May 8, 2010 (Saturday) Carmen N. Pedrosa
The machines that will fail; letters from Boston
It is not as if it is being said for the first time. I repeat what others have said that failure of election will not come from the PCOS but from two other machines – FV (Filipino voter) and FC (Filipino candidates).
The machines are so out of date, they cannot function properly for the selection of leaders for our country. The FV is out of sync and performs as if it has nothing to do with why he is voting a particular FC. The FC operates within this flaw and produces results with nothing to do with FV.
That in brief is the problem we face when the results are known after May 10. When disaster strikes and the country malfunctions (with candidates declaring beforehand that they will not accept defeat) let us put the blame on those who refused to accept that the machines are not and cannot work unless these are fixed.
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Among those I turned to in my quest for information that would help voters choose a qualified candidate to be our president is another family friend of both the Aquinos and the Agulars. They formed a tightly knit Filipino community in Boston. Let us just call him Jim because, he, too like so many others who have something to say about Noynoy as unfit to be president of the Philippines does not want to expose himself.
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Dear Ms. Pedrosa
Just when I think of giving up on RP…because it doesn’t want to be helped…I meet someone
of your high stature—who is into saving RP (from dud leaders?). I am naturally encouraged again.
To go into your inquiry, I am sorry to tell you that I do not have any medical information about Noynoy.
Seriously, I don’t hope to go into that route. I have always relied on my own personal observation and inference in evaluating
a person, and that is how I form my idea of someone who should not even think of being president.
I’m sorry to sound preachy, but I think it is time for us Filipinos to discern that way about candidates who simply “like” public positions, but which are out of their aptitude.
The Agulars and I stayed together everyday of my trip there leading to the Upsilon reunion at the Manila Polo Club. Steve and I belong to that Batch. And to his widow and son’s family, it was a sentimental reunion with “Steve’s brods.”
To this day, we are each other’s extended families, as when we both lived in Massachusetts.
Personally, I think the Agulars, (especially the late Dr. S. Agular), are apolitical. But they are very loyal to family friends. The Aquinos are one.
In politics, I am more loyal to RP ( the Republic of the Philippines. That’s why Gordon is my candidate. I wish to read more of your regular columns. I think we have many sensible things in common about what is good for RP.
This letter was followed by another.
Thank you for this attention…tho’ undeserved… but I would rather not be another ‘witness to corroborate’ the imperfections of Noynoy. I believe we have enough evidence in the open to convince a nation that Noynoy should best be left to himself…not running for president…and certainly not be used—not by his sisters, not by
his relatives, and not fussed about by the media.
Unfortunately, the RP media abetted this yet another political aberration. It’s our culture
and our habit to promote the bizarre and the incompetent, e.g. Erap, Lapid, Revilla, etc.
We prefer to be entertained, it seems that way. And this might sell newspapers,
but it carries no responsibility.
I could not believe, for instance, the headlines that came out from both The Philippine Inquirer and the Philippine Star newspapers. They actually hailed the dramatic internal struggle of Noynoy to make a decision for the ‘big plum.’ Is there a movie about this heir cashing in on a huge political inheritance?
That’s right…the media played a big part in making a Noynoy attractive to the millions
of impressionable voters. Of course, it’s not lost in me that we (you & I?) might be that child yelling to the crowd that the king is shriveled in the head, and has no clothes.
But we have to look back some 30 years ago. How much can we rely on Pinoy “kantiyaw” humor…things said in anecdotal bantering of a small party of friends?
In MA then, I remember asking why…”itong anak ni Ninoy ang layo kung sumagot.” (not
in the presence of Ninoy, of course.)
And the answer I got was: …”kasi may kulang.” …which was consistent with what
I thought was a missing bolt in his head. (never occurred to me that he would run for
president, let alone his mother, Cory!…years after. Cory, I think, was a disaster for RP.)
Thirty years since…I repeated the incident, and the answer I got was: “ikaw naman…! ‘di naman gano’n ang ibig sabihin ng “kulang”.
And what did it mean? The explanation was that…he was “kulang sa pansin
ng tatay”….because all the attention was given to the (spoiled) youngest, Kris. And this, supposedly,
had a big impact on the “kid.”
I see…but not quite. I may get into EXPLANATIONS, but still this is not the DISCUSSION I want to get into
with my friends. So I left this matter to rest. Besides, it is a 30 year-old personal observation of a “kid”. Times have changed. I’m often chided. Even some people are able to get out of cancer, so I’m reminded.
Today, I am further reassured, “Have you heard Noynoy speak lately? He KNOWS how to speak in public now.”
And is this why ‘that kid’ is urged to run for president?!?
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These letters reinforce the opinion that the validity of a psychiatric report on a person’s ability to lead does not rest on whether the report was signed. Indeed the report can be true even without a signature.
What is necessary is that what it reports can be verified through other means. It is not the signature that makes the report. Experts arrive at their conclusions by observation, asking questions and then evaluating their observations through the prism of knowledge through textbooks and experience. Ordinary people can do the same without having formal expertise.
Reports do not become bogus for a lack of signature. The details of the report have been reported widely and interpreted by its readers according to what they hear, what they see, and make their own profile of the person concerned.