Thursday, September 03, 2009

Noynoy Aquino's fake bandwagon

A Filipino American e-forum is alive with chatter about the emerging Noynoy Aquino Presidency. What you see below struck me as something worth sharing to everyone who is interested in really weighing the merits of Noynoy as President.

From: Adolfo Paglinawan

Dear Elsa,

Everytime Noynoy goes on TV he says he has not yet decided.

But as Perry Diaz says, stickers and T-shirts are going around in the Philippines saying "Noypi".

I caught this news last week when the Aksyon Demokratiko people told me they were launching "Noypi".

Over the weekend, the wife of Raul Roco and leader of Aksyon announced that they are only supporting Nonoy for president but will not necessarily support him if he choses to run as vice president.

The way this campaign is coming out, it seems that Noynoy is the only one who does not know he will run for the presidency.

Tell that to the marines! Matagal nang kumita itong teleserye na ito. Ang title "Faking a Bandwagon!"

Ang mas corny, Elsa, is when Noynoy said that he will make up his mind after he processes everything in the way that her mother did - consulting the pink sisters and close religious consultants, and a spiritual retreat. He even beat Father Ed panlilio to the pulp - the Governor has never faked anything beyond his known spirituality.

When Noynoy delivered his eulogy for his mother, he admitted not being so religous as hers. But now, he is appearing suddenly "born again" in manner that would pale Mike Velarde and Eddie Villanueva combined. It is so fake the Iglesia ni Cristo will not buy into it.

Actually this is a setup by the Liberal Party who has been in near panic for Mar Roxas' failure to show improved ratings for the past six months. Despite the tens of millions Mar's mother, Judy Araneta, has poured into his TV ads and preemptive PR, even Chiz Escudero has tied with him for the second place and Chiz was not even doing anything except move around the country doing handshakes and kissing babies.

Actually what the Liberal Party is very worried about the Roxas campaign is that it has split into three initiatives with varied priorities. The Mother Judy has her own campaign. the fiance Korrina Sanchez also insisted on having her own campaign. And of course the party had it own version. On the outside, three is better than one but from the inside, the campaigns are actually separate and might cancel each other out. Worst, the party is expected to fund the three fronts.

Nobody wants to spend his own money in the light of Mar's poor numbers and even with relatives from the Araneta and Ayala sides, they cannot match the war chest of Manny Villar and Danding Cojuangco (for Chiz Escidero). So the deficit in funds superiority, they intend to fill in with the Cory-Ninoy drama.

The problem is Nonoy is an unknown quantity. And this is why the image engineering is already in the works with no less than ABS-CBN at the lead because its pawn Noli de Castro has also landed fourth in the surveys.

I cannot recall a single legislation he has authored or a single cause celebre he has espoused, do you?

I feel awkward taking this position as I was true and through Ninoy since his Bedan days, throughout his tenure in the Senate, his exile, death, and true and through Cory from the time of the assassination, to the lonely days of early protest from Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City to the Ugarte Field in Makati, to the actual campaign, six years of her presidency, occasionally whenever I was in Manila after her term and up to her death.

But my primordial concern is for the Filipino people who has suffered three years of Erap and eight years of Gloria.

What we need now is one who can tell us how he intends to turn around the direction of our nation within the first year of his term - not just economically but politically in the lofty sense of the word, and morally.

We need a sure shot based on previous impeccable record of performance that already borne actual quantifiable fruits especially for our poorest of the poor.

We cannot afford a weak presidency powered only by phantasm. Right now we need hope based on reality, not new promises.

And my worst fear is when Noynoy is pulled out of the proverbial hat - what we might have instead is the Communist Party of the Philippines. Most of the people having orgasm in Manila now in the light of a Noynoy candidacy are the same people who almost soured up the Cory presidency.

Now how will our face look like here in the United States given that possibility?


Anonymous said...

My Comment:
Thanks for pointing this out. I’m saying, Here we go again, handing the presidency on a silver platter to someone who has absolutely no executive experience and whose performance both in Congress and the Senate has been disappointing. 

There’s a reason why, just over a month ago, Noynoy Aquino was not on anyone’s radar for vice-president, let alone president of this country, and that has been because, both on a personal plane and in politics, Noynoy’s performance has been mired in mediocrity. 

When Noynoy ran for the Senate, I did not vote for him. The question I asked myself and my friends at that time was, Why should I waste my vote on this guy who hasn’t done any significant piece of legislation in his three terms in Congress? Because his mother was trying to find a career for a son who couldn’t stand up on his own that he had to rely on family connections and the family name to get by? Last I checked, we have democratic and republican form of government. Lineage doesn’t count. We’re not a monarchy. We don’t pass around titles simply because someone has the right genes. 

Noynoy’s heart is not with the Filipino masses. At the height of the Hacienda Luisita standoff, where several farmers died, Noynoy, acting as the family spokesman was unequivocally on the side of his family’s interests. Cory, interestingly, kept her distance and maintained her silence but Noynoy was all over the place defending his family’s interests. 

I think there are a lot of people with their hearts in the right place who can lead this country, not the trapos, not the allies of this government. Maawa naman po tayo sa Pilipinas. This is not the Marcos regime. No one has been assasinated. We have a working Supreme Court and a democratic Constitution.

Caloy73 said...

I think it’s high time we examine NoyNoy Aquino as a man purely on what he has made out of his life, and not based on the greatness of his parents. If people look at him from this point of view, I think they’d be better informed on whether he really is fit for the presidency. 

There is no doubt that Ninoy and Cory Aquino belong to the pantheon of great Filipinos. Greatness however is not inherited. It is something you make for yourself. Ninoy’s parents weren’t great. And Cory’s parents were simple folks. But Ninoy and Cory grew up to be great persons. It would be ignorant and foolish to assume that just because they are great, Noynoy would be great too. Mahatma Gandhi became an Indian hero and a world icon for humanity. He had four sons. But the world doesn’t really know what those sons did with their lives – because they did not inherit their father’s greatness. John Lennon is a humanitarian and a musical genius. But his son, Julian, did not inherit his humanity and compassion nor his gift for songwriting. Dodot Jaworski did not inherit his father, Bobby Jaworski’s shooting and passing skills in basketball. Kris Aquino is Cory’s very own flesh and blood. But while Cory exudes dignity and class, Kris at times is crass and pedestrian. You either have greatness or you don’t. Ballsy, Cory and Ninoy’s eldest, at least inherited her parents dignified demeanor. 

Now back to Noynoy Aquino. He has a degree of Economics from Ateneo De Manila University. It’s a great school known for its graduates who went on to become great people. But Noynoy was not one of its great students. He wasn’t even a student leader in his time. Noynoy went on to sales and marketing for two great companies: Nike Philippines and Mondragon Int’l. Sales and marketing, and for that you went to Ateneo? Those were the only jobs he held that he got based on his resume and not based on his parent’s name. Because after those jobs, he went on to work for his uncle’s company and eventually their family’s sugar company at Hacienda Luisita. Even in private life, he used his family connections to earn a living. 

He served three terms in Congress representing Tarlac, his family’s district and for which he had great chances of winning because it is Aquino/Cojuangco country after all. People would be surprised to know that at one point he was Deputy Speaker, because he was barely visible, he barely talked and he barely sponsored bills. In effect, he was a forgettable congressman. He is now a Senator of the Republic to which he owes greatly to his own sister, Kris, and his mother Cory, who both used their popularity during the elections to campaign for a forgettable brother and son. 

The presidency is the highest position in the country. It is not meant for people who are still on the OJT stage (on-the-job training). It is a position meant for great people. This country can only achieve greatness if we put great people on the steering wheel. To pass the mantle of greatness from Ninoy and Cory to a son who has so far haven’t done anything great in his life would demean and cheapen the legacies that Ninoy and Cory left behind. Cory did not survive 9 coup attempts, and Ninoy did not breathe his last breath on a dirty airport tarmac for it to be used as their forgettable son’s publicity tool for his presidential ambition. 

This country is not that HOPELESS to settle for MEDIOCRITY.

Admin said...

Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to comment.

We should always keep in mind that we are looking for the country's next leader... NOT THE NEXT BEST THING.

There is not such thing.

We either have a leader or we don't

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