Over at Jolog Central, Queen Ellen Tordesillas puts in a plug for a foreign policy forum for presidential candidates organised by the Carlos P Romulo Foundation, the Asian Institute of Management, and the ABS-CBN News Channel. In this instance, I give her credit for giving a token highlight to popular candidate Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s non-participation in this event:
Liberal Party presidential candidate Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, who is leading in all election surveys, has declined the invitation to participate in the forum. Surprisingly, Nacionalista Party presidential bet Manny Villar, who used to have a phobia with presidential fora, has agreed to attend.
This is not the first time that Aquino would be snubbing a foreign-policy related forum. He was also a no-show in the forum on Millenium Development Goals co-sponsored by the MDG Campaign and the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines in October 2009.
Aquino’s avoidance of the Jan. 14 event gives credence to talks that since he was not impressive in the past few presidential fora he has participated in, his handlers have decided to limit his exposure to such activity to protect his lead.
Of course there is a slight apologist slant to this, particularly in the third paragraph quoted above where she reports how: “[Noynoy’s] handlers have decided to limit his exposure to such activity to protect his lead”.
Or maybe it isn’t an apologist slant. Could it be possible that the nation’s foremost high priestess of Jolog philosophy is actually re-evaluating the posterboy candidate of the Starbucks-masa? In effect, Tordesillas speculates how Noynoy’s lead is being “protected” by his handlers by avoiding the kind of exposure that would potentially expose his vacuousness.
There is indeed hope as there is some mounting evidence that our hapless society is possibly on its way to thinking and doing things in different ways, in the process, possibly building a future that may be potentially different from the chronic failure that marked most if not all of our history up until now.
I’d like to quote an excerpt from a comment made by the eminent Anna de Brux in that blog post (second comment there, I believe). It captures the essence of most of the other comments made in response to the Queen’s report:
Pity Aquino’s decided to skip this event (again!!!!!). Would be extremely useful to hear his opinion on the matter. Can not someone do a crash course with him on foreign policy?
Reminds me of FPJ when he was interviewed by Max Soliven… Never did we see a presidential contender who had little to say on almost anything on national tv. Poor Soliven had to painstakingly pull teeth…
They can’t be just relying on Facebook and other social networks, which everybody knows are maintained by other people and not by the candidate himself.
Agree! Dang! This is not looking good… Good thing he’s got the Aquino name, otherwise, people might not even vote him councilor of a district in Manila.
C’mon Aquino, goddammit — show your bloody mettle! Answer the bloody important questions!
Future looks bright folks. It seems the Forces of Primitivism are on the retreat and making way for a possible renewed focus on modernism in Filipino society!