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BY JOJO ROBLES: SLAP HAPPY


DECEMBER 15 -PHOTO FROM: DURIANBURGDAVAO.WORDPRESS
A friend asks: Why is it no big deal when Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte promises to slap someone around, but when former Secretary Mar Roxas says the same thing, everyone goes crazy? Well, that’s the difference between Duterte and Roxas right there. One of them comes across as real, while the other one almost always sounds fake. Like him or hate him, there is an undeniable authenticity to the Davao City’s outrageous pronouncements. The administration presidential candidate, on the other hand, always appears to be acting out a script prepared by a not-so-bright committee. Since he took his unique brand of politicking to the national stage, Duterte has been gaining adherents because he has an undeniable connection with the ordinary Filipino. Many pundits have likened Duterte to US tycoon Donald Trump, who has emerged as the leading Republican candidate in next year’s elections because of his audacious, soundbite-friendly statements, like his recent call to banish all Muslims. Duterte shares with Trump a quotability that resonates with the people and makes them identify with him immediately. It is this emotional appeal, more than any of the mayor’s admittedly outlandish statements, that has made him skyrocket, Trump-like, in the pre-election polls. As for slapping people around, the tough-guy mayor of Davao seems eminently more capable of doing that than the rich kid from Cubao. And if all those stories about Duterte killing people are true, I guess you should feel lucky that a slapping is all you end up getting, if you get him mad enough at you. Which is not to say that Roxas is not capable of doing things in anger, as the staff of the exclusive Wack-Wack golf club to which he belongs will be the first to tell you. But the truth of the matter is, Roxas always seems to be pretending to be the down-to-earth, spur-of-the-moment guy that he is not—and probably never will be. Thus, over the years, Roxas has been excoriated for his many attempts to be one with the little guy. The photographs of Roxas hoisting sacks of rice or garlic, of directing traffic in the rain, of falling off a motorcycle helmet-less and of hammering down a nail like the clueless, carpentry-challenged haciendero that he really is have made many conclude that this is a politician who will do anything to get your vote—and fail all the time while doing so. READ MORE...

ALSO EDITORIAL: Slapstick politics


DECEMBER 15 -At first blush, it was entertaining to watch presidential candidates go at it with their incredible tales, biting commentary and verbal tussles. Mudslinging is fair game in any Philippine elections, and at least we won’t settle for something so dull.
And so we entertained ourselves with the pick-up lines (mostly online) of Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, the suspicious timing of the hearings against Vice President Jejomar Binay and his family, and the story of the abandoned baby—who turned out to be Senator Grace Poe—at the door of an Iloilo church. Even the inconsequential early campaigning of the Liberal Party bet, Manuel Roxas II, despite the full force of the administration machinery behind him, was in itself a sob story. We were also treated to the will-he-or-won’t-he dance of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, which has concluded in his personal visit to the Commission on Elections after being substituted by the PDP-Laban for another candidate who had earlier filed his certificate. The indecision has affected some people’s esteem of the mayor, and so he tried to make up for it by issuing bold statements that reeked of too much information about his personal life and his history of killing criminals. He even dared admit he cursed the Catholic pope when he found himself stuck in traffic during the papal visit in January. Then again, nothing comes close to this week’s exchange between Duterte and Roxas who threatened to slap each other on the campaign trail. We wish we were joking, or that this were satire, but no—Duterte said Roxas lied about obtaining a business degree at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Roxas fired back, saying he would let Duterte slap him if the latter could prove he misrepresented his education. But if he turned out to be right, Roxas said, then he would fly to Davao and slap the mayor at the airport. Earlier, the two candidates also had an exchange about crime rates and the veracity of Duterte’s claims that Davao City was one of the safest places in the world. READ MORE...

ALSO by Hector Villanueva: Establish the framework now


DECEMBER 14 -Like Donald Trump, the thundering entry of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of Davao into the presidential race has momentarily taken the wind out of the other presidential aspirants, although Duterte’s mouth and braggadocio are turning off many law-abiding citizens.
The usually loquacious and acerbic Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago has been left speechless and tongue-tied. The peripatetic Vice President Jejomar Binay sounds increasingly anaemic and unconvincing in his mundane criticisms of the administration. Former DILG Sec. Mar Roxas, stand-in and proxy of P-Noy, appears having a difficult time convincing the masa that he is his own man and “Daang Matuwid” is truly a straight path and not a hollow and warped mantra of the Aquino administration. Where is the real Mar Roxas? The winsome, prim, and proper darling of social media, Sen. Grace Poe Llamanzares, struggles valiantly to retain her popularity lead amidst threats of disqualification. Like Donald Trump in America who is upsetting American politics and disconcerting civil society with his outrageous comments, Davao Mayor Duterte is regaling the Filipino public with his equally outlandish ideas, profanities, and caustic views. Be that as it may, the country needs to move on and track new paths and win-win solutions to contentious and sticky problems, such as the Bangsamoro autonomous state, the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) or the EDCA, and the West Philippine Sea dispute, among others. Since Mayor Duterte has pre-empted drug-trafficking, corruption, and criminality as his priorities and immediate objectives, the other candidates should establish new frameworks and novel approaches to equally critical issues as Muslim separatism and insurgency, military alliance with the United States, and creative long-term relations with China. This early presidential aspirants, who are confident of being elected president, should already establish an informal and backroom consultations to craft the parameters of negotiations without waiting for 2016. For example, the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which Duterte supports, will not pass Congress or the Supreme Court in its original form or text without substantial amendments or demands for re-negotiations. Moreover, in view of the proximity of China and deepening rapport with the Mainland, Philippine-American traditional, colonial, and subservient historical relationships need to be reviewed and re-examined in the light of rapidly emerging and changing US-China geopolitical hegemonic rivalry in the coming years. READ MORE...

ALSO TRIBUNE EDITORIAL: From bad to worse


DECEMBER 14 -The supporters of presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, primarily Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, is conjuring up a mythological figure in the person of Duterte who they claim would solve the anarchic crime situation in the entire country. Solving the crime problem in the country which was entirely neglected during the “daang matuwid” ages of Noynoy is easier said than done, however. The crime problem has worsened as the economy grew proportionately to the percentage of the poor among the Filipino population. The lack of jobs, which has been the biggest failure of the lackluster administration of Noynoy, had pushed many among the poor to desperation and turn to a life of crime. The preponderance of the poor who were seduced by criminality gives rise to the forming of organized crime or syndicates that led to the situation now which is the uncontrollable crime wave. The solution that Duterte has proposed thus far is the unrealistic bluster to wipe out criminals through the usual Davao mayor’s mode of striking fear in them of him which may have worked in Davao City but not in the entire country if not Metro Manila. Even if, by a long shot, Duterte becomes President and instills fear among the hearts of criminals, the solution would last only while he is in power and unfortunately, it has been proven during the martial law years that an iron hand invites more serious abuses beyond going after the criminals, which was the persecution of the political opposition. Duterte’s solution is to create shortcuts to the law and the Constitution which already had made matters worse for the country. It was in the first Aquino regime of Cory Aquino that the first extra-constitutional power grab happened which was effectively legitimized after the declaration of a revolutionary government and the drafting of a new Constitution that replaced what was called the Marcos Constitution of 1973.
The 1987 Constitution was created mainly as an assurance against the return of dictatorial powers that many believe is what will shortly be created if Duterte assumes power, for him to carry out his impossible governance agenda. READ MORE...

ALSO Mar Roxas Campaign Ad: FAST FORWARD - Billy Crawford, JayR, Kris Lawrence (Official Music Video)


DECEMBER 10 -WATCH THE CONTROVERSIAL VIDEO BELOW and read commentary from GetRealPhilippines.com 5 Ways That Mar Roxas’ Campaign Video “Fast Forward” Insults The Common Filipino December 9, 2015by Grimwald They say that “curiosity kills a cat”. Well, the thing is, I’m not a cat. If I am any kind of animal, I’d probably be a snake of some kind, perhaps a sidewinder. Anyway, after watching Mar Roxas’ campaign video called “Fast Forward” and reading Benign0’s article about it, I somehow found myself still alive. Unfortunately, after watching all of it (I don’t know how I actually managed it though) I am wishing I didn’t. Really, I actually regret watching the whole 4-minute video more than I regret watching the entirety of the first Human Centipede film. In fact, maybe I’ll just watch the whole Human Centipede trilogy just to get the details of Mar Roxas’ “Fast Forward” campaign video out of my head. However, while the details remain fresh in my mind, I think I’ll go on with my rant before I apply a considerable amount of brain bleach to my poor, poor brain. Anyway, it’s pretty much well-known that “Fast Forward” was widely disliked on Youtube and that comments have been disable due to the fact that it garnered so much negative reaction. To be honest, I wasn’t actually expecting that kind of reaction considering the kind of media back-up Mar Roxas has available to him. However, after watching the video myself, I can see why it was so widely hated by Filipinos. Here are my five points: CONTINUE READING...

ALSO From GetrealPhilippines: 5 Ways That Mar Roxas’ Campaign Video “Fast Forward” Insults The Common Filipino


DECEMBER 9 -Epic fail: Mar Roxas's campaign video featuring Billy Crawford, JayR and Kris Lawrence - Get Real PostGet Real Post
They say that “curiosity kills a cat”. Well, the thing is, I’m not a cat. If I am any kind of animal, I’d probably be a snake of some kind, perhaps a sidewinder. Anyway, after watching Mar Roxas’ campaign video called “Fast Forward” and reading Benign0’s article about it, I somehow found myself still alive. Unfortunately, after watching all of it (I don’t know how I actually managed it though) I am wishing I didn’t. Really, I actually regret watching the whole 4-minute video more than I regret watching the entirety of the first Human Centipede film. In fact, maybe I’ll just watch the whole Human Centipede trilogy just to get the details of Mar Roxas’ “Fast Forward” campaign video out of my head.
However, while the details remain fresh in my mind, I think I’ll go on with my rant before I apply a considerable amount of brain bleach to my poor, poor brain. Anyway, it’s pretty much well-known that “Fast Forward” was widely disliked on Youtube and that comments have been disable due to the fact that it garnered so much negative reaction. To be honest, I wasn’t actually expecting that kind of reaction considering the kind of media back-up Mar Roxas has available to him. However, after watching the video myself, I can see why it was so widely hated by Filipinos. Here are my five points: CONTINUE READING...


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SOURCE: DURIANBURGDAVAO.WORDPRESS

MANILA, DECEMBER 21, 2015 (MANILA STANDARD) posted December 15, 2015 at 12:01 am by Jojo Robles - A friend asks: Why is it no big deal when Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte promises to slap someone around, but when former Secretary Mar Roxas says the same thing, everyone goes crazy?

Well, that’s the difference between Duterte and Roxas right there. One of them comes across as real, while the other one almost always sounds fake.

Like him or hate him, there is an undeniable authenticity to the Davao City’s outrageous pronouncements. The administration presidential candidate, on the other hand, always appears to be acting out a script prepared by a not-so-bright committee.

Since he took his unique brand of politicking to the national stage, Duterte has been gaining adherents because he has an undeniable connection with the ordinary Filipino. Many pundits have likened Duterte to US tycoon Donald Trump, who has emerged as the leading Republican candidate in next year’s elections because of his audacious, soundbite-friendly statements, like his recent call to banish all Muslims.

Duterte shares with Trump a quotability that resonates with the people and makes them identify with him immediately. It is this emotional appeal, more than any of the mayor’s admittedly outlandish statements, that has made him skyrocket, Trump-like, in the pre-election polls.

As for slapping people around, the tough-guy mayor of Davao seems eminently more capable of doing that than the rich kid from Cubao. And if all those stories about Duterte killing people are true, I guess you should feel lucky that a slapping is all you end up getting, if you get him mad enough at you.

Which is not to say that Roxas is not capable of doing things in anger, as the staff of the exclusive Wack-Wack golf club to which he belongs will be the first to tell you. But the truth of the matter is, Roxas always seems to be pretending to be the down-to-earth, spur-of-the-moment guy that he is not—and probably never will be.

Thus, over the years, Roxas has been excoriated for his many attempts to be one with the little guy. The photographs of Roxas hoisting sacks of rice or garlic, of directing traffic in the rain, of falling off a motorcycle helmet-less and of hammering down a nail like the clueless, carpentry-challenged haciendero that he really is have made many conclude that this is a politician who will do anything to get your vote—and fail all the time while doing so.

READ MORE...

If you took the trouble to watch that much-ridiculed music video “Fast Forward” extolling Roxas’ virtues and vision for the country, you would see right away that Mar is still trying too hard at this populist thing. That awkward “shoulder bump” of his with basketball star James Yap has got to be, to this basketball-crazy country, the lowest point of that video.

If Duterte is faking it, it certainly doesn’t show. In like manner, even if Roxas was genuinely angry when he challenged the mayor to a slapping match yesterday, it still comes off as fake.

Rich Wharton grads just don’t slap, except when they do it to offending household help, office staff or golf caddies. And if Roxas still harbors any hope of winning in May, he should abandon the fakery and play to his real strengths, such as they are.

* * *

If Roxas wants to copy another rival, perhaps he should emulate Senator Grace Poe. Poe has never descended to Duterte’s level, no matter how many times the mayor has called her an “American President.”

Even Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, who is not known for holding in choice insults, has not challenged anyone to a slapping contest. Perhaps age or illness has slowed Santiago down—or perhaps she’s just laughing so hard observing the antics of Roxas and her other rivals that she hasn’t been able to lob some of those verbal bombs she’s famous for.

The sad truth about the Duterte-Roxas hate-fest is that it has caused the level of political discourse in this country, which is not very high to begin with, to descend to new lows. And the fact that one of the protagonists is a supposedly well-bred, foreign-educated technocrat makes it all a little sadder.

I don’t know if Roxas thinks he can gain any votes from pretending to be a tough guy. After all, his previous attempts at populist posturing haven’t brought him the mass appeal that he so desperately seeks.

But if I were Roxas, I’d stick to making claims about fathering the business process outsourcing industry and bringing down the cost of medicine. While these claims are probably as fantastic as his previous “epal” moves, at least they’re in character.

What Roxas shouldn’t do is get down and dirty with Duterte, never mind if he could win in an actual slapping match with the mayor. If Mar is true to himself, he’s already won a victory—even if he still loses horribly in the coming election. 


MANILA STANDARD

EDITORIAL: Slapstick politics posted December 15, 2015 at 12:01 am

At first blush, it was entertaining to watch presidential candidates go at it with their incredible tales, biting commentary and verbal tussles. Mudslinging is fair game in any Philippine elections, and at least we won’t settle for something so dull.

And so we entertained ourselves with the pick-up lines (mostly online) of Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, the suspicious timing of the hearings against Vice President Jejomar Binay and his family, and the story of the abandoned baby—who turned out to be Senator Grace Poe—at the door of an Iloilo church. Even the inconsequential early campaigning of the Liberal Party bet, Manuel Roxas II, despite the full force of the administration machinery behind him, was in itself a sob story.

We were also treated to the will-he-or-won’t-he dance of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, which has concluded in his personal visit to the Commission on Elections after being substituted by the PDP-Laban for another candidate who had earlier filed his certificate.

The indecision has affected some people’s esteem of the mayor, and so he tried to make up for it by issuing bold statements that reeked of too much information about his personal life and his history of killing criminals. He even dared admit he cursed the Catholic pope when he found himself stuck in traffic during the papal visit in January.

Then again, nothing comes close to this week’s exchange between Duterte and Roxas who threatened to slap each other on the campaign trail.

We wish we were joking, or that this were satire, but no—Duterte said Roxas lied about obtaining a business degree at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Roxas fired back, saying he would let Duterte slap him if the latter could prove he misrepresented his education. But if he turned out to be right, Roxas said, then he would fly to Davao and slap the mayor at the airport.

Earlier, the two candidates also had an exchange about crime rates and the veracity of Duterte’s claims that Davao City was one of the safest places in the world.

READ MORE...

We laugh at how stupid these people sound and how effortlessly they make fools of themselves. You don’t need a business degree from an American business school or a reputation as a near-dictator to strip yourself of all respect due you.

Legitimate candidates talk about the details of their plans to make life easier for more of their constituents. Jokers talk dirty, ridicule their opponents and challenge them to fistfights or slapping matches.

In the end, despite our amusement, we realize this is a tragedy. These are people vying to lead us for the next six years. They will make the decisions that would improve or worsen our quality of life. They would speak on our behalf in front of the international community.

When we make our decision on May 9, we should ask ourselves this question: Can I in my right mind allow this person to take up my cause, to speak for me, to fight my battles?

They in no way involve slapping a person in the face.


MANILA BULLETIN

Establish the framework now by Former Press Secretary Hector R. Villanueva December 14, 2015 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share12

“Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem to characterize our age.” — Albert Einstein

Like Donald Trump, the thundering entry of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of Davao into the presidential race has momentarily taken the wind out of the other presidential aspirants, although Duterte’s mouth and braggadocio are turning off many law-abiding citizens.

The usually loquacious and acerbic Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago has been left speechless and tongue-tied.

The peripatetic Vice President Jejomar Binay sounds increasingly anaemic and unconvincing in his mundane criticisms of the administration.

Former DILG Sec. Mar Roxas, stand-in and proxy of P-Noy, appears having a difficult time convincing the masa that he is his own man and “Daang Matuwid” is truly a straight path and not a hollow and warped mantra of the Aquino administration.

Where is the real Mar Roxas?

The winsome, prim, and proper darling of social media, Sen. Grace Poe Llamanzares, struggles valiantly to retain her popularity lead amidst threats of disqualification.

Like Donald Trump in America who is upsetting American politics and disconcerting civil society with his outrageous comments, Davao Mayor Duterte is regaling the Filipino public with his equally outlandish ideas, profanities, and caustic views.

Be that as it may, the country needs to move on and track new paths and win-win solutions to contentious and sticky problems, such as the Bangsamoro autonomous state, the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) or the EDCA, and the West Philippine Sea dispute, among others.

Since Mayor Duterte has pre-empted drug-trafficking, corruption, and criminality as his priorities and immediate objectives, the other candidates should establish new frameworks and novel approaches to equally critical issues as Muslim separatism and insurgency, military alliance with the United States, and creative long-term relations with China.

This early presidential aspirants, who are confident of being elected president, should already establish an informal and backroom consultations to craft the parameters of negotiations without waiting for 2016.

For example, the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which Duterte supports, will not pass Congress or the Supreme Court in its original form or text without substantial amendments or demands for re-negotiations.

Moreover, in view of the proximity of China and deepening rapport with the Mainland, Philippine-American traditional, colonial, and subservient historical relationships need to be reviewed and re-examined in the light of rapidly emerging and changing US-China geopolitical hegemonic rivalry in the coming years.

READ MORE...

Military alliances and proposed increase in American combat troops in the Philippines under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) and VFA will require long-term re-thinking and strategies as Chinese encroachments in the South China Sea expand.

What is therefore the position and attitude of the incoming president on the geopolitical and security concerns in the Asia-Pacific?

When all is said and done, like Pres. Noy Aquino’s unsuccessful campaign against corruption, Mayor Duterte’s may be swallowing more than he can chew with his crusade against drugs, criminality and corruption.

The good mayor will need all the luck and help he can get.

You be the judge.


TRIBUNE

EDITORIAL: From bad to worse Written by Tribune Editorial Thursday, 10 December 2015 00:00



The supporters of presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, primarily Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, is conjuring up a mythological figure in the person of Duterte who they claim would solve the anarchic crime situation in the entire country.

Solving the crime problem in the country which was entirely neglected during the “daang matuwid” ages of Noynoy is easier said than done, however.

The crime problem has worsened as the economy grew proportionately to the percentage of the poor among the Filipino population.

The lack of jobs, which has been the biggest failure of the lackluster administration of Noynoy, had pushed many among the poor to desperation and turn to a life of crime.

The preponderance of the poor who were seduced by criminality gives rise to the forming of organized crime or syndicates that led to the situation now which is the uncontrollable crime wave.

The solution that Duterte has proposed thus far is the unrealistic bluster to wipe out criminals through the usual Davao mayor’s mode of striking fear in them of him which may have worked in Davao City but not in the entire country if not Metro Manila.

Even if, by a long shot, Duterte becomes President and instills fear among the hearts of criminals, the solution would last only while he is in power and unfortunately, it has been proven during the martial law years that an iron hand invites more serious abuses beyond going after the criminals, which was the persecution of the political opposition.

Duterte’s solution is to create shortcuts to the law and the Constitution which already had made matters worse for the country.

It was in the first Aquino regime of Cory Aquino that the first extra-constitutional power grab happened which was effectively legitimized after the declaration of a revolutionary government and the drafting of a new Constitution that replaced what was called the Marcos Constitution of 1973.

The 1987 Constitution was created mainly as an assurance against the return of dictatorial powers that many believe is what will shortly be created if Duterte assumes power, for him to carry out his impossible governance agenda.

READ MORE...

Noynoy also tried shortcuts on the Constitution involving the use of public funds but it only incited public outrage.


PNoy's DAP (Photo of the President and his prsidential Budget 'idol' Abad) APPENDED BY PHNO

The use of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) proved to be both a violation of the Constitution and Aquino’s abuse of his powers as President.

The insistence of Noynoy to violate the Charter on the DAP and other similar undertakings to consolidate power only created huge gaps in his administration, resulting in the shortage of delivery of services which was felt by the entire nation through the slowing of the economy.

The Palace has blamed the slowdown in government spending to the twin Supreme Court ruling declaring unconstitutional both the DAP and the pork barrel system or the Priority Development Assistance Fund.

To reflect on the Palace excuse, it would be like Duterte blaming the law on the respect of human rights for the failure of government to control crime.

Filipinos had a lousy deal in having a president who can’t work within the constitutional limits to effectively use public funds which had grown as the economy improved.

The underspending epidemic which totaled something like P600 billion during his entire term showed Noynoy’s total incompetence in managing government funds.

Duterte who is monickered “The Punisher” brags that many criminals will have their heads chopped off if he becomes president without citing any other plans to address the root causes of the country’s crime problems.

What was said in terms of economic improvement was only for funeral parlors which Duterte claims will have a boom during his administration.

Duterte appears to be in the same mold of Noynoy when it comes to preserving public order.


HERE IS THE CAMPAIGN VIDEO ON YOU TUBE

FAST FORWARD - Billy Crawford, JayR, Kris Lawrence (Official Music Video)


Limitless Productions
Director: Cristhian Escolano
Production Manager: Elo Delenela
Assistant Director: Khalil Ramos
D.O.P.: McCoy Tarnate
Editor: Cristhian Escolano
Unit II Director: Simon Te
Production Design: Quincy Breech
Unit II PM: Chloe Ratilla
Unit II AD: Carlo Alejandro
Location Managers: Lean Caraan, Air Jimenez
Production Assistants: Von Gatillo
Chris Villaflor
Seed Bunye
Bob Ecarma
Nikki Hipolito
BTS: Jezzie Ignacio, Dana Blaze MUSIC PRODUCTION:
Words by JayR, Kris Lawrence, & Vehnee Saturno
Music by Marcus Davis
All vocals performed by JayR, Kris Lawrence & Billy Crawford
Produced by 3 Stars Published by Homeworkz Entertainment Services © 2015 Homeworkz Entertainment Services | Limitless Productions | Billy Crawford, JayR, Kris Lawrence - Fast Forward (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO) Category Music

 


from GETREALPHILIPPINES.COM/BLOG

5 Ways That Mar Roxas’ Campaign Video “Fast Forward” Insults The Common Filipino December 9, 2015by Grimwald


Epic fail: Mar Roxas's campaign video featuring Billy Crawford, JayR and Kris Lawrence - Get Real PostGet Real Post

They say that “curiosity kills a cat”. Well, the thing is, I’m not a cat. If I am any kind of animal, I’d probably be a snake of some kind, perhaps a sidewinder. Anyway, after watching Mar Roxas’ campaign video called “Fast Forward” and reading Benign0’s article about it, I somehow found myself still alive. Unfortunately, after watching all of it (I don’t know how I actually managed it though) I am wishing I didn’t.

Really, I actually regret watching the whole 4-minute video more than I regret watching the entirety of the first Human Centipede film. In fact, maybe I’ll just watch the whole Human Centipede trilogy just to get the details of Mar Roxas’ “Fast Forward” campaign video out of my head.

However, while the details remain fresh in my mind, I think I’ll go on with my rant before I apply a considerable amount of brain bleach to my poor, poor brain. Anyway, it’s pretty much well-known that “Fast Forward” was widely disliked on Youtube and that comments have been disable due to the fact that it garnered so much negative reaction.

To be honest, I wasn’t actually expecting that kind of reaction considering the kind of media back-up Mar Roxas has available to him. However, after watching the video myself, I can see why it was so widely hated by Filipinos.
Here are my five points:

CONTINUE READING...

It’s Biased

Well, what can we expect from the Liberal Party?

However, I feel a need to explain further. The problem with a considerable portion of the video is that they show only the pleasant aspects of Filipino society (which is more or less illusory anyway) without showing the much darker and much more important issues that besiege us as a nation. They have shown no sign or mention of the shambled and rickety houses that dominate much of the capital, the hellish traffic in its streets and roads, the poor and destitute that litter the cityscape, the devastated victims of Yolanda who are still in need of help even after more than two years to the victims of terrorists like the families of the SAF 44 and the now displaced Lumads.

The entire video was just a parade of pretty faces, most of whom are from the same station that constantly displays President Aquino’s abstract “achievements” and nothing much else.

Well, there’s no real problem with pretty faces to be honest, but where is the common Filipino in all of this? What about the relief and rebuilding efforts for the people of Tacloban? What about the Lumads who have been driven from their home for fear of death?

What about Mindanao and the constant threat of terrorism in those parts? Don’t the people of Tacloban, the Lumads and the peaceful people of Mindanao deserve the same kind of happiness the people in the video do?

It’s Delusional

Okay, suppose I believe what the video promises, this is what I want to ask: “How?”

Time and again, President Aquino has been very vocal about his “Tuwid na Daan” (Straight Path) and its alleged “achievements”. Unfortunately, as I have mentioned before in a previous article, where has “Tuwid na Daan” actually taken us?

They say that the economy has somehow improved but, one has to wonder, what good did it actually do? Did the economic improvements somehow provide a means to rebuild and revitalize Tacloban and other places damaged by natural disasters? Did said economic improvements promise better opportunities for our countrymen, thus ending the need for working overseas?

The video felt more like the ending of a typical Pantaserye with everyone living happily ever after than a realistic effort at a political campaign. It offers no explanation on how changes will actually be made on the country and how we can actually become the utopian society shown on the video. It’s like they’re trying to imply that we have to put up with their crap because it’s their crappy system that will make the Philippines a paradise.

It’s Inclusive

Okay, in the whole video (you guys are welcome to correct me if I’m wrong), the only people I saw who didn’t seem like rich or popular were that one guy selling ice cream and a few of the construction workers with Ramon Bautista. The thing is, while they did include at least a few average looking Filipinos, they’ve shown too little of them. Remember the painting of Pope Francis with the celebrities as the common people which Kate Natividad here writes about? Well, the video is actually very similar to the painting in certain ways.

Really, it’s as if the video is implying that celebrities and other well-to-do people are the only real citizens of the Philippines. And even then, it’s almost implying that it’s only the celebrities and well-to-do people supporting the Aquino administration that are recognized as “people of the Philippines”.

 As Benign0 said in his article, the whole video is dominated by the LP’s color (yellow) and hand sign (loser) instead of the Filipino flag or other symbols of the Filipinos.


Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III, center, leads the rally by the Liberal Party GETTY IMAGES

Considering all the LP’s symbols in the video, is the LP perhaps implying that they and their supporters are the only people worthy of being called “Filipinos”? Worst of all, considering that it’s a “Fast Forward” of Tuwid na Daan, does it mean that only those who support the LP will be the only people left in the Philippines?

I shudder when considering the answer to those questions…

It’s Racist

To be honest, I don’t like playing the race card as I find it below the idea of “fair play” these days. Unfortunately, with everything I’ve seen in the video, there’s really no other way to define its contents. Look, if it’s any comfort to any of you, I’m not calling the people who made the video “racists” for silly reasons, okay?

The thing is, the whole video revolves around celebrities who are clearly not Filipino. They are either half-(insert non-Filipino nationality here) or have spent much of their lives abroad. All in all, they look nothing like the common Filipino (most of whom are simply reduced to background characters) whom the video is supposed to appeal to.

Now, I have nothing against mixed race people (I pretty much grew up in an American household myself), however I think it’s more than a little insulting to common Filipinos to center the video on individuals who are not entirely Filipinos.

I would actually have been more impressed if, say, it was Ramon Bautista, Andrew E. or Eugene Domingo who were the center of the video as they are the perfect example of what an ordinary Filipino looks like. By centering the video on dual citizens like Billy Crawford and Kris Lawrence, it’s like the producers were implying that we should be beholden to them because their foreign blood makes them superior, similar to the way a lot of teleseryes seem to be implying that dark skin is an ugly trait.

It would’ve been less racist if the video at least included a full-blooded and average-looking Filipino among the central group.

It’s “Baduy”

Well, this is actually irrelevant, I can admit to that, but it’s still worth mentioning.

The video constantly spams the color yellow and the loser hand sign at just about every scene as if trying to imply that they symbolize something great or noteworthy. Well, sorry to say, in a lot of cultures, yellow signifies cowardice and the “L” hand sign signifies loser.

When I shared the video to some of my foreign friends (most of whom were American), they actually asked if the video was some kind of joke. When I said that the people in the video were the current ruling political party in the Philippines, they wanted to laugh but couldn’t because they were afraid they would offend me. Since they did not understand the language, they thought that the video was a “self-deprecating joke” that implied that everyone in it were both cowards and losers.

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My computer has finally finished downloading the Human Centipede trilogy and my bottle of whisky is ready for consumption…

That’s all for now and I’ll be seeing you all on the other side!


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