Whining about Manny Villar's money

So moneymen politicians like Manny Villar are spending a fortune on marketing themselves to the Filipino electorate. They employ methods immune to the hindrances of Third World backwardness — warm bodies employed to trawl school campuses and street corners for readers of their fliers and placards, and cash and food dole-outs to impoverished desperados. They are mass communicating the old-fashioned (and expensive) way — via TV, radio, and print — reaching the vast majority of the unwired masses that, despite all the efforts of the tiny “intelligentsia” of our sad land still characterise the Average Pinoy Schmoe.

Caffeine Sparks’s latest lament reflects the typical sentiment of our society’s collective victim mentality:

By the looks of it, [Manny Villar] is pulling out all stops, using all sorts of media platform to deliver messages. We are drowning in you Manny V. You may yet pummel the electorate into submission.

Like most blurbs published in that venerable site that hosts the above lament, Sparks’s exposé stops short of passing the So what? test. As Han Solo retorted after C3P0 observed how the asteroid they landed on was “not entirely stable”:

I’m glad you’re here to tell us these things!

(And he said that, sarcastically by the way, Mr GabbyD)

Indeed, bloggers whine about the sort of factoids that bleeding heart bloggers like Caffeine Sparks and Ding Gagelonia publish. But I’m betting shareholders of Big Philippine Media (like the ABS-CBN Empire) are salivating over the ka-ching! sounds echoing in their heads when they think of the ad revenues they routinely rake in from election campaigns.

At the end of the day, the results of this election will quite simply reflect the overall character of our society. Regardless of who voted for who or who funded what or who endorsed whichever, to the rest of the world this sad society of ours is simply a little bunch of rocks jutting out of the South China Sea referred to as “the Philippines” from which increasingly irrelevant political whimpers emanate.

Within that little package of endless delight once known as the Pearl of the Orient is an internal system of more than 95 million moving parts that interact amongst themselves to collectively produce the sorts of emergent results that play out like a bad sitcom script at a macro level. The fact is, we had wired ourselves at the very DNA of our society to plant morons in our palaces.

Some confronting things to consider, folks:

– We patronise the business enterprises that fund the machinery that churn out the very crap fed to us that boo-hoo liberal pundits then express “disgust” over.

– We worship the feudal clans (and their heraldry) under whose watch a paranoid and vindictive Charter was formulated by a cadre of intellectual hangers-on.

– We vilify government officials who were elected by popular vote (indeed, every one of the major presidential candidates that one camp or the other slags is an elected senator of the Republic).

As Lola Basyang often say: One finger points, three fingers point back.

In short, rather than see ourselves as ha-ha victims of powerful pockets of “incompetence”, “dishonesty”, and “criminality”, against which moronic crusades are launched in isolation under the banner of dimwitted slogans, why not take a holistic view and regard our issues as a system of interacting factors that require systemic solutions.

We need frameworks rather than poetry and slogans and thinking rather than gut reactions and ocho-ocho rallies.

Waaaay back when the Earth was cooling I came up with one such solution framework. Its continued timeless relevance is a testament to the world-class thinking that underpins it. Best of all (for those with short attention spans) it can be expressed diagrammatically (like most of our work):

Get Real Philippines!

Having said and shown all of the above, I’ve got a simple recap:

Losers whine about doing their best;
Winners go home and
[bonk] the Prom Queen
.

— Sean Connery’s character in the excellent film The Rock

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25 Responses to Whining about Manny Villar's money

  1. BenK says:

    Here’s a really simple formula for these emo commentators who complain about Manny Villar:

    1. Is what he’s doing legal?

    2. If yes, then either:
    a) Do the same thing, or
    b) Help your candidate to present a superior, higher-value product than what Manny presents.

    3. If not, then file charges in a legitimate venue that has the capacity to address the issue.

    Personally, I find Villar’s way of doing things kind of cynical and crass, but if that’s what works and no one’s stopping him, I can’t criticize him for being practical.

    The victim mentality is pretty pervasive, though, even down to the smallest level. So just because Villar can do what he does it doesn’t mean he should do it, because he’s buying (or attempting to) an election now at the likely cost of a lot of misguided resentment later. But that’s his problem. That other candidates are seemingly helpless in the face of the “Villar onslaught” is their problem; if they want to solve it, I’ve already given them the answer above.

    [insert benign0 trademarked catchphrase here]

    • benign0 says:

      @ BenK

      It’s similar in principle to these moronic calls to vote winnable so as not to “divide” or “waste” one’s votes on candidate’s who don’t stand a chance.

      Our electoral system is flawed because it allows a candidate who has the most number but not the majority of votes to win.

      Given that, some bozos presume to dictate upon the individual voter’s imperative to vote for who they personally believe is the right man for the job. That imperative should not be penalised by the existence of a fundamental flaw in the overarching system within which it is applied.

      So too with this emo thing of whining about Manny Villar. It is the system (which, I might remind everyone, the public ratified in 1986) that creates bozos like him and enables them to succeed.

      This is what we really need to reflect on:

      Democracy works in a society with a strong ethic of individualism.

      What we’ve shown above is that Pinoy society stigmatises individualism by propping up perverse subsumation of one’s aspirations to the “common good” as the only worthwhile personal goal to pursue. The themes of most FilipinoVoices.com blog posts reflect this ethic as a matter of fact — and it is SERIOUSLY misguiding the Filipino public.

      And that is the reason why we practice the perverted “democracy” that we see today.

  2. killem says:

    what villar does is legal and he is just following the obama`s campaign format, flood the medium (internet, tv and print) with propaganda. at the end of the day its the perception that matters not the substance. Obama use volunteer supporters and donation, Villar uses his money to achieved the same. Is it wrong? Honestly i think is it not, he is using his own money, which he has the right to disposed of., atleast if ever he wins the only interest will be inclined is to himself, unlike other candidate who rely so much on donation from big business, drug lord? politician?warlord? etc. that’ s alot of interest to juggle.

    does it mean that he will recover his investment? it depends, if you have $500m dollars and you used about $50m of it to achieve your life long dream of becoming the president and help the poor, then what’s $50m dollar, at the end of the day you still have $450m. however, if your objective is to increase your wordly asset then spending $50m dollar is lots of money to recover. thats all folks =)

    • BenK says:

      Villar is a businessman, evidently a very good one. There is no real altruism in that kind of mindset; everything is approached from the perspective of ROI. That doesn’t necessarily mean he’s seeking direct, monetary profit, and I would be surprised (and have to revise my estimation of him as ‘kind of a crook’ to ‘a really big crook’) if that were the case. From his point of view, it might be a matter of gathering goodwill that will pay dividends after he’s out of office, or it might be worthwhile because of the chance to make positive adjustments to the economic and political climate that will benefit his business later. I don’t know, and I doubt he’d be so frank as to explain his motives in those kind of practical terms, but I think you’d agree it’s plausible.

      Supporters of other candidates (I’m being careful not to say “Noynoy’s supporters” because I honestly don’t know if that is the case in the commentary by caffeine sparks that benign0 cited) must realize that whatever is not specifically prohibited is implicitly permitted. In any sort of competition, not using every allowable advantage is actually stupid, and usually means you lose. They can whine about Villar being “unfair” all they like, but who’s really being unfair? Him, for doing everything he can, or them, for assuming he should honor the terms of engagement as they define them?

      Again, it’s a really easy problem to solve, as I pointed out in my first comment: either do the same thing as he does, only do it better, or doing something different that he has no defense against.

  3. sparks says:

    i heart you Benigs, as much as you heart me it seems.

    I still pay taxes to the Philippine government, ergo, I have all the right to whine 🙂 But soonish I just might hunt you down in Sydney. We should have coffee yeah?

    Try coming to Manila and see if you don’t get sick and tired of Manny V’s mug. I don’t even have the luxury of tuning him out!

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  5. Mimang says:

    I don’t know why they whine on his wealth every minute. It’s as if it’s bad to be rich and to succeed in your goals in life. Why can’t they whine on how rich the Cojuangco’s are? And how greedy the father of Pres. Cory Aquino was upon purchasing their killer Hacienda? Filipinos are still, since the time of our oldest ascendants, inclined to the idea that if you’re a pure Filipino, you’re wealth should not exceed those of the Chinese/Spanish mestizos — simply because that is impossible! If you get rich too much, you’re a thief.

    • ChinoF says:

      If you get rich too much, you’re a thief.

      Some people even believe that to get rich, you should be a thief. Clearly, Philippine values have been twisted by a sense of desperate pragmatism. But it’s clearly the effect of the Spaniards brainwashing the Filipino masses. We’re still in the process of detoxifying ourselves of these influences, although of course this is challenging.

    • Homer says:

      Most of our local dramas and/or soaps on tv often portray the rich as greedy, evil, manipulative, or all of the above. Since we no longer have the Spaniards to blame for this form of brainwashing, we can now credit the media (yes, them again) for giving the impression to ordinary Filipinos that wealth is beyond their reach.

      If MV’s opponents can’t prove any wrongdoing on his part, they should just STFU….or find a way to make their campaigns more effective (as BenK similarly states).

    • benign0 says:

      Spot on guys. I actually made a similar observation in an old article on Pinoy Cinema.

  6. Cool Guy says:

    But to be quite honest, Manny’s ads ARE ANNOYING AS ****.

    That didn’t count him out for me as far as who would I vote for is concerned, although, as one stated earlier in one of the comments, that compared to Dick’s Subic and Olongapo/Bayani’s Marikina, Las Pinas still sucks (and good note of that commenter noticing the crappy traffic conditions).

    Sure, his campaigning is annoying, but at least he can back it up. Unlike other candidates. D:

    • Mimang says:

      Don’t you find commercials with ultra whining about corruption (eg. “lalabanan natin ang korapsyon,” “dahil hindi siya corrupt…” “korapyon ang kalaban,” “walang ma-anomalyang kontrata,” etc etc etc etc) much more annoying?

      Manny V’s annoying ads at least talks about something else.

      • Ma Xianding says:

        Yes, it is tiring to hear ‘labanan ang korapsyon’ and blaming corruption for all the ills of the philippines. The problem is not corruption, the problem is the laziness and stupidity of the filipinos. There is an article here in Antipinoy about that.

      • Cool Guy says:

        Now that you’ve mentioned the endless “LABANAN ANG KORUPSYON” campaigns, you’re right. It’s just as equally annoying as Manny’s jingle, if not, worse.

        And the even worse thing about it is it starts the finger pointing (I’m looking at you, AbNoy and your commercials). That’s one sign for me that I don’t want to vote this candidate, you know, when he starts saying “I’m Holier than thou art, you corrupted heathen!”.

        Which also made me turn away from Jamby. But I don’t see her commercials anywhere. Still hate her though.

        Like the whole Anti-GMA stories, it’s funny, like what Ma Xianding said, that most Anti-Pinoys believe that once the issue of corruption is eliminated, our country will start rising to the top, and yet fail to realize that even when you stop being corrupt, there is still work to be done.

        I remember one time, when there was an issue about the Snap Elections, where our Professor asked us about what we would do if we had a say about it. And I recall answering “Changing our President isn’t the solution; heck it would make things worse. As much as GMA screwed up, she’s at least TRYING to take responsibility for her doings”.

        In short, don’t just blame corruption. Why not instead of rallying and whining, why not just work and try to make ends meet. Every 8 hours counts more than a day of you running around EDSA doing nothing productive.

    • Homer says:

      If you ask me, they’re ALL annoying!!! 😀

      You can spare yourselves from the annoying ads too…..with your remote.

      Oddly, it becomes more pleasing to hear Aling Dionisia say, “Drenk yur Magnulia Melk!”.

  7. ChinoF says:

    Looks like Gordon is the latest whiner about Villar’s money. His ads are annoying, but I wonder if this claim that MV tried to buy out Gordon from the race may be more annoying.

    • Mimang says:

      More annoying indeed! You’re not “in” if MV didn’t try to buy you out.

    • BenK says:

      There are some basic things about any election of this sort in any country that these guys should be reminded of, I decided:

      1. One or more candidates will always have a boatload of money to spend, and they will personally sustain the local advertising industry for a few weeks in spending it. Always happens. Noynoy: shut up and get on our with your task.

      2. One or more candidates will go to great efforts to convince one or more other candidates to give it up. Always happens. Dick and Erap: shut up and get on with your task.

      3. Just because you’re spending money like a drunken sailor doesn’t mean people won’t stop expecting you to continue to do so once you’re elected. Unless that’s your plan, Manny, you’d better ramp it down a little and think of something more memorable to talk about.

  8. How, really, did he get a break? It seems Manny Villar grew from a Tondo-ragged accountant to billion-rich senator by allowing himself to be used as an American investor’s dummy in the Philippine real estate business. You see, the conduct of real estate business in the Philippines is limited by law exclusively to Filipino citizens, necessarily because it involves business affairs affecting matters of territory, patrimony, and national security. The debonair American who used to be smilingly visible every day at the offices of Crown Asia, Inc. may no longer be that visible at the 14th Floor of Cityland Herrera Tower. When Manny Villar embarked on a political career, it became imperative to avoid flaks of controversy, especially from Senator Teofisto Guingona’s camp that was instrumental in passing the general law limiting the conduct of real estate business in the Philippines only to Filipinos.

    • BenK says:

      It’s a stupid and short-sighted law, too, and one of the (many) reasons why is that it encourages underhanded business arrangements. Reasonable laws that offer both protection of the country’s patrimony and encouragement of much-needed investment — because really, what is the point of protecting something if it can’t be developed? — are the best solution all the way around.

      • ChinoF says:

        I agree. The 1986 Constitution focused on ethnocentric business laws. It seemed to have the idea that only Filipinos have the right to do business in the land. I recall the “Buy Filipino only” campaign was prevalent at the time. Unfortunately, this tied the hands of those who wanted foreign investors. Singapore in comparison had allowed foreigners to own land and operate businesses, but there were limits. Yet such limits did not prevent foreigners from pouring investment into Singapore. We should have had only limits like these, not protectionism. Protectionist laws here were obviously created to protect the monopolies of the oligarchs… and thus, even if industries were deregulated, a real state of competition in their respective industries could not be achieved, because competent local competitors could not be found. Only foreign companies could challenge the oligarchs’ businesses, but they were blocked.

      • BenK says:

        Exactly. And now the electrical infrastructure of Luzon is completely falling apart, no one here has the resources or technical capacity to fix it quickly enough (if at all), and it will take a constitutional amendment to make it possible to access a timely outside solution. That’s some real forward thinking there.

  9. J.B. says:

    My simple take on this one is either Villar knows already that secret dole-outs does not work or his political adviser already tipped him it can’t work.

    Political machinery is no longer that viable since all those people in the local posts or supporters were reportedly horde money and the end-voters were deprived of hundreds of pesos on their wallets.

    It’s just plain vote buying albeit done in a seemingly legal way.

    Btw, what happened to that law on maximum expenditure for each voter ? Does that apply to personal expenses?

  10. Ftwcp955 says:

    Sa mga taong namomoroblema kay Villar at sa mga taong pinoproblema ang mga taong namomoroblema kay Villar.
    Go on with your life, for Christsake. Akala ko iba ang antipinoy.com.

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