Back in the early eighties amidst the “revolutionary” spirit following the assassination of Noynoy’s daddy Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr, one of the initiatives that really caught on was the boycott of what were at the time the biased newspapers Daily Express and the Manila Bulletin, and Marcos-crony businesses such as Rustan’s and San Miguel Corp.
History does indeed repeat itself.
Today, we are seeing a return of the AQUINO version of the Marcos regime.
How ironic is that? Ironic, but certainly not far-fetched. We are seeing a coming administration that has cronies entrenched in major utility and infrastructure firms that have direct impacts on the everyday lives of ordinary Filipinos. Isn’t it about time that we start boycotting today’s crony businesses as well? These are businesses that have turned bullshitting the Filipino into a corporate science.
It seems the Yellow Army have a three-pronged strategy to ensure ascent of Noynoy Aquino to power — even in the event of his loss in the election itself:
(1) Condition people to see an inevitable Noynoy win — which is what all these “surveys” are for — to set people up to be sorely disappointed or shocked in the event that Noynoy fails to win the election.
(2) Highlight and drum up a plausible scenario for a “failure of elections”. The automation initiative currently on-going is a perfect fall guy for this.
(3) Dig up and stir up nostalgia around past acts of rebellion that are then used to incite restlessness, breed suspicion, and introduce confusion and muddled ideas into the national “debate”, turning what should be a mature transfer of power into a national emotional outburst in the form of — what else? — the next big Edsa “revolution”!
I also made the observation in my Deferring to God’s Will article where I listed “components of the underpinning strategy of the sort of people who mount such cowardly attacks at the very institutions that their ‘heroes’ sacrificed to build”. Such an underpinning strategy “derives legitimacy from the perverted concept of ‘the people’s will’ that Filipinos had all but latched onto in the last couple of decades”. At the time I saw a similar three-pronged semblance in this strategy:
Prong 1: Defy the future Supreme Court Chief Justice
Noynoy Aquino had made public his plans to not recognise the Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court once he becomes President. Details around this plan can be gleaned from the exposé Noynoy Aquino: defying the Supreme Court! published on AntiPinoy.com to explore the sort of thinking that leads one to deciding on such bizarre courses of action. One can play the same game too, actually, and propose that perhaps that undermining of the Supreme Court by the Yellow Army is itself a ploy to ensure that the High Court is sufficiently defanged come the time when a bit more scrutiny around the Hacienda Luisita affair earns a bit more airtime in the Media. Of course people with better things to do don’t entertain such vacuous theories in their minds.
Prong 2: Engage in the spreading of conspiracy theories
Lately there are lots of hearsay news being published and broadcast by the Philippine Media about rumoured “military takeovers” in the event of an ”election failure”. And what might precipitate such a massive failure on a national scale? Any number of things. Filipinos are great at finding ways to fail. At the moment the on-going effort to automate ballot counting is being used as the little gremlin that will bring down the election house of cards. You’d think that such challenges to a successful exercise of the Filipino’s democratic rights would be seen by the future leaders of our sad republic as an opportunity to step up and propose solutions and mitigations to the risk of failure. Of course not. Not in a society that had all but turned losing and failing into a national science. Instead, those who the masses look up to to lead them forward sit back and spin conspiracy theories.
Prong 3: Invoke the “way out”
I once quipped that “I wouldn’t be surprised if we will one day find President Noynoy Aquino on Manila’s streets protesting his own government!” Nothing too farfetched about that scenario. With those conspiracy theories mongered by his handlers coupled with a bald threat to defy the Supreme Court itself, well, where do you think all those roads lead to? This one’s a no-brainer.
Indeed, Noynoy’s golf buddies in the Philippine Media are most likely complicit in all this, if their so-obvious bias is any indication. Consider then how the Bradley Effect cited by BongV in his recent blog sheds strong reasonable doubt on the reliability of those “surveys” regularly published and broadcast by the Philippine Media…
One of the primary explanations for the Bradley Effect is racial. Pollsters have suggested that voters may not want to admit to planning to vote against a black candidate, because they fear being perceived as racist, especially when the pollster is black. Polling organizations have also suggested that the Bradley Effect could be caused by undecided voters, many of whom lean in a conservative direction on election night.
Even without having to consider the Bradley Effect, there has always been the big question as to what purpose these “surveys” serve to begin with as they don’t in any way contribute to making voters any more informed in terms of the choice they need to make these coming elections. Instead, they provide a bandwagon mentality (read dumbing down) of the “debate”. Then again perhaps that is what an electorate so long world-renowned for their vacuousness do deserve.
Sayaw Pinoy, sayaw.
[This article is based on the GRP Facebook note of the same titled which, itself, is based on comments made on BongV’s AntiPinoy.com article Does an Aquino loss automatically mean there was massive cheating?]