MALACAÑANG’S breast-thumpers claim that the reported “increase” in the net satisfaction rating of BS Aquino The Last in the second quarter of 2015 was due to his “firm” stand on the Law on the Bangsa Moro (LBM), aka Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
That’s incredible! How can this be true when an earlier survey showed that 48 percent of the respondents were against the LBM and only 23 percent approved of it? If more people are against the LBM, then his insistence on its passage should lower his net satisfaction rating. Incidentally, whatever happened to BS Aquino’s claim that he would always listen to his “bosses?”
A survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) in Q2 of 2015 purported to show that the net satisfaction rating of the administration was a “good” +31 percent, a 12-point increase from the “moderate” +19 in March 2015. And what caused the administration to “rebound” from its lowest-ever rating the previous quarter? Search me for I see nothing spectacular that the President had done in a quarter — unless you call flag-waving against China such.
Bongbong’s incredible leap
Sen. Bongbong Marcos’s improved image is also incredible in the sense that it’s a mega jump.
In 1992, I believed that the Marcos name resonated only in the Ilocos region. That was the year Mrs. Imelda R. Marcos ran for president. I was in a Cagayan town when Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, then campaigning for a House seat, told a congregation that he was endorsing the candidacy of Speaker Ramon V. Mitra. An elderly man who looked like a farmer said he preferred Mrs. Marcos and a great applause greeted that declaration. I asked JPE why he didn’t press for Mitra further and he answered with a sigh of resignation: “There’s only so much that we could do!”
Mrs. Marcos went on to win in Cagayan and other provinces dominated by Ilocanos. Nationwide, she placed fourth in a field of seven presidential candidates, pooling more votes than Mitra, Jovito R. Salonga and Salvador Laurel. While she lost, her only son Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos 2nd won as Ilocos Norte congressman, handily defeating reelectionist Rep. Mariano Nalupta Jr.
In the Ninth Congress (1992-1995), many privilege speeches were delivered on the floor excoriating martial law. Nevertheless, Bongbong might have believed that this had eased in 1995 for he decided to run for senator that year under the umbrella of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC). Unfortunately for him, he didn’t fare well. The name “Marcos” was still anathema to many voters. How can one campaign effectively while being on the defensive?
There could be another reason for his defeat in 1995. Some NPC sources told me that he was junked for campaigning all alone most of the time. Among the NPC senatorial candidates, only he had a helicopter at his complete disposal and he reportedly rarely allowed others to hitch a ride on his chopper.
With his defeat, Bongbong went back to Ilocos Norte where the Marcoses are invincible. He made a new bid for the Senate in 2010, when anti-martial law sentiments had eased. In fact, he shared smoothly the campaign stage with a former martial law prisoner, Satur Ocampo. I noted that at the campaign, he didn’t dwell on his family name. Rather, he concentrated on his accomplishments as governor and congressman of Ilocos Norte, and they were not only many but also impressive.
His victory in 2010 proved that the Marcos name could no longer weigh him down. His “no” vote on the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona showed to all and sundry that he couldn’t be ordered around by Malacañang. He’s again on the right path in seeking amendments to the LBM to make it compliant with the Constitution and more acceptable to the sectors that were ignored in the peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
He’s been making the right moves such that many are now saying he should try for a higher office in 2016. Will this mark the second coming of a Marcos? A recent post on Facebook comparing Macoy with the late Sen. Ninoy Aquino drew thousands of comments, mostly favorable to Marcos.
The evident resurgence of a second look at the late strongman could only be due to the failure of post-EDSA administrations, especially the incumbent one, to bring the country to a higher level. Extra-judicial killings, the murder of more newsmen, the resurgence of pork barrel, selective justice and uncontrolled corruption under Aquino can’t be blamed on previous administrations.