I was not yet a voter when Cory Aquino ran for president in the 1986 snap elections, but I would have voted for her because of the OVERWHELMING, POPULAR support for Ninoy’s widow.The way I read the adults (voting population) that time, there was a lot of emotion in the decision making.
And why not? The country was then in the grip of the dictatorship, and the indignation over the assassination of Ninoy Aquino in 1983 bubbled into the streets.
There was a general sense of outrage, and it was time, so to speak, to rage against the machine.
Salvador “Doy” Laurel was widely acknowledged, qualifications wise, as THE man to go up against Apo Marcos, but the people clamored for Cory — even going so far as to lobby via a signature campaign.
Laurel was eased out, in favor of Cory, and the rest is history.
The Noynoyistas frequently point to what they call a repeat of history. It can be done, nay, it SHOULD be done.
* * *
As we all already know, there are crucial differences in time and characters.
THEN: TIME OF CHAOS, DISORDER, DICTATORSHIP
NOW: DEMOCRACY RESTORED (remember, if you yellows deny this, it’s like denying Cory Aquino restored democracy)
THEN: GOOD VERSUS EVIL (Dictatorship versus Freedom)
NOW: EXPERIENCE, EXPERTISE OVER INCOMPETENCE (Everyone versus Noynoy)
* * *
The NOYNOY TRAPS
1. Oversimplification: Noynoy is good; others are evil.
2. Denial: Hacienda Luisita doesn’t exist. It’s all in your imagination. Noynoy holds a gazillion shares in that imagination.
3. Association: I’m the son of Ninoy and Cory. Hence, I am heroic and saintly. Kris is not my sister. She’s my wardrobe consultant.
4. Ownership: I own EDSA. If you don’t vote for me, you can NEVER pass through it again!
5. Job creation: Fiscalizers of the world unite! Goddamn spell check!
* * *
I’m doing a re-post of the entry I did before on a hypothetical conversation between a Noynoy supporter and an undecided voter. It still works, I believe! Some stupidities never change. They just become a little updated (yes, I did some changes).
PRO-NOY: Hey you! Have you decided on a candidate na?
UNDECIDED: Not yet.
PRO-NOY: Oh, great! Vote for Noynoy Aquino, ha? He’s my candidate!
UNDECIDED: Good for you. May I ask why you’re voting for him?
PRO-NOY: That’s easy! I love Tita Cory, no! I even made pila during her wake. Andaming tao! Laban! Laban!
UNDECIDED: Yes, I know. I went to that wake, too. I, uhm, made pila too. I’m asking you why vote for Noynoy?
PRO-NOY: Ninoy is a hero! Cory is virtually a saint and an acknowledged icon of democracy!
UNDECIDED: Yes, and you’re not answering my question. Let’s talk qualifications.
PRO-NOY: How can you not be for Noynoy? Don’t you love the Philippines? Don’t you appreciate what Cory and Ninoy died for? Didn’t you cry when they died?
UNDECIDED: I did! I love Cory and Ninoy as much as the next guy. Cory and Ninoy are NOT Noynoy.
PRO-NOY: Kung ano ang puno, yun ang bunga!
UNDECIDED: You mean like Kris Aquino?
PRO-NOY: Baby James is sooooo cute when he says “Noynoy” at the end of the supah-dupah commercial, di ba? Then he makes the “L” sign pa! He’s so bibo!
UNDECIDED: He was cuter when he said “Vilyay.”
PRO-NOY: Whatever. Noynoy is qualified! He was a congressman and is a senator!
UNDECIDED: What legislative work did he do?
PRO-NOY: He’s a fiscalizer, no! He says we have too many laws na.
UNDECIDED: Then why did he friggin’ run for Senator?
PRO-NOY: Because we need an Aquino in the Senate! At chaka every time Kris and James fight, he makes them bati! Noy’s so galing talaga!
PRO-NOY: Haven’t you seen that so many people are wearing yellow baller bands and yellow shirts? So many yellow ribbons and stickers are all around you!
UNDECIDED: Is popularity a basis for voting?
PRO-NOY: Hindi ba?
UNDECIDED: You’re still not convincing me.
PRO-NOY: The surveys show he has a huge lead! Noynoy na!
UNDECIDED: Surveys have a respondent base of around 3,000 at most. There are more than 50 million registered voters. You really think those surveys (which Aquino relatives have a hand in, by the way) are reflective of the truth?
PRO-NOY: Who are you thinking about voting for ba?
UNDECIDED: I’m looking for someone who is qualified for the job.
PRO-NOY: Haven’t you been listening to me?
UNDECIDED: I have been and, frankly, your arguments are not convincing me.
PRO-NOY: At sino naman balak mong iboto? Yung pinsan ni Noy, yung mayaman, yung dating pangulo, yung taga Subic, yung pamangkin niya, yung vegetarian (oy, kampi namin yun!), yung titser, yung pastor, o yung na-disqualify?
UNDECIDED: Actually, they all seem to be more qualified than Noynoy.
PRO-NOY: Oy ha! You’re too much na, ha! Basta Noy tayo, ha. Yung walang bahid! Siya lang ganun!
UNDECIDED: What about the Hacienda Luisita massacre? What about that anomalous SCTEX deal? Kamag-anak, Inc.?
PRO-NOY: Hindi ka mag-iisaaaaaaaa (flashes “L” sign and sings a la Regine Velasquez)
UNDECIDED: Hay, mag-isa ka na nga at yang Noy mo!
Mr. Undecided leaves the coffee shop where he and Mr. Pro-Noy had the conversation. As he rounds the corner of the building, Kris Aquino appears out of nowhere and stabs him with a kitchen knife recently used to slice a cake of Goldilocks.
Last thing Mr. Undecided hears is an unearthly laugh and a lilting “Sasaksakin ko kayo lahat! I’ll make patay all of you! Thanks to blah-blah for my hair and makeup… blah-blah.”