The organisers of an anti-Marcos rally dubbed the “Citizen’s Assembly” held Sunday were very clear about participants’ required attire: Wear white. The widely-circulated graphic worded it even more amiably. Let’s wear white.
Presumably, the call to “wear white” was designed to ensure that as broad a base of people who are against the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) are encouraged to join the event. The interment of Marcos’s remains at the LNMB was a campaign promise of current President Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte has indicated that he will make good on that promise. Interestingly enough, some of his supporters are not in favour of that eventuating. There are some Filipinos who are staunch “anti-Marcos” activists who also support other camps and political parties.
Unfortunately for the organisers, the notion of being “anti-Marcos” has practically been monopolised by the “Yellow camp” — that clique of Filipinos who worship the Aquino-Cojuangco clan and remain loyal to the regime of former President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III. They are also staunch supporters of BS Aquino’s endorsed candidates in this year’s presidential elections, Mar Roxas who Duterte soundly defeated, and Leni Robredo whose claim to the Philippines’ Office of the Vice President remains in question on account of electoral fraud allegations.
Much to the chagrin of many participants at the Luneta rally today, the Yellow Camp stubbornly chose to wear their partisan colours to the event. Leading the Yellow charge was Leah Navarro, the celebrity face of these Yellowists.
Presidential election loser Mar Roxas graced the occasion and, at least, gave some token effort to wearing white, but observers noted the hint of yellow on the collar of his vest. Of course, he remains surrounded by his yellow-clad disciples — many of them still flashing that “L” hand gesture.
Overall, the flood of supporters of the Liberal Party guard inappropriately dressed in yellow pretty much stained what could have been a virginally white event marking a small voice out to protest what, essentially, is a non-issue turned into a divisive circus.
It is, indeed, clear why Rodrigo Duterte won the presidency — because Filipinos have had enough of the empty promise that was once the Yellow Movement. For 30 years, the promise of prosperity on the back of democracy “restored” in the 1986 people power “revolution” was synonymous to the Yellow camp and the various members of the Aquino-Cojuangco feudal clan that represent it. Despite the clear message sent by the landslide Duterte victory in this year’s elections, the Yellow camp still don’t get it.
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