I know many level-headed people in GMA's camp who have been fighting for good governance all their lives. But they are not protesting against the squandering of public money in a time of grave budgetary deficit because perhaps they see this as the only way to neutralize the misuse of charisma to elect an unfit government. In effect, they close their eyes to everything that violates their firmest advocacies in order to prevent what they perceive to be a greater wrong from happening. That is how moral and ideological bottom-lines are re-drawn, how social activists end up becoming subservient political technicians.
Ganyan naman sila eh, from the time na lumabas ang balita ng IMPSA scam (this awful contract was immediately signed 4 days after GMA's innauguration) to Jose Pidal, these people have turned a blind eye to GMA's corruption. A perfect example of "nagbubulag-bulagan" is your newspaper -- the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
May tawag sa mga tao na binanggit mo Randy.
They're called HYPOCRITES.
Naalala mo nung panahon ni Marcos, sabi nila okey lang bumoto sa "walang alam" at "walang experience" na Housewife because Marcos is so corrupt and evil.
Let's use "popularity" to beat Marcos, they say, even though Cory only got her popularity because she is the widow of Ninoy Aquino.
At that time, there were many qualified and experienced candidates from the opposition. They could have chosen Doy Laurel or Joker Arroyo or Nene Pimentel, Franklin Drilon to run against Marcos, but no... they went for the "popular" dumb housewife instead.
Now jump to 2004. We have a fake president who's more corrupt than erap. An FG Mike Arroyo who's way more corrupt than the previous First Lady.
Our economy is in worse shape than during the previous administration. We've been borrowing and spending like drunken sailors. Record highs in foreign borrowings.
Our media has been constantly attacked by the GMA administration. It was the worst I've seen since Marcos' time.
Kidnappings and other criminal activities are the worst it has ever been since FVR's time. Most of the re-instated police officers that were dismissed during Lacson's tenure are back in the Kidnapping business.
(Angelo Reyes TO THIS DAY still refuses to answer VERY SIMPLE questions on whether he personally knew some of the slain kidnappers and is now in hiding... kaya pala wala na tayong masyadong naririnig na "announcement" galing kay reyes na may "nahuli" na naman silang mga kidnappers, ano?)
But these civil society types now want us to vote for the corrupt GMA because they are afraid of FPJ, who is also "walang alam" like the dumb housewife.
First of all, wala nang tatalo kay GMA sa corruption (except Marcos maybe). Walang laban si FPJ kay GMA sa department na yan. GMA is even worse than Erap.
And a potential FPJ administration is going to be less corrupt than the one we have right now. People keep saying, FPJ may be clean but the people around him like Angara and Sotto are "corrupt" (without specifying).
Huh? compared to who? Jose Pidal, Nani Perez, Efraim Genuino and Honeygirl Singson?
Sabi nila -- A potential FPJ administration will ruin the Philippines. I don't think so. How can you ruin something that is already destroyed by GMA's ineptitude? I don't think FPJ's people will make the same mistake GMA and Cory made.
It was the Pidal family's greed that ruined the Philippines. It was their cronies like CODENGO that fleeced the Filipino people. Inuna muna ni GMA ang pangsariling interest nila bago inasikaso ang bayan.
While a potential FPJ admin is far from the ideal, I don't think they'll do as badly as GMA.
I won't vote for FPJ. But if I were forced to choose between GMA and FPJ -- I'm voting to fire GMA out of office and hopefully watch her march out of malacanang in handcuffs.
And to those pro-GMA "do-gooders" who claims to want a clean government and corrupt free government pero nagbubulag-bulagan sa garapal na pangungurakot ni GMA... the next time you or the PDI complain about erap's "corruption" or "corruption" sa FPJ administration, wala nang maniniwala sa inyo.
Credibility is very important, and right now, nasa basurahan na ang credibilidad ninyo on this issue.
For these people, the issue is not whether the candidate is extremely corrupt (GMA) or extremely incompetent and inexperienced (Housewife Cory) -- but whether the candidate is on THEIR SIDE (kakampi) or on the "OTHER SIDE" (kaaway).
Kawawa talaga ang mga ito. I think they are suffering from "cognitive dissonance."
cognitive dissonance (kog?ni-tiv dis??-n?ns) noun
A condition of conflict or anxiety resulting from inconsistency between one's beliefs and one's actions.