What does new Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro mean for the Philippines? Absolutely NOTHING.

The Yellowtards have lately turned their sights to politics in Brazil after right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro was elected president. His win follows almost two decades in power of the left-wing Workers’ Party.

In Brazil’s “plight” the Yellowtards see a kadamay — a people they see as suffering a similar “fate” presumably subject to a “tyrant”. To the Yellowtards, right-wing necessarily means “tyrannical”.

What these social climbers seem to conveniently ignore is that Brazil’s Workers Party was, itself, beset by rampant corruption scandal. In the lead up to the election, the party tried to re-brand itself much the same way the Yellowtards are desperately trying to re-brand themselves for the coming 2019 elections. In the case of Brazil’s Workers Party, it was a case of too little too late

Gone was the communist red of its flags. PT [Workers’ Party] now stood for “a country for all” adorned in green, yellow and blue, the colours of the national flag.

But it didn’t apologise for all the scandals and the corruption, and was too little too late. [its candidate Fernando Haddad] didn’t appear genuine. Bolsonaro on the other hand cannot be criticised for not being so.

The only lesson for Filipinos here is that, well, that there is no lesson. Brazil is merely repeating history — Philippine history. Then again, the story of how a party that broke all of the promises it made to its people and abused their trust will, in due time, massively lose a national election isn’t really that unique to Philippine history. Or Brazil’s for that matter.

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