Obfuscating election

Published December 6, 2021, 12:05 AM

by Hector Ronald Romero Villanueva



“Though this be madness, yet there is method in it.” – Shakespeare, “Hamlet” This is a very bizarre general election which could be a game-changing watershed in Philippine politics.

And, President Rodrigo Roa “Digong” Duterte is an astute, rugged and a smart Machiavellian player that people tend to underestimate to their chagrin. He runs circles around his political adversaries and dictates the tune.

As former US Speaker Tom O’Niell opined, “all politics is local” while John Nance Garner or “Cactus Jack” caustically remarked that the “Vice Presidency wasn’t worth a pitcher of warm piss.”

Now comes the spectacle of an incumbent President wanting to run for the vice presidency in 2022; then casually slides down as a senatorial candidate with his anointed presidential candidate, the reluctant Senator Bong Go. Moreover, President Rodrigo Duterte has openly criticized Bongbong Marcos as a “weak leader,” despite the fact that his own daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, is the running mate of Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

There is more than meets the eye in these subterfuges.

Nevertheless, the bottom line at the finishing post will still be money, command votes, personality or popularity, organization, media savvy, and accomplishments.

Be that as it may, the man to watch will still be President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his anointed one.

You be the judge.

Drifting at the WPS

There is an apocryphal anecdote about Napoleon Bonaparte who was urged and badgered by his officials to plant the French tri-color on the China mainland, which at the time had a weak, decadent, corrupt-ridden, and crumbling dynasty.

Napoleon with prescient instincts, replied and retorted with admonition “to let sleeping dogs lie.” Since Rome, major and minor colonial powers have come and gone. Since Napoleon, Pax Brittania ruled the sea and had the most number of colonies in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries until World War I when the United States of America emerged as the world power in the 20th century or Pax Americans up to today.

However, emerging and surging China is challenging the hegemony of aging America in the 21st century This is the Asiatic Age, and China will be Pax China. China has awakened.

What about the Philippines?

China has a short coastline. The country needs and looks for more space like the South China Sea which has become a battleground of wits and power.

Small and fragile nations will just have to tread gingerly and cleverly between the colossus.

How this can be accomplished, we leave it to experts and scholars.

Certainly, China will be unstoppable, and will not be a bully, except in the South China Sea.

You be the judge.