Senator Richard Gordon, presidential candidate of the Bagumbayan party, struck another blow against traditional Philippine politics (I guess) this weekend when he urged the Commission on Elections to ban the distribution and use of sample ballots with pre-shaded candidates’ entries.
Senator Richard Gordon, presidential candidate of the Bagumbayan party, does not mince words. So when he says incumbent Senator Manuel Lapid deserves to be president more than Liberal Senator Benigno Aquino III, he means it.
Why he would say such a thing is another matter entirely. I mean, come on. Really?
I get that in politics, you sometimes have to get as many blows in as you can. Anything to get ahead and all that. But Lapid? Really?
Call it a preemptive strike, or some sort of premature ejaculation, but the Indolent Indio received a press release from Bagumbayan Senator Richard Gordon pretty much telling Liberal Senator Benigno Aquino III to STFU.
We cannot deny that Sen. Richard Gordon has done monumental things in developing Philippine tourism. His “Wow,Philippines!” and the miracle that is the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority will forever be his legacy.
Extending the “Wow!” campaign for cheap mileage by subtly putting it on Red Cross vehicles, though, makes Gordon just about as petty as your basic Barangay Captain who puts his name on Barangay patrol multi-cabs and tricycles that don’t belong to him.
With this (probably) unintended consequence: because the Red Cross is usually dispatched to calamity areas and war zones, the general message seems to be “Wow! A disaster involving horrible loss of life!”
It isn’t so much that the Red Cross cares, the hidden political ad suggests, but because calamities are incredibly exciting.