8% is all she got

If she’s got common sense left in her, fake Vice President Leni Robredo should throw in the white towel now and abandon any aspiration to be the opposition standard bearer in the May 2022 national and local elections. The latest Pulse Asia survey on the top probable presidential candidates reinforced what had become common knowledge during the last four and a half years: That Robredo is certain to lose in a head-to-head race for the Presidency.

Whether it will be her rival in the 2016 vice presidential race, Bongbong Marcos, or Davao City mayor Sara Duterte, defeat is already written all over her name. It’s not a result of usual ups-and-downs in poll surveys; Robredo has consistently received poor public trust and approval ratings. Not once since she assumed office on June 30, 2016 did she experience improvement in the public perception of her. It was a flat line all throughout.

I know that it’s hard to accept for a woman who has been burning with desire to ascend to the Presidency. But the earlier she swallows hard and accept the truth, the better for her. Her sanity might suffer the most if she allows herself to be deluded. Her PR writer, Jover Laurio, argues that Robredo began with just 1% when her name was included in the list of probable candidates for vice president in the May-June 2015 survey by Pulse Asia. And yet, Laurio, who is the writer behind the pro-dilawan Pinoy Ako Blog, said that Robredo eventually won.

Laurio’s reasoning is deeply flawed. In June 2015, Robredo was a virtual nobody. Her name wasn’t yet floated as a vice presidential candidate. When the Liberal Party fielded her as VP candidate in September 2015, its entire political machinery went to work to build her up. It was the administration party, what with all its political might and overflowing warchest supplemented by kickbacks from the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). But despite the heavyweight advantage, Robredo literally squeaked past Bongbong Marcos by a hairline margin, which was marred by allegations of massive cheating.

It’s a different ballgame now. She has been vice president since June 30, 2016. Hardly a day passed that her name wasn’t on mainstream media. She dispensed with hundreds of millions of pesos for projects and relief operations. She has been going around the country ceaselessly. In June 2015, she was an unknown. Five years later, Robredo is a household name. Every Filipino knows her. Despite the built-in advantage of being the number two public official of the nation, she emerged “kulelat” in the survey for the presidency.

It means only one thing: Filipinos don’t like her. The people distrust her. And that perception is not about to change. It can just get worse for Robredo.

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.

One Response to 8% is all she got

  1. Boyhernandez says:

    There will never be a head to head race on the presidency kasi lugaw will forever stay at the LAYLAYAN blues


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