Pagkapanalo ni Obama, pabor sa Fil-Am at sa Pilipinas

admin   •   November 8, 2012   •   3573

Ang pagkapanalo ni US Pres. Barack Obama na inanunsyo sa isang electronic billboard sa Times Square, New York. Ang US Elections ay tinututukan ng buong mundo dahil sa laki ng impluwensya ng America ay apektado sa iba’t-ibang aspeto ang bawat bansa. (UNTV / Photoville International / Aaron Romero)

MANILA, Philippines — Pabor sa Pilipinas ang pagkakapanalo ni US President Barack Obama.

 Ito ang nakikitang bunga sa resulta ng US Election ng political analist na si Ramon Casiple.

Ayon kay Casiple, maipagpapatuloy na ngayon ng Obama administration ang mga napasimulan nitong programa sa administrasyong Aquino.

“Kung ano yung mga nagkaroon ng agriment tayo with the us government noong madalaw ni president pinoy ang america ay matutuloy at posibleng madagdagan pa,” ani Casiple.

Malaki ring bentahe ang pagkakapanalo ni Obama para sa mga immigrant sa Amerika lalo na ang mga Filipino-American dahil sa polisiya nito na pabor sa kanila.

Ani Casiple, “Malaki ang ekspektasyon ng mga pinoy sa Amerika pati yung immigration policy na pagluwag ay matutupad at yung pagbawi ng ekonomiya sa Amerika ay magkakaroon din ng mga biyaya yuong mga Pinoy doon.”

Nakakakita rin si Casiple ng pagtatag ng kumpiyansa ng ibang bansa na nakabantay sa ekonomiya ng Estados Unidos, “Yung mga patakaran na nasimulan nya merong ekspektasyon na mapatupad niya yung mga ginagawang solusyon sa economic crisis nila at maging sa foreign affairs may certainty lahat.”

Ayon naman kay US Ambassador Harry Thomas, magkatono at magkasabay na lulutasin ng dalawang administrasyon ang problema sa employment ng dalawang bansa.

“President Obama’s Job, is the same as President Aquino’s job, to provide jobs for Americans. Yes, President Aquino’s job is to provide jobs for Filipinos,” ani US Ambassador Thomas. (REY PELAYO, UNTV News)

VOTE HERE. Isang paalala na nakasalin sa 9 na wika na kumakatawan sa 9 na iba pang lahing mamamayan din ng bansang Amerika at isa na dito ang lahing Pilipino na itinuturing pangalawa sa pinakamaraming mamamayang etniko. (PHOTOVILLE International / Antonio Sioco Pascual Jr)

Record-high rating: Duterte’s ‘political will’ makes him unique – Analyst

Marje Pelayo   •   July 9, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – A political analyst believes that the improvements in President Rodrigo Duterte’s performance rating proves that democracy is working in the country.

According to Professor Ramon Casiple, the President’s high satisfaction rating is the Filipino people’s manifesto that the President is consistent with his performance since his first year in office.

Casiple added that President Duterte’s performance is ‘unique’ as compared to past presidents who served after the late President Ferdinand Marcos.

Past records show declining performances of former presidents at the middle of their term.

“Ang unique sa kanya, iyong (What’s unique is his) political will,” Casiple said.

“Hindi ko sinasabing walang political will iyong iba, pero hindi umabot sa point na nagkaroon ng major changes sa buhay ng mga tao. In fact, ‘yan ‘yung dahilan kung bakit 80%. Malamang ito ‘yung nakadama ng impact sa buhay nila,” he added.

(I am not saying that the others did not have political will, but they did not reach the point that they made major changes to the lives of the people. In fact, that’s the reason why it’s 80%, perhaps they are the ones who really felt the impact into their lives.)

Casiple added that most Filipinos tend to shrug off the so-called controversies that the Administration is facing as they believe that those are just ploys of Duterte’s critics.

“Ang oposisyon ang gumawa ng controversy. From the start, hindi siya binigyan ng what we call ‘political honeymoon’. Kandidato pa lang siya, inaway na siya kagad,” Casiple explained.

(The opposition crafted the controversy. From the start, they did not give him what we call ‘political honeymoon’. Even when he was starting as a candidate, he was bullied.)

Based on the latest survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS), 80% of Filipinos expressed satisfaction on the Chief Executive’s overall performance as president of the Republic; 12% were dissatisfied while 9% were undecided.

This means that the President’s net satisfaction rating has hit a two-point increase to +68, classified as “very good,” from +66 last quarter.

The non-commissioned survey was conducted from June 22 to 26 through face-to-face interviews with 1,200 respondents, aged 18 years old and above, nationwide. – with reports from Rosalie Coz

Trump, Obama tout clashing visions of U.S. as elections near

UNTV News   •   November 5, 2018

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) greets President-elect Donald Trump at inauguration ceremonies swearing in Trump as president on the West front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Barack Obama made dueling election appearances on Sunday, offering sharply different views on the country’s problems but agreeing on the high stakes for voters in the final 48 hours of a tight campaign.

With opinion polls showing dozens of tight U.S. congressional and gubernatorial races in Tuesday’s election, the current and former presidents said the results would determine what kind of country Americans live in for the next two years.

“This election will decide whether we build on this extraordinary prosperity we have created,” Trump told a cheering crowd in Macon, Georgia, warning that Democrats would “take a giant wrecking ball to our economy.”

Trump campaigned with Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who is in a tight race with Democrat Stacey Abrams for the governor’s office.

Obama condemned Trump, without addressing him by name, and Republicans for what he described as their divisive policies and repeated lies. He hammered Trump and Republicans for repeatedly trying to repeal his signature healthcare law while at the same time claiming to support the law’s protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

“The only check right now on the behavior of these Republicans is you and your vote,” Obama told supporters in Gary, Indiana, during a rally for endangered Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly.

“The character of our country is on the ballot,” he said.

Trump and Obama are the most popular figures in their parties, and their appearances on the campaign trail are designed to stoke enthusiasm among core supporters in the late stages of a midterm congressional election widely seen as a referendum on Trump’s first two years in the White House.

Opinion polls and election forecasters have made Democrats favorites on Tuesday to pick up the 23 seats they need to capture a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, which would enable them to stymie Trump’s legislative agenda and investigate his administration.

Republicans are favored to retain their slight majority in the U.S. Senate, currently at two seats, which would let them retain the power to approve U.S. Supreme Court and other judicial nominations on straight party-line votes.

In the midst of a six-day national blitz of rallies ahead of Tuesday’s election, Trump will also appear later on Sunday in Tennessee, which hosts a vital U.S. Senate race.

HARD-LINE RHETORIC

In the final stages of the campaign, Trump has ramped up his hard-line rhetoric on immigration and cultural issues including warnings about a caravan of migrants headed to the border with Mexico and of liberal “mobs.”

He repeated those themes in Georgia, urging voters to “look at what is marching up – that’s an invasion.” He said Democrats encouraged chaos at the borders because it was good politics.

Ronna McDaniel, head of the Republican National Committee, said on ABC’s “This Week” program that the media had chosen to focus on Trump’s immigration rhetoric but the president was also emphasizing economic and job gains under his presidency.

The Labor Department on Friday reported sharply better-than-expected job creation in October, with the unemployment rate steady at a 49-year low of 3.7 percent and wages notching their best annual gain in almost a decade.

But in Indiana, Obama said Republicans were taking credit for the economic renewal that started under his presidency. “You hear those Republicans brag about how good the economy is, where do you think that started?” he asked.

Obama also appeared later on Sunday in his old home state of Illinois, which hosts a competitive governor’s race and several tight U.S. House of Representative races. Obama’s appearance on the campaign trail is his second in three days.

In the battle for the Senate, Democrats are defending seats in 10 states that Trump won in the 2016 presidential election, including a handful that he won by double digits.

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, who heads the Democratic Senate campaign arm, said it was “remarkable” that Democrats were even in striking distance of capturing the Senate given the unfavorable map they faced.

“The fact we still have a narrow path to a majority is a sea change from where we were two years ago,” he said on ABC. “These are some very close races and they are in states where Trump won big.”

As of Sunday morning, almost 34.4 million people had cast ballots early, according to the Election Project at the University of Florida, which tracks turnout. That is up 67.8 percent from the 20.5 million early votes cast in all of 2014, the last federal election when the White House was not at stake.

For all Reuters election coverage, click: here

Reporting by John Whitesides; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Susan Thomas

Bomb threat greeted with skepticism by New Yorkers

admin   •   October 25, 2018

 

Bomb Squad at Time Warner Building | REUTERS

In speaking to Reuters, New Yorkers took in stride the events in their city Wednesday (October 24) after police intercepted suspected bombs mailed to former U.S. President Barack Obama, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and other high-profile Democrats, in what New York officials described as an act of terrorism.

With the country deeply polarized, the packages brought a new level of tension to Nov. 6 political contests that will decide whether Democrats can challenge the majorities now held by Trump’s Republicans in Congress.

The CNN bureau in New York also received a device looking like a pipe bomb, leading police to evacuate the building, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, said his office also received a suspicious package. CNN reported that Eric Holder, who was U.S. attorney general under Obama, was also among those targeted.

“We’re used to it a bit. Since 9/11, it’s sort of a routine thing. This happens every few months now. I just want to get my lunch, go on with my day,” Dildeepal Galesa, an employee of Universal Music, told Reuters.

U.S. President Donald Trump condemned what he called “despicable acts” and vowed to bring those responsible to justice.

“In these times, we have to unify, we have to come together, and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America,” Trump said at the White House.

“We’re extremely angry, upset and unhappy about what we witnessed this morning, and we will get to the bottom of it,” Trump said.

A similar pipe bomb was delivered earlier this week to the home of George Soros, a major Democratic Party donor.

There has been no claim of responsibility.

All of the targets are frequently disparaged by right-wing critics and Trump, whose spokeswoman condemned the acts.

“Our condemnation of these despicable acts certainly includes threats made to CNN as well as current or former public servants. These cowardly acts are unacceptable and won’t be tolerated,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Twitter.

Alexander Soros, the son of George Soros, said in an opinion piece published by The New York Times that his father had long faced verbal criticism and threats over his involvement in politics, “but something changed in 2016” when Trump was elected.

“Before that, the vitriol he faced was largely confined to the extremist fringes, among white supremacists and nationalists who sought to undermine the very foundations of democracy. But with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, things got worse,” Alexander Soros wrote.

He placed direct responsibility with those who sent the devices, but added: “I cannot see it divorced from the new normal of political demonization that plagues us today.” — Reuters

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