Oh my God! I just had the biggest epiphany. Noynoy Aquino is the candidate who has the most negative mental attitude among the rest of the presidential candidates! And his negative outlook towards the whole election process is being fuelled by his own team of supporters.
Just think about it. From Day One, they have been bandying the word “evil” and branding everyone who is running against Noynoy as such.
First, Noynoy Aquino and his camp blame all of the ills of the Philippines on one person, and that is President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Never mind that a lot of factors contribute to the woes of the country today, like the incompetence of past presidents (which includes former President Cory Aquino), natural disasters, overpopulation, and global financial crises; not to mention corruption in the public sector and the average Filipino’s general lack of cooperation.
If we compare figures during the time of Noynoy’s late mother’s reign, the Philippine economy right now is not really doing that bad despite the global financial crisis that hit a lot of major countries in late 2008. Here is an entry from Wikepedia (feel free to debunk these claims):
The current administration under President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has been marked by radical and risky moves pushing toward faster and more rapid economic growth. In recent years, Arroyo’s stance towards economic improvement since 2004 has seen the Philippines re-emerge as one of the growing economies in Southeast Asia. In 2004, the Philippine economy grew by 6.1%, beating most analysts and even the government’s estimates. In 2005, the Philippine peso posted an appreciation rate of 6%–the fastest in the Asian region for that year. However, the advent of high oil prices dampened the government’s growth estimates for that same year as growth only amounted to 5.1%. The Philippines is still faced with the challenge of generating income internally, as it has the third-highest rate of remittances from overseas in the world. During 2006, the economy posted a 5.4% growth, dampened by two typhoons which wreaked havoc on the agricultural sector. The government plans to bolster infrastructure spending in 2007 tenfold, and is targeting an accelerated growth of the economy by 7% in 2007, 8% in 2008, and 9% in 2009 well as improved domestic improvement. President Arroyo had visioned that by 2020 the Philippines would be a First World country.
Compare that with the short entry describing the economy during former president Cory Aquino’s term as President:
By the time of the People Power revolution, the economy had declined, falling severely below the growth of other nations in Southeast Asia. A severe recession in 1984-85 saw the economy shrink by more than 10%, and perceptions of political instability during the Aquino administration further damped economic activity.
The perception of political instability during the Aquino administration had dampened economic activity. It looks more and more like this statement can be also used to describe things to come under a Noynoy Aquino presidency.
Gloria Arroyo’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA) highlighted the following:
1. We have a strong economy and a strong fiscal position to withstand global shocks.
2. We built new modern infrastructure and completed unfinished ones.
3. The economy is more fair to the poor than ever before.
4. We are building a sound base for the next generation.
5. International authorities have taken notice that we are safer from environmental degradation and man-made disasters.
I don’t really agree with item number four as far as Filipino attitudes go but as far as I can tell, no one has really debunked her statements to be untrue except for item number five. Typhoon Ondoy proved that much of the country including Metro Manila is not that safe from man-made disasters. But can we really blame all this on Gloria Arroyo? She has only been president since 2001. Much of the country’s infrastructure that imperil us today was already there even before she came into office. Therefore, it does not come across as very smart for Noynoy and his camp to be blaming all of the current problems on Gloria Arroyo’s administration. If we have to do any finger pointing, we need more fingers to do that because we should be including former presidents, Joseph Estrada, Fidel Ramos, Cory Aquino, and Ferdinand Marcos and the rest of the past presidents that ruled us since the granting of our independence by the Americans.
Noynoy Aquino and his camp are also hindering much needed changes that will enable the country to move forward. They are against charter change and switching to a parliamentary system. This is because they see these changes as parts of an overall effort perpetrated by President Gloria Arroyo to hold on to power. Noynoy Aquino and his supporters have a negative mental attitude indeed.
Senator Manny Villar is the strongest opponent of Noynoy Aquino in the coming elections. Noynoy Aquino supporters assume that if you are not voting for Noynoy, then you are definitely voting for Villar, or by voting for someone else like Gordon or Gibo who they perceive to be not winnable, you are contributing to the likelihood of a Villar win in May. This makes you, the voter, evil too.
Noynoy Aquino and his supporters also keep referring to Villar’s wealth as ill-gotten. Never mind that no one has yet filed any charges or proven these allegations. Regardless of how Villar acquired his wealth, he has never indulged in the sort of negative campaigning that Noynoy and his camp engage in. Noynoy and his supporters also focus on blaming Manny’s vigorous advertising for the sudden surge in his popularity. But this is funny because the millions of pesos that Manny spends on his campaign is actually stimulating the economy. If you don’t believe me, here is an excerpt from a column in the business section of the Manila Bulletin written by Bernardo M. Villegas in April 2009:
Another reason why I think that the Philippine GDP will grow at 4% or more in 2009 is the additional stimulus that will come from the billions of pesos that the candidates for the May 2010 elections, which spending can be expected to start during this coming Holy Week and will gather steam by Christmas 2009. Considering the lead time needed for campaigning in this country, the bulk of the expenditures will actually be in 2009. Already one could notice all the pictures of potential candidates in the Metro Manila area appearing in posters containing their hearty congratulations to the students of high schools and universities graduating in March 2009. My own personal calculation of all the spending of presidential, senatorial, House of Representatives, and local officials is about 80 billion pesos.
Don’t get me wrong, I definitely don’t agree with Villar’s unfair advantage with campaign advertising, but can you blame the guy? It’s the stupid rule that allows him to do what he does and it is his money that he is stupidly spending. So, why then is Noynoy and his camp glibly branding him as evil too? It sounds like Noynoy and his camp are engaging in negative campaigning, if you ask me.
Gilbert ‘Gibo’ C. Teodoro, Jr is the former Secretary of the Department of National Defense – Republic of the Philippines. It says so on his Facebook fan page. Because he used to report to President Gloria Arroyo, he is evil too according to Noynoy and his supporters. Despite all the mud thrown at Gibo by Noynoy and his crew, Gibo’s main campaign theme is positive. This is only highlighted by the fact that a lot of Noynoy Aquino supporters try and wreak havoc on his Facebook fan page but are never banned — unless, of course, they use foul language or behave rudely.
Senator Richard “Dick” Gordon is evil according to Noynoy Aquino supporters. Ask them why and they will tell you it’s because of his “shenanigans” during the FVR years. Ask them to expound on those “shenanigans” and they will immediately shy away. Gordon is evil according to Noynoy Aquino supporters because he is just a “tuta” of Gloria Arroyo. Ask them how so and they will not be able to cite specifics. Gordon supporters are evil according to Noynoy Aquino supporters because if you vote for Gordon, you will just pave the way for a Manny Villar win. Noynoy Aquino and his camp have nothing against Gordon but that doesn’t stop Noynoy Aquino supporters from engaging in negative campaigning against him.
Noynoy and his negative attitude
Noynoy Aquino supporters engage in a negative campaign that pervades local publications and the Net. Some Noynoy supporters even came up with a fake email that supposedly came from Winnie Monsod which expresses support for Noynoy. This was vehemently denied by Winnie Monsod herself. If you want further proof that Noynoy Aquino has a negative mental attitude that rubs off on his supporters, just check out what he said about the possible failure of elections. He doesn’t trust the system, much more considering that it is the country’s first time to use an automated system. You can’t even see any excitement in his eyes despite it being a very historic election for our country. He fears for a “failure of elections” even though there is no precedent in using this kind of system in the past.
Noynoy doesn’t believe that “Yes, the Filipino can!” There is no enthusiasm in his campaign. The best he could come up with is “Hindi ako magnanakaw.” This slogan presumes that everyone else is going to cheat and steal — everyone except him, of course. I’ve never heard him use encouraging words to the Filipino people to go out and vote for the country. It’s just always about him and his fears for a failure of elections or being cheated out of the win he feels he is entitled to.
Noynoy Aquino also thinks that it is not worth going to presidential debates because he says that there is no value in doing so (perhaps because he sees Filipinos as too dumb to appreciate such intellectual exercises). To quote Noynoy as reported on the Daily Tribune on the 12th of March of this year:
“I’ll be honest with you, who do you think really listens to those debates? It’s not our target market,” he told reporters who covered LP’s campaign sorties in Surigao City and Zamboanga City, pointing out that a program like a three-hour debate would eat up one day for review of notes.
The above statement from Noynoy clearly shows that he doesn’t believe the average Filipino is even worth his time. By saying that it is not their target market, he exhibited complete disregard for the educated voters who want to hear what he has to say about a lot of issues.
When Jesus Christ was still here on earth, he never had such negative mental attitude like Noynoy Aquino. He always campaigned with positivism. He even encouraged Judas to do what he had to do because he knew that in the end he will be exalted.
Perhaps Noynoy Aquino needs to read some self-help books by Dale Carnegie. He would really benefit from the book “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”