The pitfall of a Duterte presidency


Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

It looks like the political vane of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s candidacy for president in 2016 is pointing towards a direction that says it is a go.

It is understandable why he wasn’t able to make it to the Quirino Grandstand where his avid supporters were gathered to plead for him to run for president.

Though Duterte warned his followers ahead of time that he would not be attending the rally, an unforeseen event, however, where three foreigners and a Filipina were kidnapped at the Holiday Ocean View Marina in the Island Garden City of Samal, made his absence all the more understandable.

Considering the kind of man and leader Duterte is, his duty as a local government official to attend to the safety of the hostages had to take precedence over his own personal interest and political ambition.

But Duterte’s message which was reportedly read by the assemblage leader, former AFP chief Hermogenes Esperon, speaks volume of his ambition to join the 2016 presidential race.

“I am asking for a little for more time, so I can do some final soul-searching with myself and my family.”

“And after that little more time, I am going to face the nation again and I will face all of you and I will decide with all my heart and my mind and I promise you, I will never leave you.

“I know you want an alternative to those who now present themselves with their ambition to lead the country. I have repeatedly said that I do not have the ambitions to be your president. Leaders answer not to their self-interest or their personal glory. Leaders respond to duty and moral obligation.”

I really have no problem with that, for the truth is that the country badly needs the caliber of a leader that Duterte is. What Duterte has done in Davao City, I am sure many Filipinos would like to see being replicated in the entire Philippines.

The question, however, is: Can Duterte carry on the work that President Aquino has started which is being recognized and acknowledged by the world community as making a difference in the way the country is growing and developing?

To put it more bluntly: Can Duterte continue advocating Aquino’s ‘tuwid na daan’ or straight path program of governance?

With Duterte’s no nonsense approach in dealing with all forms of criminality complementing the honesty and transparency in stumping corruption in government, what more could the people and the nation ask of a leader?

What will go wrong definitely is once Duterte runs for president, he will start criticizing and belittling the political cornerstone of the Aquino presidency and begin stamping his own political brand of leadership which may be seen by many as detrimental and retrogressive to the country’s development.

What could even be worse is if Duterte, God forbids, chooses the son and namesake of the despot, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., to be his running mate.

Talking about the pitfall of a Duterte presidency.


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