Perhaps in the past the Nationalist Party was something to behold. Perhaps in the past the Liberal Party was something to be respected. But alas like Camelot this has become the stuff of illusions – political shadows and mirrors. The truth is the ever since the beginning the Philippines has been governed by the elite political families – collecting taxes and administering people at the local level. Not dissimilar to the Ancient Roman Republic when these elite were called the nobility or the Patricians. Political parties and beliefs were a means: an image: a vehicle that can be used to achieve political power.
Of course there was from time to time an introduction of new political personalities players: A NEW MAN: Heroes and celebrities, the new rich, Who are voted or rise to power. Plebians in the Republic of Rome their Tribune. And we do have it here.
So does the Liberal Party and its Coalition of Political Parties really that formidable? NO.
And this is because the Liberal Party and its Coalition of Political Parties are Paper Tigers. As Mao Zedong said, “In appearance it is very powerful but in reality it is nothing to be afraid of; it is a paper tiger. Outwardly a tiger, it is made of paper, unable to withstand the wind and the rain. I believe that it is nothing but a paper tiger” (Mao said this in 1946 during an interview with American journalist Anna Louise Strong).
In reality, what props up the President , aside from the military and the police, is not the the Liberal Party and its coalition of political parties but a coalition of political families. Nearly every town and province in the Philippines is ruled by a political families. They may be fat political dynasties, meaning nearly all positions in government is occupied by a family members. Then there are thin political dynasties, the position is handed down from one member to another; one from generation to the next. Changes occur and they do when the locality, the city or town, becomes progressively economically, sometimes.
And that is why it is not uncommon to see political turncoats: political butterflies. And that is why it is not uncommon to see political families fighting each other and even backing different candidates. Regardless of the political outcome the family wins.
Thus the joke that LP stands for Lakas Pa Rin is grounded on self-actuallizing truth.
So the Liberal Party and its Coalition is of no consequence to the politics and election of the President. Look at practice of political and legal self-preservation. The political families must and will survive. And that is why they are keeping mum and choose the winning side.