Brian Poe: “USA! USA! USA!”
I herein claim a “Right to Reply“!
I spend days at my computer sitting on my hands to keep them off the keyboard. I can’t tell you how many political articles I have not written and how many sharp-witted tweets I’ve refused to fire off because this is the official Philippine campaign period.
And I am an American.
The Bureau of Immigration makes it perfectly clear that aliens are not supposed to engage in Philippine elections. It is a violation of the terms under which we are allowed to be here.
And that is right and proper.
This is the sovereign Philippines, and nothing is more sacrosanct to democracy than its citizen participation in electing a leader.
So kindly tell me, what on God’s glorious green orb was an American citizen, the son of candidate Grace Poe, doing up on a stage in San Juan City extolling the virtues of his mother?
Here is how the Inquirer reported it in the story headlined “Brian Poe thanks mom’s allies in San Juan but bashed online“:
. . . But since Poe was in Manila for Estrada’s proclamation rally, it was her son Brian who went on stage to formally thank the Zamoras on Monday night, addressing a crowd of around 2,000 on behalf of his mother.
The 24-year-old Brian enumerated his mother’s programs as a Presidential wannabe: the continuation and expansion of the 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program), the reduction of income tax, and free lunch for public school pupils, among others. He also harped on his mother being an independent and the only Palace contender who hails from Greenhills, San Juan.
But while he drew applause during the Zamoras’ proclamation rally in Barangay Kabayanan, Brian took a bashing on social media over the lingering issue of Poe’s nationality and that of her family.
Reacting to Brian’s statement that his mother, once elected, would immediately form a commission that will look into tax reforms, Twitter user @Negastarr asked whether that panel will be “in the Philippines or in the US of A?” . . .
This is no teeny-bopper. This is a 24 year old man, born in Washington DC, USA.
I argued before the official campaign period started that Grace Poe lacks judgment. This is evident in her choice of running mate, senatorial candidates, endorsements, backers, and policy statements regarding China, BBL, Mamasapano, Iglesia ni Cristo, “Coco Levy” Danding Cojuangco and other issues.
She asks us to trust that her husband will abandon his American citizenship when she is elected president . . .
but not before.
She has made a set of lavish promises, to Mindanao, to Manila, to Cebu, to anyone and everyone . . . but neglects to say how she will pay for them. We should trust her judgment, trust her promises.
And now she allows her son to strut about the stage as if this were nothing but a goodie goodie, fun-time circle of casual friends and family.
Where is sense, sensibility, sensitivity? Where is courtesy and honor and gracious respect for Filipinos as Filipinos?
Is this a game show? A place of movie star glory, where any Poe can wade across the stage and expect a rousing cheer and worshipful adulation?
It is an election for the future of the Philippines!
And I personally don’t want any unethical, undiplomatic, intrusive, arrogant, self-entitled Americans up to their eye teeth making campaign pronouncements or whispering in our president’s ear in the bedroom or any other room. I don’t want an American at State dinners hosting the spouses of visiting dignitaries, confusing them about “who really runs the Philippines, anyway?”
Totally overbearing, disrespectful prima donnas . . .
Hey, Americans! Your place to campaign is America! Go stump for your obnoxious Trump or that commie Sanders.
But let Filipinos run the Philippines!