Editorial: Rody’s vision, the voice of exasperation

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Monday, August 4, 2014

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte last Sunday enumerated the various things he would do if ever he does end up in Malacañang.

At first glance, it looks like a list that threatens, something along the line of: You force me, then don’t blame me.

It outlines actions that reek of dictatorship, a one-man rule, an attack on democracy.


On second glance, it is the voice of the exasperated. Just like the millions of us.

First: Abolish Congress.

Why? Just imagine all those grandstanding we have had to endure through the years. Worst, after being proven to have misused their discretionary funds otherwise called the PDAF, they go on full attack against the DAP. Not that we’re saying either of the two is better than the other. It’s the tit-for-tat, an eye for an eye, childish play that has hostaged us and made to watch day in and day out. Worst, they spend millions of our money just to watch them try to out-talk each other in yet another investigation by the Congress.

Shut down the Bureau of Customs. Yes. After several attempts to clean up this slimy government agency, which has produced billionaires of officials and clerks who drive Porches and pistol-whip helpless students, it continues with its ways, seemingly unaffected by anyone who comes in with high ideals. Up your nose, it tells the Filipino people. This is our turf. There is no other way but to shut down this agency, as it is an open secret that everybody’s happy here, from the janitor to the high officials and anyone who dampens their happiness are in for some drubbing.

To retire all generals and retain only the 40 best and brightest. We’d love that, too. Really.

Form a coalition government where everyone has a role, a stake, and a say. It has been decades since the Communist rebellion and the Moro rebellion. The generation of graduates and young workers these days was not even in the thoughts of their parents yet, when these rebellions were hatched. And yet, the rebels are still there, rebelling. By giving them what they want, they will expose what they really are.

Finally, a federal form of government.

Mindanao has long been dreaming of that. But no, the Luzon-centric government wouldn’t want that. They are rich because of the shenanigans they can get away with in Mindanao (think Ampatuan wealth, election cheating, and mismanaged Armm funds, AK-47s in the hands of communist rebels, and a lot of other dubious facts). They are rich because Mindanao is very rich. But They are rich because never will they entertain a fair share for Mindanao.

“Muingon man gud ang mga taga Manila nga extremist ko. Tinuod na extremist ko. Pero kung gusto ninyo Makita ang resulta sa extremism sa pagdala sa trabaho, tan-awa ang Davao (Those from Manila refer to me as an extremist. I am an extremist. But if you want to see how extremism can bring in the jobs, then look at Davao). I will not allow oppression and abuse in my government,” the mayor said. Exasperation, indeed, is a state of being.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 05, 2014.


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