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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Why It Benefits Not A Soul, That A Nation’s Vice-President Would Lead The Opposition
Philippine Vice-President Leni Robredo’s recent tantrum over her termination from the Cabinet last weekend continued all the way up to the whole of Monday. Nagdadabog talaga ang lola! To follow up her lengthy “I won’t let the Vice Presidency be stolen!” press statement last Sunday, she held a press conference on the same subject Monday afternoon. And, as if that STILL wasn’t enough, she went live on every major TV news program on Monday night to talk about the same subject, which in truth is not even an issue of national concern and matters only to her and her party. Her stamina for marathon back-to-back live interviews just might dethrone Leila De Lima as reigning queen of press conferences and media overkill.
While Robredo was busy carping to the press about pro-Bongbong Marcos trolls tweeting her goodbye even before she received the “desist” text message last Saturday, President Duterte was in Malacanang trying to solve the country’s gargantuan problems with the other Cabinet members. He took a break for the Christmas tree lighting, then resumed the Cabinet meeting late into the night. At the ceremony, this speech was also one of his best. Extemporaneous as always, and cuts straight to the heart.
After hearing his words, I felt really sorry for Leni Robredo, because she will NEVER, ever come anywhere near the depth, substance, and authenticity of this man. While Robredo, the wannabe faux Smartmagic Vice President, was crying “I won’t let the Vice Presidency be stolen!” like a spoiled, entitled brat, Duterte the historic President who won by a landslide with no machinery and no money, and whose popularity even the international media can’t break, was humbly saying, “If I’m only meant to be in office for two months or two years, then that is my destiny.”
From these statements alone, the vast difference in character between these two is crystal clear.
Now that she’s out of the Cabinet, Robredo announced that she will be the opposition leader. Good luck, Leni. You’re going to need it. If people like me who normally don’t give a shit about politics have been so infuriated by your pettiness and hypocrisy that they‘ve started spewing on-line, I can only imagine how the millions of rabid Die-Hard Duterte Supporters are feeling. I know their rage is real, because I feel it myself. And now, all that rage will be directed at you, since you’re too clueless to see that the old hats of the Liberal Party are merely using you as their dummy for attacking President Duterte. To them, you are disposable like toilet paper, while they want to preserve their ties with the President to survive this political shit-storm.
Someday, Robredo is going to look back at the text messages asking her to stop attending Cabinet meetings and realize that President Duterte’s men showed more compassion for saving her reputation than her party bosses did. She will finally recognize what it means to be given the chance to make a graceful exit, but by then it will be too late.
Sourced from GRPundit, which originally appeared as a GRP Featured Comment.