what is “TRAPO”?

supporters of lesser known candidates like to use the word “trapo” to describe other candidates who are leading in the polls who ware favorites in this election.

they use the word like a derogatory word or a word that we should all be ashamed of once used on candidates we support.

i don’t actually get it. this invented bad word does not really mean anything other than a failed attempt to discredit the leading candidates. even among themselves, the supporters of lesser known candidates can’t seem to make up their minds as to exactly what it means. they have all types of definitions on what they mean and many don’t connect even with a mile long dotted line.

“trapo” is supposed to mean traditional politics. but it has taken a lot of meanings now.

let’s hear it from the readers how they understand the meaning of the word “trapo” is.

please post your comments.

we are posting here what we got in the internet, from here: http://www.doubletongued.org/index.php/dictionary/trapo/

  1. O_O
    January 18, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    A piss-poor argument, yet meaningful when used correctly.

    A politician is considered a trapo if many of the following are true:
    a. Uses sympathy (often exaggerated) to win.
    b. Indebted to the people to the point it affects his/her job.
    c. Utang Ng Loob™
    d. Briberies and under-the-table
    e. Dynasties that don’t contribute positively.
    f. Provides exceptions to the law for friends, relatives and VIPs.
    g. Overprices bids so that they get kick-backs.
    h. Keeps undeclared money for himself.
    i. Is unexplainably rich.
    j. Participates in charities just for exposure. (You can tell who’s doing it from the heart and those that do it from the ego)
    m. Brags about power.
    n. Kakilalas, kapits, and shortcuts.

    This is by no means an exhaustive list.

  2. jundp
    January 19, 2010 at 2:44 am

    my understanding of traditional politicians is that they operate via their parties’ political machineries in order to get themselves elected using all the means possible (by hook or by crook) and when elected, effect progress for their constituents but accompanied by huge personal gains for themselves (kickbacks, bribes, etc.) .. to them, there is no gauging of who the best qualified candidate is for the position as long as they are a members of the same party .. the ability of these political parties’ machineries to get their candidates elected can be thwarted if majority of the voters will do a careful scrutiny of each and every candidate and not be influenced by mudslingers, maligners and the like but simply guided by what is true, honest and credible information .. “trapo” is the spanish word for rag and is defined as a piece of cloth used for cleaning, washing, or dusting .. so, most of the time it is dirty ..

  3. shammah
    January 19, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    insincere = trapo.
    that after being elected to position, no change will take place. same old corruption stories, same old injustices, same old same old same old… thats how i understand what a trapo is. so its important for us to look at the history of these candidates to see if he was able to instigate change, starting with his life.

  4. Average Player
    January 11, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    trapo = pakitang tao o plastik na pamomolitiko

  5. Average Player
    January 12, 2016 at 12:07 am

    trapo = pakitang taok, plastik na pamomolitiko, dating gawi

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