For Filipinos who gave president-elect Rodrigo Duterte a blank check mandate to rid the country of corrupt public officials, among others, I don’t know if there is anybody who will miss public servants in the senate the likes of Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla who are bowing out from service.
Where Estrada and Revilla are still to this day, which is at the PNP Detention Center in Camp Crame, is more the appropriate place they belong to than in the august chamber of the senate.
Enrile would have been with his cohorts still if not for his age and failing health but, alas, the Supreme Court allowed the granting of bail after his hospital detention pending the trial of the plunder and graft charges against him.
To this day we are continuing to heave a sigh of relief that the same has not been granted to Estrada and Revilla who faces the same plunder and graft charges in the Sandiganbayan (a special court that has jurisdiction criminal and civil cases which involve graft and corrupt practices and other offenses committed by public officers and employees in relation to their office) over the P10-billion pork barrel scam.
I say this because one could just imagine that if Estrada and Revilla were granted bail and with both eying for the presidency or vice presidency, could there have been a Duterte winning, given the propensity of Filipinos voting for the underdog? No doubt that is how both would have brewed themselves to be and their competence as an actor could have heavily swayed voters.
Many may not like Duterte’s uncouth manners and language, but better this kind of a person to lead the country who is fearless, decisive with strong political will and who has the interest of the country and welfare of the people first and foremost than having an incompetent, corrupt person, and an actor to boot, governing the country.
So let us stop being virtuous. We had been victims all these godforsaken years by seemingly honorable politicians in the guise of public servants.
It is not about expletives that come out of the mouth. It is about ones determined action to uplift the lives of the Filipinos under a peaceful, stable and progressive country.
So let us welcome Duterte, warts and all, and wish him luck, while saying good riddance to Enrile, Estrada and Revilla.