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Pinoys Who Think Ninoy Aquino Would Have Made The Country Better are Fooling Themselves

It is August 21 once again and the cheesy Filipinos would do the whole tiresome thing of taking the emo route of glorifying Ninoy Aquino whose only real claim to fame was getting his head shot upon his return to The Philippines. I have always kept wondering why The Filipinos keep saying that he “COULD HAVE BEEN” a great leader, he “COULD HAVE BEEN” the savior of The Philippines, “COULD HAVE BEEN” this and “COULD HAVE BEEN” that… It was always something from the imagination seen through rose colored glasses whenever projections are made about how Ninoy could have saved The Philippines but that bullishness is more like bullshit.

Are you kidding me? I think to myself. The guy never really accomplished much. Like his slacker son Noynoy, he really did not get any bills passed into law during his years as a lawmaker. All he did was oppose everything and blab about dictatorship, fascism and spout such trite cliches that revolve around those concepts. Of course, Da Pinoy masses would just lap up whatever he says like how they easily get mesmerized by a telenovela character as he over-acts his script complete with a “nanlilisik ang butas ng ilong” facial expression.

The mistake Filipinos do is that on a proforma basis, they come to the conclusion that The Philippines would be rich and prosperous if only some dead man had not died. I beg to differ, even in the case of Ninoy because his past “performance” could not become the basis of what he could DO. All he was able to do was oppose, oppose and oppose! He was really never able to BUILD or ACCOMPLISH anything. Any schmoe could oppose and condemn all the “isms” they could state but what have they actually done? Ninoy Aquino has not done anything to ADD VALUE to Philippine Society and merely made Marcos his straw man to use for his dog and pony show.

Even his claim to have ended the Huk rebellion by supposedly “making” Luis Taruc surrender is controverted by what was stated a source more credible than Ninoy Aquino’s own delusions. The last paragraph about the Huk Rebellion from the website Global Security . Org states:

Beginning in 1951, however, the momentum began to slow. This was in part the result of poor training and the atrocities perpetrated by individual Huks. Their mistreatment of Negrito peoples made it almost impossible for them to use the mountain areas where these tribespeople lived, and the assassination of Aurora Quezon, President Quezon’s widow, and of her family by Huks outraged the nation. Many Huks degenerated into murderers and bank robbers. Moreover, in the words of one guerrilla veteran, the movement was suffering from “battle fatigue.” Lacking a hinterland, such as that which the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) provided for Viet Cong guerrillas or the liberated areas established by the Chinese Communists before 1949, the Huks were constantly on the run. Also the Huks were mainly active in Central Luzon, which permitted the government to concentrate its forces. Other decisive factors were the better quality of United States-trained Philippine armed forces and the more conciliatory policy adopted by the Quirino government toward the peasants. “

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/war/philippines1.htm

What Ninoy Aquino Could Have Become

Ninoy Aquino came from an oligarch family. He has not really accomplished anything worthwhile aside from opposing to no end without really building. If ever he became President, he would have been just your regular run of the mill TRAPO who is full of “pambobola” that the masses would just adore like what they are doing now with Noynoy. You have to remember, even Marcos said nice things such as “this country would be great again” which the masses just lapped up and look how that turned out. Ninoy’s sweet words were the same, they were just fuel to propel him to the pinnacle of power that he aimed for. Getting shot was already a given risk but still he took it because for any intelligent and calculating person, risk is factored in and weighed against the benefits. He saw the benefits and was willing to take the risk, which just happened to have turned out for the worst.

“Heroes” Are The Opium of Da Pinoy

These Pinoys who develop yellow fever during times like these are just using Ninoy Aquino as some kind of an opium for their never-ending hero addiction. They have to snap out of it. There “could have been” scenarios and statements that the country could have been better had their hero just been luckier just give illusions and delusions that a “hero” is the solution to the problems of Da Pinoy. They thought Cory was a “hero” but the country did not progress under her, and now it is the same “hero” theme that put Noynoy Aquino in power and look where that is getting Da Pinas.

Like what has been always said here in AP, there really is no need for heroes and hero worship is actually counterproductive. The people just need to think a little deeper, work a little harder and have a little bit more consideration for their fellowmen. This nonsense that Ninoy Aquino said that “The Filipino is worth dying for” is just plain rubbish. If he really meant that, then he just wasted his life on a bunch of nincompoops who are basically just wasting space on the planet. Da Pinoy has yet to prove that they are worth anyone’s time of the day because they have yet to get real. Part of getting real is to stop these “could have beens” and snap back to reality. The country is in the crapper, people are leaving in droves, families are torn apart, our compatriots are being stripped of their human dignities all over the world. No amount of imagining what the world could have been had Ninoy not croaked would change that.  Only if we acknowledge our faults and change than can we progress and all these festivities surrounding the anniversary of a political risk gone awry shows that we still have a long way to go.


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  • You and your big mouth… What makes you say that you have an edge in thinking as compared to other Filipinos? If you don’t like it here, then get your ass off our land and search for a greener pasture.. and i hope that by the moment you get there,
    you’ll understand prejudice and racism deeper than your skin… mind you, nobody’s forcing you to live here..

  • plaridel

    In line with this article, i would like to share with you the lyrics from the song HERO by Nickelback:

    “Someone told me love will ALL save us.
    But how can that be, look what love gave us.
    A world full of killing, and blood-spilling
    That world never came.

    And they say that a hero can save us.
    Im not gonna stand here and wait.
    I’ll hold onto the wings of the eagles.
    Watch as we all fly away.”

    That’s exactly what’s happening to us now. We are still hoping for that one “hero” to help us rid of our predicament. We filipinos often just wait. Wait for someone to help us. And I believe the legend of Juan Tamad would have not been famous had we displayed a more zealous character.

    I admit to have fallen under the spell of wishful thinkings, but to seriously take it on a national level? I am a MARCOS FAN. Period. But wait. I chose his side when i was in college after weighing the pros and cons. Yes, the man was an “asshole” if you may call him that. But at least he did things WAAAAYYYY beyond a regular filipino’s capacity. Mind you, the Philippines was one of the tiger economies during his time. It means, he gets things done. And Ninoy???

    I’m not “forcing things down your throat” and say “be a marcos fan” but, hey, at least look at the two sides of the coin. I think what the author was trying to imply is that- “don’t abandon your beliefs (not yet, or, completely) but just stop and think about it” . I, personally, am not against the yellow ribbons, but has he really done (ACTUALLY done) something? well, besides his constant ranting (which i think is, like, a common trait to us all filipinos).

    And no matter how hard we think of the “could have been”, we can’t change the fact that he is six feet below the ground. Why not, instead, focus our energy to something realistic eh?

    From the things that’s been happening since his demise and his son’s reign, it seems that we are honoring Ninoy more that we should be paying tribute to our one and only, National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal – a TRUE man of honor and dignity. And i am disgusted when Ninoy is equated with Rizal. Such a odd comparison don’t you think?
    But again, at the end of the day, each of us is entitled to an opinion. I stated mine. what’s your take? 😀

    • plaridel

      **Such AN odd comparison don’t you think?

      (sorry, defective “N” on my keyboard :P)

    • marita olson

      Here is the truth about your Marcos, ” The main reason corruption should be eliminated is that the people desperately losing trust to all government officials as well as to the president of the Philippines. Nathan Gilbert Quimpo states that “unscrupulousness, fraud and political brutal that election were reported to have turned the order of guns, goons and gold” (340). Together with his wife, Marcos and his cronies pillaged the income asset amounted of $5-10 billion in ill-gotten wealth (340). The harsh truth about Philippines political agenda is that “the money laundering continues after Marcos regime”. The Philippines is extremely poor, extremely socio-economic bias, considerably in debt, and major state engrossment in the economy (341). During previous 20 years, the Philippines government lost $48 billion to corruption and $40.6 billion foreign debt (342). Estrada accumulated $78-80 million in less than three year in his presidency (342). Now with previous president Gloria Arroyo Macapagal, along with her cronies, managed to laundered money from the Philippines government all together amounted over $473 million (343). Asian Development Bank has stated that “countries that are more successful in combating fraudulent have one independent anti-corruption agency” (Oyamada 99). Having one solid independent anti-corruption body or leading agency is desirable to bypass these obstacles (99). Nevertheless as Eunjung Choi and Jonseok Woo states, “That when the national economy is not healthy, people incline to recognize political corruption as the result of weak economy low achievement (255). Profiteering becomes the factor that maltreatment the compelling government when the economy goes wrong (256).” This is only part of my research paper assignment, I thought clip and show you how much your President Marcos stole from your country, the followed by Estrada and Gloria. There is no sign of corruption Cory did in her time as a president of the Philippines. Yes! She may be one of the weakest president but certainly she was not a thief. Here is what I said in the beginning of my research paper, ”

      Filipinos Mastermind Corruption

      How do other countries fight against crooked leaders? Because of the corrupt capitalists, politicians and law enforcements leaders, the underprivileged individual had and has been learning about unimaginable illegal activities. As a result, the country is one of the poorest countries in the world. The general public doubts that the honest government officials of the Philippines are ever going to find a way to combat against such hideous crimes. There are many reasons why Filipinos should forms a strong foundation to stop injustice.

      • marita olson

        Continue from above:

        One reason corruption should be stopped is that it impacts many honest hard working Filipinos. The need to have a strong, kind, creative, diplomatic and intelligent President is crucial to aid in stopping the country’s infinite bribery activities such as human trafficking. Andrew P. Guth states that there are approximately three million Filipinos who are in heavy danger of being transported, every minute of the day (148). This type of criminal action should have zero tolerance; therefore, there should be no exception to anyone who disobeys the law. The law abiding citizens should form a well managed and organized plan about preventing any wrongdoing. In order to be successful crime stoppers, the first step is to gather all of the loyal, honest, strong, positive, and intelligent individuals and make sure they have only one intention in mind: to start downsizing the malfeasance or graft until it ceases to exist.
        I argue that “the predatory regime, controlled by rapacious elite, that held sway during years of Dictator Marcos, has made a comeback in the Philippines” (“Growing Authoritarian” 335). Furthermore, in January 2001, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has declared tackling unlawful deeds as her first concern along with decreasing poverty, financial gain, and anti-terrorism (Oyamada 81). President Arroyo asserted a few times that “we have made lifestyle checks a lethal weapon, and adopted procurement reforms to take the fight forward” (84). To control the conflict against venality the government has to point out the weaker spot (95). It is frequently mentioned that Philippines has standard or flimsy political party systems (“Parties and Corruption “271). Nathan Gilbert Quimpo states that the political corruption, fraud, and battery have concluded such warning levels that plenty Filipinos have become disheartened (“Growing Authoritarian” 336). In the time period in history of globalization and the ‘third wave of democratization’, extortion in today’s rapacious rulers could take on the nature of what Harriss-White [(1996:4)] word the ‘new corruption’. ( 338).

        • marita olson

          continue form above:

          Another reason corruption should be put to an end is that a few elements correspond to the question arising daily of how we can ever change the filthy Filipino society. I am sure we could change one step at a time by voicing our point of view and concern about avoiding corrupt conduct. We must first put to an end to the corruption in Department of Education Programs. The Department of Education is recognized to be one of the many depraved agencies in the Philippines (Reyes 97). The National Textbook Delivery Programme (TDP) and the Programme on Basic Education (PROBE) are two different programs (98). PROBE has been acknowledged “as an example of effective implementation” (98). A Mindanao PROBE associate explained that “she and the other PROBE fellows have perennial difficulties in reimbursing expenses made of their outreach training” (111). What should our President do? In Arroyo’s second term was the assembly of the country’s democratic and academic education system by the government to meet societal reform (Oyamada 84). In 2000, the National Anti-Corruption Framework (NACF) was adopted (85). When Gloria Macapagal Arroyo assumed the presidency after Estrada’s fall, there were lots positivism that situation would shift (“Growing Aauthoritarian” 343). However, it was suddenly backed to old politics (343). In other hand, Corazon Aquino and Joseph Estrada were considered the weakest presidents of the post-authoritarian period (Abinales 296). The advent of these two presidents to the local power is to affirm the uncertainty of their regimes (296).

          • marita olson

            more:

            Another reason corruption should be put to an end is that a few elements correspond to the question arising daily of how we can ever change the filthy Filipino society. I am sure we could change one step at a time by voicing our point of view and concern about avoiding corrupt conduct. We must first put to an end to the corruption in Department of Education Programs. The Department of Education is recognized to be one of the many depraved agencies in the Philippines (Reyes 97). The National Textbook Delivery Programme (TDP) and the Programme on Basic Education (PROBE) are two different programs (98). PROBE has been acknowledged “as an example of effective implementation” (98). A Mindanao PROBE associate explained that “she and the other PROBE fellows have perennial difficulties in reimbursing expenses made of their outreach training” (111). What should our President do? In Arroyo’s second term was the assembly of the country’s democratic and academic education system by the government to meet societal reform (Oyamada 84). In 2000, the National Anti-Corruption Framework (NACF) was adopted (85). When Gloria Macapagal Arroyo assumed the presidency after Estrada’s fall, there were lots positivism that situation would shift (“Growing Aauthoritarian” 343). However, it was suddenly backed to old politics (343). In other hand, Corazon Aquino and Joseph Estrada were considered the weakest presidents of the post-authoritarian period (Abinales 296). The advent of these two presidents to the local power is to affirm the uncertainty of their regimes (296).

            • marita olson

              Filipino people should stopped accepting gifts from crooked government officials especially during election time, or giving a gift to law enforcement to get something done, so that the country would prosper and more likelihood would be able to recover from all of the damage accumulated by the previous presidents. I would hope also that the people would soon stop complaining about thieves government officials; instead, they should work together to have a better country for future generation. They must first take down all crooked law enforcement from the streets and replace a trustworthy police officers. Then they have to disclose all necessary information to the public to monitor every step or movement that the government officials’ make to avoid loopholes. The Filipinos should fight against favoritism. The law enforcement from small to bigger headquarters, and most of all, the government offices employees which include the Department of Driver’s Licensing, the Municipalities and among others offices, should treat everybody equally, and everyone needs to uphold the law no matter who the perpetrator is, should be punished according to the crime committed.

              If you can’t help, stop blabbering!

              • plaridel

                get your facts straight before you blabber.
                you’re saying things right off the textbook there, you do know that right?
                THINGS ARE ALWAYS EASIER SAID THAN DONE..
                theory will always be different from practice or whenever applied.

      • plaridel

        the only reason i can think of why cory was “not found to be corrupt” is that people LIKED her. and considered her to be the saviour of the filipinos from tyranny..well , don’t mean to shatter that but here’s the thing:
        you don’t exactly want to spill out bad comments about the things you like no matter how aweful that thing may be, right? equivalently, you try to find even the slightest mistake on the things you don’t like just because you don’t like them, even if they are awesooome, right???
        soo, don’t be so confident in saying that CORY “WAS NOT A THIEF” because as the saying goes, “every man has a skeleton in their closet”. 🙂
        and mind you, presidents have large closets. :p

        • marita olson

          @plaridel,
          What I was trying to make you people understand is that, if you can’t help don’t blabber. That is the reason why I post my research paper to prove the author that his corrupt president Marcos create huge damage in the Philippines. I agree that we all have skeleton behind our closet. I did not find any proof that Cory was one of the corrupt. Do you have any proof?

  • melmartinez

    We can. And when I said we, I meant we. Filipinos. Including you. But apparently your fondness of criticizing the belief of others while shoving yours down their throats isn’t exactly helping. You want Filipinos to start making Philippines a better country, then start with yourself just as you want others to.

    It’s not like these pro-Ninoys are asking you to join them in their endless rallies and tributes and all that stuff. And I don’t think they’d be writing an article against you just because your beliefs differ from theirs.

    We need not only to hold hands but to hold on to each other as if we were each other’s body parts, and we don’t need someone who would try to break this spirit, waiting for people’s downfall only to say, “uh-huh, I’m right. You’re gonna fall.”

    if you really are a builder, you should know that while words won’t actually help physically in building an infrastracture, they can either motivate or demotivate the people who are working on it. And I think just by looking at the responses of others to your article, it’s safe to say that your words to build are not exactly motivational.

    • Jimjam

      Agree with you too. Our country is already on a crisis, and his negativistic article is pulling people’s morale. The author is rubbing salt on wound. His words are not encouraging at all. The author should take up a crash course on Psychology, and understand how to deal with people. You cannot encourage people by barraging them or lambasting their sentiments and feelings. It’s like you are belittling them. He’d rather burn bridges! People are not just dreaming, Filipinos are working hard,CEOs, managers, bakers, doctors, nurses, even the cigarette vendor, or the magtataho near the call center, or the OFW who is so far away from their families. Everyone is working hard!

  • melmartinez

    All Ninoy did was “oppose.. Oppose.. Oppose..”

    isn’t that what you’re exactly doing now? Opposing people from comemorating Ninoy’s death and paying respect for whom they believe ignited the revolution that brought about freedom to our country? FREEDOM which includes freedom of expression, that you are apparently enjoying right now? Give me a break.

    I’m not a fan of edsa, because I am not familiar with the story, but isn’t it enough that death of one man propelled the desire of the whole nation for it’s freedom? Regardless of his lack of “productivity” while he was still alive, his death summed up what he was fighting for, what Filipinos should have been fighting for all along.

    And if he was not able to pass a single bill back then, why do u think Marcos was so afraid of Ninoy that the former sent the latter into exile? Don’t tell me it’s because of lack of productivity.

    You may have been right that there’s “no certainty” whether Ninoy could have made the Philippines better, but then what tells you he couldn’t?

    If you want Filipinos to go for a better country, stop pushing your opinion down their throats that they should forget Ninoy. Instead, push them to make the country better just like how they think Ninoy would, because if we all so put our hearts into an effort to make our country better, with or without Ninoy, with or without you bashing Ninoy, we can.

    • tikboytikas

      Then prove that you can. I am just presenting the other side of the coin and FYI, I am not a politician, I am an engineer and a business man so I BUILD. Trapos like Ninoy are the ones who only oppose for the sake of grandstanding. I oppose for the sake of presenting a contrary view from a lay person. Besides, I do not want people lionizing me or considering my great deeds as heroism.

      • Albert Evangelista

        Who are you and what did you build that you are so proud of? Show proof, what business? And if you are a truly Pinoy who does great deed for the country, then I salute you.

    • agree 100%. Ninoy Aquino did not had a fair chance during Marcos regime. His life was cut short before he can continue fighting his rights and the rights of others.

      • Jimjam

        Agree with you too. Ninoy was not given the chance because of “talangka mentality”. Telling the Filipinos to forget Ninoy is like telling the Filipino people to forget their roots and their family. People are doing things, taking care of their families, doing their best to be law abiding Filipinos in their own small way, having the “ganbarimasu attitude” ( doing my best in Japanese).If Ninoy did not intervene, we would still be in a dictatorial regime, and we won’t be able to express our sentiments like we can today.

        • plaridel

          i dont think the author is really telling us to forget Ninoy (even if he forces you to, i bet you won’t forget him. It’s like forgetting your mom) but instead, his point in the whole thing is just to stop adoring the guy like he’s the messiah, and wake up from our wishful thinking 😛 we cant undo what’s been done and we cant resurrect him. so we might as well as do things ourselves, right? enough of all this “could’ve beens”, “should’ve beens” and “might’ve beens” 🙂

    • plaridel

      The Philippine Idependence (the FREEDOM you so claimed) was declared June 12, 1898.

      • melmartinez

        It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that the freedom I was talking about was the freedom that was taken away by the Marcos regime.

  • Jimjam

    Another article that is so full of “talangka mentality”. You will be one the reasons why this country will not move forward because of your backward criticisms. Shame on you!

    • tikboytikas

      You guys need to get real. All you are doing is engaging in wishful thinking and saying the country “could have been” great if Ninoy lived. It means you are BLAMING his death for the country’s predicament. It means you did not assess objectively what is performance would be based on what he has done or NOT done.

    • nappa

      not talangka at all. the author didn’t think ninoy would have made a good leader, and he presented his case. if you disagree with that, present your case, prove your case. why do you think ninoy would have made a good leader? because he opposed marcos? he stood for the freedom of the press? you make too much of this freedom of the press. are you aware the vast majority of filipino journalists are corrupt, paid to write what they write. marcos, for all his flaws, created a local oil company to fight the foreign oil companies, started a national steel company, made concrete plans to industrialize our economy. did ninoy have such vision? maybe he did. you tell us.

      • plaridel

        touche!

  • Elisa B. Benito

    Just like the wishful thinkers, your mind is also full of imagination. The difference is that others filled their minds and hearts with hope while you fill yours with negative thoughs about Ninoy which is not helpfull at all. Whatever, past is all behind us now, what is important is the present and how we are going to deal with it as a nation.

  • It’s nice that we see this side of the story but believe me nobody will buy this anymore. Ninoy won them already, no one can ever take that away from him. Good read.

  • Dave

    “The people just need to think a little deeper, work a little harder and have a little bit more consideration for their fellowmen.”

    Right on the money, dude.

    They don’t think, they don’t work hard enough and they don’t care about their fellowmen. All they do is complain.

    I’ll get a lot of crap for this but who cares. All the nincompoops are still in denial. Great writing!

    • Jimjam

      We don’t need someone who has talangka mentality to berate people who look up to Ninoy. People are not in denial as they are living their lives, doing their best to be the best Filipino citizen. Those who have the talangka mentality are the ones in denial because they cannot accept that they have an attitude that pulls the country backward even more.

      • plaridel

        what exactly is this “talangka metality” you are reffering to? coz by the look of it, more of your kind exists right now aaaannd where are we again compared to the world? think again my friend. If the people you say are “living their lives, doing their best to be the best Filipino citizen” shouldn’t we be in a much, MUCH better place right now? and yes, with feelings i will say, YOU ARE THE ONE WHO IS IN DENIAL. 🙂

        @Dave: Hi-5! 😀

  • I always believed Ninoy reached his destiny as “hero” dying on the tarmac. How could he have performed as president? See how Cory and Ramos turned out. See how Enrile came to be after Edsa. It is interesting to look back how Ninoy performed as politician. Nevertheless, regardless of this, he must be honored as a hero for his sacrifice.

  • lu

    May halong inggit ka cguro at hindi ikaw ang nbaril s ulo hano? Kung pangsariling gawa lng niya iyon bakit p xia uuwi e ok n xia s US d b? Basta ako I’m thankful to the Lord n my ginamit xia pra mrestore ang demokrasya at mwala ang diktaturya. What if hindi umuwi c Ninoy that time? bka at this present age, para taung mga bansa s Middle east n mga naipon at ng alab ang galit s diktaturya nilang gobyerno. Baka ngaun ngggiyera n rin d2 kung d nrestore ang democracy d b? Think about that wag kang mggalinggalingan s opinyon mong baseless nmn tsk tsk…Inggit k rin cguro s talino n Ninoy hahaha.. As if nmn kasalanan p n Ninoy nung sinabi niya n Filipino are worth dying for. Ginawa niya part niya, well it’s time n gawin nmn ntin ang part ntin pra mging worth nga tlga tau. Pro kung ang pag iisip e katulad ng sau, hindi n ko mgtataka kung bakit ganito ang ating bansa…All the more p nga n ibida ntin s ating mga anak ang mga pangyayari pra d mkalimot, kung hindi mga young people p ntin ang mgpapanalo s mga marcoses ulit tsk tsk