I mean, any schmoe can come up with a hashtag and “trend” it on Twitter. So here’s a classic: “#OustDuterte”. Right. And then what?
Actually there is an even more important question that needs to be answered before that: How exactly are you going to go about “ousting” Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte?
This is the reason the Opposition continues to fail to win people over — because they make promises they cannot keep. They come up with slogans they cannot substantiate with a clear plan. It is basically a simple failure to evolve from the 1980s-vintage “oust” rhetoric they remain addicted to. Beyond these tired old calls, they offer nothing to the Filipino people.
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What is ironic is that the Opposition, specially the leading bloc within them rabidly loyal to the Aquino-Cojuangco feudal clan (a.k.a. the Yellowtards) claim to be the foremost authority on Philippine “democracy”. Yet these are the very same people calling for a change in leadership outside the frame of democratic process.
Democracy, after all, demands discipline and intelligence of its practitioners. Without discipline, you get the anarchy that the Yellowtards and their communist allies espouse. Without intelligence, you get the bankrupt rhetoric of empty hashtags and slogans that make up today’s Opposition platform (if one can even call it that). If the Opposition are truly serious about leading their country, they will need to come up with something to lead the Filipino people towards. So far they offer no such vision.
What does that leave the Opposition? Nothing other than a lust for power. Indeed, without a platform and without a vision, a rhetoric that revolves around not much else other than the “ouster” of a sitting duly-elected leader describes nothing beyond that. The promising thing about the Philippines is that its people have shown evidence that they are able to see through all the pretense of “decency” of the Yellowtards’ facade.
If the Opposition want to be victorious in the next election, they will need to work doubly hard to rebrand themselves as a genuine Opposition — one that offers alternatives and not just destruction. A healthy democracy is one where an intelligent Opposition offers a constructive counterbalance to the government. Sadly the Philippines’ Opposition in its current form is not up to the task fulfilling that vital role. Because of this failure, asking that other question — And then what? — is a pointless exercise.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.