Go forward with Duterte, or slide backward with the Liberal Party – Filipinos are left little choice

Of course, the “logically obsessed” would beg to disagree. They will contend that just because one criticizes Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, it doesn’t mean that they are “dilawan”, or siding with the Liberal Party (LP) – arguably the loudest voice in the opposition, or some people would like to say, the anti-Duterte camp. And vice versa: critics of the LP – a lot of them critics from the time of Duterte’s predecessor Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III, don’t necessarily support Duterte blindly.

The limitation here, however, is that perfectly logical arguments are made in vacuums – that is, they assume ideal settings where all sides not only all act perfectly rationally, but are perfectly and ideally organized and have well-defined stances.

When you take into consideration that, here in the Philippines, arguments become not only political, but personal in nature, it is expected that logic breaks down.

The political reality of the opposition remains essentially unchanged, something I described in a previous article: The problem that plagues the opposition to this administration remains seemingly unchanged from previous ones. The many voices in the wilderness just cannot get along with each other, and put a greater cause above themselves.

Because the opposition is unable to come together, there is consequently no alternative vision for what the Philippines’ future state should be.

Say what you will about the Duterte administration. Just to give a few examples, its anti-drug campaign has not been bloodless, and is hobbled by undesirable elements within the police’s own ranks. His spokespersons and communications team have yet to prove that they are capable of handling their jobs; they are getting trounced not only by the hostile mainstream media, but by Mocha Uson as well. Last example is that some of his cabinet members have been, for lack of a better word, duds.

However the Duterte administration falls short of a few expectations, it does not seem so for lack of trying; the obstacle is a power structure (i.e., people, behaviors, and a long-established network of favor-exchanging) that is not only desperate to cling to what it thinks it’s entitled to, it also will take more than one presidential term to dismantle.

Gruesome and undesirable as some of the methods, and results, may appear, Duterte’s vision of a drug-free Philippines, and that of a people less dependent on external influences for validation, have proven to be worth getting behind. Change is rarely painless; it may not always be for the better at first, but it is something Filipinos have decided they want. It is up to them to make it work.

I mentioned above the lack of cohesion and unity among the many voices in the opposition. As a result, it has become, unfortunately, defined by the loudest – not necessarily the most deserving to be heard – voice in the room, the LP’s. This is also why Filipinos have little choice: if they insist on staying passive and non-committal, then the loudest will dominate and “make the decision” for them.

We must emphasize, however, that the commitment Filipinos need to make is not to a personality, but to a desired path, and to a willingness to make institutions work for them.

Let’s see what the opposition offers.

The LP offers the status quo. Or rather, more accurately, they are mostly constrained to declaring what things shouldn’t be; it apparently does not have a clear vision of a future Philippines. Even worse, more often than not, the “solutions” they offer are untested, idealistic, are nothing more than motherhood statements, and are seemingly more about satisfying their sensibilities, than they are about actually working. The biggest failure of the LP as part of the opposition, however, is that it has exhausted all its credibility, particularly because of a long 30-year period of no results, when it was among the dominant forces in the political landscape.

Time as we know it moves only forward. Thus, insisting on the status quo is equivalent to moving the Philippines backward. Socio-political inertia is the Duterte administration’s greatest enemy: a society at rest will remain at rest until an external force is strong enough to move it. The Duterte administration can only get things done by applying enough force that results in movement; the opposition merely has to apply enough resistance to make it look like Duterte is ineffective. The opposition simply has to not lose.

Both sides (pro- and anti-Duterte) will inevitably use and abuse the following quote: “All that it takes for evil to prosper is for good men to do nothing.” For each of them, the other represents evil.

As much as we don’t want to reduce this to a choice for “the lesser evil”, it is inevitable.

One side is evil in the sense that it is willing to shake up the Filipinos’ pre-conceived notions and biases of what the Philippines can and should be. That same side is deemed evil, because it seems willing to accept human casualties to get what it wants, and because it is willing to sacrifice “entitlements” for yet-to-be-named long-term gains. The figurehead of this side is brusque, uncouth, incorrigible, and leaves a bad taste in the mouth, if you’re not used to him.

The other side, quite simply, pretends to be clean, but actually isn’t. Its historical way of “solving problems” is pretending that they don’t exist. This side is interested in opposition, not to round out pro-citizen discussions, but because it is simply hungry for power.

Go forward with Duterte, or slide backward with the Liberal Party – Filipinos have indeed left themselves little choice.

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707Toro007Hyden234565.999
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707Toro007Hyden234565.999
The Philippines has serious problems, that is a result of mismanagement and ineffective leadership, for many years. The Aquino era; had brought, inefficient leadership and , moral bankruptcy to our country. Graft and corruption became pandemic… Our brains are being drained, year in and year out…OFW with brains, migrate to other countries, because, they cannot find good opportunities in our own country. Besides, these people, rarely want to serve in the government…this is the reason, we cannot find a few good men, to serve in the government. The opposition, has no political ideology. It cannot offer a good vision or… Read more »
salagintong bukid
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the Motherland, Philippines, isn’t the one suffering. it’s the yellows and its LP army the one suffering. whatever they offers to the pilipinos is nothing but all lies to the mind of the people. it’s not leni who’s in a hurry but her Pied Piper for hacienda luisita to be save. that’s what they’re fighting for. what if one day the duterte administration ask the LP yellow army where are these millions of pesos given to them as bribes to impeach Corona? are they gonna be willing to return it to the people? they should.

Robert Haighton
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I am truly lost FallenAngel, when you say “go forward with Duterte”.
What did he do so far to make the lives of 100 million Filippinos any better? What did he do that shows any directions forward? Personally, I dont see anything that shows he wants to go forward.

Oh and pls dont mention the construction of roads, bridges etc.

Tokwa
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@Robert Haighton

In your opinion, what equates to moving forward?

Robert Haighton
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Tokwa, Based on my experiences here in GRP, I am afraid answering your question will lead to a new stand-off. The one stand-odd is “your forwardness, is my backwardness. I hear/read that phrase so often, that it even ends all normal conversations. While we all have the same wish for the Philippines to head to. Having said all that. Moving forward – initiated by a government/president – is done by facilitating laws, rules and regulations that favour ALL Filipinos. Or at least as many as possible. Till today, I havent seen that happen (yet). One of those laws could have… Read more »
Tokwa
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@Robert Haighton

IMHO you’re contradicting yourself, you said “Moving forward – initiated by a government/president – is done by facilitating laws, rules and regulations that favour ALL Filipinos.”. And yet your example “One of those laws could have been granting homosexuals civil wedding.” does not affect ALL Filipinos.

My question still remains, “In your opinion, what equates to moving forward?”.

salagintong bukid
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Robert, you’re really lost. how could you make a better living if these mices and rats inside your house shitting all over your food, and inside your closets. you got to exterminate them first for a better living free of all those bacterias they’re proliferating.

David Roxas
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Go forward with Duterte? Wherever he takes the Philippines it will only last for 6 years. 6 years is not enough time to disassemble and rebuild the national psyche. Who cares if he literally builds roads if the people don’t have the foresight to maintain them after he is gone? He may trim the hedges but any gains made will require the next man in office to remain tending that garden. It’s very easy to be fatalistic and pessimistic about the political and cultural situation in this country but that’s only because the national consciousness is not very conscious. Alexis… Read more »
Dom
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His trying to change the system into a federal-parliamentary form of governance and doing away with the 60-40 ownership restriction, isn’t that moving forward for you Robert Haighton? Why do you put too much focus on same-sex marriage which only benefit a few people when there are more other cogent issues which can alleviate majority of the Filipinos, is it because you’re one of those who can benefit from it?

Robert Haighton
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Dom, Will I personally benefit from a legal same-sex marriage in PH? To be honest, no. For the simple reason that I am not gay. And besides that, and even as heterosexual – I dont even need to marry (in my own country) to have a fullfilling and wholesome, happy life. Allowing LG people in the Philippines to have a legal wedding sends out a much deeper message. With all criticism Duterte claimed (against the RC church amongst one of them) he can finally send a message that he is moving forward and that he is looking outside the box.… Read more »
patrizia
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the choice is simple- up or down, left or right. one choice. it does not cover what happens next. it is just a simple personal choice one has to make.

actjaxs3000
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Filipinos fail, because everyone here attacks people that do not do their will or believe the way they do. Example, you want someone to think about changing to your political party or way of thinking. You do not start the conversation with a insult. This example is being seen in America right now and it is destroying the country. Right and left constantly attack each other. 25% are on the right and 25% percent on the left and now we have 50% of the people that are no longer in the political process. The lowest number of percentages people showed… Read more »
Dom
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Robert Haighton, Duterte is only citing the present law on same-sex marriage and he’s not going oppose if someone amends it. A lot of the LGBT community supports him and getting hitched with the same sex is the least of their concern. Maybe you haven’t read or heard anything regarding constitutional change because you’re mostly reading into the government destabilizers propaganda machine. A google will do that it is moving now. Were it not for the several investigations in aid of destruction and grandstanding by the idiot in the legislature, they would have done a lot of work now crafting… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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Tokwa, Whatever a government/administration/president does, it will never and can never be beneficial for ALL. At least not to the same extent. Let me give you an example: A president (or government) decides to lower the income tax rate. That seems beneficial for everybody, right? But it aint. You make 1 million in a tax year and I make 100,000 in a tax year. Before the new law is implemented we both paid 25% income tax. With the new law, we pay 15%. Who do you think benefits most? Right. You! How to make this more equal? The government will… Read more »
Tokwa
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@Robert Haighton

Then your premise “Moving forward – initiated by a government/president – is done by facilitating laws, rules and regulations that favour ALL Filipinos.” is nothing but an impossible dream since you also said “Whatever a government/administration/president does, it will never and can never be beneficial for ALL. At least not to the same extent.”.

Thus my question still remains, “In your opinion, what equates to moving forward?”.

Robert Haighton
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Tokwa,
Moving forward for me means: having a better life today compared to yesterday. Being able to make and have choices in life.

Tokwa
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@Robert Haighton

Then what makes you think that Filipinos don’t have a better life today compared to yesterday? And are not able to make and have choices in life?

actjaxs3000
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Dom, you own words reject your own belief. You cannot say Du30 is just following the law, then turn around and get mad when Delima and others questioning him not following the law with for examples the drug killings. Lying, being corrupt, and covering up has become normal in this administration. The problem by not following the law is it creates a slippery slope. People start to not remember what is right and what is wrong. Example these killings were okay. Here is the problem. The police have been giving full permission to be corrupt about killing people and no… Read more »
salagintong bukid
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actjax, you wrote too long. a picture of de lima with druglords partying means to the people a thousand words. the physics is in it.

Dom
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actjaxs3000, you wrote a lot of sentences but yet basically said nothing. You’re the one who is contradicting yourself and you’re only laughing at your own idiocy and not to our government or to anyone else..

actjaxs3000
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Dom, simple question is your constitution and law for everyone in this country or not? If you say yes then this includes your president and all the People of the Philippines. This means everyone including drug people should be arrested. Change the law to include the death penalty, for anything you want. you cannot want law and order for just a few people and not all and yes this includes Delima, drug users , child abusers, rapist and everyone else. After they are found guilty kill them if that is the law your country passes. The problem is right now,… Read more »
salagintong bukid
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the Philippines cannot change its system to federalism right away or else the enemies of the state will walk away. it can only be change when the cleansing is done. the scenario right now is, the yellow dynasty as the respondent and their 87 yellow constitution the complainant. it was supposed to be used for their enemy but they’re now the enemy of the state.

Robert Haighton
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Tokwa, based on my experiences IN your country, based on conversations with Filipinos and based on laws, rules, regulations and the culture and religion in your country, Filipinos dont have choices. Therefore, it is hard (but still not impossible) to have a better life today compared to yesterday. How come that so many male Filippinos leave their GFs (behind) with kids? And why do those women (or girls) accept that? How come those girls/women dont learn from other people’s (girls/women) mistakes? Every time, I ask those girls/women why the BF left them. Without exception, they respond in unison “I dont… Read more »
Tokwa
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@Robert Haighton You’re generalizing too much and most of your arguments have flaws. “based on my experiences IN your country, based on conversations with Filipinos and based on laws, rules, regulations and the culture and religion in your country, Filipinos dont have choices.” How come? Kindly provide an example. “Therefore, it is hard (but still not impossible) to have a better life today compared to yesterday.” IMHO it is still a choice, unfortunately it is only a hard choice. “How come that so many male Filippinos leave their GFs (behind) with kids? And why do those women (or girls) accept… Read more »
d_forsaken
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Failipinos in the Failippines always say in the end they only regret the choices they didn’t make but I really think Failipinos also regret the choices they were foolish enough to make.

Greg
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I don’t believe Filipinos have many choices in life, which is evidenced by the fact that one out of ten Filipinos work outside the country to make a living. I watch the Filipino channels and ads come on about money services to send money back home. This almost seems to be celebrated, when it should be an embarrassment.

donjon
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@Robert Haighton

Never try to compare apples from oranges because they will never be same.

You need to get out of your cocoon and put oneself in Filipinos shoes to understand them

Robert Haighton
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Don, for as long s you are NOT an alien from outer space, we (you and I) are humans. We both are human beings. So, your remark about oranges and apples, dont wash. We are humans and are driven by the same ambitions. We want the best. Personally, I cant help it that you are still in the survival mode (the lowest/bottom layer of Maslow’s pyramid). But you need not to be there (in that layer). If one has to come out of a cocoon, it are people in your country. You have to got to learn the concept of… Read more »
donjon
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@Robert Haighton

We are not talking about type of creatures here we are talking about different cultures. It is obvious you are lost in the topic and personally attack me. Please stick to the topic and be humble. No one will be ever remember you when you continue this kind of arrogance.

Robert Haighton
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Don, I let myself get carried away in my previous comment. I am not here (planet earth) to be remembered by the masses. My ‘reward’ is my paycheck every month. Arrogant again? I am sorry but its the naked truth. Culture? Culture is something (wo)man made. So, what is made by (wo)man can be changed/altered (by man and woman). And yes I know what you are talking about when you use the C word. For me, its the same as using the victim card. I will never say: “if you dont like it, then leave the country.” Instead, I will… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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Don, One other thing (or maybe two other things). Recently your president said he is against same-sex marriage. Did he say that as a president or as private person? No matter what, that was a chance to go forward. And yes I do know that same-sex marriage is not your biggest problem. But no matter how you look at it, it is a giant leap forward. But your president denied the PH to go that giant leap forward. So, that is again one argument against the title of this article A government must set the path to modernize its country… Read more »
Propaganda Boy
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