Success is relative in Philippine politics

What’s the big deal with political dynasties? Why try to legislate their existence from the face of Philippine politics? That’s the same as trying to pass a law banning bad manners. Try that and ninety five percent of Filipinos will end up in jail.

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You wonder why such ironies as hate campaigns against political dynasties simply fly above the pointed heads of most Filipinos. On one hand you’d have people huffing and puffing about powerful scions running for office — and winning at that. Que horror! The humanity! Such injustice! So much power in the hands of so few!

Then on another breath you’d hear triumphalists waxing poetic about how Pinoys are so “Family-oriented.” Well now, what do we have here. Since Pinoys find intellectual exercises like connecting-the-dots so daunting, I will need to spell it out here:

Quite obviously;

The character of the politics of a nation merely reflects the character of the voters of said nation.

In a nation of family-oriented people, what is then so strange about the existence of family-oriented politicians?

The Philippines after all is a society where almost extremist practices of deference to “elders” and bias towards blood relatives over and above any other bases for decent regard for what is right passes off as normal behaviour. Filipinos cherish their family ties. They routinely sacrifice systems, rules, and personal trust on the altar of “family-orientation.”

What then is politics other than the ultimate Filipino game?

Try to control who runs for office and specifically design the framework of this control around that most sacred of Filipino traditions — worship of relatives — and you are setting yourself up for failure. Even the most brain-dead of Pinoys become instant Einsteins when it comes to finding workarounds and loopholes to get relatives and friends — and themselves — into positions of unfair advantage. Queue-jumping after all is a renowned talent Filipinos wear with pride. Just look out the window of your car on a drive down sunny Aurora Boulevard and you will see the grassroot origins of this fiesta tradition.

You can’t really blame “activists” for trying to get their presumptive “representatives” to “activate” moronic laws that presume to “ban” political dynasties. The existence of such laws are a testament to the unspoken acknowledgement that Filipino voters cannot be relied on to do the right thing — even for themselves. Good thing there are people out there who see themselves as knowing better than Da Pinoy Vote.

You wonder though: How consistent are these “activists” when it comes to framing their thoughts around “anti-dynastic” electioneering? Well, hopefully they do practice what they preach and not themselves decide to vote for their favourite bozo on the basis of, say, handshakes, for example. Just saying.

If it ain’t Baroque don’t fix it. If I was Mr Typical Pinoy Politician, why should I change the way I campaign when my good looks and exquisite charms alone get me so far? Oh yeah, having a powerful father — or well-branded uncle — works as well.

It’s good for business as too. Having a Showbiz Government is good for the economy. What’s retail marketing after all but an on-going effort to keep people in that sort of festive mood that makes it easier to persuade them to part ways with their hard-earned OFW cash?

Life in the Philippines is really all about being on the right side of the equation. When you are a mere voter, you are on that side everyone says is where the power emanates. Indeed.


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Circa 100 – 150 million pesos for a senatorial campaign.( jack enrile said last week that he has already spent 30 million and the campaign season hasnt even officially started)

1. It maintains a high barrier to entry and ensures only the same families compete/share the spoils.

2. It promotes/almost forces corruption and ‘payback’ to campaign contributers.

Certainly bam the sham aquino is being sponsored by cojuangco-aquino and hacienda luisita. ( they even sit on the board of hapinoy !?)

Opportunism and self interest at the forefront. Experience and achievement irrelevant.

Amir Al Bahr


Another way to interpret your title and article would be:

“Success is relatives in Philippine politics.”

No doubt this is one of the meanings you were trying to get across 😉


Nothing’s new hear but at least GRP delivers a good and jam-packed message on the true face of some of these crooks. At least that is a positive action to help the masses to wake up!(hopefully)

P.S. Kudos to the post.


But the masses don’t read GRP much less find ways to gather info from alternative sources. If it’s about telenovelas and those shrieking news anchors polluting the air with noise, our masses are very much up-to-date.

Johnny Saint
Ultimately, it is still up to “those who beg to differ” — those who should know better — to deliver an unequivocal message that we reject politicians who aspire to public office for a chance to raid the treasury and use their position to further personal or family interests. We have to do our part in making sure that we do not elect dead weight whose only claim to fame is the fact that they share the family name of trapos currently in power. The Senate and the House of Representatives should not be run like family businesses at the… Read more »

lol! that “handshake” thing reminds me about the person who spreaded news that GRP site is about to close 😀


“A democracy is a place where numerous elections
are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable
Gore Vidal , “Gods and Greens” (1989)

“Politics is the entertainment industry for ugly people.”
Mark Turpin

Hyden Toro

Having a Plastic surgery to look like, your idiot Uncle; who died protecting his Hacienda Luisita, is idiocy. It is not your looks. It is what your can offer for the solutions to our problems. Political family dynasties will always be here. These people stole from their Pork Barrels. Then, use the funds (our tax money), to finance the campaign of their: sons, daughters, wives, husbands, relatives, etc…you will never legislate this. Don’t vote for any Aquino; Aquino relatives or any of their candidates. They are rich and lazy; greedy and selfish opportunists.


YES, just like all the rest of the criminals.

Opportunist bam aquino has a track record of taking credit for the work of others and not really getting his hands dirty preferring to swan around than do a real job – the aquino tradition. Never a paid job, just a private income and token jobs on committees! Now he is quick to take credit for hapinoy – he is token pr – and mark ruiz is the brains and powerhouse having given up his senior job at unilever to start it. And bum who says he is for the youth only recently joined facebook and twitter for his campaign.… Read more »

This a funny article, it proposes that the elected are a characiture of those who elect them. Really?
The elections are all rigged and it is a reflection of the people who rig the elections rather than anyone who waste’s their time voting in one of these fraudulent exercises in futility, Wake-up mang!!


I suggest that we should vote for politicians base on their ideologies. A law which prohibits someone to run in the office due to circumstances like family(or bloodline) infringes his/her political freedom.


“The irony of being compared to my uncle is that I never
met him.”
Bam aquino 2003

Now he milks it for all its worth!
Can he go a sentence without mentioning ninoy!

What a superficial idiot. Mmmm. Just like p-noy come to think of it, and look at what he didn’t achieve in his hibernation in the senate


Actually, success is relative in politics in many parts of the world, including developed economies.

Review of LP candidates for 2013 elections – team p-noy. Hontiveros – Mistress of the commie in the cabinet, political prostitute, and no fashion sense. Desperation personified. A leech. Legarda – A political butterfly who sits on the fence so much she must like it up the bum. Reading a teleprompter was her finest hour; thinking for herself is clearly beyond her. Am sure the botox doesn’t help either. Bum bam aquino – who is not only wet behind the ears but as workshy as p-noy. An insult to voters that someone in short trousers even thinks he could be… Read more »
UNA candidates – 2013 elections Jv erjecito estrada – a good person and hard worker. Capable and charming. Best in the family Nancy binay – like bam aquino. Only reason/claim is name, and a motive to further family business. An insult to the voters. A black mark on binay to promote her in such a despotic manner. VP Binay would be just as kkk friendly as p-noy – not an opposition, not a future president Dick gordon – proved his political credentials. Also good job at red cross. There in times of disaster when govt is not. Good administrator. Jack… Read more »

The choice for 2013 senate

The best of a bad bunch:

Teddy casino – only quality independent candidate

Dick gordon

Migz zubiri

Mitos magsaysay

Jv erjecito estrada


Ernest maceda



Bottom of the barrel:





Independence – in thought and action

Industriousness – hard working- for the people, not themselves

Intellect – capacity to understand, analyse and provide creative solutions

Integrity – both personal and professional. A role model with gravitas and who can earn respect

Ideology – passionate and principled. A platform for change, not a change of parties for personal gain/ political convenience

Improvement – people who have an attitude of lifelong learning and self-improvement

Innovation – forward thinking, and not rooted in the past


democracy will not flourish in the land of fools…because it is always the majority who will decide WHO they want to lead them, sadly, majority of Filipinos are poor, uneducated and are incapable or unwilling to think critically..
and the intelligent minority always suffers to their foolish mistakes

I agree But that is the same in many countries including the US. It does not mean you accept it, or you continue to pay the price of having criminals and popular athletes/film stars rule your life, and steal from your children. In fact is is the responsibility of those with better education to do more, rather than retreat into a middle class cocoon of non-involvement and self serving ignorance, and to have some genuine passion and for what is right and wrong, and respect for others. Without the basics of humanity it remains a 3rd world country with little… Read more »

Laoag – incestuous families and uncompetent politicians

Nothing epitomises the stupidity and incestuous nature of philippine politics more than the debacle in laoag where the farinas family fight amongst themselves for power, and claim they have a god given right to rule, despite their well publicised corruption, and complete incompetence.
Any contender, however capable, would soon be ‘removed’ from the reckoning, one way or another.
People do get what they deserve, if they have a genuine democracy, but not in feudal laoag where choice is not even an option


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