Shameful hypocrisy

I can’t help it. I feel like puking each time I see the face of Vice President Leni Robredo. The sensation has been there a long time now. But as each day passes by, the intensity grows. The hypocrisy of this woman is unbearable. When she appears in a video, the lack of sincerity leaps out at a viewer. It’s almost like being assaulted by a strong gust of wind carrying the most awful smells.

Shameful. That’s how I describe it. Her hypocrisy is shameful. Worse, she doesn’t seem to feel it at all. Being shameful is already part of her character.

This is easy to see in her behavior the last two weeks. After her secret meetings with Senator Ping Lacson became public, Leni retreated and called for a ceasefire in the political conversation. She wanted to focus on the pandemic response activities of her office, she said. Her tone made it look that engaging in political discussions was sacrilege. Leni was a political saint, her propaganda tried to show, who backed away from the loud conversations about the 2022 elections.

But beneath the camouflage of doing pandemic response work, Leni was busy preparing a propaganda offensive that seeks to raise her poll survey numbers in time for the filing of the certificates of candidacy in the first week of October. A wolf in sheep’s clothing is what best describes her. The meekness was deceptive: a few days later, endless propaganda materials began airing on mainstream media — radio and television — as well as the social media platforms. She even launched a podcast.

And all the time, Leni has been coy about her political plans. Politics was the last thing in her mind, she kept saying over and over again. When it came to politics, her goal was to bring everybody on the opposite side of the political fence under one roof and put up a single candidate to run against the anointed one for the Duterte administration.

No, she wasn’t seeking to help build consensus on who among those interested can give the best fight: her selfish agenda became apparent when she endeavored to persuade Senator Lacson and Senator Gordon to shelve their own ambitions in her favor. Shameful. Selfish. After five years, her poll numbers have consistently put her in the bottom rung. Between her and Davao City mayor Sara Duterte, there are five more probable candidates — Bongbong Marcos, Isko Moreno, Grace Poe and Manny Pacquiao.

The right thing for her to do is withdraw her name from the list of contenders. She needs to acknowledge she can’t possibly win. If her motives are right, she should push for a consensus on who among those ahead of her must be pushed as common candidate. Leni’s greed and ambition are unfathomable. Sadly, the sacrifice made by her husband will go to naught. She will go down in history as the woman who thought allowing her husband to be murdered in exchange for her ambition will ultimately plummet to hell.

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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