Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte is showing he doesn’t give a damn if people will vote for him or not. People who run want to court votes. If Duterte doesn’t mind losing votes, then he should quit this early. He doesn’t have to wait for any adverse decision on the petition to disqualify him from running for president.
The former Davao mayor doesn’t care about the votes of human rights advocates. His admission (boast?) that he’s a womanizer doesn’t sit well with those pressing or equal rights for women who aren’t expected to vote for him. Now, he has shown disdain for the Pontiff of the Catholic Church even if majority of Filipinos are Catholics. The people should reciprocate by ignoring his bid on Election Day, assuming that he won’t be disqualified.
People cheer Duterte when he is cursing criminals and vowing to send them to eternal damnation. He strikes a responsive chord in the heart of Filipinos with his diatribes against grafters in government. His push for federalism has drawn the support of the politically and economically weak regions that have languished under the supremacy of “Imperial Manila.”
All of these things will go down the drain with his shameless, remorseless and unprovoked cursing of the Holy Pontiff. He considered his curse a mere joke but this is a bad one not well received by Catholic faithful who love and respect the Pope. If the joke is bad, Duterte made it worse by refusing to acknowledge his mistake and apologize. He’s no better than the present tenant of Malacañang who has never apologized for anything and has never admitted any fault. And he wants to succeed Mr. Aquino?
Duterte cited his five-hour trip to the airport as enough provocation for him to question the morality of the Pope’s mother. He never appreciated the respect and reverence shown to the Pope by the faithful who lined the streets during the Pope’s visit. All Duterte could think of is his own convenience, never the fact that a Papal visit is a rare one, and most anticipated at that. Can we expect all those who felt blessed at the mere sight of the Pope to be politically sympathetic to the unrepentant Duterte?
Duterte said flippantly that “the Pope will forgive him because the Pope is compassionate.” Sure, the Pope is compassionate. Sure, the Pope is humble. Sure, the Pope will forgive him. These, however, doesn’t excuse him from uttering cuss words to a kind-hearted soul who may have served more people more than he.
I agree with Archbishop Oscar Cruz’s characterization of Duterte: “Nakakatakot.”
Who’s the ponente in Poe case?
Who’s the ponente of the majority decision in the case against Sen. Grace Poe filed before the Senate Electoral Tribunal? Four of the five senators who voted to drop the disqualification case against Poe – Vicente Sotto 3rd, Loren Legarda, Bam Aquino and Cynthia Villar — wrote separate concurring opinions. The fifth, Sen. Pia Cayetano, said she had prepared a separate opinion but still has to release it.
Hezel Gacutan, a former Senate secretary asked: “With all five issuing separate concurring opinions, who wrote the majority decision? Was there a ghost sixth senator who did? Or, did the five senators commit the absurdity of signing each of the separate concurring opinions?”
Hezel cited Rule 62 of the SET which states that the chairman should assign a member of the majority to write the decision. He wondered if anybody was assigned to do so and why all five in the majority wrote separate concurring opinions. Of course, this could be a mere procedural flaw and wouldn’t change the vote of the majority, although the absence of a ponente further weakens the stand of the majority.
Paging Toots Ople
This issue is right in the alley of Toots Ople, a senatorial aspirant and champion of workers like her father, the late Sen. Blas Ople. This concerns the maltreatment of an OFW, who happens to be from my hometown, Lupao, Nueva Ecija.
My nephew Jun Escarrilla, now of Illinois forwarded to me a message from one Naijlez Azenadro who said Renalyn Tominez, from Lupao, surreptitiously gave her a piece of paper while they were at the Corniche Beach in Alkhobar, Saudi Arabia.
Tominez wrote in the paper that she was mauled by a sibling of her “madam” and that her cellphone was taken away from her. She sought help, and Azenandro responded by using social media with her note and picture that Azenandro took from her FB account. Jun Escarrilla learned of Tominez’s plight thru Azenandro’s message.
Tominez said her recruiter was from San Jose City, Nueva Ecija, and her employment agency was MSL. It seems she left the Philippines for Saudi only last Oct. 31, 2015.