Outrage over Leni Robredo’s bimbo antics offer opportunities that require clear minds to exploit

Filipinos are up in arms following “vice president” Leni Robredo’s monumental gaffe of a video to the United Nations in which she painted the Philippines as a failed state and made statements just short of inviting foreign agents to intervene in her country’s domestic affairs. Indeed, for a purported “vice president” to suggest that her own government is not in control of its own country is an administrative mortal sin that cannot be forgiven.

Understandably, Filipinos are now faced with a bevy of options to pursue. Some are screaming “Impeach!”. Others are mounting an even stronger rally behind the on-going investigation into electoral fraud allegations that may have contributed to Robredo’s ascent to her presumptive vice presidency. Still others are calling for an extra-constitutional ouster in an ironic twist of the “people power” styled activism popularised by Robredo’s ilk in the Yellow camp.

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The trouble with the impeachment path is that proceeding down this road necessarily builds upon the presumption that Robredo actually is the Philippines’ legitimate vice president. Once down this road, any electoral fraud case against her, the Liberal Party, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), and its alleged accomplices in technology firm Smartmatic will be voided. Unlike the impeachment route, the electoral fraud path may be harder. But this hard path offers potential yields that far transcend Robredo’s embattled claim to a legitimate vice presidency. The electoral fraud investigation initiative puts on the spotlight the very system that has long caused grief for Filipinos. The electoral process — a key pillar of any democracy — has long been recognised to be crooked in the Philippines. Resolving — or at least casting a bright light upon — this governance cancer in the Philippines will be more far-reaching than removing Robredo who, in the overall scheme of things, is a mere political blip.

To be fair, Leni Robredo and her lame claim to the Philippines’ vice presidency has served as a powerful rallying point for Filipinos fed up with the empty promises and outright lies of Filipino liberals and their extremists in the Liberal Party as well as the false position corporate media (and mainstream “journalists”) had long taken as “guardians of freedom of expression”. Robredo’s recent antics have done a nifty job exhibiting the utter intellectual bankruptcy of the Opposition — one that, as it turns out, is desperate and foolish enough to pin their hopes on a sad holdover hanging on to power by her manicured fingernails.

Filipinos should heed history’s lessons, however, and proceed with a clear mind rather than one blinkered by personalities and the blind adulation of one politician or another they espouse. Key to this is critical thinking, and nowhere is this more important than in the context of the opportunity this widespread outrage over Robredo’s bimboism had ignited. Whilst emotional charge is important in politics, tapping that emotion and channeling it to productive use requires careful planning and lucid strategies. The important guideposts to observe here are those that lead to clear results.

On this, Filipinos need to ask themselves the right questions.

Do we want to simply replace one “bobo” politician with another?

Or do we want real change that encompasses many administrations, many elections, and many personalities over the next several decades?

3 Replies to “Outrage over Leni Robredo’s bimbo antics offer opportunities that require clear minds to exploit”

  1. When I saw Leni Robredo’s video to the UN, my first reaction was, did she accidentally swallow a bottle of glutathione? Why is her face so white all of a sudden? If you look at pictures of her from a year ago, you’ll see that she looks so different now. Different hair color, different skin color, different way of dressing, different way of speaking. I never bought her “laylayan ng lipunan” story when she was campaigning, but even I didn’t anticipate that she would succumb to the lure of fame and fortune so quickly and absolutely. She has sold her soul to the devil, and there’s no coming back.

    Some people who used to support her are now sighing about how sayang she is, how they thought she would be a good VP because she was “modest”, or how they tried to give her a chance even if they knew she didn’t really win the elections, because they thought she could “balance” out Duterte, and they’d rather have her than Bongbong Marcos.

    When will these people ever learn that their irrational, emo thinking always leads to the wrong decision? How does being “modest” qualify one for the job of Vice President? How can a no-accomplishment neophyte whose party cheated to make her win be more acceptable than a former dictator’s son who, by the looks of things, was the real choice of our countrymen, whether we like it or not?

    The greatest danger that faces our President and our country today is not ISIS, or the Maute Gang, or the drug lords, or the narcogenerals. It’s Leni Robredo. She’s a ticking time bomb that was planted by the Liberal Party one step away from President Duterte, and she is the reason why Duterte’s enemies are so confident about challenging him. Leni Robredo is the insurance policy of the drug lords. She is the get-out-of-jail card of Leila de Lima.

    We must all unite to take this ticking bomb out and throw it into a pit, as quickly as possible. There is no middle ground. No “sayang naman siya, let’s give her a second chance”. Listen up, emos: The “modest” person you’re feeling sorry for never existed. Leni Robredo may only be a puppet, but she always had a taste for the glamorous life. That’s why she so willingly traded her soul to be a celebrity. She is an impostor who needs to be called out in the strongest possible terms. Save your sympathy for the people who really need it–the millions of ordinary Filipinos who will be deprived of their last chance at a better life if this woman and her backers succeed in ousting President Duterte.

  2. Leni “the Bobo” Robredo, is already sworn in as Vice President…she was declared winner by the COMELEC. She is now holding the Office of the Vice President.

    Whatever expeditious way to remove her as Vice President is up to the People of the Philippines. In my opinion, she can be Impeached…and investigated for part of the election fraud in 2016. If she goes to jail like, Leila de Lima…so be it.

    The Recount in the election, for Vice President, can be done fast…we are 100 million strong …

    If Aquino , Mar Roxas and others who participated in the 2016 election fraud go to jail…so be it,,,

    Let us not treat these evil people, who subvert our election process, with “kid’s gloves”…Making them pay, and jailing them will be a good example, to anyone who will cheat in future elections !

  3. If heaven was created only for the most stupid clown, then Mr Bean could have been the only righteous man on earth.

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