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PostPhilippines Mid-Term Elections: Duterte Allies Victorious (Bienvenido Macario, USA, 05/16/19 5:17 am)
The Philippine mid-term elections were held on May 13th. The Liberal party to which former President Benigno Aquino III belongs, together with other independent parties, fielded the Ocho Derecho (spelled Otso Diretso) candidates for the Philippine Senate.
Three Ocho Derecho (Straight Eight) candidates stand out:
1. Mar Roxas II (Mar Roxas), Aquino III's anointed successor, who lost to Pres. Duterte in the 2016 presidential election. His grandfather was US Army Brig. Gen. Manuel A. Roxas, Sr. who avoided the court martial for treason under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) by seeking independence under the 1946 Treaty of Manila.
2. Lorenzo Tañada III (Erin Tañada), the grandson of Lorenzo Tañada, Sr., Chief Prosecutor appointed by Manuel A. Roxas, Sr. Tañada prepared the list of suspected collaborators to be pardoned immediately after July 4, 1946.
See: "Man-To-Man: Roxas Is Asked To Explain Stand"
by Harold L. Ickes
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Monday, July 22, 1946:
3. Benigno Aquino IV (Bam Aquino), another grandson of Benigno Aquino, Sr., the most dedicated and loyal Japanese collaborator of all. His father Paul Aquino was appointed to the PNOC-EDC privatization commission and sold the entire geothermal industry to the Lopezes at dirt-cheap prices. He then became the president of the privatized Energy Development Corporation (EDC). It was my late wife who discovered, assisted in the development and management of those geothermal resources in the Philippines while working for PNOC-EDC and before earning her MS in Petroleum Engineering at Stanford in 1991. On Dec. 10, 2010 she died penniless.
See: WAIS NEWS--Elena G. Macario (Bienvenido Macario) Dec. 13, 2010
I am sure the oligarchs and the two million richest in the Philippines who never invented, developed or discovered anything even remotely associated to their obviously ill-gotten wealth are desperately trying to find ways to explain where and how they managed to amass such an obscene amount of wealth. One way is money laundering. And my late wife's accomplishments are the perfect target.
None of the Ocho Derecho candidates were elected to the Senate.
JE comments: Happy to hear from one of our dearest colleagues, veteran WAISer Bienvenido Macario. Duterte's allies won resounding victories in the mid-term elections. Bienvenido, is Duterte really that popular? I know he's good at summary executions and um, "outspokenness," but has he brought any real progress to the Philippines?