I could not agree more at the way the country’s current ambassador to the United Nations, Teddy Locsin, Jr., described Pres. Rodrigo Duterte as a thinking president.
Locsin was quoted to have issued the following statement about Duterte, saying: “Let us make the effort to think as hard as he does. He is old. I sense he is tired. But he is resolved that, while there is breath in him, not just to talk change like past presidents, but make change. And die in the trying.” If we do not take advantage of this man’s leadership, we shall miss our last chance of real change.”
The ever erudite and eloquent Locsin, who penned a moving and much applauded speech delivered by then president Corazon Aquino before a joint session of the United States Congress in September of 1986, seven months after dictator Ferdinand Marcos was deposed and booted out of the country, may be the exact opposite of Duterte, yet in more ways than one both belong to the same pea pod.
It is the similarity of their persona, their attitude towards public service and their patriotism that has brought these two men together, undoubtedly.
In the same manner that I relish Locsin’s journalistic prowess and miss listening his editorial segment titled “Teditorial” for ANC’s nightly newscast, The World Tonight, I won’t mince words that I am also an ardent supporter of President Duterte and his administration.
It is both Duterte and Locsin’s seemingly similar temperament, their knowledge, their strong will and no nonsense approach, and their acerbic language, when needed to be spoken, that make them hold each other in high regard and, importantly, what makes Duterte tick with the Filipino people.
It should not surprise no one, therefore, that Duterte continues to enjoy high satisfaction rating despite his controversial statements being uttered like, “God is stupid”, or that “there are many rape cases in Davao City because of the many beautiful women living there.”
Quite a number of people and some sectors of society may be offended and political opponents may take advantage in lambasting Duterte for their own political expediency, but is being presidential more important than thinking about what is good for the country and its people?
This is what is paramount to every well-meaning president and fortunately Duterte’s dedication and competence cannot be questioned, thus, he continues receiving high satisfaction rating because majority of Filipinos have never given up their trust and confidence that the president could turn around the country for the better during his watch.
Perhaps, Locsin was right when he further said about Duterte that, “If we do not take advantage of this man’s leadership, we shall miss our last chance of real change.”
What dire consequence, indeed!