How to Win the Presidency: Promise to Hang, Quarter Mrs. Arroyo and Minions!
Mrs. Arroyo and her minions must be investigated, sentenced, pilloried and quartered! No speck of mercy and forgiveness must be given to her and her co-conspirators.
Whether you believe it or not, this presidential elections is all about incumbent President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Lest I be
misunderstood, I’d like to make it clear that I’m speaking from realpolitik, pragmatic point of view in that if the presidentiables would like to be the next commander-in-chief of this already bankrupt Banana Republic, the best and only route to power is through the unpopular president.
Since election is a political struggle, any person seeking public office must understand the power of ideas. For him to be successful, the candidate must possess the wits and curiosity of a novelist. A good novelist clearly understands the concept of good and evil. A candidate who appreciates the relevance of ideas knows where to position himself in any given political struggle, both during and after an electoral process. Naturally he has to project “the good” and to ascribe to someone or something else the idea of “evil.” During this year’s election process, Mrs. Arroyo undeniably represents “evil.”
This political strategy was perfectly carried out by United States President Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential elections. Not only did he ingeniously demonize then incumbent President George W. Bush as America’s national problem, but he also came up with an idea to project himself as the avatar of “the good.” This strategy proves that Obama evidently understood the role of ideas and concepts. Perhaps this could be attributed to his liberal and communist handlers. The Liberals and communists are simply good at myth-making and propaganda. They know exactly the role of ideas in any struggle. So those who reject the power of idea are most helplessly in its power.
Obama gave the American voters a clear impression that the presidential tiff was between him and George Bush. He successfully edged Republican presidential bet John McCain out of the political scene by focusing on the mistakes and the foreign policy of Mr. Bush. The Democratic Party fully understood that the main target wasn’t McCain but the sitting president. But this strategy is not an end in itself. The Democrats had adopt the idea of Hope and Change so to make the people believe that their standard-bearer was indeed the embodiment of “the good.”
The political idea of Hope and Change was designed to recreate a political reality. It’s basic purpose is to influence people’s perception so to induce an ‘artificial belief’ that they really were the catalysts for “change.” If it is “change” which they desired, the Democrats suggested, then vote for the right leader who’s none other than Barack Obama. This “change” mantra did not simply project Obama as America’s best agent of change, but it also depicted Mr. Bush as the main cause of political and economic stagnation. Obama told the American voters that he was the embodiment of “hope” and that Mr. Bush was the avatar of “despair.”
In the run up to the Philippine presidential elections, I don’t think the camps of Noynoy Aquino, Manny Villar, Richard Gordon, and the rest of the non-administration candidates clearly understand the “Gloria factor” in the election campaign. Yes, the Yellow Camp came up with anti-Gloria rhetoric, but it seems that their strategy is not enough to ensure their victory.
One of the reasons why a presidential candidate cannot fully benefit from the Gloria factor is that we are not a two-party system.
Another reason is that the administration bet, Gilbert Teodoro, placed either third or fourth in the ranking of presidentiables. The two presidential aspirants fighting neck-and-neck for presidency are Sen. Aquino and Sen. Villar. Between the two political rivals, it is Aquino who took the anti-Gloria rhetoric, while Villar made no direct pronouncement against the incumbent president.
Less than 100 days before the May 10 elections, we have heard rumors intended to contrive a Gloria-Villar political connection. In fact there’s this latest “label” calling the billionaire presidential aspirant the “secret candidate” of Mrs. Arroyo. The latest smear tag against Villar is not fat-fetched knowing his determination to get what he wanted. Like Aquino, Villar allied with the country’s known communist politicians who vowed to make this nation a Marxist slave pen.
Villar, the embodiment of traditional, pragmatic politics, is the man who is willing to sell his soul in order to gain political power. The problem with Aquino is that he’s surrounded and is being used by the wrong people like Mar Roxas, Butch Abad, Franklin Drilon, among others. These three political opportunists would be Aquino’s biggest problem and liability under his would-be presidency. Mar Roxas has just promised to destroy this country through his Cheaper Medicine bill and anti-trust laws. Of course he didn’t directly say he’s out to destroy the nation, but whether or not he clearly understands the political and economic impact of his programs, his legislative proposals are like a box of explosives waiting to be detonated.
Meanwhile, it is obvious that Mr. Teodoro tries his very best to distance himself from Arroyo, who’s undeniably the most unpopular president in the country’s political history. A survey revealed that at least 79 percent voters won’t back Arroyo’s bet. Since Mr. Teodoro isn’t doing well in surveys, is it possible that Mrs. Arroyo had a heart-to-heart talk with Villar? Well, every political pundit understands the power of a sitting president. We’re not America. We have seen the magic of the Maguindanao vote in 2007 that gave victory to some Arroyo allies. But it seems that even the forces of nature conspired against the Lady in the Palace and her minions. The Ampatuans, who worked on the victory of Gloria and her political allies in previous polls, no longer possess absolute power and control over their political kingdom.
Could it be that Villar is the “kept boy” of Mrs. Arroyo? Again knowing Villar this allegation is not far-fetched. If the presidency were really a
fight between Aquino and Money Villaroyo, the first is the safest pick. Since we have no choice but to pick among political cannibals, it is now our duty to delay the country’s march toward collectivism and dictatorship. I cannot just imagine a country in the hands of Manny Villar and Teodoro.
To the presidential candidates whose economic platforms don’t make sense at all, just promise to give Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo what she deserves. Mrs. Arroyo and her minions must be investigated, sentenced, pilloried and quartered! No speck of mercy and forgiveness must be given to her and her co-conspirators. And if proven guilty, Mrs. Arroyo and company must be destroyed completely.
Consider this report by the PDI wherein Aquino promised to create an investigative body to probe Mrs. Arroyo. In this news story, Villar is trying to make an impression that he’s also against the incumbent president.
MANILA, Philippines—If elected president, Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III Monday said one of his first acts in office would be to set up a commission that would investigate the various scandals that had engulfed President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
“We want to set up an office or commission that will create a mechanism that would provide closure to all the issues surrounding this current administration,” Aquino said in an interview over GMA Channel 7’s Unang Hirit.
The Liberal Party standard-bearer said the commission would be modeled after the Presidential Commission on Good Government that went after the ill-gotten wealth of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his cronies.
“If there is a crime, someone should pay. There should be a mechanism so that there would be closure for items like ‘Hello Garci,’ the fertilizer fund scam and ZTE. There should be focus on this,” Aquino said.
He said the commission “should make sure that there would be no technicalities that would cause more and more delays in resolving these cases.”
He cited as an example the Senate inquiry into the alleged involvement of First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo, his son Juan Miguel and brother Iggy—both congressmen—in “jueteng,” an illegal numbers game.
Sen. Manuel Villar, the Nacionalista Party presidential candidate in the May 10 elections, has claimed credit for mounting the jueteng investigation, Aquino said.
“It turns out there was not even a report about it after all those hearings,” Aquino said, ostensibly referring to speculation that Villar was secretly aligned with the Arroyos.
“We now have no (report) to use as basis for the filing of charges,” he said.
Aquino also said that he would convene an advisory council to be composed of representatives from the three branches of government—the executive, legislature and judiciary—to reform the country’s justice system.
“We should improve the delivery of justice so that it would not take six years, at each level of the judiciary, to resolve cases and that the conviction rate of only 18 percent would be improved,” he said. “We will try to make sure that it would not take decades to resolve cases.”
Aquino said he would also set up a group that would study whether there was a need to change the Constitution. “We want to know if there is a public clamor for that. That is what we are going to do in our first hundred days,” he said.