Poll after poll over the last several years consistently showed former Senator Bongbong Marcos at the top of the popularity game — convincingly topping Robredo who supposedly beat him to the vice presidency in the 2016 elections. The most recent one, the Publicus Asia Pahayag Q3 report is particularly significant because it is the first one issued within the context of Marcos’s confirmed candidacy for president in the coming 2022 elections. The astounding 49 percent preference score BBM notched in that survey is nothing short of an absolute confronting spectre the Opposition need to come to terms with.
If BBM ascends power in 2022 to become the Philippines’ second Marcos president, the destruction of the Yellowtards will be complete. They will likely be the same shrill sabotaging Opposition that they had been since 2016, but they will be a spent force seeing that their dishonest efforts to “unify” the Opposition this year actually created more enemies amongst them than friends. Several factions refused to get in bed with Leni Robredo’s and her sidekick Kiko Pangilinan’s Yellowtard bloc and their lame efforts at rebranding and recolouring their narrative, preferring, instead, to field their own candidates. The communists have now turned hostile against their now-former allies following a tiff with them over senatorial slates.
Perhaps it is now time to turn the microscope over to the United States which, it seems, has a large stake in seeing the “right” politics prevail in these critical elections. At the very least, ensuring that a Marcos does not return to Malacanang is a matter of colonial pride. The US after all had a lot to do with the ouster of Ferdinand Marcos in 1986. Western Media were complicit in the elevation of “revolutionary” president Cory Aquino to political sainthood following that. And, now, Maria Ressa, CEO of “social news network” Rappler — a media organisation critical, by default, of incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte and widely believed to enjoy CIA funds channeled via the Omidyar Network — had been awarded this year’s Nobel “Peace Prize”.
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The planet’s Western European and North American powers-that-be are, indeed, staring into the abyss of an acute global crisis of credibility should Bongbong Marcos become president in 2022. With their local agents — the Yellowtards, ABS-CBN, and Maria Ressa — all but botching the crush-Marcos-and-Duterte-at-ALL-costs project, America may be faced with the prospect of either (1) upping the covert intervention ante or (2) rolling up their sleeves and doing the job themselves. In what form the earlier will take, short of the latter, is anyone’s guess at this point.
Then again, having suffered a humiliating and utterly messed-up retreat from Afghanistan this year, it is likely that America’s little Pacific Mini Me may be the least of their concerns for now. That too does not bode well for an Opposition desperate to win these elections. Discounting a massive American intervention this year, a glaring absence of a crooked Commision on Elections (COMELEC) technology partner and equally-crooked COMELEC head, as well as a vastly more cluey electorate we are, indeed, looking to an very interesting election in 2022.
Filipinos are being told by their former colonial masters and their local proxies that a Second Marcos Presidency is, quite simply, not allowed. How much they want to make good on that directive will be revealed in the coming months. Filipinos need to get smarter and see the shameless insult to their intelligence that is the current campaign approach of today’s Opposition for what it is.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.