Pitch her as anything but a “tyrant” and everything about being “pro-poor”, sugar, spice, and everything nice, whatever. Supporting “vice president” Leni Robredo means supporting a return to the Yellowtard society that the 1986 EDSA “revolution” ushered in. Robredo may bathe herself and her camp in pink today, much the same way they did in white in 2019, and in “multi-faith” and “multi-sectoral” colours in between 2016 and that catastrophic year. One way or another the colour Yellow would shine through — and it did, and it still does.
One only need dig up old photos of Robredo and her sidekick Mar Roxas running under the Liberal Party in the lead up to the 2016 national elections. You’d be hard-pressed to find any images not dominated by Yellow. If Robredo and her mob of colour-of-the-day-tards want us to believe that they stand for the very same “rock solid” values and principles they stood for when they went up against then-emerging top candidate Rodrigo Duterte six years ago, they will need to explain why they would not be caught dead today wearing those same yellow colours that symbolised their “cause” at that time. So the colour changes but not the principles at stake? If the principles and values haven’t changed, what does the change in colour mean?
Try as they might, the Yellow brand shines through any fresh colour coating the Yellowtards wash their brand with. Proof of this is in how their attempts to cobble together a “unity” coalition fell flat. It is because their underlying — and unchanged — character could not be concealed by their brand-new pink motif. Why, after all, would one be suddenly ashamed to be associated to a colour they once wore with pride, right? Inconsistent people are phoney. You can’t get any simpler than that. Just as, to their detractors, they will always be Yellowtards, it is evident that, to the likes of Isko Moreno, Manny Pacquiao, and Ping Lacson, Leni Robredo and the 1Sambayan coalition she’s rubbed her brand off on are Yellowtards on the inside.
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Why the obsession with a dominant colour to begin with? Among the major parties fielding a presidential candidate, it is only Robredo and her camp that make themselves synonymous with their political colour. The rest may use a colour to differentiate themselves in the race but not necessarily to define themselves by. The Yellowtards have long been obsessed by symbols and hand gestures — perhaps intoxicated by their original lucky strike with the yellow brand, the Laban slogan, and the “L” hand gesture that collectively symbolise the dishonest Aquino-equals-Saintly-Hero narrative they shoved down Filipinos’ throats for three decades. Ultimately, this astounding success went on to become their undoing. Since their loss in 2016, the Yellowtards have turned into desperate chameleons.
Indeed, pink denotes femininity which makes perverse sense when one considers that Robredo is pitching herself to Filipino voters as some sort of mother figure. Worse, the Robredo brand has feminism written all over it — which is bad news from a statistical perspective because that effectively makes her brand a pitch to just half of the voter population. Looking past these colours can be found neither substance nor compelling value proposition. “Let Leni Lead” is the pathetic call to action — as if Robredo’s mob are leaving it up to the Filipino people to find it in their hearts allow themselves to be led by this woman.
Filipinos don’t need a mother. They want a leader. They don’t want some bozo asking them nicely that they allow her to lead them. They want to see a person exhibit some character, step up to the occasion and yell “FOLLOW ME!” with conviction. They are not going to find that in a party or camp that uses a sissy colour, sissy messaging, and sissy personas in lame efforts to come across as the “good” choice in a made-up battle between “good” and “evil”.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.