I gotta hand it to out-going president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Despite the immense amount of energy expended by the Philippine Media over the last ten years to turn her from hero of the Edsa II “revolution” into the reviled cunning “evil” empress out to divest the hapless Filipino of his hard-“fought” freedom, she manages to consistently remain one step ahead of her detractors. Indeed, in an account of Arroyo’s recent farewell party to Palace reporters one can quite easily discern in author Amando Doronilla’s writing, a consciously pained effort to overcome an instinctive succumbing to the adeptly-delivered charm initiatives of the out-going President. That effort is stunningly evident even coming from a seasoned journalist like Doronilla, who in a monumental exercise in futility peppers his piece with reminders of how Arroyo’s display is a mere case of too-little-too-late. It portends the coming turning of the tables of notoriously fickly Filipino public opinion as the ex-President joins the ranks of the new Opposition.
Indeed, the stunted sensibilities of the Pinoy Voter is a double-edged sword. The capacity of Da Pinoy to overlook the obviously flaccid achievement and abilities of an obscure son of illustrious “heroes” and go on to vote him President can just as easily be morphed into an induced amnesia that will eventually undo the Media’s clever engineering of public perception of Arroyo’s performance as President over the last ten years.
As such, it seems many staunch Aquinoists are starting to hedge their investment in the Yellow One.
Jose Montelibano in his recent article published on the Aquino Family Newsletter sums up the hollowness ringing increasingly louder in the aftermath of a frenziedly zealous crusade to propel Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to the top office of the land…
The realization that will hit us who supported Noynoy Aquino is that things are not so bright even with Gloria gone. In the past month and a half since the elections last May 10, the ugliness of Philippine politics immediately reared its monstrous head. In-fighting inside Noynoy’s camp started early with accusations of betrayal by Mar and company as long-time Cory Aquino friend and loyal ally, Jojo Binay, produced a political miracle by coming from the bottom of the ladder to win the vice-presidency. The accusations, or insults, formed from gutter language, mostly through text messages from prepaid SIM cards or Facebook postings, hit relatives of Noynoy including his sisters. This scenario produced a life of its own that will persist in the years to come.
Deal with it guys. A pattern has all but emerged now. It seems to me that the fundamental nature of Noynoy’s yellow glow really comes from the contrast of a dark background painted behind him by his propagandists. Indeed, the illusion of Brand Noynoy is more a product of a cleverly recessed background of engineered “evil” to provide the illusion of his yellowness standing out. Start removing that black “evil” that served as an effective context to Noynoy’s campaign and the true nature of the colour yellow emerges.
And it is happening. All the darkly “evil” bogeymen that the Yellow Army used as a crutch upon which Noynoy’s sugar-and-spice-and-everything-nice “campaign” stood have disappeared into the night gracefully — the “failure of election” was not quite the disaster they hoped would incite the next Edsa “revolution”, all who ran against him conceded honourably, and last but not least, the “evil empress” Gloria Arroyo bowed out in a blaze of charm that is sure to capture the hearts of our nation of starstruck ignoramuses.
With that convenient background of “evil” gone, all we are left with is an increasingly-obscured yellow splotch. The challenge to Noynoy is simple, really™. He needs to achieve in absolute terms. We are all on to the tired relativism that for so long propped up his clan’s mystique.