Why the dilawan propaganda can never succeed

It’s Good Friday. Like every Christian I’m supposed to be in contemplative mode on the life and passion of Jesus Christ. But I’m not the type who becomes deeply religious only during Holy Week. I practice my faith every single day of my life. And I’m sure Jesus Christ won’t mind if I use this Holy day to write about politics. Anyway, his life was also about politics. The politics of good over evil. What happened to him was the result of the corruption in the politics of his time. That same politics is still very much visible in this modern day and age.

During the last few days, we witnessed another round of yellow propaganda against our President. The agitation has been stepped up. I can detect a sense of urgency in their shrill voices as they try to spread false allegations about what is happening in the country. Central in this propaganda campaign is the Covid 19 response of the government. Dilawans are desperately trying to paint a doomsday scenario: that if the government of Tatay Digong is not replaced, Filipinos are in grave danger from this deadly disease.

Their message is that the Duterte administration is inept, incompetent and plainly incapable of providing security and comfort to the people in these most trying times.

It must really be frustrating for them because aside from the occasional trending of the hashtags they coin to propel their disinformation to reach the entire population, none has even caused a ripple in the water.

Filipinos have shown a “hu-hum” attitude towards this propaganda effort. No matter how much flint have been rubbed together to produce enough sparks to start a conflagration, they are unable to start even a small fire. It’s like trying to light a fire with wet wood.

Haven’t they even paused to wonder why their desired results aren’t happening?

Well, let me tell them the reason: the experiences of Filipinos do not lend any weight and credence to their message. Incompetent and inept? An overwhelming majority of the people — as much as 90% — feel secure and safe under the current dispensation. Nothing in their everyday living, no matter how difficult it has become under Covid 19, tells them their government is not doing what it ought to. In fact, I would venture to say Filipinos trust their government now than ever before.

And the harder the yellows try with their current media strategy, their efforts only sink deeper in a quagmire. Filipinos detect a sinister motive in their behavior. A combination of the oligarchy, the Liberals and the communist insurgency is pooling resources to bring back the old order, a political state that had failed the people. They claim that hope is their currency; people can only see darkness ahead if they are allowed to regain power.