The regime of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte happened not because of a template for “dictatorship” cut by vintage 1970s “tyrant” Ferdinand Marcos. Duterte “happened” because he represented a voters’ swing to an alternative to the status quo overseen by the progeny governments of the 1986 “people power revolution”.
That revolution promised Filipinos change. Instead it gave them more of the same, but with different names. The Philippines did not transform into a just and transparent democracy, it turned into a caricature of democracy — one where patronage continued to reign, justice was selective, and where local governments cultivated vast bases of voters farmed on acres of “informally-settled” public land.
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Riding upon this infrastructure of social dysfunction was a new breed of oligarchs and carpetbaggers who continued a tradition of monopolistic business enterprise that harvested wealth from the Philippines’ hinterlands and the pockets of beneficiaries of OFW remittances and funneled it into Imperial Manila. All the while, a powerful media machine churned out propaganda that kept Filipinos in perpetual awe of the current order which, they were told, was a system to be defended to the death lest the old “evil” order of the Marcos “regime” come back with a vengeance. This was at a cost to the police and the Army both of which went on to suffer bad guy roles in a narrative of heroic martyrs and prayerful “human rights” crusaders.
This environment of perverse liberalism was the opportunity waiting for an alternative to make its mark. Duterte was seen by the Filipino voter as that alternative. It can’t be any simpler than that. The Duterte campaign, by design or by accident (we may never know), thumbed its nose at the trite promises of the old status quo which had worn its political brand equity to tatters after several decades delivering mediocre-to-zero results and, while at it, presented a vision and platform that appealed to the practical needs of ordinary Filipinos.
Put the vision and platform of the Duterte campaign side-by-side with the relatively abstract and high-nosed motherhood hipster aspirations for “social justice”, “human rights”, and “decency” of what today is the Opposition and it became, hands down, the winning narrative in 2016.
In short, the disente narrative of the Liberal Party (LP, a.k.a. the Yellowtards) overpromised and under-delivered and the vote for Duterte in 2016 was the protest vote against that failure. The only tangible achievement following the rise of the Yellowtards is to prove that Filipinos were not poor back in the 1970s because of a lack of freedom. The freedom “won back” in 1986 did not change the fundamental character of Philippine society. Freedom, instead, highlighted the true nature of the character of Philippine society by exhibiting the sorts of politicians Filipinos would go on to freely elect to lead and represent their interests. This freedom also revealed the quality of the entertainment and “information” Filipinos would routinely tune into en masse. It would also go on to reveal how inept Filipinos are at critically evaluating important issues when left to their idle devices (in both the figurative and literal senses of that last phrase).
Note in the above the lack of anything amongst the factors that led to Duterte’s ascent to power that has anything to do with Marcos, his family, or his Martial Law “regime”. That is because Marcos did not make Duterte happen. Filipinos made Duterte happen thanks to Noynoy’s incompetence.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.
6 Replies to “How Noynoy’s incompetence made Duterte happen”
The EDSA “revolution” was not a revolution. It was a U.S./C.I.A. – U.S. State Department sponsored coup d’ etat , with the help of Ramos, Enrile, the Roman Catholic Church, the Feudal Oligarchs, some political opportunists, etc…
It brought nothing new to the Filipinos, and common people, like us. It was more of the same; if not worse of the same. The old politically corrupt machinery of the pre Marcos and Marcos era, was replaced by more and worse politically corrupt machinery of the Aquino Cojuangco political axis. The political opportunist , just changed their loyalties, and there was :”tuloy ang pagnanakaw, kaya tuloy ang ligaya”…
There were: Hacienda Luisita massacre; Mendiola massacre; Dacer-Corbito unresolved murder case; Luneta tourist massacre; Maguindanao massacre; Mamapasano massacre; etc..
There was “LagLag Bala” extortion scheme at the International Airport, done by Aquino and Abaya. There were: DAP, PDAF, Pork Barrel Bribery, etc…done by Aquino and Abad, with the complicity of Porky Drilon and most sitting politicians…
The Typhoon Yolanda Fund was swallowed by the “Black Hole” pocket of Mar Roxas…
It was just the old corrupt ” political dogs”, with new collars, and new masters . We are observing in wait and see attitude, what Pres. Duterte, can do !
The proliferation of Shabu drug; the rise of the Drug Lords; Narco politics; the widespread immorality of public officials, massive graft and corruption, etc…are the legacies of Pnoy Aquino administration.
The Rise of Islamic Militants, like the ISIS-Maute Group, resulting in the War in Marawi City, are the results of the incompetence of the Pnoy Aquino administration.
We should hang this retarded, lazy and incompetent individual. He caused more harm to us, than good !
boklogs talaga si pnoy kahit kailan. stupid aquinos and roxas curse them to death
Ignorance is the worst liberation. To know even a few is better than knowing nothing at all.
Whatever caused it, we’re now stuck in a ridiculous situation that only serves to push our country backwards even further. The poor get poorer while funding that should be spent on immediate aid for the impoverished is spent on a hopeless personal crusade that simply can’t succeed. What a laughing stock we’ve become, and self righteous ignorance makes us proud of it! I’m not proud that we waste money hand over fist, steal it through unchecked & never ending corruption, but still go cap in hand to all and sundry begging for handouts…
Great piece, spot on