LP has ‘deep historical connection’ to Plaza Miranda

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MANILA, Philippines—Plaza Miranda’s “deep historical significance” pushed stalwarts of the Liberal Party (LP) to choose it as the venue for Tuesday’s proclamation rally for the 12 senatorial candidates of the administration-backed Team PNoy.

Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada, one of the two spokesmen of the LP, said Plaza Miranda was President Aquino’s personal choice. “Mr. Aquino will also head the proclamation of the 12 senatorial candidates of LP,” he said.

The plaza, located in the heart of Quiapo district in Manila, witnessed the bloody carnage of Aug. 21, 1971, when two grenades were lobbed into the stage during the proclamation rally for the eight senatorial candidates of the last premartial law LP slate.

Two persons, including a 5-year-old child, died while scores including then incumbent LP Senators Jovito Salonga, Eva Estrada Kalaw and Eddie Ilarde suffered various injuries.

In his memoir, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, then a senatorial candidate of the Malacañang-backed Nacionalista Party, said he realized the adverse impact that the incident would have on his team after watching television footage of the bombing. He was right.

Tañada recalled that seven of the eight LP senatorial candidates fielded at the time won.

Then President Ferdinand Marcos was initially blamed for the brutal attack but Salonga and several other sources, including former activists, eventually came out to accuse Jose Ma. Sison, chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines, for what happened.

Before martial law, Plaza Miranda was also the venue of many rallies staged by student activists and other sectors opposed to Marcos.

Fight vs corruption

“What used to be a fight against a dictatorship (has morphed into) a fight against poverty and corruption,” Marikina Rep. Romero Quimbo, the other LP spokesman, explained at a news conference at the LP’s Balay headquarters on Monday.

Quimbo said it was important that the LP’s 12 senatorial candidates win in May so that President Aquino would be assured that his antipoverty programs would see a broader support in the chamber.

He echoed the observation made by the LP general campaign manager, Sen. Franklin Drilon, who earlier noted the difficulty of handling the Senate.

This was clearly seen when the Senate nearly failed to pass two administration-backed bills—the reproductive health measure and another increasing sin taxes on alcohol and tobacco products due to maneuvers of Senate leaders opposed to them.

Despite the venue being in Manila, Tañada noted that the choice of Plaza Miranda would not necessarily translate into more votes.

“We start where we feel a deep historical significance … this being the site of bloodshed by freedom fighters,” he said.

“With seven out of eight candidates winning then, it was almost a sweep. We want to replicate that, if not do better,” Tañada added.

All 12 will attend

Quimbo said an agreement was reached to make sure that all 12 LP candidates, including the three who are also guest candidates of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), would be present on Tuesday.

The three common candidates are reelectionist Senator Francis Escudero and Loren Legarda and former Movie Review Board Chair Grace Poe.

Escudero and Legarda consistently top the candidate preference surveys. Poe, as only child of the late movie actor and presidential candidate Fernando Poe Jr., is included in the UNA lineup as UNA stalwart and former President Joseph Estrada’s homage to her father.

Other names on the LP slate are Senate Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and former Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar of the Nacionalista Party; Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III of PDP-Laban, Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros, former Senators Ramon Magsaysay Jr. and Jamby Madrigal, PDP and the President’s cousin Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino.

Quimbo said that while it was “fortunate” that UNA adopted three of the LP’s candidates, “they are our candidates. And if UNA wants to endorse more of ours, we would welcome that.”

Quimbo said Escudero, Legarda and Poe were “mature individuals who don’t have to be told. They are independent… There is a specific agreement that they would be with us (Tuesday) and for the rest of the election. They would be part of the program of Team PNoy.”

“We don’t even talk about whether the three are prohibited from going (to UNA rallies)…but there is a specific agreement for everyone to work as a united team,” he added.

The two spokesmen said it was vital for the three common candidates to appear in all rallies especially those where the President would make an appearance such as Tuesday’s rally.

Tañada said Drilon had already drafted itineraries for the 90-day senatorial campaign.

He said Aquino would be joining many sorties. “It would be important that all candidates are present in sorties outside of Metro Manila,” he added.

In case the 12-member team is divided into subgroups to cover more ground, all candidates are still expected to join “whichever team they are assigned (to) and show that we are united in helping the others get into the Magic 12,” Tañada said.

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  • farmerpo

    After Plaza Miranda, the political winter dawned on the Philippines. All we got is thrash. No more concrete platforms as advocated by the likes of Salonga. No more constructive debates on national issues, just mudslinging on persons. Tsk tsk..

    • Guest

      I beg to disagree. Plaza Miranda is overrated. And so are the politics of that time. But dig deeper and you’ll find out it has always been the same even since the time of Quezon. Quezon, the so-called Ama ng Kasarinlan, is also pure unadulterated bs.

      Ever heard of the much maligned José Dira Avelino? Even after his death, the media of the land-owning class continued to destroy his reputation. He is the true man of the masses.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PM6JHCFR2KT2AURMWRDUXBNLQY Darwin

    Ironic isn’t it? The guy who ordered the plaza Miranda bombings are the CPP Led by Joma Sison. Curiously, Ninoy was absent when it occurred. Yet now, we have his in laws and relatives in power, together with Pnoy. Now, THEY ARE the government. They just changed the color from red to yellow to fool the public.

    • 33Sambuang2

      darwin, supot…… you think that the new government has roots with the communist party.  gumising ka

      • Guest

        PNoy is surrounded by Akbayan. They are commies.

  • oldmemory

    If we recall the Plaza Miranda bombing, information that had surfaced through the years have shown that Marcos was right all along: that it was done by the communist and that, most probably, it was known by the one who introduced Jo Ma to Kumander Dante.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Jojo, mag resign ka na sa Cabinet position mo. Sa lahat ng kampanya ay aatakihin ang
    administrasyon kung saan ka kasama. Ano ang tingin ng mga tao sa iyo? Hudas?
    o demonyo?

  • doublecross

    iboto ko si GORDON….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • wilson

    iyang team pnoy sa mga province walang epekto  kasi ang nationalist peoples coalition, nationalista party at liberal party ang caolition nateam pnoy  at lahat ng partidong ito ay may kandidato halimbawa sa camarines sur bicol ang np, npc at lp ay may kandidatong gobernador at sa mga congressman halimbawa sa partido camsur si aga sa lp at si wimpy npc kaya mangyayari dito walang iindorso si pnoy.

  • wilson

    sa national lang yan team pnoy hindi pwede sa local na may kandidato ang np, npc at lp na napapaloob sa coalition.

  • wilson

    SA CAMARINES SUR BICOL ANG NP, NPC AT LP AY MAY KANDIDATO NA NAPAPALOOB SA TEAM PINOY PAANO YAN.

  • Guest

    I was there. At the front of the Lacson Underpass church entrance to Carriedo. Then much later on, Ninoy showed up with a revolver in his hand. After that night, never ever trusted anyone with ready access to grenades, self-aggrandizing politicians, and insurgents. If I am not mistaken with my fading memory, there was also a popular announcer injured, Elarde?

    • Guest

      You’re right.

      01. Ninoy Aquino always had a gun on him. He was even captured by Manila Times front page a day after the Miranda Plaza bombing as brandishing a submachine gun while on his way to visit the victims of the bombing. (available in google books for free, check out “Cory: Profile of a President, page 66″.

      02. Self-aggrandizing politicians? True. If memory serves me right, ang usap-usapan dati ay: “Kung bandido si Marcos, bandido din si Ninoy.” Those were the pre-Plaza Miranda and pre-Martial Law days. Machismo and tapang were public spectacles that the masses admired. Both Marcos and Ninoy have no compunction about flouting the law and carrying their guns publicly and conspicuously. Perhaps in today’s term, it’s all about “paastigan.”

      03. Eddie Ilarde was in fact wounded but not fatally. A day after the Plaza Miranda bombing, which happened on a Saturday, ABS interviewed the victims and this report was filed the next day or early the week after. The video is not very clear, but audio is ok.

      youtube,com/watch?v=UGCOR6hgSnY

  • dacuycoy

    Well, the glory of Plaza Miranda will not be the same after that bombing.  Marcos got blamed for it; Joma Sison group did it knowing that marcos would  be suspected.  Ninoy showed up at that ill-fated proclamation rally after the carnage.

    Our present political party system is so corrupted; its a cohesionless, plastikan mass only used as a vehicle to win election and nothing more; after the election the winners will part ways and proceed to their own personal agenda because they have no common advocacy and patented core values. Guest candidacy stradling both parties is another bullsh!t; never could I imagine  candidates stradling both the Democrat and the GOP party- they would be labelled certified assh%les in the US..

  • joerizal

    UNA guest candidates? Anong klase yon? Walang mga panindigan yang mga yan, so bakit iboboto? Team Pinoy ay may bahid na bago pa man magsimula ang kampanya.

  • Mario Salinas

    Jamby Madrigal is not with PDP. If memory serves me, she swore in with LP last year. She and Jun Magsaysay (NOT Mitos Magsaysay!) are excellent choices for the Senate.

    This LP slate is a coalition of interesting personalities. Some are new, with the frightening promise of becoming old trapos etched on their faces. Bam Aquino and Grace Poe — both new faces laced with inexperience and practically nothing to show as solid achievements. Rissa Hontiveros, also comparably young, is a “tried-and-tested activist for herself”. Despite her claim to poverty, she owns a resort and has been able to spend millions for her ads.

    UNA, on the other hand, is a bunch of proxies (for their spouses or fathers) and recycled politicos.

    It seems that voters who vote with their conscience cannot complete the 12 slots for the Senate.

    .

  • ZandraKC

    Kapal ng mukha nina Drilon at Mar Roxas, gagamitin ang accomplishments ni PNoy sa kampanya ng mga talunang kandidato nila. Kapaaaal!

  • kilabot

    just as jpe’s ambush was fake, so was plaza miranda bombing; 
    it was a script gone bad.

  • Guest

    Hindi naman nagbago ang trust and confidence ng tao kay Noy Aquino. Kay Mar Roxas, wala talagang tiwala ang tao sa kanya.

  • Guest

    Magaling lang sa benggahan si Drilon at iba pang tuta ni Mar Roxas. Pero kung tutuusin hanggang dun lang ang alam ng mga yan.

  • Guest

    Buti na lang may accomplishments si PNoy na magagamit nila sa kampanya. Kabaliktaran ni Mar na wala pang nagagawa.

  • Guest

    After Team PNoy proclamation rally in Plaza Miranda, bibitaw na si Chiz diyan dahil kaya naman niyang solong mangampanya.

  • Guest

    Magsosolo si Chiz sa campaign, mabuti na yun pa di na rin siya magamit
    ng kampo ni Mar.

  • JasonBieber

    I don’t know what fight against corruption they are talking about coz from the looks of things corruption is still rampant in the country.

    I know they jailed GMA but i don’t know what that has to do with fighting corruption.

    GMA was in jail when the Atimonan rampage occurred and that had corruption written all over it so again the fight against corruption is nothing more than a poor excuse for PNoy to go after his political foes.

  • disqusted0fu

    Fight against corruption? Not really. Maybe fight against GMA. But corruption, unlikely. Pnoy’s KKKs and other officials under his administration are involved in corruption, but do they get punished? Or at least reprimanded? I don’t think so. The anti corruption is just an instrument being used to attack the previous administration to satisfy Pnoy’s hatred and vindictiveness towards his predecessor for reasons only his unwell head knows.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2SGJ27THLKQD74BPJOGVYUAYXY Dennis

    Kung fight against corruption ang paguusapan,tama lang na kasama c loren sa LP

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LJNDGFTXSUWM64XA54BUACXZOY Lady

                 right!d katulad ni chiz at grace poe anu naman alam ng mga yan

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/R6FINRE4P6PWW5CJJICUUXOSMY Vergel

    Escudero and Poe magpapacute lang yan

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3ZJYPAHL6HPFRITNWLXG7SE6RY Francia

               Historical sa LP ang Plaza Miranda kaya dapt lang na dun cla magcampaign rally………

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYOYXMHPK4LXRZLMMPRD3LABJI Lolita

               ipgpatuloy ang laban sa korupsyon! LP

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