PNoy leads the Otso Diretso rally in Cebu
SHOOTING STRAIGHT - Valeriano Avila (The Freeman) - March 28, 2019 - 12:00am

I read from The Freeman online that former President Benigno “PNoy” Aquino led the opposition rally here in Cebu at the Southwestern University. Last Monday, the Klarohay Ta Mega Cebu candidates forum at the University of San Carlos (USC) Main was dominated by the Otso Deretso candidates and when they were asked what they would do for Mega Cebu, they were unanimous in saying that they would do a lot to help improve the traffic problem of Cebu. When they were asked whether they would support Charter change or federalism, they were all said no.

If you recall, during the six-year term of then Pres. PNoy Aquino, we had no chance to have our Constitution changed for the simple reason that the Aquino family wanted to keep the 1987 Constitution often called the Cory Constitution forever! I was just thinking to myself that the senatoriables belonging to the Otso Diretso really had nothing to offer to the Filipino people, but to restore the political power of the Yellowtards who have been in power 33-years ago since the EDSA Revolution. Now, 33 years after the EDSA Revolt, we have already learned that it wasn’t really a people’s revolt, rather it was a coup d etat of then Defense Sec. Juan Ponce Enrile and Gen. Fidel V. Ramos. The Filipino people merely supported them.

To a lot of Cebuanos, they have finally realized that the six years of Pres. PNoy Aquino, he was able to show to the Filipino people what an incompetent person he was! Yet, thanks to Mayor Tomas Osmeña who supported the Osmeña-Roxas (Os-Rox) Team that they used 50 years ago, we ended up with nothing from Pres. Aquino. We got sold with the Os-Rox Team, but not anymore.

Incidentally, it is time for us to ask a very serious question to Mayor Osmeña as to who refused to approve the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) during the Aquino Regime? No less than Pres. PNoy himself. Just ask yourselves what happened to the vaunted political party called the Liberal Party (LP)? It went the way of the Marcos era Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) or the Partido ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) the political party of deposed president, now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada. Because those in opposition still belong to the LP, they all know that using the LP, they would all end up losing their senatorial bids.

Just look at the latest surveys done by the Social Weather Station (SWS) or Pulse Asia and you will see that amongst the LP candidates, only Manuel “Mar” Roxas was last seen on the 9th spot in the February survey, but that could still change when Mar Roxas tries to explain to the Filipino voter why he removed the Sumitumo maintenance group that was maintaining the MRT. What about his purchase of the police jeep Mahindra from India, which actually cost more than a Toyota Pajero? To date, Mar Roxas has not reported to us about these issues.

With former Pres. PNoy Aquino coming here, I dare anyone to ask the former President, “How much foreign money was given to aid the victims of Super Typhoon “Hayan” or Yolanda? Honestly, it has been six-years since the largest storm in the world struck Tacloban City and to this day we do not know how much money was given to the Aquino regime by foreign governments and foreign people. That monetary donation was supposed to be given to the people of Tacloban City who suffered the most because of that Super Typhoon. So if there is anything that Super Typhoon Yolanda exposed to the Filipino people, it was the incompetence of the Aquino Regime, which was shown live on CNN TV.

At this point, I better warn Mayor Tomas Osmeña, not to show up in any of the opposition rally now that he has supposedly talked or negotiated something with Pres. Duterte. Mind you, I saw the blue posters of Mayor Osmeña and it has two major letters, “SRP” for the South Road Properties and “BRT” for the Bus Rapid Transit, for which he did not pressure Pres. Aquino to approve. I suggest to Mayor Osmeña to remove the BRT from his political poster simply because this project does not exist. Mind you, I just cut a photo in my Facebook page, which showed that the people of Jakarta were elated that their LRT was finally running. If you didn’t know I rode the BRT in Jakarta 12 years ago, but clearly it has failed in Indonesia. So why push the BRT when you know it has failed?

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For email responses to this article, write to vsbobita@gmail.com. His columns can be accessed through www.philstar.com.

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