Twerking as a political weapon
By Raïssa Robles
Tomorrow evening, Mocha Uson will twerk her way into the hearts of Ateneans during the “Back to the Blue”, Ateneo Grand Alumni Homecoming of Ateneo de Davao High School in that city.
A giant tarp prominently featuring the “Mocha Girls” with Assistant Secretary Mocha has been strategically put up to announce the momentous event. [The other act for the evening’s delight is “Parokya ni Edgar”.] I understand the Ass Sec may have been invited by a fellow Palace official. That’s understandable. At least one other Ass Sec – Ramon Cualoping III – is an Ateneo de Davao alumnus. Mocha is not, though. She graduated from the ultra conservative, Catholic University of Santo Tomas.
I would like to thank a source who told me about all these.
This might be that rare or only instance in Philippine history where a school’s alumni can get a high ranking Palace official who did not graduate from that school to dance for them.
I wonder how the audience—consisting mainly of Ateneo graduates – will square their appreciation of Mocha’s thighs with their school’s opposition to the EJKs (extra-judicial killings), which the administration the Ass Sec represents so loudly endorses..
Before you howl and ask me – wtf do her thighs have to do with EJK? [Yes, I know, I rarely use cuss words but many of those trolling me do. I’m just anticipating their reaction.]
Mocha’s thighs and legs have plenty much to do with EJKs. They are part of what catapulted her to fame and political power. Notice that as an Ass Sec she seldom wears the regular office uniform of dress or formal suit. She often wears skinny, skinny jeans or leggings, which show off her thighs to advantage.
And it is this deadly combination of thighs, fame, and power that she uses to great effect to persuade people into thinking that EJKs aren’t happening. Notice the argument she used with beauty queen Mariel de Leon.
There is no question that many males find Mocha hot. Someone who’s seen her up close told me that “Mocha looks like a walking Barbie”.
I think that if a doll were to be ever made of her, it should be called “The Fake News Barbie”.
Mocha’s use of her physical assets reminds me of how another woman used her looks also as a political weapon. It’s in my book, “Marcos Martial Law: Never Again, a brief history of torture and society under the New Society.”
Ferdinand Marcos hand-picked a beauty queen to be his wife. When he ran for President in 1965, Imelda Marcos became Ferdinand’s “secret weapon”. During the campaign, a rival camp trotted out the son of Julio Nalundasan, the man who Marcos was initially convicted of murdering.
It was Imelda Marcos who was able to convince the adoring crowd that Ferdinand Marcos was no murderer. Here’s an excerpt from my book about this:
Accompanying her husband on his campaign sorties, Imelda crooned love songs to entranced crowds and — addressing insinuations about the Nalundasan murder — asked with tears in her eyes, would someone as lovely as she marry a murderer? One observer wrote: She offered herself as the star character witness for her husband. And her punch line was: “They say that my husband is a forger, a murderer, a land-grabber. Look at me. Do you think I would have married this man if he was that bad? Do you think I would have stayed with him and campaigned for him, if the charges were true?
I should have been the first to know about the character of my husband. He is the best, the
tenderest husband in the world…”
Imelda also entranced the elder Lopez.
A key power player, oligarch Eugenio “Iñing” Lopez, Sr., who had been refusing to back the senator because he believed that
“Marcos killed Nalundasan. People are convinced about that, even if he had won acquittal from old man (Justice) Laurel. We should not have a murderer in Malacañang. It would be like aligning
ourselves with the devil to achieve our objectives of toppling (incumbent President Diosdado) Macapagal.”
Imelda’s tears not only changed the old man’s mind but also convinced the elder Lopez’s cousin Fernando Lopez to run as Marcos’ vice-presidential mate. The Lopezes would live to regret their decision.”
That’s what Mocha Uson is doing for President Rodrigo Duterte. And whenever she and the Mocha Girls twerk, every thrust of their hips and twitch of their thighs are intended to bewitch the audience into thinking that their point of view is right:
♦ That there are no extra-judicial killings because those being killed deserve to die anyway.
♦ That Papa Digong is always right and means well in everything he does.
♦ That those who criticize Duterte’s polices are “dilawan” and should be viciously bashed.
♦ That Duterte is “the last chance” for the Philippines to achieve peace and progress. The alternative is chaos.
Twerking — performed by Mocha and the Mocha Girls — is a political statement.
If you don’t believe me, watch this. It’s a clip from a video grab I took from Rappler’s streaming video of Duterte’s miting de avance in Luneta, Manila just before the 2016 presidential elections:
Because of this, I am very curious how their performance will be met by the Ateneo crowd.
If you recall, Ateneo students in their main campus in Quezon City have been protesting against EJKs and some were even harassed by policemen. Last year ,The Guidon, an Ateneo student publication even came out with an editorial saying: “we condemn Mocha Uson’s irresponsible posting of Matanglawin Editor-in-Chief Rambo Talabong’s profile on her Facebook page in relation to the Tanganglawin issue this year.”
Even more recently, Ateneo’s cheering squad, the Blue Babble Battalion, made a political statement during half-time of the UAAP games to protest the cutting of the budget of the Philippine Commission on Human Rights. Below is CNN Philippines’ photo of the protest.
I wonder if anyone during the Ateneo de Davao’s Alumni Grand Homecoming would dare to do a counter-twerk when the Mocha girls start twerking.