I don’t speak for the campaign. I’m a supporter too. I am a mere peon removed from the halls of power. My only strength is the conviction of my posts, and my tiny voice in social media.
I’ve been supporting Daang Matuwid since PNoy was just merely “Noy”. I’ve been called a rabid dog— not more than once— for what people think is my undying loyalty, and blind trust in all things “Yellow Army”, and all things Liberal. I’ve been called many names too, and ridiculed for my unwavering stance. Anyone who has breathed, and walked under Daang Matuwid knows— the fires are many, the fails are numerous; but when we weigh the good, and the bad, I’d like to think— and the facts support it that this administration has done much more good, and set our nation on a path to prosperity than Daang Matuwid destroying it. That’s just how life is. It is messy, and imperfect. That’s what I think is the difference— I can’t presume to speak for others— but that’s how i see the world through a prism of reality balancing the good, with the practical realisation of how absolutely imperfect our today truly is; and hope and potential of where our nation can go. In short, PNoy and Daang Matuwid did good. Why shouldn’t we continue it?
When Mar Roxas decided to run, and when PNoy gathered friends at Club Filipino, of course, it was a foregone conclusion that I would support Continuity; that I would without question support the reform candidate, Mar Roxas.
The criticism on how Roxas’ campaign, of course are many. Every so often I see tweets or Facebook messages or blogs and private messages from “supposed” Mar Roxas supporters criticising the campaign for… something. The critics range from supposed images being spread on Facebook to how yucky the ads are, or how Mar Roxas is, or how he is suppose to act. There are many who say he should distance himself from the whole Daang Matuwid mantra, as if it is some stigma— a stigma fabricated by media perception that is entirely, untrue.
Mr. German Palabyab: “Mar Roxas was there [in Tacloban], before, during and after. Help came. No one can deny that.”
Posted by Mar Roxas on Friday, January 1, 2016
In the whole whirlpool of this discussion, there are even those who say they have stopped supporting Roxas because of the quality of their supporters. Translation: they don’t get along.
As I’ve stated earlier, I’m a mere peon, removed from the halls of power without any sort of influence. Yet, almost every week since I started meeting fellow supporters both online, and offline, I’ve discovered many groups forming. There are many who are coming together to campaign for Mar Roxas, and for Leni Robredo. They’ve created supporter pages; they’ve created their own communities. They’re campaigning online, and offline.
It is simply humbling.
Many of those groups have no connection at all with Balay. They’re simply people who passionately believe in Candidate Mar, and Candidate Leni. So they self-organise, and funny thing is, they campaign on their own. It is humbling to think— to belong to such a group, and be a small part of this process.
So whenever someone comes up online, and says, Mar Roxas’ campaign should shape up, and change this or that— guys you’re only seeing the view that’s right in front of you. The campaign sees much more. They have a wider view, and deeper perspective than any of us— any single individual can hope to organise.
I have only this to say. If you truly believe that Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo should win, put your conviction into deed. Does it matter then if the person beside you who you dislike is for your candidate; who shares the same conclusion that you yourself have reached?
If you truly believe that Mar Roxas should succeed Noynoy Aquino— for whatever reason then why are you spending more time complaining about things neither of us have the power to change, and instead helping Mar Roxas succeed by campaigning for him? Campaign in your little neighbourhood. Join the many groups or start your own. Talk with fellow supporters. Spend less time on social media complaining, and more time engaging potential votes— or engaging fellow supporters. Why do we have to waste our time washing our own laundry in public, when there are multitude of avenues to not only campaign for Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo, but also to engage fellow supporters?
The other thing that typically pops up in my timeline is that supporter A is for either Mar Roxas or Leni Robredo, but not yet convinced for the other. If you truly believe that Leni Robredo is needed in government, then you have to partner her with Mar Roxas. While it is an either or proposition on the ballot, the reality is— it shouldn’t be. Because how can you believe in what Leni Robredo believes in, if you don’t believe in Mar Roxas? How can you believe in Mar Roxas, if you don’t share in what Leni Robredo believes in? They have shared beliefs. They have complimentary goals. Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo are the team to move the nation forward. Both are neither corrupt. Both are self-made people. Both have time and again put the nation’s interest above their own.
The Presidency is about character. The Aquino administration’s Daang Matuwid is anchored on that premise, but equally important that for the first time in a generation we have now an administration government running on its success.
Para kay Elena, ito ang Daang Matuwid.
Posted by Mar Roxas on Monday, January 4, 2016
More than once, President Aquino said that 2016 is a referendum on Daang Matuwid. It is a referendum because for the first time in a long while, we are entering an election cycle with a present administration having done well. For the first time, in a long while, there is an opportunity to break our Boom, and Burst Cycle. For the first time, in a long while, there is a chance that our nation can succeed. So it is a choice being posted before voters. Do you want to go back to the traditional— the Binays of the world; the Dutertes of the world; to take a chance at fluff and window dressing with the likes of Grace Poe, or do you want to continue on the path PNoy has set.
Would you put self-interest or bruised egos over what’s good for the nation?
“Bayan bago ang sarili,” isn’t merely a mantra we demand of our candidates. It is something we ought to live by too— or at least try. How then can we transform Daang Matuwid into Bayang Matuwid, if we do not? That too is the supporter’s dilemma.