Coming straight from the horse’s mouth who has been there and done that, it only confirms what many doubting Thomas are saying about presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte being unable to fulfill his timetable promise to the Filipino people to end criminality in the country within six months of his presidency.
I am referring of course to Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, an active and willing participant of the Marcos martial law years, who has expressed his qualms about Duterte’s crime busting schedule without himself having to declare martial law if only to see his plan succeed.
Enrile strongly believes that the most effective recipe for solving the country’s problem on criminality, specifically those involving corruption and illegal drugs, should include the imposition of martial law, which will call into action the participation of the country’s whole gamut of law enforcement agencies.
Otherwise, it is shooting for the moon, Enrile surmises.
But will Enrile’s skepticism affect the mood of the people who are rooting and will be voting for Duterte as the next president?
That, I doubt very much.
If Duterte ever wins, and I already feel myself leaning towards that direction with my vote, it is because he is perceived to be the only one thinking outside the box and the only one giving hope to the Filipinos that, through him, change in the people’s attitude for the better could happen.
If an unorthodox way of governance is implemented, then so be it, even if it takes a little longer to improve the peace and order of the country.
If it takes an idiosyncratic leader to steer the country going forward and still be able to gain the respect and admiration of the world community for his performance, then it is step that we will never regret having taken.