Perhaps the biggest flop in this year’s presidential campaign is the thrice tried and thrice dead issue of Sen. Noynoy Aquino’s alledged mental health condition.  The Filipino public did not give it much notice though, as support for Aquino’s candidacy solidified while that of his then closest rival, whose camp is the source of those spurious psychiatric reports, dwindled.

Why is that?  Because craziness is a Filipino trait, and that has become so much of a fact that everyone now accepts not only the idiosyncracies but the pronounced and profound craziness of the Filipino people.  My guess is that all the crazy people in the Philippines went out to become respondents of the crazy surveys so they can tell everyone how crazy we have become as a nation.  Crazy?   Who is not crazy in this banana-land? 

Consider this:

The most hated Philippine president is running for a congressional seat, together with her sons and a daughter, plus several in-laws and loyal factotums.  (Well, not so crazy but silly and stupid if they will all win).

The former president, convicted but pardoned of plunder is now statistically number 2 in pre-elections survey.  Mrs. Arroyo pardoned him with some conditions on his political participation (Read Whereas, Joseph Ejercito Estrada has publicly committed to no longer seek any elective position or office yet the Comelec accepted and approved of his candidacy and without noise from Malacanang. (This is definetely crazy).

And from the past day’s headlines:

DOJ orders prosecutors to drop murder raps vs 2 Ampatuans. (More than crazy, this is scary).

Just like manicurist, GMA gardener gets sinecure.  (Totally crazy.)

To top it all, here is an interesting fact:

Some months ago, the Philippine Daily Inquirer came out with a story that says 30% of government workers in the Philippines have mental health problems.

You see, we all have it.  And for someone honest enough to want to become president of this country, well, he must really be crazy! 

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.  – Steve Jobs


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