Leni zips mouth on Paniqui double murder

It was classic Leni Robredo. When she saw that the double murder committed by Police Senior Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca triggered a firestorm of people’s anger, she was quick to condemn it as part of a “larger architecture of impunity” and accused the Philippine National Police as an instrument of what she described as “senseless killings” in the government’s war against illegal drugs. Robredo blamed it on the national leadership and tried to connect President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to the incident.

While the incident caused widespread condemnation among Filipinos, it didn’t spill over to bringing President Duterte to be held answerable for what was clearly an individual policeman’s grievous criminal act. Robredo failed to turn that public anger against the President. In fact, many Filipinos even vented their anger at her for trying to use the incident to advance her political agenda. She tried to destroy the image of an institution for the sake of her ambition. It was really shameless.

But the adverse public reaction to her tirade registered in Robredo’s mind as quickly as she had made those stupid and irresponsible remarks. She went on the retreat without delay. No more mention of the issue from the time she made the reckless accusation against the institution. To use a Tagalog phrase, “na-kuryente”. She got burned by the very fire she had ignited. And lamely, she turned to other topics like her relief assistance to typhoon victims.

By this time, Robredo should go back to the planning board and rethink her strategy. Oh, well, I guess that’s asking too much of her. A woman without enough intelligence in her, she is incapable of mapping out her own strategy. Everything is just spoon-fed to her by the Liberal Party. But if she’s got common sense, she should already have detected the public rejection of her very persona. Each time she speaks, her ratings slip even lower. She is the epitome of a public official whose PR strategy could be described as “How to fail as a politician in public relations.”

It would really be better for her to keep her mouth shut. After four years and a half, nothing good has ever come out of her mouth. Nothing she has done or said has improved her chances in the 2022 national elections if she is still thinking of running for President.

About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

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