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Why I Stopped Supporting Duterte

As a small business owner and somewhat influential in our small community, at least fifty of my friends and acquaintances decided to vote the then Mayor and Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte, after talking to them personally.

I think Duterte’s uniqueness and unorthodox style is what made me liked him, and the fact that he is not connected to any national politician who has a track record of corruption, I liked him even more. That was more than a year ago though, a couple of months before the 2016 General Elections.

I donated hundreds upon hundreds of T-shirts bearing Duterte’s name. I distributed thousands of Duterte stickers to Jeepney drivers and tens of thousands of rubber wristbands. My devotion to then unknown Duterte was unparalleled.

Several months after he took office as the new Philippine President, the New Bilibid Prison scandal broke out, and Sen. Leila De Lima was thrown inside the jail. Duterte accused De Lima of having bank accounts containing hundreds of millions of drug money, but that accusation has never been proven while De Lima is living with uncertainty behind bars.

After one year in office, Duterte’s cursing has been becoming stronger and stronger – an attitude that made himself looked like an uneducated bully who grew-up in a squatter’s area. As the years progress, Duterte is showing himself to the public a clear example of someone who, despite high education, has no breeding.

Duterte’s insults are backfiring towards him. His arrogance is becoming unbearable. Instead of proving himself innocent and silencing his critics, his rotting mouth is always in full display like a broken record (sirang plaka). Duterte is not a “strong man”. He is a weak old man who, like many other politicians, is hungry of power. Without guns and power, Duterte is nothing but a useless sob.

I didn’t like Sen. Antonio Trillanes ever since. But the continuing rift between him and the dirty old man only proves who is a better strategist. Trillanes is always calm, while Duterte is always a crybaby, like his disciple Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, an unqualified police officer to handle such big responsibility.

I couldn’t believe, that at the age of 72, Duterte still has no balls to silence his critic by signing a waiver. Instead, he continues to play people’s emotions In order to divert the real issue.

While Trillanes has proven Duterte wrong, the latter did nothing but hide behind his power.
Let’s take a look at Duterte’s failures and some lies

  1. He promised to end drug problem in three to six months.
  2. He boasted to end Marawi conflict in three days.
  3. He is fond of appointing unqualified and incompetent people due to “utang na loob” (debt of gratitude). Ex. Mocha Uson, Cesar Montano, etc.
  4. He is always full of himself, saying unnecessary words on the public. Example: In a speech during the DOJ anniversary, Duterte taunted some of his cabinet members of being first honors, but ended-up being his employees. “Si Delfin, si Domiguez, mga first honor yan, pero nasaan sila ngayon? Empleyado ko lang” – What exactly are you trying to say, Mr. President?
  5. He promised to double the salary of policemen.
  6. He promised to wipe-out rogue police, but in the case of Supt. Lito Cabamongan, the highest ranking police officer caught red-handed while taking meth, the officer only suspended more than 5 months later. No police officer has been jailed yet because of drugs, especially those who were caught in the act.
  7. He invented Trillanes’ fake bank accounts and lied to the whole public.

I supported Duterte’s war on drugs, but I do not support how it is carried out, especially when innocent people are killed by his trigger-happy policemen.

His plan to pick Brgy. Captains instead of going through elections is alarming and dangerous as well. If not endorsed by abusive people close to him, may alam kaya si Duterte kung sino ang i-appoint niyang maging Brgy. Captain sa lugar niyo? What a stupid plan. Appointing someone who local people don’t like will only result to a bigger problem. Is Duterte a real lawyer, or just old enough to think sensible things?

Duterte has been showing frustrations when taunted by his political opponents, especially Sen. Trillanes. Trillanes knows exactly what Duterte’s weakness is – galitin si Duterte at malay mo baka sa sobrang pagka-pikon ay atakihin sa puso. Duterte can’t really handle criticism, because he is not used to it.

“Ikaw ba naman ang hari sa Davao for more than 20 years. Hindi ka sanay na may taong bumabatikos at sumasagot sayo, tapos nong naging Presidente ka kaliwa’t kanan ang batikos? Duterte is not prepared for this kind of pressure”, political analyst Prof. Sotero Purcel said.
Why did I stop supporting Duterte? Well because he is starting to show his true colors. That he is nothing but incompetent President who only a leads in cursing, lying, and using force in order to achieve what he wants. I don’t expect him to finish his term. I don’t expect him to face his critics in a civil way. Duterte is half-civilized with zero breeding.

Only people with low-level IQ and without personal principles will continue to support this rogue president. /Rene Bustamente – Bacolod City/ is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for website owners to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon(.com,, .ca etc) and any other website that may be affiliated with Amazon Service LLC Associates Program.

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