The Second Aquino Government: An opportunity for the Filipino to step up and LEAD

First of all I’d like to express how proud I am of the Philippines’ Commission on Elections (COMELEC). It overcame the hexes cast upon it by shamans in the Philippine Media and the parties they supported, and stepped up in the face of overwhelming disapproval. Amidst the descent to a primitivist government, the COMELEC stands tall as a lone beacon of modernism in our backward society. To be fair to the, its esteemed Editor sucked it in and issued a statement albeit just a wee bit short of an apology (my boldface added):

CONTRARY to the most dismal expectations, quite a number of which were shared by the Inquirer, the country’s first nationwide automated elections have turned out to be a success.

Just forget for now that to these bozos in Kamaganak Inc, “success” is necessarily presupposed by an Aquino win. As such, the statement is not quite too far up in my scale of classiness but, hey, that’ll do, mate — for now. For good measure, just to keep the on its toes, I might point out, again that in the last eight to 24 months, the venerable rag behaved in a way that significantly SUBTRACTED from the much ballyhooed credibility of an industry (in which it shares leadership with another modern-day crony organisation, ABS-CBN) that sees itself as our society’s “guardian of truth and freedom”.

It is, indeed, ironic that the COMELEC, for so long the blacksheep institution of the Philippine public sector, has rocketed to the top of civil service excellence on the back of a feat of technology implementation, while the stalwart relics of 1980’s emo politics now stand under the stern gaze of a public that have all but caught on to the con operation they had subject Da Pinoy to for the last twenty five years.

If Cory Aquino had brought pride to the Philippine Nation in 1986 for leading the (now perverted) people power “revolution” of that year, Noynoy Aquino, her eldest son, now stands to do the same twenty four years later — by standing aside as the institution he sought to undermine stands tall and casts a gloating shadow on his ironic win in legitimate polls.

Not to diminish the achievement of the COMELEC, it must be said that it does not take much to cast a shadow upon the smallness of the second Aquino administration. For those who came in late into the “debate” on who should be President of the Philippines, people who voted for Noynoy Aquino lack a convincing answer to the question of “Why Noynoy?” posed by commenter “stupidmanhere. Noynoy supporters voted with their gut, on the basis of a pedigree platform, and under the influence of a Media-engineered bandwagon effect.

I see the dawn of a government headed by a person who cannot lead as an opportunity for the Filipino to lead the way they were meant to as the most IMPORTANT elements in any truly democratic society.

It’s time Filipinos take accountability beyond being mere voters. Being constituents of a democratic government entails responsibility beyond the Vote. Electing a president is not the end of our role. It is the beginning of it.

We must recall how Noynoy Aquino and his supporters broke their promise to have a real platform (not the type they put forth that merely insults the Filipino’s already meager intelligence) tabled by the time the official campaign period started. That requirement is even more relevant now that Aquino has real responsibility.

The measures of a president’s success are quite simple: a president must have:

(1) A clear understanding of his country’s most pressing issues – the As-is State;

(2) A lucid view of what he envisions his country to look like by the time he steps down six years later – the To-be State of the Philippines in 2016.; and,

(3) A roadmap to get us there — The Plan.

Yes, Mr President: Platform, plez. It becomes more real now — specially to the people you’ve made promises to. The countdown to 2016 is on. And we will be watching — and leading your government.

So what’s the plan, Mr President?


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49 Responses to The Second Aquino Government: An opportunity for the Filipino to step up and LEAD

  1. GabbyD says:

    but he does have one.

    you dont agree with it, but he has one.

    • BenK says:

      His job starts on June 30. Whatever he says and does beginning on that date is what I’ll be keeping track of. If you’re referring to a ‘plan’ meaning that goobledygook that’s on his website or has dribbled out of his pie hole so far, don’t waste my time. What happens once he’s actually on the payroll and sitting at the big people’s table is what counts.

    • jethernandez says:

      GabbyD… Alang plano si Noynoy… he just had this bump on the head from his mother’s coffin. Those who have plans are the persons who have used the worst loser in this election… his VP Mar Roxas… they have self-serving plans. These persons belong to the GRAND COLLUSION OF OLIGARCHS AND OLIGOPOLIES. The simple plan is to retain profitability trend (business and corruption as usual) and GAIN MORE. Analyze the composition of the persons who surrounds him… YOU THEN HAVE YOUR ANSWERS. If you have access to the power circle of this GRAND COLLUSION, even if you have principles, you only have two options… JOIN THEM OR GET THE HELL OUT OF THIS ABNOY REPUBLIC OF THE PIRIPINS.

      Get it?????

    • Jay says:

      Generalizations aren’t cutting it as platforms. What Gibo and Gordon had are platforms are suppose to be. Plus they don’t need a kodigo to remind them what those points are. They can say it straight up and back it up in any form of public forum or debate.


      • Jay says:

        Also gabby D, stop being an idiot and read Platform, Plez. Shit you’re like that kid in a competitive college course that is getting left behind but wanting all the attention of the class to go to them.

        and benk, its not much of a payroll compared to an artista’s yearly income. Of course he’s in a position where he can influence the money to go his family and the oligarch’s way.

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  3. wandering_flipflops says:

    I’m actually looking forward to the day where his (NA) government goes “bagsak.” I know that’s a terrible thing to say and probably even unpatriotic but, hey! Just saying….

  4. manila paper says:

    According to the Inquirer, Aquino’s first order of business will be to form a commission that will reopen the Hello Garci and fertilizer scam investigations. Was he ad-libbing or following his handlers’ script? For now, I’ll assume he meant what he said. Not a good sign.

    • jethernandez says:

      That is a “good move” diverting the attention on the REAL ORDER OF BUSINESS WHICH IS THE APPOINTMENT OF DEPARTMENT SECRETARIES, DIRECTORS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF KEY DEPARTMENTS, OFFICES… THIS INCLUDES THE GOVERNMENT OWNED AND CONTROLLED CORPORATIONS… while the media is molding the ignorant population into something “grand” or “larger than life” anti-corruption eklat eklat chuvachuchu blahblahblah … the Mar Roxas manipulators are already feasting themselves as CEOS and BODs… GabbyD may ask again… WHAT IS THE FnCKING SOLUTION? Reply: You either JOIN THEM OR GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE…

    • benign0 says:

      @ manilapaper, looks like Mr President remains consistent to the form he exhibited in his campaign and to the form his mommy exhibited during her administration — backward-looking rather than forward-looking.

      Of course I am not saying that crimes should not be investigated and prosecuted. But to use that as your flagship call in your first order of public grandstanding as President of the Republic rather than a more forward-looking first-order-of-business call such as a hunkering down to come up with a plan to reduce poverty by, say, 20 percentage points by 2016 says something about the man with the bad comb-over.

      That’s kind of an indication of the presidential tendency — that he’d prioritise the past over the future is telling of what Noynoy’s government will be up to and focused on in the next 100 days.

      Kawawa nga naman talaga ang Pinoy. Low priority na naman ang na pala. 😀

      As to the plan, indeed there is a scientific method (as Mr JetHernandez points out here) to coming up with one as most Chief Executives worth their salt would know. The question is does President Noynoy have at least a bit more grasp of such a methodology than, say, Mr GabbyD?

      In short: Is President Noynoy Aquino smarter than GabbyD?

      Abangan ang susunod na kabanata…

      By the way, don’t forget to tune in tomorrow (13th May 2010) to Sentro ng Katotohanan where President Noynoy’s campaign promises will be taken apart and mercilessly scrutinised like only a GetRealist can!

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      • Gabby Ong says:

        Yes, GabbyD is smarter than Noynoy Aquino. Jet, be nice to him.

      • manila paper says:

        @Benigno, one theory: Running after Arroyo could be the yellow brigade’s way of distracting the public from an Aquino administration’s inability to solve real problems and deliver real results. In the same way that George Bush the Elder and George Bush the Younger used Gulf Wars and the “Axis of Evil” to look busy, when in truth they were not producing any results that mattered to the lives of everyday Joes. “There’s an enemy out there, but as long as we’re fighting them and killing them, and Bush is looking presidential, then nothing else is discussed.” (see This approach worked for the yellow brigade during the campaign. All the fear-mongering over Gloria becoming Prime Minister, Gloria declaring a failure of elections, etc kept people so preoccupied that they forgot there about track records, qualifications, and platforms.

      • benign0 says:

        Interesting that you’d mention that. Waging war is indeed a great way for governments to galvanise and unify its constituents (in the process, distracting them from domestic issues and/or their own personal wretchedness).

        Although countries like Germany, the US and Japan went on to put their population to work building awesome military infrastructure and war economies, the Philippines to effect the same outcome, does so in that uniquely flaccid Pinoy way: It gets its citizens to dance the ocho-ocho on Manila’s streets, spread rumours about election “failures” and waxes poetry about bygone 1980’s emo politics. It succeeds (or, rather, succeeded in the past) at distracting a vacuous population and inciting moronic mobs from their pathetic wretchedness, but fails to produce any lasting assets (infrastructure, political leverage, and new technologies and expertise) the same way military build-ups do at the end of the craziness.

        Indeed, there are parallelisms with the way advanced societies do their politics. It’s just that Da Pinoys’ version is flaccid and mediocre and lacks durable results.

      • Jon Abaca says:

        Instead of using foreign enemies, the powers that be in this country turn on each other. They turn their rival into a scapegoat, with corruption as the sin.

        It’s not surprising that the first order of business is the prosecution of corrupt officials. Corazon Aquino did the same thing when she got into power.

        I think the main reason that Germany, the US and Japan succeeded in their war economies is that the average person felt the need to participate. In this country, many people can’t even be bothered to clean up after themselves in Jollibee, much less make sure their chosen candidate does what he promised. Just because they voted, many Filipinos start acting like Pontius Pilate.

      • GabbyD says:


        “As to the plan, indeed there is a scientific method (as Mr JetHernandez points out here) to coming up with one as most Chief Executives worth their salt would know.”

        ah, fantastic! may plan pala eh! stop TEASING us with it , and just tell us what it is!

        wow us with your scientific plan! go B0!

      • benign0 says:

        I thought you’d never ask, Mr GabbyD. Click here to check it out. 😀

      • GabbyD says:

        ah, population control! fantastic! of course, none of the candidates expressly believed that the RH bill is about economic growth, but about filling in the unmet demand for contraceptives.

        also, noynoy has a position on RH, that does not 100% agree with yours… wait, maybe thats the point. if noynoy’s plan is not B0’s plan, then noynoy MUST be stupid, coz B0 is right…?

        is that it? its only a good plan if its your plan? coz ur opponents are ALWAYS inferior?

        i can dig it…i can totally understand that!

        at any rate, sige, take ur time, come up with a complete plan that deals with the unhigh-lighted parts of ur diagram. i look forward to reading it, and submit to ur enlightened mind.

        nice diagram! what program? word processor or something more grafix-y?

      • benign0 says:

        Tsk tsk. As usual GabbyD you missed the point of that brilliant article. You zeroed in on the population control thing there which was just used as an example in the framework which is the actual subject of that article.

        And yes, indeed. That framework for building a plan is superior to any I’ve seen proposed Da Pinoy Blogosphere. That is, of course, if you can come up with a specimen that can challenge it in terms of quality.

        If you want an example of where this framework is applied click here and check out the top most row in the matrix you see there shaded in bluish green. Click on the link labeled “The BK Platform” and you will find what you seek. 😉

      • Fak-Ewe says:

        Gabby Angelo Domingois so fakken stoopid… Instead of shooting that bastard, it’s better to just drive a nail through his brain. 😉 Maybe at that split second before the nail goes through his graymatter, that’ll be the only time he’ll get it.

      • GabbyD says:

        tsk tsk indeed! sadly, it is YOU who missed the point. of course, noynoy has a framework — its just not the same as urs… see, thats called having different platforms of governance. of course u knew that, and by ur impeccable logic, having different ideas means he has “low-quality” ideas. amen, brother. amen.

        dont worry. there will be plenty of opportunities to discuss SPECIFIC points/issues in whatever framework u might care to write up. please feel free to opine. i look forward to reading them. i do.

        so what software do u use? word? something more specific for charts? its lovely.

      • benign0 says:

        You know me too well, Mr GabbyD. It is different from mine, THEREFORE inferior as far as this discussion with you is concerned — that is, of course, unless you are able to cite what specific qualities in this framework you imagine Noynoy to possess are superior to mine.

        Btw, thanks. That diagram was rendered on MS PowerPoint.

      • jethernandez says:

        funnny GabbyD… i still couldn’t distinguish whether you’re playing dumb or just being your true nature… hehehe… grabe… ang tyaga naming makipag usap sa ‘yo. para kaming naikikipag usap sa president elect… so… mukhang pinipilit mong MAG LEVEL UP… So what do you know about FRAMEWORK? sige DEFINE… yung STANDARD AND GENERALLY ACCEPTED definition at yung OPERATIONAL definition mo…

        for the sake of “every all”… and for argument’s sake… we need to be clear on your definition of a framework… baka kasi ang alam mong framework ay yung picture frame na nabibili sa bangketa… sige… DEPAYN!!!!

    • Pinay Goddess says:

      “According to the Inquirer, Aquino’s first order of business will be to form a commission that will reopen the Hello Garci and fertilizer scam investigations”.

      The creation of a commission to do that will only add another layer to an already bloated bureaucracy. The Department of Justice, the Ombudsman and the Solicitor General can handle the cases he wants to pursue. Of course, he has to make appointments first as his first order of business.

      • GabbyD says:

        actually, its a way of addressing these specific problems WITHOUT bloating bureaucracy.

        a commission that has 1) specific life span , 2) specific objections, 3) will disappear after its job is done will, by definition, NOT require a permanent increase in the size of govt.

      • GabbyD says:

        specific objectives , not objections…

      • BenK says:

        Please cite examples of recent government commissions that have clearly stated the parameters of all three of those conditions before being seated, and then followed through on them.

        And PG is absolutely right, anyway: the resources and agencies of government are already in place to address those issues. Why is another layer of government necessary at all, regardless of its potential effectiveness?

        Waste and unnecessary bureaucracy.

      • GabbyD says:

        off the top of my head? the committee that investigated ninoy’s murder disappeared (some guy’s name, i forget… it was a fact finding commssion) during marcos’ time… there was also a commission that dealt with Hacienda Luisita, and found that the land should be returned…

      • manila paper says:

        The Gloria witch hunt = PCGG Round 2. After nearly 25 years, the mission of the commission still hasn’t been accomplished. Doy Laurel claimed that Ferdinand Marcos on his deathbed asked him to give a letter to Cory Aquino offering to turn over 90% of his assets to the Philippine government in exchange for burial in the Philippines. Cory Aquino refused, and the Philippines lost the opportunity to retire a major chunk of its foreign debt. (Debt that Cory Aquino was not able to repudiate despite declaring a revolutionary government.) Debt which the Filipinos are still paying for now. Just one example of national interest being sacrificed for a personal grudge.

        Fine, investigate Gloria. But what else? Is that all? Is that the number one priority? If it is, we are in big trouble.

      • ChinoF says:

        Actually, the objectives of his so-called commissions are questionable… Hello Garci and fertilizer scam are mainly anti-Gloria motives. An obsession with anti-Glorianism. No real long-term benefits for the country. He should focus on the cabinet appointments, forming plans for economic recovery and HLI. Engaging in a witch hunt is the last thing a new president should do. The commission that dealt with Hacienda Luisita only rediscovered what was already established since Ferdinand Marcos was still a senator… that Luisita should have been given over to the farmers in 1967. Yes, founding commissions can be intentional red herrings to give the illusion that Aquino is doing something against corruption, but he may be doing something else underneath them. He just founds commissions, then lets them go so he can sleep at his desk in Malacanang.

  5. HbbZxEr says:

    can anyone make a website like
    that will convince the yellow zombies

    • Jay says:

      He didn’t have much really in his list of generalizations and shitty promises (equality among the gay and straights or something? I doubt the gay community in pinas is influential enough to hold any leader under scrutiny).
      Thing is the yellow zombies only know emotions. Reading and comprehension are too taxing for their brains but they know the feeling of being betrayed or scammed. Its more like a challenge for Noynoy to try hide the stuff or compromise with his zombies to look over his mistakes.

  6. johndoe88800 says:

    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

    I feel that we need an organization with money to make sure the next election will not be sidelined by personal issues and will get people to focus on what needs to be discussed.

    We trusted our watchers(the media) to be neutral and be in the pursuit of truth. It is painfully obvious this election that this is not the case. We need an organization that will bankroll campaign, not to simply tell the citizenry to vote wisely(ako ang simula, ako mismo, etc) but to actively pursue the issues on hand and provide a level field for all participants in the election.

    We have seen the different forums and discussions that were held and how they simply treated the candidates with kid gloves and general statements. We can no longer trust them. They could not be bothered to go into the details of what the people needed to know.

    The media who had “phone-in” portions which chose only those that were harmless and easy to their candidates of choice can not be trusted.

    Who watches the watchers?

    I was just thinking that if I had the money to spend this recent election and made some ads on primetime showing the credentials and past performance of the presidentiables, perhaps things might have been a little bit better.

    I believe we need to play our part. Push the issues to the front. If people knew that Noynoy was not able to pass any laws, If people were reminded of all the graft cases of Erap, If people knew more of C5 of Manny Villar, then perhaps it would have been a different ballgame.

    The hard part means we need money. We need to play their game. Money talks. Online doesn’t mean anything. Online campaigning would be unable to reach the masses. We can clearly see that in the amount of votes that Dick Gordon had.

    That’s why we need to all go and buy lotto tickets and whoever wins will pay for the whole damn thing.


    If somebody could set it up, perhaps we can get it rolling a bit. we still have 6 years to go.

    • Jon Abaca says:

      I don’t think any of the economic elites in this country would want to bankroll such initiatives. Also, I doubt any of the big media companies would want to push through with such programming. Why show such programs when the latest soap opera can attract more viewers and more ad revenue?

      If there is an avenue for our ideas to get to the masses, I think it is with the Internet. Information is generally accessible (unless you’re in the PRC or other such states). Blogs are nice, but sadly the average Filipino doesn’t really have the patience to read such serious tops. I think video blogs would reach more people.

      The first problem is language. Lots of people can’t speak English to save their lives much less understand topics requiring a sizable vocabulary. I think speaking in Tagalog (I refuse to call it Filipino) won’t cut it either because lots of people really do think it’s the language of cultural imperialism.

      The second, and greater, problem is marketing. Lots of Filipino youths (who are more likely to listen) only view the Internet as a source of entertainment. That’s where they get the latest patch of DotA, so to say. We have to change that perception.

      The last problem is regular content. Writing blogs is hard enough, but turning it into an engaging video presentation that people will take seriously? Hmmm. Difficult indeed.

    • benign0 says:

      @ Mr Jon Abaca, we had long ago identified the continued waste of scarce resources in maintaining Tagalog-language discussion in public schools as an easy fix — i.e. simply eliminate Tagalog-language instruction in public schools. Simple.

      For details on this proposal, click here.

    • Jon Abaca says:

      That was a nice article. I agree with it fully.

      I am against Tagalog as a national language. It’s hard enough learning English, but learning it with Tagalog when neither are used at home makes everything harder.

      I still think that there should be better cultural representation for the other languages in the archipelago. I cite India as an example. Some languages are official languages in their region.

      However, all languages of Philippines are inefficient from an educational standpoint. While it’s possible to communicate everyday ideas, expressing ideas from science and other more complex topics is difficult.

      Something I wasn’t able to put across on my previous comment was the idea of communicating in the local dialect of the region. The ideas will certainly reach more people. For example, a Cebuano video blog expressing getrealist ideas would be applicable to people in the South.

      I don’t really know how many people fit the following criteria.

      1.) They don’t know how to speak English.
      2.) They are open to getrealist ideas.

      My guess is low but it’s still an option though.

      • ChinoF says:

        English should be our national language. 😆

        To demonstrate its value, an officemate before said that she knew only Tagalog among local languages, while her grandmother know only a Mindanaoan language. But they spoke to each other very well… you guessed it, using English. Somehow, the bilingual policy passed by Education means to sow disunity in our country. English can unite different regions.

      • GabbyD says:

        isnt it our national language already?

      • BenK says:

        GabbyD….take it from me, as a native English speaker who has continuously lived here for about six years, um, no, it isn’t. Not even close.

      • GabbyD says:


        i agree. but the problem then isnt stated policy, but education.

        the right question we should ask is: how do we teach english such that the english ability improves, given constraints?

      • Jon Abaca says:

        We’ll need teachers who are really good in the local dialect and English.

        We’ll also need to expose the children to the language and give them a reason for using it. I think the big networks should stop dubbing cartoons and anime in Tagalog. That could build up their listening skill.

        When I was a child, Voltes 5 was in English, but I could tell that Filipino English speakers were the ones who dubbed it. Now, it, as well as most other programs meant for children, is in Tagalog.

      • BenK says:

        @Gabby, good question. This is a favorite topic of mine, maybe I should compose something for an article. The main problems are that the policy has been inconsistent, and that the English education of the teachers themselves is evidently very poor. As a consequence, the learning materials, curriculum guidance, and intellectual resources simply are not in place to implement any policy effectively.

      • Jon Abaca says:

        It should be.

        I mean, if the “national” language is generally unused in the provinces and is commonly viewed upon as cultural imperialism by fellow countrymen, why force the issue?

        As long as local dialects are used in everyday life, they are never going to die out. No worries there.

    • Jay says:

      I believe we need to play our part. Push the issues to the front. If people knew that Noynoy was not able to pass any laws, If people were reminded of all the graft cases of Erap, If people knew more of C5 of Manny Villar, then perhaps it would have been a different ballgame.

      Nothing against your ideas there but its rather difficult cutting the cold, hardline truths there when these same people tune in the Yellow Channel for their news sources *coughBIASEDcough*. Its more of a person issue than it is a ‘we need to get it out more to people’ issue. In western countries, the internet is nothing more than attention whore time, scams and porn. In other areas much like the Philipines, the net when used right is an alternative source of information when propoganda is about. And I think the youth may be catching on however they themselves have to want it bad. They can’t just wait for a saint to put the information in front of them and teach them everything about it. Initiative is what makes people strong enough to face down lies and seek the truth for themselves compared to those complacent people who don’t want to deal with anything until they become the victims.

      Tagalog/Filipino hasn’t united the 3 main regions in any way and there is always the issue of stuff that is lost in translation when a message is diluted in different dialects. I’ve already had my piece about the Filipino language not really having a word for efficient but someone corrected me. The message however is that no one really knows it and respects it, like the other asian countries do. I also agree none of dialects would ever disappear and if anything, Pinoys need the challenge of being bilingual or trilingual if they want a shot in the new global economy.

      I mean there aren’t any high opportunity engineer openings out there that Knowledge of tagalog preferred. In maybe 10 years, you’d probably need to know chinese, besides English.

  7. manila paper says:

    The first two things Aquino needs to do after forming a Cabinet are:
    1) Explain how he plans to close the P250-300 billion budget deficit.
    2) Present a plan for distributing land in Hacienda Luisita as soon as possible and providing enough government support for its farmers to make the land productive. Not in 2014. Now na. He then needs to extend this plan to other lands that have been marked for distribution since CARP was passed. This cannot wait. The problem of poverty in this country is inseparable from the fate of agricultural workers, who make up bulk of the indigent people in the Philippines. If Aquino was not a member of the landlord class, this would be a fairly straightforward thing to do. But he continues to avoid confronting agrarian reform head-on. That tells you whose interests he will protect at the end of the day, populist promises be damned.

    • Pinay Goddess says:

      Foremost, he should present the executive and legislative agenda of his administration. The blueprint should reflect the Aquino administration priorities.

  8. benign0 says:

    GabbyD….take it from me, as a native English speaker who has continuously lived here for about six years, um, no, it isn’t. Not even close.

    @ BenK, one thing I noticed here in Australia is how many adult Filipino immigrants (many in their late 20’s or 30’s) adopt an Australian accent — a cringe-worthy version of it — within several years of arriving. This is notable for people who themselves come from an English-speaking nation (supposedly the third-largest English-speaking country in the world). Thing is, a quickness to adopt an Australian accent indicates English language faculties that have not been fully-internalised in said speaker in the 20 to 30 years of their life before arriving here.

    Compare that to a small minority of Filipinos who grew up in an environment where English is widely spoken (and where kids were discouraged from watching Tagalog TV programming) — a world which, unfortunately, generally lies within the Philippines’ relatively elite gated communities, private schools, and social circles. Those sorts of Pinoys who come here generally have more deeply-internalised command of English and tend to retain the original accents they exhibited even back in the Philippines.

    That just indicates how English is spoken and understood in the Philippines at a merely superficial level (perhaps just enough for Pinoys to sit through a visually stimulating Hollywood movie).

    • ben says:

      I moved to Aus when I was 5 and my parents were in their 30s. They are educated and very fluent in American English. They never lost their accent. I would always laugh at my mum for speaking with such a thick american accent amongst aussies. But the aussies never cared, they actually appreciated it more than the fake filo-aussie fresh accent that most filos have.

      Well, I’m not saying my family’s perfect 😆

  9. NotMasochisticFilipino says:

    I will help the government attain what it deserves. Based on the election results, they want idiocracy. I’ll give them more by making filipinos so dumb, they can’t recite ABCs anymore (not that this country need such help since we’re heading that way anyway).

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