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Leni who?

ANTI-Duterte writers on Tuesday became delirious over what one called the roller-coaster plot, referring to the announcements of presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio to run for the vice presidency with presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., of Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go’s bid to vie for the presidency and, surprise of surprises, of President Duterte to seek a senatorial position.

And then you even have the Red nemesis, the just-retired general Antonio Parlade, announcing he’s running for president.

An American writer in this paper pontificated that our politics the past days was a “weekend in Bizarro World” — a fine example of the bad use of obscure cultural references: only a dozen Filipinos remember that 1960s comic strip about a negative version of the ordinary world. I wonder how he would call the 2020 US presidential elections in which leaders of both parties hurled gutter-level accusations against each other as if the other were a sworn enemy (e.g., Trump’s barb against Vietnam-war veteran and Republican pillar John McCain that he’s not really a hero, as he got himself captured by the Vietcong).

Sen. Panfilo Lacson — yep, I confirm, he’s a presidential candidate — called the substitution episode showcases the “convoluted narrative of the state of politics in the country.” He realizes that only now after four decades in government? Kontra Daya, headed by the leftist Danilo Arao, quite inanely demanded that substitution candidates — i.e., Duterte, his daughter Sara and his closest confidante, Senator Go — be declared nuisance candidates.

SWS poll commissioned by del Rosario’s propaganda venue

Even not a few Duterte supporters were ruffled at the recent episode, with one telling me it sends a bad signal to voters of a “divided house.”

Me? I’ve learned one thing in my years of covering elections: what we analysts conclude more often than not is what the masses of the people think. Well, while this may be another “analysis” of course, but what we may be missing, which is actually what I tried to convey by breaking the rules of column writing (i.e., write in the first two or three paragraphs what you want to say) is the following:

The opposition running against the ruling bloc’s candidates have become irrelevant. Seven months to the May 2022 elections, Leni Robredo as well as other candidates whose names I forget are slipping into obscurity.

The half-Iranian writer I enjoy reading because of his hilarious penchant for famous quotations to impress his readers said it all, unwittingly, when he referred to the episode as the Duterte administration’s “Squid Game,” referring to that South Korean TV series that was Netflix’s most watched program with over 200 million viewers from 94 countries. The Duterte camp totally dominated media in the past few days.

In the breakfast clubs or the barbershop talk of olden days, all the talk — and speculations – would have involved around such questions as the following: Why would Bong Go run against Bongbong? Will Duterte be the topnotcher in the Senate race? What role would be given to Sara to prepare her for 2028?

Then one participant would ask, I wonder how Leni is taking all this? A wit would quickly remark, “Leni who?” and they’d all be guffawing in delight. The “Pharmally” issue, which the opposition thought would be the big “bomba” against the Duterte administration, and therefore against his candidate for the presidency, has turned out to be a fart.

That US pawn against Duterte, the Fil-Am fraud Maria Ressa, proved to be a dud, with even well-educated Filipinos concluding that the homegrown “Ambassador Gusi Peace Prize” has more integrity than the Nobel Peace Prize. However, Ressa is laughing all the way to the bank with her share of the $1 million Nobel cash prize. The US strategists seem to have forgotten: How can she rally Filipinos to vote for Robredo when she can’t even speak a straight Filipino sentence? I for one have never heard her talk in Filipino.

Del Rosario, the bungler

If I were Leni Robredo, I’d beg First Pacific honcho Manuel Pangilinan, or even Anthoni Salim, that conglomerate’s real owner, to ask President Aquino 3rd’s foreign affairs secretary, Albert del Rosario, to go into exile until after the 2022 elections, and to shut his mouth.

After all, del Rosario, together with the late President Aquino 3rd, committed one of, if not the biggest boo-boo in our modern history: losing Scarborough Shoal to China in June 2012 when they believed US assistant state secretary Kurt Campbell’s fabrication that the Chinese had agreed to a simultaneous withdrawal from the lagoon.*

There wasn’t such an agreement, only mere informal talks with a single Chinese official in a Virginia hotel lobby. Because of their gullibility, either del Rosario or Aquino (each blames the other) ordered the two of our remaining vessels out of the contested area — effectively giving up what we claim has been our territory for centuries. Campbell fooled them in order to defuse the stand-off which could have led to a shooting war, dragging the US into it — which would have complicated Barack Obama’s re-election bid that year. Obama won, we lost territory.

With del Rosario rooting for Leni, the Duterte forces need not bother themselves with her candidacy, as he is unwittingly sabotaging her campaign.

Last week del Rosario undertook a fund-raising campaign for her which involved asking contributors to pay P25,000 for a dinner that had “Pink Salmon” as its entrée. My column on it last Monday became viral, with many ridiculing it and pointing out — correctly — that it only underscores that Leni enjoys only the support of a small section of the elite.

A bigger boo-boo: Stratbase-ADR Institute, which del Rosario bankrolls and runs as his anti-China propaganda venue disguised as a “think tank,” commissioned the Social Weather Stations to run a survey on voters’ preference in the 2022 elections.

A disaster for the Pinklawans: Undertaken October 20 to 23, it showed Marcos leading by a landslide, with 47 percent of voters choosing him, nearly three times the number picking Robredo, or 18 percent of respondents. That’s even smaller than the 24 percent Robredo got in a Facebook-based poll Rappler undertook October 7 to 9 — and quickly took down. How could it be much worse, Leni’s supporter commissioning a poll which forecast that she would lose terribly, with Isko Moreno just five percentage points from her?

When several news outlets asked Stratbase about it, its president Dindo Manhit confirmed that they commissioned the poll. Del Rosario or Manhit obviously were so naïve as to think they could keep it confidential, asking the SWS to warn that the poll results were “not authorized for quotation, publication, broadcast or sharing without the express written consent of SWS.” I suspect a Stratbase employee, maybe even Manhit, leaked it.

I’m keenly waiting for the next big boo-boo of this Pinklawan agent.

*This is discussed in detail, with evidence and testimony, in my book to be released next month entitled, Debacle: The Aquino regime’s Scarborough fiasco and the South China Sea arbitration deception.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Dorina Rojas

    Parlade – Another Comedian in the Making. He has to do that or he does not get paid, equal work for equal pay. Acting is a difficult job but it pays well. Parlade knows that. Those who ask “Leni who?’ should consult Harry Potter or Smartmatic. They know her very well. Poor woman, they teamed her up with a showbiz woman’s husband. Now she does not know they are using her for a show–a badly produced and directed show up for a box office super flop.

  2. Jonathan B. Bangui


    Protecting the King-BBM!!!- not FPJ sorrounded by his allies.
    Putting SARA- as Queen, Formidable and powerful. Has the ability to protect and help the King to win the game.

    BGo – is high ranking Tower, a decoy – and ready to be sacrificed to win the game.

    PDP-Cusi Wing, PFP, Lakas CMD, KBL, NP, HNP – are those powerful Pawn- can operate in front like mass gathering, media highlights – objective is to Remain on top of the mind of the audience- the voters

    Here comes General Parlade- filing for President- considered as Bishop, objective is to assault the enemy , those percieved to be connected to CPP, like Isko, Leni, senators and party list. – To weaken the enemy. Perfect venue to assault- During debate- media appearances. Infact nag start na sya kaka file lang. Binabanatan din si BGo para hindi ma over power yung King and Queen.

    Bato and Imee is the KNIGHT – parehong malapit sa King and Queen- connected inside senate kaya may move na unpredictable. Great defender and has the ability to attack fearlessly.

    And some reasons that I think bakit di hayagang sumusuporta si PDigong sa BBM-SARA

    1. pag publicly sumuporta sya- all negative issue of His Administration ay pwede na maikabit sa BBMSARA tandem such as alleged, corruption, machinery ng Govt. Magkakaroon ng assumed conclusion na kaya may corruption para gamitin ng manok nya sa election
    Given also sa History na wala pa nanalong manok ng present admin na sumunod nanalo.
    Panahon ni GMA – talo si Giba
    Panahon ni Pnoy -talo si Marimar.

    Kaya hindi rin binigyan ng pwesto si BBM sa gabinete for same reason.- hindi pwedeng ma attached si BBM sa mga negative issue ng present Gov.

    Kabaliktaran – pwede lang e adopt ni BBM mga Good side – like ituloy at pagandahin pa lalo like ang BBB etc.

    At hindi rin pwede e Attached si Sara sa tatay nya para hindi rin ma e connect sa kanya lahat ng negative issue- pansin nyo ba never na nasama si Sara sa mga issue dahil nakita na nila yun kay Pulong nong sinasabit ni Trillanes sa drugs issue. And kunwari di nagkakasundo Sara and Digong kasi need din e Build up ung personality ni Sara na di nadidiktahan. – bukod doon talagang marami pa rin ahas sa PDP laban party.

    And 1 main reason pa ay ang International enemy. CIA- need nila ng Decoy na si BGo para malito kung sino talaga pupuntiryahin ng CIA.

    At kung talagang seryoso si PDigong kay Go dapat noon pa buo mga alyansa ng PDP sa mga malalaking party- diba kahit isa wala.

    My Fearless forecast ko dyan. Pag dumating yung oras na magwiwidraw si BGo ay dapat wala ng oras para gumawa pa ng paraan ang mga kalaban.

    Yun ang CHECKMATE!!!


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