Time didn’t allow itself “to be used”.
The rabid pro-Duterte supporters, just like your typical Filipino, thought that making Duterte win in a poll – commissioned by a reputable FOREIGN publication, especially one antagonistic to the president – would validate that they chose “the right person”. So sino nagpauto? Who are the mindless zombies who voted na di nag-iisip?
“Influential” doesn’t necessarily mean in a good way; that Time 100 poll also did feature Hitler and Stalin – 2 of the history’s most bloodthirsty authoritarians – after all. What’s worse, who got to write the articles on the featured persons was beyond anyone’s control but Time’s.
There’s no other nice way to say it, pero na-Duterte ang mga ‘tards. Pro-Duterte people don’t need to convince anybody that they’re fine, when it’s terribly obvious that they’ve been embarrassed YET AGAIN.
The Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) made me think of the Japanese word Kanpai, for some reason. In fact, the very title of this article kind of seems like an anime title, don’t you think?
In the Japanese language, depending on the Kanji characters used, the word kanpai can mean two very different things.
The first set of characters, 乾杯, is the Kanpai that Filipinos are more familiar with. It is the toast done before drinking sessions start. It is like, “Cheers!”, in English. It is a pretty good guess that those who wanted Marcos buried in LNMB, and got their wish, were busy clinking glasses and celebrating afterwards.
The second set of characters, 完敗, means total loss, complete defeat. I’m pretty sure, though, that those who oppose the burial of Marcos will simply not find it in themselves to have this word in their vocabulary.
The question I’m more interested in, however, concerns the future: what is going to happen from here on? Is this going to be the development that will get president Rodrigo Duterte ousted? Or is it simply yet another move in his seemingly grand game of Go?
If you think about it, the opposition is being forced to play its cards pretty early.