In a moment of reflection I found myself asking: Am I just jeopardising my reputation and risking the ire of my friends by broadcasting my anti-Noynoy Aquino supporters’ stance in these blogs? After a nanosecond, I shrugged and thought, of course I am, because there is no way in hell pro-Noynoy Aquino supporters will change their minds and see things the way I see it. Fair enough. They are free to throw away their votes. Nevertheless, I’m also free to try and convince them not to.
There are so many Filipinos out there who broadcast their support for Noynoy Aquino everyday. Some even think of themselves as angels or that they will be “blessed” and go to heaven because of this position they take. But why can’t I broadcast my own objections to this position without being labelled “evil” or branded an infidel? I have the right to speak my mind without being stigmatised as such.
Pro-Noynoy Aquino supporters certainly know how to make themselves look virtuous. Sometimes they make me feel like I’m such an awful, awful person. I blame it on my Catholic upbringing. Why do they think that if someone says something that will compromise the good standing of Noynoy in the election, he or she is a bully or a pro-GMA supporter? Why is Noynoy’s camp labelling the whole election thing as a fight between “good and evil” anyway? Why can’t it be simply about which camp is right or wrong or has a superior proposition? Why do they call themselves “good” in the first place? Have they considered the fact that not all voters are Catholic or have a religion? Just because Noynoy’s late mother was often seen praying a lot and just because Noynoy seems like a “good” guy doesn’t mean that anybody else who has a different take on Noynoy is already a bad person. So what if the Aquinos are a “prayerful” lot? There are many who simply don’t buy the whole act.
Everyone is of the opinion that they are right; myself included. However, history will ultimately be the judge of who is right and who is wrong. The problem with Noynoy supporters is that they don’t seem to have learned from history one bit. We already had an Aquino as a president in the past. We already had an Aquino who was deemed as “mabait” (good). We already had an Aquino who did not have the right qualification to lead a nation. We already had an Aquino who was supposedly anti-corruption. We already had an Aquino who was reluctant to run for the presidency and who only ran because a political party with an agenda convinced her to run. Why then do we need to do this all over again? The answer it seems is quite simple: so the same party can win the election again. Noynoy’s party wants us to believe that winning the election has nothing to do with using a name that sticks in the minds of the majority intellectually-catatonic population. They keep pretending that he is ready to lead because he is not ambitious. Put yourself in the shoes of Noynoy’s handlers for a minute and it will start to make sense — they want someone who is not ambitious because it will most likely not be Noynoy who will lead the nation. It will be the people behind him and around him that will.
Ironic, isn’t it? Here is a candidate who attracts a cult-like following during his campaign but who is not likely to be the one on the driver’s seat when he takes office. Noynoy supporters should think twice, and doing so starts with realising that we live in a free world. If they think they are free to support or vote for Noynoy in the coming election, then everyone else is free to support or vote for any other candidate running for the presidency. They are not being good because they are supporting Noynoy. They are just practicing their freedom to vote just like everyone else is. Therefore, those who are not pro-Noynoy are free to say anything they want just like how pro-Noynoy supporters have been saying for the longest time that Noynoy is “the one” despite lacking any good reason to back this assertion.
Over at Filipino Voices, another pro-Noynoy blogger under the name Patricio Mangubat spoke of the sacrifices of Noynoy’s parents. This is what I call scraping the bottom of the barrel because it is evident that, Noynoy is losing his grip on his supporters. Mr Mangubat wrote as if he already acknowledged that Noynoy does not really have any accomplishment of his own. He appealed to the voters to look beyond the latest scandal facing Noynoy’s sister, Kris Aquino and to look back instead to the past sacrifices of both Ninoy and Cory. To quote the blogger:
Fact is, Noynoy Aquino is now in a very solid position of strength based mainly on his family surname. The Aquino brand has an emotive attachment with ours, because of what this family has sacrificed for the sake of the many. If we see Kris right now as a dysfunctional person, blame Marcos. It was Macoy who disrupted the lives of millions, most especially the Aquinos. Was it Kris fault that she did not spend time with Ninoy? It was Macoy who incarcerated Ninoy for many years, especially during those times when Kris was just a toddler
Many people appreciate and feel it as “utang na loob” that this family sacrificed their personal comforts just to serve our Country. And it is pretty darn evil for some people to cast aspersions against the Aquinos for the frailties of Kris.
Again, Mangubat provides lots of talk of good versus evil. It’s like, all we need now is a voodoo expert to drive away the evil spirit. The above is a prime example of someone who is appealing to people’s emotion. People with infantile brains tend to fall for this kind of crap. You simply can’t ask voters to continue looking back; the eyes are designed only to look forward. We must move ahead, not backwards.
What was the result of that sacrifice he is talking about? The brothers John F Kennedy and Robert F Kennedy were also gunned down but they were never made into heroes despite achievements that utterly dwarf Ninoy’s. Everyone’s got an agenda. Even Ninoy had an agenda. It just backfired on him. His death moved the usually flaccid Filipinos into action but it was just one of those consequences that Ninoy did not plan. Ninoy chose the path he took without thinking of the cost of his actions. He did not foresee the damage it was inflicting on his own family. He could have chosen a less dramatic scheme to challenge Marcos. His move was noble but at the same time, not very wise. He had a singular focus but failed to do the math. Even Osama bin Laden wouldn’t strap on a bomb and hop on a flight himself. He would ask his men to do it and that’s a sign of a wise leader (he just happens to be fighting a different cause).
Whatever “sacrifice” the Aquinos made obviously only led to our false sense of democracy. As I mentioned in my blog, Edsa Revolutions, Noynoy Aquino and the Big Conspiracy, the scenario during the Marcos era is similar to what Filipinos now have anyway. There’s not a big difference. Ignorant people are still suffering from mediocre policies. Innocent people still get massacred. Resourceful people still leave the country in droves. That so called “legacy” of the Aquinos is still being used today by the Liberal party to ensure that they win the next election.
The lack of foresight appears to be something that Kris and Noynoy have acquired from their parents. The behaviour of Kris and the lack of substance in Noynoy’s career is one of the real legacies of Ninoy and Cory. The dysfunctional behaviour of the majority of Filipinos is one of the real legacies of Ninoy and Cory. Unfortunately, being a Noynoy supporter, Mr Mangubat excuses Kris’ behavior and blames Marcos too. Again, I quote:
If we see Kris right now as a dysfunctional person, blame Marcos. It was Macoy who disrupted the lives of millions, most especially the Aquinos. Was it Kris fault that she did not spend time with Ninoy? It was Macoy who incarcerated Ninoy for many years, especially during those times when Kris was just a toddler.
How pathetic is the above statement? As far as I’m concerned, he’s just talking out of his ass. Kris is an adult. How can someone use the very dead Marcos to explain her behavior? Talaga naman, oo. Obviously, when you are an Aquino supporter, any excuse will do. Mr Noynoy supporter, no matter how well you spin it, rational people will see Kris’s behavior for what it is, behavior that is characteristic of a person with very low self-esteem and someone who doesn’t learn from her mistakes.
The sort of thinking such as what Mangubat exhibits above to which hundreds of thousands of Filipinos are subjected to is precisely the reason why I will continue to do what I do, and I will try to dedicate most of my blogging hours to write rebuttals to the ridiculous and bordering-on-the-crazy articles that come out until the election is over.