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On Boy, Ogie and Dingdong by PDI Columnist Antonio J. Montalvan II

EVEN as the euphoria had barely peaked, the dampener came from the presumptive president-elect himself. It would appear now that Noynoy Aquino is a man who does not have deep pockets.

End your hopes for an agenda of change. Aside from having has-beens like Dinky Soliman and the Hyatt 10, the incoming Aquino Cabinet will be filled by personalities not on the basis of what he had guaranteed would be a government of meritocracy. In fact, as is usual for traditional politicians, and this is something many of you do not expect of a Noynoy Aquino presidency, his appointments will be based on payback. That is gleaned from the names he had been floating as we kill time during this long period of the agonizingly antiquated canvass going on at our low-tech Congress.

Qualifications of an Ateneo de Manila diploma and master’s studies in international diplomacy notwithstanding, we shall not comment on the merits of Boy Abunda as tourism secretary. When blogs and Facebook commentaries spread word of Abunda as a possible “ambassador” and Kris as intending to “re-decorate Malacañang,” there were not a few sneers. People’s expectations are high and why ever not.

Well, not only are they high, expectations now appear to be overestimating the real mettle of Aquino. Boy Abunda will neither be ambassador nor chair of the Optical Media Board, but secretary of tourism, as Aquino himself had articulated—notwithstanding Abunda’s denial of I-will-not-accept-it-now-but-after-my-ABS-CBN-contract-expires line.

And Ogie Alcasid and Dingdong Dantes, they of the star-studded campaign sorties of Noynoy as well as in his torch-bearing television ad, corny as it was, will be rewarded with plum posts. So far, no denials have sprung forth from the Times Street camp of the vacationing presumptive president-elect.

Unlike the rest, we shall not say that Boy Abunda, Ogie Alcasid and Dingdong Dantes are “just entertainers.” No. Government is, to use that time-honored all-encompassing axiom of Abraham Lincoln, of, by and for the people. Entertainers, all things being thus equal, are on the same par as lawyers and technocrats. No problem with that.

But, my God, can’t he find anyone outside Kris Aquino’s circle of stars and cliques? Our reading therefore—or fear—that the Noynoy campaign was greased with Kris Aquino’s bounty of campaign funds and therefore has to be repaid by utang na loob to the tactless and unabashed sister looks correct. Ergo, sounding more valid now is “Kris Aquino’s Despedida.” And no, we are not sore losers, as Kris had said. We are citizens of this republic wanting change, Noynoy voters or not. Elections are over. http://opinion.inquirer.net/inquireropinion/columns/view/20100607-274256/Boy-Ogie-and-Dingdong

The premises here are just a few of  the many [unfortunately for the Philippines] that had people raising their eyebrows, shaking their heads in disbelief and tsk. tsk – ing on the looming path that president-elect Aquino seems to be starting on, this early in the game.

I have kept quiet on the entire hullabaloo, wanting to give Aquino the benefit of the doubt; he is after all, chosen by the people [although I’m not one of dem peoples]; but it seems that there is nothing doubtful anymore as to where this country is headed — down where the klieg lights shine.  Tsk. Tsk.

Here comes the Parade of Stars, take out your cameras for a souvenir photo; wait for the fake smile and then, S-N-A-P!  That’s all you’re getting for the next 6 years… too bad a vote is only worth a photo now.


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