What does one do with all those statues of Ninoy Aquino and Cory Aquino littering the Philippines? What is the plan for all these buildings and spaces appropriated to the commemoration of Yellowtard “heroes” and their “glorious” stories? These are now all but quaint legacies of an era that ended this year — one that saw a single compound feudal clan — the Aquinos and Cojuangcos — utterly dominating the national political narrative and culture with their dishonest mythology. This hijacking of the national narrative was aided and abetted by their allies in the executive suites of Big Corporate Media and the administrations of a cartel of exclusive private Catholic schools. Now that Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is President of the Philippines, it would certainly come across as strange that relics that symbolise the downfall and subsequent decades-long demonisation of his family and his own very person would continue to stand.
Thus the dilemma now comes to the fore. President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and his running mate Vice President-elect Sara Duterte command an unprecedented majority mandate — more than 60 percent of the Filipino Vote — and a Philippine Congress dominated by allies and politicians friendly to his camp. With this clear mandate comes the confronting reality that the outcome of these elections also serves as a referendum against the Yellowtard narrative. Filipinos have spoken and their message to the Yellowtards is that their ideology had all been discredited. The awkward thing about all this is the big monuments and other memorials — many of them actually explicitly manifesting the very symbols of what Filipinos voted against in these elections — that dot the Philippine archipelago. They are now an affront not just to the president-elect himself but to the 31 million Filipinos who voted for him and against the Yellowtards.
What is President Bongbong Marcos to do with these Yellowtard relics? The most practical course of action would be no action. Just let them be. Be the bigger person and just allow the Yellowtards to have their historical artefacts. Perhaps the temptation will be strong among his more militant supporters to vandalise these eyesores. Again, it is best that the camp be the bigger people and desist. These relics, after all, stand as constant reminders of what the Yellowtards had squandered. They had lost an entire nation after decades of dominating political myth making. This they did by failing to prove that a “restoration of democracy” and the “freeing” of Filipinos from “authoritarianism” would set them down the path to prosperity and modernity. Rather, the Yellowtards have, instead, mounted an effort to keep Filipinos beholden to a dishonest ideology that focused on victimhood rather than potential and on fixation on the past instead of a more productive open-minded embrace of a future of what could be.
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Yellowtard rhetoric had long ago exceeded its use-by date. Over the period that Filipinos lapped up the idea that their efforts to become a modern and prosperous people involved a “fight” with “evil” forces out to thwart this, Yellowtard ideology was there to provide the underlying dogma for this sort of thinking. Reality eventually caught up with them. There was no “fight” because there was no “evil” at work. There was only the challenge of navigating the world order to carve out a niche for Filipinos to make their mark on the world stage. The habitual use of this long-obsolete laban (“fight”) narrative by the Yellowtards was evident in the very campaign their “leader” Leni Robredo mounted in these very elections and even now, in the aftermath of her crushing defeat, what they continue to latch on to — the possibility that this “fight” will persist as a “movement” over the next six years of the Marcos presidency. Even now, the Yellowtards continue to put up bogeymen for their flock to focus their mojos on — “disinformation”, “trolls”, and “historical revisionism”. These are society’s “evils” in the minds of the Yellowtards that both (1) account for their catastrophic electoral failure this year and (2) will continue to be the objects of the battles their “heroes” are expected to “fight”. Old habits die hard, indeed.
It’s time Filipinos move on from a way of thinking where failure is always necessarily someone else’s fault or the result of a “sinister” or “evil” force working against the “good guys” and their “good intentions”. This inability of the Yellowtards to take personal accountability to step up to compete in a democracy — the popularity contest that they had signed up to — and to accept defeat with grace knowing that the winners played the better game is a cultural cancer that had long afflicted Filipinos. In essence, Yellowtardism represents everything that is wrong with Philippine society and it is high time that Philippine society rid itself of this blight. By all accounts this is exactly what Filipinos voted to do in these elections. To prosper in the modern world where opportunities abound in unprecedented quantities requires a real fight, not against imaginary demons put up by dishonest partisans and “activists” but against personal and real challenges and against other people, parties, and communities we share the playing field with. The 2022 elections marks the end of the crybaby culture the Yellowtards have imprisoned Filipino minds with for far too long. With regard to those relics that stand as poignant reminders of this three-decade-long gaslighting campaign, Filipinos should look to them and think, never again.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.