The anniversary of the late former Senator Ninoy Aquino’s “martyrdom” is coming up again. Unfortunately for his fans, things are not as simple as they used to be. The colour Yellow which had come to symbolise everything he supposedly stood for is no longer the election-winning collateral it used to be. The Opposition in at least two of the most recent elections practically shunned the colour altogether — not that it mattered as they still went on to suffer catastrophic losses at the polls.
This presents a quaint conundrum for the Opposition. The Philippine Opposition continues to be led by remnant “thought leaders” of the Old Order beholden to the Aquino brand. The key bloc within it, the Liberal Party and its circle of adherents (a.k.a. the “Yellowtards”), is led by its highest priests and priestesses who preached the Yellow narrative to generations of hapless Filipinos for three decades. Indeed, it is evident, as such, that the very DNA of the broader Opposition continues to be bathed in a Yellow shade.
And yet, Yellow is now regarded as a poisoned colour. Strange. Not too long a time ago, the colour yellow was worn by Yellowtards with pride in their political events and protest rallies. Suddenly the practice stopped. In fact whenever leaders of the Opposition organise and call for a rally or some sort of political action nowadays, they even issue clear instructions to “wear white” or some other colour — except yellow.
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The change in choice of political colour amongst Yellowtards seems to have been driven from within their ranks. Yet, because they have long shown an inclination to externalise the perceived causes of their problems, they fail to consider that, perhaps, there is something about their very nature that contributes to the failures they’ve been experiencing in recent years. In their monomanic focus to find the roots of their problems elsewhere they fail to find the solutions that could easily come from within them.
How then will the current crop of Yellowtards honour the death of their venerated political saint? If the Opposition were truly committed to the ideals and principles they say are singularly represented by Ninoy Aquino and his “martyrdom” in 1983, then they should be committed to his political brand. Then again, if the Yellowtard brand, as it had been shaped back in 1983, truly stood the test of time then we’d still be seeing big flags in bright Yellow proudly fluttering amidst massive commemoration rallies and Catholic masses across the Philippines today.
The fact is, we no longer see these flags. We no longer see the iconic “L” hand gesture. We no longer hear about the “martyrdom” of Ninoy in election campaign rallies either — not even in the rallies of the most rabidly-Yellow factions of the Philippine Opposition.
How do we solve a problem like the obsolete Yellow brand then? This is where the brilliance of the top strategists of the Opposition should have stepped up to in order to mitigate the flatlined political value of the Yellow brand. It’s either they weren’t up to the task or no such “strategists” exist within the Opposition ranks.
And that is why the Opposition continue to fail to be the Opposition Filipinos deserve today. Only an intelligent Opposition can contribute to a healthy democracy. The cancer-stricken Yellowtard-led Opposition of today merely contribute to the destruction of the “democracy” Ninoy Aquino’s “martyrdom” supposedly “regained” for his people.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.