Sa loob ng beerhouse:
G.R.O. (Sumasayaw): Ganito po sa amin, walang maayos na trabaho. Walang tutulong.
MAR ROXAS: Anak tumabi ka…ako ang gigiling.
(Inside a beerhouse:
G.R.O. (Dancing lasciviously): It’s been always like this. I cannot find a decent job. No one is going to help.
MAR ROXAS: Anak move over…let me do the dancing.)
I was in the toilet during my break when I received this SMS joke from a classmate in college. Political jokes do not interest me. They are uninteresting, funny in a very shallow way, and they lose their humor pretty quickly. Besides politicians in the Philippines are more laughable than the jokes they inspire. It’s like doing a parody of a joke. And that’s not at all funny.
Reading this joke above, however, made me reconsider my prejudgment. It was intelligently written. For one it is making a commentary on the supposed questionable sexuality of presidential candidate Mar Roxas. Not that it matters to me. In fact it doesn’t. But my take on this is a minority; in patriarchal Philippines a leader is compelled to live within the confines of stringent gender roles. Hybridizing is anomalous; and an anomaly is not easily accepted in Philippine politics. It is a sign of weakness, incompetence, moral degeneracy. So being a homosexual or being rumored as homosexual, even a trickle of this flamboyant blood running in one’s vein means a doomed political career.
In the Philippines they want to liken their male leaders to boars inseminating as many mistresses as their semen sac can ejaculate. And their female leaders to be feminine and virginal. In the event she exhibits any sign of ‘libertarian’ tendencies then all is going down the drain for her.
Confused, unsure, or men and women opting to be in the middle ground are forever barred from politics. So they either remain closeted or come out and forget about politics altogether. This is Roxas’s problem. Unless he disproves this accusation hurled at him on his being binabae, baklush, bayot, bading, fairy, etc. then his dream of being in Malacanang is laid off. This will explain his much publicized rushed engagement with popular newreader Korina Sanches.
But the more important subtext of this joke is the politicians over-eagerness to help their voters that they end up disenfranchizing them in the crucial part of decision-making, of letting them decide their fate. Instead of empowering the voters and letting them find solutions to their individual problems by themselves, through their own effort and intellect, our politicians claim the burdens to themselves eventually making the forget them very reason why they are in public office.
Politicians in the Philippines are the most braggart lot; they’re so full of themselves, and are self proclaimed messiahs.
Mar Roxas, in his comatose-inducing Padyak ads, took the place of the boy in the driver’s seat, seated him in the passengers’ seat with his sister and drove the pedicab and jejunely uttered the flavorless tagline: Lalaban tayo! (We’ll fight this out!) He never proposed a solution, probably he meant to drive for the boy for a day, an earning insufficient to feed the boy’s family. Or he might have even wanted for himself the contemptibly small amount the boy will earn for a day in driving pedicab.
Filipino politicians need to do a thorough system review and ask themselves whether their public relations department is doing its job. Gone are the days of gullible voters. Technology and the media are breeding more educated and sophisticated citizens. Why not instead of waging ad wars based on soap operatic themes, politicians consider presenting us definite platform of government? Enough with neurons-obliterating tactics. We demand substantial discussion of issues and not pa-pogi stance that has been repeatedly tried in previous elections. We’re sick and tired. And the political jokes circulating around is our response.
Don’t take us seriously and we’ll make fools of you.