The Paul Anka song “My Way” is perhaps the most popular song choice in the Philippine karaoke/videoke pastime. Perhaps its popularity is because some people find it easy to sing, but it’s a very prophetic song as well. It very much reflects the Filipino attitude of people in political power today…. I’ll do it “My Way.”
Some people who supported Aquino may be shocked at the infighting that’s happening. They may be flabbergasted and wondering: why? Weren’t we all united in bringing the Philippines’ anointed to power? But that’s it: being united was a subterfuge. The way I see it, Aquino was brought to power by vested interests who correctly guessed he was the most bankable political figure to date. Thus, they invested in it. Now, they’re going charge their ROI (return on investment) from it – and that’s where the infighting comes in.
So we have a lot of people singing, “Noynoy, Noynoy,” while underneath it all, they mean, “My Way, My Way.” Thus, with Noynoy now seated, infighting had begun because they were all quarreling for the piece of the pie. It’s so obvious. The Noy-Bi/Noy-Mar article by Jose Rizal II explained very well how two opposing camps temporarily allied to bank on Aquino and make him win the election. And now that he’s won, they’re fighting over the spoils.
It’s pretty obvious to me that many people vehemently supported Aquino because they wanted positions in his regime. We have bloggers, activists and journalists like Manuel Quezon III, Edwin Lacierda and Ricky Carandang who kept praising Aquino till they became part of the presidential media team. Of course, there are people with more honest intentions, with their own plans on how the Philippines will be changed, with their own causes and advocacies. But they might want to remake the country in their own image, according to what they want – not what others want. So if the others get in their way, it’s war. Thus, infighting occurs. Of course, some others may be fighting over the access to loads of money (presidential pork) that the president has, and will want it for their own causes. It’s “My Way” all the way.
This is how Philippine politics works. It’s basically patronage politics. Our country doesn’t have this exclusively, but it is flagrantly dominant in our politics today. That’s why so many influential figures supported Aquino. That’s probably what gave the illusion of being “united.” They think many supporters from this sector (the rich and famous) means, it’ll really lead to something good. But in truth, these are vested interests each wanting something for themselves. They want to be in gov’t some way in order to propagate their own way – “My Way.” So if they don’t get “My Way,” they’ll be on the warpath.
Perhaps the news of videoke brawls and killing over the song symbolizes this situation very well. Some men were quarreling for the mike to sing “My Way.” One becomes pikon, brings out a gun or knife and does in the other guy. In the Yellow camp, there’s no literal shooting, but there is a lot of figurative shooting going on.
Mar for example has filed a protest against Binay’s win. Juana Change has recently opposed the appointment of the Abads. Mareng Winnie Monsod, who probably latched onto Noynoy during the campaign as an anti-Villar move and as a gesture of loyalty to Cory Aquino, is now heavily critical of the 2010 SONA. Not to mention the appointee issue: however controversial GMA’s “midnight appointees” are, some of Noynoy’s appointees are considered equally questionable.
Nearly everyone’s noticed; a lot of people in the Aquino administration are chosen on basis of closeness to the Aquino camp rather than qualifications. And it has led to a “My Way” versus another “My Way” against a lot of other “My Ways.” It shows that he’s not in control. Vested interests have given him patronage; they expect his patronage in return. Probably he was talking to them when he said, “kayo ang boss ko.” And in the end, no way will the Philippines have the change it needs to get better. There’s no real change from the former system that supports this patronage politics and relatives-friends-kakilala first mentality.
Antipinoy.com on the other hand offers an alternative to the “My Way” course. We were all brought together here by the same stance; that Filipino culture is defective and is a major cause of the country’s poor situation. We also have the same stance on the solutions – that economic protectionism has contributed greatly to the poverty of the country and has quelled any real effort for positive change, so this must be removed. We also mostly agree on charter change, parliamentary government, federalism, and others. And we’re not looking for government positions.
Thus, it’s time to sing a different song. Stop it with “My Way.” Time to go “The Right Way.”