Skip to main content

Noynoy's Problem

The Daily Tribune
February 6, 2010

From the day Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino was pushed by a faction of the Liberal Party, along with the Aquino-Cojuangco family members, to become their standard bearer, they all banked on the Cory euphoria brought about by the death of Cory Aquino who was being portrayed by the yellow media as a saint, to get Noynoy the presidency and the Cory crowd, regained power and influence.

It was this euphoria that they believed would carry Noynoy through, on which his campaign was grounded.

Thus it was that Aquino and his LPs copied, to the letter, the Cory campaign of 1985 — the fight between “good and evil” along with the vow of going after the Marcoses and bringing back the stolen wealth. There was too the same line of the LPs which was copied from the 1986 Cory campaign: Experience vs inexperienced, with claims that Cory had no experience in stealing and cheating.

Early enough, it was pointed out by crtics that no euphoria can ever last long, and that it was a mistake for Noynoy to bank on this Cory campaign of good vs evil and the claimed “legacy” of his mother, along with the “genes” do it for the presidency spiel.

But Noynoy and his image makers, as well as the yellow media, ignored these warnings, basking in his high survey ratings, while refusing to frontally face the many issues hounding him, such as his lack of experience, and an almost blank legislative record, along with the Hacienda Luisita issues.

Even as his survey ratings were dipping steadily, Noynoy and his handlers, now filled with hubris, went on with their campaign spiel, saying that even with the survey dip, his margin was still very wide and that he was definitely going to be the next president of the republic. He was still numero uno, they crowed.

The hubris showed when, in a debate, a presidential candidate questioned Aquino’s inexperience and lackluster legislative record, and Aquino snapped at the bet, saying that he does not have to respond to questions coming from a survey cellar-dweller.

Again, he displayed hubris when he arrogantly warned any associate high court justice against accepting the appointment of chief justice by Gloria Arroyo, and further warned that he may be fired from the high court, which showed that he truly and with arrogance, believed it will be him who will be appointing the next chief justice.

But that really is the trouble in relying on these pre-presidential poll surveys, all of which are highly inaccurate in gauging the true public pulse, mainly because a) these survey firms are into massive trending in their surveys, aspiring to take the place of the primaries-style of the United States in voters choosing whom they want as their party’s candidate; and b) even as these so-called “respected and independent” survey firms will never admit it, despite the glaring proof of their variances in survey numbers for candidates on the same given days of surveying, both in regional counts and national averages, some of their field workers have been corrupted, and do engage in the dagdag-bawas scheme in survey votes for a fee, which is also why these so-called survey analysts cannot quite explain satisfactorily the reason behind the huge drops in one bet, and the huge increases in the other, despite what the issues in the media were at that specific time the surveys were conducted.

In the case of Noynoy, it may be a bit too late for him and his campaign handlers to switch spiel gears, after six months of banking on his parents’ legacy and the moral ascendancy they claim to have, which incidentally, turns a lot of people off. For some six months, they fashioned Noynoy as Cory and Ninoy’s son, as though this was enough justification for him to become president.

He never bothered to become his own man, nor did he respond to the issues that have been leveled against him for months, perhaps still believing in the magic of survey ratings and the forever euphoria to bring him the presidency.

It may prove difficult for Noynoy, now that euphoria has gone, to start standing on his own two feet.


Popular posts from this blog

The Heart of Summer, a short story

On the first day of April, we moved to a row house in a subdivision carved out of the Antipolo hills. A row house is a nice word for houses that somehow managed to fit into 120-square-meter lots. They looked like matchboxes, really, built near the riverbank. The larger houses, of course, stood grandly at the center of the village, in front of the chapel. We’d be renting the house from the mayor’s mistress, one of three houses she owned there.

The living room of the house spilled over into the kitchen. The house only had two tiny rooms, but it was enough for us. The owner of the apartment we had been renting in Project 4 wrote to us (in pink stationery with the letterhead “Dr. Antonina Raquiza, Ph. D.”) to say that she’d raise the monthly rent to five thousand. If we couldn’t agree to her new terms, we’d have two months to leave. Mama glared at the letter, then said something obscene about our landlady’s father. A day later, she began poring over the ads, looking for cheaper rent in …

A teacher's tales

by Danton Remoto
Remote Control

I’ve been teaching for 22 years – the longest job I’ve had. This will be my last year of teaching. I will take sabbatical leave beginning April 2009 – a paid leave for one year that senior professors take every seven years, to sleep the sleep of the and come back to school fully energized. But in my case, I will not just sleep and read and gain weight. I will spend my sabbatical leave organizing Ang Ladlad’s campaign, and my own political campaign, for the May 2010 elections.

But because I stayed here longest, that means I love this job. I admire those who’ve spent 30, 40 years teaching without repeating themselves. They’ve taught for 30, 40 different years, not just one year repeated 30, 40 times. Teachers like the now-departed Dr. Doreen G. Fernandez and the retired, but still teaching, Professor Emmanuel “Eric” Torres come to mind. Both have taught with us at the English Department of the Ateneo de Manila University.

Doreen and Eric …

Review of "Pulotgata" The Love Poems"

This is a review of my book that I just read in the Internet today. It was written by Ralph Semino Galan of UST and was published in the Inquirer. It comes in two parts.

Honeymooning with Words, Part I
by Ralph Semino Galan

Love is a favorite subject among Filipino poets, regardless of gender. For despite the influx of modern and postmodern ideologies, the pervasive influence of the Romantic spirit is still prevalent in Philippine literature, especially in poetry. It therefore comes as no surprise that even a gay-identified writer like Danton Remoto has composed extensively verses expressing the intricacies of love and lust, desire and devotion, passion and compassion.

In his third book of poetry aptly titled "Pulotgata: The Love Poems" (Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, Inc, 2004, 88 pages), Remoto delves the depths of the human heart through lyrics in English and Filipino that sing of the anxiety and the excitement, the agony and the ecstasy which accompany the act of love.

The …