Who is Jessica Soho anyway? Yellowtards say she is a “multi-awarded” television “journalist”. But then so is Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. Indeed, the latter sports no less than the Nobel “Peace Prize” for being God’s Gift to World “Journalism” last year. That just about trumps anything Soho’s got. And yet, Ressa herself for all the support she and her Rapplerettes extend to the “cause” of Yellowtard presidential candidate Leni Robredo has delivered zero results as far as the latter’s winnability.
One wonders then what Yellowtard influencers and “activists” are crowing about. The fact is, Bongbong Marcos succeeded at knocking the wind out of what was supposed to be another media coup for the Opposition. The Jessica Soho Show ended up being no more than a lame exhibit of unprecedented political mediocrity. Such a sad cast of characters — a pale reboot of Cory Aquino’s “sacrificial widow” act, a disgraced homophobic boxing champ, a That’s Entertainment alumnus, and Senator Doorknob himself. It’s no wonder the Yellowtards are hopping mad. They were deprived of their entitlement to a Marcos lynching Friday night.
With less than four months of campaign time to go, it gets more and more difficult for the Opposition to be hopeful. All the Yellowtards are doing is upping the volume and frequency of their “Laban Leni” (“fight Leni”) cries. Putting more effort on a failed approach may not exactly be the smartest way forward at this point, but what are the alternatives? Petitioning Marcos’s disqualification from the elections and cancellation of his candidacy had been tried. Demonising him, calling out his father’s “tyranny”, and accusing him of being a thief had become a decades-long tradition. Conspiring with Big Corporate Media to deplatform him only forced Marcos to build a formidable social media machine and amass a vlogging audience on YouTube. Now, a stunt aimed to re-platform him on a GMA Network show hosted by Soho seems to have failed to put even a small dent on his political brand equity.
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Unfortunately for the Opposition candidates, the bigger objective here is not to compete with one another for second place. The objective is to present a credible challenge to Marcos. Putting Soho up on a pedestal benefits no one in their lot because Soho had failed to draw Marcos within scope of the Opposition’s arsenal. The only real way to win the presidency is to beat Marcos and it is when one starts to seriously consider this confronting reality that the individuality of each Opposition presidential candidate begins to become irrelevant. Ultimately it is Bongbong Marcos and his running mate Sara Duterte versus all the rest. There is no Leni, no Isko, no Pacman, no Ping. There is only The Opposition versus the Marcos-Duterte tandem.
In short, even this late into the campaign, the idea that only a united opposition can win the day for those who seek to prevent the Second Marcos Presidency looming in the horizon remains a powerful call. The irony here is that to prevent another Marcos presidency, the Opposition need to remove Marcos from their rhetoric and come up with a forward looking platform premised on Marcos being out of the picture. That alone is a near impossibility seeing that Martial Law Crybabyism is woven into the threads that form the very ideological fiber of the Opposition’s leading partisan blocs — the Yellowtards and the communists. Even if, by some miracle, they pull a rabbit out of a hat and come up with a brilliant no-Marcos-included narrative, getting a good number of Filipinos onboard the narrative — which means pulling a big number of them out of Marcos’s gravitational pull — will be an enormous feat of campaign engineering.
What can the Opposition do differently over the next three-plus months to give some basis for hope that an outcome different to where this election is currently headed can be achieved? This is the part where Opposition leaders and their supporters need to start applying a bit of intelligence and originality to their political craft. The challenge is clear. Come up with something that breaks ground and changes minds. It’s simple, really. Trying to solve a problem using the same thinking that created it is borderline insanity. Time for some sober thinking, people of the Opposition!
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