Why I disagree with de Quiros' definition of "Support"

I’m a huge reader of de Quiros’ column.  Always have been.  When Mr. de Quiros wrote about what “Support” means, I found it to be distasteful.  The President’s millions of voters don’t have to agree with everything he does.    In fact, supporters should be the first one to critique the government, and the President.  They should be the first to ensure that their votes have not been wasted.  It isn’t that people who support the president shouldn’t critique him, it is the manner with which Ms. Paner does her critique.   It makes one shake his head.  It is the same old shallow arguments, lacking depth or breath, even solutions.  Perhaps, how it is presented appeal to the hoi polloi, but one wonders, with friends like these, does the president need enemies?

It seem apt to summon an Eleanor Roosevelt quote.  “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”  It is apt, don’t you think?

So what happens when people make themselves, how best to describe it?  “Irrelevant,” or “troll” ?

The nation has many more important things to discuss, to learn, to explore, to unravel, to build.  It will never be a perfect one.

Mr. de Quiros, “I don’t care,” was the right answer.

Rumor has it that Freedom of Information Act and the Responsible Parenthood bill wouldn’t make the cut for Aquino’s first LEDAC agenda.  There are 17 bills, which the President has asked Congress to pass.

Freedom of Information Act is vital for the transparency and accountability that the President promised during the campaign.  A few weeks ago Doy Santos and I were chatting about it.  Would it be ok to visit a government office and ask for their statistics? Will we be entertained at all?

In the Philippines, probably not.

And responsible parenthood?  what of it?  It doesn’t seem to be part of the whole theme, about taking the straight road.  When the president talked about it, the priority was always to reduce corruption, and to right the ship of state.  Does it seem right to once and for all, actually take care of our people’s health?  To make them more responsible parents, because apparently no one cares for it?

There are strategic and tactical choices of course that the Palace considers.  There may not be time to work on all 17 bills to get them out the door.   Political triage is a difficult thing to do.  Everything is a priority.

If not this administration, then who?

If not now, when?

I would be disappointed when in six years, the Philippines will still have no Freedom of Information Act, and no Responsible Parenthood law.  Both are essential to building a nation.  One is all about transparency and accountability. And the latter?  What is the price of Freedom?

To borrow yet another Eleanor Roosevelt quote, “Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry is own weight, this is a frightening prospect.”

Our people are ready to grow up.  This is the gift that many Filipino leaders have long suppressed.

This is the definition of “Support.”

Cocoy Dayao

Cocoy is the Chief Technology Officer of Lab Rats Technica, a Digital Consulting company that specialises in DevOps, iOS, and Web Apps, E-Commerce sites, Cybersecurity and Social Media consulting. He is a technology enthusiast, political junkie and social observer who enjoys a good cup of coffee, comic books, and tweets as @cocoy on twitter.

Cocoy is also the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the ProPinoy Project.

Cocoy considers himself to be Liberal.

  • GabbyD

    carandang could have handled that better, much better.

  • Cocoy, I’m not sure I understood your critique of De Quiros’ article, as it seems you agree on the definition of the word “support” – just not in its application to Ms. Paner in particular.

    I agree that we can’t let harsh criticism get in the way of meaningful development, but it cannot be overlooked either. Disrespectful or not, the video possibly mirrors how many other felt when P-Noy made that purchase. Whether P-Noy likes it or not, many aspects of his life that no one used to care about, such as his bachelor lifestyle, are now part of the sphere of public interest in him as President of the Philippines.

    While I personally couldn’t care less what manner of vehicle the President buys with his own money, it does have impact on public perception on his ability to identify with the poor. This, perhaps, is the key criticism we can take from the Juana Change video. It is one thing for the President to say that he identifies and empathizes with the common tao; it’s another for him to act in contradictory fashion.

    I would classify under “trolls” those people who make cute Twitter-esque one-liner comments on government policies all throughout the web, without even bothering to engage in any meaningful discourse. Worse still when they insist, up to now, that some other candidate should have won, or that P-Noy isn’t “their President.” That just reeks of self-centeredness and an outright refusal to be productive.

  • To the almost rabid followers of the Sainted one and her son. The blasphemy committed by a follower of the son of saints is unforgivable.

    However the constant message being spouted is that the son of saints can work wonders simply because he is without stain.

    However life in the real world is not that simple. Maybe in the enchanted kingdom of MB it is. From GMA the evil on to the good King who now runs the kingdom.

    Discourse is impossible on a base instinctive level.

    The blind faith in their King is similar to the blind faith of some bishops in their chosen theology. However the bishops do not have their hands on the wheel of the ship of state.

    The major difference of this government is their intention to privatize pork projects with off budget infrastructure projects.

    Already some members of the present clan in charge are fighting over the spoils of power in the open of a private pork project in Clark.

    The palace guard may have changed with one member of the guard shooting himself. But the system remain in place with a more palatable scent or perfume colored in yellow tinge.

    I have provided links from articles written by the demi-Gods of economic science in this country. Who would dare blaspheme against them? They provide though some important insights into this government. The ends must confirm with the means. Some how the government is finding out that large gap in exists in actual reality from their propaganda.

    However who will practice oversight over them when Congress has abdicated their responsibility to saints and infallible scientists?

    Dance Juana Dance.

    http://www.bworld.com.ph/content.php?title=PNoy’s%20strategic%20weakness&id=25826

    http://www.bworld.com.ph/content.php?title=Institutions%20vs.%20bargains&id=25824

    http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?title=Disappointing%202011%20budget&id=25978

    http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?title=Delays%20hit%202011%20PPP%20projects&id=26017

  • up NN grad

    In another blogpost, cocoy mentions Pilipinas should do as Americans do (in some cases) in order to cut plunder and corruption-at-the-top. I don’t know what specific items cocoy was tinking of, but one thought. After the Freedom/Information-Act, Pilipinas should rapidly turn to its libel laws.

    Sarcasm and humiliating humor can knock the sanctimonious daughters and sons of former presidents off their pedestals; the priests and bishops and the governors who like dalliances at motels with sweet’ums, and put the fear of discovery into their hearts. IF ONLY… if only the Juana Change and the other humorists of Pilipinas can throw mud at these political leaders and moral-vanguard-kuno without fear of 6 months or more in prison.

    Just my opinion.

  • Cocoy,

    It looks like De Quiros is not very smart.

    • GabbyD

      why is HE stupid?

      what about carandang? as a communications head, cant he act civil? why be abrasive? isnt that part of his job?

  • J_ag

    I believe the woman who plays Juana Change in involved in the arts. She is using her skills as an artist in communicating ideas.

    One of the world recognized art forms that has spawned numerous children is jazz.

    It’s roots old negro spirituals. The blacks were no better than beasts of burden to the white men. But their spirit could not be enslaved. That is why they call it soul music. White men couldn’t understand it or couldn’t dance to it.

    The songs and dances became their temporary flights of freedom.

    Soul music, rock and roll became the youths way of rebelling against conformity. It is that creative ability that separates men from animal.

    The vast majority of the country are mostly functionally and professionally illiterate.

    However there is no literal requirement for what the heart sees and hears.

    Economics and the arts are part of the social sciences.

    However the study of economics took a turn to parallel the physical sciences purely because of the need to account for the monetary values of production by business and the state. For many it became an ideology based on numbers without qualification.

    Economics has always and will always be about human behavior. Thus it is more an art than a science.

    Value and valuations will always be up to the beholder.

    de Quiros is on target with his definition of support.

    Trust but Verify…..R. Reagan

    With a broken system the only way is to remove the covers of government intervention.

    That is why I would like the power to fix the price of credit and indirectly foreign exchange rates removed from government.

    That is the most important price setting in the country in the country. With a horribly weak state because of an vastly ignorant citizenry most especially at the top this becomes critical to minimize the huge corruption that probably happens outside almost everyone’s state of consciousness.

    Economic power and governance is relegated to only a handful of men.

  • GabbyD

    also, wikipedia says that the quote isnt really eleanor roosevelts.

    • Cocoy

      well there you go. one learns something new each day. thanks

    • KG

      sabi ko na si Benign0 ang orig na nag “quote” nyan eh. lol 🙂

  • GabbyD

    “Mr. de Quiros, “I don’t care,” was the right answer.”

    really?

    would it have pained carandang to have replied with a bit more consideration?

    why be belligerent? whats the POINT of that?

    even IF you think the person ur arguing against is full of it, you should still be at least NICE.