The Opposition seek to DISRUPT rather than contribute to Philippine democracy

Today’s Opposition like using the term “playbook” — as in, “this series of events follows Marcosian Martial Law playbook” or some such drivel. Interestingly enough, the only real “playbook” emerging in recent years is the pattern of seditious activity key elements in the Opposition are engaging in. Someone tweeted today that there is a big difference between opposition and disruption. Today’s Opposition do not exhibit any genuine interest in solving the Philippines’ problems. The only agenda they seem to be working toward is their manic intent to seize power by all means. They seek to disrupt not just the Philippine government but Philippine society as a whole — intent on fomenting the chaos that breeds opportunity to achieve their singular ends.

That’s not being the sort of genuine Opposition Filipinos deserve. That’s just being a pain in the ass.

The only thing the Opposition are lacking that was a key feature of the sort of sedition they were engaged in back in the 1970s is the use of a “Mosquito Press”. In contrast to those days, today’s Opposition have, at their disposal, no less than the Philippines’ biggest Corporate Media conglomerates. As such, it is quite baffling that, despite access to the vast resources of these organisations, they continue to fail misrably at the public relations game. Despite all of the advantages they enjoy, they suffered a catastrophic loss in this year’s elections.

Step back far enough from the noise on the ground and one will find that there is nothing about Philippine democracy to worry about. It is as vibrant and sound as ever and Filipinos are fully engaged and participating in it. It seems, the only beef the Opposition have with it is that they are not winning in it legitimately. So much the same way as a brat losing in a chess game would flip the board over in a fit to end it, the Opposition are bent on upending democracy in order to win their way.

Opposition “thought leaders” and their idiotic criticism of Duterte’s 2019 State of the Nation Address

Unlike today’s Philippine Opposition and, most certainly, unlike the Yellowtards who “lead” their lot, we try to come up with solutions and alternatives to match our critique. Before Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivered this year’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday, I published a preemptive piece on the subject, “If I were Duterte, this is the State of the Nation Address I’d be delivering today…”. That way I have the right to criticise stuff — because I at least try to come up with something better.

What have the Yellowtards come up with so far? Well, golly gee. I think all they’ve come up with so far is zilch.

The Yellowtards, in fact, were so stupid that they used that Zilch as their platform in this year’s elections. Not surprisingly, they not only won zilch, they got crushed in a catastrophic spectacle under the weight of their inbred hubris.

Following Duterte’s SONA last Monday, it can be observed that the Yellowtards have so far still learned zilch. They continue to apply their characteristically unimaginative faculties to find just the bad in a basket of both good and bad — as if they could have written and delivered something better. Well, this is the sort of thing that just keeps coming back to bite the Opposition, specially at the polls.

When will the Opposition learn that it is a compelling story that captures the attention of Filipino voters? When will they realise that the vast tale of victimhood that is their tried, tested, and failed narrative no longer delivers the results they need to seize power legally?

Only time will tell if the Yellowtards will ever learn.

Even if the Yellowtards lost the elections, they still need to be crushed

The Yellowtards are a defeated force for now. For now. They continue to be a cancer in Philippine society and their legacy of snowflake politics still infests the Philippines’ top schools and universities.

It is therefore important that they be crushed. The other day, I featured a lament issued by Senator Kiko Pangilinan, leader of the Yellowtards, which I translated to English…

The [2019] elections are already finished. You [administration bets] already won big time, right? So why go after and try to jail us [in the Opposition] who did not succeed in that election as well as those who supported us? Even priests and bishops involved were not cut a bit of slack.

The article where I first featured the above made a point about Pangilinan’s missing the whole point — that losing an election does not exempt one from criminal prosecution.

Now I take on board what he says — that perhaps there is merit in what he believes the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is doing — possibly taking measures to crush the Opposition.

To that I say: Why not?

The Yellowtards would do the same if they were in that position. In fact, one of the biggest mistakes the late former President Cory Aquino made was to let her former nemeses back in and allow them to roam the political landscape scott free. This is something today’s Martial Law Crybabies wail about.

Someone needs to remind Pangilinan also that the Liberal Party detained Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla and Juan Ponce Enrile even before the 2016 elections just because they were a threat to Mar Roxas’s Presidential ambition.

An entire Opposition bloc captured in living colour attending the wedding of a liar!

Like how one would cure cancer, the approach to dealing with the Yellowtard Problem in the Philippines should not stop short of total political annihilation. Just like how cigarette smokers had gone from cool to fool, Yellowtardism needs to be reduced to a quaint historical curiosity. Only a sweeping cultural revolution can achieve that — one that turns Filipinos from whiney brats addicted to their victimhood back to real achievers.

Indeed, Senator Pangilinan. The Yellowtards may have lost the elections. But they aren’t beaten, and the need to crush them must persist.

Philippine Opposition focus on foreign policy is not winning over Filipino voters

There are so many pressing problems in the Philippines today that directly affect the majority of the population. Some people are focusing too much on China and making it look like Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s presidency is a failure just because they don’t agree with his foreign policy.

This is a dishonest position to take as the only fair way to evaluate an administration is to view it over the full range of initiatives and activities it is engaged in. The fact that the entirety of the key Opposition coalition suffered a catastrophic defeat in this year’s elections attests to the reality that a large swathe of the Philippine public’s concerns were not addressed by the Opposition campaign rhetoric.

The continued focus of Opposition chatter on foreign policy, whilst an easy target because it lends well to glib simplification into lame sound bytes, simply does not resonate with ordinary Filipinos. This is the reason there is a big gap in the Opposition’s understanding of what will move Filipinos and a source of the frustrations they experience in their efforts at inciting “mass action”.

Time is running out! Who will lead the Opposition to 2022?

In Yellowtard years, 2022 is just around the corner. Time is running out and galloping ahead faster and faster. Indeed the more the Yellowtards fail to find a charismatic leader to lead them to electoral victory when current President Rodrigo Duterte’s term is up, the more time is wasted.

It is quite evident their “vice president” Leni Robredo is not up to the task. With every word she utters, she falls flat on her face. It’s amazing indeed that her face continues to exhibit human features considering she’s used it as a shoe so many times.

Their once shiny hope, Mar Roxas, is a complete washout. Duterte’s win in 2016 is squarely on him. He failed to win votes for the Yellowtards even taking into account the voters his pal former Commision on Elections (COMELEC) Andy Bautista cheated out of the Yellowtards’ opponents back then.

Who will be the next great Yellowtard “hero” who will follow in the footsteps of Ninoy and Cory? Kris Aquino, perhaps? Why not? Kris had legions of showbiz fans.

Time is running out. Tick tock tick tock, Yellowtards. Find a leader who is winnable in an election, or perish. Again.

The Yellowtards want to oust Duterte AT ALL COSTS including going to WAR with China

If one were truly looking out for the overall welfare of Filipinos and the bigger good of the entire nation, the focus of any sort of activism would be on finding practical forward-looking solutions to problems. In the case of the current brouhaha over an accident involving a Chinese vessel and a Filipino fishing boat on Reed Bank, the most practical solution to move forward would be to contain the situation and mitigate any further impact on the broader Filipino public.

But take stock of the shrill shoutouts being issued by the “woke” crowd of “influencers” and “activists” of the Yellowtard-led Philippine Opposition and it becomes glaringly evident that they have a different agenda in mind. Their agenda, as always, remains fixated on ousting duly-elected Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and returning their own people to power — power they believe they are entitled to by virtue of the blessings of no less than the Pope himself.

In the mid-2000s Antonio Trillanes destroyed private property and put thousands of Filipino lives at risk to achieve an ILLEGAL agenda.

The Yellowtards unfortunately would just as soon sabotage an economy or drum up war with China (or both) if they see an opportunity there to seize power even through illegal means. Suffice to say, these are not very nice people as they think nothing about disrupting — even putting at risk — millions of lives just to achieve their ends. Think Antonio Trillanes back in the mid-2000s and how he presumed to use military resources under his command to do just that and you will find a person who singularly encapsulates the character of the Yellowtards.

Not very nice. It’s time Filipinos get rid of them and their cancerous legacies in Philippine society.

Yellowtards should walk their TALK and organise their next MASSIVE street protest!

The Yellowtards of late have been longingly following the events in Hong Kong as millions of its people take to the streets in an impressive display of people power to protest a plan to allow Beijing to extradite its citizens to the mainland. While there is much lament being expressed on social media about how Filipinos have lost the same fervour now being exhibited by their neighbours, there seems to be little motivation to mount a similar initiative considering how convinced they are of the righteousness of their cause.

Judging from the volume and shrillness of their laments, one would be led to believe that a critical mass of outrage against the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has achieved enough critical mass to support such a stunt. Indeed given too that they supposedly have the support of the Communist Party of the Philippines and their vast network of satellite university campus “cause oriented groups”, there would be no reason why they wouldn’t be confident that they’d succeed at marshalling the numbers to the effort.

And yet they don’t.

People Power Envy: Hong Kong’s activists show Filipinos how it’s done.
(Source: AFP)

Perhaps that says something about both their approach to engaging the public and, more importantly, the nature of the actual support from the broader public they command. The Yellowtards need to brush up on their Democracy 101 and get back to the drawing board to craft a real strategy to win in their chosen form of government.

According to “sociologist” Ash Presto (@sosyolohija), Filipino voters are “just plain rotten”

The Yellowtards are in the midst of a monumental temperamental tantrum following a catastrophic loss of their Opposition bets in this year’s elections. They now dismiss Filipino voters as “bobo” (stupid) for not voting for their candidates. But in the face of clear evidence that this summary judgement of people who voted against the Opposition is a big lie, they are now on a warpath to slander highly-educated people who they believe supported administration-backed candidates.

One such person is a certain Athena Charanne “Ash” R. Presto who “graduated summa cum laude”, teaches at the Sociology Department of the University of the Philippines, Diliman, is currently taking her MA Sociology at the same institution, and tweets at @sosyolohija.

She writes in a Rappler article

One should not set oneself up as a scholar if he or she refuses to recognize the moral responsibility that scholars are faced with, especially in the Philippines under the Duterte administration.

Unfortunately, the way Presto tweets does not, in any way, mirror the spirit of true scholarship she articulates.

In a single ill-thought-out tweet, Presto, as the typical “woke” snowflake is prone to do, reveals more about her real character — one that is profoundly inconsistent with her “woke” talk.

The trouble with Presto is that she builds an entire argument on an unsound foundation — her personal judgement that the candidates backed by the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte are the wrong people to vote. This is problematic because, according to the Philippine Constitution, only the vote can determine who is RIGHT for the job of representing Filipinos in Congress. Yet, Presto writes…

Those who had the means to get an education but who still chose to vote for the President’s allies are not bobo – they are just plain rotten.

Not only does Presto presume to be an authority on who Filipino voters should vote for, she builds an entire thesis on how one ought to apply one’s knowledge and education in his or her chosen field of endeavour, on her pompous and presumptuous judgement. That is not for anyone to decide for another. And, certainly, there are ways to make good use of one’s education beyond “morality, rights, and justice”.

Indeed, scholars of the hard sciences pride themselves in not having to defer to those nebulous flakey concepts to explain how the world works, how fortunes are made and lost, and how human nature shapes history and life on the planet. In doing so, a true intellectual (something Presto evidently is not despite her education) is able to use theories agnostic to such polticially-motivated constructs to develop better frameworks upon which truly visionary pathways for human progress could be charted — something the Opposition in this year’s elections failed to present to the Filipino Voter.

Yellowtards cry foul over things they could have changed while in power

As expected, the Yellowtard-led Opposition losers in this year’s mid-term elections are in the middle of a monumental tantrum over said loss. Some of the things they shriek about today revolve around charges of electoral fraud and the supposed ascendancy of popularity over qualifications among other things.

But, see, these things were in full swing over 30 years of Yellowtard domination of Philippine politics. Electoral fraud had been an “issue” over most of the last several decades’ elections. Indeed, the one critical time the Yellowtards remained profoundly silent — even dismissive — of it was when these charges worked against their preferred candidate, “vice president” Leni Robredo back in 2016.

As for the screeching about popularity over qualifications, look no further than the two crown jewels of Yellowtard history — the two Aquino presidencies of Cory and Noynoy in 1986 and 2010 respectively. Both won not on the bases of qualifications but on pedigree and emotional blackmail.

It seems the Yellowtards have not learnt their lesson following this colossal loss at the polls. No less than former presidential spokesperson Abi Valte who served under the administration of Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III exhibited this bad attitude

Yellowtards still think they are God’s Gifts to Filipinos when, the fact is, Filipino voters have already told them they aren’t. Unfortunately for them, whatever they are doing isn’t effective. And yet they continue doing the same thing over and over again.

Lesson to Philippine Opposition: Next time, don’t campaign like YELLOWTARDS – #halalan2019

It was clear even just midway through the term of former President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III that the Yellow narrative of the Liberal Party and the broader community of partisans and activists loyal to the Aquino-Cojuangco clan has gone way past its Use-by Date. As a result, the landslide vote in favour of then presidential candidate Rordrigo Duterte in 2016 was seen by many observers as a protest vote against the Yellowtard candidates of the time.

Unfortunately, in the campaign lead-up to this year’s 2019 elections, the Opposition continued to campaign like Yellowtards. Despite attempts to re-brand by changing their partisan colours, ditching the idiotic “Laban” hand gesture, and distancing themselves from as many Yellowtard icons as they could think of, the much-vaunted Otso Diretso coalition continued to walk like Yellowtards and quack like Yellowtards.

They continued to quack about ‘press freedom’ and ‘human rights’, how these were supposedly ‘dying’ or ‘under assault’, and how, with it, democracy was ‘in decline’. Worse, they continued to waddle along screeching negative messages against the popular incumbent and refusing to engage with a multitude of sober voices challenging their dogma.

The results, as such, aren’t surprising. Filipinos overwhelmingly voted in protest against the dishonesty inherent in the Yellow brand a second time in a row. Perhaps the candidates, as many mainstream media columnists insist, were qualified and decent enough to deserve to be senators. Unfortunately for them, their own followers did them in. They did themselves no favours by settling into the comfortable embrace of Yellowtardom.

Hopefully the Opposition will have learnt from this year’s catastrophic loss at the polls and campaign more intelligently next time.