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When Rodrigo Roa Duterte declared his candidacy for the Presidency in 2015, and in the bruising election campaign that followed from February to May 2016, he was very candid. The most genuine candidate amongst traditional politicians.
He was humble enough to say that he would adopt the good proposals of his rivals, and bold enough to say that his Presidency will be bloody.
He often said, “gusto ko komportable lang ang buhay ninyo. Di masyadong mayaman, di naman pobre. Yung sakto lang, at makalakad inyong mga anak ng maayos kahit madaling araw.”
In other words, a comfortable life for all Filipinos. This is an all-encompassing vision that includes Daang Matuwid, Strong Republic, Angat Pinoy.
I have watched and listened to most of his speeches. He is not an orator like past politicians, rather he is a narrator.
He narrates the travails of his life, his experience, his pains as President, his love for the Philippines.
And we all know that in a narration, one part does not equate to the entire narrative. Here, media and the Opposition would force certain issues by taking one part and leaving everything else behind. Thereby, inciting hatred where the “intelligent” wokes are willing victims.
But as Foreign Affairs Secretary Locsin said in Vienna in March 2019, “we wouldn’t mind a little understanding.”
THE DUTERTE BRAND
The first half of the President’s term was focused on laying out the blueprint, correcting the mistakes of the past, focusing on short-term goals while working on the long-term solutions to our decades-old problems.
The Duterte brand is not complex. It is pragmatism. And to an extent, practical and practicable.
The Duterte brand essence: Tapang at Malasakit.
All his promises, semi-fulfilled, fulfilled despite the noisy opposition led by the Liberal Party and some alums of the Ateneo de Manila.
Independent foreign policy was pursued to assure stability and consistency in both trade and geopolitics. This has made the wokes and the pussyfoots very uncomfortable, them being so accustomed to Hollywood propaganda.
THE FINAL 2 YEARS, WITH COVID-19
This is the most challenging part. Any leader who has done well must outdo himself.
This is the situation of the President and the Government today.
Economy, fighting despite the pandemic. Military, stable. Foreign policy, consistent. Basic services, enabled.
Trust and approval ratings, record-breaking.
Expectations are rising. A good problem.
The Opposition is making a last push to stay relevant in 2022.
This is what I see: The President, though sometimes hurt and bruised, will continue to do his best to fulfill his vision of a comfortable life for all.
This is what I say: We are behind you, Mr. President. It is a great honor and privilege to be one of your soldiers fighting for a better Philippines.
HAPPY 4 YEARS, MR. PRESIDENT.
Duterte, forever! 👊🏼🇵🇭