Vi­cious pest

Daily Tribune (Philippines) - - COMMENTARY -

“The yel­lows, never be­lieve them, all they are ca­pa­ble of are lies” was Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s warn­ing that went with the cau­tion he is­sued about be­com­ing reck­less amid the con­tin­u­ing threat from the coro­n­avirus dis­ease.

While health pro­to­cols are be­ing loos­ened, the Pres­i­dent said cit­i­zens, par­tic­u­larly in Metro Manila, should main­tain their vig­i­lance against in­fec­tion.

Mr. Duterte, how­ever, said he un­der­stands the pub­lic’s yearn­ing to re­sume nor­mal life if not for the ob­vi­ous par­ti­san pot­shots from Vice Pres­i­dent Leni Ro­bredo.

The grum­blings of Ro­bredo were ob­vi­ously timed for the mark­ing of the 48th an­niver­sary of the mar­tial law dec­la­ra­tion and were in­tended for the pub­lic to make a com­par­i­son be­tween the ad­min­is­tra­tions of Mr. Duterte and former Pres­i­dent Fer­di­nand Mar­cos.

Of course, Ro­bredo’s hold to her cur­rent post is ten­u­ous, since her man­date has been ques­tion­able from the start, as al­le­ga­tions of Lib­eral Party-in­duced au­to­mated rig­ging of the 2016 polls hounded her.

In a self-serv­ing state­ment, she said the pub­lic should “push back against the lies” of those as­so­ci­ated with the Mar­cos dic­ta­tor­ship, warn­ing that fail­ing to do so would leave Filipinos “di­vided and vul­ner­a­ble to abuse.”

In her ob­scure ra­dio pro­gram, Ro­bredo also noted that the ad­min­is­tra­tion had been flip-flop­ping on the cam­paign against the coro­n­avirus dis­ease.

Ro­bredo ad­vised the Pres­i­dent to do more in con­tain­ing the dis­ease, cit­ing the need for “med­i­cal and non-med­i­cal” so­lu­tions, which means noth­ing in it­self.

More­over, the VP took se­ri­ously Mr. Duterte’s sar­cas­tic re­mark about spray­ing Metro Manila with pes­ti­cide in re­sponse to her broad­sides.

Her re­sponse was purely idi­otic, stress­ing the Pres­i­dent’s pro­posal will not be the solution to the health cri­sis.

In try­ing to take po­lit­i­cal ad­van­tage of the Pres­i­dent’s state­ment, Ro­bredo came out as a halfwit.

Some­body may have to point out to the VP that Mr. Duterte’s state­ment was made out of ex­as­per­a­tion over her use­less di­a­tribes.

In­stead of nit­pick­ing the Pres­i­dent, which is a feat which sums up her achieve­ments thus far, Ro­bredo should go out and do some­thing worth­while for the gov­ern­ment which pays for her up­keep.

Mr. Duterte had reached out to her and con­sid­ered the VP’s coun­sel when he be­lieved that she’s sober from bouts of too much pol­i­tick­ing.

Ro­bredo was even given the role of anti-nar­cotics cza­rina, but promptly blew her chance af­ter run­ning to her for­eign pa­trons, bring­ing along sen­si­tive doc­u­ments that com­pro­mised the war on drugs when it was al­most won.

Drug syn­di­cates, in­stead, got a re­prieve from the hia­tus as a re­sult of the com­mo­tion Ro­bredo cre­ated.

Now that the war on drugs is back on track, the al­le­ga­tion of sum­mary ex­e­cu­tions and the like from the VP and her for­eign al­lies is back.

Sug­ges­tions are rife about drug car­tels hav­ing an in­de­cent al­liance with those seek­ing to oust Mr. Duterte and in­stall Ro­bredo in his stead.

Now that the cam­paign against the blight is pro­duc­ing fa­vor­able re­sults, here comes Ro­bredo again, fir­ing away on cue as if some­body un­leashed her from her col­lar.

Mr. Duterte’s men­tion of in­sec­ti­cide was ob­vi­ously meant for Ro­bredo to shoo the ir­rel­e­vant vi­cious pest (VP) away.

“Now that the cam­paign against the blight is pro­duc­ing fa­vor­able re­sults, here comes Ro­bredo again, fir­ing away on cue as if some­body un­leashed her from her col­lar.

“More­over, the VP took se­ri­ously Mr. Duterte’s sar­cas­tic re­mark about spray­ing Metro Manila with pes­ti­cide in re­sponse to her broad­sides.

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