The Promise of Duterte…”in my time…”
By Apolinario Villalobos
Duterte knows and understands the uncontrollable extent of drugs throughout the world and the Philippines is just among the victimized third-world countries. The country is ill-equipped for its total eradication, albeit, can be controlled with drastic actions. That is what he is doing, hoping that “in his time”, the drug problem can somehow be collared. If ever he mentions about the 100% eradication during interviews, I personally view this as a manifestation of his exasperation to impertinent questions of idiotic reporters…an attempt by him to stop them from blubbering silly questions.
If the media people are intelligent enough to read between the lines of his statements, they should know what Duterte is trying to say bluntly or imply. They should not go to the extent of relaying to their anchors at their stations about the obvious jokes that Duterte are saying. Worst, in their doubt about the intelligence of Duterte, they want him to be EXACT in all his statements, confidential plans included, for them to know if he is doing the right thing. These media people (not all of them), view Duterte as a guy whose intelligence cannot compare to his predecessors. They are not even impressed by the progress that he is gaining against the proliferation of drugs because their eyes are focused at the extra-judicial killings that they attribute to him…a sign of bad influence by Catholic bishops and hypocrite human rights advocates.
In this view, Duterte cannot be blamed why he adds in his statements the “in my time”. He just wants to make sure that while he is around, the drug problem is at least, controlled. He showed the world that if a leader is decisive and has a political will, so many things can be done for the sake of the country and its people.
FOR THOSE WHO ARE ASPIRING TO BE PRESIDENT, AND IF THEY ARE OBSERVANT AND SENSITIVE ENOUGH, THEY SHOULD KNOW BY NOW THAT DUTERTE IS SETTING AN EXAMPLE OF DECISIVENESS AND POLITICAL WILL…ACTS THAT THEY SHOULD DO “IN THEIR OWN TIME”.