How did Leni Robredo become “vice president” of the Philippines? Not because of any demonstrated ability to lead an entire nation. All it took was the same emo campaign that her Yellowtard followers had become famous (and now infamous) for. That same emo campaign, specifically the emotionally rich but intellectually hollow narrative that serves as its foundation, is what doomed an entire political Opposition this year.
Imagine the Philippines ruled by a President Leni Robredo. What would be her vision for the Philippines? How would she describe a Philippines, say, in six years after she finishes her term? What will she have achieved?
When she ran for vice president in the 2016 elections, Robredo’s primary pitch to voters was that she is the polite choice. For that matter, the Liberal Party, as they’ve in the couple of years previous to that election branded themselves around the now-discredited Yellow political persona that characterised the last 30 years, was regarded as the only polite political choice. As such, the LP and Robredo were the easy choices for those who were too lazy to think. And, as is evident now, academic intelligence does not make one immune to the strong temptation to succumb to lazy thinking.
Proof of the power of lazy thinking and, its cousin, the notion of voting for the “lesser evil” is in how many voters who voted current President Rodrigo Duterte president in 2016 bizarrely chose Robredo to be his vice president. Many may had since realised the error in their choice but, unfortunately, not the underlying error in the thinking that led to that choice.
Robredo therefore serves as Filipino Stupidity Embodied. A tragic caricature that illustrates the worst of the products of the 1987 Yellowtard Constitution — a national charter that was crafted by eminent paranoid delusional personalities that passed off as normal at the time.
Filipinos need Robredo today. They need to behold the “vice president” their lazy thinking had created. One can only hope that in beholding this poignant political abomination, future generations of Filipinos would be reminded of the perils of the cancerous victim mentality and hero addiction that afflicts their national psyche.