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Malacanang’s Back-handed Dare, And An Open Letter To Noynoy Aquino

August 24, 2009

Subtlety has very seldom been the strong suit of Malacanang spinmeisters.

Even when it could be spot on, it quite clumsily manages to get the bullet to ricochet and end up being wounded.

Take case of the latest attempt of Marcos-era student activist Gaey Olivar who is now one of those who mouth Arroyo policy:

Deputy Presidential Spokesman Gary Olivar:  Hindi naman tayo dapat magtataka kung gagamitin nya (Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III ) lahat ng puhunan at assets nya kasama na dyan ang pagiging anak niya ni Senator Benigno Aquino at saka ni Presidente Cory upang magtagumpay sa kanyang mga plano sa pulitika.

“Pero paalala lang kay Senator Noynoy kung puwede, ‘Be your own man.’ Huwag na siyang kumakampanya siya dahil anak siya nina ano, ng magagaling na mga magulang niya. He has to show that he is his own man kung gusto po nya na maging magaling na presidente ng bayan natin.

This writer believes Sen. Noynoy should decide NOT  to seek higher office in 2010 if what will happen is just politics as usual, with trapo wheeling-and-dealing and money politics will rule the game.

In fact over the weekend, I’ve been chewing on:

Open Letter To Sen. Benigno C. Aquino III:

Dear Sen. Aquino,

If you intend, as you promised on your dear well-loved mother’s grave that you “will continue the fight she and you martyred father fought – the fight to protect our democratic institutions and eliminate the cancer of corruption in government corrupt –


Make the sacrifice.

Do not succumb to the temptation of exploiting the legacy of your recently deceased mother, to feather your own nascent political ambitions.

Instead join our suffering countrymen by working at the advocacies Tity Cory’s death left uncompleted.

Ituloy mo ang Laban, isang labang marangal na hindiu kakasangkapanin ang maruming pulitika upang magkamit ng kapangyarihang pampamahalaan.

I realize this Open Letter will be easy to ignore as you face the opportunity of reviving a political alliance your father, Ninoy Aquino, and Gerry Roxas were forming in 1971 in the hope of the scheduled presidential elections in 1973 at what should have been the end of Ferdinand Marcos’s second term.


That Aquino-Roxas tandem was, however, aborted when Plaza Miranda was bombed on August 21, 1971, followed 11 months later by the declaration on Martial Law.


I know, Sen. Noynoy, that it has taken a generation for the political situation to ‘normalize’ somewhat to present this window to rekindle the dream ticket.

But do look into your heart, dear Sen. Noynoy, as Malacanang itself backhandedly dares you to run with a caveat of questionable validity.

Still and all, whatever you decide to do, Godspeed.

Salamat po.


Malacanang’s talking heads are telling Noynoy Aquino not to use his parents’ reputation to advance his political agenda.

But is it not what the Arroyo sons have themselves done?


One Comment leave one →
  1. caloy73 permalink
    September 4, 2009 3:00 pm

    Migs, I don’t know where to put this, since I’m a regular reader of this blog, but the following is a matter of great importance in view of the snowballing interest in Noynoy’s bid. If not here, perhaps you could start another thread:
    I think it’s high time we examine NoyNoy Aquino as a man purely on what he has made out of his life, and not based on the greatness of his parents. If people look at him from this point of view, I think they’d be better informed on whether he really is fit for the presidency. 

There is no doubt that Ninoy and Cory Aquino belong to the pantheon of great Filipinos. Greatness however is not inherited. It is something you make for yourself. Ninoy’s parents weren’t great. And Cory’s parents were simple folks. But Ninoy and Cory grew up to be great persons. It would be ignorant and foolish to assume that just because they are great, Noynoy would be great too. Mahatma Gandhi became an Indian hero and a world icon for humanity. He had four sons. But the world doesn’t really know what those sons did with their lives – because they did not inherit their father’s greatness. John Lennon is a humanitarian and a musical genius. But his son, Julian, did not inherit his humanity and compassion nor his gift for songwriting. Dodot Jaworski did not inherit his father, Bobby Jaworski’s shooting and passing skills in basketball. Kris Aquino is Cory’s very own flesh and blood. But while Cory exudes dignity and class, Kris at times is crass and pedestrian. You either have greatness or you don’t. Ballsy, Cory and Ninoy’s eldest, at least inherited her parents dignified demeanor. 

Now back to Noynoy Aquino. He has a degree of Economics from Ateneo De Manila University. It’s a great school known for its graduates who went on to become great people. But Noynoy was not one of its great students. He wasn’t even a student leader in his time. Noynoy went on to sales and marketing for two great companies: Nike Philippines and Mondragon Int’l. Sales and marketing, and for that you went to Ateneo? Those were the only jobs he held that he got based on his resume and not based on his parent’s name. Because after those jobs, he went on to work for his uncle’s company and eventually their family’s sugar company at Hacienda Luisita. Even in private life, he used his family connections to earn a living. 

He served three terms in Congress representing Tarlac, his family’s district and for which he had great chances of winning because it is Aquino/Cojuangco country after all. People would be surprised to know that at one point he was Deputy Speaker, because he was barely visible, he barely talked and he barely sponsored bills. In effect, he was a forgettable congressman. He is now a Senator of the Republic to which he owes greatly to his own sister, Kris, and his mother Cory, who both used their popularity during the elections to campaign for a forgettable brother and son. 

The presidency is the highest position in the country. It is not meant for people who are still on the OJT stage (on-the-job training). It is a position meant for great people. This country can only achieve greatness if we put great people on the steering wheel. To pass the mantle of greatness from Ninoy and Cory to a son who has so far haven’t done anything great in his life would demean and cheapen the legacies that Ninoy and Cory left behind. Cory did not survive 9 coup attempts, and Ninoy did not breathe his last breath on a dirty airport tarmac for it to be used as their forgettable son’s publicity tool for his presidential ambition. 

This country is not that HOPELESS to settle for MEDIOCRITY.
    My Comment:
    Thanks for pointing this out. I’m saying, Here we go again, handing the presidency on a silver platter to someone who has absolutely no executive experience and whose performance both in Congress and the Senate has been disappointing. 

There’s a reason why, just over a month ago, Noynoy Aquino was not on anyone’s radar for vice-president, let alone president of this country, and that has been because, both on a personal plane and in politics, Noynoy’s performance has been mired in mediocrity. 

When Noynoy ran for the Senate, I did not vote for him. The question I asked myself and my friends at that time was, Why should I waste my vote on this guy who hasn’t done any significant piece of legislation in his three terms in Congress? Because his mother was trying to find a career for a son who couldn’t stand up on his own that he had to rely on family connections and the family name to get by? Last I checked, we have democratic and republican form of government. Lineage doesn’t count. We’re not a monarchy. We don’t pass around titles simply because someone has the right genes. 

Noynoy’s heart is not with the Filipino masses. At the height of the Hacienda Luisita standoff, where several farmers died, Noynoy, acting as the family spokesman was unequivocally on the side of his family’s interests. Cory, interestingly, kept her distance and maintained her silence but Noynoy was all over the place defending his family’s interests. 

I think there are a lot of people with their hearts in the right place who can lead this country, not the trapos, not the allies of this government. Maawa naman po tayo sa Pilipinas. This is not the Marcos regime. No one has been assasinated. We have a working Supreme Court and a democratic Constitution.

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