It’s been just several days since “community pantries” had become a social media sensation and over that short period they’ve been reduced to a political ball being kicked around in the vast football field that is the Philippine national political “debate”. The Philippine Opposition have pretty much taken possession of this ball and their game plan has now become quite evident. Apparently, community pantries are now being “red tagged”.
But of course.
The modus operandi of the Yellowtards (the bloc within the Opposition loyal to the Aquino-Cojuangco clan) and their communist henchmen has long been evident:
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Step 1: Associate a grassroots community iniative to their dishonest “cause”.
Step 2: Paint these initiatives as a “response” to the “incompetence” of a “corrupt” incumbent “regime”.
Step 3: Make the organisers of these initiatives into “victims” of “red tagging” when accused of baldly politicising them.
There is no sense of civic mindedness in the Philippines that escapes the fallout from politicisation bombs that the Yellowtards and communists routinely drop whenever they catch a whiff of opportunity to stir up “dissent” that could be used as foundation for sedition or even rebellion. Everything from campus activism, women’s issues, workers’ rights, feminism, and what are essentially common cooperative initiatives like these community pantries are candidates for — and eventually victims of — communist infiltration.
Most bizarre of all, the Opposition now lazily use “red tagging” as a catch-all label to demonise anything the police do as part of their mandated duties. A constituency too lazy to unpack issues and evaluate these with critical minds is fertile ground to propagate the sort of intellectual dishonesty these shills apply to achieving their crooked political ends.
There’s bigger fish to fry as far as the strategic direction the Philippines needs to take to become a sustainably-prosperous modern society. When we see the top “thought leaders” of the Opposition busy clucking amongst themselves about local-level initiatives like “community pantries” one wonders what sort of government they will form in the unlikely event that they seize political power. Even more disturbing, if ordinary Filipinos can’t be left to their devices sorting themselves out within their small individual circles of influence without being roped into hopelessly-politicised “causes” and weaponised in so-called “revolutions” that aim to topple legitimately-elected governments, what motivation is left for garden-variety civic-mindedness in Philippine society?
The amount of damage the Yellowtards and communists are wreaking on Philippine society is alarming to say the least. They are a serious social cancer that need to arrested soonest. The job is not done yet. Even if Yellowtardism had been knocked out in 2016 and again in 2019, they are by no means crushed. Then again, the 2022 elections are just around the corner and if their lack of focus on preparing that is any indication, it is likely they are looking to more crooked approaches to achieving their political ends.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.