Gone are the days when demonising the incumbent worked for an Opposition party. Indeed, this is the lesson that today’s Philippine Opposition still hasn’t learned in the aftermath of the catastrophic loss of their Otso Diretso coalition in the 2019 election. That bunch hinged their entire campaign on a smear job on the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and look where that got them.
Unfortunately the Opposition, led by a bloc loyal to the Aquino-Cojuangco feudal clan (the Yellowtards), continue this sad tradition. They blamed inflation, traffic, the Taal Volcano eruption, and even the coronavirus outbreak among other things on Duterte while providing no solution or alternative to consider. They seem to remain comfy in their “success” in 1986 that they continue to latch on to where they used the same demonisation tactics against then President Ferdinand Marcos to seize power illegally.
The Yellowtard-led Opposition should move on from their failed Blame Duterte strategy and work a bit harder and apply a bit more imagination towards crafting a more modern and more innovative campaign platform. By being seen to be destructively critical of the Duterte government, they will fail to convert voters. However if they are able to present a better alternative to the Duterte Way, they might just succeed.
See, coming up with something better than the competition is hard work. Imagine trying to come up with, say, a better social media platform to beat Twitter and Facebook. Sounds impossible, right? This is the same challenge the Yellowtards face. The Duterte government may not be perfect, but it is the incumbent and has an enormous base of voters on its side. If the Opposition continue to apply the equivalent of a strategy to destroy Facebook and Twitter in order to seize the social media industry with a mediocre alternative, they will fail. They need to come up with something better.
It is ironic that “Laban” (“fight”) is considered to be the trademark rallying cry of the Yellowtard-led Philippine Opposition. The reality is that they are doing everything but fight. They merely whine, screech out their flaccid outrage fads, propagate their selective “activism”, sleep with former enemies, and take selfies that signal their virtue. All these no longer fly and will likely not fly in the coming months leading to the 2022 national elections.
The Opposition have a lot of work to do. This work should consist of smart work rather than the lame emotionalism that their top “thought” leaders favour. Filipinos deserve a modern and intelligent Opposition, not the lame, primitive, superstitious, and obsolete one they put up with today.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.