On Filipinos’ perversion of the concept of ‘sacrifice’ in their dysfunctional politics

‘Sacrifice’. Just like all other noble concepts, this is a word Filipinos have all but perverted and put into the service of their dysfunctional politics. If we are to believe Liberal Party presidential candidate Mar Roxas, the most important thing a candidate for the top leadership positions in the country brings to the table is “sacrifice”.

The late former President Cory Aquino’s “sacrifice” of being “just an ordinary housewife” who heeded the call to “serve” the nation as its first “revolutionary” president is pitched to Filipinos as her single biggest “achievement”. Roxas himself “sacrificed” his bid for the presidency in 2009 to make way for the candidacy of current President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III. And, yes, BS Aquino himself “sacrificed” the same way his mother did as the “reluctant” presidential candidate who needed to go on a retreat to reflect on his own call to “serve” as the Philippines’ president.

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So now, Filipinos are celebrating another reluctant candidate. According to Roxas we are now “witness to another sacrifice” in Camarines Sur House Representative Leni Robredo’s obliging to the “call” to “serve” as Vice President. “The sacrifice of an ordinary individual; a single mother who was summoned and chosen by the straight path,” Roxas adds. And…

This is a sacrifice of three young women who lost their father in the name of public service. Now, they are again being called to offer their family for a higher objective […] This is a sacrifice of three young women who lost their father in the name of public service. Now, they are again being called to offer their family for a higher objective…

Excuse me while I throw up.

Is “sacrifice” the only thing the “good” politicians bring to the table? Suffice to say, Filipinos seem to have not gotten over rubbing their voodoo approach to practicing their brand of Catholicism off their quaint politics. So Robredo’s husband Jesse Robredo died and his death was turned into a biblical event by Filipinos who are forever starved for biblical events that will save their lot from their own self-inflicted wretchedness. But stop to think of the whole point of being president and ask yourself in light of this so-called “qualification” that thrust Mrs. Robredo into the limelight:

So What?

So what if you are Jesse Robredo’s widow?

Nowhere in the whole moronic debate that surrounds the question of who is most qualified to be president of the Philippines is there any attention put into whether these bozos can actually solve problems. The Philippines, in case Filipino voters have forgotten, has lots of problems. As such, Filipinos need problem solvers.

Are these presidential and vice presidential candidates problem solvers?

Well, we need look no further than the personal track record of Mar Roxas himself. Did he solve any of the Philippines’ most pressing problems? That’s a rather confronting question for a guy who dropped the ball on many fronts of national consequence. To name one biggie, he botched the preparation and relief operations in 2013’s Supertyphoon Haiyan disaster and may have been the single biggest cause of thousands of deaths. Roxas’s famous last words as the deadly approach of Hayan loomed: “We still have 10 o’clock tomorrow morning to evacuate these people.”

So, yeah, Roxas would indeed need a solid running mate with that all-important “sacrifice” credential to save his sad political career, what with that fail-to-end-all-fails in 2013 and his string of gaffes and lame PR stunts that colour his record.

Unfortunately for Filipinos, their society remains addicted to the idea that having “sacrificed” a lot necessarily makes one qualified to be a Vice President (or, worse, the president). And to that moronic notion Leni Robredo stepped up. A round of applause, plez.

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Tani
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My thoughts exactly when I saw the news about it yesterday. Of course people will fall for it, they love their “soap” so much, they want to see the same drama in politics too. And kudos to ABiaS CBN for that wonderful coverage of the poor lady. They showed her visiting townsfolk and her husbands grave in tsinelas too, apparently the same way the latter husband did and of course a scene of her being “blessed” by a priest. I’m sorry he died, but the way LP exploits it is sickening.

Cezar
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Why are they popular and cherish by the Filipinos…because Filipinos used their hearth and not their brain on all aspect of their life. they believed in miracles. Always look at the sky for their salvation…. Faith is better than action. and the results is always disasterous. they don’t act , they just pray…

Ray Langit
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I would like them to learn the concept of sacrifice like how the Aztecs did it. We should sacrifice them that way.

tomas
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“Excuse me while I throw up.”

Exactly my sentiments while watching that little charade earlier.=)

MatJ
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In all politics there will always be actors who can speak the speak, and lie the lies. They have a great way to say what the people want to hear, and play the game, until elected, when the joke is on who that voted for them. Politics has been, and always will be played on smear and dirty tricks, and any angle that gives an edge is an angle worth dieing for. Pun intended. The media also play their part in reporting exactly what all the players want them to report. If you are looking for a good politician, with… Read more »
AG
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Sacrifice. Noun

-an act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as more important or worthy.

So… The giving up of something for the sake of something else? What is this something else? Well, certainly not the country or its people.

OnesimusUnbound
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This sort of “sacrifice” works so well in the Philippine politics

* Ninoy died -> Cory won
* Cory died -> Noynoy won
* Jesse died -> Leni won

Filipinos love drama! Let’s see if “Jesse’s” sacrifice will finally catapult Roxas desperately needed ratings to atmospheric heights.

90Hayden007Toro999.999
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90Hayden007Toro999.999
Sacrifice is an “overused” term to feed up the addictions of Filipinos , for heroes (real or imagined). As in the belief of Christians. Jesus Christ sacrificed, himself , for the sins of mankind. I see no Jesus Christ , in the unqualified widow: Mrs. Robredo. Neither, on Mar Roxas, who had bungled his job. I did not see any good accomplishments, of her late husband, Sec. Robredo. What I saw was: he was the “carabao” of the lazy Aquino. We need people, who have visions for the country. Plans to improve the lives of our people. We need people,… Read more »
Ricardo_diaz
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It’s funny how reality imitates fiction. And considering Filipinos, their perception of their life being a telenovela, they are unwittingly making politics work the same way as well.

Cezar
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Demand more decent paying jobs for the people .

nagtatanong_lang
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i liked what the mom said when she was interviewed…leni robredo was “pressured” into accepting the VP slot…can she not see that she is being used? she was picked not because of her but because of her husband..her husband who was not even welcome to be part of the cabinet..who was never approved by the CA…ganito na talaga ang labanan sa pulitika sa pilipinas..gamitan ng mga patay…i think jesse is turning in his grave right now..

GekkoPi
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The Filipinos really love to use some words in the wrong context and perverse it. In this regard it’s the word “sacrifice”.

PH election has always been a free magic show, full of theatrics and illusions. In which the ignoramuses enjoy every 3 years.

Types/Qualifications of Politicians in PH:
1. The Downtrodden-esque type
2. The Reluctant/”Sacrificed”/Pitched/”No Choice”
3. The Dynasty
4. The Popular Celebrity
5. The Opportunist / Turncoat
6. The Power Hungry

61Hayden007Toro
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The worst candidate is the: mentally retarded; suffering from paranoia and depression. Who is too rich to accomplish anything , for himself/herself and his/her fellowmen.
Whose close relative died, and is pandering for sympathy votes…

TOM SOLSKI
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A very thought provoking article…

hahacienda
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Just come out clean and stop wasting your time writing these so-called “analysis” of current events. Just state the obvious intent of this website: VOTE MARCOS! After all is said and done, this finally is the solution to our problems. Getting Real is about getting Marcos back in power and airbrushing history in favor of Marcos.

Dick S. O'Rosary
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The fact that pinoys can pervert a concept as noble as “sacrifice” just goes to show that Filipinos are PERVERTS of the highest order.

zaxx
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Let’s face it. These perverts have perfected the formula for getting to the top post in the land. Using the “appeal to sympathy ” technique, they have now mastered the method by which they woo the masses to blindly vote for them even with no credentials to offer. Here’s the recipe to getting to higher office. A tested and proven short-cut to landslide victory. 1. Be the relative of a high-profile person 2. Have that person die a tragic death 3. Get free nationwide coverage on all leading papers and networks running for weeks till the dead person is laid… Read more »
maria makiling
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I am from her district and ehat she did during her 3 year term in office was to rehabilitate aundamaged roads. She did not fund the volunteer teachers program which displaced thundreds of volunteer trachers thus creating aa diminished workforce for deped starting november this year. She introduced an elibrary project which requires schools to first set up aan air conditioned building/room that would accomodate the computers. Where would the schools get funding for building these rooms? I wonder what her advisers are doing.

maria makiling
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Another thing, during the 2013 election, filed an election offense case on the wrong forum. She filed it before the prosecutor’s office when the case was suppose to be filed before the comelec. She was criticized forthis mistake and yet she was a lawyer.

johnny santino
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I agree with this article.. I am also a bit disappointed to Leni, but this could be because of the great pressure that LP is giving her. I love her but I do not think I would vote for her.