[OPINION] The burning question is not if Duterte will go, but how

'Even Duterte’s usually aggressive DDS true believers and paid trolls are confused and defensive in their comments, or are simply keeping quiet, waiting desperately for the wind shift that will never come'

Thoughtleaders, Rodrigo Duterte

8/24/2020 11:22:00 PM

'Even Duterte’s usually aggressive DDS true believers and paid trolls are confused and defensive in their comments, or are simply keeping quiet, waiting desperately for the wind shift that will never come.' Read this ThoughtLeaders piece by Walden Bello.

'Even Duterte’s usually aggressive DDS true believers and paid trolls are confused and defensive in their comments, or are simply keeping quiet, waiting desperately for the wind shift that will never come'

)The fix that President Rodrigo Duterte is in now illustrates the truth in the saying that the best laid plans of mice and men are often unraveled by the least expected event.The asteroid from WuhanIn the case of the beleaguered occupant of Malacañang, the equivalent of the asteroid from outer space was COVID-19, which threw him from the high horse he was riding in triumph after the midterm elections of 2019, which his partisans swept at all levels.

COVID-19 has exposed the gross incompetence of a small-town mayor flung to the presidency by an electoral insurgency with few qualifications for higher office. But just as devastating to Duterte’s legitimacy as the public health catastrophe and the economic crisis that it has spawned has been the glaring contrast between the priority he assigned to pursuing the war on drugs, passing the Anti-Terror Act, and seizing ABS-CBN, when the clear priority for the rest of us was containing the rampaging COVID-19, which, as of writing, has infected nearly 174,000 Filipinos and killed close to 2,800.

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ulol mas demoyo kayong mga abs-cbn at rappler... mga demonyong nagpapangap na tupa... The anti government news..only in the Philippines bayarang rappler.. Mga bobo kasi ampotang mga DDS na yan. Walang ibang favorite line kundi 'Ikaw na ang mag prisidinti.' As I remember during the 2016 election, Walden was one of those who enabled Duterte... knowingly or unknowingly, directly or indirectly.

Coming from a disgraced individual, a communist Walden Bello at that brought to life by disgraced publication is purely a shit. DDS will never be confused, ferkin tell ya! True believers of dutae are the cult of INC born again chriatians and none catholic members Nasan ang paid trolls? Wala pa nga kameng sweldo? Hahahah

And this post 👇👇 year ago will be so accurate. The World must stop US hostility - Jeffrey Sachs, American Scholar 'US exceptionalism is self-destructive', Jeffrey Sachs tells FRANCE 24

‘Revolutionary gov’t not a priority during pandemic; Duterte will step down in 2022,’ assures Roque - Manila BulletinMalacañang has rejected the calls from private individuals for a revolutionary government, reminding the public of President Duterte's desire to finish his term and pass the reign of power to his duly-elected successor in 2022.

'Not even an inch': Palace says Duterte firm in upholding PH sovereignty, territoryWelp... iba nag action nya from what he is saying. And where is that? Walk your talk, man!

[OPINION] Revolutionary government, yes, Duterte-style, no'Under Duterte’s leadership, there is clearly no revolution. It’s actually more of the same, only worse. What Duterte ushered in was a rightist counter-revolution.' Opinion Tama naman mag rev gov kung ganito lang lahat na mga programa sa goberno harangin sa mga dilawan saka bakit talamak ang crimen saka corruption dahil sa batas na walang pangil sibra na mga criminal mga mag nanakaw na hindi matakot sa batas kays senado congresso e close na. Rev gov Ayaw naman sa mga dilawan ang constitutional reform lalo na ni kiko kaya dapat mag rev. 30 years na ang 1987 constitution ni cory aquino ano ang nangyari na puro nalang corruption ang goberno bakit ayaw nila bagohin kasi hindi na sila maka nakaw na legal.

Duterte to tackle where COVID-19 funds went in Tuesday airing of speechPresident Rodrigo Duterte will again address the nation in a taped speech to be aired at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning from Davao City, where he is expected to discuss where funds for COVID-19 response went. “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. PasubSaPagong SubTheTurtle LetLeniLead El feto del Asía. Naunahan kna ng VP. Inutil ka tlga Rodrigo.

Church leaders oppose push for ‘Rev Gov’ - Manila BulletinCatholic Church leaders are strongly condemning the proposed revolutionary government by some supporters of President Duterte. In a revolutionary government the influence of Catholic Church would be diminished. That sounds good.

[OPINION] Thoughts from a teacher in Isabela: When answers only lead to more questions'It is not only that the start of schooling has been postponed; the chance for Filipino learners to start preparing for a brighter future has also been deferred, and not just for a few weeks.' Opinion

Swan Song of Rodrigo Duterte ) The fix that President Rodrigo Duterte is in now illustrates the truth in the saying that the best laid plans of mice and men are often unraveled by the least expected event. The asteroid from Wuhan In the case of the beleaguered occupant of Malacañang, the equivalent of the asteroid from outer space was COVID-19, which threw him from the high horse he was riding in triumph after the midterm elections of 2019, which his partisans swept at all levels. COVID-19 has exposed the gross incompetence of a small-town mayor flung to the presidency by an electoral insurgency with few qualifications for higher office. But just as devastating to Duterte’s legitimacy as the public health catastrophe and the economic crisis that it has spawned has been the glaring contrast between the priority he assigned to pursuing the war on drugs, passing the Anti-Terror Act, and seizing ABS-CBN, when the clear priority for the rest of us was containing the rampaging COVID-19, which, as of writing, has infected nearly 174,000 Filipinos and killed close to 2,800. To people who have seen neighboring countries like Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam successfully limit infections to a few thousand and deaths to a handful through comprehensive containment programs, the revelation of Duterte’s incompetence could not have come in a more shocking way. The hundreds of thousands blinded by his gangster charisma in the last 4 years have had the scales fall from their eyes and are now asking themselves how they could possibly have fallen in love with a person whose only skill was mass murder. Even Duterte’s usually aggressive DDS true believers and paid trolls are confused and defensive in their comments, or are simply keeping quiet, waiting desperately for the wind shift that will never come. The unraveling A man who had projected a bigger than life image has been cut down to size, and he knows it. He knows that the real message of the recent Supreme Court ruling that unreasonable searches and seizures in the war on drugs are a violation of the Constitution is that the justices he has been so contemptuous of are no longer afraid of him. He knows that when the opportunist par excellence Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo comes out and tells the public that they should be patient with the president since his task is a “difficult” one, her real intent is to signal Duterte that she is thinking of jumping ship and that he better come up with a better deal than the one they have now. Panic has now seized him. This is the only explanation for his screwball declaration of war against the frontline healthcare workers who were simply asking him for a comprehensive strategy to contain COVID-19. Growing desperation can be the only reason for his cursing the country and giving it the obscene middle finger salute during his late night show last Monday for what he rightfully perceived as the erosion of support for his war on drugs. Popular support, expressed in electoral results and surveys, was what propped him up and encouraged his arrogance in power. With that disappearing, the question now is not if he will go but how he will leave. 4 scenarios of the end Here are some more than plausible scenarios for his departure. One is that he is overthrown in a military coup. People might say that this is improbable since he has filled his cabinet with generals. What they forget is that coups are usually launched by colonels and junior officers who are not only ambitious but, like all of us, have families and friends that are suffering from the pandemic and its economic consequences and the lack of any strategy to deal with the catastrophe. Indeed, to preempt such a “colonels’ coup” and preserve the chain of command, some of the generals who now swear fealty to Duterte to his face might themselves be tempted to make the first move. A second scenario is an EDSA 4, where a critical mass of citizens takes to the streets to demand Duterte’s ouster and, faced with the impossibility of putting down a popular insurrection as in 1986, the police and the AFP either declare themselves neutral or join the people. A third scenario is that Duterte hangs on till the elections but is a lame duck in virtual detention in Malacañang, unable to control events, with his allies fighting among themselves to succeed him but also trying to distance themselves from a rotten presidency as they face massive popular repudiation in the polls. Of course, barring death from natural causes, probably the best option for Duterte is the fourth scenario, that is, to resign now – what I call, borrowing from T.S. Eliott, the “whimper option.” That way he still might be allowed to live out his last days in Davao and save his buddy Xi Jinping from spending for his board and lodging in Beijing, like the US did hosting the Marcos gang in Honolulu. Resignation would also assure him that he will not go out feet first, an option this cruel man did not offer the 27,000 people that were subjected to extrajudicial execution under his bloody watch. Of course, resignation will not save him from being handed over to the International Criminal Court in the Hague. But he may draw some comfort from the fact that the ICC does not give out death sentences. As for who will succeed Duterte and how the succession could take place, that is, of course, an extremely important issue, but one that is best deferred to a future essay. – Rappler.com Walden Bello is the Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Binghamton and the National Chairman of the coalition Laban ng Masa. His resignation from the House of Representatives in 2015 is the only recorded resignation on principle in the annals of the Congress of the Philippines.