Filipino voters: Clueless about what they have done

Political blogging is like a sport. Like any sport, you win some and you lose some. The idea is to play like Roger Federrer, stay cool, calm and composed even in defeat. Sometimes though, one can’t help but act a little bit like John McEnroe and cry foul, especially when the opponent violates the rules of the game. As they say, he or she who cries the loudest gets the most attention. Hey, even Federrer cries once in a while. That’s what happens when you throw yourself 100% at what you do all the time. You can get carried away by your emotion whatever the outcome is at the end of the game.

Speaking of crying foul, Noynoy Aquino cried foul more than any other presidential candidate even when there was no foul play. That is precisely the reason why he got most of the attention during the campaign. Mind you, he didn’t even have to throw his 100% during the campaign but complaining did work for him as far as getting the most sympathy from voters.

Because I threw 100% of myself into blogging about the election during my spare time in the last few months, I missed out on watching a lot of films that have come out in recent times. I now have a full page with a list of films I need to see and I don’t know if I can catch up before the next round of blockbusters hit the cinemas. Since the wheels are in motion to Noynoy’s oath-taking despite electoral fraud allegations, I have had to reassure myself that choosing to write against Noynoy instead of watching a film or engaging in other extra curricular activities was worth it. The outcome of the election is regrettable to say the least. Nonetheless, writing is one of my favourite things. I don’t mind doing it, and hopefully I somehow make a difference while I’m at it.

I realize in hindsight, though, that no amount of voter education or fact-finding missions on behalf of the voters was ever going to be appreciated by the voters themselves. There were too many obstacles that stood in the way of significantly capturing their attention. Whether it was laziness or arrogance on their part I, and the rest of the Antipinoy.com bloggers had no chance of penetrating the defensive walls Noynoy’s supporters had put up. Still, the whole exercise was an eye opener for me personally. I’ll have to keep changing my strategy for the next game or else face the same fate again. That’s all I can do. That’s all we can do.

Perhaps it was my own idealism that blinded me to the real political situation in the country. Or perhaps it was my naive trust in the Philippine media to publish the truth in the past that led me to think that it was possible to dream. Whatever it is, I wasn’t the only one who thought that real change was what everyone wanted. Even seasoned politicians like Richard Gordon, and rookies like Gilbert Teodoro and Nick Perlas dared to dream of applying new politics in the Philippines.

Lucky for me I’m only worried about finding the time to watch the films that I missed out on. Spare a thought for those people who routinely miss out on meals on a given day, or the people who don’t even have a roof over their heads, or those who neglect to put any clothes on altogether for lack of any kind of ensemble to wear. Their lives after the election remain the same as it was before it. I doubt if they have even seen a film yet. I can’t help but think that it could have been me, born to a family who lives in a tiny shack without any chance of making it out of that stink hole.

I can’t help but wonder too about what goes on in the minds of the people who can really make a difference to the lives of the underprivileged majority. With just a few simple changes in government policies, the likes of Peping Cojuangco and other members of the Philippine oligarchy can give everyone equal opportunity to better their lives. How much money does one need to be able to say: “Ok, I’ve had enough money, time to relax and let others have a go at making some”. It’s the same sort of question we ask each other after watching one of those Star Wars episodes: Why does the Emperor have such a strong need to dominate the entire galaxy anyway?

People like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett treat their profession like a sport. The less emotion involved, the better the bottom line. And money is the best score keeper. Now that Bill and Warren have a lot of money, they can sit back, relax and venture into philanthropy. We all know that giving time and money is a thankless job so it’s best that people who have time and money like them do it more than anyone else. As Howard Buffet (Warren’s son) once said, it could have been him born in some remote village in Africa or India. Life is just the luck of the draw, so he is spending his time and money doing what he can to uplift the lives of the poor in some remote part of the globe.

Eradicating poverty is only a dream. People who try and help keep it at bay in real life like Bill, Warren, and Howard can only do so much. There will always be some crazy bozos who will seek world domination or want everything for themselves. They achieve this by keeping other people dependent on their mediocre services or by keeping people from being self-sufficient. That, in essence, is what the Philippine oligarchy is doing to the rest of Philippine society.

Now that the election game is nearly over, I want to review the strategies we used in our efforts to crush the Philippine oligarchy’s influence by way of putting the right leader in the country. These pointers might help in 2016:

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1. Campaign platforms

For months before the election campaign officially started, some of the veteran bloggers here at AntiPinoy.com and a newbie like myself have been engaged in debates on line with other prominent bloggers like Abe Margallo and Manuel L Quezon III about presidential platforms. We tried to elevate the discussion to a higher level by convincing Noynoy supporters that it is not about popularity but rather about what you bring to the table. Benign0 and BenK even came up with their own table of presidential platforms to help voters compare which candidate came up with the best. No one came up with a credible platform but at least some candidates came up with something we can hang on to for the next six years.

Abe Margallo from Filipino Voices kept telling us that voters don’t care about platforms. He famously said that “If your gut tells you it’s Noynoy, go for it!” We all laughed at him for quite some time and his gut spiel became the butt of jokes on line. It turns out, Abe knew Filipino voters like the back of his hand. Voters don’t care about platforms. They care about Noynoy’s love life and what he does in his spare time.

Voters were also smitten with the “Aquino Legacy” and are convinced that Noynoy will continue whatever it is they think that Ninoy or Cory could have achieved but for whatever reason did not. The voters don’t even have a clue what a platform is. You have to wonder now how they plan to evaluate how Noynoy sticks to his campaign promises during his term of office.

Lesson learned: Filipino voters are and forever will be, star-struck ignoramuses. If you want to run for the presidency in 2016, get an image makeover or try to appear “good” and “humble”.

2. Surveys and Polling firms

For some reason, we paid little attention to the election surveys in the beginning. I realized too late that Filipinos were dumb enough to think that if a candidate is popular, it necessarily means that he should be voted in as the president. We also failed to realize up until the last week before Election Day that the polling firms conducting the surveys were closely linked to the presidential candidate leading the polls. Likewise, despite the number of candidates allowed to run, people were actually just choosing between two candidates. You have to wonder why they still allow more than two candidates to run in the first place.

Lesson learned: Next election, call for more transparency around poll survey questionnaires; clamor for more polling firms to conduct surveys and be vigilant and critical of Media’s interpretation of the poll results.

3. Media Bias

Another thing that slipped under our radar was the fact that Noynoy Aquino was given more exposure by prominent media outlets like the Philippine Daily Inquirer during the campaign period. It didn’t matter how trivial the news was; Noynoy Aquino was always on the front page. Broadcast networks such as ABS-CBN also helped expose Noynoy to the masa through shows that flagged the “Aquino Legacy”.

Lesson learned: Media outlets owned and operated by members of the Philippine oligarchy will give more exposure to whoever presidential candidate offers concessions they can benefit from.

4. Religious endorsements

A week before Election Day, the leader of Iglesia ni Cristo announced that they will be endorsing presidential candidate Noynoy Aquino. It has been said that this religious group actually waits for the last minute before announcing their endorsement because they want to ensure that whoever they endorse actually wins — presumably with the aim of making a few deals with the president once in office. It was also said that Noynoy’s party was secretly courting that leader’s guarantee that the INC votes will be in their favor.

Lesson learned: The endorsement of religious leaders depends on which candidate is popular; religious leaders can make or break a presidential aspirant; Filipinos will vote for whoever their religious leaders instruct them to vote for.

5. Election Day thugs and vote buying

It seems that all of the above exercise with the possible exception of item number four will have no bearing on Election Day to the majority of voters because of the presence of thugs in the polling stations. As previously mentioned, police and military personnel who have no business being in polling stations and who are under the payroll of candidates, hang around to intimidate voters. If the Police and the military themselves are involved in this illegal behavior, to whom can the voters report the irregularity to?

The illegal activity called vote buying involves the buyer and the seller. They both are accountable for their actions. In this case, both parties won’t be willing to report each other because they both benefit from the activity. Unfortunately, the voter who sells his vote will only benefit in the short term.

Lesson learned: As long as irregularities like this happens on Election Day, any efforts at educating the voters will just go down the drain.

6. Automated Machines

It turns out that automated machines are not foolproof. Reports abound of machines malfunctioning, machines found kept in someone’s shed, the discrepancies in time lapsed, and allegations of malicious software installed in the machine itself.

Lesson learned: Filipinos cannot be trusted with both manual and automated election. Filipinos are very resourceful at finding a way to cheat.

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Given the above summary, we can therefore conclude that any efforts at helping Filipinos elevate the level of discussion about politics in general is futile. Any sound arguments will fall on deaf ears and will be met by glazed pairs of eyes. Perhaps the voters already know that anything can happen on the Election Day itself and as it happens, every irregularity under the Philippine sun did happen.

Political blogging is like a sport. There’s just an entirely different set of rules in the Philippines that only the politicians with an army know how to play. Cries of foul play will likely be dismissed as sour graping.

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  2. John Amend-All says:

    Oh, Ilda. My wife and I have been having this long running argument ever since election day and it looks like you are coming down on her side. We supported a long -time family friend and all around good guy for the local mayoral elections. He lost by 13k votes to 10k. He campaigned using volunteers, giving out nothing more than sweets for the kids. His opponent practised the most obvious and obscene vote-buying the town had ever witnessed (and made people sign for their 250p) as well as using stone-throwing mobs and all the rest.

    Asawako says our man will have to do the same next time if he expects to win. Philippines will never change, people will never elect the good guy over the scary guy. Me, I just think you have to remain true to your principles, keep plugging away, try to change minds, open hearts. And you come along and say “Filipinos are, and forever will be, star-struck ignoramuses. It’s the “forever will be” that gets me. May I tremblingly ask, what then is the point of Antipinoy?

    Best wishes

    John

    • Jay says:

      Forever may actually be true. Its a vicious cycle that has been perpetuating itself for the longest time. Though in my opinion if that cycle is to end, something drastic has to happen, specifically with those asked to vote note for the next 6 years but what could buy them food next week or some selfish ideas of them. A true social revolution may never be realized unless the people are willing to do the things needed for true order in the government and understand what may need to be sacrificed in order to obtain it.

      Forever is scary but a close reality. And sadly, time is precious resource for many.

    • ChinoF says:

      I’d say Antipinoy is based on the possibility that “forever” can be broken at some point.

    • Jon Abaca says:

      It’s understandable to mistake the current situation with a static reality, but look at it this way. The monarchies of France and Russia have existed far longer than the Republic of the Philippines, and they don’t exist now.

      Anything can change, given enough force.

      Let’s make it clear though that random violence and Communist takeovers are never a good thing. They’re just examples.

      • Jay says:

        Well, I’m optimistic for any force really. Be it a civil war or anything that scares our people into the reality of things. I’ve read in some some forum that maybe the koreans should keep coming to the Philippines, especially the north koreans.

      • ilda says:

        Hmmm…brute force… there is no fire in the Filipino people. I don’t think they even have the enthusiasm to even consider a civil war. Filipinos are back to their apathetic ways I’m afraid. Back to being consumers. During the election period, there was a small percentage of the population who were actively participating in the discussion but now, I can tell they are somewhat resigned to their fate again. I find the majority lifeless as if someone sucked the force out of them. Benign0 describes them as placid mongrels even. Where are the revolutionaries? It’s too bad there’s not a lot of them. Filipinos just let others take advantage of them really. I now often hear the words, “Let’s move on…” Move on to what?

      • bokyo says:

        Maybe they’re bidding their time to let the “majority” of the “voters” see who they really voted in the office.

      • Ryan Bosco says:

        Any form of government works as long as its leaders fulfill their duties to serve the people whether it be Democracy, Communism, Socialism or whatever. China has already proven that a strong and effective governance benefits the country as a whole.

        I recently saw a video on Youtube,

        about Vietnam’s Great Hanoi masterplan. I don’t understand Vietnamese but this video has something we Filipinos can learn from. I wouldn’t be suprised if Vietnam hosted the Olympic games before the Philippines. Bottom line is will Vietnam overtake the Philippines economically by 2030? Korea did it already. Even China.

        As Mar Roxas screamed, “PUTANG INA ANO BA TO?” Exactly my thoughts. What is happening to the Philippines?

    • ilda says:

      @John

      May I tremblingly ask, what then is the point of Antipinoy?

      At this point, the point of AntiPinoy.com is to point out what is apparently, still not obvious to the rest of Philippine society.

      We’ll just have to keep going at it until we find a media mogul who will come to our aid or create our own media outlet to rival those that continue to dumb down the electorate. It is a daunting task because the word forever can mean “not in my lifetime”. This is a harsh reality we need to face because the Filipino people are not willing to listen at all.

      • Ma Xianding says:

        To AP or to AP that was the question… To AP na lang. Masaya eh.

      • John Amend-All says:

        Thanks to all the posters who restored my usual optimistic equilibrium and to Ilda who reminded me that, for ladies, forever doesn’t really mean forever!

        Looking at facebook it seems that Gordon is already preparing for 2016. he is getting his army of volunteers going, establishing the mass support on the ground which will make him more difficult to ignore next time.

      • ilda says:

        I’m glad to hear that Gordon hasn’t lost his enthusiasm. Hopefully, the people will be more accepting of his style by then.

      • benign0 says:

        @ John, there is “forever” unless we can find evidence that something different is afoot. At the moment, there is no evidence that Filipinos are up to the challenge of shedding their image as one of being a bunch of “starstruck ignoramuses”. The results show that this pretty much continues to be a stable condition of Da Pinoy mind.

        Indeed, calling this (and other such unsavory aspects of this condition) out repeatedly is one of the whole points of AntiPinoy.com.🙂

      • bokyo says:

        There should be one point in era wherein an individual has to break that cycle.

        Jose Rizal , the first (?) Anti-Pinoy, tried it with his Noli and Fili, and the revolutionaries got an idea, albeit in a different way.

        In some way this site has recognized individuals like Gibo and Gordon, and those who follow this site closely had a notion that we must break that cycle what you call “Da Pinoy Condition” , even if it’s gradual.

      • Josh says:

        I take comfort in the fact that there are other people out there like myself who recognize that the root of the country’s problems – its broken culture. Recognizing the problem is the first step, and I think that’s the whole point of AP.com.

  3. TheArch says:

    Nice article, ilda. I would like to add to the Lesson No. 2 (surveys and polling firms) that media outlets should never make surveys headline news. Demote them to just lesser important news, I guess. Damn, it’s like saying that Noynoy’s 42% lead over Manny’s 26% is more newsworthy and important than their platforms (if there is, any).

    • ilda says:

      Yes, the result of the surveys were not worthy of front page. The inquirer editor was very biased towards Noy in publishing that. Now we know that they were mind conditioning the public and hopefully people won’t forget this in 2016.

    • brianitus says:

      Survey results are just numbers. It’s the spin put out by media that made it a brain-killer.

  4. Ryan Bosco says:

    I agree with Jay, something drastic has to happen. Either Filipinos:

    1. Revolt against corruption by executing or punishing the thieves in business and government.

    OR

    2. Filipinos (in America and the Philippines) form a coalition that will seek the return of American rule in the Philippines.

    Let’s face it, we Filipinos have failed in being independent. Perhaps the Americans left too soon. Maybe we Filipinos are just not meant to be a self-governing nation. WE JUST SUCK AT GOVERNMENT. So, let’s have the most disciplined, respected and strongest government on earth–The United States of America. (It’s not perfect but it’s the best in the world). Their constitution have been around for over 200 years. We all have seen that “Queen of the Pacific” video showing the Philippines as an American commonwealth. Talk about being in heaven at that time. But now, Manuel Quezon predicted an accurate assessment of a “gov’t run like hell” by us Filipinos. He also said, “we can always change it” to boot. But I don’t think having an idiotic voting constituent and a corrupt ruling class will change our hellish country for the better.

    So, Jay is correct. Drastic change is needed. Either we revolt and execute the corrupt; OR We initiate a movement toward statehood (51st state of the U.S.). My lolo always said that for the Philippines to change, kill all the adults, leave the innocent children, and then have the Americans nurture the country.

    Just being realistic in terms of changing the Philippines. Please read what I have written and posted at the Philippine Inquirer.

    http://opinion.inquirer.net/inquireropinion/letterstotheeditor/view/20100309-257528/Filipinos-lack-common-sense

    http://opinion.inquirer.net/inquireropinion/letterstotheeditor/view/20100508-268681/Lets-reboot-the-Philippine-computer

    THANK YOU ANTIPINOY. Perhaps this site is a start of something revolutionary.

    • ilda says:

      Hi Ryan Bosco

      Love your letter. I’m glad the Inquirer published it.

      I’m afraid it’s not part of our culture to revolt against injustice. We just had one momentous occasion in 1986 when we revolted against a dictator. But even that was turned into one big joke because we just replaced one thief with another thief. The Edsa revolution has lost its essence and for that, people are now more resigned to their fate.

      Majority of Filipinos are fond of fiestas and partying too. They don’t want to face reality but would rather forget about it by “moving on” daw.

      We need to inspire them to cry foul more often at the first sign of foul play.

      • Ryan Bosco says:

        Thanks ilda! I’m really glad that AP exists. When I first discovered this blog, I said, “My God, that’s what I’ve been talking about, I guess I’m not the only one out there who feels the same way!” So thanks!

        We can all agree that there is a problem in the Philippines: leadership, corruption, factionalism. Our country is economically poor because we lack good leadership on top of corruption and factionalism. So what do we do? To start, AntiPinoy was created to address the problems. Then we found the blog to exchange ideas.

        We all know there is a problem(s) and we all want solutions—I think it’s fair to say that I am 100% correct on this one. But, sometimes it’s better to be simple with our questions and answers because otherwise we tend to end up confused or crazy to the point of disagreement with no solution. When I am faced with a problem, I naturally look for the best explanation or solution. (“The simplest explanation is usually the best.”) It makes my life easier.

        Miriam, in case you read this, I believe that what I wrote above and got published on the Inquirer is the best reply I can offer to your response below.

        In response to Miriam who said that I am:

        “advocating a primitive way of changing the system, revolting and executing the corrupt will not solve our problems of governance, look at Cambodia and the Stalinist regime, Russia has gone through all this bloodletting and look at their country now, it is still saddled with corruption.”

        REPLY: Civil wars are not primitive. They occur when necessary. Like any war, it is a gamble with either negative or positive outcomes. As long as its purpose turns out positive as it did in the American Civil War that ended their cancerous slave system, (I wouldn’t mind seeing a righteous Filipino shooting a thief). Although slavery ended, marginalization continued. But it had to happen which was a step toward the right direction. Let me ask you this, America dealt with slavery through a Civil War, is America today a better nation? Just because a civil war did not work in Cambodia or Russia does not mean it will not work in the Philippines. Look at the other great countries on earth where Civil War was a prelude to their greatness and eventual maturity. You can’t get anymore sophisticated and civilized than People Power 1986, but did it work? No it did not. You know what’s primitive? Repeating the same mistakes and not having common sense. And to answer the rest of your reply, all I can say is be realistic with the situation in the Philippines. I absolutely agree with you when you say that

        “we need to create systems and institutions that will address corruption once and for all. All countries have corrupt politicians, but those that have been successful have strong institutions to counter the corrupt political culture.”

        REPLY: Miriam, this is the Philippines, where the corrupt few are in control of the media, the businesses and politics. Do you really think a band-aid, pacifist, altruistic approach will heal a deep-rooted cancerous culture of corruption in the Philippines? That’s like applying hydrogen peroxide to heal leprosy. A drastic revolution or civil war will need to take place before implementing what you mentioned above. It’s never primitive to do what needs to be done. We have the constitution or the law, though filled with loopholes, to deal with corruption. But is corruption being dealt with? No. Those in charge of our societal laws are the very ones committing the crime. Over 24 years now have passed since People Power, have any of the Marcoses and their cronies served time in jail? In fact, where are they now? Oh yea, I forgot, they just got elected. Same faces, same families, and same friends saying, “Let them eat cake.” Or better yet, “Let them work abroad.”

        I’ll stick with my propositions:

        1. Civil War lead by an organized group.

        2. If not a Civil War, then there should be a vigilante group targeting the thieves. It’s cheaper than a Civil War. Besides, Filipinos will prefer this because it’s more dramatic and telenovela-ish which the masa will like.

        3. Form a coalition that will lobby for American statehood or American rule.

        Frankly, I prefer number 2. Can you imagine on TV Patrol, “Ang mga Kongresman ay isa-isang pinapatay ng isang vigilante group na gustong linisin ang pamahalaan ng Pilipinas, nag papatrol Gretchen Malalad, Gretch.”

      • Miriam Quiamco says:

        I understand your desperate tone in wanting to eradicate corruption in our country. The oligarchs are a product of our sorry history, and as a class, they are pretty unaware of the damage they are causing to the nation. And as a people we have been desensitized to the glaring social and economic inequalities that exist around us. I only have to notice the fat and overfed hacienderos going for the all-you-can-eat buffets at expensive restaurants in hotels and when going back to their cars, staggering from the amount of food stuffed in their mouths to call to their skinny and underfed drivers to drive their useless lumps of flesh back to their mansions. Roxas and Korina bragging about their wedding preparations to the starving masses, truly insensitive, as a way of courting the votes of the ignorant, all this tells you how being a part of the oligarchy in our land is being experienced as a natural consequence of god’s favored class. The masses look at these obscenities in awe, and dream that one day, they too could marry into or hit a jackpot to be able to live such a privileged life. Now you know why the civil war you are dreaming of will never happen in our country. It has to do with the death of clash of classes as a way to build a nation that can offer prosperity to the majority. This is the 21st century, the age of automatons and unthinking masses.

        We have though LIC (low intensity conflict) in parts of the country, moslem, communist insurgency and violence perpetrated by private armies, will they ever be able to take the side of justice and eliminate the big-time corrupt Filipinos? I don’t think so, even the NPAs have not been bold enough in their campaign of violence, they target petty police officers and low ranking barangay captains, not the generals, the super haciendero, the big and exploitative capitalists. Why? These first class corrupt members of Philippine society are beyond reach, they have the means to protect themselves against violent attacks, they have more sophisticated armaments than the members of the AFP at times. LIC is draining our resources as a state, and to the communist insurgents who are fighting a losing battle against the state , I say to them, lay down your arms and pursue the peace talks with the government in earnest.

        We all want economic prosperity and there is a way of achieving this other than violence. The insurgents are attracting the idealistic students to the waste of their talent and budding lives. They will never be able to win a war against the organized state, and the tragic part is that, the poor are the ones fighting this dirty war. Poor soldiers and poor insurgents are pitted against one another in the battlefield while the elite are enjoying their starbucks and yuppyish lifestyles. There has to be an end to this cycle of violence that only victimizes the poor, in whose name, violence is waged on both sides. What we truly need is to elect politicians who have clear platforms of government to address our problems of governance. I was counting on Gibo Tedoro, who although a member of the oligarchy, was able to transcend the stultifying and deadening complacency of not working for personal accomplishments and simply rely on the perks of his class (Noynoy). Teodoro has used his ideas and intelligence to serve the public well in his capacities as a government official. He may not be a revolutionary, but he put forward clear platform of government to solve our problems, and he has the track record to prove he is well-meaning and not corrupt. Besides, he is not profiting from the hacienda system, his father was a public servant, and he emphatically denied being part of his clan that is responsible for the suffering of the tenants on Hacienda Luisita.

        Well, we failed to elect a competent leader, but his ideas and inspiration are still alive, I see something very positive coming out of his brand of politics after this election. We will have change in the country, it will be just slow and painstaking, but it will not be through violence. Sustained economic growth and proper investments in health and education could get us there. Corruption will still be part of the process, but eventually, we will be able to establish a society based on a rule of law, once we have created a huge enough middle class through sustained economic growth. Corrupt as GMA may have been, we have to acknowledge that she has provided the basic infrastructure for this pursuit of sustained economic growth. This is the only way to achieve effective governance in our country, no other way. We are in the 21st century after all, and we now have political science to guide us in our quest for a politically stable and economically robust nation. I say, we have to keep hope alive.

    • miriam quiamco says:

      You are advocating a primitive way of changing the system, revolting and executing the corrupt will not solve our problems of governance, look at Cambodia and the Stalinist regime, Russia has gone through all this bloodletting and look at their country now, it is still saddled with corruption. It is also not true that any form of government is okay so long as those in power are true to the fulfillment of their duties, given human nature, we cannot have this utopian vision on earth. We need to create systems and institutions that will address corruption once and for all. All countries have corrupt politicians, but those that have been successful have strong institutions to counter the corrupt political culture. Only Teodoro really among all the candidates has a coherent vision on combatting corruption. Finding solutions to our problems is also facilitated if we discuss solutions more than dwelling on the rotten parts of ourselves, don’t you agree with me that even though the most incompetent candidate got elected, we should not stop pin-pointing solutions to our problems and that since we cannot count on Aquino to provide that leadership, he is too small for this task, we as citizens should work towards goals in helping build stronger institutions. We can begin by advocating a change in our political system as suggested by one blooger here, an idea that is already gaining support within the inner circles in government and alongside this proposition is the establishment of a truly independent media.

      • benign0 says:

        @ Miriam Quiamco, we have an independent media currently at its embrionic stages that is rapidly amassing a regular following:

        Tune in to Sentro ng Katotohanan!
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        Spread the word!🙂

      • Miriam Quiamco says:

        Hi Benigno, I am now listening to a broadcast on Sentro ng Katotohan. More power. . .

      • benign0 says:

        You mean a recording? That’s great!🙂 Try to catch the live broadcast. You can phone in too if you like. Here are some airing times converted to other time zones:

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      • ilda says:

        @miriam

        We can begin by advocating a change in our political system as suggested by one blooger here

        Actually, all the bloggers here are advocating for a change in the political system. That’s the only way we can achieve real progress.

        I don’t really find anything wrong with discussing the rotten parts of our society. We have to address the problems first before we can come up with a solution. Filipinos are still in denial about the dysfunction in our culture. They are uncomfortable with it but it’s hard to hide. The dysfunction was exhibited during the election period more so than any other time. This is the main reason why I came up with this blog. I don’t want to miss the opportunity of pointing out the obstacles we had to face so we will know how to deal with it in the future.

      • Kahlil says:

        hey everyone!

        now that i’m back in pinas for good, i’m getting into the habit of calling out what’s wrong around me; from simple traffic infractions to garbage management at home. i know, this is probably negligible in the whole scheme of things but i realized that there’s more to AP than just new politics. we have to change our dysfunctional culture and the best way to start is internally. i guess for those who feel lost and helpless, just start at home.

      • Kahlil says:

        btw @ilda

        nice piece there, thanks🙂

      • Miriam Quiamco says:

        Thanks Benigno, I listened to a live stream broadcast of Sentro and Katotohanan last Thursday. I liked it very much, the voices of Arnel and his partner were quite soothing and they did touch on important issues without being bombastic and ideological. I am not surprised you are gaining more listeners to the program. . .

      • ilda says:

        Thanks and welcome back Kahlil.

    • Jay says:

      @Ryan Bosco

      I meant if it ever was the case, that it should be a civil war of sorts between the people. Just throwing out possibilities. And I mean something both sides would really die/kill someone over and literally split tear apart the bad aspect of the pinoy culture into pieces. Of course the bloodshed would be meaningless if there were no social revolution, as Dick Gordon had said about the 1946 Philippine independence.

      I don’t believe in the views of punishing the thieves/corrupt ones in the government necessarily since even in AP, they’ve addressed that they aren’t the root of the problem. They are however part of the system. Many are angry against the elite, who should not be the kind of enterprising, cut throat thieves they should be now but ones that should be positive symbols as to why they are bestowed that role in the country. Besides Ryan, it has been shown that the people in their brash bravado through the example in 1986 that they are the last ultimate judge and check and balance when the institution fails them, when odd enough, they failed by disrespecting the system to begin with and voted in lousy people to represent them.

      The part about drastic changes are musings really. This problem we face Ryan, was built by years and years of conditioning and ignorance. The solution would take just as long of a time to combat, even more than we may expect. Even bloodshed as a solution doesn’t come easy, considering even our own people lack the overall organization and foresight to see things through… without a capable leader.

      But yeah, people have to see and learn efficient leadership. Gibo and Gordon surely represent the minds to achieve that.

      • ilda says:

        That’s a pretty good explanation Jay.

        When I see talks of civil war as a solution, I immediately think of Iraq. Yes, it wasn’t a civil war in the beginning because they were attacked by the US in retaliation for what happened to the Twin Towers. But since the US did not have any plans beyond attacking them, what happened after the US stopped bombing was even worse than the initial carnage. Because there were no immediate rebuilding plans from the US and the Iraqis themselves, there was chaos and more bloodshed in the country. What I’m trying to say here is that, given the Filipino people’s lack of coordination and organization, a civil war will achieve very little and will definitely result in more power struggle even after the war is over especially if the leader does not have grit and determination to rule over a people with no discipline. It would just set us back 100 years again.

      • Ryan Bosco says:

        Hi Jay,

        If I were president or dictator, anybody who steals will die by firing squad on national television. I find this method quite effective in discouraging would-be thieves who fall into the trappings of whatever the “root of the problem is in the Philippines. In terms of the Philippine economy and government, stealing in my opinion is and will forever be a problem. The root cause of stealing is lack of punishment. Thieves steal in our government because they know they can get away with it. Do you remember congress abolishing the Death Penalty? Go figure why they did it.

        Hi ilda,

        Is it possible for a civil war or a revolution to take place in the Philippines? Is it possible for this revolution or civil war to be lead by a person or group of people who are coordinated and organized? Is it possible to have such a revolutionary group with that “grit and determination to rule over a people [and inculcate] discipline [that] would [not] set us back 100 years…”? I think there is such a person or a group of people.

        You know, once upon a time, there was a population living under an unjust system of government. Then a group of people organized themselves and devised a plan to break this powerful chain. They knew that their lives were at stake and that many will be killed. But it had to be done. Through discipline, courage, organization, coordination, grit and determination, all those you have mentioned in your reply, I can’t help but think about the American Revolution. During that time, the original colonies were generally in the same situation as we are now. The only difference is that they dealt with a king. We, on the other hand, are dealing with our own kin who are corrupt. Watch it. It might give you an idea where I’m coming from.🙂

        I think we have Filipinos today who are of similar calibre as these men.🙂

      • ilda says:

        @Ryan

        If you think about it though, a civil war would be very costly. Not just in terms of the ammunition you need to use to wage the war but also in terms of the human cost involved. Likewise, NATO will have to get involved and the international community will definitely side with the legitimate government. The international community will always try and foster harmony instead of instability. This is because anything that happens in the Philippines will affect other nations too like their economy and etc. The last thing other neighbouring countries need is to cater to Filipino refugees fleeing a war zone. So, definitely, even though it’s quite tempting to wage a civil war against the ruling class, it’s not as simple as doing it during the American civil war.

        Let’s just say a group of people successfully wages a civil war in the Philippines. Who’s to say there won’t be a member of that group who won’t go rogue or do a Hitler and go beyond what they first planned out to do like conduct genocide or something? You can’t control individuals who have a penchant for committing mass murders. In short, if the power falls into the wrong hands, the war will be futile.

        I prefer to beat these people at their own game. Nowadays we can actually wage a more sophisticated war in cyber space. It’s slow but we can actually do it in the comfort of our homes. It’s quite fun actually. There’s not a lot of cost involved. We can do it without them noticing it.

        What you did was good. You wrote a letter to the Inquirer.net and since it is a widely circulated publication and also has a “respectable” reputation among vacuous Pinoys, a lot more Filipinos will accept your opinion as legitimate.

        What we need to do is to advocate for stronger institutions because unfortunately, what we have now does not work and we can blame that on the late president Cory Aquino.

        Cheers!

      • benign0 says:

        @ Ryan Bosco, I don’t think there is any real need for a civil war or bloody revolution. The institutions and processes are in place to effect sufficient representation in government for the people. There is also freedom of speech and room for an independent mass media.

        The challenge lies in Da Pinoy’s ability to use these facilities INTELLIGENTLY.

        There is nothing to destroy. Only things to USE PROPERLY.

        If there are lessons to be learned from these recent elections it is that:

        (1) The moronism that infects the Filipino Mind still prevails and wields powerful influence over the outcomes of democratic exercises;

        (2) The Media as big business continues to wield influence over a people WILLING TO LAP UP BULLSH1T; and,

        (3) Filipinos lack the intellectual faculties to regard the REALITY of Items 1 and 2 above.

        In short: The problem lies ingrained at the very fibres that weave the very FABRIC of Pinoy society.

        Therefore the SOLUTION lies in PURGING idiotic traditions, mindsets, and concepts from our culture. And that includes a persistent challenging of the idiotic ideas spewed out by morons in the Philippine Media, criticising and highlighting the vacuous and braincell-killing material that passes off as “entertainment” produced by these Media corporations, and REMINDING Filipinos of the stupidity of patronising these “products”.

        Furthermore, we have the technology to now publish ALTERNATIVE views that balance the stupidity that DOMINATES the National “Debate”. We need to wield these tools astutely and innovatively and recapture the public awareness for what is REAL.🙂

      • Ryan Bosco says:

        Hi Miriam, Benigno and ilda!

        I totally agree with everyone here. There’s always optimism in the back of my head.

        It’s just frustrating over time. I absolutely agree with everyone’s idea of a peaceful process toward economic prosperity. The “change” we are looking for will either be slow or immediate. (Slow through a peaceful process or immediate through a violent one.) Its outcome will be unpredictable. Thus far, Filipinos are experiencing a slow and peaceful process. But has it been beneficial as a whole or only to the corrupt few in control of our media, businesses and government? I’m sorry to say but these corrupt few will do anything in their power to crush those who threaten their position.

        We can resort to educational and intellectual exchanges of ideas through cyberspace. But ultimately, we will have to leave the comforts of our homes to bring about real changes in the Philippines. Books, pamphlets, blogs and emails are not enough. We can only go so far with this method. Jose Rizal tried the peaceful and slow process through his writings and so did Benigno Aquino through his speeches. And what did the powers that be do to these men? They killed them. What makes us think this peaceful and inexpensive cyber war against the status quo will make a difference? All they (the corrupt few in control of the media, businesses and government) need to do is track us down and badabing, another good Filipino is assassinated. So, considering the past and present Filipino history, I think the trend is that they (the corrupt few in control of the media, businesses and government—THE MAFIA FAMILIES) kill those trying to change the status quo. How many more good Filipinos need to die? Do we have to wait for a Teodoro or a Gordon to be killed for people to organize and revolt?

        AntiPinoy and other outlets are great. It CAN be a start of something good. But it can also just be a way to express our anger and frustrations when in fact we’re not really doing anything concrete—real actions speak louder than the clicking of our keyboard and mouse. What we are doing in this blog is no different from Jose Rizal. What we can do differently is not commit the same mistakes, over and over and over and over again. Perhaps educating the less-informed masses might help over time. I hope it does. But like I said earlier, the corrupt few will always find a way to quash the efforts of a good Filipino. Can the Philippines really change given our Mafia-like culture and society?

        The odds are against Teodoro and Gordon. In the movie Elizabeth with Cate Blanchett, the queen devoted the rest of her life to England. But for this to be possible, she knew she had to rid of those bad elements. So for Teodoro or Gordon to realize the great things they want for the Philippines, they need to commit an act that will benefit the whole. Just a thought🙂

      • BongV says:

        Ryan:

        Lao Tzu once quipt “The journey of a thousand miles begins beneath one’s feet.” a later translation goes “”Even the longest journey must begin where you stand.”. The bastardized translation is “a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step”.

        AP’s blogging is but the first step in this journey – a social experiment if you may.

        The overall framework was provided here:

        [iframe: src=”http://filipinovoices.com/is-the-philippines-ready-for-change” width=”100%” height=”340″ scrolling=”yes” frameborder=”1″]

        We are still a long way off from effecting change that matters.

        There are lots of inefficiencies that have yet to be addressed. And that will mean – innovating, communicating the innovation, managing the rate of adoption, and measuring the consequences of the innovations. There are many views, but ultimately, optimization will lead to but one viable/optimal strategy that leads to a society performing at its peak.

        The fact that the discussion on how change should take place and what type of change should take place means we have a long way to go but we have taken the first step in a journey of a thousand miles.

        Is the Philippines ready for “change”?

        I will put it this way:

        1. The innovators and the early adaptors are ready for change
        2. The early majority is not ready, yet.
        3. The late majority is definitely not there, yet.
        4. The laggards, well… uhhhh…. hmmmm… ahh.. they don’t even wanna think about “change”.

        AP’s Tumultuous Beginnings

        Before there was AP, there was a motley sprinkling of iconoclasts and critical thinkers. They posted in various online fora – and were often labeled as trolls. It didn’t matter whether it was PEX, Ellenville, B7, FV – these folks wind up getting a bum rap sheet. As individuals, they were maligned, harassed, even hated. One thing about these dudes, they don’t get angry – they keep their cool, they thrive under pressure, and have a clinical eye for spotting BS.

        Along the way, they go to know each other – shared the commonality of their experiences, spotted a common thread, and one day – decided to just do it – to level the playing field. They have been commenting in other blogs, more often than not – they were silenced, moderated, banned.

        So they decided rather than to begrudge the blog owners, they decided to set up their own blog. The mainstream blogs derided and were so full of themselves – patting each other in the back, awarding noobie bloggers and what not. AP, reflecting the iconoclastic ethos of its founders – just keep slugging on.

        In less than a year, AP’s Alexa’s rankings have gone from squat to #92,598 out of 2 million sites on the planet as of counting. Cognizant of this readership base, AP is now aware that the message is being heard by opinion makers who have access to AP. In turn this message will trickle down from one opinion-maker to another – as shown in the model above.

        New Horizons

        The 2010 elections was a test of whether AP can articulate the issues and provide clarity. Thus, far the accuracy of our conclusions has been on target – enough to say, We told you so.

        But the AP crew is not sleeping on its laurels. One thing about this group is that it is proactive. There are very active discussions going on that will shape AP’s evolution from a blogsite to a new media company with presence on the net, on radio, on TV, even consulting with LGUs. Who knows where this will lead to.

        The growth has been encouraging. Of course, existential issues will now crop up as the business model for startups is different from the operating model of relatively more organizationally mature firms. The inner debate is now about business models as the AP crew is primed and highly motivated to stand up to the lack of critical analysis in mainstream media. At the same time, we are cognizant that the Philippines can be a very dangerous place for people who tell the truth – and have to take that into consideration as we want to protect AP’s assets as well – its authors🙂

        AP and Social Change

        We are not out to change the world – just one Pinoy at a time, starting with… ourselves.

        Maybe just maybe.. if our forebears were not able to define the Filipino, or defined the Filpino in lackluster terms, then our generation can redefine and reinvent the Filipino – and what it means to be one in the new millenia.

        It’s not whether we succeed or fail.. it’s that, we tried our darn best to do something.

        And blogging, is a good start as any other start can be.

      • ilda says:

        @Ryan

        In the movie Elizabeth with Cate Blanchett, the queen devoted the rest of her life to England. But for this to be possible, she knew she had to rid of those bad elements. So for Teodoro or Gordon to realize the great things they want for the Philippines, they need to commit an act that will benefit the whole. Just a thought

        LOL…what a coincidence! When I saw that film that was the first thing that crossed my mind — how convenient it would be to solve our problems if we can just whack the guy who didn’t agree with our views. Elizabeth had her own personal henchmen back then and mind you, what they did was a hush-hush thing something like Geoffrey Rush saying, “Do you want me to take care of it?” Unfortunately, Ryan, our society has evolved to a much more peaceful one, well, not really as peaceful as how it is in the western world but, we try to be. If we copy what Elizabeth had done in the past, we will be no different from the Ampatuans.

        We cannot force people to agree with our beliefs. Only time can convince them to give our ideas a try. Now that 40% or so of Filipinos have won, in six years or even as early as now we can tell them “See, you guys were wrong about Noynoy” and maybe they will give our ideas a try next time. Yes, there is a price to pay for their mistake and for having to wait that long. They will realise that not a lot will change but who knows, we could be wrong too about Noynoy. He might just be waiting for the day he will be president and then voila! He’ll suddenly turn into Ironman. Only time will tell who’s right.

        I can sense a lot of fire in your belly. This is a good thing. We just need to channel that energy of yours to something more diplomatic before the fuel runs out. Go and inspire people to volunteer their time and money instead of them wasting it on Farmville. You write well, you should keep at it. The pen is mightier than the sword. We can’t all be part of the ground troop. A military strategy involves someone planning and coordinating what the foot soldiers need to do. That’s what AP is doing and more. We live our lives and have fun while doing it too.
        🙂

      • NotMasochisticFilipino says:

        http://v2.occiseminars.com/

        If every Filipino have seminars like these, I think we’ll see a difference (if not significant one).

      • ilda says:

        That’s good and all if someone can sponsor it but really, the training to go for excellence rather than mediocrity has to start from early childhood. What is taught at home can have a lasting impression on each individual.

        Thanks for the link🙂

    • Hung Hang says:

      Jay,

      You have a wise lolo.

    • Hung Hang says:

      The only way we can have a clean government in the Philippines is if we outsource the government to some other First World country.

  5. Paolo says:

    No, we just never had that crippling civil war that these countries have! WWII does not count, as it was everyone’s war.

    No, what we had not experienced was Filipino VS. Filipino. These countries have paid a terrible price for their progress, and I think and feel that we have not bled enough-by our own hands. We usually were bled by someone else, but not by our own hands.

    • Jay says:

      Civil war more like it, something akin to the United States had. That war actually split families because of their beliefs were so strong.

    • bokyo says:

      We may not have civil wars, but the country is too diversed due to the value of ethnicity. Even Manila is considered “too imperialistic” outside its area.

    • Hung Hang says:

      Paolo,

      I agree, we need a civil war but not just a civil war. It should be a war of annihilation of the Filipino race.

      • Paolo says:

        If the civil war were to happen, it would be biblical in proportions.

        All countries seem to follow Lenin’s axiom: “You don’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs.”

        And there’s just too many eggs.

  6. Mia says:

    Thanks for writing this. I’ve tried to “educate” friends and family, and even anonymous people on forums as well, but what can we do. The yellow media, the yellow survey companies, the yellow army and the yellow financiers (drug money?) are way to strong for us. It’s so sad but it is what it is.

  7. Rennan says:

    Can we then break the cycle gently by constantly talking about Gibo or Gordon or whoever else comes in the same caliber as these two great statesman of our time thereby giving them exposure in our little ways in the hope that we give them name recall and make them household name? I suck at communicating my thoughts but I hope I make sense.

  8. J.B. says:

    >>Lesson learned: Filipino voters are and forever will be, star-struck ignoramuses. If you want to run for the >>presidency in 2016, get an image makeover or try to appear “good” and “humble”.

    I don’t necessarily agree with the above. It doesn’t always follow that people with exemplary performance like Gordon will have the same “mass-unlike-able” persona of his.

    Though of course by way of social probability it’s highly unlikely we could have someone which has a mixed of Erap charisma and Gordon management skills in 2016.

    • ilda says:

      Gordon will only appeal to the same crowd who prefer the “humble” Noynoy if and when Noynoy exhibits his mediocre abilities in Malacanang (assuming the election fraud allegations is ironed out).

      “Walang mahirap kung walang corrupt” worked well with the crowd. Gordon needs to come up with something sweeter to the public ear like “Erap para sa mahirap”. Maybe “Gordon para wala ng gutom!”🙂

      • Jay says:

        The choice of key words is rather interesting:

        “Korrupt” “Mahirap” – noynoy
        “ginhawa” – erap
        “tapos” “Kahirapan” – villar
        “Bagumbayan” – Gordon
        “galing” “talino” – Gibo (just to throw him in there as well)
        “Bangon Bagong” – Villanueva

        So during the elections, the pinoys lost all their ‘national pride’ all of a sudden? Or traded it all for a guy who they believe via legacy that they represent the pride of the country to combat the obvious atrocities of the former president?

        Going back to the argument of which words in Filipino lexicon weigh more, according to who the country chose, they either care for or abhor corruption and struggling (if I take kahirapan in that context, not necessarily being poor). They can relate with ginhawa, as even noy’s campaign was using it. But they seem to be drawn less to ‘bagumbayan’ ‘bago’ (or pag babago) and of course, they usually scoff at ‘talino’ and ‘galing’.

      • ilda says:

        @Jay

        Ang galing mo talaga!

        Filipinos are only attracted to words that equate to a comfortable life with minimal or no work on their part. Meanwhile, Gordon and Gibo’s slogans “Bagong Bayan” and “Galing at Talino” equates to people having a role in achieving progress, which Filipinos don’t like because they see their leader as the only party responsible for it. Of course!

  9. GabbyD says:

    “Speaking of crying foul, Noynoy Aquino cried foul more than any other presidential candidate even when there was no foul play. ”

    whats an example of this?

    • benign0 says:

      That’s gotta be all about the fear mongering he incited around “failure of elections” and how this would spark bloodshed in Manila’s streets that would make the Bangkok situation look like kindergarten playtime.

      Now guess what: He’s all smiles now that he’s got that comfy pat on the back from the U.S. Ambassador.

      Paranga aso yan e. Start scratching their tummy and they all get yippy and happy.😀

      .
      President-Elect Noynoy
      after meeting with the
      U.S. Ambassador:

      • GabbyD says:

        for your sentence to make sense, noynoy was saying failure of elections in the automated elections is IMPOSSIBLE. is this right?

        coz here he “cried foul” by saying cheating is possible; but there “is no foul” either coz:
        1) after the elections, there was no cheating — “no foul”
        2) prior to the elections, it was impossible to cheat

        is it (1) or (2)?

        but it cant be (1). if after the elections there was no foul, that DOES NOT MEAN it was wrong to say THERE MIGHT BE CHEATING.

        so its got to be (2). right?

      • ilda says:

        GabbyD,

        Your bias for Noynoy is preventing you from understanding the point of that paragraph. I suggest you really read the links I pasted above. It should give you a history of Noynoy’s press statements during the campaign period, which clearly shows that he was complaining about a number of things. Unfortunately, he was adamant that if he lost the election, to him it means there was a failure of elections. HE WILL ONLY CONSIDER IT A FAILURE OF ELECTIONS IF HE LOST THE ELECTION. You should see by now that there is something wrong with the guy.

      • GabbyD says:

        just to be clear about (1), its like saying: dont go out today. if u go out, u might get run over by a car!

        you go out anyway, and nothing happens to u. was it wrong to warn you about the possibility of being run-over. no.

      • Jon Abaca says:

        Noynoy Aquino said “If we have a correct counting of the votes, I think we will be very victorious,”

        That’s when he cried foul.

  10. miriam quiamco says:

    It is not true that we need civil war for the country to work itself out of politica, economic and social doldrums. This is the 21st century and civil wars are a passe. What we need is serious institution building which stems from no-nonsense public policies that have been proven effective in many countries. Thailand and Indonesia could provide us models of development as our Asian neighbors. I agree with all of you that our media institution sucks, we do not have to wait for a mogul to finance this ap type of medium of mass communication that tackles serious issues of governance. All we need is access to the legislature where a public service TV, radio and print media could be created by law. The government TV station is too dogmatic and does not attract wide viewership because it does not have professionalism and it is way behind if technology compared to commercial media. NHK in Japan is a public service broadcasting system and it is way ahead in promoting media technologies compared to its commercial counterparts because it gets support from the public. I think there are enough number of Filipinos who will not mind contributing to this form of public service. Getting a mogul to finance an independent media will not be a good idea. How do we start? This is the question. I really think that once we have a truly independent media not beholden to its advertisers and the oligarchs, that the Filipino people will start living up to their duties as citizens. It is sad that majority of Filipinos are subjected to ABS-CBN type of programs for lack of better alternatives. TV could be both a source of entertainment of a kind that stimulates thinking and source of unbiased news and most of all serious discussions of public policies to solve issues confronting the nation.

    • ilda says:

      I think you cannot cite Thailand as an example nowadays. The peaceful revolution by the group wearing red shirts have turned bloody. Their so called democracy is in tatters at the moment. Their institutions are also weak and they still defer to an 80+ year old monarch for guidance. Likewise, Buddhist monks have been embroiled in shenanigans to rival that of the Catholic Church. Trust is also not a word that can be associated with the Thai government.

      I don’t believe the Philippines needs a civil war because for one, Filipinos as a people are not organized enough to have one. Two, the solution is simple, we just need to expose the culprits that lead the country in disarray and hold them accountable for their actions. In the past there were no bloggers to do an expose of the truth. It will be slow but the media will eventually come to their senses. The amount of discussion Noynoy generated should also be enough reminder to those who voted for him that we are on to them and we will not let things slide. The fun ipart s just about to begin.

      • Miriam Quiamco says:

        You are right Iida with the recent political turmoil in Thailand, it doesn’t seem to offer much enlightenment for us these days. Still Thailand has scored high in nation-building prior to the recent crisis. Despite the weak institutions that are responsible for the bloody aftermath of the red rebellion, the monarchy has provided some stability to the nation. The blogging culture that is fast emerging in many parts of the world though is also undermining the sanctity of this once revered Thai institution. At least for decades, the monarchy has given Thai society a respite from conflict, and was able to stamp out communist insurgency in that country. Good governance in the form of ample allotment in education has produced intellectuals who have contributed to the solution of their problems as a nation.

        I am based in Kyoto and I have met lots of Thais here who studied and went back to their home countries to work in research in their universities and come up with viable solutions to their problems. In other words, there is a strong connection between the academe and the government, both institutions are interested in solutions to national problems. Real intellectuals criticize their society’s shortcomings, save those of the monarchy, you risk imprisonment if you do that, and there is therefore a thriving intellectual culture that is centered around issues confronting the nation. Books, magazine articles, academic papers are talked about and discussed in public, the public sphere does not focus only on celebrities, there is real interest in national development issues.

        How else could a Thaksin who though corrupt, could generate such popular support from the underclass? Under his administration, serious policies to address the inadequacies of public services for the people were carried out. Any Thai irregardless of his stature in life could get a heart bypass operation without having to go into debt, delivery of government services have been made efficient with a public servant under threat of getting fired if a Thai would complain of delayed service at a government office. Thai farmers can get loans interest free, unlike ours who have to rely on the loan sharks (5/6) to get a fledgling business or agricultural project going. Thai society has gone much farther than ours because perhaps, there is only one monarchy, an institution that has functioned quite well to bring the country together.

        The problem with the Philippines is that we have a number of little monarchies, in Tarlac, in Iloiolo, Bacolod, and other areas, these hacienderos have controlled the country far too long and have no other interest other than the propagation of their class. They are also less nationalistic than the elites in Thailand and Japan for example, at the faintest sign of instability in our country, they are the first people to send their money abroad. They are truly the leeches of Philippine society, they control 90% of the land and wealth in our land. Thailand only has one monarchy and is pretty nationalistic, thus, Thailand could score successes in nation-building. There is something to be learned from Thailand even though their institutions are just as weak as ours, it is the success of their public policies that have produced a politician like Thaksin. You see, a corrupt leader does not have to be a curse to the nation, so long as he does care for the underclass and is determined to improve the lives of the long suffering masses through determined governmental policies addressing these issues.

        Noynoy will never be a Thaksin, he is too ingrained in the mold of his class. He does not even see anything wrong from profiting 4% from the blood and sweat of the rightful owners of Hacienda Luisita, the direct tillers of the land. This is why I find the yellow supporters’ claim of his integrity truly nauseous to take. Noynoy does not have to struggle to achieve anything in life, everything is given to him to take, including his quests for political office. And it rankles to think that this biggest slacker of an haciendero has become the leader of a dysfunctional nation. I guess you are doing the nation a favor Iida by articulating why our country has not been able to correct its dysfunctional character. I am glad to hear AP is getting bigger and will become mainstream soon.

    • benign0 says:

      @ Miriam Quiamco:

      I think this difference also stems from the reality that Thailand is a real nation while the Philippines is an artificial political construct that is a mere by-prodict of Spanish colonial expansion. Indeed the name “Philippines” is derived from a Spanish king who, as a matter of historical significance, presided over one of the more horrific chapters of the Spanish Inquisition.

      In short, our nation is an agglomeration of little inconsequential chiefdoms and tribes cobbled together by the the 16th century Spanish crown and named after its king.

      To this day, an inability to owe loyalty to “the Philippines” seems to persist in the underbelly of our cultural DNA. Which is why everyone — from the elite crust of our society down to the sprawling mass of humanity at its bottom rung — climb over one another to claw at whatever spoils of the land we could lay our hands on. Those who are able to squirrel them away to safer value-retaining havens do so.

      Btw, if AP somehow does get big enough, the challenge will be to not become too mainstream and lose our edge and trademark irreverence.😉

      • Miriam Quiamco says:

        I mean mainstream in the sense that the majority will appreciate the irreverence of AP’s point of view . . .

      • Jay says:

        Or at least get them to talking about what we talk about here on a weekly basis. Not just follow what people like MLQ3 or the other, reputable old voices of Filipino nationalism, what with their dated conspiracy theories and dislike for the rest of the globe yet promoting unity when the country itself is about as shattered as what it was even after the Spanish left.

        The moment people are eager for dialog regarding these issues, its quite okay to ease up on AP. At least on the obvious issues.

  11. Francis says:

    Your right Ryan why don’t we create a petition so we could be a commonwealth state again because i hate this filthy goverment including yellow zombies and shitty Malacanang Palace of whore.

  12. helios says:

    Ilda, you and AP have not lost me…. i keep the fire burning…. lol emo. I do hope to see a “better” Philippines in my lifetime. what we Flips need is sincerity and putting that sincerity into action, sincerity dont count for sh** if you cant do anything about it

  13. Captain Barbell says:

    Hmmm…. Sounds familiar after all these years.
    I take my hats off you and your colleagues for trying to educate our kababayan I think the time has not come for them to changed their thinking but I think it may never happen in our lifetime…I’m not losing hope yet though.
    Let’s keep going on and hopefully we will strike the right chords one day to sway our poor countrymen into thinking righfully for the benefit of the NEXT generations not this generations if I may say.

  14. shuhada says:

    hello AP. i also want to hear your opinion about this film.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wwp5TXsOZJk ..
    kudos to your team. galing (slow clap:)

    • ilda says:

      Thanks shuhada. I’ll have to look into that video later.🙂

    • ilda says:

      Geesus! I just saw the video – what a joke! Does Noynoy want to be an actor now like his sister?!? This guy has no shame. I can’t believe he is going to be the president of the Philippines…wooohooo!

  15. tikang says:

    I must say the blogs and opinions here at AP are mind-enlightening. Please remain assertive, if it needs be, for our countrymen. Minsan pagod na ako sa pag-i-‘educate’, pero you’re helping me to take a stand…still.

    More power!

  16. NotMasochisticFilipino says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kris_Aquino#The_Kris_Aquino_Despedida_Party

    About some months later, I think I’ll be in a rehabilitation center due to severe brain damage (Forgive me brain for exposing you to man-made brain hazards).

    • ilda says:

      That’s hilarious NotMasochisticFilipino

      They’ve actually updated the info to include the clamor for her to move out of the country. That’s a good example of Filipinos being proactive in doing something to uplift the nation’s spirit. Great!

      • NotMasochisticFilipino says:

        [i]”It has caused an outrage for ultimately stonewalling a population who witnessed her pledge (many people actually let it be known that they intently voted for Noynoy Aquino for the sake of Kris’ departure, ’cause as they say, it will be the ultimate peace of the country).”[/i]

        This could be a very, very wild guess but you’d think that Kris’ statement could be part of a carefully planned campaign and as a result, more votes for Noynoy.

        Even though its for the ‘problem eradication’, it is still a wasted vote in part of those people.

      • ilda says:

        Whether it was a trick or not, Filipinos who voted for Noynoy should be accountable for their own actions. They cannot blame Kris for wasting their vote.

        But you are right, it seems that Kris is capable of manipulating the people (the vacuous kind).

  17. aboy says:

    Thanks for writing this Ilda.. A post-mortem approach of what happened last election period and election day. Given this post-mortem, ACTION ITEMS should be identified properly so that we do not commit the same mistake, but rather improve the process and proceed to the next step smoothly.

    I think Philippines doesn’t need to go through a war or some sort just to reflect or inject the changes that we crave for our country.

    Gordon said it well, “All you need is a good leader”…

    But I guess we still have to wait for that one… Given that, we can still do our part… Continue the learning process. Blogs, group discussions like AP is one medium. As a suggestion why not we make this site more reachable to other real APs out there… Lets go to schools, communities and places where we can spread the word… Many surely needs our help in providing them information of what we believe in… I, myself was caught by what I’ve read and learned here.. I believe we can do it with others…

    We cannot just be safe here in AP (cyberworld) and talk to each other day-by -day… There are millions out there without internet that needs the same information that we have right now.

    More power to AP

    • ilda says:

      Thanks aboy

      Just to let you know that there is actually a radio talk show in Tagalog every Tuesday and Thursday night which should cater to the masses and everyone else interested. Just to repeat what Benign0 said above:

      We have an independent media currently at its embrionic stages that is rapidly amassing a regular following:

      Tune in to Sentro ng Katotohanan!
      8.30 – 9.30 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays (Philippines)
      DWBL 1242 KHz AM Band

      Spread the word!

  18. benign0 says:

    @ Kahlil re what you said here:

    hey everyone!

    now that i’m back in pinas for good, i’m getting into the habit of calling out what’s wrong around me; from simple traffic infractions to garbage management at home. i know, this is probably negligible in the whole scheme of things but i realized that there’s more to AP than just new politics. we have to change our dysfunctional culture and the best way to start is internally. i guess for those who feel lost and helpless, just start at home.

    On the contrary, it’s in the small things where all this “getrealism” began (in my personal case, that’s where my journey started) — little things like how Pinoys can’t seem to fall in line on their own, lack an understanding of basic courtesies, spit and urinate on public property, stare and gawk openly, cannot be taken for their word or at face value, etc.

    Refer an example of stuff I wrote back in the early days here. You’ll find that it is no different from what you wrote in your comment above.🙂

  19. Taga-dagat says:

    I have moved on from the elections. But I will continue fighting against country’s toughest enemy – ignorance.

  20. Hung Hang says:

    The only way the Philippines will become a progressive country is if you remove all the Filipinos from the archipelago through mass extermination and then repopulate the archipelago with a Western European race.

  21. JOn says:

    Ilda,
    Until a specific law is passed that will put an end to all survey companies such as Pulse and SWS during the election, its very sad to say that the Philippines will kept on getting caught on this vicious cycle over and over again. Or should I say decades after decades. These survey companies are the root of the problem. I just wish that Senator Gordon could have authored another bill of banning survey companies and the media of releasing such false results. I just wish that he could have done it when he authored the Automated Election Law. If you think about it, if survey results are banned from being publish. It could have been a game changer. I don’t think Noynoy will get that much support from his endorsers and we would not see anyone jumping from one party to the next.
    So what now? In 2016, whatever scenario that we witnessed during the 2010 election, I can almost guarantee that it will be the same in 2016 election. The same “Trapos” will run the government. They are just playing musical chairs. You bet my word the next president will be “Bongbong Marcos”. Huh! Can you believe another son of a former president will become another president? It’s already obvious he is an elected Senator now. He is gearing himself to run for president. Poor Filipinos. I really pity them. What can a regular citizen do?

    • ilda says:

      Hi JOn

      Poor Filipinos. I really pity them. What can a regular citizen do?

      The poor Filipinos just have to realise that they actually have power over the politicians. If they don’t sell their votes, they are free to vote for the right people (president, senators, congressmen). They have to stop being scared and intimidated. They have to stop catering to instant gratification. They readily accept bribes knowing that a sack of rice or P250.00 won’t even last a month. They are doing it to themselves. They are willing victims. It’s hard to feel sorry for them sometimes but I do know most of the poor are ignorant. We have to find a way to convince these people that it should be the politicians who should be scared to lose their vote.

      • guilbautedsookie says:

        Sad to say ilda, that cannot transpire as we want it. Growing up in a ghetto here in Makati, you know, the idea of “may nagawa” to the poor is one where they just have to wait for blessings.

        And when you tell them to work, they make alibis and say “Grade 1 lang natapos ko.”

    • guilbautedsookie says:

      I agree that a law will bar SWS and any other org from making surveys. I also suggest a law which bars political ads on TV. Instead, all candidates will do their campaigns on the road and will only have a few TV appearances where all of them will be there to debate on important issues.

      Plus, celebrities will be barred from endorsing any candidate– THAT WOULD BE A GREAT LAW

  22. guilbautedsookie says:

    “Perhaps it was my own idealism that blinded me to the real political situation in the country. ”

    This struck me the most, ilda. After Gibo conceded and expressed no more intention of running, I underwent Kubler-Ross’ five stages of grieving. I was crying, and thinking of ending it all, and bargaining, saying that “maybe di pa niya time”, and then this popped into my head during those times. I kept thinking… “siguro, hindi naman kasi ako mahirap kaya hindi ko naiintindihan. Siguro, di kasi ako magkakaproblema financially, I can afford what I need and want, kaya ganoon na lang kung laitin ko ang mga maka-Noynoy”

    and I started lashing out on my own relatives for supporting Noynoy with no reason and even attempting to sabotage our Cory-themed reunion. It wasn’t pretty

    I have moved on with my grief, and sad to say, I think the time has come for me to say–this is it. I’m not afraid of being a radical, but when it’s your own family who already tells you that “Noynoy won’t matter”, maybe I over-idealized. I ask myself…”have I been reading too much AntiPinoy? Have I been blinded by people who truly understand how I feel? Am I being too beyond-the-fence?”

    Unlike the elections, when extraneous news of Noynoy popped up I would be exasperated, but now, I knew it, the news of delays, political infighting, infuriated politicians the the Jukebox “Prince” and Willie…I am SO INDIFFERENT NOW. I tried to think hard…if I lived for example in, Brazil, would I be like this, and would people be like that? I then realized–the only time they say a Brazilian is good is when Brazil wins the World Cup, unlike us, even a Filipino who sells porn CD’s is considered World-class.

    I give up. The Filipino Problem has no solution. My friends who were once Noynoy haters are now lying low and just, waiting. Honestly, I just want to wait. Maybe I judged too early. Or maybe no one listened. After all, mama said…”kahit pa kinampanya mo si Gibo, ikaw lang may hawak ng buhay mo. Di ka nya tutulungan. Kaw tutulong sa sarili mo.”

    So be it

    • ilda says:

      Hi guilbautedsookie,

      It’s normal to have doubts about your own principles especially when the people around you are not supportive or don’t share the same views. Never apologize for who you are though. Embrace your uniqueness and be free from the bondage of slavery.

      You’re mother is right in terms of your goals as an individual, at the end of the day; you still need to look out for yourself. Do what you have to do and forget about what others will say.🙂

      • guilbautedsookie says:

        I dunno, but he’s not seated yet and he’s having probs. I don’t wanna judge yet, but really, things aren’t really moving forward. Backwards, more likely

    • famous wolf says:

      Yes, what your mother said is true, but who said it was to help an individual? What matters is that leaders who are open to change are within radars and we have them. The irony of this however is that Noynoy won’t possibly do a damn thing about our country whereas people like Gordon and Gibo, have opened ideas to create an environment of creating jobs and the idea of what is needed to be done in our dysfunctional government. We aren’t there for the political cynicism, we’re there because we want a nation that is standing tall and proud of SOMETHING MORE than just sports icons and singers.

      It’s not yourself that you should be concerned about anymore, it’s the nation as a whole. Perhaps your mother doesn’t understand that. We are here to remove the misconceptions and problems our society dug us in. And only our society can uplift us.

      • guilbautedsookie says:

        @famous wolf…thank you for your concern. I know that it’s good to uplift someone and convince them to the right way, but walnuts don’t break by teeth alone. Maybe for now, we have to go further down, further down before we can go up again. Noynoy supporters think they are right, Villar supporters think they are right, us green ones believe we are right. EVERYONE IS RIGHT. No doubts, no buts.

        Like what Miss Delaware USA 2009 Kate Banazsak said on her state being the only one not having placed at Miss USA yet, “We’re pretty much at the bottom of the barrel, and the only way we can go is up.” Maybe you know, we have to go pretty much further down before we can go up again. Here, people won’t wanna learn if there is no reason for them to learn. If they don’t see what is really wrong, they won’t wanna make a change–as long as everything seems right.

        I am only proud of Pinoys who conceal themselves and say, “I worked hard for this”, not “I am a Pinoy, therefore I should be here”.

    • Miriam Quiamco says:

      It is easy to get emotionally down with Gibo’s loss because I think just like me, it was your first time to ever become active in Philippine elections. I too, got rather involved in the campaign for Gibo, when the electoral results came out, I felt depressed for days and I still do, I think. The country missed a great opportunity to elect a competent leader, I still think Gibo is a rare breed of politician in our country and that is why he ignited the fire of idealistic Filipinos, me included, the lot who had long given up on ever finding a politician with Gibo’s integrity. This is probably why we are so stricken by grief when he lost, we staked out a lot, even alienating family members who are like most unthinking Filipinos.

      The plus side of Gibo’s candidacy, notwithstanding his loss was that many of us have become politicized. We ask why a country burdened with age-old problems of governance failed to see a political gem when it finally came to fore. Like, I am now seriously thinking about issues and how my voice, no matter how small can help transform our political culture. This is the lasting legacy of Gibo’s candidacy, the activism of the green movement will live on forever and hopefully, our nation will feel its impact, not now, but in the future, at some point.

      • guilbautedsookie says:

        @Miriam Quiamco…I just feel so numb and indifferent now, because, after all, people were only voting for Noynoy cause his mom died. You know, maybe his loss is good na din, na he will be spared from all the constant politicking and pulling down.

        I just don’t know why people are so just–I don’t wanna say moronic, but just–not thinking. Why are they like not weighing out EVERYTHING. Is being an admin bet the only disadvantage they could think of? It pains me na people don’t even have an idea of what they want–“basta yung magpapakain lang sa amin” is it. It makes me kinda have so much grudge in my heart. Parang I just wanna ask WHY?

        Siguro this just means na, before we start change, we have to find out what to change.

        GOD BLESS GIBO AND HIS FAMILY, GOD BLESS US. I thank God na someone like Gibo came–someone to remind people na, there are still good options waiting, but “mahal kasi”.

        I hate the maka-masa ideal. Kung pakikinggan lahat ng mahihirap sa Pinas, walang mangyayari.

      • Miriam Quiamco says:

        Don’t buy the mainstream’s media’s take on Gibo’s loss. It was not that Gibo lost because he was admin., perhaps just slightly, the media’s constant portrayal of him as GMA’s lapdog, without seriously analyzing his platform might have had an impact. The problem really was that he did not have much time to introduce himself to the electorate, especially in the provinces. It was only towards the end of his campaign that he was seen in far-flung areas campaigning. That must have been a truly exhausting last few days for him, flying everywhere, all over the country. His party proved to be a bunch of traitors too, a lot of these weak-willed politicians got nervous when he was not showing well in the dubious surveys. I agree with the opinion of most bloggers here, the law should ban the publication of these surveys. We have to recognize our political immaturity and that celebrity politics is more like our brand of politics. How else could the likes of FPG and Erap be seriously taken as presidentiables, only in our country. These surveys did Gordon and Gibo a disfavor and simply promoted popularity politics. If the purpose of these surveys were to give feedback to candidates on how they should improve their respective campaigns, then, they should only be revealed to those who paid for them and should not be publicized at all, those who do will run the risk of getting sued. We cannot pretend that we are mature enough politically to withstand the mind-conditioning effect of these surveys. I saw this firsthand with relatives and friends, always referring to these damn surveys for their voting preferences. Our laws should serve public interest and it is against public interest to publicize election surveys. We know damn well that elections should focus on issues and platforms and not winnability. In the U.S, and other advanced democracies, the issues are the focus and surveys are not brandished like they are gospel truths. Besides, people in these countries are not easily duped by popularity politics that is because their mass media are more critical and do not promote candidates on the basis simply of family pedigrees.

        Gibo too did not seem to have that much campaign funding, when I was in Davao in March, I never saw any TV ads for Gibo, whereas Noynoy, Villar and Erap had TV ads almost 24 hrs. a day. Noynoy got tremendous funding from where, I don’t know. It should be part of our electoral reforms, we are serious at combating corruption for candidates to declare their sources of campaign funds, if they lie, they should be prosecuted. Gibo did not win not because he was the admin. candidate, the media ganged up on him and portrayed him as the extension of a hated administration, the Philippines is a country of ingrates and full of people who base their political opinions on hatred and emotionalism, and that despite the fact that they claim to be religious and ardent Catholics. We are a pretty hypocritical lot who are surprised that corruption is still in our midst, when no serious legislation to combat corruption has ever been attempted. Even during Cory’s time, there was institutional corruption, I myself was a victim. And yet the media, and specifically during that interview with Vitug on Al Jazeera, keep fooling people by saying Cory’s regime was corruption-free. Well, perhaps the level of corruption was not as pervasive as now cause the economy hardly grew during her term, thus, there were less economic transactions, unlike GMA’s govt., but there was no doubt that institutional corruption was very much part of life even under Cory’s government. How could the likes of Vitug be a blatant liar or totally blind to issues of corruption and their solutions, considering she is a political editor of a mass publication. I cringed every time she answered the questions of the interviewer with total ignorance.

        Gibo Teodoro could have won, imagine the 3.6 million who voted for him and his strong army of volunteers, he just didn’t have enough time and was crunched in resources. Next time around, we the 3.6 voters will propel him to victory by raising enough funds for his campaign, and by working double time to propagate his message. But in politics, things are truly uncertain, it will be all up to Gibo if he still has the desire to be a part of this farcical exercise in our country. AP is great for providing space for people like me who would like to voice out our opinions of the current state of affairs in our country. Benigno is right, there are already institutions in place for us to be able to effect change without violence. Cheer up guys, and let us all unite as Bong V articulated in working towards genuine change for the country.

    • Jon Abaca says:

      You can even say that our counterculture is the antithesis of Da Pinoy Condition. They are many, we are few. They value mediocrity, we value excellence. The don’t weigh consequences, we do. They blame other people, we blame ourselves. They see false hope, we see true despair.

  23. maikimai says:

    Hindi ba dapat kasuhan si Noynoy noon? Nag-uudyok siya ng rebellion sa sinabi nya eh.

    • ilda says:

      That’s true maikimai

      Unfortunately, when the statement is coming from the darling of the media like Noy, Filipinos think it’s a legitimate concern. If it’s coming from someone like Gordon, it’s sour graping. Pinoy nga naman, oo.

  24. Sarah of GordonKnights Sg says:

    Keep going Ilda!!!

    Antipinoy keeps GordonKnights Sg ideals alive…

  25. lester2k1 says:

    i think the value of antipinoy is to either a) awaken an oligarch scion into denouncing his class, as F.Sionil is wont to say; or b) awaken a middle class sapling into action, be an oligarch, and do as A above. face it guys- we need a benevolent version of Marcos and Imelda for anything to happen to this nation.

    • ilda says:

      Either A or B will do our country good. 🙂

    • J.B. says:

      There is another value of AP that should take its course if “luck” in one this webportal side.

      We never run out of activists. Look at those pro-lefty…They’re huge.

      Instead of spending worthless efforts on going to extreme and climb to the mountains, they should consider joining AP (hey BongV was once a lefty too:) .

      • ilda says:

        You are right about that J.B.

        I actually know of some who are wasting their Intelligence, time and money on that ideology. Filipinos are too materialistic to go there🙂

    • Jay says:

      Marcos himself was kinda trying to change the model of a Filipino oligarch. If you noticed the stuff he brought about his initial years as president, they were pretty hefty compared to what Cory’s administration brought. Even Imelda, for all her vanity actually had a beautification project for Manila in mind. Just lots of stuff that never panned out in the long run due to the obvious reasons and the society never really changing.

  26. JOn says:

    Hey..just wondering, is Senator Gordon planning to run again in 2016? I know he will be 71 years old then. I also know that he will not be in the Senate anymore when he decided to run for president. I really want him to run and I want him to win badly. I wonder what will be his selling point? I know Subic will be a 20 year old story….some idea.

    • ilda says:

      @JOn
      I hope he runs again. I don’t think he’s the type of guy who easily gives up. Even if he’s older by then, he has inspired a lot of people and his legacy will live on. He looks fit anyway.

      As per John Amend-All, the buzz is that he is already preparing for 2016. There’s hope for us yet🙂

      • JOn says:

        I hope he does. For the sake of our country. Our country needs him more than our countrymen realized it. He is the only one thus far has the guts of “Ipinakita niya talaga ang mga BAHO ng gobyerno during his campaign” (excuse my language). Like what he said “The truth hurts”. He just need to hire a brilliant campaign manager who will find a way to connect to all the masses. Maybe a different slogan like “Walang maghirap kay Gordon”.

  27. T. A. says:

    The Yellow Zombies should be accoutable of their sin.. haha! much better

  28. fullofhatred says:

    namatay ang AKING INA! Sayang ang pagkakataon! Tatakbo ako!

    I hate zombies! lemme have ’em!

  29. ME says:

    If any one would complain why philippines didn’t prosper in this year..?? the simple question will shut their close minded thought.. KAYONG MGA TANGANG BUMOTO … that’s the only answer and they will reminisce all those times before the biased election happened.. the biased media forums.. the biased airtime commercials.. and the biased mind conditioning.. don’t blame the president if you can’t achieve stability with the first 365 days of the new administration..YOU SHOULD BLAME YOURSELVES..

    many said that mr. gordon is the best qualified president but.. the minds of people were brainwashed by the media.. “THE BIASED MEDIA” i’m not pointing all of them but the responsible for mind conditioning…people wasted again 6 years.. the rich become richer the poor become poorer.. that is a filipino mentality.. and the proved it by appointing a president with lots of connection… celebrities, media, editorials, columnists, etc.

    i hope that mr. gordon have the right amount of army to spread the true meaning of change b4 2016.. AIM HIGH PHILIPPINES… tnx john amend all for the update about my bet.. i will volunteer with him but this time.. it will be a great landslide..

  30. mitch says:

    does it still matter what we say really? the philippines is hopeless, at least in my lifetime. primetime TV is all about pathetic drama and false hopes, weekend TV is all about showbiz. media has shaped the minds of the masses into pathetic thinkers. even the supposed thinkers, were more conscious about the politics than the actual choosing of leaders, e.g. putting gloria in jail, etc.

    hopeless hopeless hopeless. never been this ashamed of being a filipino.

    • Jay says:

      To put it in perspective Mitch, this has been going on for the longest time. Over a CENTURY long. Even before Philippines got their independence. So more than likely a solution isn’t going to come immediately and without any hard work and certainly, discourse over the issues.

      Its painful but even I’m expecting at best the country would still be in its baby steps to recovery by the time I’m old and grey.

    • ilda says:

      Ahh… but what we say does matter mitch

      Just this morning I got validated when I saw the headline today from the Inquirer. They suddenly decided to publish a more in depth analysis on Noynoy’s wish to remain in Times Square even after his proclamation. The timing is indeed interesting considering Noynoy made that statement two weeks ago but no one from the press made a big deal of it. That’s two days after I published my blog, which discussed the implications of Noynoy’s plans to stay in Time Square. This is not the first time I noticed that something exclusive to AntiPinoy got carried over by the media. Another one of them was the article about SWS and Pulse Asia polling firms. It proves that mainstream media is reading us. We need to make more noise!🙂

      • mitch says:

        but then the most powerful media company is also a political institution. it’s hard to see hope with this.

      • ilda says:

        We just have to keep at it mitch

        We have to try and keep them on their toes kahit papaano.. we need you to continue participating in the discussions…sabi nga ni Bon Jovi: “Right now we got to keep the faith…keep the faith
        🙂

      • mitch says:

        and boy abunda part of the cabinet? my god!

  31. concerned_citizen says:

    It’s so hard to fight a system that is so embraced by the general public. It has become a part of the Filipino
    reality. The recent elections are proof of how stupid Filipinos are. They’d rather believe in good intentions,
    a family name, and popularity as traits in their president rather than find competent candidates. That
    election made me ashamed of being a Filipino. Most of us talk big about being independent and sovereign yet
    we can’t even think for ourselves.They say only history can say if the 2010 elections were a testament to Phil democracy, but how can history be objective when the history books don’t even mention the incompetence and failures of the previous Aquino administration. “Like mother, like son.” – a statement banked upon by those yellow fanatics. If this is the case then perhaps we’ll see a more incompetence in gov’t and a lot more indecisiveness coming from NA. It’s not even inauguration day,and as NA’s mistakes pile up and so will the excuses people will make for him.And I’ll be there at the end of 6 years (if NA does make it that far) proudly saying once again that “He’s your president, not mine!” Un-nationalistic as I may sound and as bitter as it may seem, I know I chose the right candidate for the job. I did not let a family name amaze me. I did not let a “fake” legacy fool me.For what it’s worth I know there are still Filipinos out there who actually use their brains.

    • ilda says:

      There is nothing unpatriotic about what you said. You simply use common sense and don’t get carried away by what the media is saying.

      A Noynoy presidency still sounds so surreal to me. Most of the things that happen in the country sound so surreal to me. I don’t think I can stop writing about Noynoy or our dysfunctional culture. Not even when someone tells me to shut-up.

  32. Hyden Toro says:

    Blogging is just a hobby to me. It improves my literary ability, it enhances my intellectual ability. I am joyful to share to my fellow bloggers what I know. I am also glad to learn a lot from my fellow bloggers. We learn from each other. Knowledge is like a smile. It will be useless, unless it is shared.

    Our people has a long way to learn to elect good leaders. Noynoy Aquino was railroaded in the Presidency by the following factors:

    (1) EDSA nostalgia and delusion.

    (2) The Magic of SMARTMATIC.

    (3) the Seductive Charm Offensive of the Seductress: Kris Aquino.

    ( 4) the unabashed support of the Lopez Media Network, their fellow Oligarch.

    Losers here are the Filipino people. There were more competent candidates than that imbecile: Noynoy Aquino.

    Money and wealth are temporary materials. It makes you live well on Earth, but it can also destroy you. It is a currency that must be used for the good of all. If you identify yourself with your: wealth and, money and accomplishments. You will be nothing, when you will lose them.

    People like the Conjuangcos and the Aquinos are Oligarchs. The way they treat their tenants, show what kind of people they are. How can they emphatize, with struggling people, like us? They have never been poor in their lives. So, their works of charity is nothing but a show. To get your votes.

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