Time Magazine paints a picture of Noynoy and it is not good

Respected news magazine TIME recently featured a profile of Presidential candidate Noynoy Aquino and there was really nothing much in the article that could convince anyone to vote for him. First, they noticed the frail figure of Noynoy and how unimpressive he is in person:

[…] Benigno (Noynoy) Aquino III slouches in his chair, a glass of Coke in one hand and a cigarette in another. He’s tired and bleary-eyed and wracked by a cold.

And this…

[…] Yet when 50-year-old Noynoy emerged, hunched and bespectacled, amid blaring music and streams of confetti, he cut an awkward figure. Shirt loose, pants baggy and hair thinning, he looked more an abashed computer nerd […]

It’s not that there is anything wrong with looking like a computer nerd, but it would have been better if he were a real nerd. We’ve all noticed it before, how Noynoy does not have the same charisma as his father; how, when he is in rallies and doing the standard meet and greet, it’s as if he is too frail to be doing it. No wonder he needs the help of his sister Kris, a popular showbiz personality, to keep the crowd entertained.

The TIME article was trying to be balanced and it probably looks so to the average Filipino. But to the discerning reader, the message is inescapable — the subtle reference to the fact that Aquino is part of the status quo that he is promising to overhaul jumps out. Consider this excerpt:

Frozen in time yet, for all the zeal he inspires, Aquino himself is also a product of the status quo. Both his parents, Ninoy and Cory, came from pedigreed stock — landed aristocratic families that have long been part of the ruling establishment. Similarly, Aquino’s vice-presidential running mate, Mar Roxas, is the grandson of Manuel Roxas, the country’s first President. Arroyo, their erstwhile foe, is the daughter of Diosdado Macapagal, another President from the early days of the republic. And though they eventually faced each other as enemies, Ninoy and Marcos were members of the same fraternity at an elite Philippine university. Like a pantomime of ancient Rome, Manila’s political landscape has been shaped for generations by the intimacies and vendettas of an entrenched rank of patricians.

It is crystal clear that a Noynoy win does not guarantee a complete change unless he completely cuts off ties with his family just to implement the necessary changes in the system. We all know this is not going to happen. We all know that out of respect for his late mother and their family’s allies, the policies that were implemented by members of the inner circle, will remain untouched. It is going to be business as usual for the landowners in Hacienda Luisita and the rest of the oligarchies (and their personal empires — e.g. PLDT, Globe Telecom, ABS-CBN).

The irony of what Noynoy promises — to change the problem that he is part of — escapes him and his followers. From the same article, I quote Greg Rushford, a Washington-based expert on trade who has monitored the Philippines for over 30 years, “The basics for success are here, at least in terms of human capital. But there is a lack of seriousness in the political leadership — institutions are dominated by an uncaring wealthy class.” To which I add: Isn’t Noynoy Aquino part of that wealthy class? He might care but we have to ask, was he actually actively participating in advocating real change before he was asked to run for the presidency? I don’t think so. Why are we only hearing him now and how come he hasn’t been vocal about it before? Could it be because he remained in the shadow of his late mother until she passed away? Forced to come out now, I wonder how Noynoy is going to address this problem:

“There are ties of clan, family and region that are stronger than the nation,” says Ramon Casiple, a leading political commentator in Manila. “To this day, it’s all about patronage.”

It is becoming more and more obvious that any aspiring candidate who is not part of the club or doesn’t have any patronage coming from the members of the oligarchy will be labelled “too ambitious” to be good for the country. It’s hard for a self-made man to enter into politics for it has become exclusive only to club members of the old elite. This is what Filipinos should rise up against. Sadly, Filipinos are still beholden to the members of the oligarchy that Noynoy is a part of.

Unfortunately, TIME must have spoken to a lot people who gave biased information about Noynoy’s backers. The article is claiming that according to Noynoy’s party, their campaign is operating on a shoestring budget. Never mind that they have the biggest media network behind them, the biggest celebrity endorser for a sister and the entire Conjuangco clan who have more money than Manny Villar. Indeed, so far, the Liberal Party hasn’t been so transparent about who funds Noynoy’s campaign. Case in point, and not surprisingly, the Inquirer.net quickly jumped at the chance to splash the “good news” of Noynoy’s feature on the 26th April edition of TIME Magazine on its front pages. With friends like these, who needs big campaign budgets?

The rest of the article was devoted to how the Filipino mob who greets Noynoy and his party at his rally reminisce the first people power revolution’s euphoric atmosphere. There were more references about Cory and her administration than Noynoy’s accomplishments as a public servant. Obviously, the crowd is romanticizing the election. Noynoy’s lack of accomplishments was, in fact, noted on the article. If it weren’t for the ample amount of material that could be used to reminisce about Cory’s ascent to power, the author would not have had much to work with.

According to Noynoy “The campaign, is quickening something ‘dormant’ in the Filipino people.” Hang on a minute, was Noynoy himself “dormant” all this time? It’s not like he was in exile and it’s not like he wasn’t free to wake the people from their apathy all these years even while his mother was still alive. From where I’m sitting, Noynoy could have done more as a senator to remove the people from their “dormant” state.

People of the Philippines, please open your eyes and see the irony in Noynoys campaign. You, the Filipino people he is talking about had to force Noynoy to come out of his shell, his “dormant” state just so that you, the Filipino people he is talking about can come out of your “dormant” state”. Why did Noynoy and the Filipino people fall dormant in the first place? It’s because the average Filipino who is busy with his day to day life is not fully aware of the fact that the oligarchs themselves are controlling the way people live through the goods and services they sell. The question is, is Noynoy really aware of the enormity of the task he is faced with? I don’t think so. He is also beholden to the oligarch’s world himself. Why do you think ABS-CBN is running shows about the Edsa revolutions and the life of Cory during the campaign period? It’s to keep the so called Aquino legacy alive.

It seems to be that the euphoric atmosphere is being created by the party to which Noynoy belongs to and Noynoy, whether or not he is aware of it, is too intoxicated by all the attention to notice that he is just being used to advance the party’s own agendas. There’s just too much talk of yellow ribbons and of how it was during the Edsa revolution. “I haven’t seen anything like it since the days of Cory and People Power” says Romy Mercado, a friend of Aquino’s since high school and a close aide.

C’mon people, Elvis is dead and so are Marcos, Cory and Ninoy. As far as I know, they haven’t perfected the science of cloning yet and Noynoy is just a pale shadow of his father. As Winnie Monsod said so herself ” Aquino doesn’t have his father’s charisma, but he has his mother’s sincerity. Whether that’s enough, I don’t know.” Well, it wasn’t enough for Cory and it won’t be enough for Noynoy to save the Philippines.

And just as Noynoy is not Ninoy so too is Gloria Arroyo so not Marcos the dictator. We don’t need an Edsa revolution and we don’t need to organize a people power rally. There is an election on the 10th of May and Noynoy Aquino should not even be part of it. “By his own admission, Aquino would not be running at all had it not been for the massive outpouring of public grief and affection that followed his mother’s death from cancer last August.” Let us vote for someone else, someone who’s name is not Aquino because it is the year 2010 — not 1986.

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220 Responses to Time Magazine paints a picture of Noynoy and it is not good

  1. boombox says:

    What’s next..

    Noynoy is covered on Men’s Health Magazine…. Huuuuuhhh???

    • ilda says:

      Hi boombox

      Well, based on Time magazine’s description of Noynoy, he might need to work on his ” awkward figure” first before that happens.

      • mharie says:

        Why should we look on the outer appearance? Is that really one of the characteristic why you should select a president? if that’s the case then we should have voted for cinema actors instead.

        If I may say this article is just so bias. If it’s about the article in TIME’s magazine then it should have pointed out the good and the bad side of Noynoy. If we would like to help the Filipinos select the best president for this election then show the facts and then just let the reader to choose.

        The real intention of this article the way I see it, is to bad mouth Noynoy using very lame tactics.

      • ChinoF says:

        Unfortunately, you miss the point of this post.

        Call it a bias if you want, but we’re against Noynoy. Basically because we believe his camp is using deception and bias to win the election. For us, that is not just an opinion. We see it as the truth. So we’re bashing all these deceptions and biases to try and undo the preconditioning that the Aquino camp has been doing to the people. It’s an outright lie that he isn’t corrupt. He’s the same old trapo… and this Time Magazine article acknowledges that as well.

      • ilda says:

        @mharie

        Why do you think the author of the TIME article highlighted it? It’s because it shows that Noynoy Aquino’s appearance is not impressive. It is not very statesmanlike. He slouches; he smokes cigarettes in public even while with a crowd which is very unprofessional (it says a lot about his addiction to an unhealthy habit); he appears very sickly and not in tip top shape; he doesn’t bother to dress appropriately for someone who wants to be the leader of 90 million people.

        No, we don’t need someone who looks like a movie star but we also don’t need someone who looks like he just woke up and went straight to campaigning. We need someone who looks like he takes care of himself or someone who respects his body. After all, isn’t the body the temple of the Holy Spirit?🙂 Well, if your religion believes in that. More importantly, we need someone who looks like he won’t just drop dead any time soon.

        If you don’t get what the writer of the TIME article is trying to convey, then I suppose you are not the type of person who can be convinced that there is something odd about the way Noynoy receives cult like worship despite his appearance, lack of accomplishment and overall lack of drive to excel.

        Can you tell us the good stuff that was pointed out by the TIME magazine about Noynoy? I didn’t see any. Skip the part where they say he is the son of Ninoy and Cory. Thanks🙂

    • Vicky says:

      yep… for emphyzema.. he is a walking soon to be stigma….

    • Jay says:

      Well he certainly needs luck with the ladies. And he’s the type to buckle under pressure. Maybe he can get the Fab 5 to rework him for the coming election day.

    • fauxx says:

      He could be the before model of Minoxidil.. or the before model of everything else.

      • It’s all but political marketing gimmickry. It is a “If you’re in TIME magazine… you must be a cut above the rest” preconceived notion. Ergo, the publication is for the stoopids and the nimcompoops who wouldn’t even bother to look into the substance of the article. Now they will tell their own kind that Noynoy is on time magazine… EAT YOUR FUKIMG HEART OUT!!! From the time this political aberration called Noynoy emerged from the bump from the coffin of his mother all the news articles are of NO SUBSTANCE AT ALL.

  2. ChinoF says:

    From the article….

    “Says Aquino: “It’s as if we’ve backslid to the days of Marcos.”

    He’s trying to depict today’s time as a return to the Marcos era… E wala namang dictatorship a. What a lame strategy. Anong backslid? We never recovered at all from that time.

    This Time article may be good after all, even for those who criticize Noynoy. It actually helps brings people to question him – is he really that good (both morally and qualifiably)? And it shows that all the admirers admire only with emotion, and nearly no brain at all. And with a selective reading of history as well – looking only at 1986, and forgetting the other times like 2005, the Luisita Massacre. The article shows that he works on a very biased campaign.

    • ilda says:

      Hi Chino

      That was one of the things he said that got under my skin. The Liberal Party is making it look like Noynoy’s only opponent is Gloria Arroyo. The LP is also trying to make it look like people are not free to exercise their rights on the 10th of May.

      The article really confirmed that most of his supporters are just nostalgic of the street party. The international community must really think that our culture is still so backward up to now. Majority of the population (if you believe the polls) is still so gullible to campaign tricks.

      • ChinoF says:

        And why are they making GMA, or any people, into the enemy, when the real enemy is their own stupid and selfish habits, laziness and “hilig sa party?” hehe

  3. J.B. says:

    TIme continues to have a fairly good metrics in looking at good candidates.

    I can’t still forget the gesture of FVR signing a thumb up sign who was called by Time then as having “Presidential gesture or touch”. Though I voted for Salonga then, I never complain the late great leader won instead.

    • ilda says:

      Being popular does not equate to being a good candidate.

      The article devoted most of its content to the memory of Cory and Edsa. There was not much about Noynoy and his accomplishments. I don’t think that I can vote for someone whose only claim to fame is being the son of Cory and Ninoy.

  4. jonphil says:

    Isn’t there a PI/comelec law prohibiting spin surveys to be published ONE year prior to election?

    Expect bandwagon mental conditioning to be on rise as election draws nearer. Many cars bear a yellow ribbon sticker. Its tacit message: I’M A WINNER, ARE YOU? (guess which the zombies will follow)

    • ilda says:

      Too right johphil. How can they say that they are operating on a “shoestring” budget when the yellow paraphernalia can be seen everywhere?

      Unfortunately, those who cannot think outside the square might be mislead to believe that Noy being in Time magazine is enough indication that he is the right choice. He is not. He is just given more publicity because of his parents.

    • waitwat says:

      Lots of ribbons here too. Woe is me~😦

  5. bokyo says:

    One thing I fear about that article is that just because Noynoy made it in TIME (just like Cory) is a sign that 1.he’s the man of the decade; 2. he’s accomplished; and 3. he has made a legacy.

    • ilda says:

      Hi bokyo

      Expect those who are easily razzle dazzled by the media to succumb to no substance publicity. Notice that the author found it hard to write a profile of Noynoy based solely on his own merits? Only those who cannot think independently will still vote for Noynoy.

  6. BongV says:

    Great analysis of the Time Article ilda.

    You ought to give the Inquirer author a seminar on how to read the Time article.

    The Inquirer conveniently omitted the beef and swept this paragraph under the carpet

    “Frozen in time yet, for all the zeal he inspires, Aquino himself is also a product of the status quo. Both his parents, Ninoy and Cory, came from pedigreed stock — landed aristocratic families that have long been part of the ruling establishment. Similarly, Aquino’s vice-presidential running mate, Mar Roxas, is the grandson of Manuel Roxas, the country’s first President. Arroyo, their erstwhile foe, is the daughter of Diosdado Macapagal, another President from the early days of the republic. And though they eventually faced each other as enemies, Ninoy and Marcos were members of the same fraternity at an elite Philippine university. Like a pantomime of ancient Rome, Manila’s political landscape has been shaped for generations by the intimacies and vendettas of an entrenched rank of patricians.”

    ika nga, Noynoy how can you solve a problem when the problem is YOU and YOUR MERRY BAND OF OLIGARCHS?

    • ilda says:

      Hahaha…thanks Boss BongV🙂

      When I read that part I saw a goldmine! The answer to Noynoy’s credibility test was right there. It’s just a pity that the author of the article did not even mention or interview the other candidates. It was obvious that most of the information for the article came from the yellow side of the fence. There was too much focus on the memories of Edsa and not much on how Noynoy is faring against the other, more competent candidates.

      I think there should be a follow-up article about the Philippine election and it should focus less on Noynoy.

    • FreeSInce09 says:

      Mangutana lang ko Bong, unsa na diay ka tigulang si Max Surban?

  7. Lorenz says:

    I just don’t get the popularity of Ninoy Aquino and Cory Aquino. In my own opinion, they don’t deserve to be even in the Philippine money and Philippine history, no offense meant. What has Ninoy Aquino done for the country that deserves to be remembered in our history? That he was just assassinated? What about Cory?

    If Cory is so great, why is the country like this? One president can do and change a lot of things in one term and presidents like Abraham Lincoln attest to this.

    I have not experienced the time of Marcos and Cory but I’ve always wondered if Ninoy is an intellectual from the levels of Jose Rizal to be deserving of high praise.

    Again, what has Ninoy Aquino and Cory Aquino done for the country that warrants legacy? Ninoy Aquino International Airport, it sounds so lame.

    • ChinoF says:

      Poster boy and girl who represented the Filipino penchant for resisting methods of discipline that resented their laziness and fondness for “sarap ng buhay”. Well, that’s one way of seeing it.

    • ilda says:

      Hi Lorenz and Chino

      John F Kennedy and Robert Kennedy were both assassinated but they were not turned into heroes. Both of them have done so much for their country before being gunned down. Meanwhile, the memory of Edsa is still being kept alive today so that the Liberal Party can advance their agendas.

      Filipinos try to romanticize politics so much. Noynoy supporters are very emotional and do not use their rational thinking. The Filipino people will never be united if the majority of the electorates continue to have bleeding hearts. Noynoy supporters need to get over Edsa 1. Wala na si Marcos!

      • nyek!(ar_chris) says:

        hi ilda!

        a simple equation

        MARCOS PHOBIA =

        GORDON+MAGALING+MATALINO = MARCOS-LIKE{[MARCOSPHOBIA}]
        GIBO+GALING+TALINO = MARCOS-LIKE (MARCOSPHOBIA)

        while
        AQUINO+EMOTIONAL EUPHORIA+DEMOCRACY [daw]+SIMPLE = HARMONIOUS LIFE

        or the MASA can simply equate this as
        AQUINO+SURVEY= WINNABILITY

      • ilda says:

        Hi ar_chris

        Obviously, majority of Filipinos have this tendency to equate certain behaviour or characteristics with evil or goodness. They now have this fear of intellectuals because of Marcos and Gloria. It’s like we are still in the dark ages and people just rely on signs and symbols in deciding what to do. The sad thing is, at this day and age, there are those in our society who are already educated but still remain ignorant.

        Here’s an interesting article on those anti-intellectuals:

        Noynoy’s supporters: are they anti-intellectual?

      • sean says:

        Hi,

        You are right on the equation thing ar_chris. We fear that the two most qualified presidential candidates will become Marcos Part 2.
        Democracy in our country is too much. Leaders fear the people, which can be a bad thing. Spoiled sila/tayo. We need someone who can be a good leader who can work and lead even under pressure.

        Sayang, change for the better is almost at our fingertips. Hope during the election, magbago ang isip ng mga tao. Hope they will think and vote wisely.

      • ChinoF says:

        Hmmm, Ilda, on John F Kennedy, I think he was considered a hero of sorts, but not the kind that was as hyped as Ninoy. In fact, the conspiracies on his assassination are even more famous than Kennedy himself. Some people may not know that JFK even approved the increase of American “advisers” in Vietnam to 150,000.

        Si Robert, ano ba ginawa nun? Baka dahil Kennedy lang din. hehehe

    • Jay says:

      I actually thought EDSA was overrated. They have nothing on the French people. The reason why apparently they enjoy great services from the government is because the government is fearful of them protesting certain issues. The citizens are educated and can definitely give a backlash when needed.

      EDSA was nothing more than using a scapegoat and certain events to elevate Cory into an automatic presidency. If they were so good, why did they not scrutinize the constitution? Why don’t they push for those certain issues AFTER Cory’s presidency? Its simple and that is because it was a society that accepted excuses and prided themselves in their complacency.

      • ilda says:

        We see it now for what it was, how come they can’t see Noynoy’s candidacy for what it truly is?😦

      • nyek!(ar_chris) says:

        ilda id like to rephrase your comment if i may;

        “there are those in our society who are already educated but still remain ARROGANT”.

        kahiyaan na kasi pag-umatras pa attitude
        sometimes it really is embedded in their system

        the president you choose reflect what you aspire to be.
        you are what you vote ika’ nga.

      • ilda says:

        Of course, the correct word is arrogant! Thanks for reminding me🙂

  8. boombox says:

    As usual, the zombies are proud again because its a “World Class kuno…” for covering Noy on Time Magazine..

    • ilda says:

      Well, being on the cover is not going to do much for the hungry children of the Philippines. Most people on the streets don’t even know what the fuss is about🙂 Let’s not forget that Cory was on the cover of both Time and Newsweek but it wasn’t enough to save the Philippines.

  9. LAKAS says:

    BAWAL ANG TANGA…BAWAL ANG TAMAD….BAWAL KA! BAWAL ang GUMAWA NITO… IBOTO si NOY NOY!!!

  10. LAKAS says:

    BITTER!!HANAP KAU NG IBANG SOSYAL NA MAGAZINE…IFEATURE NYU MANOK NYU…SA NAT GEO…BAKA PWEDE…HAHA…

    SELOS…

    SELOS….

    SELOS…

    WALA KASI KAYUNG GANITO….

    SELOS…

    SELOS….

    SELOS…

    • BongV says:

      Selos? Nah. We had fun reading the part where – it clearly stated that Noynoy, Ninoy, and Cory come from the same uncaring ranks of the wealthy – they have not done anything – they are not about to do something now.

      SELOS? NATUWA KAMO – BISTADO SI NOYNOY – KATROPA NG MGA OLIGARKIYA.
      GUNGGONG ANG MGA PINOY NA HINDI NAKIKITA YON😆

      • LAKAS says:

        mas gunggung ka…hindi yan nkikita…nababasa…hahaha…

        it clearly stated that Noynoy, Ninoy, and Cory come from the same uncaring ranks of the wealthy – they have not done anything – they are not about to do something now.
        -di lang cla ang mga aquino at cojuangco…clan yan…marami cla…dami clang gnagwa at iniintindi…kesa jan…ping-iisipan nya na pag-aralin ka…pra umayos ang iyong kapasidad na umintindi…

        ahhhh….

        selos….

        btw.at dba nafeature xa sa TIME..hinaluan ang nega..para di obyus na sumusuporta cla kay noynoy…selos…

      • BongV says:

        tkutya.. kutya… di marunong magbasa ng article palibhasa… Abnoyista… NYA HAHAHA

      • LAKAS says:

        thank you…good…i like the word abnoyista…wala nmang mali dba?cool nga…kesa nman…maging ikaw…hahahha

        hahahha

      • BongV says:

        yup – abnoy is cool – suits you just fine😆

    • ilda says:

      Oh my, is this how a Noynoy supporter behaves? My goodness, I’m shocked🙂

      • LAKAS says:

        then what;s wrong?

      • BongV says:

        ignorance is bliss… NYA HAHAHAHA

      • LAKAS says:

        yeah ryt…i agree…sa nkakaintindi lang…haha

      • ilda says:

        @lakas

        What’s wrong is that you cannot seem to come up with a sound argument to support your candidate🙂

      • Joe America says:

        Ilda,

        I would buy into your criticism, but I don’t see any argument from you in favor of anybody, either. It is rather, “anybody but this guy”. Tell me who you favor, and I’ll rip him like so much confetti for Christmas. They are all flawed. Gordon is so erratic as to be scary, blaming the survey people for his ills and suing them because they put his name on their list without his permission. There is a guy with no sense of what freedom means. And he advocates tourism for Sulu. Whoopie, come to our white sand beaches and be beheaded . . .

        Joe

      • ilda says:

        Hello Joe

        Aha…I would buy into your comment but I still remember what you said in this other comment of yours, to quote:

        “I think Mr. Aquino would waste a lot of opportunity”.

        Of course, no candidate is perfect but Noynoy is the most flawed candidate of all. Even Time magazine couldn’t help point out his lack of accomplishments. On the other hand, people have a hard time coming up with anything solid to argue against the other candidate you are referring to.

        And before we even go any further, how do you think Noynoy will address this problem as mentioned in the article?:

        “There are ties of clan, family and region that are stronger than the nation,” says Ramon Casiple, a leading political commentator in Manila. “To this day, it’s all about patronage.”

        Check out the Feb 1987 cover of Newsweek below. They had it right even back then!

        Cheerio!

      • Joe America says:

        Gadzooks, Ilda,

        My own words are biting me in the butt.

        Patronage is king, eh? I have been working on a blog to try to figure out how Western and Filipino thinking differs. I think it boils down to a different concept of what is “honorable”, and patronage seems to anchor Filipino honor. That is, friends and family and favorites first, and others . . . well, who cares. . . .

        You nailed it in one word. Patronage.

        Joe

    • nyek!(ar_chris) says:

      HI LAKAS!

      you can of remind me, when the times NORA and VILMA fans
      are going at each other, MAN, your a BIG FAN!
      may authograph ka na ba? picture sa cellphone, kasama yung IDOL mo? cmon’
      dont miss the chance! its now or never ika nga’

    • Tangnang yan… kung malalagay lang ako sa TIME magazine dahil sa NANAY at TATAY ko… at sa pagiging TAMAD ko… magbigti na lang ako… HEHEHEHE…

      Hoy BOBO… yang TAMAD AT ALANG KWENTANG KANDIDATO mo ay di kinakainggitan ng mga taong marunong mag-isip.

    • LAKAS… Ikaw siguro yung atorning pulpol sa Facebook na kalbo na si Tatang Bertini… hehehehe… style mo bulok… bwahahahaha….

      LAKAS NG TAMA MO!

  11. jansen says:

    This website is Pro Gordon, full of bias reviews. Inggit lang silang mga taga supporters niya dito, dahil sure winner na si Noynoy. Anong magagawa nila kung siya ang gusto ng nakararaming Pinoy! Ang importanteng qualities ng another president, ay honesty and Noynoy has it all. So, inggit lang sila dahil Noynoy will be the next president. Saka puro black propaganda against Noynoy ang ginagawa nila, kasi nga feel nila mananalo na si Noynoy, at feeling nila baka nga manalo, kaya kung ano-ano na lang ang naiisip ibato ke Noynoy! They won’t win. In the end, Noynoy will become the winner!

    • V says:

      The way I see it is that people here:

      1. Make a strong case in not voting for Noynoy

      2. Are doing a good job of informing not just the voters but also the Filipino people as a whole.

      I hope they do articles for each candidate running for P and VP, if its possible.

    • ArticleRequest says:

      “jansen: This website is Pro Gordon, full of bias reviews.”

      How are these “reviews” biased? (Is it politically correct to call them “reviews”?) It’s not as if AntiPinoy relies on speculation and pulls rabbits out of a magician’s hat for evidence. Anything that comes out of Noynoy Aquino’s mouth is not their fault that would be Mr. Aquino’s. Whether the site is supporting a particular candidate or not is irrelevant. You are raising a Straw Man’s argument here. Noynoy’s actions in public, track record, anything he mouths out are up for questioning, praise or criticism, regardless of the affiliations of the person.

      “jansen: Inggit lang silang mga taga supporters niya dito, dahil sure winner na si Noynoy. Anong magagawa nila kung siya ang gusto ng nakararaming Pinoy!”

      If anyone votes for a candidate, they must give good logical reasons for it. The number of people who vote for a candidate based on numbers is void if they cannot give that. Unfortunately not a single logical reason has been pointed out by Noynoy supporters.

      Ang tawag dito ay bandwagon fallacy. Sa panahon ni Galileo halos lahat ng mga tao sa mundo ay hindi naniniwala na bilog ang mundo; totoo ba ang sinabi nila?

      “jansen: Ang importanteng qualities ng another president, ay honesty and Noynoy has it all.”

      How can Noynoy have honesty if he is so self contradictory in actions and words? http://antipinoy.com/fromthenet-plenty-more-reasons-why-i-will-not-vote-for-sen-noynoy-aquino-billy-almarinez/ If you want an expanded argument look around AntiPinoy. PEX even has a thread called the Noynoy Aquino Accomplishment’s Thread and it’s full of nothing after about 400 pages. Noynoy supporters cant give anything substantial.

      “jansen:So, inggit lang sila dahil Noynoy will be the next president.”

      Next to: “Naghahanap lang ng atensyon”. Ang pagiging “inggitero” ay isa sa mga tugon-Pilipino na walang kwenta. So what if he is very likely to be the next president? Saying “inggit lang sila” proves NOTHING about your position or why Mr. Aquino will make a good president. Yes that’s right GOOD president.

      “jansen: Saka puro black propaganda against Noynoy ang ginagawa nila, kasi nga feel nila mananalo na si Noynoy, at feeling nila baka nga manalo, kaya kung ano-ano na lang ang naiisip ibato ke Noynoy!”

      Earth to Jansen do you even know what BLACK PROPAGANDA is???? I think AntiPinoy should do an article on this because it is mouthed by Noynoyistas and Mr. Noynoy Aquino himself.

       Black propaganda purports to emanate from a source other than the true one. This type of propaganda is associated with covert psychological operations.
      Example of Black Propaganda
      Guard Against Venereal Diseases
      Lately there has been a great increase in the number of venereal diseases among our officers and men owing to prolific contacts with Filipino women of dubious character.
      Due to hard times and stricken conditions brought about by the Japanese occupation of the islands, Filipino women are willing to offer themselves for a small amount of foodstuffs. It is advisable in such cases to take full protective measures by use of condoms, protective medicines, etc.; better still to hold intercourse only with wives, virgins, or women of respective [sic] character.
      Furthermore, in view of the increase in pro-American leanings, many Filipino women are more than willing to offer themselves to American soldiers, and due to the fact that Filipinos have no knowledge of hygiene, disease carriers are rampant and due care must be taken.

      (Source: Psychological Warfare, page 123). Now, do you think this was an anti-VD leaflet that was given to American troops? It was actually dropped on Filipinos by the Japanese! The Japanese propagandists wanted Filipinos to believe that the United States was the origin of this derogatory material, thereby reducing cooperation with the United States.
      http://www.stentorian.com/propagan.html

      Black propaganda is false information and material that purports to be from a source on one side of a conflict, but is actually from the opposing side. Ergo, if AntiPinoy engages in black propaganda that would mean that AP pretends to be a site of Mr. Noynoy Aquino … which it isn’t doing! AP’s writers are making a stand AGAINST Noynoy not pretending to be from Noynoy’s camp.

      “ jansen: They won’t win. In the end, Noynoy will become the winner!”

      Win in what way? Whether Noynoy Aquino wins or loses the election he is still a loser in life. 50 years on Earth and having accomplished so little.

    • ilda says:

      @jansen

      Please be more specific. I don’t to see the bias and the black propaganda you are talking about. The article is very factual. It is mainly based on the Time article about Noynoy 🙂

      Cheers!

    • Jay says:

      @Jansen

      Even Gordon says not to vote for him but vote the person you completely feel who is well qualified. I myself just believe that Gordon has the qualifications, experience and the SWAGGER to not only lead the country but enlighten the people from misery. Sure its not going to be sudden but he has a legitimate vision with viable solutions to achieve those goals. Even those who support Gibo can say the same about his qualifications and experience. These voters are going to follow their candidate even if he wins past the presidency. So its not bias but facts. The have something to show for, Noynoy doesn’t.

      As far as I know, surveys don’t amount for anything. And peoples’ minds can change. Maybe if Noynoy does more run ins with people and having his guards tell the people off that he has priority because he’s AN AQUINO then you’ll get more converts. Plus people are slowly starting to realize its time to get real, while Noynoy thinks its a fun game where he dupes you to think whatever he wants you to. Like honesty is the best quality for a president. Blame that on Cory duping the simple minded people like you that way.

      If he is prepared to win the election, I hope you’re prepared to back him up for his entire 6 years. That is 6 years of no whining, no scapegoating, no EDSA talk, no opinions and no criticisms. Because you and everyone else who wanted it chose to put him there.

      Nanalo ka na, pero talo ka parin sa buhay. Naniwala ka kasi sa jingle na di mu alam kung san naggaling ang korapsyon na tinutukoy nya eh!

    • alex matulac says:

      pag nanalo si Noynoy, ang magiging tawag sa kanya “The Leader without a Clue !” , the Heir of Ate Glo ….hehehe , kawawa naman pinas at mga pinoy !

      • Jay says:

        @Alex matulac

        akala mo pinagtawanan na ang mga pinoy sa reaction ni Carolla. Pag naging president ni noynoy, grabe, yan ang joke na hindi matatakasan, matatago at matatangehan. So habang pinagkakalat ng mga pinoy ang baho nila dahil sa bagong presidente nila sa mga tao na criticize, Si Noynoy at tumatawa sa office nya, kasama ang kanyang itim na notebook.

        At sinabi nya sa sarili nya “Tamang tamang pang planado lang” (just as planned).

      • Poppy Seed says:

        LOL Death Note! Sinong papatayin niya?

      • Jay says:

        Hindi sino. Pinatay na ni Noynoy ang paraan ng mga masa magisip para sa kanilang sarili. Pinakita na sya ang tunay na Liwanag nang bansa kapag naging pangulo sya. At hindi death note ung notebook. Black Propoganda notebook nya un.

    • nyek!(ar_chris) says:

      noynoy is how filipino thinks collectively.

    • usi says:

      @Jansen: binasa mo ba yung TIME article ng buo? napansin mo man lang ba yung section ng FROZEN IN TIME? napansin mo man lang ba yung QUESTION MARK sa title nung article? alam mo ba ang ibig sabihin ng Oligarchy? konting research pa tungkol sa kandidato mo bago mahuli ang lahat…paki check kung bakit naghihirap at patuloy na maghihirap ang Pilipinas kapag si Noynoy na parte ng Oligarchy, pati si Mar, ang manalo…kapag nanalo sila, lahat tayo talo…so, please lang…make time to research about what i’ve just said…para sa ikabubuti nating lahat…salamat!

    • WHAT A WORD… INGGIT… bwahahahahahaha!!!!

      Jansen… hindi lahat ng poster dito PRO-GORDON… Ako PRO-AMAY BISAYA… Lam mo Jansen kung pagiisipan mong mabuti walang dapat kaingitan kay Noynoy…. kasi UNACCOMPLISHED sya… dahil TAMAD sya.

      WALANG NAIINGIT SA TAMAD!!! yehey!!! Dahil otsenta porsyento ng pilipinas ay TAMAD, BOBO o MANGMANG…. pwedeng manalo si ABNOY! KONGRATULASYONS!!!! HEHEHEHE…

  12. jonphil says:

    Nice fighting SPIRIT from a __________ brain. Where are the rest of the zombies?

  13. LAKAS says:

    from A WISE BRAIN…ur here zombie…wahhhh

    • ilda says:

      Paki ayos naman ang mga rebuttals mo. Let’s try to have a decent discussion. I hope you are familiar with that concept🙂

    • Jay says:

      Wag ka naman ganyan sir. Isipin mo pangulo mo ito para sa ika sais na taon na iboboto mo. Ibig sabihin susuportahan mo kahit anung mga desisyon nya at hindi ka magagalit. Kahit manalo ka, sapat ba na talo ikaw at ang mga kasama mo rin na nag boto sa kanya, dahil sapat na kayo sa kabaitan nya?

      Kung ayaw mo mag rason, wag ka nalang reklamo pag naging pangulo sya. Sa bagay, responsibilidad mo rin na ikaw din ang nagboto sa kanya. Hay nako…

    • usi says:

      @LAKAS: bumoto ka sa taong magfo-focus sa Education, gaya ni Gordon..halatang kailangan mo eh..(hindi ako nang-aalaska..seryoso at concerned po ako dahil sa behavior mo..)

  14. boombox says:

    I almost forgot, The international released Time magazine of this month has a cover of Afghanistan…
    not the Noy cover they expected..😄

    proof..

    International issue.. check the dates..

    Lokal version… LoL..

    • ilda says:

      Yeah!

      Inquirer was trying to mislead the public on that. Noynoy is not really on the cover. The photo of Noynoy they used is inside the magazine but not on the cover.

      Inquirer is very devious indeed🙂

  15. pinoy says:

    The author conveniently left out the following observations made by the writer.

    Aquino is not the only candidate promising social renewal, but he seems well suited for the part — carrying himself with an air of almost Gandhian simplicity and uprightness.

    He talks with ease and intelligence about his plans to expand the country’s middle class with microcredit programs, to boost industry, universalize health care, fix education and shake up the judiciary.

    Aquino is seen to be surrounding himself with a team of largely honest, well-intentioned politicos.

    Aquino’s promise lies in his incorruptible image

    Aquino is more humble about his role, fitting for a person who has lived quietly for much of his life in the shadow of his parents’ legend.

    • BongV says:

      and he comes from the same group of people who caused the problem in the first place – oligarchs.

    • ChinoF says:

      Of course, the Time author is playing safe. Careful not to ruffle any feathers. Yet the other excerpt above about Aquino’s being part of an oligarchical family as well as what Almarinez said in his bold article fly in the face of these pronouncements. I think this Time article can be what the reader wants it to be. It can be a litany of praise for Noynoy, or it can be a list of his greatest weaknesses.

    • ilda says:

      @Pinoy

      As the article said:

      Aquino is NOT the only candidate promising social renewal.

      It is just an impression that he seems suited for the job just like his own mother seemed like she was suited for the job but we all know how unstable her administration was.

      He talks with ease and intelligence about his plans to expand the country’s middle class with microcredit programs, to boost industry, universalize health care, fix education and shake up the judiciary.

      Where are the details of this plan? Why can’t they talk about this in public debates? Where is the transparency they are talking about? It seems to me that they talk about these things only with an international media around who cannot and doesn’t have time to ask for details.

      Aquino is seen to be surrounding himself with a team of largely honest, well-intentioned politicos

      The same article also mentioned that Noynoy comes from the same ruling class of elites who don’t care about the poor.

      Aquino’s promise lies in his incorruptible image

      The operative word here is IMAGE. What about the truth? He said no to playing the Garci tape, right?

      a person who has lived quietly for much of his life in the shadow of his parents’ legend.

      You have to ask this: Why was he so quiet to the point of not doing much to uplift the status of the poor while his mother was still alive? Why is he vocal about his care only now that he is thrust in the limelight?

  16. jonphil says:

    “Aquino is seen to be surrounding himself with a team of largely honest, well-intentioned politicos.”

    > honest – doubtful; well-intentioned politicos – hell right (TRAPO).

    “Aquino’s promise lies in his incorruptible image”

    > Image only – all form, no substance.

    “Aquino is more humble about his role, fitting for a person who has lived quietly for much of his life in the shadow of his parents’ legend.”

    > ‘quietly’ indeed.
    > in the shadow of his parents’ legend. All shadow, no persona.

  17. benign0 says:

    This is a great article, ilda. The Time article was trying to be balanced. But it somehow got subtle message across that point to the lack of substance of Noynoy that we’ve always known. Trouble is, subtle messages are often lost on the Pinoy masses and even among the supposedly well-educated who can be counted among the unenlightened flawed-thinking lot of them.

    Often we need intermediate articles like this to make more explicit what can only be stated subtly in fence-sitting publications.

    If Noynoy makes the cover of Time, ordinary Pinoys will only see the picture and fail to read much less comprehend the words behind it (i.e., the article itself).

    • BongV says:

      Noynoyistas see the colored picture of Noynoy – look pretty, colored, wow, slobber, drool  – but they don’t get the meaning of these words which fly past their retarded brains

       While Arroyo is generally praised for guiding the economy to stability during the recession, much of the growth in the country is the result of remittances sent back by a legion of Filipinos encouraged to work abroad — currently an estimated 9 million to 11 million people, or roughly 10% of the country’s total population.

      With little job creation at home, analysts point to the Philippines’ inability to grow its middle class. “The basics for success are here, at least in terms of human capital,” says Greg Rushford, a Washington-based expert on trade who has monitored the Philippines for over 30 years. “But there is a lack of seriousness in the political leadership — institutions are dominated by an uncaring wealthy class.

      Aquino says he cares: he speaks eagerly and repeatedly about empowering the people by delivering them “freedom from hunger.” His campaign has made curbing corruption its No. 1 goal; translated from Tagalog, its main slogan reads, “With No Corruption, There’s No Poverty.” Aquino says some $6 billion would return to the national budget each year were it not for graft in the system. But he and his nine rival candidates (who all, to varying degrees, have spoken out against corruption) are going up against a problem that is hardwired into the country’s politics — one whose American-style democracy echoes the cutthroat days of Tammany Hall and whose hacienda culture of feudal oligarchs would seem familiar to much of Latin America. (he cares? really? Hacienda Luisita? Hello?)

      ****

      key industries were turned into monopolies run by friends and allies (which Cory Aquino turned over to her Relathieves the Cojuangcos and friends the Lopezes of ABS-CBN, MERALCO, MAYNILAD), creating a culture of crony capitalism that still lingers.

      ***

      Winnie Monsod, a prominent TV pundit who once served in Cory’s administration, says Aquino “doesn’t have his father’s charisma, but he has his mother’s sincerity. Whether that’s enough, I don’t know.”(Do I detect a hint of sarcasm from Winnie Monsod or is it just me?)

      **

      Noynoy is starting to sound like an Evita Peron albeit in an oligarch scion’s clothes.

    • benign0 says:

      All that will be lost in the vacuous minds and the vacuous “debate” of Pinoy society. All those oligarchs that looked like “victims” back in 1986 have since turned into a political bloc that is engineering another Aquino administration. They are looking for another Golden Age of emo politics. That is why there is all the nostalgia-mongering going on at the moment. The Time article drew upon it, but in the process highlighted (at least to the more cluey among us) that there is nothing to write about Noynoy other than his being an Aquino.😀

    • BenK says:

      Hey, this was a good article, Ilda.

      Yes, the Time article will go completely over most people’s heads here (the Inquirer already blew it, but I think they do that on purpose), but consider this: Time doesn’t go to any special effort to ship their current issues here; the intended audience is one that, you know, actually reads stuff.

      • ilda says:

        Thanks BenK

        We can only hope that Filipinos can read beyond the yellow paint splotched all over the Inquirer version of the Time article. As BongV said, they intentionally skipped the part where Time highlighted that Noynoy comes from the same status quo:

        Let me paste it here again:

        Frozen in time yet, for all the zeal he inspires, Aquino himself is also a product of the status quo. Both his parents, Ninoy and Cory, came from pedigreed stock — landed aristocratic families that have long been part of the ruling establishment. Similarly, Aquino’s vice-presidential running mate, Mar Roxas, is the grandson of Manuel Roxas, the country’s first President. Arroyo, their erstwhile foe, is the daughter of Diosdado Macapagal, another President from the early days of the republic. And though they eventually faced each other as enemies, Ninoy and Marcos were members of the same fraternity at an elite Philippine university. Like a pantomime of ancient Rome, Manila’s political landscape has been shaped for generations by the intimacies and vendettas of an entrenched rank of patricians.

    • Joe America says:

      Ahhh,

      The infamous three B’s in one box. Love it.

      I repeat my comment from above, so you can savor it.

      Ilda,

      I would buy into your criticism, but I don’t see any argument from you in favor of anybody, either. It is rather, “anybody but this guy”. Tell me who you favor, and I’ll rip him like so much confetti for Christmas. They are all flawed. Gordon is so erratic as to be scary, blaming the survey people for his ills and suing them because they put his name on their list without his permission. There is a guy with no sense of what freedom means. And he advocates tourism for Sulu. Whoopie, come to our white sand beaches and be beheaded . . .

      Later gents . . . and lady . . .

      Joe

    • benign0 says:

      Many things applied in the Philippine setting are perversions of originally great concepts. Democracy — a serious instrument of governance elsewhere — is but a joke here and a shell of its intended effectiveness for representing popular will. The same can be said of journalism as evident in the way the Inquirer articulated its take on the Time feature. The content in Time, though no rocket science by any measure has an underlying subtle message that will simply fly over the heads of most Inquirer readers. But then the Inquirer piece was not really intended to build understanding but more of to pervert the message. What we may never know, as BenK observes, is whether the Inquirer or for that matter anyone who dishes out perverted outcomes in the application of foreign concepts actually does it on purpose or not.

      I hazard a guess that Filipinos actually never do things on purpose because we never really approach things with a purpose.

      So perhaps Filipinos can be credited for having no real malice in the way we consistently practice degenerated versions of what are otherwise elegant fields of endeavor. That is because we possess neither the wherwithal nor the deep insight to be in control of anything for that matter.

      Hey there’s the beginnings of a great GRP.net article up there! Watch that space.😀

      • Poppy Seed says:

        Ah, this brings me back to that time when I first stumbled upon that website (GRP).
        The first article I read was entitled “Welcome back to Square One!”,it looks like we are really going back to square one (not that square one exists to begin with :().

        The yellow army is expected to sing a different tune in less than a year (probably less). I am pessimistic about the outcome of the elections but I hope that after six years, these people will wake up. It really is depressing for an exile who wants to see change happen in my lifetime.

  18. MJ says:

    am sure those pro-banoynoy got frustrated when they read the article sa time magazine. i, myself burst out a laugh.. sorry ha kasi naman i was expecting that the writer will point out on banoynoy’s achievements (kung meron man :D) kaso wala… so what are his supporters bragging about that write up e mas napagtuunan pa yong ulo niyang napapanot kesa nagawa niya hahaha but if you’re really gonna think deep, the writer seemed to be pointing out that mr. aquino looks like a psycho…para bang sinasabi niyang, eto ba magiging pangulo ng pilipinas, mukhang may sayad! oh no!!!

    • BongV says:

      ayun nga eh, pinagmamayabang ng yellow zombie ang pagka-abno ng kandidato nila – ignorance is bliss

    • benign0 says:

      Noynoy supporters have been unwittingly revealing the vacuousness of Noynoy’s campaign simply by being themselves — thick on emo and thin on wit. Trouble is, this is Da Pinas we are talking about — a society where all the wrong arguments win.

      And therein lies the tragedy that is the Philippines.😀

  19. LAKAS says:

    Noynoyistas see the colored picture of Noynoy – look pretty, colored, wow, slobber, drool – but they don’t get the meaning of these words which fly past their retarded brains

    GRAMMAR CHECK… S-V agreement…BASIC…

    ahahhhahahhahhaa

    • TheArch says:

      Haha. Seems like Noynoyistas cannot find a rebuttal at all to the arguments presented above, so they resort to irrelevant means, such as the one above.

      • ilda says:

        Sa totoo lang. Hanggang one liner lang sila tapos merong isasama in bold yung :HAHAHAHAH🙂

      • LAKAS says:

        one liner lang…para cool…me rule ba na dpt mataas?mas maatas ba, magaling na?di ka ata nag-aral eh…essay!

      • LAKAS says:

        kkpagod magrebut…alam nman natin si NOYNOY na panalo…hahahha…..

        talo na kayu…mapagod lang kayu explain…hanggang dun lang kayu….

        explain rebut explain rebut…

        in the end

        TALO…

      • BongV says:

        ganun din sabi ng mga pinoy noong panahon ni ERAP..
        kkpagod magrebut…alam nman natin si ERAP na panalo…hahahha…..talo na kayu…mapagod lang kayu explain…hanggang dun lang kayu….explain rebut explain rebut…in the end…TALO…

        TALO.. ANG PILIPINAS… PALIBHASA.. GUNGGONG😆

        Para bang yung mga pinoy na nagpapakaretarded sa FB wall ni Carolla😆

      • waitwat says:

        I get really sad when I see these kinds of comments. Are we really doomed to be a moronic country full of imbeciles that only like to throw trash talks on the net? Yeah…. this is what our media is doing now to our youth. They become mindless, barbarians.

        Education is inadequate. Why? Not mainly because of corruption from the government. It’s because children today want the easier way out. They hate studying. They only want to “gimik”, “laro-laro”, “landi-landi”, “dota-dota”, etc. They have corrupt minds because of our corrupt society.

        @LAKAS
        Ganyan ka ba pinalaki ng magulang mo? Nakakahiya ka. Kahit nasa internet ka, dapat marunong ka umasal ng tama. Marunong ka makitungo. Pero mukang may malaking pagkukulang ang magulang mo sa pagpapalaki sayo.

        PS… Kung umasal baboy uli ang response ni LAKAS dito…. I will really rest my case.

        Oh and BTW. LAKAS

      • usi says:

        @LAKAS: bisaya ka man, dong! ‘mataas’?? ‘mahaba’!!🙂

    • BongV says:

      stick to looking at pictures and drool…. look.. see noynoy run… see noynoy walk… see ninoy and cory kadyot… come up with abnoy..😆

      abnoyista S-V agreement … Stupid and Vacuous (abnoyista).. Agreed!!!😆

      • LAKAS says:

        cool…relax….

        galit kna…talo pa manok mo…

        wawa ka nman…

        abnoys are great…talented..

        you?nvm

      • TheArch says:

        Malamang talented ang mga Abnoy. Talented sa pagiging ABNORMAL. =))

        Peace, kid. Alam mo, pareho kayo ng idol mo. Parehong ayaw magdebate. Basta panalo, okay na. Di na daw kailangan. Aminin niyo na, takot lang kayo mabunyag ang kamangmangan ninyo. Mga Abnoy talaga oh.

  20. MJ says:

    he’s no good for a president. he’s no good for the filipinos. that’s what the writer really wanted to imply.

  21. TheArch says:

    This was supposed to be my reply to LAKAS’s wise brain, zombie comment.

    • LAKAS says:

      cool… zombie!!! am a zombie.. yehey…

      akalain mu…naniniwala cla…cool…

      yeah… wee…

      • TheArch says:

        Cool talaga maging zombie. Di na kailangan mag-isip. Mahirap daw kasi. Sabi nga, ignorance is bliss.🙂

      • Jay says:

        hindi. Tulad ng mga Aquinos, bayaran mo nalang isang henyo na mag isip para sa iyo. Yun kung bakit gustong sumikap mga tulad ni LAKAS.

      • usi says:

        i agree w/ Jay..ilang beses ng may itatanong kay Noynoy at ang sagot ay: magfo-form sya ng committee to assess what needs to be done!😀 sana nag-form sya ng committee nung Congressman at ngayong Senator sya para man lang nagkalaman ang resume nya! :LOL:

  22. benign0 says:

    Makapag-benta na lang nga ng skin-whitening lotion sa Pinas. Laki kita sa mga Pinoy na laging tingala sa haciendero.😀

    • BongV says:

      dang, buy undies, dunk in hacienda luisita molasses, and sell it under a certain name associated with sistah sl*t’s soiled undies – sells like hotcake to abnoy groupies😆

      eto ang language na naiintindihan ng abnoyista. emo

      you wanna have a discussion, act and discuss the issue accordingly.

      ad hominems, strawmen, and red herrings can make for a longer comment thread – but, where’s the quality in that?

    • benign0 says:

      The Aquino legacy not only failed to result in a fundamental change for the better in Pinoy society, it actually kicked the whole thing into reverse and oversaw the strengthening of the hold on power and resources by the old feudal clans.

      Indeed, Pinoys deserve one another. We deserve our leaders, we deserve to be ruled by ancient feudal clans, and, yes, we deserve to be a nation run like hell by Filipinos as the venerable Manuel L Quezon prophesied.😀

      • BongV says:

        * Stariray Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace – Run like hell by Filipino Mestizos and Oligarchs
        * Stariray Wars Episode II: Attack of the Middle Class/Noveau Riche – Marcos/Martial Law
        * Stariray Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Oligarchs – EDSA ’86/Cory Aquino
        * Stariray Wars Episode IV: A New Hope – FVR
        * Stariray Wars Episode V: The Wookies Strike Back – Estrada
        * Stariray Wars Episode VI: Revenge of the Oligarchs II – EDSA II/Macapagal-Arroyo
        * Stariray Wars Episode VII: The Oligarch Republic (May 2010)

      • LAKAS says:

        like like like

      • benign0 says:

        Ha ha! Philippine history reads out like a series of really bad movie sequels!

      • brianitus says:

        Bong,

        How many of those “movies” had the Lopezes in the credits? LOL. If the Lopezes did not have any “creative differences” with the “lead actor” in episode 2, I’d say that they could’ve been in all of the titles you mentioned.😀

        The ruling elite hasn’t changed. It’s just smoke and mirrors, man. 😀

        Cheers!

      • ilda says:

        @BongV

        Nakakatawa ka talaga!!!

        FVR – a new hope! Ibalik si FVR!!!

      • ChinoF says:

        I can’t wait for Episode IXX… All the Idiots Die. LOL

    • ChinoF says:

      And I thought they would be satisfied with Boysen paint… hehehe.

  23. Mike Tan says:

    I hope i’m not veering way off-topic here, but this article and discussion just sparked a series of questions in me:

    Did we have better choices in the 1992 presidential elections when FVR won?
    What do you guys think were the reasons why people voted for FVR back then?
    Erap won over JDV in 1998 because of the “star power” and “masa appeal”. If we rewrite history in a way that Erap didn’t run and JDV become president, do you think we would be better off (in terms of social maturity)with him than with Erap?

    Napatanong ako ng ganito kasi: as much as Cory wasn’t the best leader that she should’ve been, her presidency and stepping down for a successor paved for a better Philippines during FVR’s administration. Then da Pinoy screwed up by electing Erap. Sayang.

    • glenn says:

      You know why many Filipinos behave like this? Because Filipinos watch too much telenovelas.
      Our elders have better lives because they know the difference between what is real and fantasy. Their thoughts were unadulterated by the bullshit we heard and watched in our TV sets.
      So when a fantasy hero named Noynoy is shown in TV, majority of the Filipinos tend to believed his presidency will have the same romantic ending as the telenovelas they enjoyed watching. They thought , since his sister is with ABS-CBN, Noynoy can use a a child named Santino who has a friend named “bro” as one of his adviser.

      • Joe America says:

        glenn,

        This is not a phenomenon that applies only to the Philippines. Witness the descent of American politics into acrimony and insult, occasioned by the ease with which “sound bites” can be issued in modern media. Whether they are true or not. And the reality show tenor of debate that eschews intelligent discussion in favor of impactful slur. Note also how well Osama Bin Laden uses propaganda to stir up anger and garner recruits. It is all rather dismaying and frightening, how reality becomes the vision that others place in our minds.

        Joe

      • ilda says:

        @Glenn and Joe

        Unfortunately, even before Philippine society reaches it’s maturity, technology already caught up and bombarded the Filipino people with mind numbing shows. At least in America or other first world countries, people were already united by an idea or a goal before media played a role in the dumbing down of the electorate.

        Here’s an interesting article about that written by Benign0:

        Vote with your remote:

    • Jay says:

      I doubt there were better choices but Cory’s term helped set it all in gear. I mean when VIC SOTO and BONG REVILLA are voted in the senate, you know people’s minds are slowly getting warped with the idea of popularity. My point is even before, during AND after Cory, the Pinoy Society was slowly degrading. These are the people that make the choices. And if you refer to elders as those who lived through the better years of Marcos’ presidency, you have a point.

      That is the reason why none of the other points that made (like the JDV winning over Erap scenario) matter because the pinoy society as a whole would still be the same. Now if the pinoy society had been different, embraced key changes, supported real solutions to problems and not be the nutcase they are now, everything would be different and they’d probably go apeshit over the 1987 Constitution. They wouldn’t need to whine, play the victim and point fingers at the government every time they get screwed over because they would already know that they were screwed at that point to begin with. So they find ways to continue educating the next generation about important issues and they would take notice when they get older.

    • ChinoF says:

      For me, it’s not the president per se, but their camps that really ran the show. But during FVR’s time, he probably was certainly able to exert some good influence and pull up the country a bit on the economic side. By the time Erap came in, Erap’s camp was filled up with his cronies and they messed the whole show. I guess JDV might have done better, though I think the Philippine reaction to the 1997 crisis was a bit messed up too and thus made things hard to recover from.

      Amuro Ray for president nalang, Mike! hehehe

  24. Asurbanipal says:

    Ilda, first of all I’m amazed on how you write this amazing article. Hope you can write more articles that really makes sense and also well written, not the shallow trash talk articles I found in other sites.

    Also Kudos for the AP writers who have made this site a delightful place to read!

    Suggestion To the AP writers:
    Hopefully may you deliver your messages to sites like You Tube to increase popularity and enlighten more people from the effects of the hype.

    • ilda says:

      Thanks Asurbanipal

      The inspiration to write these articles present itself when I encounter news items that don’t let all the truth come out.🙂

      Hopefully, we can do more about the dissemination of our message especially to the masses.

      .

    • ChinoF says:

      Hail, king of the Assyrians! If only you could bring some of your Mesopotamian forcefulness into this country, we might be doing better. Send in the chariots! hehehe

  25. luraaa says:

    You hit the nail right in the head, Ilda.

    Can Noynoy supporters come up with a more reasonable argument than lakas? I would gladly listen (or read) to what they say.

    • Jay says:

      Get ready to know Ad Hominem and strawman arguments. Because thats all they have trying to circle you around and beat you with experience to prove that their man is da chosen one. Or act like a kid and try to win the argument through sheer annoyance.

      • luraaa says:

        “Or act like a kid and try to win the argument through sheer annoyance.”

        If that is the case, then, spare me.

        As much as I wanted to, I tried reading some articles in Noy’s website and blog, administrated by his supporters. I really tried understanding their argument, but I can’t. So I kind of feel sorry to these authors who made the effort to defend their candidate. On the other hand, if I may say, I’m sick and tired of his supporters saying he’s ‘The Chosen One’.

        I just hope everything goes well on May 10th.

    • ilda says:

      Thanks Luraa

      Unfortunately, Noynoy supporters just keep repeating the same things over and over. Nakakasawa na nga eh. But I don’t blame them, it’s really hard to justify their choice.🙂

  26. judy25 says:

    Its frustrating, Im not saying all noynoy supporters are like that but most of them are. and hindi ko maintindihan kung bakit?

    • BongV says:

      plain and simple – noynoy supporters are retards.

      • sarcasmgasm says:

        confirming the above statement based on personal experience. furthermore, they contradict their own statements a LOT

      • Jay says:

        His most positive aspect is something that most of the candidates also carry, well except for propoganda and legendary parents. And his accomplishments are a far cry to the candidates who got more done with the same amount of time and similar political position. So without much ammunition, they go directly after his competition and build noynoy from there or spinning the issues.

  27. Mike Tan says:

    I checked the number of votes during the 1992 elections:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_general_election,_1992

    During the senatorial elections, Tito Sotto and Ramon Revilla Sr. bagged the top spots. At si erap nga pala ang nanalong vice president via landslide. Wow. I didn’t remember THAT (I was eight years old back then :P) Tama ka nga Jay, the philippine society (and the electorate for that matter) was already THAT degraded.

    @chino:
    wag si amuro.. emo yun eh. wehehe

    • ChinoF says:

      Haha, onga eh. Landslide nga si Erap then. Sa bagay, I would say our society and culture had been in the pits ever since Manuel Quezon uttered his infamous “I prefer a Philippines run like hell by Filipinos than run like Heaven by Americans (or you can put in ‘foreigners’)!” Emo ang mga tao, binoto ang emo na president, na emo pa mga ka-kampo niya… emo-emo tuloy bansa natin. Emo sucks. nyehehe

  28. jonphil says:

    glenn: . . . They thought , since his sister is with ABS-CBN, Noynoy can use a a child named Santino who has a friend named “bro” as one of his adviser.

    > “Bro will assign” more advisers: santisima (santino c/part), santan, taning…

    Noynoy – ALL-IN-ONE. He won’t only have some clowns and magician in his carnival, but also an OA buzz-tsizm hostess sis, Kris (can smell krisis in the offing).

    Asurbanipal: Hopefully may you deliver your messages to sites like You Tube to increase popularity and enlighten more people from the effects of the hype.

    > Good suggestion. What concept – visual, textual, snippet?

    Luraaa: Can Noynoy supporters come up with a more reasonable argument than lakas? I would gladly listen (or read) to what they say.

    > We get amused by our bro, LAKAS tot (w/ an u.m.o. in between). Noynoy’s simple plan “I’m just a kid” jester.

  29. Alan Parma says:

    When comparing candidates, I’ve decided to leave the issues and controversies out of the picture because, let’s face it, EVERY CANDIDATE (and everyone else, for that matter) HAS THEM. In my mind, all politicians, ARE CORRUPT. Some because they personally are, and some because they enter into a system that is CORRUPT BY NATURE. Even the seemingly uncorrupt (Bro. Eddie, Perlas) will be corrupted simply by entering into the system (and I’m not sure they’re totally clean either).

    The question I try to ask, therefore, is which candidate has proven himself to rise above the corruption and actually get some GOOD done DESPITE of the broken system? And the answer I find is GORDON.

    Each candidate can boast of his achievements, experience, and platform, but what we should really choose is the one with the BEST mix of these qualites. We seem to try to find the PERFECT person, the one with no flaws and best ideals, but HE DOESN’T EXIST! Some ask, then why not Gibo or Perlas? I have nothing against them, I just feel that GORDON is much better than they are. It’s not that they’re not good, it’s just that someone else is better.

    It’s sad that people like LAKAS (and they are a lot of them) feel that Noynoy will win SOLEY BASED ON SURVEYS made out of .0005% of the voting population. And of course it doesn’t help that these surveys consistently top the headlines, and make irresponsible comments such as (30% of Filipinos will vote for…instead of 30% of the 2,000 people we surveyed…).

    Until May 10 comes and goes, I will continue to support Gordon on the ground and do whatever I can to promote his campaign.

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  31. Pedro says:

    To the author:

    Now, who do you think the best choice for the presidential candidates? Villar? Erap?

    Can you say also something bad for those mentioned above?

    How about Gordon? Is he better than others?

    • ilda says:

      Dear Pedro

      Why would I say something bad about Gordon, Villar and Erap? Isn’t that black propaganda? I don’t engage in that kind of tactic. You probably mistake me for a member of the Liberal Party🙂

      If you read my article again, I was just merely echoing or highlighting several important points that were raised in the Time magazine article🙂

  32. bokyo says:

    Nagdidiwang nanaman mga pro-Noynoy kasi nasa TIME ang kanilang “hero”, tulad ni Cory.

    Then they will point it out as THE Accomplishment

    Nyahaha..

    Election 2k10 is still a popularity contest, not the what they claim the “vote-for-change” (ako-ang-simula ekek) .

    We really need that Change in Men of Gordons to change this country.

    • ilda says:

      I wonder why they keep saying Noynoy is a humble person. If he truly is one, he should recognise himself that he has an unfair advantage over the other candidates because of his popularity. If I were in his shoes, I would really question my own capabilities, but that’s just me. There’s too much at stake and for him to be enjoying these rock star privileges without proving himself to be worthy of it all is just not right. He can’t even admit that he was only featured on Time magazine because of his parents.

      • bokyo says:

        His claim of “The Presidency is my destiny” last EDSA Revolution celebration just broke the barriers of humility, IMO.

        Dagdag mo rin mga supporters nya😀

  33. boombox says:

    OT lang…

    LIME Magazine… credits to Lithium78

    LOL..

  34. polo says:

    hi ilda i really find your post thought provoking and not sure if you have replied to the question but in your personal opinion who would best fit the bill as the next philippine president? don’t get me wrong, i don’t support any party or candidate but just curious on your side. thanks and keep sharing the post

  35. GCL says:

    Alan Parma,

    Do not lose hope in the Filipinos. We, including the politicians, have redeeming factors. All these clamor, all these noise, means that there is something GREAT that wishes to emerge out of every Filipino. That which wishes to EMERGE is waiting for us as individuals, as country, as a people, and nation. We do not feel it yet BUT its trying to Birth itself out. IT is something GOOD and TRUTHFUL. It is in the corner BUT we must deserve it, WE MUST choose it.

    That is why it is important to LOOK closely at each candidate. Media and our traditional way of thinking is like bloodied hands. Not ALL of the candidates have “issues and controversies”. There may be one is, without the benefit of media who is still worth a second look. What is urgent is to do our part by pro-actively “knowing” each candidate because the power to build this nation or to damn it is in our hands. It is a HOLY power.

    Not all politicians are corrupt and not all those who enter into the “system” can be corrupted. That which you call as “system” is made up of individuals. Our programming starts from our mothers’ womb, then family, then school, then community, then church, then workplace. As we choose our fields…business, polity, or civil society, it is US individuals that starts the ‘structuration”- the process by which we build STRUCTURES, or in your term, SYSTEMS.

    It is US, individuals, depending on the programming we received as listed above will produce the very SYSTEM that we are now mired in. If you can follow this, there comes a “space” or an opportunity to CHANGE the SYSTEM. Scientists are now debunking the once believed notion that nature (genes) plays half (50%) a role with that of NURTURE (50%). They are now finding out that even the genes are changed through NURTURE. This means, even our physicality (genes) are mold-able by our THINKING.

    The step therefore is not to fight the “SYSTEM” or the “INSTITUTIONALIZED SYSTEMS” but to go to the individual and change the programming. Afterall, if it was successful to program us in a particular way that produced all the bad things we now have, then it is also possible to alter the program to produce the exact result. And yes, i believe you and i and the rest of our countrymen can do this. I would even give all my wealth now if I were proven wrong on this assumption.. The more important idea is the possibility to “CHANGE” the SYSTEM through the individuals. This is where Anti-Pinoy is doing a great job (except for Gordon as president, my opinion only).

    There is One amongst the candidates that has lived in the highest standard and i can personally attest to that.. Yes, my candidate, has not been corrupted in the 40 years he worked with the UN (Unicef, UNDP, FAO) European parliaments, APEC, and even in his consultative works with former presidents, senators, congressmen, and his fight against the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, the DA on the ban of 32 pesticide formulations in agriculture.

    His many innovative works within the country and abroad:

    1. Steiner Schools (Manila Waldorf School and Gamot Cogon and the many Steiner-inspired schools around the country)

    2. His successful Lifebank (based in Iloilo) which provides micro-finance assistance to more than 250 T micro-entrepreneurs around the country.

    3. Organic Agriculture which espouses the non-use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers to food systems.

    4. Civil Society, Human Development, Leadership Consultations, and Sustainable Development programs like the Philippine Agenda 21 which was signed by FVR into a law but not implemented due to Ramos’ tolerance to corruption).

    5. His profound articulation of the “future” face of society which he calls “Societal Three-folding” or “panibagong bayanihan” which the UN hails as “one of the most promising innovations” of the 21st century awarding him the Global 500 Honor Roll and The Alternative Nobel Prize.

    These and many more, when given an objective look, and contrast against the others will allow the REAL answer to EMERGE.

    I have one wish here in AP and that is for the AP community to allow my candidate a chance to answer them directly and space to clarify or rebut issues. Most of all, a truly OPEN mind. As said in one movie…”empty what is full and fill what is empty”. This also includes myself to empty my own biases.

    My sincerest wishes to you, to ILDA who wrote this insightful article, and to the AP community for raising the bar.

    GCL

    • bokyo says:

      Ahh Nick Perlas?. I love his platform. If there’s a better alternative for Gordon or Gibo, it would be this guy😀

      I could have wished he had run as a senator to prove himself in the political arena, and I know he’s competent enough for that. If he did that he just got my vote🙂

    • ilda says:

      Hi GCL

      Thanks for the vote of confidence. It is always nice to receive validation from our readers.

      While we here at AP try our best to be non-partisan, at the end of the day, the Filipino voters will still need to vote on the 10th of May and that day is almost here. Many of our readers are either curious to know or would like some guidance on which candidate we prefer to be the next president of the RP. Because all of the writers here are against Noynoy, it is but natural that they ask us
      who is the better alternative candidate.

      While I agree that the candidate you are describing sounds definitely better than Noynoy, I must admit that given the other candidate’s access to the media including Villar, Gibo, Erap and Gordon I’m not sure if we still have time to educate the masses about him. And I’m just not sure how he can address the fact that he has very little experience in the public sector. Certainly, he sounds like he has a lot of great and exciting ideas to offer.

      You can definitely try and convince everyone here including the readers, why he is better than someone like Gordon

      As much as possible, I try to create an environment where every Filipino can discuss the merits of their own candidate. It’s hard to understand each other when there are too many black propagandas going back and forth. This is why it is important we eliminate the source of this black propaganda which is Noynoy’s camp. Noynoy should not have joined this race for the presidency in the first place. He has an unfair advantage over the others and is also the less competent one.

      I do wish candidates like yours would receive cult like adulation instead of someone like Noynoy!

      Thanks again!

    • alanparma says:

      Hi GCL,

      Thanks for your reply. Actually, I’m more hopeful now and in recent months than ever before. Before the campaigning started, I was one of many who thought the Government was responsible for 90% of our problems. Now I realize it’s probably closer to 50% or less, and we citizens are equally to blame for the shit we’re in. So I’m in a more hopeful situation now in the sense that at least, with that realization, there is actually something we can do to get out of our mess.

      Re: your candidate, I hoped that you would mention his name by the end of the article. Good thing someone commented on it. My biggest issue with Perlas is the same as bokyo’s: I wish he ran for something smaller, like Mayor of his town, or something to ease his way into government. Based on the little I know and from your endorsement, I have no doubt that he is a very good and intelligent person, but because of his abrupt jump into the presidential race, I am afraid that he will only be swallowed whole by the system if he does win.

      Again, it’s not that Perlas is not a good candidate. I just believe that Gordon has the better mix of experience, track record, and platform…these things are important to me because he has done all those great things DESPITE of a corrupt system.

      And finally, not that I’m accusing anyone, but really, we all have our own corruption issues…big or small. Our tax evasion tactics such as under reporting income, our bogus community tax certificates, mga lagay sa police (whether we meant to or they pressured us to do it), jaywalking, running a red light, littering, lying, etc. etc.. Unless you’re 5 years old and below, I don’t think anyone is 100% innocent. Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t mean it’s hopeless. That’s what makes us human: we can be successful and good despite adversity and flaws.

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  37. Psyche says:

    Great write-up and great read! I am not a Noynoy supporter and not a Ninoy/Cory fan. It pains me to see/know that ABS-CBN is brainwashing a lot of many of the Filipinos.

    • ilda says:

      Thanks Psyche!

      Let us unite against these media giants who want to keep the Philippine society in the dark ages!

      A vote against Noynoy is a vote against them!

  38. holyhell says:

    Why do they equate Noynoy as “manok nila”? Is he going to be president of their cock-fights?

    Isn’t the election an exercise of -our- to choose a -competent- leader to lead -all- of us? You equate it as cock-fighting? A goddamn “sabungan”? Jezus….

    When Noynoy wins… then what? You hype him like he was the next Ms. Universe and present no good reasons aside from being from a breed of heroes, IN-CO-RRUP-TI-BLE(!?!?), son of God, fiscalizes(?), got in a magazine cover(…christ!), and kind(??). Then when it comes to actually oing the job…. then what? He will ask his sister for help? YOU WILL MAKE ANOTHER EDSA (4? 5? 6? When will it end??)?!? My god! Another ERAP!

    WHY WON’T YOU LEARN!?!? The stupid fucking answer is already smothering you right on your face!! And you still stupidly trip on it like it was invisible!

    Sorry…. emotion’s got the best of me….

    • ilda says:

      Mabait daw kaya sya ang karapat-dapat😦

      Is he a good person only because he has achieved nothing? Can someone from the Noynoy camp answer this question please!

  39. usi says:

    @Ilda: you forgot to include, “That, ultimately, has been more of a bane than a boon for the Philippines. From being the second richest country in Asia in the 1950s, it has dropped to among the continent’s poorest and least dynamic,” kaya di ma-gets ng Noynoy-istas🙂

    • ilda says:

      Hi usi

      You’re right! I should have added that one too! Lots of information in that article to work with that weren’t too favourable to Noynoy🙂

      Thanks. I might use it next time!

  40. Brian says:

    Hopeless case ang mga fanatics ni Noynoy. They can’t see what’s really underneath the surface. And with all these media circus, its highly probable that he’ll win.

    They will present this one as “Na feature si Noynoy sa Time, ibig sabihin may nagawa cya” and won’t really go through kung ano ba tlaga ang laman ng article ng time magazine about noynoy. Ang tangang pinoy naman, they would be “wowed”.

    The Philippines is trending backwards and is in the road to becoming the poorest in Asia, simply because Filipinos are ruled by their emotion and not their head. This explains the popularity of Telenovelas, Fantaseryes, and rags to riches stories.

    The Philippine government has become a big joke over the years. The competent leaders are outnumbered by these lazy ass, good for nothing government officials whose claim to office is either because they are celebrities or a scion from an existing political family.

    And we’re about to watch another classic example kung gano ka tanga ang Pinoy pgdating s pgpili ng Presidente at ibang government officials.

    I’m predicting Edsa IV should noynoy fail to meet the public’s expectations (which most likely he will)

    • ilda says:

      Hi Brian

      The situation is really frustrating. We are up against institutions that Filipinos look up to; and the Filipino mentality of being indebted to those who are perceived to have sacrificed so much for the country but actually achieved so little or none at all to the progress of our society.

      It’s sad😦

      • Brian says:

        It is really sad and frustrating…

        They are all saying we need change, but in reality, they are running to protect their interests. Pitting Noynoy into the presidential race is kinda similar to forcing FPJ to run during the 2004 Elections…

        And Ironically, whenever we say something about Noynoy and his competence, people start throwing stones at you. We’re not the bad guys here, we’re just trying to point out that the emperor has no clothes…

        As my History prof once said, it’ll take more than 50 years to really see if Edsa indeed brought good things or has just made our country worse… And I’m starting to think it’ll be the latter…

    • glenn says:

      Huh!! what EDSA IV ? , with the way Arroyo and her allies are trying to secure control of congress and senate. Noynoy will be impeach even before a crowd could develop at EDSA.

  41. Arvin Q says:

    Here’s Philippine Star columnist William Esposo’s take on the TIME article, dated April 20.

    His last paragraph says:
    “The Tharoor TIME story is a good gauge of how momentous the Aquino campaign has snowballed. Being a foreigner, Tharoor is a dispassionate and neutral writer who only told it like it is. Tharoor’s headline — The Next Aquino: Can Noynoy Save the Philippines? — reflects the popular perception that Noynoy Aquino will be the 2010 Philippine president.”

    Reflect my ass. Basta ba foreigner ang nagsabi at nagsulat about Noy, positive na agad? Instead of pondering over the author’s reason(s) in asking that question (“can Noynoy save the Philippines?”), Esposo, as expected, chose to mention only the favorable parts of the article and highlight these as another “triumph” on their part. Too bad the typical Esposo reader (and Noynoy fan) will be too lazy to read and analyze the entire Time article and will just nod his head and smile in agreement.

    • ilda says:

      Hi Arvin Q

      These so called esteemed journalists are just proving to the thinking class that they are full of cr@p. The Philstar.com opinion writer completely ignored all the stuff in the Time article that weren’t favourable to Noynoy! Expect more of these kinds of articles to come out. I have a feeling they’ve read some of our blogs and they are hitting back.

      He even had the balls to say: “all these point to another Heaven-made Aquino presidency. An act of God — the passing of the “Icon and Saint of Democracy” -— led Filipinos to consider Cory’s son as a president whom they could trust and believe like her.”

      Give me a break! It’s as if we don’t have democracy right now. We have it, Filipinos just don’t know how to use it. These people should have their heads examined.

      • BongV says:

        I think it’s good to point out that part of Aquino’s legacy is this:

        His grandfather, Servillano Aquino, was a general in the revolutionary army of Emilio Aguinaldo (the people who sold out to Dewey)

        while his father, Benigno Aquino, Sr. (1894–1947) was a prominent member of the World War II Japanese collaborationist government of José P. Laurel, as Vice-President. His mother was Doña Aurora Aquino-Aquino (who was also his father’s third cousin). His father died while Benigno Aquino was in his teens prior to coming to trial on treason charges resulting from his collaboration with the Japanese during the occupation (people who sold out to Japanese)

        Cory sold out the land reform law

        Noynoy and his band of media men and trapos is no different and have sold their souls to Geny Lopez.

      • ilda says:

        Aha! The Aquino family does have a sordid past. I really don’t understand why people are so beholden to this family. As I said before, the people had more to do with the toppling of the dictator. Kaya nga ang tawag “people power” eh. The credit should not all go to Cory and now that she’s gone, we don’t need to feel indebted to Noynoy. The people had more to do with putting Cory in Malacanang just as the people had a lot to do with putting Erap and Gloria in Malacanang.

        The Filipino people can take credit for the democracy we have now as well as the blame for not using it wisely. We don’t owe our freedom to the Aquinos as far as I’m concerned. Besides, there were other key players there too like FVR & Enrile. JFK and RFK were both gunned down but their families do not act like they are an heir to something and although the Americans remember them fondly, they did not turn them into heroes. Let’s learn from history and stop this madness!

      • ChinoF says:

        The father of Pepe Cojuangco, Don Melecio, built secret stairs in the Barasoain Church to smuggle girls into the friars’ rooms, according to Wikipedia. Add that to the sordid Aquino past.

        Unfortunately, later on the Wikipedia article becomes too pro-Cojuangco-Aquino.

      • ilda says:

        Dapat ma edit yang Wikipedia na yan to include the stuff in the TIME magazine article! 🙂

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  43. AMD says:

    What the Philippines needs is a leader with who can bring change in the system. I’ve heard him speak in public and I can feel his honesty. I am voting for Sen. Aquino because I believe in his strength of character, his moral uprightness and just like his parents SELFLESS LOVE FOR THE FILIPINOS!

    • Arvin Q says:

      AMD,

      Your rationale in choosing Noy is anchored on personal traits that every other candidate can easily claim to have. Noynoy maybe honest, morally upright, and has selfless love for Filipinos, but has he ever used these characteristics in doing something that shows even a slight hint of actually changing the system? I guess the more important question to ask is Where are the results?

    • waitwat says:

      I heard him speak. Reluctantly or with a kodigo. It’s like he has no passion for anything. He literally does nothing. There is no “honesty” in conning the people by using their clouded minds with empty promises of magically uplifting them by fighting an evil he conjured through little facts and big fallacies.

      Take time to think real deep. Then try to research the net. Look at different candidates. Evaluate them in as much as you can. Do not go for only one source. Try different sources. Tally it up in a word processor file. Then analyze it thoroughly. You can also watch several videos on youtube.

      Hope you have an enlightened day.

    • ilda says:

      Hi AMD

      Tell me, which part of this is not clear to you?:

      The irony of what Noynoy promises — to change the problem that he is part of — escapes him and his followers. From the same article, I quote Greg Rushford, a Washington-based expert on trade who has monitored the Philippines for over 30 years, “The basics for success are here, at least in terms of human capital. But there is a lack of seriousness in the political leadership — institutions are dominated by an uncaring wealthy class.” To which I add: Isn’t Noynoy Aquino part of that wealthy class? He might care but we have to ask, was he actually actively participating in advocating real change before he was asked to run for the presidency? I don’t think so. Why are we only hearing him now and how come he hasn’t been vocal about it before? Could it be because he remained in the shadow of his late mother until she passed away? Forced to come out now, I wonder how Noynoy is going to address this problem:

      “There are ties of clan, family and region that are stronger than the nation,” says Ramon Casiple, a leading political commentator in Manila. “To this day, it’s all about patronage.”

      According to Noynoy “The campaign, is quickening something ‘dormant’ in the Filipino people.” Hang on a minute, was Noynoy himself “dormant” all this time? It’s not like he was in exile and it’s not like he wasn’t free to wake the people from their apathy all these years even while his mother was still alive. From where I’m sitting, Noynoy could have done more as a senator to remove the people from their “dormant” state.

      People of the Philippines, please open your eyes and see the irony in Noynoys campaign. You, the Filipino people he is talking about had to force Noynoy to come out of his shell, his “dormant” state just so that you, the Filipino people he is talking about can come out of your “dormant” state”. Why did Noynoy and the Filipino people fall dormant in the first place? It’s because the average Filipino who is busy with his day to day life is not fully aware of the fact that the oligarchs themselves are controlling the way people live through the goods and services they sell. The question is, is Noynoy really aware of the enormity of the task he is faced with? I don’t think so. He is also beholden to the oligarch’s world himself. Why do you think ABS-CBN is running shows about the Edsa revolutions and the life of Cory during the campaign period? It’s to keep the so called Aquino legacy alive.

      WHERE WAS THE SELFLESS LOVE FOR THE FILIPINO PEOPLE BEFORE HE WAS FORCED TO RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY?

      WHERE WAS THE STRENGTH OF HIS CHARACTER BEFORE ALL THIS?

      WHAT IS YOUR BASIS IN SAYING HE HAS SELFLESS LOVE, A STRONG CHARACTER AND HE IS MORALLY UPRIGHT?

      PLEASE, PLEASE TELL US!!!

      • brianitus says:

        Hi, Ilda,

        You won’t get a reply from AMD. I can feel it. Deep down in AMD’s heart, is doubt in Noynoy and what he can do. He just refuses to acknowledge that feeling.

        See, I can get emo, too. LOL.

        I can rant, too. Here I go:

        The way I look at it, some people really do not give a flying f*ck about qualifications. I cannot see Noynoy supporters as serious about why they want Noynoy for president. It’s as if their bar for hiring the Philippine President is at the same level as hiring a low-risk employee, um, like a janitor. Ang kailangan ko sa cleaner, masipag at mabait. Teka, hindi pa pala aabot si Noynoy dun sa janitor requirement ko if I follow his followers’ line of thinking — mabait lang daw eh.

        Ang labo n’yo, mehhhn. Kung ordinaryong mamamayan dumadaan sa butas ng karayom bago magkatrabaho, hindi ba dapat suriin din ang applicant for president? Papayag ba sila na dapat ibigay lang ang pagkapresidente sa nagpapanggap na siya ay karapatdapat? Dahil anak siya ng nanay at tatay nya na may pangalan? Kung nakatitulo ang buong Pilipinas sa pamilya nya, matatanggap ko pa yun.

        Seriously, I still do not get it why parang mas mataas ang expectations ng ilang tao sa common empleyado kesa sa expectations sa TOP EXEC ng bansa. Kung strict kayo in hiring household help, office employees and managers, siguro naman di nakakahiyang mag-isip ng mas malalim para sa posisyon na makakaapekto sa buong bansa. Puro emosyon lang ba dapat ang pairalin?

        Ang bayan ang boss ng presidente. Aren’t we entitled to hire the best possible candidate based on experience, what he can do and not all based on how we feel about him? How much are we paying the president? Sama na natin yung ibang perks. Tapos mahina ang ilalagay sa posisyon? Dahil ba marami tayong magpapatak sa sweldo nya okay lang na “bahala na basta mabait” ang line of thinking? Di naman ata tama yun. It’s time to get value from this position.

        It’s time to put a real working president in Malacanang. Matagal nang natapos ang EDSA ’86. Umusad naman tayo. And anong ituloy ang laban? Di naman tumigil ang bayan sa laban. Kayong mga pulitikong tamad lang naman tumigil when you got fat in your positions.

        Gising, bayan! Gising!

        Did you feel the sincerity and selfless love for the Philippines in that rant? I’ll run in 2022. LOL.

        Good afternoon.

      • ChinoF says:

        You call that a rant? That’s more of reasoning than a rant!😉 Good day, dude.

      • brianitus says:

        Chino,

        LOL. I can’t even rant right. hahaha.

        Cheers, dude!

      • ilda says:

        Hi brianitus

        Unfortunately, we tried for months to elevate the presidential race to a higher level by advocating for a real platform from each candidate but the Filipino people just want to vote using their gut. Now, the race is back to the same old style of campaigning which is using the most annoying advertisement and hiring celebrities to campaign for the candidates. Swerte talaga ni Noynoy kasi kapatid na nga nya yung biggest celebrity, anak pa sya ni Cory at Ninoy.

        Kaya nga akala ng lahat “it’s his destiny”🙂

      • brianitus says:

        Gut feel. If this nation was great in gut feel then we should be awash with lotto winners.

        Hay, too bad wala na Gordon’s Gin. That would have been a powerful tool to woo these unthinking people. Lasingin na lang mga yan. Sarado isipan eh.

      • ilda says:

        Lasing na lasing na sila kay Noynoy. Kaya nga hindi ma gets yung message nung TIME magazine eh🙂

      • brianitus says:

        Noynoy should be reclassified as a hybrid hallucinogen worse than LSD — you get stuck with visions of yellow.

      • bokyo says:

        Actually brianitus the only reason I see why they opted for Noynoy is “Kasi uso siya” . Since the Cory magic, most of them want to have that “feel” of being part of the legacy. “Binoyo ko si Noynoy, kaya bayani na din ako!”. Everyone on that camp wants to be a hero.

        We’re taught here about CMMi. CMM stands for Capability Maturity Model, with 5 levels of maturity levels, with Level 5 the highest. Level 5 is a “Continuous Improvement” level, meaning the institution still seeking improvements despite having a high quality standards.

        And you know what they call the lowest level? The “HERO LEVEL”.😀

        And assessing the performance of our country, we’re still in Level 1, when everyone wants to be a hero, very chaotic, and very little/unimplemented set of standards.

        We have too many heroes already. Even if we want to be a hero, we really don’t live up to it.

      • waitwat says:

        Tower of Babel mentality. The higher you go up, the more likely you will be put down to the earth.

        I….. just made that up…. Sorry. LOL

  44. Shaddap says:

    It’s simple. Filipinos are stupid.

    The bright ones like us form a miniscule minority who are bullied into submission by the stupid majority.

    • Vox Populi says:

      I agree. The bright ones have already migrated to other countries.

    • usi says:

      @Shaddap: yep! my Noynoy supporter friend said, ‘kahit sino ang manalo, di pa rin tayo uunlad kung di sa atin magsisimula ang pagbabago.’ huwat?!?! you voted for Noynoy (yes, past tense because he’s an Absentee Voter) and, if he wins and fails to deliver, you’ll blame the whole nation including the 63% of surveyed voters who do NOT like him?!?! where’s your accountability, my friend?!?! you should blame yourself for giving an irresponsible public official more responsibility!! ..i was that shocked (and a bit pissed of course!) but i didn’t tell it straight to his face.. sigh..too much TFC!!

  45. ben says:

    Unfortunately, the Noynoy movement has become somehow cultic.

    What I’m seeing in this circus called the Philippine Politics, is the same thing I experienced (or still sometimes experience) when I argue against some cult members who were successful in converting my tita and 2 of my cousins.

    The 2 can be compared like so:

    1. Their target market is the easily fooled, hungry-for-something-to-satisfy-their-souls people.
    2. They will never answer questions, regardless how simple they are.
    3. They will continue to accuse you of being the enemy if you are not in agreement with them.
    4. They will bring arguments and discussions around in circles to try and confuse you.
    5. Their justifications are repetitions of what was told to them by their “leaders”.
    6. Their theories are right and you are always wrong.

    Can you guys come up with more?

  46. Karlow says:

    who’s watching noy right now in kandidato? he seemed to be fidgeting when asked about withdrawing support for arroyo after the hello garci controversy and how it was related to luisita lols.

    • ilda says:

      Hi karlow

      He was just being typical. Dodging questions that would put him in a compromising position. You can’t expect much from this dude. What we see now is just a sample of how he is going to handle issues and controversies. His presidency will be pretty much like this all the way to the very end.

    • ben says:

      Lol… HOMER SIMPSON IN THE FLESH! Yellow, bald and STUPID!

  47. sche says:

    they’d simply vote noynoy just because they dont want villar. that’s just it.
    surveys are to be blamed for the filipino mindset that there are only two candidates battling for the post.
    so figure– that they’ll vote NOT the one they dislike.
    i just wish they’ll see the other worthy candidates despite ranking poorly on survey tallies.

    • ilda says:

      Hi sche

      We can only hope the voters do not get carried away by those silly surveys. A lot of Filipinos are too lazy to think for themselves. They just want to do what everyone is doing. Cross your fingers that this time around, they will go against the trend🙂

    • usi says:

      @sche: worse, they think they’re being ‘heroic’ for ‘saving’ the country from, accdg. to them, ‘the next Thaksin’..sigh..they forgot we’re in a democratic country!

  48. Alexius says:

    “With friends like these, who needs big campaign budgets?”

    No matter how much I look at it, I see naught but a man clad in yellow, selfishly and blindingly clinging to past memories, which all I can assume is he has yet to get over with. I can never understand the pain they might have felt, nor the turmoil my grandparents and other relatives felt during the Marcos regime, but please, that is over and done with.

    That was then, this is now.

    You may say I am a fool and a bigot, you may believe that I can never really truly know what it was like to “live under a dictator’s grasp,” you may tell me that I can only say these things because I am fortunate enough not to have been alive back then but that is the point isn’t it?

    That was then, this is now.

    Whatever happened then, all I can say is, it didn’t do any much of any real good now. Then, we were one of the best. Now, people can’t even acknowledge our talents unless we post videos of it on YouTube.
    Why keep bringing back the “glory of the old days” when they were the days that eventually resulted into what we are now – a footnote of our once glorious tale as a leading nation in Asia?

    History repeats itself not because of inevitability, but because of the fact that people choose to be complacent.

    No wonder people love to demean “those who think for themselves.”

    Kudos to you guys and ladies for what you’re doing here.

    • ilda says:

      Thanks Alexius!

      You’re right. It’s time to move on. We need to be forward looking not backward looking.

      The past is in the past. We can correct our elder’s mistakes now. We have the power to do it. It’s simple, yet no one wants to accept the truth.

      Cheers!

  49. Do says:

    Truth Hurts friend.. accept the fact that GORDON OUT QUALIFIES the rest.. this website bases everything on fact.. or dapat matagal na na kasuhan si dick gordon for slander or libel on tv radio etc.. his slate is really really clean.. it’s not to late to be a thinking voter.. make the right choice

  50. Do says:

    i feel less filipino because of the noynoy supporters..😦 whatever happened to the thinking voter?? Formidable Track records?? Weighing Irrefutable Facts?? Unblemished Reputations??

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