What will you do if Marcos wins?

Analysis and Opinion

By Joe America

The Philippines is not just its President. It is lands and seas and people, businesses and rebels. It’s a huge ship in the Pacific largely going nowhere. What can Marcos do that Duterte has not? Kill innocents? Jail people for spite? Punish television stations that are disloyal? Coddle corruption? Neuter justice? Invite China in?

Marcos would merely be an extension of the last six years, more of the same, nothing new.

Filipinos don’t want change.

  • The rich will largely stay rich, fat and happy.
  • The middle class will drive their cars, shop at malls, go to the beach and pretend they are fulfilled.
  • The lower middle class will go overseas to build a better life and send money home.
  • The poor will still be poor, blame the entitled for treating them badly, and accept violence as justice.
  • The corrupt will steal even more money.
  • The military will pretend there is an upstanding nation to defend.
  • Government agencies and a lot of businesses will push paper and snarl at citizens.
  • Smart young people will seek education and careers somewhere else.
  • Investors will invest, as there is always opportunity for profit in a land of 100 million souls.
  • Disasters will roll through, change the landscape a bit, and roll out, forgotten.
  • Entertainers will laugh and sing, pretending that the audience is not crazy needy, and using it to sell shampoo.
  • Imelda will creak around in the building her husband designed.
  • Junior’s regular absences will be explained away by some clone of Bong Go.
  • We’ll all live on the edge of tragedy without a lifeline.

What more do you want?


Photo from The Daily Tribune

49 Responses to “What will you do if Marcos wins?”
  1. madlanglupa says:

    > Filipinos don’t want change.

    But not everyone, sir, is either enslaved or to serve as chattel for mayors and governors, or those who rule the fat of the land, benefiting from horse-trading that is one of several characteristics of political power.

    We intend to oppose the future the Marcoses wants to give to this country: slavery disguised as obedience and citizenship.

  2. boatmik says:

    Slavery disguised as Unity.

  3. Wilfredo G. Villanueva says:

    I won’t give up. Right will still be right, wrong, wrong.

  4. Juan Luna says:

    Just like the ordinary Filipino, I’ll carry on with my life and like them, too, hope things will change for the better. Am I optimistic that it will? Not really, but I do feel that we’re not going to have what he had under Pres. Duterte in terms of the extrajudicial killings, the ill-mannered, discourteous, rudeness character of the current president, etc. The corruption issue, that will remain to be seen. It may go down or get worse.

    I don’t exactly have my finger on the pulse when it comes to BBM. As far as my knowledge is concern, he is an ordinary politician bereft of excellence accomplishment-wise compared to his father. He may win big, if we believe the surveys, or win with just enough votes to beat who comes in second. I just hope the chest-thumping, arrogance and bumptiousness of his supporters would not be an obstruction once he presides over the affairs of the country.

    Given that scenario, I don’t see anything that we can say a sudden turnaround for the better. I see him working hard to pacify and win, at least by cooperation, the never-Marcos crowd. How he do that, with his rumbustious and unrestrained loyalists, is beyond me. If he’s genuine, he should work hard on his followers to follow his example of giving life to the word ‘unity’.

    It is the only word in the dictionary that he can hang on to, to be able to reach out on the opposite aisle in order to have a more secure and stable presidency. 🧐

  5. Karl Garcia says:

    I still have no plans on migrating, but I know people who said that they will get out of the PH if Marcos wins.
    Continue finding thoughts (tweets, comments) that are like minded or wiser and spreading the word.
    I will try not to be trigger my depression as much as I can.

    • JoeAm says:

      I tend to think of it as two issues. For the Philippines as a nation, tragic. For myself and family, likely no change, as we have the means to make choices. I think a lot of people will be trapped with no means to get free. Education will remain lousy. There will be jobs but not careers. The entitled will get the gravy.

      • Karl Garcia says:

        So Marcos and Duterte should not and must not win.

        • JoeAm says:

          Well, that’s for citizens to figure out. The Marcos backers to me seem to be gambling their lives for the promise of trinkets, the way settlers in the US acquired land from the natives for beads.

          • Joe, does this mean I can campaign for VP Leni and Inday Sara again? ban lifted?

            • JoeAm says:

              Hmmmm. I’d rather not go that direction. The post is asking a question. The answers on Twitter are informative. It also goes to the gap between information and votes, among the masses. Those questions (what would you do, and how to explain the gap) are the topic. Not the politics.

        • Juan Luna says:

          So Marcos and Duterte should not and must not win.
That is the thinking of the opposition and the anti-Marcos groups but, let’s face it, we are past that stage. In less than 40 days we’ll have a new administration; a new president and a vice-president will occupy their position and we, the people, will have to live through with their mandates of six years. I say, if we endured the atrociousness, lewdness and brutality of the Duterte administration, I think we can handle a BBM presidency not because I knew him well but because he knew what his situation is in so far as history and the present is concerned.

          If, however, it turned out that the Duterte administration will have a hold on BBM, which I highly doubt, and will continue to influence and expand its clout on his administration, that would be a bombshell.

          • Karl Garcia says:

            We can stomach a BBM presidency until we have ulcers.

          • Nherrera says:

            This reminds me of US Senator Susan Collins who said — after the first impeachment and trial at the Senate that acquitted Trump — that he will be a better man going forward having somehow learned some lessons that led to to that impeachment. But we know now that Trump is incorrigible. In fact, if the word does not exist, we would have to invent one to define Trump.

            I believe the same trait of incorrigibility attaches to Marcos Jr. and he does not need Duterte to assisst him in that.

            • Supposedly many Americans that left for Canada returned to the US after Trump. Mainly they realized Canada ain’t no liberal bastion after all. And it all goes back to War of Indenpendence, where Americans rebeled and Canadians went along with UK status quo. individual rights, vs. collective freedoms. that’s a good video of this difference.

  6. kasambahay says:

    if bbm wins, I’ll be in mourning and wear mourning clothes and grieve for what our nation have lost. I probly smile less often and be morose. but I’ll keep my strength up, just in case, lol!

    I’ll keep close watch on all my personal expenses and make sure bbm’s govt cannot take more from me! and like many others, I’ll scrutinise the minutest details of his govt’s projects and initiatives, how well but more like badly he delivers. be one of the tinik in his side, ika.

    and if the rot sets well and truly in, I will not attend national inaugurations or honor them, and will certainly not make up for his shortcomings; be there when he is not there, etc. and if we sink, simbako lang! then we all sink. see if I care!

  7. I’ll keep on watching Wowowie and Eat Bulaga.

    • JoeAm says:

      Well, that’s called “resigned” I think.

    • kasambahay says:

      naku, kamote, I can only imagine your electricity consumption, watching those t.v. shows, lol!

      my sister eats and watches t.v. at the same time, and now she’s big as a whale! she also dyed her hair orange making her look like an orang utan!

  8. Migrate to another country. If BBM wins that means we, Filipinos, are a helpless lot and not worth fighting and dying for.

    • JoeAm says:

      It seems to me there are two variables affecting the decision to stay or leave. Youth and wealth. Opportunities for careers might drive educated youth overseas while retiring in the Philippines remains attractive for olds. People of wealth are likely not to be affected much, so they might be more inclined to stay.

      • kasambahay says:

        wealthy old people who stayed in philippines need good geriatric and medical care. maintaining and taking care of them cost good money. physio (physical therapists) to give them passive exercises so their old bones and sagging muscles wont atrophy sooner, their spectacles updated now and then, their meals nutritious, their lifestyle stress free. and any lingering chronic diseases they have kept at bay. everything done to keep the wealthy olds happy, engaged, and alive longer.

        and because old people still vote, it is best for govt to retain specialist geriatric workers and pay them well, instead of letting them go overseas.

    • madlanglupa says:

      Defeatism is a disease. As one colleague says, Marcos wants you to believe that you are destined to lose.

  9. Karl Garcia says:

    Heydarian said the rallys are only composed of AB peeps. Then AB must invite and convert CDE household help that could help.
    In the gated villages in Paranaque and Mintinlupa the Leni Kiko Posters outnumber BBM- Sara 5:1, that is good.

    • jeep says:

      The grand pink rallies specifically – Pasiglaban remind me of the Edsa 2 crowd. A lot of middle class but certainly inclusive with people from all walks of life. Challenge is to reach out to Edsa 3 crowd – those manipulated and egged on by the late Miriam Santiago and the almost centennial Juan Ponce Enrile. the Edsa 3 crowd can be likened to BBM supporters misled by fake news in social media. Almost same same, just different medium/era. Hope I didnt violate editorial standards here.

      • Karl Garcia says:

        My bad jeep, I will watch it from now on.

      • https://www.rappler.com/voices/ispeak/opinion-touch-some-grass-eat-some-wildflour/ just leaving this here, an article by one of the co-organizers of the Camanava (Caloocan-Malabon-Navotas-Valenzuela) rally last Saturday, with lots of D people.

        As of now the H2H or house-to-house campaigns are visiting the E crowd, with Aika and Doktora Tricia Robredo having taken the lead. I also happen to know that P2P or person to person campaigning played a major role in turning BBM supporters in Italy Pink. So it isn’t quite as simple as it seems at first glance, even as those who are at the forefront of H2H like young Atty. Hannah Barrantes are giving reality checks daily, that’s it for now.

        • kasambahay says:

          no matter what happens, hwag mapikon! hwag magwala at hwag sumagot ng masama. dont dwell on the negatives but on the positives, our agenda vs the sulks’ agenda.

          all these goadings are designed to make kakampinks pick up chairs at maghagis din at magmura! handa pa silang mga bad people to record such incidences and upload them in the internet.

          know what’s the going rate for a pink ultimately made to lose her/his cool? the contents of three white envelopes, lol! and exponentially so, if there are more ‘likes’ at mag-viral.

  10. NHerrera says:

    The Filipino way except for very brief moments in history:

    * The rich will largely stay rich.
    * The corrupt will steal even more money.
    * Entertainers will laugh and sing — and entertain the poor who will still be poor.
    * Smart young people will seek education and careers somewhere else.

    The poor certainly have brains but they too do not want change — they enjoy wallowing in that state with entertainers to help them along. Is this a truism?

    • JoeAm says:

      Seems so. My wife’s family fails to connect their lives to the president they like (Marcos) and are happy with the promise of beads. Their minds absolutely resist any logic or facts. It’s just like US Republicans.

      • NHerrera says:

        And there is this non-trivial news — and as an NYT writer puts it:

        A fervent supporter of former President Donald Trump, she [Ginni Thomas, notably, the wife of the Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas] reportedly urged his chief of staff, Mark Meadows, to do everything in his power to subvert the results of the 2020 presidential election and keep Trump in power. And judging from her text messages to Meadows — which include the hope that the “Biden crime family & ballot fraud co-conspirators” are awaiting trial before military tribunals at Guantánamo Bay — she is also something of a “Q” believer, one of the millions of Americans who embrace the conspiracy theory that Trump is fighting a messianic war against the “deep state.”

        And while Justice Thomas is in no way responsible for the actions of his spouse, it does beggar belief to think he is unaware of her views and actions, including her work to keep Trump in office against the will of the electorate.

        The whole caboodle — Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches — was tainted bigtime, influenced by the Orange Man.

    • madlanglupa says:

      > The poor certainly have brains but they too do not want change — they enjoy wallowing in that state with entertainers to help them along. Is this a truism?

      Local politicians keep the lower classes like cattle in a holding pen; those politicians also serve as salesmen on behalf of bigger politicians for which to pitch promises of wealth and security.

      • NHerrera says:

        They are certainly influenced in some way by the sweet-talking bearer of those P500 bills or equivalents [is that the current amount now?] by these Pied Pipers.

      • kasambahay says:

        friendship among politicians have short lifespana pala. old man now questions why estate tax worth billions was not paid. old man should have asked that same question before north man with false valor was put to rest in libingan ng mga bayani. and if old man is really agrabyado, he could have the north man exhumed, the remains given back to the family.

        north man to be re-buried in libingan once the estate tax is paid in full.

  11. NHerrera says:

    Meantime from NYT:

    The highly contagious Omicron subvariant known as BA.2, which led to a surge of coronavirus cases in Europe, is now the dominant version of the virus in new U.S. cases, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday.

    Last week, the World Health Organization reiterated that BA.2 was the dominant version of Omicron around the world, and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the C.D.C., said she anticipated it would soon become dominant in the United States.

  12. NHerrera says:

    Is this fact or part of PsyOps:

    The head of British spy agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) said Putin has massively misjudged the situation in Ukraine and that some Russian soldiers have refused to carry out orders.

    Speaking during a trip to Canberra on Thursday at the Australian National University, Sir Jeremy Fleming, Director of GCHQ, the UK’s Intelligence, Cyber and Security Agency said, “it increasingly looks like Putin has massively misjudged the situation. It’s clear he misjudged the resistance of the Ukrainian people.”

    Fleming said Putin over-estimated the abilities of the Russian military to secure a quick victory.

    “We’ve seen Russian soldiers — short of weapons and morale — refusing to carry out orders, sabotaging their own equipment and even accidentally shooting down their own aircraft,” he said without specifying when or where this took place.

  13. Ever since today’s news of Lorraine Badoy interviewing the convicted human rights abuser retired Major General Palaparan in Bilibid on Quiboloy’s SMNI station and portraying him as a victim of false accusations, my slight resignation at the question posed by this blog article has turned into outright trepidation as I visualize monsters like Palaparan let loose upon the people. 2022 onwards might be worse than 50 years ago. Hoping that the Philippines doesn’t experience its worst period yet if BBM wins.


    • kasambahay says:

      tutuo pala: badoy and palparan, water seeks its own level. the butcher and the red tagger, what a pair!

  14. punmaker says:

    It’s become almost sure that if BBM wins, economic crisis will follow.

    Global conditions are bad (widely forecasted recession in 2023, accelerated climate crisis, high probability of a new virus escaping its natural reservoirs), rehash of old failed Marcos economic agenda, return to cronyism, inherited huge debts with little sources of revenue, and an appeasement of China as foreign policy.

    Terrible clouds on the horizon.

  15. punmaker says:

    I ask the crowd here to ask around in your soc med or your circle of friends: who in the world are BBM’s economic adivsers/managers? Who’s willing to sign up and will they be acceptable to local and global business?

    • sonny says:

      Good & critical items in checklist for discernment for & by everybody. Also, always at least have an unbiased third party to complete triangulation.

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