The Philippine Opposition needs to get a new set of campaign slogans

One would say it is a tried-and-tested set of platitudes that serves as no-brainer fodder for a political campaign in the Philippines. But the whole narrative of “sacrificing”, “pro-poor”, and “championing the weak” personas has lately been taking a beating in the public debate. Recent polls indicate that the methods being applied by the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte remain acceptable to the broader Philippine public despite the Opposition’s efforts to paint his administration as anti-poor, tyrannical, and oppressive.

In the September 2018 survey, the belief that the country is in the ‘right direction’ rises in all areas and stays highest in Mindanao, which is President Rodrigo Duterte’s bailiwick, at 89%, followed by Balance Luzon at 73%, Visayas at 69%, and Metro Manila at 65%.

Compared to June 2018, the proportion of those who said the country is in the ‘right direction’ increased by 8 points in Metro Manila from 57%, by 5 points in Balance Luzon from 68%, by 3 points in the Visayas from 66%, and by 2 points in Mindanao from 87%.

It seems that an opposition platform hinged on all things “good”, according to the Liberal playbook, no longer resonates with Filipinos. Indeed, if one actually does take the time to step back and regard the cliché rhetoric of the Opposition, one will find that the ideas that underpin their pitch to the Filipino voters are too abstract to hang any tangible prospectus upon.

Like the idea that having the Yellow narrative and the Aquino pedigree behind one’s political campaign guarantees winnability, the idea that pandering to the goodness of “human rights” as a means to appeal to voters is likely to have been worn irreparably thin. I attributed this to a case of “human rights fatigue” in Philippine politics in a previous article where I wrote…

Filipinos are suffering from a weariness and abject cynicism after spending the last 30 years watching as successive governments — and the Catholic-educated elites who backed them — paid mere lip service to the notion of “human rights”. Indeed, ask the ordinary Filipino whether theirs is a society that enjoys more “human rights” today than it did back in 1986 and you’d likely get no more than a shrug or a bit of head-scratching in response.

This failure in sloganeering is most pronounced with regard to the abject failure of the Opposition to convince Filipinos that democracy is “under threat”. Indeed, it is a safe bet that an objective appraisal of the situation in the Philippines will show that democracy there is alive and kicking. Rambunctious debate, a free-wheeling news media industry, and frequent activist rallies will attest to the reality that dissent is not just tolerated but encouraged and even heeded by the current administration.

The short of it is that the Opposition need simply step up to the challenge to compete on messaging over the rest of the campaign period. To do this, they will need to be creative and think outside the square to come up with an original pitch to the Filipino voter. Staying within script of a narrative that has long gone past its use-by date will obviously no longer work.

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44 Comments on “The Philippine Opposition needs to get a new set of campaign slogans”

  1. “…remain acceptable to the broader Philippine public…”

    WTF! 1,500 adult Filipinos surveyed is the broader public to you out of millions of adult Filipinos?! Stop spewing fake ideas to the gullible Filipinos. You don’t help them think what is true and what is right. You are too focused on the opposition when they are in fact not that relevant in creating dynamic change because they don’t hold the public purse. You should have focused more on this administration’s weaknesses and how Duterte government is spending the public funds, and will be going to solve problems the Philippines is badly facing nowadays as they hold the public purse, that is where the real solutions to most of the real problems today, not the opposition’s next campaign strategy nor sloganeering.

    “…the Philippines will show that democracy there is alive and kicking…”

    Yeah, maybe true to those whom Duterte think is not a threat, say, the ordinary Filipino people who are merely voicing their ideas. But look at his true character when it comes to big names like Trillanes, Asst. Secretary Carandang and Rappler among others, you will think Duterte has in his nature a vengeful spirit that would do something to make things happen in his favor and to possibly shut them up. So really, what makes Duterte different than other traditional politicians? And you as being different from your so-called political enemies? Nothing. You yourself is putting loyalty to your politicians rather than being loyal to bright ideas and bright solutions.

    Trillanes was cherry picked by Duterte, among the many military rebels, who just criticizes Duterte in a democratic way, but, in response, Duterte is manipulating and twisting the laws against Trillanes in order to put him behind bars. Former Asst. Ombudsman Carandang who had done his job and who divulged billions of hidden bank accounts of Duterte, was fired by the latter just because of that issue. And Rappler news organization, who always criticizes the Duterte government was also singled out by the latter to have their licensed of operation be revoked. So for you to say democracy is alive and kicking under this incumbent government is delusional at best. That is to say only for those who don’t really have an impact on Duterte’s eyes to say the least.

    1. WTF! 1,500 adult Filipinos surveyed is the broader public to you out of millions of adult Filipinos?! Stop spewing fake ideas to the gullible Filipinos. You don’t help them think what is true and what is right. You are too focused on the opposition when they are in fact not that relevant in creating dynamic change because they don’t hold the public purse. You should have focused more on this administration’s weaknesses and how Duterte government is spending the public funds, and will be going to solve problems the Philippines is badly facing nowadays as they hold the public purse, that is where the real solutions to most of the real problems today, not the opposition’s next campaign strategy nor sloganeering.

      You’re missing the point. If anything, the opposition, mostly led by the Yellowtards and the leftists, are the noisiest of the bunch. And as far as I’ve known, they’re more focusing on making senseless noise rather than making solutions. If anything, you’re the one who’s fake ideas by making Filipinos more gullible than ever. This is not about the public purse, but it’s more on who had the most noise.

      Trillanes was cherry picked by Duterte, among the many military rebels, who just criticizes Duterte in a democratic way, but, in response, Duterte is manipulating and twisting the laws against Trillanes in order to put him behind bars. Former Asst. Ombudsman Carandang who had done his job and who divulged billions of hidden bank accounts of Duterte, was fired by the latter just because of that issue. And Rappler news organization, who always criticizes the Duterte government was also singled out by the latter to have their licensed of operation be revoked. So for you to say democracy is alive and kicking under this incumbent government is delusional at best. That is to say only for those who don’t really have an impact on Duterte’s eyes to say the least.

      This statement makes you more delusional to say the least based on your personal hatred, as if Trillanes have done anything right. If anything, his tirades against Duterte are mostly fueled with personal hatred rather than principle as it all traced back in 2016 when he’s not chosen as his running mate. And also, Former Asst. Ombudsman Carandang is fired because of corruption issues. What’s funny is that when Duterte used the law since he had more knowledge about how it works (he’s a former prosecutor BTW), you are disgusted but you find Noynoy Aquino’s shenanigans more acceptable. Speaking of Rappler, it’s the SEC who filed a case against them yet they call it an ‘attack on press freedom’ which is seditious on their part. Don’t tell me you want them to incite sedition, right?

      So yeah, the author is right that democracy is alive and kicking. If anyone here is delusional, it’s you, son. Because you think that democracy ONLY belongs to the leftists and Yellows.

      1. You are the one missing the point because your brain is clouded by your demi-god Duterte. So what if the opposition are noisy? They are there to criticize the words and actions of Duterte. They have freedom of expression as part of democracy. What Duterte should do is to prove them wrong and let them be embarrassed by the actions of his government. That should be the proper way. Duterte doesn’t need to stifle dissent because by doing that, he will only prove to the opposition that he is guilty of what the opposition are accusing him. But what Duterte did to Trillanes, Carandang and the Rappler after criticizing him is a special work of someone who cannot accept dissent.

        Example; Trillanes wants him to sign the waiver to prove he doesn’t own billions of money but what Duterte did is to jail Trillanes instead of facing and proving what Trillanes accused him of is fake. Duterte by doing this is by implication guilty of corruption. Carandang was accused of graft and corruption but it was only when he made public what he found out are records of ill-gotten wealth of Duterte. You can see the connection of singling out Carandang. Rappler was also accused of irregularities just because of being critical to Duterte. All of this, Duterte has used his attack dong solicitor general Calida, who also had corruption issues as evidence showed by Trillanes, to shut them up. Really this government is promoting vengeance and hatred to their critics. And does not help promoting healthy and lively democracy as you and the author described.

        Moreover, when it comes to friends of Duterte like Faeldon and Lapena, the former heads of bureau of customs, who smuggled 6.8billion and 11billion pesos worth of Shabu respectively, Duterte quickly came to defense and said “nalusutan lang.” Duterte did not even fired them but disgustingly promote their position to other offices. Such an asshole! But those people who have lower positions in the Customs are all immediately terminated. There you go. That’s your idol president. No change for this country really as Duterte promises. Duterte is still practicing what ills this country. Tsk

        1. You are the one missing the point because your brain is clouded by your demi-god Duterte. So what if the opposition are noisy? They are there to criticize the words and actions of Duterte. They have freedom of expression as part of democracy. What Duterte should do is to prove them wrong and let them be embarrassed by the actions of his government. That should be the proper way. Duterte doesn’t need to stifle dissent because by doing that, he will only prove to the opposition that he is guilty of what the opposition are accusing him. But what Duterte did to Trillanes, Carandang and the Rappler after criticizing him is a special work of someone who cannot accept dissent.

          And guess what, it’s still you because brain is clouded by your Yellowtardism and with the Aquino-Cojuangco clan as your demi-gods. BTW, the leftist and Yellowtard-led opposition is noisy but they offered nothing. More like nil, zero. A genuine opposition is where they will provide an alternative solution but all I we got is all noise and no substance with words like “Dapat mag-resign si Duterte”, etc. TBH, all of the media coverage are on the so they got almost all of the attention and you fell EASILY for that bullshit. They’re not even ‘criticizing’ him, but more like “wala lang, gusto lang namin mang-oppose. May problema?” Seriously, that’s always their game. And nope, what you actually wanted is that the opposition should have all the dissent you think that dissent only belongs to them. Oh yeah, seems you never believe on the “Innocent until proven guilty” principle and just the opposite.

          Example; Trillanes wants him to sign the waiver to prove he doesn’t own billions of money but what Duterte did is to jail Trillanes instead of facing and proving what Trillanes accused him of is fake. Duterte by doing this is by implication guilty of corruption. Carandang was accused of graft and corruption but it was only when he made public what he found out are records of ill-gotten wealth of Duterte. You can see the connection of singling out Carandang. Rappler was also accused of irregularities just because of being critical to Duterte. All of this, Duterte has used his attack dong solicitor general Calida, who also had corruption issues as evidence showed by Trillanes, to shut them up. Really this government is promoting vengeance and hatred to their critics. And does not help promoting healthy and lively democracy as you and the author described.

          You’re waiver example is lame and misleading. Duterte is too smart to be lured into Trillanes’ trap because when he did sign that waiver, then Trillanes would say that he’s ‘right’ that Duterte had that billions of money. You failed to mention that Trillanes wasn’t even consistent in his statements, especially with the Ombudsman and the AMLC. Melchor Carandang may even faced raps for violating the violating the Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA). Rappler is called out by the SEC for violations yet they called it an ‘attack on press freedom’ so you even prove that you have support for their seditious acts. And about SolGen Calida, perhaps you mean those ‘corruption issues’ are when the latter make accusations that Calida stole and hid his amnesty application form. If you call that ‘corruption’ then I can’t believe that you’re as petty as Trillanes.

          The government is not even enacting vengeance against its critics but more like “there’s a limit in everything. You want to oppose? Not for the sake of it, but to be fair. Present an alternative. That’s it.” I wouldn’t be surprised if you condone Abnoy’s acts of vengeance against his critics but it’s more worse since it’s more of a personal level.

          Moreover, when it comes to friends of Duterte like Faeldon and Lapena, the former heads of bureau of customs, who smuggled 6.8billion and 11billion pesos worth of Shabu respectively, Duterte quickly came to defense and said “nalusutan lang.” Duterte did not even fired them but disgustingly promote their position to other offices. Such an asshole! But those people who have lower positions in the Customs are all immediately terminated. There you go. That’s your idol president. No change for this country really as Duterte promises. Duterte is still practicing what ills this country. Tsk

          You’re grasping on straws here. If someone here is an asshole, it’s you. RJ Nieto of Thinking Pinoy even made a humorous statement:

          Q: Bakit dati e walang nakakalusot na shabu sa Customs?

          A: Dahil dati, it’s “Proudly Philippine-made”.

          And even Lourdes Mangaoang’s statements are questionable not only of her corruption issues but she served as head of Customs’ X-ray division for a long time in the past administration. Critics are saying that during her stint, no shabu haul was ever accomplished by the BOC compared to the ongoing all-out drive by former Commissioner Lapeña.

          So yep, your statements are countered. There ya go, Yellow Citizen. You easily fell for the biased media’s shenanigans and not using your brains so you keep on saying those things like a broken record. As if the leftist and Yellowtard-led opposition can do anything better. Tsk tsk tsk.

          My advice: set your prioritiez, plez.

        2. I remember how you lambast Duterte by saying “he’s an embarrassment to the international community” and I was like “WHAT?” It’s just the same as calling Donald Trump being an “embarrassment” as well.

          Hate to tell you but that’s a PC liberal leftist SJW snowflake thing.

        3. You are wrong. If you want opposition to take actions, the opposition can offer genuine change but they will not be possible as long as Duterte is in power. Let him resign first and you will see change that they want to establish. Until then, all you can see is Duterte is infallible. But I know you will just be assuming things so much like “opposition is not capable” because that is already programmed in your mind. When Duterte was asked prior to his presidency what he could do to stop illegal drugs and criminality in 3-6 months that Aquino did not accomplish, Duterte replied “umalis muna kayo dyan” and now we can see that after more than 2 years, illegal drugs and criminality in the country are still rampant. As I said above, billions of pesos worth of Shabu are repeatedly smuggled in the country, which Duterte is just tolerating. In short, Duterte is an incorrigible liar.

          So by attacking the aggressive opposition like Trillanes and Rappler instead of proving them by actions that they are wrong, Duterte is just giving the opposition an ammunition that they are right all along.

          Duterte did not sign the waiver because he is guilty as his actions speak louder than his words by dismissing Carandang who divulged his billions of peso wealth, that is already a proof of being afraid and vindictive. And you are wrong about Caleda, the attack dog of Duterte, he dug Trillanes amnesty application after Caleda and his family was involved in corruption issues by his family’s company. And Duterte as a fool rode with his baloney. Look at now, Duterte is embarrassed by the dismissal of the case of Trillanes by the Makati trial court. Rappler’s case was the same concocted by this corrupt Caleda.

          Let’s say Faeldon and Lapena were just negligent of smuggling shabu, but the way Duterte is treating them compared to other BOC employees that he fired and by re-assigning them to other government positions are simply ridiculous at its finest. Now the billions of shabu are enjoyed by the drug lords and users all over the Philippines thanks to Faledon and Lapena who were cuddled by Duterte. No change as we would like the Philippines to move forward into first world because same attitude exalted by Duterte just like the traditional politicians. And your kind even tolerated those acts as if Duterte is incapable of making mistakes. Shame!

        4. Lwcfan,

          He is really an embarrassment to international community because after he hurled insults to world leaders like Pope Francis and Pres. Obama, he later apologized to them. He always apologized but keep on repeating the same mistake of verbal abuses. He also apologized to the Christian people after insulting the bible and said not “a million years” he will apologize. An incorrigible liar and a mentally ill. He cannot be trusted. Only the fantards will trust him.

        5. You are wrong. If you want opposition to take actions, the opposition can offer genuine change but they will not be possible as long as Duterte is in power. Let him resign first and you will see change that they want to establish. Until then, all you can see is Duterte is infallible. But I know you will just be assuming things so much like “opposition is not capable” because that is already programmed in your mind. When Duterte was asked prior to his presidency what he could do to stop illegal drugs and criminality in 3-6 months that Aquino did not accomplish, Duterte replied “umalis muna kayo dyan” and now we can see that after more than 2 years, illegal drugs and criminality in the country are still rampant. As I said above, billions of pesos worth of Shabu are repeatedly smuggled in the country, which Duterte is just tolerating. In short, Duterte is an incorrigible liar.

          Congratulations on exposing yourself. It seems all you want for the opposition is to whine, bitch and moan and they won’t stop doing it until Duterte resigns? It will be just the same thing since all they wanted is power and nothing else. What do you expect?

          BTW, taking things too literally shows how much of a simpleton you are. That “6-months” statement that won him the presidential seat shows how he is serious on dealing those kind of issues. Every candidate running for any position should discuss issues; I just want to cite the 2016 US elections where Trump is always discussing issues while Hillary Clinton don’t. That’s the difference.

          You stated about the P2 billion shabu smuggled yet it was the drug lords who condone that to pin the blame on the current administration because most of the drug labs were raided. Smart move by them. In short, Yellow Citizen is not just incorrigible liar but thoroughly inconsistent as well.

          Duterte did not sign the waiver because he is guilty as his actions speak louder than his words by dismissing Carandang who divulged his billions of peso wealth, that is already a proof of being afraid and vindictive. And you are wrong about Caleda, the attack dog of Duterte, he dug Trillanes amnesty application after Caleda and his family was involved in corruption issues by his family’s company. And Duterte as a fool rode with his baloney. Look at now, Duterte is embarrassed by the dismissal of the case of Trillanes by the Makati trial court. Rappler’s case was the same concocted by this corrupt Caleda.

          More like he’s clinging on laws like the AMLA and the Bank Secrecy Law and it seems you forgot that the burden of proof is on the accuser and not the accused. So he’s not guilty but he’s more smart on not luring into Trillanes’ trap. And you fail to see that? Still, Carandang broke some laws like the AMLA so accusing Duterte being afraid and vindictive is lazy and inconsistent. You gloat about how Duterte is embarrassed by the Makati RTC’s dismissal w/o ever realizing that most of the members of RTC are Noynoy appointees so why should I be surprised?

          Let’s say Faeldon and Lapena were just negligent of smuggling shabu, but the way Duterte is treating them compared to other BOC employees that he fired and by re-assigning them to other government positions are simply ridiculous at its finest. Now the billions of shabu are enjoyed by the drug lords and users all over the Philippines thanks to Faledon and Lapena who were cuddled by Duterte. No change as we would like the Philippines to move forward into first world because same attitude exalted by Duterte just like the traditional politicians. And your kind even tolerated those acts as if Duterte is incapable of making mistakes. Shame!

          Perhaps you need to read Nieto’s post in order to get it to thickheaded skull

          AFTER SOME THOUGHT, CUSTOMS CHIEF LAPENA’S CONTROVERSIAL TRANSFER TO TESDA ACTUALLY MAKES QUITE SOME SENSE

          After the Customs chief flip-flopped on whether the magnetic lifters that got past Bureau of Customs PH contained shabu or not, Pres. Rody Duterte decided to replace BOC Chief Isidro Lapeña and transfer him to TESDA.

          Many were surprised, especially in light of Customs Deputy Chief Collector Lourdes Mangaoang’s claim that Lapeña ignored warnings that customs x-rays of the said lifters suggest, albeit inconclusively, that there’s something hidden inside them, with some reports saying that Mangaoang accused Lapeña of being complicit to the illegal drug trade.

          I myself am appalled at what appears to be a monumental blunder on BOC’s part. However, it is my habit to examine claims carefully and avoid falling for these claims hook, line, and sinker, especially after my experience with the controversial impeachment of the late Chief Justice Renato Corona.

          So let’s state the facts.

          1. Mangaoang sent Lapeña x-rays of the magnetic lifters that showed cloudy sections within the items, suggesting something’s concealed inside them, possibly shabu.

          2. Lapeña ignored Mangaoang’s report and possibly in the process allowed, wittingly or unwittingly, the entry of over P6.4 billion worth of shabu into the country, shabu that was later found out to have found its way to the streets.

          3. Mangaoang claimed Lapeña willfully ignored her report. She further added that Lapeña is involved in the illegal drug trade when she said the latter was “covering up” for drug syndicates.

          4. Lapeña expectedly denied Mangaoang’s allegations but he backpedaled when he said the lifters may have contained shabu, the total opposite of what he said a month or so ago.

          That’s basically it. Now, let’s examine each of them.

          FIRST, ON MANGAOANG HAVING GIVEN LAPENA X-RAYS

          The first is essentially uncontested, i.e. Mangaoang indeed handed over to Lapeña the “cloudy” x-rays.

          SECOND, ON LAPENA IGNORING THE X-RAY REPORT

          The second is also essentially uncontested, with the crucial proviso that malice on Lapeña’s part is still debatable.

          I believe Hanlon’s Razor, or the aphorism expressed as “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” applies here. Contextualized to the situation, it should read, “Never attribute to corruption that which is adequately explained by incompetence.”

          In the absence of additional supporting evidence, it would be better to exercise some prudence by presuming for the time being that Lapeña simply lacked the faculties to appreciate the importance of the x-ray report.

          After all, borrowing (and very slightly modifying) the words of Christopher Hitchens, what’s asserted without evidence can be refuted without evidence.

          THIRD, THAT LAPENA IS INVOLVED IN THE ILLEGAL DRUG TRADE

          The third is a bare allegation, as Mangaoang would still have to provide additional evidence to support this claim. A photo showing Lapeña being cozy with a drug baron, or a document showing Lapeña received substantial drug-related kickbacks, perhaps?

          Merely providing the x-rays that Lapeña supposedly ignored is insufficient to establish ill intent on Lapeña’s part because of Hanlon’s Razor as stated in the previous section, i.e. I think applying Hanlon’s Razor is sufficient to establish reasonable doubt.

          Again, what’s asserted without evidence can be refuted without evidence.

          FOURTH, THAT LAPENA FLIP-FLOPPED ON WHETHER THE LIFTERS CONTAINED SHABU

          The fourth, as far as I see, happened because the evidence (the x-rays) plus the analyses during the hearings makes further denial ludicrous.

          But concluding that the flip-flopping is evidence of Lapeña’s complicity in the illegal operation would be dangerous because alternative explanations exist.

          For one, flip-flopping could more simply be interpreted as Lapeña saying “F*ck! I made a mistake.” Again, it’s Hanlon’s Razor.

          CONCLUSION
          With these said, available evidence can only prove Lapeña’s incompetence in handling the technical aspects of Customs work, and it’s insufficient to establish malice.

          While many are shocked at the president’s decision to “recycle” Lapeña through his transfer to TESDA, I after some thought found the decision reasonable and I’ll tell you why.

          Compared to Customs, TESDA is far simpler to manage because it requires far fewer abstractions and a lot less technical know-how. Surely, Lapeña in TESDA is a lot less likely to receive something similar to the x-ray report he got in Customs, something that would require quite a bit of technical knowledge that Lapeña apparently lacked.

          Let’s be honest here: a TESDA chief’s job is not very different from a School Principal, though far larger in scale.

          Setting aside the fact that the president by virtue of his position has access to information that most of us mere mortals will probably never know, let me reiterate that available evidence strongly suggests only Lapeña’s incompetence as a Customs chief and nothing else.

          If anything, evidence suggests that the Lapeña Issue is a classic example of the “Peter Principle”, or that “managers rise to their level of incompetence”. That is, Lapeña may have been given a task (BOC chief) that is beyond his abilities, so the President gave him a new task (TESDA chief) that is more likely to be right up his alley.

          But why didn’t PRRD just fire him?

          The President’s decision to even raise the TESDA chief to a cabinet-level position is a clear indicator that while the President may have been dismayed by Lapeña’s blunder at BOC, the latter still enjoys the president’s trust… and trustworthy (i.e. honest, incorrupt) people are harder to find than technically knowledgeable ones.

          I mean, look at former Budget Sec. Abad: he’s so technically knowledgeable about the budget process but… you know what I’m gonna say.

          In short, Lapeña is an incompetent Customs chief, but PRRD may still believe that his talents, though not as broad as hoped, may still be useful in other agencies.

          And for now, I believe that’s all that can be deduced from this brouhaha.

          I should be the one who should say “Shame!” As in “Shame on You!” that is

        6. Lwcfan,

          He is really an embarrassment to international community because after he hurled insults to world leaders like Pope Francis and Pres. Obama, he later apologized to them. He always apologized but keep on repeating the same mistake of verbal abuses. He also apologized to the Christian people after insulting the bible and said not “a million years” he will apologize. An incorrigible liar and a mentally ill. He cannot be trusted. Only the fantards will trust him.

          An embarrassment where he is the ONLY Filipino leader had diplomatic dealings with the likes of China and Russia, which you and your fellow liberal snowflakes as ‘enemies’. Your only argument is his potty mouth, which is misleading and petty.

          And Yellow Citizen is still an incorrigible liar and mentally ill, but an actual troll and attention whore. You are not always be trusted since you love to SPAM on this page. Only the your fellow Yellowtards will trust your posts. Let’s face it, most of your posts are coming from Pinoy Ako Blog of the vile and vicious Jover Laurio, who is an actual incorrigible liar and mentally ill.

        7. @Aquino Citizen:

          With your statement above, thanks for exposing that you words are far more important to you than actions. So you contradict yourself.

        8. @Yellowtard Citizen:

          Oh yeah, I love the fact how you made contradictory statements everytime you shitpost here in this page.

          I just want to remind you that Duterte ordered the rehabilitation of Boracay back in April and most of the opposition spat on it; with Bam Aquino citing ‘there is no point on shutting down (Boracay) until government develops plan’ and Trillanes blabbered about building a casino. And guess what: after 6-months Boracay is now beautiful once again as it re-opened days ago and surprise, no casinos! 😀

          Like I said earlier, as if the opposition could do better but in reality all they did is nothing but only power and nothing else. Your point?

        9. @’Pinoy’ LP Citizen:

          So you’re saying that Duterte will not be an ’embarrassment in the international community’ and you will not call him an incorrigible liar and mentally ill… if he’s part of the elite and a member of the Liberal Party, right?

          Because if you have the blessing of the Liberal International, it nets you approval and good international PR, like Noynoy and his buddies did regardless of their blunders. So you want us to go back to that Liberal Party-controlled government due to your blatant disdain for populist governments and parties that you want them to get back to power and promoting the Liberal World’s self-serving and cultural suicidal policies. Just like the EU.

          Am I correct?

        10. We cringe at people like you Pinoy Citizen that continously believe and support such inept and starkingly useless senators like Trillanes who is blatantly known as a lapdog and boot licker of the Aquinos (another equally irresponsible “hindi ko alam” President the world has known of).

          Get real, Pinoy Citizen!

          Yeah, sure, continue to embarrass yourself to many here by supporting such personalities and opposition who are simply all talk but are actually useless in suggesting the right ways. Well, this is a democracy, right? You may support them but please don’t try to infect us with your inadequate intellect (or simply lack of it to know who is really useful for the country and who is not).

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      Trillanes was cherry picked by Duterte, among the many military rebels, who just criticizes Duterte in a democratic way, but, in response, Duterte is manipulating and twisting the laws against Trillanes in order to put him behind bars. 

       

      Trillanes was cherry picked by Noynoy even if there was no cherry to pop. He was cherry picked by Noynoy because of their common dislike for Arroyo and because Noynoy saw the sun, moon and the stars in his eyes, and not because he was contrite for using the military to hold the business district hostage. Noynoy and Trillanes were too busy playing hide the salami to produce a proper legal document that holds up as properly composed pardon. Swapping spit does not hold up in the court of law.

       

       

      1. Thanks for reminding me that, Gogs. It’s hilarious that Yellows like PC Principal right there love to spat at SolGen Calida being Duterte’s attack dog while outright ignorant about the fact that Trillanes is Noynoy’s attack dog and he’s far more worse. Calida is just child’s play compared to Trillanes bullcrap that he even ARROGANTLY DEMANDED entry to a private property w/o a warrant and his pretentious tirade against the late Angelo Reyes that led the latter’s suicide.

        And please, anyone with a brain knows that Trillanes that he wasn’t ‘criticizing’ the President. It’s more like he’s spitting in the face and throwing tantrums. And it’s not in a democratic way, but more on a personal level. This is what happens when we play ‘politics of personality’.

        1. Same same but different!

          Noy had trilianes, Duterte has Calida.
          Noy and Du30 removed chief justices and imprisoned opposition senators, while turning a blind eye to ‘friends’

          same same.

          The difference is the mismanagement of the economy and the extremely wasteful drug war.

          @Benjamin Poindexter and @gogs
          Glad to see you both at the comments giving each other a circular BJ. Maybe @Oratio Imperata can join you so you can make a proper “OREO” sandwich.

          LOLZ

        2. @DM:

          Grasping on straws as always. Calida is tame, Trillanes is worse. Noynoy removed chief justices through the use of trials by publicity/media, imprisoned opponents thru personal vendetta and coddling with his friends through his KKK. Duterte has no KKK and he used the law and due process.

          There’s no difference, though. A donut economy during Noynoy’s time is more of a wasted economy compared to the present and negligence of narco-crimes is extremely wasteful.

          Also, glad for you to see shitposting once again by BJ’ing with the Yellow Narrative. Ad hominem attacks is a Yellowtard thing. And you prove to become one.

          KEK

        3. Circular BJ??? Noynoy pardoned Trillanes because he felt kilig . If Trillanes looked like Maria Ressa he never would have left jail.

  2. What The Philippines needs is a new mindset. That mindset is what DU30 is trying to instill now. You need to change from being “resilient, Pinoy Proud and lazy” to being innovative, thoughtful and hard working.

    1. @Jerry Lynch

      HOW exactly is this happening?! By insulting the EU? Joking about raping dead women?! Giving under the table handjobs to China?

      What exactly is this new mindset?!?!

      Why don’t you be more “innovative” and “thoughtful” with your thinking and produce some DAMN EVIDENCE!

      1. @DM:

        Insulting the EU? More like the EU is hating on every Populist Government that contradicts it’s self-serving and cultural suicidal policies.

        Rape joke? Perhaps you preferred to be continuously being raped by the Yellow Narrative rather than taking a chauvinist joke, worse if you’re a crying leftist SJW cuck and a feminazi. Yes, the Gabriela party list are aligned by the Left and are a bunch of feminazis. And you’re defending those cucks?

        Giving under the table handjobs to China? That’s a Noynoy thing to say. You’re indeed clueless about the diplomatic relations with China worked well under Duterte aside from the territorial dispute while the Noynoy admin should be blamed for this kind of mess.

        Yes, it’s time for us to be “innovative” and “thoughtful”. In case you don’t notice, we threw those things after 1986 and replace them things like “mediocrity” and “stupidity” thanks to the stupidity known as the 1987 Constitution. This is the kind of DAMN EVIDENCE that we should know because it also addresses the problems we had and affecting right now.

      2. I’m sure you’re gonna get triggered when I say this…

        You have to thank Duterte for insulting the EU since they are totally, in fact, a joke. With their multiculturalism and mass immigration policies, these stupid idiots are slowly allowing the Islamification of their countries and thus, leading the cultural suicide of Europe… until Poland, Hungary, Austria, and Italy took a stand. Hope other European countries will follow suit, and we will witness Europe’s rebirth.

      3. You really hate Duterte for insulting your dear left globalist EU but do you know Italy’s current Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini?

        During his election campaign back in January, he was asked in a television interview about how the EU will react to his policies. He answered this:

        “The EU can go fuck itself.”

        And the rest is history. Italy just took their country back.

  3. The political opposition, headed by the Aquino Cojuangco political axis; the Liberal Party; the Roman Catholic Liberation Theology minded clergy; the N.P.A./C.P.P. and other leftist groups; just shout obsolete political slogans, in order to be heard.

    Have you ever been scammed, and the scammer comes to scam you again ?

    This is how I see the opposition in our country. After their 1986 EDSA coup d’ etat , with the blessing of the U.S./C.I.A. What good had they done to our country, and to better our lives ?

    Until, the opposition can present to us all, a comprehensive alternative program that is workable and can be accepted by us. They will remain as group of people shouting obsolete slogans on the streets .

    The social media and the internet bloggers, which consists of all kinds of thinkers of various shades of Filipinos, are the ones the opposition should should have to convince, before they can even think of themselves as acceptable in our political discourse …People have already awakened …no use shouting slogans on the streets …it will not work !

  4. FILIPINOS ARE VICTIM OF PHILIPPINE FAKE NEWS RUN BY …. of course … who else … FILIPINOS … AHA! HA! HA! HA!

    And … they are graduates of UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES … FAKE UNIVERSITY?

  5. Lookit YELLOWTARDS and pseudo-INTELLECTUALS from non-performing no-life-contributing graduates from University of the Philippines, Philippine Military Academy, Ateneo and la Salle … LOOKIT FOR A SEC …

    *** IT IS THE YEAR OF ULTRA-RIGHT WING HEADS-OF-STATE ***
    1. Brazil just elected an ultra-right wing president ….
    2. Germany’s Merkel is ultra-right wing anti-immigrant …
    3. Theresa May of U.K. is another ultra-right wing anti-immigrant anti-EU
    4. Duterte was the first ultra-right wing president in 21st Century …
    5. Before racist anti-immigrant Make-America-Great-Again Donald Trump was elected …
    6. French Macron is another ultra-right wing following the footsteps of Duterte
    7. Pope Bergoglio the current reigning Pope is ultra-right wing Catholic Pope ever in the history of Papacy

    *** GIVE IT UP PEOPLE !!!! GIVE IT UP !!!! IT IS THE DECADE OF RIGHT-WING LEADERS ***

    Back in the 50s, 60s & 70s they call Right wing leaders AS DICTATORS … now DICTATORS are called RIGHT WING PRESIDENTS …

    SO PEOPLE …. FILIPINOS … LISTEN AND READ … stop watching TFC … it makes you DUMB …. well, you cannot understand what I am saying because you are DUMB in the first place.

    1. Heh, thanks for being spot on.

      It’s hilarious to say, according to our Yellowtard Citizen guy, that Duterte is an ’embarrassment to the international community’ (which for him, it’s the LIBERAL international community) yet he doesn’t even include people like Trump, Theresa May, Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron on his ’embarrassment to the international community’ list. Why is that, eh?

      Oh yeah, not just TFC but also the Liberal Party-supporting Rappler. Only idiots would say that these guys never had political agenda, which they have one.

  6. Democracy is dead, yet, they can freely express themselves. Good, free education from a respectable institution and misguided, indoctrinated citizens are strange bedfellows, indeed.

  7. RETARDS only understand simple messaging and pandering to the lowest common denominator. They only care about the jiggling TITS and ASS of Mocha unson. Concepts such as “human rights” and proper “democracy” is too complicated a concept. They are only looking for EASY solutions to complex issues.

    This survey (and Benig0s posts) all show the fatal flaw of being EMO in the Philippines! What exactly did Du30 do that “changed the pinoy mindset” or “showing a way to be a true blah blah blah”. Look at Benig0s praises, it’s all SUBJECTIVE.

    I WANT OBJECTIVE DATA BENIGNO! I THOUGHT YOU LIKE SCIENCE!

    So far this is true
    * Lower GDP growth (From 7% to 6%)
    * SKY ROCKETING INFLATION. In fact for basic goods inflation is as high as 8%
    * A couple of thousand killed in EJK (who cares if its 3000 or 7000, people DIED. NO JUSTICE)

    1. That’s not the way it works, madam. You don’t just sit there shrieking “I WANT OBJECTIVE DATA”.

      You come up with your own to craft a counterpoint. Then we talk.

      1. Really Benign0?!?!

        How about this as a counterpoint. Duterte is actually a space lizardman nazi sent by illuminati of the reyes-don juan axis to destroy the Philippines as the chaos in the country feds the ancient god Bathala!

        Need proof? Why don’t you provide your own counter-argument?! Prove to me Duterte is NOT a lizard. LOLZ

        Honestly Benign0, you should stop bashing rappler for journalistic integrity when you can’t even back up any of your claims. It’s like it all came from your ass or the TITS of mocha unson. Maybe if you had some journalist EDUCATION that is not ‘blogging’ youtube videos, you would know that.

        You are the publisher. You need to provide proof of your claims/ references. And are therefore subject to public opinion. Burden of proof is on you.

        1. You are missing the point because what you did is not a counterpoint but a ridiculous assumption.

          Blogging is NOT journalism. Blogs are just opinion pieces so it’s more like an “either to take it or leave it”. What you’re exhibiting is lazy thinking and is if you want to be spoon-fed.

          On the other hand, it’s nice to bash Rappler since they’re a Yellow Media outlet. And your hate obsession on Mocha Using is just your ploy to seek attention while uplifting the vile and vicious Jover Laurio. Hypocritical, isn’t it?

    2. Just shrieking w/o making a coherent argument is an equivalent of AUTISTIC SCREECHING. And your hate obsession with Mocha Uson is so ridiculous that you prefer actual sluts like Kris Aquino or even vile and vicious attention whores like Jover Laurio and most of the Yellow Mainstream Media.

      Try again, son.

      1. @Benjamin Poindexter Lol. Only a pea brain deals in absolutes. It’s too bad you can’t understanding not liking one doesnt mean I support the other.

        Your just too dumb for complex arguments

        1. Lies. You can’t even make complex arguments that you always resort to hurling labels and insults, just like any left-leaning liberal.

          Try again.

        2. And speaking of absolutes, you’ve just admitted that you’re totally a pea brain because the Yellow Narrative is your only absolute. Along with your emotional outbursts.

          Thanks for exposing yourself.

  8. What the opposition really need is dead people who they can connect to their issue, a martyr they can put on big pictures and parade to the streets.

    1. Benigno Aquino Sr dead …
      Her wife became president …

      Cory Aquino dead …
      Benigno Aquino Jr bawled over her dead body … became president

      Jesse Robredo dead …
      Leni became Vice-President

      Ferdinand Marcos dead …
      Bongbong Marcos almost became President
      Ferdinand Marcos children became Senators, Congressmen and Governors

      Sergio Osmena dead …
      His children became elected politicians

      WHY DO FILIPINOS ELECT THE CHILDREN OF THE DEAD?

      *** it has something to do with idiotic stupid The Filipino Channel tele-drama iyak-iyakan TV series ***

      FILIPINOS LOVE CRYING … FILIPINOS DERIVE THEIR HAPPINESS THRU MISERIES IN MINI-SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS …

      I LOVE YOU FILIPINOS …. PHILIPPINES IS FUN … THE LAND OF SMILES … AND LAUGHTER ….

      PHILIPPINES COMPRISES OF 7,100 ISLANDS OF MENTAL ASYLUM

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