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Filipinos Must Trust Noynoy Aquino to Do Whatever his Mom Did (Or Did Not Do) PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bobby Manasan   
Tuesday, 22 June 2010 08:29


By Bobby Manasan


T his is an analysis of the political system of old in the Philippines, as had happened (or started) during the Commonwealth period. The relationships described then are still the same political relationships that are in force among the ruling class today. Should one expect an eagle to hatch from a turkey egg?  I don't.

The first elections to the Philippine Assembly were held in July 1907 and the first session opened on October 16, 1907. The Nacionalista Party of Manuel Quezon and Sergio Osmeña won the election and continued to dominate Philippine electoral politics until World War II.

“The political success of the Nacionalista Party was the skill of Quezon and Osmeña in tying the traditional patron-client relations (utang na loob) to the new institutions of the modern civil state. It was also their worst mistake. The Nacionalista Party was a network of overlapping patron-client relations that were more concerned with particular local and personal interests and little inclined to address the larger national issues of social reform; land ownership, tenancy rights, population growth and the distribution of wealth. The Party built the power and influence of the old landed elite into the new institutions of democratic governance.


“And what is the same thing stated differently, the new party politics excluded the non-elites from the rewards and benefits of representative institutions. The failure of democratic politics in the Philippines to represent its non-elites and mitigate their grievances has been the recurrent cause of violent discontent and the desperate resort to revolt and insurrection." (As quoted from

N oynoy grew up watching the old corrupt politicians jockey for power and prestige in the Filipino ruling society. Many of them are his and his siblings’ ninongs and ninangs and compadres of his parents in baptism, confirmation, weddings, etc. Society's rules do not allow him to disappoint them in their personal requests. It is taboo in Filipino society to go against the ancient social mores established thousands of years ago. Noynoy is a member of Filipino society. He knows that Filipino society accepted the fact that nothing was done to Erap and the Marcos family. He knows that Filipino society WILL accept the possibility that he does nothing against GMA and all the other corrupt politicians who are still sitting in office. He knows that the non-elites can do nothing about the Ampatuan Massacre or the Morong 43. He knows that Presidents can pretty well do whatever they want and not be held accountable for them. There is a lot of case precedents that he can cite to non-believers of cultural phenomena. 
The same culture, customs and traditions cords that tied his mother's hands behind her back will be there to tie his hands behind his back too. And why not? Filipino children are raised to place culture, customs and traditions above all things. He is a good son taught by a good mother and father. Trust him to do whatever his mom did (or did not do).
The non-elites can bitch all they want. That is all they can do anyway. By the end of six years Noynoy would have been called all the names that the non-elites called Marcos, Erap and GMA. To him, it will be like water off a duck's back. Why should Noynoy care? He knows that he can be still elected a congressman of Tarlac if he wants to in 2016.  Can any reader care to dispute that?
Please tell me I am lying. I would like to be wrong for the non-elites' sake. # # #


Editor’s Notes: This editor has often said that Virginia-based Bobby Manasan is the ‘Filipino version of “The Adventurer” (AKA Dax Xenos of the reel world) and more.’ He is very active among online Filipino discussion groups. He has written several parables for this website. Please just type in “Manasan” in our Search Button if readers want to browse his other articles and commentaries in this online publication.


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Comments (3)
Bobby Manasan wrote: "The non-elites can bitch all they want. that is all they can do anyway. by the end of 6 years noynoy would have been called all the names that the non-elites called marcos, erap and GMA. to him, it will be like water off a duck's back. why should noynoy care? he knows can be still be elected a congressman of tarlac if he wants to in 2016. anyone here care to dispute that?"

Now, that is another pitch that seems worthwhile to pursue ...

What the majority of Filipino Citizens must realize is the WE, Filipino Citizens, ALLOWED all the CRIMES that were inflicted on US and WE did NOT do anything concrete to drag ALL those CRIMINALS to their graves. And starting with the incoming administration, WE Filipino Citizens should NEVER allow ever again for any criminal act to go unpunished immediately. The RIGHTS of Filipino Citizens have priority over the rights of all those criminals.

The "time-line" up to 2016 will depend on actual achievements by 10 OCTOBER 2010. For the forced-choice that the "Ruling Elite" has shown is either resignation or assassination.

Who the hell cares about the "Rule of Law" when it is the lawyers, fiscals, and judges of the "Ruling Elite" that are the instruments for inflicting tyranny and oppression.

The lawyers, fiscals, and judges should be among those who shall either resign immediately or be assassinated anytime, anywhere, between their offices and their homes.

And that goes for the members of the Supreme Court as well, who have not been serving the welfare and benefit of the Filipino citizenry.

This time the truly pissed off non-elites will not even bitch ...

2 Tuesday, 22 June 2010 11:15
At the END OF THE DAY, we can only blame the NON -ELITE (masses) after all, they are the MAJORITY and the POWER behind in all these elections. Just look what happened, the Eraps, the Marcosses, the Governors, Mayors, even Barangay captains, who were known to be plunderers and not just rumors but were already indicted still won. They bit the hands of these good people and instead listened to their grumbling stomachs. Never mind, the honors, the principles, they were starving so for P500.00 and half cavan of rice, 'KUMAPIT SA PATALIM" AND it will be a vicious cycle over and over again.

The ELITE can get away with anything, pay off the lawyers, the judges, and the NON-ELITE.

It does not make sense at all to grumble and grumble, maybe JM is right after all, TSUNAMI is needed.

JM Nepomuceno wrote: "This time the truly pissed off non-elite will not even bitch ..."

i sincerely wish you good luck in your hopes, JM. remember that you are swimming against the currents of culture, customs and traditions of the natives of the 7,107 islands. i'm sure you remember these cultural traits of the natives that morga observed in the late 1500s:

"The contracts and negotiations of these natives were generally illegal, each one paying attention to how he might better his own business and interest.

"Both men and women are so selfish and greedy that, if they are paid, they are easily won over."

the terrible retribution for government criminals you are promoting was expected by US supreme court louis brandeis. you are in good company:

"The government is the potent omnipresent teacher. For good or ill it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that the end justifies the means -- to declare that the government may commit crimes -- would bring terrible retribution." - Justice Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941) US Supreme Court Justice


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