Philippine Politics

Things I Forgot to Say This Past Election

We seem to be in the midst of a post-election hangover. That means I’m lucky enough to fill in the gaps left by my previous articles.

No, Aquino isn’t an unsung hero per se:

Of course he’s not. But being underrated surely is. I previously said his missteps were overblown by the public (many were on a local scale or under other people at best) and that his achievements weren’t given proper recognition. Would you rather live in a present where the outgoing president stole a ton more money and we still remain in the dark about the underbelly of Philippine politics? Aquino started a chain reaction, and while he was miles away from a perfect president, he contributed his own share to our country.

It’s unrealistic to say Bongbong wouldn’t have done a thing for our country:

Same goes for any other candidate, even his father during Martial Law. Even then there were sectors of society that benefited. But it’s all about the overall picture. If he won he would’ve been the favorite to be the next president. The election is a critical part of our future. Risking it all just for a likeable personality or ideal is like putting our future on a spinning wheel and crying when we lose. People were holding him up on a pedestal, envisioning him as the next Ferdinand Marcos. Would you want noninclusive economic benefits like Aquino? Or lots of dead innocents who die because of sounding their opinions? What about billions in stolen money that would’ve gone into scholarship grants, feeding programs, employment opportunities and new classrooms?

Duterte made for a hugely effective mayor, and a surefire bet for change in our country:

And that goes with what I said above. Change for the sake of change is like voting for Trump because he’s brutally honest and the antidote to traditional politics. Ideals alone aren’t enough to ensure a country’s future. Of those extrajudicial killings, how many are innocents? There’s a reason there’s a process criminals go through before being imprisoned. It’s not foolproof, but a better solution than sudden killings still. How can a president that lets his temper run amok lead an entire country? There’d be chaos, or kneejerk decisions at the very least. How about us, the victims? No one was ever going to take incarceration away, and no one complained of incarceration not being enough as much before Duterte said, “Kill them all.” Imperfect as it is just like with extrajudicial killings, justice will continue to be served, maybe even for a lifetime.

Those hundreds or thousands due to die without proper investigation, many are bound to be mentally ill. Those people don’t know the truth about what they’re doing. They try to stop when it’s impossible to do. Even if they don’t, it’s the sickness that drives them. And many too won’t be close to hurting anyone. It’s murder for many, and the majority of us love that kind of thing. The majority that believed in Jesus that taught of forgiveness, patience, tolerance and understanding.

It’s about tolerance where futures can be built. It’s about saving those that look guilty but are actually victims like us. Life is too unpredictable to end a means for a better future. Better save every sliver of hope, every potential teacher, entrepreneur, programmer and inspirational speaker because honestly, our country is in a dire situation. Until we invent a means to eliminate all hope of a person contributing to society, then that’s the perfect time to discuss killing criminals.

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The Unsung Hero


He never got what he deserved. Despite exceptional economic growth, a change in image for the country, the much-needed purging of more government posts than ever, and the alleviation of the public school classroom problem, Filipinos always seemed to blame former president Noynoy Aquino for every misstep. And his administration took the brunt of the hate this previous election period.

It’s not like his was exceptional from start to end. He indeed was lacking in action in some spots, and some questionable practices led to the questionable strength of his anti-corruption platform. His inaction, extreme loyalty and mismanagement were easy targets for rival camps and this resulted in increasingly sore spots on his track record. Mar Roxas, his anointed successor, didn’t stand a chance despite being a more seasoned veteran, again prone to missteps. But all these issues were magnified to the point of hyperbole.

These were small to mid-sized problems that didn’t affect the country more than on a local level. They didn’t negate the progress done by his administration. These involved the minority and while I’m not saying they don’t matter, just that our previous president was the subject of scorn on a level he didn’t deserve. No progress or an actually worse condition than before did I hear them say? Look at the facts, on actual trusted sources please. And don’t be blinded by the quantity of negativity; be open to the truth. Those problems aren’t as severe as they tell you, and progress was made during Aquino’s administration. Something tells me his decent trust rating before hinted at a real silent majority.

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