Only gut issues, please; poor can’t digest climate change, Senate bets find

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A septuagenarian woman in Olongapo city stood quietly on stage late Thursday night looking for a familiar face among the VIPs there, a local candidate she said she had known for years.

Just a few steps away was a senatorial candidate of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) talking about the value of delicadeza (propriety) in politics and things like climate change and good government, his words blaring across the Rizal Triangle covered court here.

But these were of no concern to this 75-year-old woman, a cigarette vendor trying to earn a living for her jobless children. Her concerns centered on having enough money for food and a little more to spare for medicines. Never mind if candidates played both sides or switched to the other with veteran ease.

That night at the UNA rally, she was hoping to get the attention of a local official.

“Are you a senator?” she asked this reporter. “Have you seen him? I saw him there earlier,” she said, pointing to the other side of the stage where the candidates were waiting for their turn at the microphone.

Save for the typical celebrity intermissions and giveaways, gut issues are what capture an audience in campaign rallies, UNA candidates who barnstormed through Pampanga, Zambales and Bataan this week agreed.

“The gut issues, I really discuss them with specific programs,” former Sen. Richard Gordon told this reporter.

“I don’t want to dull the people by promising this or that. It’s easy to say those things. But you need to explain them and I find that voters become more loyal to you if you explain your platform to them,” Gordon said.

‘Messaging’

That the campaign is about “messaging,” a central strategy of UNA, is apparent in each candidate’s effort to connect with a variety of audiences. The success, of course, will not be known until the last ballot is counted three months from now.

Candidates like Juan Miguel Zubiri, a former congressman, seems to be struggling with explaining terms like “eco-warrior” to a crowd of mostly vendors and housewives. They were generally quiet when he brought up the election protest of Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III that prompted him to resign from the Senate in 2011.

Of no moment

Before launching on his stump speech, Zubiri did a few dance steps, a more lively version of former Sen. Ernesto Maceda’s version of “Gangnam Style.” Only after he saw that he had captured the crowd’s undivided attention did he begin talking about public health and the environment.

Again, of no moment to a cigarette vendor. The public’s health is not top of mind.  She herself is diabetic and hypertensive.

Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco, a former governor of Tarlac, is facing some challenges of her own.

Broomstick

Save for her popular surname, she is not as well known as the other UNA candidates, as indicated by her poor showing in the polls. But she is not exactly left behind when it comes to campaign gimmickry.

Cojuangco typically draws loud cheers by giving away walis ting-ting (broomstick), an apparent play on her nickname, at the start of her spiel. For better recall, she says that her husband is the brother of the late President Cory Aquino. She has five daughters, too, including former equestrienne and actress-model Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski.

Solutions

Rep. Mitos Magsaysay believes that issues like the expulsion of three common candidates from UNA are not necessarily of interest to voters.

“What they want to hear more are the platforms and advocacies of each candidate and what they can offer as a solution to the problems of the people,” she said.

Magsaysay was on her turf during the Olongapo rally. Wearing four-inch elevator shoes, she was introduced with the pitch, “Ang mahusay na buhay, ibibigay ni Mitos Magsaysay” (Mitos Magsaysay will give you the good life).

She went on to talk about how she wanted to duplicate national programs in her Zambales district, such as subsidy for college students and free medical checkup and maintenance drugs for senior citizens.

The 75-year-old woman waiting at the side of the stage came exactly for that, a cash handout for her meds.

 

‘Gut issues’

Later she was joined by other Olongapo folks in a similar fix. One of them personally handed to Magsaysay a medical prescription. She said her child was confined in a local hospital after premature birth.

Magsaysay told the woman to coordinate with her staff, as she could not personally attend to it. The candidate was to deliver her campaign speech in a few minutes. The woman’s face sank but she stayed on.

Toward the end of the rally at around 10 p.m., a woman from Magsaysay’s staff approached the woman. Others flocked around the staffer and soon she was surrounded by a crowd. They all came for the same reason, the “gut issues” the politicians on stage are hard pressed to deal with. They can only promise, and promise some more.

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  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    This is the reason why someone like a Lee Kuan Yew or a Raul Roco will never become president in PH. (even without GMA’s unproven cheating or without Roco’s cancer).

  • farmerpo

    ‘Magsaysay told the woman to coordinate with her staff, as she could not personally attend to it.’
    One down.
    How hard is it to say ‘ dito lang po kay Nay. Aayusin natin yan.’

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AYITA5V33GYZSLC3G37UCVNTKA Ben

    “Just a few steps away was a senatorial candidate of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) talking about the value of delicadeza (propriety) in politics and things like climate change and good government, his words blaring across the Rizal Triangle covered court here;

    But these were of no concern to this 75-year-old woman, a cigarette vendor trying to earn a living for her jobless children. Her concerns centered on having enough money for food and a little more to spare for medicines. Never mind if candidates played both sides or switched to the other with veteran ease.  to spare for medicines. Never mind if candidates played both sides.”

    Politicians are leeaders supposed to be more intelligent than the common tao. Why would you not discuss climate change or politcs in favor of more concern to them which is food? Ok, they want food, but they should know too, without stronger barriers to protect their lands tilled for food, then food will always be scarce and difficult to get for a 75 year old woman due to ravages from floods, drought etc…..this is another propaganda here…why would you choose a 75 year old woman`s concern of having to work when you can give her… I`m pretty sure of it adult jobless children a work and training instead of supporting a 75 year old woman to work when she only has enough strength to do certain work for herself before being claimed by God? Mind boggling reasoning. Connect politics, and climate change to their food concern…..and they will understand whom to vote. 

  • dinadaga

     Para makuha nila ang interes ng mga tao, dapat nilang ipaalam sa mga ito kung paano nila babawiin ang mga ginastos nila sa election pag naka upo na silang senador. Sa ganitong paraan, malalaman ng mga tao kung may matitira pa ba para sa kanilang kapakanan.

  • Chloroform

    I hope they are not using misconceptions to get votes…

  • catmanjohn

    Obviously, a great many Filipinos are concerned about the short term issues, like feeding their family and jobs, which probably should be the priority issue. Politicians should not waste their time trying to ‘sell ice to eskimos’, and blaming them for not wanting it, when each audience and region has their own set of priorities and issues to be addressed. That does not mean that issues such as climate change should be not be discussed among the young, the educated, and the professional voters, who understands the long term consequences of not doing anything about it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/beng.atibo.3 Beng Atibo

    Your article hit the head of the nail. A lot of politicians talks about their advocacies, environment protection, climate change, but the ordinary people’s main concern is how could the politicians help them, be it about having jobs, food to eat, medical needs of their families, education of their children. People want to hear are things that would have a direct impact in their daily lives. Nobody among the politicians dare say they will address and have a solution to the corruption in our country. Wala ring nagsabi kung bakit sa liit nang suweldo, nagpupumilit silang manalo sa election.

  • kontra_boohaya

    People flock around political rallies not only for the giveaways, but more importanly to hear what the candidates have to say to address those pressing gut issues (their platapormas) to see up those candidates up close while they are temporarily grounded.  In addition, I, too, go to the rallies to hear the candidates’ views on corruption, peace and order, job creation and overall prosperity of the nation.  My friends and I have those criteria to weed out candidates, regardless of the personalities, party affiliations or blood relations or suhol!

  • graciano82

    A lot of nonsense yet trash talks if analyzed are what these candidates are saying again nowadays that it’s the time to hoodwink the voters but when elected and they hold the rein of power its the reverse, no longer the sensitive and heart rending issue on helping the poor and looking after their welfare but as usual tact of elected officials–corruption, is their main agenda. 

    These candidates of UNA as read in this above article are now talking during their campaign speeches about giving good life to anyone like what Magsaysay blurted in Olongapo, they are now again promising the moon and the stars to shine brightly in one’s household, better education , better health care facilities are all the meat of the speeches so as to convince us to vote for them but as they themselves always say kahit itaga mo sa bato, these make believe promises shall never see the light of day for their personal interest first shall come before us. Junk these TRAPO like Mitos Magsaysay and these offspring of political dynasties.

  • tunderlulo

    Pambobola na naman ang ginagawa ng mga Kandidato ng UNA para lang mabilog ang ulo ni Juan pero pagnanalo ang magnakaw at magtampisaw naman sa kaban ng bayan ang kanilang gagawin. Tingnan niyo si Enrile sa ginawa niya sa pondo ng senado na parang sa kanya at mayabang pang para Hari na sinasabing kasuhan siya at ipakita niya ang kanyang galing sa husgado. Ganyan mga igan ang itsura ng mga kandidato ng UNA Kilatisin sila at makikita niyo.

    Kung naniniwala kayong maganda nag takbo ng ating ekonomiya dahil sa matuwid na daan ni Pnoy au suportahan ang kanyang team pnoy kasi madiskaril ang takbo nito pag mas marami ang manalo sa UNA dahil lalabanan nila ang mga programa nito.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7TPARCYJFCSA3PBQAM3MVZO3E kurakut

    GANYAN SILANG LAHAT SA UNA, kausapin mo na lang ang aking staff tungkol dyan sa iyong hinaing. meron pa akong ginagawa.  WHY NOT VOTE FOR THE STAFFER! SYA YUNG MAKAKATULONG. MITOS IS B.S.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/36O4ZGE5JY24XE4XQOXBM6O4WE Klepto

    … promises………………. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
    talaga naman anak ng baka.. PROMISE ko sa lahat ng readers diyan mahusay ang lahat na pulitiko…promises, IYOT, at TSUPA.

  • Islaslolo

    ” … this 75-year-old woman, a cigarette vendor trying to earn a living for her jobless children.” If this account is true, something is reallty wrong with  our society!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

    The candidates cannot face the gut issues because they found no solutions and fabricating false promises is their only escape route.

  • buttones

    I think it’s fair to say that the vast majority of voters are concerned with the primary issues that hold and drive society to a better future- Education, Healthcare, Social Security, our very own security in our homes and on our streets as well, and a job to cloth and feed our children. This has always been the case, and all political parties and Presidents from day one of our democracy promised this to the nation- the last 67 years have NOT been kind to PH, they are still at it, promises, promises… On the old lady selling cigarettes to support her jobless kids, well had she encouraged hers kids to go to school and at least get a High School diploma they might be in a better position to find a job so the kids could support HER in her dotage, not the other way around- clearly the mother is a hardworking lady- the kids are bone idle…. Millions of us came out desperate poverty and we learned NOT to rely on government, nor our mothers either, they had nothing to offer anyway, so we dragged ourselves to school, even when it was raining Mr Lim, we inched our way into higher education, we did menial part time jobs to pay our way to a degree, either here or aboard, . And so we went abroad, knowing that our country had nothing to offer anyway. And some of us came back, to try to make a difference and find that the situation we left so many years ago has not changed one iota…Forgive us our skepticism, our cynicism, you political parties, as I said, over the last 67 years have given this country NOTHING- nothing at all. On the traveling shows going on, with their emetic utterances about this or that, their dancing and giveaways- I have a feeling all these people will go back to their gated ghettos and forget we ever existed, I also get the impression that all the members of these troupes are not really smiling at me at all- they are actually laughing…

  • buttones

    The reason the ‘poor’ cannot digest these sorts of issues, is because of our dismal education system…. That’s why, which I might add is a government responsibility to do so, and they ignored it, keep the hoi polloi out of the equation…it has worked very well over the years…A bit of a feudal sort of attitude but what more can we expect? On the ‘demand’ side, well there maybe a storm brewing- or not as the case might be….I’d like to think there was, but given the bovine electorate, who are so easily swayed by song and dance, the odd pig on a stick and a brand new t-shirt, it’s unlikely….

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      The rich send their kids abroad to study especially to the USA and Canada.  Most rich people in this country are politicians.  Even famous movie stars are willing to die to join the ranks of rich movie actors/politicians.  Being senator/congressman is more lucrative than being a movie actor, especially when your acting stinks.

  • pipsirho

    Of course, PIGS will miss the “gut issues” that are life and death moments for POOR FILIPINOS! it is totally expected because PIGS are ONLY INTERESTED in their PERSONAL INTERESTS and SLOP in the STY!!!

    PIGS => Politicians Insatiably Gorging Slop; SLOP in the form of Power, Public Funds, Dirty Money, Graft, Corruption, Influence Peddling, SHAMELESSNESS

    STY => Senate Truly Yucky (YUCKY as in thoroughly unappetizing, disgusting, or repugnant)“Ang mahusay na buhay, ibibigay ni Mitos Magsaysay”, TALAGA? Eh, byhay lang ng PIGS ang GUMAGANDA, di ba!!!

  • Rolly257

    Kapag hindi tayo nakatanda, wala tayong mapapala.

    Sinu-sino ba ang mga kandidato ng UNA,,,sino ang mga haring namumuno dito? Kung hindi natin alam, talagang maninigas tayo.

  • 100345roselia

    As long majority of the electorate are less educated/illiterate, hungry lives in poverty level & have twisted/misplaced morality/virtues, we will continue to have the kind of government & politicians
    we have right now.  Example of senators who ought not to be in the senate are Tito Sotto, Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla & Lito Lapid.  Imagine having Tito Sotto as majority floor leader & Jinggoy Estrada as president pro-tempore.  Honestly, what kind of qualifications do these 2 have
    to deserve their positions?  Who is to be blamed for the mess we are in – the politicians or us the
    electorate or both?  The kind of government & politicians we have are just the REFLECTION of us (electorate).

    • ApoLapullapu

      Artista si Ronald Reagan pero isa siya sa pinakamagaling na Presidente ng Estados Unidos.

      • Taiko_Kauna

        does sotto, lapid and jinggoy possessed the ability of Reagan?

  • captainramius

    Sino ba sa present senate at yong mga na sa top 12 ng surveys are all the same member of political dynasty and the elite.   Si miguel Zubiri ba naka punta na dyan sa ilalim ng tulay sa Quezon Pasay city where there are many homeless people live…  sa Squatters sa Las Pinas and say spend one day doon sa mahihirap ? Si Mitos, si Bongbong Marcos…

    Kaya di nila maintindihan bakit tayo mga netizens are all up in arms sa xmas bonus nila na millions … sa kanila ata maliit na amount lang … wala sa reality ito mga senators natin …

    iboto na lang natin yong mga bago na wala pangalan and hope they are the reverse of these people.

    • ApoLapullapu

      Pumunta kayo sa Bukidnon at tingnan ninyo ang nagawa ni Migz Zubiri doon.  Magtatatlo na ang mga lunsod doon dahil paunlad nga paunlad ang buhay ng mga tao.  Pumunta ako sa Maramay noong isang linggo parang siyudad na ang lugar.

      • Taiko_Kauna

        pumunta din ako sa Kiara, Don Carlos, Bukidnon, napakalawak ng hacienda ng tubo at mais ngunit ang mga tao nag iigib pa sa balon. Zubiri territory din ba yon?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

        Planting sugar canes for ethanol production to make someone richer while sugar is sometimes in high shortage.

      • ApoLapullapu

        Kung pag-igib sa balon ang pag-usapan meron din yan sa Tarlac. Sa loob ng Hacienda Luisita mismo.

  • captainramius

    That incident kay Mitos, they must know realized the poor dont really care about their platform or what ever laws they will pass… the poor only see the senators as source of money they can ran and ask for their subsistence…

    Its no different from the medieval times, when the commoners and the slaves beg food from the fuedal lords the landlords …

    9 out of 10 maybe 10 out of 10 people who attend their rallies have one thing in their mind to ask money from these people….

  • Jane Tan

    Promise yet fail to deliver. Ganyan lang naman ang politics dito. Give the people a “taste” during election time and halt after you’re elected.

  • ApoLapullapu

    Most of the following posts are pro LP.  What have the LP candidates done about the gut issues other than their being endorsed by the President.?

  • Taiko_Kauna

    huwag na kayong papa uto sa mga taong ito, napakatagal na sa gobyerno ang mga pangalan na yan, may nangyari ba sa mg maralita? Both parties baka di pa aabot ng 3 ang pwede

  • speedstream2

    Truth be told, if we had less graft and corruption, less politics and less gimmickry, we’d have lesser poor and sick people. We badly need cleaner and more responsive governance, better public services (health should be in the top three next to food security and job generation) and better performing public servants. But then again, we all know that already, don’t we?

    Ironically, come election day, individuals mostly from old and deeply retrenched political clans and some from up-and=coming political families will be installed into office. Well, we can be hopeful they’ll have some sort of epiphany, but that’s an iffy prospect.

  • Taiko_Kauna

    the poor will remain poor and illiterate because that is what politicians wanted them to be – they are easily duped, deceived and shortchanged. I hope Pnoy is serious in prioritizing education so that there will be changes in the voting population. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

    “…..“The gut issues, I really discuss them with specific programs,” former Sen. Richard Gordon told this reporter.

    “I don’t want to dull the people by promising this or that. It’s easy to say those things. But you need to explain them and I find that voters become more loyal to you if you explain your platform to them,” Gordon said……”

    Richard Gordon, the most intelligent politicians among the UNAs, is trying to put one over his audience. Everyone knows that his programs and platform are, until realized, nothing but promises too. Loyalty is gained through the people’s confidence in the politician’s performance and not by his theories. That’s why Bonifacio had more followers than Rizal.

  • mememine

    Who’s the fear monger? Who’s the ignorant neocon?
    Deny this:
    Not one single IPCC warning is without “maybes”. Help my planet is on fire maybe?
    The scientists have NEVER said any climate crisis “will” happen, only “might” happen so it’s not a matter of trusting science, it’s about calling out the lying news editors that claim the scientists are saying a climate crisis is imminent and will happen for sure. Science has never said a crisis was imminent or “WILL” happen and 27 years of science only saying “maybe” proves it “won’t be a crisis. Be happy a crisis was avoided and if it were a real crisis they would have said so by now. REAL planet lovers are happy a crisis was just a sick and tragic exaggeration but
    our fear mongering has made end of the world freaks out of all of us for the history books. We were another Reefer Madness.
    How many climate change believers does it take to change a light bulb?
    None, but they “DO” have full consensus that it “WILL” change, maybe.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    The rich send their kids abroad to study especially to the USA and Canada. Most rich people in this country are politicians. Even famous movie stars are willing to die to join the ranks of rich movie actors/politicians. Being senator/congressman is more lucrative than being a movie actor, especially when your acting stinks.

  • UrHONOR

    >>>Before launching on his stump speech, Zubiri did a few dance steps, a more lively version of former Sen. Ernesto Maceda’s version of “Gangnam Style.” Only after he saw that he had captured the crowd’s undivided attention did he begin talking about public health and the environment.<<<

    NAKAKA_AWA naman ang mga TNL na kandidato….ginagawa at gagawin ang lahat makuha lamang ang simpatiya ng tao. Hindi na ito nalalayo sa circus na kung saan, iba't ibang mga uri ng mutants ang pinapalabas—-taong palaka, babaeng gagamba, atmpb.

    Sa nabalitang pangangampanya , ito ang nakikita ko:

    Zubiri……taong dalawa dila.

    Maceda….taong pinaglihi sa korapsiyon; parang koryente, matagal mamatay.

    Cojuangco…..taong walis; tulad ng ni Maceda, matagal mamatay.

    Mitos Magsaysay….taong dumi na winawalis.

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