Revolutionary Government

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By Jun Ledesma


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

THE pressure on Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to run for President has been mounting, this despite his declaration and warning that if he is President he will declare a revolutionary government and abolish congress and institute radical reforms, which will not sit well with some quarters who are used to enjoy the excesses of their libertarian lifestyle.

In his recent TV appearance, Digong gave us a glimpse of how it will be under a Duterte Presidency. Aside from abolishing the legislative department he will give business a free hand on how to run business without intervention from the government. Civilian and military components of the Armed Forces of the Philippines will get double their present salaries but maximum penalty will be exacted against those who will violate their code of conduct. Duterte said a mouthful, with each item extraordinarily and horrendously on the extreme requiring extraordinary solutions.

We are on the edge where we when we play possum we suffer the consequence of a corrupt government that is hiding behind the huge billboard of the slogan “Daang Matuwid”. The President refused to take action against his subalterns and partymates who are engaged in wheeling-dealing with the likes of Janet Napoles. If the sins of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will be the bases of plunder, Muntinglupa and all the detention cells in Metro Manila will not be enough to accommodate the plunderers under the Aquino administration.


The soft-glove policy on smugglers has never been as scandalous as now. We submit that it is a near impossibility to locate the missing Malaysian ill-fated plane in the depths of the vast ocean, but we just cannot accept that nearly 2,000 vans of contraband that left the Bureau of Customs in Manila enroute to Cavite cannot be located up to this time. As if this venality is not enough, the BOC officials involved in this caper were recalled from suspension and scandalously awarded a three-stepper promotion!

When Mayor Rodgrigo Duterte pointed at David Bangayan in the Senate floor as the head of the rice smuggling syndicate, the Department of Justice who had been hunting Bangayan was hedging to arrest the suspect. Instead of slapping him with a crime that will not allow him bail, he was charged of pilferage. Of course Bangayan laughed his way to freedom. When Delfin Lee was arrested for multi-billion syndicated estafa, Malacanan’s initial reaction was to ask why he was collared. Later the head of Task Force Tugis was publicly chastised and debased by no other than the President himself instead of extolling the efficiency of the cop before his fellow policemen.

Where is the sanity in these? I thought that only the global weather changed. Even the sense of fairness, justice and equanimity of some people do. When Duterte ordered the neutralization of kidnappers Human Rights Commission Chairperson Etta Rosales came out on nationwide TV to condemn the Mayor saying that what they did on the members of the kidnap-for-ransom syndicate was “murder”. These days CHR is still pinning the mayor on the issue of extra-judicial killings alleging that the mayor was behind the Davao Death Squad. It’s funny and pathetic since DDS was a phantom created by a police general at the height of communist insurgency in Davao City.

Will Mayor Duterte run for President? Your guess is as good as mine. But that question can be answered by several other questions. Do you love a sterile Congress so much that never mind if for the last 365 days it only passed one piece of legislation that became a law? Shall we countenance the magma of corruption that has dissipated the nation’s coffers? If we have become so inured to corruption and moral decadence in governance then Duterte is not the kind of President this country needs. Since the ills that beset our government today need radical expurgation and to do that requires a revolutionary leader which Duterte says he shall be then think again. As Duterte implies, he might not be the kind of President you want him to be as he is not in the mold of politicians who do not have fire in their bellies.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 17, 2014.


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