Noynoy Aquino and the Election: It's More Than a Feeling

Ahh…love is in the air. It’s hard to explain what, give or take, 40% of Filipinos voters are feeling right now. Maybe it’s that warm, fuzzy feeling they are getting all over; like their chest is bursting at the seams with emotion that’s so hard to contain. Their head must be spinning and their mind is thinking of only one thing. They can’t concentrate on anything else and it’s happiness all around. Everything in the world seems wonderful. They could keep a smile pasted on their faces even through the worst circumstances, and respond with “Enjoy the rest of your day, Sir” even after someone tells them to piss-off. Some even write blogs like To Be Neutral Is To Be Indifferent. They feel great! One can only assume it’s love. They are in love with Noynoy Aquino.

All this talk of love brings my thoughts back to the Philippine Presidential election. We can actually use courtship as an analogy for campaigning for the presidency. If a potential suitor (Noynoy) is pursuing me (The Voter), I’d expect him to at least exhibit a bit of wit or wisdom. After all, we are not just going to stare at each other while he sips his favourite coffee or I, my tea, at Starbucks after watching a film. I want someone who can analyse the film (our country, the Philippines) with me in different contexts and not just appreciate the special effects (Cory and Ninoy). A film is a work of art. There’s just so much to discuss about it, like how much it cost to produce it (the budget) and its cast of lead actors (cabinet secretaries). Likewise, the suitor (Noynoy) should try and discern if his love interest (The Voter) will love him back not only for his name (Aquino) or fame (famous parents/siblings) or fortune (Hacienda Luisita). This is important because, months or even just weeks after the love is consummated, things can quickly go from heart-shaped to pear-shaped when the real feelings of either party are mistaken for something else or worse, exposed as a sham. Sometimes the person who is the source of our happiness can also be the source of our unhappiness.

Love can be an overwhelming emotion. A lot of people become irrational when they get enamored with someone. They stop using their head. How many couples have gone to Vegas for a quicky marriage only to get a quicky divorce in the end? Countless, I’m sure. In a lot of cases, going through a divorce (Edsa Revolution) is a bit messy. Some people who go through it get stuck in a rut. It takes years out of them and other aspects of their lives like health (environment), well-being (intelligence), and housing (infrastructure) suffer while things fail to move along.

It’s the same with choosing a president of a country. If we elect someone without using our head just like what someone is suggesting on some other Filipino blogsite, we will definitely end up in a rut. There is no need to rush. To be neutral now is not being indifferent. The election is still in May. As Elvis sang, only fools rush in. Don’t be fooled by all the words that make demands in the guise of patriotism — words that say “there is no other choice (but Noynoy)”. There are other choices out there. There are plenty of fish (Gordon, Teodoro, Perlas, etc.) in the ocean. It’s tantamount to bullying when a suitor wants a commitment from you as soon as possible. You can tell they’ve got a different agenda. My own experience proved to me that suitors who are quick to say the words “I love you” even when they hardly know me are the ones who aren’t thinking straight. Love is not just about how you feel about someone; it’s also about how that person feels about you. If I, as a love interest (voter) would rate a suitor (Noynoy) who just lets his popularity and his family’s money do all the talking, I would give that suitor a fail. He needs to prove his love first by doing some hard work and writing me a genuine love letter (platform) first.

IS IT A SUITOR OR A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE?

Who are we kidding here? The Presidential election is not about finding a love interest after all. It is more comparable to hiring a CEO. Hiring a CEO (president) to run a company shouldn’t really be dependent on the company employees (ignorant voters). The Board members usually select and do the hiring for the top job, which is comparable to what goes on in a parliamentary system in a political setting. I don’t know of any corporation who asked their employees to select their CEO. Employees know nothing about being a CEO. The CEO has to be someone selected for his skill with making money and bringing about productive transformation to the business. He should have the ability to bring in fresh ideas and not just use the same old tired and recycled ideas from his mentors. The presidential candidate, like a CEO, should be a doer and not someone who will just rely entirely on his staff for guidance. My ideal CEO (or President) is someone who started from the bottom and not someone who inherited his position because of his family’s connections. Those who started from the bottom usually know the situation inside and out so when a staff approaches him with a problem, he can easily make a decision.

Are the Filipinos really capable of hiring their president? I don’t think so. At the rate that the SWS surveys are going, Filipino voters are just choosing between two opposing candidates. One candidate is someone with famous parents and one with all the fire power to effect a campaign based on targeted advertising. The choice has become about popularity and fortune over credibility. It is not really a good indication that Filipinos have matured enough since the last election six years ago.

The country’s current system of electing a president by popular vote coupled with the ignorant electorate contribute to the overall dysfunction of the whole exercise. One doesn’t have to be a genius to see that everything has to be revised to bring about real change in the way we hire a president or choose our love interest. We need to use our head with both.

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Definition of terms (Source: Wikepedia)

1. Parliamentary System

A parliamentary system is a system of government where in the ministers of the executive branch is drawn from the legislature, and is accountable to that body, such that the executive and legislative branches are intertwined. In such a system, the head of government is both de facto chief executive and chief legislator.

Parliamentary systems are characterized by no clear-cut separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches, leading to a different set of checks and balances compared to those found in presidential systems. Parliamentary systems usually have a clear differentiation between the head of government and the head of state, with the head of government being the prime minister or premier, and the head of state often being a figurehead, often either a president (elected either popularly or by the parliament) or a hereditary monarch (often in a constitutional monarchy).

One of the commonly attributed advantages to parliamentary systems is that it’s faster and easier to pass legislation.This is because the executive branch is dependent upon the direct or indirect support of the legislative branch and often includes members of the legislature. Thus, this would amount to the executive (as the majority party or coalition of parties in the legislature) possessing more votes in order to pass legislation.

2. Ignorant Voters

Ignorant voters are mostly Filipinos. They vote their public officials based on popularity or someone with a catchy jingle/advertising.

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36 Responses to Noynoy Aquino and the Election: It's More Than a Feeling

  1. scottie says:

    There is a very small group who is also enamored with a suave talker, mestizo looking guy.
    It’s a small cult. The color is green. They are completely oblivious to the fact that this guy is the
    admin bet. And that he pretty did a mess on his previous gov’t. jobs.

    • ilda says:

      Hi Scottie

      Your comment is a bit cryptic. Can you be more specific?🙂

      Thanks

      • eminex999 says:

        he’s pointing his arrow’s at Gibo😉

      • ilda says:

        Well, I can’t blame the women who fall for Gibo. I mean, just look at the guy. He’s charming and intelligent (bonus points: good looking too). If there is a candidate that voters should be enamored with, that’s Gibo. But of course, majority of Filipino voters are not really known for their good taste or their capacity to think sensibly🙂 It’s either popularity or catchy jingle not credibility (Gordon and Perlas).

        For a nation who prays a lot, we are quick to judge someone just by mere association. I guess Gibo can still run again in 6 years when the memory of his alliance with GMA has diminished. He is still young.

  2. scottie says:

    And that he pretty did a mess on his previous gov’t. *posts.

  3. Anne Boleyn says:

    someone’s is not using his head here. just because gibo is associated with GMA doesn’t mean he’s palpak. Your manok, Noynoy has parents who filipinos view as heroes, is even more PALPAK. PALPAK than any of the other candidates.

    Hi Ilda, your analogy is just plain awesome. Well, Valentine’s day is overrated and so is Noynoy. It’s sad, really…

    • May Party Sa Dasma Wala Akong Wheels says:

      scottie is using his bowels este gut for thinking.

      • ilda says:

        Hi MPDWAW

        Your name is killing me. I can’t stop laughing every time I see it🙂

        Somehow, it reminds me of the days when I had to attend IBA /AIESEC parties with Ateneo and La Salle people.

        “Focus on Form” sabi nga ni Abe🙂

      • ChinoF says:

        Noynoy has got nothing on Henry VIII. Good ole Henry matches flab with fab. lol.

      • May Party Sa Dasma Wala Akong Wheels says:

        I wonder what Margallo gets out of turning idiots into bigger idiots. Seriously, that old man should be locked up in a room with Boy Abunda for a face-off. Both of them think they’re smart, but they’re just full of themselves.

      • ilda says:

        You gotta hand it to the guy. He’s got a talent for mixing up words that don’t make any sense🙂

        Unfortunately, some people think what he says is right because of his use of high-falutin words.

        Nakakainis pa sa lahat yung nag-sasabi ng “Nice post Abe!”

        Obama daw si Noynoy…Hmmmpp!!!

    • ilda says:

      Thanks Anne

      Nice to see you drop by more often! I guess a little validation from our readers won’t hurt once in a while🙂

      There’s not much we can do about people who are in love. I’m sure you’ve been in a frustrating position before where your girlfriend chose not to listen to your advice about a guy who was totally wrong for them. Noynoy supporters are the same, they don’t want to listen to anyone’s advice, hehe.

  4. ChinoF says:

    There’s another side to this.

    After your Valentine’s date is successful and you ultimately get married, what happens when you find out this “secret fault” with your mate? Even for a small thing like this, some people want to separate from their mates already. This can also happen for faults that turn out to be rectifiable in the end. That’s the attitude of the Philippine voters towards the candidate.

    I say, it was your decision, you married the person, live with it. Because the important thing is not the faults that the person has, but the positive achievements and things you like about the person that drew you to them. Stick with the marriage and weather it out. Thus, look at the candidate for their achievements and capabilities and not because of the baggage they bring. In married life, everyone has baggage, and the test of marriage is how you live with that baggage and win out with the positive elements. That’s why looking at the candidate’s achievements, what you like about them, should be the right criteria, not the one with the least baggage. That’s life, everyone has their ups and downs. And like in real life, a potential mate’s being popular is certainly one of the great deceivers of love. Don’t choose a mate because he’s popular; it’s because he can do something right. He make you complete… in the RIGHT way. Love is blind… so use your brain, dummy.

    BTW, I am still single. Bwahahaha.

    • ilda says:

      I guess there are people who like spontaneity. They just want to jump right in. There are others like you and me who are very cautious because we know that once we are in a sticky situation, it’s hard to get out.

      Like I said before in my previous blog, Filipinos should learn to accept the result of the election. Both sides shouldn’t accuse the winner of rigging the votes because it’s not good for everyone’s morale, unless it was really obvious that there was cheating done. In this case, another election should be held. It ain’t easy though.

      We have to give whoever wins, whether it is Noynoy or Villar or Gordon, a chance to perform before we start criticising. Maybe a day or two in office will do, hehe🙂

      ——-

      Valentines day is a good day to get married Chino, it’s very romantic I heard

    • Asa ka pa Chino… hehehe…

      Di na nga ako nag te thread kay Ilda kasi everytime I do that I get an over-reaction from her stalker.

      Neways… tama naman yang analogy na yan. Simple lang… ang mga kandidato nanliligaw ng mga botante. Ang prostitute di na kailangang ligawan… kelangang bayaran. Ang babaeng nasisilaw sa mabubulaklak na salita ng manliligaw pwedeng mabuntis na kaagad kinabukasan. Ang babae ang ginagamit ang utak at di puso sa pagpili ng lalaki na magiging tatay ng anak nya ay titingnan ang kakayahang bumuhay ng anak ng nanliligaw sa kanya. ang mga ito ay ang dating ginawang trabaho, kasalukyang ginagawang trabaho at ang kanyang ambisyon sa buhay.

      • ilda says:

        I think (I’m crossing my fingers), I finally got rid of my crazy stalker, hehe. Pasalamat din sa lahat ng tumulong (Conyo and his mates). Gosh, that old man was a nightmare! Now you can comment freely without getting a whipping🙂

      • hehehe… i’d rather not comment… every time i thread on you, your post goes out of topic.

  5. UP n grad says:

    Aquino’s Answering Machine After the Release of the Latest Pulse Asia Survey
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    From: Marcelo
    Subject: [UST1991] Elections 2010 — TOP 10
    To: “AlumGroup 1991”
    Date: Friday, February 5, 2010, 10:03 PM

    Top 10 Messages Left on Senator Noynoy Aquino’s Answering Machine After the Release of the Latest Pulse Asia Survey

    No. 10: “Hi Noy. Korina here. Have you heard the news? Mar has been pulling away in the vice presidential surveys. I’m so very happy for my husband. Are you?”

    No. 9: “Senator, this is Mayen Austria. Alam ko pong may problema kayo ngayon sa survey ratings n’yo, pero wala na po talaga akong mapagsabihan ng problema ko sa aking boyfriend eh. Nagpalit na kasi ng number si James.”

    No. 8: “Noynoy, si Jamby ‘to. I’ve done every possible thing against that corrupt and evil candidate of the Nacionalista Party. Tell me, saan ako nagkulang?”

    No. 7: “Mr. Senator, this is the SWS. Quiapo pala huh. Ayan ang napala mo!”

    No. 6: “Hi Noy. Si Korina ulit ‘to. Nasabi ko na ba sa ‘yo na ang taas-taas ng rating ngayon ni Mar? Boom-boom pow! Boom-boom pow!

    No. 5: “Noy, this is Mar! Pagpasensyahan mo na si misis. Mukhang may sapi na naman eh. Intindihin mo na lang. At huwag kang mag-alala, hindi kita pababayaan. Magsasama tayo. Lalaban tayo.”

    No. 4: “Hi Noy, sa campaign headquarters ‘to ni Senator Villar. Guys, sabay-sabay… “Si Villar ang tunay na mahirap. Si Villar ang tunay na may malasakit. Si Villar ang may kakayahan at gumawa ng sariling pangalan…”

    No. 3: “Hello Noy, this is Conrado De Quiros of the Inquirer. Your candidacy will deliver us back to the beginning of things, or thrust us back to the time where myth and history meet or the place where life and legend intersect. The time or place of the great fight between Good and Evil: Between Cory and Marcos, between Obama and Bush, between the Fellowship of the Ring and the Eye of Mordor, between Luke Skywalker and the Evil Empire. Use the Force, Noy.”

    No. 2: “Senator Aquino, hindi na mahalaga kung sino man kami. Basta, sa palasyo ‘to at naka-tap ang phone mo. Pakisabi kay De Quiros, ang OA niya huh!

    And the No. 1 message left on Senator Noynoy Aquino’s answering machine after the release of the latest Pulse Asia survey…
    “’Noy, don’t worry ok? Next week, susugurin ko ulit si Mayen, pero sasampalin ko na siya para mas pag-usapan. ‘Tapos, makikipaghiwalay ulit ako kay James, hindi lang two days but five. Pero help me naman with Ate Ballsy para may malipatan ako pansamantala. Nahihiya na ‘kong makitira kay Ate Pinky eh. ‘Tsaka… wait lang huh, ‘tawag ako ulit. Gosh, Joshua, ano baaaa! Huwag mong sakyan si Baby James!”

    __._,_.___
    Reply to sender

    • ilda says:

      Hi UPn

      Funny no 3. Did you try posting this on FV? hehe

      • UP n grad says:

        Number 3 became even funnier to me when I realized that Conrado de Quiros actually said those words – “Fellowship… the Eye of Mordor, …Luke Skywalker and the Evil Empire. Use the Force, Noy” — in an August 2009 inquirer editorial.

        [ I tried to post into FV…. por nada. ]

      • asa ka pang lulusot yan @ upNGRAD… hehehehe…

        try cloning cocoy… or abe… hehehehe… sigurado lusot yan.

        yung isang thread nga sa blog ni the EXF@rter na si MLQG(ay) may analogy na ganyan kung sino daw na character is IGNOY… asan na si Lord? is this the end of the world? ang daming morons sa media. dyos ko!!!!

    • ChinoF says:

      Bwahahaha! Laugh trip! Yes!🙂

  6. Empress Maruja says:

    Amplastik ni Reyna Elena sa comment niya sa Noypi-ako huh. Hindi raw nagde-delete ng anti-Noynoy comments, pero inunfriend naman ako sa Facebook. Ipokrita.

    Yes, I said. Ipokrita siya. Buti na lang inunfriend ko at nakita ko rin ang tunay niyang kulay.

    • ilda says:

      Hi your Empress

      Thanks for confirming what we already know🙂

      Hayaan mo na si Reyna Elena. It’s normal behaviour for people who are in love to turn their back on friends. But once they get a grip on reality, they will come crawling back.

      • Empress Maruja says:

        For me, relationships are like plates. Once broken, it’s over.

        Even if he would crawl over mung beans and ask for forgiveness, sorry girl, but it’s over.

        Mapapatawad ko pa siya after unfriending me, even when he said I should “get my head checked” after saying Noynoy’s symbolism campaign was similar to how the Nazis did it, but calling me a Bastard on another person’s FB wall was the last straw.

      • ilda says:

        It looks like it has gone pear-shaped. Sobra talaga mag-personal ang mga Noynoy supporters.

        I’m glad no one from my friends has deleted me yet, hehe. I can’t even pretend I didn’t write the blogs when I share it on my profile coz everyone knows me as Ilda. At least my friends know that our political beliefs shouldn’t get in the way of our friendship, which means, hinde mo talaga true friend si Reyna Elena from the very start. Real friends should be able to accept your opinions no matter how different from theirs.

        BTW, your comment went to the spam folder but I saw it in the end.
        🙂

  7. Anne Boleyn says:

    I always tell my girlfriends not to settle for anything less than what think should be for them and the same goes for Filipino voters. If my girlfriend still pursues the douche guy, then there is something wrong with her. If the Filipino people will still continue to support Noynoy, then there is something wrong with them. Your analogy is just perfect.

  8. Anne Boleyn says:

    You know my sister Mary, she was a bit disillusioned by the fact that Henry didn’t want her even when she gave him a son. She has to stop and likewise with those arrogant Noynoy supporters. Really, supporting Noynoy will do them no good and someone has to put an end to their madness.

  9. Anne Boleyn says:

    someone's is not using his head here. just because gibo is associated with GMA doesn't mean he's palpak. Your manok, Noynoy has parents who filipinos view as heroes, is even more PALPAK. PALPAK than any of the other candidates.Hi Ilda, your analogy is just plain awesome. Well, Valentine's day is overrated and so is Noynoy. It's sad, really…

  10. NyTimes says:

    Dude, what are you talking about? You’re diction is a little too cryptic and poetic with metaphors. You lost me from the top. Try to be a litte bit more straightforward and dumb down your English a bit, bud. Americans don’t even talk that “deep”. What’s new? What’s really new in this country and in these elections? Nothing. And why is Estrada even in the picture? Just him being on this list negates the shit that happened 10 years ago. SMH

    • May Party Sa Dasma Wala Akong Wheels says:

      I don’t mind Erap being partially responsible for splitting the idiot vote. It’s a bit of a pleasant compromise for me. I prefer only good candidates running, but since that never happens, at least I know he’s a liability to the idiot vote (i.e., he could be, i can’t be sure; if that moron actually wins I’d be laughing my ass off).

    • ilda says:

      I beg your pardon Mr NyTimes. If your comment is addressed to moi, let me ask you this: What makes you think I am trying to write like an American? If you find my writing so deep, I’ll take that as a compliment. I thought it was already dumbed down for the likes of you. I’ll keep your advise in mind for next time though and make my writing accommodate those who are not up to scratch with their reading comprehension.

      What’s so different about this coming election from the past ones you asked? Obviously, nothing. Hence, through our blogs, we are trying to challenge the voters, at least those who have access to the net, to ask the candidates to lift their game.

      Let me know if you need further assistance in trying to understand that.🙂

  11. mimcee says:

    Hi! Been reading your articles for some time now. Good job I say. You write well. “Deep” ika nga. Thanks. Hey don’t mind that last moron. Di siguro makaintindi masyado ^^.

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