What were the Opposition thinking when they came up with their latest media stunt? It’s an aping of the Hunger Games salute that came across like the Nazi Sieg Heil! salute. Talk about double-whammy fail! If this was attempt at a rebranding to distance themselves from the Yellowtards, it seems they made things worse and further revealed just how confused their collective movement is.
The trouble with the Opposition is they are all form and no substance. What exactly do they stand for? What is their vision for the Philippines? If they do not like the way current President Rodrigo Duterte is running things, what alternative do they propose?
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At the moment the only change they are demonstrating is a change in colour theme. It seems, white is now the partisan colour of choice. In place of the “L” hand gesture is the snappier Girl Scout salute. Still, what does all that mean?
Perhaps the Opposition might argue that they espouse a “return to decency”. But that is a call that only makes sense with regard to the low bar they insist the Duterte government has set for aspiring to “decency”. In short, the Opposition proposes nothing new in that regard — only a return to the way things were, specifically the way things were under their watch. That’s not a very forward-looking position for an Opposition to take. That’s just being oppositionist, period.
A rollback of Duterte’s “change” initiatives overseen by the current Opposition can only lead back to the old “Daang Matuwid” regime, the situation Filipinos found themselves in during the administration of former President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III — the very situation that had caused the mass frustration in which the seeds of Duterte’s victory were planted. What the Opposition therefore fail to do today is envision an alternative to both (1) Duterte’s Way and (2) the now-discredited “Daang Matuwid”. The opportunity the Opposition seems to be missing is that perhaps there is a growing willingness amongst Filipinos to be open to considering an alternative to Duterte’s approach as long as it does not bring them back to the “Daang Matuwid” scenario.
The million-peso question the Opposition need to formulate a coherent answer to is this: What is this 3rd option?
Changing the partisan colours and salute does not go anywhere near answering that question. In fact, all that traditional posturing does is insult people’s intelligence. Worse, seeing that the same uninspiring personalities are behind the Opposition — Antonio “Trililing” Trillanes, Risa “The Kidnapper” Hontiveros, Leila “The Alalay Killer” De Lima, and Leni “Lugaw” Robredo, it will be a hard-sell to convince Filipinos that theirs is a better alternative to Digong “The End Justifies the Means” Duterte. Filipinos will always assume that the Opposition continues to stubbornly stand for the 30-year Yellowtardic era of necropolitics, victim-coddling, and voodoo Catholicism that they voted against in 2016.
The Opposition needs to be a bit more creative and a bit more original in their pitch to Filipinos. Perhaps it needs to consider changing its leaders. For that matter, the Opposition seems to be, for now, managed by a committee of the above bozos. That’s just too complicated a structure for Filipinos to buy into. What works is a strong single personality who could unify the Opposition into a political force strong enough to take on Duterte’s popular regime. Unfortunately, the Opposition seems to be making do with these ineffectual clowns and missing a window that is about to close.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.