Depression: It isn’t leprosy

Much ado has been made about Liberal presidential candidate Benigno Aquino III’s alleged depression when he was 19, and when he was in his thirties.

Both reports have been shown to be fake, but what’s more troubling, really, aside from the depths that politicians stoop to for a win, is how stupid everyone is being over depression itself.

The way people talk, it’s like Aquino’s supposed depression means he is likely to turn into a raving lunatic at any second, or start talking to flowers, or get messages from God himself. And that’s not the way depression works. When you’re depressed, that’s pretty much it. You’re sad and unmotivated. Visions and shit don’t enter into it.

Not depression

Now, people are trotting out ‘evidence’ like Aquino’s high school year book caption (“Coolest guy with hottest temper. His hobby- collecting late slips“) as proof of his mental instability.

Philstar’s Chit Pedrosa even adds anecdotal evidence from a dead doctor who supposedly diagnosed Aquino: “Tingnan niyo nga si Noynoy, walang ka-drive drive (for a young boy he was lethargic). He must have a problem.”

No, shit, Chit. When you’re a teenager, you’re supposed to be lethargic and ornery and a bit of a douche. That’s practically a law of nature. Plus, Aquino’s dad was, you know, sort of being persecuted by the Marcos government. It would take an entire plantation of weed to not be depressed by that.

Maybe not even that

And, you know what? Even if the reports were real (and they are not), so the fuck what? Depression isn’t leprosy, it isn’t diabetes, it isn’t cancer of the spirit. It isn’t some incurable disease that will haunt you forever. Well, generally.

The more important question to ask would be: If Aquino is indeed depressed, is he taking any medications that could hamper his judgment and ability to govern this nation?

But I guess having him take a piss test isn’t as scandalous or sexy as peddling easily-denied psychiatric evaluations.

Whether he saw a psychiatrist as a kid is of no import at all. Nacionalista’s Senator Manny Villar was poor as a kid, but that has nothing to do with anything either. Neither does the fact that Bagumbayan’s Richard Gordon failed one class when he was in high school, or that the guy who officiated his wedding was drunk at the time.

Although marginally interesting, it’s all trivial, and not indicative of character, or anything, really.

Capitalizing on them, though, is very telling.

19 Comments

  1. With the background of Chit Pedrosa that of being a Marcos publicist, I have no doubt in mind that he is under the payroll of Villar with the primary job of destroying Noynoy! We don’t need this kind of people in our beloved country!

    At any rate, since Noy will win the presidency anyway, Chit can do whatever he wishes to do against Noy and people will just laugh at her anyway!

    God Bless Chit!

  2. With the background of Chit Pedrosa that of being a Marcos publicist, I have no doubt in mind that he is under the payroll of Villar with the primary job of destroying Noynoy! We don’t need this kind of people in our beloved country!
    At any rate, since Noy will win the presidency anyway, Chit can do whatever he wishes to do against Noy and people will just laugh at her!
    God Bless Chit!

  3. As they say, and as I crudely translate, the boxing isn’t done yet. Things could still go either way.

    What’s sad, though, is how Pedrosa (who is a woman, apparently) can base her opinion on such flimsy evidence, and then pass her opinion on to the millions (?) who read the Star.

  4. It still doesn’t change the fact that Ignoy spent over 11 years in legislature warming his chair for a winter that will never come. Oh, and there’s Hacienda Luisita too. Tsk tsk tsk.

  5. Again, may I please reiterate that the SURVEYS are INACCURATE.

    Case in point, 1998 Presidential elections. De Venecia and Roco were tops. Come election day, they didn’t even get half of what Erap got.

    Also in that same elections, Loren Legarda was #17 on the surveys. She was #1 on Election day.

    The thing I hate about the most about LP (Losing Party and Loud Party) is that they are creating a scenario wherein when they win, they actually did fair and square and if they lost, they were cheated.

    Plus his fucking claims that when he loses, there will be people power. HA-HA!

    Fucking pieces of shit. The fight isn’t over and it will come in 9 days. And then we will all see.

  6. @DICKLIP: that’s polictics for you. They are making the gullible mass to believe that Noynoy is the best bet against Villar and showing that Villar is the most evil of the candidates for presidency (and it seems to me Noynoy has hired a better PR and marketing team). I just hate to see a Lazy Party win just because they use the pedigrees of their members.

  7. Whoever says that the presidential pre-election surveys conducted by credible survey firms such as SWS is ignorant of the 1998 Presidential election. Here is the presidential and vice pres pre election survey and official results. It’s just a figment of some people imagination that Roco and De Venecia are leading before the election was held. It was really Erap all the way!

    Comparing SWS Pre-Election Survey Results and Official Results*: Presidential Votes, Philippines
    (including Marcos Votes)

    SWS PRE-ELECTION SURVEY
    May 2-4, 1998 OFFICIAL RESULTS
    5-27-98 as of 7:15 p.m. SWS PRE-ELECTION SURVEY
    minus
    OFFICIAL RESULTS ABSOLUTE
    DEVIATION
    N % N %
    ESTRADA
    DE VENECIA
    ROCO
    OSMEÑA
    LIM
    DE VILLA
    SANTIAGO
    ENRILE
    MARCOS
    DUMLAO
    MORATO

    TOTAL
    11,285,000
    5,112,000
    3,794,000
    3,624,000
    3,249,000
    1,965,000
    576,000
    1,145,000
    100,000
    100,000
    52,000

    31,002,000
    36.40
    16.49
    12.24
    11.69
    10.48
    6.34
    1.86
    3.69
    0.32
    0.32
    0.17

    100%
    10,722,295
    4,268,483
    3,720,212
    3,347,631
    2,344,362
    1,308,352
    797,206
    343,139

    32,212
    18,644

    26,902,536
    39.86
    15.87
    13.83
    12.44
    8.71
    4.86
    2.96
    1.28
    0.00
    0.12
    0.07

    100%
    -3.46%
    0.62%
    -1.59%
    -0.75%
    1.77%
    1.47%
    -1.11%
    2.42%
    0.32%
    0.20%
    0.10%

    Mean absolute deviation=
    3.46%
    0.62%
    1.59%
    0.75%
    1.77%
    1.47%
    1.11%
    2.42%
    0.32%
    0.20%
    0.10%

    1.26%
    * Basis of the proclamation made last May 28, 1998.

    Comparing SWS Pre-Election Survey Results and Official Results*: Presidential Votes, Philippines
    (excluding Marcos Votes)

    SWS PRE-ELECTION SURVEY
    May 2-4, 1998 OFFICIAL RESULTS
    5-27-98 as of 7:15 p.m. SWS PRE-ELECTION SURVEY
    minus
    OFFICIAL RESULTS ABSOLUTE
    DEVIATION
    N % N %
    ESTRADA
    DE VENECIA
    ROCO
    OSMEÑA
    LIM
    DE VILLA
    SANTIAGO
    ENRILE
    DUMLAO
    MORATO

    TOTAL
    11,285,000
    5,112,000
    3,794,000
    3,624,000
    3,249,000
    1,965,000
    576,000
    1,145,000
    100,000
    52,000

    30,902,000
    36.52
    16.54
    12.28
    11.73
    10.51
    6.36
    1.86
    3.71
    0.32
    0.17

    100%
    10,722,295
    4,268,483
    3,720,212
    3,347,631
    2,344,362
    1,308,352
    797,206
    343,139
    32,212
    18,644

    26,902,536
    39.86
    15.87
    13.83
    12.44
    8.71
    4.86
    2.96
    1.28
    0.12
    0.07

    100%
    -3.34%
    0.68%
    -1.55%
    -0.72%
    1.80%
    1.50%
    -1.10%
    2.43%
    0.20%
    0.10%

    Mean absolute deviation=
    3.34%
    0.68%
    1.55%
    0.72%
    1.80%
    1.50%
    1.10%
    2.43%
    0.20%
    0.10%

    1.22%
    * Basis of the proclamation made last May 28, 1998.

    Comparing SWS Pre-Election Survey Results and Official Results*: Vice-Presidential Votes, Philippines

    SWS PRE-ELECTION SURVEY
    May 2-4, 1998 OFFICIAL RESULTS
    5-27-98 as of 7:15 p.m. SWS PRE-ELECTION SURVEY
    minus
    OFFICIAL RESULTS ABSOLUTE
    DEVIATION
    N % N %
    ARROYO
    ANGARA
    ORBOS
    OSMEÑA
    TATAD
    SUEÑO
    SANTIAGO
    SABIO
    PACHECO

    TOTAL
    14,507,000
    6,292,000
    3,453,000
    3,802,000
    684,000
    794,000
    521,000
    25,000
    0

    30,078,000
    48.23
    20.92
    11.48
    12.64
    2.27
    2.64
    1.73
    0.08
    0.00

    100%
    12,667,252
    5,652,068
    3,321,779
    2,351,462
    745,389
    537,677
    240,210
    22,010
    21,422

    25,559,269
    49.56
    22.11
    13.00
    9.20
    2.92
    2.10
    0.94
    0.09
    0.08

    100%
    -1.33%
    -1.19%
    -1.52%
    3.44%
    -0.64%
    0.54%
    0.79%
    -0.00%
    -0.08%

    Mean absolute deviation=
    1.33%
    1.19%
    1.52%
    3.44%
    0.64%
    0.54%
    0.79%
    0.00%
    0.08%

    0.87%
    * Basis of the proclamation made last May 28, 1998
    You may browse it at:

    http://www.sws.org.ph/erp-com.htm

  8. I simply said that the presidential election pre survey is accurate if conducted by credible survey firms such as SWS. The opinion of DICKLIP is completely false. In the 1998 Presidential election pre survey, Erap got 36.40% while Devenecia and Roco logged behind and the official result was Erap got 39.86% and Devenecia and Roco had almost similar actual votes as that of pre survey,

    You may browse the website of SWS so that you can be educated found below:
    http://www.sws.org.ph/erp-com.htm

  9. In the event that Noynoy does win, we will simply wait for a year then make a meme that will poke fun at his supporters.

  10. @Myron: That’s too long a honeymoon. 100 days into the presidency is probably a long enough wait. If he wins, at any rate.

    Still hoping my underdog candidate pulls through with a win.

  11. @Myron: it’s a bit lazy to call the LP a lazy party, though. Not everyone on their slate has a pedigree, and a lot of them have actually done, you know, stuff.

    All the parties have members political dynasties in their ranks, so, that’s sadly par for the course.

  12. Yeah, I wrote that when I was unaware of their marketing strategy. But the sad thing about it is that their aces in the hole have pedigrees that a common Juan dela Cruz would know and recognize.

    On a side note, DICKLIP defined LP in ways that I would’ve used if I wasn’t a tad too late in posting a comment (the definition simply loses its meaning when used repeatedly)

  13. @DICKLIP: that’s polictics for you. They are making the gullible mass to believe that Noynoy is the best bet against Villar and showing that Villar is the most evil of the candidates for presidency (and it seems to me Noynoy has hired a better PR and marketing team). I just hate to see a Lazy Party win just because they use the pedigrees of their members.

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