The supporters of current “vice president” Leni Robredo are coming to her rescue after Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin called her stupid. They are now trying to make her look like a “victim”. She may not have used derogatory terms but her actions were also disrespectful to Locsin.
In an ideal world, DFA Sec Teddy Boy Locsin shouldn’t have called her “boba” or stupid. But also in an ideal world, Leni shouldn’t be berating another member of the executive branch via the media. She should be discussing her views during a meeting or in private.
If there is one thing the yellows are good at, for their part, it’s playing the victim card. It doesn’t matter to them how many times they called Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte names and tried to seek foreign intervention to help oust him. The minute one of their own is called out for being stupid, they cry foul.
The recent exchange of unpleasantness between two top-level members of the executive branch of government highlights how problematic the Cory constitution is for Filipinos. The fact that a VP from the Opposition was voted in promotes dysfunctional behaviour. All Leni does is criticise the government all of which is lapped up by her cheering squad as best exemplified by this gem from “social media influencer” Noemi Dado…
The fate of 22 fishermen involved in the Recto Bank incident is more important than the tirades of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., Vice President Leni Robredo […] this is class
No. The fate of over 100 million Filipinos is more important than Leni’s political career. Trouble is, Robredo doesn’t look out for the majority. She is “vice president” of the Yellows first before all the rest. She only latches on to trending issues or controversies and use these as fodder against Duterte before the cameras hoping to rile up the public against him. It’s high time the Opposition come up with a better strategy than that stupid approach.
Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Terry Locsin recently called “vice president” Leni Robredo boba.
“Will someone please do her the kindness to give her a brain? Here I am trying to do what’s right, which is to restrict diplomatic passports to real existing working diplomats so as not to devalue them abroad—and not pass them out as favors to retirees and friends,” Locsin said.
“Hey boba, that is precisely why I have ordered the cancellation of all courtesy diplomatic passports because I refuse to single out Del Rosario,” Locsin said in a tweet reacting to a news report on Robredo’s comments.
Some say Locsin was being “disrespectful” while others say he was right on the money.
Robredo, after all, comes across as really dumb for commenting on every issue and seeing it as an offence against anyone she thinks is being “persecuted” by the Duterte government. Her bias against Duterte compels her to always be on the defensive. She doesn’t think before speaking. She should mind her own business.
Now her followers are up in arms at the remarks Foreign Affairs Secretary Terry Locsin made about her. By calling her the Tagalog equivalent of “dimwit”, Locsin merely pointed out that Robredo shouldn’t be chiming in on things she knows very little about.
The “vice president” doesn’t learn from her previous gaffes because she only listens to her followers. She doesn’t reflect on what her critics are saying. She’s a female version of former President Noynoy Aquino. Members of the Cabinet were all appointed to do a job. She should focus on doing hers.
This statement tweeted by Richard Heydarian is proof that this self-appointed “thought leader” is partisan. As a political pundit, one should just be telling it like it is.
Usually travel half of the year round the world for talks and lectures. Honestly, explaining DUTERTE FOREIGN POLICY these days is… just purely embarassing 🙈
To be embarrassed by someone’s foreign policy means one is disappointed it doesn’t fit one’s personal narrative and bias towards or against something. Heydarian should stick to facts.
Why would anyone feel embarrassed about the President’s foreign policy? It actually promotes a diplomatic approach to dealing with a highly sensitive issue. Only those who are strongly against China would feel embarrassed.
Heydarian inadvertently admitted that he is not a reliable source of insight and information. His bias against Duterte and China muddles rather than clarifies the issues he seeks to highlight.
This is not about blind loyalty to Duterte. This is about common sense. China did not order the attack on the Filipino fishermen. The captain of the Filipino fishing boat Junel Insigne couldn’t even give an accurate account of what happened. Besides, what do you want Duterte to do? Declare war vs China? C’mon!
It seems that the Opposition’s only real agenda is to exploit this incident as a means to smear the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte with bad PR. Unfortunately for them a PR disaster means there is fallout. If the Recto Reef incident was a PR disaster, then what is the fallout? Only the people who never trusted Duterte from Day One to do the right thing are disappointed in him. Insigne eventually changed his story and now said he’s not sure.
Bikoy, for example, had a different story when the Yellows were still handling him and then he changed it as soon as they threw him under the bus. It seems that Insigne is acting the same way. He was singing a different tune when he first talked to the media and then changed it. No conviction!
I noticed too that some people get riled up about imagined offences like “what ifs” out of an encounter that didn’t actually result in tragedy. Chinese officials already responded and appealed for calm and they are also investigating. It’s not like they completely ignored the issue.
I think Duterte’s cabinet did a good job in calming the public and managing the aftermath of this incident. Some members of the Opposition and those with misguided Pinoy “pride” over-reacted and were trying to rile the public with their anti-China stance, but they failed because the fisherman himself changed his tune.
Another issue, another major fail for the Opposition to bring Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte down. They simply don’t get it. They keep using negative propaganda against him when the truth can quickly burn it down. They will never learn from their mistakes. They are pathetic.
It actually takes guts to issue an unpopular opinion and only someone with strong conviction can maintain civility in the midst of a diplomatic tension like the incident between Filipino fishermen and a Chinese vessel. In that regard, Duterte is the opposite of “duwag”.
The Opposition tried to make it look like it was Duterte’s fault why the fishermen had a collision with a Chinese vessel. After all the noise and commotion died down, the rational members of the public had to ask, what the heck was that about? Clearly, the media blew it all out of proportion.
At some point, the Opposition ran out of things to say and resorted to copy and pasting “Duterte duwag”. More proof that their arguments do not have legs to stand on. Now it’s all just gone up in smoke which will soon dissipate.
The story ends with a happy ending and a happy fist bump.
China is appealing for restraint. Imagine that. Kung sino pa yung may capability to blow us into smithereens sila pa yung ayaw ng gyera. But the dilawans? They want Duterte to declare war! Now na! And they do it by, yet again, playing the Victim Card.
Indeed, I don’t understand why the captain of the Filipino fishing boat feels betrayed. He should be proud of himself for standing his ground for the Philippines during the ramming incident. He should be telling us how glorious it was to fight for our rights and not tell us tales of woes. Even before Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte made a statement about the collision between the Filipino fishing boat and the Chinese vessel, the Filipino captain was already speaking about his disappointment in Duterte to the media and is even reluctant to go and speak to the President in person. He just wants the attention of the media, it seems.
If you haven’t noticed yet, Duterte, for his part, does not care if his decision or statements are unpopular. He doesn’t care if he disappoints some of his supporters. He was like that when he criticised the Kapa scheme and he’s doing that with the fishing boat incident. He’s not into popularity — only what can and needs to be done to move forward.
A solid foundation is needed to act intelligently and with honor. Being all shrill about what amounts to no more than hearsay and speculation will not get us there.
It was plain stupid of former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales to enter Chinese territory after criticising China heavily and even going as far as filing a case against President XI Jinping before the International Criminal Court (ICC). If she really hates China and how it is run, why does she want to spend her holidays there?
What do you expect the Philippine Government to do, force China to allow Morales to enter Hong Kong? But that is exactly what some people are calling for…
But the Philippines also has a rule against foreign activists who speak ill of the govt. Remember how Sister Patricia Fox got deported after engaging in illegal activist activities? Why should China treat Morales any different? Morales is considered a threat to China after she filed a case against Pres Xi Jinping.
This incident proves all Yellows from the low ranking foot soldiers to the top generals are not very smart. Carpio-Morales is one of those yellows who despise China but can’t stop going to HongKong, eating Chinese food and buying products made in China. Carpio-Morales must be feeling humiliated. That’s what she needs – humble pie. China should take note of all anti-China advocates from the Yellow crowd and ban them from entering their territories.
How in the world did an ex-con manage to convince members of mainstream media to go to the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) office to listen to him? Obviously someone influential from the Opposition contacted the media for him. The IBP office has security so someone higher up allowed the whole drama to unfold.
This “Bikoy” saga is proof that poverty is not the main problem in Ph. The main problem is the padrino system. It’s quite possible that powerful people like members of the IBP are in cahoots with members of the Opposition in promoting chaos in the country.
The whole scam has since unraveled as the truth about Peter Joemel Advincula’s crooked past slowly emerged thanks to the work of social media sleuths. Now there is a new term for being conned: na-bikoy.
Na-bikoy ang mga yellows. A con artist offered his services to play the part of a whistleblower who supposedly had information that could be used against the Duterte camp. Yellows weren’t aware he offered the same services and said he also had damning information about the Aquino camp.
The sad fact is, patronage politics or the padrino system is what’s ruining the country because it doesn’t level the playing field. Instead of uniting Filipinos, it promotes mistrust in Philippine society. This whole “Bikoy” saga has added to the damage to our society at so many levels.
The timing of the emergence of the supposed person behind the “Bikoy” videos, a certain Peter Joemel Advincula, is quite suspect. The midterm elections is in a few days. The people pulling his strings are really desperate to win the elections by painting the Duterte family and their allies under a negative light. Too lame.
The only people who would fall for this are the people who already believe the claims even before the guy surfaced. They don’t believe in giving their enemies due process. So far there is no evidence provided. This is so reminiscent of Jun Lozada without the crying. Indeed, according to a Rapplerreport, “Advincula was accompanied by nuns” (recalling the Lozada circus in the mid-2000s) when he arrived at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines building for his press conference.
Mainstream media, for its part, keeps giving airtime to these menaces of Philippine society. Taking stock of the reports fielded by mainstream news channels following this circus, Mr David Yap notes, “The statement of some random scammer, without any investigation WHATSOEVER, is enough for mainstream media.”
Went to IBP, had prepared statement, had media to cover the event, then the usual choir was present. Seriously, same familiar script, just like against Villar, Binay, etc, right? Why do we fall for such?
Too bad for Bikoy, the public is tired of badly scripted melodrama and prefer action-packed, less talk productions. The people want to see evidence. Words are boring especially coming from an unknown trying-hard-for-his-fifteen-minutes-of-fame-bozo.
Yellows hate Duterte but are the first ones to miss him even just a few days of not seeing him. They already assume he is either sick or lazy even though he just came back from China and was campaigning for his bets recently.
They were quick to use the photo of Duterte chilling out on his bed as proof that he is lazy. Never mind that the photo actually came from Duterte because they kept asking about his whereabouts. It’s as if Duterte is not entitled to rest even after a gruelling schedule.
We all know why the Yellows want Duterte dead. Because Leni Robredo is their “vice president”.