Why Bongbong Lost

Bongbong Marcos

I do not regret that I voted for the man because of the trust and faith that I have in him which he won’t repeat the mistakes that his father made from 1972 until they were ousted by EDSA I in 1986. Other than that, I am just disgusted with the people from the Liberal Party from the outgoing president and anyone in the executive branch.

As a voter, I have accepted the defeat of Senator Bongbong Marcos to Congresswoman Leni Robredo in the vice presidential race.

As a Filipino, I have yet to accept this fact.

The one thing that still bothers me is the influence that the Liberal Party has towards the counting because when they released the partial and unofficial results it’s really disturbing that someone who is barely known in congress can get that many votes.

I voted for Bongbong Marcos more than any other candidate because I have trust issues not only with Robredo but also with Escudero who could turn Grace Poe into a puppet because of her inexperience if they get to win it, Allan Peter Cayetano who is just riding Duterte’s popularity as a respectable mayor of Davao, Gringo Honasan who is too old for this and Trillanes who should have just stayed in his bunker.

When the polls were closed on Election Day on May 9, 2016 it was no surprise for me that Rodrigo Duterte would be number one. It was disappointing that Miriam Defensor-Santiago was dead last and outnumbered by Jejomar Binay.

As for the vice presidential race, it’s really shocking if you’re someone who did not vote for Leni Robredo but voted for Escudero more than any other candidate because he was already shoe-in then the number of his votes would go down then be surpassed by Allan Peter Cayetano.

 

If there was “Hello Garci” back in 2004 now there has been rumor and conspiracy that “Hello Andy” has happened another is the “Hello Garcia” which refers to the Smartmatic personnel who messed with the hash code.

The Hello Garci refers to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s phone call to then Commission on Elections (COMELEC) commissioner, Virgilio Garcillano to transfer some votes in favor of Macapagal-Arroyo in order to win the Philippine Elections of 2004 against Fernando Poe Jr., Raul Roco and Jesus is Lord Leader Bro. Eddie Villanueva to name a few. Hello Andy now refers to present COMELEC commissioner, Andres Bautista who was once the head of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) a commission that started during President Corazon Aquino’s term in 1986 with the objective to recover the ill-gotten wealth made by Marcos along with his cronies then became a government agency in the years that followed.

With Bautista’s background as former boss of the PCGG, others believe that Bautista might have done something in favor of Robredo.

 

I no longer want to stress myself on how Leni Robredo got that lead in our sleep during the partial and unofficial count until this day of the canvassing of votes but here’s what I really think on why Bongbong Marcos lost:

 

  1. The Marcos Stigma

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ILL-GOTTEN WEALTH, HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, DISAPPEARANCES, RUSHED CONSTRUCTION OF THE MANILA FILM CENTER.

DO I EVEN HAVE TO STATE THIS?

It is a never-ending debacle on how the Marcos era or Martial Law was the best at the same time the worst moment in the history of the Philippines.

People would always tell how prices were so low that everything is affordable. Traffic was not as bad as it is today.

The infrastructures made like the San Juanico Bridge, the Cultural Center of Philippines Complex were the glory and achievements that we still make use of today while some are being electrocuted, raped, torture by the authorities. Some celebrity at that time was rumored that he was forced to ride a bike for eight hours straight when he made fun of the Bagong Lipunan (New Society) and its slogan which states, “Sa ika uunlad ng Bayan, Disiplina ay kailangan.” (For the Nation’s development, Discipline is what we need) changing discipline to “bicycle is what we need”, bisikleta ang kailangan.

 

If we really think that the election for president would divide country, it did not because the people have really spoken. The election for vice president really tore us apart and with Bongbong Marcos involved in the Vice Presidential race, activists and anti-Marcos groups alike were on the move again.

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It’s like they were kept in a time capsule with a sign that says, DO NOT OPEN UNTIL A MARCOS RUNS FOR A GOVERNMENT POSITION HIGHER THAN A SENATOR or frozen in time like Captain America and his friend Bucky Barnes who is more known as The Winter Soldier.

People in the internet have been praising and also demonizing the Marcoses like its 1986 to 1989, the year Ferdinand Marcos died in exile until they were allowed to return here in the Philippines during the early 1990s.

Point is that he will carry that burden until the day he dies.

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Don’t get me started on what happened to the Beatles in 1966 in which Ferdinand Marcos was already a year down with his presidency.

 

  1. Sandro Marcos stepping into the limelight and his involvement during the campaign.

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Okay girls and Marcos loyalists do not get me wrong but this kid is pretty much involved in his father’s letdown.

12985431_1006306216118288_4601854055357783501_nWe have heard of Sandro Marcos’s mistake during the election and how cute he is for some girls but a kid like him should not have been involved campaigning with his father with the idea that Marcos Jr. would garner votes through his son thus filling in the void when his father gets to be invited but unable to give a commencement speech in some college or speech in diplomatic forum.

Bringing your children to work is never good no matter what line of work it is. But knowing the history of the Marcoses, the older Marcos got his children involved from Imee, the mother of Borgie Manotoc, Irene Marcos-Araneta, Ferdinand and Imelda’s second born who has kept a low profile since their return to the Philippines and Bongbong himself especially when they got older and they had the capacity to think and be part of a government organization.

 

Another issue on why you should never bring your children to work is because bringing your children to work is bad publicity.

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Bad publicity is not always tweeting something wrong if you’re a celebrity because for some, it’s showing off what others can’t afford and I assume that I am not the only one who has seen Grace Poe’s son, Brian Llamanzares wear those pair of Nikes that replicates the one pair of Nikes that Michael J. Fox wore in Back to the Future Part 2. As for Brian and his involvement during her mother’s campaign, he was pretty much break dancing in those dance numbers other than pulling in actors like Coco Martin to yell their hearts out.

The kid is too sensitive and easily gets affected by the issues towards his father.

In the Philippines, politics is always business and personal. I hope this guy would understand that.

  1. Bongbong’s inability to say no as Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s running mate.

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For some people, Bongbong running as VP of Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago is his way of redeeming the Marcos name and getting back to Malacanang and trying his best not to shed a tear if he really won the election which are tears of joy and reminisce along the way in the convoy to Malacanang after the president and vice president took their oath.

Some even think that it is one way of boosting Miriam’s numbers in the pre-election polls all the way to the election but for some, it is even a kiss of death.

If Bongbong Marcos knew how to say no, he would have just ran for senator again and I would still vote for the guy but no because people are still mad about That Martial Law Thingy which is why he lost to Leni Robredo.

 

In my humble opinion, Bongbong Marcos is too naive or perhaps to blind to see that he really can’t win even if he came this close to winning the canvassing and getting back to Malacanang even if it’s only the vice presidency.

 

So for Senator Marcos, you have fought the good fight. Let’s just see if Leni would be competent and participative enough with Duterte as president.

Let’s hope and pray that the Liberal Party’s “Plan B” is not true.

Finally, like many people who have great fear of Duterte as mayor I don’t think they will be able to double-cross him by having him impeached with those human rights violations that Carmelita “Etta” Rosales, Senator-elect Leila de Lima, and Chito Gascon are claiming when Duterte was still mayor of Davao.

Duterte is a lawyer like MDS (Miriam Defensor-Santiago) he knows the pros and cons of the law and if that happens, he will fight his way through it.

As for Leni Robredo, PROVE US WRONG.

Prove us wrong that no one is pulling the strings on you. Prove to us that there really is no Plan B by the Liberal Party and you will not run for the presidency in 2022 when President-elect Duterte steps down six years from now.

Because Jejomar Binay aspired for the highest office in the land as the Noynoy Aquino administration’s days were drawing to a close and the campaign period was about to begin. So it’s impossible for you not to aspire for it as you assume office. More important is when the Duterte administration draws to a close on the last quarter of 2021 until 2022.

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Give Pity Where Pity is Due

PITYWe have to be sorry for a lot of people. The people in the streets don’t need it anymore and with the campaign season in the Philippines fast approaching the people in power or seeking any government office need it the most.

Why did I say that they need it the most? It is because of how desperate they are to seek power and government office.

I feel sorry for Grace Poe for being a threat to some of the aspiring candidates especially Mar Roxas and Jejomar Binay. I truly feel bad for the things that she’s facing right now especially her disqualification case. But seriously Mar Roxas and Jejomar Binay, does she really pose a big threat to your plans and the Liberal Party as well? I don’t think so. You’re looking at someone who has not served a full term in the senate and may only be a front for some other politician. But if you look at her profile on the senate’s website, she championed the passage of the Freedom of Information Bill in the senate so in a different perspective, she does pose a threat that she might disclose some information that could bring someone down.

FPJ’s daughter or not, I truly feel sorry that she entered a dimension that lead to FPJ’s demise and that is the political arena.

As for her running mate Francis Escudero, I feel sorry that his dream and easy way of entering the Malacanang Palace will remain a dream and Heart Evangelista won’t be an instant first lady (if she dreams of it). I don’t know how many Filipinos will vote for this guy, I just think that the number of vote that he will get will be coming from the fans of his wife.

I am truly sorry for Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte that he could not make up his mind at first when everyone was dreaming of the presidency and filing for their certificate of candidacies. I don’t hate Duterte for his sudden change of mind, but letting someone file for you when really want to run for president is insulting everyone’s intelligence because having a commercial months ago in which Mayor Duterte rode a motor cycle trying to be Marlon Brando on the Wild One is really a giveaway that he is running and you don’t have to be a summa cum laude with a degree in sociology or political to understand that kind of thing because that is part of the culture in Philippine Politics. Another is when he said something about the Pope and a lot of people are not so open-minded about his opinion. Is it really the first time for people in this country to hear a news that someone said something bad towards the Pope?

As for the guy who filed that certificate of candidacy for Duterte. Nice move though but not that nice.

Like Francis Escudero, I feel bad for his running mate Allan Peter Cayetano for being ambitious, a brat and a cry baby. Allan Peter Cayetano won’t be able to bring his “angas” to Malacanang. What I also pity about Cayetano is his ignorance that his wife Taguig Mayor, Lani Cayetano is showing her own brand of corruption while attacking Jejomar Binay.

As for Jejomar Binay, I pity a fool like him because he keeps on reiterating that he is like the many Filipinos who struggle with living in the slums or suburbs, having the same skin color and having less in life.

Seriously Mr. Vice President you think you are really one of us? For all I know you didn’t improve the lives of the middle class living in Makati. The squatters and beggars in Makati are everywhere in Buendia the last time I went to meet a friend in Makati.

What I truly feel sorry about the Vice President is having a corrupt family and raising corrupt children also the fact that the people of Makati have known only one man and family ruling their city for almost thirty years. For congresswoman Abby Binay, at first I thought you would be a better person to run as senator because you have already government experience in Congress but since I don’t live in Makati, I cannot easily judge you harshly since you are not holding a national position. As for Junjun Binay, don’t be a cry baby like your rivals from Taguig and for Senator Nancy Binay, you should have let your sister run for that position. But what can I do now, your family is treating public service your own family business.

For Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, I only wish that some of the people who admire you would understand why you chose Senator Marcos as your running mate because at first I was shocked to know that Senator MDS chose the gentleman from Ilocos Norte to be his running mate and the fact that he is a Marcos is really alarming for some. Some people would understand why she chose Bongbong to be her running mate because the man has been in government for almost his entire life. This even includes the time that he was just his father’s son. Then he became governor, congressman of Ilocos Norte and now senator. If we base his credentials from the Senate’s page and the number of bills filed and passed on the same website, the man is really more than credible to hold the position of Vice President.

I don’t know if Senator Miriam loss a number of her fans because of that move but having Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on her side could either make or break her campaign. Conspiracy theories and speculations for both senators would arise in the campaign period proper such as the speculation that the Bongbong Marcos we know is not really the Bongbong Marcos as we know him or senator Defensor-Santiago using her illness just to garner a lot of vote since she has that many fans. Furthermore, their detractors will only try their best to find that weak spot.

Okay Mar Roxas where should I start? Let us start feeling sorry on how screwed up he is when he could not set aside politics from principles to help out everyone during the Yolanda crisis in Tacloban in which he made Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez cry in public during a hearing, another is addressing him that he is a Romualdez and that the president is a Aquino in that infamous video. More important is provoking incumbent Congressman Martin Romualdez from the first district of Leyte to show that commercial on TV which obviously is a campaign advertisement. Another screwed up thing is not on TV but circulating at the internet is a subliminal video of Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo with some celebrities and I could not stand watching it (did not want to lose some of my brain cells which some I already in my previous major). I also feel sorry for Mar Roxas for having Korina Sanchez as his wife.

I truly feel sorry for his running mate Leni Robredo who got mixed up with politics after DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo’s death. Leni Robredo is nothing but a puppet of the Liberal party. She is right now the next Cory Aquino for using her husband’s death first for running as congresswoman of Naga and now the newest puppet of the Liberal Party. Congratulations.

To finish off this post, I want to give a very special mention to Secretary Joseph Emilio “Jun” Aguinaldo Abaya of the DOTC and Chairman Francis Tolentino of the MMDA for being the most incompetent people of the Aquino cabinet who could not find a solution to ease the traffic and the long lines in the MRT making a lot people suffer every day from the working class, ordinary commuters and to the students who travel. For the both of you, do not be offended when your ancestor is depicted as the mastermind of killing two National Heroes and that our city is describe as the gates of hell.