Duterte cannot win as president

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Saturday, May 31, 2014


MANY who want this country to be in order may be surprised by the title of this column. Let me tell you why it will take a million steps of struggle to make this come true.

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On political leadership and good governance, I have three “idols” so to say: former Marikina mayor and Metro Manila Development Authority chair Bayani Fernando, Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte, and former Subic and Olongapo City dad Richard Gordon, in that particular order. Hagedorn was also a good leader of Puerto Princesa City in Palawan.

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History will tell that Dick Gordon has won and also lost a senatorial race. Bayani Fernando was mayor for nine years of Marikina City and appointed as MMDA chair by PGMA until Bayani “BF” Fernando ran for vice president which did not give him a better chance to serve the government.

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What is their similarity? BF, Rod and Dick were all superbly successful in making their respective areas of governance examples of urbanization and discipline. Marikina City and Olongapo City (Subic) are the cleanest. Davao City is now one of the safest cities in the world. Yes…in the world.

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Why will they possibly fail to sit as national leaders of this amusing country of ours called the Philippines? Inherent in the Filipino culture is their hate to be reprimanded, disciplined or simply to go honest and straight. In the government circle alone, there are money scams, project anomalies, and more corruption scandals allegedly led by government people.

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Until today, no president has put to ordinary jail any government official, nor prominent figure allegedly involved in anomalies. But this country holds the record of putting to jail or coup d’ etat the national president himself or herself. Those are Marcos, Estrada and Arroyo. Surprisingly until this hour, their clans remain in power.

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If ever the likes of BF or Rod or Dick or Hagedorn run as president, the reactors say that those Filipinos and other nationals doing high stake business (legal or otherwise) will surely open their treasuries to fully finance in whatever way to ensure that these good Filipino leaders will lose the election. Reactors claim that the presence of Duterte will surely hurt the operations of the different LORDS in this country. They could spend billions to ensure that they do not lose those billions they earn from alleged scandals, scams and anomalies. Pity the Filipinos. The country will never be great.

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Filipinos are even wondering why the National Food Authority is still existing since their rice supply is not meant for decent human and healthy consumption. Why? Pinoys are asking.

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This column greets Ed Alunan, Tonet Corro Ir., Irving Elefante, Mayor Yogore, Mayor Magno, Ricardo and Nita Tan, Councilor Sonya Verdeflor, Karen Dinsay, Alexis Winters, and George Jardiolin.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 31, 2014.

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