Dear President-elect Duterte,

Katrina S.S.

Congratulations po! I don’t think anyone saw it coming, this huge win of yours, and going by the tears you shed at your mother’s grave today, parang maging kayo ay nagulat, na-overwhelm, sa tindi ng inyong panalo.

Read on…



    There are three gatekeepers for unsolicited advice: (1) is it truthful? (2) is it timely? And (3) is it necessary?

    If the incoming administration’s leader is true to his nature, he will hate unsolicited advice. But you wanted this job and this comes with the territory; so, tough. Here goes:

    1. Change does not always mean movement or action, it may mean a change of mind and heart, perhaps yours. Hopefully, you will change your mind on the value of life and the importance of human dignity. Hopefully, you will change your mind on the death penalty and over criminalization of certain acts and the use of unreasonable, overly long and costly jail terms.

    2. The job is already yours, your opponents have already conceded it to you. Own the job, every aspect of it. You’re no longer running a city but a country; you’re no longer catering to the choir but trying to convert the unimpressed (in case you didn’t notice, you had five opponents who all got tons of votes–including the one who died–and have loud and often obstinate followers). You are president not only of those who voted for you but also of those, like me, who could not find it in our heart to vote for you. Hopefully, you will not just be talking only to those who idolize you but also to those who despise you and hopefully it won’t be “take it or leave it” but really “let’s talk, I’m listening.”

    3. Learn from those who came before you. The campaign is over and so there is some room for honesty and candor. There were good things that happened the last six years, though there were also bad things; but surely not everything sucked, right? The sooner you recognize that the better it will be for all of us. We do not need to go back to zero. You can build on the gains of those who came before you and certainly you can avoid all the things that sucked.

    4. Not everyone who is in your camp is the best and the brightest. Sorry to be so blunt but it’s true. Now that you’re putting together your team, you may want to look beyond your camp and look to your country and see who really are the best and the brightest, who have the same love of God and country as you do even though they may disagree with you. On June 30 at noontime you will have many millions of Filipinos in and out of the country whom you can tap. Hopefully, you can go beyond “who’s with us?” and look at “who’s the best for the country even if she or he wasn’t with us.”

    So, If you’ve read this far and not thrown a fit at my audacity to give you unsolicited advise, then you’ve already proven me wrong. And that, by itself, gives me room to hope that perhaps this might go somewhere.

  2. manuelbuencamino

    Aba eh nagkaisang diwa na pala ang working class at karamihan ng mayayaman. It’s wonderful that Duterte succeeded in getting the exploited and the exploiters lying in the same bed.–more-of-the-rich-and-educated-say-they-voted-for-duterte

    I’m also very happy to hear that the Duterte administration will continue the macro-economic policies of the Aquino administration.

    I will support Duterte as soon as he takes his oath of office; even if I did not vote for him, even if I worked hard to defeat him.

    It’s the duty of every citizen to help the president succeed. And not only out of duty but also because If he sinks we sink.

    But that does not mean I will never criticize him. I will when I believe it is called for. But if do, it will be constructive criticism.

    For example I am against his proposal to impose a curfew on serving alcohol. I won’t disagree with him by accusing him of ‘martial law” tendencies, etc. That would not be constructive criticism.

    I will criticize him purely on the merits of his proposal.

    His curfew does not address the problem of drunks. It only keeps them off the streets after 1 AM when in fact you don’t want drunks at any time.

    So my alternative proposal, because, as much as possible, criticism should be accompanied with alternatives is to hold responsible those who serve alcohol, whether in their homes or in commercial establishments, for any harm or injury or crime that their drunk commits.

    Heavy criminal and civil liabilities should be imposed on servers because when you think about it, a drunk does things he normally wouldn’t do when he is sober. So a server should be held accountable for whatever harm or injury or crime a patron or guest commits while he is drunk.

    Holding a server liable is not the same as holding a store liable for selling alcohol. There is a big difference between serving a drink and selling alcohol in an unopened container to be consumed at a later time elsewhere.

    So I think making servers liable, in a painful way, will give them pause. And that’s how you address the problem of drunks.

    That way you can keep bars open all night knowing that servers are keeping an eye on the drinkers.

    As to the curfew on minors. I don’t know if I as a parent would want the government to do the parenting for me. Besides, not every kid under 18 is irresponsible and not every one who is over 18 is responsible. So what does Duterte hope to achieve with his curfew on minors?

    Bottom line with the alcohol and minors curfews is why put the problem in the hands of law enforcers when there are other ways to get it done? Shouldn’t giving the state more police power always be the last resort?

    Other than those two specific proposals, I’m on Duterte’s bus.

    I have nothing to say about his proposal for federalism. Same thing with changing to parliamentary, and lifting restrictions of foreign investment and ownership. There is nothing to talk about until we see the details of those proposals. We can engage in constructive criticism… if called for…when those plans are laid out.