Philippine President Benigno Simeon Aquino wants to end 2011 right — or at least his handlers do. Just a few days before the end of the year, Malacañang’s official survey firm, Social Weather Stations (SWS), which is owned and operated by friends and family members of PNoy, concluded the year with another “very good” rating for the controversial leader. The results of the survey were released on the same week PNoy received a lot of criticism for partying and laughing at jokes while over a thousand Filipinos from Cagayan de Oro and Iligan were flushed away from their homes to Macajalar Bay by floods wrought by typhoon Sendong. The rest of us who were not included in the survey can be forgiven for thinking that PNoy and his minions are becoming desperate in their attempts at mind control:
In its survey conducted Dec. 3 to 7, the SWS said Filipinos continued to give Aquino marginally higher approval ratings.
The results, posted Friday on SWS’ media partner BusinessWorld, showed Aquino gaining two points for a continued “very good” net satisfaction score of +58, or 71 percent satisfied minus 13 percent dissatisfied.
Aquino’s December score was higher than +46 (“good”) in June, although it was lower than the record +64 (“very good”) he got in November 2010.
It is too bad the survey report did not even explain why the respondents who still think very highly of PNoy gave him a “very good” mark. I would have liked to know if it was in the way PNoy humiliated former President Gloria Arroyo; or in the way he humiliated Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona; or in the way he allegedly strong arms his allies into doing what he wants; or in the way he justifies damaging the credibility of the Supreme Court in the guise of “good governance”. Either way, I’d like to know what makes PNoy’s supporters tick.
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Speaking of surveys and studies, there was some research conducted recently on how ignorant voters affect democracy. The findings of the study revealed that “adding ignorant or uninformed members to the group can counteract the minority’s powerful influence and promote a more democratic outcome”. This means that ultimately, it doesn’t really matter how well the arguments are for voting for a more competent candidate during an election, what matters more is how the ignorant or uninformed members are swayed to vote either way. This could explain why the use of propaganda during an election in the 2010 Philippine Presidential election worked well for PNoy. Majority of Aquino supporters seem to equate PNoy and his family to God and Country. A friend said that it is the result of decades of mind conditioning and propaganda.
Here are some more excerpts from the report:
Researchers used several computer models to investigate the decision-making process in various animal groups when a majority wants to travel in one direction and a minority wants to go in another.
When the strength of the two packs’ preferences was equal, the group was much more likely to follow the majority. But when the minority had stronger feelings than the rest of the group about its direction, it was able to control the decision.
When the researchers added a third crowd that was ignorant of the options, the majority was able to spontaneously wrestle the decision back from the minority.
“It’s very counterintuitive,” said Iain Couzin, an evolutionary biologist at Princeton University, who was lead author of the study published in the Dec. 15 issue of the journal Science. “We previously assumed that uninformed individuals promote extremism by being easily exploited by the [strong] minority.
The researchers may have used animals in the above-mentioned test but similar behavior may be found among humans who just go with the flow. It is interesting to note that fish, like humans “have certain sensory biases, Couzin explained. Just as humans have an innate reaction to the color red, golden shiners are naturally attracted to yellow, so the fish trained to expect food by following yellow dots were more strongly drawn to their target than those trained with blue dots.”
It is no wonder the majority of Filipinos (assuming the SWS surveys are accurate) are easily exploited by the current government. Not only does the incumbent President use the yellow color as a symbol, PNoy is also using religion as way to make people think that what he is doing is “the will of God”. He knows that religion plays a huge role in the lives of Filipinos, which is why he often claims that God is on his side and that to go against him would mean going against “God’s plan”. This claim of PNoy seems to work on so-called “God-fearing” Filipinos. Never mind that there is just no way that God could have communicated his thoughts to PNoy, unless PNoy’s communication team has found a way to contact the Almighty himself.
But even members of the Catholic Church, who we can consider to have direct access to God’s hotline agree that PNoy’s actions are similar to that of a dictator:
AN OFFICIAL of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) believes that President Benigno Aquino III could also face the same court if it is proven that he is acting as a dictator.
Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles, for his part, said he believes in the claims of Corona as this strategy of the Aquino administration has actually been done to the CBCP.
He noted that this was what was attempted by the government during the “Pajero bishops” issue, which has arguably tainted the influence of the CBCP.
“Ang kagagawan ng diktadura noong panahon ni [late former president Ferdinand] Marcos na sirain ang isang institusyon na maaaring maging hadlang sa kanilang hangarin, they tried it to the Church kahit noon pa sa kasagsagan ng Pajero bishops. We received rumors sa gagawin nila sa atin at sa Korte Suprema ito,” said Arguelles in a separate interview.
“Matagal ko nang naramdaman yang diktaturya sa kanila,” he added.
Even an influential Jesuit priest and a noted constitutional lawyer, Fr. Joaquin Bernas finds PNoy’s behavior quite disturbing and compared him to Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro:
Echoing an earlier statement by SC spokesman Jose Midas Marquez that Aquino’s remarks were “disturbing,” Bernas said: “Nakakabahala nga. I don’t know kung ano mangyayari diyan. In his (Aquino’s) speeches, he sounds like Fidel Castro.”
It is really amazing how the Aquinos seemed to have turned some people against institutions like the Church and the Supreme Court. With the use of their media outlets owned and operated by friends and family, in just a quarter of a century, their clever use of propaganda tools shaped them into martyrs and victims of oppressions by their “evil” opponents before the public eye. There was even a time when the Catholic Church in the Philippines seemed infallible but PNoy has managed to destroy that public perception. Now the meaning of the word “infallible” can be equated to PNoy and his family because their supporters exempt them from any liability or error. To PNoy’s supporters, PNoy is absolutely trustworthy.
If the members of the Catholic Church do not condone PNoy’s appalling behavior of late, one has to wonder, which “God” PNoy was referring to when he said that “God is on my side”. Was it himself?
In life, things are not always what they seem.