A way to say sorry to FPJ

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No one thought she had a ghost of a chance. All surveys prior to the just recently concluded elections nowhere showed senatorial candidate Grace Poe Llamanzares shining through—until she decided to drop the name Llamanzares and put the stress on Poe (her late father’s surname, cinema’s “action king,” Fernando Poe Jr. or FPJ). “Grace Poe,  anak  po  ni  FPJ,” became her campaign’s mantra and it struck gold instantly in the hearts of the voters.

To be sure, she was not the first to realize the importance of name recall in any electoral exercise. Another senatorial aspirant, Joseph Victor Ejercito, saw the folly of trying to go it alone and run on his own steam. So he hijacked his father’s screen name, Estrada, just in time, and look where he is now!

But Poe’s phenomenal topping of the race was really something else. While JV Ejercito Estrada managed to get himself entrenched within the so-called Magic 12, Poe made everyone’s jaw drop by being consistently No. 1 all over the country—putting to shame such political veterans and consistent electoral topnotchers as Loren Legarda, Chiz Escudero, Alan Peter Cayetano, et al.

How on earth did that happen? We venture the view that it was the people’s way of saying sorry to FPJ who would have won the 2004 presidential election had not “Hello, Garci?” supervened. He was robbed in broad daylight. He haunted the entire nation for allowing such a travesty to happen. Yes, indeed, it seems the specter of FPJ, the better president we never had, remained with us all along and finally found peace in his daughter’s extraordinary triumph! May his soul rest in peace now.

—STEPHEN L. MONSANTO,

Monsanto Law Office,

Loyola Heights, Quezon City

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  • athenapallas

    Grace Poe is highly educated, a graduate of UP Manila and also Boston University. Compared to Bobong Revilla or Junggoy da Unggoy Estrada or his coyote brother JV, all of whom lacking in genuine intelligence and integrity and are of questionable character because they are tainted with corruption, Poe is a breath of clean air in the senate. And don’t get me started with the Binay spawn.

    • beatmanny

      JV lacking in intelligence? he’s a candidate who used his achievements and not his father during campaign. what a moron you are.

    • JOSEPH gARCIA

      FYI jinggoy estrada is a lawyer/ actor, Bong Revilla managed to study masters @ states low profile lang talaga sila. FYI uli kung sino pa ung mga low profile sya ung madaming gingawang batas like kasambahay law, anti boso and others di tulad ng mga maiingay wla naman ginagawang batas like Mirriam, Chiz, Mr Noted na puro veto ang panukalang batas and the legendary Joker Arroyo

      • mg_harrier

        he took up bachelor of law at lyceum but it was not specified if he have passed the bar exam..just because you took up law doesn’t mean you’re a lawyer..

      • generalproblem

        hindi nya sinasabi na lawyer sya. ang importante alam nya ang batas.

      • tarikan

        Si Ji-unggoy na sinasabi nyo eh hindi nagtapos ng law. Off and on ang pagpasok nya while doing movies. Siguro laging bagsak sa exam dahil madalas absent. Nag-drop-out na laang. Well, encouraged probably by his famous drop-out of a father haha. Talking about the father, hindi natapos ng pag-aaral, hindi natpos ng pagka-presidente pero tapos ng pambabae, taaapos lashhiing matapos matalo sa sugal at natapos sa kankungan.

  • beatmanny

    PCOS machine, thank you.

  • GTGT

    Choosing individuals to propose laws, review bills, etc., should never be based on being able to say sorry to someone, “utang-loob”, popularity, etc., but should always be solely based on a candidate’s qualifications and capability. The right question should be: Does Grace Poe have better qualifications and capability compared to other candidates?

    As long as Filipinos vote unintelligently by having the wrong mindset, we will never be able to get out of “third-world” status.

    • generalproblem

      then sino naman ang sinasabi mo na dapat iboto ng mga unintelligent at wrong mindsetted na mga pinoy. ok na sa akin si grace at least may pangalan sya na ayaw nyang madungisan. dapat hindi binoboto ang mga abaogado dahil sigurado magnanakaw yan.

      • tarikan

        Si Erap hindi abogado (highest educational attainment 3rd yr. Commerce), si Tabako hindi abogado, si Achie Glo hindi abogado pero lintik mga magnanakaw. Bottom line: hindi lahat ng magnanakaw ay abogado.

  • http://www.yahoo.com JOSE RIZAL

    It’s a tele-novela and fanaticism based politics…as always…
    And here’s an article that “kid gloves” the situation…and Juan will be sorry for himself, not for any action flick dead film hero…

  • ApoNiLolo

    Given that it’s “the people’s way of saying sorry to FPJ”. How then do you categorize this in the context of political maturity?

    • tlb6432

      it worked didn’t it? so whatever pristine or ideal political scenario you have, that’s what democracy is.. not perfect and yet it works.. let’s not be a burgis or a different class to dictate that our vote counts more, one vote for one person..

      • ApoNiLolo

        WTF are you talking about? What different “class”? Who’s dictating and who’s being burgis? What does democracy got to do with my comment?

        If you can’t fathom the idea behind the statement, don’t pretend by ranting your sermon like some intellectual wanabe. I have no obligation to educate ignorant people like you!

      • tlb6432

        your question insinuates to that aspect.. nothing personal, let’s stick to the subject at hand..i may be ignorant to you but I am most definitely not.. i can meet you if you want me to show and prove it to you.. tell me the time and place..

      • ApoNiLolo

        “your question insinuates to that aspect..”

        To your myopic understanding, definitely yes. But I won’t waste my time on somebody who can’t understand a simple question, not to mention, so full of himself.

        “.. tell me the time and place.”

        Meet me in Washington Park at the corner of East 51st St. and Evans Ave. today at 5! That’s a good place to let go some steam! >: D

      • tlb6432

        looks like i really hit a nerve on you.. i’ll leave it at that.. you are in Chicago, oh well looks like this is your lucky day…

      • ApoNiLolo

        You hit a nerve alright. I dislike pretentiousness and self-importance. >: D

      • tlb6432

        thanks.. you do that too.. you are important as well, to you and may be to others who cares about you.. take a deep breath and then exhale.. and then follow through with an ice cold beer…cheers!! should make you feel good now..

  • tarikan

    For a baby girl found at the steps of a church in Jaro, Iloilo, she’s really gone a looong way. Po-E or Llamanzares doesn’t matter. But if I were Mr. Llamanzares it’s a big deal for me dropping my name. What does it mean to her character? Mag-sulian na kami ng kandila.

    • tlb6432

      it’s politics in the ground, am sure Mr. Llamanzares loves her wife Grace that he does not want to be a stumbling block to her political career.. pride is not a good argument here..

  • kim koh

    watch out…soon a group will claim….because we carry ms. poe…

  • 4kingdaddy

    most comments her are already demonizing grace when the fact of the matter is she hasn’t attended not even one session in the senate yet…..let’s wait and see….if she fails on what is expected of her, then we can start criticizing her to the hilt…poe or no poe, she had been elected, and that;s the bottom line….just like we’ll be watching binay ejercito, villar and aquino….when the sessions start, i’ll be watching these people with keen eyes…..let;s see if the proposed bills they will present in the senate chamber are worthy enough to be considered and discussed…..and if they are for the welfare of our country and the masses…..if not, we bulldoze them big time until pdi runs out of space for comments…..i am an optimist, always looking for a brighter and sweet tomorrow….many of you may disagree, but that’s why we all have different shape of heads, and different ideas implanted in our brains …..peace…..

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