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Hello, hello mga kameta! Kamusta kayo diyan? I hope everyone's doing well and I hope you had a fruitful day.
Also, of course, minimonitor pa natin yung situation. So of course, meron tayong mayon situation which we're monitoring.
And actually, the person I'm gonna talk about today is also the reason why I was able to realize ang medyo serious yung situation.
So our prayers and hearts go to people na malapit dyan sa mayon volcano. Mag-ingat po kayo.
And hopefully the response by local government units and concerned citizens among others will be sufficient to make sure na we avoid any unnecessary suffering as much as possible.
And if God forbid there is any kind of major development, I hope may sapat na mekanismo para siguraduhin na yung ating mga taong bayan na may sapat na support at support mechanisms dyan.
Now, I'm gonna keep it short but I wanted to say this.
So the other night, mga kameta, napansin natin may isang kaibigan tayo dyan na sobrang late response dun sa mga back and forth na nangyayaw over the weekend at early this week.
Basta yung tarantatong kalbo na yan. So nag-respond to something like that.
And then parang medyo bastos yung response na may term na epal na ginamit when in fact, let's be very clear, ang original na epal ay siya na parang pinakamya tayo so parang ni-reminder ko lang na let's not get into that.
And I was wondering about it like why are we getting into this levels of toxicity and discussion, etc.
And then why there's no sense of humor, everyone is trying to come off as better than others.
I mean for instance sa taong yan, I don't know kung andun siya noong kasagsagan ng pano ni Duterte when all of us were resisting yung mga kung ano-anong kalokuan nangyayari sa West Philippine Sea.
We were there from the very first day making sure na yung West Philippine Sea ay hindi na maprotektahan.
And I remember very well we were getting a lot of flak from Duterte supporters, from trolls, among others, for standing up to the excesses of that previous administration.
I don't know kung saan yung mga taong na yan.
And then you have a situation of these people, may mga matino naman siya sa silang mga cartoons.
But at the same time you have cartoons like this na parang okay maybe this is funny.
This is funny dun sa mga supporters na opposition or yung mga galit sa gobyerno, etc.
But for me, in what sense is that going to help the cause of the opposition or the cause of democracy?
So actually I find those kinds of cartoons as completely plural and pathetic.
Because they're just like cheap jabs, no?
And bastosan. I mean my point is if you have disagreements with the Marcos administration,
go after them on issues of good governance, on issues of human rights, on issues of the situation of Leyla de Lima, etc.
Let's discuss like adults, no?
And I think the feeling there is a lot of people are very, very disappointed with the degree of toxicity that's coming from a lot of these self-righteous fools out there, no?
And I was just wondering, why all of this toxicity?
So I still stand by my contention that how I wish the Leni camp were much more prepared ahead of the presidential run the other year.
I still stand very strongly by my position that Leno Robledo should have called out a lot of these people who are giving a bad name to the opposition,
pissing off people right and left.
But let me also remind these people, no matter how much they troll us, they attack us, no matter how rude and bastos these people are,
these newbies to the town of akala kong sino, we always try to be objective.
And more importantly, we continue to love our country and continue to support efforts that put our country on the right path.
And speaking of that, I think this is also where I realized that perhaps this is also where Leni Robledo is trying to come in.
Because as a politician, as a stateswoman, we can have a lot of argument about strategy, about timing, about decisiveness,
about proper mixture of minsan kailangan mo na medyo assertive, not too kind.
We can have all of those arguments.
But I think where Leni is coming in, and I think that's where she is special as far as the Philippine political landscape is concerned,
and why many people have a soft spot for her, millions of people voted for her, and why many continue to look at her as a leader,
and why a lot of people have not given up on her, on her cause, and a lot of people are still hoping for her to run,
is precise because she's occupying a specific niche in our politics which is incomparable.
So just last night, I was looking at the Twitter, etc., and I saw that the former vice president had this, I mean, that's it, positivity, constructiveness.
Para sa bayan. So yesterday, I saw Leni Robredo posting about how Angad Buhay and her organization,
how they're monitoring yung situation d'yan sa Mayon Volcano to make sure na may rapid response.
So kitang-kitang niyo, mga kamay, na very, very proactive, very, very concerned, very, very compassionate response ng ating dating vice president.
There's no bitterness, there's no toxicity, there's no self-righteousness, there's no self-referentiality, etc.
Unfortunately, lahat tayo yung mga nandyan sa, you know, involved in the world of politics.
Sometimes things get heated, sometimes we say stupid things, sometimes, you know, sometimes we get ahead of ourselves,
sometimes we make subtle, sometimes we make wrong jokes, etc., but in fairness to Leni Robredo,
through and through, nakita natin na she kept her cool, she directly avoided any kind of negative engagement, etc.,
although, of course, some people would take issue with what she said about Marcus Dunza, interviewing with Tito Boy Abunda.
But my point is, like, for a moment, if you step back and not look at things as a political analyst,
not look at things in terms of electoral strategy, not look at things in terms of how to win this, how to win that,
I mean, you get to appreciate why Leni remains this very popular person, why many people have a lot of soft spot for her.
I mean, in fairness to Leni, she and her daughters, they have this podcast series, a lot of very interesting stuff there,
so I suggest you guys check them out on your own. But more than that, I mean, you also have this phenomenon whereby
Angat Buhay is inspiring good governance and people who stand by good governance in different corners of the world.
So, for instance, over Twitter, we saw how folks at Muntinlupa People's Council were inspired by the Angat Buhay
to push for a kind of a livelihood project. And for them, regardless of who's the president or whether who won the presidency or not,
this is what leadership is all about. It's all about inspiring the best in us Filipinos.
And look at how beautiful, how beautiful these trendy bags are.
I mean, you know, our favorite color, Tiffany, right? Turquoise, right?
So, again, that's it. Or look at the Angat Buhay Village. I think I saw something here. Very interesting.
Yeah, right? Angat Buhay Village.
So, maybe Leni Robredo could be criticized for not being assertive, decisive here and there,
but quietly and in a dignified way, what she's doing with Angat Buhay, her personality, her convictions,
the consistencies of her commitment to nation-building, to open and constructive discourse,
you can see that it's creating this kind of very positive vibes, that is serving as a role model across the country.
And then, of course, you also have this. You have Angat Buhay programs that are helping in terms of education,
in terms of scholarship, in terms of empowering grassroots movements.
And how should I put it? This is really very much the Leni that I knew the first time she joined national politics.
I didn't know much about her. I knew a lot about Jessie. Not a lot, sorry. I knew enough about Jessie.
I saw Jessie's interview with Tito Poy Apunda back in the day. Like, very interesting person.
I heard a lot of good things about Jessie Robredo. But, you know, the first time I saw Leni and I read about her,
it's like, oh, wow. She's that person. Grassroots person. Grassroots.
Totoo ng tao. Mahal na mahal na magsasakaw on the ground. You know, a person who inspires good vibes.
Hindi lang good vibes, but also grassroots.
And my sense is Leni is going back to her...
Ito talaga yung ano niya. I didn't want to use the word strategic depth.
Ito yung... I don't want to also use the word niche.
Ito talaga yung forte niya, if I could put it. Or like, ito talaga siya. You can see this is where she really feels at home.
Ganon eh. Hindi yung bakbakan, hindi yung bastusan, hindi yung polarizing politics, hindi lang partisan politics, etc.
Now, so I'm talking about it from a standpoint of civil society, from a standpoint of yung inspirasyon para sa mga iba't ibang komunidad, etc.
But at the same time, it also makes political sense, doesn't it? Given the state of affairs.
I mean, on one hand, look at it. Leni Robredo is just there doing her own thing and being herself while, as far as the ruling coalition is concerned, ayan na.
Ayan na, ayan na. Nasaan nang unity?
So habang nagrejuvenate si Leni, habang she's focusing on the movement, inspiring good governance on the ground,
being a beacon of good governance or representing that for civil society groups who believe in good governance.
The politics is taking care of itself in ways that, in many ways, is providing space for the opposition.
And look at it. When I was thinking about it, actually, Leni being Leni over the past 7, 8, 9, 10 months also provided room for Risa to step up to the plate.
And for Risa to be an opposition leader that she should be.
Again, I'm not taking back my criticism, but at least what I see as lack of support or transference, etc., I stand by that 100%.
But at the same time, you see, Leni is not trying to hug the limelight. She's not trying to steal the limelight.
She's just being there, doing her own thing, inspiring people, pushing with the Angad Buhay movement.
And the Angad Buhay movement is inspiring other similar movements across the country.
So, I don't know. So as I said, yours truly, among others, have, in the spirit of objectivity and proper political analysis,
not just echo chamber, not just fanaticism, not just partisanship, but in the spirit of objectivity,
we raise concerns about what we felt were deficits in terms of leadership and doing the right thing over the past year, or actually past years or so.
Whether it should have been more assertive during the third era, especially after she was kicked out of the cabinet.
Whether the preparation for the presidential campaign should have started way earlier.
And yes, I still maintain she should have called out a lot of these people.
I mean, not directly, personally, of course, that's just not she is.
But there should be a call out of a lot of people who are seen as a face of the opposition,
or purportedly are core elements of opposition, or influencers of opposition.
And they're really giving a bad name, not only to opposition, but to democracy. I get it.
But even having said all of those things, I think Leni, in a way, has also been doing the right thing.
I think Leni, in a way, is being the kind of good vibes, positive inspiration that many people were looking for.
And all the while, as Napoleon said, when your enemies are making mistakes, the last thing you want to do is to interrupt them.
Just don't help, just let it be.
Just don't help, just let it be.
So while Leni's gathering her forces, doing this war of position,
next time we can talk about Anthony Gramsci, war of position versus war of maneuver.
Let's just call it, I don't know if it's conscious, but I think while she's doing this war of position,
just rejuvenating, putting her movement together, gaining back her strength, taking care of herself and family,
doing things that she was not able to do in the past, inspiring people, spreading good vibes,
ensuring that Angat Buhay is on the front, ensuring that Angat Buhay is providing maximum scholarship,
training for communities, ensuring that Angat Buhay will inspire similar movements
so that all across the country we have grassroots-driven, good governance movement,
and that her legacy, the Robredo legacy, Angat Buhay activities,
hopefully this will inspire other kind of LGU leaders in the same mold.
And all of this is also providing space for Riza to do her thing as the de facto leader of position.
I mean, friends, when you look at it, who knows?
Maybe in a few years, people will say, actually, Leni was right.
Maybe 2022 was not the perfect time, but who knows?
Who knows? Whether directly herself or through her movement and all,
she might inspire a new generation of leaders in the Philippines who will push for what the Pink Movement stood for.
Maraming salamat mga kameta. Thank you very much.
On that note, as I said, when it comes to me, we are very reflective people.
I always have deep thinking here and there once in a while.
Sometimes we get ahead of ourselves, sometimes we get a little bit spirited,
But one thing I assure you, mga kameta, is I'm constantly reassessing my assumptions,
constantly going back and forth.
I never assume na automatically ako lang tama.
I never assume na mali lang mga haters or critics natin.
I always try to look at where they were coming from.
And even on people, whether it's Riza, whether it's Leni, whether it's Bongbong,
I always try to be as fair as possible and say, hmm, in light of certain developments,
maybe tama siya, maybe hindi.
Alright. Thank you very much, mga kameta.
And on that note, have a good evening and talk to you soon.