No Ability = Winnability

Pinoy Originality
Pinoy Originality?




Einstein is often credited with the saying Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Einstein also said we can not solve our problems with the same thinking that created them. Both quotes play in nicely to my topic today boys and girls. Ever notice every single politician running for office promises you improvement. There is not one who will tell you that things will stay the same if you elect them. Yet how come none of them show any originality? Very few of them even show ability. People when they can will anchor their image to an older relative living or dead   even if it has nothing to do with governing and leading. Innovation is a word most of our voters can’t spell let alone look for. Our voters do not value people who can think. They just value the familiar. Dealing with the familiar minimizes evaluations and forecasting. It also minimizes improvement.


Grace Poe does not even try to hide the fact that the  FPJ name is her biggest asset.  She can’t even accredit her potential to lead and govern to genes.   If this was a proper court of law and Grace was accused of being serious about being a viable candidate the case would be thrown out for lack of evidence. What she is really saying (and as Johnny Saint said makes her identical to Nancy Binay) is I have never done anything worth talking about. Nothing. BTW this is my adopted dad. That should solve everything. I wonder where her campaigners got that idea? Let’s see, no record of accomplishment, famous parent (s) , running for office ohhh a certain follicle challenged, relationship challenged, tact challenged person comes to mind. It just so happens the same person really has no history of answering challenges.


Pinoy Originality


More Pinoy Originality
Wonder Woman pissed at Mars.


The Filipino does not value originality. They value attention. Obvious examples come to mind like Manny Pangilinan   and Senator Sotto.  Let’s take two areas outside of big business and politics. Mars Revalo is beloved by pinoys if prime time shows and Metro Manila Film Festival entries based on his “creations” are an indicator. Mr. Revalo simply   ripped off Charles Moulton  and   Jack Cole. You can even read this rant.


Journey At The Peak Of Their Power


I have no idea why people think Arnel Pineda is a big deal. Those songs that people consider “his hits” were hits with the same people and Steve Perry decades before YouTube was invented. In case you did not know Arnel Pineda was discovered on Youtube. There is a certain ceiling to your street cred if you are just an Elvis impersonator. Arnel Pineda may be the best Steve Perry impersonator in the world but that is all he is. An impersonator. Which oddly rhymes with it’s antonym “innovator”. An impersonator can be defined as somebody who does not bring anything new to the table. They just walk over the path already blazed. My more detailed thoughts here.   Emulation is valued in the Philippines not innovation. You see it in comics , you see it in music and you see it in politics.


Noynoy Aquino in fifty years had nothing to hang his hat on. His mother died in 2009 and he took out a surfboard and rode the wave of public sympathy into Malacanang. That is the kind of voting public we are dealing with. No ability = winnability. In this day and age when so much information is available on a smart phone , the local voters demand even less information to make a voting decision. Invoke your parents name or wear similar colors, hair and glasses to a local icon then go run for office.


The argument for Noynoy was always that “he is good”. Excuse me … good at what exactly?? Noynoy can provide the illusion that he is good because he has never really had his uniform dirty one way or the other. The argument that he is good makes as much sense as pointing to the 12th man on your basketball team and saying “He is good! He has no turnovers.” He has no turnovers because he does not have assists either. So to put it bluntly Noynoy when he ran in 2010 could not point to an Isiah Thomas or Bob Cousy type performance on the floor so what does he do to campaign? He poses. He poses as a tough cop. He poses as a faithful son. He tells you what he is going to do but does not point to any kind of highlight film to make his case credible. So to get your mind off the lack of ability he will use motherhood statements like destiny and emulate symbols associated with his mom and dad. Guess what?? Noynoy’s method worked in 2010.   So it paves the way for Grace and Nancy in 2013.


Noynoy Photo Op
So Noynoy Is In The Headlines But Is This Necessarily Work?




I cannot for the life of me comprehend somebody who bought the Noynoy act in 2010  be annoyed by the methods and manner of the Nancy/ Grace campaigns in 2013. Noynoy Aquino, President Cory’s Only Son (PCOS) made all this possible. Postscript on Noynoy’s posing act. Look at the last month, he did horribly in the territorial claim issue where leadership and negotiation skill would have come in handy. On the other hand he seems more at home in the campaign trail and now “The Malacanang Pre Easter AIDS tour. ” where very little can really go wrong for him. There is no metaphorical live ammo. There are photo opportunities and public relations events and then there are duties a true national leader has to perform. AIDS in this context as defined by the Urban Dictionary “As  If Doing Something. ”


One adjective you can never put on him is efficient. Because to put it bluntly someone or something has to work first before being described as efficient. More on that here.  An important part of leadership is delegation.   Back when I was trying to establish a previous business what was instilled in us was as leaders was don’t work in your business, work on your business.   A leader is in charge of the strategic direction of the organization which in this case is the country. Day to day functions like safety inspections should be performed by people hired for that function. It is the job of the president to work on government and the country not to put up some facade that he is working.


Bam you already have the name must you copy the look?
Bam you already have the name must you copy the look?


As far as I know Noynoy Aquino is not the country’s foremost expert in terrorism prevention so that is one strike against him personally inspecting the different terminals. A true leader understands delegation. No word yet on what I believe Noynoy Aquino to be. Another strike is all the baggage he takes with him. Baggage that we tax payers are paying for. You all know of a story that happened in October involving said baggage. Malacanang has not confirmed or denied their involvement. The president’s presence in an upscale restaurant is already obtrusive.  The staff allegedly resorted to threats as a result of the president being there. So explain to me why is it a good idea to have Noynoy and his baggage inspect terminals during what amounts to our peak travel times? It is bad enough the president seems inefficient with his time but this decision for a glorified photo opportunity will most likely make the inspected terminals less efficient during a busy time. Does anybody out there think that is a wise allocation of resources? You voted him in ladies and gentlemen.





John McEnroe was once asked why his kids did not excel in tennis like he did and   his answer was “affluenza”. He said kids in the UK and the US have it too easy. What he means by that is that trials and hardship fuel your competitive fire. This only proves world class tennis is a much more worthy arena of skill and work ethic compared to pinoy politics. The people who do not value accomplishment and competition are weeded out in sports regardless of their last name. In pinoy politics the practice works in reverse. Nepotism and gaya gaya are prerequisites to running for office.”Oh so I know you dad?, I won’t bother looking at what you have actually done if anything”. There you go, that’s how you get President Noynoy.


Erap was cited in a previous GRP post   as providing the template to transition from “acting” to public office. Noynoy Aquino it seems has provided Grace Poe the template to pole vault over a dead parent’s corpse into an elected position. The guy has been dead over eight years. If memory serves, my memory served more than he did. I don’t think he logged in a second of public service. Which begs the question what did FPJ start that Grace is supposed to be continuing? If FPJ did not start anything then is Grace going to perpetuate that nothing if elected?


Take a look at this Grace campaign banner





and this one.


Grace 2


Look at the three faces here. Grace, FPJ and Susan. Does it scream good governance for you? If so why? Neither of the three ever proved anything. I have no idea why more pinoys are not turned off by what is turning into SOP during election time. Exploiting the memory of a dead relative in order to achieve public office.


Here is what inspired it. If you can indeed call it inspiration.


Mama s Boy
In the words of Journey “Some day love will find you”.


The thing is, it worked in 2010 why not in 2013 for Grace? Blank resume? Not articulate? That’s OK, just resort to macabre or morbid epalism. FPJ in 2004 was as allergic to debates as Noynoy was in 2010. That will work in the Philippines. It’s never about the issues or the capacity to tackle the issues. No need to prove your stance on the issues.   It’s always about family. Family values has questionable relevance in this country as far as picking the best qualified political candidate is concerned. If the Grace ploy works in 2013 it is absolute proof we are getting dumber and it will get worse in 2016. I remember the good old days of 2003 when it was first mentioned that FPJ would run for office and on his agenda was to pardon Erap. I remember hearing that and I really thought it was a joke. I soon found out to quote Robin Gibb “but the joke was on me“.


Noynoy, Nancy and Grace. What do they have in common? Pinoys respond to  inherit instead of earn. The Filipino rarely discerns when it comes to their politicians. That’s why the baduy vote is so important. Capture the baduy vote with bells, whistles, colors, famous dead relatives, vague slogans, corny jingles , artistas. You vote in Nancy, Bam, Jackie   and Grace you will just be electing mini Noynoys. Pride, dignity and good judgement just get in the way of a victory in a Filipino election. Proud to be Pinoy!!!!


If there is a common theme in my posts , it’s that I don’t blame Noynoy and Grace entirely. For me it takes two to tango. I know of a Wharton candidate who bought into Cory in the 80s and had that affection carry over into Noynoy. Wharton graduates it seems are not exempt from buying emotionally and trying to defend logically. It was he/ she who gave me the idea for the song Its Noy or Never. The strategists know they are not attracting the Einstein vote. No innovation necessary. Just ride on dead daddy’s coattails. That’s the Filipino voter for you. Proud to be Pinoy!


Aerosmith I hear is coming to Manila in May. I hope they do their song that speaks so loudly to the Filipino expectations, aspirations and condition: Same Old Song and Dance.



Thank you to the Facebook Group Boycott All Showbiz Personalities in the Government for some of the pics.


Post Author: Gogs

Putting a very sharp needle into the balloon known as Pinoy Pride since 2012.

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Mike Bueza

It’s Mars Ravelo, Sir Gogs. 🙂

Mike Bueza

Nice post and nice observations, by the way. Couldn’t agree more.

Hector Gamboa

Great article, Gogs! Right on the dot! 🙂

RF Garcia
Gogs, you are so uncharitable to Grace Poe. You imply that she is not qualified to run for senator. You forget that she was endorsed by Pnoy. Isn’t that quality enough? She is the adopted daughter of FPJ. That means she could probably act well and add to the horde of actors already in the senate and congress. Having been head of MTRCB she will be able to judge which are the best comedians of her fellow senators. He he. But in fairness to Grace let us just say that there really are no one of our lawmakers who are… Read more »

“mini Noynoys”, I like that.

Do away with the senate. It underperfoms and makes little contribution. senators ( e.g trillanes) have 40 staff each – what on earth all these people do exactly. What will bam aquino, nancy binay, and grace poe do with 120 staff between them. None of these opportunists trading on a name could organise a p!ss up in a brewery. As napoleon bonaparte said ” stupidity is not a hindrance in politics” And it is curious but telling that hardly any ( maybe none) senator or congressman has ever worked for a corporation – even at junior level – where you… Read more »

Was there ever a legitimate reason why the requirements for having a senate seat does not include having a degree in law? It has been bothering me to no end for quite some time now.

Politics for dummies, and aspiring senators. ( adapted from internet item) Politics explained with the use of cows… Socialism: You have 2 cows and you give one to your neighbour. Communism: You have 2 cows; the Government takes both and gives you some milk. Fascism: You have 2 cows; the Government takes both and sells you some milk. Nazism: You have 2 cows; the Government takes both and shoots you. Bureaucratism: You have 2 cows; the Government takes both, shoots one, milks the other and throws the milk away. Philippines : You have no cows. Only oligarchs are allowed cows,… Read more »
rathbumo hoba

Nice one. The problem really lies in the electorate. The voters keep on electing candidates na alam nilang wala naman gagawin kapag na-elect na, kundi mangulimbat lang ng pera ng bayan. The Filipinos deserve what they get. When will the voters learn?

arnell ignacio

ang matalino,matino, may prinsipyo…pang gilid na lang dito sa pilipinas. actually ang title mo lang ayon sa nakakaraming madada na alam naman ang tama pero mas namimili ng mali ay ” sayang” yun na lang then next topic. kaya walang reklamo karamihan sa ganyang kampanya at ganyang mga politiko. malungkot iilan ilan

Lord Chimera
Well put insight about Philippines politics Gogs. If were going to determined a candidate’s worth by his/her lineage we might as well renounce democracy and set up feudalism instead. Then again there is no need to considering that Philippines politics is feudalistic in nature. Hmmmmm, why in the name of all things seen and unseen does BAM have to look like Aquino.Sr? He’s like a moon reflecting the sun’s light(aka glory) because it has no light(aka ability) of it’s known. Also can someone tell me WHAT EXACTLY DID FPJ START THAT HAS WORTH THAT THE SPAWN OF HIS LOINS WANTS… Read more »
The inside view on bam the sham aquino is that he likes to talk, but not work. He keeps moving so he is never ‘found out’ He is quick to take credit for other peoples work He is always using the ninoy link ( even though he never met him) He is arrogant and only likes to mix with ‘the right people’ Not creative or innovative – parrots/copies other. An opportunist without genuine passions/advocacies. Dropped out of law school. Likes committees and awards – illusion of work without working He is pro-dynasty ( no surprise there) Never mentions his father… Read more »
Supremo Ako

I like the post. You hammered the point down to the nail’s head. And I’m anti Aquino the ABNO IDIOT clan ever since. AND I DID NOT VOTE FOR THIS SON OF A BITCH, sir. No disrespect meant. Just hate these fools so much. 😀


It’s based I think on the concept of the “underdog.” Filipinos are fond of rooting for the underdog. They believe the “underdog” is stupid, dumb and unintelligent – and that intelligence is the mark of evil people. But still, it seems ironic. The candidates voters think of as “underdogs” are actually rich and wily – and pretending to be dumb.


If you want qualifications for your candidate, go talk to your local congressman, suggest it to him and wait for it until it gets signed by the president. For now, you are violating the rights of those you mention of.


My God, Gogs. You nailed it right! 😀 You’ve exactly characterized the sore logic of Da Pinoys when it comes to election!

Actually, the possibility for the Pinoys to notice this kind of trend is on a staggering high of 1%. On a simpler note, they will not even notice the trend of Necropolitics unless another damn People Power X, where X=any random number, will happen.

This is a form of exploitation of the dead. It is just, inhumane for a person to use a name of the dead to get his or her own ambitions. What the heck.


Smoking may be a sign of psychiatric illness, says report published today, after a third of high volume long term smokers are found to have a mental disorder.
Add the high incidence (40%) of depression in unmarried males over 50,
the anxiety in people who lost a parent as a child,
And a confusion of sexual identity, then the result is a 100% basket case.

@Gogs “I have no idea why people think Arnel Pineda is a big deal. Those songs that people consider “his hits” were hits with the same people and Steve Perry decades before YouTube was invented. In case you did not know Arnel Pineda was discovered on Youtube.” For me, Arnel Pineda is a big deal as being selected to be the lead vocal of the Journey. Yes, he was discovered in Youtube but he still has undergone an audition. His songs with the band Journey are Journey’s songs. Did he sing any other songs with the band that is not… Read more »

[…] The “line-sniffing,” spoiled-brat class needs to get its act together, and get out of its “affluenza.” […]

gin gin

The dogs will vote dogs. The cats will vote cats. The horses will vote horses. The wise will vote the wise. The ignorants will vote the ignorants. And ignorance on a large scale cannot be cured for several decades. Brace yourselves, this government will remain shitty for long.