The reality of “vice president” Leni Robredo’s lack of leadership chops is catching up with her as the latest poll results show.
The SWS survey results for June 2019 showed Robredo having a net satisfaction rating of plus 28, down 14 points from plus 42 in March 2019. In Pulse Asia, the Vice President’s approval rating was 55 percent.
The plunge in the proportion of sampled Filipinos “satisfied” with Robredo’s performance could reflect a creeping negative sentiment about her as she consistently exhibits incoherence and a lack of conviction in her official messaging. Filipinos generally want words that demonstrate decisiveness and project authority. It is evident that Robredo and the persona she fronts to the public lacks all those things.
It is therefore likely that part of the fall in her ratings could be accounted for by supporters who may have since changed their opinion of her. In short, Robredo’s support base could be eroding in both sentiment and numbers.
Not surprisingly, Robredo’s office dismisses the poll results. According to her spokesperson Barry Gutierrez, “the appearance of a decline in Robredo’s satisfaction rating based on results of a new survey by Social Weather Stations (SWS) was all that—appearance.”
“You have to distinguish between the Pulse approach and the SWS approach,” Gutierrez said. “Pulse just releases approval, indifferent—undecided—and disapproval. SWS creates a net,” Gutierrez said at an interview at Robredo’s Quezon City reception office.
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Tough luck, right? The shortest and simplest explanation is usually the one likely to be the right one.
Yellowtards are quick to attack journalist Ina Reformina for her religious and personal beliefs. This is another example of the selectiveness with which the Yellowtards apply their nebulous “principles”. They’ve demonstrated this with feminism and human rights. Now they are using religion and personal choices as weapons to shame another person.
It’s no wonder that many of the erstwhile noble advocacies taken up by these snowflakes have become degenerate “causes” in the Philippine setting. Thank the Yellowtards for that. The inconsistency with which they’ve bandied these for their orgies of virtue signalling is legendary.
The Roman Catholic Church and its lieutenants in the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), meanwhile, enjoy immunity from the Yellowtards’ lynch mobs whose members selectively pretend to espouse critical thinking. Despite a long tradition of crooked political brokering and abuse of Sunday masses which they’ve turned into propaganda channels, the Catholic Church persists as a no-go-zone for the Yellowtards’ critical scrutiny. Why? Because “prayerfulness” is a pillar of the Yellowtards’ branding and is given blessing by the top honchos of the Catholic Church.
Yellowtards pretend to hate “fake news” yet are, themselves, the top defenders of this scourge. Indeed, they even make use of a list of “fake news sites” endorsed by the Church without at least verifying whether this list is a valid one nor examining the methodology used to determine which is truly a “fake news” site or not.
The Yellowtards are hypocrites to the core. The Opposition need to ditch the them. They really do, that is, if they really want to start winning elections again.
An article titled How to Convince Someone When Facts Fail republished in Scientific American provided an interesting case study that mirrors the behaviour of the Yellowtards and communists today in the way they defend their failed ideologies…
In the classic 1956 book When Prophecy Fails, psychologist Leon Festinger and his co-authors described what happened to a UFO cult when the mother ship failed to arrive at the appointed time. Instead of admitting error, “members of the group sought frantically to convince the world of their beliefs,” and they made “a series of desperate attempts to erase their rankling dissonance by making prediction after prediction in the hope that one would come true.” Festinger called this cognitive dissonance, or the uncomfortable tension that comes from holding two conflicting thoughts simultaneously.
It is easy to see the parallels — how the Yellowtards and communists stick to obsolete slogans and indefensible positions to continue their rabid quest for relevance they had irrevocably lost a long time ago.
[Credit to @MsLeaSalonga for sharing the article on Twitter