In the News: Does the nation owe the Aquinos? (Tony Lopez, Manila Times)

The Aquinos owe this nation a lot. It owed the nation when Servillano Aquino sided with Aguinaldo to have Andres Bonifacio assassinated, when Benigno Aquino Sr sent Filipinos to death as a WWII Japanese collaborator, when the Aquinos were able to bring the Cojuangcos on board to work out a deal with Magsaysay and acquire Hacienda Luisita using Filipino taxpayers money under the condition of redistributing the land after 10 years – we know how that went.

In this article posted in the Manila Times, Tony Lopez raises the issue in the form of a question. This becomes more relevant as the Aquinos try to posit themselves as if EDSA I were an Aquino franchise. Sure, Ninoy Aquino died, but there are many more Filipinos who died (for instance, Dr. Bobby de la Paz, Gov Emilio Javier, Mayor Cesar Climaco, or closer to home – Salvador Mapansa, Nanding Torralba, Babette Prudencio- does that make their deaths any less significant because their surnames are not Aquino or Cojuangco?)

Come to think of it, EDSA is franchise of the Filipino nation. For the Aquinos to claim ownership of the EDSA uprising is downright ridiculous.

Read on as Tony Lopez answers the question.


Does the nation owe the Aquinos?
Tuesday, 04 May 2010 00:00

I now believe in luck. Senator Benigno Simeon Cojuangco “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd all his life has led the easy life of a hacen-dera’s son. He wakes up in the morning with one problem, “Ano ang ulam ko?” (“What’s my viand?”). Most kids from a poor family wake up with one problem, “May pagkain ba ako? (“Do I have food to eat?”).

By the way, Hacienda Luisita’s 6,443 hectares is worth potentially, P190 billion—P3,000 per square meter multiplied by 64.43 million square meters. The P3,000 per sqm is usually the price of an idle farm land in provinces immediately north and south of Manila, once a highway or a major development is injected into it.

I drove through Hacienda Luisita yesterday morning entering the Luisita gate of the SCTEX and I saw on both sides of the first-class expressway miles and miles of green fertile land. Noynoy and his sisters own 16.6 percent of the hacienda. Multiply 16.6 percent by P190 billion and you get P31.5 billion.

Noynoy has had a good education. The Jesuits take care of their alumni well. Look at what they did to Manny Pangilinan. MVP was easily let off the hook after plagiarizing his commencement day speech, which was also an acceptance speech for his Ateneo honorary doctorate degree.

Noynoy has had a good barkada. Ateneo has probably the best old-boy network a student can cultivate from his alma mater. (BV – What can I say, best old-boy network it is, unfortunately being used for asinine reasons)

Noynoy has had plenty of girl friends. A girl was killed with him in the middle of a coup during his mother’s presidency.

He has had plenty of gadgets and toys. Guns (at least nine licensed with his name). Noynoy has not had a stable job, except for brief stints as a sales manager for Nike shoes, shorts and shirts, a manager of the family-owned Hacienda Luisita, and the co-owner of a security agency that got sweetheart contracts from the government.

Noynoy has never run a household because he has none. He is single. There are 16 million households in the Philippines.

Noynoy has been member of the Philippine Congress—9 years as congressman and 3 years as senator. During those 12 years, he didn’t produce a single law that carries his name. Senator Lito Lapid, who is supposedly stupid and cannot manage a good English sentence, produced a law. Senator Antonio Trillanes, who is in jail and cannot attend Senate sessions, produced two laws that carry his name.

On May 10, if you believe surveys, Noynoy will be elected president of the Philippines, running away with 38 percent of the vote with at least 15 million votes—six million more votes than either Joseph Estrada or Manny Villar could garner.

Noynoy will be CEO of this country of 95 million people, CEO of the government, and CEO of 16 million households. Now, that’s luck.

In a way, the Cojuangco and Aquino families are one of the luckiest political families on earth. In 1983, Ninoy Aquino died, by assassination. In 1985, widow Cory Aquino, a plain housewife, ran for president.

Doy Laurel had to give up his presidential ambitions and downgraded himself to vice president. She promised to make Doy prime minister. Cory won. She swore in Doy as prime minister at 9 in the morning of February 25, 1986. By noon, Doy lost his job as pm. The government was changed from parliamentary to presidential.

In August 2009, Cory Aquino died, of cancer. Noynoy Aquino decided to run for president. Mar Roxas had to give up his presidential ambitions and downgraded himself to vice president. If Noynoy wins, I hope he gives Mar some useful, meaningful job, in addition to being a spare tire.

How come, when somebody dies in the Cojuangco-Aquino family, someone must ran for president, someone must downgrade to vice president, and an Aquino must win the presidency?

Isn’t one presidency enough? Look at what happened with Gloria Macapagal Arroyo—the second Macapagal president. The first and second Macapagal presidents were elected 42 years apart.

Isn’t the fact that we must again elect, after nearly a quarter century, another Aquino for president proof that the first Aquino presidency was a failure?

Does the nation really owe the family that much? How come Filipinos have so much faith in the Aquinos? Isn’t Hacienda Luisita enough reward for their years in politics?



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  2. This is the very person Noynoy himself dissed during a business organization’s debate… and probably for which reason Noynoy avoids debates. And Lopez wasn’t even a debater… he was a moderator, for crying out loud.

    There’s been a flurry of articles critical of Noynoy Aquino as of late… expected since the elections are closing in.

    So to answer the title’s question… I think it’s the other way around. Give the hacienda to the farmers, you bwakaws.

  3. fauxx · ·


  4. …and these statements of facts to the yellow fanatics are black propaganda… even if they are true they simply ignore them…. hehehe

    “Isn’t the fact that we must again elect, after nearly a quarter century, another Aquino for president proof that the first Aquino presidency was a failure?”


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  6. Pinay Goddess · ·

    How lucky those candidates coming from prominent political families. Does having a family name like Aquino, Roxas, Estrada, Revilla, Cayetano, Pimentel, Recto, etc. make one more deserving to seek high positions in government than those self-made, hardworking individuals with track record of achievements but without famous parents? Sad to say, high posts in the Philippine government are being claimed like family inheritance. This reminds me of the suggestion of a fiery lady senator a couple of years back, that the qualifications for elective positions such as the President should be upgraded. Not a bad idea, if we want to get rid of the nuisance and less qualified candidates in every election.

  7. brianitus · ·

    Hi, Pinay Goddess

    On seeking government positions, I think the members of political families are raised to treat politics as the family business. Although it doesn’t make them more deserving, it gets them prepared for the realities of politics. At least that’s what I observed from some of my batchmates who ended up in politics, ha.

    Oh, speaking of inheritance. If you can recall last year after Tita Cory died, Noy said something like”don’t tell me it will take another Aquino to save the country” after he was asked the question on whether he was considering gunning for the top exec spot. Little did Noynoy know that in May 2010, the country needs to save itself from HIM.


  8. nelman · ·

    Shoot the Aquinos and declare them heroes. Then we move on, forget about ’em and build the country.

  9. Vox Populi · ·

    You may want to post this article I read yesterday in Manila Standard – “Noynoy the manager”

    Here is the link –

  10. I haven’t seen a management book that endorse the use of violence is translatable to good governance.

  11. Owing something big to Ninoy and Cory to me is good to some degree.

    Paying it by voting their son to sit in the palace is contrary to what his father really died for.

  12. Hmmm, that’s a good perspective… we owe it to Ninoy and Cory not to vote their incompetent son to office. Yeah, dude! 😉

  13. I don’t think Ninoy would even agree his inept son ruling the country he valued so much that he wanted to die for it.

  14. Pinay Goddess · ·

    Another Aquino to “save the country”? Noynoy as our “savior”? What has he done so far to lay the foundation of saving our country? Now i pray hard and ask my God for Divine intervention to save us from having an incompetent and unstable leader in the next 6 years.

  15. brianitus · ·

    I saw him say that lang sa ambush interview before. It was a very big turnoff. Considering I wasn’t even turned on to begin with, imagine the dip. LOL. After I heard him say that, I said to myself na, “Ang tindi pala ng topak nito ah.”

  16. Cynical_Doc · ·

    I hate admit this, but it’s because most Filipinos are idiots. Even the so called intellectuals fail to use their brains when needed most. How else can you explain this overwhelming support for the likes of Aquino, Villar, and Erap?

    Perhaps these Noynoy supporters are the worst bunch. They can see why we are not voting for Villar and Erap, yet they can’t see why we are not voting for Noynoy. At least most of Villar’s and Erap’s supporters lack sufficient capabilities for comprehension. A huge bulk of Noynoy’s supporters come from the upper class, the so called educated. It’s shameful how they can easily fall for sugar coated propaganda.

    10 years of service to my countrymen, and I’ve finally had enough. I have grown tired of helping people who refuse to help themselves. I’ll be leaving next week for greener pastures abroad. Some have called me unpatriotic, and I can’t help but laugh at the thought. I’ve done more in the 10 years I’ve served as a doctor in a rural community compared to all these rabid fanatics screaming words of patriotism, but with no evidence that could back up those empty words.

    I have given up. I hope our countrymen can prove me wrong after a couple of years, and give a me reason to return. But with the way things are going, I believe that is highly unlikely.

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