Once again the Philippine Opposition’s prayers were left unanswered as Typhoon Goni (codenamed “Rolly” in the Philippines) passes relatively harmlessly. Like most typhoons plowing through the Philippines, Rolly left a trail of destruction of the sort regarded as normal by most Filipinos. But it was nothing like the catastrophe Opposition partisans were hoping for, and certainly a pale shadow of Category 5 super-typhoon Haiyan (codenamed “Yolanda” in the Philippines) that tore through Tacloban City in 2013 killing tens of thousands under the watch of then President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III.
In the lead up to Goni’s landfall in Catanduanes, members of the Opposition were already drumming up doomsday scenarios to prime the Filipino public to blame Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for what they hoped would be a botched disaster response effort. Unfortunately for them and to the consternation of the Yellowtards (the rabid clique within the Opposition loyal to the Aquino-Cojuangco feudal clan), Rolly delivered a disappointing performance. It weakened as it travelled through the rough terrain from the Philippines’ east coast west towards the southern outskirts of Metro Manila.
Despite pathetic efforts to drum up a rather lame #NasaanAngPangulo (“Where is the President?) hashtag vilification campaign on social media, not many political turnips were to be harvested from this natural calamity today for the Yellowtards. Indeed, Duterte’s political capital survived the passing of the planet’s strongest typhoon and he didn’t even need to show up for the cameras! To be fair, the Yellowtards after all look up to a role model — “vice president” Leni Robredo — who makes it her top priority to perform before the cameras when there is a lot of work to do quietly, specially in times of crisis.
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Baffling, indeed, were the Yellowtards’ shrill calls for Duterte to show himself on national television considering they, on another vein, express disgust at the sight of their president at every opportunity. Goes to show that the Opposition don’t really know what they want of their government. Then again it actually is quite simple, really. All the Yellowtards really want is to ascend power again. Fortunately for them, the chance to do so legally is just around the corner as 2022 looms in the political horizon. All they need to do now is fashion themselves into the popular choice.
Spare a thought too for the wailing ABS-CBN Crybabies. They can’t seem to get over the reality that ABS-CBN fantards and talent alike are watching helplessly as their lunch is eaten in these times of calamity when “news reporting” delivers truck loads of advertising pesos to most “news media” companies. This merely highlights the fact that Carlo Katigbak should resign as President and CEO of ABS-CBN. Katigbak had one job as chief executive of embattled media conglomerate ABS-CBN. He was paid the big bucks not only to secure the investment of the company’s shareholders but to ensure an acceptable return on their investment is squeezed out of the enterprise every year. Well, so much for that, right?
What next for the Yellowtards and the broader Opposition they presume to “lead”? Necropolitics (parading stiffs as “heroes”) no longer works. This latest failed circus sent a clear message to them that disaster-porn no longer yields political mileage either. So guess what: the Yellowtards need to go back to the basics: winning elections the old-fashioned way. This means putting up a platform ordinary Filipinos can relate with and finding a charismatic leader to pitch this and their political brand to the voters. If the Yellowtards see their halfwit “vice president” Leni Robredo as the person who will do that job for them, well, they will likely be in for their next big disappointment. Filipinos deserve better than an Opposition that insults rather than engages their intelligence. They will highlight that fact in the next national elections in 2022.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.