Images of Vice President Leni Robredo and former Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas doing jobs done by the underprivileged of the Philippines went viral since its inception during the 2016 elections.
But prolific anonymously ran blog We Are Collective (WAC) labels these strategies as “pathetic” because of the “misrepresentation” and insincerity of their actions. Most of their allegedly humble deeds are well-documented to be publicized and earn them a kind of branding.
WAC explains that this Yellow strategy backfired. It may have previously worked with the late Jesse Robredo, but a more aware public is keen on noting the scripted acts Leni and Roxas are doing.
In the hopes that it would somehow be reworked to suit the favor of the public, Leni and Mar kept pushing for this kind of false branding by continuously picking out representatives of the masses they may pose with and execute “menial jobs” with a smile.
It may be a Yellow attempt to win the favor the masses, but it resulted to dismay and distaste. WAC urged these politicians to focus on doing actual work than getting documented for a momentary one.
In its full post on Facebook, WAC said,
“These pictures of Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo performing all kinds of menial jobs and mundane activities are beyond pathetic. Whoever is coaxing them to do this must really think this is a very good idea, and since it worked quite well for Jesse, Leni seems to think this kind of shit still works now. Mar Roxas copied these strategies from his best friend Jesse Robredo. Despite his elitist persona, Mar did just about anything to endear himself to the masa. Yet nothing he did ever seemed to work. Worse, they all backfired. There is nothing more pathetic than politicians pretending to be what they are not, other than their usual practice of claiming to be more than what they really are. It is a gross misrepresentation, an exercise in bad taste, perception engineering at its worst form. Every time they do something that looks makamasa they never miss a chance to flaunt these in public. Are we supposed to feel thankful to them as we see these images?
Honestly, we’d be impressed the day these idiots decide to take a break from all this incessant political posturing and resolve to fix our problems instead. But then again, how can they offer a solution to these problems if they’re a big part of it?”