It seems that amongst the warring factions of the Opposition, the contest seems to be about who is the wokest of the lot. The bickering between the Yellowtards and the communists, for example, was about who is really genuinely against the anti-terror law. They quibble over the oxymoronic notion of a “humane” counter-insurgency program. And despite supposedly sharing a common hatred for “fascism”, they are not above accusing the other of being an “enabler” at even the slightest hint of an inclination towards heavier handed approaches to dealing with the country’s most pressing social issues.
Virtue signalling seems to be the main competitive currency amongst parties within the Opposition. It is always about who is the most “helpful” to “the poor”. It’s like they scramble over one another to mount all sorts of “feeding” and dole-out initiatives that alleviate the many miseries of the wretched. Many observe that they do this with the intent to outdo the other in some sort of wokeness contest before the cameras. This race to the bottom seems to account for the increasingly ridiculous stunts to prove who is the downest to the earthest. Who cooks the most nutritionally-bankrupt dish and who delivers the most baduy dance moves. The assumption that seems to underlie these stunts is that the masses demand mediocre products to be assured of authenticity.
The approach to reach out to and engage with the masa being employed by the Yellowtards — specifically Robredo’s “KakamPink” campaign today — seems to follow the Eat Bulaga template of overt working-class entertainment meant to give a “home” to the C and D classes. This may have worked in the early days following the “restoration” of “democracy” (or so we are told) in 1986 following that “revolution”. Back then, the idea of erstwhile high-up-there politicians and officials hamming it up with the hoi polloi was still a novelty which made stunts involving contrived down-to-earthedness effective mind tricks in political campaigns.
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Evidently Robredo’s strategists have failed to gauge just how much the Philippine electorate had matured since and how ineffective these tricks have now become. The communists, for their part, have remained consistent with their extremist worker-is-king dogma and, as such, likely take offense at the Yellowtard maka-masa act that comes across to them as a disgusting perversion of their ideology.
Bottom line is that the Opposition seem to have lost sight of their formidable “enemy” and are, instead, expending precious energy and time bickering among themselves. Imagine what it would be like if these bozos were in power. The orgy of mutual sniping and out-woking then continues. And Filipinos will, yet again, be left sitting outside of those chi chi echo chambers within which the the best humblebraggers and the loudest ambag-givers crown themselves toasts of the town.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.