1Sambayan: the newest circus in town

That the Independence Day event of 1Sambayan to launch the names of its nominees for President and Vice President was a political disaster cannot be disputed. It was so bad for a fiasco that even Rappler, the yellow-colored online news organization, couldn’t help but chastise its convenors for looking like a bunch of amateurs. Rappler was among those that had drummed up interest and attention for the June 12 event that was supposed to signal the “liberation” of our nation from a Duterte-brand governance.

Shooting itself in the foot

While Rappler heaped praise on convenors retired Justice Antonio Carpio, former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales and former DFA Secretary Albert del Rosario, the yellow propaganda organ grudgingly acknowledged that the event was a flop. It wrote that “1Sambayan shot itself in the foot when it nominated people who would end up denying they would run for president or vice president. Pardon us, but not even campus student council parties do that.”

For me the virtual launch on Facebook wasn’t over yet and I already made that conclusion. I described it as “a boat that capsized just moments after it left port.” I also did a vlog saying that even in campus politics, this brand of political organizing won’t tick. It was a hilarious spectacle.

Bobi Tiglao, my favorite columnist, wrote in The Manila Times: “THAT club of megalomaniacs called 1Sambayan was the town’s laughingstock last week. They used our country’s sacred Independence Day to pontificate on the kind of president and vice president they would like, based on their fictional world.” Political scientist Ramon Casiple was aghast. In a TV interview, Casiple remarked: “Bakit kayo nagtukoy ng mga pangalan?.… Kung may lumitaw na kandidato, suportahan ninyo, ang nangyari, inunahan ‘nyo.

Was there even an effort to make preliminary conversations with the potential nominees? Did 1Sambayan arrogantly presume that it was so powerful and influential that those who are nominated would feel honored and flattered to be considered? Nobody else could be blamed that it was a fiasco at the opening bell. These convenors should be so ashamed they should no longer appear or talk in public. Any chance it entertained about putting up a good fight in the 2022 elections evaporated into thin air.

Basically, the problem with the 1Sambayan is they assume too much that Filipinos are “frustrated” with the Duterte government. That idea is not founded on facts. Haven’t any of them thought of checking the poll surveys over the last five years? Their style of political battle is a classic illustration of Don Quixote trying to bring down a windmill. The first item on the agenda for them is plant their feet on the ground firmly. For as long as they delude themselves, this perception of the opposition being a bunch of fumbling novices in politics will only be etched in stone.

Back to square one

This is the problem with media hype being overdone. The public expectation was raised so high that when the floor fell, the entire 1Sambayan crashed with a thunderous thud. There can be no worse PR catastrophe than seeing four of the six nominees backing out just as soon as their names were announced. And despite all the bravado about finding fresh leaders to carry the opposition’s standard in the next elections, 1Sambayan was left with only Leni Robredo and Antonio Trillanes.

I am 99.9 percent certain that faced with this situation, Robredo will reach a decision soon: SHE WILL NOT RUN.

Only a fool will think that given the circumstances, he or she will have the slightest chance of winning. It’s not just because the Duterte administration enjoys the advantage of being the incumbent; Filipinos are simply sick and tired of the opposition.

Well, Trillanes will only be too glad to accept the nomination. It’s his for the taking. Nobody will begrudge him for it.

Robredo as presidential bet in 2022: pure hallucination

Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV believes that Vice President Leni Robredo is the opposition’s best bet to run as President in 2022. He described her as a “widow to be reckoned with.” Well, everybody is entitled to dream big. But this one is pure hallucination. Robredo is the worst candidate the opposition can field against the administration in the next Presidential elections.

For one thing, Robredo’s ascendancy to the Vice Presidency is shrouded in doubt amid allegations of massive cheating. Iloilo is one of the pilot provinces chosen by former Senator Bongbong Marcos in his protest for recount. I have reason to be believe the results of the elections in 2016 was manipulated to give Leni a big margin in Iloilo.

Heck, she was a total unknown in Iloilo. How could she have obtained the 573,829 votes canvassed in her favor as against Marcos’s 94,411? Bongbong Marcos has many followers in Iloilo, especially among the older voters. His wife’s family, the Aranetas, also wields considerable influence in Iloilo. Had she just won by a 100,000, that would have been more believable.

Anyway, the Presidential Electoral Tribunal is reportedly set to announce the results of the recount. We’ll wait and see what the outcome is.

But to say that Robredo is presidential timber is far, far off the mark. It is a wild, wild dream of an opposition incapable of putting up a credible candidate for the Presidency. There will be no President from that side of the fence for a long, long time.

Adios na, Trillanes

Umpisa tanghali ngayon araw, Hunyo 30, 2019, matatapos na rin ang pag-upo ni Antonio Trillanes IV bilang Senador ng Pilipinas. Milyon-milyong mga Pinoy ay pumapalakpak at nasisiya dahil sa wakas, wala na sa puwesto itong pesteng coup plotter na walang ginawa kondi lumikha ng kagulohan. Masayang-masaya ang mga tao. Walang nanghihinayang sa pag-exit ni Trillanes sa gobyerno.

Ang yabang kasi ng taong ito. Akala mo siya lang ang marunong. Na siya lang ang may kakayahan. Pero sa totoo, walang mabuting ginawa si Trillanes. At sa katapusan, kasama siya sa pag-reject ng taumbayan sa mga dilawan. Ang pagkatalo ng Otso Diretso sa May 13, 2019 elections ay patunay na walang suporta ang mga katulad ni Trillanes.

Ngayon na wala na sa puwesto si Trillanes, tignan natin kung hanggang saan ang yabang niya. Sigurado ako na uunsad ang mga kaso laban sa kanya. At dapat ipatawag siya sa Senado upang imbestigahan tungkol sa mga destabilization plot na iginuhit niya at nga mga dilawan.

Adios, Trillanes! Sa bilangguan na sana ang punta mo!

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This photo taken on September 13, 2017 shows Philippine Senator Antonio gesturing during an interview at his office in the Senate building in Manila. After launching his political career from a jail cell, Philippine Senator Antonio Trillanes believes it could end in a grave thanks to a relentless campaign against his “hitman” president. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Ang yabang ni Trillanes ay patapos na

Sampung araw na lang at good-bye na si Antonio Trillanes sa kanyang puwesto bilang Senador ng Pilipinas.

Good riddance!

Parang ang tagal pa ng sampung araw.

Umalis ka na dyan!

Kahit na palabas na sa eksena ay nagpakita pa rin ng pagka arogante itong si Trillanes.

Panoorin ninyo itong YouTube video na ginawa ko:

Simple arrogance

I came across an ANC interview with outgoing Senator Antonio Trillanes a week ago. He was asked about the possibility that the tables might be turned on him with the plan of Senator-elect Bong Go to summon him and grill him on issues on the alleged destabilization plot against the Duterte administration.

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This photo taken on September 13, 2017 shows Philippine Senator Antonio gesturing during an interview at his office in the Senate building in Manila. After launching his political career from a jail cell, Philippine Senator Antonio Trillanes believes it could end in a grave thanks to a relentless campaign against his “hitman” president. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Trillanes sounded more muffled than his usual self. The bluster that he tried to project was somehow hollow. As in the confidence that he always projected had diminished. But one thing was clear to me: Trillanes is still an arrogant person. The bad news is that when he is summoned to appear before the Senate, he would find himself in the same position as the late DENR Secretary Angelo Reyes, vulnerable to humiliation before the public eye.

Trillanes is without honor anyway, and no amount of public shaming for his evil deeds can ever lead him to do what Secretary Reyes did: commit seppuku.

Trillanes can’t find new issue with Duterte, questions order to shut down Boracay

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Senator Antonio Trillanes must be struggling to stay relevant in Philippine political discourse. His unending tirades against President Rodrigo Duterte hardly stirred any reactions from a public gone weary on his loud-mouthed but otherwise empty rhetorics. No matter how explosive he might sound with his tirades, these are greeted with yawns from the people. That must really be frustrating for Trillanes. Nothing he has hurled against Mr. Duterte has landed a solid punch; not even a dent has been caused on the public image of the President.

This guy’s credibility level is sub-zero!

And so I was more amused than irritated when I came across a story that Trillanes has questioned the “real motive” in the President’s order to close down Boracay for six months and give it the breathing spell to recover from the environmental woes it is suffering. The Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying:

“I will question the real motive kung bakit ipinasara ang Boracay. Hindi ako naniniwala na environmentalist ito si Mr. Duterte,” said Trillanes, a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte.

(I will question the real motive behind the closure of Boracay. I don’t believe that Mr. Duterte is an environmentalist.)

Well, Trillanes can question the motive of the President, and entertain himself. But this tough decision is a necessary step to stop the environmental degradation that has happened in Boracay over the years. The problem has been there for decades. To his credit, only President Duterte has shown the political will to tackle the bull by the horns. Now everybody is moving in concert to save Boracay. Years of official neglect are now being rectified.