‘Daang Matuwid’: PH’s most wacko slogan ever — plagiarized from Islam?

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“I’ve taken the righteous path.”
 –Abu Hattab, 13-year old boy explaining why he joined ISIS and why
Americans should be beheaded, as reported in a BBC news clip.

President Aquino’s Daang Matuwid will go down in our history as the most wacko and hypocritical slogan—and non-program of government—of any administration.

The term embodies though his and his Yellow Gang’s self-righteous and moralistic worldview, that they are God’s anointed messiahs who could save the Philippines from an age of corruption—no one else. You’d be surprised though where the term came from. Read on.

Like a mantra, Aquino intoned “Daang Matuwid” 15 times in his last State of the Nation address: “kuwento ng ating paglalakbay sa Daang Matuwid,” “reporma sa Daang Matuwid,” “mga kasama sa Daang Matuwid,” ad nauseam. The official transcript of his speech capitalizes Daang Matuwid—as an ideology or a religion would be. (To get an idea of how ridiculous this is, imagine how US President Obama would be laughed out of office if he had used a similar term, e.g., “The Righteous Path” as his political slogan and intoned the term in his State of the Union addresses.)


It is almost comical when his sidekick Mar Roxas, scion of two of the country’s hacendero clans, intonates the Pilipino term as he speaks English, as if it were an esoteric religion of which he is the next Messenger, after Aquino.

If only for us Filipinos to be forever spared from hearing this ridiculous term again, we have to vote for whoever Aquino’s anointed will run against.

I suspect though that Aquino’s SONA will be the last time we will be hearing somebody say “Daang Matuwid” before a crowd.

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Where Aquino picked up his “Daang Matuwid”? Left, book that populazed Islam in the the West. Right, new Liberal Party logo, old party logo, and Boy Abunda – -did he recommend the term to his friend?

No one in the Liberal Party likes it, and most of them have been wondering now how it got to be this administration’s and the party’s slogan. Most of them even seem embarrassed to use the slogan. The Liberal Party however adopted the term in 2012 as its official slogan too, changing its old logo  (with the “Liberal Marangal” motto) it had used since 1946 with one having the slogan , “Sa Daang Matuwid, Asensong Walang Patid.”

Reflecting the absence of a sense of nation among Liberals today especially Aquino, the new Liberal Party logo has little reference to the Philippine flag. Instead, Aquino’s “yellow ribbon” is its dominant symbol.

Eugenio Romerica’s idea?

Only small minds like Aquino’s would embrace that moralistic term as a slogan for a program of government. I was told that it was his and his sister Kris’ bosom friend, publicist, Atenean Eugenio Romerica “Boy” Abunda who recommended the slogan, who claimed that it will strike a chord among graft-tired Filipinos even as it alludes to some fairy tale.

You just have to remember other past Philippine presidents’ slogans to realize how wacky “Daang Matuwid” as a program of government is.

Carlos P. Garcia, the first President under the Second Republic, had his “Filipino First” slogan. Ramon Magsaysay had his “Those who have less in life should have more in law.” Marcos had “This nation will be great again” in his first elected term, and for martial-law “Towards the New Society.” Ramos had his “Philippines 2000” that envisioned a modern nation in the new millennium.

Erap had his “Erap para sa Mahirap” although it turned to be really be “Erap para kay Erap.” Gloria Macaapgal-Arroyo had her “Towards a Strong Republic,” a call to strengthen our nation-state.

So what exactly is  Aquino’s “Daang Matuwid,” and where’d it come from?

I had thought it was from the Jewish-Christian Old Testament’s Proverbs 4:18: “The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn that grows brighter until the full light of day.”

Indeed, the term “The Righteous Path” creates that image of a crazed Christian, self-righteous minister in America’s Deep South holding aloft a Bible and shouting, “Repent, for the end is near” and spewing fire and brimstone on nonbelievers — and on the corrupt.

That image jibes with the holier-than-thou yet hypocritical attitude of Aquino, his officials and his supporters.

They condemn the alleged corruption of the past administration, yet refuse to condemn the blatant corruption in the MRT-3, the military-procurement contracts, and their new, masked pork-barrel schemes. They had the Chief Justice booted for not reporting his dollar account earned years when he was a corporate lawyer, yet they bribe legislators with hundreds of millions of pesos — from taxpayers’ money — in order to do so. His fans say he is incorruptible, yet he has not released the deeds of sale of his P15-million Porsche he got early in his term. A big fan of Aquino, Jim Paredes, pretends to be concerned about the nation, when in his middle-aged years, he chooses to be an Australian.

Aquino mentions the “NBN-ZTE” scandal in his SONA, yet hasn’t explained why the Czech ambassador himself accused his high ranking officials of trying to extort money from the firm that would supply MRT-3 additional and replacement coaches. That’s the first time in modern history an ambassador has accused his host government’s officials of such corruption.

However, “Daang Matuwid” doesn’t really translate to the “Righteous Path.” The official Malacañang translation of the term when Aquino uses it (as in the last SONA) is “The Straight Path.”

On the surface, it could have been borrowed from the term “straight and narrow path,” an allusion to Matthew 7:14: “straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life.’’

But Aquino has never used “Daang Matuwid and Makitid,” has he?

So where was the term “Straight Path” — “Daang Matuwid’s” official translation to English — been prominently used before?

The Straight Path

After some research, I was surprised. It has been used to refer to Islam, which its adherents say is the “Straight Path to Allah.” The very first verses of that religion’s holy book in fact reads:

“You do we call on for help; guide us on the Straight Path, the path of those whom You have blessed, not of those who earn your anger nor those who go astray. (Quran 1:1-7)”

I was told there are several places in the Quran where that the term is used, although I could find only two:

“God said: This will be a straight path to me. You shall have no authority except over those who are perverse and follow you. Hell shall be their promised place”( Quran 15:41)

“God speaks to no human except through revelation why or from behind a veil or He sends a messenger [angel]and reveals whatever he wills … a straight path, the path of God.” (Quran 42:51-53)

In fact a best-seller published in 1988 considered to be the most comprehensive and accurate presenation of Islam to the West was entitled “Islam: The Straight Path.” The Quranic verses above were lifted from this book, although I verified them as indeed being in the Quran in my copy of its English translation, published by the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Quran in Madinah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

If I were a devout Muslim, I’d be offended that the very description of Islam — the Straight Path — has been hijacked by Aquino and used to fool the nation. Aquino has made a term for Islam one of ridicule and even revulsion.

However, with due respect to Muslims, it was a kind of aha! moment for me to find out that Aquino’s “Daang Matuwid” was plagiarized from Islam.

While there are undoubtedly moderate, modern branches of the Muslim religion, it has been known, more than modern Christianity, to see the world in black-and-white terms, with Muslims, like the medieveal Christians, thinking that every other religion in the world is wrong. After all, rationality had been forced-fed to Christianity when its bastion, Europe, underwent the Age of Enlightenment in the 17th century, and after Martin Luther’s Reformation rid it of a lot of its superstitious aspects.

In contrast, Islam had its “Age of Enlightenment” — known as its Golden Age — much earlier, starting in the 8th century when it was centuries ahead of Europe in the sciences, culture, and philosophy. After that, however, it mostly became a rigid military and state religion, so that Islam today has hardly changed from its medieval world-views.

Aquino’s Daang Matuwid is in essence as neurotically messianic as the Taliban and now the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria are. It captured the imagination only of the feeble-minded wishing to escape their little selves.

It has served only to ignore other imperatives for our country to be prosperous and equitable, mainly strengthening the state and its institutions.

We’re lucky Aquino is stepping down, and I’m sure no President in the future will be stupid enough to adopt such a batty, pirated slogan.

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24 Comments

  1. andami niyong komento,wala naman tayong naambag para sa pag-unlad ng ‘inang bayan’. baka nga sa komunidad ninyo wala kayong naiambag! ang bansa pa ang pakialaman niyo. nag iingay lang kayo mga matatalinong tao,kuno!.

  2. Noytard on the loose… ed cabrera, don’t you noytards get tired of saying that same line over and over? That’s solid proof that all you PENOY ass kissers are dimwits because you don’t even realize that you’re all saying that same old line in all of social media.

  3. “You are never dedicated to something you have complete confidence in. No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They know it’s going to rise tomorrow. When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it’s always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt.” ― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

  4. A lot of Brohahahha! lahat ba kayo guys kasamana ang editor ay galing sa iisang school? yon bang tawag doon “University of shameless people”. Where you learned and master the degree in hating.Have you an alternate President in mind? Pare-pareho lang tayo lahat tao at mahilig sa pera kaya gagawin at gagawin ang paraan para magkapera kaya kailangan may batas ang bayan natin na mahigpit at magpaparusa sa mga taong hindi sumusunod sa batas na yon. So wala di ba? kaya ang kailangan natin ay isang sistema na titigil at naangkop sa mga paguugali natin na mga walang hiya.Death Penalty sa mga corrupt umpisahan kay Gloria, Corona, Enrile,Jinggoy at Bong.Kaya ba ninyo isigaw ang Death Penalty sa mga corrupt? hindi! kaya tigil na kayo sa pagiging mga experts sa governance.

  5. Nobody told those corrupt clowns in Congress that half the tax money they spend is not theirs to take and give to their family.

    Nobody told them they weren’t supposed to set up deals where they get millions in bribes for awarding contracts.

    No one told them not to give their 200 million peso pork barrel allocations to fake NGO’s ?

    No one told them not to impeach Chief Justice Corona for 50 million peso’s each even tho he wasn’t guilty ?

    No one told Ombudsman Morales not to lie in the impeachment trial of Corona ?
    No one told Ombudsman Morales to investigate and charge anyone who misused the unconstitutional Dap Fund ?

    No one told De Lima to investigate and charge everyone who stole the pork barrel and Dap funds which is why she only charged the opposition members?

    No one told Mar Roxas that people would like it eat and drink water at least once a week after Typhoon Yolanda ?

    No one told the President that the SAF 44 were being massacred and needed reinforcements ?

  6. I always thought that PNoy’s Daang Matuwid concept was copied from the “Golden Path” story arc of Frank Herbert’s Dune series. The “Golden Path” was Leto Atreides II (son of Paul Atreides, the Muad’Dib) vision of future. When he became the leader, he ignored and destroyed traditional cultural and political institutions just to achieve his vision of the “Golden Path”. Sounds familiar?

  7. Aquino has “Daang Matuwid” but he is more popular with his “No Plates and No Stickers Available”.

  8. Boy Abunda is the appropriate poster boy for this Yellow government – spineless and effeminate.

    • Heard Boy was supportive of the President after his SONA which is a big surprise seeing he is best friends with the Aquino’s.

      Kris Aquino gave Boy a 3 million peso Hummer as a gift when he got sick a while back so what a surprise that he thinks Aquino is doing a great job as President.
      Boy Abunda supports people who give him Hummers.

    • No amount of hummers will make boy abunda aka “feeling one of the presidential sisters” macho. I hope he does not make bulong to PNoy just bec OK na Sa U.S. Supreme Court, “make gaya-gays na rin same sex marriage Sa Pinas”. No to Anti-SOGI bill.

  9. Abnoy-noyingski on

    Ed Cabrera: are you still supporting any of those crooked guys even if you know that they are no longer doing the right thing?

  10. ROXAS SAID: IF AQUINO PASSES THE “TUWID NA DAAN” BASKETBALL TO ME, I WILL NOT ONLY DRIBBLE IT; I WILL JUMP HIGH TO DUNK IT.”

    IT IS CONSISTENT WITH FACT THAT “DAANG MATUWID” IS REALLY IN EXISTENT UNDER THE 5 YEAR OLD ADMINISTRATION OF PRESIDENT AQUINO. AND TO THOSE UNFAMILIAR WITH THE FARCICAL “TUWID NA DAAN” IT IS A PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE ARISTOCRACY, YELLOW SOCIETY AND THE OLIGARCHY OR THE CHOSEN FEW.

    WHILE THE “RAG TAG” OR THE COMMON TAO IS PRECARIOUSLY AND THOUGHTLESSLY NEGLECTED WITHOUT A TRUE LEADERSHIP AND SET OF PRINCIPLES TO GUIDE THE MAJORITY.

    OUR SOCIETY IS COMPOSED OF 26% POOR… WHILE THE “UNPOOR” IS 64% THE “UNPOOR” IS PRECARIOUSLY HANGING ABOVE THE POOR WITHOUT SECURITY, STABILITY AND LIES DEPENDENT ON THE WILL OF ANOTHER.

    WHILE THE REMAINING 10% ARE THE ARISTOCRACY, THE YELLOW SOCIETY AND THE OLIGARCHY WERE THE TRUE LEADERSHIP OF BENIGNO AQUINO III IS AT ITS BEST.

  11. If only Mar would be a little different from Noynoy slogan saying ‘ililiko ko ang daang matuwid’ baka medyo tatas ang rating niya. But still, I will not vote for him. he..he..he…

  12. ” A big fan of Aquino, Jim Paredes, pretends to be concerned about the nation, when in his middle-aged years, he chooses to be an Australian.”

    Australian citizen na pala si Jim Paredes.

    • ang alam ko matagal ng residente dun sa australia itong si paredes. pamilya nya ay nandun sa australia. wala yatang raket dun kaya umuwi dito.

  13. Theres no such thing as Daang matuwid. All our Daan are sanga sanga or liko liko or curving, or dead end. Kaya ang Daang matuwid ni P-Noy means the other way around. He is just hallucinating. His mind and thinking are not matuwid its opposite.

  14. When will we ever have a leader who people will support? No matter what type of program or platform a president would have or try to implement, there would be someone like you who would criticize it, or put it down. I have lived through the presidency of Garcia, Macapagal, Quirino,Garcia, Marcos, Erap, GMA, Cory, FVR, and now, PNoy, (not necessarily in the right order) and have not heard anything good about any of them. Why? One important thing I’ve learned when I was working. Be supportive. Be a part of the solution. Because, being unsupportive. Being a part of the problem is counter productive. Shouldn’t we, maybe, start being part of the solution? Start finding ways to be supportive?

    • you support when you agree.. i am one who fervently disagree with this president..vindictive and a liar.. big-time..!!

    • Be part of the problem, be part of the corruption, go along to get along.

      “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”.

      Let’s all support the corrupt. The corrupt are just misunderstood.

    • kaya nga at the start of a presidents term, mataas ang kanyang approval rating kasi suportado sya ng mga tao thinking that we hope he is a good choice. as time goes by at lumalabas ang kanyang kawalang alam o kawalang aksyon sa mga problema ang tao ay nadidismaya na sa kanya kaya ayun kaliwa kanan ang banat sa kanya. ganyan kahit saan because the president was elected due to his promises but eventually he cannot or sometimes does not want to fulfill.