Editorial: Rody for President and why?-A A +A
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
THE other day, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte posted on his Facebook page: “To the skeptics and the cynics, minsan lang ako nagbibitaw ng salita, hindi ako kandidato pagka presidente. Kung ginusto ko, hindi na ako magpapa corny. At sa lahat ng mga naniniwala sa akin, maraming salamat po. – Rody Duterte.”
“I cannot dream of what I cannot be but I can only aspire for what I can be," as said by the mayor in his speech during the 15th Davao Trade Expo (Date) at the SMX Convention Center last week is a statement he has oft-repeated in his more than two decades in service, particularly during the term of former President Fidel V. Ramos when he was egged to be secretary of the interior and local government.
The call for Duterte to run for President has been running for years now. He has managed to dodge this over and over again, insisting that he is not qualified for a national position.
In his speech in front of businessmen from all over during the opening of Date 2013, he said, “If I'm the president, I will declare a revolution. I will rebel against my own government and close down everything except your businesses and make a body to take care of your expenses."
This was apparently intended to turn off people from continuing to egg him on.
"But if you and I agree, revolutionary government. We allow the businessmen to take care of the money. We just govern and tell the people what to do," he continued.
With all the scams that are being exposed and the trillions of pesos apparently being misplaced, misused, and abused, the mayor somehow gave a tangible idea on what else can be done with the government that we have.
The frustration and disgust against the corruption in government and the gumption of the accused to act as if they are just victims just swallowed by the system.
The frustration and disgust levels have gone so high, some are already remembering the fate of the Russian Imperial Romanov family and finding some answer there.
The Romanovs’ Tsar Nikolas II, Olga, Maria, Alexandra, Anastasia, Alexei, and Tatiana and those who accompanied them in exile, were executed in Yekaterinburg in July 1918 by the Ural Soviet led by Yakox Yurovsky during the Russian Revolution that saw the rise of Communist Russia. The idea of killing the whole family that is becoming appealing to some disgruntled Filipinos is in recognition of the fact that in our highly politicized system, whole families are already in position.
Meaning, even if a senator or a congressmen is booted out, jailed, or even executed, there will be his progenies and kin to take up the slack. “Ubusan ng lahi” sounds like a tempting alternative.
Until the mayor described the revolutionary government.
This said, Duterte will just have to grin and bear it as there will be more who will be joining the call. The people cannot help it, spin doctors don’t even have to stoke it. It will burn on its own merits because for a people who have long lost their trust on government and now look with disdain at the whole system of governance, the person who has the most drastic ideas will be like a beacon of hope for a future that today is only fraught with misery.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 29, 2013.