The durable Digong Duterte
"He hates the idea of Bongbong Marcos being elected president."Rodrigo Roa Duterte has been in the news lately for five reasons: One, he hates that daughter Sara Duterte opted to run for vice president instead of for president. After all, the feisty Davao mayor previously was leading over Bongbong Marcos in surveys for president before November 2021. Two, he hates the idea of Bongbong Marcos being elected president. BBM, he claims, sniffs cocaine, is a weak leader, and has nothing to show except the record of his famous dad. Duterte’s bet for president: Senator Bong Go, who, however, is languishing in surveys. Three, Duterte wants to be a senator. Sure to win, he could snatch the Senate presidency and be third in line of succession to the highest position in the land and a pain in the neck of a President Bongbong Marcos. Four, the International Criminal Court has suspended, temporarily, the investigation into extrajudicial killings which are subject of a possible case to be filed before the ICC. Duterte can spend Christmas and New Year with his family/lies without fear of ICC agents knocking at his door. State-sponsored illegal drugs killings under Duterte vary—from 6,201 during July 2016 to September 2021, to 8,663 per the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, to between 12,000 and 30,000 per documents submitted to the ICC. The NGO, Armed Conflict Location and Even Data Project, claims 7,742 killings since 2016. “The numbers are amplified,” says the newly minted Philippine National Police chief, police Lieut. Gen.Dionardo Carlos. “We were just doing our job,” he says. Five, finally, Duterte now hates the Chinese (After Pharmally, who is not). He thinks China has become lawless. The President told the ASEAN: “We abhor the recent event in the Ayungin Shoal and view with grave concern other similar developments. This does not speak well of the relations between our nations and our partnership. UNCLOS and the 2016 Arbitral Award provide legal clarity for all countries that subscribe to the majesty of the law. These two landmark documents are beacons pointing us to a just and fair solution to our disputes.” On Nov. 16, 2021, the Chinese coast guard blocked and water cannoned Philippine Navy boats bringing food supplies to eight to 10 Filipino sailors soldiers stationed at Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal), part of the Kalayaan Island Group located 105 nautical miles west of Palawan. The soldiers got their supplies yesterday. Pre-pandemic, Rodrigo Roa Duterte was going to be the best president. He built more infra than any other president in history. He built more infra than all four presidents before him combined. He brought poverty incidence to below 16 percent, a record low, and unemployment down to less than 5 percent, also a record low. The Philippines received more credit ratings upgrades than at any other time before him. Duterte initiated free college education and expanded universal health care, from 90 percent of the population to 100 percent. Build, Build, Build, under Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar raised infra spending to an average of 5.14 percent of GDP, from Fidel Ramos 1.7 percent; Joseph Estrada 1.62 percent; Gloria Arroyo 1.5 percent; and Benigno Aquino III 2.7 percent. Duterte poured more money into infrastructure — over P6 trillion in six years — than any president before him. DPWH under Villar built 145,000 classrooms, 2,000 school buildings, 5,555 bridges, and 26,500 kms. of roads, access roads, expressways, and tollways. Tax reform, under Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez, made the Philippines one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia. Transportation modernization under Department of Transportation Secretary Art Tugade made mass transportation safe, reliable, and available.
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