Taxi Cab Politics
I rode a "radio booth" the other day and thoroughly enjoyed myself. What, that was a taxi cab? Well, the driver did sound like a commentator on AM radio and am thankful to him for entertaining me and my officemate for the duration of our taxi ride. The conversation innocently started with some discussion about campaign posters - I forget now who started to talk, whether it was the driver or my officemate - and the rest, is political history in the making. For those who do not understand Tagalog or Filipino, read no further. If I translate the following lines, much of the humor will be lost. So Pinoys everywhere, enjoy...
I happened to ask:
Angel (A): Sino hong iboboto nyo?
A: E di kay FPJ ho kayo?
(The driver then goes on to comment on Raul Roco)
D: Si Roco, matalino pero di naman niya ginagamit ang katalinuhan niya. Bakit siya umalis sa Dep Ed? Sana pinatunayan muna niya yung sarili niya doon. E, hindi, nag-resign siya kaagad. (After saying those things, the driver decides to ask me...)
D: Sino ho ba mam ang iboboto nyo?
A: E sino hong VP nyo?
A: E si Hermie Aquino ho?
(Then the driver goes back to the time of Erap)
D: Dapat kasi si Erap, pinatapos na lang nila. Di sana ngayon patapos na. Mabango na si Gloria.
A: E kung ma-disqualify si FPJ, sinong iboboto nyo?
Then he says something quite relevant and wise:
D: Pero dapat talaga, kung sino mang manalo, suportahan na lang. Hindi ba yung puro reklamo at tirahan...
I never thought I'd find entertainment and wit and very definite political opinions in that taxi cab but I did. I liked the driver though because he was willing to listen to us and was not too fanatical in supporting FPJ. That's my main problem actually. How do I convince people not to vote for FPJ without infringing on their personal right to choose? I, personally, wouldn't want anyone convincing me not to vote for Roco, or anyone else for that matter.
Well, enjoy the ride till the elections are over. If such people vote for FPJ, maybe things won't be too bad...
[By Angelica Viloria | Wednesday, February 18, 2004]
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