A post detailing how a simple train ride helped a netizen decide whom to vote for in the Presidential election is making the rounds online.
In a Facebook post shared more than 26,000 times. Pika Yonzon showed us inside the thought process how she came up with a conclusion that voting for Duterte is our last card before the train disembarks into a trip that will take us to the proverbial promised land.
HOW A TRAIN RIDE MADE ME FINALLY DECIDE WHO TO VOTE FOR
On my way to Divisoria, I decided to take the PNR Train to Tutuban from Pasay to save time and money. I can rough it real hard whenever needed. Traffic jam was in its usual terrible state, nagmamadali na ako. Kebs naman ang makipag siksikan. To be fair, bilib ako sa train stations. No fuss, pero precise ang information (train sched) and people who man the stations are nice.
Eto lang. Ang tao mismo problema. For one, daming basura sa riles. Mananapak na talaga ako ng tao sa mukha pag makita ko na di sila marunong mag tapon ng tama. Then when getting on/off the train, people just squeeze and shout, gambling their lives. Then the sights. Shanties with naked hungry children everywhere, ang dumi dumi. During the ride, I pondered.
Who among our presidential candidates can change these things?
As much as she impressed me during the live debate, I do not think our country needs a graceful thinking mother. She does have plans, she knows the numbers, parang Nanay na alam ang diskarte sa budget ng bahay. Pag kasama mo siya sa tren, siya yung yayakap sa’yo at sasabihin “Anak, kapit kalang sakin, ingat ka sa magnanakaw. Wag ka makikipag eye contact, hawakan mo wallet mo.” (She is the type of Mom who keep a tight rein of the house budget. If you ride the train with Poe, she is the type of Mom who Mom who will give you a hug and say,
Child, just hold on to me and be careful with the pickpockets/thieves. Avoid eye contact and hold on to your wallet.
Lola na wais. She does have the brains and balls to run after crooks. But she’s frail. She also tends to go bat shit crazy. Pag kasama mo siya sa tren, siya yung sisigawan ang naka upong lalake, “Hey you! Can’t you see I’m a woman and I am older than you? Be a gentleman and let us sit!” Tapos proud ka kasi nang away ang lola mo.
I won’t waste time trying to analyze why I will not vote for Roxas and Binay. Let’s just say: Been there, done that, didn’t work, why waste my vote. Pag sila kasama mo sa tren, Roxas will Instagram it and say “I know how it feels.” Pag si Binay naman, dedma lang, bubulsa ang napulot na P20. ( A wise grandma. She does have the brains and balls to run after crooks. But she’s frail. She also tends to go bat shit crazy. If she is someone who rides the same train with you, she is the type of passenger who will raise her voice to a man,
Can’t you see I’m a woman and I am older than you? Be a gentleman and let us sit!” Tapos proud ka kasi nang away ang lola mo. ( And you felt proud because your grandma stuck out her neck for you.
Yung klase na Tatay na old school. Yung kinakatakutan mo. Yung may sinturon o walis tambo, inaabangan ka sa gate pag late ka umuwi o di mo nahugasan yung pinagkainan. He will spank your ass until it turns black and blue so you will not forget your duties and responsibilities. And that, my dear friends, is exactly what we Filipinos need. PALO SA PWET NG MALUPIT. Tama na “ikaw boss ko” bullshit. We can’t handle democracy. Especially when ran by demagogues. Kailangan ma pingot bawat Pilipino na di marunong mag tapon ng tama. Di marunong sumunod sa traffic rules. Di marunong mag family planning. Di marunong pumila. Pag siya kasama mo sa tren baka nilabas ang baril at sinigawan lahat “Hoy kayong lahat! Magsipila kayo ng maayos! Hoy! Hindi basurahan ang riles! Gusto mo bigti kita?!” Sabay akbay sa matanda para tulungang makasakay. Rough Translation (The type of Dad that is old school. The type who patiently wait for you by the door/gate with leather belt or broom in hand when you call home late or fails to wash the dishes. He will spank your ass until it turns black and blue so you will not forget your duties and responsibilities. And that, my dear friends, is exactly what we Filipinos need.
“A good spanking in the ass is all we need. Enough, you are my boss bullshit!” the netizen ranted.
We can’t handle democracy. Especially when ran by demagogues. Filipinos need a pinch here and there especially those who do not dispose their trash properly…don’t follow basic traffic rules…don’t practice family planning…don’t follow a simple line. If he (Duterte) is riding the same train with you, in all likelihood, he is going to take out his pistol and give everyone a good tongue lashing and say,
Hey, everybody! Form a line and do it properly. Hey, the train track is not your trash can. Do you want me to put a rope around your neck?! And then wrap his arm around an old woman to help her get into the train.
To be a great country, we need to be great people. No matter how nice Poe’s plans are, no matter how solid Miriam’s promises are, it will not address the core problem: Us. And Duterte will instill fear. Terror perhaps. We do need radical change. Desperate times call for desperate measure.
Desperado na tayo sa pagbabago. Nagawa na natin si Grace Poe, nakita na natin ang caring (sosyal) mother attack kay Cory. Nakita na natin ang wits and balls kay GMA. Nakita na natin ang Mar Roxas kay Pnoy, same elitists (complete with showbiz friends). Nakita na natin ang Trapo ilan beses na. And come on, sa patalastas palang eh tagos na tagos na ang ka plastikan. Ma e-equate ba natin na nakita na natin si Duterte kay Macoy? Nah. Wala namang cronies ito. And tignan mo lang ang Davao, nang malaman mo. Nung panahon ng Yolanda, andun siya, a real Man of Action. Siya mismo nag bigay food and care straight to the victims walang parada ng press. Sa pag laban sa droga at iba pang krimen, parang Batman nga ang dating ni Duterte. Yun nga lang, si Bruce Wayne sa asylum nilalagay ang kalaban. Si Duterte sa impyerno. As much as killing people goes against my moral core, kung baga sa baraha, huling alas ko na si Duterte. ( We are desperate. We already tried someone like Grace Poe in the person of Cory Aquino because we thought she can provide the country a motherly care. We’ve seen the wits and the balls of GMA. We’ve seen the likes of Mar Roxas in the person of Pnoy – same elitist mold (complete with showbiz friends). We’ve tried traditional politicians. Come on! Looking at their TV ads, it’s full of hypocrisy! Can we see the likes of Marcos in the person of Duterte? Nah. He has no cronies. And look at Davao City for you to know. At the time of Yolanda, he was there… a man action man really. He was really there in person distributing relief goods without cameraman in tow. In the fight against drugs and other crimes, he is Batman personified. The similarities ends on how they treat the criminals. Bruce Wayne send the bad guys to the asylum while Duterte send criminals to hell. As much as killing people goes against my moral core, akin to a card game, Duterte is my last card.
Siya nga ang tipong Tatay na pipingutin ka pag naka kalat mga gamit mo sa sala. Ang tipong Tatay na papaluhurin ka sa asin pag ang report card mo puro bokya. Pero siya rin ang tipong Tatay na aabangan ka sa sala kahit madaling araw maka siguro lang na safe ka. Siya yung pag nasa mall kayo at pagod ka na, kakargahin ka sa balikat niya na may ngiti pa. Siya yung tipong Tatay na bibigay sayo yung pagkain niya pag bitin ka, kahit na gutom siya. Siya yung unang luluha pag nakita ka niyang tumanggap ng diploma. Lalong lalo na siyang tipong Tatay na sasapak sa manliligaw mong bastos. Rough translation (He is type of father who will pinch you when you are making a mess in the living room. The type of father who ask you to kneel on a scoop of salt when your report card is hemorrhaging with red ink but he is also the type of Dad who sits in the living room until the wee hours to check if you are safe and sound. He is the type of father who will carry you in his shoulder when you are too tired to continue walking in the mall. He is the type of Dad who will give up his food when he found out you still want more. He is type of Dad who shed a tear when you receive your school diploma. And mostly, he is the type of Dad who will punch your rude suitor.
Rody Duterte is running for president. He wants to fix this country with all his heart. But he cannot do it alone. Like I said, to be a great country we need to be great people. Rody Duterte is the kind of guy who can wake up the greatness in all of us by challenging us, by facing all criminals with no political ambitions, by being frank (di siya makikipag plastikan sa atin), by citing what we should be and what we can do. Diba nga, siya yung tipong Tatay who will push us to the top even if it means grounded tayo mag DoTA o grounded makipag date. ( Remember, he is the type of Dad who will push us to the top even if it means we are grounded from playing DOTA or going out in a date.)
Pag lapag ng paa ko sa Tutuban, malinaw na kung sino… Si Rody Duterte yung bobotohin ko kasi alam ko pag nanalo siya first option ko na ang tren tuwing pupunta ako ng Divisoria. Kasi alam kong malinis na ang kapaligiran, disiplinado na mga tao, at wala nang mga hubad na bata sa riles. Siya ang magpapabago sa atin at ng bansa natin. (As soon as I set foot in Tutuban, it was crystal clear to whom I am voting. It’s Rody Duterte because I know that if he wins, riding the train is my first option when going to Divisoria because I know that it is going to be clean and the commuters are disciplined, and seeing kids who are running naked are gone by then. He spur us to change in particular and the country in general.)
Noon alas ko si Gordon. Di ko malaan bakit pinili ng mga Pilipino yung pinaka walang laman ang utak, este, track record. Gordon had the same principle: be great together by being great yourself kaya siya parati nag uudyok na tayo’y mag volunteer. Duterte is asking the same thing. Even with his campaign, he has no money to have TV ads, no money for posters and billboards. He’s saying we can make noise for him. So if you are for Duterte, please campaign for him. To my friends in advertising and film making, if you’re for Duterte, do this country a favor and make something for him! Huling alas na natin si #DU30 para sa pagbabago. (A long time ago, Gordon is my ace card. I can’t explain why the people voted someone who lacks the gray matter, I mean no track record. Gordon had the same principle (Duterte): be great together by being great yourself and he is the one who always encourage us to volunteer. (Duterte is our last trump card for change.)