President Rodrigo Dutere has received backlash for his jokes and tirades from women to international figures, but despite the rowdiness of his nature, DLSU professor speaks up about why Duterte remains his President.
Van Ybiernas recalled how Duterte did not try too hard to sell himself during the 2016 elections, even plainly saying that he does not mind whether he wins or loses. The authenticity of the President’s character stemmed from the image he projected early on in his election campaigns where his goal was to let the Filipinos see him for who he really is.
Changing the system of Tuwid na Daan was also a strong trait of a Duterte presidency. His tagline which was that change was coming won the people because the previous Tuwid na Daan system dismayed many. It was in Duterte that Filipinos saw a sincere desire for a better Philippines, as Ybiernas explained, contrary to the Yellow folks.
Ybiernas also noted how Duterte understood the role of the president. It was to oversee and lead. While policies and regulations need not be new, they only have to effective and implemented which was the thrust of Duterte. More than a thinker, Ybiernas views Duterte as a doer exemplified by how the latter developed Davao City.
Another winning advantage to Duterte is his calm demeanor which is evident in how he manages to jest and smile amidst stressful situations. While critics view this as Duterte belittling the responsibilities of his position, Ybiernas countered that having to develop a city like Davao that was under siege from illegal drugs and rebels made Duterte the leader he is now.
In his full post on Facebook, Ybiernas said,
“Nagrape joke na naman si meyor. Naalala ko lang nung malapit na ang eleksyon last year at nagdesisyon akong iboto si meyor. Basahin po sa ibaba ang mga dahilan ko kung bakit ko siya binoto last year kasi iyan po ang paliwanag ko sa lahat ng incorrectness ni Duterte. Medyo long pero sana basahin nyo bilang framework ng pag-unawa kay PDuts:
I have decided.
Rodrigo Duterte is my president and here’s why.
HE DOESN’T WANT THE JOB AS MUCH AS THE JOB WANTS HIM. Duterte isn’t campaigning hard. Hindi siya agresibo sa fund-raising. He keeps saying stupid things. He jokes around all the time. That’s why when he says he doesn’t care if he wins or lose, I believe him. When other candidates say it, all I can think of is “Bullshit!”. Duterte is who he is. If you like him, vote for him. If you don’t, then don’t vote for him. He says let the people decide, and I believe him. There’s no one like him out there. If Duterte wanted the post as much as, say Mar Roxas, Digong would simply shut his mouth and coast. He’s ahead. He doesn’t need to convince people anymore. But Duterte wants the voters to see him for who he is, for people to understand who they are getting as president. Look at the other candidate, do they look sincere to you? I don’t think so.
DUTERTE ISN’T BUSINESS AS USUAL. Because Business As USUAL (in the shape and form of Tuwid na Daan) is a huge failure. Normally, change is scary. But in this case, change is what the country needs. Tuwid na Daan is bankrupt. This country needs a leadership that will shake things up. And the most important part: Duterte looks like he can actually walk away from the presidency when he wants to. He doesn’t crave power. Say what you want about the man but he doesn’t look power hungry. He’s the exact opposite of the power-hungry Tuwid na Daan folks.
DUTERTE UNDERSTANDS THE PRESIDENCY. The president doesn’t have to do everything and know everything. The president just needs to lead. Policies don’t have to be original. They just have to be effective. They just need to be implemented. Thinkers deserve to be in Congress; doers need to be in Malacanang. Duterte is a doer, not a thinker. How do I know he is a doer? Davao. Davao. Davao. Can he do for the country what he did for Davao? Again, Duterte doesn’t have to do everything. He just needs to lead. And he is going to lead. And people are going to follow (except the Tuwid na Daan trouble-makers, of course). Again, the president doesn’t have to do everything to get the job done. Since Duterte doesn’t pretend to know more than what he actually knows —that’s been fairly clear— expectations will be reasonable (if you think he can’t solve “plain-sight” crime and corruption, you need to read my post on that somewhere else). Moreover, people understand that what Duterte knows, he will do very well. He will perform tirelessly in the areas where he knows what he’s doing. Only question is: can he pick the right people for the areas where he isn’t the authority, though?
DUTERTE IS COOL,CALM, AND COLLECTED UNDER PRESSURE. In the heat of a neck-to-neck presidential race, Duterte is still the only one making jokes. Is he being irresponsible and stupid? Doesn’t he understand the magnitude of the moment? Doesn’t he realize the responsibilities of the presidency? Then I remember: he’s been mayor for more than 20 years, with rebels, bandits, terrorists around him. He has overseen the growth of Davao from a backwater rural town into a bustling city that is a model for the entire country. So, it hit me: joking around is Duterte’s way of showing how cool, calm, and collected he is under pressure. He isn’t going to be easily rattled. THAT IS AS PRESIDENTIAL AS IT GETS.
Duterte isn’t diplomatic, but he’s not going to be the face of Philippine diplomacy. He’s rough around the edges but he’s cool, calm and composed. He’s irreverent, but we’re electing a president, not the pope. Bottomline is: Duterte is going to get the job done.
The key to Duterte: Don’t listen to him. Watch him get the job done.
Duterte is my President.
Source: Facebook / Van Ybiernas
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