I watched the Rizal Day celebrations last December 30, 2015, and while in the crowd I overheard two men with Bikes discussing politics. They were within earshot of a couple of people including me, and one of them was a supporter of former Makati Mayor and now Presidential candidate Jojo Binay, although he was trying hard not to be too obvious about it.
He started off by saying, “Baka nga si Binay pa ang manalo sa pagka Presidente, tahimik na ngayon, eh (Maybe Binay will win as President since he’s relatively intrigue-free these days)”. Then he says, “Di baleng kurapt, napapakinabangan rin naman ng mga tao (It doesn’t matter if he’s corrupt since people end up being benefitted anyway)”. He ends with saying, “Magnanakaw naman lahat iyan (All the Presidential candidates are thieves, anyway)”.
I admit I got a bit irritated by what the Binay supporter said, and I actually wanted to answer him back, but I decided against arguing in public with a random stranger, at least in this case. I think this is the kind of stup#@ mentality that caused Binay to top the latest survey (in a tie with Grace Poe) for the Presidential Race by the Social Weather Station (SWS). So let me answer the supporter’s assertions one by one here in this blog.
* “Baka nga si Binay pa ang Manalo sa pagka Presidente, tahimik na ngayon, eh (Maybe Binay will win as President since he’s relatively intrigue-free these days)”
– One does not become the Mayor of one of the richest cities in the country just by being an ordinary person, one has to be “gifted” in some way to do that, and Binay’s talent comes in the form of his being able to adopt himself to any political situation.
Right now his candidacy is taking a lot of beating in Social Media because of all those corruption allegations against him, so his gameplan now is to try to play the victim, that he is being persecuted, that’s why he is trying to be “quiet” and look “peaceful”.
But anybody with half the Intelligence Quotient (IQ) of a Squid should be able to understand for themselves how obvious and serious those allegations are against him. So playing the victim is just another way for him to get out of the bad publicity he is getting, and not because he is “innocent”.
* “Di baleng kurapt, napapakinabangan rin naman ng mga tao (It doesn’t matter if he’s corrupt since people end up being benefitted anyway)”
– This is the same reasoning given by Marcos Loyalists, and it is an obviously id#@tic reasoning because it’s like saying that if somebody stole P100 from you and yet gives back P10 so you can take a ride back home, you should then be “grateful” about it? Are we supposed to be grateful that he STOLE MOST of our money and gave just a small portion of it back?
The problem is that once the President becomes obviously corrupt, then the rest of the entire government will tend to follow, as Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) found out. You cannot tell your underlings not to be corrupt while you yourself is corrupt, hence any corruption by the leader will end up being magnified by the rest of the government bureaucracy since everybody now will want to earn as much money on the side, and that results in CHAOS where there is runaway corruption almost everywhere.
* “Magnanakaw naman lahat iyan (All the Presidential candidates are thieves, anyway)”
– True, corruption exists in every Administration, but the difference is the PREVALENCE. Some are simply more corrupt than others, and the greedier the corruptor is, the worst corruption becomes. The less greedy a corruptor is, the less corruption there will be.
Take the Administration of Benigno Aquino Jr., for example. Despite all the hate and bullsh#@ the supporters of Marcos / Binay / Arroyo / Any-Other-Corrupt-Politician are trying to spread about PNoy, in the end corruption has been minimized. Yes, there are corruption issues with his underlings like former Mass Rail Transit (MRT) Executive Al Vitangcol. Or how about the misadventures of Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Abaya at the MRT-LRT Common Station in North EDSA?
But overall corruption has not been as bad as that of the time of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA), and so things have been accomplished. Like for example, the raising of our Credit Rating to “Investment Grade” for the very first time in our history as a Republic by the most prestigious Financial Assessors in the world right now. Or how about the modernization of our Armed Forces, something which the last three Presidents before PNoy was not able to do?
Whatever problems the PNoy Administration has, it is mainly due to INCOMPETENCE rather than Corruption, but that is for another blog for another time. For now I will say that an Honest but Incompetent President is better than a Competent but Corrupt one.
It makes me wonder now if those Bikers were purposely “planted” in the crowd as a way to subtly influence people. Why the hell were they talking loudly, and in back row where people can obviously hear them? Some might say that is just paranoid thinking, but then again it was effective in that it got me thinking about the issue.
Just too bad for these “propagandists” that I had already set my mind against Binay, but what about those other people who heard the conversation also? What if they were on the fence, or didn’t have as strong an opinion on the issue? It’s possible that some would end up thinking, “Oh yeah, that’s right”. They do enough this enough times and presto, Binay is back in number one position.
At any rate, Jojo Binay is a gifted and talented politician who steals more than he gives back and a greedier corruptor than other politicians. If elected President, he will bring us back to the time of GMA and its mediocre accomplishments.
So the next time a Friend / Relative / Acquaintance, etc. who is a supporter of Binay starts telling those stup#@ justifications described earlier in this blog as to why he is fit to be President of the Republic of the Philippines, then at least you have a way to answer back effectively. And hopefully enough of that will keep “The Dark Lord” from becoming the next President of our country.
^ Binay, Poe tied in new SWS presidential poll,
^ AMLC reveals more names of alleged Binay ‘dummies’,
^ The Lord of Makati,
^ Vitangcol, 5 others indicted for $1M-a-month MRT deal,
^ SM North still ‘best location’ for common LRT-MRT station,
^ A first: Investment grade rating for PH,
^ 15 AFP modernization projects completed last year,