According to the Inquirer.net editor in his most recent Op-Ed, “President”-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III garnered “the most remarkable mandate since the present Constitution’s ratification in 1987”.
Dude. And I thought the Inquirer.net had behaved like such a pathetic lackey of the Yellow Army all through the last twelve to 24 months leading up to this years election. Looks like our Media “heroes” have outdone themselves yet again. The extent to which this venerable paper is being prostituted before the altar of 1980’s emo politics is becoming quite astounding even by the small standards of Philippine politics. Firstly, to call a non-majority 40% “win” a “remarkable” mandate quite frankly comes across as a mere insult to the intelligence of the vacuous readership of the Inquirer.net. As Arnel Endrinal observes in his assessment of the 15th May front page of the Inquirer:
“Overwhelming mandate”? The author, Thelma Sioson San Juan, seems to have forgotten that Aquino is just taking in a bit more than 40% of the votes while almost 60% did not vote for him, hardly overwhelming. Funny if we use the same logic, both Binay and Roxas whose numbers were near 40% got overwhelming mandate too, which doesn’t make any sense!
He was referring to San Juan’s “news” report, the equally slanted ‘People’s President embraces destiny which, considering it is classified as a news report, is an affront to the profession of journalism. Here’s one of the gems of creative writing injected into this “news report”
His candidacy was triggered by the people’s clamor following the death of his mother, the icon of democracy and revered former President Corazon Aquino. Yet city slickers have hardly caught a glimpse of how this “people power” candidate is truly at home with the people, and they with him. He doesn’t have to fake it.
One of the fundamental questions the above passage begs is how factual a phrase like “the people’s clamor” is. Indeed, there are many such Aquinoist jargon that peppers Kamaganak Inc media outlets like the Inquirer.net and the brain cell killing “products” of ABS-CBN nowadays. The bigger question becomes Who is going to protect the Filipino mind now that both Government and Media are in bed together under a Noynoy administration?
Second, I might remind everyone what such an “overwhelming” mandate means in the context of Philippine elections. The only real overwhelming mandate here is shared by Noynoy with that other popular Filipino politician Joseph “Erap” Estrada who comes in second place in this year’s elections. Recall that the last time there was a similarly “overwhelming” mandate was in 1998 when Erap garnered 40 percent of the vote while Gloria Macapagal Arroyo bagged almost 50 percent of the vote.
Behold the 1998 election results! Read it and weep:
1998 Election Results for President
1998 Election Results for Vice President
The moral of the story is, before you label any kind of election as a “remarkable mandate”, think first and try to recall what it really means to get such a “mandate” from The Filipino Voter.
Look who’s gonna be sworn in
by a Barangay Captain…