Glad to see Manila Standard columnist Lito Banayo share my opinion in his piece “The disruptor”. Anyone who wants to challenge the administration will have to be as disruptive as the incumbent. Banayo happily points out the winning formula at play again in these times of impending election campaign writing “[President Rodrigo] Duterte is once again the ‘disruptor,’ a role he played successfully in 2015 leading to his victory in 2016.”
But who will the disruptor choose? The daughter disdains the PDP as a flag, and would rather cobble a coalition with GMA and her Lakas, plus virtually hollowed-out parties as the late Miriam Santiago’s People’s Reform Party.
The loyal assistant meanwhile is likewise being egged upon to run for president, even if he seems truly reluctant, and may accept a secondary role, as vice-president.
It looks like a replay of 2015. Substitution shall be the weapon of choice in the forthcoming jousts.
I’m sounding like a broken record by constantly repeating that the old campaign norms don’t apply anymore since the landscape was altered by the promdi from Davao City. He continues to be disruptive with his threat to run for VP and his continuing advise to his daughter not to run for President. None of the challengers have presented a disruptive platform to the public. There is Vice President Leni Robredo with her motherhood statements. Former Senator Antonio Trillanes with his corruption exposés. Senator Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao with his Ma-ney machine.
The Ping Lacson – Tito Sotto campaign floated the idea of running the country like a corporation in the same manner Singapore does. If they will pursue this then it would be best to spin-off the regions into separate business units. The tandem is silent on federalism and Constitutional amendments but moving forward in the pandemic environment requires disruption to counter the disruption caused by the pandemic. Think Schumpeter and his economic theory of creative destruction. You need to destroy first in order to create. Duterte may have had this in mind when he ran for President. He destroyed the political template. He destroyed the Office of the President in terms of how things get done. He is not a statesman but acts more of a Mayor but gets the job done.
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Six years is too short for a good President. For the sake of argument, let’s just say that Duterte is a good President because the late former President Noynoy Aquino set the bar very low. Still you can’t discount the fact that it is not everyday you see a President threatening oligarchs on national television. It was usually the other way around in the past. Bottomline, it won’t be a business-as-usual campaign. The conductor is leading the orchestra and he continues with his disruption. Duterte is the black swan of Philippine politics. Much to the chagrin of the establishment.
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