The signs are everywhere. It’s right under everyone’s noses. You can practically trip over it. For the metaphorically-challenged, there’s a Filipino saying, “Kung ahas yan, nakagat ka na!” But why can’t Noynoy Aquino supporters see that he is neither ready nor qualified to lead our country? I’d like to know what medication they are on because they continue to hallucinate.
The same signs were there just before Joseph “Erap” Estrada was voted in as President, yet his supporters never wavered in their faith that Erap was para sa mahirap (“pro-poor”). Erap helped pioneer the idea that you don’t have to be intelligent or smart to become a leader of a free nation. He was the butt of all jokes but he also went laughing all the way to the bank. He also undermined the moral fibre of society by parading his mistresses, his gambling, and his alcohol addiction. He mistook the adulation and support as a license to run amuck. I believe giving Noynoy Aquino the same level of support without a commensurate expectation placed upon him to lift his game will give him the same sort of blindness to the incompetence that is likely going to mark the 2010-2016 administration.
In an article published recently in The Manila Times Tony Lopez highlights Noynoy Aquino’s progressive loss of his lead in a recent Social Weather Stations survey. This is great news:
So why is Noynoy losing support? The answer plainly is that the Cory euphoria has begun to wear thin to the public, which started to view Noynoy on his own merits. Aside from being the only son of the martyred Ninoy Aquino and the beloved Cory Cojuangco Aquino, Noynoy, 50 this February, is basically just a politician, having been a congressman for nine years and a senator for almost three years. What did he do in all those years?
Another columnist, Jojo Robles in the Manila Standard Today goes further to analyse Noynoy’s years in the private sector, a stint in Mondragon which was owned by an avid Cory and Ninoy supporter, Jose Antonio Gonzales:
Apparently stung by charges that his own (as opposed to his parents’ or even sister Kris’) resume is distinguished by a serious lack of experience in anything other than occupying his hometown’s congressional seat for nine years and spending three years so far in the Senate, Aquino proclaimed that, according to one obviously overawed newspaper report about Noynoy’s “experience in the private sector,” he was “a member of the team that helped Nike become popular in the country in the mid-1980s.
Doing what, exactly? Well, from 1985 to 1986, Noynoy Aquino was retail sales supervisor and youth promotions assistant for Nike Philippines and later an assistant for advertising and promotion for Mondragon Philippines, which once held exclusive distributorship rights to the Nike brand.
Obviously, the house of cards is starting to crumble. Unlike during Erap’s time, online campaigning has never been such a significant part of the race. Pro-Noynoy and anti-Noynoy supporters are at each other’s throats on the blogosphere just like what I mentioned in my profile of Noynoy Aquino. But like a spoilsport, Noynoy supporters are now blaming his decline in the polls on the aggressive online advertising of the other presidential contender, Manny Villar. Gees. They play the game but if they lose, they will say the opponent was unfair.
Even the blog site Filipino Voices which was once infested with Noynoy Aquino supporters is struggling to prop up their arguments for supporting Noynoy. Resident blogger and self-described Noynoy supporter Manuel Buencamino is just resorting to lame speculation about Villar being a Gloria Arroyo top dog. Buencamino also said the same thing about Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro — that an endorsement from Arroyo is like a “kiss of death”. Why does everyone think that if you associate yourself with Gloria, you are already evil? Don’t they know that each person is different? Likewise, if you work together with the leader of the country, it doesn’t mean you are bad, you are just recognising that you still have to report to the boss even if you don’t agree with the way he or she runs the show. For a nation who keeps preaching “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, they keep judging people by association.
When will Filipinos ever accept that a candidate who wins the presidency won it fair and square anyway? It seems that it’s always a case of “they cheated, that’s why he/she won!” How can people trust their leaders when even before starting the job, Filipinos already decided that he/she is a cheat? As Vince Lombardi would say, “If you can’t accept losing, you can’t win.” C’mon Noynoy supporters, don’t you think that riding on the popularity and achievements of someone’s parents is considered cheating too?
Painful as it may be for me to do so, I herewith give the following unsolicited advice to Noynoy supporters just in case their “man” loses the election:
1. Concede like a true man or woman. You will gain more respect this way.
2. Don’t be a sore loser by spreading lies about being cheated on. People will see through your lies eventually.
3. Accept that you have played the game and lost. There’s always a winner and a loser. There cannot be a tie in a presidential election.
4. Bow down to your new master to make life easier for you. The sooner you accept that there will only be one party to call the shots, the better for you.
5. Be the best person that you can be. Even if your candidate won or lost the fight, you as a person still win if you strive to perfection in your own craft.
So, Noynoy supporters, it will only hurt for a while but you gotta admit, it’s starting to show that your candidate is not a winner after all. Just look at it this way, if he does win, we all lose.