At exactly noon of June 30, this Sunday, outgoing Mayor and former president Joseph Ejercito Estrada will step down from his office at the Manila City Hall. Mayor Estrada winds down his second term at City Hall following his sorry defeat in the hands of his former vice mayor Francisco Domagoso, a.k.a. “Isko” Moreno. Like his immediate predecessor, the newly elected Mayor prefers to be called by his former showbiz screen name, Isko Moreno. And like Mayor Estrada, Moreno started as a showbiz actor before he turned politician. He was first elected as councilor for Manila’s first district in Tondo in 1998 and got reelected in 2001 and in 2004. It was the 2007 elections that made him vice mayor of the city. So being Mayor is nothing new for the 44-year-old Moreno since he served as “acting” Mayor whenever erstwhile Mayor Alfredo Lim would be out of the country. Subsequently, he won as running mate of Mayor Estrada and served his third and last term from 2013 to … [Read more...] about The ‘last hurrah’
The last good senator
For Mother’s Day this year, we’ve asked men to pen a piece about the person who helped shape who they are today. While the truth that these exceptional individuals owe a lot from the woman who raised them might not be entirely earth-shattering, it definitely always bears repeating. When people say “age doesn’t matter,” they probably had the privilege and wonderment of meeting someone like my agile mother. When she was in her 60s, I took her rock climbing, and she did it with grace. Then I took her wakeboarding in her 70s, and she put to shame those who were half her age when she got up on her board on her first try. Just this May, we celebrated her 89th birthday. More amazing mothers: The woman who raised me: Illac Diaz on his mother Silvana Your sanity starts and ends with you (and other tips on traveling with your mother) The Last Good Senator: Eva Estrada Kalaw I was living in a man’s world and was okay with it—until my mother came along I … [Read more...] about The Woman Who Raised Me: Ernie Lopez on his mother Conchita
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.
Filipino voters used to elect do-gooders to the Senate. One of them was Eva Estrada Kalaw, a strong-willed civic leader twice jailed for opposing the Marcos regime. Kalaw, a UP-educated daughter of Tarlac sugar central owners, was the lone female candidate for senator of the Nacionalista Party in 1965. Back then, the candidate for the single slot reserved for women was handpicked by the president or whoever was the party standard bearer. Kalaw, however, had to win her nomination through a convention, courting the votes of the overwhelmingly male party leadership. More on The Last Good Senator: This human rights lawyer wants your vote for a senate seat—but he won’t sing and dance The Last Good Senator: Ernesto Maceda The Last Good Senator: Lorenzo M. Tañada and Jose Diokno The Last Good Senator: Rene Saguisag The Last Good Senator: Franklin Drilon Kalaw banked on her popularity and the political connections she had made in the course of her charity and civic work, … [Read more...] about The Last Good Senator: Eva Estrada Kalaw
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