He is not the president of Europeans or Americans. He is the president of the Filipino people. As such, Filipinos get to decide what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in their leader, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. The trouble with the Philippine Opposition is that they have become comfy in their habit of preaching morality from their ivory towers. In the process they have become woefully out of touch with the pulse of ordinary Filipinos many of whom, at best, don’t really give a flying frig about Duterte kissing Bea Kim on the lips.
The Philippine Opposition led by the Liberal Party (a.k.a. the Yellowtards) have become so self-assured in their self-appointed roles as the Philippines’ Morality Police that they now presume to know better than one or the other of these “victims” they constantly manufacture to serve as fodder for their obsolete ideology. Kim, the latest of the Yellowtards’ victim postergirls, had already categorically stated that she is not a victim. But the Yellowtards prefer that she be a victim. And on that we ask: Who is really the one victimising here?
This latest outrage fad had proven an important thing. The Yellowtards are inconsistent with the fundamental principles of their own “liberal” cause and, worse, offer a pathetically incoherent ideology. They have perverted the notion of consent to their political agenda of demonising the Duterte administration, for example, by their baffling quest to convince Kim she is a “victim” even if she chooses not to be one. Indeed, choice and mastery of an individual over her body is at the core of the feminist sect of the liberal cause. An individual’s choice to be a victim or not deserves respect. In continuing to insist that Kim is a “victim” despite her final decision not to be one is the Yellowtards’ insanity on exhibit.
The Philippine Opposition and their Yellowtard leaders have gone too far. They subordinate the personal choices of their postergirl “victims” to their political agendas and dismiss the preferences of ordinary Filipinos in favour of the high-horse pontification of foreign “rapporteurs” and the teachings of the Roman overlords who educate the wealthiest of Filipino youth. The Yellowtards are actually imperialists disguised as nationalists. The status quo they protect is one that is hinged on the continued political, cultural, and military hegemony of Western Europe and North America over the region — ironic, considering the same convoluted ideology was originally behind the decision to boot Uncle Sam out of the bases they spent billions to develop in the Philippines.
What ails the Opposition and hinders their ability to counter the astounding popularity of Duterte is their sad fragmentation. Aside from the confused liberal faction headed by the Yellowtards, a motley array of obsolete communist movements also chime into the static noise of the broader Opposition. Add to that, the LBTQI (or whatever the hell the latest “trending” acronym under which gay people march is) “cause” which, bizarrely seems to be a comfy but sketchy alliance of convenience with the Catholic rosary fiddlers of Yellowtardom and ideological confusion reigns. Out of this cauldron of halo-halo thinking emerges none other than intellectual dishonesty.
The Philippine Opposition, in short, is a mess. They are held together by a common hatred of Duterte and not much else. A movement fuelled by hatred cannot endure and, quite simply, will fail to move Filipinos.
It is imperative that the Philippine Opposition evolve so that they can step up to a true Opposition that truly serves and strengthens Philippine democracy. The alternative is the unproductive noise Filipinos are subject to thanks to the intellectually dishonest sorry excuse of an “opposition” they get today — one that subsists on a diet of “victims” that are manufactured by the Yellowtards to prop up their dishonest cause.