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Revilla for President

Ramon Revilla for President in 2016!

It’s not as impossible as you might think.

1. Who’s to stand against him? Mar Roxas? As it is, Mar Roxas may have some sort of appeal to those who fancy themselves the intelligentsia, but even then, I suspect only as a kind of ‘lesser-evil.’ Let’s face it, coming off of a series of fuck-ups, Mar isn’t exactly a sterling example of presidential calibre.

2. Jejomar Binay? A definite possibility, but I think that Jojo might be intelligent enough to understand that he might not be winnable, and that the game plan in 2016 of rooting out as many Liberals as possible will only be workable with a united opposition. So, I think there is a better than average chance of Binay stepping aside for Revilla at crunch time. He will probably run as Veep again, but with some sort of internal arrangement that he actually runs the show. Don’t be so shocked. Noynoy Aquino and Mar Roxas had the same arrangement.

3. Peter Cayetano? He’s a hard sell as president. Many upper middle class people are leery of him because of his known penchant for turning on the people who’ve supported him. They have a word for that in Filipino. His crusader antics might play well with some people, but come the time for choosing sides, I think most will opt for a more predictable person.

4. Grace Poe? She’s not likely to run, despite the fact that she’s now being touted as the great white Liberal hope. She reminds some people of Cory Aquino, I guess, but she’s still playing coy. I suppose when she starts reminding herself of Cory Aquino, that’s when she’s gonna run. But her biggest problem is that she has no constituency to speak of. Remember that the only reason she stood out in 2013 was because she was in a crowd of bland people, and there was Nancy Binay to act as the dark mirror of her. Standing on her own, I don’t see that she has anything that will make her a prime candidate.

5. What does Bong Revilla have going for him? He has a definite constituency – his regional/provincial base. There’s a lot of magic that can be worked with something like that. For one thing, it’ll provide a bailiwick where results manipulation can easily be disguised.

6. The Estrada machinery can very easily be enslaved to Revilla’s run. In 2010, Joseph Estrada came in third, remember? A known philanderer and a convicted plunderer, who went back on his own word not to run for office, despite a clear constitutional prohibition from Presidents seeking re-election, Erap still placed third. What does that say about voters? They. Don’t. Care.  With a following like that, placed in the service of Revilla, that candidacy has a big hope of actually pulling off a win.

7. Dissatisfaction with the current administration. Despite spin and a few Twitter hacks, no one is overjoyed with how this administration is performing. The buzz on the streets now is about as discontented as the buzz during the tail end of the last administration. It’s just that the PR boys now are much better at managing their boss’ press releases and public relations. What do you expect from a makati-based, industrial strength PR firm?

Oh and, PNoy didn’t win because of himself. He won because Gloria sucked rocks.

8. Voters are stupid. They will vote for whoever their “liders” tell them to vote. That’s because they are uninformed and unimaginative and fucking lazy. Yeah, Revilla has that going for him. All he really has to do is bring some really entertaining celebrities out on the stump with him and he’s got it made in the shade.

9. What does he have to look out for? COMELEC.

Is this what you want? If it is, then just keep doing whatever the fuck you’re doing now. And if Bong Revilla wins in 2016, then you will have gotten the President you deserve.


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Revilla in 2016

Dear Ellie,

Bong Revilla wants to run in 2016? I say let him. I mean, that sort of decision is a magnet for scorn, but what do you expect? Politics is as politics does.

What really annoys me is Leila de Lima, thundering from on high and reminding him – patronizingly – to think of delicadeza.

Think about this.

1) Leila is a known, tried and tested, flunky of the administration; 2) she was instrumental in bringing these plunder charges down on Bong; and 3) she is not, nor will she ever be, someone Bong would go to for political advice.

So this “reminder” of hers can easily be construed as an attempt to frame the discussion on Revilla’s candidacy. By bringing up delicadeza now, she is trying to ensure that when people discuss Revilla, their starting point will be the “propriety” of his candidacy, NOT his capabilities, NOT his track record, NOT what he can do for the people. And even then, why should propriety even be an issue? The man hasn’t been proven guilty of anything. Why would it be improper for him to run?

You see, that’s the great thing about democracy. It doesn’t exactly care about the sensibilities of anyone, least of all the minority. In a democracy, dear Ellie, the choice is laid before the people so that each voter – each individual voter – is given the opportunity to weight the merits of each candidate according to his own lights. Thus, even if all of the King’s men agree that Revilla ought to have no place in government office, that opinion would not matter if it is out-voted by those who believe otherwise.

So, if democracy calls for every single voter to decide on his own, no one’s candidacy can ever be smugly dismissed as being “inappropriate,” and certainly not by someone who’s political predilections are well known. If anything, it is more inappropriate when an influencer like the Secretary of Justice plays partisan politics by using the clout of her office to sway people into believing that someone has no business running for office.

The way I see it, the use of the word delicadeza to frame this discussion was deliberate but inaccurate.

What Leila is actually gunning for, in my opinion, is kapal ng mukha, or the idea that, because of his being accused of plunder, Bong Revilla should be embarrassed to run for office.

However, since the thought of being shamed into doing the right thing has been rendered all but irrelevant by administration shmucks like Al Vitangcol (MRT), Ping Lacson (he was a fugitive from justice wasn’t he? even had a movie made about it), and Butch Abad (you know who that is, for sure), who cling to office despite being accused of malfeasance (or murder) themselves, I figure she thought she needed something that wouldn’t invite these unflattering comparisons.

And since we Filipinos are so notoriously self-righteous, the idea of painting a Revilla candidacy improper does seem like an excellent choice. After all, there are not a lot of people who would dare raise a peep of protest once delicadeza is invoked.

But delicadeza, in the sense of an awareness of propriety, should not been an issue here. There is nothing improper about an accused man running for office, unless he is proven guilty. If you don’t like, then suck it. Campaign against him and vote for someone else.


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