Our republic is ‘We the people’— not ‘I, Duterte’

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YEN MAKABENTA

YEN MAKABENTA

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The distinction must be made, because the numbing frequency with which President Rodrigo Duterte presents himself to the world as the Philippine Republic, in all its majesty and powers, compels comparison with the apocryphal quotation attributed to King Louis XIV of France, “L’etat c’est moi” (I am the state). (In fact, the closest Louis came to saying that bon mot was on his deathbed, where according to several eyewitnesses, he said: “Je m’en vais, mais l’État demeurera toujours.” (“I depart, but the State shall always remain.”)

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It was former party-list legislator and academic Walden Bello, who first made the linkage between DU30 and the French factoid. I gathered this from an article in the Washington Post, that in turn got the factoid from the Financial Times.

The Post story quoted Bello on Duterte: “He is a very knee-jerk kind of politician who is extremely sensitive to criticisms and personalizes them,” Walden Bello, a Philippine academic and analyst, told the Financial Times this week. “L’état, c’estD moi — that’s him.”

Since he acceded to office on June 30, DU30 has freely used the personal “I” when talking of the policies of his government.

In Beijing, in a roar heard round the world, he declared: “I announce my separation from the United States both in the military, but economics [terms]also.”

On his return to the country, he backtracked: “I am not severing diplomatic ties with the United States.”

And then on Tuesday, just before departing for his visit to Japan, he declared: “You know, I did not start this fight,” he said of his spat with Washington.

On its face, this way of talking had its debut when, shortly after his inauguration, he announced his war on drugs, and declared: “All of you who are into drugs, you sons of bitches, I will really kill you.”

Constitution rooted on “We, the people”     
Since 1899, every Filipino Constitution – from the 1899 Malolos Constitution to the 1987 Constitution – strived to embody the voice of “We, the Filipino people.”

The Malolos charter, written in Spanish, opened with the words, “We, the representatives of the Filipino people.”

The 1935 Constitution, in its preamble, opened with “The Filipino people, imploring the aid of divine providence…”

The 1973 Constitution declared “We the sovereign Filipino people…”

The 1987 Constitution, opened with “We, the sovereign Filipino people.”

Every charter that we have had used the collective “we” to refer to the nation or state.

The only constitutional passage where the president refers to himself in the first person “I” is in the oath of office, which reads “I (insert name) do solemnly swear ( or affirm)…”

Not until DU30 acceded to the presidency did our public life get flooded with so many personal statements and declarations posing or taken as policies of the Republic.

President Aguinaldo , for all the dictatorial powers vested in him during a time of war, did not refer to himself and his office in this fashion. President Marcos, at the height of his powers during martial law, stinted in using “I” in his speeches, as he sought to govern firmly under the rule of law.

Limits of presidential power
Regardless of how often people misread him, DU30 recognizes the limits of his power as president. When senior associate justice Antonio Carpio warned him that he could be impeached if he enters into an agreement with China for joint ventures and explorations in the West Philippine Sea, he readily agreed: “This has to be with the consent of Congress and everybody, every Filipino involved. At this time, I am not empowered to do that.”

It is equally clear that he does not have the power to write or abrogate treaties and agreements on his own.

He needs the concurrence of two- thirds of the Senate to ratify and change agreements with other nations and the international community.

Concepts of political science
Some basic concepts and definitions from political science are useful for understanding the issues engendered by the Duterte administration.

Government is the term that describes the formal institution and procedures through which a territory and its people are ruled. In its most complex form, a government is sometimes referred to as “the state.”

A system of government that gives citizens a regular opportunity to elect government officials is often called representative democracy or republic.

A system that permits citizens to vote directly on laws and policies is called direct democracy.

A democratic and republican state
Our 1987 charter framers describe the Philippines explicitly as a “democratic and republican state.” We are both a representative democracy and a republic.

There are many Filipinos who mistakenly believe that because President Duterte enjoys high approval and trust ratings with the public, his policy preferences and ideas, like the killing of drug suspects and separation from America, should automatically become law or public policy.

That’s not how our system works. We have a constitutional process for making laws and public policies, and for amending them once they are made law.

It’s never just about the president.

Under our political system, constitutional government is the norm, in that governmental power is both described in and limited by a governing constitution.

Authoritarian government recognizes no formal obligations to consult the citizens or to respect limits on its actions.

Totalitarian government is distinguished from both democratic and authoritarian government, by the lack of any distinction between the government and other important social institutions. Germany under Hitler, the Soviet Union under Stalin, and China under Mao, are the main examples of totalitarian governments.

President Duterte’s agenda of killing drug suspects down to the last drug lord, and reducing PH foreign relations to a pivot toward China and perhaps Russia, must weather the scrutiny and questioning of our constitutional system.

It’s a system of “We, the people” and not just of “I, Duterte.” Unpleasant though this may sound to him, Leila De Lima and all those yellow politicians also deserve to be heard.

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  1. The Emperor of Japan cancelled his meeting with this foul mouthed person (dudirty) in the guise that one of the prices in his court died. Palusot lang iyon! Actualoly, ayaw niyang makaharap ang isang BASTOS.

    Dapat bigyan si dudirty ng Tanto (Japanese short knife) para siya ay mag harakiri. Pero hindi pa rin tayo makasigurado dahil sa kapal ng kutis baka hindi tablan ng saksak.

  2. Is anyone surprised what Duterte turned out to be? That rape joke was a dead give-away and yet he won with a cult following. Im equally bewildered by those that elected him for office.

  3. I guess the uncontrolled tongue of Mr. President Du30 to used “I” has something to do with his mental set up with the way he thinks of himself in relation to others; he might not be thinking any more of the other branches of the government, for he might have been thinking of himself for the past several months as the only person who could have solved the problems of the Philippine government. Those personal declarations Mr. President Du30 made on his speech engagement outside Philippine government policies had shown President DU30 personal Ego. If I were to ask about his state of mind, I would say the least unhealthy for him to be a leader, unbalanced and dangerous,

    • Josie Asuncion on

      I truly agree with you. I find him unstable because President Du30 will say something and then the next day, he will change his statement again. But I support his fight against drugs.

  4. I truly hope and pray that du30 learns to filter comments. The massive destruction done to the relationships between so many is great. While the country is based on laws, he talks to the world as a dictator and the actions of the killings and usage of “I” and terrible language has the average person in other countries assuming yet another Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. I can 100% state that the future in terms of economic growth fueled by US and EU is damaged. The latest demonstrations at the US Embassy have been playing over and over around the world. Change takes time. One the US Elections are over and the dust settles after next January the US will quietly start moving. All of this could have been done behind closed doors in a business like fashion. This has been nothing less than the trumpeting of a self proclaimed dictator.

  5. The Filipino people elected DU 30 as their employee or public servant with the title of “President”. It does not take a genius to figure this out. An employee must be competent, otherwise, he could be fired out.

  6. Contrary to his claims, DU30 does not truly follow thr rule of law. His penchant for using government resources for personal vendetta is in itself corruption. He uses the presidential platform to air out his personal grievances, ie, against the US, to the detriment of national interest. This conflicted man is unfit to be president.

  7. jose b. taganahan on

    Pres. Duterte who is an admirer of China and Russia may not last longer than Pres. Estrada’s term as President.

  8. DOUGLAS O ROSETE on

    I completely agree. Lest he read this article , who will tell him ? Should be one of those guys around him.

  9. This article describes Duterte perfectly . Narcissistic Personality Disorder:

    A Primer on Narcissism and the

    Destructive Group Leader’s Personality

    Narcissism (n. sing.)

    A pattern of traits and behaviors which signify infatuation and obsession with one’s self to the exclusion of all others, and the egotistic and ruthless pursuit of one’s gratification, dominance and ambition.

    “Pathological narcissism is a ubiquitous phenomenon because every human being, regardless of the nature of his society and culture, develops healthy narcissism early in life. Healthy narcissism is rendered pathological by abuse, and abuse, sadly, is a universal human behavior. By “abuse” we mean any refusal to acknowledge the emerging boundaries of the individual.

    What is NPD (Narcissistic Personality Disorder)?

    The Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD, 301.81) has been recognized as a separate mental health disorder since the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistics Manual (DSM), 1980.

    It is described as an all-pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration or adulation and lack of empathy. It usually begins by early adulthood and is present in various contexts. Five (or more) of the following criteria must be met (all quotes are from Dr. Sam Vaknin’s Malignant Self Love: Narcissism Revisited):

    1. Feels grandiose and self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents to the point of lying, demands to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements);

    “The narcissist is prone to magical thinking. He thinks about himself in terms of ‘being chosen’ or of ‘having a destiny’. …He believes that his life is of such momentous importance, that it is micro-managed by God. …In short, narcissism and religion go well together, because religion allows the narcissist to feel unique.”

    “God is everything the narcissist ever wants to be: omniscient, omnipresent, admired, much discussed, and awe inspiring. God is the narcissist’s wet dream, his ultimate grandiose fantasy.”

    2. Is obsessed with fantasies of unlimited success, fame, fearsome power or omnipotence, unequalled brilliance (the cerebral narcissist), bodily beauty or sexual performance (the somatic narcissist), or ideal, everlasting, all-conquering love or passion;

    “The narcissist is haunted by the feeling that he is possessed of a mission, of a destiny, that he is a part of fate, of history. He is convinced that his uniqueness is purposeful, that he is meant to lead, chart new ways, to innovate to modernize, to reform, to set precedents, to create. Every act is significant, every writing of momentous consequences, every thought of revolutionary calibre. He feels part of a grand design, a world plan and the frame of affiliation, the group, of which he is a member, must be commensurately grand.”

    3. Firmly convinced that he or she is unique and, being special, can only be understood by, should only be treated by, or associate with, other special or unique, or high-status people (or institutions);

    “The narcissist despises the very people who sustain his Ego boundaries and functions. He cannot respect people so expressly and clearly inferior to him, yet he can never associate with evidently on his level or superior to him, the risk of narcissistic injury in such associations being too great.”

    4. Requires excessive admiration, adulation, attention and affirmation – or, failing that, wishes to be feared and to be notorious (Narcissistic Supply);

    “A common error is to think that ‘narcissistic supply’ consists only of admiration, adulation and positive feedback. Actually, being feared, or derided is also supply. The main element is ATTENTION.”

    “He feeds of other people, who hurl back at him an image that he projects to them. This is their sole function in his world: to reflect, to admire, to admire, to applaud, to detest – in a word, to assure him that he exists.”

    “In short: the group must magnify the narcissist, echo and amplify his life, his views, his knowledge, his history…”

    5. Feels entitled. Expects unreasonable or special and favorable priority treatment. Demands automatic and full compliance with his or her expectations;

    “He considers his very existence as sufficiently nourishing and sustaining (of others). He feels entitled to the best others can offer without investing in maintaining relationships or in catering to the well-being of his ‘suppliers’.”

    6. Is “interpersonally exploitative”, i.e., uses others to achieve his or her own ends;

    “He will not hesitate to put people’s lives or fortunes at risk. He will preserve his sense of infallibility in the face of his mistakes and misjudgments by distorting the facts, by evoking mitigating or attenuating circumstances, by repressing the memories, or simply lying.”

    7. Devoid of empathy. Is unable or unwilling to identify with or acknowledge the feelings and needs of others;

    “But the narcissist does not care. Unable to empathize, he does not fully experience the outcomes of his deeds and decision. For him, humans are dispensable, rechargeable, reusable. They are there to fulfill a function: to supply him with Narcissistic Supply (adoration, admiration, approval, affirmation, etc.). They do not have an existence apart from the carrying out of their duty.”

    8. Constantly envious of others or believes that they feel the same about him or her;

    “First there is pathological envy. The narcissist is constantly envious of other people: their successes, their property, their character, their education, their children, their ideas, the fact that they can feel, their good mood, their past, their present, their spouses, their mistresses or lovers, their location.”

    9. Arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes coupled with rage when frustrated, contradicted, or confronted.

    “That which has cosmic implications calls for cosmic reactions. A person with an inflated sense of self-import, reacts in an exaggerated manner to threats, greatly inflated by his imagination and by the application of his personal myth.”

    “Narcissists live in a state of constant rage, repressed aggression, envy and hatred. They firmly believe that everyone is like them. As a result, they are paranoid, suspicious, scared and erratic.”

    Conclusion:

    “NPD is a pernicious, vile and tortuous disease, which affects not only the narcissist. It affects and forever changes people who are in daily contact with the narcissist.”

    “Sooner, or later, everyone around the narcissist is bound to become his victim. People are sucked, voluntarily or involuntarily, into the turbulence that constitutes his life, into the black hole that is his personality, into the whirlwind which makes up his interpersonal relationships. Different people are hurt by different aspects of the narcissist’s life and psychological make-up. Some trust him and rely on him, only to be bitterly disappointed. Others love him and discover that he cannot reciprocate. Yet others are forced to live vicariously, through him.”

  10. Obviously, you are all under the control of the yellow ribbon! You don’t even know how to appreciate! DUTERTE did a lot of good things just for a couple of months, stop criticising our president! He is a great president I ever heard. MABUHAY ka president DUTERTE!!! You are my hero!!!

    • Sabi mo, DUTERTE did a lot of good things just for a couple of months.

      Sabi ko: Please name one.

  11. I still believe that President Duterte will do more good for the Filipino people. Barely 4 months but he did much already. He is a working PRESIDENT!

  12. Yonkers, New York
    27 October 2016

    It is no accident, nor a fluke, that since he took his Oath of Office on June 30th last, I have consistently given President Rodrigo Duterte the title “Little Tyrant” appropriately so because of his troubling pronouncements even on the campaign trail which clearly had a totalitarian ring to them–and which were more than abundantly confirmed when, forthwith, with the able help of his “berdugo” [executioner] PNP chief General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, he engaged in the apocryphal WARRANTLESS GENOCIDAL EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLING OF THOSE ENGAGED ONE WAY OR THE OTHER IN THE ILLEGAL DRUG PROBLEM, a lawless bloodthirsty drive that has netted for them around 4,000 hapless victims so far.

    Recall that he also boasted, triumphantly, that his target was 3 million–and that he proudly compared himself to Hitler who murdered 6 million Jews.

    Duterte not only has an affinity to LOUIS XIV of France in his belief that he is the “state.” He proved this conclusively in his 18-21 October state visit to Beiijing where, before his new Master Chinese President XI JINPING he declared that “I’VE NOW REALIGNED MYSELF WITH YOUR IDEOLOGICAL FLOW”–meaning of course that, unalterally and pompously, he had converted the Philippines from a “Democratic Republic” to a COMMUNIST state.

    He did not stop there. He went on to declare to the whole world, thus : “WE THREE AGAINST THE WORLD–China, Philippines and Russia.”

    Against the United States of America [which he hates with psychotic fervor], the 27 members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO], Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and possibly also India, South Korea and Vietnam?

    If this was his opening salvo as a GEOSTRATEGIC THINKER and MILITARY GENIUS, he only succeeded in making a complete FOOL of himself.

    MARIANO PATALINJUG
    patalinjugmar@gmail.com

  13. Kay inam na paliwanag at pahayag. Batid ko pa noong nasa mababang grado pa lamang kami ay kailangan kabisado mo ang Preamble at Panatang Makabayan. Ito ang sinag dahilan noon, na maipamulat sa baat Pilipino na hind “I” kundi “We” ang makapangyayari sa kahihinatnan ng ating bansa.

    Magandang tala ang naisulatat naiulat dito, salamat po G. Makabenta!

  14. We don’t need a pedantic lecture on politics and government, that only for amateurs. The real pros just pretend they adhere to rules but they are always the first one to break them. Just look at the history of the Americans and the Catholic Church. If they had played according to the rules like Boy Scouts, they wouldn’t be on top today. Be happy instead, if you love your country more than you love rules, that Duterte is not a dilettante in power politics. He knows what it will take to really move our country forward, unlike some trying hard intellectuals. Thank God for Duterte. God is Great !

  15. Oliver Jomadiao on

    Yes it is We the people, the silent majority that supports the I “Duterte”. Got it?

  16. PDu30 won the last elections and is the Philippine President. He has a trust and satisfaction rating of 84% after his first 100 days. Those with yellow fever cannot move on and keep on criticizing him, hoping to oust him, as they are used to ousting Presidents they do not like (Estrada, tried to oust Arroyo). People with yellow fever are really the bane of this country.

  17. Ako ay Filipino on

    Kalokohan nitong mga taong ito. Ang gagaling mag comment ang daming alam pag tinanong mo kung anong nagawa para sa bansa nganga naman. Putak kayo ng putak. Unang una binoto siya ng nakararaming Filipino. Kung si President Aquino nga na mas walang nagawa natiis nyo si Duterte pa kaya na simula pagupo nya nagtatrabaho na. Matuto kasi kayong tumingin sa mga accomplishments niya hindi yung puro negative side lang kayo naka focus. Palibhasa karamihan sa mga putak ng putak ngayon eh yung mga mayayaman at mga disente kuno. Nakahanap kasi sila ng katapat nila na mas pabor sa masa.

  18. So… What now? Is Aquino Administration better than what we have now? The problem is not with the President itself. We people of the Philippines are the main problem. Wala tayong disiplina sa sarili. We keep on conplaining kahit sino pa ang Presidente natin. Given Duterte is not disente, remember we had all the disente President before after Marcos.. Cory was a decent woman, decent housekeeper, mother and wife.. Right?, Ramos was a decent man and highly decorated… Right?, Estrada was a decent man too, and was famous as an actor, was ousted because decent Ramos helped put decent Gloria Arroyo as new President, then Gloria Arroyo was replaced by another decent man noynoy Aquino, he is decent in the sense that he is a son of Corazon Aquino. Now tell me? Is decency can help the ailing country to rise against poverty and oppressions? Where are we now..The money of the people are taken away by the greedy leaders before President Duterte. Gumanda ba ang Pilipinas? Umasenso ba ang bansa natin? Now, here comes the new President, isang probinsyano, hindi disente, laking kalye, ill mannered, foul mouthed…but he stirred our country to prosperity. Ramdam po namin ang pagbabago. Kaming mga mahihirap at nasa laylayan ng lipunan ramdam na ramdam po namin ang pagbabago. He just assumed office for barely 4 months but look what he accomplished? It is not about the President it is about you and me. Why not look the whole situation in a different perspective. Instead of criticizing President Duterte why not do something to help our country? DON’T HELP THE PRESIDENT, HELP OUR COUNTRY. DON’T GIVE YOUR LOYALTY TO THE PRESIDENT, GIVE YOUR LOYALTY TO YOUR COUNTRY.

  19. Despite all that is going on, the bottom line: May God bless the Filipino people and the nation — who will carry on long after any president.

  20. I’d rather choose a leader with a bad mouth but doing his best for the country than a courteous , humble , friendly and peace loving.but putting our country into a downward route to destruction .

  21. Du30 is a loose cannon,onion skinned ,tactless individual undeserving to lead a nation that have maintained allliances for decades with other countries.. This guy behaves as if he is the only voice of the Filipinos…

    • The President maybe TACTLESS but he is TACKLING the problems of CORRUPTIONS and the PROLIFERATION OF DRUGS in our Country head on .

      Mas gusto ba natin ang isang Presidente na nagsa-sabing “kayo ang Boss ko” pero hantarang hindi sinu-sunod ang ating Saligang batas na DAPat niyang sundin ?

      I would rather prefer a “foul mouthed” President who delivers the goods to the people(especially to the poor) than a President who is polite , polished , sophisticated and diplomatic but condones CORRUPTIONS and the PROLIFERATION OF DRUGS in our Country.

  22. Mr. Duterte should refrain from using the phrases “this is my country” and “my people”. He does not live up to these words, he act alone without consulting the Filipino people. Duterte is a SHAME to the Filipino race. P*****.

  23. Duterte might be the BAD MEDECINE the Filipinos needed and shake them out from their slumber

  24. When a person is elected as President and is sworn into office, he does become the leader of the PH. When such a person states that, “I am the President”, that is true. Len, you seem to be unhappy that we have as President that is moving to make the PH better. You do not even seem to think his strategy to destroy the drug market as the way to stop the drug lords is good. You seem to want Delima back in control of drugs and the LP back in control. Just so you do not get too big headed, Len, remember that what you are writing is not signed by, “I” the people. You are a lonely voice.

    • Not really a lonely voice when so many agrees with him. So far in the comments you are the lonely voice I agree with him.

    • The author is expounding on the constitution vis a vis the pronouncements of Duterte deliberately or unwittingly made using ‘I’, his person as the subject. Your post are mainly insinuations that have the word ‘seem’ as the best ‘material’ evidence to be believable. No. Len is just the tip of a gigantic iceberg that will break Duterte’s keel.

    • DU30 is the President of PH, true. But PH should not be governed according to the whims and caprices of the president. PH should be governed by LAWS not by the FOUL MOUTH of a plurality president.

    • True, VG, when a person is elected as president he becomes the leader of the country, not only of those people who voted for him BUT also of those who do not. So that means Du30 should not only listen to those 16M Pinoys who put him in Malacanang – those who want him to continue with his “strategy” – but also to the rest of us who also pay for his wages and benefits, his meals (kahit maruya man yan), his trips around the Philippines and abroad, etc. Dapat makinig din siya sa amin, hindi lang sa iilan. Hindi lang sa mga pula, o puti, o dilaw kundi sa lahat ng kulay. To Yen Makabenta, rest assured that YOU ARE NOT A LONELY VOICE because my voice will join yours.

  25. It seems that Duterte needs to take up once again Political Science 101. The arrogance and the foul mouth are something that the people cannot stand. He gives us Filipinos a black eye in the international scene.

    The fact that he uses gutter language seems to suggest that he came from the gutter. Nakakahiya. Spare us the shame Duterte!!!

    • Excuse me Ms Josie do you know what are you uttering?

      DU30 is a lawyer, mind you! You only see the surface & cant recognise from bad to better….What have you done good to be proud as a Filipino? MERON BA?

      You should be happy to have someone who wants the Philippines to strand alone & not always begging for support..

    • who set the so called good and gutter language?YOU,the oligarchs ,for me i prefer a president with a gutter language but do something good for his country than somebody who speak like a saint but its a real devil.

  26. Just shut up guys! Here is a working President , who knows what he is doing for the Filipino people. Give him a year then we will be alright. Bulag na ata tlaga kayo sa dami ng nagawa ni Duterte 4 months pa lang yan ha?

    • badawrong kavotbot on

      one with no clear cut conviction as an individual is like a vine that has to cling to an old tree.

    • Bulag? sa maraming nagawa? or maraming pinatay or papatayin pa? or sa maraming minura or mumurahin pa. Everyone of us is capable of doing what Digong and Bato have done, to kill all these so called drug addicts or drug lords. But common, don’t you think they are just doing this to simply eradicate these drug menace or just a cover for a grand plan of becoming a dictator or simulating German’s most hated leader “His Furerh, Hitler”. Please think more…

  27. Marshall Laway on

    This is a must read, especially for those who take Du30s every word blindly. It’s a very constructive criticism.

    • Are you joking with your own words. Constructive my proverbial backside he can kiss?

      The writer is angry and just like the rest of the so called highly educated journalists – they have to and they must UNDERMINE those who voted and believe with the elected president as well as teach him what he has to do, say and act.

      Do you think they will be silly enough to read it? Title pa lang patay na ang new government.

  28. Check and balance? Yap. And we have also the Fourth State – the media. I think Manila Times is good media

  29. why is it that snything that critcises duterte is labelled “yellow” ….it’s so annoying this putting people in boxes. i so totally dislike him but excuse me, i’m purple. lol

    • there is a need to put them in a ‘box’ for being them. i need not name them for you, all of them are epitome of non-action, nga nga.

    • Because it almost always turns out that way, once the writer follows his or her logical conclusion. We should remember this because professional writers always go by their editor and whatever bias their company holds.

  30. Jose A. Oliveros on

    “In its most complex form, a government is sometimes referred to as “the state.”. “Government” and “state” are not interchangeable neither are they synonymous. Any student of political science or political law knows that the definition of “state” is “a community of persons, more or less numerous, permanently occupying a definite portion of a territory, independent of external control and possessing an organized government to which the great body of inhabitants render habitual obedience. (Garner, Introduction to Political Science, p. 19). “Government,” therefore is just one of the elements or components of a state.

  31. If Duterte does not change his attitude which I do not think he will change, he is bound to be displace like Joseph Estrada either by the military , people power or by assassination. It is only 100 plus days but he created unrest. The 16 million Pilipinos that voted for him must now be wondering if they made the right choice. He is spreading hate , killings , driving investors out. Is that what we want ? Pilipinos might be poor but we were raise to be courteous , humble , friendly and peace loving.

    • Challenge you stage a coup, call for people power & we will see if you can oust Digong.
      Gusto mo Roxas, Poe, Binay or youself to be president,,magaling ka naman.

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  32. A very good reminder to those who are forgetting about the form of government we have; of, for and by the people. We still have the “check and balance” system of government, unless the members of the other two branches of our government all become beholden to the President and become all his “tutas”. Let’s give this administration a chance to prove its worth. Perhaps, we are just experiencing an ‘awkward’ way of leading the government which seems to be unknown in the book of national leadership, international relations and diplomacy.

    • Not unknown. Hugo Chavez did it and look at Venezuela now. Do note that China also muddied the waters in that state. And… Venezuela is in shambles.