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Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Opinion - FRINGES AND FRON­TIERS

few days ago some sup­port­ers of the pres­i­dent posted on Face­book a let­ter ex­press­ing their deep and con­tin­ual sup­port for him. If I am to write a let­ter to the pres­i­dent, this is what I have to tell him.

Dear Mr. Pres­i­dent, how can crit­ics not ex­am­ine your words if in the first place they are “ob­vi­ously foul and con­tro­ver­sial?” Are you ex­pect­ing that the Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights will not re­act when you said that you are con­cerned with hu­man lives more than hu­man rights? And how can peo­ple not re­act when you called God stupid and made rape jokes among oth­ers?

Your sup­port­ers say that they are ashamed of the peo­ple in their coun­try. I hope that they will be ashamed of you too, for say­ing a lot of things that have made this coun­try shame­ful. I will say this in Ce­buano to make it clear: “nagto-o mog kamo ray na uwaw para sa Pilip­inas? Duha na mi ka tuig nga na uwaw para sa Pilip­inas sukad pa sa 2016.” This is a coun­try whose lead­er­ship has lost its de­cency. And yet many would in­sist that de­cency is not an is­sue.

Again, your sup­port­ers blame peo­ple for not hav­ing morals, ethics, dis­ci­pline etc. They are very cor­rect Mr. Pres­i­dent! Dis­ci­pline is some­thing you can­not give us. We must be the one to do it Mr. Pres­i­dent. We have to do our work in our re­spec­tive sta­tions in life. We should sub­mit our re­quire­ments of time, pay our “utang” on time, come to work on time, and re­spect our em­ploy­ers through ev­ery word and ac­tion that we say. That is why I never be­lieved in your prom­ise in 2016 that you can fin­ish the drug prob­lem in six months.

And then, again, Mr. Pres­i­dent, peo­ple are blamed for putting you on the news 24/7. They say that of all the pres­i­dents, you were left alone since the time you took oath. In the

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