Just like the way the Yellowtard-Communist Axis was torn by infighting between the two woke factions that lend it its name, what was once the “Unity Team” is now ripped apart by the petty mudslinging between one or another narcissist “influencer”. To be fair, the “Unity Team” was no more than an election winning construct not too different to the failed “1Sambayan” coalition cooked up by retired Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio, former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, and former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario.
The obvious key difference between the Yellowtard 1Sambayan project and the Unity Team of then presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos and his then running mate Inday Sara Duterte is that the latter flew and went on to bury all the rest in the 2022 national elections. The other, even more confronting point to make about the former, is that red flags were already flying in abundance around its earliest inception that should have led its convenors to reflect more on what it would have taken to win this important election.
Back in 2021, Get Real Post contributor Ramon Ortoll wrote about how 1Sambayan was already “problematic on many fronts” and cites the indictments issued against this ill-conceived movement issued even by Yellowtard academics. One good example was Cleve Arguelles, Assistant Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at De La Salle University, who observed…
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The [1Sambayan] movement is primarily made up of the old guard in the respective groups — well-regarded but possibly out of touch with the Duterte public. To some the coalition’s messaging is overly moralistic and elitist. Its slogan ‘Tapat Na Pamumuno’ (Honest Leadership) resembles the lacklustre Liberal Party’s ‘Disenteng Pilipino’ (Decent Filipino) in 2016 and the previous administration’s slogan of ‘Daang Matuwid’ (Straight Path).
To be fair, behind the failure of 1Sambayan was that “Old Guard” Arguelles pointed out that, by then, was well understood and recognised. Having overseen an era characterised by a popular worship of “heroic” and “martyr-saint” characters propped up the Aquino-Cojuangco clan, it was easy for most “thought leaders” to take stock of the liabilities of what was then a broad “opposition” to the incumbent camp in the lead up to 2022.
The the road to the demise of today’s “Unity Team”, on the other hand, was paved by more contemporary elements. Whereas some semblance of historical ideological differences marked the conflict between the Yellowtard-Communist Axis and the now-defunct Unity Team, today’s “debate” is underpinned by bitterness between former close allies — more akin to the animosity jilted lovers feel for the former loves of their lives. As such, there really is no space for compromise because the goal is not to debate but to validate or, worse, vindicate one’s self.
The Tardic Wars pitting Marcostard versus Dutertard today pulls the Philippines’ political discourse to new lows. Whereas the “thought leaders” of the Yellowtard-Communist Axis represented institutionalised dishonesty and, as such, presented a formidable intellectual challenge that demanded the application of exceptional imagination and creativity amongst those who begged to differ, the personalities that lead the Tardic camps of today only make our stomachs turn — elicit cringe, perhaps — and not much else. It’s always a sad sight to see the “victors” reduce themselves to forms of life lower than the cretins they beat.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.