I want to share with you this great letter from a Philippine Daily Inquirer reader named Raymond Villalobos (email@example.com) entitled “Noy just a ‘non-image’ thrust into the limelight.”
It goes thus:
THE news item titled “Noynoy needs to define what he’s running for, says analyst” (Inquirer, 2/2/10) hits the bullseye. It’s not what you are running against but what you are running for that counts.
Voters are finding it very difficult to remember what Sen. Noynoy Aquino did during all the years he was in the House of Representatives. The fact is that he was almost an anonymous politician and bench warmer in the House, unnoticed for being nondescript most of the time and not espousing any important public cause. In the Senate, he retained the same “non-image.”
Suddenly, when his fellow Liberal Party member, Sen. Mar Roxas, gave up his bid for the presidency because of his consistent low ratings in the surveys, Noynoy was thrust into the limelight. In what passes as a moment of inspiration (or desperation), Roxas nominated Noynoy to take his place.
By a sudden twist of fate, Noynoy has become a celebrity after his mother’s death. Now, at every opportunity, he invokes the memory of his father and mother, as does Mar Roxas. Unfortunately, our government is not a monarchy but a democracy. Hence, as the analyst said, Noynoy has to prove himself and not shadow-box behind his parents’ images.
Our voters now are very discerning. They will not vote for the ghost of a ghost. Noynoy must get real.
I couldn’t agree more.
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You can tell a lot about a person from how he conducts himself in public. I mean, the rest of us are told to be on our best behavior. We should always mind our manners, our elders admonish. Never swear, never pick your nose, never speak ill of others.
Yeah, totally hard, I agree.
But if we keep looking to better ourselves, we ought to have role-model public servants who should mirror the best — not the worst — about us.
The tandem of Noy and Mar has become a joke — no, correction, a bigger joke.
Reflecting the lack of substance of this hastily-forged love team, the campaign is falling apart at the seams. Reeling from a poor showing in recent surveys, Noynoy and Mar have shown they will do anything to stay on top.
Where is the spirit of Ninoy and Cory these days? Where is their legacy?
The Yellow Mob is trampling their memory with its campaign of hate — hate for Manny Villar and hate for Gibo Teodoro. The name calling, the insinuations — these actuations reveal the true character of these twin icons of ambition.
Noynoy’s recent commercials also reek of this self-righteous indignation. Departing from the station ID-flavored MTV shoved in our faces by the publicity-hungry Kris Aquino and her sidekick Boy Abunda, the Liberal Party attempts for substance, only to fall into quintessential trapo mode.
When Noy juxtapositions images of ideal and ugly reality, he arrogantly wants us to assume that he is the solution to our ills.
But how can he brag thus when he has always been, as Raymond above posited, the bench warmer? At least there was some truth in the “walang bahid” tag. Walang bahid kasi walang kahit na anong ginawa.
We laughed at Erap when he first ran (actually, we’re still laughing at him now) but the actor at least had a track record of public service (I use the term loosely, of course).
Noy is the epitome of what ails this country — the dynastic politics of surnames and nothing much else.
Now, the desperate LP mafia dons are, as it were, LEVELING UP their efforts. But as they cannot point to achievement or qualification in Noy, they are resorting to mudslinging the candidates that are their own man and are perfectly qualified to lead.
IS THIS PAGBABAGO? HARDLY.