Unlike other people who also think that they are intellectuals and thinkers, I do not look down on Nancy Binay and everyone who made her victory possible. In fact, I think that her election to the Senate is just about the best thing to have happened to our country in a long, long time. Another Binay in government is what we need to put the Philippines in the right direction. Since most members of the Middle Class tend to get on their ‘high horse’ too easily, they forgot to read the Nancy Binay has what is arguably the most comprehensive blueprint for a new Philippine revolution.
Of course, I am just joking. Nancy is just another Bam Aquino in the sense that they do belong in a monarchy, and not a democratically-elected government. Platform? A shoe botique has more platforms than her. I merely said this to get your attention, and since you’re already reading this, you might as well read the rest of this article.
Going back to Nancy, her victory could actually BE the best thing to happen to our country if it will make middle-class intellectuals reexamine their own political views and ideas. Instead of blaming the poor and calling them ‘ignorant’, we should assess and identify all the factors and reasons for how a 20-year on-the-job-trainee became a member of one of the highest institutions in the land.
One very important factor is ourselves: most of us become ‘instant political analysts’ once every three years, but remain apathetic and self-centered the rest of the time. For example, do you know why the average Filipino doesn’t make ‘informed’ (by our standards) choices? Do you know why the majority of Filipinos do not finish their schooling? Do you know anything about the education policies of the Administration?
We demand that the poor vote using the same guidelines, the same criteria, the same lenses as we have, but we forgot that they cannot. We demand that they make an ‘educated’ vote, but when activists come to our classes to invite us to walkout to demand a higher education budget, we dismiss them as nuisances. We demand that they do not sell their votes, but when workers are out in the streets protesting unemployment and high prices, we curse them for causing additional traffic.
In a manner of speaking, it is the poor who are actually political. They practice politics in their struggles to keep their jobs, raise wages, and make ends meet; they practice politics in saving their homes and delaying the impending demolition by yet another month; they practice politics by negotiating with their landlords over the division of the harvest and the terms of their contract.
Meanwhile, our ‘politics’ is limited to electing some people every three years. Is it impossible to accept that accepting bribes, or voting for the popular name is actually a wise and educated choice? Street-wise, not academic-wise, by the School of Hard Knocks and not by the UP or the Ateneo. Perhaps their everyday interactions with the system has led them to the conclusion that by itself, elections won’t change the system, so what’s the big deal with selling one’s vote?
In other words, there is no one to blame for Nancy Binay but ourselves. We, as people who pride ourselves on our education, and the reasoning and rationality that supposedly comes with it, created this monster.
Before you post another Status Message ranting about Binay, or click the ‘Share’ button on another meme about her, ask yourself: how involved where you in social issues between May 2010 and May 2013? Are they the stupid voters, or are you the naïve member of society?
P.S I did not vote for Nancy. I voted for Teddy. And I believe in a revolution, not an election.
About the Author
Anton Dulce (@antondulce) holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Development from UP Diliman. He is a member of UP’s University Student Council from 2007 to 2008, and is currently the National Vice Chairperson of Anakbayan. He is often the center of controversy, and has been bestowed the title of ‘Troll’ countless times by both his peers and critics. When he is not talking or writing about politics, he is trying to eat in every restaurant and eating place in the Philippines at least once.
Anton graciously agreed to our offer to republish this post, first posted as a Facebook note then with only 47 shares. We sincerely hope that this version of the note will outlive its more viral (but evil!) twin. ;)