Tuesday, July 23, 2002


On Violence Against Politics, part One; the Tapat Chronicles or: Ekai Goes Political

I've said that it's Frosh Elections at DLSU Manila. Students from the freshmen batch go door to door campaigning. They have spiels that go like commercials. You know, faultless timing and rhymes. They have catchy (albeit stupid) slogans like real politicians.

So Maite, Iji and I got to thinking: what, we're supposed to be voting for these guys? You've GOT to be kidding.

Then Maite told us an interesting story.

Her brother, J.O., (who I SO worship for being one of the COOLEST persons on earth existing) had been given the very same commercial campaigning back in his freshman year. So when one of the political parties went in and did their thing, when they asked for questions, J.O. began asking. And asking. And asking.

The political parties both profess to do things that will "make YOUR life better!" and "for YOUR benefit!". J.O. began asking for specifics.

Oh, the candidates gave him answers. Circular answers that didn't tell him anything. Until, finally, they said the very words that were the key to their downfall.

"Actually, we have no definite plans yet."

Now, see why I love J.O.?

The message was clear as J.O.'s class fell in stunned silence.

"Why should we vote for you now?"

Today, we strive to do the same thing. We question, like the great Greek/Roman guy told us to do. He said "Question Everything".

Brilliant idea.

And so Ekai went questioning. And questioning. I began asking questions that demanded answers they had to provide. Yes, they gave answers, but not the answers I want. They went in circles, like the old candidates in J.O.'s story. The questions were simple: Why are you running? and What can you do? They pulled it all over the place,but no answers came about.

This was only from Tapat, the Alyansang Tapat sa LaSalista.

Maite, Iji and I plan to know what Santugon's views are tomorrow.

I'm going to have a lot of fun.


1:33 AM
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