Mareng Winnie is slipping. You’d think she would have learned a bit about political theatre since the time that she ran for the Senate in 2001 and lost. She also dropped the ball with her defunct public affairs program on GMA with Oca Orbos and what she has running now — or has that been cancelled as well?
In her Inquirer piece today “Why he’s running for VP”, columnist Winnie Monsod “googled the number of times President Duterte talked of resigning from the presidency” and, guess what, found that “not a year has passed since 2018 that he hasn’t talked about resigning”. So, Mareng Winnie thinks out loud, “now he is agreeable to run for the vice presidency (“it is a good idea”) as requested/implored by his party-mates, so that, as they reasoned, he could continue the government programs he has started.” This leads Monsod to wonder out loud to her readers… “Mr. Duterte no longer tired and unhappy and frustrated, as he himself declared? Is he physically and mentally better off now?”
So much for any semblance of useful political insight from our revered “thought leaders”.
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With less than a year left, the Opposition continues to dance to Duterte’s tune. You would think they would’ve learned their lesson by now. There is a cognitive dissonance among them who have the ideal or stereotype President in their heads against what Duterte actually is. He already said several times that he is not a statesman. He has a Mayor’s mindset. The Opposition then responds that the Philippines is not Davao but the former Mayor of Davao runs the country like it is one big city.
Monsod claims Duterte has achieved nothing. There is plenty to see. It’s just that they don’t want to. There is tax reform, infrastructure development and increased spending for social services. The economy was doing well until the pandemic struck. Other countries are in the same boat, even the developed ones. Monsod just does not want to acknowledge these. As far as violating the Constitution goes, the Edsa 2 ouster of then President Joseph “Erap” Estrada in 2001 is Exhibit A. That was a constitutional violation because Erap did not resign. Davide invented “constructive resignation” as the justification.
If Duterte runs for Vice-President with Senator Bong Go as President and they win, Go’s resignation paves the way for Duterte to succeed him. Succession is the operative word not reelection. In case Mareng Winnie forgot, it’s still up to the people who they vote for. It falls within the aegis of democracy. The Opposition is just piqued with Duterte’s audacity. No good boxer telegraphs his punches. The Opposition did not see this coming which is why they are seething. So much for the dumb promdi from Davao. Duterte has them all incensed and confused.
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