Leni Robredo got herself into another embarassing pickle again. Back on the 23rd October, Reuters published the report “Philippine vice president says time for Duterte to halt failed drug war”. Most political observers would agree that this headline pretty much sums up Robredo’s position on the matter. In a subsequent statement translated to English by Interaksyon, however, Robredo seemingly denied taking such a position…
“It’s hard… because headlines are sending another message. For example, I saw headlines that claim I called the drug war a failure so it should be stopped.
“If you review the interview, I said something else. If you look at it, what I said what the government should assess if the counternarcotics strategy being used is still right. Because it isn’t, it should be tweaked. Isn’t that to ‘tweak’ means to massage, to shift it a bit.”
Even translated into English from her native Taglish, Robredo’s statement comes across as utter jibberish. She has long been known for her lack of eloquence and her public statements have been consistently inarticulate resulting in much confusion. Reuters, for its part, stands by its story.
“Reuters fairly and accurately represented the statements of Philippine vice president Leni Robredo, and we stand by our story,” Reuters Asia Pacific Communications Manager Tyler Thia said.
The problem with the Opposition, however, is not Robredo but its core community of Yellowtards — partisans loyal to the Liberal Party led by Robredo and the Philippines’ powerful Aquino-Cojuangco feudal clan. Despite the lack of intelligence evident in the “vice president”, the Yellowtards continue to latch onto every word that leaves her mouth that then gets immortalised on the pages of the Philippines’ top newspapers.
Such rabid loyalty to an obviously incompetent and unintelligent official is what is behind the inbred nature of the Opposition rhetoric. It’s time the leaders of the Opposition take stock and re-evaluate their choice of leaders.
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