By: Elena Grace Flores
President Rodrigo Duterte may sound firm in implementing the laws of the land but he’s not a dictator. Just like the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos, detractors call him dictator when the real authoritarian rulers are the pro-communists. In a democratic country, the rule of law must be implemented to maintain order. Now that the Philippines already has a top leader with political will, critics try to bring him down to mislead the public.
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Anti-Marcos and Duterte are Pro Liberal Party
Ferdinand E. Marcos’ 20-year rule says it all. The rising economy, effective infrastructures, quality public services and fair opportunities are just a few of his achievements. He thinks about the welfare of the Filipinos in everything that he does. Unlike in today’s politics, many politicians are defending its political party than the interest of its citizens. This is the reason why there are anti-Marcos and Duterte. They cannot accept the fact that the Liberal Party’s reign is over. They better sit tight because they really cannot handle it when Bongbong Marcos takes over.
President Duterte is not happy with regards to innocent lives being sacrificed during police operations. He is very sorry for this so-called collateral damage. It is not justifiable to have killed one in the process of saving many lives – but sometimes, such accident happens and must not be tolerated.
Filipinos Looking Up to Americans
President Duterte made a point telling people why look up to America when they cannot even solve their own problems? He cited issues with refugees, discrimination, and police abuses especially when it comes to black Americans. Why interfere with the country’s internal problem-solving process?
Many Filipinos are so inclined to the colonial mentality that it made them fearful to think that Americans will not back up Filipinos anymore. To the contrary, the President has the same inquiry to the Americans as the late Marcos. They have occupied the military bases in the Philippines for many years but what good does it bring to the Filipinos?