The Gentleman in President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines

THE GENTLEMAN IN PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

 

JUST BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT APOLOGIZED TO THE PERSONALITIES WHOSE CONNECTION HE COULD NOT SEE IN THE LATEST DRUG MATRIX PRESENTED TO HIM, DOES NOT MEAN THAT HE COULD HAVE ERRED IN HIS PAST PRONOUNCEMENTS THAT IMPLICATED MANY OFFICIALS BASED ON THE PREVIOUS LISTS.

 

HIS BRAVE AND GENTLEMANLY APOLOGIES JUST SHOW THAT HE IS SERIOUSLY ANALYSING REPORTS GIVEN TO HIM….THAT HE IS NOT THE TYPE WHO EASILY BELIEVES IN EVERYTHING REPORTED TO HIM. WHAT HE HAS NOT DIVULGED IS, PERHAPS, HIS BARRAGE OF REPRIMAND TO THE GUYS WHO GAVE HIM THE ERRONEOUS REPORT AND HIS WARNING TO THEM TO BE EXTRA CAREFUL NEXT TIME WHICH IS A NORMAL REACTION OF A SUPERIOR TO HIS SUBORDINATE.

 

HE SHOULD BE CREDITED FOR BEING TRANSPARENT IN TELLING THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE RESULT OF HIS ANALYSIS, AS HE COULD JUST HAVE KEPT IT TO HIMSELF, TREATING IT AS A CONFIDENTIAL MATTER BETWEEN HIM AND THOSE WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE. WHAT IS VERY COMMENDABLE IS HIS OUTRIGHT DECLARATION THAT HE IS ASSUMING THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE COMMITED THE MISTAKE.

 

HIS APOLOGETIC STANCE BROUGHT TO MY MIND THE FORMER PRESIDENT PNOY AQUINO, WHO DESPITE BLUNDERS WAS NEVER HEARD TO HAVE UTTERED A SINGLE APOLOGY. AQUINO’S PREDECESSOR, GLORIA ARROYO DESPITE THE DOUBTS IN HER SINCERITY, SAID HER FAMOUS,  “ I AM SORRY” ADDRESSED TO THE FILIPINOS, AS REGARDS THE “GARCI ISSUE” THAT REINSTATED HER AS PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES.

 

IN HIS DEPARTURE SPEECH AT THE MANILA INTERNATIONAL AIPORT TERMINAL 2 PRIOR TO HIS FLIGHT TO VIETNAM ON THE SAME DAY THAT DE LIMA CALLED THE PRESSCON, DUTERTE ALSO SINCERELY MENTIONED ABOUT HIS BEING A PERSON OF MANY FAULTS. HOW MANY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS CAN DO THAT? ON THE CONTRARY THERE IS A GENERAL ATTITUDE AMONG THE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ABOUT THEIR BEING “IMMACULATELY HONEST” DESPITE MANIFESTATIONS, COVERT AND BLATANTLY DISPLAYED… OF THEIR REPUGNANT DISHONESTY!