Mayor Rody accepts call for him to run as Vice President

No other President in our history has achieved what Mayor Rody Duterte has done: enjoy the extremely high trust and popularity ratings with just 10 months left in his administration. In the past, Presidents usually experienced a sharp decline in their poll ratings upon reaching the halfway point. President Erap didn’t even get to the finish line. But Duterte? He is now headed for a spectacular finish for his six-year term despite being bombarded by criticism non-stop, with destabilization plots coming out of the shadows again and again. Mayor Rody remains unscathed. His mass base support is rock solid.

His political success will be a model for future leaders of the country. Mayor Rody isn’t cut from the typical mold of politicians. He minces no words when he talks, to the point of being uncouth. As city mayor of Davao, he governed with an iron fist, and it’s no secret a long list of dead drug pushers and criminals have piled up in more than two decades as local chief executive. He brought that same brand of governance to his job as President of the Republic, especially in the war against illegal drugs.

True, he wasn’t able to stamp out illegal drugs and corruption in the five years now that he’s been in office. But we have to keep in mind it took him more than a decade as Davao City mayor to establish the peace and quiet Filipinos have come to admire about his home city. Corruption is so deep rooted in the national government, and powerful interests are at play: the oligarchs, traditional politicians and ranking police and military officials. It’s because of corruption that our problem with illegal drugs persists.

Hence, Filipinos understand that six years is not enough for Mayor Rody to accomplish what he had set out to do. Much has been accomplished in five years, but much remains to be done. The momentum is on his side. With a Constitutional prohibition against re-election, the best way for Mayor Rody to fulfill that mission is bow to the popular public demand for continuity. He can do that by running as Vice President.

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 Mayor Rody accepts call for him to run as Vice President

  1. Emelita M. Covarrubias says:

    True political power emanates from the people. Pres. Duterte has the support of the governed.


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