Former Philippine President Rody Duterte’s alleged fentanyl driven rants against President Bongbong Marcos and House Speaker Martin Romualdez at what was supposed to be a prayer rally in Davao City has been met with overwhelming push-back from the broader swath of Philippine society.
Speaker Romualdez quipped that Duterte shouldn’t be throwing stones in his proverbial glass house, but personally, I’d advise the former president against raging inside a padded cell.
Apart from the wild and unsubstantiated accusation that President Marcos was drug addled and an addict, the eighty year old former president also accused Speaker Romualdez (and alternatively, congress-at-large) of bribing people to support a People’s Initiative to amend the Philippine Constitution. Duterte made unsubstantiated claims that efforts to amend the four decade old constitution was intended to install a parliamentary form of government which would enable the Marcoses to perpetuate themselves in power indefinitely.
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Duterte described congressmen supporting the people’s initiative as greedy and even accused First Lady Liza Araneta Marcos of being power hungry.
Watching the whole thing unfold over nearly an hour was like watching a psychotic vagrant raging in the middle of EDSA and I actually found myself wishing for Duterte to stop making a fool of himself.
Clapping back on Duterte’s putrid antics, President Marcos responded with compassion saying that the former president’s state of mind could have been brought about by years of fentanyl use and that his doctors should take better care of him.
Speaker Romualdez, at a party leaders’ caucus just a few hours after Duterte’s embarrassing rant on January 28, said that, “Sa pamilyang Duterte, siguro konting galang naman sa ating mahal na Presidente tsaka sa pamilya niya. Noong panahon ninyo, iginalang namin kayo. Masyadong maaga naman ninyo gustong ipabagsak ang rehimen ni Bongbong.”
As far as constitutional amendments are concerned, Romualdez also rightly pointed out that Duterte had actually used his office as well as line agencies to push for what amounts to an overhaul of the constitutions political provisions by turning the country into a union of federated states.
“Pederalismo. Yan ay hindi lang amendment ng political provisions, kung hindi pagbabago ng buong system of government. Mukhang hindi niya nakayanan gawin. Baka at the very least, binubudol-budol tayo noon, kasi yang (pederalismo) ang naging basihan ng pagtakbo niya bilang presidente. Tapos maalala rin natin na sabi niya na in six months matatapos niya ang problema ng bansa sa drugs, pero sa anim na taon niya may drugs pa rin. Maganda mag-isip isip muna siya bago magsalita.”
A shift to a union of federated Philippine states would have enabled the Duterte’s to perpetuate themselves as the “forever” kings/queens of a Mindanao State and this is a far worse than merely allowing full foreign ownership in the Philippines. This actually entails breaking up the country and paving the way for a Duterte Kingdom of Mindanao.
Romualdez didn’t mention it, but as far as so-called greed for money is concerned, Duterte’s administration has been accused of misspending a considerable portion of the P7.6 Trillion national debt that he generated as well as the fact that his daughter, VP Inday Sara Duterte spent P125 Million in 11 days and son, Congressman Pulong Duterte, is being questioned over the P51 billion in congressional allotments to his district.
Indeed, as Romualdez put it, “People living in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”
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