The Aquino Political Dynasty

By N Mark Castro

Friedrich Nietzsche

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Indeed, it was the deranged Friedrich Nietzsche who gave such a foreboding warning to would-be heroes, but one in which everyone else fails …

Back in the days, the most notorious of the political clans in the Philippines was the Marcos Dynasty. They never stopped telling us this.

President Ferdinand Marcos ruled for over 20 years, they said, and siphoned off the country’s resources.

Never again, they said.

Never again will we let our leaders steal from the blood and sweat of the people.

And yet this man, elected with the highest popular vote in recent Philippine electoral history, was tried by Congress and Senate of the Republic of the Philippines, and convicted of graft and corruption by Philippine Courts.

Never again, they said.

Never again would we let tyranny run supreme and be controlled by one person.

And yet this diminutive woman would cheat her way through Philippine elections over an idiotic and forgiving public, with the acquiescence of the Philippine Catholic Church, inserting almost a decade of rule to the entire 7,100 islands of the Republic of the Philippines.

Never again, they said.

Never again would we let those who abused us perpetuate themselves in power.

And yet, the Marcoses are back and managing one of the strongest provinces in the entire country, Northern Luzon, and with access to funds of the state.

Never again, they said.

Never again will we let the injustice suffered by Ninoy Aquino and those who fought and died for the freedom of the Filipino people.

Ah, Ninoy.

The Hope of the Philippines.

He had youth, wit, intelligence, integrity, and fought against the political dynasty of the land.

When Ninoy was assassinated, it catapulted his homemaker wife into the halls of power.

At the time, her relatives came to help her.

Agapito “Butz” Aquino became a Senator of the Philippines and congressman of Makati City. He is the brother of former senators Benigno Aquino, Jr. and Tessie Aquino-Oreta, and sister-in-law of then President Corazon Aquino.

And then there was Tessie Aquino-Oreta. Before being elected to the Senate in 1998, she represented the district of Malabon City-Navotas at the House of Representatives for three consecutive terms, from 1987-1998.

Her son Antolin “Len Len” Oreta is the incumbent mayor of Malabon City.

On Cory’s side, there was her brother Peping Cojuangco

Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. is the President of the Philippine Olympic Committee and former Representative of the 1st District of Tarlac to the 5th Congress (1961-1965), 6th Congress (1965-1969), 8th Congress (1987-1992), 9th Congress (1992-1995), and 10th Congress (1995-1998) of the Philippines, Presidential adviser on Food Security, and President of the Philippine Equestrian Association of the Philippines. He was part of the Philippine Tatler’s list of Who’s Who of the Philippines, 2009.

Being a brother to the president made him powerful as it was then … and even now.

Lest we forget, however, there’s his socialite wife, Tingting Cojuangco.

She was the former Chairman of the Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (Kampi) party and a member of the Council of Philippine Affairs (COPA). She is currently vying for one of the 12 senatorial spots in the 2013 Philippine general elections that will be held in May 2013. She is the aunt of the most powerful single man in the entire Republic of the Philippines.

But not to be outdone, comes now another relative of Ninoy Aquino, the dead great fighter of political dynasty.

Riding high on his facial similarities with the late great Ninoy Aquino, Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aguirre Aquino IV enters the Philippine Senatorial Elections this May 2013, with an early possible indicator of success based on polling.

Bam is a Filipino social entrepreneur and public servant although I’m still quite certain which public he is serving. He is, however, a former TV host.

As a venture capitalist, he got his business sense from his powerful businessman father, Ninoy Aquino’s younger brother Paul Aquino. Bam is currently the President of MicroVentures, Inc., an investment bank for start-up businesses which runs the The Hapinoy Program social enterprise. He is also a Board Member of Rags2Riches, Venture for Fundraising, and the Coca-Cola Foundation.

You’re an Aquino, one of the richest landed clan in the entire Republic of the Philippines, with its vaunted Hacienda Luisita, so forgive me if I am still trying to decipher the rags-to-riches part.

But none takes the cake than the incumbent president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, who — much like his mother, was catapulted into power when death occurred in the family. His mother, the late president Cory Aquino, died and the whole country rallied around him and gave him pity votes.

Despite his alleged incompetence, the Philippines supposedly enjoys high ratings in investment grades and has withstood economic storms.

But his biggest battle isn’t that he has dropped the ball on Sabah, and just about forgotten the national sovereignty of the Philippines as it contests the West Philippine Sea.

His biggest battle is finding a date that would go out long enough with him and … how he can beat his nephew in Wii.

So please forgive me if I find it irritating that a Philippine Catholic priest would enjoin scandalous presidential sister Kris Aquino from running in public office.

No other politician, priest, celebrity, sportsperson, newscaster, or whatever other professional title can ever hold candle against the most resilient human being in the entire archipelago of the Philippines.

She can announce on national TV that she has acquired STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) from her married lover; go out some more with married men; be accused of sexual proclivities and still come out as the most expensive product endorser and brand ambassador in the history of Philippine advertising. That and plus a ton of box-office films and advertising-driven talk show.

No, Father Melvin Castro, executive secretary of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on Family and Life.

First of all, we are not related.

Hence, you cannot take away from me the source of entertainment that the Republic of the Philippines has in its politics.

Besides, you only have the rosary.

And you can proclaim to the entire nation to abandon political dynasty, which has made the Marcoses look like petty amateurs compared to the Binays and the Aquinos.

You can even go around telling them not to vote for Kris Aquino … but, let’s get real

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She’s got these.

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About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the Southeast Asia Director of JUMP DIGITAL Asia, which is an internationally-awarded and fully integrated digital marketing agency with 5 out of 10 offices in the ASEAN region. He is also the Secretary General of the Philippine Business Club Indonesia, managing and assisting the traffic of investments between the Philippines and Indonesia. He shuttles between Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Singapore, Cambodia, and Australia. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

Posted on May 7, 2013, in General, Politics, Religion and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. wala namang problema kung my political dynasty basta totoong naglilingkod sa bayan… look at tarlac province.. sa dinami dami ng naging politikong nagmula sa Coangco-Aquino (two time president pa..mother and son) eh wala paring asenso.. atleast sa Ilocos Norte may asenso, sa Makati kahit papano meron din. Eh ang Tarlac? Anong nangyare? sila lng ang mayaman….

    • Ang usapan na pinaglalaban ng buong bayan nuon eh alisin ang political dynasty kung kaya’t nangyari ang EDSA I. Kung wala palang problema sa political dynasty, eh ba’t pa tayo nag EDSA?

  2. erdinand Edralin Marcos (1917-1989) began his career in politics with the murder of Julio Nalundasan in 1935, and ended it with the murder of Benigno Aquino, Jr., in 1983. Some believe his entire life was based on fraud, deceit, and plunder, and his two decades as president have come to epitomize the worst excesses of autocratic rule.

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