Saturday, July 18, 2009

Here Come the "People's Primaries"

In the past few weeks, there were some buzz goin' 'round Philippine advocacy circles that a group of people are gathering to create what they call the "People's Primaries". As we know in the US, the Democratic and Republican parties select their Presidential candidates via Primaries wherein different candidates of their own parties are voted upon by party members. The local version, although not by a political party, plans to do just that: give the people a chance to select the "People's" Presidential candidate for 2010. Apparently, they will choose only among Non-Trapo candidates. Among the names floated around for consideration are Gov. Eddie Panlilio, Gov. Grace Padaca and Environmentalist Nicanor Perlas.

Tomorrow, at Sentro ng Katotohanan, we will talk with one of the proponents of the movement, Mr. Ricky Xavier (of the Movement for Good Governance, one of the groups helping to steamroll the initiative). We will ask him more details about the People's Primaries, how they plan to do it, the method they will use on the selection of the People's candidate, and how they will encourage the participation of the people and the Presidential candidates themselves. We will also ask him how they will choose the candidates and how they define the word Trapo.

To help us better in our search for the definition of a Trapo, Sentro ng Katotohanan will again interview Mr. Tony Abaya, who coined the term way back in 1989. For all we know, the word Trapo itself could make or break a Presidential candidate and therefore could very well affect our country's future.

Sentro ng Katotohanan is more and more becoming the central conversation point on the essential issues for the coming elections in 2010. People who are immersed in their love, and doing what they think is best, for country are finding themselves tuned in to Sentro ng Katotohanan, Sundays 6-7PM DZXL 558KHz in Metro Manila. Sentro ng Katotohanan is jointly produced by Lead Philippines and, in cooperation with Radio Mindanao Network (RMN).

Friday, July 10, 2009

Who is Nic Perlas?

About a month ago, Mr. Nicanor Perlas joined the political fray by declaring himself available for the 2010 Presidential elections. Unfortunately, from then up to now, the vast majority of Filipinos still have not even heard about him. If nobody knows him, how can he win an election? And if it continues until May 2010, it is as if he never joined the elections in the first place.

This Sunday, Sentro ng Katotohanan aims to answer the question: Who is Nic Perlas? In a one-hour live interview, Sentro ng Katotohanan will focus on the person, his life, his past, his achievements and his failures. We will ask him about his stand on different national issues. We will ask him his views on the country's problems and his solutions to them. We also will ask him about his support base and how he intends to win in 2010. In the end, our listeners will decide: Is Mr. Nic Perlas just a nuisance, or is he worth our time and even our future?

Sentro ng Katotohanan is a fresh new program on AM Radio jointly produced by Lead Philippines and in cooperation with Radio Mindanao Network (RMN). The program aims to be one with the people in their desire for a better country, and in their search for Leaders come 2010 and beyond. The program features fresh insights and discussion of issues from different angles. Often, the program also feature live and incisive interviews with various resource persons, including newspaper columnists, educators, and even Presidential aspirants.

The program is aired live every Sunday, from 6-7PM at DZXL 558KHz in Metro Manila and may also be heard online at Archived broadcast of Sentro ng Katotohanan may also be heard online at

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Is BF a Trapo?

The opposition has no love for him. His own party may not even endorse him. The poor seem to hate him while the rich mostly ignore him.

Bayani Fernando, chairman of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), is one of the few Filipino politicians known to have been doing his job with little consideration for political consequences. He has been largely credited with the transformation of Marikina City, arguably the most orderly and most internationally awarded city in Metro Manila, if not the whole of the country. Under his helm, Metro Manila had been most improved.

He has dealt with Metro Manila problems with an even hand. He has removed illegal settlements as well as drove away street vendors in many parts of the metropolis. He has also removed illegal structures even by commercial establishments. Some of his solutions are simple, but effective, like the U-turn slots, the pink urinals and the MMDA art. His time at the MMDA is the most productive, never have we seen MMDA with so many project happening all at the same time. There are the pink fences and foot bridges, there are more MMDA vehicles now and there are better equipped emergency reaction teams. In his term, and for the first time, political posters during campaign periods were greatly reduced in Metro Manila.

Ironically however, he seems to be like an ordinary politician that is bent to break his own rule for self-gain. For a time, his face marks the MRT and LRT posts in Metro Manila, with Tarpaulins supposedly advertising Order or Kaayusan. At the helm now in Marikina is his wife as mayor, a sign of dynastic rule. He seems to hug the limelight with his participation in Celebrity Duets. All marks of a traditional politician.

Listen on Sunday, 6-7PM, DZXL 558KHz in Metro Manila, as Sentro ng Katotohanan talks to Chairman Bayani Fernando in a freshly direct and incisive manner and as we try to answer the question: Is MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando a Traditional Politician, or is he an exception? Is he worth considering for 2010 or is he just another self-serving government official of the land?