EXCEPT for the stragglers of the dying Yellow cult, I don’t think there’s any doubt that most people think that Rodrigo Duterte’s presidency has been successful. This is despite the worst natural disaster ever to have hit the country, the Covid-19 pandemic that has brought to their knees even the most developed countries in the world, such as the United States, the United Kingdom and even Germany.
“Successful” is even an understatement since Duterte has undertaken, as I have discussed last Wednesday, seven breakthroughs that will change the trajectory of our nation. These are his furious wars against the communist insurgency and illegal drugs; his efforts to weaken the exploitative Philippine oligarchy personified by the Lopez clan as well as these oligarchs’ (and mini-oligarchs, like the Philippine Daily Inquirer owners) weapon, their media outfits; his ending our vassalage to the US; his drive to finally build, what should have been built since our independence, modern infrastructure; and last, his bold resistance to the most elaborate scam ever foisted on the nation, the arbitration suit against China that was the project of a triad of oligarchs.
The masses have felt Duterte’s accomplishments, reflected in his record ratings by pollsters. Pulse Asia’s last survey gave him a 91 percent rating, the Social Weather Stations 72 percent. Compare these to the late President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s ratings at the start of his last year in office: 38 percent in PulseAsia’s poll and 32 percent in SWS.
It is easy to understand why Aquino’s political support plunged in the last phase of his presidency, while that of Duterte has remained at its high levels.
When Aquino delivered his last SONA in 2015, his presidency had already been condemned by most people because of his hijacking of the budget in 2011 through the so-called Disbursement Acceleration Program to bribe the Congress to remove the chief justice of the Supreme Court for the sake of his clan’s Hacienda Luisita, his government’s bungling in 2013 of the disaster and relief operations following the Yolanda super typhoon disaster that killed over 6,000 Filipino, and the Mamasapano massacre in 2015 of 44 elite police commandos because he refused to order his troops to rescue them.(more…)