CHINA CONSTRUCTS | Louise Nichole Logarta
Over the past couple of months, especially since the official beginning of the campaign period, 90% of my social media feed has been filled with pink profile photos, pink cover photos and images of pink squares with a tiny pink rose on the bottom right corner. Sometimes these are accompanied with the hashtag #KulayRosasAngBukas. If you’ve been living under a rock, this pinking up of Facebook is indicative of presidential aspirant VP Leni Robredo’s rising popularity and army of support.
Although I was once told long ago that politics (and religion) should only be discussed within the confines of one’s home (and therefore with your family, who, in a simpler time, presumably shared your views), I’m going to come out and say that I support Leni Robredo too. That’s no secret if you peek at my Facebook.
Even with other presidential candidates in the mix, much of the spotlight is on the battle between Robredo and Bongbong Marcos Jr. Since the official campaign period began, Marcos has turned down not one, but two, presidential interviews; his sister Sen. Imee Marcos has released a video entitled “Pagod Len-Len”, to which the disclaimer “Not a [sic] political content.” Those words mean absolutely nothing, for any normal thinking person would know that “Len-Len” was a poor attempt to throw shade at Leni, for saying that she worked 18 hours a day.
It’s just so promising to see that Marcos Jr.’s absence and avoidance of so-called “biased” journalism and his sister’s little skit was met with enormous backlash. Former supporters were discouraged by his apparent disregard of the importance of sharing concrete plans with people. As a result, some publicly switched their choice of future president. Even more were outraged by the slam on Leni’s 18-hour-workday. And I can completely understand why.
A former workmate and a Facebook friend of mine, Miggy Zaballero, phrased it brilliantly. His post reads as follows:
“Kung tumakbo ako class president nung grade 4 tapos sinabi ko lang: ‘Gusto ko magkaisa tayo dito sa 4-C!’ Sure talo ako.
Kung sinabi ko ‘kasi class president din tatay ko nung 1970.’ Talo rin ako.
Kung ninakaw ko ang “alay kapwa” donation nung grade 3 kami. Talo rin ako.
Kung nag-absent ako sa miting de avance, mas lalong talo ako.
Ano punto ko?
Una, kung kaya natin maging mapanuri sa pangako at plataporma para sa class president, sana ganun din sa pagpili ng pangulo ng bansa.
Pangalawa, naniniwala parin ako na matalino ang botante at kaya nilang suriin, kilatisin and bawat kilos at salita, at na mararamdaman nila na may mali dito sa kandidatura ni Marcos. Na sa bawat pag backout, at ang kakulangan sa detalye ay insulto sa mga sumusuporta sa kanya.
Ang huli, hindi masama magbago ang isip. Gamitin natin ito. May oras pa. Hindi naman kayo mag-iisa.”
Who would vote for such a person?
With regards to the video, the Marcoses have also shown that they are wildly out of touch with reality. Their privilege has dominated their minds and their lives so much that it is hard for them to believe that many people – their constituents – need to work more than just eight hours a day, five days a week. They seem to have forgotten that doctors, nurses, health professionals, frontline workers, soldiers, policemen, businessmen – hell, even mothers! – work 18 hours a day or more.
How can we expect a person who does not understand our lives to craft and pass laws to benefit us? How can we expect someone who does not show up for what is essentially a job interview, to show up when there is an actual crisis? Like the one we’re in now.
I sincerely hope that even die-hard Marcos supporters come to realize this before the 9th of May. I hope that they realize that if we want our country to stand up from the brink of death and further debt, we need to pink up.