Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s greatest enemy is not his opponents for the presidency. It is not his detractors, most of whom are from the opposing camps, eager to pounce on the first wrong words that come out of the Mayor’s mouth, and hang them as bloody banners on the political campaign trail. It is not the paid hacks who spread unfounded rumors purporting them to be truth. No.
Duterte’s greatest enemy is himself.
By now most of you might have seen that “damning” video circulating the ranks of the Yellow Brigade, of the Mayor onstage, talking about a rape victim, saying how beautiful she was, and that “dapat ang mayor ang pinauna.”
You will notice that the video starts in the middle of his spiel, that much may have been said before that.
Of course they will not tell you when that video was taken, it will be up to you to find out.
And definitely they will not tell you why the Mayor said what he said. You will not be told that the clip was cut from the Amoranto Rally of April 12, 2016. There is a video of it on YouTube, which is almost an hour and a half long.
They will not tell you that the actual story starts at an hour and 14 minutes into the video, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9KTcGXUTA4&feature=youtu.be&t=1h14m7s) where the Mayor tells the audience about Felipe Pugoy and the Davao Penal Colony incident of 1989 where 21 people, including five hostages and 16 prisoners, were killed in August 15 of that year, that in the final negotiations the Mayor put himself in the line of fire, offering himself to the hostage-takers in exchange for the life of a woman and a child.
They will not tell you that Duterte, who speaks in his rallies without a script, talks to the people as they would like to hear him.
What they keep telling you is that Duterte is a lecherous, vile old man who makes jokes about rape. They will tell you such a man is not fit to become president.
They will tell you to forget Duterte’s fascinating interview with Jessica Soho, or his and Allan Cayetano’s much applauded UP Townhall session with Pia Hontiveros. They will not show you the video by Al Jazeera, that by far is the one video that shows a clear picture of Duterte as a man, as Davao City mayor, and by far the most controversial candidate for the presidency.
Rodrigo Duterte is a man who looks at himself in the mirror every day and sees all the flaws. In all seventy of his years one can assume there are many.
But instead of changing himself to fit an image demanded by a most critical electorate, he applied those changes to the city that has been under his care for decades. He has done this with no fanfare, also much to his detriment, because the media just loves an attention-hungry politico.
Duterte has drawn much flak for allegedly gunning down drug pushers and addicts without the requirement of evidence, but the city now runs the Rehabilitation Center for Drug Dependents (RCDD)(http://www.davaocity.gov.ph/rehab/about.aspx) which takes in drug and solvent addicts, turns them around, and even gives them a monthly stipend to help them get back on their feet.
The Mayor also has a foul mouth, but he now has an agreement with Caritas Davao in which he will be “fined” P1,000 pesos for every instance the Bishops catch him cursing anywhere in public.
And yes he has, to the oh-so-politically correct people, made a crass remark about rape. Yet Davao City was first to have a Women Development Code in the entire country.
Digong Duterte does not prepare speeches to deliver in front of people. Perhaps this is his mistake. It allows for instances where feet can be put squarely in mouth, but that is the least of his concerns.
Digong Duterte is a man of action not words. That is enough for those who have chosen to vote for him.