T-minus 2.5 months. The Philippine Opposition have abandoned all pretense of a positive campaign and are all-hands-on-deck mounting a demolition campaign against their common “enemy” of this brief moment, administration presidential and vice presidential candidates Bongbong Marcos and Sara Duterte. It is an interesting exercise considering the Opposition bring to bear methods and information they have been using since the late 1970s — allegations that the Marcoses are thieves, that they are murderers, that they are liars, and that they oversaw an “unprecedented” decline in the Philippines’ economic fortunes. Considering the age and bluntness of the “weapons” of demolition they wield in this homestretch, it continues to baffle most sensible observers how Opposition purveyors of these methods are able to expect their political fortunes to change for the better.
The major Opposition bloc, now effectively composed of Leni Robredo’s Yellowtards, Nery Colmenares’s communists, Big Corporate Media, and the Roman Catholic Church (the latter two effectively the Philippines’ biggest and wealthiest political parties), have for so long been drumming up the “Evil Marcos” narrative. But have they drummed that story in successfully? In actual fact, they have.
Every single Filipino is aware of all that the Opposition have been screeching about with regard to that Evil Marcos narrative. Indeed the public consciousness is saturated by it. Members of Marcos’s formidable base of committed supporters are very likely even more familiarised with this Evil Marcos narrative than the Yellowtards and commies themselves. You wonder then who the Yellowtards and commies are preaching to? What new information are they delivering? They have been investing so much of their meagre brains and precious time to this exercise — to the extent of neglecting building any sort of intelligent platform — that it leads us to wonder if they have, at any point, stepped back and taken stock of any returns on that dubious investment.
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The Opposition to date offer nothing transformative or visionary to Filipinos. Several “presidential forum” media circuses organised in rapid succession over the just the last two to three weeks have so far achieved nothing other than to exhibit the vacuous nature of the collective Opposition pitch to the Filipino people. Tired old pandering to “the poor” are all we get from the Opposition nuisances. What do they propose is the path to building a strong and great nation? We don’t know yet. But, hey, they still have two months and a half to tell us.
More importantly, the way the Opposition are desperately posturing over the remaining days of the campaign have only proved one thing — without Marcos in the picture they essentially have nothing much to work with. This is made readily-evident just by a quick peruse of the social media timelines of just about every Yellowtard and commie Netizen — from their most lowly troll to their chi-chiest Katipunan-educated “thought leaders”. Marcos this and Marcos that. Small wonder that these bozos routinely all go tililing whenever Marcos declines an invitation from their most revered “journalists”. A media circus is not a media circus unless a Marcos graces the occasion. Bongbong Marcos does not have to campaign any further. The Yellowtards are doing that work for him.
If the Yellowtards and commies insist on continuing their negative campaign, they should at least apply a bit more originality and imagination to their effort. At least tell Filipinos something they don’t know. Perhaps it is about time the Opposition consider what they had long convinced themselves to be unthinkable — that Filipino voters are making truly informed choices on who to support in the coming elections and that they should regard these choices respectfully for a change. For now, if they truly believe they are the “good guys” in this “fight” they tell us we are in the midst of, well, that narrative is proving that it has come down to them competing with an “evil thief” of their own fashioning and are losing.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.