What can you say about the last 9 years that passed?

Philippines
June 30, 2010 3:53am CST
What can you say about the Arroyo administration? Firstly, I really don't recognize her as a president. She stole Erap's presidency. She put Erap to jail. She cheated on the national election to get her next 6 years. She put the public coppers in her and her family's pocket. Though I know she did something in her "presidency", either good and bad, that's the least she could do to the motherland and to the Filipino people. Its enough already. I'm already fed up with her "feeling" queen in all of us, and her family members "feeling" prince and princess in all of us. What can you say about those nine years that passed, under the Arroyo administration?
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@TheAdvocate (2395)
• Philippines
30 Jun 10
In the interest of order, I will have to recognize that she was one of our presidents. I have to disagree though with your statement that she stole the presidency from Erap. I recognize EDSA II and its effects, principal of which is Erap's ouster. I admit I joined EDSA II but even at that time, I was hesitant since Gloria was waiting in the wings. I did not trust her but to prevent another crisis, I accepted her as next president. I thought that she would stand pat by her decision not to run in 2004. I could no longer remember if that was her first deceitful statement, but in the later years of her administration, I cannot remember anything she said that was true. As for the 2004 election, I agree, her status as president was in question. That was largely the problem why she could not do much for this country because she was so unpopular that people just buried their heads under the sand and wished for 2010. I was one of them. As I was watching PNoy's inauguration, I tried to remember past inaugurations and for the life of me, I could not remember hers! I remember all the way to Cory but hers is a blank to me. I do remember the feeling of despair and disappointment the morning I woke up and learned that she was proclaimed. But I could not bear the alternative, FPJ. I really considered migrating that year but my mother's health stopped me. Like you, I cannot stand her family too. I do not know why but her sons give off some negative vibe to me and it really annoys me to see them. For the first time, after 9 years, I begin to hope again. I hope that we can rise again.
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@rsa101 (13337)
• Philippines
30 Jun 10
I like your opinion on this, I guess there are things in history that we can credit her with some successes but I also agree that at some point in time in her presidency there was something amiss that somehow pulled her down to the ground. I think she started out right but then in the middle of everything we began to realized that there was major mistakes in decision and choices in her leadership. There was a chance to replace her but somehow we were left with no good alternative that is why she got another bonus of 6 more years.
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• Philippines
30 Jun 10
My mother admitted that she was willing to overlook GMA's cheating because she could not stand the thought that FPJ would win. True, she must have done something good during her presidency, but its still hazy to me what they are. I felt like I was sleepwalking through her administration. I do not know if something went wrong or it was already wrong in the first place, if you know what I mean. Would you be able to stomach a De Castro presidency?
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• Philippines
3 Jul 10
Hi TheAdvocate, I could not just let this pass when you say that you disagree with my statement about GMA stealing Erap's presidency. Politics in the Philippines is just like a baby's diaper, it eventually gets poop. That's the reason why we replace it every once in a while. Why did you think GMA ran for the Vice Presidency in the 1998 national elections? She topped the 1995 senatorial elections, why running for the second most powerful government position? Why? Because she knew that if she competes with the Presidency she'll definitely lose to Erap. So she bid her time, running for the vice presidency while planning what she'll do two years after their inauguration. The rest was history. Singson was just a pawn. Everything that happened was a play so as GMA can be seated as the president. No less than the late Corazon Aquino apologized to Erap and admitted that EDSA II was just a farce. That's why her "presidency" was not given a good take by the Filipino people. She stole it.
• Philippines
30 Jun 10
that's easy for you to say, most specially if the media is completely against, any speculation about her will be taken into news, unlike this new President, it's rest assured that the media will always give a good image on Noynoy ALL the WAY. I can understand you're frustration, remember with out GLoria, we would have seriously plunged into the FInancial crisis, she prevented that from happening. the only thing that she should do now is answer the allegations being thrown at her and not that stupid book about answering allegations. She did her best the way she thought was possible. every President has goods and bads. am sure Noynoy won't be exempted in this as time goes by.
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• Philippines
30 Jun 10
I have to disagree with you that GMA was the reason why stayed out of the crisis. In the first place, I don't think we managed to evade it. There are more people who are below the poverty line than before. The reason why it is perceived that way is that because we were already in crisis long before the US. When you are at the bottom of the barrel, the only way to go is up. Our numbers look good because they were doctored. They redefined poverty so that what is actually happening is not captured by statistics. Of course she did something... she wasn't in coma for nine years. Whether good or bad remains to be seen.
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• Philippines
30 Jun 10
I wonder how many NFA's you have received. =P I'm just teasing - don't take it personally. I believe the media is wiser and stronger now. They say what they see. Also I'm with TheAdvocate that GMA the TV network, I mean the former president wasn't able to fight against financial crisis. If she did, no student would ever have a long walk to school again, no one would die in vain due to extreme poverty they couldn't afford to send themselves to hospitals, no one would fly overseas so that their families have foods on their plate, NO ONE.
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• Philippines
30 Jun 10
Not that worse compare to United States and other Powerful nations, they lost millions and millions of jobs. if they were able to doctor it then it's something that should be held accountable to. yeah, i remember the lost of a computer factory and transferred to China and Fed Ex that just left for china too. btw Rainbowink, I never eat NFA Rice.
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@knicnax (2234)
• Philippines
1 Jul 10
During mrs. Arroyo's last walk towards her car, I was really cheering "YAY" and clapping my hands too! No doubt she have done a lot. Really did a lot. Transportation has never been faster. Connecting the trains were a great idea. She actually had a lot of great ideas and a lot of great ideas turned into actions. The problem is that, with all the projects she started, and created, she earned a lot. The prices were over-declared or somehow in someway she benefited (or someone close to her) fro the projects. She masked her graft and corruption through projects. I guess she was banking on the thinking "Di bale ng corrupt basta may nagagawa", which was very popular among the haters of Erap's administration. She thought wrong!
• Philippines
3 Jul 10
Just for the record, and for your information, the interconnecting trains project is Marcos' idea, in fairness to the late Ferdinand Marcos. Ever heard of the LRT? It's just the first phase of his magnificent plan to, really, urbanized Metro Manila. It's not really GMA's idea. There are lots of government project nowadays that originates to Marcos.
@juggerogre (1659)
• Philippines
30 Jun 10
On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the best score) I will give her 6. Yes there are lots of negative feedback on her, lots of scandals, lots of negative publicity but we should also consider the things she has done. Think about it. If she didn't do anything useful as a president I don't think she will be able to finish her term. EDSA 4 (or 3 if you don't consider the pro Erap rally) might have taken place. I think the blooming of call center is one proof that she's doing her job. Lots of available work for the Filipino people. And many economists agree that she has done well on keeping our economy afloat during the time of recession. Minus the scandals and corruption she might has been a great president. And for those that do not believe on GMA being corrupt open your eyes. Our country has become the most corrupt country during her term. As a president she should have done something about it. I give her 3 because of the corruption and all other bad things. I will give her 9 for the good things she has done. I just get the average so that makes it 6. So for Miss Gloria Macapagal Arroyo I thank you for all the good things you did as a president. But please answer all the allegations and scandals that you are facing. Good riddance.
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• Philippines
30 Jun 10
Well, Gloria Arroyo was a legitimate President and in fact the 14th President of the Republic. Though she put Erap Estrada to jail, cheated during the elections as reported although not confirmed until now, or amassed the country's wealth, still she was the President of the Philippines. She did many good jobs but they were overlooked by the bad and evil things done under her administration.
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