“The problem with political jokes is they get elected” – Professional Heckler
Under the blistering heat of the sun, we turned blue in anticipation of a significant event — a political campaign — later announced postponed for another day. There was nobody bothering to go back to the rostrum to explain why it did not push through, and there was also nobody taking time to know how we felt about the postponement. Perhaps, it could be because we are, in the eyes of the event manager, mere ordinary citizens easily regaled by the same set of politicians delivering regurgitative speeches that are often bloviatory. Yes, it could be. But it should have occurred to him we are the ones to decide who, among the candidates, should win the upcoming election.
I admit we were disconcerted by the unexpected change of schedule of their campaign in our place — the strong political turf of the lead speaker’s political archnemeses. I am referring to the then presidential candidate (name is withheld in obedience to my didactic — dialectic, rather — superego).
It was on that day that I knew there was a clamor by some Filipinos not to vote him for president. It was also on that day that I knew of this clamor which came about when some Filipinos knew of his performance as a senator.
“Hindi tayo maniwala sa kanya kung ano ang sasabihin niya. Noong siya’y isa pang senador, wala naman siyang naipasa kahit isang batas. Ano kaya ang mapapala natin sa kanya bilang pangulo kung ganon? (Let’s not believe him. When he was still a senator, he was not able to pass even a single bill into law. What could have been our expectations from him when he is elected president?),” I overheard five women, in their late 40s, saying.
To introduce to you, the speaker was no less than the sloganeer of “walang mahirap kung walang kurakot” (there are no poor where there is no corruption).
However, despite this seemingly unabatable clamor against him, he was elected president in 2010.
This is the year when election was excessively riddled with political mudslinging and electors were inexorably goaded into voting politicians who could give them a minimum of “five Ninoys.” (For the non-Filipinos, “1 Ninoy” refers to a 500-peso bill on which the face of the much ballyhooed Filipino martyr Ninoy, father of the erstwhile presidential aspirant and the much touted Queen of All Media in the Philippine Show Business, is reflected.)
In line with our country’s political gubernaculum, I should, if I want to win the presidential tourney, come up with my own campaign banner: “The position of President [is] for sale.” As an offshoot, I am quite certain my government — administration, rather — would be bankrolled by people morally bankrupt.
Political landscape in the Philippines, it seems to me, has to change. Drasticity is not needed, though.
Many, if not all, of my readers would ask: “Why did you write about this when such an election took place in 2010? What is the relevance of this write-up?”
It is because of the upcoming midterm election in our country on May 13 this year.
I am urging my fellow Filipinos to choose right people for public offices and stop believing political bloviators — i.e., politicians who deliver empty, pompous speeches. Let us beware of vote-buying. Let us support those who have a genuine heart for their constituents.
Traditional politicians should not win. If they win, we will lose. We will lose the opportunity to grow as a nation. Our nation is crying for great leaders.
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- Greco Belgica: Youngest bet vows change to flat tax (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Why I hate Philippine politics (anonymouuusanonymouuus.wordpress.com)