“Yung mga yellow diyan, nagde-demonstrate kayo diyan. You want me out kasi you cannot accept defeat,” were the strong words from Pres. Rodrigo Duterte in his speech during the United Nations Convention against Corruption held at Malacañang Palace.
Although the president did not mention names, it was clear to everyone that he was referring to the Liberal Party whose official color is yellow and has always been the color used by the previous administration.
When he became president, Duterte told everyone who wanted to protest against him that they could do anytime they want, for as long as they want to – on one condition: that they remain peaceful and must not incite violence.
But while many rallyists did follow Duterte’s directive to remain peaceful, the president appears to be frustrated that yellow politicians such as Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas (whom he defeated in the election) joined the rally at the People Power Monument last November 30 against the burial of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
While the rally was mainly against Marcos’ burial, this was interjected with protests against Duterte.
And though the leftists also hold protest rallies on their own, the president believes these people don’t want him to step down as they are still pro-Duterte but the ‘yellow rallies’ are politically motivated.
“Ito, pulitika ito eh. They wanted me out. Siyempre iyong Vice President… Eh ‘di kayo. You’ve had your chance,” the president said, clearly referring to Vice President Leni Robredo, Roxas’ running mate.
It can be recalled that Duterte had repeatedly mentioned he wasn’t afraid of dying because the country would then be headed by a soft-spoken and beautiful president.