By Prince Golez
The defeat of many left-leaning party-list groups and senatorial bet Neri Colmenares in Monday’s midterm polls should serve as a “wake-up call” to reassess their existing ways of doing things, Malacanang said.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo issued this remark in response to the “false” and malicious” statement of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) secretary general Renato Reyes that the “Duterte magic” made the results of this year’s elections not credible.
“Their loss is a clear indictment that our people do not believe in their advocacies, especially on the war on drugs, extra-judicial killings, South China Sea, one-man rule, etc., which they have foisted and peddled to the people,” said Panelo in a statement Wednesday.
“The electorate has seen through the sophistry of espousing their feigned brand of nationalism for many decades, taking advantage of the poor man’s plight,” he added.
In a statement, Reyes accused the Duterte administration of using government resources, martial law in Mindanao, and its control of the Commission on Elections to the administration candidates’ advantage.
Panelo, however, asserted such claims are not well supported by evidence and can be easily fact checked.
“For one, half of the Commissioners of the Commission on Elections are appointees of former President Noynoy Aquino. In fact, supporters of the administration candidates remain vigilant to protect their votes from being altered,” he noted.
“President Duterte will never interfere with the election process, as well as frustrate the sovereign will of the people, for such is the very process which propelled him to the presidency,” according to him.
Panelo explained what he meant by “Duterte magic” was the President’s “sterling performance and good governance,” “empathy towards the ordinary Filipinos,” and “decisive actions in resolving various local and national issues.”
Duterte’s counsel, meanwhile, said that Reyes should be humble enough in responding to their electoral defeat.
Their strategy of attacking Duterte, who currently enjoys a high public satisfaction rating, was “simply wrong” and “triggered a backlash” against the opposition coalition slate,” he stressed.
“They should have presented an alternative platform of governance and discussed how their brand of politics would be much better than the kind that the administration candidates would provide,.”