Transition of power – Philippines: Abangan ang susunod na kabanata…

Noted blogger Manuel L Quezon III provides us with a very informative piece on the rich traditions and symbolisms ingrained into the process of a new President assuming his office in Malacanang. In his recent piece Notes for the coming inaugural, Quezon highlights three rather interesting steps inherent to the traditional rites of transition of power in the highest office of the Philippine Government.

To set the scene for the rest of this article, first picture the effort involved in getting a little boy to sit through and participate in a two-hour-long Misa Cantada (a Catholic mass delivered operatically).

With that context in mind, sit back and picture President-Elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III as the following scene unfolds…

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Step 1: Courtesy call to the out-going incumbent president

Tradition dictates that the president-elect arrive at the presidential palace before the inaugural, to pay a courtesy call on the outgoing, incumbent president. The president and the president-elect then go together to the Luneta.

Can we actually imagine Noynoy Aquino walking into President Gloria Arroyo’s office to extend to her the courtesy of a final chat as his President before she relinquishes the title to him? Abangan ang susunod na kabanata

Step 2: Outgoing military honours in the presence of the President-Elect

From 1946 to 1965, the tradition was that at the Luneta, the president received his final military honors as commander in chief, and then departed to go home as the president-elect in turn ascended the Quirino Grandstand.

Considering Gloria Arroyo’s often-ridiculed height challenges (coming from a society of people not exactly renowned for impressive stats in that dimension), I can’t really recall anyone describing her stance as “stooped”. In contrast, that famous TIME article — you know, that ironic darling piece celebrated by the Philippine Media — described Noynoy’s stance as being “hunched” and his figure “awkward”.


Start cancelling your annual leave Mr de Quiros. The Yellow Media Machine will have to work overtime to come up with a way to somehow gloss over this glaring postural contrast between the outgoing Commander-in-Chief and the incoming one as they both salute the Armed Forces of the Philippines in front of the supposedly “impressed” international community. Abangan ang susunod na kabanata

Step 3: Swearing in of the new President of the Philippines

The vice president-elect is sworn in before noon to secure the constitutional succession; at 12 noon, the president-elect is sworn in. The chief justice administering the presidential oath is tradition and not mandatory.

Immediately upon conclusion of the oath, the traditional presidential anthem, “Mabuhay” is played with the appropriate ruffles and flourishes, and the armed forces shall render its first 21-gun salute to the new commander in chief.

The new President of the Philippines then delivers his inaugural address.

This is just so gonna give everyone an attack of the cringes. After that whole brouhaha over the non-issue of who will be swearing-in the new President (which the Media is now also burning its eyebrows to sweep under the rug), having to sit through this one is gonna be interesting. Abangan ang susunod na kabanata

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Abangan ang susunod na kabanata

Indeed, abangan ang susunod na kabanata. It’s that familiar one-liner that keeps Filipinos’ eyes glued to the braincell-killing content that they entertain themselves with — and keeps ABS-CBN and the rest of Kamaganak Inc laughing all the way to the bank. Isn’t it so fitting that we now use this colourful phrase to anticipate the ascent of Noynoy Aquino to that lucrative seat in Malacanang? Abangan ang susunod na kabanata

Try to get this little boy
to keep still on his seat…

nyek nyek


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33 Responses to Transition of power – Philippines: Abangan ang susunod na kabanata…

  1. Ryan Bosco says:

    Interesting. I guess the Philippines had a “transition of power” tradition. Of course, having a polytheistic society where you have personalities and politicians who think they’re Gods, this tradition is just a footnote in the ever changing Filipino society. Just look at what Erap did with his inauguration and Gloria. They all want to be different and make their own history.

    Heck, just look at our streets, they keep changing the names. No discipline, no respect, no sense of tradition. Except for corruption, now that’s a Filipino tradition we all love to hate and tolerate. Because that’s just how it is.

  2. brianitus says:

    LOL. I can imagine the courtesy call.

    I have a feeling that they’ll do away with the traditions this time, the “GMA antithesis” role demands it — even after campaign season. But if they do go with the tradition, maybe Noy and GMA can hold hands in Luneta, with Rico J. Puno singing in the background.

    @Ryan Bosco:

    I think the street name-changing is actually a house/senate activity, stuff included in the “bills and laws” they pass while they use taxpayer money. There are better things to do, if you ask me.

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  4. GabbyD says:

    “Can we actually imagine Noynoy Aquino walking into President Gloria Arroyo’s office to extend to her the courtesy of a final chat as his President before she relinquishes the title to him?”

    yes. my prediction: all the ceremonies established post 1986 will be preserved here, with the exception of the CJ doing the swearing in.

    care 2 bet?

  5. luraaa says:

    I still can’t believe that Noynoy is making a big deal out of the whole oath-taking issue. It’s like a valley girl worrying about what colour of nail polish to wear tomorrow.

    And lol about the courtesy call. Let’s see what happens. Actually, I’m not even anticipating anymore of any new developments until the end of June. Why should I tune in or read the news about his latest ramblings when I have a life to live? This is like watching a slice of life drama, where the daily lives of a character are depicted just like in the real world.

    Would we be getting more of this for the next six years? Oh wait, no one needs to answer that.

  6. benign0 says:

    In light of Artemio Panganiban‘s mission to “impress” the international community and foreign press, let’s take a look at the analysis of some members of this community, notably that of a prominent Cornell University professor:

    [Benedict Richard] Anderson said the rise of Aquino and the oligarchs could be blamed on the fact that the Philippines has ran out of traditional public intellectuals. He defined public intellectuals as those who may not have the highest academic accomplishments but have writings the exude certain command to people and serve as guidelines in choosing leaders.

    “The Philippines’ erring former leaders made a substantial impact why there is political turmoil in Bangkok, and why Indonesia’s Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono landed a second term as president despite his questionable links to Jakarta’s most tainted and lucrative transactions,” he said.

    He said that Southeast Asia at large has declining numbers of public intellectuals that write elegant prose and outrightly defy the governments.

    Benedict Richard Anderson is an Aaron L. Binenkorb Professor Emeritus of International Studies and Government and Asian Studies at the Cornell University, by the way. Not that his credentials are important given how much sense his words make standing on their own merit, but this is the Philippines you see, where people prostate themselves before the gods of credentialism and pedigrees. 😀

    • ChinoF says:

      Who would such public intellectuals be for us? I can think of Raul Roco and Teddyman Benigno for now. Yeah, I agree, they’ve run out thanks to our future potential public intellectuals being mind-jobbed by Wowowee.

    • GabbyD says:

      when have public intellectuals (according to his definition) been elected anywhere?

      • HalleluyahHymen says:


        you think you have a point… but you don’t. you’ve missed (again for the nth time) the context of the comment. may i ask where would you want to lead this innuendo?

      • Kanto Boy says:

        Gabriel Angelo Domingo aka “GABBY DODO!”

        You really are so f*cking stupid, aren’t you ha, GabbyDodo?!?!

        Who said anything about public intellectuals being elected?!? Ha?!?! F*cking Dodo! Bird-brain with shit for brains. Liit na nga ng utak, t@3 pa ang laman!!

        Gabby Dodo!!! It’s about people who are able to correctly influence people to do the right thing!! That’s what public intellectuals are. They may more may not have the academic credentials, but they make sense.

        How is UC Davis treating you, huh, Gabby Dodo?!? Flunking out?!?

        Ang b0b0 mo talaga, Gabriel Angelo Domingo!!!!

      • benign0 says:

        Dude, let’s refrain from personal attacks. Even dumb questions and assertions coming from people who have become chronic point-missers are welcome here. 😉

        I do agree though. Nowhere in the article is there any mention of public intellectuals having to be elected to a government post to make a difference.

      • GabbyD says:

        ok. kanto. i’ll bite.

        when have there ever been someone (post WW2), whose writings convinced ‘people’ to “do what is right” — by whatever definition of “right” u might prefer?

        it doesnt make any sense. the professor says the lack of public intellectuals have caused have caused certain politicians to rise up.

        where have they been able to prevent “certain politicians” (again, feel free to define this term) from winning?

        i assume since none of u have refuted the original proposition (by an example), then no public intellectuals have themselves been elected. If they havent been elected, yet have this power you ascribe to them, why havent they tried public service themselves?

        oh, and yes, i’m flunking out.

      • GabbyD says:


        thanks for the backhanded defense!

      • HalleluyahHymen says:

        Haaay nako GabbyD…

        One stupid question leads to another one… even if there is a very simple explanation to the context of why the original post and the comments have been written, in the words of General Ilda, YOU WOULDN’T UNDERSTAND. But here… lemme try.

        Public intellectuals do not have the proclivity to run for public office… it’s like the argument of the Philosopher and King. Its like asking a consultant to become a CEO… YOU NEED SOMEONE TO LOOK REMOTELY INTO YOUR BUSINESS… that is why you need consultants… BECAUSE GREY AREAS EXISTS IN THE OPERATIONS… which people in the operations do not see (because they are doing the main business functions)… IT’S LIKE ASKING A COACH TO PLAY IN THE BALLGAME THEMSELVES… isa lang ang nakagawa nyan sa PBA… si Jaworski…

        … still don’t get it?

      • Miriam Quiamco says:

        Gabby D,

        We are discussing here an intellectual culture that is lacking in our country led by public intellectuals who have a sway on public opinion. By this culture, we mean publications in the forms of books, journal articles and newspaper pieces that promote ideas on how to solve our problems of development, bold assertions on how to get out of the rut, a critical tradition that is not timid to any status quo dominance. And mind you, in this intellectual tradition, all segments of society are involved, and especially the mass media. You would see plurality of views being represented, and the masses are engaged in this continuing dialogue on how to improve our performance as a nation economically, politically and socially. You will see people reading these ideas and discussing them over dinner, lunch or at parties, the whole society is involved. It would help to have strong-minded intellectuals who have persuasive powers and have strong influence on government to be determined in making the nation more goal-oriented. We would have leftist intellectuals discussing our problems, conservative, reactionary and most of all informed academics will give their input too. The masses will think using the ideas discussed on TV, over the radio and will not be duped to make their electoral choices based on family pedigrees and family names. They will actually be able to talk about specific platform issues of candidates for example in a sustained level, because this is the preoccupation of the public forum, not emotionalism and identification with the dead. This, Gabby D. is a society that has an intellectual culture, no religious mumbo jumbo, people are irreverent and will listen to reason and ideas, not simply on what is popular because vacuous celebrities have endorsed candidates, a Noynoy style campaigning focusing on his dead parents will never sell in societies with a strong intellectual culture, the masses as a collectivity, “get out of here, so what if your mother haunting your home as a ghost, why should that matter to us, what is the importance of that in our national life?”. You will not have a tolerant, awe-struck audience listening to the bullshit Noynoy spewed out in his campaign, only in this blighted land would an Aquino-type of campaigning could be tolerated, because we are not idea-oriented, we are not issue-oriented, even our intelligentsia has been duped, because we are simply lost in the emo-driven political life, we are not strong enough to use our rational mind when making decisions and exercising our democratic rights. Benedict Anderson is a Southeast Asian specialist and he has written a lot analyzing political systems in Southeast Asia, I was actually quite surprised to read that Indonesia and Thailand too have been running out of infuential public intellectuals, even though they do have intellectuals who try to engage their respective populace in public debates. Both countries though have parliamentary forms of government, so the absence of a persuasive public intellectual class could be redeemed by not letting the masses have an absolute say on who should be at the helm of leadership.

      • ChinoF says:

        Lee Kwan Yew – Singapore
        Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, – US
        Abraham Lincoln (he fits the less academically achieved public intellectual) – US
        RIchard Gordon – Mayor of Olongapo and SBMA governor

        I don’t know if these fit your understanding of a public individual, but for me they do, and they have been good leaders.

        Or those in this website:
        Heroes of the 20th Century

        Elected public intellectuals have been around. You just need to look.

        A truth you can be certain about: Noynoy Aquino will never be one of these.

      • ChinoF says:

        Hmm, come to think of it, the other guys are right. You don’t need to be elected to make a difference in society. Public intellectuals like Socrates, Mohandas Gandhi, Aung San Suu Kyi, Martin Luther and many others have made good changes in society without being elected. In fact, if they wait till they’re elected, they may not be able to do anything. They’ll just sit pretty wondering about the traffic to the palace… like what our newly elected president is likely doing.

      • HalleluyahHymen says:

        When a “public intellectual” becomes an elected public official he ceased to become a “philosopher”… he becomes the “king” of the business operations of the government entity… that is why he needs persons of his same caliber to tell him where he is faltering in his business functions as the main man in the actual implementation of policies and procedures. I guess that the main message of Benign0’s post/comment is whether those “intellectual” writers or broadcasters exist in the current set of pundits… my opinion is… they used to be once… now they only justify the errs of their patrons or base their interpolation on personal vested interest… look at de Quiros and Henares…

        GabbyDodo is again dragging this post into something that birds of his flock can understand…

      • Jay says:

        Strawman much, GabbyD?

        You can’t attack argument A by creating another argument Z and attacking that to get the conclusion that argument A is false. Honestly, your incessant use of this starting to make me think you really are subtly trolling, whether you know it or not. Either you play the rules of the game or you don’t play at all, so don’t be mad.

        I think it correlates with the relationship of teachers-professors in a collegiate level who work soley as educators and those who work soley in the admin. I’ve talked to some veteran professors who have been offered admin or dean position but refuse it because taking that new position won’t allow them to be able to teach the way they do as a full-time college professor. So maybe it is in Gordon’s best interest to wait 6 years to garner more support in the public and the government so if in case he wins in 2016, he will have people who are capable of doing what he can with his hands on approach on the smaller levels.

      • BongV says:

        Oh GabbyD?He has got strawman wired into his DNA 😆

        explaining to GabbyD is a good exercise in really really simplifying a process or a concept to make it really easy for {choose appropriate word} to understand. which kinda gives you an indication of a coordinate on a bell curve skewed to the left.

        note that the slight increase in the complexity will send gabby off like a trumpo spewing strawmen with abandon.

        maybe when there is for Grade 1 or K3 – GabbyD will be able to grasp the concepts. for now, have fun and be kind to the chipmunks, rodents, squirrels and whathave you

      • GabbyD says:


        post-WW2, i grant that its possible for an elected official to be a public intellectuals (from his defintion) only after or while they were elected. but none before they were elected/were in power.

        can anyone give an example of a public intellectual that “exude certain command to people and serve as guidelines in choosing leaders”?


        “Strawman much, GabbyD?

        You can’t attack argument A by creating another argument Z and attacking that to get the conclusion that argument A is false”

        its only a strawman if my position isnt really related to the original point.

        the original point is:
        1) there exists public intellectuals, that “exude certain command to people”
        2) this PI stops some politicians from getting re-elected. how? ONLY 2 ways are possible.

        either (A) they run themselves, or (B) they campaign against these “certain” politicians/ask people thru their writings not to vote for/support them.

        my point is
        (A) is very rare, if they exist at all. there are politicians or leaders (postWW2) considered public intellectuals, but they are mostly PI during or after their terms of office. none of them influenced “the people” before they had their positions of power.

        (B) i have no idea who these PI’s are either. you need to define what “certain politicians” means. lets say its ” the rise of Aquino and the oligarchs”. hence, there are PI’s that stop the elite of a society from becoming leaders.

        who are these public intellectuals in part (B)?

      • Miriam Quiamco says:

        Czech: Vaclav Havel. . .

      • Dr. José Rizal II says:

        Mahathir bin Mohamad in Malaysia.

        Deng Xiaoping in China (rose through the ranks within the Party: wasn’t “elected”)

  7. ChinoF says:

    Try to get this little boy to keep still on his seat…

    Sounds like Noy has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, something I think I have. Some people would say that the boy needs to see a shrink. 😛 For one thing, I recall that ADHD interventions strongly recommend a coach to help out the ADHDer in daily life. Problem is, if we apply the analogy to Mr. Aquino’s case, he’s got very bad (and insincere) coaches.

  8. Morga says:

    Breaking news on ABS-CBN:
    Noynoy eyes Boy Abunda as tourism secretary

    Just like the headline on “Noy the Movie” a few weeks ago, I thought this was a joke. It’s not.

    • benign0 says:

      And Just when you think Noynoy’s presidency can’t get any more surreal.

      Hey wait, his presidency hasn’t even started yet…. 😮

      • Morga says:

        More details from the Manila Bulletin:
        Boy Abunda considered for Cabinet post

        It says Abunda is also being considered for the Department of Foreign Affairs.

        Last Sunday, Kris Aquino was asked what she thought of Boy Abunda being appointed ambassador. She said she would support him, if that’s what he wants.

        They talk about it like it’s the most normal thing in the world.

        Kris Aquino also asked Joey de Leon, in all seriousness, if he wanted to head the Optical Media Board. She said she could talk to “Noy” about it since De Leon campaigned for him.

        What’s next? Kris Aquino as CCP Chair? Kris Aquino for National Artist?

        Abangan ang susunod na kabanata.

        I’m eagerly awaiting the MLQ3 payoff. He did not play news nanny for Noynoy for nothing.

      • Dr. José Rizal II says:

        What a joke!

        Abunda for Department of Foreign Affairs? Kawawang Lila Shahani, and I thought she was diligently spreading out those facebook links promoting the idea of her becoming the Secretary of the DFA… Looks like her online activism isn’t helping her offline persona.

        I’m wondering what MLQ3’s pay-off will be as well. He couldn’t answer any of my challenges to him whenever I asked him questions point-blank.

    • Jay says:

      Check out the part were The Fiscalizer is wondering about the pay for Boy Abunda, as to match what he currently is being paid to be in the political position.

      Kung walang Korrupt, walang Mahirap daw…

    • benign0 says:

      Looks like Noynoy is coughing up his payback for all the favours extended to him by the Yellow Army and Kamaganak Inc during his campaign. 😀

    • ChinoF says:

      As if the gay culture isn’t already running the country. Heck, when the Edsa MRT first opened, they had to have a fashion show. But Boy Abunda as a government official… wala na, celebrities in government is no longer a joke. It’s a disgrace. Especially openly gay and tsismis-oriented celebrities.

      I’ll just give him a chance if he listens to Gordon.

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