Congratulations are in order for “vice president” Leni Robredo. At least the billions Uncle Peping spent yielded a bit of return-on-investment (ROI). The real question is a bit more confronting, however:
Do Filipinos deserve the same congratulations for Robredo’s “win”?
Think about it. Filipinos elected a prayerful widow to a top executive office. Again. What has really been achieved?
More important to note is the bigger context. Rodrigo Duterte’s ascent to power is now widely regarded to be the result of a protest vote — a vote against President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III’s legacy which, itself, is the culmination of the 30-year legacy of the original Prayerful Widow, the late former President Cory Aquino.
So can the proclamation of Leni Robredo by the Philippines’ biggest criminal syndicate be considered a “win” for the Philippines? For Robredo’s supporters, the answer will, of course, be a resounding YES! “Leni is my VP!” and all that. Why? Because Leni, we are told, saved the Filipino people from “another Marcos”.
And so this raises an even more confronting question:
What is more profoundly embarrassing to the global community? Another Marcos being elected? Or another prayerful housewife ascending power?
The answer to that question, of course depends on how Filipinos want to style their collective character. For now, the more important principle to note that is relevant here is the notion of how Filipinos expect different results and yet choose to do the same things over and over again. Even more noteworthy is the irony that escapes Robredo’s supporters, many of whom, for the very same reason they support her, deeply detest Duterte. That irony is in coming back to square one — back to the nostalgia of 1986 when a widow clad in yellow “won”. Thus a comfy familiarity serves as the backdrop to the euphoria of a clique of Filipino society suffering minds imprisoned by an obsolete political spell.
This is the widow that set the Philippines down the path to a point that left voters no choice but to vote on the basis of a protest. I was talking about Cory, by the way. With regard to “vice president” Leni Robredo, all we can do for now is ye ol’ familiar…
Abangan ang susunod na kabanata.