Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The President and His Sister


Philippine President Noynoy Aquino and his celebrity sister Kris were having brunch one Sunday. Noynoy has been worried about implementing changes he is aware will hurt some sectors of society, members of an electorate that helped put him in power with an overwhelming majority.

"There are reforms that must be implemented but I have been delaying them Kris," Noynoy said, munching on Libby's corned beef, one of his favorite dishes. "We need to increase fares on the commuter trains, remove rice subsidies. But if I do this, it would hurt my popularity."

"Ahhh. But it is precisely now that you should do these things while your popularity is at its highest," Kris replied.

"What do you mean?"

Noynoy poured himself a glass of orange juice and looked at Kris expectantly.

"You still don't get it, brother dear, do you? You will never be as popular or as loved as you are today. Popularity is the best political currency and you should use it while you still can."

"You really think so?"

"The adoration of the masses is fleeting. Everybody wants something and the reality is, you will never be able to satisfy each of their demands."

"How do you know all these things Kris? You seem to know a lot, for someone who isn't a politician."

"Show business is not so different from politics," she replied. "To remain popular, you must understand human nature. After all, when you were elected, didn't you simply take a role?"

"The role of the president. Yes," Noynoy said. "It's just that you want to do so much but the government's resources are limited."

"That is the difficult part, Noy. To decide who will benefit. And that is where politics and show business part ways."

"I have a dream, Kris. A stronger, wealthier nation. Do you think it is possible?" Noynoy said in a quiet voice.

"Noy, everything is possible," Kris replied. "But there is always a price to pay. In order to build your dream, you may have to alienate some of your supporters. But that is the mark of a true statesman. To do what must be done."

Noynoy fell silent. He thought of the millions of Filipinos who depended on him to make their lives better, to give them food, jobs, education.

"Hay Kris. It can get lonely at the top."

"Oh Noy. It always is, it always is."


Mu[g]en said...

I wanna share this post and omit the fiction above! Hahaha!

Beautifully written K. Indeed, when journalists write fiction, it comes so close to being true.

And Kris is so introspective ha! Fan much?

Ugh. This entry reminds me of a post I had to delete last week.

drew said...

Kane, nakakarelate ka ba sa kanila?

Peter said...

All bloggers should all together write about desirable changes in governance. Like Kane does. We can all drive change this way, can't we?

red the mod said...

As I've said K, what a wonderful post this is. It's diplomatic without being political. :)

~Carrie~ said...

Magplumang-anghel sana... :)

the geek said...

i like the kind of kris here, in this post.

Guyrony said...

It can get lonely at the top?

I beg to disagree.

It's way more fun to be at the top.

Don't you think so K?

Anonymous said...

indecision will be the downfall of this administration.

while i am a kris aquino fan, i doubt that these words will ever come out of her mouth. LOL.

good job kane. :)

Silly_Sili_Kid said...

liked this one.but how did Kris lose her accent? "Debaaaaaa?" hehe. but yea. I agree. Better do it at the beginning of his term than at the latter part because he'll have a struggle on being re-elected. bawiin na lang ng konti kunwari sa bandang huli.

Silly_Sili_Kid said...

The winner stands alone.

Nimmy said...


there is always a price to pay.

this reminds me of the conversation Jenny and Blare had at the end of the first season. Noy being Jenny, and Kris as Blair. hahaha.

engel said...

if only that's how their minds work.

if only.

rudeboy said...

Heheheh Kane.

In fiction, there is suspension of disbelief.

Then there is the abandonment of it altogether.

Momel said...

Now it would have been far more interesting if you started off with something like "the president's a lame duck and his celebrity sister used to have herpes." And then you pitched in brunch.

Oh you were writing fiction!

Ahaha, we can work with this.


Mac Callister said...

kasalo ka siguro nila nung nakain sila dito!hehehhe

Fickle Cattle said...

@rudeboy: That comment was hilarious.


Arian Tejano said...

hahahaha. at least in fiction, they make sense.

ʎonqʎʇıɔ said...

I usually don't comment on political posts kasi wala naman akong alam dun but this one's different. Parang I can think of a million other ways it can be applied. Fiction nga naman. :)

Bakit ganun? Tuwing dumadaan ako dito, napapaisip ako. My brain's not used to having this much activity. lolz

Jen said...

This is fantastic! I really like your blog!

Jen said...

I can't actually remember how I found it (I'm aware it was only today)...the trail is so long...most likely from a comment you made on some other blog!

Yes, I am studying journalism..in my last semester! (woohoo).