I do not know why the political opposition, headed by the Liberal Party (LP), is making a big deal about Vice President Leni Robredo spearheading it.
It simply follows that because Robredo is the highest ranking government official in the land belonging to the LP who has shown her dislike in the way President Duterte is running the country, not to mention the colorful language he uses, and has been seen to be taking the cudgels for those being the subject of Duterte’s ire, that she has the moral authority to lead.
The question, however, is – can she deliver?
Does she have the ‘oomph’, meaning the intensity, effectiveness and sustainability to deliver the blow of political issues against Duterte that will cause people to rally behind her and upset the president?
Robredo may have the charm, but charm is not what it takes to unsettle a formidable and savvy opponent like Duterte.
Robredo may be a lawyer, but against Duterte she is doomed!
The fact alone that Duterte has described her as not fit to be president of a country like the Philippines because of incompetence speaks volumes.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Palace welcomes an “active” opposition as part of a healthy democracy.
A ‘strong’ opposition is a more apt description, but with Robredo at the helm there is no doubt that it is going to be a weak opposition and surely will be steamrolled by Duterte and his PDP-Laban supporters.
To start with it is not enough that one has to criticize immediately the country as having a ‘worsening economy’ as Robredo described it, piqued after being called incompetent by Duterte.
If that is how she sees it then, for chrissake, offer a solution!
I don’t think the economic stride Duterte has gained during his just two years in office can be scoffed at.
If Robredo and her rabble rousers have better ideas to improve the economy, then help the government by suggesting it.
Otherwise, let us trust the economists who have forecasted that the Philippine economy is expected to grow at a robust pace this year and next on the back of a buoyant expansion in fixed investment, which is benefiting from the government’s infrastructure investment program.