PolWonk is a conjugation of three words policy, political and wonk which, in various aspects have been associated with the career and training she had over the years. PolWonk sums up her interests and advocacies. It is a weekly column, appearing every Fridays, in The Lobbyist

PolWonk is a conjugation of three words policy, political and wonk which, in various aspects have been associated with the career and training she had over the years. PolWonk sums up her interests and advocacies. It is a weekly column, appearing every Fridays, in The Lobbyist.
 

Fast forward. When Senator Sonny Trillanes stood on the floor in 19 September 2012 to deliver his “Kung gusto ko isasagasa ko. Kung ayaw ko, uupuan ko” privilege speech, whispers were abound about a so-called backroom operator. The youngest Senator felt alluded to by the whispers, and that is where the problem started. Trillanes and his group were the backroom operators who elbowed others. And I am still looking for the answer why.

If UNA is predominantly PDP-Laban and Partido ng Masang Pilipino (PMP), it immediately brings to the political equation their “brand of politics”: PDP-Laban as progressive and platform-oriented, while PMP as masa politics akin to Erap. If UNA is positioned as the opposition to the Aquino administration, then it has to be clear in its advocacies, since whoever appears to be opposition will be able to capture Metro Manila. If ably articulated, its oppositionist position can likewise resonate over Mega Manila.