Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Yellow is the new black

Thank you, Mar, for selflessly giving way. And, yes, Noynoy for President.

Re the video below: I was standing on the left side of the stage facing the crowd, idly counting the minutes before Makati's Hizzoner was finished with his stump speech, when a cry went up that Noynoy had arrived. Tie a Yellow Ribbon began playing, the assembly visibly perked up and promptly forgot about the mayor, and a sea of necks craned toward the back, where Noynoy had begun making his way toward the stage through a thicket of hands and bodies. Apparently the crowd was too thick in the middle, so they did a detour and hustled him through a side space--right where I was standing. And that's how the guy who might just become the next president of the Philippines passed by inches away from me and my Flip HD cam. Who knows, this footage could end up a valuable document of that day when the promise of his candidacy first began gathering steam. Wish ko la-ang ba.



Who better to carry on the fight of Ninoy and Cory than Noynoy? Who better to keep the spark of the EDSA people power revolt alive and vital and raging than Noynoy?... Noynoy will be a good president. Or put in the most elemental way, the barest expressions of decency in this country now taking on the proportions of epic heroism, he will not be corrupt, he will not be abusive, he will not lie, cheat and murder. It is not a matter of choice, it is a matter of necessity. It is not a matter of troth, it is a matter of trust. The legacy of his parents is too sacred to destroy that way. The name of his parents is too unblemished to soil that way. The burden of his inheritance is huge, but he will be equal to the task. In spite of himself as much as because of himself... It is his destiny. -- Conrado de Quiros

8 comments:

beektur said...

So it has come to this, inevitably. As the death of his father roused nation to rally behind his mother, so has the death of his mother roused the very same nation to rally beyond him.

Given the track record of the other would-be candidates, I would probably vote for Noynoy too (also because it is so Beckettesque to have a President Noynoy.)

Still, it is so depressing to note that he is being propelled to the highest office in the land by the myth of his father and the euphoria for his recently-deceased mother; both once-living political figures who themselves have morphed into symbols. And here's the problem with symbols: often than not, their perceived reality is imposed by our own desire, to see what may not be there -- implied by our own necessities and not by their own essence. So sad that we are choosing candidates based on personalities, not platforms, based on senses not sensibilities, based on emotions not reasons.

Regardless of our politics, ideologies and personal beliefs, electing government officials has always been and still is, a popularity contest.

proletartist said...

I agree with you, beektur. Isang nakakatakot na slippery slope ang hero-mentality natin.

gibbs cadiz said...

i suppose that's what happens in a nation perpetually starved of genuine heroes--or at least genuinely conscientious leaders, BEEKTUR and PROLETARTIST. the rare man of basic decency--yun lang, never mind his policy credentials!--who comes along gets invested with disproportionate expectations. but as it is, given what we've had these past years, i'd rather put my bet on basic decency than technocratic competence--for now. :)

paolo said...

i prefer credulity over cynicism because there is more hope in something than in nothing at all.

My Secret... said...

for diversion....

i hate to be korina right now... from the looks of what is gong to happen with the withdrawal of mar roxas from the presidential race, she could be the FIRST LADY if she and oy didn't parted ways. the possible screnario is that 'Ex ko presidente, asawa ko vice.' pero for sure, si kris ang FIRST LADY sa malacanan. magiging talent pa rin kaya siya ng ABS-CBN kung nagkataon?

si boy abunda... MTRCB chair. why not?

Anonymous said...

this is to be expected in a country run by cheaters and thieves. the people are looking for someone honest, simple and transparent. gloria has great credentials, now look what happened to this country.

Dennis N. Marasigan said...

gibbs,

i still have somewhere a copy of a magazine article from 1971 that discussess the problem of the Liberal Party then: it had for its President, Gerry Roxas, but also in its fold was the 1967 senatorial topnotcher, Ninoy Aquino. The question then was: will the party president slide down to allow for an Aquino-Roxas in the 1973 Presidential Elections that never came to be?

Fate has a way of skewing destiny.

Dennis N. Marasigan said...

gibbs,

ninoy spoke of two things: that the president after marcos will be hard pressed to undo what he has done, and it turned out to be cory. he also said that a man aspiring to be president can plan his political career up to the senate; after that, it's all up to fate and destiny.

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