I do not know why a washout and a loser like former senator Francisco “Kit” Tatad still has to open his mouth and say something critical of President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to the Middle East (ME) when nobody anymore gives a damn about what he thinks and says.
If Tatad thinks his being a member of the conservative Catholic group Opus Dei gives him the moral ascendancy to be listened to, he is so fucking wrong.
Tatad who until now, no doubt, has that delusion of grandeur for having served the dictator Marcos and became prominent when he announced the declaration of Martial Law on Sept. 23, 1972, should just write about something else because every time he badmouths Duterte he is taken for an idiot.
Now why would Tatad say that Duterte committed “nothing less than an act of disrespect” by traveling to Muslim countries on official visits during Holy Week?
Why, would that make Duterte less of a Christian and less of a leader if he goes on a state visit at a time when Filipinos observe the traditional Holy Week?
“I cannot imagine any of his hosts—Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud, Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa, or Qatari Emir Tanim bin Hamad al Thani—making a pilgrimage to a non-Islamic place during Ramadan while the Muslim world is doing its month-long religious fast,” Tatad said.
What an absurd and idiotic comparison!
Yes, Duterte may have embarked on a long journey to the ME, specifically to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Bahrain and Qatar, but it is a noble mission for the Philippines and the Filipinos, especially those working and having work-related problems with their employers in these countries.
That Duterte timed his visit during the Holy Week is not being rude and irreverent, but he probably did it to fully make use of his time and be productive in earning goodwill with these countries instead of being idle for the whole week when public offices are closed.
Could Tatad not see it this way?
Tatad’s bashing of Duterte would have been justified had the latter went on a leisure trip, but for a working trip, couldn’t the former Marcos sycophant at least give credit to Duterte’s well-meaning government mission to the ME?
But then again there is not even an iota of comparison between Duterte and Tatad.
Tatad’s noise is simply to satisfy a strong craving of attention for a ‘has been’.
That is all there is to it.