Some people are very, very disappointing. I’m not just talking about Noynoy Aquino. I’m talking about some people who used to make a lot of sense and now they are talking non-sense. They have the nerve to tell other people to stop engaging in “reckless adventurism” whatever the heck that means because to them, engaging in such “may negate what fate and fortune has laid out for the next presidency.”
Can you imagine a world without reckless adventurers? Apart from not having silly films like Jackass: The Movie, no one would dare cross the seven seas, climb Mount Everest or go to the moon. The world needs reckless adventurers and the Philippines needs reckless adventurers now more than ever to counter the negative adventures that Noynoy Aquino wants to engage in.
Can you imagine going back to your own little world where the only publication available to read is the local newspapers like the Philippine Daily Inquirer or Philippine Star? Can you imagine not having any alternative blogsite apart from Filipino Voices? Yes, it is such a horrible thought. Filipinos will be left with no one else to refer to about Philippine politics and current events but these emo sources that play favorites and only publish half of the information needed to analyze the big picture.
Unfortunately, most Filipinos only have very limited sources of information available to them. Because of this, Filipinos only get to read half of the story. This is part of the reason why a lot of Filipinos do not engage in politics and current events. Those who are lucky enough to have Internet access and those who are lucky enough to have stumbled upon “reckless adventurers” such as AntiPinoy bloggers and other bloggers out there of similar nature, have at least an alternative viewpoint they can either accept or reject. The readers at least see the other half of the information that is routinely and intentionally left out by the mainstream media.
Life is about freedom of speech. If we don’t have freedom of speech, we will be left only with private conversations with ourselves. Engaging in the latter is not at all bad, and from time to time it is good to be in a self-reflective mode. But it is better to do it when we have read and understood all our options. Thus, we will be in a better position to “make up our minds,” “change our minds,” or be “of two minds” about something.
I would probably go crazy if I didn’t have the means to express myself. I am a fairly opinionated person and proud of it. I want more of our countrymen to be like me. I want them to engage more in politics and follow current events so they can be aware of what is happening and what our politicians are doing. If there is an upside to a Noynoy presidency, it is the fact that there are a few more Filipinos who are actively engaged in politics now because they are seriously watching his every move. Just yesterday, one commenter by the name of maikimai said that “Pero sa totoo lang mas naging interesado ako ngayon sa politics dahil kay Noynoy, kasi mas nakakatawa ito kesa sa mga palabas sa tv, yun nga lang dark comedy. Comedy kasi kung ano-ano ang lumalabas na kabalbalan sa bibig nya, at Dark kasi hindi joke yun at apektado tayong lahat.”
People who dare to stop others from being critical of Noynoy are not contributing to the creation of a society where there is healthy dialogue and a robust exchange of ideas. Most Filipinos are already apathetic about what’s happening in our society, we cannot lose the other few who have now woken up from their stupor, to borrow Noynoy’s words: “The campaign, is quickening something ‘dormant’ in the Filipino people.” Noynoy was right in a way because a lot of people became outraged that just because his mother passed away, he got what is supposedly a 40% “mandate” to lead the nation.
When we write about Noynoy, it is not necessarily because we don’t like him. We blog about Noynoy whenever the things he says need a rebuttal or a counter argument. We can’t rely on the mainstream media to do it all the time because at the moment, he is the darling of the Philippine media. Most members of the media are beholden to him, but we are not. Most members of the media see no harm in some of his proposals but we see most of it as counter productive especially when Noynoy is not choosing his battles wisely. In any political scene, there should always be an opposition to function as check-and-balance. Our existence is a better way of keeping Noynoy “grounded” as opposed to his stay in his residential home.
I don’t believe that people should give Noynoy his first 100 days or “the honeymoon” period before people start scrutinizing him. I believe that monsters are created when you let them get away with saying silly things like “Marami na ho akong sina-sacrifice. Baka yung humihingi sa akin na mag sacrifice e wala pa naisa-sacrifice baka gusto nilang sumali sa sacrifice [I have made a lot of sacrifices. Maybe those who are asking me to sacrifice, have not sacrificed anything. Maybe they want to join me].”
I can understand where some people are coming from when they recommend laying down the welcome mat for Nonoy especially when they justify it with “Goldman Sachs announced that the economy was recovering.” But first of all, business confidence is only so because of perception. Stock markets are all about perception. Let us not forget that Noynoy is not the president yet. The Philippine media that is very biased for Noynoy, created all this positive perception surrounding him. This positive image reverberated across the globe. The positive image gives investors more confidence to invest in the country.
But if you think about it, if the mainstream Philippine media was responsible for giving Noynoy or the Philippines a positive image, they were also responsible for giving the incumbent president Gloria Arroyo or the Philippines a negative image and driving away potential investors as a result. Headlines like, “Failure of elections will benefit GMA” or “Another Arroyo dinner to cost $15,000.00” also reverberated around the globe. Such articles were not even worthy of front-page news and were also written in tabloid style. In short, the election uncertainties created by the media during the election made foreign investors jittery or gave them useless anxieties. The “business confidence” we see now is all thanks to media’s reduction in much of the ado they make about nothing and has nothing to do with Noynoy Aquino’s impending stay or to not stay in Malacanang.
Noynoy is not the president yet. At the moment, gross domestic product (GDP) registered a growth of 7.3% for the first quarter following frontloaded tax payments and an average inflation rate of 4.3%. Let us give credit where credit is due — to the whole lot of factors including president Arroyos policies, global economic recovery, increased remittances and increased consumer spending particularly during the campaign season which generated a lot of business.
Some people are very, very disappointing. They simply should not be telling other people to stop scrutinizing Noynoy Aquino. The entire Philippine population will be left in the dark if that happens. It is just not right. As Bruce Springsteen put it: We can’t start a fire without a spark or else we’ll be dancing in the dark.