“Guia” sent me this in the comments section:
I received this email from a Noynoy supporter. And it really just got into my nerves. Can you please please help me answer this person?
message from Mr. Edilberto C. de Jesus, President of Asian Institute of Management (AIM)
A message from the E. de Jesus, President, AIM.
Friends, at this stage of the game, I am no longer interested in discussing programs of government.
We have enough smart Filipinos who can formulate coherent and relevant plans. We can argue about these plans ad infinitum.
Our most urgent lack is not “smart.” We need “trustworthy.” Marcos was, arguably, our smartest, most skillful politician. Gloria is certainly the best, or at least, the longest-schooled president we have ever had, with training in the best schools in the Philippines and abroad. And look where we are now.
The crisis we have been facing, most desperately in the last five years, has been, fundamentally, a crisis of credibility, a crisis of trust at the apex of our political system. We have a serious deficit in social capital. How can we expect the country to move under a leader distrusted by over 2/3 of the population?
I have been involved in major efforts to craft programs of government. The FSGO (Former Senior Government Officials) has put together urgent “doables” addressing the range of government concerns that any president committed to do the right thing should be able to implement.
In the recent past, Buboy Macapagal had asked me to join a group that would help prepare Gloria to assume the burden of the presidency, should Erap resign, as was being demanded then, and she, as vice-president, should take step into the office. We worked on many issues, including what would be the most urgent– helping the president select the many officials within her power to appoint by developing the criteria she should observe in making the decision and generating a short list of competent and credible candidates for the various offices.
The task also included issues that needed to be addressed in the first 100 days. It did not take 100 days for many of us to be completely disillusioned about the prospects that our work would get serious attention. Which was why I declined to be considered for the post of secretary of education, when she came to power. But many soldiered on, believing that they had a responsibility to provide what assistance they could.
At this stage of the game, is it not time to make a major effort to persuade our friends still seeking the presidency to unite behind the most trustworthy candidate, as we were able to do in 1986? They have fought the good fight, but how many of the eight presidentiables really have a chance of winning. The race is now a two-horse race, assuming (a big assumption) that it has not been already rigged. Uniting behind a genuine opposition candidate is the best way we have to evade the manipulation of the electoral process.
We can appeal to their statesmanship. Perhaps, appealing to their self-interest would be more effective.
If the likes of Gibo and Gordon want to continue competing in electoral politics after 2010, their best bet would be to back Noynoy. He will respect the political process and help restore a level playing field. Keeping Villarroyo maintain their hold on our political, social, economic, academic, even religious institutions for another six years, perhaps longer if the plot to change to a parliamentary system prospers, will alter the game in a way we cannot even predict. We have seen in the last five years how our systems have been weakened and prostituted. Latest example. key Ampatuan leaders, cleared of charges and released, promptly throw their support to Villar.
As our most prolific contributors to this discussion are wont to say: enough said.
Many thanks for the space.
Just reading this makes my blood boil. Grabe. President na yan ng AIM ha.
Well, Guia, the conclusion that comes to mind is what I’ve titled this entry.
Edilberto de Jesus gives the Asian Institute of Management a bad name. How could someone qualified (and I use this term loosely here) to head AIM as its president be so, well, stupid as to belittle education and qualification in the supposed name of trustworthiness?
But that’s just the point we’ve been making in this blog and in all anti-Noynoy blogs. People have been stupefied (or, rather, stupid-ified) into choosing yellow in May on the sole basis of the supposed “integrity” or “honesty” of Noynoy Aquino. It’s hard to reason with these yellowmongers as they refuse to think for themselves.
A tidal wave of emotion is what fuels their misguided patriotism. After all, we are a historically forgetful people and, instead, ride on passion which grips us in the same way we are glued to the TV set when the latest sordid intrigue or drama is on.
It is often said that the head is above the heart for the reason. But we Filipinos, for better or for worse, have it the other way around.
Again, it is pointless to argue with people who refuse to listen to dissenting opinions.
It is hardest to be understood by the person pretending to be deaf that one who actually is deaf.
It is the argument of an idiot to say that we don’t need platforms or programs of government. If that is the case then let us just forego all of these fora, the campaigning, the THINKING.
What De Jesus and the Noynoyistas want us to do is to shut off our brains and be mesmerized by the yellow ribbon they dangle in front of us while muttering “Remember Ninoy! Remember Cory!” as if trying to hypnotize us into drooling fools (like their master).
“We need ‘trustworthy,'” continues De Jesus. And this is supposed to be Noynoy Aquino?
He again is reciting from the campaign book of the Liberal Party that to this day insists Noynoy is immaculately clean. Really now? One candidate said appropriately: “Diyos lang ang walang bahid.”
But Noynoy, in his supreme arrogance, asserts he is clean.
Clean? SCTEX overpricing, Hacienda Luisita land grabbing, Hacienda Luisita massacre…
Trustworthy? How about the Best Security Agency that he established after Mommy Cory won the presidency? The BSA that bagged government contracts a-plenty.
How can you trust this joke when sister Kris Aquino does everything for him — even dress him up and f**k up his hair? The man has no balls just as he has no wife to speak of at his age. Ask all his ex-girlfriends why they dumped his sorry ass. Would they dump someone who is now being bandied about as the savior of the nation? Noynoy is not a prized catch, period.
De Jesus is playing another card of the LP campaign, which is to create an impression of doubt in other candidates and thus throw their support to the DROOLING ONE.
Yet another card: if Noynoy doesn’t win, then the elections are rigged. WOW, SUCH HEIGHTS OF ARROGANCE!
If we look at Noynoy and look at ourselves, do we not see the discrepancy — the sheer unfairness of it all? We all work, study, and strive hard every day.
This joke, who shares the name of his father and nothing more is saying he can lead us to greatness WHEN NOTHING IN HIS LIFE HAS EVERY SHOWN HE HAS AN ABILITY (YES, DE JESUS, LOOK “ABILITY” UP IN THE DICTIONARY AT AIM) TO EVEN CHOOSE HIS WARDROBE OR FIX HIS GODDAMNED HAIR — MUCH LESS LEAD THE COUNTRY FROM THE MISERY IT’S IN.
Oh, and the Ampatuans are for Noynoy, too, DIMWIT.