Rigoberto Tiglao, along with Gabby Claudio, Eduardo Ermita, and Mike Defensor, lead the charge to retake the high ground. They’re doing it very, very well.
Their press conference began with Tiglao, head of the Presidential Management Staff, soberly yet strongly pointing out that the cabinet members who resigned were cowards (he used the analogy of a soldier of the front discovering the other soldiers had abandoned the field), and then enumerating the different, rather goofy, he seemed to imply, pet programs the resigned cabinet members had been pushing, which he’d been diligently studying, only for them to suddenly become amateur, and ineffective, politicians.
Claudio followed this by emphasizing the cabinet member’s having embarked on amateurish adventurism, on breaking ranks and forgetting team-work, and issuing the pious hope that they simply disagreed with the President on principle, and nothing else.
Ermita then continued and first continued the sorrowful, shocked, tone and began to be scornful, emphasizing the way the cabinet members abandoned the president and their peers, and suggesting that perhaps there are more sinister motivations, which may be unearthed after due study in the coming days.
Defensor then rounded it up by raising the heat, proclaiming the cabinet members cowards, traitors, ungrateful schemers and opportunists, participants in what can only be considered a cabinet coup. He leaves an opening by saying he’s prepared to exonerate the Vice-President, the Senate President, and Senator Villar of knowledge of, or participation in, such an offensive power-grab. Quick out-takes from Jove here.
All in all, an effective effort, carefully calibrating the good cop, bad cop, but coming out swinging and serving notice to those that resigned that, having turned their backs on the president, they’re now fair game. The name of the game now is to tar and feather. My earlier feelings that this is a tactic that needs careful watching, still stands.