Is Marcos greed undermining President Duterte?
By Joe America
First, let me thank those who read and comment here, for you provide the insights that I use to try to simplify complex issues.
Second, let me ask readers to set aside the issues you may have trouble moving past because they are so troubling. We need to do this to understand the point of this blog. Let’s set aside the drug war and associated killings, and Chinese occupation of Philippine economic territory. Perhaps there are others, but we can come back to them after the discussion.
Third, lets break the social/political dialogue into the following six components:
- The avid Duterte supporters who back the President as if he were the government.
- The avid Marcos supporters who back Bong Bong Marcos as if he had a lot of money for them.
- The avid pro-democracy crowd who back the Constitution and human rights.
- The middle-ground opportunists who have no principles except personal advantage.
- The largely ignorant masses who worship stars and tough guys and are not really attuned to modern sensitivities about human rights, where to dispose of trash, or even their own religious faith.
- The AFP, courts and other (mostly) neutral parties.
There is a great battle going on between the first three groups on social media, and . . . taking the lead from the on-line issues . . . the mass media. The mass media are secondary players because they generally don’t take the initiative to dig for truths or original findings. They appeal to the largely ignorant masses by finding easy sensationalist material. Social media is where the real battle is taking place.
Groups 4 and 5 are the audience.
Group 6 is the referee. Some are biased toward the home team.
Fourth, let’s center on the Vice President as the litmus test or barometer of how the battle is being waged. We know AS A FACT that the Vice President is a hard-working, highly-principled, mature, intelligent and dignified public servant. In a different day, she would be internationally recognized and put on a pedestal for her outreach to the common man and woman, and she would also be a person Filipinos could point to with pride to illustrate the sophistication and intelligence of Filipino public officials. (Reference: “Tax reform, the Vice-President, and impeachment“; Business World)
Yet, there are those within the Duterte and Marcos camps who are out to destroy her.
Interestingly enough, one gets the feeling that it is the people AROUND President Duterte, but not the President himself, who are doing the nasty work. He has denied that Vice President Robredo is out to destabilize his administration, but his supporters . . . and Marcos supporters . . . say otherwise. I’d wager he knows that she is a good woman. I’d wager he respects that she has not attacked him, personally, but only the issue of human rights. And I’d wager that he finds her as charming in person as everyone else does.
I’d go further to wager that the ruckus has nothing at all to do with Vice President Robredo and it has not much to do with President Duterte.
It has a lot to do with the Marcos contingent.
The Vice President is a threat to the Marcos contingent because she is a good woman and gaining in popularity.
She is not a threat to the Duterte presidency.
But she must be portrayed as disloyal, destabilizing, and worthy of impeachment if Bong Bong Marcos is to succeed in reaching the presidency.
The Vice President’s supposed intentional undermining of the President is a totally ridiculous and concocted story.
It seems to me that the Marcos contingent is pushing the matter so hard that it risks backfiring and harming President Duterte. The only power the Marcos contingent has is through the Duterte Administration. But the Marcos push is unifying the opposition.
Vice President Robredo may be one bridge too far for the attack agenda.
The burial of President Marcos as a hero, the jailing of Senator De Lima as a drug lord . . . these are hard for the pro-democracy crowd to accept. Add in the drug-killings and China. The pro-democracy protests are getting broader and deeper and louder.
This power was demonstrated when the pro-Marcos blogger, Mocha Uson, was forced to withdraw from her planned participation in an AFP event and suspended from her broadcast show. There remains a core of decency to the Philippines even if it is under massive attack and poorly defended by legislators.
Oddly enough, protests are mostly against President Duterte, not Bong Bong Marcos. President Duterte is the front man for the wealthy Marcos contingent.
That’s the irony of this little tale. That’s the point.
If the President is a tool of the Chinese, and if he is a tool of the Marcos contingent, then he is not the President.
He is “the Tool”.
The nation would be better served if he were the President.
He would be better served if he were the President.