Why do you think a lot of Filipinos still like ERAP?
July 2, 2007 2:36am CST
The Estrada was the shortest presidency ever recorded in the Philippines (I hope I am right here). Bearing the image as man of the masses, Mr. Estrada was indeed popular all over the country having gathered the highest votes in all presidential elections we had. Unfortunately, he was seen as a weak president moving within his sucking friends and officials. He was ousted by a bloodless revolt with the manipulation and cooperation of the military. Up to now, he is still detained for charges of corruption and what have you. And he is still popular. What do you think this is so?
2 Jul 07
Erap won the Presidency very clearly, no cheating. That was what the people like and whatsoever would have been the result of his being president, that was the will of the people - to be led by such kind of a person. The people did not see what could have happened had Estrada completed his term because they grabbed the Presidency and so the people kept hoping especially because GMA did not do better. Many years have past and so Estrada could no longer become the President but the people have shown their disgust with GMA by the election of the senators in the opposition. For me that is a big slap on the part of GMA. Her leadership is not approved by the people and in fact, her win in the Presidential elections is still in question. That's what is painful with the Filipino people. They were cheated.
10 Jul 07
Those people still wanting him are blind. common people, mostly his supporters either have their own interest on defending him or are blind people beleiving in him, on nothing, or misinformed by their own groups. People like erap are not worthy to be leaders. Put it, he is better a fictional hero on TV snd better if he just stayed like that and bettered his life as a family man and not a leader of this sad nation. People who oust him are not the heroes either. There shoud be no villain here and no protagonist as the movies. Most common people think like that. The true villain is that evil deeds we'e attracting in our lives because maybe of lack of thinking. No one true solution is ever heard, because up to now, we are still confused defining what is the core problem. To name it, people always point out corruption. It might be absolutely true to be one of the problems, but the root, root cause what is it? What is the true disease? We cannot look at the old novels of Rizal to copy, we have to analyze the presrnt, ourselves, and that man, is an example. I don't think, our antion changed from what it was before. The world grew and we learned. Now to look at it, there are many universities than before. That should have been a sign that we are more educated people, but we are not chnaged from the ignorant and it is sad. If the phils has grown steadily postive from the true wisdom those great minds cultivated, but intellectuals modern there are playing with the devils of their minds.
10 Jul 07
I think too that we should not rely on media for news esp. some bias reporters, they are stupid. It is hard to see the light when youre blinded by too many misinformation. Though people are different and can learn differently, I think those media should not be part of our everyday lives because they mislead young and old minds alike.
3 Jul 07
"man of the masses". a huge number of filipinos are not so rich. many of us just eat 3 times a day or maybe just 2. im not really sure. or worse, once or not at all some bad days. a lot of filipinos are hungry. the physiological need is not really satisfied. in maslow's hierarchy of needs, physiological is to be satisfied first before climbing up to psychological, belongingness, self-esteem, and self actualization. the main concern of most of the poor families is food. what is important is for them to have that need. lack of nutrition affects our thinking. perhaps they dont care whether estrada is corrupt and weak as seen by others who could maybe think better. the masses sees him as someone who loves them and is concern about their life. these people see him as someone compassionate about their woes. maybe estrada has touched a huge part of the masses' heart from making movies that relate to masses up to eating using only his hands. these people found a "kakampi". they dont care whether he is corrupt or not. maybe they dont even know the meaning of the word because for them, having someone who understand them is enough. a lot of us does not understand the face of poverty because we have not experieced it. but maybe estrada was able to do so.
2 Jul 07
Estrada's popularity is still great up until now, but it can be observed that his popularity had waned throughout the year he was in house arrest. The climax oh his popularity (his landslide victory against de venecia and the People Power 3) is now long gone. One can still say that he still have a clout, but it is now gone. Look what happened to PMAP, a partylist that supports ERAP? It did not fared well last elections. Erap is still popular, it seems, because of the unpopularity of the current administration. I gave this observation because many people I met said that the the country is better under Estrada's term. Erap's popularity can also be viewed like the films where the protagonist were always beaten in the beginning but will be triumphant in the end. Kumbaga, ang bida ay nagpapabugbog muna bago manalo. Filipinoes love underdogs.