Con­ve­nient ex­cuseor al­ibi

Sun.Star Pampanga - - OPINOIOPNINION -

RE­CY­CLED BUD­GET SEC­RE­TARY Ben­jamin Dio­kno gave lame ex­cuses in a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view for Pres­i­dent Duterte's flipflops on is­sues by say­ing that the can­di­date dur­ing the cam­paign period is much too dif­fer­ent from the elected pres­i­dent.

Such shame­ful al­i­bis in or­der to shield his boss from pub­lic re­crim­i­na­tions and scru­tiny!

The pres­i­dent prob­a­bly suf­fers from per­son­al­ity dis­or­der. Pre­vi­ously, he had a hard stance against the whole United States for rea­sons known only to him. He was very vo­cal and loud against its top leader and the joint ex­er­cises with the US troops stand to be can­celled, all be­cause he was once de­nied a US visa?

Then, to gain po­lit­i­cal mileage per­haps, he con­fi­dently an­nounced a pen­sion hike for SSS pen­sion­ers only to dilly-dally on his sign­ing a res­o­lu­tion to al­low the in­crease. What gives, Mr. Pres­i­dent, sir?

Con­sider also kamote Martin Andanar of the Pres­i­den­tial Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fice and kenkoy Ernesto Abella, the pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son, whose an­nounce­ments are out­ra­geous, triv­ial and in­con­se­quen­tial. I thought the boast­ful pres­i­dent ap­pointed the best and the bright­est? Is he mak­ing the de­ci­sions by him­self or by the bu­long of these hare-brained char­ac­ters?

If Duterte will rely so much on the weak ad­vice of his equally weak Cabi­net, then he will soon be­come a lame­duck pres­i­dent and lose his cred­i­bil­ity al­to­gether.

Some may re­fute this by say­ing his SWS rat­ings are high. These rat­ings do not re­flect the feel­ings and sen­ti­ments of most Filipinos who are be­gin­ning to see the flaw in the al­ready-flawed char­ac­ter of the chief ex­ec­u­tive.

***** Alas, we have re­peat­edly ex­pe­ri­enced the pit­falls of elect­ing a pres­i­dent who has re­neged on elec­tion pledges.

Pres­i­dent Duterte is no dif­fer­ent from his pre­de­ces­sors. His prom­ises were aplenty, only to fall on the homestretch. He started spew­ing out fire, the crowd loved the spec­ta­cle.

We hope that he continues to be firm and res­o­lute in all his acts and pro­nounce­ments, not only on il­le­gal drugs but also on a slew of acts of na­tional im­port and sig­nif­i­cance. Mean­time, we pray and wait.

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