Following the interview with UNTV host Daniel Razon, Risa Hontiveros’ support from women voters has been quickly eroding, well, if we use the comments on social media as the barometer.
I guess you are already aware by now how Hontiveros shot herself in the foot during the UNTV interview wherein the lady senator, in an attempt to paint a picture that Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao is unjustified.
Let me share an excerpt of the Facebook post of pro-Duterte blogger Krizette Chu who counted on Hontiveros to be the voice of reason from the ranks of the opposition but so far, have failed to live up to the expectation.
“I was really counting on Risa Hontiveros to be the only reasonable voice of opposition, but she has become a joke, as in people have now reduced her as a punchline.”
Let us read the comments on social media of people who have high hopes for Senator Risa Hontiveros before the UNTV interview, but now singing a different tune.
Mark Sanchez remarked: “Me too.. I thought Risa Hontiveros was the only reasonable voice from LP. I adore her for thrusting progressive advocacies like Reproductive rights, LGBT rights, mental health rights, etc.. but her recent statement is so disappointing. still rooting for her tho one mistake can’t overshadowthe good things she had done ❤”
Angie Gabe wrote: “Spot on, Ms. Chu! Risa is one of the people I have been looking up to, until she stated her stance on Maute. And she was defensive on her FB page pa, ah.”
Eric Socrates commented: “I have few hopes remaining that the senator can redeem herself. I voted for her because of her campaign agenda focusing introduction of Divorce and her Anti-Political dynasties bill. She is now focused on just being the fly on the carabao’s tail. Sayang ang boto ko.”
Junie Abe said: “Gusto ko si Risa noon. That was why I voted for her since 2010. Kaya lang hindi sya nanalo.
Nung 2016 election, “inadopt” sya nang LP (kasi palagi nyang sinasabi na hindi LP ang partido nya. Akbayan. Whatever!)
During campaign, pinilit ko namang i-separate sya sa partidong “nagadopt” sa kanya. Kaya lang parang nag-iba na kasi si Risa. Hindi lang sya inadopt ng LP, inadopt din nya ang LP (you know, yung mindset ng LP, statements, yung mga Bullshit nila. Kaya lang mejo subtle pa sya nung campaign. But still…). And ayoko yung pacomment-comment nya about Duterte during campaign (it’s a Dabawenyo thing!)
Kaya yun! Di ko sya binoto nung 2016! Pero nanalo sya. Le sigh.”
Rica Palomo-Espiritu wrote: “Yes, another person that I regretted voting for aside from Leni Robredo.”
VJ Belinda is another Hontiveros supporter who is now expressing regret. “Palagi ko din binoboto Yan c Hontivirus…. up to ung pang 3rd attempt nya sa senate… kala ko din tlagang maka tao.. kaso kinain ng sistema ng lp… just like leni wala din. Binenta ang mga prinsipyo…huhuhu”
Meanwhile, you may read the full text of Krizette Chu’s post below.
The essence of a true democracy is a working–and credible–opposition. Without opposition to the government, there will be no checks and balance.
I was really counting on Risa Hontiveros to be the only reasonable voice of opposition, but she has become a joke, as in people have now reduced her as a punchline. Her recent statements on Maute, terrorism and rebellion are worrying in that you see Risa has stopped to see reason, obsessed only with bringing down this government. Ganon sila lahat sa LP, and yet they call us the tards.
Sayang si Risa, kinain ng sistemang bulok . In 2008 I had a chance to visit her home in Quezon City for a story. She had a modest but beautiful home. She loved arts and had paintings in her home and an unattended garden, which her mother landscaped but which she neglected because she had no time. She was three years widowed, her husband, a police man, had died from heart attack leaving her with four children to take care of. She was an Akbayan rep then, and she was a single mother working to be both mother and father to her kids. Her fight and advocacies were clear then: Reproductive rights, etc.
Now Risa, having owed her win to the LP, has become trapo. She has become the person I think she used to hate back when she was an idealistic lawmaker–giving concessions, kowtowing to her party, mema. Sana di nalang siya lumipat ng partido, nawalan siya ng dignidad.
There is no credible opposition to the government right now. None.
Leni is ignorant, malicious, duplicitous, and wouldn’t even release her FOI.
Leila de Lima is apparently the mother of all drug lords.
Alejano and Trillanes are reportedly mercenaries. Pasalamat si Alejano nakilala siya, pero HU U siya talaga.
Bam Aquino, well, nobody takes Bam Aquino seriously. He is like a little boy playing dress up, which is both his strength and his weakness. Strength because he could be planning the takedown of this government, and we would just be pooh-poohing him and say, “Sus di niya kaya, kahit pa yung costume niya P500 bill.” And it’s always dangerous to underestimate the enemy.
Drilon is the most trapo of them all. When I think trapo, when I think most useless politician to have ever lived and committed many sins against society and yet has managed to elude investigation, I think of Drilon and how savvy he has been, flying under the radar like that.
Kiko Pangilinan has no credibility, and has done nothing amazing for Agriculture. Manny Pinol makes him look like a bumbling first grader.
It was Risa who I think had a fighting chance to be the most reasonable voice, and now with statements on Maute and with her clear ignorance of the Constitution, she had made herself a laughingstock. Incredulity, thy name is LP.
I think the House of the LP is ready to come tumbling down, and the ironic thing is, they did this to themselves without any help from Duterte.