Philippines: Politics of Popularity


Philippines: Politics of Popularity

Philippines: Politics of Popularity

Do you think Sen. Noynoy Aquino will win in his bid for presidency if his parents, Sen. Ninoy Aquino and Tita Cory who are now both deceased, are not popular? He will not! Politics in our country today tend to favor popularity rather than performance. It is evident in what the Liberal Party did. They fielded the more popular Noynoy for the presidency instead of Mar Roxas who is a far better senator in terms of performance. Of course, legislation is different from management; running the country as the chief executive is different from legislating laws but both require high level of performance.

In my high school days, the saying ‘I don’t care whether you like me or not as long as I’m popular’ was found in most of the slum books my classmates have. Today that adage is applied to Philippine politics. Look how Erap rated in the election polls. He scored second to Noynoy because he is popular. But is he not a convicted plunderer? A gambler? A womanizer? A good leader must be a good example to his followers. It is sad to think why this happened, but it is true; it is reality. Most of our countrymen prefer popular figures than less-known ones, they be criminals or poor performers.

How many of those who rated in the political polls are popular movie actors/actresses? Name a position and they are there: president, senator, congressman, governor down to the lowest local ones. I am not saying all of them are not capable of performing their real-life roles. As Richard Gordon observed- Lito Lapid is a better senator than Noynoy. The only thing why they have the courage to run for the position is because they are popular.

It is the same with those who ran because their fathers are popular senators/congressman. They have courage to run because of their forebears’ popularity even though they themselves have not even inscribed their names in the minds of the Filipino people. Funny, isn’t it?

Here are some examples of how popularity is being utilized:

**a mother ran for congress in a district which is/was held by her son. She won.
**a mayor/father ran as vice-mayor of his incumbent vice-mayor daughter who, in turn, ran for mayor (it the father’s last term as mayor). Both won. The daughter defeating no other than the Speaker of the House.
**a mayoralty candidate ran as governor after the gubernatorial candidate husband died during campaign period. Unluckily, she lost.
**an actor who ran as congressman who was later disqualified due to lack of residency urged his wife to run in place of him and she won.

We may seem to deviate from what we are talking about: popularity. Why? I am only trying, as much as I can, to illustrate what drove these men/women, who use popularity as one of their undeclared flatforms.

So, what these men/women are after for? First we must find the definition of politics, especially partisan one because that is what we are in. As defined in the dictionary: Partisan politics– Intrigue or maneuvering within a political unit or group in order to gain control or power. (Partisan politics is often an obstruction to good government) If the definition is right, it is POWER! That is what these men/women are going after while setting aside delicadeza.

The 70’s adage ‘I don’t care whether you like me or not as long as I’m popular’ is thriving in their minds. I only wish that, in our next political exercise, this will be lessened- and this only happen if our countrymen will become much more enlightened. Popularity of a candidate is not the gauge why he/she should be voted for. It is only PERFORMANCE and not the other way around!



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  15. I think the problem there is the word “popular” or “popularity”. It could mean: widely known for being good. It could mean: simply widely known as with movie stars. I mean, people have different perceptions.

    To win and to stay in politics one HAS to be popular. And my use of “popular” there means widely LIKED. As in ‘GMA is very unpopular’. Also, as in ‘ Governor Padaca and Governor Panlilio have fallen from popularity’.

    Yes people always knows best. They are the real time. They are the real crux, the center, whatever they are. Majority is always right.

    Politicians should give what people want and it is not people to give what politicians want. Politicians should serve the people and not people serving the politicians.

    Sadly some persons don’t see it that way, see themselves as too good. Result, they cant even win seats in town councils! They point defects and faults to other else but themselves.

    About Pilate and Christ, was not it about justice? Well, in justice number does not count. You can stand alone against a whole barangay and if the judge think you are right, then you are right. It was on Pilate and what he deemed was right. If you know your bible you will see that Pilate did not see wrong with Christ, but instead of playing judge he played politics – going with the mob. washing his hands knowing the matter very well.

    Talking of popularity, Christ must have been real popular with his crowd. The pharisees were popular as well, at least to their own circle crowd.🙂

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  16. i think your conclusion that it is more of popularity is based on very partial observation. Edu Manzano did not win in any province while ex wife Vilma Santos won reelection while her equal Nora Aunor did not make it in the first try. Cesar Montano lost in Bohol.

    Now we have a virtually unknown who won the presidency against some very known pasaway opponents. The legacy left by the parents surely helped. I think that’s the case.

    About political dynasty, lets put it this way. I have a friend in Negros who won for Board member. His wife and his two children are all in the same town council. Lets put it this way.Some cannot get into elected position so they want others banned. Usually they see themselves as better persons. Maybe their mothers will agree to that but problem there is that people see otherwise. They are simply losers that cannot see the truth.

    Truth is people did not see anybody else better than what we now see there. It is natural selection process for leadership at work.

    Maybe we can put it this way: if those so called dynasties are animals, then the sad truth in those places is that nobody there stands better than animals. That there are better persons in there produkto na yan ng guniguni far from reality.

    We don’t need laws against so called political dynasties. In places where politics is highly competitive, they don’t happen even in the absence of laws.

    In fact, the proposed anti political dynasty law is more on the side of violating human rights i.e. the right of an individual. Yes Sir, the father is not the son and the son is not the father if it comes to that. The crime of pedru is not automatically the crime of Juan.

    PEOPLE KNOWS BEST and maybe we should leave things to them, don’t you think so?

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    • ‘Edu Manzano did not win in any province…’
      Did Edu Manzano reach all Filipino households thru media to show his intention to serve?

      ‘Cesar Montano lost in Bohol.’
      Cesar Montano is a popular national figure, yes, but is he as popular as his opponent in the province of Bohol?

      ‘Now we have a virtually unknown who won the presidency against some very known pasaway opponents. The legacy left by the parents surely helped. I think that’s the case.’
      ‘Do you think Sen. Noynoy Aquino will win in his bid for presidency if his parents, Sen. Ninoy Aquino and Tita Cory who are now both deceased, are not popular? He will not!’

      ‘About political dynasty…’
      Political dynasty is synonymous with ‘political popularity’

      ‘Usually they see themselves as better persons. Maybe their mothers will agree to that but problem there is that people see otherwise.’
      That’s the very essence of democracy’

      ‘The crime of pedru is not automatically the crime of Juan.’
      Absolutely!

      ‘PEOPLE KNOWS BEST and maybe we should leave things to them, don’t you think so?’

      It depends on the situation. Did the people who condemned and crucified Jesus ‘KNOWS BEST’? In our political situation, especially in selecting of leaders, ‘Popularity of a candidate is not the gauge why he/she should be voted for. It is only PERFORMANCE and not the other way around !’

      i think your conclusion that it is more of popularity is based on very partial observation.
      Then what?

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    • its really unfair sa paningin natin. si ka satur ang totoong leon guerero at hindi si lito lapid.
      somebody commented na it’s divine intervention pero ang totoo, it’s kakulangan ng awareness sa side ng masa.
      tunghayan dito

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