Over at Barrio Siete, a commentor issued a challenge to another commentor that illustrates an aspect of the Philippine National “Debate” that is a Filipino favourite and a cherished tradition of our “democracy” — gossipping about who thy neighbour planeth to vote for.
but then again, what are those people who claim to be intelligent, what are they doing? how bout you guys, i believe you are above-standard, do you have anybody in mind, do you have something to offer?
Ako ay wala pang mapisil, samantalang sa aking pananaw ay si Noynoy ang lesser of all evils. Ikaw sino ba ang isinusulong mo?
With all due respect to that commentor and the millions of others who seem to find it within their business to know who the other is voting for, let me make this timely reminder:
Nobody has the right to make anyone reveal who they plan to vote for and no one is under any obligation to reveal who their ‘manok’ is to anyone.
Not even the police nor the National Bureau of Investigation has the authority to make anyone publicly proclaim who they plan to vote for.
If you reveal and publicly endorse who you plan to vote for, that is through your own free will and within your own prerogative to do so. Kaya nga secret ballot e.
I believe, the real issue here is not who is the right candidate (that is for each of us to decide as individual voters presumably while applying a bit of our God-given brain). The issue is about the way the candidates engage the electorate and what the electorate expects of them.
You can see here that the electorate expects very little of their politicians. It is evident in their warm reception of what is really a vacuous campaign being unleashed by the land’s most popular candidate. Not only does he come across as a lame duck candidate who was pressured into running (sige na nga mentality), his equity as a politician rests upon the monumental “achievements” of his parents. If we were to make a back-of-the-envelope analysis of the composition of his political equity, I’d say it is 99% Aquino clan pedigree and 1% Noynoy Aquino.
Regardless of WHO you vote for, the question is WHAT are you voting for — which brings us to the point I want to make. The current buzz at the moment (which our pal at Jolog Central reports on and what ABS-CBN’s food for bright minds Bandila gives precious airtime to this morning) is that popular candidate Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is now doing a vblog, supposedly that will…
[…] offer an “unscripted and raw look” of Aquino to allow voters to know him better, his advocacies and his platform og [sic] governance […]
Nice try Ignoy.
Again, if those “platforms” and “advocacies” do exist (presumably because he is able to discuss them VERBALLY on a “vblog”), then why can’t he take the trouble to write these down in a clearly-articulated and coherently-structured form?
You know why?
Because people do not EXPECT him to. They’d rather engage him verbally on a ‘vblog’. Noynoy expects the Filipino Voter to come to him and pick his brain. They may as well pick his nose. Real men of conviction on the other hand deliver their message in a form that makes his commitments to his people crystal clear and categorical.
What makes a vblog so special for that matter? Even sixteen-year-olds do vblogs (they have been since the advent of YouTube, and most likely even earlier) — and they do them far better than old farts like Noynoy (who probably has an army of techos to set up his equipment for him). For those of us who think, such a spectacle comes across more like an attempt to sell the gloss of a Boy Band to the streetsmart sensibilities of real rockers.
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I’ve been criticised many times for using ABS-CBN’s videoloid Bandila as one of my primary windows into what is going on in the Philippines.
That highlights something about what the Philippines projects to the rest of the world. And we have ABS-CBN to thank for that.