Go big on reigning in the greed of oligarchs like Manuel Pangilinan and Ramon Ang and the Ayala/Soriano empire (would be problematic if they are actually bank rolling her campaign)
and I doubt that can be done in a purely neoliberal way, there will have to be a state role in pushing that.
A bit like her initiative for locally made PPE during the pandemic, supporting local garment makers – much in contrast to the admin that sourced PPEs abroad.
Even a lot of pink volunteers don’t fully grasp the scope of her track record and her insights YET, though the rising number of those that do are busy convincing friends and family to switch from BBM, with some successes
The stuff she wants to do to revive rural economies (essential for preventing future rebellions) is a mix of her existing stuff plus Kiko Pangilinan’s agri stuff plus Bam Aquino’s Negosyo Center stuff- Bam is her campaign manager BTW like in 2016.
Even from a neolib perspective I doubt that “Makati” still wants serfs and squatters in countryside and city, if it ever did – it might want more paying consumers, middle class.
Besides the difference between Russia and the Philippines is that even before neolib there were Marcos cronies, some of whom transitioned to oligarchs. And the system today is a truly perverse mix of neolib and protectionism where foreign firms need a local oligarch partner to set up shop. OK, Dutz and his gang have opened up some industries to foreign ownership but it is clear who stands to benefit. In fact foreign owned is a major trigger in Philippine politics. Even if Harry Stonehill happened before Makoy.
For starters, she could go big on your pet project – UBI – since we’re still in the pandemic age. Lots of tricycle drivers and cigarette vendors to pull into the voting precinct for that. I see no problem deploying MMT insight to get it done.
This is her economic and jobs program in a nutshell, five major points, no UBI but unemployment insurance in the mix, retraining and all.
(There is an aspect of Climate change in it. As for oligarchs I doubt the Sorianos are still relevant, they were big before Marcos but kinda went to the USA and even Spain, lost San Miguel. The Spanish mestizo oligarchs are those Makoy, Sionil Jose and MRP loved to hate, only Ayala and Razon remain among the Top 10 now. Don’t know who VP Leni’s campaign donors are but her Kaya Natin and other initiatives rely on private donors)
This is Kiko’s statement on what he sees as human rights, it does include social justice, details of his agri programs which I know is one focus he has aren’t out yet as of now: (what should also be interesting are Risa Hontiveros’ plans as she is also on board)
Seems plausible but given Filipino voters’ attitude, next big challenge, apart from disseminating it widely, is to convince them she’s really going to do it – that it’s not just electioneering.
Well, she already has said that programs alone don’t cut it, voters should look at what candidates have already done – a reference to her own track record of what she already did with the limited resources of the OVP. Imagine her with Presidential possibilities.
But yes, it is a hard sell. Disclosure which isn’t surprising: I am one of the content managers in a major overseas support group. We do at times get the astonished FB smiley reposting FB shares of her work pre-2016, post-2016 and during the pandemic.
From what I heard – I wasn’t that active in her 2016 campaign as I am now – ground level convincing and testimonials by the likes of the Sumilao farmers (this time Negros farmers are playing a role, especially some who got tractors via Kaya Natin) played a major role in her “surprising” win.