If any of you are still in denial about the true nature of a Noynoy presidency, then take a look at how his relatives and other future cronies are already in chaos over a struggle for power.
Noynoy uncle Peping Cojuangco is particularly vicious and shameless in working for his personal agenda.
Something like this, of course, is enabled by weak (in Noy’s case, ABSENCE of) leadership. So, think again: do you want to elect a guy like this, along with his minions, into office?
These are the same circle of people who blighted Tita Cory’s presidency as Kamaganak, Inc.
PDI’s Belinda Cunanan got it spot on. Read on.
By Belinda Olivares-Cunanan
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 22:09:00 01/06/2010
So much texting went around about the recent Inquirer editorial lambasting Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco’s for pressuring RP cyclist Maritess Bitbit to withdraw from the recent 25th Southeast Asian Games in Laos. Bitbit was the only Filipino athlete recognized and licensed by the International Cycling Federation to compete in Laos, but because she does not belong to the association aligned with Cojuangco, she was asked to withdraw from the Games. The editorial said Cojuangco’s resurgence brings up the “other side” of the Aquino legacy and Edsa, and called on his nephew, Noynoy Aquino, to hold him to account, lest his own “noble” image be tarred.
Cojuangco was one of the prominent members of the dynastic “Kamag-Anak, Inc.” whose machinations led Don Chino Roces, who had gathered a million signatures to convince Cory Aquino to run against Marcos, to denounce right in Malacañang the “highwaymen” among her relatives mid-way into her administration. Cojuangco has resurrected as a key power-broker for Noynoy and how the candidate handles this issue, as well as that of Hacienda Luisita, which his uncle has run all these years, will be crucial.
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This is tied to the reports about fierce in-fighting among the various groups supporting Noynoy, which stems from, among other things, the attempts of Cojuangco’s group to recruit traditional politicians, which is being opposed by Liberal ideologues. Today there are said to be at least five groups fiercely fighting for dominance in that camp: the Cojuangcos, the Aquinos (led by strategist Paul Aquino and former Representative Butz Aquino), the Drilon-Abad faction, the Hyatt 10 group that overlaps with the Black & White Movement, and civil society leaders who revived the million signatures campaign for Noynoy. The fierce in-fighting apparently stems from the perception that the candidate is weak and “clueless” on leadership, in contrast to Manny Villar or Gilbert Teodoro who appear to be in full command of their people.
Political historians saw this in-fighting for dominance during the Cory era when various power groups, including the coup-prone military then, Cory loyalists in the Palace and the “Council of Trent,” sought to pull the neophyte politician in various directions, like the medieval torture of quartering. There is justifiable fear that Noynoy could be similarly manipulated, especially since he didn’t exhibit any leadership prior to his mother’s passing, and some of his supporters are known for their predilection to leave their leader high and dry at some point, in pursuit of their own agenda.