Noynoy Aquino's supporters: are they anti-intellectual?

It must be hard being an intellectual. Just think of all the names they call people with all the answers to the problems of the world: “nerd”; “geek”; “eccentric”; “weird”; “odd”. That’s not to mention how they get bullied, ostracised and even labeled “pretentious” just by simply trying to help solve the big puzzles of the universe. Life must not be easy for those who are trying to simulate the Big Bang or those who are collecting data to prove climate change. Who believes these people anyway? Not a lot of us if you think about it. There are too many sceptics in the world and there are those who even oppose any research that are seen to not be beneficial to the corporations who earn a lot of money from people’s excessive lifestyle habits.

Boy, there must be a lot of smart people in the mental hospital. I can imagine a lot of them getting frustrated with regular folks who are too ignorant and arrogant to even realise what’s good for them. Have you ever tried having a discussion with someone who just doesn’t get it? It can be really frustrating. If you let them affect you, you could be driven to put your head in an oven and turn up the heat to “High”.

Ignorant people outnumber the thinkers in this world. If you don’t add gloss and glamour to your cause, most likely it will go unnoticed. You need to hire someone like Angelina Jolie to highlight the plight of the poor in the Philippines, say, so that the promotion of an initiative to help them can go viral or become the in thing. The key question is always What’s in it for me? I came across some discussions in PinoyExchange.com among trolls who were questioning the motives of the bloggers here at AntiPinoy. They think that we have some kind of dark ulterior motive behind a disguise of trying to help Filipinos. They simply can’t accept that we are just passionate about what we are doing. They label us as “pretentious” even. Most Filipinos just don’t know what’s good for them even if you get blue in the face trying to convince them about the need to try and do something different for a change, considering that the alternative is to do the same thing over and over while expecting different results.

Take our presidential elections this year. If you look at the presidential candidate who is leading the polls, you can pretty much conclude that Filipinos are anti-intellectual. Filipinos are also suckers for subliminal packaging. The Liberal Party repackaged Noynoy Aquino and branded him as The Non-Thief — “Hindi ako magnanakaw”. Now he might just win. Never mind that he had hardly any accomplishments as a politician. I guess my brain must be wired differently because I don’t really buy into all of the words they associate Noynoy with, like him being a “good” person for goodness’ sake and all that stuff that Noynoy supporters believe in.

Spare a thought for Nick Perlas. Do a quick read of his resume and you will see that he is a pretty smart dude. He is an environmentalist, a microfinance expert, a sustainable agriculturist, a creative educator, and a bearer of New Politics. Unfortunately, the polls will tell you that the Filipino people don’t like people who are smarter than them. Nick Perlas has received numerous awards for his advocacies but ordinary folks don’t really care. More importantly, they don’t even know and can’t be bothered to know what he is talking about. Voters will just say, he is too unknown and unfunded. They might even ask “Where did he come from anyway?”

How about Dick Gordon? He’s got a Law degree from the University of the Philippines, a Bachelors degree in history and government, became an associate of a law firm, was once Mayor of Olongapo City, Secretary of the Department of Tourism, Chairman of the National Red Cross and, finally, a Senator of the Philippines. His success as former Chairman of the Subic Bay Freeport zone speaks volumes of his capacity to do so much for the country. The list of his achievements in the senate is long. But if you ask what the Filipino people think of him, they’ll just say, “Mainitin daw ang ulo” or “He’s doing poorly in the polls”. If only arrogant Filipinos aren’t too skeptical about his motives. Perhaps they’ll give Gordon a chance.

Another smart presidential candidate who is tailing by a few notches (if you believe the polls) behind The Dull One is Gibo Teodoro. Gibo’s professional accomplishment far outshines his cousin Noynoy’s. His resume on Facebook reads: Youngest Secretary of National Defense at 43 years old, August 2007- present; Chairman, National Disaster Coordinating Council, three-term Congressman; Practicing Lawyer Mendoza Law 1st Place, 1989 Philippine Bar Examinations. He is also a Pilot (Lear Jet 31 Rating) and a Colonel in the Philippine Air Force (Reserve). The list goes on for this young presidential aspirant. You have to wonder, why is he not doing better than the other Cojuangco when he is much smarter and better looking? Some would say “He used to work for GMA”. That statement is usually enough said for most. Are Filipinos that dumb to associate a person’s character to their previous boss? It’s like saying “Ilda, even though she is a female, probably scratches her balls just like her male boss”.

And then there is Manny Villar. His resume reads: A former accountant of SGV, entrepreneur, former congressman, former Speaker of the 11th Congress of the House of Representatives and currently a Senator just like Dick Gordon. He’s made a lot of money throughout the years and has received a number of awards for his business achievements. He is currently running second in the presidential polls and is the biggest opponent of The Chosen One. What do Filipinos have to say about the guy? Take a pick from a long list of names: “Magnanakaw”; “Villaroyo” “Evil” etcetera, etcetera. There’s just too many to write down here. It’s hard to tell what is true and what is fabricated nowadays, it’s best to stick to your guns.

Given the list of some of the candidates with better credentials above, can someone please tell me again why majority of Filipinos (if you believe the polls) are going to vote for the less successful, less competent, and less smart candidate? Are Filipinos too blind to see what’s really in front of them? Or is one having too many accomplishments too daunting a concept for a regular Pinoy to digest? Gloria Arroyo receives a lot of criticism for her ideas because ordinary citizens are suspicious of her moves like calls for Charter Change and a change into a parliamentary system.

I heard some people say that they don’t want someone who is intelligent anymore because former President Ferdinand Marcos and President Gloria Arroyo were supposedly intelligent people. Some say that they just used their brains to siphon public funds into their own pockets. Fair enough. But we’ve also tried someone who was also less qualified and less intelligent in former president Cory Aquino and the economy went from bad to worse during her time. Besides, you simply can’t say, “Oh, we would rather have an ordinary person who is not going to steal.” It’s just not justified.

Noynoy Aquino for one will have secretaries just like any previous administrator. If his appointed secretaries follow the same path as the previous ones and end up being corrupt, it simply becomes pointless for Noynoy to promise that “I will not steal”. Noynoy’s mother, Cory claimed to have not stolen any public funds too but she couldn’t control her cabinet members’ and her relatives’ activities either. If her administration was impeccable, how come there was too much instability during her administration? The answer lies in the fact that you need someone who will command respect and imbibe accountability, not just sympathy.

Being anti-intellectual is just not right. I’ve never heard of such rationales as the one Noynoy supporters are providing us. We are electing someone knowing full well that he is not knowledgeable. It’s like standing in the middle of the train tracks and waiting for the oncoming train to hit us.

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341 Responses to Noynoy Aquino's supporters: are they anti-intellectual?

  1. Ira Pogi says:

    I agree to the writer of this blog. I just hate the audacity of stupidity of the NgoyNgoy Abnoy supporters. They’re following a communist cult run by oligarchies to destroy the government for their self-fulfillment. It makes me creep..

    • ilda says:

      Hi Ira Pogi

      To me, Noynoy supporters should at least make an effort to ask the Liberal Party to lift their game. It’s not enough that they are claiming to be against corruption. There’s more to running the country than being nice and amiable.

    • jccastro says:

      how could you persuade when you can not even write a single sentence without name-calling?

      people seem to forget that they owe their freedom to write inanities today because of the sacrifices of others yesterday. i bet you are not even fit to walk behind the shadow of the one you are calling abnoy.

      i admire your courage to write these things, especially anonymously.

      • ilda says:

        The Aquinos do not own the Edsa revolution! We don’t owe the Aquinos anything!

        Cory Aquino was not the only one there. There were other people who were instrumental to the ousting of Marcos – FVR, Enrile, etc and the rest of the Filipino people who formed the people power revolution.

  2. usi says:

    Hindi ako magnanakaw. Tutunganga lang ako.

  3. usi says:

    “Strangely, the expounders of many of the great new ideas of history were frequently considered on the lunatic fringe for some or all their lives. If one stands up and is counted, from time to time, one may get knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by CONFORMI…TY stays down for good.” – Thomas J. Watson, Jr., Chairman of the Board, IBM

    • ilda says:

      Nice quote Usi. Very appropriate for this blog 🙂

      We must persevere despite the odds.

      • Ira Pogi says:

        Ngoyngoy Abnoy’s very ridiculous slogan – HINDI AKO MAGNANAKAW – is pure deceptions. They all do is talk, no wonder they are being called cheap talkers, they can’t even present any platforms to support their SLOGAN. And I don’t believe that you should be nice to make you a good leader, there’s this book that I bought “33 Strategies of War and 48 Laws of power ” and majority of the leaders who are nice and amiable are the ones who experience downfall.

      • jccastro says:

        dude. instead of echoing untruths and peddling lies, use google. its free.

        Noynoy Aquino and Mar Roxas published 10 ways to fix Philippine Basic Education:

        1. 12-Year basic education cycle
        2. Universal pre-schooling for all
        3. Madaris education (Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education)
        4. Technical vocational education as an alternative stream in senior high school
        5. “Every Child a Reader” by Grade 1
        6. Science and Math proficiency
        7. Assistance to private schools
        8. Medium of instruction rationalized
        9. Quality textbooks
        10 Covenant with local governments to build more schools

  4. Lorenz says:

    ilda please read “The Allegory of the Cave” by Plato because I’m pretty sure you would understand more why things are like this.

    http://www.historyguide.org/intellect/allegory.html

    Also, Nietzsche said something like this, “Great things are only for the great people, rare things remain for the rare.”

    Ignorant and stupid people will always outnumber the wise and the intellectual. That is one of the constant designs of life that cant be changed.

    • Jay says:

      True. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have people wanting to be involved in the democracy, even on its basic level. Even people would vote in others who would have a stake in their interests. But the situation here is even below that. They aren’t motivated by interests of the leader and how they involve themselves in that grand design to put them in power.

      • ilda says:

        Hi Jay

        It’s all about mind conditioning. It seems that Filipinos have been conditioned to go for those who are perceived to be meek and amiable. Never mind that they have not achieved anything significant. Simply unacceptable.

        There are so many people who say that Cory was an inspiration to them, an image of humility. It’s mind boggling why despite being the mother figure to the nation, there’s still a shortage of the meek and amiable. So people latch on to the one person they think is the last embodiment of her image.

        Cory made no lasting impact at all and her legacy is just a pipe dream. Her own daughter, Kris, is proof of this.

        Filipinos just need to get real. We need someone real and someone who can tell it like it is. We don’t need someone with a softly-softly approach. Jesus Christ was always direct to the point. We need someone like him, a GetRealist 🙂

      • Jay says:

        Yeah Cory really worked up the complacency in people. All they needed was to give PEOPLE POWER some sort of symbol to allude to Cory and people think that was the extent of their initiative.

      • Shaddap says:

        …like Jesus Christ…

        YEP!! Someone who will get angry at the money-changers at the Temple.

        Not just someone who will “WISH” they went away. But someone who is willing to drive them away.

        The Bayani Fernando and Dick Gordon action-men types.

      • jccastro says:

        “softy-softy”

        you simply do not know what you’re talking about. unless you bear the scars of martial law, you don’t have the right to wish this plague upon us.

        maybe you should read about kampuchea. and i’m sure being an intellectual giant that you are, you’d be the first in line.

    • ilda says:

      @Lorenz

      Such comforting words from Nietzsche. Thanks for the link. I will surely look into that.

  5. Ira Pogi says:

    Ngoyngoy Abnoy’s very ridiculous slogan – HINDI AKO MAGNANAKAW – is pure deceptions. They all do is talk, no wonder they are being called cheap talkers, they can’t even present any platforms to support their SLOGAN. And I don’t believe that you should be nice to make you a good leader, there’s this book that I bought “33 Strategies of War and 48 Laws of power ” and majority of the leaders who are nice and amiable are the ones who experience downfall.

    • usi says:

      Yep! Same as, “Kung walang korap, walang mahirap.” Corruption is not the only reason why PH is poor. Lack of a genuine comprehensive agrarian reform is part of the equation. 😀

    • ilda says:

      It’s not enough for him to say that he will not steal. I can say the same thing. It’s misleading.

  6. boombox says:

    It’s like saying “Ilda, even though she is a female, probably scratches her balls just like her male boss”.

    LMAO… xD

    • ilda says:

      People’s perception of Gibo is more of a head scratcher 🙂

      I’m glad I made you laugh.

      • ben says:

        totally agree… I love how there’s a site like this, articulating my thoughts in this dire situation called the Philippines Presidential Elections. Thank you…

        I really don’t understand the reasons behind voting for any of the candidates when we have a perfect choice in the form of Richard Gordon.

        Don’t get me started on Gibo supporters.

      • ilda says:

        Thanks ben.

        I hope you can help spread the word 🙂

  7. Alan Parma says:

    I am supporting the Gordon campaign in the small ways that I can given my schedule. It will be a very pleasant surprise if he wins, but I’m bracing for the worst. Before the election campaign started, I came to the conclusion that we can never depend on our government. Dick Gordon’s campaign gave me a glimmer of hope that if he wins, then my faith might just be restored.

    But whatever happens after May 10, it seems the only solution to our Pinoy problem will largely depend on us, the citizens. We must do our part in promoting education, social change, law enforcement, and all the things we’re expecting the government to do. It will be a lot of work, and it will take a long time for us to see its effects, but we have to take matters into our own hands.

    Those of us who are fortunate enough to own businesses, or have influence over those who do, must push for company programs (and allocating resources) that address our problems, especially education for the masses. I have no idea how to do this, but putting up (free or low cost) schools or partnering with the appropriate NGOs seems to be a start. As the article points out, it is very hard to argue with someone who just doesn’t get it, so we might as well teach the kids so that we may increase the people that will “get it”. And maybe then, we’ll have enough people who can and will vote with their brains.

    If Gordon is the man I think he is, I don’t think we’ll hear the last from him if he loses the election, and I will still support him if stays true to his passion.

    • Jay says:

      But whatever happens after May 10, it seems the only solution to our Pinoy problem will largely depend on us, the citizens. We must do our part in promoting education, social change, law enforcement, and all the things we’re expecting the government to do. It will be a lot of work, and it will take a long time for us to see its effects, but we have to take matters into our own hands.

      Thats how a democracy works. You have to follow through with the person you put in power. Of course you can’t expect immediate results but progress starts with participation.

      I think the open source campaign for software could help, the free education program.

      There are very few in the country in a respectful position who can walk-the-walk and talk-the-talk. I just don’t think people in general don’t respect that kind of attitude.

    • ilda says:

      We need more people like you Allan.

      There is a lot of work to be done. It’s not just simply about getting rid of corruption. Besides, it’s impossible to totally get rid of it. Even in first world countries, politicians still get embroiled in corruption. People will always have this battle with their own demons. What we need is a system that has a check and balance that will actually work and we need to follow through on it.

      Aside from fighting corruption, we need to focus on, as you said, education and training. We need to create an environment where Filipinos will become innovators. If you have innovators, there will be entrepreneurs. When we have entrepreneurs, we will have more jobs for the unemployed. The rest will follow like high self-esteem and genuine pride as an individual. Collectively, we can become a great nation. It’s better to fight corruption this way, actually.

      I don’t believe that a Noynoy is capable of creating an environment where people can become innovators and high achievers. Even now during the campaign period, it seems that he is already clamping down on high achievers.

      I discussed this in my previous blog: Noynoy Aquino plus the economy: did he do the math?

  8. lu says:

    And what about Bro Eddie Villanueva? anyway, pls take note arroyo got a good academic record, plus a politician who has a lot of accomplishments, economist errr who also promised of a good life but look at us now? M not for noy but I sympathize to the filipino people. For one dalang dala na ang mga tao s mga sooobrang talino, ang kinala2basan mtalino pla s pagnanakaw. 2nd, dala n rin ang mga tao s mga “hero” ng mahihirap, it all turn out lalo p pla cla hihirap tsk tsk…that’s y they’re going to someone who can promise of no corruption..kita nmn s survey d b? but m not one of those who vote for surveys…they won’t really go into the propaganda of my cra s tuktok c noy2 kz nga d p mpatunayan with all those fake documents p, unlike Villar, he portrayed of a super dooper mhirap un pla hindi tsk tsk…

    • ChinoF says:

      Ika nga, It’s more like yung mga mukhang matalino daw, eh nagpapanggap lang na matalino. Side effect nito is mga matalino, nakikita as masama, kaya yung mga tunay na matalino, pinagkakamalang masama. Deception of the people talaga is the name of the game.

    • ilda says:

      Hi lu

      You simply cannot put all intelligent people in the same mound.

      Anyway, let me just quote an excerpt from my own article in response to your views about intelligent people:

      Noynoy Aquino for one will have secretaries just like any previous administrator. If his appointed secretaries follow the same path as the previous ones and end up being corrupt, it simply becomes pointless for Noynoy to promise that “I will not steal”. Noynoy’s mother, Cory claimed to have not stolen any public funds too but she couldn’t control her cabinet members’ and her relatives’ activities either. If her administration was impeccable, how come there was too much instability during her administration? The answer lies in the fact that you need someone who will command respect and imbibe accountability, not just sympathy.

      If you are undecided, go for someone who will inspire you to do the right thing and who has a proven track record.

    • usi says:

      on Bro. Eddie, he has no background in politics. he should have started in running for a local government position first. the presidency is not an OJT. 6 years and 90 million people..it’s a HUGE responsibility, esp. since this is a 3rd World country lagging behind its neighbors! 😉

      • Jay says:

        Well its definitely not an OJT but as a president, I think he’ll rely too much on his cabinet if he gets pressured, thus taking away a bit of accountability. I think he himself is a complacent person and definitely not the kind of characteristic you need when you have to seize the days of your 6 year term.

    • Mimang says:

      How bout Bro Eddie? I doubt. If it’s Bro Eddie VS Noynoy alone, if I can’t abstain, I’ll go for Noynoy. BUT THEN, we’re blessed to have a number of candidates to choose from.

      If you hate Noynoy’s propaganda, why do you believe Villar was not mahirap before? This originated from Noynoy, right?

      Just recently, a number of Villar’s colleagues testified that he was indeed born mahirap and that he was not making up his story na maghihipon sila dati.

      Oh and btw, I’m a Born Again Christian, like Bro Eddie. 🙂

  9. Sheryl C. says:

    Perhaps the question to ask is why all these people that you like to ridicule and portray as idiots are so passionate in their support for the one you call Abnoy? Are we all unthinking fools then? Perhaps you should ask if it’s possible that we see something you don’t instead of the other way around. And if you cannot acknowledge that there is at least that possibility that you could be wrong then you have fallen into a trap of your own making. Then you wouldn’t be true to the intellectualism that you so favor… because the true intellectual admits that perhaps there are still some things his mind has yet to grasp.

    Why this outpouring of love and support for someone who some (like you) deem to be an underachiever? It seems an insanity and yet it’s true. The support of the majority of Filipinos for Noynoy Aquino is a phenomenon that boggles the mind. What does he have the none of the others have? Is it charisma? Or the gift for gab? I don’t think so. What you see is just the man. What we see is the embodiment of our hope for our country. It sounds corny, yes, but try speaking with the poorest and least educated among Noynoy’s supporters and you will see the basic truth in their words. They make sense in the simplest, purest terms. They just want to hope again and Noynoy gives them this hope. They see in this man a believable champion. In all his time in public service he has not enriched himself. His name has never been linked to any allegations of corruption. Is it any wonder that a people who are supremely fed up and demoralized by corruption gravitate to this man?

    You’ve listed here what you say are the more desirable qualities in a leader. I say character and integrity are the most important qualities of a leader. Noynoy Aquino has them in spades. None of the other candidates who have any chance of winning has them. Certainly not Villar or Estrada. And if you believe that the allegations against Villar’s corrupt business practices have no basis in fact and that it’s all propaganda, then you are being naive or perhaps purposely obtuse because a person need not have the sharpest intellect to see what is clear as day about Villar’s intentions. Noynoy is the only one who stands in the way of Villar’s grand plans.

    —————————–
    To Ira Pogi, you do not do youself any service by repeating your Abnoy quips. It shows the kind of person you are– one who lacks sensitivity and basic kindness. You think calling Noynoy ‘Abnoy’ is an insult to him but the truth is it reflects on you. An intelligent person doesn’t resort to such name-calling. But what can be expected from a person who calls himself ‘Ira Pogi’? 🙂

    “Wisdom and deep intelligence require an honest appreciation of mystery.” – Thomas Moore

    • Ira Pogi says:

      To Sherly C., poorest and least educated of Noynoy’s supporter are likely to be deceive easily. Why? It is because they rely on media (ABS-CBN) which suppresses the fact that Noynoy is an incompetent senator, (we can’t denied that since he did not pass any bill in his legislative years), they go on with the flow (since Noynoy is the top presidentiables in all the surveys, surely they will vote him).

      You said, “What we see is the embodiment of our hope for our country”, History repeats itself. What happened to Cory, is it the hope that Filipinos are looking for? Oh yeah, she’s the symbol of democracy blah blah blah. But did Philippine improve? it’s her years that Philippine got sucked for real.

      And for you to say that his name is not linked with any corruption. What about the time he vote “no” for the garcy tapes? It is the same year the SCTEX Deal was negotiated. Of course, it was part of the sweet deal the Aquinos and GMA made via SCTEX.

      I just read a blog on http://www.ohnoy.wordpress.com, some of the excerpts:
      “Obama promised a lot of great things, but found reality to be a harder pill to swallow as his inexperience showed. Lesson: moving, articulate speeches are nice to listen to, but a candidate must prove he can WORK.”
      For the LP, what they do is talk here, talk there. blah blah blah.. “Actions speak Louder than words”

      And may I ask you a final question, why would I vote for a man or maybe a gay who doesn’t even the guts to marry his girlfriend and wishing to be the future president who can’t even run his own family. He even have the guts to call himself a “fiscalizer” when in fact political leaders should be the one who will be fiscalized. God help us!

      And for you to be so sure that Noynoy will win.. you sure is stupid in its finest level.

      • Ira Pogi says:

        just read 33 strategies of war and 48 laws of power by Robert greene.. and you’ll see the true characteristics of leader… i remember that 1 law is “Not to talk, but to work”… so I think your noynoy is not qualified…

    • ChinoF says:

      I say character and integrity are the most important qualities of a leader. Noynoy Aquino has them in spades.

      This is very questionable and hard to prove. In fact, there’s proof of otherwise.

    • Character and in integrity? Geez… you might have a different operational definition of these terms. Define mo muna yung terms na yan bago mo sabihing meron si Noynoy nyan.

    • Jay says:

      I say character and integrity are the most important qualities of a leader.

      Character and Intergrity odd enough are a byproduct of a deadly key word that is a culmination of accomplishments at a given period of time.

      RESULTS. Because results show how a leader accomplished their goals and by what means. Character describes the how the progress to achieve these goals represent them. Integrity describes the consistency of how said goals were attained when you factor in expectations, values, actions, principles and the outcome.

      In terms of results, Noynoy ranks rock bottom among the presidential candidates.

    • ilda says:

      @Sheryl C

      Perhaps the question to ask is why all these people that you like to ridicule and portray as idiots are so passionate in their support for the one you call Abnoy? Are we all unthinking fools then?

      First, I’ve never called Noynoy the name Abnoy in my articles.

      I’m sorry to say that when the nation was still in mourning, the Liberal Party made almost everyone believe that Noynoy has the ability to lead the nation just because he is perceived to be good. I have not fallen into the same trap as Noynoy supporters because I look at results. If you are employed yourself, you should be familiar with the bottom line. At the end of the day, the company CEO will look at the figures and not how nice the manager was to the staff. You cannot keep the company floating by just being nice.

      Even if Noynoy supporters think that Noynoy is the embodiment of his mother, Cory, you still need to look at the result of her administration. What did Cory achieve? There was instability and insecurity in her government. She was incapable of commanding respect from the military and the militants started to grow. Do you want the same thing kind of leadership under Noynoy?

      What does he have the none of the others have?

      He has the last name Aquino. Noynoy supporters are nostalgic. They think that putting an Aquino back will bring back the magic of the Edsa revolution. This is pure fantasy. No offense, but you need to get real.

      Let me just quote an excerpt from my blog: Edsa revolutions, Noynoy Aquino and the big conspiracy:

      In his book Asian Values, Western Dreams Sheridan talks about how Cory was considered heroic in achieving democracy but ineffectual as president. Even the noted intellectual, Frank Jose, who ran a magazine calledSolidaridad, considered “Mrs Aquino’s presidency a dreadful disappointment”. He disagrees with the majority’s view that Cory restored democracy and says that it is all bullshit – “We have empty institutions. The essence of democracy is in the stomach. The taxi driver in Washington can eat the same sort of meat as the president. That’s not the case here”.

      The Edsa revolution is also called the “people power” revolution. People power, because supposedly it was “the people” who decided that they have had enough of Marcos and his dictatorship. The late Cory Aquino happened to be the leader of the opposition at that time and was seen to have inspired the people to go out onto the streets and express their indignation. But she was neither prepared nor qualified to lead. Had the people decided against supporting her, she wouldn’t have become president. So the credit should have gone to the people too not just hers alone. Time Magazine should have named the Filipinos “People of the Year”. We should give ourselves more credit for the restoration of democracy (as well as accountability for still not knowing what to do with). We shouldn’t give all the credit to just one person for toppling a dictator, Cory couldn’t have been able to do it on her own. In the same way, we shouldn’t put all the responsibility of building a nation to one person, i.e., Noynoy Aquino or any other candidate. Even Napoleon Bonaparte wouldn’t have been able to conquer other nations without his soldiers’ help. The president needs our cooperation for his administration to work. Without our cooperation, he is nothing more than a mere puppet.

      Could it be that the real value of the Edsa revolution was actually exaggerated by the supporters of the Aquino administration?< Could it be that to retain a strong hold on the people’s mind, the Aquino legacy is still being sang to this day even if it lacks real virtues or intrinsic worth? The supporters of the late Cory and Ninoy Aquino keep talking about their legacy. What is that legacy anyway? What if this so called legacy which is so hard to grasp and comprehend is being used today by the Liberal party to ensure that they win the next election?

      Fighting corruption is not enough. Being meek and amiable is not enough to be an effective leader of 90 odd million people.

      Read my other blog: Noynoy Aquino plus the economy: did he do the math?

      Lastly, Sheryl, there’s still time to look at other candidates aside from Noynoy. You don’t have to compromise.

  10. karl mc says:

    well said sheryl. these people blast noynoy supporters for being “anti-intellectual” yet their arguments and rah-rah-ing betray their own shallowness and narrow-mindedness.
    if they’re so smart how come they can’t make the simple connection between eliminating the sources of the problem in order to address the problem?
    something so simple yet they cannot grasp it. luckily these anti-pinoys are the minority this time around; dati kasi ang negativity at kabobohan na ganyan ang siyang sagabal sa pagunlad natin.

    • Ira Pogi says:

      The Problem is that Noynoy is incompetent.. being a president is not an OJT.. my god pro-noynoy really doesn’t have minds

    • Jay says:

      if they’re so smart how come they can’t make the simple connection between eliminating the sources of the problem in order to address the problem?

      Because the source of the problem, as opposed to what you think in your deluded mind, is not solved by his catchy two-bit slogan.

      Poverty in the country isn’t just corruption in a political scale. It is also as much a societal issue and the citizens lack of initiative. It is also lack of foresight to invest resources where it an help the country in the long run.

    • ilda says:

      Mr Karl MC

      You said:

      if they’re so smart how come they can’t make the simple connection between eliminating the sources of the problem in order to address the problem?

      You better stick around and read the other articles here at AntiPinoy.com because a lot of the bloggers already presented plenty of solutions. You and the rest of Noynoy supporters just need to take some time to understand it. Just scroll up and you will see some of the articles I am talking about.

      A person who is narrow-minded is someone who votes a candidate just because his last name is Aquino and he happens to be the son of Cory and Ninoy.

    • usi says:

      karl MC: please read part 2 of this series – http://www.atimes.com/atimes/others/phils.html

      you’ll be surprised to find out that ‘you’ don’t know the real problem 🙂

  11. Raven says:

    The pinnacle of underachievement leading a nation of underachievers.

    Makes sense to me.

  12. kasey says:

    please explain to me how noynoy is a person of character and integrity 🙂

    as far as i know, he sourgrapes and whines when things don’t go his way. (remember that time he said surveys can be bought in quiapo? that was pretty immature.) surely, men of genuine character don’t bitch and moan when the tide is against them. nor do they capriciously blurt out statements only to take them back when they face criticism. (must i remind you of noynoy’s tax policy?)

    as far as i also know, he is one of the top spenders in the senate. this is mind-boggling given the fact that he has not passed a single law. what about hacienda luisita? ‘xcuse me, but supposedly owning less than 1% of the land does not excuse him from moral responsibility. as a “lawmaker” himself, he should know that nobody — not even his clan — is above the law. let’s not also forget that he voted against publicly playing the hello garci tape.

    please, enlighten me. how does noynoy’s underperformance in the senate, his (part) ownership of hacienda luisita, and his being a former ally of the president make him a man of integrity? 🙂

    if the only basis of his being a symbol of hope is his last lineage, then i might as well vote for kris aquino.

  13. kasey says:

    my comment was for sheryl c., by the way.

  14. This is so true. This is so sad =(

  15. benign0 says:

    The reason Noynoy is perceived to have “character” and “integrity” is because he has done nothing, achieved nothing, and stepped up to nothing. Nothing ventured nothing gained — and no basis for scrutiny exposed. On the other hand, Noynoy’s rivals in the presidential race have held positions and done stuff of significance in government and private sector. When one holds a position, did stuff, and leads very public lives, they gain both admirers and detractors. It comes with the territory of being out there taking risks and delivering results. They did it their way and, as the famous song explains, they hit their bumps made friends, made enemies BUT, in the process, grew real BALLS (unlike the eggshell balls some cloistered candidate WE KNOW grew as a sheltered village kid).

    Filipinos therefore have showered their “love” for a candidate who didn’t gain detractors because his pre-2009 life was (in comparison to his rivals) reclusive. He was a senator who took few risks. He took to the straight and narrow because he lacked a killer instinct. You lead a flaccid and “safe” life you don’t gain detractors and you didn’t stray into risque ventures. For Filipinos who defer to their saints and choirs of angels for “guidance”, that is the sort of salvation they see in Noynoy — goodie-two-shoes nerd who avoided scrapes on his knees, and broken arms all his childhood, and bruised egos of people he may have beaten by simply sitting out the game altogether (that by the way is a metaphor). All that while his rivals slugged it out there in the real world, made their enemies, laid out their REAL trackrecords that detractors now use against them, and played HARDBALL.

    And that is why the Philippines is the FLACCID society in a region of achievers. Its people don’t like people who play hardball and instead go for a candidate who played safe all his life.

    • Anonylol says:

      Haha, yeah. Filipinos don’t want to go out of their comfort zone.

      This confuses me because when I look at the”zone” they cling to, it’s not very comfortable at all.

    • ricelander says:

      this is good benign organism. i was hoping i could write one like this but i’ve got no time and talent. might just plagiarize you instead.

      on the other hand, i think maybe a Noynoy presidency is a lesson we need.

      i am practicing my i-told-you-so look. i can imagine the yellow crowd with the expression ohmygod, what have we done!?

      • Jay says:

        on the other hand, i think maybe a Noynoy presidency is a lesson we need.

        Nah. It would mean nobody learned their lesson. And people who don’t learn their history are doomed to repeat it.

      • benign0 says:

        Yeah, build your I-told-you-so portfolio by writing and publishing lots of stuff that require foresight to appreciate but which ordinary schmoes are too clueless to understand NOW.

        Then wait a few months or a couple of years for your foresight to come relevant and become gloat-worthy, and then you’re all set up to do your big I-told-you-so spiel!

        It’s called investing for the future. 😉

      • Anonylol says:

        >”i can imagine the yellow crowd with the expression ohmygod, what have we done!?”

        lol. Implying they can realize their mistakes.

    • @ Benigno

      Couldn’t agree more. The bottom line is… Noynoy has never DARED TO FAIL. RISK TAKING will always be a part of a person who wants to conquer the universe.

      @ Ilda

      This is a well written article… Mukhang andito na naman si pareng dyo… hehehehehe.

    • J.B. says:

      You may think it also differently by being factual. Many lower class masa work on firms serve as front for any senators or any elected officials as their milking cows thus anyone who trumpets as someone who has the resume will be lampooned into “theives” variety.

      I don’ think the people are downright dumb. I think the candidates themselves are poor marketers themselves.

  16. Arnel E says:

    SherylC says: “Why this outpouring of love and support for someone who some (like you) deem to be an underachiever? It seems an insanity and yet it’s true. The support of the majority of Filipinos for Noynoy Aquino is a phenomenon that boggles the mind. What does he have the none of the others have? Is it charisma? Or the gift for gab? I don’t think so. What you see is just the man. What we see is the embodiment of our hope for our country. It sounds corny, yes, but try speaking with the poorest and least educated among Noynoy’s supporters and you will see the basic truth in their words. They make sense in the simplest, purest terms. They just want to hope again and Noynoy gives them this hope. They see in this man a believable champion. In all his time in public service he has not enriched himself. His name has never been linked to any allegations of corruption. Is it any wonder that a people who are supremely fed up and demoralized by corruption gravitate to this man?”

    This is pretty much the same thing said about Erap in 1998. Hope, is that all there is? Here we go again.

    If Noynoy is of better character and integrity as his supporters says of him, and since he cannot claim about any past achievements, the least that he can do is present the complete details of what he will do if elected President, right to the last centavo detail. Anything less is just opportunism to the highest degree.

    • brianitus says:

      “This is pretty much the same thing said about Erap in 1998. Hope, is that all there is? Here we go again.”

      Hope. We shouldn’t smoke that shit. A lot did in ’98 and got a nasty downer trip with the Erap brand, some almost OD’d.

      A few more thoughts on hope:

      Hope is the embodiment of wishing for things to magically sort themselves out after you shade an itlog.

      Hope is wishing for the best when you know you are about to decide on something and you have a little amount of information to base that decision on.

      Hope follows “I got a bad feeling about this.”

      Hope is your “healer” after you know you’ve fucked up.

      Hope is what was left after Pandora opened the box.

      Hope is what Noynoy had left after he saw his track record.

      Hope is what Noynoy decided to sell after he saw his track record.

      Hope is part of what Noynoy said to himself after he saw his track record and decided to sell hope
      — “I hope they don’t see my track record as a big deal.”

      Hope. We shouldn’t smoke that shit. Well, maybe a little, just don’t OD.

      Cheers!

      • ilda says:

        Noynoy supporters have romanticized the meaning of hope. It’s just a shot in the dark.

        Here’s a scenario where hope is used:

        I hoped to get a good grade in the Algebra exam in high school but I didn’t study the lesson well the previous day so I got a low mark.

        Obviously, hope in the above example will only have meaning if you work hard to get the goal you are hoping to get.

    • ilda says:

      @ Arnel

      The least that he can do is present the complete details of what he will do if elected President, right to the last centavo detail. Anything less is just opportunism to the highest degree.

      It’s plain obvious that giving details about his so called platform is what he is trying to avoid. I’m sure the people around him convinced him to run for office by saying “it’s already a sure win, you don’t have to do much campaigning”.

      • ben says:

        “It’s plain obvious that giving details about his so called platform is what he is trying to avoid. I’m sure the people around him convinced him to run for office by saying “it’s already a sure win, you don’t have to do much campaigning”.”

        Wasn’t that Erap’s excuse regarding his avoidance of debates?

      • benign0 says:

        I do recall quipping a while back that Noynoy is the modern-day Erap. 😀

  17. Jomel Fuentes says:

    Finally, a blog that bravely assesses the real picture of how Filipinos think and vote. This blog should be in the national dailies! We need the Filipinos to vote wisely lest we again suffer years of corrupt cabinet officials, senators, congressmen, etc. because a president is incompetent.

    If I may add to the illogical non-commonsensical way Filipino voters think – the other reason why Filipinos are not voting for Gibo is they think that Gibo will just hand the presidential power to GMA, to be a puppet of GMA. My 9-year old son’s response to this is: why will he give his power to anyone if he is already the president? Sometimes, a 9-year old reasons with much more sense than adults.

    • ilda says:

      Hi Jomel Fuentes

      Thanks for your comment and welcome to AntiPinoy.com where everyone can be brave even Noynoy supporters 🙂

      I must say, I’ve never heard of that reason before. Your son is right. They say adults should try and think like a child more often to see things clearly. Adults have a lot of baggage accumulated throughout the years that tend to cloud their judgment 🙂

    • ben says:

      True, your son is right…

      But what can Gibo do either? And getting children involved in politics now, for me, is a big no no. It’s just like Villar exploiting the children with his jingles.

      Why vote for Gibo if you can vote for Gordon, who is proven to be capable, realistic and accomplished! While Gibo has credentials, which lack results…

      • usi says:

        i agree w/ ben. Gibo did not do a great job as chairman of the National Disaster Coordinating Council. kulang pa.. 🙂

  18. Xavier Kevhin Cortez says:

    Ang kailangan ng bansa natin PANGULO Hindi SANTO!

    • J.B. says:

      What we really need is a mixture of Ramos and Salonga — tactical brilliance and election winning formula of FVR + scholarship of Salonga.

      The candidates fared very poorly in tactical brilliance. And worse the people who supported Gibo (he’s my candidate btw) and Gordon blamed the people. Can you guys see the obvious that the candidates are poor marketers?

      Inasmuch as I want the late Raul Roco to win, deep inside me was the “hatred” why he kept on failing to sell himself to be acceptable.

      The problem of the Philippines is not just because the people are dumb. It is also because those who are managerially capable are somewhat poisoned by their egos believing that they can convince the people to vote for them.

    • ilda says:

      Tama ka dyan Xavier.

      Diba nagkaruon na tayo ng santo-santo na Presidente nuong ’80s? I don’t know why people forgot about her mediocre performance 😦

      • Jay says:

        propoganda. There are people in the country who still think EDSA was the greatest testament of people enacting their rights.

        Then you start comparing it to how some countries with socialist concepts in their government charge as much tax as the Philippine government does and they get top notch social services and they won’t know how to react to that knowledge. Not an ounce of envy.

      • Homer says:

        “Propoganda. There are people in the country who still think EDSA was the greatest testament of people enacting their rights.”

        Hi folks! Here’s the culprit right here in six letters:

        A-B-S-C-B-N.

        ‘Nuff said! 🙂

      • ilda says:

        Correct ka dyan Mr Homer 🙂

        Why would they even air shows about the Edsa Revolution and the life of Cory at the height of the campaign period? They really assume the electorates are dumb.

  19. bokyo says:

    Funny thing at the Noynoy supporters that I encounter, specially at PinoyExchange, is that whenever I asked the questions “What has Noynoy done that shows proof he can be a good president” and “What has Noynoy done that the Filipinos have benefitted from”, they cannot give you any proper answer. They just rant and rant about how the other candidates are corrupt (yes, they even accuse Gordon of being corrupt because of political dynasty and even luring prostitution and drug trafficking for his accomplishment as a tourism industry lead!) . Ask them any proof or data and they still cannot refute their claims.

    Even I gave them a definition of “accomplishment” from Meriam-webster dictionary online (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accomplishment) and found this short definition:

    Main Entry: ac·com·plish·ment
    3 a : a quality or ability equipping one for society

    They cannot even stick around that definition. They define Noynoy’s success because the other candidates are “evil”

    • Jay says:

      They cannot even stick around that definition. They define Noynoy’s success because the other candidates are “evil”

      Sounds like a straw man argument. You’re proving Noynoy’s lack of results should not make him a strong candidate for presidency. Of course he has no admirable accomplishments to counter that argument (so by default you kinda win) and instead the PEXters twist is around that the corruption of the other candidates (or potential) make them look worst than Noynoy since he doesn’t back down from his dorky slogan.

      The only answer is to show them that doing nothing amounts adds as much to the problem than being pro-active towards a solution, even if it means don’t necessarily justify the results. Sadly these people have lost sight of what politics should really be. Because there are nothing sordid or humble about politics. There are only goals and ways and methods to attain it but in the end it should be a service for the people.

      Besides PEX people aren’t known to be the logical sort either. I was browsing pinoychan and someone in /sci/ had posted in PEX boards about a pinay astrologist in princeton have helped uncover the data that supports the theory of relativity. In short, here is what the discussion deviated into.

      – THNX FOR THE NEWS
      – WOW ASTIG MGA PINOY
      – PINOY PRIDE!
      – PANU TO MAKAKTULONG SA EKONOMIYA NG BANSA?
      – HURR ATENEO
      – HURR DLSU

      And no actual discussion about science. Too much jibba jabba if you ask me.

      • ChinoF says:

        When I said Pinoys should excel in other areas, I did not mean astrology as one of them. LOL

      • ChinoF says:

        Ah, I think you meant astronomer. Kasi astrology, it means manghuhula, Madame Auring. hehehe

        Yun nga, the people say, bahala na yung isang yan magpakasira ng utak niya sa kaka-astro-astro na yan, chi-cheer nalang kami. bwahaha.

    • ilda says:

      Noynoy supporters always try to deflect any kind of scrutiny directed towards Noynoy by using negative campaigning against others. It’s like a witch hunt already. It’s funny because they claim to have a moral high ground and yet do not have qualms about spreading hate about other people.

    • ChinoF says:

      They define Noynoy’s success because the other candidates are “evil”

      Therein lies the crux of the strategy of the Noynoy camp’s black propaganda. They say everyone else, especially Villar, is evil and corrupt, and Noynoy is the only one who is the “least” evil. The hope is that will block the corruption of these “evil” politicians. They really take advantage of the laziness of the people in thinking about these things. Di nila alam si Yellow Emperor ay evil din.

  20. kid dynamo says:

    The irony of it all is that the people that do the actual thinking and use sound reasoning are the one’s being lablled by the majority as “mangmang, bobo and walang prinsipyo”. It just so happen that such individuals dared to question their opinions which of course are favorable to their candidate or ask for tangible accomplishments to justify that their preferred candidate is the real deal..

    The worst part, especially those doofus supporters with freindster caliber arguments and reasoning, when they are caught flatfooted or seemingly clueless of issues would resort to the usual mudsling and “evil” mantras to divert the discussion to issues much more favorable for them going to the extent of attacking the very personality of the blogger they are conversing with with profanities and deregatory name callings..

    Well…still hoping for the best….

    I am still not giving up on my preference of leaders because i believe its the right choice….

    EVEN DEAD FISH SWIM ALONG THE CURRENT…..DARE TO BE DIFFERENT…..

    • ChinoF says:

      EVEN DEAD FISH SWIM ALONG THE CURRENT…..DARE TO BE DIFFERENT…..

      I love this slogan! 😀

    • ilda says:

      They equate being quizzical to being cynical.

      Part of the reason why Noynoy supporters are so protective of Noynoy is because they forced him to run and probably assumed that the entire Philippine population wanted it for Noynoy as well. I think they are genuinely shocked that there are people who question his competency.

  21. guilbautedsookie says:

    I have been waiting for someone to write a blog about this, and this hits the spot. My friends and I are voting this May 10 and all of us agreed on one thing– whoever votes for Noynoy will be out of the group LOL. Maybe there would only be like ten people in our batch voting for his name is forbidden to be mentioned, while the rest are split between Erap and Gibo.

    My uncle is a true anti-intellectual. I always try to explain to him things that he finds horrendous, such as the Broadway performance at today’s Showtime. But he relents, so I let him be and let him swim in his world. This makes me cringe. It’s like the maka-masa persona is something I cannot wrap my head around. Why try to mobilize those who do not wish to do anything when you can motivate those who are willing to move.

    Also, the ordinary Pinoy believes that intelligent people have everything, so it would be unfair. To tell you honey, I went to the province one time and interviewed people there. They are yeah, not as fortunate as Manila people, and they recognize their situation, but instead of complaining, they go to work. The Manila urban poor meanwhile, they just complain and manipulate politicians into believing they are inefficient.

    You know what they say, wag patulan. I think if people start crossing the pedestrian lane instead of jaywalking when there is a pedestrian lane nearby, that would bring a great intellectual change. The Pinoy thinks that even if you are not intelligent, but can work for what you need for today, it is enough. We have to stop living in the now. For now his name is forbidden to be mentioned is the leading candidate, so what? Would that change a thing? His mom did not do any better.

    As I was taking my shower I was crying upon the news of Gibo being dumped by Nograles. I just said to myself, their noses just bleed that’s why they left him. Politicians supporting Noynoy? Pft they have ulterior motives. And Noynoy is stupid to fall for their sweet talk.

    • ilda says:

      That’s a good attitude you’re adapting guilbautedsookie

      We just need to be more creative in leading them to the right path.

      People like your uncle are part of a generation that was apathetic to the problems of the country. They were brought up to believe that you cannot question authority. This is why the problems got from bad to worse. It is hard to change their attitude but not impossible. We need media’s help though to speed up the process.

      • guilbautedsookie says:

        But the Philippine media is doing the opposite. It’s turning Pinoys into zombies who believe that California is an independent country, and it will be a long time before it does good. You know, I am just waiting for someone to stand up and start a satire show, just like The Soup with Joel McHale. I hope someone would be brave enough to satirize our excessive simpleton attitude and maybe get some people hurt but you know, sometimes we realize our mistakes when we get hurt.

      • ilda says:

        That’s an unfortunate fact about the Philippine media. They are part of the problem at the moment. It seems that all they care about is their profit. They really do help in the dumbing down of the electorate. We need a media mogul to be on our side, someone who is really passionate about changing the mentality of the Filipino people.

        The media is actually going to be our biggest target after the election is over. We are all on election mode right now.

        In the meantime, you need to surround yourself with people who have the same mentality as you because you will just get frustrated if you expect those who don’t share your views to understand you.

      • brianitus says:

        I think the old mongolian barbecue movie tried to do that. An uncle took me to see that movie which poked fun at the bad pinoy habits and ugali. Pero that was in the early 90s or late 80s ata. I haven’t seen a new movie or show similar to that.

        Um, if i remember correctly, shows on TV after 86 were tolerable compared to the trash we get today. As TVs got cheaper and got into more homes, media realized that it needed to get aggressive in tapping a growing market. As a result, we have the segmented stations and cable stations we have today — free tv and cable stations.

        I think media sorely underestimates the value of its market. Instead of uplifting them in terms of information, which can open minds and create a bigger marketing bonus in the long run, media tends to dumb down the populace as a captive for their stable of talents. Pretty selfish of them, if you ask me.

        Cheers!

    • Jay says:

      Part of the battle is knowledge. The other is presenting it.

      I just just never knew the severity of the propoganda. Thankfully for me I don’t have a TV and my laptop is my swiss army knife for visual entertainment.

      • guilbautedsookie says:

        Hi Jay…you have the same name as my ex lol kidding kidding no don’t be scared of me lol. Do you have a Facebook lol kidding

        I am so blessed to have been born during the 90’s, when the media was still intelligent and movies were really in-your-face and of film festival caliber. Comedy was yeah, a bit of classic slapstick, but not as corny and severe. Now, I pity the current generation of young people who are being exposed to comedies that have stories that do not even have anything to do with the titles, or romantic love stories claiming to have unique plots…You know my classmates bash me for being critical of Star Cinema films and KC Concepcion…but I always tell them—if you only know, and only can discern beyond the sugar coated packaging.

        Which is why Efren Penaflorida courted Angel Locsin.

        TV nowadays has brought the Filipino to his nadir. Wowowee has made desperate people out our urban poor. Agua Bendita has made kids believe that there is such a thing as a water girl, Santino has made people less reliant on doctors and PBB continues to make stars out of people claiming to be real (are we not real people to have sinews and body organs?)

        I stopped watching TV because you knows years ago Wowowee, I loved it. It was your fun afternoon show till Willie’s head began to inflate. I laugh at the sight of little children and their parents crying there because it’s just so funny. And for Wowowee to poke fun and desecration of people’s capacity to think is just horrendous.

        If there is a TV station worth watching, it’s TV 5. It’s got good shows that are well, very intellectual and quite decent. But then again my uncle says– Matalino ka kasi kuya. I am not smart myself. I just think that there is more to what we see.

      • Jay says:

        Its actually my pen name. I’ve been using it since the late 90’s when internet used to be huge with chat rooms.

        I’m not sure about Efren and Angel but I doubt an intelligent conversation between the two can take place, but if Angel wants to help the guy with his plan, why not.

        Actually before the whole ‘no more english on your regular TV’, I think I remembered watching old nickolodean in the 80’s. Mr. Wizard was very good as it was a science show for kids, just a ‘how does stuff work’ kind of thing. Pretty awesome since its the kind of thing that boosts your curiosity. Also made want to be bilingual. Nowadays people frown on your English, which is rather odd considering many job opportunities left don’t have a requires tagalog criteria.

        My neighbors have cable so I’m lucky to watch there once in a while. However even American television is somewhat dumbed down now. So I stick to YT, digg.com (revision 3), nostalgia related stuff or free streams from justin.tv.

        There is definitely more to what we all can see. If you have the initiative, you won’t have to wait for someone to tell you important information. You can find it and explore the truth, allowing you to make up your mind as to what it should mean to you.

      • guilbautedsookie says:

        I thought Jay was your name lol

    • brianitus says:

      Hi, guilbautedsookie.

      Sharing a few thoughts on your comments

      ——-
      “I think if people start crossing the pedestrian lane instead of jaywalking when there is a pedestrian lane nearby, that would bring a great intellectual change. ”
      ——-

      Sadly, a number of motorists here in Metro Manila think that the pedestrian lane is a SPEED STRIPE or a power-up in a video game. I’ve lost count of the number of times that I almost got run over while I’m on one. I think true intellectual change can only happen once Pinoys get a grip on their EQ. To me, it appears that the common attitude is “How many laws can I bend and break before I get caught?”

      It shows on daily Philippine life, even in government. That’s why you get career gov’t employees caught in corruption — the routine lagay people. That is why you also see private individuals engaging in corrupt practices. How far can one go without getting caught? That is the challenge for these EQ-deprived individuals. The cookies are always there to test them.

      You see it in Noynoy and the LP. How far can they push the idea of a person perceived as incompetent and just riding on his family name can actually win the presidential election?

      Anyway, that’s just my opinion.

      ——–
      “Politicians supporting Noynoy? Pft they have ulterior motives. And Noynoy is stupid to fall for their sweet talk.”
      ——–

      Um, just think of them as dogs licking their balls while waiting for fresh scraps from their new master.

      Cheers!

      • guilbautedsookie says:

        Hi brian…it’s okay. I love your interpretation of what I said about the pedestrian lane. I always reprimand my sister when we like cross the road on the unmarked section and I tell her, duh that’s why we have a pedestrian lane. That’s where that came from.

        After a security guard in CEU Makati told me he is for Gibo, I have come to see that people are now losing trust of Noynoy. It’s like he will run a seance to run this country and bring it to first-world status.

        Remember, Brazil is a third-world country and now it will host Olympics 2016. If we want to host 2024, we can’t rely on a president who will ask his mom for advice through a seance.

        Gibo has good ideas, Gordon has action and Perlas has the forward thinking. I guess if we want a Manila 2024 (which cannot be won by flying voting) these three men would do good.

        Things in the Bronx are better.

  22. peewee says:

    i doubt he’d make a good president…but why should i assume he’ll become the president when i know that filipinos are more smarter than what is constantly portrayed by philippine media….Noynoy Aquino would make a great puppet though

    • ilda says:

      We can only hope that people are smarter than how they are portrayed in the polls peewee

      • guilbautedsookie says:

        An article was released saying that SWS Surveys only ask whether they are voting for Noynoy and Villar. Tsk tsk tsk.

        There are many intelligent and logical Pinoys around. Just that the media turns the ordinary Pinoy into a zombie making them believe that Charice actually sang at Obama’s inauguration (when actually she didn’t)

  23. peewee says:

    i meant to say he already IS a puppet

  24. kid dynamo says:

    Well on the bright side of things if it happens that either Villar or Noy wins, for all these issues hurled back and forth we will have an ample supply of topics as basis for jokes much like the Erap Jokes of the jologs era..we will have Noynoy Jokes and Villar Jokes…nya ha ha ha!…tabi tabi po….

    On the serious side, until we as a nation learn to look past through our emotions, our telenovelaish views on things, “pwede na yan’s” and “bahala na’s” we are doomed to repeat these cycle of mistakes over and over and over and over again.

    This election season just justifies that we have a long way to go as a political mature nation.

    But i’m still optimistic at least we can see around us that there is change, it may be small and seemingly insignificant but were getting there, i surely hope and pray that we can see that in our lifetime

    On a side comment…most supporters of one particular candidate always attest that their candidate is “BETTER candidate” and the last HOPE of our country..

    Odd though they never mentioned much more justified that he is the “BEST candidate”………and its good to keep in mind that the word “HOPE” just change the letter O with a Y would state the word “HYPE”

    Just thinking aloud…

  25. Mimang says:

    Good read indeed.

    I just remembered the time when Noynoy had this really big lead in the surveys, I cried in front of my Mom.
    The Filipinos find it difficult nowadays to think twice. =(

  26. GabbyD says:

    hi ilda, you advocate voting based primarily/solely on accomplishments.

    does barrack obama fit your theory? were the american people wrong for voting for obama, over the other democratic nominees?

    seems not, as barrack was only a one term senator with no executive experience (vs say, bill richardson).

    is this a fair reading of ur position?

    • ilda says:

      GabbyD

      Are you actually comparing Noynoy to Obama? I don’t see the similarity in both intelligence and charisma

      And I don’t really see the point in comparing them. We are talking about the Philippines not America. I know the FV bloggers compare him to Obama all the time but I think it’s a pointless exercise. The FV bloggers have already exhausted this issue from last year. We all know how intelligent Obama is. We can’t say the same for Noynoy. Obama was always making speeches about his plans during his campaign period. Do you see Noynoy doing that? Noynoy is shy talking about his plans and even engaging in debates.

      I am not just advocating voting based on accomplishments. I am also questioning what Noynoy has to offer, i.e., economy. He has not really given enough details on how he is going to accomplish “change”. Since Noynoy doesn’t want to engage in debates anymore, he assumes he is already going to win and see no need in lifting his game.

      This is just one of my blogs. Please read my other one about the economy. Noynoy Aquino plus the economy: did he do the math? I have more details there on how to tackle the unemployment compared to LP’s so called platform.

      • GabbyD says:

        well this blog post is about accomplishments, di ba?

        to quote you:

        “The Liberal Party repackaged Noynoy Aquino and branded him as The Non-Thief — “Hindi ako magnanakaw”. Now he might just win. Never mind that he had hardly any accomplishments as a politician. ”

        do you think that obama (prior to his being president) more accomplished than any other democratic nominee? i’m arguing that we can compare obama and any other candidate (noynoy being one) along ANY dimension we want — accomplishments being one such dimension.

        also: question: how do you know he doesnt want to debate anymore? he (all of them actually) has been to so many debates already.

      • ilda says:

        And I have written other blogs tackling other issues so there is no point insisting that I am just advocating voting based solely on accomplishments. What does Noynoy have to offer?

        Can you answer this: Why vote for Noynoy out of all the candidates?

        Let me direct you to my blog: Why does Noynoy have a negative attitude? to answer your other question:

        Here’s an excerpt:

        “Noynoy Aquino also thinks that it is not worth going to presidential debates because he says that there is no value in doing so (perhaps because he sees Filipinos as too dumb to appreciate such intellectual exercises). To quote Noynoy as reported on the Daily Tribune on the 12th of March of this year:

        “I’ll be honest with you, who do you think really listens to those debates? It’s not our target market,” he told reporters who covered LP’s campaign sorties in Surigao City and Zamboanga City, pointing out that a program like a three-hour debate would eat up one day for review of notes.

      • GabbyD says:

        “Why vote for Noynoy out of all the candidates?”

        i dont know yet. i havent made up my mind yet.

        As for the debate, he is willing to debate. on march 13: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20100313-258352/What-debate-Aquino-Villar-camps-in-the-dark

        “In an interview with reporters in Surigao City on Thursday night, Aquino said he and his camp were the last to know that Villar had announced that their one-on-one debate had been set for the end of this month.

        “I asked my staff if the other camp has responded to our suggested mechanics of the debate and we have yet to get feedback. There has been no agreement on anything, [not even the] date,” Aquino said. “I hope Villar will [not] keep us in the dark and then accuse us of being no-shows.””

        i would like to see this debate happen.

        __________

        Like i said, this blog post HERE/above, is about accomplishments, right? so i was tring to ask a question about the topic.

        yun lang. if u dont wanna talk about it, then its OK.

      • BongV says:

        gabbyd:

        you can also add obama’s experience as a community organizer. that’s a big plus because he was immersed in the grassroots – right where the action is.

        that’s where he realized politics was the way for him to effect a permanent good.

      • ilda says:

        @GabbyD

        I just don’t see the point in comparing Noynoy to Obama. It is so Abe Margallo. We’ve been there, done that. I don’t want to waste my time discussing Obama because I don’t know much about him. I don’t live in the US. He is not my president. Why would I want to waste my time doing research on the guy? Do you get me?

        Your quote about the debate does not say anything about Noynoy’s willingness to join it. He was just merely speculating about Villar’s stand on it. He’s very good at moving away from the issues by pointing to what his opponent might or might not do.

        He already stated his views about debates in that statement I quoted above.

    • MVP says:

      Just some of Obama’s accomplishments while in the Senate:

      COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS:
      Obama holds assignments on the Senate Committees for Foreign Relations; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; and Veterans’ Affairs, and he is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

      ————————-

      As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Obama made official trips to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In August 2005, he traveled to Russia, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan. The trip focused on strategies to control the world’s supply of conventional weapons, biological weapons, and weapons of mass destruction as a first defense against potential terrorist attacks.

      Following meetings with U.S. military in Kuwait and Iraq in January 2006, Obama visited Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian territories.

      He left for his third official trip in August 2006, traveling to South Africa, Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Chad. In a nationally televised speech at the University of Nairobi, he spoke forcefully on the influence of ethnic rivalries and corruption in Kenya.

      Obama worked with Russ Feingold (D–WI) to eliminate gifts of travel on corporate jets by lobbyists to members of Congress and require disclosure of bundled campaign contributions under the “Honest Leadership and Open Government Act”, which was signed into law in September 2007.

      He joined Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in sponsoring S. 453, a bill to criminalize deceptive practices in federal elections, including fraudulent flyers and automated phone calls, as witnessed in the 2006 midterm elections.

      Obama also introduced the “Iraq War De-Escalation Act”, a bill to cap troop levels in Iraq, begin phased redeployment, and remove all combat brigades from Iraq before April 2008.

      Later in 2007, Obama sponsored with Kit Bond (R-MO) an amendment to the 2008 Defense Authorization Act adding safeguards for personality disorder military discharges, and calling for a review by the Government Accountability Office following reports that the procedure had been used inappropriately to reduce government costs.

      joined Chuck Hagel (R-NE) in introducing legislation to reduce risks of nuclear terrorism.A provision from the Obama-Hagel bill was passed by Congress in December 2007 as an amendment to the State-Foreign Operations appropriations bill.

      Obama also sponsored a Senate amendment to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to provide one year of job protection for family members caring for soldiers with combat-related injuries. After passing both houses of Congress with bipartisan majorities, SCHIP was vetoed by President Bush in early October 2007, a move Obama said “shows a callousness of priorities that is offensive to the ideals we hold as Americans.”

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama

      SOME BARACK’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE U.S. SENATE:

      ** First legislation, the HOPE Act, which increased Pell Grants to $5100, and later joined Senator Kennedy on the Higher Education legislation that passed July 20, by a vote of 78-18. That legislation also included funding for Predominantly Black Colleges to assist with counseling, tutoring and other needs of low income students. It also creates the Teaching Residency Act which will create a school-based teacher preparation program in high needs schools to provide each teacher with a mentor, content instruction, classroom management skills, a master’s degree and state certification, and a 2 year follow-up program.

      **The Coburn-Obama Government Transparency Act of 2006
      is an act that requires the full disclosure of all entities or organizations receiving federal funds beginning in fiscal year (FY) 2007 on a website maintained by the Office of Management and Budget.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Funding_Accountabi…

      **The Lugar-Obama Nuclear Non-proliferation and Conventional Weapons Threat Reduction Act
      Authored by U.S. Sens. Dick Lugar (R-IN) and Barack Obama (D-IL), the Lugar-Obama initiative expands U.S. cooperation to destroy conventional weapons. It also expands the State Department’s ability to detect and interdict weapons and materials of mass destruction.
      Signed into Law on January 11, 2007.
      http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/chrisblas…

      **The 2007 Government Ethics Bill
      http://www.rollcall.com/issues/53_17/news/19664-1.html?…
      http://www.commonblog.com/story/2007/9/14/164837/331

      ** The “Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act.
      http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s109-2125

      ** S116 – Summer Learning demonstration project to provide summer learning grants and encourage new teaching methods.
      http://www.pasesetter.org/demonstrationPrograms/nasd.ht…

      Obama’s Global Poverty Act of 2007
      WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Barack Obama (D-IL), Chuck Hagel (R-NE), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) today hailed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s passage of the Global Poverty Act (S.2433), which requires the President to develop and implement a comprehensive policy to cut extreme global poverty in half by 2015 through aid, trade, debt relief, and coordination with the international community, businesses and NGOs. This legislation was introduced in December. Smith and Congressman Spencer Bachus (R-AL) sponsored the House version of the bill (H.R. 1302), which passed the House last September.
      http://obama.senate.gov /

      Amendments, that have all passed:

      S.Amdt.159 to S.Con.Res.18 – To prevent and, if necessary, respond to an international outbreak of the avian flu.

      S.Amdt.390 to H.R.1268 – To provide meal and telephone benefits for members of the Armed Forces who are recuperating from injuries incurred on active duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom.

      S.Amdt.670 to H.R.3 – To provide for Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) refueling capability at new and existing refueling station facilities to promote energy security and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

      S.Amdt.808 to H.R.6 – To establish a program to develop Fischer-Tropsch transportation fuels from Illinois basin coal.

      S.Amdt.851 to H.R.6 – To require the Secretary to establish a Joint Flexible Fuel/Hybrid Vehicle Commercialization Initiative, and for other purposes.

      S.Amdt.1362 to S.1042 – To require a report on the Department of Defense Composite Health Care System II.

      S.Amdt.1453 to S.1402 – To ensure the protection of military and civilian personnel in the Department of Defense from an influenza pandemic, including an avian influenza pandemic.

      S.Amdt.2301 to H.R.3010 – To increase funds to the Thurgood Marshall Legal Educational Opportunity Program and to the Office of Special Education Programs of the Department of Education for the purposes of expanding positive behavioral interventions and supports.

      S.Amdt.2605 to S.2020 – Expressing the sense of the Senate that the Federal Emergency Management Agency should immediately address issues relating to no-bid contracting.

      S.Amdt.2930 to S.2349 – To clarify that availability of legislation does not include nonbusiness days.
      S.Amdt.3144 to S.Con.Res.83 – To provide a $40 million increase in FY 2007 for the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program and to improve job services for hard-to-place veterans

      S. Amdt 41 to S. 1 To require lobbyists to disclose the candidates, leadership PACs, or political parties for whom they collect or arrange contributions, and the aggregate amount of the contributions collected or arranged.

      ———————————————-

      Barack has Written a total of 890 Bills and Co-sponsored Another 1096 since he started serving in the U.S. Senate.

      • GabbyD says:

        thanks MVP… this question got me to research too…

        in terms of legislative output, was Barrack Obama more accomplished than his democratic rivals? the repulican rival McCain? this is a hard question actually to answer, but it was asked in the democratic nomination process

        check this out comparing obama and clinton’s record:
        http://obsidianwings.blogs.com/obsidian_wings/2008/02/solutions-adden.html

        anyways, it seems that his single sponsorship bills are fewer than clintons, but arguably, one of obama’s single spornsorship laws have more substance (the one on the Congo).

        both clinton and obama are legislative newbies, against old (experienced?) hands like biden (for example) or McCain.

        its clear that americans elected obama for reasons other than his list of legislative accomplishments.

      • ilda says:

        Obama had something to offer and he kept discussing it with the voters. i.e., his views about the war in Iraq and Afghanistan; his views about health care; his views about same sex marriage; etcetera, etcetera.

        Really GabbyD, haven’t we exhausted this discussion already at Abe Margallo’s blog? Maybe you can just review all the comments there. I remember there was a thorough discussion about this way back in August 2009.

        What does Noynoy have to offer?

      • GabbyD says:

        i just had a specific question ilda. i wondered what ur answer might be.

        so its clear — voting for a candidate is NOT about legislative output, or lack of executive experience.

        is this a fair reading of ur views?

      • ilda says:

        What does Noynoy have to offer?

      • MVP says:

        @GabbyD

        thanks MVP… this question got me to research too…

        in terms of legislative output, was Barrack Obama more accomplished than his democratic rivals? the repulican rival McCain? this is a hard question actually to answer, but it was asked in the democratic nomination process

        The kind of positions Obama took on legislative issues give insight on his concerns and how serious, consistent, and above all, effective he is regarding his advocacies. Noynoy is ineffective in terms of the minimum expectation, which is to see to it that [at least some of his] bills are passed.

        (BTW, Noynoy voted against a motion leading to Gloria’s impeachment, given their relationship at the time.)

        check this out comparing obama and clinton’s record:
        http://obsidianwings.blogs.com/obsidian_wings/2008/02/solutions-adden.html

        anyways, it seems that his single sponsorship bills are fewer than clintons, but arguably, one of obama’s single spornsorship laws have more substance (the one on the Congo).

        The kind and quality as well as quantity of sponsorship tells something about the Senator and what he or she represents and how effective and serious he or she is in seeing them make it through the light of day.

        both clinton and obama are legislative newbies, against old (experienced?) hands like biden (for example) or McCain.

        its clear that americans elected obama for reasons other than his list of legislative accomplishments

        What is clear is that Obama’s other accomplishments or position regarding issues or his integrity, and so on are not used as substitutes over or excuses for any lack of legislative performance or accomplishments, since Obama clearly has several, compared to Noynoy who would try to justify this lack through an appeal to emotions, pedigree, or other marketing ploys.

      • yoseph says:

        On the exterior, I might agree wit you that both project themselves as a promoter of “change.” However, looks like your idol Noynoy did a bad job ripping off Obama because Obama is not just merely about only conjuring a messiah-ish aura–unlike Noy, on the inside Obama has substance that underpin that “change.” Actually, if Americans were da Pinoys or like you they would have voted for Obama for a romantic reason, merely because he is a ‘bringer of change’, and that’s it. Well actually, Americans actually chose him because of his policies and answer to issues. Say, McCain is opposes an universal health care whereas Obama supports it and has good suggested provisions. McCain has an aggressive stand on the Iran issue while Obama is quite diplomatic about it. Etc etc. Hence, “change” is just his cherry on top of his ice cream or kinda like what encapsulates all his vision and concrete plans. On the other hand, Noynoy’s change is a ‘ basta change’ that is empty or if not, is poorly supported by simplistic, generalizing, moronic problem-solution explanation which is the one you’ve heard a million times: corruption is the reason for all our ills and (using his fancy term) “fighting” it is the solution.

        The reason why some are pushing the spotlight on the track records and accomplishments is because of the sad fact that most candidates lack answers to issues and presentation of policies (save a few), which could have been better to build our debate on. And ultimately, looks like da Pinoy’s primitive brains cannot grasp yet the simple concept of comparing and analysing plans and policies. Well hopefully, measuring of achievements, which is not really a bad basis for evaluation, can be understood by the da Pinoy and overshadow the moronic how-close-you-are-to-Arroyo criterion.

      • GabbyD says:

        @MVP

        “What is clear is that Obama’s other accomplishments or position regarding issues or his integrity, and so on are not used as substitutes over or excuses for any lack of legislative performance or accomplishments, since Obama clearly has several, compared to Noynoy who would try to justify this lack through an appeal to emotions, pedigree, or other marketing ploys.”

        really? it was clear that Obama didnt have the accomplishments of many of his rivals, but beat them via his natural intelligence, speaking ability, charm, and political organization. read some of david plouffe’s book on the campaign.

        although i agree — noynoy is no obama.

        thats NOT my point tho. they do share the characteristic of being some of the least accomplished candidates of their respective elections, and yet have somehow (insert a reason here), became major candidates.

      • MVP says:

        @GabbyD

        really? it was clear that Obama didnt have the accomplishments of many of his rivals, but beat them via his natural intelligence, speaking ability, charm, and political organization. read some of david plouffe’s book on the campaign.

        although i agree — noynoy is no obama.

        thats NOT my point tho. they do share the characteristic of being some of the least accomplished candidates of their respective elections, and yet have somehow (insert a reason here), became major candidates.

        Depends on how you make your comparison–Obama did not crash a multimillion dollar fighter plane during his youth or was academically unexceptional as McCain was during McCain’s younger years, and neither was Hilary head of the Harvard Review or something similar during her younger years too. If Obama could accomplish more than when either Hilary or McCain were at that same age, one can expect him to accomplish also more if and when he reaches Hilary’s or McCain’s present ages.–apples to apples comparison.

        Experience is good, but none of them can be said to be truly experienced as the US presidency is now presented with a unique set of problems that certain natural abilities are better suited for.

      • ilda says:

        Wow! Thanks MVP 🙂

        It’s crystal clear that likening Noynoy to Obama is simply ludicrous.

    • Mimang says:

      HUH????? OBAMA and NOYNOY??? HUUUUUHHHH??? ARE YOU SANE?? SERIOUSLY??? ARE YOU?????

      Sorry for the caps. I just couldn’t help it. :))

    • Jay says:

      they do share the characteristic of being some of the least accomplished candidates of their respective elections, and yet have somehow (insert a reason here), became major candidates.

      Well I think the other point that has been already established is that the American voters are more wide, aware and varied, well at least I think the working middle class. They aren’t suckered easily by propoganda since Bush Jr. has already done his damage. Add to the fact that the recession came so Obama passed some legit scrutiny regarding his plans to get the country to deal with the recession and entertain very prospective ideas such as the health care issue. Consider the GDP the U.S. does and the quality of health care and the STATE of the health of the average people in the country and its alarming.

      Most of the pinoy voters aren’t exactly knowledgeable, won’t criticize certain things and don’t exactly know how politics is suppose to run so their complacency prevents them from making a very critical and logical choice based on results and knowledge. However I am somewhat surprised that certain demographics have their more popular choice.

      It still comes down to overall interest and what each candidate has done to prove their interest in helping the people.

  27. Joe America says:

    “It depends on what the definition of ‘is’ is.” US President Bill Clinton in testimony regarding the Lewinski affair.

    “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” Humpty Dumpty in “Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll.

    So my response to your headline and write-up is, it all depends on what the definition of “anti-” is. The “anti-” in Anti-Pinoy is actually a rejection of weak Filipino cultural characteristics IN FAVOR of stronger character. The “anti-” in anti-intellectual might be in favor of the practicality that favors a simple heart over a manipulative one. It has nothing to do with how well-read people are. So I don’t think Aquino followers are anti-intellectual any more than you are against Filipinos. They are FOR goodness. Now, you may think that is not a very strong reason, preferring platforms and achievements. But it is a credible reason in my book, as an alternative to untrustworthiness in a country of rampant corruption, or to wasting a vote on someone who can’t get elected.

    Also, I disagree with the notion expressed by others that a presidency should NOT be on the job training. It has to be. There is no other job like it. The demands are enormous. The opportunities unlimited. That Ms. Arroyo chooses to spend her time globe-hopping rather that sitting at her desk and crafting working policy that builds the Philippines is an example of OJT failure and a huge waste of opportunities. Obama’s OJT is working. He becomes stronger with each mistake and remains focused on producing results, pushing, pushing, pushing for outcomes that benefit the American people.

    I have no idea who will make the best Philippine president. I think Mr. Aquino would waste a lot of opportunity. I think Mr. Villar would run the wrong direction with opportunity. I think everyone else does not have much of a shot. Activists should figure out how constructively to influence whoever is elected president.

    Joe

    • ilda says:

      @Joe

      Really? 🙂

      The word “anti” in this “write-up” simply means against, opposite or opposed to, contrary. Notice that the title is in the form of a question? Noynoy’s supporters are free to answer it.

      Now, if Noynoy’s supporters are putting all intellectuals in the same mound as the manipulative ones, they are simply being judgemental. This kind of thinking goes against the very principles they are trying to preach.

      What does Noynoy have to offer aside from being labelled a good person?

      What is their basis in saying other candidates are untrustworthy? Again, in saying that the others are untrustworthy, they are being judgemental.

      Why is voting for someone who will not get elected just a waste? Isn’t it the same as voting for someone who is going to be ineffective?

      Let’s not forget, Noynoy’s late mother was the epitome of goodness but her administration was tumultuous.

      Like in any situation, a person will only realise the enormity of the task he/she is faced with once he/she is already there. However, we can pretty much tell if the person is going to be in for a rude shock based on the character he displays and his lack of experience in administration. As you said, you think that Noynoy will waste a lot of opportunity once in office.

      PS

      Love your new blog Joe. I wish I had your writing skills 🙂

    • EOA says:

      “The word “anti” in this “write-up” simply means against, opposite or opposed to, contrary. Notice that the title is in the form of a question? Noynoy’s supporters are free to answer it.”

      – I could ask you the same question, are you saying that the supporters are idiots or right below the intellect of AP? are you being judgemental?

  28. Kulelat says:

    Kaya na lang puro paninira ang alam ng mga antipinoy na yan kasi si Gordon ay….

    KULELAT, KULELAT. HAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Proven track record? TRAPO KAMO!!!!

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!

    • waitwat says:

      Pathetic… The trait AP detests about Da Pinoy. Why do they always talk out of their ass?

    • ilda says:

      @Kulelat

      What are you talking about paninira? Which part of the blog is paninira?

      Try not to show off your senseless commenting style too much 🙂

    • Jay says:

      Hay nako. Kung iboboto mu ang tao basi sa pagiging trapo nila, ibig sabihin gusto mo maging trapo ang gubyerno natin. Nako naman. Parang di kanaman responsable dahil HINDI KA RIN bumoboto eh.

    • ChinoF says:

      Si Noynoy ang “sinisiraan” namin ngayon kasi siya at ang kampo niya ang nauna sa paninira sa kompetensiya niya.

    • usi says:

      how do you define trapo ba? di ba ang trapo yung puro celebrities at deceiving slogans ang pangangampanya? yung puro salita pero wala namang ginagawa? yung puro pangako na lagi namang napapako? so sino sa palagay mo ang trapo ngayon? yung maraming nagawa kahit di nya ipinangako or yung walang nagawa ever sa tinagal-tagal nyang government official?

      sana magbasa-basa ka naman. pare-pareho tayong may internet access, saang mga site ka ba nagpupupunta at bakit misinformed ka? wag kang masyadong nakatutok sa PH media giants..konting pagpapalawak lang ng isip please..

  29. Kulelat says:

    Mas lalong hinid ibobot ng mga tao si Gordon dahil sa inyo….

    STYLE BULOK!

    HAHAHAHHAHA!!!!

    • ilda says:

      Can you at least come up with something worth reading other than your one liner thingys? 🙂

      • kid dynamo says:

        ..not surprised anymore on these guys, i have seen too many friendster caliber, hit and run, nonsensical one liners on forums i have joined (esepcially those favoring a particular candidate in which i have been banished several times)…

        it often reminds me of a phrase by Mark Twain..

        “H’aint we got all the fools in town on our side? And ain’t that a big enough”

        Though i don’t actually believe that we are a nation of fools, only “misguided”.

        ..it just shows that we still have a lot of work to do as a nation in educating the people in choosing the right decisions…

      • istep says:

        post their emails!!! =)
        napadaan lang po…

    • Bakunawa says:

      Hinid na talaga ako bobot kay Noynoy.

    • usi says:

      @Kulelat: akala mo lang yon. 🙂 everyday, we see officemates coming to their senses w/ AP’s help. 😉

      @Ilda: ganyan talaga mga ‘yan. puro, ‘noynoy will be the next president..it’s inevitable,’ or ‘there is nothing you can do. you just have to live with it. we (37% of the voters) will support him all the way! i love philippines!’.. LOL!!! 😀 kahit matapos mong bigyan yan ng references (sites other than AP and books), walang paki. love ‘daw’ ang pinas pero sinarado ang isip sa kung anong TOTOOng ikabubuti ng bansa.. di ko ma-gets! 😀

  30. tessie millan mora says:

    I love the Philippines, I love it right here. The many problems that we have, when you come right down to the nitty gritty details, are partly because of us. We are so unconcerned with our community that we just throw our garbage right on the streets, guys spit on the streets, they urinate anywhere they please, etc. The solutions to the problems must come from us. Many of our people depend on the government for almost everything that they forget that they are part of the citizenry and they have a great part to play in nation building. True to form we become who we vote for. WE vote for the unqualified, the clueless, the ultra rich who knows next to nothing about governance, the candidate who sat in congress and had no law passed to his name, the guy who does not know anything about what needs to be done, much less the brains to offer solutions to the myriad, multi faceted problems of our country and we will have another 6 years of complaining and whining and crying and maybe, another people power will not be far behind. I will vote wisely, I will not be persuaded into voting for the popular mama’s boy simply because of his surname. There is more to running the country than merely a name to stand on.

    • ilda says:

      Hi tessie millan mora

      It’s nice to read comments like yours. I hope your kind of mentality with be the norm in the country one day

      Thanks 🙂

  31. benj says:

    I dont think the LP has any impetus to lift their game. This sucky strategy has been working since day one and it seems they’ll stick to it until the cows come home.

    • brianitus says:

      Hi, Benj.

      I pity them cows. It looks like they’re not coming home at all. They’ll be milked bone-dry by them LP people.

      Adding a few thoughts lang:

      The big bonus for the LP is having Noynoy, the son of Ninoy and Cory, with them to carry the banner. It’s actually a good strategy because there’s no real way to attack Noynoy’s name advantage unless the Aquinos and Cojuangcos disown him. All they needed was a nice slogan to package it all in. Add the perk of having a network to back you up and a sister who cries on TV as a campaign gimmick. Kurot sa puso ng Pinoy. Given enough time, the LP might even try to prove that St.Noynoy can walk on water. LOL.

      Anyway, what’s clear with the LP is they got their “marketing” position rock solid — anti-corruption. That was all what some people, if not a majority, wanted to hear and it’s communicated to death from top to bottom. If you look at the LP’s senatorial campaign TVCs, their concept of the position is also there as how it relates to the candidate’s advocacy. If you cut through the fluff, its just one big anti-GMA approach — GMA = corruption, Noynoy = anti-corruption. In essence, he embodies the hope that GMA will truly step down after her term…nahaks naman.

      Sure, “Pag Walang Corrupt, Walang Mahirap” sounds too simple, but the majority of Pinoys are a simple people — simple communication works for them. It works since a lot of people do not have access to information to assess their candidates. All they have are their emotions and chismis to guide them…and that slogan.

      The LP approach in TV advertising at the senatorial level is even better than the NPs. As an example, in the “Kontra” ad, I do not think that having Col. Querubin say just “Oo, ikinulong nila ako” helps at all. Why was he jailed in the first place? Then there’s pogi and artistahin (tama ba?) Adel Tamano…wtf?

      Cheers!

      Oh, go Gordon! 🙂

    • ilda says:

      I wish more people could see beyond LP’s strategy. If only Filipinos aren’t so starstruck. 🙂

      • brianitus says:

        Spot on, Ilda. Maybe someone should bombard their brains with Bob Marley’s “Get Up Stand Up.”

        “Most people think,
        Great god will come from the skies,
        Take away everything
        And make everybody feel high ”

        and my favorite:

        “You can fool some people sometimes,
        but you can’t fool all the people all the time ”

        As for Gordon:
        I’ve got my whole department, other co-workers in other departments and some friends already going for Gordon. I just hope they spread the word, too.

      • ilda says:

        I was thinking more of the song “Sayang na sayang lang” 🙂

        It’s nice to see you’ve become a regular here brianitus. It’s always good to know that there are people who get it.

      • brianitus says:

        BWAHAHAHA! Nice one there, Ilda! 😀

        Yeah, it’s nice to make tambay here, ya know. Thanks!

  32. carlito vito says:

    Totoo man ang medical record ni noynoy or hindi, wala na akong tiwala kay noynoy, dahil halata naman, sa itsura, sa galaw, at sa pag sasalita, balubaluktot na kung minsan. at hindi lang yan, kulang din siya sa experience. wala siyang experience na humawak ng siyudad, kahit baranggay man lamang. anong kaya niyang gawin? Unite the masa? the mahihirap? Kailangan mag move on ng pilipinas. at sa tingin ko, hindi kayang i-handle ni noynoy ang pagiging presidente. Ang kailangan natin ay isang presidente na Marami nang nagawa at edukasyon ang pinag tutuunan ng pansin, katulad na lamang ni MANNY VILLAR. Siya ang pinaka karapat dapat na maging susunod na presidente ng ating bansa.

  33. jemy gatdula says:

    great article. i wish i wrote it. : )
    cheers.

  34. ben says:

    But then, why Gibo? Please educate me…

    • ChinoF says:

      Even if he’s not my first choice (he’s 3rd actually on my list), he’s got achievements, both in academics and in his government positions. He also demonstrates a lot more intelligence than Mr Yellow, which you can see on TV. And he attends debates. He’s not yellow (a coward), hehehe.

  35. Frank says:

    Agree totally. I fear for a country under Noynoy. Another failed economy for sure. Millions more to fall into poverty. I think a lot of Pinoys are just enchanted by the thought of Cory and Ninoy, what they symbolize. But that is not enough to run a country. Let’s face it, Noynoy is useless as an executive. We’re talking about the highest post in the land, people. Even in the legislative, where he has been in the last several years, he was seriously unaccomplished. Let’s be realistic. Use your heads on May 10. Tama na ang pagiging emo nating mga botanteng Pilipino. It has never served us well.

    • ilda says:

      Hi Frank

      Thanks for your comment. 🙂

      It’s really not fair for Noynoy’s supporters to be thinking that it is Noynoy’s right to assume the role of the presidency just because he is the son of Cory and Ninoy.

      Reasonable people like you get it. I want more people like you to speak out.

  36. Golf Alpha Golf Oscar says:

    The irony in the article is that the author uses hasty generalizations to prove that pinoys are generally hasty in their generalizations. The fact that the article is written by someone with delusions of intellect and wisdom doesn’t help.

    To the author, once you’re out of you’re twenties, read this again. And word of advice: if you want to be preachy, be subtle.

    Nothing to see here, move along.

    • ilda says:

      What hasty generalizations? Cite specifics, please. 🙂

    • Frank says:

      LOL. Golf Alpha Golf Oscar’s comment is a hasty generalization itself.

      Plus, he attacks the author by saying she has “delusions of intellect and wisdom” to reject her claim. Fallacy ad hominem. How cheap naman ha.

    • BenK says:

      The irony in this comment is the critic makes a generalized criticism (and adds a couple ad hominems for good measure) without bothering to cite an example. Kettle, meet (the appropriately-nicknamed) pot.

      “Nothing to see here, move along.” Thanks anyway for the warning, but it would’ve been more useful if you’d put it at the beginning of your comment instead of the end.

      • ilda says:

        What a hasty departure 🙂

        I wish they didn’t do that, actually 😦 Their style is to leave a comment and then never come back for a more thorough discussion. If you scroll up, there were a few Noynoy supporters who left a comment but then I never heard from them again. It’s like they are always in a hurry to go just in case you end up talking sense into them 🙂

      • Parallax says:

        hi ilda.

        they hit and run because they’re yellow chickens. too scared they’d be eaten.

      • Homer says:

        Good day to all!

        The GAGO commenter is a troll. I think he gets a kick out of watching people react to his senseless comments. He’s in the shoutbox quite a bit under different names. He posted the exact same words, “Nothing to see here, move along.” over there yesterday while i was having a discussion on whether there was such a thing as a good troll. As I expected, no one was able to convince me that there were, so I say it’s mostly an ego thing for these social outcasts (usually young punk jologs who know their way around a computer) who only feel a sense of self behind their computers. Best to ignore them.

      • ilda says:

        Hi Homer

        Ah, that’s why he sounds kinda odd. But it’s really hard to tell the difference between a genuine troll and a genuine Noynoy supporter 🙂

      • Homer says:

        We can expect more of this behavior as election day is less than a month away. In fact, I just saw another new comment that’s obviously meant to incite a reaction. Observe nalang if that commenter will come back. I can hold some respect for Noy supporters who have the guts to explain their points on a site like this (even if they aren’t convincing), but trolls are another story.

      • Jay says:

        @HOmer

        I believe I was the one who may have said ‘nothing move along’ but only because it was a dead issue. ‘troll’ (if that was his name) explained it correctly. The aim of trolling is to cause or incite people to fix the logical fallacy that was presented. The more subtle the troll approaches the controversy, the better. Dramatica pretty much hits the point on the nail.

        @ilda

        Well both present logical fallacies. The noynoy supporter however isn’t subtle about it.

      • Homer says:

        No Jay, it wasn’t you, unless you changed your username in the shoutbox to say what youare now claiming to say. The ‘troll’ definition you speak of still amounted to an ego trip IMO. If you are defending trolls for existing, cleaning-up your ranks may be a good start to convince me that there are good trolls. I’m gonna end this discussion now. You notice I didn’t even mention your name to avoid dragging you into this since you are also an AP supporter.

      • Jay says:

        @Homer. Just to finalize, it WAS me. I believe you said something about ‘karma’ being around and I replied under the name ‘karma’. Yeah, stupid joke. Probably saw it coming from ten miles away.

        I don’t think its an ego trip only because they get nothing out of it except seeing a bunch of people quarrel over something. Usually people who are easily riled up are those who have abnormal passion over the subject matter (i.e. the ‘prideful’ pinoy fans of pacquiao and other fans of pridefully pinoy). The good-bad adjective doesn’t describe intention, but the quality of the ‘trolling’ itself. Its prevalent in the internet and classified as a prank.

      • Homer says:

        @Homer. Just to finalize, it WAS me. I believe you said something about ‘karma’ being around and I replied under the name ‘karma’. Yeah, stupid joke. Probably saw it coming from ten miles away.

        Ha! I knew I touched a nerve after I said that. Thanks for admitting though. I will respect and consider your last comment on trolling for the sake of understanding.

      • BenK says:

        @Homer, whoever the DeltaOscarUniformCharlieaHotelEcho was, I thought he had a pretty strong mlq3 vibe working…so, not just a troll, an ADVANCED troll.

      • Homer says:

        BenK, I was in stitches once I figured out the initials halfway through…:)

  37. lester2k1 says:

    maybe ilda that s what we need- getting hit by the train. then again, we’ve been doing that as a people for several generations now.

    • ilda says:

      Hi lester2k1

      We’ve had so many wake-up calls already but the majority of Filipinos just went back to their usual apathetic ways. Typhoon Ondoy was one and so was the rice crisis. Our culture is still primitive. The cult like adoration Noynoy receives is just a few notches above the practice of throwing virgins in the volcano for good harvest.

  38. guest says:

    Most Filipinos are anti-intellectuals and not to mention anti-capitalists too (just read those allegations against Manny Villar). They forgot Cojuangcos are the old rich…

    I’m starting to think that Filipinos are a mediocre breed. Perhaps that is why they want to elect someone that they can relate to.

    Ang sama pa nito, if Noynoy gets elected, he stands to reap the benefits from GMA’s work. Tsk tsk!

    I have nothing else to add. You have said it all.

    Not-a-Manny-V-supporter

    • ilda says:

      It’s nice to have a new guest around here 🙂

      It is odd indeed that people see old money differently from new money. The masses are usually beholden to the Oligarchs and cannot get past that a self-made man was previously part of a lower socioeconomic rank. Also, it’s got something to do with not being a member of the gentlemen’s club. If you are not part of the group, they will try to extinguish you.

  39. ChinoF says:

    Y’know Ilda, this title is something that could be asked about Filipinos in general. We have an anti-intellectual culture, people want so much to be so fricking ordinary, wanting to be rich and famous without doing much thinking. Noynoy supporters as anti-intellectuals then would be doing what any Filipino would do, which is something ordinary… and thus they’re not doing anything special or remarkable that you should consider it the “right thing.” hehehe

    • brianitus says:

      Just for kicks, someone should make a Pinoy version of the Mike Judge film “Idiocracy.” It doesn’t even have to be set in the future.

      Cheers!

    • ilda says:

      Well, the anti-intellectual group is the majority (if you believe the polls) and if they win this election, it is quite possible that they might turn the entire Philippine population to become anti-intellectual as well. Expect more telenovelas and non-sensical talk-shows on air 🙂

  40. Marisa Lapiz says:

    ilda, said much and very revealing. but i think she too is not clear of her choice? Gibo perhaps? anyway there are lots and lots of arguments going on, and many undecided are so confused on whom to really choose. Gibo is trailing a lot behind the others. Indeed those whom ilda says intelligent voters are so few in comparison to the mob votes. Before Gibo gets the presidency Villar or even Erap would take it first. So I think sayang ang ideas ni Ilda.

  41. jake says:

    Sadly I fear Noynoy will win and nothing will improve in this country. His image as the “hope of the nation” is an illusion triggered by the death of his mom and the giving way of Mar Roxas, none of which had to do with his capacity as president. He’s as incompetent as his mother, but at least Cory had the sentiment of the whole world. All Noynoy has is the backing of the entire showbiz world led by an irritating sister.

    • ilda says:

      Hi jake

      Your summary of the whole thing is pretty accurate but kinda bland for the emotional consumer. So the Liberal Party tossed in a pinch of drama here and a few crocodile tears there and now it’s perfect for their taste 🙂

      I guess Kris’ behaviour is their cup of tea 🙂

  42. Dalisay Garcia says:

    Corazon Cojuangco Aquino: An Underrated President

    Among those who don’t want to see Noynoy win, there is a consensus that he would make a bad president. One of the reasons most often cited is that under his mother, Cory, the economy was supposedly “stagnant”. Given this, critics argue that economic growth will be lackluster under a Noynoy-led administration. This argument is false for several reasons.

    First, Noynoy’s detractors forget that Cory inherited an economy that was bankrupted by 20 years of dictatorship and especially by the 30 turbulent months following the assassination of Ninoy in August of 1983. Cory was severely handicapped from the start. This made it hard to attract foreign investment in the early years of her presidency. Without foreign investment, and an economy already in tatters, jumpstarting the economy would have been a very difficult task for any president.

    Second, Cory’s presidency was plagued by several man-made and natural disasters. She survived, for example, an undisciplined military which launched several coup attempts against her. Don’t blame the coups on Cory. It wasn’t that she was a weak president but rather, the coups happened because some in the military were hungry for power. These uprisings were quelled but they wreaked havoc on business confidence, leading to a prolonged period of low capital investment. Toward the latter part of her term, the country also suffered three debilitating calamities – the prolonged dry spell from the latter part of 1989 to early 1990, the July 1990 earthquake and the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo. And also in 1991, the oil dependent economy suffered a shock when the price of crude jumped 50% over a relatively short period of time. The latter three caused a total of $2.44 billion in damage during and immediately after the said events. This accounted for around 2.6% of aggregate nominal GDP from 1990 to 1991 (see http://www.ceprode.org.sv/staticpages/pdf/eng/doc13258/doc13258-9.pdf).

    Third, Cory is unfortunately blamed for the power crisis which gripped the country in the early nineties. Critics fault her for not having the foresight to add generating capacity sooner. But as noted previously, business confidence was low during the early part of her administration making it nearly impossible to attract investments in the power sector. It was only in 1990, in fact, that Republic Act 6957, otherwise known as the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) law was passed. This law was praised by the ADB as the first of its kind in Asia. From 1991 to 1993, 22 contracts were signed between the National Power Corporation (NPC) and various Independent Power Producers (IPPs) for the delivery of over 2,600 megawatts. Former president Fidel Ramos, thus benefited from a law that was passed under the Cory administration. Of course, a decade later, these same power contracts were blamed for the high cost of electricity in the country. However, as an Asian Development Bank (ADB) study shows, these contracts are not as inequitable as is often suggested (see http://www.adbi.org/files/2004.12.6.cpp.case.philippines.pdf).

    The Real Cory

    Against this backdrop, the country still managed to post average real GDP growth of 3.8% under Cory. This appears small, especially when compared to the accomplishments of other presidents post-EDSA I. But if we look at the numbers hard enough, we will see that Cory was, in fact, an overachiever.

    No other president, for example, can boast of 2 consecutive years of above 6.0% GDP growth. And in the first four years of Cory’s presidency (1986-1989), the country experienced compounded GDP growth of 5.2%. This is far better than the best four-year stretch under Ramos (5.0% from 1994-1997) and it compares well with the best four years under Arroyo (5.9% from 2004-2007).

    The eventual question arises, of course, why use an arbitrary four-year period ending in 1989 to compare Cory with the other post-EDSA I presidents? Recall that the most serious and economically disastrous coup occurred in December of 1989. And then, in the following 18 months, the earthquake struck (July 1990), the Gulf war broke out (August 1990 – February 1991), and Mount Pinatubo erupted (June 1991). Taken together, these four events would have been hard for any president to overcome and they effectively snuffed out the momentum built up during the first four years of Cory’s presidency. Business and consumer confidence fell, inflation ratcheted higher and foreign investment faltered. Reading through various studies, it isn’t difficult to assume that these four disasters (all unique to the Aquino period) reduced GDP growth by at least 2.5%-3.0% from 1990-1991.

    On the other hand, inflation was contained at 10.3% from 1986 to 1991. This is relatively high versus recent experience but it compares very favorably to the average of 15.9% inflation in the last ten years (1976-1985 which excludes the effects of the oil shock of 1973) of the Marcos regime. And the inflation would have been much lower had it not been for the adversities the country experienced in the second half of Cory’s presidency.

    Clearly, then, Cory Aquino was an underrated president. She accomplished far more than could have been expected from a plain housewife. Without armed conflicts and calamities, it is quite probable that Cory could have outperformed Arroyo. So if this is what her son can do for the country, we would be much better off with Noynoy than what others might think.

    • Jay says:

      Haven’t read all of it but read some main points.

      The handling of natural disasters is a rudimentary task of a leader. How do you gain the trust of people if you leave to dry? Her performance was above F.E.M.A standards so that helps.

      This is just generalizing but this question is kind of key considering it also affects a certain pre-EDSA president as well.

      What has Cory done to help enrich the Pinoy society in the long run? What measures has she taken to address the real long term issues that has plagued the pinoy people, even before Marcos’ time, which are apparent flaws to the Pinoy mentality

      Despite her accomplishments, none of them ever attributed to anything done with foresight for anything beyond the decade. After her term, nothing significantly long term has changed for the country. If anything, her influence has managed to last past 2 decades through her family and that archaic TV station system that was set up during her initial years.

      The people, more so now are even more complacent and thinks that her administration was the best. The same kind of people who couldn’t deal with any other president past her time and their reaction to any actions from a subpar leader would be ones from her time: Get upset, claim they are unfortunate, play the role of the victim and rally for a superficial cause.

      Speaking of parallels, Noynoy is also capitalizing on certain events much like his mother did to increase his bid as the leader of the country. Much like events with Ninoy and the crumbling presidency of Marcos, Cory was touted the symbol for change. And the following months after her death, Noynoy came out of nowhere to capitalize on the Aquino legacy to try snatch his own as the next presidential candidate, with support coming from his media mogul sister and the rest of the family.

      And its a flawed argument to compare the accomplishments of the mother, despite the different situation of the country, to the potential of the son. Compared to Cory, who was never really scrutinized, Noynoy has done a bad job hiding his lack of accomplishments. But he can’t hide that he can play the same, unchanged Pinoy society, which is still under yellow propoganda to like him as an image similar to his mother. One who will bring change with a tag line and a catchy hand symbol.

      I can’t answer for the rest for her performance but it seems to be expected that of a leader who would needs to win the trust of her people. The country however needs something beyond that. It needs a solution past the failed pinoy values that still exist with the society. It could use more foresight to adapt, as Cory never envisioned the changing global economic climate. A complete rebirth of a society that can believes in politics that make the people work to help fix problems, and not wait for someone to press a reset button.

    • ilda says:

      @Dalisay Garcia

      First question: What is Noynoy going to do differently that will ensure economic growth during his term? We are forward looking so try and convince us all here, please 🙂

      You said:

      Among those who don’t want to see Noynoy win, there is a consensus that he would make a bad president. One of the reasons most often cited is that under his mother, Cory, the economy was supposedly “stagnant”. Given this, critics argue that economic growth will be lackluster under a Noynoy-led administration. This argument is false for several reasons.

      First, Noynoy’s detractors forget that Cory inherited an economy that was bankrupted by 20 years of dictatorship and especially by the 30 turbulent months following the assassination of Ninoy in August of 1983.

      You are basically saying that President Gloria Arroyo is not the evil person that the Liberal Party is painting her to be. Suerte pala ni Noynoy kay Gloria! If Noynoy wins, he will inherit an economy that is not doing badly despite the global financial crisis and Typhoon Ondoy last year. This is what a columnist said about the economy at the end of the year in 2009:

      As we had anticipated, the Philippine economy did not go into a recession despite the financial meltdown in the U.S., Europe and some parts of Asia. While we did not grow, as well as China or some of the Latin American countries, our GDP grew by .8 of 1 percent, and GNP by 3.4 percent up to the third quarter of 2009. This is definitely lower than the 2008 GDP growth of 4.8 percent or the 2007 growth rate of 6.7 percent, but better than the negative or recessionary rates of other countries. With just less than a month remaining in the fourth quarter and taking into consideration the Christmas season, it looks like the Philippine economy will grow by 1 percent in GDP terms and 3.8 percent in GNP terms. Considering a population growth rate of 2.3 percent, this is not so good in alleviating poverty, but then we are not in the best of times.

      Definitely, 2010 will be a better year for the Philippine economy and business. GDP will grow at 3 percent to 5 percent, and GNP at 6 percent to 8 percent.

      You cannot use the excuse that Cory inherited a bankrupt economy to begin with. Why did she want to take over so confidently from Marcos without being prepared for any strategy to lift the economy after Marcos was gone? This to me, exhibited the “bahala na” attitude which resulted in her being ineffective as a leader.The “bahala na” mentality is something we can expect also from Noynoy

      You cannot use Ninoy’s assassination in 1983 as an excuse to say that “this made it harder to attract foreign investors”. The 1986 Edsa revolution put the Philippines on the map. It was a euphoric event which inspired the revolution in Berlin. This should have been easier to market the Philippines. What made the Philippines unattractive to foreign investors, aside from the numerous military coups, is the protectionist clause that was written in 1987 especially drafted for Cory’s administration. The protectionist clause is still making the Philippines unattractive to foreign investors to this day. Just have a read of this blog: Protectionism in the Philippines

      You also said:

      Second, Cory’s presidency was plagued by several man-made and natural disasters

      The above statement is another lame excuse. If you are going to use that, FVR, Erap and Gloria might as well use it too 🙂 The Philippines is not the only nation that is disaster prone, Japan has earthquakes every now and then; China also had an earthquake, a devastating one; Indonesia had several tsunamis. We are not the only country blessed with natural disasters, my dear. Too bad Cory’s incompetence was highlighted when the disasters happened.

      The military coups happened because Cory did not command respect and imbibed accountability. Kaya nga unstable yung admistration nya. She had a lot of sympathy though. The real problem started when the Marcos collaborators were not even put on trial. The word impunity took another meaning of its own under Cory’s administration. This is why up to now, public officials can go on and steal public funds without any fear of prosecution.

      Don’t use the oil crisis in 1991 as well because it wasn’t just the Philippines that were affected. This is entirely a different matter because the self-sufficiency of a nation is always tested when you have a crisis like this.

      And then you said:

      It was only in 1990, in fact, that Republic Act 6957, otherwise known as the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) law was passed. This law was praised by the ADB as the first of its kind in Asia. From 1991 to 1993, 22 contracts were signed between the National Power Corporation (NPC) and various Independent Power Producers (IPPs) for the delivery of over 2,600 megawatts..

      Well, you can credit Cory’s administration for the above if you want considering that you also said that “a decade later, these same power contracts were blamed for the high cost of electricity in the country.”

      It is so ambitious of you to say that Cory could have outperformed Arroyo when in fact, because of Cory, our institutions are weak. Cory was considered heroic in achieving democracy but ineffectual as president.

      Thanks for your comment 🙂

      • Dalisay Garcia says:

        @ ilda,

        First of all, I sensed a subtle shift in terminology (if not actual sentiment) in the reactions to my post. Some of you are now saying something like “Cory may not have made things worse but she didn’t make things better either”. Before, the comments were like “things got worse” or “we were in the dark ages with Cory”. I think I’ll take that as a small victory.

        Second, I want to clarify that I was comparing Cory to the other post-EDSA I presidents. I have neither the knowledge nor the audacity to pass judgment on how other countries are run by their respective leaders. In this context, I maintain that she is an underrated president.

        Going on to your other points:

        1. I respectfully disagree with that columnist you quoted. Others have a completely different view. Even Sec. Teves says that the next president will have to raise taxes or risk facing a fiscal crisis. Ben Diokno says the same thing. And we shouldn’t be proud that the country skirted a recession. The only reason we avoided one is because GMA ratcheted up the fiscal deficit (hence the looming fiscal crisis) in order to keep GDP growth in positive territory. In fact, average GDP growth throughout GMA’s entire administration was probably propped up by consistently spending beyond the government’s means. Consider this: In 9 years as president, GMA accumulated 1.33 trillion pesos in deficits or nearly 3x the aggregate deficits in the 15 years under her 3 predecessors. Even accounting for inflation, GMA’s deficits were nearly twice as much as her predecessors put together.

        2. The “excuses”, as you put it, are not lame. If you’re familiar with stock investing, you’re probably aware of the following. In analyzing the performance of a company, certain non-recurring items are isolated and backed out from the income statement in order to present a more accurate picture of a company’s profitability. The resulting “core earnings”, as it is called, is the amount that can reasonably be expected to recur in the future and this forms part of the basis for saying whether the company’s stock should be bought or sold. You can apply the same principle in appraising the economic performance of a country and by extension, its president. Catastrophic (earthquakes and volcanic eruptions) and other rare (coups, wars) events have to be noted and their impact excluded during the analysis to see the true or underlying performance of the economy (and its president).

        3. Regarding your statement that Cory should have been prepared for the disasters: maybe. But did Presidents Ramos, Erap and GMA fare better when calamities struck during their terms? Being further removed from the bankruptcy following Marcos, they should have been better prepared but they were not. In any case, how does one prepare for the world’s worst volcanic eruption of the 20th century or for a magnitude 7.9 earthquake, especially in a third world country like ours?

        4. On the euphoria following EDSA I: I’ve heard/read this so many times you’d think it was gospel truth. But it isn’t. Euphoria is defined as “a feeling of great (usually exaggerated) elation”. So therein lies the problem, that EDSA I created a sense of euphoria which made it impossible for Cory to live up to the exaggerated expectations. After two decades of despair, Marcos’ defeat spawned unrealistic hopes. Such false hopes were quickly dashed as the enormity of the task at hand became evident. In other words, the bar was set too high. The dictatorship set the country back by decades and the damage done simply couldn’t be undone in 6 years. Even West Germany, a first world country, had a very difficult time integrating East Germany after the Berlin wall fell.

        5. It was love of country that made Cory stand up to the dictator and run for president in 1986. Recall that Marcos called for a snap election on November 3, 1985 in order to try to legitimize his regime. He calculated, not unreasonably, that the fractious opposition then would not be able to come up with a common candidate (in a short period of time) strong enough to challenge him. He didn’t count on Cory uniting the opposition and we should all be grateful to her for that. What if she didn’t have the courage to do what she did? In all likelihood, the opposition would have splintered and Marcos would have won. He would have stayed in power for several more years until his death and then the military would have taken over. How would the Philippines look today if Marcos had won in 1986? Think Myanmar or even worse, North Korea. So the term “bahala na” is too simplistic. It doesn’t take into consideration the unique situation at the time, that is, someone had to step forward and Cory did just that. Everything else, including being prepared to govern, was secondary.

        6. On your and others’ use of demeaning labels (trolls, idiocracy, autistic, etc): it doesn’t square with your stated goal of elevating the discussion. It makes you appear that you think you’re better than the rest. Certainly not everyone agrees with you that Noynoy is incompetent. Recent surveys show that Noynoy is the top choice of most of the ABC class. Nielsen, meanwhile, did a survey for ING Bank which found that the candidate favored by most local and foreign businessmen is Noynoy. These businessmen are certainly not the trolls you speak of, right?

        Finally, on why Noynoy. I have firmly believed, even way before Noynoy became a candidate for president, that corruption is at the root of the country’s ills. Among other things, it reduces the money that we spend for public education resulting in everything from lack of teachers, classrooms, proper textbooks and other facilities. And education is the key to innovation which you (or was it someone else) pointed out as the potential driver our economy and our nation. Corruption also reduces funds for health care and infrastructure. It discourages investment by both local and foreign businesses. It is also a disincentive for people in paying their taxes (I’m sure you hear comments like “why should I pay my taxes when corrupt politicians will just steal my hard-earned money?”). Significantly reducing corruption, therefore, should be the next president’s priority. The person I trust to accomplish this is Noynoy. How can he do this? In truth, I don’t know. But I know people who have talked directly to Noynoy and these people vouch for his sincerity and his ability.

        I can practically see your eyeballs rolling wildly and your eyebrows are probably raised all the way back to your nape. Call me naïve but my conviction is real.

      • ilda says:

        @Dalisay

        You said:

        First of all, I sensed a subtle shift in terminology (if not actual sentiment) in the reactions to my post….I think I’ll take that as a small victory.

        What small victory? This speaks volumes of what you aim for. Any shift in terminology did not come from me. I hope you read the rest of the rebuttals. How about this one from Benign0:

        While Filipinos pat their presidents on the back by achieving a C-, other Asian societies are gunning for an A+. It’s no wonder why the worst performing among them get a B+.

        If Noynoy then represents that sort of thinking, and as his supporters keep highlighting, the legacy of his mother, then that makes the argument that he is not the right president even stronger. If our aspiration is to escape the prison of mediocrity that our country has become world-renowned for, then Noynoy is not the man. Noynoy will merely do as little as possible in order to minimise his risk of failure. He has the baggage of his pedigree and the revered Aquino name that he drags around like a sack of rice.

        You should aim high. You are quite happy with Cory’s mediocre performance and are looking forward to another one just like it with Noynoy. .

        You said you were comparing Cory with the post Edsa 1 presidents. I’m quite aware of that. Didn’t you say Cory could have outperformed Arroyo given the chance? To which I replied that you were being ambitious. She could not even attract foreign investors.

        I respectfully disagree with your item number one which states that my columnist is wrong about the economy in ’07,’08 & ’09. My columnist was stating facts. If you are not familiar with the term stimulus package, this actually refers to intentionally spending money to stimulate the ailing economy in order to avert a crisis. This is what actually saved a lot of countries like the US, Australia and part of the reason the Philippines averted the crisis. Here’s a quote from Ralph Recto about stimulus spending:

        “The spending plan includes a P300 billion ($6.3 billion) stimulus package for 2009, presidential aides said.
        The priority would be “easy to implement projects” like repair and rehabilitation of roads, hospitals, bridges and irrigation facilities, school and government buildings, that socioeconomic planning secretary Ralph Recto said would allow the country to gear up when the world economy recovers.
        “(We have to) make sure these projects have high labour employment, high local value added, so that there is a multiplier effect among the different industries involved to ensure more jobs are saved, secured and created next year,” Recto told reporters.
        The government also plans to hire 10,000 new teachers and about 3,000 additional policemen and paramilitary personnel this year, Recto said.
        The government is also “doubling” direct cash transfers and social protection programs for the two in five Filipinos who are officially considered poor.
        That will go along with a P300 billion stimulus that would go into tax rebates that could see corporations’ tax rates drop to 20 percent from 30 percent.
        “The equivalent of that in effect is a stimulus of P20 billion in corporate Philippines,” Recto said.

        Your item number two does not make any sense at all. If you are saying that “certain non-recurring items are isolated and backed out from the income statement in order to present a more accurate picture of a company’s profitability” then why did you use the excuse that Cory’s administration was “plagued by several man-made and natural disasters” in assessing her economic performance? You answered yourself in this one.

        Your item number three is clearly digressing. Cory was not prepared for the presidency full stop. She did not have plans to revive the economy but you keep making excuses for her ineptitude (to quote Jay). The disasters merely highlighted Cory’s incompetence.

        Your item number four just highlighted that Cory was not ready for the job. Why did she agree to be the head of state? Again, I repeat what I said before: Why did she want to take over so confidently from Marcos without being prepared for any strategy to lift the economy after Marcos was gone? This to me, exhibited the “bahala na” attitude which resulted in her being ineffective as a leader.The “bahala na” mentality is something we can expect also from Noynoy. Had Cory been honest with herself and realised that “oh my goodness, this presidency is too much for me, I should just resign and give it to someone more capable of handling this”, who knows, the situation could have been better. You have to agree, Cory wasn’t humble enough to admit she was not competent for the job. This brings us now to item number five.

        This is the part where Noynoy supporters try to romanticize politics. Item number five says that “It was love of country that made Cory stand up to the dictator” Ahh…yes… But I guess love is not enough to sustain a marriage, is it? Diba nga sabi nila kapag nagutom na ang mga bata, wala na ang romansa? I guess we can safely say that “love” will not be enough to run a country. In the same manner, Noynoy saying that “Hindi ako magnanakaw” is not enough to boost the economy and feed the children of the Philippines. Don’t forget, Erap said the same thing. You haven’t answered my first question:

        What is Noynoy going to do differently that will ensure economic growth during his term? We are forward looking so try and convince us all here, please.

        Ah yes, of course, your answer was: I don’t know.

        In addition to item number four, let me just paste here again, my original rebuttal to you about why Cory had a hard time attracting foreign investors:

        What made the Philippines unattractive to foreign investors, aside from the numerous military coups, is the protectionist clause that was written in 1987 especially drafted for Cory’s administration. The protectionist clause is still making the Philippines unattractive to foreign investors to this day. Just have a read of this blog: Protectionism in the Philippines

        You seemed to have ignored that part of my original rebuttal.

        Regarding your item number six, when did I call Noynoy supporters troll, autistic? Never. But Noynoy leading the polls just because of his last name and being the son of Cory and Ninoy is a reflection of Philippine society’s idiocracy don’t you think?

        You are clearly blinded by your emotion. You need to let go of the memory of Edsa. Marcos is long dead. Gloria is not Marcos. We are not fighting a dictator. There is an election on the 10th of May and we don’t need the yellow bus to get there. Aim high, Vote for someone else who is more competent.

      • ChinoF says:

        I’d like to add a few things of my own, since it’s an interesting discussion others may benefit from.

        To no. 1: Must every problem be blamed on the president? Remember, deficits and economic discrepancies are not caused by the president, but by the transactions of our businessmen. Such things for me happen not because of the president but despite the president.

        To no. 2 and 3: Catastrophic instances are part of life. If you can’t deal with them, then something’s wrong with you. As many have said here, how a president deals with catastrophes does not show anything special about them. They are expected to deal with it in an exemplary way anyway. On your later disaster questions, it’s common sense. How do you deal with the world’s worst volcanic eruption? Just don’t be near the volcano. Or the worst earthquake, don’t be under something that can collapse on you, since quakes don’t kill people, but buildings do. Thus, a president is expected to react on common sense, and a better president is expected to enact preventive measures to reduce casualties.

        To no. 4: Even if the country was set back by dictatorship, that shouldn’t be a reason for us to stay so sunk for decades. Indonesia had a similar situation to ours during the 1997 crisis, or even worse… how come they’re ahead of us? And Germany, despite having setbacks, isn’t as sunken as our country is. What are they doing right? Surely, we’re doing something wrong.

        To no. 5: Marcos was on the way out anyway because the oligarchy that was supporting him later saw him as weak, and support for him was failing anyway. But despite this, no matter what happened, he’s gone. He can’t be blamed anymore for today’s situation, which has different factors. Also, love of country isn’t enough to bring us back up. We need the right policies to be put in place… such as removal of protectionist provisions in the Constitution (Hmmm, LP supporters say we have too many laws in the country. I partly agree… the 1987 Constitution is one of these laws! haha).

        To no. 6: Surveys are surveys. They are not the elections. Surveys are just a tactic for swaying the populace. But even Mar Mangahas of SWS surveys admitted, their surveys have never predicted the actual winner of the election. It was always someone else (except maybe Erap, but that’s a given, we didn’t need a survey for this). Surveys thus are barely reliable when predicting who’ll win the elections.
        And on corruption, read this: Kahirapan ng Pinoy: Hindi dulot ng “Korapsyon” kundi Kabobohan, Sobrang Hilig sa “Party” at Katamaran

        And on Voting Noynoy, this gives basicallly all the reasons not to: Plenty More Reasons why I will not vote for Sen. Noynoy Aquino. Sorry, corruption isn’t the root of our country’s evils. The foundations of our system and cultural values is the one.

      • benign0 says:

        @ Dalisay Garcia (re your last comment):

        Actually my esteemed colleague BongV already wrote at length in his article ‘Noynoy: Wrong on Corruption‘ about why Noynoy’s “anti-corruption” pitch comes across as no more than empty sloganeering.

        He makes the following assessment of Noynoy’s handling of the corruption “issue” thus:

        Noynoy’s solution approaches corruption as if it were just a matter of putting in place administrative/institutional reforms to address systemic corruption. Administrative reforms are obviously important – but on their own, are not enough to address systemic corruption. That Noynoy has not recognized this component points to either one or all of three things:

        (1) Aquino is just giving lip-service to anti-corruption in order to take advantage of the public preferences.

        (2) Aquino’s oligarch backers are not interested in addressing systemic corruption because they are benefitting from it. PLDT, Globe, ABS-CBN are more interested in protecting market share and the bottom line by keeping foreign investors (and competition) out.

        (3) Aquino’s grasp of the anti-corruption issue is shallow and does not address the fundamental issues that cause corruption in the Philippines.

        In a paper entitled “Fighting Systemic Corruption:Social Foundations for Institutional Reform”, Michael Johnston argues

        And indeed, corruption in the Philippines is systemic. That means the incidence of corruption is a mere symptom of a deeper more underlying rot interlaced at the very fibres that make uup the very fabric of Philippine society. As such…

        In the case of the Philippines, corruption is no longer petty but systemic as well. Therefore, administrative reform which focuses on “the strict enforcement of anticorruption laws on one hand, and on the other, the provision of “sufficient means” for government employees to be able to fend for their families. ” IS NOT ENOUGH, does not address systemic corruption.

        To paraphrase Klitgaard – “When corruption does become systemic, as it is in the Philippines, the usual anticorruption measures are insufficient. Not obsolete, to be sure: there will always be a need to raise consciousness about corruption’s costs and to make the institutions of state and market less vulnerable to corruption. But we also need new thinking about new modes of action by new sorts of actors that can faciliate joint efforts to subvert corruption”.

        And now, we have another rehash from Noynoy – ““We have good laws [that punish and prevent graft and corruption]. All we need to do is enforce those laws,” ” – WTF, it’s a sirang plaka that just wouldn’t give up till you get a sledgehammer and smash it to pieces.

        Noynoy is right on the issue of administrative/institutional anti-corruption measures – but so is everyone else – that means Gordon, Villar, Perlas, and all Pinoys who have felt the brunt of petty corruption. For short, Noynoy does not have a monopoly of the corruption issue.

        Indeed, the way Noynoy proposes to “solve” corruption (actually he doesn’t propose solutions, he merely presents himself as being “anti-corruption”) is no different from any politician. A true sustainable solution goes to the very root of a problem. And corruption to me, being a mere symptom, cannot be “solved” by simply suppressing it. As the old Bisolvon commercial goes — you gotta eliminate the phlegm to get rid of the cough.

        That is basically the concept I explore in my article ‘Corruption: Root cause or mere symptom?‘ How “corruption” remains a mere component of a larger and deeper complex of dyfunction that infects Pinoy society like a profound cancer can be found in this excerpt:

        There are enough of these half-witted sloganeering campaigns to serve as election campaign fodder for the next 100 years. But take the same line of critical examination of our basic government service entitlements and apply them to these slogans and appreciate the hollowness of their rhetoric:

        Do you trust our justice system to prosecute and convict the right offenders?
        Do you trust the general public to abstain from bribery?
        Do you trust the ordinary Filipino to exercise proper discipline?
        Do you really believe our government officials are serious about eradicating corruption?
        Do you have confidence that a systemic approach to sustainably reduce the incidence of corruption is being undertaken?

        The way we presently approach problem solving, there is no way in the next 100 years that any of the above is going to be answered with a “Yes!”. And that’s a conservative guess — we already have a 50-year no-results track record of developing sound governance in our society.

        What can we do differently this time?

        Our failed efforts to combat corruption are echoed by the hollowness of the above-cited slogans. They have one thing in common: They all address the symptom and not the root cause. Corruption is a mere symptom of an underlying dysfunction — lack of trust. And as we have shown above, our attempts to stifle the symptom merely nourishes the environment that breeds it. By attempting to stifle corruption with controls, we nurture an environment of mutual distrust. By making self-righteous calls for “discipline” and “restraint”, we merely highlight that Filipinos are, in fact, an undisciplined and unrestrained lot and enforce our perception of one another’s untrustworthiness.

        Indeed, you may “know people who have talked directly to Noynoy and these people vouch for his sincerity and his ability”. But, see, there are many people who “vouched” for Erap as well. For that matter people “vouched” for Gloria Arroyo too to the tune of the millions who trooped to Edsa in 2001 to illegally remove Erap from the presidency. We can go even further to note that Filipinos in general “vouch” for a lot of morons.

        Indeed:

        Popularity is not a reliable measure of the validity of an idea (or the qualifications of a person)!

        Like popularity (which many fools equate to what makes a leader for a democratic country), “love of country” is another sentiment that is misunderstood. Cory Aquino may have “loved” the country. But good intentions do not necessarily result in good outcomes. And as we all know now, Cory Aquino led Philippine society down the unsustainable path of moronic recurring “revolutions” and the prayerful governance that allowed the Catholic Church to become the powerful force of primitivism that it is today.

    • benign0 says:

      @ Dalisay Garcia,

      I think Jay put it quite well. Some of what we credit Philippine presidents for are actually basic things you’d expect of a government, much more a president. In a region where economic growth rates of six to eight percent among developing nations is normal, we can’t really say a president did well because the country achieved such rates.

      The Philippines needs to leapfrog its challenges just to catch up with what were once its peer countries — Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia — which are now at least a decade ahead of us in development. Emerging economies like Vietnam are nipping at our heels. So we don’t want a situation where we merely avoid disaster or poor performance — which is pretty much what you do when you compare Cory’s economic indicators with other presidents (and, worse, with Marcos’s). That’s like saying our standard of success is nothing more than avoiding failure. In the region the Philippines is situated in, success has more stringent criteria. Success in East Asia means achieving targets.

      While Filipinos pat their presidents on the back by achieving a C-, other Asian societies are gunning for an A+. It’s no wonder why the worst performing among them get a B+.

      If Noynoy then represents that sort of thinking, and as his supporters keep highlighting, the legacy of his mother, then that makes the argument that he is not the right president even stronger. If our aspiration is to escape the prison of mediocrity that our country has become world-renowned for, then Noynoy is not the man. Noynoy will merely do as little as possible in order to minimise his risk of failure. He has the baggage of his pedigree and the revered Aquino name that he drags around like a sack of rice.

      The other presidential aspirants are their own men. Their parents hardly figure at all in their campaign. Compare that to Noynoy. His whole campaign is all about his parents. It is quite easy to envision then a Noynoy presidency that will be all about that as well — his being an Aquino, his being all about Edsa “revolutions”, and his being all about some nebulous idea of “goodness” that nobody can quite put their finger on. But will he be all about the future? I doubt it. For that I’d look to the other presidentiable — even if I don’t know who their parents are.

      • Jay says:

        Thanks Benign0 but I found ilda’s the perfect one to shut down long walls of text. Which is good since I’m re-acquainted again with the Protectionism clause. Another one I disliked was how the Catholics got in to sign the constitution which pretty much outlaws any form of birth control. Now population isn’t exactly bad. Of the 90 million people, imagine how many you can tax. Imagine what you do with the money for services. Sadly not even a 1/4th of that is taxable and a high amount are unemployed. The country is looking to break 100 million soon and with an young, uneducated work force, you can expect nothing more than a vicious cycle. Meaning its going to get harder and harder to support the locals with so little land and resources and infrastructure that isn’t ready to meet the absurd growth. But for all I know this could be solved somehow, though it is a chief concern.

        But it also reeked of many can’t blame her situations which puzzled me because why would you need to defend her ineptitude? Especially the non-natural disaster ones since the Philippines, compared to other safer areas in the world are in a location that would be more prone to it.

      • ilda says:

        Another excellent reply from Benign0 🙂

  43. Dalisay Garcia says:

    Sorry, forgot to mention that my post above (entitled Corazon Cojuangco Aquino: An Underrated President) is a reaction to one of your lines which stated that the economy got worse under Cory from 1986-1992. I hope my post gives you new insight and then maybe you’ll take back what you said.

    • ilda says:

      No need for me to take it back. Just read my reply to you above 🙂

    • ChinoF says:

      For one thing, even if Cory might have done relatively well according to some standards (albeit biased), it doesn’t mean that Noynoy will do well. Even the Noynoy camp is saying, don’t compare the son to the parents, but the thing is they’re still using that formula in campaign. Friggin’ backflippers. They don’t know what to say because they have no worthy selling point except the Aquino name, bwehehe.

      At least the points given by other people here stated well that, even if the economy may have not gotten worse, it didn’t improve either under Cory. For me, the time it saw some improvement was under Ramos. Then from 1997 crisis through Erap to now, it’s a complete crapshow.

      For the Hacienda Luisita farmers, it certainly got worse.

      • ilda says:

        What? Cory did relatively well?!?

        it’s definitely a biased comment. Lahat na nang excuse para lang wag maging incompetent yung dating.

        Oo nga naman. If they are going to use the Aquino legacy as a campaign strategy, then it can also be used against them particularly his mom’s lackluster performance 🙂 It’s a good indication of how Noynoy’s performance will be.

      • ChinoF says:

        Oonga eh, with Noynoy relying on his mom’s legacy, that legacy can either pull him up, or like we see here, it pulls him down. Wala talagang selling point ang LP, kaya hanggang black propaganda nalang sila.

        Villar = sipag at tiyaga
        Gibo = galing at talino
        Gordon = achievement and vision
        Noynoy = mama and papa

      • Jay says:

        well I may have missed on something. Cory DID have foresight. She was able to cement her legacy which the symbol of it still lives with her daughter Kris and ABS-CBN. Thats one of the few reasons why her son can gamble on running for Presidency with lack of enthusiasm for the job and a lousy resume. All he has is piety.

        The the title of the piece should be changed to Cory Aquino: Underrated Mediocrity. The economy didn’t get worst but she had no long term answer for it except patching jobs. Noynoy certainly will try settle for less than patching jobs if he comes into power.

      • jake says:

        Noynoy will turn out to be one big puppet.

        If you check ABS CBN news, they’re always highlighting the words of Nograles obviously to create stir on how bad Gibo is doing, when in fact it’s so trivial.

        I think the growth during Cory’s time can be attributed to the post-Martial law effect, not on her credit.

    • usi says:

      @Dalisay: please buy a copy of Greed and Betrayal by Arillo. to quote Emil Jurado, “It shows that the legacy Mr. Clean is riding on is one of greed and betrayal.”

      • BongV says:

        Dalisay:

        I lived the Cory years – it SUCKED.

        The yellow mob sucked. It’s like you had a bunch of amateurs running government – super trying hard.

        By the time AP is done with you – you are going to take it back and shove whatever you were reading right up into Aquino’s butt

  44. ela says:

    sabi nila nakakasawa na daw ang matalino. kasi hindi naging maganda ang resulta ng pamumuno nila, pero hindi ba nakakasawa na din yung lesser evil?

    i remember people voting erap because of his “lesser” evil image and charm dati, pero tignan niyo naman ang nangyari. tapos ang naging “lesser evil” after niya eh si gloria arroyo, tignan din natin ngayon, naging failure din ang leadership nya.

    nakakalungkot isipin na mas takot pa ang tao sa matalino na alam ang ginagawa kaysa sa taong posibleng “matapat: nga pero HINDI NAMAN ALAM ANG GINAGAWA NIYA. ilang beses na banatin nawitness yang “lesser evil” na yan. saying that you can end corruption or HINDI KA MAGNANAKAW EH MADALI SABIHIN PERO MAHIRAP GAWIN. LALO NA KUNG SA GRUPO MO PURO ULUPONG KASAMA MO.

    nagtataka lang ako bakit yung ibang tao hindi nagtataka kung saan galing ang campaign funds ni noynoy kung 14 million pesos lang ang net worth ng assets nya? SAAN AT PAANO NIYA BABAWIIN YUNG NAGASTOS NG IBA PARA SA KANYA? kawawa tayo sa ganyan kasi utang na loob ang magiging problema niya.

    and maiba lang, agree ako dun sa mga nasabi kay mr. nick perlas, 40 years of public service pero hindi niya hiningi ang fame, kung tutuusin nga yung awards na mga natanggap niya eh mas matindi pa sa nereceive ni efren penaflorida. and naging counsultan na rin sya for several UNITED NATIONS AGENCIES, SENATE at 2 PREVIOUS PRESIDENTS, nagpapalakad ng school na nagpprovide ng libre/murang edukasyon sa mga kabataan, 35 years nang nagccontribute sa improvement and promotion ng agriculture at multiple intelligence ang sinusulong nya para sa edukasyon, at sumusunod siya sa batas ng comelec o yung fair elections act. i am rooting for him or kung hindi man siya si mr. dick gordon, kasi i believe that ang kailangan natin eh disipina.

    laking marikina ako, i can remember na may hinabol sila dati para kunan ng multa na 20 at pangaralan na wag magkalat ng candy wrapper mahigit 10 years na ang nakakaraan,. ngayon, may magkalat man sa marikina eh kakaunti na lang kasi nandun na yung alam nang bawal at talagang naiimplement ang batas. ganoon yung gusto kong makita e, yung naggrow sa tao yung salita ng lider o batas. sabi nga nila minsan the law is harsh but that is the law. for sure naman hindi naman magiging inhumane si gordon, red cross siya e. may passion din for people. tska di lang naman siya trapo. kung trapo man siya at least may credibility siya at track record. sila ni sir nick perlas ang talagang may ibubuga kung tutuusin. BUONG BUHAY NILA (PERLAS AT GORDON) NAGBIBIGAY SERBISYO NA SILA)

    hindi naman masama ang konti o mahinang palo para sa disiplina. kung tutuusin nga dapat hinahampas tayo ng sandamakmak na batas o regulasyon na makakapagdisiplina sa atin.

    NAKAKASAW NG YUNG LESSER EVIL, BAKIT HINDI NA LANG “TRACK RECORD. COMPETENCE, PASSION TO SERVE AND INTELLIGENCE”.

    BAKIT KA MAMIMILI NG ISANG TRAIT LANG NG POSIBLENG PANGULO, KUNG MERON NG IBANG NAGTATAGLAY NG HALOS LAHAT NG HINHANAP MO.

    🙂 opinyon ko lamang.

    • Jay says:

      Well put.

      Sa bagay naman natuto ako nang takbo ng Democrasya sa United States. At walang matatg na politician doon na walang kaso sa kanya ng kurakot. Pero sila rin ay marami na rin nagawang paraan at proyekto para mas makutlong itong para sa mga tao. Doon mo pa kita kung gaano katatag sila at ang determinasyon nila. Yun ang politikong maayos. Hindi lang basta aasa sa mga salita na walang halaga.

      • Mimang says:

        Sa totoo lang kase, ang problema ng Pilipino hindi yung pagiging kurakot, kundi yung KADALDALAN nila sa pagiging kurakot ng bansa nila. Very vocal kase tayo, mahilig sa chismis, sa chika, kahit nakakahiya na sa ibang bansa, hala sige lang, iladlad ang baho ng Pilipinas! Yang mga media na yan kadalasan wala na sa lugar. Puro freedom of speech ang inaturga, kung baga “dibale ng nakakahiya ang Pinas, basta mahatid namin tong tsismis na to.” At ngayon, sobrang naging bunyag ang korapsyon natin, as if wala ng tatalo satin.
        Dito kase satin sobrang kung bigyan ng malisya yung mga ginagawa ng politician, sa states nga legal yung pagbabayad para lang mapasa yung isang law ng state! Satin sobrang korapsyon na yun!

        Lahat dito umaangal sa korapsyon! Kung umangal parang napakalinis sa sarili. Unahin muna dapat ang pagbabago sa sarili!

      • Shaddap says:

        Kung tutuusin, yang mga LOBBYIST na yan, that’s a legal form of “corruption” in the form of INFLUENCE-PEDDLING.

        Well-accepted naman siya sa USA as a normal thing in Capitol Hill at “legally” mayaman ang mga lobbyist.

        In the movie “Thank you for not smoking”, the main character was the Tobacco Lobbyist and his other friends were the guns and alcohol lobbyists.

        bobo nga talaga ang mga taga Media sa Pilipinas. Kala mo kung sino sila parang TANGA ang mga tono sa news.

    • ilda says:

      Your opinion is spot on ela

      Binasa ko ulit kanina yung librong Asian Values, Western Dreams tapos natawa ako kasi when the author was quoting Erap, Erap was saying the same things like “My name was never linked to any corruption” hahaha. “Champion of the poor” pa daw, tapos walang ginawa sa opisina kung hindi mag-sugal at uminom. Ang dami pang mistress. Tsk-tsk

      I don’t know why Filipinos would still want an incompetent president after that. Saying you are not corrupt or promising not to steal is not enough.

  45. Aegis-Judex says:

    It just comes to show that most FVs vote with their balls instead of their brains. WE NEED MORE INTELLECTUALS IN THIS COUNTRY! WE NEED PEOPLE WHO DARE TO WIN, NOT PUSSIES THAT AVOID RISK. The Presidency takes brains and balls to run. It is only meet and just for us to vote for those with proven track records (Gibo or Gordon, but I’m a Greenie.) if we as a nation are to develop! Why is it that the average Filipino is afraid of meritocrats? Come on! We’re lagging, and these brainless zombies want us to fall behind even more!

    • usi says:

      make the switch..go for Gordon. Gibo is talking to Erap and his cousin Noynoy..details of which are not clear to me yet. but it was broadcasted on ABS-CBN News last night.

      • Mimang says:

        ABS-CBN? LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL.

        Please bear in mind that ABiaS-CBN is a medium of Noynoy’s rotten style of campaigning, commonly called “spreading the black propaganda.”

        Don’t you think this should be pretty self-explanatory to you?

  46. guest says:

    This has got to be the most frustrating elections we ever had! We have highly qualified individuals in the likes of Gibo and Gordon who are presenting themselves but haaaay! Grabe! Media really plays a crucial role in shaping opinion and no thanks to ABS-CBN for dumbing down the Filipino masses. Obvious naman eh pagdating sa tv exposure. We never fail to get a dose of Noynoy. Poor Villar though, kahit madami syang exposure sa ABS, puros negative. Believe me or not, last night’s news report (Sorry I’m guilty of watching ABS-CBN news) was I think riddled with a subliminal message. While Ted Failon was delivering the news about Villar, an inset photo of Villar was shown with a caption of “Walang magbabago”. After that it was Noynoy’s and the caption read “Natawa lang”. I dunno, was it just me or was it really them playing on our minds?

    On a side note, since the people needed much enlightening (not of the cutaneous, hehe) so I highly recommend BASIC ECONOMICS by Thomas Sowell (smarter than Obama). It’s as basic as it can be. Great present too for Walden Bello.

    • ilda says:

      Don’t worry guest, ABS-CBN will have to answer for their irresponsible programming one day.

      Thanks for the tip on Basic Economics. I might recommend it to Dalisay Grace and Noynoy 🙂

  47. noel says:

    Hey. I’ve been reading your posts lately and I must admit that they are very witty and grounded on facts. I am currently engaged in debates with Noy supporters. If you have time, please help me out.

    1. They debunk the “lacking experience” argument by claiming Noy was an accomplished legislator who was able to provide several bills for national development.

    2. They question the claim of Gordon/Gibo/Perlas supporters that experience, as well as academic records, equates to a better presidency.

    3. They use the argument that Noy is what we need given that our democracy is fragile and since he’s more consultative, he will be a better democratic president than let’s say Gordon who has been known as someone who has an iron fist.

    4. They debunk the claim that Noy is like Cory given his experience in politics compared to his mother.

    5. About morality, for some, it boils down to the platform of the candidate with regards to chasing after the Arroyos. They think that Noy has a better plan compared to other presidentiables concerning this issue.

    What do you think? Thank you!

    • BongV says:

      1. They debunk the “lacking experience” argument by claiming Noy was an accomplished legislator who was able to provide several bills for national development.

      That is true. Based  on the Senate Legislative Information system – all the several bills filed from 2007 to 2009 were the following:

      This candidate only has the following bills and resolutions from 2007 to 2009:

      BUDGET IMPOUNDMENT CONTROL ACT
      DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT
      GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT REFORM ACT
      SUPERIOR RESPONSIBILITY ACT OF 2008
      WAGE RATIONALIZATION ACT
      PUBLIC WORKS REFORM ACT OF 2008
      APPOINTEE INELIGIBILITY ACT OF 2007
      JUDICIARY INDEPENDENCE ENHANCING ACT OF 2007
      WORKERS PRODUCTIVITY INCENTIVES ACT OF 2007

       

      2. They question the claim of Gordon/Gibo/Perlas supporters that experience, as well as academic records, equates to a better presidency.

      What makes them think that lack of experience equates to a better presidency? Clory Aquino’s lack of experience in management was definitely MORONIC, RETARDED, IDIOTIC – I HAVE NOTHING BUT CONTEMPT FOR THE CORY AQUINO PRESIDENCY – you can quote me on that.

      3. They use the argument that Noy is what we need given that our democracy is fragile and since he’s more consultative, he will be a better democratic president than let’s say Gordon who has been known as someone who has an iron fist.

      That is utterly misguided and totally wrong. It is not true that our democracy is fragile – we have a working government, so we have had a peaceful transition of power. Our representativs have been duly elected for more than 20 years now. We have a functioning democracy. In perilous times, specially on board a ship, people do not consult with the the captain of the ship. The captain simply says – take a detour, when the storm has passed, resume course, full speed ahead. the buck stops with the captain not the consultative process – that’s a weasel who is afraid to take of responsibility – and should not be allowed to take the captain’s wheel.

      The Boardroom Intelligence site describes the ideal CEO = “the ideal CEO possesses strong execution skills. In fact, rather than team-related skills, being able to successfully execute decisions is particularly useful for LBOs. Being more execution-focused does not hurt team-related attributes and execution skills are shown to lead to higher rates of success.

      An overly aggressive CEO is not the solution, but rather, the study shows that selecting a CEO based on exceptional team-related qualities is overrated. When hiring a CEO, a team-player is desirable, but also an individual who does not let a team-player mentality override important and assertive decision-making.”

      People mistake Gordon’s strong execution skills for aggressive leadership. Noynoy on the other hand has no leadership and is always hiding behind mob consensus – that’s not leadership – that’s a weasel.

      4. They debunk the claim that Noy is like Cory given his experience in politics compared to his mother.

       And what exactly is his experience? Nine bills passed in three years? 

      5. About morality, for some, it boils down to the platform of the candidate with regards to chasing after the Arroyos. They think that Noy has a better plan ccompared to other presidentiables concerning this issue.

      Why single the Arroyos only – it should include everyone including the Aquinos – on that I trust Gordon to do a better job than Noynoy.

      What do you think? Thank you!

    • ilda says:

      Hi noel

      The following are my answers to your questions:

      1. What Noynoy did was very minimal. They cannot boast of the few bills he has written because he is paid to do those things anyway. Even Time magazine noted that he did not accomplish much the entire time. Read my article: Time magazine paints a picture of Noynoy and it is not a good one.

      2. Well, you can tell Noynoy supporters that being popular and having Ninoy and Cory as parents does not equate to being a good president. If they think experience and academic records does not equate to being a good president, they are fuelled by their emotional.

      3. How can Noynoy be more consultative when he does not even want to join debates and thinks that debates are just a waste of his time? Read my article: Why does Noynoy have a negative attitude?

      4. He might have more experience than Cory in politics but his performance is still lacklustre and so far, he we don’t know yet the details of what he will do differently in terms of boosting the economy. Read my article: Noynoy plus the economy: did he do the math? And also, you can scroll up and read the discussion with commenter Dalisay Garcia.

      5. Of course they will say that he is the only one capable of running after Gloria. They are trying to trick everyone. What does he plan to chase after Gloria? Do they have details of this plan? They have to be more transparent. BongV is right, even Noynoy’s family should answer to a few corruption allegations.

      If you need more ammunition, let me know or just come back to AntiPinoy.com and have a read of the other articles here. We have the answer to everything 🙂

  48. Jake Lion says:

    To me, NOYNOY looks like a retarded person, I don’t think he can bring change to our country. BOOO! to noynoy, GOOO! MANNY VILLA FOR PRESIDENT!

  49. devillived says:

    A PERFECT LIST OF A OUTLOOK OF A GREAT LEADER ARE THOSE WHO HAS THE MOST POPULARITY, CAPABILITIES AND BELIEFS IN THEMSELVES. SA PAGPILI NG TAMA AT TUNAY NA ALAGAD NG PAMAMAHALA, AY MAKIKITA SA TIBAY AT TATAG NG KANYANG PANINIWALA SA PANANAMPALATAYA NA KANUYANG KINABIBILANGAN AY MAITUTURING NA ISANG TAO NA MAY TUNAY NA NAGMAMALASAKIT SA HINAING, OPINYON, AT KAHILINGAN NG BAWAT LOKASYON NA KANYANG KINASASAKUPAN. HINDI NASUSUKAT SA HABA NG SALITA, O SA TAGAL NG PAGLILIBOT NG PAGLALAKBAY NGUNIT SA KUNG ANONG BAGAY O SITWASYON NA SA KANYA AY NAIPAPATUPAD. ANG KATUPARAN NA MAY KASAMANG PAGPAPAKUMBABA AT INSPIRASYON PARA SA MGA MAMAMAYAN AT NG BUONG SAMBAYANAN. IF THESE AND ALL OTHERS WILL HAVE IT, THE QUESTION IS THIS, ” TO WHOM SHALL I LEND MY HOPES AND TRUST?” IF NOT NOW, WHEN? NOW IS THE TIME TO REFLECT, MEDITATE AND PRAY WITH ALL YOUR HEARTS.. LORD, TO WHOM I WILL CHOOSE? YOU CAN HAVE THE CHOICE BUT THE LAST WORD IS IN HIM.. NA SA ATING MGA KAMAY ANG KASAGUTAN, ITO BA’Y MAISAKATUPARAN O ITO BA’Y MANANATILING ISANG PANGARAP LAMANG? VOTE FOR THE RIGHT ONE…

  50. Jomel Fuentes says:

    Just in case you missed this.

    “‘Tomcat’ Recalls Noynoy”, in the column of Jojo A. Robles, Manila Standard Today, April 16, 2010

    An Atenean classmate recalls Noynoy’s labile disorder, Noynoy’s visits to a psychiatrist Dr. Manuel Escudero, and other seemingly factual data that all voters should read to help them decide on election day.

    http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/insideOpinion.htm?f=2010/april/16/jojorobles.isx&d=2010/april/16

  51. danishgambit22 says:

    Erap is different from noynoy…erap is much more competent than noynoy in terms of public service and leadership. Noynoy is the most incompetent among all presidentiables today!

  52. Jay says:

    @Dalisay

    this is a bit of a generalization but this may be interesting.

    Marcos in his time built the following:

    – Biggest copper smelter in Asia
    – Worlds’ biggest nickel refiner
    – Biggest cement plant in southeast asia
    – Biggest food terminal in southeast asia
    – A nuclear plant

    THESE are a PRETTY BIG DEAL. Much of these are manufacturing based of course but the nuclear plant is the kicker. If these had panned out, it helps the progress in the country for decades to come. Sure enough Marcos’ projects were never realized but the underrated president came to power and the old families came back to give this:

    – Two business districts
    – Big beer brewery
    – Several Sardine and cornbeef canneries
    – outmodeled telecom company
    – ABS-CBN

    Past the decade, the only thing that has been built of relevance has been more malls (in fact the biggest in Asia and 3rd largest in the world), more sardine canneries and beer refineries.

    High expectations? More like not expecting anything besides we love Cory sentiments. The people weren’t in charge of having the foresight to suggest her what they wanted, but clearly if this is the best she can do with her newfound power and resources, she didn’t underrate. She clearly underachieved all for the sake of just doing a decent job with the presidency and passing the buck along with blessing of the Filipino people. You will pretty much get the same thing with Noynoy: Passing the buck to the next president. He’ll take your 6 years and with his proven background, entertain the rest of the masses while doing his job keeping the country back and you and everyone else in the dark ages

    The rest can be read here: http://femba.blogspot.com/2005/01/why-philippines-did-not-become-tiger.html

  53. judy25 says:

    Its ok to vote for noynoy pero to vote for just because??? …hay, I just wish noynoy supporters will snap out of it, para silang na hypnotize or something.

  54. Elisabeth Charleston says:

    This blog is strange taling about ani-intellectuals. Who’s the blogger anyway? These commenters – what have you all done with your lives? Paid hack blog site.

    • ilda says:

      This comment is strange. It’s as if the person behind it did not use any common sense 🙂

      It’s so typical of a Noynoy supporter to attack the messenger. And it is so typical of a Noynoy supporter to hurl accusations like saying “Paid hack blog site” without any evidence. Care to justify your statement Ms Charleston?

      Enjoy your day! 🙂

      • jccastro says:

        how on earth could you generalize about “noynoy supporters”? like saying it’s so typical of them.

        excuse me.

        intellect is not the only criteria people look for in their leader. i realize now that integrity counts as much to them. look at gma, her intellect and trust rating are inversely proportional.

        and before you boot lick gibo, remember how clueless was he in coping with ondoy.

        noynoy supporters are not anti intellectual. they are just more discerning than you are.

      • jenner says:

        the fact that none of you Noynoy supporters can say anything rational or logical in defense of your spineless candidate is enough proof that you guys are not intellectual at all.

        discerning? OMG, please don’t make me laugh. either you guys have been completely blinded by the Aquino magic, or you guys are just plain stupid. And yes, when it comes to Noynoy supporters, it’s safe to generalize. you guys are stupid.

      • ilda says:

        Good on you jenner 🙂

    • Mimang says:

      This is a common trait of Noynoy’s supporters! They’d say anyone against their alaga is paid!

    • usi says:

      @Elisabeth: what has your candidate done with his??? especially his 12 years as public official???

      As Sycip of SGV said, ang tunay na bayani ay ang simpleng mamamayan dahil lahat ng bilhin nila ay may buwis. Ilan kaya sa mga mayaman na yan ng tapat sa pagbabayad ng buwis?

  55. JOANNE says:

    noynoy is not ready to become the president… lets give him 50 years… baka by then eh emotionally and mentally ready na siya.

  56. Ngerario no Sekai says:

    I support any other candidate other than Noynoy and/or Erap

    So pretty much… The Philippines doesn’t want a president who knows the ropes. They want a complete imbecile/moron/idiot to run the country…

    Like every Noynoy supporters. They’re complete idiots of their progenitors

    Noynoy = Progenitor of Idiocy
    LP[Some candidate] = Drones of the Idiots
    Supporters = IDIOT Spawns of the IDIOT

    • ChinoF says:

      Noynoy = Progenitor of Idiocy
      LP[Some candidate] = Drones of the Idiots
      Supporters = IDIOT Spawns of the IDIOT

      Parang
      Superman = tanga dahil nag-brip sa labas ng pantalon
      Batman = mas tanga dahil bukod sa naka-brip din sa labas ng pantalon, may sinturon pa
      Robin = pinakatanga, dahil alam niyang tanga si Batman, sunod ang sunod pa rin siya 😛

    • jccastro says:

      maybe your intellect and refined manners are driving them to vote for noynoy.

  57. irony says:

    the entry is based on a limited observation and experience which can be a hasty generalization.

    Well here’s my take on this issue “anti-intellectual noynoy supporters”. Applying a ratiocinative inquiry and not semi conceptualized, personalized and sensationalized conclusion, I would say, well, every candidate has their own share of obnoxious followers. I see it as a matter of proportion. It just so happen that majority of people are supporting Noynoy that is why Noynoy trolls are too apparent. For example if 30% of the whole population are obnoxious fanatics and 100 people support Noynoy, 70 support villar, 10 support gibo. Then the 30% of the each presidential supporters would be as follows: 30 for noynoy, 21 for villar, and 3 for gibo. So the noynoy trolls would really be more apparent but that does not mean that it applies to all of his supporters. Thus it fallacious to generalized and label supporters as cult, tuta, non intellectuals or anything. To single out one candidate’s supporters is pure discrimination and unacceptable.

    • ilda says:

      This comment obviously shows the lack of elementary comprehension skills on the part of the commenter. It is an exhibition of the famous flawed Filipino analysis. No wonder the country is in dire straits.

      Whether there are obnoxious Noynoy supporters or none is not the point here. The question is: are Noynoy’s supporters anti-intellectual? Out of all the other candidates who are obviously brighter, more experienced and more competent, why would anyone choose Noynoy?

      How can you miss the point of this article when it’s already in the title? 🙂

      • Ma Xianding says:

        Kaya nga ayaw nila si Gordon eh. Kasi ipagbabawal ang tanga.

      • Redmond Lim says:

        I pray that you take back that statement and apologize Ms. Ilda. While I agree on some of your points and disagree on others, I still came to respect your views, even though there may be some points I may not agree on, because they were laid out in a coherent manner. I myself am voting either for Gordon or Teodoro.

        But I honestly found it rather offensive and patronizing when you spoke of the “famous flawed Filipino analysis.” After reading your article, I would have wanted to thank you because, even though there were several things that I disagreed with, the article shared an interesting take from a different perspective. However, now I am not so sure I would want to thank someone who looks down on other nationalities and generalizes all Filipinos. Are you American, Ms. Ilda? Would an American find it amusing if I generalized that all Americans are arrogant and obese?

        But if you are actually just jinggoistic or xenophobic, then I’m very sorry for wasting your time.

      • ilda says:

        Mr Redmond Lim

        I appreciate your concern but tell me, apologise for what and to whom?

        Try to read Mr Irony’s comment again including his intentional put down of this article of mine and tell me if it makes any sense to you. And then have a read again of my response to him particularly this one:

        Whether there are obnoxious Noynoy supporters or none is not the point here. The question is: are Noynoy’s supporters anti-intellectual? Out of all the other candidates who are obviously brighter, more experienced and more competent, why would anyone choose Noynoy?

        Isn’t the point of the article so simple but Mr Irony gave this complex explanation that only makes sense to him? Wouldn’t you call it flawed? Of course you would.

        Now, if you are offended by “famous flawed Filipino analysis”, I suggest you get to know your fellow Filipino men better because their analysis of every situation whether it is a statement in jest by Adam Carolla or a script from Desperate Housewives, puts the Philippines on the map for all the wrong reasons.

        If you will notice below, I also commended a fellow Filipino (Jeremy) for his excellent analysis of this same article Mr Irony is talking about. Therefore, I am not actually saying every Filipino makes “flawed analysis”. I’m just saying that those who do come up with excellent analysis are outnumbered by those who make flawed ones.

        As to your assumption that I am American, you are quite mistaken. And that’s another thing Filipinos are famous for: making false assumptions.

        Good day sir 🙂

      • benign0 says:

        Actually Mr Redmond Lim, there actually is clear basis for generalising Filipinos as flawed thinkers. Generalising does not imply a statement that describes all individuals. Rather, the act of generalising makes a description of the collective character of a set. So the Philippines, being named the set whose elements consists of individual Filipinos can be characterised a certain way (much as one might characterise Japan as an industrious society) but not necessarily imply that each individual is characterised in that way (much the same way as the fact that not all Japanese people are industrious).

        Therefore, you will observe that Philippine society collectively seems to produce results that are outcomes of flawed collective reasoning. As a noted economist once observed (refer here for the full article):

        ”What ails the country is that Philippine society is intellectually bankrupt.” Take, for instance, the national debates, she pointed out.

        “They are droll and unintelligent, focused on the trivial or the irrelevant.” When the issues are of some significance, it’s the wrong arguments that prevail, the wrong side wins. Logic and common sense take the backseat to political arguments and the views of the poorly-educated. There seems to be some bases for her disenchantment.

        Indeed, one can make a generalised characterisation of Filipinos as a people on the basis of the emergent outcomes that are observed at a national, macro, or societal level.

        It’s simple, really™ 😉

      • waitwat says:

        “famous flawed Filipinos.” =\= “famous [flawed+Filipino+logic]”

        But, yes. Most of us have really flawed logic. Please don’t turn a blind eye from it. Most are irrational.

    • Jay says:

      To single out one candidate’s supporters is pure discrimination and unacceptable.

      That may be the case, but try this. Try defend his supporters and tell us they don’t act like zealots, are well informed of their candidates platforms and what he hopes to realistically accomplish in his 6 years in office. Grant it the anti-intellectual may just be something used as a way to get someones’ attention from their writing but clearly, general awareness promote some form of intellect. As opposed to general ignorance of the real problems plaguing the country and not figuring out the real solutions to them.

      However, now I am not so sure I would want to thank someone who looks down on other nationalities and generalizes all Filipinos.

      As I have said before and with another poster, be careful when you ASSUME. Because you can make an ASS out of yourself. Plus if Ms. Ilda stands correct, why would she need to apologize? And she never made mention of looking down on other nationalities. If anything kind sir, you just need to be able to take perspectives with a fresh and brisk attitude.

  58. Jeremy says:

    But isn’t the act of supporting Noynoy itself tantamount to stupidity? It would have been a different story if Noynoy actually did anything noteworthy, but the logic and rationale behind the support for Noynoy eludes the critical thinker knowing fully well how someone like Noynoy fails big time in leadership and competence.

    If an average supporter, even trolls are asked about their candidate, they should at least come up with some good rebuttals or arguments. That at least would reflect a good measure of how they understand their candidate and how they vote. So Mr. Irony, I am curious, have you found Noynoy supporters that have good arguments and reasons to back up their support for Noynoy?

    • ilda says:

      This comment shows that common sense was applied by the commenter through and through.

      If only the majority of the Philippine population applied this kind of thinking, the country won’t be in dire straits.

      Thanks Jeremy 🙂

      • Jeremy says:

        My pleasure Ms. Ilda.

        Please carry on the light of wisdom and critical thinking. The nation needs good, sensible thinkers like you.

        I feel having a good intellectual meal out of AP.

      • Ma Xianding says:

        Spread the word Jeremy. I email AP links to all Pinoys I know and post it in as many places I can. Mabuhay ka Ron Jeremy!

    • jccastro says:

      “stupidty” such big word coming from a genius.

      i want my president to have integrity. to have the strength of character to see to it that those who plundered the nation’s coffers are brought to justice. among the candidates, he is the only one who is resolute and who did not hem nor haw on this subject.

      intellect is not the one all be all of leadership. good intellect does not make you a better man or a woman. look at you. yes both of you.

      • ChinoF says:

        Does Aquino have a monopoly of integrity? It would be arrogant to say that.

        Even Gordon and Perlas can claim integrity.

        Certainly is not a one all, be all… but it remains an important part of all that you need to be a true leader.

      • jccastro says:

        i remember gordon bullying the whistleblower in the nbn-zte controversy and coddling the thieving conjugal thieves. i remember him muted and contented during the marcos years.

        if that’s what we call integrity… then we have to raise our standards a little bit.

      • BongV says:

        bullying? actually – that’s called cross-examination – thank you very much.

        observing the rule of law is now being muted and contented? maybe we need to raise the bar for following the rule of law?

        remembering HLI, C5, Hello Garci, Mike Velarde, 9 bills in 3 years – sure needs a raising of the definition of integrity.

        sans the human rights brouhaha, the Marcos years were actually better years when people actually followed the law, the exchange rate was $1:PhP7 compared to todays $1:PhP44, and despite the corruption, government actually spent money on infrastructure – unlike postMarcos – it was just plain corruption and no infrastructure – no thanks to Cory.

      • ilda says:

        Now, that’s just a lot of misconceptions about Gordon mr jccastro. What’s bullying to you may just be being assertive to us .

        Where was Gordon during the Marcos years? Was he in the Senate? He was still in Olongapo then. As far as I’m concerned, there were other people who were in highly sensitive positions who could have spoken out against Marcos but I don’t see you pointing them out .

        And I also remember Noynoy being muted and contented during the Gloria years while in the Senate. Didn’t Noynoy say no to playing the Garci tape? Where is his integrity? 🙂

      • ilda says:

        @jccasstro

        Cory tried to bring “those who plundered the nation’s coffers” into justice but failed. Now, how does Noynoy propose to do it and succeed? I don’t think Noynoy has the strength of character to go after them. He’ll have to ask himself first what he has been doing all these years. He could have done more.

        Why do you keep saying that Noynoy has integrity? Noynoy hasn’t done much for anyone to say that he will do everything with integrity.

        Having or not having intellect has a lot to do with being a good person. Just look at you 🙂

      • jccastro says:

        isn’t it when one brags about intellect, one “doth protesth too much”.

        i think its really possible for one to be bright and be nice too. people should try it. it’s not that hard.

        because when people hear the word integrity, they don’t think of gibo and villar who are in a menage-a-trois with gma. they dont think of erap who is a convicted plunderer (lest we forget), they dont think of gordon who…….

        Press Conference at PREDA Center
        Monday, July 13, 1998

        Richard Gordon should be replaced as chairman of the SBMA for due cause. There are many ‘due causes’ why he should be replaced and prosecuted. Here are a few of them as compiled and documented by the PREDA Foundation, Inc.

        1. Alleged incompetence and evidence of graft uncovered by the Commission On Audit and declared guilty by the Presidential Commission Against Graft and Corruption (PCAGC).

        2. His alleged promotion of Olongapo as a sex tourist destination for military prostitution and his failure to act on evidence of child sexual abuse in Olongapo uncovered by the US investigators.

        3. His alleged part in the violation of human and civil rights of NGO child care workers.

        4. Allegations and evidence of using Government funded projects for personal or family benefit.

        Background

        The Preda Foundation, Inc. is an NGO working for the human and civil rights of women, children and youth in Olongapo for 24 years. The work of rescuing sexually exploited children from jails, brothels and from the streets and restoring them to a life of dignity has continually met opposition from the Government of Olongapo City led by the Gordon Family. The civil and human rights of Preda personnel have been violated with impunity for many years.

        We are witnesses to the effect of the policies and practices of the Gordon Dynasty which has ruled this city for forty years almost without interruption and have controlled and politicized the SBMA since 1992.

        Gordon has been declared guilty of graft by the Presidential Commission Against Graft and Corruption on evidence uncovered by the Commission On Audit showing that millions of pesos of government funds were squandered on useless and questionable purchases and much more were without receipts and unaccounted for. These documents are available from the Commission On Audit and the Preda Center.

        Plunder At Subic

        The Commission On Audit examination of the SBMA for October 1992 to December 1993 show that millions of pesos are unaccounted for. In the first three months of operation at the SBMA under Gordon, they claimed that they spent a whooping
        Php 10,798,214.59 in 1992 and in 1993, Php 5,289,110.72 for vehicle operation.

        Assume each vehicle uses an average of Php 2,000.00 a month for the three months, running non-stop for 12 hours a day. To consume that amount of fuel and oil you would need 1,783 vehicles at the SBMA.

        In 1993, the consumption billed was half of 1992. Apparently, half of the 1,783 ghost vehicles of the SBMA stopped running or were sold off by 1993. But the SBMA did not have that number of vehicles. So how come there was such billings, according to COA reckoning the receipts submitted as fuel bills must have been fake? 15 million pesos of fake fuel bills? Where did the money go? The millions were supposedly spent on gasoline and motor oil according to the papers presented to the commission by Gordon.

        So allegedly, according to the COA report, observers can only speculate that there was massive plundering from the very beginning of the chairmanship of Gordon that was greater than what happened at Clarke .In other words, what was protected at Subic was guarded for a select bunch of plunders. The fact that Gordon claims he and volunteers protected Subic could be a smoke screen perhaps for what really happened.

        Only a real investigation in court will reveal the truth. However the COA report comments on missing funds that says many of the purchases were “without appropriate documents and adequate records”.

        Other expenditures for 1992 were Php 1.7 million for various supplies, in 1993, they spent Php 9.2 million but not sufficient documentation to justify it and not enough physical supplies in the inventory. So where did it go? Mr. Gordon has a lot of answering to do.

        15 million pesos was spent on a private helicopter for Chairman Gordon.

        9 million pesos for ground maintenance for 1993-94 although there were, according to Gordon’s own claims, 8,000 volunteers unpaid doing this work. Someone got the money, not the poor of Olongapo.

        20 million pesos was budgeted in 1993 for assorted weapons, guns, rifles shotguns, and side arms, enough to equip an small army and that included 10 units of sniper scopes costing Php 125,000. Where are they now?

        85 million pesos for new vehicles alone in 1995.

        16 million pesos for 2 air-conditioned bullet proof vehicles.

        21 million pesos for 30 light “trucks” Mitsubishi L-200 diesel – 12 seater in fact, mini vans.

        20 million pesos for 8 Fuso buses.

        18 million pesos for 30 Nissan Lancer patrol cars.

        9 million pesos for five Nissan Patrol pick-up vehicles.

        85 million pesos total for new vehicles alone in 1995.

        Driving around the SBMA, few of these can be found. So, where are they ? Only when the 388 vehicles listed as purchased from 1992 to the present are accounted for by external investigators will the truth of the missing vehicles be known. Gordon will not allow this as long as he is the Chairman. Is this what Gordon is hiding, or is the other more damaging evidence of wrongdoing waiting to be found?

        Ghost Vehicles? Old Replace New Scam

        Are the remains of the 388 vehicles bought from the US Navy in 1993 masquerading as new ones that were either never bought with the 85 million pesos or just disappeared?

        Other purchases of used vehicles, including buses from a US bus line were made by the SBMA and dumped useless in the former Navy magazine area where they remain today. Only an external inventory will expose the truth of these allegations.

        Leg Irons, Batons, Shackles, Body Armors

        The security department ordered 200 pieces of batons for the police at Php 1,500 each. Riot shields at Php 15,000 each. Peerless leg irons (shackles) for prisoners. 1,800 pesos each. Human lock anklets (none available). Six night vision cameras at Php 120,000 each. Body Armors – 10 outfits Php 35,000 each. 10 hand held metal detectors – 15,000 pesos each. Five speed gun Php 60,000 each. Two walk through metal detectors Php 550,000 each. Everything allegedly overpriced.

        Unpaid Labor

        When the SBMA was using hundreds of unpaid “volunteers” who were barred from employment if they did not first give up to one year free labor, some had to cut the grass of investors with household scissors. The SBMA charged the government 9 million pesos annually for this maintenance work.

        Cover Up Of Child Sex Abuse By Gordon?

        Allegedly, according to strong documentary evidence found in US Navy archives, Richard Gordon, when mayor of Olongapo from 1982, allowed and encouraged, the growth of the most exploitative and dehumanizing sex industry that catered to the lustful and sexual appetites of the US Navy servicemen. The US Navy in its own undercover operations uncovered what we at Preda, already knew and fought against – the shameful sexual exploitation of children as young as 4 years old.

        Evidence of the “Filipino Babies For Sex” scandal, was uncovered and documented by US Navy investigators and given to the local authorities including Mayor Richard Gordon. When he was given the reports and the names of the suspects, he did nothing instead he covered it up and presented himself as a paragon of virtue and a leader of youth.

        This alleged failure to act on reported and documented heinous crimes against little children makes him a alleged accessory to the crimes. These documents are available to the media .

        Threats And Harassment Against Social Workers

        Because of the stand of the Preda Center against these syndicates who abuse children and protect accused child sex abusers, allegedly including relatives and political associates of Mr. Gordon, still before the courts, Preda workers have been threatened, harassed and vilified over the years.

        Secret Intelligence Group Of Gordon

        Documents show social workers have been put under surveillance by the intelligence unit of the SBMA spying on innocent people.

        Building and other Permits routinely denied. Deportations and other charges made without evidence.

        Arrest Warrant After TV Interview

        On July 9, 1998 the day after Fr. Shay Cullen gave an interview to ABS-CBN, an arrest warrant was issued against Fr. Shay Cullen for Grave Oral Defamation. Who will speak to the media? This is evidence of harassment and the intimidation of the people threatening them if they dare to criticize the ruling dynasty.

        Using Government Projects For Personal Benefit

        The Gordon family allegedly used their political power and position to arrange with the National Power Corporation and Asian Development Bank to allegedly, personally benefit from the erection of an additional electrical power pylon at Kalaklan, so that dangerous electromagnetic cables would be diverted from Gordon Park, where they have valuable beach, while allegedly permitting the pylons and cables to pass close to the Preda Children’s Home.

        Gordon Park Reclamation At Government Cost, Or Is It Public Land?

        That same property – Gordon Park, is getting, allegedly for free, a massive tract of reclaimed land from the Olongapo City government headed by Kate Gordon. It ought to be clear that the reclaimed land is government property. This being the result of a Gordon decision to use a government funded de-silting project from Pinatubo in the Sta. Rita River to reclaim land for the Gordon’s at Gordon Park.

        Human Rights Violations

        Illegal Arrest and detention and mauling of Fr. Shay Cullen. The dynasty is allegedly part of the Human Rights violations, illegal arrest and detention and the double handcuffing and mauling of Fr. Shay Cullen and Lowell Maglaqui on June 13 ,1997 by ordering the police to dismantle the picket against the power lines without a court order. Charges against the police are being heard in a Quezon City court By Judge Generoso.

        SBMA guards riddle fishermen with machine gun fire kills two.

        Gordon’s bodyguard guns boy. A Young boy was shot point blank in the head at the Olongapo public market near the Olongapo police station before many witnesses allegedly, by Juanito Susi the bodyguard of Richard Gordon. Susi was acquitted by a Judge friendly to the Dynasty despite eye witness to the shooting and the absence of any other suspect.

        Fr. Shay Cullen Attacked By Gordon Goons Outside SBMA

        SBMA officials denied freedom of movement and passage to Fr. Shay Cullen inside the SBMA in November, 1996. Then as he left the gate, a gang of hoodlums led by Mike Pusing, the Public Relations Officer of Mayor Gordon, physically attacked and beat Fr. Shay along Magsaysay Drive, Olongapo City. A foreign reporter accompanying Fr. Cullen was threatened with harm.
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      • jccastro says:

        he voted no to the playing of garci tapes because it is plainly against the law. fruit of the poisoned tree.

        isn’t it just a concretization of “i may not agree with what you are saying, but i’d fight to the death your right to say it” or something to that effect.

        and i’m very sure he will vote to protect the right to anonymity of bloggers, brain atrophied or not .

      • ilda says:

        @jccastro

        Sa dami-dami ng isinulat mo, isa lang ang tanging sumisigaw at kapansin-pansin: the word ALLEGED.

        They are all allegations put forward by people who are rooting for another candidate I suppose like yourself. Gordon did not have anything to do with some of the cases you cited. You talk as if he was actually involved in some of the crime. Hello, it’s a big city and people who claim to be acting on his behalf are free to do the wrong things too provided they are willing to go to jail after they are proven guilty. Did you actually hear or see Gordon giving instructions to carry out the crimes?

        ALLEGED, ALLEGED, ALLEGED. Can someone please give evidence and file the necessary lawsuits first. 🙂

        thank you!

  59. George Thomas Bodegon says:

    Maybe being the leading Catholic country in the Philippines has something to do with it?

    I came across this paragraph while reading something not really related to politics.

    “Christianity produces intolerance and suspicion and a dreaded, undying fear of change. As we have seen, it opposes science, it opposes medicine, it opposes logic, and even common sense. It makes man’s way difficult, burdened down with needless concerns and worries. It lays at the feet of society an alarmist mentality of spotting trouble where there is none and always being ready to reject sensible solutions to problems. These handful of examples, if nothing else, show us that when mankind is morally motivated and indoctrinated by a religion that claims to be “infallible truth,” the tendency to bind those “truths” on others always ends up being hurtful. ”

    From:

    http://debunkingchristianity.blogspot.com/2006/03/corrupt-and-scandalous-faith.html

    • ilda says:

      Hi George

      I believe that intolerance is a characteristic that can be found in all religious zealots. It is not exclusive to Christians. However, your description pretty much fits a typical Noynoy supporter. They somehow equate Noynoy’s impending win (if you believe the surveys) as “an act of God” and any argument not supporting the movement is considered blasphemous.

      🙂

  60. CoolHandLuke says:

    …I’m not sure if it’s completely a matter of intellect or it’s a deliberate voiding of reason. One doesn’t need to be an intellectual to NOT choose Noynoy. I’m pretty sure these guys have the ability to reason, it’s just that they choose not to–which is much more frightening. Rather than exert their capacity to be critical, they choose to plug their ears and yell out “La-la-la-la”.

    • ilda says:

      Hi CoolHandLuke

      Someone just reminded me the other day that it is not ignorance but arrogance at play.

      Noynoy supporters keep saying they want change but they are the ones who are afraid of doing something that will bring about change. Why vote for an Aquino again if they really want change? We’ve already tried an Aquino before.

  61. Redmond Lim says:

    Dear Ms Ilda,

    Thank you for your hasty reply. I appreciate the fact that you interact so much with your readers.

    As for your question, apologizing for what and to whom, I thought that it would be immediately clear so I’m terribly sorry about that, so let me make it clear in no uncertain terms. Apologize for stereotyping Filipinos as if all of us were weak in the head, attributing this to every Filipino. Because clearly, like what you said, Mr. Jeremy did offer an excellent analysis. As for to whom, apologize to the Filipino people, heck, apologize to me.

    “I’m just saying that those who do come up with excellent analysis are outnumbered by those who make flawed ones.”

    And I’d like to believe that above statement Ms. Ilda, but sadly “famous flawed FILIPINO analysis” would contradict that. Ms. Ilda, basing from reading this article and this page, I take you as a terrific debater and writer, so please do show some respect to other peoples.

    I apologize if you think I assumed you to be American. But I’m really wondering just how you came up with that. :\ I did not state that you were an American, Ms. Ilda. I just asked if you were. I could have asked you if you were Italian for that matter and instead gave a different example (i.e. Italians only love their spaghetti?).

    I do not know either how you came to the conclusion that Filipinos are excellent at making false assumptions, Ms. Ilda.

    But again thank you for your quick reply Ms. Ilda! I actually have a favor to ask of you. Would you mind if we debated here about your take on Aquino? Nothing serious, but I find that a good, simple mental exercise such as this can stimulate the mind. Plus it’s a productive way to kill boredom. 🙂

    And benign0, thanks also for the reply, but the way you explained it — though admittedly fantastic — is quite far from simple. :))

    • ilda says:

      Dear Redmond

      You have answered your own question.

      You said:

      I do not know either how you came to the conclusion that Filipinos are excellent at making false assumptions, Ms. Ilda.

      This is how you know:

      I apologize if you think I assumed you to be American. But I’m really wondering just how you came up with that. :\ I did not state that you were an American, Ms. Ilda. I just asked if you were. I could have asked you if you were Italian for that matter and instead gave a different example (i.e. Italians only love their spaghetti?).

      Just in case it’s still not clear:

      By assuming that I am not Filipino because of my original statement here , you yourself made a false assumption that only non-Filipinos can make general statements like “famous flawed Filipino analysis”. Filipinos can and should be able to recognize their own flaws. This is the only way we can mature as a society.

      I hope you can accept that I do not need to apologize to anyone for my statement. Once Noynoy wins the election, you will see that I am correct in saying “famous flawed Filipino analysis”. If Gordon wins, I might just take back what I said 🙂

      AntiPinoy.com is the best place to kill your boredom because the articles here will enlighten you and free your mind from the prison of flawed Filipino logic.

      You can start with this:

      We all live in a yellow submarine

      Cheerio! 🙂

  62. Cedric Lee says:

    You spelled skeptic wrong.

    Now that that’s out of the way, I’d just like to say that just because someone supports Noynoy, doesn’t mean that person doesn’t think. To each his own. If you support a certain candidate then support him/her by voting and showing people why he/she is worthy. Don’t throw dirt at other candidates. Noynoy is not void of competence or brains. Besides, it takes more than just intellect to rule a country. Can’t you be happy that hope is still aflame in the hearts of the Filipinos?

    I respect that you want to support a candidate but this “black propaganda” is getting old.

    • ilda says:

      Mr Cedric Lee

      There is no doubt that the spelling is correct whether you use skeptic or sceptic. Just do a quick internet search if you don’t believe me. Now, that’s another thing Filipinos are famous for: trying to prove they are better by correcting what they think is a spelling error by other people. Soooo trivial.

      What black propaganda are you talking about? I suppose if it’s Conrado de Quiros or William Esposo writing something against Noynoy’s opponents it is not black propaganda to you. These columnists have dedicated most of their articles to writing negative stuff about GMA, Villar and the rest for the longest time. Are you saying other people like me do not have the right to publish a rebuttal? Even TIME magazine agrees that Noynoy hasn’t accomplished much and is part of the problem by being a member of the oligarchy, so what I wrote is hardly black propaganda. It’s the truth 🙂

      The Philippines is still a democracy as far as I’m concerned. Or is democracy just for the enjoyment of those who are pro-Noynoy?

      No, I’m not happy about your blind hope. I believe in the kind of hope that bears fruit. I believe in a candidate who works hard and hard work that has produced something good for the Filipino people. Your candidate hasn’t worked hard at all and hasn’t produced anything significant for anybody. He’s just riding on his popularity.

      Good day! 🙂

    • usi says:

      “To each his own.”
      @Cedric: Your vote will affect the next 6 years of 100M Filipinos. You have to care, esp. if you’re Catholic and you sing, “Walang sinuman ang nabubuhay para sa sarili lamang,” in church week after week. AP cares enough to speak the truth. Media giants who are biased won’t lead you to the truth because it is in their selfish interest to see to it that Noynoy wins. Research more and think real hard please..

    • Jay says:

      To each his own. If you support a certain candidate then support him/her by voting and showing people why he/she is worthy.

      Sounds pretty shallow if you ask me. You’re like the rest of the pinoys who are somewhat satisfied with how the cesspool of the country is ran and would vote a guy who happens to represent the most stable ideas for the country (stable being DON’T CHANGE ANYTHING). You just think its just voting a guy with the most understandable and catchiest way to solve this issue called poverty and let him do his thing for 6 years and not complain about how his lack of inexperience and initiative could just affect how he runs the country?

  63. anti noy says:

    I wish Erap was given a chance to finish his term. He won the elections… diba? Yun nga lang people like Cory and Noynoy did not give him a chance. They dwelled so much on Erap’s mistakes… nasayang ang maraming pera sa pagpapatalsik lang ng isang presidente… we could have focused on other things that could help our country. Ang mga Aquino ganyan naman talaga… mga reklamador. Mahilig sa rally. Wag sila magmalinis… pati sila may mga nakatagong mga kabalbalan.

    • usi says:

      me too! but now that i’ve been reading on politics (first time.. 🙂 ), i am beginning to think that it was Erap’s plan to amend the Constitution to remove Oligarch Protectionism that made Villar, Cory, etc. call for that 700K (out of millions!) “people power”..sigh..

  64. Maan says:

    Noynoy Aquino supporters are not “Anti-Intellectual”, they think they are the “intellectual” voters. Claims are they are the “educated”, “matured” voters. Try checking out their site. I believe this is what the media (abs-cbn) wantsthem to believe. Cheers to ABS CBN! , what an effective way. They have already sewed into the minds of the million televiewers that supporting Noynoy is THE “in” thing. It has become a fad. Look at all the cars, most of them has this yellow ribbon sticker. This Noynoy mania is soooo sick.

    • ilda says:

      That’s right Maan

      Noynoy supporters think they are cool especially with their especially embroidered shirt of the Philippine map on it. It’s as if they are the only ones who can claim love of country.

      Do not let the media fool you. Let your disgust be your motivation to spread the truth 😀

  65. Khaycee says:

    I hate noynoy! i agree with one blogger saying he’s the least competent among the list of aspiring presidents

  66. waaat? says:

    This blog is the best so far, this must be published to all newspapers including INQUIRER.
    Nevertheless this must also be broadcast through biased network in Philippine Television.

  67. jccastro says:

    speak for yourself!!

  68. Kevin says:

    This is a comment i posted at Noynoy.ph a while ago. I don’t normally post long comments and arguments but I just can’t tolerate the stupidity of Filipinos anymore. I’ve thought of the future of my future children if people like me will stay silent about it. Remember, there is darkness where there is no light. I just felt the responsibility to educate our narrow-minded Filipino brethren.

    I hope I was able to convince some yellow freaks. Please share. Thanks 🙂
    —————————————————————————————————————-

    Tanggalin niyo si Ninoy Aquino, Cory Aquino, Kris Aquino at SWS Surveys.
    Can you give me solid reasons why Noynoy is the most qualified person to be the president of this country?

    It should’ve been a no-brainer. Noynoy, who has no track record and who has the fewest accomplishments of all the candidates, shouldn’t even be taken seriously.

    I find it shallow that Aquino’s supporters can only mention all the good values in the dictionary as the best traits of Noynoy Aquino as reasons for voting for him. (Not to mention, He is the son of two great Filipino personalities of our era)

    Firstly, Noynoy Aquino doesn’t exclusively own all the good values and virtues. Other candidates also have the values of Noynoy Aquino. Second, it’s not enough that you’re good man to be a president. If that is the case, then let’s just put priests in our government. But I assure you we will not develop as a country if they’re running the show. It’s the presidency we’re talking about here. A president who will lead 90 million people for the next 6 years, and it’s no joke.

    We can compare the presidency to a CEO of a company. A CEO is in charge of the operations of the whole company, and handles all of the major concerns regarding the company. He or she will represent the company in various meetings with other companies. The Board of Directors will not make someone a CEO just because he is honest or has jesus-like traits. Instead, they need someone who has the platform, reputation, skills, track record, and a good work ethic to do the job. We all know one cannot become a CEO of the company overnight. He or she needs to prove himself first through years of experience before he or she can handle the big job. It’s never a battle of Good vs. Evil. It’s always a battle of track records and skill sets.

    So, let us remove the accomplishments of noynoy’s parents and all the anomalies in Hacienda Luisita from the background and let’s just talk first about track record and skill sets. Compared to the other candidates, he has the shortest track record to prove his worth.

    I don’t have a problem with his clean governance. The real question would be, can he do something to make things happen? Can he accomplish his job well? Well, his resume doesn’t clearly say so. Remember, a do-nothing leader is almost the same as a corrupt leader.

    Lastly, I want to share a quote from Henry Ford. He said, “You cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do”. If Noynoy Aquino wants to build a reputation, he should’ve done it when he was still in congress for three years. He should’ve done it when he was still a senator for nine years. But after all those years (12 Years), he has produced 9 Bills, none which became a law. Now tell me where is his track record and skill set.

    Noynoy Aquino is 50 years old, and has no major accomplishment that he can boast to other candidates. He hasn’t even experienced the hardships of raising a family. Maybe his biggest accomplishment in life is being featured in Time Magazine. But if you have actually read the article, it says nothing much about Noynoy being able to lead. Instead, Time pictured him as an ordinary man who just inherited the legendary name of the Aquino Family.

    Let me remind all of the voters that there are still other candidates to choose from. It’s not just a battle between Villar and Noynoy. Let’s think and be responsible enough to know the other candidates. This is a very special election, we have a lot of good candidates who can steer this country forward. If we waste this opportunity to elect the most deserving and qualified candidate, then we’ll live in hell for another six years.

    What this country needs is not a battle against corruption but a battle against slow development. If we develop fast enough and everybody’s quality of living improves, corruption will be reduced and ,hopefully, eradicated. And we can only fight slow development and improve as a country if we elect the most qualified and credible candidate to do so and unite under a strong leadership.

    For once let us listen to our minds. It’s not too late to know the other candidates.

    • ilda says:

      Thanks for sharing your notes Kevin

      Hopefully, our family and friends will be open minded enough to listen to what we have to say. But frankly, I have no indication whatsover if any of my friends and relations who are for Noynoy read any of what I have written. But that hasn’t stopped me from doing what I do. I urge you to continue the fight even after the election is over 🙂

      I like that quote “You cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do”. Sadly, Filipinos are famous for that too. They announce a lot of the things they plan to do even if it’s not even guaranteed to happen yet.

      Cheers!

  69. MICHAEL says:

    hi guys, im gibo supporter. He is the most qualified.

    Kaya titirahin ko si erap at noynoy…

    First, para sa mga maka erap; He said he will legalize jueteng if he wins. As christians, we must not support candidates who support and tolerate gambling, it is clearly stated in the bible that gambling is a sin. Erap’s principle of “legalize it if you cannot stop it ” shows his weakness in cracking down the problems that ruin our country. Kaya sa mga erap supporters, eto ang score ko. tantararannnnnnnnnnnnn. 0

    Sa mga pro noynoy, etong para sa inyo:

    …Noynoy vows he will never steal when records show that at the age of 26, he had a security agency with his initials (run by his uncle-in-law, Len Oreta) and which cornered deals with government-sequestered agencies and companies.
    The Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act bans relatives of people in public office from doing business directly or indirectly with government. Santa Banana, Noynoy even had the temerity to list the agency’s address as the official presidential residence on Arlegui!
    This is the candidate that vows not to steal.
    (Manila Standard Today, April 13, 2010)

    Mr. Clean is not clean……..Kaya sa mga noynoy supporters, eto ang score ko. tantararannnnnnnnnnnnn. 0

  70. MICHAEL says:

    8. G1BO TEODORO

    “The highest office of the land calls upon us to apply the highest standard of selection-not genetics, not wealth, not even popularity- just good old-fashioned virtues for which we selected our presidents in the past and made them heroes in our national history.” –GIBO TEODORO

    What do they say about G1BO?
    FROM FELLOW PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND NOTED PERSONALITIES

    • BISHOP OSCAR CRUZ (a known GMA critic): Teodoro is the only presidential candidate with the three important attributes a good president must have; “competence, character & capability.”

    • SEN. JINGGOY ESTRADA: “Kung hindi ninyo iboboto and aking ama na si Presidente Estrada, sana si Gibo Teodoro na lang ang iboto ninyo. Speaking in a proclamation rally in Bogo City and Daanbantayan, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada said if the Cebuanos will not vote for his father Josep Estrada then they should pick Teodoro.

    • REP. CYNTHIA VILLAR: Gibo maintains the highest foRm of professionalism in his campaign. And she once told members of the business community that she would vote for Teodoro if her husband Sen. Manny Villar was not a candidate.

    • Former AFP Chief of Staff Gen. VICTOR LIBRADO: “We hate to have him go because he has been a very, very effective Secretary of National Defense. He has led us well. He has inspired us.”

    • SEN. RAPLH RECTO: Gibo is the true jewel of the cabinet

    • SEN. JUAN PONCE ENRILE: With Gibo, you can sleep well knowing that the government is in good hands.

    • SEN. MIRIAM DEFENSOR-SANTIAGO: Personal background wise. Gibo is the most qualified among presidential aspirants.

    • GOV. BEN EVARDONE of Eastern Samar had an interesting anecdote about the little-known Lakas presidential bet. He recalled that in 2008, Eastern Samar was hit by a strong typhoon that completely isolated the province. Even Air Force pilots were hesitant to fly in. But he was able to contact and tell Teodoro, also the NDCC Chair, about their desperate situation there. The next day Teodoro arrived with military crew aboard a C-130 plane of relief goods that he himself piloted. But what the Eastern Samareños cannot forget, said Evardone, was that Teodoro had momentarily left the wake of his late father, former SSS Administrator Gilberto Teodoro, Sr., that day to come to their rescue.

    • NP Spokesperson ADEL TAMANO: If he were not in the camp of MV, he would pick Gibo. He reportedly admires the educational background of the former Secretary of National Defense.

    • Buluan town VICE MAYOR ESMAEL “TOTO” MANGUDADATU: “I believe that Secretary Teodoro is the most effective and most competent candidate for president who will bring the best program of reform to Mindanao.

    • TONY LOPEZ: “Yes I am biased. I am biased for good people, qualified people, for a good president. Ladies and gentlemen, Gilbert Teodoro, hopefully the next president of the Philippines.” Tony Lopez is the Manila Overseas Press Club (MOPC) Chairman and Biznews Asia magazine publisher.

    • ALBERTO A. LIM: “Mr. Tedodoro pointed out specific programs, specific goals and specific time lines to achieve such goals. He’s very articulate… we think he’s very good.” – Alberto A. Lim is the Makati Business Club (MBC) Executive Director (source: Business World 02/18/2008

    • PETER WALLACE: “Gilberto “GIBO” Teodoro, Jr. has a good reputation of the business setting and climate in the Philippines”- Peter Wallace is the Business Forum QRT CEO

    • “Former Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro is the most viable candidate for the presidency next year because he is the only one with a “solid background in law and order”, according to BRETT DECKER, an editor of the Wall Street Journal

    • Former PRESIDENT FIDEL V. RAMOS: “Incomparably COMPETENT”-speech during the induction of officers of the Rotary Club of Downtown Session (RCDS) at the Grand Ballroom of the Baguio City Country Club on July 10, 2009.

    • FRANCISCO SIONIL JOSE: “I first got to know Gilbert when I saw him and his wife on one of those asinine TV talk shows in mid-2009. His answers to the vapid questions were sensible and well thought out. Aside from these qualities of intelligent, he exuded sincerity- F. Sionil Jose is a National Artist for Literature and One of the most widely-read Filipino writers in the English language. Also a famous anti-Arroyo.

    • DONALD DEE: “As usual Gibo (Teodoro) was MOST IMPRESSIVE. “Speaking to reporters after yesterday’s Presidential debate, Dee said Teodoro’s platform and answers stood out against other aspirants who attended the forum – Donald Dee is the Vice Chairman of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (source: The Philippine Star 02/10/2010).

    • ALFONSO UY: “That is EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP – when you do something good without expecting public adulation in return.” – Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII)

    • Medical City President and CEO ALFREDO BENGZON praised Teodoro for recognizing the need to address the problems of the health sector in a systemic rather than symptomatic manner.

    • Muslim civil society groups and intellectuals including former SEN. SANTANINA RASUL commended administration presidential candidate Gilbert Teodoro, Jr. for the courageous actions and decisions he took in condemning the Maguindanao massacre.

    • Former PRESIDENT FIDEL V. RAMOS: “This is something to be admired. While other presidential aspirants merely condemned the massacre as was expected, it was Teodoro who displayed the boldness and the courage to immediately rush to Maguindanao even before the Armed Forces and the National Police moved t o clear the province of its private armies and arms stockpile.”

    • Former SENATOR VINCENTE PATERNO: “If we were to make a poll among the Department Secretaries can be considered upright, I can think of two; the Social Welfare Secretary (Esperanza Cabral) is honest and based on our experience, (Defense Secretary) Teodoro.

    • SEN. PING LACSON: Gibo is a descent and qualified candidate. That much I can say because I know him personally. We worked together when I was still lieutenant colonel and I’ve got nothing to say against him.

    • PASTOR APOLLO QUIBOLOY:

    -“We have seen the heart of this man in his stint as the secretary of national defense. He resisted the temptation of turning his DND projects into big media blitzes.”

    -“He set an example in no-mudslinging campaign….He exudes political maturity.”

    ———-THE YOUTH AND STUDENTS MUST UNITE FOR GIBO. HE IS OUR HOPE————–

  71. MICHAEL says:

    …Noynoy vows he will never steal when records show that at the age of 26, he had a security agency with his initials (run by his uncle-in-law, Len Oreta) and which cornered deals with government-sequestered agencies and companies.
    The Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act bans relatives of people in public office from doing business directly or indirectly with government. Santa Banana, Noynoy even had the temerity to list the agency’s address as the official presidential residence on Arlegui!
    This is the candidate that vows not to steal.
    (Manila Standard Today, April 13, 2010)

    Sabi ni noynoy, ” di ako magnanakaw”. OK, KASI NAGNAKAW KA NA. HINDI NGA LANG HALATA

    • ilda says:

      I don’t really know their basis in saying Noynoy has integrity. How do they know he has intetrity? He hasn’t done much as a public official to prove it.

      • ArticleRequest says:

        ^^^

        Why don’t you write an article on that? I have noticed that it’s an area AP writers have not tackled in depth. Is Noynoy Aquino possess honesty and integrity as his supporters say he does? Where is the basis for that thinking? Is it enough? etc…

      • ilda says:

        I’ve been meaning to ArticleRequest but there’s just so many issues that have come up lately. I’ll try before the election. 🙂

  72. Lexi says:

    In a better world, the two leading presidentiables should be Gordon or Gibo … unfortunately you see Noynoy and Erap leading the so-called “+2/-2 accurate” surveys. It’s just how the world is, there are more idiots than smart people… and majority of the smart people are cowards — with that said I consider it a miracle for a person worthy to lead our nation to win this election.

    On a positive note— MIRACLES do happen so don’t lose hope.

    • ilda says:

      The good thing about this situation is that more and more Filipinos are finally realising what’s wrong with our society. We have to thank Noynoy for that 🙂

  73. noynoyako says:

    it is not being anti-intellectual but people are looking on the ethical and moral side of the candidate. we have learned from past experiences already. Galing at Talino? Bar Topnotcher? PhD degree? UP Graduate? Good speaker? To hell with that! pres. GMA has a PhD degree in econmics, but what happened to our economy? It flunked all the way down. Ferdinand Marcos was a UP graduate and a very eloquent speaker. But what happened to our country? We suffered for 20 years for improper governance. Think again people. Not only think, but feel. Feel deep inside our hearts the leader that this country needs. Think and feel. Vote Wisely.

    • Arvin Q says:

      Galing at Talino? Bar Topnotcher? PhD degree? UP Graduate? Good speaker? To hell with that!

      The title says it all. The author is probing the minds of Noynoy supporters like you, and not the characteristics of candidates or past presidents. Being intellectual here does not necessarily mean that you choose and vote for THE intellectual candidate (someone who possesses the qualities you mentioned), but to come up with a well thought out decision based on these qualities and their previous accomplishments and plans of action.

      Feel deep inside our hearts the leader that this country needs. Think and feel.

      I did just that. That’s why I’m not voting for Noynoy. 🙂

      • Pinay Goddess says:

        It’s not only degrees or titles that qualify one to lead this country. A candidate’s track record in terms of performance, when given the opportunity to serve and paid from our taxes, is for me an important consideration. An underachiever, especially one in public service, will never earn my respect. And i won’t vote for a candidate who failed in that aspect.

    • ilda says:

      You can’t simply put all intellectuals in the same mound. That’s just too judgemental. You have to refer to each candidate’s track record of achievements before choosing who to vote for. Noynoy hasn’t achieved much and you’re not even sure if he really has integrity. He hasn’t proven the latter yet.

    • michael says:

      Hoy sira, hindi lahat ng magaling ay masama. Mali na tratuhin mong magnanakaw ang anak kung ang ina lang nito ang nagnakaw. Ethical and moral side hah!

      (…Noynoy vows he will never steal when records show that at the age of 26, he had a security agency with his initials (run by his uncle-in-law, Len Oreta) and which cornered deals with government-sequestered agencies and companies.
      The Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act bans relatives of people in public office from doing business directly or indirectly with government. Santa Banana, Noynoy even had the temerity to list the agency’s address as the official presidential residence on Arlegui!
      This is the candidate that vows not to steal.
      (Manila Standard Today, April 13, 2010)

      ….yan ba ang tinatawag mong moral at ethical? hindi lahat ng nakadilaw ay bayani. . . .lahat ng katangian ni noynoy makikita mo kay gibo, ngunit hindi lahat ng ktangian ni gibo bilang leader ay makikita mo kay noy2. Oo, noynoy kayo dahil c noynoy ay mabait at makadiyos, gibo ako dahil hindi lang mabait at makadiyos si gibo, may mga katangian siyang di mo makikita sa ibang lider lalo na kay noynoy. gibo ako dahil nag iisip ako. Sana mag isip kayo dahil sayang pinag aralan niyo…

    • michael says:

      WELL NOYNOYako, there’s no doubt may autism ka like ur canididate, the way you choose the next president halatang halata meron ka nga. Sayang, nakapag aral ka pa naman kayo ngunit hanggang dyan lang pala level mo sa pagpili ng kandidato.

      Yan ang ebidensya na grabe ang malnutrition sa bansa natin, dahil pati mga utak ng ilang kabataan nangangayayat na, di na marunong kumilatis,

  74. ArticleRequest says:

    GMA is a UP Graduate. She is educated.
    Ferdinand Marcos is a UP Graduate. He is educated.
    According to DaPinoy, GMA and Marcos = BAD.

    Therefore, lahat ng mga educated people sa bansa = BAD.

    LOGICAL FALLACY.

    So bobotohin lang natin yung mga halos walang napatunayan?

    • bokyo says:

      Paktay. edi Bad pala ako, ikaw, at karamihan na nandto sa AP 😀

    • Shaddap says:

      stupid talaga ang maraming pinoy.

      parang ganito: a cat is an animal. A dog is an animal too. Therefore a cat is a dog.

      WTF?!?!?

      Stupid fakkers talaga ang mga Da Pinoy na yan. Makes you hate being Pinoy with all these dimwits who think like that.

  75. jccastro says:

    “Let’s make it work. If Comelec can’t do it, I will withdraw from the race and run the elections.” from richard gordon

    paano ba yan? is this the sign of the realization of the futility of it all?

    i feel your pain anti-pinoy.

    when your candidate’s resolve begin to waver, quo vadis?

    • ilda says:

      Such a selfless act from a noble man. That’s Gordon for you 🙂

      Not a sore loser like Noynoy who is already planning to organise a people power revolt if he loses the election.

      Don’t feel sorry for AntiPinoy, feel sorry for the poor people who will suffer in the hands of the oligarchy for many more years to come, if not forever.

      Have fun on the 10th of May!

      A vote against Noynoy is not a wasted vote

      • jccastro says:

        que sera sera.

        just promise me this.

        whoever wins, continue with your crusade to point out what ails us, minus of course the diatribes, condescensions and generalizations.

        we must work hand in hand to make this country a better place to live in.

        like you, from day one, i will be the biggest critic of my candidate. no honeymoon for him.

        i am passionate in whatever i do. and i hate being disappointed. and i would tell my president in his face if i feel i was betrayed.

        my prayers for his victory is accompanied by prayers that he succeeds in bringing to this nation the collective good.

        jcc

  76. noynoyabnoy says:

    noynoy anu nb ang nagawa mo para s bansa natin??? parang wala naman db???? shame on u!!!!!!!!!

  77. Here we Go Again says:

    “If only arrogant Filipinos aren’t too skeptical about his motives. Perhaps they’ll give Gordon a chance.”

    Can’t this be applied to Noynoy as well?

    Besides, the tricky thing that antipinoy people do is they work in the assumption that Noynoy is stupid.

    Yes, if you believe that, there really is no reason to vote for him.

    But since he is not, and he has values that most of the others cannot speak of, people go for Noy.

    The funny thing in the statements above, the reasons given why noynoy supporters don’t vote for the supposed smart guys were tweaked a bit to make fun of noynoy supporters. Understandable though, you have to make you point no matter what.

    For Gordon, yes, he’s “mainitin ang ulo” attitude is a factor but it does not stop their. His decision to include Lozada, the whistle blower, in the charge is very suspicious. By including the whistle blower, who else in the future will speak up about anomalous deals in the government? During that time, it seems that Gordon was working for GMA. That, and the reality in Olongapo which is not as fairy tale-ish as his supporters put it to be.

    For Gibo, it’s not just who his boss is. It’s his loyalty and gratefulness to his boss. Of course, he can’t be blame for that but it does give fear to the people that GMA will get away with everything if GIbo wins. He seems to be better than GMA but if he’ll let GMA get away with her deeds, sorry, that’s a no-no.

    For Villar, with the logic presented above, so it’s okay for a thief to run the country as long as he’s capable? Proofs, facts, data all point out his questionable deals that put the government’s fund in the losing end and you still question why some don’t want to vote for him?

    And to wrap it up, the crossroad for us, like what I’ve said earlier, you guys believe that Noy is an idiot, while we don’t..

    And just for the record, if Noy wasn’t running (and lets say Mar wasn’t running for president as well), I’ll probably go for Gibo (with the hope that he’ll change his heart about GMA). If Gibo wasn’t running., I still won’t go for Gordon, probably I’ll choose JC or Perlas.

    Heck, the only time I’ll half-heartedly choose Gordon is if its between him, Erap and/or Villar.

    Just like how you claim people are brainwashed with their candidate, it seems that the same can be said to you guys.

    • ilda says:

      @Here we Go Again

      Noynoy’s perfect attendance in the senate sessions cannot make up for his lack of significant accomplishments. Noynoy did not do his job to the best of his abilities. As a senator it was his duty not just to offer nay or yay to the other senators who were proposing new laws. He too needed to have the initiative to come up with laws that will benefit the Filipino people, especially the poor. His nine bills aren’t enough proof of a job well done. This justification is very insulting to the hard working senators like Dick Gordon and the others who have authored bills and had them passed to law. It’s like saying that it is ok for a child to simply go to school everyday just to get a perfect attendance record and not be taken to task on the whole point of the exercise which is to understand the lessons and contributing to the discussions in class.

      Noynoy is already 50 years old and still lives in the same ancestral home, though his living in the same house is not the problem per se. It is the fact that he has not proven that he can be an independent minded person that is the real point to be highlighted here. He has always lived in the shadow of his parents. He is not his own man.

      People are wrong in thinking that Noynoy is humble. A humble person will not utter such bold statements as “If the counting of the votes is accurate, we will be victorious” He even dared to say that the bloody demonstration in Thailand will be insignificant if there is a failure of elections. He was suggesting that he does not care about risks of disruption to business, exposing innocent lives to danger, or destabilizing society. He is of the opinion that it is already a secure win for him and any other result is unacceptable. That is not an attitude of someone who is humble. Someone who is humble is someone who still believes that there is a possibility that people actually prefer another candidate other than him. Noynoy Aquino is full of himself.
      A humble person would have admitted that he had an unfair advantage over other candidates because of his popularity and media connections especially his sister who is a movie star. A humble person would have admitted from the beginning that he plans to job share with Mar because he is not competent enough on his own.

      Noynoy supporters who say that we cannot trust intelligent people are putting all intellectual people in the same mould. Again, they are being judgmental. If people will continue to think that intelligent people become evil, our society will not strive for excellence anymore. People will think that they will be shunned if they appear to be more intelligent than the average Filipino. Tell your friend to look at results or past achievements of the candidate rather than the number of diplomas then. Noynoy Aquino still fails in this department. Noynoy supporters it seems are being anti-intellectual.

      Noynoy supporters are wrong in thinking that Noynoy will listen to the people. Over the whole campaign season there has been no evidence of him listening. The people around him seem to have busied themselves protecting Noynoy from all the news that was unfavorable to him. He has not addressed any of the issues. Any further calls for a presidential debate were considered too insignificant by Noynoy. This further insulted the thinking class. If he had addressed issues that were important to his opponents, people could have had the chance to see the real Noynoy. Instead, he was unavailable, too committed or uninterested. Noynoy is not someone who will listen to the people.

      He does not even care that the SWS or Puls Asia surveys owned and operated by his family and friends were conducting surveys that suspiciously had him on top all the time. And the media owners who also have alliances with the Liberal Party, marched to all this in lockstep releasing the same poll results to the public to make everyone believe that their man is always winning.
      He might not own a business empire but he has the backing of the biggest media outlets like ABS-CBN and thePhilippine Daily Inquirer. They have been controlling the flow of information from the beginning. The media outlets backing Noynoy Aquino have been mainly responsible for playing with the minds of people. They repackaged Noynoy and made him look like a saint. As I wrote earlier: with friends like these, who needs big campaign budgets?

      The above is just an excerpt from my blog below, please read the entire article to enlighten you.

      Why Noynoy Aquino is not “the one”

      As for some of your other issues:

      For Gordon, yes, he’s “mainitin ang ulo” attitude is a factor but it does not stop their. His decision to include Lozada, the whistle blower, in the charge is very suspicious. By including the whistle blower, who else in the future will speak up about anomalous deals in the government? During that time, it seems that Gordon was working for GMA. That, and the reality in Olongapo which is not as fairy tale-ish as his supporters put it to be.

      People always have hard time finding dirt on Dick Gordon so they just keep insisting that “mainitin ang ulo nya” never mind that his track record says that his attitude gets things done. I’ve never heard of any of Gordon’s former employees complaining about his style of management. The other issues you have on him is nothing compared to Hacienda Luisita, dubious poll results, lack of accomplishments, saying no to the Garci tape and etc, etc. which are all associated with Noynoy. He has no integrity. You are just being tricked by the media.

      Please read this new blog too to help you realise what the Aquinos have done or haven’t done to help the poor people:

      From Cory to Noynoy – Hypocrisy and Opportunism at its Best

  78. High says:

    Hi Kevin and Iida,

    Good point! I hope a lot of our kababayans will be awakened by what you just shared…yun naman talaga ang totoo …sayang kasi yung mga qualified talaga to rule our country and yet they are not given a chance by the majority. Up to now kasi popularity pa rin ang measurement of the majority of voters when it comes to their choice of whom to elect and do not go for further research to really know their candidates pretty well. Pero ganito talaga ang sistema sa Pilipinas..majority wins ..though majority does not always mean yun ang tama.

    • ilda says:

      Hi High

      We need to be more realistic now. We are up against media giants who benefit from a dumb electorate because they are only after their bottom line. It’s going to take a lot of reverse conditioning to undo the damage done to the Filipino people.

      • MaskmanReturns says:

        True.The Role of media is to educate the viewers on what it is all about the happenings around the Phil.and the World and media should not protect the interest of a certain politician and not to tell the certain oligarths/big bosses about to do the news on a certain person/politician etc.Sadly Big networks continue to brainwashed the people and do what is the news that it was for the interest of the newscasters themselves and only care about is the money/ratings and not the morality of the viewers.

  79. Jendl Irlandez says:

    Well, this is why i will leave the country…

    I just cant take this anymore…

    nakabaon na, ililibing pa…

    basta may pangngalan, sikat, etc, eh ok na…

    kelan kaya matututong mag second look at tumingin sa lahat ng bagay tayo?

    maybe never…

    and i am one of those mechanical engineers who hate cory aquino for killing the nuclear power plant!

    kaya nga kami nandito para safe, effective at smooth and operation… kaso di man lang kami

    binigyan ng chance!

    • bokyo says:

      that was a big loss 😦 Nakakaiyak din na yung pinaghirapan na isang bagay tapos ibabasura lang.

      the nuclear power plant could have saved us more in terms of energy resource. Instead, we are plunged to big debts because it was unoperational. Sayang,binabayaran ng gobyerno ang di nila gustong gamitin,

  80. Sareet L says:

    Interesting to read this very prescient article post-hostage-taking crisis, and the appalling manner in which Noynoy and company have handled everything. And yet, do the Yellow people realise now what they’ve done? Everything is unfolding as you (in your subsequent posts) have predicted. Kawawang Pilipinas pa rin! Intellectualism is practically non-existent in Pinas now, as far as I can tell, but it remains alive on the Internet through well-written, well thought-out and -argued posts like yours. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas here!

    By the way, so glad to have found your blog not too late in the day. Am going through all your earlier posts – I am encouraged to see that not all Pinoys back home have bought into the ridiculous Noynoy delusion!

    • ilda says:

      Hi Sareet L

      Thanks for the kind words.

      I myself find some kind of joy reading previous articles too when I have to refer to them, especially the ones before the election. It is a sweet feeling being vindicated particularly now that P-Noy is slowly unravelling his true colours. I’m glad you enjoy them 🙂

  81. PolGas says:

    Move on Please Move On.

    Its really sad, to see this blog where in my opinion, a group of people practically convene only for the purpose of bashing this particular President and his supporters – something akin to poison sessions where shared hatreds are reflected back and forth from one person to another and magnified in the process.

    Statements here generally drip with venom, bitterness, malice, and a sweeping prejudice against Mr. Aquino, his government and those who support him. I myself did not vote for Aquino, I voted for Gordon knowing full well his credentials. I do however accept that he did not win and realize that the only way for this country to move forward and for me to move on is to help push each other up, including this government. Dragging it down, calling the elected President names like AbNoy, and hurling sweeping unjustified criticisms of his supporters and the rest of the voters will accomplish what good? Aren’t we just wasting our time and risking a stroke? Isn’t this just a manifestation of crab mentality?

    I respect that people are different and have different views and capacities. Even Aquino’s supporters do not share the same demographic profile, education, and views. They supported him for various reasons, reasons that are no less valid than our own. Now that the majority have spoken, we should all be intelligent and decent enough to accept it and move on.

    I respect the views of people here but I do not see the point, especially given what I find to be a high-handed, self righteous, and destructive manner with which many of it are being expressed. But that’s just my humble opinion. Its up to how you will react now.

    • ilda says:

      Wow! This is cool! I wrote this article in April at the height of the campaign period and people are still sharing it until now 🙂 The last I saw, the FB shares of this article was just 1200 now it is 1349. Woohoo! Kudos to all the intellectuals who agree with me and took the trouble to share it with everyone like you Mr PolGas! 😉

      It just proves that the theme of the article is so timeless and still so applicable! It’s also a good reminder of our loss after the majority voted for P-Noy (that is, if you actually believe that there was no cheating during the election) 😉

      BTW Mr PolGas, if you really voted for Gordon, then you should know that he believes in: “What the country needs is not a change of men but a change in men.”

      So, unless something has changed in the men and women in the Philippines, things will stay the same. Which means, we can keep writing the same thing over and over and it will still be applicable.

      What kind of support are you talking about anyway? Support for P-Noy should not have to mean blindly following all his decisions. Being a good citizens means being watchful and critical about our public official’s management of the country especially when their move greatly affects the rest of the population.

      Please read my latest blog so you can be up to speed with the latest:

      P-Noy’s first 100 days: “achievements that fail the “so what” test

      Ta-ta!

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  83. bong says:

    because what matter is who is good or evil.nothing else. they vote who is less evil.as simple as that

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  85. Looking at their resume, I cannot see how Aquino was considered the best available.
    Dick Gordon or Manny Villar were the best candidates and shows people who have done something in their careers. Aquino just used his family name and money.

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  89. Bads says:

    I always thought Noy was more of a parasite… He practically used his Mothers Death to slingshot his popularity… And people just joined the bandwagon because “Anak ni Cory and Ninoy” which is a fallacy by itself…

    Thats why i actually support the requirement for Voters to actually have Finished College

    My two cents…

  90. Everything is very open with a very clear explanation of the challenges. It was definitely informative. Your website is very helpful. Thank you for sharing!

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