Jan 25, 2010

My Mom and the Presidential Candidates

My mother is 55 years old, sells barbecue in front of our house and visits the palengke everyday. She talks with vendors, jeepney and tricycle drivers and her sukis everyday. Given these qualifications, you can say that she has the feel of the masa, and how they look at the presidential candidates.

So last Sunday after lunch and we were watching TV, I was surprised when she launch a tirade against the candidates showing their adsd on TV. First was Gibo Teodoro and his airplane. My mother's comment was: Hu, payayamanin lang niyan ang mga mayayaman. Ano naman ang alam nyan sa mga kailangan nating mahihirap? Roughly translated, she means, Gibo will only enrich the rich, and what does he know about what the poor people like us needs. She further said, galing at talino? Di ba si Gloria e matalino rin? O may nagawa ba? Puro kurakot! Do I even need to translate?

Then, when she saw Dolphy and his endorsement of Villar and she smirked, "walang ninakawan yan kaya yumaman? Sus, kalokohan! Maliban na lang kung tumama siya sa lotto. Pero iba yata ang tinamaan nyan e, swerte! Ako nga tagal ng tumataya sa lotto e di pa natama. Bakit ba hindi na lang magpatawa tong si Dolphy? I so don't want to translate anymore!

So I asked her who she thinks should win this election and I almost fell from the chair at her answer, full of conviction!

Si Erap! Sa hirap ba naman ng dinanas nya sa pagkakakulong nya ng anim na taon, hindi na yun gagawa ng kalokohan. Tsaka yung mga ikinaso ni Gloria, gawa-gawa lang yun. Tingnan mo ng makaupo na sa puwesto yang si Gloria ay pinakawalan na din si Erap. O di ba't puedeng puede na daw talaga uling kumandidato si Erap? I really don't think a translation is needed here.


And of course, I had to ask: e ang vice president nyo? Si Binay, yung sa Makati. Nung nagkasakit ang anak ni Ipe sa Makati, wala silang ginastos sa ospital. At yung nanay nya yata ay may nakukuhang pera buwan buwan. O di ba maigi kung siya ang manalo?

Teka, teka e panu si Noynoy? Hindi nyo ba siya iboboto? Naku, e kung yung kapatid nga nyang si Kris e hindi niya magawang masaway at mapatino, ano pa ang magagawa nya sa Pilipinas? Patinuin muna niya ang kapatid nya bago ko siya iboto.

Hmm, should I be thankful that my mother is not a registered voter all her life and is just echoing the sentiments of the masses? But if the masses comprises 70% of voters, saan pupulutin ang Pilipinas?

1 comment:

  1. exactly. i'm afraid that's the sentiment of the masses and their swayed by the freaking hilarious idea of Erap para sa mahirap. we all knew what happened during that trial that sent Estrada scampering from MalacaƱang. that trial that suspended the nation more than any telenovela did, with insidious conspiracies prominent of which is the opening of the 2nd envelope beating any script created by cliche-oriented brain washing, idiotic err, media channels.
    indeed this nation has a serious problem with memory. i firmly believe we can correct this by establishing a solid education with emphasis on our history.

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