What Will Happen If VP Sara Duterte Succeeds President Bongbong Marcos?

A week or two ago, I was watching Stephen CuUnjieng talking about why foreign investments continue to shy away from the Philippines. Among the many things he said, one that stood out was the country’s apparent lack of long term planning and a consistent following through on that plan.

In the Philippines, every newly elected President represents a divergence from the policies, programs, and plans made by the President he or she succeeded. The divergence itself may vary, both in magnitude and in area, but the result is always the same and that is a shift in the country’s focus as well as direction.

In former President Rodrigo Duterte’s presidency, the bigger emphasis was on “winning” the war on drugs.

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This so-called war failed. As far as anyone with an internet connection and Google can find out, the illegal drug trade continues in this country and it doesn’t look like it will end anytime soon — if that is even possible. The only noteworthy results of this grand fiasco was that it, in the course of pursuing this “war”, Duterte succeeded in racking up charges of massive human rights abuses and alienating the international community — save, except for the Russia, People’s Republic of China, Mongolia, North Korea, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

Perhaps a saving grace of Duterte’s presidency is the emphasis (although much lesser) given to infrastructure building or the so-called “Build Build Build” program and this has become one of the central programs of President Bongbong Marcos’s administration.

The continuation of Build Build Build (renamed Build Better More) as well as more focus on agriculture, the revival of mining operations, tourism, and other bright spots for investment, Marcos is also on the right track in reconnecting the Philippines to the proverbial river of global investment.

If Marcos manages to make good on plans of getting the economy back on its feet (and I figure it will take most of his administration to barely get us there), we may see the emergence of a stronger, more numerous Filipino middle class because he is putting in more of the country’s money behind prosperity programs instead of anti-poverty programs which just bread more poverty.

It would be an absolute dung-kicker move if our voters elect another Duterte hoping for a repeat of Rodrigo’s misguided all-balls/all-mouth no-brain leadership.

So far, as we have seen in the past year, Vice President Sara’s leadership has amounted to dole outs galore through the satellite offices of her office and a failure to deliver any meaningful improvement on public education — which she directly handles as Education secretary. It would be great if she could claim to have actually been integral to the defeat of the so-called terrorist communists a. k. a. New People’s Army, but she’s just the chief blabber mouth of NTF ELCAC.

Based on her moves so far, if she does succeed Marcos as President, we can look forward to enabling mendicancy as the cherry on top of a plethora of populist programs that have no hope of changing what needs to be changed: Da Pobresito Pinoy.

As they say, “Hard times create strong men, strong men create good times, good times create weak men, and weak men create hard times.” In this series of turns from strong men to weak men, I do hope that Marcos is the strong man that creates good times and perhaps someone like House Speaker Martin Romualdez is the “just as strong” man that leads us to better times.

One Reply to “What Will Happen If VP Sara Duterte Succeeds President Bongbong Marcos?”

  1. In my opinion, the first thing that needs to be addressed is the abysmal “education” system in this country. Due to the sudden death of his mother, I now have custody of my nearly 14 Y/O son & I’m now getting my first actual experience with DepEd here in Tagaytay. While waiting for him to take an incoming assessment exam I spoke to a teacher and asked why, in a tourist town, in a country where education is mandated for every child, why do I happen across so many high school and college age people who cannot speak a word of English? The teacher said that many children do not attend (FREE) school for a number of reasons, including poverty, and she went on to say that unlike America where everything is free, including lunch, kids here do not get a free lunch. I didn’t have the chance to tell her that ONLY poor children get a free lunch and everyone else either carries their lunch or pays for it in the cafeteria.

    Another thing she talked about was transportation to & from school being a problem for poor families. THAT is 1 problem this country can & should fix. IN America (yes I’m American), if a child lives more than a quarter mile from school (.4km) a yellow school bus comes by and fetches him or her to & from school so there is no excuse to now go to school. Those buses also take children to & from private schools such as Catholic & other religion run schools. Meals for poor children either should be provided or the kids would carry whatever they would normally eat at home.

    I went to an outstanding, very progressive Catholic high school in Pennsylvania and I am 100% convinced that the day I graduated high school in 1969 I had an education at least equivalent to that of a PhD issued by any Philippine university, and that is just sad.

    Fix your education system and make the business climate more welcoming (less paperwork and fewer bribes required) and an overall better business environment will help immensely.

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