On one level, there is nothing wrong with having separate inaugurations.
But on another level I can also see why separate inaugurations are not healthy.
Our presidential elections are always very heated and divisive exercises and on top of that our presidents and vice presidents with the exception of GMA and Noli come from opposing camps.
So a joint inauguration serves as a symbol of healing and national unity after a hard-fought election. It is a symbolic call to the people to accept the popular mandate and to unite behind it.
In fairness to the du30 camp, their spokesman explained that the Rizal Hall in Malacañan fits only 500 guests. He added that with the diplomatic corps, the members of Congress, the military and police officials, and other government officials only 190 seats will be left for du30′s personal guests so there is simply not enough room to accommodate Leni and her crowd. In other words, the Rizal room just does not have any room for any symbolism of healing and national unity.
Of course that begs the question, why not hold the inauguration in a larger place?
Is one man’s idea of simplicity more important than sounding a call for healing and national unity?
So Du30′s son posted on his Facebook page a photo of the temporary operator’s permit (TOP) issued to him for speeding.
I guess the point was to prove no one is above the law, right?
Media lapped that one up. Obviously, media forgot what his father had to say about speedsters.
Well this is what his father said:
“If you are caught speeding, I will strip you naked in the middle of the highway and call the media,” Duterte said. “I dare you to file charges against me.”
So did Du30′s son post pictures of himself naked in the middle of the highway?
So now I ask media, do you still believe no one is above Du30′s law?
Today’s proclamation was marred by a party-list representative in an ill-fitting charcoal grey ready to wear barong pathetically striving to take the shine off the victory of Rep. Leni Robredo.
How do I know the barong was off the shelf? Because I didn’t come across any news of a tailor being murdered by a party-lister.
That party-lister made me miss the purple suit of Sal Panelo, the mayor’s spokesman.
Ang gobyerno pa pala ang kalaban ng bayan.
Well, I guess if your world is so upside down your shit does not know between your ass and your mouth you’re bound to say things like…..
“The people and the revolutionary forces are being attacked by enemy operations under Oplan Bayanihan. Aquino has not stopped these enemy operations,” CPP head honcho Joma Sison said.
In 2010, Aquino campaigned on corruption and he won. In 2016, Du30 campaigned on drugs and he won. Both succeeded in turning their issue into the flavor of the month.
If you look at Pulse Asia’s surveys on national concerns from pre 2010 up to pre-Du30, the issue of drugs is not there. The perennial favorites were inflation, better pay, jobs, poverty, and similar economic concerns.
Noynoy introduced corruption in 2010 and it has been in the top five of national concerns since. But note that corruption was framed by Aquino as an economic concern – “kung walang korap walang mahirap”.
So the campaign before du30 was really about economic issues. Binay’s “palpak at manhid” and Grace’s “puso at galing” basically addressed unequal growth -”hindi naramdaman”.
Their line worked in the beginning. But as evidenced by the final vote tally, Mar eventually defeated their line.
Because the line of “palpak at manhid” that could be corrected by “puso at galing” could be debunked by statistics, photographs, and the actual experience of beneficiaries. (Note that Mar won in places hardest hit by Yolanda. He placed second among the E class and that could be because CCT was not that effective, or that drugs undermined whatever benefits CCT delivered, or because CCT takes years to bear fruit, or all three.)
Furthermore Binay’s “palpak at manhid” was undercut by corruption charges and Poe’s “galing” died during the debates where her lack of knowledge and experience could not be covered up by her high school debating team skills. (Her running mate came in at number four.)
The one issue that could not be defeated was drugs.
First, Du30 succeeded in making drugs a national concern. It peaked at number two in the Ulat ng Bayan survey on national concerns.
On a side note, drugs was cited as a separate concern from fighting criminality which came in as seventh. Drugs ranked higher than inflation, reducing poverty, and creating more jobs. Drugs came in second only to improving/increasing the pay of workers. Could this be an indication of the economic success of the Aquino administration? People now have jobs and they want better pay so they can afford to buy more drugs?
Second, Du30 offered a quick and simple solution – “patayin ko kayo.” Mar tried to prove with facts and figures that his “lambat sibat” approach was working but facts and figures do not have the same impact as dead bodies on the street.
Third, the historical revisionism about peace and order during martial law made not only Du30 but also BBM possible.
Fourth, Du30 was able to translate his methods against drugs into a method for every other possible problem that voters could think of. And he made his promise credible by the way he behaved in public. The contrast between him and Mar was greatest on this point, and voters preferred Du30′s behavior. Maginoo pero medyo bastos?
Du30 is a politician who came along at a time when people frustrated by the slow pace of democracy and due process were looking for quick solutions. And he took his campaign directly to them, bypassing the usual filters like religious groups, big business, and local politicians.
I read somewhere that frustration, among all other negative emotions like anger or despair, is the mother of dictators.
In the, Inquirer today is a report that says presumptive Duterte is in favor of medical marijuana.
“Medical marijuana, yes, because it is really an ingredient of modern medicine now.”
Unfortunately, he also said,
“But if you would smoke it like a cigarette), I will not allow it ever…It remains to be a prohibited item and there’s always a threat of being arrested, or if you choose to fight the law enforcement agency, you die.”
So, in Duterte’s world, you can get cured by using marijuana for medical purposes but you can get killed for using it recreationally.
But seriously, if marijuana has medical benefits then it has medical benefits whether one uses it for medicine or for recreation, right? It is the marijuana and not the intent that has medical benefits, right?
The big gifts of Duterte to the communists are not DAR (Department of Agrarian Reform) and DOLE.(Department of Labor and Employment).
The real prizes are DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) and DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development).
DENR because it is mandated “to be the primary government agency responsible for the conservation, management, development, and proper use of the country’s environment and natural resources, specifically forest and grazing lands, mineral resources, including those in reservation and watershed areas, and lands of the public domain, as well as the licensing and regulation of all natural resources as may be provided for by law” That’s everything you can shake a stick at.
Now let’s take just one example. Mining companies are the favorite taxpayers of the NPA. If the CPP controls the DENR, then not only will revolutionary tax collection be made easy but they can now collect front end fees for environmental clearances etc. So they can hit mining companies front and back. That’s a lot of “pang hapi-hapi” money just from mining companies. Power companies, housing developments, even cutting down a tree in your background, you need environmental clearance. And all can be continuously monitored by DENR for compliance. So there.
And there are other benefits that come with enforcement of environmental regulations. The NPA can transform into forest guards, marine guards etc. So magiging legal na sila magdala ng baril, marami pa silang pera pambili ng bala.
Currently, DSWD pays out billions of pesos to around 4M “poorest of the poor” families through the Conditional Cash Transfer program (CCT).
When the CPP gets its hands on CCT and starts distributing its billions, do you think it can resist politicizing the program, from proselytizing its ideology to the beneficiaries? Would a missionary refrain from proselytizing christianity to heathens?
Real money and real power are in DENR and DSWD not in DAR and DOLE.
DAR carries the seed of its own destruction. Once lands are distributed there is no more need for DAR.
As for DOLE, you can be sure that, as a general rule, all Presidents will, when push comes to shove, side with job creators and job providers. Presidents know that business stays where it is welcomed.
Beware of the DENR and DSWD falling into the hands of Joma and his minions.
Not to be negative against Duterte who I promise to support as soon as he is sworn into office, but this has to be stopped before it gathers steam. I’m talking about the proposal to ban the sale of alcohol after 1 AM.
Granted, drunkenness contributes a fair share of road accidents, fights, rapes and all that…but not all drinking leads to drunkenness.
And not all drunks are assholes. So, just because of a couple of drunk assholes everyone has to suffer?
The best way to keep drunks off the streets is to make those who serve drinks – whether at home or in a commercial establishment – criminally and civilly liable for the behavior of those to whom they serve drinks.
When the serving of alcohol becomes the server’s personal responsibility rather than a matter of following the clock (the old last call for alcohol), it will give pause to those who serve alcohol. At the very least, they won’t let drunks out of their home or establishment until they sober up.
Personal liability is definitely more effective than placing the problem of drunk assholes in the hands of the police who are there not to stop alcohol over-consumption but to enforce a curfew.
The proposed alcohol curfew reminds me of a former AFP Chief who once spoke of an anti-corruption measure that he instituted at AFP headquarters.
The general learned that a cartel that does business with the AFP meets “in dimly lit restaurants” where they rig bids and then they send “pretty ladies in miniskirt” to collect payment from GHQ (AFP General Headquarters), so what did the general do? He banned “pretty ladies in miniskirts” from GHQ!
Ganyan din ang proposal to impose a 1 AM curfew on serving alcohol.
We are all in the same boat and if the boat sinks we all drown. So no matter who wins, it is our duty to help keep the boat afloat. It would be immoral to punch holes in the ship’s hull.
However, if the boat starts to sink despite our best efforts to help keep it from hitting the rocks, then it is okay to jump ship. We have no moral obligation to drown with the idiots who elected the captain.
The moral path if the psycho pulls off the impossible is: “Help him; but stay close to a lifeboat.”