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"The many faces of boy-man Rodrigo Duterte"
May 5, 2016
Columnist, The Manila Times Online

A lot of people may be wondering why I call Rodrigo Duterte a boy-man. The simple explanation is that Duterte has a body of a man but a mind and mouth of an obviously uneducated and ignorant boy – loving his filth and living in a quagmire of Malabanan residue. There cannot be any other explanation if you listen to the dirt that comes out of his mouth habitually and his daily behavior in public display.

If this boy-man Duterte were educated, I would be going for him for several reasons. First, he is purportedly from Mindanao and I, too, am a blue-blooded Mindanaoan. Second, even as a kid at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, I have long dreamed, as an act of justice for us in Mindanao, of a Mindanaoan presidency. Third, as editor-in-chief of the Philippine Collegian in UP, I have been an intense exponent of a federal and parliamentary system for the Philippines as the best possible system for Filipinos, so much so that when I was elected Opposition Provincial Governor of Misamis Oriental, Mindanao in 1980 during martial law, one of my best remembered slogans was Today Mindanao, Tomorrow the Philippines.

Fourth, possibly the best among the array of reasons why I should have come out supporting Duterte and as I have stated over and over again, the salvation of this country is not through elections but through a revolution – the euphemistic term of which is a constitutional transition government. But Duterte, like Cory Aquino, has no intelligent understanding of what is a revolutionary government except that, according to him, he would become a dictator if he gets elected.

But I am not for Duterte. Why? Because what comes out of his mouth habitually is an insult to human intelligence, a scandal for Filipinos, a total denigration of democracy and the human condition, and an absolute rejection of the basic value of the inviolable character of the human person, and an absolute denial of simple moral rules. It is not just filth in and from the mouth; it’s a confirmation of a sick mind and a diseased heart. That should be simple enough for a nincompoop to understand.

‘King Of Liars,’ says VP Binay of Duterte

VP Jojo did not amplify on his charge that Duterte is the “King of Liars.” This is understandable because during the second presidential debate in Cebu City, in full view of national television, Duterte and Binay endorsed each other for the presidency, shook each other’s hands and almost ended in a brotherly embrace. Their behavior is easily understandable because they are birds of a feather flocking together – as the examples of disgusting traditional politicians, always denying all possible accusations against them and when boxed into a corner lying through their teeth without any twinge of conscience. In effect, the charge of VP Binay against Duterte is correct. But Duterte is not the only “king of liars” as Binay can ably compete against Duterte for the crown.

Here are some of the glaring examples:

First, Duterte claims he comes from a poor family. This is a pathological lie because his father, Vicente Duterte, was governor of Davao when Davao was only one province and his mother was a schoolteacher who retired as supervisor, belonging to one of the elite families in our province. By any possible standard – Davao City or Cagayan de Oro City – Duterte cannot be considered coming from a poor family but from the elite.

Second, Duterte asserts that he has no money to mount a presidential campaign. Before his final decision to run for President, he told a crowd in Bonbon, Catarman, Camiguin that he had FIFTEEN BILLION PESOS worth of gold and he was in the process of converting them into cash. That’s how poor he is. If he were in the United States of America, he would be dubbed as Lying Digong, just like lying Ted, who Speaker John Boehner characterized as “Lucifer in the flesh.”

Third, Duterte is viewed by almost everyone who has heard of him long before he was candidate for President as the leader and organizer of the Death Squads of Davao (DSD) but despite overwhelming evidence he denies that he had something to do with DSD, yet when interviewed by media to explain the rationale behind the killing of 700 persons by the DSD, Duterte even boasted that the DSD killed no less than 1,700 – all summary killings, without due process. As an exclamation point to this Duterte boast, he even claimed before media that he did some of the killings himself and finally sealed by the recent statement of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV that Duterte admitted to him that he killed even some of the boys who were begging for their lives.

Lies, lies and more lies

Fourth, Duterte claims that he loves women, yet he treats women like playthings – as objects, to quote his own words, in the exercise of “biology.” So in love is he of women that in the gang rape and murder of a beautiful Australian woman Christian missionary, he exclaimed that he should have been first in the gang rape because he was mayor and the woman was beautiful. He loves women so much that at the sight of a beautiful or attractive woman, he could not help embracing her or kissing her – in full view of the public and national television. Models and beauty contestants run the risk of being seduced or raped, if, by the intervention of the devil voters in this country, he gets elected President of the Philippines. I don’t mind Duterte getting elected president of the patients in the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) in Mandaluyong.

Fifth, Duterte maintains that he is an honest man and he has never cheated the government or the people. Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV presented documentary evidence that Duterte has deposited MILLIONS OR BILLIONS OF PESOS in his account in the bank together with his daughter. He never reported this in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN). This is a violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019) and the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Government Officials and Employees (Republic Act No. 6713), not to speak of the law on unexplained wealth.

His claim in Bonbon, Catarman, Camiguin that he has FIFTEEN BILLION PESOS worth of gold was not reported in his SALN, too. This by itself is a violation of law. The other laws he has violated are provisions in the Internal Revenue Code, the law on unexplained wealth, Republic Act No. 3019 as well as Republic Act No. 6713.

There are no honest liars

There is a chain of lies coming out of Duterte because almost every time he speaks, a Duterte lie is born. So I will not bore the readers with a bowler of lies. There are no honest liars – to borrow Gertrude Stein’s alliteration on a rose: a liar is a liar is a liar. Whether it is Duterte or any other liar, he or she remains a liar – even the smell remains the same. A liar cannot be trusted even with the lowest position in the hierarchy of public officials. And you want him to be President of the Philippines? You must be kidding! Or you must either be insane, stupid or just ignorant. Take your pick and whatever is your choice will do.

‘Psycopath’ or ‘Sick in the head,’ says Trillanes of Duterte

Sen. Trillanes has an indisputable point in describing Rodrigo Duterte as “psychopath” or “sick in the head.” Trillanes has a telling point. I used to think of Antonio Trillanes as unfit to be a senator of the realm. But his performance in the Senate investigation of Binay and his family and now his unmasking of Duterte deserves a medal for courage, dedication and intensity. Trillanes has made a fool of Duterte and rightly so.

The evidence supporting this Trillanes claim starts with the psychological report on the mental state of Duterte in the annulment case against him. The report shows that Duterte suffers from a serious mental imbalance and the following rhetorical questions sustain that report.

Cursing Pope Francis for traffic congestion, isn’t this insane, especially in a Catholic country like ours?

Confessing to murders, isn’t this insane?

Publicly admitting that he will become a dictator if he gets to be President of the Philippine in a country that says “Never again!” to dictatorship, isn’t this sick?

Openly asserting that he should have been the first in the gang rape of the Australian woman because he is mayor and the woman is beautiful, isn’t this insane?

Saying to media that if he gets to be President and there is an attempt to impeach him, he will dissolve Congress to prevent his impeachment, isn’t this sick?

Telling the complainants of human rights violation to Go to hell, isn’t this sick?

In the course of the campaign, asking his audience to kill criminals and he would be responsible for the act, isn’t this insane?

Shaming the country before the world for his tomfooleries, isn’t this sick?

Isn’t creating international problems against our allies, America and Australia, sick?

Duterte said that he will destroy the Catholic Church, isn’t this the height of insanity characterized by hallucination?

Duterte said that if he becomes President he would ride a jet ski and plant the Philippine flag on the Scarborough Shoal and challenge the Chinese to do what they must with him. If the Chinese are not stupid, and they certainly are not, before Duterte reaches within smelling distance of Scarborough, he would be blown to bits by Chinese weapons. He thinks this is heroic? This is insane and would make the Philippines a laughing stock of the international community for his behaving like an insane or stupid President.

I could go on and on with the enumeration, but at the rate Duterte is going he would make everybody sick except his avid campaigners and followers who will continue to dog him like the rats who followed the Pied Piper of Hamelin.

Treasonous behavior of Duterte and PNoy

Duterte openly claims friendship with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) and, at times, praises them. He admits he is a personal friend of Jose Maria “Joma” Sison, the founder of the CPP-NPA courtesy of Ninoy Aquino, the father of PNoy Aquino, the incumbent claimant to the presidency. Duterte shares the same communist views of Joma but hastens to add that he is not a communist but a socialist, as if he knows the difference between the two ideologies. He also claims friendship with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and endorses the constitutionally infirm and treasonous Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which would establish a Bangsamoro state in the Mindanao heartland. All these acts of Duterte constitute treason under Article 114 of the Revised Penal Code because by his statements and behavior he gives aid and comfort to the enemies of the Republic. The CPP-NPA and MILF are the friends of Duterte and Praisident PNoy but they are enemies of the Republic, thus within the ambit of treason.

Treason is an impeachable offense under Section 2 of Article XI of our Constitution because their statements and actions are culpable violations of the Constitution, treason, graft and corruption, and other high crimes. PNoy did not get impeached because of the stupidity and incompetence of the current political opposition and PNoys control of the House majority. In the case to impeach Duterte, the Senate and the Lower House would not be under the thumb of Duterte as PDP-LABAN will have an inutile minority in both Houses. Abolish Congress as Duterte threatens? He will not reach square two before he gets thrown out of the Palace. Congress is not the City Council of Davao City – in size and composition.

When they are both convicted, as they surely will be unless the prosecutor and the judge are stupid or bought or both, the duo should share a common prison cell – busy playing trombone or Mary Palmer, the authority on palmistry.

The bravest boy-man in town

Even in Davao City where he was mayor for more than 20 years, he cannot move around without a platoon of bodyguards. The reason is simple: he is the bravest boy-man in town. Here are glaring instances of his bravery.

When Waldy Carbonnell – intellectual, professor, journalist, commentator – was commissioned by the National Press Club (NPC) to investigate the killing of journalist and commentator Jun Pala in Davao City, Duterte was so pissed off that he challenged Waldy to a duel near the Davao City Hall at 9 o’clock in the morning, to bring two magazines for his pistol and with Duterte having only two bullets. Waldy, who has braved all sorts of dangers throughout his whole life, was on time at 9 o’clock in the morning as directed by Duterte. Fifteen minutes passed and not even the shadow of Duterte appeared. Waldy, together with members of Davao City media, waited for another 15 minutes, still not even the shadow appeared. So Waldy left with media members while the bravest boy-man Duterte had turned tails. He did not show up because he was the bravest boy-man in town with the longest tail.

Mar Roxas, whom Duterte challenged to a slapping match, refused the challenge because slapping is only good for sissies (“para sa bayot lamang”) and enraged women. So Mar challenged Duterte to a boxing match but Duterte refused the challenge because he is the bravest boy-man in town with the longest tail.

Again, Mar challenged Duterte, in full view of national television during the last presidential debate. Mar made the challenge in the light of Duterte’s claim that the national government has not helped a single Davao City resident through Philhealth. If Mar proved that there are thousands of Davao City residents who were helped by the national government in their health needs through Philhealth, would Duterte withdraw his candidacy for President? Duterte refused the challenge because he is the bravest boy-man in town. When Mar presented him later with documents showing that indeed the national government has helped tens of thousands of Davao City residents, all Duterte could do was mumble that usual stupid excuse that the documents were fake. Silly boy-man!

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV challenged Duterte to waive his secrecy rights to his bank accounts in BPI and to meet him at the BPI Branch at Doña Juana in Ortigas Center on Monday morning. Trillanes was there on time together with the affidavit that Duterte required of him, but as usual, the shadow of Duterte was nowhere in sight. The boy-man Duterte did not show up because he is the bravest boy-man in town with the longest tail.

There is something indisputably brave with boy-man Duterte – his lying big mouth and his overflowing saliva.

His son Paolo and daughter Sara

The bravest boy-man in town and the most powerful man in Davao City keeps denying the claim by some sectors that his son Paolo is the king of Davao City rice smugglers with involvement in drugs. Why did not the boy-man Duterte investigate the persistent information? His daughter Sara claimed she was raped. As the boy-man Duterte is the most powerful man in his city, how could the daughter of the most powerful man be raped in his own city? If his daughter could not even be protected by him, how can he protect the country?

Where Duterte and his followers should be

It is obvious even to a fool that Duterte is the most unfit candidate for President of this country. But there is a hysterical crowd that follows him wherever he goes and considering that he has for his avid friends and sympathizers the Communist and Muslim rebels, he should invade Sabah with his followers behind him just like the rats following the Pied Piper of Hamelin, and establish the Muslim Communist State of Sabah with Rodrigo Duterte – the bravest boy-man in town with the longest tail – as President. Hail Duterte – the crown prince and President of the MCSS.

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