First they tell us that the survey reports of reputable polling firms like Pulse Asia, Social Weather Stations (SWS), Laylo, and Publicus Asia are “unreliable” and even “misleading”. But then when the latest such report published by Pulse Asia (for the period covering the 17th through the 22nd of March) showed Yellowtard candidate Leni Robredo’s preference rating going up nine percentage points and administration candidate Bongbong Marcos’s score going down by four, suddenly these surveys are all god-sends. The results are now evidently something the Yellowtards could pat themselves on the back about seeing that Robredo spokesperson Barry Gutierrez now crows on Twitter, “The survey numbers are starting to reflect what we have been seeing on the ground all along: the massive crowds, the fierce passion, the untiring commitment of Filipinos from all walks of life, coming together to rally behind Leni Robredo’s bid for the Presidency.”
How much more can the Yellowtard campaign do to further chip away at the 32 percentage point lead Marcos still enjoys over Robredo? With just 30 days to go, the only option for Robredo’s yellow-turned-pink mob is to campaign harder. The alternative — finding an innovative way to deliver clear conversions — seems to be outside of the reach of the stunted intellectual faculties of the Yellowtards. For them, campaigning harder, comes in the form of a belated house-to-house effort. However, as desperation sets in, infighting erupts. A noted Yellowtard marketing “expert” points out on Twitter, “yes, H2H can be effective, but given the very short period of time left, can H2H reach all 65M voters in all the islands? that won’t happen. hence advertising is what will reach them.” And what sort of advertising does she propose? Well according to this same “expert”, “attack ads are the most effective in taking down survey leaders like [Marcos]. with so little time left, this is best to do.”
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But then, according to an even more influential Yellowtard honcho, venerable Robredo daughter (who is a woman, by the way) Tricia Robredo, the campaign over this ever shortening homestretch should do better than that. “It’s been about six years and the temptation to antagonise is there but let’s try to be a bit more patient. Be more mindful of comments that do come off as offensive and elitist. Avoid name-calling (i.e., bobo, bayaran),” Tricia encourages her followers to apply to their efforts.
What’s a Yellowtard to do? They are subject to conflicting guidance from their revered “thought leaders”. One such particularly-rabid “thought leader” is disgraced former Commission on Elections (COMELEC) commissioner Rowena Guanzon. Guanzon has a storied history of demeaning people who disagree with her. Just last year, she had challenged people to debate her but made it clear that she would only entertain people who “graduated from UP Law or Ateneo Law” — supposedly two of the Philippines’ most prestigious law schools. Recall too that Guanzon also blocked no less than the Dean of Mindanao State University Law School Alizedney Ditucalan himself after he responded to Guanzon’s challenge by citing the case ATTY. MANE vs. JUDGE BELEN (A.M. No. RTJ-08-2119), from where he points out how “the Supreme Court reprimanded a judge for bragging her UP law diploma”.
As if I am enjoying her tweets.
Thank you for blocking my account.
Good thing that you were ahead before I could actually unfollow you. ? pic.twitter.com/1haaKNrQl1
— Alizedney M. Ditucalan (@AlizedneyD) April 26, 2020
The clock is ticking and the Yellowtards would latch on every morsel that could nourish their rapidly flagging morale — even to the extent of suddenly embracing surveys from reputable polling firms that they had, just weeks ago, rabidly discredited for daring to apply some science to show that they were clearly losing this race. What could they do differently? Whatever they decide and whatever unlikely brainwave they might come up with to campaign smarter and not just harder, it would likely be no more than a case of too little too late. The Yellowtards had years to observe and learn from what had effectively been going on right under their noses. Sadly for them, they did such only in the last two to three months essentially wasting both time and effort.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.