Why a Bongbong Marcos presidency in 2016 is unlikely

Many Filipinos will not vote for Bongbong Marcos for the same reason they voted for President BS Aquino back in 2010 — because of who their parents are. Whatever people of any camp say, that sort of thinking pretty much makes most Filipinos of the same ilk as far as thinking faculties go. That pretty much summarises Philippine politics. It is a difficult tribal mindset to purge from the Filipino mind — divorcing the identity of one from one’s parents. From infancy through to adulthood we are sons or daughters of whoever, not we in or of ourselves. It’s in our cultural DNA.

The President Filipinos are unlikely to get: Sen. Bongbong Marcos
The President Filipinos are unlikely to get: Sen. Bongbong Marcos
Step back, for the time being, from that specific example and regard the bigger contextual frame. We are a society imprisoned and impoverished by dynasty politics. A tiny handful of feudal clans and oligarchs own an astoundingly huge chunk of the Philippines’ capital base and, as such, rake in a scandalous pile of the national product. So it is not surprising that one of the most obvious “solutions” to reducing the crushing poverty that Filipinos suffer is to build a more egalitarian society — one where wealth is more equally-distributed and where the “playing field” for business is more level; i.e., open to competition from both foreign enterprise and small domestic players. One of the biggest roadblocks to seeing that vision through is the country’s entrenched business oligarchy.

Unfortunately for Filipinos, the very oligarchs that block any effort to create that aspired-for egalitarianism also monopolise another key aspect of Philippine society — its politics. Look no further than the names now being thrown around in the lead-up to the 2016 elections. It’s a who’s-who of familiar names: Aquino, Binay, Roxas, and Poe. Well, okay, let’s add Escudero. And Cayetano even. Who gives a flying frig. The Philippine public — including its most eminent “thought leaders” — is lapping it all up and, in the process, shrinking the political discourse to an idiotically small square. Think outside that proverbial square, and you will find yourself outside of the range of chatter most Filipino pundits have tuned in their pointed ears to.

On those six names, Filipinos (led by those ‘thought leaders’ they are beholden to) are playing a girl’s game: matching primary colours. My grasp of college math is a bit rusty, but six names, I believe, yields about 30 pairs of possible combinations — what presidentiable speculators call “tandems”. That is, there are 30 possible ways these six bozos can pair themselves with one another. Because President BS Aquino cannot run for president again (but can run for Vice President), we can remove five of those possible pairs — those with PNoy running as president. So we’re left with 25 possible pairs. So far the leaders of this infantile “debate”, have explored three out of those 25 so far: Poe-Escudero, Binay-Poe and, recently, Binay-Roxas. There’s two years to go so there is still time to explore the remaining 22.

In essence, Filipinos and their “thought” leaders are spending their time toying around with six names that, in an irony that flies over their pointed heads, collectively embody the very singular fundamental problem of Philippine society.

So much for all the talk about ending political dynasties. And to think most Filipinos see their politicians as the sole cause of their wretchedness. The above thought experiment alone demonstrates the core nature of the Philippines social cancer — the way even its most educated citizens think.

To be fair, a National “Debate” focused on pairing six dynasties into a lineup of “tandems” over the remaining two years of BS Aquino’s term is likely to take up 99 percent of Philippine society’s stunted cognitive faculties. No less than a neural boost like the one Lucy (played by Scarlett Johansson) experienced in the film Lucy can elevate the quality of this “debate” to anything above simian levels. So let’s not hold our breath hoping for a debate on the issues and platforms anytime soon, plez.

Back to Bongbong Marcos then. For now, he really seems to have no chance of being president in an environment where such is the “debate”. Because he is the son of reviled parents, he is severely handicapped even before he begins such a journey. And because he only has his ideas for the future to table if he decides to set forth on that journey, what he has on offer is unlikely to resonate with the Philippines’ famously vacuous electorate.

After all, the good senator did say, “[…] there’s no use being a president if you’re not going to be a good one…”

And that is why Filipinos need not be worried about a Bongbong Marcos presidency anytime soon. It is unlikely to happen in a country like the Philippines.

[Photo courtesy Sydney Morning Herald.]

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joeld
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Poe-Kiko……. Let Dick Gordon handle that one.

Ven-Ven
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Lolz!

Johnny Saint
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“[…] there’s no use being a president if you’re not going to be a good one…” There is no reason to expect that Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. would be a ‘good’ president. Like all of his contemporaries, he is the epitome of the traditional politician. Filipinos — especially northerners — point out that he has done much to improve their lives. That does not demonstrate principled leadership. It’s an example of the same old partisan politics — reallocating and redistributing as much of the country’s wealth that he will allow to his ‘kababayans.’ They overlook the fact that Marcos is NOT… Read more »
THOM HARDY
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@ SAINT, this is what you are good at KID, local filippine politics. U know they suck, the officials are corrupt as the day is long….and at least you know it. Now if you could do something constructive about it, your country would stand a chance of progressing to where it should be already. (IDC if U think this is a peace offerring, it is not.Next time, like every other time, you incorrectly quote the USA constitution,see an international affair thru the eyes of an 6th chromosome etc… you will get schooled, as usual. BUT at lest your good at… Read more »
Johnny Saint
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Strongman(?) rule redux…

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2014/08/07/1354720/mixed-signals-longer-noy-term

Any extralegal means to perpetuate the Aquinos in power.

Penoy and family aspire to be…Marcoses.

THOM HARDY
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with a different ideology? HUH? DUH?

you should have quit while you were ahead.

Johnny Saint
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Thom Hardy the LIAR…still clueless.

Desperately needs an Internet conspiracy theory to pass off as his opinion.

Ichinose Kotomi
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Makes me giggle to see people accusing other people being a conspiracy “theorists” and forgetting that there are also “factual” conspiracies. Well, guess there are people who can’t think outside the box.

Johnny Saint
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Ichinose Kotomi,

Do you even know the difference between the two?

kaloy
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Politics indeed has become a family business. Well, most Filipinos easily forget history or to put it bluntly, elections are taken here in this country like an occasion, a concert, a reunion and a picnic. Everything boils down to name recall and well-oiled political machinery. BB Marcos for president? Well, maybe, their camp is thinking, it is time to paint the town Red again. But, Senator Marcos knew that it close to impossible to gain popular support in order to win the presidency. He is most like to run for re-election as senator. Why can‘t these politicians just drink poison… Read more »
boybastos
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drinking poison? why rob pinoys of fun? i say chain these pig shits politicians, have a national raffle of some sort, who’s name are pick will have the opportunity to whack these pieces of repugnant garbastic pig shits with a cricket bat or whatever bludgeon weapon they fancy! that’ll be fun. oh man! that’ll be really really fun – im gonna whack these fuckin guy drill-fuckin-on with crowbar and maybe taser his head!

Starflyer1
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And politics is no longer a platform for those who are hungry for “money” instead of answering concerns what the Filipinos needed most. I know those squatters living in the slums need “basic items” (house, food, work, job, etc) but still, there are lots, lots, AND LOTS of problems that needs to be filled preferably long term goals for ordinary Filipinos like us. I know somebody here remembers the true horrors of Martial Law in 1972 but it’s long dead since then. Same with EDSA 1986 and Ferdinand Marcos’ death in 1987. EDSA 1986 is nearly 30 years but what… Read more »
Jorge Bassig
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Any politician in this world of
“popularity politics”, who employs only platform, vision and skill, etc. is more likely to lose, not mentioning the rotten system.

But again, what we need is not
“politician change”
but cultural or system change.

Until the constituents realizes this, then what we will have is the continued “recycle” of dynasties.

joe
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“After all, the good senator did say, “[…] there’s no use being a president if you’re not going to be a good one…””

WRONG.
It’s because its in your DNA that you can NOT be a good one.

joeld
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One classic example of “point missed”..

Binasa mo ba talaga, ‘dre???

cher
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because you disagree with him he missed the point?

Johnny Saint
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No, it’s because HE MISSED THE POINT.

Like you did with regards to joeld’s comment.

Amir Al Bahr
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sendonggirl, you’re back! You’re a point misser, as usual.

And you’re still not very smart, are you?

cher
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what is the point jonny? (tldr)

Johnny Derp
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Oh boy, here we go again.
Another lame attempt as usual to change the subject.

You’re still not very smart are you?

THOM HARDY
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@ Hey Joe, D not be discouraged, any time someone disagree’s with one of Jonny “I am a JACKASS” Saint’s comments/buddies they willtry to dismiss you as “not smart’ ‘Conspiracy theorist’ and other ridiculous insults. Pay no attention to te ASSHAT named SAINT.

He just a thinks he knows it all but is really a know nothing JACKASS!

Dave
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Filipinos are deterred by the surname, foreigners would be too amused by the babyish nickname.

kaloy
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There is law that protects the life of an animal. Although, I do not hold high respect for most politicians, I still respect animal rights. So, there.

Sea Bee
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Vote for the “Clean Slate Party.” No one may belong to the party who has been in politics before; is related to anyone in politics; is wealthy; is a media star, athlete, is in the armed forces or police force. Even the most inexperienced person who has to learn the job “as they go along” is going to be better public servant than an entrenched oligarch.

MidwayHaven
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The problem here is that the people who fit those qualifications choose not to enter politics.

Sea Bee
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They said the same thing about the Green Party in Germany and it is quite influential now. There are many community activists and academics who would make fine thoughtful leaders. There is a bewildering passivity in the Philippines. Instead of fixing a problem; people choose to learn to live with it, instead. A perfect example is the filipino gay community. They could not even garner enough votes for the Ang Lad Lad party list. Instead, most gays waste their time dressing up as women and trying to become “beauty queens.” By contrast, U.S. gays are fighting for marriage equality and… Read more »
jarvis
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I think you’re giving Filipinos too much credit, Erap nearly won the last one and I also see the rise of Bong bong fan clubs among the youth (thanks to GRP). Well, I was giving BB the benefit of the doubt(because he seems low profile)but the moment I saw his commercial in youtube this early. I just knew, he’s as traditional as a politician gets.

Narra
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Say, 2016 will mark the 30th year after the dictator’s exit and 35 years after Martial Law. According to COMELEC’s record (2013), we have 52 million registered voters, 12M of which are under 18-25 years old (accdg to Kabataan Partylist). Not experiencing Martial Law or even EDSA revolution, there’s a high probability that they would vote for Bongbong (Marcos Jr. made himself seemed credible except when his name is connected to his parents… to youngsters) if they are pissed off with all the political dramas already staged (with the usual casts) and thought they’ll be wise unless their oldies pass… Read more »
THOM HARDY
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A more crooked bunch of thieves you will be hard pressed to find, out with them all.

Narra
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As long as there’s Pork, they’ll vie for a position in the government. It’s their lifeline.

Akira Hojo
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This post proves that GRP is not a pro-Marcos page, unlike Jim Paredes and his cry-baby friends claim…

boo hoo noytards
Guest

“Nooooo! My precious slander!” – Noytards

jarvis
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Read the article carefully, Did it criticize Bong bong in any way? it just says he probably won’t win.

domo
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Implying that grp is a marcos loyalist page. Your justification is like believing on illuminati.

Akira Hojo
Guest

Jim Paredes and his Yellowtard friends probably believe in the Illuminati… 😀

Akira Hojo
Guest

I’m not criticising Marcos, I’m criticising Jim Paredes for his outrageous claim…

THOM HARDY
Guest

Bing-bong, Nig-noy,Cha-choo, WTF? is the aim of all these nicknames to somehow make the people think this guy is their friend?
This guy is nothing but a scumbag, just like his Father was.
The Apple did not fall far from the tree, a political opportunist.
“OMG, its a political hot potato.”. Uh, NO!

Someone should plant this guys tree next to a river so when the apple falls off the proverbial tree, it fuckin drowns!

THOM HARDY
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What is needed in the country is pretty obvious, even if no one here said one damm thing about it. Until national political agenda with solid infrastructure mandates is enforced by a strong central gov’t ,that is absent corrupt officials, is instituted you, the Filipinne people, are just going to be screwed.

boybastos
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that can’t happen tom. the government the filipeni have was their choice remember? i mean the filipeni can’t have an “ideal” government because they don’t have the capacity to use their brains (if they have it) to pick a “better” politicians. man you have to digest this – they expect a different outcome by doing the same, they’re trying to disprove einstein man.

boybastos
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but on the other hand no filipinne is qualified for any govt position. just like a dog chasing its tail..

THOM HARDY
Guest

@ Boybastos, WOW thats pretty harsh. The electorate may not be all too intelligent but the elections are also rigged by ‘SMART’ machines(that they are called is just a back-handed slap in the face to filipino’s and YES ITS A CONSPIRACY SAINT!), vote buying and all sorts of scumbaggery so it is not all the people’s fault.

Sadly, its just impossible to assert that anything in the country is legitimately undertaken.

Hyden Toro
Guest

Bongbong Marcos is from the Marcos political dynasty. One of the dynaties, ruling the Philippines. I have distrust on people from family political dynasties. We have to produce new leaders; new faces, with new visions and ideas for the country. A political name (good or bad) will never help in solving the country’s problems. Nor, does it assure that the bearer of that famous name will do good in his/her term. Look at the Aquinos, they are useless leaders with famous names…

THOM HARDY
Guest

@HT you are correct again. BUT FIRST How to get rid of the current band of thieves, yes? Elections just will not get it done. I say, let the Virtual Vigilante handle all thinsg political. A guaranteed fair shake will be had for all.It might be messy at first, but hey, they had their chance to stop fuckin up but they blew it, u kno?

Dave
Guest

I find it hard to take a 56-year-old man seriously when he goes by the name ‘Bongbong,’ but apparently that isn’t an issue to most Filipinos. I guess it’s more fun in the infantile culture.

Yawn
Guest

More fun having your teeth pulled out in a North Korean prison cell.

THOM HARDY
Guest

@YAWN,More fun eating glass,LMAO!!!

What up YAWN?

Akira Hojo
Guest

Besides, there are good criticsm and bad ones. GRP offers good critique on what is wrong in our country… it helps those who really think to think even harder and come up with their own good contribution to society, big or small. Better than listening to people who love to pontificate every Sunday.

nick
Guest
The reason why I’m going to vote Bongbong Marcos for president on 2016 is because he has a name to clean. He will do all his effort to redeem his name of all these bad things around them and try to recover from it. And that means perseverance in hard work on leading our nation and through this we can achieve real challenge towards progress and our nation can be great again. Iyan ang hindi nakikita ng karamihan sa ating mga Pilipino. Ang gusto natin ay yung popular at malinis kuno pero pagka-upo sa Malakanyang ay palyado naman ang leadership.… Read more »
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