One of the great traditions of Philippine politics involves government officials extending their renowned family “values” out and into the fabric of governance. Indeed in the Philippines, governance, like success, is relative. Relatives and family friends (even clan “friendships” that go back a generation or two) making up the immediate officiating circles of everyone from lowly Barangay Captains to sitting presidents is pretty much a banality in our backward feudal nation. The Year 2010 marks the year that President-Elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III takes his turn to assemble his court mainstays with relish. No big deal there. He merely reflects the way most ordinary Filipinos routinely regard civic or even professional duty. They look inward into their respective families or clans. My colleague Chino put it quite well:
Nepotism is the obvious fault of our local Filipino families. When you have a business and are looking for the right person for the job, Filipinos often look within the family. Or even family friends. It’s not a fault by itself to consider someone because of familiarity or connections; but it is when you choose that person or service because of those connections and not because of competence.
The Aquino-Cojuangco feudal clans (and their extended network of cronies) arguably make up the single biggest oligarchic bloc in Philippine society. Collectively called Kamaganak Inc, it has tentacles that extend all over Philippine society. It pervades the nature of governance, influences policies that impact the economy, and brokers political power even as its patriarchs sing praises to the “people’s will”.
Some of the factions within Kamaganak Inc are already scrambling for the spoils of Noynoy’s “landslide” win in the polls, to name a few:
– The Aquino Siblings (Kris, Ballsy, etc.).
– The “Hyatt 10” – emo officials who resigned at the height of the Great “Hello Garci Scandal” of 2005
– The cast and crew of Noynoy’s Hindi ka Nag-iisa campaign video (Ding Dong Dantes, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, etc.)
– Peping Cojuangco – who is a power bloc in hig own individual right
– The “New Media Bureau” of the campaign headed by Enteng Romano that delivered Noynoy his million-strong “fan” base on Facebook.com among others.
… and much more! The number of moving parts and interconnections is vast and dizzying. What other best way to understand this complexity than to apply that excellent modern-day tool of simplification — Information Technology.
Check out our latest initiative:
The Kamaganak Inc Mapping Project
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We plan to use this as our primary knowledgebase and a repository where bits and pieces of intelligence on the Aquino-Cojuangco Kamaganak Inc and its extended Yellow Army we come across can be assimilated into the Bigger Picture.
Best of all, everyone is invited along the journey and has complete visibility into the intel we assemble through the wonders of Mind42 technology which hosts the above facility. You have two options for bookmarking the Kamaganak Inc Mapping project:
– On AntiPinoy.com (this page right here); or,
– On GetRealPhilippines.com (which offers a slightly larger viewing field).
Comment facilities are available on both, so do send in your pieces of the puzzle or even suggestions on new relational links between existing nodes on our map. Like fighting terrorism, every bit of intel counts in our efforts to maintain transparency amidst the closed, opaque, and primitivist backwardness of Philippine society.