Ten reasons why Filipinos blame Gloria Arroyo for everything

I can’t help but think that Filipinos who blame former Philippine President and Congresswoman, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) for everything bad that has happened in the country have a squatter mentality. By my own definition, people who have a squatter mentality have this strong sense of entitlement. They believe that the government owes them benefits or privileges. This is why you will often hear people say, “It is GMA’s fault why there are more poor people in the Philippines”. Never mind that GMA had no control over people’s decision to have more babies they can’t afford to feed. Of course, GMA wasn’t perfect. But like I said in my previous article, the fact that the Aquino government can’t even charge her for her “crimes” using a case that could stick means that they’ve got nothing much on her.

People with squatter mentalities do not believe in hard work or in contributing to the betterment of society. They think that they can rely on the government to be responsible for their own happiness. It is quite a fitting description considering squatters by their very nature have no concern or respect for the rights or property of others. They also think that the laws do not apply to them and that they are entitled to disregard them. Some squatters can be arrogant, defiant and selfish. For some reason, the incumbent President, Noynoy Aquino (PNoy) and his minions come to mind when I think about people with squatter mentality. After all, PNoy and his mouthpieces keep blaming GMA for everything, including their own shortfalls and especially when they commit gaffes.

Take the case of singer and songwriter, Jim Paredes. He has been very active on his twitter account lately trying to vilify GMA every chance he gets. This is what he tweeted earlier: “Atty Topacio MD, better check her height. I think she may have stopped growing, too. She may need therapy abroad.” Judging by the number of crass tweets Jim has been sending in reference to GMA, I think it is safe to say that Jim may have lost the plot. Jim appears to be struggling to find his relevance in Philippine society nowadays. His jokes are so half-a-century ago – back when political correctness was non-existent and Tito Vic and Joey ruled the comedy scene. To be precise, his jokes do not belong in this day and age when making fun of people’s appearance or illness is a no-no and a sign of ill breeding.

As a self-proclaimed key player in the very first (and certainly not the last) people power, Edsa revolution, Jim seems to think that he still has credibility after lending his talent to the campaign for PNoy during the 2010 presidential election — PNoy, who most rational people know, was the least qualified of all the presidential candidates. Sadly, Jim used his popularity to help PNoy win the election. Jim’s action is something that I would consider “misguided” and his lack of remorse in supporting PNoy even after PNoy’s mediocre performance after almost two years in office is pathetic to say the least. Worst of all, Jim’s blind support for PNoy’s defiance of the Supreme Court says a lot about his character: arrogant, shows no respect for the law, and no concern for the rights of others. In short, he seems to have a squatter mentality.

There are many more high-profile personalities like Jim Paredes who still refuse to see the big picture. They fail to see that their continued ranting against GMA and some of the members of the Supreme Court continues to divide the nation between those who are being irrational and those who can think objectively, which in turn results in disunity and instability.

Ask the average Filipino why he hates GMA and you won’t get a straight answer. He’ll just spew the usual “she cheated during the 2004 election” or “she stole taxpayer’s money” drivel. It gets really boring to hear the same thing over and over without getting any of the specifics or details of their allegations against GMA.

Since some people have a hard time figuring out why they hate GMA, I have come up with a list of the most probable reasons why they do:

1. Most Filipinos think that blaming the late former President, Ferdinand Marcos is so passé so they have moved on to GMA. A quarter of a century after Edsa, the Aquinos and their supporters cannot keep blaming the original “bad guy” because blaming Marcos after all these years will highlight the fact that there was nothing significant about the so-called “people power” revolution that happened in 1986 to begin with. It becomes funnier when you hear them say, “GMA is worse than Marcos” because they don’t realise that this is the same as saying, “We were better off during the Marcos years”.

2. Most Filipinos need to blame someone for the lack of progress in their own personal lives. They might still be stuck doing the same dead-end job or in the case of some, still stuck waiting for government handouts.

3. Most Filipinos are actually angry with themselves, not with GMA. Underneath that arrogance is a people who are clueless as to why the country continues to be plagued by corruption and lack of progress. They don’t realize that it is the people’s lack of attention to how public servants do their jobs that is the reason why public funds gets mismanaged. In other words, people’s apathy and indifference to how the country is being run is the real cause of corruption and not GMA.

4. Most Filipinos need a diversion. They’ve got nothing going for them. In the case of PNoy for example, he needs to divert people’s attention away from his lack of leadership skills and lack of vision for the country’s future. It is beginning to be quite obvious to a lot of Filipinos that his only agenda for the entire duration of his term is to prosecute GMA. PNoy seems to think that he can simply continue to ride upon GMA’s economic gains while blaming her during his term.

5. Most Filipinos are suckers for drama. This is why they would rather believe hearsays or “tsismis” than facts. It doesn’t help that GMA was said to be not in good terms with some stakeholders of mainstream media. Allegations of GMA’s criminal activities probably gave them huge profits every time they printed stories of her “crimes”.

6. Most Filipinos are addicted to instant gratification. Instant gratification describes the short-term satisfaction gained from impulsive behaviour. And some of the things that can give Filipinos instant gratification are initiatives like “people power” revolutions and habits like defying the rule of law. It is much easier and quicker to get instant results when you throw the rulebook out of the window. But there are grave consequences when using shortcuts like defying the law as an option at getting something done. Most people have not realized it yet but removing an elected leader unconstitutionally the first time already set a dangerous precedent. It gave people excuse or reason to justify doing it again and again. Marcos, Erap and now the Supreme Court.

7. Most Filipinos are ignorant of their rights. 25 years after Edsa, Filipinos still struggle with their knowledge of what freedom is about. They don’t seem to know how to use their so-called freedom responsibly. This is evident in how some Filipinos keep throwing false accusations against their opponents left and right without thinking of the consequences. This is evident in how PNoy keep saying that some members of the Supreme Court cannot be trusted to do the right thing.

Some Filipinos are even ignorant of the law and individual rights, which is precisely the reason why they are gullible enough to believe people who claim to be doing the “righteous” thing like when DOJ secretary Leila de Lima claimed she was looking after the “national interest” in defying the temporary restraining order of the Supreme Court.

8. Most Filipinos are beholden to celebrities and sons and daughters of so-called “heroes”. If you don’t have a celebrity gene, you could end up the bad guy. But what’s so dysfunctional about most Filipinos’ way of thinking is that they keep voting into office the relatives of the public servants they say are corrupt (the Marcos’s, the Estradas, and the Arroyos among others) and most of their preferred lawmakers are showbiz personalities or are sporting heroes. Which is why precious time and taxpayer’s money are spent on trivial stuff like the proposal to rename Edsa to Cory Aquino Avenue.

9. Most Filipinos are still looking for a hero. The people who voted for him thought they found a hero in PNoy. But PNoy actually thought he could get some direction on how to run the country from the people. Both are getting lost in the process of looking at each other for clues on how to get to the quickest way to the “tuwid na daan” or straight path.

10. Most Filipinos still believe in “angels” and “demons”. This is unfortunately a legacy of peoples’ belief in superstition. Like those who believe in witchcraft, some will believe “evil” stories involving GMA even if these lack any basis or evidence to back up the claim. Because some things are very difficult to accept like the reality that they are also accountable for their own lives, some Filipinos would look at their problems, shrug these off and say that things happen for a reason because of interventions by “The Adjustment Bureau” or some heavenly being. Never mind that some things like politicians getting away with criminal activities happen because of their own negligence or lack of vigilance.

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So there you have it. It does make sense for most Filipinos to keep blaming GMA. They don’t have to do anything but send out “sick” jokes and feel good about themselves. Unfortunately for them, their lack of foresight can be their undoing. They fail to realize yet again, that even if they successfully prosecute and put GMA in jail, the way they did with former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada or even when they forced Marcos into exile, they will have no one else to blame but themselves for the lack of progress in the country in the end.

And that is why there are a lot of squatters in the Philippines.

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Dru
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How biased is this, don’t go uppity on the poor. Before you help others to understand things in life, you should understand them first yourself. You can’t go spouting things like “People with squatter mentalities”. with all due respect please refrain from being discriminating on your own fellow Filipinos. First you should do a research on both sides before posting things like this.

– Concerned Fellow Filipino.

palebrowndot
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@dru
how about writing a blog that contradicts this? perhaps you can enlighten us on why the author is biased? or discriminating?

Dru
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Sir/Maam, i wouldn’t write an article just to contradict this. I already stated my point on my 1st comment and i didn’t say the author is biased. but the article is, and about the “discriminating part” here it is “People with squatter mentalities”. did I answer all your questions sir/maam?

benign0
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“don’t go uppity on the poor. Before you help others to understand things in life, you should understand them first yourself” – Dru

Not all poor people are squatters though. For that matter, I keep hearing people admonishing others to “understand the plight of the poor”. Here’s an even better recommendation: Why don’t the poor take the time to understand the rich? I think poor people have a lot more to learn from rich people than rich people from poor people.

Dru
Guest

Well sir I really do understand your point but how about this, as a member of the higher society = “THE RICH”. with their greater capabilities, why don’t they start to guide the poor. let them understand… educate, not discriminate. that’s just my point. 🙂 but i really do appreciate this “Not all poor people are squatters though”

Peste
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Oh you can teach the ignorant all you want, but if the ignorant do not learn, they’ll remain ignorant. Students have to do their part.

balitangkutseroo
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i spent my life living and growing in squatters area and believe me,i am not offended by what ilda wrote about squatters mentality.she is precisely right in describing the mental status of the filipinos.we are actually a nation of sira ulo.we are to be blame for all the illnesses affecting our country.ang buhay sa squatters area ay talagang challenging in the sense that residents lived on hand to mouth existence.majority are really not educated kaya madali silang ma-exploit ng mga corrupt politicians sa atin.huwag kang masyadong pusong mamon at hindi naman biased ang article kasi hindi naman concentrated ang article… Read more »
Manuel
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Good point @balitangkutseroo

Some rich people had squatter mentality like the present president of this nation.

Jet Hernandez
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Dear balitangkutseroo the elites, the educated and the “cultured” define who and what is poor. they are called squatters because they live in the land that is not theirs. its just a term and a definition. i’ve grown up as a probinsyano where i’ve never realized that selling coconut husks as young as 8 is already child abuse in the western society. in my case, our culture in the province is that at that age we have already been taught the value of “pagkamasinop” at “pagsusumikap” by tilling the land and acquiring other resources from it… that is why we… Read more »
auriga
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That was an excellent take, Jet. 😀

ChinoF
Member

Dru doesn’t get it. “Squatter mentality” = stupidity, biasedness, idiocy, crowd mentality, etc. Obviously, why should squatters complain about how hard life is when they themselves settled on land that doesn’t belong to them? It has nothing to do with being poor. It has something to do with being in your place.

Marie
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oh ms concerned fellow filipino…you too have a squatter mentality…you don’t get the point, do you?

Jet Hernandez
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Dru. The operational definition of Mdme. Ilda is not in anyway derogatory or discriminating to the persons below poverty line. She refers to how some or most of us think… SQUATTER or SQUATTERIC. Just like what a squatter does. Being poor, with no resources the “squat” and encroach somebody’s land. For whatever reason why they are poor that’s another argument. Madame Ilda used this standard definition in a different context and that is what you call “oferationel depinisyon”. Gets its? Its a state of mind. Its like your state of mind… its squatteric. You’re crying wolf in a different context.… Read more »
Mickey
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ditto

Mervin
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how much they paid you?

Felipe
Guest

Tanga!—By Ilda’s definition the Cojuangco clan are also squatters. They feel entitled to take over land not really their own—Uber-rich squatters etong mga eto–they could not be called, by any stretch of the imagination, “poor

Read first the article carefully next time you choose to nitpick again.

Ms. Mike Portes
Member

It’s never about the socio-economic standing of a person, rather, it’s all about attitude. Not all squatters, have “squatter mentality” and not all, who aren’t squatters are spared of the “squatter mentality”.

http://www.facebook.com/minsan.may.isang.puta#!/photo.php?fbid=10150342033086985&set=a.398365701984.164561.359475606984&type=1&theater

auriga
Guest

Indeed. Being poor is no excuse to not work hard.

The Philippine Guild
Guest

having a squatters mentality means having no respect for rules, policies and rights. before you criticize the article, read every sentence. it’s not about being poor coz even the squatter in our subdivision has air conditioning and yet he is a squatter coz his mentality is exactly that of a squatter — one who passes something for legit when it’s fake like a land title.

KC
Guest

I agree. You have a point. When read this I felt the same. besides, we can’t blame the person if he/she is like that. In fact you may know the person by his/her name, but you don’t know the story behind his/her life. I respect the opinions of others. But what I don’t understand is that, why do we need to mock on other people? All people want a private and peaceful life.

sancho alconce
Guest

Take that Mayor Inday Sarah!

palebrowndot
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@ilda
For me, this is the best line in this article:
“people’s apathy and indifference to how the country is being run is the real cause of corruption and not GMA.”

It just explains everything about why we are this way right now…

Marie
Guest

I truly agree!

Anonymous
Guest

Great job on the article Ilda!
Hopefully,this will teach trolls like vincenzo to shut the hell up for once and do something about their own lives rather than blame GMA for everything.

George
Guest
his article made sense, with no one to blame we as a whole nation, looks for ways for us to get distracted and this in turn gives us an obscure way of defining the situation. squatter mentality might be a little extreme, however the fact is manipulation by the media and government are more to blame. the media fails to show us the real picture and depicts something else while we get fond of watching of wil time big time. personally this is a valid point of view, but the only downside might be coining the idea that we are… Read more »
Dru
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My sentiments exactly. i get the message of the article, i just wanted to say this ” but the only downside might be coining the idea that we are “squatters mentality”.”. – IT’S SO EASY TO UNDERSTAND. No need to get mad. 🙂

Topel_Sama
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it is only appropriate to tag all Filipinos (in this case,in Ilda’s statement) because, come on, if MAJORITY of us doesnt have the squatters mentality, we wouldn’t have made a ridiculous nation

Der Fuhrer
Guest
Heil Der Fuhrer! He likes to propagate and control der squatter mentality! His great nutzie genius created the CCT mendicancy program! Through his alms, the squatters become loyal to him and him alone! Do not shout “It’s so easy to understand” for you do not have the nutzie genius of der Fuhrer! Instead of self-development livelihood plans and programs he envisioned this gimmick as a means to spread the propaganda of his greatness! No small or medium business enterprises just alms for the poor. Witness the clearing of BIR road and you will see squatter mentality at work! They rebelled,… Read more »
another *Facepalm*
Guest

I personally blame it on history and race. Haha

ChinoF
Member

Nothing wrong with using the term “squatter mentality.” Take note of my explanation above.

ja en
Guest
Ms. Ilda gusto ko lang po magpasalamat sa mga articles niyo, eye-opener po silang lahat. Everyday, I got to read about something “new” news (paulit ulit na lang kasi yung mga balita sa e-newspaper and net). Your articles make me realized a lot of things and lately it made me see the picture how I was thinking when I was still staying in the Philippines and how different I am in seeing the things now. Sabi nga nila maappreciate mo yung painting kung nasa malayo mo siya titingnan. Don’t get me wrong, I love Philippines and I would go back… Read more »
K3
Guest

I don’t like GMA because here PR people suck big time.
It’s also the reason why I don’t like Noynoy as well.

What I don’t like more than liars are obvious liars. Hard to find honest people these days.

Albert De Pano
Guest
I agree with you. People forget about presumption of innocence. As it is, GMA is already guilty in the public’s eye (As PNoy will be if he doesn’t alleviate poverty and please the ‘squatters’). If the courts let her off because the prosecutions case is weak, they will say, ay they already are, that the courts are tainted. Yan ang mentalidad ‘squatter’. I hope (for his sake) that PNoy’s successor will not be as vindictive or as inept as he is and actually work for the country’s good without having to set somebody up to take the blame if he… Read more »
FantasticNoy
Guest

very well said…thanks for this article!

manny
Guest

I second that 🙂

Topel_Sama
Guest

to dru, Ilda’s not trying to mock the squatters per se, instead it is the “Squatter mentality” that she’s talking about…

Der Fuhrer
Guest

Der Fuhrer propagates squatter mentality when he loves his MILF friends on one hand and blames the military for its losses of galant men in Al_barka without assuming responsibility on the other hand!

His late response to the Luneta Hostage Crisis is also squatter mentality when he failed his responsibility in not even apologizing to the victims families!

Der great fuhrer’s smoking aboard a PAL B-747 flight from the US is squatters mentality as it also shows his abuse of power and criminal tendencies! Heil Der great Fuhrer!

gan gan
Guest

Hmmmmm, this seems strange ‘coz I know exactly why I hate GMA and why I hate PNOY too. 🙂

Der Fuhrer
Guest

Der Fuhrer was hit hard by a pro-democracy newspaper! It appears there is a conspiracy plot to murder the tagged yellow star of David Frau Arroyo!

The Plot, known as operation plan: “Put the little girl to sleep,” was published in the pro-democracy newspaper Philippine Star(headline page 8) dated 12/1/2011.

Perhaps the Fuhrer should look back in history and remember operation valkyrie. Sieg heil!

bechay
Guest
if there’s one filipino trait that i am very keen to abolish, it’s self-entitlement. pinoys took the saying “ang di lumingon sa pinanggalingan di makakarating sa paroroonan” to a different level. those with the so-called “iskwa mentality” are experts on that. take a look at the people the masa keep bringing into office. it’s either they go for the glitzy, glamorous showbiz personality because they’re simply gagging for deflected glory, or the one who promises to “help the poor” or who claims to “know what it’s like to be poor”. they either want someone to leech on or to commiserate… Read more »
ammore
Guest

you’re right on the money, ILDA. this piece should reach mainstream media, and those squatters in the palace. how about posting this in aquino pages?

good job!

ammore
Guest

you are also so right about “entitlement.” this president thinks he is heaven-sent, and his followers regard him as some kind of royalty courtesy of people power. it’s about time we dump him onto the pasig river for him to realize his thought processes are MUD.

Joshua T.
Guest

Moral of the day: Apathy, especially when talking about issues like the ones that most of us here are discussing everyday without bias, kills…

cris
Guest
This is a well-written article. I commend the author. However, I don’t think she have completely grasped the truth on the issues. The majority of the people is not that dumb. The majority is the silent crowd, just watching as the events unfold. I think the majority feel relieved that finally; though PNoy is seen inefficient, etc; GMA is behind bars. Sa ospital pa pala. I don’t like giving advices, pero I’m giving the author one anyway. Subukan mong pumasok sa isang elementary na public school. Manatili ka don ng kahit 30 minutes. Isipin mo kung yong perang “nakuha” nila,… Read more »
ChinoF
Member

You are right that the majority of the people may not be dumb and are just silent. But it may be because the Aquino Regime may be efficient in keeping them silent. They after all have the support of media and others, who can pretend to be the voice of the people, when they actually only represent their own voices.

Joshua T.
Guest

What he said. 😀

FantasticNoy
Guest

@cris

have you ever tried your advise yourself?
saka, yung perang ‘nakuha’ nila sounds silly.
sinong sila, magkano? pano mo nalaman ‘sila’ nga? ano katibayan mo? at bakit ka napapamura sa galit kanino? sa ‘kanila’? o sa kawalan mo ng tama at balanseng information about facts?

no offense but i think you should be the one that needs to wake up and get real.

sabi nga dito diba, kahit makulong si Gloria… you will still be entering the very same public elementary school you’re talking about. even after PNoys term is done.

get real…

another *Facepalm*
Guest

It’s not really his own public elem. school. This sounds more and more like a propaganda as I read through the comments….

Parallax
Guest

what could we expect from a zero analysis person like yourself, captain facepalm? everything that isn’t gloria-hating is propaganda, right? genius.

another *Facepalm*
Guest

“everything that isn’t gloria-hating is propaganda, right?”
errrr….you said that…only you said that….You might have thought that you’re perspective in this issue might not only be the existing nor the right perspective.

Parallax
Guest

you presume to read minds when you barely could squeeze the juice out of your own.

it doesn’t matter whether you agree with what i think is the right perspective. what matters is you’re told, perhaps indirectly as it were, that YOUR posts sound like they came from a propagandist themselves. who cares if you don’t agree that i say so? even i don’t.

another *Facepalm*
Guest

then nothing’s solved. our ranting here just showed that if we can’t unite on a common issue, we can’t act decisively. Did I make you believe something for you to call me a propagandist? I was just asking you to open up your mind more. More than that’s open up now. Not everything is it seems to be. My mistake is to have started commenting at all. Damn, I just can’t stop my fingers you are too exciting to miss.

Parallax
Guest

oh, i’m too sleepy to even start expounding on what i think of you and your comments.

i’m sure you’ve heard that the classic way to keep idiots in suspense is

Que
Guest
@cris have you ever asked yourself what happened to the pork barrel given to your congressman? or the supposedly budget for education of your mayor or even the plan that should be made by the city treasury? Why blame GMA for the condition of your public elementary school when the closest supposedly “public servants” in your place just sit back and relax and be as idle as they can be while you get irrational and put all the blame to GMA? Oh I get it, because you yourself chose to just sit back and curse and be idle just like… Read more »
cris
Guest

I am not blaming GMA for anything. She did what she did because the country allowed her to. I agree that, in a way, the Filipino people deserves where we are right now, politically and economically.

What I am trying to say is that we should DOWNPLAY the crimes GMA and company did. I understand that there are countless corrupt officials right now. I am just glad that we are now on the process of bringing down a bunch of them.

cris
Guest

*Should not downplay, pala. Sorry! 🙂

And also, speaking of Congressmen, mayor, etc. I hope masali yong congressman namin dito. Kasali yon sa mga sumipsip kay GMA nong term nya.

Parallax
Guest

for someone who asks not to downplay what gloria’s being accused of, you certainly have no trouble playing it up and exaggerating what you think you know as if you’ve proven the charges. golden rule, pal.

here’s something you’ll find interesting: when you said “She did what she did because the country allowed her to” i immediately thought of de lima and her defiance of the supreme court. now, that’s impunity, and pinoys are letting it happen.

kat
Guest

I have made the right choice not voting for PNoy.. I have always think of him as napilitan lang tumakbo dahil sa mag tao sa paligid nia.. he doesn’t have the sense of responsibility kasi hindi naman tlga niya ginusto toh.. Kaya tingnan niyo na lang ung mga proposed changes niya.. Will it help the Philippines if we change the name of EDSA?? c’mon.. eh kung tinutulungan niya tau dun sa RH bill.. mas ok pa un..

Aries
Guest

Good read! I share your views! Madaming kumukunsinti sa corruption. I was once guilty of that… Its an easy way out eh…. Pay 200 vs 500 on atraffic violation… Seemed very practical, but we are actually feeding a corrupt future. We need to enf this, we need to be responsible and accountable for our actions. Kung ayaw mo mahuli, wag kang gumawa ng mali, at wag mOng hayaan ang iba na abusuhin ang bansa/kapwa natin. Pnoy has never done anything. Swerte lang sha na aquino apelyido nya.

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