CTALK - Cito Beltran (The Philippine Star) - May 13, 2019 - 12:00am My view is that in an “Election” you get to elect or place the morally and professionally competent people in public office. It presumes that you live in a well enough educated society not just through schools and universities but educated by society, churches, as well as established institutions both civil and government alike. “Election” for me is motivated by the desire to have the best and brightest in government to promote, enhance and protect the interest of all, not just some and not based on class, and certainly not to perpetuate one’s self through dynasties and economic interests. So as far as today’s event or voting is concerned that does not exist, so there is no such thing as an election but simply a “Selection.” What makes the whole process tragic is the fact that after much prayers, soul searching and viewing all the available … [Read more...] about Election or selection?
How are senators elected today
Before we head to the polls to vote for our senatorial bets, we want to pose a question to all constituents: do we really know what we want out of the personalities we will elect? What does it really mean to earn a seat in our senate halls? In this series of ANCX essays, some of our distinguished writers reflect on the careers of past and present senators who have made the most impact, and created a significant difference. In the Philippine political arena, the name Magsaysay is blue blood. But unlike other local political families, it represents humility and integrity. While he is political royalty, former Senator Ramon “Jun’’ Magsaysay did not sit on his family’s laurels. Instead he made his own legacy, and took the path less travelled when it was easier to just give in to pressure. Armed with impressive credentials and an untainted reputation, Magsaysay took on Senate investigations that a lesser equipped lawmaker … [Read more...] about The Last Good Senator: Ramon Magsaysay, Jr.
At least 15 members of the coup-installed Cabinet handed in their notices yesterday and their resignations would go into effect today or tomorrow before the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) submits the new Senate list for royal endorsement on Friday. Those who handed in their resignations yesterday included Justice Minister Prajin Juntong, Deputy PM Chatchai Sarikulya, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Surasak Kanjanarat, Labour Minister Adul Sangsingkeo and Education Minister Teerakiat Chaorensretsilp. Key NCPO member and Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan, however, said he would continue working. Meanwhile, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, who is also the NCPO chief, said that yesterday’s Cabinet meeting would be the last as they would have to leave, adding that work at the ministries whose leaders have quit will be handled by their deputies. The 36-member Cabinet has now been reduced to 17, he said, adding that four … [Read more...] about Junta men prepare for Senate
MANY MEMBERS of the Cabinet and the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) who aspire to become senators are expected to resign soon, as the junta chief readies senatorial appointments for royal endorsement by the end of the week. The ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) will submit its list of 250 appointed senators by this Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said. He said that aspiring senators would first need to quit their current posts in the government and the NCPO before the list can be submitted for royal endorsement. Among the Cabinet members expected to be made senators are Deputy Prime Minister General Chatchai Sarikulya, Education Minis-ter Teerakiat Jareonsettasin, Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Minister ACM Prajin Juntong, Labour Minister Pol General Adul Sangsingkeo, Deputy Defence Minister General Chaichan Chang-mongkol and Natural Resources and Environment Minister General Surasak Karnjanarat. Somchai Sawangkarn, secretary to the … [Read more...] about Junta readies list of senators for royal endorsement
A week before we head to the polls to vote for our senatorial bets, do we really know what we want out of the personalities we will elect? What does it really mean to earn a seat in our senate halls? In this series of ANCX essays, some of our distinguished writers reflect on the careers of past and present senators who have made the most impact, and created a significant difference. As with any other work place, the Philippine Senate has had its fill of cussed eccentrics. Voluble anger was the brand of Miriam Defensor Santiago, while Joker Arroyo was the parsimonious loner. Even Manuel Quezon, Senate President from 1916 to 1935, parlayed his fiery persona as integral to his political identity. In the public eye, these quirks proved more defining than the politician’s beliefs—perhaps since much of Philippine politics over the decades has been seemingly free of ideology apart from being for or against whoever is in power. At first, … [Read more...] about The Last Good Senator: Vicente Sotto