EDITORIAL- No UniTeam to begin with

The Freeman

No longer able to hold her silence, First Lady Liza Marcos said she was hurt by the actions of Vice President Sara Duterte Carpio when Carpio joined a rally where a call for President Ferdinand Marcos to step down was raised.

Carpio was also seen smirking after the president was called an addict.

“You ran together, di ba? Sama-sama tayo babangon muli. Pupunta ka sa rally, tatawagin yung presidente mong bangag, ‘di ba, you’re going to laugh. Tama ba yan? Even (former vice president) Leni (Robredo) never did that,” the first lady was quoted as saying in a Philstar.com report.

For many political analysts, the vice president’s actions showed more than anything else that the UniTeam was no more. Well, that and the never-ending lambasting her family is dishing out to the president. But look closer and you can see that the cracks were already there long ago, starting when the vice president requested the Defense portfolio so she can have security against the “administration”.

In fact, it can even be argued that there was no UniTeam outside the name itself. It can even be said that “UniTeam” was just a slogan meant to sound good to voters. Remember that aside from throwing around the motherhood word “unity”, the UniTeam as a whole didn’t really run on any recognizable and unified platform.

But people need not grieve. In politics there is no such thing as permanent friends or permanent enemies; only permanent interests. Even politicians who stand for different or even contrary principles will band together if it gives them a better shot at winning, only to discard each other later after objectives have been achieved.

This isn’t unique to the Philippines either. That’s how the cookie crumbles in Washington, and all over the world, actually.

The sooner people realize that there was never a UniTeam to begin with the sooner they can grasp the political realities.

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