An Interaksyon “report” dated the 22nd April called her “a relative of community pantry organizer Ana Patricia Non”. But then an ABS-CBN News “report” posted on the same date referred to her as her “mother”. So the important question Filipinos are asking nowadays is this:
Who is Zena Bernardo???
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Seeing that the jury is still out on whether or not Bernardo is Non’s mother, we may as well, for now, check out what she’s been up to in recent years. Let’s start with an article posted on Medium on the 18th July 2018 by a certain Dolly de Leon. In “The heart and soul of #BabaeAko is Zena Bernardo”, de Leon writes…
I first met Zena in 2016, sometime in May during the presidential campaign when Duterte announced that he was going to bury Marcos at Libingan ng mga Bayani. I was furious. And alone. At least I felt alone. In one of the articles I read about that burial I came across her name and learned she founded and admined “Never Again to Marcos Family and his Cronies.”
It gets better. Bernardo also seems to have been a guest at the 2019 wedding of blogger Jover Laurio of the now-defunct Pinoy Ako Blog — a blog site dedicated to the “cause” of the Yellowtards (the partisan bloc within the Philippine Opposition whose members are rabidly-loyal to the Aquino-Cojuangco clan). Suffice to say, the esteemed guests at this notably under-reported but very chi chi wedding pretty much represent the top movers and shakers of Yellowtardom and their communist allies.
Of course it is not surprising that Bernardo would be rewarded with an invitation to 2019’s wedding of the year and a chance to hobnob with the likes of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and noted communist “thought leaders” such as Manila Bulletin writer Tonyo Cruz. The latter, Cruz, cited Bernardo in his Jan 2018 article “Bloggers make a statement — for freedom” as a signatory in a “statement” dubbed “Bloggers for Freedom” issued by a group of “concerned Filipino bloggers” (the usual Yellowtard and communist suspects) in support of embattled “social news network” Rappler.
There is good reason to conclude given these readily-googlable bits of information alone (there’s a lot more out there) that Zena Bernardo is a Yellowtard. But does her being Ana Patricia Non’s alleged mother pass the So What? Test? The Yellowtards and communists would argue that it doesn’t and continue to assert that those community pantries supposedly “inspired” by the the first of them (so we are told) organised by Non at Quezon City’s Maginhawa Street are beacons of the good ol’ Filipino bayanihan “spirit” and not the dull weapons of Duterte demonisation they have come to be perceived as.
But of course, Ana Patrcia Non “just so happens” to have a Yellowtard mother. Nonetheless, this association which, we may as well be reminded, was not disclosed up front by top Philippine Opposition personalities even as they copped flak for baldly politicising these community pantry initiatives casts significant shade on their intent. The simplest explanation often tends to be the most likely to be right. The fact of Bernardo being a Yellowtard coming up now does not help the Opposition agenda. Ironic, considering that if what they are being suspected of — using community pantries as a political tool — turns out to be true, then the Opposition have only themselves to blame for a failure to use said tool effectively.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.