HIS name is a variant of the Germanic ‘Roderick,’ literally “he who is rich in glory.” Pundits say a letter in “glory” must have been dropped that caused him to be called “The Punisher”— sworn nemesis of what reports claim as “alleged drug dealers, petty criminals, and streetchildren.”
The global organization Human Rights Watch claims that most of those terminated with extreme prejudice during the Duterte tenure as Davao chief executive were “young men or youths who had been known in their community for involvement in small-scale drug dealing or petty crimes, such as stealing cell phones, and using drugs… street children (some of whom are youth gang members), and low-income blue-collar workers such as informal car washers, jeepney and tricycle drivers, construction workers, and fishermen.”
Petty crimes, indeed, do not pay, but Duterte groupies and die-hards like lambs led to the slaughter totally believe that their tough-talking candidate for the presidency can usher peace and quiet via an all-out war against crime. In his book, law enforcement is top priority in statecraft, never mind if law enforcers have been tasked to do that.
The court that annulled his first marriage described the better half as a “nominal wife” and noted that Rodrigo’s “penchant to engage in extra-marital affairs persisted throughout their married life.”
A clinical psychologist examined Duterte and found out of his inability to “remain committed to a person or a relationship (that stems from), a gross indifference to others’ needs and feelings, heightened by lack of capacity for remorse and guilt.” Such psychological makeup preps him likely for more of the same—a ruthless tack to go after, uh, “alleged drug dealers, petty criminals, and streetchildren.” Admittedly, graft and corruption does not fit the bill, ‘petty crimes.’
He admitted to having two wives and two girlfriends, and proclaims to all that he is a womanizer—but he doesn’t spend a peso of taxpayer’s money to care for those he keeps in bed company, both gainfully employed, each housed in a P1,500 rented room of a boarding house.
Just when 30 percent of voters polled in a recent Social Weather Stations survey expressed preference for Digong as next numero uno comes this bit of news that casts doubt on the kind of company he keeps—an ex-real–estate broker turned Duterte campaign manager, who had been meted out a 20-year jail term for committing a P3.5-million estafa by Manila RTC Judge Lucia Purugganan in 2014, was collared in La Paz, Iloilo City.
Duterte campaign manager and social media groupie Rovel Desierdo Tomambo was apprehended by a joint team of local police and National Bureau of Investigation operatives.
Tomambo isn’t exactly the kind of bed company that Duterte keeps and a P3.5 million swindle isn’t a petty crime.