PRESIDENTIAL candidate Rodrigo Duterte was leading in surveys until he shot himself in the foot with that revolting comment on an Australian rape victim.
A simple apology could have helped salvage this situation but it seems an apology is never forthcoming from this self-righteous man. Duterte reminds me of the current tenant of Malacañang who can never be made accountable for anything amiss under his administration.
Instead of acknowledging his mistake meekly, he goes ballistic and lashes out at those who were appalled by the shit that comes from his mouth. He said he was angry and wasn’t joking when he commented on the rape of missionary Jacqueline Hamill. Well, very few disagree with him. As he himself had said, he was angry because a mayor wasn’t the first in the gang-rape of Hamill.
This is easy to believe because Duterte has never shown any respect for women. An aggrieved wife of a Davao police officer found no solace from Duterte when she complained that the husband had abandoned her and their children in favor of another woman. What would you expect from an avowed womanizer?
It’s now apparent that this presidential wannabe is so full of himself that he couldn’t believe he’s capable of saying or doing anything wrong. And woe to those who believe otherwise. “I will kill you” are words that easily comes out of his mouth.
No, these words aren’t said solely against criminals. He had also vowed to kill laborers who’ll organize unions in free trade zones. He harks no opposition to his decisions, daring authorities and justice officials to move against him. Is this the kind of president that could reform the country? Nah, he needs to reform himself first.
Duterte is most willing to give up the Philippine claim of the West Philippine Sea so long as China builds trains in the country and gives the Philippines a share in the exploitation of the WPS resources.
He sees nothing wrong in the New People’s Army’s demanding and raising revolutionary tax. He urges people to pay the tax. The tax collection will help the NPA in fighting the government and in killing more soldiers and policemen. With such irresponsible comment, he might find it difficult to secure the loyalty of soldiers and policemen should he win, heaven forbid.
On May 9, the electorate shouldn’t ignore all of these warning signs of an upcoming fascist regime in favor of a demagogic promise to wage a bloody war against criminals.