It is obvious that the campaign for the presidency, which should technically start by the end of 2021, has been prematurely albeit unofficially kicked off in these last few months of 2020.
For the opposition, especially for the elitist Yellow mob who lost miserably in the last senatorial elections, failing to install their richest, and perhaps most viable candidate, him having just placed a pathetic second to Rodrigo Duterte in 2016, deviously kicking off a demolition campaign at this time of terrible typhoons, a struggling economy and a vicious pandemic, makes sense.
While the unfortunate conditions that bear down on the performance of the President are unavoidable and should be judged as to responses as well as to its effects, for the insidious forces behind the obvious vilification campaign, they hope that the cumulative effect of their constant ridiculing whittles away at the credibility of the President and whosoever he endorses in 2022.
On the government’s response to the series of storms that had come within days apart, simply compare those against the fatal failures under Benigno Aquino III. Remember the uncounted casualties of “Yolanda,” the publicity stunts of Aquino’s preordained successor, his nauseating politicization of rescue efforts, the lost funds and rotted food and relief goods, and the anomalies that we are still sorting out seven years hence.
As for timing their demolition job amid COVID-19’s economic crisis, the Yellows are simply mirroring the same playbook they followed in the 2019 senatorial elections when they fielded one big loser and seven little unknowns.
Recall when inflation then was unusually high owing to a flux of geopolitical conflicts, high oil prices and a domestic grains crisis? Attempting to shed his elitist cape, one tried self-fashioning himself a messianic economist, and then proceeded to promise lower food prices. To his misfortune, his elitism peeked through when he chose to barnstorm on his own, selfishly denying his colleagues cost synergies. Bullheaded and incapable of adjusting to reality, he quickly became irrelevant when, soon enough, the Duterte economy recovered and prices had fallen to pre-crisis levels.
As for capitalizing on the psychological effects of the pandemic on what the Yellows see as an electorate unhappy with Duterte’s response, they simply ignore where credible polls revalidated Duterte’s increasing popularity and approval during the pandemic.
Seizing momentary gaps, these conspirators, complicit with paid campaigns and public relations professionals already accused of seditious attempts to destroy the presidency, have now ratcheted up their defamation. Never mind that ridicule is neither legitimate criticism nor discourse. As in 2019, these cowards have chosen social media as their arena where inherent anonymities protect their identities. Our military intelligence units should do a better job of smoking them out and perhaps test the Anti-Terrorism Act on them.
Puppeteers all, pathetically lacking a viable alternative for 2022, they’ve made-over Leonor Robredo, shellacking over her abject lack of gravitas, and packaging an endearing marionette, while they enjoy the discomfort and annoyance of the President at the vilification campaign they wage in social media.
They might now be enjoying their giggles. But the last laugh is not theirs. Duterte has endured the worst and it deeply pains the Yellows that he remains loved by the people.