Senator Bongbong Marcos has certainly done quite a bit in the previous few months. He has certainly stepped up to oppose the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) which, in its current state at least, would doom the Philippines by subjecting a good number of its constituents under the rule of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front terrorist group. But anyway, while certainly a great help to preventing the current administration from screwing up the country even further, there are still those who are more than a little hesitant to side with him as noted here by Benign0.
Unfortunately, this will probably be always the case as long as common Pinoys stick to their usual method of selecting a presidential candidate. As stated, again, by Benign0 in this article here, politics in the Philippines revolves around personalities and not platforms or plans. When it comes to being a politician in the Philippines, it won’t matter what you’re striving for or what you want to happen, what will always count in the heavily flawed mind and heart of the common Pinoy is what your name is and what it means to them.
Thanks to how the media continues to delude the common people and condition them to think in a very feudal mindset, it’s not at all that surprising that most Pinoys still associate the Marcos name with tyranny and totalitarianism. Needless to say, since a large and influential part of the media fits squarely into the pocket of the Aquino family, we can see how easy it has been for the current administration to demonize the Marcos name and make Bongbong Marcos seem like he’s the Antichrist or something while continuing to make the Aquinos look like the saviors of the Philippines and making the current president look and feel like their “little angel” and a gift to the Filipino people. At the end of the day, what with how dumb typical Pinoys have become thanks to the efforts of the government, the money-hungry local media and the heavily-flawed education system, people care more about the names of people and their personal stories rather than what they stand for, what they have achieved and what they can achieve if given the chance.
Take note, I am not a supporter of Bongbong Marcos either. I must admit that I have little liking for dynasties and what they entail. However, I think that as a people, we need to focus more on results rather than just a person’s name or popularity.
Indeed, the Pinoy obsession with names contributes to the largely outdated system it has today. As long as we keep selecting candidates for their names rather than their capabilities and skills, it will be a long time yet before we get anywhere as a country. If we want dynamic change in our country, we must learn to be a result-oriented people and learn to prioritize capabilities and ideologies above catchy slogans and pompous grand-standing.
So far, while Senator Marcos might be another part of a grand dynasty, his actions so far have proven to be beneficial to the Filipino people. We should learn to focus on what he has done for us over his family history as a certain “other” politician has done.
God save the Filipino people…
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