I REMEMBER what President Rodrigo Duterte said in one of his State of the Nation Address (Sonaw), now that the war on drugs is being offered to Vice President Leni Robredo.
The offer, according to many of her allies, is a trap and she was advised not to accept it.
Of course, the "alalay" Bong Go who became a senator by a quirk of fate is also barking on the Vice President.
"Accept it madam and see how difficult it is. Tignan ko kung makatulog ka pa." Are they really trying to drag Robredo to a trap as claimed? No way to talk to a lady more so if she is the second highest official of the country.
Duterte was so powerful and precise in making his points. "They said I am a bully. You are all fools. I am really a bully, son of a b****. I am really a bully."
Duterte in that Sona address would not mind even if the whole of the diplomatic corps was there present and majority of his countrymen were tuned in.
The rule of reason may be set aside. The majority of our people are just willing to ignore it because the raw power of the presidency was given to him by the mandate of 16 million Filipinos.
It had not occurred during in the many past administrations, for the status quo was perfectly maintained.
The punitive actions being carried out by the Duterte administration cannot be viewed as a thumbs up because public outcry can be heard as the statistics show that more than thousands persons were already victims of the "cardboard justice".
Listen to our cabalen from Betis, Guagua Bishop Ambo David. But in all that, the war on drug is a failure, according to Robredo but successful according to Eat Bulaga's mainstay Senate President Tito Sotto.
The proliferation of illegal drugs that grew over the years insidiously destroyed the very moral fabric of our nation. No question about that.
There were repeated warnings aired but the refusals of many victims from the warning of President Duterte ended tragically for them.
"Don't destroy my country, I will kill you," that resonated all over the world and it even reached the inner chambers of the United Nations. And Digong Duterte, declared he was willing to accept responsibility for all his actions.
The activists of human rights are bitter in their criticism vs. President Duterte's campaign against criminality. But let's give to the president, his approval score is still high till today.
If you are not a Duterte fan, you may scratch your head. The biggest challenge confronting Duterte is not only the illegal drug problem but corruption in government as well. These two "monsters" bedeviling our country cannot be solved by a 'bully'.
Tidbits: Condolence to the family of the late Romy "Ninong" Ronquillo, former Sto. Tomas mayor.
A very kind, nice and generous man, as I know him. He died Monday afternoon at age 68. He was one of those GMA boys who remained loyal to the Arroyos... Generals come and go.
Camp Olivas in the recent weeks saw change of command. There's a new commander, in acting capacity.
His name is Police Brigadier General Rhodes Sermonia... Not all products of Mekeni are infected with the ASF virus. And those found infected were already withdrawn from the shelves.
Mekeni President Pruds Garcia recalled the items... What's happening? How come the NBA games are not shown on local TV? Can't the government intervene? We are a basketball crazy nation and it is a national pastime.