Everywhere there’s lots of piggies living piggie lives,
You can see them out for dinner with their piggie wives,
Clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon.
For me it always begins and ends with “kung walang corrupt walang mahirap”. In one sentence this election slogan promised an end to poverty and corruption in our third world country. Which on it’s own was already beyond the grasp of any science fiction writer. There is poverty and corruption in first world countries. Yet enough voters in this country believed that this could be accomplished by somebody who has nothing on his resume except wining elections presumably because of his famous parents. His mother’s death made him a contender for President in 2010 and nothing else. Don’t believe me, ask Mar Roxas and Korina Sanchez.
I originally wrote the next two paragraphs for my Sharknado blog but it serves as a good primer for this one. : I have no idea why many people are looking to Noynoy to get rid of the pork barrel? Noynoy depends on the Pork barrel the same way Samson depended on his long hair, the same way Thor depended on his hammer, the same way Dirk Diggler depended on his… well you get the idea.
The Pork Barrel practice has been going on a long time. I have no idea who does not believe there is some financial atrocities going on with it. There will come a time when Noynoy will try to convince you that he is a virgin in a brothel considering his litany of daang matuwid at every turn. If the pork barrel was a gravy train, I find it hard to believe that the whole time Noynoy was in Congress and in the Senate that he was not on that train. Yet he promised in 2010 that he would stop that train.
For the sake of people who may not have read me before that I know there are people still out there who believe that Noynoy Aquino existed in Congress and in the Senate for a dozen years and was miraculously untouched by corruption. Forgive me for repeating the only three scenarios that could have existed for a pre presidential Benigno Simeon Aquino:
- He was corrupt like every other senator and congressman. The Alfred E. Neuman Approach. What Me Worry?
- He was not corrupt, saw the corruption in others and felt it was not his job to stop it. The Doris Day Approach. Whatever will be will be.
- He did not see any corruption because he was too detached and disinterested from any kind of real work to be aware what his colleagues were doing. The Sgt. Schultz approach. “I see nothing!”
Those three scenarios suggest that Noynoy was either careless, indifferent, cowardly or corrupt himself. The trappings of a trapo so to speak. Assuming no other scenarios exist why is that guy holding the highest elected office?
In my previous blog despite all the other things you can’t respect someone who told you that despite heavy security a lone communist gunman was able to get to Ninoy Aquino to fire one fatal shot. Same in this case a trapo politician ascends to the presidency on a holier than thou platform but claims he is not corrupt despite no record of crusading. He then says he is indifferent to pork protesters then claims he is on their side then he claims the same people who he says he is cool to as endorsing him. Noynoy has proven without a doubt even with a one-track mind he has no direction in his thinking. And he is our president.
I did attend the Scrap Pork rally in Luneta August 26 2013. A cab driver took me as far down Roxas Blvd as he was allowed to go that morning. He told me he was glad I was going. He also said something to the effect of “dami pala yung pera nang Pilipinas.” On the way there, the cab passed by what was once known at the Folk Arts Theater. The one show I remember seeing there outside of school field trips was Bonnie Tyler in December of 1979. The opening act was Hagibis. Which actually has some significance to our story later on. I don’t know if you can ever Google this but if memory serves back in 1979 Hagibis denied being Village People copycats in a newspaper interview.. “Bakla sila” was their logic if I recall. Of course that can have significance too later on too in this story but I digress.
I enjoyed the atmosphere, which is my way of saying I did not see any foul politicians try to own the moment. You had to encounter mud at some point if you did not want to be confined to the perimeter of the venue. Leave a goofball like me to imagine myself transported to Woodstock. There was mud , people and music. There was this song. I am not entirely sure if it was the same guy but he did an adaptation of one of the biggest hits of the aforementioned Hagibis. The song was Katawan. I heard it on the grounds but can’t find it on Youtube. Who cares if the protest did not reach a million? What was important is people of all types were there. This was a nationwide protest as well. You know that the President is uncomfortable with this because he is switching his position more than Beyonce switches costumes. Maybe him being uncomfortable might mean it is finally dawning on him how inappropriate he is for the position of the president. The last four years some people just throw up in their mouth whenever they see or hear or read Noynoy acting so entitled and smug.
Cheating is what represents the gap between your present ability and your present goal. You can always develop yourself over time and accomplish your goal in the future when you are ready and worthy. That concept occurred to me with all the debate over performance enhancing drugs in baseball. I won’t get into it too much here but the steroid era has turned the baseball record book into a book of lies. Going back to our situation, the problem is (like I said in 2010 ) Noynoy convinced the country to vote for him in constant reference to 1983 and 1986. He always talked about his dead parents and what he claims was a vanished eutopia that he will bring back. What the country did not figure out in this promise of Noynoy was :1) Noynoy had nothing to do with 1986 if that was indeed worth crowing about. 2) Noynoy signed up to tackle 2010- 2016 which is a very different time with very different dynamics in play.
Incompetence is the price you pay for going for the “name” and not going for the “game”. The word “game” in the vernacular of contemporary sports is somebody with chops, moves, hops or mad skills. Filipinos can be results oriented when they want to be. Unfortunately it tends to be in spheres of minimal consequence. There may not be a more popular basketball player in the Philippines over the past two decades as Kobe Bryant. Kobe for years showed he can dribble, shoot , play defense and often he can will his team to win. Kobe is not popular because he kept invoking his father. His father was a decent basketball player in his time but Kobe took whatever genes he inherited from his dad but more importantly absorbed at a very young age the mentality it took to develop NBA level skills. Ultimately Kobe’s skills and reputation surpassed his father’s fame.
Pinoys love their basketball players not because of “heritage” or “tradition” but because of skills and results. Unfortunately pinoys have higher standard for their basketball players than president or other elected officials. Just tick off the last name that you are familiar with and you are good. Because Kobe has skills that are compatible with his goals and his chosen profession there is zero talk about Kobe cheating the sport. He earned his skills and he earned his results. Noynoy on the other hand was a guy whose mom died at the right time. He may have told you his goal is to lead the Philippines but what is he really doing? Look at his declared goal and try to match that with his experience and his skills. He tells you that the nation is his boss yet he does not wear the symbol of the nation. He wears the yellow ribbon/ dove that is associated with his own family and not the Filipino people.
I continuously harp on Noynoy’s uselessness in his previous life because it explains his uselessness in this life. A life that involves you and me. A life that involves him using pork. His performance enhancing drug of choice. The Pork Barrel fiasco is a problem that Noynoy help snowball. Yet he claims people who are against it are seeing things his way. I have often referred to Noynoy in the last four years as somebody who is less than a genius. This move is right up there or right down there in the grand scheme of all those Noynoy genius moves.
Ricky Carandang should use those Mac Books and enormous survey budgets not trolling GRP, Showbiz Government and Gising Pinoy but use them to lurk the Instagram accounts of every offspring of every government post that is prone to corruption. Anybody with access to what is known in the Philippines as the pork barrel of fun. The Beatles are so correct when they say “Everywhere there’s lots of piggies”. They are all in it. It goes up to the top. Napoles is just a scapegoat.
Back in July 16 of this year, this website already referred to a suspicion of the shenanigans that eventually resulted in the Scrappork Protest.
The government made headlines August 5 deciding that was the time to question. Those guys really know how to get things done quick.
Renato Corona, I thought was the perfect poster boy for pork barrel. People just think he was impeached as Chief Justice in the highest budget reality show we have ever seen. I have always subscribed to the thought that if you have to lie to make your point then how is good is your point? You can extrapolate that thought one level deeper that if you don’t intend on fighting a fair fight why should I give credibility to the outcome? So I basically asked myself two questions at the time of that trial: 1) why is our president so personally invested 2) if Corona was really as bad as they say why was there so many exceptions to standard operating procedure? I wrote my reaction in my early days in GRP titled BaSta Aquino. It basically portrayed a spoiled brat getting what he wanted. It had nothing to do with justice, morals, logic or duty. The government’s case totally lost me at that point. Noynoy got what he wanted because of pork.
Renato Corono was a victim of the pork barrel discretionary distribution with a face and a name. Unfortunately most of the country confuse an accusation with being guilty. Unfortunately most of the country confuse impeached over a non impeachable offense with guilty over a reasonable doubt. The Corona case was do as I say and not do as I do. Because if we all did what Noynoy did and not what he said, we would all do nothing. If this really was about good government then the government should have just done it’s job normally. BS Aquino wanted to deny Corona his right to his day in court. The process from the beginning should have just played out by the book without any zeal emanating from the President. I personally believe Noynoy’s mobilization of everything towards Renato Corona was personal. Noynoy greases the procedure then takes credit for circumventing the process. Thank God for pork for making it all possible.
BS Aquino has on more than one occasion acted impetuously, impulsively and vindictively. Like using a state financed international trip as his own venue for wheelchair jokes. There really is a cross section of the population that is totally fine with that. Either yellow zombies or they totally believe what the yellow zombies have been shoveling. I belong to neither group though. If you are like me and you ask yourself how does someone who gets elected despite being known as “Abnoy” still choose to behave in a manner befitting a head of state then you can see my theory here.
Noynoy’s sentiments are not aligned at all with the people who showed up in Luneta August 26, 2013. The Napoles case is the cost of doing business Noynoy style. To paraphrase Mark Cuban, Nonoy is not even capable of managing a Dairy Queen. What BS Aquino lacks in skills, charm, statesmanship, experience, diplomacy and good judgement are made up with the pork barrel. Don’t you guys get it? You are all saying you want to abolish the pork barrel but it is a necessity for someone you also voted in who showed no evidence of leadership, planning, preparation or crisis management when he ran for president. Noynoy Aquino is worse than Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds and Rafael Palmeiro when it comes to performance enhancing drugs. At least those guys had talent. Those guys only fooled baseball not an entire country. Steroids enhance a batter’s performance. The Pork Barrel in the hands of Noynoy is a complete substitute for his complete lack of leadership skills. And you guys booed Corona?
In the words of the Doobie Brothers “What a fool believes, he sees. ” The fool believes he is the righteous man and the others are not worthy. The fool believes those disgruntled with the squandering of their tax revenue are really there to cheer him on. Can we possibly have a more clueless President? Just like you can not possibly go on a campaign to abolish spinach and think Popeye won’t be affected there is no way on God’s green Earth you can want to abolish pork in the Philippines and think Noynoy Aquino won’t be affected.
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