Can somebody please turn back the hands of time? Where is Superman?!? We don’t have enough time to convince the majority of Filipino voters that they are making a huge mistake by voting for Noynoy! I keep thinking to myself, what if I had written about the owners of SWS and Pulse Asia earlier on say, three months ago? I wonder if the Liberal Party and their media cohorts would then still have the guts to continue publishing the dubious poll results knowing that people already know that the polling firms are allied with the Liberal Party.
It’s not just me who missed the connections between the owners of the two polling firms until late into the campaign. Apparently, mainstream media overlooked it too. After I published my blog on the 30th of April, Philstar.com wrote a similar article on the 6th of May highlighting the fact that Noynoy’s kin are allies behind Pulse, SWS. I can’t believe none of the media outlets saw this earlier. As expected, none of the directors from the firms or the media outlets like Inquirer.net want to explain their activities, a lot of which are obviously favourable to Noynoy. I’m pretty sure that this information could have helped stop them from publishing these dubious survey results and prevented the conditioning of much of the minds that constitute the electorate. I think it was too late when we finally realised that the Media had been playing with peoples’ minds all along — always painting a positive image of Noynoy and ignoring the rest.
Ever since I started blogging about Noynoy, I’ve always argued that it is not really Noynoy who will be running the show but the people behind him. I am not surprised now that he has been quoted as saying: “I am sharing 50 percent to 80 percent of the job (of the presidency) with my one and only partner Mar Roxas, and I am offering him not just one, but several portfolios in an oversight capacity.”
The arrangement is quite convenient for both Mar and Noynoy indeed. I had a strong feeling the reason why Mar gave way to Noynoy is because Mar knew fully well Noynoy’s inability to do anything significant, and that it will most likely be him who will be calling the shots anyway. I also had a strong feeling too that the reason why Noynoy agreed to run for the presidency is because he knew he could just rely on the people around him, particularly Mar who has been a close family friend all along.
The author of the article quoting Noynoy’s latest revelation, Ninez Cacho-Olivares, is right in saying that Noynoy “wants to be president of the republic, but does not want to accept responsibility and accountability because he knows he is incapable of handling government”. How dishonest of Noynoy and the Liberal Party. He announces his plan of job share after the endorsement from the Iglesia ni Christo was announced. He probably thinks that his bid is already in the bag anyway. Where is the integrity in that man? Where is the justice for the rest of the people who don’t believe in him? Noynoy Aquino is one piece of work. He is so used to people handing things to him on a silver platter and this includes the highest post in the land.
Earlier, I received a comment from one of our intelligent readers Migs. He was asking me to help him refute some of the reasons why his close friends are voting for Noynoy. After I finished typing my hasty response, I realized that there might be more people like Migs who still want to help prevent a national disaster from happening. As a last attempt before everyone goes out to vote, I have put here in a more coherent form my rebuttal to Migs’ friend.
Migs’ friend said:
Well, I am voting for the Noynoy who may not have authored as many bills as his rivals, but who was present in almost all Senate sessions (because laws don’t pass without the votes) while his rivals were busy campaigning for the presidency two years before the election. I am voting for the Noynoy who sat through budget hearings to question unnecessary government spending; the Noynoy who simply did his job, but did it well.
His friend is misguided in his belief that an average person or shall I say simpleton, is what we need. If that were the case, we may as well just pick some random guy out on the street, make him wear a barong tagalog and put him in Malacanang.
It’s too shocking to read how Migs’s friend could be quite happy with Noynoy’s perfect attendance in the senate sessions and simply overlook his lack of accomplishments. Noynoy did not do his job to the best of his abilities. As a senator it was his duty not just to offer nay or yay to the other senators who were proposing new laws. He too needed to have the initiative to come up with laws that will benefit the Filipino people, especially the poor. His nine bills aren’t enough proof of a job well done. This justification is very insulting to the hard working senators like Dick Gordon and the others who have authored bills and had them passed to law. It’s like saying that it is ok for a child to simply go to school everyday just to get a perfect attendance record and not be taken to task on the whole point of the exercise which is to understand the lessons and contributing to the discussions in class.
Migs’s friend said:
While he came from one of the richest families and one of the best schools in the country, Noynoy wears cheap clothes that grow two sizes larger at his campaign sorties. He lives in the small Times St. home he grew up in. He can choose to live the good life, but he lives a life with as many comforts as discomforts.
In so many respects, Noynoy is like the guy in the middle of the class ranking, who chooses to do things quietly but is always there when you need him. We often look for the person that stands out, but this Monday, I am voting for the average student because I can identify with him and he can identify with us. Maybe we don’t need the brightest president, but we certainly need one who will trust in the people and will be humble enough to listen to us.
This is just too judgemental in my opinion. People should never base their decision on who is going to be a good leader on appearance alone. Yes, Noynoy Aquino’s taste in clothing is quite a turn-off for most people but it is only highlighted because of his lack of accomplishments. Many people like Bill Gates were considered a nerd in manner and appearance but it is his hard work and success as an entrepreneur which made him the richest man in the world — definitely someone you can’t consider a slacker. Compare this to Noynoy. Noynoy is already 50 years old and still lives in the same ancestral home, though his living in the same house is not the problem per se. It is the fact that he has not proven that he can be an independent minded person that is the real point to be highlighted here. He has always lived in the shadow of his parents. He is not his own man.
People are wrong in thinking that Noynoy is humble. A humble person will not utter such bold statements as “If the counting of the votes is accurate, we will be victorious” He even dared to say that the bloody demonstration in Thailand will be insignificant if there is a failure of elections. He was suggesting that he does not care about risks of disruption to business, exposing innocent lives to danger, or destabilizing society. He is of the opinion that it is already a secure win for him and any other result is unacceptable. That is not an attitude of someone who is humble. Someone who is humble is someone who still believes that there is a possibility that people actually prefer another candidate other than him. Noynoy Aquino is full of himself.
A humble person would have admitted that he had an unfair advantage over other candidates because of his popularity and media connections especially his sister who is a movie star. A humble person would have admitted from the beginning that he plans to job share with Mar because he is not competent enough on his own.
What has become a great national illness is our propensity to look for a national messiah. We voted Marcos the bar topnotcher because he possessed the skills and the brains supposedly needed in the presidency. We elected Erap because he seemed to promise an end to poverty (sounds familiar?) We elected GMA because, with a Ph.D. in Economics, she should’ve possessed the working knowledge to build a stronger economy founded on stronger institutions.
Noynoy supporters who say that we cannot trust intelligent people are putting all intellectual people in the same mould. Again, they are being judgmental. If people will continue to think that intelligent people become evil, our society will not strive for excellence anymore. People will think that they will be shunned if they appear to be more intelligent than the average Filipino. Tell your friend to look at results or past achievements of the candidate rather than the number of diplomas then. Noynoy Aquino still fails in this department. Noynoy supporters it seems are being anti-intellectual.
Noynoy supporters are wrong in thinking that Noynoy will listen to the people. Over the whole campaign season there has been no evidence of him listening. The people around him seem to have busied themselves protecting Noynoy from all the news that was unfavorable to him. He has not addressed any of the issues. Any further calls for a presidential debate were considered too insignificant by Noynoy. This further insulted the thinking class. If he had addressed issues that were important to his opponents, people could have had the chance to see the real Noynoy. Instead, he was unavailable, too committed or uninterested. Noynoy is not someone who will listen to the people.
He does not even care that the SWS or Puls Asia surveys owned and operated by his family and friends were conducting surveys that suspiciously had him on top all the time. And the media owners who also have alliances with the Liberal Party, marched to all this in lockstep releasing the same poll results to the public to make everyone believe that their man is always winning.
He might not own a business empire but he has the backing of the biggest media outlets like ABS-CBN and the Philippine Daily Inquirer. They have been controlling the flow of information from the beginning. The media outlets backing Noynoy Aquino have been mainly responsible for playing with the minds of people. They repackaged Noynoy and made him look like a saint. As I wrote earlier: with friends like these, who needs big campaign budgets?
I hope people will realise this before going to the polls.
These sorts of things would have been important and insightful information that could have contributed to making the Vote this year an informed one. If only we had more time to disseminate it. Perhaps it is not too late. If dissemination is the only challenge now, there is still a day or two left. I hope many here who are reading this will step up to that challenge.