Just before I posted my previous article about Dick Gordon, I thought to myself, Oh no, be ready for the avalanche of criticism. But that anxiety attack didn’t stop me from publishing it because I also thought, Well, fair enough that criticism should come because mudslinging is part of the political campaign period. I don’t expect him to be everyone’s cup of tea but so far though, the worse criticism I got about Dick Gordon are from the following commentors:
1. Mayabang si Dick Gordon from Jasmen
2. I just think that people associating his apparently superior record of past achievement and assuming such will surely translate to instant good governance are just as deluded from imp_of_lannister
3. I want Gordon to win but how? He is very low in Survey from Leo
C’mon, folks! Is that the best you’ve got? I had my gloves on and was so ready for the fight but the above just made me yawn. I even invited pro-Noynoy supporters to play the game but only one showed up. All this just confirmed that I made the right decision in choosing Dick Gordon as my presidential candidate.
To be fair, the last of the above three is actually not a criticism. It is more defeatist in nature. Like many of life’s baffling phenomena, I do not, for the life of me, understand why Filipinos just want to vote the candidate who is popular and not the one who is competent. If you see that your candidate is lagging behind in the survey, would that discourage you from voting for him on the 10th of May? It shouldn’t. On the contrary, this should encourage you to campaign for him more vigorously and to be more conscious not to forget to write his name down on your ballot sheet. Only losers get distracted by silly surveys and no-substance put downs by the oppositions.
As you can see, people have nothing on Dick Gordon. The first time I ever encountered the blogger Lila Shahani from Filipino Voices who is against Dick Gordon, she wasn’t really so against him. She couldn’t even put together anything concrete about Dick Gordon at that time. She said this:
Unfortunately, I know too much about Gordon from the FVR years, but of course you’re free to vote for whomever u see fit. I’ll discuss my views of Gordon when we have a Gordon blog since this one is getting pretty unwieldy na.
Don’t you think that the above is a bit cryptic and dismissive? If someone has something against Dick Gordon, then they should say it now or forever hold their peace. Silence means they really have nothing on the guy. She might be an insider or a family friend but it comes across as a bit iffy to be putting forward innuendos and then shrink away from backing these up. Of course, Filipinos are famous for their fondness for haka-haka so, let’s just excuse that statement and see it for the fart in the wind that it is (pardon my French).
What about the claim that Dick Gordon is mayabang (conceited)? The guy who said this doesn’t even have any basis for saying it. As far as I’m concerned, anyone who thinks that someone is conceited is insecure himself or insecure about his candidate’s competence. Does he expect Dick Gordon to hide his accomplishments? The truth is, even if Dick Gordon tried to hide it, he’ll have a hard time doing so because the success of Olongapo City and Subic Bay Freeport is so blatantly obvious. Why wouldn’t we associate Dick Gordon’s success in these two undertakings with the promise of future results when set to the task of governing the country? Certainly, people can be so lame. This is proof that Filipinos do not want progress in their own country. They prefer drama (Noynoy) over hard work (Dick Gordon). If they can stop the rest of the world and dance to the tune of Melt with You, the country won’t lag behind the rest.
These questions were also raised in the previous blog thread:
Do we REALLY need a single person to “discipline”us? and how will he do it? micromanagement? military rule? police statehood? mass hypnosis?
As Lee Kuan Yew famously said, “Filipinos have too much democracy but very little discipline”. For a guy who lives a thousand miles away from the Philippines, he knows quite a bit about us. Filipinos have very little discipline and we have no clue as to where to start disciplining those who act like animals among us. Discipline should start at an early age. Bad behavior will become ingrained in people if we don’t start introducing good behavior motivators from the very beginning of anyone’s life. There are some members of Philippine society who are beyond being disciplined. Some of them are even working as government officials. These people belong behind bars. They need to be locked up pronto so they can serve as a reminder to the rest of society that if you don’t act like civilized human beings or abide by the law, prison is where you end up.
This is where Dick Gordon comes in. He wasn’t coy about showing his disappointment with President Gloria Arroyo when she pardoned former president Erap Estrada. To Dick Gordon, this sorry act of GMA demonstrated that crime does pay. How in the world will our public officials learn to behave themselves knowing that a pardon is just a phone call and a schmooze away? Even the late former president Cory Aquino said sorry for being part of the whole process of illegally removing Erap from the presidency. This again, is another exhibition of loser mentality. No wonder our public officials are free to put public funds in their own pockets. Impunity is the name of the game in the Philippines that’s why we lack discipline.
Each and every one of us needs to do our part by behaving properly. We cannot expect one man to police us because obviously he can’t be in many places at the same time. We can pretend that someone is watching everything we do so we always behave in a well mannered fashion. Let’s do it for ourselves and for our country. Dick Gordon and his teammates for their part have come up with a plan to eradicate corruption in the country:
The first step is to eradicate corruption, the cancer that is eating away at the very fabric of our society. Gordon and Bayani have a three-point plan which will clean the Philippines of corruption in three years.
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1. Elected ombudsman
Politicians are able to go on stealing from the people because they appoint the Ombudsman. Ombudsmen are only accountable to their corrupt politician friends, not to the people whose interest they should defend. Give people the power to protect their tax money. Give people the choice on who to prosecute for corruption. Let the people elect the Ombudsman.
2. Tougher penalties and stricter enforcement
To end corruption we must create stronger disincentives against both giver and receiver. Our laws must be obeyed. President Gordon and Vice president Fernando will ensure the rule of law is supreme. To create additional disincentives Gordon and Bayani will support minimum jail term for all acts of corruption, from small to big. In 3 years the Philippines will be as clean as Singapore.
3. No pardon for anyone convicted of corruption
Pardoning anyone or showing any leniency towards those convicted of corruption is what keeps the culture of corruption alive in the Philippines. In Olongapo Gordon was not afraid to arrest anyone, even policemen, suspected of corruption. In the Senate he was not afraid to ask for government officials to be arrested. He will put the corrupt in jail, whoever they are, and make sure they serve their terms.
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The above are clear steps towards eliminating the cycle of corruption in the public sector. This might not make him very popular to the people who will be affected by his plans but it has to be done if we want to get rid of dishonesty in the system.
I wonder if this new article will finally silence the two Dick Gordon detractors and the one undecided voter I mentioned above. Oh well, I don’t expect to please everyone, especially Filipinos because they always find the lamest excuse not to vote for the right candidate — Dick Gordon.