After all he's been through to get to where he is, why would President Bongbong Marcos choose to be the "evil" leader the Yellowtards expect him to be?
In review and in prospect
Were 31 million Filipino voters who voted for Bongbong Marcos “victims” of disinformation, “historical revisionism”, and “fake news” as the Yellowtards would like everyone to believe? Perhaps they should have asked that question 12 to 18 months ago when, even in those early days, it was already clear that they were up against a formidable administration camp. Much as the Yellowtards would want to make all those demons an excuse for losing these “important” elections, the fact is 31 million Filipino voters, in voting a Marcos back in power, had at the very least directed a vote of no confidence against three decades of Yellowtard narrative. A bit of sober introspection would have been a reasonable undertaking for the Yellowtards to be focusing on these days.
Consider too that Marcos was himself up against a formidable mass indoctrination machine — no less than Big Corporate Media, the Roman Catholic Church, and country administrators of social media platforms all of whom were friendly (read biased) to the Yellowtards. The difference between Marcos and Yellowtard leader Leni Robredo is that he, the earlier, built a capability to compete head-to-head with this machine. For their part, Robredo and her supporters merely went on a shrill crybaby rampage over “fake news” and “historical revisionism”.
In the aftermath of this second catastrophic electoral loss suffered by the Yellowtards is laid bare the utter impotence of the media, its indentured celebrities, and the Church as influencers of public sentiment — no longer the revered kingmakers they once were. The leaders and officers of these institutions had allowed their organisations to be used as tools the Yellowtards presumed to wield to “educate” the electorate on the “evils” that Bongbong Marcos supposedly represents. In voting against the Yellowtards, Filipinos had effectively given a thumbs down too to Big Corporate Media and the Church with regard to the political “education” these institutions presume to impart.
Marcos, his vice president Sara Duterte, and the government he is forming have been given a gift — a once-in-a-generation majority mandate and a Congress packed with legislators friendly to their party. In much the same way he and his team could afford to decline any challenge to a debate (made in evident bad faith) by the Opposition during the campaign, the coming Marcos administration will likely best serve itself leaving the discredited Media and Church to their dishonest devices and applying a blanket policy of regarding them with grains of salt. In short, continue regarding them in much the same way his predecessor, outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte, did.
Even then, this much has not changed: running a government — specially one that plans to institute tough reforms — in a democracy requires support from a strong and competent communications machine. In Marcos's case, in particular, this is specially important seeing that local and international Big Corporate Media remain on a warpath to discredit him and his government. Indeed, they have much to prove. Marcos's and, to a lesser extent, Duterte's landslide victories in these elections invalidate every demonisation campaign the Media and Church had collectively mounted against them and their families. They lost brand equity and credibility in these elections big time.
Then again, one can expect the Marcos administration to be on top of its media and comms game. After all, much of what won them these elections can be credited to a clockwork-methodical, strategically on-point, and disciplined public relations campaign. That is not to underestimate the contribution to Marcos's ascent to power of an utterly incompetent and disorganised campaign mounted by Robredo and her Yellowtard team.
Why then would the Marcos presidency waste all that work and discipline by perpetrating every crime that the Yellowtards are already accusing it of before the fact? Perhaps this is a question the Yellowtards are in a better position to answer. Why nga ba after everything he's been through to get to where he is today would President Marcos steal, be corrupt, and resort to ruling Filipinos by the sword? Best we direct this question to the Yellowtards who are unanimously convinced that this is exactly what a Marcos presidency will be out to perpetrate. Their answer to that question will have to be convincing enough to be taken seriously by 31 million Filipino voters.
Last week's blog posts
May 14, 2022 by benign0
"In the bigger scheme of things, political analysts worth their salt are discussing and debating what shape the Philippine Opposition will take over the next six years. It is likely that Leni Robredo will not figure in this new political order."
May 11, 2022 by benign0
"Why do the Yellowtards behave like this? For clues on the origins of this baffling attitude, we need to look back at how their late matriarch Cory Aquino came to power in 1986."
May 10, 2022 by Moduli
"And so the people just waited for the perfect moment for redemption: May 9th 2022. They know fully well that it’s the perfect opportunity to say the F-word and 'screw you' in a civilized and democratic way."
May 10, 2022 by benign0
"As of this writing Marcos already enjoys a majority vote with up to 50 percent of votes from the Visayas and Mindanao still to be tallied."