Current Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo has become the country’s laughingstock. Her statements turn into memes and get mocked for being pointless. Frankly, most members of the Liberal Party have become laughingstocks too, but since Robredo issues more statements compared to her party mates, she is the default spokesperson for the Opposition and therefore, their moronic representative.
Robredo quite often issues statements that make you want to scratch your head. A lot of people are left asking “What the hell does she mean”? She just doesn’t make any sense. Her statements aren’t even worth interpreting. The problem starts with her preference for speaking in Tagalog, then she makes it worse when she beats around the bush, acts coy or tries to appear modest. Her speaking in Tagalog is a lame attempt to come across as pro-poor. It simply isn’t working. Most of us can see through her act because while she acts demure and timid, she is far from being a modest person. Her public relations team humblebrags about her travels abroad with her entourage on social media. There is even a photo of her that went viral just before the elections showing her waiting for a bus, implying that she is just a regular gal using public transport. Netizens were quick to note that it was quite convenient that someone took a photo of her late at night and that she was waiting where there seemed to be no bus stop around. She can’t wait to replace President Rodrigo Duterte. She actually thinks she can do a better job as the country’s commander-in-chief. What a joke!
Robredo has been blatantly undermining Duterte’s policies since Day One. While she says she is willing to work with Duterte, she contradicts herself when she questions his policies before the media instead of talking to him directly about her concerns. Duterte was willing to give her a chance by including her in his cabinet in the beginning, but her incessant attacks against him only worked against her. She has not won back Duterte’s trust after being fired as the chairperson for the Housing and urban Development Coordinating Council in just a few months on the job. Robredo is simply not a natural diplomat. She’s only good at dressing up and showing up for ceremonial functions like yearly commemorations, which her supporters laud her for. They are that shallow.
The thought of Robredo replacing Duterte is a real worry. Robredo will be worse than the late Cory Aquino who took over the Presidency in 1986 illegally after establishing a revolutionary government after the late former President Ferdinand Marcos was taken by the United States government to Hawaii. At least back in the 1980s, the people were united in their delusion that they were working towards something good. That is not the case today. Today, more people will go up in arms against a Robredo government knowing that she neither has the vision nor the conviction to lead the country. Robredo would be more like a puppet of the oligarchy the way BS Aquino was during his term, but giddier, easier to flatter and fool around with.
There is evidence that Robredo does what she’s told without thinking. Recently, her lawyer Romulo Macalintal told her she can immediately replace Duterte after the latter’s threat to declare a “revolutionary war” and suspend the writ of habeas corpus. Robredo then issued a statement saying she is ready to take over the Presidency as — if that is going to happen in a revolutionary government. She’s one of those people who would get arrested for her destabilizing efforts in a revolutionary government. To be honest, while it is tempting to just haul out all the people who are blocking the reform initiatives of the current government, it is a bad idea for Duterte to throw the rule book out the window. He must resist the temptation to commit the same mistakes as the Aquinos and stick to using the law in dealing with people who are doing everything including break the law just to oust him. After all, it there is one thing the yellow members of the Opposition are good at, it’s breaking the law by using short cuts.
Just recently, the Opposition fired another dodgy bullet towards Duterte. A month before the midterm elections, they released an anonymous video exhibiting a supposed real “narcolist” implicating the President’s son Paolo Duterte. They also included another unverified summary of bank deposits that implicates even Duterte’s youngest daughter Kitty. This prompted Liberal Party honcho Senator Franklin Drilon to issue a statement asking for another senate inquiry into Duterte’s involvement in the illegal drug trade. You know the Liberal Party is desperate for some media exposure once Drilon gets involved. He’s usually reserved for when the other foot soldiers have failed to deliver. But the people aren’t that gullible anymore. These Senate inquiries are so last year, harking back to a time when senate inquiries still captured the attention of those who cared about the real issues in the country, which is only small number in the Philippines. The longest Senate inquiry must have been devoted to bringing down former Vice President Jejomar Binay who made a mistake of announcing his Presidential candidacy for the 2016 Presidential elections so early the Liberal Party had enough time to create an elaborate plan to ruin his popularity with the voters using the senate “inquiry” into his wealth. But I digress…
Going back to Robredo, she is just not a good communicator. She is not very proficient in English and her Tagalog is terrible. She is not a good advocate for the language – a language that is only limited to Filipinos. She may not swear or have a foul like Duterte, but she is not a good alternative. She leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
In life, things are not always what they seem.