Fellow GRP writer Ilda nailed it quite succinctly: Filipinos are overly emotional.
Emotions are known to drive people to do irrational things, and Filipinos are no exception to this rule.
They grew tired of someone they deemed a dictator 26 years before, decided to throw him and his family out, and the rest is history.
Freed from the “yoke of oppression”, as Filipinos are wont to call it, they set out to undertake an experiment with democracy and freedom that continues to this day. It makes one wonder: is there a link between being overly emotional and being free, in the Philippine context?
Politics in the Philippines is, for the most part, characterized by emotional hooks to popular sentiment, and appeals to how people intangibly feel.
Concrete evidence, such as platforms, that can be quantified and more easily translated to a credible road map for what people in government plan to do, take a backseat, or are even totally ignored. Cory Aquino was voted in due to the popular belief of “tama na, sobra na” (enough is enough) when it came to Marcos’ so-called tyranny.
Erap was voted in because the people felt his roles as an action star would translate into a competent president.
FPJ was nearly elected in 2004, due to similar reasons as to why the people voted in Erap.Gloria Arroyo felt the wrath of the angry mob, particularly because she wasn’t popular with the media. Noynoy Aquino was catapulted into the presidency because of an outpouring of grief for his dead mother.The media had been able to brainwash the people into blaming her for everything gone wrong. It’s quite easy to see that whenever Filipinos had to make that tough decision of electing a president, they used their “gut” instead of analyzing data rationally and logically at least four times.If the state of the Philippines today is any indication, the combination of being ‘free’ and using emotion to guide one’s decisions has been nothing but a recipe for disaster.The whole point of being a democracy is to hold your leaders accountable. If you ask a Filipino now what it means to be ‘free’, more likely he/she will give you the impression that it means to do something that person wants, without regard for the consequences.Add to that the baseless sense that Filipinos have of self-importance which they put above everything and everyone else, and you have an entity that is out of control.