Wednesday, September 2, 2009

To Err Is Human, To Repeat, Bovine

I was going to post about my long-standing rut when I was shaken out of my reverie by  this news report: Imelda Wants BongBong to Be President.

Delusional? The instinctive answer would be a resounding "Hell-to-the-yeah!!!" But then I reminded myself that stranger things have happened in this godforsaken neck of the woods.

After all, is this not the same country that, instead of putting her out to pasture, elected her daughter to the Senate, and the son in question to the governorship of their home province, and from there to Congress? Is this not the same country that propelled La Pequeña  to the Presidency the Imeldific now dreams of reclaiming for her clan?

I've always thought that the Philippines was the sort of magical-realist country that Gabriel Garcia-Marquez novels are made of, except the magia tends to be more of the mala kind. I had been having some reservations about NoyNoy Aquino running for President , but now that Madame seems to be indicating some ambitious plans afoot for a Marcos Restoration, well, NoyNoy, why the hell not?

The cattle call has been sounded. Time to see which way the herd will go.

Aquino Vs. Marcos: The Rematch

It'd be funny if it weren't so depressing.

And indeed, 'tis true, 'tis true: the more things change, the more they stay insane.

And they're going to stay that way till the cows come home.


  1. In a country where a priest-turned-governor desires to run for President, how much more a sun of a late dictator. Everything is possible in this country.

  2. imelda wants bongbong to be president

    and then what?

    she doubles her shoe collection?

    heaven help us.

  3. @Knox: Everything's right here in the Philippines indeed, as an old tourism slogan once exulted. The possibilities are endless; alas, we just seem to be in a holding pattern.

    @john stanley: I think we rely on Heaven far too much for our all-too-temporal problems. We as a people have a terrible need to be rescued by either God or a Hero-Figure. I wonder when we'll learn to find it within us to save ourselves.