Achieving Happiness

September 4, 2009

A longish look at Noynoy Aquino

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ina Alleco @ 8:21 am

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Curiouser and curiouser.

Noynoy Aquino for president. Hmmm.

To be honest, the elections in this country make me sick to my stomach. I understand the earnestness and sincerity of the youth groups trying to convince the greatest number of young Filipinos to register and vote in 2010– saying that participating in the exercise is better than being apathetic and simply angry; but if I had a choice, hell, I would have nothing to do with the elections. It’s all a disgusting circus/popularity/money contest to me (excepting of course the participation of the progressive party-lists and Makabayan).

Kaso nga, sheesh, it IS better to register and vote and help man and woman the polls than to be snide and disgusted while doing essentially nothing while the crooks and killers get elected.

Noynoy for president. Hmmm.

Actually, I’ve been thinking of voting for Bro. Eddie Villanueva of Bangon Pilipinas, if he’s going to run. I voted for him in the last presidential elections, and I don’t regret it at all. But the 2010 polls is going to be a showdown, and it’s urgent that someone effectively, unequivocally trounce whoever the outgoing administration is going to field. Right now, what is crucial is for the factions and sections of the mainstream political opposition to unite and field a common candidate so the votes won’t be divided.

This is necessary, but it also looks like its going to be hellishly difficult. Too many men and women with messianic complexes also tainted with self-serving ambition and power-greed. I can’t say that there’s any one candidate out there now who doesn’t have the effect of making me at the least feel sightly ill; but Noynoy Aquino’s possible involvement makes things a whole lot different. Ano ba ang primarya, at ano ang sekondarya sa pagboto? May inaasahan ba talaga ako sa eleksyon? Kung meron, ano? Am I expecting any genuine and radical change in the style and objectives of  political and economic governance, or do I believe that we are in for  more or less of the same kind of inept, inefficient and often corrupt leadership we’ve been suffering under for decades?

But Noynoy Aquino — who’da thought? He has been in the political scene for quite some time now, but if he were part of a play, he’d be part of the scenery and not one of the performers.

Noynoy Aquino. He is his parents’ son, and as such, he was raised and taught well. It’s clear he was a good son to his mother, and he is much loved by his sisters and young nieces and nephews. When he was a congressman, he didn’t blaze trails in the House of Representatives; and his election to the senate was much due to his celebrity sister Kris’ endorsement rather than to his own popularity or credibility as a senatorial candidate. As for his stands on issues of the day, well, I can’t remember anything.Sure he must have opinions, but he hasn’t made them known so it’s hard to make a decision on whether he can qualify as a patriot, a human rights advocate or a pro-poor, pro-farmer or pro-labor. The Hacienda Luisita Massacre was not blamed on him solely but on his family, but he was for the most part quiet when it hogged the headlines. He wasn’t self-righteous and he didn’t justify what happened, but neither did he apologize on behalf of his family.

On the whole, Noynoy Aquino doesn’t seem to be a bad person (meaning cast in the mold of Mike, Mikey or Iggy Arroyo; or Jovito Palparan, Norberto Gonzales or Eduardo Ermita for that matter); but he doesn’t strike me as particularly good, either. Does being good simply mean having done nothing hurtful or harmful? That’s a pretty placid definition, and I have some argument with it; with Noynoy, however, this seems to be the case.

Sheesh. This isn’t exactly scraping the bottom of the barrel (that would be supporting Noli de Castro); but it tragically feels almost like it. Wala na bang iba? It’s terrible that so far, the best person for the presidency is someone  who’s main qualification is that he doesn’t want to be president and secondary qualification is that he’s the son of Ninoy and Cory Aquino.

In any case, however, I think what’s most important right now is to ensure a sound defeat for the Arroyo camp. And if it means voting for Noynoy Aquino (if the opposition will get its act together and rally behind this man who seems to be least tainted among them, the least ambitious and the only one who is genuinely hesitant and being prudent about seeking the presidency), well, maybe I will.

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