You know the Opposition is in trouble when the President of the Liberal Party claims he is busy with his reelection campaign. Ana Marie Pamintuan in her PhilSTAR piece today “First, get out the vote” writes how “Sen. Francis Pangilinan has his mind on Sept. 30, 2021, the deadline for the registration of new voters.”
This time, it doesn’t look like Pangilinan intends to take a similarly active role in the opposition campaign in 2022. He’s up for reelection and he wants to focus on his own campaign…
It certainly didn’t leave a mark in my mind after 2016 that party chair Vice President Leni Robredo and Kiko are the top honchos of the Yellow Party. Amidst all the political noise caused by the Opposition, the question which has never been asked is, why is it that Kiko isn’t a convenor of 1Sambayan? Who died and made Antonio Carpio the sovereign of 1Sambayan? How many opposition parties are in actual existence?
For example, is the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of the Binays part of the Opposition? The truth is, the opposition under former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) was, during her time, more united than the opposition to current President Rodrigo Duterte will ever be going into the May 2022 polls. At least they weren’t shut out during midterm elections as in the case of Otso-Diretso in 2019. Even with the 60-30-10 formula in place for the 2013 midterm, the opposition then still managed to eke out Senate wins.
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1Sambayan holds its landmark event today, which is Araw ng Kalayaan(“freedom day”). The symbolism is we are under an “authoritarian fascist dictatorship” under Duterte which compels us to break free from its shackles. I don’t know about you, but do you actually believe we are in such a socio-political environment?
We will know more about the direction the Opposition intends to take by the end of this day. For the past five years, the Opposition has provided us with entertainment. I don’t expect that to change any time soon.
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