ONE of the more offensive, because arrogant, things I’ve seen on social media has nothing to do with Rodrigo Dutere’s foul mouth and lack of platform.
It had everything to do with the Liberal Party. And no, not even about Carlos Celdran revealing his elitist privilege and telling a nurse in Makati Medical Center to remove her Duterte baller ID. Though this was quite despicable, and absolutely unacceptable. Especially for a party running on notions of decency and the right path.
LP ruins Leni
What is most offensive, I find, is the Liberal Party’s arrogance of power – it’s belief that what this nation needs is another six years – or 12? – of an LP-run government.
Yup. The delusion is 18 f*cking years all in all including the past six with Noynoy Aquino.
But this is getting ahead of myself. What I’ve happened upon often enough on Twitter are LP followers, stalwart-supporters and troll-like accounts, repeating the idea that all they want at this point is for Leni Robredo to win.
One might say this proves how humble they are about a Roxas loss … but no. Because the idea of a Robredo win is embroiled in the idea that whoever beats Roxas to the presidency will be impeached.
You read right. Impeached. That whoever is elected as President, the Liberal Party will find a way to unseat that person, never mind that if we are to believe in fair and credible elections, then this person is the President people voted for.
It is the height of arrogance for anyone to speak of unseating the next President, just because it looks like their candidate is not going to win. It is offensive that we are being told that there is only one person, and one Liberal Party, that must run the nation. It is the height of elitism and privilege that anyone at all would imagine an impeachment to be in the cards right now, for a nation that is reeling from hunger and want, and needs a leader, pronto! (Because certainly we haven’t felt like we’ve had a leader the past six years with Aquino.)
This also ruins Robredo, making her seem like a puppet of the Liberal Party. In the age of social media where these thoughts are percolating and articulated, she cannot feign ignorance. In fact, it behooves her to respond to this news, to the idea that this is what her party is planning right under her nose. I want to know where she stands on impeaching whoever beats Roxas to the Presidency; I want to know what she thinks of this bit of news.
I hope I’m not disappointed. Because it was bad enough to find Robredo standing with Kris Aquino, doing an endorsement video. Her defense of Kris made things worse: “Sino ba naman ang aayaw – ay, Kris Aquino iyon – number one endorser sa ating bansa, kilala na hindi mag-eendorso ng hindi niya pinaniniwalaan, whether tao o produkto? Kaya malaking bagay iyon para sa akin.”
But, of course, a Kris Aquino endorsement means being on a shelf alongside whitening products and beauty clinics, fakery and raising women’s needs, shallow discourse and a stand against farmers, women, workers. Robredo could have said no to Kris but she didn’t. Instead, she said yes based on a very superficial reading of what Kris stands for.
This woman is disappointed. Robredo knows better.
Ah, but it gets worse for the rest of us. The purported plan is not only to impeach the next President and install Robredo. It’s also about making sure that the Liberal Party wins (again!) in 2022.
The candidate-of-choice? Bam Aquino.
The anti-Bongbong dead-end
Robredo’s rise, to me, is borne of whatever fear there is against Bongbong Marcos becoming Vice President. And yet if I were to look at the ways in which various camps have tried to discredit Marcos, it leaves much to be desired.
After all: what is another organization, another group, that posts anti-Marcos memes? What is another rally, another statement against the Marcoses?
I tend to think that if we didn’t want another Marcos in government, then we should have been working on it all these years. We’ve had five Presidents and 30 years: yet our textbooks remain kind to the Marcoses, refusing to discuss Martial Law for what it was – a time of darkness for nation, no matter the good it brought as far as infrastructure, culture, development are concerned.
It’s all too little, too late. It is difficult to discredit Bongbong, for example, if you’ve been to Ilocos Norte. Where streets are clean, public toilets work, a museum has been spent on, heritage and historical monuments are respected, infrastructure and development are felt by the populace. It is difficult to look down on him, given his body of work as senator, bills authored in relation to education, the environment, energy. Which reminds me: those windmills in Ilocos? The ones that are also tourist destinations because they’re such a rarity in this country? That’s a Bongbong project. Yup, clean energy.
See, this is what we are up against when we think #NoToBongbong, and it is sadly an uphill battle. Because between our failed education and our lack of a sense of history, we seem to have written Bongbong into this moment ourselves.
And for whatever reason – probably a delusion? – I don’t think Bongbong would stand for the impeachment of the next President, even if he stood to gain from it. He would, as he has, wait it out.
2022 is his next battle. We should all be ready for him.