Here’s the clout you ordered
If you’re a once-prominent pvblic figure who’s now struggling to maintain relevance, how do you jumpstart your comeback? If we’re going by the Alan Cayetano playbook, ‘bank on clout’ would be the answer.
The former House speaker, along with six of his allies, has created an ‘independent majority bloc’ called ‘BTS sa Kongreso’. Yep, based on the popular South Korean boy group. And no, we’re not kidding.
The group is expected to be a dissenting voice during the term of the current Speaker, Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco. Apart from Cayetano, our prospective new biases include Camarines Sur’s Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr, Batangas’ Raneo Abu, Capiz’s Fredenil Castro, Anakalusugan Party-list’s Mike Defensor, Bulacan’s Jose Antonio Sy-Alvarado, and Laguna’s Dan Fernandez.
Apparently, all seven members lost their top positions when Velasco came into power.
As expected, fans of the real BTS aren’t ecstatic to be used for political clout. #CayetanoStopUsingBTS trended on Twitter, with ARMYs even filing copyright claims to BTS’ label, Big Hit Entertainment.
— MAMIE⁷🌼 (@Springg_dae7) January 12, 2021
According to Defensor, ‘BTS sa Kongreso’ wasn’t the group’s first name choice. Since all of them are either ex-chairpersons or ex-deputy speakers, they initially thought of ‘X-Men’, which somehow sounds cringier than what they eventually settled with.
The bloc is expected to make its debut on Thursday, June 14, where they’ll also explain the meaning behind their name.
Still, we’d argue nothing will ever beat 1999’s ‘Spice Boys’, which sounds like a male escort service rather than a legit group in Congress.