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Home Sections Politics We Congratulate President-elect Aquino and Pledge to Observe the 100-Day Honeymoon Period with the Press But . . .
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Written by Bobby M. Reyes   
Tuesday, 11 May 2010 08:52


T he congratulates Sen. Benigno S. Aquino, III, for winning the May 10, 2010, presidential election of the Republic of the Philippines. We, therefore, pledge to honor the traditional 100-day honeymoon period that the Fourth Estate gives an incoming President. During this period, we will hold our horses, to use an idiomatic expression, and not criticize any action of the Aquino Administration.


In observance of the time-honored 100-day honeymoon period with a new President, we have unpublished all the articles about Sen. Noynoy Aquino that we printed in our website during the campaign. We have unpublished even the columns of Jesse Jose that were highly critical of Senator Aquino’s person, demeanor and qualifications for the highest office of the land. We will not also post in any e-forum or e-newsgroup any statement critical of the new Aquino Administration during the honeymoon period ending Oct. 8, 2010. But . . .


B ut as we speak, we are now negotiating with the New York and Los Angeles chapters of the BAYAN-USA and hopefully with the American chapters of other proactive organizations like the Media Breakfast Club of Los Angeles, California, and other progressive-minded entities into forming an “Overseas-Philippine Emancipators’ Rainbow Alliance (OPERA),” which will eventually carry into fruition the pro-people agenda that we suggested to then-presidential candidate, Manuel B. Villar, Jr., whom many of the prospective members of the OPERA chose to endorse for the May 10, 2010, presidential elections.


We will wait for the expiration of the 100-day honeymoon period and see where the Noynoy Aquino Administration is and where our alliance members are . . . Yes, not until the so-called Fat Lady in the proverbial opera sings . . .


While waiting for the end of the 100-day honeymoon period, we intend also to formally organize the supporters of Manny Villar in California and elsewhere into the ORANGE Brigade. Yes, ORANGE, as in “Overseas Relief and Assistance to Non-governmental Entities.”


We intend to rename a budding initiative, the so-called “Overseas-Filipino Liberation Army for the Hacienda Luisita,” into the “YELLOW Brigade.” YELLOW, as in “Youth and Elders’ Lobby for the Liberation of Oppressed Workers” and help farmers, fishermen and laborers in the Philippines and among the Overseas-Filipino communities get justice for whatever causes or concerns that they have or espouse – within the framework of the criminal-and-civil-justice systems of the land.


We are also talking with Filipino-American friends who are engineers, architects and builders into joining our OPERA and forming what we call tentatively the “RED Brigade.” RED, as in “Retrofitting of Edifices against Disasters.” Yes, we will initiate a lobby for the inspection of buildings in the Philippines and retrofit them so that they can withstand safely the adverse effects of powerful earthquakes and other natural calamities.


F inally, we congratulate also the presidential candidate and the members of his national slates that we endorsed for delivering a concession speech within 24 hours after the end of the May 10, 2010, presidential elections.


The Filipino people have decided. It is clear that despite our efforts, we were not blessed to win in Monday’s elections. I face you now to accept this decision, to respect the voice of the Filipino people.—Manny Villar


S enator Villar said further: "I fought a good fight . . . I congratulate Senator Noynoy Aquino on his victory. The challenges he and our country face are enormous and we should all work together."


We applaud also Rep. Liza L. Maza and Rep. Satur C. Ocampo, two of Senator Villar’s senatorial candidates, who issued the following statement:

“We congratulate president-elect Noynoy Aquino for his clear victory in the May 10 elections.


“As the nation welcomes a new administration, the challenge to address the problems of extremely low wages and job insecurity, landlessness and backward agrarian conditions in the countryside, the peace process, declining government social services, the much-hated value added tax (VAT), and the massive corruption in government and society will now put in focus what the incoming President will and can do.


“A top priority for immediate action is the prosecution of the despised outgoing president or crimes against the people.


“On our part, we will continue to stand by the people in closely watching how the new administration will address the aforementioned issues.”


Heaven help the new Aquino Administration and God bless the Filipino people and their new President.


Mabuhay and peace be with all of us. # # #


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 May 2010 21:10
Comments (15)
1 Tuesday, 11 May 2010 10:57
Si Bobby Reyes talaga . . .

And dami mong mga acronyms. Can't remember all of them.

Anong "honeymoon period" na 100 days. Talagang tulero ka rin na hilaw na Cano. Walang ganyang sa Bangsa Kasuko-an. Kawat lang ng kawat habang kayang kumawat. At hindi nahuhuli at kinukulong, like itong bumabandera na pangalawa ni Senator President elect Aquino.

Cesar Torres
2 Tuesday, 11 May 2010 10:58
Dear Professor Torres:

We have to try our best to form a Rainbow Alliance and work to change the country, one province at a time, starting with my home turf of Sorsogon and then we move on to the beautiful islands of Samar and Leyte, my adopted, and your home, region.

It is better to try and fail than not to try at all.

BTW we will not be doing a modern-day version of the Pulajanes Rebellion, are we? LOL.


Lolo Bobby M. Reyes
3 Tuesday, 11 May 2010 13:24
hi bobby:

good luck for being a gentleman, & more power to your Group. It will be easier for
you to work on one association at a time, incorporate as an int'l foundation, raise
enough moolah to run the f'dn, etcs. Follow the biz idiom that, "money talks, BS
walks". Or else it will be useless. Your friend in the last war, -ops, meaning campaign.

j barrera
4 Tuesday, 11 May 2010 18:43
Should just be a "Breather Period", not to have a honeymoon with oppressor.

5 Tuesday, 11 May 2010 18:59
Thank you for your offer of a 100-day "honeymoon period" truce. As for your efforts to launch a "Overseas-Philippine Emancipators’ Rainbow Alliance (OPERA)”, good luck. I just hope that the group does not Stand Opposed to Aquino's Programs (SOAP). Seriously, though, it would seem to be presumptuous for an overseas group to imagine themselves "emancipators" of the Filipino people. The Filipino people are perfectly capable of emancipating themselves.


(As first posted in the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
6 Tuesday, 11 May 2010 19:02
I agree: that's truly magnanimous of LOLO Bobby. But where's the magnanimity of the y'all, ABNOY winners? I only see endless gloating...

Me? I am "licking," as Ting had suggested. What am I licking? What else do you lick? Ice cream, of course, and "wounds," edible cones and all.

7 Tuesday, 11 May 2010 19:04

That's magnanimous!

Bart Tubalinal, Jr.
8 Tuesday, 11 May 2010 19:07
Pareng Jesse and all,

Magnanimity is the domain of the victors. For the losers, just shut up! LOL

I've been magnanimous when Obama won and magnanimous again with Noynoy's victory. I'm used to winning with my choices of candidates so no big deal.

Perry Diaz

(As first posted in an e-forum)
9 Tuesday, 11 May 2010 19:10
Pareng Perry, et al,

Okey ngarud, I'll shup up, but can I laugh? It's been a wild party, you know. I had so much fun writing all those stories about ABNOYand laughing about it, and the laughter in me still lingers.

Now I am at a loss on what to write about. For 100 days, I have to be on a "honeymoon" with this retard. How gross naman! LOL.

Jesse Jose
10 Tuesday, 11 May 2010 19:14
Count me in on any advocacy to make the Philippines the Pearl of the Orient once again ...

11 Tuesday, 11 May 2010 21:43
A decent traditional gesture, Lolo Bobby.


(As sent by e-mail to the writer.)
12 Sunday, 16 May 2010 05:39
As soon as President Noynoy begins his new job critics will likely give him a traditional chance to take a deep breath, roll up his sleeves and leave him alone for a while to examine his job jar - a honeymoon if you will.

Then maybe in a hundred days, or even earlier, the word wars will begin to simmer and then boil as the next election gets nearer.

Maybe he might forget his promises. Instead he should tackle the country's problems in their order of priority. Anyway, his job jar will, with some certainty, include problems for which he made promises to address.

Tall order? You betcha! The Office of the President is no picnic with too many frustrations like ants invading the picnic basket...

Also, he may have to dispel his perceived weaknesses mentioned in the attached BBC article by Kate McGeown who said,

"At the moment he is better known for his parents than for any of his own achievements - and there is little doubt that what propelled him into office was the fact his mother was the former President Cory Aquino, and his father the pro-democracy hero Ninoy Aquino."

Not very flattering. Besides, skeptics are too familiar with presidents before him who enjoyed a honeymoon with critics. All failed in the end to resurrect the supposed glory days of the country when it was supposed to be next to Japan's healthy economy in all of Asia.


Fred Natividad
Livonia, Michigan
13 Monday, 17 May 2010 13:32
Here in the 7,107 islands, it seems that what may be realistic for the new administration to expect from ALL the rest who did NOT vote for the New President is just ZERO flak, ZERO brickbats during the first 100 days, from 30 June 2010 up to 08 October 2010.

"Unity and cooperation" had been mere tongue-in-cheek ploy of both "winners" and "losers" in post-election scenarios here in the 7,107 islands since 04 July 1946. While that is not based on first-hand knowledge, there is a humongous volume of documentation of post-election scenarios, both at the national and LGU levels.

Given the most vicious election campaign since the SNAP elections of 1986, the "winners" of the MAY 2010 elections will have to "roll up their sleeves" and "work their asses off" for the entire 100-day period, while ALL those who voted against the "winners" must simply monitor closely and document everything that will transpire.

Based on the actual results after the 100-day period, i.e., starting on 09 October 2010, the new administrations, both at the national and LGU levels will either have additional supporters or truly pissed off Filipino Citizens who will use every means, fair or foul to bring down those who would have failed to deliver.
14 Saturday, 12 June 2010 06:41
In a message dated 6/12/2010 1:27:17 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it writes:

Bobby Reyes has a mind of his own. He is nobody’s robot.

He’s a free agent and can very well articulate what he thinks is good for the country.

I pray to the Lord to bless Bobby and continue to keep his mind and heart free of hate and malicious baggage.

Nene Pimentel

From: Placido Calderon
Sent: Saturday, June 12, 2010 12:05 PM
To: ebmanalang@
Subject: Re: Sen. Pimentel Exits with a Blast

Now that Senator Pimentel said thing complimetary to President elect Aquino, let us hear from Senator Pimentel's right arm in the USA and oversea and that is Bobby Reyes who has not said good about the President elect since he was very much pre-occupied with Senator Villar as a presidential candidate. Eddie
Dear Honorable Senator Pimentel:

Dr. Eddie AAA Calderon unfortunately was not able to read our declaration that we made (the day after the Philippine elections) on May 11, 2010, at 8:52 a.m. (Pacific Standard Time) as published in our website per this hyperlink,

We Congratulate President-elect Aquino and Pledge to Observe the 100-Day Honeymoon Period with the Press But . . .


We also unpublished all the highly-critical articles that our columnists and I wrote about the then candidacy of President-elect Noynoy Aquino. We also stopped posting in e-newsgroups any criticism of Mr. Noynoy Aquino.

We are keeping our mouths shut until Oct. 8, 2010, when the 100-day "Honeymoon Period" with President Noynoy Aquino expires.

In the meantime, we salute you, Honorable Pubic Servant Nene Pimentel, for your exemplary track record in public service. Truly you are, Sir, the "Moses of Mindanao."

God bless you, your family and staff,

Very respectfully yours,

Bobby M. Reyes

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