No more “Mr. Nice Guy”: mukhang sinusunod ni Pres. Trump style ni Digong

We live in interesting times.

Dati, lahat na mga politiko lalo na sa America, ay palaging conscious sa kanilang mga galaw at pananalita. Dapit “good” ang image nila sa publiko. Bawal mag mura. Bawal mambastos. Maraming bawal. Takot kasi ang mga politiko na baka magalit ang taong bayan sa kanila, at magiging sanhi ito ng kanilang pagkatalo sa halalan.

Everything changed when Rodrigo Roa Duterte, who had ruled Davao City with an iron fist for about two decades, was catapulted to the Presidency of the Republic of the Philippines. Tough guy si Duterte. Mabangis at walang patawad sa mga masasamang tao, lalo na sa mga drug lords at pushers. Parating nagmumura.. Walang pigil sa pananalita.

Sa umpisa marami ang nabigla. Many Filipinos were shocked. But then the people saw that this guy was sincere. He doesn’t care about civilities. All he does care about is doing what is right for the country. The phrase “p_tang _na” became a regular fare in his speeches. And yet the people didn’t mind. Not even the women. Well, the clergy, yes.  The Filipino people have learned to embrace his brand of leadership.

In Hiligaynon, we would call him “barumbado”. Inchoate. No finesse. Rough. Hardly the image of the politician as we have known in the past.

Pero binabale-wala na lang yan ng taong bayan. For Filipinos, what is important is that he gets things done. Lalo na sa anti-criminality at illegal drugs. People have perceived a substantial drop in the illegal drugs trade. They feel safer now. Nakakalabas na sila kung gabi na hindi natatakot baka masaksak o ma-snatch ng adik.

Duterte was elected in 2016. Two years later, Americans voted for Donald Trump.

If we look at their leadership styles, halos magka pareho. May pagkabastos din si Trump. Hindi napipigilan ang sarili pag nagsalita. He likes to communicate directly to tens of millions of Americans directly through Twitter. He is accused of being abusive of his powers. His style is a deviation from the democratic norms that the American political landscape has seen in the past.

But with just 10 months to go before the next U.S. elections, Trump appears headed for an easy victory. And he will carry the Republican Party to recover lost seats in the House of Representatives. He’s on the same boat with Duterte, who enjoys an unprecedented “Excellent” satisfaction rating among Filipinos in the last quarter of 2019.

Filipinos are in good hands with Duterte. Let’s just pray that he remains in good health until he finishes his six-year term. Personally, I hope that he would declare a revolutionary government and weed out the corrupt and reform the system.

About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

One Response to No more “Mr. Nice Guy”: mukhang sinusunod ni Pres. Trump style ni Digong

  1. Fred Sanke says:

    This president of ours kept his promises, and did more good projects for the citizenry….I rather have this kind of leader, barumbado, inchoate as you said than a statesman careful of his/her words not to offend or antagonize the norm ( LRobredo, de Lima, Hontivirus, and the rest of the fading yellow american lackeys) and do nothing but to criticize , blind to progress and offer no alternatives….


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