Why Senator Bongbong Marcos should read the Holy Bible

It does not take much to attract media attention in the Philippines. You just need to do something “special”. Fortunately for Filipinos, their society had set a low bar for specialness. For many politicians, simply taking a bus or a train along with the peasants makes them special enough to be elected to government posts that put them in charge of hundreds of millions of pesos in public funds.

My colleague Chino recently wrote about how this might be a symptom of something seriously wrong with our society citing as an example Leni Robredo, wife of the late and beloved former Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government, Jesse Robredo, who was depicted waiting for a public bus in a photo that had recently gone “viral”. Indeed, it is disturbing. When “achievement” and the hollow kudos that accompany it is seen to be so readily-accessible, even to the talentless, society is in trouble.

Senator Bongbong Marcos could become Philippine President by modelling his life around Jesus Christ.
Senator Bongbong Marcos could become Philippine President by modelling his life around Jesus Christ.
Celebrity magazines pretty much got exploiting this psychological nuance of human beings down to a science. Celebrities are regarded as gods. Nonetheless fans of celebrities still feel like they could relate to them — even if the lifestyles and worries of these gods are far removed from the ordinary people who look up to them. Celebrity magazines exploit this need to relate with the gods by cutting the gods down to size — highlighting character flaws (psychotic behaviour is a favourite), skin blemishes (telephoto images of cellulite rippling in thighs and sagging butts keep mags flying off shelves), and failed marriages (no, seriously?).

Which brings me to my point.

All that pretty much forms the groundbreaking idea underlying The New Testament that made it such a huge global bestseller. The Good Book cut down no less than Abraham’s God himself to size — turning the image of the crucified Son of God into history’s most powerful symbol: an image that launched wars, inspired the building of great nations, and incited humanity’s worst acts of genocide. The New Testament turned Abraham’s God from a pathologically wrathful, insanely jealous, and inconsolably vindictive god into a human being — someone’s son — who spent much of his public life on a PR blitz to convince people that his father is everything but the monster the Old Testament painted him to be.

So the lesson we can take away, thus far in this piece, is that The New Testament at a fundamental level is really not too different from a celebrity magazine like People or Hello.

The bigger lesson here, however, has more to do with political strategy, specifically around, say, Bongbong Marcos’s image problem. He is the son of a reviled former god who is rumoured to have done really bad things. Say, for argument’s purposes, Bongbong Marcos decides to run for president in 2016. What would he do? What could he do?

Bongbong Marcos could start by reading The Holy Bible.

Jesus Christ set out on his preaching career with a similar brand liability — his father. Abraham’s God (Jesus’s father) was the architect of an atrocity the cruelty of which dwarfs anything that any human that followed it has been able to perpetrate thus far. Jesus’s father annihilated all of humanity in a Great Flood. Not even Adolf Hitler and his impeccably-engineered Holocaust could have beaten that. Indeed, the combined efforts and results delivered by every mass murderer the world has so far seen will still have paled in comparison. The power Abraham’s God wielded with a wave of his wand to effect that deadliest of non-natural planetary extinctions makes the most fearsome of human military technology look like peashooters.

But Jesus Christ took up the challenge to repair that image problem and succeeded. He’s gone down in history as the founder of the world’s mightiest religion — in the name of his father. His is the Mother of all public relations coups. Catholic theology should be a required course in the pursuit of business and politics university degrees. Everything we ever learned about public relations we learned in Bible school. We can learn to sell ice to eskimos using Jesus’s teachings. Indeed;

People now love God thanks to Jesus Christ.

If Jesus could do it, Bongbong Marcos could do it.

Funny enough, a much-hated man, current Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay, is now on his way to becoming President of the Philippines. A whole bunch of people are whining about this eventuality. How can this popular man be beaten? Simple. By fielding a candidate who can present himself to the electorate as someone lovable. The call to action for the Philippines’ Premature Opposition is, thus, quite straightforward. It’s time to get back to the basics. Politicians and their strategists who aspire to beat Binay need to turn to Jesus for their salvation. Jesus saves. His example will work even for the most challenging and hopeless of cases.

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Sha
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Blasphemy to a whole new level, kudos actually.

Dick S o'rosary
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I’m sorry but B.S. “what-if-god-was-one-of-us” Aquino already did that first. He was the son of the Deities Nonoy and Cory of the P500 bill, cut down to size: The smoking, lazy, feckless and emo guy that the Filipino can so relate to.

Dave
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“Catholic theology should be a required course in the pursuit of business and politics university degrees”

It wouldn’t surprise me if that’s already the case. This is a country where (I quote from a degree transcript I scanned for someone), ‘Life & Works of Rizal’ is a required component for a Bachelor of Science degree, along with other irrelevant fields like literature, arts and PE. Why don’t they want to produce specialists?

Jim DiGriz
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Running out of stuff to write about benign0? What on earth? Even though the Bible and Politics are closely related in a sense that they are both selling bullshit stories to feeble minded people, I still think that this article is a bit “out there” and I would file it under SciFi/Fantasy.

FRED MERTZ
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yes, this one is too ‘filipino’ in its logic, even for me.

Yeah, so a filipino goes and spends his life savings on a water-hose, P375.but the water comes out of it too slowly. so ,employing ‘filipino’ logic, to get the water to come out twice as fast…what does the idot ‘filipino’ do? He cuts the fuckin hose in half, OMG ! He cuts the fucking hose in half. Holy Shit, whatta fuckin idiot.

‘filipino’ logic, its its its…….

Sea Bee
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A politician whose life follows the pattern of the “Journey of the Hero”; as Ninoy Aquino’s did, will be irresistible to voters. This is because the human psyche possesses a common substratum that transcends all differences in culture and consciousness. Jung called it the collective unconscious. Archetypes are the basic components of human psychic nature. “The Hero” is an important archetype. Jesus, Horus, Osiris, and other god-men, all had similar miraculous births, travails and tests. They were all executed and miraculously reborn. Aquino was crucified on the tarmac; but was reborn through the presidency of his wife and son. Marcos… Read more »
Edgar Matanglawin
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Great article! I love how your imagination works! More power to you sir! 😀

archie
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Bobong Bong Jr. is already doing it by wearing tshirt with bible verse written all over his chest. I feel that if he’s found guilty on the current trial, he’s going to use that as leverage for the next election (Prisoner? Going to run for public office? Who in the military’s fucked up mind would do that? Oh.) Before election, every politician will be makadiyos, makabayan and makapal ang mukha. Except for Mar Roxas of course, who is too stupid to learn the art of pretending.

OnesimusUnbound
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Mar Roxas is an epic fail in PR. All attempts to improve his image done nothing but harm.

MG Phalanx
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8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55: 8-9 Is this enough? Or you might want to be called the Omnipotent, Omniscience, and Al-Knowing Being if you have such characteristics then you are absolutely right that God made an atrocity during the Great Flood. Oh come on, what’s this another similar atheist argument of Ernest Nagel or Bertrand Russell? I see you are lack of… Read more »
Nimrod
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This is the most hopelessly funny comment I’ve read today! 😀

d_forsaken
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Angels and ministers of grace, defend us!

d_forsaken
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Hamlet, Act One, Scene Four.

ChinoF
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People are dumbkopfs when the simple message of the article flies over their heads. So what’s the non-dumbkopf interpretation here? People, the voters, are the reason they have bad leaders. They treat their “leaders” like celebrities, like gods. Thus, they set a low bar for “specialness” and vote and treat their “leaders” based on personality rather than platform. Till today, Philippine society has remained a cult of personality.

domo
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Just like in movies in which the masses prefer watching garbage, cash cow movies like those from mmff instead of those films that makes sense. Is it safe to say that the masses are stupid?

Janggo
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All of you seem to be all-knowing persons? Have you already asked yourselves what the most significant action you have done to make your country proud?

jameboy
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In asking that, I assumed that you have already done something that our country is now proud of. If so, what is it?

Hyden Toro004eg
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Unfortunately Bongbong Marcos never had walked on water… There are better candidates, than these TRAPOS. The trouble is, we put our sights on these TRAPOS; and not on anybody else, who is more deserving. It is Humanity’s effort to Humanize God; that made Organized Religions dysfunctional. This is the reason we have: religious inquisitions; religious wars; forced conversions; suicide bombers; cutting of hostages’ heads, in the name of God; and all kinds of evils done in the name of God and religions. The teachings of Jesus Christ are still valid and working for me. The Parables, he had talked about.… Read more »
jameboy
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Politicians and their strategists who aspire to beat Binay need to turn to Jesus for their salvation. Jesus saves. His example will work even for the most challenging and hopeless of cases.
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What’s that? It’s like saying Lucifer should go to Jesus for their salvation.

Hyden Toro78rf
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Our corrupt politicians are beyond salvation…they already sold their “souls” to Lucifer, the Devil…Binay included…

FRED MERTZ
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This could be either OK for something as made up,

OR

it could be absolute asshole logic.

For instance, comparing ‘People’ magazine to the the ‘New Testament’, Please …that is absolute asshole logic, and at its deluded worst. Name a miracle performed in and reported in ‘People’.

and in case anyone is considering the scumbag Marcos the 1st as being ‘GOD’, just because he is ‘the Father’ of another in a long line of scumbags to vie for control of the banana republic in S.E.Asia,Bing-Bong….Sorry,its just too far a stretch.

and yeah, I get it,apples and oranges are fruits ,UH HUH !

Astrid El-khatib
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I could see a bunch of logical fallacies in this sarcastic writing. Strawman fallacy – misrepresenting something to make it easier to counter Moral equivalence fallacy – assuming that two moral issues have similar weight, even though they are completely different False analogy – An argument based on the assumed similarity between the two things being compared, when in fact they are not similar. Begging the Question – An argument that includes a conclusion within a premise; or assuming as true something that needs to be proved. Hasty Generalization – A conclusion based on insufficient or biased evidence I wonder… Read more »
T
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My freedom > your beliefs.
Please do not impose what you believe is the truth on other people. I’m sure you tell yourself that you’re doing this to help “save” unbelievers, but the sad and painful truth is that “witnessing” is just another form of referral. Dibs on that great mansion promised in the kingdom of your god? 72 virgins anyone?

Hayden Toro89tr
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How can you make love to 72 Virgins?
In Islamic countries; wives are sold and bought by dowries. If you have money, you can buy many wives. If you don’t have money; you rely on “Maria Palad”…so gullible believers; believe, after they die in battle for the Islamic causes: the reward is 72 Virgins and Mansions…

Astrid El-khatib
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Please do not impose to me your belief that your freedom > my belief. Your logic self-destructs. Everyone who share his or her opinion is trying to impose his or her beliefs to others. This is what I want to impose on you, your freedom < truth Yes you are free to believe what you "want" to believe but you cannot escape reality. You are free to do what you want to do but you cannot escape the consequences. You are free to express your ideas but you cannot avoid opposing ideas. None of us have absolute freedom, because to… Read more »
Hyden Toro77ua
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Whatever you believe, belongs to you. Don’t force people to believe, if they don’t want to believe…if you believe they will be burned in Hell…it is their choice…if they believe to have 72 virgins, after dying in battles with infidels…it is their choice…just don’t force anybody to convert to your religion…and if they don’t convert: you cut their head…

kevin avellaneda
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to the writer of this article, i should call you ignorant. To be honest yeah. i respect your point of view. If you guys are an atheist its your choice. Im a Christian and i guess the “atmosphere” of every atheist is “dont force me your faith”. BUT to the writer i call you ignorant. Yes. You speak as if you know the meaning of the old and new testament. I can see you like a child reading a Pathophysiology book and trying to preach older people about what he read about the book. Shame on you as a writer.… Read more »
Presidente Emilio
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Sorry if my question is a little bit personal but, are you a Christian, benign0? That aside, I’m a Christian myself. But I do agree with your assessment. The Old Testament did portray God as a vile being, but I think it’s more of how the it is written that resulted into such outcome. The Great Flood might actually sound atrocious, but it you did read Genesis, there is a reason why God did it. But then again, the Old Testament is rarely used by the Catholic Church because it is supposedly reserved for God’s chosen people. There’s this article… Read more »
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