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Serve the Country by Resigning as President

Kelvene Requiroso

Posted on September 15, 2018 23:15

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For the sake of the nation, Rodrigo Duterte’s only option is to resign from office as President of the Philippines. The reason is obvious, he is incapable of governing the country.

If his showbiz-like tête-à-tête with the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo were an indication, he should no longer be president. Resignation is the most dignified thing to do.

On Sept. 11, President Rodrigo Duterte was on TV where he was supposed to discuss the issues his government is facing. He appeared visibly tired and audibly weak. His speech a little slurred and his darkened face accentuated by his pallor. Rumors about the state of his health concerned many that they demand his office to release a medical bulletin.

The economy is not in good shape with his economic policies that resulted in ridiculous highs: high inflation rate, higher prices of food and basic commodities, and highest currency depreciation in recent history. Aside from the economy, the country was also bracing for a super typhoon that’s expected to hit land within the week.

But in the show, Duterte and Panelo were like two drunk uncles. Panelo asked and answered his own questions; Duterte went into a rant. He bragged about his meeting with Putin, complained about the rice crisis, taunted the soldiers, and concocted a conspiracy theory. They’re too drunk that Duterte’s thoughts went from here to there only to end up with Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, one of his vocal critics.

Yes, it was a show without substance. He never ceased to blame his critics and political opponents. He said Trillanes, the liberals, and the communists -- they all conspire to undermine and destabilize his government. Everything was all about Trillanes. He was so obsessed with Trillanes that he mentioned his name 20 times throughout the 90-minute program. He defended his revocation of Trillanes’ amnesty granted by former president Benigno S. Aquino III. A former military officer, Trillanes twice staged mutinies against the administration of Gloria Arroyo.

Duterte offered no solution to the economic disaster and food crisis. All he did was tout his phony drug war, blame his critics, and feign an appearance that he’s still in control. He took no account of his mismanagement of the economy and massive cronyism which showed utter incompetence and lack of understanding of the state of the country.

It was piteous to see his inability to string coherent, logical thoughts expected from a president. His family should spare the life of a man who was once respected in his home city of Davao as a no-nonsense leader for decades. National politics has taken a toll on his physical and psychological health. It would be honorable to let him rest and resign from the presidency.

With his resignation, Duterte would do a great service to the country, and it may usher the rise of Sarah Duterte, his daughter, to the national spotlight. This is a political bargain we can afford today than be sorry for the rest of his term as he continues to destroy more lives and wreak havoc on the country’s economy.

Erratum: The earlier version misspelled Trillanes's name and the number of mutinies he staged.

Kelvene Requiroso

Posted on September 15, 2018 23:15

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Source: Al Jazeera

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