In the News: The 2010 Elections was 'a new People Power'

The lowness of the standards we apply to ourselves never ceases to amaze me. Even while we aspire to world-class achievement, we measure ourselves using scales that make our uniquely-Filipino flavor of mediocrity look golden.

So too in what we consider to be the “achievement” of this year’s presidential elections. As if one did not already get an attack of the cringes whenever we remember how we presume to award ourselves the honour of having “invented” “people power” back in 1986, another columnist from the Inquirer.net steps to the plate to add another item to the museum of imagined Filipino achievement. Artemio Panganiban, in a recent column on the Inquirer.net described Noynoy Aquino‘s win in the hands of the vacuous Filipino electorate, thus:

Our people handed Noynoy Aquino the most overwhelming mandate since our present Constitution took effect in 1987. They opted for a peaceful transition of power, no longer by staging mammoth street rallies, but by rolling a tsunami of votes that could not be stopped by cheating, computer glitches, human errors, carelessness and logistical lapses.

Ermmm, last I heard, undertaking peaceful transitions of power and not staging mammoth street rallies were things the rest of the world did on a routine basis when changing their leaders. Turning what should be a routine exercise into a showcase of Pinoy “achievement” is the result of the kind of thinking we’ve long come to expect of the sort of people who claim “overwhelming mandates” after mustering a 40% vote. That’s just the old renowned pwede-na-yan tradition rearing its head from the dark shadows of the underbelly of the Filipino psyche.

Filipino People Power in a Hong Kong park on a day off Sunday

But Panganiban quite wisely does not count on the stunted faculties of the Inquirer readership to interpret subtleties. He goes on to make his message quite crystalline in its clarity:

[Filipinos] invented a new form of People Power to reshape the Philippine landscape.”

Wow. A new form of “People Power”. Just what we need.

I wonder what the rest of the 60 percent who did not vote for Noynoy Aquino are thinking now that they have been summarily excluded from this neo-“People Power” that Panganiban pitches? It begs the question of what defines the words “our people” that Panganiban uses to open his article. Never mind too that there is still some question around the soundness of how the election was conducted as far as the other offices that need to be filled.

That kinda puts a damper on the “conclusion” Panganiban makes after the rather unsound premises he starts with:

I think it was destiny and legacy, not dynasty, that propelled Noynoy to the top and kindled his passion to liberate his people from corruption and poverty.

Hmmmm, destiny and legacy and “not dynasty”? That remains to be seen, specially in light of the shadow now being cast upon the landscape of Philippine business by the circling vultures comprising Kamaganak Inc. Then again one can argue that Noynoy Aquino does indeed represent the destiny of the Filipino. It is a destiny of furthering the renowned mediocrity that the rest of the world has come to associate the concept of “Filipino” with.

Panganiban thinks otherwise (my boldface added):

This thunderous triumph of People Power so impressed the international community that many ambassadors, led by those of the United States (Harry K. Thomas Jr.), China (Liu Jianchao), Japan (Makoto Katsura) and the European Union (Alistair MacDonald), laid aside legalities and diplomatese to congratulate our new leader even before the formal process of ballot canvassing had begun.

Again, Mr Panganiban, it depends on your standards of what it means to be impressed. For if the heads of these societies were truly impressed with Filipinos, they’d scramble to address the truly revealing way that Philippine passport holders are routinely regarded at their borders and ports of entry.

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26 Responses to In the News: The 2010 Elections was 'a new People Power'

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  2. ChinoF says:

    Looks like Panganiban is another demonstration of how a Noybot works.

  3. mitch says:

    this is another international take on our election, supposedly impressed but not really know what’s going on in the country:

    http://inside.org.au/the-philippines-votes-for-change/

    the philippines didn’t vote for change. we maintained status quo at its worst. never have i been this ashamed of being a filipino. i believe our country is hopeless, at least in my lifetime.

    ang bobong pumili ng pinoy.

    • Jay says:

      Well to be fair he hasn’t been following the country’s leaders extensively, as opposed to the other writer from huffingtonpost featured here. But he did deliver it in a non-bias manner, especially the end.

      While there are huge challenges ahead, Noynoy Aquino will begin his term with a clear mandate for change and for cleaner government. Whether he likes it or not, the limelight is now his.

      It is true, though of course he probably wrote this before hearing about all the stunts noynoy has been pulling even BEFORE he has taken the seat yet. But Noynoy, a guy who isn’t qualified for the job but managed to dupe everybody now has the spotlight on him, regardless of whether he does like it or not. Of course with recent decision of not wanting to live in Malacanang, looks like he’s may start regretting his indecision.

  4. Jay says:

    Wow, Panganiban would like everyone to think that ambassadors formality is some sort of an achievement. Not their opinion, not their bias but straight up, diplomatic formality that is part of their protocol.

    Besides, what about the pinoy ambassadors overseas just GUSHING to the political leader of that country that Benigno Aquino the 3rd is now the new president of their country?

  5. famous wolf says:

    This just in!

    Panganiban is a retard for not acknowledging this:

    http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/6873834

    Even if they were just minor, fraudulence is still fraudulence. The ambassadors were not following the political situations in the Philippines diligently enough.

    See? I can has opinions too!

  6. benign0 says:

    Here is a really horrible part in the article I left out (my boldface below):

    Time [Magazine] led the world’s media (from Thailand to Britain to Chile) in focusing on the Philippines, not as much as it did in 1986 celebrating the first miracle of People Power but enough to make our country become the darling of the world again.

    “Darling” of the world.. O-M-G. If this guy is on something, I want some of what he is having. 😀

    • benign0 says:

      Here’s some insight from blogger J from his article And why the f[ri]ck would the world endorse Noynoy Aquino?

      it’s not like it’s 1986 and the stability of the Philippines, the US bases and, by extension, that of Asia-Pacific is at stake. There is no pressing impetus for major players in international relations to bet on any of the candidates, and the Philippine elections is not high in significance in foreign capitals. True, Philippine hands in various foreign offices might be reporting on which candidate would best benefit their home governments’ interests, but their reports are insignificant because the Philippine election is not significant enough for their home governments to care.

      Hopefully this splashes a bit of cold water onto the “darling of the world” moronisms of some Inquirer.net writers here.

    • Miriam Quiamco says:

      Panganiban sounds more like a comedian, except that if you really think hard of how a journalist of a PDI kind of paper could write such inanities, it is black comedy , cause the truth is that, its idiots like him who have duped the masses on voting for the most incompetent candidate in the past elections. Oh, not only the masses, the intelligentsia too with a strong bent of medieval type of Christianity.

    • ChinoF says:

      Here comes another dollop of nationalist egoism. 🙄

    • Jay says:

      Darlings of the world? He should honestly start his own journalism school. He and the rest of the suck up PDI columnists should be the headmasters and every young noynoy fanatic looking to be Mass Comm grads would be paying top peso for a 4 year course. Additional funds for advanced placement. Their thesis would be nothing more than an endless exercise of propagating the best kind of Bull S H I T.

  7. Ginji says:

    This is manipulating public opinion at its best. These PDI columnists are masters in creating illusions that cloud public opinion. I’m quite amazed how Da Pinoy cannot see through this awful trick. Thanks Benign0 for a good read. It made me realize how vain and stupid “Filipinos” really are. And the worse thing is, this stupidity and vanity starts with the people who’re capable of shaping public opinion, a.k.a the Philippine Media.

  8. red says:

    Let’s take this a step lower… 🙂
    http://noythemovie.com/

  9. Ryan Bosco says:

    Kamaganak Inc. Hmm, let’s see:

    Imelda (Congresswoman)
    Bong-Bong (Senator—LIKELY TO BE THE PRESIDENT IN 2016)
    Imee (Governor)
    Erap (over 8 million votes)
    Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada (part-time actors while senators and top vote getters)

    You know what I haven’t seen or read? The family tree of Philippine business, media and government. I’d like someone to visually give us an idea of the ramifications of this Kamaganak, Inc.:

    An Estrada, married to a Lopez, from a family who owns ABS CBN that was confiscated by the Marcoses but returned by Cory Aquino so as a token of appreciation Kris Aquino is a lifetime-goddess employee of the company whose brother just got elected along with Mar Roxas (married to Korina Sanchez another ABS-CBN employee) who has family relations with the Araneta and the Araneta family like Gregorio is married to Irene and I think Bong-Bong is also married to an Araneta, and the Marcoses have close ties with the Cojuangcos and the Estradas, I believe Jinggoy is good friends with a member of the Zobel de Ayalas who support Noynoy Aquino.

    Will someone draw a Kamaganak Inc. tree please. It gets confusing with words. Sometimes it’s better with graphics or power point.

    • Jay says:

      Not necessarily part of the INC but more than likely people like Tito Sotto, Bong Revilla and the actors turned senators have supported the INC directly or indirectly.

    • benign0 says:

      Hey there’s a good idea for a project there, RB. I’ll have a think about how to go about putting one online. 🙂

      • Ryan Bosco says:

        Thanks Benigno!

        U know how visual most have become? (Including me 🙂 )

        It’ll be a different approach to visually aid us as to the extent of this Kamaganak, Inc. I think it will be an online sensation since many get tired of reading after just one paragraph. This way it’s simple.

        Just make sure you include their business interest, their political position and their relations to others.

        DO IT DO IT DO IT.

      • Miriam Quiamco says:

        And what is your take of the PDI’s editorial regarding his excellency’s choice of residence while the chief executive in Malacanang, pretty amusing, huh, this paper is over-indulging its fanaticism as a believer before the altar of the Aquino sainthood, truly laughable, but hey, if this is the best quality paper we have in the country, no wonder, we are still the under-performing country and sick man in Asia. Other countries that are just as corrupt as us are moving ahead, I suspect, they don’t have a media institution whose ethos is represented by the honorable PDI!!!

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  11. AnonyMous says:

    as I may quote – there is “Lack of intellects” in the Philippine society now…

    http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/news/nation/18459-aquino-win-a-return-for-oligarchs

  12. mitch says:

    And Boy Abunda is part of the cabinet!! Ang saya saya!

  13. Rennan says:

    This site is too kind. Come on!!! This so called election was a run off between Noynoy Aquino and Erap Estrada. The worst anyone can described this thing would still be no way near what it really is. Will somebody just blow the Philippines out of the water so ships can sail through it not around it.!!!

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