The effort to whip up sympathy from voters by playing the underdog for next year’s polls is being rolled out by the dolled up yellow mob, who are now strutting in their pink makeover.
Vice President Leni Robredo said in her radio program she remained the titular head of the Liberal Party that has carried the yellow banner since former Senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr.’s assassination in 21 August 1983.
Yellow, however, has degenerated through the years into symbolizing hubris and elitism, which led to the demise of the cabal that is now trying to make a comeback through the impossible route of the democratic process of elections that it took pride of having short-circuited twice in the country’s history in the EDSA Revolts of 1986 and 2001.
The mob tried a reprise in its incessant attempt to oust President Rodrigo Duterte but miserably failed, as Filipinos have been vigilant over another power grab and threw their overwhelming support to their elected leader.
Make no mistake about the yellow, or rather pink, money that will flow as the liberal democrats of the world pull out all stops to end the strongman era personified by Mr. Duterte in the Philippines.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) order to allow the investigations on the crimes against humanity charges over the war on drugs signaled the start of the offensive.
Rich Filipino liberal democrats abroad who count on more powerful backers, such as New York-based trader Loida Nicolas-Lewis, will keep the pink tills ringing.
President Duterte in one of his addresses to the nation bared the existence of an intercepted conversation that he said proved Lewis was among those bankrolling efforts for his ouster and to make sure the ICC case progresses.
The Chief Executive said the recorded conversation was between Lewis and another individual, which he said would be identified in due time.
“I was listening to the tapes of their conversation. It was provided to me by another country, but the conversation was between individuals in the Philippines and in New York,” he said.
The President noted the recordings include one involving Lewis, in which she told another person, “See you in the headquarters when the case is filed.”
That was during the time that a supplemental complaint by destabilizer Antonio Trillanes IV and his minion Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano was filed with the ICC to buttress the Jude Sabio complaint, proving that both former mutineers run errands for Lewis.
Rody had pointed to Lewis as the financier of another power grab.
The Filipina is the wife of the late African-American billionaire Reginald Lewis. She was described in a 2015 New York Times article as “one of the richest philanthropists” in New York.
Lewis invested heavily in the futile presidential bid of Mar Roxas, and is now leaning heavily on Robredo to recover her investments.
Lewis’ main conduit is the US Filipinos for Good Governance (USFGG), which in a Fil-American publication said had initiated a “carrot and stick” campaign with the ultimate aim of ensuring that neither a Duterte nor a Marcos becomes a successor for Malacañang.
USFGG successfully lobbied for US Senate Bill 1055, authored by US Senators Benjamin Cardin and Marco Rubio, titled the Philippines Human Rights Accountability and Counternarcotics Act. It sought to “restrict the exportation of certain defense articles by the United States to the Philippine National Police, support human rights and civil society organizations in the Republic of the Philippines, and report on sources of narcotics entering that country.”
USFGG then proudly proclaimed the US bill it pushed offers the best balance of “carrot and stick” to persuade the Duterte administration to respect human rights, to follow the rule of law, to end widespread extrajudicial killings and to solve drug addiction with the public health strategy of prevention and rehabilitation.
Intensity of such pursuit will be raised notches higher, which will see that Robredo and her “volunteers” will be in the pink of political health.
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