Monday, May 2, 2016

"Scary, scary night": a song for Mar Roxas by The Silent Majority


A. INTRODUCTION

The Silent Majority is silent no more. With core group of more than 200,000 members in Facebook, The Silent Majority has left the comforts of the upper room where they used to hide before out of fear of Duterte's followers, and heeded Mar Roxas call to preach the good news that our country's economy is growing, that we are a decent people, and that Mar Roxas is the best candidate for the Philippine presidency. As Mar Roxas said last 30 April 2016 in Facebook following the great unity walk at Quezon City (a restatement of his closing speech at the Town Hall Debate):


Sinabi nila noon, wala tayong pag-asa. Sinabi nila noon, walang mangyayari kina Mar at Leni. Naniwala sila na mabubura nila ang mga tagumpay natin; na maipapalimot nila sa atin kung sino tayo bilang Pilipino. For the longest time, akala nila, tuluyan nilang masisira ang tiwala sa atin ng taumbayan, at ang paninindigan natin sa dakilang layunin ng paglilingkod sa bayan, bago sarili.
Ngayon, ayon sa pinakabagong survey ng Pulse Asia at ABS-CBN, Leni and I are at second place. Napatunayan natin: Hindi tayo magpapadala sa lahat ng paninira, panloloko, at pagsisinungaling nila laban sa atin. I say this to you: Maraming maraming salamat sa inyong buo at walang sawang pagtitiwala at pagsuporta sa amin ni Leni. Thank you for believing in us.
Ang boto natin sa Mayo 9 ay hindi lamang boto para sa magiging pangulo o bise pangulo; hindi lamang ito boto para sa senador, governor, o mayor. 9 days from now, we are voting for the future of our country. We are voting for the future of our children. We are voting for all hardworking Filipinos who deserve more than what they are getting.
Sa lahat ng nangangampanya at tumutulong sa atin, I have more to ask of you. Please do not stop. Let us continue knocking on doors, making phone calls, talking to anyone and everyone we meet. Huwag kayong matakot. We are fighting the good fight. We are fighting the fight of our lives. Let our passion for the future of our country show in all our conversations, whether it be online or offline, in virtual or real life.
Let us show the world that there are more Filipinos who uphold dignity, honor and decency above all else.
Buo ang tiwala ko: Sa tulong at suporta ninyo, magwawagi tayo sa May 9! Tuloy ang laban. Ipanalo na natin ito!
Nagpapasalamat, 
Mar
We shall not stop. We shall continue campaigning for our presidential bet, Mar Roxas, and our Vice Presidential bet, Leni Robredo. #RoRoYourVote! #SwitchToMar!

Below is a song for Mar Roxas based on Don McLean's "Vincent" to urge him not to lose hope, because we in the silent majority shall make him win this fight for our country's future:


B. SCARY, SCARY NIGHT

 


[by Monk's Hobbit (Dr. Quirino Sugon Jr.)
based on Don McLean's "Vincent"]

Scary, scary night
Paint Tacloban blue and gray
Look out on a stormy day
With eyes that know the darkness in our souls

Shadows on the hills
Fallen trees and broken wills
Rotting corpses carried on wheels
In sorrow-laden Samar-Leyte land

Mar, I understand
What you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free

They would not listen, they did not know how
Perhaps they'll listen now

Scary, scary sight
Flaming followers in online blaze
Swaying crowds with violent gaze
Reflect in mayor's eyes of China hue

Colors black and blue
Killing fields of Davao grain
Battered faces lined in pain
Are soothed beneath the murderer's bloodied hand

Mar, I understand
What you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free

They would not listen, they did not know how
Perhaps they'll listen now

Though they could not love you
Yet still your love was true
For when no hope was left in sight
On that scary, scary night

You risked your life, as leaders often do
And this we tell you, Mar Roxas:
May 9 is not yet over
And we shall all campaign for you

Scary, scary might
Portraits hung on crowded halls
"Roxas-Robredo" on countless walls
Your eyes have seen the world yet can't forget

All the strangers that you've met:
Men and women in yellow clothes
All crying out, "Ro-Ro your vote!"
Let Ro-Ro win, O Blessed Virgin, now!

Now I think they know
What you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free

We have now listened, we are listening still
And this May 9 we'll win!


Mas MARami Tayo! The great Ro-Ro sit in at Luneta Park to watch the Third Presidential Debate 2016 (credit: The Silent Majority Facebook page)
Mar Roxas at the center of the crowd during the Unity Walk at Quezon City last May 1, 2016 (source: Mar Roxas Official Facebook page.)

C. NOTES

  1. The original title of the song was "Scarry, Scarry Night". The word "scarry" came from a misspelling of "scary" by a Duterte supporter who urged Duterte's followers to close their accounts at BPI in solidarity with Duterte who has been attacked because of his undisclosed bank accounts which Duterte admitted to contain at least Php 200 million. The poster reads: "Our accounts in BPI is not safe anymore. BPI divulge our information and they shared it to others. Scarry bank...!" In response to this, I posted a note in my Facebook wall: "Scarry, scarry bank? Get your wallets blue and gray? Sway the crowds with violent gaze? Reflects on Duterte's eyes of China-blue. ‪#‎MarRoxasIsMyPresident‬." Later, I realized that "Vincent" is really a good song for Mar Roxas, except for the change in lyrics, though the refrain is essentially the same. The result is  3-part song divided by the following headings: "Scary, scary night," "Scary, scary sight," and "Scary, scary might" to represent Typhoon Yolanda, Duterte's demagoguery, and the growth of The Silent Majority.
  2. Please read the official Commission on Audit report as of 2014. Also check out this latest infographic about the Yolanda funds and the pictures of the post-Yolanda housing projects in Tacloban.
  3. "“They failed to understand that I met an accident because I wanted to reach a far-flung area even if the road was slippery and muddy. Where are they? They were in air-conditioned rooms.... I was there before, during and after Ruby until the (situation) stabilized just like in Yolanda. They were attacking me because I did something. How about them? They were in their offices. We cannot criticize them because they were just in their offices."--Mar Roxas (Inquirer.net)
  4. Here is a video of Mar Roxas during the brownout in Tacloban: 
  5. Duterte said on Thursday (April 28) he only has "thousands" in his account at a Pasig branch of the Bank of Philippine Islands (BPI). This is the same account the staff of administration bet Manuel "Mar" Roxas II deposited P500 into — the account bearing the name of Duterte and his daughter, Sara. But on Friday, he said it could be more. In fact, even closer to what Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV has been claiming all along. "Basta malaman ninyo na hindi talaga umabot sa 211 [million pesos]. A little lesser....May explanation ako diyan. Hindi naman lahat ng pera namin ninakaw namin. Saan ko ninakaw? I've been mayor for 22 years. Meron ba kayong nakitang kaso, corruption?...Eh di ibig sabihin marami akong kaibigan na mayaman....Eh ano pa, alangan naman hinoldup ko." (CNN)
  6. "Ako, ako daw death squad? True, that's true...Gusto ko sila pumunta dito. There's no need for you to go to the Ombudsman. There is no requirement that you go to the human rights. File directly in court. Then I'll place you under oath. Just execute an affidavit. Then I'll call you when it's my time for cross-examination. And I will show to the world how stupid you are... Alam po pag ako ang presidente, I will warn you I do not covet the position. Pag naging presidente ako, magtago na kayo. Yung 1,000 n ayan it would reach 50,000. I will kill all you [expletive] breaking the life of the Filipino miserable. Papatayin ko talaga kayo....Manalo ako kasi because of breakdown of law and order. I do not want to commit a crime but if by chance, God will place me there, magbantay kayo. Yung 1,000, magiging 100,000. Dyan mo makita tataba yung isda sa Manila Bay. Dyan ko kayo itapon....I do not want to be president. I do not want to kill people so do not elect me as president." (ABS-CBN)
  7. Jozy Acosta-Nisperos, an entrepreneur who gave up her job in New York City in 2010 to invest in the Philippines, keenly felt such an atmosphere of fear and bullying, which she believed had prevented many voters like her from expressing their choices in the May 9 polls. Thus, together with five friends, the 48-year-old Nisperos opened the Facebook page “The Silent Majority” on April 10. “We are The Silent Majority. Whatever our reasons, whatever the depth of our conviction, we believe that Mar Roxas NEEDS to win in the upcoming elections,” the site declares. “We recognize that Mar’s candidacy is handicapped by a perception that he will not win. This has led many to remain undecided, to vote for another candidate perceived to be stronger to avert a win by one that is undesirable, or to simply give up and abstain rather than compromise their vote on a ‘winnable’ candidate they don’t really want...This community was created to counter that perception. By showing that Mar does, in fact, have the numbers, we can provide assurance to hesitant would-be supporters that their support is not misplaced and that their vote will not be wasted.” The site which was opened at 3:30 a.m. had attracted about 5,000 members by midday. The number climbed to 10,000 in 12 hours. It reached 100,000 in just under a week. As of April 30, the membership stood at 210,000. (Inquirer.net)
  8. The birthday of Mar Roxas is May 13, the Feast of Mary under the title Our Lady of Fatima whose image was seen in EDSA (Epifanio de los Santos or Epiphany of the Saints) during the First People Power Revolution in 1986. As Rose Marie Arenas recalled the events of February 22: "That same evening we crossed to Camp Crame. Minister Enrile stayed in Camp Aguinaldo, and we had people power on both sides. My car, my old Isuzu Trouper, that's why I love that car, was filled with priests and nuns and we parked right by the gate along EDSA, which was already closed. The first thing that entered my mind was to make my daughter Rachel go home to fetch the Our Lady of Fatima. So the one you saw, the Fatima, the very first one,belongs to my mother; she got it when she went to Europe. And everybody started bringing their saints already. Now I asked my daughter to also bring the Mary, Help of Christians inside the office of General Ramos, and a small statue of the Sto. Nino." (Chronology of a Revolution)
"Then defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile, surrounded by Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM) members led by Col. Gringo Honasan (right), and General Fidel V. Ramos on the second day of the People Power Revolt." (Sonny Camarillo) (Source: Interasyon. License: fair use. Notice the statue of Our Lady of Fatima beside Col. Gringo Honasan)


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