Veteran columnist on Cynthia Patag: "She must also be paid for criticisms she's getting on social media" - The Daily Sentry

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Veteran columnist on Cynthia Patag: "She must also be paid for criticisms she's getting on social media"

Composite photo of Cynthia Patag holding the letter purportedly signed by over 5,000 Ilonggos urging the PET to apply the 25 percent ballot shading threshold in the ongoing manual recount (from eagle news) and columnist Jojo Robles (from his Facebook account)

Manila, Philippines – With her recent appearances in public, comedian Cynthia Patag has been subject of attacks from netizens in social media platforms.

Patag, who was best known for her role as Cynthia Chavez with preternaturally clueless character in the long-running 1980’s sitcom “Palibhasa Lalake”, was lambasted by netizens over her sort of political stunt.

The comedian has brought a letter to the high court , sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) asking it to implement the  25-percent shading threshold for the ballots used in 2016 elections.

Patag, reportedly warned, “the PET would disenfranchise Robredo’s voters and violate its mandate to protect the Constitution.”

Meanwhile, in one his column at the Manila Times, veteran writer Jojo Robles, expressed his surprise on Patag’s big words – calling her someone who is active on social media but was actually an outsider in real life.

“Even if she didn’t really seem to understand that, because she was not a party to the electoral protest case involving Robredo, her action was only good for a couple of laughs. “ Robles added.

“The PET, which has received at least three other such letters before from parties like Patag, who have no business filing such pleadings before it, merely said it “noted without action” the former actress’ letter. Which makes you wonder, after you’ve stopped laughing, what the point was of Patag’s trip to the high court in the first place.” Robles further wrote.

He also noted that Patag’s appearance was so sudden and she’s not even promoting a comeback movie or TV show of sort.*

“I honestly don’t know why Yellow 25-percenters like Patag are still at it, because even they must know by now that they cannot intervene. And I fail to understand why the PET doesn’t hand down its ruling on the motion for reconsideration of Robredo, after already declaring that only ballots with 50 percent shading, as mandated by the Commission on Elections itself before the 2010 elections, should count. “ Robles wrote.

“For those who may not have been paying attention, yes, at issue here is a last-ditch effort by Robredo’s camp to stop the PET from upholding a ruling it has already made on the matter of the amount of shading for a ballot to count. The PET issued its ruling after asking the Comelec’s opinion, which one commissioner suddenly changed to allow for 25-percent shading.” He added.*

Cynthia Patag's throwback photos, she was best known for her role as Cynthia Chavez in "Palibhasa Lalake" / Collage photo from

The columnist also explained that while it is true that “Comelec then took the unprecedented action of issuing a resolution allowing 25-percent shading, but this was only after the PET made its formal request for an opinion."

If recalled, the PET already took action of COMELEC’s weird and confusing situation by deciding to uphold its initial ruling on the matter – to follow the 50 percent shading threshold.

“As I’ve written previously, a Comelec resolution issued only after the 2016 polls cannot be presumed to apply retroactively to those elections. The PET was right to use the 2010 resolution as its basis, which was not rescinded until after the election in May two years ago were held, when the Marcos protest was filed.” Robles explained.

Robles, concluded that Patag’s sudden reappearance at the Supreme Court is just another part of propaganda effort of Robredo’s camp, describing it as “a show – and a very poorly staged one, at that.”

“Of course, Patag must also be paid for the bashing she’s been getting on social media since reports of her going to court came out. Patag’s critics have almost totally failed to mention the reason for her going to court and have focused mostly on unflattering pictures and video of the event.” He added.

Source: Manila Times