We must be told where we are going under helmsman DU30


The other day, our banner was “DU30 WARNS CONGRESS: ‘Do Cha-cha right or I will shut you down.’ He was actually telling Congress and the Filipino people that he would not hesitate to rule as a dictator if the lawmakers used Charter-change for their own advantage. He would “never allow it.” “I’ll close Congress. I’ll arrest all of you.”

That is what the late President Ferdinand Marcos did.

One now wonders about the state of President Duterte’s relations with the leadership and the majority of the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Does he not have rapport with them? Is there no understanding between the President and the lawmakers about his legislative agenda and what constitutional amendments he seeks?

The other day he announced he preferred a Constituent Assembly — meaning the Congress — to be the Charter amendment body. Did he say that after holding a caucus with the key leaders of both houses? Or did he just speak aloud about a route that he later found out would not go according to his plan because congressmen and senators would insert their own amendments “to benefit themselves” — which is why he had to give Congress a warning?

The President has repeatedly said that all he wants is for the constitutional amendments to be truly for the benefit of the people.

In an important speech he delivered before he was elected, he said would never allow Charter change to be twisted by Congress for their personal benefit. “We will not allow this to happen and in the worst situation, I will close Congress if they cannot deliver to the people the services, serve their interests and welfare that they are sworn to serve as the people’s representatives.”

He gave the assurance that he would not impose Martial Law but would certainly close any government agency, including Congress, that would perpetuate the corrupt pork barrel system and continue to rob the government.

“I don’t want Filipinos to suffer long queues and we have to address crime, corruption and economics,” Duterte vowed.

He proposed to formulate one pro-people policy from the Office of the President and make all the government offices follow it down the line from the Cabinet departments to the smallest bureaucratic unit so that the people are directly benefited.

“I am a socialist, not a communist and will always get rid of anti-people policies because I am committed to serve the Filipino people and this is part of my vow before you,” Duterte also said in that speech.

This and other statements made by President Duterte indicate that he wants his good intentions to be swiftly and directly carried out — doing away with the niceties of observing every time-consuming requirement of laws.

Definitely, abolishing Congress is a draconian and unconstitutional act.

But President Duterte was elected by a large plurality precisely because he would change the way things are done in our country.

He should be allowed to do the good things he wishes to rid government of corruption and make it deliver its services to the people more effectively and faster.

He and his Cabinet should, however, first of all present to the people exactly what the total program is – covering all departments of governance – so we can know where we are going under the Duterte dictatorship.

They have not done this. They must.

Otherwise, we, the people, would be sailing on without a helmsman.


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  1. He promised. It will be bloody. This is war. He is the only man staking his life and honor for the good of the country. For this statement alone, we need to support him, all of us.

  2. He is already our “Helmsman” stirring the ship towards an incorruptible, drug-free government (among others ) for the benefit of the people and the Youth (who are the hope of the Nation )… what more do you want ?

    my take:
    President GMA had declared illegal drugs as a national security concern during her term .

    Following this up — President DU30 can issue a presidential proclamation declaring drug lords as narco-terrorists who are acute threats to the well being of the Filipino people and a clear and present danger to the nation. Since the Armed Forces of the Philippines are sworn protectors of the people then the President can invoke this constitutional provision and call out the AFP to do their constitutional duty. Under this proclamation PDU30 can then mobilize the military and all armed government agencies to prosecute this all out war against drugs and even convene military commissions to determine the guilt or innocence of these narco-terrorists. Narco-terrorists and particularly Philippine military and police personnel involved in drug-terrorism are committing high treason and perhaps if placed on a wartime context can then be shot by a firing squad legally.
    The lessons of the US Bush administration is instructive on how Dubya Bush dealt with terrorists after sept 11, 2011.

    C’est La Gurre.

    ” I am now invoking the Articles of War “.

    • Daniel B. Laurente on

      Your suggestion is good. Don’t forget that Digong being a seasoned lawyer and Politician for so many years is always step ahead of anyone else. He is a Master Striker in his own right. This President is really so brainy one that when he moves it was already the product of his exhaustive thoughts and analysis means he validated everything possible before introduction into reality.

  4. Jerry Galapon on

    PDDR IS NOT THE HELMSMAN…HE IS THE CAPTAIN. In Merchant Marine “Master” in the Navy “Commanding Officer”. The Helmsman takes order from the Captain.
    From the article PDDR gives plain and simple order to the Helmsman…STRAIGHT AHEAD.! Not Port (Left) and Not Starboard (Right). We are on the “RIGHT COURSE” my friends…STRAIGHT AHEAD not zigzagging to the Left or Right.
    By the way the owner of the WARSHIP is the Filipino people and they put him there to be in COMMAND.!!!

    • On the contrary my friend , our President is the ”Helmsman” , the Filipino people as one serve as the Captain !

      Sabi nga ni BS Aquino III …
      “Kayo ang Boss ko!” … pero ‘bu-busabusin’ lang pala. He he he he he he

    • You are next on the kill list, mate. Because Duterte loves you very much. He doesn’t want you to suffer

  5. The question:
    “Payag ba kayo na magdeklara ng revolutionary government si Pres Duterte? YES/NO pls give your age gender at lokasyon www/ surveyngbayan.com”
    Nationwide Survey through mobile phones was conducted from June 27 to June 30, 2016.
    The Query set: 198697 randomly extracted from 137.5 million cell phones.
    Raw Response Set: 1,138.
    Valid Response set: 668
    Results at the 99 percent level of confidence and 5 percent margin of error:
    45 % NO
    42 % YES
    13 % No Opinion
    While there is a plurality that does not approve of the declaration of a revolutionary government, the difference between 45% and 42% is narrow enough such that these diverging opinions are statistically tied given the margin of error of 5%.