If we are to believe Chief Yellowtard “economist” JC Punongbayan, presidential candidate and “vice president” Leni Robredo is the only person really on top of the relief operations surrounding the havoc wrought by Typhoon Ria (local codename “Odette”).
Rappler and ABS-CBN say so, his fellow Yellowtards say so, and Robredo herself says so. So it must be so. Punongbayan mirrors the attitude applied by the Yellowtard-led Opposition to their campaign — that they are the only ones with all the ideas on how to run the country.
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“Tomorrow, our relief operations will resume. Ang assurance ko po sa inyo, mapupuntahan lahat ng lugar na nasalanta. Kung hindi po ako mismo dahil solong katawan po ako, iyong teams po namin…lahat ng lugar, maaabot po ng teams namin on the ground kasi halos anim na taon na namin itong ginagawa,” Robredo said.
(My assurance to you is that we will reach all the places that have been hit. If I cannot go there myself, our teams on the ground will be able to reach you because this is something we have been doing for almost six years.)
Robredo speaks as if the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Coast Guard, the Philippine Police, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the various local governments don’t exist. It’s as if she and her team are single-handedly saving the day.
Considering that much of this “relief effort” will ultimately serve as fodder for Robredo’s desperate campaign, it could well be that hers is very likely Philippine history’s most dishonest election campaign. She is effectively campaigning at the expense of her own government and is seriously and deliberately misleading the Filipino public.
If Robredo has any decency left in her, she should apologise to every government employee and public servant who is working hard and working quietly to do deliver essential services to Filipinos impacted by this disaster.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.