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Robredo is the real threat to democracy

The real threat to Philippine democracy must be Robredo herself because she has shown that she will not hesitate to glorify herself at the price of distorting Philippine history.



Last 25 February 2021, the 35th anniversary of the so-called 1986 EDSA Revolution was marked by a 20-minute ceremony at a monument at a corner of Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

The ceremony could have passed off as a group of tourists studying a large metal sculpture that looks more like a North Korean communist-styled urban landmark than a monument to “people power.”

No one of importance in the administration was seen there.

The number of people present was obviously far less than in years past. In fact, there were more people at any given supermarket nearby than there were individuals present at the event.

As expected, organizers of the ceremony conveniently blamed the Covid-19 pandemic for the poor attendance.

They can’t seem to accept the reality that nobody wants to celebrate EDSA 1986 anymore because it only ushered in the corrupt, incompetent and vindictive administration of Corazon Cojuangco Aquino under a Constitution haphazardly prepared by an unelected cabal of Aquino’s stooges, a number of whom are still around today.

It seems like their current irrelevance is matched only by their longevity.

The desperate clergy also tried to hog the day’s news with reminders to the people to relive EDSA 1986.

Those who can see through their religious charade can tell that these modern-day relics of Padre Damaso desire a return of the administrations of Mrs. Aquino and her son Benigno Aquino III, regimes when the Catholic Church controlled the government.

The only individual in the public light who brazenly attempted to exploit whatever memories people may have of EDSA 1986 was Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo.

“Today, we renew our faith in this fundamental truth of EDSA: that our people, standing united, can never be defeated,” Robredo said, adding that “the promise of EDSA has not yet been completely fulfilled.” She also said that democracy in the Philippines is under constant threat.

Robredo’s speech must have been prepared in advance because it did not contain the usual carabao English she is known for whenever she speaks to the media without reading from a document.

In a way, Robredo is correct when she said “the promise of EDSA has not yet been completely fulfilled” because the two Aquino regimes, which controlled the country from 1986 to 1992 and 2010 to 2016, respectively, squandered whatever that “promise” was all about.

Like the regime of the first Aquino, the second one was just as corrupt, incompetent and vindictive.

So, if EDSA 1986 was a “promise” for good government, that promise was derailed by the Aquinos for a dozen years.

That is why Robredo said that “promise” has not yet been completely fulfilled.

Robredo didn’t stop there.

Since she was the highest public official to make a big deal out of EDSA 1986 this year, Robredo must have thought that she could give the public the impression that she is today’s embodiment of EDSA 1986; that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is a dictator; and that her Liberal Party (LP) should be supported by the electorate, with her as president of the country, in the May 2022 elections.

Sure, Robredo may be a widow like Mrs. Aquino, but her late husband was hardly a Ninoy Aquino and was just a bureaucrat in the hated and unlamented regime of Ninoy’s son.

Duterte is not a dictator because the three branches of government are working and functioning independently of each other, and press freedom, as well as other fundamental rights, remain unbridled.

Outgoing presidents are usually very unpopular.

Duterte may be an outgoing leader but the private surveys all show that he currently enjoys a more than 90 percent rating from the people.

Robredo’s LP was clobbered in the 2019 midterm national elections.

Now that Duterte is even more popular than he was in 2016, the LP is almost certain to lose the May 2022 polls.

If democracy in the Philippines is under constant threat as Robredo suggests, then the real threat to Philippine democracy must be Robredo herself, because she has shown that she will not hesitate to glorify herself at the price of distorting Philippine history and disseminating misleading information against President Duterte in an effort to destabilize his administration.