Noynoy Aquino, the ‘Real Deal’

Sen. Manny Villar, former president Joseph Estrada and the rest of the early birds in the 2010 presidential race must have felt the slap land on their faces. They have spent millions, even billions, of pesos in the past few years shamelessly advertising their candidacies through infomercials and yet they ended up being pummeled by an upstart.

Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III only started seriously thinking about running for president about a month ago but the result of a recent Social Weather Station Survey in Luzon had him on top of the other wannabes. Noynoy got the nod of a whooping fifty percent of more than a thousand respondents. Villar at second managed only 14 percent.

It would be interesting to find out the reaction to this development of people obsessed with putting Noynoy down. The past days, scurrilous attacks on Aquino have surfaced, like those insinuating he is gay and chiding his hairstyle to those making wrong claims about his record as legislator. As Manny Pacquiao would say, “Now you know.”

Reminds me of a phrase used to describe former world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield. The survey result proved Noynoy is the “real deal.” His percentage rating may dip if the other provinces in Luzon and the Visayas and Mindanao are included in the survey. Still, it would be difficult to dislodge Noynoy from his perch.

Villar, Erap and even Malacañang spokespersons are valiantly trying to downplay the survey results, saying the presidential elections are still months away. The hope is that once Noynoy is exposed to the muckraking that characterizes our electoral process, his popularity would plunge enough for those with better political machinery to prevail.

But that will happen only if Noynoy is not the “real deal” and his reformist army of supporters falters, like what happened to actor Fernando Poe Jr. in the 2004 elections and Miriam Defensor-Santiago in the 1992 elections. Both lost against administration candidates, Poe to Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Santiago to Fidel V. Ramos.

If Noynoy is the “real deal,” he can’t be “unmasked.” No amount of character assassination, like what the anti-Noynoys have been doing the past weeks, can put a dent on his charisma and character. On the contrary, his leading position would be enhanced if his handlers start pouncing on his advantages. The Noynoy campaign has barely started.

While Noynoy’s critics have wisely downplayed his unsullied record as public servant, they wrongly focused on his supposed failure to get out of the shadows of his parents (“Magpakalalaki ka,” they said) and his alleged lackluster record as a legislator. But Noynoy is no FPJ. He is an economics graduate and his ability is no laughing matter.

When the real Noynoy comes out, I am sure even his worst critics would be surprised. And what if his handlers start airing political ads extolling Noynoy’s virtues? Even now, his critics have largely been ineffective, their lies exposed and their pettiness surfacing. Once he starts campaigning, his status as frontrunner would be cemented.

Also, this is a battle between Good and Evil, between reformist and trapo politics. The army of reform is just being formed and yet many volunteers have already been attracted to it. If Team Noynoy can set up a decent organizational structure for those recruited into this army nationwide, then protecting the votes wouldn’t be that difficult

(This came out in my September 16, 2009 Candid Thoughts column in Sun.Star Cebu)

24 Responses to Noynoy Aquino, the ‘Real Deal’

  1. ms.j says:

    i can read some biases here. it seems that you hope that he could be the answer that we filipinos have been waiting for, but have you asked, what if he’s not?

  2. ice says:

    “what if he’s not?” i’d say, depends on the question you have in mind. is he the one to redeem us from our misery? – he’s not. is he the one to set the change in the society? – i doubt. the “answer” does not merely rely on a single individual, no matter how influential, or powerful, or rich, or popular he may be. the answer is out “ako and simula.”

    but let me qualify that question, and recall the philippine history. our country and our ancestors have been colonized by spain for centuries. then there were the japanese and the americans. for years, we were used to regard leaders as authorities, authorities as leaders. we were trained to be subjects, or were made as subjects…. even years after teh declaration of our independence, we still think the same. still blaming the leaders for our misery, still wanting them to make the change or us. most of us just sits back and waits change to happen. thus i understand the question “what if he’s not the one?”

    perhaps the same psyche is still imbedded in me. i still need someone to look up to. i still need a model auhtority to follow. in this premise, i take a look at the presidentiables and the wannabes and then i ask myself: “who’s worth following – in character, in values, in social responsibility?” and i make my choice : NOYNOY.

  3. hotchic says:

    i get your point, but i just couldn’t get why most Filipinos vote merely by what they see and hear in the news. you might be right that noynoy may have this qualities you think would be fit to be the good president even without understanding what will be his plans on how to “change for the betterment” in our country. the fight against corruptions are not just the main cause to our country’s problem, and it’s not even the number one solution to be considered first for the country to achieve this “hopeful change.” corruption was already been and forever will be in every society, you can see corruptions everywhere, even in churches, these great countries we admire, and even before the time of Jesus. People will always be prone to do selfish acts because it’s the norm to survive.

    For me, i’ll vote for the one who could give me the best possible answers to solve some problems in our country, and if ninoy could give me that, then he might be “the one” worth my vote, not because he has some undeniable good character and values.

  4. ice says:

    “how do we measure the character of a good leader?” i had my answer from one of my trainers. she said, he/she has to possess integrity and maturity, must be pro-active, must observe and practice social responsibility and public accountability, must be committed to genuine public service and must be trustworthy. i always keep that in mind when choosing who gets to have my vote.

    as what my mother used to tell me,”a good name is better than silver and gold.”

    in the end, i still would like to hear the laid-out plans for the country from someone who has the “undeniable character and values.” kasi sabi din ng nanay ko, “the road to perdition is paved with good intentions.” mabuti na yong nanggaling sa me character at values para me pangontra (anti-dote).

    • ms.j says:

      we can’t really measure ones character by mere watching and hearing over the news. to me politics is just like marriage, you’ll never know what you’ll gonna get until you live in one roof. there’s no turning back once you put this person in the position.

      how can we judge mr. ninoy aquino’s ability to handle the entire nation when basis are not enough?

  5. hotchic says:

    when it comes to politics, we, people, should always be skeptical in every persons motive investing to be in the position.

  6. Ginger says:

    Tulog na Ren, gabii na. Mata ka pag sayo ugma. Bukhad nag banig. Pasagdi na lang nang peryodista diha. Magsakit lang imong dughan. If you hate one Filipino don’t include all. One sample doesn’t represent the whole.

  7. Ginger says:

    I am not updated about that Nicole case but if it is true that the peryodistas published the affidavit of Nicole without Nicole’s permission, then you make sense with your negative impression about them. Sometimes people don’t have a commom sense. It can be a temporary limitation(when one is doing it without food or being stressed)or just being dumb.

    Pero beleb jud ko sa imong benesaya. Nagapaila jud nga magsilingan ta nga taga Cebu.

  8. Ginger says:

    Ren, I thought that you were an ET or a person that doesn’t exist (meaning, a person who pretended to be one but actually his purpose was to stimulate the bloggers to make the site interative) because the language or the expression that you used were untolerable. Sorry. Now I know that you are not as bad as I thought when I read some of your latest comment. Seems like you talk like a human being though you still hate the peiodistas:)

  9. Ma’m Hotchic nawala ka lagi sa PHilippineBeat? Gimingaw biya mi nimo🙂

  10. Maria Luisa Lagunay Hatamosa says:

    ang filipinos until now dili pa gihapon kabalo mopili ug tarong ng leader, corruption is like a link of chain it will go on and on..

    • cebuano says:

      To Ma. Luisa Lagunay Hatamosa: Classmate ta sa high school sa Southwestern, di ba?

      • Maria Luisa Lagunay Hatamosa says:

        yah ur right we were classmate. before ko nianhi sa canada i just happen to read one of ur articles.

      • cebuano says:

        Kita-kita man mi usahay sa ubang classmates sa high school sa una. Mag-share lang unya ta sa atong mga experiences ug sa balita bahin sa atong classmates sa una.

    • Maria Luisa, kahibalo man ta mupili ug leader. Ang problema ang mga hangers-on, kamag-anaks, pamangkin, cousins, godfathers, godmothers, friends and most of all corrupt ang mga Filipinos.

      What good is a leader if 99.99% of Filipios are corrupt?

      • Cats Betonio says:

        You’re right. Apil pud ko ana. I remember an article about the King of Thailand saying if all the corrupt people in Thailand are to be killed, Thailand would be left with very few people.
        But I still have the hope that the country can pick a just and upright leader. We can reform ourselves.

  11. hotchic says:

    don’t be consumed with your own biases by consulting your emotions instead of judging probabilities objectively.

  12. Cats Betonio says:

    The present situation surrounding the up-coming 2010 polls provides me another thinking matter. Can the next president put the country back on a stable track? Can he get the country get up to help make the Philippines a great country again? What can we expect from him? What can he expect from us?
    The aspirants should connect with the great majority of people. It would be nice if they go out to the people personally and shares out his visions and missions for the country to them, instead of leaving to his election machinery. They should not deprive the country of a president we can relate to.
    With a few more months to go, I hope I am already done with my contemplations. Am I man enough to vote? Are the candidates human enough to carry the aspirations of the people? Are the people people enough to elect new set of leaders?
    No matter who you vote for, the government always gets in.

  13. Noynoy closet gay says:

    Just only the first few months of Noy’s presidency and we all have too many embarrassments. The grandstand hostage taking is one example of Noy’s incompetence. Well what should we expect from a gay president anyway? He’s so gay on TV. His government officials doesn’t fear him at all, Noy has no authoritative presence, just like your gay teachers in school whom you can “talk” your way with him. Though Noy is “clean”, but he is a disastrous failure for the country.

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