Filipino Ignorance

It was around 7 in the evening and I was in a jeepney, on my way to our condo. I came a across a graffiti saying..

Noynoy, tuta ng kano!

I smirked a little upon seeing this. What’s funny you asked? Well.. 3 years ago, I came across this exact statement except for the name. It’s written like this..

Gloria, tuta ng kano!

Same statement but with different name. By the way, these names are the names of the previous and current president of the Philippines. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Benigno Aquino Jr. When I saw the graffiti, I came to think how ignorant some Filipinos are. I am a Filipino but sometimes I’m ashamed of how my countrymen think and act. I’m not bashing at anyone here alright? It’s just funny how people say something like that to the person they elected to be their president. This is the number 1 problem of us Filipinos. Admit it, most of us don’t even study the background profile and achievements of our candidates. Some are qualified, and by qualified I mean capable and knowledgeable of the task he/she will be taking when elected, and some are not (obviously). Here, you just have to have a “name” or be famous to get elected *sigh*.

Going back. “Tuta ng kano” which translates as American puppy. You know how puppies are like, they keep on following and feeding off those who are good to them. Mostly the term “tuta” when used in the Philippines is called a follower.  But, come to think of it, we are all followers here in the Pearl of the Orient. Look at the everyday things you are using, look at the gadgets you are currently reading this from. Those are all imported from other countries. Look at how we dress! We copy not only the Americans but also the Europeans, Chinese, Japenese, Koreans, etc. That’s why “Kpop” is a big thing here. Have we produced a trend where other countries copies us? No. This is the same as being a “tuta ng kano”. We are always the ones who follows.

The president is only one man. He can’t do this by himself. There’s a saying “The people shouldn’t be afraid of their Government. The Government should be afraid of its people.”. Both the people and government should work together, every little deeds counts. Like to abide by the rules, will greatly show a significant change. Bottom line is.. Stop blaming others and think for a second. We are all to blame on what is happening in the Philippines. We are Filipinos and this is our country.


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