There are many ways to try and talk with President Noynoy Aquino’s supporters. Unfortunately, none of them works. They are so caught up with their own narrow view of what is good and evil that they cannot see beyond their flawed reasoning.
While most of us already knew from the beginning that it was just a matter of time before the true extent of President Noynoy Aquino’s incompetence was revealed, many, if not all of his supporters are genuinely quite surprised by P.Noy’s falling out with the Chinese community as a result of how he handled the recent hostage drama involving deceased sacked ex-policeman, Rolando Mendoza and the eight slain Chinese tourists.
The reason for the falling out is quite simple. Because P.Noy does not really have leadership and diplomatic skills, he has ruined our country’s reputation with Hong Kong and mainland China over a situation that could have been resolved if P.Noy had enough sensitivity towards other people. It seems though that this fact is too hard for his supporters to comprehend because they keep making excuses for P.Noy as if he was a child.
To give everyone an accurate picture of the extent of the fallout: About 20 Hong Kong legislators recently led a crowd of 80,000 Hong Kong residents to gather at an urban park for a short ceremony honouring the dead before setting off on a march to the central financial district. Some human rights Chinese lawyers are even claiming that what happened in Manila to the Chinese tourists is equivalent to what happened to the Americans during 9/11. The tragedy is too devastating for them to accept especially since they know it could have been prevented.
To quote an excerpt from president of the Legislative Council Jasper Tsang’s address to the crowd, “Today’s protest expresses our deep mourning and our strong desire for the Philippine government to take the matter seriously,” and this from lawmaker Cheung Man-kwong: “That 80,000 people can show up in such a short period of time—it shows the anger and unity of the Hong Kong people.”
Who would have thought that P.Noy Aquino, the son of the people power icon herself, the late former president Cory Aquino, could inspire people power in another country? Unfortunately, the gathering of this massive crowd was not in his honour. In fact, if P.Noy had any decency left, he should realize that his blunder is enough reason for him to step down and resign from his post. Quitting the presidency may be the only way to fix the now strained relationship between the Philippines and China. It could potentially be seen as a genuine step towards rectifying his mistake.
There are currently 120,000 Filipinos working in Hong Kong, the ramifications of the diplomatic tensions is so great that there are some who actually fear for their life. There are even reports that a few Filipinos working in Hong Kong have lost their jobs because their employers sacked them in an apparent reaction to the tragic events.
Not only will our tourism industry suffer because of the tragedy, moneyed Filipinos will now feel more self-conscious about going to Hong Kong and China for fear of reprisals from local Chinese whose already low regard for Filipinos has gone even lower.
Looking for Divine intervention
Noynoy’s supporters’ make believe world is now falling apart faster than they can flash the “L”-sign at the Chinese people. They are at a loss as to how to salvage P.Noy’s tattered reputation with the international community. Some are using the old trick of accusing P.Noy’s critics of acting like vultures or taking advantage of the situation. Others are quick to point out China’s human rights abuses at Tiananmen Square in the past or China’s manufacturing scandals like the poisoned infant milk incident, or even worse, comparing the murders of some Filipinos in China in 2005 by a crazed lunatic with the recent deaths of the eight Chinese tourists in the hands of hostage taker Mendoza and the PNP. Indeed, Filipinos, especially those who support losers like P.Noy have no personal accountability and are incapable of inward reflection. This is precisely the reason why they always need someone to blame.
Still, many more of P.Noy’s supporters are now reverting to religion or God for answers. They are asking everyone to just pray for God’s help to make everything right. It’s not that there is anything wrong with that. I just find it strange that instead of trying to accept the recent events as proof that P.Noy lacks leadership skills and has zero diplomatic abilities just as they were told before the election, his supporters are now claiming that God must have a plan or else he wouldn’t let this happen. P.Noy supporters are like walking disclaimers, really. In their mind, they always rationalise things in a way that gives them an escape clause — like looking or latching on to a divine being. This is especially evident when they fail to understand what is going on. Never mind that it is they, staunch Aquino supporters, who pushed for an Aquino presidency in the first place and not God.
Some of the messages from P.Noy’s supporters on a few public forums discussing the recent events, particularly the incompetence of the Philippine government, would have you read:”Let’s just pray to God instead of criticizing P.Noy. I am sure God has a plan for us. I do not want to question God’s plans.” Their attitude is quite frustrating because the tragedy is already presenting an opportunity for everyone to realize their mistake over choosing an incompetent leader like P.Noy but they still won’t hear of it. One can be forgiven for saying that they are such sore losers — delusional even. This goes to show that in the next election, it is a guarantee that they will vote for another loser again.
Praying certainly can’t do any harm but praying alone won’t solve this crisis. In fact, Filipinos have been praying for so long to the point that it seems that that is all they are capable of doing. Never mind that God gave them an intellect to use, and never mind that God has been telling them in so many ways that they should use a bit more critical analysis in choosing a leader every election.
P.Noy’s supporters need to accept their mistake instead of making silly excuses. They need to accept their mistake of voting for an incompetent leader like P.Noy. If we follow the logic in what they are saying, that God allowed this to happen for a reason, then it is crystal clear what God’s reason is for everyone to heed:
Filipinos should vote with their heads and not their emotions in the next election.
This is an opportunity for all Filipinos to unite. It is an opportunity for everyone to turn their backs on decisions that are just shots in the dark — like that of electing someone who just has a popular name like Aquino. It should be plain obvious to them now that P.Noy’s lack of experience or expertise does not help him make the necessary decisions in critical situations. As the head of state, experience is not something that can be served on a silver platter to P.Noy when he needs it.
Generally speaking, people don’t learn much when their lips are moving. Regrettably, this saying is chiefly applicable to P.Noy’s supporters. P.Noy’s supporters did not learn much even before the election because they just kept chanting yellow slogans like, “Noynoy has integrity” or “Noynoy is not corrupt” over and over. No one from the true Aquino supporters or even those who just voted because of his high ranking in the survey heeded the warnings given by genuinely concerned citizens about the risks of having him in Malacanang. Like someone who had been possessed or been under a spell, P.Noy’s supporters bought the story line that “The presidency is Noynoy’s destiny” perpetuated by none other than Noynoy Aquino’s handlers themselves. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them. P.Noy is definitely not your average politician, now that we know his lack of capacity to lead. He is one of a kind, and that’s not even in a good way.
There are many ways to try and talk with President Noynoy Aquino’s supporters. Unfortunately, none of them works. Even the sight of 80,000 Chinese nationals rallying in Hong Kong is not enough to convince them they are wrong. Clearly, there is very little hope that Filipinos will unite, not until the majority is mature enough or wise enough to admit their mistakes.