Possibility of #ZeroOtsoDiretso2019 is starting to get more and more real!

Kris Aquino is in drama mode following the explosive revelations surrounding the #PABoost Scandal. An Opposition coalition slate promoted by “vice president” Leni Robredo for the 2019 election dubbed “Ocho Diretso” is turning into a pathetic failure-to-launch. The Yellowtard troll and “influencer” army is scattered and in disarray. What now?

Nobody seems to know. For now the Yellowtards are merely following President Rodrigo Duterte’s lead. They are merely reacting to every word he issues. But are the Yellowtards breaking ideological ground? That’s a big Zero there — a one-way street to irrelevance oblivion.

For good or for worse, Duterte blazed a trail no major Filipino politician had treaded in his successful campaign for the presidency. The trouble with the Yellowtards is that they are using the same tactics and messaging that lost them that election. Talk about slow learners!

It’s time the broader Opposition DITCH the Yellowtards. It’s their only shot at a long-shot win in this year’s elections.

Dishonest Rappler headline misleads readers into thinking Philippine Senate supports “senator” Antonio Trillanes

Grammatically correct but, in intent, baldly misleading. A Rappler report headlined “Senators praise judge’s ‘courage’ in junking Trillanes arrest” seemingly aims to lead its readers to believe that a majority of Philippine senators harbour favourable sentiments to the plight of their embattled colleague “senator” Antonio Trillanes.

The report, however only cites the statements of two Yellowtard senators…

Judge Soriano ‘chose to uphold the rule of law and refused to embrace tyranny, as every judge ought to do if they are to be true to their oath,’ says opposition Senator Francis Pangilinan…

And…

“We laud Judge Soriano for siding with the truth, and for his courage amidst seemingly insurmountable pressure,” Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV said in a statement.

A more honest headline would have been the more accurate, “Senators Pangilinan, Aquino praise judge’s ‘courage’ in junking Trillanes arrest”.

This is of course Rappler, not exactly known to be the exemplar of honest journalism it keeps pitching itself to Filipinos as. So dishonest reports such as this one authored by Rapplerette Rambo Talabong may be excused as it merely reflects the character of the “news” organisation that publishes it.

From Yellowtard to “Independent”: Is it too late for Bam Aquino to rebrand himself?

After years working hard to be a Ninoy Aquino lookalike, it seems Senator Bam Aquino is throwing in the towel on his “Laban” for Yellowtardom. This according to a report tweeted by ABS-CBN News quoting Aquino…

Aquino: Early on, I’ve made a decision, I have to be independent; I have to be the independent voice in the Senate. I stand by that. #BeyondPolitics

Note the hashtag “beyond politics”. Clearly it took Aquino years of his political career to stumble upon that epiphany.

Unfortunately for Aquino, scrubbing off the yellow stain ain’t that easy. It does not just involve a change in wardrobe. There are many links to legacies that need to be cut. One is the poisonous relationship the Yellowtards maintain with the Roman Catholic Church. To be genuinely “beyond politics” that relationship needs to be ditched as well.

A change in colour does not mask a deeper rot and a penchant for intellectual dishonesty.

If Aquino is truly sincere in his newfound mission to distance himself from Yellowtardom he will most certainly earn the respect of an electorate long-over the bullshit of this obsolete narrative.

For now, abangan ang susunod na kabanata. Talk is cheap. Rebranding is good for appearances. But, ultimately, results demonstrate achievement.