Opposition “influencers” got their panties all twisted up over an old Facebook exchange between national treasure Lea Salonga’s 2016 tweets about her ambivalence to the “horrors” allegedly perpetrated by the late former President Ferdinand Marcos. These “influencers”, mostly blowhards from the woefully-discredited Liberal Party (a.k.a. the Yellowtards) continue to issue shrill whines about how these supposed “horrors” that they now say the entire Marcos family is complicit to should be things that Filipinos should “never forget”.
Evidently, the Yellowtards have never heard of the saying: The best revenge is success.
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The fact is, the Marcoses remain a symbol of the failure of the Yellowtards to oversee the transformation of the Philippines into a prosperous and just society. After over thirty years (since the “revolution” of 1986), the Philippines has failed to become what the Yellowtards promised it would be under their watch. Worse, even as the Yellowtards continue tap Filipinos’ superstitious sensibilities to propagate the notion that the Marcoses are “evil”, they also fail to propose an alternative narrative. To be fair, the Yellowtard narrative was once that “alternative”. Indeed, the Yellow mythology and its constellation of Aquino and Marcos-victim “martyrs” persisted for no less than three decades. Sadly, this is no longer the case, and the Yellowtards as an Opposition group have failed to evolve given that confronting reality.
The irony that escapes the Yellowtards is that the more they whine about the Marcoses, the more they highlight their failure. After no less than two Aquino presidencies, not a single case against the Marcoses prospered and not one Marcos is behind bars. Most astounding of all, the murder of Yellowtard “national hero” Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr in 1983 remains unsolved. Neither the late former President Cory Aquino and her son Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III seemed to posssess the political wherewithal to bring closure to this case.
If the community of Yellowtards are truly serious about bringing “justice” to the Martial Law “victims”, they should direct their energies towards examining the reason for this epic 30-year failure. But how do the Yellowtards and the broader community of Martial Law Crybabies deal with reality instead? They lash out at easy targets. This they do to the extent of digging up obscure two-year-old Facebook threads, in the case of this latest outrage fad surrounding Salonga, and latching onto the smallest hints of challenge to their sacred Marcos-is-Evil rhetoric. They then quickly slap labels on the offending parties calling them “revisionists” and, here’s an original, “paid propagandists” among others.
To the Yellowtards, it is everyone else’s fault that the Marcoses remain key figures in Philippine politics today — everyone, that is, except Yellowtard “leaders” who were actually in strong positions to do something about all that.
That is not being a real Opposition and not even being a true “social justice warrior”. That’s just being a bunch of pussies. This is why the broader Philippine Opposition should re-evaluate the whole idea of being led by this community of ineffectual wankers. How can you expect to win an election when your leaders are constant reminders of 30 years of astounding failure?
It is time for intelligent people and real leaders to take back the Philippine Opposition from the Yellowtards. The time is now. The next elections are just around the corner.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.