What’s up with President Noynoy Aquino doing his speeches in Tagalog? Does he want to get more “likes” on his Facebook fan page or something? This is a country where people use multiple dialects and languages and where foreign correspondents and dignitaries are present during events such as the Presidential Inauguration and the State of the Nation Address (SONA). It makes more sense for the President to deliver his speeches in English because English is basically a common denominator for everyone. It’s not like Tagalog will actually unite us as a people any time soon. It takes more than the exclusive use of one language to unify a country.
Obviously, P.Noy’s use of the Tagalog language in his speeches does not really make a difference to the way most Filipinos behave. They still go about their business of using short cuts and wreaking havoc to their surroundings. More importantly, his speeches do not really mask the fact that they actually lack substance. P.Noy seems to deliberately deliver his speeches in Tagalog just to get some more brownie points from his “you got me at hello” fans. Isn’t that a pointless exercise anyway? As far as his fans are concerned, P.Noy can just rhyme the ABC in front of everyone and he will still get the usual thunderous standing ovation.
I’m not writing this to primarily generate a debate or controversy about which lenguaje to use. I just want to state the facts or the reality as it is. The fact, as one of the headlines in the PhilSTAR.com says, is that in the Philippines, “75% of employers reject applicants with poor English.” According to the article, there was a study that “showed 75 percent of employers had turned down jobseekers with a poor command of English, and 97 percent believed those with good English were also more productive.”
Thank goodness for this report. It just highlights and validates what most of the bloggers here at AntiPinoy.com have been saying all along — that emphasizing the use of Tagalog can only harm our competitive edge here in the country and abroad even more. I wonder if P.Noy actually reads the newspapers? If he is too busy, I wish he could read even just the title of the headlines because it already says it all.
Does Noynoy want to be popular? Or does he want to be a successful leader?
If he wants to be the latter, he needs to understand that not all successful leaders use the most popular tactic to be effective. Using the Tagalog language just to maintain his top ratings in the survey will only mask his incompetence for a short time.
Unfortunately, with most Filipinos’ penchant for going with the flow without analyzing things, the use of the popular vernacular in instant text messaging systems in mobile phones and the recent craze called “jejemon” have both managed to damage Filipinos’ use of the English language further — a decline which saw a key milestone in former President, Joseph “Erap” Estrada’s administration. It is becoming more and more obvious that P.Noy and Erap have so many similarities.
As predicted in my previous blog before the election, Filipinos’ division over P.Noy just like in Erap’s time is causing some Filipinos to rethink their future in the Philippines. We are indeed seeing another wave of Filipinos leaving the country because of disillusionment.
Recently, it was reported that “24 PAGASA Specialists Lose Hope, Leave Philippines.” Next it was the pilots of flag carrier, Philippine Airlines (PAL) who resigned en masse without warning due to a pay dispute with PAL’s management.
Even more recently, it has been reported by Environment Secretary Ramon Paje that “the Mines and Geosciences Bureau has already lost 83 geologists since 2006, leaving the government with roughly 119 professionals. To quote the article:
MGB assistant director Leo Najareno considers the problem “critical” because of the relevance of geologists in the mining and urban planning sectors.
He said geologists help determine the structural safety of buildings.
Yikes! Is there anyone else left capable of ensuring that the buildings being constructed in the country are in sound condition? I dare not think about what will happen if the country experiences another earthquake that will reach magnitude 7 or even less on the Richter Scale.
I am not surprised at all that all these professionals are leaving the country though. I can understand how someone who wants to remain loyal and serve his country can easily feel disillusioned particularly when the current administration is deemed anti-intellectual. In my other previous blog, I received a comment from one of our readers who said that even during the time of the late former President Cory Aquino, anti-intellectualism supposedly hounded Aquino administrations. This was evident in her decision to close the Bataan Nuclear Power plant without further discussions. The only statement coming from P.Noy’s secretary on the same matter today is that “it is a closed issue” to the bafflement of the scientists who are concerned about the scarcity and rising cost of electricity. Even his own Energy Secretary Jose Rene D. Almendras stressed that “we must consider the nuclear option very seriously. Even oil rich countries have already gone into it.” This is another classic case of P.Noy or an Aquino being easily swayed by the public’s decision just to remain popular. Just because popular sentiments have people thinking that nuclear power plants are unsafe, P.Noy already dismisses any discussion.
Our country is in a serious bind at the moment. Employers demand that their employees be more competitive and productive while most employees who are competitive and productive are leaving the country in droves. It seems that P.Noy’s “pwede na tayong mangarap uli” not necessarily stops Filipinos from dreaming of the better life in another country. In fact, it has even driven some people to set the wheels of their migration plans in motion.
What is up with P.Noy’s use of Tagalog in his speeches again? The last time a Philippine head of state insisted that we should embrace Tagalog more than English, he ended up being impeached and behind bars. Hopefully, P.Noy is a little smarter than that dude, for the sake of the Filipino people.