Ancient Behavior – Manila Standard
“Many were quick to defend Legarda.”
Antique has been in the social media spotlight lately due to allegations that Senate candidate and Antique representative Loren Legarda made it more difficult for the presidential candidate and vice president to organize campaign outings. Leni Robredo in the province.
The account alleges that Legarda essentially armed the ancient mayors not to host the vice president. Netizens, especially Robredo supporters, were quick to form a mob of villagers online and criticize Legarda. Although the Legarda camp hasn’t issued an official statement – most likely because these types of knee-jerk reactions are best left undignified – a few notable Antiquenos have also been equally quick to defend Legarda who they say “don’t never engaged in dirty politics” during her 23-year career in public service.
One such Antiqueno is Flord Nicson J. Calawag, who is president of the Antique Association of Hotel, Resort, and Restaurant Owners. He claimed that the Antiquenos are “deeply hurt by (sic) the news circulating online about him attacking him without validating the facts”. He also said he was a “witness to the ‘Golden Age of Antiquity’ through the hundreds of millions of Vice President Legarda’s projects, livelihood programs, scholarships and financial aid. “.
The statement seems to be true because, thanks to the initiatives of the executive and legislative branches of local government, Antiquenos seems to have considerably more opportunities. In less than three years, the province, thanks to the efforts of Legarda, was able to partner with various departments such as the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) where 61,000 people were able to benefit from the DOLE TUPAD, a program relief for displaced and unemployed workers. Meanwhile, about 4,464 people have been helped by DOLE’s Pangkabuhayan project.
My Gulay! In the space of three years and despite the challenges caused by the pandemic, Antique has managed to emerge from the perception of being a poor province. Thanks to TESDA, scholarships and training have benefited many Antique Dealers since 2016. Farmers and fishermen have also benefited from various projects through partnerships with the Ministry of Agriculture, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, the National Dairy Authority and the Philippine Carabao Center.
While Legarda has long been an effective health champion, the pandemic has undoubtedly redoubled its advocacy. It has allocated funds to upgrade and build hospitals, health centers and barangay health posts. Funding for DSWD Assistance for Individuals in Crisis (AICS) and DOH Medical Assistance for Indigent Patients (MAIO). Marine ambulances were also provided to help with emergencies on the island and in remote areas.
Education in antiquity is also improving through CHED’s Tulong Dunong program (admittedly, I have a strong fondness for that particular name) and the construction of classrooms and buildings for public schools. Legarda has also embarked on improving teacher resources through computer software packages. The pandemic has forced many people to go online, so tablets for students and teachers have been distributed.
Returning to the matter at hand, Ancient Governor Rhodora Cadiao also refuted the allegations on Legarda’s behalf. “No one had given instructions to the mayors not to attend the meeting [with Robredo]. I have also been informed that no invitation [from Robredo] were received by the mayors and the office of the deputy,” said Cadiao. The Governor wasn’t present when VP Robredo arrived at Antique, but it wasn’t because of what people have theorized. She explained that she had a meeting in Manila that could no longer be canceled.
It just goes to show that we can’t believe everything we see online, so we really need to check before we react. Santa Banana, that kind of impulsive driving should be ancient behavior by now. More importantly, Vice President Leni herself doesn’t seem to have a problem with what happened, so her followers may inadvertently stir an unboiling pot.
What we can believe are the undeniable testimonials from one province of how it has improved. As the country slowly opens up to tourism again. Antique, with all its progress over the past three years, is looking to be another great local destination. Thanks to the work of local elected officials like Legarda. Antiquity is now on the rise, and we hope other provinces will also see their heyday in the years to come.
Civil society, activists and the mainstream media made a big splash on the 36th anniversary of EDSA 1 last Friday, February 25, of the so-called People Power Revolution. We must not forget the legacy of the people power revolution, nor forget the end of the Marcos dictatorship that day, they say.
But that’s what really happened when then-Secretary of Defense Juan Ponce Enrile escaped, then Colonel Gringo Honasan, then PCV/INP leader Fidel V. Ramos from the strongman of the time, President Ferdinand E. Marcos.
When Marcos fell terribly ill, JPE was aware of Chief of Staff Fabian Ver’s plans to set up a military junta led by First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos. This was followed by Ver having his two sons take over the army, with one son taking charge of the armored brigade, and another son becoming head of the presidential security guards, or PSG.
Along with then-Colonel Honasan, JPE began to form the RAM, Reform the Armed Forces Movement, training them in close urban combat in Cagayan Province, Pangasinan and even Zambales. Inevitably, Ver got wind of Enrile and Gringo’s plan, so much so that JPE and Gringo had no choice but to break away from Marcos.
So on February 23, 1986, Enrile and Gringo had it all. foreign journalists and local journalists meet them to announce their break with Marcos. Later that day, JPE convinced Ramos to join them. It was then that day that JPE, Ramos and Gringo moved to Camp Crame where they camped until February 25. This breakaway was the pivotal moment in the story, when Ver unsuccessfully tried to convince Marcos to bomb the mutineers.
For the record, the late President Cory Aquino was then in Cebu, after which she returned to Manila, conveniently hiding at the Pink Sisters convent. The closest point she ever reached to EDSA was at the intersection of Ortigas Avenue and EDSA.
On February 25, when the Americans took Marcos and his family to Clark Air Force Base and then to Honolulu, JPE, Ramos and Gringo decided to hand over power to Cory Aquino. It was then that the late Cardinal Sin and others began gathering over half a million people at EDSA, a gathering that was soon glorified by anti-Marcos elements and the Western press to celebrate the end of the Marcos dictatorship.
To tell the truth, this gathering was not a people power revolution. It was just a gathering of people from Manila, activists, students, priests and nuns. It was not a revolution since a revolution implies a change of government. It was just a diet change from Marcos to Cory.
And that was the story of that fateful day on February 25, 1986. In fact, historians have written about this so-called people power event. It was just a meeting of over half a million people. So what was there to celebrate, since it was neither people power nor the Philippines population of 100 million. There was nothing to remember. It was just a fluke in history glorified by the anti-Marcos elements and activists and the Western press to show that democracy was alive in the Philippines.