From a distance

From a distance

President-elect Bongbong Marcos

There are layers of images following the May 9 general elections, with many doing kind of post-obit of the electoral exercise which saw the UniTeam tandem of former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte posting an unparalleled rockfall win.

And while many world leaders have congratulated the 64-year-old Marcos – insulted without fail daily during the 90-day campaign period by critics who had different motivations – a segment of the opposition bloc led by losing presidential candidate Vice President Leni Robredo and vice presidential bet Francisco Pangilinan has not fully thrown in the white towel as yet.

The two have echoed, to the inspiration and delight of their supporters, that the battle had just begun.

While Robredo urged her supporters to respect the voice of the people, she had said in a statement that there were questions being raised regarding the electoral process.

It seems the losers – for how else do you describe the supporters who continue to vilify the more than 31 million voters who shaded Marcos’ name in their respective ballots Monday last week? – believe they have been robbed of victory to the extent that this country, in the blunt language of some die-hard anti-Marcos voters had become a banana republic.

One had the gall to comment on social media that the Filipinos are stupid people.

Others say many of the voters, particularly the youth and those in the lower economic levels, have become, in their myopic view, victims of disinformation and misinformation.

There are too many analyses at this point, the majority are very partisan and consistently repulsive. There are even students who declare they would not attend their classes unless Marcos resigns. They, in fact, should drop out of school now and leave their seats to those waiting for space.

But there are some who try to be even-handed.

One of such analyses, which has become viral, is the post of Ateneo de Davao philosophy professor Christopher Ryan Maboloc.

We will quote him for precision. Said he: “The main problem of the opposition is the repulsive and condescending attitude of many Leni supporters, who believe that they are seated on a moral high chair, insisting that their choice is the supreme position so that all who belong to the other side of the political fence are simply labeled or canceled.”

How distorted and twisted Leni supporters’ capacity for cognition can be indeed.

We agree with the professor that the joint forces of Marcos North and Duterte South – whatever the critics said and laughed at during the campaign – had highlighted the correct alliance of two major forces that called on the Filipinos to unite for the country, particularly as it was trying to bounce back from the jolting coronavirus pandemic, among other problems that must be addressed.

And the majority of the Filipino people saw the strength in and of the UniTeam which refrained from the stomach-turning negative campaign and incessant vilification.

And when the shading had been done and the votes had been counted the pinks – their byname – started to question the speed and even the margins, even when the Commission on Elections had given assurances there was no cheating as suggested subliminally by many protesters.

We would not be surprised, really, if one of these days, the critics would hurl, as part of their opprobrium, the question of why on earth was Marcos ever born on Sept. 13, 1957.

That would be the day.


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