Abueva: Duterte presidency will open door to amend Consti for federalism

MAKATI CITY (MindaNews/24 April) – A Duterte Presidency will open the door for the amendment of the 1987 Constitution to allow for the shift from the present unitary, Presidential form of government to a federal form of government, Dr. Jose Abueva, former President of the University of the Philippines said.

Abueva ,who served as Chairman of the Consultative Commission that was tasked in 2005 by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to propose the necessary revisions to the 1987 Constitution, also welcomed Duterte’s idea to push for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and make the new Bangsamoro political entity a template for federalism.

GO FEDERAL. Dr. Jose Abueva , former President of the University of the Philippines, talks about changing the system of government from Presidential to Federal during the forum on the State of Autonomy and Decentralization in the Philippines held at Dusit Hotel, Makati city on April 22. MindaNews photo by FERDINANDH B. CABRERA
GO FEDERAL. Dr. Jose Abueva , former President of the University of the Philippines, talks about changing the system of government from Presidential to Federal during the forum on the State of Autonomy and Decentralization in the Philippines held at Dusit Hotel, Makati city on April 22. MindaNews photo by FERDINANDH B. CABRERA

“It’s one big step, it’s a good start. Let’s try this Bangsamoro region, let’s see how they will demonstrate to the advantage of the people and improve the living standards and this will a template also to other Bangsa, the Bangs Iloco, Bangsa Bicol and others, he told participants to the forum, “State of Autonomy and Decentralization” on Friday.

Presidential frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte, mayor of Davao City and the lone Mindanawon candidate espousing a shift to federalism, had vowed during his February 27 visit to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao and during his rally in Cotabato City on the same day that he would push for the passage of the BBL and make it a model for the rest to follow, as he acknowledged shifting to federalism will take a longer time because it requires amending the Constitution.

The government and MILF had signed the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) in March 2014, after 17 years of peace negotiations. The passage of the BBL will pave the way for the establishment of the Bangsamoro political entity that would replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Abueva said the ARMM is not a real autonomous region because it is still controlled by Malacanang.

The forum aimed to revisit and review past and present opportunities for the federal cause as well as its weaknesses, to provide the next President insights on the issue.

Abueva said the present system of government is “obsolete, a failure and dysfunctional of the quest for genuine governance.”

He said incumbent leaders are deeply engaged in transactional politics, their interests based on their power and ability to give protection and favors.

He said there are no more political parties based on platforms and that what we have now are “just association of politicians that changes members every time there is a new elected President.”

“Bulok na ang sistema noon, bulok pa din ngayon (The system was rotten before, it is still rotten now), Abueva said, adding there is a need for drastic change to fit the present needs of governing the society.

Abueva said his group, the Citizens Movement for Federal Philippines, has long been studying the 1987 constitution and has comprehensive set of ideas of revising the political system.

Lawyer Benedicto Bacani, executive director of the Institute of Autonomy and Governance said the timing of the forum is special as the country is about to elect new set of officials.

“The issue is worth discussing to revisit and review for Charter Change, an important coherent drive to regional autonomy,” he said.

The gathering was attended by selected constitutionalists, academe, lawyers, civil society representatives, indigenous leaders, diplomats and local elected officials in ARMM and Cordillera regions supported and organized by the Institute of Autonomy and Governance and Konrad Adenaur Stiftung. (Ferdinandh B. Cabrera / MindaNews)

 

  • alexander lean daloga-og

    DUTERTE SOARS EVEN HIGHER & STRONGER THAN THE VIRAL STORM!

    AMID PUBLIC outrage over a viral video, university-based political analysts STILL consider Mayor Duterte’s PHENOMENAL surge as STRONG. In fact, his poll ratings are spiking higher as the electoral momentum is CLEARLY skewed in his favor.

    SCIENTIFIC surveys suggest that he commands the most ‘UPVOTES’ since the start of the campaign. Unlike his closest opponents, Mayor Duterte nets a positive average growth rate of 2% or roughly 810,000 popular votes a week.

    NOT one of the credible poll analysts could ever contradict the STEADY movement of his numbers as opposed to the DECLINING survey performances of Pres. BS Aquino’s shadow candidate, Sen. Grace Poe, and his SPURNED standard bearer Mar Roxas. Both are slumped together in the electoral plateau at negative .02% apiece. Simply put, each of them is LOSING at least 81,000 popular votes for each survey week.

    AS to Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, she still DAWDLES at the foothill with a negative .04% while VP Jejomar Binay seems to waltz up and down STILL trying to figure out how he ended up at the tail end of the race. Among the candidates thus far, he is the BIGGEST loser at negative .08% a week or 2.26 million votes a couple of weeks into the homestretch.

    GIVEN all these, can Mayor Duterte overcome the viral challenge? UP political science professor Aries Arugay believes that Mayor Duterte can very well maintain his insurmountable lead. On the other hand, UST political science professor Edmund Tayao thinks that the voters’ sentiments could go either way. For his part, DLSU assistant political science professor senses a relapse among the mayor’s soft voters in favor of Sen. Poe. But then, as another DLSU professor Julio Tehankee says, the leading candidate WILL WIN if he survives the backlash of the controversial gaffe.

    DESPITE the nuanced predictions on the possibility of a fall-out over the inappropriate remark, I couldn’t help BUT affirm the State University professor Arugay’s view on the issue. For one, ultra-conservatism, as exemplified by the Catholic Church hierarchy, does NOT have a credible command vote UNLIKE the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC). It cannot impose its choice to the flock. The Catholic bishops have done it before to no avail. Their anointed bet, JC delos Reyes (Ang Kapatiran Party), lost to the eventual winner Pres. Aquino whom they even branded as “anti-life”. The bishops’ candidate only got around LESS than 1% of the total voters’ turn-out.

    EVEN if the more progressive GABRIELA preferential votes are padded up to the ultra-conservative Catholic votes, they can ONLY generate around 2.12% or approximately 858,600 popular votes WHICH still fall short of the consolidated WEEKLY conversions of Mayor Duterte in his resurgent bailiwicks of Metro Manila, Mindanao and the Vizayas of approximately 899,000 votes or practically 2.21% of the estimated voters’ turn-out of 75%.

    ESSENTIALLY, Mayor Duterte can still take a wider swath of AT LEAST 1.9% in the next round of ABS-CBN and PULSE Asia survey. Just yesterday, the SWS survey conducted AFTER the verbal lapse came up with a quite TELLING result with Mayor Duterte all the MORE increasing his poll standing by 6%, thus effectively PROVING his patent INVINCIBILITY over any other peripheral issues being thrown his way.

    SO yet again, will the feisty mayor be able to RIDE OUT the viral storm? Yes, DEFINITELY, notwithstanding the ultra-conservative attacks against his person and what he stands for politically. What is CLEAR to every well-meaning Filipino voters now is that ALL electoral classes are CROSSING partisan lines just to give Mayor Duterte a FIGHTING CHANCE, if not a WELL-DESERVED victory, in the polls!

  • alexander lean daloga-og

    DUTERTE SOARS EVEN HIGHER and STRONGER THAN THE VIRAL STORM!

    AMID PUBLIC outrage over a viral video, university-based political analysts STILL consider Mayor Duterte’s PHENOMENAL surge as STRONG. In fact, his poll ratings are spiking higher as the electoral momentum is CLEARLY skewed in his favor.

    SCIENTIFIC surveys suggest that he commands the most ‘UPVOTES’ since the start of the campaign. Unlike his closest opponents, Mayor Duterte nets a positive average growth rate of 2% or roughly 810,000 popular votes a week.

    NOT one of the credible poll analysts could ever contradict the STEADY movement of his numbers as opposed to the DECLINING survey performances of Pres. BS Aquino’s shadow candidate, Sen. Grace Poe, and his SPURNED standard bearer Mar Roxas. Both are slumped together in the electoral plateau at negative .02% apiece. Simply put, each of them is LOSING at least 81,000 popular votes for each survey week.

    AS to Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, she still DAWDLES at the foothill with a negative .04% while VP Jejomar Binay seems to waltz up and down STILL trying to figure out how he ended up at the tail end of the race. Among the candidates thus far, he is the BIGGEST loser at negative .08% a week or 2.26 million votes a couple of weeks into the homestretch.

    GIVEN all these, can Mayor Duterte overcome the viral challenge? UP political science professor Aries Arugay believes that Mayor Duterte can very well maintain his insurmountable lead. On the other hand, UST political science professor Edmund Tayao thinks that the voters’ sentiments could go either way. For his part, DLSU assistant political science professor senses a relapse among the mayor’s soft voters in favor of Sen. Poe. But then, as another DLSU professor Julio Tehankee says, the leading candidate WILL WIN if he survives the backlash of the controversial gaffe.

    DESPITE the nuanced predictions on the possibility of a fall-out over the inappropriate remark, I couldn’t help BUT affirm the State University professor Arugay’s view on the issue. For one, ultra-conservatism, as exemplified by the Catholic Church hierarchy, does NOT have a credible command vote UNLIKE the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC). It cannot impose its choice to the flock. The Catholic bishops have done it before to no avail. Their anointed bet, JC delos Reyes (Ang Kapatiran Party), lost to the eventual winner Pres. Aquino whom they even branded as “anti-life”. The bishops’ candidate only got around LESS than 1% of the total voters’ turn-out.

    EVEN if the more progressive GABRIELA preferential votes are padded up to the ultra-conservative Catholic votes, they can ONLY generate around 2.12% or approximately 858,600 popular votes WHICH still fall short of the consolidated WEEKLY conversions of Mayor Duterte in his resurgent bailiwicks of Metro Manila, Mindanao and the Vizayas of approximately 899,000 votes or practically 2.21% of the estimated voters’ turn-out of 75%.

    ESSENTIALLY, Mayor Duterte can still take a wider swath of AT LEAST 1.9% in the next round of ABS-CBN and PULSE Asia survey. Just yesterday, the SWS survey conducted AFTER the verbal lapse came up with a quite TELLING result with Mayor Duterte all the MORE increasing his poll standing by 6%, thus effectively PROVING his patent INVINCIBILITY over any other peripheral issues being thrown his way.

    SO yet again, will the feisty mayor be able to RIDE OUT the viral storm? Yes, DEFINITELY, notwithstanding the ultra-conservative attacks against his person and what he stands for politically. What is CLEAR to every well-meaning Filipino voters now is that ALL electoral classes are CROSSING partisan lines just to give Mayor Duterte a FIGHTING CHANCE, if not a WELL-DESERVED victory, in the polls!

  • alexander lean daloga-og

    DUTERTE SOARS EVEN HIGHER & STRONGER THAN THE VIRAL STORM!

    AMID PUBLIC outrage over a viral video, university-based political analysts STILL consider Mayor Duterte’s PHENOMENAL surge as STRONG. In fact, his poll ratings are spiking higher as the electoral momentum is CLEARLY skewed in his favor.

    SCIENTIFIC surveys suggest that he commands the most ‘UPVOTES’ since the start of the campaign. Unlike his closest opponents, Mayor Duterte nets a positive average growth rate of 2% or roughly 810,000 popular votes a week.

    NOT one of the credible poll analysts could ever contradict the STEADY movement of his numbers as opposed to the DECLINING survey performances of Pres. BS Aquino’s shadow candidate, Sen. Grace Poe, and his SPURNED standard bearer Mar Roxas. Both are slumped together in the electoral plateau at negative .02% apiece. Simply put, each of them is LOSING at least 81,000 popular votes for each survey week.

    AS to Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, she still DAWDLES at the foothill with a negative .04% while VP Jejomar Binay seems to waltz up and down STILL trying to figure out how he ended up at the tail end of the race. Among the candidates thus far, he is the BIGGEST loser at negative .08% a week or 2.26 million votes a couple of weeks into the homestretch.

    GIVEN all these, can Mayor Duterte overcome the viral challenge? UP political science professor Aries Arugay believes that Mayor Duterte can very well maintain his insurmountable lead. On the other hand, UST political science professor Edmund Tayao thinks that the voters’ sentiments could go either way. For his part, DLSU assistant political science professor senses a relapse among the mayor’s soft voters in favor of Sen. Poe. But then, as another DLSU professor Julio Tehankee says, the leading candidate WILL WIN if he survives the backlash of the controversial gaffe.

    DESPITE the nuanced predictions on the possibility of a fall-out over the inappropriate remark, I couldn’t help BUT affirm the State University professor Arugay’s view on the issue. For one, ultra-conservatism, as exemplified by the Catholic Church hierarchy, does NOT have a credible command vote UNLIKE the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC). It cannot impose its choice to the flock. The Catholic bishops have done it before to no avail. Their anointed bet, JC delos Reyes (Ang Kapatiran Party), lost to the eventual winner Pres. Aquino whom they even branded as “anti-life”. The bishops’ candidate only got around LESS than 1% of the total voters’ turn-out.

    EVEN if the more progressive GABRIELA preferential votes are padded up to the ultra-conservative Catholic votes, they can ONLY generate around 2.12% or approximately 858,600 popular votes WHICH still fall short of the consolidated WEEKLY conversions of Mayor Duterte in his resurgent bailiwicks of Metro Manila, Mindanao and the Vizayas of approximately 899,000 votes or practically 2.21% of the estimated voters’ turn-out of 75%.

    ESSENTIALLY, Mayor Duterte can still take a wider swath of AT LEAST 1.9% in the next round of ABS-CBN and PULSE Asia survey. Just yesterday, the SWS survey conducted AFTER the verbal lapse came up with a quite TELLING result with Mayor Duterte all the MORE increasing his poll standing by 6%, thus effectively PROVING his patent INVINCIBILITY over any other peripheral issues being thrown his way.

    SO yet again, will the feisty mayor be able to RIDE OUT the viral storm? Yes, DEFINITELY, notwithstanding the ultra-conservative attacks against his person and what he stands for politically. What is CLEAR to every well-meaning Filipino voters now is that ALL electoral classes are CROSSING partisan lines just to give Mayor Duterte a FIGHTING CHANCE, if not a WELL-DESERVED victory, in the polls!

  • alexander lean daloga-og

    DUTERTE SOARS EVEN HIGHER and STRONGER THAN THE VIRAL STORM!

    AMID PUBLIC outrage over a viral video, university-based political analysts STILL consider Mayor Duterte’s PHENOMENAL surge as STRONG. In fact, his poll ratings are spiking higher as the electoral momentum is CLEARLY skewed in his favor.

    SCIENTIFIC surveys suggest that he commands the most ‘UPVOTES’ since the start of the campaign. Unlike his closest opponents, Mayor Duterte nets a positive average growth rate of 2% or roughly 810,000 popular votes a week.

    NOT one of the credible poll analysts could ever contradict the STEADY movement of his numbers as opposed to the DECLINING survey performances of Pres. BS Aquino’s shadow candidate, Sen. Grace Poe, and his SPURNED standard bearer Mar Roxas. Both are slumped together in the electoral plateau at negative .02% apiece. Simply put, each of them is LOSING at least 81,000 popular votes for each survey week.

    AS to Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, she still DAWDLES at the foothill with a negative .04% while VP Jejomar Binay seems to waltz up and down STILL trying to figure out how he ended up at the tail end of the race. Among the candidates thus far, he is the BIGGEST loser at negative .08% a week or 2.26 million votes a couple of weeks into the homestretch.

    GIVEN all these, can Mayor Duterte overcome the viral challenge? UP political science professor Aries Arugay believes that Mayor Duterte can very well maintain his insurmountable lead. On the other hand, UST political science professor Edmund Tayao thinks that the voters’ sentiments could go either way. For his part, DLSU assistant political science professor senses a relapse among the mayor’s soft voters in favor of Sen. Poe. But then, as another DLSU professor Julio Tehankee says, the leading candidate WILL WIN if he survives the backlash of the controversial gaffe.

    DESPITE the nuanced predictions on the possibility of a fall-out over the inappropriate remark, I couldn’t help BUT affirm the State University professor Arugay’s view on the issue. For one, ultra-conservatism, as exemplified by the Catholic Church hierarchy, does NOT have a credible command vote UNLIKE the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC). It cannot impose its choice to the flock. The Catholic bishops have done it before to no avail. Their anointed bet, JC delos Reyes (Ang Kapatiran Party), lost to the eventual winner Pres. Aquino whom they even branded as “anti-life”. The bishops’ candidate only got around LESS than 1% of the total voters’ turn-out.

    EVEN if the more progressive GABRIELA preferential votes are padded up to the ultra-conservative Catholic votes, they can ONLY generate around 2.12% or approximately 858,600 popular votes WHICH still fall short of the consolidated WEEKLY conversions of Mayor Duterte in his resurgent bailiwicks of Metro Manila, Mindanao and the Vizayas of approximately 899,000 votes or practically 2.21% of the estimated voters’ turn-out of 75%.

    ESSENTIALLY, Mayor Duterte can still take a wider swath of AT LEAST 1.9% in the next round of ABS-CBN and PULSE Asia survey. Just yesterday, the SWS survey conducted AFTER the verbal lapse came up with a quite TELLING result with Mayor Duterte all the MORE increasing his poll standing by 6%, thus effectively PROVING his patent INVINCIBILITY over any other peripheral issues being thrown his way.

    SO yet again, will the feisty mayor be able to RIDE OUT the viral storm? Yes, DEFINITELY, notwithstanding the ultra-conservative attacks against his person and what he stands for politically. What is CLEAR to every well-meaning Filipino voters now is that ALL electoral classes are CROSSING partisan lines just to give Mayor Duterte a FIGHTING CHANCE, if not a WELL-DESERVED victory, in the polls!

  • alexander lean daloga-og

    DUTERTE SOARS EVEN HIGHER & STRONGER THAN THE VIRAL STORM!

    AMID PUBLIC outrage over a viral video, university-based political analysts STILL consider Mayor Duterte’s PHENOMENAL surge as STRONG. In fact, his poll ratings are spiking higher as the electoral momentum is CLEARLY skewed in his favor.

    SCIENTIFIC surveys suggest that he commands the most ‘UPVOTES’ since the start of the campaign. Unlike his closest opponents, Mayor Duterte nets a positive average growth rate of 2% or roughly 810,000 popular votes a week.

    NOT one of the credible poll analysts could ever contradict the STEADY movement of his numbers as opposed to the DECLINING survey performances of Pres. BS Aquino’s shadow candidate, Sen. Grace Poe, and his SPURNED standard bearer Mar Roxas. Both are slumped together in the electoral plateau at negative .02% apiece. Simply put, each of them is LOSING at least 81,000 popular votes for each survey week.

    AS to Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, she still DAWDLES at the foothill with a negative .04% while VP Jejomar Binay seems to waltz up and down STILL trying to figure out how he ended up at the tail end of the race. Among the candidates thus far, he is the BIGGEST loser at negative .08% a week or 2.26 million votes a couple of weeks into the homestretch.

    GIVEN all these, can Mayor Duterte overcome the viral challenge? UP political science professor Aries Arugay believes that Mayor Duterte can very well maintain his insurmountable lead. On the other hand, UST political science professor Edmund Tayao thinks that the voters’ sentiments could go either way. For his part, DLSU assistant political science professor senses a relapse among the mayor’s soft voters in favor of Sen. Poe. But then, as another DLSU professor Julio Tehankee says, the leading candidate WILL WIN if he survives the backlash of the controversial gaffe.

    DESPITE the nuanced predictions on the possibility of a fall-out over the inappropriate remark, I couldn’t help BUT affirm the State University professor Arugay’s view on the issue. For one, ultra-conservatism, as exemplified by the Catholic Church hierarchy, does NOT have a credible command vote UNLIKE the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC). It cannot impose its choice to the flock. The Catholic bishops have done it before to no avail. Their anointed bet, JC delos Reyes (Ang Kapatiran Party), lost to the eventual winner Pres. Aquino whom they even branded as “anti-life”. The bishops’ candidate only got around LESS than 1% of the total voters’ turn-out.

    EVEN if the more progressive GABRIELA preferential votes are padded up to the ultra-conservative Catholic votes, they can ONLY generate around 2.12% or approximately 858,600 popular votes WHICH still fall short of the consolidated WEEKLY conversions of Mayor Duterte in his resurgent bailiwicks of Metro Manila, Mindanao and the Vizayas of approximately 899,000 votes or practically 2.21% of the estimated voters’ turn-out of 75%.

    ESSENTIALLY, Mayor Duterte can still take a wider swath of AT LEAST 1.9% in the next round of ABS-CBN and PULSE Asia survey. Just yesterday, the SWS survey conducted AFTER the verbal lapse came up with a quite TELLING result with Mayor Duterte all the MORE increasing his poll standing by 6%, thus effectively PROVING his patent INVINCIBILITY over any other peripheral issues being thrown his way.

    SO yet again, will the feisty mayor be able to RIDE OUT the viral storm? Yes, DEFINITELY, notwithstanding the ultra-conservative attacks against his person and what he stands for politically. What is CLEAR to every well-meaning Filipino voters now is that ALL electoral classes are CROSSING partisan lines just to give Mayor Duterte a FIGHTING CHANCE, if not a WELL-DESERVED victory, in the polls!

  • alexander lean daloga-og

    DUTERTE SOARS EVEN HIGHER and STRONGER THAN THE VIRAL STORM!

    AMID PUBLIC outrage over a viral video, university-based political analysts STILL consider Mayor Duterte’s PHENOMENAL surge as STRONG. In fact, his poll ratings are spiking higher as the electoral momentum is CLEARLY skewed in his favor.

    SCIENTIFIC surveys suggest that he commands the most ‘UPVOTES’ since the start of the campaign. Unlike his closest opponents, Mayor Duterte nets a positive average growth rate of 2% or roughly 810,000 popular votes a week.

    NOT one of the credible poll analysts could ever contradict the STEADY movement of his numbers as opposed to the DECLINING survey performances of Pres. BS Aquino’s shadow candidate, Sen. Grace Poe, and his SPURNED standard bearer Mar Roxas. Both are slumped together in the electoral plateau at negative .02% apiece. Simply put, each of them is LOSING at least 81,000 popular votes for each survey week.

    AS to Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, she still DAWDLES at the foothill with a negative .04% while VP Jejomar Binay seems to waltz up and down STILL trying to figure out how he ended up at the tail end of the race. Among the candidates thus far, he is the BIGGEST loser at negative .08% a week or 2.26 million votes a couple of weeks into the homestretch.

    GIVEN all these, can Mayor Duterte overcome the viral challenge? UP political science professor Aries Arugay believes that Mayor Duterte can very well maintain his insurmountable lead. On the other hand, UST political science professor Edmund Tayao thinks that the voters’ sentiments could go either way. For his part, DLSU assistant political science professor senses a relapse among the mayor’s soft voters in favor of Sen. Poe. But then, as another DLSU professor Julio Tehankee says, the leading candidate WILL WIN if he survives the backlash of the controversial gaffe.

    DESPITE the nuanced predictions on the possibility of a fall-out over the inappropriate remark, I couldn’t help BUT affirm the State University professor Arugay’s view on the issue. For one, ultra-conservatism, as exemplified by the Catholic Church hierarchy, does NOT have a credible command vote UNLIKE the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC). It cannot impose its choice to the flock. The Catholic bishops have done it before to no avail. Their anointed bet, JC delos Reyes (Ang Kapatiran Party), lost to the eventual winner Pres. Aquino whom they even branded as “anti-life”. The bishops’ candidate only got around LESS than 1% of the total voters’ turn-out.

    EVEN if the more progressive GABRIELA preferential votes are padded up to the ultra-conservative Catholic votes, they can ONLY generate around 2.12% or approximately 858,600 popular votes WHICH still fall short of the consolidated WEEKLY conversions of Mayor Duterte in his resurgent bailiwicks of Metro Manila, Mindanao and the Vizayas of approximately 899,000 votes or practically 2.21% of the estimated voters’ turn-out of 75%.

    ESSENTIALLY, Mayor Duterte can still take a wider swath of AT LEAST 1.9% in the next round of ABS-CBN and PULSE Asia survey. Just yesterday, the SWS survey conducted AFTER the verbal lapse came up with a quite TELLING result with Mayor Duterte all the MORE increasing his poll standing by 6%, thus effectively PROVING his patent INVINCIBILITY over any other peripheral issues being thrown his way.

    SO yet again, will the feisty mayor be able to RIDE OUT the viral storm? Yes, DEFINITELY, notwithstanding the ultra-conservative attacks against his person and what he stands for politically. What is CLEAR to every well-meaning Filipino voters now is that ALL electoral classes are CROSSING partisan lines just to give Mayor Duterte a FIGHTING CHANCE, if not a WELL-DESERVED victory, in the polls!

  • Thelma Dayson

    In other countries, any coach/manager/leader of even the roughest sports organizations is given tantamount consequence (warning, fine or termination) for uttering a statement (even just once) even half as repulsive as Mr Duterte’s repertoire of profanities in public. The organization usually issues a statement “His/Her comments do not reflect what we stand for as an organization.”, followed by a tangible punishment.

    Why are many Filipinos suddenly willing to lose some of their humanity (and by such examples maybe the humanity of the young generations as well) to vehemently prop up Mr Duterte? Are all his promises which are supposedly guaranteed judging by his performance in Davao, worth each of his supporters’ soul?

    What happens if he fails at this level of game where it is a lot more difficult and complicated, a different and a lot wider terrain to navigate, highly energised and very fast paced? In any game or competition, a perceived success in level 3 or 4 does not guarantee success in level 10. All the stresses of running the country are more likely to make Mr Duterte’s lack of humanity even more horrendous.

    If Mr Duterte fails, will he blame the people who voted for him and curse them to his heart’s content- in public of course- where he is in his most glorious? After all, he might say, “You knew me through and through and/yet you happily chose me.”

    In most countries there are more poor than well off people. But most of the poor ones will not surrender their humanity to grandiose promises and ill-conceived means to an end. We might still be a poor country, (although compared to previous decades, a lot has already been achieved nationally) but must we now also be poor in manners, ethics and values- fundamental principles which are the basic foundations of every civilised society that has endured and prospered? And if we all got materially well off through Mr Duterte’s dogmatic style, can we deeply and honestly savour it with a clear conscience?

    Filipinos might soon become infamous as the first civilized, religious and well-educated society that willingly and wholeheartedly (eyes and ears wide open) embraced an openly foul-mouthed, promiscuous and what not as their top leader towards their quest for a decent, better life.

    • adrian

      Its been a long time ago since we Filipinos lost our humanity because of the corrupt government system and leaders that we have. We are sick and tired of this traditional politicians who only serve their vested personal interest and the interest of the oligarchs. Since then our government was not a government for the many people but to the few elite people. Its time that we elect a leader who are among us and understands us the sick Filipino people of this country. We are not rooting for Duterte to further loose our humanity but to reclaim it and regain the lost glory of the Filipino people! This is what we believe and this is what we are fighting for. We have everything to gain in this fight and nothing more to loose. I respect your opinion but respect also our opinion and don’t dare to destroy and question the integrity and capability of the person we are believing for.

    • Kibo Padno

      Filipinos in this modern age of information have opened wide their eyes and ears to consciousness in the political affairs of our country. It’s about time to end corruption in the government. It’s about time to treat criminals the way they are suppose to treated. It’s about time to free our society from the dangers of drug use. It’s about time to embrace real change for the love of our country.

    • Alta Monique

      You asked why? Bec he cursed at those who bullies, who lies, who tramples at others peoples rights..thats why at some point it becomes acceptable. Kindness begets kindness, so to speak.

    • mae berns

      I doubt if there is still decency in this world,as what your talking right now is full of hypocrisy and full of intimidation among the Filipino people.we had tried a lot of prim and proper leaders but what happen to us we are dragged to the worst scenario you can’t think of. You care most about Duterte’s foul mouth but then you neglect to care how corrupt and pretentious those other candidates. If you don’t want this country to prosper and to change I guess there is something wrong with you. If your just contented of what our present situation its your choice but majority of the people wanted a real freedom where there is equality, peace and order and progress. I’m totally convince that Duterte is the right man for the job because he has an effective and proven track record that other candidate don’t have.
      I hate people when they comment passive things because it kills the intention to be united and will cause disillusionment to other readers. Can you please stop being a idiot if you care for this country!
      By the way Duterte never said that this is a one man show or he will do it alone, that’s why he advocated FEDERALISM to segregate the powers from national level to local level. so if ever he failed there’s a lot of leaders to point fingers at.
      For me its not civilized also to stabbed other peoples back just to get some sum of money just like what you are doing which seems obvious.

    • Rey Saludes

      Kung ganito tayo mg-isip, wala talagang mangyayari sa atin. Kung ang mga wright brothers ganito mg-isip, walang eroplano ngayon.

  • Armando D. How

    A lot of bashes will come in to this thread again. Their ambiguous imaginations will flow like it already had happened. They are like clowns carrying intrigues as their tools making us laugh in the inside and out. Amendments to the 1986 constitution is a must to change our course to the better than to the worst. Duterte has originality in all his demeanors. His peculiar behavior is part of a true Filipino culture. The west should adjust just like we Filipinos adjust to their ways. Donald Trump must have observed Duterte’s ways and copied it. It is this season that the west should copycat Filipino ways of doing things. Lol!!!! We should be proud instead and adopt a positive perspective on this matter.

    • Ross

      Where’s the basher?

      • Armando D. How

        My statement made them disappear. Lol!!!

        • Ross

          just little paranoid huh? :-) tsk tsk…