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What did Otso Diretso 2019 slate lack?

I’ve been a staunch follower of President Duterte and VP Leni Robredo and I have to say this because witnessing what they did during their campaigns last 2016 gave me a foundation and background to logically criticize political strategies of an aspiring politician/public servant (at least).

It surprised a lot how the Otso Diretso slate are leading the university mock elections and Twitter voting polls and surveys yet none of the eight aspiring candidates made it to the magic twelve of the official election. Cheat? Manipulated? I don’t think so.

Groundworks. I think this is a heavy one. It seems to be that the Otso Diretso became quite confident and comfortable when they started to lead the university mock elections and surveys plus the Twitter hashtags and online polls/surveys but here’s the thing, who are they following? Who are the people on their friend list sharing those surveys favoring them? They are in their echo chamber, I should say. The elections are nationwide not just on their yellow leaning or opposition leaning or whatsoever audience.

There are farmers, social workers, adults, who doesn’t have social media like Twitter or Facebook. There are illiterates who can’t read even if you show them a graphic poster of the candidate and their credentials. How will you convince them to vote you if you’ll give less effort just because you see how strong you are on social media? There is life outside the internet and I think the Otso Diretso slate lacked effort in reaching them.

Reach out to them. Touch their hearts. Let them remember you. Be the light to their hopes. Give them the reason to vote for you.

I was expecting them to reach them out as much as VP Leni Robredo did during her 2016 VP campaign but I don’t think this slate did as much as she did because I believe that if they did, they would have shared the same faith as hers during her race. I’m not saying they didn’t exert effort but what I can say is they could’ve done more.

Opposition Image. A good opposition doesn’t just oppose and criticize the flaws negatively. A good opposition knows when to oppose and when to support.

That’s the opposition that we need.

If you’ll just keep on opposing everything the administration serves then that’s travesty — you’re a whiner. An opposition opposes bad policies but one should know when to support too and trigger the people to appreciate the good policies, programs and projects of the government because that is progressive.

Can you imagine being a normal apolitical citizen and all you’ll ever hear is the bad works and flaws of the government? If you are that citizen, will you still trust the government? No. You’ll be conditioned to think that government is a total trash and there’s no more hope. We don’t want that. We don’t want our own people to loathe us, we need them to trust and believe us. We’re a team.

Moving to my point, I watched the debates and listened to the (majority not all) statements of the Otso Diretso slate and I was honestly disappointed with their responses when they were asked if they like any of the policies implemented during this administration. Some said none, some only mentioned one. Do they lack awareness or they just don’t want to recognize the good policies/programs/projects of this admin or are they trying to pull off that I am pure opposition kinda guy?

Newsflash: Appreciating the good policies doesn’t make you less of a person nor a bad opposition.

Honestly, I think this is one of the thing they went wrong. They failed to convince the non-supporters that they can be a rational opposition because they had that all oppose image. I think, I’ll generalize their supporters as the coalition of their circles, anti-Duterte, anti-Administration and some lefts. That would give quite a number but it’s not enough. I think the election results prove this argument.

All against the President. I think this might be intertwined with the previous one. The Otso Diretso slate went too far in showing how they are opposing the president — yes, I’ll say ‘just’ the president because Leni Robredo is endorsing them and she is the vice president of the current admin so I don’t think it’s accurate to say that this opposition slate is opposing the current admin. You know what I mean?

Yet then, the previous surveys about approval rating of President Duterte still favors him so this actually backfires to the Otso Diretso slate. Yes, it may be just a small group and just a survey but man, this is politics, you gotta consider that.

As I’ve said earlier, they could’ve shown a better opposition face by showing how they oppose and how they support. I’d like to mention some critics of the President and the admin who also knows how to support and appreciate: JV Ejercito, Sonny Angara, Grace Poe (I’m not endorsing them or what but they are just the names I remember as of the moment.) With such tactic, they could have convinced more people to vote for them, they could have made some people consider them but no, they kept that staunchly opposing image, bad idea, and what’s a more bad idea is they highlighted their opposition against Duterte. First of all, he’s not on the ballot list to be a good bullseye to target, secondly, objectively speaking, Duterte is still strong up until today, a man hard to topple and because they keep using him to strengthen their opposition face, it backfired. Yepp, that’s it.

Pakulo. Otso Diretso slate members may be packed with academic and professional achievements, public service and legal service backgrounds but then in politics, it’s not enough to be just bright, you also have to be wise (madiskarte) and one should have this so called “maraming pakulo” that will help them campaign themselves OUTSIDE their echo chamber or be viral to reach those registered who aren’t very political or aware.

Look at that budots of Bong Revilla. That budots pakulo did well, right? He made it to the top twelve so don’t argue. (P.S: not a supporter of him). Before you bully me for saying that, let me just tell you that I am not here to bash or drag the Otso Diretso slate but I am here to point out what they lacked (in my opinion), if you don’t agree then you either continue reading or get the hell out.

Unity Aura. Another one worth mentioning. Otso Diretso is a group of opposition, let me say that again, a group with an objective of being an effective voice of opposition but how can they actually convince they can be a solid group to be the voice of opposition if it seems to be a struggle for them to make all their members attend the events. I don’t want to further know the reasons why but just look at how Mar Roxas is absent on most Otso Diretso early ground campaigns. We need a united opposition if that’s what they are promising to offer us. Start small by showing us how each of them are willing to be present in every campaign event.

I personally admire most of the Otso Diretso candidates with their jam packed academic achievements and accomplishments, political, legal and professional works and I wish them luck in case they plan to run again.

What about you? What are your thoughts?

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How does Bongbong Marcos use Leni Robredo to keep himself relevant?

A Marcos just lost to a Robredo despite that strong heavy well-known name. Pretty hurts, does it?

Pero papano ko nga ba nasabi na ginagamit lang ni Bongbong Marcos si Leni Robredo?

How? Paano? Sa anong paraan?

After niyang matalo sa vice presidential race noong 2016, nag-file ang former senator ng electoral protest that says that his rival, VP Leni Robredo, cheated her way to the vice president position.

Why bother to file a protest, ang dami nang nag-electoral protest noon pero wala namang naging successful?

Two things. It’s his only way to keep himself relevant and it’s a chance to take in hopes that he can still get that vice president title from the one seated.

Sinasabi niya noon na gusto niya yung vice president position dahil gusto niya maglingkod sa bayan then guess what? There are other ways to serve the country, Mr. Marcos.

But then oo nga pala, that’s just his sweet sugar reasoning. Of course he wants to be the vice president because he needs the power.

He requested for a recount and he had the right to choose the regions kung saan kukunin yung mga ballots to have it recounted again. Some people may find it surprising because the three places he chose were all Leni Robredo’s bailiwick, BALWARTE ni Leni.

Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros.

Malamang sa malamang, hindi talaga siya mananalo sa recount na yon pero if you were to think about it, why did he choose those places?

Nagsisimula ka pa lang sa plano mo, alam ko na ang ending na gusto mo, Mr. Marcos.

He chose those places to appear confident but at a deeper purpose, he is aiming to stain the credibility of the votes from these places. I bet he’s not after the results but he’s after the largest to tiniest discrepancies and errors of the ballots from those places so that he can use it as a ground to nullify and discredit the votes from the said places. Mga galawang talo.

You need proofs?

1. Presscon agad si BBM when the recount started.

2. Hatak agad ni BBM mga supporters niya sa labas ng SC with Imee Marcos and his wife then kamayan to everyone like it’s elections again.

3. Look at BBM and his lawyers’ statements as the recount began. They immediately pointed out na meron ilang ballots na basa, may mga ballots na may cracks and holes, hindi daw kumpleto ang auditing logs and these are all anomalies DAW.

Yes, DAW. Because that is just according to the two of them.

Wet ballots. It happens. Probably due to moist upon storage but automated polls has this perk that upon voting, the machine doesn’t just produce this ballot paper but they also produce a digital image of the ballot so wet ballot or not, we still have these digital images to look at. Also, where are the proofs of wet ballots? I need receipts. Also, if this actually affects the credibility of the ballots then ano yon? VP candidates part lang ng ballots ang affected? VP part lang yung basa? Lol! Try harder. NOT an anomaly.

Cracks/Holes on ballots. It also happens. Halos dalawang taon nang nakastore yung mga balota. What do you expect it to look like? Clean white slate sheet of papers? Please. Also, there are digital copies of it so we can still verify to be sure. NOT an anomaly.

Auditing Logs. It has nothing to do with the count of votes and ballots. With or without auditing logs, the votes on the ballot still counts because wala namang relate yung auditing logs sa count ng votes sa ballot. Also, missing auditing logs can be easily reproduced and it is in the hands of the COMELEC. Some netizens go like kung hindi nandya si Leni bakit may mga nawawalang auditing logs? (Pal, do you even know what auditing logs are for or are you just acting like you know something?) NOT an anomaly.

Obviously, Bongbong knows he was really defeated by Leni Robredo but he’s still playing this patriot, ipaglalaban-ko-ito-dahil-gusto-ko-maglingkod-sa-bansa who’s so frustrated for being cheated on so that he can earn the sympathy of the people and with that, he can raise his rank to the next senatorial race or maybe even the next presidential race.

I must say, Bongbong Marcos is a great politician but not too good to convince me that he is purely working and fighting for the Filipinos and the country. You’re just some power hungry man, try to do outreach, organize charity works and livelihood programs, donate and help the poor if you’re really into the Philippines and its people.

P.S: There’s a difference between a politician and a public servant and clearly, BBM is a politician.

Okay, I’m done here. *drops mic*

Thoughts on Marcos and Robredo’s Electoral Protest

Let me just discuss information and express my thoughts about the motion/manifestation that VP Leni Robredo’s camp and former senator Bongbong Marcos’ signed last February 6, 2018.

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Former senator Bongbong Marcos challenged VP Leni Robredo and her camp to sign a joint motion in order to hasten and withdraw all motions to clear the way to the recount of votes last 2016 elections after the former senator accused the duly elect vice president of cheating. “I’ve done everything possible to speed up this election protest,” Marcos said in a statement. “At this point, the only thing left is for Mrs. Robredo to sign the document. We are waiting.”

February 6, Tuesday — Atty. Romulo Macalintal, VP Leni Robredo’s election lawyer, responded to Mr. Marcos’ dare. “I am inviting Mr Marcos and his lawyer tomorrow (February 7, 2018) at 9 am to sign a joint motion,” he said. “This is to confirm that we are not causing the delay in the recount of ballots. It is Mr Marcos’ raising of baseless allegations and irrelevant issues that is causing the delay in the recount.”

February 7, 2018, Wednesday — Atty. Romulo Macalintal showed up and presented VP Robredo’s camp’s prepared joint motion to withdraw all motions and acts that may hamper or delay the recount proceedings. The media and people witnessed him sign the motion, however, ex-senator Bongbong Marcos’ camp didn’t show up on the said venue.

BUT don’t you dare think I am not going to mention in this blog post about what Mr. Marcos did that day.

Mr. Marcos showed up earlier that day with a complete set of media. In front of the media, cameras and live videos, he signed a joint manifestation himself. Yes, himself, not his election lawyer, not any representative but himself. If you would remember, VP Robredo’s camp earlier told Marcos to meet them in a restaurant so both camps could sign the joint motion. But the former senator was a no-show on the said venue, hence, he went on another place and on an earlier time.

Moving further, the surprising part here is that Mr. Marcos signed a joint manifestation instead of a joint motion. It’s planting so much questions in my head because to think of it, it was his camp and him who challenged VP Robredo’s camp to sign a motion (not a manifestation) and it would be too farfetch to think they just accidentally filed a manifestation or made a mistake by filing a manifestation instead of a motion. It’s like challenging someone into a boxing fight and you appear to the meeting place with a pair of basketball shoes instead of some boxing gloves, you know what I mean?

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