Laban Leni! That familiar battle cry of the Yellowtards will once again ripple across social media in response to their leader, “vice president” Leni Robredo getting booted out of the Cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte. What exactly will this “laban” (“fight”) be about? Who knows? Despite the call to fight being a favourite tagline of the Yellow camp, nobody is really quite sure what the spoils of this supposed fight is.
The trouble with Leni Robredo is that she is a crybaby sumbungera (tattletail). Rather than air her gripes as to why she has so far failed to deliver any results as Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) chairperson up the management chain, she has opted to routinely make sumbong to the media. Not surprisingly, Filipinos have learned to see past this routine drama of hers and have increasingly described her as a “media whore” who remains stuck in campaign mode despite having been the presumptive vice president (presumptive pending resolution of electoral fraud allegations) for more than five months now.
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To make matters worse, Robredo, having run for the vice presidency under the Liberal Party (LP) banner, is strongly associated to the vicious attacks the LP launched against Duterte during the election campaign. As such, Robredo is seen to be a critical fingernail hold in the LP’s desperate cling to what remains of their once formidable political power in the Philippines. Indeed, if the Yellowtards look hard enough, they will see the silver lining in the boot stuck up Robredo’s behind. She now has more time in her hands to focus on her original mission — to lead a grand LP comeback into Malacanang following a much-anticipated ouster of Duterte from the presidency.
Perhaps, for the Yellowtards, this development is supposed to be some sort of seminal milestone — a sort of rubicon crossing that signals some kind of mobilisation to “act”. What act specifically? That has become quite obvious. The thing with the Yellow camp is that they have become conditioned to keep their eyes open for a a sign that will trigger what they do best — launch the next “people power” “revolution”. The burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) was one such “sign” they recently latched onto and attempted to convert into that much-awaited “revolution”. Unfortunately, that one failed to gain much traction after a couple of lame uneventful street protests populated mostly by Imperial Manila’s private Catholic school set (a.k.a. the so-called “millenials”).
Will Leni Robredo’s triumphant walking out of her role as HUDCC chairperson be met with a big million-strong street mob with raised hands contorted into that all-too-familiar “L” sign?
Abangan ang susunod na kabanata.
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