na ang prinsipyo?

  18. dan1067 - May 4, 2012 11:37 am

    Paglilinaw lang naguguluhan kasi ako sa nangyayari sa mga magagaling nating mambabatas. Hindi ba’t isa ang spice boys sa nagpakulong noon kay Erap at isa doon si Migz na ngayon ay kasapi na ng grupo ni Estrada ngayon? Wala kang kadala-dala Erap! Si Isko Moreno naman pagkatapos ng bus highjack tragedy sa Luneta ay nagsabi na pag nakulong si mayor Alfredo Lim sasama siya sa kulungan, pero ngayon pa lang ay inabandona na niya si Lim. Kailan kaya tayo mawawalan ng mga lider na sinungaling? Napakarami nila kulang ang kolum na ito kung iisa-isahin ko pa.

  19. cocoy - May 4, 2012 12:27 pm

    Hehehe! Kaya naga Politicians ang pinaili anilang carrer dahil kasingungalingan lang ang puhunan.Kung nagsasabi ng totoo ang mga iyan di sana nag teacher na lang sila.

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