I have been called out a number of times on the way I like to make pop culture references too much. Of course, for the most part, I can’t really blame them too much because of my tendency to overdo just about everything that I do. One can almost say that I watch too many cartoons for my own good to be considered a sane and proper adult. Oh well, I really have to apologize again because that is exactly what I’m about to do in this article.
I remember watching an episode of a cartoon that I don’t exactly remember as a child. And sorry Johnny Saint, it involves merchandise-driven ursine creatures again. Anyway, in this particular episode, one of the ursine creatures, a female one and the show’s leading lady (whose name I forgot) was captured and detained by a fictional nation of pig-like creatures.
While imprisoned, the leading lady was visited by a high-ranking general of the said pig-creatures and this conversation ensued:
Pig General: Good news ma’am, the officials have spoken and you are to be given a choice!
Leading Lady: You mean, you’re giving me the choice to go free?
Pig General: No, silly! We’re giving you the choice on how you would like to be executed! Here, you can choose between being hung, decapitated or shot in a firing squad!
This pretty much encapsulates my feelings about the up and coming 2016 presidential elections. It’s no longer so much choosing the “lesser evil”, but choosing how the Philippines will be utterly destroyed in the years to follow. What’s worse is that whatever alternatives are available are largely unknown or unrecognized by the masses. That means, due to the heavy emotionalism inherent in many Pinoy voters, even those truly worthy to be leaders of the Filipino people are ignored in favor of the candidates with the saddest story, the most catchy theme song, the most memorable slogan or a combination of all three.
So who are the leading candidates in the 2016 election and why do I see them as would-be destroyers of the country instead of its leaders?
Well, take a look…
Mar Roxas has essentially turned himself into a “clown” in the eyes of the more astute of Filipino citizens because of his antics and activities. Everything from assisting in traffic enforcement, delivering goods to the market to trying to impress schoolchildren with props, the guy has certainly done it. Unfortunately, as an actual leader with an actual plan to save the Philippines, the guy falls short of what the country needs to stay afloat in the face of all the danger that it faces.
He has no actual plan to improve the Philippines, as cited here by Benign0, no understanding of the actual treats the country faces such as the many rebel groups that continue to terrorize hapless Filipinos to foreign invaders that even now eye the Philippines maliciously and, lastly, he is more concerned about his own popularity than actually doing something substantial for the Filipino people. Indeed, when faced by the news crews of CNN and asked pointed and difficult questions, both Mar Roxas and his potential First Lady Korina Sanchez simply retorted with lines like “we have our own way of doing things” and “you foreigners don’t understand us” even though the issues at hand are fairly simple enough to understand for just about any country.
“Quoth the Raven: Nevermore.”
Oops! Wrong Poe. Or is it?
Anyway, Grace Poe is the adopted daughter of Fernando Poe Jr., the late action star and presidential candidate who almost won one of the previous presidential elections. Head of the MTRCB and quite active in that line of work, she has become one of the more “promising” potential presidents of the Philippines if Pulse Asia is to be believed. As of late though, her actual citizenship has been called into question, jeopardizing her shot at becoming a legitimate presidential candidate.
Being an adopted daughter, her life is already the kind of sob story that is popularized by Philippine media and greedily lapped up by the masses. However, just like the many teleseryes shown in local TV, one has to wonder whether or not the image she projects is actually her or is just another persona to hide the corrupt trapo that she actually is.
Just like Mar Roxas above and like every other actor-turned-politician such as Bong Revilla and Lito Lapid, Grace Poe has relied primarily on popularity and personality, not platform or ideology. At the end of the day, she is just another typical politician promoting Pinoy emotionalism which has time and time again lead to bringing the country down further.
Ah, the alleged whistle-blower. We all know that just a few days ago, Binay resigned from his position and even went on to call the Aquino Administration a failure. However, I am forced to wonder, does he even believe in the words he has said so far? Did he choose to leave behind Aquino and the power base that surrounds him because of his conscience or is it just another way for him and his family to save “face” and grant him the chance to come out as the “lesser” of the evils in the coming elections.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is the same guy who lets his kids run around like they’re royalty and have every right to bully and cow the Filipino people. Remember Jun-Jun Binay and his pompous and arrogant maltreatment of a common security guard who was just doing his job? Remember Nancy Binay who is very much supportive of political dynasties, despite the fact that she has very little to prove as an actual politician and that it is essentially the succession of political dynasties that has led to the ever-worsening dysfunction inherent in the Philippine political system.
So really, what choice do we really have in the coming presidential election of 2015? Remember that these three names are the biggest names in the up and coming elections and are supported by actual media propaganda. So which is it?
Would you like to be hung by the neck until dead by Mar Roxas, decapitated by Grace Poe or shot to Death by Jejomar Binay in 2016?
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