No question about it (sort of). Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is the modern-day Erap. He is riding on a crest of popular appeal underpinned by a vacuous beholdenness to star quality that Filipinos have become world-renowned for. Noynoy joins Erap and the esteemed hall of brilliant entrepeneurs and business taipans (such as the venerable owners of Big Philippine Media) who have so astutely invested in a vast array of machinery to efficiently harvests pesos and dollars from a people all too willing to fork it over for brief jaunts in Stariray Fantasy Land. Indeed, our nation of starstruck ignoramuses is a sprawling bonanza for those who wield the sort of star quality Pinoys are beholden to.
Da Pinoy Stariray is always the common denominator when it comes to all things lucrative in the Philippines — be it in the field of business or in the field of power brokering. But former Philippine President Joseph “Erap” Estrada and Noynoy Aquino differ on a couple of important things, and these are things that highlight key aspects of Da Pinoy Condition that help us gain some insight around why we are so world-class at failing to launch.
Whereas Erap brings out the macho, Noynoy brings out the emo.
Face it, guys. Noynoy Aquino’s campaign is basically one big chick flick. It is a bleeding-heart appeal to our deeply-entrenched victim mentality and draws heavily on the collective effect of the big sob story that is our national history. So all you self-described macho White-Castle-Whiskey-guzzling God’s-gift-to-women out there, hear my blatantly politically-incorrect sexist appeal!
You all have been hoodwinked by a campaign that targetted your inner woman.
I remain so curious as to how our profoundly masculine society whose esteemed captains of the National Symbol so defiantly paint Basta driver, Sweet Lover on their iron horses could, in the same breath, throw themselves onto the emo campaign of a wus like Noynoy Aquino. But then that’s just me, forever scratching my head about what makes Da Pinoy mind tick.
Erap invoked a past achievement in his own campaign that was his and all his.
I gotta hand it to Erap. For all the flack he gets for using his actor persona to amass the landslide Vote he got back in 1998, that persona is an asset that he built with his own hard work. Compare that to the star appeal and pedigree that Noynoy Aquino bandies around in his campaign today. Is that political asset he brings to bear in his campaign a result of his own achievement? Is the Noynoy Aquino splashed in yellow all over the campaign trail The real Man behind the product being pitched?
Think again. There is still a month and a half to go. The thinking does not end until you are actually in the voting cubicle (or whatever the hell it’s called). Are you gonna vote for a middle-aged man who is still driving around in his daddy’s car?
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Let’s not forget for one second what democratic elections are all about, dudes. It’s all about us — what WE want. Don’t be fooled by moronic appeals to winnability, and lest we forget, the multitude of late-2009 promises to step up to the challenge of our Platform, plez™ appeal has already been broken by these bozos who call themselves “presidentiables”.
The key to ingraining the wherewithal in our “politicians” to man up and be their own man is in our hands.