the games begin
was going to blog on alex magno’s game-changer series, express amazement at how cory’s death and noynoy’s audacity seems to have changed his politics, and wonder what his bosses gma and fg have to say. then i read manuel buencamino’s bading post on gary olivar, and someone asked about gary o’s fellow ex-radical alex magno, bumaliktad na nga ba? and manuel said no, and he seemed very certain. so napaisip naman ako. magno has been saying all the right things since cory died and noynoy declared. Game-changer 5 is a piece i wish i had written.
… Despite all the tinges of retro here, what has commenced is a highly experimental political initiative. The goals are larger than Noynoyfor President. Larger than the presidency itself.
This is no longer about “opposition” versus “administration” — although that continues to be a bogey in the minds of some. It is about new versus old — although that might be difficult for some to even begin imagining.
This political initiative draws its power from voluntarism at the grassroots. That voluntarism can only spring from clear principles about what leadership ought to be and at what standards we ought to hold the wielders of power.
It is about reestablishing governance on a new ethical basis, reinventing government so that it becomes an enabler rather than a hindrance to getting things done. It is about rediscovering a new cadre of leaders who will catalyze the energies of the nation rather than stunt them. It is about neutralizing the old cabal of powerbrokers by calling up people’s power in its most sophisticated, less populist form.
There will, no doubt, be a large dose of emotionalism in this effort. That is indispensable. People will have to be shaken enough to abandon politics as usual and be freed from the traditional habits of Filipino politics. All the disgust and all the anger that have accumulated need to be re-channeled no longer at settling old scores but at building a new scoreboard for governance.
In a matter of weeks, the doors of our electoral politics have been thrown wide open. The new forces must now march in. This is what this experiment is all about.
Until a few weeks ago, the politicians of the old mold and the powerbrokers of the old trenches controlled the dynamic of democratic selection. They hired the best minds from the industry that successfully sells shampoo and toothpaste and deodorants to our consumers in order to sell contrived constructs of political personalities to a dumbed down electorate.
For this experiment to succeed, we will have to raise the quality of the electorate, force them to think about abstract options more than just people in the flesh — or worse, money in the bag. This, win or lose, will be a major step forward in itself.
This is more than just enabling one candidate to win the count over the others — although that, too, is important. This is not a battle fought to be lost. But in order to win, it must succeed in its larger goal of bringing in new forces and new ideas into the electoral field.
The Edsa Revolution was exactly like this. It asked the people to contemplate what seemed impossible because it had become almost an alien concept: be free, be decisive in our numbers, build a government accountable to the people….
indeed. hope springs eternal. the game has changed. suddenly ping lacson has found the courage to denounce erap in no uncertain terms. tanong ni erap, bakit ngayon lang? eh kasi, i suppose, ngayon lang naging timely for ping, to defend himself in the dacer case, and to further the cause of unity behind noynoy, why not. the game has changed.
tanong ko lang kay ping, bakit to-be-continued, bakit hindi pa niya tinapos kanina? anong strategy ‘yan, in aid of under-the-table behind-closed-doors wheeling-and-dealing, to what end? or maybe it’s just to prolong his stint on center stage. whatever. if as a result erap decides not to run, good for him, good for ping, good for us.
also looking forward, of course, to jinggoy estrada’s privilege speech in defense of his father. magkukuwento din daw siya tungkol kay ping. sige sige, let’s hear it all. matira ang walang bahid. matira ang malinis.
as for senate president juan ponce enrile’s report that there is no yellow fever in the countryside, not in the north, not in the south. hmmm. well. maybe he’ll be the last to know, just like in EDSA ’86.