I showed the “Duterte rape joke” video to guys not in the internet on three occasions, family drivers, tryke drivers, construction workers. The reaction was unanimous that Rodrigo Duterte (DU30) was not cracking a necrophiliac joke, nor was he promoting rape. They interpreted “dapat na-una mayor” as “tarantado kayo, mas tarantado ako”. It was to them a rape joke alright, but as I already suspected, not about rape per se, but in advanving his machismo image. So, I understand now why the audience laughed.
I will speculate that in the next survey, we will see a decrease in number in the ABC crowd, which has been his forte, but perhaps not that much since this segment, I guess, is more interested in a protest vote or a vote of disgust with the incumbent. On the other hand, he might have picked up votes in the D and E since the tabloids have picked up on the story.
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DU30 now concentrates his campaign on the National Capital Region (NCR), Cebu, and Mindanao, and he is well on his way to the palace by the Pasig River. Bongbong Marcos (BBM) has also cementing his lead via Luzon and the NCR, concentrating on labor groups where he has gained much support of even those who used to be dissidents of Martial Law (ML).
If ever, it is Grace Poe who would have gained from Duterte’s rape joke scandal because the favorability survey of Mar Roxas and Jejomar Binay are in the scale of hate. People are just repulsed by these two.
But what is more worrisome now is that President Benigno Simeon Aquino III (PNoy) said he will lead a people power uprising if a DU30-BBM win happens. This is not an empty threat. He might not have people since his favorability rating is now zero in NCR and his Laglagan Party will no longer be there. Unfortunately, his core group remains. These bastards think the Philippines is all about them and all for them. They created a bubble economy to prop up their image, but really not to help the country. They will now incite havoc to burst that bubble. They can do that easily. PNoy has demonstrated his capability for treason just to advance themselves as he did in his now-infamous Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) project.
A DU30-BBM tandem will hit the ground running, and PNoy has to be careful or he will likely end up in jail. DU30 will resist every provocation to declare ML as this will only prove PNoy correct. But, the amount of chaos that will be created will be a measure of the extent to which the stupidity of PNoy will go. A stupid president will leave a stupid legacy. Just wish the likes of Raffy Alunan, Dante Liban, Roman Romulo, etc. instead of Pacquiao, Villanueva, Hontiveros, etc were in the Senate to help, but it seems the Senate will be more of the same, and it could be another problem.
So people will rejoice that change has come on May 9, but that change might not be beautiful in first two years because PNoy that early period could serve as a testing phase for PNoy’s on-going post-presidential stupidity.
GRP Featured Comment hall-of-famer. Former executive of the Far East Regional Office of a US-based multinational company living out of a suitcase covering the market from Tokyo to Mumbai to Melbourne, and all the countries within that triangle. Got tired after logging 300k air miles per year. Now, I just have a little trading biz on specialty chemicals.