Do you hate President Duterte? Time to get real

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Ricardo Saludo

Ricardo Saludo

Last of two parts
The first part of this column, published Tuesday, pointed out two realities that haters of President Rodrigo Duterte’s cussing and confusing talk might bear in mind.

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First, he’s not going to change his colorful language, not with the masa cheering or accepting it, and certainly not for the elite he accuses of oligarchy and oppression.

Second, President Duterte’s confusing pronouncements reflect sweeping changes he is driving on several fronts, from foreign, security, and law enforcement policies, to mining, labor, and transport. So instead of gasping at each headline-grabbing line, focus on what concrete government actions actually emerge from presidential soundbites.

Well, that brings this discussion to actual on-the-ground actions by the administration, which many find disturbing, if not appalling:

Extrajudicial killings, the so-called pivot to China in foreign affairs (to be covered next week), and most recently, the Marcos burial and the supposed plot to oust Vice-President Leni Robredo and replace her with Bongbong Marcos.

Robredo and Marcos reality checks
Ladies first. People who believe VP Robredo’s claim that the Duterte camp aims to strip her of her post would do well to look beyond her good looks and wholesome image, as well as the Marcos family’s unsavory past, and think through what she and her camp are actually alleging.

Reality check: As lawyers like Robredo herself know, only two entities can remove her as VP — the Supreme Court, deciding Bongbong Marcos’s election protest as the presidential electoral tribunal, and Congress by impeachment.

There’s no whiff of any impeachable offense against Robredo, so her claimed ouster plot must be Marcos’s PET case. So is Robredo saying the high court would conspire with Duterte and Marcos to unfairly uphold her rival’s protest? If so, she should PETition suspect justices to recuse themselves — assuming she has solid ground for suspicions.

Absent such basis, VP Robredo should not cast baseless aspersions against the very tribunal she wishes to show fairness. After all, the Supreme Court had shown itself quite capable of resisting presidential and congressional pressure when it unanimously declared both pork barrel and the disbursement acceleration program unconstitutional.

And those getting all worked up over the purported plot against Robredo should exercise more brain cells and critically assess whether the accusation has any factual legs — or is just a ploy to ignite public anger should the PET find evidence to declare marcos the true winner of the vice-presidential race.

The same critical thinking is needed in the controversy over the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr., Bongbong’s father and namesake, in the Libingan ng mga Bayani (cemetery of heroes). Here’s a short reality check:

In 1989, three years after people power ousted him, Marcos Sr. died in Hawaii. Then-president Corazon Aquino barred his remains from the Philippines.

Her successor Fidel Ramos allowed the body to be flown direct to Marcos’s home province of Ilocos Norte. But he and later presidents until Benigno Aquino 3rd did not allow interment in Libingan.

Still, no administration passed a law barring such burial, unlike post-war Germany’s legislation prohibiting monuments or other honors to world War II leader Adolf Hitler. And in 2011, then-commander-in-chief Aquino didn’t even object when the military added Marcos to its list of combat heroes.

This year, President Duterte gave permission for a soldier’s burial in the Libingan, and the High Court allowed it, since no law forbade it.

Now, Duterte opponents want protests over the Marcos burial and the claimed oust-Robredo plot. Go figure.

The one-sided killings controversy
Perhaps the biggest reality uncheck is in the controversy over thousands of suspect killings in Duterte’s anti-drug war. While media and critics constantly update the body count, hardly anyone cares to know and tell the crime and narcotics numbers underpinning the battle against lawlessness.

Probably alone among media, this column has repeatedly cited crime data from the Philippine Statistics Authority’s Philippines in Figures yearbooks. They show the magnitude and gravity of lawlessness, and explain why most Filipinos agree with President Duterte that drastic measures are warranted.

During the Aquino years, crime tripled: from 324,083 incidents in 2010 to more than 1 million a year since 2013. Murders and rapes soared to nearly 10,000 a year each; robberies topped 60,000; and every year saw more than 200,000 physical injury cases.

This unprecedented escalation could only have happened because of syndicates, not random criminals. Abetting this organized lawlessness was rampant smuggling — also tripled from $7.9 billion in 2009 to $26.6 billion in 2014, based on International Monetary Fund data. Guns, narcotics and drug labs gushed in.

And the criminal justice system was woefully compromised, with drug trafficking done and run even in the national penitentiary. Plainly, if narcotics were rampant in prisons under police control, it could flourish anywhere.

Bottom line: should the Duterte administration do as predecessors have done and fight crime gangs and their narco-state protectors with bloodless due process, probably eliciting much laughter from the hoods?

Or should it mount a full-scale war to prevent thousands of murders and rapes, and tens of thousands of robberies, assaults, and addictions; and to prod countless drug users and pushers — more than 800,000 by the latest count — to surrender and reform?

For Duterte critics, many living in gated, guarded subdivisions and rarely walking crime-infested streets, he should stop the suspect killings, even if crime and drugs don’t drop so fast.

But as surveys show, the great majority of Filipinos, facing lawlessness on the streets and in homes and work places, support his brutal campaign.

Where do you stand?

Yes, President Duterte violates common norms of decent behavior, established standards of presidential decorum, and strict parameters of the rule of law and the tenets of morality, in his zeal and urgency to address threats and challenges he and the nation face.

But rather than such dos and don’ts, it is the safety and quality of life under his watch which would ultimately determine whether Filipinos love or hate Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

(The first part ran on Tuesday. The foreign policy shift will be discussed next week.)

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  1. So far, only Duterte has done something drastic and substantial in just a few months of his reign. And we applaud him for that.

    Pnoy ended up as a smelly balut penoy. Except for major positive spins, nothing really happened in six years to address criminality and corruption.

    • Can you see the irony in the article? I pretty much said that our justice system is flawed!!! So you just assume that because of Duterte, the justice system will magically become full proof overnight? Even the most technologically advanced 1st world country still make mistakes in their judicial system – and yet you think that it will all go as to plan as if magic will happen for the Philippines?

      Now don’t ask me what my suggested solution is – it is simple, fix the justice system more importantly – address poverty because when people are happy with their quality of life, crimes will be low. Just look at multiple European Countries, Australia, New Zealand where drugs are managed by their government and they are also the happiest people in the world. Research it!

  2. HE IS A MASS MURDER and very happy about such. Even if you just murder law breakers or drug users then you are still committing murder! If you order or sanction murder even of the worst around you… you are still a murderer. If you order the murder of other politicians or have your party shame those that oppose you .. then you are a murder and a crooked politician. Let’s all just accept that du30 has NO respect for life.. THINK ABOUT IT, if du30 was sooooooo concerned about drug use then he would have demanded that China stop manufacturing the source chemicals needed to make shabu (something made in China not Phils). Of course he didn’t he was to busy trying to be the new communist on the block. Comrade Duterte is blood thirsty with plenty of evidence to support that statements. All well and good until it’s your son, brother, daughter or neighbor. Comrade Duterte has killed as many Filipinos as Americans died in Iraq in 8 years of war… Tell me would Jesus approve of Comrade Duterte? if you praise him how do you go to church? How do you praise a mass murder and political thug and wanna be communist and then go to church?

    • When you go to war , do not waver.
      King Saul cast doubt and wavered so he was removed by The Lord as king.
      David was loved by The Lord because he never wavered and never entertained doubts. He annihilated the enemies of Israel , including their animals demolishing everything the enemies possessed , according to the word of The Lord.
      When The Lord was at war through His servant David , the lawlessness of The Lord was at work and pitted against the lawless enemies.

      Those ignorant men of the church and so-called human rights advocates are the real obstacles to the government’s war against the drug menace. They urge the government forces to observe restrictions , and in so doing they want the government and the good citizens of the Republic to lose the war against the evil and lawless elements that have been wreaking havoc to our society.

      They protect the lives and rights of those criminals by shouting “human rights”. They are ignorant of the fact that those criminals do not respect human rights themselves and they absolutely violate the laws , so why treat them as humans!
      The drug lords , corrupt officials and all other lawless entities including private individuals who sapped the blood of every poor man—they loved to cuddle!

      Human rights activists , as well as men and women of the church , you brood of vipers!
      Hear the word of The Lord—how long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked?
      Instill in your mind , we are in a state of lawlessness , so why compel the government to observe laws when we are at war with lawless entities?
      When you go to war—DO NOT OBSERVE LAWS , otherwise , you loses the war. Remember the enemies are lawless. They do not observe the laws. So neither should you.
      Let lawlessness destroys lawlessness!

      For everybody’s ramification , let it be known that not only the Philippines is in a state of lawlessness. The whole world , in reality , is under the power of lawlessness.
      This is in fulfillment of the prophetic utterance of John which say : 1 John 5:19 (KJV)
      19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

      Truly , the whole world is under the state of lawlessness because of the lawlessness of the wicked.
      What shall we do now? Shall we restrict ourselves by handcuffing our own police forces through laws and several impositions being made by the coddlers of criminals?
      They want the police to observe the laws while allowing the enemies to go lawless. Unfair play!
      You are the real enemies! Fake human rights adherents and irreligious men of the church—are you so dull to understand that evil has no human rights? You do not understand your bible!

      The subject of human rights as applied to criminals is just an illusion of Satan or the Devil.
      He is just protecting his own interest not the interest of God. He does not want his lawless demons to be annihilated that is why he push for human rights to protect his legions of evildoers.

      In the strictest sense of the word lawlessness , no one should be imprisoned in fighting and annihilating the evil forces. God will not condemned and punished any man who goes out and wage war against evil , and completely destroy the wicked ones.

      But men are so ignorant as beasts , they are quick to condemned those who will stake their lives and their honor for the sake of saving the world from evil.
      Unreasoning animals , damned brood of vipers !
      Do you think you can escape the sentence of hell?

      In biblical terms , what really is the significance of putting the whole world under the state of lawlessness , that is , under the power of the evil one?
      Well , foremost reason is that , come the appointed time of the end when God shall have punished and destroyed the evil world—Satan cannot sue The Lord for human rights violations because the whole world has been declared in the state of lawlessness.
      When the whole world is put under the state of lawlessness—it is only then , that it is no longer unlawful to kill evil. It is time for God to annihilate all evildoers.
      That is the purpose of declaring a state of lawlessness for the whole world—to lawlessly destroy the lawless evil and to save the righteous ones.

    • sorry eric , i think only a few of you share that view!! But the majority of filipinos sees a president who truly loves our country and is willing to do things not for popularity votes as traditonal politician do but rather do things to really help improve the lives of the filipinos! We will pray for his success!

    • You all do not understand the word lawlessness. The whole world is declared under the power of the evil one , that is under the power of lawlessness by The Lord through his servant John in 1 John 5:19 , so that lawlessness can be destroyed. And the authorities need not bother about what laws are they going to create—in fact they will defeat the very purpose for which the country was placed under the state of lawlessness.
      How are we going to annihilate evil if we are to observe laws and countless restrictions?
      Bear in mind that our enemies are lawless so we must give them a dose of their own poison. Let lawlessness destroy lawlessness. This is how The Lord destroys lawlessness.

    • First, happy New Year to you!

      Now you probably mean mass MURDERER!

      Did you even read the article? Let me review it for you…

      “The one-sided killings controversy”

      Perhaps the biggest reality uncheck is in the controversy over thousands of suspect killings in Duterte’s anti-drug war.

      This column states: “They (mainstream media) show the magnitude and gravity of lawlessness, and explain why most Filipinos agree with President Duterte that drastic measures are warranted.”

      > If PROVEN…Filipinos WILL NOT tolerate your accusation on Mass Murders.” That’s assured. But read on.

      “During the Aquino years, crime tripled: from 324,083 incidents in 2010 to more than 1 million a year since 2013. Murders and rapes soared to nearly 10,000 a year each; robberies topped 60,000; and every year saw more than 200,000 physical injury cases.”

      This unprecedented escalation could only have happened because of syndicates, not random criminals. Abetting this organized lawlessness was rampant smuggling — also tripled from $7.9 billion in 2009 to $26.6 billion in 2014, based on International Monetary Fund data. Guns, narcotics and drug labs gushed in.

      And the criminal justice system was woefully compromised, with drug trafficking done and run even in the national penitentiary. Plainly, if narcotics were rampant in prisons under police control, it could flourish anywhere.

      Bottom line: should the Duterte administration do as predecessors have done and fight crime gangs and their narco-state protectors with bloodless due process, probably eliciting much laughter from the hoods?”

      > Refer to bottom line!

      Yes, the Judicial system is flawed big time and it needs to be addressed. Until then, you rather this administration sits on its behind and resort to the previous administrations’ relying on a flawed judiciary?

      Try and look at the situation without the hysterics you probably caught believing on the propaganda DU30 critics are selling and try to look at the situation in a sober light.

  3. Yes, of course I hate him and so does most of the USA and the world. Du30 is a self-confessed murderer. How can ANYONE in the PH support such a criminal? Now we find he is a self-confessed drug user, using the same drug that killed “Prince”. On top of that, he has insulted and demeaned the USA, a country that has donated millions upon millions to help the PH. Moreover, he is shacked up with a woman he is NOT married to, living in your palace and Davao. All of this on top of the more than 6,000 killings of drug users, pushers and innocents, all without fair-trial. Come on PH, do you have any common sense left????

    • You belong to those people who were deceived , divided , conquered and destroyed by Duterte’s clever use of unconventional wisdom.
      Unconventional wisdom is 360 degrees out of phase with conventional wisdom , the lowly wisdom of the world.
      Christ did employ unconventional wisdom in deceiving the lawless enemies because this kind of wisdom is the perfect antidote to conventional thinking used by sinners in all the world.

    • Totally understand why you feel the country has gone insane. So, I tried to go out of my usual sources of information and research from those who had actual experiences with him like people from Davao. I also listen to all the videos of his trips, speeches uncut and not cherry picked, how the people perceive him, including businessmen and CEO’s of multinational companies. Watched his actions more than his words…that’s how I went from being dumbfounded to “I get it” That is if you really want to understand the country in its entirety and the world. The big premise is, I wanted to be proven wrong with hard facts, so that is what I got. I could always choose to be in a bubble for hate to fester but I chose to go outside and see reality. Why have heads of states of other countries specially in Asia, welcomed him with red carpets and open arms? Countries like Japan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden have shown support, Sweden in fact reopened its embassy here and brought in its businessmen who were looking forward to set up shop. These aren’t human rights hating countries. Do these countries and CEO’s have any common sense left too? That was the clue that made me doubt my sources so I went out and looked into others. I started with documentaries of the drug war here by award winning Vice News, and a documentary by an ex mafia who went inside NBP during the time of PNoy. Then I went to blogs of Davaoenos who lived with him for so many year. Listen to Mar Roxas video praising Duterte just a few years back…despite the accusations of DDS. Listened to news from Tacloban who really appreciated Du30’s fast response, when they got hit. He was one of the first who heeded their call, no fanfare at all. Contrast that to our Binay who had all his name in the bags for distribution. Things like that. There’s so much out there that isn’t reported, even the horrendous stuff happening in our country like these, then we understand why… https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1135429099845811&id=101836783205053&_rdr&pnref=story&__mref=message_bubble http://kingdomingo.blogspot.com/2016/11/must-watch-sanggol-patay-matapos.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7kH7tQywWo http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2i62nl

  4. I would like to see what Duterte could do to change and improve the mindset of the judicial, legislative and executive bodies, the business sector, the public services (health, education, etc), the peace process and the Filipino people, rich and poor. I commend his guts to go against the grain of almost everything that has been stopping Philippines from moving forward – bureaucracy, autocracy and all the cracies one could think of. I like the idea of his fearlessness towards foreign and international pressure. Instead of exercising standard boot-licking, he prefers to voice out his thoughts without censorship. I left the Philippines decades ago, because of the prevalence of discrimination in all walks of life and the glaring US colonial mentality of the people and the vengeful politics of the after EDSA leaderships.

    Even before he was officially seated as the president he has already sent emissaries to Europe to test the waters of probable peace talks. During my last visit which coincided with his first SONA, I could already notice a lot of changes, especially in the people. The masses seem more hopeful, willing to be part of this new government… Public offices are churning out papers and permits that used to take weeks to be released. Police are doing their rounds talking to families of suspected drug users to encourage their wards to report to the precincts and have themselves listed as users. I toured the Philippines, literally from Luzon, Visayas to Mindanao and the positive feeling I got was the same in all the regions. But what I read and hear from the national news are quite different. The Duterte bashing is very strong coming from the capital region, reminiscent of the Marcos era. So what else is new with these bashers? They would rather see Duterte fail and will do everything to make it hard for the president to elicit changes, instead of finding ways to contribute in the improvement of the nation.

  5. Given that he (Du30) suffers from the family of slain addicts and pushers, then what will you or the others do to began what you called a normal way of life without this Drug War … Just a worst case scenario, yes i envisioned again when your daughter was coming from school hijack, kidnapped then raped, murdered (stabbed 24 times) and left in a grassy lot to rot by these drug addicts. What will you do? Will you file a criminal complaint to the caught suspect/s with the evidence is overwhelmingly against the culprits. Now the law sets in by your so called judicial process which in my opinion is your last resort to prosecute these criminals. You have to wait for two years at the earliest or more to get a conviction if lucky … while these criminals will go scott free because they were back up by powerful drug lords or narco-politicians who have money and connections to the corrupt judges who dismisses cases like these with impunity. Then i will ask you again “WHAT WILL YOU DO?”

    • The law is the law. It has to be obeyed. The body of laws was formulated by the Congress, interpreted by the judiciary, and has to be implemented impartially by executive Duterte. The chief executive should only execute the laws without shortcut, not summarily execute the law-breakers.

  6. Duterte is intoxicated both by popularity and authority. What we’re seeing is a case of power usurpation?

  7. I would prefer Duterte than 6 years of noynoying incompetence who said “kayo ang Boss ko” wherein it turn out the ordinary Filipino became a busabos. At least now, criminals will think twice than do their thing with brazenness unless they are high on drugs

  8. “Yes, President Duterte violates common norms of decent behavior, established standards of presidential decorum, and strict parameters of the rule of law and the tenets of morality,…”

    He goes far beyond that. In a speech on Monday he openly admitted to personally murdering suspected criminals. “In Davao I used to do it personally. Just to show to the guys [police officers] that if I can do it, why can’t you,” he was quoted as saying by AFP.

    I am shocked and sadden that so many Filipino people support an immoral murderer who has and does violate the law and constitution, and encourages vigilantes to also commit murder. The Filipino people have lost their moral compass if they think that lawless murdering is the way to solve the drug problem. This great immorality will leave its mark on the hearts of the murderers and the nation, and both will come to regret this.

    Regarding crime statistics, a 2015 report by the Philippine Statistics Authority proves that the Philippines has far less crime than many other countries. This was reported in a Time Magazine article August 25, 2016 titled: “The Killing Time: Inside Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s War on Drugs” http :// time. com/4462352/rodrigo-duterte-drug-war-drugs-philippines-killing/

    Excerpt: “…using figures from a 2015 report issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority.

    “There were 232,685 cases of crimes against persons involving physical injury reported in the Philippines in 2014, for a population of 98 million. By comparison, the UNODC says there were, in the same year, nearly 375,000 cases of assault in the U.K., which, with a population of 64 million, has far fewer people.

    “In 2014, there were 10,294 reported cases of rape in the Philippines. But there were more than 30,000 cases in the U.K.; 12,157 in France (which has a roughly similar population to the U.K. at 66 million); and 6,294 in Sweden, for a population of just 9.5 million.

    “That same year, there were 52,798 reported robbery cases in the Philippines. That’s about as many as there were in Costa Rica (52,126 cases) but Costa Rica, with 4.7 million people, has less than a 20th of the population of the Philippines, so the Philippine rate is much lower. The total is also far fewer than the 171,686 cases reported in Belgium (population 11.2 million).”

    • I am reposting the following comment I made that is still waiting to be moderated, even though several other comments were published that were submitted later than mine. Am I being censored because the statistics I provide contradict the statistics used by the columnist?

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      “Yes, President Duterte violates common norms of decent behavior, established standards of presidential decorum, and strict parameters of the rule of law and the tenets of morality,…”

      He goes far beyond that. In a speech on Monday he openly admitted to personally murdering suspected criminals. “In Davao I used to do it personally. Just to show to the guys [police officers] that if I can do it, why can’t you,” he was quoted as saying by AFP.

      I am shocked and sadden that so many Filipino people support an immoral murderer who has and does violate the law and constitution, and encourages vigilantes to also commit murder. The Filipino people have lost their moral compass if they think that lawless murdering is the way to solve the drug problem. This great immorality will leave its mark on the hearts of the murderers and the nation, and both will come to regret this.

      Regarding crime statistics, a 2015 report by the Philippine Statistics Authority proves that the Philippines has far less crime than many other countries. This was reported in a Time Magazine article August 25, 2016 titled: “The Killing Time: Inside Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s War on Drugs” http :// time. com/4462352/rodrigo-duterte-drug-war-drugs-philippines-killing/

      Excerpt: “…using figures from a 2015 report issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority.

      “There were 232,685 cases of crimes against persons involving physical injury reported in the Philippines in 2014, for a population of 98 million. By comparison, the UNODC says there were, in the same year, nearly 375,000 cases of assault in the U.K., which, with a population of 64 million, has far fewer people.

      “In 2014, there were 10,294 reported cases of rape in the Philippines. But there were more than 30,000 cases in the U.K.; 12,157 in France (which has a roughly similar population to the U.K. at 66 million); and 6,294 in Sweden, for a population of just 9.5 million.

      “That same year, there were 52,798 reported robbery cases in the Philippines. That’s about as many as there were in Costa Rica (52,126 cases) but Costa Rica, with 4.7 million people, has less than a 20th of the population of the Philippines, so the Philippine rate is much lower. The total is also far fewer than the 171,686 cases reported in Belgium (population 11.2 million).”

  9. Dear Duterte|

    You are the PH President, hence you should just do what you think is best for Pinas| without care on what others will think of your acts. If you are a God Fearing Person just like what I have read on Yandex Zen, then just keep on Praying to Jesus Christ| then when he comes back from Heaven: all will be witnessing the judgement JC has on you-you be saved or not. While on a waiting mode| just do whatever you can to be a good Leader to all Pinoys.

    I only request that you won’ t allow Leni to replace you| for if the Digong is having a difficult time handling the Addicts, then much more the troubles on Leni for she is very much weaker than you Sir Duterte.

    I will side with my brother on this one| I may not understand the ways of Duterte but, He is the Best we can have right now in the Country. I cannot see anyone who can battle bad guys as much as he does| yes, there are killings but they are evil anyways :P

    I don’ t hate Duterte| I actually Fear him but he’ s all good.

  10. Safety on the streets is getting much better. The PH wanted change and during the last elections voted for a man who said he would change the PH for the better. Things already are better and there is more to come.

  11. I grew up surrounded by drug addicts. The house behind ours, the house across the street, the street I walk to and from the school have drug addicts. I grew up scared of being killed by these people. These people do not have jobs/income or if has before but lost it during their addiction. And without money to provide for their family, there is no proper nutrition and education for their children. The kids I grew up with turned out to have mediocre jobs and worse even fell into drug addiction too. Some are dead now — natural or killed.

    So, do I approve of PRRD’s methods… I would honestly say i do not 100%. And I would still like to hear from someone who can do better. So far, PRRD’s is most effective. Past administration are all propaganda… maybe they report what they see… the view from their posh neighborhood.

  12. jose b taganahan on

    No I dont hate the President, but i see him as a dismal failure in many of his campaign promises which he said he will accomplish with in 3-6 months of his Presidency otherwise he will resign as President.Among these promises are the following:

    1. Kill big-time drug lords and suppress drug trade
    “[D]rugs, which is my main target, I hope to suppress them to the end.”
    Time period: 3 to 6 months
    When he said it: Feb. 22, 2016, March 20, 2016, and April 24, 2016
    Where he said it: Presidential debate venues in Cagayan de Oro, Cebu and Dagupan cities
    ACTION PLAN:
    Bring back death penalty for all drug users and traders, even if it’s a member of his own family
    Go after drug lords through the military and police
    Recruit militiamen who have completed basic ROTC and former soldiers who have experience in gunhandling and law enforcement for the fight against drugs
    Provide P5 million bounty for every drug boss caught and smaller bounties for other drug suppliers

    2.Stop corruption in government
    “’Yung may mga (those who have) cases, alis na (leave), I do not care kung wala pang (if there’s no) judgment [yet]. ‘Pag hindi (if not), I plan to invade Jolo, [the lair of the] Abu Sayyaf. Prepare now for combat duty there, kayo ang uutusan ko (I will order that you serve there). At kung kayo ang ma-hostage doon (And if you are taken hostage), say your our father’s name because I will never, never pay to retrieve you.”
    Time period: 6 months
    When he said it: Feb. 22, 2016, March 20, 2016, April 24, 2016 and May 18, 2016
    Where he said it: Presidential debate venues in Cagayan de Oro, Cebu and Dagupan cities, and press conference in Davao City
    ACTION PLAN:
    Force corrupt police and generals to resign or retire from servce
    Impose 72-hour processing times for government certificates and clearances
    Suppress crime by end of 2016
    “We must begin by addressing criminality, ensuring law and order. And I assure you, under my leadership, you’ll feel the difference in six months. I will start not in terms of years, not in terms of months, but I will do it in the first weeks of my tenure if destiny brings me to Malacañang.”
    Time period: 3 to 6 months When he said it: April 27, 2016
    Where he said it: MBC-MAP Presidential Dialogues
    ACTION PLAN:
    Shoot-to-kill order for organized crime
    Lobby in Congress to pass the death penalty for serious crimes

    3.Dismantle the cartel of alleged rice smuggler Davidson Bangayan
    “[W]hen I testified in the Senate, I identified somebody there. (David) Bangayan. He was one of those smuggling rice. ‘Yong cartel nila, madali ‘yan (Their cartel is easy to take down). I’ll do it in three days. As president, sabi ko nga three to six months tapos lahat ito eh (I said I can finish this all in three to six months). No, really. I am willing to stake my honor, my profession and my life.”
    Time period: 3 to 6 months
    When he said it: Feb. 23, 2016
    Where he said it: First presidential debate in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental
    ACTION PLAN:
    Dismantle the alleged rice cartel of David Bangayan

    • with the severity of problem in drugs and corruption, do you think its doable in 6 months? at least he is showing us some changes specially how the government agencies improve their services in less than 6 months.

    • will you be the next president, kaya mo? i will give you 6 yrs to do it, kaya mo? o natalo lang binoto mo. sa 82 overseas polling countries, sa vatican lang nanalo manok mo. Ano ibig sabihin noon? 1 out of 82!, filipinos living overseas are the best judges because their votes cant be bought. Admit it during the May 2016 election kahit nag combine si Mar and Poe, Digong will win, sya pinili ni God na manalo.

    • For your info it is not him to decide whetherto resign or not. That decision lies only by the people who voted for him.
      For the sake of argument, bcoz of your senseless logic, if he resigns bcoz he failed to solve the drug problem in 3 to 6 mons, who will you appoint to solve it? And what is the timeframe you will give?
      Or pabayaan na lang natin yung problema sa droga?

  13. I imagine that if you were accused of a crime (drugs etc.) you would like (no demand) the opportunity to defend yourself. I find it odd that smart people like yourself justify throwing out that constitutional right.

    • You must be leaving in a posh village, driven by a chuffer around.. And every time you passed around a crime infested village, and you might be saying “mga tamad kasi”..

      Hypocrite , get out from house made of glass. constitutional right for the criminals? may be you`re one of them.

      When my uncle was gunned down innoscently by this drug crazy criminals, and family was too broke to hire a lawyer and the criminals was having a party in town untouchable by the police…now the tide is turned against them self righteous people like you is saying where are their constitutional right?

  14. aladin g. villacorte on

    There ought to be a law.  .  .

    President Duterte’s main argument for allowing Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani is simply this – there is no law that forbids it. He firmly believes in and demands strict adherence to rules and regulations. 

    To those who would challenge his decision, he asks pointedly: Was Ferdinand Marcos not an elected president; and was he not a decorated soldier? Ergo, he meets the basic requisites for burial at the LNMB.  

    On the question of bias, politically and personally, which President Duterte himself insinuated as brought about by utang na loob, this matter in his view has been addressed effectively by the Supreme Court which delivered an emphatic 9-5 verdict. In sum he is telling us now- Don’t look at me.  I’m just following the law.  

    He puts the blame instead on the Aquinos, mother and son, for failing or neglecting to pass a law to forestall this eventuality. For twelve years both Cory and Pinoy had the golden opportunity and the power of their position to legally ensure that Marcos remains will never be given a hero’s burial, but they did not.

    However late in the day, I would still argue the point – Pray tell, Mr. President, what legislator would find it necessary to pass a law that would disqualify a dictator with blood on his hands from being given a hero’s burial? Is it still necessary to have a law stating such bizarre exemption?  Hero and dictator are contradictory terms in both letter and spirit.   Common sense.  In fact Section 1 of RA 289 which created the LNMB clearly states that only those “who have led lives worthy of emulation” can be buried at the hero’s shrine. 

    Well, Philippine history is filled with imponderables.  As a former senator and human rights lawyer correctly pointed out – who would have anticipated that the Marcos family “would insist on burying a kleptocrat and a gross human rights violator on hallowed ground, and dividing us so needlessly.”

    Only in the Philippines, wrote former President Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore in his memoirs, could a leader like Marcos, who plundered his country for twenty years, still be considered for a hero’s burial. Indeed something has gone seriously wrong.  

    In Baguio City they have set aside a place called the “Cemetery of the Absurd”.  There ought to be a law creating it as a shrine.

    Ambassador Aladin G. Villacorte

    • “Only in the Philippines, wrote former President Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore in his memoirs, could a leader like Marcos, who plundered his country for twenty years, still be considered for a hero’s burial.”
      ——————————-

      Did somebody ask LKY again if his opinion remains the same today? What was his basis for saying Marcos plundered his country?

      The problem with the issue of plunder is, evidence remains flimsy to this day. Hidden deposits in secret accounts are at best evidence of UNEXPLAINED wealth. UNEXPLAINED does not unquestionably mean PLUNDERED, contrary to your thinking. The Supreme Court decision re the Swiss deposits which is often cited as “proof” of plunder only said, “ok, here’s your income according to your Income Tax Return, it could not possibly explain those millions in your name in that Swiss bank, therefore it must be PRESUMED PRIMA FACIE EVIDENCE OF STOLEN WEALTH”. Does it say, it is CONCLUSIVE PROOF? No. Because it could not be. You need more proof beyond that to make a definitive conclusion.

      An ordinary government employee receiving only P50,000 monthly salary who is found to own a fleet of luxury cars, several luxury homes, hundreds of millions of deposits in banks, and lives in high style is at least given an opportunity to explain where his wealth is coming from.

      Was Marcos ever given that opportunity? No. When he asked to be allowed to come home to face his accusers, he was summarily denied, unti he died. Even Imelda’s attempts to explain, with gold certificates and bill of ladings, were just dismissed and mocked.

    • I remember one person whose life was worthy of emulation but he was put to death by the very same people he was to bring salvation to. What an ignominy! Those people considered him demon-possessed the reason why he was crucified on the cross of satan to prove once and for all that he indeed was a demon. The cross signifies satan and anyone who is crucified is called a demon or satan.
      A supposed hero was buried not as a hero but as a supposed demon.

    • Yes the Aquino’s is a party to blame for this noise … The contest is between the “alleged vs the truth and reality” … because as of now no conviction to Marcos was handed to him yet he was accused of doing bad things. Yes it is very easy nowadays to accuse somebody of wrongdoing even it is a hearsay without any physical proof to back it up. Even the alleged looted treasures by Marcos has no back up written history of how he amassed it … I’ve read so many articles of his alleged abuses but NO written solid proof at hand of what has been transpired in that time … only word of mouth. Filipinos are easily swayed by something believable on everything they perceived is true but not doing anything to get the facts that surrounds it. Even the two Aquino’s who tell the people that Ninoy planned to be assassinated but don’t have any written information of who is the one who ordered it … all are blamed to Marcos. Didn’t the Aquino’s knew truly who he was. A deep silence coming from their camp. Filipinos are politics laced from head to foot that nothing that occurs in this place day in and day out that don’t have any political connection into it.

    • Ambassador Aladin G. Villacorte, among the many reasons for and against Marcos burial at LNMB are common knowledge now but most reasonable and knowledgeable people that barely reach their understanding is in the higher plane which is in fact, can not be easily grasp by mere human being or natural human being. To grasp the merits of this reasoning, cannot be dependent on any field of human expertise as the field of mathematics, philosophy, psychology, theology, law, etc., etc., because it from God, that man could barely comprehend and one must be in the state of grace, humility or man having cloth with supernatural power to be able and can overcome the supernatural power of the devil because one is endowed with Christ spirit, specifically, forgiveness in the highest standard taught by Jesus Christ. So Duterte’s way without his full comprehension was empowered through God’s intervention for the reason that there have been serious decadence of the moral degradation so deep that there would be a need for God intervention, because God loved His beloved people.

    • With all due respect sir, the aquinos were given 12 years to amend whatever needs to be amended to prevent the marcos burial but they did not. So i have to agree with the Mr.Saludo’s point of view.
      God bless

  15. “All laws which can be violated without doing any one any injury are laughed at. Nay, so far are they from doing anything to control the desires and passions of men that, on the contrary, they direct and incite men’s thoughts the more toward those very objects, for we always strive toward what is forbidden and desire the things we are not allowed to have. And men of leisure are never deficient in the ingenuity needed to enable them to outwit laws framed to regulate things which cannot be entirely forbidden… He who tries to determine everything by law will foment crime rather than lessen it.”
    ― Baruch Spinoza 1632 – 1677

    Nobody can be expected to obey bad laws that infringe on logic as well as the fundamental right to decide on what medicine or poison an individual adult may ingest. The violence and the deaths ultimately arising from such bad public policy should always rest squarely on the shoulders of those who are responsible for implementing or supporting such foolishness.

    It’s probably just a matter of weeks before Duterte suspends the writ of habeas corpus, dissolves Congress and declares Martial Law. He will then be free to assume both legislative and executive powers, enabling him to arrest all his political opponents and close down all media outlets.

    Nowhere on this planet has any nation ever had success with the policy of drug prohibition. Many villages, towns and cities in the Philippines are being turned into killing fields. Hundreds of thousands may eventually die. Regardless of how much violence is used, the drugs, the corruption and the violence will still be there. Only sensible regulations that legalize the use, manufacture and sale of all intoxicants will bring peace and prosperity to this troubled nation. The War on Drugs was lost before it ever began.

    Duterte will eventually be removed by the exact same people who were once his very loyal supporters. Gaddafi was stabbed up the backside while being dragged through the same streets he used to rule over with an iron fist. Likewise, Duterte will be very lucky if he gets to the International Criminal Court before something similar happens. Thousands of people have seen their family members and friends murdered by Duterte; they may not treat him very kindly when his time comes.

    • You dont live in the phillipines, do you? If you do, you would know that what you just stated here is meaningless and laughable to the people who hold control over the drug peddling industry. There is very little difference in how many people die every day, only this time its the drug peddlers and addicts instead of the countless innocents who only mattered as statistics. Its not perfect, but no matter what you’ve heard, its the best we’ve ever had since marcos went down in flames.

    • The Great Defiant on

      you are prevented by your crazed fear.
      this drug war is colossal but we will fight anyway.
      gaddafi and sadam dropped the US dollar and so the US conspired and murder these two hapless guy.

      Lee Kuan Yew placed Singapore under authoritarian law and jailed and killed hundreds…see Singapore now.

      Suharto killed 600,000 Indonesians and save his country from drugs and communist.

      don’t lecture us on what to do with our country.
      you can kill black people in the US.
      you bomb any cities you want.
      you can defy God if you want by allowing all sort of evil in the US.

      I have two words for you: SHUT UP!!!

    • You are obviously not familiar with the 1987 constitution of the Philippines. Maybe you wont be so stupid if you read Section 18 Article VII. Mayor Duterte will never use Martial Law.