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Portrait of a President-Errant

Kelvene Requiroso

Posted on August 18, 2018 21:35

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He would resign if he could not keep his promises and if someone could prove that God exists. Yet, he claimed God assured him a place in heaven for all his victims. That would make him a good character for a tragic-comedy, a special character who harbors an imaginary version of the world, only that 16 million voters elected him president to govern a country of over a hundred million people.

No, he’s not fighting the windmills of La Mancha. He’s fighting the oligarch, the corrupt, the yellows, the Church, the critics, and those involved in the illegal drug trade. Heck, even the stupid God. Except himself.

When he speaks, it is with authority yet without the certainty whether he keeps his words. He projects a strongman image where his commands are a law and whatever he says is true to his followers. To them, he cannot lie even if caught spouting falsehood. And no matter how absurd his utterances have been, they are gospel truths.

He frequently talks about aging and death and complained about the daunting tasks of his office. He said he would resign if he could not keep his campaign promise of ending the following: illegal drug trade, contractualization of labor, corruption in government, and rising criminality.

He threatened resignation if anyone could prove to him God’s existence. Yet, he claimed to have heard God’s voice assuring him that the victims of his extrajudicial killings have a place in heaven, which is an implicit admission of a crime.

Recently, he said he would resign if the son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos won his electoral protest for the vice presidency.

But amid his threats of resignation, he would make a lousy alibi that he could not entrust the country at the hands of the duly elected vice president who is an intelligent, decent and compassionate woman. According to the constitution, Vice President Leni Robredo is the rightful successor to the office of presidency once the sitting president is gone.

He believes the enemies are out to get him, and they’re all yellow, funded by drug lords. But the contrary proves true. His government absolves the cases of big-time drug smugglers. He denied the 6.8 billion-peso worth of crystal meth that slipped the unwatchful eyes of authorities, calling it a “pure speculation," throwing the drug enforcement agency and the police under the bus.

If the sniffing dogs were to be believed, they’re more accurate and reliable with their findings compared to the person who had launched a fake war on drugs that killed over twenty thousand suspected drug peddlers and drug addicts.

One cannot help to speculate the president is quelling competition by creating a crisis, and as a result, an increase in drug price. Those who reap the benefits are his son, friends, and allies.

The extent of graft and corruption in the country has deepened mainly because he freed and restored to power plunderers and grifters, appointed corrupt and incompetent friends in his cabinet, and allowed the flourishing of nepotism in his government.

Displaying an erratic judgment, he would make a good character for a tragic-comedy, a special character who harbors an imaginary version of the world, only that 16 million voters elected him president to govern over a hundred million people.

Mr. Rodrigo Duterte, do you want to resign? Just do it!

Kelvene Requiroso

Posted on August 18, 2018 21:35

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Source: NBC New York

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