The un­sink­able Digong Duterte

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Thurs­day last week, Pres­i­dent Rodrigo Roa Duterte turned 74. He was not in­ter­ested in hav­ing a blast on his birthday. He rather go home to his sim­ple res­i­dence in Davao City, put on his socks and un­fold his mos­quito net and travel to dream­land. When he woke up his faired boy, sen­a­to­ri­able Bong Go, brought him a cake. And maybe they sang the happy birthday song and ap­plauded. I can sur­mise that later that day later he may asked his lovely part­ner Honeylet and cu­tie daugh­ter Kitty for a dine out and away from the mad­den­ing crowd. He is en­ti­tled to his pri­vacy, at least even each time he cel­e­brates his birthday.

Digong Duterte is the first lo­cal politi­cian to be elected pres­i­dent com­ing from Min­danao. In his first two years as pres­i­dent ev­ery time he is on ra­dio and de­liv­er­ing a speech I will park my car ev­ery time and I am some­how amused hear­ing him spit­ting ven­omous tirades against his per­ceived en­e­mies, crit­ics and all. Some­times I won­der why his curs­ing elicit ap­plause and laugh­ter from the crowd. Let me be bib­li­cal once in a while. In the gospel of St. Mathew 20:20-28 it says in part,’who­ever wants to be great in your com­mu­nity, let him min­is­ter to the com­mu­nity. And if you want to be the first of all, make your­self the ser­vant of all’.

When the Good Lord speaks we bet­ter lis­ten, for he speaks with for­ti­tude. When Pres­i­dent Duterte speaks, the peo­ple, let­tered and un­let­tered, rich and poor, men or women lis­ten even to­day, though I pre­sume there is a great de­crease in num­ber in his au­di­ence. His throngs only don’t hear him, they be­lieve him. No won­der nine out of ten are ap­par­ently giv­ing their thumbs up and ap­pre­ci­ate his fight against il­le­gal drugs. His cam­paign against cor­rup­tion. Sadly he is not suc­cess­ful in the two fronts. He ad­mit­ted the other day that he can­not and never be suc­cess­ful in elim­i­nat­ing drugs, de­spite dur­ing his cam­paign for the pres­i­dency, he de­clared he will do it in six months. He still has three years, though. Up to now he still didn’t drop his curs­ing. It maybe his frus­tra­tion now.

Our pres­i­dent is still ap­pre­ci­ated be­cause of his anti-cor­rup­tion stance. The cor­rup­tion in our coun­try is per­va­sive more than ever. The con­gress­men are still de­mand­ing SOPs from their PDAF aka pork barrel. How many times we said cor­rup­tion is slowly killing the coun­try. In sev­eral sur­veys con­ducted there are sev­eral is­sues or con­cerns that the peo­ple wish it can be ad­dressed by the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion, like traf­fic, ris­ing prices, con­trac­tu­al­iza­tion, more jobs, po­lit­i­cal dy­nas­ties, etc. etc. And cor­rup­tion still stands out. De­spite the harsh as­sess­ment that his gov­er­nance can­not get a pass­ing mark yet the millions of his fol­low­ers are not hes­i­tant in al­ways giv­ing him a thumbs up.

TID­BITS: The po­lit­i­cal caul­dron is heat­ing up in sev­eral places in Pam­panga. These are the in­ter­est­ing ar­eas to watch: the three cor­nered fight in An­ge­les City be­tween Alex Cau­gi­ran, Pogi Lazatin and Bryan Ne­po­mu­ceno is a good watch. It is anybody’s race... Vilma Caluag was able to catch up with her op­po­nent, in­cum­bent Mayor Ed­win Santiago... in Po­rac it is also a three cor­nered con­test be­tween Dex­ter David, Jing Capil and Mark Lapid. My kin there said David is ahead in the race... The ton­gits’ play­ers in Villa An­gela who are na­tives of Ma­galang are saying that Romy Pec­son is way ahead against in­cum­bent Malou Lac­son... And my bubuwit, to bor­row Deo Ma­calma’s spy is saying that John Sambo maybe clob­bered by the forces of Ron­quillo, Na­guit and Arceo clans in Sto. To­mas. Sambo is hold­ing on with help from Con­gress­man Rimpy Bondoc.

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