A Change.ORG petition supposedly “signed by 500 medical frontliners, educators, youth leaders, religious, lawyers, civic leaders and concerned citizens” is currently making the rounds — shared and re-shared by no less than the top chi chi “thought leaders” and “influencers” of the Philippines’ wokedom. The petition given the title “Save the Nation! Duterte Resign!” asserts…
We deserve and demand better. Our country is on the brink of disaster. At the time the nation needs him most, Duterte is a total failure as a leader. He must step down.
We need a competent leadership that can finally ramp up free mass testing, expand contact tracing, and build the isolation and treatment facilities we so badly need towards strengthening the entire health care system.
Don’t we all, right?
But, see, in a democracy, leades are chosen through a process called elections. It so happens that there will be one such election on May 2022 — just 12 months away. The question is, what are the Opposition doing in the lead up to that election? You’d think they’d have some semblance of a campaign strategy by now or, at the very least, some candidates they’d be evaluating or testing for “winnability”. So far it seems that they have none of the above.
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What they do have, however, is this idiotic petition. The question is, if even a million people “sign” the petition, the obvious question would then be, And then what?
Then again as of this writing, 18 hours after the petition was posted and even after a who’s who of Yellowtard (partisans rabidly loyal to the Aquino-Cojuangco clan) and communist “influencers” and “thought leaders” shared a link to it and enjoined all to support the petition, just 800 have signed. One wonders why these bozos keep doing this to themselves. It’s been proven already that consistently bagging thousands of retweets, shares, and “likes” on social media does not translate to converted real voters. An online petition is an even sketchier form of online “activism”. These stunts merely insult both Filipinos’ intelligence and their fledgling democracy.
What have the Opposition been doing all this time? What do they plan to do over the next 12 months?
If there is anyone who needs to be fired here for dereliction of duty it is the lot of the Philippine Opposition. The Opposition have one job — to pose a credible challenge to the incumbent. So far they have done nothing of the sort.
Filipinos deserve better than this lazy Opposition. They deserve an Opposition that strategises instead of sit around whining about an “enemy” who does not resign on their command. The real public demand here is on the Philippine Opposition — come up with an alternative to the Duterte Way, develop a platform that will serve as a foundation for an intelligent campaign, and present the people with a strategy to deliver on those campaign promises. The Opposition are called on to do their job and stop being such crybabies.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.